Van Wert High School - Excalibur Yearbook (Van Wert, OH)

 - Class of 1957

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Hoverman Gene Hubart Joyce Hufline Pat Ingman Patricia Ireton Bruce Jarvis Jim Jerome Linda J erwers Dale Jones Larry Joseph Charles Keipper David Kimmey Imogene King Della Kinkle Denise Kolter Donald Krick Jack Krick Pat Kyer Roger LaLonde Lenora Laughrey Tom Lause Charles Leaser Lucille Leaser Larry Lewis Emanuel Lianez Don Linser Bill Lippi Cannensita Lippi Kenneth Louth John Lloyd Larry McConahay Randall McCoy Betty McKeddie Kent McMillen Jim Marker A fe y -5 ,jf-f,,yii " "5 f W N L AN lj X fl 44 -. """",'zmll I- il llhwn m A' ' I J ' 2 - , Jil, . 4 :L 'iw V Q v - J f 4. mf W A ' ' P-A Vie F' X X Q, , D . D 'v- K Ag, Q 45, 4 l, L ll --f' i af: ! I af A ' In X Q ,if "La ' K - ' - Inf.. N A f Wnlellf- I-....-ui S2::::z Aff!! :N X L --1 K - 'C 5 5: , R 1: I 4 J 'sf are f if H' fa , 1 -, fl .J J ff. - fi K I 1 1' 1 1 , ' . .' ' I 'N -f' A .3 Q X 1 A K V ,Q 'ff I' :FL .gi Q ' V.. ny? . hill 'su ,q X . f ' D V' 4 5 , f if v -rL.,.,Liii.:-Q 101 As Year Progresses Freshmen Become Familiar . , , 4' ' I "" , M- ra X I ' Q ' if , F 5352, f X-f V Z Il ll KQV A lx. wr' S 7.4 N. Q . 2... .. :L .,, ' l 3 'C , 6 '4 ' ' ,, -,,- A V x 'V 'Yi ff M f as H er .. 1 .:, -' ' 1 f - , - V. L. -.Eli .k,.:. iul g SAA Q ..A.. 1. . . Q , 1 r r S fr l 1 . f ' ' y it-is' WM .,... . f .... .-- , . ,ur rv- . ,- "' ' ' if -4 f S f Q 1. ...W 'V 5 l H x H., QQ... UV l 1 ' I fl? - , -5. 55 0. Q ,Q y ,V -. I , A 'ii' gf! J XE? 4 '-'-., V fa Q so R 'r-' N , ar, fi 1 2 Yi 3 x. 4.3 ,.,., I Q5 Q . 1k Q U ,W X ' ' it -V' gt, ' g -:P t- -1:5-' X.. lg X f li i :X . vu Q., 1 'I I f lf. ' 'TS' 5' , . l l N I r 7 Jr- ' Q l me J , ,X XJ' 4. V A, 2 ,, 1 K Q Q 5 W I r' - V Q lg ' , . ',Y: ?'?'?F'l 102 Karen Marvin Doug Maxim Pat Mengerink Dolories Miller Dorothy Miller Max Miller Robert G. Miller Bob Miller Karen Millhouse Sandra Mosure Jim Murphy Jim Neiford Ralph Norris Vernon Oechsle Rodger Oetzel Dianna Overholt Bonnie Lou Parks Fred Place Ann Poling Sue Prior Nancy Rager Jerry Ralston Gene Rickard Nancy Ridenour Janet Riggs Larry Riley Jim Roberts Jim Rogers Cheri Runnion Allan Runser Merl Saam Charles Sanders Peggy Scarpelli Hal Scott Doug Sears Bary Secaur John Semer Howard Shobe Kay Sidle Harold Sites Mike Slane Beverly Smith With High School Citizenship ond Responsibility Joy Smith Doug Snyder Marjorie Spry Bill Stanley Elsie Steele Pat Steele Donald Stemen Jerry Stoltz Julius Strick Ray Tanner Beverly Kay Taylor Lendall Terry Jerry Thatcher Judy Thatcher Richard Thatcher Don Thompson Gale Tindall Dixie Tope Dennis Underwood Bill Vest Dick Waldron Naomi Wallace Thomas Webster Jane Weeks Shirley Welker Jon West Kenneth Wiedenmann Karen Wierwille Nancy Williams Steve Williams Wendell Williams Sandra Williamson Sue Williamson Paul Wilson Judy Winhover Margaret Winterer J anell Wise Kenneth Wise Margaret Withrow Nancy Young Larry Youtsey 1 fx .K . 'ze - ,y Q:-fy - Z3 S -: L- M I -' ,L tr , 1 'N-'7 JV 'F' it f 1 ll ,, Q, R 4 .- Q1 I L lex., L V1 ' A' ki-"D tif" 'ii D " f' K " f 1 F 'e i it if - I-rv U ff 4 5 F if . M li -1. -' s - - 3, ff T of H lf.A .. -2, N, . A 2 ,vi If , X ' ri ' A if 1-'A t ' D 1 m V 'vu ML? X s 6 Q5 .. X . 3 , , ' A + , x an :A . F 5' f . I f i iliac ,+st- '42 'VT If '-,. l x i mp, , - f' , i. f X L. ..,-5,- ' 1,4 9 " 'f'Q+"' A N 103 The janitors, Ralph Thomas and Ray Snyder, take time to pose by the coat racks they made for the gym balcony this year. The staff of 1957 would like to express their ap- preciation to those who have helped make our job a little easier. The wonderful cooperation of all the faculty, especially Mr. Baker, has all meant a lot to us in creating this Excalibur. Without the advice and assistance of Mr. Broom, Mr. Alden, and Mrs. Burkam we could never have produced a yearbook such as this one. We thank Mrs. Shaw for her pa- tience and understanding in answering our incessant questions. The student body has helped our cause by supporting our projects. To all these people and others who may not have been mentioned, we call a sincere, "Thank you." Robert Jerome and David Van Eman drove the school busses again this year. I N D E X Academic Departments .... - - 6-7 Administration .,c,..,c. 70-71 Assemblies c-.. 8 Band ....c,c 30-33 Baseball - - 1 66-67 Basketball - - 1 60-63 Boys State ,... 47 Bus Drivers - - - 104 Cheerleaders ....,c, 64-65 Choir .....c.......,.. 34-37 D.A.R. Contestants D... 47 Debate Teams r...... 24-25 Dedication ....c,. 3 Excalibur Staff - - 1 51 Faculty ..rc,.. 72-75 Fads ......... 11 Football .......,...... 54-59 Freshman Class .............. ,.., 9 8-103 Freshman Class Officers - - - 98 Future Hornemakers of America - - - - - 39 Future Teachers of America 48-49 Girls' Athletic Association - - - .... 40-41 Girls' Intramurals ....,.... , , 64 Girls State ...... 47 Graduation .... 16-17 Homecoming .... 12-13 Janitors ......,.... 104 Junior Class ........- 88-92 Junior Class Officers - -- 88 Junior Class Play -- 26-27 Junior Hi-Y ...... 42 Junior Rotarians - - - 47 Junior Y-Teens ....... 44 Laeti Latini ............. - . 43-49 Masque and Gavel Club - A 25 National Honor Society ..... - 21 National Thespian Troupe 24 Poster Club ............... - 22 Prom ---w--------,,-,., 14-15 Rendezvous Committee - - - - 46 Scarlet Quill Staff ....... 50 Scholarship Team .... 9 School Board ...... 70 School Life ............. 4-5 Science Club ............ 23 Senior Awards Assembly .... - - 86 Senior Class ............. - - 75-87 Senior Class Officers ..... 76 Senior Class Play - - - - 28-29 Senior Hi-Y ......... 43 Senior Personalities .... 10-11 Senior Y-Teens ...... 44 Snowball ............... 13-19 Sophomore Class ........ 93-97 Sophomore Class Officers - 94 Student Council ......... 20 Varsity Club .............. -- 40-41 Vocational Industrial Club 38 47' , If-Q -. . 5, K I I 9 . g 11 ih- mf, , - Q E r J '1 gut 4 J -37 . ,T I 5 2 --1 . ,Es -4. 1 ' - 4. 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I 2 . -z'f4fi f ' A' f' p, X vwqarfw 9 .JI an L fx: 5 S E 1 . 1 5 ' 1 l 5 A. Here are brother George and Liberace, otherwise known as Stan Smith and Don Schnepp. B. Many win awards at honors assembly. C. Sophomore Alan Rinard and fresh- man Karen Weirwille receive district medals for essays in American Legion Auxiliary Essay Contest. D. Student dance band makes music like crazy. E. Bob Ainsworth and Ron Ross open the Junior Town Meeting of the Air. F. Officiaters pose with geological collections which they dedicated. G. Electric guitar duo enters talent show. H. Jerry Baer emcees the Student Council Talent Show. I. Sue Baxter pantomines two hits. J. Listeners asks the panel questions. K. The Feeble Few go mad like Elvis. Ohio Northern University was the destina- tion of the students who were to vie for schol- arship honors. On Saturday, May 4, after an hour of intensive concentration, the scholars were in a gay and cheerful mood. A few weeks later, the students who ranked high in the dis- trict and in the state divisions received recog- nition for their achievements. Again, the Van Wert team had compiled an enviable record. Stiff Competition Urges Scholars to Their Best Row one: World History, Gary Patterson, Charles Ingman, 6,9, Carol Jean Kinseyg American History, Marcile Merkle, 4,9, H.M.,Bob Mohr, Dennis Schaffnerg Senior Social Stud- ies, Mike Pheneger, Il. Row two: General Science, Kent McMi1len, Tom Holmes, Bruce Jarvis, English IX, Jim Je- rome, 1,3,9, Pat Ireton, 7,-,I-I.M., Barbara Germann, 7,-, H.M.g Algebra I, Rodger Oetzel, Kenneth Wiedenmann, Vernon Oechsleg Latin I, Dick Dippery, Sharon Boyd. Row three: Biology, Dave Fell, 6,8,H.M., Kathy Wells, Phil Holtkampg English X, Corinne Katterheinrich, Nancy Louth, 11, Sally Stewart: Geometry, Louis Crow, Larry K. Johnson, Barbara Miller, Latin II, Susan Gribler, Karen Geisman, Alan Rinard. Row four: Chemistry, Dick O'Mara, English XI, Sally Thompson, Linda Stemen, Beverly Ger- manng Algebra II, Bill Scott, Carl Hogheg Bookkeeping I, Paul Kaduk, Lora Verne Allen, Martha Gingrich. Row five: Physics, Don Elzey, Stan Smith, Terry Devine, 115 English XII, Dorothy Weck, 10, Barbara McDonald, Sally Coombs, 2,3,5,7. Not pictured: Jane Johnson, Jean Johnson, Jim Speer, Frank Brown, Larry Pennell, and Margaret Win- terer. Key to rankings: The first number after a name indi- cates rank in district, division one, the second, district, re- gardless ofdivisiong the third, state division oneg the fourth, state regardless of division. v 1' 1 .L Above: Janice Prior and Don Good were se- lected for their striking good looks. Crew neck sweaters were the latest fashion to invade men's wardrobes. Back clusters of curls were the vogue in girls' hair styles. Right: For ath- letic prowess, Diane Roth and Larry Smith are tops. Janet Monce is noted for her shapely Hg- ure and Tom Nott for his manly physique. For hnesse in Hirting, Barb Hirn and Jim Smith are excellent choices. t9ElW0 SURVEY -'!"Z3j'-- .. g if-S557 This was the year for Calypso, roll-up sleeves, and Elvis Presley. The formation of the Crazy Eight dance band, the newly organized young people's political party, and those Rock 'N' Roll kids, the Feeble Few-all these were the result of ambitious efiorts of V. W. H. S. stu- dents. The Carhorundum plant was a Christmas present to Van VVert. Plans for a new high school site were dis- cussed and settled in May. Pizza pie, and tours through Van Wert at four o'Cloek in the morning were novelties at the slumber parties, Of Course, gossip replaced sleep. Friendly Persuasion, Giant, Funny Face. and Around the VVorld in Eighty Days rated high among the movie set. At the top of the Hit Parade were Tommy Sand's Teenage Crush, Elvis's Love Me Tender, and Como's Hound and Round. NVe marveled at Charles-Van Doren on Twenty-One, laughed at Jonathan Winters, and again voted the Ed Sullivan Show the top variety pro- gram on T. V. oh Q15 - vi t x .gf ,-Fi-'X 'il ,. pu ., Sf Lefti Carol Grindahl and Dave Gamble are outstanding for their well-dressed look. Nan Cowan and Ron Dierks are remembered for their pleasing personalities and friendly ways. Pat Holtschult and Don Sehnepp are noted for their winning smiles. Above: The class selected Caroline Scott and Stan Smith as the most helpful members. Sally Coombs and Terry Devine are destined for success in their chosen fields. Wit and humor nat- urally suggest Jean Bennett and Jerry Baer. Queen Nun Nan Cowan was crowned queen of the tenth annual Homecoming festivities on October 5. At the halftime ceremonies, Linda Kirchenbauer, the preceding year's queen, officiated at the crowningg and the cheerleaders, representing the co-captains, presented the royal scepter and bouquet of roses. To add to the joyous occasion, we defeated Lima Shawnee. The dance, following the game, centered around the theme "The Queen and I." The gym was appropriately decorated as a ballroom with sparkling chandeliers and with a red and silver background. At intermission the class presidents gave the queen and her lovely court gifts provided by the Scarlet Quill Staff. A sextette of senior girls entertained with music from 4'The King and I." Dancing continued to the music of The Rhapsodiers from St. Maryls. All in all, the evening was a memorable occasion and a highlight of the school year. I2 A record-breaking crowd attends this year's Selling mums at the game is one of the Excali Homecoming Dance. bur's projects. The crowning ceremony takes place at half-time. The "Queen and I" Dance in the Royal Ballroom Each class elects a member of the court. Janice Cowan, seniorg Elise Hoeken, sophomoreg Beverly Prior, seniorg Sue Prior, freshmang Queen Nan German, junior. -Z., , ,, - ' . 14 V Q7 I3 X! aw- 5 0 5 , K. A X. - x , W, at N ' X . Chris Grifliths Loella Rogers Lora Allen, and Jess Cooper exchange dances. Left The dancers parade for the spectators. Bottom: Juniors bend their efforts 0 E On May seventeenth, the juniors hon- ored the seniors with a prom. In keeping with the theme, "A Stranger in Paradise," Lincoln gym was transformed into a beau- tiful Oriental garden. Colorful murals de- picted cherry trees in bloom, flower gar- dens, and country landscape. Japanese lanterns defined the lavender crepe paper ceiling, and in the corner were colored lights spotting four delicate fountain sprays. Dancing was from nine to twelve to the music of Woody Neff and his orchestra. Chris Grimths, the junior class president, welcomed the guests, and Ron Dierks, the senior class president, responded. The Etz- ler sisters entertained with singing at intermission. The service clubs of Van Wert spon- sored another all-night party this year. Prom, a double-feature movie, refresh- ments and games at the Armory, and breakfast at the Presbyterian Church kept the promenaders happy from dusk to dawn. Filmy formals, divine dates, and mood music made this a Prom to be long remembered. i' r 'W Y HF' H X -1 S L Mttml, I Hz, l',ll J.'!,,"p'l MW r f 1 yy, ' I 1 f If 2' 'U ,?:l2 vf . 7f""' x f ' 544' lf' I f 'ln ,'1 F if f ' I a vi fa. '. 1 , N L f 5 r gi Q5 'lt Y. n Q A I I I ' :J V 1 ff, V 5 VW 4 3. ' I ,.. ' '- - . A-.. It f +1 ' "I A31 11 t X L' 1 51:78 Y ., inf' in I If xr Y Q! , qvv'-X af. ,wr-r"Q ,af lil I x W." 1 . 1 A ww A 'N o 1 .,,.. ,.. fo. , 'AIAA ' ' 'j,n'a 5915 -+ hkte-4 ?'-F? J" 'w"bj'f" ,Q-'97, 'Y 13, g, . 