Mount Ida High School - Lion Yearbook (Mount Ida, AR)
- Class of 1977
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Photographer ........ .PATRICIA YOUNG
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Sponsor ........ ....... M rs. LUCILLE PHILLIPS
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Returning to school at the beginning of another
school year, we are full of expectations. When we push
open those doors to Mount Ida High School, we know
that in the corridors and classrooms, and on the
athletic courts and fields, we will meet with many
important experiences. Some will improve our mindsg
some will enlarge our social livesg some will influence
our moral judgements-all will touch our personalities
and help shape our futures. In one sense, we might
look on Mount lda Schools as a bank that will pay us
certain dividends in life. What will they be? Will we
receive some friends, but also some enemies? some
successes, but also some failures? some sadness, but
also some happiness? Yes, we know that from our
school experience, we will reap some of all this. And
we look forward to receiving all these "dividends,"
knowing that out of the whole we will have enriched
our lives always.
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Becky Griffith and Jimmy Spurlin
Being elected to Who's Who is
really quite an honor. It means your
fellow students have picked you to
represent their school in the different
categories. Usually if you are
nominated, you are well qualified for
the title. The students who were
chosen for these honors are on this
and the following pages.
Roberta Demby and Derek Smith Mark Davis, Margie Watkins, Fred Davis
Connie Bowling and Rick Simmons Jimmy Spurlin and Ruthie Sekavec
Rory Brown and Renee Davidson
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Most Handsome were chosen by Joyce Ann McCormack
Miss Arkansas 1976, Hot Springs, Arkansas.
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Most Handsome, King Relic
MHVY Boyd, Beta CND Queen Betty Rowland, FFA Sweetheart
Margie Watkins, Library Club Queen Renee Davidson, Wheeier's Citgo Station
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Tammy Greeson, MISS MONTGOMERY COUNTY Eileen Weston, MIHS QUEEN
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FAR LEFT: Becky Wharton and Rick
Williams pose before the beautiful garden
decorations. LEFT: Nancy Black and Betty
Rowland help each other trim the rose
tree. MIDDLE LEFT: Johnny Mayberry
dances to the music of the Wake Band.
MIDDLE CENTER: Jeff Mullenix and June
Scott serve themselves at the banquet
table. MIDDLE RIGHT: Mike Brown and
Shelley Harper enjoy a slow dance
together. BOTTOM: Gary Egleston, Patty
Johnston, Ruthie Sekavec, Kenny Jones,
and Briditte Stanley take a break and en-
joy the company of each other.
The Juniors and Seniors of 1976 will always
remember the night of May 7, 1976. The old gym
was transformed from peeling paint to a rose garden
within a few days.
The evening began with a delicious meal con-
sisting of chicken, ham, potato salad, baked beans,
and much more, followed by dancing in the
redecorated gym. Wake Band played and everyone
danced and sang along until they were breathless.
The night that was to be long remembered was
taken home with some people as the old gym was
stripped of its rose trees and other decorations for
LOFG MCKHV. the cook. chases Tim Tabor, the mischievous BELOW LEFT. Phillip Whisenhunt, the detective, catches
yard boy, around the house for stealing food from the Tim Tabor, thinking he is the jewel thief, while Kim White
Sherry Rollins look on.
TAKE IT EASY is a three-act play set on a warm fall after-
noon in the living room of Mrs. Imanda Highgate's home,
Mrs. Highgate is an absent-minded woman who hires two
painters, one for the kitchen, Lon Torence, and one to paint
her portrait, Tom Lawrence. Then a jewel thief shows up, John
Florenz. Mrs. Highgate was confused before, but now she
really is. There are now three painters running around her
The whole play kept the audience confused, but in the
end it was a big success. '
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Play cast included Gregg' Featherston, Sherry Rollins, Tim
Tabor, Lora McKay, John Stewart, Phillip Whisenhunt,
Mary Boyd, Floyd Worden, Mike Spillman, Kim White.
Sponsors, NOT PICTURED, were Mrs. Jackie Cox and Mr.
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Floyd Worden, the butler, talks to Mary Boyd, the maid,
about personal things.
Patricia Young wins Family Leader of
DISTINGUISHED AMERICAN STUDENTS: Betty Rowland, Margie Watkins,
Nancy Black, Becky Wharton, Patricia Young, Tammy Greeson, Tommy
Fortier, June Scott, Troy Caudle.
MID-SOUTH HONORS BAND: Kay Harder, Wanda Snow, BOYS' and GIRLS' STATE: Troy Caudle, Margie Watkins,
Melanie Standridge, and Kay Kitchens. Tammy Greeson, and To r' r.
Mrs. Sivils and Jim Stroope dance at the
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Johnny Edwards and Bo Tabor pose as Tenth grade
girls do a "little people
turkeys in the Thanksgiving assembiy. dance in the Gong Show.
Jimmy Spurlin, Kay Harder, and Floy Hocker practice for
Homecoming in the drizzling rain.
Karen Phillips and Floyd Worden were the Senior High color
Homecoming 1976-'7 7
Homecoming Spirit was high all week. Royalty and band
practiced on the field for the big night only to be forced in-
doors by the miserably cold rain on Friday. The decorations,
which were to be on the football bleachers, had to be moved
and the activities transferred to the gym. Even though there
was plenty of confusion, the activities were a success.
Then came the game. Even with the bone-chilling rain
coming down on them, the Mt. Ida Lions pulled off anotherl
win. Our opponents, the Glenwood Tigers,were defeated 20
to 6. Homecoming 1976-1977 was a big success.
lt was a close race in "Pulling for the Lions." Mr. Robbins and
Miss Green triumphed.
Bertha Kitchens and Tim Hutchison were the Junior High
color day winners.
The cheerleaders try to rouse some spirit for Homecoming
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Homecoming Queen, Eileen Weston, is escorted by Gary Queen Eileen gets a kiss from Gary Egleston.
Egleston and Mike Brown.
This year's Homecoming court: Phyllis Young, sophomore maidg Betty Rowland, senior maid, Eileen Weston, queeng Joyce
Gray, junior maid, and Lisa Bates, freshman maid. The beautiful sunburst decoration behind the court reads "The sun
shines on the Mt. Ida L'ions." Although the motto was incongruous with the weather, it was prophetic of the outcome of the
homecoming game. iSee copy next page.J
Senior Maid, Betty Rowland. Escorts, David Minton and Jimi Junior Maid, Joyce Gray. Escorts, Rick Simmons and King
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Sophomore Maid, Phyllis Young. Escorts, Jeff Mullenix and Freshman Maid, LiSa B8i9S- Escorts, Chester BFYHHT and
Troy Caudle. . Chuck Brown.
