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Wood, Richard Wright, Susan Wyers, James Yacone, Richard Yeager. Mark Yeoman, Vicki Young, Debra Ziffrin, Linda Zudc, Mark Zukerman, Steven Zwer, Pamela Camera Shy Juniors Troy Farley Paula Foster Jerry Gordon Tom Grice Cynthia Hall David Helton Victor Hoover Kenneth Kinnan Douglas Malone Steven Paper Valerie Smith Clifford W aggoner Antal Varadi LEFT: “Pass the mustard, please. ’ ABOVE: Patti Hess reminisces over the events of another school day.
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Sophomores Accept Traumas Of Everyday Life At Rocky Contrary to popular belief, being a sophomore is not a common childhood disease; it is, rather, a condition exist¬ ing between puberty and young adult¬ hood. Special care and understanding should be extended towards individuals in this difficult period of transition. Being a sophomore means leaving behind the securities of one ' s youth and accepting the traumas of everyday life at Rock Island High School. Being a sophomore means experiencing, learn¬ ing, adapting, putting one ' s faculties into full use. He begins by placing one foot in front of the other and plunging head-long into the rat race. To the incoming underclassman. Rocky looms formidably around him, a suffocating, swarming mass of unfamil¬ iar faces. Gradually, as the weeks pass, things come into focus and, oftentimes, literally fall into place. However, the sophomore soon co-ordinates his mus¬ cles and finds he can move his tray from the lunch line to the table without losing its contents. With this newly acquired dexterity, the sophomore undertakes more difficult feats, such as a back Hip on the trampoline, a shaky disection in biology, or a first turn in the driver ' s seat. The sophomore begins to question. “When does the bell ring? " “Is there an assembly Friday? " “Why do the seniors always win the pep contest? " “Does that clock really work? " “What am 1 doing here? " The sophomore develops mentally. He begins to understand the slightly off-color remark made in the last assembly. A sophomore is a contradiction, even from the name “sophomore " , from the Greek “sophos " , meaning “wise " and “moros " , meaning “foolish " . He is old and young, a restricted person fighting to break free. His questions become directed inward, and he is all the wiser for answering “I don ' t know. " The key verb in ihe sophomore ' s life becomes “endure " . He learns to live on three hours ' sleep, chances, and nearly shattered nerves. He packs away the bubblegum of yesterday in exchange for the hard rock of tomorrow . Somewhere in the rubble of discarded dreams left behind, he chooses and holds onto the most meaningful. And somewhere, somehow within those 270 days, much to the chagrin of his superiors, the sophomore has come into his own. The knocks, bumps, bruis¬ es, gambles, and losses have reversed themselves into one shining victory. Lo and behold, having defied the laws of nature, the sophomore has emerged from a cocoon to a member of the human race. Sophomore class officers are Vice President, Donna Davis; President, Mike Foley; and Secretary-Treasurer Becky Strut . 171
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