Last hurrah for Twin Valley alumni


WILMINGTON -- Two more celebrations are planned for the Twin Valley High School building before students and classes are moved to Whitingham.

"A lot of people have graduated from there. It's over 100 years old. A lot of people have fond memories of the building even in its current state," said Wilmington School Board member Dennis Richter.

On June 13, the night before the last class graduates in the Twin Valley High School building in Wilmington, there will be an alumni event open to the public. It will begin at 6 p.m.

Richter had come up with idea for the event, which the School Board agreed to host.

"Once all the plans to move the high school to Whitingham were finalized and once we started thinking about this being our last Twin Valley graduation here in Wilmington, we thought it would be nice to give it a nice send off," he said.

For the event, a Facebook group was created to inspire alumni to come out. There was some advertising with posters around town and organizers are spreading the word.

Richter told the Reformer that more and more people are saying they will attend as the date gets closer.

"The excitement is building," he said.

Tickets for barbecue food will be sold for $5 each person to cover the cost of food. People are encouraged to buy tickets ahead of time so organizers will be prepared. Tickets are being sold at all the Twin Valley schools as well as the Wilmington Town Offices.

Local musician Colby Dix will perform from 6 to 7 p.m. A silent auction will follow, which will include school memorabilia on which to bid.

"There will be some older year books and my buddy (radio personality) Fish is going to be our master of ceremony," said Richter.

Being a Twin Valley alumnus himself, Fish had requested that organizers find him an old school locker.

Guest speakers will be discussing the history and memories of the building starting at 7 p.m. State Rep. Ann Manwaring, former Wilmington/Twin Valley High School principal Frank Spencer, former teacher and state Rep. David Larsen as well as coach Buddy Hayford are slated to speak.

Richter said the board did not want to take away from the graduation being held the next day at the school.

"It's always a special time. We're looking forward to the whole Friday and Saturday," he added.

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