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Our Senior Year Revisited

"Plainsmen Potpourri" Articles 1985-86

The following events were published in various "20 Years Ago Recalled" articles at CyberPlainsmen during the 2005-06 school year. These events originally appeared weekly in Laramie Boomerang's "Plainsmen Potpourri" column during our senior year. Hope you enjoy them!

October 2, 1985

The LHS Foreign Language Department will host the Foreign Language Incentive Program (FLIP). FLIP is a state-wide competition for all junior and senior high foreign language students from throughout the area will participate in the activities and contests that consist of recitations, skits, video acts, and academic challenges (a college bowl type event), according to French instructor Carol Kirkwood.

FLIP will begin with an International Banquet and costume contest at Crane Hill cafeteria. Following the dinner there will be a disco dance at the Civic Center. If students do not choose to compete in the academic contests, they may participate in a wide variety of cultural events such as cookery demonstrations, mini-language classes, sign language, foreign films and international folk dancing.

October 3, 1985

LHS homecoming festivities will kickoff today with the 12th annual DECA pancake breakfast. There will be a homecoming assembly where the Homecoming Queen candidates and their escorts will be introduced to the student body. The LHS Drill Team will make its debut during the assembly, and an air band contest will conclude the assembly.

Other activities will be the dinner in the LHS cafeteria Friday night that will be sponsored by Ideal Superfoods, the "Parade of Cars" where each candidate will ride in a car around the school grounds, and a "car smash" will also take place. The football game will be against rival Cheyenne. A homecoming dance will follow the game.

A full page in the Boomerang featured the 17 homecoming queen candidates. The candidates, escorts, and clubs or groups appear below:

Anne Guzzo and Ron Dunvall (Drama Club); Heather Underwood and Mark Steel (Auto Club); Robin Eckhardt and Mike Hastings (L Club); Teresa Jacobs and Joe Rardin (Pep Club); Monique Way and Doug Laws (FBLA); Kristen Alleman and Hugh Darling (News Bureau); Amy Haight and Joachim Meyenhoff (French Club); Ann Vavra and Jerry Yates (FFA); Stephenie Brunett and Mike Smith (Junior Civitan). Mary Robinson and Mark Hastings (Spanish Club); Shannon Joy and Chad Blake (Art Club); Kristi Richardson and Jeff Erickson (WA Club); Kerri Schrawyer and Mike Corbin (DECA); Amy Lanning and Terry Sanderson (German Club); Jennifer Krafczik and Darin Stuart (Laramie High Spirits); Tracey Strohm and Tim Hogan (Cheerleaders); Laura Kay Unruh and Marguam Piros (FHA).

October 11, 1985

The Plainsmen Singers were asked to perform during the 1985 annual Madrigal Festival Nov. 9, at University of Colorado campus. LHS choir director Larry Eller said it would be the first year the singers will perform at the festival. In order to prepare for the event Eller plans to have the UW Madrigal Choir come and sing for the class. Eller added, "I feel it’s a great honor these students have earned and deserved. We will not be dancing on stage but we will be performing with the best high school choirs in this area."

October 19, 1985

The LHS News Bureau and school newspaper are undergoing several changes for the new school year. The News Bureau staff is now under the direction of Gary Vickery who taught journalism at Kemmerer High School for 17 years before coming to LHS. Other changes include a name change for the school newspaper. Formerly the Zephyr, it is now The Plainsmen Times. Mary Arth will be the editor, John Lloyd will manage the LHS News Bureau, and Sarah Carter will handle the business and circulation department. Jane Olsen will write the Plainsman Potpourri printed weekly in the Boomerang.

October 27, 1985

Twelve members of the LHS Student Council will participate in the Wyoming Association of Student Council (WASC) convention in Casper according to council adviser Ryan Fulton.

In order to provide an entertaining and safe Halloween night, the Sophomore Class has planned a Fun Night in the cafeteria. According to Sophomore Class President Trisha Fulton, parents are asked to bring their children to the party in their costumes. There will be ten booths and a haunted house available.

November 17, 1985

The LHS Drama Club is hard at work preparing for the upcoming state Drama Festival Dec 6 and 7 in Casper. High Schools throughout Wyoming will be participating in the Festival, according to drama coach Reesa Florom.

