Valparaiso High School - Valenian Yearbook (Valparaiso, IN)

 - Class of 1987

Page 1 of 224

 

Valparaiso High School - Valenian Yearbook (Valparaiso, IN) online yearbook collection, 1987 Edition, Cover
Cover



Page 6, 1987 Edition, Valparaiso High School - Valenian Yearbook (Valparaiso, IN) online yearbook collectionPage 7, 1987 Edition, Valparaiso High School - Valenian Yearbook (Valparaiso, IN) online yearbook collection
Pages 6 - 7

Page 10, 1987 Edition, Valparaiso High School - Valenian Yearbook (Valparaiso, IN) online yearbook collectionPage 11, 1987 Edition, Valparaiso High School - Valenian Yearbook (Valparaiso, IN) online yearbook collection
Pages 10 - 11

Page 14, 1987 Edition, Valparaiso High School - Valenian Yearbook (Valparaiso, IN) online yearbook collectionPage 15, 1987 Edition, Valparaiso High School - Valenian Yearbook (Valparaiso, IN) online yearbook collection
Pages 14 - 15

Page 8, 1987 Edition, Valparaiso High School - Valenian Yearbook (Valparaiso, IN) online yearbook collectionPage 9, 1987 Edition, Valparaiso High School - Valenian Yearbook (Valparaiso, IN) online yearbook collection
Pages 8 - 9
Page 12, 1987 Edition, Valparaiso High School - Valenian Yearbook (Valparaiso, IN) online yearbook collectionPage 13, 1987 Edition, Valparaiso High School - Valenian Yearbook (Valparaiso, IN) online yearbook collection
Pages 12 - 13
Page 16, 1987 Edition, Valparaiso High School - Valenian Yearbook (Valparaiso, IN) online yearbook collectionPage 17, 1987 Edition, Valparaiso High School - Valenian Yearbook (Valparaiso, IN) online yearbook collection
Pages 16 - 17

Text from Pages 1 - 224 of the 1987 volume:

