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With Friends 3 For Learning 29 For Music 41 For Athletics 47 For Activities 55 aIcp© PORTARAMA Portage Junior High School Fort Wayne, Indiana Volume 12 3 5-- 1 3 T3 1973 . . . A Year to Remember ?? ' Dr. Hugh Kariger With many years of ex- perience as a teacher and principal, Dr. Hugh Kari- ger is well qualified to make decisions neces- sary for administering a large school. Since Port- age opened, Dr. Kariger has done a fine job of making this a school that students, faculty, and he can be proud of. Portage - . . The place to be happy or mad or sad , . To learn . . . think . , . grow to be together or alone . . , The place to win . . or lose . . to pass . . . orfail To be proud of yourself . or to hate yourself - - To have fun in gym to suffer through math class To get renamed by the computer or to get programmed the wrong way . To blow your horn in music or to sketch people in art To learn to be organized or to become firmly entrenched as a pack rat To do a successful experiment or to cause a fire To groan in the morning and scream with joy in the afternoon To read a school newspaper or a yearbook Floyd Middleton Floyd Middleton, assis- tant principal, acts as Dr. Kariger ' s righthand man. Working together as a team, they have made Portage one of the best junior high schools in the city. Mr. Middleton also has teaching experience, part of it in a Portage classroom. Mrs. Scott finds the bookwork never ends Conferences play an important part in Portage routine. Mr. Middleton and Mrs. Murtaugh check with Mr. Schaffer on class activities. Portage has its share of trophies too mmm ' " ' ' ' ' ■ mi mmim LEFT TO RIGHT Kevin Adam Maria Agulrre Greg Allen Dawn Alles Jerry Amsden Dons Anderson Frank Anderson Gillls Arend Eddie Arrington Jantina Baade Betsy Barber Ruth Bauman Nancy Beadle Sherry Beck Linda Bell Karen Bennett Michael Benson David Beutler Michael Bishop Connie Black Robert Blough Connie Bollnger Barbara Brown Carlotta Brown Gall Brown LEFT TO RIGHT: David Chamberlain Herman Brown Ted Chase William Brown Debbie Bryan Maxine Christman Karen Bryson David Chrzan Charlene Burns Ronald Coe Pamela Burns Roberta Cohen Neal Butler Mattie Cole Shawn Collier Barbara Byers Roger Conrad Darrell Byrd Irene Byrd Steve Cook Janet Cady Princilla Crooms RickCapps Gary Curry Betty Carrion Michael Darby i i muK t v ■litt.. Jdt a Sm v LEFT TO RIGHT: Denny Kirkland Diana Knox Rhonda Koontz Cindi Kratzert Rebecca Krieg Melita Krieger Marilyn Krotke Keith Krumwiede Dirk Kusak Larry Lacy Allen Lahrman David Lake Lisa Landess Dan Landrigan Kathy Langston Mike Lay Stan Leeper Mary LeFever Gay Lester Ricky Lewis Beth Linker Kent Litchin Lindy Loomis Art Loyd Diane Lupke Pat Lytal LEFT TO RIGHT: Danny Rogers Julie Ross Curtis Roth Kathleen Royse Mary Rush Greg Ryder David Saylor Robert Scott Glenna Shepherd Greg Shepnerd Geoffrey Sills Lonna Slatton Greg Smith Susan Smith Terry Smith Linda Smyser Faith Speicher Norman Spice Janene Springer Carrie Stackhouse Annette Stalling Carole Stanley Janice Stefanski Bertha Stephans Gregory Stephens Kevin Stephenson Sarah Stewart Debbie Temple Curtis Thompson David Toam Sandy Tompkins Robert Vranjes Mike Ward Beth Wasson Anne Watters Robin Watters Rosemary Weber Janet Tolliver Kathryn Tonn Verna Turflinger Patricia Tyson Lonnie VanDyne Selma Vaughn f j o JeffWittibslager Candy Wood Sandy Wood Jay Woods John Wright Kim Yarman Diana Whipp Clara Williams Johnnie Williams Levon Williams Ronnie Wilson Tammy Wilson o Mary Johnson Donald Kelly Judy McPherson Shirley Perrine Ken Prince Pauline Sizemore i Marilyn York Donald Yount Jerry Amsden Connie Barnett Cindy Burley Scott DeWolfe Eighth Graders Won ' t Be Middlemen for Long Monica Adams Kathy Allen Linda Alvarez Kelly Auer Lawrence Bade Bryon Baker Richard Bates Karen Baumgartner Amos Belcher Janice Bell Mike Berry Delbert Bickel Rex Bloemker Claudia Bolinger Carola Bonar Georgette Bonifas Dennis Booker Emma Bostic kt " .! tuifci ' ; i ' , Dorothy Brown Gregory Brown Mark Brown Pamela Buckmaster Bill Bunch Cathy Bunker Bryan Bouey Robert Boussum Michael Brewer Idabelle Brooks Ann Brown Charles Brown f% Cindy Burnett Dana Burnett Dawn Byers John Cady Bill Campbell Nancy Campbell Darrell Carter Cathy Chase Rosemary Chavez Elizabeth Clark Jerome Cobb Barry Cohen Linda Fincher Carol Fishman Evelyn Fowlkes Tonya Frewer Mark Fritz Everett Frye Bill Nichols Kathy O ' Connor Cheryl Omo Ted Ornas Tom Osborne Ann Oswalt »% John Rothgeb jr. 1 Mike Rush M ft Brian Russell lili ' - " Michael Ryan aSBMJUL Leisa Ryder ■■ Tammy Sadler Pamela Schrader Rick Shaw Jeff Shifflett Rebecca Shifflett Howard Sims Steven Sims Virginia Sites Robert Slater Trade Smyers Emmett Sowles Tim Springer Tony Standiford Robert Stanley Ernest Starks James Stengel Denise Stephans Julia Stephens Jacqueline Stewart Pamela Swick Kevin Swihart Deborah Szink Mary Temple Bambi Templeton Doug Thornton 6 - " J i Stephen Vaughn Vance Veale Cynthia