Seymour High School







Junior High History


Class of 1964 Artifacts



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 four games.

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.

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 period.

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.

Mrs. Dannettelle





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