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Jasonville-Shakamak Homecoming is a great weekend!

Posted Thursday, September 17, 2009, at 9:51 AM

For as long as I can remember, I've always looked forward to the annual Jasonville High School-Shakamak High School Alumni Association's homecoming festivities. This year is no different as I am eagerly looking forward to the last weekend of the month to catch up with some old friends from high school, watch some great softball games, and visit with fellow alumni at the annual alumni banquet.

Homecoming weekend, which is slated for Sept. 25-27, has always been a big deal at Shakamak. Homecoming at Shakamak isn't like homecoming anywhere else. It's hard for people from other schools to grasp a homecoming celebration without a football game or even a basketball game. I think you just have to be from Jasonville to truly understand why homecoming is a big deal.

For the past three years, I've had the honor of working with some truly wonderful people in planning the annual homecoming festivities. Everyone gives so much of themselves and their free time to plan the best homecoming possible. I'd like to recognize those who sit on the alumni association's board and thank them for all their hard work and dedication to the JHS-SHS Homecoming: President Nancy (Morse) Enstrom; Vice-president Mike Stevenson; JHS Secretary Marilyn Clark; SHS Secretary and Treasurer Katie Hubbell; Parade Coordinator Darla (Critchfield) Miller; and board members Shane Reese and Kiley (Morse) McCrary.

Besides planning the annual homecoming festivities, the JHS-SHS Alumni Association -- thanks to donations from graduates -- also awards scholarships each year to graduating seniors from Shakamak High School. In May, $1,000 scholarships were awarded to Brandi Ashcraft, Jamie Reagin, Ashley Rehmel, Ethan Smith, and Jillian Smith.

Also -- again, thanks to donations -- the JHS-SHS Alumni Association has a student services fund which is used to help students within the school district. Last Christmas, the Alumni Association provided clothing for four junior/senior high school students.

I'm proud to have a small part in the planning of the homecoming festivities, but I'm even more proud to know that an organization I'm involved with is helping students further their education and is helping those in need.

Donations are accepted and greatly appreciated as the above mentioned programs would not be possible without generous donations from Jasonville High School and Shakamak High School graduates. Donations can be sent to JHS-SHS Alumni Association, P.O. Box 6, Jasonville, Ind., 47438.

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Homecoming is a big deal for the Shakamak Alum. The softball tourney is, or was, one of the biggest around. One of a kind. It, the softball tourney, is in my opinion the reason why homecoming is so successful. This happens to be the worst year for the tourney with only 15 teams. Why is that?

-- Posted by lakergrad on Mon, Sep 21, 2009, at 11:53 AM

They might as well rename the weekend to SOFTBALLfest, that is what most people care about in J'tucky.

-- Posted by fatty66 on Tue, Sep 22, 2009, at 2:25 PM

The alumni banquet brings a large number of graduates back to the community as well. Most of them; however, are past the 'softball playing days'.

-- Posted by ISUgrad06 on Tue, Sep 22, 2009, at 2:39 PM

fatty66: Although the softball tournament is a major draw for homecoming there are many other activities going on throughout the weekend. I might suggest that you look around to find something else that might interest you. If you don't have any luck you might want to volunteer your time & talent on a committee next year and start some new exciting event. Least of all try to enjoy the largest annual event in Jasonville this weekend.

-- Posted by #1LakerFan on Tue, Sep 22, 2009, at 5:04 PM

If there are any golfers out there, we have a early arrivals tourney at Phil Harris on Friday. It starts at 1 p.m. Its a two man tourney that is a blind draw. Winners from the previous year stay on teams. Cost is $20. 10 goes to the prize pool, 10 goes to the Louie Romine Scholarship fund. We also take donations for the Scholarship. It is not a scramble format. We play 6 holes as a scramble, 6 best score, and 6 alternate shot. Its usually a good time and we have a nice turnout by word of mouth.

-- Posted by horacegrant on Wed, Sep 23, 2009, at 10:45 AM

Sounds like a great time and fund raiser. Is that $20 plus green fees & cart?

-- Posted by #1LakerFan on Wed, Sep 23, 2009, at 11:33 AM

Yes it is. Sorry should have said that.

-- Posted by horacegrant on Wed, Sep 23, 2009, at 12:09 PM

lakergrad, there are 18 teams this year, not 15.

-- Posted by ISUgrad06 on Thu, Sep 24, 2009, at 10:12 AM

Oh, I am sorry. Thanks for the correction. Still isn't as big as it should be.

-- Posted by lakergrad on Thu, Sep 24, 2009, at 11:11 AM

No, not as big as what most would like, but each team has to have at least 8 players ... so with 18 teams, that's 144 people minimum. Many teams have more than 8 players. It's still a great thing to have that many people involved.

