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            News Archive
            Photos from Alumni Weekend 2011
            Former Dean Richard Ingram and food service
            supervisor Yetiva Hill were honored.
            Read the text of the presentation
            by Paul Cushman by  
            clicking here.

            Read the text of the presentation
            by Nan Barnette by clicking here
            .

            Oliver Welch is a 1952 graduate of the Martha Berry School for Boys who
            attended Berry College and received his doctoral degree from Georgia
            State University. He has distinguished himself in service to several Georgia
            governors and earned professional designations in numerous fields,
            including urban planning (AIP), accounting (CPA), law (JD), real estate
            (CPM) and financial planning (CFP).
            Early in his career, Mr. Welch assisted in the establishment of Georgia’s
            first statewide budget bureau and was responsible for a report, “Georgia’s
            Greatest Investment – Education,” that helped lead to changes in the state’
            s education funding formula and the reorganization of the Georgia
            Department of Education (GDE). Before the age of 30, he found himself
            serving as deputy superintendent of the reorganized GDE.

            At 31, Mr. Welch was tasked with establishing Georgia’s first statewide
            planning agency, recruiting a diverse group of more than 100 professionals
            from throughout the nation to act as a "think tank" for the governor’s office.
            Later, he served as the first director of Georgia’s Bureau of Community
            Affairs and was chairman of the governor’s computer advisory board.

            As his career progressed, Mr. Welch served in executive management
            positions in several public and private corporations and established his own
            wealth management corporation. He also served on the faculty of several
            universities and provided leadership for numerous civic organizations,
            among them the Northwest Council of the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce
            (which he served as president), the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce and the
            Buckhead Business Association.

            Most recently, the Atlanta resident co-authored the first book on the history
            of the financial planning profession, to be published later this year by John
            Wiley & Sons as part of the 40th anniversary of the profession.
            Oliver Welch, Class of 1952
            Winner of the 2009 Distinguished Achievement Award

            Berry Alumni Association
            On July 29, 2011 the Rome-Floyd Parks and Recreation Authority named the
            new activities building in North Floyd Park the "Bill Thornton Recreation Center".
            served as Dean of Students for several years. Read more about the event and
            see photos of his former Berry players who attended the event by
            clicking here
            or click the photo above.

            Bob Williams, Class of 1962, Inducted
            Into Rome-Floyd Sports Hall of Fame
            On February 27, 2012 Bob Williams was inducted into the Rome-Floyd Sports Hall of
            Fame for his meritorious community service. As an adult Bob began to broadcast local
            high  school basketball games as well as Berry College basketball games which he
            continues to do today. For many years he has generously donated vans from his car
            dealership for Berry teams to use for away games. It is for his service to the community
            that Bob Williams has been inducted into the Rome-Floyd Sports Hall of Fame.

