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opening MOJG to 06-07 

A new school year, many new teachers, a new lunch sys- 
tem, and new administration, what more could we ask 
for? Each year at GHS something changes, or maybe 
something exciting happens. This year we beat Andrean 
at Homecoming 36-13. We have a new principal Bonnie 
Manuel, and a new assistant principal Jack Birmingham. 
In addition tothe new administration, therearealso many 
new teachers. Kelli Bridges is a new foreign language 
teacher. Emily O’Brien is a new science teacher. Jane 
Sloan came from E.C Central as a math teacher. Not only 
do we have a bunch of new teachers, we have new students 
as well. We have three foreign exchange students. Two are 
from Germany and one is from Mexico. Changing notes a 
little bit, we have a new lunch system. On registration day 
all students got a card with a number on it. The parents 
of the students must put money into their child's account 
in order to use it. When a student gets to the cash regis- 
ter they put in their four digit number and then their face 
pops up with their account information. This new lunch 
system is said to have made the lunch process a little bit 
faster. If that does not appeal to people the old way of j ust 
having money is okay too. With all new changes in the 
school the 2006-2007 school year is ready to start. 

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Student life, what does that consist of? Waking up 1 8 1 
days out of the year, to get an education that builds the 
foundation for your future makes up most of it. In be- 
tween, comes a lot of tears, laughs, parties, sleepovers, 
along with many more emotions and activities. I- 
STEPS start off the year, chapter tests every other 
week, and homework every night after work. Where 
is the escape? Where do the tips and advice come in? 
When is there time to relax? “When I am stressed and I 
need advice I call my older sister (Sarah Zajac), she is 
in college she knows a lot, or I call my boy Ryan Bridg- 
es a.k.a. Bridge Dawg,” said senior Joe Zajac. Students 
have found there own ways and things to do to get 
away. As a teenager weekends are very important. It is 
a time to have fun, go out and enjoy the time away from 
school. There are always movies to see at Showplace, 
coffee to drink at Starbucks, or 1 8 holes to make at the 
Fun Center. When people are in a bad mood there is 
something that could put a smile on their face. There 
is Homecoming every year, fun labs in classes, new 
students from other countries, pets to go home to, and 
always new CD’s coming out to take their minds off of 
things. If you have an open mind, grab a friend and 
enjoy life as a high school student. 


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" [ I remember) that I didn't know anybody 
and didn't talk to anyone," says Ricardo Ga- 
rate about his first day of school. Garate 
is an exchange student from Mexico who 
came here to experience life in the U.S. 

Butterflies in the stomach, new clothes on and a new school 
in view; that's right, it is the first day of school. Whether one 
is a freshman or from a different school completely, GHS is a 
brand new school, full of new people and classes. There are 
crowded halls, people talking and yelling, bumping into each 
other, not even apologizing for it, and slamming their lock- 
ers shut. Desperately new students search for middle school 
friends, or if one does not know anyone, they look for afriendly face. Finally, one finds their lock- 
er, and after two tries, gets the darn thing to open. Whew! first obstacle overcome. Now, shove 
in the over packed backpack, new folders, notebooks and binders, find a class schedule and set 
off for first period. DING, DING the bell rings, the halls begin to clear, time to find class and sit 
down... the day has begun. 

Many of us can remember our first day of school, excited that we were finally in high school 
but nervous that something bad or embarrassing would happen to us. Freshman Ali Pietrucha 
says she was really nervous and afraid of getting lost because the high school is big. “ I’m really 
looking forward to [high school] volleyball and swimming, and I’m just really excited to be in 
high school,” Pietrucha said. 

Pietrucha went to middle school at Griffith so she already had a lot of friends here, but brand 
new to not only our school but to our country are the three exchange students, juniors, Julian 
Kern and Fritz Roehnert from Germany and senior, Ricardo Garate from Mexico. Fritz is from 
Gottingen, Germany and came to America because, “I wanted to learn the language and I like 
America.” Fritz is looking forward to playing soccer because back in Germany he plays soccer 
Julien Kern applied to come to America while in Germany, and got sent here because there was 
afamily willing to be housed by the Rukes’ family. Julian likes how many sports are offered here, 
but thinks our school is “too big.” He came here looking forward to improving his English. 

Not only do students get nervous on their first day of school, so do new teachers. Griffith High 
School had many teachers retire last year, so many new faces are in front of the chalkboard this 
year. The new teachers are Kelli Bridges and James Ford in the Spanish department, Sue Guil- 
foyle (replaced by Amy Ott) and Emily O’Brien in biology, Jim Saltanovitz, Melanie Simpson 
and Jane Sloan in math, Scott MacFarland in computers, Pat Sadler in art, Diane Soucie in 
Family and Consumer Sciences and Barb Luevano in special education. Math teacher Jane 
Sloan is new to our school but not new to teaching, and if one thinks her last name sounds fa- 
miliar that is because her daughter is senior Amy Sloan. Sloan said the reason she was nervous 
for her first day at Griffith was because she was not familiar with the students and staff. Sloan 
says,“ I love teaching at the same school as my daughter; it’s the best part of my job.” This year 
Sloan is excited to use the computer lab and do other hands on activities to help her students. 

Another new year has begun, and the new students have settled into life at Griffith High 
School. The halls do not hold so many confused looking faces anymore, and new teachers are 
comfortable in front of their students. Next year the cycle will start again, and even the sea- 
soned seniors will be the new students in class once they start their college courses next year 
So let us all remember that feeling of insecurity on the first day, and always try to be nice to the 
new students and staff. 


To keep her students interested in learning, 
Jane Sloan, math tries to mix up her days, 
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The best part of teaching according to Kelli 
Bridges, Spanish, is, "Seeing them (students) 
get it, [the] light bulb clicks on." Bridges was 
nervous her first day; she worried about 
students' behavior. 

Thinking back on her first day of school 
freshman Kara Buchholz remembers, "It 
was really big, but it was not as scary as I 
thought." Buchholz's favorite class is with 
Rachel Miller, English, because she likes her. 

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With a thoughtful expression on his face, 
junior Julian Kern decides that classes at 
Griffith High School are a little bit too long 
Kern said, "Class is only forty-five minutes 
[long] in Germany, or even less sometimes." 


Ususally seen talking to someone, senior 
James Bobowski chats with others in the 
parking lot. 1 don't who know I was talking 
to, it was probably Billy Hilbrich (junior), be- 
cause he's the man,” said Bobowski. 

Standing in line to get on the bus, freshman 
Shavonna Simmons waits to show her bus 
pass to the driver. "I've been riding the bus 
for five years," she said. "I hate when it gets 

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Driving. They say that it is a privilege, not a right. But so many stu- 
dents drive that only a limited number of sophomores were able to re- 
ceive a parking pass. Is it still a privilege, or just a given? Sophomore 
Gregory Joyce says he has to park on the street because he wasn’t 
able to get a pass. “1 don’t like the walk, but it’s okay, and it’s not very 
far,” said Joyce. 

Many students are just glad they have a can “My grandpa gave my 
dad the car and a tree fell on it, so after it was fixed I got the cai;” said 
Leah Morton, senior “It was dented a lot.” 

Sophomore Chris Holycross’ s car was given to h im by his grandma. 
“When she passed away she gave it to me.” 

One other obstacle of driving: passing the driving test “I had to take 
my test twice to pass it,” said Joyce. Holycross only failed the permit 
test. “The driving test was easy for me,” Holycross said. Many can’t 
wait for the chance to play their stereo as loud as it will go. “The tru nk 
and the mirrors of my car vibrate,” said Holycross. “My girlfriend 
says my car makes her house vibrate from down the street.” 

Others just drive to school. “Since it is my parents cai; I just drive to 
school and football practice. I can’t have friends in the car yet either;” 
said Joyce. 

Morton uses her car for everything. “Pretty much everywhere I go I 
drive, but sometimes I walk to work just for a change,” said Morton. 

“I drive to school and work, and sometimes I run errands for my 
mom,” said Holycross. 

“I am the worst driver you’ll ever meet, you do not want to get in the 
car with me. I admit to it. If I got a new car I would drive better,” said 

Morton says she is lucky she got her car insurance when she did. “I 
had my license for a day and insurance for about fifteen minutes. My 
dad had just called the company. I was in a parking lot and this other 
girl and I basked into each other I was glad my dad didn’t get mad.” 
The cost of owning a car seems to become more and more expensive. 
Many students have to have their parents pay for the always increas- 
ing gas prices because they can only afford the insurance. 

Not everyone drives to school though. “I don’t mind the walk, since 
I only live like a block away,” said sophomore Alison McCampbell. 
“I don’t think I would be able to afford to have a car It sucks when it 
rains though. I had to walk to school the day we had tons of rain, I was 
soaked,” said McCampbell. 

We can only hope the price of gas goes down and our jobs give us 
raises. The freshmen haven’t been able to take drivers’ education yet, 
or get any jobs. Although some of them may have to wait until they’re 
eighteen before they can drive, most of them are going to have to park 
on the street. 

Another way students get to school is a 
ride from their parents, especially for un- 
derclassmen. "My mom was dropping me 
and my best friend, Aimee Johnson (soph- 
omore) off at school,' said sophomore 
Brooke Studniarz. 

Ashley Peters 

"I don't have a car like everyone else, so I 
have to skateboard everywhere I go," said 
senior Nicholas Sellers. "It's a long way to 
skate to school, so I usually get rides from 
other people," said Sellers. He has been 
skateboarding for about six years. 

On a surprisingly sunny day for fall, senior 
Tim Swart gets out of his car to head into 
school. "I don't like that we can't park on 
the sides of the street," said Swart. Many 
students, especially sophomores, have had 
to find other places to park, too. 

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Dressed as convicts, senior Jimmy Bobowski 
and junior Dan Domsic, joke around at lunch 
the day of the game. Their shirts created a 
lot of commotion. "We try to be creative for 
each game,' said Bobowski. 

Ashley Peters 

Jokingly senior Dan Woloszyn sports his 
"tuxedo shirt" for dress up day. Most people 
wear real suit or nice dress pants, but not 
him. "This was a way for me to express my 
sense of humor," said Woloszyn. 

Searching for a secret object, freshman Jor- 
dan Rush, frantically seeks through the pie in 
hopes of winning for his class. "|l liked activi- 
ties day because) it was a chance for me to 
socialize with my classmates," said Rush. 

Katie Horn 

Amanda Uram 

Stacy Sanchez 

Another new edition to activities day this 
year was tug-o-war with the teachers. "I 
thought it was fun for the kids, and great 
that the teachers got involved with the ac- 
tivites," said Kay Orzechowicz, English. 


Out of breath and still running, sophomore 
Justin Casper, strains himself in hopes of 
winning for his fellow classmates. 1 enjoyed 
supporting my class. The falls hurt a lot, but 
I just kept going," said Casper. 

Walking in the parade with dogs in hand with 
the FCCLA was senior Jeanette Bridegroom. 
"I had fun in the parade because I like show- 
ing off my uncle's dogs. They're really cute," 
said Bridegroom. 



Here at Griffith, football is without a doubt the most popular 
sport, and the most anticipated game is Homecoming. This year 
the game was against our biggest rivals, Andrean. Spirit week and 
the parade are just a couple of the activities that can consume a 
student’s Homecoming week. 

Spirit week was not much different from the previous years. Mon- 
day was d ress u p day, followed by paj ama pants day on Tuesday, cam- 
ouflage/armed forces day on Wednesday, and favorite sports team 
day on Thursday. Then, of course, Friday was black and gold day. 

There is a lot of preparation that takes place before Friday even 
comes. Many students make t-shirts, bandanas, and decorate lock- 
ers to display their school spirit. “I spent three days making shirts 
to wear to support my friends on court,” said senior Kelsey Troxel. 

Also the membersofBoosterClubspent hours on Thursday night 
decorating the Wiggs entrance of the school. They put up balloons 
and a sign for each varsity player 

This year’s activities day, which is always held during the last two 
classes of that Friday’s school day, was done a little differently. All 
participants were made to sit in the first two rows, students were 
only allowed to sign up for one activity, and if there was no one who 
signed up for an activity from acertain class, then, they were forced 
to forfeit those points. 

The Homecoming dance was a lot more successful this year than 
in previous ones. A total of approximately 300 students attended 
the dance. The Student Council came in hours before in order to 
set-up for the night. The fact that the dance was so great this year, 
gives hope that it will, one day, be as big as Turnabout or Prom. “I 
think that a lot more people will go to the dance next year,” said 
sophomore Morgan Momcilovich. 

The main event of the whole week, the game, approached rapidly. 
From the second the game began, the players were fired up; hitting 
everyone who touched the ball. A couple hours later, the game was 
over and the Panthers were victorious. “The game was really excit- 
ing because we beat Andrean by a lot,” said senior Ryan Bridges. 
The score was 36-13. 

Ashlev Peters 

"I liked activities day a lot and the spirit week 
was fun," said freshman Jessica Breclaw 
about her first Homecoming. The cheerlead- 
ers, as well as the Pantherettes and the band, 
start off activities with the school song. 

Ashley Peters 

To show off the Art Club's talents, their float 
was a student painted gold, posing as an Os- 
car. ‘It took almost the whole day to make 
me completely gold, but it was cool because 
everyone was looking at me," said senior 
Caitlin Moisant. 

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Slow dancing together, seniors Kelly Redden 
and Corey Nash enjoyed their night at the 
dance. 'It was good for Corey and I to go to 
a Homecoming dance together since we are 
both seniors," said Redden. 

While waiting for halftime to begin senior 
Sam Kulig wore Lisa Worley's coat to keep 
warm. "I wish it could have been a little bit 
warmer, because I was freezing in that 
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' I needed a funny idea so when I thought 
of it I went to get an outfit from the bas- 
ketball storage room," said senior Daniel 
Vanek. "I think this outfit was from 1974, 
which makes it even more interesting." 

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Homecoming was a game filled with the 
most school spirit. "Homecoming was such 
an awesome game because the whole 
crowd was cheering and everyone got really 
invovled," said junior Miranda Pope. 

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As he was running through the blow up 
panther, senior Beau Leimbach felt excited 
about the big game ahead of him. "The best 
part of that game was when I sacked the 
quarterback from Andrean,' said Leimbach. 

Dancing the night away, sophomore Bailey 
Curtis thought being with her friends was 
the best part of the dance. "Homecoming 
was a lot more fun than I had expected it 
to be," said Curtis. 

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Pumping up the crowd, senior Brad Popa wears 
a shirt from our biggest rival, Andrean. Many stu- 
dents wore Andrean attire to get our team ready 
for the big game. 1 wore the Andrean shirt to 
prove to our crowd that Andrean was going to 
lose," said Popa. 

Katie Horn 

Laughing and enjoying the night junior Ellen 
Hurdish talks with some friends. "I was glad 
the dance was so successful,' said Hurdish. 
"The best part was all of the good, free 

Dressed as convicts to tease Andrean was 
one of many ways Griffith students sup- 
ported the team "I think dressing up and 
cheering loudly helps our team play with 
more confidence," said senior Michael Luna. 


Amanda Uram 

Performing in the CHS annual Coffee Night, 
two of the exchange students, senior Ricardo 
Garate, from Mexico, played guitar for junior 
Fritz Roehnert, from Germany. 1 didn't like sing- 
ing, but it was spontaneous/said Roehnert. 

After the Griffith game, seniors Elyse Janke 
and Samantha Higgins go out to Steak and 
Shake in Schererville. The girls go there to 
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During the school year, the music scene changes. Some teens just listen 
for new songs on the radio, while others go out and buy the latest CD, or 
teens download the songs on their iPods. Students here at Griffith High 
School find music as a source of entertainment or relaxation. The enter- 
tainment industry has risen because teens like to go out to the movies, 
concerts, or wherever other teens hang out. 

This year the iPod made a lot of kids go crazy. Nowadays you can either 
listen to it with headphones or even plug it into your car Some students 
download different types of music, while others just download a whole CD 
from the internet without buying it. “Having an iPod is a lot easier than 
listening to a radio because you can listen to the songs you want and you 
can listen to them anytime,” said senior Jeanette Bridegroom. Every stu- 
dent has a different way of listening to their music. Some kids like going 
to concerts, and some kids like to listen to music at home. Every summer 
many kids go to big concerts that include a lot of bands. 

Every group of friends has adifferent taste in music. Some kids in a group 
will like the same kinds of music, but others will like country and some 
of their friends will like rap. Teens will change their mind about music as 
they meet more people. “ I like having a different taste in music than my 
friends, because when I’m with them I get to listen to their music,” said 
Bridegroom. “I like their music, but I like having my own music to listen to 
when their not with me, too.” 

This year movies have taken music and dance to make them better In 
the late seventies, songs from the movie “Grease” made it a classic. In the 
ninties “Save the Last Dance,” had music that was catchy. This year, “Step 
Up” made the movie experience worth listening to. “If you like the music 
you will want to go see the movie more,” replied Bridegroom. 

Music and entertainment is a big part of a teen’s life. Music can help a 
teen relax or pump them up for a big game. Many teens find music and 
entertainment as a comparison to their real life problems. 

Ashley Peters 

For the 2006 Fall Coffee Night, junior Josh Long 
sings "Iris" by The Coo Coo Dolls, while senior 
Sean Hansen plays the guitar along with the 
song. "I liked singing at Coffee Night it was a lot 
of fun," said Long about the performance. 

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A pet is something every little kid wants. Whether it be a puppy, bird, or a cat. A pet is a best 
friend to kids everywhere and someone to talk to all the time. They are always there to listen to 
anything you have to say. They will never judge or criticize you. Owners always know they will be 
there waiting for them when they get home from school. 

Many high school students have pets. Sophomore Andrea Mullens thinks, “ A dog is the best 
pet for a high schools. They aren’t that hard to take care of. They also are a lot of fun to have 
around with you.” Mullens also says, “ 1 love to play with my dogs, Mike, Posey, and Toots. All of 
my dogs love to run and jump around.” 

There is more to it than just playing around with a pet, you have to take care of them too. You 
have to feed them, walk them, and play with them. Senior Elyse Janke says, “ I am pretty lucky 
my mom is the one who takes care of my dog the most because she is home during the day. She 
feeds him and walks him when I am at school. My dog’s name is Sunny. The only thing I have to 
do is make sure I play with her when 1 am home or when I have free time. 'Janke also said, “ The 
one thing I hate to do for my dog is when I have to clean her paws off after it rains, so she can come 
back into the house.” 

Sometimes something bad happens to you pet. It is sad and an unfortunate time. You have to 
get through it . Sophomore Ann Higginbotham says, “ I had to put my dog , Ben, to sleep this 
year He had kidney failure. It was really hard to do it , but it was the right thing to do.” Higginbo- 
tham also says, “ The thing I miss most is when he would greet me at the door when I got home 
from school. Even though I went through all the pain it wouldn’t stop me from getting another 
dog. I love dogs; they are so loving and cute.” 

Pets are very expensive. A dog could range anywhere from $250 to $ 1 200. The pet itself is 
costly, but so are all the things that come a long with it. When you have a pet you have to get food, 
a place for them to sleep and sometimes training. There are many places to buy pets. A good 
place is the Human Society. The Human Society finds homes and provides temporary shelter 
for abandoned and untreated animals, prevent cruelty to animals , and educate the community 
on the proper care for animals. It is a great place to get an animal from. By getting your pet from 
there, you get a pet and you save the life of a animal. 

With a dog in hand, seniors Andrea Naaman and 
Christina Kireta enjoy a meal at Wendy's. "We 
didn't want to leave Naaman's dog out in the 
car," Kireta said. She also said, "The restaurant 
didn't even notice, We hid it under my coat." 

Showing off her two dogs in the Homecoming 
parade, senior Samantha Caldwell and her boy- 
friend, senior Shawn Horton, hold hands. "I like 
pets. I have a dog of my own named T-Bone. He 
is a good dog," Horton said. 

" I love to play with my dog Mitzy." Sopho- 
more Keela Detmar said, "We have had her 
for two years. I tease her all the time. She 
gets so angry with me; It cracks me up." 

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With a lizard as a pet you might think they 
are a challenge, but junior Tyra Earl says, 
"They aren't that hard to take care of, and 
the lizard we have has such a different per- 
sonality then the rest of the pets I have." 

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Trying to wrestle seniors Ashley O'Connor 
and Ashley Baker, senior Amanda Uram gets 
squished in the middle. "There's still holes 
in the ground from where they sandwiched 
me that night," said Uram. 

Bundled up for warmth, senior Megan Ver- 
beke sits around a fire with senior Robbie 
Buehler, junior Allison Colgrove and senior 
Brad Popa. "I like going out, but sometimes 
I'd rather hang out," said Verbeke. 

Ashley Peters 

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Sixteen-year-olds are three times more 

likely to be injured in a car accident than 

the average of all drivers, with a greater 

risk on Friday and Saturday evenings. 

Kids ages 13-17 work an average of 1 5 

hours a week, with about half of that being 
on Saturdays and Sundays. 

Ashley Peters 

With his Monster, milk, and Oreo's an armslen- 
gth away, sophomore Richie Popovich is set for 
the night. "When I don't have a lot of money to 
go out, it's easier to just hang out and watch a 
movie or something," said Popovich. 

Ashley Peters 

"I'd rather hang out at the beach, but you 
can only do that in the summer," said senior 
Casey Colby. "Usually I just bum around or 
hang out." Here, Colby listens to an iPod 
with senior Amanda Rakowski. 

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The weekend. Most students cannot wait until they can have the 
chance to go out with their friends to the movies, sleep late, or put off 
homework until Sunday. 

“I love getting together with my friends and going to parties with 
them because we are crazy when we get together,” said juniorBrooke 

Many people do not have a specific curfew, but some students have 
to deal with being constantly checked on by their parents. Miller 
said her mom always cal Is to check on her when she is out. Some stu- 
dents are even luckier and are not bugged by their parents at all, like 
sophomore Ashley Scott. “My parents don’t really check on me; they 
trust me,” said Scott. 

Sometimes work can affect getting to go out on the weekends too. 
On Saturday and Sunday, students do not have to go to school, so 
many spend their weekend making money instead of sleeping late. 

“I only work like one day on the weekends, usually in the morn- 
ings. If I do work at night, it’s only until ten ,”said sophomore Richie 

For many of us, as soon as Monday comes, we cannot wait until 
Friday. Freshman Taylor Long says she looks forward to the week- 
end so she can hang out with her friends. “We usually go shop- 
ping or to the movies, but it’s fun being with them and not hav- 
ing to worry about going to school the next day or having to do 
your homework that night. My mom checks on me a lot though, 
probably because I’m still just a freshman,” said Long. 

Scott said she looks forward to the weekend because she does not 
have to go to school. 

“It’s the only time I get the chance to catch upon sleep,” said Scott. 

Sophomore Amanda Craven uses the weekend to visit her boy- 
friend. “He doesn’t go to school here, so we usually spend most of the 
weekend together” 

So whether it be getting together with friends and going out, sleep- 
ing in until the afternoon, or working for extra money, everyone en- 
joys the chance they get to relax and not worry about having to wake 
up at seven the next morning. “I wish school started an hour later on 
Mondays,” said Craven. “It would be a lot easier to get up in the morn- 
ings.” If only that could happen. 

In her free time, senior Brittany Zajicek 
colors a picture of Hello Kitty. She likes to 
hang out at friends' houses and play Guitar 
Hero. "When I don't have a lot of money, my 
friends and I just watch movies." 


To describe how he spent his night at Turn- 
about senior Casey Colby said, "I danced a 
lot with my girlfriend, but I also spent some 
of my time sitting around talking to my 

"Turnabout was awesome," said senior Brad 
Popa. Popa and his group went to House 
of Kobe for dinner after the dance. Many 
students choose to go there because of its 
unique atmosphere. 

Stress was part of senior Stephanie Han- 
sen's Turnabout night. "I got stressed get- 
ting my flowers, hair, and then getting or- 
ganized for pictures, a making sure that my 
boyfriend knew what was going on." 

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It is easy to tell when Turnabout is upon us: many guys and girls start 
to look impressively tan when it is only ten degrees outside, many more 
hands are manicured, and all conversations seem to center around dress- 
es, tickets, and dinner 

Turnabout is the annual winter formal at GHS where the girls take a 
turn asking out the guy they want to take to the dance. This year the 
theme was “There You’ll be,” and the colors were red and silver with black 
accents. The dance is a chance for girls to feel like Cinderella., the fancy 
dress, fancy hair and maybe even a prince charming! Boys get to show 
that they do indeed clean up nicely as they don their suits and ties. 

It can take a pretty long time to get ready for the dance, “[It took me] one 
or two hours. I got my hair and make-up done by afriend of my mom’s and 
put on my dress,” said sophomore Caitlin Stevens. 

“It took me about two and a half hours [to get ready]. Getting my hair 
and makeup done took the longest,” said sophomore Mia Reitz. After the 
hair is hair sprayed for the zillionth time, the last make-up check is com- 
plete, it is time for the hoopla of group pictures. 

“The only time I got stressed [about the dance] was when my date was 
late to group pictures, so I had no group shots with him,” said freshman 

With all the preparations to do along with tickets and dinner, the dance 
can be pretty expensive. The works for a girl would be buying: the dress, 
the shoes, a tanning package, a manicure and a pedicure, a purse, make- 
up, and very importantly the tickets. The guy will usually rent the suit 
and buy a tie, shoes, flowers and dinner 
“ It cost a lot because we went to the Cheesecake Factory[in Chicago] 
after,” said sophomore Ryan Galiher Other students went to restaurants 
such as Hooters, Buffalo Wild Wings, House of Kobe, Dick’s Last Resort, 
TGIFridays, and Olive Garden. 

Dances are a great aspect of high school life. It is something many stu- 
dents look forward to from the time they were in elementary school. Dif- 
ferent people like different parts of the dance; some like getting all dressed 
up, others love to dance, and still othersjust like all the after stuff like din- 
ner and a trip to Chicago. No matter what’s one’s favorite part, be sure to 
make the most out of it, make unforgettable memories! 

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Comparing last year's Turnabout to this 
year's dance, junior Allison Colgrove said, "It 
was a lot better than last year. The best 
part was getting to hang-out with all of my 

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that they like. Freshman Ashley Robinson 
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'This year's turnabout was better than last 
year's," said senior Andrea Naaman. *1 didn't 
have to worry about anyone trying to ruin 
my night.' Here, she poses with her date, 
senior Joseph Zajack. They were taking pic- 
tures at senior Molly Orzechowicz's house. 

Posing for the camera, freshmen Kyle Terp- 
stra and Meghan Macak have fellow fresh- 
man Kaitlyn Sudac capture a memory of 
their first turnabout. 1 thought turnabout 
was really fun, I loved getting to dance all 
night," said Sudac. 


Because it was her first turnabout, fresh- 
man Chrissy Leslie was really excited. 'I 
thought it was way better than Homecom- 
ing, and l liked seeing everyone all dressed 
up." said Leslie. After the dance, Leslie went 
to Round the Clock with friends. 

With the prince and princess already 
crowned, junior Kyle Najar goes on to social- 
ize with other people. "I thought turnabout 
was better this year, I don't know why but I 
had more fun this year. The DJ was better 
last year though.” 


"I loved seeing how pretty everyone looked, 
but the DJ didn't play very good music," 
said senior Samantha Higgins. "I was a little 
sad beacause it was my last turnabout, but 
I had a good time." Here Samantha has a 
laugh with senior Chris Parker. 

As she makes some adjustments to her 
dress, senior Kathryn Horn chats with soph- 
omore Michael Beck about the evening. "My 
last turnabout was sad because my friends 
from last year weren't there, and the DJ 
wasn't very good either," said Horn. 

Finding the perfect dress can sometimes 
be the most stressful and difficult part of 
turnabout. 'It was hard to find a dress, but 
I'm happy with the one I found,” said fresh- 
man Meghan Macak. "I thought turnabout 
was really fun though.' 

Ashley Peters 

"Kristina comes to my locker everyday to see 
how I'm doing. Sometimes she tells me that 
she's mad at me about something I didn't 
even know I did,” said senior Nate Lehmann 
about friend senior Kristina Plucinski. 


Have you ever seen two people walking together through the hall- 
way, and thought to yourself, “What do they have in common?” The 
saying goes, “opposites attract,” and it is as true at Griffith High 
School as it is anywhere else. One may wonder why two completely 
different people find love in one another; what will they have to talk 
about, and where will they hang out together and have fun? 

Being opposites can beassimpleasanagedifference. Forexample, 
senior Lisa Worley is dating sophomore Ryan Galihen The age dif- 
fernce between the two makes them opposite because they have dif- 
ferent classes and different aged friends, which often means differ- 
ent interests and priorites for not only the couple but their friends 
too. Most students hang out with other students their age because 
it is easier to relate to similarily aged people who are going through 
the majority of the same stuff they are. 

However, not only are couples opposites, but so are best friends, for 
example, seniors Ashley O’Connor and Ashley Baker Baker said 
the reason they became friends despite their differences was due to 
the fact that, “We had psychology together last year and we did a 
lot of partner work together” According to O’Connor what makes 
them so very different is, “We have different opinions about every- 
thing, for example we have different beliefs.” 

Another example of friends being complete opposites would be 
sophomores Alison Kitner and Annie Higginbotham. “Annie is 
so sporty and I am the complete opposite,” said Kitner regarding 
their differences. Higginbotham likes that she has a friend that is 
nothing like her She said it is fun and easy to talk to her because, 
“We re so different. There is more to talk about.” One may wonder 
what makes two people so different, and there is a wide variety of 
answers: their interests, after-school activites, how they dress, who 
their other friends are... take your pick. It could also be as simple as 
one really tall friend and one very short friend, which is the case for 
senior Nate Lehmann and senior Kristina Plucinski. 

These people do not let their differences get in the way of their 
relationships whether platonic or romantic. So the next time there 
is a completely opposite person compared to you, do not reject the 
possibility they may be your soulmate or best friend. Being differ- 
ent can make life and conversations interesting. 

Because they are so different, sophomore 
Britney Cabrales worries about her friend- 
ship with sophomore Samantha Holmes. 
'It's good sometimes. Right now it's hard, 
but that's what happens....we're opposites.” 

To make sure that he has time for his girl- 
friend Emily Cutka, who is in college, junior 
Zach Koch said, "I get [my] work done in 
school and we have time [to be together] 
on the weekends." 

When was your first kiss? 

“ Probably when I was eight.” Brandon Baker, 9 
“ First kiss was seventh grade.” Mike Ray, 1 0 

“ Well, like in first grade this kid came up and kissed me on St. Patrick’s Day.” 
Kate Rone, 1 0 

"‘Probably seventh grade, I don’t remember.” Nathan Vaughan, 1 2 

“My first real kiss was in eighth grade, not the fifth grade peck I got playing 
spin the bottle!!” Megan Verbeke, 1 2 

“Probably [first] one that meant something was in seventh grade.” 

Chloe Thompson, 1 0 

“ My first kiss was sometime during middle school...” Samantha Higgins, 1 2 

Referring to his girlfriend, senior Amy 
Sloan, senior Nate Bryan said, "One of 
the main differences between Amy and 
myself is that Amy is shy, while I am out- 

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When asked how age effects their rela- 
tionship senior Lisa Worley said," It's just 
that I have to drive everywhere and pay 
for everything." Her boyfriend is sopo- 
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For many teenagers, having a job is a given. 
Working is the only way for them to get spend- 
ing money, and most teens will do any exhaust- 
ing task to earn that money. They slave away at 
fast food places and other food establishments. 
They work in stores too, while a few are even 
more enterprising and start their own small business. Some even attempt child 
care, though many teens would gladly pass that job to another person. 

“Kids are vicious,” said sophomore Dawn White. White works as a waitress and a 
hostess at ‘Round the Clock. She considers babysitting to be just about the worst 
job a teenager could have. 

High school employees deal with obnoxious individuals, take on challenging and 
sometimes boring tasks, and even clean up disgusting messes, something they 
undoubtedly wouldn’t do at home, and all for a little extra money in their pock- 
ets. Now, especially, money is a big priority for teens. Gas prices are so high (about 
$2.50 a gallon), they need even more cash j ust to get around, and for the most part, 
the only motivation young people have to get jobs is money to buy them whatever 
they want. 

Some, on the other hand, might work for college money or to put something on a 
college application. Maybe they need to help out at home, or they want an excuse 
for why they didn’t do their homework, and obviously some teenagers work be- 
cause they enjoy it. 

Sophomore Richie Popovich, who works at Subway said, “1 like the people I work 
with. It’s fun.” 

“You have to stand for like eight hours, but it pays well,” said junior Kaitlyn Gibbs 
of the ups and downs of her job as a cashier at Menards on Sundays and weekdays 
after school. 

Jobs can also be opportunities for students to get work experience in an occupa- 
tional field they’re interested in going into in the future. For instance, if a student 
wanted to become a mechanic, he could get a job at an auto repair shop, but he 
might have a hard time finding the job. Obtaining work at all can be ajob in and of 
itself for some teens. They have to apply to dozens of places, fill out a lot of applica- 
tions and attend interviews. 

“I used to fill out lots of applications and then I finally got the job,” Gibbs said of 
searching for ajob until finally finding one at Menards, right when she was about 
to give up. 

Scores of students who have had to go through the same process as Gibbs and 
some don’t get ajob at ail. For others, though, getting hired is comparatively easy. 
Popovich only had to inquire at one place and was given the job of making sand- 
wiches at Subway. White got her job at Round the Clock’ easily as well, though she 
did have some help from her cousin, who also works at the restaurant. 

Working will always be a trademark of teenage life. As long as there are things 
to buy and disgusting jobs no one else will take, there will be a desperate teenager 
standing behind the counter asking, “Would you like fries with that?” 


To earn a little extra spending money, senior 
Samantha Higgins gives a person their Pol- 
ish sausage during her shift at Boz Hotdogs 
around 5:30 in the afternoon, "It's a fun job,' 
said Higgins. "I like the people I work with." 

Downtime at work means a few laughs for 
freshman Mike Matusz durung his shift at 
Arennello"s. Matusz, who makes pizzas, 
said, "A girl I work with said a funny joke so 
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member, food wise,' said senior Megan Ver- 
beke, a former employee at Boz Hotdogs. 
Cleaning and restocking trays was just one of 
her duties, but she was unhappy and quit. 

During his afterschool job at Duke of Oil, 
junior Corey Henson changes the oil on a 
customer's car. "They train me on the job," 
said Henson, who doesn't do any major re- 
pairs, only small ones. 

Cleaning the last table at closing, junior Ali- 
son Colgrove is ready to go home. "I work at 
the Subway in Highland," said Colgrove. TVIy 
parents don't give me money so I have to 
pay for everything." 

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Senior James Bobowski likes to wear Chi- 
cago Bears clothes. " I wear Bears clothes 
before, during and after the game," said 
Bobowski. Bobowski is really excited about 
the Bears being in Super Bowl XU. 

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Wearing sweatpants is the way to go 
for some students. They just do not 
see the need to dress up. "I really don't 
care (about what I wear)," said senior 
Jelena Pupae. 

Clothes are a big deal to some students. 
For some girls nothing is better than a 
day of shopping without a limit. "I love 
spending the day at the mall with my 
friends, "said freshman Patricia Monroe. 

Fashion to some is not all about clothes 
or shoes. Senior Sandra Novath enjoys 
dying her hair. "I missed my old hair so 
I dyed it. I like having different hair," 
said Novath. 

There are some students are CHS that 
care about how they look. "I wake up at 
seven in the morning, (I dress up because) 
I don't want to look like a bum like Joe Za- 
jac," said senior Aaron Salczynski. 

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Fashion is a prevailing custom or style of dressing. No where in 
the definition does it say what fashion should or should not look 
like. It is an opinion and expression. Trends are very popular at 
Griffith High School. Some of the “in” or “cool” items this year in- 
clude boots, headbands, croc shoes, vests and the color black. Here 
at Griffith High School there are many different cliques who all 
seem to have the same style and their own definition of fashion. 

“I pretty much wear what I like. I do not care about where it is 
from or how much it is,” said senior Melony Cabrales. There are 
students that have to have the newest purse or the latest sweater 
from A&F On the other hand, there are students that roll out of 
bed at 7:45 and throw on sweatpants with a T-shirt. Some stu- 
dents do not care very much about what the latest fashion is or if 
it is “cool” to pop the collar of their pink polo. 

“I think fashion is what everyone is wearing. I do not care if I am 
fashionable and I hate shopping, ’’said senior Dustin Hammond. 
Shopping for five hours could be the ideal day for someone or it 
could be the worst day of a persons life. The way a person dresses 
can say a lot about that person and how they feel about clothes 
and the latest trends. 

“When I get dressed in the morning 1 pick out my clothes accord- 
ing to my mood. I usually support the sports I like. If it looks okay 
I will wear it,” said senior Andrew Wright. Many guys at Griffith 
High wear sport clothes. 

“I like reppin’the home teams and showing support,” said junior 
Doug Ashenbaugh. “ I wear sporty clothes all the time, it is just 
what I like and it is comfortable,” said Ashenbaugh. 

For whatever reason someone picks what they want to wear, all 
that matters is that it is what they like and how they see fashion. 


While waiting in the lunch room for the Along with the rest of the members of cho- 

next customer, senior Chris Parker lounges 
around in his Santa Claus suit. '[My favorite 
part was) seeing at all the weird looks I got,' 
said Parker. 

rale, senior Olivia Wagman marches through 
the school hallways, singing Christmas car- 
ols for all to hear. "It was really fun. We got 
to get out of class," Wagman said. 

•Halloween beats out Valentine's Day in 
candy sales with $1.93 billion. 

