1080 S.W. 11 Street
Gainesville, FL 32601
Wave for the camera! The senior class tries to form one big blue wave at
the football stadium. Seniors were provided many opportunities for
togetherness such as senior lunch, senior week, and Camp Kalaqua.
Once upon a time, in a
land far away there existed a
school. Its purpose was to
provide facilities of observa-
tion and learning for prospec-
tive teachers in the College of
Education at the University
of Florida. The school
was completed and
its doors opened
in September of
1934. The build-
known as Norman
Hall, bared the name of the
famous educator Phillip
Almost twenty years
later, in 1958, the school
moved about three-fourths of
a mile up the street. Sixteen
buildings. spanning thirty-
seven acres, were now con-
sidered the home of the Blue
Wave. In 1965, P.K. Yonge
began racial equality through
integration, and in the early
70's, was required to reflect a
more socioeconomic bal-
anced student body.
U Throughout ex-
i pension P.K.
as a comfort-
g .-f able place of
whatever race or economic
background, a unique, qual-
ity education was available.
Here we were, 1995,
sixty years after the tradition
of excellence began. The first
graduating class consisted of
twenty-six students, we were
a class of ninety-one. We
grew as a school by leaps and
bounds but one theme re-
mains the same, every stu-
dentand faculty member was
an intricate part of the closely
knit P.K. Family.
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Enjoying Times had changed, but life as
a P.K. Yonge student still reflected
traditions thatbegan sixty years ago.
scenery Instead of going to sock hops, we
went to UNsupervised parties. We
senior Steve "enjoyed" a seven period day while
past classes attended only six peri-
ods. Checkers replaced good ol'
spends Steak-N-Shake. Baggy jeans re-
placed the ever-loved high water
pants. Seniors could go out for lunch
with an instead of being confined to the caf-
eteria drudgery. Friday nights still
elementary found us at football games, with tired
eyes on Monday mornings. Home-
coming, with Hi-Tide full of humor
Many and memories, always was the most
exciting week of the fall season. The
differences and similarities bonded
time to work students, old and new. Times and
people had changed, but the high
with younger school hadn't altered all too greatly.
At P.K. Yonge, students experienced
a unique four years full of good
memories, self-discovery, and a
strong tradition of education.
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* "Yeah, whatever." J.J. Sirmons
* "Friends see me as a person who is
fun to be around!" Shad Latson
* "I'm here to make people smile
and laugh." Keesha Johnson
* "I have finally gotten recognition
for my talents!" Laura Gamm
* "I got it because I can run faster
than half the boys in the Senior Class
and that makes me cool." Leah
* "Everyone is aware that I support
our school and its students." Latrice
*Not Pictured: Shad Latson and Lorraine
* "I am on my way to becoming the
Pope." Dean Chance
* "To have the respect of my friends
is a great feeling." Lorraine Johnson
* "I like to instigate fights." Rodrigo
* "It proves that no one knows the
real me but I appreciate the thought."
* "It means that I will succeed and
have a good future." Nara Matos
* "Since there isn't a 'Most Likely
To Be An Ax Murderer' this will do."
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ntoine Washington, Rashad
Crowell, and Glenn Griggs
prepare for the next class.
Students often studied during lunch.
et's do lunch! Seniors Joe
DorquistandNara Matos spend
quality time together. Some
seniors chose to stay on campus for lunch.
allows for more
than just eating
Lunchtime was one of the
most popular times of the day.
Students had time to relax and
talk with friends. Junior Grant
Cooper admitted, "I usually
spend lunch time finishing my
physics and stuffing my face."
Added sophomore Marcos Asse,
"I just kick back and talk with
my friends while I chow."
Another issue was the quality
of the lunchroom food. Sopho-
more Micheal Roche confessed,
"I eat the lunchroom food 'cause
it's greasy and it tastes good."
But then again junior Omar Khan
answered, "No way Jose, that
stuff is bad for my health."
The seniors enjoyed off cam-
puslunch. Senior Lauren Bishop
explained, "It gives you more
freedom and you get better
food." Senior Tracy Doering
added, "I like going off campus
because I can eat at my favorite
place, Hardees, every day."
<: 10 Lunch
to eat their
A group of sophomores take time uniors Grant Cooper, Carly Asse,
to pose for a picture at lunch. Jason Anthon\, Omar Khan, and
Eating outside was popular for Cedar Lane eat lunch and talk in the
the sophomores. ifeteria. Most of the juniors ate in the
"We usually went to
McQuaid's, a small
general store, for sand-
wiches. We often
walked back to school
with our food and ate
along the way."
