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MHS 1968 Factoids: Then and Now

THEN

Co-valedictorians:
Cosimo Natali, Michael Natali

The Honor Grads:
Judy Arnold, Hilary Asher, Randi Sue Baker, Alice Marie Beard, Tom Bicknell, Roger Brady, Karen Broomall, Cathy Bupp, Dennis Cackowski, Deborah Callsen, Deborah Claeys, Suzanne Collins, Ronald Cosner, Cheryl Davis, Kerry Deardorff, Terry DeMaegd, Mary Jane Dexter, Linda Forbess, Tom Grau, Suzanne Green, Judy Greenlee, Bill Groth, Jeffrey Hensley, Susan Hess, Mark Hildebrand, Cynthia Houghton, Margaret Huff, Paul S. Hupp, Linda Jasiewicz , Connie Kelly, Kathy Koleszar, Barbara Kopec, Richard Kunkle , Thomas Lechlitner, Janice Matz , Lauretta Mecham, Gail Myers, Cosimo Natali, Michael Natali, Shirley Neely, Dan Nicolini, Carol Ann Nix, Mark Oklak, Mary Ann Pechi, Brenda Pfaller, Penny Reynolds, Mary Rhoade, Tom Robinett, Craig Salyer, Nanette Schnaible, Randy Shayler, Keith Smith, Rebecca Smith, Debrah Stretch, Robert Stretch, Beverly Vance, Stephen Woods, Karen Young, Jane Zimmerman.

Student Council Officers, Senior Year:
Dave Nevel, Kathy Hillaert, Roger Brady, Mary Ann Pechi

Senior Class Officers:
Randy Marks, Joe Jasiewicz, Cosimo Natali, Penny Reynolds

The Plays:
Senior year:
Harvey
. Lead roles: Dan Nicolini, Connie Kelly, Kathy Hillaert
Junior year:
Cheaper by the Dozen
. Lead roles: Dan Nicolini, Pat McGee


Homecoming Court:
Senior year: Diana Roberts (queen), Margie Hesch, Lauretta Mecham

Junior year: Margie Hesch, Martha Jo Probst
Sophomore year: Pam Craig
Freshman year: Pam Craig

Roberts

Hesch

Mecham

Probst

Craig

Honor Societies:
National Honor Society Members
~ Leadership ~ Scholarship ~ Service ~ Character ~
Judy Arnold, Hilary Asher, Nancy Austin, Randi Sue Baker, Alice Beard, Timothy Bess, Thomas Bicknell, Roger Brady, Karen Broomall, Dennis Cackowski, Deborah Claeys, Suzanne Collins, Diana Costa, Cheryl Davis, Kerry Deardorff, Gerald DeWulf, Mary Jane Dexter, Linda Forbess, Thomas Grau, Judith Greenlee, William Groth, Margery Hesch, Mary Susan Hess, Mark Hildebrand, Kathleen Hillaert, Margaret Huff, Linda Jasiewicz, Marilou Karst, Connie Kelly, Kathy Koleszar, Barbara Kopec, James LaBelle, Randall Marks, Lauretta Mecham, Patricia McGee, Cosimo Natali, Michael Natali, David Nevel, Daniel Nicolini, Carol Ann Nix, Mark Oklak, Beth Otterstein, Mary Ann Pechi, Brenda Pfaller, Penny Reynolds, Mary Rhoade, Thomas Robinett, Craig Salyer, Nannette Schnaible, Catherine Schroeder, Carolyn Schwartz, Sheryl Scott, Randy Shayler, Rebecca Smith, Debrah Stretch, Stephen Woods, Jane Zimmerman.

Quill and Scroll Honorary Society Members
Alice Beard, Pam Cook, Mary Jane Dexter, Tom Grau, Margie Hesch, Susan Hess, Dana Holycross, Peggy Huff, Connie Kelly, Kathy Koleszar, Dan Nicolini, Will Pooley, Beth Otterstein, Martha Jo Probst, Jim Shown, Karen Williams, Steve Woods.

Music Honor Society Members
Randi Sue Baker (vocal); Marsha Honold (vocal); Kathy Koleszar (clarinet); Albert Maeyens (trumpet); Dan Nicolini (violin & clarinet); Brenda Pfaller (violin); Becky Smith (piano).

Thespian Troupe 496, the Emily K. Davidson Troupe
Judy Arnold, Randi Sue Baker, Dennis Cackowski, Greg Cook, Diana Costa, Connie Gilvin, Carol Gramenz, Sue Hess, Pat Heston, Kathy Hillaert, Connie Kelly, Kathy Koleszar, Nancy Kraft, Jim Locke, Tony Marando, Randy Marks, Pat McGee, Bob Mead, Connie Micinski, Dan Nicolini, Sandy O'Connell, Beth Otterstein, Martha Jo Probst, Thom Reith, Mark Schumaker, Carolyn Schwartz, Becky Smith, Jennifer Stebbins, Debbie Werbrouck, Steve Woods, Jane Zimmerman.

Class Rings:
In May 1967, there were 405 people from the Class of '68 who were eligible to purchase class rings. Of those, 331 purchased a class ring. Cost of the rings: $20.15 for the small rings; $21.42 for the medium-size rings; and $24.38 for the large rings.

'Symphonies in White':
Class of '68's Cathy Schroeder and Carol Ann Nix led the way as the Class of '67 walked into their commencement ceremonies. Cathy and Carol wore white, full-length formal gowns and carried red roses. It was a traditional thing: Two junior girls always led the seniors to graduation. The Class of '68 was lead by Cheryl Tagliaferri and Cindy Theilking, from the Class of '69.

