The Webb School gets to celebrate 150th anniversary finale -- in 152nd year

Oct 15, 2021 at 08:00 am by WGNS

Ken Cheeseman, Headmaster of The Webb School.

BELL BUCKLE, Tenn. – It is a year and a half later than expected, but The Webb School’s 150th anniversary celebration finale will be hosted on campus Oct. 21-24 — during the 152nd school year. The original school year of the celebration – 2019-2020 – was supposed to culminate with the Webb 150 Celebration and Reunion Weekend in April 2020. COVID-19 led to the postponement of the event and has halted plans for subsequent dates until now.

“We are grateful and very excited to be able to host the Webb 150 Celebration and Reunion Weekend on campus to mark such an important milestone for The Webb School. We will honor the past, celebrate the present, and look ahead to what's next,” said Head of School Ken Cheeseman. “One of the elements that I appreciate about the school is the deep love and affection that the alumni base has for Webb. Clearly the experiences that so many of our students have had at Webb have been transformative in their lives. It will be great to see many of them gather for the celebration along with current parents, families and friends.”

Board of Trustees Chair Vance Berry, a 1972 graduate, said, “My fellow board members and I feel honored to be part of this special Webb 150 weekend celebrating Webb’s history and its future. It has always been mission-driven that Webb wanted to turn out students who could make a difference in the world.  And that is what we are continuing to do in our own special way.” Berry noted, “My classmates and I will be gathering to reminisce and remind ourselves of the Webb values and traditions that have inspired us throughout our lives.”

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Webb School in Bell Buckle, TN

The weekend event will kick off with a Community Celebration and Reception on campus, sponsored by the Bell Buckle and Shelbyville-Bedford County Chambers of Commerce. Friday will include an alumni, parents and friends tailgate, homecoming football game and alumni class parties for honored class years. Saturday’s events are an alumni, parents and friends social and awards program to recognize the 2020 and 2021 Distinguished Alumni Society inductees and the 2020 and 2021 John B. Hardin Service Awards recipients. The 150th Party, under the Webb 150 Tent on campus, will cap the evening with dinner, a special program and band. The weekend will close with a church service at the Bell Buckle United Methodist Church on Sunday.

“We were off to a great start and enjoyed numerous Webb 150 commemorations that were possible in the fall of 2019 – special alumni and friends gatherings in the U.S. and abroad, a “Coast to Coast Toast”, distinctive guest speakers and classroom activities,” said Jonathon Hawkins, associate director of alumni and development and 150th Committee chair. “The Webb 150 Celebration and Reunion Weekend on Oct. 21-24 will provide a special opportunity for the Webb community to come together in celebrating this important milestone in our history while also looking to the future in anticipation of what's next."


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