FRONT ROW: Jeff Mullenix, Troy Caudle, Jim Stroope, Rick
Simmons, Coach Stidman, Mike Brown, Gary Egleston, King
Relic: SECOND ROW: Roy Hocker, Timmy Bair, Mark Davis,
Mark Vanguilder, Greg Stovall, Phillip Whisenhunt, John
Stewart, Lenny Fryar: Mike Wingerter: THIRD ROW: Clark
Davis, Roger Lybrand, Pat Campbell, Mike May, Scott Sim-
mons, Larry Thorton, Benny Weston, Andy Harder, Mark
Whisenhunt, Les Harper, Alan Griffith, Mike Scurlock,
Managers: Tim Gaston and Jimmy Spurlin.
1976 Senior Lions
This year's senior Lions team was plagued with injuries
and finished the season with a 4 and 6 record. Quarterback
Mark Davis received a knee injury in the second game and
was out for the season. Minor injuries affecting starting
players occurred nearly every game.
Much credit goes to Don Phillips for his voluntary
assistance to the offensive and defensive lineman. His
knowledge of blocking strategy and technique greatly im-
proved the young players.
AT LEFT: Cocaptains Mike Brown and Gary Egleston
are shown with Coach Preston Stidman.
AT BOTTOM: Starting line up features Jim Stroope,
John Stewart, Gary Egleston, Pat Campbell, Alan Griffith,
Roy Hooker, King Relic: Backfield: Rick Simmons, Phillip
Whisenhunt, Jeff Mullenix, Mike Brown, Lenny Fryar.
Mike Brown Gary Egleston King Relic
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Jeff Mullenix Troy Caudle David Minton
Rick Simmons Jimi Stroope
Team Loses Eight
Shown above and at left are the eight
graduating seniors: Mike Brown, offensive half-
back and monster man, Gary Egleston, offensive
guard and defensive tackle, King Relic, offensive
halfbackg Rick Simmons, quarterback, Jimi
Stroope, tight end and defensive end, Jeff
Mullenix, fullback and middle linebacker, Troy
Caudle, defensive halfbackg and David Minton,
offensive tackle and defensive end.
BELOW, Leslie Harper evades a Magnet
Cove rusher to complete a pass to King Relic, as
John Stewart looks on. The pass was good for a
first down. ln the right corner, a pile-up is seen
where Jeff Mullenix blocked three Magnet Cove
Panthers to protect the quarterback for the pass.
Fountain Lake 40
Glen Bose 0
Magnet Cove 0
Mt. Pine 8
JUNIOR CAPTAINS: Bart Williams, Kevin Wilson, Chuck
Phillip Whisenhunt and Mike Brown Brown, and Chester Bryant, with Coach Stidman.
19 6 Junior Lions
Team Members: FRONT ROW: Logan Vines, Lloyd Tubbs, Fikes, Timmy Majors, James Robbins, John Kelloms, Mike
Lester Lybrand, Chuck Brown, Kevin Wilson, Johnny Lee, Jeff Price, Terry Hutchison FOURTH ROW: Joey
Edwards SECOND ROW: Chester Bryant, Phillip Standridge, Weston, Roger Baker, Tim Hutchison, Mike Mendenhall,
Terry Ford, Bart Williams, Terrell Wharton, John Kinsey, Chris Elder, Alan Norris, Eddie Clenney, Mike Lybrand,
Daryl Bostow, Bo Tabor, Bill Jackson THIRD ROW: Bill Bruce Gray. Managers at opposite ends of FRONT ROW:
Stroope, Nathan Davis, Jeff Wilson, Jimmy Adams, David Daryl Hutchison and Matthew Black.
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TEAM MEMBERS: Gina Mayberry, Kathy Spillman, Christy Stanley, Renee Davidson, Patricia Young, Coach Cunningham,
Penny Allen Brigitte Stanley, Shelley Harper, Sherry Rollins, Nancy Black. Managers are Glenda Carr, Laverne Black, Debi
Senior Girls' Basketball Q
Coach, Gary Cunningham
SENIOR GIRLS' SCOREBOARD
TEAM HOME OPPONENT
Acorn 42 29
Glenwood 46 41
Lake Hamilton 36 50
Amity 20 38
Oden 45 38
Fountain Lake 16 29
Murfreesboro 46 30
Caddo Hills 55 43
Amity 49 37
Mountain Pine 34 28
Caddo Hills 36 38
Fountain Lake 22 21
Cutter Morning Star 31 42
Jesseville 35 44
Amity 31 32
Kirby 38 29
Oden 41 28
Caddo Hills 43 38
Glenwood 37 51
GUNS' 'V'0ff"n9 Sta' 50 27 STARTING LINEUP: FRONT now: Renee Davidson, Penny
Allen, Nancy Black. BACK ROW: Shelley Harper, Patricia
Young, Brigitte Stanley.
TEAM MEMBERS Scott Simmons Leslie Harper Shane Relic, Coach Foshee. Manager Richard Carter pictured at
Goodner John Stewart Mike Spillman Tad Kesterson LEFT.
Senior Boys' Basketball
SENIOR BOYS' SCOREBOARD
TEAM HOME OPPONENT
Lake Hamilton 55
Ft. Lake 72
Mt. Pine 48
Ft. Lake 74
Caddo Hills 49
Magnet Cove 62
Caddo Hills 50
JUNIOR GIRLS' BASKETBALL. FRONT ROW: Brookie Scurlock, Christi Taylor, Sherri May. BACK ROW: Sherry Bates,
Kathy Battle, Roberta White, Tammy Davidson, Annette Snow, Nita Covington, Coach Cunningham, Becky Lambert,
Regina Whittington, May Guinn, Tammy Beggs, Lisa Bates, Suzanne Simpson.
Junior Girls' Basketball
Coach, Gary Cunningham
JUNIOR GIRLS' SCOREBOARD
HOM E OPPONENT
Starters. FRONT ROW: Nita Covington, May Guinn, Lisa
Bates. BACK ROW: Brookie Scurlock, Roberta White, Becky
Lambert, Regina Whittington.
JUNIOR BOYS' BASKETBALL. FRONT ROW: Bo
Tabor, Bart Williams, Jeff Wilson, Bobby Strothers,
James Smith. SECOND ROW: Andy Phelps, Jeff
Price, Ricky Stanfill, David Lapin, Mike Lybrand, Chris
Elder, Tim Mitchell. BACK ROW: Rusty Wisenhunt,
Johnny Edwards, Chester Bryant, Phillip Standridge,
Gary Smith, Kevin Wilson, Chuck Brown, Alan Norris,
Coach Darwin Foshee. Manager Matthew Black pic-
tured at LEFT.