•Christian leaders set Christmas to De- 
cember 25 because it was a popular pagan 
holiday in Rome. 

• About 91% of Americans eat turkey for 
their Thanksgiving meal. 

•The first Easter baskets were made to 
look like birds' nests. 

Ashley Peters 

Carefully looking through the boxes of sweets 
for Paczki Day, senior Randall Zellers picks out 
his favorite for a snack during English class. 
'[My favorite part was that] we got to eat pac- 
zki in class," Zellers commented. 

•The North Pole is 450 rhiles north of 
Greenland, in the Arctic Ocean. 

•Only six countries celebrate Valentine's 
Day: the U.S., Mexico, France, Australia, 
Canada, and the U.K. 

• Saint Patrick was really from Wales and 
was the son of Calpurnius. 

• The New Yeats ball is made of 



tal and is covered in 696 light bulbs, 96 strobe 
lights, and 90 pyramid mirrors. 


Standing by the window, senior Brandon 
Archer chats with his friends on Halloween 
day. "I don't even know what I was dressed 
as. It started off as Bob Marley," Archer 

Ah, the holidays. Everyone loves the holidays, even if only for the short 
break from school. For the most part, holidays pass by GHS students as if 
they had never existed in the first place. Only a few seem to be able to hold 
their own and get recognized during the yean 

The first main holiday duringtheschooi year isHalloween. Many students 
love Halloween. Some of them go out to scare little kids, while some actually 
trick-or-treat with the same spirit they had when they were young. Others 
usually help their parents pass out candy to the young’uns. A few of these 
people even wear capes or masks to school on Halloween day. 

Thanksgiving is next in line during the year. Students are always grateful 
to have Thanksgiving Thursday and Friday off. This year it was 23rd and 
24th of November The time people spend with family and eat turkey are 
always a good chance for students to relax and have fun. 

The main holiday of the school year is Christmas. This year, winter break 
spanned from December 22nd to January 3rd, with students returning on 
the 4th. With Christmas as one of the biggest holidays of the year, it’s hard 
for students not to catch a bit of the spirit. Everyone goes out to the malls to 
buy presents for their friends and family. Some people even go carolling in 
their neighborhood to cheer others up. When Christmas day comes, people 
love opening their presents first thing in the morning. Although Griffith 
did not get any snow this December, winter break was still one of the best. 

January 1 marks the start of the new year, 2007. Some students actually 
go out to party, while others stay home for a quiet night with their family or 
friends. Some may brave the cold and go out to see the midnight fireworks 
to bring in the new year with joy. 

After winter break, the rest of the holidays mostly seem to blend together, 
with only afew standing out enough for anyone to notice. Valentine’s Day is 
one of them. Students can buy roses for their special someone from the stu- 
dent council, or they can buy gifts for others from actual stores. Valentine’s 
Day was even better this year since GHS students had a snow day. Since 
the roses could not be delivered on the exact day, they were delivered the day 
after, on Thursday. 

Even though St. Patrick’s Day does not get a big celebration, many stu- 
dents still have enough spirit to wear green to school, even if they just don’t 
want to get pinched. 

The last big holiday of the year is Easter This year, students will have only 
April 6th off since they have to make up for the snowday on Easter Mon- 
day, April 9. Students will have the chance to go egg hunting with their 
younger siblings and relax with family and friends. 

Holidays are actually a big part of the school year Many students count 
the days down to the next day off and are grateful that they have it, even if 
they do not know what it is for 

During Rachel Miller's senior English class, 
students celebrated Paczki Dav on Febru- 
ary 20, 2007. The paczki senior Adam Gas- 
per was eating was a particularly satisfying 
treat. ‘We got to eat,' Gasper said. 


"I just don't like feet; they are so gross and 
nasty," said senior Jeanette Bridegroom, 
who was disgusted by the foot in front of 
her face. Foot festishes/phobias are com- 
mon among both boys and girls at G.H.S. 

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Obsessively pulling a loose hair off of a 
fellow student's back, senior Kelly Red- 
den demonstrates her unusual obsession. 
"Whenever I see a loose hair on someone, 
it's like my eyes focus in on it." 

With chapstick in hand, senior Tiffany Lid- 
ster showed off her strange fetish. "I love 
the taste of chapstick, my favorite kind is 
my giant pink lemonade one." Lidster is one 
of the many girls who share this obsession. 


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Video games are a great pastime. There are 
many different kinds of them: educational, 
violent, and racing are three of many. "My fa- 
vorite video game right now is Animal Cross- 
ing Wild World because it is so deep and so 
much fun," junior Andres Minton said. 

Tiny new kittens can easily be obbsessed 
with, so can food. Rachel Miller, English, is 
in love with pugs. "They are awesome, have 
you seen 'em? I would never want to live 
without them,' said Miller. 

Imagine beingattacked by giant, hairy spiders. Most would be scared. Or would 
it be 4-foot long snakes or other bugs and animals that would be terrifying? 

All of us have some type of phobia, whether it is a typical spider or a tiny germ. 
There are the many fetishes, which people are completely obsessed with or 
devoted to. iPods, cell phones, brand names, and popped collars are just a few 
things that some people consider to be extremely important 
A phobia is said to be an excessive and persistent fear of something or situa- 
tion. Sometimes we do not realize how serious an individual’s phobia may be to 
them. When asked what she was most afraid of, and why, freshman Amanda 
Zaborowski replied, “Upperclassman, because they are just scary! When you 
bump into them in the halls, they get so mad! I guess I’m also afraid of being 
late to classes too.” 

Most common phobias shared amongst Griffith High School students are 
spiders and bugs. “I am afraid of all bugs, eew I hate them,” said junior; Kelley 

Surprisingly, girls weren’t the only ones scared of bugs at GHS; there were 
a few guys who actually admitted to being scared of them too. “I’m scared of 
spiders because they have so many legs. They’re so ugly and hairy too,” junior 
David Alexander said. 

There were a few students who had some very unexpected phobias. Thunder- 
storms, feet, police, and pennies laid on the “wrong side” are things you expect 
people to say they are afraid of. Senior Elise Garcia said, “I’m terrified of drown- 
ing because I’m not a very good swimmer One time, when I was little, I was 
stuck under a raft in the pool, and I thought I was drowning!” 

“Thunderstorms scare me too,” sophomore Mark Blount said, “I’m afraid of 
heights because you can fall and die!” 

The fetishes of students at GHS aren’t always easily noticed, but once you find 
one, you find them all! For guys, maybe it’s cars, sports teams, or Madden *07. 
Girls’ fetishes can be anything from designer bags, their appearance, shoes, 
male celebrities, or even Hello Kitty. Senior Mike Luna had a common male fe- 
tish, his favorite sports team. When asked about his fetish, Luna said, “I grew up 
watching the Braves on TV I like them because they win a lot, too!” 

Senior Trisha Brumley’s fetish is truly an obsession. She said, “Paul Davis is 
the hottest basketball player to ever play for my favorite team, the Michagan 
State Spartans. I reallyjust want tosteal him away from his fiance!” 

One particu lar fetish that stood out from the rest was sen ior Kelly Redden and 
loose hair “It just bugs me when I see loose hair on people, that’s not attached to 
their heads. I have to pick it off, even if I don’t know the person, I try to pick it off 
without them noticing!" 

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of obsession, even if you can't see just by looking at them. These GHS students 
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The fans cheer as the game goes on. It is obvious to tell who is cheer- 
ing for what team, but there are always those fans that go above and 
beyond. Painted faces, crazy costumes, whatever it takes, those fans 
help make the game more enjoyable. 

Superfanning is a great way to show school sprit without showing 
bad sportsmanship to the opponent. It is fun, amusing to watch, and 
a great way to boost confidence in the team as well as confidence in 
the fan. 

“My favorite time superfanning was at the home football game 
against Highland. We dressed up as mighty pythons; some people 
dressed as horses and other people dressed as knights,” said junior 
Josh Long. 

A lot of people decided to super fan for the panther’s football team 
this yean On homecoming the hallways were alive with colorful faces 
and crazy costumes. 

“I had a lot of fun dressing up on homecoming because I felt like it 
had more of a purpose,” said junior Nicholas Ficht. 

Whatever sporting event attended, people will easily be able to find 
those fun super fans leading the crowd in chants and cheers. Al- 
though it may be freezing cold, or super hot, the fans still go out of 
their way to properly cheer on the team. They do not mind if they 
look silly or if people laugh, they just encourage their team to do the 
best it can. 

People have been superfanning for a long time and for just about 
any sport. The boys’ soccer team cheered on the girls for sectionals, 
and the girls did the same thing. Crazy fans dressed in costumes for 
all the home football games. 

“I had fun cheering for the girls’ basketball team because I like be- 
ing there and supporting them,” said senior Daniel Woloszyn. 

Whatever sport gets one motivated, they should go grab a poster 
and cheer on the team. The crowd does not have to be in a costume 
or have their face painted to be called a super fan. A super fan is a fan 
that cheers on the team and is there for them after, if they win or lose. 

Shirts are an excellent ways to cheer so- 
mone on, and that's what Elyse Janke's fa- 
ther wore on senior night. *1 had no idea 
my parents were going to wear those shirts 
and I was really surprised," Janke said smil- 

Loud and crazy are two words to describe 
these fans as they cheered on the basket- 
ball girls. "It was fun cheering with every- 
one; the crowd was really getting into it,” 
excaims junior Jake Terpstra. 

"It was freezing outside, but we stayed the 
whole 90 minutes to cheer the girls on,' 
said senior Zoran Kvrgic. The boys varsity 
soccer team were excellent superfans at 
the girls' soccer sectionals. 

Receiving a massage from fellow classmate 
Rob Buehler, senior Megan Verbeke relaxes 
in choir class after a tiring day. "I was re- 
ally stressed from life and classes," said 

"After football games, me and my friends 
would always go and get something to eat," 
said junior Nick Ficht as he drinks a choco- 
late shake at Steak n' Shake. 

Because of a long day at school, junior Doug 
Ashenbaugh and sophomore Enrique Meraz 
take a nap during 7th hour. "I wrestled with 
(Devin) Fogarty in APC and I was tired," said 

With food on the table, junior Stephen Bak- 
ko and sophomore Katherine Kuna eat at 
Round The Clock. "Hanging out with friends 
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Senior Amanda Uram, a first year pho- 
tograpgher for the yearbook, takes a nap in 
first hour to get some energy for the rest 
of her day. "I was just tired from the swim 
practice in the morning,” said Uram 


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Everybody has stress, but along with this stress they also find a way to re- 
lax. Some people relax by doing the obvious things, such as taking a nap or 
watching television. Well, not all Griffith students like to do the more com- 
mon stuff, they decide to think outside the box. Everyone has their own way 
to relax. 

Whether it’s because of schoolwork, sports, clubs, or their jobs, everyone 
stresses out about something. “Little brothers, sports, homework, every- 
thing causes me to stress I’ll just try to lie down and forget about my prob- 
lems, but I don’t get to do it all that often because I never have enough time," 
saidjuniorJimi Nunez. Notall students have time tojustsitdown and takea 
breather but luckily someda 

Don’t think that students are the only ones who need some time to them- 
selves Take for instance Officer Marlene Starcevich. “I do my work here, I go 
home and there’s still work to da I have to cook and clean,” said Starcevich. 
When itcomes time to relax. Officer Starcevich just likes to listen to all kinds 
of music, from Christian to rock. “It’s like an escape, I stop thinking about 
what’s bothering me and I start thinking about the lyrics, it gives me adif- 
ferent perspective” 

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JessicaRitter“I like to read romance books because they are somethingthat 
lam used to and it gives meacomfortablesurrounding,”said Ritter 
She is not the only one who likes to read. Sophomore Kelsey Berry also likes 
to get lost in a book. “I like to read mysteries when I need to get away from my 
studies because they are last moving,” said Berry. 

Maybe reading isn’t the answer Maybe all anyone needs is their family by 
their side That’s the way senior Danielle Wilson feels about it “Whenever I 
need to relax because of biology or work, I just like to play with my nephew 
because he makes me laugh all the time,” said Wilson. 

Friends may also help. “Math is stupid and pointless Whenever it gets 
to me, I just talk on the phone with my boyfriend, Alex, because he always 
knows what tosay tocalm me down,” said junior Erika Aldalpe. 
Bottomline, everyone needs some time to relax . Relaxation is key. Never 
forget to just sometimes 
take a seat, lie back, and 
forget about everything. 

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"I really feel at home on stage," said senior 
Leonard Wilfinger, who not only played solo 
for this year's Talent Show, but with a band 
as well. "I had to fill in that night for Nate 
Bryan. I had to learn all their songs." 

Up on stage, junior Dwight Poole gives it 
his all during the Talent Show, playing an 
original song with his band Evelyn Hills. "I 
felt a sense of pride that I could perform 
for them (the audience)," said Poole. 

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To spice up Coffee Night, senior Katie Klei- 
don wears a wild outfit and reads a note 
for a student. "It's (Coffee Night) a really 
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The students of GHS have talent, and they want people to know. One way to let those 
people know is to perform in the school’s annual Talent Show, held this year on March 
30. There were ten acts total, and senior Leonard Wilfinger was awarded first prize for 
his drum solo. 

“I’m always completely nervous [as if I’m going to vomit] before I goon stage,” said Wil- 
finger, going on to say that his fear vanishes when he steps on stage and begins to play. 
“Today, kids want to see a band perform instead of juggling,” said senior Dwight Poole, 
in response to why talent shows consist mainly of musicians. Poole and the other mem- 
bers of Evelyn Hills played original songs during the show. 

But while some students play in the talent show for the fun of performing, some, like 
senior Tiffany Lidster, perform because it’s their life goal. 

“This is what I want to do when I get olden I want to perform,” admitted Lidster As 
to stage fright, “[I was] kind of excited. I wasn’t really nervous,” said the hopeful singer, 
who has competed in the talent show two previous times. 

Another performance was given by junior Auvon Chandler, the only talent show con- 
testant who didn’t do anything musical, instead she read a poem she wrote herself. 

“The light was so bright; I couldn’t see anything, which helped a lot so I didn’t see 
everyone looking at me,” said Chandler. “I forgot some of the words, so I improvised. It 
was great, though. I won third place!” she also confessed. “I wish there’s another [Coffee 
Night] so I could perform, because I’m not nervous anymore.” 

Coffee N ight is another place aspiring performers can show their stuff, but in a much 
more relaxed setting. It’s held once or twice a year, with ten to fifteen acts, lasting about 
three hours. It’s a place where students can hang out, drink coffee or hot chocolate, may- 
be eat a cookie and listen to their peers give it their all. 

“I don’t get stage fright. I really like playing music for people,” said junior Danny 
Maglish, who has partaken in the activities of Coffee Night since his freshman yean 
“I’ve been performing and playing for six years,” he continued. “I just like the reaction I 
get from people.” 

“I play so I can show people what I can do. [I went to Coffee Night] so I could play at 
a live show,” said sophomore Codie Olar, who has been both a performer and audience 

Coffee Night is a rather new development in GHS and has only been around a few 
years, but as long as there are students who want to play music for their friends, it will 
be here, along with our old-fashioned talent show. 

Ashley Peters 

Guitar in hand, senior Ben Victory belts out 
the lyrics to a favorite song during Coffee 
Night. "I thought that it would be fun; spon- 
taneous,' said Victory, though admitting to 
nervousness before his performance. 

Waiting for awards to be presented, seniors 
Sean Hansen, Leonard Wilfinger, James 
Bobowski, and junior Joshua Long stand on 
stage. "We played some of our own songs 
that we wrote," said Hansen. 

Ashley Peters 

The DJ was a hot topic at prom. Senior 
Ryan Berry said, "I danced a lot and had a 
blast, but I didn't like how the DJ ended the 
dance without warning [that it was the last 

For many students 06-07 prom was their 
last. "My favorite part was going to the 
Dell's afterwards," said senior Kelly Redden. 
1 was happy how it turned out." Redden will 
attend Purdue Lafayette after high school. 

Elyse Janke 

After prom, many students go out of town. 
While in Michigan, junior Dwight Poole was 
making a fashion statement. "I supported 
Dwight's fashion. I laughed at him though," 
said senior Andrew Wright. 

While sitting and taking a short break from 
all the dancing, senior Kelly Staszak said of 
prom, "I didn't like the DJ, but I danced a lot 
and had fun with all my friends." 

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The month of May brings warm weatner, blooming flowers, and of course Prom. 
Griffith’s prom wason Friday, May 4, 2007 at the Hallsof St. George, and the theme 
was “Bella Noche.” Prom brings with it excitement, stress, and for some, a touch 
of sadness. For seniors, it is their last big high school event before graduation. For 
the j uniors, and a select few other underclassmen, it is another chance for them to 
dress up and get down. Upon entering the hall, there were dresses of all different 
shapes and colors, hair-styles of all different kinds, white tuxes and black, camera 
flashes going off, and smiles on everyone’s faces. The hall was decorated with bal- 
loons and flowers of lavender, mint, and silver, which were the theme colors for this 
yean This years king and queen were TimCooperand Lauren Winiecki. 

“[Prom] is special because you can be with all your friends and make memories 
that will last a lifetime,” said senior Mike Luna. 

Describing the DJ, junior Erika Aldape said, “He kept playing 80’s music [so I did 
not really like him] but I kept dancing. [Zach] Macak and I tried to make a train, 
but it failed.” 

Prom weekend is a pretty big deal as well; many groups spend the entire weekend 
together doing various activities. Favorite post-prom activities include camping, 
spending time at a friend’s cabin, six flags, and other out-of-town excursions. 

“This weekend my friends and I all went to a cabin in Michigan and had a bon- 
fire, played bags, ate, fished, etc.” said senior Kelsey Troxel, about her after prom 

Senior Lori Wartsbaugh descri bed her weekend, saying, “We wen t cam pi ng up at 
the Dunes, we went hiking, sat around the campfire and ate. It was a lot of fun.” 

Monday morning brought suntans, sleepy eyes, funny stories and lots of pic- 
tures. Now that the weekend is over, the dresses hang sadly on their hangers, but 
the memories made will last forever 


Throwing her hands up in the air and hav- 
ing a good time, senior Jessica Phillips said, "I 
was sad [at prom] because it was our last 
dance. After, we went to Wisconsin Dells, 
and I liked it because it was different." 

Showing off his sweet sunglasses, senior 
Daniel Woloszyn described his favorite part 
of prom being the, 'mosh pit, even though 
l lost my phone, wallet, and camera. I was 
happy the DJ gave me my phone back." 

"I really enjoyed my prom. It was my first 
dance [at CHS] and I really am glad that I de- 
cided to finally go to one. Everyone looked 
cute, [and] I had a blast." explained senior 
Danielle Wilson. 

Taking pictures before prom, juniors Josh 
Francis, Danny Maglish, and Mike Matusz group 
together. Francis, who went with junior Kait- 
lyn Scheffel, said, "After the dance, we went 
to Allison Stage's house for a bonfire" 

Many seniors had to make the most out 
of prom because it is one of the last big 
events. “It was kind of depressing that it 
was my last one, but I had a great date and 
it was a blast," said senior Elyse Janke. 

During pictures, junior Zachary Koch and his 
girlfriend Emily Cutka walk around sharing 
moments with their friends. The first hour 
of prom is open to parents to take pictures 
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Keela Detmar laughs at a joke senior Brad 
Popa makes. Prom is a great place for 
everyone to joke around and have a good 
time while being all dolled up. 

To describe after prom activities, senior 
Daniel Vanek said, 'We went down to Alexis 
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After receiving his diploma senior Matthew 
Baccino is waiting to be seated next to locker 
buddy Ashley Baker. " I'm really happy because I 
don't have to go to school anymore ever, well, 
at least til the fall/said Baccino 

A lot of the people in high school have been 
friends since middle school, or even Elementa- 
ry. " Thoughout school I had basically the same 
group of friends, I don't know what I would do 
without them," said senior Krista Glidewell. 

Thinking about what he just did, Steven Sio- 
kos walks back to his seat. Siokos feel on the 
stage purposely to make everyone laugh one 
last time. "I thought it would be something all 
my friends would remember," said Siokos. 

Entering the main gym Ryan Bandura waits 
patiently to receive his diploma. "I was lost 
during graduation because I missed the prac- 
tice. I was at golf," said Bandura. That was the 
last time Bandura will enter that gym. "I'm fi- 
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Towards the end of the year some high school events start occurring that re- 
mind everyone the year is coming to an end. The biggest one for the seniors is 
the Senior Banquet. It’s afun time. This year it was held at Chelas in Highland 
at 6:30 p.m. Speeches were given and awards were handed out. The best part 
for some was the buffet. “ The senior banquet is a place where I get to take one 
last look at all the people I have been growing up with. It is really sad to know 
that 1 won’t talk to more than half of them in a year or two. I wish everyone the 
best and hope all their high school dreams come true,” said senior Leah Mor- 
ton. The banquet where people take many pictures and say goodbye to other 
students they won’t really see anymore. 

Two weeks after the senior banquet is the last day of school for the senior class 
of 07. During that day the seniors have their last three finals and at 1 0:30 am 
they go to the senior cookout held until 1 1:1 5. After the cookout there is gradua- 
tion practice and a class picture. For some it couldn’t come soon enough and for 
others, they just want one more yean “I am going to miss high school. Now that 
I am almost out I feel like I have to grow up. I’m not ready,” said senior Andrea 

A week after the last day, is the graduation ceremony. It was held on Friday 
June 8th at 7:00 PM. The ceremony is where family and friends get to see their 
loved one receive their very deserved diploma 

“ My family was so excited, They couldn’t wait to see me on stage,” said senior 
Daniel Calhoun. 

Some of the highlights at graduation are unforgettable, listening to the final 
speeches, seeing some friends for the last time and most importantly seeing 
your bestfriends finally make it to the end of high school. 

“ I can’t believe it’s finally over; I never thought the day would come,” said 
senior Leah Morton. 

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chances for good bye. Goodbye to the teachers, administration, enemies, friends, 
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Sometimes going to school, working, and being in sports is just 
notenoughforsome people; clubsjust have to complete their busy 
lives. “I feel better about myself. I get involved. I meet a lot of people 
and in turn I make a lot of friends,” said senior Elise Garcia. Go- 
ing toGHScan supply people with all kindsof clubs. If one isafan 
of helping others in need for any reason, there is FCCLA(Family 
Career and Community Leaders of America) and Key Club. “ I 
enjoy helping people; it really makes me feel good about myself,” 
said senior Karolina Damski, the president of Key Club. Both of 
those are volunteering clubs. FCCLA goes on field trips to nurs- 
ing homes, shelter homes, and many more just to help people 
out. If there is a more creative person in need of a club, there is Art 
Club. They can do pretty much any kind of art after school. They 
can catch upon ceramics, jewelry, photography, or anything else 
they need. If someone is not interested in the bowling team, there 
is a Bowling Club, that it gives everybody a chance to shine. If 
someone feels there is something they could do help their peers, 
they can join S.A.D.D. (Students Against Destructive Decisions). 
“ We try to have different activities to let them know that it is not 
cool to smoke or drink,” said senior Ashlee Crundwell. They do 
things to persuade their fellow students not to drink. Many peo- 
ple at GHS are interested in business; for these students, there is 
D.E.C. A . If none of those clubs apply to a student , there are many 
more like Booster Club, International Club, Thespians, Science 
Olympiad, Class Council, or Honor Society. For whatever reason 
one wants to be in a club, there are many to choose from. 

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rea, Brittany Erickson, Timothy Schell, Charisse Bo- 
gan, Ashlee Crundwell Second Row: Erika Aldape, 
Danielle Wilson, Rex Cullen, Zoran Kvrgic, Katherine 
Kuna, Ashley George, Brianne Finney Third Row: 
Leah Morton, Jimi Nunez, Jason Taylor, Evan Hixon, 
Christopher Dunagan, Kelli Dewees 

First Row: Ashiee Crundwell, Brittany Erickson Second 
Row: Officer Marlene Starcevich, Mahmmod issa, Britney 
Hill, Megan Anderson, Aundalyse Parquet, Melany Gon- 
zalez. Jamie Freemn, Kelsey Berry Third Row: Kristen 
Gulley, Lawrence Matovina, Sean Perez, Billy Glass, Shelby 

First Row: Olivia Barlow, Nathan Lehmann, Billy Cahill 
5econd Row: Elizabeth Ryzak, Jessica Gerlich, 
Lauren Pollard, Rachel Convery, Brittany Evanich, 
Josh Long, Elyse Janke, Samantha Royal Third 
Row: James Bobowski, Kevin Meece, Eric Ritter, 
Daniel Domsic, Matthew Kuna, Adam Gasper, Ellen 

First Row: Kelly Redden, Olivia Barlow, Nathan 
Lehmann, Billy Cahill 5econd RowJaqualynn 
Ranck, Ashley Roll, Amy Miles, Elise Garcia, Zoran 
Kvrgic, Ryan Berry, Samantha Kulig, Jessica Phillips 
Third Row: Matthew Cavazos, Cathy Rudzinski, 
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Throughout the four years a student is in 
high school, numerous relationships are made; 
whether it is dating, friendships, or just ac- 
quaintances. Especially at a high school in a 
small town, most people seem to be connected 
to each other in one way or another Clubs have 
the ability to connect so many different types 
of people. One club can force the valedictorian, 
the class clown, and the laziest slacker to all be 
in the same place together. There are clubs for 
people who enjoy being creative, doing com- 
munity service, showing school spirit, and 
learning about other cultures from around the 
world. No matter what the interest is, there is a 
club for it and a group of people who share that. 
However, clubs are not the only way that stu- 
dents can be connected to each other Students 
can be linked through sports, friends, classes, 
and tons of other ways. So, look at this diagram 
and see how any two students at GHS can be 
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Griffith High School is a menagerie of different people, all with their own tal- 
ents, quirks, and lives. It can be hard to make friends. Sometimes it can be a 
complete pain, right? But, there are some things everyone has that can help 
them out in this kind of predicament. 

Everyone has, or should have, at any rate, an idea of things that they like. In 
many cases, that interest manifests itself as a club or extracurricular activity 
that is sponsored by the school. GHS is the proud host of several clubs, and as 
long as you sign upon time, most clubs allow just about anyone to join in and 
have fun. People who like to volunteer and help others can either join the Key 
Club or FCCLA, Family Career Community Leaders of America. These orga- 
nizations gather people who have passionate and altruistic natures. 

Senior Megan Verbeke is in Key Club, and she says, “It’s mostly volunteer 
work, so you do what you can.” Likewise, when someone has a creative streak, it 
is very likely that they’ll join up with the Art Club, Drama Club or Thespians. 

Junior Elizabeth Ryzak, a member of Art Club, said, “I guess I really just like 
art, and I like being creative, and it’s just something where I can use my imagi- 

If one wants to learn and compete at the same time, an Academic Super Bowl 
team may be the right choice for them. GHS offers several teams to join, each 
differing by subject. Students who seek to help others decide against mak- 
ing harmful decisions may join S.A.D.D. to look out for their friends and fellow 

“This Saturday we’re going to the Hospice to cheer the people up. We just help 
people,” tells sophomore Crystal Jones. Teenagers who wish to help out the 
school or learn several management techniques can coalesce with the Booster 

Freshman Kara Buchholz, a member of Booster Club, says, “We decorate lock- 
ers, do a lot of sports stuff, and that’s basically it.” However, if someone’s just 
looking to participate in sporting events, the Bowling Club or Varsity Club is 
likely their best choice. 

All these clubs, and many more, can be the gateway anyone needs to find some 
new friends. All they need to do is gather the courage and attend a meeting. 
They’d be surprised how easy it is to meet new buddies. 

During the Fall Concert, senior Tiffany Lid- 
ster performed a miraculous solo in front 
of a large audience. "I love being in front 
of crowds, and I hope to do that one day," 
Lidster mentioned. 


At an Art Club meeting, sophomore Destiny 
Cox watches sophomore Lorie Wiliams work 
on her project. "I enjoy doing it, and I learn 
a lot of new things," Cox said, when asked 
about why she joined Art Club. 

While on an FCCLA field trip to the homeless 
shelter, senior Jeanette Bridegroom helps 
out one of the caretakers. "I was helping him 
put the bags in the other bags for the other 
homeless shelters," Bridegroom declared, 

First Row: Kelly Staszak, Kristina Plucinski, Kelly 
Redden, Melony Cabrales, Amy Miles, Samantha 
Kulig Second Row: Olivia Barlow, Danielle Wilson, 
Lauren Kelley, Nicole Koleski, Amanda Koleski, Casey 
Nunez, Karrie Obranovich, Jessica Phillips 
Third Row: Kayla Aguilera, Allison Colgrove, Lau- 
ren Pollard, Britney Hill, Sheila Szo 

FTrst Row: Jackie Lopez, Alexis Mata, Michelle Pludnski, 
Taylor Long, Amanda Craven, Amber Crook, Katie Mitch- 
ell, Amber Cornett 5econd Row: Melissa Stadnik, Val- 
erie Scholte, Brooke Blackard, Caitlyn McCabe, Shannon 
Carpenter, Kara Bucholtz, Jessica Flores, Elizabeth Flores 
Third Row: Sara Popovich, Jessica Bredaw, Kristen Gulley, 
Shelby Higgins, Megan Anderson 

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V*n*»a Gonzalez. Kelly Siawa*. Mody Maegan Funk. Dam** Wilton, Ann* Hernandez 
(*y<a Aguilera. Britney Mill. Erwa KudvOa. Aunuaiys* Parquet. Katnryn CalamOot Lauren Wimecki 
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Tirnch. Mark Arnat, Timothy Schaa. Andrew Karoatl. lorns Smith Fifth Row M*e Ciastolrs. Zach 
Duvnjak. Steven Si ok os. Eric Bitter Zach UdclW. Samantha Mansanaret. Ewe Garcia. Lna Worley. 
Naom Camobell. Katie Kaiser. Krista Cadeweil. Amanda Zaoorowtti. Austin Conor Corey Nash jiirv 
Nunez Mark Blount Smth Row Elys* Janke. Tiffany LiOtter. Billy Wbneh Brittany Evameh. Brittany 
Bruges. Matthew Melton. |t*n Hurasn. Jeffrey Bevna Zachary Koch. Event Becky Curnow. 
Cart, Dum, Matt Cavazos. Tyler louviere Cat* Horn. Zoran Kvrgic Seventh Row Mike Kibacki, 
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Colin varnetie. Zack Butkus Mark Butkus. Trey BaUey. Trevor Janke. Sean Hansen Eighth Row Buss 
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First Row: Catherine Kus, Erin Moore, Trisha Brum- 
lev, Brittany Erikson, Olivia Barlow Second Row: 
Jessica Phillips, Melissa Pilipow, Britney Hill, Allison 
Colgrove, Michaela Ezell, Michelle Plucinski, Jamie 
Freeman Third Row: Auvon Chandler, Elizabeth 
Hancock, Keith Mitchell, Kelli Dewees, Aundalyse 

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Senior Trisha Brumley often enjoys speak- 
ing with senior Erin Moore during Interna- 
tional Club meetings. "I'm interested in in- 
ternational issues and different cultures,” 
Brumley had to say. 

If there was one club you wish you could join, 
what would it be? 


"Bowling Club 
because I like to 

Dominic 5calzlttl- 9 

"Maybe Art 
Club because 
I like art, and I 
like to draw. 

Katie Miller- 10 

'The Illuminati 
because they 
control the 

Jason Taylor- 12 


Fundraising for Chorale, Mr. Fish comes in to 
explain what the students must try to sell 
so they can raise money for trips like Los 
Angeles over Spring Break. They also raise 
money for new music for the concerts. 

'I liked doing the band dinner, we had a lot 
of success doing it this year and it was fun," 
said Candice Tripp. The dinner was held on 
February 10th in the Griffith High school 
cafeteria from 4:30 pm to 7 pm. 

Different fundraisers, different reasons 

Here at Griffith High there are many clubs that students can 
participate in, such as booster club, honor society, band, choir, 
student council, key club etc. Many, if not all of the clubs, will 
need money sometime during the year for something, whether 
it is for a field trip, a dance, a dinner, or anything else. When 
the clubs at GHS need money for whatever reason, they start 
a fundraiser Some fundraisers at GHS are selling roses for 
Valentines Day, Santa Grams for Christmas, coupon cards for 
prom, and a ticket to get into a spaghetti dinner for band. 

“ Student Council sells roses for Valentine’s Day to raise money, 
but we also do it because it is a good way to show someone spe- 
cial to you that you care ,” said junior student council member 
Jamie Freeman. 

Another fundraiser is selling candy. National Honor Society 
sells candy to raise money for an induction ceremony and the 
top ten banquet. NHS also sold santa grams for Christmas. 

The clubs at GHS not only have many fundraisers, they also 
have different types of drives. Throughout the year there are 
food drives for the homeless, and a blood drive. 

The blood drive is done every year It is held by the high school 
band. If a student chooses to give blood, they must have a per- 
mission slip signed by a parent if they are under 1 8. Before giv- 
ing blood there is a packet students must read through and an- 
swer a series of questions. After the packet is complete by the 
student they get poked by a needle in their hand to check their 
iron. There must be a certain amount to proceed on to finally 
giving blood. 

“We did the band dinner fundraiser to raise money for equip- 
ment,” said junior band member Matthew Cavazos. 

The other drive done at Griffith is afood drive. Student Council 
holds it. It is to get food for homeless shelters around the area 
In order to motivate the students there is usually a contest set 
up. It usually says the class that collects the most food gets a re- 

All the clubs at GHS try hard to help people as well as them- 
selves. The fundraisers and drives that are done are mainly 
to provide underprivieged people with needs. They also try to 
help their own club raise money to make fellow students happy. 
Many people appreciate the work done by the clubs. 

What clubs do these fundraisers? 


f. International Club 

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1. What GFI5 dub sells Mardi Grams during 
the month of February for Mardi Gras? 

2 Which club did the Blood Drive? 

3 During the beginning of February what 
club sponsors the Rose sales? 

4 For Christmas what club does Santa 

Sirring the cold winter months what club 
iPOlSqfcteLl'tten Drive for the shelters 


b. national honor Society 

c. Rational honor Society 

d. Student Council 

e. Choir 



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During the month of February, the National 
Honor Society took initiative to raise money 
by selling boxes of candy. Each member got 
one box and had to sell the candy and collect 
the money by the end of the month. 

First Row: Theresa Ramos, Matthew Beck, Jake 
Long, Zachary Kisfalusi Second Row: Jill Fitzger- 
ald, Jane Hurdish, Raquel Mazur 








First Row: Robin Sophiea, Kellie Bubala, Charisse 
Bogan, Annie Higginbothem Second Row: The- 
resa Ramos, Nelson Oliver, Brandon Rukes, Michael 
Beck, Katie Lesniewski 

First Row: Casey Nunez, Keegan Kiral, Brittany 
Evanich, Joshua Long, Amy Fitzgerald Second 
Row: Billy Hilbrich, Jacob Terpstra, Kyle Najar, El- 
len Hurdish 

First Row: Lisa Worley, Randall Zellers, Eric Ritter, 
Jessica Gerlich Second Row: Billy Cahill, Kevin 
Meece, Matt Kuna, Evan Hixon, Jimmy Bobowski 











First Row: Zachary Kisfalusi. Mike Saberdac, Matthew Beck. Will 
Dennison. Justin Phillips. Nick Sharpe. Eddie Covarrubius Second 
Row Jake Long. Guillermo Hernandez. Jose Cisneros, Alex Led- 
ford. Jacob Anderson, Gabe Sotres. Quinn Barwick Third Row: 
Nick Bobowski, Nick Gaydos, Josh Holbrook, Jimmy Burch, Ryan 
Voges, Nate Lara. Nick Gallina. Sam Carter Fourth Row: Matthew 
Plawecki, Robert Welch, Kyle Carter. Jacob Evanich, Chad Koble. 
Robert Saltonovitz. Steven Kepchar 

Senior Leah Morton and her sister, Taylor 
Morton, who fixed costumes for the play at 
Griffith, talk during a practice. Leah Morton 
said, "Being with people in drama is fun and 
so are our traditions." 

During a play practice, junior Stephen Bakko 
decides to take a break from all the drama. 
Bakko said, "I love being in drama. You get 
to meet wonderful people and it's just the 
opportunity of a lifetime." 

In one scene, junior Lauren Pollard and 
sophomore Michael Beck are shown togeth- 
er at a dinner. Beck said, "I like drama be- 
cause l get to express myself in ways that I 
wouldn't normally be able to." 

First Row: Jessica Phillips, Dwight Poole, Amanda Tharp, 
Katie Kleldon, Katie horn, Liv Wagman, Megan Verbeke, 
Kelly Redden, Second Row: Matt Cavazos, Tiffany Lldster, 
Lisa Worley, Lori Wartsbaugh, Josh Long, Dan Rukes, Ed- 
die Covarrubius Third Row: Corey hash, Zachary Koch, 
Danielle Fogarty, Elizabeth Stanford, Becky Curnow, Tyler 
Louvlere Fourh Row: Andrew Anderson, Dan Woloszyn, 
James Buehler, Mate Lehmann, hate Bryan 

First Row: Lisa Megguier, Catherine kus, Caroline 
Herrera, Jessica Cerlich, Amy Fitzgerald, Destiny Cox 
Second Row: Charlie Cole. Larry Matovina, Zachary 
koch, Stephen Bakko, Katie Horn 

"I really enjoyed the Drama Night plays because 
they were short and funny," -Sara Mclrnerney, 9 

"My favorite was 'Scrooge.'" -Jessica Ritter, 9 

'Mine was most definitely The Who's 'Tommy.'" 
-Melissa Falkner, 11 

"'Tommy', of course." -Jennifer Lawrence, 11 

"I don't really have a favorite, they're all good." 
-Jeneveive Bock-Coode, 11 

What was your favorite play 
that <oM 5 performed? 

