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425ee83b90352 Hemingford High School Class of 1965 (Please click on thumbnail to enlarge)
Hemingford High School Class of 1965 (Please click on thumbnail to enlarge)

Class of 1965

by Staff

April 13, 2005


19Hemingford High School 65

Student and Faculty Highlights of the Year

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This page features athletic records, officers, themes, important numbers, important happenings, and other educational information from the year in question. It provides a quick and ready resource for Bobcat Grads and families!

 slide show  1965 Hemingford Highlights (Slideshow - Please Click on the icon or underlined link)

Student Council Highlights – Instigated the installation of a pop machine, also sold little football men statues and sweatshirts. Students began the habit of hanging out by the soda machine in Hemingford, NE!

Student Council Members – President – Arden Wohlers, Vice President – Diane Manion, members – Linda Wanamaker, Candis Stumf, Lynette Haas, Diane Gordon, Shirley Prochazka, Sondra Messersmith, Bob Smith, Mike Hudson, Tom Messersmith, Ken Messersmith, Ron Hucke, Brad Rosenberger, Dick Zeller, and Jerry Kiester. Sponsor was Mr. Fodnes.

National Honor Society Members – Bob Planansky, President; Sharyn Rogowski, Vice President; Carol Zeller, Mary Ann Jansa, Lelo Olson, Diane Manion, Kaye Scott, Pat Overstreet, Diane Rowley, Margaret Meyer, Sandy Grabher, Carol Price, Diane Yardley, Donna Fickel, Kathy Golka, Arden Wohlers, Greg Rosenberger, Phil Gasseling, Ed Planansky,  Boyd Krejci, Kenny Messersmith, Bonnie Gowin, and Priscilla Burri. Sponsor was Mr. Beck

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425ee83b90352The 1965 Hemingford Pep Club (Please click on thumbnail to enlarge)
The 1965 Hemingford Pep Club (Please click on thumbnail to enlarge)

Music Department – It was State Fair time in the fall for Hemingford High School’s Band! Besides performing at band day at CSC, and marching in Hemingford’s parade, the band attended the Northwest Conference Clinic in Chadron, and performed with the chorus and small groups at Christmas and in the spring. Pat Overstreet was named as outstanding band member. Superiors at District Music Contest went to Dave Minich, Tenor Sax and Sax Quartet, Carol Price, piano, Sherry Wacker and Diane Gordon with vocal solos, and the Madrigal singers. As many as ninety students participated in chorus. Carol Price and Nancy White were accompanists for the chorus.

Drama and One Acts – Fourth Annual “Elmer” night was held at the Roxy Theatre. Winners were Steve Yardley, Best Actor; Linda Wanamaker, Best Actress; Arlin Sample and Kaye Scott won supportingrole awards, all in the pep club play. In the Junior Class play, honors went to Greg Rosenberger and Kathy Golka, while Don Lawson and Linda Wanamaker won as supporting members. The One Act play was “The Ugly Duckling”, with Don Lawson and Kaye Scott taking top honors. The play won a superior at Districts! Also winning a superior was the one act, “Dust of the Road”. In the senior class play, Phil Gasseling and Eloise Forsstrom won honors, with Arden Wohlers and Sharyn Rogowski picking up awards for their supporting roles. Best costume award went to Steve Yardley for his part as “dust”. The all-around newcomer was Linda Wanamaker, while the all-around senior was Steve Yardley. Eloise Forsstrom and Pat Overstreet won superiors at Districts. The junior class play was “Mrs. McThing”, while the seniors performed “The Marriage Machine”. The Pep Club Play was “It’s Great to be Crazy”. In speech, Hemingford finished as conference runner-up to Sidney High School.

Football – Coach Dennis Kuhn’s Bobcats finished the season with a record of 2-6, with victories over Mimatare and St. Agnes. Top tacklers were Arden Wohlers and Ed Planansky, while Ron Hucke and Ken Fickel were the leading ground gainers. Dennis Gasseling won all-state honors, with Ken Fickel and Jim Olson the team captains.  The reserves finished at 1-3, and were coached by Mr. Belina.

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425ee83b90352The 1965 "H" Club (Athletic letterwinners) (Please click on thumbnail to enlarge)
The 1965 "H" Club (Athletic letterwinners) (Please click on thumbnail to enlarge)

Volleyball – This was the first year for intra-school volleyball at Hemingford.

Cross Country –

Girls Basketball – Basketball royalty included Queen Jan Reynolds and King Ken Fickel.  Attendants were Sondra Messersmith, Phil Gasseling, Steve Yardley, and Eloise Forsstrom.

Boys Basketball –  

Wrestling –

Girls Track and Field – This was the first year that girls track was offered at Hemingford!

