Kanawha Alumni Association 99th Reunion
May 26-27th, 2018
 
    The Kanawha Alumni Association (KAA) moved one year closer to its centennial reunion celebration with the observation of the 99th Annual Reunion at the end of May. Festivities for the weekend began on the evening of Friday, May 25 with the annual Burnsville High School Reunion on the football field behind the school.  There, a large crowd enjoyed a potluck buffet and cookout. Melodies of gospel and bluegrass music emanated from the stage as classmates and old friends reminisced.

   On Saturday, May 26, activities started off with a parade that featured Burnsville graduates Jerry Wilson, Class of 1966, and Margret Wilson Willey, Class of 1963, as parade marshals. The theme for this year's festivities was 'Let's Go to the Spot'--recalling Burnsville's iconic restaurant, The Spot.
  
   At the post-parade ceremony, American Legion Post 33 was on hand to lead the crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance while the Braxton County High School Marching Band, under the direction of John Kimble, played the National Anthem.

  Master of Ceremonies, Butch McPherson, led the crowd in a moment of silence in memory of veterans and fallen soldiers.  Later on, he presented awards to the top three parade participants:  Class of 1978 (first place); Bruin statue (second place), and Class of 1953 (third place).

  As part of the weekend of events, the Burnsville Public Library held an open house and honored members of the Burnsville Volunteer Fire Department as hometown heroes. Fire Chief Summers gave brief remarks during the event and accepted a certificate from Library Director Beth Anderson. Visitors were also able to view several displays featuring photos of current and former BVFD members, accident scenes, and fire trucks.
  
  Later, returning alumni and friends gathered at the school beginning at 4:00 p.m. Auction items were on display and the Alumni Center was open to visitors. The annual business meeting began at 5:00 p.m. The meeting was then called to order by President Tom Crutchfield after the opening curtain revealed The Spot restaurant. The set was a recreation of the interior of the restaurant, complete with counters and stools, milkshake mixer, and candy display. Crutchfield was joined on stage by KAA recording secretary Paul Peck and Jennings Dancy, who later delivered the invocation and benediction. Fourteen current Burnsville Elementary School students who acted as servers for the dinner were also introduced.  Those students were:  Aurora Andritsis, Shae Arnold, Karl Boyce, Paxton Conley, Emma Conrad, Allison Cosner, Haley Morris, Nova Newhouse, Erica Nicholson, Kaden Nottingham, Bailey Pritt, Lauren Pritt, Allie White, and Josh Wimmer.
 
     Four graduating seniors took the oath and became official association members.  They included Seth Arnold, Amber Belknap, Beth Ramsey, and Abby Wilmoth. 
 
    The John Godwin Memorial Scholarship, presented by A. J. Godwin, was given to Abby Wilmoth. The Lion's Club Tom Casto Memorial Scholarship was given to Seth Arnold. The Claud 'Bud' Mick Scholarship was presented to Amber Belknap. All four graduating seniors also received additional scholarship funds from the Kanawha Alumni Association. Seniors from the previous year--Logan Wilson, Justin Vankirk, and Tristen Brown--all received second year renewals of their Mick Scholarship due to satisfactory academic progress in their ongoing college endeavors.
 

     Dick Graff was presented with the Bruin Award. The Alumnus of the Year award was presented to Jerry Wilson, Class of 1966, and the Alumna of the Year award was given to Jan Cosner Crutchfield, Class of 1982. Additionally, Howard Conley (Class of 1945), William 'Bill' Wiant (Class of 1945), and Iverna Bouch (Class of 1949) were recognized as the oldest alumni in attendance at the event.
 
   With a vote of the members in attendance, the previous slate of KAA officers were reinstated for another year. At the end of the meeting, Dick Graff, with the assistance of Terry and Justin Vankirk, held an auction for items donated to the association which raised nearly $750. Special thanks to David Parmer, Sandy Conrad, Boody Talbert, and Lost Road Candles in Flatwoods for their donations. 

   Following the meeting, a baked steak dinner was served to around 150 returning alumni, newly inducted seniors, friends, and guests.  The full day of events concluded with music and dancing in the school gymnasium.  Entertainment was provided by local DJ, Don Niles.