A new organization has started at LHS with the hope of wiping out the number one killer of teenagers today. The killer is drinking and driving and the organization is Students Against Driving Drunk (SADD). The main goal of SADD is to prevent deaths due to drinking and driving by use of the "Contract of Life." This is a contract signed by both the teenager and the parent agreeing that if the teenager has been drinking he or she is to call his or her parents for a ride home. "The reason I’m interested in SADD is the idea that it falls along the line of ‘an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure," said SADD advisor Bill Cole.

December 12, 1985

Twelve LHS girls are showing their concern for drunk driving by making a documentary film about the problem. Seniors Cindy Painter, Debbie Overman, Jenny Nolan, Jodie Rouse, Tammy Sanchez, Vicki Diaz, Carol O’Donnell, Shonna Jackson, and Bev Urbom are teaming with juniors Dusty Barry, Carrie Moon, and Sherri Otto in the production. Bill Cole contributed to the project by providing information on drunk driving.

The production is being made in Gary Vickery’s third hour media class where the girls learned the skills necessary in making the film. "I hope this movie will accomplish many things such as preventing accidents pertaining to teenagers and drunk driving." Rouse explained.

December 15, 1985

This New Year’s Eve seniors at LHS will have an alternative to the traditional celebration. The Senior Class will sponsor a party at the Civic Center. Rock-On-Wheels will provide music and such items as cakes and balloons will be donated by local merchants. "We wanted to do something special for the Senior Class and we couldn’t think of a better way than welcoming in 1986 with a party," said senior Jayne Adams.

The LHS Concert Choir, Plainsmen Singers, and Chamber Orchestra will perform its annual Christmas Concert Dec. 17 at LHS. Directors were Larry Eller, choir, and Rosalie Lewis, orchestra. At the end of the program the choirs and he orchestra combined to perform the Hallelujah Chorus.

December 17, 1985

It’s been a tradition during the past five years for Santa to visit the band room. He seems to keep a list of who’s naughty and nice during the weeks of December. The students bring their stockings and hang them with care above the band room blackboard in hopes that Santa will notice them there. The stockings are filled with candy and goodies the day before Christmas break. According to Santa helper and band director Mark Heinrichs, "We use this motivator to add a little holiday spirit to students’ school work during December. The kids really seem to enjoy it."

January 10, 1986

The LHS Future Business Leaders of America will sponsor a type-a-thon Jan. 15 and 16 to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association. According to business teacher Emma Jo Spiegelberg, the type-a-thon, called Flashtype, is open to all students.

"Flashtype" is a three-minute typing contest based on speed, accuracy, and word-per-minute abilities. The participants raise money by obtaining pledges for each word typed per minute correctly. "I am hopeful that students will make it a success," said Spiegelberg.

January 19, 1986

Music will be the common language when Laramie High School Musicians meet with over 400 of Wyoming’s best high school music students in Gillette, Jan. 20-22, for the 1986 Wyoming All-State Music Clinic and Concert.

Students attending the clinic are selected on the basis of auditions, which are taped and mailed in to be reviewed.

LHS has a total of 37 musicians attending the clinic--20 in choir, 14 in orchestra and three in band. LHS’s Dan Bressler and Anne Guzzo are among those selected to participate.

January 22, 1986

"Teachers from every department in the school have used the computer lab since it stared a year ago," said Janet Siebert, LHS Lab Coordinator.

"One of the most noteworthy features of the program is the rate at which it's grown. Last year, when the lab started operation, a busy week would consist of tem classes a week. My schedule will be nearly a full week in advance," said Siebert.

The majority of the use of the lab comes from English (50 percent) and math (30 percent) classes.

Siebert added that the computer lab has many advantages. She observed that one of the advantages in having a computer lab instead of having a computer science curriculum is that it provides opportunity for equal access. Sometimes she will get a person several times a day, i.e. in an English class one period, then maybe in a science or math class later in the day. This allows the students to see application of computers in many different fields.

February 9, 1986

Plainsmen Daze allows students to show their school spirit.

The week will consist of "Ms. And Mr. Irresistible Days," "Favorite University Day," a "School Principal Charles Mitchell Look-Alike Contest Day," an assembly and a Valentine’s Day carnation sale. The week will conclude with a "Morp" dance sponsored by the cheerleaders.

"The dance will be a Morp, prom backwards," said Student Council sponsor Ryan Fulton. He added, "The girls ask the guys, instead of wearing tuxes, you wear t-shirts, instead of eating at Finfrocks, you eat at McDonalds and instead of driving a Cadillac, you drive your Volkswagen."

