Rainy weather delayed the volunteers in putting up the flags at the Exeter cemetery and eventually a Monday morning rainshower sent Exeter residents to the Exeter-Milligan gym for the annual Memorial Day Program.
Tim Wilbeck introduced Jennifer Pribyl who read the Gettysburg Address starting with those familiar words, “Four score and seven years ago. . .”
Mrs. Angie Murphy directed the Exeter Milligan Band in “America.”
Blake Papik was introduced and read “In Flander’s Field.”
The Exeter-Milligan Band also played “Salute to Freedom” which incorporates parts of “America the Beautiful,” “You’re a Grand Old Flag,” and “God Bless America.”
Tim Wilbeck spoke to the audience.
Exeter Alumni held an alumni dash with prizes:
Eagle of the Meet : Jacob Miller
Spirit Award: Ekeler Sisters (Liz, Cathy, Mary, Monika, Estelle)
First Place: Jim Mueller
Farthest Traveled: Anna Manning Beard (Scottsbluff)
Best Hydration Station: Dying To Run sponsored by Bob and Pat Becker and Company.
Participation Award: Coach Lonnie Shafer
Best Effort/Achievement Award: Kay Due Ruhl and Cathy Rhodes
Eagle Spirit Award: Cara Songster and Cheerleaders
Exeter and Exeter-Milligan alumni had a full weekend of activities and plenty of opportunities to reminisce about their high school hijinks.
The first event for the weekend was the First Annual Adventure Dash, a fun run with hydration stops that were only for those 21 and over. The route, which took the runners past some of their favorite spots in town, was close to a 5K when it was run twice. There were five hydration stops. Some were more elaborate than others but all had a challenge that had to be completed so that the runners could move on. At one stop, the runners had to walk with a lime between their knees and place it into an empty coconut. At another stop they had to write down their favorite teacher at Exeter-Milligan and also who their first kiss was with.
At the banquet the four faculty and staff who retired this year, Mrs. Polak, Mrs. Votipka, Mrs. Tauriella, and Mrs. Michl were recognized with a round of applause.
The business portion of the meeting was presided over by Cara Songster Stoll, president of the class of 2003. Sue Kittinger and Jeremy Becker shared the master of ceremony honors. Kittinger also brought up the new business of how the future of the banquet will be planned as the banquets are now being planned by Exeter-Milligan graduates.
Exeter and Exeter-Milligan alumni also enjoyed a road rally on Sunday afternoon following clues that led to some of their favorite high school haunts.