            J. Ray and Marilyn Allen
            Were Honored During Alumni Weekend 2013
            The Berry Breakfast Club honored J. Ray and Marilyn Allen with the Outstanding
            Faculty/Staff Award during Alumni Weekend May 17-19, 2013. The award was
            presented at the annual High School/Academy breakfast in Hill Dining Hall on May
            18th. The Berry Breakfast Club is an informal group of Berry High School and Berry
            Academy alumni that meets monthly at the Landmark Restaurant in Rome, usually
            on the second Saturday of each month. The Outstanding Faculty/Staff Award has
            been presented annually since 1994 and seeks to recognize outstanding and
            exceptional individuals that worked for the High School / Academy.
            Then and Now
            It is amazing what 45 years will do to you.
            Bob Williams, Class of '62,
            Gives $500,000 for New Berry
            Football Stadium
            Photo courtesy of Alan Story
            Thornton, Shahan Honored at
            Alumni Weekend 2014
            Bill Thornton
            John Shahan
            Former faculty members Bill Thornton and John Shahan were presented the
            Berry Outstanding Faculty/ Staff Award on Saturday morning, May 31st at the
            High School/Academy breakfast in Hill Dining Hall. The award is presented
            annually by the Berry Breakfast Club and seeks to recognize outstanding and
            exceptional individuals that worked for the High School / Academy.
            Celebrating the 50th
            Anniversary!
            Berry's Winningest Basketball Team is Honored
            Millard Carlisle (from left), Billy Bell, Jerry Chastain, Coach Jerry Shelton, MVP Tom Butler, Don
            Collins, Greyson Whiteside, Bill McWhorter, Manager Fred Beazley and Steve Ellis at Berry College
            on Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. (Sierra Campbell/Rome News-Tribune)
            1964-65 Berry Academy Falcons were honored on the 50th anniversary of their championship
            victory in the Rome-News Tribune Holiday Festival Tournament.
            Read more about the 1964-65 team by clicking here.
            Tournament MVP and co-captain Tom Butler (left) and co-captain Jerry
            Chastain (right) present the trophy  to Coach Jerry Shelton at Berry College
            on Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. (Sierra Campbell/Rome News-Tribune)
            Read more about the 1964-65 team by clicking here.
            Tom Raulerson Receives
            Outstanding Faculty/Staff
            Award For 2015
            Former Berry Academy English and journalism teacher, Tom
            Raulerson
            (right), was presented the Outstanding Faculty/Staff Award
            by Mike Murdock '73A during Alumni Weekend.  Raulerson taught and
            coached at the Academy for nine years, from 1966 through 1975. The
            award is presented annually by the Berry Breakfast Club and seeks to
            recognize outstanding and exceptional individuals that worked for the
            High School / Academy.
            Catanzano Honored
            Dr. Robert Catanzano was presented the Berry Outstanding Faculty/ Staff Award on Saturday
            morning, May 21, 2016 at the High School/Academy breakfast in Hill Dining Hall as part of
            Alumni Weekend activities. The award is presented annually by the Berry Breakfast Club and
            seeks to recognize outstanding and exceptional individuals that worked for the High School /
            Academy.
            Cohen, Puckett Honored By
            Berry Breakfast Club
            Roberta Hyers Cohen and Bob Puckett were honored at Alumni Weekend with the
            presentation to them of the Outstanding Faculty/Staff Award. The Outstanding
            Faculty/Staff Award has been presented annually since 1994 and seeks to recognize
            outstanding and exceptional individuals that worked for the High School / Academy. In
            addition to the award presentation, their names will be engraved on the large
            permanent plaque that hangs in the Berry Alumni Center featuring all of the previous
            recipients of this award. The award is sponsored by the Berry Breakfast Club, a group
            of high school/academy alumni that work to preserve the history of the Berry high
            schools.

            Ms. Cohen was the wife of Franklin Hyers, Dean of Students in the mid-to-late 1960s.
            She served as dorm mother in Friendship Hall and ran the school store. She lives in
            Waycross, GA. Mr. Puckett was a math instructor in the late ‘60s and early ‘70s and
            remained in education as a teacher and administrator in Floyd County until his
            retirement. He lives in Rome.

            The award ceremony took place on Saturday, May 20th in Hill Dining Hall as part of
            the high school/academy alumni breakfast during Alumni Weekend.
            Julia Belvin Receives First Ever
            High Schools and Academy Work
            Scholarship
            Julia Belvin, a sophomore from Acworth, GA, has been selected as the first recipient
            of the High Schools and Academy Work Scholarship. Julia is majoring in Early
            Childhood Education and she works on the Mountain Campus in Hamrick Hall at the
            Elementary Middle School (EMS).

            The scholarship was created by the Academy class of 1964. It was established in
            memory and in honor of all students, faculty, and/or staff who attended or worked at
            the Boys Industrial School, Mount Berry Farm School, Foundation School, Martha
            Berry School for Girls, Mount Berry School for Boys, and/or Berry Academy.
            The purpose of the Berry High Schools and Academy Work Scholarship is to help
            preserve and teach the rich history and heritage of the Berry high schools by
            assisting needy students in pursuing their education at Berry College.

