Large Group

Curtis Malone provides his own entertainment during psychology large group.
Curtis Malone provides his own entertainment during psychology large group.

Mrs. Mary Jane White takes her turn at the stand during her last semester on the senior English large group team.
Mrs. Mary Jane White takes her turn at the stand during her last semester on the senior English large group team.

Aaron Karp seems to be taking notes but look closely at how much he has written down.
Aaron Karp seems to be taking notes but look closely at how much he has written down.

Mike Bihn explains to Mrs. Kathy Roy why he was late to large group while Steve Yancey thinks up a good excuse.
Mike Bihn explains to Mrs. Kathy Roy why he was late to large group while Steve Yancey thinks up a good excuse.

Duane Spears, Tony West, Mike Buchanan and Read Hudson found that tilting the wheel helped their team in a senior English large group game.
Duane Spears, Tony West, Mike Buchanan and Read Hudson found that tilting the wheel helped their team in a senior English large group game.

High School Nap Time

To the casual observer, large group was a room full of 50 to 150 students — some sleeping, some taking notes, some reading day old assignments and others daydreaming the hour away.

For the students it was an inevitable part of the high school experience, since large group formed an integral part of all English classes as well as psychology, history and accounting.

Most students learned to place each large group session into one of four categories and looked forward to the class with anticipation or dread according to its classification. These were 1) the filmstrip, film, record category including W.C. Fields films and broken filmstrips, 2) the note taking period complete with the date Emily Bronte’s sister’s dog died, 3) the guest speaker, 4) the games, so aptly recalled by Nicky Gyles.

“I feel the large group system stands on a basically sound theory. However, one aspect of large group did cause me emotional anguish. Games involving singling out certain individuals and the social ridicule which followed was quite exasperating, especially when it happened to me.”

According to Mrs. Kathy Roy, senior English teacher, the purpose of large group was to allow speakers to talk to all the students at once as their schedules might not permit them to speak to each class individually. Large group also enabled teachers to shae the work load of offering lectures and showing filmstrips.

“We are not here to entertain,” observed one teacher.

Student opinions, on the other hand, were mixed.

“It’s a good idea,” said John Horn. “One advantage is that it breaks the routine. Students find it boring because it’s to formal and teachers often have uninteresting presentations.”

“Large groups are beneficial when they are used for speakers, film strips and things like that,” pointed out Kathy Bell, “But at times they could be very boring.”

— 1976 Amethyst

Mathemagicians

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Front row, from left: Marian Crum (sponsor), Simone Killian, Glen Berry, Kim White, Laura McGoodwin, Candy Treat, Rachel Skoney (secretary), Teresa Fields (president), Judy Goff, Becky Segers, Cristine Wolf, Nina Rolloff, Mike Bihn, Van Bennett, Brian Holt, Rick Turner, Marc Riviere. Second row: Debbie Adam, Betsy Stewart, Sheryl Willis, Mohini Chatrothi, Sylvia Blyholder, Kris Chatrothi, Brian Haring, Michael Simpson, Charles Alison, Jeff Hobbs, Mike Brooks, Becky Thomas, Patty Gannon, Jim Beavers, Michael Rudko, Pam Sills, Mark Rupert, Bob Storey. Third row: Terri Kirk, Nancy Pennington, Nancy Hamm, B.L. Lancaster, Alan Solis, Sadhana Mishra, Allison Level, Pam Taylor, Tommie Flowers, Sara Skinner, Georgia Buckley, Kelle Green, Lisa Wallis, Jerry Paulissen, David Cordes, George Alison, Kirk Walters, Johnny Hulett, Janet Roberts. Back Row: Jennifer Desmarais, Katherine Edman, Patricia Ammons, Melissa Teas, Jessica Lowe, Lisa Flynn, Mary Sekiguchi, Gina Turner, Laurie Leonard, Mary Laney, Carolyn Reilly, Sandra Glass, Carolyn Davis, Barbara Leeton, John Stephens, Billy Ourand, Steven Yancey, Marc McGuire, Janet Drake.

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.”

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Superintendent Harry Vandergriff along with Teresa Fields, president, congratulates Carolyn Davis after her initiation into Mu Alpha Theta.

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.

Libby Stewart and Hee-Young Kim enjoy refreshments after the initiation.
Libby Stewart and Hee-Young Kim enjoy refreshments after the initiation.

Adam to Bishop

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Debbie Adam

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Kelly Adams

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Ricky Ahart

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Charlie Alison

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Mike Alley

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Cheryl Allred

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Don Ames

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John Ames

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Sharon Ammons

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Thyrsie Anderson

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Chris Arias

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John Arnold

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Debbie Atto

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Jackie Audrain

Billie Bacha
Billie Bacha

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Jeff Bailey

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Steve Baird

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Cheryl Baker

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Keith Banks

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Sheila Barbee

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Karen Barnes

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Kris Barnes

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Robert Barnes

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Robin Baucom

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Lisa Beard

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Debra Bell

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Diane Bell

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Kathy Bell

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Mike Bihn

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Wanda Bishop