THE  GROVE  COMET 59th  YEAR FINAL  EDITION VOLUME  6

Section  Three  ~ Page  5

 

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Six Years Have Seen Many
Accomplishments By The '69-ers
The class of I96 9 has left an impressive history behind them at Grove Junior and Senior High. Let us turn back the pages and preview some of the honors through the years.

In 1963-1964 the class offices were held by Greg Van Dyke. Lynn Paschall, Nancy Snider, Kathy Neumann, Johnny Davis, and Cindy Rawls. This was the first year on the "Hill" and the seventh graders were already making a name for themselves. Sand?a Hixson won the county spelling bee, Bobbie Greer played in the first chair band, and David Hutson became basketball manager. As in every succeeding year there was a close race for the Top Ten students in the class.

The year '6 4-'6 5 brings Janet French and Jackie Seymour as cheerleaders. Nancy Phelps became the Junior High COMET reporter. Nancy Snider won the county poetry contest, while Janet French won the county and district contests. With the help of the eighth grade boys the Demons ended with an undefeated season. The class officers included Sherry Flowers. Helen Wyatt, Kathy Horn, and Carol Dodd.

With 1965-1966 and ninth grade comes even more honors. The Junior High Band brought home first place trophy from the Strawberry Festival. Football, Girls' and Boys' Basketball, and Track were all led by ninth graders. The cheerleaders included Jane Oliver and Kay Odom. FHA and FFA grew in membership with this class. Conventions were attended by these groups and the Latin and Math students. High awards were always attained by these groups. Ann Laird was the poetry winner this year. The class officers were David Carpenter, Nancy Phelps, Janet French. Sidney Douglass, Kathy Horn.

With the transfer to Senior High the tenth graders of 66-67 soon found the way around enough to penetrate every group on the "Hill". Many clubs were encouraged by the enthusiasm of their new members. The Senior High Band placed high in all contests while the majorettes brought home honors from the Arkansas Majorette Camp. The cheerleaders, including Janet French and Kay Odom. won first place at T.T.u. Cheerleading Camp. The Sophomore Attendant at Homecoming was Jan Owens with John Leach as her escort. The officers this year were David Hutson, John Leach, Cindy Rawls, Kathy Horn, and Charles Irvine. Elizabeth Smith was on the first string girls' basketball team. At the Math Tourney, Richard Maxwell placed 6th and Eddie Reynolds 9th in Geometry. Students at the Latin Tournament brought home one Merit (Richard Maxwell), one Distinction (Nancy Phelps) and three Honorable Mentions (Bobbie Greer, Lynn Paschal), and Eddie Reynolds).

With just one more year at Grove, the Junior class takes contests, clubs, and tournaments in stride as they continue an outstanding record. Eleven juniors were inducted into the National Honor Society. Lynn Paschal I and Nancy Phelps attended Boys' and Girls' State respectively. A French exchange student, Anne Vermaille joined the class for the year. Majorettes included Betty Covington and Donna Cody while Kay Odom and Jane Oliver were cheerleaders. Juniors held offices in , every club on the hill. Girls' Basketball Managers were Charlotte Evans and Nancy Flowers. Football Manager was Richard Edwards, while David Hutson and David Carpenter were Track Managers. Rita Barnett and Nancy Snider held prominent positions on the Tower staff. Eddie Reynolds was the co-editor and Patty Sonka the assistant editor on the COMET staff. The officers were David Hutson, Ben Barrett, Kay Odom, Debbie Dillard, Steve Hart, and Jackie Seymour. Jackie Gillespie was the Junior Homecoming attendant. Students attended the Math Tourney with Richard Maxwell and Eddie Reynolds bringing home honors. Patsy McDaniel received the Crisco Award in Home EC., while thirteen girls (a record number) received the coveted FHA State Degree. Rita Whitfieid was a NFL State Speech Contest winner. Janet French and Linda Weibley were both State Speech Winners also.

