For the 53rd consecutive year, Anoka Alumni Letterman’s Club hosted its banquet and scholarship ceremony May 28 at Green Haven Golf Course in Anoka. More than 175 A-club members (Anoka graduates dating back to classes of the 1940s) gathered for a golf event, silent auction, dinner, presentation of the 2013 Everette Vevea and Jack Blesi memorial scholarships and a keynote address by University of Minnesota Athletic Director Norwood Teague.
Teague spoke candidly about the state of the athletic department, hiring new men’s basketball head coach Richard Pitino and the football scheduling issues from exchanging North Carolina for Texas Christian.
Letterman’s Club President Carl Youngquist noted some graduates from 1954 and 1957 came from Florida and Connecticut, respectively. Tony Flint, a 1988 scholarship honoree, spoke about memories from 25 years ago; after that, two $5,000 scholarships were presented to Ryan Rumpca and Tanner McCardle.
Rumpca plans to major in industrial technology at Bemidji State University and McCardle plans to major in biomedical engineering at the University of Minnesota. Additionally, the Billy Bye Activity Fund, which is managed by the Letterman’s Club, gave $5,400 to 38 students to help with participation fees from music to athletics.