Between scenes during a practice for 
the play "Give My Regards to Broadway," 
sophomore Larry Matovina and junior Matt 
Cavazos engage in conversation. Matovina 
plays two roles in the play. 

Freshman Jake Long has a discussion with 
senior Leah Morton during a practice for 
the play “Give My Regards to Broadway." 
"Being in drama is fun, even just to hang 
out with the cast before plays," Long said. 

So much drama, so little time 

Many Griffith students are heavily involved in different school 
organizations. One organization in which some Griffith students 
seem to really enjoy is drama. The drama department puts on 
many different plays throughout the school year, in which the 
whole town of Griffith seems to be more than eager to go see. 
Everyone who has seen the plays that Griffith has perfomed has 
no other choice but to admit that the plays are very well done, 
and obviously, the actors practiced quite a bit in weeks prior to 
the performance. 

One student who is actually in Thespians is sophomore Kather- 
ine Kus. Kus said, "As a girl in elementary school, I used to come 
and watch all of the CHS plays. I always wanted to be in one, so in 
the fall of my freshman year, some friends of mine encouraged 
me to try out.” Kus had actually performed in four plays here at 

Another student who is involved in drama is junior Amy Fitzger- 
ald. Fitzgerald seems to enjoy every aspect of being in drama. 
Fitzgerald said, "My favorite part is the camaraderie among the 
people involved. I love to act, but I don't like calling attention to 
myself, so I really enjoyed the sense of community. Without that, 
it wouldn't have been worth it to me." 

Sophomore Larry Matovina enjoys a very creative part of dra- 
ma. Matovina said, "I love being on stage as another person, being 
in a completely different world. Books, movies, and video games 
can only take you so far into another world. Drama is a complete 

Everyone who is involved in drama has different reasons for 
such an interest in being a part of it. All are very different. How- 
ever, it is apparent that being involved in drama brings many 
different people into one group, and from there they work on 
producing amazing results. The plays are very well acted and pro- 
duced. The actors and directors definitely deserve a great round 
of applause. 


David Kujawa 

Boohs instead of bats... 

For the students that are not into athletics, but still have the drive 
to compete, there are many academic teams that they can join here at 
GHS. There are the academic super bowl teams, which include the 
subjects of English, fine arts, social studies, math, and science. Out- 
side of that, there is a Spell Bowl team, Science Olympiad, J.E.TS. 
(Junior Engineering and Technology Society) and DECA (Distribu- 
tive Education Clubs of America). Very similar to the athletes, these 
students must be able to balance school and practice. Their practices 
are to study for thei r events and/or su bjects. 

Sophomore Elizabeth Thrall said it was hard making extra time to 
study for her events, on top of doing her regular schoolwork. She said, 
“My grades dropped, but I think it was because of the severity and the 
fact that I had five events.” Thrall was quick to add that English super 
bowl is a lot of fun, and she plans on participating in it again next yean 

Senior Ashlee Crundwell joined DECA because, “I wanted to learn 
more about business. At one point in time I wanted to have my own 
doctor’s practice, and even though I don’t want to do that anymore, I 
feel [DECA] makes me well-rounded.” 

Many of the teams are coached by teachers here at GHS, such as Terri 
Ramos, librarian, and Jim Pickett, history. 

At competition, students sometimes take written tests, or in the case 
of Science Olympiad, they do hands-on activities. Sophomore Carly 
Dunn said what she likes most about Science Olympiad are the people, 
and the variety of events they can participate in. She also likes learn- 
ing new things; it makes her and the team feel smart with all their 
new knowledge. 

Senior Megan Swanson has done a variety of academic teams in the 
past, but this year she only did spell bowl. Swanson said she does Spell 
Bowl because, “Libby Barlow and I have done it all four years together 
and we know it will look good on scholarship applications.” 

A very busy and involved senioi; Erin Moore is a member of science 
superbowl, math superbowl, spell bowl and science olympiad. She 
says she does them all because, “It’s fun and you learn stuff you don’t 
in class.” 

Academic teams are an important part of high school life, that offer a 
competitive atmosphere for the academically gifted, and allow knowl- 
edge hungry students a chance to expand their high school learning 


Katie Horn 

Because of her busy schedule, senior Brit- 
tany Erickson said, 1 do have a hard time 
balancing all my clubs... I spend about an 
hour a day working on DECA or other clubs. 
[My favorite thing is] meeting new kids." 

"I do it [DECA] for the chai at state," said 
senior Jason Taylor. Taylor said that going 
to Indianapolis for competition is a fun part 
of DECA. Taylor has been a member of 
DECA since his freshman year. 

photo provided 

Equipped with a great answer, Terri Ramos, 
librarian, said she coaches the academic 
teams because, "It affords me the oppor- 
tunity to interact with Griffith High School's 
finest students on an academic level." 

Shyly explaining why she's in Science Olym- 
piad, sophomore Melissa Pilipow joked she 
did it because, "Mrs. Mis threatened to sick 
junior Ellen Hurdish on me. She said she 
would have Ellen yell at me if I didn't join 
the team." 

What does J.E.T.5. stand for??? 

" Jewish educational teams sitting." Emily Million 9 

"Just educating teen students." Jessica Breclaw 9 

” Jolly entertainers turning society." 5hannon Carpenter 9 

"Junior educational talent search." Auvon Chandler 11 

"Juvenile education teaching students." Brianne 
Finney 10 

The right answer: Junior Engineering and Technology 

First Row: Emily Cioroianu, Elizabeth Thrall, 
Jane hurdish, Cory Jung, Jill Fitzgerald, 
Amy Fitzgerald 

First Row:Catherine Kus, Cassie Bailey, Erin 
Moore Second Row: Ashley Roll, Candice 
Tripp, Elizabeth Ryzak, Michelle Plucinskl, 
Coach Christine Chidichimo Third Row: Sa- 
mantha Royal, Elizabeth Thrall, Ellen hur- 
dish, Lawrence Matovina, ITelson Oliver 

Elizabeth Ryzak, Catherine Kus, Erin Moore, 
Coach Don Wittemore 

ett, Catherine Kus, Zachary Kisfalusi 

5 ? 

First Row: Casey Nunez, Britney Hill, Aundalyse 
Parquet, Rachel Convery, Angela Kepchar, Laura 
Beaupain, Samantha Kulig, Darci Lopez Second 
Row: Advisor Kristina Collard, Ashley Peters, Lau- 
ren Winiecki, Ashley Perry, Robin Sophiea, Olivia 
Barlow, Third Row: Stacy Sanchez, Amanda Tharp, 
Steven Aguilera, Amanda Uram, Frances Pietrucha 

First Row: Olivia Barlow, Advisor Kristina Collard, 
Elyse Janke 5econd Row: Caitlyn Lackey, Elizabeth 
Thrall, Jordynn Tibbs, Cassie Bailey Third Row: 
Devin Heller, Evan Hixon, Daniel Domsic, Kevin 
Meece, Larry Matovina 

First Row: Trisha Brumley, Jaqualynn Ranck, Mel- 
ony Cabrales, Advisor Kristina Collard, Lauren Pol- 
lard, Britney Cabrales, Nicole Reba 

First Row: Olivia Barlow, Casey Nunez, Jaqualynn 
Ranck, Darci Lopez, Melony Cabrales Second Row: 
Trisha Brumley, Aundalyse Parquet, Jordynn Tibbs, 
Elyse Janke, Nicole Reba, Advisor Kristina Collard 
Third Row:Rachel Convery, Kevin Meece, Daniel 
Domsic, Evan Hixon, Tyler Louviere 

With a deadline in mind senior Melony Ca- 
brales and sophomore Samantha Holmes 
work on their pages for the school's maga- 
zine 'The Edge'. "I think it is really fun and it 
is going to help my writing," said Holmes. 

To get all deadlines done, senior Darci Lopez 
goes through pictures needed with seniors 
Ashley Peters and Stacy Sanchez. "Taking 
pictures for the yearbook is fun, I get to 
meet new people,' said Sanchez 

David Kujawa 

Pointing to the computer.senior Olivia Bar- 
low explains to junior Lauren Winiecki and 
senior Samantha Kulig how to rotate a box. 
'I love yearbook. It's fun until I get over- 
whelmed from the dealines.'said Winiecki. 


Stacy Sanchez 

Juniors Dan Domsic, Devin Heller and senior 
Tyler Louviere think of ideas for the upcom- 
ing issue of the Panther Press. 'I am kind of 
nervous about being editor next year, but I 
think l will have a good time,' said Domsic. 

"Selling ads is not always easy and I hate ask- 
ing people for money, but we need them in 
order to make The Edge'," said senior Trisha 
Brumley. Many ads are sold over the phone 
in the journalism office. 

That's a page turner 

At Griffith High School, there are three kinds of publications. 
The publication that is recieved the most is the Panther Press. 
The newspaper is delivered to the students who subscribed 
during fifth hour The paper includes many stories about school 
related topics or the latest movie coming out. The newspaper 
has two editors, seniors Olivia Barlow and Elyse Janke. “ I en- 
joy being an editor for the newspaper because I know that I will 
work hard to get everything done. Also, it makes me feel better to 
know that I can make sure that everyone is getting their work 
done too,” said Janke. 

Each publication is ran by students and advised by Kristina 
Collard, English. 

The next publication that is recieved the most often is “The 
Edge”. It is Griffith High’s very own magazine. “The Edge” is 
published four times a year; around and distributed at the end 
of each quarter The editor of the magazine is senior Melony Ca- 
brales. “The Edge” is filled with sports of the season, embarrass- 
ing stories, horoscopes, yummy recipes, and much more fun. “ I 
like writing and designing my own pages. I also like how it is a 
small staff,” said senior Trisha Brumley. Brumley is a reporter, 
but was the editor her sophomore and freshman year “The 
Edge” is great for learning about our schools athletes and catch 
upon the latest music or books. 

The last publication, but certainly not the least, is the year- 
book, known as the Reflector Many students look forward to re- 
ceiveing their yearbook the following year There is one problem 
with the yearbook that many students agree with. 

“ It just takes a really long time for us to see the yearbook, but 
it’s worth the wait,” said junior Patrick Kolisz. 

The Reflector contains almost every memory a student would 
like to remember (dances, parades, football games, holidays, and 
the cutest couples). The yearbook’s editor is senior Darci Lopez. 

“I love being in yearbook. It gives me a chance to be involved 
with making memories for people,” said Lopez. 

Lopez has been in yearbook for three years and a semester Stu- 
dents can read the Panther Press every two weeks or they can 
read “The Edge” while they are waiting for the yearbook. 


First Row Michele Plucinski. Jane Hurcfch. Jenna Jones. Raquei Mazur, 
Elen Hurdsh. Michael Beck, Jose Cisneros Second Row Amanda Dram, 
Kyiee loudenber. Matthew Cavazos, Eric Brumley. Carty [Xjnn, Anthony 
Zamdt. Adam Casper, Daniel Velez Third Row. James Berry, Joshua Leep, 
Steven Bums. Frank Davis. Nicholas Biacardi. Carl Eisner, Joel Gerber 

First Row: Caroline Herrera. Melissa Moisant. Michelle Velez. Jessica 
Bogner, Tara Villa. Kimberly Russell. Jamie Freeman Second Row: 
Matthew Beck. Milissa Pilipow, Desmond Neylon, Samantha Royal, 
Candace Tripp, Cathy Rudzinski Third Row: Christian Martinez. 
Cory Jung. Leonard Wilfinger, Nathan Brian, Ronald Higginbotham, 
Jacob Anderson, Eric Sanders 

First Row: Daniella Alvarez, Kyiee Loudenber, Megan Anderson, 
Michelle Fogarty, Jill Fitzgerald Second Row: Kier Brinkley, Kris- 
ten Gulley, Kara Kessey, Victoria Anderson. Jasmin Freeman, Kiara 
Gragido, Edward Covarrubias Third Row: Shelby Higgins. Jennifer 
Porter, Olivia Kalis. Jessica Burbridge, Stephanie Negrete 

First Row: Amber Wilson, Lisa Rafa, Brittany Medley, Alexis Mata, 
Kimberiee Swender Second Row: Kaitlyn Sudac, Rachel Dennison, 
Stephanie Shively, Alicia Begeske, Shannon Carpenter, Edward Co- 
varrubias Third Row: Michaela Ezell, Valarie Scholte, Melony Grant. 
Erica Edwards, Azsha Grant 

First Row. Ashley Dodson. Michelle Velez, Kellie Blaski, Amber Cor- 
nett. Abigail Zarndt, Madeline Goodman, Natalie Drach Second 
Row: Jessica Ritter. Sarah Langston, Nicole Hixon. Brenda Banks. 
Kaitlyn Mitchell. Vivian Perez, Megan Troksa, Edward Covarrubias 
Third Row: Savannah Mendoza. Melissa Stadnik, Christine Leslie. 
Rebecca Franker, Trisha Keown, Taylor McLean 

Ashley Peters 

"It's fun playing music and accomplishing 
things not many people can do," said mallets 
player, junior Matthew Cavazos (left), who 
along with senior Nathan Bryan (right) looks 
up at the crowd during a home game. 


Ashley Peters 

Ashley Peters 

With a smiling face, senior Leonard Wilfinger 
talks to some friends in the stands during a 
break in playing. "I've been doing band since 
the sixth grade and I just have a passion for 
music," said Wilfinger, a tenors player. 

Standing on the field, junior Ellen Hurdish 
does the Mace Salute during a home foot- 
ball game. "We use it for signaling when we 
come out on the field," said Hurdish, head 
drum-major in the CHS band. 

Asniey peters 

As the CHS band performs the halftime 
show of a football game, junior Tara Villa 
(center) plays her flute for all she's worth. "I 
think it (band), is really enjoyable," said Villa, 
who's been in band for six years. 

And the beat goes on 

At Griffith High School, band is taken seriously, it is not just 
an extra-curricular activity; it is an actual class. Students do not 
just play their instruments forfun in that class. Under the guid- 
ance of the band director, Jason Pearman, they study different 
tempos, compositions and a lot of difficult musical terminology 
not only so they can do well in the class and perform wel 1 at school 
functions, but also to become a better musician in general. 

Some people may think band would be an easy class where 
students just play with their instruments for fifty minutes ev- 
ery day. Band members have homework and a final in that class 
just like all the other classes, in addition to regular practices 
once or twice a week and performances outside of school. They 
perform during all home football games; most basketball games, 
concerts, as well as during school plays. They even take part in 
competitions, traveling around the country to different cities. 

“Over Spring Break, we’re going to Florida. We’re doing a 
marching competition,” said sophomore Cory Jung, who plays 
the flute. “I love music and I love playing my instrument,” said 
Jung, who has been a band member since the fifth grade. 

“Two years ago(foraBand Day) in NIU (Northern Illinois Uni- 
versity) I got to meet a bunch of new people. I met my best friend 
there,” said sophomore Carly Dunn, a baritone saxophone player 
“On our St. Louis trip we played in a big parade,” said Dunn, who 
has been playing music since the age of six when her mother 
bought her a recorder 

The band has a variation of instruments from each of the ba- 
sic groups. Therefore, it is able to play different types of music 
and with about three regular concerts every year plus marching 
band songs, adding up to about twenty performances every year, 
it is convenient to havve varying songs. 

“He (Pearman) usually likes to choose songs by people who are 
still living, so the music’s pretty modern,” said Jung. 

So, with modern musicand trips to exciting cities, beingin the 
band can actually be a fun way to meet new, talented people and 
become a full-fledged musician. 

Page by Robin 



Ashley Peters 

Hobbs, Katie Miller, Nelson Oliver, Emily Bailey, Kristina Plu- 
cinski. Second Row: Corey Breclaw, Kirsten Rex, Kelsey 
Berry, Joseph Ramos, Michelle Mojica, Jessica Flutka, 
Nicholas Gonzalez, Eddie Covarrubias. Third Row: Katie 
Lesniewski, Catherine Kus, Michael Tinich, Mary Cranter, 
Destiny Cox, Kevin Konopasek, Elizabeth Vargas Fourth 
Row: Cina Cilge, Jamie Hernandez, Kristen Yost, Cory 
Jung, Amanda Stinnett, Mike Moses, Jamie Walenkiewicz 

Alexa Dragoin, Brandon Rukes, Kaitlyn Euber, Lawrence 
Matovina Second Row: Eddie Covarrubias. Ashley Ames, 
Michael Beck, Codie Olar, Jeffrey Melton, Timber Clem- 
ons, Trevor Janke, Natasha Subotic Third Row: Michelle 
Plucinski, Brooke Studniarz, Kellie Bubala, Heidi Pierson, Al- 
lison Kitner, Carly Dunn, Stephanie Nowak. Ashley Rodgers 
Fourth Row: Justin Casper, Kyle Lidster, Gregory Joyce, 
Aaron Lannin, Ryan Caliher, Sean Perez, Carlos Sotres 

First Row: Sara Moore, Danielle Wilson, Rachel Convery, Alli- 
son Colgrove. Elizabeth Ryzak5econd Row: Johnathon Lit- 
tle, Alana Massa, Antonio Herrera, Tyra Earl, Stephen Bakko, 
Eddie Covarrubias Third Row: Nicholas Ficht, Leondre Cobb, 
Steven Aguilera, Jessica Teasdale, Amanda Schleitwiler 

First Row: Yuri Nunez, Theresa Sanchez, Adrianna Mitre, 
Jenevieve Bock-Goode Second Row: Karissa O'Brien, 
Kimberly Therault, Christa Staes, Stephanie Gilman, Alexis 
Hartman, Eddie Covarrubias Third Row: Candice Tripp, 
Nicole Koleski, Jessicka Knight, Amber Reed, Amanda 

Rehearsing their Christmas concert mu- 
sic with Eddie Covarrubias, freshmen 
Steven Kepchar and Alex Ledford follow 
along with their sheet music in first 

Chorale, under the direction of Eddie Co- 
varrubias, sang the National Anthem at the 
boy's varsity basketball game in the main 
gym on February 20th, 2007. The basketball 
team was victorious, 



was your favorite concert? 


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10 students - 33% 

Christmas Concert - 2006 

12 students - 40% 

5pring Concert - 2006 

5 students - 17% 

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(30 students surveyed) 

“The Christmas concert was a lot of fun to perform 
in. The audience really liked the songs we sang," 

said Matt Beck, freshman 

During the Fall Concert, senior Tiffany Lid- 
ster sings her solo. "I was excited when Mr. 
Covarrubias told me I was going to get to 
sing a solo, since I really enjoy performing 
for people," said Lidster. 

Belting out a tune 

It was 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, October 15th, 2006. At the Griffith High 
School Auditorium, there were a few cars in the parking lot. It did not seem 
like there was going to be a lot of activity that day. Just then, a massive char- 
tered bus pulled up in front of the auditorium entrance. Along one side of 
the bus, ‘PURDUE’ was written in large, gleaming gold letters. The doors 
opened to reveal 30 female students of Purdue Lafayette. These students 
were members of the Purduettes, an all-female choir of Purdue. Coming to 
Griffith to be a part of the Fall Concert, the Purduettes hoped to make an 
impact on the choir students of GHS. Or rather, to INSPIRE them, since 
INSPIRE was the theme of the concert. 

“I thought the Purduettes set a great exam pie for all of my choir students,” 
said Eddie Covarrubias, music. “They acted in a very professional man- 
net; and they took this performance very seriously, while managing to have 

Inviting the Purduettes to perform in the Fall Concert was just one of the 
exciting and unusual things that Covarrubias has done to make every con- 
cert enjoyable for all who watch them. For example, in the Spring of 2005, 
the choral department’s performance was a ‘Radio Show’. Two of the stu- 
dents were disc jockeys, who took requests from the audience. 

“The Radio Show in the Spring of ‘05 was probably the most popular con- 
cert that I’ve directed here at GHS. The students really enjoyed performing, 
not to mention the great response it got from the audience,” stated Covarru- 

Since the choir students must work hard all year long to be able to have four 
successful concerts, Covarrubias feels they should be rewarded. Depending 
on how much time and effort the students give, the reward is normally field 
trips to various places. Covarrubias takes the Chorale, one of his classes, on 
a trip during spring break to a big tourist attraction, such as Atlanta, GA, 
or Los Angeles, CA. The choir department has also gone to Six Flags, the 
Chicago Symphony, the House of Blues, and has seen the plays “Wicked” 
and “Les Miserables.” Chorale has also gone on elementary school tours. 

Many choir students also participate in ISSMA, or Indiana State School 
Music Association. This year, 28 soloists, seven ensembles, and three piano 
soloists competed at the district level of ISSMA. Out of these students, seven 
soloists and two ensembles qualified for state, which was February 24th, 
2007. Every student who competed at the state level received either a gold 
or a silver medal. 


Senior Class Council ^JJunior Class Council gSophomore Cass Council ^Freshman Class Council 

First Row: Shanlynn Bias, Sara Winiecki, Dan- 
iel Rodriguez, Jessica Ritter Second Row: 
James Berry, Lauren Hansen, Jacob Ander- 
son, Kiara Cragido, Sara Mclnerney, Shavonna 

First Row: Cory Jung, Melissa Pilipow, Kel- 
lie Bubala, Michelle Plucinski Second Row: 
Kelsey Berry, Kristen Yost, Morgan Momcilov- 
ich, Charisse Bogan, Aimee Johnson 

Roll, Lauren Pollard, Jamie Freeman Second Row: Sheila Szo, 
Cassie Bailey, Angela Kepchar, Britney Hill, Rex Cullen, Aundalyse 
Parquet, Samantha Royal, Amy Fitzgerald Third Row: Amanda 
Crook, Emily Cioroianu, Timothy Schell, Randy Degani, Zachary 
Koch, Auvon Chandler. Cathy Rudzinski, Keri Markut Fourth 
Row: Joshua Long, Jeffrey Reyna, Ellen Hurdish, Daniel Domsic, 
Steven Aguilera. Nicholas Ficht, Jimi Nunez 

First Row: Kelly Redden, Naomi Lyles, Danielle 
Wilson, Amy Miles, Elise Garcia Second Row: 
Russ Radtke, Billy Cahill, Karrie Obranovich, 
James Buehler, Matt Kuna 

m il 

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On average, how many days a week 
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it gave me something to do,' said Cassie Bailey. 
Looking through prom idea magazines to help 
brainstorm ideas for prom, the junior class council 
gathers in Teresa Carstensen's math classroom. 

Writing story ideas on the dry erase board, 
co-editors Olivia Barlow and Elyse Janke 
lead the newpaper staff in brainstorming. 
Planning out each issue of the newspaper is 
an important part of being on staff. 

Stacy Sanchez 

Planning every detail 

An important part of every club or activity is planning. Forex- 
ample, the class councils must plan out colors, theme, and songs 
for the school dances. The school’s newspaper staff must plan 
out every detai 1 for each issue. Other cl u bs plan out each activity 
that they will do throughout the year, including places to visit 
and even fundraisers. 

One of the biggest events that involves a lot of planning is 
Prom. Planning starts about three months before the event. 
The junior class council begins meeting every Wednesday after 
school in Teresa Carstensen’s, math, classroom. First, the group 
brainstorms for ideas about the song, theme, and colors. Then, 
other details must be planned, such as ticket sales and possible 
chaperones for the dance. The sophomore class council must go 
through about the same process in order to plan Turnabout. 

Another group that must plan a lot is the newspaper staff. 
They must come up with ideas for stories and plan out which 
page each story will go on. The pages must be also be designed, 
and they must plan to make deadline. 

Yearbook staff also involves planning. At the beginning of the 
year the staff brainstorms for spread ideas. Then the spreads 
must be put in order as they would be in the yearbook. Also, the 
spreads must be organized into various deadlines throughout 
the yean Besides planning out when the spreads go out, what 
exactly goes on the spread must also be planned out. Ideas for 
headlines, pictures, and info boxes require a lot of planning 

Many other grou ps also plan out their activities at meeting. For 
example, the National Honor Society, Student Council, Interna- 
tional Club, FCCLA, and must plan out what kind of fundrais- 
ers they want to participate in. This year, the NHS sold Santa 
Grams before Christmas, sold candy bars, and will also raise 
money with the Blood Drive. 

"It takes a lot of time to make decisions be- 
cause everyone has different opinions," said 
junior class council vice president Ashley Roll. 
During a meeting after school, Roll and fellow 
officer Brittany Evanich brainstorm for ideas. 



First Row: Britney Hill, Aundalyse Parquet, Ashley 
Azarello, Ashley George, Katherine Kus, Katie Le- 
sniewski Second Row: Jessica Flutka, Courtney 
Tomaszewski, Brittany Erickson, Emily Cioroianu, 
Jamie Freeman, Michelle Mojica, Margie Keithley 

First Row: Amanda Crook. Ashley Scott, Jessica Geriich, 
Brandi Jones 5econd Row Liz Hancock, Brandi' Heidler, Sa- 
mantha Royal, Jeanette Bridegroom, Katie Horn, Erika Kudyba, 
Sheila Szo Third Row: Ryan Bern/, Pashon Newson-Brady, 
David Jones, Michelle Walczak, Lauren Pollard, Auvon Chandler, 
Miranda Pope, Jill Fitzgerald Fourth Row: Amy Miles, Brit- 
tany Bridges, Jane Hurdish, Kelli Dewees, Joselyn Shane, Becky 
Cumow, Brittany Evanich 

First Row: Jessica Phillips, Stephanie Hansen, Abby 
Zarndt, Katie Miller, Leah Morton, Megan Verbeke, Kelly 
Redden Second Row: Kimberee Swedner, Samantha 
Holmes, Michelle Plucinski, Brittany Bechtold, Ashley 
Rodgers, Erika Aldape, Jacqueline Miskiewicz Third 
Row: Amber VanWhite, Christina Soy, Ashley Hart, 
Alicia Cooper, Mahogany Barnhardt, Ashley Roll, Cait 
Lackey, Codie Olar Fourth Row: Cassie Bailey, Nicole 
Koleski, Kylee Loudenber, Keri Markut, Amy Fitzgerald, 
Caitlin Moisant, Amanda Koleski 

First Row: Jaqualynn Ranck, Kelly Redden, Olivia Bar- 
low, Jessica Phillips Second Row: Kim Vessel, Tri- 
sha Brumley, Jamie Freeman, Michelle Plucinski, Erin 
Moore, Kristyn Maynard, Alicia Cooper Third Row: 
Cassie Bailey, Caitlin Moisant, Britney Hill, Amanda 
Tharp, Melony Cabrales, Sam Kulig Fourth Row: Aun- 
dalyse Parquet, Lauren Pollard, Cory Jung, Carly Dunn, 
Joel Gerber, Brittany Evanich, Ryan Berry 

Photo Provided 

Volunteering at homeless shelters is an- 
other way that students offer their time. 
Senior Jeanette Bridegroom helps or- 
ganize food at a shelter. "I liked going to 
the homeless shelter and helping people," 
Bridegroom said. 

"[Being in FCCLAJ is a fun way to help people 
out," said sophomore Michelle Mojica. One 
project that FCCLA does to volunteer is 
making stuffed frogs for children in hos- 


With a smile on her face, junior Samantha 
Royal prepares to make a stuffed animal for 
ill children in the hospital. Royal stated, "It's 
nice knowing what we're doing is for some- 
thing and it's helping somebody." 

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delphia Eagles football team, the team helped 
fund hill's daughter's treatment 

-Ronald McDonald house serves over approx- 
imately 1,300 families per year 

-There are usually ten to fifteen families on 
the waiting list to get into Ronald McDonald 

-Earnings from Ronald McDonald collections 
are put towards research and finding the cure 
for many illnesses in children 

Take a little, give a lot more 

Often people who have all they need tend to take advantage of what they 
have and do not feel the need to give back to their comm unity. However, there 
are a lot of students who do all they can to give back. One way that students 
find they can help out is by joining clubs that do volunteer work. At Griffith, 
there are multiple clubs in which are always volunteering. 

One clubat GHS is Key Club. Key Club is very centered on volunteer work. 
Some things that Key Club does to volunteer are collecting pop tabs for the 
Ronald McDonald House, attending disabilities dances, and making cards 
for veterans. 

Joining clubs is not the only way in which students are able to volunteer 
and give back. Actually, people are very much capable of donating clothes, 
having food drives, or even helping clean up the enviornment by doing as 
small as discouraging littering. 

One student who is not currently involved in clubs, but is looking forward 
to volunteering in an animal shelter starting next year is sophomore Lau- 
ren Mathews. 

“[Volunteering] just makes me smile,” said Mathews. 

Youth groups are also a great way to volunteer Another member of key club 
who also happens to do volunteer work in her youth group is sophomore 
Kelsey Berry. Berry said, “This summer we went to New Orleans on a mis- 
sions trip to help a lady gut out her house so that she could keep it and it 
wouldn’t be knocked down.” 

Another student whom is involved with volunteering in a youth group 
is junior Jenny Bock-Goode. She is involved in an Outreach youth group 
called Brick House. They do different things such as collecting boots for the 
less fortunate and volunteering in homeless shelters. Bock-Goode stated, 
“It makes me happy when other people are happy.” 

Another way to volunteer is to joi n a sorority-like organization. J unior Au- 
von Chandler is in a club called the Rhoer Club. Rhoer Club is a Little Sis- 
ters Sorority which is associated with the sorority, Sigma Gamma Ro. Her 
sorority is very centered on volunteer work. Some of the different things 
that the Rhoer Club does is volunteer in homeless shelters and nursing 
homes. They also goon Breast Cancer and Sojourner Truth walks. Anoth- 
er thing that they do is to give presents to foster children every Christmas. 

Chandler said, “I like to see other people happy and to give them things 
that they wouldn’t normally have.” 

As you may see, many GHS students definitely do their part in helping out 
and volunteering with different organizations. 

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First Row: Cory Jung. Aundalyse Parquet. Emily Cioroianu, Erin 
Moore, Britney Hill, 5encond Row: Vanessa Gonzalez, Trisha 
Brumley, Jamie Freeman. Elizabeth Thrall, Abby Metsch, Michelle 
Plucinski, Ashley Roll. Jessica Mendoza Third Row: Timothy 
Schell, Jeffery Reyna, Carly Dunn, Steven Aguilera. Ellen Hurdish, 
Pashon Brady, Jimi Nunez 

First Row: Trisha Brumley, Alicia Cooper. DeAndria Robinson, Ol- 
ivia Barlow Second Row: Theresa Ramos, Aundalyse Parquet, 
Erin Moore, Britney Hill, Jessica Gerlich, Jamie Freeman Third 
Row: Brandi Jones. Auvon Chandler, David Jones 

First Row: Jessica Flutka, Caitlin Moisant, Valarie Scholte, Laura 
Beaupain, Lauren Perez Second Row: Michelle Plucinski. Brit- 
tany Bechtold, Brandi Jones, Carly Dunn, Randy Degani, Elizabeth 
Ryzak, Jason Cast 

First Row: Jason Cast Second Row: Ashley Ames, Amber 
Wilson, Bailey Curtis, Crystal Jones. Andrea Mullens, Doug Osborn. 
Jake Edwards, Talia McCormick, Michael Noojin, Ryan Kalis Third 
Row: Kaitlyn Euber, Daniella Alvarez, Eric Burns, Danny Keller, 
Nick Mullens, Kenneth Kurpela, Steven Barnard, Matthew Plawecki, 
Anthony Scalzinski 

First Row: Candace Tripp. Jamie Freeman, Samantha Royal, Alicia 
Cooper, Olivia Barlow Second Row: Michelle Plucinski, Elizabeth 
Thrall, Carly Dunn, Auvon Chandler. Aundalyse Parquet 

Katie Horn 

To help her kids with spelling, spell bowl 
sponsor, Theresa Ramos, librarian, goes 
through their words. "It's fun helping them 
because I think they get a kick out of spell- 
ing a word they don't know," said Ramos. 

Looking across the room, sophomore Kait- 
lyn Euber checks out the score at the bowl- 
ing alley. "Mr. Cast is such a good teacher 
because when I started, I was horrible, but 
now I'm actually good," said Euber. 

Adoring a Golden Doodle, booster club 
sponsor Luann Pramuk, history, holds a new 
puppy during 7th hour. "Mrs. Vessell brought 
the puppy for me to see and I’m just glad it 
didn't pee on the floor," said Pramuk. 

Steven Aguilera 

Because he is being serenaded by one of 
the Purduettes, Eddie Covarrubias, choir, 
smiles nonstop at the Fall Concert. "I was 
so surprised when they did that and I was 
actually embarrassed," said Covarrubias. 

Runnin da club 

Club Sponsors are more important than some people may realize. They 
have to be able to manage their time so that they can handle their club 
and also have time to deal with their regular classes. Also, according to se- 
nior Brittany Erickson, they have to be able to do three key things. “They 
have to be organized, have communication skills, and provide information 
to their club members,” said Erickson. A sponsor would have a hard time 
getting anything done without these skills. 

“One of the hardest things to do would have to be scheduling events and 
meetings that everyone can attend,” said International Club Sponsor 
Lorraine Hageman, French. Everyone has different schedules and im- 
portant things that they have to do. A good day for one person to go to a 
meeting may not be a good day for another person. This is one of the many 
problems that all sponsors deal with. The best way to be able to have ev- 
eryone attend a meeting is to let them know a couple of weeks ahead of 
time. Does this necessarily mean that everyone will come? Of course not 
because who knows how far in advance people have plans. But it is the best 
way to avoid scheduling conflicts. 

The other thing that all club sponsors must be able to do is communicate 
with their students. This may be easier for some rather than others. “M iss 
M i Her and M iss Hoy le are closer to our age so they’re easier to relate to and 
they have a good sense of humor,” said junior Jessica Mendoza. 

Sponsors have to be able to form some sort of connection with the kids. 
“Officer Starcevich just acts like herself and she’s able too act like us to in 
some ways,” said sophomore Crystal Jones. 

Club Sponsors also have to make sure that they are doing enough to help 
their students in whatever they are doing. “Being sure that you are in- 
volved enough and that you are getting enough involvement from your 
students can be very difficult,” said Junior Class Council Sponsor Kay 
Orzechowicz, English. Sponsors for the most part leave the decision mak- 
ing up to the students, but they also have to voice their opinions and ideas. 
The students must do the same. 

In the end everything comes together They see how their sponsor does 
things and they gain an appreciation for them. Every sponsor has their 
way of making meetings fun and that certain way of doing things makes 
them different from the other teachers. “Mr Gast (Bowling Club Sponsor) 
interacts with us and when we practice, he’ll even bowl with us some- 
times,” said junior Amanda Koleski. 

The way they act could make them different and even make it easier to 
get closer to the students. “Mrs. Keithley (FCCLA) doesn’t do anything 
differently but it’s her personality. She can relate to us as teenagers,” said 
junior Alicia Cooper 

Club sponsors play an important role in school. Without them being in a 
club would be much harder todeal with. They are just as important as the 
club members. Neverforget how much easier they make things. 

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Many students attend Griffith High School. Among these 
students, there are friendships, enemies, couples, even 
strangers. A day at school is not just seven classes and a 
lunch hour; it’s a day filled with stories, gossip, and laughs. 
Many students absolutely hate waking up early to get to 
school on time, but there is just no other way. “The worst 
part of school is waking up so early. I would rather go later 
and get out later,” said junior Alexis Hartman. Through- 
out high school, students have chosen their favorite class, 
subject, teacher, and most likely their best friend. Those fa- 
vorites are usually what gets them up in the morning. “I 
wouldn’t want to go to school if my friends weren’t here,” 
said senior Michael Luna. Everywhere a student goes, they 
bump into someone, whether they know them or have nev- 
er seen them before. High school is a great way to meet new 
and different people. Every year there is someone new that 
anyone can be friends with. Sooner or later, they feel like 
they have been here since freshman year. GHS students 
aren’t the only ones with afriendly face. If a problem comes 
up, many faculty members are willing to listen and offer ad- 
vice. “I think it is important to get the know my students, 
who they really are,” said Kim Pierick, computers. No mat- 
ter where a student is from or what they believe in, GHS is 
filled with people. People who love to learn while having a 
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While speaking with someone during pass- 
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can do is land in the stars," Davis said. 

Adding absences into the computer, Sheree 
Kayden. attendance, tries to get through the busi- 
est time of her day. "I get over one hundred phone 
calls first hour, and many students and parents 
coming to the window asking for something.” 

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Senior Elise Garcia prepares for her team- 
mate's serve during one of the varsity vol- 
leyball game. "My senior year was the best 
year ever because we got a new coach, came 
together, and played well," said Garcia. 

Stacy Sanchez 

Posing for pictures at Homecoming, seniors 
Brad Popa, Megan Swanson, and Dan Wolo- 
szyn get close. "The dance was awesome. I 
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all of the dances." 
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niors) in choir this year." 

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shows her enthusiasm by waving to her 
friends. Pupae choose to drive around the 
field in Alyssa Szo's red mustang convertible. 

While playing volleyball for her last year at 
CHS, senior Jaqui Ranck gets down and ready 
for the next play. 'This year's team was all 
seniors, so we got along well and plus we 
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lays on the floor. "One night me and friends 
went to Walgreens and bought a bunch of 
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enjoy a night going out to eat. 

"I was playing with senior Alyass Szo's pug 
that she brought te shew Miss Miller. The 
one thing I will miss the must about high 
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said senior Ashley Baker. 

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nior Chris Parker tries to make the most of his 
final year of high school. "The most memorable 
moment was I got to see senior Benjamin Gef- 
fert win homecoming king," said Parker. 