Coach, Darwin Foshee
JUNIOR BOYS' SCOREBOARD
Junior Boys Basketball
TEAM HOME OPPONENT
Lake Hamilton 34 16
Ft. Lake 20
Caddo Hills 54
Ft. Lake 35
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GIRLS' BASEBALL TEAM,
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Donna Ziegler, Wanda
Beavers, Eileen Weston,
Barbara Scott, Penny Allen,
Cheryl Hanavan. BACK
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Relic, Tammy Beggs,
Annette Snow, Brookie
Scurlock, Coaches Mary
Amerson, June Majors,
BOYS' PONY LEAGUE,
FRONT ROW: Coach Jack
Hanavan, Kevin Wilson,
Scott Simmons, Chuck
Brown, Coach Walso
Wilson. SECOND ROW:
Jimmy Abernathy, Rick
Simmons, Mark Blocker,
Clark Davis. BACK ROW:
Les Harper, Mike
Mayberry, King Relic, Roy
Hocker, Frank Robbins,
Pony League Is Champ
The Mount Ida Pony League won its first
championship this year in the Tri-County
Phillip Whisenhunt and Rick Simmons
joined at the half-way point to give the team a
championship pitching staff.
Defensively, the team was solid, and
offensively, they batted at a .384 clip. Coaches
Waldo Wilson and Jack Hanavan initiated a
program of improvement which greatly
helped the team.
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LlON'S ROAR STAFF: FRONT ROW: Robert Demby, Ex- Manager, Margie Watkins, Typist, David Minton, Artg Stella
changeg Becky Wharton, Senior Spotlightg June Scott, Editor- Peninger, High School Newsg Kyle Griffith, Organizations,
in-chief, Patty Johnston, High School News, Nancy Black, Betty Rowland, Gossip, Ms. Phyllis Mullens, Sponsor. Not
Special Events. BACK ROW: Brigitte Stanley, Sportsg Eileen pictured: Melanie Standridge, Photographer, Fred Davis,
Weston, Elementary News, Lyndi Richmond, Business Teacher Spotlight.
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THE LlON'S ROAR is a newspaper edited and compiled
each six weeks by the students in Typing ll.
This year we have a new form of newspaper, as shown at
left. Instead of being mimeographed, it is printed by the
Backroom Press in Hot Springs. Two new features of the paper
are the use of pictures and the addition of a teacher spotlight
section. The paper also contains senior spotlights, class news,
and other items pertaining to student interest.
Below, Ms. Mullens demonstrates placement of copy to
Stella Peninger and Roberta Demby.
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No one knows the many hours of hard work and
planning done by the Annual Staff. Every year the job is
hard and time consuming. This year in particular,
because of lost school time for bad weather, many staff
members stayed after school as well as spending vaca-
tion time travailing over the annual in the Board Room.
In the end, the final edition of our annual is well
worth all the effort we put into it.
Each summer annual staffers try to attend a
workship at the University of Central Arkansas at
Conway. Four of those who attended last year are
shown on the UCA campus in the picture on the facing
page, TOP LEFT: Gregg Geatherston, Margie Watkins,
Tammy Greeson, and June Scott. Also attending were
Patricia Young and Mrs. Phillips, sponsor.
Each year an assistant editor for each section is
chosen to help the senior editors and to be trained
for the job the following year. The selections are
made in the spring of the sophomore year. Students
that are interested write a letter of application to Mr.
Barrett, stating their qualifications for a position on
the Annual Staff. Mr. Barrett and Mrs. Phillips review
the letters and choose the new assistant staff
members, who will later move into senior positions.
BELOW, Kyle Griffith, senior organizations
editor, is teaching page layout to junior assistant
The MIHS Band is composed of students who elect to
invest many, many hours of dedicated work! In addition to
a 30-minute period of group practice each day, band
members also use their study hall period for individual
study and smaller group work.
UPPER RIGHT, The Concert Band performs at its annual
Christmas concert. BELOW LEFT, BAND OFFICERS,
FRONT ROW: Mike Spillman, President, Phillip
Whisenhunt, Vice-President, Debbie Kitchens, Secretary-
Treasurer. BACK ROW: Karen Phillips, Reporter, Clark
Davis, Student Council Representative, Kyle Griffith, Drum
Majorg Bob Sivils, Band Director. BELOW RIGHT. This
year the Band was led by Drum Major Kyle Griffith, and
majorettes were Christi Taylor, Debbie Kitchens, Tammy
Beggs, Tammy Davidson, Kay Kitchens, and Suzanne
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TOP LEFT. These students made Senior High
All-Region Bands: Kay Kitchens, Karen Phillips,
Debbie Kitchens, Melanie Standridge, Wanda
Snow, Kay Harder, Kathy Spillman, Phillip
Whisenhunt, Sammy Beggs,.an'd Kyle Griffith.
MIDDLE LEFT. These students made Junior
High All-Region Bands: Kevin Wilson, Allan
Norris, Tammy Beggs, Rhonda Kitchens, Mike
Lee, Walter Standridge, Terry Beavers, Geof-
frey Clifton, Brenda Lybrand, Gregory Clifton,
Phillip Standridge, Cheryl Speers, Wanda
Beavers, Lisa Hocker, Annette Snow. lNOT PIC-
TURED, Bill Jacksoni BOTTOM LEFT. Wanda
Snow and Kay Kitchens qualified to compete in
the 1976-77 All-State tryouts. Wanda was
selected to play in the All-State Orchestra and
Kay was selected the sixth tenor saxaphone in
Arkansas, making her second alternate to the
All-State Bands. BELOW RIGHT. The band won
first place in the Montgomery County Fair
Parade and received a beautiful and well-
deserved trophy. BOTTOM RIGHT. This is
another first for the band, "The Band Christmas
Tree." It is decorated with items made and
donated by the students, like marching shoes,
music books, mouthpieces, and valve oil.
Student Council is an organization
of work and fun whose main objective is
to help students express their ideas and
to improve student-faculty relationships.
its major projects are preparing a float
for the fair parade, decorating for the
homecoming festivities, and financing
delegates to Boys State and Girls State.
Membership consists of elected
class representatives and presidents of
all clubs and classes.
The picture at right shows the fair
exhibit, which contrasts the old school
building with the new.
Student Council members are
shown below. FRONT ROW: Lisa Bates,
Betty Rowland, Jimi Stroope, Patricia
Young, Eileen Weston, Gregg
Featherston, Ms. Phyllis Mullens, spon-
SECOND ROW: Kay Burrow, Bill
Stroope, Ken Warneke, Michael
Lybrand, Darrell Bostow, Echo Relic,
Shari May, Becky Lambert, Christy
THIRD ROW: Matthew Black,
Chester Bryant, Les Harper, Jimmy
Spurlin, Clark Davis, Benny Weston,
Phillip Whisenhunt, Dena Kostelnik,
STUDENT COUNCIL OFFICERS: Ms. Phyllis Mullens, Sponsor, Bates, Reporter, Penny Allen, Parliamentariang Eileen Weston,
Jimi Stroope, President: Betty Rowland, Secretaryg Gregg Historian.