5- -is s 'T N 'I 4 XQ ',..a H. .5 I N, .- 1 A Q xx Q T K la. x , -, ,. if -, ,X V W ' . .Q-A 4 " x K " .d"""? ' , f ' "N , i Q. Q 4 A " x W-3"W'XJ 'V ' P"'ZK"f'?A""""" ' Q' . 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Prom, Elk's dance, and house parties brought laughter and tears into the excitement of "last times." Showing their calm dignity, the seniors filed sedately into the stadium for Baccalaureate services. Two days of suspense concluded happily, for Commencement exercises were also held outside. The Class of 1957 processed for the last time, Mixed feelings of nostalgia and anticipation went with the seniors as they traveled the path across the plat- form to receive their diplomas. Taking the inspiring advice of the speaker to heart and carrying their scarlet and grey bound diplomas, the new graduates left the stadium remembering the words of the choir, "Ours Is the World." COMMENCEMENT PROGRAM Tuesday, May 28, 1957, 6:30 P.M. Processional, "Pomp and Circumstanceu .... Edward Elgar Van Wert High School Band National Anthem ...,,...,,.,......,... by the Audience Directed by H. Herbert Jones Invocation ,,,,,,,A,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,...,, Rev. Clark Price Euclid Avenue Church "Almighty God Of Our Fathers" ....,..,.......... James 'tOurs Is the World" .....,..,,.,,..,...,,...... Morgan Van Wert High School Choir Class Address .,,.,,........,.,,.,. "This Is Your Day" Dr. Russell J . Humbert, President of DePauw University Greencastle, Indiana Presentation of Class .........,.. Robert Baker, Principal Presentation of Diplomas- . -Don White, President Boad of Education, Walter Witten, Vice Pres. Board of Education "America," by the Audience, -Directed by H. Herbert Jones Benediction ..................... Rev. George L. Lawlor First Baptist Church Recessional, "Pilgrim's Chorus" ........,.,...... Wagner Van Wert High School Band lx 1 3 yr ceq! .jf BACCALAUREATE SERVICES Sunday, May 26, 1957, 6:30 P.M. ......4 Processional, 'tCoronation March" ,,,.......,,,,,,,,,, Meyerbeer A Van Wert High School Band Invocatlon ,,,,,,v,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,.,,, Rev. Dale W. Riggs Wesley Methodist Church Rocka My Soul ,,,,,,,,,,,,i,i, ..,.,, ,,,,,, ,,,,,,,,,, C a I Il . Van Wert High School Choir Scripture Lesson ,,,,,A,,,,,,,,,l,,,o,,,,,,, Rev. R. W. Faulkner Trinity Evangelical-United Brethren Church "Jesus Our Lord We Adore Thee" ,,,,, .......... . Van Wert High School Choir Baccalaureate Sermon .......,............... - - First Methodist Church Benedictlon ..,,............................... . Salvation Army ........James Dr. Paul Chiles , Lt. David Roos God Be With You ......,.................... ........ T omer Van Wert High School Choir Recessional, "March From Scipio" .............. Van Wert High School Band , ., . Handel Q, X 1 r ah X N... 1 . l 17 .13 Formals, mistletoe, and music highlight holiday gaiety at the Snowball, sponsored annually by the Rendezvous Committee. I8 "The meeting will now come to order." This announcement, with various modifica- tions, such as, "Hey kids, shut upl". van he heard several times each week as numerous clubs and organizations conduct their busi- ness of the day. l've attended several group meetings, and sometimes the giggling and gossip in the hack row proves to he more in- teresting than the regular order of business. However, order is established, and after serious deliberation, the final decision is postponed until the next meeting. I'm l.Bl'.e! I'm Late! Fox H vtkkf imPOR'aNf clalel 4 ,- QRS I Row one: Larry Smith, Don Black, Jerry Baer, Charles Young, Laurinda Bate, Mary Ellen Keith, Mr. Baker. Row two: Pat Hallam, Allan Runser, Rick Counsellor, Bill Stan- ley, Ron Sherer, Beverly Germann, Chris Griffiths. Row three: John Saylor Ron Dierks, Hal Scott, Janet Monce, Council Enacts Democratic 'AX Joyce Feasby, Mary Blake, Mr. Gallapoo. Row four: Jim Bebout, Frank Brown, Carol Grindahl, Beth Weeks, Dor- othy Laing, Judy McCollum, Jean Him. Not pictured: Car- oline Scott. Student Government Student Council members are the four class presidents and representatives elected by each class. The purpose of the Student Council is to create and maintain a good school spirit and to act as the organization that interprets the general thinking and feeling of the student body. The mem- bers are divided into five squads: social, Finance, courtesy, conduct, and assembly. Their activities include the Student Loan Plan, hall monitors, honor study hall, and the financ- ing of the telephone for student use. They sponsored Dad's night during the football and basketball seasons, the an- nual 'LTurkey Wobble" dance, and an evening of cleaning the walls of our school. Jean Hirn and Don Black were the Council's representatives sent to the State Student Council Conference at Oxford, Ohio. The Council held a safety court and tried a traflic case involving a Van Wert student. The court proved its integrity with a wise decision and a just sentence. A student government is often difficult to establish but our Student Council has proved to be a suc- cessful one. Top: Student Council members take the lead in keeping our school clean and neat. Bottom: Parents, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Scott, speak with Mr. Jones and Carol Grindahl on Parent-Teacher Night. Jerry Baer .... - - .,.... President Don Black ...... ......... V ice President Charles Young ,,.. .... S ecretary-Treasurer Mr. Baker ...... ............, A dviser Mr. Gallapoo .... ..... A dviser 3 Row one: Marilyn Matthias, Sally Thompson, Mary Jane Ross, Laurinda Bate, Joyce Donahue, Jean Johnson, Jane Johnson. Row two: Marcile Merkle, Sandy Willett, Jim Speer, Doug Geary, Janet Monce, Joyce Feasby, Janet Fauble. Row three: Second year members: Dorothy Weck, Judy Harden, Sally Coombs, Terry Devine, Roger Martin, Nan Cowan, Janice Prior, Barbara McDonald. Honor Students Are Rewarded for Achievement The Van Wert High School chapter of the National Honor Society inducted fourteen newly elected members at an assembly in Lincoln Auditorium on April 10, 1957. Mem- bership in the National Honor Society is lim- ited to fifteen per cent of the senior class and five percent of the junior class. Election is basd upon the four qualities of scholarship, character, leadership, and service. The new members received membership cards and pins at the ceremony. The speaker for the assembly was Dr. Paul Chiles of the First Methodist Church. Terry Devine ,,,,, ,,,,,,, P resident Dorothy Weck , . . ,.,, Vice President Judy Harden ,,... ..,,,,. S ecretary Roger Martin .... ..... T reasurer Mrs. White .,... .,.. A dviser During the induction ceremony Sandy Willett places her name on the permanent register. A new organization made its debut in our high school this year. The Poster Club, initi ated by Mr. Forwalter, the new art instructor, was created to fill the constant demand for advertising material. In a flurry of paste, scissors, paper, and paint, the young artists were kept busy mak- ing posters for the bake sales. Homecoming, barbeque, penny lunches, movies, and various dances that were held throughout the year. Working on the scenery for Vocal Varieties provided the club members with valuable ex- perience in the Held of painting and design. Although the students did the work on these projects during their art period, they gained a great deal of experience from the practical application of the techniques they learned during class time. Janet Monce . . YY,,,YY,, Pre-gident LHTTY Roth ...... ..,... V ice President Nancy Young .... , , .Business Manager Mr. Forwalter, , ,,,,,,,,,,, Adviser New Poster Club Is a Larry Roth, Charles Ditto, John Lloyd, Dave Brown, Bar- bara Huffine, Margaret Winterer, Sue Evans, Barbara Merkle, Tim Jones, Norma Tinker, Janet Monce. Not pic- Right: Budding young artists practice drawing. Service to Organizations tured: Joe Allen, Judy Coffelt, Janet McNeal, Gordon Knittle, Nancy Young. ,X V .f The Science Club sells school supplies to make money. Larry Pennell President Alice August , , , Vice President Susan Sheldon , Secretary Bob Mohr ,,,, Treasurer Mr. Hablitzel . Adviser Mr. Spieth. . Adviser This year, members of the four science classes organized the Science Club. Five stand- ing committees were established to aid the of- ficers. These are: program, finance, project, exhibit and display, and entertainment. In order to finance club activities, the members sold school supplies in the hall at noon. Geo- physical research and electronic machines were the main topics at. the meetings. A local science fair, an assembly program, and discus- sions of practical applications of science are the goals for next year. Interested Scientists Form Another New Club Row one: Mr. Spieth, Dave Fell, Jerry Nills. Bob Mohr, Sue Sheldon, Alice August, Larry Pennell, Nancy Raabe, Jim Speer, Steve Van Kleeck, Max Coombs, Bruce Baker, Mr. Hablitzel. How two: Dave Elzey, Paul Kaduk, Roger Gipe, Pat Hallam. Bob Faulkner, Terry Oetzel, Kenneth Wiedenmann, -lim Marker, Bill Scott, Dennis Schafiner. Row three: Don Elzey, -Iohn Hall, Doug Welker, Beth Weeks, Bruce Jarvis, Dennis Underwood, Paul Laemmle, Phil Harden, Karen Millhouse, Sandra Mosure, Charles Kanney, Row four: Dick Hoverman. Dave Hoverman. Gene Hubart, Allan Hunser, Hal Scott, Ray Tanner, Margaret Winterer. Denise Kolter. Onley Heath. Row five: Rick O'Mara, Larry Johnson, Jim Imler, Sally Stewart, Helen Keirns, Carol Jean Kinsey, Karen Vlfeirwille, Mary Kohn, Nancy Kohn, Pat Ireton. Not Pictured: Jim Bebout, Sue Evans, Roberta Harden, Harvey Ireton, Tim Jones, Doro- thy Laing, Tim Miller. www -as Row one: Sally Thompson, Lois Hoffman, Sally Coombs, Chris Griffiths, Janet Monce, Bob Ainsworth, Doug Geary Row two: Larry Pennell, Mike Pheneger, Sue Sheldon Carol Grindahl, Judy Harden, Jean Bennett, Janice Prior, Mr. Coon. Not pictured: Barbara Ditto, Terry Devine, Miriam Price, Caroline Scott, La Rita Whitcraft, Lora Allen, Mary Blake, Reg Burley, Karen Geisman, Nancy Kohn, Mary Jane Ross, Charleen Steele, Norma Tinker, Don Weirwille, Sandy Willett, Sharleen Wiseman. Speech Activities Create Confidence in Talents Chris Griffiths ..,, ...,,,,,.. P resident Miriam Price ,,,, ,,,,,,, V ice President Caroline Scott .,.. ,,,. S ecretary-Treasurer Mr. Coon .,,,,,. ,,,,,,....,.. A dViS9l' Declamation Team: Row one, Lois Hoffman, Sally Stewart, Debate Team: Chris Griffiths, Mike Pheneger, Sally Sue Sheldon, Sally Thompson. Row two: Jean Bennett, Coombs, Larry Pennell. Karen Geisman, Judy Harden. 1 il!!! , . g Q 1 1 3 ' 'v ' ' ' 2 S 1 l , 2 r . , i 2 X ff 3 l Ei -. 21 im' N'-uni '5-A Q li l l Row one: Dave Hoverman, Bob Blanke, Sally Stewart, Sally Thompson, Mary Jane Ross, Sally Coombs, Lois Hoffman, Chris Griffiths, Janet Monce, Francine Fell, Lau- rinda Bate, Bob Ainsworth, Mr. Coon, Don Schnepp. Row two: Helen Keirns, Larry Pennell, Sue Sheldon, Jean Ben- nett, Sharleen Wiseman, Linda Feasby, Norma Tinker, Pat Holtschult, John Young, Reg Burley, Don Elzey. Row three: Sharon Riggs, Mike Pheneger, Ron Sherer, Bob Gil- liland, Steve Van Kleeck, Ann Good, Karen Geisman, Joy Smith, Shelbyan Noggle, Susie Dermyer, Sue Prior, Mar- Reserve Debate Team: Sue Sheldon, Dave Fell, Judy Har- den, Sandy Willett. garet Ainsworth, Doug Geary. Row four: Barbara Ger- mann, Nancy Raabe, Judy Harden, Janice Prior, Joyce Rawlings, Janet Fauble, Barbara Hirn, Lora Allen, Barbara Huffine, Beverly Germann, Elise Hoeken, Carole Crosby, Carolyn Blackmore. Row Five: Janet Anderson, Pat Ireton, Andrea Scarpelli, Sandy Willett, Carol Grindahl, Jona Runnion, Loella Rogers, Nancy Kohn, Mary Blake, Char- leen Steele, Mary Kohn, Trina Jackson, Dorothy Laing, Sara Drury, Jean Hirn, Roberta Harden, Nancy Louth. The Masque and Gavel Club, an organization open to students interested in any phase of speech, maintained a very active schedule this year. Members of each class prepared programs for the meetings, and the group presented programs for seventeen dif- ferent organizations in Van Wert. The debate teams began the season with a prac- tice session at Ohio State University. They partici- pated in tournaments at Marysville and Delaware- Willis and competed in the Bowling Green District Contest. The varsity team won second place in the district. The declamation team participated in four divi- sions: oratory, humorous, original oratory, and dra- matic. Judy Harden won first place in original ora- tory and Sally Stewart placed second. Karen Geis- man captured first place in straight oratory. Sue Sheldon placed second in dramatics and Sally Thompson was named alternate. Lois Hoffman was the alternate in the humorous division. The Thespians held an induction banquet on May 23 at which they welcomed eighteen new members. The program consisted of a cutting from Noel Cow- ard's Blithe Spirit and the presentation of awards. Sally Coombs and Chris Griffiths were each awarded a cup for their outstanding debating. Judy Harden won the Outstanding Thespian of the Year award. In its second year, our Thespian Troupe won seventh ranking in the state. " , I' 'l.-'T' L , ALLEN COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY VllQWNXlU IUMIMNl VI Q.. l?7VX,', If! 9 .4 gl!! h' 'v- Q V 'Z -'W ' if ' ' . 'ff , we-.nay . 1, ,- --W , . if-'Sr 'un t ' 4 H. ' ' ' N V., H 5 5. Y I . 