The Case of the Traveling Ring

Social media can work in mysterious ways.  One of our NHSAF board members received a Facebook message just before Thanksgiving 2020 from a total stranger.  It was a fluke that the message was even seen as the board member doesn’t really use messenger.  But this message was seen along with a snapshot of an NHS 1978 class ring that said:

I’m looking for someone, most likely female, who graduated in 1978 with the initials KLW, I’m in eastern NC and found a class ring.”

Searching a 78 yearbook, there were indeed 4 senior lady Vikings found with the initials KW.  But how to find them?  Luckily, Class of 1978 had a Facebook page. Their admin posted to their site to see if 78 classmates could help identify the person. Wouldn’t it be something positive during this pandemic time to find the owner?!?  Well, a flurry of excited and encouraging responses from classmates popped up on the post, and low and behold, KLW saw the post and weighed in.   A ring had been lost by Kirsta while she was in college over 40 years ago.  It had long since been forgotten.  Could it be hers? 

NHSAF was able to connect Kirsta with the good Samaritan, Mike.  It turns out Mike had acquired several boxes of items at a thrift store going out of business.  He had plans to sell the goods at flea markets.  The ring was in the mix, and something made him want to find the owner when he saw it.  What an act of kindness Mike made trying to locate the original owner, and how easily it was done, in one day through social media! 

Do you believe in coincidences? The ring made it home again in the mail, and surprisingly both people live in North Carolina!  Kirsta’s youngest son was a Viking locally in NC.  And another? The inquiry to find the ring’s owner was made after Mike saw a recent post on the class Facebook site, one that NHSAF was seeking Viking Veterans.  Kirsta just happens to be married to a Marine!  The stars certainly were aligned at the right time for this happy ending!  

A Gift When Needed Most

In this trying year full of fear and frustration, something warm and wonderful has happened. Through the kindness of one very special Northland Alumna, the NHS Alumni Foundation’s band fundraiser has hit a beautiful high note.

Laura Spears Frankenberg, a 1980 NHS grad, has graciously helped the NHS Alumni Foundation’s (NHSAF) cause this year. Though Laura was part of the vocal music program while at NHS, she became a band fan when her children, Aundrea and Nick, who also attended NHS, enjoyed their years marching at the football games and in parades. Two of her grandchildren, Laura Jean Tanner and current senior Micah Tanner, also have the NHS band in their blood. Yes, that is three generations of Northland Vikings!

With a heart that is always giving, Laura has chosen to give back to her high school with inheritance money received. She gifted $2,000 to the NHS Alumni Foundation, all this for the simple cause that the students are so deserving. And through that kindness, an anonymous alumnae donor has matched her donation! We cannot thank these Viking alumni enough!

Through the generous and kind hearts of other alumni, NHSAF has raised a total of $7,900 towards the repair or replacement of many band instruments and the cleaning and mending of band uniforms. As one alumnus said “We want to help the band get its beat back!”

NHSAF appreciates the giving spirit of Laura Spears Frankenberg, the matching donation of another alumnus, as well as all of our Viking donors, in support of the current NHS student family. We appreciate the alumni also working with the staff to achieve this goal.

If you, too, want to be a part of this deserving effort, you can make a donation by contacting NHSAF Treasurer Laurie Spinosi at laurie.alum@northlandhigh.com

***Football Mania Update**

A generous NHS Alum has offered to donate $10 for every CharityMania ticket sold now through October 28th. If you have been waiting to buy, or on the fence about getting a ticket, now is the time to make your move. Not only will the instrumental program benefit from your purchase, but also from an additional donation of $10. Buying a ticket is easy just go to https://www.charitymania.com/give/CA00A

If you would like more info go to our webpage: https://northlandhigh.com/2020-football-mania-fundraiser/
or contact Pam Jones Zeirott, ’72, nhs72.pam@gmail.com.

If you wish to just make a donation, please mail a check to NHSAF PO Box 1894 Westerville OH 43086 (please note in the memo:Band)- or click the donate button on the right side of the page.

We are a non-profit, your donations are tax deductible to the extent the law allows. Please help us meet this need.

NHSAF Board Meeting Will Be Virtual Until Further Notice

With safety in mind we will be conducting our monthly meetings virtually for the foreseeable future. Upcoming meeting times are listed below.

Topic: NHSAF Monthly Board Meetings (alumni welcome!)
When: Every month on the Second Tuesday
        Jan 12, 2021 06:30 PM
        Feb 9, 2021 06:30 PM
        Mar 9, 2021 06:30 PM
        Apr 6, 2021 06:30 PM
        May 11, 2021 06:30 PM

If you are interested in attending, email laurie.alum@northlandhigh.com for the virtual meeting information.

NHSAF 6th Annual Alumni Golf Outing

COVID-19 has had us thinking creatively and safely! This year’s golf outing will still take place, and we’ve streamlined it for your safety.

NEW DATE AND TIME: Saturday, October 24th at 11:00 a.m.
NEW COURSE: Chapel Hill, 7516 Johnstown Rd., Mount Vernon 43050
DETAILS: $60 per golfer includes range time, golf, cart, lunch ticket.
CASH PRIZES:  1st, 2nd and 3rd places!
DUE DATE for FEES: 10/1/2020

Can’t play? Consider being a Hole Sponsor for $100.  We’ll advertise your business at all future events!

Proceeds support needy causes at our alma mater, Ol’ Northland High!

Contact Pam Jones Zeirott at nhs72.pam@gmail.com or 614-578-5459 for more info.

New Alumni

Northland HS Alumni Foundation helped to make graduation more festive for the 2020 seniors who missed out on end-of-year activities by gifting them Northland Viking Alumni t-shirts. These shirts were part of the “After Graduation” goodie bags that were put together by the staff at Northland and handed out to this year’s graduating seniors.

Congrats to the 234 students in the Class of 2020, and thanks to those alumni who donated to this wonderful cause!

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2020 Bowl-A-Mania

With close to 50 bowlers and another 15 to 20 alumni non bowlers, our first bowling adventure was a big success and a fun, family oriented event. Thanks to all that came out and thanks to Sequoia Pro Bowl for hosting us.

Members can see the full gallery HERE

The Madness of March

Want to join our March Madness Squares Pool? Brackets are way too hard, so we are selling squares for our tournament-long pool at $20 a square. Each square gives you a chance to win in every game of the tournament.  That’s 67 chances to win! Proceeds support student programs at our Alma Mater!

Click the link below for details. Contact Neal Ric Johnson if you are interested in buying a square or two or three…

MARCH MADNESS SQUARES

1st Annual BOWL-A-MANIA EVENT

Hello Alumni – 

We have put together a fun, family friendly event for the winter. We invite all Alumni, Current Northland Students, Teachers, Staff, Friends and Family to come out to Sequoia Lanes on Sunday, February 23rd from 2pm to 4pm for bowling and prizes. The cost is $15 per person for 2 hours of bowling, shoes and ball included. Registration is required. Registration cut off is 2/9/20

 

$6,300 Raised for New Home Wrestling Mat

We are so excited and proud to represent all the donors that supported our drive to purchase a Home mat for the NHS Viking wrestling team. Pictured here is $6,300 Check presentation to Coach Joe Murray during our November Foundation meeting.

Thanks again to all of our Alumni and friends of NHS that helped make this donation possible. Please join us Wednesday, January 15th at 6:00 pm for the Senior Night home meet at NHS and the debut of the new mat.