Featherston, Vice President, Patricia Young, Treasuerg Lisa
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Rowland display the Lions license plates sold as a combined Jimi Stroope, Ms. Mullens, and Penny Allen overlook as Ben-
SCh00I-Spirit activity and money-raising project. AT BOTTOM, ny Weston votes in the Student Council's mock presidential
Eileen Weston, MIHS Queen, rides on her bicentennial float election, in which Jimmy Caffef WON- 0fQ3niZafi0nSf47
saluting Betsy Ross.
The main objective of the Beta
Club is to promote scholarship,
leadership, and citizenship qualities in
Membership is made up of
students of the tenth grade through the
twelfth grades that have met and main-
tained the grade-point requirement.
One of the continuing projects of
the Beta Club is to provide volunteer
teacher aids at the elementary school,
who perform such tasks as grading
papers, erecting bulletin boards, etc.
Activities of the Club this year in-
cluded spring and fall picnics, arthritis
fund drive, the State Convention in
January, and the fund-raising project
of selling candy.
FRONT ROW: Lyndi Richmond, June Scott Margie Watkins Tammy Greeson Patricia Young Mrs Lucille Phillips Spon
sor. SECOND ROW: Evelyn Boyd Dena Kostelnlk Karen Phillips Kay Kitchens Kathy Splllman Kay Harder Nancy Black
Joyce Gray, Kim White, Laverne Black Becky Griffith Mary Boyd Stella Penlnger Roberta Demby Phyllis Young Becky
Wharton. BACK ROW: Richard Carter Benny Weston Brent Standridge Pat Campbell Wade Abernathy Mike Spillman
Phillip Whisenhunt, Roy Hocker Floyd Worden Mark Davis Gregg Featherson Troy Caudle Tommy Fortier Shane
Goodner, Mike Scurlock.
TheTOPPlCTUFlEshows the1976-77 BetaClub officers:
Margie Watkins, Presidentg June Scott, Vice-
Presidentg Tammy Greeson, Secretary: Patricia
Young, Treasurerg Lyndi Richmond, Reporter: Mrs.
Lucille Phillips, Sponsor. ABOVE LEFT: Gregg
Featherston prepares his sandwich at the annual spr-
ing Beta picnic. ABOVE RIGHT: To these Betas, inac-
tivity is as much fun as anything. BOTTOM LEFT:
These Betas enjoy the simple pleasures of an old-
fashioned sack race at the fall Beta picnic.
FHA moves in the right circles!
Moves with a half-million members
who are serious about personal
growth, self-awareness, coping
with change, development of
decision-making skills and
The goal of FHA is to help youth assume
their places in society through home economics
education in areas of personal growth, family life,
vocational preparation, and community involve-
Our FHA was honored this year by having
Penny Allen elected Federation XIX reporter.
Federation XIX is composed of all the FHA
chapters in a four-county region.
At right, Mrs. Betty Prince, FHA sponsor,
assists Penny Allen in planning news releases of
important events pertaining to FHA Federation
FHA OFFICERS: Sherry Rollins, Secretary, Nancy Black, Beau, Patricia Young, First Vice-President, Eileen Weston
Second Vice-President, Betty Rowland, Third Vice- President, Margie Watkins, Historian, Becky Wharton,
President, Tammy Greeson, Treasurer: Jimmy Spurlin, FHA Reporter, Mrs. Betty Prince, FHA Sponsor.
ELEVENTH AND TWELFTH GRADE FHA MEMBERS: FRONT
ROW: Eileen Weston, Patricia Young, Nancy Black, Betty Velda Noles, Cheryl Hanavan, Mrs. Betty Prince, sponsor.
Rowland, Jimmy Spurlin, FHA Beau, Sherry Rollins, Tammy THIRD ROW: Debbie Black, Lyndi Richmond, June Scott,
Greeson, Becky Wharton, Margie Watkins, Rick Williams. Stella Peninger, Roberta Demby, Brigitte Stanley, Ruthie
SECOND ROW: Kay Harder, Melanie Standridge, Becky Grif- Sekavec, Debbie Warneke, Linda Holley, Joyce Gray, Alton
fith, Debbie Kitchens, Mary Boyd, Laverne Black, Patsy Black, Cheek.
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NINTH AND TENTH GRADE FHA MEMBERS: FRONT ROW:
Dena Kostelnik, Phyllis Young, Vivian Fryar, Penny Allen,
Barbara Scott, Debbie Robbins, Debbie Stachulak, Carla
Manley, Cindy Sanders, Bertha Kitchens. SECOND ROW:
Evelyn Boyd, Brenda Scott, Kate Goodner, Gina Mayberry,
Angie Vines, Kay Kitchens, Kathy Spillman, Jaree Reed, Lisa
Bates, Annette Snow. THIRD ROW: Deb Elder, Joan
Goodner, Belinda Campbell, Kay Burrow, Regina Whit-
tington, Davelyn Felkel, Brookie Scurlock, Cheryl Spears,
Wanda Beavers, Brenda Lybrand, Rhonda Kitchens.
FOURTH ROW: Karen Phillips, Glenda Carr, Sherry Smith,
Mary Ann Dillard, Dewanna Dillard, Tracy Goin, Rhonda
McKinney, Alice Jolly, Kathy Holley, Donna Wheeler.
Future Farmers of America QFFAJ is
an organization for high school students
who participate in the vocational
courses. It is designed to prepare
students for possible careers in
agriculture as well as developing
leadership qualities needed to become
responsible citizens. Several girls are in-
cluded in this year's FFA.
The FFA is nationally sponsored by
the federal Department of Health,
Education and Welfare.
Officers shown at right are,
SEATED, Phillip Whisenhunt, President,
Mike Brown, Vice-President, Les
Harper, Sentinel: STANDING, Shane
Goodner, Reporterg Jeff Mullenix,
Treasurer, Gary Egleston, Secretary,
Betty Rowland, Sweetheart, Brent Stan-
dridge, Junior Advisor, Mr. Watkins,
Eleventh and twelfth grade
members are pictured below. FRONT
ROW: Kyle Griffith, Les Harper, Jeff
Mullenix, Brent Standridge, Phillip
Whisenhunt, Betty Rowland, Mike
Brown, Gary Egleston, Shane Goodner.
SECOND ROW: Tommy Fortier,
David Minton, Barry Craw, Roy Hocker,
Mark Davis, Sammy Beggs, Gregg
Featherston, Floyd Worden, David
Gaston James Robbins Jimi Stroo e
Timmy Tabor, Mike Mayberry, Larry
Goin, King Relic, David Hickman, Nolin
Anderson, Ruthie Sekavec. FOURTH
ROW: David Standridge, Mike Spillman,
Richard Carter Marvin Forthman Ri k
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THlRD ROW1 JOVWUY MHYDGVFY, Bill Simmons, Debbie Warneke, Larry
Scrimshire, Steve Clay, Johnny Barber, Bryant, Mike Duffy, Jimmy Spurlin,
Ninth and tenth grade members, plus
officers, are pictured below: FRONT
ROW: Officers named on facing page,
SECOND ROW: Clark Davis, Alan
Griffith, Mike May, Pat Campbell,
Mike Scurlock, Scott Simmons, Ben-
ny Weston, Wade Abernathy, Lloyd
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Tubbs, John Goss, Kyle Abbott.
