Class of 1959

The school opened with a total enrollment of 1207 students. Fifty-eight seniors would graduate. Reports of the progress of the construction of the new school were prevalent in the newspaper throughout the year. For this year at least one section of kindergarten met in a room at Helser Village, and the high school chorus and band practiced at the Legion Hall. Faculty are eagerly awaiting the new school with its 58,000-sq. ft. and seventeen new classrooms. New teachers added to the faculty were Miss Strade, vocal and English, Miss Speca, speech and English, and Miss Hulbut, Home Economics. An exciting event of the year was the upcoming wedding of two of the teachers, Miss Speca and Mr. Francis Mitchell, science.

Mary Lou Zaeske did the majority of the reporting of school events in the East Troy News, but the students also had their own newspaper, The Torch. The Student Council began a new concept, a student court. Three active seniors in this organization were Joel Malcolm, Mary Schlax, and Doug Burghardt. The senior class sponsored a paper drive and car wash. A Veterans' Day program was arranged by Oscar Rieben and Jack Madden, which featured Father Goebel with a timely message. The gymnasium was packed with students and community members. A Youth Conference held a few meetings throughout the year; this emphasized the positive roles of students in the conference area. Representatives were Dick Helmstetter, Gary Kingsett, Kathy Fons, Mary Schlax, Maxine Fisher, Sally Korf, Joel Malcom and Bill Helmstetter.

Homecoming was a gala event despite the loss of the game. The winning floats were 1st place, Trojan Torch school newspaper, 2nd Sophomore class, and 3rd FHA. The senior court reps were Janet Liebhardt and Kathy Fons. King Gary Scheel and Queen Mary Stute reigned over the event.

Although half the football team were seniors, only three seniors were on the basketball team, Jon Ebert, Norb Kegley, and Jim Pellowski. Despite the youth of the team, the overall record taken to the District Tourney was 16 wins and 5 losses. In the subdistrict tournament East Troy defeated Union Grove and Oak Creek. The team went on to defeat Cambellsport in the first District game, but was defeated by Williams Bay. Coach of the Year Award went to John Schuman. Two players were picked to the All Conference First Team; Gary Kingsett and Harold Krewson.

Again the businessmen of East Troy supported the school and added to the school spirit. Bill Zimmer, owner of the drugstore since 1951, has and had given free malts to every player who entered either a football game or a basketball game in all of these years. This year he had to be especially generous with the extra games and the contributions of all the team members.

FFA participated in many events such as the National Dairy Congress, State Land Judging Contest, Pest Contest, Breeder Convention, and Livestock Judging, and representatives of the club appeared in a live telecast on Life in Wisconsin program. Robert Billings and Dale Posekany, along with the advisor Merrill Pinch, represented East Troy. The leaders of the club were President Norbert Kegley, Vice President Edward Kokolowski, and Secretary John Bruan.

President Mary Stute also led her nineteen members of the FHA Club into a busy schedule for the year. The club sponsored a Christmas dance, a roller-skating party, sales of candy and taffy apples in January, decorated a window at Marshall's store, sponsored an all school courtesy day, a locker clean up, and a dress up day. Four representatives were sent to the state convention. Ione Byrnes was won The 1959 Homemaker of Tomorrow contest. The money earned by the club was sent to the "Medico" organization to help Dr. Albert Schweitzer with his work in Africa. The final event of the year was the Rainbow of Fashions show with the members modeling their handcrafted outfits.

The traditional Senior Class Play was entitled Time out for Ginger. Mary Schlax played Ginger. The student director was Judy Byrnes and the stage manager was John Mitchell. This year's DAR award went to Mary Shaw.

Out of one hundred entries nineteen students qualified for the state solo and ensemble contest where they fared well. The Band and Chorus tourney at Whitewater brought Superior ratings to the band and Very Good ratings to the chorus. Thirteen vocalists attended the Massed Chorus and seven band members attended the Massed Band with a clinic format. Concerts throughout the year were well received by the public. Christmas Bells was the theme of the choral concert near the holidays. Mary Schlax was the narrator and Larry Ludtke was the bell player. Especially impressive were the eighty girls from the Glee Club in a candlelit processional. In the number Sing Gloria a duet was sung by Mary Stute and Maxine Westphal and the featured soloist was Sally Kuczynski. At the band concert Jack Bernau directed a spirited On Wisconsin. This event was an well-arranged concert of contrasts, and the audience demanded an encore to the evening of music. For the first time two students were awarded music scholarships to Milton College; Jack Bernau and Carol Ames.

Forensics now had nine categories. The East Troy team was second in the District Meet. There were two A's at the State Meet: Jeanne Wozniak in Serious Declamation and Cathy Hubbard in Interpretive Reading.

Senior officers were as follows: President, David Markham; Vice President, Jim Pellowski, Treasurer, Virginia Keith; and Secretary, Mary Stute. Top honors for the class were Salutatorian, Mary Lou Zaeske and Valedictorian, Jane Hoekstra.

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