Vest Robert Wagner Stella Walker John Walls m Pam Stewart Edward Strack Daniel Straub Chip Strawbridge Vivian Stroud Yvonne Swangin Tina Todoran Robert Tolliver Lavone Townsend Matt Tyler Sheryl VanZile Gilberto Vasquez Sandy Ward Theldon Warner Willie Washington Ronald Weber Bill Weaver Danny Weeks Alan Westerman Michael Whitlow Ron Whitson Robert Wilkerson Dawn Wilson Rosie Wilson 18 Shell Wmans Sandra Winebrenner Stephanie Wolever Timothy Wolfe Vickie Worman Patricia Wright Mike Brewer Dan Combs James Crawford Mike Creason Robert Curts Tamara Gilbert Spurgeon Green Jessie Holley Shannon Jones Karen Lenington Blake Nei Mark Nei Cheryl Payne Randy Ramsey Deborah Renner Morgan Rodey Ruth Savage Doug Shroyer .. ' ■ 19 Baby Rams Tackle First Year at Portage Melody Adkisson Linda Anderson Debra Atkinson Brian Barber Johnny Barnett Juanita Berrera Curtis Bates Marshall Beatty Anthony Bennett Donna Black Roger Blame Robin Bleifeld Debra Bloemker Robert Bollenbacher Linda Bonar Sue Bonar Helen Bornschein Doug Boyles Bruce Braun Rae Brofford Charles Brown Gwendolyn Brown Kathy Brown Judy Buell Toni Bunch Janet Burke Kim Burry Jesse Campos Angela Capps Mike Chandler m i. iM ■ i Loretta Clark Tom Clendenen Stephanie Click Melvin Cobb SelinaCobb Grace Cole Pamela Collier Orville Combs Pamela Connett Andrew Conrad Derrick Cox Bill Craig Tim Green Jeannie Gropengieser KarlGulker Stephen Haggenjos Robert Hamilton Ron Headen John Crothers Jane Cruse Clifford Darling Nancy Dennie Debra Dennis John Didier Janeen Dierkes Barbara Dixon Delilah Duck Deanna Duguid Paul Edsall Sylvester Essex David Frebel Karen Free Rhoda Freeman Violet Gaham Armando Gracia Tim Gaskill Anthony Gaulden Martin Gebhard Harold Gill Lohn Goble Pat Gooden Jeffrey Grate Paula Heishman Scott Heller Mike Hicks Diana Hofmann Steve Holley Robert Hood Charles Kuhn Judy Kumfer Michael Ladd Anne Lahmeyer Joan Landrigan Michael Langston Ronald Langston Cynthia Lemaster Brenda Leshore Thea Levine Alvin Lewis Carmille Lewis Kerry Lewis Maureen Litch George Lowery Randy McCombs Margaret McDaniel Ann McDonald 7 ' ' l 22 Sergio Martinez Patrick Masson Cheryl Medsker Sheri Meredith Charles Miller Lucille Mitchell Sam Norton Michele Novell James Omo Gregory Owen Marti Paris Elizabeth Park A f I - Michael Moran Kevin Morningstar Randy Morrison James Moyer Rosalind Mudd Betty Mundt Carol Mundt Patricia Murphy Bill Murray Katherine Murray Linda Myers David Nelson ppup Bi H J V t i . 1 i Randy Parker Debra Paul Paul Perez Cheryl Perry Kimberly Perry Marc Phelps Jeffrey Phillips Don Pletcher Lorri Porter Linda Quickery Michelle Quinn Beth Raber Kathleen Ramer Michael Rarick Melissa Ratliff Scott Raymer Gregory Rector John Reibs 23 Amy Ress Mildred Reynolds Daniel Rice Brent Richards Tim Ridenour Crisilda Rivera Vanquenti Robinson Jeff Roby Pam Roth Melanie Rowan Jeanine Russell Jane Ruttenberg Patrick Ryan Lori Scheimann Brian Shoemaker Valerie Shrock Pamela Sills Wendy Simerman k mA ' iM- . Jh t««J Gerald Smith Regina Smith Julie Smyser Tim Stackhouse Beth Stalf Leon Stalling Kathryn Stanley Michael Starks Roger Stephens Carl Stewart William Stewart Joyce Stout Charles Stroud Dennis Tate Regina Tate Shane Taylor Mary Thompson Kristina Toam Roderick Tolbert Patricia Torres James Tracey Earline Tubbs Wendell Tubbs Nick Tyler 24 Greg Tyson Ricky VanDyne Nancy VanGheluwe Darrell Vaughn Robert Waldrop Caria Walker m , ' ' ( fv Glenmore Washington Melvln Washington Rosemary Washington Priscilla Watson Rhonda Wattley Gary Weber Kevin Westerman Pamela Wetzel Alice Whitlow June Whitmore Emmett Williams Ronald Williams Sonya Williams Irma Wilson Janet Wilson Dawn Wince Charles WIrick Judy WIttlbslage Robert Woodruff Franclne Woods Sharon Woods Christopher Worth Julanne Wright Laura Wynn Clark Yoquelet Gregory Bonsib Beth Creason Steve Esterson Kelvin Green Bill Kettler Tonya Richards Martin RIfkIn Dawn Scott Mark Thomas A Place to Be in the Office a. Bertha Scott Office workers (LEFT TO RIGHT). (FRONT) Mrs. Scott. Herbert Ellis, Mitzi Hicks, Ethel Fowlkes. Mrs. Simmons; (BACK) Betty Carrion, Verna Turflinger, Jonny Nash, Cindy Burley, Janene Springer Upon coming to Portage, two of the first people one would meet are Mrs. Bertha Scott and Mrs. Louise Sim- mons, who spend their days handling many of the crises that occur. Also Portage teacher aide Mrs. Dottie Col- lins spent her time in the attendance office cords. keeping re- ' y t ' ' ' . " ' " ' ' ' S job of get ting students in classes right for them fell upon Mrs. Julie Murtaugh and Mr. J. Richard Cira. Listening to and helping students through problems of being a Portage Junior High student took counselors ' attention regularly. Julie Murtaugh Scheduling classes for Pam Cher . . a job for Mr. Cira Santa Claus at Portage? No, boxes of canned goods headed for the Christmas Bureau Bel- In the Lunchroom CAFETERIA WORKERS (LEFT TO