CLARK, NJ –The Arthur L. Johnson Alumni Association will hold its December meeting in the Media Center at the Arthur L. Johnson High School on Wednesday, Dec. 10 at 9:30 a.m. All Arthur L. Johnson High School alumni are invited to attend.
The Association will discuss the upcoming 2015 Hall of Fame nominations and begin planning the spring fundraising dinner.
The ALJ Alumni Association was founded in 2009 as a result of the Class of 1959 reunion efforts. Tom McManamy, a ’59 graduate, started with a simple website to attract and inform his fellow graduates about reunion activities. McManamy, along with current Association President and fellow Class of ’59 graduate, Art Lundgren, recognized the broader appeal of the website and expanded its scope to include additional graduating classes as their reunion years approached.
The Association has grown to over 1,200 registered members representing many of the school’s graduating classes. ALJ has graduated more than 15,000 students since it opened and Lundgren would like to see the Association’s membership increase even more.
“We’d like to reach the younger people,” said Lundgren. “A lot of our current students’ parents are ALJ alumni themselves, and we’d like to see them join, too.”
Alumni, parents, friends, faculty and staff of the school may create a free online profile and register at the Association’s website: aljalumni.org
In 2014, the Association conducted its first Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. The Hall was created to recognize outstanding achievement by ALJ alumni in each of five categories: Accomplished Professional, Community Contributor, Volunteer, Crusader Pride and Distinguished Faculty. The categories were carefully chosen to recognize the broad contributions of the school’s graduates in multiple disciplines.
Nominations for consideration for the 2015 Hall of Fame are due on January 15, 2015. The Nomination Form can be downloaded from the Arthur L. Johnson High School website. To be considered for the Hall of Fame, a nominee must have graduated from ALJ (ten or more years from graduation year), served as a faculty/staff member or been associated with the school for a minimum of six years.
Proceeds from the Hall of Fame dinner and the association’s other fundraising activities are used to fund two annual scholarships for ALJ graduating seniors. The scholarships are unique in that proceeds may be used to fund either college or trade school tuition. Interested seniors should contact the school’s guidance department for a scholarship application.
2014 winners of the Arthur L. Johnson Alumni Association Scholarships were Emily Curran and Shane Lynes.
In addition to the Hall of Fame and scholarship awards, the Alumni Association plans a variety of social events such as bus trips to New York City, golf outings and tailgate parties.
The Association also maintains a presence on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ArthurL.JohsnonALUMNIASSOCIATIONOFFICIALPAGE.