Religion and the Class of '68's Graduation:
There were no calls to keep prayer out of the graduation ceremonies: At baccalaureate, Rev. Clay Frost (1st Methodist) offered the opening prayer; O.L. Grisham (Church of Christ) read the scripture; Rabbi Elliot Rosenstock (Temple Bethel) gave the sermon, and Fr. Miller (St. Joseph) offered the closing prayer. ... Commencement opened with a prayer from Fr. Mascotte (St. Bavo's) and closed with a prayer from Rev. Frank Barcus (1st Evangelical Lutheran).

Graduation Committee:
Class officers: Randy Marks, Joe Jasiewicz, Cosimo Natali, Penny Reynolds
Student Council president: Dave Nevel
Honor society presidents: Alice Beard (Quill & Scroll), Dan Nicolini (Thespians), Carol Nix (National Honor), Becky Smith (Music Honor)
M-Men president: Randy Shayler

On June 5, 1968, we flaunted tradition and had our Commencement Exercises outside on the football field. We sat in the bleachers until it was time for the walk across the stage. And with that walk across the stage, we entered the ranks of MHS alums.


NOW

The Married Classmates:
Hilary & Tamara (Reed) Asher
Ron & Pat (DeLaurelle) Brooks
Jerry & Mary Ann (Pechi) Cavanah
Greg & Debbie (Young) Deitchley
Gerald & Judy (Emmons) DeWulf
Richard & Pam (Cook) Kunkle (Rich died January 28, 2013.)
Al & Patty (Adams) Marchant
Rick & Connie (Gilvin) Paridaen
Don & Susie (Collins) Plummer
Steve & Carolyn (Schwartz) Van Ooteghem

The military veterans:
Over 20 per cent of the men from MHS '68 gave military service, and five women served. At least nineteen men served in Viet Nam; one served in Iraq. Here are the military veterans who were part of the Mishawaka High School Class of 1968:
Byron Aldrich, Gregg Baldoni, Richard Barber, John Barnes, Mike Bellovich, Judy Blankenhorn , Neil Brioli, Jim Britton, Ron Brooks, Ed Cabanaw, Keith Cooper, Mark Crocker, Ron DeBlock, Terry DeMaegd, Harold "Spider" Draves, Tom Eberlein, Bobby Fisher, John Fisher, Dennis Graham, Carol Gramenz, Jim Hallaert, David Hamman, Linda Hatfield, Linda Howe, Larry Humphrey, John Joyal, Larry Karnes, Tom Lechlitner, Leroy Lekens, Stan Leslie (known as Stan Denney in high school), Michael Morrison, Deborah Morse, Charles "Charlie" Mott, Rick Paridaen, Dennis Pendergrass, Don Plummer, Will Pooley, Timothy Przygocki, Richard Putz, Thom Reith, Bill Richter, Gary Rodich, George Roelandts, Terry Schwier, Jim Shown, Keith Smith, Randy Smith, Tony Sorocco, Mike Squibb, Bob Stretch, Joe Swift, Jimmie Trovatore, Bob Van Arsdale, Larry Van Camp, Jim Van Haver, Steve Van Oooteghem, Lester Brent Ward, Harry M. Weaver, Ray Wennerstrom, Jack Wilson, Tom Zimmerman.

The RN's:
Debbie Callsen, Debbie Claeys, Cathy Cunningham, Margaret Hutchinson, Linda Jasiewicz , Betty Myers, Beth Otterstein.

The school teachers & educators (some active, some retired):
Patty Adams, Jimita Baldoni, Tim Bess, Greg Blimling, Denny Cackowski, Ron Cosner, Diana Costa, Steve Cunningham, Judy Greenlee , Frances Grisham, Margie Hesch, Susan Hess, Barb Hitchins, Cindy Hoffman, Cindy Houghton, Joe Jasiewicz, Marilou Karst, Brenda Pfaller, Will Pooley, Mary Rhoade, George Roelandts, Randy Shayler, Becky Smith, Phil Stillston, Jerry Thacker, Debbie Young, Glenda Young, Karen Young.

The building trades journeymen:
Byron Aldrich (sheetmetal worker), Gregg Baldoni (sheetmetal worker), Dan Culp (pipefitter), Tom Daffron (electrician), Alan DeMaegd (machinist), Steve Egendoerfer (electrician), Randy Frederick (electrician), Larry Liffick (machinist), Michael Merritt (electrician), Gary Rodich (operating engineer), Steve Saros (plumber), Randy Smith (plumber & pipefitter), Chuck Van Camp (painter).

The musicians:
Mike Campbell, Stan Denney Leslie, Kelly Guin, Dave Hoskins, Bob Lese, Dan Nicolini, Doug Overman, Becky Smith.

The DDS, the PhD's, and the EdD's:
Tim Bess, Greg Blimling, Steve Cunningham, Judy Greenlee , Alan Stafford, Bob Stretch, Jerry Thacker.

The lawyers:
Alice Beard, Tom Grau, Bill Groth, Pat McGee, Dan Nicolini, Carol Nix, Susan Peterson.

The engineers:
Bill Daily, Gerald DeWulf, Cosimo Natali, Mike Natali, Donald Nisley.

The CPA's:
Cheryl Bobson, Mark Hildebrand.

The social workers:
Cathy Bupp, Kerry Deardorff, Sheryl Scott, Sandy Stutzman.


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