Recap of 2017 Alumni Weekend
The Portville Alumni Committee would like to thank everyone who
attended the Alumni Banquet and Heritage Day activities for 2017. It was
a beautiful weekend weather-wise so we had several full days of fun and
reminiscing with school classes. Our second annual kayaking event with
Preston Van Curen was a huge success this year! There were 45 people
who kayaked, including our 5 volunteers. The extra rain earlier this year
helped the water level in the river and a good time was had by all!
Last year, our venue was the Event Center at Good Times of Olean. We
will be having the banquet there again this year. PCS Graduate, West
Long, and his wife Christine have done a terrific job with their large events
and banquets. If you have not experienced Good Times yet, you will find
it has a lot of activities in a very large complex. They have bowling alleys,
arcade games, mini-golf, volleyball pits, the Hammerback Bar and Grill,
The Point Restaurant for fine dining, and the Snak Shak for quick, casual
Our dinner and meeting was held in their private banquet room. During
our business meeting we made a motion to open up the Alumni
Scholarship to all PCS seniors. In the past, we had a requirement that at
least one parent had to graduate from Portville. This excluded many
deserving seniors from applying. We hope that this change will encourage
more PCS seniors to apply next year. This year, we awarded $500 to help
defray tuition costs for the recipient.
Our Master of Ceremonies, PCS Teacher and Coach, Gary Swetland
acknowledged the many seniors that were being honored that night as well
as those who were staff at Good Times. Scholarships were awarded as
Elayna Keim, 2017
Senior Alumni Scholarship
Haley Unverdorben, 2018
Junior Recipient, Alumni Award
Mathew Waugh, 2017
Charles Bretzin Memorial Award
Chloe Dunn, 2017 Alyssa Martin, 2017 Jacob Parr, 2017
Recipients of the Class of 1982 Memorial Award
Rae Fitzsimmons, 2017 Gabi Wilson, 2017
Keeley Award Keeley Award
For Environmental For Humanitarian
Technology Invention Technology Invention
Ronald Lott III, 2017
2017 Senior Class President
Portville Hall of Fame Inductees for 2017 were as follows:
Bob (PCS 1979) and Holly (OHS) Fischer with Gary Swetland
Jeff Latten (PCS 1978) - Portville Fire Department Chief
Marie (Snyder) Petrick, HOF Class of 2017
Marilyn (Coss) Reynolds, HOF Class fo 2017
Two of the greatest art teachers ever!
More Fun Alumni Photographs
Our favorite day in the summer is always Heritage Day in Downtown
Portville! It is the place to be all day Saturday when tents and vendors
are set up all around Pioneer Park. Bob and Holly Fischer's Antique Car
Show is a main feature as well as children's games, a petting zoo, chicken
BBQ at the Fire Hall, more food and many crafts. Our Alumni Committee
set up a large tent again this year, providing shade and places to sit for
Syd (Snyder) Evans was at the banquet Friday night to see her mother,
Marie, receive her Hall of Fame award. She is a great photographer and
took many wonderful pictures on both Friday night and Saturday at the
park. We were able to get her photo too!
If you have joined the Portville Central School Alumni group on Facebook,
you know that Teresa Piccirillo has been doing a fantastic job maintaining
that group! She posts all sorts of things related to PCS Alumni as well as
other current events and Portville News. To join, just click on the link
below for our group (the blue icon) and it will take you where you need to
go on facebook. See more of Syd's photos there too!
For the Sports-Minded Alumnus
As we mentioned above, Extreme Sportsman Preston Van Curen led the
Alumni Kayakers down the Allegheny River again this year. Many thanks to
Wimp Swetland, who provided the river access in Mill Grove for the launch.
We had a really great group of both experienced and novice level
kayakers. But no matter the ability, everyone seemed to have a really
good time! Thank you to our volunteers who transported boats, loaded
and unloaded, and got everyone to the destination.
The school opened their Pierson Ropes Course on Sunday afternoon with
free access to the pubic. Many thanks to the volunteers who assisted -
they are specially qualified to be guides on the course. No matter how
many of these types of challenges you have already done, it is always an
exhilarating experience. Frair's Forest is a fun place to play and the
course, named after Bernice Pierson, is a great addition to Portville school.
For more information on 2018 events, go to our Calendar of Events page.
You will also find the reservation form for the Banquet and a registration
form for our Kayaking event.
Portville Alumni Association
This Page was updated on 04-30-2018