2023 Alumni Banquet Recap and Photos
250 graduates and guests assembled for the 137th Medway High School Alumni Association banquet—May 20th at the DoubleTree Hotel in Milford. Hosted by the 25-year Class of 1998, the 50-year Class of 1973 and the 2023 graduating seniors were invited guests as the association celebrated its 140th anniversary. With a beginning that goes back to 1883, MHS boats the oldest high school alumni association in the United States!
Association president, Jeff Pike (Class of 81) welcomed the Class of 2023, which marched into the playing of our fight song, “We Are the Mustangs!” Victoria Lotfy Stilwell (Class of 1955), an association board member since 1976, then conducted the roll call of classes—with special recognition for the Class of 1973, the Class of 1998, the Class of 2023, and other classes celebrating their 10-year reunions.
Board member Deborah Black Hansen (Class of 71) gave the invocation followed by a buffet dinner and class pictures. After dinner, Jeff thanked the Class of 1998 banquet committee—Tim Fraser and Dave Peterson—as well as the other members of the board: Kathleen (McGowan) Choate, Treasurer, (Class of 57), who is stepping down after 35 years as treasurer and having helped with the banquet since 1958; Mary Jeanne (Gallagher) Anderson, Clerk, (Class of 1971); John Murphy, (Class of 71) and Tracy (Thayer) Kilpatrick, (Class of 94).
MHS Alumni Association Banquet Photos
The photos from the 2023 Alumni Banquet May 20 at the DoubleTree Hotel in Milford are now available for viewing. Click on Gallery View to see selected pictures you can easily scroll through. There’s also an Archive View on our Google drive where you can see a list of all the pictures. The Google drive also includes a folder with photos from the 2022 banquet.
Honored Guests for the evening were Joe and Phyllis Hanlon. Joe graduated from MHS in 1955 and served as assistant principal for 40 years. His wife Phyllis was a teacher at MHS for 40 years.
The Hall of Excellence inductions included Gary Berset (Class of 69) & Eileen McNally Berset (Class 71) who were presented by their children, Erin Colagiovanni Berset (Class of 96) and Jason Berset, (Class of 98). Inducted posthumously was Daniel Sharkovitz (Class of 70) as presented by Mike Bailey (Class of 70). Dan’s daughter Kristin Sharkovitz received the plaque along with Dan’s cousin, Carol Pratt from the Class of 1970.
Six seniors received $500 scholarships including Ryan Shaughnessy, Isabel Pobudziej, and Julie Evers.
Destiny Ojukwu and Colin Roberts received the Margaret Slavin Slatkavitz (Class of 34) memorial scholarship while Michael O'Neil received the scholarship designated for a graduate with plans to enter the military.
The Class of 1973 presentations began with Patrick Beksha, the son of the late Dan Beksha, who was the Class of 1973 president. Also presenting on behalf of the guest class was Jeff Nutting, Class of 1973.
The evening closed with the awarding of the prizes. Senior game winners included Katherine Evans ($100), Colin Roberts ($50) and Alexandra Harrahy ($25). Alumni Association raffle winners included Tim Sheehan, (Class of 82), $300; Mike Decoste, (Class of 73), $400, and Judy Entenmann Porter, (Class of 73).
The date for next year’s Alumni Banquet will be confirmed later this year. The Class of 1999 is designated as the host class while the Class of 1974 and the Class of 2024 will be the honored guests as we celebrate our 138th banquet.