“Studying is going over material for a test or doing homework,” defined Vickie Hileman. “When I study I get off and get the material I need and study until I’m really tired,” she continued.
Don Carter and Laura McKinnon had a different view of studying, one that was perhaps more typical.
“Learning new material the night before the test is my approach,” said Don.
Laura preferred to “go back and put together the material that I’ve learned.”
While Vickie chose to study in a secluded place where she could be alone, some students preferred background music from a radio or stereo. Others chose the library and a friend to quiz them.
How much did most students study? Don Carter summed it up when he said, “Never enough!”
— 1976 Amethyst
The theatre darkened, the curtain opened and the play entertained the audience for a little while.
What they saw was the finished product of many weeks of work. The actors were only the beginning; sets had to be built, costumes and props acquired, make-up created, lights and sound coordinated.
Behind the scenes of three plays was Mrs. Pat Collier, directing members of the Drama Department. “George Washington Slept Here,” a comedy, was presented in the fall. “American Names,” a Bicentennial program given in February, included scenes from three famous American plays, “The Devil and Daniel Webster,” “Our American Cousin” and “The Miracle Worker.” The senior play was planned for late spring.
Out of the footlights, members of the Creative Drama classes went to local elementary schools where they involved children in the basics of drama by having them tell a story with pantomime and sound effects.
Competitively, drama students went with the Debate Squad to the University of Arkansas tournament where they performed the Reader’s Theatre “Johnny Pye and the Fool Killer.” They also took “Star Spangle and Company” to state.
Summing up the year, senior Sylvia Blyholder said, “It was a lot of hard work, but it was worth it.”
— 1976 Amethyst
“When I came back, people’s attitudes hadn’t changed at all,” said senior Pam Meinecke, the second Arkansas Junior Miss in a row produced by Fayetteville High School.
Pam showed that all it took was the “Bare Necessities” to win. She performed the song from Walt Disney’s “Jungle Book” in talent competition.
After she was crowned in Little Rock December 30, her duties as Junior Miss involved attending district pageants, making personal appearances, speaking at civic and service club meetings and working with the American Cancer Society. April 20-May 12, Pam traveled to Mobile, Alabama, for the national Junior Miss Pageant.
Nina Rolloff, senior, was named DAR Good Citizen of the local chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. She was nominated by the senior girls and chosen by the faculty. Along with the honor she received a college scholarship.
Six candidates were nominated by West Campus shops for VICA Sweetheart. Kathy Peele, senior, and Anna Williams, junior, were chosen by a panel of faculty members to represent Fayetteville in state competition in March.
— 1976 Amethyst
In its second year at FHS, Promotion of Black Students adopted as its year-long project fundraising for the fight against sickle cell anemia. Sponsored by Mrs. Betty Smith, history teacher, the group also sought money for a scholarship for a senior.
Social functions included a dance and fashion show with clothes provided by participating merchants. Proceeds from a soul food dinner went to the sickle cell anemia drive. Prior to Easter, the club took day-care children on an egg hunt.
“I like being in PBS,” said Jo Ann Lackey, “because it helps other people out and it makes you feel like you’ve accomplished something.”
The 2006 reunion was held at the Fayetteville Country Club on South Mountain. More than 80 alumni attended the reunion.
Front row, from left: ??, Linda Langham, Cecile McKee, Dotty Neely, Liz Reagan, Jenny Jacks, Amy Wilson, ??, ??, Paula Faires?, Debbie Adam, Dan Wickliff, Sherri Starr, Jimmie Brophy.
Second row, kneeling: ??, Nathan McKinney, Steve Smith, Dennis Peterson, Jody Tyson, ??, Lisa Lashley, Laura McKinnon, Gail Davis, Karen Waite.
Third row, kneeling: Diane Bell, ??, Leslie Long, ??, Joey Rodman, Lisa McConnell, Karan Carpenter, ??, Barbara Kane, Liz Adam, Vickie Talburt, ??, Susan Herrington.
Fourth row, standing: Brian Holt, Debbie Drake, Jeff Ward, ??, Anne Scarbrough, ??, Cheryl Clinehens, Soren Kraemer, Hugh Painter, Tom Coker, Mark Springer, Cathy McRee, Nancy Stanbury, ?? Regina Strong, Teensy Kirby, Jerry Cox?, Teresa Garrison, Emmett Watson, Kathy Peele, Aaron Karp, Charlie Alison, Randall Hughes, Joe Terminella.