February 14, 1986

The play "Night of Jan. the 16" will be performed by the LHS Drama Club Feb. 14 and 15 at Van Blair Auditorium. The public will be admitted with no charge.

Rehearsals have been rough because of illness," said Drama Club sponsor Reesa Florom, "however we have a lot of talent involved and I think it will be an exciting performance."

"The size of the cast has given more students the chance to get involved in a drama production," Florom said.

Some of the cast members included Anne Guzzo, Mary Arth, Teresa Jacobs and Theo Constantinides.

February 16, 1986

Six members of the LHS peer counseling group recently gave a presentation to the Parent-Teacher Association Central Council.

The council consists of all the presidents of each PTA and Superintendent of Schools William Conklin.

The presentation, by the students and advisor Sandy Teegerstorm, took place when PTA president Susan McCormack wanted more information about teenage suicide.

Some of the students included Julie Coca, Sean Kissack, Ami Haight, Jerri Steadman, Greg Gorney and Eric Trujillo.

February 23, 1986

Four members of the Snowy Range FFA Chapter participated in the District Speech and Creed Contest in Saratoga during National FFA Week.

The members and their speech topics included Stacey Talbott ("A New Generation of Lean Meats"), Scott Whitman ("Beef and the American Consumer") and Beendan Brazee and Chad Hixson ("FFA Creed"). LHS assistant principal Robert Jahns was one of the judges.

Also during the week, the Snowy Range FFA hosted its annual Open House that included a tour of the new facilities and a viewing of the students’ classroom and shop projects. Alan Johnson and Jack Garson also demonstrated how to shear sheep and tie wool fleeces

"With our additional shop space the students are able to accomplish more and work under safer conditions," said instructor William Despain.

More than 100 individuals, in careers ranging from reporter to physician to computer programming to baker, will be speaking to students at the LHS Future Business Leaders of America’s Fifth Annual Career Awareness Day.

March 5, 1986

Dozens of LHS students earned second quarter honor roll recognition.

Some of these students included seniors Tricia Ahrenholtz, Jeffrey Dodds, Anne Guzzo, Teresa Jacobs, Julie McKay, Tom O’Flannigan, Laura Kay Unruh, Jane Yovich, Amy Haight, Tom Gabriel, Roberta Chisholm, Treva Fulton and Daniel Wideman.

Juniors: Theodoros Constantinides, Caitlin Long, Mike Marlow, Guy Lowham, Ben Roesler, Wendi Willis, Quentin Skinner and Ben Fritzen.

Sophomores: Shanna Schrekengost, Michelle Markum, Stacey Talbott, Trey Dunham, Kenna O’Flanningan, Ronald Yovich, Travis Deti, Erica Loendorf and Angela Wick.

The event will be during at LHS during the students’ second and third period. This event has been sponsored for the past five years by FBLA. This program gives the students information about careers they might be interested in, so they can start preparing now for their chosen career field.

FBLA co-sponsor Emma Jo Spiegelberg commented, "The speakers usually enjoy coming into the school and getting an opportunity to see the students." Spiegelberg also said that it’s beneficial for the students because they can talk to professionals about careers they’re interested in pursuing in the future.

March 23, 1986

The Junior Civitan Club continues on having money making projects in order to regain enough money to be chartered.

The present project is the gasoline raffle according to president Steph Brunett. "I hope the kids in our club really try to get out into the community and sell these tickets".

The club also recently tried to start a new award for students and faculty called "Citizen of the Month Award".

March 30, 1986

Jazz music was the common language when the LHS Plainsman Singers joined 35 other groups at the Ninth Annual High School Vocal Jazz Festival at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley.

The Plainsmen Singers, directed by Larry Eller, was named one of the top three choirs of the 35 that participated.

April 3, 1986

"A Night to Remember" is the 1986 Senior/Junior Prom theme.

Tickets for the dance will be $11 per couple. Sponsors for the prom are business teachers Gwen Cruickshank and Karen Smith.

Students attending prom should check with local merchants and restaurants concerning discounts for early selections of tuxedos, dresses, flowers, and dinner reservations.

The entertainment for the prom will be "The Freeze" out of Denver and, as in previous years, a professional photographer will offer various picture packages.

April 8, 1986

Fourteen members of the Future Homemakers of America at LHS will attend the 1986 State FHA Convention.

The convention will be held in Douglas April 21-22. "Escape to a New Dimension" is the theme for this years convention.

The chapter events include student body, HERO (Home Economics Related Opportunities) display, program of work, scrapbook, families and futures, and publicizing FHA/HERO.

