Class of 1949
school building began with a fresh appearance because of the renovation
of the old building after the series of spring fires at the school.
It was mentioned that the classrooms were all sprayed with DDT.
The book rentals had to be raised to $4.00 for the year.
There were 144 high school students. Driver's
Education was again offered. The school inspection
by the state indicated that East Troy had a well-balanced program, but
it was suggested that a four-year agricultural program be incorporated
into the curriculum.
Continuing with the tradition of community
support, Victor Scheidler lent the students of the high school a television
set so that they were witnesses to the first televised inauguration of
a President and to the seven-mile parade prior to the event.
Harry S. Truman was elected although the social studies classes' mock election
claimed Dewey as President.
Hi Inklings reported the school news in
the East Troy News. Co-editors were Esther
Stevens and Faye Chapman. A senior Home Economics
class was added and the FHA elected Jean Key as President.
It was a very active club throughout the year.
Ten members of the band attended the Mass Band.
In forensics A's were awarded at the Racine competition to Bill Wagner,
Grace Palenchus, Josephine Williams, Kathleen Connell, Audrey Recknagel,
and Jo Anne Gaskell. Josephine Williams qualified
in Palmyra to participate in the State Contest.
The band director E. T. Kanaskie developed a twirling group for the band.
The Christmas program presented 'Twas the Night Before Christmas and the
Songs of Christmas. A trio of Bill Christansen,
Jim Kilpin, and Kurt Crubaugh sung followed with solos by Bill Hough, Grace
Palenchus, and Jim Kilpin. Catherine Spaight, Veronica Spaight, and Beverly
Curran drew the scenery for the huge production.
The class play Life of the Party was directed by Rose Marie Welch and presented
on April 1. Beverly Benedict, Pat Voight,
Audrey Recknagel, Marlene Smith, Jim Kilpin, and Dick Lackey were among
This was the year of successful sports seasons.
The football team, although only 27 "strong", began their season
with a win over Wilmot, ending the jinx.
Some of the team members were as follows: Ends, Metzke and Clancy; Tackles,
Ludwig and Ritchey; Guards, Hough and Zinnike; Center, Lackey; Quarterback,
Kilpin; Halfbacks, Verick and Gale; Fullback , Stahl.
However, the Game of the Season was the 26-20 victory over the Rochester
The Homecoming was a one-day event beginning
with a 12:30 Pep rally followed by a parade around the Square.
The game against Mukwonago began at 3 p.m. and ended with a victory 19-6.
The dance, a jubilant affair, began at 9 p.m. and the first Homecoming
Queen was crowned: Veryl Little.
The remainder of the football season was
very successful, and East Troy reigned as Co-Champions of the conference
with Union Grove. At the football awards'
evening each member was given a small gold football engraved with co-champion.
The cheerleaders had a new look for basketball
season with outfits sewn by them. The outfit
features black slacks and jerkin with a yellow blouse.
The squad was Bev Curran, Dorothy Wagner, Jean Key, and Jean Sawyer.
The basketball team began their season with
a win over Union Grove 46-33 and continued their winning ways to become
the Conference Champions. The Tournament
was held in East Troy and the team won the tournament with the nineteenth
win in a row. The top scorers of the tournament
were Frank Metzke, Jim Kilpin, and Art Verick.
However, the team lost the District Contest to Lake Mills 57-49.
At the conclusion of the basketball season
both the members of the football team and the basketball team were banquet
guests of the Lions Club. The Troy Dinette also feted the basketball players
with a very wonderful meal.
A new sport of volleyball was begun with
the team competing in the State High School Tournament.
There were eleven members of the team who won twelve straight matches.
The senior class took a two-day Chicago
class trip. They stayed at the Palmer House,
shopped, attended a White Sox game, and saw Finnigan's Rainbow.
Thirty-six students graduated with the chosen
colors of Yellow and White with a Yellow Rose.
Their motto was To Strive, to see, to find and not to yield.
The Salutatory honors went to Dick Lackey and the Valedictory honors went
to Esther Stevens.
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