Class of 1969

A new Junior High School Building Project was the topic of the year. The East Troy News abounded with letters to the editor about the proposal and impact on taxes. The second referendum was defeated in September by only twenty votes. The third referendum also failed later in the year. Some things don't change with time.

The year began with 477 high school students. Throughout the year the school was being evaluated by North Central Association. Another fall happening was vandalism at the high school. Walls and woodwork were defaced, halls were sprayed by fire extinguishers, science equipment valued at about $1000 was destroyed. Also destroyed was gym equipment valued at $500.

The football team featured Norm Bronson, fullback; Dale Healey, receiver; Jeff Czarapata, halfback; Dan O'Leary, guard, and Bob Collins, tackle. The season opener was lost to Lake Geneva. Homecoming was a gala week with a Crazy night described as a "potpourri of competitions", float decoration in the bus barns, annual bonfire changed to Thursday evening, and ending with the Friday events of parade, game, and dance. King Jack Van Wyhe crowned his Queen Mary Rzepecki during the halftime of the game. Dean Kehl led the Cross-country team in its competitions.

The wrestling team defeated Lake Geneva for the first time since its inception. The Conference Meet was hosted in East Troy. Three wrestlers finished second Dave Price, Gary Price, and Bob Collins. Basketball hosted the District Meet. Led by Captains Czarpata and Bronson the East Troy team won the tournament. The track team placed sixth in the Conference, and Tom Lightfield captured two school records with a 15.5 in the 120 yd. High Hurdles and 21.5 in the 180 yd. Low Hurdles. Jack Van Wyhe won the shot put and Czarapata won the pole vault.

Two students were named semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program: Richard Von Rueden and Corinne Husten. The Debate team conference meet was held in Whitewater with senior Fran Byrnes receiving special recognition. The senior social studies class held a mock presidential election. Gene Hoffman promoted Nixon, Dan O'Leary promoted Wallace, and Don Arndorfer promoted Humphrey. The students experienced real voting booths and ballots, and the winner was Humphrey.

Attending the FFA Sectional Leadership were President Bill Gavens, Vice President Bob Moat, and Treasurer Dan Littlejohn. The FFA corn plots showed a profit this year. The FHA conducted Operation Santa Claus for our armed forces in Viet Nam. They baked cookies, made candies, wrote cheerful notes, strung popcorn and cranberries, sent along with other items which would make Christmas a bit like home. The packages were taken to Milwaukee where the Marine Bank paid the postage. Students also rallied round one of their own by raising money in various activities to help Bob Deist obtain a motorized wheelchair. Again the FHA put forth great effort by hosting the Regional Final for the Miss American Teen-Ager contest. Michelle Manley was First runner-up with Laurie Jean Dorn being Miss East Troy Teen-ager. The FFA earned funds through car washes and a slave market.

The Senior Class Play was entitled No Crime in the Streets. Pictured in the newspaper were Fran Byrnes, Neal Robertson, and Tim Kauffung. The music department conducted a "pop" concert featuring selections from movies or Broadway musicals.

Officers for the class were as follows: President, Dale Healy; Vice-President, Jeff Czarapata; Secretary, Marge Henningfeld; Treasurer, Peggy Hazelberg. Salutatorian for 1969 was Corrinne Huston with a 97.04 gradepoint. Valedictory honors went to Richard Von Rueden, who earned a 97.86 gradepoint.

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