By Conrad Dudderar
Yukon High School alumni have awarded some $400,000 in scholarships to graduating YHS seniors over the past 45 years.
And the giving tradition will continue this spring.
“Since we started, our goal has been to help as many Yukon kids as we can,” said Danny Rose, president of the Yukon Alumni Association. “That’s our main function – giving scholarships to deserving students.”
* The YHS alumni golf tournament will tee off at 8:30 a.m. June 5 at Surrey Hills Golf Course. Cost is $65 per player.
* The YHS alumni banquet will follow at 6:30 p.m. inside the YHS food court, 1777 S Yukon Parkway. Tickets are $20 each.
YHS alumni weekend returns this year after events were canceled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Yukon Alumni Association board has decided to “double-up” this year’s YHS honor classes.
Members of these 17 graduating classes will be recognized June 5:
1940/41, 45/46, 50/51, 55/56, 60/61, 65/66, 70/71, 75/76, 80/81, 85/86, 90/91, 95/96, 2000/01, 05/06, 10/11, 15/16, and 20/21.
YHS alumni from the honored classes will be invited to share stories as part of the evening banquet. Attendees will enjoy a catered dinner.
“All classes are invited,” Rose pointed out.
33 SCHOLARS HONORED
Although there were no alumni activities last year, the Yukon Alumni Association board made sure to present their annual scholarships to YHS graduates.
“We wanted to help as many students as we could last year,” Rose said.
In fact, a record 33 alumni scholarships totaling more than $26,000 were awarded to these members of the YHS Class of 2020:
Jordan Schlarb, Tiani Feronti, Chris Gerber, Kale Frederick, Mason Wrather, Kayden Clark, Kylie Love, Brianna Morris-Worth, Justus Reister, Makenna Bell, Cade Logan Peters, Hope Zerby, Dylan Stover, Tara Moody, Sydney Cummings, and Blake Gerber.
Also, Colton Pounds, David Deloera, Sydney Jaden Hall, Gaven Kern, Harrison Gartman, Jared Williams, Kymree Foxx, Olivia Warsop, Lea Hildebrand, Cody Watson, Steven Howeth, Colton De Kinder, Benjamin Palmer, Menh Tran, Abigail Lewis, Lois Garner, and Leila Brown.
Because school was closed in spring ’20 during the COVID-19 shutdown, YNB allowed students to drop off their scholarship applications in the bank’s drive-thru lanes.
It is not yet known how many scholarships will be granted this time around.
“It will depend on how much money we get in; we now have $20,500 in the bank,” Rose said. “It also will be based on how many apply.”
Graduating seniors interested in earning a YHS alumni scholarship have until April 30. Completed applications should be left with YHS counselor Jamie Kale.
This is not an academic scholarship, although the student’s grade point average is considered. Other factors are:
- The student’s involvement in school activities,
- A written essay describing who has influenced them, and
- Outside activities, work, volunteerism, and civic involvement.
“They are awarded to kids who take the time to apply and ‘do it right’ by filling out the forms correctly,” Rose explained.
“Our goal this year is to give $1,000 scholarships to as many as we can.”
HOW IT ALL STARTED
The Yukon Alumni Association’s annual efforts began in 1965 with the first golf tournament. The event ultimately became a popular annual tradition, raising funds for scholarships and alumni projects.
“I’ve been on the alumni board since 1976,” Rose said. “Last year was the first time since that there wasn’t a banquet or golf tournament.”
Many Yukon Alumni Association board members keep returning year after year to help organize the festivities:
Board President Danny Rose, Vice President Johnny Rose, Secretary/Treasurer Sandy (Black) Bohannan, Bill Logan, Phil Kastl, Neta Duke, Michelle (Hancock) O’Dell, James VanHorn, Glenda (Carson) King, Janice (Wilkins) Bedell, and Darryl Andrews.
“We’re all very acclimated to our jobs,” Danny Rose said. “We’ve done it for so long.”
Duke joined the Yukon Alumni Board after retiring as a classroom teacher.
“Because our son Brock received an alumni scholarship in 1994, we give every year,” said Duke, who taught 40 years.
“Yukon is a great place to live and a great school district. We all need to do what we can to support Yukon.”
For information about the June 5th YHS alumni golf tournament, contact VanHorn at (405) 826-4914 or email@example.com . Hole sponsors and door prizes are needed.
Tickets to the evening banquet will be on sale in advance and at the door.
Read more about YHS alumni activities in an upcoming edition of The Yukon Progress.