THIRD ROW: Danny Minton, Terry
Bair, Tim Sekavec, Andy Harder,
Larry Thornton, Tad Kesterson,
Chuck Brown, Bart Williams, Chester
Bryant, Kevin Wilson, Johnny
Edwards, Mike Wingerter. FOURTH
ROW: David Boadway, Phillip Stan-
dridge, Terry Ford, Matthew Black,
Ricky Stanfiil, Jimmy Abernathy,
Darrell Bostow, Steve Gaston, Eric
Anderson, Merl McGrew, David
Scrimshire, Matt Duffy, Tim Gaston,
Larry Miles. FIFTH ROW: John
AT LEFT, Mr. Watkins demonstrates
the theory of a combustion engine to
Andy Harder. BELOW, the fair exhibit
built by the FFA and FHA depicts the
bicentennial theme and won grand
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Kinsey, Mark Graves, Benjamin
Rowland, Laithon Milholen, Terrell
Wharton, Logan Vines, Joseph
Rowland, Jessie Goss, Jon Irons,
Robert James, Anthony Black, Coy
Each spring the FFA and FHA give a
barbecue chicken dinner in honor of their
Work for the barbecue starts weeks in ad-
vance when the FFA boys and Mr. Watkins cut
the wood to allow time for proper drying. The
home economics classes spend several class
periods preparing the barbecue sauce, beans,
salad, and bread.
On the morning of the feast, the FFA
members start the fire at 6:30 or 7:00 o'clock.
Later the FHA girls and Mrs. Prince arrive to
direct the slow cooking and basting of the
The enjoyment of all this preparation is
evidenced in the pictures below.
The Glee Clubs are voluntary
organizations of students who wish to
further their knowledge in music and im-
prove their vocal talents.
This is the first time in the last few
years that we have had glee clubs. They
are organized in two groups, junior high
and senior high girls, who meet during
their P.E. periods each Thursday under
the direction of Mrs. Frances Jones.
They gave several concerts this year,
that were enjoyed by all.
At left, Mrs. Jones teaches Cindy
Sanders, Cheryl Speers, and Bertha
Kitchens howto sing a difficult song for
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JUNIOR AND SENIOR HIGH GLEE CLUBS: FRONT ROW:
Sandra Swindle, Audrey Manley, Wanda Mayberry, Rhonda
James, Nancy Robbins, Janice Abernathy, Debbie Baker,
Georgia Ballew, Annette Fordyce. SECOND ROW: Lori
Gray, Melba Finney, Patricia Finney, Karen Holley, Brenda
Finney, Donna Holley, Sandra Goodman, Cindy Sanders,
Cheryl Speers, Rosia Anderson, Bertha Kitchens, Regina
Anderson, Diana Godwin, Lisa LaPanne, Martha Rowland,
Beth Craw. THIRD ROW: Carla Abbott, Donna Addleman,
Kate Donlon, Kathy Weller, Becky Wharton, Sherry Smith,
Dewanna Dillard, Rhonda McKinney, Barbara Scott, Linda
Holley, Connie Bowling, Eileen Weston, Kay Harder, Kathy
Holley, Tracy Goin, Tina Fortier, Alice Jolly, Mrs. Jones,
The Library Club is composed of assistant library workers.
The job of library assistant is no easy one. Students have to give
up their regular study hall period to work in the library. Their
duties consist of checking books in and out, shelving the books
properly, helping students find materials, and taking care of
We have an excellent library here at Mount Ida High
School. Because of the good work of our library assistants, our
library is a valuable asset to every student.
Shown at left, Mrs. McGary works in the new vertical
research center developed to assist students prepare themes,
special reports, and research papers.
The picture below shows the Library Club officers: Mrs.
McGary, Sponsor, Margie Watkins, Presidentg LaVerne Black,
Vice-President, June Scott, Secretary-Treasurerg Eileen
Weston, Reporterg Betty Rowland, Student Council Represen-
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It is a pleasure to extend greetings to all of you in the 1977
edition of THE LION. I am very pleased to have the oppor-
tunity to be a part of the Mount Ida schools.
School is the beginning of a road that leads minds of in-
quiring students to academic fields of tomorrow. They ex-
plore life and search for its relevance and meaning in this
ever-changing and challenging world.
The school is challenged by these students to meet the
demands for greater knowledge. I would challenge each of
you to take advantage of your educational opportunities.
I extend my congratulations and thanks to Mrs. Phillips
and the Annual Staff for another excellent job on the 1977
edition of THE LION.
SCHOOL BOARD: Jon Allen Standridge, Bob Allen, Bob Lybrand, Chester Bryant, Sonny Stanley
Mr. Jimmy Robbins
High School Principal
Mr. Darwin Foshee
Mrs. Gilda Bates
...is the backbone of our school system. We are fortunate
to have the well-qualified and loyal people in our administra-
tion who strive to prepare us for a place in our society.
The administraton of Mount Ida schools have numerous
responsibilities to school patrons, faculty, and students. If
these responsibilities were not carried out, the school would
suffer. But having the responsible administration that we
have makes Mount lda schools a good place to attend.
We want to thank the administration for the many un-
selfish deeds they have done for us during the years we have
attended Mount Ida schools and for the outside activities they
We want to thank Mr. Barrett, Mr. Robbins, and Mr.
Foshee for their concern for our well being. They have the
most demanding jobs because they have to handle all the
problems affecting faculty, students, and parents. They are
always there when we need them for an important decision.
We thank our administration for everything.
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Mr. Gary Cunningham
Senior Girls' Basketball Coach
Mr. Lesley Bryant
LUNCHROOM PERSONNEL: Minnie O'Neal, supervisor, Mat-
tie Summitt, Myrtle Webb, Sylvia Widener, Kate Goodner,
and Marie Fryar.
Bus Drivers: Howard L. West, Lesley Bryant, Forrest
Hughbanks, Charles Holley, Thurston Poole, and Laintus
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Seniors attempt to roast
marshmallows at a school
g , g cook-out. From LEFT, Tommy
Fortier, Margie Watkins, June
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SENIOR CLASS OFFICERS: Rep., Becky Wharton, Pres., SENIOR FAVORITES: Eileen Weston and Mike Brown.