'uf , f. ,. Y x - J V """' - . .5 1 ,fx x V Y 5 ,x Lp.- ' r , ii- , .J-, , if?-vxnm,-,Yg. X b 5.- S 1 4 ,Q 41 4 wGENEALOGYx V' '977. 102 'ff VBBVWH i ' 1957 Fw Q , fr u 1 -, 'Fd N , I" 'NH ' A l 1 I f 4 1 1 1 X f X I 'mi' 3-1 5 1 u 'W 1 0 3 X ' X4 ' -, '-f 11 1, .07 A V 7 . Yrs? Q rig, Q u'X..g4l,3q-' QQ, 'F r' 'sq'-15!"33"w I -5 ' . 1 .4 SHA - ' ff r 5 i'7p"i 1 'Q -'H Q E1 ' sm, . X, ,",U, ,b .5 . ,Q x. .r , .. A, n.. , , v A Juniors Present Hilarious Comedy "Seventeen" ww: .awe -we-. -- . a.xQ-at-riffwi V is .-X. '-Ames ia fp . 15. -K ul' ' Bob Gilliland, Mary Blake, Anita Hitchcock, Bob Ains- worth, Charleen Steele, Ron Sherer, Chris Griffiths, Doro- thy Laing, Don Weirwille, Jim Speer, Lora Allen, Reg Burley, Mary Kohn, Lois Hoffman, Larry Pennell, Bob The admirable results of many evenings of work mixed with fun appeared on December fifth and sixth when the Junior Class pre- sented the annual class play. Under the direc- tion of Clyde Coon, speech instructor of the high school, they presented the comedy "Sev- enteen," which is the story of Willie Baxter, a typical teen-ager, who thinks that girls have absolutely no place in his life until he meets Lola Pratt. Of course, like all teen-agers, he has his problems too. Among these are his kid sister, Jane, who always sems to get him in Hhot waterf' and George Crooper. George and Willie are constantly trying to outdo each other in an attempt to impress Lola. The play was greatly enjoyed by everyone. Blanke. Not pictured: John Young, Beverly Germann, Susan Sheldon, Sally Thompson, Sharleen Wiseman, Mary Jane Ross. William Sylvanus, , . .... Chris Griffiths Mr. Baxter ,,lo, Joe Bullitt ..,, Genesis ........ - - . . -Bob Ainsworth ,,,,,,,,Jim Speer John Young , , - A , Reg Burley Bob Blanke Johnnie Watson ,... ,..,,, R on Sherer George Crooper ..,. ,.,, L arry Pennell Mr. Parcher .,,,,, ,.,. D on Wierwille Wallie Banks ,.... ,,,,. B ob Gilliland Jane Baxter .... ,l,l D orothy Laing Mary Kohn Lola Pratt ..,. May Parcher- , - Ethel Boke ,,... Mary Brooks ...., Mrs. Baxter ,... -- - - -- ,,Lois Hoffman Beverly Germann , , , -Charleen Steele Susan Sheldon ---H ,lLora Allen Sally Thompson - , , -Sharleen Wiseman Mary Blake - , - -Mary Jane Ross Anita Hitchcock ai, T351 F' w. Starldingr Jerry Baer, Dave Gamble, Larry Smith, Stan Smith, Judy Harden, Jan Runnion, Jean Bennett, Miriam Smith, Terry Devine, Doug Geary, Roger Martin, Sally Price, Mike Pheneger, Mr. Coon, Sitting: Ronny Dierks, Coombs, Pat Holtschult, Don Schnepp, Caroline Scott, Jim Norma Tinker, Janet Monce, Laurinda Bate, Carol Grindahl. "Copperhead" Is Dramatic Presentation of Seniors Joey Shanks explains the art of bullet molding to Grandma. To relieve dramatic tension, the cast enjoys a moment of relaxation. 28 Milt Shanks ...... Martha Shanks .... Grandma Shanks - Joey Shanks ....... Reverend Andrews- - - Newt Gillespie ,.... Captain Hardy - - - Mrs. Bates .,Ae,, Sue Bates- - - Lem Tollard - - - - - - Sam Carter .,i...... Lincoln's Sergeant - - - Soldiers ,.....,,. Publicity .... Scenery .... Costumes ..... Stage Manager- - - - - - -Jim Smith - - -Janet Monce Judy Harden - - - - Norma Tinker Sally Coombs - - - - -Ron Dierks - - -Don Schnepp - - -Stan Smith - - - - -Doug Geary - - - Laurinda Bate Jean Bennett Carol Grindahl Caroline Scott Mike Pheneger -Roger Martin - -Larry Smith - - - - - -Jerry Baer Dave Gamble - - - -Miriam Price - -Janet Monce Norma Tinker - - - - -Jan Runnion Pat Holtschult - - -Jerry Baer Ma Shanks comforts Milt when she discovers that he is not the traitor he was believed to be. Copperhead, a Civil War drama, was presented by the senior class on May third and fourth under the direction of Mr. Clyde Coon. The play concerns Milt Shanks, an Illinois farmer who has refused to fight in the Union army. 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' 1 N - y' 1 . lm XA-S . 'T sw F tqv v 5 U - ' '- h , .-if gud? 3 ,' 4,4 N L, . -I' lf, Y ' ,. L fl M A4 - 1 ,Q A, - -...,- P -.- -1 1 , .. Y , , A W - ,W fb J' V K A 1 . . ,QS . X Y. , 8 -F Q X 'ig 'f"c, .-,Q V -A I .Q .., A 1. . fa-.. A ',., " 'l Q . M if tb A 'SA fn XY Q r' , .Ar ' rye' ' 2 -lr - F' r . I me M- , .- 7 ' ,. , .Oh n: t , W' 1, 5 ' - Q. ' U I X M N , v nv' 'f ' I X ' r yfwv, T - , WV ' rg- , ,, N 1 F r n f A, f fx ff x X -- , w - j - , .f,. A A , ' ' 'L' ' and ' 4' ' 1' 6: 1, .Z fi- .,hv,:,,-4 4 .,, I 4 . V Ofvju fi aff, , ff 1 t - , Q f , ,, . -.Q M A . Mui X 1 Ffa I ,UV 'Q ,K .4415 ,iw if 1 .S-:uv .. Row one: Doug Geary, Joan Sterrett, Jean Gilliland, Cor- rine Katterheinrich, Diane Thomas, Dorothy Doner, Peg Stenger, Barbara Miller, Hazel Rhodenbaugh, Judy Har- den. Row two: Nancy Louth, Nancy Williman, Barbara Sheets, Sally Coombs, Sara Drury, Nan Cowan, Jane Weeks, Chris Griffiths, Roger Martin, Karen Copeland, Sandy Mosure, Jean Bolinger, Beverly Taylor, Jadine Bell, Karen Millhouse, Helen Keirns, Caroline Scott, Sandy Agler, Sandy Willett. Row three: Janet Morris, Nancy Andrews, Nedra Wise, Pat Dunlap, Pat Mengerink, Bob Baker, Alan Rinard, Reg Burley, Loella Rogers, Lois Hoff- man, Tony Todd, Jerry Wilhelm, Sue Williamson, Gale Tindall, Lendall Terry, Rodger Oetzel, Peggy Scarpelli, Paul Wilson, Dave Fell, Ron Sherer, Roger Schaffer, Sharon Boyd, Susan Gribler, Susan Sheldon, Karen Geis- man, Carolyn Rhodenbaugh, Stan Smith. Row four: Ro- berta Harden, Judy Hesher, Judy Hammond, Judy Sho- walter, Cheri Runnion, Larry Dull, Judy Geary, Larry Joseph, Marjorie Spry, Dixie Gilliland, Sharon Ries, Caro- lyn Gilland, Marvin Everly, Bruce Baker, Jim Speer, Bob Faulkner, Bob Scaer, Jim Watkins, Roger Shimp, Barbara McDonald, Nancy Raabe, Nancy Ridenour, Della Mason, Dick Dippery, Gene Hubart, Mary Murphy, Martha Ging- rich, Dick Knodel, Don Schnepp, Phil Harden, Larry John- son, Andrea Scarpelli. Standing: Dorothy Laing, Larry Pennell, Karen Heffner, Jim Cochran, Joe Allen, Skip Van Kleeck, Kenny Louth. Not pictured: Jackie Hoghe, Jan Runnion. Concerts, Paracles, Contest, and Civic Services A good band comes from determination of members and Mr. Jones. Hardworking musicians donit lack enthusiasm even in crowded conditions. Majorettes: Dorothy Laing, Karen Geisman, Nan Cowan, Sally Coombs, Nancy Williman, Sara Drury, Helen Keirns. 32 el' x Band members prepare to board bus for an exciting day at State Contest. Pep band provides rousing music for all pep assemblies. Exchange gifts are distributed at the band's Christmas Banquet. From the opening day ot' school to the closing day and on through the summer, a hand member's lite is neither all work and no play nor all play and no work. Alter a few weeks' rest following school, the band, minus the seniors and plus the new treslinien, starts preparing tor summer concerts to he presented at the ice eream sot-ials. A trip to the Ohio State Fair makes a welcome break in the tough training and re-conditioning period designed to transform beginners into precision experts able to march down the tield at one hundred eighty steps a minute playing instru- ments and staying in straight lines. The band gets its tirst tryout at marching on the 'llhursday ot' the Van VVert Vounty Fair. ln the afternoon, the band plays during the races, When school begins, the band provides music and enter- tainment at the football games and pep assemblies. Shortly before Vlirist mas, came the transition from Illiilflllllg band to concert band. The concert band pre- sented the Christmas vespers with the ehoir, gave a formal spring concert and took part in baccalaureate and com- mencement exercises. This spring, after receiving a superior rating in the district contest at Ada, the hand went to Wooster for the state eontest. lt was the second year that Van Wert had participated in the state competition and we returned home proudly with an excellent rating. The Band Parents Organization also helped earn money for new uniforms, instruments, and travel expenses. This year we sponsored a tag day and a cake mix sale. We pur- chased eight new basses and two alto clarinets. Some of many city-wide events which the hand partci- pated in this year arei Peony Festival, Halloween Parade, Memorial Day Parade, dedication of a statue at the Bor- den's Cheese Factory, and ground-breaking ceremony at the Central. The bands main social event was a dinner party given by the Band Parents during the Christmas season. Band show retieets national feeling at November elections l sim Q5 ga How one: Diane Ashbaugh, Marie Lewis, Carol Grindahl, Jean Bennett, Shirley Tickle, Barbara Merkle, Mary Lou Germann, Karen Sowers, Jona Runnion, Caroline Scott, Sandy Willett, Loella Rogers, Susie Gribler, Joyce Feasby, Janice Prior, Diane Roth, Sara Drury, Nan Cowan. Row two: Arla Oechsle, Hazel Rhodenbaugh, Evelyn Stevens, Hilda Mericle, Beth Weeks, Dolores Weck, Barbara Miller, Carolyn Williams, Donna Whitcraft, Marsha Blake, Char- leen Steele, Joyce Beall, Nancy Andrews, Nancy Williman, Lora Verne Allen, Ann Hartge, Judy Harden, Ann Gribler, Miriam Price. Row three: Sally Coombs, Norma Tinker, Linda Krick, Della Mason, Carol Hesher, Connie Wallace, Corrine Katterheinrich, Sally Stewart., Karen Geisman, Peg Stenger, Jane Johnson, Joyce Donahue, Jean Johnson, Nancy Louth, Helen Keirns, Sally Thompson, Mary Jane Ross, Mary Ellen Keith, Sharleen Wiseman, Andrea Scar- A Cappella Choir Offers Superior Music Experience The Van Wert a cappella choir, a very ac- tive organization, consists of nearly one hun- dred sophomores, juniors, and seniors. During the year the choir has sung at school assem- blies and for graduation ceremonies. At the Christmas season the choir presented a vesper service, sang at Rotary and Kiwanis, and gave their annual concert for the Woman's Club. In March the choir presented their sixth annual Vocal Varieties. The program was a campus scene featuring a pep assembly, a music lesson, a history lesson, and climaxing with a moving religious scene. Soloists were Don Weirwille, Miriam Price, Arla Oechsle, Caroline Scott, Chris Griffiths, Karen Geis- man, Bob Stevens, and Sally Stewart. This is the eighth year that the choir has re- ceived a superior rating in the state contest, as well as in the district competition. Several members of the choir also won superior and excellent ratings in the district and state solo contests. It is an honor to be a member of this organization, which is rated as one of the finest choirs in the state. Z pelli, Roberta Harden, Dorothy Week. Row four: Jerry Miracle, Jim Bebout, Steve Van Kleeck, Terry Oetzel, Dave Hoverman, Tom Reynolds, Clarence Hufline, Pat Hallam, Bob Matthias, Gordon Knittle, David Witten, Carl Withrow, Terry Blue, Bob Scaer. Row five: Stan Smith, Bob Ainsworth, Roger Martin, Don Weirwille, Don Ford, Ronnie Krick, Jack Fraker, Don Beck. Rodger Bechtol, 1 fe ' K Don Black, Larry Pennell, Herb Scaer, Louis Crow, How- ard Shaw, Bob Stevens, Ron Sherer, Chris Griffiths. Not pictured: Marilyn Matthias, Sandi Ramsey, Carolyn Rhod- enbaugh, Neil Good, Dorothy Laing, Linda Stemen, Doro- thy Doner, Trina Jackson, Carolyn Mosier, Donna Whit- craft, Florence Zinsmeister, Bill Miller. KU i 0' 2,042 A, ith '70 I of V .ff l i 7 M, 93 yi A .11 "-'me ni -and i fl ff j Xggfabi' l 4 ggi? 'ff X11 ' ' . Wfzd' ,A,,, -,i,. K 55 Q eq L J N if W .-, I Q2 1- 'i : ' 3, . 4 55513 L 1 ' -43 A , . A if 4 QQ? ilifvflis " if lg! 5' I X, 1 vf .4 f 4 M , - i,Q o V M , if' T . , ii. it fx 1 V V , Sf, . A 1 Q. I, ' ff' I Q , la 43 4 4 ,A I , K. ,six 5 AQ A :Q 'Y ", al ,. , , . f 3- ' V fx K ,, Q 1: VV ' -,kg X A.-wif?-C. s.- " ln."'A',f Y V fists: .- Y 'I t ' 1 V, J? 65, g Nj! u ii: 4 I Q M5 Q QV' pn, -V AV N we . N ,wxffk Row one: Shelbyan Noggle, Joy Smith, Peggy Scarpelli, Marilyn Fast, Sharon Slane, Sue Prior, Carole Crosby, Francine Fell, Sandra Mosure, Nancy Ridenour, Margaret Winterer, Nancy Blackmore, Nancy Williams, Jean Bolin- ger, Karen Wierwille, Bonnie Lou Parks, Barbara Germann, Louise DeCamp. Row two: Nancy Sidle, Shirley Welker, Janice Stoller, Linda McCarty, Phyllis Finnegan, Sherrill Adams, Alice August, Betty McKeddie, Sue Williamson, Jean Gilliland, Elise Hoeken, Linda Hall, Judy Anderson, Sonja Ford, Gertrude Hardman, Shirley Lane, Gloria Evans. Row three: Mr. Jones, Barbara Haines, Charlotte Sherman, Joy Sink, Joyce Davis, Alice Horine, Denise Kolter, Nancy Rager, Sharon Boyd, Martha Conn, Vera Corathers, Pat Ireton, Karen Bagley, Diane Thomas, San- dra Soules, Rachael Balliet, Gale Tindall, Sandra Agler. Row four: Fred Place, Thomas Webster, Wendell Williams, Charles Sanders, Larry Joseph, Phil Holtkamp, Jim Marker, Paul Laemmle, Richard Counsellor, Phil Harden, Bob Faulkner, Vernon Oechsle, Jim Jerome, Kepneth Wiedenmann, Ray Alvarado, Larry Carter, Jerry Fisher, Jim Rogers. Row five: Mike Slane, Jerry Thatcher, Jim Roberts, Allan Runser, Hal Scott, Raymond Casarez, John Burris, Don Krick, Doug Maxim, Bruce Jarvis, Bruce Baker, Don Thompson, Tim Jones, Ed Hammond, Bary Secaur, Rodger Oetzel, Paul Wilson. Not pictured: Ann Poling. Abe Lincoln and Union and Rebel soldiers set the mood for choiris Civil War music. Musicians who competed at district and state contest: Caroline Scott, Susie Gribler, Doug Geary, Sally Thomp- son, Dorothy Doner, Karen Millhouse, Karen Geisman. Not pictured: Arla Oechsle, Sally Stewart, Barb Miller, Corrine Katterheinrich, Nan Cowan, Helen Keirns, Bob Stevens. A quartet, Bob Ainsworth, Don Black, Steve Van Kleeck, and Ron Sherer, present a novel skit to the tune of "Walk- ing My Baby Back Home." Boys' Ensemble: Bob Stevens, Chris Griffiths, Bob Scaer, Ron Sherer, Larry Pennell, Rodger Bechtol, Steve Van Kleeck, Don Wierwilleg Joyce Feasby, accompanist. Caroline Scott sings "If I Loved You" in Prom scene. The refreshments, movies, and dancing at the choir party bring to a close another "Vocal Varieties." 