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many students go above and beyond with 
outfits and pranks. "The senior girls painted 
a sign. It was cool, but the juniors wrote 
over it. Andrew and I were fixing it," said 
senior Caitlin Moisant. 

During a boring weekend, senior William 
Frets went to the playground at Beiriger El- 
ementary. "Sometimes I just like being a little 
kid. Messing with my friends is fun because 
they're all going away to college," said Frets. 

Seniors Kolie Johnson, Megan Verbeke, and 
Robbie Beuhler sit and eat at Around The 
Clock after a friday night football game. “It 
was so fun that night because the restaurant 
was packed with seniors and Robbie kept say- 
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Brian Abbott 
Jordan Adams 
Kayla Aguilera 
Steven Aguilera 
Andrew Aken 
Erika Aldape 
David Alexander 

Chloe Anderko 
Andrew Anderson 
Corey Anderson 
Mark Arndt 
Melissa Arnold 
Douglas Ashenbaugh 
Jamar Averyhart 

Erik Azzarello 
Cassie Bailey 
Trey Bailey 
Stephen Bakko 
Steven Barnard 
Laura Beau pain 
Jeffery Beese 

Taylor Blue 
Jenevieve Bock-Goode 
Patrick Bogacz 
Tatiana Bowling 
Takara Boyd 
Brittany Bridges 
Adrian Burnham 

Matthew Cavazos 
Alexis Ceperich 
Auvon Chandler 
Marcus Chavez 
Emily Cioroianu 
Andrew Clark 

David Kujawa 

Many students at Griffith High feel good about 
themselves when they volunteer. "I gave blood 
because it was something small I could do to 
help a lot of people. I like how I feel when I help 
people," said junior Keegan Kiral. 

Waiting for the ring of the bell finds juniors 
Breanne Clark and Katie Kaiser taking a mo- 
ment to chat. Both attend the cosmetology 
program at the Career Center from periods 
one through four. 


Breanne Clark 

David Kujawa 

'I was waltzin' into Mrs. Vaclavik's class in 
my chefs jacket and lookin hot the whole 
time," says junior Andrew Hixon, after re- 
turning from the culinary program at the 
Career Center. 

To get out of class quickly, junior Kenneth 
Kurpela piles his books on his desk in 5th 
hour English with Mrs. Vadavik. 'The more 
you pay attention, the better you do in that 
class," said Kurpela 

David Kujawa 

David Kujawa 

Looking laid-back, junior Garrett Craves 
searches for his girlfriend Breanne Clark be- 
fore class. "I was preparing for the heinous 
and bothersome activities that we occupy 
ourselves with during class." 

Rachel Con very 
Alicia Cooper 
Timothy Cooper 
Sarah Craven 
Rex Cullen 
Kyle Dapshis 

Randy Degani 
Daniel Domsic 
Jacob Edwards 
Samantha Eisensee 
Brittany Evanich 
Melissa Falkner 

Jonathan Ferguson 
Nicholas Fioht 
Scott Finchum 
John Finck 
Amy Fitzgerald 
Jacob Fitzsimons 
Devin Fogarty 

Joshua Francis 
Jamie Freeman 
Trent Fullgraf 
Kathryn Galambos 
Jeremy Gates 
Joel Gerber 
Kaitlyn Gibbs 

Billy Glass 
Chad Gonzales 
Garrett Graves 
Allison Hanohar 
Ashley Hart 
Alexis Hartman 

Justin Hauser 

Anthony Helton 

Corey Henson 

Melani Henson 

U/i?at u/as tfye most memorable part of your 

junior year? 


"Winning second place at state for Pantherettes because we 

A/orked hard for it." Brittany Evanich, 11 

The flood was very memorable because people walked in wet 


:lothes for three hours, but it was also really fun wearing 

:onvict outfits on Homecoming." Daniel Domsic, 11 

1 remember driving around Griffith and Highland and wit- 
lessing the damage of the flood. 1 never thought that could 



Happen to us. Also, 1 remember crashing my Grand Am into a 


Dole during the blizzard. Melissa Falkner, 11 

'1 really enjoyed having a snow day on Valentine's Day. 1 had 
the day off so 1 just messed around all day." Justin Louie, 11 



Billy Hilbrich 

Juniors Kyle Najar and Jacob Terpstra are 
looking down from the balcony at the Mu- 
seum of Modern Art in Chicago. This was 
one of many field trips they attended with 
the ACES program. 

During a fire drill on a cold day, juniors Mike 
Zajac (right) and Brett Schoon (left) joke 
around. 'I like fire drills. I like anything that 
gets me out of class, even for a few min- 
utes," said Schoon. 

Britney Hill 
Derek Hitt 
Andrew Hixon 
Ellen Hurdish 
Mahmoud Issa 
Kimberly Jamison 
Kyle Johnson 

David Jones 
Justin Jones 
Brittany Jursic 
Katie Kaiser 
Lauren Kelley 
Angela Kepchar 
Julian Kern 

Andrew Kime 
Sarah Kintz 
Keegan Kiral 
Jimmy Kleist 
Zachary Koch 
Rhianna Koepp 
Amanda Koleski 

Nicole Koleski 
Mattie Krause 
Jacqueline Krygowski 
Michael Kubacki 
David Kujawa 
Danial Kulinski 
Kenneth Kurpela 

Caitlyn Lackey 
Kelly Lamendola 
Tony Latronica 
Jennifer Lawrence 
Christy Leal 
Tracy Leon 
Lindsay Lewis 

To pass some time before his next hour, 
junior Timothy Cooper walks through the 
hall to talk to a friend. "My favorite class is 
computer automated design because I get 
to draw on the computer," said Cooper. 

David Kujawa 

Carrying her books into Sheila Vaclavik's Eng- 
lish class, junior Erika Aldalpe walks through 
the door before the tardy bell rings. "I like 
her class because the notes she gives us 
make her tests a little easier," said Aldape. 

Hanging out at Plaza Lanes for Bowling 
Club, juniors Jake Edwards and Stephen 
Greenwood talk among themselves. "I like 
Bowling Club because there's no pressure 
in it," said Edwards. 




Jonathan Little 

Joshua Long 

Michael Lopez 

Justin Louie 

Zachary Macak 

David Kujawa 

Because there is nothing to do, juniors 
Corey Henson and Brett Schoon take a 
breather in welding class at Career Center. 
"I mostly like it because it gets me out of 
three classes,' said Henson. 

Junior Justin Jones, a first year career cen- 
ter student, works on an assignment in 
construction. "I like construction because it 
helps me prepare for future endeavors and 
I get to meet new people," said Jones. 

1 0 I^apdom Facts /*bout 1 0 I^apdom 


Corey Anderson plans to move to Fairbanks, Alaska after high school. 


Kayla Aguilera has Obsesive Compulsive Disorder with saying "1 Love You.” 


Jonathan Little has been playing piano since he was in the second grade. 


Randy Degani's first name has been passed down his family for generations. 


Amanda Koleski's family name used to be Kolodziejski. 


Andrew Aken is ambidextrous when it comes to playing pool. 


Chloe Anderko dances when she eats standing up. 


David Jones has been playing golf for three years. 


Kathryn Galambos spends about $60 a week on clothes. 


Jessica Mendoza can take a DVD off the DVD rack, put in it the DVD player, and 

start it, all with her feet. 


Amber Maginot 
Danny Maglish 
John Magrath 
Samantha Mansanarez 
Keri Markut 
Lori Marsh 
Olivia Martinez 

William Maywald 
Jessica Mendoza 
Brooke Miller 
David Mills 
Andres Minton 
Anthony Moore 
Demonica Murdock 

Michael Murphy 
Desmond Neylon 
Cassandra Nunez 
Jimi Nunez 
Yuri Nunez 
Jerami O’Brien 

Douglas Osborn 
Andy Palinca 
Aundalyse Parquet 
Lauren Pollard 
Dwight Poole 
Miranda Pope 
Matthew Post 

Amanda Purvis 
Elizabeth Ramsey 
Jeremy Ratajczyk 
Amber Reed 
Jeffrey Reyna 
Brittany Rias 
Joseph Richards 

1 0 ttyii^s juniors lool^ forward to about senior year 

. Getting out of GHS 

2. Not having as many required classes 

3. Finally getting out of high school 

4. Getting scholarships 

5. Easier classes 

6. Senior ditch day 

7. Only one more year of high school 

8. Getting to graduate early 

9. Being the oldest class in school 

10. Graduation 


Caitlyn Robbins 

Leaving her class, junior Amy Fitzgerald 
goes to her next class. "I look forward to 
my senior year because it's my last year in 
high school," said Fitzgerald. "Another thing 
I look forward to is graduation." 

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Getting ready to leave for the afternoon, 
junior Anthony Concialdi walks down the 
hall with all his stuff. Concialdi is involved in 
football, which he lettered in, and in wres- 

David Kujawa 

Walking down the hallway, junior Drew Sal- 
gado goes to his next class. "My least fa- 
vorite thing about junior year is waking up 
in the morning to get ready to leave," said 

Outside for a fire drill, junior Jenny Bock- 
Goode squints because of the sunlight. "I 
look forward to next year because we get 
out of here and we don't have as many re- 
quired classes," said Bock-Goode. 

Steven Aguilera 

At lunch, boyfriend, junior Antonio TJ" Her- 
rera and girlfriend, junior Adrianna Mitre sit 
together at lunch. "I'm excited about next 
year because there is only one more year 
of high school," said Herrera. 

David Kujawa 

Samantha Royal 
Cathy Rudzinski 
Daniel Rukes 
Corey Rutkowski 
Elizabeth Ryzak 
Andrew Salgado 

Anthony Scalzitti 
Kaitlyn Scheffel 
Timothy Schell 
Amanda Schleitwiler 
Brett Schoon 
Timothy Sconza 

Lorris Smith 
Alison Stage 
James Sternberg 
Travis Stevens 
Sheila Szo 

Jordynn Tibbs 
Brittany Tinnin 
Courtney Tomaszewski 
John Ton kovich 
Daniel Valois 
Daniel Velez 

Tara Villa 
Jefferey Walczak 
Jamie Walenkiewicz 
Tyler Walk 
Mark Welch 
Caleb Westfall 
D’Andre Wilson 

Ashley Peters 

Giving a presentation on ALS (a disease of 
the nervous system) in AP Biology, junior 
Jake Terpstra uses the overhead projec- 
tor. 'AP Bio is hard, but I like the class," 
Terpstra said. 

While walking into English class, juniors 
Daniel Rukes and Matthew Cavazos prepare 
themselves for the hour. "Next year is go- 
ing to be fun because I get to have a whole 
bunch of blow-off classes," said Rukes. 

Lauren Winiecki 

Andrew Wiszowaty 

Neil Wolski 

Michael Zajac 

Jeffrey |Reyna and Pat Kolisz are bestfriends. Pat was asked six questions about him- 
self anc| to test how well they know eachother, Jeff was asked to answer them. 


Q: What is your favorite color? Q: What 


i/hat is Pats favor 

favorite color?- 

A: Red 

A: Duke b l ue 

Q: What is ybr favorite type of music? 
1|| A Rock 

Q: Where do you want to go to college? 
A Duke 

Q: What is your favorite food? 
m- A-C hi ck en — 

Q: What is your favorite sport? 

‘A Basketball 

Q: What Is Pat's favorite type of music? 

A- Pnrk 

Q: Where does Pat want to go to college? 
A Duk e 


Q: What is Pat's favorite food? 


n. DTcau 

Q: What is Pat's favorite sport? 
A Basketball 

Q: What is your middle name? 
“A: Michael 

Q: What is Pat's middle name? 
A Michael 

Jose Zavala 

David Kujawa 

Contemplating what to do over the week- 
end, or what he'll want to do after high 
school, junior David Mills makes his way 
to class. "Even though the teachers were 
cool," said Mills, "I just can't wait to gradu- 
ate next year." 

Three-year softball player Brittany Bridges, 
is looking forward for her last year in high 
school. "I like the fact that I have one more 
year left to go," said Bridges. She plans to 
attend Purdue University for college. 

David Kujawa 

CPR is one method junior Kimberly Jamison 
practices to save lives. "I love the Career 
Center because it's easy and I meet a lot of 
new people there," said junior Jamison. "A 
lot of my friends are in there, too." 

David Kujawa 

Talking about the day and working on a proj- 
ect in Textiles I, sophomores Emily Bailey and 
Natasha Subotic have no trouble multitasking. 
1 took textiles because I wanted to make stuff 
and it's a pretty simple class," said Subotic. 

Reading the novel Of Mice and Men by au- 
thor John Steinbeck, sophomores in Brian 
Jennings, English, first hour class relax and 
enjoy the book. All tenth grade students 
eventually read the novel. 

Crabbing his books out of his locker during a 
passing period, sophomore Travis Litke pre- 
pares to go to class. "By the time you get ev- 
erything, there's no time to do anything. I think 
(passing period) should be longer," said Litke. 

Justin Abascal 
Danielle Aguilera 
Raquelie Aguilera 
Hussam Alzeer 
Ashley Ames 
Ashley Azzarello 

Hillary Baocino 
Daniel Baggarly 
Emily Bailey 
Chris Bartley 
Tod Basham 
Brittany Bechtold 
Michael Beck 

Kelsie Belcher 
Kelsey Berry 
Kellie Blaski 
Mark Blount 
Charisse Bogan 
Shelby Boilek 
Alexis Bozinovich 

Lindsay Brandner 
Corey Breclaw 
Kellie Bubala 
Tyrese Buchanan 
Heather Builta 
Mark Butkus 
Zachary Butkus 

Jennifer Buxton 
Britney Cabrales 
Jorge Castillo 
Brandon Clark 
Timber Clemons 



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early, but sometimes 1 u/ait.” 

Samantya Holmes 

“ |fo, I’m not because if I u/ait until tl?e last 
minute 1 u/ill forget about u/tyatei/er 1 am 
supposed to be doii?$r 

Qljarisse Bo$ai? 

“Yes I am. Ttyere are otljer tl?ii?$s I u/ould 
rather be doig$ usually!” 

Kenneth Companik 
Kevin Corrie 
Destiny Cox 


Heather Crews 
Michael Cummins 

Bailey Curtis 
Ashley Davis 
Jacqueline Delgado 

William Dennison 
Keela Detmar 
Meagan Domanski 

Rosetta Dorin 
Carly Dunn 

Stacy Sanchez 

Lining up the pattern and fabric, Melinda 
Griffith works on making a stuffed frog 
in Textiles I. "I like doing service for other 
people. It was easy and fun to make the 
frogs," said Griffith. 

Stacy Sanchez 

While in Brian Jennings, English class, soph- 
omore Kyra Wall reads John Steinbeck's 
Of Mice and Men . Her favorite books are 
from Sara Dressen. "Reading is better than 
watching television," Wall said. 

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u/ant to ^o.” 

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Beip$ a Sophomore 

Zackary Duvnjak 
Brittany Edwards 
Kaitiyn Euber 
Taylor Finney 
Shaun Fisher 
Jessica Flutka 
Carly Francis 

Zuri Fruin 
Mandy Funk 
Ryan Galiher 
Danielle Gasarkiewicz 
Justin Gasper 
Ashley George 

Steven Gilman 
Nicholas Gonzalez 
Vanessa Gonzalez 
Kristen Graan 
Mary Gran ter 
Michael Guistolisi 

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Austin Guzior 
Brad Hardin 
Brandi Heidler 
Jessica Henderson 
Caroline Herrera 
Annie Higginbotham 

Nicholas Higgins 
Stephanie Hobbs 
Samantha Holmes 
Chris Holycross 
Mayada Issa 
Danielle Ivy 
Trevor Janke 


Stacy Sanchez 

Looking through box after box, sopho- 
mores Ashley George and Michelle Mojica 
play with the items on sale at the book fair. 
"Honestly, I thought everything looked like 
little kid stuff," laughed George. 

As they chow down at Chela's, sophomores 
Trevor Janke, Gina Gilge, and Brad Hardin 
share a laugh. "I think sophomore year is 
a lot easier than freshman year was," said 

Ashley Peters 

Working as fast as he can, sophomore Jus- 
tin Casper prepares to run backwards to the 
starting line in the object relay. "I thought it 
was fun, even though I fell," said Gasper. 

The pie-eating contest during Homecom- 
ing's Activities Day provided much action 
and laughter for everyone. "I had never 
stuck my face in pie before," laughed soph- 
omore Catherine Kus. "It was exciting." 

With her machine threaded and fabric 
ready, sophomore Christina Soy works on 
sewing her frog. "Textiles is fun and Mrs. 
Keithley is awesome. She's just more laid 
back than other teachers," said Soy. 

"My favorite class this year is definitely pho- 
tography," said sophomore Ali Kitner. "Two of 
my best friends are in it with me." Here, she 
chats with sophomores Talia McKinstry and 
Emily Perkovich in her photography class. 

Stacy Sanchez 


Sophomore Andrea Mullens fills up her bea- 
ker in preparation for a science lab. "I like 
doing science labs because I like the hands 
on experience you get during the lab," said 

Ashley Peters 

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Cory Jung 
Ryan Kalis 
Daniel Keller 
Justin Kelley 
Darryl Kemp 
Kevin Keown 

Alison Kitner 
Jacqueline Klabish 
Jessicka Knight 
Kevin Konopasek 
Erica Kudyba 
Katherine Kuna 

Catherine Kus 
Aaron Lannin 
Joseph Lara 
Evan Laviolette 
Joshua Leep 
Gabrielle Leimbach 
Ashley Lenker 

Katie Lesniewski 
Kyle Lidster 
Travis Li tke 
Alex Little 
Samuel Llinas 
Bryan Lopez 
Shawn Love 

Terrell Mabry 
Sean Malone 
Brittany Marty 
Lauren Mathews 
Lawrence Matovina 

"Volleyball season was a lot more fun this 
year becuase we won more games than last 
year," said sophomore Caitlin Stevens, Ste- 
vens and sophomore Catherine Kus walk in 
to team it up in the middle of the match. 

In the object relay durning activities day, 
sophomore Tod Basham scrambles to grab 
an item from the table. "I picked to do the 
object relay because I am fast and I domi- 
nate the competition," said Basham. 

Ashlev Peters 

Joey Mazur 
Alison McCampbell 

Jeffrey Melton 
Abby Metsch 

Keith Mitchell 
Michelle Mojica 

Wanting to try something new, sophomore 
Amber Vanwhite sticks her face in a whipped 
cream pie to search for a raisin. "I choose 
this event because I wanted to do some- 
thing new and thrilling," said Vanwhite. 

Eating at football spaghetti night with fel- 
low teammates after a long day at practice 
is sophomore Ryan Caliher. "The best part 
about spaghetti night is watching the game 
tapes form the other week," said Caliher. 

Photo provided 

'At soccer practice, stations are probably 
the easiest," said sophomore Alexa Dragoin. 
Soccer practice, held at the Beiriger soccer 
fields, is after school everyday for about 
three hours. 

Sophomore Nelson Oliver pulls with all his 
might duirng the tug-of-war against the se- 
niors during activities day. Even though the 
sophomores won the competition overall, 
the seniors won this event. 

Ashley Peters 

Ashley Peters 

Morgan Momcilovich 
Michael Moses 
Andrea Mullens 
Gabriel Muro 
Sara Nash koff 
Araceli Nieves 
Michael Noojin 

Stephanie Nowak 
Christine Obermeyer 
Codie Olar 
Nelson Oliver 
Sean Perez 
Emily Perkovich 
Matthew Petersen 

Heidi Pierson 
Frances Pietrucha 
Melissa Pilipow 
Michelle Plucinski 
Alexandra Polk 
Richie Popovich 
Joseph Ramos 

Michael Ray 
Jordan Redar 
Mia Reitz 
Kirsten Rex 
Emily Riley 
Donald Roach 
Ashley Rodgers 

Katherine Rone 
Brandon Rukes 
Anthony Salinas 
Ashley Scott 
Priscilla Sepulveda 
Allen Shaffer 


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What breeds of horses do you ride? 

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Taking notes during Mrs. Hageman's French 
Two class, sophomore Michael Cuistolisi 
does his best to pay attention. "I like French 
class, because we are learning about anoth- 
er culture," explains Cuistolisi. 

Kera Skinner 
Kandriss Smith 

Irma Solis 
Lucinda Solis 

Anthony Solivais 
Robin Sophiea 

Carlos Sotres 
Christina Soy 

Steven Spataro 
Joseph Spisak 

Waiting for the Homecoming dance to start 
in the fieldhouse, sophomores Michael Beck 
and Kelsey Berry stand in the hallway with 
their friends. "I love going to dances, be- 
cause the music is great," said Beck. 

"Activities Day was awesome because the 
sophomores came in first place," said soph- 
omore Kristen Yost. Yost is seen here taking 
part in the paper mummy event, in which 
she was wrapped in toilet paper. 


Mummy wrapping was one of the several 
games that were played during activities 
day for Homecoming. Sophomore Priscilla 
Sepulveda wraps up one of her fellow class 
mates with toilet paper. 

Ashley Peters 

Stacy Staszak 
Caitlin Stevens 
Brenton Strauch 
Brooke Studniarz 

Ariel Sutton 
Chloe Thompson 
Elizabeth Thrall 
Alexandria Tibbs 
Michael Tinich 
Cortney Todd 
Danny Torok 

Nicholas Udchitz 
Ambermarie Van white 
Elizabeth Vargas 
Amber Verhoeve 
Kyra Wall 
Albert Webb 

Brett West 
Dawn White 
Lorie Williams 
Susan Wolff 
Colin Yarnelle 
Kristen Yost 
London Young 

Ashley Peters 

A soft tune is played by sophomore Codie 
Olar during Coffee Night. "I played 'Good Rid- 
dance' by Greenday." said Olar. This is Olar's 
second year performing during Coffee Night 
and has been playing guitar for three years. 

"Homecoming was really fun," said sopho- 
more Abby Metcsh. ”1 went to Buffalo Wild 
Wings afterwards with my friends." Metsch 
shows her school spirit the night of Home- 
coming by dressing up in black and gold. 

While working on homework, sophomore 
Andrew Werkowski tries hard to accomplish 
all the homework in order to receive a good 
grade for his class. Sometimes the work can 
be arduous, but Werkowski can get it done. 


Ready to sing out loud, freshman Quin Bar- 
wick goes over the words to his next song, 
"I enjoy singing, but I really do not like the 
songs that are picked to sing," said Barwick. 
"I plan on dropping this class next year." 

Josh Long 

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David Kujawa 

"I was really nervous for high school because 
everybody was older than me," said fresh- 
man Meghan Macak. "High school wasn't 
that bad after I got used to it, and every- 
one was really nice to me," said Macak. 

Alberto Acosta 
Ethan Adams 
Brian Albertson 

Mario Aldape 
Jaleesa Allen 
Daniella Alvarez 

Mohammad Amara 
Jacob Anderson 
Megan Anderson 

Victoria Anderson 
Raymond Arrigo 
Alex Bailey 

Barry Baltrusis 
Brenda Banks 
Quin Barwick 


Matthew Beck 
Alicia Begeske 
James Berry 
Nicholas Biancardi 
Shanlynn Bias 
Brooke Blackard 
Nicholas Bo bowski 

Brian Bock 
Edward Boncela 
Isaiah Booker 
Tonisha Brandon-Parker 
Jessica Breclaw 
Brian Brilmyer 
Kier Brinkley 

Kiara Brown 
Eric Brum ley 
Jessica Burbridge 
James Burch 
Jackson Buzea 
Kevin Bynum 

Nelson Cadiz 
Shannon Carpenter 
Kyle Carter 
Samuel Carter 
Teresa Castel lanos 
Gregory Chandler 

Brittany Cobb 
Rachel Cooper 
Breanne Copp 
Matthew Corlett 


In Textiles 1, freshman Jessica Breclaw 
cuts out her pattern to make a frog. "I re- 
ally enjoy this class because I like sewing,' 
said Breclaw. "I also plan on taking Textiles 
2 next year." 

Preparing for class, freshman Kyle Terps- 
tra bends down for a book. "I was trying 
to hurry for class," said Terpstra. "I really 
enjoyed my freshman year because it was a 
good experience." 

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With a crayon in her hand, freshman Rachel 
Cooper colors in her coloring book on the 
sidewalk. "I was coloring with Jacob Long's 
baby sister. Whenever she's around, I'll al- 
ways do stuff with her," said Cooper. 

Sitting in his desk in Rachel Miller's English 
class, freshman Ryan McCoy listens to Ms. 
Millers lesson. "Ms. Miller is really a really fun 
teacher and she's so good at teaching that 
her class isn't really hard," said McCoy. 


: U/ijat’s Your Qurfeur? • 

Amber Cornett 
Timothy Creighton 
Amber Crook 

Jeremy Dalton 
Ashley Darrough 
Rachel Dennison 

Ashley Dodson 
Travis Doppler 
Natalie Drach 

Catherine Drechny 
Erica Edwards 
John Evanich 

Michaela Ezell 
Devell Fields 
Angelia Fisher 

Looking away from her computer for a sec- 
ond, freshman Ashley Robinson types a re- 
search paper for Kay Orzechowicz's English 
class. 1 like Mrs. O's class because it's like a 
free hour for me," said Robinson, 

David Kujawa 

Because she is interested in Lorraine Hage- 
man's lesson, freshman Angelia Fisher sits 
in her french class paying close attention. "I 
really like the way she teaches and she's so 
enthusiastic," said Fisher. 

To have some fun in his free time, fresh- 
man Matthew Plawecki plays soccer at St. 
Mary's. "I was playing for fun. I've been play- 
ing soccer since I was seven years old and 
it's a really fun sport," said Plawecki. 

Joshua Long 

Jill Fitzgerald 
Na'Vasia Flemming 
Elisabeth Flores 
Jessica Flores 
Michelle Fogarty 
Rebecca Franker 
Jasmin Freeman 

Aldo Garcia 
Ashleigh Gates 
Nicholas Gaydos 
Melany Gonzales 
Madeline Goodman 

Azsha Grant 
Stephen Greenwood 
Brittany Grigson 
Kristen Gulley 
Lauren Hansen 

Candace Hardy 
Jada Harris 
Courtney Hauser 
Guillermo Hernandez 
Jacob Hernandez 
Vincent Hernandez 
Kaitlyn Herron 

Ronald Higginbotham 
Shelby Higgins 
Trevor Hitt 
Nicole Hixon 
Joshua Holbrook 


Working on a project for their English life 
skills class, freshmen Taylor LeJeune and 
John Perryman gather around a computer. 
"Being a freshman isn't as hard as people 
think it is," said Perryman. 

While in the computer lab, freshman Mario 
Aldape works on a project in Kay Orzecho- 
wicz's, English life skills class. 'I was working 
on a play, Romeo and Juliet. I think it was a 
good play," said Aldape, 

David Kujawa 

David Kujawa 

Typing his English project in the downstairs 
computer lab, freshman Joshua Chavez 
thinks what to write next. The project was 
on how Romeo and Juliet's relationship was 

David Kujawa 

Sitting in Lorraine Hageman's French I class 
first hour, freshman Jeremy Dalton listens 
to pronunciations. In French I, students 
learn the basic greetings, numbers, and the 

Mahmmod Issa 
Chaneice Johnson 
Deshon Jones 

Olivia Kalis 
John Kan tor 
Omar Kelly 

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As Brian Orkis, Health, takes attendence, 
freshman Cory Stidham thinks of the things 
he would rather do than play tennis. When 
speaking of high school, Stidham comment- 
ed, "l get to enjoy the sports." 

Sullenly trudging to first hour, freshmen An- 
drew Thomas (left) and Shawn Siokos (right) 
walk down the Willy Wonka hallway (B-hall). 
"You're all on your own (in high school)," said 
Siokos. "You get more freedom." 

David Kujawa 

With pen in hand, freshman Michelle Velez 
prepares to take notes during English class. 
"There were a lot more rules at St. Mary's", 
said Velez, a newcomer to Griffith Public 
Schools. "(We) have a lot more freedom." 

David Kujawa 

Savannah Mendoza 
Emily Million 
Darren Mills 

Kaitlyn Mitchell 
Melissa Moisant 
Patricia Monroe 

Dylan Moulesong 
Stephanie Negrete 
Pashon Newson-Brady 

Joseph Nunez 
Jarred Ooka 

Vivian Perez 
John Perryman 
Justin Phillips 


Honing her tennis skills, freshman Jada Har- 
ris practices bouncing a tennis ball on her 
racket in P.E. class. "I was playing by myself," 
said Harris, unaware of the antics of fellow 
freshman Jennifer Porter behind her. 

A frown of concentration decorates fresh- 
man Michael Lanfear's face as he listens to 
his teacher. "It’s (high school) a lot easier 
than I thought, just a lot more homework," 
mentioned Lanfear. 

David Kujawa 

Ali Pietrucha 
Matthew Plawecki 
Sara Popovich 
Jennifer Porter 
Kelsey Prange 
Andrew Pribyl 
Jimmy Purvis 

Omar Quintanilla 
Carissa Quintero 
Lisa Rafa 
David Ramirez 
Tony Ramirez 
Sydney Reis 
Alex Reyes 

Charles Riehm 
Jessica Ritter 
Jorge Rivera 
Carissa Robbins 
Ashley Robinson 
Daniel Rodriguez 
Patrick Ruesken 

Kalynn Ruiz 
Jason Rush 
Jordan Rush 
Kimberly Russell 
David Rutherford 
Timothy Rutherford 
Robert Saltanovitz 

Eric Sanders 
Joshua Sanders 
Dominic Scalzitti 
Peter Sepulveda 
Michael Shane 


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I'm in," said freshman Raquel Mazur. "It's fun 
to play at the high school level because it's 
more advanced, and I just like it better." 

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from CHS, especially on half-days. Fresh- 
men Sam Carter and Steven Kepchar enjoy 
a meal before they have to go to the foot- 
ball game. 

As she sits at her computer playing Soli- 
taire, freshman Sydney Reis says that the 
best thing about being a freshman is "hav- 
ing classes with my friends." For some of 
us, classes with friends doesn't happen. 

Stacy Sanchez 

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Being a freshman means having to work 
twice as hard to prove yourself. Here, a few 
freshman football players walk to the locker 
room after a hard practice. Only a lucky few 
will get to play in varsity games. 

"I think cheering for football is better than 
cheering for basketball because fans get 
into the game and cheer with us, it's more 
fun," said freshman Jessica Breclaw. 'It's a 
lot easier for us to get into the game." 

Ashley Peters 

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Shawn Siokos 
Sarah Skertich 
Kyle Smith 
Gabriel Sotres 
Melissa Stadnik 

Dion Stamm is 
Cory Stidham 
Kaitlyn Sudac 
Kyle Terpstra 
Andrew Thomas 
Mark Thomas 

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Jared Tibbs 
Amber Todd 
Megan Troksa 
Amanda Valtierra 
AlyssaVan Horssen 
Michelle Velez 

David Vido 
Jason Villalpando 
Ryan Voges 
Michelle Walczak 
Kyle Watts 
Eric Weber 
Robert Welch 

Anthony Williams 
Amber Wilson 
Jacob Wright 
Amanda Zaborowski 
Abigail Zarndt 
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head," said Martha Davis, science. If doing a 
lab j ust is not enough, there is career center 
where students spend first through third 
hour doing activities in their area of prefer- 
ence. With all of the jobs, sports, and studies, 
many students get frustrated and just give 
up. There are students though, that deserve 
recognition for staying in the top ten of their 
class throughout high school. To take a break 
from the main required classes, students can 
take an elective class. Some elective classes 
are jewelry, ceramics, photography, or print- 
making. Electives offer a different way to 
learn and other kinds of skills. Griffith is a 
great school and supplies students with 
many academic opportunities. 

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ways. “One problem I have with school is bal- 
ancing many things at once, like my friends 
and sports,” said sophomore Kristen Yost. 

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ferent ways to learn. One can do hands on 
activities with different labs done by many 
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Working their way towards the top 

High school is full of projects, tests, essays, and homework. Making sure that 
all of this is done is a difficult task, not including having it done well. Therefore, 
doing both of these and still keeping a spot at the top of your class is a big ac- 

At the end of the first semester, most of the stress is relieved. The entire rank of 
the senior class is set and does not change at all. The valedictorian for the class 
of ‘07 was Matt Kuna. Kuna plans to go to Toledo University in Ohio with 20% 
of his tuition paid off from baseball and 50% more from academics. “I’m glad 
that my hard work paid off and I was able to get most of my college tuition paid 
for," said Kuna. 

Right behind Kuna is the salutatorian, Megan Swanson. “Being at the top of 
my class is something I really wanted; it’s an honor,” said Swanson. Swanson 
plans to attend Purdue University and major in engineering. 

The other students who were able to make it in the top ten of the senior class 
are Nate Lehmann, Billy Cahill, Lisa Worley, Erin Moore, JessicaGeriich, Aar- 
on Salczynski, Olivia Barlow and Jimmy Bobowski. 

“I think it’s pretty cool thinking that I’m number 8 out of over 200 students,” 
said Salczynski, who is also attending Purdue University and hopes to become 
an air traffic controller 

Worley does not stress too much on her spot in the class ranks. “It’s not that 
big of a deal because I’ve been at the top of the class since middle school. Once 
you're up there, you kind of stay there,” she said. Worley is probably going to at- 
tend Indiana University this fall and major in radiology. 

Most of these students have been in the same classes for most of high school 
However, a few of them are exceptions. Moore and Bobowski are the only two 
students in the top ten that never took enriched English in high school. 

“I was surprised and proud [to be in the top ten] because I only took enriched 
math throughout all of high school,” said Moore. Most of the other students 
took enriched English, math, and AP Biology. 

Another one to take only enriched math and AP Biology was Bobowski. “I’m 
really happy because this was one goal that I wanted to accomplish during 
high school,” said Bobowski. 

Although being in top ten does not have any real perks that can be used after 
high school, it is something that can make those students proud when they 
think back on these years. This experience has taught the students responsi- 
bility as well as maturity. 

Ashley Peters 

With all of his work done, senior Aaron Salc- 
zynski dozes off in Mark Swanson's govern- 
ment class. "I was tired after Swanson was 
done lecturing so I went to sleep for a little 
while," said Salczynski. 

Ashley Peters 

Reading the Panther Press and trying to fall 
asleep, senior Megan Swanson takes some 
time from her school work to relax. "High 
school was pretty fun, but I'm ready for 
college life and pursuing a great career," 
said Swanson. 

Senior Matt Kuna reads the dictionary in or- 
der to help strengthen his vocabulary. "My 
favorite subject is science because it helps 
me prepare for what I want to do after col- 
lege. My major is pharmaceutical sciences," 
said Kuna. 

Ashley Peters 

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Finishing his Calculus homework during his 
aide hour is senior Billy Cahill. "I usually fin- 
ish up my homework during in the morning. 
The other office aides and I have to work 
on it together because it is so difficult," said 

Lunch time is a great opportunity to catch 
up with friends and forget about class work 
for a little while. "In order to relive some 
of the stress that comes with school, I just 
hang out with friends and ignore the school 
scene for a while," said senior Erin Moore. 


"I have a passion for food,' said junior Brian 
Abbott, who is cooling pasta he had just 
cooked. Abbott attends the Career Center's 
culinary arts program. "I like the whole pro- 
gram. I want to eventually own my own res- 
taurant,' said Abbott. 

To get some extra experience in the field, 
junior Lauren Kelley goes to the dental as- 
sisting class at the Area Career Center. "I 
like everything about it. I'm going to be a 
dental assistant while I go to school to be a 
dental hygienist," said Kelley. 

Bring in the alternate 

Worksheets, essays, lectures, reading assignments are all traditional meth- 
ods for students to learn. They are also notoriously dull methods. No teenager 
wants to sit in a room for fifty minutes and listen to a teacher go on and on about 
something they couldn’t care less about. Thankfully, people have caught on. 
Now there are ways for students to learn without making them afraid of falling 
out of their seats from sheer boredom, ways that don’t just consist of hearing a 
bunch of facts and statistics and then getting a stack of homework. 

In Griffith High School alone, there are several alternative learning opportu- 
nities for teens. One of the most popular programs is the Hammond Area Ca- 
reer Center Students who attend the Career Center spend the first three pe- 
riods of the school day in Hammond learning about afield that interests them. 
Most teens who attend the Career Center do so because they have a genuine 
interest in the field they are studying and want to pursue a career in said field, 
hence the name “Career Center”. 

“I wanted to try something in the medical field,” said junior Chloe Anderko 
who attends the Health Occupations class at Career Center “I want to go into 
radiotherapy, or be a physical therapist. There is a lot of hands-on work, like we 
learn how to use proper medical machines, take blood pressure and pulse,” said 

Another Career Center student, junior Matthew Post takes the welding class 
offered there. Post, who wants to be a pipe-fitter, said, “It’s good to try out all the 
equipment they have there. It’s better than all the classes we take here.” 

The Career Center is not j ust a terrific learning experience, though. Students 
who attend earn six credits a year, and receiving a B average may earn a stu- 
dent college credits as well. That probably is not what senior Kolie Johnson 
was thinking about when the chose to attend, though. 

“I love to cook,” said Johnson, astudent in the culinary arts class. “I’m going to 
be a pastry chef, and I want to open my own bakery.” 

Career Center may be a bit different from the normal learning techniques, but 
it allows students to explore their desired career more thoroughly. The Area 
Career Center is a great chance for anyone interested in a specific job to study 
that job. Many students have already taken advantage of that chance and 
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Head bent in concentration, senior James 
Writt works on an assignment for his Com- 
puter Information Technology class at the 
Career Center. "We troubleshoot, do net- 
working, and build computers. I want to be 
a networking administrator," said Writt. 

