Niobrara alumni meet for another round of memories


LUSK – Seventy years, 103 graduates, two boards and 13 classes. Add in spouses, children, honored guests and 200 people gathered together at the annual alumni banquet and all class party. The annual banquet takes place in Lusk the fourth weekend of June every summer, and while 2020 was no exception, several classes moved their reunions, which typically occur every five years, to 2021. 

The honored guest and speaker, Joan Fullerton, was from the “featured” class, 1971. Fullerton discussed her various types of artwork and pieces which spanned her decades long career as a visual artist. 

In addition to Fullerton, those assembled were also addressed by the 2021 recipients of the alumni scholarship, MacKenzie Lyons, Dillon Miller and Taylor Gaukel. The alumni group also took a big step and chose to pass the resolution amending the scholarship parameters to include those who are children of alumni.

The meal was provided by Hickory Creek Catering and consisted of chicken fried steak, green beans with bacon, mashed potatoes, rolls, field green salad and brownies with raspberries or cherry cheesecake. 

As classmates reunited and shared memories more than a few laughs and tears were forthcoming. Those gathered reiterated how good it was to see their old classmates, particularly in a time when in-person gatherings have become scarce, and many have found solace in memories of yesteryear. 

The board was commended for another great banquet by many attendees. A watercolor by Ms. Fullerton was raffled off to raise money for future scholarships. All assembled agreed that no matter the circumstances, they looked forward to the regular alumni weekend activities which typically include the book sale and ice cream social at the county library, class picnics, the Lusk State Bank free barbecue and community garage sales.

All in all, as one board member put it, “We do all the work, but the alumni bring all the fun”. New board member Carrie Goddard was elected to fill the empty position on the board. 

As the night came to a close, board members were already beginning to plan for the 2022 banquet, hoping for an even bigger and better event.

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