37 V. I. C. Learns To Be Effective ' Breadwmners Sitting: Don May, Van Wert Radio and Televisiong Don Johnson, County Engineering Office: Danny Butler, But- ler's Bakery: Larry DuCheney, Doyle Poling, Carpentry: Dave Allen, Brown and Compton Contractors. Standing: Dick Caldwell, Henney Printingg Neil Good, National Seal, David Myers, Purdy Motor Sales: Lester Raker, Keyser's Radio and TV Serviceg Frank Boroff, Doran Holbrook, Painter: Larry Agler, Bushong Brothers Ford Service: Cary Proffitt, Proflitfs Garage: Ronnie Schaffer, McCormick Tractor Sales: -lim Agler, Pennell Machine Works. Not pic- tured: Bill VVinters, Butler's Bakery: Jim Wiseman, Gor- man Electric Company. To give service to school, self, and community is the function of the Vocational Industrial Club. For this service the V. I. C. has won six Gold Awards of Merit. This represents each year of the existence of the organization.To attain the award this year the club contributed to the Community Chest, gave a basket of food to a needy family at Christmas, held open house, and helped with other school-community activities. The V. I. C. traveled to Columbus in the fall and spring to participate in Chapter Procedure Contest, Job Application Contests, and Extemporan- eous Speaking Contest. This year the club won three Gold Awards and one Silver Award. Social events in- cluded a Christmas party, a trip to view the state government in action, and the annual employer- employee banquet. Bill Winters ..... ......... P I'6Sid6I1K Dan Butler YYYY .,,,,, V ice President Don May ,,,, . . . Secretary-Treasurer Dave Allen ,,,,,,,, ..,, S ergeant-at-Arms Larry DuChQ-ney -,,Y ........., R 9pOI'I8I' Mr, Davis AlYl,,l.,YY, , Y , ,,,, ,,,,,,... A dViS9I' Dick Caldwell is on the job with his employer. At their annual Christmas party, members of V. I. C. and their guests enjoy dancing. F. H. A. Girls Become Efficient "Breadmakers" 1 1 4 Row one: Carolyn Williams, Janice Stoller, Joyce Tope, Jona Runnion, Jan Ruunion. Row two: Judy Showalter. Judy Bates, Lucille Leaser, Patty Steele, Dixie Tope, Dixie Gilliland, Miss Sawyer. Row three: Nancy Rager, Lois Joyce Tope, past president, conducts installation of new officers. 3: . J 'vzf?"1f?c 22' S Q., J I ,f Parsons, Margaret Withrow, Jean Hammond, Nancy Wil- liams, Kay Goins, Gertrude Hardman. Shirley Lane. Not pictured: Linda Terry. The Future Homemakers of America be- gan their year with an organizational meeting and a Wiener roast. The local chapter initiated two new clubs in the Ohio City and Willshire schools. The activities for the year included installation of officers and demonstrations of parliamentary procedure and civil defense. The club sponsored a record hop with the theme "Igloo Inn." Mrs. Eugene Runnion and Mrs. Ben Lane were elected chapter mothers. These Future Homemakers exemplified their motto: to provide training for each chapter member for participation in home, school, and community activities. Joyce Tope ..... Janice Stoller . , . Q Miss Sawyer ,.,. 39 PAGE 39-COPY E-8 on 9 Jona Runnion ..... . . . Jan Runnion ....., . . Carolyn Williams .... . . . ..... President .Vice President . . . .Secretary . . . . .Treasurer . Parliamentarian Adviser Jackie Hoghe . . . .....,,, President Janice Prior ,,..,... A,,A V ice President Carol Hesher ,,,i..i.. ,,,,,. S ecretary Mary Lou Germann ,,i,. ..,, T reasurer The Girls' Athletic Association, under the direction of Mrs. Ayers, started the year with their annual hike which provided the first twenty-five points required to be a member. A variety of activities took place throughout the year, including potluck suppers honoring our athletic teams, and a banquet in the spring for the seniors and the new cabinet members. In the intramural program, teams from the freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior classes were selected to compete in speedball, volleyball, basketball, and softball. The club also sponsored bowling activities. Members who qualified under the G. A. A. point system were presented with numerals and letters at the awards assemblies. School Sports Develop The V-Club differs from other organiza- tions in that it is an honor club rather than an activity club. Membership in this organiza- tion includes the acceptance of high ideals of sportsmanship and clean living. Boys who have earned their varsity "VH for successful participation in athletics are eligible for mem- bership. Among their projects is the selling of ice cream at basketball games. Larry Feeney ..,, ..,........ P reSid6l1i3 Ron Dierks ,,,,,, ,,,,,,,,. V ice President John Edwards ........r Secretary-Treasurer Mr. Livingston ,,.,. ..,,.,....... A dViS9l' One of the G. A. A.'s annual projects is decorating the school Christmas tree in the study hall. Girls get in on the sports scene with intramurals. Although the rules are different, girls' basketball is interesting and highly competitive. Row one: Carole Crosby, Gail Harley, Alice August, Carol Sue Baxter, Judy McCollum, Suzy Binkley, Mary Kohn, Carol Hesher, Janice Prior, Jackie Hoghe, Mary Lou Ger- mann, Kathy Wells, Judy Geary, Jane Johnson, Jane Ann Myers, Corrine Katterheinrich, Sandra Mosure, Nancy Ridenour, Jean Johnson, Mrs. Ayers. Row two: Sandra Arnold, Jadine Bell, Marilyn Fast, Donna Whitcraft, Char- lotte Sherman, Sharon Slane, Nancy Williams, Shirley Welker, Betty McKeddie, Karen Heffner, Jean Gilliland, Phyllis Finnegan, Sue Ralston, Peggy Tomlinson, Ellen August, Linda Terry, Barbara Holmes, Opal Clouse, Linda Feasby, Margaret Winterer. Row three: Sandy Miller, Barbara Sheets, Linda McCarty, Bonnie Caldwell, Shel- byan Noggle, Roberta Harden, Joy Sink, Denise Kolter, Nancy Rager, Terry Beall, Alice Horine, Sandra Agler, Shirley Dunno, Marsha Blake, Sara Agler, Nancy Myers, Beverly Germann. Row four: Pat Finkhousen, Diane Roth, Trina Jackson, Karen Sowers, Brenda Smitley, Joyce Davis, Sherrill Adams, Jane Weeks, Sue Williamson, Nancy Young, Karen Bagley, Peg Stenger, Virginia Harvey, Linda Waldron, Cheyrl Dickson, Marie Baker, Dorothy Miller, Judy Hesher, Judy Hammond, Barbara Miller. Not pic- tured: Sharon Boyd, Peg Brown, Marjorie Gallaway, Car- olyn Hartge, Leigh Ann Kinkle, Marie Lewis, Pat Menge- rink, Nancy Myers, Cheri Runnion, Sally Stewart, Nancy Williams. Cooperation, Teamwork, and Sportsmanship Row one: Jerry Baer, Larry Bowersock, Jerry Nills, Larry Row three: Jim Imler, Charles Ditto, Larry Johnson, Mr. Smith, Dave Gamble, Louis Thomas, Bryce Fauble, Bob Livingston, John Edwards, Onley Heath. Not pictured: Jim Stevens. Row two: Don Black, Bill Fowler, Ron Dierks, Smith, Dan Butler, Larry Feeney, Don Good. Roger Gipe, Charles Young, Rick O'Mara, George White. To Create, Maintain, and Extend Through the Home, Because of the popularity of the Hi-Y club, a Junior Hi-Y organization was formed for the freshmen and sopho- more boys. The Senior Hi-Y conducted the induction serv- ice for the thirty-eight members at the Presbyterian Church. Their projects included selling pop and candy at the Y-League basketball games and ushering during holy week at the Ohio Theater for the showing of "The Robe." They participated in the regional meeting at Bowling Green which preceded the Model Legislature at Columbus. The club sponsored a district Hi-Y workshop at the Y. M. C. A. This meeting was held to point out the aims and accom- plishments of the Hi-Y organization. . . . . . . . .President , , , ,,,, Vice President Charles lngman ,,,, Rod Johnson , . Bob Matthias ..., Dave Fell ,,,,., Mr. Manken , . . Pat Hallam ..... Bob Stevens, , , , , , , , ,Secretary , , , ,.,., Treasurer . . . . Reporter , . , .Chaplain . , . .Adviser Top left: Ronnie Thatcher lights his candle as other new members watch during impressive induction ceremony. Middle left: Selling pop at basketball game is one ofthe moneyamaking projects of the Hi-Y. Row one: Rodger Oetzel, David Hoverman, Bruce Jarvis, Dave Fell, Pat. Hallam, Bob Stevens, Rod Johnson, Charles Ingman, Bruce Baker, John Burris, Mr. Manken. Row two: Don Thompson, Ben Reidenbach. Richard Grove, Paul Kaduk, Jerry Fryer, Doug Maxim, Bill Stanley, Douglas Snyder, Don Smitley. Row three: Larry Joseph, David Shupe, Richard Hoverman, Phil Holtschult, Paul Laemmle, Dennis Underwood, Vernon Oechsle, Bob G. Miller, Ed Hammond. Row four: Bary Secaur, John Lloyd, Jim Rog- ers, Jim Neiford, Hal Scott, Allan Runser, Tom Lause, Gary Etzler, Kent McMillen. 42 School, and Community Standards of Christian Living The Hi-Y Club has a high purpose which places respon- sibility on each member. The group began its year with the induction of members at the St. Mark's Lutheran Church. During the year the club assumed the responsibility for the Y. M. C. A. school membership drive, sponsored the Thanks- giving assembly, was host to the District-Seven spring meeting, attended the joint meeting with the Senior Y-teens, and assisted in the city cleanup drive. Club representatives to the Model Legislature in Columbus were Larry Pennell and Don Black. Larry Smith , . Ron Dierks. . . Jim Smith ,.., . . ,,,,,,, President Vice President . . ,,,,,,, Secretary Mike Pheneger. . , ,,,,, Treasurer Jerry Baer ,,,,. Dave Gamble . Mr. Rauch .,.., . . .Chaplain . . . , Reporter . . . . Adviser Top right: Senior Hi-Y helps in city-wide cleanup program. Middle right: Selling Christmas Seals is a service project Row one: Mr. Rauch, Jim Presler, Dave Gamble, Jerry Baer, Larry Smith. Ron Dierks. Mike Pheneger. Don Weir wille, Terry Devine, Don Schnepp, Stan Smith. Row two John Edwards, Jerry Nills, Larry Bowersock, Bill Fowler Louis Thomas, Joe Allen, Larry Pennell, Jim Speer, Don Black. Row three: Roger Martin, Ronnie Spray, Rick O'Mara, Roger Gipe. John Young, Dave Stittsworth, Terry Oetzel, Bob Ainsworth. Dennis Schatfner, Neil Good. Row four: Jim Imler, Larry Johnson, Gary Tomzcak. Steve Van Kleeck. Row five: Herb Scaer, Charles Kanney, Bill Win- ters, Howard Shaw, Roger Bradford, Tom Uncapher, Frank Brown, Ron Sherer, Not pictured: Jim Smith. Hill Scott, Larry Feeney. KCI- g -an Ili! 1-'11 owl! mn iv 5:1 43 w JUNIOR Y-TEENS Row one: Mrs.. Brooks, Helen Keirns, Roberta Harden, Sharon Ries, Kathy Wells, Connie Wallace, Mary Ellen Keith, Dorothy Doner, Charlotte Sherman, Suzy Binkley, Sharon Slane, Elise Hoeken, Sally Stewart, Mrs. Galbreath. Row two: Louise DeCarnp, Janet Davis, Corrine Katter- heinrich, Bonnie Caldwell, Nedra Wise, Karen Heffner, Jean Gilliland, Carol Sue Baxter, Margaret Winterer, Ellen August, Ann Gribler, Carole Crosby. Row three: Sue Prior, Jean Bolinger, Sara Agler, Marsha Blake, Joy Smith, Ann Good, Carol Jean Kinsey, Nancy Rager, Denise Kolter, Nancy Andrews, Sue Williamson, Pat lngman, Karen Bag- ley. Row four: Ann Poling, Janice Stoller, Betty McKeddie, Diane Thomas, Barbara Germann, Linda McCarty, Susie Dermyer, Claudia Green, Shelbyan Noggle. Sara Drury, Karen Weirwille, Dixie Tope, Alice Horine, Sharon Boyd. Row five: Janice Hufline, Gale Tindall, Pat Ireton, Joyce Davis, Pat Dunlap, Donna Whitcraft, Peg Stenger, Susie Gribler, Judy McCollum, Trina Jackson, Jane Weeks, Judy Hesher, Lyn Feigert, Judy Hammond, Joy Sink, Margaret. DeMoss, Janet Anderson, Sandra Sowles, Not pictured: Rosalyn Coffelt, Linda Eschbach, Cheri Runnion, Judy Thatcher, Shirley Welker, Becky Wisener, Nancy Young. SENIOR Y-TEENS Row one: Miss Lown, Sandy Makuh, Joyce Donahue, Janet Morris, Judy Beall, Marilyn Matthias, Norma Tinker, Laurinda Bate, Nan Cowan, Joyce Feasby, Nancy Willi- man, Pat Holtschult, Sally Thompson, Mary Jane Ross. Row two: Lois Hoffman, Jackie Hoghe, Margaret Ains- worth, Sue Sheldon, Linda Feasby, Sue Evans, Beth Ann Weeks, Joyce Beall, Opal Clause, Sally Coombs, Sharleen Wiseman, Hilda Mericle, Evelyn Stevens. Row three: Bev- erly Germann, Marcile Merkle, Jan Runnion, Janet Morice, Mary Kohn, Jona Runnion, Loella Rogers, Nancy Kohn, Charleen Steele, Lora Verne Allen, Carolyn Blackmore, Janet Anderson, Sharon Wise, Tonnetta Dustman, Mary Blake. Row three: Ella Hofmann, Carolyn Rhodenbaugh, Linda Poling, Dolores Weck, Joyce Rawlings, Judy Harden, Janice Prior, Carolyn Williams, Barbara Sheets, Jadine Bell, Nancy Raabe, Dorothy Laing, Diane Ashbaugh, Bar- bara Merkle. Row five: Karen Sowers, Dorothy Week, Shirley Tickle, Marie Lewis, Janet Fauble, Carol Grindahl, Jean Bennett, Sandy Willett, Karen tWaymire, Barbara Hirn, Linda Stemen, Carol Hesher, Sandra Wise, Dorothy Vetter, Sandra Feasby, Barbara Hufline. Not pictured: Joyce Tope, Caroline Scott, Brenda Smitley, LaRita Whit- craft, Peg Brown, Carolyn Hartge. Our Y-Teens Groups Stress Loyalty and Service The Senior Y-Teens is an organization sponsored by Van Wert High School and the Y.W.C.A. The purpose ofthe club is "to build a fellowship of' women and girls devoted to the task of' realizing in our common life those ideals of personal and social living to which we are committed by our faith as Christians. ln this endeavor we seek to understand -lesus, to share His love for all people, and to grow in the knowledge and love of' God." During the year they sponsored a Valentine Dance, a Spring dance, a joint meeting with the Senior Hi-Y, and the Easter Assembly. The organiza- tion contributed time and money to many worthy causes. The girls helped with the Nan Cowan , , Joyce Feasby, l Caroline Scott , , 1 Nancy Williman i Heart Fund. served Business Womens din- ners, and sent a Care package to Germany. ,President Vice President ,, ,Secretary ,, , Treasurer 3 Miss Lown , , , , ,, Adviser ' 1 I 1 s 1 1 Seventy-five freshmen and sophomore girls joined the Junior Y-Teens this year. The meetings were held twice a month, once dur- Q ing activity period and once in the evening at the Y.W.C.A. In addition to conducting inter- esting rneetings, the girls sent twenty-five dol- lars to Hungary, and worked on the Heart Fund Drive. They co-operated with the Sen- ior Y-Teens to present the Easter Assembly and the Valentine Dance. 