   More photos from the weekend can be seen on the KAA Facebook page by searching for Kanawha Alumni Association. Go Bruins!   

   Alumni attending and their guests:

Ann Kelley RedcliffJane Riddle RichterLinda Posey DeanWillard Steele
April Ramsey BoyceJane GibsonTerry DeanMary Steele
Karl BoyceJanet Jeffries SimmonsLaura Singleton SpencerWilliam Bill Wiant
Arthur BrooksJanet Nicholson SchindlerTreva RacetteTom Durrett
Betty Mallet PrittBill SchindlerLloyd Franklin PoseyRuss McClain
Betty CarsonJan Cosner CrutchfieldBetty PoseyCortney Crutchfield
Bill SingletonTimothy CrutchfieldMargret Wilson WilleyJessica Vandernick
Donna Conrad SingletonJennings DancyMary McHenry KaufmanTodd Pritt
Billy WareBrenda Conrad DancyPamela Brown CuppariKelly Pritt
Ann WareJerry KelleyPatsy Morrison ReckertWanda Heater Duley
Tammy WareJim KelleyPatty RadabaughDerek Burke
Brenda McPherson ConleyRobert KelleyKim BohonKatie Campbell
Carla Mick ConleyScott TomichPatty Graff CobbGail Smith
Carolyn Pulliam GraffDeborah TomichPaul PeckDebbie Ford
Charles Lane ConradJerry WilsonPaul BraggAurora Andritsis
Chuck BucklewJimmy PulliamBarbara Brown BraggShae Arnold
Corene Stump CareyJoan Wiant FieldsRoberta ButlerKarl Boyce
Irene Stump WhiteJoAnn SimmonsBernard ButlerPaxton Conley
Darrell BrownRalph SimmonsRonald SmithEmma Conrad
Sherri Weidemoyer BrownJohn BrownJoAnn Bosley SmithAllison Cosner
David ParmerLoretta BrownRonnie BrownHaley Morris
Barbara Jeffries ParmerJohn BurgettTammy BrownNova Newhouse
Dean Townsend GroomsConnie PoseyRose Buckhannon HefnerErica Nicholson
Deanna Brown StewartJudith Cayton SteeleBetty Buckhannon LongKaden Nottingham
Brittany Stewart PescettoJustin VankirkRose Riffle MurphyBailey Pritt
Debbie Singleton McPhersonTerry VankirkRuth McLaughlin UpdikeLauren Pritt
Butch McPhersonKenneth BosleyGeorge UpdikeAllie White
Dick GraffShirley BosleySharon Conrad BradyJosh Wimmer
Dixie McCauleyKenneth PulliamShirley KelleySeth Arnold
Don NilesBetty Williams PulliamShirley Singleton LloydTammy Arnold
Dorothy Hardesty McPhersonLamona Brown CastoDonald ConradAbby Wilmoth
Dustin CrutchfieldLarry WineDonna ConradAngie Wilmoth
Ellen Lynch StilwellDawn WineTessie Morton McGinnisAmber Belknap
Phillip StilwellEverett WineTed MyersPandora Belknap
Gary CrutchfieldLawrence LoshDonna RhoadsMichael Belknap
Gentalee Steele BlakeBrenda EdmondsonThomas RatliffJoe Green
Hilda Brown ClutterDarrell EdmondsonLouise Bush RatliffSandy Keener
Howard ConleyLawrence PoseyTom BlakeBeth Ramsey
Barbara ConleyCrissy PoseyCharlene BlakeShannon Ramsey
Iverna BouchLewis WineTom CrutchfieldAndy Godwin
Jack DeanMary Pritt WineTristen BrownLisa Godwin
Donna McClainLinda Conrad LeggettTwila McPherson ClarkA. J. Godwin
James H. RobisonReilee WilsonWanda Kuhl PrattBarbara Godwin
James L. GodfreyLinda McCauley MooreKenneth PrattDaniel Arnold
Susie GodfreyRobert MooreWanda Malcomb RatliffCassie Squires
Jessica CookAnita MillerJohnna Wimmer
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