89-90 1989-1990 The school year of 1989-1990 would be an exciting one for Perry students because they would be entering a new decade. However, the students were greeted with a horrible smell. Queasy Falcons had to deal with the smell of carpet glue because many classrooms were still receiving carpet. Although the carpet was supposed to be finished during the summer, the workers got off to a late start due to a complication in ordering enough carpet for the entire school. The carpet was finished on September 22 (Passages XVII 120). Although the carpet was finished on September 22, there was new excitement in the school that Friday afternoon. There was a convocation during homeroom to announce the candidates for Homecoming court. Last year’s royalty crowned the King and Queen, which were Jenny Deerberg ’89 and Doug Fites ’89. The homecoming princesses were as follows: Tonya Meadows ’91, Lori Lee ’92, and Nicole Gray ’93. The theme for homecoming, “Falcons to the Rescue,” proved to be a great choice. The dance was a great success. To start the night off right, the DJ played the song “Batdance” first. Students took part in dancing, having pictures taken, and sipping punch. Although the speaker shorted out during two songs, the dance was a great introduction to the new school year (Passages XVII 113). The Friday night before the dance, however, proved to be even more entertaining. The school took part in the annual bonfire where a giant stuffed Southport Cardinal was thrown into the fire. Following the bonfire was the varsity football homecoming game against the Manuel Redskins (Passages XVII 110-111). The Falcons won the game with a score of 7-6 (Passages XVII 121). The following day, the festivities continued at the same upbeat pace with a well-attended homecoming parade. For the first time, a student, Mike Yeager ’90, ran the parade with the help of Mr. Head. The two created a parade full of marching bands, police Mounties, floats, and of course, flying candy (Passages XVII 111). The students also took part in the annual pushcart race on the track. First place for the race went to team “Word.” Members included Mary Grimes ’90, Heather Hanson ’90, Kathy Freeland ’90, Matt Hardin ’90, Chris Lloyd ’90, Jason Shanks ’90, and Greg Thompson ’91 (Passages XVII 112). In sports, the girl’s basketball team was exciting the whole school. For the first time since 1984, the girl’s basketball team celebrated a winning record of 15-7. Not only did they have a great record, Coach Mike Armstrong led the team to runner-up in the county and sectional tourneys. In addition, the team set a school record for team free-throw percentage in a single season, which was sixty-two percent. Amy Fort set the record for the most points in a game, which was thirty-seven, and the most assists in a single game, which was one hundred and one. Aside from setting records, she made Team All-Metro, All-Indianapolis, All-County, and was invited to Hoosier Basketball Magazine’s Top 40 Senior All-Star try-outs (Passages XVII 44). As the world entered the 90’s decade, it was thought of as the times of change. New styles were becoming popular, new types of music were being listened to, and there were all new types of technology. Not only was it a new decade for the world, but Perry Meridian High School as well. The start of the 90’s would be Perry Meridian’s 18th birthday. Many changes were going to take place here and everywhere else. While Japan was launching its first probe to the moon since 1976 (McConnell 23), Perry Meridian began planning their prom with the theme “Make it Last Forever (Passages XVIII 1990).” As the Perry students began preparing for their 1990-1991 school year, President Bush was sending American troops to Saudi Arabia to prevent an Iraqi invasion (McConnell 24). The 90’s would certainly prove to be a decade of changes.