Santa Anna Ex Students' Association

SAHS Alma Mater
Hail Santa Anna,
Hail Mountaineers,
We’re always loyal,
All through the years.

List to our praises,
Hear our pledge to you,
Hail to the S.A.H.S.
Alma Mater true.

Fight Song
On Santa Anna, On Santa Anna,
Push right through that line,
Carry the ball around the goal post
We will win this game—-
FIGHT! FIGHT! FIGHT!

On Santa Anna, On Santa Anna,
Fight hard for your game,
Fight fellows, Fight, Fight, Fight.
We’ll Win this game!

 

Santa Anna Homecoming September 23-24, 2016

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Every fall since 1953, Santa Anna High School Alumni have gathered in Santa Anna to participate in the annual Homecoming activities and to keep in touch with former classmates and teachers. All Santa Anna Exes, former teachers, faculty, and administrators are invited to attend the 2016 Santa Anna Homecoming activities on Friday, September 23, and the Ex Student’s Association annual meeting on Saturday morning, September 24.

 

This year the Santa Anna Ex Student Association will be honoring classes ending in a 6 with a special recognition to the SAHS class of 1966 celebrating their 50th year reunion, along with the Class of 1996 celebrating their 20th year. This year’s Homecoming Ex Student of the Year from the Class of 1966 is Lois Simmons Coppic who currently resides in San Angelo, Texas. The Coming Home Queen from the class of 1996 is Melonie Smith Bagby of Midlothian, Texas, and the Coming Home King from class of 1996 is Tim Perry of Santa Anna, Texas.

 

Friday, September 23, beginning at 2 p.m., the Homecoming parade will be held in downtown Santa Anna and the Pep Rally will follow immediately after at Mountaineer Stadium. The pregame ceremonies will begin at 7pm on Friday to recognize and honor the Ex Student of the Year and the Coming Home King and Queen. The game will feature the Mighty Santa Anna Mountaineers versus Cherokee. Friday night kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. All Mountaineers, past and present, are encouraged to come out and root for the Black and Gold. The halftime performance will feature the crowning of the 2016 Homecoming Queen.

 

Saturday, September 24, the Santa Anna Ex Student Association’s activities include the annual business meeting, and recognition of classes. The Ex-Student of the year will again be honored, as well as the Coming Home King and Queen. It will be a time of great fellowship, and a celebration of fond memories. Registration and coffee begin at 9 a.m. in the school cafeteria followed by the annual meeting at 10 a.m. in the High School auditorium. Following the meeting, there will be a luncheon in the school cafeteria with proceeds going to student organizations.

 

There will also be a raffle for a chance a several prizes including a handmade quilt, and a quilt rack. Tickets are five dollars each or twenty dollars for five tickets. The drawings for prizes will be held at the annual business meeting on September 24th.

 

If you would like any further information regarding Santa Anna Homecoming 2016, raffle, or any festivities and events related to, please contact us via email santaannaestudentsassociation@gmail.com.

 

Lois Simmons Coppic

Ex- Student of the Year, Class of 1966

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After spending her entire 12 years in Santa Anna schools, Lois graduated in 1966 in a class of 30 students. During her high school years, Lois was a member of the Beta Club, Future Teachers of America Club, Slide Rule Club, and co-captain of the Pep Squad. She was passionate about basketball, lettering all four years, and making the basketball All-District team her Junior and Senior years. She went to Region in UIL typewriting, won the Business Award her Junior & Senior years, the History Award her Senior Year, and DAR Good Citizen Award her Senior year.

 

Following graduation, Lois began work at Citizens National Bank to support her education at Howard Payne University, Brownwood. Along the way, her work site changed to 3M Company and Lois graduated in May, 1970 with a B.S. in Business Education and a minor in English, and was named Outstanding Student in Business Education. Lois was married in 1969 to Jerry Coppic for 19 years and they had 2 children: Mack and Leigh, along with 4 step-children, Lynn, Carrrie, Buddy and Julie. Lois has 4 grandchildren: MacKinley, Emily, Grace and Harper.

 

The teacher plan didn’t work out so well because she could not find a Business Education job within the Brownwood area. She worked 9 years at the Brownwood State School and 7 years with the law offices of Day, Nabers & Smith.

