Biographical/Historical Sketch of the Avon Alumni Association
The Avon Alumni Association was established in the 1930s as a means for alumni from Avon High School to reunite for an evening of fellowship. The annual fee for a membership in the 1930s was 25 cents. The early events the association hosted were dances that were held in various school facilities around Avon. The association was disbanded until the late 1970s under the guidance of Lydia Gibbs, a former ACSC board member.
The reorganized Avon Alumni Association began two important endeavors in the 1980s: the annual Alumni Banquet and the Avon Alumni Association Scholastic Fund. The Alumni Banquet originally consisted of a dinner, live entertainment and dancing, as well as a program. In the early 1990s, due to budgetary constraints, the banquet no longer included live music and dancing but instead focused on a more formal dinner and program. The program remains the highlight of the evening each year where the association honors former alumni and teachers and presents awards, which include the Oldest Alumni award, the Alumni of the Year award, and the Scholarship award. Additionally, the banquet features an in memorial section, to honor deceased alumni.
The Avon Alumni Association Scholastic fund has raised and awarded well over $50,000 to college-bound Avon High School students. The annual scholarship award is a legacy scholarship awarded to students whose parents and/or grandparents have graduated from AHS. Scholarship applications are screened by a committee of alumni who are former teachers. The first scholarship winner (in the amount of $100) was awarded to Lisa Myers in 1985. Over time, the fund has grown, and winners now receive an award of $1,000. In 2017, the association established a trust fund (through the White Lick Heritage Foundation) for the Avon Washington Township Public Library to purchase yearbooks for the Huron Heritage Room Collection.
For more information about the Avon Alumni Association, please contact Mary Sue Lisby, 233 North County Road 900E, Avon, IN 46123.
The 2020 Avon High School Alumni Banquet was cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions. The Alumni Banquet has been rescheduled for April 24, 2021. Classes that graduated in a year ending in "1" will be honored. The Association will honor the Classes of 1970 and 1971. Robert Nibbs, Avon Class of 1970, who was selected as Alumnus of the Year for 2020, will be next year's guest speaker. In addition, the AHS Alumni Association awarded a scholarship to 2020 AHS Graduate Samantha Moore.