93-94 1993-1994 The school year of 1993-1994 at Perry Meridian High School started out with a little bit of a rocky start. Many changes were occurring in the school in the late summer before the fall of 1993. A lot of fall cleaning was in much need before the school year started. Plans for reinventing the school were becoming more common among the students getting ready to return back to their school for the new school year. Due to the moist, warm, dark environment Perry Meridian’s library is kept under during the summer season; mold and mildew began to grow in the books, shelves, carpet, and walls, making the PMHS library their new home (Lo “There’s a Fungus Among Us” 2). This is the third time the mold has reoccurred at Perry. In the previous years, they have always taken care of the problem by using alcohol to clean up the mess. But this year the mold was too much to handle and has lead the school to propose new plans of a heating and cooling system throughout the school. The school was cleaned up but lasted from August to late October (Lo “There’s a Fungus Among Us” 2). Another slight renovation that changed the way Perry look was also due to another elemental weather problem. Due to water damage, the school had a new gym floor installed, replacing the ruined one (Passages XXI 2). Several other additions had also been placed into the Perry Meridian school system. The senior class was the first class that was allowed to eat on the pavilion in the fall. Usually, the seniors had to wait until the spring to eat outside, but the rules have been changed since the previous years (Passages XXI 4). The sophomores also proudly took the victory of the phone booth stuffing contest at the grade party this fall. Another even taking place this fall was the traditional Homecoming dance. This year’s Homecoming theme was ‘Jammin’ with the Falcons. The king and queen for this year’s Homecoming were Ian Dagley and Melissa Dexter respectively. The couple reined over the weekend, enjoying the perks of being Perry royalty. The Homecoming football game was against Pike this year. The game was held at Perry Stadium and resulted in a Perry victory, the end score being 12-7 (Passages XXI 8). With the fall activities taking place all throughout Perry, a natural disaster had hit the Midwest. The Great USA flood of 1993 damaged the Midwest, hitting the states of North and South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Wisconsin, and Illinois. The flooding occurred from May through September, totaling the damage from the flood to fifteen billion dollars with fifty people left dead. At least 10,000 homes were destroyed, and hundreds of towns were evacuated. The flood was caused by wet soil conditions combined with tons of rainfall in June and July, causing the Upper Mississippi River basin to flood. At least twenty-five towns were completely submersed under flood waters, ruining over fifteen million acres of farmland. Transportation was also effected, stopping barge traffic for almost up to two months on the Missouri and Mississippi River. Ten commercial airports were also submerged. The flood was known as one of the most significant floods to hit the United States (Larson http://www.nwrfc.noaa.gov/floods/papers/oh_2/great.htm.). A couple of other key current events also took place in the fall of 1993. On August sixth, the Buckingham Palace in London, England was opened to the general public, allowing public tours to be given (Bruccoli 10). The U.S. Special Forces tried to capture two Habr Gidr clan leaders on October third, 1993. They were ambushed in Magadishu, Somalia, leaving eighteen American soldiers dead and dozens wounded. 500 Somalians were killed and 1,000 were left wounded (Bruccoli 11). On August tenth, Ruth Bader Ginsburg became the second woman to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court. President Clinton nominated Ginsburg (Feinstein 25). In San Diego, California on October first, the Human Genome Project was set off. It was a plan to map and sequence the entire genetic structure of human kind. Through this task, billions of dollars and ten years are expected to be taken from it. The US Department of Energy will also be heading this task. This project was made in order to help lead scientists towards finding the cures to many inherited diseases (Guinness Book 418-19). Now, the school year has entered into the second semester. The second semester of a school year cannot officially begin without the annual school musical. The musical for this year was “Guys and Dolls.” As the old saying goes “break a leg”, however, no one actually thought that someone would take it literally. The night before the Saturday performance Bryce Johnson ’94 sprained his