Focussing on the task at hand, seniors An- 
thony Drechny and Derrick Huzzie fix a car 
for their auto repair Career Center class. 
"It had a vacuum leak and we were finding 
where it was," said Drechny. 

David Kujawa 

With Turnabout that night, junior Katie Kai- 
ser uses her time at the Career Center to 
get her hair done by a fellow Cosmetology 
student. "We learn hair coloring, up-dos, 
nails, makeup." said Kaiser. "I thought it 
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"I try to make the best out of school 
because it is very boring," said senior 
Steve Siokos when asked why is he a 
class clown. "I just try to be as funny as 
I can be," said Siokos. 


While joking around in Kristina Collard's 
computer room, senior 'class down' 
Chris Parker wears a pair of flower sun- 
glasses while brightening up junior Lau- 
ren Pollards' day with a giant flower. 

Holding up his joke list, Government 
and Economics teacher Jim Pickett al- 
ways loves a good joke. "(I make jokes 
in class because) I like to get people's 
attention," said Pickett. 

Stacy Sanchez 

Messing around in Kristina Collard's 
journalism computer room, senior 
class clown Matt DeJesus gets him- 
self cramped upside down into a 
small cabinet. 

During class, junior David Jones, goes 
up to the board. " I like to keep people 
happy, said Jones. "People laughing 
makes their day better even if their 
having a bad day." 

David Kujawa 

'Making jokes in class keeps me enter- 
tained (and I like crushing the souls of my 
students)," said art teacher Jason Cast. 
Cast teaches six different ceramics classes 
and 3D art. 

Stacy Sanchez 

More jokes, happier students... 

Imagine school without the kids who make you laugh. What words come 
to your mind when you think of these students? Some say they are loud, 
obnoxious, funny, or even sarcastic. If you didn’t have these students in 
your class you’d probably think school was boring. “I think class clowns 
perk things up when class is boring,” said freshman Raquel Mazur The 
stereotype of a class clown is that those kids recieve low grades and are al- 
ways found in suspension. In reality, that isn’t always true because some 
are the smartest girls or boys in their grade, even the whole school. “I don’t 
think the stereotype is true because a lot of the intelligent people just get 
bored in class, so those kids are usually the class clowns,” said Mazur. 

These ‘class clowns’ of the school could probably make anoher students 
day better, even if it is only a crack of a smile or a little laugh. Little remarks 
can make a person feel brighter. Every class has a different class clown. 

“It depends on if the class clowns are taking stupid to a whole new level 
then I don’t like them, but if they just say something every once in awhile 
then they’re okay,” said Mazur about having a class clown in her class. 
Having these kids could be fun or it could turn out bad. These students 
could annoy the kids who actually want to learn what is being taught in 
the class. 

These students may just say something stupid and random or they may 
make fun of something that has happened to someone earlier on in the day. 
Teachers may find these remarks funny or they might find them harsh 
and untrue. Rachel Miller, English said, “ I think class clowns are funny 
when what they have to say is smart, funny, or appropriate.” 

Even teachers can be the class clown, for exam pie, BobHastings, histo- 
ry does an infamous time machine when he teaches a lesson and he has to 
go back in time. Many kids will remember that for years to come because 
he helped them learn, while being funny. 

All students have a different opinion of class clowns. Many will never 
think that they are funny, while others may think they are the funniest 
people in the world. Whatever you think of these kids ,who make people 
laugh, those kind of students will always be around whether in school, or 
in work. 


While reading a magazine and listening to 
music, senior Sara Moore works on a sew- 
ing project in Margie Keithley's textiles 
class. '(I took textiles as an elective) be- 
cause I thought it would be fun to sew,” 
said Moore. 

Sitting in the attendance office, seniors Billy 
Cahill and Lisa Worley have time to relax and 
concentrate on other school work. Taking 
an elective gives students an opportunity 
to relax from the normal school day of sit- 
ting at a desk and learning. 

Ashley Peters 

Learning in New Ways 

Sometimes it is easy to get caught up with hard classes like English, math, 
science, and history. To rid the stress of these classes, students choose fun or in- 
teresting classes that appeal to them. Also, electives are classes that are always 
there when there are no other classes left to take. 

A lot of students, for example, choose to be an aide for a teacher, for the library, 
or for the office. Bei ng an aide can give students a free hour to catch upon some 
homework or just a chance to take a break from regular school activities. 

“(I’m a library aide) because I had no other classes to take,” said junior Cathy 
Rudzinski. As a library aide, she helps the librarians decorate for holidays, 
watch the front desk, and check out books to students. 

Another elective that many students take is band. Most of the students that 
take band as an elective have played an instrument for many years and are very 
talented. “I like music and I wanted to learn how to play music,” said junior Matt 
Cavasos, who has been in band since elementary school. In addition to band, a 
lot of students take choir as an elective. Although some students j ust take choir 
to fill a blank space in their schedules, many really enjoy learning about music 
and how to read it. Both band and choir classes help students learn new skills 
with music. 

Electives are classes that offer student the chance to work creatively. Textiles 
is a great elective that many students, girls and boys, take to create their own 
fashion ideas. Projects include making dresses, sweatshirts, and pajama pants. 
Also, classes such as ceramics and jewelry allow students to work hands-on 
with objects by creating pieces of art. 

No matter which elective a student chooses to take, they all are a great way to 
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While perfecting his project, his clothes and 
surrounding objects get covered with clay. 

Ashley Peters 

Sitting in the attendance office, senior Kelly 
Redden relaxes and catches up on some 
homework. Redden has an aide hour and 
peer tutoring as her electives. "I needed a 
free hour to do the homework that I didn't 
do the night before," said Redden. 

Taking down a name in the nurse's office, 
junior Amber Reed does her job as an aide. 
As a nurse's aide, her job is to take down 
names and record when students come in 
to see the nurse. 


Learning how to teach 

There are many students at Griffith High School who wish to 
be a teacher. Lucky for them there are two choices to get a better 
idea of what teachers do everyday. To get a better understandi ng 
of what teaching is about they can help out teachers. There are 
a couple of programs at Griffith High School that prepare stu- 
dents to teach others. 

One of those choices is being a teacher’s aid for one teacher 
Those students get an hour to help a selected teacher with 
whatever needs to be done. The teacher aides get a l/2creditfor 
the hour they help out their teacher The other choice students 
have is being a cadet teacher each semester Cadet teachers go to 
an assigned elementary school in the morning for the first two 
hours of school. Cadet teaching is a way for students to see what 
it’s like to be a teacher Cadet teachers grade homework, teach, 
and just help with anything they can. 

People have different reasons for why they want to be a teacher 
“I want to be a teacher, because I like helping people,” said se- 
nior Amy Sloan. Cadet teaching gives students time to interact 
with the kids. “I take them (kids) and work with them on things 
they have problems with,” said Sloan. Sloan is a cadet teacher 
for Dawn Largus at Wadsworth Elementary School. 

Walking into aclassroom with about 20 kids and an unfamiliar 
teacher could make a student nervous. 

“I was really nervous in the beginning, but then I got used to 
it,” said senior Elizabeth Hancock. Hancock is a cadet teacher 
for Rusty Franzen at Beiriger Elementary School. Maybe stu- 
dents just enjoy the company and the fact that they get out of 
first and second hour 

“I like cadet teaching a lot and its a plus to get out of the first 
two hours of school,” said senior Alana Massa. Massa is a cadet 
teacher for Joe Piatek at Bei riger Elementary School. 

Whether a student wants to be a cadet teacher to learn or to 
skip two hours of highschool, it is offered at Griffith High School. 
It’s a great way for students to get involved with a career that 
they may pursue. 

With a little extra help, senior Amy Sloan 
goes around the classroom to make sure 
every student understands the lesson. "I 
want to be an elementary teacher because 
I like helping people," said Sloan. 

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While helping out her teacher Joe Piatek 
from Beiriger, senior Alana Massa works on 
grades. "I want to be a fifth grade teacher," 
said Massa. Cadet teaching prepares her for 
what she wants do as a career. 

As an aide to Eric Steiner, from Beiriger, 
senior Annie Hernandez writes out the daily 
schedule. "I like it because it's a good learn- 
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that senior Elizabeth Hancock helps out 
with. "I want to be an elementary teacher 
one day," said Hancock. Hancock is a cadet 
teacher for Rusty Franzen from Beiriger. 

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The wheels on the bus go roind and round 

What is better than taking a field trip? People get fresh air and they get out of 
school for most of the day, or they get out of the house if the trip is on the week- 
end. Everyone likes them even if they do not like where the trip is because they 
get to be with their friends for the day. Even though students will have to make 
up the school work they miss, they still have to admit it was worth it. 

One field trip that happened this year was the International Club’s trip to 
Chicago. Now, why would they go there? The reason was to experience a Ger- 
man Christmas shopping atmosphere at the German Market. “It was fun be- 
cause I had never been to aGerman market before and they had different items 
from around the world. Although, it was kind of nerve wracking because there 
were so many people in such a small place and I’m kind of claustrophobic,” said 
senior Erin Moore. The market was completely crowded, but that did not stop 
the International Club members from buying some exotic items. Senior Trisha 
Brumley bought a pair of earrings and Erin Moore bought a gingerbread cook- 
ie and gingerbread Santa. 

However, their entire day was not spent at the market. They had to do other 
things. “We had breakfast at Macy’s, went shopping at the Hello Kitty Store, 
and then we stopped at aChocolaterie,” said senior Trisha Brumley. 

Another field trip that was taken this year was the Chorale’s trip to the Walter 
E.Smithe furniture store in Merrillville. Chorale was in a singing competition 
with the Lake Central choir “We sang Christmas carols and Mr C made up a 
song for Walter E. Smithe. It was really funny because it was thrown together 
so quickly and we left off the “E” in Smithe,” said junior Daniel Rukes. The 
Chorale really knew their stuff because they won five hundred dollars. That 
should really come in handy for their trip to L.A. later in the year They also 
sang carols for the elementary school kids and sponsored a pancake breakfast. 

Many good things can come out of a good field trip. People can learn some 
useful information or they can be rewarded in some way. They can be rewarded 
through gained knowledge, money from a competition, or even strengthened 
friendships with classmates. These outcomes can make field trips all the more 
enjoyable. Although, the fact that students can get out of class really helps, 

Standing on stage at the Automotive and 
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senior Brittany Erickson comes in at fourth 
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walks through the halls of Beiriger Elementary 
caroling fa the classes along with the nest of the 
Chorale. 'Even though we were at each school for 
about 20 minutes, it was fun seeing all of the kids," 
said Koch 

Waiting in front of one of the exhibits, junia Kyle 
Najar talks with seniors Kelly Redden, Billy Cahill, and 
junior Brittany Evanich on an Aces trip to Brooke- 
field Zoo. "W 'e were looking at the polar bears, but 
my favorite part was the monkeys," said Najar. 

Curiously looking around town, senior Alexis 
Gonzalez walks around Madrid on the Eu- 
rope trip thinking of what to do next. "We 
were looking around town at the sites and 
museums. I like how their towns are so dif- 
ferent compared to ours," said Gonzalez. 

With a look of care in her eyes, junior Brit- 
ney Hill takes a good look at the cat in front 
of her on a FCCLA trip. "We went to the Hu- 
mane Society and the cat in the cage was 
so cute! I love cats," said Hill. 

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What was your favorite 
group work project? 

“We designed a game board in (Julie) 
WenclofFs Earth space science class.” 
-Mike Guistolisi, 10 

“I liked the old time newspaper we created 
in (Rachel) Miller’s class. We had a week to 
complete it. It was a lot of fun.” 
fn Sudac, 9 

“The MacBeth presentation in Miller’s clas 
because we made ours really funny.” 
-Andrew Wright, 1 2 


Working together gets more done 

Class assignments can often be boring and difficult. To add a little bit of vari- 
ety to the plans, most teachers allow students to work with one another “With 
group work you have to make sure that the work is split up evenly because, 
sometimes, one person will end up doing more work than the rest of the group,” 
said Brian Orkis, health. 

In Jim Pickett’s, social studiesdepartment, government and economics class- 
es, he divides the students into groups of four or five and designates a certain 
part of the lesson for each group to outline. Then, the groups go up in front of 
the class and teaches them a part of the chapter Many of the students enjoyed 
this interesting learning tactic. 

“It was something different. It made memorizing the lesson a lot easier be- 
cause we actually found the information ourselves,” said senior Ryan Berry. 

Pickett finds that using group work can help his students understand the 
class a lot more. “It teaches teamwork, responsibility, and creates leadership. 
Group work is also a different way to approach material.” 

Many students enjoy having the help of others when it comes to doing as- 
signments. “I like group work more than doing it on my own because it is easier 
There are more ideas being thrown around,” said senior John Reyna. 

“I have a hard time listening to the teacher the entire class period. Sometimes 
group work makes the subject more interesting,” said sophomore Britney Ca- 

“We do a lot of group work i n Spanish class, it is a lot better than doin g assign- 
ments on your own. With group work, you can hear other people’s opinions and 
they can help you if you need it,” said freshman Justin Phillips. 

“Honestly, I love group work. I end up not doing as much work as I would if it 
was individual. The other people in my group, end up doing a lot of the work,” 
said sophomore Michael Barlow. 

However, there are a few people who disagree on this topic. “I like the fact that 
things are easier and they get done a lot faster, but I like working on my own 
better When I work with a group I don’t feel like I learn as much,” said senior 
Trisha Brum ley. 

This subject depends on the individual person and in what environment they 
learn best. “It all depends on the person. Some people learn better in groups 
and others are not as receptive to that type of learning,” said Orkis. 

Most classes incorporate group work into the curriculum. In everything from 
math to English or history. Working with others is something that will always 
be used in schools. These activities can prepare you for the real world because 
many jobs require employees to work and get along with one another 

With computer in front of him, senior Danny 
Calhoun presents his power point project in 
Rachel Miller's English 12 class. "We had to 
give a presentation on MacBeth. Doing class 
work is a lot more fun when you have a 
partner," said Calhoun. 


Working on a group project in Kristina Col- 
lard's AP English class, senior Molly Orzecho- 
wicz types some notes for her presenta- 
tion. "We had to teach a part of the unit to 
the rest of our class. My partners were Billy 
Cahill and Evan Hixon (seniors).” 

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Seniors Ben Victory, Kasia Damski, and Me- 
lissa James work together on a statistics as- 
signment in Marilyn Brunk's class. "Working 
in a group is easier because if you don't un- 
derstand something, you have other people 
to help you," said Damski. 

To finish their project in discrete math, seniors 
Beau Leimbach, Michael Luna, Kyle Palinca, and 
junior John Tonkovich work together on their 
assignment. "Croup work is a great way to in- 
teract with others while learning," said Luna. 

David Kujawa 

"I like group work because it is easier to get 
things done and you can compare answers 
with other people,' said junior Miranda Pope. 
Pope is working with junior Kathryn Galam- 
bos in Luann Pramuk's US history class. 


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Rarely seen just standing around, juniors 
Cassie Bailey, Samantha Royal, and Cathy 
Rudzinski were waiting to measure their 
tubes.' We were doing a lab to learn how 
photosynthesis works," said Baiey 

Mixing together a buffer and chlorplasym, 
juniors Zachary Koch and Daniel Domsic 
were testing the affects of light on leaves. 
"We had to see when plants would make 
their own energy," said Domsic 

Josh Long 


When you walk into your science classroom and see test tubes, goggles, and 
bunsen burners you know that you are doing a lab. A lot of students like labs 
because it is hands on and it helps them to understand what is going on. For 
students who have trouble learning during lectures, labs seem to make every- 
thing more clean 

Sophomore Tod Basham is in chemistry and he said, “I like labs because you 
do to cool things like playing with the bunsen burners. Also, sometimes you 
get to make small explosions.” Basham said, “ I learn better with labs because I 
learn a lot more things with hands on activities .” 

Junior Lauren Pollard is in advance placement biology. “ I learn better with 
labs. They are more hands on . Also it is harder to pay attention to a lecture 
sometimes because they can get boring and last a long time,” Pollard said. 
Teachers might like labs because they are a another learning tool. 

Biology teacher Ruth Carmichael said, “ It’s hard to say which one I like to do 
better You use a lab to reinforce what your lectures were talking about.” There 
are so many different ways people can learn. Some can learn something by 
just reading it or hearing it Others have to actually do what is being taught 
to them. 

“The way students learn the best totally depends on their style of learning,” 
Carmichael said. Labs can range from really boring or really exciting. 

“The coolest lab I have ever done was one were we dipped a test strip into card- 
board and then we put it into the bunsen burner and it made a loud noise. It 
changed the color of the flame on the bunsen burner,” Basham said. 

“ In advance placement biology we did a spectrometer lab. We measured the 
light waves through chloroplast. The lab was really confusing, but it was a fun 
lab to do. I learned a lot from it,” Pollard said. 

Even though teachers don’t do the lab they have their favorites. 

“The best lab we do in Biology is one with organic unknowns. We have to test 
all of them and try to find out what substance they are. In advanced placement 
biology we do a lab that we have to split DNA. All the students really like that 
lab,” Carmichael said. No matter what science class you are in you can use labs 
to help you understand something that is really confusing. 

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Starting his project on the cell, junior Timo- 
thy Schell works on the computer. 'We had 
to pick a part of the cell and do a power 
point presentation on it. It was a easy proj- 
ect and we learn about the cells parts more 
in depth.'said Schell. 

To learn more about cells senior Danielle 
Wilson is doing a lab. "We were learning 
how cells get food when the temperature 
around them changes. I had to try to pick 
up the toothpicks without seeing them." 

"We were testing to see how chloroplast would 
react to light under certian conditions. We 
were mixing a buffer into the chloroplast and 
unboiled chloroplast," said juniors Billy Hilbrich 
and Ellen Hurdish. 


Hey, pay attention! 

There is just no denying it; some people believe school is dull and a waste of 
time, energy, and life. Even though not all people have this sort of thought pro- 
cess, everyone can still become distracted during class and even after school 

One of the most obvious distractions is sleeping. With school, homework, jobs, 
a social life, and other things, teenagers have a lot of things to do in a single day. 
All this can become troublesome when the activities take up more time than 
they should and eat up hours that a student should be using to sleep. The re- 
sult for some is napping in class. The kids that do not fall asleep will often have 
their heads in the clouds and cannot concentrate. 

Sometimes, it is j ust one of those days where no matter how hard they try, they 
just cannot seem to be able to pay attention during class. Slowly, their mind 
wanders off, within moments, there is no use trying to get through to them. 
Daydreaming can be a blessing and a hazard. Even though it is great that the 
imagination is still there and working, one will miss out on the notes they need 
for tomorrow’s big test. 

Another big distraction is caused by friends. There are always plenty of oppor- 
tunities during the day to see your friends. Often times, someone will have sev- 
eral classes with one or more of their friends. This can be especially troubling 
when the two whisper to each other or pass notes during an important lecture. 
Do not forget that there is always time to socialize before school, during passing 
periods, at lunch, after school, or even on the phone in the middle of the night. 
Doodling can also be a large distraction. While it may be fun, it usually will not 
help someone learn the needed material, especially if the only things that are 
being drawn are cute, little bunnies. Generally, people will doodle after the les- 
son is over, but they could still be doing homework instead (at least they won’t 
have as much to do at home, which frees up some of their time). Some heinous 
people will even draw during the lecture, which gives off the impression that 
they are working when they are really not. 

Once in a while, a rebel will surface, and with this rebel comes playing cards. 
Now cards have been outlawed at Griffith High School for as long as anyone 
can remember, but they seem harmless enough. Certainly a friendly game of 
Go Fish isn’t hurting anybody. Rules are rules, however, and the cards just are 
not allowed on the premises. 

We all know that school can be tough, but that is no reason to stop paying at- 
tention in class. These grades will follow everyone through life, so do not let the 
distractions bring them down! 

With stamps and stickers in hand, senior 
Kyle Palinca works quickly in order to attack 
his target. "I was getting ready to stamp 
Miss (Rachel) Miller," Palinca said. "It was sup- 
posed to be study time." 

Buttery popcorn can be a big temptation, espe- 
cially during ceramics class. Senior Sabri Amara and 
junbr Jeffrey Reyna munch on a bowl of popcorn 
that senior Chris Parker had given them. "V\te had 
just got it, and we were bored," Amara said. 


David Kujawa 

During English class, senior Caleb Fruin 
works on an impressively detailed drawing 
in one of his notebooks. "It's what I usually 
do," Fruin mentioned. "The teacher wasn't 
talking then." 

Haunched over her desk, junior Lauren Win- 
iecki plays on her electric Sudoku game, 
something she brings to school everyday. 
"It's the biggest distraction because I'm ad- 
dicted to the game," Winiecki said. 

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Sitting in a group, seniors Eric Ritter, Corey 
Nash, and Randall Zellers relax during the 
remainder of English class. "We were read- 
ing the newspaper. We were done for the 
day," Zellers commented. 

What distracts you most during the school day? 

37% Friends 
25% Daydreaming 
1 4% Other 
1 2% Doodling 
1 0% Sleeping 
2% Reading 

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A Week In The Life Of. 

Freshman Rebecca Franker 


French 1 , Geometry Enriched, Choir, English 
Enriched, Biology, Textiles 1, Gym. 

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Thursday: Pantherettes 3:30-5:30 Danceforce 

Saturday: Pantherettes 10:00-12:00 
Sunday: Pantherettes Dance Class 3:30-5:30 

Working on her homework sophomore 
Brandi Heidler explains how hard it is to play 
sports and keep up in school. "I try to fin- 
ish my homework during the day, because 
when I get home I just want to go to bed." 

David Kujawa 

Spending a minute together before class 
are freshmen Jackson Buzea and Kara Bu- 
chholz. "It is really easy to manage our re- 
lationship because we are always there to 
help each other out, and we know when to 
give each other space," said Buzea. 

Many students like senior Tyler Louviere 
take time out of their practices to finish 
homework. Since swimmers have practices 
so early in the morning the last thing they 
want to do is stay up all night doing home- 



While waiting for a customer, senior The- 
resa Sanchez tries to finish up some home- 
work, "Whenever were not busy I try to 
work on my schoolwork," said Sanchez. "By 
the time I get home I still need to eat and 
take shower. I get really tired." 

Balancing out my life 

One big part of being in high school is learning how to handle schoolwork, 
get a job, be in an after school activity, and still have time to socialize with 
your friends. 

“The worst part of having a job is when they schedule me to work and 1 al- 
ready have plans with my friends or something is rescheduled for Panther- 
ettes,” said junior Kelley Cloghessy. 

For other students their job may not interfere as much, like senior Melony 
Cabrales. “I only work two days a week so it does not really bother my social 
life or my schoolwork.” said Cabrales. Cabrales is also on the varsity cheer- 
leading squad. 

For students who can plan their own schedule at work, their lives are much 

“ I call in and tell my boss the days that I am available to work and he sched- 
ules me according to that,” said senior Jessica Phillips. Phillips is a member 
of the Pantherettes, gets good grades, works at the Visual and Performing 
Arts, and still manages to keep a steady relationship with her boyfriend se- 
nior Daniel Woloszyn. 

“I finish my homework at school and make plans with my friends ahead of 
time,” said Phillips. 

Students who are not involved in after school activities enjoy working a 
little bit more. 

“ I do not have to practice for anything after school so that makes more time 
for friends and work,” said senior Ashley Perry. 

Many students who have boyfriends/girlfriends say that it tends to get 
harder and harder to make quality time for their relationships. “I usually 
have my boyfriend help me with my homework because by the time I get out 
of cheerleading practice I still need to find timefor homework and him,” said 
junior Kayla Aguilera. 

Balancing out your time is very important during high school because it is 
a time where you need to get good grades, you spend a lot of money, and you 
want to hang out with your friends almost all the time. Many times students 
need to mature and learn how to handle all of the responsibilities that come 
to them. Balancing time may be hard for some students to get used to, but it 
is something that you will use until you grow up and have kids of your own. 

Junior Randy Degani spends one of his lunch 
periods working on an assignment. Many 
students take advantage of the free hour 
to get some work done instead of having to 
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Some kids are born to be smart, to act, or maybe to sing. Oth- 
ers are born to be all star athletes. There are many sports at 
G.H.S that students can try out for Baseball is a sport that 
many boys love at Griffith. The team is coached by Brian 
Jennings, English. “I play baseball to win, and when I don’t 
I get really mad,” said junior Kyle Najar Some people would 
rather be underwater than outside pitching on a hill. The 
swimmers have to be at the school at 5:45 a.m. for practice 
and then once more right after school. The swim team this 
year has a new swim coach who is also a math teacher, Jane 
Sloan. Also new to coaching the swim team is Betty Hoyle, 
English, and Jim Saltanovitz, math. The really competi- 
tive guys go for more of a contact sport, like football. Here at 
Griffith football is our main sport. This year we made it all 
the way to semi-state, losing to Norwell 35-7. Not all sports 
are just for guys. The athletic girls at our school take interest 
in volleyball, softball, cheerleading and pantherettes. The 
volleyball team was 19-16 this yean u We learned a lot from 
our coach, even though it was her first year, ’’said freshman 
Amber Wilson. If a volleyball is just too big to handle there is 
always the softball team, which is willing to play with quali- 
fied girls. “I enjoy playing, I like the team bonding and the 
coaches are nice,” said sophomore Abby Metsch. Basketball, 
golf, tennis, cross country, soccer and track are a few other 
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come depressed at the thought of going back to school again. For 
the football team, however it’s a different story. The boys had two- 
a-days during the summer They were forced to fight through the 
dreaded heat with all their equipment on. “Practice during the 
summer is a lot longer and tougher than the ones during school, 
so I look forward to starting school,” said junior Derek Hitt. 

This season turned out to be another big accomplishment for 
the Panthers with a final record of 1 2-2. The boys were able to 
add another regional championship title to their letterman jack- 
ets, thus proving that they had turned out to be a great team. “I 
didn’t think we would make it that far, but we surprised ourselves 
and it turned out to be a season to remember;” said senior Beau 

The Panther’s first close game of the season was against Ches- 
terton High School. The game came out to be a tie and forced the 
Panthers into overtime. Everyone in the crowd and on the field 
was nervous to see what the outcome of the game would be. Fortu- 
nately, the Panthers came out on top with a score of 35-34. “That 
was one of the most intense games, and it gave us confidence be- 
cause they’re a bigger team,” said senior Daniel Wolozsyn. 

One game that many of the players would like to forget about 
was their defeat this year to Hobart High School, the first of the 
season. They lost 17-28. “I was upset we lost to Hobart, but I 
think it was a reality check for us,” said senior Nathan Vaughan. 
After that, the boys were motivated to do nothing but win. How- 
ever, this task was a lot harder said than done. But the Panther’s 
were able to plow through sectionals as well as regionals. 

The boys went just as far as last year and realized ,with a lot of 
heart, that they are willing to work for what they want, no matter 
how hard it may be. “This season was great except for the loss to 
Hobart,” said senior Jacob Gazarkiewicz, “It taught us to not be 
cocky and we grew heart to work for a big goal.” The Panthers 
are proud of their record, especially after the amazing record that 
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As senior Corev Nash holds up the bone 
for good luck before the game, the boys 
get pumped up. Griffith's traditions are al- 
ways the same. The boys warm up and run 
through the blow up panther. 

"We went farther than I thought we would. 
I thought we would only make it to section- 
als," said sophomore Ryan Galiher. Most of 
the boys were happy with how the season 
turned out. 

Before the play started, seniors Benjamin 
Geffert and Beau Leimbach talk with junior 
Kyle Najar. 'We played really well this sea- 
son, but we should have won state,” said 
junior Kyle Najar. 

Loading up his garlic bread with some pasta, 
junior Caleb Westfall eats at the traditional 
pasta night. "Pasta night was always some- 
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other sophomores stand on the bench. 
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was hard. She said,"The best was winning 
sectionals and conference, and competing 
with such an awesome coach and team." 
She also said," Next year I will miss spending 
time with my teammates and coaches." 

Ashley Peters 

"I was getting ready to change positions to 
be the hitter on the weak side. I am the 
setter almost all the time. I had a difficult 
time learning to be the hitter in the front 
row," says freshman Ali Pietrucha. Pietrucha 
and Syndey Reis were captains of the fresh- 
men team. 

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Switching with senior Jaqualynn Ranck, se- 
nior Elyse Janke has just finished serving." 
I switch with Ranck when she gets to the 
back row. She comes back in for me when I 
get to the front row." 

Stacy Sanchez 

Because sophomore Lindsay Brandner is a 
hitter she had to watch what sophomore 
Catherine Kus was doing. Brandner said, "I 
had to be patient and watch the ball come 
down and make sure I was in the right place 
to hit it for the spike." 

Ashley Peters 

Throughout the season freshmen Kalynn 
Ruiz said, “I had the most fun going to tour- 
naments and going out to eat after the 
Bishop Noll game." Ruiz also said," My favor- 
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Volleyball is a game that you normally see people playing on the 
beach for fun, but here at school it is a very competitive sport. The 
girls trying out for the volleyball team started out practicing early 
in the summer They had open gym starting in the end of May and 
conditioning starting in J une. The girls also had a summer league 
that they could take part in. The league went to different schools 
and played little tournaments. 

They played these tournaments with three new coaches. The 
freshmen’s new coach was Jen Klapak, who was a coach at Clark 
since 1996. Junior Varsity’s new coach was Sarah Bacan, who 
coached basketball last year Varsity’s new coach was Cathy Her- 
rin, who coached and played in high school. Jen Klapac said, “I 
wasn’t nervous coming to a new school this year You get a new 
group of girls each year and you just have to hope that all the per- 
sonalities on the team mesh together and can work well together 
That is so important to a team.” 

“The highlight of the year would have to be the Valpo tournament. 
It was the first time the girls were put in a tournament position. 
They ended up winning the whole tournament. And Valpo was re- 
ally good so it meant a lot to the team to win it and do as well as they 
did, Klapak continued.” 

Senior Ashley O’Conner said, “The highlight of the season was 
winning sectionals. We had a lot of hard teams to play and we did 
good. Before sectionals our team was in a tournament and it was 
with really hard teams especially Merrillville. We ended up win- 
ning, but that was a really good game.” O’Conner has been playing 
since fifth grade. She was the libero, the player that can go in and 
out of the rotation without a formal substitution. 

O’Conner also said, “I will miss all of my friends next yean I have 
gotten so close to the girls from freshmen year until now. I will also 
miss the coach . She was so fun and a good coach.” 

Sophomore Caitlin Stevens shares the same opinion as O’Conner. 
Stevens said, “ I am really excited for next year to be on varsity and 
have Herring coach me .” The varsity team was 1 9-6 this season. 
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While getting ready for practie, senior Miles 
Hall puts on his shoes. "I had really cool 
shoes this year because they had no shoe- 
laces. I recommend them to anyone in the 
future," said Hall. 

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control of the ball during one of the JV soc- 
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that my apprentice, Danny Torok (sopho- 
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senior Joe Creichunos. Creichunos played 
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This year’s boys’ soccer team started the season on the right foot. The 
first game was at home against Hammond High, whom the boys shut out 
4-0. For the next game, Griffith was victorious, and the players had high 
hopes for the rest of the season. After the first five games, the varsity team 
had a record of 4-1. 

Not only was the varsity team doing a great job, but the JV team started 
their season off well also. However, they did have a few obstacles to over- 
come. “At first the team didn’t get along. It took some time for us to adj ust,” 
said junior Kenneth Kurpela. 

More than likely, the biggest game of the entire regular season for the 
players was their game at Highland High School on Tuesday, September 
5th. Whoever won the game would earn the title of conference champions. 
This is an accomplishment that no Griffith boys’ soccer team has had 
since the 1 997 season. 

When the clock ran out, the score was tied 1-1. Many soccer games end 
in a tie; however, the fact that this game had more at stake forced the teams 
to go into overtime. After the time on the clock was up again, a shoot-out 
occurred to determine the winner of the title. Unfortunately, Griffith lost, 
but it was a close and exciting game for everyone in the stands, as well as 
on the field. “It was a really good game. Both teams were equally matched,” 
said junior Jeffrey Reyna. 

“I think that that game killed our morale for the rest of the season be- 
cause it was our biggest rival. Losing it in a penalty shoot-out kills your 
spirit. Penalty kick shoot-outs are no way to end a game. They don’t show 
who the better team is. It only proves who can guess correctly,” said senior 
Andrew Wright. 

Another big night for some of the players was senior night. Before the 
game started, the boys walked out with their family and friends and gave 
a short speech in order to commemorate their last few years playing the 
game they love. “Senior night was amazing. We came from behind with 
two non-seniors and Sean Hansen (senior) scoring. Afterwards, we got a 
free dinner and a ride in an Excursion limo. It was awesome,” said Wright. 
Unfortunately, the boys had an early exit from sectionals, losing in the 
first round to Merrillville 4-3. 

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a lot a fun. A lot of stuff happened at 
practice that I will never forget." The 
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ery day after school. 

Waiting for names to be announced before 
a game, junior Tim Schell said, “Our season 
went better than I thought it would. The 
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As the team practices, sophomore Alexa 
Dragoin practices controling the ball and 
improving her stamina. "It took a lot of 
commitment and my whole summer," said 
Dragoin. "It was hard but really fun." 

Once a goal is scored, senior Amanda Uram 
and sophomore Brandi Heidler celebrate 
their victory by hugging each other on the 
field. "That was the most I've ever been ex- 
cited at Sectionals," said Uram. 

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Bubala ®®W 3s Erika Aldape, Lauren Hansen, Cathy Rudzinski, Kristen 
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Before the whistle blows to start the game, 
the team players discuss their plan of strat- 
egy to take on their opponent. Junior Cathy 
Rudzinski, sophomore Brandi Heidler, and 
freshman Lauren Hansen think critically. 

Ashley Peters 

"Kicking the ball with (Meghan] Macak and 
missing it was hilarious," said junior Erika 
Aldape. 'That has got to be the greatest 
thing that has ever happened to me in soc- 
cer." This is the third year for Aldape. 

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Veechey, Rachel Cooper, Erica Kudyba.Coach Don Curtis ®®W is 
Priscilla Sepulveda, Cassie Bailey, Kaitlyn Sudac, Talia McKinstry, An- 
drea Mullens ®®W 3s Stephanie Hobbs, Carissa Quintero, Teresa Cas- 

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Having much support for the girls' soccer 
team, the boys' soccer team attend Sec- 
tionals against Hobart and cheer on the 
girls. "We're love to support the girls team," 
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Running, passing, and communication are the common things 
you would find in a soccer game. A game of soccer is played in many 
countries and is called many names. All in all, it has the same orig- 
inal rules. 

In a game of soccer, there are eleven players from both teams on 
the field. The object of the game is to score as many goals in the oth- 
er team’s net as possible without using your hands before ninety 
minutes. Many people enjoy this sport and take part in it whether 
it is professional or for the high school team. 

“It was really awesome,” said sophomore Andrea Mullens. “The 
newcomers (fresh men) made the season more fun and funny.” Mul- 
lens has been on Griffith High School’s soccer team for two years. 

As freshman enter to play soccer for high school, they have had 
a blast during the fall season. 

“Sectionals was definitely my favorite part of playing soccer,” 
says freshman player Lauren Hansen. “The game against Hobart 
was just intense.” Hansen wishes to continue her career in soccer 
through high school. 

Aside from the games, practices and conditioning had to take 
place over the summer 

“The morning practices were not great,” said Mullens. “That 
pretty much took my whole entire summer away and made me 
mad.” The morning practices and conditioning helped the players 
improve their stamina, speed, skill, and endurance. The tryouts are 
a test to see who can prove to the coaches which person is best for 
the varsity team. A junior varsity team was also included during 
the season. 

“Overall, I thought both teams rocked, but J V was really awe- 
some,” said freshman Raquel Mazur “The season went really well 
and I really enjoyed playing for the high school. Seeing the boys 
come out and cheer for us sometimes was really cool, too. It showed 
us that they cared and supported us the whole time even at Sec- 

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'It gets me in shape and you get to meet 
cool new people at the meets," said junior 
Angela Kepchar about competing in cross 
country. This was Kepchar's first year on 
the cross country team. 

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Katie Lesniewski follow close behind junior 
Jenna Jones. "It's fun and you meet a lot 
of new people," said Scheffel about cross 

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First-time freshman cross country runner 
Jacob Anderson takes in a deep breath as 
he concentrates on finishing the run. "I use 
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Imagine having to wake up around five o’clock to get to the school 
on time to start the morning with a run. For most students, it is dif- 
ficult to get up for school at eight o’clock. Cross country team mem- 
bers had to be at practice at five thirty every Tuesday and Thursday 
morning before school. 

“They (practices) were hard to finish because they were so tir- 
ing,” said sophomore Katie Lesniewski. 

To prepare for a cross country meet, the team would run a thou- 
sand yards five or six times, run in Highland or along Colfax Street 
in Griffith, or run 400s and 800s. The team would also run an “In- 
dian run” where everyone is in a straight line and the last person 
sprints to the front of the line. Junior Angela Kepchar’s least fa- 
vorite parts of practices were “running over five miles and having 
practices before school.” 

After putting in hours of practice, the team then competes in a 
meet. Everyone on the team has a different way to prepare for the 
long run. 

Lesniewski said, “I stretch and drink a lot of water” Before a meet, 
Kepchar said she listens to music to get pumped and eats Fruit 
Loops. Other teammates freshmen James Burch and Jacob Ander- 
son also stretch and eat a lot to get prepared. 

Home cross country meets took place in Oakridge Prarie on Tues- 
days or Saturdays. A course would be previously set up for the run- 
ners through trails, up the hill, or around the lake. The girls’ total 
running distance was 2.3 miles, while the boys ran a total of 3.1 
miles. At a regular meet, about four schools are competing against 
each other At an invite, however, at least ten schools come to run. 

