|TO THE EDITOR:
On behalf of the entire MHS All Class Reunion Committee and the entire student body of Milford High School, many thanks and congratulations to Deborah Franco Smith "75" and Winthrop Smith "76" who co-chaired the most recent All-Class reunion on June 29, 2013. By all accounts the 2013 reunion was a huge success and went off with nary a hitch. This was due in no small part to the leadership and class examples exhibited by Deb and Win, who navigated the many channels and deep waters that always confront such a massive undertaking. They have ably continued the tradition set by the late Jim Rose “33” who helped found the event, and its succeeding chairs.
In a recent letter to the editor published in the Milford Mirror, Deb and Win wrote:
“Through your newspaper we would like to convey our thoughts to the 1,400 plus Milford High School alumni and their guests who gathered on the former football field June 29 to enjoy the camaraderie and good times of days gone by. We hope you enjoyed the day. The weather was perfect, and the memories flowed.
“We all owe a great debt of gratitude to the committee who worked for over a year to set up the event and provide for a smooth-running affair. Especially the committee officers and chairs of the sub-committees, Joel Baldwin, Nell Moll, Bruce Kuryla, Marty Merk, Ken Hawkins, Gail Sostilio, Jacquelyn Hartmann, Barbara Bourdeau, Stacie Hart Plaut, Carol Molloy Smith, Ellen Richetelli, Valerie Seeley and Chris Carroll, not to mention our Chairman Emeritus Bob Gregory, ’55, who handed over to us a well-oiled machine.
“We honored 100-year-old Dorothy Winkler Paul from the class of ’31 as our queen, and Trevor Davis from the class of ’44 as our king of the reunion. Thanks to Beachwood Florist, who donated the flowers for the queen, king and their court.
“Thank you to Mayor Benjamin Blake for the proclamation, Dotty Kal Kozlowski, for the permission to use her drawing of Ansantawae for our event banner, the Baseball League, who let us disrupt their schedule for a weekend, Foran High School Natural Helpers, Key Clubs from Joseph Foran and Jonathan Law High Schools, the board and tenants at River Park Apartments for opening “old Milford High School”, Steve and Anne Maher for the use of the “cop bucket”, for the Classic Cars on display, Durham Bus company for the shuttles, the Hampton Inn and Fairfield Inn, EMTs, the Public Works Department, Recreation Department, Police Department and Fire Department for their cooperation, and the service clubs; Milford Elks and Kiwanis who sold food and drink to the assembled crowd, along with Oregano Joe’s Pizza and ice cream by Brain Freeze.
“We thank Colleen Birney who sang the National Anthem and Girl Scout Troops 38345 and 30139 for ably assisting with a Flag ceremony and the Pledge of Allegiance. To “RJ the DJ” who spun records from all the eras. You all were great!
“The final tabulation has not yet been made, but we know that there will be a significant contribution to the All-Class Reunion Committee Scholarship Fund that provides financial assistance each year to a graduate from each of the Milford high schools.
“The financial success and the ability to keep the cost of the event down would not have been possible without our sole sponsor, The Milford Bank. Truly a local institution, The Milford Bank has been a dedicated partner to so many community activities.
“Thanks to all who came and made the day a successful one. See you in five years for the next MHS All-Class Reunion.”
Deb Franco Smith, ’75 and Win Smith, ’76
Co-Chairs, MHS All Class Reunion
CLICK HERE for MHS Class of 1964 50th Reunion Web Site
HISTORY OF MHS MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
While MHS class of 1933 was planning its 50th reunion, Committee Chairman Jim Rose learned of the city's plan to close Milford High School due to declining enrollment. At Jim's suggestion, the committee decided to make their celebration a reunion to be enjoyed by all previous MHS graduates. Invitations were sent to more than 10,000 people.
When the June 1983 ALL CLASS REUNION proved to be a social and financial success, its committee was faced with the dilemma of an overwhelming amount of net proceeds. After careful consideration, these funds became seed money for establishment of a Milford High School Memorial Scholarship.
A TRADITION WAS BORN!