-Walter Stalnaker, class of 1965
"I like to eat outside
because the cafeteria is
-Laura Lincoln, class of 1997
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"The bouffant, teased
look was the style of
Shirley Ann Sirmons, class of 1965
"I think how some-
body wears their hair
shows how they think
about themselves, the
world and life."
-Ananda Keator, class of 1996
hat a fro! Chris Benn shows
off his original hairstyle.
The 'fro was one of many low
maintenance hairstyles on campus.
rian Moody, Junior,
concentrates during class. Brian
went for the medusa look.
T ah Aponte stops during lunch to
pose for the camera. Jah preferred
Swearing dread locks.
G 12 Hairstyles
.--'I ody Heard-Hughes and Jake
S Rucker go for the hippy look.
''- Some males chose to wear their
The classrooms were filled
with a huge variety of hairstyles
and personalities. Many strived
to be different and individual.
People used hairstyles to reflect
their personality and show their
style. Some of the hairstyles went
back as far as the 70's, while
others were unique to the 90's.
Sophomore Chris Benn said
"My hairstyle shows that I am
not obsessive about my looks.
I'm just laid back." Sophomore
Saudia Bradley commented,
"My hairstyle shows that I have
free spirit. "Junior Brian Moody
wore his hair the way he did
because, "It's not what people
No matter what the students'
motivation for the way they
styled their hair, the wide vari-
ety of hairstyles around campus
provided interesting scenery in
azed and confused,
Sophomore Isaiah Shapiro
also sports a fro. Isaiah could
often be seen wearing a bun.
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ummy! Senior Lauren Bishop
hits senior Steve Rhodes with a
pie. Lauren made sure to really
smear in the cream.
The students had many dif-
ferent ways of showing their
school spirit. From yelling at
pep rallies to attending sport-
ing events, most were anxious
to show their P. K. pride.
The pep ralleys were filled
with school spirit. The cheer-
leaders kept the crowd into the
pep ralleys and events like the
pie in the face made them fun
and exciting. Sophomore
Deshika Robinson said," I love
doing pep ralleys because it
gets everybody hyped up for
the game. "
The band played spirited
music to keep the crowd
pumped up, and Coach John
Clifford made sure everyone
in the stands yelled as loud as
they could. The pep ralleys
were sure to get the sports
teams ready for their big games
and let the students that don't
play sports to get into the fun
ough man Shad Latson glares
at the camera. The football
players got the whole school
hyped up for the game.
Marianne Brunson cheers on
the P. K. Yonge Football
team during the falljamboree.
The cheerleaders kept the crowd
involved in the game.
weetie Pie! Sophomore
Whantavia Nelson smothers her
cousin, senior Robert Baker, in
whipped cream. This was a popular pep
"We had spirit, and
we haven't lost it."
-Dr. Leon Henderson, class of 1962
"The High Tide foot-
ball roast was fresh."
-Deshika Robinson, class of 1997
Student Life 15
unior Grant Cooper rides his bike
to stay in shape. Grant was training
for a race.
unior Carly Asse works on his biceps.
Carly worked out six days a week to
get bigger and stronger.
"I did not do any-
thing out of school to
stay fit. The fitness
wave had not hit yet. "
-Jay Cooper, class of 1961
"I run and run and
run and run and eat lots
of red meat, particu-
larly young calves."
-Dan Dickerell, class of 1995
"1 5 16 Fitness
Some students worked hard
to stay in shape. Why? "To get
huge for football," stated jun-
ior Mike Nilon. Added senior
Bobby Beland, "I work out to
get as big as I possibly can."
Senior Sky White answered, "I
work out so I can stay in shape
and look good."
Some students worked out
almost every day. Sophomore
Mark Weiss added, "I work out
at the Gainseville Health and
Fitness club four times a week."
Sports outside of school re-
quired lots of training also. Jun-
ior Grant Cooper informed,
"Since I ride in bike races on the
weekend, I try to ride about
twenty miles a day at the mini-
mum. If I have an extra big
race, I ride more."
