Whitman Hanson Regional High School - Retrospect Yearbook (Whitman, MA)

 - Class of 1969

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Class f 1969 History As the proverb says, "A good beginning is half the business and to have begun well is praised by all." Thus, we apprehensively began our freshman year in high school. lt was the beginning of the end, for in four years we would be graduated. The year got off to a good start with the Freshman Mixer. This dance was sponsored in October to acquaint us with our fellow classmates. After vigorous campaigning by the candidates, we elected our class officers. They were: Mark LeVangie, President, Marcia Browne, Vice-President, Ginny Streeter, Secretary, and Beth Bernado, Treasurer. Our class advisers that first year were Mrs. McAfee and Mr. D'Alessio. The newness and excitement of adiusting ourselves to high school finally wore off, and we settled down to the routine of school life. As freshmen, our class activities were limited. However, the production of "Brigadoon" required considerable cooperation and effort from all of the classes. lt proved to be a worthwhile project and was a complete success. The football team fared very well in '65 as the Panthers won the Class C Championship. The Girls' Basketball and Softball teams also excelled by gaining the Old Colony League Championships for Whitman-Hanson. In addition, the Old Colony League and Eastern Mass. titles were earned by the varsity baseball team. So, we were at the end of our freshman year only to return in the fall with the new status of "Sophomore." Our second year we were better able to handle our role in the student body. We were now completely familiarized with the school system and anticipated a successful year. Mr. Boothby became our new Superintendent-Principal. We started by electing our class officers. Steve Ohrenberger was President, Donna Rhoades, Vice-President, Ginny Streeter, Secretary, and Gail Darsch, Treasurer. Miss McDonnell and Mr. D'Alessio accepted the position as our class advisers. A dance was held in November which assisted us in raising funds toward a television set presented to Michael Loring, our former classmate who was seriously iniured in an accident. Mrs. Tuttle's English class also contributed to the cause by forwarding the profits from their play, "Annie Gun," which was written by Sue Kirkell and Marcia Zaniboni. The presentation was a parody on Sophocles' play, Antigone and served as a humorous way to increase appreciation for our schoolwork. The Panthers' football team held a 5-4 record that fall. ln varsity basketball, five games were won in the first half and four games in the second half. The Girls' varsity basketball team and the baseball teams both won the Old Colony League Championships. The spring presentation of "My Fair Lady" aroused much school spirit as it attracted students from all classes to participate in its production. Time had flown fast, and we found ourselves about to be iuniors, with half of our high school career gone but looking forward to the activities the next two years would bring. We entered our iunior year with a little apprehension but ready to adapt to the new rotating schedule, a first at W-H. Our class officers were Steve Ohrenberger, President, Marcia Browne, Vice-President, Ginny Streeter, Secretaryp and Beth Bernado, Treasurer. Our class advisers were Miss Sylvester and Mr. Fox. The year was busy and prosperous. The Panthers roared their way through the football season with a commendable 7-2 record. Also for the first time in the history of W-H a drill team was formed with our classmate, Marcia Browne as Co-captain. Their performance added spirit and honor to the W-H team. The annual "Panthers' Prance" was celebrated in November with Mr. Godfrey's group supplying the musical entertainment. That night, Gail J. Peterson was selected "Miss Touchdown." Late in December, the class sponsored a dance in order to raise money for class activities. Plans for the Junior Prom were suggested, this year giving the class a chance to decide upon what type to have. The idea of an all-night prom was brought before the class, but the suggestion was vetoed, and a regular prom was held in May. The gym was decorated appropriately to the theme of "Spanish Serenade." The emphasis of decor was the outstanding array of flowers created by the iunior girls on the prom committee. That evening Sheryl Rhue was chosen to reign as queen. Her court members were Julie Harding, Donna Rhoades, Teala Paiva, Darlene Winnett, and our exchange student from Ecuador, Marianna. Again our school was honored by the accomplishments of the baseball team, which tied for the Old Colony League Championship. A farewell reception was held for our retiring Vice-Principal, Mr. Lane, who had become well acquainted with most students for one reason or another. The year ended with high spirits and brimming hopes for a prosperous and successful Senior year. We began our final year at W-H with great anticipation and eagerness. Endless activities were prominent in our minds. We hardly recognized that the time available was so limited. Again our advisers were Miss Sylvester and Mr. Fox, and our officers were Ronald Beaulieu, President, Donna Rhoades, Vice- Presiclent, Ginny Streeter, Secretary, and Beth Bernado, Treasurer. The class also selected Sheila Rhue to represent our school as "Miss Whitman-Hanson." ln September the class sponsored a Kick-off dance to honor the football team. During this season, various "red and black days" were held. Members of each class had their own corridor to decorate in honor of thes Panthers. Not necessarily disregarding preiudice, the Senior class won the contest as best decorated. This was a year of "firsts" at W-H. The student council, with Jeanne Long presiding, brought before the school committee a suggestion of a revision in the dress code. The mature and respectable conduct of those on the dress code committee, along with a proper presentation of views, convinced the school committee, and the new code was approved. Also for the first time, a W-H area hockey team was formed. The boys who devoted their time and effort to the team won the Old Colony League Championship and the Cranberry Cup Playoff. Although this year the team was not sponsored by the school, it was hoped that in the future hockey would be included in W-H's sports schedule. Even though the records of the varsity teams were not outstanding, the efforts of the Panthers were supported with enthusiasm and spirit. Another first in sports was the formation of a Girls' Track Club, with one senior in its membership. The senior class play, "Ten Little lndians," was another successful senior event which involved many of those in the Thespian Society. For the first time in several years, two seniors, Donna Rhoades and Sandra Boothby placed first and second in the Spellman Essay Contest. Many class decisions were made this year, beginning with the selection of a class flower and class colors. The yellow rose was selected as class flower, and colors chosen were emerald green and gold. Other "firsts" at W-H included a Crazy Day, which was held for Seniors only, and the selection of a queen at the Senior reception. As we prepare to be graduated from W-H on June eighth, we can look back on the activities and accomplishments of our class with pride. Because of our success as a cooperative class, we can also look back without regret. As we are about to enter a new way of life, we will miss our old high school days, but we will leave with hopes for our future, knowing as our class motto states: "Tis never too late to seek a newer world." Cheryl Cushing Sheila Rhue

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