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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Bowling Green Alumni Association


 Bowling Green High School Alumni Association


 The BGHS Alumni Association is dedicated to celebrating the traditions and memories of alumni of Bowling Green High School, and encouraging current students to pursue furthering their education.


The BGHS Alumni Association is pleased to invite you to our 29th annual banquet. In addition to recognizing our honored classes, this year we will recognize BGHS graduates who are veterans. Being honored this year are the late Second Lieutenant David Stephen Deters and the late Sergeant Louis Andrew Niemeyer, Jr. David was a 1963 graduate of BGHS and Louis was a 1965 graduate. Louis was killed in action on September 24, 1968. He was a member of C CO, 3rd BN, 8th Infantry, 4th INF DIV, USARV, Army of the United States. David was killed in action on August 12, 1969. He was a member of HOWITZER BTRY, 1ST SQDN, 11TH Armored Calvary, USARV, Army of the United States. Both men are buried in the St. Clement Cemetery. 

American Flags flown around the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington, D.C. will be presented to the Deters and Niemeyer families during our evening together. These flags were provided by Congressman Ron Kind's office (Democrat, Wisconsin) at the request of Erik Olson, Chief of Staff of Ron Kind and the son-in-law of Perry Mudd Smith, class of 1965 and a classmate of Louis. 


We are pleased to announce that Glen Bailey will be our guest speaker this year. Glen grew up on a farm in western Pike County, with his parents, George and Claudia Bailey, and his three siblings, George Henry (deceased), Joyce (deceased), and Janet. Glen, a 1963 graduate of BGHS, served as class president his senior year. He received his degree from the University of Missouri - School of Agriculture in 1967. He married his wife, Carolyn, following graduation and then proudly served his country in Vietnam. His oldest son, Brock, was born while Glen was in Vietnam.

Glen returned to his roots in Pike County after the war and his second son, Ryan was born. Both sons now have farms that join Glen and Carolyn's farm. Glen is an active member of the 1st Baptist Church, Vandalia, where he serves as a deacon.   Glen served 15 years on the Bowling Green R-I School Board and his youngest son Ryan has followed in his footsteps and is now serving on the Board. Oldest son Brock is a Vo-Ag teacher at BGHS. Glen's wife, Carolyn, is a former teacher in the Bowling Green Elementary school. His daughter-in-law, Stephanie, is principal at the Frankford Elementary School. His parents spent 22 years serving the Bowling Green R-I District. Glen and Carolyn have six grandchildren, the oldest of which is a junior at Mizzou and the youngest is a student at Bowling Green Middle School. Glen has been a prominent area banker for many years in addition to farming. You will find him four days a week in Perry, MO at the Hannibal National Bank. 


David Stover and John Parcell will provide this year’s entertainment. Both David and John were 1963 graduates of BGHS and former band members of Marvin Stratmann. David is an attorney in the Kansas City area; John is a retired music educator from the Kansas City area, and brother of Kathy Gamm. David and John play regularly with a group in their area. David will perform on the french horn and John on the trumpet. 


The BGHS Alumni Association chose 21 BGHS seniors to receive scholarships in 2013. Recipients were honored during high school graduation ceremonies. Scholarship recipients in 2013 included: Cody Ankrom, in memory of William & Virginia Slater, Emily Betts, from the Class of 1982, Marissa Cunningham, in memory of William & Viriginia Slater, Alexa Fisher, McCune- Davis, Cheyenne Foster, from the class of 1972, Devin Graver, from the class of 1977, Megan Hakenwerth, from the class of 1962, Tim Hanley, in memory of Donald Ingram, Tyler House, in memory of Donald Ingram, Amanda Ingram, in memory of William and Virginia Slater, Courtney Kadlec, from the class of 1987, Samantha Korte, from the class of 1962, Samuel Marshall, in memory of William & Virginia Slater, Emily Martin, from the class of 1972, Caitlin McClain, from the class of 1962, Jed Niemeyer, Class of 1962, Kelsey Scherder, in memory of Mary Ruth Reading, Emily Schuckenbrock, from the class of 1977, Nicholas Stumbaugh, in memory of Donald Ingram, Arianna Vazquez, in memory of William & Virginia Slater, and Austin Walker, in memory of Donald Ingram.

Each student chosen received a one-time scholarship of $1,000. Since its inception, the Alumni Association has given 444 scholarships, totaling $298,050.00 to Bowling Green High School graduates thanks to the generosity of BGHS alumni.

We were honored in 2011 with a generous bequest of $347,671.51 from the family of William (Bill) Slater and Virginia Slater. The interest from this endowment began funding scholarships in 2012 and enabled us to increase the number of scholarships made available to deserving students.    

Other endowments and generous gifts have been given by Lucille Motley Bishop, the Curryville Merry Go Round Club, Thomas W. and Pauline Doyle, the McCune and Davis Family, and John T. Young.  


Correspondence to the BGHS Alumni Association may be sent by mail to: P.O. Box 132, Bowling Green, Missouri 63334.

Please join our group on Facebook by searching for “Bowling Green High School Alumni Association (Bowling Green, MO)”. Once on the page, click to join the group and you will be able to post comments on the wall and see other member’s comments on your wall. This is a great way to reconnect with friends and classmates, and stay up to date on the Alumni Association’s activities.  

For additional information, please contact our current BGHS Alumni Officers or Board Members:

            President –  Talley Shaon Saucier ‘63         

            1st Vice President – Shane Betts ‘94

            2nd Vice President – Jeffrey Shaw ‘02

            Secretary – Bess Gamm ‘53

            Treasurer – Lisa Vogel Scherder ‘62

            Corresponding Secretary – Catherine Adams Rosen ‘81

            Historian – Doris Lindsay ‘53      

           Board Members:         Ryan Bibb ‘98

                                          Doris Peabody Miller ’55  

           Advisory Members:    Julie Dietle Colbert ’76 

                                          Fred Gamm 

                                          Charlene Davis McCune ’57

                                          Roger Colbert ‘76

                                          Greg Ellis ‘81

                                          Heather Spegal ‘05

                                          Julie Hood Leverenz ‘80   

                                          Terri Thompson Morrison ‘81

                                          Becky Anders Orf ‘96                                             


In 1984, a group of BGHS graduates, many from the classes of 1930-1935, met to discuss the possibility of forming an Alumni Association. The group was led especially by Dorothy Bibb Krein and Virginia Craig Wendel of the class of 1932. This founding group held the first banquet in 1985 for the purpose of planning a scholarship program that would help graduating seniors each year. The first scholarship of $250.00 was given to Jay Niemeyer. The organization was incorporated on April 7, 1986. The first officers were:

            President – Charles Schuckenbrock

            Vice President – Bill McIlroy

            Treasurer – Frieda Hall

            Board Members – Dan Galloway and Fenton Hurd

We owe great appreciation to this group of BGHS graduates for their hard work and vision to form this organization that lives today to celebrate the education and memories of four important years in the lives of everyone who graduated from Bowling Green High School.

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