1-I gf in . 'S . - Q, 11'-jx H ' , ll:-gg Mary Ellen Keith, Connie Wallace, . , Charlotte Sherman Mrs. Galbreath, , , Mrs. Brooks ,,,,,, Dorothy Doner ,,,,, , , , , , , ,President , Vice President , , , , , , ,Secretary , , , ,Treasurer , , , ,Adviser , , , ,Adviser Left pictures: The Christmas meeting was held in the Ren' dezvous Room at the Y.W.C.A. Refreshments were served after the meeting. The program was entertaining as well as meaningful. 45 nineteen hundred fifty-seven Rendezvous Committee Works With School and YW The Rendezvous Committee is composed of sixteen members, four from each class, who a1'e elected at the be- ginning of their freshman year and serve throughout their four years of high school. Their major project is the annual Snowball dance which is held during the Christmas holiday season. This year's theme, "Silver Bells," was very beautifully carried out in decorations of French blue and silver. Boughs of holly and evergreen added to the festive atmosphere The traditional Snowball revolving in the center of the ceiling cast a spark- ling shimmer over the room, Suspended from the Snowball was a sprig of mistletoe to symbolize holiday romance. Music for the formal dance was by the Bel-Airs. The committee opened the Rendezvous Room at the Y.W.C.A. for high school students on Monday and Satur- day nights. Members also sold candy, gum, and hot dogs on Saturday afternoons to skaters at the Y. W. Record hops help finance Snowball. Snowball highlights the Christmas season ta? 'Q Row one: Joyce Feasby, Joy Smith, Laurinda Bate, Ann Bell, Bryce Fauble, Ronnie Dierks, Jerry Nills Jim Imler Good, Nancy Williman, Barbara Germann, Elise Hoeken, Larry Smith. Nan Cowan. Row two: Bill Stanley, Phil Holtschult, Jim Community Is Alert For Good Citizenship Susan Sheldon, Girls State delegate, Mary -lane Ross, al- ternate, Jim Speer, Chris Griiliths, Boys State delegates. Two senior girls from each school in the county are chosen to take the D. A. R. Good Citizenship Test. This examination includes Ohio History, Amer- ican History, and an essay. A Good Citizenship Medal is awarded to the county winner, who was Sally Coombs this year. Two junior boys are chosen to attend Buckeye Boys State at Camp Perry and one junior girl is chosen to participate in Buckeye Girls State at Cap- ital University. The delegates spend a wonderfully busy and satisfying week engaged in model govern- ment. This year fourteen senior boys were chosen to at- tend Van Wert Rotary Club meetings. The Rotar- ians selected Stan Smith and Terry Devine to attend the Council of World Affairs in Cincinnati. These two boys spoke to the club about their experiences at the Council. In the late spring, all the Junior Ro- tarians presented a panel discussion on the need for a new high school. Left: Sally Coombs, Nan Cowan, D. A. R. Contestants. Row onez Dave Gamble, Roger Martin, Jim Smith, Larry Smith, Terry Devine. Row two: Neil Good, Doug Geary, Jim Presler, Stan Smith, Jerry Baer. Row threei John Saylor, Ronnie Dierks, John Edwards, Frank Brown. Row one: Doug Geary, Jim Bebout, Herb Scaer, Jim Bell, Rod Johnson, Nancy Louth, Jean Hirn, Judy McCollum, Susie Gribler, Karen Geisman, Ron Sherer, Reg Burley, Janet Morris, Mrs. VVhite, Jean'-Johnson, Joyce Donahue, Roger Martin. Row two: Don Smitley, Marcile Merkle, Jim Watkins, Paul Kaduk, David Witten, Harvey lreton, Rod- ger Bechtol, Sue Evans. Jerry Nills, Mary Jane Ross, Bev- erly Gerinann, Linda Feasby, Sally Stewart, Ann Gribler, Mary Ellen Keith, Norma Tinker, Jane Johnson. Row three: Pat Holtschult, Don Weirwille, Alan Rinard, Phil Holt- kamp, Corrine Katterheinrich, Sharon Ries, Sharon Slane, Richard O'Mara, Louis Crow, Dorothy Doner, Lora Allen, Row one: Reg Burley, Laurinda Bate, Pat Holtschult, Terry Devine, Sally Coombs, Judy Harden, Linda Feasby, Norma Tinker, Mary Ellen Keith, Mary Jane Ross, Joyce Donahue, Mr. Gallapoo, Row two: Sue Prior, Ann Poling, Jean Bolinger, Marsha Blake, Trina Jackson, Nancy Louth, Dorothy Doner, Sara Agler, Janet Davis, Sandy Makuh. Row three: Dorothy Weck, Helen Keirns, Andrea Scarpelli, Charlotte Sherman, Nancy Andrews, Helen Keirns, Sally Coombs. Row four: David Fell, Diane Thomas, Brenda Smitley, Connie Wallace, Beth Weeks, Nancy Raabe, Larry Pennell, Chris Gridiths, Sara Drury, Elise Hoeken, Andrea Scarpelli, Trina Jackson, Joyce Feasby, Barb Hirn, Janice Prior, Joy Sink, Ann Good. Row five: Linda Waldron, Mar- garet DeMoss, Karen Sowers, Dorothy Weck, Susan Shel- don, Judy Harden, Barbara Merkle, Dorothy Laing, Kathy Wells, Mary Blake, Nancy Kohn, Loella Rogers, Sandy Willett, Mary Kohn, Peg Stenger, Joyce Rawlings. Not pic- tured: Caroline Scott, Miriam Price. Beth Weeks, Marcile Merkle, Sue Sheldon, Barb Hirn, Jan- ice Prior, Roberta Harden, Joy Smith, Jean Gilliland. Row four: Sally Stewart, Jean Bennett, Dolores Weck, Joyce Rawlings, Janet Fauble, Mary Blake, Loella Rogers, Sandy Willett, Peg Stenger, Charlotte Sherman, Susie Gribler. Not pictured: Caroline Scott, Carolyn Rhoden- baugh, Nan Cowan. Laeti Latini Enioy Sumptuous Roman Feast ln its second year, Laeti Latini is now well established as our chapter of the Junior Classical League. All those who are studying or have completed Latin II are eligible for membership. Laeti Latini meetings were held during noon hours. Programs concerned Roman culture and cus- toms and the evolution of our present calendar. At the Christmas meeting guests were served Roman punch while tapers burned in tiny Romanesque candlesticks. The club's most important event was the spring Roman Banquet on May 13. Although this was a sophomore proj- ect, juniors and seniors were guests and freshmen "slaves" served the meal. The high school gym was converted into a Roman courtyard for the banquet. Guests used Latin table manners and ate "ab ova ad mala", from eggs to apples. After the feast, prizes were awarded for the most authentic costumes. Entertainment included a Latin playlet, a girls' quintet, and a gladiatorial combat. Jean Hirn ..... ..,,, I 'resident Nancy Louth ...., . .Vice President Judy McCollum ,,,, ..... S ecretary Rod Johnson ..... . . .Treasurer Mrs. White . . . . . . .... . . ,Adviser Interest in Teaching Thrives in F. T. A. The F. T. A. is an organization of young people preparf ing to be teachers. The programs for the year began with a talk by lVIr. Bennett on Teaching Opportunities Within Our State and City. Rhea Elston, an elementary teacher, spoke to the group about the Cadet Course which she com- pleted recently. The club arranged for a panel discussion on "What I Expect of the Public School System." Speakers were: a businessman, a clergyman, a mother, and a teacher. The F. T. A. Chapter sponsored a Future Teachers Workshop for local and county club members. Mr. John Hall, assistant supervisor for the Ohio Education Associa- tion, opened the meeting with a brief address. Discussion groups led by various teachers preceded the final session. The workshop was such a success that Mr. Hall has sug- gested that it be expanded to include the entire district. Throughout the year, members were called upon to do substitute teaching in elementary schools. The club spent an afternoon observing city and county schools. The year closed with the election of next year's officers and a picnic at Mr. Gallapoo's farm. Sally Coombs ,... ...,... P resident Judy Harden ,... ..., V ice President. Linda Feasby ..,. ......... S ecretary Terry Devine ,... ........... T reasurer Dorothy Weck, , - .... Program Chairman Mr. Gallapoo, - . ,,........... Adviser Top: F. T. A. members picnicked at Mr. Gallapoo's farm. Middle: Latin Banquet features delicious food served by submissive slaves. Bottom: Phil Holtkamp, Rod Johnson, Judy McCollum, Peg Stenger, and Elise Hoeken star in the Latin version of Red Riding Hood. .i Y ei.,. he T7 1 1 3- ,. , The journalism students published the Scarlet Quill as a class project. and a service to the school. This year ten issues containing school news, feature stories, and novelty items were distributed. The staff helped with Homecoming activities by providing gifts for the queen and her court and by wrapping the goal posts for the game. Selling cougar car plates, basketball pins, and Van Wert stickers helped meet expenses. This year's staff compiled all available past issues of the Scarlet Quill and had them bound into a single volume. 1'I V I- J ff? rl ,QQ :JV get 3? Standing: Judy Harden, Miriam Price, Barb Hirn, Norma Tinker, Joyce Rawlings, Janet Fauble, Sally Coombs. Sitting: Pat Holtschult, Sandy Willett. Not pictured: Carol Grindahl, LaRita Whitcraft. Janet Fauble .... ..... F irst semester editor Norma Tinker ..... .... S econd semester editor Publications Staffs Practice Learned Theories Making money, taking pictures, making money, typing, making money and writing copy - these jobs have kept the Excalibur Staff a very busy group of workers. In September the staff was organized. Everyone was placed on either the business staff or the editorial staff. The school year was started with the Homecoming Dance sponsored by the Excalibur Staff. Night after night, they cut prisms, wrapped prisms, and hung prisms on the three chandeliers which set a ballroom scene to carry out the theme of the dance, "The Queen and I". The staff also sold pennants and mums before the game. The Excalibur is the product of the entire staff. During the year the staff sponsored projects such as the barbeque before the St. Marys game, two penny lunches, and selling stuffed dogs, shakeroos, and candy. It took long, tedious hours and many blue slips to count those tax stamps. The year closed with concentration on the sales campaign and the final ef- forts of the editorial staff. They suffered from loss of sleep, writers' cramp, and other problems, but they finished at last. This is your Excalibur. The staff hopes you like it. Sally Coombs- - - ...,,,,,,,..,.. Editor-in-Chief Norma Tinker ....... Picture Editor and Cartoonist Sandy Willett- - - .,..,............. Copy Editor Judy Harden .... .... I dentiiications and Captions Larry Smith- - - - - - - - Diane Roth ,... Janet Monce ..,,l,. Marilyn Matthias .... Stan Smith ....... Jean Bennett .,... Pat Holtschult ..,. - - - - - - - - -Sports Editor - - - -Sports Editor - - - -Art Editor ---------Typist - - - -Photographer - - - -Candy Sales - - - -Tax Stamps 1 1. How one: Larry Smith, Dave Gamble, Sandy Makuh, Janet Morris, Joyce Donahue, Sally Coombs, Laurinda Bate, Norma Tinker, Sandy Willett, Janet Monre. Judy Beall, Stan Smith. Row two: Mrs. Burkam, Terry Devine, Jackie Hoghe, Jan Runnion, Pat Holtschult, Marilyn Matthias, Nan Cowan, Jim Presler, Roger Martin, Don Schnepp. Row three: Jerry Baer, John Edwards, Ron Dierks, Bill Fowler, Mike Pheneger, Louis Thomas, Frank Brown, Janice Prior, Ed DeCamp, Doug Geary, How four: Dorothy VVeck, Sandy Willett, Janet Fauble, and Norma Tinker count, money received from sale of Scarlet Quill. Proceeds from penny lunches such as this one help finance your Excalibur. Andrea Scarpelli, Barbara Blanke, Dolores Weck, Joyce Rawlings, Judy Harden. Row hve: Karen Sowers, Mary Lou Germann, Shirley Tickle, Linda Poling, Marie Lewis, Janet Fauble, Carol Grindahl, Jean Bennett, Barbara Merkle, Barbara McDonald, Barbara Hirn, Diane Roth, Donald Elzey. Not pictured: Jim Smith, Peg Brown, Judy Conn, Barbara Ditto, Carolyn Hartge, Ella Hofmann, Mir- iam Price, Janice Prior, Sandi Ramsey, Carolyn Rhoden- baugh, Caroline Scott, Brenda Smitley, LaRita Whitt-raft, Terry Devine and Stan Smith, somewhat altered in appear- ance, advertise Excalibur Staff movie. r sr ffl . .- , 3,1 'Spf' kk we U, riginal L I I HL GD Q' 4 P .my Of 'Sv' 'ix N. A N-., X' 21" . 