00-01 2000-2001 The 2000-2001 school year started off quickly. The Teacher of the Year Award was given to Mr. Craig Potter on the first day of school (Wall of Fame). Due to the renovations that were started during the 1999-2000 school year, French fries were taken out of the cafeteria and had not been seen since March of 2000. Upon the return of this delightful treat, students rushed to the lines after being deprived of the fries (Passages XXVIII 14). A few weeks later, by September 17th, some students still did not have lockers because of the finishing renovations. They were allowed to carry their things around with them in a backpack. Finally, on September 20th, the computers were made available for student use after a long wait due to the renovations. Students were relieved that the school was back to normal after having to deal with the difficult environment during the renovations. Right around this same time, freshman Adam Wildrick won a trip to Sydney, Australia to attend the Olympics. His name was drawn by the Powerade Company after entering the contest online (Passages XXVIII 31). The 2000-2001 Homecoming took place October 12th through October 14th. It started with the annual Homecoming parade. During this parade, members of various teams and clubs threw candy out to the people lining the streets of the parade’s path. The NHS’ parade banner placed first in the banner contest for the parade. Later that night, the boys’ cross country team won the push-cart race. The winning team was Lynette Disch being pushed by Terrell Coatie. The next day was the Homecoming game. The Falcons lost to Martinsville with a final score of 17 to 28. Despite the football team’s loss the previous night, students had a great time at the Homecoming dance. The theme of the dance was “Jungle Jam.” Several students dressed in various animal prints to match the theme. The king and queen of the dance were Cameron Russelberg and Sarah Buffie (Passages XXVIII 40). Just a few days after Perry’s Homecoming, something terrible happened. Fourteen-year-old Adam Ritchie was killed in a car accident on October 19th. After this tragic event, Perry dedicated a scholarship in his honor to be given each year starting in 2004, the year he was supposed to graduate (Passages XXVIII 47). At the start of November, the 2000 election took place. This election was the most controversial election in United States history because of the numerous recounts needed to finally decide on the winner. A recount was asked for in Florida because of the confusion over the voter ballots. The candidates of this election were Vice President Al Gore and Texas Governor George W. Bush. The election was a very close race with Bush and Gore constantly fighting for the lead. Perry had a mock election held in the cafeteria. Some students favored Gore because he was planning on tightening gun control and that would make our cities and schools safer. Others preferred Bush because he was pro-life. One hundred students were asked who they would vote for. Sixty-seven percent voted for Bush, twenty percent voted for Gore, and thirteen percent voted for neither. On January 7th, Congress declared Bush the forty-third president of the United States after several recounts (Passages XXVIII 51). In the midst of the election, PMHS received a five thousand dollar check for winning a Staples contest on November 7th. The school also won a visit from Colts’ Coach Mora (Passages XXVIII 51). Later that month, on Thanksgiving morning, some students participated in Turkey Bowl 2000. This event was started in 1997 by Benjamin Smith ’01. He and his friends played a full-contact football game on Thanksgiving morning. A team of current students defeated a team of past graduates. The graduates promptly demanded a rematch that led to rumors of a possible Christmas Bowl 2000 (Passages XXVIII 64). This school year saw a lot of sports success in various areas. Both of the schools swim teams had successful seasons. The girls’ team sent two people to state. These girls were Cari Kauffman and Rachel Funk. The boys’ team had five swimmers qualify for state. These boys were Russell Heath, Robert Funk, Charles Walker, Matt Jeffries, and William Walker. Matt Jeffries was one of the champions of the state competition. He placed first in the 100 yard breaststroke with a time of 57.22 seconds. He also broke the school record with this time (Passages XXVIII 109,112). The wrestling team had the best season in a very long time. They won the annual Ritter Super Six tournament. Eleven Falcon wrestlers left the tournament undefeated. These wrestlers were freshmen Matt Haas and Pat Rady; sophomore David Walpole; juniors Justin Dibbern, James Edmondson, Nick Henniiger, Jon Lancaster, Nate more, and Zhac Pierson; and seniors Alonzo Harris, Chris Richards, and Danny Overby. The wrestlers later placed second at Conference (Walpole 6). By the end of the season, the team had an undefeated 23-0 record for the second season in a row. When they participated in the sectional tournament, all fourteen of the