After a meet, it is time to relax. “If I beat my time from the last 
meet I feel awesome, but otherwise I feel sick and start hurting a 
little bit,” said Kepchar 

Cross country is a great sport to stay in shape. Burch said, “1 use 
it (cross country) as a sport to help stay in shape for the other sports 
I play.” 

Also, cross country can help provide relaxation. “It’s an outlet to 
burn stress and it gets me out of my house,” said Lesniewski. 

Taking the necessary amount of time to 
stretch before the meet, sophomore Michael 
Beck prepares to run. Beck, who has been on 
the team two years, says he stretches "to 
stretch out all of the muscles I use." 

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Hitting another ball on the tennis court, se- 
nior Matthew Kuna puts in a good effort 
at practice to get better and improve his 
skills. "Tennis was fun because I got to hang 
out with all my friends on the team and 
improve myself," said Kuna. 

With a racket in hand and ready to play a 
doubles game, sophomore Kevin Konopasek 
stands with his partner junior Michael Zajac. 
"I like playing doubles because you have a 
partner to help you out in the game and 
someone to work with," said Konopasek. 

Because there is a bit of free time, seniors 
William Frets and David Konopasek talk for 
a quick moment. "We talk about what we 
need to change and what needs to be dif- 
ferent," said Fret. 

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To get a bit of energy back from a tiring 
practice, senior John Reyna takes a quick 
breather so he can keep playing. "My first 
year was good, but I wish the season 
would've gone better," said Reyna. 

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Hitting the ball at tennis practice, junior 
Michael Zajac shows his dedication to the 
team and the game by practicing tirelessly. 
"Tennis is a good sport to play because you 
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After a rocky start in the beginning of the season, with aO-5 loss against 
Wheeler and a 2-3 loss against Portage, the Griffith boys tennis team re- 
ally showed their true colors . They came with wins against Lake Station, 
Morton, Andrean, and Bishop Noll. They would later take first place in the 
Lake Station Invitational. The boys tennis team really worked hard this 
year; and who knows what they will have in store for us next yean 

Believe it or not, the tennis team only has eight people, not including the 
very dedicated coach, Tracy Sines. The team consists of seniors David Ko- 
nopasek, Matthew Kuna, Will Frets, John Reyna, Curt Konopasek, juniors 
Michael Zajac, Stephen Bakko; and last but not least, sophomore Kevin 
Konopasek. The guys get along pretty well and they all like to help their 
teammates in whatever way they need. “When someone gets frustrated, 
we’ll just try to calm them down or we’ll help each other practice by playing 
each other,” said Zajac. 

When it comes to future goals, almost theentire team said thesame thing, 
“Win Sectionals!” Although there was one person who made a kind of dif- 
ferent statement. “Next year I would like to go undefeated, get more serves, 
and have a better overall record,” said (Kevin) Konopasek. The team’s mo- 
rale seems to be growing, but it may be hard to keep it up when you think 
about the graduating players. 

The seniors are all sad to go, but will always remember this incredible ten- 
nis season. Even though they will not be able to suit up and play next year, 
that doesn’t mean they don’t have some last bit of ad vice for the teammates 
they will be leaving behind. “J ust get out and play. Be active, especially over 
summer Be sure to practice a lot. Don’t just come in next season and expect 
to be good if you haven’t even been practicing,” said Kuna 

They really do wish well for next year’s team. “1 really hope that they will 
win next years sectionals. That would be cool,” said Frets. 

Senior John Reyna’s hopes are just a little bit different. “I just hope that 
they get enough people to form a team next year" said Reyna 

Even though the tennis team is losing some great players, they are still 
left with a few good players. There is bound to be even more talented players 
with the incoming freshman class. Let’s just hope that the team can meet 
every goal they set and beat every team in their path. Either way, the future 
is looking bright and the team looks promising. 

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Diving for the ball, senior Ashley Baker 
takes one for the Lady Panthers. 'I liked this 
season a lot more than all the others, but 
I'm going to be sad now that it's over," said 

As the ball is shot by junior Brittany Tin- 
nin the crowed was silent in anticipaction. 
"The best part of the season was when we 
played Hammond High in sectionals and I 
got to guard Denita Phelps," said Tinnin. 

Waiting for the game to begin are juniors 
Keri Markut and Amanda Crook strategize 
on techniques. “The best part of this year 
was when we made T-shirts together and 
just hungout as a team," said Markut. 

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Preseason predictions did not shed a favorable light on the fate 
of the Griffith Lady Panthers. The upcoming basketball season, 
however, the Lady Panthers had a prediction of their own. 

Returning seniors: Molly Orzechowicz, Ashley Baker, Alana 
Massa,and Megan Swanson brought leadership and a winning 
attitude to the team. That combined with significant contribu- 
tions from junior Brittany Tinnin, freshman Lauren Hansen 
and Shanlynn Bias. The Lady Panthers had a combination for 
a successful winning season. 

Finding that winning chemistry, though, did not come easy. 
Pasta dinners, team sleep overs and team meetings laid the 
groundwork to bring the team closer together “It took serveral 
games and practices for all of us to get to know each other and 
make things click. Once it did we tied the team record with a 
seven game wining streak,” said freshmen, Shanlynn Bias. 

The girls played all out physically and hard, slowly improving 
their record and their reputations. The newspaper rankings 
soon had the Panthers in the top ten, where they knew they be- 
longed. They were serious conference contenders. They battled 
the top ranked teams, giving them a run for their money. They 
had Andrean on their heels both of the games they played un- 
til their shots started falling and the calls kept going in favor 
of those Fifty-Niners. Though they lost both games, the Lady 
Panthers showed they were better than what people thought of 

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big moments for these Lady Panthers were sectionals. They 
battled Calumet in the first sectional game and came out of the 
fight with a win. The next game the Lady Panthers faced their 
sectional nemesis, Hammond High. The last two years Ham- 
mond High squashed Griffith’s hope of playing in the sectional 
championship. The Lady Panthers came out strongly, but un- 
fortunately they fell short at the end of the game. The Lady Pan- 
thers still did well this season. They ended updoing better than 
last years team. 

“Loosing all the seniors is going to be tough for our upcoming 
season next year, but I’m ready for the challenge. The seniors 
will be greatly missed,” said sophomore Brandi Heidlen 

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Everyone knows that teamwork is the key to winning. That is 
why our school’s basketball team is real good when it comes to 
teamwork. They win as a team as well as lose as a team. They all 
play as a team. Even though there are three teams for basketball, 
the boys all come through and support each other through each 
game. These three teams consist of freshman, junior varsity, 
and varsity boys basketball. 

“Overall, the season went alright,” said senior Nicholas 
Doell. “There were times where wecould’ve won, but wedid good.” 
Doell has been playing basketball for ten years and four years for 
Griffith High School. He is currently on the varsity team. 

“We had a lot of fun during the season,” said freshman Steven 
Kepchar, “but we never won a lot of games though.”This is Kep- 
char’s first year of playing basketball for Griffith. He is on the 
freshman basketball team. 

When it comes to the younger players, these boys look up to the 
upperclassmen to prepare themselves to make varsity next yean 

“I’m going to try-out again next year,” said freshman Kyle 
Carter, “and then I’ll make varsity.” This is Carter’s first year on 
the basketball team. 

However, the sectionals game was not expected as the boys 
wanted it to be. Practices were tougher and longer for the boys 
for the big game. 

Doell said, “We had to do a lot of drills like layups, dribbling, 
passing, the works. Then, we got to scrimmage against each 
other” Although when the loss of sectionals occurred, it would 
not bring the team down in spirit. 

“We played our hardest and we all had a good season,” said 
Doell. “Hopefully the boys on the team next year will win sec- 
tionals because we’re cool like that.” 

“We did okay, but not as well as we thought we would,” said 
junior Douglas Ashenbaugh. Being on the varsity team has 
taught Ashenbaugh how to be a better player and also knows 
what to expect next year while playing on the basketball court. 

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Recieving a pass, junior Desmond Neylon 
works hard during the team's warm-up so 
he can help win the game. "Even though we 
were underachieved," said Neylon, "It's still 
my favorite sport to play." 

"We worked hard as a team and together 
we worked harder to get to our goals,' said 
freshman Jackson Buzea. Working together 
can definitely prove that these boys will not 
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When the team gathers together for a team 
meeting, freshman Kyle Carter gives advice 
on what to do to accomplish their goals. 
"The team had a lot of fun, but we didn't 
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Although they have been tossed and turned from coach to 
coach, the Pantherettes have ended their season rather well. This 
year the squad contained 1 9 girls. Ail of the girls began to take a 
technique class at adance center in Dyer, which helped them all 
improve drastically. 

The beginning of the year was a little rough due to all of the coach- 
ing issues, but after Chrisanne Walter, guidance, took over the 
squad began to perform and compete better than ever before. 

“I think that our team has improved so much due to having agreat 
coach, and taking classes at M2,” said junior Kelley Cloghessy. 
“The worst part of pantherettes is during competition season be- 
cause we have practice everyday and you get a little sick of being 
with the same 1 9 girls,” said Cloghessy. 

“My first year was fun, but also challenging at times,” said soph- 
omore Hillary Baccino. “My favorite part of the year was going to 
competitions, because that is what we have worked so hard for,” said 

The pantherettes competed and took first in competitions located 
at Grimmer Middle School and Lake Central High School. They 
then traveled toCrawfordsville, Indiana for their Regional Compe- 
tition, which they then won the title of Regional Champions. The 
Pantherettes then headed to Indianapolis to compete for the State 

“I expected us todo very well at state because we had been working 
really hard at our routine,” said junior Brittany Evanich. “I was re- 
ally confident in my team because our scores had been improving 
each competition, and we have made little changes that made a big 
difference in our routine,” said Evanich. 

The pantherettes finished their season with taking 2nd at state. 
During the competition season, the Pantherettes practice seven 
days a week, for up to three hours at a time. For some this is very 
hard, but all 1 9 girls participate and do the best they can to be at 
practice on time. “ Practices can be very stressful and it is a lot of 
hard work but it is worth it in the end,” said junior Kelley Cloghessy. 
“There are times where you want to just quit, but you keep going 
for your squad because we are all working toward the same goal,” 
said Cloghessy. 

“I think the whole squad loves to be out there performing, and for 
myself that is the best part,” said Cloghessy. 

At the Lake Central regionals, the girls 
stand on the court before their music 
starts. "That was our best performance of 
the competition dance of the whole year," 
said junior Miranda Pope, 

With poms in hand, juniors Brooke Miller 
and Kelley Cloghessey perform their com- 
petition dance at an invitaional. "During 
competitions our routine goes by so fast," 
said junior Brooke Miller. 

"I like dancing for football games because 
the crowd gets so involved and it makes it 
fun to perform," said junior Kelley Cloghessy. 
The girls were walking onto the football 
field before their half time performance. 


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football season. The girls took turns making 
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As the year-round sport began, the cheerleaders practiced 
through the summer getting ready for football season. The girls 
did not actually receive a coach until the end of the summer The 
year was a first for many new changes. 

This year the freshman and junior varsity cheerleaders were 
moved up to the varsity squad. Another new addition to this year 
was their new coach Melanie Scheeringa. “(Cheerleading) Wasn’t 
what I expected because over the summer I wish we would of had a 
coach and went to camp to become a better squad and bond,” said 
sophomore Chrissy Obermeyer 

Another change was that the cheerleaders went to competition 
for the first time in years. The girls were not sure what to expect, 
but learned a lot from the experience. With the squad being a 
greater number of girls, they had good bonding, which brought 
them together for the year ahead of them. 

The cheerleaders went to competition at Fort Wayne Dwenger 
High School as their first and only competition in years. The girls 
were not really sure what to expect, because most of them had nev- 
er been to a competition before. 

Also competing in the individuals section, senior Amber Det- 
mar had to make up her own routine with tumbling, dancing, and 
cheers. “It was fun to try something new but I was pretty nervous,” 
said Detman 

To some, the other squads were intimidating, but to others it was 
all about confidence. “Competition was my favorite part of cheer- 
leading, even though we lost,” said freshmen Jessica Breclaw. As 
their first competition did not end in success, the girls still had a 
good time. 

The girls had a few great memories from the year “Almost mak- 
ing it to state in football was the best part, because it’s fun cheer- 
ing for a winning team,” said junior Lauren Pollard. Competing 
was another great memory that the girls will never forget. Some 
of the girls favorite part was cheering on varsity for their first year 
With the new addition, the freshmen girls did not have to cheer for 
away freshman football or basketball games. The year turned out 
to be one to never forget for the hard working, spirited girls. 

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Rarely seen without smiles on their faces, 
the varsity cheerleading squad lines up for 
another great night for cheer, 'Cheerlead- 
ing was fun this year because I meet new 
people," said freshman Talyor Long. 

Freshman Sara Popvich cheers on her high 
school football team on a late Friday night. 
"My first football game was really fun. I have 
been practicing all summer, so I wasn't re- 
ally nervous," said Popvich. 

Ashley Peters 

"I enjoyed being the Panther a lot, except 
that sometimes it gets really hot inside 
the suite," said senior Kyle Palinca. Palinca 
boosts up the crowds spirit at a Friday night 
football game. 

Flip after flip, senior Amber Detmar up- 
grades the cheers and puts a boost of spir- 
it into the heart of the fans. "I have been 
tumbling for twelve years now. Tumbling 
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After the seasons were over, the girls and 
boys celebrated their success with a party 
at Bridges' Scoreboard "We were confident 
going into sectionals and it was a lot of fun," 
said senior Tiffany Lidster. 

Junior Nicole Koleski said, "Highland was my 
favorite match because we know most of 
them very well. The coach was mad at us 
because she thought that we were not tak- 
ing it seriously enough." 

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With pool stick in hand, freshman Anthony 
Scalzitti takes his turn in a game of pool 
with his bowling teammates. "My favorite 
match was definitely state because it was 
really intense," said Scalzitti. 

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Celebrating their regional champoinship 
plaque the boys are overjoyed. 'Playing 
Clark at regionals was the best because 
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This was a successful year for GHS bowling. Both the girls 
and boys won conference, were undefeated in their regular 
season, sectional champions, and competed in regionals. Un- 
fortunately, the girls missed semi-state. They placed fifth, 
while only the top four teams were able to advance. “Win- 
ning sectionals was the best. I was actually a part of the win 
instead of just sitting on the sidelines,” said senior Kristyn 

However, the boys defeated Clark and Crown Point to earn 
themselves a regional championship. After that, they placed 
fourth at semi-state and moved on to the state competition. 
That day started off on the right foot when the team broke the 
record for the highest game score for the season in the state 
with a score of 1 1 99. A little later on, they shot the first ever 
baker 300 game in state competition. By the end of the tour- 
nament, the boys were state champions with their win over 
Brownsburg 436-382. 

This success was not expected by the everyone. Sophomore 
Kyle Lidster said, “I was surprised because last year we got off 
to a rough start. We let our nerves get to us and did not make 
it out of sectionals.” 

However, junior Justin Hauser said, “I knew that it was 
coming all along. All we needed was a little maturity.” 

One special thing about bowling is that the teams compete 
together At every match, girls and boys are in the same place 
competing against the same teams at the same time. “I like 
the fact that everyone is together I get a lot more pumped 
when the whole team is there," said senior Tiffany Lidster, 
captain of the girls’ team. 

Also, since bowling is not yet considered an official sport, 
the coaches are volunteers and three of them are parents of 
team members. Rick Woloszyn, Mike Kubacki Sr, and Colleen 
Lidster are all part of the coaching staff. However, this does 
not bother the students at all. “It is great because my dad is 
a great bowler Although sometimes it is hard because if he 
yells at me during bowling, I am still mad at him when we 
get home,” said senior Daniel Woloszyn, captain of the boys’ 

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for the 2006-2007 season. Sevenjuniors were expected to return to 
an established coaching staff, instead, only a disappointing three 
plagued upperclassmen. However, a talented group of underclass- 
men stepped up to team up with those seniors to place in several 
relay events at the 2007 Sectionals. Rigorous training, hard work 
and determination allowed this year’s girls team to complete a suc- 
cessful 9-8 season with the new coaching staff, made up of Jane 
Sloan math, and Jim Saltanovitz math, assisted by, James Long 
and Betty Hoyle, English. 

Seniors Rebecca Curnow and Lori Wartsbaugh hoped to make 
greater contributions, but both were hampered by nagging inju- 
ries that have limited them in the past. 

“Being injured limited what I got to participate in; I also had to 
miss some meets,” said senior captain Rebecca Curnow. 

Swimming is more than just something to do in the summer. It is a 
really competitive sport and it takes up a lot of time and dedication. 
The girls team (along with the boys) started their long season with 
a “learn to swim” fundraiser, offering swim lessons for kids around 
town. “Learn to swim” lesson had not been offered for a number of 
years, where most of the current swimmers got their start. Soon 
after the fundraising ended the team had conditioning and then 
shortly after that, the team went into their full on practices. These 
practices consisted of twoadays. A practiceat 5:30a.m., and another 
one at 3:30p.m. About a month after the practices, the meets stared. 
The girls had two meets a week and sometimes on Saturday. 

“Sometimes it was difficult to juggle all the practices, meets, and 
school work. I had to manage my time well and self-discipline was 
key in keeping up with my obligations,” said freshmen Emily Mil- 

The team made up of mostly underclassmen stepped up in sev- 
eral relay events at the 2007 Sectionals. Freshmen Ali Pietrucha, 
sophomores Amber Verhoeve and Alexis Bozinovich all broke the 
29:00 second splits as part of the 200 Individual Medley and 200 
Freestyle Relay at the Sectionals. Now that the season is over, the 
girls are looking forward to next year 

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and Cory Jung. "We were waiting for sec- 
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Sophomore Amber Verhoeve awaits a team mate 
on the block. "This is the first year I ever have 
swam for a high school team. The pratices were 
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"I decided to join diving because it is the 
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fers. The sport isn’t that hard it just takes 
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Without an ounce of doubt in himself, sophomore swimmer Carlos 
Sotres dove into the water as soon as he heard the buzzer starting the 
race. From the start, Sotres was all but distracted, keeping an eye on 
the finish. 

“I iike to win because it shows that all of my practice and training 
has paid off. Plus, I like sticking it to the man,” said Sotres, who has 
been a member of the team for two years. 

Sotres wasn’t the only swimmer of the 2006-2007 season to have 
personal goals and achievements. Senior Nathan Bryan beat the 
school record in the 100 yard butterfly with a time of 56.7 seconds. 
The old record was set in 1985 and was 57.1 0 seconds. Because of the 
team’s goals and enthusiasm, the boys’ swim team won twelve out of 
1 7 meets, making it to preliminary sectionals on February 1 5, 2007 
and finals on February 1 7. 

The season started off with a loss to Highland High School, but soon 
picked up after their win against Hobart with a final score of 102-72. 
About midway through the season, the team placed first in the Lowell 
Invites. Other wins included Wheeler, Hanover, Kankakee Valley, and 
Clark High Schools. The team ranked sixth at the LAC (Lake Athletic 
Conference) and seventh at sectionals. 

Over the course of the season, each swimmer developed their own 
“pre-meet ritual”, a way to cool down and relax before the start of the 

“I relax by listening to music that gets me pumped up,” said Sotres. 
“I listen to my iPod and take a half hour shower After that, we have 
the team talk,” said freshman Jacob Long. 

This year, the new coach, Jane Sloan, math, led the team to a new 
direction in fundraising. Instead of selling candy, the boys offered 
swimming lessons. Children of different ages from different schools 
attended lessons on either Mondays and Wednesdays or Tuesdays and 

“I hate fundraisers, and the kids don’t have to sell things. It’s some- 
thing that people actually want,” said Sloan. 

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"I try not to think about a lot besides finish- 
ing the race before everyone else. If you 
think too much you'll mess up," said senior 
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yard breaststroke. 

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ended up winning this meet," said Dapshis. 

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line and shake hands with the other team to 
show good sportsmanship. * The best part 
about wrestling in winning," said sophomore 
Gabe Muro. 

Wrestling is a very mental sport that takes a lot of determina- 
tion. It is a sport that requires a certain weight and that can be very 
challengi ng, especially for teenage boys. The wrestling team ended 
their season this year with nine wins and six losses. “I think that 
we did better than we thought we would,” said senior Steve Siokos. 

Wrestling may seem like an easy sport, but many of the team 
members agree that wrestling involves a lot of mental and physical 

The wrestlers practiced five days a week for three hours after 
school, and every morning for one hour “Practices consist of warm- 
ups, wrestling other teammates, and then running and learning 
new moves,” said senior Robbie Buehler 

For many of the wrestlers, the hardest part was when being all on 
your own on the mat. “This sport is the most disciplined because 
unlike other sports, you have nobody helping you wrestle, you are 
all on your own,” said Siokos. 

“Wrestling takes a lot of hard work because you get worn out so 
easily,” said junior Lorris Smith. “Trying to stay in control when 
your down is the most important thing during the last period,” said 

The wrestling team does have one girl on the team who have been 
wrestling on the high school team since she was a fresh man. “The 
best and the hardest part of wrestling for me is beating boys,” said 
senior Caitlin Moisant. “My weight is not an issue because I wres- 
tle my natural body weight, therefore I am never in need of drop- 
ping any weight,” said Moisant. 

“The key to wrestling is mentally preparing yourself before each 
match,” said Buehler 

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which is a really big accomplishment. “ The hardest thing for me is 
not eating,” said Siokos, who wrestles 1 25. “ I usually j ust eat N utri 
Grain bars, I eat very very little,” said Siokos. 

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freshman Shawn Siokos. “ Unlike my brother I do not have to go 
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dedication. Tennis can be played as a leisure sport, such 
as at hotel resorts, but is also played as a very competi- 
tive sport. This year at Griffith High School the girls’ 
tennis team is taken very seriously. There is a junior 
varsity tennis team and a varsity tennis team. 

There are two different types of tennis matches that 
the girls can choose from. They can play in singles 
matches or doubles. In singles you face the opponent 
one on one, but in doubles you work with a partner Se- 
nior Amy Miles plays on a doubles team. “I play doubles 
with Cathy Rudzinski. My favorite match was when 
we played against Crown Point and killed them,” Miles 

Another tennis player that plays in doubles is sopho- 
more Brittany Cabrales. “I play for J V and for Varsity, so 
when I’m with JV I am partnered with sophomore Kee- 
la Detmar, and on varsity I play with sophomore Erika 
Kudyba,” Cabrales said. 

Freshman Jackie Lopez started her first season of ten- 
nis this year along with three other fresh men. She plays 
in doubles with freshman Amber Crook. It is their first 
year but she plans on joining the team again sophomore 

“I was nervous to start tennis because everyone is 
watching you play, but I really like playing tennis,” Lo- 
pez said. 

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practice every day except on the days of matches. They 
usually have matches two to three times a week. 

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Kelly because she is awesome at tennis and 
she is really funny," Detmar said. 

Playing in doubles with sophomore Nata- 
sha Subotic, senior Megan Verbeke goes 
for the return. 'I love the feeling of play- 
ing tennis. It gives me an adrenaline rush," 
Verbeke said. 

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Golf is a swing in more than one way! Golfers appear to com plete 
as individuals, but they area really compiling their scores to come 
up with a winning team score. The thing is, you don’t want to 
come up with the highest score. In golf you win by having the low- 
est score, which is the least number or strokes (a hit of the ball). 
Then there is the actual swinging of the club. These guys have to 
try to hit a tiny white ball into a hole some 300 yards away, dodg- 
ing sand, woods, and water The comes the precision of putting 
the ball into the cup. Adding to the challenge is the fact that these 
athletes have to walk around the entire course carrying their 
clubs with them. 

“Sometimes , in the beginning , it makes you a little bit nervous 
because there are a lot of people watching just you and a lot of 
them are hoping you mess up.” said freshman Jake Long 
Sounds very hard and a little nerve-wracking, doesn’t it? One 
bad swing makes the difference in the match. 

This year’s golf team stepped up to the challenge time and time 
again, improving their scores and finishing undefeated. One of 
the most memorable victories was against Andrean. This was the 
first defeat over Andrean’s golf team in seven years. This season 
was exciting for the whole team and especially a great way for 
the returning seniors, Brian Kayden, Aaron Salczynski, Nathan 
Vaughn, Nathan Lehmann, Ryan Bandura, and Danny Vanek, to 
fish their high school golfing careers. 

The golf team had won s ectional this yean The last time the 
golf team made it to was in 1 998. The team is not only made it to 
sections, they won sectional! They are now advancing to regional. 
The last time golf team was at regional was in 1968. The team 
hope to win sectional and advance to state. 

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defeated," said Kayden. 

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putt while standing in a puddle of water. 
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Walking with his brother Zach, sophomore 
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Quickly getting a word in with junior An- 
thony Moore is senior Allen McClendon. 
McClendon was the only track member to 
make it all the way to state competition in 
the high jump. 


After months of loafing around, munchingon delectable good- 
ies, and watching television reruns, the 2007 track and field 
season returned. With it came after school runsaround the track 
and football field. Though the team practiced every day, the be- 
ginning of the season required determination to come back from 
any lazy winter habits. 

“It is hard because you have to regain all your endurance,” said 
sophomore Tod Basham, a member of the track team since 6th 

Along with sprints and other races, track also has a number of 
field events such as high jump, long jump, shot put, and discus, 
all of which practiced every day after school. 

With a high jump record of 5 feet 4 inches, sophomore Carly 
Dunn has been involved in track also since 6th grade. 

“It gives me a feeling of accomplishment,” said Dunn. 

At the start of the season, the girls’ varsity team got 6th at the 
LAC Indoor and a score of 40 at the LAC Quad, a third place fin- 
ish. Though the middle of the season was rough with losses to 
Highland, Morton, and Bishop Noll, the Highland Invite and 
Munster Relays brought in 3rd and 4th place finishes respec- 
tively. The girls’ rounded off with a 5th place finish at section- 

At the other end of the spectrum, the boys’ varsity track sea- 
son was kicked off with a score 78 1/2, second place to Kankakee 
Valley. Throughout the season, they also received second place 
finishes at the Highland High School Invite and Lowell Relays. 

Though it was filled with many ups and downs, the girls’ and 
boys’ track season was one to remember 

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lian Kern. "The best part is the meets, and 
the hardest part is practice," said Kern. A 
foreign exchange student from Germany, 
Kern has made an impact on the team. 

To get ready to practice her high jump, 
sophomore Carly Dunn takes a run around 
the track. Dunn received first place for the 
high jump at sectionals and ninth at region- 

With power and speed, sophomore Nick Ud- 
chitz pole vaults. Not only does he partici- 
pate in track, but also in football and Russ 
Radtke's APC class. "I like the people you get 
to talk to the most," said Udchitz. 

Josh Long 

FDISOT BOWs Corey Breclaw, Nick Gallina, Zach Duvnjak, Anthony Zarnt, Robert Saltono- 
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Jamie, David Jones 'iM®! ISSIWs Russ Radtke, Bo Ratdke, David Alexander, Todd Basham, 
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Annie Hernandez, SSgiSSl BOW: Lindsay Brandner, Brandi Heidler, Shelby Boilek, Alyssa 
Van Horssen, fUCIISil SSSiWi Frances Pietrucha, Coach Sarah Payne, Tiffany Lidster, Brittany 
Bridges, Lisa Worley, Coaches Ed Mcleod and Dave Lopez 

IPBSiSir ElWs Kara Buchholz, Destiny Cox, Kathryn Calambos, Ashley Rodgers, Sydney Reis, 
Stephanie Shively, Amber Wilson, ill©®®!! ISiWs Kara Kessey, Jessica Henderson, Coach Mike 
Hernandez, Abby Metsch, Kellie Bubala 

Ashlev Peters 

"I have played on varsity for two years now, 
and my favorite thing is batting in a big 
situation," said sophomore Brandi Heidler. 
"Batting always gets me really exited, and it 
is really nerve wrecking," said Heidler. 




Ashley Peters 

Ready for a double play senior Annie Her- 
nandez makes an astonishing catch. 'I re- 
ally enjoy playing second base because I 
love being in the infield and making double 
plays," said Hernandez. 

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Throughout the years Griffith softball has grown and excelled, and 
the team has played to the best of their abilities. For the past two years 
the softball team has been able to take the title as Sectional Champi- 
ons. This year the lady panthers continue to succeed and live up to 
their expectations. 

“The hardest thing about softball for me is getting along with ev- 
erybody on the team,” said senior Megan Swanson. “I think our team 
would be much better if we had more team bonding activities,” said 

At the beginning of the year the coaches had decided to allow the 
girls to skip practice and go bowling together “ I really enjoyed bowl- 
ing and I think that it helped bring the girls together,” said senior 
Molly Orzechowicz. 

Sophomore Lindsay Brandner plays third base and right field and 
has played on varsity for two years. “I think that if we practiced a little 
bit harder and didn’t let distractions get in our way then we would do 
a lot better,” said Brandner 

“The best part about softball is when everyone on the team gets 
along and we play as an actual team,” said senior Tiffany Lidster “It 
tends to be hard for everyone to get along all of the time because we 
are all so different,” said Lidster. 

The team has three pitchers which play in rotation each game. 
Junior Brittany Bridges has been pitching since she was eight 
years old. “1 really enjoy pitching because it makes me feel like I am 
in charge of the game,” said Bridges. “The only thing that bothers 
me about pitching is the amount of pressure that it brings on,” said 

“I will really miss the girls this year because it is probably the last 
time I will be on a competitive team,” said Orzechowicz. “After this 
year I think that the team will still be good but will change every year 
depending on the attitudes of each player” said Orzechowicz. 


"Before each game the whole team places their right 

foot over the foul line and we all hold pinkies while 

they play the national anthem," said senior Lisa Worley. 

(The night before a game 1 sleep with a softbalLin 

my hand. 1 do that because l believe that it mentally 
•prepares my mind for the big game," said freshman 

tvara Ducnnoiz. 

"Christina Kireta and I have to do a certain handshake 
with each other before each game. That must be my 
'biggest ritual, because we have done it for so long," 

said senior Molly Orzechowicz. 


*The first World Series was a nine game series, in which Boston 
beat Pittsburgh 5 games to 3. 

*Cal Ripken, Jr. holds the record for consecutive games played 
(2,632 games) 

*Pete Rose holds the records for most hits (4,256) and games 
played (3, 562) 

*The only two days in which there are no professional games played 
are the days before and after the Major League All-Star Came. 


The state championship game, ail tied up. Bottom of the ninth, two 
outs, bases loaded. Full count. And the pitch... 

Anyone that loves baseball has dreamed about coming up to bat 
during this situation at some point in their lives. But for the Griffith 
varsity baseball squad, this dream could become a reality if things go 
their way during Sectionals and Regionals this year 

The Panthers have worked hard all year to have a chance to play in 
the state championship game. Since conditioning started in Febru- 
ary, these players have committed to something bigger than them- 
selves: a team. By playing together day in and day out, these students 
have formed friendships and learned lessons that will last long after 
thefinaloutis called. 

The Panthers were led this year by outstanding pitching, tough 
defense, and big sticks. Senior Matt Kuna was the leader of the pitch- 
ing staff, while senior Ryan Bridges led the way with his bat. Kuna 
and Bridges were also both heavily recruited to play baseball in col- 
lege, with Kuna committing to Toledo and Bridges committing to 

“I am very excited about playing [baseball] at Toledo next year, since 
they have a very good program and I will be able to learn a lot,” said 

Luckily, Coach Brian Jennings, English, will be able to rest easy 
at the completion of the season, thanks to strong JV and Freshmen 
teams. These players will be able to fill in the positions of the 1 0 grad- 
uating seniors. 

The varsity team finished the regular season strong, winning their 
final thirteen games. They also did very well in the LAC Tourna- 
ment, losing in the championship game to Munster. Partaking in 
these challenging games has also helped Griffith to be well prepared 
for the postseason, in which they are favored to win sectionals. They 
will still need to play at their highest potential to get to take that 
once-in-a-lifetime trip to Indianapolis, but it’s nothing these players 
can’t handle. They’ve been waiting their whole lives for this chance- 
a chance to win state. 

"I love when we play at the Railcat Stadium 
because we always draw a large crowd," said 
senior Corev Nash, seen here backing up a 
play to first base. The varsity team beat the 
Whiting Oilers 9-3. 

Sophomore Kyle Lidster pitches the ball dur- 
ing the Varsity baseball game against Whit- 
ing. "I was excited to pitch, but I was also 
really nervous, since it was my first time 
pitching at Railcat Stadium," said Lidster. 

Watching the pitch go by, freshman Jack- 
son Buzea waits for a strike in the JV game 
against Bishop Noll. "Playing baseball has 
been very enjoyable this year. I really like 
hanging out with all the guys," said Buzea. 

SFMSg'B’ ®®Ws Rex Cullen, Tim Cooper, Joe Zajac, Jerami O'Brien, Tyler Louviere, Corey Nash 
gS@(M! ®®Ws Curt Konopasek, Kyle Najar, Kyle Lidster, Ryan Bridges, David Konopasek, Derek 
Hitt ‘STEMS! SSiWs Will Frets, Dan Woloszyn, Matt Kuna, Nate Bryan, Jake Terpstra 

SFMSgTF ®®Ws Jackson Buzea, Travis Litke, Kevin Konopasek, Sam Carter glBiM SiWs 
Mark Blount, Chris Bartley, Jamar Brown, Mike Barlow, Josh Long THESIS! EiWs Nick Traus- 
cht, Alex Little, Ryan Caliher, Jeremy Ratajczyk, Jake Evanich 

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Mike Zaberdak glEiSS! SiWs Matt Corlett, Jason Short, Cory Stidham, Kyle Carter, Greg 
Myers TIES®! ®®Wi Peter Sepulveda, Kyle Terpstra, Coach Greg Haan, Brian Brilmeyer, Jeff 

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In order to run any type of organization properly, money is 
needed. Whether it is the Diamond Club raising money for 
baseball, car washes for Pantherettes, or selling candy for Na- 
tional Honor Society, money is needed to keep the group going. 
When it comes to financially supporting the GHS publica- 
tions (yearbook, newspaper, and The Edge) the majority of the 
money comes from selling advertisemnts to local businesses. 
On both yearbook and newspaper, there are certain people di- 
signated to sell, organize, and keep track of ads for the staff. In 
yearbook, the responsibilities are divided between juniors Aun- 
dalyse Parquet and Britney Hill. “Selling ads is fun and pretty 
easy. Sometimes though its hard to talk to companies, because 
they aren’t there anymore when we get out of school,” said Hill. 
Along with selling ads to local businesses, Parquet and Hill 
take care of Senior baby ads. For the Panther Press, sophomore 
Katherine Kuna took over for junior Cassie Bailey. This year, 
the Reflector staff tried a new way to raise money. They sold GO 
cards, a discount card on items for prom, graduation parties 
and other important events that go on throughout highschool. 
The idea for the staff members to sell these cards was partially 
inspired by the varsity baseball team who sells saver cards to 
friends, family and faculty to raise money for team equipment 
and uniforms. The card provides discounts to local restaurants, 
auto shops, and tanning salons. 


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There hasn’t been and won’t 
ever be a day we haven’t been 
proud of gay... We’ll always 
be there for you': 

I Horn, Dad.flikki , & HI att 

Glass o[ 2007 







m can harcfly believe that you are 
graduating. The time sure has gone by 
so fast. We are so proud of you and all 
that you, accomplished in high school. 
Jou hare a lot of great memories to look 
back on ancOshrile about, flow onto 
the p ext chapter of your life. We know 
that whatever you do you will succeed, 
remember tlm we are here for 

Mom & ©tit?' ' 


Cove always. 

C lass of 200 7 

Katie , you’ve grown into such 
a beautiful woman ' you’re 
confident, mature and true to 
yourself. I’m so proud of you 
for that': Tty also make me 
laugh my head off and I’ll miss 
seeing you mOstyge. Cnjoy life 
and a wonderful future? 

Cove Worn. Matt. Gr bCevm 

Glass of 2007 







1 lathan, Gpnymtulaiims! 

Tlw years have gone by so fast you 
are a, special grandson and we are 
very , proud of all your accomplish- 
ments and thy person you have be- 
come. Let nothing stand in your 
way of your, hopes and dretnns. We 
love you. **■ 

ffrandma & grandpa 

Glass of 200 7 



Glass of 2007 

graduation is a time 
for feeling very proud 
for thinking lots of special thoughts 
find saying them out loud 1 * 

So we’re very proud of you 
for being who you are 
for nidk ing so mething of yourself 
find making it-this far 

We’re proud because we are a part 
Of everything you do 
How’s the time to. say how much 
Love we have for you 

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Love always. 

Mom, ( Dad, I ason, Sheila ,67 IPrecious 

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Joseph Kelly Jyreickumos ^yj 

Well, the time has come to condense I S' years into one paragraph. Impossible! We waited a long time {or a miracle' from 
fjod. Ton final! ft arrived full of energy. Those big beautiful green eye's- always let me know wfiaL^ou were thinking and* 
feeling. The happiest memories were watching you grow to be a handsome, independent, athletic, determined, .kindhearted, 
fair, loyal, and fundoving young man '*Tour personality is dynamic and memorable, lour grandmother was the first to 
comment that Joey is fun to be ground. Wesmi le when Ute remember T1JC J3CS 7 Of TIW.CS and it hurts when 
we remember the WOWST Of T1111CS. That is life, lour talent , dedication, energy, and fearlessness you exhibit 
in all ybut endeavors from tumbling to soccer amazed us. lou are a blessing. We ain’t ipait to see what the future holds. 
We wish the best for you because you deserve it. 'Lnjoy and have fun ! ~** h *~ > a 

Hugs and Kisses. Tour 13iggest fans, fjod 33/ess You, Iflflom and T)ad 





Wlolly Orszechowicz 

I Holly- You have blessed our lives in so many ways. We ’ re proud 
of all your accomplishments and the beautiful person you’ve become, 
lllay Yyod continue to ble§s you as you travel down a new path in 
life. Ml ways rciitember that we’re here for you! Wlay your dreams 
stay big and your worries stay small. 