Jimmy Spurling Sponsor, Mr. Glenn Hicksg Treas., Eileen'
Westong Sec., Patty Johnston, Fire Marshall, Gary
Eglestong S.C. Rep., Margie Watkinsg Vice-Pres., Mike
A A, 3 . ,, Graduates!71
NANCY DORA BLACK
FHA Officerg Beta Clubg Paper Staffg
Basketball C71-'77Jg Literary Nlagazineg An-
nual Staffg Class Officerg Beta Teacher's
Aidg Junior Playg Sr. Fair Maidg Who's Who
Among American High School Studentsg
Distinguished American High School Stu-
FFA Officerg Parlimentary Teamg Sr. Class
Officerg Basketball C73-'74ig Football C70-
'76i3 Captain C76Jg All District Football C76ig
Sr. Class Favorite
TROY NATHAN CAUDLE
FFAg Mechanics Teamg Beta Clubg Football
C74-'77Jg Track C71-'77Jg All District Track
C7635 Baseball C71-'75ig Basketball C72-
'75J3 Student Councilg Class Officerg Junior
Playg Band C71-'77jg All-Region Band C74-
'75ig Boy's Stateg Who's Who Among
American High School Studentsg
Distinguished American High School Stu-
ALTON RAY CHEEK
FFAQ FHA: Football C73-'74Jg Track C73-'74i
FREDDIE GENE DAVIS
Paper Staffg fPart-Time Studenti
ROBERTA KAY DEMBY
FHAQ Beta Clubg Who's Whog Paper Staffg
Who's Who Among American High School
GARY LANDIS EGLESTON
FFA Officerg Land Judging Team:
Parliamentary Teamg Football C73-'76Jg
Captain C73-'76ig Basketball C73-'74Jg Band
C73-'75ig Student Councilg Annual Staff
TOMMY WAYNE FORTIER
FFA: Beta Club: Library Club: Junior Play:
Boy's State: World History Award: Algebra
ll 8, Trig. Award: Distinguished American
High School Student: Who's Who Among
American High School Students
TAMARA ANN GREESON
FHA Officer: Beta Club Officer: Student
Council Officer: Annual Staff: Class Officer:
Jr. Cheerleader C71-'72l: Basketball C72-
'74l: Sr. Cheerleader C74-'76l: Junior Play:
Beta Teacher's Aid: Library Club: Girl's
State: Beta Club Queen C75-'76l: Miss
Montgomery County C76-'77l:
Distinguished American High School Stu-
dent: Who's Who Among American High
School Students: Border Junior Miss:
American History Award: Geometry Award.
KYLE C. GRIFFITH
FFA: Soil Judging Team: Band C69-'77j:
Drum Major C75-'77l: All-Region Band C76-
'77: N.F. McDonald's All American Band
C76-'77J: Who's Who Among Music
Students in American High Schools: Junior
Play: Who's Who Among American High
School Students: Annual Staff: Paper Staff
VIRGINIA KAY HARDER
FHA Officer: Beta Club: Annual Staff: Band
C68-'77l: Cheerleader C76-'77l: Junior Play:
All-Region Band C74-'75,'76-773: Mid-
South Honors Band C76-777: N.F. Mc-
Donald's All-American High School Band:
Who's Who Among Music Students in
:American High Schools
RACHELLE DENISE HARPER
FHA: Basketball C72-775: All-District C73-
'74l: Class Officer: Freshman Homecoming
Maid: Sophomore Homecoming Maid:
Junior Homecoming Maid: Freshman Fair
Maid: Most Beautiful 1763: Miss
Montgomery County C75-'76t
PERRY DAVID HICKMAN
PATTY SUE JOHNSTON
FHA Officer: Class Officer: Who's Who:
Who's Who Among American High School
Students: Sr. Cheerleader C74-753: Paper
Staff: Annual Staff: Beta Club: Library Club
Officer: Student Council: Sophomore Fair
Maid: lTransferred to Wilbur D. Mills High
FFA: Mechanics Team
DAVID LYNN MINTON
FFAQ Livestock Judging Team: Football
C72-'77Jg Football Captain C76-'77lg Track
C72-'77q Track All-District C74-'76lg Junior
Playg Paper Staff: Class Pres. C71-'73lg
Band C71-'75lg Basketball C72-'74l
FFA Officerg Livestock Judging Team:
Parliamentary Teamg Class Officerg Student
Councilg Football C71-'76lg Captain C72-
'73,'75-'76lg Basketball C72-'74lg Band C72-
STELLA A. PENNINGER
FHAQ Beta Clubg Class Officerg Cheerleader
C74-'75lg Paper Staffg Who's Who Among
American High School Studentsg V.F.W.
Fair Queen C75-'76l
.KING ALLEN RELIC
FFAQ Library Clubg Football C72-'74,'76lg
Basketball C72-'77lg Track C73-'77lg All-
District C74,'75,'76lg Baseball C72-'77lg All-
Star C72-'76lg Class Officerg Who's Who
Among American High School Studentsg
Bicentennial Theme Contest Winner
LYNDI JEYNE RICHMOND
FHAQ Beta Club Officerg Library Clubg An-
nual Staffg Paper Staffg Basketball C71-'74lg
Literary Magazineg Class Officerg Beta
Teacher's Aidg Who's Who Among
American High School Students
JAMES EARL ROBBINS
FFAQ Mechanics Teamg Football C72-'76lg
BETTY MARIE ROWLAND
Cheerleader C74-'77lg Captain C76-'77lg
Student Council Officerg FHA Officerg Beta
Clubg Paper Staffg Class Officerg Basketball
C71-'74Jg Library Club Officerg Beta
Teacher's Aidg Who's Who Among
American High School Studentsg
Distinguished American High School Stu-
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Sr. Homecoming Maid: FFA Sweetheartg 4-
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JUNE MARIE SCOTT
FHA Officer: Beta Club Officerg Library Club
Officerg Annual Staffg Paper Staff EdiQor-in-
Chiefg Literary Magazineg Student Councilg
Class Officerg Glee Clubg Beta TEACHER'S
Aidg Who's Who Among American High
School Studentsg Distinguished American
High School Student: Geometry Awardg
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YOVONNA RUTH SEKAVEC
FHAQ FFAQ Library Club' Basketball C71-
'74I: Class Officer
Footballg FFAQ CTransferred from
Thornwood, Chicago, lllinoisl
JIMMY WAYNE SPURLIN
FFAQ Bandg Who's Whog Basketball C71-
'74yg Football Mgr. C76-'77Jg FHA Beaug Stu-
dent Councilg Jr. Class Presidentg Sr. Class
Presidentg Band Officerg Who's Who Among
Music Studentslin American High Schools
MELANIE ANN STANDRIDGE
FHAQ Band C68-'77jg Band Officer: Mid-
South Honors Band C76-'77Jg Who's Who
Among Music Students in American High
BRIGITTE LEA ISTANLEYJ SANDLIN
FHAQ Student Council: Basketball C72-7755
All District Basketball C73-7455 Area Il Most
Valuable Player C7415 Paper Staffg Class Of-
JIM LESTER STROOPE
FFAg Livestock Judging Team C74-7713
Basketball C72-'74,Q Football C71-'76tg Stu-
