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Class of 1956

by Staff

February 21, 2006



19Hemingford High School 56

Student and Faculty Highlights of the Year

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!

 National Honor Society Members -- Frances Gordon, Twyla Lawson, Verla Turek, Janice Bussen, Judy Grabher, Howard Bosley, Shirley Langston, Doris Bacon, Mary Sampy, Catherine Gasseling, Billy Rasmussen, Ronnie Wax, Janice Fegler, and Karyl Rosenberger. Mr. Lindly was the sponsor.

Music Department -- There were 45 band members, led by Drum Majorette Lynn Ustohol, Twirlers Karyl Rosenberger, Pat Lashley, and Connie Rosenberger, and mascot, Nancy White. Mary Sampy was the Captain and Mrs. Hopkins directed. The Chorus had 58 members, including 16 boys!

Drama and One Acts -- The Juniors presented, " The Remarkable Incident of Carson Corners", while the Senior play was "We're in the Money". Mrs. Ruzick Directed

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43fe3a8ab3a96The Team is Victorious over the Hawks (Click on picture to enlarge)
The Team is Victorious over the Hawks (Click on picture to enlarge)

Football -- Bud Lawrence coached the '56 Bobcats to a 6-3 record, assisted by Chuck Lindly. Hemingford won games against Hay Springs 19-13; Chadron Prep 33-6; Sidney St. Pats 33-0; Alliance JV 37-0; Morrill 19-0; and Crawford 38-14. They dropped games to Gordon 12-20; Chadron 0-7, and Rushville 13-19.  Larry Riggs and Norm Tinsley were co-captains. There were 24 players. All State Awards went to Larry Riggs; All Conference awards went to Riggs, Norm Tinsley, and Bert Glass

Volleyball -- Not played interscholastically

Cross Country -- Not played interscholastically

Girls Basketball -- Not played interscholastically

Boys Basketball -- 10 ballplayers competed for Coach Chuck Lindly, including Dennis Fosket, Gary Hyland, Ronnie Wax, Paul Snyder, Bill Carrell, Bert Glass, Howard Bosley, Dale Wood, Norm Tinsley, and Dell Clark. Howard Bosley set the Free Throw record of 16 in a row. Co-captains were Norm Tinsley and Howard Bosley.

Wrestling -- Not played interscholastically

Girls Track and Field --  Not played interscholastically

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43fe3a8ab3a96A plethora of pictures from 1956 (Click on picture to enlarge)
A plethora of pictures from 1956 (Click on picture to enlarge)

Boys Track and Field -- Bud Lawrence coached the 13 boys out for track.  Lawrence Roes threw the discus, Bill Carrell high jumped, Norm Tinsley ran the lows, Dale Wood the highs. Bert Glass threw the shot, Kenny Horstman ran the sprints, and Earl Literas, Kenny  Horstman, Norm Tinsley, and Dale Wood ran on the Champion 880 yard relay team.

Golf -- Not played interscholastically

Clubs and Activities -- "H" Club had 26 members, and the pep club had 32.  The cheerleaders were Donna Fosket, Roylae Appleyard, Janice Bussen, Catherine Gasseling, and Doris Wood.

Football Royalty -- Queen -- Catherine Gasseling; Attendants -- Karen Schumacher and Shirley Langston

Basketball  Royalty -- Queen -- Karen Schumacher ; Attendants -- Donna Fosket and Shirley Langston

Prom Royalty --  Queen -- Mary Sampy ; King -  Norm Tinsley ; Attendants -- Earl Lliteras, Dennis Winters, Dale Wood, Marilyn Tinsley, Marlene Smith, and Betty Bergfield Crown Bearers were Renita Wessel and Bradley Rosenberger

Prom Theme -- "Moonlight and Starlight Motif" The decorations were stone walls surrounding diagonally arranged tables, with streamers and stars decorating the upper walls and high ceiling.Senior Class Motto --  "We dedicate our future to our creator"

Class Colors -- Old Rose and Silver

Class Flower -- American Beauty Rose

Senior Class "Almighty Cry" -- We're the Class of '56, We've had our fun and lots of kicks. No more years in HHS, for some there's more, for others less. Let's resolve to have our fun, and meet the things that are gonna come. We're looking forward to the date, when we're gonna graduate. After that day we'll go our ways, always remembering the "good old days". When we all worked like slaves, piles of work, worse than our graves. Things were looking mighty black, when those 4's and 5's went, SMACK! Shakespeare after school each night, sure was tough, we put up a fight. Although we thought we couldn't take it, we all came through -- our advice is -- you can make it. So all you "freshies" in next year, don't follow our footsteps, just lend an ear. We're the class of '565, we've had our fun and lots of kicks!

