Former classmates Sylvia Kunnemann of Louisville, Colorado and David Sweeney of Los Angeles, California, embrace for a big hug as they returned Saturday for their 50th class reunion. (Johnson Publications photo)

Not too many can say they celebrated their 75th high school class reunion, but Roma Jean Burtis of Imperial and Keith Arterburn of McCook did so in Imperial Saturday night. (Johnson Publications photo)

Alumni banquet serves 225; classes get reacquainted

    It was a night of reminiscing and laughter as alumni of Chase County High School returned to their former school for the annual reunion.
    Attendance at Saturday’s banquet was up from last year by about 12 percent as 225 were served a meal by Jack’s Country Cookin’.
    The banquet returned to the new 4-H building on the Chase County fairgrounds after several of the alums took a bus tour of the community followed by group photos of the honor classes ending in “8”.
    Seven groups of classes representing 1948, 1958, 1968, 1978, 1988, 1998 and 2008 were present for class photos, as well as other alumni who came to celebrate 75 and 55 years since graduating.
    Roma Jean Burtis of Imperial and Keith Arterburn of McCook were the oldest alumni in attendance.
    As members of the class of 1943, they celebrated their 75th year with a special place near the front by the head table.
    Marlon Kunnemann, Alumni Association president, emceed the banquet program, and also celebrated his 40th year reunion with classmates.
    His class had the largest group present with 31 for the photo shoot. The 50-year class from 1968 was close with 29 present.
    He opened the evening by asking all the veterans present to stand and be recognized. He said he does that each year, and it is “one of the most important things to do.”
    He introduced all of the honor class members at the banquet, as well as their class directors.
    Thirty-two former CCHS students were remembered in the necrology, read by Alumni Association board member Jeanette Sughroue Munger.
    There was a special contingent of 16 former Enders Grade School students at this year’s banquet. All had attended elementary classes at Enders at one time, later graduating from CCHS.

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