El Paso High School - Cometeer Yearbook (El Paso, IL)

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THE COMETEER Presented by El Paso High School's Class of '57SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS WALTER CLAGGETT A. B. James Millikin University, Decatur, Illinois M.A. University of Illinois Champalgn-Urbana, Illinois PRINCIPAL OF HIGH SCHOOL CHARLES SULLIVAN B.S. Eastern State College Charleston, Illinois M.A. Western State College MaComb, Illinois Indelibly imprint on heart and mind your every word and act while in high school. These will be your cherished memories in time. Make them honorable, happy, commendable. Congratulations and best wishes to the Class of 1957. BOARD OF EDUCATION As this book indicates that another year has passed and another group of students go out to make a place in life for themselves I think of this saying, "Whoever acquires knowledge but does not practice it is as one who ploughs but does not sow." (SAAD) Alfred Stimpert; Bill McHugh; Don Sutton, Secretary; Kenneth Cruslus, President; Walter Claggett, Superintendant of Schools; Riemond Rippel; Alph Stoller; Fabian Haas.ROBERT S. BARTELT Instrumental Music in Grade and High School. Sherwood Music School and DePaul University, B. Music Ed.; American Conservatory of Music, M. Music Ed. DORIS BENSON English I and II. Illinois State Normal University; Monmouth College, B. A. i LUCILE HISERODT Biology and Girls Physical Education. Oberlin College, A. B.; Columbia University; University of Chicago; University of Wisconsin; Illinois State Normal Summer Sessions. MILTON J. KADLEC I Boys Physical Education. I Football Coach and As-I sistant in Basketball. Illinois State Normal University, B. S. Coach - Baseball Track. KARMY KAYS Practical Mathematics, Algebra, Plane Geometry, Advanced Algebra, Trigonometry. Western Illinois State College B. S.; Colorado State College of Education, M. A. LORRAINE G. KLINE Spanish 11 and Special Education. Northwestern University, B. A. JACK MADDOX Physics, Chemistry and General Science. Illinois State Normal University, B. S. BRUCE MURPHY Modern Problems, American History and World History. Basketball, Baseball, Track Coach and Assistant in Football. Springfield Junior College, A. A.; Western Illinois State College, B. S.; University of Illinois.JAMES NEFF High School and Grade School Vocal Music. Concordia College, B. M. ISABEL NESSEL Shorthand I and II, Typewriting I and II, and Bookkeeping. Western Illinois State College, B. E.; Denver University School of Commerce; Colorado A and M; Gregg Business College; Gem City Business College. RICHARD LEE NEWBY English III and IV. Southern Illinois University, A. B. and A. M.; Illinois State Normal University. H. E. RECKLING Industrial Arts I, II and 111. Eastern Illinois State Teachers College, B. E. in Education; Indiana University, M. S. in Education. ERNEST SANCKEN Vocational Agriculture, I, II and III. University of Illinois, B. S. and M. E. tr- EVELYN SCHNEBLY Home Economics I, II and HI. Illinois State Normal University, B. S. in Ed-ucat ion.y.isu iiiii i % " A :ir r l mvK v' u I BOB BROWN "Secret of success. On top of the world." S.A.R.; Class Secretary 2,3,4; F.F.A. 1,2; Annual Staff 4; Comet Tales Staff 4; "E" Club 4; Football 1,2,3.4; Basketball 1; Baseball 2; National Honor Society 3, 4; First Vice-President 4. S. A. R. 1956-1957 HIGH HONOR AND HONOR STUDENTS BASED ON SEVEN SEMESTERS Don Hartter 3.964 Nancy Wilkey .... 3.357 Dick Brown 3.929 Harold Alford.... 3.355 Bob Brown 3.893 James Rice 3.250 Dennis Stolier . . . 3.571 Bill Colburn .... 3.107 Bob Pierce 3.536 Mary Haas 3.071 Don Moushon 3.033 NANCY WHKEY "Sterling silver. Crystal, Fine linen." D.A.R. Concert Band 3,4; Drum Major 2, 3,4; Junior Play; F. H. A. 1,2,3, 4; Parliamentarian 2; Secretary 4; G.A.A. 1,2,3, 4; Secretary 3; Annual Staff 4; Student Council 4; Reporter; Pep Club 3; Librarian 4; National Honor Society 3,4; Treasurer 4; Girls' Ensemble 2,3; One-Act Play 1. D. A. R.JACK BAGBY "Black denim trousers, motor cycle boots." Chorus 1; Football 1.2,3,4; Basketball 1,2; Baseball 1; Pep Club 3; Vocal Contest 1. VERYL BERNHARDY "Seasoned lumber." F.F.A. 1,2; "E" Club 3.4; Football 1,2,3.4. HAROLD ALFORD "Dancing in the Darkroom." Junior Play; Annual Staff 4; Comet Tales Staff 4; "E" Club 4; Football 1, 2.3,4; Basketball 1.2.3; Baseball 1; Track 1,2; Photography Club 4; President 4. VERNA ARMSTRONG "Yellow flame. Dotted Swiss." Chorus 2,3.4; F.H.A. 1,2,4; G.A.A. 1.2.4; Annual Staff 4; Librarian 4; Class Treasurer 2; One Act Plays 1; Vocal Contest 1,2. JOHN BENEDICT "Drum beat. Mississippi Mud, Calypso." Chorus 2; Junior Play; Annual Staff 3,4; Comet Tales Staff 4; "E" Club 3.4; Football 1.3, 4; Basketball 1.2; Track 1.2. 3.4; Pep Club 3. DICK BROWN "Value of Time. Hum of Industry." Class Vice-President 3; F.F.A. 1.2; Annual Staff 4; Comet Tales Staff 4; "E" Club 4; Football; Basketball 1.2; National Honor Society 3.4; President 4. JACKIE BYRD "Sea Shells, Pearl buttons. " Chorus 1.3,4; F.H.A.; G.A.A. 2; Annual Staff 4. MILDRED BYRD "Dresden China. French Pastries. Lace gloves." Chorus 1,3,4; F.H.A. 1,2.3, 4; G.A.A. 4; Annual Staff 4. —9—BILL COLBURN "An of leadership. Deep purple. Magneto." Claw President 1,3,4; Chorus 1,2,3,4; Section leader 4; Junior Play; F.F.A. 1,2,3. 4; Vice President 3; President 4; State F.F.A. Chorus 3.4; National F.F.A. Chorus 4; Sante Fe Railroad Education Award 4; Speech Contest; Play 2; Radio 4; Annual Staff 4; Comet Tales Staff 4; "B" Club 3,4; Student Council 1,3,4; Treasurer 3; President 4; Football 1,2.3; Basketball 1,2,3,4; Baseball 1; Track 1,2,3,4; Pep Club 3; President 3; National Honor Society 4. CLARA FINCK "Sunshine. Buttercups, Essence of friendAip." G.A.A. 4; One Act Plays 1. ALBERTA CHARLETT "Light thru stained glass windows. Placid lake." Marching Band 1,2,3,4; Concert Band 1,2,3,4; Junior Play; F.H. A. 1,2,4; G.A.A. 1,2,3,4; Annual Staff 4; Comet Tales Staff 4; Spanish Club 3; Instrumental contests 1,2,3,4; One-Act Plays 1. BLANCHE GEISELMAN "Reward of perseverance, violet growing by the wayside." F.H.A. 4. BILL GRUBB "Persistent as a bee." Marching Band 1,2,3,4; Concert Band 1.2,3,4; Instrumental contests — 10—MARY HAAS "Red plush. Opera glasses. Long while kid gloves." Marching Band 2,3,4; Concert Band 2. 3,4; Ass . Librarian 3; Vice-President 4; Junior Play; G.A.A. 2,3,4; Annual Suff 4; Comet Tales Staff 4; Pep Club 3; National Honor Society 4; holography Club 4; Treasurer 4; Instrumental Contests 2,3,4; (Transfer St. Mary's Academy. Nauvoo, Illinois). ALLEN HARROUN "Gong, Oiarlie Atlas." "E" Club 1,2,3,4; Football 1,2,3,4 . Baseball 1,3,4; Track 1,2. DON HARTTER "Sturdy oak. Rock of Gibralter, Ship's masthead." Chorus 1,2,3.4; President 3,4; Junior Play 3; F.P.A. 1,2; Treasurer 2; Outstanding Fresh-Soph Farmer Award 2; Annual Staff 4; Comet Tales Suff 4; "E" Club 3,4; Secreury 3; Student Council 1,3; Secretary 3; Class Vice-President 2; Photography Club 1,4; Football 1, 2.3,4; Tackling Trophy 4; Tuck 1; Pep Club 3; National Honor Society 3,4; Secreury 4; Vocal Contests 2,3,4; Magazine sales business mgr. 3,4. KAY KEARNEY "Com popping. Rippling brook. Wide-eyed." Chorus 3,4; G.A.A. 2.3,4; Annual Staff 4; Homecoming Attendant 3; Spanish Club 3; Pep Club 3; Librarian 3,4; Cheerleader 4; Photography Club 4; Secretary 4; (Transfer St. Mary's Academy. Nauvoo, Illinois). VIRGINIA JORDING "Itinerant library. Beehive." G.A.A. 4; One Act Play 1. FRED LEENHOUTS "Live and let live. ’ Junior Play; "E" Club 3,4; Football 1,2; Basketball 1.2; Baseball 1,2,3,4. JOE JENKINS "Chained heart." Junior Play, Track 1.2,3.4; Chorus 1, 2,3.4. 