RIGHT): (FRONT) B. Mudrack, D. Burnett, B. Templeton, D. Hamilton, J. Heiney, J. Grose, T. Bennett; (SECOND) P. Tyson, T. Huntley, S. Wood, J. Gensic, C. Wood, B. Darling, P. Mason; (THIRD) M. Quinn, J. Mabe, B, Gogglns, C. Lewis; (BACK) J. Stefanski, A. Maier, D. Jennings, S. Beck. iiitm.iitmi School lunches aren ' t exactly one of the top ten best sellers, but they rate far above the usual Idea. In case no one noticed Danny Her- mes hopping from table to table beg- ging for someone ' s chocolate chip cookie or garlic bread, maybe you ' ll remember the breaded tender- loins, hot beef and noodles, and burn- ing chili which were included in the menu. If not, sim- ply dust off your Daniel Boone lunch pail. On a good day, the custodians would find a juicy note, or maybe a full pack of Wrigley ' s gum. But then of course, on a bad day two foun- tains would be clog- ged with gum, the girls ' bathroom ceiling would be covered with wet toilet paper, and none of the chalk- boards would have " SAVE " written on them. COOKS (LEFT TO RIGHT); Gloria Reibs, Ruth Loomis, Reta Moore, Genevieve Booher, Irene Stark, Wanda Hart, Pauline Snyder (manager). CUSTODIAL STAFF; David Scott, Leonard Bryant, Hilda Linnemeyer, Charles Tepin, Arnold Boese. and Around the Schoo LIBRARY WORKERS (LEFT TO RIGHT): (FRONT) K. Bennett, S. Smith; (2nd) J. Grose, D. Knox, J, Helberg, Mrs. Radatz; (3rd) J. Springer, S. Ward, Mrs. Parlow; (4th) C. Burley, A. Rhodus; (5th) J. Stefanski; (STANDING, FRONT TO BACK) C. Springer, J. Roby, F. Anderson. " Sh-h-h-h-h " IS a well-known sound in the library. How- ever, the librarians have picked up a few more vocabu- lary words and are able to find for you any information, in- stantly — whether it ' s the size of a brown-headed cow- bird or the final book of the " Bertha Goes to the Prom " series. Mildred Radatz Joyce Parlow Psychometrist Robert Newnum tests for ed- ucational capacity Jerry Anderson Special Education ■| think I ' M going to be sick! " " Now repeat the sounds exactly as you hear them. " To smooth out the lumps and bumps from the smooth rhythm of school, psychometrist Robert Newnum, speech ther- apist Peggy Grant, and -j nurse Gladys Squires dropped by every few days and got to work on the puzzling pro- blems that fell in their ways. English Teachers See That Students The seventh graders in devel- opmental reading worked in the SRA labs, and struggled to get their book reports in on time. Meanwhile, English classes filled in the gap with grammer and spelling lessons. The eighth graders read BAN- NER IN THE SKY in English classes and, although they mainly concentrated on read- ing, did find time to fit in a bit of spelling and grammer. The spelling contest also came in for work, with all seventh and eighth graders participat- ing. " Smile, you ' re on Candid Cam- era! " Uh-oh. here comes another quiz! " Jane Langdon - ' Don Reynolds " Oh. really " quoth Mrs. Langdon 30 Jack Berg Learn in Spite of Thennselves The Portage freshmen this year started out their Eng- lish classes with their noses in several novels and short stories, as well as the play " Requiem for a Heavy- weight. " They enjoyed a month or two of grammar (enjoyed?), by memorizing N-V-N-N patterns, pre- dicates, usage and irregular verbs, taking time out for the Lions Club speech con- test and several essays. But the teachers, for once, didn ' t put much pressure on the spelling part of lan- guage arts class, leaving more room for composi- tions (cough-wheeze). Research assign- ments are part of the English curriculum ' Don ' t ask me. I don ' know. ' Team-teaching — kids teach half the class, two teachers the other Typing Typing this year was taught by Mr. Geb- hard. Ninth graders S ' f g DonGebhard this class learned the fundamentals of typing: ASDFJKL: — ASD FJKL: and learned to in- crease their speed anD t P " You must keep your fingers on the keys, Janet. ' Or re ct y o! Math Students Add 7, -;- by 5, T n c etc. Chinese? No, it ' s new math, everyone ' s favorite class! (?) It ' s where you learn to subtract, multiply, square root, pi, and wear down your pencil and brain while trying to discover how far Joe walked in three hours. Mrs. Egley ' s math class concentrates on a new bit of knowledge The seventh graders worked on such things as properties and math sentences while the eighth had to tackle a congruent triangle and story problem proofs — not to mention dif- ferent bases Mr Desper certainly has jn attentive class Algebra classes dealt with equations, vari- ables, and axioms as tne fundamentals of algebra and ninth grade math classes did too. Most Portage wiz- ards turned out a ter- rific string drawing and they really worked hard, these mathe- maticians. Eat your heart out, Einstein. Scribbling out their math problems, ninth graders concentrate on posing for the camera and Are Taught by 6 " f Neal McKeeman Bob Denny As you probably noticed, Mr. McKeeman floated from class to class this year. Why? So that Portage might have a math lab! What ' s a math lab? A room where you mix numbers and in- vent magic solutions? Well, not really. It ' s 151, a puz- zle solving, geometric figure making, game doing lab. Kids could get out of class- es and study hall to go down to the math lab and actually have fun doing math! Any- thing that makes math fun has got to be good. And the math lab certainly was. Didn ' t make It this time, did you, Mr. McKeeman ?! Mr. McKeeman, just trying to get his profile in the yearbook again. 