The 134th Corps of Cadets called upon many to join in the celebration of Norma Maring’s 80th birthday and made it one of the best homecoming weekends in a very long time.
In addition to Norm Maring’s birthday festivities, class reunions were held for the classes of 1943, 1953, 1963, 1973, 1983, 1988, 1993, and 2003.
“The 2013 homecoming weekend was one of the best weekends that I have been a part of at Wentworth Military Academy and College,” said Colonel Mike Lierman, President. “Many people have worked for a very long time to plan the events for homecoming and they did an outstanding job. It is truly amazing the number of events that happen during the homecoming weekend at Wentworth. I’m so proud that so many gathered to enjoy the festivities.”
The weekend festivities started on Thursday evening when many of the cadets from the 134th Corps of Cadets participated in a special Wentworth talent show. Under the direction of Captains Jay Robbins and Gary Love, the cadets showcased their many talents.
The annual Ed Ellis Golf Tournament was held on Friday morning at Shirkey Golf Course in Richmond. The 4-man scrambled teams, comprised of alumni, faculty, staff and friends of Wentworth, competed for the tournament trophy. The Merrill-Lynch team claimed the trophy for the second consecutive year. Money raised at the tournament supports the alumni scholarship fund.
The main event on Friday was the 80th birthday celebration for Norma Maring on Friday evening.
The Wikoff Field House on the Wentworth was completely full of cadets, alumni, faculty, staff and friends there to surprise Mrs. Maring for her 80th birthday; even her bridge club joined the party.
The party included performances by the band and choir and a special solo by Capt. Jay Robbins. Col. Lierman presented to Mrs. Maring a bouquet of eighty roses, a Wentworth flag that had been flown over campus, a giant birthday card signed by the cadets, faculty and staff. Cadet Benjamin Zielinski, the Battalion Commander of the 134th Corps of Cadets, presented her with two framed photos of the 134th Corps of Cadets and a crystal dragon statue.
In addition, the first Kathy Stinson Award was presented to Joann McGuire. The award recognizes her for the years of volunteerism that she has provided to Wentworth Military Academy and College.
The Wentworth/Kemper annual trap shoot was held on Saturday morning with team Wentworth bringing home the trophy.
On Saturday morning, 67 participants gathered for the inaugural Red Dragon 5k Run. Participants ranging in ages from 5 to 65 either walked or ran the 5k course. U.S. Army SROTC cadets provided traffic control at all intersections along the route.
Finishing the course first was Wentworth college soccer player, Leonardo Padua. Cadet Padua also submitted the winning design for the 5k t-shirt contest.
Other events on Saturday included the parade, football game, alumni banquet and athletic hall of fame inductions.
Approximately 200 were in attendance at the Alumni banquet on Saturday evening. Medals were presented to members of the Class of 1943, 1963, 1988, and 1993. The Wentworth Athletic Hall of Fame inductees were also recognized and presented plaques. Alumni association officers were announced at the event as well.
Inductees for the Wentworth Athletic Hall of Fame were coaches Col. Rick Cottrell and Randy Florence. Francis “Doc” Johnson was inducted posthumously. Former athletes Todd McGowan and Roberto “Chevy” Vega was also inducted into the hall of fame.
The weekend concluded on Sunday with a memorial service, pass in review dress parade and alumni flag ceremony.
Major Sam Ratcliffe spoke at the memorial service, remembering and honoring those who lost their lives in service to our country and recognizing those alumni who have passed in the last year. Mrs. Maring served as the wreath bearer, placing a wreath at the monument.
Following the memorial service, the 134th Corps of Cadets participated in the “Pass in Review” dress parade. The reviewing party consisted of Col. Lierman, Norma Maring and, alumnus Frank Garrett, of Lewisville, Texas.