These students were feeling
and looking good at school. You
could be sure that these stu-
dents would be fit.
enior Bobby Beland works out
with light weights so he can use
good form. Bobby worked out at
Gainesville Health and Fitness Center
every other day.
hard to stay
sophomore Marcos Asse runs to
keep fit. Marcos ran three miles
Student Life 17
junior Alan Davis, always the
nonconformist, tries his hand at
being a daredevil. He jumped off
ldings during his skipping time.
M aing a break for it...seniors
Kristy Stalnaker and Scott
Crews proved that hicks are
very sly people by escaping class.
the truth about
If you like to take "personal
vacations," Mrs. Parker and Ms.
Gough were definitely NOT
your favorite people. Although
there were some obstacles to
getting around, such as a paren-
tal call and/or a handwritten
note, students still found a way.
Those who decided to actually
come to school and face the day
still found a way to get out of
Students were spotted roam-
ing the halls, supposedly getting
a drink of water or using the
restroom. Sometimes theselittle
"trips" turned into long stays.
When asked why he skips class,
Scott Crews nonchalantly replied,
"If it's easy to do and get away
with, why not??" That attitude
was shared with a large majority
of the student body, thus the
abundance of bodies in the halls
during class time. To sum it all
up, Kristy Stalnaker stated, "I
will do anything I can to get out
of class." -Laura Gamm
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students got out
"I never, in all my four
years of school, skipped a
-Leslee VonGunten, class of
enior Phillip Allen and sophomore Bryce Major went against the grain.
Instead of just roaming the halls while skipping, they decided to play two-
square with a hacky sack (the ball is excluded from the pictures.)
ven freshmendo it. CalebBurton
successfully roamed the halls
during third period.
classes, I ask to go to
the bathroom and then
walk the halls
-Mariah Straughn, class of
Skipping 19 >
students go to
"I had classes at both
UFandP.K. so I walked ,
everywhere. It was re-
ally good exercise."
-Marcus Khuri, class of 1994
"Being dropped off at
school by your parents
is the worst. I hated it."
-Michael Roche, class of 1997 freshmen Megan Bettinghaus and hanna and Onna Meyer,
Sydney Thomas talk to Thomas' sophomores, chose to carpool to
mother. Parents often came after school to save on gas. Many times
school to check up on their kids. it was easier to catch a ride than to own
"< 20 Student Life
ck...It's the THING! Senior Brian
Beatty proves that anything goes
as long as you have an
Students had many different
ways of getting to school. Some
walked, others rode their bikes,
but the lucky majority drove to
school. Junior Silohe Lozada
stated, "I like driving to school
because it gives me a feeling of
independence." This feeling was
shared with a large population
of students. It was becoming
harder and harder to find a good
place to park, especially when
seniors came back from off-
Few students went with the
tried-and-true method of
transportation: the bus. Many
drawbacks such as buses that
left on time and having to sit on
the benches as all the other
students drove by and laughed
were deterents for many.
Many students rode bicycles
and some even walked, both of
which helped with physical
fitness. But, for most of us lazy
types, an automobile was the best
and only way to get to school.
-Laura Gamm & Jason Anthony
showing off his fresh ride... Senior
Robert Baker smugly backs out
of a parking space after school.
Students had to
find their own
ride to school.
ride to school.
Transportation 21 "<
to not being
Did this ever happen to
you?...The bell had just rung as
class was about to begin. The
teacher asked you to get out your
homework. Your mind began to
reel. Homework? Ah, that was
what you forgot to do last night.
Youbegan to sweatbut you came
up with an idea, a stupid one,
but an idea none the less. Maybe
you could have quickly whipped
out a piece of paper and
attempted to cheat off of the
person who sat next to you.
Unfortunately, nine times out of
ten, thatpersonwas also athome
watching Bugs Bunny reruns
instead of doing homework. My
advice to you wouldbe save your
time because no matter what,
you will always get caught.
Chris Mortimer was a perfect
example. "I used to try to try to
do my Trigonometery right
before class but Mrs. Weber
always knew what I was doing.
Now I just admit the truth and
go to time-out." -Laura Gamm
freshman Micheal Langieri
concentrates on completing his
Spanish homework before the bell
aught cheating? Senior Tim
Gilchrist looks to Shum Rojas
for help with his Ecnomics work
while Mike Nilon reads a text.
S22 Student Life
Sick, get it done! Sophomore
Johnny Walker made a last ditch
attempt to finish his Espanol
beor e bell rang.
rancisco Montanez, a freshman,
tries to finish his Marine Biology
occurance in the lives of students.
