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PHE FINALE AND THE BEGINNING-For these 158 graduat- clusion or one vital chapter of their lives and the beginning of one
img seniors making up the largest graduating class in West Deer even more momentous than ever experienced before.
rligh School history, the commencement exercises marked the con-
Vlost Impressive Qutdoor Graduation Honors Class of '66
"The third time is a charm? That old cliche at least
an true to form as far as the outdoor graduation cere-
nonies at West Deer High School were concerned.
School followers remember that everyone literally froze
luring the 1964 outdoor ceremonies. The following year
1 1965, commencement exercises on the field were rained
'ut shortly after they started and had to hurriedly be
hanged to inside the gym. However, maybe it's because
he members of the Class of '66 just live right, or other-
rise CD, but the weather turned out to be about the most
erfect ever experienced for this program.
On that somewhat crisp June 1 evening, 15 8 seniors
iarched onto the field to the tune of 'gPomp and Circum-
tancel' to receive their hard-earned, long-awaited diplo-
The line of maroon and white-gowned students was led
y LINDA FLIS, class First Top Honor student. She was
allowed by the remaining Top Five: SUSAN STEVEN-
ON, GLORIA JEAN SMITH, ANDREA MATZE,
'IRGINIA SHELESTAK, and PATRICIA KONDRAK.
During the commencement exercises, these six girls
elivered speeches on the various qualities needed for a
uccessful career. Linda discussed choice, Susan, am-
itiong Gloria, responsibility, Andrea, education, Virginia,
nthusiasm, and Patty, respect.
Diplomas for this 22nd graduating class were pre-
:nted by MRS. ELIZABETH DOMAN, member of the
ioard of Education. MR. BURNS, retiring superintendent,
'as given the honor of presenting the last diploma, to
DONNA BRINKER, who became the 2,440th graduate
f West Deer High School.
Mr. Burns also was honored by the Board of Edu-
ation for his dedicated work during his 23 years as
principal of the high school and, later, as superintendent.
He was presented an engraved certificate by MR. LOUIS
CASTELLO, veteran member of the Board.
Five scholarships were awarded on graduation night.
PATRICIA KONDRAK was recipient of both the Lion's
Club Scholarship and the H. C. Hess Memorial Journalism
Award. The annual Women's Club scholarships went to
CANDACE FREEMAN and MARGARET LONG, and
the J. R. Montgomery Top Student Award was won by
In addition to these, many others received scholar-
ships prior to graduating. Some of those were LINDA
FLIS, Mt. Mercy, KARL KENNEDY, Valley Daily News
"Outstanding Carrier" scholarship and Westminster Col-
lege physics scholarshipg WYNN KENYON, Marietta
College, SANDRA LETTRICH, Chatham College aca-
demic grant, and ANDREA MATZE, Miami University.
Other scholarships were to be announced later in the
In addition to this recognition, six girls received
scholarships to schools of Cosmetology. Grants from
Franco Beauty Academy went to THERESA BARON,
SANDRA COMPSON, SHIRLEY MILLER, TERRY
OSTRZYCKI, and CAROL SZYMANSKI, while Martin
Anthony School awarded one to ROSE PUSKARICH.
As the traditional class gift to the school, a purse of
money was presented by WYNN KENYON, class presi-
dent, to MR. PETRINA for the purchase of new library
As the strains of "Pomp and Chivalry" echoed through
the cool night air, the new alumni slowly departed from the
field with a whole new world in front of them - and a
heart full of happy West Deer High School memories.”