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ficerg Bandg Trackg Most Handsome C75-
'76yg Who's Who
DEBRA E. WARNEKE
MARGIE LEA WATKINS
FHA Officerg Beta Club Pres.g Library Club
Pres.g Annual Staff Editor-in-Chiefg Student
Councilg Class Officerg Basketball C71-7635
Junior Playg Paper Staffg Who's Whog Who's
Who Among Ameican High School
Studentsg Library Queen C76-'77Jg Girl's
Stateg Distinguished American High School
IVA EILEEN WESTON
Cheerleader C74-'77Ig Co-Captain C75-'76lg
Captain C76-'77Jg FHA Pres.g Paper Staffg
Student Council Officer: Class Officerg
Library Club Officerg Softball C7615
Homecoming Queen C7613 Miss MIHS Fair
Queen C7635 Who's Whog Who's Who
Among American High School Studentsg
REBECCA LADON WHARTON
FHA Officerg Beta Clubg Literary Magazineg
Annual Staff: Glee Clubg Class Officerg Beta
Teacher's Aidg Junior Playg Paper Staffg
Who's Who Among American High School
Studentsg Distinguished American High
School Studentsg Gong Show Talent
RICHARD WAYNE WILLIAMS
Football C73-'76lg FFAQ FHAQ Livestock
PATRICIA ELAINE YOUNG
FHA Officerg Library Clubg Annual Staffg
Student Council Officerg Basketball C71-
'77ig Beta Club Officerg Class Officer:
Literary Magazineg Who's Who Among
American High School Studentsg Betty
Crocker Homemaker Awardg Distinguished
American High School Student
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MR. GLENN HICKS
Senior Class Sponsor
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reporter, Mark Davis, Sec.-Treas., Mr. David Short, sponsor, Mark Vanguilder,
v-pres., Mike Mayberry, fire marshall, Phillip Whisenhunt, S.C. Rep. Undergraduates!79
Mary Ann Dillard
BOYS' OFFICERS: Larry Thornton-Fire
Marshallg Benny Weston-Pres.g Mike
Scurlock-Sec.-Treas.g Terry Bair-Vice-Pres.g
Mike May-Reporterg Leslie Harper-S.C. Rep.g
Mr. Billy Watkins-Sponsor
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Mrs. Betty Prince,
Sponsorg Dena Kostelnik,
Pres.g Evelyn Boyd, Rep.g
Sec.-Tres.g Penny Allen,
S.C. Rep.g Gina Mayberry
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Sewing is part of the home economics curriculum for all tenth grade girls. Here, Brenda Scott
embroiders, Kathy Spillman uses the electric sewing machine, and Tracy Goin rips a seam.
BOYS' OFFICERS: Bo
Tabor, Fire Marshall,
Matthew Black, Pres.,
Lloyd Tubbs, Sec-Treas.g
Miss Linda Green,
Sponsor, Kevin Wilson,
S.C. Alt., Chester Bryant,
S.C. Rep., Chuck Brown,
Vice-Pres., Bart Williams,
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GIRLS' OFFICERS PICTURED ABOVE: Lisa Bates, S.C. Rep.g Kim Burrow, Pres.g Cheryl Speer,
Vice-Pres.g Davelyn Felkel, Rep.g Mrs. Phyllis Anderson, Sponsorg Rhonda Kitchens, Fire Marshallg
Gina Whittington, Sec.-Treas.
Leading the ninth grade section in the afternoon pep rally are Mark Graves Bill Jackson Bo Tabor and Kevin
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Nathan Davis, sec.-treas,g James Smith,
marshallg Terry Hutchinson, vice-pres.g Ken
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Becky Lambert, S.C. Rep., Mr. Jimmy Robbins,
sponsor, Shari May, pres., Sherry Bates,
reporter, Carla Wharton, fire marshall, Christi
James Robins, Jr
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Eighth grade boys explore the world of science with Mrs Anderson
BOYS' OFFICERS: Ricky Bostow, S.C. Rep.g Mike
Lybrand, Pres.g Alan Norris, Vice-Pres.g Chris Elder, Fire
Marshallg Mr. Preston Stidman, Sponsorg David Lappin,
Rep.g Bruce Gray, Sec.-Treas.
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Pee Wee Football, FRONT ROW: T. Chambers, C. Simmons, S. Forga, M. Edwards, P.
Childress, M. Price, D. Henderson, C. Gray, J. Aplin, Manager G. Henderson. SECOND
ROW: W. Boyd, D. LaGrange, G. Ford, P. Majors, W. Featherston, Coach Chuck
LaGrange, B. Clay, M. Whisenhunt, J. Jones, K. Kesterson. THIRD ROW: J. Mendenhall,
E. Brakefield, J. D. Wheeler, F. Casey, K. Edmonds, R. Standridge, P. Cox, D. Stovall, D.
Pee Wee Baseball, FRONT ROW: G. Dillard, G. Henderson, Little League Baseball, FRONT ROW: T. Majors, P. Relic. SE-
B. Kesterson, C. Simmons. SECOND ROW: J. Mendenhall, T. COND ROW: M. Whisenhunt, D. Lagrange, K. Kesterson, P.
Chambers, D. Henderson, B. Tidwell, N. Kitchens. THIRD Majors, M. Lee. THIRD ROW: J. Smith, C. Elder, M. Black, M.
ROW: J. Jones, M. Guthrey, C. Gaston, S. Lacefield, E. Mendenhall, Coach Richard Childress. QNOT PICTURED, J.
Brakefield. FOURTH ROW: P.'Childress, and Coach Chuck WiIson.j
Toy L1ons Take
The Pee Wee Lions won the Tri-
County League Championship with a
13-1 record. This was a first for the Mt.
Ida ball team, which consists of boys
aged six through ten. Coaches for the
club are Chuck LaGrange, assisted by
Richard Childress and Bobby Kitchens.
AT RIGHT, Pee Wee cheerleaders and
football team enjoy participating in the
Montgomery County Fair Parade.
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Pee Wee Cheerleaders are identified by the names on their shirts. ln the center of the
back row is their sponsor, Mrs. Jerry Wheeler.
GIRLS' BASKETBALL. FRONT
ROW: Jill Simpson, Brenda
Wheeler, Tamara Whisenhunt, Lisha
Strothers, Bonnie Wheeler, Gina
Cox, Tamara Scott, Coach Jeanne
Smith. SECOND ROW: Tommie
Jean Irons, Lisa Horton, Sara
Brown, Lorrie Beshears, Teresa
Vines, Lisa Cobb, Teresa Jackson,
Kimberly Sims, Donna Smith, Lisa
Jackson, Jeffrey Ewing, Trina
Brakefield. THIRD ROW: Sherry
Adams, Sabrina Bates, Karen Simp-
son, Cheryl Lee, Carol Robbins,
Marlene Scurlock, Stacy Elder,
Laurie Standridge, Raynee
Balckburn, Lisa Wheeler, Lisa
The School is indebted to in-
terested townspeople for directing
the elementary sports program in
the absence of any paid personnel.
ln addition to those coaches pic-
tured with the teams, Von Kesterson
and Clovis Price Assisted.
