EHS Honored Alumnus Award Given to Nyrop

The 2012 Elgin High School Alumni Banquet was held on Saturday, June 23, at the KC Hall in Elgin.
A total of 81 alumni, spouses and guests from all over the United States attended the 7 p.m. banquet.
Prior to the banquet, an open house was held at Elgin Public Schools. Laurie Schindler Waterbury, Class of 1980, served as the master of ceremonies. Randy Nelson, Class of 1980, gave the prayer and then L Bar B Steakhouse of Clearwater served a delicious meal.
Following the meal, EHS Principal Adam Patrick was introduced along with the 2012 alumni committee. Bessie Nissen Hawks, Class of 1929, was recognized as the oldest alumnus present and she was presented with a floral bouquet.
Phyllis Kinney, Class of 1943, gave the welcome to the Class of 2012 and Connor Kinney, a 2012 graduate, gave the response.
EHS student, Lisa Dohmen, entertained the group with her musical talent. Patrick provided information about the past school year, building improvements and future activities. Recognized were the 5-year classes of 1937, 1947, 1957, 1967, 1977, 1997 and 2007. The honored classes of 1942, 1952, 1972, 1982, 1992, 2002 and 2012 were represented and provided entertaining speakers.
The alumni awarded $500 scholarships to three members of the Class of 2012. Receiving scholarships were Dean Braband, Nash Schindler and Shane Vanis. The Honored Alumnus Award was presented to 1930 graduate Donald Nyrop for contributions to his school, community and society. Phyllis Lawson Kinney accepted the award on behalf of the Nyrop family. A certificate honoring Mr. Nyrop will be mailed to his daughters.
During the business meeting, the 2011 Alumni Banquet Minutes and 2011 Financial Reports were reviewed. Items of business discussed during the meeting included the location of the banquet next year and in 2014.
Information was provided and debated about a dance following the 2014 banquet. Volunteers are needed to fill two open positions on next year’s committee. The tentative date for the banquet in 2013 will be June 22, the fourth Saturday in June.
The banquet concluded with the school song led by several members from the Class of 1972.