POUTCR CO lieflABY »Y8Teii - VALPARAISO GHN 977.298 VAL ...... Valiriten Valparaiso High School Yearboo lllllllll ill I I III nil I 3 341C ) 001.46578 2 1987 Valenian Pieces of the Puzzle Student Life 6 Put it to the Test Academics 28 Fitting In Clubs 52 Survival of the Fittest Sports 76 Faces in the Crowd Album 122 Fit to be Tried Advertisements 1 82 All in Order Index 205 ik VALPARAISO HIGH SCHOOL, with a maxi- mum capacity of 1800, housed 1746 stu- dents and 103 teachers in the 1986-87 school year. Despite our calm appearance to the outside world, on the inside, we desper- ately TRIED TO MAKE IT FIT. Valenian Volume 71 Valparaiso High School 2727 North Campbell Street Valparaiso, Indiana 46383 219-464-1002 Enrollment 1746 1986-1987 1 Opening I AS OUR OFFENSE maneuvers on the football field, students react in hopes of a touchdown. VHS lost its Home- coming game to LaPorte, 7-0. 0«te . . . Braving Hallways And Traffic Jams August 25, 1986, 7:40 a.m. “I can’t believe this!” 2727 North Campbell was in a state of confusion. With the first-time addition of 427 freshmen, as well as 442 sophomores rocking VHS onto its heels, the year be- gan with more than a little apprehension. No line was conquered in under 15 minutes; no stairway was survived with- out a bump, a poke or a bruise. To accommodate a student body which had increased by 31 percent, 21 teachers joined the previous staff of 82, and another 25-minute lunch period was added to the schedule, forcing some stu- dents and teachers to eat lunch at 10:50 in the morning. The congestion, the cramping, the craziness — students said we’d never survive day one. But life went on after that first day. And when each change came along, we did the only thing we could do — WE TRIED TO MAKE IT FIT. by Karen Mutka 2 Opening SCHOOL SPIRIT WAS high for the homecom- ing game against La- Porte. In honor of the oc- casion, sophomores Jeff Neal and John DeMan spent 30 minutes p)aint- ing their faces to achieve this green and white Viking look. ON THE MAIN stage at 3:15 p.m., senior Paul Gold and his band Digi- tal Hair entertained crowds at the Popcorn Festival. Digital Hair was paid $100 for its performance which in- cluded songs like “Your Number or Your Name " and “The Memory Re- mains.” 3 Opening AFTER PLACING SEC- OND at the VU cross- country regionalsjun- ior Jim Arnold accepts congratulations from Washington Township principal Lonnie Steele. VU was also the sight of other community events, including Christmas vespers ser- vices, four dramatic pro- ductions and cultural lectures. PORTER COUNTY’S FOUR-STORY court- house was rebuilt after a fire in 1935. The first courthouse was com- pleted in November of 1873. 4 Opening On an Indiana state road map, it’s merely a dot in block B-4. Area: a little over eight square miles. Population: ap- proximately 22,000. But to us, Valparaiso is a lot more than a simple combination of statistics. History books interpret the Spanish name “Valparaiso” to mean “a vale of paradise.” Can a " vale of paradise” really exist in the middle of Northwest Indiana? Maybe so. Maybe the County Seat Plaza makes Valpo a “paradise.” Ten years ago, the corner of Calumet Avenue and Vale Park Drive wasn’t much more than a K-Mart surrounded by an unkempt, grassy field. Today, we need a calculator to count all the businesses in this same area. It might be the Popcorn Festival we celebrate every September. Attractions like the Popcorn Parade, the five-mile Popcorn Panic and concerts on the main stage entice residents from all parts of Porter County to Valpo. Or, it could be the parks. The beauty of Ogden Gardens lures an ever-increas- ing number of couples to marry there. Parks like Kirchoff and Bicentennial reg- ularly are sites of softball games, picnics and family outings. And for swimming, we drive an average of only 20 minutes to cool down at the Dunes. Most likely, it isn’t one of these things, but a combination of them all that makes Valparaiso a “Vale of Paradise” to us. by Karen Mutka 5 Opening by Karen Mutka i " c L- A - V _ After the initial shock, there was more to come. Days unfolded to include the usual doses of football and basket- ball games, telephone calls and evenings out with “the gang.” But in 1987, “The Year of the Tight Squeeze,” the gang was bigger than it used to be. Old cliques composed of five or six people endured the process of social reorganization, but new additions made each clique more like a clan. While the school enrollment increased to a number stu- dents felt was “too many,” some things comfortingly re- mained the same. Admission was still $1.50 at sock hops. County Seat Cinema movie tickets were $4.50 — still too much, and Dairy Queen Blizzards, a VHS favorite, still cost $1.45. The gym’s north balcony, Southlake Mall and County Seat Plaza — they were places where we got together for events that made the year worth remembering. Sometimes these events fit into the framework of stu- dent life, and sometimes they didn’t. But they were all PIECES OF THE PUZZLE. ' t, V J 6 Student Life Division STUDENTS CROWDED THE bleachers on Friday nights to watch the Viking football team in action.Sophomore Dan Betjemann, juniors Doug Klemz, Todd Agnew and Matt Krysinski, senior Jeff Adney, and juniors Jeff Hood and Joe Gerzema lead the cheers. 7 Student Life Division FRESHMAN BIOLOGY EXPERIMENTS enabled freshmen like Jennifer Mutka to apply scien- tific skills learned in class. MANY FRESHMEN EXCELLED in VHS extra- curricular activities. Mark Hanner chose to pursue his interest in drama by successfully auditioning for a role in the fall play, “Cheaper By the Dozen. " 8 Freshman Feature UJhot ' s neuu? It was like mixing a cake. Sophomores, juniors and seniors were dropped in the “bowl,” Valparaiso High School. But in 1986, a first-time ingredi- ent, the freshman class, was added to the mixture. Students and faculty members wondered: Would the freshmen destroy the batter? Could they adjust to life in an overcrowded bowl? Some freshmen felt the transition from junior high to high school was, liter- ally, “a piece of cake.” “I had no trouble adjusting to life at VHS,” said Jessica Dunn. “The staff and upperclassmen made the freshmen feel very warm and welcome in a time when we were all very apprehensive.” Another freshman described her ad- justment to VHS more bluntly: “I thought it would be so exciting . . . but it complete- ly bored me,” said Susan Law. Two orientation sessions — one oc- curring in the spring of their eighth grade year and the other on August 26 — were intended to help freshmen adjust to the VHS environment. At these sessions, stu- dents were given tours of VHS. However, frosh according to freshman Maureen Sullivan, the maps of VHS distributed at orientation left some students feeling rather disoriented. “I knew where all my classes were, but the map drawer forgot to include the bathrooms,” said Sullivan. Familiarity with VHS was not solely ac- complished through orientation, however. Par- ticipation in extra-curricular clubs and organi- zations or participation on freshman athletic teams also helped freshmen become more at- tune to VHS life. “Sports helped me adjust be- cause I met upperclassmen, and they told me who and what to look for,” said Janine Rose. Though orientation sessions and familiar- ity with the building may have eased adjust- ment, some freshmen encountered problems as VHS students. Lockers, measuring six feet from the floor to the top, proved to be an unlikely nemesis for Kim Dennington, who commented, “It’s hard for me to reach the top shelf of my locker.” Even the red-carpeted VHS library was not immune to the confusion. “No one told me that the library had two floors,” said Becky Stanier. Problems with upperclassmen, rather than with physical facilities, haunted others. “These seniors come in to the lun- chroom and get right up in front of the line, and it ticks a lot of people off,” said Jeff Gordon. Hallways, which often were packed wall-to-wall with students during passing periods, also showed no mercy to many VHS freshmen. “I’ve seen seniors knock a freshman down in the hallways and just keep on walking,” said Gene Corneil. At VHS, the 427 freshmen were the missing ingredient that gave “the mix- ture” consistency. And it was a mixture Betty Crocker would’ve been proud of. by Pete Yelkovac ELECTIVE FIRST-YEAR foreign language clas- ses enabled freshmen to learn Spanish, French, German or Latin. The large number of freshmen taking a foreign language necessi- tated a total of 16 first-year classes. 9 Freshman Feature Just another The clock reads 2:31 p.m. Students rush to their lockers grabbing what books they “intend” to study that night. After gossiping with friends for sev- eral minutes, some go to places like Burger King to grab a bite to eat and talk some more. Some go over to friends houses to watch shows like “The Dating Game” and relax, and some go home to unwind from the strenous day, eat, maybe take a nap, then watch “The Cosby Show” or “Moonlighting.” In simpler terms, their af- ter-school lives are at a relaxed pace. At the same time, however, many VHS students sacrifice their spare time for af- ter-school jobs. According to these work- ers, free time is scarce, and sleep time is welcomed. “I leave school at 2:45, go straight to work, and get home about 9:30. I’m so ex- hausted I rarely finish all of my home- work,” said senior Jodi Frailey, who works at Philips Ace Hardware approximately 25 hours per week. Many others agreed their jobs get in the way of homework. After working in school and then at their places of employment, re- laxation was desired, but homework and odd jobs at home often stood in the way. “My job takes up so much of my time that my grades suffer. I don’t know if it’s worth having a job during the school year,” said senior Jeff Osterhout, who is employed at Wendell’s Marathon. “It would be great if money grew on trees, but that’s not the case. We have to give up fun time for work time,” said se- nior Jim Schroeder who delivers pizzas for Dominos. After-school employment became a ne- cessity for many VHS students seeking to find new sources of money for saving or spending. According to senior Melanie Kolczak, after-school employment helps ease the fi- nancial burden of attending college. “I plan to waitress at Schoop’s for one more year and then go to college with the money I’ve saved,” said Kolczak. Osterhout, though, said he worked mainly to gain spending money. “I admit I need money for dates, concerts, gas for my car and other things,” he said. Though the school day ended at 2:30 p.m., these employees found the work had just begun. by Lori Sier TWENTY HOUR WORK weeks were the norm PLANT WATERING IN Schultz Floral shop’s for senior Carrie Ronneau who shows a dress greenhouse was one of the many duties relegated to a customer. Ronneau was employed by Mil- to senior Lance Lemon, ler’s Mart. 11 Working Feature Almost paradise Traditionally, Homecoming conjures up images of fans armed with hot dogs and hot chocolate enjoying an evening football game played in cool, crisp autumn temperatures. This year, however, VHS fans gathered at the Viking stadium on Friday, October 3, equipped with umbrellas and raincoats to watch the varsity football team take on the LaPorte Sheers. A lot of things weren’t “picture perfect.” After absorbing four days of steady rain, “the field was awful.” explain- ed senior John Pishkur. Although the rain held off throughout the game, the muggy weather didn’t dampen the spirit of the crowd as it awaited the pre- sentation of the 1986 Homecoming court and the crowning of Queen Mary Bielich and Princess Lori Sier. Even though the Vikings’ 7-0 loss to La- Porte worsened the already inclement condi- tions, most people still agreed it was a good homecoming. “People dressed up as nerds or they mis- matched to show their spirit,” senior Bonni Nuest said. Due to the demise of Pep Club, the cheerleaders, for the first time, sponsored Homecoming under the direction of Lisa En- gen and Ginger Jones. “We worked hard and accomplished a lot for such a small group,” Engen said. “I was pleased with the turnouts.” To promote spirit. Homecoming week included dress up days like Inside-Out and Sweats Day. Hats and Glasses Day occurred Tuesday, followed by Mismatch Day, Nerds Day, and the traditional Green and White Day on Friday. Although interclass competitions had been scheduled to accompany the bonfire on Thursday, October 2, the rainy weather only permitted the band to perform while the cheerleaders and football players gave speeches to pep up the crowd. On Saturday, October 4, 270 couples sailed to “Paradise Island” and danced to the music of B B from 8-11 p.m. on the VHS north balcony. “I had fun because there were so many people there and the decorations and food were great,” said junior Kathleen Brady. “Even though it was raining outside, the palm trees and other decorations made me feel like I was on an island.” by Lori Sier 1986 HOMECOMING COURT: Bonni Nuest, Ju- lie Bowen, Queen Mary Bielich, Princess Lori Sier, Lisa Dimitri, and Katie Wittlinger. The court was presented to the crowd during half- time of the homecoming game, VIKING FOOTBALL PLAYERS Mike Barone, Jeff Daxe, Jason Mack, Cole Doolittle, and Dan Rice prepare to form a huddle and discuss game strategy. 12 Homecoming CONGRATULATION KISSES WERE in order for newly-crowned Queen Mary Bielich as she stepped to meet seniors Jill Bodensteiner and Carolyn Miller after the halftime show. LEGEND STATES THAT a pot of gold graces the end of every rainbow, but junior Michele White and senior Larry Wright dispell the myth by finding a different treasure — their heart. More than 270 hearts — one for each couple — served as dance decorations on the north wall. 13 Homecoming TENSE ANTICIPATION FIT the mood of Frank Gilbreth as he watched teacher Miss Brill, played by senior Julie Elkins, grade his daugh- ter’s graduation examination. Gilbreth’s daughter Anne, played by sophomore Chris- tianne Dick, had completed the examinations in hope of achieving an early high school grad- uation. EFFICIENCY CAN BE applied in taking a bath according to Frank Gilbreth, played by senior Pete Yelkovac, who demonstrated to his family the “proper " way to bathe without wasting mo- tion. Throughout the play, Gilbreth gave vari- ous tips to his family on saving time in house- hold activities. SHOUTS AND LAUGHTER filled the Gilbreth household as cheerleader Joe Scales, junior Scott Newsom, demonstrated the " hoo, rah, ray and a tiger” cheer of Montclair High School. Scales hoped to take Earnestine Gil- breth out on a date. i r t- “SHORT UNDERTHINGS” PROVIDE a shock to the Gilbreth family as Anne Gilbreth explains to her father why she purchased them. Gil- breth bought them to help increase her chances of catching the eyes of other boys. I Cheaper by the Dozen | Serious Fun In the beginning, on October 26, Alice Gambel knew for sure that she had three things to work with — a play, a cast and a couch. Together, these three things provided the framework for the drama department’s fall production, “Cheaper By the Dozen.” “Cheaper By the Dozen,” a true story written by Frank B. Gilbreth, Jr. and Ernes- tine Gilbreth Carey, is the tale of Frank Gil- breth, Senior’s struggle to raise, and at the same time control, 12 strong-minded chil- dren. Life in the Gilbreth household is typi- cally filled with surprise fingernail inspec- tions, language lessons in the bathrooms and instructions on the most efficient way to take a bath. Although Gambel and her 18-member cast (17 students, one dog) put the show to- gether in roughly one month, preparations for the play began at the end of the 1985-86 school year, when Gambel began reading scripts. “I wanted to do a serious drama. Even though ‘Cheaper By the Dozen’ is a comedy, it has serious overtones,” said Gambel. “It’s a meaningful play because of the realities that are presented in it,” said senior Pete Yelkovac, who portrayed Frank Gil- breth. “The message is in the second to last line of the play. You should spend your time doing what you want to do — ‘where your heart lies,’ as the play says.” After selecting her cast from a field of 83 auditioners, Gambel blended actors, cos- tumes, sound and lights into one final prod- uct. “It’s like building a house. You put up the decorations last,” she said. “Believe it or not, I built almost everything around the couch because I had one definitely picked out. I knew it was rose, and I also knew that at some point in the show, every costume would be sitting on that couch!” Four-and-one-half weeks and $4300 lat- er, the cast gave its debut performance to 1300 middle school students, a group that turned out to be the largest audience of the play’s five-day run. “I was sick over the audience sizes for this show. Maybe it was just poor timing — I don’t know,” said Gambel. “But how can you fight the Bears game?” by Karen Mutka 15 Fall Play AFTER SINGING HIS self- written song " Don’t Say It’s Over” at an October sock-hop. Digital Hair lead singer Chad Clifford pauses in reflec- tion. HEIGHT CAN MAKE slow dancing difficult, but seniors Dan Eichmeier and Jin Jin Charon overcome the problem as they dance to Ber- lin’s “Take My Breath Away.” STUDENTS CELEBRATED OUR 42-7 football vic- tory over Chesterton by dancing at the post-game sock-hop. 16 Sock-Hop Feature Hop, skip oncl For VHS clubs, they were huge money-makers. For student bands or DJ’s, they provided active, interested audi- ences. For the typical VHS student, they were just part of the Friday night routine. They were, of course, sock-hops. For those involved in planning these casual dances, however, sock-hops proved to be more than just routine. “The nuts and bolts stuff in planning sock-hops is very important,” said Assis- tant Principal and Director of Student Ac- tivities Steve Cronk. According to Cronk, the “nuts and bolts stuff” of planning weekly sock-hops included “arranging off-duty police offi- cers for security, recruiting faculty to chaperone the dance, coordinating which doors are to be open and which are to be locked and, even, making certain that we don’t violate any fire codes,” said Cronk. The most important element in any sock-hop, the music, is also determined by Cronk. “It’s my job to book the DJ or the band — depending upon the circum- stances.” jump “I usually ask the dance sponsor which DJ or band he or she wants, and then I do my best to satisfy them,” said Cronk. While Cronk feels both bands and DJ’s are good sock-hop performers, he feels DJ’s are more advantageous to weekly sock-hops. “On Friday nights, you need someone who can set up very, very quickly, and a DJ can do that,” said Cronk. Dick Strahm, head VHS custodian, agreed with Cronk: “After a game, you only have about 15 or 20 minutes to get the floor cleaned and ready for the dance,” said Strahm. Cronk also added that DJ’s have an added advantage over bands in being able to “shift gears with music.” Tom Fiegle, DJ for 3-D Music Company, felt that DJ’s are able to accommodate differ- ent tastes in music but are unable to please every sock-hop attendee. “Although satis- fying everyone is extremely difficult, I be- lieve that most people have a good time, and that’s the main idea, right?,” said Fiegle. While DJ’s such as B and B Music and 3-D Music Company have dominated the sock-hop scene, they don’t, according to Cronk, have a “stranglehold on the mar- ket.” Student bands like Blue Elvis and Digital Hair have also graced the VHS sock-hop stage during the 1986-87 school year. According to Digital Hair guitarist se- nior Paul Gold, bands, unlike DJ’s, have the ability to perform original and less- common songs at sock-hops. “Digital Hair feels that playing at sock-hops is great. Digital Hair’s music is geared toward our age group and, at the sock-hops, there are 600 kids who are gonna hear our music. Our main concern is getting our original songs across to our audience,” said Gold. by Pete Yelkovac DUE TO TREMENDOUS crowds, sock-hops in 1986-87 were moved from the gym ' s north balcony to the main floor. 17 Sock-Hop Feature Dances Promote Festive To many people throughout the world, holidays are synonymous with decorations, candy, flowers, and gifts. To many VHS stu- dents, however, holidays also were synony- mous with semi-formal dances. On Saturday, December 13, 210 couples were able to stroll down New York City’s Time’s Square and Broadway. The dance, “Christmas on Broadway,” was sponsored by Student Council. “Although the dance turned out pretty good, I was disappointed with decorating. Only one-fourth of the club helped,” said se- nior Mary Bielich, Student Council presi- dent. Music by 3-D blared in the north balco- ny, pictures were taken by Dennis Crane, and students sat on “Santa’s” (social stud- ies teacher Sid Reggie) lap and told him what they wanted for Christmas. After the excitement of Christmas spirit ended, interest focused on the King of Hearts dance, “Fortress Around Your Heart,” which occurred on Saturday, Febru- ary 28. Tickets were $6 per couple. Mrs. Kar- en Hartman, V-teens sponsor, added that the funds raised from the dance were desig- nated for a specific purpose. “The money was donated to the Porter County Heart As- sociation.” she said. Ordinarily guys are the ones who buy dance tickets and pay for dinner. However, roles were reversed at this dance, and the girls experienced the joys and heartaches of a guy’s role. To end the King of Hearts dance, Mike Barone was crowned King while Jeff Leffew was named Prince. Though not as tangible as other items used in promoting the holiday seasons, VHS students agreed that these dances truly served to lift holiday spirits. by Lori Sier holiday SOPHOMORE TARA FIFIELD and senior David Doelling sway to music played by 3-D at the Christmas dance. In keeping with the “Christmas on Broadway” theme, located on the north wall were stars for each couple. 18 AN ASSISTANT FROM Spasoff Photographers positions freshmen Gail Beidron and Keith Bickers to look “picture perfect.” Christmas King of Hearts COUPLES EMBRACE EACH other as they dance to a slow song at the King of Hearts dance. Music was provided by B B. IN ORDER TO see the main attractions on Broadway, seniors Michelle Klinefelter and Chad Clifford had to give their ticket to the “Tix-Booth " person. Tickets cost $7 per cou- ple. KING OF HEARTS COURT: (front) King Mike Barone, (back) Paul Gold, Prince Jeff Leffew, Jeff Osterhout, and Larry Wright. 19 Christmas King of Hearts MEMBERS OF A-BAND didn’t have much free time from their schedule of marching perfor- mances in California. However, when they did have spare time, they relaxed together at places like Balboa Beach. Their “vacation” lasted one week. INCLEMENT WEATHER IN Florida fails to stop seniors Kaye Keller, Prue Searles and Katie Hofferth from enjoying their spring break. The girls spent their spring break ' 87 in Da 5 rtona Beach. 20 Spring Break DURING THE A-BAND’S trip to California, Jun- iors Rebecca VanDenburgh, Lisa McLean and Jennifer Bryant enjoy Disneyland with Mickey Mouse. The band marched throughout the amusement park before taking this break. Time out Fun in the sun Rest, relaxation, sun and plenty of fun were on the minds of Valparaiso High School students as their vacationing plans for spring break unfolded. According to a random survey of 152 VHS students, plans for the one- week vacation were diverse. Southern states — particularly Florida — seemed to be the most popular destinations for VHS students. “During spring break, we went to Flori- da,” said junior John Newlin. “It was cloudy most of the time, but at the end of the week we had some nice weather.” While it may have been cloudy at times in Florida, students reported that the weath- er “out west” was better. “Spring break in Phoenix was the best! The weather was in the 90’s,” said senior Jessica Hofferth. School-related trips also influenced VHS students’ vacation plans. Under the guidance of English teacher Mrs. Judith Lebryk and F rench teacher Mrs. Carolyn Hardebeck, 35 students and faculty members toured England “to experience the English culture,” explained Lebryk. The group stayed in London, Stratford, Edinburg and York. In addition, students visited Oxford, Lake District and Cam- bridge. While English students traveled north, 56 junior and senior band members journeyed west to California. During their week-long stay, they marched at Disneyland and Knotts Berry Farm, in addition to giving a concert at Londontown. Other highlights in- cluded tours of Universal Studios and Mari- na Del Ray, as well as a trip to the Crystal Cathedral to see the play “The Glory of Eas- ter.” Although many students claimed to have experienced “fun in the sun” over spring break, others were not so lucky. Some stu- dents stayed in town to work extra hours for their employers, and dedicated VHS ath- letes used the time to train. Sophomore Paul Sarafin explained, “During spring break, I went to the cleat house every day for two hours and worked out with the weights.” Whether they were working on their tans on an exotic beach in Florida or in their own back yards, students agreed that spring break really was a break from the pressures of school. by Karen Mutka and Stacy Stonebraker THOUGH OFTEN CONFUSED with the " London Bridge,” the “Tower Bridge " serves as a true London landmark. VHS students participating on this London trip saw the bridge and many other famous London landmarks. 21 Spring Break Antics face Fairy tale finish On the record sleeve of its 1966 recording of popular American bedtime stories, Won- der Record Company metaphorically de- fined “the fairy tale.’’ “In a way,” the inscription reads, “the fairy tale is a reflection of childhood — there are some hardships, but everything turns out for the best.” Though this definition was penned more than 20 years ago, the latter part was also applicable to the 1987 VHS production of April Antics, which was presented April 24 and 25. Beginning with auditions and surfac- ing again at the final performance. Co-direc- tor Alice Gambel said several predicaments hindered but didn’t halt the production. “At auditions, I found that many of the acts were unprepared or unorganized, so I had to use a thematic approach to fit them in so the show would run smoothly,” Gambel explained. “I geared the theme ‘Once Upon A Time’ toward youngsters for a change-of- pace,” she added. Poor grades also forced the removal of some actors from the show. “For the first time. I had to eliminate some people because of deficient grades — this was really unfortu- nate,” Gambel confessed. In spite of these preliminary problems, Gambel claimed that rehearsals ran smooth- ly. Under the direction of Gambel and Co-di- rector Daniel Pritchett, the 53-member cast spent three weeks practicing for the show that included a vareity of musical, instru- mental dance and dramatic scenes. With the theme “Once Upon A Time,” the show focused upon the nighttime dreams of a little girl named Lindsay who, from her bed, dreams of various characters who per- formed their respective acts. And it was this bed that gave Gambel her final headache at the Saturday night performance. In the middle of act two, when the wolf, played by sophomore Andrew Bray, was being shot, the bed suddenly cracked and fell to the floor. “At first, I laughed because it was so funny, but then I thought ‘I can’t believe it fell apart’ and ‘I hope it can be fixed,’” said Gambel. According to Gambel, Bray averted major disaster through some outstanding improvi- sational acting. “Fortunately, Andrew cov- ered very, very well when the bed broke,” Gambel chuckled. Noted American humorist James Thurber once wrote a story entitled “The Night The Bed Fell In.” In Thurber’s story, the charac- ters suffered greatly from this misfortune. In April Antics ’87, however, the bed did indeed fall in, but in true dramatic tradition, the show went on, and according to Gambel, “everything turned out just fine.” by Pete Yelkovac ‘‘ROMEX) AND JULIET,” performed by junior Marla Ruble, helps induce sleep among the sev- en dwarfs. Ruble portrayed the character. Snow White. 22 April Antics THOUGH NOT YOUR " typical” babysitter, An- dromida, played by senior Krys Seligman, comforts Lindsay Eaton before bedtime with a story. The show focused upon Eaton ' s dreams. s is, ' IN THE FAIRY tale spirit of April Antics ' 87, sophomore John Meeker and senior Patty Bird perform their rendition of " Zip A Dee Do Dah”. At the end of Act I, the audience was encour- aged to sing. WITH GREAT CONFIDENCE, junior Mindy Heinold belts out the song “If They Could See Me Now.” The show was interspersed with mu- sical routines. RELIEVED THAT SUPERMAN, portrayed by ju- nior Tom Fiegle, saved her from the grasps of a mugger, senior Karla Droege expresses her appreciation. 23 April Antics BOTH PROM AND Post - prom provided oppor- tunitites for students to dance. Prom, which occurred at the Porter County Expo Center, lasted from 8 to 11 p.m. Atlantis reborn During March, students whispered about it once in a while. It still seemed pretty far away. But on April 15. the facts were hard to ignore; prom was only a month away. As the anticipation fever hit VHS. peo- ple began to look around. Guys tried to mus- ter the courage to ask someone to “the social event of the season.” while girls fretted about getting a date as well. " Everybody wants to go to prom.” ex- plained one senior. “Most people feel disap- pointed if they don’t go because there’s so much talk about your senior prom — it’s sup- posedly one of the best memories people have of high school. " It was the biggest dance of the year, with more than 200 couples attending the three-hour bash featuring the local band “Midwest Express. " Working with its theme “The Sea Of Love. " the junior class trans- formed the Porter County Expo Center into a “lost city of Atlantis.” according to Mrs. Rhonda Yelton, junior class sponsor. “About 25 kids worked from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. decorating the Expo Center on the day of prom. " said Yelton. Due to the evening’s activities. May 15 was a half day of school, allowing other jun- iors to help decorate after school let out at 11:15 a.m. “We used all kinds of decorations to give it the ‘underwater look’ — nautical flags, a dock, all kinds of fish, mermaids, di- vers and seaweed. We also rented a bubble machine to make it a little more realistic,” she added. “It took a lot of work to get that place fixed up the way we did, but it was worth it. The decorations really looked fantastic. I should’ve brought flippers and goggles! " ex- claimed junior Pete Speckhard. In keeping with the ‘underwater’ idea, post-prom was themed “Cruisin‘ ’87.” Be- sides the usual food and games, the three and one-half hour party featured palm read- ers, night club acts and music by the band “Abacus. " As senior Bruce Condie stated, “The whole experience was incredible. I had a fab- ulous time. Prom ’87 was definitely a gala oc- casion I will treasure always.” by Karen Mutka SEAGULLS ADORN THE entrance to Prom at the Expo Center as junior Jim Jankowski and his date, junior Jamie Clark, stroll ii: to join the festivities. 24 Prom Post Prom SENIORS BOB MORRISON and Linda Varela share a quiet moment between dances. The band “Midnight Express” provided Prom mu- sic. SUNGLASSES WORN BY 1986 VMS graduate Dave Frobish and senior Charlene Kuehl pro- vide a modern flair to the traditional Post- prom. These glasses were given to all couples. BEFORE HAVING THEIR picture taken at Prom, the photographer ' s assistant makes a last-minute adjustment to junior Kerry Lewan- dowski and senior Tim Atha. 25 Prom Post Prom STREAMERS AND CONFETTI fly through the gym at the end of the June 3 graduation cere- mony. The ceremony lasted approximately two hours. IN ACCORDANCE WITH tradition, members of the Valparaiso High School Class of 1987 turn their tassles to indicate that they have indeed graduated. Senior class vice-president Car- olyn Miller led the turning for the graduates. SENIOR CHRIS BALLA steps to receive his di- ploma cover from principal Dr. David Bess. The graduates received their diplomas after com- mencement in homeroom. CONGRATULATORY HUGS PROVED common- place after the graduation ceremony ended. Later in the evening, the graduates were invit- ed to a party at the V.U. Union. IN THE MOMENTS after the reception of their diplomas, the graduates react to the termina- tion of their high school careers. 26 Graduation Baccalaureate Turning tassels AS CLASS OF 1987 Valedictorian, senior Martha Maiers addresses the graduates. Maiers graduated with a G.P.A. of 4.282. June 3, 1987. The countdown calendars are down, the caps and gowns are in place, the Valparaiso High School gymnasium is decorated in green and white. A class of near- ly 400 students sits in anticipation: a foot twitches here, a cough there, quick glances around the room. The speeches drag on forever. Only about an hour to go ... the seniors check their watches. Finally the speeches are finished; the di- plomas have reached the Z’s . . . and it ' s over. In past years, seniors hurled their caps into the air to signify graduation. In 1987, however, because of new safety precautions, they release balloons and toss streamers in celebration. Martha Maiers and Melissa Hutton, vale- dictorian and salutatorian, are congratu- lated by Dr. David Bess, VHS principal, and parents and friends try to find the people they have come to see. Every VHS senior has waited and counted down, and by the end of his junior year knew to the minute how long he had yet to wait for this unforgettable day. For twelve years these students have been conditioned to react the way they were “supposed” to act. That, however, all changed in two hours. No one told these peo- ple what to do when it was all over. All the waiting, all the working, and all the frustra- tion seemed to go away in one heave-ho . . . and the streamers go flying! by Jennifer Mitol 27 Gradua tion Baccalaurea te JUNIOR KIM GOTT concentrates on her work as she types a paragraph. Sophomore Ginger Gudino works next to her. AFTER AN HOUR in the kitchen, senior Tom McDermott serves junior Corey Fortune a plate of a German vegetable dish. They prepared it in Foreign Foods class. FOCUSING IN ON a slide, freshman Dan Davis examines a plant cell. Biology students regu- larly worked with microscopes and slides. 28 Academics Division On paper, the facts about academics in 1987 were intimi- dating. We saw the birth of 15 biology classes and 15 English classes mainly to bear the burden of the freshman class. New entries in the curriculum guide also included classes VHS had never seen before, ranging from third year Latin to Im- ages of Humanity, a course about Russian literature. There was a senior seminar; there was a freshman seminar. The popularity of art classes like photography sky-rocketed so much that a second dark room was built to accommodate be- ginning and advanced students in 13 classes. Overpopulation of the student body led to such a great increase in the teaching staff that for the first time, teachers all had to share classrooms throughout the day. And in the school library, alias the “learning center,” a circulation and security system was installed to prevent “book-lifting” by the masses. On the lighter side of education, competitions like Academic Decathalon, Hoosier Spell Bowl and Academic Super Bowl stumped us with questions about anything and everything academic. Whether we faced a 50-point pre-cal test, a hallway jam- med to the breaking point or a computer program that just wouldn’t work, in 1987, we were PUT TO THE TEST. by Karen Mutka 29 Academics Division SOPHOMORE MARK SZYMANSKI demonstrates how to use the air brush for his Advanced Drawing class, taught by Mr. Kurt Anderson. MONOCHROMATIC PAINTING FOR Mr. Robert Cain ' s Painting I class is junior Barb Adkins. She also took Photography first semester. 30 Art Photography Creative classes Student imaginations run wild with ideas W hoops! This can’t be photography, but the room said D231! How come it’s so dark in here? And what’s that disgust- ing odor? Where’s the teacher and the other students? Many students dread the thought of boring lectures and uncomfortable desks, but art classes provide “hands on” training in a creative atmo- sphere. Kurt Anderson, who has taught art classes for 14 years noticed that student interest in art has increased so much, that VHS now has a record four or five photography classes each semester. Since last year’s change to a seven period day, Anderson no- ticed that, “The increased peri- od has opened the door to more students.” “Since our classes have di- minished in size, this is a real bonus for us,” said Robert Cain, 26 year instructor at VHS. Due to the freshman class, another teacher was added to the department, for a total of three. “Ten would be even bet- ter,” said Cain. He added that having more teachers would bring more ideas to the pro- gram. Mrs. Linda Malott, felt the squeeze due to more students, courses and teachers. “They added a teacher, but not anoth- er classroom, ’’she said. Although a limited amount of space prevented the building of another classroom, a new dark- room was constructed for pho- tography students. It is fully equiped to produce color prints. This new darkroom, as well as the chance to learn new tech- niques, lured Kristin Peuquet to advanced photography. “We learn a lot and I think it’s worth the time and money.” Senior Mike Phipps pointed out, “The cost of film, paper, and the initial fee cost me about $44.50, but you have to take the good with the bad.” While the only requirement for Basic Photography is that a student be a junior or senior. Advanced Photography still has the prerequisite of Basic Photography. Chemical stains and pencil smudges on clothing may be considered bad aspects of art, but the results that develop from hours of work are general- ly quite satisfying. by Amy Sanford STILL LIFE IS the subject of se- nior Rhonda Pessmeg ' s Painting I assignment. She continued by taking Drawing I first semester. FOREIGN EXCHANGE STUDENT Esther Ekelmans prepares a photog- raphy assignment for Mr. Kurt Ander- son’s Basic Photography class. CHECKING OUT A camera for a week- end photography assignment is se- nior Tom McDermott. 31 Art Photography Blood and guts Dissecting animals and watching wars R emember dissecting that first worm in bi- ology class or read- ing about the bombing of Pearl Harber in U. S. History? At VHS, students did things not necessarily because they wanted to, but because they were required to by state regu- lations or school policies. Due to new state regulations, underclassmen at VHS must have two years of science — one life science and one physical sci- ence to graduate. The upper- classmen were only required to have one year. “Before the new state re- quirement, high school stu- dents could start a class and drop it whenever it got too diffi- cult. Now, they have to learn about the environment or not graduate,” said science teacher AS THEY WORK ON THE precipi- tate lab, junior Mindy Eichhorn and sophomore Daiva Paulaus- kas watch and hope that their test tubes will have precipitates at the bottom when they are fin- ished. Cheryl Younger. Because of the change in reg- ulations, three new teachers from Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson Junior High Schools were added to the Sci- ence Department staff. In addition, the Science De- partment had to supply four regular classrooms with lab equipment. While the high school science requirements changed, the so- cial studies requirements stayed the same. The Indiana State Board of Education specifies that stu- dents must pass one semester of both government and econom- ics. The Valparaiso Board of Education added two semesters of U. S. History to those re- quirements, making a total of four credits needed for gradua- tion. “Social Studies is taught partly out of tradition. Because the parents had it, the children must have it. Social Studies also is taught to teach us to ap- preciate our heritage and to learn how our country op- erates,” said Mr. Pat Mur phy, Social Studies teacher. For students interested in majoring in these fields, the de- partments offered elective clas- ses, like Sociology and Psychol- ogy for social studies; and As- tronomy and Geology for sci- ence. Because of the regulations, students could get interested in the subjects and take elective classes that would help them prepare for college and careers. by Heather Fierst 32 Science Social Studies DURING HER LAST semester at VHS, Mrs. Brenda Lott plays cultur- al Bingo with her third hour Sociol- ogy class. Lott who moved to Chis- tiansburg, Virginia, was replaced by Mrs. Diane Davis. AT THE ANNUAL Physics Bridge Contest, junior Pete Speckard’s (at left) bridge is put to the test. Howev- er, it held only one kilogram before it collapsed. MR. CHARLES STAINER adds a lit- tle humor to his lecture in Applied Ek:onomics class. Seniors must pass one semester of economics to graduate. 33 Science Social Studies Life skills, goals Students prepare with hands-on training ■ he early bird I gets the worm.” Such is the belief of the Valparaiso High School Vocational De- partment where necessary skills for the future are in- itially introduced. To acquaint themselves with various health occupa- tions, students participated in the Health Careers classes offered at VHS. Included courses were: Dental Health, Health Occu- pations, and Health Orienta- tion which were offered only to juniors and seniors. A max- imum of six graduation cre- dits could be earned. “The program gives the students hands-on experi- ence. It is good for them, and their parents, because some- thing may look exciting, but end up not to be,” said Mrs. Doris Hildreth, instructor and school nurse. Participating students must be responsible and honest. Be- cause cleanliness was a main priority, a dress code of uni- forms and no jeans was fol- lowed. “To prepare students for the future, they are taught life skills,” said Mrs. Cheryl Bag- nall. Home Economics chairper- son. Students chose from 11, one- semester classes. While some of the classes focused on foods or clothing, others covered topics such as relationships, dating, family, and friends. Included courses were: Singles Living, Foreign Foods, Needlecraft, Foods and Nutri- tion, Child Development, Inter- personal Relations, Consumer Education, Interior Design, Be- ginning Clothing, and Ad- vanced Clothing. Special Projects, which in- cluded working with nursery school students, were part of the various classes. Approximately 60 students were placed in afternoon jobs by the Pre-Vocational Education Department, a program which was in its thirteenth year at VHS. Depending on the job mar- ket, students occupied jobs ranging from working with the elderly to working with compu- ters. Each course, which included class time and a job, was one year long and was worth two credits per semester. “The students need to work well in groups. They also need to have good attitudes and at- tendance. They develop self-es- teem and learn to use their time wisely,” said Mr. Jerry Hager, PVE coordinator. No matter how far away the future may have seemed, stu- dents prepared early by taking career preparation courses. by Melissa Crownover AFTER STUDYING F(X)DS from six countries, juniors Karen Brletich and Jenny Wright prepare Rouladen, a Ger- man dish, in Foreign Foods. STUDENTS IN MR. Dan Spears’ social studies class discuss issues that will en- able them to deal with everyday prob- lems. 1 1 34 Health Occ. Home Ec. PVE PRETZELS PROVE TO be a trouble- some process, but the toil paid off for seniors David Doelling and Sus- an Evanoff in Poods class. IN HEALTH OCCUPATIONS class, students studied health-related careers in an environment which allowed them to practice their les- sons. JUNIOR APRIL NEWKIRK styles a blouse, the third of four projects for her Sewing 1 class. 35 Health Occ. Home Ec. PVE CAROUSELS — Front Row: Tam- mi Vanderwijst, Nicki Steindler. Second Row: Suzi Farnum, Kathy Crawford, Ellyn Tolan, Third Row: Kris Miller, Kathy Hamil- ton, Katy Park, Michelle West- phal. Fourth Row: Stephanie Mannel, Stephanie Bauer, Missy Moore. Back Row: Amie Charl- son, Tara Kieman, Melanie Groark. Singing with style Choirs perform at dinners, concerts, contests L ike the predictability of the superbowl being played at the end of every NFL season, some things never change. Valparaiso High School’s Choral Department has been put in a similar spot, remaining the same even with the increase in the student body. Since the freshmen have al- ways been bussed to the high school to participate in choir, their addition to the student body affected the Choral De- partment very little, said Mr. Bernard Butt, director. According to Butt, the seven period day, which was initiated last year, has had the most posi- tive impact on the enrollment in choir classes because most stu- dents needed another hour to fit choir into their schedules. Four individual choirs make up the choral department. A-Choir, which was com- pos ed of 60 veteran singers, was the premier performing organi- zation. Basic singing skills and ensemble singing were the em- phasis in B-Choir, a 30-member group open to all students. Girls’ Glee Club provided the beginning training for girls in- terested in vocal music perform- ance. An extracurricular activity, “Carolers” was a mixed singing and dancing troup which per- formed at banquets and din- ners. Choreographer Dawn Pe- terson worked with the group. Three concerts highlighted the school year. While the spring and fall concerts were ex- clusively choral, the Christmas Concert included music stu- dents from all Valpo schools. Contests this year ranged from individuals performing to the entire Choir’s performance at the Indiana State School Mu- sic Association on April 1 1 . “Contest seems to make ev- eryone work harder,” said Butt. And the choirs’ hard work paid off. At contest, which was held at Portage High School, the choirs received superior ratings in both individual and group categories. The Cabaret Dinner, an an- nual choir fund-raiser, which was held in the VHS cafeteria, was presented March 24 by the Carolers. The dinner was open to all relatives of the Carolers and their immediate friends. by Susan Roberts A CHOIR — Front Row: Jenny Hag- strom, Nilla Jarvinen, Daphne Ur- gino, Kathy Crawford, Laurie Eb- erhardt, Erin Bland, Karen Frobish, Liz Hofferth, Teri Miller, Liz Cuson, Michelle Krayniak, Susan Roberts, Shannon Bettis. Second Row: Kelly Stowers, Julie White, Mindy Hein- old, Candy DeSarro, Kathy Wright, Laiu-a Cole, Colleen Mitchell, Lori Homan, Kris Peuquet, Kris DeMick, Michelle Krall. Third Row: Chris Parker, Jamey Griffin, Todd Miller, Shawn Will, Jason Hardin, Ken Fetla, Ed Dixon, Chuck Dean, Chris Czap, Ed Humi, Jeff Ronco, Robert Mansavage, Back Row: Tony Studenroth, Chad Clifford, Mike Krayniak, Bob Ducat, Chris Hamrick, Shannon Howe, Mark Hanner, Andy Bray, Jeff Carmichael, Kevin Maxey, Steve Aardema, Mike Daniels. 36 Choir B CHOIR - Front Row: Kathy Hamil- ton, Susan Kirk, Vicki Pamum, Chris Frank, Sheila Urbanczyk, April Marshall, Lisa Phillips, Becky Carpenter, Julie Kissinger. Second Row: Michele Westphal, Donya Per- kins, Stephanie Mannel, Julie El- kins, Kara Nelson, Kristen McCla- nahan, Stephanie Bauer, Belinda Jones. Back Row: Kathy Engle, Tammi Vanderwijst, Kristen Miller, Suzi Famum, Shannon Alexander, Kellie Vinton, Kinsey Lennex, Tam- my Parker, Dion Kuehl. CAROLERS — Front Row: M Humi, Mindy Heinold, Daphne Urgino, Teri Miller, Liz Cuson. Second Row: Kevin Maxey, Lori Homan, Andy Bray, Bob Ducat, Chad Clifford, Todd Miller, Col- leen Mitchell. Back Row: Bob Mansavage, Candy DeSarro, Mark Banner, Kri s Peuquet, Jeff Carmichael. GIRLS GLEE - Front Row: Dawn Landry, Nicki Steindler, Nicki Peu- quet, Amie Charlson, Jennifer Lloyd, Jennifer Lee, Chihomi Ki- kushima, Sheila Wilson, Cindy Mat- thews. Second Row: Amy Weiland, Missy Moore, Melanie Groark, Ter- esa Rucker, Carole Comman, Jill AT ITS FIRST public performance of the year, the A Choir sings under the direction of Mr. Bernard Butt at the Fall Concert. Nalllieux, Tifflny Derr, Ellyn Tolan, Beckie DePoister, Kerry Lewan- dowski. Back Row: Lorelei Demass, Holly Ceding, Lisa Cora, Kathy Parks, Julie Finley, Dee Dee VoUer, Ami Woods, Sandi Eisenmenger. 37 Choir B-BAND — Front Row: Dawn Sha- lapsik, Karen Reynolds, Colleen Flory, Kristine Hall, Amy Reavis, Jeanne Neuchterlein, Mindy Ger- ber, Missy Patrick, Pam Betz, Jody llgenfritz, Jenny Domer, Beth Am- berlang, Lisa McLean, Jennifer Olmsted, Gwen Kenney. Second Row: Frank Spanopoulos, Angie Robinson, Tami Janda, Kim Miller, Paula Gifford, Chris Davis, Masaki Ishihara, Dick Wardrop, Amber Cleis, Chris Spejeioski, Carole Wor- den. Third Row: Lori Huber, Van Ev- anoff, Shawn Brennan, Josh Grube, David Castleman, Jeff Stanczak, Mike Crowley, Chris Bradley, Michael Jensen, David Mapes, Marie Macapagal, Angela Girton, Christy Johnson, Kari Kraatz, and Mr. Dan Pritchett. Back Row: Dan Lauer, Christy Hager, Roger Weideman, Sue Dol- hover, Cindy Lieb, Rob Wilbem, Donna Deu, Tony Rickman, Dan Klinefelter, Jim Calzacorto, and Jeff Brown. Not pictured: Rod Cortell. A-BAND — Front Row - Stephanie Henriques, Ann Boguslawski, Heidi Klett, Amy Barker, Debbie Gill, Lynnea Cole, Becky Tobey, Karin Herrick, Elizabeth Versteeg, Sarah Mutka, Karen Brennan, Jennifer Curts, Sara Johnson. Second Row: Jennifer Barker, Mark Amberlang, Mindy Eichhom, Tammy Mahoney, Heather Mallett, Steve Pilz, Tammy Whalls, Michelle Klinefelter, Chris- ti Hamilton, Lora Maiers, Paula Reaney, Val Yuriga, Marla Ruble, Jennifer Cole, Andy Osburn, Steve Rusnak, Mike Crowder, Third Row: Tom SUhavy, Laren Huck, Craig Anderson, Lance Lemon, Gary Nova, Jeff Dygert, Susan Hersem- ann, Lori Leverich, Katrina Kick- bush, Mike Sorenson, Sarah Evans, Kristin Hartwig, Stan Oiling, Chris Cole, Jay Telschow, Tom Trost, Back Row: Mark Sirovica, Mike Kaster, Mike Grote, Mark Jones, David Kelly, Meghan Martin, David Miller, Ted Trost, Greg Knight, Andy Johnson, Rebecca VanDen- bur , Mr. Dan Pritchett, and Mr. Robert Miller. Not pictured; Loretta Kenney, Alyson Miller, Rani Sier, Carolyn Miller, Jeff Sensenbaugh, Kris Gross. 38 Ba n d Orch es tra Heavy metal 1 Students tote instruments | 1 f you ever wondered why music department chairman. 1 some students dragged Contrary to popular belief, those big, black cases to band and orchestra were not an and from school everyday, it “easy A” or “blow-off” classes, was because they were dedicat- A student’s grade in band car- ed musicians. ried the same weight on his Being a member of the band GPA as did any other solid or orchestra at Valparaiso High course. School was serious business. “They were graded on peri- Band members were students odical auditions of assigned mu- of music. sic, class attitude, and atten- “Students learned to play top dance,” said Miller, quality music literature; the To prepare for contests, best of classical and contempo- the bands had to practice the rary composers. While learning same music pieces from one to this, they learned to improve two and half months, their skills on their instru- ments,” said Mr. Robert Miller, Continued on page 40 “THIS IS OUR story " the Christmas concert was presented December 9 in the VHS gymnasium. The concert consisted of music students from all Valparaiso Community schools. THE MEMBERS OF B-Band play their instruments in class. Band and orchestra classes met daily for one class period. 39 Band Orches tra UNDER THE DIRECTION of Mr. Robert Miller the 20 member or- chestra plays “March to the Scaffold " by Hector Berlioz in class. Band and orchestra play on Continued from page 39 In junior high music students were required to submit a prac- tice chart once a week. Howev- er, in high school, students were not graded on how much they practiced, but rather on how well they played in class and au- ditions. “Some students learn their music easily, but others have to work very hard at it,” said Miller. Because there were 170 students in band, they were di- vided into three different clas- ses according to their abilities. “It was like having three different bands,” said Miller. Band students, also, par- ticipated in other after-school. They entertained the crowds with half-time shows at football games and various contests. The Pep band provided music during basketball games, too. The VHS orchestra played in concerts music festivals, and concerts. Over spring break, 60 ju- nior and senior band members travelled to California to per- form. Because the Band Parent Association raised money by running the football conces- sions and hosting the annual ham dinner, students only had to pay part of the cost of the trip. “We marched at Disney Land, Knottsberry Farm, the Queen Mary, and Universal Studios,” said Miller. Through opportunities like these, the hard work of these musi cians paid off. by Heather Fierst VIOLINISTS KRIS KALINA and Chris Juras practice on their in- struments to improve their skills of controlling their violins. 40 Band Orchestra C-BAND — Front Row: Stacey Janasiak, Dan Morrison, Kristin Campbell, Michele Riffel, Heather Engel, Erica Levi, Missy Voigt, Amy Bonifas, Shannon Haugh, Jennifer Mutka, Barbara Downey, Kathy Kelly, Second Row: Christy Ander- son, Ashley Cochran, Christine Bell, Leah Smith, Jennifer Wor- stell, Dominic Notaro, Jarrett Mil- lar, Jeff Hess, Erica Hartwig, Jack Bryant, Kim Dennington, Shannon Deal, Kandel Coolman, Julie Pfleeger, Andrea Hackett Third Row: Amy Smith, Clay Arnett, Mike Fleming, Styan Montreuil, Tiffin Crowder, Rob Hanes, Cindy Lang- well, Carole Cornman, Kami Kraatz, Kelly Roberts, Chris Funk, Leslee Fritz, Clay Patton, Doug Daye, Greg Dudjienski, Jim Ehren- berg. Back Row: Jeff Bruder, Tony Wasemann, Phil Belegal, Jeff Kal- eth, Craig Hartman, Aaron Taylor, Mr. Dan Pritchett, Mr. Robert Miller. Not pictured: Kathy Johnon, Jeff Zrodlowski, Eric Mae. ORCHESTRA — Front Row; Jen- nifer Henderson. Wendy Berner. Second Row; Toni Douthitt, Amy Baker, Shelley Hain, Hannah Stith, JiUi Mullet. Kristy KaU- back, Mr. Robert Miller. Third Row: Mike Landry, Lara Woods. Chris Kalina. Lara Worline, Chris Juras, Kristen McClanahan. Back Row: Bob Richards, Daniel List, Matt King, Jeff Dennington. Not pictured: Tim Kehret, Scott Maesch. PRACTICING OUT OF uniform, the entire band plays directed by Mr. Dan Pritchett. All three bands played as one during summer vaca- tion. 41 Band Orchestra IN KEYBOARDING 1, sophomore Keith Kamanaroff types an in-class assignment. Typing students only had take-home assignments when they were absent. TO DETERMINE IF her proof is cor- rect, sophomore Tiffany Derr puts her work on the board. Mrs. Mara Fiegle-Hicks taught the Geometry 1- 2 class. AS PART OF the mock office situa- tion, senior Kevin Miller answers the phone for his boss in the Office Training Lab. 42 Ma th Business Money makes sense Courses make dollars and cents add up P ersonal budgeting, buying insurance, balancing check- books, renting an apartment, using credit, managing check- ing and savings accounts . . , These things all have some- thing in common - money. “Money = business = math,” according to business teacher Lance Leach. Although some students may not recognize the connection be- tween business and math, it ex- ists. “Business runs on money,” said Leach. Business classes teach stu- dents how to manage their money — from balancing a checkbook in Introduction to Business to running their own business in Business Owner- ship class. “Almost all business uses math to some degree; counting out change is math,” said Leach. Even though VHS students are required to complete two years of math classes, most stu- dents take additional classes to help them for their futures. “I took math to prepare my- self for college,” said junior Jen- nifer Henderson. “Most students see the need for math in future careers,” said Mr. Glen Ellis, Math depart- ment chairperson. Math and business are also linked by another common ele- ment — computers. Computer programing, a math class, and Computer Data Processing, a business class, were added to combat the increasing interest. “Computers are the future and if you use them, you won’t be so expendable at your job,” said senior Chris Seroczynski, enrolled in Computer Program- ming. “No citizen can escape math. They are constantly being bom- barded with it throughout their lives,” said Ellis. Business and math add up to the thing that rules the world — money. Leach agrees, “Money is what our country runs on. It is our way of life.” SENIOR MARK SCIME takes a pre- calculus test on trionometry. Stu- dents depended on their calcula- tors for sine and cosine values. A 43 Math Business COMPUTER CLASS GAVE students the opportunity to write their own programs. Junior Bill Fitzpatrick programs his Apple IlC. IN CAD I CLASS, sophomore Brian Kottka receives help from Mr. Frank Horvath. Students at VHS were offered basic and advanced forms of drafting. INTEGRATED CIRCUITS IS the sub- in Vocational Electronics. Hartig ject of the lab performed by senior was also enrolled in Introductory Mike Hartig and junior Bret Fischer Electronics. Taking over I State of the art technology W hat image do most people get in their mind when they hear the phrase “industrial arts”? Is it a picture of children making simple napkin holders and jig- saw puzzles, or is it a vision of hard-hats, huge metal construc- tions and loud machines? For high school students interested in a large variety of engineering and physics-oriented courses, it may mean experience and job training. New opportunities to gain “state of the art” technology know-how are available to VHS students each year. During the 1986-87 school-year, VHS ac- quired $65,000 worth of hard and soft ware computer equip- ment. New woodworking and construction classes were of- fered, and the addition of the freshman class to the high school also required some de- partment changes. Frank Horvath, chairman of the Industrial Technology De- partment taught Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) I and II, and Vocational Architecture I and II. In his CAD classes, each student works with $5,000 worth of hard ware and soft ware. “CAD is considered state of the art technology,” said Horvath. “The students don’t actually have to do any paper and pencil drawing anymore. It’s all done on the computer,” he said. Outside the classroom, Mr. Gray’s Construction Planning and Design class, observed ac- tual planning and construction of a building for eight weeks. Projects for other classes in- cluded assembling models, cre- ating FM radios, drawing pro- portional landscapes and fi- gures, and working with various metals. “We’re hoping that there will be much more enrollment in those classes in the future,” said Horvath. Students from nearby county schools includ- ing Boone Grove, Chesterton, and Portage, came to VHS and other schools for two-hour voca- tional courses. VHS students could also commute to other schools to take courses not of- fered here. Horvath explained, “We don’t have a central vocational center like some places.” He be- lieves the kind of learning opportunities students have in industrial arts classes is more enjoyable than the strict use of text books. “Through industrial arts courses, students get a real feel for the tools and rules of a profession. The computer is like a calculator in today’s society, in that it is acceptable for the professional world to use,” claimed Horvath. “It gives them very good exposure.” by Amy Sanford 45 Industrial Arts Uses and abuses Students learn to maintain physical fitness M an places very high re- gard on the traits of health, and physical ability. In ancient times they were not only desired, but nec- essary characteristics for sur- vival. While today we can live comfortably without these traits, the presence of three VHS classes proved that good physical condition and knowl- edge about staying healthy are still important in our lives. One such class, physical edu- cation, was a class which, while developing physical skills, helped instill in students “habits that will improve the quality of life,” said Miss Nancy Walsh, P.E. Depart- ment Chairperson. According to Walsh, the pur- pose and main goal of P.E. was “The strengthening of the car- diorespiratory and musco-skele- tal systems of the body and ac- quiring good habits of weight management through physical activity.” A wide variety of activities were offered to fit each individ- ual’s interests. In total, 30 courses were offered including individual and team sports, ranging from archery to soft- ball, and from aquatic sports such as the required nine weeks of swimming to leisure-time sports, such as tennis and golf. The P.E. program placed spe- cial emphasis on “lifetime sports” including basketball, bowling and volleyball, accord- ing to the VHS curriculum guide. Another class involved with health-related topics. Sub- stance Abuse Education, dealt with the “current, relevant issues of chemical use and abuse,” said Mr. Mark Hoff- man, health teacher. Substance Abuse class, which discussed all types of chemical use from legal to ille- gal, was designed to “keep stu- dents informed and knowledge- able of drug use, and to help family and friends to make cor- rect choices,” said Hoffman. Health and Safety, which also touched on drug use, was a required course dealing with hygiene, anatomy, nutrition, and physiology as they pertain- , ed to each individual’s health. Students in Health and Safety were also educated on various aspects of first-aid, from bandaging to giving CPR. In addition, students were given a chance to receive their boating and snowmobiling li- censes, along with learning about fire safety. Students in P.E., Substance ' Abuse, and Health and Safety learned that while man no lon- ger lives by “the survival of the fittest” rule, health and physi- cal well-being are still of major importance. by Matt Jankowski - 1 - CARDIO PULMONARY RESUSCIATA- TION (CPR), is practiced by freshman Jay Shape in Health and fety. Fire- man Phil Griffith instructed the admin- istering of CPR, the Heimlich manuever, and fire safety. P.E. STUDENTS SWIM free style during a timed trial. Swimming is a graduation requirement and is offered in four differ- ent fitness levels. 46 P.E. Health AlcohoI 47 P.E. Health AIcohoI CASTING HIMSELF TO the lower bar is junior John Newlin. The gymnastics unit in P.E. included training on balance beams and vaults. SENIOR BRYAN FULLER en- hances his upjjer-body strength. Such exercises in Sports Condi- tioning helped improve his ath- letic abilities. MR. DALE CICIORA’S Health and learned about fire and outdoor Safety class takes a test over drug safety, and alcohol abuse. Students also For college, career or fun Foreign language communication provides more opportunities C hoosing the best long distance tele- phone company means deciding which form of communication can give the caller the best con- nection in the future. VHS stu- dents can affect their futures in communication by taking a for- eign language course. The “basic four” languages, French, German, Latin and Spanish, each offer a four-year program. Miss Jean Miller, Latin in- structor at VHS for four years, suggests that students contin- ue in a language for as long as the program allows. She claim- ed, “The study of a foreign lan- guage reveals that our way of life is not the only way. I think students are provincial in their attitudes about other cultures, and the way other cultures do things.” French and Spanish instructor Biff Geiss feels that “Everybody should be exposed to a foreign lan- guage.” He mentioned that many fields of government, business and trade now prefer to hire job applicants who speak more than one language. One of the biggest bonuses of taking a language course is the an- nual foreign language Christmas celebration, in which French, Latin, German and Spanish clas- ses combine. Pihatas are broken, spewing candy about the room, and students also have a chance to sample foreign foods. Each class gives a cultural presentation and sings a Christmas carol in a foreign language. “You get to pig out on food, and no one has to do school work the day before vacation!” exclaimed senior Shelley McMurtrey. In addition to the party, trips to foreign restaurants, art mu- seums and foreign plays are orga- nized to offer extra involvement in the study of a particular lan- guage and culture. After completing four years of French and Spanish, and one year of German, junior Janice Kugler intends to continue studying lan- guages after attending the school of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston next year. Another way of improving com- munication skills is to visit anoth- er country. Each year, students from one of the “big four” classes have the opportunity to travel abroad through a VHS program. Students spend a week in a coun- try where the language they study is spoken. Senior Trish Smith traveled to Germany, Switzerland, and Aus- tria with this program. She has taken four years of French and two years of German, and hopes to become an interpre- ter. “I have acquired a great interest in foreign countries, cultures and languages,” she said. Sixty-two students and four Spanish teachers took a trip to Mexico on June 8, 1987. Department chairman and six-year Spanish instruc- tor Marcia Arnold organized the trip. “It’s a good opportunity to use the Hispanic language and experience the culture,” she said. “The more you immerse yourself with people that speak the language, the bet- ter off you’ll be,” agreed French teacher Carolyn Har- debeck. by Amy Sanford A NORWEGIAN EXCHANGE stu- dent joins senior Tim McDonald in Mr. Biff Geiss’s French 7-8 class. JUNIOR JULIANNE LITZKOW studies in her German 1-2 class. 