HHS alumni banquet set for May 28
Holton High School alumni are getting ready for their annual reunion, building on the new format of last year’s alumni banquet and adding a few new touches to a weekend of gatherings and remembrances.
This year’s Holton Alumni Association banquet will be held on Saturday, May 28 in the HHS gym, according to Kim Clark Mitchell, vice president of the alumni association and a member of the HHS class of 2001. The banquet is part of the annual “Glory Days” slate of activities held over Memorial Day weekend.
This year, the keynote speaker will be Dr. Jordan Brandt, a 1996 HHS graduate who has made a name for himself in the world of technology, Mitchell said. After receiving a Ph.D. in building technology from Harvard University in 2008, he and a classmate started Horizontal Systems, a New York-based firm that created one of the first cloud-based applications for computing and modeling building design.
Leading technology firm Autodesk bought Horizontal Systems in 2011, and Brandt stayed with Autodesk until last year, when he became the president, CEO and director of Inpher, a San Francisco-based tech security firm. Brandt was also named one of Forbes Magazine’s 12 “NextGen Innovators” in 2014.
Brandt’s return to his alma mater is just one of the highlights of this year’s alumni gathering, Mitchell said. One of this year’s new features is a social hour area from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the upper commons area at HHS; doors to the HHS gym will not open until 5:45 p.m., she noted.
The dinner will be catered by Trails Café and Café Catering of Holton and will feature a Caesar salad, French bread, chicken marsala, garlic mashed potatoes, asparagus medley and Turtle cheesecake.
The Alumnus of the Year honoree for 2016 will also be announced during the banquet, Mitchell said.
There will also be an after-party event at St. Dominic Parish Hall from 9 p.m. to midnight. Mitchell said concerns over inclement weather — last year’s after-party, held at the former Campbell Winery east of Holton, was disrupted by rain — prompted the move indoors.
The after-party will feature music by the Micah Halton Band, featuring HHS alumni, and a beer garden for graduates age 21 and older, she said. The event is included in the cost of the banquet ticket, or $5 at the door, it was reported.
The day’s activities also include the alumni parade, which begins at 11 a.m. around Holton’s Town Square and is once again open to all celebrating classes from any Jackson County school, past and present, whether it’s Holton, Royal Valley or Jackson Heights, or now-defunct schools in the county’s smaller towns. The parade will line up at the HHS east parking lot at 10:30 a.m. that day.
Tickets for the annual banquet are $25 per person and may be purchased at any Holton area bank, Mitchell said. More information on tickets and the banquet may be obtained by calling Mitchell at (785) 410-5391 or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Nominations for the Alumnus of the Year are also being accepted. Letters of nomination may be mailed to the Holton Alumni Association, P.O. Box 175, Holton, KS 66436.