Back row, standing on chairs: Steve “City” Jones, Drew Phillips?, Darrell Strange?, Terry Reed, Marsha Osing, J.D. Hobbs, Mike Tribble, Eddie LaClair, Read Hudson, Jeff England, Anna Leichner, Rick Turner, Brian Noland?, ??, ??.
Thanks to Kathy Trice Stevens for providing this group picture from the 2006 reunion. If you recognize someone whom we have yet to identify, send a note to FayettevilleClassof76@gmail.com.
The Fayetteville Public Education Foundation has announced the names of five people who will be recognized with induction into this year’s Hall of Honor. The honorees include Suzie Brooks Stewart, better known as “Miss Brooks” when the Class of ’76 was still in high school, and Candy Clark, who graduated a year ahead of the Class of ’76.
Stewart began teaching history at Fayetteville High School in 1971 and retired in 2010. She told the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette that she tried to make her classroom a welcoming in which students could share a variety of views.
She also served as the district’s social studies coordinator and helped put a greater emphasis on high-level thinking skills in classrooms.
She told the newspaper that she chose her profession because of the influence of teachers whom she had in school, including Vivian Schurfranz, Mary Heflin and Don Deweese.
“I believe that teaching is the most important job,” Stewart told the newspaper. “I always felt that it was important to respect my students, and I hoped they would sense my passion.”
Clark is being honored for her community service as well as her public service on city committees and the Washington County Quorum Court.
Lisa Lashley Higgins, a member of the Class of ’76, was inducted into the Hall of Honor in 2015.
Other honorees for 2016 are Neal and Gina Pendergraft, and Sarah Fennel Buchanan.
According to some of its members, Mu Alpha theta existed “to promote interest in math,” “to help someone get a scholarship,” “to get mathematicians together for business and fun,” “to look good on your transcript.”
But in the eyes of Mu Alpha Theta sponsor, Mrs. Marian Crum, the club was organized “to recognize and encourage outstanding work or scholarship in mathematics.”
At the annual Christmas part, Barbara Leeton was crowned “Sprouts” champion. “Sprouts” is a complicated dot-to-dot game of skill, logic and a bit of luck.
On the agenda for Mu Alpha Theta members in ’75-’76 was a field trip to Tulsa to visit the American Airlines Maintenance Center and Oral Roberts University. The group received reduced rates on Texas Instruments calculators, purchased a new calculator for the advanced math classes and attended the national convention in West Chester, Pennsylvania.
One of the highest academic honors a student could receive was becoming a member of the National Honor Society.
The membership was composed of seniors with a maintained grade average of 3.25 or more. There were two elections in which the faculty voted on the eligibility of the candidates with each student judged on a one to five scale. Those receiving the highest rating were formally initiated.
The first group of seniors (pictured) were initiated in the spring of their junior year. Those initiated this fall were Sharon Ammons, Debbie Atto, Keith Banks, Robert Cate, Jody Tyson, Randall Hughes, Gail Davis, Anna Leichner, Brian McGreevy, Deanna Eden, Bob Storey, Melissa Upchurch, Jana Janzen, Cheryl Clinehens, Billie Bacha, Jerry Cox, Duane Dunn and David Evans.
NHS’s money making project for 1975-76 was the sale of candy canes at Christmas time. This project was headed by President Nicky Gyles. The other officers were Sue Stockton, vice-president; Helen Messner, treasurer; Nina Rolloff, secretary; and Hee-Young Kim, reporter-historian.
Representing Arkansas at the regional Bicentennial Youth Debates to be held April 8-10 at Truman Library in Independence, Mo. will be two Fayetteville High School seniors and two students at the University of Arkansas. Left to right are Aaron Karp and Jeff Hobbs of FHS and Candy Clark of Fayetteville and Jim Jones of Little Rock, students at the UA. They are holding trophies won by the UA Inter-collegiate Forensic team in recent tournaments. (Northwest Arkansas Times, 1976)
— Courtesy of Jeff Hobbs