Claremore Daily Progress

September 25, 2012

3 generations of CHS alumni celebrate Homecoming Week

Mark Friedel
Staff Reporter

CLAREMORE — The 2012 All Alumni Banquet will be held Friday at 9 a.m. at the Elks Lodge in Claremore.  

During the event, CHS Alumni will recognize honored classes, homecoming king and queen, the Claremore School Foundation and several scholarship winners.
The 25 year reunion class will host the luncheon, while presenting a few of the scholarships.
“Each year the different alumis donate indiviual scholarships to certain students who have done well,” said alumni Secretary Jill Wheeler-Stewart.
Stewart’s family including her daughter Tayler Robertson, junior, and mother Judy Wheeler, 1959 Claremore graduate, will be working the entrance to the building.
As secretary of the All Alumni Association, Jill Stewart said having three generations of Claremore alumni at the luncheon is a phenomenon which rarely takes place.
Her mother Judy Wheeler is the official greeter of those who come to the banquet.  Wheeler was Homecoming Queen during her senior year in 1958.
She said when she was queen there was not a king, the girls were chosen by the class and the winner was not announced until the day of.
Wheeler married her high school sweetheart and best all around in his class, Jack Wheeler, whose father, Oren Wheeler, graduated from CHS in 1935.  O. Wheeler was a member of the 1933 Verdigris Valley Championship football team.
Last year the class of 1959 gave two scholarships to Claremore students, as well as donated two benches which sit in between the flag poles, looking out on to Lantow Field.
Wheeler’s class, along with other alumni, will participate this year’s homecoming parade.
Taylor Robertson, the youngest of the three generations, is an honor roll student, active in speech and debate where she went to state last year.  She also participates in Claremore’s Fuse and SPARK program.
Stewart said Robertson will join the Alumni at the table next year if she is not in class concurrently at RSU.
“There is a sense of pride in the fact that our family is part of four generations of CHS alumni,” said Stewart.  “That is why we still stay active in the All Alumni Association.”
The legacy lives on.