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Posted on May 3, 2022

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Guests enjoy a previous Charles H. Darden High School Alumni Association anniversary banquet. This year's homecoming weekend is May 27-29.

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Guests enjoy a previous Charles H. Darden High School Alumni Association anniversary banquet. This year's homecoming weekend is May 27-29.

The Charles H. Darden High School Alumni Association is gearing up for its Homecoming Alumni Weekend during the Memorial Day holiday from May 27-29.  

This year’s theme is “A Legacy of 51 Years … The Past, The Present, The Future.” Five classes will be honored this year: the classes of 1942, 1947, 1952, 1962 and 1970.

The weekend will begin with the third annual Memorial Golf Tournament honoring Ervin Cogdell at 1 p.m. Friday, May 27, at Wedgewood Public Golf Course in Wilson. Registration starts at 10 a.m. 

The general membership meeting is planned for 7 p.m. Friday followed by a meet-and-greet and fish fry from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Alumni will recognize 2022 scholarship recipients during the annual awards banquet at 4 p.m. Saturday. 

Jimesha Barnes, a 2021 scholarship recipient who’s attending North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro, will give a “salute” to the graduates. She is the daughter of the Rev. Maurice Barnes and Vanessa Barnes of Wilson.

The Charles H. Darden High School Alumni Association was founded in 1971 by a group of dedicated Trojans who wanted the legacy of the old Darden High School to be remembered after it closed at the end of the 1970 academic year due to changes from public school integration. 

The association was incorporated and set Memorial Day weekend as the homecoming weekend.

Though the celebration includes many activities and chances to reminisce with classmates and friends, the primary goal is to provide scholarship opportunities for Wilson County public high school students graduating from Beddingfield, Fike, Hunt and the Wilson Early College Academy who plan to attend historically Black colleges and universities. The association has awarded more than $500,000 in scholarships through 2021. 

Early registration for the alumni weekend ends on May 14. 

Attendance for events will be limited to 300 to allow for social distancing. Masks and sanitizer will be available to maintain safety standards. 

Membership packages and tickets can be picked from 4-7 p.m. Thursday, May 26; 4-10 p.m. Friday, May 27; and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 28.

Other activities for the weekend include the annual scholarship dance at 10 p.m. on Saturday with DJ Bobby B. The annual building fund disco with DJ K-Nice and building fund raffle are set for 10 p.m. Sunday.

For more information, contact the Darden Alumni Center at 252-243-9316, Donna Simms Pulley at 252-289-5925 or Sammie Dew at 252-245-1499.

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