            According to Lori Frederick, Director of the EMS, Julia is responsible, dedicated,
            smart and very capable of "thinking on her feet". She is a problem-solver, one who
            applies common sense and intelligence to her work. She is a very fitting recipient for
            this award.
            Berry Establishes
            High School/Academy
            Sports Hall of Fame
            One hundred and ten former Berry athletes, coaches and administrators were recently inducted
            into the newly established Berry High School/Academy Sports Hall of Fame. The mass induction
            ceremony took place in The Cage Center arena on October 7, 2017 as part of Mountain Day
            Weekend activities. About 350 people attended the most impressive dinner and induction ceremony.

            The creation of the Hall of Fame received the enthusiastic blessing of Berry College President Dr.
            Stephen Briggs and represents one more initiative by Berry that is aimed at preserving the rich
            history of the Mount Berry School for Boys and Berry Academy. The new Berry High
            School/Academy Sports Hall of Fame is meant to honor those who made exceptional contributions
            as a student-athlete, coach or administrator and who demonstrated the highest levels of integrity,
            character and sportsmanship. An interactive kiosk detailing the accomplishments of each inductee
            is located in the upper level of The Cage Center in the Edward and Garland Dickey Hall of Sports
            History.

            Over two years ago, a Hall of Fame Selection Committee was formed with by-laws that were
            approved by the college. The committee was chaired by Todd Brooks, Berry College Director of
            Intercollegiate Athletics, and it included several college administrators plus numerous alumni from
            the high school and academy. Former coaches at the high school and academy were heavily
            involved in the selection process as consultants and advisors.

            Nominations were solicited from all Berry alumni and members of the Berry community. The
            selection committee worked for over two years gathering information, researching newspapers,
            yearbooks and Georgia High School Association records for information to be used in the
            evaluation and selection process.

            The large induction class of 110 individuals is a unique aspect in the establishment of the Hall of
            Fame. The Selection Committee decided early on to have one large induction ceremony. Since the
            Academy closed in 1983 and no “new” alumni are being “created”, the rationale was to honor
            everyone all at once while most are still living, rather than honoring much smaller induction classes
            year-after-year over an extended period of time.

            For an alphabetical list of the inductees,
            CLICK HERE.
            Crowd Of 350+ On Hand For Induction Ceremony
            Alumni Share Their Experiences
            With Berry Elementary Students In
            Panel Discussion
            Each year the Berry College Elementary Middle School (BCEMS) located on the Mountain Campus
            celebrates Mountain Day with their own Heritage Day.  The reason for this is because their students are
            too young to participate in the Mountain Day activities.  On Friday, September 28, 2018 the BCEMS invited
            seven High School/Academy Alumni to sit on a panel discussionin the Hamrick Hall auditorium.

            The alumni on panel were Jim Morris ‘79A, John Shahan ‘64A, Greyson Whiteside ‘66A, Teresa Puckett
            ‘75A, Bob Williams ‘62H, Bill Thornton (former coach and Dean of Students) and Wayne Howard ‘72A.  

            Jim Morris reflected on the event, “Though it still hurts that the Academy isn’t there anymore, I can promise
            you that the spirit of the Berry schools and the philosophy of heads, hands and hearts is still very much
            alive there now. What a special day I had today at BCEMS…  The panel spoke about what life was like way
            back in the dark ages.  The students and staff were polite and attentive and it was so cool to see the Berry
            traditions being carried on.  We opened with the Pledge of Allegiance and then closed with the Berry Alma
            Mater which was student led.  It had been a long time since I had sung that song...  I’m sure that
            something got in my eye during that… It was a fun, rewarding day!”
            Members of the alumni panel were (L to R) - Jim Morris 79A, John Shahan 64A, Greyson Whiteside 66A,
            Teresa Smith Puckett 75A, Bob Williams 62H, Bill Thornton (former coach and Dean of Students) and
            Wayne Howard 72A.