4 TOM MALCOM "Ivory soap." Chorus 1,2,3,4; Junior Play; Track 2; F.F.A. 1,2,4; Vocal Contests 1,2,3.4. — 11—PEGGY MORITZ "Checked gingham. Sun bonnet, Little Women." Homecoming Queen 4; G.A.A. 1,2,3,4; Annual Staff 4; Class Treasurer 1; One Act Plays 1. MARILYN McHUGH “Leaves dancing in wind. Happy-go-steady look." Class President 2; Chorus 1.2,3,4; Junior Play; Student Director, P.H.A.; G.A.A. 1.2,3.4; Vice President 4; Annual Staff 4; Comet Tales Staff 4; Student Council 2; Homecoming Attendant 4; Spanish Club 3; Pep Club 3; Office Girl 3; Cheerleader 1.2,3; National Honor Society 4; Vocal Contests 1.3. BOB McKINLEY "Country gentleman." P.P.A. 1,2; "E" Club 2,3,4; Football 1, 2,3,4; Basketball 1.2; Pep Club 3. VIRGINIA MORRIS "Holiday mood." Junior Play; P.H.A. 4; Annual Staff 4; Librarian 4; Library Club 4; One Act Play 1. DENNIS PARKHOUSE "Determined bachelor. Malden’s prayer." P.P.A. 1.2,3,4; "E" Club 3.4; Pootball 1.2.3,4; Basketball 1.2.3,4; Baseball 1, 2,3,4. DORIS PATTON "Fluffy pillows, Whipped Wind, Kittens." Chorus; Junior Play; P.H.A. 1. 2,3,4; Program Chr. 4; G.A.A. 1.2,3. 4; Annual Staff 4; Comet Tales Staff 4; Homecoming attendant 3; Spanish club 3; Pep Club 3; Librarian 4; Vocal Contests 1,3. RUTH MORRIS "Cameo, Harp, Ocean spray." Marching Band 1,2,3,4; Concert Band 1,2,3,4; Librarian 3; Treasurer 4; Junior Hay; F.H. A. 2.3.4; Program Chr. 3; President 4; Annual Staff 4; Comet Tales Staff 4; Spanish Club 3; Pep Club 3; Librarian 4; Instrumental contests 1,2,3. 4; Girls Ensemble 2,3. DON MOUSHON "Man of few, but well chosen, words." F.F.A. 1.2; Baseball 3.4; National Honor Society 4.BOB PIERCE "Man with a minion." Annual Staff 4; "E" Club 3,4; President 4; Student Council 4; Football 1,2,3, 4; Captain 4; Basketball 1,2.3,4; Track 2; Pep Club 3; National Honor Society 4. BETTY PORTER "Melvin. Melvin, and more Melvin." Chorus 1,2,3,4; Junior Play; F.H.A. 1.2,3,4; G.A.A. 1.2,3, 4; Annual Staff 4; Comet Tales Staff 4; Pep Club 3; Librarian 4; Library Club 4; Cheerleader 3; Girl’s Ensemble 2; One-Act Plays 1. KENNETH PORZEUUS "Stalwart, Mischievous." F.F.A. 1,2,3,4s Treasurer 4. JAMES RICE 'Charles Van Doren. Aristotle. Junior Play. MARLENE ROSTETTER "Neat rick-rack, Englirfi garden." Chorus 2,4; F.H.A. 3T.4; G.A.A. 1, 2,3,4; Annual Staff 4; Comet Tales Staff 4; Homecoming Attendant 4; One-act Play 1; Girl's Ensemble 2; Librarian 4; Library Club 4; Vice-President. NORMA SCHOPP "Sizzling firecracker. Peppermint candy." Chorus 4; F.H.A. 4; G.A.A. 3,4; Annual Staff 4; Comet Tales Staff 4; Pep Club 3; Vocal Contests 4; (Transfer Chenoa High School). PAT REIN KEN SMEYER "Motionless lake. Reflections on still water." Marching band 1; Concert Band 1; Chorus 2,3,4; F.H.A. 1,2, 3,4; Annual Staff 4; Librarian 4; Library Club 4; Instrumental contests 1; Vocal Contests 2; One-Act Play 1. JIM RDCER "Life-of-the-party. Kite flying high." "E" Club 3.4; Class Vice-President 4; Basketball 3; Football 3; (Transfer: Normal Community High School). LOIS STOKES "Misty morning. “ G.A.A. 1,2,3; P.H. A. 1.2.3,4; Sute Vice-President 4; Section 17 President 4; Local Vice President 4; Band 1,2,3,4; Chorus 2; Junior Play 3; Pep Club 3; Cheerleader 4; Betty Crocker Homemaker of Tomorrow 4. DENNIS STOLLER "Church bells ringing, crunching snow, trimmed hedges." Class Treasurer 3, 4; Vice President 1; Marching Band 1,2,3,4; Concert Band 1, 2,3,4; Efficiency Mgr. 3; President 4; Chorus 1,2,3,4; Section Leader 4; Annual Staff 4, Editor; Comet Tales Staff 4; Student Council 2; Football 1; Basketball 1; Baseball 1.2; Spanish Club 3; President 3; National Honor Society 3.4; Second Vice President 4; Instrumental and Vocal Contests 1.2.3,4. TOBIEN TEGARD "Balanced scales. Gal with a goal." Junior Play; P.H.A. 1,2,3.4; G.A.A. 1,2,3,4; Sports Mgr. 3; President 4; Annual Staff M Comet Talcs Staff 4; Pep Club 3; Librarian 4; Office Girl 3; Cheerleader 1,2,3, 4. JERRY VAN DEGRAFT "1st Little Rascal." Football 1,2. JUNE WATERS "Wagonloads of thunder. Hi Lili, Hi Low!" Marching Band 1,2,3.4; Concert Band 1,2,3,4; Junior Play; F.H.A. 1,2,3.4; G.A.A. 1.2, 3,4; Annual Staff 4; Comet Tales Staff 4; Pep Club 3; Librarian 4; Library Club 4; Instrumental Contests 1,2,3,4; One-Act Play 1.THE LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT OF.. .. HAROLD ALFORD - I leave my ability as a cameraman to Dale Fletcher. VERNA ARMSTRONG - I leave my great height to Carol Smoots. JACK BAGBY - I leave my charm with women to "Bugsy" West. JOHN BENEDICT - I leave my nickname "Flash" to anyone who is fast enough to catch it. VERYL BERNHARDY - I leave my size to Melvin Geiselmah. BOB BROWN - I leave my big vocabulary to John Tucker. DICK BROWN - I leave my pile of books to Chuck Feeny. JACKIE BYRD - I leave my numerous gnawed pencils to any eager beaver. MILLIE BYRD - I leave - wedding bells are ringing. ALBERTA CHARLETT - I leave my quiet manner to Janet La Rochelle. BOB CLEMENTS - I leave my ability with bolts and nuts to any screwball. BILL COLBURN - I leave my height to John Attig. JOHN DODSON- I leave my choice wisecracks to Roger Gillespie. CLARA FINCK - I leave my teasing ways to Karen Sprehe. EVERETT FLETCHER - I leave my size 7 shoes to Raymond Valentine. BLANCHE GEISELMAN - I leave my friendly manner to Glenn Waller. BILL GRUBB - I leave my tuba to John Byrd, I hope he has a tooting good time. MARY HAAS - I leave my»knack of losing things to Dolly Sutton. ALLEN HARROUN - I leave my black Ford to anyone who can start it. DON HARTTER - I leave my dangerous chemistry abilities to Gunner Jacobsma. JOE JENKINS - I leave my long black hair to any Elvis Presley fan. VIRGINIA JORDING - I leave my love for reading library books to Randy Garrels. KAY KEARNEY - I leave my scatter-brain ways to Susie Holt. FRED LEENHOUTS - I leave my love for school to "Abe" Stine. BOB McKINLEY - I leave my flat-top to Richard Claymon. MARILYN McHUGH - I leave - in a blue Chevy. THOMAS MALCOM - I leave my nonchalant manner to Gerald Moritz. PEGGY MORITZ - I leave my artistic ability to Sharon Tyson. RUTH ANN MORRIS - I leave - Chicago, here I cornel VIRGINIA MORRIS - I leave my inquisitive ways to Larry Edwards. DONALD MOUSHON - I leave my interest in sports to Marilyn Punke. DENNIS PARKHOUSE - I leave my excitable manner to Chuck Williams. DORIS PATTON - I leave my insatiable appetite to Frank Vogel. BOB PIERCE - I leave my "cupie doll" grin to Jerry Bagby. BETTY PORTER - I leave my ability to play speed ball to Judy Hinthorae. KENNY PORZELIUS - I leave my loud voice to Donny Malcom. PAT REINKENSMEYER - I leave my ability to blush to any anemic sophomore. JAMES RICE - I leave a portion of my IQ to each member of the Freshmen class. JIM RIKER - I leave my Irish temper to Roger La Rochelle. MARLENE ROSTETTER - I leave my typing techniques to Judy Heiple. NORMA SCHOPP - I leave my ability to Charleston to JCaylene Bowman. LOIS STOKES - I leave first chair alto sax to Carolyn Wikenhauser. DENNIS STOLLER - I leave my job as editor of the COMETEER to anyone who wants a headache. TOBEIN TEGARD - I leave my cheerleading ability to Barb Crump. JERRY VANDEGRAFT - I leave my perfect attendance record to Bob Fosdick. TERRY VANDEGRAFT - I leave my never serious attitude to any freshman who wants a good time. JUNE WATERS - I leave my job as typist of the COMET TALES staff to Judy Furrow. DEAN WEBER - I leave, for Benson. NANCY WILKEY - I leave my neat ways to Virginia Mounce.Back in the year 1957 A.D. Miss Nessel ventured into the unknowns of Africa in quest of the extinct Do-Do bird. Twenty years have now passed since that fateful day when Miss Nessel left the country. However. a week ago a flash bulletin over T.V. announced Miss Nessel's return in her space ship with a Do-Do bird in captivity. In tribute to Miss Nessel for her accomplishments, the Society for the Preservation of Extinct Do-Do Birds Living in Africa. furniAed her an expense paid trip around the United