4 I . J """' .. Q kk , A Jldvl - -- N19 Q- a 4 'iv' .ff ,4 T' Excitement mounted to a peak at Friday afternoon pep assemblies. During football Season all cheer sessions were held in the stadium. F0 TKQM ,Ziff Yea team, fight, fight, fight! I've been lending my voice to yours in cheering our football, basketball and baseball teams on to victory. I'm really glad to see the wonderful school spirit of the student body, and the good sportsmanship displayed on the grid- iron, the basketball court, and the dia- mond. Even the girls get into the ath- letic act with speedball, basketball, volleyball,and softball. Our school is really great. Go, team, go! Go, fight, win!!! K f ,sf I NM X -2' 6 Au Mr. Coon and his two little gridders made this pep assembly unique. W-L, XX, 7 rf E Q zo. C T Nw- f .f DX-T. is H M, ,gf Row one: Tom Nelson, Bob Stevens, Bryce Fauble, Chuck den Knittle, Row two: Kenneth McClain, Dave Shupe Kanney, Dave Gamble, Jerry Baer, Ron Dierks, Larry Don Smitley, Dennis Schatfner, Dave Price, Onley Heath Smith, Bill Winters, Larry Feeney, John Edwards, Bill Rick O'Mara, Terry Oetzel, George White, Jerry Nills Fowler, Charles Young, Charles Ditto, Howard Shaw, Gor- Cougars Stretch Record to Three Undefeated Seasons and Capture Twelfth League Title Cougars symbolize victory by burning dummy at pep assembly. Dads proudly display sons' numbers at last home game. Roger Gipe, Danny Butler, Larry Bowersock, Don Black, Bill Sherman, Gary Heckert, Brad Bebout. Row three: Coach Smith, Coach Coon, Richard Grove, Gary Patterson, Success was the word that spelled Van Wert's 1956 football team. Before the season began, the fans looked at Van Wert's record and said, "It can't be done!" But it was done, and in sensational way. The Cougars Hnished their third consecutive undefeated season and captured their twelfth Western Buckeye League title. The credit for being the "brains behind the brawn" goes to Coach Gil Smith, whose ingenuity has guided the Cou- gars in their twenty-ninth consecutive victory skein. Some of the well-deserved credit also goes to the two assistant coaches, Otis Coon and Nick Klutka. Five Van Wert seniors were chosen on the all-stars of the Western Buckeye League. They were as follows: first offensive team, Ron Dierks, halfbackg Bill Winters, centerg Larry Feeney, tackle: and Lary Smith, end. Places on the first defensive team went to: Larry Smith, endg Larry Feeney, tackle, John Edwards, guardg and Ron Dierks, halfback. Dierks also was named the league's Most Out- standing Back. Players who received honorable mention in the league were: Dave Gamble, end: Jerry Baer, quarter- backg Jerry Nills, tackleg Don Black, linebackerg Charles Young, halfbackg and Larry Bowersock, fullback. We wish next year's team all the success that we had in keeping the victory string intact. Coaches suffer tension during crucial play. Don Stenien, Jim Bebout, Benny Reidenbach, Tom Reyn olds, Phil Holtschult, John Burris, Bill Stanley, Bob Row land, Coach Klutka. , 1. , f ,si 14. N 1 4, ,. A f-av xv! , me J" if-A , R- A ' s ,fL'-,J if vf H 'WA "5 V' -fl-1 +-- -. V It A. xy., M?-Q' Ds R. 1' Q 5 M, ,Z-A . Y fs' F5 2'i , 'Aja Allen County Pubhc Library 900 Webster Street P0 Box 2270 Fort Wayne, IN 46801-2270 Oh Van Wert High the school we ove Our true devotion we would prove' Thy tradition gladly share' Thy noble banner produly bear. In our work and in our play Well always strive to lead the way. School we love, on us rely, The loyal youth of Van Wert High. . X Experienced Coaches and Skillful Pleyers Make JERRY BAER 1 75 a' x BRYCE ,I FAUBLE on smith, head coach. E -Q 'QT Coach Klutka, Coach Smith. Coach Coon. 'i 'i'f7f'?f N 7' ROGER ' . GIPE ' L, " b, ' 4 BILL ff , , WINTERS 5 Managers: Gordon Knittle, Kenny McLain, Tom Nelson RON DIERKS N JOHN EDWARDS E w 1 . 6 0 , I Our Teams Consistent Wmners BILL FOWLER LARRY , Af A - FEENEY I ' K . Sb, f A VQBW x,, LA Y BOWERSOCK LARRY SMITH I 1 . g. DANNY BUTLER DON ' BLACK RICK O'MARA GEORGE WHITE 57 In CHUCK HEATH L V CHUCK DITTO 1 CHARLES YOUNG K 5 1 X 1 ' DAVE GAMBLE Q.. f 0. . I GQ tb 41' QA U 5 p - -'Q M" D U Q 1 A ,Q ., E fl 'W G Q f 11 xx ' . pi. 'A Ne' xf' - I O 5, ' We 1 A Tv' A' ,- 1 Q ,,,..x , QF, 0 1, , Y A 1.29 . Q, ,pr J 4, X ' , .+ F. 1, . b X A1 1 ,. Q, iw s -Q.-asm f-fn-Xi.-,+A - 1 Snag fbigvn X. , . Y ' ' 1- t .. A Wx ', N - - -X: ,f ' w V -mg 7,5-:uf fy," ", qivg. w. wf, Y- - , .Y -'E ' A m' w:Q-'- - :ewes 4. f 1'-A XV x - ,, 1. X ,Y ,V --N., U '- . 1'-A ,..- 4' m Q " Y2":3',,',?w 'wx ww , M , -1 '-M mv. wk A4 1 +- - .-mf-Sf sr f 9' imc.. Jam w 32. . . ww' Van Wert High School is proud of its freshman football team known as the Year- lings. This year they started off with a con- vincing victory over Rockford 26-0. Coldwater beat them 20-13, and they lost to Lima Shaw- nee 18-48 and to Defiance 7-26. With the knowledge of fundamentals taught by Coach Cline and the experience gained through stiff competition, these players should become val- uable members of the varsity team. Row one: Richard Grove, Bruce Jarvis, Mike Slane, Phil Holtschult, Jerry Fryer, Roger LaLonde, Don Stemen, Jim Rogers, Tom Holmes. Row two: Coach Cline, Don Krick, Paul Laemmle, Ed Hammond, John Lloyd, Phil Hines, Gary Etzler, Merle Saam, Don Thompson, Larry McCona- hay. Row three: Doug Maxim, John Burris, Hal Scott, Ver- non Oechsle, Barry Secaur, Bill Stanley, Allan Runser. Above: Coach Woody Hayes of Ohio State speaks at the foothall banquet. Left: Coach Smith hands award to Ron Dierks. outstand- ing back ofthe league. Below: Coach Cline guided the freshmen football team through a successful season. --. 0000 - I r I yulzwl x ' U 3 .4 ' r V, 1 A ev f ' -E 9 .Z 40- 1 I' gf I' I 1 ' VE GAMBLE X f X ' xx 1' A , ,f eff J - 1 1 A 31 2 YQ f ' Vi ..:. ., 1 3 Q E V 1, ,f 5' 3 1 DON BLACK 3 T f ' Y 1 JERRY BAER A 1 E M Mr' ff 6 I R N 1 X J T, 'fy A A-4 1956-57 Basketball Scores X ' Varsity Reserve X ' vw opp. vw opp. ,f X Defiance 53 70 36 51 ' Findlay 52 67 '76 36 .Xu 1 , Delphos St. John 61 59 -33 49 N . ", X Lima Shawnee 45 55 40 45 If --- , Bryan 66 80 38 50 LO, Paulding 71 45 33 31 ' ' Bellefontaine 60 67 44 42 g St. Marys 78 66 39 45 5 Bath Township 80 60 48 35 Celina 56 50 '39 56 Wapakoneta 65 67 31 47 Defiance 62 52 43 37 Coldwater 78 84 32 40 Bluffton 79 68 51 36 Kenton 82 81 50 38 Bryan ftournamentb 58 76 1 3' f i Y l BILL WINTERS g SH fl' X , D ' K A - Q ,f ' A I-'!'lI..,'1 ' H' -5 r R v", " ' , 4 A I' , 1' fills" '-is X '-2 Q RONNIE DIERKS .- . - A Z ' -.u ' ,,,v X' 70 V xx A U 7 0 Xi finial- Q X- 1,4 :sl A ! 3.-4 :ff 9 Y Q XX 1 x-7 l ' I X gl if 7 L X I '-ij! " A Q 'X' 5 Y 3 YJ' - A LARRY DUCHENEY r - YB, V M4 JIM SMITH LARRY SMITH DUN GOOD x' Spark of Cougar Team Wanes Early, Flares Later '3'T' 1 Q Above: Coach Clarence Cline. Right: Benny Reidenbach and Dick l-loverman, managers. Row one: Jerry Baer, Larry DuCheney, Don Good, Dave Gamble. Larry Smith, -lim Smith, Ron Dierks. Row two: Don Black, Howard Shaw. Bill Winters, Charles Young, Jim Bell. sw A This year Van Wert's basketball team had an unpredictf able season. After getting off to a poor start, the Cougars were able to win most of their later games. Although the Cougars defeated some of the better teams in the league. they finished third in the league. Bryan smashed the teams tournament hopes. The cagers finished the season with an overall record of eight wins and eight losses, Their league record was better with four Wins and three losses, The Cougars didn't have an outstanding record. but they did play some impressive games, The sound defeat ol the Kenton Wildcats marked the high point ot' the season. ln this game, Don Good, forward. established what is be- lieved to be a new all-time individual scoring record for a Cougar player. Seniors on this year's squad were Ron Dierks, Dave Gamble, Jerry Baer, Larry lJui'heney, Don Good, Jim Smith, and Larry Smith. Three Cougar players were named on the Western Buckeye League All-Star teams. They were: Don Good, tirst team forward, Larry Smith, second team center, and Dave Gamble. third team guard. Don Good won the JC award for the outstanding player of the vear. Y i ., A '. ,.,,. l . A - QP, L T T - I l J , ' i f E! .1 11 . L - 8 ,yhffyf cg . , 1, uma. . 40 :sf ',' 'z Q t' i than l' img? S, tl 4 Ti., I . 2 -X: .1 . 1 oops- A A' g - 11 P1 'N Row one: Don Black, Jim Bell, Bill Winters, Rodger Bech- tol, Charles Young, Howard Shaw. Row two: Gary Patter- son, Larry Holtkamp, Bob Matthias, Rod Johnson, Harvey Ireton, Don Beck, Tom Reynolds, Bob Stevens, Carl Witherow. vb' 'EBT WEH1 wa The reserve team, after getting OH to a slow start, began clicking in midseason. They made up for lack of height by speed. Under the expert direction of Coach Cline, they learned to out-maneuver the taller players. The power, speed, and agility acquired this year should pay big dividends for the varsity squad next year. The freshman basketball team had a very impres- sive season. Under the skillful direction of Coach Stoops, they were runners-up in the freshman tour- nament at Celina. They should be valuable additions to the varsity teams of the next three years. Yearlings and Kitten Reserves Learn Techniques How one: Roger LaLonde, Doug Maxim, Jim Cochran, Bill Phil Holtschult, Jerry Fryer, Larry Riley, Bruce Baker Stanley, Phil Hines, Jim Comer. Row two: Dick Dippery, Coach Stoops. Coach Stoops is pictured below. ' 11 Lx C me I' hex xaxerx hp., t tm tu 1 unc L nvh IIS mm p ins string Nl me e emu Init Oppm mg mtalns It in 1 im me Il H. J , Jun from malta suspended Ainimatiun. ' fx P 1 L ,J 'ts-f' l G. A. A. Championship Teams Excel in Sports Speedball Co-Champions, top left. Row one: Linda Mc- Carty, Pat Finkousen, Karen Heffner, Bonnie Caldwell, Jean Johnson, Jane Myers. Row two: Sue Ralston, Mary Lou Germann, Jackie Hoghe, Karen Sowers, Diane Roth, Jane Johnson. Basketball Champions, middle left, Row one: Jean Johnson, Karen Sowers, Diane Roth, Jane Myers, Row two: Sue Ralston, Mary Lou Germann,Jackie Hoghe, Jane Johnson. Volleyball Co-Champions, bottom left. Row one: Marie Baker, Sandy Agler, Pat Mengerink, Phyllis Finnegan, Dorothy Miller. Row two: Barbara Holmes, Cheyrl Dickson, Mary Lou Germann, Karen Sowers, Diane Roth. Row three: Sue Ralston, Jean Johnson, Jackie Hoghe, Jane Johnson, Jane Myers. During our football and basketball sea- sons, six, sometimes twelve, cheerleaders raced around in the halls putting up posters and marking the blackboards with peppy jingles for the student body and the teams. Each noon found them rehearsing in the gym. Any- one who has completed a year on the reserve squad is eligible for a varsity position. Each spring, the student body elects six of the elig- ible girls to the varsity squad for the next year. i 2 1 'emi ' A f-M4 P 4. fa, - A. I , , ,, NJ XJ .og V e Gael we 00" AM.-aft if f 3' 5 A ,Q fi may X , 1 Z I 3. -3 As I chew my chips and sip my coke, I re- call all the Wonderful times We've had and the super colossal parties which we've attended together. I'll never forget the beautifully dec- orated dances, the naturally slumberless slum- ber parties which specialize in the choicest gossip and pizza, the hour-long discussions over the telephone, and the inevitable note- passing in study hall. l'll never forget you kids eitherg you've all been grand friends. 'E -fs. The faculty gathers for fun, pleasuie, and business. Mrs. White IN APPRECIATION We, the seniors of 1957, wish to express our ap- preciation to you, Mrs. White, for your help and your encouragement. Throughout our four years of school you have faithfully supported our athletic teams, and you have given us advice and understand- ing when we encountered difficult situations. We shall always remember you for your sincere interest in us and for your' constant endeavor to have us do our best. - 3 School Board: R. D. Bennett: Cyril Bechtolg P. B. Harris: Don White, Presidentg Walter Witten, Vice Presidentg Hazel Gleasong Earl Schaffer, Clerk. Mr. R. D. Bennett, Superintendent of City Schools. Van Wert These People Help Keep Our In addition to serving as the executive council, our administration has many other 'Fev- duties. They organize our faculty, set school standards, and establish policies. The admin- istration constructs the school calendar to in- clude important civic events and helps with arranging special details. The community Mrs. Fred Ehman, eflicient secretary to Mr. Bennett. T7 Mr. Ralph Gallapoo, Guidance Director of Van Wert High School High School Running Smoofhly expects extra service and cooperation from people who are associated with the school Mr. Robert Baker, Principal of Van Wert High School system. The administratiorfs most important re- sponsibility is directing our total education They are excellent as advisers and friends They commendably fulfill their obligations. Mrs. Wilbur Shaw, competent secretary to Mr. Baker 5s l' 'm ',rJf47l,fr2i i i iff'-I .2-if ' I 0 s. Yi 'Qin ..u-:gui Our Highly Trained Faculty Guides and Insfructs Mrs. Ayers, in her first year at V.W.H.S., teaches girls' health and physical education. She also is faculty adviser to the G. A. A. She received her A.B. degree at Heidelberg College. Mrs. Ayers will not be with us next yearg we will miss her genuine interest and friendly smile. Mr. Bricker received his B.S. degree from Bowling Green University and his M.B.A. from Toledo Univer- sity. He teaches Bookkeeping I, Shorthand II, and Typ- ing II. He is also sophomore class sponsor. Mr. Jones, head of the music department, earned his B.S.M. degree at Bluffton College. He teaches senior band, freshman chorus, and a cappella choir. Miss Armstrong, who is retiring this year, teaches World History, senior math, and general math. She received her A.B. degree from Miami University, and did graduate work at Ohio State University. We shall miss her humorous remarks and friendly spirit next year. Mr. Bowen, who is the Junior Class sponsor, teaches American History and Driver Education. He earned his A.B. degree from Huntington College and his M.A. from Toledo University. Mrs. Brooks, in her first year of teaching at V.W.H.S., teaches Junior English and French. She is also a co- s onsor of the Junior Y-Teens. She received her A.B. P degree from Western Reserve University. Mr. Baker lends a hand during Student Council clean- up night. Mrs. Ayers presents cheerleading awards at Football Banquet. .gr-Q., Q VY 72 Us As We Prepare Ourselves for Future Vocations ,ggf-" s'?,.",?