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By Mildred Lykens
Lyle News 

The remarkable Lyle Alumni Association


April 22, 2020

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A long- time coming praise, gleaned from the pages of What’s Happening in the Lyle Newsletter, expresses the feelings of many local residents. It stated:

“We want to express our heartfelt thanks to two very special alumni, Barbara Sexton and George Cooper, for their years of dedication to the Lyle High School Alumni Association. The two of them established and, nearly single-handedly, continued the association for over 35 years. Among their accomplishments was organizing multi-class reunions and creating a scholarship fund for new graduates. With alumni donations and any profits from the reunions, the association awarded scholarships to Lyle High School graduates. Starting in 1987 with $200 scholarships, they oversaw the investment of the fund, growing it to a balance that allowed them to present $1,000 scholarships the past few years. In 2019, the alumni association made its last award to Sydney Rains of the class of 2019. With no one stepping up to take over the association’s management, Barbara and George are disbanding it. What was still in the scholarship fund—just over $11,000—was transferred to the school district to be combined with the existing scholarship fund established by a $35,000 donation by another alumnus, Robert Halverson. And that, Barbara Sexton says, is very appropriate, because Mr. Halverson, who passed away in 2018, also donated most of the funds in the alumni association account. The account is invested with the Gorge Community Foundation and pays out enough every year for at least two scholarships, likely to soon be three.”

Margaret Mead famously said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” Barbara, George, and Robert certainly did that for Lyle graduates.


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