Love, hfugs,& Kisses, Idiom, Dad, 13 nan & g us 

Glass Of 


Kristina TPlucinski 

To our special little 

We are so pmud 
lour §miles, 
laughs and proud mo- 
ments have touched 
everyone around you. You will always he 
our snookes ” lou have touched our lives. 
We love you very much. 

Love 111 on. Dad. Wli- 
chelle & Ghristopher 

)f you 

Glass of 2007 

Anthony hDrechny 


congratulations ! We 
are proud of you and 
all yoiive accomplished 
over the years. We 
will always he here to 
encourage and support you in anything 
you do. 

Love YHom, Dad 
& Gatie 

Glass of 200/ 

lies Hall 



Gongratulations! We 
are very proud of the 
fine 'young man you have 
become. 'Thank you for all 
of your hard work, your 
honesty, and integrity. It 
has been a lot of fu'n watching you in soccer and 
track. Thank you for the memories. You have 
always been a great son and brother. We are 
looking forward to your 
future, fjood luck in col- 
lege. . .follow your dreams. 

We love you very much. 

Ilhuu, Hud. O Lacey 

Glass of 2007 

Llise Harem 


God has blessed you wth 
so many specialtalents. 
lou are an amassing per- 
son. , lou have grown up to 
be a beautiful young lady. 
We are all so proud df'you 
and your many accomplishments. This is just the 
beginning. We wish you much happiness, health, 
and success. 13e happy, laugh often, and real- 
ize your dreams. Our love 

and support will be forever 


Mom. Yad.& Rrt 

Glass of 200/ 


Glass of 2007 

Wlatt §ufrola 

E ighteen years ago you made us 
so proud with your arrival. Cvery- 
day . we became more amazed as we 
watcjied you grow into the gentle and 
sensitive young man you have become. 

We will miss watching the soccer 
games where you proudly wore your 
favorite #Q. 0o not forget to keep 
f;od in your heart and remember that 
with determination, your future can be 
as bright as the shining stars. Have 
fun and enjoys life! 


' Dad , Mom. Carlo. & Claudio 

Glass of 200 7 

Kelly Kedden 

To Our lie dutiful Daughter Kelly. 

T on were just a teeny tiny tot when you showed 
us whqt a beautiful dancer you are, we can 
hardly believe that you are about to graduate, 
find Wow! How we are going to miss watch- 
ing you perform those awesome dances at half 
time of football and basketball games. We were 
also excited when you decided to give tennis a 
try- See you are an athlete after all! Tou have 
been such a joy to watch and have created some 
wonderful memories that we will treasure. We 
are so incredibly proud of you and all of your 
accomplishments and wish you the very best 
next year at Vurdue! ! We love you and will 
miss you so much next year! 

' Love 

lllom& Dad 





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Gongmiulat jons! lV*e knew you could 
do it. c’njoif everyday for what it's 
worth, you deserve the best life has 
to offer. 11 ever settle [or less than 
you dream, fllways know that no 
matter what you do, or where life 
leads you. we'll always be there for 
you. We’re proud of you. We love 
you T. T.£. 


Mom & <T)ad 

Glass of 2007 

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TSrddley, you've always had your 
own style! Jou've grown up to 
become a wonderful young man and 
we have become prouder of you ev- 
ery day! We wish you love, success, 
prosperity, and health, fllways 
chase your dreams , but remember 
the wad that will lead you back 

We love you flflom, Jesse.Yre & 

Glass of 200 7 




Congratulations to a 
great daughter who I love 
very dearly, fjood luck in 
the future because l know 
whatever you do you will 
be successful. 

Love your Ylflom, Dad. 
& 13 rather 

Class of 200/ 

]R.ob TBuehler 

l?o b. We are so proud 
of your athletic and 
academic achieve- 
ments! from 13 am- 
13am to Turtle 13 oy to 
# 55 - you have been 
an absolute joy! VCe thank £ yod daily for 
sending you to us! 

Love 1/1/1 om, Dad, 


Glass of 200 7 

Jeanette TBndegroom 

You have grown from 
a wonderful baby girl 
into a beautiful young 
woman, from learning to 
walk to graduating high 
school. 1 am very proud 
of you and all the accom- 
plishments you have achieved. 1 look forward 
to sharing your future of reaching goals, 
fulfilling dreams and your 
reward ing accompli sh- 
in ents. 


I love you. lllom 

Glass of 2007 




1 8s 

Kelly Staszak 


We always tell you we wish you 
could stay our little girl , hut we 
are so* proud of the person you 
have become. Tou can accomplish 
anything you set out to do. We 
know your future holds wonderful 
things for you. Thanks for being 
such a special daughter and sister. 

Love always , f 
Dad. lllom & Stacy 

Glass of 2007 

T hank ijoii for all the happy 
memories you’ve given us. 
We are so very proud of you 
and the wonderful person 
you have grown up to be. 
We’ll be watching as all 
your dreams come true.. 
Always, Idiom & A) ad 

Glass of 200 / 




We are all very proud of you 
and want to congratulate 
you on all your achievements 
through the years. We wish 
you well in college and know 
you will accomplish all your 
goals and dreams. 

Dad & lllom 

Glass of 2007 





We couldn’t have designed a more 
perfect son if we had been able to select 
every wonderful trait. You’re generous , 
smart , and a really good person. Your 
accomplishments are the result of all 
your hard work. We believe the best 
is yet to come. Have fun! TJiere ’4 ito 
limit to how very proud we are! We 
wish you success love , and happiness. 


Worn: T)ad, Vttike. & Katie 

Glass of 2007 




We are very proud of you and 
all you've accomplished. Thank 
you for bringing so much joy and 
love into our lives! We know 
you will succeed in whatever you 
do. We love you very much! 


Dad, Tabitha. lllom & Logan 

Glass of 200 7 



Glass of 2007 


cky Gurnow 

It seems like only yesterday. 

That M/e rocked you in our anus. 

We Marveled at your first toords. < '' 

find protected you from harm, 
f irst' we saw that smile, and heard you squeal, 
When you first rode on two wheels. 

We saw and heard the bubbles, 
ffs you first learned to swim. 

We cheered so much and watched with joy, 
ffs you competed in pool and gym. 

Tin,' 've won and smiled, lost and cried. 

But we’re so proud because you tried. 

So many great days and things await you 
That you simply can’t foresee. 

Always study hard, to prepare for life. 

■ for you've found there will be some strive. 

Be true to yourself and those you love 
And your rewards will line up by the mile 
Be confident, be happy, and always, always keep that smile! 
Be positive, be honest, and you’ II. surely find success. 

We know you’ll always make ms proud 
Cven though your room’s a mess. 

With so much pride and love. 

Mom, Dad, &■ Chris 

Glass of 2007 

Jessica TPhillips 

Our Dear Jessica, 

The last eighteen years have been very special to 
us because of you! Tom have brought so much joy 
to our lives and so many wonderful memories to 
cherish. We will miss you next year, the house 
will be too quiet, but we look forward to watch- 
ing you accomplish your many goals in life. Work 
hard and be true to yourself ! Ivemember that your 
family is here for you! Gongratulations: We wish 
you health, success, happiness and love! JJood 
luck in college. 1 [ave fun too! We are proud of 

We love you up to everything and even more 
everyday! ! 


Mom, Dad & Justin 


Adam jasper 

Gongrat illations! We 
are so proud of the man 
you have become. How 
it is timeto pursue 
your goals and work on 
your future endeavors. 
You will always have our love and sup- 
port in all you 
do. Rood luck at 
TPmdue (Lafayette ) 

Love fllways. 

Mom, Dad, & 

Glass of 2007 

Amy Whies 

To Our IPrincess, 
We are so proud of 
you. You were a great 
Vantherette President. 
You stood by the girls 
and helped keep the 
team together. In 
tennis you were WIY1P and made 1st Team 
fill Go nference. You also received your aca- 
demic letter. We Love 
you very much. G°°d 
luck in you future , 
and remember we will 
always be here for you. 

Love Wlom, Dad & 

13 nan 

Glass of 2007 

Andrea Iflaaman 

'Dear Rndrea, 
High School is just a 
pebble in the road of 
life. The path is up 
to you now. Il3eheve 
in yourself , have faith 
in your decisions, and you will find your 
way to success. 

Love, Dad, Mom 
Mark, Cnca, Gr 

Glass of 2007 

YDan Wol 



lSecause you are 
such a great kid, 
we know that every 
ambition you have 
for your future life 
will come true. Study hard at IPurdue 
but have a little fun too. We love you! 

lour # / fan IP ana 
Punt fhmy Gr Uncle 
IB nan 

Glass of 2007 


Tan Woloszyn 

To 1/71 y # / grandson 
(good Luck at 10m- 
due. Illy wish for you 
is health, love, happi- 
ness and much success. 

Love yal Va IP a 

( Dan Woloszyn 

To our precious little ( . Danny 
1Toy] You have brought us so 
much joy into our lives. Tom 
are truly a great kid! You’ve 
made us more than proud. 
Wlay all of your dreams come 
true. Thanks for being such 
a fun little brother to have 
around! We love you Taniel! 

Love Ylflom , Tad , Sr Sissy 

Glass of 200 7 


TBnttany Cnckson 


Seems like not so long 
ago carrying this picture 
of you when you were 
three. Yl/ly how time flys 
and you’ve accomplished 
so much. 1 m so proud of you! VI ever 
give up your dreams! 

Love always & 
forever , 
lllom ■ 

Glass of 2007 


Dear I'lathan, 

Words cannot express how. very 
proud we are of you and all you've 
accomplished, lou have become 
such an extraordinary youny 
man, a strong leader, loyal friend, 
hard worker; and wonderful son. 

Iou have set your standards high 
and have worked hard to achieve 
your goals. Iou are respected by 
both your teachers and your friends, which says a lot about your 
character. Jjs you move, on to the next phuse'of your life, we pray 
you continue to use the many . 
talents Qod has given you. Stay 
strong in your faith and you can 
accomplish all you set out to do 
We’ll miss watching our favorite 
Black and Qo Id football player, 
basketball player, and golfer. We 
love you so much, 
lllom, 'Dad & Bichard 

Glass of 2007 


Class of 2007 


This is How 




Dear Hat ban, 

We are very proud of the young man 
gou have become. Ill ay you continue 
to achieve great things with hard 
work, preparation and 
Qod at your side, always learning 
from mistakes along the way. We end 
with this spiritual admomilom to 
Keep faith w ith fffhd... regardless and 

llluch love & Deace. 
Qrundfuther & Qrandy 

4 - 

Glass of 2007 


Always expect great 
things of yourself, and the 
future will deliver! We’re 
so proud of you! 

Love, lllom, Dad, & 
the whole crew 

Glass of 200 7 



congratulations Gasey! 

We are so proud of you and 
all of your accomplishments 
throughout the years. We are 
also very proud of the wonder- 
ful young man you have be- 
come. We love you very much! 

mom. Dad & Dave 

Ik J 

Glass of 2007 



Trisha TBrumley 

"Princess Trisha- I m 
so proud of how well 
you did in high school. 
Tom’ ve changed from a 
beautiful little girl into 
a beautiful young wom- 
an. Congratulations and good luck at 
tlflSU. Set your 
sights high and 
reach for the stars. 

Love f grandma 

Class of 2007 

Steve Siokis 


We are all so proud of 
you. We\)e watched 
you go from our little 
guy to a great young 
man. You have blessed 
us with so many great memories that will 
stay in our hearts forever. Thanks for 
being YOU.' 

We love you so 
much ! 

The Whole 
Family ' 

Class of 2007 

Prom our little bundle of joy to 
an amazing young lady. We are 
pfffud of all your accomphsh- 
mems in high school, fjood luck 
at Michigan State we will 
always be here for you. 

Love Mom. Dad. & Cric 

Class of 200 7 

C ongratulations! We are so 
proud of you. Ptfter gradua- 
tion a new chapter in' your life 
begins, tyood luck in college- 
follow your dream and success 
will follow you. 

Love, Dad & Mom 

Class of 200 / 

Wlatthew TBaccino 

Its hat'd to believe that 
I 8 years have come and 
gone so fast. You have 
grown into such a hard 
working, honest, and 
caring young man. We 
are very proud to have 
you as a brother and son, and can’t wait to 
see what the future brings! t rijoy life, good 
luck in college, and 
know we are always 
there for you. 


Idiom, Pad, Hillary, 
lllallory, Gr J on 

Class of 2007 

IClathan IBryan 

T line passes by so' fast. Yesterday you 
were clugging around in high heels 
playing baseball, flow you’re gradu- 
ating. I 'm so proud of the young 
man you ve become and your accom- 
plishments. Just because you are mov- 
ing on in your life’ s journey, I will 
always be there for you. l\emember 
your dreams. Set your goals high. 
Stay true to yourself and most of all 
enjoy life. Congratulations! 

Cove you son ! 

Glass of 2007 

Glass of 2007 

Mlexis Jyonzalez 

Hear fllexis, 

lou have a huge heart, terri/ic style and taste, a 
fun sense of humor, und a spirit that won't quit! ! ! Ion' re 
cm original; you have your own special way of doing things , 
expressing tfour needs and looking at the world, lou’re do- 
ing all you can to be the person you want to be. 
fls you begin your college years , we wish you 
confidence, a strong trust in yourself, faith in the future , 
and the Relief that you will make the right choices to bring 
you closer to the happiness you deserve. May you always 
have enough success to make you proud, enough trials to 
keep you strong, enough work to keep you challenged, and 
enough of all life s treasures to keep you truly happy. 

These I 8 years have flown by. but our love for 
you grows deeper- our honest and amazing irreplaceable 
daughter, lou're the daughter we always wanted, from the 
very first ball game, ballet recital, ceremony, we've admired 
you, enjoyed and been so proud of you. Kemember. you will 
always be our daughter, our sister, and we will always love 
you and believe in you. 

Love, hugs, and kisses, 

Mom. 'Dad. and Matthew 


"Ricardo ffarate 

Ou r family has had a 
lot of fun this year! You 
have been a joy to have 
around, lour sense of hu- 
mor always brightens our 
day. Thanks for allowing 
us to be your “ American ” family, lou are 
always welcomed back. We pray you have a 
wonderful life and excel 
in everything you set 
your heart on. 

Love IBob, Haney , 

Dan, &~ ISrandon 

Glass of 2007 










Megan Verbeke, 

^When you were born, we hoped 
for a beautiful, talented intelligent 
daughter. You’ ve exceeded our wild- 
est wishes. We love you! 

Love , Wlon i, Dad, your sisters, 
grandparents, aunts & uncles 

Glass of 2007 




C Tj 

• <o 

• ro 


Congratulations ( atie! You 
made it through this part 
of lifts adventures. We hope 
you're excited about your future 
adventures to come and we look 
forward to sharing in them with 
you. We are so very proud. 

Love. Your family 

Glass of 2QQ~] 

To our "favorite Youngest 'Daughter,' 

It probably seems to you that it’s taken a 
long time to get wheikTydu are today. We 
are so proud of you . lou hare become such 
a beautiful, funny, & charming young 
woman. It has been a lot of fun' to watch 
you play from basketball, track to swim- 
ming & tennis, lou have always lined life 
with zest. The future is endless,' so reach 
for the stars: you can accomplish anything 
you put your heart into. We will always be 

there for you. Congratulations! 

Love Dad. Mom. Kelley GldSS of 2007 







Congratulations! We are so proud 
of you! To u ha ye given us great joy 
watching you at school, in sports, 
and with your friends, ffjood luck 
as you head off to Vurdue Lafay- 
ette. Always know that we will be 
here for you. 


Mom, Dad, & Allison 

Lisa 'Worley 

To the world, 
you re one person. 
13 ut to us. you are 
the world. Wish 
it, 3) ream it. Do 
it baby- Iflotlnng is impossible, 
fill our love, 
f)ad. Mom, 

Laura, &~ Paul 

Glass of 2007 




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(Congratulations out your fine accom- 
plishments during your high school 
years. \\\ wish to tijank you for all 
the enjoyment we received as a result 
ofiyour participation in sports and 
mu sit. flsyou continue your educa- 
tion. we know that you will continue a role tnocttiTfor others. Best 
wishes to uur "Superman. 


'grandma & fjrandpa 

Class of 2,007 

HarCn Salczynski 

What an exceptional 
high school career. Out- 
standing person, academic 
' honors and great ath- 
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IPackage” Mar on, and 
we are so very proud of 
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are simply the best ! 

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•'To m wonderful <<m and hr'dther, 
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young man. We are extremely proud 
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Class of 2007 




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I am sure you will achieve all 
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re ftii; greatest young ingn and 
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elony Gabrales 

Dearest M elony.. I 
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here . “Graduation” . 
The years have went by 
so fast, you have become 
a beautiful young lady. 
We are very proud of 
you. follow your dreams, they will come true 
for you. I know you will 
make the right decisions 
in life. 

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Abascal, Justin 96 

Abbott, Brian 86 

Acosta, Alberto 1 06 

Adams, Ethan 106 

Adams, Jordan 86 

Aguilera, Danielle 96 

Aguilera, Kayla 43, 51 , 86, 91 

Aguilera, Raquelle 96 

Aguilera, Steven 58, 62, 64, 86, 93, 208 

Ahlemier, Fred 23,60,111,197 

Aken, Andrew 86, 91 

Albertson, Brian 106 

Aldape, Erika 37, 41 , 48, 51 , 66, 86, 90 

Aldape, Mario 70,106,110 

Alexander, David 33, 43, 86 

Allen, Jaleesa 106 

Alvarez, Daniella 60, 68, 106, 208 

Alvarez, Frank 74 

Alzeer, Hussam 96 

Amara, Mohammad 106 

Amara, Sabri 70, 75 

Ames, Ashley 17, 62, 68, 96 

Anderko, Chloe 86, 91 

Anderson, Andrew 9, 86 

Anderson, Corey 86, 91 

Anderson, Drew 54, 57 

Anderson, Jacob 47, 54, 60, 64, 106 

Anderson, Megan 48,51,60,106 

Anderson, Mindy 74 

Anderson, Victoria 60,106,208 

Anguiano, Olivia 96 

Archer, Brandon 31 , 74 

Wrestling 9, 10, 11, 12, Choir 9, 10, 
International Club 11 
Arndt, Mark 51,70,86 
Arnold, Melissa 86 
Arrigo, Raymond 106 
Ashenbaugh, Douglas 29, 36, 86 
Austin, Paige 70 
Averyhart, Jamar 86 
Azzarello, Ashley 66, 96 
Azzarello, Erik 86 


Baccino, Hillary 96 
Baccino, Matthew 74 
Hockey 9, 10, 11,12 
Baggarly, Daniel 96 
Bailey, Alexander 106 
Bailey, Cassie 54, 57, 64, 65, 66, 86 
Bailey, Emily 62, 96 
Bailey, Trey 51,86 
Baker, Ashley 18, 24, 50, 74, 80 
Baker, Brandon 4, 25 
Bakko, Stephen 36, 54, 62, 86 
Baltrusis, Barry 1 06 
Bandura, Ryan 70, 74 
Band 9, 10, 11, Football 9, 

Baseball 9, Golf 9, 10, 11, 12, Booster 
Club 9 

Banks, Brenda 60,70,106,196 
Barlow, Michael 48, 70 

Barlow, Olivia 48, 51, 56, 58, 59, 65, 66, 68, 70, 74, 

Key Club 11,12, Booster Club 10, 11, 12, Inter- 
national Club 11,12, National Honor Society 10, 
11, 12, Girls Tennis 9, 10, 11, 12, Varsity Club 9, 

10, 11, 12, Spell Bowl 9, 10, 11, 12, Fine Arts 
Super Bowl 10, 11, Yearbook 12, Panther Press 10, 

11, 12, Quill & Scroll 12, Student Bible Study 12 
Barnard, Steven 68, 86 

Barnhardt, Mahogany 66 

Bartley, Chris 51 , 96 

Barwick, Quin 106 

Basham, Tod 46, 96, 101 

Beaupain, Laura 16, 17, 30, 50, 58, 68, 86, 208 

Bechtold, Brittany 66, 68, 96 

Beck, Matthew 41,53,54,60,63,107 

Beck, Michael 23, 53, 54, 60, 62, 96, 103 

Beese, Jeffery 86 

Begeske, Alicia 60, 70, 107, 197 

Begeske, Bradley 51 , 74 

Football 9, 10, 11, 12, Baseball 9, 

10, Class Council 
Belcher, Kelsie 96 
Berry, Kelsey 37 
Berry, James 60, 64, 107 
Berry, Ryan 48, 51 , 66, 74 

Pantherettes 10, 12, Key Club 11, 12, In- 
ternational Club 10, 11, Class Council 11, 

12, National Honor Society 11, 12, 

Booster Club 10, 11, 12, Tennis 11, 

Track 10,12, FCCLA 10, 11, Varsity 
Club 10, 11, 12, Student Bible Study 12 
Biancardi, Nicholas 60, 107 
Bias, Shanlynn 64, 107 
Blackard, Brooke 51,107,111 
Blaski, Kellie 55, 60, 96 
Blount, Mark 22, 33, 51 , 70, 96 
Blue, Taylor 64, 86 

Bobowski, James 8, 1 0, 1 5, 28, 39, 41 , 48, 53, 74 
Soccer 9, 10, 11, Girls Basketball mgr 
9, 10, Stage Crew 12, National Honor 
Society 10, 11, 12, Science Olympiad 10, 

11 , 12 

Bobowski, Nicholas 54,107 

Bock, Brian 107 

Bock, Jenny 62, 67, 93 

Bogacz, Patrick 86 

Bogan, Charisse 48, 53, 64, 96, 97 

Bogner, Jessica 60, 74, 208 

Boilek, Shelby 96 

Boncela, Edward 107 

Booker, Isaiah 107 

Boyd, Takara 86 

Bozinovich, Alexis 96 

Brady, Pashon 68 

Brandner, Lindsay 96 

Breclaw, Corey 62, 96 

Breclaw, Jessica 1 1 , 51 , 57, 1 07 

Bridegroom, Jeanette 1 1 , 1 5, 32, 51 , 66, 74 

Bridges, Brittany 51 , 66, 70, 86, 95 

Bridges, Ryan 4,11,74 

Baseball 9, 10, 11, 12 (captain 10, 11, 

12), Basketball 9, Varsity Club 9, 10, 

11 , 12 

Brilmyer, Brian 1 07 
Brinkley, Kier 60, 107, 208 
Brown, Brandon 51 
Brown, Kiara 107 
Brown, Stefanie 60, 109, 207 
Brownd, Jarrett 74 

Wrestling 9, 10, 11, 12, Football 9 
Brumley, Eric 60, 107 
Brumley, Trisha 33, 51 , 58, 59, 66, 68, 74 
International Club 9, 10, 11, 12, The Edge 
9, 10, 11, 12, Student Council 11, 12, 

Key Club 11,12 (treasurer 11,12), Girls 
Tennis 11,12, Student Advisory 12, Quill 
and Scroll 11, 12 
Bruno, Jordan 74 


Bryan, Nathan 25, 38, 51 , 54, 57, 60, 1 92 
Bubala, Kellie 41 , 51 , 53, 62, 64, 96, 208 
Buchanan, Tyrese 96 
Buchholz, Kara 7, 48, 50, 51 , 107 
Buehler, James 1 8, 36, 51 , 54, 64, 74, 75, 84 
Football 9, 10, 11, 12 (captain 12), 
Wrestling 9, 10, 11, 12 (captain 11,12), 
Track 9, 10, 11, 12, National Honor Soci 
ety 10, 11, 12, Choir 9,10 
Builta, Heather 96 
Burbridge, Jessica 60, 107, 208 
Burch, James 107 
Burch, Jimmy 54, 58 
Burnham, Adrian 86 
Burns, Eric 68 
Butkus, Mark 51,96 
Butkus, Zachary 51 , 96 
Buxton, Jennifer 96 
Buzea, Jackson 48,107 
Bynum, Kevin 107 
Byrns, Steven 75 


Cabrales, Britney 2, 24, 58, 96 
Cabrales, Melony 29, 51 , 58, 59, 66, 74, 75 
Cheerleading 9, 10, 11, 12, The Edge 9, 

10 , 11, 12, Key Club 11, 12 Booster 
Club 9, 10, 11, 12, Track 9, 10, 12, 

Varsity Club 9, 10, 11, 12 
Cadiz, Nelson 107 

Cahill, William 32, 48, 53, 64, 70, 74, 75 
National Honor Society 10, 11, (president 
12), Class Council 9, 10, 11, 12, ACES 
9, 10, 11, 12, JETS 11, 12 
Caldwell, Samantha 16,26,74,75,78 
FCCLA 10, Stage Crew 9 
Calhoun, Danny 74, 75 

Baseball 9, Football 9, 10, 11, 12 
Campbell, Naomi 51 
Campbell-Bonner, Najee 86 
Carpenter, Shannon 51, 57, 60, 70, 107 
Carter, Kyle 54, 107 
Carter, Samuel 107 
Castellanos, Teresa 1 07 
Castillo, Jorge 96 

Cavazos, Matthew 48, 51 , 52, 54, 55, 56, 57, 60, 
86, 94 

Ceperich, Alexis 86 
Chancellor, Jamie 96 

Chandler, Auvon 38, 39, 51 , 57, 64, 66, 67, 68, 86 

Chandler, Gregory 107 

Chavez, Joshua 1 07, 1 1 0 

Chavez, Marcus 86 

Chidichimo, Cory 107 

Cioroianu, Emily 48, 49, 57, 64, 66, 68, 86 

Cisneros, Jose 54, 60, 107 

Clark, Andrew 86 

Clark, Brandon 96 

Clark, Breanne 86, 87 

Clark, Brian 75 

Clemons, Timber 62 

Cloghessy, Kelley 33, 51, 87 

Cobb, Brittany 107 

Cobb, Dre 62,75 

Cobb, Kandice 96 

Colby, Casey 19,20,34,74,75 

Soccer 9, 10, 11, 12, Golf 9, 10, 11, 

12, Basketball 9, Key Club 11 
Cole, Charlie 54, 56 
Cole, Sarah 87 

Colgrove, Allison 1 8, 21 , 27, 48, 51 , 62, 87 

Collins, Alicia 75 

Companik, Kenneth 97 

Concialdi, Anthony 87, 93 

Convery, Rachel 14, 48, 52, 58, 62, 88, 208 

Cook, Amanda 75 

Cooper, Rachel 70, 107, 108 
Cooper, Timothy 41 ,43, 53, 62, 66,88, 90 100 
Copp, Breanne 107 
Corlett, Matthew 107 
Cornett, Amber 51, 60, 108 
Corrie, Kevin 97 
Cox, Destiny 51 , 62, 97 
Craven, Amanda 19,51, 97 
Creighton, Timothy 108 
Crews, Heather 97 
Crook, Amanda 1 7, 48, 51 , 64, 66, 88 
Crook, Amber 51,108 
Crundwell, Ashlee 47, 48, 56, 75 
5ADD (treasurer 9, secretary 10, 
president 11, 12, International Club 
9, 10, 11, Stage Crew 9, DECA 
treasurer 11, treasurer/secretary 
12, FCCLA 9 Student Advisory 11, 

12, Bowling Club 10, Volleyball 
Manager 11 

Cullen, Rex 48,51,64,70,88 
Cummins, Michael 97 
Curnow, Rebecca 51 , 54, 55, 66, 75 
Curtis, Bailey 13,68,97 


Dalton, Jeremy 108, 110 
Damski, Karolina 12, 28, 47, 76 
Dapshis, Kyle 88 
Darrough, Ashley 49, 108, 206 
Davis, Ashley 62, 97 
Davis, Frank 60, 76, 77 

Band 9, 10, 11, 12 DECA 9, 12 Intern- 
ational Club 9, 10 Band Council (vice 
president 12) 

Degani, Randy 52, 64, 68, 88, 91 
DeJesus, Matthew 76, 77 
Delgado, Jacqueline 97 
Dennison, Rachel 60,108,111,197 
Dennison, Will 54, 97 
Detmar, Amber 76, 77 

Cheerleading 9, 10, 11,12 (captain 12), 
Varsity Club 10, 11, 12, Booster Club 
9,10, 11, 12 

Detmar, Keela 17, 43, 70, 97 
Dewees, Kelli 48, 51 , 66, 76, 77 
FCCLA 9, 10, 11, 12, Ihterhatioral 
Club 11, 12, DECA 12 
Dodson, Ashley 55, 60, 70, 108 
Doell, Nick 76,77 

Basketball 9, 10, 11, 12, Track 11 
Domanski, Meagan 97 
Domsic, Daniel 10, 48, 58, 59, 64, 88, 89 
Doodle, Golden 69 
Doppler, Travis 108 
Dorin, Rosetta 97 
Drach, Natalie 60, 70, 108, 193 
Dragoin, Alexis 48, 62, 97, 102 
Drechny, Anthony 76 
Drechny, Catherine 108 
Dressen, Sara 97 
Dunagan, Christopher 48 
DECA 9, 10, 11, 12 

Dunn, Carly 51 , 56, 60, 61 , 62, 66, 68, 97 
Durham, Lynette 76 
Duvnjak, Zackary 22, 51 , 98 


Earl, Tyra 17,62,88 
Edwards, Brittany 98 
Edwards, Erica 60, 108, 206 
Edwards, Jacob 68, 88, 90 
Eisensee, Samantha 88 

Eisner, Carl 49,51,60,76,77 

Boy Scouts 9, 10, 11, (eaqle scout 12) 

Baud 9, 10, 11, (Co-5ecrion Leader 12) 

Bowling Club 9, 10, 11, 12 
Erickson, Brittany 48, 51, 57, 66, 69, 76 
Euber, Kaitlyn 62, 68, 69, 98 
Evanich, Brittany 48, 51 , 53, 64, 65, 66, 88, 89 
Evanich, Jacob 37, 54, 58, 62, 64, 68, 69, 86, 93, 

Ezell, Michaela 51,60,108,111 


Falkner, Melissa 54, 88, 89 

Ferguson, Jonathan 88 

Ficht, Nicholas 34, 35, 36, 51 , 62, 64, 70, 88 

Ficht, Zach 76 

Fields, Devell 108 

Finchum, Scott 88 

Finck, John 88 

Finney, Brianne 48 

Finney, Taylor 98 

Fisher, Angelia 108,109 

Fisher, Shaun 98 

Fitzgerald, Amy 48, 53, 54, 55, 57, 64, 66, 88, 93 

Fitzgerald, Jill 42, 53, 57, 60, 66, 109 

Fitzsimons, Jacob 51 , 88 

Flemming, Na'Vasia 109 

Flores, Elisabeth 51 , 1 09 

Flores, Jessica 51 , 109, 206 

Flutka, Jessica 62, 66, 68, 70, 98 

Fogarty, Danielle 54, 76, 77 

Volleyball 9, 10, 11 Basketball 10 
Wrestling Manager 11, 12 Track 9, 10, 11, 12 
Choir 9, 10, 11 Chorale 12 DARE role 
model 12 

Fogarty, Devin 5, 88 
Fogarty, Michelle 60, 109, 208 
Forbes, Malcom 7 
Francis, Carly 98 

Francis, Joshua 42, 53, 57,70,88, 110 
Franker, Rebecca 60, 109, 197 
Freeman, Jamie 51, 52, 60, 64, 66, 68, 88, 109 
Frets, William 76,77,84 

Baseball 11, 12 Terris 10, 11, 12 
Basketball 9 
Fruin, Zuri 98 
Fullgraf, Trent 70, 88 
Funk, Maegan 51,76 
Funk, Mandy 98 


Galambos, Kathryn 51,88,91 

Galiher, Ryan 20, 22, 24, 25, 51, 62, 98, 101 

Gallina, Nick 54,58,109 

Garate, Ricardo 6, 14, 193 

Garcia, Aldo 1 09 

Garcia, Elise 33, 47, 48, 51 , 64, 75, 77 

Volleyball 9, 10, 11, 12(captain 12), 
Softball 9, 10, 11, 12, Basketball 9. 

