GALION – While the Galion City School’s Connections Weekend is a time for alumni to visit their hometown and reconnect with old friends, it is also an opportunity for current Galion students to network with Galion alums and showcase the talents and lessons they’ve been learning.
The weekend’s activities kicked off with the annual homecoming pep rally and bonfire Oct. 13.
Athletes from every fall sports team at the middle and high school were introduced, and a combined alumni/high school marching band performed throughout the event. The middle school and youth cheerleaders and football teams were also a part of the festivities.
“The annual homecoming pep rally is a great way to celebrate our outstanding student-athletes, cheerleaders and band members,” said Kyle Baughn, Galion’s athletic director. “This was a fantastic celebration of students at all levels.”
On Oct. 14, there were two more events for students and alumni. The first was the annual Career Day.
This year’s event featured seven speakers sharing their insights with eighth-grade students.
“I hope that any success in my career, and my love for psychology, inspires at least one student to value the quality of a public education, and consider psychology as a career,” said Dr. Kevin Arnold, Class of 1975 and Career Day speaker. “I would not be successful without the values and stick-to-it-iveness I learned from my teachers and coaches in the Galion City Schools.”
Friday evening’s events concluded with the football game. Megan Zier was crowned the 2016 Homecoming Queen.
“Career Day has become an event our students look forward to every year,” said middle school principal Joe Morabito. “While this is only my first year with the district, I immediately saw the impact our alumni made on the students and am excited to see what future events do for Galion students.”
The final day of Connections Weekend started with the annual Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast. Students from the intermediate and primary schools worked as servers during the event and performed musical selections from The Leader in Me program. The Galion High School Showtunes show choir also performed during the event.