BOYS' BASKETBALL. FRONT ROW:
Jerry Aplin, Chris Simmons, Mark
Edwards, Walter Brown, Eric
Brakefield, Coach Sonny Stanley,
David Henderson, Bruce Tidwell,
Ray James, Billy Parrett. SECOND
ROW: Phillip Carr, William Boyd,
Jerry Don Wheeler, Michael Price,
Paul Childress, Freddy Casey, Tom-
my Cupples, Paul Cox, Kipp Kester-
son, Keith Edmonds. THIRD ROW:
Jimmy Jones, Quinn Taylor, Joey
Jones, Mark Whisenhunt, Rodney
Standridge, Perry Majors, Brian
Clay, Joseph Shelby, Garry Ford,
David Helms, Donnie Stovall.
Mrs. Foshee's Sixth Grade
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The sixth grade's mascot enjoys all the attention he gets from
the children during their Christmas party.
Mrs. Williams' Sixth Grade
Cheryl Fordyce, Cheryl Lee, and Carolyn
Robbins Qet into the swing of things!
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Accidents often accompany the art of tree trimming. Bruce
Tidwell picks up the broken pieces as Leslie Phillips hangs an
Mrs. Stidmads Fifth Grade
Mrs Irons F1fth Grade
Opening presents and serving refreshments go hand in hand at the Christmas party.
Tommie Jean Irons
Jay D. Manley
Mrs. Graves' Fourth Grade
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MIDDLE: A lot of horseplay accompanies the Easter egg hunt
BOTTOM: Even cleaning up after the party can be fun, as
evidenced by Kelita Alexander, Denice Lee, and Stacy McKay
Mrs. Short's Fourth Grade
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These fourth grade girls try hard to find the prize egg at the Easter New playground equipment adds fun and enjoyment to each
egg hunt, FSCSSS.
Terrie Ann Gaston
Kelli Jean Stovall
Mrs. Gostons Th1rd Grade
Hang-up bars offer chance to strengthen muscles
while having fun.
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TOP: Colorful murals brighten the area around the students'
work table. BOTTOM: Robby Erskine is getting his school day
picture taken while other students wait their turn.
Although the slide is popular, it seldom is this
Mrs. WhittiHgtOH7S First Grade
Jimmy Rowland, Kelli Kitchens,
Kelli Short, and Robert Beggs
eagerly enter Mrs. Whittington's
room on the first day of school. J D Essman
Mrs. Whittington's class poses on the merry go round
Mrs. Harper's First Grade
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Mrs. Harper's students work diligently with Mary Smith in
a reading technique program.
Mary Jean Whittaker
These first graders enjoy playing on the new see-saws that have
been added to our elementary playground equipment.
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Lou Ann Moomey
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For the first time in fair activities, a Little Miss Kindergarten schedule includes a time for rest
Montgomery County Pageant was held, in which several
kindergarten children participated.
Mrs. Sivils' Kindergarten
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Playing in the sandbox is a popular activity. New playground equipment gets a work-out.
FRONT ROW: CHERIL McKay, Sherry Casey, Wendi Henderson, Kimberly Sims, Teresa Jackson, Donna Smith,
Wheeler, Karen Simpson, Laurie Standridge, Teresa Vines, THIRD ROW: Quinn Taylor, Troy Weston, Billy Parrett, Eric
Sara Brown, Jeffrey Ewing, Lisa Jackson, Rona Emeryg SE- Beam, Phillip Carr, Leslie Phillips, Allan Ball, Tracy Bairg
COND ROW: Mark Whisenhunt, Will Featherston, Rodney FOURTH ROW: Jimmy Jones, Marlene Scurlock, Lisa Hor-
Standridge, Tommy Cupples, Shelby Whittington, David ton, Lorrie Beshears. QNOT PICTURED: Lisa Wheelerj
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Mr. Sivils assists Lisa Wheeler David Henderson studies his sheet music for the Undivided attention is practiced
in learning the basicfundamen- day's lesson. by Lisa Horton to perfect her
108 tals of music. skill.
Mrs. Short Retires
At a special assembly on November 24, 1976, Mrs.
Virginia Short was honored by the student body, faculty,
and administration. Ill health forced her retirement
prematurely, although she has a long record of service
and achievement behind her.
Mrs. Short began teaching at age seventeen in the
Gaston community. Next she taught at Liberty, Alamo, and
Sims before coming to Mount Ida junior high in 1951 and
later to senior high school. At various times in her tenure
at Mount lda, she taught senior high English, junior high
English, social studies, and served as librarian. She taught
thirty-six years, twenty-nine of which were in the Mount
Whatever courses she taught, Mrs. Short exercised
her unique talent of relating individually to each student
and drawing the best out of each one, both academically
and behaviorally. We never knew of Mrs. Short's having a
serious discipline problem. She was dedicated also to su p-
porting students in their extracurricular activities, serving
as junior and senior sponsor and Library sponsor many
times during her career.
Mrs. Short's retirement leaves a vacancy in the affec-
tions of us all at Mount Ida High School. We pray for im-
provement in her health that she may have a happy retire-
ment and visit us often.
AT TOP LEFT, Betty Rowland presents Mrs. Short a
bouquet of roses and money. MIDDLE LEFT, Mr. Barrett
presents her a diamond and garnet ring from the faculty.
BOTTOM LEFT, we see Mrs. Short in a typical classroom
scene prior to retirement. ABOVE, Jim Stroope awards
her a gold locket.
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School year 1976-77 has paid us many dividends. As
we leave our school experience behind, we take with us
those friends and enemies made here. Our successes and
failures will follow us into adult society, as will our
memories of sad and happy experiences throughout our
Principal Buildings On
Elementary And High School Campuses
The buildings PICTURED ON THIS PAGE
have been the setting for significant ex-
perience in our lives. In the Ben Cravens
elementary building PICTURED ABOVE,
most of us began our school life. In addi-
tion to basic education, we learned to
make friends, follow rules, respect
authority. As we moved into the senior
building across the ravine QPICTU RED SE-
COND FROM TOPl, we enlarged our un-
derstanding about the world we live in and
our privileges and responsibilities in
society. The cafeteria QTHIRD FROM TOPl
has recently undergone complete interior
re-decoration. Some of our education was
specialized, as represented by the
vocational agriculture building PIC-
TURED BOTTOM LEFT. In the new gym, at
BOTTOM LEFT, we developed our bodies
to fullest potential as well as stretching our
character to include fairness and sym-
pathetic understanding. Here we learned
to live with success and failure. All these
building provided the setting for our
varied school activities, whose dividends
we will continue to receive all our lives.
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