Former students returning for alumni events

    Close to 200 former Chase County High School students and guests already were reserved last week for Saturday’s alumni banquet and program .
    However, Alumni Association President Marlon Kunnemann was expecting several more in attendance as they gear up for Saturday’s events with classes ending in “9” in the spotlight.
    Alumni association historian Becky Bernard said the Class of 1944 will have a couple members present to celebrate their 75th year reunion.
    Also coming will be four members from the Class of 1949 to celebrate their 70th reunion, Bernard added.
    Alumni and guests can take in a full afternoon and evening of events Saturday.
    For those who like to run, jog or walk, Saturday morning will include the annual Joggin’ for Frogmen 5K race with a 9 a.m. start in Campbell Park. Registrations will be taken the morning of the race by organizers, but runners can still register online at
    At 3 p.m., a bus tour of the community will take off from the school on East 9th Street. Lori Pankonin, who’s on the Imperial Community Foundation Fund advisory committee, will emcee the tour.
    The bus tour will return to the school in time for the 4:30 p.m. honor class photos of the classes ending in “9”. Photos will be taken in the Longhorn gym, with some of the older classes in the auditorium.
    The banquet starts at 6 p.m. in the new expo building on the fairgrounds, adjacent to the school. A cash bar will be open throughout the evening.
    A dance with music provided by Orpheus Music & Sound of Grant, with CCHS alumnus DJ Matthew Chandler-Smith, will follow at 7:30 p.m.
    The public is invited to the dance. A $5 cover fee will be charged at the door, Kunnemann said.


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