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which won 46 games. Inevitably the time had to come in which our fortune would turn. Early in the 1960 football season the Cougars met defeat at the hands of the Bryan Golden Bears. Valiantly our team fought, playing their hearts out, but relentlessly time marched on. 1960-61, we agree our Junior year was the best and busiest. We realized that for some of us college was not far off. There were tests to take, choice of college or career to think about, and the task of keeping up our grades. We remember the science fairs which were interesting to all who went, for the exhibit halls were filled with every conceivable scientific object from tad- poles to model atom smashers. Our Junior year also brought forth the beginning of the first Junior Achievement Companies here in Van Wert. The purpose of J. A., we learned, was to help teenagers learn how busi- nesses are established, managed and produce products for sale. Everything was new to us and we had fun learning. The hardest job was to sell the product. But after seven months we all became expert sales- men and had a preview of the business world. If ' variety is the spice of life ' then the class of 1962 can be said to have this kind of flavor. An abundance of talent was easily found to help produce the various types of plays during our four years. " Project! " " Speak slower and louder. " The famous words of our di- rectors. After late hours of studying and rehearsing our lines, costumes, layers of make-up, back-stage fun and opening night jitters, we have our per- formance. Everyone is so excited and nervous — even the stage crew. Then — " get ready — you ' re on! " The knees shake; but
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ground terminated in one of the worst disasters the citizens of Van Wert could remember. It began in the west section of town with water filled streets and drains backing up into basements; and by morning the flooding waters of the creek had moved downtown. It was an- nounced there could be no school; it subsequently remained closed the next four days. Inevitably the mayor called a state of emergency and, though no lives were lost, much property damage resulted. We can all remember the loss to homes on Spencer Drive, tales of people rescued at the last minute; and, in the school, the hump in the gym floor and the girls ' gym clothes hung up to dry. Van Wert ' s flood is something that will long be remembered and talked about as ' the worst flood since 1913. ' Our next year, 1959-60, saw many changes in our attitude. We grew more involved and ever busier in our high school events. We remember Vocal Varieties. " Some Enchanted Evening " became a reality for some twenty sophomores as they were a part of the a capella choir for the first time. We never will forget " South Pacific " and its Bali Hai and Honey Bun or " Oklahoma " with its chicks and ducks. Remember the Toledo Tournament? The 1959-60 basketball team had the best season in the history of our school. We had fourteen victories and only three losses. In this wonderful season our team fought their way to the Dis- trict tournament at Toledo. This was an exciting experience in which the whole student body participated. Several bus loads of students went to the game to back the team. The enthusiasm was something none of us will ever forget. Another sports event of that year, but one with a different impact, was the Bryan- Van Wert football game. Van Wert, through hard practice and terrific teamwork had had for four years an undefeated football team
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after people forgetting lines and some- one or something falling, the curtains close and we take our final bows. Our most rewarding moment was hearing the applause. Although we were only amateurs, we felt like pros on Broad- way. Some of the wonderful plays we ' ve presented were: " Teahouse of the Au- gust Moon, " " Harvey, " " The Big Fisherman, " and " A Man Called Peter. " We had laughs, we had tears, but we always had fun. We remember our pride and joy — Prom. We had the exciting experience of giving the Seniors a prom which was certainly something to be proud of! The theme, " It ' s Almost Tomorrow " was carried out beautifully with the " Bridge of Tomorrow " as the center piece. Now in our final year we begin in real earnest to work towards our life after graduation. The College Boards were an obstacle most of our college bound Seniors had to face. At the end of the three hour examination most of us were ready to admit that there were a few things we had not yet learned. The next week, however, those who had taken it were more attentive in class (at least for a little while). " We ' re with you team, so fight. " this is the feeling that some 2000 high school students and adults placed into the hearts of the Van Wert football team at the bonfire the night before the Cold- water game. For just a few hours the players were able to forget about the upcoming battle and appreciate the fine school spirit we have in Van Wert. These boosters ' cheers told the boys that the town stood behind them in victory, but also in defeat. At the time no one fully appreciated what the citi- zens were doing, but as we think about it we are so grateful for that gesture and will never forget it.
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