Beautiful weather and large crowds prevailed for the weekend in Caldwell as Homecoming 2016 came to a successful end. The school kids started the week of Homecoming off getting in the spirit in different ways by wearing crazy clothes to school every day. Then the High School students built their floats, the Middle School decorated the cafeteria, and the Grade School students made beautiful banners to hang in the gym.

On Friday morning, the Junior class and sponsors helped the alumni board set up tables and chairs for the banqueet. At 2 pm Friday, October 21st, President David Mardis quieted the crowd and introduced Tessa Ohnemiller, STUCCO President, to lead the flag salute and give a greeeting. Mr. Alan Jamison, Superintendent of schools, was inrtroduced and gave a rundown of school issues and told everyone to vote. He thanked the Alumni Association for all they do to help the school. The CHS trio under direction of Toni Reynolds sang a medley of hit songs over the years and then led the school song.

President Mardis made a special announcement about the upcoming Alumni Basketball game directed by Bill Rice. It will be held on February 25, 2017. Roll call of classes was then held with many rowdy classes displaying big groups. The oldest alumni members present were Lois Jean Lucas Barnes and Jean Mitchell Troutman both from class of 1942. They received small gifts.

The 15 year class of 2001 then presented a Jeopardy skit with Scott Shaffer as Alec Trebek and using three "fallen stars" as his panel. (Jordyn Rice as Lindsay Lohan, Shelby Bruey Tencleve as Britney Spears, and Rachel Yunker Hollis as Mylee Cyrus). The assembly adjourned for the big parade of floats and classes at 4 pm.

Many attended the Bluejay Backer chili and soup supper and then on to the big football game against South Haven. The game was over at halftime with a score of 76-6. Crowning of king and queen, Colten Ward and Hannah Stuewe, and Jaynes Prince and Princess, Cord Schmidt and Decatur Cink with the high school band and a few alumni playing music. The Roops presented a huge firework display after the game.

Saturday morning began with many classes having luncheons or brunches. Then the assembly was called to order at 2 pm in the high school gym. President Mardis gave a rundown of Friday's events. He told of float winners and the golf tournament was in progress. He announced that the Audrey Hock winner would be honored at the banquet that evening. He said that scholarship winners in May were Autumn Ferris and Grant Feely. He also announced dates for next year's homecoming as October 13-14, 2017.

The 55 year class of 1961 presented money in the amount of $830 to the Alumni Association. Then President Mardis called the annual business meeting to order. Suzie Rice Yunker read minutes from last year. Jennifer Browning Sturm gave the treasurer's report for Joanna Williams Thompson (at volleyball game). Shane Schmidt, Nominations committee, read the slate of officers for next year. Leonard Lockwood, class of 1963, moved the slate of officers be approved. Motion carried. President Mardis noted that Cindy Conrady went off the board after many years of service and that Marion Prophet Williams stepped down as trusteee after more than 20 years. He thanked them for their service. New board member is Jill Oathout Crumbliss and new trustee is Bryan Nispel. After roll call of classes, Jerry Barnard won the gift for traveling the furthest distance from Florida.

The 25 year class of 1991 gave a cute program tooting up the aisles in their homemade cars to go to the old Bi-State to watch a movie (of their class). Then it was standing room only in the old Opera House as the local actors of the community theater presented a musical written by LuAnn Williams Jamison called "Jannie, Get Your Gun". Cookies and tea were furnished by the Caldwell Historical Society.

The final event of the weekend was the banquet at the gym. Gwen Rice of class of 1944 played dinner music and banquet was served by D&M Concessions with help from Trailblazer 4-H Club. Cindy Covey Belmear presented the beautiful Audrey Hock award to her good friend Kim Nimitz who thanked the board for this great honor.

The 50 year class of 1966 presented an insightful trip down memory lane. Susi Dusenbury Brewer and Lynn Powell Thompson sang a medley of songs from thier time. Kathy Shoffner Getz gave the invocation and readers were Jan Oathout Williams, Sally Hutsler Holt and the group was kept on track by their president, Janice Buresh Cottle. Also, Joe Fortmeyer showed us a few dance moves as Mark Schmidt looked on in awe. After the program, many headed back uptown to Karaoke or visiting at local establishments.

The alumni returning home for this grand occasion and our local alumni is what keeps Homecoming alive and thriving - and so much FUN!!!

Submitted by Suzie Rice Yunker, Recording Secretary