New Athens High School - Vespa Yearbook (New Athens, IL)

 - Class of 1949

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Senior Class l-lisiory On September 4, 1945, thirty-eight eager and intelligent students began the 'grindl' at the local education "mill". Our progress was bril- liant and rapid-by the end of the month we almost knew where to g0 and what books to take when the bells rang. The Sophomores, however, didn't think We were so intelligent, and to prove this opinion of theirs, they put us through the paces on a day of torture called Initiation. We still don't know how it happened, but through the mercies of an Unseen Hand everyone of us survived the onion necklaces. Then as full-fledged Freshies we maintained a strictly business atti- tude fexcept for spitballs and thumbtacksll. When election day rolled around we chose Miss Jane Hansleben as our sponsor. Officers were Dale Schneider, presidentg Jim Schmulbach, vice president, Betty Schaller, sec- retaryg Ardell Schoepp, treasurerg and Myrtle Wlildy, reporter. Between "Hamlet" and our brain-splitting algebra problems we lost Kay Kaiser, Eddie Hoifman, and Vicki Luechtfeld. Ruth Lehr joined our class. We ended the year with a hilarious "warm-soda-only" outing at the Sparta Country Club. At the beginning of our Sophomore year Irene Pfeiffer joined our honorable class. As the months skipped by Fred Grohman, Joyce Haefner, Ruth Lehr, and Robert Ruhl took their departures. We began our money-making career by selling ice cream. The draft placed Mr. Charles Wright in the pilot's position. We also elected Ardell Schoepp president, Jim Schmulbach vice president, Edgar Wirth secre- taryg Dale Schneider treasurerg and Donald Burton reporter. Needless to say, the boys held the upper hand at all our meetings. The upperclassmen soon learned of our intentions to become school- spirited leaders, we captured places on the paper stai, band, chorus, sex- tette, and baseball and basketball teams. Of course we were happy that we could be waitresses at the Prom instead of dishwashers, but we just couldn't wait until the happy day we became Juniors. To celebrate the end of our underclassmen days we held a picnic in the rain at the Water- loo Country Club. At last among the high and mighties, our Junior year was spotlighted by a flawless, simmering production of "Brides to Burn" and by the ar- rival of our coveted possessions-class rings. fContinuedl

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