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The month was August and the year was 1953, when 53 shy freshmen cautiously en-
tered the halls of Elmwood High for the first time. Under the direction of Mr. Cady, our
advisor, our first class meeting was held in September. We elected the following officers:
Douglas Coulter, President, Ronald Coon, Vice-President: Linda Parker, Secretary and
Treasurer: Richard Coon, Reporter. During the year we had a skating party and Hayrack
The fall of "54" brought us back as sophomores. This year class officers were: C 0-
Presidents, Karen Kleen and Richard Coon, Secretary and Treasurer, Judy Purcell: Reporter,
Carol Smith. Mr. Hamman was our advisor. We had an all-school party on November 10.
Refreshments were served and everyone had a good time.
In January about 30 sophomores held a party which ended in a sleigh ride. Hot choco-
late and cookies were served.
The Biology Class held a bake sale to raise money for an Armadillo. It died. The
Biology Class also took a trip to Chicago on May 7, 1955. lVIr. Cady chaperoned our trip.
On September 6, we enrolled as juniors with Mrs. Monroe as our advisor. We held
a class meeting in late September and elected the following officers: Ronald Coon, Presi-
dent: Judy Purcell, Vice-President: Carol Greene, Secretary and Treasurer, Sharon Ekena,
"Girl Crazy, " our Junior Play, was given November 15. It was a big success.
When we got back from Thanksgiving vacation, we received our class rings.
We had a bake sale April 7, 1956, to raise more money for the Prom, which was held
May 4. The theme was "Sealand Fantasy. "
September 7 the Senior Class held their first meeting. Our officers for the year were
President, Ronald Coon: Vice-President, Virginia Ekenap Secretary, Judy Purcell: Treasurer,
Janet Harlan: Reporter, Joyce Webber. Our advisors were: Mrs. Hart and Mr. Garrison.
September 26, we initiated the freshmen. Our Senior Steak Fry was held at Bradley
Park in Peoria on October 4. October 18, we had our Chill Supper and Stunt Show. Octo-
ber 19 was the Homecoming Game and Dance. Everyone enjoyed themselves.
Our bake sale on December 1 was a huge success.
December 21, the seniors sponsored a Christmas Dance. The theme was "Christmas
Fantasy. " The public was invited and everyone had a nice time.
We sponsored a sock hop and coke party February 18, in honor of the class that
bought the most yearbooks. The faculty were our guests. Everyone had a good time.
February 25 of "57", we chose our motto "Today's Learner is Tomorrow's Leader. "
We had our Senior Play, "Midnight, " March 22. It was a big hit.
On May 10, we were guests at the Junior-Senior Prom, "Midnight in Madrid."
Baccalaureate was held May 19, in the gymnasium with the Congregational Church
in charge of the services, the following Wednesday was Class Day, May 22.
On May 23, commencement came, and we seniors were now ready to go forth and
make use of the knowledge we have gained here during the last four years.”