The Parish community came together for a special Founders' Day chapel service and luncheon on Wednesday, November 19. The Parish Episcopal Alumni Association organized the events of the day to commemorate the 1972 opening of the School. After expanding to a secondary school a decade ago, Parish had its first graduating seniors in the Class of 2007.
Following the service, there was a luncheon at the Northwood Club where more than 80 luncheon guests and 20 Wall of Service guests were in attendance. Select attendees were recognized during a special award presentation.
Susan Waddington, Lower School art teacher, received an Outstanding Service Award from Dave Monaco, Allen Meyer Family Head of School. He enjoyed presenting the award to Susan with a laugh because his youngest son had the yarn from her art class with him in bed the night before.
Gloria Snyder, former Parish head of school, brought back so many memories as she presented Vicki Eastland, former faculty member, the Special Recognition Award. Colleagues and personal friends for over 25 years, Ms. Snyder made a few comments that are from the “vault” that made so many of the Wall of Service people laugh with gusto.
Marissa Gonzalez ’08 was the first Parish Episcopal School graduate to receive the Distinguished Alumni Award. She was associated with the Rainbow Days organization growing up and is now a full time employee. One of her favorite mentors from Parish, Karen O’Rear, presented her award. Her mom, dear friend and several Rainbow Days employees were there to support her. Marissa said she is still a proud Parish Panther.
To view the chapel service gallery from Hillcrest and Midway, Click Here.
To view photos from the luncheon, Click Here.