Class of 1979
1979 Yearbook Highlights

Once again there was a building phase in the school system: an addition to the high school. Throughout these articles from 1939 to the present 1999 the author found an addition in the planning or building stage with each decade. The new addition opened with no lockers and air-conditioning, which did not work, but everyone was happy with the extra space. A new policy was implemented by the high school; failing grades were become part of the permanent record and part of the gradepoint.

During this time the East Troy News featured The Torch in its weekly edition. The editor was Sandy Foat with cartoonist Bill Dettmering and photographer Rich Fischler. The staff of The Torch attended a journalism workshop in Whitewater, and eighteen attended a newspaper conference later in the fall. The Journalism class produced a Literary Magazine entitled Better than Boring. This endeavor even featured a centerfold. The school's clubs were numerous and active throughout the year. AFS hosted two students Sylvia Kriskovich from Paraguay and Maureen Wallace from Pennsylvania; the host parents were the Schwall's and Muelbauer's, respectively. President of the club was Sharon Schwall with her officers Dawn Kegley, vice-president; Jane Gerstmann, secretary; and Renee Kelling, treasurer. The Drama Club produced two plays on the new stage. Despite lack of equipment the club produced a great fall musical review New Beginnings and a spring presentation of a Greek tragedy Medea. Rachel Prell played Medea and Fred von Rueden played Jason.

Other clubs and their highlights were as follows:

Pep Club sponsored The Gong Show.

Student Council sold doughnuts prior to school for one of its fundraisers.

Forensics had a 32-member team. They hosted a fifteen-school tournament, and Margaret Szmanda and Donna Rodwell won trophies.

Eighteen members qualified for state and ten earned A's. Seniors awarded A's were Rachell Prell, Declamation; Donna Rodwell, Public Address; Interpreters' Theater Todd Pfister and Fred von Rueden.

FHA provided refreshments for the dedication of the new high school addition. They sold Mother's Day cakes and sponsored a Parent-Daughter Banquet. Margaret Szmanda was the District VI Vice President and the local chapter president was Annette O'Leary. During FHA week a quilt made by club members was awarded to the first baby born that week Nicolas Woyak. They promoted a Welcome to East Troy sign for the entrances to the village.

The Ski Club planned an outing.

FBLA sponsored a Career Day for both the high school and the middle school.

On the music scene three hundred solos or ensembles entered the annual competition. Band O Rama was its usual success. The Concert Choir concert featured the First Place State Award duet sung by Beth Clark and Colleen Scherkenbach. Beth Clark and Henry Hofmann also were invited to sing with the Wisconsin State Honors Chorale.

A few students received special awards throughout the year. TheVoice of Democracy representatives were John Westphal and Fred von Rueden. The Sweetheart Queen was Julie Kisser. The Moxness Christmas Card Design Contest awarded first place to the entry of Renee Kelling, second place to Pat Lucas, and third place to Dave Fischler. The Merit Scholarship Finalist was Dave Horiners (author's note: sorry, can't read name from my notes). The State Farm Degree went to Jim Hanson.

Sports teams enjoyed the addition of a weight room. The cross-country team was the most successful in many years. Leaders for the team were Rod Condon, Jay Neumann, and Brian Gerbartz. Football provided great enjoyment for its fans. Homecoming theme was Fairy Tales, and the first week of October was ablaze with events. The Trojan team pounced the Panthers 22-6. The Queen of the event was Cheryl Willms with senior court reps of Julie Kisser and Connie Rose. The team went on to be tied for first place of Southern Lakes Conference with Mukwonago with a 8-1 record. The team qualified for the State Playoffs. Four student busses and one adult bus traveled to the game against Oregon. Even though they were defeated 37-8, the season was enjoyed by all.

Winter sports fared well also. The wrestling team won Regionals and sent the following to sectionals: Mike Springsteen, Brian Irek, Schott Howard, Carl Price, Rod Condon and Russ Chapman. Russ was the only one to qualify to state, but once again East Troy shared the conference title with Mukwonago. Timber Lee was the site of a banquet for both teams. The girls' basketball team enjoyed their best season of their three-year history. Two girls made it to the first all-conference team: Lisa Trombley and June Gerstmann. The boys' basketball team enjoyed a great winning season. The Whitewater and Delavan wins were the highlights of the season. Three players made the first all conference team: Brian Jones, Bob Smith, and Craig TeLindert with Mr. Bulik being selected as Coach of the Year.

Spring sports selected the MVP for girls' track, Sarah Brobst; boys' track, Matt Scurek; golf, Steve Vey; and baseball, Brian Jones with the Golden Glove award to Craig TeLindert. Kathy Norton participated in the state track meet for three consecutive years. She placed seventh in the shot and 3rd in the discus her senior year.

The senior officers were President, Bill Dettermering; Vice President, Todd Pfister; Treasurer, Connie Rose; and Secretary Tina Robran. The red rose was chosen to be the class flower with colors of Midnight Blue and Silver. The salutatorian of the class was Todd Pfister, and the valedictorian was Bobbie Benjamin.

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