 

During that time period, Lois felt she needed to do more with her degree or get a different one, so in 1985 she got her second undergraduate degree from Howard Payne, a BBA in Accounting. In 1986, she began working for Abilene Chamber of Commerce and studying for the CPA Exam, becoming certified in November, 1986. While in Abilene, Lois completed her MBA at Hardin-Simmons University in December 1988. Lois moved to San Angelo in 1989 and began an accounting and inventory specialist career working for Johnson & Johnson (Ethicon) where she became Certified in Production & Inventory Management with APICS. She transferred to Arlington and worked for 2 different Johnson & Johnson facilities that closed their plants and left her seeking a job. She worked for Bell Helicopter before returning to San Angelo in 2006 to be employed with Conner Steel, who sold the facility to National Oilwell Varco (NOV) in 2011. She became the Plant Controller with NOV, and just this past February, National Oilwell Varco closed its plant in San Angelo, retiring Lois a little sooner than she had planned.

 

Lois loves making quilts and has a small quilting business that she has been involved with for 15 years. Her dog hobbies have been Border Collies since 1996. Lois has always loved to travel and has introduced her entire family to cruising, which she herself only discovered in 2011. Grace, her granddaughter, became her cruising buddy when she was 3 and the two of them recently got back from Europe doing a 10-day Mediterranean Cruise in June where they visited 5 countries. She has toured a lot of the 50 states, but not all. Those are on her “to-do” list, along with a “re-do” of Yellowstone National Park, and more cruises, of course!

Melonie Smith Bagby

Santa Anna Coming Home Queen, Class of 1996

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Melonie Smith Bagby class of 1996 is the daughter of Janice and Edwin Hipsher and Rondoe and Gloria Smith. She was born and raised in Coleman county as was most of her family. Janice was class of 69, Edwin was class of 55, Rondoe was Coleman class of 64 and Gloria was Mozell class of 63. She is the grandaughter of the late Claude and Opal Langford who both retired from Santa Anna ISD. Melonie is also the grandaughter of the late Jack and Elizabeth Keeney Smith of Coleman.

 

Melonie went to Howard Payne University and graduated in 2001 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics. She moved to Waxahachie where she taught high school math for 6 years. During that time she obtained a Masters degree in Mathematics from Texas A&M. Melonie then took a position at Midlothian High School where she is now in her 10th year. She teaches Algebra I, Dual Credit College Algebra and Statistics, and AP Statistics as well as serves as the Math department lead teacher and district mentor to new teachers. Melonie also currently works as an adjunct professor at Navarro College and Arlington Baptist College teaching summer and online classes.

 

In 2009 Melonie married James Bagby of Midlothian, they have two children, Kayla LeMond who will graduate from Southern Illinois University of Edwardsville in May with her Bachelor's degree in Marketing and Corbin Bagby who is a sophomore at Midlothian High School. Melonie and James reside in Midlothian and enjoy time with friends and family, watching their son Corbin play football, and going on vacations with their kids.

Timmy Perry

Santa Anna Coming Home King, Class of 1996

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Tim Perry is this year’s Coming Home King. Born in Chicago, Tim realized at an early age that big city life was not for him. He along with his parents made the move to Santa Anna where he began his education in the Santa Anna school system, graduating in the Class of 1996.

 

While in high school Tim played on the Varsity Football team and was very active in FFA where he served as an officer and participated in numerous stock shows. During his junior year, Tim and his buddies built a smoker as an ag project and immediately entered the local Funtier Day Bison Cook-off Contest. They didn’t win, but continued to enter cook-off contests all over the state and won every time. Because they were always competing with an older crowd, they became known as the Young Guns. Their reputation spread; three times, by invitation only, they were invited to the prestigious National Finals Barbeque Cook-off.

 

In 2000, Tim married the love of his life, the former Darla Jones, who is currently a teacher at Santa Anna Elementary. He worked at Superior Cable and Loadcraft before devoting himself full time to Young Guns Barbeque and Grill, located at the corner of Wallis Avenue and the Brady Highway. Tim is an active member in the First Baptist Church, the Santa Anna Youth Association, where he served as president for five years, and is a nine-year member of Booster Club. In his spare time, Tim enjoys spending time with family and friends and going to the lake. You’ll find him Thursdays through Saturdays at Young Guns, cooking on his smoker and training his and Darla’s three young guns—Dakota, Colton, and Jayton—to keep it going when he has to be away. Tim invites you all to come down and see him and eat some of the best barbeque in Central Texas.


Please send your class reunion information to me at james.pelton@santaannamountaineers.org.

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