Sunny Homecoming at Gilbert School
WINSTED â€” Mostly sunny skies welcomed about 150 alumni and friends back to The Gilbert School campus during Homecoming Saturday, Oct. 23, for the annual Distinguished Alumni awards, followed by a luncheon and the football game against Windsor Locks on Van Why Field.
Before the alumni awards ceremony, a group of graduates and current students gathered for the first Gilbert Alumni Cross-Country Run. It was an invigorating trot on the Gilbert team course. Coffee and donuts were served afterward. Medals were awarded to the top finishers.
â€œTom Waterman â€™82 won the race in 13:56 over a hilly 2.1-mile course. Freshman Alec Goulet â€™14 was the top student in 14:01,â€ said organizer L.J. Briggs â€™82.
A special musical performance for Homecoming was given by The Connecticut National Guard Band, which played for the first time with the Gilbert Alumni Band.
The following Gilbert graduates received Distinguished Alumni awards:
â€¢ George E. Case â€™53, the Gilbert Heritage Award (posthumous)
â€¢ Dongngan Truong, M.D. â€™98, the Young Alumni Achievement Award
â€¢ John A. Bushnell â€™51, Distinguished Professional Achievement Award
â€¢ Anna Oâ€™Brien Harding â€™28, W.L. Gilbert Award for Outstanding Community Service
â€¢ Gregory R. Morhardt â€™81, Outstanding Achievement in Athletics Award