Senior Class Officers -- President -- Howard Bosley; VP -- Donna Hennings ; Secretary -- Catherine Gasseling; Treasurer -- Joanne Hewitt; News Reporter -- Sharon Randall

Junior Class Officers -- President -- Dennis Clark; VP -  Paul Snyder; Secretary -- Dennis Fosket; Treasurer -- Lynn Ustohal; News Reporter -- Gary Hyland

Sophomore Class Officers -- President -- Delphine Votruba; VP -- Jerry Overstreet; Secretary -  Jeanne Planansky ; Treasurer -- Ronnie Wax; News Reporter -- Kay Appleyard

Freshmen Class Officers -- President -- Jimmie Wood; VP -- Connie Rosenberger ; Secretary -- James Gasseling; Treasurer -- Dorraine Speer

Valedictorian -- Howard Bosley

Salutatorian -- Catherine Gasseling

Awards --  Shirley Langston received the Commercial Award; Bert Glass received the Athletic Award

Honorable Mention -- "Best Looking Seniors were Donna Fosket and Larry Riggs; "Most Likely to Succeed" were Howard Bosley and Shirley Langston. "Best Personality" went to Catherine Gasseling and Don Burney; "Most Athletic" went to Norm Tinsley and Donna Hennings.

Special or Unique Happenings -- Kid Day, Skip Day, and Career Day

CSC Scholastic Contest Results --

Senior Class Enrollment -- 26

Kindergarten Class Enrollment --  21

Yearbook Dedication -- To Mrs. Johnson, Principal, and longtime Pep Club sponsor

Superintendent -- Mr. Bosley

Principal --  Mrs. Josephine Johnson

Elementary Teachers -- Kindergarten -- Mrs. Furman (21) ; First Grade -- Mrs. Ball (19) ; Second Grade -  Mrs. Vedder (18) ; Third Grade -- Mrs. Meade (20) ; Fourth Grade -- Mrs. Brown (21) ; Fifth Grade -- Mrs. Johannsen ( 16) ; Sixth Grade -  Mrs. Fendrich (21)

Secondary Teachers -- Ray Scott, Industrial Arts and Ag; Mr. Phillip Roth, Commerce; Mrs. Helen Hopkins, Music and English; Mr. Sam Ruzick, Math, Science, and Social Studies; Mrs. Adelyn, Junior High Science and Math, High School math; Mr. Charles Lindley, Science; Mrs. Frances Ruzich, English, Speech, and Dramatics; Mrs. Evelyn Jones, Home Economics and Girl's Physical Education; Mr. Fred Lawrence, Social Studies, American History, and Driver Education; Mrs. LaVerne Fentress, Junior High English and Social Studies

Other Staff Members -- Custodians -- Mr. and Mrs. J.L. Wax; School Secretary -- Mrs. Delores Trussel


Class of '56

Date Subject Posted by:
03/03/2006 Very good site. Can't think of a thing to add. Hope all of the class can make it to the 50th. Thanks go to Superintendent Ningen Floyd Gowin postman62@earthlink.net
03/03/2006 Loved the site--brought back a lot of good memories---thanks Mary Menuey menuey@plateautel.net Carlsbad NM retired
04/03/2006 Great website, hoping we have a large turnout for the class of "56". Will be fun to see everyone and catch up!!! Donna J. Delsingg doubled402@alltel.net Lincoln, Ne
04/03/2006 Thanks to Supt. Ningen for the promptness in posting our class picture. Donna J Delsing doubled402@alltel.net Lincoln NE
04/03/2006 Thank you for your comments about the web page. This morning I went upstairs and snapped a picture of the 1956 senior class composite. It is now posted. I hope that the Class of '56 will enjoy their time together at the reunion. C. Ningen cningen@panesu.org Hemingford Educator
04/03/2006 I have heard from some of the HHS class of 1956 and they were wondering why the picture of the whole class was not on the sight. Could it be put on. I left a copy at the office with Alta Wright when I was there a couple of weeks ago. Floyd Gowin postman62@earthlink.net retired
04/03/2006 Would like to see a our 1956 Senior Class picture on this website. This would include everyone,I believe Floyd sent one to post. I don't believe there were too many of our class in the pictures posted. Do enjoy the website. Donna J. Delsing doubled402@alltel.net Lincoln, Ne
04/09/2008 What a wonderful site!. I had forgotten that my mother directed "We're in the money". Great to have memories sparked of Phil Roth, Rosenbergers, Lawsons, etc. I often tell people of Hemingford a little town in the middle of nowhere with the greatest people on earth. Sam Sam Ruzick Jr sruzick@aol.com Millbrook IL Retired

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