-1 if Mr. Cline received his B.S. degree from Miami Uni- versity. He teaches boys' health and coaches the basket- ball and the baseball teams. Mr. Forwalter, who earned his B.F,A. degree from the University of Denver, teaches art and is the sponsor of the Poster Club. His high school art students paint and design settings for various school activities. Mr. Davis teaches D.C.T., and this year he has been quite busy as photographer for t.he Excalibur. He re- ceived his A.B. degree from Fairmont State College and his M.A. from Ohio State University. Mrs. Burkam received her A.B. degree from James Millikin University and her M.A. from Middlebury Col- lege. She teaches Freshman English and also sponsors the Excalibur. Mr. Coon received his B.S. degree from Wittenberg College and his M.A. from Western Reserve University. He teaches Senior English. speech, and journalism, and is the sponsor of Masque and Gavel, National Thes- pians, and the Scarlet Quill. He also directs the Junior and Senior Class Plays and coaches the debate and dec- lamation teams. Mr. Gallapoo, who received his B.S. degree from Ohio Northern University and his M.A. from Bowling Green University, teaches American Government. He is co- sponsor of the Student Council, sponsor of the F. T. A. and the Senior Class, and most important of all, guid- ance director for the student body. Faculty members enjoy themselves as they struggle with spaghetti. Mr. Spieth's general science classes are both -:riff unusual and interesting. X 4. 'av' -...ss JW H If .- '- 73 .. if " sf- ::,o'-:- pf If n nu u I2 ya L Outside the Classroom They Sponsor Our Clubs Yi 55 fiyxxqaaxi I H . -.ff s EQWN JW. Mr. Klutka received his B.A. degree from the Uni- versity of Florida and his M.A. from the University of West Virginia. He teaches industrial arts, and he is also an assistant football coach. Miss Sawyer teaches home economics and sponsors the F. H. A. She received her and her MS. degrees from Ohio State University. PAGE 74-COPY F-8 on 9 Mr. Rauch obtained his AB. degree from Miami University and his M.A. from Ohio State University. He teaches American Government, Social Problems, and citizenship and also sponsors the Senior Hi-Y, Mr. Katterheinrich received his BA, degree from Bliss College and his M.A. from Kent State University. He teaches Typing I, Shorthand I, and Bookkeeping H. He is treasurer of the Student Activity Fund. PAGE 74-COPY E-8 on 9 Miss Lown teaches Sophomore English and is faculty adviser to the Senior Y-Teens. She received her B.S. de- gree from Bowling Green University and her M.A. from Ohio State University. Mr. Livingston received his A.B. degree from the University of Michigan and his M,A. from Columbia University. He teaches biology and American History, and also sponsors the V-Club. Teachers gather in the men's facility room for a bull session. Guests at hand party are entertained with din- ing and dancing. 74 R 1 A-Gi"-I . 4 i ' , f we 3 ga, f-sf-tv , f xv-I Qr' .Q-...e-J' 21 ffh PM 4. 9"""""" M Lax L if J. -f, And Help Us Plan Social Affairs and Recreation 1 j"3, '. Ji r X ,G , 04 4-Mm X . is-4' V I X ' 'xfy 5 Mr. Manken earned his A.B. and M.E. degrees from Ohio State University. He teaches Industrial Arts and sponsors the Junior Hi-Y. Mr. Mason, who received his B.S. degree from Ohio Northern University and his M.A. from Ohio State Uni- versity, teaches mechanical drawing and is the Fresh- man Class sponsor. Mr. Spieth teaches General Science and is co-sponsor of the newly organized Science Club. He received his A.B. degree from Defiance. Mrs. Galbreath, our school librarian, received her B.S. degree from Western Kentucky State College. She is a co-sponsor of the Junior Y-Teens. Mr. Smith, better known as Coach Smith, teaches Algebra I and Plane Geometry and is also head football coach. He received his A.B. degree from Defiance Col- lege and his M.A. from Ohio State University. Mrs. White received her A.B. degree from Oberlin College and her M.A. from Wellesley College. She teaches Latin I and II and sponsors the Latin Club and National Honor Society. Mr. Hablitzel, who is new to V.W.H.S., received his A.B. degree from Ohio Northem University and is doing graduate work at Ohio State University. In addition to teaching chemistry, physics, and advanced algebra, he is co-sponsor of the Science Club. The library is faculty headquarters during pep assem- blies. 75 quo- -uv A gf Class oflicers: Joyce Rawlings, treasurerg Dave Gamble, vice presidentg Pat Holtschult, secretaryg Mr. Gallapoo, adviserg Ron Dierks, president. N549 James Lendall Agler N YS' A ' if W Larry Francis Agler if jf David Warren Allen Joe Raymond Allen ,, 3 James R, Anderson 'Us :s 4' ,sp y X 5 'ws Mauvette Anna August 76 G nm .1 X -ff? 'x rw. fi 'T' Frank C. Brown Harold Brown Margaret Ann Brown Richard Wayne Caldwelll l Judith Anne Coifelt ' Judith Kay Conn C? ff-an 3 5 'SQ Vx 5.2-if "?'a- fi-J , 1 apr to--4' 553. ll 1'5- in vi .".- ,Ky ' .La , L W-.F ' f 77 x , ,V .,f , A 1. Jerry W. Baer Laurinda Jean Bate Mary Judith Beall Jean Carol Bennett Barbara Alice Blanke IN MEMORIAM Frank William Boroff 'N Wiz: "9- "O" CN T? On September 10, 1956, we seniors enrolled at our Alma Mater for the last time. We started the year gloriously as eight seniors led off in an undefeated football season. We were proud of the seven who served on the basketball squad and of the five who ably led us through our baseball sea- son. Cheering our teams on to victory were four peppy senior girls: Carol Grindahl, Marie Lewis, Janice Prior, Diane Roth. Leaders of our class served as presidents of other organizations: Jerry Baer, Student Council, Jean Bennett, Youth for Christ, Nan Cowan, Senior Y- Teens, Rendezvous Committee, Sally Coombs, F. T. A.g Terry Devine, National Honor Societyg Ron Dierks, Senior Class, V Clubg Jackie Hoghe, G. A. A., Janet Monce, Poster Club, Larry Smith, Senior Hi-Y, Bill Winters, V.I.C. Many seniors took charge of Homecoming festivi- ties. Elected to the royal throne as queen was Nan Cowan, and as her attendant, Janice Prior. Janice reigned as Queen Jubilee XIII of the Annual Peony Festival. This year thirty seniors participated in the a cap- pella choir activities, and twenty played in the band. Adding spice and charm to the band were majorettes Sally Coombs and Nan Cowan. Two of our senior girls took the DAR Citizenship test, fourteen of the boys served as Junior Rotarians, and Judy Harden was a state speech contestant. Sixteen brave seniors struggled through the Na- tional Merit Scholarship test, and three of them ranked in the upper two per cent of all seniors in Ohio and received letters of recommendation for scholarships. ' g L.-...Zn 'X-,f 1, E121 A wg, . .ff 2 S l I E .F i ' 9 S, S If jk 'l ' '- H x Decorations at the party after Class Play were reminiscent of Homecoming Dance and '56 Prom, both of which were projects of our class. T 6, ' . Q... .2 - . ..,.. . f. ,Q d9sm.,x Mk' A-... bfxxw 'tt't . c ,-V., M5 3' i 1 F Y Q K Q I J 3 X Jr ,W fav Y 'if x I fa Q 1 , : 4 5 t . " :ij-fr'i.s'f. 15244,--Q,-3 5' Q F52 C155 .ff i 1 my '3 .fjf.L.f 1 S- 5,3 1 Q ,, .-na.h.-,,.,.- . . : f, it Q Q rf W? 'An 5 -QQ' is Sally Marie Coombs Nan Elayne Cowan Edward H. DeCamp Terry L. Devine Ronald B. Dierks Barbara Jean Ditto n H? 1 ' x . 1 fr ' J,,...4.. William E. Fowler David Alan Gamble Douglas Parker Geary Mary Lou Germann Martha Lavon Gingrich James L. Goins uf' -...ff x 5' vs Q v A: 3 --w Q'-I xv Joyce Ann Donahue Larry J. DuCheney Vachel John Edwards Donald Eugene Elzey Janet Charylene Fauble Ann Feeney ' 1. ,. -Af ff' 3174 in 1' LL.. s J 6' if X EJ" '55 -J 1 9 S 4 'gl 'TLZI7 fu! 0"' di' Hello! You may not know who I am, but I know you. I'm Cougie, the spirit of Van Wert High School. Very few of you have seen me because I'm invisible most of the time. But I'm always around whenever any high school activities take place. And this year I've really been busy - from selling popcorn at football games to passing out diplomas at commence- ment and making my debut in the Excalibur. TABLE OF CONTENTS School Life ...........,............ 4 - 17 Clubs ...,,. - - -18 - 51 Athletics 1 - - - - -52 - 67 Album .1,. .... 6 8 - 104 1. The library aids our leaming. 2. Penny lunches are well- attended. 3. Students check list of club meetings. 4. They must be geniuses to understand this. 5. Various organiza- tions provide attractive displays. 6. The Student Council does a thriving business. 7. Dancing heads list of after-game activities. 8. Well, maybe their studies are done. 9. Mrs. White inspires team and boosters. Many seniors worked hard on the Excalibur Staff. Larry Smith and Jim Smith are measured for caps and gowns. Van Wert seniors who took the Ohio General Scholarship test captured six of the first ten places in the county. First through fifth were: Sally Coombs, Terry Devine, Roger Martin, Barbara McDonald, Judy Harden, and Stan Smith, seventh. Nine seniors on the Student Council were: Jerry Baer, Laurinda Bate, Frank Brown, Ron Dierks, Carol Grindahl, Janet Monce, John Saylor, Caroline Scott, Larry Smith. The senior members of the Rendezvous Commit- tee were: Laurinda Bate, Nan Cowan, Ron Dierks, Larry Smith. Larry Smith and Ron Dierks were delegates to Boys State, and Sally Coombs was our delegate to Girls State. Nan Cowan was her alternate. On May 3 and 4, our class play, "Copperhead", featured Hften of our talented seniors. Nine seniors were elected to National Honor Soci- ety, in addition to the eight chosen last year. As graduation neared, Jean Bennett, Ella Hof- man, Mary Lou Germann, Don Good, John Edwards, and Ron Dierks were the committee to choose our commencement announcements. Our colors, royal blue and white, our motto, "In ourselves is our triumph or defeat"g and our flower, peony, were chosen by Laurinda Bate, Ron Dierks, Carol Grindahl, and Jim Smith. Crowded into the last few days were the Senior Recognition Assembly, the Prom, Baccalaureate, and the culmination of four years, COMMENCEMENT. x A-vw' 5 M" H' r 'ng C fl .x"il'x if-:S7 ........ Donald R. Good Q Neil Allen Good Carol Jean Grindahl X E lRb H" dv ar oert ainlme Judith Suzanne Harden l J' -"1'21. .. , - 3 , 4,1 . 80 Martha Diane Hardin Gui, :af -7 Jean Elaine Johnson Larry Dean Kreischer Ralph Allan Lautzenheiser Marie Ann Lewis Ervan Lintermoot Rita Ann Lippi .A I 25 4' 6' :YQ if it ' Q E7 Carolyn Mae Hartge Barbara Lee Hirn Ella Jean Hofmann Jacqueline Lee Hoghe Patricia Ann Holtschult Jane Eleane Johnson Q . ii? Xa- kywrvxf' ' Q.:-5' x 1-5 'KK re f 1" ,M . xxx , ,awe My I UV . Qilflx PMR. lun' M,,,.,wfM:j-'Z ef, Stan Smith seems to be able to do anything the occasion calls for. Here he is the night before a penny lunch. is X S f 5., V iv l it n,g,.,,sp9N i fi! gnu "" 'ii Busy Seniors Make Time For Parties and Fun Carol Grindahl and Caroline Scott know that all fine cooks sample their goodies before serving them. Mas i ,X 1,1 1 P ' , N 5 Ss. n v Q K -I ,X s - Q-gg gags , 4 5 Barbara Jill McDonald Janet Lee McNeal Sandra Ellen Makuh Roger Dennis Martin Marilyn Mildred Matthias Donald Eugene May 49,1- x fl as I 55' -Q. fp. Q" A-'K E X v Q in iw, 'K -fs, JA Q K Arla Ann Oechsle Rita Jean Osenbaugh Michael Edward Pheneger Linda Kay Poling James E. Presler Miriam Yvonne Price 75 fm 1 '1'57'ffi Y- y 20.45 f'-El Barbara Carolyn Merkle Jerry Miracle Janet Elaine Monce Janet Elaine Morris Jane Ann Myers Thomas Allan Nott E K QE X "-.-5 ,lx .J A- 1 :U " I 1 so I -R Qi. , M Jerry Baer, Ron Dierks, Jim Smith, -Iohn Edwards, Dave Gamble and Bill Fowler are filling those husky frames at a penny lunch. At the awards assembly on May 21, many seniors were recognized for their achievements in high school. Black, Inc. awards went to Sally Coombs, valedictorian, and Ella Hof- mann, most proncient secretary. Nan Cowan and Terry Devine received the American Legion Awards which are given to the boy and girl judged most outstanding in scholarship, leader- ship, courage, and character. Q.. X The seniors are proud of the awards and cups in our trophy case. 84 Donna Prichard Janice Collene Prior Robert Leroy Protsman Lester Raymond Raker Patricia Sue Ralston Sandra Ramsey Q - x Y!- Xi Donald E. Schnepp Caroline R. Scott il Larry David Sidle James D. Smith Larry D. Smith Stanley Noble Smith , 'Rss :GW 5 l l, ,I 4 X - 'Q ll 'Fig XM ' -.f fi-JN Barbara Joyce Rawlings Carolyn Anne Rhode-nbaugh Catherine Diane Roth Jan Lagene Runnion John Saylor Andrea Lea Scarpelli .ivfx 4'y?' if Nan Cowan won admission with honors to Miami University. The Soroptomist scholarship for a future teacher was awarded to Joyce Rawlings. Janice Prior was the winner of the Betty Crocker Homemaker of To- morrow award. A Good Citizenship Medal, based on honor, service, courage, leadership, and patriotism, was presented to Sally Coombs. Sally also received a certifi- cate for placing third among girls in the Ohio Senior Scholarship Test. Jane Myers, Jean Johnson, Jane Johnson, Karen Sowers, Carolyn Hartge, Jackie Hoghe, Diane Roth, Mary Lou Germann, Sue Ralston, and Janice Prior all received G. A. A. numerals or letters. Cheerleaders Diane Roth and Janice Prior were presented with three-year certificates, Marie Lewis and Carol Grindahl, one-year certificates and letters. Music awards went to Doug Geary, who won a scholarship to Bowling Green, and Arla Oechsle. Seniors who rank in the upper ten percent of the class scholastically are: Sally Coombs, Nan Cowan, Roger Martin, Dorothy Weck, Judy Harden, Barbara McDonald, Laurinda Bate, Marilyn Matthias, Janet Monce, Jane Johnson and Jean Johnson. Miss Janice Prior, candidate from Van Wert High School, was selected Queen Jubilee XIII. Janice was crowned by Governor O'Neill and honored with a ball on June fourth. The next day she reigned over the twin three and one-half mile long parades. Our school is proud of your attractiveness, talent, and personality, Queen Janice. 