Class of 1989

The year included the completion of the three classrooms from the 1987 addition. Two people who contributed so much to the education of East Troy's youth retired this year. Heman Brossard stepped down from his district administrator's position and Ivan TeLindert reliquished his position after thirty-two years of teaching.

A new teacher in the Technology Department was added to the faculty, Kevin Hallberg. A new grade classification policy was implemented. Senior classification required the successful completion of 18 credits at the conclusion of the first semester. It was now necessary to complete 1 1/2 credits for graduation. The doors of the high school were opened to walkers from 6 a.m. until 7:30 a.m.

The gala Homecoming event was kicked off this year with a catered dinner on Sunday evening. The entire community was invited to participate in the events of this week, and for the first time all fall sports were featured as part of the Homecoming festivities. Reversal Day featured Mike Anderson and Bill Johnson parading in their attractive frocks. The football team trounced Union Grove 53 - 0. Senior members of the court were as follows: Rebecca Siemers, Kristi Baker, Mike Cotter, and Kirk Haskins, and King Jeff Collum crowned his Queen Jenny O'Connell. Other senior members of the football team were Jamie Hart, Rocky Wenzel, and Shaun Block.

Girls' tennis racked up the conference title with a 61 - 9 record. Some senior tennis players were Zoe Pfister, Michelle, Wilson, Heidi Sternberg, and Julie Coome. The Doubles team of Michelle and Heidi won both the subsectional and sectional competitions to qualify for the state meet. Girls Volleyball team included senior Kristi Baker, Sue Thiede, Ruth VanBeek, and Schelly Somenske. Girls' cross country ran for a first place finish at the Pewaukee Invitational. Michell Kopecky, Kerry Coats, Rachel Roeder, and Diane Grudzielanek fielded a solid team. The boys' cross country team was young, but they were led by Scott Joahnson and Wayne Fillmi.

One Wednesday in November mini-courses were offered in tie-dying and other topics at Timber-Lee Christian center, Gateway Technical College, and the Milwaukee Public Museum. A winter Talent Show featured the comedy team Hans and Fritz played by Jason Schuldies and Ryan Kesselhon. The first place was captured by the band Class Act. Members were Scott Howell, Ray Mazracki, Cory Schlesner, Mike Cotter, Jeff Collum, and Mike Robertson. Talented artists had their work displayed at the West Bend Gallery of Fine Arts. These ladies were Carrie Scherkenback, Andrea Windau, and Sue Thiede. A senior, Juliann Schahezinski, worked and competed with a private gymnastics club for many years. She earned a scholarship to Anchorage, Alaska.

Winter sports continued the excellent competition. Senior wrestlers were Scott Johnson, Scott Huth, Matt Gotz, Derek Peltier, Shaun Block, Clayton Keller, and Louie Goldsmith. The Milton dual meet was one of the highlights of the season. The match went into the heavyweight bout with a score of Milton 28 and East Troy 27. Heavyweight wrestler Louie Goldsmith pinned his opponent giving East Troy a victory over their rival. Scott Johnson qualified for the state meet where he earned a 5th place finish. The girls' basketball team was led by seniors Jenny O'Connel, Schelly Somenske, Ruth VanBeek, and Heather Stokes. The Lady Trojans had a successful conference season with a 12 - 4 record, but they experienced a loss in the subsectionals to end their season.

Boys' basketball season furnished many exciting moments for their fans. Jeremy Kendall, Gary Grocholski, Mike Cotter, and Rod Heckman were senior leaders for the team. At one point in the season the team experienced an eight-game winning streak. The team won the Western Division title, the WIAA regional championship against Palmyra-Eagle, and the sectional title with Gary Grocholoski having a game high of 28 points. The school and town were in a frenzy: the basketball team was going to state. It was a goal established in junior high school by these young men, and they reached their goal. Even the East Troy News became involved in the excitement and printed its paper in the school colors of yellow and black. School was closed for the tournament. However, first place wasn't to be. The team lost to the Bloomer Blackhawks. First team all conference basketball players selected from East Troy were Jeremy Kendall, Schelly Somenske, Jenny O'Connell, Tim O'Connell, and the Conference Player of the Year was awarded to Gary Grocholski.

Spring sports had some good results. It was the first ever division championship in golf. The team with Chad Miller, Bill Johnson, Scott Berlschinar, and Derek Peltier were five strokes short of a conference first place. The baseball team enjoyed an 8 - 2 conference record and were the Western Division Champions.

In addition to sporting events many other activities were happening throughout the year. VICA (vocational industries clubs of America) and the Tech Ed classes visited WISN-TV Channel 12. The VICA filled orders for 150 locker shelves, conducted a candy sale, entered a float in the parade, provided guides and demonstrations for the 8th grade orientation, sponsored a coat check for the conference wrestling tournament, and built a go-cart for the Fourth of July parade. The club of twelve also built a display case for the Student Council's Student of the Week Award. They were paid $100 for this project and turned around to use this money for a competition between homerooms in a collection for the community's food pantry. They would buy sodas and pizza for any homeroom which collected more than the VICA did. The competition stirred considerable interest and gained many food items for the pantry.

In addition to the Student of the Week Award Student Council promoted Student Volunteers award, an aspect of the Friends of Volunteers. The first volunteer award was to Missy Damaske, who worked in the school's library for four years. AFS held its annual pizza sale. FBLA sponsored a Type-a-thon for the Leukemia Foundation. The National Honor Society held its annual pancake breakfast. Concert band featured Jeff Kappen on the trumpet in its selection Peter and the Wolf. Concert choir featured Meg Zei with her rendition of Evergreen. Kevin Messerschmidt was honored with the John Phillip Sousa award, and Jeff Collum was nominated for McDonald's All American Band. The All-State Academic Scholar was Joel Dopke. Moxness Chrismas Card design contest winners were first place to Paula Strehlow, and second place to Kelly Ringbloom.

The fall drama was Rebecca, which revolves around Maxim de Winter played by Jeff Kappen. A few other participants were Greg Forman, Tim O'Brien, Michelle Metzke, and Tracy Swan. The spring musical entitled Working represented various occupations based on the book by Studs Terkel. The cast was extensive, and the musical was well-received.

The forensics team had a extremely fruitful year. In a twenty-eight school meet in Muskego, triple A ratings were earned by Roy Smalley and Michelle Combs. The conference forensics champs were Roy Smalley, humorous solo acting; Tim O'Brien, Joel Dopke, and Chris Tuttle, group interpretation; and Michelle Courtier, farrago. Twenty-nine members participated in the state meet with the gold to Roy, Tim, Jeff and Chris.

The officers of the class were Jeff Collum, Kerry Coates, Mike Cotter, and Bill Johnson. Fourteen of the class were National Honor Society members. The Senior of the Year was Mike Cotter. Salutatorian award went Joel Dopke, and the valedictorian of the Class of 1989 was Scott Huth.

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