team’s wrestlers advanced to the finals. This was the first time a school sent all of their wrestlers to the final round of sectionals. By the end of the tournament, six wrestlers were champions while the other eight were second place finishers. The fourteen wrestlers advanced to regionals and later semi-state. Eventually two wrestlers made it to the state competition sealing a very successful season for the Falcon wrestlers (Passages XXVIII 104). During this very successful year for Perry Meridian athletics, one athlete was given an individual athletic award. Matt Bush was selected as the Player of the Year for the 2001 All-Marion County team by the Indianapolis Star. He had a .509 batting average, with eight home runs, and fifty runs batted in. During the baseball season, Matt helped bring the team to a 29-4 record and to the 4A state finals. Coach Doug Wampler was also honored as the Coach of the Year for the second time in the past four seasons (McKee http://infoweb.newsbank.com). When May finally rolled along, it brought a lot of good things for Perry. The first of these great events was the Prom. The prom for the 2000-2001 school year was held at the Primo Banquet Hall on May 12. The theme of the dance that year was “Take My Breath Away.” The student chosen prom court was made up of seniors Eric Wu, Jacob Hite, Benjamin Stengel, Marques Pflum, William Walker, Christine Weisenbach, Danielle Spears, Antoinette Taylor, Katy Wycoff, and Whitney Davis. That night, Danielle Spears and William Walker were selected as the king and queen of the prom. Later that night, after the dance was over, students made their way back to Perry for the After Prom party. Teachers and parents worked had to set up the casinos, obstacle courses, contests, and the food inside the school for the party (Passages XXVIII 162). Just two days after the Prom, a very monumental event occurred at Perry. On May 17, the school unveiled a plaque that would hang at the entrance of the IMC. This plaque was made to honor Mr. James Head, Perry’s first principal. Mr. Head was with the school from the start, both planning the school and personally selecting the original faculty. This plaque officially named the IMC after Mr. Head. He will always be remembered by the students and faculty of Perry (Passages XXVIII 164). On May 15, the PTA awards ceremony was held. This ceremony honored the outstanding performances of students throughout the school year. Each department handed out an award to one student who excelled in that subject. These students are: Eric Zobel for the art department, Jessica Wooten for the business department, Arnel Aurellano for the English department, Brittany Dillon for the family and consumer sciences department, Stacey Mullen for the Foreign Language department, Justin Strohm for the industrial technology department, Eric Wu for the mathematics department, Eric Zobel for the music department, Benjamin Smith for the physical education and health department, John Trombley for the science department, and Christine Weisenbach for the social studies department. The recipient for the Eugene Echols Award was Jeria Dotson. The Something Extra Award went to Megan McManama (Passages XXVIII 230). As the school year came to a close, finals were taken, and students were released from school for the summer. There was only one thing left in the school year: senior graduation. Graduation was held on June 3rd, 2001, the last day seniors had together. Erin Buck, the senior secretary-treasurer, started the ceremony with the flag salute to the senior class. Class President Sarah Buffie followed with a welcoming speech to those present. The Valedictorian was Jeff Chou with a 4.761 GPA and the salutatorian was Eric Wu with a 4.665 GPA. During the ceremony, Eric Wu performed Bach’s Violin Partita No. 3. After his performance, he compared the piece to high school saying, “Like our freshman year, the piece started fast, whether you were ready or not. Like our senior year, it was over before you knew it. Like high school, it has its highs and lows, its soft parts and its strong parts…The piece eventually came to a climax, and it ended with a flourish, just like high school has.” Every senior will always remember their graduation and the closing of another chapter in their lives, only to open up a new, more exciting page (Passages XXVIII 174). Although high school was over for the graduating senior class, Perry Meridian will always hold a special place in their hearts and minds. Joe Hardwick, a current senior at Perry, thinks that Perry does a great job preparing students. He thinks that the teachers care about their students and are always there to help out (Hardwick Personal Interview). Students learned and grew at Perry, and many will never forget the things they learned during their time here to prepare them for what lies ahead in and after college. Works Cited Hardwick, Joe. Student of Perry Meridian High School 2003-2007. Personal Interview, April 12, 2007. McKee, Pat. 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