States in a luxurious non-stop T.P.S. spaceship. The following is the diary that Miss Nessel kept on her trip around the United States. June 1, 1977 - Today I boarded the wonderful Trans-Planetary Space-liner. After what seemed like hours, the ship finally took off. With an awkward jolt, it leaped into the air skillfully maneuvered, as I discovered later, by Terry Vandegraft, the pilot. The Stewardess, Peggy Moritz. awoke me from a short doze and informed me that we were approaching New York City. After leaving the customs office, I noticed a sign announcing the coming of Joe Jenkins, the greatest rock and roll artist of the 1970's. There has been an upspurt of rock and roll since twenty years ago when Elvis Presley was fatally wounded in the Battle of Rock and Roll vs. Cal-ypso. I first went to the Sutler Hotel and signed in for my one night’s suy. Then I took a stroll down towards Times Square. Since it was near dinner time, I stopped at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, which is noted for its fine food. Mildred Byrd, the waitress, took my order. Having found the food distasteful, I put in a complaint to the chief cook, Fred Leenhouts. Fred, the “king of the culinary art“ of New York City, has been cooking since he left good old El Paso High. I left the hotel en route for Carnegie Hall where I would see the great Katherine Kearney, now a famous ballet dancer. June 2, 1977 - This morning I looked for a dentist's office in hopes of finding relief for my toothache. I finally came to the Stoller Dental Clinic, which is one of the most famous clinics in the world. Upon entering Dr. Stoller's waiting room, I immediately recognized Jackie Byrd, a very competent Certified Public Accoununt. She informed me that the patient just ahead of her was Bob McKinley who was having a few badly chipped teeth extracted. It seems that a little spat between him and his wife got out of hand, and he bit her. Although she is suing for malicious attack and neglect, things look favorable for Bob because he has hired the famous criminal lawyer, John Dodson to defend him in court. After I received satisfactory treatment, I left the clinic and flagged the nearest taxi, which, to my surprise, was driven by ace driver Dean Weber. I Informed him I was in a hurry to reach the space port where I was to board a space ship for Chicago, but I didn't intend for him to run four stop lights, scrape one car, and nearly hit two pedestrians. I made it on time and we were off. In the afternoon I attended the Chicago Symphony Orchestra to hear Ruth Ann Morris, first chair flutist, who was the outsundlng soloist of the concert. As I was passing Wallgreens, I decided to buy some magazines. A story in the Saturday Morning Post entitled "Dorthea Dix II", caught my eye. It told of the greatest reformer and social worker of our present decade. Miss Virginia Morris, who has succeeded in carrying out a great prison reform plan for the city of Chicago. On the literary review page of Looked. Mr. Harold Alford, the renown critic of the day, had several articles in criticism against novelists and columnists. He especially seemed to be criticizing Miss Mary Haas, who is the writer of the Molly Mayfield Column on Advice to Teens. As I scanned the daily newspaper, I saw an ad by Norma Schopp, “Wanted: Male Correspondents. She always did enjoy letter writing. I decided to spend the evening watching T.V. This was the night for my favorite program "Medic." Dr. Robert H. Pierce, having received his Dr. of Medicine degree at Bryn Mawr, has reached the height of his ambition. He does the commercials for the Stainless Steel Knife Co. Alberta Charlett. who was the first girl to graduate from Wabash, is his assistant. They are looking forward to the day when they will have the leading roles on this program. At 10:00 p.m. there was news. The latest news was about Dr. Richard Brown and Dr. Donald Hartter. who both received their Dr. of Science degrees at Eureka College. They have been experimenting on a more powerful nuclear fuel which, they hope, will enable a space ship to reach Pluto and return. Dr. Robert Brown is designing and con-strucing a ship that will be able to endure this trip. Veryl Bemhardy, who has been piloting interolanetary ships for the last ten years, is to be the pilot. After hearing repons of beautiful women on Pluto, Dennis Parkhouse Immediately volunteered to go as an interperter, even though he doesn't understand a single Plutonian word. Upon changing channels. I happened to catch the last ten minutes of Marlene Rostet-ter's T.V. program "Cooking is Crazy." She uses nothing but Betty Porter recipes. Betty just recently took over Betty Crocker. June 3, 1977 - I am now in my space ship safely on my way to Hollywood. I settled back to read the space paper for a few minutes. The headlines related that Jim Riker. owner of the Interplanetary Oil Production Corporation, had just drilled three thousand more wells on the cold side of the Moon, but he can't get the oil to the ground because it freezes on the way. Jim also owns the entire Mobil Gas Company. Bill Colburn, former 6 11" star center for the Caterpillar Cats, is now the owner and manager of the Cats. Tonight they are scheduled to play the Phillips 66 team in hopes of winning their 59th straight game. As I laid the paper aside, I noticed a familiar looking, middle-aged man. who was peering at different individuals on the ship. Upon inquiring. I was told that the man was Dr. James Rice, a famous psychiatrist who was making a study of the human race, which was to include those people living on Mars. Upon reaching Hollywood space port. I hailed a taxi to take me to Paramount Studios. A familiar looking lady, who was occupying the taxi with me, began talking. She was trying to persuade me to buy a pair of purebred French Poodles. When we reached her huge estate. I noticed the sign above the entrance. It read "Tobein Tegard - French Poodles." Paramount was in the process of filming a new picture. Verna Armstrong. the leading actress, complicated the filming by falling in love with the Art Director. John Benedict. She would not make love to Jack Bagby. the leading actor, for fear of losing John. The Producer, Everett Fletcher, solved the whole problem by firing both Verna and John. Jack became the new Director, and he and Everett Aimed an entirely new picture giving themselves the leading roles. Since I had not had breakfast, I stopped at the Brown Derby, hoping that I might see some movie stars. Much to my surprise the waitress, who took my order, was Marilyn McHugh. On the way to Padasena, we passed "Puzzy's Used Cars." Could that have been—no it couldn't be. Just the same I asked my guide to turn around. As we pulled in the car lot, sure enough, out came Bill Grubb to meet us. After reminiscing with Bill for a while. I left for the Rose Bowl game at Pasadena. This year Illinois and U.C.L.A. were playing. At halftime there was a fine performance by the Illinois band, directed by Miss Nancy Wilkey. who in her college years, was a drum major. Allen Harroun. coach of the Illinois team, had the team in fine shape. At the half it was 80 to 0. The entire team played like Coach Harroun did back in 1962, when he made All-American Pullback. I must also comment on the Cheerleading squad for Illinois. Lois Stokes, head Cheerleader Instructor at the University of Illinois, taught them everything they know. On the way back to Hollywood, we passed the moat famous goat farm in the world. It is owned and operated by Thomas Malcom. who lives on a strict diet of goat’s milk. We also passed Patricia Reinkensmeyer, in her huge limousine, who was selling Sun Tan Lotion in the middle of Death Valley. She had become a multimillionaire. In the afternoon, I