94-95 1994-1995 The 1994-1995 school year started off with a great event, the naming of Mrs. Mary Rebber as the recipient of the Perry Township Teacher of the Year award. Mrs. Rebber had been teaching in Perry Township for twenty-five years and during that time had made many friends among the students and faculty (Partikh 2). Another great event that occurred at the start of this new school year was the election of N. Clay Robbins, a 1975 Perry Meridian graduate, as the president of the Lily Endowment Inc. (Doss 3). The new school year also started off with new classes. The physical education Department adds a new course to their curriculum, scuba. This new course was a treat for the those students who enjoy new experiences. It is a four week program that teaches students the basics of scuba diving (Passages XXII 86). “Scuba was fun. The instructors were cool and they made the class interesting and fun to learn,” said Cheryl Burwell ’96 (Passages XXII 86). This class was fun and exciting for all of the sophomores that took part in it (Passages XXII 86). During this school year, Increasing Depth in Educational Ability, IDEA, classes began block scheduling by combining their classes for a two-hour class period. An example of this was the Sophomore IDEA English and U.S. History class combining to form an interdisciplinary American Literature course (Passages XXII 77). In Literature you always have to teach history, so it was natural for the courses to come together,” commented English teacher, Mrs. Nancy Johnson (Passages XXII 77). Another class that was blocked was Freshmen IDEA English and ESI Biology, allowing for more time to focus on the two classes (Passages XXII 77). A huge event that is always welcomed by Falcons is Homecoming. This year’s theme was “Falcons: Take One.” It was a spin off of Hollywood movies. Many floats in the Homecoming parade featured many different types of movies. However, the contest winner was the class of 1997’s Float that had a falcon dressed up like Freddy Cougar. Their entry was titled “Nightmare on Falcon Street.” The next day was the pep session where this year’s king and queen were crowned. The winners were King Deon Pendergrass and Queen Jessica Creasy. Unfortunately, the game that evening was a loss of twenty-four to fifty-two against Decatur Central, but that did not stop the students from having a good time at their dance (Passages XXII 86). In October 1994, Perry Meridian felt a tragic loss. Seventeen year old Andy Davies died of cancer. He was greatly remembered by fellow classmates and teachers. They all stated that he was their hero in his own special way. Every student commemorated that he had touched each and every one of their lives. As a result, he changed everyone one and made them want to be more. Today, they are all better people because of him (“Falcons love Andy” 4). The fall play for 1994 was none other than “Our Town”, a Thorton Wilder production. However, the big part of this news was not the play, but the naming of a new director. Mrs. Tara L. Freese served as the director for this year’s fall play. The cast of “Our Town” welcomed the play and its new director with open arms. They were all excited to work together and put on a spectacular show. Some of the students that played the leads were John Waymire ’97, Kelli O’Brien ’97, Deanna Maio ’95, and Emily Allen ‘96 (Passages XXII 25). This year, the varsity football players discover new leadership under the Head Coach Craig Potter. All of the players welcomed their new coach with a new sense of hope for the season. The new tactics of Coach Potter were proved successful when the varsity team was in a bind and needed a fourth down. During the season, at one of their toughest games, they were able to pull together and win the game 86 to 35. A few other athletic achievements include the varsity volleyball team making it to regionals, the girls’ cross country team going to semi-state, the Special Olympics team placing third at the state basketball tournament in Terre Haute, and the wrestling team earns their twenty-second straight winning season. (Passages XXII 120). Every year the student body selects a person for the Daughters of the American Revolution, DAR, Good Citizen Award. This year the lucky recipient of that award was senior Holly Mackenzie. She commented, “I am honored because it is an award given to me by my classmates. It makes me feel good inside.” She was very thankful to her teachers and peers for selecting her for this award (Maples 3). This year’s school musical was “Bye, Bye, Birdie.” The lead role of