On Tuesday, April 25, 2017, alumni, friends, teachers, staff and families came together to honor the best of the best at East Meck High School. Four alumni were inducted to the Wall of Fame: Ed Chesnutt ’58, Libby Whitescarver Privette ’59, Joan Nesbit Mabe ’80 and “NoLimit” Larry Mims ’95. Our newest inductees were introduced by Richard Vinroot ’59, Rachel Harkey Helms ’59, Larry McAfee and David Davis respectively.
The Foundation’s newest endeavor was then announced: the All Star Eagle Educator Hall of Honor. At that time, 3 educators were recognized for their dedication and commitment to the East Meck High School Community. Mr. D.K. Pittman was remembered for being our first Principal and leading East for 23 years. Mr. Gene Morgan received a standing ovation for his 49 years as Teacher, Assistant Principal and Volunteer at East Meck. The crowd was then brought to its feet again as Mr. Larry McAfee, Teacher and Coach, was acknowledged for dedicating his career to East Meck students.
The program closed out with remarks from Jerry Helms ’59 who encouraged some friendly fundraising competition between the decades, explaining that the Foundation set up 6 separate funds, one for each decade of East Meck graduates. He then led the entire Auditorium in a beautiful rendition of our Alma Mater.
After the program, all attendees headed to the cafeteria where a delicious meal was waiting for them. Dinner was prepared and served by the award winning Culinary Arts Department. While enjoying their meal, alumni and friends filled out pledge cards and made donations to the Foundation to help the continued support of East Meck Teachers.
East Mecklenburg High School students, Blair Riggsbee ‘17 and Jensine Crowder ‘19, competed at the Family Career Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) State Culinary Competition, February 10, 2017 at Johnson and Wales University. The team scored a perfect 100 and brought home the Gold to East Meck. Their stellar performance preparing a Spinach and Arugula Salad with Almond Coated Goat Cheese and Vinaigrette, Herbed Apple Glazed Chicken, Mashed Potatoes and Butternut Squash with Brown Butter not only landed them a perfect score, but earned both girls scholarships to Johnson and Wales University.
Riggsbee and Crowder, along with their Culinary Arts teacher, Dale Richardson, will represent East Meck at the National Competition in Nashville, TN scheduled for July 2-6. This with be the first time either girl has visited Nashville. They are excited to travel, compete and represent East Meck.
The Foundation is proud to support the Culinary Arts Department. It’s an honor to provide funding for such a successful program!