went down to Long Beach where June Waters, head instructor of life saving education, was giving her students a workout. Her assistant Blanche Geiselman. was giving diving lessons. I stopped at a Swim Supply Store on the beach to find, much to my surprise, that it was owned by Virginia Jording. Deciding to fix my own dinner in my hotel room, I went io the Kroger Store. I was told by one of the clerks that Doris Patton was not only the owner of that store but also of a vast string of Kroger Stores. That evening, in the show room of the hotel, I watched Miss Clara Finck model the latest Paris Fashions. June 4, 1977 - Today I landed in the last city of my trip, Houston. First I visited the largest cattle ranch in Texas owned by Kenneth Porzel-ius and Robert Clements. On the ranch adjacent to theirs was Donald Moushon's Rocking D. Don became a very famous man when he crossed a com stalk and a bean plant to produce succotash. And so ends the diary. —16—JUNIORS B. Busker P. Cryer R. Arbuckle D. Armstrong K. Aucutt K. Blackmore J. Byrd A. Carmen T. Colburn B. Crump J. Cruslus M. Duncan K. Edwards G. Evans R. Evans M. FarneyB. Fever B. Finck C. Lampe J. LaRochelle R. McClure B. McKinley W. McKinley J. McHugh C. Mohr G. Mool G. Moritz V. Mounce Y. Porter D. Porth M. Roth B. Shanks R. Sturm D. Sutton L. Tipler S. Tyson J. Patton S. Phillips K. Sprehe E. Stine F. Vogel T. WestSOPHOMORES S. Aucutt ]. Bagby E. Bailey K. Bigger R. Bradle R. Claymon D. Cleary R. Compton G. Crusius J. Diener E. A. Dressier B. Edwards S. Finck D. Fletcher M. Geiselman R. Heiken J. Hilger N. Hinthorn M. A. Jording C. A. Kauffman r B. Armstrong J. Haas R. LaRochelleG. Lewis J. Lowder D. Malcom J. Malcom P. McGhee H. McWilliams A. Mohr R. Mool G. A. Oberle R. Oberle R. Paternoga S. Patterson M. Rippel K. Schneider C. Smoots A. Sparks L. Stine N. Stine E. Stokes D. Sutton S. Sutton R. Valentine E. Waller S. Waller W. Waters A. Wessel E. J. Wilkey S. Whiskers C. Williams (not Pictured) W. KinderFRESHMEN M. Alford C. Armstrong J. Attig T. Bohlander K. Bowman K. Burroughs H. Burtis J. Byrd R. Byrd D. Cleary S. Compton J. Crumpv» «r» i , —i I L. Diener L. Edwards C. Feeney R. Fosdick L. Friedly R. Gillespie J. Hinthorne S. Holt K. Knepp R. Martin J. Meyer D. MohrHome cooking! Who did it? Bashful? Studying hard? Working hard? Latest model. Whose patch? Hungry? Yea El Paso! E-e-ek! Sophomore line-up. “This is Your Life. "Bob Anyone for a ride? —24—ATHLETICSFront row: J. Dodson. A. Harroun, D. Parkhouse, J. Benedict. D. Brown. J. Bagby, B. Pierce, V. Bernhardy, D. Hartter, D. Weber. B. McKinley, B. Brown, H. Alford, C. Albert. Second row: Coach Murphy, C. Williams, D. Mool, L. Tipler, E. Stine, G. Mool, J. McHugh. R. Evans. P. Cryer.T. West. B. McKinley. R. LaRochelle, D. Cleary. Coach Kadlec, Mr. Sullivan. Back row; R. Remmers, S. Patton. T. Boh-lander, J. Haas. D. Sutton, A. Wessel. R. Mool, L. Porth, D. Phillips, J. Wilkey, J. Diener, R. Heiken, J. Pinkham, J. Malcom, K. Aucutt, J. Dodson. COMETS WIN 7 LOSE 2 Eight lettermen composed the nucleus of the 1956 Comet team. The Comet eleven won its first five starts before being set back by Chenoa, 26-7 and Fairbury, 51-6. The Comets then went on to beat Deer-Creek Mackinaw, 12-7 and then climaxed the season by trouncing Minonk, 33-0. With the able assistance of Coach Kadlec, the Comets finished the season with a 7-2 record. This year there was a Tackling Trophy presented to the boy with the most tackles during the season. The winner of this trophy was Don Hartter with 58 tackles. Some of the Comet gridsters who furnished tough competition for Don were Jim McHugh, Everett Stine, Bob McKinley, and Gordon Mool. Also this year El Paso dominated the Mid-State teams by placing Jim McHugh, Bob McKinley, Everett Stine, Don Hartter, and Dennis Parkhouse on the first team with John Dodson, Dick Brown, and Allen Harroun receiving honorable mention. VARSITY RECORD El Paso 10 Grid ley 0 El Paso 12 Cerro Gordo 0 El Paso 6 Flanagan 0 El Paso 32 Cornell G El Paso 28 Lexington 13 El Paso 7 Chenoa 26 El Paso 6 F airbury 51 El Paso 12 Deer-Creek 7 El Paso 33 Minonk 0 Total 146 97 FRESHMEN-SOPHOMORE RECORD El Paso 19 Minonk 6 El Paso 0 Normal 19 El Paso 19 Metamora 19 El Paso 7 Eureka 13 El Paso 6 Chenoa 19 El Paso 12 F airbury 33 —26—"Abe” Stine Allen Harroun Dennis Parkhouse Bob Pierce GRIDERS Bob Brown Veryl Bernhardy Larry Tipler Jim McHugh Harold Alford Jack Bagby Broken LegFRONT ROW: Coach Murphy, D. Parkhouse, B. Colburn. P. Cryer, J. McHugh. R. Garrels, Mr. Sullivan. SECOND ROW: Coach Kadlac, C. Williams, B. Childres, G. Mool, B. Pierce. F. Vogel, Mgr. R. Sturm. BEST SEASON IN DECADE The El Paso Comets composed of two seniors and five juniors accumulated a record of 15 wins and 9 losses during the 1956-1957 season. The Comets finished third in the Mid State Conference with a 9-5 record. The Comets added another trophy to their showcase by winning second place in the Woodford County Tournament. Bill Colburn, top scorer for the Comets, was chosen for a position on the All-Conference Team. Receiving honorable mention were Dennis Parkhouse, senior, and Phil Cryer, junior. The Comets will lose two seniors this year, but will have five juniors with which to start the 1957-1958 season. VARSITY RECORD EL PASO OPPONENTS 52 .Roanoke-Benson 59 34 . . . 51 51 34 . . , ... . . Flanagan 42 (Fairbury Inv.) . . . . 65 . . 62 60 . . , 63 (Fairbury Inv. j . . . . 74 . . 63 44 . . . 67 51 37 . . , 42 39 44 . . , 54 66 65 . . . . Roanoke-Benson 86 42 54 . . , 70 73 42 . . . 62 66 36 . . . 79 65 (County-Tournament). 56 . . . 54 Regional) 61 (Championship). . . . 69 . . . , Roanoke-Benson —28—JUNIOR VARSITY RECORD The Jr. Varsity, after losing the first three games of the season, came back to finish the season with 11 wins and 8 losses. They participated in the Annual Freshman-Sophomore Tournament at Flanagan. The Jr. Varsity could prove to be a big factor in next year's team. They should be able to supply much bench power which is a valuable asset to any basketball team. EL PASO 23 OPPONENTS 36 .Roanoke-Benson 27 30 21 42 40 37 38 48 35 60 37 Roanoke-Benson 41 45 44 46 . . . 38 54 F.S. Tournament at Flanagan March 11,12, IS,and 16 FRONT ROW: Mr. Sullivan, R. LaRochelle, R. Valentine, C. Williams, B. Childres, D. Cleary, J. Pinkham, Coach Murphy. SECOND ROW; Coach Kadlac, E. Stokes. D. Cleary, C. Feeney, J. Wilkey. K. Knepp, T. Bolander, Mgr. R. Sturm. —29—TRACK TRACK SCHEDULE April 9th........................................Chenoa April 11 .......................................Gridley April 16 ........................................Eureka April 18 .....................................Lexington April 30 .....................Lexington (Midstate Meet) May 1st........................................Metamora May 3rd.........................................Gridley May 9 ...............Metamora (Woodford County Meet) FRONT ROW: Mr. Murphy, John Benedict, Jim McHugh. Everett Stine, Gordon Mool, Phil Cryer, Richard Phillips, Kenneth Aucutt, Mr. Sullivan. SECOND ROW: Charles Feeney, Joe Jenkins, Terry Bohlander, Bill Colburn, Arlo Wessel, Ronnie Chestnut, Robert Fosdick, Stephen Patton, Larry Tipler, Ray Evans, Frank Vogel, Wesley Waters. BACK ROW: Joe Sutton, Eugene Bailey, Don Malcom, David Cleary, Charles Williams. Roger LaRochelle. Bill Childres, Don Mool, John Pinkham. This year there were nine lettermen returning to compete on the track team under Mr. Murphy and Mr. Kadlec's supervision. All boys who expect to play any sports next fall were encouraged to participate in the spring sports. Since our track was Incomplete all meets were held at other schools. Also under Mr. Murphy and Mr. Kadlec's supervision were the twenty-two members of the baseball squad. Of this squad there were seven returning lettermen. Four of the five games were on the home field. FRONT ROW: Mr. Murphy, Jim McHugh, Everett Stine, Gordon Mool, Phil Cryer, Richard Phillips, Mr. Sullivan. SECOND ROW; Bob Clements, Don Malcom, Jerry Meyer, Arlo Wessel, John Dodson, Fred Leenhouts, James Diener, Don Mool. BACK ROW: Leonard Stine, Don Moushon, Bob Pierce, Roger Sturm, Charles Williams, Allen Harroun, Dennis Parkhouse, John Pinkham. BASEBALL April 29 May 2nd. May 7 . May 14 May 17 BASEBALL SCHEDULE ............................ Chenoa ...........................Fairbury ..........................Lexington .............................Minonk ............................Gridley —31FRONT ROW: Lois Diener. Angela Reeves, Karen Schneider, Judy Hinthorn. BACK ROW: Kay Kearney, Dolly Sutton, Lois Stokes, Tobein Tegard, Barbara Crump, Mardelle Famey. "YEA, TEAM" Throughout the football and basketball seasons, these peppy cheerleaders helped promote school spirit and enthusiasm. They began their cheering season early this year, starting In the first part of August. This year two cheerleaders have been added to the usual four varsity cheerleaders. The varsity cheerleaders wore purple jumpers with gold linings and white blouses with little gold bows. The junior varsity cheerleaders wore purple high-waisted jumpers with gold blouses. —32— Varsity Cheerleaders planning the first pep meeting. ACTIVITIES JUNIORS ......................Reporter ...............Student Council .....................Treasurer .....................Secretary ...............Student Council .....................President ................Vice President CLASS OFFICERS SENIORS Marilyn McHugh................................Reporter Judy Furrow . Bill Colburn.................................President Jane Crusius . Nancy Wilkey...........................Student Council Dolly Sutton . Bob Brown....................................Secretary Rachel Knepp Jim Riker...............................Vice President Jim McHugh . Bob Pierce.............................Student Council Phil Cryer . . Dennis Stoller...............................Treasurer Frank Vogel . Claire Kauffman Bonnie Armstrong Ronnie Mool. . . Roger La Rochelle Nancy Hinthorn . Norma Stine . . . FRESHMEN .......................Reporter ................Student Council .................Vice President ......................President ......................Secretary ......................Treasurer SOPHOMORES Kaylene Bowman............... Carolyn Wickenhauser......... Linda Harshbarger............ Lois Diener.................. Huey Harroun................. John Pinkham................. Kenny Knepp.................. , . . . Reporter , . . . Treasurer , . . . Secretary . Vice President Student Council , . . . Reporter , . . . PresidentFRONT ROW: Nancy Wilkey, Reporter; Bob Pierce, Treasurer; Bill Colburn, President; Phil Cryer, Vice President; Jane Crusius, Secretary. BACK ROW: Bonnie Armstrong; Jim McHugh, Mr. Kays, Sponsor; Huey Har-roun; Kenny Knepp; Roger La Rochelle. OUR GOVERNING BODY The purpose of the Student Council is to act as a governing organization of the student body and to promote the interests of the administration of the school. The membership of the Council consists of the presidents of the classes and of one student elected from the Freshmen and Sophomore classes and of two students from the Junior and Senior classes. In 1956-57 the Council tried to improve itself by becoming more active and making itself known to the student body. The first big project undertaken by the Council was Homecoming in which a new idea was tried—no overall theme for the parade and dance. This proved very successful. The Christmas Party provided games and dancing for the entire student body. The Council purchased furniture and drapes for the student lounge (the old cafeteria) to make the room more comfortable and enjoyable. To further student enjoyment, the Council planned four assembly programs and rented the movies shown during the noon hour. The El Paso Student Council is now a member of the National Association of Student Councils. —35—Front Row: June Waters, Norma Schopp, Pat Reinkensmeyer,Dick Brown, Don Hamer, Mary Haas, Virginia Morris, Alberta Charlett, Jackie Byrd, Second Row: Dennis Stoller, Peggy Moritz, Verna Armstrong, Betty Porter, Mildred Byrd, Marlene Rostetter, Miss Nessel. Third Row; Marilyn McHugh, Doris Patton, Ruth Morris, Tobein Tegard, Rachel Knepp, Dolly Sutton, John Dodson, Bob Brown, John Benedict, Harold Alford. Back Row: Nancy Wilkey, Kay Kearney, Bill Colburn, Bob Pierce. Dean Weber, Melvin Roth. COMETEER STAFF Editor...............Dennis Stoller Layout Editor. . . . Harold Alford Business Managers . .Nancy Wilkey Melvin Roth Photography. . . . Marilyn McHugh Harold Alford Faculty.........Marlene Rostetter Seniors........................Mary Haas Underclassmen .... Doris Patton Norma Schopp, Rachel Knepp Student Council .... Betty Porter Staff.................Mildred Byrd Art Work.....................Peggy Moritz John Benedict Band..........................Ruth Morris Music Contestants................ ................Alberta Charlett Chorus.........................Don Hartter Junior Play . . .Pat Reinkensmeyer Librarians....................June Waters F.H.A..................Jackie Byrd F. F.A.................Dick Brown Cheerleaders, G.A.A.............. . . Tobein Tegard, Kay Kearney Snapshots are made ready. Sports Baseball and Track . . John Dodson Football......................Bob Pierce Basketball...................Dean Weber Newspaper...................Dolly Sutton Calendar..........Verna Armstrong Virginia Morris Prophecy...........Marilyn McHugh Bob Brown, Don Hartter Will . . Dick Brown, Dennis Stoller Administration . . . Dennis Stoller Homecoming............Dick Brown E Club.......................Bill Colburn National Honor Society........... ..................Nancy WilkeyFront Row: June Waters, Ruth Morris, Dolly Sutton, Tobein Tegard, John Benedict, Marilyn McHugh, Bob Brown, Mary Haas. Back Row: Mr. Newby, Doris Patton, Bill Colburn, Karen Sprehe, Janet La Rochelle, Rachel Knepp, Kay Edwards, Norma Schopp, Nancy Wilkey, Harold Alford, Marlene Ros-tetter, Don Hartter, Betty Porter, Alberta Charlett, Jane Crusius, Barbara Crump, Dick Brown, Dennis Stoller. COMET TALES STAFF Editors-in-chief .... Bob Brown Marilyn McHugh Associate Editor.................. ..............Janet La Rochelle Sports Editors . . . Dennis Stoller Bill Colburn, Barbara Crump Ruth Morris News Editor.............Don Hartter News Reporters.................... Marlene Rostetter, Kay Edwards . . Dolly Sutton, Tobein Tegard Feature Editor...........Mary Haas After two years absence, an El Paso High School newspaper has appeared monthly on the high school campus. With Mr. Newby as faculty sponsor and a fine staff, this paper has been established as one of the finest in its class in the surrounding area; we are proud of you, COMET TALES staff. The paper, as in the past, has been financed by the people of El Paso, through the Board of Education. The school newspaper will, we hope, remain a permanent function at El Paso High School since it improves student-faculty relationship and advances student responsibility. Feature Writers . . . Jane Crusius Dick Brown, Rachel Knepp Humor Editors . . . Norma Schopp Nancy Wilkey Art Editors............John Benedict Sharon Tyson Production and Distribution Editor. ....................Harold Alford Production and Distribution .... . .Betty Porter, Alberta Charlett . . . Doris Patton, Karen Sprehe ....................June Waters Editors at workFRONT ROW: Mardelle Famey, Reporter; Gail Lewis, Parliamentarian; Lois Stokes, Vice President; Ruth Morris, President; Nancy Wilkey, Secretary; Rachel Knepp, Treasurer; Judy Furrow, Song