Welcome former students, administration, coaches, teachers and friends of Ackerman High School!
Mark you calendars for Saturday, April 29, 2017, 2:00 p.m., and join us for the next Ackerman School Reunion. We will meet at the Ty Cobb complex on the Choctaw County High School Campus (formerly AHS campus). Registration opens at 12 noon.
Last year the Marion & Joan Smith / Ackerman Reunion Scholarship Fund provided four $500 scholarships to graduating seniors from planning to further his or her education in an academic or vocational field. With your support, we plan to award four additional scholarships for this year. Please consider supporting the Scholarship Fund with a small donation to Ackerman School Reunion in memory or honor of a classmate, teacher, coach or administrator. We will send an acknowledgement of your gift if requested. Our treasurer, Buddy Smith (69) firstname.lastname@example.org will gladly assist you with your memorials/honorariums. He can be reached at 126 RD 1063, Plantersville, MS 38862.
We are hosting a silent auction at this year’s reunion from 12 p.m. (Noon) until 2:00 p.m. to raise funds for our 2017 scholarships. We request that you submit items of real value as opposed to something you might offer at a yard sale. Please arrive early enough this year in order to register for the reunion and browse the items offered for bidding in the silent auction. Winners of the silent auction will be announced during the reunion event and all proceeds will go directly to the Ackerman Reunion Scholarship Fund. Remember, our registration and silent auction opens at 12 p.m. and closes at 2 p.m.
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Visit the Ackerman School Reunion Memorial Blog - dedicated to the memory of deceased classmates, faculty, coaches and administrators of Ackerman Ackerman High School. Click on the comments link after the obituary to share a memory about the deceased.
President Marion Kelley called the meeting to order at 2 p.m. and called upon Rev. Curtis Guess to give the invocation.
Marion commended the group on the nice turn out and efforts all made to be in attendance. He then remarked on what a nice place we now have for this meeting and other school functions.
Marion then introduced Choctaw County Superintendent of Education Barry Stidham. Barry gave positive statements on Ackerman school: cleanness of school; Ackerman was last in disciplinary referrals to his office; Ackerman band rated #1 in State AA; and the football team was in the championship playoff. He reported that the county schools economic status is on the up due in part to the county's part in the energy producing business. He reported a great curriculum in all schools. Mississippi rates high in this technological age with 4.8 students per computer. The national average is 5.8 computers per student and Choctaw County has 3.4 students per computer.
Recognition of eldest alumni man present was Banks Weaver and eldest woman was Louise Staples.
Alumni traveling farthest were Jim and Karon Covington from California and Warren Wood from also from California.
Ones in attendance were form Louisiana, Ohio, California, Georgia, Texas, Tennessee, Alabama, Virginia, North Carolina and Mississippi.
Loss of members present last year was mentioned at the time and others were mentioned.
Roll call of class and number present at this time:
1928 - 1
1931 - 2
1932 - 2
1934 - 2
1935 - 1
1936 - 4
1937 - 2
1938 - 3
1939 - 3
1940 - 2
1942 - 2
1943 - 4
1944 - 3
1945 - 2
1946 - 4
1947 - 6
1948 - 9
1949 - 10
1950 - 6
1951 - 10
1952 - 7
1953 - 25
1954 - 12
1955 - 7
1956 - 9
1957 - 6
1958 - 6
1959 - 4
1960 - 2
1961 - 5
1962 - 3
1964 - 1
1965 - 3
1967 - 2
1969 - 1
1971 - 2
1973 - 1
1976 - 1
1980 - 1
1989 - 1
Classes having reunion this weekend were recognized: 1944 - Tiak-O-Khata, 1948 - Pap's, 1950 - Fentress, 1951 - Marion Kelly home, 1953 - Glendal Reid Camp House, 1954 - Candlewick Inn, 1956 - Pap's.
Door prizes were drawn and given.
Marion called upon teachers present to stand and be recognized. 15 were in attendance.
Patty Draper came forward to give announcements on Preserve Choctaw County History, Community Partners and Dawg Days of Summer Festival.
The group went into business session at this time and the Trophy Case for the Complex was discussed. Member pledged funds to secure a trophy case for Ackerman School. Marion Smith moved to keep ample funds to cover reunion expense and use balance for case if need be. Harold Stephenson seconded and the motion carried.
The meeting was then turned over to Bobby Black. Bobby opened the floor for nomination for Vice President. Jim Covington nominated himself. Billy Fulgham nominated Charles Montgomery. Curtiss Guess moved nomination cease. Prentiss Irving seconded. A vote as taken and Jim Covington was elected Vice President for 2002. Bobby declared floor open for Secretary/Treasurer. Marion Smith moved Sylvia Moreland retain position. Prentiss Irving seconded and the motion carried.
Bobby appointed two committees for 2002 to help with the Reunion:
Reunion Planning Committee - Jim Covington, Marion Smith, Hazel Hunt, Martha Stark, Charlotte Reid.
Publicity Committee - Ruth Nowlin, Nita Busby. All these were previously contacted and agreed to serve on the committees.
There being no other business, Bobby asked for a motion for meeting to adjourn. Prentiss Irving made the motion and Marion Smith seconded.
Meeting adjourned at 3:15 p.m.