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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
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
The newness and excitement of adiusting ourselves to high
school finally wore off, and we settled down to the routine of
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
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
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
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
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