The Class of '69 began its long awaited senior year by electing David Hutson, Amy Routon, Kay Odom, Helen Wyatt, Steve Hart, and Nancy Flowers as class officers. Three seniors, Larry Gibson, Dorothy Darby, and Rita Whitfieid were elected as Student Council officers.

Football was the main interest at the beginning of the year as captain David Carpenter and co-captains Gary Doyle and David Hutson led the Blue Devils to a successful season. At the annual football awards banquet David Carpenter, Johnny Davis, and Doug Somerville received special recognition for their outstanding performances throughout the year. Oebbie Dillard reigned over-r Homecoming festivities as Queen, and Nancy Flowers was the senior attendant. Senior cheerleaders were Kay Odom, Jane Oliver, Debbie Dillard, and Jan Owens. Later in the year all eyes turned toward basketball and the Devils and Deviletts. A basketball homecoming was celebrated for the first time in several years. Lynn Paschall and Liz Smith reigned as Mr. and Miss Basketball.

Members of the senior class took many honors, not only in sports, but also in academic and social areas. Richard Maxwell a Merit Scholarship semi-finalist and Wendy Schaal and Nancy Phelps received Merit Commendations. Lynn Paschall was accepted to the Naval Academy. Dorothy Darby and Lynn Paschall were selected by the Memphis Press-Scimitar as "Teenagers of the Week." Seven members of the senior class were inducted into the National H^nor Society,

Several honors were won by senior girls in beauty and "sweetheart" contests. The FFA elected Cindy Rawls as their sweetheart, and Nancy Flowers was .selected as Key Club Sweetheart. Janet French, after becoming Henry County's Fairest of the Fair, was crowned Tennessee's Fairest. Reigning over the 1969 World's Biggest Fish Fry were Hostess Princess Donna Cody and maids Debbie Dilfard and Paula Barnett.

Senior band members took their last band trip as they journeyed to Knoxville to the Dogwood Festival. Senior majorettes were Donna Cody, Betty Covington, Cindy Rawls, Sidney Douglas, and Linda Weibley. With Larry Gibson as drum major, the band completed another successful year.

To head the staffs of the two campus publications, Rita Barnett was editor of the Tower and Eddie Reynolds was editor of the COMET. Both have done outstanding jobs.

Five senior math students competed in the annual math tournament in Martin with Lynn Paschall and Eddie Reynolds placing in the top ten. Wendy Schaal won the Betty Crocker Homemaker of Tomorrow Award. The D.A.R. Good Citizenship Award was presented to Shelia Norwood.

Rita Whitfieid captured first place in the state N.P.L. Tournament in •original oratory. This earned her a trip to Washington to compete in the national contest. Because she was a state 4-H winner, Angie Caldwell attended the national 4-H Convention in Chicago. John Jones will attend the national land judging contest in Oklahoma, as he was a winner in the state FFA Contest.

 

Statistics Of A Different Sort

The Senior class of 196849B will leave an outstanding and commendable record at E.W. Grove High School. The class, consisting of 81 boys and 100 girls, have excelled in every field. There has been, on the average, at least five honor roll students and twenty-five merit roll students every grading period. Approximately 50 per cent will go on to higher learning; at least twenty will attend the Area-Vocational School. This is a larger average than in preceding years. One senior has already competed one summer at college. The graduates will be attending college as far from home as the Naval Academy, Converse, and Randolph-Macon, and as near as Bethel.

Some students have widened their education by attending school or visiting overseas. At least two seniors were born abroad; one has made two trips over the ocean. As many as ten schools have been attended by one student over the twelve-year period.

Seniors range in age from 16 to 20, with the average being 18. The majority have brown hair, brown eyes, and a blue stone in their class ring. More seniors have glasses than don't (though they may not wear them). Almost all seniors have a blue gym suit and have taken (or attempted to take) an extremely hard English IV test!

 

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