Some of the FHA members doing projects at the state convention included Monica Moinz and Tom Gabriel, housing; Soni Jo Shader, clothing; Laura Kay Unruh, culinary creativity; and Keri Nicholls, food service.

Brenda McCleary and Cheri Northen are the sponsors for the FHA club and both will attend the convention.

April 15, 1986

The foreign language departments from LJHS and LHS will host the Foreign Language Incentive Program (FLIP).

Close to 1,000 foreign language students from throughout Wyoming will attend.

"The program gives the students a chance to express their skills in many areas, not just academics," said Donna Thompson, LHS Spanish teacher.

In the areas of competition, there will be three divisions--culture, academics, and sports.

In the culture area, students can make food, create art pertaining to their foreign language, create a skit or dance, sing, or play a musical instrument.

In academics students could participate in the academic challenge. There will be competitions in recitation of chosen materials, recitation of original materials, Latin sight-reading, and a written examination.

In sports one could participate in chess games, obstacle courses, scrabble, a catapult competition, or a relay race.

April 25, 1986

Laramie students John Lloyd, Caitlin Long, Jennifer Justis, Tara Wright and Toni Elliot, John Shultz recently received the Congressional Achievement Award.

The United States Congress gives the award to outstanding American youth in recognition for community service and personal achievement. Each applicant received a congratulatory letter from the National Congressional Award Council, which includes several members of Congress such as Tip O’Neill, Robert Dole, and former President Gerald Ford.

The Wyoming Students Against Driving Drunk (SADD) Rally will be May 3, at UW.

The event is a chance for students to learn how they can put an end to drinking and driving and combating this number one killer of America’s youth.

Keynote speaker Robert Anastas, the founder and executive director of SADD, developed the program after two personal losses due to drunk driving accidents.

"When I spoke with Anastas at the Colorado State SADD Rally he said Wyoming is a high area of concern for SADD," said LHS driver’s education instructor and SADD adviser Bill Cole.

April 30, 1986

The fifth annual FBLA Computer Show will be May 3 in the cafeteria.

Community members may will be able to see all the different types of microcomputers, electronic typewriters, word processors and other computer equipment that are on the market today.

The public can also inspect the equipment and make appointments with dealers if they want to see the equipment in more detail and in a more personal setting, according to FBLA sponsor Jo Spiegelberg.

May 8, 1986

The Wyoming District History Day contest was in Laramie at the First Baptist Church on April 7.

The LHS Chamber Orchestra received a Superior rating at the Southwest District Music Festival in Cheyenne April 24-25.

Two groups from LHS participated. Susanna Brizuela, Susan Hanselmann, and Samantha Ropp participated in the group performance category. The group began their skit on World War1 by singing the wartime tune. "Over There". From there the group continued the performance of a story for which they wrote the dialogue and invented their own characters. The group took third place, making them eligible for the state competition.

The second group from LHS consisted of juniors Sherri Adams, Anne Aksamit, Leslee Kane and Jeanine Madsen. These students competed in the group project category. With their project on Indian treaties entitled "Broken Promises," the group secured first place.

May 15, 1986

Steve Popp, Daryl Rasmussen, and Barry Walker—part of the Inreach/Outreach program at the Wyoming State Penitentiary-- spoke to about 200 students at LHS on May 2.

They spoke on prison life and how to avoid it.

"I'm a prime example of a failure," explained Rasmussen. He exhorted the students not to become failures like him and the other convicts.

The three are currently serving jail sentences in Rawlins. Each of the inmates was selected to be part of the program on the basis of fellow inmates' recommendation and their desire to change. The program allows inmates to visit schools across the state in order to speak to students in hopes that some of the students might be motivated to change their lives and not end up in prison.

May 22, 1986

The doors of the old library at LHS closed on May 9 in order to prepare for the opening of the newly built library.

According to librarian Barbara Rhodine, the move into the new library took place on May 19 and 20. The new library, which is located in the addition to the south wing of LHS, is a "true multi-media center." The library is not only a print library, but it includes up to date audio-visual equipment, that the old library did not have.

The new library has many beneficial features. For example, it has a large workroom, a small classroom for English or research classes, a room for viewing audio-visuals, an office for the supervisor of the audio-visual equipment, a book drop, and a large area for students to do research or just sit around and read a good book.

The old library will be renovated into English classrooms. The new library will open its doors to the student body for the first time at the beginning of the 1986-87 school year.

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