The Gibbs High School classes of ‘63, ‘65 and ‘66 held their annual scholarship dance last Friday, December 22 at the Gulfport Casino
BY RAVEN JOY SHONEL, Staff Writer
GULFPORT – The Gulfport Casino was the place to be Friday, Dec. 22 when several Gibbs High School alumni classes held their yearly scholarship dance. With an estimated 400 partygoers celebrating, classmates and friends got down on the dance floor until the wee hours of the morning.
Last Friday night wasn’t just about class members shakin’ it on the dance floor—although a lot of that was going on—it was also about the continued love of their beloved alma mater.
“We’re all graduates of Gibbs High School, and we’re still devoted to Gibbs so we do this every year to raise money to give scholarships to Gibbs High graduates,” said Bob Perry, alumni president for the Class of ’63.
With ticket prices at $20 each, participating classes will split the proceeds evenly and each class will choose Gibbs High students they feel are most deserving. Last year’s dance raised close to $7,000 after expenses and this year’s dance was expected to do the same.
Classes may come and go, but the classes of ’63, ’65 and ’66 remain faithful to cause.
“A lot of our kids have difficulty raising finances to go to college, so we try to help out by having this dance…,” Perry stated.
Melvin Williams, alumni class president of 1965, said his class not only gives out scholarships to new students every year, they have also been following a particular student from a freshman in college.
“Her grade point average, her personality, we knew she would be successful,” Williams said. “We don’t just randomly go about this. We go to the school. We ask to talk to the parents. Get their grades…”
This impressive young lady, Xanquilla McKinnon, is finishing up at the University of Central Florida and pondering law school. Williams said the Class of ’65 will be right by her side if she decides to continue her education.