Boys Track and Field –

Golf –

Clubs and Activities – “The Feline”, the school newspaper, was published by mimeographing the pages or at the Ledger. The junior class was responsible, with Greg Rosenberger serving as Editor In Chief; Bonnie Gowin as  Assistant Editor; Donna Fickel, Business Manager; and Barbara Roes, Activities Manager. FHA gave an opportunity to the girls at Hemingford to take part in life time skills, including playing host to two banquets, Betty Crocker National Exams, and State Convention. Carol Zeller and Barbara Roes attended with sponsor Miss Clark.

Homecoming Royalty – Queen – Diane Rowley; King – Jim Olson ; Attendants – Pat Overstreet, Ron Hucke, Shirley Wood, and Ken Fickel. Activities included the bonfire in the vacant lot, and a snake dance downtown ending in a town pep rally!

Prom Royalty –  Queen – Shirley Wood; King – Ken Fickel; Attendants – Brad Rosenberger, David Minich, Gary Planansky, Carey Davies, Pat Overstreet, Kathy Golka, Janet Prochazka, and Linda Becker. Crown bearers were Susan Quinonez, and Bobby Haas.

Prom Theme – “Blue Hawaii”, The stage was adorned with a “massive” green mountain, topped with beautiful tropical flowers. Everyone was given leis, and boats and flowers decorated the tables. Master of Ceremonies was Don Lawson, Ken Messersmith of the junior class gave the welcome, and senior class President Sonya Messersmith gave the response. The Hi-Tones from Scottsbluff provided the music till 12:30 AM. Many of the prom-goers then went to see ”Blue Hawaii”, playing at the movie theatre. The students were treated to a second feature, and then finished off the celebration with breakfast.

 Senior Class Motto -  “With the Ropes of the Past, We’ll Ring the Bells of the Future”

Senior Class Officers – President -; VP - ; Secretary - ; Treasurer -

Junior Class Officers – President -; VP - ; Secretary - ; Treasurer -

Sophomore Class Officers – President -; VP - ; Secretary - ; Treasurer -

Freshmen Class Officers – President -; VP - ; Secretary - ; Treasurer -

Valedictorian – Diane Manion

Salutatorian – Sandra Grabher

State Competitions –

Special or Unique Happenings – Reverend Paul Martin, Methodist Minister, spoke at graduation  about, “ What to do With Your Life”, while Rev. A.D. Lewis, and Elder Norman Sharp gave addresses at Baccalaureate, along with the Rev. David Harris. Songs were performed by Sherry Wacker and Diane Gordon. Senior sneak was in Denver, with a 4:00AM departure from Hemingford! The class stayed at the Heart O’Denver Hotel, and traveled to Golden to the Coors Brewery. They ate at the Drumstick Restaurant, and spent time at Celebrity Lanes. The seniors then saw “It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World” at the Cinerama, and “froze” waiting to get into the U.S. Mint. After shopping, the class boarded the bus and headed home, arriving tired but happy.

CSC Scholastic Contest Results –

Awards -  Regents Scholarship went to Diane Manion. The Elks scholarship was given to Bob Planansky, and Pat Overstreet was awarded a scholarship to Nebraska Wesleyan. Sondra Messersmith was given the 4-H council scholarship.

Senior Class Enrollment – 33

Kindergarten Class Enrollment –

Yearbook Dedication – The theme for the yearbook was, “ Education is the Light of the World”

Superintendent – Mr. Merle Beck

Principal – Mr. Harold Johnson

Elementary Teachers – Kindergarten -; First Grade –; Second Grade -; Third Grade -; Fourth Grade - ; Fifth Grade - ; Sixth Grade -

Secondary Teachers – Lyle Fodnes, English, speech, and journalism; Josephine Johnson, World geography and World history;  Merle Beck, Physics; Lambert Belina, Math and Phys. Ed; Adelyn Headden, Math and Latin; James Patterson, Science and Phys. Ed, Arnold Quinonez, Music; Dennis Kuhn, Business; Marilyn Clark, Home Economics; Lee Messersmith, Vocational Agriculture, Harold Johnson, Government and Guidance

Other Staff Members – Custodians – Irene Dyer and Bill Herbaugh; Edna Reindl, school secretary

Board Members -  President – Wayne Shaver, VP – Vincent Rosenberger, Secretary – John Wiltsey, Members – Garland Fisher, Bob Kiester, Lyle Speer, and Hugh MacArthur


Class of 1965

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10/31/2009 I love this page, it is so awesome. I love the fact that the class of 1965 started the tradition of hanging out by the soda machines. It was a big thing with my class too. I know some people who graduated in 1965 and am thrilled that they are the ones who started the whole thing.

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