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Trimble alumni to roast J.T. Peniston at banquet

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By Dave Taylor

Longtime Trimble County educator and coach J.T. Peniston will be the special guest of honor during a “Celebrity Roast” as the featured entertainment of the Trimble County Alumni Association Banquet, on Saturday, October 27, at the Bedford Elementary School.

Peniston retired following the 2010-11 school term after nearly five decades of service as teacher of Health & Physical Education, Math, Psychology and Social Studies, athletic director and coach of varsity baseball, boys’ basketball and girls’ basketball at TCHS. All former students, players and fellow teachers are strongly encouraged to attend the event, which is a fundraiser for the Trimble County Alumni Scholarship Fund.

The event will be conducted in a similar manner to the renowned “Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts” that were popular on television in the 1970s. Further details will be forthcoming in the next few issues of The Trimble Banner.

A planning meeting will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 6, at the Trimble County Public Library for all those interested in helping with preparations for the banquet. A good turnout of volunteers would be greatly appreciated.

The current Trimble County Alumni Association was formed in 1964 to plan and coordinate annual reunions for graduates of the former Milton High School and Trimble County High School. In 1966 the association voted to sponsor a college scholarship for deserving senior graduates. Richie Jones Louden was the first recipient of the scholarship. With the exception of a few lean years during which insufficient funds were raised to grant the scholarship the program continues today.

Proceeds from the banquet are used to fund the annual Alumni Scholarship Award to a graduating senior from Trimble County High School.

The banquet is open to all graduates of the former Milton High and Trimble County High Schools. Members of the Trimble County Retired Teachers’ Association are also encouraged to attend and share an evening with their former students.

The evening will begin with a “Meet-n-Greet” session from 5-5:45 p.m. This popular hour of visitation and reunion preceding the dinner has been an annual mainstay of the gatherings since the beginning. Group photos will be taken during the “Meet-n-Greet” of anniversary classes receiving special recognition this year: the 70-year class (1942), 60-year class (1952), 50-year class (1962), 40-year class (1972), the 25-year class of 1987 and classes of other five-year increments. The meal will be served at 6 p.m.

During the program representatives of each of the anniversary classes will have an opportunity to present remarks about the high school experience of his/her class.