ankle. Thankfully, his ankle healed before the next evening (Passages XXII 6). Fellow cast member Julie Frye ’96 commented, “After all the mishaps, the musical was a success” (Passages XXII 6). Also, the entire cast thanked directors Mike Slack and Anne Sanders for their support and motivation (Passages XXII 6). In February 1994, Mayor Stephen Goldsmith spoke to Perry Meridian’s senior class. Mayor Goldsmith talked to the seniors about crime, drug use, busing, school choice, Bush Stadium and the Circle Center Mall. The mayor said that he is not a fan of busing because it caused the deterioration of communities. Even though integration is a positive concept, forced integration is not. Then he left with a final note telling the seniors to vote in the fall elections (Lo “Mayor Goldsmith peaks to Seniors” 1). A little later that month, senior Teresa Lo won the instrumental division of the Marion County Prelude Awards Competition. She was also awarded a $2,000 scholarship. Lo was proud because after three years of trying, she finally achieved her goal (Olmstead 1). The spring play of 1994 was “The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis,” directed by Connie Clore. Like many other plays, this one took many hours of rehearsal and line memorization (Passages XXII 23). “Putting the play together took a long time and was demanding, but we all stuck to it and managed to have a good time too,” said Jennifer East ’97 (Passages XXII 23). Opening night the cast’s acting abilities and hard work were put to the test, and they paid off tremendously. At first, last-minute nervousness struck the cast and crew, but they pulled through it and put on a good show (Passages XXII 23). The theme for the 1994 prom was “Say Anything.” This year’s prom took place at the Murat Temple, where all of the couples danced to the song “In Your Eyes.” This year’s crowned prom king was Gary Meadows, and crowned prom queen was Megan Miller. However, the music and place wasn’t important to everyone (Passages XXII 23). “I believe the best part of Prom was my date!” quoted Jon Meyer ’95 (Passages XXII 23). As usual, prom was one fantastic night (Passages XXII 23). A little later in the school day something incredible happened. On Tuesday, May 10, 1994, Perry Meridian High School witnessed a solar eclipse. A solar eclipse is a rare phenomenon and is only seen about once a century. Therefore, both students and teachers took advantage of this even and left their classrooms so they could witness this spectacle of nature. Many of the students who saw it said that it was the chance of a lifetime (Bell 20). The next event in the school year is the Mini-O. When the event took place on Sunday afternoon, sixteen teams showed up hoping to take home the gold. Most of the competitors that took part had a lot of fun (Passages XXII 12). “The best part was sliding across the slip and slide and getting soap in my eyes!” commented Cherie Yeager ’94 (Passages XXII 12). At the end of the day there were only two teams that one. The team that won the costume contest was the “Prom-Court Rejects”, and the team that won the field event was the “Hippies and HillJacks”. Whether they won or they lost, all of the seniors that participated had a great time (Passages XXII 12). At the Academic Honors Banquet, Teresa Lo ’94 was named valedictorian and Sarah Pierson ’94 was named salutatorian. Along with these awards, Lamont Yarrel ’94 won the Eugene Echols Award, and Chris Cunningham ’94 won the Something Extra Award (Passages XXII 30-31). Then, that time of the year rolled around; graduation day. The Class of 1994 graduated with 284 people that year. Surprisingly, this was one of the smallest classes that have ever graduated from Perry. All of the students listened attentively as Lo and Pierson gave their speeches entitled “What in the World” and “It’s Like a Piece of Cake.” Then after that moment the Class of 1994 had officially graduated (Passages XXII 19). Works Cited Bell, Kristi. "As for the natural phenomenon." FOCUS. 20 May 1994: News: 2. Bruccoli, Matthew J. and Richard Layman. American Decades: 1990-1999. Farmington Hills: Gale Group, 2001. Feinstein, Stephen. The 1990's: From the Persian Gulf War to Y2K. San Diego: Enslow Publishers, Inc., 2006. Guinness Book of the 20th Century Millennium Edition. London: Guinness World Records Ltd, 2000. Larson, Lee W. "The Great USA Flood of 1993". . Online. 2 March 2007. Lo, Teresa. "Mayor Goldsmith speaks to Seniors." FOCUS. 11 February 1994: 1. Lo, Teresa. "There's a Fungus Among Us". FOCUS. Issue 1. September 10, 1993: pg 2. Olmstead, Tammy. "Lo captures Prelude Award." FOCUS. 11 February 1994: 1. Passages XXI: Pardon Our Dust. 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