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Groveton Ex-Student News

By: Martha Harrison Mericle
GHS Class of 1972

Our Groveton Indians impressed everyone this past week. Our Jr. High team traveled to Hull Daisetta to face the young Bobcats. They won and set the scene for Friday nights match. You should have been there, our Indians have been plagued with injuries but when the chips are down is when the true character of a player is tested. After suffering the loss of Seniors Brandon Kemper, Colton Alsbrooks and Kelvin James, our young Indians were called upon to fill the gap and fill it they did. This week we will play a powerhouse so pray our boys stay healthy because the next week is Homecoming! There will be lots of excitement so please make plans to attend the homecoming festivities.

Don Hamilton, Class of 1981, Life Member L-474, has been asked by the executive committee of the Ex-Students Association to act as Chairman of the nominating committee. We will be filling two positions. Secretary Charlotte Tullos Y'Barbo, Class of 1981, has resigned. Charlotte is an employee of Gardner Oil and has recently acquired additional responsibility. Charlotte has been hardworking in the background coordinating the scholarship payments and distribution. Charlotte has truly done an exceptional job with finesse and know how needed to keep the process streamlined and smooth. We will miss her greatly. This position is most important as all request and payments cross the secretary desk. The position of Entertainment Chairman is also open. Tommy Walton, Class of 1976, Life Member L-242, is stepping down as his mother's health has prohibited him from fulfilling his duties. If you are interested in either of these positions, please contact Don, as it is always best to have officers interested in the growth and well being of an organization.

During our upcoming Bi-Annual Business meeting, we will add a new section to our By-Laws. The IRS is requiring we add a disbandment clause. They pointed out it is a good idea for all organizations and if you are a member of a group such as ours, add a clause clearly stating what is to be done with assets and investments should your group disband. God forbid this should happen but it is good to have it on paper just in case.

The goal of the Ex-Students Association is to assist Groveton students achieve a higher education whether it be technical school, junior college, or college. We provide scholarship money from interest earned on managed investments; donations or memorials and we have fund-raisers plus membership dues to provide operating expenses. We are all volunteers.

Our college pick of the week is Marissa Conrow. Marissa writes: "I cannot express in words how grateful I am to still be receiving aid in my graduate career in college. This proves that the Groveton Ex-Students Association always remembers the students of Groveton I.SD. and supports them past the years of originally being a young, Groveton Indian.

Currently, I am enrolled in my second semester as a student in the Master's of Arts counseling program with an emphasis in mental health at Sam Houston State University. After completing my Bachelor's of Science degree in Psychology at Texas A&M University, I desired to complete the requirements of becoming a licensed professional counselor in the mental health field. So far, my experience in the program has been nothing less than excellent and I have acknowledged that I am surrounded by credible, professional leaders who will guide me to success. After completing my Master's degree, I plan to possibly work in a V.A. hospital, a clinic, or a college counseling center. Maybe after settling into my career, I might return to school for a doctorate.

I have finished a year of employment at Onalaska Elementary School as a paraprofessional. My experience as the fitness instructor was very challenging, but enlightening. I learned to be patient and to work diligently, because I knew that I was making a difference daily in the children's lives. I greatly look forward to next year.

Thank you again for assisting me in my education. Respectfully, Marissa Conrow."

In closing, please remember to let us know so we can put in the paper if your class is planning an organized get together during Homecoming. The Old Gym/Commons Area at the High School will be the hub of activities on Friday the 24th and the site of the Hall of Fame. Tickets are $15 and we are very pleased with the incoming inductees! The Forties and Fifties are going to gather at the fellowship hall at First Baptist on Saturday the 25th after the Hall of Fame Banquet.