The Pawhuska High School Honors banquet is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. Former Pawhuskan Alden Swartz was instrumental in launching this epic event and will be a guest speaker at the March 3 banquet.
After being away from Pawhuska for two decades, Alden Swartz and wife Dena still consider Pawhuska home. It was while living in Pawhuska that their children Randen and Dayla started school and Aurie joined the family.
"We have many great memories of our time in Pawhuska and Osage County," said Swartz. "We treasure the friendships that were made."
Before the couple moved in 1993, they were active in the community. Swartz was owner of Swartz and Associates Insurance and served as worship director at Pawhuska First Baptist Church. He served on several city and county boards, committees, and held several offices in the Pawhuska Kiwanis Club, eventually being elected as the Texas/Oklahoma Lt. Governor.
It was through Swartz’s involvement with the Kiwanis Club that he worked with then President Ron Reed and local businessman, Bob Butts, on the idea of hosting an event to give special recognition to the best and brightest scholars of Pawhuska High School. Swartz said he is most proud to have been involved in its inception.
An avid sports fan, Swartz became the "Voice of the Huskies" on local radio station KXVQ for football and basketball. He was also a sports correspondent for the Pawhuska Journal-Capital. During his Saturday morning radio program, fans could relive the Friday night games as Swartz recreated each event from his stat notes, complete with cheers and shouts.
After selling Swartz and Associates, Swartz joined Pawhuska-based G & H Contractors during which time he and his family moved to Dewey. Today, he is the corporate director of Packaging System Sales for Unisource World Wide, Inc. Headquartered in Norcross, Ga., the company has sales of more than $5 billion annually and is one of the world’s largest distributors of paper and packaging products and systems.
Swartz continues his interest in sports, cooking, his family and faith and in helping to develop future leaders. He and Deana, along with sons Randen and Aurie, currently reside in South Central Indiana. Daughter, Dayla, and new husband, Jeonghyun "Jay" Go, live in California where she is completing her Juris Doctorate and he is continuing his career in real estate.
The 25th PHS Honors Banquet will be held Monday, March 3, at the Pawhuska Elks Lodge. The theme is "Shining Stars of PHS – Celebrating 25 Years of Success." Swartz will be joined by Lyndall Stout, a PHS graduate and current anchor for OETA’s SUNUP TV show which airs Saturday mornings at 7:30 a.m. and Sunday mornings at 6 a.m.