48 Foreign Languages GERMAN I STUDENTS. Dee Dee Vol- ler. Bunny Markley, Amy Weiland and Starr Witherspoon pronounce vocabulary words as Frau Debbie Fray leads. WEARING A ROMAN toga and pil- leus, Latin 5-6 student Jon Young, along with Aaron Long and Cather- ine Periolat, try to convince barbar- ians that Roman slavery is better. AFTER SENIOR KAREN Mutka acci- dentally deleted a block of copy from the Valenian computer sys- tem, senior Shelley McMurtrey helps her figure out what went wrong. IN HER FIFTH hour class, Mrs. Diane Moryl helps senior Kelly Patrick re- vise her paper. Students of Critical Writing read short stories and wrote analytical papers. MRS. KATHERINE CLARK leads the class discussion and interpretation of Act 1 of “Hamlet.” Shakespeare stu- dents also studied “Richard 11” and “Macbeth. " 50 English Freshmen force changes English Department expanded due to larger student body hey’re here . . . the freshmen. No one was sure how the English department would fare upon the arrival of the freshmen. With 17 new sections of En- glish and six new teachers added to accommodate the 422 fresh- men, the English department nearly doubled in size. Teachers shared rooms and switched clas- ses almost every h our. “Moving around was difficult because of the preparations and the number of books we had to carry, but it was necessary, so we rallied to the cause,” said En- glish department chairperson Le- nore Hoffman. Each change forced more changes. The sophomore class was the only class not offered an honors program in past years. To compensate for this, two new classes were offered — Images of Humanity and History of Dra- ma. The English department was designed to accommodate stu- dents with different learning abilities. Students based their class choices on track levels, with track one being honors and track three being slower classes. “Phasing takes care of prob- lems students may have with the difficulty of a class,” said Hoff- man. Beginning with the Class of 1989, however, eight English cre- dits will be required for gradua- tion. “All the English classes at VHS are valid, but to prevent students from taking too many ‘entertainment’ classes, the re- quirements were added,” said Hoffman. Students were now required to take one semester each of ninth grade grammar and literature, American literature, Sfjeech and an advanced composition class. The remaining year and a half was left for students elective choices. “Taking English is important because we have to learn how to communicate our thoughts to one another, and because we can take what we like, we really learn it,” said senior Colleen Mitchell. “Overall the whole program was strengthened. Teachers were able to communicate, so there was less overlapping of ma- terial and more of a variety for students as well as teachers,” said Hoffman. by Heather Fierst SOPHOMORE BUSTER HALCOMB IN MS. BARBARA Miller ' s speech receives help from his Classics class, sophomore Gwen Kenney teacher, Mrs. Elizabeth Hall. His pa- pantomines excitement. Students per is on “The Lion, the Witch, and also gave persuasive and demon- the Wardrobe. " strative speeches in the class. 51 ENGLISH It’s easy to get lost in a big school. Sometimes we realized that while trying to find an empty seat in the tightly packed lunch room. And sometimes we discovered that when we walked into a classroom full of unfamiliar faces and won- dered, “Who are these people?” To combat the problem, some of us found an outlet in or- ganizations. With 22 groups to pick from, approximately 50 percent of the student body found out that organizations were the link between a student’s school life and his social life. Through organizations, we had a chance to be something other than students. Sometimes we were entertaine rs. While the Vikettes danced their way through 16 half-time performances. Drama Club members starred in four major productions for school and community audiences. Sometimes we were informants. The Viking Press staff of 18 brought the news of the day to our attention in each of its eight issues. Meanwhile, the 1 4-member -Valenian staff condensed the story of 1987 into 216 pages. Sometimes we were good Samaritans. The ten YARC members faithfully trouped to the YMCA once a week to help teach mentally handicapped students how to swim. And with funds raised from their February King of Hearts Dance, V- Teens donated $500 to the American Porter County Heart Association. Whatever role we played, we played it with whole hearted dedication. We knew that at VHS organizations were a big part of FITTING IN. by Karen Mutka 52 Organizations Division OPENING THE BOYS’ varsity basketball game against Merrillville, the Vikettes are at atten- tion (luring the national anthem. Step for step, the Vikettes knew the importance of FITTING IN. 53 Organizations Division AT THE CHRISTMAS dance, sopho- mores Ginger Dusek, Brad Hurst, Dave Holt and Allison Netzhammer take a break from dancing to be photographed with “elf” Skip Bird and “Santa” Sid Reggie. Student Council sponsored the dance. Pictures in the sleigh were free. STUDENT COUNCIL OFFICERS — Front row: Mary latridis, treasurer; Julia Betjemann, secretary. Back row: Mike Barone, vice president; Mary Bielich, president. EXCITEMENT WAS IN the air as student council president Mary Bielich announced the winner of Bon Jovi concert tick- ets at the student council sock hop. Junior Kevin Birky won the tickets. 54 Student Council Student Faculty Senate student Council and senate voice opinions of schooi poiicy i9r B STUDENT FACULTV SENATORS — Front Row: Susan Rob- erts, Mary Bielich, Karen Mutka, Julia Betjemann. Second Row: Joe Martz, Mrs. Diane Gordon. Mrs. Carolyn Hardebeck, Mrs. Rhonda Yelton, Melissa Hutton. Jill Bodensteiner, Mrs. Joan Maboney, Carolyn Miller. Third Row: Mr. Dale Gott, Mr. Jim McMichael, Mr. Dale Ciciora, Mr. Wes Maiers, Pete Yelko- vac, Bryan Truitt, Mr. John Pinkerton, Mr. Terry Brendel and Mrs. Elke Bowman. O 55 Student Council Student Faculty Senate tudent officers set the standards Of fine government Not unlike the United States Government, any school needs a good basis to make rules and regulations. Valparai- so High School had the Student Faculty Senate and the Student Council contributing to its structure. As a good country needs leadership to run properly, the Student Council kept the high school running smoothly. The Student Council was a group of students elected to their offices as are government officials. In meetings the students expressed their feelings about school policies and suggested and made changes that affected the entire stu- dent body. According to Mr. Todd Bennethum, sponsor, students got a chance to work with other people, got a feeling of ac- complishment and dealt with adversity. “Basically the kids were on their own. I just helped them get connections and talked to faculty members for them.” said Bennethum. Council activities included a Christmas party at the Porter County Home, a lock-in, the Christmas dance, and a senior scrapbook. On the other hand, in Student Faculty Senate, the fac- ulty had a more involved role than the students. Although there was a ratio of 15 students to nine faculty members, the administration had the deciding hand over the stu- dents. One of the organization’s main functions was awarding the weekly “Spot B Award”. Spot B, which stands for “Simple pat on the back” was given to students and teach- ers whose achievements demonstrated outstanding leader- ship qualities. by Paige McNulty National organizations honor outstanding students . ecognition rewards dedication In honor societies Like an Olympic runner who trains for years to win the always-dreamed of gold medal, some VHS students excel in different areas of the educational system. In recognition of their years of dedication, they are selected to member- ship in prestigious honorary societies. National Honor Society (NHS) , sponsored by Mrs. Jean Heckman and Mrs. Judith Lebryk. recognizes all stu- dents who excel in scholarship, leadership, service and char- acter. Offices this year were held by Martha Maiers, presi- dent; Mike Barone, vice-president; Dusty Hamacher, secre- tary; and Tammy Mahoney, treasurer. One-hundred ten students qualified for membership, all of which were juniors and seniors having a 3.5 grade point average or above. Members were initiated in January at an evening cere- mony held in the VHS auditorium. After a series of speeches concerning the four criteria for NHS membership, each in- ductee received a membership card and pin. In addition, members were requested to repeat the NHS oath. Unlike NHS, which is based on the academic achieve- ments of students. Quill and Scroll and Thespians pertain to writing and acting talents directly related to other clas- ses and clubs. C Quill and Scroll, a national honorary organization for journalists, is sponsored by Mrs. Gloria Zimmerman. Ac- cording to Zimmerman, the 15 Quill and Scroll members were ranked in the upper one-third of their class and worked on the Viking Press or Valenian for at least one year. All members were selected at the end of the school year and were initiated on May 13 at the annual journalism awards banquet held in the VHS cafeteria. Thespians, an International Thespian Society Pro- gram, is an honorary society for active theater students. The troupe’s sponsor, Mrs. Alice Gambel said. “All mem- bers must have been active Drama Club members and must have obtained 10 points.” Each point represents 15-20 hours of work for the drama department. Grades were rare- ly considered, since all members usually had good class ranks, according to Gambel. New members in Thespians were announced in the spring before April Antics and also in May at a dinner for Drama Club members. According to Gambel, Thespians is a “recognition organization.” Even though the students in these societies did not re- ceive gold medals like an Olympic athlete, they did receive recognition and honor for their school-related achievements through their membership in these prestigious honorary so- cieties. by Susan Roberts THESPIANS — Front Row: Jeni Bonjean. Julie Elkins, Joe Martz. Second Row: Pete Yelkovac, Karla Droege, Patty Bird, Scott Newsom. Back Row: Wendy Berner, Jeff Carmichael. AS PART OF her duties as a Valenian sports editor, senior Chris Seroczynski crops a picture for her girls ' basketball spread. For her work on the Valenian and Viking Press, she was selected as a member of Quill and Scroll. 56 Thespians Quill and Scroll NHS WITH AN ARMLOAD left to deliver, junior Missy Massa hands fifth hour class. NHS raised S400 through its annual flower English teacher Mr. John Knauff flowers for members of his sale. NHS OFFICERS — Front Row; Tammy Mahoney, treasurer: Jill Koetke, flower-sale chairperson; Martha Maiers, president. Back Row: Dusty Hamacher, secretary; Mike Barone, vice- president. QUILL AND SCROLL MEMBERS — Front Row: Heather Fierst, Melissa Bubik, Shelley McMurtrey, Julie Fletcher, Chris Seroc- zynski, Jennifer Mitol, Pete Speckhard. Back Row: Mrs. Gloria Zimmerman, sponsor; Amy Sanford, Jill Bodensteiner, Karen Mutka, Stacey Stonebraker, Lori Sier, Donna Hardick, Mike Szymanski, Pete Yelkovac, Jeff Carmichael, Mary Bielich, P. J. Reaney. Not pictured: Kathy Crawford. 57 Thespians Quill and Scroll NHS Jazz bands provide change of pace for musicians oteworthy music “jazzes up” Music department For a composition of music to be effective, it must suc- cessfully blend various instrumental sequences into pleas- ing melodies and harmonies. In the same way that rhythm, tempo, and complementing tones add to a piece of music, the jazz program adds to the VHS musical department. Composed of Jazz Ensemble and Studio Band, the VHS jazz program provided students with the opportunity to “play a different style of music that you don’t get in con- cert band,’’ according to director Mr. Dan Pritchett. Bal- lads, jazz, swing, pop, and Latin arrangements were among the “more marketable types of music” offered in the jazz program, said Pritchett. Consisting mostly of upperclassmen, the 25 members of Jazz Ensemble met twice a week on Tuesday and Thurs- day evenings to rehearse for concerts, contests, and jazz fes- tivals. As Jazz Ensemble is the more advanced of the two groups, membership was acquired through audition only. Studio Band, with most of its 30 members being under- classmen, offered musicians a chance to participate in the jazz program with only half the time commitment involved with Jazz Ensemble. Any student belonging to the VHS concert band in grades 9-12 was eligible to participate in Studio Band. “The Valpo jazz band has been highly regarded for the past seven years, and is now considered to be one of the 10 best bands in Indiana,” said Pritchett. In keeping with their reputation, both bands gave superior performances at the Indiana State School Music Association contest, the Perry Meridian High School Jazz Festival, the all-city Christmas concert, and the Parents Dance on February 7. Pritchett added that due to scheduling problems, he preferred that jazz band remained an after school activity, though most bands they competed with were in the school curriculum. Pritchett also noted that it was much more dif- ficult and meaningful for the VHS jazz bands to achieve success than it was for bands which practiced during class each day. Though concert band is the “backbone of the band pro- gram,” according to Pritchett, Jazz Ensemble and Studio Band filled the students’ needs for another outlet of musical performance and to simply have a lot of fun. by Matt Jankowski JAZZ ENSEMBLE — First Row: Tom Silhavy, Wendy Berner, Carolyn Miller, Rani Sier, Mindy Eichhorn, Stan Oiling, Greg Dudzienski, Michael Sorenson. Second Row: Craig Anderson, Tom Trost, Ted Trost, Aaron Taylor, Dan Lauer, Roger Weide- man. Back Row: Melissa Hutton, Suzanne Folke, Josh Grube, David Kelly, Mr. Daniel Pritchett, director; David Miller, David Castleman, Mike Grote, Mike Crowley. STUDIO BAND — First Row: Kami Kraatz, Kari Kraatz, Marie Macapagal, Christy Johnson, Angela Girton, Stephanie Henri- ques, Heidi Klett. Second Row: Chris Funk. Greg Dudzienski, Ken Alexander, Michael Jensen, Jeff Hess, Jeff Zrodlowski, Chris Bradley, Clay Arnett. Back Row: Mr. Daniel Pritchett, di- rector; Katrina Kickbush, Clay Patton, Jeff Brown, Jeff Ko- lith, Dan Klinefelter, Rebecca VanDenburgh, Dan Lauer. Aar- on Taylor, Andy Osburn. 58 Jazz Bands SAXOPHONIST MIKE SORENSON con- centrates on a piece of music while pre- paring for the Jazz Parents Dance. The junior musician played as a member of Jazz Ensemble. TROMBONISTS FROM ALL four grades at VHS came together to play for the Jazz Ensemble. Junior Tom Trost. freshman Aaron Taylor and sophomore Dan Lauer rehearse for a December con- cert. 59 Jazz Bands SCHROEDER’s RENDITION OF Beetho- ven’s “Moonlight Sonata” bores Lucy Van Pelt in the winter musical “You ' re a Good Man Charlie Brown. Schroeder, played by sophomore Tom Coe and Lucy, played by junior Jeni Bonjean, were part of a 14-member cast that per- form the show February 20 and 22. CAST MEMBERS FROM the fall play “Cheaper By the Dozen " pause during an evening rehearsal to listen to staging direction given by Mrs. Alice Gambel, di- rector. 60 Drama Club So you want to join Drama Club? In 1986, 140 people thought they wanted to join Drama Club too. Only 110 survived the challenge. Newcomers began a year in Drama Club on initiation day, dressed in green choir robes decorated with gold stars. As if the embarrassment of this wasn’t enough, potential new members had to sing a dramatic version of “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” at the request of any officer. These requests often came at awkward times. Many members claim to have sung solos in the middle of a crowd- ed hallway, in the lunch line and even in a classroom full of kids. “It wasn’t too bad; it was actually kinda fun,” said sophomore Whitney Ward. After braving initiation day, students were admitted to the club. However, their obligations did not end there. Members were expected to participate in at least one of Drama Club’s four big productions; the fall play, “Cheaper by the Dozen,” the spring play, “You’re a Good Man Char- lie Brown,” March Arts, or April Antics. Before rookies could audition for a part in any of these productions, they had to work as stage hands to gain a better understanding of what went on behind the scenes of a play. Junior Lisa McLean, a Drama Club member who team- ed up with a group of friends to perform a skit in April An- tics, stated that, “It was a lot of work, but it really was worth it. We had a couple of minor disasters during the Sat- urday night performance of April Antics, but it was great how we all pulled together to cover them up. Sponsor Alice Gambel sees many reasons why students are attracted to the club. “As you see, it’s not all work. There is some play too. The Drama Club takes trips to Chi- cago, has workshops, parties and classes where they have professionals come and teach them.” Looking back over the year’s activities, president Pete Yelkovac said “Drama Club is definitely a club that keeps up with the times.” by Paige McNulty It takes all kinds DRAMA CLUB OFFICERS — Front Row: Pete Yelkovac, presi- dent: Wendy Berner, treasurer; Amie Charlson, Mark Banner. Second Row: Karla Droege, vice president, Mark Condon, sec- retary; Patty Bird, historian. Back Row: Ron Williams, Jim Jankowski, Derek Nicoletto, Scott Newsom, Joe Martz. MONEY EARNED FROM unique fund raisers like a T-shirt sweatshirt design contest and sale and B.E.R.G.A.S.H, the “Biggest ever Record Giveaway And Soc-Hop.” enabled Drama Club to provide a variety of experiences for its members. 61 Drama Club Seeing is believing nderstanding a Lifestyle Magazines like National Geographic give people who like to dream a chance to “see” far-away places and people. Two organizations at VHS that allowed students to fulfill their dreams were Foreign Exchange Club and the Domestic Exchange program. Foreign Exchange Club (FEC) had a membership of 375 students and was the largest club at VHS, according to Sponsor Wes Maiers. He explained that the club was pop- ular because it is so active and because it appealed to many types of students. International understanding is the basic concept be- hind FEC. For example, during the club’s International Weekend, sponsored in November, exchange students staying in other Indiana cities spent a weekend with VHS students. Activities included an evening soc-hop, several parties and a trip to Chicago, as well as a full day in class, which gave the students a chance to see what life is like in another American high school. Several visiting students spoke to foreign language and social studies classes throughout the day. Some other major activities the club sponsored were the foreign feast, a weekend trip to St. Louis and a trip to Chicago to watch a performance of “Second City.” In addition, FEC sent four students overseas during the summer and also during the regular school year to study. Students interested in traveling within the United States were able to participate in the Domestic Exchange program. For five days during the school year, a group of students, chaperoned by sponsors Nancy Bender and Vella Anderson, lived in Plainville, Kansas, and attended classes at Plainville High School. Of the 16 students who applied to the program, eight students were selected to make the trip by a panel composed of the two sponsors and former exchange students. In past years, domestic exchange sites have included schools in New York, North Carolina, Wisconsin, Virginia, Iowa and Arizona. by Paige McNulty 62 Foreign and Domestic Exchange FEC OFFICERS AND EXCHANGE STUDENTS — Front Row: Nilla Jtkrvinen, Machi Rodriguez, Salvador Rodriguez, treasur- er Melissa Hutton. Back Row: Esther Ekelmans, president Martha Maiers, secretary Mary Bielich, Masaki Ishihara. Not pictured: vice-president Jeff Adney. AS PART OF the FEC trip to St. Louis, students toured to the Anheuser-Busch Brewery. Other highlights included trips to Forest Park Zoo, Union Station, and St. Louis Center. FINNISH FOREIGN EXCHANGE student Nilla Jkrvinen ex- plains a part of her culture to sophomo res Mindy Gerber, Al- ison Smith, and to senior Ken Barfell during a March week that featured the five VHS foreign exchange students. M 63 Foreign and Domestic Exchange ACADEMIC DECATHALON “PRACTICES” for senior Bryan Truitt, a second-year team mem- ber, often meant hours of research in the Learning Center. Truitt also spent many hours in preparation for his competition on the Aca- demic Super Bowl social studies squad. ACADEMIC DECATHALON TEAM — Front Row: Anne Marshall, Christa Eichberger, Dave Eichberger, Paul Stratton, Justin Gericke. Back Row: Coach Nancy Bender, Tammy Ma- honey, Coach Janice Bergeson, Dan Frye, Tim Miller. 64 Academic Competition Feature State supports In today’s modern American society, athletic competition receives a large amount of support from spectators while providing great incentives for participants in terms of improving their athletic prow- ess. Understanding this popularity, Indi- ana high schools have begun to apply these principles to academic competitions, and, consequently, two academic competitions. Academic Decathalon and Academic Su- per Bowl, have appeared on the Indiana high school scene. Both of these competi- tions are sponsored at VHS. The VHS Academic Decathalon team, coached by teachers Mrs. Janice Bergeson and Mrs. Nancy Bender, was designed to allow team members the opportunity to in- crease their knowledge in a variety of aca- demic areas through competition. “We’ve always pushed athletics through competition; through competi- tion, abilities can increase. We thought perhaps this method could be applied to academics, too,” Bergeson said. Bender agreed that this team had an athletic flavor and confessed that aca- demic competitions have only recently gained popularity in Indiana. “The academic student never was high- lighted as part of a team. They’ve been ig- nored up to now, but this is the phase of the non-athlete,” Bender explained. The nine-member team, composed of teams two “A,” “B,” and “C” students, competed at a January regional meet against other area high schools in ten academic areas ranging from fine arts to public speaking. Two-year team member Bryan Truitt, a se- nior, thought the decathalon would serve as a beneficial experience for him and, thus, decid- ed to compete on the team. “I thought this was a really neat and original idea — to compete academically — so I jumped at the chance,” said Truitt. Senior team member Justin Gericke also felt the competition would be a unique way to gain knowledge. “At first, I was skeptical, but then I felt it might be a good experience and one which would give me a new method of learning,” he said. Despite his early skepticism, Gericke felt that the benefits he gained from the competi- tion made his experience worthwhile. “There’s so much intellectual ‘goolash.’ It seems every- thing was thrown into a pot, and we were ex- pected to learn it, but I really enjoyed it since I was able to touch-up on a number of areas,” said Gericke. While Academic Decathalon enabled students to gain knowledge in many areas. Academic Super Bowl gave its partici- pants the chance to specialize in math, En- glish, science, social studies or fine arts. Mrs. Donna Calzacorto, sponsor, ex- plained that this state-wide competition was designed, like the Decathalon, to bring academics up to a higher level in In- diana. “They say Indiana’s scores are low, so the purpose of these competitions is just to bring up state-wide academics to a level of excellence,” said Calzacorto. Calzacorto said the 12 participants were chosen for their knowledge of and interest in their specific academic areas. “We real- ly have the top three students in each re- spective area,” she noted. Calzacorto summed up the need for aca- demic competitions by explaining that they “put academics on a level like sports and try to provoke the feeling that it is just as neat to be in an academic competition as it is to be on a cross-country or basket- ball team.” For innumerable years, sports fans have believed that “competition breeds suc- cess.” Now, academicans are hoping this axiom proves applicable to academics as well. by Pete “Velkovac ACADEMIC SUPER BOWL TEAM — Front Row: Coach Donna Calzacorto, Bill Reshkin, Paul Ventura, Pete Yelkovac, Joe Martz, Scott Newsom, Heidi Kellogg. Back Row: Amy Baker, Ken Taylor, Bryan Truitt, Carl Frey, Anne Mar- shall, Christa Eichberger. Not pictured: Mike Sorenson. 65 Academic Competition Feature YOUTH ASSOCIATION FOR RETARDED CITIZENS OFFICERS — Stephanie Sny- der, secretary; Denise Robinson, presi- dent; Paige McNulty, vice president; Tami Goodwin, treasurer. SADD OFFICERS — Cathy Prosser, presi- dent; Shelby Anderson, secretary; Jenni- fer Williams, treasurer; Becky Rushnok, vice president. AS SHE TALKS with fellow faculty mem- bers at the V-Teens Halloween party, art teacher Linda Malott adjusts her son Ryan’s shark costume. The party was for faculty members’ children. 66 V-Teens SADD YARC V-TEENS OFFICERS — Front Row: Missi Cleis, publicity chair- person; Tim Tan, president. Back Row: Jewel Carlos, secre- tary; Bryan Truitt, vice president; Cory Pingatore, treasur- er.The service organization sponsored the King of Hearts Dance on February 28. From this event, S500 was donated to the American Heart Association. - ;v Students Find Service Fun ooking out for Someone On television and in movies, the average teenager is characterized as lazy, untrustworthy and uncaring. They are disrespectful to adults and their peers, and are generally self-centered. In reality, however, teenagers can be energetic, trust- worthy and responsible. In fact, three organizations at VHS are made up of teens whose main purpose is helping others. Students Against Driving Drunk (SADD) , V-Teens, and Youth Association for Retarded Citizens (YARC) have helping others as their goal. SADD, sponsored by Mr. Mark Hoffman, makes stu- dents aware of the tragedies that can result from drinking and driving. Among its annual activities, the group spon- sored a poster contest, a Christmas caroling trip and a spring lock-in, said Becky Rushnok, vice-president. The only requirement to join SADD was to promise not to drink and drive. In addition. SADD promoted the “Don’t Drink and Drive” concept in the community. With the motto “Service Can Be Fun,” V-Teens orga- nized several activities throughout the year. Under the sponsorship of Mrs. Karen Hartman, V- Teens organized a Halloween party for children of faculty members. The group also oversaw the King of Hearts dance on February 28. A donation of $500 was made to the Ameri- can Heart Association from the profits of the annual turn- about dance. Unlike SADD and V-Teens, the Youth Association for Retarded Citizens (YARC) aided people outside of VHS. Throughout the year, YARC worked closely with the Porter County Association for Retarded Citizens (PCARC) , spon- soring a Halloween party and a trip to a Purdue University football game. In addition, YARC sponsored a Christmas dance and a prom for PCARC. Club members also went to the YMCA weekly to help the retarded citizens learn to swim. Although Hollywood may give teenagers a bad reputa- tion, these organizations at VHS disproved this image through their dedication to community service. by Mark Condon WHILE FRESHMEN GREG Dudzienski and Shannon Bohaning enjoy a slow dance, freshman Clay Arnett and sophomore Toni Dalphett clown around at the King of Hearts Dance. The V- Teens dance was a turn-about, or girl ask guy dance. FCA and intramural sports shed new light on competition iscovering a new outlook, Athletically speaking Strength, courage, stamina, and skill all have been trademarks of a winner since the beginning of sports. How- ever, many of today’s athletes have forsaken the winning ideals of courtesy, sportsmanship, and fair play in striving to reach the ultimate goal of victory. In contrast, two VHS clubs are dedicated to provide students with a way to enjoy sports in a spirit of service and friendly competition. A 60-member organization. Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) was founded to “present athletes and coaches with the excitement and adventure of serving Je- sus, and to proclaim Christ through athletics,” according to co-sponsors Dale Ciciora and Sam Rasmussen. Co-spon- soring the club along with Rasmussen and Ciciora was Mr. John Knauff. “FCA gives the athlete a way to make his career more meaningful rather than just wins or losses, to get closer as a team, to get along with a coach, and to philosophically see there is a way to participate in sports in a good and clean way,” said Ciciora. To help support the organization and benefit the com- munity, FCA participated in several fund-raising events and service projects including visiting nursing homes and supplying food baskets for the needy. FCA also gathered funds by selling hamburgers at the Popcorn Festival and sp)onsoring its annual chili supper. FCA member rounded out its year with the annual cookout, at which officers for the ’87-’88 school year were elected. While FCA provided spiritual support for its members through Christianity, the intramural sports program pro- vided for its members physically through relaxed competi- tion. Intramurals were created to give students who are un- able to participate in interscholastic sport a chance to com- pete, according to Mr. Mark Hoffman, director of Intramu- rals. In the several years, the Intramural Program has expanded to provide sports during each season of the year. Sports offered in the fall intramural program included cross-country running, football, golf, and tennis. Bowling, boys’ basketball, indoor tennis, skiing and weightlifting were offered during the winter, while golf, tennis, table-ten- nis, and volleyball were open to students in the spring. “Most sports had a nominal fee to cover the cost of equipment and outside facilities,” said Hoffman. Combining informal competition and winning ideals, FCA and Intramural sports gave students a new outlook on athletics and competition. by Matt Jankowski FELLOWSHIP OF CHRISTIAN Athletes Officers: Jill Boden- steiner, treasurer; Jody Susdorf, vice-president; Paul Strat- ton, president; Shelley McMurtrey, secretary. DURING AN INTRAMURAL doubles match, junior Tony Hutton stands ready to hit a forehand, while senior Liz Etzler looks on. 68 FCA Intramurals AS SOPHOMORE NATHAN Hahn strains with the weights, sophomore David Wil- liams spots him on the tricep pulldown. Intramural weightlifting took place ev- ery Tuesday and Thursday from 3 to 6 p.m. at The Gym. WORKING ON THE food distribution line at FCA’s annual fall chili supper are freshman Leslee Fritz and junior Lora Maiers. All proceeds from the fundrais- er are used to send students to summer FCA camp. FCA In tramurals It’s more than meets the eye “WANTED: High School Girl. Responsible. Enthusiastic. Hard Working. Leadership Ability.” Suprisingly, this is not an application for Student Council president, but it could be one for a VHS cheerleader or Vikette. “People think its just standing out there looking pret- ty,” complained Lisa Engen, cheerleading sponsor. What most people don’t know is that behind every cheer and mount are hundreds of hours of work. Besides working out twice a week during the school year, cheerleading squads prepared for their season by practicing together throughout the summer and attending DePauw University’s cheerlead- ing camp. “It was really hot, but it was fun. All the cheerleading wasn’t that bad, but the heat made it awful sometimes,” said senior Becky Rushnok. Because of the break-up of pep club, the cheerleaders took on the club’s former responsibilities. Aside from their regular schedule of practicing and cheering on game nights, the cheerleaders were responsible for making banners to promote school spirit for sporting events. Like the cheerleaders, Vikettes also put a lot of work into their job. In addition to their in-school practices, they worked five hours a week after school to learn new routines and perfect old ones. “I have certain goals. I know where I want to be every 15 minutes,” explained Sponsor Jan Sutton. “It’s fun — the hard part is perfecting.” It usually takes about 20 hours to perfect a routine. Besides providing the pre-game and half-time enter- tainment at football and basketball games, the Vikettes perform in what Sutton calls, “public relation events”. Pub- lic relations include collecting donations for the Salvation Army, holding a children’s Halloween carnival on the VHS tennis courts, and entertaining spectators at the popcorn tent during Valpo’s annual Popcorn Festival. “We like the applause and cheers of the crowd. We know our practicing has paid off. It gives us a good feeling that we’re helping the community, and it’s fun!”, said jun- iors Holly Dennis and Julie Deuberry. by Jenny Bouvat FRESHMAN CHEERLEADERS — Front Row: Connie Delumpa. Second Row: Tonya Albregts, Gina Pampalone, Steffany Pet- ers. Third Row: Kara Uris. Back Row: Amy Schroeder. VIKETTES — Front Row: Jodi Horton, Lara Condie, Connie Bauswell, Dawn Robertson, Julie Dabrowski, Michelle McCud- dy, Tonia McLinn, Laura Choate, Kim Worthy, Jenny Domer, Susan Shurr, Stacie Czap, Christianne Dick. Second Row: Christine Najar, Heather Miller, Aimee McKuhen, Lisa Epple, Marie Miller, Dee Peters, Michelle Klinefelter, Beth Masters, Jenny Hagstrom, Yvonne Razus, Holly Dennis, Stacy Shear- hod, Carol Worden, Julie Dueberry, Shannon Bohanning, Carrie Okon. Back Row: Lori Bruder, Terri Miller, Tammy Whalls, Stacey Carmona, Jenny Lewis, Cindee Pressell, Cindy Wells, Jessica Hofferth, Kathy Wright, Trisha Dennis, Susan Roberts, Ellyn Tolan, Melanie Groark, Danielle Todosyevic, Klim Coolonan, Erika Beeg, Camie Geer, Daiva Paulauskas, Sarah Andrews. 70 Cheerleaders Vikettes PAGE MISSING PAGE MISSING They ask: Can we talk? erbal skills Needed After the death of President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1945, Harry S Truman stepped in and made several key de- cisions while leading the country. In the same respect, Miss Barbara Miller stepped in as the VHS speech team sponsor, after its partial season last year, and led the team through its first full season. “To be one of the top schools in the state, we needed to allow the students to expand in speech areas. Valpo stu- dents needed the opportunity to show their confidence in speaking,” explained Miller as to why VHS introduced the Speech Team into its program last year. “It enables students who are skilled in different areas to show their abilities. There’s something in it for everyone,” she added. Participating students could compete in any of the 1 1 cat- egories which included: Broadcasting, Dramatic Interpreta- tion, Duo Interpretation, Foreign and Domestic Extempo- raneous Speaking, Humorous Interpretation, Impromptu Speaking, Oratorical Interpretation, Original Oratory, Po- etry Interpretation, and Prose Interpretation. Approximately 30 students competed with the team in at least one meet. “With communication skills deficient in our society. Speech Team really gives its participants a head start in a complex world requiring the ever-increasing need to be able to communicate effectively,” said senior Pete Yelko- vac, varsity member. Leaving at 6 a.m. every Saturday, a school bus transport- ed team members to the meet location, which varied from schools located throughout the state. Approximately 10 to 20 Indiana high schools competed in each contest. Participants who received a combined score less than or equal to the cut-off points in the three preliminary rounds proceeded to the final round, where they were again judged to determine ribbon winners. “The students learn from other students. They develop friendships along the way,” Miller said. “Chesterton and Munster have been in first and second place in the past. It’s hard to compare us to them because this is our first full year of competition. In the future, we should be contenders,” she said. by Melissa Crownover 73 Speech Team DECA, VICA, OEA: acronyms for the future hree co-curricular clubs develop On-the-job know-how Usually a high school student would associate the letters of the alphabet with learning his abc’s at the beginning of ele- mentary education. However, members of the three vocation- al clubs at VHS linked the letters OEA, DECA and VICA with establishing career goals for a more certain future. Office Education Association, OEA, worked to teach stu- dents how to be a member of a business organization and to be a leader, according to sponsor Cindy Stalbaum. OEA, along with its co-curricular class Intensive Office Lab, introduced and improved its 15 members’ skills in such office-related areas as typing, shorthand, conducting meet- ings, preparing for job interviews, making presentations, and cooperating with others. OEA met and basically functioned each day in Office Lab, a class offered only to seniors. Club sponsored activities for OEA included meetings twice a month, providing a food basket for needy families at Christ- mas, and sponsoring a soc-hop and seven bake sales, in addi- tion to district competition at Crown Point, Indiana, on Feb- ruary 14. An organization of 41 members. Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA) worked closely with Marketing Education Classes at VHS to develop “leadership in business, an awareness of social and civic duties and basic vocational understanding,” in its members, according to DECA advisor Judy Commers. Together with the Marketing Education classes, DECA ed- ucated its members on the buying, selling, and distribution of products, offered hands-on experience in marketing through employment during the school day, and basically pro- vided “an opportunity to meet and become competent in the area of marketing one is interested in,” said Commers. DECA sponsored such social and civic activities as a dance, a fashion show, a food drive, and three bake sales. Profits made during each activity were used to pay entrance fees to state and district competitions in which VHS members matched their marketing skills with other area DECA mem- bers. Designed to prepare students for careers specifically in the fields of architecture, electronics, health occupations, and ma- chine trades. Vocational Industrial Clubs of America (VICA) gave students a chance to “develop their skills, become a good citizen, and be of service to the community,” stated sponsor John Angyus. In addition to state and district competition, VICA ar- ranged such extra-curricular events as Christmas carolling, a food drive, a bake sale and a spring banquet. Members of OEA, DECA and VICA proved that the letters of the alphabet didn’t make them look to the past, but look more confidently to the future. by Matt Jankowski OFFICE EDUCATION ASSOCIATION — Back Row; Stacy Schwartz, treasurer; Angie Jankowski, Tricia Schultz, Brenda Rentschler, Kevin Miller, Sue Evanoff. Front Row: Mrs. Cindy Stalbaum, adviser; Karen Wheele, Tanya Mooney, secretary; Sancy Conley, Amy Barber, vice president. Not pictured: Kristi Harter, historian; Ann Cole, Teresa Hollandsworth. president. PROPER CALCULATION OF numerical totals mandates great con- centration from senior Sue Evanoff in her Office Training Lab. Ev- anoff enrolled in this class and. thus, became a member of OEA. 74 DECA VICA OEA FIRST PLACE AWARDS at DECA ' s District Contest went to seniors (front) Chris Frank, Coree Poff, (back) Paul Soliday, Ken Groves and Jeff Leffew. AS PRESIDENT OF VICA Health Club. Portage High School senior Kathy Kilmurry directed the organization’s activities in 1986-87. MODERN FASHION DISPLAYS by DECA members graced the VHS stage in late fall. This fashion show served as one of the club’s primary fund-raisers. 75 DECA VICA OEA DURING PRE-SEASON TRAINING, senior quar- terback John Tapp and the varsity football team coordinated the powerful plays that took them to semistate. It was only the third time in VHS history that a football team earned a berth in the final four. SOPHOMORE AARON PACHOLKE. junior Jim Arnold, senior Brett Polizotto and the rest of the boys’ cross country team proved their com- mitment to excellence by winning their second consecutive state championship title. In prac- tice. the team normally ran 15 miles a day. 76 Sports Division V From the start, we knew it wasn’t going to be easy. As always, athletics at VHS involved a lot of sacrifices. But in addition to the curfews, the conditioning and the time com- mitments, most VHS teams faced one common problem - in- experience. It was our year to rebuild. Although we lost a lot of key athletes through graduation, we did not lose hope. With sometimes two or even three practices a day, the coaches un- covered the talent we knew we had. As a result, it was a re- cord-breaking year. We saw the boys’ cross-country team win its second con- secutive state championship, while senior standout Brett Polizotto received the Charles F. Maas Mental Attitude Award at the state meet. It was also a strong year for our swimmers. While the girls’ swim team sent two individuals and three divers to the state meet, senior Brian Benedict won the 50 and 100 meter freestyle races, making him the first VHS student ever to be a double state champion. And for junior wrestler D. J. Seramur, it was also a banner year, as he placed second in the 98- pound weight class at state. Whether we were practicing or performing, the key to our success was in our dedication. We knew that at game-time, it would be the SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST. by Karen Mutka JILL BODENSTEINER, THE lone senior on the girls ' varsity basketball team, paced the Lady Vikings in their game against Crown Point. With a 12-10 record, the girls ' season ended with their 32-28 loss to Michigan City Elston in the regional tournament. 77 Sports Division GIRLS’ SWIM TEAM Season Record: 7-5 Lake Central L Michigan City Rogers W Hobart W South Bend Clay W Merrillville W Chesterton L Crown point L Munster L LaPorte W Michigan City Elston W Highland L Rensselaer W Sectionals 1st State 14th 78 Girls’ Swim Team When the United States elects a new president, it takes a while for the people to adjust to the dif- ferent style and learn to trust their new leader. The same is true when a new coach is brought on to lead the members of an athletic team. In the case of the girls’ swim team, first-year coach Paula Hartzer made a successful transition, gaining the trust of her swimmers and leading them to their first conference championship in seven years. “We were both new to each oth- er, so our goal was to learn to work together and improve week by week,” explained Hartzer. “The girls trusted me as their coach, and that helped the team con- cept,” she added. In addition to capturing the conference, the girls won section- als by defeating their arch-rival Chesterton and advanced to state, where they finished four- teenth. Much of this success was due to the excellent balance be- tween the swimmers and a strong diving team. Freshman Michele Riffel led the swimmers by winning the 100 breaststroke at sectionals and ad- vancing to state. Her perform- ance, which included several pool records, earned her team MVP honors in addition to a spot on the all-conference team. Sophomore Sandy Czekaj also qualified for the state meet in the 500 freestyle. Other strong swim- mers for the girls included seniors Jennifer Cuppy, Gail Cyzyk, Pam Timmons, and freshmen Stacy Sattler and Kathleen Schenk. “Our goal was to beat Chester- ton, and we did that in conference and sectionals. The key to these victories was our depth — we were strong in all events,” ex- plained Cuppy. In addition to those swimmers, the divers had several individuals who made strong contributions at every meet. In order to qualify three divers for the state meet, the girls had to place 1-2-3 at sec- tionals, and they did just that. Juniors Sara Johnson, Kristen Mooney, and Kathleen Brady all made the trip to Indianapolis where they placed 6th, 10th, and 11th, respectively. “It is extremely hard to get one diver to qualify for state, so hav- ing three is quite an honor,” said diving coach Bill Chappo. “I really believed that we could place 1-2-3 because I knew we had what it takes,” explained Moo- ney. “But there were always doubts, so it was really exciting when we actually did it.” Brady was the sectional cham- pion, setting an 1 1-dive record in the process. Mooney was named to the all-conference team for her first place finish at the conference meet. by Jill Bodensteiner “Since we were new to each other, our goal was to improve every week and eventually be as successful as last year.” % — Coach Faula Hartzer GIRLS’ SWIM TEAM — Front Row: Jill Marimon, Pam Timmons. Sec- ond Row: Carrie Dalfonso, Kim Miller, Stacy Sattler, Kathleen Schenck, Cheryl Astrologes, Kris- ten Mooney, Rachel West, Kathleen Brady. Third Row: Tara Kiernan, Aimee White, Michele Riffel, Julie Swartz, Laura Hanson, Christine Corns, Kelly Smith, Coach Paula Hartzer, Coach Bill Chappo. Back Row: Hilary White, Tanya Senne, Anne Boguslawski, Robin Peder- sen, Sandy Czekaj, Jenna Cuppy, Gail Cyzyk, Caty Bernard!, Beth Ambelang, Sara Johnson. JUNIOR KRISTEN MOONEY prepares to dive. Mooney was conference champion and a state finalist. AFTER FINISHING THE 200 Individ- ual Medley, freshman Kathleen Schenck is congratulated by team- mates. ALL STATE AND all-conference FIRST-YEAR COACH Paula Hartzer swimmer Michele Riffel performs cheers on her team at a home meet the breaststroke. against Lake Central. 79 Girls ' Swim Team Success of an athletic team can be measured in one of two ways: by comparing the number of wins to losses, or by observing changes and improvements each contest brings about. Completing the year with a win- ning mark of 5-2, the once-rival freshman football players blend- ed for the first time this season, making an impressive showing. “All in all, considering it was the first year with combined Ben Franklin and Thomas Jefferson players and new coaches, it was a very successful season,” com- mented Assistant Coach Douglas Morthland. Leading the offense, halfbacks Scott Petcu and Matt Sinclair were chosen as the Most Valuable Players due to their “outstanding performance on offense,” accord- ing to Morthland. Linemen Mike Scime and Chuck Williams spar- ked the tough freshman defense and “were our strong defensive players,” added Morthland. Despite the junior varsity Vi- king football team posting a los- ing 3-4 overall record and a 3-3 Duneland Conference record. Of- fensive Coordinator Gary Gray described the 1986 season as a “great year as far as seeing the kids develop.” Troubles for the Vikings began early in the season as their offense was plagued by turnovers, weak blocking, and a lack of basic exe- cution, leading them to an 0-3 start. “Fumbles were our biggest problem,” said Head Coach Dale Gott. He also explained that the team often fumbled the ball at very crucial times in a game. “Fumbles marred the season,” he added. However, keyed by a willing- ness to learn, good work habits, and an overall desire, the Vikings improved their offense by midsea- son and maintained a strong de- fense to win three of their last four games. The season highlight, according to Coach Gott, came in the Vik- ings last game, as they downed Portage High School. The offense and the defense combined for 26 points, while holding the previ- ously unbeaten Indians to just six points. “Not only did they meet our ex- pectations, but they went above them,” stated Coach Gray. Citing the changes in the team he added, “The offense changed dramatical- ly. Overall execution was much better. They went from a not very good team to a very good team.” Both Coach Gott and Coach Gray described the Vikings as a very physical team, though they lacked great size. “Real tough — not big-but tough,” Coach Gray explained. “They just loved to play the game of football.” Averaging 13 points each game, the Vikings finished the season with a total of 88 points. Running backs Dave Evans, Eric Jakel, and Jeff Stanczak led the offense. along with receiver Mike Con- ners. A.J. Fattore and Stanczak were named the most valuable players. The traditionally tough Viking defense played well again this year, allowing an average of 10 points a game. Middle linebacker Eric Jakel led the defense with 62 tackles while tackle Rich Aytes followed with 40 tackles. Aytes was named the Most Valuable Defensive Lineman while Jakel was voted the Most Valuable Defensive Player. Mid- dle Linebacker and offensive guard Tim Thorley was named the Most Improved Player. Th rough hard work and deter- mination, the Vikings turned a would-be losing season into a suc- cess. In a statement that typified the 1986 j.v. football season. Coach Gott said, “They just never gave up.” by Matt Jankowski JUNIOR VARSITY FOOTBALL: Front Row: Junior Varsity cheer- leaders: C. Buck, K. Brady, K. Scott, B. Hill, L. Arnold and D. Graham. Second Row: D. Evans, J. Stanczack, E. Jakel, M. Zieg- ert, B. Davis, S. Hanchar, M. Con- ners, J. Faber and R. Goodwin. Third Row: D. Tolson, E. Hurni, J. Williams, A.J. Fattore, S. Drake, J. Troup, L. Sheets, J. Thomas, R. Aytes and M. Butler. Fourth Row: J. McDermott, E. Deal, T. Thorely, P. Sarafin, D. Peterson, R. DePalma, R. Condon, B. Manetl, K. Jankows- ki, C. Bass and C. Douglas. Fifth Row: B. Murphy, J. Carlson, S. Bed- narek, B. Nelson. T. Gast, A. Haz- lett, T. Rickman, B. Kotka, K. Ott and C. Wainman. Sixth Row: Dr. Stoltz, Trainer Rod Moore, Coach Dale Gott and Coach Gary Gray. J.V. Football Season Record: 3-4 Lew Wallace L Hobart L M.C. Rogers L Chesterton W Merrillville L LaPorte W Portage W 80 J.V. Frosh Football STOPPING HIS OPPONENT, sopho- more Dave Evans prevents a Michi- gan City score. His teammate Char- lie Douglas. (21). stands by to help. JOHN RAGSDALE (65) learns the dangers of football the hard way. Trainer Craig Lewellyn (kneeling), and Coach Morthland make sure he is okay. FRESHMAN FOOTBALL Freshman ‘A’ Team Wins Losses 5 2 Freshman ‘B’ Team Win Losses 1 3 FRESHMAN FOOTBALL: Front Row: Freshman cheerleaders — Julie Kobe. A. Schroeder. C. De- Lumpa. C. Uriss. J. Pampalone. S. Peters. T. Albregts and D. Lewelyn. Second Row: D. Vendl. M. Sinclair. C. Nightengale. K. Stout. A. Lackey. B. Thompson. P. Zale. E. Valtarry and B. Schacki. Third Row: A. Cope- land. D. Locojk). S. Petcu. C. Wil- liams. M. Hardwick. K. Rizzo. A. Taylor. M. Scime. C. Beesley and C. Thomas. Fourth Row: E. Moe. T. Carroll. T. Bauer. E. Shirey. D. Reynolds, C. Oluvic. B. Schnecken- burger. R. Hanes, M. Conners and D. Kinsey. Fifth row: J. Crncevic, J. Bruder, D. Davis, C. Cornel. B. Daggett, C. Funk. T. Gilmore. B. Johnson, A. Vaughan and S. Herma. Sixth Row: E. Fitzgerald, W. Szymanski, M. Miranowski, J. Epple, J. Miller, WI. Lukrafta, D. Brown and E. Carlberg. Seventh Row: Coach Bennethum, Head Coach Morthland, Coach Bar- thold and Coach Kerns. 81 J.V. Frosh Football Reaching the final four is an outstanding achievement for any team in any sport. However, the accomplishments of the 1986-87 football team were a step above outstanding. The Vikes made up for their lack of experience with hard work and dedication, and made it to the final four — again. “We made it to the semi-state for the second straight year,” said Head Coach Mark Hoffman. “Our group of seniors did it twice, and that is amazing.” Co-captains Mike Barone, Jeff Leffew, Dan Rice, Dan Spencer, John Tapp, Larry Wright, and the rest of the seniors provided the ex- perience and leadership that was needed for this team to thrive. “The seniors were exceptional in their attitude to win. As a coach, all you can ask is to work towards winning, and they all gave 100%”, explained Hoffman. After finishing the regular sea- son with a 5-3 record, the Vikes stormed through sectionals and regionals, chalking up two over- time victories on the way. Al- though ValpK) was stopped at semi-state by top-ranked Fort Wayne Snider, they came a step from a return trip to the Hoosier Dome. “The best part of the season was that we surprised a lot of peo- ple by going farther than we were expected to at tourney time,” said quarterback John Tapp. One reason for the surprise shown over Valpo’s success was the loss of 18 starters from last years squad. However, the team rose to the occasion and did a great job of filling the many holes that were left by graduation. “The second stringers on last year’s team probably could have started at most other schools, so we weren’t empty when it came to returning talent,” explained se- nior Larry Wright. “The key was our determination to prove that we could do it, and we all pushed each other until we were the best we could be.” Hoffman agreed, saying, “Our inexperience made us work real hard. We had to replace a lot of key people, but the kids respond- ed real well to that challenge.” In addition to setting 13 team records throughout the season, there were several outstanding in- dividual performances. Team MVP Mike Barone was one of four seniors given All-State recog- nition, along with juniors Jason Mack and Steven Mueller, who were named to the All-State junior team. In addition to Barone, Dan Spencer was named to the first team All-State, while Tapp and Wright were given honorable mentions. by Jill Bodensteiner ■ » — aa r— — ' M 1 «l S ' ' A S0 VARSITY FOOTBALL — Front Row; Ron Graham, Kelly Zimmer- man, Nancy Brooks, Tracy Maca- leer, Shelby Anderson, Jennifer Williams. Cathy Prosser, Becky Rushnok, Bonni Nuest, Leanne Thomas, Jean Carter, Brent Ruggaber. Second Row; Scott Bihlman, David Raymond, Bryan Benke, Allen Federman, Steven Mueller, Tom Bartelmo, Larry Wright, John Pishkur, Jason Wil- lis, Tom McDermott. Third Row; David Baker, Kevin Maxey, Cole Doolittle, Kevin Birky, Pete Reggie, Paul Wainman, Doug Walls, Matt Kush. Bryan Fuller, Kevin Jones, Jeff Leffew. Fourth Row; Mark Bolde, Jason Mack. Jeff Gilliam, Jeff Dygert, David Defier, Shawn Will, David Doelling, Jeff Sensenbaugh, Paul Kennedy, Joe Kuhnle. Fifth Row; Jon Woods, Jeff Daxe, Rick Vaughn, Corey For- tune, Marty Primich, Mark Bruce, Buddy Worline, Jeff Lewis, Scott Castle, Ken Barfell, Mark Schwab. Sixth Row: Ted Heinze, Jim Kline, Mark Ziegert, Eric Jakel, Mike Tro- man, Dan Rice, Mike Barone, Dan Spencer, John Tapp, John Walsh, Bob Sbinall. Seventh Row: Darin Cleaveland, Robert Schultz, Chris Gregory, Lee Petcu, Shayne West. Back Row: Wayne Lichtenberger, Steve Osbum, Dave Watson, Tom McNeil. Dr. Robert Stoltz, Rod Moore, Doug Morthland, Todd Ben- nethum, Rick Mitchell, Bob Bar- thold, Randy Kerns, John Cook, Dale Gott, Gary Gray, Terry Cox, Mark Hoffman. VARSITY FOOTBALL Season Record: 9-4 Munster W Hobart L MC Rogers W Chesterton W Merrillville L LaPorte L Portage W Gary Roosevelt W SECTIONALS LaPorte W MC Elston W Mishawaka W REGIONALS Highland W SEMI-STATE Fort Wayne Snider L 82 Varsity Football AS QUARTERBACK JOHN Tapp calls out the signals, the offensive line prepares to block. Throughout the year. Tapp threw for 1.473 yards to make him the 3rd all-time single season passer at Valpo. EYEING THE OPPONENTS’ defense, senior Jeff Leffew (15) carries the ball as running mate Marty Primich (34) follows. LOOKING FOR AN opening in the Chesterton defense. Junior nmning back Marty Primich gets a block from teammate Steven Mueller. DEFENSIVE MVP LARRY Wright (10) pre es to tackle his Chester- ton opponent as his defensive team- mates remain in pursuit. 83 Varsity Football PAIGE McNULTY, SENIOR team member, swings to drive the ball. McNulty was one of the two re- turning letterwomen on the team. SOPHOMORE BETH KOZLOWSKI eyes the ball preparing to hit it. Kozlowski was a returning letter- woman. In the business world, the amount of experience a person has can win him a job or prevent him from getting one. Coach Nancy Bender’s girls’ golf team found out early in its season just how im- portant experience is. “The lack of competition expe- rience was evident. We had a lot of newcoming freshman and so- phomores,’’ said Coach Bender. “We faced the toughest teams at the beginning of our season,” added Bender. Senior Paige McNulty, the only returning letterwoman besides sophomore Beth Kozlowski, not- ed, “For such an inexperienced, young team, I feel we did well. Be- cause we practiced hard, five of us made it into regionals.” “Everybody tried hard to help and coach each other through the tough times. We all supported each other,” she added. According to Bender, each girl worked hard at her own goals. In- dividual practice efforts paid off later in the season. “We lost some early meets, but we got better as the players gain- ed needed experience,” said Bend- er. The team finished with a con- ference record of three wins and three losses. They also tied for third place in the conference. Much of the strength that led the Lady Vikings into competi- tion and conference play lay in se- nior Kris DeMick and sophomore Beth Kozlowski, whom Bender credited as her two top golfers. “Kris was a first year team member. She worked very hard and was the most consistant play- e r on the team. She was deter- mined to be a good golfer,” said Bender. DeMick was also named as the team’s most valuable player. “And Beth played a lot of tour- naments before the team competi- tion began,” said Bender. “One major accomplishment for the team was that Beth shot a 39 at Forest Park golf course. Only two other golfers of mine have ever broken 40, but she was the first sophomore to do it,” added Bender. According to Coach Bender, even though the team reached its goal of placing third at sectionals, it was a “building year to produce better golfers for future seasons.” “Last year we swept the confer- ence, the sectionals, the regionals, and did well at state. We were also very experienced,” commented Bender. “The next two-three years will be strong. The playing experience they gained this year will be good for the future,” said Bender. by Chris Seroczynski Girls’ Golf Season Record: 3-7 Rennsselaer L Elston Marquette L Andrean Munster L Hobart W Merrillville L New Prarie Lake Central L Portage W M.C, Rogers L LaPorte L Chesterton W Sectional 3rd “We got better as the players gained experi- ence, ” said Bender. GIRLS’ GOLF TEAM: Front Row: and Coach Nancy Bender. Second Amy Smith, Maureen Sullivan, Row: Leslie Perrow, Jill McNulty, Kelly Roberts, Jenny Worstell, and Beth Kozlowski. Not Pictured: Mary Pat Sullivan, Cindy Whitsell, Sonia Gott. 84 Girls Golf SHOWING THE FORM that won her the most valuable player award, se- nior Kris DeMick eyes the ball. SOPHOMORE JILL McNULTY putts while her teammate, freshman Maureen Sullivan, observes the play. 85 Girls ' Golf SOPHOMORE DAVE CASTLEMAN FOLLOWING THROUGH ON a back- lunges as he makes contact with his hand is senior captain Doug Gerber, opponent ' s shot during Valpo’s vie- His play at number one singles ear- tory over Merrillville. ned him All-Conference honors. AS JUNIOR TODD Scholl looks on. his doubles partner Matt Harris re- turns a forehand during a varsity match. “I really enjoyed the season — it was a lot of fun. We were kind of up- set with the way it end- ed. We worked so hard all season, and then it’s over.” - Todd Scholl BOYS ' VARSITY TENNIS — Front an. B ack Row: Coach Tim Shideler, Row: Drew Scholl, Dan Frye, Todd Jay Telschow, Jaipal Patheja, Scholl. Doug Gerber, Dave Castlem- Keith Kamanaroff, Matt Harris. BOYS ' VARSITY TENNIS Season Record: 13-4 Calumet W LaPorte L Portage L Crown Point W Culver W Merillville W Hobart W Lowell W MC Marquette W West Lafayette L Lafayette Harrison W Chesterton W MC Rogers W Andrean W SECTIONALS Lowell W Chesterton W LaPorte L 86 Boys ' Tennis Often when workers become bored with their jobs, their per- formance level decreases. These are the times when it is nice to have a little fun on the job, in hopes that the enthusiasm rises. The members of the boys’ ten- nis team were never faced with the problems of boredom or lack of motivation. Their combination of hard work and enthusiasm led them to a 13-4 season. “Everyone looked forward to practice, because it was fun. We all worked hard to improve for the team’s sake,’’ explained junior let- ter-winner Todd Scholl. Due to the inexperience of the team heading into the season. Coach Tim Shideler was unsure of how the season would develop. “We weren’t sure how good we were going to do this year. We had no match experience, and then we got off to a shaky 1 and 2 start,” said Shideler. Things turned around in a hur- ry, as the team won its next 10 out of 1 1 regular season meets. Led by the play of senior team captain Doug Gerber, the team finished the regular season on a good note by defeating Andrean, a team that beat VHS last year. “Every time we played, we seemed to get a little bit better,” added Shideler. “It was a lot of fun to coach because they im- proved with every match.” After defeating both Lowell and Chesterton to make it to the sectional finals, the boys lost to an excellent LaPorte team, who was ranked 17th in the state. According to senior doubles player Dan Frye, “We did the best we could — we couldn’t have given them a better match.” Frye and his number one doubles part- ner Drew Scholl were named All- Conference for their undefeated play in Duneland Athletic Confer- ence matches, along with Gerber, who played number one singles for Valpo. The junior varsity team, coa- ched by Frank Saikley, finished with a 13-1 record. First place in the j.v. tournament was taken by sophomore Keith Kamanaroff, who also earned his varsity letter. Runner-up in the tourney was sophomore Phil Sauer. by Jill Bodensteiner BOYS’ J.V. TENNIS Season Record: 13-1 Calumet W LaPorte W Portage W Crown Point W Culver L Merillville W Hobart W Lowell W MC Marquette W West Lafayette W Lafayette Harrison w Chesterton w MC Rogers w Andrean w ▼ j Xk « 4 1 « « . 1 IL’ y w “I was pleased with the season. Some people questioned their posi- tions, but Coach (Frank) Saikley knew what he was doing, and we had a successful season.” - Pete Speckhard BOYS’ J.V. TENNIS TEAM — Front Coach Frank Saikley, Pete Speck- Row: Mike Dixon, Salvador Rodri- hard, Glen Landstrom, Tim Miller, quez, Jeff Heath, Jeff Fischer, Mark Phil Sauer, Chris Freitag, Dan Koz- Fischer, Paul Brown. Back Row: lowski. 