10(JV captain 10), Class Council 10, 

11, 12 (president 10, 11, 12) national 
Honor Society 10, 11, 12, Booster Club 
9, 10 

Gasper, Adam 31 , 48, 60, 77 

Band 9,10, 11, 12, Soccer 9, 10, 11, 

12, International Club 9, 10, 11, Social 
Studies Bowl 12, national Honor Society 11, 12 

Gasper, Justin 11 , 62, 70, 98, 99 
Gates, Ashleigh 1 09 
Gates, Jeremy 88 

Gaydos, Nicholas 54, 55, 58, 67, 94, 109 
Gazarkiewicz, Danielle 98 

Gazarkiewicz, Jacob 77 
Football 9, 10, 11, 12 
Geffert, Benjamin 1 2, 51 , 77, 80 
Football 9, 10, 11, 12 (captaik 12), 
Turkabout Court, Prom Court, 

Homecomiro Kirg, Basketball 9, 10 
George, Ashley 48, 66, 98, 99 
Gerber, Joel 60, 66, 88 
Gerlich, Jessica 48, 53, 54, 66, 68, 77 
Drama 9, 10, 11, 12, Hatiomal Homor 
Society 10, 11, 12, ACES, 9, 10, 11, 
12, Spell Bowl 9, 10, 11, 12, 

FCCLA12, 5ADD 12 
Gibbs, Kaitlyn 26, 88 
Gilge, Gina 62, 98, 99 
Gilman, Stephanie 62, 70, 77 
Gilman, Steven 98 
Glass, Billy 47, 48, 88 
Glidewell, Krista 51,77 

Volleyball 9, 10, 11, 12, Baskeyball 9, 
10, Yearbook 11, Key Club 11 
Godlewski, Jeff 1 09 
Gonzales, Chad 88 
Gonzales, Melany 48, 109 
Gonzalez, Alexis 43, 77, 192 

Volleyball 9, 10, 11, 12, Softball, 9, 
10, Class Council 9, 10, 11, 12 (Sec 


10, 11, 12, Key Club 11, 12, Wno's Who 
Amorg Americar Studemts 11, 12 
Gonzalez, Nicholas 62, 98 
Gonzalez, Vanessa 51 , 68, 98 
Goodman, Madeline 60,109,193 
Graan, Kristen 98 
Gragido, Kiara 60,64,109,208 
Grant, Azsha 60, 109, 207 
Granter, Mary 62, 98 
Graves, Garrett 87, 88 
Green, Marty 109 
Greenwell, Briana 88, 206 
Greenwood, Stephen 90, 109 
Greichunos, Joseph 51 , 77 
Griffith, Melinda 97, 98 
Grigson, Brittany 109 
Grigson, Gail 77 
Guistolisi, Michael 51, 98, 103 
Gulley, Kristen 48,51,109 
Gurrola, Matthew 77 
Soccer 9, 10, 11, 12 
(Most outstardirg deferse 6t Captair 12), 
Track 11, 12, Varsity Club 9, 10, 11, 

12, DECA 12, Key Club 11 
Gustamente, Tyler 98 
Guzior, Austin 51,98 


Hall, Miles 77 

Soccer 9, 10, 11, 12 (12 Captain), 

Track 10, 11, 12 (12 Captain) 

Hammond, Dustin 29, 75, 77 
Hanchar, Allison 2, 88 
Hancock, Elizabeth 51, 77 

Terris 9, 10, 11, 12, Ihterratioral Club 
11,12, FCCLA 12 Spell Bowl 11, 12 
Choir 9, 10, 11 

Hansen, Sean 15,39,51,77,79 

Soccer 9,10,11,12 Basketball 9 Baseball 9, 10, 11 
Hansen, Stephanie 20, 66, 70, 77 
FCCLA9, 10, 11, 12 Studert Courcil 9, 

10, Choir 9, 10, Booster Club 9 
Hardin, Brad 98, 99 
Hardy, Candace 109 
Harris, Jada 109 
Hart, Ashley 66, 88 

20 / 

Hartman, Alexis 43, 51 , 62, 71 , 88 
Hauser, Courtney 109 
Hauser, Justin 89 
Heidler, Brandi 8, 21,51, 66, 98 
Heller, Devin 54, 58, 59 
Helton, Anthony 89 
Henderson, Jessica 98 
Henney, Jennifer 78 
Henson, Corey 27, 89, 91 
Henson, Melani 89 
Hererra, Caroline 54, 56, 57 
Hernandez, Annie 51 , 78 

Basketball 9, 10, 11, 12 (First team all 
confrence 11) Softball 9, 10, 11, 12 
(MVP 11) Soccer 10, 11, Volleyball 9, 

Key Club 11 

Hernandez, Guillermo 54,57,109 
Hernandez, Jacob 109 
Hernandez, Jamie 62 
Hernandez, Julian 70 
Hernandez, Vincent 109 
Herrera, Antonio 62 
Herrera, Caroline 48, 60, 98, 208 
Herron, Kaitlyn 109 
Hicks, Abbie 78 

Higginbotham, Annie 16, 24, 53, 70, 98, 103, 105 
Higginbotham, Chris 78 
Higginbotham, Ronald 60, 109 
Higgins, Nicholas 98 
Higgins, Samantha 14,23,25,27,78 
Softball 9, 10, 11, Student Council 9 
Higgins, Shelby 48, 51, 60, 109 
Hilbrich, Billy 8,51,53,88,89 
Hilbrook, Josh 54, 58, 82 
Hill, Britney 48, 51 , 58, 64, 66, 68, 90, 208 
Hill, Fred 67 
Hill, Lakisha 109 
Hills, Evelyn 38, 39, 53, 86, 90 
Hitt, Derek 90 
Hitt, Trevor 109 
Hixon, Andrew 87, 90 
Hixon, Evan 48, 53, 58, 65, 75, 78, 207 
newspaper 9, 10, 11, 12, DECA 9, 10, 

11, 12 (President 12) Quill and Scroll 11, 

12 Tennis 9, 10 

Hixon, Nicole 60,109,193 

Hobbs, Stephanie 62, 98 

Holbrook, Joshua 109 

Holmes, Samantha 22, 24, 51, 58, 66, 97, 98 

Holycross, Chris 8, 98 

Horn, Kathryn 23, 78 

Drama 9, 10, 11, 12, FCCIA 9, 10, 11, 

12, After School Choir 9, 10, 11, 12, 

Choir 9, 10, 11, 12, Thespiah 10, 11, 12 

Horn, Katie 44, 78, 79, 

Horton, Shaun 16,74,78 

Hunduran, Pack 60, 108, 206 

Hurdish, Ellen 13, 48, 51 , 53, 57, 60, 61 , 64, 68, 90 

Hurdish, Jane 43, 53, 57, 60, 66, 109 

Huzzie, Derrick 78 


Issa, Mahmoud 48, 90, 110 
Issa, Mayada 98 
Ivy, Danielle 98 


Jamison, Kimberly 90, 95 

Janke, Elyse 1 4, 1 6, 35, 42, 48, 49, 51 , 58, 59, 65, 78 

Volleyball 9, 10, 11, 12, newspaper 9, 

10, 11, 12 (Editor 12), Softball 10, 11, 
national Honor Society 10, 11, 12, Bowling 
Club 12 


Janke, Trevor 51 , 62, 98, 99 

Johnson, Kolie 78, 84 

Johnson, Aimee 9, 22, 64, 97, 99 

Johnson, Chaneice 110 

Johnson, Kyle 90 

Jones, Crystal 50, 62, 68, 69, 99 

Jones, David 66, 68, 90, 91 

Jones, Deshon 110 

Jones, Jenna 60 

Jones, Jeri 78 

Jones, Justin 90, 91 

Jones, Justine 99 

Joyce, Gregory 8, 51 , 62, 99, 1 05 

Joyner, Desiree 100 

Jung, Cory 54, 57, 60, 61, 62, 64, 66, 68, 100 

Jursic, Brittany 90 

Jusko, Holly 51,70,78,193 

Terris 9, 10, 11, 12, Swimmihg 10, Divirg 

10, FCCLA 10, 11, Irterratiohal Club 10, 

11, Booster Club 10 


Kaiser, Katie 51,86,90 
Kalis, Olivia 60,70,110,208 
Kalis, Ryan 68, 100 
Kantor, John 110 
Karpati, Andrew 51 , 78 

Wrestlirg 9, 10, 11, 12, Football 9, 10, 
Track 12 

Kayden, Brian 4,78,193 

Football 9, Baseball 9, 10, Golf 11,12 
Keller, Daniel 68,100 
Kelley, Justin 1 00 
Kelley, Lauren 51,90 
Kelly, Omar 110 
Kemp, Darryl 1 00, 1 04 
Keown, Kevin 100 
Keown, Trisha 60, 110, 197 
Kepchar, Angela 54, 58, 59, 64, 90, 208 
Kepchar, Steven 54,62,110 
Kern, Julian 6, 7, 90 
Kessey, Kara 60, 1 1 0, 208 
Kettwig, Jason 79 
Kime, Andrew 90 
Kintz, Sarah 90 
Kiral, Keegan 38, 39, 53, 86, 90 
Kireta, Christina 16,51, 70, 78, 79, 83 
Basketball 9,10, Soccer 10, 11, 12, 
Softball 9, 10, 11, 12, Turnabout Prin 
cess, 5ADD 9, 10 

Kisfalusi, Zachary 42, 53, 54, 57, 110 

Kitner, Alison 24, 62, 70, 99, 100 

Klabish, Jacqueline 100 

Kleidon, Katie 15,38,54 

Kleist, Jimmy 90 

Kmetz, Matt 110 

Knight, Jessicka 62,100 

Knoerzer, Kristen 78, 79 

Koble, Chad 54,110 

Koch, Zachary 24, 42, 51 , 54, 64, 90 

Koepp, Rhianna 90 

Koleski, Amanda 51 , 62, 66, 69, 90, 91 

Koleski, Nicole 51,62,66,90 

Kolisz, Patrick 54, 59, 95 

Konopasek, Curt 51 , 79 

Baseball 9, 10, 11,12 , Tennis 9, 10, 
11,12, Basketball 9 
Konopasek, David 79 

Baseball 9, 10, 11, 12, Terris 9, 10, 

11, 12, Basketball 9 
Konopasek, Kevin 22,62,70,100 
Kowalski, Nicholas 110 
Krause, Mattie 90 
Krespo, Elodia 100 
Krosiack, Montana 110 

Krygowski, Jacqueline 90 
Kubacki, Michael 51,90 
Kudyba, Erica 51,66,70,98,100 
Kulig, Samantha 12,58,78,79,208 
Cheerleadirg 9, 10, 11, 12(captair 12), 

Horor Society 12, Booster Club 9, 10, 

11, 12(presidert 12), Homecomirg/T urrabout/Prom 
Court, Key Club 11,12, Class Courcil 12 
Kulinski, Danial 90 
Kuna, Katherine 36, 48, 51, 100 
Kuna, Matthew 2, 48, 53, 64, 79, 207 

Varsity Club 9,10,11,12 Baseball 9,10,11,12 Bas 
10,11,12 Class Courcil 9,10,11,12 (VicePresi 
dert) ACES 9,10,11,12 -JETS 11,12 
Kurpela, Kenneth 68, 70, 87, 90 
Kus, Catherine 51, 54, 55, 57, 62, 66, 99, 100, 101 
Kvrgic, Zoran 35, 48, 51 , 78, 79 

Soccer 9, 10, 11, 12, Horor Society 10, 11, 12, 
DECA 10, 11, 12 Track 10, 11, 12, Math Superbowl 
10, Studert Courcil 10, 11 


Lacey, Jasmine 110 
Lackey, Caitlyn 54, 58, 66, 90 
Lambert, Taylor 1 1 1 
Lamendola, Kelly 90 
Lane, Travis 60, 66, 111, 208 
Lanfear, Michael 111 
Langston, Sarah 60,111,193 
Lannin, Aaron 62, 70, 100 
Lara, Joseph 1 00 
Lara, Nate 54,58,66,90,111 
Latronica, Tony 90 
Laviolette, Evan 100 
Lawrence, Jennifer 54, 90 
Leal, Christy 49,51,90 
Ledford, Alexander 54, 62, 111 
Leep, Joshua 60,100 
Legion, American 60,108,111,197 
Lehmann, Nathan 10, 12, 24, 48, 51, 54, 78, 79 
Football 9, 10, 11, 12(captaim 9,12), Basketball 
9, 10, 11, 12(captair 11,12),Golf 9, 10, 11, 12 
(MVP 9, 10, 11, 12), Horor Society 10, 11, 12 
(historiar 12), Turrabout/Prom/Homecomihg 
Court 12, Choir 9, 10, 11, 12 
Leimbach, Beau 12,13,51,78,79 

Football 9, 10, 11,1 2, Wrestlirg 9, Golf 10 
Leimbach, Gabrielle 51,100 
Leitzke, Megan 1 1 1 
LeJeune, Taylor 110 
Lenker, Ashley 1 00 
Lenker, Corteney 111 
Leon, Tracy 90 

Leslie, Christine 23,60,111,197 

Leslie, Deborah 111 

Lesniewski, Katie 41,53,62,66,100 

Lewis, Lindsay 90 

Lewis, Peter 71,79 

Lewis, Wayne 111 

Lidster, Kyle 62,100 

Lidster, Tiffany 32, 38, 39, 46, 50, 51 , 54, 63, 78. 79 
Basketball 9, Bowlirg Club 10, Bowlirg Team 11, 

12( captaim 11,12), Softball 9, 10, 11, 12, Drama 
11,12, I55MA 9, 10,12, Choir 9, 10, 11, 12 
Lindsay, Kimberly 111 
Litke, Travis 62,96,100 
Little, Alex 9,22,70,100 
Little, Brian 111 
Little, Jonathan 62, 91 
Llinas, Samuel 100 
Long, Taylor 19 

Long, Jacob 53, 54,55, 60, 70, 108, 111 
Long, Joshua 15,70,91 
Long, Taylor 51,111 

Lopez, Bryan 100 

Lopez, Darci 45, 58, 78, 79, 208 

Yearbook 9, 10, 11,12 (Eaditor 12), FCCLA 
10, 11, Key Club 11, Quill & Scroll 11, Kelsey's 
Bestfriend 9,10,11, 12 
Lopez, Jackie 51,111 
Lopez, Michael 91 
Loudenber, Kylee 60,66,111,208 
Louie, Justin 89, 91 
Louviere, Tyler 51 , 58, 59, 78, 79 

Swimming 11, 12, Basketball 9, 10,11, 12, 
Choir 9,10, Chorale 11,12, Panther Press 
11,12, Quill & Scroll 12, Draw 11, Varisty Cue 11,12 
Love, Shawn 100 
Luevano, Barb 6, 72 
Lukmann, Jeremy 111 

Luna, Michael 13,33,41,53,54,60,63,70,71,79,107 
Lyles, Naomi 48, 64, 78, 79 

Tennis 10, 12, Class Council, DECA 10, 11, 
12(president 12), Student Council 11, Boys 
Basketball Mgr 10,12, International Club 12 


Mabry, Terrell 1 00 
Macak, Meghan 22, 23, 106, 111 
Macak, Zachary 51,91 
MacFarlane, Daniel 80, 81 

Golf 9, 10, 11, 12, Football 9, 10, 11, 

Booster Club 12, Choir 9, 10 
Mackenthun, Adam 111 
Mackenthun, Kyle 100 
Maginot, Amber 92 
Maglish, Daniel 38, 39, 42, 92 
Magrath, John 92 
Malewicki, Tim 70 
Malone, Sean 62,100 
Mansanarez, Samantha 51 , 92 
Marker, Anthony 111 
Markut, Keri 51 , 64, 66, 92 
Marsh, Lori 16,92 
Martinez, Christian 60,111,208 
Martinez, Marie 60,196 
Martinez, Olivia 92 
Marty, Brittany 98, 100 
Massa, Alana 62, 80, 81 

Basketball 9, 10, 11, 12, Cross Country 11 
Mata, Alexis 51,60,111 
Mathews, Lauren 67, 70, 100 
Matovina, Lawrence 47,48,54,55,57,58,62100,105 
Matthews, Keeli 111 
Matusz, Mike 27, 42, 100 
Mayernik, Michael 111 
Maynard, Kristyn 40, 48, 66, 80, 81 

Softball 9, 10, 11, national Honor Society 
11,12 Bowling Team 12, Bowling Club 12, 
Class Council 9, 10, Key Club 11, 12 
Maywald, William 92 
Mazur, Joey 101 
Mazur, Raquel 53,54,60,111 
McBounds, Mark 111 
McCabe, Caitlin 51,111 
McCampbell, Alison 5, 8, 101 
McCarthy, Patrick 111 
McCarthy, Shea 80 
McClendon, Allen 80 
McCormick, Talia 68 
McCoy, Ryan 108, 111 
McDaniel, Katie 101 
McDermott, Michael 111 
Mclnerney, Sara 51 , 54, 56, 57, 58,64, 68, 1 04, 
106, 111 

McKinstry, Talia 99,101 
McLean, Taylor 60, 111, 197 

Medley, Brittany 60,111,197 
Meece, Kevin 48, 51 , 53, 58, 80, 81 
ACES 9, 10, 11, 12, Varsity Swim 9, 10, 

11, tlATIOHAL HOHOR SOCIETY 10, 11, 12, 

Partner Press 10, 11, 12, Drama 9, 10, 

11, 12, Choir 10, Cross Country 10, 

Student Council 9, 10, Student Ambassador 

10 , 11 

Meece, Lindsay 111 
Melton, Jeffrey 62,101 
Melton, Matthew 51 
Mendoza, Savannah 60,197 
Meraz, Enrique 36 
Mercer, Joshua 80 
Metsch, Abby 68,70,101,105 
Miecznikowski, Mark 101 
Miklusak, Nikki 73 
Miles, Amy 48,51,64,66,80 

Pantherettes 10, 11, 12 (president 12), 

Tennis 9, 10, 11, 12, Hational Honor 
Society 11,12, Class Council 9, 10, 11, 

12, RYLA 11, Key Club 11, 12, FCCLA 

11, 12, Booster Club 9, 10, 11, 12, 

Varsity Club 9, 10, 11, 12 

Miller, Brooke 19,51, 92 
Miller, Katie 21,51,62,66,70,101 
Million, Emily 54, 57 
Mills, David 92, 95 
Minton, Andres 3, 33, 92 
Miserables, Les 63 
Miskiewicz, Jacqueline 66, 80, 81 
International Club 11,12, FCCLA 12 
Miskuf, Eric 80, 81 
Mitchell, Kaitlyn 51, 60, 70, 196 
Mitchell, Keith 51,98,101 
Mitre, Adrianna 62, 93 
Moisant, Caitlin 1 1 , 51 , 66, 68, 80, 81 , 83 
Wrestling 9, 10, 11, 12, Volleyball 11, 

12, Cross Country 10, Track 10, Choir 9, 

10, 11, FCCLA 12 

Moisant, Melissa 60, 208 
Moisant, Veronica 73 
Mojica, Michelle 62, 66, 99, 101 
Momcilovich, Morgan 11, 22, 64, 102 
Monroe, Patricia 28 
Moore, Anthony 92 

Moore, Erin 51 , 56, 57, 66, 68, 70, 80, 81 
Student Council 9, 10, 11, 12 (president 12), 
Science Olympiad 9, 10, 11, 12, International 

Club 10, 11, 12 (Secretary 11, 12), Key Club 11, 
12, Math Super Bowl 11, 12, Science Super Bowl 
12, FCCLA 10, 11, Spell Bowl 10, 12 (captain 
10 , 12 ) 

Moore, Sara 62 

Choir 9,1 0, 11, 12 

Morton, Leah 8, 48, 54, 55,59,61 , 66,67, 80, 81 
Swimming 9, Drama 9, 10, 11, 12, DECA 11, 12, 
FCCLA 9, 10, 11, 12, Booster Club 9 
Moses, Michael 62, 102 
Mullens, Andrea 16,68,100,102 
Mullens, Nick 68 
Murdock, Demonica 92 
Muro, Gabriel 102 
Murphy, Michael 92 


Naaman, Andrea 2,16,22,80,81,83 
Track 9, 10, Soccer 10, Turnabout Court 

10, DECA 12 

Najar, Kyle 23, 43, 51 , 53, 89, 92 
Nash, Corey 12,51, 54, 80, 81 

Football 9, 10, 11, 12, Baseball 9, 10, 

11, 12, Basketball 9, 11, Choir 9, 10, 
11, 12, Turnabout/Prom/Homecominq Court 

Nashkoff, Sara 21, 102 

Negrete, Stephanie 60, 208 
Newson, Pashon 66 
Neylon, Desmond 43, 60, 92, 208 
Nieves, Araceli 1 02 
Nokes, Stephanie 70, 80 
Noojin, Michael 68,102 
Novath, Sandra 28, 81 

Nowak, Stephanie 62,102 
Nunez, Cassandra 51 , 53, 58,60,61 , 64, 92, 94, 65, 

Nunez, Jimi 37, 48, 51 , 64, 68, 92 
Nunez, Yuri 62, 92 


O’Brein, Karissa 75 
O'Brien, Emily 3, 6 
O’Brien, Jerami 70, 92 
O’Brien, Karissa 62 
O’Connor, Ashley 18, 24, 70, 81 
Volleyball 9, 10, 11, 12 
O’Keefe, Shawn 81 

Baseball 9, Gole 11,12, DECA 12 
Obermeyer, Christine 8, 1 8, 22, 1 02, 208 
Obranovich, Karrie 51 , 64, 81 , 83 
Tennis 9, 10, 11, Class Council 9, 

10, 11, 12, Booster Club 9, 10, 12 
Ojeda, Angelina 20 
Olar, Codie 38,39,62,66,102,105 
Oliver, Nelson 41 , 53, 57, 62, 70, 102 
Orders, Freezer 60, 197 
Orzechowicz, Molly 12, 17, 22, 51, 81, 83 

Volleyball 9, 10, Basketball 9, 10, 11,12, Softball 
9,10, 11, 12 (captain 11,12), Prom Queen 11, Home 
coming Court 12, Varsity Club 9, 10, 11, 12 
Osborn, Douglas 68, 92 


Palinca, Andy 70, 92 
Palinca, Kyle 81 

Mascot 12, Soccer 9, 10, 11, Basketball 9, 

DECA 12 

Parker, Christopher 17, 23, 30, 51 , 80, 81 

Swimming 10, 11, 12 (captain 11, 12 BMA 10,11), 

Golf 9, 10, 11, 12 (BMA 10), Basketball 9(BMA), 

Prom/ Homecoming Court, Turnabout Prince 
Parquet, Aundalyse 48, 58, 64, 66, 68, 92, 208 
Patrick, Saint 30 
Pawloski, Suzanne 81 

Tennis 11, Hoosier Girls State Delegate 2006 
Perez, Lauren 68 
Perez, Sean 48, 62, 102 
Perez, Vivian 60,196 
Perkovich, Emily 99, 102 
Perry, Ashley 32, 58, 81 
Yearbook 12 

Peters, Ashley 72, 73, 208 

Softball 9, 10, 11 Art Club 11, 12 
Yearbook 12 (Photo Editor 12) 

Varsity Club 9, 10, 11 
Petersen, Matthew 102 
Phillips, Jessica 66, 81 

Pantherettes 9, 10, 11, 12 (secretary 10 
VP 11), Hational Honor Society 12, Key 
Club 11, 12, Booster Club 9, 10, 11, 12, 

Choir 9, 10, 11,12, International Club 11, 

12, FCCLA 12, Class Council 10 
Phillips, Justin 54, 57 
Pierson, Heidi 62,102 
Pietrucha, Ali 21,70 
Pietrucha, Frances 17, 51, 58, 102, 208 


Pilipow, Christopher 81 
Pilipow, Melissa 51, 57, 60, 64, 85, 102, 208 
Plawecki, Matthew 54, 58, 59, 64,68, 90,109 208 
Ploskonka. Samantha 81 
Plucinski, Kristina 24, 51, 62, 70, 81 
Plucinski, Michelle 46, 51 , 57, 60, 62, 64, 66, 68, 

Polk, Alexandra 102 

Pollard, Lauren 43, 47, 48, 51 , 54, 58, 64, 66, 92 
Poole, Dwight 18, 38, 39, 40, 51, 54, 70, 92 
Popa, Bradley 13, 18, 20, 38, 39, 43, 75, 79, 81 
Bowling 11, 12, Tennis 9, 10, Baseball 9, 

Bowling Club 10, Yeabrook 10, 11 
Pope, Joseph 51, 60, 70, 196 
Pope, Miranda 4,12,43,51,66,92 
Popovich, Richie 18, 19, 102 
Popovich, Sara 51,111 
Porter, Jennifer 60, 208 
Post, Matthew 92 
Prieto, Victor 82 
Pryor, Miranda 82 

Track 9, 10, 11, Booster Club 9, DECA 9 
Pupae, Jelena 1 2, 28, 51 , 76, 82 
Tennis 9 (First team all State) Track 10, 

11, 12, Turnabout/Prom Court, Homecoming 

Purvis, Amanda 92 


Rafa, Lisa 60,111,197 
Rakowski, Amanda 19, 76, 82 
Volleyball 9,10,11 
Ramos, Joseph 62,102 
Ramsey, Elizabeth 92 
Ranck, Jaqualynn 48, 51 , 58, 66, 76, 82 

Volleyball 9, 10, 11, 12, The Edge 9, 10,11, 12, Hey 
Club 11, 12, Mational Honor Society 11, 12, 

Quill & Scroll 11, 12 
Ratajczyk, Jeremy 92 
Rawdon, Brittany 51 , 82 
Ray, Michael 25, 48, 102 
Reba, Nicole 54, 58, 82 
The Edge 10, 11, 12 
Redar, Jordan 1 02 

Redden, Kelly 3, 12, 32, 33, 40, 48, 51, 54. 64. 66, 
75, 82 

Pantherettes 9, 10, 11, 12, Tennis 10, 11,12, 

Class Council 9, 10, 11, 12, Mational Honor 
Society 12, Booster Club 9, 10, 11,12, Hey Club 
11,12, FCCLA 12, International Club 11,12, Choir 
9, 10, 11, 12, Varsity Club 9, 10 , 11, 12 
Reed, Amber 62, 92 
Reis, Sydney 17 
Reitz, Jeffrey 82 
Reitz, Mia 20, 102 
Rex, Kirsten 62,70,102 
Reyna, Jeffery 68 
Reyna, John 82 
Tennis 12 

Rias, Brittany 92 
Richards, Joseph 92 
Riley, Emily 102 
Ritter, Eric 48,51,53,82 

Football 9, 10, 11, 12, Track 9, 10, 11,12, Mational 
Honor Society 11, 12 Aces 9,10,11, 12, Student 
Ambassador 11, 12 
Ritter, Jessica 37, 54, 60, 64 
Roach, Donald 51,102 
Robbins, Caitlyn 93 
Robinson, Ashley 21 , 1 09 
Robinson, DeAndria 68 
Robinson, Robert 82 
Rodgers, Antoinette 93 
Rodgers, Ashley 62, 66, 102 
Rodriguez, Daniel 64 


Roehnert, Fritz 6, 14, 43, 82 

Rogers, Kimberly 93 

Roll, Ashley 48, 57, 64, 65, 66, 68, 71 , 93 

Romesburg, Rachel 93 

Rone, Katherine 25, 102 

Royal, Samantha 49, 51 

Rudzinski, Cathy 48, 60, 64, 70, 94 

Ruesken, Patrick 5 

Rukes, Brandon 41, 53, 62, 102 

Rukes, Daniel 51 ,54. 94 

Rush, Jordan 10 

Russell, Kimberly 60, 208 

Rutkowski, Corey 94 

Ryzak, Elizabeth 48, 50, 57, 62, 68, 94 


Saban, Zeljko 94 

Saberdac, Mike 54, 57, 64, 65, 66, 86 
Salczynski, Aaron 28, 75, 82 

Golf 9, 10, 11, 12, Basketball 9, 10, 11,12, 
Mational Honor Society 10, 11, 12 Baseball 9, 
JETS, 11,12 

Salgado, Andrew 93, 94 
Salinas, Anthony 102 
Saltanovitz, Robert 3 
Saltonovitz, Robert 54 
Sanchez, Stacy 82, 208 

Cheerleading 9, 10, 11, Yearbook 12, Booster 
Club 9, 10, 11 

Sanchez, Theresa 62, 75, 82, 83 

Sanders, Eric 60 

Scalzitti, Anthony 68, 94 

Scalzitti, Dominic 51 

Scheffel, Kaitlyn 42, 94 

Schell, Timothy 48, 51 , 64, 68, 94 

Schiller, Frankie 73 

Schleitwiler, Amanda 62, 94 

Schmidt, Melony 83 

Scholte, Valarie 51 , 60, 68, 197 

Sconza, Timothy 94 

Scott, Ashley 19,66,102 

Scott, Caitl in 83,193 

Scurtu, John 83 

Sellers, Nicholas 9 

Sepulveda, Priscilla 22, 102, 104 

Shaffer, Allen 102 

Shane, Joselyn 66, 83 

Sharpe, Nick 54, 57, 60, 61, 62, 64, 66, 68, 100 
Shively, Stephanie 60, 197 
Shuster, Samantha 82, 83 
Swimming 10, 11 

Simmons, Shavonna 8, 17, 64 
Simpson, Jessica 37, 83 
Simpson, Melanie 6, 73 
Sims, Joshua 94 
Siokos, Steven 51,82,83 

Wrestling 9, 10, 11, 12 Soccer 9, 10,11, 12 
Sipos, Melissa 1 02 
Skinner, Kera 1 03 
Sloan, Amy 6, 25 
Smith, Kandriss 103 
Smolen, Ireneusz 94 
Solis, Irma 103 
Solis, Lucinda 103 
Solivais, Anthony 103 
Sopher, Ron 60, 110, 197 
Sophiea, Christopher 83 
Sophiea, Robin 26, 38, 53, 58, 61, 103, 208 
Sotres, Carlos 62, 1 03 
Sotres, Gabe 54, 57 
Soy, Christina 66, 99, 103 
Soy, Vincent 83 
Spataro, Steven 1 03 
Spisak, Joseph 1 03 
Football 9, 10 
Spisak, Timothy 83 

Stadnik, Melissa 51 , 60 

Staes, Christa 62, 83 

Stage, Allison 42, 53, 57, 60, 66, 94, 109 

Stanford, Elizabeth 54 

Staszak, Kelly 1 2, 40, 51 , 82, 83 

Tennis 9, 10, Pantheretts 10, 11, Cheerleading 
12, Prom/Homecoming Court, Booster Club 9, 10, 
11, (president 12), Varsity Club 10, 11, 12 
Staszak, Stacy 1 04 
Sternberg, James 94 
Stevens, Caitlin 20,101,104 
Stevens, Travis 94 
Stidham, Aaron 71 
Stinnett, Amanda 62,104 
Strauch, Brenton 104 
Studniarz, Brooke 9,62,104 
Sturgill, Justine 104 
Suarez, Juan 83 
Subotic, Natasha 62, 96, 104 
Sudac, Kaitlyn 22, 60 
Sutton, Ariel 1 04 
Sutton, Felicia 83 
Swanson, Megan 56, 70, 75, 84, 85 

Soccer 9, 10, 11, 12, Basketball 9, 10,11,12, 
Softball 9, 10, 11, 12, Mational Honor Society 

10, 11, 12 (12 VP), Class Council 9, 10, 11, 12 
(10, 11, 12 Treasurer), Math Bowl 9, 10, 12, JETS 

11, 12 Hey Club 12 
Swart, Tim 9 

Swender, Kimberlee 60,66,67,197 

Szo, Alyssa 14,76,80,84 

Szo, Sheila 1 4, 49, 51 , 64, 66, 94 


Taylor, Jason 48, 51 , 57, 84, 85 

DECA 11,12 , International Club 10, 11 
Teasdale, Jessica 62 
Terpstra, Jacob 35, 40, 53, 89, 94 
Terpstra, Kyle 22, 107 
Tharp, Amanda 54, 56, 58, 66, 84, 85, 208 
Swimming 9, 10, 11 (Captain 11), Volleyball 9, 

10, 11, Mational Honor Society 11,12, Hey Club 

11, 12 (Secretary 11, 12), Yearbook 12, Track 10 
Theil, Jamie 84, 85 

Therault, Kimberly 62, 84 

Thompson, Chloe 25, 62, 104 

Thrall, Elizabeth 54, 56, 57, 58, 68, 104 

Tibbs, Alexandria 1 04 

Tibbs, Jordynn 54, 55, 58, 67, 94, 208 

Tinich, Michael 51, 62, 104 

Tinnin, Brittany 70, 94 

Todd, Cortney 104 

Tomaszewski, Courtney 66, 94 

Tonkovich, John 94 

Torok, Daniel 9, 70, 104 

Toussaint, Sylver 94 

Trauscht, Nick 104 

Tripp, Candace 60, 68, 208 

Troksa, Megan 60, 196, 197 

Troxel, Kelsey 2, 11,41, 83, 84, 85 

Cheerleading 11, Hey Club 11, Booster Club 11 
Darci's Bestfriend 9, 10, 11, 12 
Turner, Megan 84 


Udchitz, Nicholas 49, 104 
Udchitz, Zachary 51 , 83, 84, 85, 207 
Football 9, 10, 11, 12 
Uram, Amanda 84, 85, 208 

Soccer 9, 10, 11, 12, Swimming 10, 11,12 Con 
cert Band 9, 10, 11, 12 (Section Leader 11, 12) 
Student Council 12, Yearbook 12 


Valois, Daniel 94 
Vanek, Daniel 12,43,84,85 

Basketball 9, 10, 11 Golf 9, 10, 11, 12 
Vanhuizen, Holly 70 
VanWhite, Amber 66,101,104 
Vaughan, Nathan 25, 84, 85 

Football 9, 10, 11, 12 Golf 11, 12 
Soccer 9, 10 Varsity Club 10, 11, 12 
Booster Club 9, 10, 11 
Velez, Daniel 49, 60, 94 
Velez, Michelle 55, 60 

Verbeke, Megan 18, 25, 27, 36, 50, 66, 75, 84, 
85, 193 

FCCLA 9, 10, 11,12 

Verhoeve, Amber 1 04 
Victory, Benjamin 38, 39, 53, 84, 85 
Wrestling 12, United States Army 
Villa, Tara 60, 61 , 94, 208 
Voges, Ryan 54 


Wagman, Liv 54 
Wagman, Olivia 30, 84 
Walczak, Jefferey 94 
Walczak, Michelle 66 
Walenkiewicz, Jamie 62, 94 
Walk, Tyler 94 
Wall, Kyra 97,104 
Walter, Chrisann 73 
Wartsbaugh, Lori 48, 54, 84, 85, 207 
Swimming 9, 10, 11, 12 Choir 9, 10, 11 
(President 11) Chorale 12, National Honor 
Society 12, Track 10, Hoosier Girls State 11 
Wartsbaugh, Senior Lori 41 
Watts, Brittany 84 
Webb, Albert 104 
Welch, Mark 94 
Welch, Robert 54 
Werkowski, Andrew 105 
West, Brett 104 
Westfall, Caleb 94 
White, Amanda 85 

FCCLA 10 (Photographer), International Club 10, 
11 Play 9, 10 (crew and makeup), English Super 
bowl 9, 10 (Captain 10),Hoosiers Girl State 11 
White, Dawn 26, 104 

Wilfinger, Leonard 38, 39, 60, 61 , 70, 85, 206, 

Wiliams, Lorie 51 
Williams, Anthony 70 
Williams, Lorie 104 
Wilson, Amber 51, 60, 68 
Wilson, Bradley 85 
Wilson, D'Andre 94 

Wilson, Danielle 5, 24, 30, 37, 41 , 48, 51 , 62, 
64, 75, 85 

Cheerleading 9, 10 Tennis 9, 10 , 11, 12, Booster 
Club 9, 10, 11, 12 FCCLA 11,Class Council 12 
(Secretary) DECA 12, Choir 9, 10, 11, 12 
Winiecki, Lauren 1 2, 28, 36, 41 , 43, 95, 208 
Winiecki, Sara 6, 34, 64, 208 
Wiszowaty, Andrew 95 
Wolff, Susan 104 

Woloszyn, Daniel 1 0, 34, 35, 41 , 51 , 54, 75, 85 
Basebau. 9, 10, 11, 12 Football 9, 10,11, 12 
Bowung 9, 10, 11, 12(Captain 12) Basketball 9 
Turnabout/Prom Court, Choir 9, 10, 11, 12 Booster Club 
Wolski, Neil 70, 95 

Worley, Lisa 1 2, 24, 25, 51 , 53, 85, 1 93 

Varsity Volleyball 9, 10, 11, 12 (12 Captain), Varsity Softball 
9, 10, 11, 12 (12 Captati), Maiiohal Honor Sooety 10, 11, 
12 Aces 9, 10, 11, 12 Choir 9, 10, 11, 12 
Wright, Andrew 24, 29, 40, 71 , 85 

Soccer 10, 11, 12 Hewspaper 10, 11,12 Track 11, 
12 Girls BBall Mgr 9, 10, International Club 11 
Writt, James 85 
Wroblewski, Chris 72, 73 


Yarnelle, Colin 51,104 

Yost, Kristen 22, 51 , 62, 64, 103, 104 

Young, London 104 


Zaborowski, Amanda 33, 51 
Zajac, Joseph 2, 4, 22, 28, 85 

Baseball 9, 10, 11, 12 Tennis 9, 10, 11 
Zajac, Michael 89, 95 
Zajicek, Brittany 19,70,85,206 
FCCLA 12 Booster Club 9, 10 
Zarndt, Abigail 55, 60, 66 
Zarndt, Anthony 60, 85 

Football 9, 10, 11, 12 Wrestling 
9, 10, 11, 12 Track 9, 10, 11, 12 
Band 9, 10, 11,12 
Zavala, Jose 95 
Zavala, Rosario 1 04 
Zellers, Randall 30, 53, 85 
Zurawski, Matthew 104 
Zurawski, Michael 104 

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Days go by, turning into months, and before you know it, 
another school year is done and over with. Throughout the 
course of the year, so many things change. New friends are 
made, old enemies are forgotten, and most importantly, an- 
other year of knowledge is in the brain. The teachers that 
were unknown are now part of the school, and the famil- 
iar teachers are even more appreciated. There are different 
things each student would like to accomplish in the year 
It may be being in the top ten of their class, or maybe just 
getting an A on their report card. “My biggest goal in high 
school was to be number one in my class,” said Valedicto- 
rian Matthew Kuna. “I did it and it feels really good.” 
During the school year, many things change, and people 
start to figure out what they are going to do after high 
school. One of the best parts of the year is knowing every- 
day takes everyone closer to the summer. For the seniors 
,the summer might be a scary thing, because for most, af- 
ter summer their life starts as an adult living on their own. 
“I am kind of scared to move on with life but I’m excited at 
the same time,” said senior Evan Hixon. There is no need to 
dwell on life after summer. There are still fun and exciting 
things going on up until the last day of school. The spring 
sports usually indicate the end of the year. Baseball, soft- 
ball, tennis, golf, and track are all going on for every ones 
enjoyment. The talent show, senior banquet, top ten din- 
ner, and graduation are some of they many events that oc- 
cur at the end of the year that are unforgettable. 

20 ? 

Reflector Staff 06-07 

Editor-ln-Cheif-Darci Lopez 
Business Managers- Britney 
Hill & Aundalyse Parquet 
Clubs Editor-Casey Nunez 
People Editor- Laura 

Sports Editor- Rachel 


Photo Editor- Ashley Peters 

Long, Stacy Sanchez, David 
Kujawa, Amanda Uram 

Student Life Editor- 

Samantha Kulig 

Academics Editor- Angela 

Reporter^ OlivilBarlow, Chris 
Obermeyer, Franca Pietrucha,j 
Amanda Hr irp, Sta/en Agulk 
Jordynn Tit ys, Robiri Sophie^, Melissa 
Pillipow, Kell ; Bubala Laureii Hansen/ 
Lauren Wini cki & Sara Wiijecki 

This book was printed by Herff Jones at 6015 Travis Lane, P.O. Box 10m Shawnee Mission 
Kansas. The Reflector Staff would like to thank your yearbook Representative for helping 
us with all of our problems and always having a great attitude about it. This year the colors 
of the book are Black and Cold. The theme of this book is Note To Self. The theme pages 
including end sheets, title page, opening, closing, dividers and the colophon were designed 
by Darci Lopez. The other sections were created by Britney Hill, Aundalyse Parquet, Casey 
Nunez, Laura Beaupain, Rachel Convery, & Angela Kepchar. The cover of the yearbook was 
designed by the editor and generated by the plant. The sections throughout the book are 
different by design and font. The story font is AHJ Bellows size 10. AHJ Antique Olive Light 
tas u*d for the captions size 9, photo bys size 7, and the font in the info boxes under the 
headlirjs. Other fonts used throughout the book are, AHJ Allstar, AHJ Ad Lib, AHJ Cursive 
Hand>\HJ Benjamin Cothic^afi^HJ Bernhard Tango. 

Almost all of the pictupKtakertfor the yearbook were by a digital camera and uploaded 
tome computers. Im^geln is useato place them on the spreads. Pictures for sports teams, 
>ups, faculty ansrsenior pictures were taken by Larry Titak Photography and all under 
fessmen picture were takenroy Interstate Studios, Inc. 

The goal or :he staff \sdeo give the students and faculty a book they will enjoy and by 
able to lo^back on arwemember theirjsiekschool years. 

We arwould like to^ffiank our yeadf^ok adviibr Kristina Collard for being patient with us 
anc^upporting e^rything we choose to do^ith our book. The seniors will really miss her 
la wish her truest with Xe baby on thfAway 

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isjm ansfcflesign. The yearbopKis something that I put a lot of thought and heart 
n_anojt*)rnalism since^vas eight. My partner in action was Olivia Barlow. She 
as eight. I don'J^now what I would have done without her then, and more 

importantly, now. This ye3m J have gotten to know a lot of people I probably wouldn't have known or 
talked to throughout high school. Tbie whole staff is amazing for putting up with my stubbornness 
and attitude sometimes. I really ap/reciate all of them and I know they will do great without Kraiko 
next year. All my four years of highjschool were a lot easier thanks to Kraiko. She has taught me a lot 
about journalism and myself. When troe^ aot hard with all the stress, I know I could always turn to my 
mom and my best friend Kelsey. They alwaysknov^^^o calm me down and make everything okay. I 
put a lot into this book and I hope you all like it! - Darci\ppez 


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-Britney Hill 11 

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"No amount 
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'The practice of for- 
giveness is our most 
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