FEATURING THE FRESHMEN CLASS HISTORY
Alma Belle Dannettelle
In September, 1958, over 170 seventh grade students started on their
way toward three years in Shields Junior High School.
From the beginning, the class proved outstanding. Ability and
leadership became apparent. Mark Bevers was chosen as president to guide
the class through its first year in the Junior High. Dick Parks was
elected vice-president and Dave Bottorff was secretary-treasurer.
The seventh grade students of 1958-1959 took an active part in school
affairs. Some boys began their basket-ball careers that first year and
have continued playing on the basketball team all three years. The
seventh grade basketball team had a very successful year winning all but
As the year drew to a close, many of the 177 students participated in
various activities and a high percent earned places on the honor rolls
and perfect attendance lists.
171 eighth graders returned to school in September, 1959.
Again, Mark Bevers became president of the class with Vicki Sage as
vice-president and Dave Bottorff again be-came secretary-treasurer.
As eighth graders, ability, leadership, and responsibility of this
class became more apparent. The class continued to maintain a high
standard in all phases, academic, athletic, attendance, and music. Many
were in the musical, "Babes in Arms".
It is interesting to note in the Honor Day program in May, 1960, how
many eighth graders received special mention. Thirty-five in the class
had perfect attendance for the year. Nancy Carpenter received a special
home economics award. Dennis McDonald was given a special award by the
industrial arts department and Gary Kovener received a science medal.
Sheila Nowling was the recipient of a DAR medal for special interest in
United States history.
Due to the students of the Lutheran, Catholic, Hayden, Cox, and
Dudleytown schools, the class grew to 263 fresh-men in September 1960.
With the addition of these students, much more talent became apparent
among the freshmen students.
Fred Waldkoetter became president of the class and this time Dave
Bottorff was elected vice-president. So Dave has held a class office for
three years. Robert Hunter was chosen secretary-treasurer.
From the first, the freshman class be-came a leader in school
affairs. This year, through the efforts of Gary Kovener and Robert
Wieneke, the "Shields Jr. - Hi-Lights" came into being. The clubs,
through freshmen efforts, began a landscaping project of the island in
front of the school.
Several of the leads in "Oklahoma" were handled effectively by the
Freshmen students participated in the local and regional algebra and
Latin contests. Susan Kespohl tied for first in the regional Latin
Contest and went on the place second in the State Latin Contest.
It is noteworthy how the names of Sharon Ault, Doug Brackemyre and
Gary Kovener have appeared on the high honor roll over the three-year
It is the sincere wish of the faculty and students of the Shields
Junior High School that this year's freshman class will continue its
high calibre in so many achievements during the next three years in the
Seymour Senior High School.