Trenton High School Alumni newsletter coming to a mailbox near you

Trenton R-9 School District

Mailboxes will soon be filled with the annual Trenton High School Alumni Newsletter and this year’s edition is bigger than usual.

Thanks to the contributions of hundreds of alums, the detailed planning by the honor classes and the Foundation Trust for THS, the 2016 edition is 40 pages in length and filled with lots of stories and pictures.

Thanks to the contributions of hundreds of alums, the detailed planning by the honor classes and the Foundation Trust for THS, the 2016 edition is 40 pages in length and filled with lots of stories and pictures.

Headlining the front page is the announcement of Marsha Owings Hurst as the 2016 Alumni Honoree, a selection annually made by the 25-year honor class. “A Trenton native and THS lifer” is described as the epitome of the alumni honorees displaying unwavering love and loyalty to Trenton High School. Marsha graduated from THS in 1967 and attended Trenton Junior College and Northwest Missouri State University where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education in 1970. She began her teaching career in Savannah, Missouri at the Amazonia Elementary School, later moving to the Potosi School District and returned to Trenton in 1975 when she accepted an elementary teaching position at S.M. Rissler School. Married to another THS alum, Ron Hurst, both found favor in coming home and becoming a part of the local school district, the community and here they chose to raise their family. The parents of two daughters, Jill and Amy, the entire Hurst family have been long time supporters of the Trenton R-9 School District in many ways.

Marsha spent 20 years as a third-grade instructor at Rissler Elementary and in 1998 had the opportunity to teach kindergarten before retiring in 2003. The recognition of Mrs. Hurst as this year’s alumni honoree points out that her love for the Trenton School System didn’t stop when the bell rang at the end of the day. Marsha could always be seen at a Friday night football game (home or away), wrestling matches, basketball games, school assemblies, awards banquets, concerts, or other activities smiling proudly and cheering on students and athletes.

A former cheerleading sponsor and supporter of the Future Teacher Association, she was also instrumental in introducing HiSTEP – a peer program on the National Council of Alcohol and Drug Abuse where students had the opportunity to discuss issues like bullying, peer pressure, coping skills, etc. to elementary students in the district.

Today Marsha is active in the First Christian Church, the Riverside Country Club, PEO Chapter MN, the Grundy County Retired School Personnel and Church Women United. Another important role for her, being Grandmother to their three grandchildren.

Marsha Hurst will be honored throughout the Labor Day Weekend reunion and specifically by the Class of 1991 at the Black Silo Winery on Saturday night.