Celebrating Alumni Stories

Each year the Alumni Association selects alumni to highlight during Homecoming as a way to celebrate alumni stories. This tradition provides an opportunity to hear each others' journeys since high school and be inspired by lives of service, professional contributions, family commitment, and community engagement.

From 1992 to 2020, the school presented awards in categories including lifetime service, alumnus of the year, and later, young alumnus and community engagement. In 2021, the practice was reframed from an "award" to "Celebrating Alumni Stories."

 

Kirsten Nafziger '89 Moore, 2019
Kirsten Nafziger '89 Moore, 2019

Submit a Nomination

We welcome suggestions for alumni whose stories we should tell! Submissions need not fit in a particular category as used in the past. The committee will review nominations early each year and finalize selections by May 15 for recognition the following fall. Complete the online form, email alumni@easternmennonite.org, or write a letter to the Alumni Office, 801 Parkwood Drive, Harrisonburg, Va., 22801.

Keith and Ellen Helmuth, '55, Lifetime Service Award 2020
Keith and Ellen Helmuth, '55, Lifetime Service Award 2020
Lifetime Service awardees
2017 -- Dr. Robert Eshleman '52
2016 -- Miriam Mumaw '56
2015 -- Ron Brown '70
2013 -- Edward Stoltzfus '48
2012 -- Sam '52 &Sarah '52 Weaver
2011 -- Steve '66 and Elsie Weaver '66
2010 -- Eugene Diener '60
2009 -- Willard "Bill" Helmuth '58
2008 -- Milton '53 & Mary Ethel '55 Heatwole
2007 -- George R. Brunk III '52
2006 -- Willard Heatwole '51
2005 -- John Lederach '50
2004 -- Glendon L. Blosser '47
2003 -- Mary Katherine Deputy '32 Brubaker
2002 -- J. Alton Horst '42

Alumnus of the Year Recipients

2017 -- Beryl Jantzi '77
2016 -- Tim Brenneman '76
2015 -- Joseph Longacher '55
2014 -- Earl Burkholder '64
2013 -- Harry Kraus, Jr. '78
2012 -- Titus Peachey '67
2011 -- LuAnn Miller ’81 Bender
2010  -- Aletha Stahl '85
2009 -- Becky Stoltzfus '79
2008 -- Carol Schrock ’73 Jordan
2007 -- Lawrence E. Ressler ‘72
2006 -- Ken '56 and Kass Seitz ‘56
2005 -- John W. Miller ‘45
2004 -- Esther Kniss ’49 Augsburger
2003 -- Harry Kraus, Sr., MD  ‘43
2002 -- Paul D. ‘59 and Carol D. ‘59 Yoder
2001 -- D. Rohrer Eshleman ‘41 & Phillip Guengerich ‘66
2000 -- Don Jacobs ‘45 & Eugene Souder ‘45
1999 -- Dwight ’39 & Ellen ‘43 Hartman
1998 -- Eugene Stoltzfus ‘58
1997 -- John A. Lapp ‘50
1996 -- J. Lester Brubaker ‘42
1995 -- George ’30 & Margaret ‘29 Brunk
1994 -- Nate Miller ‘60
1993 -- Harold ‘29 & Arlene Heatwole  ‘26 Eshleman
1992 -- J. Daryl Byler ‘74
Community Engagement Award
Kirsten Nafziger '89 Moore, Commulnity Engagement Award 2019
Kirsten Nafziger '89 Moore, Commulnity Engagement Award 2019
Andrew Jenner '00, Community Engagement Award in 2020, with Rachel and their children.
Andrew Jenner '00, Community Engagement Award in 2020, with Rachel and their children.
Shenandoah Valley Children's Choir under the direction of Janet Hostetler (EMHS class of 1983).
Janet Hostetler '83, Alumnus of the Year 2018. Shenandoah Valley Children's Choir under the direction of Hostetler .

Young Alumnus awardees

2017 -- Matt Weaver '92
2016 -- Obe Hostetter '96
2015 -- Allison Yoder '00 Seabeck
2014 -- Laura Bomberger '04
2013 -- Rev. Alexander MacPhail '93
2012 -- Jan Emswiler '92
2011 -- Alicia Horst '96
2010 -- Amy Glick '90
2009 -- Emily Troyer Mellet '99
2008 -- Timothy Heatwole Shenk '03

 

Nathan Hershberger '08, Young Alum of the Year
2018, with his wife Katilin Heatwole and Leo on the roof of their house in Ankawa, Iraq. Photo by Joel Carillett.
Nathan Hershberger '08, Young Alum of the Year 2018, with his wife Katilin Heatwole and Leo on the roof of their house in Ankawa, Iraq. Photo by Joel Carillett.
Lori Snyder '79 Garrett, Alumnus of the Year 2019
Lori Snyder '79 Garrett, Alumnus of the Year 2019