Debbie Norris and Betsy Perkins wait patiently for their turns at the check out desk.
Debbie Norris and Betsy Perkins wait patiently for their turns at the check out desk.
Mr. Duncan signs blue slips to returning students.
Mike Bryant, right, finds Don Carter's "note from home?" rather humorous but Don seems to think it'll work.
Mike Bryant, right, finds Don Carter’s “note from home?” rather humorous but Don seems to think it’ll work.

Singing the Blues

If there had been an Academy Award for the best excuse for missing class, it would have been a tough decision. Having practice for 10 years or more, students have come up with some pretty good ones.

There are a few all time favorites — “I had a flat.” “I ran out of gas.” And of course, “I had to go to a funeral.” But when asked who passed away, the answer was always “my grandmother” — for the third time.

But then there were the real excuses — “I was sick.” The actual kinds of sickness varied with the imagination of the students. There were the ones with a cold, then there were the ones with an upper respiratory infection and the most imaginative had “rhinitis.”

So, who’s to say who was sick and who was faking. It all depended on how imaginative you were in deciding your illness, how convincing you were when having your parents write your note (or how brave you were in forging it), and how serious you looked when you got your blue slip.

A few excuses from the mother of Bruce Q. Shark for her absentee son:

Dear Attendance Person, Bruce Q. was not in school per 1-3 yesterday. He got his foot stuck in the porcelain utility. Mrs. E. Shark

To whom it may concern: Bruce was not in school periods 1-3 yesterday. He thought it was Washington’s birthday & overslept. Mrs. Ethel Shark

Mr. Duncan, Bruce Q. Shark was not in school yesterday 1-3 periods. Did you really miss him? Mrs. Shark

— 1976 Amethyst

National Honor Society

Front row, from left: Perry Thomas (sponsor), Sharon Ammons, Sylvia Blyholder, Nina Rolloff (secretary), Helen Messner (treasurer), Hee-Young Kim, Nicky Gyles (president), Sue Stockton (vice-president), J.D. Hobbs, Mike Brooks, Melissa Upchurch, Jana Janzen. Second row: Liz Adam, Karan Carpenter, Betsy Stewart, Sandi Coffin, Laura Larr, Sheila Barbee, Nancy Stanberry, Lisa McConnell, Betsy Perkins, Bev Kreie, Susan Stephenson, Jody Tyson. Third row: Susan Herrington, Luanne Smart, Vicki Hileman, Debbie Adam, Diane Bell, Pat Bryan, Judy Goff, Pam Sills, Lisa Lashley, Terry Miller, Laura McKinnon, Donna Moore, Karen Jones. Fourth row: Sherman Smith, Alan Hepler, Steven Yancey, Dianne Cross, Teresa Fields, Teensy Kirby, Cathy Huff, John Horn, Soren Kraemer, Tom Coker, Kathy Bell, Janis Reed. Fifth row: Marc McGuire, Bob Storey, Gary Striegler, Jeff Ward, Brian Holt, Rick Turner, Don Carter, Greg Thoma, Daniel Wickliff, Cecile McKee, Linda Langham. Back row: Phyllis Kelly, Mark Springer, Bill Watkins, Jeff England, Samuel Steel, Theresa Smith, Dotty Neely, Terry Reed, Becky Riggs, Nathan McKinney, Robert Meyer.

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.

NHS members Sue Stockton and Judy Goff serve refreshments following fall initiation.
NHS members Sue Stockton and Judy Goff serve refreshments following fall initiation.

Neighbors to Reese

Janice Neighbors
George Niblock
Brian Noland
Cindy Norwood
Tim O’Brien
Larry O’Connor
Lisa Osburn
Marsha Osing
Hugh Painter
Phyllis Parham
Gregg Parker
Mike Parker
Lynn Patrick
Mike Patrick
Kathy Peele
Betsy Perkins
Ronald Perry
Debbie Peterson
Dennis Peterson
Andrew Phillips
Kathryn Polivka
Hal Poole
Kevin Rains
Dwayne Ralston
Liz Reagan
Donna Reed
Janis Reed
Rick Reed
Terry Reed
Dick Reese