Weir Class of 1955 leaves lasting impression

CLASS OF 1955 — Members of the Weir High School Class of 1955 recently decided to no longer hold regular class reunions, opting instead to clear the financial books and donate a pair of metal sculptures, as well as a sign, to be placed at the entrance to the high school’s Carl R. Hamill Fieldhouse. Pictured with the sculptures are, in front, Marlene Hare, Marie Straight, Joan McAlpine, Mary Gallias and Gerry Donofe, and in back Weir High Assistant Principal Jeanne Pellegrino. -- Contributed

WEIRTON — After more than 60 years of reunions, the Weir High School Class of 1955 decided to stop holding regular, formal gatherings, and instead make a lasting contribution to their alma mater.

The last reunion for the Class of 1955 was held in 2015, chaired by Gerry Donofe, Toot Horstman and Mary Gallias.

Clearing their financial books, members of the class reached out to Weir High Assistant Principal Jeanne Pellegrino to see what needs the school might have.

After receiving several suggestions, the class decided to commission some metal artwork by New Cumberland artist Ken Sinsel.

The sculptures depict a band member holding an F horn and an athlete holding a basketball, as well as a “Class of 55” sign.

Done in the school colors of red and black, the sculptures are now located outside of the entrance to the Carl R. Hamill Fieldhouse at Weir High.

The Class of 1955 also is issuing a challenge to all other graduating classes from Weir High to follow suit and find ways to contribute to the school campus.

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