Friday’s End-of-School Stew went pretty well this year. Lewis Russell did as good of a job as ever making the stew. I think the beef was my favorite, but the chicken was good too.
We probably had a little lower attendance than last year, but I was still pleased to see several of the community members that showed up for a bowl or two of stew. During the chaos of running back and forth making sure everything was getting done, I was able to visit with a few folks for a minute or two. It was nice to see Jerry McGowan, Patsy Yates, Gary Williams, Linell and Octave Woods, Mr. Larry Slatter and several others.
A big Thank You goes out to all of the businesses who were kind enough to help with donations toward the stew. Alliance Bank, Brookshire’s Grocery Stores, Chicken Express, Pizza Inn, Stacey’s Fish Fry, Sulphur Springs Fix & Feed, Super Handy Convenience Stores and Wal-Mart were all able to make various donations this year. Since most of the stew was paid for by the businesses’ donations the monetary donations from the community were able to go toward the Alumni Association for giving out scholarships at graduation. Before the few expenses that were incurred, there was a total of a little over $600 from the stew donation bucket for stew and the gate at the alumni ball games that night.
After the stew, the student body went out to the softball field for our second annual seniors versus faculty softball game. Thank you to FEC for sponsoring the t-shirts for both teams. The seniors had the upper hand since they were young and athletic. We, the faculty, had the short end of the sick as usual. Most of us are old and decrepit, but we gave it our best shot. After a few mishaps here and there on the field the seniors were on a winning streak. The faculty nearly caught up at one point. During each inning, one of the senior boys would sneak around and steal the faculty’s special bat (our secret weapon) until I finally started guarding it with my life. The last time they tried to steal it I sprung into action and nearly tackled one of the seniors trying to get it back. We had a good time, but all of the faculty ached from head to toe the next day. As you can guess, the seniors came out the victors in the game.
Alumni Basketball Games started at 6 p.m. that night. There were three sets of games. The first game was the current basketball boys against the basketball boys of the late 90s through the 2000s. The second game was a girls game. The teams were mismatched with students and alumni from several different graduating years. Finally, the third game was another match between the boys from the 80s, 90s and early 2000s playing against each other. Attendance was much lower than last year, but we were thinking that it could have been because of the Memorial Day weekend. Hopefully next year will be better.
Miller Grove’s baccalaureate services were held Sunday night at 6 p.m. at the Methodist church. All of the seniors except for two were present for Mr. Davis’ message to the congregation. Before the sermon, Mrs. Leanne Bryant honored the seniors with a song.
Tuesday night was the athletic banquet. This was one of the first athletic banquets that the school has had in several years. Students received awards in each sport; basketball, baseball, golf, volleyball, softball, track and cross country. The coaches were all very complimentary toward our students because whether we say it very often or not, all of us at MGISD realize what good students we have. I think everyone present enjoyed the barbecue supper catered by Murray’s BBQ of Cooper.
Junior High graduation will be held Thursday, May 31, at 7 p.m. in the new gym. High School graduation will also be in the new gym at 7 p.m. on Friday, June 1.
Happy birthday this week to Jace Potts and Billy Lynn on May 27; Justin Scott, Jay Lynn Southerland and Kathy Lennon on May 29; and Lewis Russell on Jun. 2.
Happy 31st anniversary to Fran and Stephen Sparks on Jun. 1.
As you travel the highways and byways, don’t forget that all roads lead home and back to Miller Grove. Please send me any newsworthy information. My e-mail address is
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