Mt. Vernon Register-News

November 12, 2013

MVTHS dinner honors alumni


---- — MT. VERNON —Accomplishments of three distinguished alumni were recognized at the fifth annual Mt. Vernon Township High School Foundation dinner.

The event was held Saturday at the Mt.Vernon Holiday Inn.

"The turnout this year is the largest we have had," said Mt. Vernon Township High School's superintendent Mike Smith.

The dinner honored Dr. Paul D. Lee, class of 1958; Susan Kaufman Russ, class of 1961; and Bryan D. Stirewalt, class of 1981.

The evening began with a reception with a dinner that followed. MVTHS Foundation Dinner Chair Matthew Flanigan welcomed all in attendance and introduced the Mt. Vernon Township High School Concert Choir that entertained the guests during the meal.

Following the meal, Smith and selection committee member John Howard presented the recognition of the alumni.

Each individual was presented with a personalized plaque.

The honorees all had mutual feelings of pride and excitement on getting inducted into a prestigious foundation.

"I am very proud, and if you look at the other people who are already in and see their backgrounds it is quite and honor to be amongst them," Stirewalt said.

Susan Kaufman Russ expressed she has a lot of fond memories growing up in Mt. Vernon and that the education she received at MVTHS was "fabulous."

"I think it is a great honor to be recognized as a distinguished alumni," Russ said.

Dr. Paul Lee feels the influence he had during his high school years in Mt. Vernon was very formative in everything he has done career-wise. Lee said he was honored and humbled on being selected for the recognition.

Teacher grant recipients were also announced at the banquet. Seven teachers received grants for their department and are as follows: Crystal Nowak of the art department for electric wheels, Ann Garrett of the library for audio books and Kindle titles, Brittany Boldt of the Family/Consumer Science department for ASUS tablets, Caitlyn Klaybor of the guidance department for tools for teaching David Kassner of the math department, 100 Kuno tablet styluses and Jeremy Mays of the English department, 39 Kuno tablet keyboards.

The last announcement was the 2013 projects that will be funded by the MVTHS Foundation. They include:

Project Engage, 21st Century Learning Center, Principles of Engineering Lab, Shakespeare Writing Lab, Freshmen Academy Writing Lab, Response to Intervention Computer Lab, Interactive Science Lab, Wireless Internet access, smart boards, laptop computers and wireless chalkboards.

The total amount of fund donated to the high school since 2005 by the Foundation is $226,306, it was reported.