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Join the Penn 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 January/February/March 2013 edition!
Miss a past edition of the Penn Alumni Newsletters? Here is an archive listing of the issues from 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012:
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Distinguished Alumni Awards for 2013
The Penn High School Alumni Association initiated its first Distinguished Alumni Awards in 2009. This annual award recognizes Penn High School graduates who have distinguished themselves and who serve as positive role models for the students of Penn High School.
The Penn High School Alumni Association also honors P-H-M staff members who have distinguished themselves while employed at, or retired from, the Penn-Harris-Madison School Corporation.
The 2013 Distinguished Alumni Awards Program will be held on Saturday, June 1 at 6:00 p.m. in the lobby of Penn High School's Center for Performing Arts to recognize this year's recipients. This year's program will feature a "coffee and dessert bar" where guests will serve themselves. Superintendent Dr. Jerry Thacker will serve as guest speaker. Bob Gunn (`61) will serve as Masters of Ceremonies. Deb Thompson (`79) will present the awards.
Tickets for this annual event are $10 and can be purchased at the Educational Services Center, 55900 Bittersweet Road, Mishawaka or by calling Alumni President Cecil Smith at (574) 674-9590.
Listed below are the award recipients for 2013:
Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients for 2013
Randy DeCleene, Class of 1992
Karie Karasiak Peralta, Class of 2001
Daniel May, Class of 1961
Cecil Smith, Class of 1964
Robert Thompson, Class of 1982
Distinguished Staff Award Recipients for 2013
Jim Garrett, Teacher/Coach, Penn High School
Don Monhaut, Retired Teacher/Coach, Penn High School
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 Dinner.
Academic Circle of Honor Inductees for 2013 include:
Members, 1999 Academic Quiz Bowl State Championship team:
Nathan Meng, Class of 2000
Mason O’Dell, Class of 1999
Jason Ridenour, Class of 1999
Aaron Rosenfeld, Class of 2000
Alex Tawadros, Class of 1999
Susan VanFleit, Coach
Shannon Gray, Assistant Coach
Les Kistler, Assistant Coach
Members, 2004 Academic Quiz Bowl State Championship team:
Ilya Gekhtman, Class of 2004
Brad Hegyi, Class of 2005
Adam McGinn, Class of 2006
Alan Meert, Class of 2005
Michael Meng, Class of 2004
Samuel Momotiuk, Class of 2004
Patrick Shelby, Class of 2004
Les Kistler, Coach
Members, 2013, Academic Super Bowl Social Studies State Championship team:
Pete DeKever, Coach
Plan on joining the Penn High School Alumni Association for its annual Car/Truck/Bike Show on Saturday, June 8, 2013 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon in the front parking lot at Penn High School. Rain date is Saturday, June 15, 2013. Entry fee is only $10. The first 50 entries receive free Dash Plaques. There is no cost to spectators to attend! Trophy's will be awarded for: Best of Show - People's Choice, Best of Show - Car, Best of Show - Bike, and Best of Show - Truck. Plaques are presented to the Top 25. Penn High School students enrolled in the Auto Mechanics class at the Elkhart Area Career Center serve as judges. There are lots of door prizes given away and food and drink will be available. Please call Marsha Caldwell at 574-850-8148 or Cecil Smith at 574-674-9590 if you have any questions.
Dale O'Connell Memorial Athletic Reunion for 2013
The Penn High School Alumni Association sponsored the first Dale O'Connell Memorial Athletic Award Reunion in July 2008.
The annual Dale O'Connell Memorial Athletic Award is presented to Penn High School athletes or managers (living or deceased) in recognition of lifetime achievements after high school. Those chosen to be recognized serve as great role models for the current students of Penn High School.
The Alumni Association also presents Special Achievement Awards to coaches and trainers honoring their contributions to the P-H-M School Corporation.
Recipients will be announced later in April so check back to find out who was chosen for 2013. The Dale O'Connell Memorial Athletic Reunion will be held on Saturday, July 20, 2013 starting at 8 a.m. in the Penn High School cafeteria. Breakfast will be served.
Athletes of the Decade Award - 2013
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 Penn High School athletes for their achievements while attending Penn High School. To be nominated for this award the nominee must be a graduate of Penn High School and be in good standing in his or her community. Nominations for 2013 are now closed. Recipients will be announced later in April so check back to find out who was chosen for 2013. The celebration for the Athletes of the Decade Award take place at the Dale O'Connell Memorial Athletic Reunion , which is scheduled for Saturday, July 20, 2013 at 8 a.m.
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!
Click here for information on upcoming Reunions, information from reunions held this past summer, and to read postings from your classmates!
Alumni Association Merchandise
Show your support for the Alumni Association by purchasing any of the following items:
- 50th Anniversary T-Shirt (white) - $5 (specify size)
- 50th Anniversary License Plate (white) - $3
- Gold Alumni T-Shirt - $6 (specify size)
- Alumni License Plate (white) - $5
To place your order, contact Donna Minix Humes at email@example.com or Cecil Smith at (574) 674-9590.
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