33 Science Students Chemically Biology students return from a hard day of bug collecting Seventh and eighth grade sci- entists are often seen in their labs mixing information and ex- perimenting with chemical reac- tions under a cloud of concentra- tion mingled with confusion. These future mad scientists made a trip to the planetarium, identified rocks, tested different types of air, and had many labs through which the yell of " fire " or " ouch " was expected to ring out at any moment. Barbara Stahl Vern Werking Mr. Murray helps a puzzled seventh grader by doing his assignment for him. Mr. Brown diagrams a time line for future scientific geniuses. Mr. Werking ' s class studies chemical reactions. 34 React to Knowledge - easG ' S Putter Frebel points out a flutterby in his collection. Now what ' s that one called again? Mr. Amstutz stands surrounded by na- ture at its best — ragweed. Max Amstutz r na Biology Special stu- dents are literally " up a tree " for leaf col- lections. The health department this year taught classes about smoking, drugs, body functions, emo- tions, and safety pre- cautions. All those ninth graders should be aw- fully healthy be now. Debbie Redman displays her outstanding " bug collection. After a summer of collect- ing bugs, the ninthers got to dissect frogs, memorize charts, draw pictures, and take tests every two min- utes, it seemed. They also spent their time grabbing leaves and trying to decide if that tree has acorns, flowers, or bananas. Mr. Pearson ' s health class works studiously on a test. 35 Customs and Languages Mr. Marker assists student Students at Portage this year taking social studies spanned the globe while studying dif- ferent counines. Seventh graders learned about the cus- toms and people of Russia. They were also taught about the ways of South America. Eighth graders discovered how the United States came to be and who our forefathers were. Miss Lindley instructs her history class -j m) -w 0 Norma Sterling V ) Richard Shepherd Chris Lindley Mrs. Sterling teaches about the American way of life. 36 of Europe and the States Pepito and Iman come to life for Spanish students taught by Mrs. Warfel Mr Didier lends the Latin way to his class The French class sings " Oh Come All Ye Faithful " and " Jingle Bells " in French for the Christmas program. French students learned the lan- guage and customs of France. They saw many French movies during the year, which improved the students ' knowledge greatly. The group also enjoyed French cuisine at Cafe Johnell. Spanish students learned about the culture of Spain, and they sang Spanish songs throughout the year. The class took a taste- tempting trip to Don Pedro ' s Spanish restaurant. The Latin class learned the cus- toms of old Rome and the Latin language. Patricia LaFontaine »- m. Miss LaFontaine teaches Francais to her class. Phys Ed Students Improve Their Bods Eighth grade boys become basketball stars in p.e. Dorothy Bishop The new ram ' s head on the gym floor depicts the team ' s determination. I can hear her now — " Bar- ber . . six . . Beadie . . - five Bell SIX " and so on. To some girls, gym was a blast, yet to others it was murder. With all that running and throwing and dodging and kicking and ' umping and hitting, you ' d think they ' d get killed. But then that ' s the fun of it all, seeing who survives. The boys took a bit more beating with 100 situps, mile runs, rope climbing, and basketball shooting, while Coaches Amstutz and Schaffer shook the kids into doing it. And you wonder why the boys ' side of the gym needs more varnish on the floor? Speed-away ' s name of the game Eighth grade girls reveal their sexy legs Mrs. Bishop explains polyrhythms, alias ball routines Mr. Schaffer watches while the boys practice their basketball 38 drills From Shop and Home Ec Come Future Handymen and Homemakers students in shop and drafting this year innproved their skills under the super- vision of Mr. White and Mr. Alvis. Seventh graders learned about the fundamentals of woodworking and drafting while the eighth and ninth were taught electricity and advanced woodworking and draft- ing. Some ninth grade girls tried their hand at shop during seventh period this year too. The lathe helps many students as they work in the shop Mr. Alvis grimaces — it ' s been a hard day Anna Barbor If ever a fantastic smell of hot cinnamon rolls and cocoa infiltrated your nose, you can bet it was the home ec class slaving at their stoves again under the watchful eye of Mrs. Freck, while others whipped up dresses and skirts at their sewing machines in " Barbor ' s Shop. " Seventh graders first learned about health care and tips on babysitting. Eighth graders got to climb up a little higher with their skills and tried their luck with chipped beef on toast and a skirt. Then those ninthers who took home ec turned out full dresses and genuine gin- gerbread houses. Not only the girls but some boys got into the cooking mood and took a semester of foods. Home ec girls learn that along with cooking comes the cleaning up Carol Freck As you can see. clothing students always pay attention in class! 