Selections From Our Senior Issue of the 1971 Hoof Print


“Get involved” and “study hard” rank as the most frequent pearls of wisdom that the seniors, having been through it all, wish to leave with the underclassmen.

Seniors Lynn Fawcett, Margi Groos, Betty Wray, Lynn Straus, Judy Whitaker, Nancy Hopkins, David Bongio, and Ginny Seymour all agree that to get anything out of high school, one must get involved in school activities.

Work and study hard

“Work and study hard” say Pam Jones, Connie Stressenger, Bo Shaw, and Teresa Lynn while Debbie Williams says “Study and learn – it may sound drab but it pays off later.” Eric Renth comments, “Work, but take things as they come and you’ll be okay.”

Good advice is to graduate early

Robin Harris, Cecille Carnes, and Sally Helland all agree that making the grades are of most importance. Conchita Flores leaves these words; “Study hard or you’ll regret it at graduation time.” According to Ken Thompson and Cindy Savage the best advice is to graduate as soon as possible while Bud Wiederman simply says, “Graduate!”

Cooperation with teachers pays off

In regard to a student’s relation with his teachers, many feel that cooperation with the teachers does pay off. Max Wier says, “Let your teachers think they’re running the class. They are nicer when they feel needed.” Bob Johnson says, “Give teachers exactly what they want, always.”

Lorna Adams stresses toleration of the teachers and getting as much as possible out of projects such as Minimester. “Do not take homework for granted” according to Dell Acosta and “Take challenging courses your senior year” advises Polly McClanahan.

On another level, Larry Williams says to “Think, don’t imitate.” Rob McLaughlin states that “One should profit from mistakes; there will be many!” Suzanne Garrett leaves the following message: “Remember that you are the most important entity that walks on the earth. The others around you are just faces you’ll eventually forget. It’s forgetting this that makes everything so difficult.”

School shouldn’t be all work

Both Mike Lyman and Mary Ann McLean say to get into a vocational program if at all possible. Six seniors feel that school should definitely not be all work and no play. David Ramos says to “Enjoy life before it’s over.” Rick Schimpff and Steve McClelland agree that one should have a good time. Robin Early advocates living each moment to its fullest and Lynn Erben feels that there should be more parties but not to forget the studies.

Specifics attacked by seniors

On the lighter (lightest) side, many decided to attack specifics in their answers. John Arizpe warns against Mrs. Zuschlag’s accurate throwing arm. Kathy O’Neill says not to let anyone know you are an underclassman, while not trusting giants is Bruce Bump’s advice. Doug Barnes advises not to fill out questionnaires with lies and to learn to spell. John Hardy advocates eating lots of peanuts. Jimmy Jung simply says to “Look out!” and Leighton Ku wisely says not to break auditorium doors (this does not apply to David Duke) and April Moreland warns against agreeing to give someone’s campaign speech.

Richard Erdrich comments that it is not wise to change schools too often. He’s been to four high schools and says, “It’s a hassle!”

“Go to Lee” says Annemarie Marek while Penny Austin leaves an important message to be passed down to next year’s freshmen: “Watch your step when getting on the elevator.”

After reading all these handy tips, think about the following left by Patti Denys: “Respect your upperclassmen so they won’t have to give you advice!”


What was the most important event during our four years in high school? “It’s not ‘was,’ it’s ‘will be’ – graduation.”

Graduation noted

Tay Mason, Steve McClelland, Mary Holmes, Maureen Busby, Cindy Savage, Larry Stenger, Ginny Seymour, Lynn Fawcett, Debbie Williams and Mike Grimes all listed graduating as their most important event.

Others looking forward to diploma day are Wendy Bolen, Richard Erdrich, Barbara Poplin, Annemarie Marek, Chris Clark, Susan Soderstrom, Pete Elbert and Charlie Gates. Among seniors thinking along the same line is Suzanne Garrett who commented that the most important thing to her is the realization that it’s almost over with.
For Worth Christian and Carolyn Nunn, becoming a senior and getting a senior ring were most meaningful while Max Wier named Senior Day as most outstanding.

Ken Thompson felt that passing junior English under Miss Ernest Mae Seaholm was certainly a milestone. David Bongio described “Attending and operating as a member of the administration of the Community Spring Seminar” his big event, and Katie O’Neill mentioned the CSS as a whole hers. For Kay Stewart, it was abolishing the dress code.

Awards and honors were of major importance to many seniors. Dundee Fraser noted that being a cheerleader was her most important event. Getting into Spurs as Pam Jones’ and being elected president of Spurs was Betty Wray’s. Showing at the Charity Horse Show was significant to Cindy Savage, and the OEA job manual contest was an important event for Conchita Flores. “When I received the Optimist Youth first place in water color” was special to Patti Denys and “Winning two awards from people I didn’t expect to get them from” was Rob McLaughlin’s.

Extracurricular activities

Other important events included the Wizard of Oz for Robin Early, going to Monterrey with Los Amigos for Nancy Hamner, Hemisfair and the moon landing for Lyn Straus, starting to work at Kenwood for David Ramos, “Night in Old San Antonio” for Penny Austin, the senior party on February 14, 1970 for Caren Martin, and a 40 mile hike to New Braunfels for Eric Renth.

April Moreland’s most crucial event during that last four years was “The day my mother decided I was old enough to have grown-up Bayer aspirin. I was getting tired of orange flavored baby aspirin.” Leighton Ku’s most important event was “My spiritual death - or birth, depending on your point of view.”


Most Witty: Cricket Kleine and Mannti Cummins
Most Likely to Succeed: Edmund Eickenroht and Cathe Krause
Most Adventurous: Graham Hall and Janet Davidson
Most Liberated: Susan McCullough and Tommy Sykes
Most Individual: Jill Biskin and John Hardy
Most Real: Kathy Dreyfus and Leighton Ku
Most Admired: Jana Orsinger and Tay Mason
Most Talented: Martha Jackson and Tom Gruning
Most Verbal: Bettie Bernhardt and David Richardson
Most Enthusiastic: Janie Smith and Malcom Derden