Leader; Doris Patton, Project Chairman. SECOND ROW: Barbara Crump, Dolly Sutton, Marilyn Punke, Marlene Rostetter, Betty Porter, Carolyn Wickenhauser, Judy Crump, Sue Aucutt, Jane Crusius, Marilyn McHugh, Susan Holt, Bonnie Armstrong, Betty Fever, Karen Sprehe, Kathryn Bigger, Mary Patton. Sharon Patterson, Janice Hall. THIRD ROW; Nancy Phillips, Blanche Geiselman, Eva Wilkey, Millie Byrd, Barbara Edwards, Norma Stine, Judy Heiple, Kaylene Bowman, Barbara Kinder, Dorothy Shaffer, Phyllis McGhee, Yvonne Porter, Virginia Morris. Dorothy Armstrong. Miss Schnebly. FOURTH ROW: Verna Armstrong, Jackie Byrd, Carol Foreman, Lois Diener, Carlene High, Angela Reeves, Mignonette Alford, Ann Dressier, Peggy Hemcjar, Sharris Toureene, Judy Patton, Myra Rippel, Carol Mohr. BACK ROW: Alberta Charlett, Pat Reinkensmeyer, Carol Smoots, Gloria Crusius, Linda Harshbarger. June Waters, Janet La Rochelle, Tobien Tegard, Norma Schopp, Karen Schneider, Nancy Hinthorne, Alice Hartman, Virginia Mounce, Barbara Busker, Bonnie Finck, Kay Edwards. F. H. A. The F.H.A. members of the El Paso chapter have enjoyed this year's activities very much. Some of the activities were: installation of officers, initiation, a Christmas Party, Hobo Day, a talk on "How to Work Your Way Through College" by Mrs. Brenneman, Director of Admissions at I.S.N.U., a Valentine Dance, a Spring Rally, a T.V. show on Dianne's Happy Home program, and parent's night co-sponsored with F.F.A. The chapter mothers for the past year were Mrs. Vernon Patton and Mrs. Clay Holt. Dry those dishes!FRONT ROW: John White, Kenneth Knepp, Stephen Patton, Terry Bohlander. Clayton Albert, Dennis Cleary, Raymond Marten, John Attig. SECOND ROW: Kenneth Aucutt, Tom Malcom, Bob Clements, Joe Haas, Don Sutton, Ed Stokes, Richard Claymon, Robert Bradle, Ronnie Mool BACK ROW; Wesley McKinley, Dean Weber, Kenneth Porzelius, Tom Colburn, Don Malcom, Bob McClure, Bill Colburn, Ronnie Heiken, Raymond Valentine, Richard Phillips, Bill Kinder, Mr. Sancken. F. F. A. Meeting for the first time, the F.F.A. elected Bill Colburn, President; Bob Clements, Vice-President; Ronald Mool, Secretary; Ken Porzelius, Treasurer; Bob McClure, Reporter; and Tom Colburn, Sentinel. The F.F.A. participated in many more activities than usual which included a soil judging contest, a wiener roast, formal initiation of the greenhorns, corn-picking safety campaign, pest contest between Dean Weber’s Hound dogs and Wesley McKinley's Alley cats, sectional and state dairy-fatstock judging contests, joint night meetings with the F.H.A., a chain gilt project, a Valentine Dance, use of the farm plot, a square dance, and a field day in Peoria at Caterpillar Tractor and Keystone Wire Companies. To climax their busy year, they hope to take their annual Ag trip. The F.F.A. has done a fine job in exemplifying the progress of El Paso High, so characteristic of ’57.BAND FRONT ROW; M. Haas, Asst. President; A. Charlett; E. Dressier, Librarian; H. Farney; B. Crump, Secretary; N. Burton; S. Sampen; P. Meador; P. McGee; R. Morris. Treasurer. SECOND ROW: S. Aucutt, Librarian; J. Jones; S. Kempler; C. Green; E. Reinhart; R. Steffen; K. Wall; M. Alford; R. Bohrer; C. Wickenhauser; L. Stokes. THIRD ROW: D. Weirman; D. Dodson; L. Snyder; H. Haas; B. Grey; M. Williams; T. Oleary; J. Grey; T. Freeman; L. Messer; J. Sutton, Efficiency Mgr.; R. Chestnut; E. Stokes; H. Young; J. Meyers; J. Kelsey; D. Mool; L. Corrigan; J. Waters; T. Kempler; S. Holt, Asst. Secretary; D. Stoller. President. BACK ROW: J. Wendland; S. Fosdick; B. Grubb, Efficiency Mgr.; E. Bailey; D. Donze; R. Henderson. STANDING: J. Pinkham; F. Pfister; Mr. Bartelt; N. Wilkey; S. Dressier; K. Bowman. MAJORETTES: P. Hemcjar; L. Diener; C. Kauth; L. Snyder; P. Bagby; J. Jones; B. Tool. DRUM MAJOR: N. Wilkey. NOT PICTURED: T. Pfister; E. Morse. The El Paso High School Marching Band started off its 1956-57 season with a pep show before the first football game. The band gave outstanding half-time performances during the year. The band also played the Star Spangled Banner before each game as the colors were presented by the El Paso Legion Post 59 Color Guard. At Homecoming, the Fairbury Marching Band also appeared in the half-time show. Other band activities during the year were a cakewalk, the dedication of the new Centennial Grade School, a Christmas concert in conjunction with the chorus, the annual Band Christmas Party, the County Music Festival. the Mid-Winter Concert, and the district and state music contests. "E" FORMATIONCLARINET QUARTET, Left to right: Mary Haas, Al- SAXOPHONE QUARTET, Left to right: Dennis Stoller, berta Charlett, Ann Dressier, Sue Aucutt. Placed Sec- Susan Holt, Carolyn Wikenhauser, Lois Stokes. Placed ond in District Contest. Second in District Contest. INSTRUMENTAL CONTEST GROUPS BRASS SEXTET, Left to right; Tom O'Leary, Mary Williams, Eugene Bailey, Mignonette Alford, Joe Sutton, June Waters. Placed Third in District Contest. SOLOISTS, FIRST ROW: Frank Pfister, First; Mignonette Alford, Third; Ronnie Chestnut, Second. SECOND ROW: June Waters, Second; Alberta Charlett, Second; Lois Stokes, did not play; Tom Pfister, Second. DRUM DUET: John Pinkham and Kay-lene Bowman. Placed First in District Contest. WOODWIND TRIO: Ruth Morris, Barbara Crump, and Mary Haas. Placed First in District Contest. CORNET DUET: Bette Grey and Jerry Grey. Placed Second in District Contest.FRONT ROW: Carolyn Wickenhauser, Jane Crusius, Karen Schneider, Marilyn Punke, Gloria Crusius, Elsie Ann Dressier, Barbara Crump, Doris Patron, Judy Furrow, Susan Holt, Mary Patton. SECOND ROW: Karen Sprehe, Judy Crump, Dolly Sutton, Rachel Knepp, Janet LaRochelle, Judy Heiple, Marilyn McHugh, Kay Edwards, Claire Kauffman, Mr. Neff. BACK ROW: Edward Stokes, Kenneth Knepp, Tom Malcom, Joe Jenkins, Bill Colburn, Roger Sturm, Phil Cryer, Donald Hartter. Dennis Stoller. CHORUS The El Paso High School s A Capella Choir opened its year September 16 by performing at the dedication ceremony for the Centennial Grade School. The choir made its second appearance at the October P. T. A. meeting where they sang four numbers. On November 29, two buses loaded with the members of the entire chorus departed for Eureka where they sang in the Woodford County Choral Festival. The A Capella Choir also sang a group of songs as a special number. Previous to the Yuletide vaction, the A Capella Choir, in co-operation with the band, gave the annual Christmas Concert. In May, the entire choral department gave their final performance in the Spring Formal Concert. The choral department was directed this past year by Mr. James Neff, a graduate of Concordia College at Moorhead, Minnesota. FRONT ROW: Gloria Crusius, Linda Harsbarger, Jane Crusius, Marilyn Punke, Karen Sprehe, Judy Furrow, Mary Patton, Judy Heiple, Doris Patton. SECOND ROW: Marlene Rostetter, Betty Porter, Dolly Sutton, Claire Kauffman, Rachel Knepp, Marilyn McHugh. Kay Edwards, Sharon Patterson, Kathryn Bigger, Bonnie Armstrong, Susan Holt, Barbara Crump. THIRD ROW: Karen Schneider, Carolyn Wickenhauser, Judy Crump, Mildred Byrd, Loretta Morris, Dorothy Ulrich, Janet Heyungs, Judy Hinthome, Carol Foreman, Martha Morse, Jackie Byrd, Verna Armstrong. FOURTH ROW: Elsie Ann Dressier, Barbara Edwards, Norma Schopp, Janet La Rochelle, Pat Reinkensmeyer. Eva Jane Wilkey, Lois Friedly, Myra Rippel, Dorothy Shaffer, Judy Hilger, Angela Reeves, Gail Lewis, Norma Stine, Barbara Kinder, Sharris Toureen. BACK ROW: Rudy Oberle, Tom Malcom, Ronald Remmers, Joe Jenkins, Phil Cryer, Bill Colburn, Roger Sturm, Kenneth Knepp, Edward Stokes, Dennis Stoller, Donald Hartter. 