39 Art Students Exhibit Their Talent - Sherry Beck — Anthony Green Kenny LaCrone A A ■ Patrick Lytal — Sheryl Crawtord Mrs. Ruth DeHaven Although these masterpieces seem to be originated by Pi- casso, such isn ' t the case. Throughout the seventh and eighth grade years, these painters were hard at work learning the fundamentals. This is where Mrs. DeHaven came in. She guided their brushes through watercolors, crayons, pencil drawings, and finally, after two years of struggle, an oil painting worthy of a museum spot light. Jump back, Picasso, Por- tage is painting the town! — Ted Ornas if ■ Barb Ridenour Future Rembrandts at work ' ' % V 4 5 ' ' 4. ' ' ? Birds of a Fea Q ' % « ?% Cadet Choir is basically a prep course for Varsity Choir. It consists of Baby Rams interested in a combination of general music and a lot of singing. These poor tortured Baby Rams must spent a part of every music hour copying notes for music notebooks. Then, if time permits, they practice for such things as the Christmas program and spring concert. The second step in the ladder of their musical training lands on Varsity Choir for eighth grad- ers. With their seventh grade year of experience under their sleeves, they proceed with their songs, films, work toward their final year as ninth graders. A couple of examples of what these busy middlemen have been doing are visit- ing the feeder schools and participating in the Christmas program and spring concert. ther Sing Together May-me-ma-mo-mooo Do-re-mi-fa-so-la . . 1-3-5-3-1 . . . What ' s this????? Seventh and eighth grade warm-up! For all those talented Streisands who had the gift of song, there was the supreme test: NISBOVA solos and en- sembles. These people practiced their pieces diligently (especially the day before contest) and when D-day ar- rived, they were ready to sing their way into the judges ' hearts for a supe- rior rating and a gold medal Swing Choir could be described as the pick of the bunch or the best of the choir but however you de- scribe it, they were comin ' on strong. Such songs as " Cha- rades " and " Where Is Love " were performed with great success. Mrs. Meese ' s small group blossomed from a tangled melange of eighth grade boys and girls into a swingin ' Swing Choir. Swing Choir was made up of select members of Varsity Choir. IVIildred Meese Play Together . . . Work To Ninth grade varsity choir is the third and final step on the vocal music ladder at Portage. These musically inclined people were kept pretty busy this year, practicing for the Christmas, patriotic, and spring programs. They also visited the feeder schools, Nebraska, Lindley, Anthony Way- ne, Price, and Study. Officers this year were Jon Gordy, president: Julie Morken and Lonna Slatton, secretaries; Dave Richey, Janet Gillie, Selma Vaughn, and Kevin Jellison, librarians. When it comes to blowing their own horns, the eighth and ninth graders are pretty good. But then when it comes to combining all of the various sounds, these kids really know how to get it together. The Varsity Concert Band didn ' t do much concertizing, yet they filled up the gap with playing and challenging those in first chair. . to make . . . John Broom Unlike the Varsity Orchestra, the Cadet Orches- tra consists solely of strings. This group of fiddlers may not have had a roof, but they had an hour in which to learn how to pluck a perfect plunker and bow a better bass. Consisting entirely of brass, woodwind, and percussion, tinese musicians played at several locations around town, including several ninth grade games. Instrumental teach- ers at work Mr Parlette directing, Mr Broom conferring with student teacher Ruth DiNovo. Ninth grade vocalists banded together for en- During contest time, there were a few brave souls who timidly entered semble work during weekly sessions. the NISBOVA judge ' s room and performed a solo that could be heard occasionally between the chattering of their teeth and the shaking of the ir knees. A Perfect Music Department Varsity Orchestra features eighth and ninth grade string players along with the best of the winds and percussion — and their sound is the best too. By combining the squeak of the violin, the blare of the trumpet, the squawk of the clarinets, and the shrill of the piccolo, somehow Mr. Parlette came out with a number one orchestra. It didn ' t come without problems, however. Half of the time, Mr. Parlette was trying to shut the trumpets up (an impossible task). Also, lubricating keys, soften- ing