87 Boys’ Tennis VALPO WHILE JUNIOR TEAM member Col- leen Jones discusses a runner ' s time with 1986 graduate Dion Jones, manager Amber Cleis takes down stats. AMIDST A SEA of towels and shoes, junior Wendy Berner and senior Lori Sier find the water cooler. Sier was the team ' s only senior. ONE STEP CLOSER to the finish. Meghan Martin crosses the line. Martin was a third year team mem- ber. 88 Girls ' Cross Country HELPING HER TEAM win points to assure another Viking victory, sophomore Becky Klinedinst holds out to the finish line. “Since we had so few returning runners, we knew this would be a rebuilding year,” said girls’ cross country Coach Pat McKay. “Most of the freshmen didn’t know what to expect,” she added. With this in mind. Coach McKay and her Assistant Coach Debbie Fray set their pre-season goal. “We wanted to bring each girl as far along as possible,” said Fray. According to McKay, the team surpassed this goal which was sur- prising for a team “with so many rookies on it.” Meghan Martin and Colleen Jones were the team’s only returning letterwinners. However, Martin was injured throughout the season. “Meghan couldn’t run the way she wanted to. She had a hamstring pull, back problems, and suffered from hy- poglycemia,” said McKay. Another problem according to McKay was building the team’s mental toughness. “With the diverse personali- ties, the girls were not ‘close-knit’ but they got along well. Even though we lost a few meets, we pulled together in the end,” com- mented McKay. “The girls proved stronger than we expected,” added McKay. According to Lori Sier, the team’s only senior, “I knew cross country was a lot of hard work and time consuming. In a way it was different from track because there weren’t as many people on the team so we were a lot closer and worked more like a team in- stead of individuals. We had a lot of fun with it.” Practice sessions varied from day to day in order to familiarize the new members with the sport. The team alternated speed and distance daily. “Our toughest practice was eight-eighthundreds, (yard runs) and our longest practice ran seven miles,” said McKay. At the end of the season, four runners were recognized for their dedication. Junior Colleen Jones was named most valuable player (MVP) , junior Jennifer Howard was named most improved, and junior Meghan Martin was awarded the mental attitude award. Freshman Wanda Peter- son was named junior varsity’s most improved runner. “Jennifer Howard, Kelly Seroc- zynski (junior) , and Missi Voigt (freshman) were also outstand- ing runners,” added Coach McKay. by Chris Seroczynski GIRLS’ CROSS COUNTRY Season Record: 4-4 Hammond Noll W MC Elston L Chesterton L LaPorte W Merrillville W Munster W Highland L Duneland Conference Meet 3rd Crown Point L Sectional 4th ji ' 4 - l iH. GIRLS ' CROSS COUNTRY: Front ghan Martin. Back Row: Asst. Row: Sara Ehlers. Jennifer Howard. Coach Debbie Fray, Amy Baker, Marcia Evans, and Wendy Berner. Lori Sier, Missi Voigt, Wanda Peter- Second Row: Jenny Pitt, Becky Kli- son. Star Weatherspoon, and Coach nedinst, Kelly Seroczynski, Colleen McKay. Jones, Kristin Hartwig. and Me- “We wanted to bring each girl as far along as possi- ble,” — Coach McKay 89 Girls’ Cross Country BRETT POLIZOTTO, THE teams number one runner and third year all-stater, wrapped up his season with second place at state. RUNNING SIDE BY side, senior Mark Jones and junior Jim Arnold work their way towards another VHS victo- v ■ 90 Boys Cross Country “Third time’s a charm,” the saying goes. But for the 1986 boys’ cross country team, every time was a charm. With their sec- ond undefeated season, the boys have a two year record of 247 wins and 0 losses. “It is beyond my comprehen- sion on how a group of young men can dedicate themselves for two years,” said Coach Sam Rasmus- sen. According to Rasmussen, “It took a lot of discipline and small reinforcements along the way to achieve success.” Senior team members, such as Loren Huck, Mark Jones and Brett Polizotto were the team’s leaders. “I feel the season reflects our seniors,” said Rasmussen. “Mark Jones dedicated himself to being on a state championship team, he is one reason we were as successful as we were,” said Ras- mussen. “I felt after running with the guys for three years, we developed a good relationship,” said senior Loren Huck. After the team wrapped up an- other state title, senior Brett Pol- izotto was awarded the mental at- titude award. “Brett is a third year ‘all-state’ runner with a lot of experience. I would have been disappointed if he would not have gotten the award,” said Rasmussen. Polizotto was named as the team’s most valuable player (MVP) , Mark Jones was named as most improved, best team run- ner was Loren Huck, and junior Jim Arnold was named as the team’s outstanding runner. “We have one and only one am- bition, to be the best. What else is there?” This Rasmussen quote explains the team’s attitude and desired goals. “It was a thought that summed up the season.” by Chris Seroczynski THE BOYS START another race and fight for strong positions. One strategy for the team was to ‘get out strong ' at the beginning of the race. ADDING POINTS FOR another VHS victory, junior Carl Frey holds out until the finish of the regional meet. After capturing a first at regionals, the Vikes went on to win state. BOYS ' CROSS COUNTRY: Front Row: Rusty Johnston, and Eric Helton. Troy Ferguson, Nat Keammerer, Brett Back Row: Rob Mahoney, Matt Ut- Pollzotto, Jim Arnold, and Aaron Pa- terback, Mark Jones, Matt cholke. Second Row: Neill Harrington, Assistant Coach Mike Harrington, Loren Huck, Carl Frey, Polite, and Coach Sam Rasmussen. “It is beyond my comprehension on how a group of young men can dedi- cate themselves for two years,” - Coach Rasmussen. BOYS ' CROSS COUNTRY Season Record: 15-0 Lafayette Chesterton W M.C. Elston W M.C. Rogers W Crown Point Lake Central Highland W Gary Roosevelt W New Prarie Invitational W LaPorte Merrillville W Highland Invitational W Hobart Portage W Hobart Invitational W Duneland Conference 1st Sectionals 1st Regionals 1st Semi-State 1st State 1st 91 Boys Cross Country At the high school level, most teams have one basic goal in mind, and that is to defeat the op- posing teams. Competition be- tween teammates usually proves to be a hindrance in the develop- ment of any team. This was not the case for the 1986 girls’ volley- ball team, whic h used its internal competition as a motivator to play harder. “All of our players were pretty equal, so there was a lot of compe- tition for those 6 starting spots,” said senior Jody Susdorf. “We all worked hard during the whole year — no one was willing to give up their playing time.” This hard work along with their ability to work together were the keys for the girls as they fought to a 17-10 record and became co- champions of the Duneland Ath- letic Conference. “The girls all learned to work together and played wery well as a team. Our senior leaders did a good job of pulling everyone to- gether,” said Head Coach Mark Knauff. Knauff credited senior co-cap- tains Jill Koetke and Jill Smith with providing much of this lead- ership, along with seniors Mi- chelle Lambert, Shelley McMur- trey, and Jody Susdorf. A third co- captain, junior Melissa Crownov- er was a second year letter-winner and also provided leadership for the rest of the team. Crownover, the team’s top hitter, earned First Team All-Conference honors for her outstanding play, along with Smith, who was named to the sec- ond All-Conference Team. According to Shelley McMur- trey, the highlight of the season was defeating Merrillville to be- come conference co-champs with Michigan City Rogers. Despite this upset, which capped off the Vikes regular season, Merrillville avenged their earlier loss only three matches later by defeating Valpo in the sectional finals. “The match was so close, and we definitely played to the best of our capabilities,” said Smith. “But, at the conclusion, we felt that a second victory just wasn’t meant to be.” The team’s award for Most Valuable Player was given to Mel- issa Crownover, while fellow ju- nior Tracy Zoladz was named Most Improved. Michelle Lam- bert received the Mental Attitude Award and Jill Smith the Leader- ship award. The junior varsity team, led by sophomore Most Valuable Player Jennifer Cole and Mental Atti- tude winner Heather Hoffman, fought to a season record of 14-4. Despite this winning record. Coach Elke Bowman felt that they could have been better. “Our goal was to be undefeated. We got off to a 6-0 start, and then became a roller coaster team. We definitely had the talent to be un- defeated,” said Bowman. Sophomore Lisa Henderson agreed, saying, “We all had the in- dividual skills, but some of the players didn’t work very well to- gether as a team.” by Jill Bodensteiner VARSITY VOLLEYBALL — First Traci Zoladz, Missi Crownover. Row: Jody Susdorf, Stephanie Sni- Back Row: Kim Lewis, manager, der. Heather Mallet, tihelley Becca VanDenburgh, manager, McMurtrey, Michelli Lambert. Sarah Fischer, Jill Koetke, Jill Middle Row: Traci Leveritt, Jenni- Smith, Coach Mark Knauff. fer Henderson, Neallie Jones. VARSITY VOLLEYBALL Season Record: 17-10 North Judson W Bishop Noll W Highland L Lake Central W Westville W Michican City Rogers L Hammond Gavit W Griffith L Munster L Plymouth L Crown Point W Andrean L Kankakee Valley W Portage W Hobart w Chesterton W Merrillville L MC Marquette W Hanover Central W Merrillville W Andrean L SECTIONALS Hebron L River Forest W Hammond Morton W Lake Station W LaPorte W Merrillville L 92 Girls ' Volleyball AS JUNIOR MELISSA Crownover follows through on a spike, seniors Jody Susdorf and Jill Smith await the return. JUNIOR VARSITY PLAYER Jenni- fer Cole spikes the ball towards the outstretched arms of the opposing blocker as freshman Janine Rose looks on. THE GIRLS’ VICTORY over West- ville was aided by the spiking of ju- nior Jennifer Henderson, as she launches one into the opponents court. Watching the play are senior Michelle Lambert and junior Missi Crownover. J.V. VOLLEYBALL Season Record: 14-4 North Judson W Highland W Westville W Hammond Gavit w Munster w Crown Point w Kankakee Valley L Hobart W Hebron w Hammond Morton w LaPorte L Hammond Noll W Lake Central L MC Rogers W Portage W Chesterton W MC Marquette W Merrillville L J.V. VOLLEYBALL — Front Row: Elke Bowman, Andrea Mathis. Lisa Dawn Shalapsik, Jennifer Ailes, Henderson, Kelly Pritchett, Kath- Heather Hoffman, Kelly Van Rosen- leen Ducat. Janine Rose, Jennifer dale, Stacy Williamson, Susan Cole, Rebecca VanDenburgh, man- Spruitenberg. Back Row: Coach ager. “The best thing about the season was that we improved week by week, and because of that, we have a good foundation for next year.” - Heather Hoffman 93 Girls ' Volleyball When the freshmen made the move up to the high school, there were many changes that they had to face. For the athletes, that meant a whole new system of teams and coaches, as well as the opportunity to play at the junior varsity or varsity level. Both the girls’ volleyball and basketball teams were no longer linked with their junior highs as in past years, but were now divid- ed equally into Green and White teams. According to the coaches, the girls made the transition to VHS very well. “I think the kids adjusted real well to their first year at the high school,” said Mrs. Nancy Ficken, volleyball coach. “It was a real ad- vantage for them to be able to watch a lot of varsity matches.” Ficken was the head coach of the Green volleyball team, which finished the season at 11-4. The White team, coached by Cheryl Younger, also had a season record of 11-4. Both coaches agreed that the highlight of the season was the eight team Valpo Tourney, in which the White team defeated the Green in the final game. “It was a lot of fun to play against the Green team,” said White team member Heather Moore. “Our goal was for both teams to make it to the finals.” The cohesiveness of the girls was a key for both teams. “They all got along real well — there wasn’t a lot of the usual fighting,” said Younger. “Also, even if the girls mis- played something during the match, they always knew what should have been done,” added Ficken of the team strengths. White team awards were given to Heather Moore for Mental At- titude and Colleen Johnston for Most Improved. Lisa Precourt re- ceived the Mental Attitude Award and Jennifer Stevens was voted Most Improved for the Green team. The basketball players were also divided equally into White and Green teams. Coach Lance Nolting’s White team finished at 5-8, while Coach Rick Mitchell’s Green team had a season record of 2-12. Although Nolting described their first year at VHS as “basically the same as at the ju- nior highs,” both coaches noted the problems of practice facilities and number of girls. “This is the first time freshmen could play at higher levels, so we lost six or seven girls to the j.v. or varsity teams,” said Mitchell. Both coaches took the empha- sis off winning and set goals for their teams to improve by the end of the year. The White team showed much improvement by winning five out of its last eight games. “We could have easily been 8-5 because three of those losses were by a total of four points,” said Nolting. White team awards went to Carole Cornman for free throw percentage and Becky Stanier for rebounds. Kelly Roberts was the top free throw shooter and Heath- er Moore the top rebounder for the green team. by Jill Bodensteiner FRESHMAN WHITE VOLLEY- BALL — Front Row: Sandy Ei- senmenger, Colleen Johnston, Colleen Bernardi, Kandal Cool- man, Chris Ellis, Laura Ells- worth. Back Row: Coach Cheryl Younger, Tanya Simpson, manag- er, Leslie Fritz, Colleen Sullivan, Heather Moore, Lisa Libassi, Amy Woods, Carole Cornman, Tina Pa- pachronis, Jennifer Hill. FRESHMAN GREEN VOLLEYBALL — Front Row: Deb Walsh, Lisa Pre- court, Jodi Humes, Jennifer With- row, Chris Bell, Jodi Gudino, Nicki Pequet. Back Row: Kerrie Smith, Jennifer Stevens, Laur a Stanier, Becky Stanier, Kathy Johnson, Jami Sier, Coach Nancy Ficken. 94 Freshmen TINA PAPACHRONIS SPIKES the ball toward her Portage opponent as teammate Kandal Coolman looks on. AFTER FAKING HER defender into the air, freshman Kelly Roberts prepares to drive to the basket. Roberts led the green team in scor- ing, averaging 7.1 points per game. COACH LANCE NOLTING instructs his freshmen girls during a timeout. The white team posted a 5-8 record in their first year at VHS. FRESHMAN VOLLEYBALL Season Record “Green”: 11-4 Season Record “White”: 11-4 OPPONENT G W Andrean - L Plymouth - L Chesterton W W Portage w - Hobart L W Portage W W Andrean - w Kankakee Valley L w LaPorte W w Chesterton W w Hammond Noll W L Merrillville Pierce W W Lake Central L L M’ville Harrison W - LaPorte W - Valpo Tourney 2nd 1st FRESHMAN BASKETBALL Season Record “Green”: 2-12 Season Record “White”: 5-8 OPPONENT G W Kankakee Valley L L M’ville Pierce L W Kankakee Valley L - Portage L W Chesterton L L Hobart W L LaPorte L L Andrean L W Crown Point L L Valpo Tourney 4th 3rd LaPorte L - M’ville Harrison W L Lake Central L L Munster W FRESHMAN BASKETBALL — Front Row: Kathleen Schenk, Julie Swartz, Jessica Dunn, Jodi Humes, Kandal Coolman, Kim Coolman, Paula Gifford. Second Row: Val Wasemann, Kerrie Smith, Carole Cornman, Becky Stanier, Kelly Smith, Laura Stanier, Jennifer Withrow, Erica Hartwig, Nicki Pe- quet, Colleen Johnston, Nancy Carmona. Back Row: Coach Lance Nolting, Jennifer Hill, Deb Walsh, Heather Moore, Lisa Li- bassi, Kelly Roberts, Laura Ells- worth, Colleen Bernard!, Coach Rick Mitchell. 95 Freshmen aind needed exfienieHce According to several coaches, 1986-1987 was a rebuilding year for many Valparaiso High School teams. Girls’ basketball was no exception. With a first year varsity coach and only two returning varsity players, the team was very inex- perienced. “It was exciting from the stand- point that I was involved with the varsity level program, that I worked with the girls in sectional and regional competition, and also that the varsity head coach has 1,001 odd jobs that aren’t there as a j.v. coach,’’ said first year Varsity Coach Dave Ken- ning. According to Kenning, dealing with the inexperience was the toughest part of coaching. “It was hard getting them to handle the varsity level and helping them be- come confident.’’ The experience of other teams also caused the Lady Vikes prob- lems. “We lost by four points to Merrillville. They had an excel- lent record and lots of seniors with varsity experience,” said Kenning. “It was unusual because we only had two varsity repeats. It was new to everyone to go through the motions of tourna- ments, along with sectional and regional play,” he added. Because there were only two seniors on the team, these girls were looked to for leadership, ac- cording to Kenning. “They looked to Jill Bodensteiner as the only se- nior on the squad. We lost Jill Smith to a knee injury. She was another member the girls looked to for leadership,” he added. Even though the girls were in- experienced, they were fundamen- tally sound. “We were a small team but we still out-rebounded our opponents and had higher free throw percentages,” said Ken- ning. The team was led in scoring by sophomore Jennifer Cole and se- nior Jill Bodensteiner who also led the team in assists. Junior Missi Crownover led the team in re- bounds and placed third in scor- ing. According to Kenning, the main weakness of the team was the lack of consistency, height, and quickness. Despite these weaknesses, the Lady Vikes achieved their goal of being sectional champions. Overall, Kenning was happy with the season and felt the girls could still improve next year. “I was pleased with the second-half of the season. After Christmas we had a record of 9-4.” The girls fin- ished their season with a record of 12-10 after losing in the first round of regional play to Michi- gan City Elston. The junior varsity team was led by first year coach Mark Knauff and finished their season with a record of 14-4. Freshman Kristin Follis led in scoring, assists, and had the highest free throw per- centage. Sophomore Kathleen Ducat pulled down the most re- bounds. by Chris Seroczynski “I was pleased with our season.” - Jill Bodensteiner GIRLS’ VARSITY BASKETBALL — Steiner, Jill Smith, Katie Hofferth, Front Row: Michelle Risk, Mgr., Lisa Henderson, Neallie Jones, Jennifer Cole, Michelle Kirk, Kim Missi Crownover, Jennifer Curts, Gott, Heather Mallett, Mgr. Tracey Beth Flynn. McAIeer. Back Row: Jill Boden- GIRLS’ VARSITY BASKETBALL Season Record: 12-10 Hammond Morton W South Newton L Lake Central L Lafayette Jefferson W M.C. Rogers L LaPorte W Crown Point L Eklison L Andrean L Highland W Chesterton W Portage W Merrillville L South Central W Hobart W Hammond Gavit L Sectionals W Regionals L 96 Girls ’ Basketball WHILE LOOKING FOR an opening, senior Jill Bodensteiner pivots around Andrean’s Acquanetta Washington. Bodensteiner led the team in assists. SOPHOMORE JENNIFER COLE pas- ses ball to one of her team mem- bers. Cole led in scoring along with senior Jill Bodensteiner. “Togetherness was the key.” — Kristen Follis GIRLS’ J.V. BASKETBALL — Row: Coach Mark Knauff, Jeannine Front Row: Heather Hoffman. Erica Ullom. Mary Pat Sullivan. Stacy An- Hartwig. Carrie Davis. Sue Brown, selm. Kristen Follis. Missy Thomas. Kathleen Ducat. Janine Rose. Back Kelly Van Rosendale. GIRLS’ JUNIOR VARSITY BASKETBALL Season Record: 14-4 Hammond Morton W South Newton W Lake Central L Lafayette Jefferson L M.C. Rogers W LaPorte W Crown Point w Lake Station w Andrean w Highland w Chesterton w Portage w Merrillville w South Central w Portage Tourney W-L Hobart L Hammond Morton W 97 Girls ' Basketball AS HE HEADS toward the basket, freshman Scott Petcu launches a jumjjer over his Munster opponent. Petcu’s rebounding led the fresh- man “A” team as it fought to a 16- 3 record. FRESHMAN ROB CAVANAUGH looks for the drive during a Valpo victory over Munster. Cavanaugh led the freshman “A” team in min- utes, scoring and assists. “The main reason for our successful season was our balance. Every one on the team con- tributed in some way — whether it was scoring, rebounding, defense or ball-handling.” — Matt Manner SOPHOMORE BOYS’ BASKETBALL — Front Row: Bob Higgins, Dan Martin, Ken Jankowski, Jason Krieger, Jody Pishkur, Sean Siew- in. Back Row: Coach Lew Rhine- hart, Shawn Brennan, David Mapes, Brian Murphy, Jeff Earl, Matt Hanner, Scott Casbon. SOPHOMORE BASKETBALL Season Record: 10-4 Oregon-Davis W Kouts W Portage W Hanover Central W MC Rogers W Boone Grove W Bishop Noll W Merrillville W MC Rogers L Washington Twp. W Portage L Morgan Twp. L Wheeler W EC Central L 98 Frosh Soph Boys ’ Basketball In 1987, the release of the movie “Hoosiers” made a national state- ment about Indiana high school boys’ basketball. People came to know it as a fast-paced action game as well as an exciting specta- tor sport. The high school gyms were always packed for Friday night games, and the athletes re- ceived first-class treatment. While this may be the case at the varsity level, it wasn’t always the same for the sophomore and freshmen boys’ teams at Valpo. Despite the fact that it was often difficult for them to find a place and time to practice, the boys still showed what Indiana basketball is all about — winning. The sophomore boys finished the year with a 10-4 season record. According to Head Coach Lew Rhinehart, the keys to the team’s success were determination, uni- ty, and balance. “I have had few teams that hus- tled every game and worked as hard as this year’s team did,” said Rhinehart. Despite the fact that the sopho- mores often competed against ju- nior varsity teams, they got off to an excellent 8-0 start. This streak included victories over top oppo- nents Portage, MC Rogers and Merrillville. Balance was another key to the team’s success, with every one contributing in some way. Matt Hanner led the scoring with 93 points, and Jason Krieger had the best free throw percentage at 82 percent. Top rebounder for the so- phomores was Jeff Earl, with Jody Pishkur finishing a close second. Bob Higgins and Pishkur dished out 40 and 37 assists, respective- ly- According to Rhinehart, the main purpose of the sophomore team is to prepare the players for the varsity level. “The players know that if they do well this year, they have a good chance to play varsity — and that is all the motivation they need,” said Rhinehart. The 26 boys selected to play freshman basketball were broken up into three separate teams — “A”, “B” and “C”. Head coaches Bob Barthold and John Knauff worked together to coach all three of these teams, which practiced as one unit. The “A” and “B” teams usually played the same oppo- nents, finishing with records of 16-3 and 13-6, respectively, in- cluding two “A” team tournament championships. The “C” team played a different schedule, fin- ishing the season at 5-6. According to Barthold, the goal of the season was “for each of the players to improve as an individ- ual throughout the year.” “We wanted everyone to play their best,” added Knauff, “and have a lot of fun.” The strengths of the freshman team were quickness, shooting ability, and intensity, which helped to offset their overall lack of height. Jeff Gott and Dave Redmon demonstrated the team’s good shooting ability as they tied for the free throw award at 72 per- cent. Leading rebounder was Scott Petcu, and Rob Cavanaugh handed out a team high 75 assists. Other key players for the fresh- men were defensive specialists Matt Sinclair and Jon Gert- smeier. by Jill Bodensteiner SKYING TOWARD THE basket, sophomore Bob Higgins lays in two points during a game against M.C. Rogers. Higgins ' season total of 40 assists was tops on the sophomore team. FRESHMAN BASKETBALL Season Record “A”: 16-3 Season Record “B " : 13-6 M ' ville. Pierce “A” W “B ' W Lake Station - W Gary Roosevelt L W Plymouth W L EC Central L L Boone Grove - L LaPorte W L Lake Station - W Kankakee Valley w - LaPorte w - Munster w w M ' ville. Harrison w L North Judson - W Hobart w W Kankakee Valley w W Portage w L Highland w W Chesterton w W Crown Point w W MC Rogers L W Rensselaer w W l,aPorte w - Portage w FRESHMAN BOYS ' BASKETBALL — Front Row: Matt Sinclair, Dick Wardrop, Chris Davis, Robbie Cav- anaugh, Chris Collins, Dan Koz- lowski, Neill Harrington, Bryan Siewin, Jeff Gott. Second Row: Scott Wilson, manager, Jim Wilson, Scott Schneckenberger, Craig Cor- neil, Rob Hanes, Matt McGuinn, Mike McLinn, Jon Gertsmeier, Chad Nightingale. Back Row: Coach John Knauff, Tim Carroll, Mark Robinson, Keith Bickers, Scott Petcu, John Mitchell, David Red- mon, Jim Ailes, Matt Milanowski, Joel Martin, Coach Bob Barthold. FRESHMAN " C” BASKETBALL Season Record: 5-6 Lake Station W River Forest W Lake Station L River Forest W Wheeler L Hebron L Boone Grove W Morgan Twp. L New Prairie L Lake Station W Portage L 99 Frosh Soph Boys ’ Basketball A TEAM DEFENSIVE effort is dis- played by seniors Dan Rice and Craig Meyers as they double team their Merrillville opponent. AS HE EYE the Chesterton de- fense, senior guard Rodny Harden looks to score. The three-year let- terman used his outside touch to lead the Vikings in scoring. VARSITY BASKETBALL Season Record: 1 1 - 11 Boone Grove L Gary Roosevelt L EC Central L Chesterton W Highland L Merrillville L Plymouth W MC Rogers L MC Elston W(OT) Chesterton L(OT) Kankakee Valley W LaPorte W MC Rogers L Lafayette W Portage w Hobart L Munster W Hammond Gavit W Logansport L North Judson W(OT) SECTIONALS Wheeler W Chesterton L(3 OT) “Through the ups and downs of the season, our team spirit re- mained a constant.’’ — Craig Meyers VARSlir BOYS ' BASKETBALL — Front Row; Joe Furlin, Craig Meyers. Dan Rice, Mike Troman, Mark Jones, John Tapp, Scott Spruitenburg, Jim Carmichael. Back Row: Coach Skip Collins, Rod- ny Harden, Jeff Anselm, Joe Wendt, Bob Risk. Bill Ferngren, Stan Bednarik. manager; Ron Gra- ham, manager. 100 Boys ' Varsity J.V. Basketball On most sports teams, a bal- ance of experienced veterans and fresh rookies is desired. The vet- erans can then lead the younger players through the year, teach- ing the system as they go. As the Viking basketball team learned during the year, leader- ship is a tough task for just a few individuals. After regaining only two lettermen from last year’s team, the Vikes pulled together and fought to an 11-11 record. “It was very hard at the begin- ning of the season to predict our outcome,” Coach Skip Collins ex- plained. “We had the least amount of experience ever.” Seniors Rodny Harden and John Tapp were the lone return- ers, and their experience and lead- ership proved to be a valuable as- set to the club. “Rodny and John were very good leaders, especially by exam- ple,” Collins said. “That whole se- nior class was a group of winners — very hard-working and very goal-oriented.” They spent more hours practicing than any team I’ve ever had. We sometimes went three practices a day during vaca- tion. In addition to the hard work ethic of the team, Collins listed their strengths as free throw shooting and good defense. The Vikes shot 80 percent from the free throw line, setting a school re- cord in the process. Center Dan Rice led the way, as he made 38 of 39 attempts for 97 percent. The Vikes headed into section- als with a 10-10 record and a string of nine consecutive section- al titles on the line. After defeat- ing Wheeler in the first round, Valpo lost to Chesterton 55-52 in a triple overtime game. Although the team set no nu- merical goals, it achieved some things that Collins felt were more important. “We wanted to get along with each other during the season, and on the last day of practice be able to say we were still friends,” he said. “And we also wanted to play the game as well as we could play it.” Harden, who was named to the second All-Conference team, received the team MVP award after averaging 13 points per game. In addition to being the team’s top free throw shoot- er, senior Dan Rice grabbed a team high 118 rebounds. Junior Jeff Anselm handed out 62 as- sists for the Vikings. The j.v. team, coached by Bob Punter, finished its season at 16-4. According to Punter, highlights of the year included capturing the Valpo tourna- ment and winning a close game over Lafayette Jefferson. Team awards were given to Brian Sullivan for free throw percentage and Keith Kamana- roff, who led the team in assists with 51. Junior Brad Cav- anaugh received the awards for most defensive points and high- est rebound total. by Jill Bodensteiner SENIOR FORWARD JOHN Tapp shoots over the Chesterton de- fense. Tapp led the team in field goal shooting at 61 percent. J.V. BASKETBALL Season Record: 16-4 Boone Grove W Gary Roosevelt L EC Central L Chesterton W Highland W Merrillville W Plymouth W MC Elston W MC Rogers W Chesterton W Kankakee Valley w LaPorte w MC Rogers L Lafayette W Portage W Hobart (2 OT)L Munster W Hammond Gavit W Logansport W North Judson W “We all got along well during the season, and that was our main goal.” — Bob Risk J.v. BOYS’ BASKETBALL — Front Back Row: Coach Bob Punter, Jeff Row: Matt Harrington, Joe Furlin, Stanczak, Brad Cavanaugh, Jason Jeff Frailey, Bob Risk, Van Evanoff , Derucki, Jeff Moore, Steve McDon- Brian Sullivan, Keith Kamanaroff. aid, manager. 101 Boys ' Varsity J.V. Basketball JUNIOR DOUG KLEMZ dives into the iXK)l preparing to complete his leg of the freestyle relay. CONCENTRATION IS EVIDENT on the face of junior Brian Volk as he prepares to dive. Volk took first place for the Vikings at sectionals. BOYS’ SWIMMING Season Record: 12-3 Culver Relays 2nd Munster L LaPorte W Munster Relays 1st MC Rogers w LaPorte Inv, 1st Highland W Columbus North L Warsaw W Kokomo W Lake Central L Merrillville W Chesterton W Hobart W Portage W Gary Roosevelt (j.v.) W DAC Meet 1st Crown Point W Hammond Noll W SECTIONALS 1st STATE 6th “The tradition has helped the swimming program a lot — we’re in the midst of some- thing of a dynasty.” — Skip Bird BOYS’ SWIM TEAM — Front Row: Jody Ilgenfritz, Karla Droege, man- agers; Andy Curts, John Lethan, Patty Bird, Kathleen Schenk, man- agers. Second Row; Head Coach Skip Bird, Jeff Hood, Tim Hoftiezer, Dan Betjemann, Dave Dold, Brian Volk, Jeff Adney, Todd Agnew, Jul- ia Betjemann, manager. Third Row: Coach Bill Chappo, Steve Johnson, Matt Kolar, Joe Gerzema, Mark Ambelang, Mike Crowder, Matt Krysinski, Doug Klemz, Brett Nev- er. Back Row: Sean Osner, Ed Dix- on, Matt Carlin, Rich Choate, Scott Hoftiezer, Steve Marquez, Scott Valpatic, John Hruska, Salvador Rodriguez. Not pictured: Burt Lar- gura, Brian Benedict, Dusty Hama- cher. 102 Soys ' Swimming SENIOR TRI-CAPTAINS BRIAN Benedict, Burt Largiu ' a and Jeff Ad- ney lead the cheers for fellow team- mates Todd Agnew, Dave Dold and Matt Krysinski at a ValjK) home meet. DOUBLE STATE CHAMPION Brian Benedict checks the times after completing his event. Benedict placed first in the 50-and 100-meter freestyle races at the state meet. For any athletic team, being successful is a very elusive goal; although i t may he attained in one season, it is difficult to maintain for several successive years. While it is no easy task to achieve a single successful season, the teams that clearly stand above the others are those which estab- lish a tradition of winning and re- main at the top year after year. In continuing with its winning tradition, the boys’ swim team, under the direction of 20-year coach Charles E. “Skip” Bird, racked up its eleventh consecu- tive winning season to set it apart as one of the finest swimming teams in Indiana. “We’re blessed with a tradition of excellence in this school,” said Coach Bird. “The tradition has helped the swimming program a lot — we’re in the midst of some- thing of a dynasty.” Led by senior tri-captains Jeff Adney, Brian Benedict, and Burt Largura, the Vikes dominated their opponents, posting a 12-3 conference record including victo- ries over strong rivals Chesterton and Portage. They also captured their seventh sectional crown in eight years, and placed in the top 10 in state competition for the thirteenth year in a row. Finishing strongly at state, the Vikes combined several high-qual- ity performances to place sixth in the overall standings. Captain Brian Benedict became the Vikes’ first-ever double state champion, placing first in both the 50 and 100-meter freestyle. In addition, the medley relay team of David Dold, Joe Gerzema, Jeff Hood, and Burt Largura became state champions. Also, the freestyle re- lay of Jeff Adney, Brian Benedict, Jeff Hood, and Doug Klemz placed third, with Dan Betjeman, Gerzema, and Hood each placing in the top 20 in single events. To accompany his state cham- pionship honors, Benedict re- ceived the season High Point Tro- phy, the MVP Award, and the DAC MVP award. Other special honor recipients were Jeff Adney with the Star Award, Dan Betje- man with the Best Times Award, and Scott Hoftiezer was selected most improved. According to Bird, the success- ful season was primarily keyed by the team’s commitment and knowledge of its carefully con- structed, rigorous practices, which took place both before and after school, on Saturdays, during vacation, and on days of meets. “The team was pretty dedicat- ed,” said Bird. “They were intelli- gent about their training. Compe- tition in our area was pretty fierce, and that helped us. We couldn’t become lazy or compla- cent in our training,” he added. Furthermore, Bird also credi- ted the diving team, along with Diving Coach Bill Chappo and As- sistant Coach Paula Hartzer for the outstanding season. In reviewing the season, Bird used the word development to most accurately describe the team. “Development — in that we saw a lot of new swimmers devel- op into successful swimmers be- come stars, and we saw brand new swimmers develop skills that hold promise for the future,” explained Bird. “We had the season mapped out ... we stayed on schedule. If there were surprises, they were good,” Bird concluded, in a final examination of the season. “We were rarely disappointed with the way the team performed. Even though we’re losing some real strength, I think next year will be one of the strongest teams ever.” by Matt Jankowski SENIOR BURT LARGURA swims the breaststroke leg of the medley relay, which was first at the state meet. 103 Boys Swimming “We had two state place winners which happened for the first time in school history.” — Coach Cook VARSITY WRESTLING TEAM - Front Row: D. J. Seramur, Chris Cole, Dan Carrell, Brian Blakely, Tom Bartelmo, Jim Williams, Darrell VanCleef. Back Row: Allen Federman, Marc Hamacher, Marty Primich, Steve Beiser, Troy Zulich, Todd Young, Dave Defier, Mike Scime. VARSITY WRESTLING Season Record: 14-5 Lowell W North Newton W Hanover Central W Wirt W Hammond W East Chicago Central W Crown Point L Andrean W Goshen L Gary West Side W Munster W Highland W Penn L Chesterton L Gary Roosevelt W Portage L LaPorte W Hobart W M.C. Rogers W 104 Wrestling In attempting to reach the over- all goal of success, an athletic team cannot simply rush into their season without careful plan- ning and still hope to accomplish their purpose. Rather, a major key in attaining a year of excellence is in the establishing of several real- istic goals, both short-term and long range. Setting out to win sectionals, to be ranked in the top 20 teams in Indiana, to have more than one state qualifier, and to generally have a winning season from pre- season, the varsity wrestling team, under the direction of Coach John Cook, met all of these goals to have yet another out- standing season. ALLEN FEDERMAN, JUNIOR, is congratulated by Brian Blakley. Federman wrestled the 177 pound weight class. Behind a consistent strength in the mid to upper weight divisions, the Viking matsmen finished the season with a conference mark of 14-5 and state ranking of seven- teenth. The Vikes also advanced two wrestlers to state and cap- tured their fourth consecutive sectional title. The highlight of the season, ac- cording to Cook, was the Section- al victory. “That was number one. Chesterton and Portage had beat- en us during the season. We weren’t expected to win but we did by 40 or 50 points,” Cook said. Leading the way to the Vikes’ dominating sectional win were seniors Tom Bartelmo and Steve Beiser and juniors Marc Hama- cher and D. J. Seramur. Helping the team along with runners-up finishes were senior Dave Defier, juniors Allen Federman and Marty Primich, and sophomore James Williams. To go along with their sectional crowns, team leaders Beiser and Seramur both capped off spectac- ular seasons with a trip to state competition at Indianapolis. End- ing his high school wrestling ca- reer with an individual record of 29-4, Beiser fought off injuries during the regular season to cap- ture a fifth place victory in the 138 pound division at state. “With a slipped disc and a bro- ken thumb during the season. I’m really psyched about how things turned out,” said Beiser. Having a record-breaking year for most wins by a junior, Ser- amur posted a 35-6 mark during the regular season on his way to winning statewide second place honors in the 98 pound weight class. “Mr. Cook deserves a lot of credit for putting up with a lot of flak from our team and still lead- ing us to our fourth consecutive sectional championship,” said Beiser. The Junior Varsity team, under the direction of Coaches Mike Tipton and Randy Kerns, fin- ished the season with a confer- ence mark of 12-2. by Matt Jankowski WRESTLING IN THE 132 pound class, Marc Hamacher, a junior, competes against a Portage oppo- nent. 105 Wrestling STATE FINALIST JENNIFER Stout demonstrates the expertise that made her successful. Stout was a third-year varsity letterwinner. SHOWING THAT SKILL comes from experience, senior Kristi Vendl exe- cutes a handstand on the beam. She was a foiu-year letterwinner. GIRLS ' GYMNASTICS Season Record: 7 - 2 M.C. Rogers W M.C. Elston W Munster W LaPorte W Ft. Wayne Classic 3rd Hobart W Chesterton L Highland W Portage W Merrillville L Duneland Conference 3rd Sectional 2nd “Even though we worked hard, it real- ly paid off, and we got results.” — Kristi Vendl GIRLS ' GYMNASTICS TEAM — Coach Lorie Cook, Lisa McLean, Front Row: Julie Kobe, Michelle Laura Furlin, Sara Johnson, Dawn Howard, Jennifer Stout, Kristi DeMan, Missy Massa, Assistant Vendl, Gretchen Fierst. Back Row: Coach Becky Jurgeons. 106 Gymnastics Although skill is a key factor to a team’s success, Gymnastics Coach Lorie Cook attributed a great deal of her team’s success to hard work and team cohesiveness. “The girls were mentally tough and worked hard. They worked with a lot of little pains such as wripped hands (from the uneven bars) and sore muscles,” Cook said. Outstanding gymnasts includ- ed senior Kristi Vendl, freshman Laura Purlin, and juniors Missy Massa and Jennifer Stout. Vendl was second on bars in the confer- ence, and Purlin was a top scorer with nines on two events. Purlin, however, was forced out of compe- tition due to an injury. Massa placed tenth on the bars at the state championship, where- as Stout finished eighth on the beam and 15th in the all-around. “Laura was a super asset to the team with a high degree of diffi- culty in all of her routines,” Cook said. “All of the girls improved on skill and set a school record by breaking the team score of 100. Last year we only broke 100 one time; this year there was only one time that we didn’t. I was very pleased with the way the girls per- formed,” said Cook. Pour year letterwinner Kristi Vendl said, “Breaking the school record was really great! We have worked on that for a long time. I think our hard work really paid off.” Although the hard work and skill was important, mental sup- port from the team’s two seniors was also a factor, according to Cook. “Kristi Vendl really kept up making signs and t-shirts. This was encouraging and made the girls work for their goals. She was behind us one hundred percent. She also brought a lot of attention to the team,” Cook added. Senior Dawn DeMan was an- other supporting senior. “Dawn was a hard worker. She was al- ways very encouraging to the oth- er girls. She has a very even keel- ed personality,” Cook said. According to Cook, the team was very close. “There was a real team cohesiveness. Although skill is important, gymnastics is not an individual sport. I think all of the girls would have traded in any in- dividual trophy for a team trophy. The girls were very team-orient- ed,” said Cook. Sophomore Gretchen Pierst said, “We all got along really well. Also because of the size of our team, (ten gymnasts) , we became close-knit.” Despite injuries that affected Purlin and junior Sara Johnson, the team was ranked eighth in the state. “It was a little frustrating when Connersville won the state cham- pionship considering we beat them early in the season,” Cook said. Coach Cook feels confident about the next season. “We have four underclassmen that have good potential if they work hard. LAURA FULRIN, FRESHMAN, prac- tices her bars routine. She was a first-year team member. Also the top three scorers were juniors. Although we lacked a depth of experienced gymnasts, the girls worked hard and showed improvement.” The Most Improved Gymnast Award went to senior team mem- ber Dawn DeMan. The Most Valuable Player Award was given to junior Jennifer Stout. While Missy Massa, junior, received the Most Points Award, junior Sara Johnson won the Mental Attitude Award. “Jennifer and Missy were named as all-conference. This was quite an honor considering that our conference is so tough. Chest- erton was sixth in the state, Merrillville was seventh in the state and we were eighth in the state. So, the Duneland Confer- ence is a very good gymnastics conference,” Cook said. Coach Cook is optimistic about the next season, as long as the team stays “injury free.” by Chris Seroczynski WITH EXTREME BALANCE, sopho- more Gretchen Fierst concentrates on her beam routine. 107 Gymnastics e6 Loadt Ledt Reason xi SENIOR SHORTSTOP CHRIS Page prepares to throw a runner out at first. Page provided stability offen- sively and defensively for the Vikes. In the world of athletics, the of- ten quoted adage, “The best of- fense is a good defense,” frequent- ly holds true. One only has to re- call the 1985 World Champion Chicago Bears, the 1986 World Champion New York Giants or the 1986 World Champion New York Mets to verify this state- ment. In much the same way, this year’s varsity baseball team, un- der the direction of Head Coach Pat Murphy, also achieved suc- cess through a strong defense. “It’s very simple,” explained Murphy. “We’ve made fewer errors this year than in the past, we’re especially strong up the middle, and we have depth. We had the best season ever in the history of VHS baseball.” Leading the Vikings on defense were outfielders Mike Cook and Dan Murphy, second baseman Mitch Marcus, short stop Chris Page, first baseman Paul Strat- ton, and catcher John Pishkur. Cook, Murphy, Page, and Pish- kur, all seniors, were also out- standing on offense. Another big asset for the Vikes, according to Murphy, was “the luxury of having five pitchers we wouldn’t hesitate to put on the mound.” Left-handers Mike Cook and Scott Spruitenburg led the staff along with junior hurlers Lee Petcu, Phil Rettinger, and Rob Strikwerda. “It’s been a pleasant surprise — we knew we had good upper- class pitchers, but we didn’t know about Strikwerda, and Petcu, who have been better than we thought. They’re doing a very nice job.” said Murphy. Highlighting the season for the Vikes was a solid victory over a strong Crown Point team, then ranked first in the state. Junior Scott Spruitenburg was credited for the 7-3 win, with Phil Retting- er picking up the save. Despite the early losses to La- Porte, Portage and Merrillville, the Vikes went on to beat Portage and Merrillville later in the sea- son. Due to a tough 4-3 mid-season loss to rival Hobart, the Vikes dropped to a Duneland Confer- ence record of 4-5. They went on to finish the season with a 24-9 overall record. Senior team members earning individual awards included Mike Cook, who received the Most Valuable Offensive player honors, and Mitch Marcus, who received the Most Valuable Defensive player award. Team M.V.P. was John Pishkur. Behind the leadership of Head Coach Gary Gray, the hard-work- ing j.v. team finished its season strongly, posting an 8-10 record. In addition to the j.v. squad, a freshman team was added to the baseball program this year. Led by Head Coach Dale Gott, the freshmen compiled a 13-6 season record. by Matt Jankowski VARSITY BASEBALL Season Record: 24-9 Whiting W Hammond Noll W South Central (2) W W Crown Point W LaPorte L M. C. Marquette (2) W L Portage L Lowell W Hobart w Merrillville L Gary Roosevelt W Chesterton w M. C. Rogers w LaPorte L Portage w Eklison w Hobart L Merrillville W Chesterton L M. C. Rogers W E. C. Central (2) 2W Elkhart Central W Highland W Horace Mann (2) W L SECTIONALS 3W REGIONALS W L “I was happy with our win-loss record, but I don’t think we played to our full potential.” — Paul Stratton BOYS’ VARSITY BASEBALL — Front Row: Dan Murphy, Chris Page, Doug Walls, Mike Cook, Mitch Marcus, Rob Strikwerda. Second Row: Frank Melion, Fred McLane, John Pishkur, Bob Magnetti, Paul Wainman, Lee Petcu, Dan Ei- chmeier. Back Row: Head Coach Pat Murphy, Paul Stratton, Phil Rettinger, Scott Spruitenburg, Bob Porter, Asst. Coach Biff Geiss. 108 Boys ' Baseball J.V. BASEBALL TEAM — Front Row; Paul Patton, Sean Siewin, Matt Carlin. Joe Kimerer, Erin Mor- gan, Rob Behrend, Jody Pishkur, David Holt. Back Row: Coach Gary Gray, Ames Hazlett, Darren Peder- son, Mike Connors. Jason Karris, David Martz, Stan Bednarck, Ken Jankowski. AN MC ROGERS batter and senior catcher John Pishkur await the pitch of Rob Strikwerda. Strik- werda finished the year at 4-3. FRESHMAN JEFF GOTT scores a run for the Viking freshman team, which finished the year at 13-6. FRESHMAN BASEBALL TEAM — Front Row: Chris Miller, Bob Resh. Brian Siewin, Tom Gott, batboy, Marc Crownover, Matt Sinclair, Doug Peterson, Mark Sundwall. Standing: Wally Szymanski, Tim Carrel. Jeff Gott, Scott Petcu, Jeff Porter, Mark Robinson, Eric Thompson. Aaron Lackey, Chris Collins. Dominic Locopo, Joel Martin, Coach Dale Gott. THE VALPO TEAM lines up at home plate to congratulate senior Paul Stratton after he hit a home run. 109 Boys ' Baseball SENIOR INFIELDER JODY Susdorf prepares to throw out a runner at first. Susdorf ' s consistent play at second base anchored the team. AN ALL-CONFERENCE pitcher last year as a freshman, sophomore Dawn Shalapsik winds up to deliver a pitch to her opponent. ALTHOUGH MOST OF her time was spent pitching to the opp osition, se- nior Lynnea Cole takes her turn as a batter. In addition to her pitching and offense, Cole provided much leadership for the Vikes. “Even though we didn’t accomplish all of our team goals, we real- ly had fun. Coach (Ben- nethum) had patience with us — he deserves a lot of credit.” — Jody Susdorf GIRLS’ VARSITY SOFTBALL TEAM — Front Row; Jennifer Higbie. Jean Carter, Traci Leveritt, Leanne Thomas, Michelle Kirk. Second Row: Carrie Buck, Dawn Shalapsik, Tina Hensel, Lynnea Cole, Jody Susdorf. Back Row: Ann Neal, Jan- et Fuller, Jennifer Cole, Coach Nancy Brown, Head Coach Todd Bennethum. GIRLS’ VARSITY SOFTBALL Season Record: 8-15 Crown Point L M. C. Marquette W LaPorte W Penn (2) W L Portage L Hobart L Merrillville L Lowell (2) W W Chesterton L M. C. Rogers W LaPorte L Portage L Viking Inv. W L Hobart L Merrillville L Hammond Morton W Chesterton L S. B. Riley L M. C. Rogers L SECTIONALS L 110 Girls ' Softball After all the hours of practices and games that a high school team goes through, there are bound to be a few injuries. It is usually easy to replace the injured player with a competent back-up. However, the 1987 softball team dealt with more than just a “few injuries” throughout its sea- son. While most teams were just reaching their mid-season form, the Lady Vikes had almost half of their 13 girl roster suffering injur- ies ranging from broken bones to the chicken pox. “We had so many people out at one time, that all of the remaining players had to learn a new posi- tion within a day or two,” sopho- more Jennifer Cole said. According to Head Coach Todd Bennethum, the strengths of the team were their pitching, unity and ability to come back, which helped to offset the injuries. “We had a lot of last inning vic- tories because they were a good comeback team. They really nev- er gave up,” said Bennethum. The pitching was led by senior Lynnea Cole and sophomore Dawn Shalapsik, who each threw a no-hitter during the season. Ad- ditional pitching was provided by senior Jody Susdorf, who was the team’s regular second baseman. “Jody developed into a very consistent fielder. She made both the routine and outstanding plays at second,” said Bennethum. The Viking offense was pow- ered by catcher Jennifer Cole, who led the team in almost every of- fensive category and supplied good defense behind the plate. Another strength that Benne- thum stated was the unity of the team, which included sopho- mores, juniors, and seniors. “I was real happy with the way they played together. They either won as a team or lost as a team,” explained Bennethum. One problem that Bennethum stated was the lack of experience that most of his players had. Be- cause varsity softball was just re- cently started at VHS, many of the girls didn’t have the fast pitch background of the other teams. A step in the right direction to solving this problem was taken this year with the addition of a ju- nior varsity softball team. This team, coached by Cheryl Youn- ger, served the purpose of teach- ing the basic skills to the younger players. “This was the first time most of these girls had seen fast pitch, so I was pleased with their im- provements from game to game,” said Younger. Varsity team awards were giv- en to Lynnea Cole for MVP and Tina Hensel for Most Improved. The Mental Attitude award went to Susdorf and Jennifer Cole was the team’s Most Productive Hit- ter. by Jill Bodensteiner “Our record wasn’t the best, but we contin- ued to improve and had a lot of fun.’’ — Kelly Roberts GIRLS’ J.V. SOFTBALL TEAM — Jennifer Stanier, Tamara Guttler. Front Row: Chris Ellis, Chris Bell, Back Row: Kerrie Smith, Kathleen Deb Walsh, Kandal Coolman, Nicki Ducat, Catherine Periolat, Kelly Peuquet, Paula Gifford. Second Roberts, Colleen Sullivan, Coach Row: Jennifer Barker, Heidi Kel- Cheryl Younger, logg, Leslie Fritz, Val Wasemann, GIRLS’ J.V. SOFTBALL Season Record: 0-17 Laf. Harrison (2) L L LaPorte L Merrillville L Highland L Bishop Noll (2) L L Griffith L Crown Point L Portage (2) L L Highland L S.B. LaSalle L Merrillville L Griffith L LaPorte L Highland L 111 Girls ' Softball Vo A o repeat u innin ear He was the new kid of the block this year, and all eyes were on him. But Mr. Mark Hoffman came out on top and made a lasting impres- sion as the newest head coach of the VHS boys’ track and field team. The 1987 season marked Hoff- man ' s first year as head coach, al- though for 12 years he had served as an assistant coach to Sam Ras- mussen. Hoffman was assisted this year by Mr. Terry Cox. Mr. Dan Jones, and Mr. Mike Polite. Hoffman’s goals for the track team were to win the Valpo Relays, the Duneland Athletic Conference, and Sectionals. The team fulfilled these goals by taking first place at the Valpo Relays and winning both the DAC and Sectional titles. Hoffman stated that the track team also had the best indoor sea- son in VHS history, having finished with a 3-0 record. The team placed first in the Lake Central Invitation- al and the Thornwood Invitational. Extremely tough competition during the indoor season prepared the team for the outdoor season, Hoffman added. The team’s tough- est competition in the DAC was Chesterton, he said. The track team experienced diffi- culties early in the season with re- building its field events, but quick- ly overcame this through the dedi- cation of its members. The team was especially strong, said Hoffman, in “overall team depth and in senior leadership. This year we had an outstanding group of seniors.” Team captains this year included Bob Morrison, Ted Volk and Steve Mueller for the sprinters, and Todd Hancock for the jumpers. Brett Pol- izotto and Loren Huck were cap- tains for the distance runners, and Dan Spencer, Mike Barone, and Dan Rice for field events. Hoffman believed that his jun- iors are capable of carrying next year’s team “if they dedicate them- selves and work hard in the off-sea- son.” Hoffman noted that the un- derclassmen were strong, and con- tributed to the team throughout the season. by Jennifer Barker ONE STRIDE AHEAD of Brett Pol- IN THE LAST race of a dual meet izotto are senior Loren Huck and ju- against LaPorte, senior Bob Morri- nior Jim Arnold. Polizotto won the son runs the anchor leg of the win- race, however. ning mile relay team. “Because this was my senior year, I was glad we did as well as we did.” — Bob Morrison BOYS’ TRACK TEAM — Front Row: Mark Jones. Bryan Benke, Rusty Johnson. Steven Mueller, Ted Volk. Bob Morrison. Rich Choate, Matt Mor- ris, Dick Wardrop, Brett Polizotto. Second Row: Loren Huck. Jeff Nevills, Allan Brandy, Jeff Stanzak, Carl Shurr, Darin Kuchaes, Mark Ziegert, Chris Bass, Kevin Jones. Jim Arnold, Chad Nightengale. Third Row: Nat Keammerer, Craig Meyers. Todd Han- cock, Pete Cunningham. Ryan Rozin- ski, Scott Perez, Charlie Douglas. Dave Evans, Tom Small. Matt Utter- back. Cole Doolittle. Fourth Row: Bry- an Fuller, Cliff Malings, Aaron Pa- cholke. Matt Kush. Rich Aytes, Van Evanoff, Eric Helton, Pete Reggie. Scott Drake, Eric Jakel, Jeff Gilliam. Tim Thorley. Fifth Row: Chad Grienke, Dan Spencer, Dan Rice, Rob Mahoney, Jeff Neal, John Pitt, Tony Rickman, Damon Colby, Eric Deal, Mickey Nolan. Craig Cornell, Rich Merril, Mike McLinn. Sixth Row: Jeff Newell. Mark Schwab, Paul Synowiec, Rusty Goodwin. Mark Briggs, John Woods, Mark Bolde, John Etchison, Brian Schneckenberger, Stephen Sny- der, Kyi Rizzo. Seventh Row: Todd Bauer, A. J. Fattore, Chuck Williams, Mike Miller, Dan Davis, Don Tursman, Eric Shirey, Matt Hardwick, Brian Da- vis, Tad Gilmore. Emmit Fitsgerald, James King. Back Row: Coach Mark Hoffman, Sarah Evans, Chris Seroc- zynski, Terry Cox, Dan Jones, Brent Ruggaber. BOYS’ TRACK Season Record: 15-1 INDOOR Thornwood Inv. W Lake Central Hobart W Lake Central Inv. W OUTDOOR Lew Wallace W Portage W Chesterton W LaPorte W Merrillville W Hobart W N. Newton W Chesterton Relays 2nd M.C. Rogers W Valpo Relays 1st DAC Meet 1st SECTIONALS 1st REGIONALS 1st 112 Boys ' Track SENIOR DAN RICE winds up to throw the discus. Rice was a three- year team member and letter win- ner. AS HE CLEARS the high jump bar, junior Bryan Benke helps add points toward another VHS victory. He was a three-year team member. 113 Boys ' Track SUSIE FOLKE, SENIOR, is cheered on by Kelly Seroczynski. Seroczynski, Folke, Lisa Hender- son, and Starr Witherspoon were on the all-conference relay. SOPHOMORE BETH HILL stretches to extend the distance of her long jump attempt at a home meet against Chesterton. “The season was not the best as far as records go, but we got a lot out of it.” — Kelly Seroczynski GIRLS’ TRACK TEAM - Front Row; Marcia Evans, Colleen Jones, Prue Searles, Kristin Hartwig, Jodi Humes, Erica Hartwig, Kim Tapp. Second Row; Laura Hanson, Kelly Watt, Kim Allen, Julie Kobe, Jenni- fer Stout, Whitney Ward, Kathie Brobeck, Sarah Fischer. Third Row; Jenny Pitt. Shannon Haugh. Carole Cornman, Jennifer Howard, Kelly Seroczynski, Rachel West, Kelly McLane. Meghan Martin, Laurie Kush. Fourth Row; Leslie Perrow, Paula Riley, Jodi Gudino, Lisa Hart, Maureen Sullivan. Debbie Graham, Sara Ehlers, Heather Fierst, Jenny Payne, mgr. Fifth Row; Amy Baker, mgr., Laura Stanier, Susie Folke, Lisa Henderson, Beth Hill, Becky Stanier, Sara Johnson, Lisa Libassi, Heather Moore, Jennifer Henderson, Stephanie Snider. Back Row; Asst. Coach Cindy Willis, Coach Pat McKay, Wanda Peterson, Lori Sier, Becky Klinedinst, Amanda Jones, Susan Dolhover, Missy Voigt, Starr Witherspoon, Asst. Coach Nancy Ficken, Asst. Coach Debbie Fray GIRLS ' TRACK Season Record; 2-7 Portage L Chesterton L LaPorte L Merrillville L Hobart L Lake Central L M.C. Rogers W Crown Point W DAC Meet 5th SECTIONALS 7th 114 Girls ' Track JH cL of depth hurtd Uihed Her heart is pounding, she raises her head to the wind and steadies her sleek form in the blocks . . . BANG! Valparaiso High School’s girls’ track team was off and running. Although it may have got off to a running start with Coaches Pat McKay, Debbie Fray, Nancy Ficken and Cindy Willis, the team ended up losing most of its meets with very close scores. McKay said she had hoped for a better season, but due to the loss of these key points at DAC meets “It just didn’t happen.” In addi- tion, the team was mainly com- posed of freshmen, with only four seniors providing leadership. McKay noted, that through the losses her team kept a very posi- tive attitude. “They never gave up,” she said. Assistant Coach Debbie Fray added, “This is the hardest working bunch of girls I have ever coached.” Despite their record, the Lady Vikes turned in some strong per- formances and ran away with a lot of blue ribbons. McKay credited junior Colleen Jones and sophomore Lisa Hen- derson for repeatedly capturing firsts in distance events. She also noted that freshman Jodi Gudino and juniors Kim Allen, Jennifer Stout and Jennifer Henderson turned in strong performances in sprints, while junior Kelly Seroc- zynski held her own in the middle distance races. Another record setter for the team was senior Susie Folke in the hurdle events. Field event stand outs included freshman shotputters Laura and Becky Stanier, as well as Hender- son. Looking ahead. Coach McKay has high expectations for next season. She said, “Ben Frankl in’s eighth grade team is very strong. Both seventh grade middle school teams are doing well and should add depth.” by Tami Blomberg SOPHOMORE LISA HENDERSON leads the 800 meter run and is fol- lowed by freshman Lisa Hart. Hen- derson also ran the 1600 and the mile relay. CLEARING THE HIGH jump bar is senior Lori Sier. She was a third year letterwinner and captured third at the conference meet at Por- tage. 115 Girls ' Track “This year worked out really well for us.” — Matt Harrington BOYS’ SOCCER TEAM: Front Row: Chris macher. Matt Harrington. Marc Hamacher. Kanagy. Clayton Pullins. Marty Primich, Back Row: Coach Hans Scheller. Moses Mu Rob Holmes. Dirk Chilian. Jason Taylor, noz. Troy Ferguson. Salvador Rodriguez. Second Row: Steve Beiser. Mark Ambelang, Justin Gericke. Machi Rodriguez. Jason Jeff Sensenbaugh. Tim Kehret. Dusty Ha- Freitag. BOYS’ SOCCER Season Record: 9-2-1 Hammond Morton W Chesterton W Munster L Lew Wallace W Highland W Lake Central W Griffith W Andrean L Merrillville W Portage T Hammond W Chesterton W 116 Soccer n tw coac i turnA around AeitAim One of the many useful and unique qualities of mankind is the ability to correct and learn from mistakes. While machines may re- peat their errors, humans have the intelligence to avoid and to profit from previous mistakes. Similarly, the boys’ soccer team, in its third season, learned from the failures and a 5-6 record last year to post a 9-2-1 overall mark this season. “Physically, we’re basically the same team as last year. Mentally, we were better prepared this year,” said first year Head Soccer Coach Hans Scheller. “We played a lot smarter than last season — they deserved to win.” Scheller cited that the team’s major strength was in its ability to play well as a team and have strong players come off the bench. “We really work well as a team. No one stars. We always have four or five guys out there who can score, and more who can come off the bench,” Scheller explained. Another big advantage for the Vikes was the combination of sen- iors Dirk Chilian, Clayton Pul- lins, Macchi Rodriguez and junior Matt Harrington for a very strong midfield, according to Scheller. Highlighting the season for the Vikes were two important victo- ries over schools they had never beaten previously. The Vikes topped Hammond Morton with a score of 4-2 and dominated rival Lake Central by a total of 4-1. “That’s a real accomplishment. Neither of those teams are push- overs,” Scheller said. “Overall, we’ve had a pretty good season. The players have motivated themselves and stayed healthy,” concluded Scheller. “They played better than I ex- pected. This year has been a pleasant surprise.” by Matt Jankowski SENIOR JASON FREITAG drives to READY TO DEFEND his team, se- score a goal against Lake Central in nior Clayton Pullins sets up to the second-half of the game. Freitag stand his position. Pullins was a was a third year team member. second-year team member. USE OF TEAMWORK enables fresh- man Jason Taylor and senior Jeff Sensenbaugh to outsmart their Lake Central opi onent. IN A GAME at Ben Franklin, senior team member Justin Gericke races against his Lake Central opponents for the ball. 117 Soccer st 15 ' 4 deadqn The girls’ varsity tennis team realized early in its season that life is full of ups and downs. After a string of seven consecutive vic- tories, the girls suffered an unex- pected loss in a key meet. The team’s goal of capturing the Duneland Conference title fell through after losing to Portage, 1- 4. “We played well, but Portage was a lot stronger than we expect- ed them to be,” said Head Coach Tim Shideler. “We misjudged the line-up,” said junior singles player Heather Mallett. “Our goal after losing to Portage was then to beat them in sectionals.” Team strengths were at the number one singles position with junior Sharon Dorris and at the top doubles team of Kelly Zim- merman and Katie Wittlinger, both seniors with varsity experi- ence. On the other hand, a weakness was the lack of team depth and in- experience due to injured players, a list which included sophomore Kelly Van Rosendale for much of the season. In spite of these problems, Shi- deler noted the enthusiasm of his players, claiming that this enthu- siasm was “the glue of the team during the rough times.” “After a controversial match against Lake Central, the team’s morale was down a little,” stated Shideler. “But soon afterwards the girls were back in full form,” he added. Throughout the season, the VHS squad’s toughest competi- tors were Munster, Crown Point, and conference rival LaPorte. Valpo surprised a tough Crown Point team, defeating them with a 3-2 win. The junior varsity squad, head- ed by Frank Saikley had an unde- feated season in both conference and non-conference matches. “I felt that the girls have really done well. Maybe even better than we expected,” said Saikley. “They are a good group of hard workers.” by Shelley McMurtrey and Jill Bodensteiner “We were all pleased with our successful season — but we wish we could have beaten Portage and Culver.” — Julia Betjemann GIRLS’ VARSITY TENNIS TEAM — Row: Coach Tim Shideler, Kim Front Row; Karen Reynolds, Karen Wright, Sharon Dorris, Kelly Zim- Carichoff, Heather Mallet, Trish merman, Katie Wittlinger, Kelly Landstrom, Julia Betjemann. Back VanRosendale. GIRLS’ VARSITY TENNIS Season Record: 15-4 Lowell W Crown Point W Andrean W Lake Central W Calumet W Logansport Tourney W M.C. Rogers W Portage L Highland W LaPorte w Culver L Hobart W Merrillville W Culver Tourney W L Chesterton W Munster W SECTIONALS W L 118 Girls’ Tennis f NUMBER ONE SINGLES player Sharon Dorris unleashes a back- hand against her Highland oppo- WITH A LOOK of determination on nent. Dorris, a junior, provided con- her face, senior Katie Wittlinger fol- sistent play at her position all year, lows through on a shot. t IJXII JUNIOR KIM WRIGHT prepares to return a forehand during a Valpo victory. Wright played doubles for the team during much of the sea- son. GIRLS’ J.V. TENNIS Season Record: 14-0 Lowell W Crown Point W Andrean W Lake Central W Calumet W M.C. Rogers W Portage W Highland W LaPorte W Culver W Hobart W Merrillville W Chesterton W Munster W GIRLS’ J.V. TENNIS TEAM — Front Row; Alexis Abbott, Kristi Hager, Lisa Precourt, Marie Macapagal, Jeanne Kim. Back Row: Coach Frank Saikley, Jennifer Mutka, Melissa Conde. Cindy Haughton, Jennifer Stevens, Stacey Janasiak. “We had a lot of new people, so we weren’t sure how we’d do. But we just kept winning.’’ — Cindy Haughton 119 Girls ' Tennis tet ' pe ot ' niiiti e deJumtion SENIOR DAN FRYE adds points to- ward another VHS victory by sink- ing the golf ball. Frye received the low 9 Hole Medalist trophy. “Fuel-injected, German engi- neered cars, including Porsche, Audi, Mercedes Benz, BMW and The mere mention of German cars probably catches the atten- tion of people who are interested in traveling at unreasonable speeds. The people who don’t know much about cars, however, probably yawn until their jaws ached after reading the first three words. Like most hobbies, golf is some- thing in which you’re either inter- ested or you’re not. Every hobby has its own following of interested people, but it is often difficult to organize them into a club or league. “Our first goal every year is just to have a golf team,” said Coach Bob Cain. “Whether we lose every match, or go undefeated, I think it is a worthwhile pursuit to have the experience of being on a team. We have been very fortunate in the past to have enough interest- ed students to form a team every year,” he added. The increased enrollment at VHS had its effects on the golf team. “In years past, we’ve usually had two or three excellent players, and enough players that could hold their own to fill up the rest of the line-up. This year, we’ve been especially fortunate, be- cause we’ve got five or six top- notch golfers. At the start of the season, I sincerely thought that we had a chance to go undefeated through sectionals. Unfortunate- ly, we caught a couple of bad days on conference matches early in the season, and lost a couple. At any rate, there is no doubt that we have a fine team here,” said Cain. The season ’s highlight was cap- turing a first at the Rensselaer In- vitational. Sixteen teams compet- ed at this annual match. The team will have a second chance to go undefeated next year, because only one of the five varsity lettermen is graduating, and eight of the fourteen members of the team are either freshmen or sophomores. Varsity players were decided on a match to match basis, with the top five scorers from the previ- ous match playing varsity on the next match. The heart of the team consisted of Bob Risk, Paul Ventura, Chip Martin, and Todd Price, along with Dan Frye, one of two seniors on the team. Others who played in varsity matches were Jason Kreiger, Daenen Badie, and Lance Lemon. by Pete Speckhard “We worked hard in practice, and that real- ly showed results.” — Paul Ventura BOYS’ GOLF TEAM — Front Row: Cain, Lance Lemon, Chip Martin, Scott Graley, Bruce Gilliam, Paul Dainen Badie, Jason Krieger, Bob Ventura, Jim Ailes, Dan Frye, Mark Risk, Todd Price. Not Pictured: Michelsen. Back Row: Coach Bob Frank Spanopoulos. BOYS’ VARSITY GOLF Season Record: 19-4 Portage Chesterton W W M.C. Rogers Portage W L Chesterton LaPorte W W M.C. Marq. Chesterton W W M’ville. Hobart L W Boone Grove R. Forest W W Hobart M.C. Rogers W L Rensselaer Inv. W Munster w LaPorte M’ville. W W Andrean Boone Grove W W Lake Central Inv. 2nd M.C. Elston W L SECTIONALS W 120 Boys ' Golf 4. HiM jf ' ' a. 1 BOB RISK. JUNIOR, works intently to drive the ball out of the sand trap. He was named the team’s M.V.P. and was also voted M.V.P. in the Duneland Conference selec- tions. DURING PRACTICE. Paul Ventura, a third-year team member, concen- trates on a putt. BOYS ' VARSITY GOLF coach Bob Cain works on tallying the scores of his golfers at a home meet. 121 Boys ' Golf AT FOOTBALL GAMES and other athletic events, VHS students filled an impressively large section of the bleachers. During times like these, we enjoyed being FACES IN THE 122 Album Division CROWD. With the dramatic increase in the VHS population, ev- ery aspect of our lives changed for “the bigger.” We had big- ger classes, bigger clubs and bigger teams. Another major change we saw was in our weekend en- tertainment. Sock hops were moved from the north balcony to the main gym floor due to the ever-increasing attendance figures. In addition to this, we saw two other exciting sock hop trendsetters — B.E.R.G.A.S.H., Drama Club’s “Biggest Ever Record Giveaway and Sock Hop,” and Student Coun- cil’s Bon Jovi concert ticket raffle at a sock hop benefiting the Humane Society. Through events like these, we let people know that VHS was bigger than ever. Whether we were maneuvering through a crowded hallway, lunch room or parking lot, we wanted people to know who we were. We wanted to be more than FACES IN THE CROWD. by Karen Mutka 123 Album Division Seniors STEVEN JOSEPH AARDEMA — choir 2-4; swing choir 2, 3. ALANE ELIZAB ETH ABBOTT — FCA 2; EEC 2-4; pep club 2; SADD 2-4; V-Teens 2, 3; intramural tennis 2, 3; intramural skiing 3. DANA LYNN ABEL — SADD 3. JASON RICHARD ABEL — EEC 4; gaming club 2; junior achievement 2, 3 (v. pres.). TERESA MARIE ACRES — DECA 2 (v. pres.); SADD 4. Graduates provide input Although senioritis is known to cause apathy, students in the class of 1987 did not feel this side effect as heavily as in other years. Thanks to the work of the senior class officers, they played a major role in planning their graduation ceremony. “For the first year ever, the students took control over graduation. We planned ev- erything from baccalaureate to the speeches that were given,” explained president Larry Wright. Wright, along with vice president Car- olyn Miller, secretary Mary Latridis, and treasurer Mychel Macapagal worked to form a VHS graduation committee consisting of parents, faculty and students. This group used the input they received from the mem- bers of the senior class to make the necessary decisions. “The class participation was great - we got a lot of ideas from the seniors. They did SENIOR CLASS OEEICERS - Mychel Macapagal. secretary; Mary latridis, treasurer; Carolyn Miller, vice president; Larry Wright, president. a good job of telling us what they did and did not want, and that was a great help to the committee,” said Miller. Wright agreed, adding, “We have had 100 percent input from the students on grad- uation, and that has been great.” In ad- dition to graduation, the officers were in charge of buying and presenting the class gift, which was a granite marquee for Valpa- raiso High School. Dr. David Bess, principal, helped the officers with their many duties, including such tasks as money making. Much of this money, which was needed pri- marily for the class gift and graduation, was left over from the 1986 prom. Seniors also raised money through soc-hops and a car wash. “A lot of times it is hard for students to speak up and have their opinions consid- ered,” said Wright. “Our goal was to make graduation and the other activities more of a class thing. In the end, we just wanted to have the best year possible for the seniors.” by Jill Bodensteiner JEFFREY PAUL ADNEY — FEC 3, 4; (v. pres.) swimming 2-4 (capt.). KIMBERLY JEAN AHLGRIM — FEC 2. 3. DANIEL WILLIAM ALEXA — FEC 3, 4; baseball 2; intramural basketball 2-4; in- tramural tennis 2-4; German club 3. JOEL MARK AMBELANG — band 2-4; pep band 2; swimming 2-4; soccer 2-4. KIM L. AMBELANG — drama 2-4; swim- ming 2. CRAIG JOSEPH ANDERSON — band 2-4; FEC 2. 3; jazz ensemble 2-4; NHS 4; VALPO 4. TIMOTHY ALAN ATHA — FEC 4; SADD 3; football 3. CHRISTOPHER D. BALLA — intramural basketball 2; tennis 2; German club 3. AMY LOU BARBER — band 2-4; OEA 4 (v. pres.); pep band 2-4; SADD 3, 4; studio band 2-4; weightlifting 3. KENNETH RAY BARFELL — football 2-4; track 2-4; intramural basketball 3. 124 Seniors Aardenia ■ Barfell MICHAEL JOHN BARONE — class officer 3 (v. pres.); NHS 3, 4 (v. pres.): student council 2-4 (v. pres.): stu. fac. senate 4; Valenian 3; weightlifting 2-4; football 2-4 (capt.): track 2-4. VINCENT THOMAS BARTELMO — weight- lifting 3, 4; football 3, 4; wrestling 2-4. KEITH A. BEAVER CATHY BEHRMAN STEVE W. BEISER — band 2; class officer 2 (v. pres.): EEC 2-4; NHS 4; student council 2-4; wrestling 2-4; soccer 2-4; cross-coun- try 2. BRIAN WALTER BENEDICT — FCA 4; EEC 3, 4; (board member); swimming 2-4 (capt.). DEBBIE ANN BENJAMIN CATHLEEN ANN BERNARDI — NHS 3. 4; pep club 2, 3; student council 3; VALPO 4; swimming 2-4 (capt. 4). JULIA LYNN BETJEMANN — band 2; EEC 2-4; NHS 3, 4; student council 4 (sec.); VALPO 4; tennis 2-4. MARY MARTHA BIELICH — EEC 2-4 (sec.); student council 2-4 (pres.): Viking Press 4; softball 2, 3: homecoming queen. PATRICIA ELIZABETH BIRD — drama 2- 4 (sec., hist.); EEC 2, 3; thespian 3, 4; swim- ming 2; boys’ swim team mgr. 2-4. JOHN P. BLUMENTHAL JILL RENEE BODENSTEINER — FCA 2-4 (treas. 4); EEC 2-4; NHS 3, 4; VALPO 4; Valenian 4; YARC 2-3: basketball 2-4. JULIE MELISSA BOWEN — FCA 2, 3; EEC 2-4; pep club 2, 3; student council 2-4; bas- ketball 2; track 3. GLENDA LEE BRADLEY — EEC 3: pep club 3; Vikettes 2, 3. ALLAN CHRISTOPHER BRANDY — track 3, 4; intramural volleyball 3, 4. CHRIS ALAN BRICKLEY — SADD 4; intra- mural basketball 3, 4; intramural volley- ball 2-4. NANCY ANN BROOKS — band 2, 3: drama 3: FCA 3; EEC 2; pep club 2, 3: football trainer 4. MICHAEL CHARLES BROWN ERIC JOHNATHAN BULS — EEC 3; intra- mural basketball 4. STEPHANIE ANN BURRIS — EEC 2-4; NHS 4; SADD 2. DENNIS E. BUTLER — EEC 2. 3; weightlift- ing 2-4; YARC 3; football 2. SEAN BYVOETS — class officer 2-4; EEC 2-4: student council 3, 4; weightlifting 2-4; intramural basketball 2-4; intramural skiing 2-4. MARIAN LEE CAMPBELL — EEC 3. 4. RACHEL RENEE CAREY — EEC 3. 4: pep club 3. KAREN LYNN CARICHOFF — cheerlead- ing 2: FCA 3; EEC 3, 4: pep club 2, 3; SADD 3, 4; tennis 3, 4. JEWEL LOURDES CARLOS — band 2, 3: EEC 2-4; NHS 4; SADD 4; v-teens 3, 4 (sec.); intramural volleyball 2-4. JAMES LEE CARMICHAEL — intramural basketball 2-4. JOEL ALLEN CARMICHAEL — Valenian 4 (photog.). STACEY ANNE CARMONA — drama 2; EEC 2-4; SADD 2; vikettes 3, 4 (squad lead- er 4). 125 Seniors Barone - Carmona Seniors MARGIE CARROLL SCOTT E. CASTLE — weightlifting 2-4; football 2-4; intramural basketball 4. JINJIN LINNEA CHARON — dom. ex- change 3; FCA 2; EEC 2-4; pep club 2, 3; student council 2. 3; v-teens 3; volleyball 2; intramural tennis 2, 4. VICKI LYNN CHESTER — EEC 2-4; SADD 2-4; YARC 2; swimming manager 2-4. DIRK CHILIAN — EEC 2-4 (board mem- ber); student council 2-4 (representative); soccer 2-4 (capt.). LAURA LYNN CHOATE — drama 2-4; EEC 3, 4; pep club 2; SADD 3, 4; vikettes 2-4 (co- capt.); YARC 2. VICKI JANINE CIEALDI MELISSA CLEIS — band 2. 3; EEC 2-4; SADD 2, 3; student council 2, 3; v-teens 3, 4 (public spokesperson). CHAD ALAN CLIFFORD — choir 2-4; swing choir 2-4. LYNNEA I. COLE — band 2-4; FCA 2-4; pep club 2-4; SADD 2-4; softball 2-4; basket- ball 2. MIKE EUGENE COLLINS — weightlifting 2; football 2; intramural basketball 4. BRUCE DOUGLAS CONDIE — EEC 2-4; NHS 3, 4; intramural basketball 2-4. MARK CHRISTOPHER CONDON — drama 2-4 (sec. 4); NHS 3, 4; thespian 3, 4. MIKE D. COOK — weightlifting 4; varsity baseball 3, 4; JV baseball 2; intramural basketball 2-4. REBECCA JOAN CORNEIL — DECA 2. 4. TIFFANY JOAN CORNEIL — EEC 3; pep club 2; SADD 3; Vikettes 2, 3. MIKAL F. CROWDER — band 2-4; diving team 2-4. JEFFREY A. CROWE — YARC 3, 4; intra- mural basketball 4. JENNIFER L. CUPPY — cheerleading 2; FCA 2; FEC 2-4; pep club 2-4; SADD 2-4; swimming 3, 4; intramural volleyball 2-4. ELIZABETH ANN CUSON — choir 2-4; dra- ma 4; NHS 3, 4; swing choir 2-4; VALPO 4. GAIL MARIE CYZYK — FEC 2-4; swim- ming 2-4. DAVID C. DEFLER — wrestling 2-4; foot- ball 2-4. DAWN RENEE DEMAN — pep club 2; SADD 4; gymnastics 2-4. ANDREA LYNN DENNIS — FEC 3; SADD 2-4; intramural skiing 2, 3. LISA HELENE DIMITRI — FEC 2. 3; volley- ball 2; track 2, 3; basketball 2, 3. LESLIE ANN DINGWALL — v-teens 2; skiing 3. DAVID M. DOELLING — FCA 2; weightlift- ing 4; football 2-4; wrestling 2. 3; soccer 2, 4. DWIGHT DAVID DOLD — FEC 2; NHS 4; SADD 4; swimming 2-4; intramural cross country, water polo 2-4. JAMES ARCHIBALD DOOLITTLE — Dom. exchange 4; gaming club 2-4. WANDA ANNE DOUGHERTY — FEC 3, 4. 126 Seniors Carroll ■ Dougherty KARLA JILL DROEGE — band 3: drama 2-4 (v. pres.); NHS 4; Thespian 3, 4; boys ' swimming mgr. 2-4. BOB L. DUCAT — choir 2-4; drama 4; gam- ing club 2; SADD 4; swing choir 2-4. DAVID S. EICHBERGER — academic de- cathalon 4; math team 2-4; NHS 3, 4; intra- mural skiing 2, 3. DANIEL JAY EICHMEIRE — baseball 2-4; intramural basketball 2-4. ESTHER EKELMANS — drama 4; EEC 4; v-teens 4; intramural skiing 4. JULIE KAY ELKINS — choir 4; drama 4. MARLENE GAY EKLINS — 3, 4; NHS 3. ROBERT WILLIAM EMERSON — class of- ficer 2 (pres.); student council 2, 4; intra- mural basketball 2-4. MINDY SUZANNE ENGEL — DECA 2, 4. AMY LYNN ERSPAMER — band 2, 3; EEC 2-4; pep club 2, 3; SADD 4; track 2, 3; intra- mural tennis 2; intramural volleyball 3, 4. Seniors meet politics face to face ure out a way to deal with the problem and prevent the extinction of ‘Zorks,’” added Leffew. The State Police also played a role in the program. They had demonstrations set of things that happen in cities that are dealt with by the piolice. “The State Police had something planned for us every day. They did every- thing from blowing up cars to teargassing us. The teargas was pretty scary. I remember people falling down and how bad my eyes burned. It was also a little hard to breath,” said Leffew. “Hoosier Girls’ State made me realize that it’s not always the best candidate who wins, but how well his officials bargain for that office,.” said Dennis, a delegate. Accord- ing to Dennis, if two county chairmen got to- gether and discovered that one county had a candidate seeking the office of Attorney General and the other had a candidate seek- ing the Lt. Governor’s office, they might agree to form a pact and support each other’s candidates. She added that before the candi- dates even got a chance to present their ideas, whether they be good or bad, they might already have extra support. The program takes place every year at Indiana State University. by Chris Seroczynski HOOSIER BOYS ' AND Girls’ State Delegates — Eront Row: Karen Mutka, Brett Polizotto, Mel- issa Hutton. Back Row: Jeff Leffew, John Tapp, Troy Zulich, Dusty Hamacher, While most of us spend our summers working or going to the beach, eight Valpa- raiso High School students experienced dif- ferent things. These eight students were chosen as Boys’ and Girls’ State Delegates. The stu- dents were selected on the basis of their aca- demic ability, leadership qualities, and inter- est in government. The American Legion, Elks, Rotary, and Kiwanis Clubs sponsored the program. State Delegates representing VHS in- cluded Andrea Dennis, Dusty Hamacher, Melissa Hutton, Jeff Leffew, Karen Mutka, Brett Polizotto, John Tapp, and Troy Zulich. In essence, according to Dusty Hama- cher, the program was to give students a bet- ter understanding about how the govern- ment works. “Each floor of the dormatories repre- sented a ‘city’. Each ‘city’ had its own public officials, laws, and municipal problems,” ex- plained Jeff Leffew. According to Hamacher, “If you didn’t follow the laws of your floor, you were arres- ted and the sheriff would punish you.” One example of the mock problems each ‘city’ was given was the ‘Zorks.’ “Zorks’ were birds that were on the en- dangered list. The problem was that the only place the ‘Zorks’ would mate was on the highway. Cars would hit them and so the species was dying fast. Our ‘city’ had to fig- 127 Seniors Droege - Erspamer Seniors r ELIZABETH LYNN ETZLER — FCA 2,4; band 2; FFC 2-4; student council 2,3; weightlifting 2. SUSAN SVETA EVANOFF — FCA 2; FEC 2-4; OEA 4; pep club 2,3. TERESA DIANE FANCHER VICTORIA LYNN FARNUM — choir 4; stu- dio band 4; v-teens 3,4; VICA 4. BILL ALLEN FERNGREN — VICA 2-4; bas- ketball 2-4; golf 3,4. Rock bands take note Success . . . very few people know the meaning of the word, truly. Most people never even come in contact with the true meaning of it. Three bands at VHS not only know its meaning, but also how it feels and what it takes to get there. “This Dream Alice,” “Digital Hair,” and “Astral Zombies” have received a taste of success and are just waiting for the right moment to dig in and eat. “This Dream Alice.” made up of senior Craig Anderson, and VHS graduates Benjamin Utley and Kelly Brant, began in 1983 as a band called “Control.” “After many musical and psychological changes we find the reorganized, less indus- trial, more dark psychedelic ‘This Dream Alice’,” explained the group. The band has played at many universities and clubs this year, including Valparaiso Uni- versity. DePaul University, the No-Bar, apd the Cabaret Metro in Chicago. According to Anderson, they are expecting to frequent many more clubs and recording studios in the near future. PRISONER’S PERCUSSIONIST GARY Nova plays during a concert at the American Legion in Highland, Indiana. “Digital Hair” is “a high energy, new wave rock band” consisting of seniors Paul Gold and Chad Clifford, and VHS graduates Rick Allen, Bill Day, and Mike Moore. The group is the product of a merger between two well-known past VHS bands: “Visions” and “The Happy Bunch.” In August 1986, Digital Hair took a pro- motional trip to Nashville, Tennessee to speak with publishing and recording companies. “Astral Zombies,” a VHS band originally known as “Blue Elvis.” is just getting its foot in the door to the music world. Since May 1986,’ “Astral Zombies” has undergone many person- nel changes and has only recently come up with a steady line-up. The group includes senior An- drew Griffin, VU student George Pavel, and VHS graduate Alan Luckett. In February 1987 at Valparaiso Univer- sity, the group gave its first sell-out, standing- room-only show. While each of these bands admits to “starting small,” through their hard efforts they are rapidly growing into VHS success stories. by Jennifer Mitol MELISSA LISETTE FINLAY — drama 2; FEC 4; Vikettes 3; swimming 2. JIM ARTHUR FISK — golf 3; baseball 2,4. ANNE M. FLETCHER — FEC 2-4; pep club 3; Thespian 4; JV swimming manager 3. SUZANNE HELEN FOLKE — FEC 2-4; jazz ensemble 3,4; NHS 3,4; track 2,4. JODI REA FRAILEY — FEC 2-4; SADD 2- 4; Student council 2-4. GREGORY DAVID FRAME — gaming club 3. CHRISTINE NOELLE FRANK — choir 3,4; dom. exc. 3,4; student fac. senate 4. JASON AARON FREITAG — FEC 2-4; NHS 3.4 (sec. 4); student council 2; VALPO 4; Valenian 3; soccer 2-4. SCOTT RANDALL FRITTS — SADD 3,4; wrestling 4; golf 4. DANIEL KEITH FRYE — academic decath- alon 4; NHS 3,4; golf 2-4; tennis 2-4; bas- ketball manager 2. 128 Seniors Etzler-Frye DIGITAL HAIR members — Front Row: seniors Chad Clifford, Paul Gold. Back Row: VHS graduates Rick Allen, Bill Day. Mike Moore. (Photo by Dave Doel- ling) BRYAN JOSEPH FULLER — VICA 2-4 (sec. 4): weightlifting 4: football 3,4; baseball 2; (rsck 4 KELLIE JO GANT — DECA 3.4. VINCENT NOEL GAST — FEC 4. DOUGLAS DEAN GERBER — FEC 4: ten- nis 2-4 (capt.). JUSTIN DOUGLAS GERICKE — academic decath. 4; acad. super bowl 4: band 2; FEC 2-4; v-teens 4; Valenian 3; cross country 2: soccer 2-4. BETH ANN GIVEN — FEC 2,3; math team 2-4. PAUL S. GOLD — SADD 4; tennis 2; JV baseball 2; intramural basketball 2-4; in- tramural football 2. CHAD JOSEPH GOODWIN TAMATHA J. GOODWIN — YARC 2-4 (treas.). RONALD LEE GRAHAM — FCA 2.3; foot- ball manager 3; football sports info, direc- tor 4; basketball manager 2-4. CHRIS D. GREGORY — choir 4; YARC 4; football 4. ANDREW PAUL GRIFFIN — class officer 3 (treas.); FEC 2,3; student council 2,3; swing choir 2,3; VICA 2-4; soccer 3. NICHOLAS LEE GRIFFIN — intramural basketball 4. KRISTIN GROSS KENNETH EDWARD GROVES — DECA 3,4. 129 Seniors Fuller-Groves Seniors JOSEPH G. HADLEY JENNIFER ELIZABETH HALL — band 2,3; FEC 2-4; NHS 2-4; student council 2,3; YARC 2,3; swimming 3. DUSTIN EUGENE HAMACHER — FEC 2-4; NHS 3,4 (sec.); student council 2,3; stu. fac. senate 4 (v. pres.); Viking Press 2,4; swimming 2-4; soccer 2-4. TODD ALLEN HANCOCK — SADD 3,4; student council 3; weightlifting 4; track 2- 4. AMY S. HARDEBECK — drama 4; FEC 2-4; spyeech team 3,4; intramural skiing 2,3. DONNA LEE HARDICK — FEC 2-4; pep club 2,3; Valenian 4. GERALD DOUGLAS HARDIN MICHAEL R. HARTIG — SADD 4; VICA 4. LESLEY ANNE HAUGH — choir 2; class of- ficer 3; swing choir 2; weightlifting 2; swimming 3. ROBERT HAYWARD SCOTT ROBERT HENDERSON — intramu- ral basketball 2-4. KRISTA KAY HENSON — intramural bas- ketball 2,3. KARIN JEANETTE HERRICK — band 2-4; drama 2,3; FEC 2-4; NHS 3,4; VALPO 4; weightlifting 4. JOHN F. HIGUET JACK ALLEN HINES — baseball 2-4. JESSICA HOFFERTH MARY KATHLEEN HOFFERTH — FCA 2- 4; FEC 2-4; Valenian 3; Viking Press 3; vol- leyball 2,3; basketball 2,3. AMY MARIE HOFTIEZER — dom. ex- change 3; drama 3; FEC 2-4; math team 2- 4; orchestra 2,3; SADD 2,4; v-teens 2-4; Vi- king Press 2. TERESA KAY HOLLANDSWORTH — OEA 4 (pres.) LOREN JEFFEREY HUCK — band 2-4; jazz ensemble 3,4; studio band 2; cross coun- try 2-4; track 2,4 MELISSA MARIE HUTTON — band 2,3; FCA 3,4; FEC 2-4 (treas.); SADD 3,4; stu- dent council 2,3; stu. fac. senate 4; VALPO 4. MARY P. lATRIDIS — class officer 2,4; FEC 2-4; NHS 3,4; SADD 3,4; student coun- cil 2-4 (sec. 4); tennis 2,3. MASAKI ISHIHARA — band 4; FEC 4. BRUCE JAME JAHR — intramural bas- ketball 2. ANGELA CHRISTINE JANKOWSKI — OEA 4; SADD 3; YARC 3. NILLA SUSANNA JARVINEN — choir 4; FCA 4; FEC 4; intramural skiing 4; intra- mural tennis 4. JANA JASNIC — FEC 2,3; pep club 2. MARK A. JONES — band 2-4; jazz ensem- ble 2; NHS 3,4; cross-country 2-4; basket- ball 2-4; track 2-4. CHRISTINE DIANE KALINA — drama 3; FEC 3,4; NHS 3,4; orchestra 2-4. KAYE ANNE KELLER — FCA 2-4; FEC 2- 4; volleyball 2,3; basketball 2,3. 130 Seniors Hadley-Keller LORETTA LYNN KENNEY — band 2-4; EEC 2-4; math team 2,3; NHS 3,4; Valenian 3; Viking Press 2-4 (managing editor 4). CHIHOMI KIKUSHIMA — EEC 4. DANIEL MARK KLINEDINST MICHELEE MARIE KLINEEELTER — band 2-4; drama 3,4; EEC 2,4; studio band 2,3; Vikettes 2-4. GREG S. KNIGHT — band 2-4; drama 3; jazz ensemble 2-4; pep band 2,3; studio band 2,3. Skip school or exams? Let’s blow-off second semester! ' We’ve already been accepted to college, so who cares about grades? I’m not even going to study for second semester exams! Seniors had a chance to be excused from second semester final exams if they met the guidelines that the Student Faculty Senate recently established. According to Melissa Hutton, Student Faculty Senate president and initiator of the exam plan, the plan was to encourage good attendance, continued good scholarship, and to promote a positive attitude among second semester seniors. Students earned the “privilege” of not taking the exams by accumulating a total of eight points, Hutton explained. Second se- mester nine-week grades are added together. An “A” earns four points, a “B” earns three points, and a “C” earns two points. If the points totaled eight, students were exempt from taking the final exams. Attendance was also an important fac- tor in determining eligibility. Each absence counted against the students. No absences during the second semes- ter earn four points. One absence earned two points. If a student had more than one ab- sence, no points were received. The Attendance Office will be the offi- cial record holder. Missing any period during the day counted as a day’s absence. A truancy made a student ineligible. Field trips sponsored by ' VHS were not considered absences, said Hutton. College days, doctor’s appointments, and illnesses however, were considered absences. Tardies did not effect attendance, al- though they may have effected grades. If five tardies were received in any given class, the school jjolicy stated that the teacher has the option to lower the grade, explained Dr. David Bess, principal. by Stacey Stonebraker DISCUSSING THE NEW senior exam policy are Joe Martz, the secretary of Student Eaculty Senate, and Melissa Hutton, president. KERRI KAY KNOERNSCHILD — EEC 2.3; speech team 2-4; football trainer 4. JILL ELLEN KOETKE — drama 2; ECA 2- 4; EEC 2-4; NHS 3,4; SADD 4; V-teens 3,4; VALPO 4; YARC 2-4; volleyball 2-4 (co- capt. 4). MELANIE ANNE KOLCZAK — band 2.3; EEC 2-4; v-teens 2,3. WILLIAM NICHOLAS KOPKO — intramu- rol I Q clf 11 MICHELLE JEANNINE KRALL — choir 2- 4; pep club 2-3; SADD 2; track 2-4. KATHRYN RENEE KRAMER — PEC 2-4; SADD 4; intramural skiing 4. DARIN ALAN KUCHAES — track 2-4; in- tramural volleyball 4. ELIZABETH ANN KUEBLER — academic super bowl 4; drama 2-4; ECA 4; speech team 4. CHARLENE ANN KUEHL — PEC 2-4; NHS 3,4; SADD 3; v-teens 3,4. LAURA MARIE KUEHL — PEC 4. 131 Seniors Kenney-Kuehl Seniors Earning; more than just recognition Success comes to those who wait. Several months after taking the Prelim- inary Scholastic Aptitude Tests (PSAT’S) , four Valparaiso High School seniors were named finalists in the 1987 Merit Scholar- ship Competition, sponsored by the Na- tional Merit Scholarship Corporation. They were: Suzanne Folke, Karin H errick, Loretta Kenney and John Nuecht- erlein. These finalists were eligible for Merit scholarships offered by corporations, foun- dations, colleges, universities and other or- ganizations. The students had to meet each organization’s criteria in order to obtain a scholarship from it. Those students chosen could receive anywhere from $250 to $2,000 to help pay college costs. According to Folke, “Making it from semifinalist to finalist was the easy part. Ac- tually getting the money will be the hard part.” In the fall of their junior year, the stu- dents entered the competition by taking the PSAT NMSQT, the qualifying test for the merit program. The top scorers in each state were selected as semifinalists. NATIONAL MERIT FINALISTS — Loretta Ken- ney, Susie Folke, Karen Herrick, John Nuecht- erlein. In order to be considered for a Merit Scholarship, the semifinalists first qualified to be finalists. Requisites included academic performance, recommendations from their school and results on the SAT to prove their performance. Making it to a semifinalist standing it- self was quite an honor according to Miss Elaine Bever, guidance counselor. Bever said that only one-half of one perceni of stu- dents entering the competition make it to the semifinalist standing. Out of 90 percent of the semifinalists who meet finalist qualifications, only 40 per- cent will receive this finalist recognition. Suzanne Folke, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Herman Folke, was in the Foreign Ex- change Club, played piano for the Jazz Band and was a member of the Track Team for three years. She was All-conference her soph- omore by placing sixth in the 300-meter hurdles. Folke would like to study biological sciences. Karin Herrick was involved in the Dra- ma Club and was a four-year band member. She also placed in a regional French contest. She would like to study English and creative writing. Herrick is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Herrick. Loretta Kenney, daughter of Roger Kenney and Elva Giddings, was in band for four years and was named to Indiana’s All- State Band twice. She was also the man- aging editor of the Viking Press, and a for- eign exchange student to Holland last sum- mer. Kenney would like to study economics and international business. John Nuechterlein, who was the lead guitarist and songwriter for a local group and chairman of Immanuel Lutheran Youth- Adult Committee, was undecided in what he would like to study, but he was interested in engineering. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. James Nuechterlein. Because of limited finances, less than half of the 13,000 nationwide finalists re- ceive scholarships. Herrick and Kenney were named as two recipients of these funds. Those VHS students receiving Semifi- nalist commendations included: Craig An- derson, Stephanie Burris, Jason Freitag, Melissa Hutton, Joseph Martz and Karen Mutka. by Stacey Stonebraker 132 Seniors MICHELLE MARIE LAMBERT — FCA 3. 4; FEC 2-4; YARC 2-4; volleyball 2-4; explor- atory teaching 4. JENNIFER LYNN LAMONT — FEC 3, 4; SADD J, 4; cross country 2. BURTON VICTOR LARGURA — FEC 2-4; student council 4; swimming 3, 4; intra- mural volleyball 2-4. JEFF C. LEFFEW — DECA 2-4; drama 4; SADD 2-4; YARC 2-4; football 2-4; wres- tling 2; track 2. 4; cheerleader 3, 4. CINDY J. LEIB — band 2-4. LANCE DELL LEMON — band 2-4; SADD 3; studio band 2; golf 2-4. ALLISON L. LENNET — choir 2-4; DECA 3; SADD 4. TERI LYN LIBASSI — FEC 2-4; v-teens 2. 3. AARON BRADLEY LONG — SADD 2; stu- dent council 2, 3; intramural tennis 2. 3; intramural basketball 3. KIMBERLY SUE LOOFT — FEC 2-4; pep club 2; v-teens 4; track 2; cross-country 3; spell bowl 4. MYCHEL LYNN MADRILEJO MACAPA- GAL — class officer 4 (treas.); FEC 2-4; SADD 2, 3; student council 2, 3; cross country 2. KEVIN MATTHEW MACK — wrestling 3. RANDY LEE MACY — intramural basket- ball 2. TAMARA LYNN MAHONEY — academic decathalon 4; academic super bowl 2-4; FCA 2-4; FEC 2-4; NHS 3, 4; student coun- cil 2, 3 basketball 2; volleyball 2. MARTHA LEE MAIERS — FCA 2-4; FEC 2- 4; NHS 3, 4; orchestra 3; pep club 2, 3; stu. fac. senate 2-4; VALPO 2; track 2. MITCHELL DONALD MARCUS — weight- lifting 3, 4; baseball 2-4; intramural bas- ketball 2-4. JOSEPH DELANOY MARTZ — academic super bowl 4; drama 3, 4; gaming club 2; NHS 3, 4; speech team 4; stu. fac. senate 4; VALPO 4. STACEY LYNN MARTZ — FEC 2, 3. SCOTT MASSON BETH ELLEN MASTERS — FEC 2, 3; or- chestra 2; Vikettes 2-4. MARK ANDREW MATHER MARCIA ANN MAUPIN TRACEY ANNE MCALEER — cheerlead- ing 2, 4; dom. exchange 4; FEC 4; pep club 2-4; SADD 4; track 4; intramural volley- ball 2, 4; girls’ basketball manager 4. KATHLEEN LOUISE MCALLISTER — YARC 2; J.A. 2. GREG MCCOLLY THOMAS JOSEPH MCDERMOTT — cheer- leading 3, 4; FEC 4; SADD 3, 4; weightlift- ing 2-4; football 4. TIMOTHY RICHARD MCDONALD — dra- ma 2, 3; FEC 4; student council 4. TONIA SUE MCLINN — FEC 2-4; pep club 2, 3; SADD 3, 4; Vikettes 2-4. SHELLEY LYNN MCMURTREY — FCA 2-4 (sec. 4); FEC 2-4; Valenian 4; volleyball 2- 4. PAIGE ELIZABETH MCNULTY — FEC 2-4; pep club 2; student council 2, 3; weightlift- ing 3, 4; YARC 2-4; golf 2-4. 133 Seniors Lambert • McNulty Seniors PATRICK FRANCIS MCQUILLAN — FEC 4; intramural skiing 2, 3; intramural ten- nis-2, 3. ALYSON RENEE MILLER — band 2-4; FEC 2, 3; pep band 2, 3; SADD 4; v-teens 3, 4. CAROLYN ANN MILLER — band 2-4; class officer 4 (v. pres.); FCA 2-4; jazz ensemble 2-4; NHS 3, 4; student council 3, 4; stu. fac. senate 4; YARC 2-4; basketball 2,3. KEVIN EUGENE MILLER — OEA 4. MARIA LISA MILLER — FEC 2-4; Vikettes 2-4. TIM MILLER TODD ALAN MILLER — choir 2-4; drama 2-4; swing choir 2-4; track 3, 4. DEANNA LYNN MINGS COLLEEN MARIE MITCHELL — choir 2-4; FEC 3; NHS 3, 4; swing choir 2-4; v-teens 3. JEFF MITCHELL SHANNON JOSEPH MONROE ELIZABETH ALICE MOODY — FEC 4; or- chestra 2, 3. MATTHEW DWAIN MORRIS — track 2-4. BOB J. MORRISON — NHS 4; SADD 2-4; track 2-4; intramural volleyball 4; intra- mural skiing 2, 3. AMY JO MUELLER — FCA 4; FEC 2-4; pep club 2. 3; basketball 2; intramural volley- ball 2-4. JULI RENNE MULLETT — FEC 2-4; or- chestra 2-4. DANIEL BRENDAN MURPHY — FCA 2-4; weightlifting 2-4; baseball 2-4; football 2, 3. KELLY MARIE MURPHY — band 2; FEC 2, 3; student council 3. KAREN IRENE MUTKA — band 2, 3; FEC 2-4; NHS 3, 4; stu. fac senate 4; Valenian 3, 4 (editor 4); Viking Press 2, 3; tennis 2. J. TIMOTHY NAY — OEA 4; stu. fac. sen- ate 4; soccer 3. ANN NEAL — FEC 2; SADD 2, 3; v-teens 2; swimming 2; softball 4. DAN JAMES NEWLIN — SADD 2-4; weightlifting 3, 4. DOUGLAS R. NEWLIN MARK NOLAN MICKEY NOLAN — track 2, 4. JOHN DAVID NUECHTERLEIN — intra- mural tennis 2; intramural basketball 3, 4. BONNI SUZANNE NUEST — cheerleading 2-4; FEC 2-4; pep club 2, 3; SADD 3, 4; in- tramural volleyball 3, 4. CATHERINE SUE NUSBAUM — FEC 2-4; SADD 2, 3. BRYAN J. O’KELLY JULIE LYNN OESTREICH — FEC 2; YARC 2 . STANLEY JOHN OLLING — band 3, 4; jazz ensemble 3, 4; NHS 4; pep band 3. JEFFERY DAVID OSTERHOUT — cheer- leading 3, 4; track 2, 3; baseball 2, 3; intra- mural basketball 2-4; intramural volley- ball 4. 134 Seniors McQuillan - Osterhout CHRISTOPHER J. PAGE — weightlifting 2-4; baseball 2-4. BRIAN C. PARIS — intramural volleyball 4. TAMMY PARKER JAIPAL SINGH PATHEJA — EEC 2-4; math team 2; quiz bowl 3, 4; v-teens 3, 4; tennis 2-4; intramural basketball 2-4. KELLY SHANNON PATRICK — EEC 3. 4; SADD 4; VICA 4 (v. pres.). JERRY CHRIST PAVELKA JENNIEER LYNN PEDA VOLI — pep club 2; SADD 3, 4; wrestling manager 2-4. KIMBERLY ANN PENCE — PEC 2; Vikettes 2. 3. RHONDA L. PESSMEG — speech team 3; VICA 4. DEANA JEAN PETERSON — DECA 3, 4. Valedictorian decided in photo finish Using his mastermind, James Bond, agent 007, solved the greatest crimes of the cen- tury. In a similar manner. Valedictorian Martha Maiers, with a G.P.A. of 4.282, and Salutatorian Melissa Hutton, 4.275 G.P.A., used their “masterminds” throughout high school. The typical stereotype of the “bookworm” did not apply to these girls. Obviously, they did not get to the top of their class by never cracking a book, but both spent their spare time involved in several extra curricular ac- tivities. Maiers was a member of Student Council, 4H, and intramurals. In addition, she was president of the Foreign Exchange Club and National Honor Society, as well as a summer exchange student to Switzerland after her junior year. In the fall, Maiers will attend Gustavus Adolphus University in St. Peter, Minnesota. She plans to major in interna- tional studies. Hutton was member of the National Honor Society, jazz band, intramurals, presi- dent of Student Faculty Senate, and treasur- er of the Foreign Exchange Club. She plans to attend either the University of Notre Dame or Stanford University to study chem- ical engineering combined with liberal arts. Other top ten members included: Loretta Kenney, 4.219: Suzanne Folke, 4.211; Linda Varela, 4.195; Dan Frye, 4.162; Jason Frei- tag, 4.158; Karin Herrick, 4.143; Caty Ber- nardi, 4.139; and Cory Pingatore, 4.101. by Shelley McMurtrey AS PART OP their duties as valedictorian and salutatorian, Martha Maiers and Melissa Hut- ton, went over plans for graduation with Dr. David Bess, principal. 135 Seniors Page ■ Peterson Seniors MAUREEN ELIZABETH PETRO — DECA 4 (sec.): EEC 2-4; pep club 2. 3; SADD 2-4. ANNE MARIE PHILLIS — drama 2, 3: EEC 2. 3; SADD 2; YARC 2, 3. MICHAEL D. PHIPPS — choir 3: DECA 3, 4; drama 2. TROY ALAN PIKULA — weightlifting 2. 3: wrestling 2, 3. STEPHEN CHRISTOPHER PILZ — band 2- 4; PEC 2. 3: NHS 3, 4; pep band 2, 4. CORINNE LEE PINGATORE — class offi- cer 2, 3: PCA 2-4: NHS 3, 4: student council 2, 3: v-teens 3. 4 (tres. 4): VALPO 4. JOHN PISHKUR — SADD 4: baseball 2-4; football 2-4. TAMMY JEAN PITTMAN BRETT HOWELL POLIZOTTO — ECA 2-4: PEC 2-4: NHS 3-4; student council 2-4: cross country 2-4; track 2-4. BOB W. PORTER — baseball 2-4; football 3. THOMAS LEE PROUD CLAYTON J. PULLINS — soccer 2-4. TIMOTHY MICHAEL QUILLEN BRADLEY SCOTT RANDALL PETE L. RANS — EEC 2; basketball 2; in- tramural basketball 3, 4. They taste the authority Anyone who has ever been to a profession- al sports game knows how some people take a contest. Paraphernalia of every shape, size, and color can be seen everywhere. The colors of the opposing teams seem to clash with more violence than the teams themselves. All kinds of gimmicks can be bought from peddlers for outrageous prices, but every- body buys them anyway, because they get caught up in the fun. Just when everybody is having a really good time, however, some spoilsport will in- evitably say, “It ' s only a game.” The hard- core fans then pelt this cynic with peanuts and empty pop cans. Student Government Day is a game that people take very seriously at VHS. In the week before the voting, huge signs for both the Green party and the White par- ty dominate the halls, as selected seniors compete for the privilege of going downtown for a day, and working in city hall. The candidates this year were no excepy- tion. As usual, nobody was above bribing for votes, maligning the opposition and making promises. It was just like real politics. “We try to make this thing as realistic as possible for the students, and I think this year was an excellent example of how Stu- dent Government Day should work,” said Mr. Martin Miller, social studies teacher. “Some years there was nobody really inter- ested, and the candidates with the most friends won. This year, the kids seemed to pay attention to how the candidates were conducting their campaign, and that is how it’s supposed to be,” he added. “It was a lot more fun than I expected. I always used to think things like this were boring, but this year I really got into it,” said Green party candidate Jeff Leffew, who was elected mayor. “Even though we didn’t get to make any real decisions when we were “in office” we learned a lot about politics in general while we were downtown,” said Bryan Truitt, prosecutor. Even the people who lost learned about running. And who knows? Someday, if the United States has a President Leffew, VHS students will know where he got started. by Pete Speckhard STUDENT VOTING ON Government Day was made as realistic as possible for seniors. Katie Hofferth casts her ballot at the voting booth during limch. 136 Seniors Pe tro-Ra n s PAULA JO REANEY — band 2-4; Valenian 4; Viking Press 4. WILLIAM CHARLES RESHKIN — aca- demic super bowl 4; gaming club 2: VALPO 4; intramural volleyball 3, 4. KIMBERLY KAREEN REYNOLDS DAN R. RICE — football 2-4; basketball 2- 4; track 2-4. MICHELLE MARIE RISK — drama 2-4; EEC 2-4; student council 2; v-teens 2, 3; basketball 2-4; track 2. 3. SUSAN LYNN ROBERTS — choir 2-4; EEC 4; stu. fac. senate 4; Vikettes 3, 4; Viking Press 4. DANIEL JAMES ROBINSON — weightlift- ing 4. DENISE ANN ROBINSON — drama 3. 4; stu. fac. senate 4; VALPO 2-4; YARC 3, 4. MACHI RODRIGUEZ — ECA 4; EEC 4; soc- cer 4. SALVADOR RODRIGUEZ — ECA 4; EEC 4; tennis 4; swimming and diving 4; soccer 4. JEEE DAVID RONCO — choir 2-4; swing choir 3, 4. MARK RICHARD RUPNOW — PEC 2; NHS 4; intramural basketball 2. REBECCA ANN RUSHNOK — cheerlead- ing 4; EEC 2, 3; pep club 2, 3; SADD 2-4. AMY JEAN SANPORD — drama 4; PEC 2- 4; SADD 3, 4; Valenian 3, 4; intramural skiing 4. CHRIS SARAPIN ANNE ELIZABETH SATTERLEE — pep club 2-4; track 2; intramural volleyball 3, 4. SCOTT J. SCHNECKENBURGER JIM AL SCHROEDER TRICIA ANN SCHULTZ — OEA 4; pep club 2; SADD 2. MARK SCIME THOMAS SCOTT PRUDENCE SEARLES — drama 4; PEC 2- 4; pep club 3, 4; track 3, 4. CHRISTINE MICHELLE SELIGMAN — dra- ma 4; speech team 3. JEPEREY SENSENBAUGH — EEC 2; stu- dent council 2, 3; soccer 2-4; basketball 2; football 3, 4. CHRISTINA MARIE SEROCZYNSKI — ECA 4; EEC 2-4; Valenian 4; Viking Press 3, 4; boys’ varsity track stats manager 2-4; cross country stats 4. JENNIEER LYNN SEWARD — choir 2-4; drama 2; PEC 2-4; v-teens 2. SHERRY R. SHERRICK IVY DENISE SHIELDS — pep club 2, 3; SADD 3; Vikettes 2, 3. BOB K. SHINALL — weightlifting 2-4; football 2-4; basketball 2; intramural vol- leyball 4. JULIE MARIE SHOOK — band 2, 3; PEC 2- 4; student council 2, 3; intramural volley- ball 4. 137 Seniors Reaney-Shook Seniors AMY ELIZABETH SHURTE — EEC 3; pep club 3; powder puff football 3. LORI LYNNE SIER — cheerleading 2: FCA 2. 3; EEC 2. 3; pep club 2, 3; SADD 3, 4; stu- dent council 4; Valenian 4; track 2-4; cross-country 4; intramural volleyball 3, 4; homecoming princess. LEE K. SIMPSON — track 4. LYNNE MARIE SINCLAIR — EEC 2: quiz bowl 2; Vikettes 3. MARK S. SIROVICA — band 2-4; EEC 2; in- tramural basketball 4. MELISSA R. SISSON — DECA 4; EEC 2. 3; quiz bowl 2. 3; intramural volleyball 4. CHRISTOPHER J. SKRIVAN — EEC 2; in- tramural basketball 2-4; intramural vol- leyball 2-4. DESIREE DEANNE SMAROEE — EEC 4; pep club 3; swimming 2. JILL SMITH — ECA 2-4; EEC 2-4; basket- ball 2-4; volleyball 2-4. MICHAEL SMITH MICHELLE SMITH TRICIA SUZANNE SMITH — EEC 3, 4; pep club 3; Vikettes 2, 3; powder puff football 3, 4. DANIEL SCOTT SPENCER — cheerleading 3; choir 4; FCA 2, 3; weightlifting 2-4; foot- ball 2-4; track 2-4; basketball 2; intramu- ral volleyball 2. KIMBERLY ANNE STANLEY — EEC 2-4; pep band 2, 3; SADD 2-4; student council 2 . PATRICK ROSS STARESINA — choir 2-4. JOHN R. STEIDER — tennis 2; intramural basketball 3. RHONDA JEAN STINNETT — VICA 4. STACEY MARIE STONEBRAKER — EEC 2-4; pep club 2, 3; speech team 2; student council 2, 3; Viking Press 4; YARC 2-4; in- tramural volleyball 4. KELLI REA STOWERS — choir 2-4. PAUL CURRY STRATTON — academic de- cathalon 3, 4; FCA 2-4; quiz bowl 4; stu- dent council 4; baseball 2-4; intramural basketball 2,3; intramural tennis 4. JODY LYNN SUSDORF — FCA 2-4; EEC 3, 4; NHS 3. 4; student council 2; YARC 2-4; softball 2-4; volleyball 2-4; basketball 2. MIKE CHARLES SZYMANSKI — drama 2- 4; Viking Press 2-4. TIMOTHY SZE-WEI TAN — EEC 3, 4; NHS 3, 4; quiz bowl 4; v-teens 3, 4; tennis 2-4; soccer 3. JOHN A. TAPP — EEC 3; SADD 2. 4; bas- ketball 2-4; football 2-4. JACQUELYN ANN TAYLOR — EEC 3, 4; pep band 2, 3; SADD 3, 4; gymnastics 2, 3. LEANNE RENEE THOMAS — EEC 2, 4; pep club 2, 3; SADD 3; football manager 2-4; wrestling manager 2, 4; softball 3, 4; intra- mural volleyball 2; intramural bowling 2. PAMELA ERIN TIMMONS — EEC 3; pep club 3; swimming 2-4. ANDREW WALTER TROELSEN — drama 4. MICHAEL SCOTT TROMAN — EEC 2; bas- ketball 2-4; football 3, 4; intramural vol- leyball 2. THEODORE ALBERT TROST — band 2-4; jazz ensemble 2-4; math team 2-4; NHS 3- 4; orchestra 2; i)ep band 2-4. 138 Seniors Shurte - Trost 139 Seniors Spring: break away for a week in paradise “SENIOR SPRING BREAK” This phrase is likely to send vivid images racing through the minds of high school stu- dents. Whether these images represent “the best vacation of my life,” “the most cultural experience of my life,” or “the week of my senior year in which I was forced against my will to spend a week with my parents,” as many students said, some sort of image will appear. While planning the spectacular week which began on March 27, 1987, many things had to be taken into consideration: weather, the cost of the excursion, and most impor- tantly, members of the opposite sex. “Sun and good-looking guys were my two major priorities,” explained senior Tammy Mahoney. Others realized that even though they were seniors, “beggars couldn’t be choosers.” Most students, including senior Mark Jones, said that they wanted to be “As far away from Valpo as we could afford to go.” Kim Looft agreed, “I really didn’t care where I went. I just wanted to go anywhere but Valpo.” After the planning was done, all that was required was waiting until 2:30 p.m. on Fri- day, March 27. That was, of course, for those seniors who actually decided to “tough it out” that long . When school let out on that day, student activities usually fell into one of the follow- ing categories: loading up the car for that two-day, non-stop drive; heading to the air- port to catch a plane; or boarding the school bus and anticipating that wonderful week at home. “We headed to the grocery store to stock up for our 26 hour trip,” explained senior Mi- chelle Lambert. After hours of travel and settling into a ho- tel, spring break really began. Students who traveled to the south experienced the fun and sun of the warmer states. Those who went to Europe witnessed the excitement of a different country and its culture. “Every day coffee woke us, then we laid on a crowded beach all day and stayed out until the A.M. Then we started all over again,” said senior Jennifer Cuppy. “We spent our days lying by the pool with our sweats on,” said Jill Bodensteiner. And the lucky ones who got to stay home, well . . . “I slept, watched TV, ate, worked, tried to go anywhere but home, and then slept again,” explained Jackie Taylor. As the final days of vacation rolled around, the depression set in. However, most students had fond memories of their week off. “It was fun, exhausting, exciting, beauti- ful, and fabulous,” sid Liz Etzler about her trip to England. “We saw so much in so little time. I can’t wait until I can go back again and do it all over again.” by Shelley McMurtrey TAKING A BREAK from their busy perform- ance schedule, members of A band soak up the sun in California during Spring Break. Seniors Far beyond Learning to play a musical instrument is usually a discouraging experience. At your first lesson, you often play nothing but a series of strange noises that make your dog’s hair stand on end. Your music teacher offers words of encouragement, but his face betrays his inner feeling of ‘how did I get into this?’ In the same way, first-year foreign language students usually butcher the new sounds beyond recognition. When they repeat the short sentences after their teacher, they sound like a herd of grunting farm animals. The foreign language student, just as a musician, slowly improves. Although the students spend a long time while getting familiar with the basics of the language, by the fourth year, their speech is like music to the teacher’s ear. “We spend the first three years going through two grammar books. By the end of the third year, we expect the students to be fairly fluent, so we can concentrate on culture. A good portion of the fourth year is spent reading a german novel, seeing films, and talking about the customs. The entire class is conducted completely in German,’’ Mr. Lew Rhinehart, fourth-year German teacher said. “It takes a lot to stick with something like this for four years. Learning a new language is never easy. By the time students reach their fourth year, most of the people who aren’t really interested get weeded out. It makes it more fun to teach when the FOURTH YEAR GERMAN students Dirk Chi- lian and David Dold study review sheets after reading a novel in class. the basics students want to learn and aren’t just there to fill up their schedule,” Mr. Charles Geiss, French and Spanish instructor, said. Many people wonder why taking a foreign language is so important. Many colleges require a foreign language, and others strongly recommend that students take one. “Taking a foreign language is important for any number of reasons. Many jobs involve other countries, especially since most big companies are going international. You can’t market something to people who don’t speak your language,” Geiss said. “It is almost impossible to understand a foreign culture without speaking the language. Much of the feeling about foreign books and plays is lost in the translation. The only way to really understand something is to read it in the language it was written in,” Rhinehart said. Another good aspect of taking a foreign language is merely the experience of learning in a new way. The whole process is completely different when learning a second language. “People who take a language in high school usually go on to do better in college than other students. This is because the whole learning process involved with a different language carries over to all aspects of learning,” said Geiss. “It would be nice if everyone had the experience of going four years in a foreign language class,” said Rhinehart. by Pete Speckhard BRYAN MITCHELL TRUITT — academic decathalon 3, 4; academic super bowl 4; FCA 2; FEC 3, 4; quiz bowl 2. 4; SADD 3: speech team 4; stu. fac. senate 4; v-teens 3, 4; track 2, 3; intramural tennis 2, 4. HUONG THI TRUONG — FEC 4. JANET MARIE ULM DAPHNE ROSE URGINO — choir 4; FEC 4; swing choir 4. ANGELA ALEXANDRIA VANDERWIJST — FEC 3, 4: SADD 4. LINDA MARIE VARELA — FCA 2. 3; FEC 2-4: NHS 3, 4; SADD 4: VALPO 4; volleyball 2; intramural volleyball 4. KRISTIN MICHELE VENDL — FCA 2-4; FEC 2-4; NHS 3, 4; SADD 4; gymnastics 2- 4. ELIZABETH ANN VERSTEEG — band 2-4; FEC 2-4: NHS 3, 4; v-teens 2-4; VALPO 4; tennis 2. KELLY VINTON EDWARD R. VOLK — track 2-4; intramu- ral 2. 3. 140 Seniors Truitt ■ Volk BRYAN CHRISTOPHER WAISANEN — wrestling 3. CHARLES HENRY WALKER — basketball 3; intramural basketball 2. 4. JOHN W. WALSH — weightlifting 2, 4: football 2-4; wrestling 2-4; track 2. ROBERT SCOTT WARD — track 3; foot- ball 2. DAN PATRICK WELSH — EEC 4; SADD 3, 4; football 3; intramural volleyball 4. TAMMY MARIE WHALLS — band 2-4; EEC 2; Vikettes 2-4. KAREN LOUISE WHEELE — EEC 2; NHS 4; YARC 4. KRISTIN RENEE WHEELER — band 2-4; EEC 2-4; NHS 4; pep club 2; student council 2, 3. AIMEE K. WHITE — drama 4; student council 2; swim team 2-4. JULIE MARIE WHITE — choir 2-4. CHERI L. WHITLER — EEC 2, 3; track 2. DENISE MARIE WIENKE SHELLEY LYNN WILGUS — EEC 2-4; pep club 3; SADD 3. 4. SHAWN LELAND WILL — football 4. JASON WILLIS KATIE JANE WITTLINGER — dom. ex- change 3; ECA 2; EEC 2-4; SADD 2; student council 4; tennis 2-4. JOSHUA M. WOLEE — basketball 4. MELISSA WOODARD LAWRENCE MATTHEW WRIGHT — class officer 3, 4; DECA 4; student council 3, 4; weightlifting 2-4; baseball 2; football 2-4. PETER GUS YELKOVAC — academic su- per bowl 4; dom. exchange 3; drama 2-4 (pres. 4); NHS 3, 4; speech team 3, 4 (pres. 3); Thespians 3, 4; Valenian 4, Viking Press 2-4 (editor, 4); Stu. Eac. Sen. 3, 4. STEPHEN MARK YOUNG — VICA 4. HEIDI I. ZIERZ — EEC 2-4; Vikettes 2, 3. KELLY LYNN ZIMMERMAN — ECA 3; EEC 2; pep club 2, 3; tennis 2-4. THOMAS B. ZIMMERMAN — baseball 2; golf 3, 4. TROY MICHAEL ZULICH — ECA 2-4; wres- tling 2-4. PHILIP G. ZWEIG — PEC 2, 3; student council 2; basketball 2-4; tennis 2, 3. YVONNE RAZUS — Vikettes 2-4. JAMES SCHROEDER 141 Seniors Waisanen • Schroeder J uniors The other side of prom If the responsibilities of the junior class officers could be summed up in a word, it would be . . . “Prom.” said Kim Sovich. junior class treasurer. “Juniors are prom.” Year after year, the junior class officers have devoted countless extra hours to plan- ning all aspects of prom, including the theme, decorations, fundraisers, and, most importantly, where it will be held. But this year, unlike previous years, the freshmen made a contribution to prom funds, although they were unable to attend prom. JUNIOR CLASS OFFICERS — Cindy Haughton. treasurer; Kim Wright, vice president: Stacey Gengo, president: Kim Sovich, secretary. “With so many more people, we have more money than in past years,” stated sec- retary Kim Wright, “The more money the better,” she added. This year’s fundraisers for prom includ- ed sock-hops, a car wash, and computer dat- ing. Students filled out a questionnaire in homeroom and later paid $1.50 for the re- sults, which revealed each student’s “perfect mates” at VHS. “There are always so many people left out,” said Cindy Haughton, junior class vice president. “We would like to develop some activities that would involve everyone to help unite our class.” by Shelley McMurtrey Adkins, Barbara Agnew, Todd Aicher, Wendy Ailes, Kris Alexander, Kenneth Alexander, Shannon Alexander, Sharon Allen, Kim Anderson, Shelby Andrews, Sarah Andrick, Donna Anslem, Jeff Antommaria, Angela Armstrong. Scott Arnold, Jim Atha, Kris Atkinson, Cheryl Baker. Amy Baker, David Baldwin, Missy Ball. Kermit Barker, Jeff Barker, Jennifer Barnes. Robert Beach, Jeff Bean, Michael Beeg, Erica Benke, Brian Bennett, Jill Berner, Wendy Bettis, Shannon Betz, Pam Beveridge, Ted Bihlman, Scott Bird, Richard Birky, Kevin Blake, Mike Bland, Erin Boguslowski. Ann Bolde, Mark 142 Juniors Adkins ■ Bolde fs Bonjean, Jeni Borchertmeyer, John Bottos, Audrey Bottos, Mike Bowlby, Angie Brady, Kathleen Brennan, Karen Bretzinger, Brian Brletich, Karen Brobeck, Kathleen Brobeck, Mike Brown, Cathy Brown, William Brubaker, John Bruce, Mark Bruder, Lori Bryant, Jennifer Bubik, Melissa Bucher, Mike Buchmeier, Matt Buck, Carrie Bupp, Tamey Burk, Lori C ampbell, Kelly Campbell, Scott Carlson, Tara Carmichael, Jeff Carrell, Dan Carter, Jean Carter, Tammy Casbon, Carissa Casbon, Jason Casbon, Kristin Casto, Carole Cavanaugh, Brad Clark, Jamie Claussen, John Cleaveland, Darin Cline, Jon Coates, Stacy Colby, Damon Cole, Chris Cole, Laura Collins, Kris Condie, Lara Conrick, Melissa Copsy, Joe Crawford, Kathleen Crownover, Missi Curts, Jennifer Czap, Stacie Daxe, Jeff Dennington, Jeff Dennis, Holly Derucki, Jason Deuberry, Julie Duelling, Amy Dolhover, Sue Domer, Jennifer Doolittle, Cole Dorris, Sharon Dowd, Chris Dres, Gus Dufallo, Mark 143 Juniors Bonjean - Dufallo Juniors Dygert, Jeff Eberhardt, Laurie Edgington, Ehlers, Lucille Ehlers, Roger Eichberger, Christa Eichhorn, Melinda Ellsworth, Scott Engel, Jeff Epple, Lisa Erdelac, Dana Esslinger, Christine Evans, Eric Evans, Marcia Evans, Sarah Evans, Stacey Fauser, Diana Fayard, Michelle Federman, Allen Ferguson, Troy Fetla, Ken Fiegle, Thomas Fierst, Heather Fischer, Bret Fischer. Sarah Fisher, Mark Fitzpatrick, William Fletcher, Christopher Fletcher, Julie Flynn, Beth Forker, Erin Forsythe, Scott Fortune, Corey Foster, Joe Frangis, Angi Frey, Carl Frobish, Karen Fuller, Janet Gamblin, Karen Cast, Steve Gear, Curt Geer, Camie Gengo, Stacey Gerzema, Joe Gill, Debbie Gilliam, Jeff Godby, lx ma Goldstine, Mark Gorski, Magdaline Gott, Kim Gray, Tonya Groark, April Grote, Mike Hagstrom, Joanna Hamacher, Marc Hamilton, Christine Hamilton, Kathryn Harbison, William Harper, Jesse Harrington, Matthew Hartwig. Kristin Hathaway, Michael Haughton, Cynthia Heath, Jeff 144 Juniors Dygert - Heath Grace under pressure When an artist paints a picture, he does not have to show it to anybody until he is satisfied with it. If he makes a mistake, he can try to fix, or he can start all over again. If he is a performing artist, however, he must learn to act under pressure. “When everyone is watching you, you’d better play it right, because you’re not going to get another chance,” said violinist Wolf- gang Tsoutsouris, a junior at VHS. “That is why most people get involved with other kinds of art, so that they never really have to perform in front of people. It’s just differ- ent, that’s all,” he added. “You really have to practice a lot, or you’ll never get very good, no matter how much natural talent you have. Only practice can keep you from choking in front of an au- dience,” said junior Michelle Fayard, a danc- er who studies ballet, jazz, tap, and acrobat- ics. Tsoutsouris practices the violin up to three hours a day, and Fayard regularly practices four hours a day in order to stay competitive in their respective fields of study. Both take lessons once a week; Mi- chelle at the Lin Knight Dance Center in Valparaiso, and Wolfgang at Northwestern University in Chicago. “Getting started is the hard part. My parents started me when I was three, but I really wanted to be good, so I stuck to it,” UP IN HIS room after school, junior Wolfgang Tsoutsouris practices a new piece in prepara- tion for his next lesson. said Fayard. “I have been playing since I was four. There have been times when I felt like quit- ting, but I’m really glad I didn’t. Now it seems like it was all worth it,” said Tsout- souris. One advantage to involvement in the performing arts is that there is demand for live entertainers; more so than there is for other artists. “I’ve done several plays at the Bridge- Vu theater, and I was in an MTV video that aired about two years ago for a group called Marshall Law. I’m hoping to do an anti-drug series with CBS. Nothing is definite, and I would only be a small part of it, but any expo- sure helps,” said Fayard. “You can make some decent money if you work at it hard enough. I had a solo spot for a children’s show at the Holiday Star that made some money, and I’ve played at many weddings and things that sometimes really pay well. It’s all a matter of practice and exposure,” said Tsoutsouris. Most people have hobbies, but for the performing artist, a hobby can be turned into something more. “Playing the violin is a lot more than something I do in my spare time. It is a major part of my life. If I don’t make a career of it, it will still be there,” said Tsoutsouris. “I think there is a good chance that I’ll make a career of dancing,” said Fayard. “I love to dance, and that’s what counts,” she added. by Pete Speckhard Hebert, Tom Heinold, Mindy Heinze, Ted Henderson. Jennifer Hendrickson, Tammy Henriques, Stephanie Hensel. Tina Herma. Jackie Herma. John Hersemann, Susan Higbie, Jenny Highlan, Jodi Highland, Laura Hilziey, John Hofferth, Elizabeth Homan, Lori Hood, Jeff Horsley, Clarke Horton, Jodi Horton, John Hoskins, Laura Howard, Jennifer Howe, Shannon Huttinger, Jeff 145 Juniors Herbert - Huttinger J uniors Hutton, Tony Ilgenfritz. Jody Jankowski. Jim Jeselskis, Tom Jewell, Jason Johann. Andy Johnson. Justin Johnson, Laura Johnson. Sara Johnson. Steve Johnson, Tricia Johnston, James Jones, Colleen Jones, Kevin Jones, Neallie Jordan, Lori Justak, Todd Kellogg, Heidi Kelly, David Kennedy, Paul Kerley, Ann Kickbush, Katrina Kim, Jeanne King. Tony Kinsey, Heather Kirk, Susan Klemz, Doug Klett, Heidi Klinedinst, Todd Kovalick, Kurt Krayniak, Michelle Kroeger, Paul i -i 146 Juniors Hu tton-Kroeger Krysinski, Matt Kugler, Janice Kuhnle, Joseph Kush, Matt Lainer, Penny Landstrom, Tricia Langley, Barry Largura, Susanne Larue, Daniele Law, Joanna Lawrence, Rob Leach, Donna Leetz, Mark Leib, Wendy Lemmon, Robert Letnich, Tony Leverich, Lori Leveritt, Traci Lewandowski, Kerry Lewis, Jeff Lin, Jeff Litzkow, Julianne Looft, Gretchen MacKeller, Eileen Mack, Jason Maclennan, Sara Madden, Stacey Magnetti, Robert Maiers, Lora Mall ett, Heather Mannel, Stephanie Manning, Tom SATs: a measurement that counts From the moment following birth, we are tested and measured in just about every aspect of our lives. Newborn babies are given the AGPAR test on reflexes and awareness, and from then on, doctors measure weight, height, and pulse rate. P.E. instructors test strength, speed and endurance, and grades are given in school from kindergarten on up. No matter what we do, somebody is standing there with a clipboard, recording things like eyesight, hearing, and the results of the Iowa Tests of Basic Skills. Most of us don’t worry too much about all of these tests. For juniors, however, the Scholastic Aptitude Test is a measurement that really counts. “My S.A.T. score will probably decide if I can go to college out of state or not. I’m waiting for the results before I send in my applications,’’ said junior Sarah Andrews. “I’m kind of apprehensive about taking the S.A.T’s because I keep thinking to my- self, ‘what if I have a terrible day and score really low’?’’ said junior Kathleen Brady. LOOKING OVER THE bulletin board in the guidance office for information on colleges are juniors Steve Williams and Heidi Klett. Many juniors take the S.A.T. in October or November, but it is offered again in the Spring. “I took it in the fall so that I could take it again in the Spring if my score needed some improvement. Some people took the P.S.A.T. for practice, but I figure, why not practice with the real thing? It can’t hurt,” said junior Wolfgang Tsoutsouris. According to the guidance office, about half to two thirds of the students who take the S.A.T. take it again in the Spring of their junior year or the Fall of their senior year. Most colleges want applications sent in at the end of the student’s junior year. Over all, VHS students score higher than the national average, but the S-.A.T. score is not the only thing that universities look for. “High S.A.T. scores can’t take the place of four years of high school. Therefore, most colleges will first consider grade point aver- age, choice of classes, and class rank. The S.A.T. becomes important when either ac- ceptance into the school or scholarship money is in question,” said Mr. Don Dick guidance director. “I worry about the S.A.T. because I maintain my GPA by studying and get- ting the homework done. I’m not a very good test-taker. I’m going to need scholar- ship money to go to a good school, so I’ll have to do well on my S.A.T.,” said junior Heidi Klett. Once the S.A.T. is taken, the next step is choosing a college. The major con- siderations for this are usually academics and money. “People always talk about getting away from home, and how their campus and dorm rooms have to be a certain way, but when you get down to really making the choice, it’s all a matter of how good a school you can get into with your grades, and how much it costs,” said junior Steve Williams. Since in-state schools cost less, nine of the top ten schools that last year’s sen- iors said they were considering are in Indi- ana. “I probably could have done better if I would have been able to stay awake. I know the test was important, but by the third section, I was dead,” said junior Heather Fierst. by Pete Speckhard 147 Juniors Krysinski-Manning J uniors Marimon, Jill Marshall, Anne Marie Martin, Meghan Massa, Missy Matthews, Cindy McBride, Kellie McCuddy, Sherri McDermott, Kelley McGill, Shelley McLane, Fred McLean, Lisa McQuillan, Ellen Meeker, Jamie Melion, Frank Meyers, Tammy Miller, Chris Rivalry and What do the letter S, the year 1970, and the number 4 have in common? All these things have to do with 8 juniors at VHS. These are descriptions of the VHS’ 4 sets of twins — the Sovichs, Shurrs, Scholls, and the Sniders — all born in 1970. When twins walk down the street to- gether, they are often the victims of staring eyes, pointing fingers and little questions and comments like “Aren’t they cute?’’, “How many minutes apart were you?’’, and the clincher: “Are you twins?” These stu- dents agreed that through all this, parents often made the situation much worse, un- knowingly. “Our parents used to dress us in the same outfits, but in different colors,” said ju- nior Kathy Sovich, “It was ‘okay’ until about third grade, and then I started to get a little embarrassed.” A dictionary definition of a twin is “identical.” With identical twins, the obvi- ous resemblence is there, but the word “identical” may not be the best adjective to describe them. TRACK TEAM MEMBERS enjoy a little healthy competition. Twins Stephen and Stephanie Snyder warm up with the shot-put. friendship “I concentrate more on my schoolwork while Susan concentrates more on boys,” stated Barbara Shurr. “I sometimes have to act like a mother and be her conscience.” “Healthy comjjetition between brothers and sisters once in a while is a normal part of life. “We are always competing with each other for boys, grades, weight . . . just about everything,” said Kim Sovich. “One time we liked the same guy, and he ended up liking her,” added Kathy Sov- ich. “I couldn’t understand why because we look the same.” “That is where our difference in person- ality came in.” Because twins see each other both in and out of school, sometimes they are bound to become tired of each other. In spite of this, all the twins agreed that one advantage to being a twin is that there is always someone there to share problems with, laugh with, and confide in.” “Sometimes you just have to take a walk to get away from each other,” said Kim Sovich, “but we really do get along pretty well. We’re best friends.” by Shelley McMurtrey Miller, Dave Miller, Teri Mitol, Jennifer Monroney, John Mooney, Jackie Mooney, Kristen Moore, Jeff Morales, Denise 148 Juniors Marimon-Newsom Morgan, Carl Mueller, Steven Murphy, Tara Mutka. Sarah Nagel. Heidi Newkirk, April Newlin, John Newsom, Scott Norris, Jennie Nover, Brett Oestreich, Michele Owens, Monica Parker, Chris Parker, Dwayne Parker, Dwight Parker, John Patrick, Melissa Pearce, Curtis Pedersen, Robin Perez, Scott Periolat, Catherine Perrine, David Perrow, Leslie Petcu, Lee Peters, Deanna Peters, Ted Petersen, Robert Peterson, Deborah Phillips, Shawn Phipps, Michele Pitt, Julie Pizzuti, Val Poff, Leanne Polarek, Bob Pomeroy, Eric Pomianoski, Lisa Poulos, Steve Prassas, Pete Pressel, Cindee Primich, Martin Prosser, Cathy Prucinsky, Matt Ramirez, Angie Ray, Rhonda Raymond, David Redick, Jaben Reggie, Pete Reno, Kelly Rettinger, Phil Reynolds, Wesley Richards, Bob Riley, Steven Risk, Bob Roberts, Lori Robertson, Dawn Robertson, Norm Ronneau, Evan Rozdilsky, Paul Ruble, Marla Rumba, Brent Rupp, Kristin Rusnak, Steve Ryan, Penny Scholl, Drew Scholl, Todd Schultz, Barbara Schultz, Robert Schawab, Mark Scott, Karen Seeley, Marc Seramur, Dennis Seroczjmski, Kelly 149 Juniors Norris-Seroczynski Serrano, E.J. Shilander, Bob Short, Bill Shumate, Irene Shurr, Barbara Shurr, Susan Sier, Rani Silhavy, Tom Small, Thomas Smaroff, Duke Smith, Curt Smith, Hugh Smith, Mike Snider, Stephanie Snider, Stephen Snyder, Janean Snyder, Leesa Sorenson, Mike Sovich, Kathy Sovich, Kim Speckhard. Pete Spruitenburg, Scott Standiford, Cynthia Stanier, Jenny Stokes, Chuck Stout, Jennifer Stover, Dawn Strikwerda, Rob Studenroth, Tony Sullivan, Brian Sullivan, Dennis Sullwold, Greg Sundwall, Mark Sutter, Matt Swisher, Kenya Tanner, Amy Taylor, Cheryl Taylor, Glenn Taylor, Ken Telschow, Jason Thiry, Allison Tobey, Rebecca Tolan, Ann Trost, Tom Tsoutsouris, Wolfgang Ulanowicz, Karen Ullom, Jeannine Underwood, Lori Urbanczyk, Sheila Utterback, Matt Vaca, Daniel Valentin, Eric Valpatic, Brian VanDam, Robert VanDenburgh, Rebecca 150 Juniors Juniors Serrano • VanDenburgh Vanderlinden, Veleta Vanderwijst, Kim Vandy, Erik Vaughan. Rick Ventura, Paul Vemich, Dean Vemich, Denise Volk. Brian , Creative clock killing’ As eyes wander across a crowded room, the two faces meet. A look of horror crosses the student’s face as he spots the other face: the clock’s face. Forty-minutes are left in the period? How can this be? What seemed like eternity has in reality only been 10 minutes. Every once in a while, no matter how studious one may be, the 50 minute period drags on just a bit too long. Sure 10 minutes have passed, but it’s those last 40 minutes that kill. At this point clockwatching, writ- ing notes to friends, shifting around in the EVERY STUDENT HAD his or her own way of killing time before, during, or after class, al- though some were a little more subtle about it than others. desk, drawing “cute” little pictures on note- books, and of course, spacing-off begins. “I start watching people and look to see if they’ve worn their outfit already this week,” said junior Beth Flynn. Others may choose to spend time en- riching themselves in an artistic way. “I write poetry,” said junior Pete Speck- ard, “and I usually end up getting so wrapped up in it that I’m totally oblivious to what’s going on around me.” As the hour draws to a close and stu- dents sadly leave their “work,” a quick thought enters their minds. “Was that per- son standing in front of us talking to US?” by Shelley McMurtrey Weigus, Erin Weller, Jerome Wells, Cyndi West, Shayne West. Victoria White, Michele Williams, Jennifer Williamson. Shawn Wagenblast, Laurie Wainman, Paul Walesh, Jill Walker, Mark Wall. Hugh Walls, Doug Watson. John Watson, William Williams, Stephen Williams, Theresa Woodruff. Patrick Woods, Jon Woodyard, Melody Worder, Carole Worline, Floyd Wright, Jennifer Wright. Katherine Wright, Kim Yates, Chrissy Young. Jon Young, Todd Yuriga, Val Zackiewicz, Rich Zoladz, Traci 151 Juniors Vanderlinden - Zoladz Sophomores Sophomores dream big " Martin Luther King Jr. is famous for his speech that began “I have a dream . . While the sophomore class officers didn’t lead a revolution, they were still in a position of power as the elected representatives of their class, and they had dreams, too . . . “I’d like to make it possible for the stu- dents to go out to lunch everyday,” said class president A. J. Fattore “Also, it gets hot in here (the classrooms) in August and in the spring. I think we should change back to the shorts policy.” “One of the things I’ve been able to do is help start up the Pep Club again,” said Kristy Hager, treasurer. In spite of their big dreams, the sopho- more class officers had one complaint. “I don’t really think we’ve been able to show our responsibility,” said vice president Dave Pingatore. The officers felt they had to play “second fiddle” to the juniors and seniors, not really having the chance to show their abilities. While they didn’t have as big a role in student government as the upperclassmen did, the sophomore officers had a few impor- tant responsibilities. For example, they were required to attend all Student Council meet- ings. “Besides attending all the Student Council meetings, we were in charge of the sophomore class project,” said Hager. The officers had two main objectives during their “terms”: to set an example for future sophomore classes and to find more things for future officers to do. However, in the next two years, the offi- cers will be ready to take on more responsi- bility. “I look forward to next year,” said Pin- gatore, “It’ll be great to become more in- volved.” by Shelley McMurtrey SOPHOMORE CLASS OFFICERS — Back Row: Kristy Hager, Treasurer; A. J. Fattore, presi- dent; Front Row; Dave Pingatore, vice presi- dent; Marybelle Ang, secretary. Ailes, Jennifer Albert, Tarik Allen, Nathaniel Allen, Terri Ambelang, Beth Anderson, Thomas Ang, Marybelle Arnold, Lisa Aytes, Richard Bach, Cathy Ball, Angela Barnes, Sam Bass, Chris Bauer, Stephanie Bauswell, Connie Beaudoin, Jack Bednarek, Ronald Behrend, Rob Bernard, Sarah Betjemann, Dan Biggs, David Biggs, Sandi Blomberg, Tamara Blasingame, Tracy Bogan, Scott Bolton, Jennifer Bowgren, Jeff Bradley, Chris Bray, Andrew Brennan, Shawn Briggs, Charles Briggs, Mark 152 Sophomores Ailes - M. Briggs Brosky, Patti Broton, Lisa Brown, Jeff Brown, John Brown, Paul Brown, Scott Brown, Susan Brown, William David Bruce, Lara Bryan, Brady Bubik, Denise Butler, Mary Butler, Mike Calvin, Victor Calzacorto, James Carlin, Matt Carlson, Jeff Carpenter, Rebecca Carris, Jason Casbon, Scott Castleman, David Cavinder, Jill Cboate, Richard Clark, Jeff Clark, Todd dels. Amber Clifford, Christa Coe, Tom Cole, Brad Cole, Jennifer Comerford, David Conde, Melissa Condon, Rich Connors, Mike Corns, Christine Cottrell, Rodney Craig, Chris Cmevic, Danny Crowley, Mike Cuffle, Lisa (l iinninghain , Pete CzekaJ, Sandy Dabrowski, Julie Daily, Justin Daniels, Mike Davis, Brian Davis, Carrie Davis, Erica DeFelice, Melissa DeMick, Jenny DePalma, Raymond Deal, Eric Dean, Charles Dean, Tom DeMan, John DeMan, Timothy Denby, Steve Dennis, Tricia Derr, Tiffany Deu, Donna Dick, Cbristianne Dick, Tara Dillin, Jennifer Dombrowski, Nancy 153 Sophomores Brosky - Dombrowski Sophomores Dougherty, Susan Douglas, Charles Douthitt, Toni Drake, Scott Ducat, Kathleen Duncan, Deanna Dunivan, Jamin Dusek, Ginger Dust, Jason Dyniewski, Tammy Earl, Jeff Edwards, Kristian Engel, Kathy Erspamer, Lori Evanoff, Van Evans, David Faber, Jeff Farnum, Suzi Fattore, A.J. Femgren, Amy Jo Fierst, Gretchen Fifield, Tara Finlay, Ryan Fisher, Jeff Flory, Colleen Flude, Bill Frailey, Jeff Franzen, Sherri Frazier, Jim Fry, Diana Fuller, Bob Furlin, Joe Galasso, Andra Garner, Chris Gast, Mike Gast, Thomas Gerber, Melinda Giesler, Robinette Girgis, Lois Girton, Angela Goodwin, Rusty Gorby, Brett Graham, Debi Greinke, Chad 154 Sophomores Doughcrty-Greinke Grube, Josh Gudino, Ginger Hager, Kristy Hahn, Nathan Halcomb, Buster Hall, Kristine Hamrick, Chris Hanchar, Steve Sophs talk about freshman transfer One of the more annoying aspects of get- ting older is parents deciding you have earn- ed a few privileges, and then giving those same privileges to your little brother or sister at the time they give them to you. Invariably, parents have the same ex- cuse. “You don’t have anything to complain about. What your little brother can or can’t do needn’t concern you at all.’’ How wrong they are. After coming to VHS, sophomores have traditionally enjoyed looking down on the “little ninth graders” in the junior high. This year, however, the ninth graders are in no po- sition to be looked down upon, because they also are now attending VHS. From the big sophomore’s point of view, what fun is that? “I think the freshman coming here was unfair. They are allowed more academic choices than we were, because of the seven period day,” said sophomore Tami Blom- WAITING IN LINE at the self-service bar, soph- omores Kristen McClanahan, Jenny Kline, and Starr Witherspoon discuss after school plans. berg. “They are also allowed to do more things and play more varsity sports than we were. I don’t think they were ready for the big change,” she added. Although many sophomores thought that the change was unfair, others thought it was advantageous. “I like having the freshmen here, be- cause I don’t feel like I’m at the bottom of the heap. Now, all the jokes and everything are aimed more at the freshmen, and we sophomores sort of get overlooked. I don’t think the freshmen coming to the high school was a big problem with a lot of the sopho- mores,” said sophomore Kim Lewis. Sophomore Darren Pedersen went to Fort Wayne Snyder for his freshman year in high school. “I guess it doesn’t bother me either way about the freshmen coming, but that may be just because I’m used to it.” he said. One good thing that the sophomores saw in the freshmen, coming to VHS was the fact that they didn’t have to be separated from their friends who were freshmen. “I was really glad that the freshmen came to the high school. I have a lot of friends in the freshman class,” said sopho- more Melinda Willis. Juniors and seniors complained more about the crowding in the halls because they remembered what it was like with only three classes. Many sophomores said they didn’t mind the freshmen because they never got the chance to attend a three year high school and see the difference. “I didn’t care about the freshmen com- ing,” said sophomore John Pitt. Sophomore Stacey Shearhod agreed. “It doesn’t bother me at all that the freshmen are here. I don’t know what it was like to be here without them. I imagine when they first decided to make this a three year high school a long time ago, everyone thought it was weird not to have the freshmen.” By Pete Speckhard Hanner, Matt Hanson, Laima Hart, Tabetha Hartig, Mark Hazlett, Ames Healy, David Hedge, Tanya Hedges, Curtis Henderson, Lisa Hendricks, Jack Hicks, Jeanette Higgins, Bobby Hill, Beth Hill, Marguerite Hoffman, Heather Hoffman, Tom Hoftiezer, Scott Hoftiezer, Tim Holt, David Horn, Adam Howe, Sharon Hruska, John Huber, Lori Hudak, Bryan 155 Sophomorcs Grubc • Hudak Sophomores Jobs offer extra cash Many sophomores, after turning 16 , are faced with an age-old dilemma. They are old enough to hold a job, but many have a hard time deciding if they want to look for one or not. On one hand, a job will usually offer a sophomore the freedom to buy a lot more than he would otherwise be able to. That can be important, particularly when he wants to buy a car, or clothes his parents won’t pay for. On the other hand, holding a job and keeping up with school can be a lot of work. A lot of sophomores admit that they aren’t ready to put in hours at a regular job, espe- cially on weekend nights, when many work- ing teenagers are called upon. “I am self-employed at my own mobile- home service supply business. I make a lot of money, but I end up working weekends all the time because of school,” said sophomore EARNING EXTRA MONEY delivering newspa- pers, sophomore Matt Jankowski begins his daily after-school routine. Tony Simms. Sophomore Todd Price said he was in a give and take situation. “I have a lot of free time because I don’t have a job, but I also don’t make any money,” he said. Another alternative is to accept a job with fewer hours, which offers working stu- dents some free time. “I work all day Saturday and Sunday, every other weekend. That way, I make enough money, and I don’t have to give up too much of my free time,” said sophomore Darren Pedersen. Several sophomores said they depend on their parents for an allowance, or get paid for doing chores and odd jobs around the house. “I get an allowance from my parents, and I babysit a lot. It works out all right, but I think I’m going to look for a job this sum- mer because I’d like to make a little more money,” said sophomore Carmen Fulge. by Pete Speckhard Hudson, Sean Humes, Matt Huml, Eddie Hurst, Brad Iliff, Lorraine Ingram, Meri Jakel, Eric Janda, Tami Jankowski, Ken Jankowski, Matt Jensen, Michael Johnson, Christina Johnson, Terri Johnston, Jeffrey Jones, Christa Kallback, Kristy Kaluzny, Michael Kamanaroff, Keith Kanagy, Chris Keammerer, Nat Kehret, Tim Kenney, Gwen Kerns, Chris Kimerer, Joe Kirk, Michelle Kissinger, Julie Klein, Jeffrey Klein, Jennifer Klinedinst, Becky Klinefelter, Dan Kolar, Matt Kottka, Brian 156 Sophomore Hudson ■ Kottka Kovac, Rebecca Kozlowskl, Beth Kraatz, Karl Krieger, Jason Krueger, Randy Kuebl, Dion Kuebl, John Kwok, Jeffrey Landry, Michael Landstrom, Olen Lang, Dan Largura, John Larson, Mary Lauer, Dan Lawson, Michele Lewis, Jennifer Lewis, Kim Lindsley, Dena Lippens, Kelli List, Daniel Llamas, Richard Lott, Erik Luckett, Becky Lyons, Mike Macapagal, Marie Machiela, Jason Magana, Nikki Mahoney, Rob Malings, Cliff Mansavage, Robert Mantel, Brian Mapes, David Marion, Carrie Marquez, Steve Marshall, April Martin, Chip Martin, Daniel Martin, Kerrie Martz, David Mathes, Andrea McClanahan, Diisten McDuddy, Michele McDermott, Jeff McDowell, Ronald McGill, Maria Mcdonald, Steve Mcguckin, Dan McLane, Kelly McNulty, Jill Meeker, John Metzger, Toni Michelsin, Mark Miller, Heather Miller, Kim Miller, Kristen Miller, Michael Miller, Naomi Miller, Tim Morgan, Erin Morgan, Todd Morgano, Bemie Mor , Matthew Moser, Jodie Munoz, Moses 157 Sophomores Kovac ■ Munoz Sophomores Murphy, Brain Murphy, Martin Najfu, Christine Najar, Dustin Neal, Jeffrey Nelson, Brian Nelson, Robert Nelson, Kara Nettles, Wes Netzhammer, Allison Neuffer, Vic Nevills, Jeff Newell, Kevin Newton, Hubert Nicoletto, Derek Nolan, Rhonda Notaro, Dominic Novak, Tony Nuechterlein, Jeanne Obrien, Kent O’Neil, Heather Oestreich, Sheila Okon, Carrie Olmsted, Jennifer Olson, Shawn Osbum, Andy Ott, Kenneth Pace, Alvls Pacholke, Arron Patten, Paul Patton, Todd Paulauskas, David Pedavoli, Jim Pedersen, Dauren Pekarek, Jamie Pera, Megan Perry, Douglas Phillips, Lisa Pingatore, David Pishkur, Jody Pitt, John Polewski, Carolyn Powers, Dawn Price, Michael Pritchett, Kelly Proud, Scott Pullara, Todd Pullins, Candy Ragsdale, Timothy Reavis, Amy Reynolds, Karen Rhodes, Matt Richart, Darcy Rickman, Anthony Riley, Larkin Riley, Paula Robinson, Angela Ronco, Jason Rosinski, Robert Rouch, Jennifer Rozinski, Ryan Rucker, Randy Rupnow, Dana Sarafin, Paul 158 Sophomores B. Murphy • Sarafin Sauer, Phillip Savla, Asbesh Scherscbel, Laura Schlundt, Tina Schultz, Erica Scbwlnkerdorf. Brad Serrano, Brandy Shalapsik, Dawn Shearbod, Stacey Sheets, Larry Shilander, Russ Shoemaker, Beth Shultz, Darrick Shurr, Carl Sievers, Kristan Siewin, Sean Sitzenstock, David Smith, Allison Smith, Kim Soliday, Kim Soliday, Kirsten Spanopoulos, Frank Spejewski, Chris Sperry, Steve Stanczak, Jeff Steele, Leonard Stout, Derek Stover, Kim Stroguiludis, Jill Strong, Bill Sullivan, Mary Swisher, James 7 Licensed to give a lift “Mom, I’m ready. Let’s go!” “Okay, I just have to get some money from the bank and pick up groceries for to- night, and then I’ll drop you off.” “Mom, I have to be there by eight o’clock.” “No problem. How long do you think it will take for me to run a few errands?” Suppressing the urge to be a smart-a- leck, the intelligent 15-year-old chooses not to reply. Transportation problem are usually sol- ved when a person gets his driver’s license. Many sophomores get their license during the school year, and if they don’t, most have a friend who has a license. For the first time in their lives, they have freedom to go places without having to rely on mom and dad to get there. “I don’t have my license, and I really hate having to be taken everywhere. I usual- ly have a friend drive me places, or else I try to have my mom take me,” said sophomore Stacey Shearhod. However, as sophomore Kim Lewis pointed out, “The problem with being driven places is you have to leave when your ride wants to.” Tami Blomberg has a driver’s license, and said she often called upon by her friends to drive. “I take my friends lots of places, so they don’t have to ride with their parents,” she said. When most kids turn 15, this “ticket to freedom”, a driver’s license, becomes an ob- session. “I am really getting anxious to get my driver’s license, so I don’t have to depend on other people for rides all the time. It’s always a hassle getting somebody to pick you up and drop you off, especially when you just want to go somewhere for a little while,” said 15- year-old sophomore Colleen Flory. by Pete Speckhard GETTING READY TO drive home after school, sophomore Brian Davis takes advantage of his driver ' s license for transportation. 159 Sophomores Sauer - Swisher Sophomores Swisher, Shelly Synowiec, Paul Szymanski. Mark Taylor, Doug Taylor, Jeff Taylor, Jim Thomas, Daniel Thomas, Joe Thomas, Melissa Thompson, Kevin Thorley, Timothy Timmons, Shannon Tincher, Melissa Tittle, Dina Todosijevic, Danielle Tolson, Dan Electives: entertaining education Decisions, decisions. It wasn’t bad enough that the sopho- more class had to come to a new, huge, unfa- miliar place on August 27, 1986. But they, unlike the freshmen, were faced with the challenge of choosing seven classes on their own to fill up each day. Popular classes for sophomores includ- ed Geometry, Composition and Grammar, Reading and Vocabulary, Chemistry, Gym. and of course, the ever-popular Study Hall. Being able to choose electives seemed to be a positive aspect in the eyes of many sopho- mores. “It’s nice to have a ‘say-so’ in the choice of your classes,” said sophomore Chip Briggs. “If you compared my report card in ninth grade to my report card this year there is a considerable difference.” “I think if you get to choose what you like to do, then you choose to do it better,” agreed sophomore Jeff McDermott. With the freedom of choice, some sopho- mores decided that this was the perfect op- portunity to take a break from the tough, col- lege-bound courses. “I got to pick the easier classes like ‘Foods’ this year,” said Tim Ragsdale. “Now I don’t have to take worthless classes that I have no interest in.” “I’m getting much better grades this year,” said Mike Connors, “because I got to choose my classes — the easier ones.” “There are so many classes to choose from. It gives everyone a lot more freedom than they had in junior high,” stated sopho- more Lara Woods. Others chose the strict college prep rou- tine which quickly points out one’s strengths and weaknesses. “Chemistry is my hardest class,” said sophomore Heather Hoffman. “It’s a totally different step” from the other sciences I’ve studied, and everything is taught so fast that it’s hard to keep up.” Luckily, every day no matter how stren- uous (or not) a student’s schedule was, he was able to take a break from it all in a differ- Tomasko, Don Tomlinson, Jodi Treble, Aaron Triscik, Mike Troup, John Turner, Kim Ulm, Karen Ulman, James Urukalo, Vesna VanCleef, Darrel VanDam, Tara VanRosendale, Kelly Vanderwljst, Tami Vedope, Aron Vendl, Marc Vitoux, Darrell ent sort of “class.” “Lunch is the best part of the day,” stated Rob Mahoney, “I can relate to it pretty well.” Occasionally, no matter how much in- terest he has in the subject, a student performs poorly in class. Some students felt their poor performance was a result of the circumstances rather then their own lack of effort. “Geometry is hardest because I hate my teacher.” said one sophomore. Another student said “My chemistry teacher makes it impossible to under- stand.” In spite of this problem VHS students have the opportunity to select from a wide variety of classes ranging from geology to marketing. With such a range of subjects, students can focus in on what their pres- ent interests are and also prepare them- selves for the future. by Shelley McMurtrey 160 Sophomores Swisher-Vitoux Wainman, Christopher Walsh, Jim Ward, Whitney Weideman, Roger Wendt, Thomas West, Rachel Westphal, Michele Whaling, Matt White, Chris White, Hillary Whitsel, Cindy Whitton, Tracy WUbem, Robert Williams, David Williams, Erika Williams, James JUNIOR KAREN RUPP designs her " assemblage " of different shapes in sculptu- ring class while sophomores Brady Bryan and Scott Llamas observe. This class was one of the many electives offered to sophomores at VHS. Williams, Ron Williamson, Stacey WUlis, Melinda Wilson, John Wise, Todd Witherspoon, Starr Witt, Brian Wolfe, Joseph Woods, Lara Worline, Lara Yeoman, Ron Young, Tim Yuriga, Stacy Zackiewicz, Cathy Ziegert, Mark 161 Sophomores Wainman-Ziegert Freshmen Abbott, Alexis Abel, Steve Adams, Keisha Aicher, Pam Ailes, Jim Albregts, Tonya Alliss, Christine Anderson, Christina Anderson, Gary Anselm, Stacy Antrim, Mark Arndt, Laura Arnett, Clay Astrologes, Cheryl Austin, Jennifer Ayoub, Mary r Belgal, Phil Bell, Christine Bell, Todd Bergman, Dan Bernard!, Colleen Bemdt, Dewayne Bickers, Keith Biedron, Gail Climbing up the ladder In any new situation, most people have to start at the bottom before they can get to the top. As the first freshman representatives at VHS, the 1986-87 freshman class officers set up a format for their successors. “Our main goal was to set the standards for the next freshmen officers so they will be more involved,” said Alex Copeland, presi- dent. Class officers, sponsored by Mr. Todd Bennethum and Mrs. Nancy Brown, attend- ed Student Council meetings, where they gave their ideas and opinions. “Our job was to listen to other freshmen and communicate the needs of the freshman class,” said Kathleen Schenck, treasurer. Throughout the year, the officers’ main projects included working on all Student Council activities. “Our job was basically about the same as the sophomore class officers’,” said Kelly FRESHMAN OFFICERS — Kathleen Schenck, treas.; Kelly Smith, v. pres.; Julie Robinson, sec. Not Pictured: Alex Copeland, pres. Baker, Steve Ball, Steve Barnard, Patti Barnes, Greg Bartlett, Vincent Bauer, Todd Beach, Toby Beesley, Chad Smith, vice president. “We worked on the dances, soc-hops, and freshman class activi- ties that were sponsored by the Student Council. All four of the students attended Ben Franklin Junior High School, but none of them had been a class officer before this year. President Alex Copeland, bluntly ex- pressed his one main reason for running for office; “I ran because I thought that I could win.” The other officers had slightly different ideas. “I wanted to become involved,” said Kathleen Schenck. “It’s nice to have a say about what’s going on.” “I thought it would be fun to get in- volved in student government,” said Julie Robinson. Each officer planned to run for re-elec- tion as a sophomore in order to take a second step up the ladder at VHS. by Shelley McMurtrey 162 Freshmen Abbott - Biedron Biggerstaff, David Blackwell, Michele Blanton, Judy Blvibm, Chris Blunk, Jesse Bohaning, Shannon Bonifas, Amy Bowden, Jennifer Bowlby, Troy Braden, Monica Bradley, Arlin Bradney, Charles Bramlett, Jeff Brandy, Peter Brant, Christie Brooks, Billie Brown, Doug Brown, Dusty Brown, Kary Bruder, Jeff Bryant, Jack Buhman, Debbie Burge, Brian Bums, Pat Burrell, Carrie Burrus, Michael Butterfield, Bill Campbell, Kristin Carlberg, Eric Carmona, Nancy Carroll, Tim Carter, Brenda Casner, Heather Castor, Kerrie Cavanaugh, David Cavanaugh, Robert Cbarlson, Amie Childress, Cristln Chirch, Gerald Clark, Candy Clifford, Chris Cochran, Ashley Collins, Chris Connors, Mark Coolman, Kandel Coolman, Kim Copeland, Alex Cornell, Craig Cornell, Gene Cornett, Amy Comman, Carole Cozza, Lisa Craig, Jennifer Cmcevlc, Jovan Crowder, Tiffin Crownover, Marc Curts, Andy Cutler, Tamara Daggett, Brent Dalfonso, Carrie Davis, Chris Cavls, Daniel Davis, Don Daye, Doug 163 Freshmen Biggerstaff ■ Daye Freshmen Dennington, Kim Dixo n, Edward Dixon, Michael Doolittle, Mike Dorsett, Tammy Douglas, Richard Douhan, Matthew Downey, Barbara Dudzienski, Greg Dunn, Jessica Dimkin, Kelly Eklwards, Tom Ehlers, Sara Ehrenberg, James Eisenmenger, Sandi Ellis, Christine Ellsworth, Laura Engel, Heather Epple, Jason Etchison, John Evans, Dan Ferguson, Heather Finley, Julie Fitzgerald, Emmett 164 Frcshmcn S Dcal-E. Fitzgerald No such classy chassis Every morning, as many juniors, sen- iors, and some sophomores pull into the VHS parking lot in their cars, most freshmen pull up in different type of vehicle - a school bus. Freshmen could think of riding the bus as a “privilege.” After all, they were the only {people in the school who weren’t able to drive. Unfortunately, few students consider it an honor. “I hate riding the bus, but I really have no choice,” said Amanda Jones. “1 guess it’s not fair that we can’t drive except a lot of parents say you don’t need to drive when you have a bus to take and pick you up.” Valparaiso Community school busses are not known for their plush seats, Dolby stereos, central heating systems, or jet speeds. However, some students have even bigger complaints than these. “It stinks because I have to ride the bus 45 minutes each way,” said freshman Ben Mortensen. Freshman Toby Beach complained, “It takes too long, the radios don’t work, and in winter the bus is cold.” “I feel the busses should be more accu- rate with the times they pick you up at,” added Cheryl Astrologes. “They also should be cleaner.” The classiest way to arrive to school is in a sports car, a limousine, or any car at all. But to arrive by bus rated low in most stu- dents minds. “I prefer getting a ride when I can. It isn’t ‘cool’ to ride the bus,” said Susan Law, “I don’t like riding the bus, but I put up with it.” “Riding the bus is ‘O.K.’,” said Jon Ragsdale, “but I wish that I could drive now!” Freshmen, one day it will be your turn to drive. Meanwhile, enjoy the ride. SINCE MOST OF the 24 busses left the VHS parking lot five minutes after the bell, students had to rush to catch one. by Shelley McMurtrey WHILE BUS RIDING was not a favorite activity it was a necessity for students without cars. Fleming, Michael Fletcher, Amy Follls, Kristen Freitag, Christian Fritz, Leslee Funk, Chris Furlin, Laiuetta Galey, Scott Gazdich, Todd Gertsmeier, Jon Gifford, Paula Gilmore, Pat Gomersall, Thomas Gordon, Jeffery Gott, Jeff Gott, Sonya Griffin, Jamey Groark, Melanie Gudino, Jodi Guillaum, Bruce Hackett, Andrea Hahn, Noah Hain, Michelle Hanes, Rob Hanner, Mark Hardesty, Mike Hardin, Phillip Hardwick, Matt Harrington, Neill Harris, Matt Hart, Lisa Hartman, Craig 165 Freshmen M. FIeining‘C. Hartman Freshmen Freshmen undertake an uphill climb A CROWDED CAFETERIA is the reason that freshman Bryan Siewin and senior Bryan Truitt sit together during lunch. At the beginning of a long, hazardous trip, a mountain climber may feel any num- ber of emotions while staring up the face of a cliff, including depression, excitement or fear. Likewise, he may experience a mixture of feelings when he nears the top, such as re- gret at the end of his adventure, or relief that he is still alive. One thing is certain, though. He will have learned a lot, and changed somewhat, as his perspective of the moun- tain changed along the way to the top. How different is the veteran from the rookie? One indication is the difference be- tween VHS freshmen, who are just starting their climb to the top, and VHS seniors, who are hiking up the last leg of the journey. “I’ve learned tons beyond just class- room stuff, but most of it you can’t tell to someone, they just have to learn it for them- selves,’’ said one senior. Many differences between freshmen and seniors are merely because of age, not the difference in grade. For example, most freshmen are not old enough to have a driv- er’s license. An informal, random survey showed that about seven out of every ten freshmen take buses to school in the morn- ing, while only about two of ten seniors ride the buses. Most seniors drive or get a ride from friends, but the freshmen who don’t ride the bus usually get a ride from their par- ents. “It is sort of a bummer getting a ride with my mom becasue she doesn’t like rock music, but I don’t have much of a choice,’’ said one freshmen. Most freshmen are also too young to hold jobs. The poll showed that, although only about 10 percent of the freshmen have a regular job, nearly all of them receive an allowance, babysit or do odd jobs like shovel- ing snow for their money. Approximately 75 percent of the seniors reported having a regu- lar job, but the seniors also said they tended to save their money, while the freshmen said they spend as much, as if not more than they earn. As one freshman put it,’’ After all, a lit- tle deficit spending never hurt anybody. What I can’t earn, I borrow.” Freshmen and seniors do share one in- terest — Friday nights. Students of all grades reported that their favorite weekend activities include going to sporting events and parties afterward. Friday night is more popular than Sat- urday night because many school sporting events are on Fridays, and Saturday many people go to bed earlier because of church on Sunday. Freshman Susy Yelkovac summed up the student’s opinion by stating, “I live for Fridays. When Monday comes, I start think- ing about the next Friday.” by Pete Speckhard Hartwig, Erica Haugh, Shannon Hawkins, Tiffany Heimberg, Rob Helton, Eric Herma, Scott Hess, Jeffry Hickman. Shelley Hicks. Kelly Highland, Ashlee Hill, Jennifer Hollett, William Howard, Michele Hrabota, Jeni Humes, Jodi Janasiak, Stacey Johnson. Brent Johnson, Brian Johnson, Kathy Johnson, Renee Johnson. Sean Johnston, Colleen Jones, Amanda 166 Freshmen Hartwig • A. Jones Juras, Christine Kaleth, Jeff Kelly, Kathy Kieman, Tara King, Janies King. Matthew King. Mike Kinsey, David Kirk, John Knoche, Ronald Knoche, Steven Kobe, Julie Kovac, Joshua Kozlowski, Danny Kraatz, Kami Krayniak, Leslie Kuhlmeier, Tonya Kush, Laurie Lackey, Aaron Lacopo, Dominic Land ebe, Thomas Landry, Dawn Langwell, Cindy Largura, Caryn Laterzo, Charlott Law, Susan Lee, Jennifer Lethen, John Levi, Erika Lewellyn, Dariele Lewis, Crystal Libasoi, Lisa Lintner, Marguerite Lloyd. Jennifer Lovall, Chris Ludington, Cara Lukrafka, William Machiela, Mike Maescb, Scott Mansavage. Jill Markette, Robert Markley, Jennifer Marrell, Richard Marshall, Scott Martin. Joel Marvin, Michael Mathews, Mary Maul. Brenda Mayes. Vicki McCasland, Kevin McClintock, Troy McCorkel, Sheri McGuiim, Matthew McKuhen, Amiee McLiim, Mike Milanowski, Matt Millar, Jarett Miller, Jason Miller, Joel Mitchell, John Moe, Eric Moody, Gloria Mooney, Jamll)rn Moore, Heather 167 Freshmen C. Juras - H. Moore Moore, Missy Moran, Stacy Morrison, Daniel Mortensen, Benjamin Moser, Brandi Mowbray, Joe Mullendore, Joe Mundt, Marston Mutka, Jennifer Myers, Tiffany Nagubadi, Nitha Naillieux, Jill Newsom, Todd Nightingale, Chad Nimetz, Melissa Norris, Suzi Nykiel, Chad Obermeyer, Sherry Ceding, Holly Oliver, Teresa Olson, Jason Oluvic, Chris Ortega, Aida Ortman, Gregory Osner, Sean Pampalone, Gina Papachronis, Tina Park, Kathryn Pathak, Sandeep Patton, Clay Payne, Jenny Periolat, Lee Perkins, Donya Perrine, Sandy Peshel, Brian Petcu, Scott Peters, Steffany Peterson, Wanda Pequet, Nicki Pfleeger, Julie Phares, Charles Piekarczyk, Jennifer Pitt, Jennifer Pizzuti, Kristen Porter, Jeff Powell, Mike Precourt, Lisa Putman, Larry 9uarnstrom, Mike Ragsdale, Jonathan Ramirez, Giovanni Randall, Christopher 168 Freshwcn Moore-Randall Rizzo, Kyle Roach, Jason Roberts, Kelly Robinson, Julie Robinson, Mark Rose, Janine Roseberry, John Rucker, Teresa Frosh face the unknown Any new kid on the block is apprehen- sive about what lies ahead of him. Who will his friends be? Will he be accepted? Will he like his new home? On August 27, 1986, when VHS opened its doors to 422 new freshmen, many of them were unsure of what to expect. Not only was the size of their previous school doubling, but they were also the youngest students at VHS and subject to possible abuse by upper- classmen. Many students found that VHS wasn’t all that bad. Attending a bigger school did have its advantages. At VHS, freshmen found that there were more activities to be involved in and more people to meet. “I like being a freshman here,” said Sheri McCorkel, “I’ve met a lot of new people and it has been a new experience for me.” With so many more people, some fresh- men faced the grim reality that they might not see their old friends as much. IN THE EVENT of a real emergency, knowledge of CPR can be lifesaving. Freshman Matt Harris performs CPR on a dummy in Health and Safety class. “I don’t like being a freshman here be- cause none of my friends are in my classes like it would be in junior high,” stated Col- leen Johnston. “We were forced to grow up a year earli- er than we would have had to in junior high. We could not afford to act immaturely now,” added Kelly Smith. “In junior high we would be leading,” said Julie Robinson, “but here we’re certain- ly not.” Some freshmen worried that they might be harrassed by upperclassmen. As usual, the kill-lists, verbals abuse, and locker stuff- ing were more “talk than action.” “Generally, I haven’t been troubled in any way,” said Brian Peshel, “nor have I seen any freshmen bothered.” “No one gives me any problems at all,” said Aaron Vaughan. “It’s excellent being with people older than you. More things hai pen, and everything is great!” by Shelley McMurtrey Sampson. Kellie Sattler, Stacy Schacki, Bradley Schenck, Kathleen Schmidt, Kellie Schneckenburger, Brian Schroeder, Amy Schulz. Paul Schwartz, Brian Scime, Mike Senne. Tanya Seroczynski, Leslie Shirey, Eric Shupe, James Sier, Jami Sievers, Stephanie 169 Freshmen Redar-Sievers Freshmen Siewin. Bryan Silhavy, Mike Simpson, Gwen Simpson. Tanya Sinclair, Matt Smith, Amy Smith, Keith Smith, Kelly The spirit of radio is alive and well Smith, Kerrie Soliday, Jason Sowers, Dennis Speckhard, Joseph Spencer, Helene Spruitenburg, Sussan Stanier, Becky Stanier, Laura pie’s choice to listen to the radio. “Tapes cost about $7 in stores, and about $2.50 blank, which is pretty expensive for only nine or ten songs, especially when there is no guarantee that the tape won’t break,” said a freshman, although he report- ed having a few tapes of his “absolute favor- ite” albums. Convenience was another big plus in fa- vor of radio according to one sophomore. If you go somewhere with a Walkman, you either have to carry along a bunch of tapes, or else you end up listening to the same stuff over and over again. You get new music with- out lugging around a lot of tapes with you, when you listen to the radio,” he said. “A lot of times I’ll be with a lot of people, and nobody will be able to decide what tape to play, because everybody likes different music, so we just play the radio to settle it.” said one freshman. “That way, you always have a chance of hearing one of your favor- ite songs,” she added. An average stereo will get excellent sound with FM stereo reception, assuming the station is close enough. The little noises and tape hiss that accompany most recordings can drive perfectionists to lis- ten to the radio, or buy a CD player. Most choose the radio. Many radio-listeners want to keep up with what’s happening, so they listen to the radio for news briefs, sports, and weather between the songs. “I think people who listen to the radio tend to know more about what is going on than somebody who spends all day plugged into Zeppelin.” The’ last reason reported for listening to the radio was, “I don’t have a decent cassette deck.” by Pete Speckhard “Good morning Chicagoland! It’s a snowy 6:30 a.m., and we are about to start a half-hour of non-stop rock, right after this from . . .” Sound familiar? Probably not, if you are always still sleeping at 6:30 a.m., but even so, you probably listen to the radio at 7:30 a.m., while you try to eat and get dress- ed at the same time so you won’t be late. The fact is, nearly everyone listens to the radio in morning, rather than cassettes. A number of colorful reasons, ranging from, “You get more variety of music with radio” to “None of my tapes give the weather report,” are giv- en by avid radio listeners. “I like to keep up with what is popular,” said one freshmen. “I don’t have enough money to buy the new records,” she added. Expense plays a major role in many peo- KILLING TIME BEFORE soccer practice, fresh- men Sandeep Pathak and E ddie Vahary listen to the radio outside the gym. Steif, Michael Steindler, Nicki Stevens, Jennifer Stevens, Scott Stith, Hannah Stooksbury, Angela Stout, Kevin Struble, Audra Sullivan, Colleen Sullivan, Maureen Swartz, Julie Swisher, Antonio Szymanski, Walter Talley, Patrick Tapp, Kim Taylor, Arron Taylor, Jason Thomas, Craig Thompson, Eric Tolan, Ellyn Tomerlin, Craig Trawinski, Shaimon Trinidad, Elizabeth Tursman, Doimy Uriss, Kara Vahary, Eddie Vajda, James Vandy, John Vangel, Christopher Vaughan, Arron Vendl, Dave Voigt, Melissa VoUer, Meredith Walsh, Deborah Wardrop, Dick Wasemann, Tony Wasemann, Valeri Watson, Scott Watt, Kelly Weiland, Amy Werner, Rachel Whalen, Samantha Whiteside, Tammy Whitten, John Williams, Chuck Williams, Rodney Wilson, Mames Wilson, Jennifer Wilson, Scott Wilson, Sheila Withrow, Jennifer Woodbiuy, Eric Woodruff, Selina Woods, Ami Workman, Katherine Worstell, Jennifer Worthy, Kim Wykoff, Jami Yates, Cindy Yelkovac, Susan Yocum, James York, Sarah Zale, Paul Zrodlowski, Jeff 171 Freshmen M. Steif ■ J. Zrodlowski Administrative system rolls with the changes What would happen if the administra- tors decided they weren’t going to show up for a week? If you answered, “Not much!” you were right. Nothing would get done. “Our job is to see that all students feel that they fit in with the program. That means everybody, no matter what his or her interests are,” said Assistant Principal Steve Cronk who joined the administration this school year. Previously, Cronk was prin- cipal of Covington High School in Coving- ton, Indiana. “I came from a school where we could not offer anything more than the basics. Here at VHS, the students can take classes for just about anything. We definitely have something for everybody,” Cronk added. Dr. David Bess, principal, saw the changes at VHS this year as p ositive ones. “Although the philosophy behind our pro- gram hasn’t changed, we have had to im- prove our methods to accommodate more people,” he said. In the new system, Cronk handled ac- tivities as well as freshman and sophomore discipline. Assistant Principal Robert Sut- ton served as athletic director and super- vised upperclass discipline, while Bess han- dled scheduling of school affairs. Changes usually mean a period of dis- ruption, until things get back into a routine The daily routine in the office changed quite a bit, but the entire staff was quick to adjust Although it required more work, the admin istrators felt that the new system was more efficient. “Remarkably, the only problem that presented itself which we didn’t foresee was the fact that many freshmen couldn’t reach their top locker shelf. That possibility neve- even entered my mind,” said Bess. Several minor policy changes came witl the new school year. Three of the most no ticeable changes were a fourth lunch period 24 busses unloading and picking up stu dents, and the student smoker identificatioi card which allowed students to use th smoker’s lounge before school and during lunch. “We felt that a system of monitoring the smoker’s lounge was necessary, espe- cially with younger people coming to the high school,” said Bess. The administrators were much busier this year, as students saw just by looking into the office at any time during the day. “Yes, we have had to work harder this year, but the change over (to a four year school) went very smoothly,” said Bess. by Pete Speckhard SCHOOL BOARD FOR the Valparaiso Commu- nity Schools: Front Row: Dr. Mark Reshkin, Mrs. Mary Moore, Dr. Robert Koenig. Back Row: Mr. Joe Black, Mr. Robert Malackowski. 172 Administra tion MODELING CLOTHES FOR the DECA ‘‘Fall Fashion Fantasy” are Jeff Leffew (at micro- phone), Jeff McDermott. Bernie Morgano, Mr. Steve Cronk with his son Adam, Mrs. Cronk with daughter Lindsay, and Andrea Dennis. ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL Steve Cronk handles freshman and sophomore discipline as well as non-athletic extracurricular activities. OVERSEEING CURRICULUM AND personnel are the duties of Mr. Garth Johnson, assistant superintendent. He retired at the end of the ’86- ' 87 school year. IN ADDITION TO overseeing all upperclass dis- ciplinary problems. Assistant Principal Robert Sutton was director of boys’athletics. AMONG THE DUTIES of Principal David Bess are the development of curriculum and prepar- ing the master schedule. He presided over all Faculty Advisory Board meetings. 173 Administration OVERSEEING THE GIRLS’ locker room for all physical education classes is part of Mrs. Mary Rybak’s daily routine. Behind the scene crew 24 hours every day In a film, the people who receive all the credit are the actors. But without the people involved behind the scenes, there would be no lights, camera, or action. The same situation occurs everyday at VHS. Whether the students are sleeping comfortably, sitting in class, or watching “The Love Connection” at home, someone is always at VHS making things run smooth- ly- A day in the life of VMS’s “behind the scenes crew” is something like this: 5:30 a.m. — After a night of vacuuming classrooms, emptying garbage cans, and cleaning restrooms, the night custodians re- turn home to sleep and recover. They must be back again by 9 p.m. 6 a.m. — A few food service workers ar- rive to begin lunch preparation. 7 a.m. — The secretaries arrive to al- ready ringing phones. Immediately they be- gin setting up appointments, lining up subsi- titute teachers, and helping students. Sue Peloso, secretary to the principal, types up the daily bulletin while Marilyn Hayes, guid- ance secretary, arranges guidance appoint- ments and helps students research various colleges. “I love to work with people,” said Peloso excusing herself to answer the phone, “but I guess the one thing I find hardest is the con- stant interruptions.” 9 a.m. — The rest of the lunch crew re- ports to work. Kitchen supplies start coming in and preparation begins. After the first hour, custodians sweep hallways for scatter- ed paper and debris. 10 a.m. — Guidance secretary, Marilyn Hayes, helps students research colleges. 11 a.m. — While the first lunch is being served, Elener Nelson, an aide, holds down the fort in study hall. “Many kids don’t have the environ- ment at home that is conducive to study- ing,” said Nelson, “so it is really important to have it here.” 12:40 p.m. — Custodians rush madly to get things ready for the next study hall be- ginning in five minutes. At the same time, the outdoor workers pick up refuse in the schoolyard. 1:30 p.m. — Food service workers finish cleaning and start preparing for the next day. Meanwhile, Marilyn Hayes sends stu- dents guidance office notes. 2:30 p.m. — It’s almost over now! For most people, anyway. The secretaries contin- ue to answer calls and questions. The guid- ance secretary collects SAT money. Aides and food service workers go home, but the custodians carry on. For them, this is when the real work starts! 3:30 p.m. — Teachers “punch-out” for the day. Classrooms, offices and hallways are empty, except for a few people . . . VHS’ own behind the scenes “stage crew.” by Shelley McMurtrey RECORDING THE FINANCES of the school, clubs, and athletic programs is treasurer, Mar- garet Sorensen and her assistant Mrs. Nancy Brown. CAFETERIA WORKERS — Front row: June Herr, Ruth Wilson, Ann Abraham, Mary Ilgen- fritz, Lois Bruder, Wilma Luther, Fern Lowe, Linda Cleis, June Buck, Lil Swickard. Back row: Jan St. Germain, Pat Forsythe, Georgia Prowand. Chris Tichy, Troy Libassi, Marion Osterhout, Cheryl Swisher, Joan Stombaugh, Nancy Ritchea, Susan Tylicki, Marsha Kobe. Vivian Breen, Audrey Hartman. 174 Faculty Staff AS ONE OF her many duties, main office secre- tary Sue Peloso helps sophomore Jeff Fisher cut paper down to size. IN ADDITION TO food preparation and distribu- tion, the food service staff is responsible for kitchen maintenance. MRS. MARJORIE BARANOWSKI — aide MRS. PATRICIA BENTON — attendance secre- tary MRS. NANCY BROWN — aide MRS. ROSEMARY BUTT — attendance secretary MRS. EDIE GEE — registrar MRS. SHARON GOTT — Aide MRS. JUDY HAWE — food service secretary MRS. MARILYN HAYES — guidance office MRS. LEAH HENRIQUES — food service analyst MRS. PAT HIGBIE — main office secretary MR. BOB KAMINSKI — aide MRS. ALICE KRUEGER — library secretary MRS. ELENER NELSON — aide: FEC sponsor MRS. NANCY NOBLER — special ed. aide MRS. SHARON NUPPNAU — career center director MRS. SUSAN PELOSO — secretary to Dr. Bess MRS. ALICE SCHEFFER — aide MRS. MARGARET SORENSEN — treasurer MRS. RACHEL WEST — athletic secretary MRS. SUSAN ZULICH — aide 175 Staff Baranowski-ZuUch Presidential award recognizes Ellis As the Chicago Bears captured the 1986 Super Bowl crown, fans marveled over their successful season. This year, after 27 years of teaching at VHS, Glen Ellis, math teacher and avid Chicago Bears fan, captured his own “crown”, the Presidential Award for Ex- cellence in Science and Mathematics Teach- ing. In early spring, Ellis received a letter in- forming him he was one of the 120 math teachers in Indiana nominated for the award. Ellis was then required to send in a re- sume about himself, regarding his activities and his teaching policies. Of the 120 math teachers nominated, only 40 submitted their resumes to the state committee. The state committee selected their top three choices, of which Ellis was one, and sent them to the National Science Foundation in Washington D.C. “At this point, I felt my chances were one in three,” joked Ellis, “but I knew there were many good teachers. Now, all I could do was wait.” On September 8, 1986, Ellis received a letter from the White House congratulating him for being Indiana’s winner of the math division of the Presidential Award for Excel- lence in Science and Mathematics Teaching. Ellis and 107 other math and science teachers from thoughout the U.S. and U.S. territories, received a $5,000 grant given to the school, a certificate signed by President Reagan, and a trip to Washington D.C. in October. “I would like to use the money to buy awards for high achievers in each math class. I want to set up a committee to select the students,” said Ellis, “I think it might give the students some extra incentive.” On October 21, 1986, Ellis traveled to Washington D.C. to attend an awards cere- mony and math convention. “I was really amazed at the city. It’s such an inspiring place,” stated Ellis, “We really received the ‘red-carpet treatment’ there.” Throughout the four days, the teachers toured the city and attended several lun- cheons, dinners, meetings and workshops. Topics discussed at the workshops included several educational issues, curricular prob- lems, conditions of good teaching, and public relations. “It was really great to be associated with those people,” said Ellis. “They were really high quality professionals and individ- uals.” The awards ceremony was held at the National Academy of Science. William Ben- nett, the Secretary of Education addressed the teachers. As part of the ceremony, one science and one math teacher were chosen to give a speech on their schools and teach- ing techniques. Ellis was the math teacher selected. “It was a great honor to be chosen to de- liver the speech to a group of people that I respected so much,” said Ellis, “especially after I had received so much already.” One mystery still remains. Who nomi- nated Glen Ellis? “I checked around here at school,” stat- ed Ellis, “but I just couldn’t find out any- thing.” by Shelley McMurtrey MRS. SALLY ALTES — Spanish MR. KURT ANDERSON — art; photogra- phy; art dept, chrmn. MRS. VELLA ANDERSON — business: business dept, chrmn.; domestic exch. sponsor MR. JOHN ANGYUS — industrial technol- ogy; VICA; ICT MRS. MARCIA ARNOLD — Spanish; for. lang. dept, chrmn.; EEC sponsor; stu. fac. senate; principal eval. comm. MR. BEN AUSTIN — physics: IPS MRS. CHERYL BAGNALL — home eco- nomics MRS. ANNE BAKER — social studies; par- ent teacher comm. MR. BOB BARTHOLD — phy. ed.; frosh. football coach; frosh basketball coach MRS. NANCY BENDER — social studies dept, chrmn.; girls ' golf coach; domestic exch. sponsor: academic decathalon coach. MR. TODD BENNETHUM — science: frosh. football ass’t. coach: stu. council sponsor MRS. JANICE BERGESON — science dept, chrmn.; academic decathalon coach; par- ent teacher comm. MISS ELAINE BEVER — guidance coun- selor MR. CHARLES E. “SKIP” BIRD — English: boys’ swim coach MRS. ELKE BOWMAN — English: JV vol- leyball coach 176 Faculty Altes-Bowman AFTER HE FORMALLY received the Presiden- tial Award for Science and Mathematics in Washington D.C., Mr. Glen Ellis was recog- nized at the State Senate chamber in Indianap- olis by Senator William Costas. MR. BILL BOYLE — science; intramural basketball MR. TERRY BRENDEL — English MS. LIZ BROWN — learning center; media specialist MR. KEN BRULAND— Spanish MR. BERNARD BUTT — choral music di- rector; carolers, mixed swing choir; caro- lers, girls’ swing choir MR. ROBERT CAIN — art; IPS comm. MRS. DONNA CALZACORTO — business hoosier academic super bowl MR. DALE CICIORA — social studies FCA; stu. fac. senate MRS. KATHERINE CLARK — English VALPO; parent teacher comm. MR. ZANE COLE — industrial technology Eiss ' t. director of transportation MRS. DAWN COLLINS — PVE dept.; YARC sponsor MR. HARLEY COLLINS — English; health; boys ' basketball head coach MRS. JUDY COMMERS — business; DECA advisor MR. JOHN COOK — phy. ed.; football ass ' t. coach; wrestling head coach MRS. LORIE COOK — phy. ed.; gymnastics coach 177 Faculty Boyle-L. Cook Faculty MR. TERRY COX — history: industrial arts; football ass ' t. coach; track ass’t. coach MR. STEVE DAVIS — biology MR. DON F. DICK — guidance director; IPS comm.; student review comm, chrmn. MRS. CATHY DOFKA — learning disabli- ties teacher: YARC sponsor MR. GLEN ELLIS — math dept, chrmn.; convocations director; parent teacher comm.; NHS comm.; IPS MISS LISA ENGEN — French; cheerleader co-sponsor; IPS comm. MRS. NANCY FICKEN — phy. ed.; frosh. girls ' green volleyball coach; girls ' track ass ' t. coach MRS. MARA FIEGLE-HICKS — math; ju- nior class sponsor MISS DEBBIE FRAY — German: var. girls ' track ass ' t. coach; girls ' cross country ass’t. coach MRS. ALICE GAMBEL — speech, theatre; drama club, Thespian sponsor MR. BIFF GEISS — French; Spanish; var. baseball ass ' t. coach MR. DEAN GERBER — learning center di- rector; VALPO comm.; NHS board MRS. DIANE GORDON — English MR. DALE GOTT — math; phys. ed.; soph, football coach; frosh. baseball coach MR. GARY GRAY — industrial technolo- gy; phys. ed.; J.V. football; J.V. baseball MR. JERRY HAGER — PVE dept, chrmn. MRS. CAROLYN HARDEBECK — French; stu.ass ' t. comm.; stu. fac. senate MRS. ELIZABETH HALL — English MRS. KAREN HARTMAN — science; V- teens sponsor; nature study area director MRS. JEAN HECKMAN — English; NHS sponsor; VALPO comm. MR. JOHN HERSHBERGER — math MRS. DORIS HILDRETH — school nurse; health sciences; VICA sponsor MR. JACK HILDRETH — guidance coun- selor MRS. LENORE HOFFMAN — English dept, chrmn.; fac. adv. MR. MARK HOFFMAN — health; phys. ed.; var. football head coach; track coach; SADD sponsor; intramural sponsor;- weightlifting club sponsor MR. FRANK HORVATH — industrial tech- nology educ.; vocational educ.; VICA; ar- chitects club MRS. CATHY HOUIN — special educ. MISS GINGER JONES — home economics; cheerleading sponsor MR. DAVID KENNING — Industrial tech- nology; girls’ basketball coach; VICA MR. JOHN KNAUFF — English: frosh. boys’ basketball coach; ass ' t. athletic di- rector: FCA co-sponsor 178 Faculty Cox-J. Knauff Dealing " with dreamers John Doe sat during the chapter review staring out the window. The minute hand on the clock above the door stood perfectly still, and every time he checked the time, John sank further into his own world full of dis- tracting thoughts. Suddenly, he noticed the room was com- pletely silent. A cold feeling of impending doom crept up his spine. He looked around and saw 30 smiling faces waiting expectant- ly. Apparently, he’d been called on. There was no way out of it. He turned to the front of the room, after realizing a mad dash for the door wouldn’t work, and met the teach- er’s icy stare. “People don’t space off in my classes be- cause they know I’ll pound on them,’’ said Mr. Sid Reggie, social studies teacher. “Seriously though, everyone has a bad day once in a while, when they’re just not with it. I don’t mind as long as it isn’t a regular occurrence,” he added. “I don’t take a lot of that (sleeping in study hall) . If it happens more than once with the same student. I’ll send them to the office,” said Mrs. Gretl Bondi, a study hall Mrs. Mara Fiegle-Hicks said she calls on students as soon as she loses their atten- tion. “It brings them back down to earth,” she noted Most teachers agree that keeping stu- dents involved is the key to an interesting class. If somebody does start to daydream, most teachers try to talk to the guilty party after class, rather than embarrass anyone in front of all their classmates. There are, how- ever, a few exceptions. The majority of the students admitted that paying attention in class was not an un- reasonable request. Judging by the number of students who spent entire class periods staring out the window; however, the task was harder than it sounds. “Would you like a little pain today?” is a phrase that is often heard when Mr. Reggie finds somebody who isn’t paying attention. by Pete Speckhard MAINTAINING ORDER IN his seventh hour class, Mr. Sid Reggie wields his blackboard pointer as a reminder to students to pay atten- tion. aid. MR. MARK KNAUFF — math: business ed- ucation; var. girls’ volleyball coach: J.V. girls ' basketball coach MR. LANCE LEACH — business: MRS . JUDITH LEBRYK — English; NHS ass ' t. sponsor: IPS; VALPO MRS. BRENDA LOTT — social studies: FEC co-sponsor; IPS co-chrmn.; stu. ass’t. comm. MRS. PATRICIA MACK — math; parent teacher comm. MRS. CHERYL MAESCH — interdisciplin- ary seminars: VALPO MRS. JOAN MAHONEY — Spanish; stu. ass’t. comm. MR. WESLEY MAIERS — math; FEC spon- sor; graduation comm. MRS. LINDA MALOTT — fine arts; photog- raphy MISS CYNTHIA MANILARDI — special ed- ucation dept, chrmn.; .fac. adv.; parent teacher comm. MRS. LAURA MARTIN — phy. ed. MRS. JILL MCGONIGLE — math MR. JAMES MCMICHAEL — guidance counselor; parent teacher comm.; finan- cialaid chrmn.; summer school principal MS. BARBRA MILLER — English: speech team advisor MISS JEAN MILLER — Latin 179 Faculty M. Knauff-J. Miller MR. MARTIN MILLER — social studies: NHS somm.: stu. ass’t. comm. MR. ROBERT MILLER — music director; fac. adv.; parent teacher comm. MR. RICHARD MITCHELL — math; ass ' t. football coach MR. DOUGLAS MORTHLAND — science; frosh. ass ' t football coach MRS. DIANE MORYL — English: stu. fac. senate Faculty Staff accommodates capacity crowd Students often feel intimidated on their first day at a new school. The fact that a new student doesn’t know any body is bad enough, but, invariably, his locker will refuse to open no matter how he tries to force it, he will get hopelessly lost between classes, and he won’t even have close to enough time to finish his lunch. New teachers have to overcome that feeling of intimidation, too. " I was kind of aprehensive about com- ing here, although I had requested the trans- fer,” said new English teacher Elke Bow- man. Jill McGonigle said she wondered whether or not she would be accepted by her fellow math teachers. " I had mixed feelings about coming here. I know I wanted the change, but you always wonder if you’re go- ing to be accepted by your peers. As it turns out, everything is fine. I’m treated just like all the other teachers. But for a while there, it was scary.” Despite their nervousness about work- MR. PATRICK MURPHY — social studies: var. baseball coach MR. GEORGE NASH — food service direc- tor MR. L.W. NOLTING — industrial technolo- gy; frosh. girls’ basketball coach MRS. CAROL PHILLIPS — English MR. JOHN PINKERTON — English: stu. fac. senate MR. DANIEL PRITCHETT — band: mar- ching band, jazz ensemble and studio band director MR. BOB PUNTER math; JV boys ' basket- ball coach MR. A.T. RASMUSSEN — chemistry: boys’ cross country coach; FCA sponsor; ass’t. athletic director; MR. SID REGGIE — social studies; MR LEWIS RHINEHART — German: soph, boys’ basketball coach; fall sports direc- tor ing in a different atmosphere, most of the new teachers at VHS requested to transfer from junior high teaching for various rea- sons. “There is a lot of cooperation here, be- tween the teachers and the administration. Everyone is open to new ideas,” said Carol Phillips, a new teacher from Benjamen Franklin Junior High.” I don’t feel like I’m working against anyone,” she added. “I was really looking forward to the change, and working with older kids. I like being around people who are a little more ma- ture,” said new science teacher Fred Schmett. Cathy Houin was excited. “I came from Central School in Portage. I kind of regretted leaving, because I had to leave behind some of my best friends, but I couldn’t pass up this opportunity.” One point of discussion among the new teachers was the facilities available to them. Many thought the VHS facilities were excel- lent, but others said they needed some time to get used to how different the system here is compared to their respective old systems. “Better facilities wasn’t the only reason I requested the transfer, but it played a ma- jor role in my decision,” said Bowman. “The English department here has a lot of things going for it. The English office is a prime ex- ample. When you share a classroom, it’s hard to get organized, and the office is somewhere to base your operation. I think people just take some good things for granted because they’ve never had to do without them,” she added. “The facilities here are excellent, but that is not unusual for a school this size. What really makes the difference is the peo- ple. All the facilities in the world can’t teach.” said Houin. “If the teacher is good, the students will learn,” she added. The new teachers came from different school, but they are all trying to fit right in at VHS. by Pete Speckhard 180 Faculty M. Miller-Rhinehart WHEELING HER MATERIALS to another classroom is Mrs. Carol Phillips, English teacher. The addition of the freshman class forced several teachers to share rooms. FILLED TO CAPACITY during all hours, study halls such as those held in Lecture Room A gained popularity. MR. FREDRICK SCHMETT — science MRS. SHARON SCHROEDER — math MR. DON SCOTT — math MR. DAN SPEARS — special education MRS. CYNTHIA STALBAUM — business: OEA sponsor; VTA orientation MR. CHARLES STANIER — social studies MRS. MARY KAY STEPHEN — home eco- nomics MR. THOMAS STOKES — phys. ed. MRS. MARCY TOMES — guidance coun- selor MISS NANCY WALSH — phys. ed.; phys. ed. chrmn.; girls ' athletic director: fac. adv. comm. MISS RUTH WILLIAMSON — business: IPS: foreign travel comm. MRS. RHONDA YELTON — math: junior class co-sponsor: parent teacher advisory MISS CHERYL YOUNGER — science: girls ' frosh. white volleyball coach: girls ' JV softball ass ' t. coach MRS. GLORIA ZIMMERMAN — English; journalism: The Viking Press: Valenian: Quill Scroll sponsor 181 Faculty Schmett-Zimmerman In recent years, many cities in Northwest Indiana have seen their downtowns “die out” due to the emergence of shopping malls. Fortunately for local merchants, this was not the case in Valparaiso. Although consumers did have the County Seat Plaza to lure them away from Lincolnway, busi- ness in downtown Valpo was “very prosperous,” according to Judy Hutton, president of Associates in Downtown Valpa- raiso. “Progress is our middle name,” said Hutton. “There’s no doubt about it — this is the place to be. People really want to be right here on main street.” While business downtown thrived in 1987, in the County Seat Plaza, the story was slightly different. “There have been a lot of establishments flip-flopping in and out. As far as first- year businesses go, half make it, half don’t,” said Mike Blythe, former president of North Side Organized Retailers Together (NORTH). “The steady merchants — those who have been estab- lished for four or five years — aren’t complaining, though. They say business is pretty good,” he added. The advertisers in the 1987 Valenian are Valparaiso’s “steady merchants.” They are the ones we’ve counted on for years and years. Whether we were buying tennis shoes or groceries, we knew their products were FIT TO BE TRIED. by Karen Mutka 182 Advertisements Division VALENIAN STAFF MEMBERS Melissa Bubik, Heather Fierst, Mrs. Gloria Zimmerman, Karen Mutka, Amy Sanford. Pete Yelkovac. and Pete Speckhard celebrate the completion of anoth- er 40 pages for their February 9 deadline. The staff ate at Greek’s Pizzeria which moved to its Indiana Avenue location this year. 183 Advertisements Division fh@ IPMms 3f mifSinig @ mw The Pines Ski Lodge 674 N. Meridian Valparaiso, IN 46383 phone: 219 462-4179 • 8 excellent ski slopes • Large “beginners” area • Lighted slopes for night skiing • Quad chair lift • 3 Borer handle tows ... 1 rope tow • Certified ski school • Food and refreshments • Complete ski shop • Ski repair shop • National ski patrol • Snow making equipment Food Refreshment Rental Equipment Ski Repair Shop Special Rates Ski Schools Ski Shop Daily Ski Rates Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays Lift Tickets Rental Equip. 10 am - 10 pm $12.00 $10.00 10 am - 3 pm 8.00 8.00 3 pm - 10 pm 8.00 8.00 Weekdays (Monday - Friday) Noon - 4 pm $6.00 Noon - 10 pm $6.00 3 pm - 10 pm 8.00 8.00 Children 5 years and younger $4.00 $3.00 If accompanied by skiing parent FREE FREE MANE ELEGANCE - ALWAYS WELCOME NEW CLIENTS 68 W. Lincoln way Call 464-9109 PAUL lADORF JR. Photographer 114 Uncoinway Valparaiso 462-3576 FAMILY CIRCLE CLEANERS 1607 Calumet Valparaiso 462-2713 184 Advertising BIG ELM’S RESTAURANT AND LOUNGE Specializing in Bar-B-Que Ribs Seafood, Steaks, And Sandwiches For Reservations Call 462-5541 Corner U.S. 30 St. Rd. 49 Valparaiso, IN 46323 MCDONALD’S EMPLOYEE CAR- OLYN Miller, a senior at VMS, pre- pares a milkshake for one of the 50 billion served. McDonalds, 2002 Calumet Ave., Valparaiso, 462- 7278. Parties - Weddings - Dances Any occasion B B Music Inc., DJ’s Mobile Disc Jockey’s with the Best Sound ALBERT FISCHER Vice President - DJ (219) 464-9553 185 Advertising While Blair ' s features men ' s, chil- dren ' s. and women ' s clothing and ac- cessories. juniors Mindy Heinold and Karen Scott find the women ' s depart- ment quite helpful for their sleepwetu-. Blair ' s. 2107 Calumet Ave., Valparai- so. 462-3613. ERIC G. FRIEDMAN, M.D. Eye Physician Surgeon Oiplomore, Americon Doord of Optholmology Adult Pediatric Ophtholmology Hours Dy Appointment Tel: (219) 464-0937 Valparaiso Eye Center 552 West Lincolnway Compliments of Von Tbbel Lumber LUMBER HARDWARE KITCHENS PLUMBING and more! 256 WASHINGTON VALPARAISO 462-6184 186 Advertising WHILE LOOKING AT the wide variety of green plants, Senior Martha Maiers holds on to her balloon available from Costas Flo- ral. Costas Fresh-Cuts, Costas Foods, 2800 Calumet Ave., Valpa- raiso, 464-ROSE. JUNIOR CURT GEAR helps out by bagging groceries for senior Anne Phillis who is working quickly to get her customer through the line at Costas Foods, 2800 Calumet Ave., Valparaiso, 464- 3571. pizzalpizza! Two great pizzas! One low price. Cuy any size Pizza! Pizza! at one lew price 2910 N. CALUMET VALPARAISO PH: 462-8823 72 W. LINCOLNWAY VALPARAISO 465-1177 Kc lis covcr tlic Privc-ln Experience iw y WDRIV , 5 miles north of Valparaiso on St. Rd. 49 Hour Program Information 465-7061 187 Advertising It’s Sunday morning. Most teenagers want to sleep in, but for some it’s another story. After dragging himself out of bed at 7 a.m. every Sunday, senior Sean Byvoets drove to Chicago to work as a vender at Chi- cago Bears games. Byvoets got the job through his father, who is a friend of the food distributor for con- cession stands at Soldier Field. Byvoets was the third member of his family to work as a vender. “It’s sort of a tradition in our family,” said Byvoets. “My two sisters did it before, and I thought it would be fun.” On game days, he traveled with his fa- ther, who works in Chicago. “I try to arrive at the stadium about an hour before kick off,” said Byvoets. His salary varied from week to week be- cause each vender’s pay is based on how much he sells. Typically he made $80 a game. Although Byvoets had the prestige of working at Soldier Field, he said it wasn’t always as much fun as people thought. For example, he didn’t get to watch much of the games. However, Byvoets felt the job was a good experience because he learned how to deal with people. “The one thing for sure is that { eople are always yelling at you because they either want something hot to drink or you are in their way,” he said. by Donna Hardick ON THE WEEKENDS, senior Sean Byvoets works as a vendor at the Chicago Bears games at Soldier Field. 188 Advertising Blythe’s Sport Shop, Inc. 0 O 2810 N. Calumet Ave. Valparaiso 462-4412 FOR ALL YOUR SPORTING NEEDS FOR A VARIETY of used cars and trucks shop at Hayes Automobile Sales, Inc., 1252 W. Lincolnway, Valparaiso, 462-4491 mm 219-462-0535 Moeller Funeral Home, Inc. GEORGE G. MOELLER 104 Roosevelt Rd. MARTIN L. MOELLER Valparaiso IN 46383 GETTING IN WITH the flow of Jim McMahon ' s sport gear are juniors Jeff Daxe and Damon Colby. The Athlete’s Locker Room. 2991 Calumet Ave., Valparaiso, 464- 4478. House o£ Beauty 200 BILLINGS VALPARAISO, IN. DEL KELLEY 462-6311 OWNER fi6 OPERATOR lor FASHION FLOORS DRAPERIES 1603 ROOSEVELT ROAD VALPARAISO INDIANA 46383 CARPET - VINYL SHEET GOODS - CERAMIC - TILE WINDOW TREATMENTS - WALLPAPER - BED- SPREADS 462-8026 462-5546 189 Advertising SENIOR BRYAN O ' KELLEY finds a wide variety of gifts for that special occasion available at Schultz ' s Floral. 2204 N. Calu- met Ave., Valparaiso, 464-3588. Qnjun - Fr n riZI. EXECUTIVE GROUP, INC. 2612 North Calumet Avenue Valparaiso. Indiana 46383 Business (219) 464-8521 Business (219) 769-4289 Residence (219) 462-6303 Mis FRANK PRESSEL C.R.B. Broker-Owner Each office is Independently HARVEY ' S 152 W. Lincolnway Telephone 462-6155 For all your banking needs. INDIANA FEDERAL Valparaiso 462-4131 • Vais Park 464-7208 • Knox 772.62S3 Msrrillvill8 769-3481 • Portage 762-3171 • Chssterton 926-7664 Crown Poinl 663-086S • Rensselaer 866-7194 190 Advertising INMAN’S LANES 711 CALUMET AVENUE VALPARAISO, INDIANA 46383 Phone 462-1300 TAKING ADVANTAGE OF the open bowling hours, senior Steve Young looks for the right size bowling ball at Inman ' s Bowling, 711-13 Calumet, Valijaraiso, 464-1300. APPIIANCES AND HOME ENIERIAINMENT 123 E. Lincolnway Valparaiso 462-4194 BROWN ' S ICE CREAM PARLOR 57 Monroe Valparaiso 464-4141 191 Advertising TAKING ADVANTAGE OF the romantic atmosphere, seniors Mark Jones and Melanie Kolzack try the dinner buffet at Strongbow Inn, 2405 U.S. 30 East, Val- paraiso, 462-3311. America’s Favorite Store 2801 Calumet 464-1091 i artko L omew unet ai J4i ome 102 Monroe St. 462-4102 192 Advertising For Unique Gift Ideas BJijOWN ' Q WLLOOUC (We Deliver) 11 N. Washington Valparaiso, IN 46383 (219) 464-8142 We Accept VISA 8e Mastercard Valparaiso, Indiana 1000 Axe Ave. 462-8829 FOR GRADUATION AND wedding an- nouncements Boy-Conn Printers can meet your needs. Gary Connors (right), owner of Boy Conn gets assis- tance from Don Boyce. Boy Conn Prin- ters, Inc. 803 Glendale Blvd., Valpa- raiso, 462-2665. tii AFTER SCHOOL AND on the week- ends, senior Karen Mutka works with the latest fashions for women avail- able at Miller ' s Mart, 1805 E. Lincoln- way, Valparaiso, 462-3148. 