ASHAANA’s Reunion in Chicago

 

Ameer Khan, Mayor Brian Krejewski, and old students of ASHAANA

Chicago: All Saints High School Hyderabad Alumni Association of North America (ASHAANA) successfully organized its first reunion and 150-year celebration of the founding of the school on April 14. There were awards,speeches, music, nostalgia, and students from all over the States on the joyous occasion held at Downers Grove, a suburb of Chicago .
Over 450 former students and their families came together on the memorable evening. The celebration was launched in style with the Mayor of Downer’s Grove, Brian Krejewski, cutting a cake to mark the 150th year anniversary of the founding of the school, one of the ten top rated schools in India.
Mr. Ameer Khan, President of ASHAANA, gave a brief introduction and overview of the goals of the association, which is registered as a non-profit organization. ASHAANA, he emphasized, was formed to assist students with scholarships, and also to provide assistance to retired teachers who could be in need of financial and other help.
Former students of the school can become members of ASHAANA by registering themselves through the organization’s web site www.ashaana.com or www.myallsaints.net
Mrs. Zarina Ahmed, from All Saint’s sister school Rosary Convent, spoke about the close association of the two schools and their successes over the years. Rosary Convent, established in 1904, is celebrating its 100th anniversary.
The evening brought together the old and the young, all former students of the same school, sharing memories of the good time they had at the famous school. Mohammed Faheem, the emcee of the event, kept a brisk pace throughout and Chicago ’s very own Sur Sangam Orchestra kept the audience glued to their sesats by singing popular songs of yesteryear . Awards were given to achievers and members of the ASHAANA Executive Committee in recognition of their hard work to make the evening a success. Mr. Sheker Mukesh, Chairman of ASHAANA, rounded off the evening by thanking all the guests and promising to make the reunion an annual event. A professionally produced DVD of the event is available from ASHAANA at a nominal price.
ASHAANA is also planning a second annual summer picnic in Chicago and all old students are encouraged to contact the organizers through the web site.
All Saints', the most prestigious and sought after educational institution in Hyderabad, was established in 1855 by Rt. Rev. Daniel Murphy, the Vicar of Apostolic of Hyderabad. Initially, it was called the College of All Hallows. In 1858, Rt. Rev. Mgr. Caprotti became its first Rector. Being an English school, it catered to the needs of English and Anglo-Indian boys. In 1870, it came to be known as Seminary and College of All Saints with a strength of 105 students, 45 of them orphans. In 1874, the school was shifted to the present premises in Gun foundry.
The school has produced hundreds of outstanding students who have distinguished themselves in various fields and have brought laurels to their alma mater at national and international levels.

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