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Thursday March 30, 2017 at 3:43pm Age: 2 yrs
Category: High School, District


Student members of the National Honor Society (NHS) took care of everything: the cooking, the baking and the serving; the favors, the decorations and the centerpieces inspired by the 1920’s era of “The Drowsy Chaperone.” And they reached into their pockets to fund all the necessary ingredients and supplies.


Two hundred seniors from five local organizations attended the “dinner and a show” event on Wednesday, March 29.


“The work started last week, and we were cooking and baking for the past three days,” said Lovina John, NHS president. “We had some hectic moments, but we’re a great team and everything came together in the end.” Lovina also acknowledged the help the group received from volunteers, including faculty, Board members, and administrators.


Tending to check-in and welcoming all guests were the Clayton sisters. “I like seeing the seniors doing something different, socializing over a nice meal, and enjoying the show,” said Melissa Clayton, a senior. “It’s nice to interact with them, and I think they like seeing us too.”


Accompanying ten Valley View seniors was Tina Catletti. “They have been so excited, waiting to come here today. It’s their first trip of the season,” she said. Mrs. Catletti had other reasons for being at the event. Her daughter Sierra Catletti was playing the saxophone in the pit orchestra.


Among guests were first-time and longtime comers.


Irvin Berjansky with Slate Hill Pacers comes every year. “I love musical theater and the kids always do a good job. They put on a great show.” All three of his adult children are Minisink graduates.


“This is my first time and I’m really enjoying the interactions with the student servers. They do a wonderful job. And you can’t beat the price!” said Lois Miller. The cost of dinner and the show was $5 per person.


Sitting at the same table, Mary A. Maurizzio agreed. A retired nurse, Mrs. Maurizzio is a substitute teacher, sometimes aide, in the district. Her grandson, Alex Papa, is a Minisink sixth grader.


Speaking of children in district, Paula Lewis was proud to claim freshman Julia Wallace as her granddaughter. “The food was delicious and the kids did a great job,” Mrs. Lewis said of her first experience with the NHS seniors’ dinner.  


For Richard Blouse, another Slate Hill Pacer, the event was also an opportunity to come home. He taught physical education at Minisink Valley Middle School for 32 years, and retired in 1988. “I enjoy being back and I’ve been coming for many years. It means something to me,” Mr. Blouse said. “The kids do a fantastic job, and somehow it seems to get even better every year.”


According to NHS advisor, Judi Zollweg, NHS members organize and work an event every month. “They do it all, and as a group, they put in an average of 2,000 hours of community service every semester.”


The senior organizations in attendance were Slate Hill Pacers, Valley View Senior Center, Greenville Seniors, Mount Hope Seniors, and Glen Arden Continuing Care Retirement Community. From the dining hall, the evening’s guests moved next door to enjoy the MVHS Drama Club’s first public performance of “The Drowsy Chaperon.”