reeds, and raising stands took up the per- iod ' s time. But by some miracle, they got in a minute or two of practice and obviously that did it! What group of kids search the music folders for a suitable arrangement ' Which students stay after school, missing the bus and supper, to prac- tice? How many people blow out their brains 24 hours a day playing their music over and over again? Who pull out their hair before contest day, then end up with a gold medal to show off? What musicians would go through all this? The ensemble contestants would! NISBOVA competition gives wind ensembles a chance to test their skill in performance Suite Sixteen is an all-string group made up of nine violins, two violas, four cellos, and one string bass. On certain days, these string musi- cians lugged their stands, chairs, and music to Mr. Werking ' s room to practice their pieces. The idea was taken from a similar string group that performs in Minneapolis. Most of Suite Sixteen ' s music comes from pieces that this group plays. They performed at the spring con- cert and also at NISBOVA. Suite Sixteen makes its Portage debut 46 Varsity Gridders Sweep City NINTH GRADE CITY CHAMPS (LEFT TO RIGHT): (FRONT) G. Mann, G. Gordon, H. Brown, G. Curry. J. Heller, M. Finken, R. Walters, J. Williams: (SECOND) Coach Don Schaffer, A. Green, T. Underwood, A. Norton. B. Jones, L. Vandyne. T. Smith. B. Mazelin, K. Fadus. Coach Bob Denny: (THIRD) R. Coe. F. Underwood. R. Walker, K. LItchin, D. Chrzan. B, Miller, J. Sills, C. Roth, R. Georgi. Not shown: M. Hershberger, G. Shepherd. The freshman team won its first individual football title in 13 years, repeating the title of last year ' s co-champion by winning six games without a loss. The team was built around a strong defense that allowed only 18 points all sea- son, with an average of only three points per game. The most exciting highlights were the game with Miami, in which they clinched the south divi- sion for Portage, and the city championship game, where the action was never dull in the rain. Honorary captains T. Smith, A. Green Outstanding offen- sive: Green Outstanding defensive players J. Williams, F. Underwood Smith kicks pigskin SCOREBOARD - -9th RAMS OPPONENT 1 12 Fairfield 6 Franklin 32 Kekionga 8 Miami 6 8 Geyer 6 CITY CHAMPIONSHIP 12 Jefferson 8 Green in action Green on the run 48 Eighth Continues Unbeaten Streak EIGHTH GRADE CITY CHAMPS (LEFT TO RIGHT): (FRONT) J. Heiney (mgr), R. Culpepper, B. Baker, A. Belcher, B. Russell, K. Coker, J. Green, B. Kratzert, D. Kessel, B. Mudrack, coach Neal McKeeman; (SECOND) M. Curry, S. Sims, M. Rush, B. Miles, D. Culpepper, C. Strawbridge, R. Bloemker, B. Tolliver, T. Osborne (mgr); (BACK) D. BIckel, T. Beck, D. Pelz, D. Miller, E. Starks, D. Peters, P. Jacobs, J. Shifflett, A. Gooden. Outstanding defensive: A. Gooden Outstanding offen- sive: B. Russell Honorary captain D. Peters Defense stops ' em cold 49 Mr. McKeeman completely forgot about last year ' s dis- astrous season and pro- duced an eighth grade foot- ball team that couldn ' t be beaten in season play and in championship playoffs. Their success was built around a rugged defense which only allowed 12 points for an eighth grade record. Their offense was something else too. It aver- aged 17 points a game, with Brian Russell its main con- tributor, scoring 44 points during the season. First down brings joy to Al Gooden Seventh Finishes Perfect Record SEVENTH GRADE CITY CHAMPS (LEFT TO RIGHT); (FRONT) S. Heller, G. Tyson, G. Hoover, D. Tate, W. Tubbs, C. Stroud, S Kendall, T. Stackhouse, T, Bennett, R. Williams; (MIDDLE) N, Tyler, M. Rifkin, A. Fowlkes, B. Barber, M. Starks, T. Green, B. Woodruff, D, Vaugfin, D. Frebel; (BACK) 0. J. Lewis (manager), R. Hood, B. Sfioemaker, C. Wortfi, S. Haggenjos, S. Holley, S. Norton, R, Morrison, C. Yoquelet, Coach D, Reynolds. End of a great run for Baby Rams R. Williams gains first down for seventh SCOREBOARD — 7th RAMS OPPONENTS 26 Kekionga 14 Fairfield 8 Franklin The Baby Rams, including Mr, Reynolds, had a very success- ful season. All three grades compiled a record of 20-0, and three of the wins were cour- tesy of the seventh graders. Their rugged defense didn ' t al- low a single point all season, and their offense averaged 16 points a game. Mr. Reynolds won praise for molding his small team into a champion- ship group. Tim Green catches touchdown pass for Super Seventh Baby Rams hold Kekionga score- less Green slides around end Seventh shows sportsmanship after hard run Minor Sports Draw Enthusiasm Jim Patterson ing ttie way Larry Raber crosseb the finish line 9th Grade Cross Country: i,t NEELING) K. Gaskill, D. Chamberlain, D. Kirk- land; (STANDING) P. Gutman, J. Walls, (mgr), D. Landrlgan; (BACK) P. Frebel, Coach Desper, L. Raber This year ' s cross-country team had a very successful year. The ninth grade finished fourth in city and sev- enth and eighth grade finished sixth. The ninth grade was led by Larry Raber, who came in tenth, while Put- ter Frebel and Denny Kirkland battled for 25th and 26th respectively for Por- tage. The eighth grade was led by Jim Patterson, who came in tenth, and Todd Nichols, closely following in seventeenth place. Golf and track showed promise in the spring. 