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Do You Remember? - 1966 Senior Class History
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1966 Class History
Kenny Vest, President
Rod Klima, Vice-President
Kathy Reppa, Secretary
Heidi Hansen, Treasurer
Entering a mystic world of innumerable corridors and forgotten room numbers, the Freshman Class of 1962-63 was officially christened Hammondites on September 7 amid the traditional panic and confusion.On that first day, the freshmen were introduced to the spirit of innovation which they were to carry with them throughout their careers at Hammond. They were aided by a new system of orientation known as “Big Brothers and Sisters.” As freshmen, the members of the Class were initiated into the school spirit of Hammond. The crew, with a freshmen member, went to New York to capture the national championship. Hammond also participated in the American Field Service Program, with Minna Bloc as the school's first foreign exchange student.Increased participation in clubs, sports, and other extracurricular activities marked the sophomore year of the Class of ‘66. Feeling like “old pros” already, the Class sponsored two successful activities, the Thanksgiving Food Drive in November and the Valentine Dance in February.It was not, however, until 1964 that official upper-class status was conferred upon the members of the Class by the issuing of class cards and the arrival of the coveted class rings. It was in their junior year that the students first had the chance to govern class activities through the Junior Board. Continuing several traditions, the Class sponsored the comic Junior-Faculty Basketball Game in February and the majestic Junior-Senior Prom in May. The latter part of May will long be remembered for overflowing bulletin boards and paper-strewn halls which characterized the annual S.C.A. elections.
Beginning their reign as seniors, the Class encountered a new and curious creature which had made its appearance on the Hammond scene; the eighth grader!Upperclassmen's thoughts began to turn toward College Boards and applications. Throughout the harrowing days of the first semester, many things were accomplished, including the capture of the Bell of Supremacy (lost since the freshman year), and the establishment of a senior courtyard in front of the gymnasium. Hammond’s fifth foreign exchange student, Andre Millim, was also sponsored. As a fitting end to Hammond’s tenth anniversary year, the Class of 1966 was graduated as the largest class in the history of the school.
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