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Aberdeen: Graduates of Aberdeen High convene again

By Charlotte and “Doc” Cronin, 410-638-0569

September 28, 2012

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What a fun time was held on Sept. 15, when some 135 Aberdeen High School Alumni met at the Bayou Restaurant to catch up with each other. These events happen every two years, so there is a lot of catching up to do!

It was a beautiful Saturday night when the party started at 5:30 p.m. with socializing and hors d'oeuvres as the grads kept pouring in.

These events just don't happen without a lot of planning, mailing, calling and meeting ahead of time. The Committee for 2012 was headed up by President Mark Schlottman and Suzanne Cole Yates, Carol Preston Barham, Carolyn Gosweiler Mitchell, Joan Illick Pyle and Elaine Tobin Todd. These people have been doing their thing for years!

The program began with opening remarks by Mark Schlottman, the pledge to the flag and roll call of classes by Sue Cole Yates, and the school song and comedy by Billie Landbeck.

The oldest class represented was the Class of 1937, with the oldest graduate, Billie Landbeck. The most recent class was the Class of 1993.

The invocation was given by George Hipkins, Class of 1939. In his opening remarks, Schlottman explained the goal of the alumni group:

"The Alumni of Aberdeen High School have met regularly since 1934. This meeting will mark the 37th reunion of your association, So many of us and our fellow classmates eagerly anticipate this biennial reunion: a time to catch up, reminisce and see dear friends in an atmosphere of Aberdeen High School class spirit!

"This year, your Aberdeen High School Alumni Association Committee, in partnership with the Harford Community College Foundation Inc., has initiated a scholarship program for a deserving graduate of Aberdeen High School. Tonight, we are honored to have our first scholarship, recipient, Michael Guzman, join us.

"The Aberdeen High School Alumni Association continues to support the Aberdeen Room Archives and Museum with a monetary donation. We all should be very proud of the tireless work that the volunteers of the Aberdeen Room do to preserve, catalog, and display the artifacts and history of our City. The Aberdeen High School Alumni Association sincerely thanks the volunteers of the Aberdeen Room Their work is very much appreciated by us all.

"I would personally like to thank the many local businesses that contribute to our reunion by donating items for our door prizes. A list of these businesses appears in the program. Please show your support by patronizing them.

"Last, but certainly not least, I would like to thank the reunion committee for their hard work, long hours and dedication to making this evening a success. Without the hard work of these fine women, there would be no Aberdeen High School Alumni Reunion. Thank you ladies!

"It is the wish of your AHS Alumni Association Committee that this evening is spent rekindling old friendships and remembering those fond memories of the times spent at Aberdeen High School. Thank you all!!!"

The Aberdeen Room Archives and Museum wants to thank the Aberdeen High School Alumni Association for 24 years of support. Faithful. All alumni are invited to visit the museum – and stay as volunteers. Our Aberdeen schools are so much a part of what we do!

"Cheer, cheer for old Aberdeen,

Wake up the echoes cheering her name

Send the volley cheer on high, shake down the thunder from the sky,

Whether the odds be great or small,

Old Aberdeen will win over all

While her loyal sons go marching onward to victory,

Rah, Rah, Rah!"