Christmas

Carolers on the Fayetteville Square include Sheila Barbee, Joyce South, Nancy Guisinger, Cheryl McKnight, Lisa, Pat Bryan and Nancy Dodson.
The FHS Choir helped set the mood for the tree lighting ceremony on the Fayetteville Square. Carolers include Sheila Barbee, Joyce South, Nancy Guisinger, Jackie Ward, Cheryl McKnight, Lisa McConnell, Pat Bryan and Nancy Dodson.

Mistletoe and mood rings weren’t the only goodies in the 1975 Christmas stocking. Parties, presents, shopping, tree decorating and most of all the “impossible” white Christmas made the holiday one to remember.

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Scott Woelk is pleased that Santa Claus, Ned Parrett, can deliver his requests: “Now Santa that’s Lisa and Kathy and Terry and Susan and … .”

The Music Department caught the Christmas spirit early as the band and choirs spent the weeks after Thanksgiving rehearsing for their concerts. New additions to the A Capella concert were Christmas carols by soloists and a verse of “Silent Night” in Swedish by exchange student Lotta Rüdh.

NHS had an early case of Christmas spirit too. In early December, they began selling candy canes to raise money for their scholarship fund.

“We didn’t make as much as expected,” said president Nicky Gyles, “but we did pretty good.”

As classrooms took on a holiday look and plans for future parties were made, the anticipation built. Posters were put out early for the Christmas dance with the theme “Christmas in Germany.” With Jericho set to play, everything was ready early … almost. With only a week left to dance time, no chaperones were found. However, as the day crept closer and the possibility of cancellation threatened, they were located and the dance went on as planned.

Patty Horner and Karl Killian agreed that “the band was great and the dance was a big success.”

Christmas 1975. It was remembered by most students for special reasons — presents received or given, friends and family, snow and sledding. But whatever the reason, it was remembered.

— 1976 Amethyst

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Jericho performs for the Christmas dancers and prancers.

International Students

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From left, Giovanni Crippa of Italy, Lotta Rüdh of Sweden and Marc Riviere of France were exchange students at the Fayetteville High School during the 1975-76 school year.

Near & Far

The new faces at FHS in 1976 that didn’t look like sophomores were the foreign exchange students, Lotta Rüdh, from Sweden; Marc Riviere, from France; and Giovanni Crippa, from Italy.

What did they think of FHS and the United States?

Marc and Lotta said that school was easier than in their own country but Giovanni said it was about the same. They all agreed that English wasn’t a problem since it had been a required class in their own school for more than seven years.

They were amused when they were asked about their favorite American food because, as they pointed out, most American foods are also found in their own country.

And what about American football? Lotta didn’t like it “because I don’t know what is going on.” Giovanni liked it only when they played well, but Marc preferred to watch the spectators.

They all agreed that the people here were as friendly or friendlier than in their own country, and they pointed out that it does take a lot of kindness to take foreign students and make them feel so welcome.

— 1976 Amethyst