By: Gaylen Blosser
August 30, 2017
GREENVILLE – Greenville City Schools jointly with the Friends of Harmon Field held its ribbon cutting ceremony of the newly renovated Harmon field playing field prior to Friday night’s season opening football game with the Eaton Eagles.
“The ribbon cutting ceremony for our new field turf was a great day for our students, school, and community,” said Greenville High School Principal Stan Hughes. “We are very happy that this part of the project is complete and want to thank all of our donors, school officials, and the Friends of Harmon Field for their work, time, and effort to make this dream a reality.”
Friends of Harmon Field was started nearly three years ago by two GHS alums, Matt Light and Jon McGreevey. Their vision and passion along with Friends of Harmon Field committee members: Dave Ernst, Dustin Leis, Mike Henderson, Aaron Shaffer, Ron Holzapfel, Marv Stammen, Jim Poeppelman, John Swallow, Jeff Kniese, Dusty Yingst, Mike Stegall, Larry Ullery, Kyle Kagey along with all the donors, including individuals, families, local business, corporations, organizations and local and state governments made the project possible.
“It is very exciting to me to see the project come together, coming from the vision of Matt Light and Jon McGreevey over 3 years ago,” said committee member Dave Ernst. “Personally, I have been asked why do we need this project, I answer very quickly, ‘because the kids and the community deserve it.’ It is time to honor the past, but prepare for the future. We are only half way complete, help us get to the finish line.”
The Friends of Harmon Field also thanked Greenville City Schools for the cooperation and financial involvement in the project.
Mote and Associates (criteria engineer) Mike Henderson and Mat Veneable, Oberer Thompson and CEC Engineering were also recognized.
“The ribbon cutting ceremony was just a great way to finalize this phase of the project,” said Greenville Athletic Director Dusty Yingst. “All the different individuals that were there had a different part in the project whether it was a donation, or being on the committee, or the school board, or the administration.”
Long-time Greenville City Schools employees Kyle and Ginny Kagey were surprised when they were called on the cut the ‘ceremonial ribbon’ to open the New Harmon Field. Kyle and Genny are the proud owners of both goal line totaling 106 yards of Harmon Field.
“We definitely surprised the Kageys,” said Yingst. “I don’t know if Kyle would have done it if we didn’t surprise him. It was a very nice gesture for those individuals who thought to surprise the Keagys and have them cut the ribbon.”
“I thought it was fitting for the project with everything that Ginny and Kyle have done for the school district and everything they mean to the school and this community. I don’t think they always know what they mean to a bunch of us. It was great to see those two get to cut the ribbon.”
“It has been three years since Friends of Harmon Field started and tonight we cut the ribbon marking the completion of the initial phase of the entire project,” Ernst said. “The Jennings Center Track and Field Center is scheduled to be completed by October 1st with its opening the spring of 2018.”
“Friends of Harmon Field along with Greenville City Schools will have completed the first two phases of the project,” concluded Ernst. “Friends of Harmon Field would like to thank all of the donors to the project.”