8th Grade Cross Country (FRONT) S. Hutsell, T. Nichols, R Fahl- sing, S. Vaughn. T. Springer, (BACK) Coach Desper, H Sims, D. Jennings, J Patterson, G Bonsib, J Walls (mgr) Not present, J. Crothers Georgi in the air Finken on the hurdles Golf Team: (KNEELING) D . Chamberlain, K. Stephenson; (STANDING) T. Chase, R. Coe, M. Johnson, M. Hershberg- er. Coach J. Berg Heller clearing the bar Eighth Grade Takes 9th grade team: (FRONT) J. Woods, T. Underwood, P. Gutman, A. Green, G. Gordon; (BACK) manager S. Sims. D, Kusak, T. Smith, K. Litchin, R. Georgi, D. Chrzan, M. Hershberger, D. Landrigan, Coach N. McKeeman. SCOREBOARD 9th RAMS OPPONENTS 11 17 37 Lane 53 11 23 34 Northwood 49 11 30 39 Blackhawk 34 12 7 18 Fairfield 35 12 14 46 Geyer 44 12 21 41 Lakeside 47 1 4 56 Miami 42 1 8 33 Bishop Luers 48 1 11 50 Shawnee 49 1 18 52 Kekionga 40 1 25 39 Franklin 61 2 1 31 Jefferson TOURNEY 59 2 5 40 Jefferson 51 P. I SCOREBOARD — 8th RAMS OPPONENTS 11 17 56 Lane 24 11 23 48 Northwood 20 11 30 55 Blackhawk 29 12 7 43 Fairfield 32 12 14 64 Geyer 38 12 21 64 Lakeside 26 1 4 55 Miami 40 1 11 44 Shawnee 23 1 18 55 Kekionga 20 1 25 55 Franklin 39 2 1 45 Jefferson TOURNEY 28 2 6 57 Shawnee 30 2 8 41 Blackhawk 33 2 14 43 Geyer 32 vTI SCOREBOARD Rams Opponents 12 8 38 Northwood 33 12 15 23 Miami 34 1 5 33 Kekionga 42 1 12 34 Franklin 28 1 26 47 Fairfield 19 The eighth grade had the most successful season of all, with no defeats. In the final game of the city tourney, an easy first half and a struggling sec- ond half against Geyer proved that they were the city champs. The ninth grade record doesn ' t appear to look like a success- ful one but 4 wins to 8 losses is much better than a single victory from last year ' s sea- son. The seventh graders had a successful season too. The Baby Rams compiled a record of 4-1 and their only loss came from Miami. 52 City Basketball Honors 8th grade team (LEFT TO RIGHT): (FRONT) B. Baker, D. Pelz, W. Washington, C. Strawbridge, K. Coker; (BACK) Coach D. Desper, B. Russell, D. Culpepper, D. Peters, E. Starks, A. Gooden, T. Beck, R. Culpepper, J. Walls (mgr) O flWRtMMtnr lMj Mil 7th grade team: (FRONT) J. Kendall, R. Williams, M. Starks, B. Barber, M. Rifkin, C. Stewart; (BACK) manager J. Walls, D. Murray, C. Yoquelet, J. Crothers, R. Morrison, S. Norton, B. Shoemaker, T. Green, S. Holley, M. Cobb, Coach D. Desper. 53 Go! Rams! Go! " Rams, are ya ' with us? " " Yeah, man! " Before the game 9th grade cheerleaders (CLOCKWISE FROM UPPER LEFT): B, Harman. A. Momper. M. Hunter. N. Bead- le. C Kratzert Ready, girls? Cheerleaders defy gravity 8th grade cheerleaders (CLOCKWISE FROM FAR LEFT): P. Schrader. K. Auer. B. Litchin, K. Heiney If you got to thinking that cheerleading seems like a status symbol more than anything else, you probably didn ' t stay after school to witness their practice session. You didn ' t attend every single basketball and football game. You didn ' t spend that time thinking up cheers, remember- ing chants, screaming out " Sink it, Terry, sink it! " or " Jump, jump, sky high, tip it to a Portage guy, " and hoping that the band starts the school song on a low note. You hadn ' t spent one or two days out of a week in a hot sticky sweater, and hoping that people realized that those were bloomers you were wearing. So next time a cheerleader starts a chant, join in. They deserve it. 7th grade cheerleaders (CLOCKWISE Cole. B. LeShore. J. Russell, K. Toam. T FROM TOP): G. . Levlne ,«%! Si Bang! Bang! " Meeting Come to Order! " f 1 ' •f n M STUDENT COUNCIL (LEFT TO RIGHT): (FRONT) Mrs. M A. Kettler, W. Howard, C. Cobb, Mr. Cira: (MIDDLE) P. M. Paris: (BACK) B. Miles, M. Johnson, D. Kusak. P. Frebel, K urtaugh, S. Williams, J. Walls. E. Bostic, J. Gensic, T. Richard, Gooden, C. Goshorn, K. Auer, B. Litchin, Y. Morrill, A. Walters, Litchin, T. Smith, P. Gutman, R. Shaw, C. Springer. fli When the hot election in Oc- tober cooled off and the smoke and steam floated away, it left sitting in the president ' s chair Leslie No- vitsky, a very surprised and happy winner, and his " side- kick, " Ted Chase. However, the average person doesn ' t know very much about the Student Council other than Mr. Middleton ' s rare an- nouncement, " There will be a Student Council meeting at 2:17 today. " What did they do in those meetings? Well, for instance, T-shirts, school spirit, the school constitution, and the candy sale were some of the topics taken into consideration at those " come as you are " get-togethers They had to form a committee for the candy sale, a committee in charge of the Christmas tree, a committee selecting the Portage shirts, and even a committee to choose committees. There was a lot to be done, and not much time to do it in. But evidently, by the looks of