193 Advertising i[ s Q null or During the 1960’s and 1970’s, the down- town Valparaiso business community sail- ed smoothly in economic waters. In recent years, however, suburban shopping malls such as Southlake and the County Seat Plaza have punctured holes in the once- prosperous “hull” of Valparaiso. Because of the emergence of these new suburban “vessels,” venerable downtown anchors such as Harvey’s, J. C. Penney’s, Sears and the ornate Premier Theater have van- ished like ships in the Bermuda Triangle. Instead of giving up hope, downtown merchants and professionals have worked even harder to restrengthen this hull of Valparaiso an d to restore downtown to its formerly-competitive economic position. In order to ensure a prosperous future. Associates in Downtown Valparaiso (AIDV) was organized by merchants and professionals wanting to improve the Cen- tral Business District. Judy Hutton, a downtown businesswoman and member of AIDV claims that the organization’s work in promoting Valpo’s downtown has been successful. “Valparaiso’s downtown doesn’t have a large amount of vacancies anymore; the storefronts are filled; there’s a long waiting list for openings, and it has the highest rate of occupancy around,” said Hutton. The Clothes Loft, a store popular among teen-age girls, has been located in downtown Valparaiso since 1979. Store owner Sue Reavis loves her location and intends to remain there. “Business is great. We listen to customers’ wants and give them what they ask for. We’re always improving our merchandise and ser- vice, and, most importantly, we enjoy what we do,” she said. In addition to promoting economic growth, interested groups have stepped-up efforts to beautify and preserve the historical ambience of downtown Valparaiso. Sidewalks and curbs have been repaired, and flowers and plants are planted annually downtown in an effort to im- prove its aesthetic appearance. Furthermore, improvement of several down- town buildings in 1986-87 has helped beautify downtown. For example, the facade of Martin Binder Jeweler’s building was re- paired, and historic exterior fixtures and windows were restored. Also, Northern In- diana Bank’s main office addition under- went a facelift consisting of an entirely- new stone exterior. While some critics may charge that downtown Valparaiso has been mortally wounded by the emergence of suburban shopping malls, the State of Indiana has recognized that Valparaiso’s downtown deserves inclusion in its charter “Main Street” program. This program will pro- vide consultants and other materials de- signed to help the city utilize its downtown business district to the fullest potential. Of course, only time will tell if down- town Valparaiso will inevitably prosper or if it, like so many other American down- towns, will sink like the Titanic. Neverthe- less, renewed emphasis upon beautifica- tion, promotion and preservation of Valpa- raiso’s downtown would seem to indicate smooth sailing ahead. by Pete Yelkovac and Lori Sier MICHAEL’S RESTAURANT ENJOYED great popularity among Valparaiso residents during its charter year of business in 1986-87. This es- tablishment proved that businesses can look attractive — even in downtown Valpo. 194 Downtown Valpo Feature NORTHERN INDIANA BANK’S new addition sports a new stone facade. The bank was one of a number of downtown businesses renovat- ing building facades in 1986-87. SALE SIGNS SERVE as woeful reminders of cur- rent economic troubles facing America’s down- towns. Harvey’s dimestore, once an anchor of Valparaiso’s downtown, closed its doors in March 1987. NORTHERN INDIANA BANK’S new addition sports a new stone facade. The bank was one of a number of downtown businesses renovat- ing building facades in 1986-87. 195 Downtown Valpo Feature OI-X FASMIOJN[EX mmiiiimi Wishes To Congratulate The Class of 1987 1504 Calumet Ave. Valparaiso 464-8781 U.S.D.A. Choice Beef Nationally Advertised Brands Outstanding Quality Better Selection Lower Prices Food Centers 2168 West U.S. Valparaiso ACE HARDWARE EMPLOYEE Jodi Frailey assists Steve Beiser in choosing a gift. Both are seniors at VHS. Congratulations to the Class of 1987 from Phillips Ace Hardware, 3100 Calumet Ave., 464- 8687 196 Advertising Shaker ' s f I GETTING READY TO go out with her friends, senior Anne Fletcher fills out a form to withdraw money from her savings account at North- ern Indiana Bank, 101 East Lin- colnway, Valparaiso, 462-5121. 14 Locations To Serve You NORTHERN INDIANA BANK ALL the financial help youll ever need FDtC PiZZA Burrer VALPARAISO COUNTY SEAT PLAZA MERRILLVILLE NEXT TO CENTURY C. MALL PIZZA - WE CREATE 21 KINDS CHICK’N • SANDWICHES SALAD BAR • PASTA OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK ilUlUhlIhUUIIIHHm ' liiiiiiiiinuiimiiiim A CONVENIENT LOCATION and a wide selection of automobiles makes Hal Heuring an ideal car-dealership to go to. Hal Heuring Chevrolet Cadillac. 1856 W. U.S. 30, Valparaiso, 462- 1175. 197 Advertising 4A «tSEMS tJ CC. Complete Office Outfitters STOP IN AT ONE OF OUR SHOWROOMS FOR THE BEST SELECTION IN OFFICE FURNITURE, SUPPLIES. MACHINES AND COMPUTER WORK STATIONS. H O V z S a w z a cn D ra 0) c5 z 01 90 o w Merrillville 780 Broadway Merrillville, IN 46410 738-2770 Gary 1818 W 35th Ave. Gary, IN 46408 981-1131 Valparaiso 51 Indiana Ave. Valparaiso, IN 46383 465-7000 DOMINO’S PIZZA 1707 LaPorte ValMraiM FREE DEUVERY III 464-1770 Compliments of .. . ANNA ' S HALLMARK 1809 E. Lincolnway Valparaiso 462-7118 " When you care enough to send the very best " 198 Advertising ifln](§ y(§ m § DURING A TIME OUT, varsity cheerleaders Becky Rushnok, Chris Gregory and Tracy McAIeer attempt to get the crowd psyched. Root Photographers captured the memo- ries during the 1986-87 school year. Root Helps You To Remember Official Photographers For Valparaiso High School ROOT PHOTOGRAPHERS • 1131 W. Sheridan Road • Chicago • 761-5500 199 Advertising DISCUSSING THE LATEST fashions in shoes, seniors Jenny LaMonte and Les- ley Haugh try on different styles at Para- mount Linkimer’s Shoes, 8 Indiana Ave., Valparaiso, 462-1611. Paramount LINKIMER’S FAMILY SHOE STORE 8 Indiana Ave., Valpo (South of the courthouse on the square) OPEN EVERY DAY 9:30 a.m. - 8 p.m. except Sat. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sun. 1-5 p.m. GEORGE’S AMOCO FOOD SHOP Phone 219-462-3067 2005 - U.S. 30 Valparaiso, Ind. 46383 Millie Baker owner FOR A CONVENIENT location and good prices, senior Kristin Wheeler finds that George ' s Amoco suits her needs. Geor- ge’s Amoco Food Shop, 2005 U.S. Hwy 30,Valparaiso, 462-3067. 200 Advertising o 1717 o o o Decisions can be tough — esp ecially when there are many options from which to choose. However, for Valparaiso High School students one decision they made was quite clear. In 1987, Greek’s was the number one place to eat pizza in Valpo. In a recent survey of the school popula- tion, Greek’s was named the favorite of Val- paraiso’s twelve establishments. “I like Greek’s the best because it tastes good, and most of my friends like it too, so there’s no controversy over where to get pizza,” said sophomore Carl Shurr. Junior Sarah An- drews agreed, “Their pizza is very good and I like the atmosphere.” Most teens made weekend visits to Greek’s after a game or the show. “I usually order pizza to be delivered, but when I do go to Greek’s it’s usually on weekends,” ex- plained Shurr. Andrews said that she went to Greek’s “for family celebrations and dates.” Although there are several pizza places in Valpo, one place — Greeks — stood out above the rest in VHS students’ minds. by Donna Hardick what you said: The best pizza in Valpo can be found at . . . Greeks 52% Pizza Hut 18 Dominoe ' s ... ... 10 L. Caesar ' s 9 Shakey ' s 6 Pizza King 2 Aurelio ' s 1 Tony ' s 1 Fasel ' s 1 201 Advertising [F@if (SI [F(gi[miSIIy Aii’inji](3) iplh](S ij ' (§ 202 Advertising y H m ft ■f Tf TRY THE SALAD bar as one of the many features available 24 hours a day for either breakfast, liuich or dinner at The Family Tree Restau- rant, 2502 N. Calumet Ave,, Valpa- raiso, 464-4661. ADDING UP A customer ' s bill, junior Jennifer Williams works after school and on the weekends at her parents’ store — Action wear, 212 E. Lincoln- way, Valparaiso, 464-8416. SENIOR MAUREEN PETRO finds Eng- strom ' s to have a nice variety of quali- ty rings to choose from. Engstrom’s Jewelers, 2814 N. Calumet Ave., Val- paraiso, 464-4040. 203 Advertising Aardema. Steve 36. 124 Abbott. Alane 124. 162 Abbott. Alexis 119 Abel, Dana L. 124 Abel. Jason 124 Abel, Steve 162 Abraham, Ann 174 Acres, Teresa 124 Adams, Keisha 162 Adkins. Barbara 30, 142 Adney. Jeff 7. 103, 124 Agnew. Todd 7. 103. 142 Ahlgrim. Kim J. 124 Ahrens. Bridgette Aicher. Pam 162 Aicher. Wendy 142 Ailes, Jennifer 93. 152 Ailes. Jim 99. 120. 162 Ailes, Kris 142 Albert. Tarik 152 Albregts, Tonya 70. 81. 162 Alexa, Dan 124 Alexander. Kenneth 58. 142 Alexander, Shannon 37. 142 Alexander. Sharon 142 Allen. Kimberly Elaine 114. 142 Allen, Nathaniel 152 Allen. Terri 152 Alliss. Christine 162 Altes. Mrs. Sally 176 Ambelang, Beth 38. 78, 152 Ambelang, Kim 124 Ambelang. Mark 38, 116. 124 Anderson. Christina 41, 162 Anderson. Craig 38. 58. 124 Anderson. Gary 162 Anderson. Mr. Kurt 176 Anderson. Shelby 66. 71, 82. 142 Anderson, Thomas 152 Anderson. Mrs. Vella 176 Andjelich, Luke Andrews. Sarah 70. 142 Andrick. Donna 142 Ang. Marybelle 152 Angyus, Mr. John 176 Anna’s Hallmark 198 Anselm. Jeffrey Duane 100, 142 Anselm. Stacy 97, 162 Antommaria, Angela M. 142 Antrim. Mark 162 Armstrong. Scott 142 Arndt, Laura Renee 162 Arndt. Sherri Arnett, Harry Clay 41, 58. 162 Arnold. Jim 4. 76. 90. 91. 112, 113. 142 Arnold. Lisa 71. 80. 152 Arnold. Mrs. Marcia 176 Astrologes. Cheryl 78. 162 Atha. Kris 142 Atha. Timothy 124 Athlete’s Locker Room, The 189 Atkinson. Cheryl 142 Aurelio. Brad Austin, Mr. Ben 176 Austin. Jennifer 162 Ayoub. Mary 162 Aytes. Richard 80, 112, 152 B B Music Inc. 185 Bach. Cathy 152 Badie. Daenen 120 Bagnall, Mrs. Cheryl 176 Baker. Amy 38, 41. 89. 114. 142 Baker. Mrs. Anne 176 Baker. David 82, 142 Baker. Steve 162 Baldwin, Missy 142 Ball, Angela 152 Ball. Kermit 142 Ball. Steve 162 Balia, Christopher 124 Baniesberger. Amy Baranowski. Mrs. Marjorie 175 Barber. Amy 74. 124 Barfell. Ken 82. 124 Barker, Jeff 142 Barker. Jennifer 38. 111. 142 Barnard. Patti 162 Barnes, Greg 162 Barnes. Robert 142 Barnes. Sam 152 Barone, Mike 12. 19. 54, 57. 82. 125 Bartelmo, Tom 82. 104, 125 Barthold. Mr. Bob 81. 82. 99. 176 Bartholomew Funeral Home 192 Bartlett. Vincent 162 Bass. Chris 80. 112, 152 Bauer. Stephanie 36. 37. 152 Bauer. Todd 81. 112, 162 Bauswell. Connie 70, 152 Beach. Jeffery 142 Beach, Toby 162 Bean. Mike 142 Beaudoin, Jack 152 Beaver. Keith 125 Bednarek. Ronald 80. 100. 109. 152 Beeg. Erica 70. 142 Beesley. Chad 81. 162 Beeson, Nicole Behrend. Rob 109. 152 Behrman. Catherine Beidron. Gail 18 Beiser. Steve 104, 116. 125. 196 Belegal. Phil 41. 162 Bell. Christine 41. 111. 162 Bell. Todd 162 Bellar. Dwayne Bender. Mrs. Nancy 84, 176 Benedict. Brian 103. 125 Benjamin. Debbie 125 Benke. Bryan 82. 112, 113. 142 Bennethum. Mr. Todd 81. 82. 110, 176 Bennett. Jill Benton, Patricia 175 Bergeson. Mrs. Janice 176 Bergman. Dan 162 Bernard. Sarah 152 Bernardi. Caty 78 Bernardi. Colleen 125. 162 Berndt. Dewayne 162 Berner. Wendy 41. 56. 58, 61. 88. 89. 142 Berryman. William H. Bess. Dr. David 173 Betjemann. Dan 7. 152 Betjemann, Julia 54. 55. 118, 125 Bettis. Shannon 36. 142 Betz, Pam 38. 142 Sever, Miss Elaine 176 Beveridge. Ted Bickers. Keith 18, 99. 162 Biedron. Gail 162 Bielich. Mary 12. 13. 54. 55. 57. 125 Big Elm ' s O. B. Rest, and Lounge 185 Biggerstaff. David 163 Biggs. David 152 Biggs. Sandi 152 Bihlman, Scott 82. 142 Binder ' s Jewelers 192 Bird. Mr. Charles E. " Skip” 54, 176 Bird. Patricia 56. 61. 125 Bird. Richard 142 Birky. Kevin 82. 142 Black. Mr. Joe 172 Blackwell. Michele 162 Blair ' s Clothing store 186 Blake. Mike 142 Blakley. Brian D. 104. 105 Bland. Erin 36, 142 Blaney. Jerry Blaney, Vernon Blanton. Judy 163 Blasingame, Tracy 152 Blomberg. Tamara 152. 211 Bluhm, Chris 163 Blumenthal. John 125 Blunk. Jesse 163 Blythe’s Sport Shop. Inc. 189 Bochenek. Thomas Walter Bodensteiner, Jill 13. 55, 57, 68. 77, 96, 97, 125, 211 Bogan, Scott 152 Boguslawski. Ann 38, 78. 142 Bohaning. Shannon 67. 70. 163 Bolde. Mark 82. 112, 142 Bolton. Jennifer 152 Bonifas. Amy 41. 163 Bonjean. Jeni 56. 60, 143 Bonvissuto. Susan Borchertmeyer. John 143 Bottos. Audrey 143 Bottos. Mike 143 Bouvat, Jennifer R. Bowden. Jennifer 163 Bowen. Julie 12. 125 Bowgren. Jeff 152 Bowlby. Angie 71. 143 Bowlby, Troy 163 Bowman. Mrs. Elke 55, 93. 176 Boy-Conn Printers. Inc. 193 Boyle. Mr. Bill Braden. Monica 163 Bradley, Arlin 163 Bradley. Chris 38. 58, 152 Bradley. Glenda 125 Bradney, Charles 163 Brady. Kathleen 71. 78. 80. 143 Bramlett. Jeff 163 Brandy, Allan 112, 125 Brandy, Peter 163 Brant, Christie 163 Bray, Andrew 36. 37, 72, 152 Breen, Vivia Brendel, Mr. Terry 55, 177 Brennan. Karen 38. 143 Brennan. Shawn 38. 98. 152 Bretzinger. Brian 143 Brewer. Paul Brickley, Christopher 125 Briggs. Charles 152 Briggs. Mark 112. 152 Brletich. Karen 34. 143 Brobeck, Kathleen 114. 143 Brobeck, Mike 143 Brooks. Billie 163 Brooks. Nancy A. 82. 125 Brosky. Patti 153 Broton. Lisa 153 Brown. Cathy 143 Brown, Doug 81. 163 Brown. Dusty 163 Brown, Jeff 38, 58. 152 Brown. John 153 Brown, Kary 163 Brown. Ms. Liz Brown, Michael 125 Brown. Mrs. Nancy 174, 175 Brown. Paul 87, 153 Brown. Scott 153 Brown. Susan 97. 153 Brown. William 143 Brown. William David 153 Brown ' s Balloons 193 Brown’s Ice Cream Parlor 191 Brubaker. John 143 Bruce. Lara 153 Bruce, Mark 82. 143 Bruce. Ron Bruder. Jeff 41. 70. 81, 163 Bruder, Lori 143 Bruder. Lois 174 Bruland, Mr. Ken 177 Bryan. Brady 153. 161 Bryant. Jack 41. 163 Bryant, Jennifer 20, 143 Bubik. Denise 153 Bubik, Melissa 57. 143, 183, 211 Bucher. Mike 143 Buchmeier. Matt 143 Buck, Corrie Buck. June 174 Buhman. Debbie 163 Buis. Eric 125 Bunning. Paul D. Bupp. Tamey Lynn 143 Burge. Brian 163 Burk. Lori 143 Burns. Pat 163 Burrell, Carrie 163 Burris, Stephanie 125 Burrus. Michael 163 Butler. Dennis 125 Butler. Mary 153 Butler. Mike 80. 153 Butt. Mr. Bernard 177 Butt, Mrs. Rosemary 175 Butterfield. Billy 163 Byvoets, Sean 125. 188 Cain. Mr. Robert 120, 121, 177 Calvin. Victor 153 Calzacorto. Mrs. Donna 177 Calzacorto. James 38. 153 Campbell. Kelly 143 Campbell. Kristin 41, 163 Campbell. Polly 125 Campbell. Scott 143 Carey. Rachel 125 Carichoff. Karen 118, 125 Carlberg. Eric 81. 163 Carlin. Matt 109, 153 Carlos. Jewel 66. 125 Carlson. Jeff 80, 153 Carlson. Tara 143 Carmichael. Jeff 36. 37, 56. 57. 72. 143 Carmichael. Jim 100. 125 Carmichael. Joel A. 125 Carmona, Nancy 163 Carmona. Stacey 70, 125 Carney, Shannan Carpenter. Rebecca 37, 153 Carrell. Daniel 104, 143 Carris, Jason 153 Carroll. Marcie 126 Carroll. Timothy Brian 81, 99. 109. 163 Carter. Brenda 163 Carter. Jean 82. 110, 143 Carter, Tammy 143 Casbon. Barbara Casbon. Carissa 143 Casbon Electric Company 191 Casbon. Jason 98. 143 Casbon. Kristin 143 Casbon, Scott 153 Casner. Heather 163 Castle. Scott 82. 126 Castleman, David 38, 58. 86. 153 Casto. Carole 143 Castor. Kerrie 163 Cathcart. Randy Cavanaugh. Brad 101. 143 Cavanaugh, David 163 Cavanaugh, Robert 98. 99. 163 Cavinder, Jill 153 Century 21 Realtors 190 Chappo. Bill 78 Charlson. Amie 36. 37. 61. 163 Charon. Jin Jin 16. 126 Chester. Vicki 126 Childress. Cristin 163 Chilian. Dirk 116, 126, 140 Chirch, Gerald L. 163 Choate. Laura 70. 126 Choate, Richard 112, 153 Ciciora. Mr. Dale 55, 177 Cifaldi. Vicki 126 Clark. Candy 163 Clark, Jamie L. 143 Clark. Jeffrey 153 Clark. Mrs. Katherine 50. 177 Clark. Todd 153 Classy Chassis Vans Inc. 193 Claussen. John 143 Cleaveland. Darin 82. 143 Cleis. Amber 38, 88. 153 Cleis. Linda 174 Cleis, Missy 66, 126 Cletcher. Becky Clifford. Chad 16. 19. 36. 37. 126. 129 Clifford, Chris 163 Cline. Jimmy Cline. Jon 143 Closs. Beth Clouse. Duane Coates. Stacy 142 Cochran. Ashley 41. 163 Coe. Tom 60. 153 Colby. Damon 112. 143. 189 Cole. Ann Cole. Brad 153 Cole. Chris 38. 104. 143 Cole. Jennifer 38. 93. 96. 97. 110. 153 Cole, Laura 36, 143 Cole. Lynnea 38, 110, 126 Cole. Mr. Zane 177 Collins. Chris 99. 109. 163 Collins. Mrs. Dawn 177 Collins. Mr. Harley 100, 177 Collins. Kris 143 Collins. Mike 126 Collins. Traci Comeford. David 153 Commers. Mrs. Judy 177 Conde. Melissa 119. 153 Condie. Bruce 126 Condie. Lara 70. 143 Condon. Dick 80. 153 Condon, Mark 61. 126 Conley. Sandy 74 Connors. Mark 80. 81, 163 Connors. Mike 109, 153 Conrick, Melissa 143 Cook. Mr. John 82. 104. 177 Cook. Mrs. Lorie 106, 177 Cook. Mike 126 Coolman. Kandel 41, 111, 163 Coolman, Kim 70. 163 Copeland. Alex 81. 162. 163 Copsy. Joe 143 Corneil, Becky 126 Cornell. Craig 99. 112, 163 Corneil, Gene 81, 163 Corneil. Tiffany 126 Cornett. Amy 163 Cornman. Carole 37. 41. 114, 163 Corns. Christine 78. 153 Costas Foods 187 Cottrell. Rod 153 Cottrill. Christopher Cox. Mr. Terry 82. 112. 178 Cozza. Lisa 37. 163 Craig, Chris 153 Craig. Jennifer 163 Crandall. William Crawford, Kathleen 36, 143 Crizer. Gregory Cmcevic. Jovan 81. 163 Crncevic, Danny 153 Cronk, Mr. Steve 173 Cronk. Mrs. Linda 173 Crowder. Mikal 38. 126 Crowder, Tiffin 41. 163 Crowe. Jeffrey 126 Crowley. Mike 38, 58. 153 Crownover, Marc 109, 163 Crownover, Melissa 92. 93, 96. 143 Cuffle, Lisa 153 Cunningham, Pete 112, 153 Cuppy, Jennifer 78, 126 Curts. Andy 163 204 Index D omestic exchange students Lora Gilliland and Dana Anderson read the Viking Press while VHS juniors Carole Casto and Erin Forker look on. Do you remember what state the exchange students were from? No then turn to page 62 to find out. S enior Michelle Krall asks for help from Term Paper teacher Mrs. Katherine Clark. This class taught seniors proper methods of researching and writing term papers. Do you know what some other popular English elective classes were? If not, check out pages 50-51. Curts. Jennifer 38. 96, 143 Cuson, Liz 36, 37. 126 Cutler. Tamara 111, 163 Cyzyk, Gail 7$. 126 Czap, Chris 36 Czap. Stacie 70, 143 Czekaj. Sandy 78, 153 Czilli, Andrew Dabrowski, Julie 70. 153 Daggett. Brent 81. 163 Daily. Justin 153 Dalfonso. Carrie 78. 163 Daniels. Mike 36. 153 Davenport, Kathy David, David Davidson. Rob Davis, Brian 112. 153. 159 Davis, Carrie 97. 153 Davis. Chris 38, 99. 163 Davis, Daniel 28. 81. 112, 163 Davis. Mrs. Diane 33 Davis. Don 163 Davis, Erica 153 Davis. Leslie Davis, Mr. Steve 178 Daxe. Jeffrey 12. 82. 143, 189 Daye, Douglas 41, 163 De Felice. Melissa 153 De Man. Dawn 106. 126 De Man. John 3. 153 De Man. Tim 153 De Mass. Lorelei 37, 164 De Mass, Roland 164 DeMick, Jenny 153 DcMick. Kris 36. 85 De Palma. Raymond 80. 153 DePoister, Beckie 36 DeSarro. Candy 36. 37 Deal, Eric 80, 112. 153 Deal. Shannon 41, 164 Dean. Charles 36. 153 Dean. Timothy 164 Dean, Tom 153 Decker, Bill 164 Defier. David 82. 104. 126 Delucenay. Roger 164 Delumpa, Consuelo 70, 81. 164 Demkowicz. Michael 164 Dcnby, Steve 153 Dennington. Jeff 41. 143 Dennington, Kim 41, 164 Dennis. Andrea 126 Dennis, Holly 70, 143 Dennis. Tricia 70, 153 Derr. Tiffany 37. 42. 153 Derucki, Jason 101, 143 Deu, Donna 38. 153 Deuberry. Julie 70. 143 Dick. Christianne 14. 70, 153 Dick. Mr. Don F. 178 Dick. Tara 153 Dillin. Harry Dillin, Jennifer 153 Dimitri. Lisa 12. 126 Dingwall. Leslie 126 Disney, Stacey Dixon. Edward 36, 164 Dixon, Michael 87, 164 E oelling. Amy 143 Doelling, David 18. 35, 82. 126 Dofka. Mrs. Cathy 178 Doherty. Maureen Dold. Dave 103, 126, 140 Dolhover. Sue 38. 114, 143 Dombrowski. Nancy 153 Domer. Jennifer 38. 70. 143 Domino ' s Pizza 198 Doolittle. Arch 126 Doolittle. Cole 12. 82. 112, 143 Dorris. Sharon 118, 119, 143 Dorsctt, Tammy 164 Dougherty, Susan 153 Dougherty. Wanda 126 Douglas. Charles 80. 81. 112, 153 Douglas. Richard 164 Douhan. Matthew 164 Douthitt. Toni 41. 67. 153 Dowd. Chris 143 Downey, Barbara 41, 164 Drake. E. Scott 80. 112. 153 E res. Gus 143 Droege. Karla 23, 56. 61. 126 Ducat, Bob 36. 37, 126 Ducat. Kathleen 93. 97. Ill, 153 Dudzienski. Greg 41. 58, 67. 164 Dufallo. Mark 143 Duncan. Deanna 153 Dunivan. Jamin 153 Dunn. Jessica 164 Durkin. Kelly 164 Dusek, Ginger 54. 153 Dust. Jason 153 Dygert. Jeff 38. 82. 144 D iewiski. Tammy 153 S Earl. Jeff 98. 153 Eberhardt. Laurie 36. 144 Edgington. Edward 144 Edwards, Kristina 153 Edwards. Tom 164 Ehlers. Lucille 144 Ehlers, Roger 144 Ehlers. Sara 89. 114, 164 Ehrenberg. James 41. 164 Eichberger. Christa 144 Eichberger. David 127 Eichhorn, Melinda 32. 38, 58. 144 Eichmeier, Dan 16, 127 Eisenmenger. Sandi 37, 164 Ekelmans. Esther 31. 127 Elkins. Julie 14. 37. 56. 127 Elkins. Marlene 127 Ellis, Christine 111 Ellis. Mr. Glen 176, 177, 178 Ellsworth. Laura 164 Ellsworth. Scott 144 Emerson. Rob 127 Engel. Heather 41, 164 Engel. Jeff 144 Engel. Kathy 37. 153 Engel, Mindy 127 Engen, Miss Lisa 178 Engstrom’s Jewelers 203 Ennulat, Dorothy Epple, Jason 81. 164 Epple. Lisa 70. 144 Erdelac. Dana 144 ErsF amer. Amy 127 Erspamer. Lori 153 Eslick, Mark Esstinger. Christine 144 Etchison. John 112, 164 Etzler. Elizabeth 68 Evanoff. Susan 35. 74. 128 Evanoff. Van 38. 101. 112. 153 Evans. Dan 164 Evans. David 80. 81. 112, 153 Evans. Eric 144 Evans. Marcia 89. 114 Evans. Sarah 38. 112, 144 Evans. Stacey 144 7 Faber. Jeff 80. 154 Family Circle Cleaners 184 Fancher. Teresa Fancher, Victoria Fanning, Ivy Farnum. Suzi 36. 37. 154 Farnum. Victoria 37, 128 Fattore, A. J. 80. 112, 152, 154 Fauser. Diana 144 Fayard, Michelle 144 Federman, Allen 82, 104. 105. 144 Ferguson, Heather 164 Ferguson. Troy 91, 116. 144 Fernandez, Stephan Ferngren, Amy 154 Ferngren. Billy 100. 128 Ferrell. Jim 44 Fetla, Ken 36, 144 Ficken. Mrs. Nancy 114, 178 Fiegle, Thomas 23. 144 Fiegle-Hicks, Mrs. Mara 178 Fierst. Gretchen 106. 107, 154 Fierst. Heather 57. 114, 144, 183. 211 Fifield. Tara 18. 154 Finlay. Melissa 128 Finlay. Ryan 154 Finley. Julie 37. 164 Fischer, Bret 45. 144 Fischer. Sarah 92, 114, 144 Fisher, Jeff 87. 154. 175 Fisher. Mark 87. 144 Fisk. Jim 128 Fitzgerald. Emmett 81. 112. 164 Fitzpatrick, William 43, 144 Fleming. Michael 41, 165 Fletcher. Amy 165 Fletcher. Anne 128. 197 Fletcher. Christopher 144 Fletcher, Julie 57. 144 Flory, Colleen 38. 154 Flude. Bill 154 Flynn. Elizabeth 96. 144 Folke. Suzanne 58, 114, 128. 132 Follis. Kristen 97. 165 Forker. Erin 144 Forsythe. Pat 174 Forsythe, Scott 144 Fortune. Corey 28, 82. 144 Foster, Joe 144 49er Drive-In 187 arge numbers of VHS students, such as senior Anne Phillis and junior Curt Gear, were em- ployed during the school year. For more info on why students work, take a look at the fea- ture on pages 10 and 11. Frailey. Jeff 101, 154 Frailey. Jodi 128, 196 Frame, Greg 128 Frame. Lori Frangis. Angi 144 Frank. Chris 37. 128 Franzen, Sherri Fray. Miss Debbie 89. 114, 178 Frazier. Jim 154 Freitag. Christian 87. 165 Frcitag. Jason 116, 117. 128 Frey. Carl 91, 144 Fridman. Dr. Eric G. 186 Fritts. Scott 128 Fritz. Leslce 41. 69, 72. 111. 165 Frobish, Karen 36. 144 Fry. Diana 154 Frye. Dan 86. 120. 121, 128 Fulge. Carmen Fuller, Bob 154 Fuller. Bryan 47. 82. 112, 128 Fuller, Janet 110. 144 Funk. Chris 41. 58. 81. 165 Furlin. Joe 100, 101. 154 Purlin, Lauretta 106. 107. 165 Galasso. Andra 154 Galcy. Scott 165 Gambel. Mrs. Alice 178 Gamblin. Karen 144 Gant. Brian Gant. Kellie 129 Garner. Chris 154 Garner. James Gamer. James Gast. Mike 154 Gast. Steve 144 Gast. Thomas 80. 154 Gast. Vincent 129 Gauler. Eve Gazdich. Todd 165 Gear. Curt 144. 187 Gee. Mrs. Edie 175 Geer. Camie 70. 144 Geiss. Mr. Biff 178 Gengo, Stacey 142. 144 George’s Amoco Food Shop 200 Gerber. Mr. Dean 178 Gerber. Doug 86, 129 Gerber, Melinda 38. 154 Gcricke. Justin 116, 117, 129 Gertsmeier. Jon 99. 165 Gerzema, Joseph 7. 144 Gicse, James Giesler. Robinette 154 Gifford, Paula 38. 111. 165 Gill, Debbie 38. 144 Gillian. Bruce 120 Gilliam. Jeffery 82. 112 Gilmore. Tad 81. 112. 165 Gimenez. Jaime B. Girgis. Lois 154 Girton. Angela 38. 58. 154 Given, Elizabeth 129 Godby. Lorna 144 Gold. Paul 3, 19. 129 Goldstine, Mark 144 Gomersall. Thomas 165 Goodman. Samantha Goodwin. Chad 129 Goodwin. Rusty 80. 112, 154 Goodwin, Tami 66. 129 Gorby. Brett 154 Gordon. Mrs. Diane 55. 178 Gordon, Jeffery 165 Gornik. Kevin A. Gorski. Magdaline 144 Gott, Mr. Dale 55. 80. 82. 109. 178 Gott, Jeff 99. 109. 165 Gott. Kim 28. 96. 144 Gott, Mrs. Sharon 175 Gott, Sonya 165 Graham. Debi 71. 80. 114, 154 Graham, Laura Graham. Ron 82. 100, 129 Graley. Scott 120 Graves. Linda Gray. Mr. Gary 80. 82, 109. 178 Gray. Tonya 144 Greek’s Pizza 194 Green. Craig Michael Gregory. Chris 82. 129. 199 Greinke. Chad 112. 154 Griffin. Andrew 129 Griffen. Jamey 36. 165 Griffin. Nick 129 Groark, April 144 Groark. Melanie 36. 37, 70. 165 Gross. Kristin 129 Grote. Mike 38. 58. 144 Groves. Ken 75, 129 Grube. Josh 38. 58. 155 Gudino. Ginger 28 Gudino.Jodi 114, 155, 165 Guillaum, Bruce 165 Hackett, Andrea 41. 165 Hadley. Joe 130 Haftman. Audrey 174 Hager. Mr. Jerry 178 Hager. Kristy 38. 119. 152, 155 Hagstrom. Joanna M. 36. 70. 144 Hal Heuring Chevrolet Cadillac 197 Hahn, Nathan 69. 155 Hahn, Noah 165 Haibach, Gerald Hain. Michelle 41. 165 Halcomb. Buster 51. 155 Hall. Mrs. Elizabeth 51. 178 Hall. Jennifer 131 Hall. Kristine 38. 155 Hall. Mark Hamacher. Dustin 57. 116. 127, 130 Hamacher. Marc 104. 105. 116, 144 Hamilton. Calvin Hamilton. Christine 38. 144 Hamilton. Kathryn 36. 37, 144 Hamrick. Chris 36. 155 Hanchar. Steve 80. 155 Hancock. Todd 112, 130 Hanes. Rob 41. 81. 165 Hankins. Chris Hanner. Mark 8. 36, 37. 61. 165 Hanner. Matt 98. 155 Hanners. Richard Hanson, Laura 78. 114, 155 Harbison, William 144 Hardebeck. Amy 130 Hardebeck. Mrs. Carolyn 55, 178 Harden. Rodny 100 Hardesty. Mike 165 Hardick. Donna 57, 130. 211 Hardin. Gerald 36. 130. 165 Hardwick. Matt 81. 112. 165 Harper. Jesse 144 Harper. Michael Harrington. Matthew 91. 101, 116. 144 Harrington. Neill Robert 91, 99. 165 Harris. Matt 86. 165, 169 Hart. Lisa 114, 165 Hart, Tabetha 155 Harter. Kristi Hartig, Mark Hartig. Mike 45. 130, 155 Hartman. Audrey 174 Hartman. Craig 41. 165 Hartman, Mrs. Karen 178 Hartwig. Erica 41, 97. 114, 166 Hartwig, Kristin 38. 89. 114, 144 Hartzer. Paula 79 Harvey’s Department Store 190 Haskins. Rodney Hathaway. Michael 144 Haugh, Lesley 130, 200 Haugh. Shannon 41. 114. 166 Haughton, Cynthia 119, 142, 144 Hawes, Mrs. Judy 175 Hawkins. Rhonda Hawkins, Scott Hawkins. Tiffany 166 Hayes Auto Center 189 Hayes, Mrs. Marilyn 175 Hayward, Robert 130 Hazlett, Ames 80. 109. 155 Healy. David 155 Heath. Jeff 87. 144 Hebert, Tom 145 Heckman. Mrs. Jean 178 Hedge. Tanya 155 Hedges. Curtis 155 Heimberg. Rob 166 Heinold. Mindy 23, 36. 37. 145. 186 Heinold, Shannon Heinrich. Richard Heinze, Ted 82. 145 Helton. Eric 91. 112, 166 Heminger. Ronald Hender8on.Jcnnifer41.92.93, 96. 114, 145 Henderson, Lisa 93, 114, 115, 155 Henderson. Scott 130 Hendricks, Jack 155 Hendrickson, Tammy 145 Henriques. Mrs. Leah Henriques. Stephanie 38. 58. 145 Hensel. Tina 110, 145 Henson, Krista 130 Henze. Rhonda Herma. Jackie 145 Herma. John 145 Herma. Scott 81. 166 Herr. June 174 Herrick, Karin 38. 130. 132 Hershberger, Mr. John 178 Hersemann. Susan 38. 145 Hess. Jeff 41. 58. 165 Hickman. Shelley 165 Hicks. Jeanette 155 Hicks, Kelly 166 Higbie, Jenny 110. 145 Higbie. Mrs. Pat 175 Higgins. Bob 98, 155 Highlan. Jodi 145 Highland. Ashlee 165 Highland. Laura 145 Hildreth. Mrs. Doris 178 Hildreth. Mr. Jack 178 Hill. Beth 80. 114. 155 Hill. Jennifer 166 Hill. Marguerite 71. 155 Hilzley. John 145 Hines. Jack 130 Higuet. John 130 Hippner. Lisa Hofferth, Elizabeth 36. 145 Hofferth. Jeff Hofferth, Jessica 70. 130 Hofferth. Katie 20. 96. 130. 136 Hoffman, Heather 93, 96. 155 Hoffman. Mrs. Lenore 178 Hoffman. Mr. Mark 82. 112, 178 Hoffman, Tom 155 Hofticzer. Amy 130 Hoftiezer. Scott 155 Hofticzer. Tim 155 Hollandsworth, Teresa 130 Hollett, William 166 Holmes. Bob 116 Holt. David 54. 109. 155 Homan. Lori 36, 37. 145 Hood. Jeff 7, 145 Hoover. Chris Horn. Adam 155 Horsley. Clarke 145 Horton. Jodi 145 Horton. John 145 Horvath. Mr. Frank 45. 178 Hoskins, Laura 145 Houin, Mrs. 178 House of Beauty 189 Howard, David M. Howard. Jennifer 89. 114. 145 Howard. Michele 106. 166 Howard, Scott Howe. Shannon 36. 145 Howe. Sharon 155 Hrabota. Jeni 166 Hrapek. John Hruska, John 155 Huber, l ri 38, 155 Huck. Loren 38. 91, 112, 113. 130 Hudak, Bryan 155 Hudson, Sean 156 Humes. Jodi 114. 166 Humes, Matt 156 Hurni, Eddie 36. 37, 80. 156 Hurst. Brad 54. 156 Huttinger. Jeff 145 Hutton. Anthony 68, 146 Hutton. Melissa 55. 58. 127. 130. 131. 135 latridis, Mary 54. 124, 130 Ilgenfritz. Jody 38. 146 Ilgenfritz. Mary 174 Iliff, Lorraine 156 Indiana Federal 190 Ingram. Meri 156 Inman ' s Bowling 191 Ishihara, Masaki 38. 130 Jacobsen’s Inc. 198 Jahr, Bruce 130 Jakel. Eric 80. 82. 112, 156 James, Mark Janasiak, Stacey 41. 119, 166 Janda, Tami 38, 156 Jankowski. Angie 74. 130 Jankowski, Jim 61. 146 Jankowski. Ken 80, 98. 109. 156, 211 Jankowski. Matt 156 jarvinen. Nilla 36. 130 Jasnic. Jana 130 Jensen, Mike 38. 58. 156 Jcselskis. Tom 146 Jewell. Jason 146 Johann. Andy 38, 146 Johnson. Brent 166 Johnson, Brian 81. 166 Johnson. Christina 38. 58. 156 Johnson. Garth 173 Johnson. Justin 146 Johnson. Kathy 166 Johnson. Laura 146 Johnson. Mike Johnson, Patti Johnson. Renee 166 Johnson. Rose Johnson. Sara 38. 78. 106. 114, 146 Johnson. Sean 166 Johnson. Steve 146 Johnson. Terry 156 Johnson. Tricia 146 Johnston. Colleen 166 Johnston. James 146 Johnston, Jeff 156 Johnston. Rusty 112 Jones. Amanda 114, 166 Jones. Belinda 37 Jones, Christa 156 Jones, Colleen 89. 114, 146 Jones. Dan 112 Jones, Ginger 178 Jones. Kevin 82. 112, 146 Jones, Mark 38. 90, 91. 100. 112, 130, 192 Jones. Mike Jones, Neallie 92, 96. 146 Jordan. Juli Jordan. Lori 146 Jorgensen. Doug uras, Christine 40. 41, 166 urgeons, Becky Justak, Todd 146 K Kaleth. Jeff 41. 167 Kalina. Christine 40. 41. 130 Kallback. Kristy 41, 156 Kaluzny, Mike 156 Kamanaroff, Keith 42. 86. 101, 156 Kaminski. Mr. Bob 175 Kanagy. Chris 116. 156 Karris. Jason 109 Kaster. Mike 38 Keammerer. Nat 91, 112, 156 Keener. Jack Kehrct. Tim 116, 156 Keller. Kaye 20. 130 Kellogg. Heidi 111. 146 Kelly. David 38. 58, 146 Kelly. Kathy 41, 167 Kennedy. Paul 82, 146 Kenney. Gwen 38. 51, 72, 156 Kenney. Loretta 131. 132 Kenning. Mr. David 178 Kerley, Ann 146 Kerlcy. David Kerns. Chris 156 Kerns. Randy 81. 82 Kickbush, Katrina 38. 58, 146 Kiernan, Tara 36. 78. 167 Kikushima. Chihomi 37. 131 Kilmurry. Kathleen 75 Kim. Jeanne 119. 146 Kimerer, Joe 109. 156 Kincheloe, Guy King, James 112, 167 King, Matthew 41. 167 King. Mike 167 King. Tony Kinsey, David 81. 167 Kinsey. Heather 146 Kirk. John Kirk. Michelle 96. 110, 156 Kirk. Susan 37, 146 Kirtland. Karyn Kissinger, Julie 37, 156 Klein. Jeff Klein. Jennifer 156 Klemz, Doug 7. 102. 146 Klett. Heidi 38. 58. 146. 147 Kline. Jenny 155 Klinedinst. Becky 89, 114, 156 Klinedinst. Dan 131 Klinedinst. Todd 146 Klinefelter. Dan 38. 156 Klinefelter, Michele 19, 38, 70, 131 K-mart 192 Knauff. Mr. John 57. 99. 178 Knauff, Mr. Mark 92, 97. 179 Knight, Greg 38. 131 Knoche. Ron 167 Knoche. Steve 167 Knocrnschild, Kerri 131 Kobe. Julie 81. 106. 114. 167 Kobe. Marsha 174 Koenig. Dr. Robert 172 Koetke. Jill 57. 92. 131 Kolar. Matt 156 Kolczak. Melanie 131, 192 Kopko. Nick 131 Kottka. Brian 45. 80. 156 Kovac. Joshua 167 Kovac. Rebecca 157 Kovach. Marcy Kovalick, Kurt 146 Kozlowski. Beth 84. 157 Kozlowski. Dan 87. 99. 167 Kraatz. Kami 41, 58. 167 206 Index Kraatz. Kari 38, 58. 157 Krall, Michelle 36. 131 Kramer. Katie 131 Krayniak, Leslie 72, 167 Krayniak. Michelle 36. 146 Krayniak. Mike 36 Kress. Phil Krieger, Jason 98. 120. 157 Kroeger, Paul 72. 146 Krueger. Mrs. Alice 175 Krueger. Randy 157 Krysinski. Matt 7. 103, 147 Kuchaes, Darin 112. 131 Kuebler, Beth 72. 131 Kuehl. Charlene 131 Kuehl. Dion 37. 157 Kuehl, John 157 Kuehl. Laura 131 Kugler. Janice 147 Kuhlmeier, Tonya 167 Kuhnle. Joe 82. 147 Kush, Laurie 114. 167 Kush, Matt 82. 112, 147 Kwok. Jeff 157 Lackey, Aaron 81, 109. 167 Lacopo, Dominic 81. 109, 167 Lainer, Penny 147 Lambert, Michelle 92, 93. 133 Lamont, Jennifer 133. 200 Landgrebe. Tom 167 Landry. Dawn 37, 167 Landry, Mike 41. 157 Landstrom. Glen 87. 157 Landstrom. Tricia 118. 147 Lang. Dan 157 Lang, Kathryn Langley. Barry 147 Langwell. Cindy 41, 167 Largura, Burton 103, 133 Largura, Caryn 167 Largura. John 157 Largura. Susanne 147 Larson, Mary 157 LaRue, Daniele 147 Laterzo, Charlotte 167 Lauer, Dan 38. 58. 157 Law. Joanna 147 Law, Susan 167 Lawrence, Jeff Lawrence. Rob 147 Lawson. Michele 157 Leach, Donna 147 Leach. Mr. Lance 179 Lebryk. Mrs. Judith 179 Lee. Jennifer 37. 167 Leetz. Mark 147 Leffcw, Jeff 19. 75. 82. 83. 127. 133. 216 Leib, Cindy 38, 133 Leib. Wendy 147 Lemmon. Robert 147 Lemon. Lance 11. 38. 120. 133 Lennex. Allison 37. 133 Lethen. John 167 Letnich. Tony 147 Leverich, Lori 38, 147 Levcritt, Traci 92, 110, 147 Levi, Erika 41, 167 Lewandowski. Kerry Ann 37, 147 Lewellyn, Dariele 81, 167 Lewis, Crystal 167 Lewis, Jeff 82. 147 Lewis. Jennifer 70, 157 Lewis. Kim 92. 157 Libassi, Lisa 114, 167 Libassi, Teri 133 Libassi, Troy 174 Lin, Jeff 147 Lindsley. Dena 157 Lintner. Marguerite 167 Liparoto. Pete Lippens, Kelli 157 List. Daniel 41. 157 Little Caesar’s Team Food Management 187 Litzkow, Julianne 48. 147 Llamas. Richard 157, 161 Lloyd. Jennifer 37. 167 Long. Aaron 49. 133 Looft. Grctchcn 147 Looft. Kimberly 133 Lott. Mrs. Brenda 33, 179 Lott. Erik 157 Lott. Jon Lovall. Chris 167 Lowe. Fern 174 Lowenstines 191 Luckett. Becky 157 Ludington, Cara 167 Lukrafka. William 81. 167 Luther. Wilma 174 Lynch. Dan Lyons. Mike 157 Macapagal, Marie 38, 58. 119. 157 Macapagal, Mychel 124, 133 Machiela. Jason 157 Machiela. Mike 167 Machtemes. Amy Mack. Jason 12. 82, 147 Mack. Kevin 133 Mack. Mrs. Patricia 179 Mackeller. Eileen 147 MacLennan. Sarah 147 Macy, Randy 133 Madden. Stac 147 Maesch, Mrs. Cheryl 179 Maesch, Scott 167 Magana. Nikki Magnetti, Robert 147 Mahoney. Mrs. Joan 55, 179 Mahoney. Rob 91. 112, 157 Mahoney. Tammy 38, 57. 133 Maiers, Lora 38. 69. 147 Maiers. Martha 57. 133. 135. 187 Maiers, Mr. Wesley 55, 179 Malackowski, Mr. Robert 172 Malings. Cliff 112. 157 Mallett. Heather 38. 92. 96. 118, 147 Malone. Joseph Matott, Mrs. Linda 66, 179 Mane Elegance 184 Manilardi, Miss Cynthia 179 Mannel, Stephanie 36. 37, 147 Manning, Tom 147 Mansavage, Jill 167 Mansavage, Robert 36, 37. 157 Mantel. Brian 80. 157 Mapes. David 38. 98. 157 Maples. Sheri Marcus, Mitch 133 Mari. Jeanette Marimon, Jill 78. 148 Marion. Carrie 157 Markette. Robert 167 Markley, Jennifer 49. 167 Marquez. Steve 157 Marrell. Richard 112, 167 Marshall. Anne Marie 148 Marshall. April 37. 157 Marshall, Doug Marshall. Scott 167 Martin, Chip 120, 157 Martin. Daniel 98. 157 Martin, Joel 99. 109. 167 Martin. John Martin, Kerric 157 Martin. Mrs. Laura 179 Martin, Meghan 38, 88, 89. 114, 148 Martin. Melissa Martin. Russell Martz. David 109, 157 Martz. Joe 55. 56. 61. 131. 133 Martz. Stacey 133 Marvin. Michael 167 Massa. Missy 57, 106, 148 Massom. Scott Masters, Beth 70. 133 Mather, Mark 133 Mathes, Andrea 93. 157 Mathews, Mary 167 Matthews. Cindy 37. 148 Maul, Brenda 167 Maupin. Marcia 133 Max. Christopher Maxey, Kevin 36. 37, 82 Mayes. Vicki 167 McAleer, Tracey 71. 81, 96. 133, 199 McAllister, Kathleen 133 McBride. Kellie 148 McCart. Gregory McCasland. Kevin 167 McClanahan. Kristen 37. 41, 155, 157 McClintock, Troy 167 McColly. Greg 133 McCoricel. Sheri 167 McCuddy. Michele 70. 157 McCuddy, Sherri 148 McDermott, Jeff 80. 157 McDermott. Kelley 148 McDermott. Thomas 28, 31. 82. 133 McDonald, Steve 101. 157 McDonald, Tim 47. 133 McDonalds 185 McDowell. Ronald 157 McGill. Maria 157 McGill. Shelley 148 McGonigle. Mrs. Jill 179 McGuckin, Dan 157 McGuinn. Matthew 99. 167 McKay, Coach Pat 89. 114 McKuhen, Amiee 70. 167 McLane. Fred 148 McLane, Kelly 114, 157 McLean. Lisa 20. 38. 106, 148 McLinn, Mike 99. 112, 167 McLinn, Tonia 70. 133 McMichael, Mr. James 55, 179 McMillan, Brian A n annual event for physics students, the bridge contest provides an opportunity for these budding scientists to apply their knowledge and to earn extra credit points. Can you name all of the sciences taught at VHS? If not. take a look at pages 32-33. C oach Nancy Bender muses over the girls ' golf team ' s loss to Merrillville. The team finished with a record of 3-7 but finished third at sec- tionals. Do you know what hindered the team? Check out pages 84-85 for the answer. McMurtrcy. Shelley 50. 57. 68. 92. 133, 211 McNeil. Kim McNulty. Jill 84. 85. 157 McNulty. Paige 66. 84. 133 McQuillan. Ellen 148 McQuillan. Patrick 134 Meeker. J. William 148 Meeker, John 23, 157 Melion, Frank 148 Metzger. Toni 157 Meyers. Craig 100, 112 Meyers. Tammy 148 Michelsen. Mark 120. 157 Milanowski. Matt 81. 99. 167 Millar. Jarett 41. 167 Miller. Alyson 134 Miller. Ms. Barbara 179 Miller. Carolyn 13. 55. 58. 124. 134. 185 Miller, Chad Miller. Chris 109, 148 Miller, Dave 38. 58. 148 Miller. Heather 70. 157 Miller, Jason 167 Miller. Miss Jean 179 Miller. Joel 167 Miller. Kevin 42. 74. 134 Miller. Kim 38. 78. 157 Miller. Kristen 36. 37. 157 Miller. Kristie Miller. Maria 70. 134 Miller, Mr. Martin 180 Miller. Mike 112. 157 Miller, Naomi 157 Miller. Mr. Robert 38. 40, 41. 180 Miller. Teri 36. 37. 70. 148 Miller. Tim 87. 134. 157 Miller, Todd 36. 37, 134 Miller’s Mart 193 Mills. James Mings, £)eanna 134 Mitchell. Colleen 36. 37. 134 Mitchell. Jeff 134 Mitchell. John 99. 167 Mitchell. Mr. Richard 82. 180 Mitchell. Sarah Mitol. Jennifer 57. 148 Moe, Eric 81. 167 Moeller Funeral Home, Inc. 189 Monroe. Shannon 134 Monroney. John 148 Montreuil. Styan 41 Moody. Elizabeth 134 Moody. Gloria 167 Mooney. Jacqueline 148 Mooney, Jamilyn 167 Mooney. Kristen 78. 79. 148 Mooney, Tonya 74 Moore. Heather 114. 167 Moore. Jeff 101, 148 Moore. Mrs. Mary 172 Moore. Missy 36. 37, 168 Moore, Rod 80. 82 Morales. Denise 148 Moran. Stacy 168 Morgan. Carl 148 Morgan. Erin 109, 157 Morgan. Todd 157 Morgano, Bernie 157 Morris. Matt 112 Morris, Matthew 134, 157 Morrison. Bob 112, 113, 134 Morrison. Daniel 41. 168 Mortensen, Ben 168 Morthland, Mr. Douglas 81, 82. 180 Moryl. Mrs. Diane 50. 180 Moser. Brandi 168 Moser, Jodie 157 Mowbray. Joe 168 Moyer. Candy Mueller. Amy 134 Mueller. Steven 82. 83. 112, 148 Mullendore. Joe 168 Mullett. Juli 41. 134 Mundt. Marston 168 Munoz. Moses 116, 157 Murphy, Brian 80. 98. 158 Murphy, Dan 134 Murphy. Kelly 134 Murphy, Martin Tom 158 Murphy. Mr. Patrick 180 Murphy. Tara 148 Murray. Brad Mutka. Jennifer 8. 41. 119, 168 Mutka, Karen 50. 55, 57. 127, 134. 183. 193. 211 Mutka. Sarah 38. 148 Myers, Tiffany 168 ' H Nagel. Heidi 148 Nagubadi. Nitha 168 Najar. Christine 70, 158 Najar, Dustin 158 Naillieux. Jill 37, 168 Nash. Mr. George 180 Nay. Timothy 134 Neal. Ann 134 Neal. Jeffrey 3, 112. 158 Nelson. Brian 80. 158 Nelson. Kara 37. 158 Nelson. Mrs. Elener 175 Nelson. Robert Edward 158 Nettles. Wes 158 Netzhammer, Allison 54, 158 Neuffer. Vic 158 Nevills. Jeff 112. 158 Newell. Jeff 112 Newell, Kevin 158 Newkirk. April 35, 148 Newlin, Dan 134 Newlin. Douglas 134 Newlin, John Bernard 47, 148 Newsom, Scott 14. 56, 61. 72. 148 Newsom. Todd 168 Newton. Hugh 158 Nicoletto. Derek 61. 158 Nightingale. Chad 81. 99, 112, 168 Nimetz. Melissa 168 Nobles. Mrs. Nancy 175 Nolan. Mark 112, 134 Nolan. Mickey 134 Nolan, Rhonda 158 Nolting. Mr. L. W. 180 Norris. Jennie 149 Norris, Suzi 168 Northern Indiana Bank 197 Notaro, Dominic Anthony 41. 158 Nova, Gary M. 38. 128 Novae. Tony 158 Nover. Brett L. 149 Nuechterlein. Jeanne 38. 158 Nuechterlein. John 132, 134 Nuest. Bonn! 12, 71. 82, 134 Nuppnau. Mrs. Sharon 175 Nusbaum, Cathy 134 Nykiel, Chad 168 O O’Guin, Chris O’Kelly. Bryan 134 O’Neil, Heather 158 Obermeyer. Sherry 168 Obrien, Kent A. 158 Oeding, Holly 37. 168 Oestreich, Julie 134 Oestreich. Michele 149, 158 Okon. Carrie 70, 158 Okone, Brandon Olive, Shirley Oliver. Teresa 168 Oiling, Stanley J. 38, 58. 134 Olmstead, Jennifer 38. 158 Olson. Jason 168 Olson. Shawn 158 Oluvic, Chris 81. 168 Ortman, Gregory 168 Ortega. Aida 168 Ortt, April Osburn, Andy 38. 58. 158 Osburn, Steve 82 Osner, Sean 168 Oster, ott Osterhout, Jeff 19. 134 Osterhout. Marion 174 Ostrander. Cristi Ostrander. Kenneth On. Kenneth 80. 158 Owens. Monica 149 P Paarlberg. Jennifer Pace. Alvis 158 Pacholke. Aaron 76. 91, 112, 158 Page. Chris 135 Pampalone. Gina 70. 81, 168 Papachronis. Tina 72, 168 Paramount Linkimer Shoes 200 Paris, Brian 135 Park, Kathryn Elaine 36. 37, 168 Parker, Chris 36, 149 Parker, Dwayne 149 Parker, Dwight 149 Parker. John 149 Parker, Tammy 37. 135 Parks. Larry Pathak, Sandeep Vimal 168, 170 Patheja. Jaipal 86, 135 Patrick. Kelly 50. 135 Patrick. Melissa 38, 149 Patten, Paul 109. 158 Patton. Clay 41. 58, 168 Patton. Todd 158 Paul Indorf Jr. Photographer 184 Paulauskas. Daiva 32. 70. 158 Pa ' velka, Jerry 135 Payne. Jenny 72, 114, 168 Pearce, Curtis 149 Pedavoli. Jennifer 135 Pedavoli. Jim 158 Peddle. Chris Pedersen. Darren 80. 109. 158 Pedersen. Robin 78. 149 Pekarek. Jamie 158 Peloso, Sue 175 Pence. Kim 135 Pera. Megan 158 Perez. Scott 112. 149 Periolat, Catherine 49. Ill, 149 Periolat, Lee 168 Perkins. Donya 37. 168 Perrine. David 149 Perrine, Sandy 168 Perrow. Leslie 84. 114, 149 Perry. Douglas 158 Peshel. Brian 168 Pessmeg. Rhonda 31, 135 Petcu, Lee 81. 82, 149 Petcu, Scott 98. 99. 109, 168 Peters, Deanna 70. 149 Peters. Steffany 70. 81. 168 Peters. Ted 149 Petersen. Douglas A. 109 Petersen, Robert, Jr. 149 Peterson, Deana 135 Peterson. Deborah 149 Peterson, Wanda 89. 114. 168 Petro, Maureen 136. 203 Peuquet, Kristin 36 Peuquet. Nicki 37, 111. 168 Pfleeger. Julie 41. 168 Phares, Charles 168 Philips Ace Hardware 196 Phillips, Mrs. Carol 180. 181 Phillips. Lisa 158 Phillips. Shawn 149 Phillis. Anne 136, 187 Phipps. Michele 149 Phipps. Mike 136 Piekarezyk, Jennifer J. 168 Pikula. Troy 136 Pilz, Stephen 38, 136 Pines Sp)orts Inc. 184 Pingatore. Cory 66. 136 Pingatore. David 152. 158 Pinkerton, Mr. John 55, 180 Pishkur, Jody 98, 109, 158 Pishkur, John 82. 136 Pitt. Jennifer 89. 114, 168 Pitt, John 158 Pitt. Julie 149 Pittman. Tammy 136 Pizzuti. Kristen 168 Pizzuti, Val 149 Poff, Coree 75 Poff. Leanne 149 Polarek, Bob 149 Polewski, Carolyn 158 Polite. Mr. Mike 91 Polizotto. Brett 76. 90. 91, 112, 113, 127. 136 Pomeroy. Eric 149 Pomianoski, Lisa 149 Porter. Jeff 109. 168 Porter. Robert 136 Poulos. Steve 149 Powell, Mike 168 Powers. Dawn 158 Prassas, Pete 149 Precourt. Lisa 119. 168 Pressel, Cindee 70. 149 Price. Michael Todd 120. 158 Primich, Martin 82. 83, 104, 116, 149 Pritchett. Mr. Daniel 38, 41. 58. 180 Pritchett, Kelly 93. 158 Prosser. Catherine 66, 71. 82, 149 Fh-oud. Scott 158 Proud, Tom 136 Prowand. Georgia 174 Prucinsky. Matt 149 Pruitt, Christopher Pullara. Todd 158 Pullins, Candy 158 Pullins. Clayton 116, 117, 136 Punter. Mr. Bob 101. 180 Putman, Larry 168 2 Quarnstrom. Mike 168 Quillen, Michael T. 136 Radecki. Tim Ragsdale. Jonathan 81. 168 Ragsdale. Timothy 158 Ramirez. Angie 149 Ramirez. Jerry 44, 168 Randall. Bradley 136 Randall. Christopher 168 Rankin. Benjamin D. Rans. Raymond L. 136 Rasmussen. Mr. A. T. 90, 91. 180 Raymond. David 82. 149 Razus, Yvonne 70, 141 Reany. Paula 38, 57, 137 Reardon. Matt Reavis. Amy 38, 158 Redar, Brian 169 Rcdick, Jaben 149 Redmon. David 99. 169 Reed, Rodney 169 Reggie. Pete 82. 112, 149 Reggie. Mr. Sid 54, 179. 180 Reinhardt. Michael 169 Renfro. Robyn Reno, Kelly 149 Rentschler. Brenda 74 Resh, Bob 109. 169 Reshkin. Bill 137 Reshkin, Dr. Mark 172 Rettinger, Phil 149 Reynolds. Dan 81, 169 Reynolds. Karen 38. 118, 158 Reynolds. Kimberly 137 Reynolds. Wesley 149 Rezabcck, Jay Rhinehart. Mr. Lewis 98. 180 Rhodes. Matt 158 Rice, Dan 12. 82. 100. 112. 113 Richards, Bob 41, 149 Richart. Darcy 158 Rickman. Anthony 38. 80, 112. 158 Riffel. Michele L. 41, 78. 79, 169 Rigg. Daniel M. 169 Riley. Larkin 158 Riley, Paula 114. 158 Riley, Steven 149 Rinicer, Chuck Risk. Bob 100. 101, 120, 121, 149 Risk, Mr. R. James 172 Risk. Michelle 96. 137 Ritchea. Nancy 174 Rizzo. Kyle 81. 112, 169 Roach, Jason 169 Roach, Sean Roberts, Kelly 41, 84. HI. 169 Roberts. Lori Ann 149 Roberts, Lynn Marie Roberts. Susan 36, 55. 70. 137 Robertson. Dawn 70, 149 Robertson. Norm 149 Robinson. Angela 38. 158 Robinson. Dan 137 Robinson. Denise 66. 137 Robinson, Julie 162, 169 Robinson. Mark 99. 109, 169 Rodgers. Kelly Rodriguez. Salvador 87. 116, 137 Rodriguez, Washington 116, 137 Rogers. Richard Ronco. Jason 158 Ronco, Jeff 36. 44. 137 Ronda. Leanne Ronneau. Carrie 11 Ronneau. Evan 149 Root. John Root Photographers 199 Rose. Janine 93. 97. 169 Roseberry. John 169 Rosinski, Robert Brian 158 Rotheker, Mark Rouch, Jennifer 158 Rozdilsky, Paul 149 Rozinski, Ryan 112, 158 Ruble. Marla 22. 38. 149 Rucker. Randy 158 Rucker, Teresa 37, 169 Rumba. Brent 82. 112, 149 Rupnow, Dana 158 Rupnow. Mark 137 Rupp, Kristin I. 149 Rushnok. Rebecca 71. 82, 137. 199 Rusnak, Steve 38. 66, 149 Ryan. Penny 149 Rybak. Mrs. Mary 174 S Saikley, Mr. Frank 87. 119 Sampson. Kellie 169 Sanford. Amy 57. 137, 183, 211 Sarafin. Chris 137 Sarafin. Paul 80. 1 59 Satterlee. Anne 137 Sattler. Stacy 78, 169 Sauer. Philip Eric 87, 159 Savla. Ashesh 159 Schacki. Bradley 81, 169 Scheffer. Mrs. Alice 175 Scheller, Hans 208 Index Schenck. Kathleen 78. 79, 162, 169 Scherschel. Laura 159 Schlundt. Tina 159 Schmett, Mr. Fredrick 181 Schmidt. Kellie 169 Schneckenburger. Brian 81. 99. 112. 169 Schneckenburger. Scott 137 Schneegas. Angela holl. Drew 86. 149 Scholl. Todd 86. 149 Schroeder. Amy 70. 81, 16§ hroeder. Jim 137. 141 Schroeder. Mrs. Sharon Schultz, Barbara 149 Schultz. Erica 159 Schultz Floral Shop 190 Schultz. Robert 82. 149 Schultz. Tricia 74,. 137 Schulz. Paul 169 Schwab. Mark 82. 112. 149 Schwartz. Brian 169 Schwartz. Stacy 74 Schwebke. Linda Schwinkendorf. Brad 159 hwinkendorf. Brian Scime. Mark 43. 137 Scime. Mike 81. 104. 169 Scott. Mr. Don 181 Scott. Karen 71. 80. 149. 186 Scott, Thomas 137 Searles. Prudence 20. 114. 137 Seeley, Marc 149 Self, Darrin Seligman. Christine 23. 137 Selman. Brody Alan Senne, Tanya 78, 169 Sensenbaugh. Jeff 82, 116, 117. 137 Seramur. Dennis 104, 149 Seroezynski, Chris 42. 56, 57. 112, 137, 211 Seroezynski. Kelly 89, 114, 149 Seroezynski, Leslie 169 Serrano. Brandy 159 Serrano, E. J. 150 Seward. Jennifer 137 Shakey ' s 197 Shalapsik, Dawn 38, 93. 110. 159 Shearhod. Stacey 70. 159 Sheets, Larry 80. 159 Sherrick. Sherry 137 Shevock, Joseph Shideler. Coach Tim 86. 118 Shields. Ivy 137 Shilander, Bob 150 Shilander. Russ 159 Shinall. Robert 82. 137 Shirey. Eric 81, 112, 169 Shoemaker, Beth 159 Shook. Julie 137 Short. Bill 150 Short. David Shultz. Derrick 159 Shumate. Irene 150 Shup e. James 46. 169 Shurr. Barbara 150 Shurr. Carl 112, 159 Shurr, Susan 70. 150 Shurte. Amy 138 Sier. Jami 169 Sier, Lori 12. 57. 88. 89. 114, 115, 138. 211 Sier. Rani 58. 150 Sievers. Kristan 159 Sievers, Stephanie 169 Siewin, Bryan 99. 109, 166, 170 Siewin. Sean 98. 109. 159 Silhavy. Mike 170 Silhavy, Tom 38. 58, 150 Simms. Thomas John Simms. Tony A. Simpson. Gwen Fcrnald 170 Simpson. Leon Keith 138 Simpson. Tanya 170 Sinclair. Lynne 138 Sinclair. Matt 81. 99. 109. 170 Sirovica. Mark 38. 138 Sisson. Melissa 138 Sitzenstock. David 159 Skrivan. Chris 138 Slease. Heather Small. Thomas 112, 150 Smaroff. Desiree 138 Smaroff. Duke ISO Smith. Allison 159 Smith. Amy 41. 84, 170 Smith, Curt 150 Smith. Gregory Michael Smith. Hugh 150 Smith. Jill 92. 93. 96. 138 Smith. Keith 170 Smith. Kelly 78. 162, 170 Smith. Kerrie 111, 170 Smith. Kim 159 - Smith. Leah 41 Smith. Michelle 138 Smith. Mike 138. 150. 203 Smith. Tricia 138 Snider. Stephen 112. 148. 150 Snider. Stephanie 66. 92, 114. 148, 150 Snyder. Janean 150 Snyder, Leesa 150 Soliday. Jason 170 Soliday. Kim 159 Soliday. Kirsten 159 Soliday. Paul 75 Someson. Kenneth Sorensen. Margaret 174. 175 Sorenson. Mike 38. 58, 59, 150 Sosh, David vich. Kathy 150 Sovich. Kim 142. 150 Sowers. Dennis 170 Spanoix ulos, Frank 38. 159 Si ears. Mr. Dan 181 Speckhard. Joseph 170 Spcckhard. Pete 33. 57. 87. 150, 183, 211 Spejewski. Chris 38. 159 Spencer, Bobbie Spencer. Dan 82. 112. 138 Spencer, Helene 170 Spencer. John Brad Sperry. Steve 159 Sportshop. the 187 Spruitenburg. Susan 170 Spruitenburg. Scott 100, 150 St. Germain. Jan 174 Stacy, Lynn Stacy. Scott Stalbaum. Mrs. Cynthia 74. 181 Stanezak. Jeff 38. 80. 101. 112. 159 Standiford. Cynthia 150 Stanier. Mr. Charles 33. 181 Stanier. Becky 170 Stanier. Jenny 72. 111. 150 Stanier, Laura 114, 170 Stanley, Kim 138 Staresina. Pat 138 Steele. Leonard 159 Steffus. Nick Steider, John 138 Steif. Michael R. 170 Steindler. Laura Steindler, Nicki 36. 37. 171 Stephen, Mrs. Mary Kay 181 Stevens. Jennifer 119, 171 Stevens, Scott 171 Stinnett. Rhonda Jean 138 Stith. Hannah 41. 171 Stokes. Chuck 150 Stokes. Mr. Thomas 181 Stoltz, Dr. Robert 80. 82 Stombaugh, Joan 174 Stonebraker. Stacey 57, 138 Stooksbury. Angela 171 Stout, Derek 159 Stout, Jennifer 106, 114. 150 Stout, Kevin 81. 171 Stover. Dawn 150 Stover, Kim 159 Stowers, Kelli 36. 138 Stratton. Paul 68, 138 Strikwerda, Rob 150 Stroguiludis, Jill 159 Strong, Bill 159 Struble, Audra 171 Studenroth, Anthony 36. 150 Such. Aaron Sullivan, Brian 101, 150 Sullivan. Colleen 111, 171 Sullivan, Dennis 150 Sullivan. Mary Pat 84. 97, 159 Sullivan, Maureen 84, 85. 114. 171 Sullwold, Greg 150 Sundwall, Mark 150 Susdorf. Jody 68. 92. 93. 110. 138 Sutter. Matt 150 Sutton, Mr. Robert 173 Svetich, Jim Swartz. Julie 78. 171 Swickward, Lil 174 Swisher, Cheryl 174 Swisher. James Alan 159 Swisher, Kenya 150 Swisher, Shelly 160 Swisher. Antonio 171 Synowiec. Paul 112, 160 Szymanski, Mark 30. 160 Szymanski. Mike 57, 138 Szymanski. Walter 81. 109, 171 7 Talley. Patrick 171 Tan. Tim 66, 138 Tanner, Amy M. 150 Tapp. John 76. 82. 83. 100. 101. 127. 138 Tapp, Kim 114. 171 Taylor. Aaron 41, 58, 59. 81, 171 Taylor. Cheryl 150 Taylor, David L. Taylor, Doug 160 Taylor. Glenn 150 Taylor, Jackie 138 Taylor. Jason 116. 117. 171 Taylor. Jeff 160 Taylor. Jim 160 Taylor III, Kenard 150 A pril Antics ' 87 consisted of many fairy tale characters including Little Miss Muffet. Cap- tain Hook and a fiery dragon. Do you remem- ber what the audience participation song was? If you don ' t, you might want to see pages 22-23 for the answer. S enior Joe Martz speaks about the duties of Na- tional Honor Society (NHS) members at the De- cember initiation ceremony. NHS is only one of a number of honorary organizations at VHS. Can you name any others? If you can ' t, you ' d better see pages 56-57. B and members march through Disneyland dur- ing spring break. This California trip, partially financed by the band parents group, rewarded dedicated A-Band members for their contribu- tion to instrumental music at VHS. Check out pages 38-4 1 for more band info. Taylor. Sheila Telschow. Jason 38, 86. 150 Thcil. Derek Thiry, Allison 150 Thomas, Craig 81. 171 Thomas. Daniel Paul 160 Thomas, Joe 80, 160 Thomas. Leanne 82. 110. 138 Thomas. Melissa 97. 160 Thompson. Eric 81. 171 Thompson. Kevin 160 Thorley, Timothy 80. 112. 160 Tichy, Chris 174 Tidcy. Quay Timmons. Pam 78. 138 Timmons. Shannon 160 Tincher. Melissa 160 Tittle, Dina 160 Tobey, Rebecca 38. 150 Todosijevic. Danielle 70. 160 Tolan, Ann 150 Tolan. Ellyn 36. 37. 171 Tolson, Dan 80. 160 Tomasko. Don 160 Tomerlin. Craig 171 Tomes. Mrs. Marcy 181 Tomlinson. Jodi 160 Trawinski, Shannon 171 Treble, Aaron 160 Trinidad. Elizabeth 171 Triscik. George Triscik. Mike 160 Triscik. Ray Troelsen. Drew 138 Troman, Michael 82. 100. 138 Trost, Bridget Kathleen Trost. Kelly Maureen Trost. Ted 38. 58. 138 Trost. Tom 38. 58, 59. 150 Troup, John 80, 160 Truex. Ronald Truitt. Bryan 55. 66. 72. 140, 166 Truong, Huong 140 Truth. Susan Tsoutsouris. Wolfgang 145. 150 Tucker. Jeff Tucker. Lisa Tudor Fashion Floors 189 Turner, Kimberly Dimon 160 Tursman, Donny 112, 171 Tylicki. Susan 174 Ulanowicz. Karen 150 Ullom. Jeannine Kay 97, 150 Ulro, Janet 140 Ulm. Karen 160 Ulman. James 160 Underwood, Lori 150 Upton. Thomas Urbanczyk. Sheila 37. 150 Urgino, Daphne 36. 37, 140 Uriss. Kara 70. 81. 171 Urukalo, Vesna 160 Utterback. Matt 91. 112, 150 Vaca, Daniel 150 Vahary. Eddie 81. 170, 171 Vajda. James 171 Valentin. Eric 150 Valpatic. Brian 150 VanCleef, Darrel 104. 160 VanDam. Robert 150, 160 VanDam, Tara VanDenburgh. Rebecca 20. 38. 58. 92. 93, 150 Vanderlinden. Valeta 151 VanRosendale. Kelly 93. 97. 118, 160 Vanderwijst. Angela 140 Vanderwijst. Kim 151 Vanderwijst. Tami 36. 37. 160 Vandy, Erik 151 Vandy. John 171 Vangel. Christopher 171 Varela. Linda 140 Vaughan. Aaron 81. 171 Vaughan. Rick 82. 151 Vedope. Aron 160 Veenstra, George 44 Vendl. Dave 81, 171 Vendl, Kristi 106. 140 Vendl. Marc 160 Ventura. Paul 120, 151 Vernich, Dean 151 210 Index Vernich, Denise Versteeg, Elizabeth 38. 140 Vinton. Kellie 37. 140 Vitoux. Darrell J. 160 Voigt, Melissa 41, 89. 114. 171 Volk. Brian 102. 151 Volk, Ted 112, 140 Voller. Meredith 37, 49. 171 Von Toble Lumber Do-It Center 186 Wagenblast. Laurie 151 Wagoner. Rhonda Wainman. Christopher 80. 161 Wainman. Paul 82. 151 Waisanen, Bryan 141 Walesh, Jill K. 151 Walker. Charles 141 Walker. Mark 151 Wall, David Wall. Hugh 151 Walls. Doug 82. 151 Walsh. DeWah 94. HI. 171 Walsh, James 161 Walsh. John 82. 141 Walsh. Miss Nancy 181 Ward. Rob 141 Ward. Whitney 114. 161 Wardrop. Dick 38. 99, 112, 171 Wasemann. Troy 41, 171 Wasemann. Valeri Joy ill, 171 Washburn. Phillip Watson. John 151 Watson. Scott 171 Watson. William 151 Watt, Kelly 114. 171 Weideman, Roger 38, 58. 161 Weigus, Erin 151 Weiland. Amy 37, 49. 171 Weiler. Jerome 151 Wells, Cyndi 70. 151 Welsh, Daniel P. 141 Wendt. Thomas Joseph 100, 161 Wendy’s 196 Werner. Rachel 171 West. Edmund West. Rachel 78. 114. 161 West. Mrs. Rachel 175 West. Shayne 82. 151 West. Victoria 151 Westphal. Michele 36. 37, 161 Wever. Jamie Shandell Whalen. Samantha 171 Whaling. Matt 161 Whalls, Tammy 38. 70. 141 Wheele. Karen 74. 141 Wheeler. Kristin 141, 200 Wheels Unlimited 185 White, Aimee 78. 141 White. Billie White, Chris 161 White. Hillary 78. 161 White, Julie 36. 141 White. Michele 13, 151 Whiteside. Tammy 171 Whitler. Cheri 141 Whitsel. Cindy 84. 161 Whitten. John 171 Whitton, Tracy 161 Wienke, Denise 141 Wilbern, Robert 38, 161 Wild. Wes Wilgus, Shelley 141 Will. Shawn 36. 82. 141 Williams, Chuck 81, 112, 171 Williams. David 69. 161 Williams. Erika 161 Williams. James 80, 104. 161 Williams, Jennifer 66, 71. 82. 151. 203 Williams. Rodney 171 Williams. Ron 61. 72. 161 Williams, Shawn 151 Williams. Stephen 147. 151 Williams, Theresa 151 Williamson. Miss Ruth 181 Williamson, Stacey 93. 161 Willis. Coach Cindy 114 Willis. Jason 82, 141, 201. 203 Willis. Melinda 161 Wilson, Christina Wilson, James 99, 171 Wilson. Jennifer 171 Wilson. John 161 Wilson. Ruth 174 Wilson, Scott 99. 171 Wilson. Sheila Marie 37. 171 Wise, Todd 161 Wiseway Food Center 196 Witherspoon. Starr 49. 89. 114. 155. 161 Withrow. Jennifer 171 Witt, Brian 161 Witt, Tom Wittlingcr. Katie 12. 118. 119, 141 Wojcik, Jennifer Wolfe. Joe 161 Wolfe. Joshua 141 Woodbury. Eric 171 Woodruff. Patrick 151 Woodruff, Selina Woods. Ami 37. 171 Woods. Jon Michael 82. 112, 151 Woods. Lara 41, 161 Woodyard. Melody 151 Worden. Carole 38. 70. 151 Workman. Katherine 171 Worline. Floyd Jr. 82, 151 Worline, Lara 41, 161 Worstell. Jennifer 41, 84, 171 Worthy. Kim 171 Wright. Jennifer 34. 151 Wright, Katherine 36, 70. 151 Wright. Kim 118. 119. 142. 151 Wright. Larry 13. 19. 82. 83. 124. 141, 216 Wykoff, Jami 171 Yankauskas. Matt Yates. Chrissy 151 Yates. Cindy 171 Yclkovac. Peter 14. 55. 56. 57, 61. 72. 73. 141, 183. 211 Yelkovac. Susan 171 Yelton. Mrs. Rhonda 55, 181 Yeoman. Ron 161 Yocum, James William 171 York, Sarah 171 Young. John 49 Young, Steve 141 Young. Tim 161 Young, Todd 104. 151 Younger. Miss Cheryl 111, 181 Yuriga. Stacy 161 Yuriga. Val 38. 151 Zackiewicz, Cathy 161 Zackiewicz. Rich 72. 151 Zale. Paul Justin 81. 171 Ziegert. Mark 80. 81. 112 Zierz, Heidi 141 Zimmerman. Mrs. Gloria 57. 181, 183. 211 Zimmerman. Kelly 82, 118, 141 Zimmerman, Tom 141 Zoladz. Traci 92. 151 Zrodlowski. Jeff 58. 171 Zulich. Mrs. Susan 175 Zulich. Troy 104. 127, 141 Zweig, Phil 141 A ssistant Superintendent and former VHS principal Garth Johnson speaks to a crowd at his retirement banquet in May. After 35 years in the educa- tional profession, Johnson said fare- well to the Valparaiso schools. it Mtf Student Life pages 6-27 Academics pages 28-51 Clubs pages 52-75 Sports,, pages 76-1 21 X Album pages 122-1 8iy .i Food for Historically, people have been taught never to mix business with pleasure. But for the 1987 Valenian staff, business was a pleasure. We discovered that although putting together a 216-page book was a lot of work for a small staff, it was also a lot of fun. Although we moaned and groaned over deadlines, missed interviews, and photo sessions, we never tried to pretend we didn’t enjoy the thrill of piecing togeth- er the story of a year. We estimate that each spread in this book has an average of 10 hours of our la- bor behind it. Many spreads represent more than 20 hours of our time. While at some point in the year, every one of us was frustrated, we hung on. Ad- mittedly, we were helped along the way by plenty of “food bashes,” Mrs. Z’s brownies and daily entries on the Valenian satire board. But we’re proud to say we survived. We survived computer problems, photog- raphy problems, deadline problems — pos- sibly every imaginable difficulty in the publications world. After a year of seemingly endless work, we’re ready for the “release” of the 1987 Valenian. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did. by Karen Mutka Thought ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS We’d like to acknowledge the following people who played a vital role in the pro- duction of the 1987 Valenian. Thanks to: Mrs. Gloria Zimmerman for her daily leadership and support throughout the year. Without her guidance, we couldn’t have “made it fit.” Mr. Bob Henning for his assistance with Walsworth Publishing Company and his patience in helping us design the cover. The Kiwanis Club of Valparaiso for sup- porting the Valenian by funding three staff members’ trips to Ball State Journal- ism Workshops. The Ball State Journalism Workshop staff for teaching us the “do’s” and “don’t’s” of yearbook journalism. Workshop instructor Nancy Patterson for her assistance in the development of our theme. All the advertisers in the 1987 Valenian for their support of our publication. The VHS administration, faculty, coaches and student body for being our “interviewees.” They provided the infor- mation we needed to write most of the stor- ies in this book. Root Photographers for reliably shoot- ing and developing photo assignments for this book. 1987 VALENIAN STAFF Eiditor Assistant Editor Student Life Editor Academics E ditors Organizations Editors Sports Editors Album Editors Ads Business Manager Index Layout Editor Index Assistants Karen Mutka Pete Yelkovac Lori Sier Heather Fierst Amy Sanford Karen Mutka Pete Yelkovac Jill Bodensteiner Chris Seroczynski Melissa Bubik Shelley McMurtrey Pete Speckhard Donna Hardick Pete Yelkovac Tami Blomberg Jennifer Mitol Chief Contributing Writer Matt Jankowski Contributing Writers Jennifer Barker Tami Blomberg Jennifer Bouvat Mark Condon Melissa Crownover Paige McNulty Jennifer Mitol Susan Roberts Stacey Stonebraker Contributing Photographers Jill Bodensteiner Melissa Bubik Joel C 2 umichael Tom Dean Sue Dolhover Heather Fierst Donna Hardick Janice Kugler Mr. Jim McMichael Shelley McMurtrey Paige McNulty Jennifer Mitol Karen Mutka P. J. Reaney Chris Seroczynski Lori Sier Pete Speckhard Pete Yelkovac Adviser Mrs. Gloria Zimmerman VALENIAN STAFF — Front Row: Chris Seroc- zynski, Tami Blomberg, Lori Sier, Donna Har- dick, Karen Mutka, Heather Fierst, Pete Speck- hard. Back Row: Mrs. Gloria Zimmerman, Jill Bo- densteiner, Melissa Bubik, Pete Yelkovac, Matt Jankowski, Shelley McMurtrey, Amy Sanford. 211 Acknowledgements October As part of the deal to free American re- porter Nicholas Daniloff from a Soviet prison. President Reagan and the Soviet Union’s Mikhail Gorbechev met briefly in Reykjavik, Iceland. They discussed the possibility of an agreement to destroy all of our offensive nuclear weapons within the next 10 years. The summit collapsed on Sunday. Octo- ber 12, when Reagan refused to agree to a Soviet demand that research and testing for the Strategic Defense Intiative (Star Wars) program be limited to the laborato- “The Soviet Union insisted that we sign an agreement that would deny to me and to future presidents for 10 years the right to develop, test, and deploy a defense against nuclear missiles for the people of the free world,” said Reagan. No date was set for a future summit be- tween the two leaders. by Karen Mutka March: AIRPLANE! Nobody was quite sure how it happened, but in March Northwest Indiana residents fell prey to the “airplane scam.” Vidette-Messenger reports claimed that the game began in southern Indiana during the summer of 1986 and crept north. Meanwhile, the Lake Station Police Department charged that a Kentucky na- tive brought the game to Northwest Indi- ana and later bailed out with $60,000. Whatever the case was, “some people won a lot of money, and a lot of people lost out,” as one VHS student involved in the swin- dle stated. Each game began with a “pilot” who re- cruited two “co-pilots” and four “crew members.” These seven each recruited eight “passengers,” who had to pay a given amount to buy a “ticket.” The pilot took their ticket money and left the game, while the players remaining split into two new crews. Each passenger’s goal was to get to the pilot’s seat, where he could receive approx- imately eight times the sum of his original investment. Although by Indiana law it was not a crime to participate in an “airplane,” any- one who lost his investment through the deal could sue his recruiter for a reim- bursement. by Karen Mutka 212 Current Events VHS STUDENTS JUMPED at the chance to buy tickets for nights in the Airplane game. Pilots “new " their planes with the help of crew members, who recruited pas- sengers. SOVIET LEADER MIKHAIL Gorbachev and United States President Ronald Reagan dis- cuss arms control in Reykjavik, Iceland. The summit lasted two days. Lu ar speaks at VHS During his tour of Indiana high schools, 11-year United States Senator Richard Lugar stopped at VHS to speak to the se- nior class. In a seventh-hour convocation that sparked unrest in the student body, Lugar stated that the academic perform- ance level of American high school stu- dents is slipping behind that of their for- eign counterparts. According to Lugar, students need to take education more seri- ously, so that they may insure the future success of the United States. ALL EYES WERE on United States Senator Richard Lugar when he spoke to the senior class during a February convocation. 213 Current Events Lugar encouraged students to “speak up” during his presentation, and he spent approximately 30 minutes responding to their questions and comments concerning national and political issues. Following the convocation. Lugar donned a sweatshirt and, flanked by two security men, ran three miles with the boys ' track team. by Karen Mutka MEMBERS OF THE senior class admire their gift to Valparaiso High School. The sign, which cost the class S2600. was set up in front of the school in the lawn along Campbell Street. LPARAISO HIGH SCHOOLI HOME OF THE Cl ASS 01 1987 214 Closing , ‘ ‘ •■ . • 215 Closing Surviving changes With little trouble . . . Changes are nothing new to the Valparai- so Community School System, but with the “freshman addition,” we faced an extraor- dinary amount of change. Although we ex- pected the worst, it was a relatively quiet and uneventful year at VHS. Like any other year, we took the good with the bad. But be- cause we knew what was coming, we han- dled the newness of the 1986-87 year with surprising ease. Our tradition of excellence remained constant — in student life, clubs, academics and sports. While we were troubled by controversial issues like the airplane scam and the shorts policy, the progress we made in oth- er areas made up for these problems. For the first time, a VHS teacher was chosen as one of the United States’ outstanding math teachers. Meanwhile, the Student Faculty Senate left its mark in the school history book by initiating a final exam exemption policy for seniors. What a year! It was a year that took a lot of effort and energy to work through successfully, but we did it. Although the change to a four- class high school was a bit of a struggle, WE MADE IT FIT. by Karen Mutka JUST AS SENIORS Jeff Leffew and Larry Wright broke through this obstacle, the VHS student body destroyed barriers caused by the rise in enrollment during the 1986-1987 school year. Although sometimes it was a tight squeeze, WE MADE IT FIT. We Made 216 Closing WAUtWOMTH PUBLtHHINO COMPANY MARCELINB MI8BOLRI •4«M Volume 71 of the Valparaiso High School Valenian was printed hy Wals- worth Publishing Company, Inc., Marceline, Missouri. The cover is printed on 1 50 point binders’ board. The design is a computer- generated laser graphic combining process colors, midnight blue spot color, reverse t 3 rpe and a silver foil stamp. Paper stock is 80-pound enamel, and endsheets are printed with 100% and 60% midnight blue on blue granite stock. Candid and feature photographs were taken by student photographers. Sports pictures and all portraits were shot by Root Photographers. Body copy is 10 point Bookman, except for theme copy which is 12 point Bookman Bold. Captions are 8 point Bookman Bold. The index is 6 point Book- man Bold. Page numbers are 14 point Bookman Bold, and folios are 8 point Bookman Italic. Section editors chose their own headlines, which were: Student Life — 60 point Lydian Bold, 30 pt. Lydian Italic Bold subhead; Academics — 48 point Bengulat Bold, 18 point Bengulat Bold Italic subhead, 60 point Benguiat Bold initial letter; Clubs — All in Avant Garde Bold - 18 point reverse kicker, 120 point initial letter, top deck of headline in 30 point, second deck of head- line in 48 point. Sports — 84 point Helvetica Bold in 40% gray. 30 point Coro- net; Album — 42 point Clarendon Bold Italic label headline, senior headlines in 36 point Clarendon Bold Italic, underclassmen headlines in 30 point Claren- don Bold Italic; Ads — 42 point Serif Gothic Outline Italic; Theme and Division pages — 72 point Brush; Features — 72 point primary and secondary head- lines in Bauhaus Bold. 1200 copies of the Valenian were printed and sold to students for $15 dur- ing a one-day sale and for $18 thereafter. I m WALSWORTH PUBLISHING COMPANY Mifisnrsi f B