12—VOCAL CONTEST GROUPS GIRL'S ENSEMBLE, Left to right: Karen Sprehe, Rachel Knepp, Janet LaRochelle, Judy Heiple, Jane Crusius, Judy Furrow. Placed First in District Contest. SOLOISTS, FIRST ROW: Judy Furrow, Second; Karen Sprehe, First; Jane Crusius, First; Claire Kauffman. First; SECOND ROW: Dennis Stol-ler. First; Joe Jenkins, Second; Bill Colburn, First; Ann Dressier, First; Barbara Crump, piano solo. First.FRONT ROW: Mary Haas, Don Hartter. Dennis Stoller, Dick Brown, Bob Brown, Nancy Wilkey, Marilyn McHugh. SECOND ROW: Mr. Murphy, Barbara Crump, Jane Crusius, Rachel Knepp, Elsie Ann Dressier, Angela Reeves, Barbara Edwards, Bill Colburn. BACK ROW: David Cleary. Phil Cryer, Bob Pierce, Don Moushon. NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY Last year, after a lapse since 1932, the Elpahi Chapter of the National Honor Society of Secondary Schools was reorganized in El Paso High School. The five seniors who were in the society last year are now the officers of our Elpahi Chapter, They are Dick Brown, President; Bob Brown, 1st Vice-President; Dennis Stoller, 2nd Vice-President; Don Hartter, Secretary; Nancy Wilkey, Treasurer. Early in the school year nine members were selected from the junior and senior classes and four probationary members from the sophomore class. Membership is based on scholarship, service, leadership, and character. The objectives are to create an enthusiasm for scholarship, to stimulate a desire to render service, to promote worthy leadership, and to encourage the development of character. Initiation! !!FRONT ROW: Coach Kadlec. Mr. Sullivan, Harold Alford, President-Bob Pierce. Vice President-Phil Cryer, Everett Stine, John Benedict, Jim McHugh, Coach Murphy. SECOND ROW: Dick Brown, Gordon Mool, Dean Weber, Fred Leenhouts, Allen Harroun, Dennis Parkhouse, Charles Williams, Bill Colburn. BACK ROW: Ray Evans, Larry Tipler, Frank Vogel, Veryl Bemhardy, Bob McKinley, Bob Brown. Not Pictured: Don Hartter, Secretary-Treasurer. E CLUB The E Club, composed of lettermen from all the sports, was very active this year. They purchased two trophies--the tackling trophy (won by Don Hartter) and the free throw trophy. The horseshoe tournament was won by Gordon Mool. Tournaments in checkers and pingpong were also played. The noon-hour basketball league consisted of six teams, each coached by a member of the varsity squad. Initiation for new members was held in November. The new members were seen collecting autographs of the active members and they were the cheerleaders for a Pep meeting. New jackets!Mr. Newby, Jim McHugh, Melvin Duncan, Gordon Moot, Karen Sprehe, Virginia Mounce, Dolly Sutton, Barbara Crump, Mardelle Famey, Kay Edwards, Phil Cryer, Jane Crusius, Bernard Shanks, Janet La-Rochelle, Roger Sturm, Rachel Knepp, Barbara Busker, Bonnie Finck, Judy Patton, Yvonne Porter, Bette Gray, Alice Hartman. JUNIOR CLASS PLAY TAKE CARE of MY LITTLE GIRL CAST Elizabeth . . Becky .... Adelaide . . Merry. . . . Marge. . . . Dallas. . . . Casey .... Mother Apple Joe.......... Mrs. Bellows Chad .... . . Jane Crusius . . Karen Sprehe Virginia Mounce Mardelle Farney . . Rachel Knepp Janet La Rochelle . . Kay Edwards . Barbara Busker . Bernard Shanks . Barbara Crump . . . .Phil Cryer Sam......... Thelma . . . Alice . . . . Grace . . . . Marie . . . . Justine . . . Polly . . . , Marilyn . . . June........ Expressman , Roger Sturm .Yvonne Porter Alice Hartman . . .Bette Gray . Bonnie Finck . . Dolly Sutton . Judy Furrow . . Judy Heiple . . Judy Patton Melvin Duncan My little girl, Liz, was well taken care of by Jane Crusius, who as a college Freshman was bent on an active social life in Queens' Sorority at Midwestern University. Liz, the pledge, discovered that theory and practice of the ideals of the sorority were in direct conflict. It left her in a state of confusion and frustration trying to conform with standards of the sorority and at the same time remaining loyal to old friends. The outcome -"Liz" resigned her sorority and returned to the old friends. Kay Edwards, as "Casey, " in a droll sort of way furnished occasion for the laughs. Mr. Newby showed acute discrimination in his choice of play, casting of characters and directing action.FRONT ROW: Virginia Morris, Tobein Tegard, Betty Porter, Verna Armstrong, Marlene Rostetter, Kay Kearney. SECOND ROW: Kay Edwards, Ruth Morris, Patty Reinkensmeyer, Doris Patton, Betty Fever, Dolly Sutton, Rachel Knepp, Sharon Patterson, Mary Patton, Mrs. Benson. BACK ROW: Lois Friedly, Mr. Newby, Gail Lewis, June Waters, Carol Mohr, Judy Patton. Flelen Thompson, Mardelle Farney, Norma Stine, Ann Dressier. LIBRARIANS' CLUB The Library Club sponsored by Mrs. Benson and Mr. Newby was organized early this fall. It has proved to be a very practical extra-curricular activity since it has served a dual purpose: that of training future librarians and that of supplying a working staff for the library itself. Nineteen Librarians formed the nucleus of the club and seven "Library Pages" helped to keep the books in good repair and in their proper places. The chief project has been to take an inventory of the library, to catalogue books and to bring the library up to date by adding new and recent books. Lost in the files Officers of Library Club: President..................Kay Edwards Vice-President . . . Marlene Rostetter Secretary-Treasurer. . . Rachel Knepp Reporter....................Gail Lewis 4 ♦7—Queen Peggy Moritz. Marylin McHugh, Bonnie Finck, Sue Aucutt, Marlene Rostetter, Queen Peggy Moritz QUEEN PEGGY REIGNS On October 26, Homecoming started with a big bang, being preceded by a successful Snake Dance held on Thursday night. Although there was no theme for the parade, the theme for the dance was "Blue Moon." In the parade, the Sophomores’ float proved best with the E-Club's rating second. The game Friday night with Fairbury ended with the Comets losing by a disheartening score of 51-6. Just the same, the dance was successful as Don Adams' dance band set the tune in the V.F.W. building. During intermission, Peggy Moritz was crowned as the queen of the Homecoming. Queen Peggy was accompanied by her attendants, Marilyn McHugh, Marlene Rostetter, Bonnie Finck, and Sue Aucutt. Sophomore Float.junior Float. Senior Float. Band. G. A. A. Car. Queen’s Car.FRONT ROW: Judy Hinthom, Angela Reeves, Mardelle Farney. Marilyn McHugh, Tobein Tegard, Barbara Crump, Mary Haas, Karen Sprehe, Judy Heiple, Janet Lr Rochelle. SECOND ROW: Marlene Rostetter, Betty Porter, Claire Kauffman, Dolly Sutton, Dottie Mohr, Carolyn Wickenhauser, Norma Schopp, Doris Patton, Dorothy Shaffer, Susan Holt, Bonnie Armstrong, Kathryn Bigger, Mary Patton, Sharon Patterson. THIRD ROW: Marilyn Punke, Eva Jane Wilkey, Mildred Byrd, Lois Diener, Janet Heyungs, Judy Crump, Barbara Edwards, Norma Stine, Barbara Kinder, Kaylene Bowman, Sharon Phillips, Ada Carman. FOURTH ROW: Virginia Jording, Verna Armstrong, Peggy Moritz, Carlene High, Ruth Morris, Nancy Wilkey, Mignonette Alford, Peggy Herncjar, Sharris Toureen, Judy Patton, Phyllis McGhee, Yvonne Porter, Betty Fever. FIFTH ROW: Alberta Charlett, Clara Finck, Carol Smoots, Gloria Crusius, Linda Harshbarger, June Waters, Jane Crusius, Sue Aucutt, Karen Schneider, Gail Lewis, Nancy Hinthorn, Alice Hartman, Virginia Mounce, Judy Furrow. G.A.A. President. . . . Vice-President. Secretary . . . Treasurer . . . Sports Manager Publicity. . . . , Tobein Tegard Marilyn McHugh Angela Reeves . Mardelle Farney . Barbara Crump , . . Mary Haas The 1956-1957 G.A.A. members were kept quite busy with such activities as chalk hikes, swimming, archery, basketball, volleyball, bowling and speedba 11. The speed-ball enthusiasm was enlivened by the construction of new goal posts and a new regulation size field. Other activities included a formal initiation, a spring playday, and a banquet in honor of the basketball players. This was the first year in which life-saving