things, they did a bang-up job of getting everything in. ALTERNATES: (FRONT) B. Bouey, B. Litchin, T. Chase, L. Novitsky, B. Cohen: (1st) N. Beadie. T. Huntley, D. Beutler, T. Levine, B. Templeton, K. Bunker; (2nd) D. Knox, D. Lupke, B. Barber, S. Gieser, J. Landrigan: (BACK) B. Barber, M. Hicks, C. Evans, A. Green, T. Beck, T. McCombs. Journalists of the World, Unite! PACKET staff: (SEATED) N. Beadie, S. Stewart. Mrs. Hoylman, B. Harman; (STANDING) R. Georgi. K. Stephenson. D. Whipp. D. Hermes, S. Railey. Not pictured. T. Chase. P. Frebel. Another group which had to pull out their hair to meet deadlines was the yearbook kids. They started the year as happy, normal students and came out as nervous, frenzied people with copy, headlines, pictures, and layouts running in and out of their heads. One hour wasn ' t enough so they came in after school, weekends, and holidays. But was it worth it? You can bet your PORTARAMAitwas! Students may have wonder- ed how the Portage PACKET ever got put together. Sarah Stewart, editor-in-chief, spent much time writing ed- itorials, laying out pages, and generally trying to con- trol the mass confusion that beset the cast of jour- nalists the day before dead- line. She was assisted by Barb Harman, news editor, feature editor Nancy Bea- die, and sports editor Ted Chase. And Portage always saw a bunch of proud kids when the PACKET went out. It was no miracle . . just WORK! POKIARAMA staff: (SEATED) K. Litchin, Y. Morrill. ING) J. Tolliver, P. Gutman. M. Hershberger. R Cohen. L. Novitsky, Mrs. Hoylman: (STAND- Coe, B. Barber. Not pictured. R. Most of the future members of the PACKET staff and PORTARAMA staff emerged from this year ' s Journa- lism Club. Students in this club cropped pictures, counted headlines, wrote copy for newspaper and yearbook, and in general, " learned the trade " of pub- lications. Cub photograph- ers were also instructed on how to take a picture with- out dropping the camera. JOURNALISM CLUB (LEFT TO RIGHT): (1st) S. Perrine. A. Hayden, K. Heiney. J. Dowling, J. Grose; (2nd) Mrs. Hoylman, C. Bolinger, N. Campbell. C. Chase, A. Oswalt, T. Huntley; (3rd) S. Wolever, B. Litchin, L. Collier, T. Cross; (4th) C. Holt. J. Stengel, M. Tyler, P. Jacobs. " King Me! " " Checkmate! " " Watch the Wood Lathe! " CHESS CLUB; (SEATED) E Strack, K. Geisle- man, Mr. Brown: (1st) B. Mudrack. S, Perrine. T. Ornas, P. Tyson, T. Gilbert, K, Kelley, J. Shifflett; (2nd) R. Wagnor, M. Martin. S, Per- rine. V. Veale: (3rd) A. Belcher. E. Clark. J. Helberg: (4th) A. Westerman. M. Myers, R. GeorgI On the re(d black board Murray ' s Ch Club and Brown ' s a Anderson ' s Clubs saw many wars. The fatali- ties were many, but a lot of peo- ple had fun . . Checkmate! Girls ' Shop Club, sponsored by Mr. White, welcomed girls to the great world of ham- mers, saws, and woodworking CHESS CLUB: (SEATED) B. Slater. M. Yeiter, Mr. Anderson: (1st) D. Beutler, T. Gaskill, B. Brown. S. Heller: (2nd) A. Kettler, A. Conrad, D. Kusak. D. Vaughn: (3rd) J. Merz, V. Myers, A. Lahrman, G. Bonsib, B. Richards. CHECKERS CLUB: (SEATED) B. Bouey. S. Sims. J. Walls. B. Rice: (1st) J. Mabe. T. Osborne, Mr. Murray, J. Helberg: (2nd) D. Peters, A. Westerman, D. Pelz. GIRLS SHOP: (1st) C. Chase, B. Carrion, M. Ludwig, K. Heiney. Mr. White: (2nd) S. Wolever, K. Jackson, L. Hughes; (3rd) J. Nash, K. Bennett, S. Gieser: (4th) L. Perez, S. Smith, M. Hughes. n After-School Athletics Eighth graders get kickball workout. The seventh and eighth grade boys met weekly for intramural activities, eighth, and ninth Seventh grade boys worked out in two separate intramurals groups. They formed basketball, base- ball, football, volleyball, and field hockey teams for com- petition. In addition, they worked out on the horse and even parallel bars, perform- ing different routines from the girls. They also wrestled and practiced rope climbing. They came in looking like Clark Kent and left looking like Superman! Which way ' s up? Wrest- lers get confused. It ' s not too tough to direct the activity — right, Schaffer? Calisthenics stretch reluctant muscles. Eighth and ninth grade boys, directed by Mr. Denny and Mr. McKeeman. released their energy every Wednesday in intramurals. 63 n the Beginning . . at the End f TWrnrmrff: Past. . .Ahead. . . To a seventh grader: past. . . coming to new school. . . taking new subjects. . .learning to get along with people. . . Ahead: two more years at Portage. . . looking forward to not being a Baby Ram. . . To an eighth grader: past. .. having been a Ram for two years. . .spending time with friends. . . learning new things . . . Ahead: first year of high school. . .choosing subjects. . . collecting bugs. . . thinking of Elmhurst. . . To a ningh grader: past. . .three years in Ram land. . . collecting bugs (yuk! ). . .memorable sports seasons . . . strange times. . .happy times. . . Ahead: Elmhurst. . .meeting people. . . growing up. .. remembering Portage. . . 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