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Help the Patriots Celebrate Their 50 Year Legacy in Education!

Appleton East High School is celebrating 50 years in education during the 2016-2017 school year.  

There will be opportunities for alumni connections, reunions, tours of the school, and events to help celebrate the legacy of Appleton East.

Patriotfest: May 20th, 2017 from 11:00am-6:00pm at Appleton East High School

On September 6, 1967, the Post-Crescent editorial board welcomed the Patriots to Appleton: “We hope the students of East will create their own tradition and school spirit, drawing upon the common heritage of the senior high school but also striking out in new and dramatic ways, much as the architecture of the school does.”

On May 20, 2017, the Patriots welcome Appleton and alumni to East. Patriotfest will celebrate Appleton East High School’s 50 years of tradition, innovation, and “striking out in new and dramatic ways.”

Students, staff, alumni, and community members are invited to enjoy bands, brats, and beverages in the Patriot Plaza by East's Fields of Dreams. Musical artists and Appleton East alumni Green Screen Kid, Eminence, Greg and Dan Waters, and Rome da Luce will perform at Patriotfest . The Patriots will grill and serve burgers, brats, and hot dogs. Patriotfest also features arts, crafts, and activities for children. May 20 promises to provide fun for the whole Appleton East family.The outdoor festivities run from noon to 5:00 p.m.

To see Patriotfest Schedule click here: Event Schedule

As part of Patriotfest, East will present the Silo Showcase : building tours, presentations, and reunions. The Silo Showcase will kick off with a public pep rally at 11:00 a.m. The All-Staff reunion is at noon, the All-Arts reunion is at 2:00, and the All-Sports reunion is at 3:00. The indoor festivities run from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Finally, the momentous day will conclude with a special Patriot Performance in the Stanley Ore Auditorium. Appleton East will commemorate fifty years with speeches, songs, and special appearances from past, present, and future Patriots. The Patriot Performance -- “A Patriot Salute / Full Circle” -- begins at 7:00 p.m. and will run approximately 90 minutes.

May 20 will be a historic day for the Patriots, but while there is value in recognizing this 50-year milestone, the Patriots’ party has greater purpose.

1. Celebrate the Patriots! Appleton East has produced more than 17,000 graduates. Patriotfest provides an opportunity to build and strengthen East’s alumni network as well as unite former, current, and prospective Patriots.
2. Elevate the Patriots! Today’s Patriots will be watching and learning as we honor Appleton East’s great minds, great times, great teams, and great dreams. Patriotfest will reinvigorate Patriot pride, bolster school spirit, and boost student motivation.
3. Generate for the Patriots! With the help of the Appleton Education Foundation, East has begun its own endowment fund - the Patriots Pay It Forward Fund. Modeled after AEF’s Choose Your Focus grants, the East endowment fund will promote innovative ideas for the classroom that directly support student success. Patriotfest is the keystone event of East’s “50 for 50” campaign: Our goal is to raise $50,000 for the Patriots Pay It Forward Endowment Fund . We’re already nearly 20% there. This is a free event , but proceeds from food, beverage, and memorabilia sales will directly support the Patriots Pay It Forward Fund. Students, staff, alumni, and community members are encouraged to donate directly to the endowment fund.

If you have any questions, please contact one of our event coordinators via telephone (920-832-6212) or email. Thank you for your support of Appleton East High School.

See you at Patriotfest on May 20!

Mary Bend Library Media Specialist

Corey Otis
English Language Arts Instructor Appleton East Class of ‘93
Mike Slowinski
Associate Principal
Appleton East Class of ‘02

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