instructions were given for those interested in earning a senior life-saving badge. Ironing out minor details: Kay Kearney, Tobein Tegard, Miss Hiserodt. —50—Harold Alford, Doris Patton, Larry Tipler, Tom Malcom, Dick Brown, Mary Haas, Charles Lampe, Judy Patton, Nancy Wilkey, Kay Kearney, Carol Mohr, Lois Stokes. FLASH CLUB On February 28, 1957, the photography club was reorganized with Mr. Maddox, the new science teacher at its head. On this date the only occurrence of importance was the election of officers. The purpose of the club is to create interest in the art of photography. It is hoped that this club will continue in future years and become correlated with the photography department of the COMETEER and possibly with the school newspaper, COMET TALES. OFFICERS Mary Haas, Treasurer; Charles Lampe, Reporter; Dick Brown, Vice-President; Harold Alford, President; Kay Kearney, Secretary; Mr. Maddox, Faculty Sponsor. —51—G.A.A. INTRAMURALS FRONT ROW: Nancy Wilkey, Betty Porter, Marlene Rostet-ter, Alberta Charlett. SECOND ROW: Kay Kearney, Tobein Tegard, Marilyn McHugh, Doris Patton. BACK ROW: Peggy Moritz, Verna Armstrong. Clara Finck, Millie Byrd. FRONT ROW: Claire Kauffman, Sharon Patterson, Mary Patton, Bonnie Armstrong. SECOND ROW: Karen Schneider, Gail Lewis, Angela Reeves, Kathryn Bigger. BACK ROW: Carol Smoots, Gloria Crusius, Sue Aucutt, Norma Stine, Barbara Edwards. FRONT ROW: Peggy Hernc-jar, Carlene High, Kaylene Bow ma n. SECO ND ROW: Barbara Kinder, Mignonette Alford, Judy Crump. BACK ROW: Judy Hinthorne, Susan Holt, Carolyn Wikenhauser, Marilyn Punke. FRONT ROW: Karen Sprehe, Mardelle Farney, Betty Fever, SECOND ROW: Dolly Sutton, Jane Crusius, Janet LaRochelle BACK ROW: Judy Furrow, Judy Heiple, Yvonne Porter, Virginia Mounce. Barbara Edwards, Phyllis McGhee, Ada Carman, Kathryn Bigger. FRONT ROW: Eva Jane Wilkey, Barbara Edwards, Kathryn Bigger, Norma Stine, Bonnie Armstrong. SECOND ROW: Carol Smoots, Sharon Patterson, Nancy Hin-thorn. Gail Lewis, Mary Patton. Bonnie Armstrong, Mary Patton, Norma Stine. —52—COLBURN’S FLUNKIES, FRONT ROW; Bill Kinder, Bob McClure, Fred Leen-houts. BACK ROW: Jim Riker, John Benedict, Coach Bill Colburn. LEAGUE CHAMPIONS. PARKHOUSE’S PUPPIES. FRONT ROW: Wesley Waters-, Lee Porth, Keith Black-more, Ken Porzelius. BACK ROW: Robert Fosdick, Allen Harroun, Coach Dennis Parkhouse. PIERCE’S ARROWS. FRONT ROW: "Abe" Stine, John Dodson, Dennis Sioller. BACK ROW: Coach Bob Pierce, Joe Jenkins, Bob Clements. HORSESHOE CHAMPS, doubles, Don Malcom and Gordon Mool. B 0 Y S CRYER'S BABIES, FRONT ROW: Coach Phil Cryer, Melvin Duncan, Jerry Bagby, Don Moushon. BACK ROW: Arlo Wes-sel, Dick Brown, Dale Porth. TOURNAMENT WINNERS. I N T R A M U R A L S McHUGH’S HUSKIES, FRONT ROW: Gunner Jacobsma, Bernard Shanks, Bob Brown, Herschel McWilliams. BACK ROW: Veryl Bernhardy, Coach Jim McHugh, Everett Fletcher. MOOL’S MOLES, FRONT ROW: Huey Harroun, Jake McKinley,Bob McKinley. Raymond Byrd. BACK ROW: Melvin Roth, Coach Gordon Mool, Terry Geis-elman. HORSESHOE CHAMP, singles, Gordon Mool. —53— Mr. Cable presents Second Place Trophy to the Comets. ONT ROW: F. Lock, B. Scott, R. Benson, H. Weir-»n. G. Corbitt. SECOND ROW: L. Waters, B. )Cker, F. Relnkensmeyer. O. Hocker. A. Hynes, N. Hicks, R. Ball, G. Schertz, F. Smoots, A. Gottel. Juniors Seniors —55—Over The Rainbow Illinois Hotel Bloomington May 19, 1956 Bob Pierce, Kay Kearney POT OF GOLD Bill Colburn, Jane Crusius Clara Finck, John Benedict, Sue Aucutt UNDER THE RAINBOW Bob McKinley. Judy Furrow Blanche Beiselman, Virginia Jording, Virginia Morris, Clara Finck, Alberta Charlott, Verna Billy William’s Orchestra ArmstrongAug. 22-23 Aug. 27 Aug. 31 CALENDAR Registration Day School started. Yippee 11 Our first assembly meeting. Getting to know you. Sept. 12 Sept. 15 Sept. 17 Football "Kick-off" High School Band had a cake walk. Discussed Cometeer. Chose Dennis Stoller, Editor and Nancy Wilkey, Business Manager. Sept. 19 Sept. 27 Met with Mrs. Mullins and chose the cover for the year book. F.H.A. Installation of officers Sept. 28 County Workshop--Flanagan-Here Sept. 29 Football squad and cheerleaders guests of University of Illinois. Sept. 29 F.H.A. Hobo Day. Oct. 1 Oct. 4 Oct. 5 Oct. 8 Oct. 9 F-S Eureka-Here Juniors chose style of class rings. Comell-There F-S Eureka-Here G.A.A. meeting. Oct. 10-11 Six Weeks Exams Oct. 12 Lexington-Here Oct. 12-13 Senior car wash. Oct. 16-17 Senior pictures taken at Hawkins Studio. Oct. 16 Oct. 19 Oct. 20 Oct. 22 Oct. 25 F.H.A. meeting Chenoa-There Junior and Senior class worked together and picked up corn. F-S Chenoa-Here Pep meeting-Snake Dance. Anyone the victim of a hit and run driver? Queen and her attendants were announced. Oct. 26 Oct. 29 Fairbury-Here. Homecoming. We lost. A dance afterwards at V.F.W. F-S Fair bury-There Nov. 2 Nov. 9 Nov. 12 Nov. 13 Nov. 19 Nov. 20 Dear Creek-Mackinaw. Minonk-Here Basketball practice starts. G.A.A. meeting F.H.A. meeting Washburn-Here Nov. 20-21 Six weeks exams Nov. 21 Mid-State Meeting Nov. 22 Nov. 27 Nov. 29 Nov. 30 Thanksgiving Vacation Seniors chose announcement cards for graduation. High School Choral festival at Eureka Eureka-Here Dec. 1 Dec. 3 Dec. 4 Dec. 4 Dec. 5 Dec. 6 Dec. 7 Dec. 7 Dec. 10 Dec. 11 Dec. 13 Dec. 14 Dec. 17 Twirp Dance G.A.A. Formal Initiation Comell-There "E" Club initiates head a pep meeting Chorus festival at Eureka Assembly-Acappella Choir directed by Mr. Neff. Chenoa-Here. Sophomore Sock Hop. Voluntary pep meeting. G.A.A. meeting Snow drifts on east and west roads. Vacation for everyone 11 F.H.A. Talent Show. Talent anyone? Roanoke-Here F.H.A. meeting. F.H.A. Christmas Party.Dec. 18 Dec. 20 Dec. 21-25 Dec. 22 Jan. 4 Jan. 7 Jan. 9 Jan. 10 Jan. 14 Jan. 15-18 Jan. 25 Jan. 30 Jan. 31-Feb. 2 Feb. 5 Feb. 8 Feb. 12 Feb. 13 Feb. 15 Feb. 19 Feb. 22 Feb. 26 Feb. 28 March 1 March 4 March 4-8 March 9 March 21 March 22 April 4 April 6 April 11-12 April 13 April 18 April 19 April 22 April 26 April 29 April 30 May 1 May 2 May 3 May 3-4 May 7 May 9 May 14 May 17 May 18 May 24 May 26 May 27 May 27-28 May 29 Fairbury-There Chorus and Band Christmas Concert. Christmas Vacation. Band Christmas Party. Gridley-There. Pep meeting in gym. Don Hartter announced the winners of magazine sales. Mr. Sullivan told the Juniors their class rings had arrived. Chenoa-Here Seniors voted for D.A.R. and S.A.R. Winners were Nancy Wilkey and Bob Brown. Congratulations! Band festival at Roanoke. G.A.A. meeting. Semester Exams. County Tournament. Semester Exams. Roanoke - There Fairbury-Invitational Tournament Fairbury-Invitational Tournament Metamora-There Fairbury-Here. Pep meeting. Sophomore Sock Hop after the game. No school. Movie during the noon hour sponsored by the Student Council. Assembly with Kay Burroughs playing selections on her electric organ. We had a pep meeting which was Kay's first. Gridley-Here. We wonl Flanagan-Here Chenoa There Six weeks exams. Lexington-Here County Institute. Day off for the students. Regional Tournament held in Normal District Music solo and ensemble contest in Mason City. Assembly program with Mr. Skadden. Senior F.H.A. trip to Chicago. Spring Band Concert. District Music Contest. Six weeks exams. G.A.A. Banquet for Basketball boys. Track-Lexington. No school. No school. Senior class play. Baseball-Chenoa-Here Mid-State Track meet-Lexington. F-S Track-Metamora. Baseball-Fair bury-There Track-Gridley relays. State Music contest Baseball-Lexington-Here Woodford County track meet at Metamora Baseball -Minonk-He re Baseball-Gridley-Here Junior-Senior Prom at Bloomington Spring Vocal concert Baccalaureate Annual Day Semester exams High School Graduation. A sad day for the Seniors. THE SANDS OF TIME RUN OUT FOR THE CLASS OF "57" 

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