-- Posted by ISUgrad06 on Thu, Sep 24, 2009, at 11:43 AM

No doubt about it. The money goes to scholarships and so on. A great thing for your money to go to. No arguement there. Five years ago this same tourney had 23 teams in it. It has been going down ever since. I would simply like to figure out why.

-- Posted by lakergrad on Thu, Sep 24, 2009, at 1:27 PM

I understand where you're coming from, lakergrad. Makes one wonder. Do you think the economy (gas prices, etc.) keeps those who live further away from coming back? Some of the classes who have traditionally had teams ('85 and '92) don't have teams this year. There are three old-timer teams this year, which is an increase from what it's been the past few years.

-- Posted by ISUgrad06 on Thu, Sep 24, 2009, at 1:34 PM

Here is a thought to boost teams. Post it on the internet who has signed up and who hasnt. I hate every year trying to track down classmates and get money in. If we had some help, hey maybe even from the school god forbid, update who has paid and what year so we know how close or far away we are to getting teams together. This would help the people who organize this event from getting calls all hours of the day asking who has signed up.

It should not be that hard in this day and age to put a website, or even a link to an excel spreedsheet with each alumni year saying this person or that person has signed up. Sounds like a good project for a kid in study hall to me.

This benefits the kids at the school and it is through the alumni association, so why could the school not help? Same goes for game times and brackets.

-- Posted by HarveyGrant on Thu, Sep 24, 2009, at 1:51 PM

That sounds easy enough, but the school isn't affiliated with the alumni association. And, it'd be a chore for the alumni association to keep updating the list every day, especially as the deadline nears as several entries come in each day. It would be nice to be able to have someplace, like a website, to refer to when wondering who has signed up and who hasn't.

I understand about calling classmates to see who's signed up and who hasn't. There was massive texting going on between my classmates before the deadline to make sure we had enough to roster a team.

-- Posted by ISUgrad06 on Thu, Sep 24, 2009, at 1:57 PM

It would be a chore for the alumni assoc. ?????????? Not really sure bout that. Harvey has a great idea. Maybe, and I say maybe, if the softball tourney was handed over to the appropriate people this could happen. Think on this. The hanna field league already has a website. They run there league and also host many tourneys. Why not let them run the tourney to its entirety? If the entrys were going to them, then they would be responsible. The money would still go for the scholarships and such.

-- Posted by lakergrad on Thu, Sep 24, 2009, at 2:41 PM

I don't think many people realize how much work goes into planning the homecoming events. All of the board members are very busy with many duties this time of year. Maybe the alumni association could have one member dedicated to taking care of the rosters and updating the website? That would definitely be something worth suggesting. I think a website that lists rosters and the brackets would be great. It's always hectic, especially for those who don't live in the area. They could always go to a site and see who's signed up and when they play.

-- Posted by ISUgrad06 on Thu, Sep 24, 2009, at 2:55 PM

First of all I do understand how hectic and how much work goes into making homecoming. Used to, there was a person who was over all of the softball sign ups. What happen to this person? Also, if the hanna field league was appointed this position there would be less conflicts and easier sign up.

-- Posted by lakergrad on Thu, Sep 24, 2009, at 3:05 PM

From my understanding, the youth league is assisting with it this year. In the past, it's been one person (or a couple of people) who oversee the day's events (set up brackets, deal with problems, etc.)

-- Posted by ISUgrad06 on Thu, Sep 24, 2009, at 3:15 PM

Yea, I understand that. What I am referring to is in the past there was a person whose sole task was to organize the softball and reunion entries.

Anyways, there is enough teams to ensure that my team will play one, then go watch the parade, and then play one more. All that matters is fun and reconnection with old friends, by playing a simple game. I would hate to see this go by the wayside.

-- Posted by lakergrad on Thu, Sep 24, 2009, at 4:29 PM

I understand the alumni assocaition is not officially associated with the school. But surely an organization such as student council or an other club can help with this. A class project. I mean they even have a person hired for technolgy, why not have that person help. This is tied to the school since they receive the scholarships. They could even volunteer to do it, perish the thought. I think we make some things to hard. This is one of them. This should be easy. By the way, I still do not know what time I play on Saturday.

-- Posted by HarveyGrant on Thu, Sep 24, 2009, at 10:37 PM

HarveyGrant, what year are you?

-- Posted by ISUgrad06 on Fri, Sep 25, 2009, at 8:01 AM


Sounds like you have enough time on your hands to volunteer yourself to be in charge of the softball festivities. It's always easier said than done!!We are all adults-send in your $ and form as soon as you get it and show up at 8:00 to watch some games.

-- Posted by speechless on Mon, Sep 28, 2009, at 8:29 PM

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