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Hundreds of alumni and friends made their way “home” May 15-17 for Alumni Weekend, with many remaining on campus in the days that followed for the 30th annual observance of Alumni Work Week.

Eight different classes celebrated reunions, with two – 1965A and 1965C – joining the ranks of Berry’s Golden Guard (a distinction reserved for alumni who have been out at least 50 years). Excellence was rewarded with presentation of the 2015 Distinguished Alumni Awards. This year’s winners included:

David Grindle (93C), Distinguished Achievement
Joy Padgett Johnson (73C), Distinguished Service
Jeff Jahn (07C), Entrepreneurial Spirit
Brin Enterkin (12C), Outstanding Young Alumni

Alumni WeekendOther individuals singled out for special recognition included retiring Director of Choral Activities Harry Musselwhite and longtime baseball coach David Beasley, Berry’s newest honorary alumni. Bettyann O’Neill and Joni Kenyon were honored with the Alumni Association President’s Award, while Tom Raulerson (66C) received the Berry High Schools/Berry Academy Outstanding Faculty/Staff Award.

The big winner among the reunion classes was the college class of 1965, which claimed the Viking Cup (highest giving percentage), Ford Cup (highest total amount given) and Heritage Cup (greatest increase in Berry Heritage Society membership). The Reunion Cup (highest percentage attendance) went to the academy class of 1965, while the college class of 1955 won the Martha Cup (greatest percentage increase in gifts). The total amount of reunion gifts contributed by all classes was an impressive $1.16 million.

Photos: Alumni Weekend

Media coverage: Berry alumni return for Work Week

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It’s been more than a half-century since Steve Tankersley (56H) and Ron Edwards (56H) graduated from the Mount Berry School for Boys, but for a few days each spring they relive those “good old days” as participants in Alumni Work Week.

Ron and Steve were just two of the approximately 200 alumni and friends who returned to campus May 19-24 for this annual celebration of Berry’s work heritage. Jobs completed by the 25 work crews included a new cooling unit for the Season’s Harvest student enterprise, a walkway and wall at Frances Cottage, and construction projects at the beef cattle and Emery barns.

Steve and Ron were team leaders for the kitchen crew, responsible for providing meals to other Work Week participants. As the longtime friends complete their daily tasks, they were able to enjoy each other’s company and that of other classmates. The same was true of Joy Johnson (73C), who spent her week working alongside former roommates as team leader for the weaving crew.

“We have a lot of fun,” Joy said. “We get a lot of work done, and we work really hard … but there’s a lot of laughter too.”

By Garrett Peace, student editorial assistant

Work Week Photo Gallery

A Tradition of Work, by student Jake Summerlin

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