The 141st Salem High School Alumni Banquet will be held this Friday, April 27 at 7p in Brooks Memorial Gym.

The group will honor the Classes of 1968, 1993 and 2018. 

The speaker for the 50 year class will be Anne Cavanaugh Pritchett. 

The speaker of the 25 year class will be Jennifer (Jiffy) Thompson. 

Tickets are $15 each and are on sale at LaGene Jewelers and Lincks Clothing. 

For groups of 10 or more wishing to set together, contact Shirley Nale at 812.883.2176. 

Tickets can be ordered by mail. Send a self-addressed stamped envelope with a check made to Salem Alumni Association for the correct amount to Shirley Nale, 786 North Deer Run Road, Salem IN 47167 and the tickets will be mailed to you. 


Raised in Salem, Indiana by Martha Marks Cavanaugh and Harry Cavanaugh, Anne graduated from Salem High School in 1968. 


She enrolled at Indiana University Southeast and graduated with honors with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and History. She then attended IU School of Law in Bloomington and was awarded her Juris Doctor Degree in 1976. 

Upon graduation, Anne’s first employer was a labor union in Evansville. She also worked for a law firm before opening her own practice. In 1984, she became the first woman appointed to the position of Hearing Member on the Industrial Board of Indiana (now the Workers Compensation Board). She worked as a private attorney until September 1997 when she was appointed as a US Administrative Law Judge. She heard and decided Social Security disability cases in that position until her retirement in late 2014. 

Anne has served on several different Boards of Directors, including the Evansville Bar Association, YMCA and Patchwork Central. She loves animals; she and her husband are active in Australian Shepherd rescue, having housed and fostered over 130 Aussies and helping transport many more to their new homes over the last 15 years. That love of animals has led her to volunteer at zoos, as well as journey to Africa to view exotic wildlife in their natural habitat. Although proud of her Indiana heritage, she has traveled widely throughout the world to explore and experience new cultures and ideas. 

She and her husband have one daughter, Shelley, who is a fine jewelry designer and goldsmith, and lives in Henderson, Kentucky and Palm Desert, California. 


Thompson is a 1993 graduate of Salem High School. Her academic background includes a Bachelor’s degree in Food Science from Purdue University as well as a Master’s of Business Administration from Georgia State University. 


She is a strategic and results driven manufacturing executive with extensive expertise in food production and food safety regulations. 

She has worked for several top food companies including HJ Heinz, Smucker’s and Pillsbury, where she held numerous roles of increasing responsibility including Plant Manager. 

Jiffy has a proven aptitude for increasing efficiency, improving safety performance, generating cost savings and consistently exceeding customer expectations. 

Jiffy has volunteered for Big Brothers and Big Sisters, Girls on the Run as well as the annual Food Science Day at Purdue University. 

She currently resides in Bellevue, OH with her husband, three dogs and three cats and two bonus kids.