Suggestions in the Valparaiso High School - Valenian Yearbook (Valparaiso, IN) collection:

Valparaiso High School - Valenian Yearbook (Valparaiso, IN) online yearbook collection, 1982 Edition, Page 1

1982

Valparaiso High School - Valenian Yearbook (Valparaiso, IN) online yearbook collection, 1983 Edition, Page 1

1983

Valparaiso High School - Valenian Yearbook (Valparaiso, IN) online yearbook collection, 1984 Edition, Page 1

1984

Valparaiso High School - Valenian Yearbook (Valparaiso, IN) online yearbook collection, 1985 Edition, Page 1

1985

Valparaiso High School - Valenian Yearbook (Valparaiso, IN) online yearbook collection, 1986 Edition, Page 1

1986

Valparaiso High School - Valenian Yearbook (Valparaiso, IN) online yearbook collection, 1988 Edition, Page 1

1988

1985 Edition, online yearbooks, online annuals 1970 Edition, online yearbooks, online annuals 1972 Edition, online yearbooks, online annuals 1965 Edition, online yearbooks, online annuals 1983 Edition, online yearbooks, online annuals 1983 Edition, online yearbooks, online annuals
FIND FRIENDS AND CLASMATES GENEALOGY ARCHIVE REUNION PLANNING
Are you trying to find old school friends, old classmates, fellow servicemen or shipmates? Do you want to see past girlfriends or boyfriends? Relive homecoming, prom, graduation, and other moments on campus captured in yearbook pictures. Revisit your fraternity or sorority and see familiar places. See members of old school clubs and relive old times. Start your search today! Looking for old family members and relatives? Do you want to find pictures of parents or grandparents when they were in school? Want to find out what hairstyle was popular in the 1920s? E-Yearbook.com has a wealth of genealogy information spanning over a century for many schools with full text search. Use our online Genealogy Resource to uncover history quickly! Are you planning a reunion and need assistance? E-Yearbook.com can help you with scanning and providing access to yearbook images for promotional materials and activities. We can provide you with an electronic version of your yearbook that can assist you with reunion planning. E-Yearbook.com will also publish the yearbook images online for people to share and enjoy.