By Sabrina Westfall
The Monroe City High School Alumni Banquet was hosted in a familiar place for former students Saturday night.
Alumni president Judy (Byers) Liniger said there were 188 people signed up to attend the banquet in the Blue Jeans Center, which is the old Monroe City High School.
She said having the banquet in the Blue Jean Center for the first time since 1967 was like returning home.
“You walk in and see the gym, remember your senior play that was up on the stage, and your prom. We had a lot of events in here,” Liniger said.
The class of 1964 will be honored for their 50 year class reunion, and alumni up to the 1934 are expected to be at the banquet.
Liniger added the alumni banquet is reaching the end of an era in just three short years, as the last graduating class from Monroe City High School was in 1967.
“They will be the last 50 year reunion,” she said.
She added they expect to see attendees well up into their 80s, and at least three people will be recognized for being the oldest in attendance.
Alumni will also be recognized for driving the longest distance to travel for the event.
Of the more important awards at the banquet will be the Monroe City High School Scholarship Award, presented to a relative of an alumni.
They will also be presenting the EM Downey Memorial Award to someone who is important to the community.
“This award goes to someone who is an outstanding person in the community, whether it is with a business, a church, or a volunteer. An all around good person,” Liniger explained.
The award started with a graduate of the class of 1918 and has been presented to Monroe City High School alumni up to the graduating class of 1960.
Liniger said it is important to keep the alumni banquet going to help bring former students back to their roots.
“People are reliving their youth,” Byers said.