Peers honored Montgomery Alumni historian
MONTGOMERY – A new and novel award of appreciation given by the officers and board of the 2013 Montgomery Alumni Association went to Miss Leona Dewalt who has served as the group’s historian secretary for 33 years.
A surprised recipient graciously received a plaque and vase of roses from President Amanda Feinberg and Vice President Joyce Heiges. Freinberg recited a long list of duties performed by the historian saying Dewalt goes above and beyond what’s expected and if anyone has questions relating to alumni, the universal answer is to “call Leona.”
Dewalt shared how much she truly enjoys her position and the help given her each year in preparation for the annual banquet events.
The usual honors of selecting three recipients for the alumni awards of $2,500 each this year was earned by Cheyenne Felix, daughter of Michael and Tammy Felix, who is enrolled at Lock Haven University; Dominic Galanti, son of Bessie and Charles Lowry, who will study at Penn State University; and Arissa LeBlanc, daughter of Richell and Peter LeBlanc, who will be attending Lock Haven University.
Winner of the Margaret Stolz award was Matthew Getz who is headed to Shippensburg University.
Daphne Ross, district superintendent of Montgomery schools gave brief remarks noting technology has brought new trends in teaching. “Teachers present at every board meeting report they feel renewed. The student’s level of work is incredible,” she said. Ross also announced the Red Raider Foundation, a new initiative taken on by several area school districts. The first donation to the 501-C3 tax deductible fund came from the Elementary Wrestling Association in the amount of $2,500 which they hope to raise annually.
Ross praised the community for scholarships already in place noting this year $50,000 went to 64 graduates.
Representing the earliest class of 1938 were Paul Decker, Williamsport; Betty Carey Galski, Danville; and Geneva Levan Hoover, Fairfield, Ohio who was also the overall alumnus traveling the greatest distance to attend.
The evening concluded with the singing of the Alma Mater.