It was a night where students of yesterday helped the scholars of today.
On the evening of June 30 at the Airport Hilton, members of the Charles M. Hall Alumni Association gathered to celebrate and reunite. The alumni were graduates and former students of the former Charles M. Hall High School. The school operated for 30 years from 1938 to 1968. Students who attended Hall High finished their education at Alcoa High School after Hall High closed.
The former school in the Hall Community of Alcoa is now the Alcoa City Center. The facility continues as a center for education as Lincoln Memorial University nursing students use the building for classes. It also is a professional building for businesses like the Alcoa Chiropractic Center.
The night of the banquet, former students came from all over the country to enjoy stories and laughter. The 1957 class of Hall High School made a $3,100 donation to the alumni association and 1967 class made an unspecified donation.
The Praise Team "Blessed" from St. John Missionary Baptist Church entertained the crowd. Elder Delois Bond, class of 1965, led the roll call of the states where alumni stood when Bond called out their state of current residence. Barbara Dean, president of the Charles M. Hall Alumni Association made remarks.
Markeeta Robinson, a 1991 recipient of the Charles M. Hall Alumni Association Scholarship, introduced the students who won scholarships. Those recognized with scholarships were Mohamed Jamal Baskin, Deja Hundley, Ashley Channelle Kelley, Karissa Love, Monique Chanel Parker, DEra Sankey, Adam J. Sudderth and Darrell L. Tate II.
"We all wish you the best and expect you to reach for the stars while you achieve your goals," Robinson said.