1977

Already overcrowded, the high school had a gain of 43 students. Chester Byrnes School was used to house the Social Studies and Business Education classes. Shuttlebuses were used between the two schools averaging the transporting of about 350 students per day. In the spring a joint board agreed to a high school remodeling and addition for $675,000.

Many teachers joined, the system this year: Janice Wenzel, Michael Bralick, Connie Jonessen and Judith McFarlane. Co-ed gym classes were state mandated, and new activities were added by Wenzel including archery, bowling, flag football, and basketball. It was also the first year that girls could purchase letter jackets, yellow with black lettering. The state law required that insurance for any parade causing the first Homecoming with no intramural sport. But the football team of 24 members put up a gallant effort.

Jon Hackbarth and Jean Dalsasso were the King and Queen of the dance with music performed by "Black Water Country." Tom Szmanda was the first East Troy Cross Country runner ever to run the 3 mile course in less that 16 minutes. The basketball team led by starters Rick Kilpin, Craig Telindert, Randy James, Dave Gale, and Brian Jones and coached by Jerry Schmidt won regionals and got to the finals of the sectionals from a three-overtime game. The Girls Track team sent five girls to the state meet; the Mile Relay of Amy Carter, Sarah Brobst, Cindy Ladwig, and Carol Howard, who also qualified in hurdles, and Kathy Norton in discus.

"The Torch" written for the East Troy News with co-editors Perry Fry and Cathy Schwaske kept the community well-informed about the high school activities, studies, and their editorial viewpoints. Rick Kilpin was selected for the AP All-State basketball team, Kevin Plotz was a finalist for the Merit Scholars, and Linda Lightfield was DAR recipient. Over $3500 was awarded in scholarships to many deserving seniors.

The Salutatorian of the class was Linda Lightfield and Valedictorian was Chris Kelling.

 

 

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