Vision Statement

Create a central informational access point for all students and alumni of Collinwood High School.  Preserve the rich and varied history while supporting current social values and diversity.  Take an active role in supporting Collinwood High School’s education mission while supporting the community in which it serves.


By Len Corpora/June 1962

On May 7, 2015, Jan Zalar and I attended the annual Senior Recognition Award Program at Collinwood High School.  Jan is a CHSAA trustee and Chairperson of the Scholarship Committee.  We attended the event to recognize two seniors for their achievements and to award each of them a laptop computer and a printer.  Jan worked with Ms. Germany-Clark, the school’s guidance counselor, to identify eligible students to receive the award.  Criteria used to identify students include the following:  grade point average, school activities, a written essay submitted to the committee, and the student’s hopes/aspirations for the future.

The students selected were Breann Smith and Julie Felder.  Breann has been accepted at Ohio State University-Mansfield Campus as a pre-med student.  Julie has been accepted at the University of Akron and intends to pursue a career in the medical field. It is our sincere hope that the award they received will be useful for achieving their goals!

We congratulated all the seniors for graduating from CHS, a school with a great legacy, and told them they were now a part of that legacy.


Message from the President


Michael_Cavotta_current.bmpIt is both a pleasure and an honor to have been elected to the leadership role of Collinwood High School Alumni Association. While I have been a member of the organization for about four years, I am sure there is much to learn about this process.  Fortunately for us, Ron Kusmier’s vast experience, considerable passion for CHS and positive attitude has helped to dramatically insure a very effective and productive transition. Hats off to his Collinwood Spirit!!!

My Vision for the future is to continue building upon the foundation set in place over the previous years, focusing on technologies such as social media to increase awareness about what CHSAA’s mission is all about. This will expand membership, which will allow CHSAA to expand its services to alumni, school and community.  Our mandate is clear, Connect Railroaders Everywhere. 

To accomplish this we need to concentrate on the following:

  • Newsletters – Continue delivering an outstanding edition with relevant information from and for all graduation years.
  • CHS - Expand our support to the school by augmenting our scholarship program with other meaningful endeavors.
  • Hall of Fame - Streamline the process to attract more submissions and expand the recognition process.
  • Social Media - Increase our outreach through Facebook and Twitter, all coordinated with expansion of our website.
  • Reunion Support - Increase our support to all class reunions, capitalizing on our significant experience, resources and know-how.
  • Events - Deliver more quality events such as Grand Reunion IV scheduled for the fall of 2017 on a regularly scheduled basis.
  • Preservation - Collect, protect and make CHS memorabilia available for alumni to publically view and utilize at their events.

CHSAA looks forward with great anticipation to working closely with the various alumni groups in developing the proper goals and executing the necessary plans to meet the above objectives.

On behalf of CHSAA I would like to personally thank Principal Maria Carlson, staff members Gail Greenberg and Gary Fisher and the Collinwood High School Color Guard under the leadership of Brian Dugen, Lt. Col.(retired), for helping make Grand Reunion III a major success. 

                                                                       -- Michael F. Cavotta/June 1962

The Grand Reunion III

Oh, what a memorable, fun-filled weekend

By all accounts, the GRIII was a masterfully blended three days which included a trip to CHS, a golf outing, tour of the city via Lolly the Trolley, various eatery venues, a Bash featuring the Kopy Kat’s complimented with a fully stocked hospitality room and topped off by the formal dinner and Hall of Fame inductions.  All adding up to a full dose of nostalgia, fellowship and re-connections to our classmates. 

If you are interested in seeing the photos from this event, please contact one of our officers (Contact information available on the "Contact Us" tab).

If you didn't attend Grand Reunion III, then you missed a GREAT time!  Click on the video below to get a "sneak peak" at the good times had by all.

The video features a very innovative recap (click on video below to view), approximately 250 photographs and about 2 hours of video footage of the event organized into easy to find chapters such as Arrivals, Gathering Room, Hall of Fame Induction, Posting of the Colors, Opening Comments, Dancing, Entertainment and Exit Comments.

RECAP VIDEO is now available for $22.00 each. Click here to order!

Membership in CHSAA has many benefits -- this is just one of them -- a quarterly
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