Pattillo High School alumni gather for annual reunion

By Veronica J. Bradley

Special to the Telegram

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The W.A. Pattillo High School Alumni Association observed its 33rd annual reunion on July 4-6.

More than 250 alumni, family and friends attended the events. The reunion theme was “Remember the Trojans – The Mighty, Mighty Trojans. This was such an appropriate theme because “The Trojan” was the school’s mascot.

On July 4 during the mid-afternoon, the association’s annual meeting was held in the conference room at Edgecombe Community College in Tarboro. Under the leadership of national President Dr. Fred S. Wood Jr., the annual report reflected a substantial growth in membership and overall effective programming efforts.

The slate of officers and chairpersons remained unchanged except the election of a new treasurer, Joycelyn Bryant. Especially noteworthy was an increase in membership; the plans of the Program Committee developed to raise funds during the club year to assist in the operation of the organization; the development of the association’s first reunion souvenir booklet published in color; and the significant increase in funds raised during the scholarship campaign that resulted in $10,500 in scholarships and incentive awards being distributed to students in the Edgecombe County Public Schools this year.

The Meet and Greet was the major kick-off activity July 4 in Mobley Atrium of the Thomas Fleming Center at Edgecombe Community College in Tarboro.

The evening was light and lively featuring a DJ, dancing, comedy, karaoke and good food. Special recognition was given to Pattillo’s last graduating class of 1970. A visual presentation was played highlighting commentary from graduates in the classes of 1924 and 1970.

The film was a compact overview of the school from 1924 to 1970. The presentation was informative and interesting and the event was perfect for greeting family, friends, classmates and schoolmates and making new acquaintances.

On July 5, the Alumni Gala was hosted in the Gateway Convention Centre in Rocky Mount. This event offered a live music, dancing, a reunion souvenir booklet and a delicious three-entree buffet meal.

Two distinguished alumni were recognized – Vivian Pettaway Askew, Class of 1932, and C. Rudolph Knight, Class of 1965, who was the immediate past chairman of the association’s Archives Committee. These individuals have made notable impact locally, statewide or nationally. Additionally, all of the graduating classes ending in 4 and 9 were recognized. The Class of 1970 won the attendance trophy for having the highest number of alumni attending the reunion.

An elegant, hearty Trojan Breakfast was held July 6 at Edgecombe Community College. Thirteen graduating seniors in Edgecombe County Public Schools were awarded scholarships in the amount of either $1,000 or $500.

Nine people were inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame consisting of two coaches and seven alumni. A memorial service also was conducted for alumni, family and friends who passed away since the last reunion.

The success of the reunion can be attributed to each individual and business that supported it in any manner. The W.A. Pattillo High School Alumni Association Inc. wishes to extend sincere appreciation for your assistance. Your collective efforts made our reunion memorable, and we look forward to your future support of the association’s efforts.