2009 - Alumni Honor Former Teacher

Jean Moore honored for her 30 years of service to the Clay Local School District.

The Clay High School Alumni recently held its annual alumni banquet.  The Clay High School Alumni Association honors a retired teacher each year. 
One year they honor a high school teacher and the next an elementary teacher. 
The Clay High School Alumni Association recently honored Norma Jean Moore at the annual alumni banquet.  Moore  was recognized for her 30 years of service to the Clay School System.  Moore received her Bachelor of Science degree in Vocational Home Economics from Morehead (Ky.) State University in 1970.  She went to earn her Master of Arts from Ohio University in 1981.  She came directly from college to Clay High School in 1970.  She spent her entire  teaching career at Clay retiring in 2000 with 30 years of service.  Moore continues to substitute teach at Clay.  Alumni President Charles Leonard presented Moore with her plaque recognizing her for outstanding  and dedicated service to Clay School System. 
The alumni association elected officers for the 2009-2010 administrative year.  The officers elceted were Charles Leonard, president; LaRue Horsley, vice president; Dave Richard, treasurer; and Shirley Conklin, executive secretary.
Leonard stated that the Clay clumni Association had a good year in 2008-2009, growing the Clay School Legacy Fund.  He credits the members of the alumni association with the success achieved through their donations to the fund,  Leonard stated tgar the alumni is in the middle of a 10-year project to grow their scholarship fund.
The school legacy fund awarded six $1,000 scholarships to graduates of the Clay Class of 2009.  This is the most scholarships ever awarded by the Clay High School Alumni Association.
They are in the process of finalizing arrgements for one of their largest funraisers, their big one day auction and sale to be held at 10 a.m. Oct. 3 at the Clay High School.  Leonard said the public is invited. 

Source: Shirley Conklin

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2008-2009 Clay Alumni Honors Harold Pack

Alumni Association Honors Harold Pack  

The Clay High School Alumni Association honored Harold Pack for his 30 year of teaching in the Clay school system.  Pack is a 1966 graduate of Clay High School.  He later graduated from Ohio University and secured his Master’s degree from Marshall University in Huntington, W.Va.  He completed postmaster classes at Ohio University, Marshall University, Rio Grande, and Miami University.  Pack has  received recognition for numerous accomplishments in the field of education.  Clay Alumni President Charles Leonard presented a plague to Pack recognizing him for his dedication and excellence as a teacher in the Clay Township school system. Leonard stated it is rare for a person to graduate from his high school and then return after college and spend his entire teaching career in the same school system. 

Source:  Shirley Conklin      

Clay Schools Deliver Funds to Foundation

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Clay Delivers $10,000 to Scioto Foundation/Clay Legacy Scholarship Fund 
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Clay Alumni Association Vice-President LaRue Horsley and a delegation from Clay High School delivered a check for $10,000 to the Scioto Foundation on January 2, starting the New Year by fulfilling a major commitment to their partnership in the Foundation’s new UCAN or University/College Access Network Program.

Accompanying Horsley in the presentation to SF Executive Director Kim Cutlip was Todd Warnock, Clay HS principal; Donnie Caseman, school board member; and Mark Rose, teacher, athletic director, and district public relations coordinator.

Under the UCAN plan, the Clay Schools’ $10,000 will be matched by $10,000 from the Scioto Foundation to help grow the Clay Schools’ Legacy Endowment Fund in a dramatic fashion. All Scioto County schools participating in the UCAN program are eligible for a match up to $10,000 each year for their scholarship endowment funds invested with the Foundation.

“With school systems supporting the UCAN program, the goals will be met,” Horsley said, adding that now the Clay Schools will be working toward a target of $15,000 per year for the future with the combined efforts of the school system and the alumni association. He noted the good cooperation from the schools for all their donations to the annual auction fundraiser.

Seven years ago the Clay Alumni Association joined the Scioto Foundation’s POEM or Program for Organizational Endowment Making, a program to assist groups in building permanent endowment funds.

“The Foundation has helped realize the dream that the alumni association envisioned in its long-range plan,” said Horsley. “We already had some growing opportunities for raising funds and the POEM program fit our goals well. Now the UCAN program is going to give us not only our goal, but a system that will continue to increase funds for scholarships.”

“Someday I don’t think Clay will have any problems giving a scholarship to every Clay student who gets accepted to college,” Horsley commented.

“Our goal is to get kids through college; that is the culmination of what the Clay Schools are working for,” stated Warnock, who thanked Horsley for all he has done for the schools.

The Clay Alumni Association has worked hard to raise funds each year,” commented Cutlip. “Each year LaRue has appeared on January 2 with an annual check to increase their endowment. Partnerships between alumni associations and schools like this one at Clay are what will make the UCAN plan work.”

Clay’s funds for 2008-2009 included $2,700 from a portion of basketball gate receipts; $4,700 from the alumni association’s yearly auction of goods and services contributed by local businesses, individuals, school alumni and the schools themselves; school payroll deductions from the administration, faculty, staff and students; and proceeds from the alumni association’s annual banquet.

“After the first five years of the UCAN plan, we hope to be able to bump the challenge up to $12,500 and potentially beyond to a $20,000 per year match for the schools,” Cutlip said.

“What you are doing here is going to make footprints for many other community groups,” Horsley told Cutlip.

Source:  Kim Cutlip, executive director, Scioto Foundation

2008-2009 Alumni Recognize Stapleton

Clay Alumni Honors Casey Stapleton
The Clay High School Alumni Association honored Casey Stapleton, a 2008 Clay High School Graduate, at their recent annual banquet.  Ms. Stapleton was honored for being chosen the Clay High School representative for the Miss River Days pageant.  She went on to be chosen the 2007 Miss Portsmouth River Days Queen.  Clay Alumni President, Charles Leonard, presented Ms. Stapleton a plaque recognizing her for representing Clay in an exemplary manner.  Mr. Leonard commended Ms. Stapleton for the many ways she represented her school in academics, community service, and sports.  Casey was valedictorian of the 2008 clay graduating class.  Ms. Stapleton plans to attend Shawnee State University where she will pursue a degree in nursing.  

Source:  Shirley Conklin 

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