Geneva Pike Anderson Cole "30", Paul Austin "53", Angeline Arciulo West "39", Antoinette Arciulo Mattioli "37", Joseph Dudding '57", George Field "34", Miriam Baltim Novenstein "47", Win Smith "54", Judy Baltim Rosa "61", Frank Matthews "61", and Jim Rose "33" served on the original Scholarship Committee.
In 1989 original SCHOLARSHIP GUIDELINES were amended and a MHS MUSEUM COMMITTEE was created. Members of the Scholarship Committee periodically elect new members to fill vacancies and all current members continue to also serve on the Museum Committee. It purchased and installed trophy cases at the Parsons Complex thereby establishing a fitting home for MHS MEMORABILIA in the hallway at inside gym entrance. MHS "53" donated a plaque to commemorate scholarship recipients, with names of the winners are inscribed each year. This plaque is permanently displayed in the MHS Museum.
In 1997 a vote of the sitting committee resulted in changing the name of the fund to THE JIM ROSE MHS SCHOLARSHIP AWARD.
In 2005 a guideline revision was made to waive a provision that a scholarship recipient have a relative who graduated from Milford High School. This became necessary as a result of a dwindling number of otherwise eligible students who could not meet such a requirement.
Since the initial ALL CLASS REUNION in 1983, subsequent reunions have been held in 1993 (Chair Jim Rose "33"), 2003 (Chair Bob Gregory "55"), and 2008 (Chair Bob Gregory "55"). These social and financial successes have continued to embellish fund receipts. However, we are faced with the fact that the number of MHS grads is dwindling and we look for ideas to perpetuate the spirit of MILFORD HIGH SCHOOL that will guarantee continuation of the JIM ROSE MHS SCHOLARSHIP AWARD.
Jim Rose "33" as King of the 2008 MHS ALL CLASS REUNION
Carolyn Fenn "24" as Queen of the 2003 MHS ALL CLASS REUNION
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PAST SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS
1984 Holly Moldenhauer (MHS) Kellie Harcherik (MHS)
1985 Debbie Dayo (JFHS) Ross Levi (JLHS)
1986 Daniel Yerxa (JFHS) Karen Mason (JLHS)
1987 Kathleen Casey (JFHS) Kevin Phillips (JLHS)
1988 Betty Bain (JFHS) Jane Cronin (JLHS)
1989 John Pasquerello (JFHS) Janis Symanski (JLHS)
1990 Marie Lockwood (JFHS) David Marcovics (JLHS)
1991 Jennifer Rizzo (JFHS) Robert Richards (JLHS)
1992 Carl Ganza (JFHS) Mark Ponarski (JLHS)
1993 Allison Lee Novres (JFHS) James A. Le Clair (JLHS)
1994 Joshua Clark (JFHS) Kery Rainey (JLHS)
1995 NO AWARDS GIVEN (due to decreased investment earnings
1996 Carl Sciortino (JFHS) Amanda Shinn (JLHS)
1997 Timothy Enright (JFHS) Jenniver Cornwall (JLHS)
1998 Jennifer Bottacari (JFHS) Christina Raineey (JLHS)
1999 Aedan Weinstein (JFHS) Elizabeth Kohler (JLHS)
2000 Casandra Dunn (JFHS) Kelly Ryan (JLHS)
2001 Chris Morse (JFHS) Erin Reilly (JLHS)
2002 Joan Fedor (JFHS) Jennifer O'Neill (JLHS)
2003 Katherine Oakes (JFHS) Crystal Lee Rose (JLHS)
2004 Amanda Pina (JFHS) Emily Sopchak (JLHS)
2005 Stacy Kohan (JFHS) Breanna Hart (JLHS)
2006 Dana Bogan (JFHS) Caroline Hart (JLHS)
2007 Joe Marie Kasenek (JFHS) Keith Dessureau (JLHS)
2009 Brianna Wilcox (JFHS) Sophgap Nok (JLHS)
2008 Kinal Patel (JFHS) Evan Hart (JLHS)
Katelyn Hope (JLHS)
2010 Agata Wozniak (JFHS) Samantha Edwards (JLHS)
2011 Trevor DeEll (JFHS) Rebecca Giden (JLHS)
2012 Hannah Denicki (Foran) Alevis Christy (Law)