Conrad Birdie was played by Tony McGail ’95. This musical had one of the largest casts in school history (Passages XXIII 8). “Having a larger cast was harder to put all together, because you had to deal with a lot more different personalities, but it was rewarding in the long run,” stated co-director Mrs. Anne Sanders (Passages XXIII 8). Many intense hours went into the making of this production, but on opening night it was anything but a failure (Passages XXIII 8). In February, Junior Toni Lin was honored with the “We Value Youth” community awards. She received this special recognition by making the world around her a better place. Lin volunteered at a Muscular Dystrophy camp and was a “candy striper” at local Community South Hospital (“Perry Youth Honored” 1). During the months of March and April, Perry hosted eight French students form Colombes, France. The hosts of these students were every excited to have them come. Then, later in the summer, seventeen Perry students traveled on a three week, foreign exchange program to Weiden, Germany. The students really enjoyed their time in Germany, and it allowed them to experience new types of cultures and traditions. All of the students said that the Foreign Language Department opened so many doors for them, and that they learned so much from their foreign language classes (Passages XXII 97). The spring play for the school year was “The Nerd.” It starred Kevin Grow ’96, John Waymire ’97, and Matt Deboard ’97 as the main characters of the play. The play was written by Larry Shue for contemporary theatre. Help, time, and effort are the three main reasons why the show was such a success when it opened for the public (Passages XXIII 12). One of the actors, Peter Burton ’96 commented, “My friends and I loved the performance because we felt that this play was one of the best in our school’s history” (Passages XXIII 12). The entire cast was thrilled that the production was such a success. They can barely wait for the next play (Passages XXIII 12). One of the most unforgettable event during the school year was prom. It is even in the title. The prom theme was “Unforgettable in Paris.” This year it was held in the Egyptian room at the Murat Temple. The crowned king and queen of the prom were Dino Sanders and Kristi Sparks. Everybody loved the prom theme and had a good time hanging out with their friends while dancing. It was definitely an unforgettable prom. As the saying goes, “We will always have Paris” (Passages XXIII 16). Then one of the biggest events of the year before graduation is the Mini-O. Since, the end of the school year was nearing and finals were not far away, many senior took all of their stress and anxiety and put it toward the Mini Olympics competition (Passages XXIII 20). Senior Chris Maples ’95 stated, “Mini Olympics really released a lot of tension and pressure, and let us seniors get together one more time just to have some fun” (Passages XXIII 20). The Ancient Empire team was the costume winner. They dressed just like the Ancient Greeks. The team that won the field events was “The Roller Rainbow Smurfy Derby.” After everything was over, the seniors thought the Mini-O was a complete success (Passages XXIII 20). At the Academic awards banquet, near the end of the year, Angie Wu was named valedictorian and Damien Forkner was name Salutatorian. The recipient of the Eugene Echols Award was Natalie Harris ’95, and the recipient of the Something Extra Award was Tim Hancock ’95. Everyone was grateful for being honored at the Academic awards banquet (Passages XXIII 22). Finally, graduation came. Many Perry student were very sad about leaving Perry, but they were excited to take the next step in their lives. The presentations of “Harmony” and “Color” were applauded tremendously after Angie Wu and Damien Forkner gave their speeches (Passages XXIII 24). Andy May ’95 responded, “It moved me and explains why Angie Wu was the Valedictorian” (Passages XXIII 24). After all was said and done, the 1994-1995 school year came to a close (Passages XXIII 24). Works Cited Doss, Jackie. "1975 PM graduate lands top job." FOCUS. 30 September 1994: News: 3. "Falcons love Andy." FOCUS. 14 October 1994: In Memorium: 4. Maples, Christopher. "McKenzie DAR recipient." FOCUS. 11 November 1994: News 3. Partikh, Artie. "Rebber named township Teacher of the Year." FOCUS. 9 September 1994: News: 2. Passages XXII: KaleiDoscope. Marceline, MO: Walsworth Publishing Company, 1994. Passages XXIII: Wide Angle. Marceline, MO: Walsworth Publishing Company, 1995. "Perry Youth Honored." FOCUS. 10 February 1995: 1.