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Join the Penn High School Alumni Association today!
Become a member of the Penn High School Alumni Association today! Click here for a copy of our Membership Application.
Need to renew your membership in the Penn High School Alumni Association? Here is the renewal form.
Catch up on all of the Alumni news and happenings by reading the most recent Penn Alumni Newsletter! Here is a copy of the April/June/July 2014 edition!
Miss a past edition of the Penn Alumni Newsletters? Here is an archive listing of the issues from 2009 to the present:
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Dale O'Connell Memorial Athletic Reunion for 2014
The Seventh Annual Dale O'Connell Memorial Athletic Reunion was held on Saturday, July 19, 2014 from 9 a.m. to approximately 11 a.m. in the Penn High School cafeteria. The Dale O'Connell Memorial Athletic Awards were presented to four alumni and P-H-M staff members who have distinguished themselves and who serve as positive role models for the students of Penn High School.
Here is a copy of the Dale O'Connell Memorial Athletic Reunion program for 2014.
Dale O'Connell Memorial Athletic Award Recipients for 2014
Larry Correll, Class of 1964
Ben Karasiak, Penn High School Director of Athletics and Student Activities
Kurt Laidig, Class of 1972
Kevin Witwer, Class of 1964
Athletes of the Decade Award Recipients for 2014
The administration of Penn High School, along with the Penn High School Alumni Association, initiated its first "Athletes of the Decades Award" in July 2011. This annual award recognizes and honors those Penn High School athletes who achieved great success as a participant of an athletic program at Penn High School. Those recognized serve as positive role models for the current and future students of Penn High School athletes. Those ecognized in 2014 included:
From the 1960’s…
Richard Besinger, Class of 1961
Bob Gunn, Class of 1961
Doug Shanklin, Class of 1969
From the 1970’s…
Sue Cunningham, Class of 1977
Dennis Groning, Class of 1977
Dave Sheets, Class of 1971
Pam Thomas, Class of 1976
Jeff White, Class of 1971
From the 1980’s…
Mike Griffy, Class of 1986
Brent Keller, Class of 1980
Toni Neely, Class of 1983
Mark Ward, Class of 1980
From the 1990’s…
Greg Babcock, Class of 1998
Megan Dalke, Class of 1999
Stacy Handschau, Class of 1999
Scott Neely, Class of 1991
Mike Rosenthal, Class of 1995
Melissa Woods, Class of 1999
Jill Zbrezny Norton, Class of 1994
Distinguished Alumni Awards for 2014
The Penn High School Alumni Association created the Distinguished Alumni Award to recognize and honor those Penn High School graduates, living or deceased, who have achieved extraordinary success in their chosen careers and fields of expertise. Those recognized serve as great role models for the current students of Penn High School.
The Alumni Association also wanted to honor P-H-M staff members who have distinguished themselves while employed at, or retired from, the Penn-Harris-Madison School Corporation.
The sixth annual Distinguished Alumni Awards Program was held on Saturday, May 31, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. in the lobby of the Center for Performing Arts. It was a wonderful event attended by close to 85 people! P-H-M Superintendent Dr. Jerry Thacker served as guest speaker and Aaron Leniski, Principal of Madison Elementary School and Penn Alum Class of 1998, did a fantastic job as Master of Ceremonies. A special "thank you" to everyone who participated in thie year's program. Here is a copy of the 2014 Distinguished Alumni Awards Program.
Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients for 2014
James Fox, Class of 1979
Mark Anthony Riggle (deceased), Class of 1966
Randy Schneider, Class of 1987
Paul Aaron Young (deceased), Class of 1966
Distinguished Staff Award Recipients for 2014
Donald Sloan, Retired Teacher/Coach, Penn High School
Dr. A. Dean Speicher, Retired Superintendent, P-H-M School Corporation.
2014 Distinguished Alumni Recipients (l-r) Randy 2014 Mock Trial Team
Schneider, Jim Fox, and P-H-M Superintendent
Dr. Jerry Thacker.
The Penn High School Alumni Association’s inaugural Academic Circle of Honor debuted in May 2012. The Academic Circle of Honor aims to bring the entire Penn High School community together to celebrate our school, give thanks, and recognize people who have made Penn High School such a great place to learn and develop. It is the dedication and commitment of each and every member of our extended Penn-Harris-Madison family that creates the traditional appeal of Penn High School. Academic Circle of Honor inductees will be recognized each spring at the Annual Distinguished Alumni Program.
Academic Circle of Honor Inductees for 2014 include:
2011 Policy Debate State Champions
David Dutton, Coach
2011 Congressional Debate State Champion
2013 Spell Bowl State Championship team:
Peter DeKever, Coach
2014 Mock Trial State Championship Team
Kate Sperry, Penn High School Sponsor/Teacher
Kristen C. Rodriguez, Attorney Coach
Steve Hope, Penn Principal
Penn High School Yearbook Project
Over the past couple of years, members of the Alumni Association Executive Board have been contacted by classmates who are looking to replace "lost" or destroyed yearbooks from their high school days. We are happy to report that the Alumni Association recently received several hundred yearbooks from Penn's past that we are now able to sell to classmates! These yearbooks were discovered in the corporation warehouse and are excess orders from years past. The yearbooks are all in "new" condition. Here is a listing of the years that we have books for: 1974, 1978, 1980, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1990, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, and 2004. The quantities available for each year varies.
Books will be sold on a first come, first serve basis. The price for each yearbook is $25. There will be a shipping cost added, unless you pick your yearbook up in person (books can be picked up at the Educational Services Center, 55900 Bittersweet Road in Mishawaka. This is the P-H-M School Corporation administrative building). Shipping costs have been calculated at $12 due to the size and weight of the yearbooks. Now is the time to replace your lost or misplaced yearbook while supplies last!
To order a yearbook, please state the year of the book you wish to purchase and the quantity you want. Send your request, along with a check or money order ($25 for the yearbook and $12 shipping/handling for a total of $37) made payable to the Penn High School Alumni Association and mailed to: Penn High School Alumni Association, 55900 Bittersweet Road, Mishawaka, IN 46545.
The Penn Alumni Association will also take your "donated" yearbook. If you, or anyone you know, has an old Penn High School yearbook laying around that you no longer want, we would be grateful for the donation. Maybe you are married classmates who each have a yearbook from your days at Penn High School, or perhaps you are a retired teacher from Penn who no longer wants the yearbooks laying around your home - whatever the case, we would be happy to accept your donation. Contact Alumni Association President, Cecil Smith, at (574) 674-9590 if you have any yearbooks you would like to donate. Thank you!