50-plus YHS seniors seek alumni scholarships

Alumni board to select winners; golf tourney, banquet June 5

Yukon Alumni Association board members Janice Bedell (left) and Michelle O’Dell help prepare and organize the alumni banquet and golf tournament set Saturday, June 5 in Yukon. (Photo provided)

By Conrad Dudderar
Staff Writer

More than 50 Yukon High School seniors have applied for annual scholarships provided by the Yukon Alumni Association.

YHS alumni weekend festivities – which will recognize 2021 scholarship winners – are just weeks away after COVID-19 canceled the traditional golf tournament and banquet in 2020.

“A lot of people will come just to see each other, socialize and talk about the past,” Yukon Alumni Association Board Member Neta Duke said. “They’ll ask, ‘Do you remember when?’

“Our Yukon High School alumni want to get together after COVID. They look forward to coming back for the golf tournament and banquet. They love ‘being home’ and sharing stories.”

Yukon High School graduate Buddy Carpenter, who owns Ace Hardware on Main Street, is donating nail bags, or tool bags, for every person playing in the June 5th Yukon Alumni Golf Tournament. Carpenter is a great supporter of Yukon students. (Photo provided)

This year’s Yukon alumni honor classes will “double up” because of last year’s COVID cancellation.

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 activities on Saturday, June 5 will be:

  • 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. Breakfast is included. For more information, call James VanHorn at 826-4914 or 324-2456.
  • The YHS alumni banquet will follow at 6:30 p.m. inside the YHS food court, 1777 S Yukon Parkway. Tickets are $20 each, on sale in advance at Conrad Marr Drug and YNB Bank at 4th and Elm; and at the door. Attendees will enjoy a catered dinner.

“All graduates from all classes are invited,” Yukon Alumni Association President Danny Rose said. “They don’t have to be in one of the honored classes.”

Banquet organizers thanked Yukon Public Schools for providing use of the YHS food court at no charge. This allows the Yukon Alumni Association to provide more scholarship money to help recipients with their post-secondary education.

Funds are raised through the popular golf tournament – which fills up quickly – and donations from YHS alumni and school supporters.


The Yukon Alumni Association board select the annual scholarship recipients, who will be recognized at the June 5th banquet. Winners are chosen based on both merit and need.

“We plan to award scholarships of no less than $1,000 to deserving students,” said Duke, a retired Yukon teacher. “There will be two special scholarships that will be more than that.”

Yukon Alumni Association board member Phil Kastl meets to plan the June 5th alumni festivities. (Photo provided)

The Yukon Alumni Association has awarded about $400,000 in scholarships to YHS graduates over the past 46 years.

“That’s what it’s all about,” Rose said. “Raising money for these kids.”

James VanHorn, a 1965 YHS graduate, organized the first alumni golf tournament in 1975 and continues to be an integral part of alumni events.

These dedicated Yukon Alumni Association board members are organizing 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.

The Yukon Alumni Association is a 501©3 non-for-profit organization and all donations are tax-deductible.