6 NBR' if ,I 5 .wx I " 4 Q'-:Q it .,. I 'af' 'Nur' y ww 86 in 'fn- 4' ' A -,af r. ... M. Brenda Louise Smitley Karen May Sowers Ronald Kenneth Spray Joan Faye Sterrett Orville Kenneth Stetler David Eugene Stittsworth CJ. ,. , --'gltwf -T Louis Edward Thomas Shirley Ann Tickle Norma J. Tinker Dorothy Jean Vetter Barbara Lou Wampler Dolores L. Weck fav' "' A-fk ppm 6' 'Yun- 'i'4"'N ' Junior Class Officers: Dorothy Laing, secretary: Sharleen Wiseman, treasurer Mary Jane Ross, vice president: Chris Griffiths, presidentg Mr. Bowen, adviser. JUNIOR CLASS HISTORY We're just swell, We're just great, 'Cause we're the class Of '58! This, the unofficial cheer of this year's junior class, is just one ex- ample of our growing realization that we are a unit, as well as 122 in- dividuals. We cheered, as a class, for our fifteen boys on the football team, our four boys on the basketball team, and our ten boys on the baseball team. We were all proud of our majorettes, Dorothy Laing and Nancy Willimang our cheerleaders, Carol Hesher 4VarsityJ and Opal Clouse fReserveJ. Everyone approved of Beverly Germann as our Homecoming attendant. We elected Mary Blake, Dorothy Laing, Don Black, Beverly Germann, and Joyce Feasby to the Student Council. Many of us participated in speech activities. Chris Griffiths won the county "I Speak for Democracy" contest. Susan Sheldon went to state declamation contest. Carolyn Blackmore, Margaret Ainsworth, Susan Sheldon, and Sally Thompson were Prince of Peace entrants. We had twenty-nine students in a cappella choir and fourteen in band. Twenty-two people from our class took part in our Hrst class play, "Seventeen". These people were presidents of organizations: Chris Griffiths, Masque and Gavel, National Thespians, Junior Classg Joyce Tope, F. H. A., and Larry Pennell, Science Club. We had thirteen stu- dents on the scholarship team and five were chosen for Honor Society. Our two main projects were class rings and prom. Jona Runnion, Jim lmler, Mary Jane Ross, Chris Griffiths, and Reg Burley did an excellent job choosing our rings. The Prom committee took charge of all moneymaking projects. Our class play, penny lunch, movie, and spaghetti supper gave us enough for a wonderful Prom. Everyone worked hard to help make this one of the most wonderful years our class has ever known. Sally Thompson 88 "" ' i"' "ima ' A .J -I ii A ' -W fx P' i . 'QP' f o o 5' 'H .1 ., f -, , , K 1 1 ,- W I 5' P 'rs 19 ' I E 5 6 Q 1 JW 1 'wil' ali, if -gif' ' ' saw, ,, i 'u' ',jff5lv R "'l-35' : ' ' X will ,b ' ,. A. A ' ,,., ,t U x we -Q! ' 4 F r 'W -,. 1 A 'fl f 1 ,K f Qu' fffl YA I1 Q A The Juniors Were Busy With Choosing and Paying W. J -s C if 4 9 v , A? Q. 'Z7' ""' U 'Z L - .J f-will-K, :' 'f A , I I: do 'vu -fs Q: J -as .1 +2 - ,, it , 1 ' f r A, I V' 4 , 'iv Q3 , ,WRX .4 "" 1 N 3U lla A. -ii -5 Ll ? l1f.f',: . A QL . - I ' lx .1 H lv! f g g f I ,--of sz ' ,ff X . X ...X x'-A . , I ' -1- 5 ,.,J'l ,gg if A A ilix 'X A sf, l J M ' fs-f 'J , ,-as M ,gf xi T7 V.: . ST 0 , g -.4 RQ .4 ' i' A -31 65 ,lv l, li if 1 SHUI' ' .1 Q., Z' Judy Aichele Bob Ainsworth Margaret Ainsworth Lora Verne Allen Pat Alvarado Janet Anderson Diane Ashbaugh Bob Baker Joyce Beall Jadine Bell Don Black Carolyn Blackmore Mary Blake Bob Blanke Larry Bowersock Roger Bradford Reg Burley Dan Butler Sharon Rose Case Opal Clouse Peggy Davis Charles Ditto George Dunn Tonnetta Dustman Sue Evans Joyce F easby Linda Feasby Sandra Feasby Harold Felger Bill Foley Don Ford Wayne Friesner Dick Gallaway Beverly Germann Bob Gilliland Roger Gipe Barbara Goodwin Chris Griffiths Jean Hammond Ann Hartge Marcia Hartman Onley Heath For Class Rings and Planning Prom Decorations Martha Height Carol Hesher Carl Hoghe Lois Hoffman Barbara Hufline Charles Huffine Jim Imler Don Johnson Larry Johnson Charles Kanney Leigh Ann Kinkle Mary Kohn Nancy Kohn Dorothy Laing Rosemary Lane Harriet Lawlor Bob Lewis Peggy McClure Della Mason Hilda Mericle Marcile Merkle Dave Mohler Robert Mohr Dave Myers Gary Myers Jerry Nills Terry Oetzel Dick O'Mara Larry Pennell Cary Proflitt Nancy Raabe Dorothy Rhodenbaugh Hazel Rhodenbaugh Sharon Riggs Helen Roberts Loella Rogers Mary Jane Ross Larry Roth Jona Runnion Don Ruskaup Herb Scaer Ronnie Schaffer 218 -4 -... .,L 'Q,- K """ -sq T-QT 1 87' xg, if " v f ' fx -Q. . -4 1. , g g Q ts ! 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A sd U - i i N --E '43 F? f 92 1 Nik", 1 l V A 1: SE!! he if F l l K , ii Xf Dennis Schaffner Carol Schnepp Bill Scott Howard Shaw Barbara Sheets Susan Sheldon Ron Sherer Bill Sherman Larry Showalter Lyle Smith Jim Speer Jim Thatcher Charleen Steele Linda Stemen Evelyn Stevens Bob Taylor Sally Thompson Gary Tomczak Joyce Tope Tom Uncapher Steve Van Kleeck Karen Waymire Beth Ann Weeks Don Wierwille Roger Welker Jack White George White Carolyn Williams Nancy Williman Bill Winters Sharon Wise Sharleen Wiseman Jim Wollet John Young S 0 P H 0 1 x 0 6- 'of 'Q' 30' vii:-v' . g-.rw 4--P 55341, u Y' Q 'init' I M 3 o f' 'C' S 'xg as ' ' K - . R Q 4' . ,gf 1, . c E Y 'U' il' x 4 f 1 M S 3 S X A V: 3. b Y' O X J ' '!?ll!gllll , 4' - azww- Q-an f Sophomore Class Officers: Helen Keirns, secretaryg Pat Hallam, presidentg Sara Drury, treasurer, Mr. Bricker, adviserg Nan Louth, vice president. SOPHOMORE CLASS HISTORY Webster says that history is "an orderly written record of events". If so, the history of the class of '59 should really start when our fathers choked on their doughnuts and coffee as our mommies told them that a part of the class of 1959 was on its way. We successfully waded through the escapades of Mac and Muff in the first grade, and then suffered through eight years of addition and subtraction, nouns and pronouns, history and geography until finally we came to be the Soph- omore Class of 1957. This year we were well represented in all organizations. Jean Hirn served as president for Latin Club while Mary Ellen Keith took the captain's wheel in Jr. Y-Teens. In the newly organized freshman and sophomore Hi-Y, Pat Hallam was chief. Cheering the fourteen boys on the football team and the two on the basketball team were Judy Mc- Collum, varsity cheerleader, and Sandy Miller, Charlotte Sherman, and Shelbyan Noggle, reserve cheerleaders. Batting the ball around this spring were seven boys. In the speech department Karen Geisman and Sally Stewart travelled all the way to state contest with their ora- tions. Out of the 156 in the sophomore class we had thirty tooting their horns in the band and thirty-eight exercising their lungs in the choir. Proudly strutting in front of the band were majorettes Sara Drury, Helen Keirns, and Karen Geisman. Our Homecoming attendant was Elise Hoeken. On the scholarship team we had sixteen members. We elected Judy McCollum, Mary Ellen Keith, Jean Hirn, Pat Hal- lam, and Jim Bebout to Student Council. Our class held a successful dance on March 9. After being able to survive Julius Caesar and A Tale of Two Cities, it is certain that we'1l survive the next two years. We are looking for- ward to them with great anticipation. Bo Susan Gribler 93 Sophomores get a head start II lU0kS like Crowded Sleeping Sophomores gather for a gab yi 'S- in making money for Prom. ql18l'I9I'S lflllighf- fegtr , fax' '2 - " "3 45" gf N- ,. ' Sr- .1 'Q 'Y wif . 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Q-NN, ea iw- x J fi I I ,W , Ah' wJ 4-up w M J- ij -W 2? is gf-sf , L 94 Sara Agler Nancy Andrews Sandra Arnold Gary Baker Rachael Balliet Sue Baxter Brad Bebout Jim Bebout Rodger Bechtol Don Beck Jim Bell Larry Betts Suzy Binkley Dorcas Blackmore Marsha Blake Terry Blue Lewis Bowen Bonnie Caldwell Judy Chesbro Rosalyn Coffelt Sandra Copp Louis Crow Janet Davis Joyce Davis Louise DeCamp Margaret DeMoss Nellie Dempsey Susie Dermyer The Ambitious Sophomores Sponsored o Dance Dorothy Doner Sara Drury Pat Dunlap Barbara Ellis David Elzey Gloria Evans Bryce Fauble David Fell Pat F inkhousen Clyde Ford Pam Foster Marge Gallaway Judy Geary Karen Geisman Jim Gilbert Carolyn Gilland Kay Goins Ann Good Claudia Green Ann Gribler Susan Gribler Sherry Hall Patrick Hallam Roberta Harden Gertrude Hardman Gail Harley Roberta Hartman Virginia Harvey Gary Heckert Karen Heffner Terry Hipsley Jean Hirn Elise Hoeken Phil Holtkamp David Hoverman Richard A. Hoverman Clarence Huffine Janice Huffine Charles Ingman Harvey Ireton Trina Jackson Larry Johnson N!-i A ,g 'N ..- , - y , N,-.5 1 4 A . A 'Q l ai' 'es f ."' " -J X . 1 -N: -QA . 1 13 I ,1 'Y gy! N C' - - X,,,f - .5 V311 1'-7 -in '1- J4 -. Lv' - Q ! P '5 , -N s 4 - f- w "'-'Q' ,- X ' ii' 2 P X r Ab, , , 1 , A A 4:5 '22 rv L, 1 'J ' 5 sq -4 A -- if-uf T' , T? ' ' I f LJ 1' Wwif" iw- 3 1 "' 9 ,L 5, ' ' A. 4-'Z' X ' 40X i I 1 1 X '91-Q, . , A AX ' '12 ra: ii' L' .S f 4' 3 Q IL , Yi sr' -EQ: ' y D -Q , nigga 5 " ' 4-5i.',: l 3 5 ll if 3 " '- Li ,fi 5 ' 'v-"J J ' f - s ' , W 4 - f. l 4 95 As Sophomores Gain Confidence in Their 'Si' P 1' K "' ' N 4, '3 'a N' 'Q V .1 -:ff v-'Er we cj rl W X H Q .J P7 9 .1112 A 4 1 A Q " A :Q , rg, M3 1 -Q5 P -25-'P v 'f ' . f' Xi! X, 1 L., L . .. 'f.s ,Q fa . gg, , P . v V ,. IQ, V1 lj f L-L S " Q P -fi - L - uf- Q'-:W 'W V7 'ff ff' PE , Q, ia 5 4, .6 , 35 y 6 H V 0 dn: El ' 1 -ll Q H SI- 1 f f fl be ' ' QE ' ' , "" 'Q .1 ' ' 1. 3 f ig A if X 5 X ' ' . " 'gf A ' v ns' QQ- f V , f ,, " I N ff 'Q V I I 1 ' l A ,' X5 , E Ability Rod Johnson Tim Jones Paul Kaduk Corrine Katterheinrich Helen Keirns Mary Ellen Keith Glenn Kelley Carol Kinsey Larry Klausing Gordon Knittle Dick Knodel Max Kreischer Linda Krick Shirley Lane John Lawlor Nancy Louth Linda McCarty Judy McCollum Ray McCollum Bob Matthias Barbara Miller Bill Miller Oscar Miller Sandy Miller Tim Miller Carolyn Mosier Mary Murphy Pat Murphy Nancy Myers Shelbyan Noggle Lois Parsons Myles Parsons Gary Patterson Glenn Pontius David Price Benny Reidenbach Tom Reynolds Sharon Ries Alan Rinard Bob Rowland Mike Ruskaup Bob Scaer They Take An Active Part in School Activities Roger Schaffer Charlotte Sherman Roger Shimp Judy Showalter Sue Showalter David Shupe Nancy Sidle Fred Simmons Joy Sink Sharon Slane Don Smitley Sandra Sowles Peg Stenger Bob Stevens Sally Stewart Janice Stoller Larry Summersett Linda Terry Ronnie Thatcher Diane Thomas Tony Todd Peg Tomlinson Marjorie Wade Meredith Wade Linda Waldron Connie Wallace Bob Walls Carolyn Walters David Walters Jim Watkins Doug Welker Kathy Wells Donna Whitcraft Jerry Wilhelm Nedra Wise Becky Wisener Carl Witherow Dave Witten LeRoy Wolford Charles Young Sandra Young Florence Zinsmeister v ff' 'N tsl L f"1v ' Cui -2 F , in ti I. Sf ts' . Q. ofy- cu H 35 - Je K QP Y? 'yi' 'X -A M44 X 5' . A 5 . ' 1 N t, I 7:3 X3 g ' 'N C H 7:7 -be X x 5 f ' 'cl , V.,-11 XJ. 5 ,N- x X 1 E' 'Q 15 1' f T Q -J' A' Tc """ -. .7 L N- ax J , 6 . l A 'J Q-Z . K ' ' KD 4 , 7' . WN: il X 1 ,Qigii :Rx i 1- . v-f -- SH 7 ,I 'iizfi' fi? JSF :f5,,...::"--- . -1 Sl '34 fuer gf -J 5 ij , ' zfiiz. f.L:LllAl::L: . Q 9' g bl ' 3 I -9 -4 -' -,a " l f-4 I .... w--' J ish- ' " ' 'W Q Av ' x v ' , 'T . -I 4- X rv "' J 2' 9 Q-Cv N -gf . 4 I ' Q 97 F R E S H M E N Freshman Class Officers: Mr, Mason, adviser: Alice August vice president Ann Poling sec retaryg Sharon Boyd, treasurer: Allan Runser, president FRESHMAN CLASS HISTORY Now that we have put the title "Greenies" behind us for at least three more years, we can honestly say that we have enjoyed every minute of our freshman year. We crawled timidly into the business of electionsg but, seeing no ogres or witches to grab at our democratic rights, we successfully installed exactly the right people in the right positions. The important and rather glamorous jobs on the Rendezvous Committee were handled very well by Barbara Gerrnann, Phil Holtschult, Joy Smith, and Bill Stanley. Rep- resenting the freshmen on the Student Council were Allan Runser, Rick Counsellor, Hal Scott, Bill Stanley, and Jane Weeks. Our class seems to have a good future in the V. W. H. S. sports picture. Barb Germann and Joy Smith, our re- serve cheerleaders, proudly cheered for twelve boys on the freshman football team, five on the varsity squad, thirteen on the freshman basketball team, and one who played reserve basketball. We chose Sue Prior to be our attendant to the Homecoming queen. We groaned together over the I.Q., Kuder Preference fremernber the little pins?l, and Iowa testsg but they did help us to understand ourselves better. Now with such a busy year behind us, we are looking forward to even busier and better years in the future. Sue Prior 98


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