-- .. .
away with last
"I would pretend like
I was taking notes in
2nd period but I was
really doing my 3rd
-Christopher Gamm, class of
"I would just write
down a lot of words and
hope that the teacher
would accept it. I didn't
try for right answers."
-Jeff Youngblood, class of
inventory. He worked at Champs
in the Oaks Mall selling athletic
Who would've guessed that
P.K. was the north pole?
Sophomore Zackary Hughes
played a very convincing Santa Claus.
"I worked at
McDonald's three days
a week. I needed
money to put gas in my
-Lewis Fabrick, class of 1967
and I need the
-Lauren Bishop, class of
24 Student Life
Sooner or later most stu-
dents needed money for dates,
cars, and gas. When the allow-
ance was not enough, most stu-
dents had to break down and
get a job. Even though work-
ing was not very fun, payday
was. Senior Tracy Doering ad-
mitted, "I hate working but I
need the extra money." Junior
Mike Nilon added, "The extra
money is great and I get dis-
counts on clothing." Mike
worked at Athletic Attic.
Even some of the under-
David Reaves worked at
Champs. "I don't have any ex-
penses to pay. Ijust like to have
money when I want it." Sopho-
more Are Thue-Jones cleaned
pools. "I want to be able to buy
a car when I get my license,"
said Are. Working not only al-
lowed students to earn money,
but also gave them a taste of
the real world. -Carly Asse
enior Mara Degenhardt gives
change after making a sale. She
worked at a jewelry cart in the
Students get jobs
to earn extra
ric Matheny looks to make sure
the boss isn't looking. Workers
looked forward to their breaks.
A rare expression: Junior Rock
Clemons shows off his tattoo.
Only a brave few choose to go
with a permanent expression of fashion.
reflect a variety
Senior Amy Brock and sophomore
Ashley Sharpe prefer to "sag" like
the guys. Many girls chose to dress
in baggy pants and shirts because they
were more comfortable.
Students wore a variety of
different fashions. Some
students went with the college
prep look, some went with the
grunge look, the country look
was back and bigger then ever,
but most students simply wore
whatever was comfortable and
clean at the time. Most students
had reasons behind the fashions
they sported. Junior Clark
Burton explained "I wear big and
baggy clothes because they are
comfortable." Sophomore Wes
Sapp said "I like wearing clothes
that have sports teams on them
to show off my support for the
team." Some of the styles that
were considered "in" were
baggy jeans, Tommy Hilfiger
clothes, short skirts, and, the
timeless favorite, anything Nike.
Even though some students still
wore clothes just because they
were in style, the majority of
students wore what they wanted
to because it was comfortable.
c 26 Fashion
"I believe that dress-
ing conservatively will
bring success in life.
-Gary Moody, class of 1962
Anthony Leath expresses his
liking of baggy clothing. "My
clothes are straight up and
funky fresh!" this junior commented.
Senior Shad Latson shows that its
okay for men to sport a crop top.
T enth grader, Heath Morrison
shows off a style that is all his
own. Many students pre-
ferred to sport the relaxed look to
"The clothes that I
wear show both my
elegance and class."
-Saudia Bradley, class of 1997
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"I simply walked
straight to my next
-Jim Johnson, class of 1971
"I usually gossip with
my friends between
-Rosana Guitterez, class of
ophomores Chris Benn and Robert
Bell blaze a new trail around the
creek. A few individuals chose to
take the scenic route to class.
ndy Laliberte, a sophomore,
stylishly strolls to his next class.
Students often took the "long"
way to their next class to take up as
much free time as possible.
; 28 Between Classes
eniors Latrice Strappy and Erica
Hines and juniors Alana Dennard
and Elena Mctaw discuss an
important school issue, MEN!
What happens between
classes? Some students liked to
talk with friends, go straight to
class, chewbubble gum, or listen
to music. Sophomore Scott
Webb admitted, "I like to listen
to sweet tunes in between
classes." Some students
participated in activities that they
couldn't do during class. Junior
Tammy Logan stated, "I have to
chew gum so I do it in between
Most students took the time to
retrieve their books from their
lockers. Junior Scott Taylor said,
"All I have time to do is get my
books and go to class."
Sophomore Ben Sharp added, "I
usually go straight to class unless
I have to stop by the bathroom to
see if the hair is looking' fresh."
The biggest worry on most
students' minds was not being
usted! Junior Jon Nicholes
unsuccessfully attempts to escape
overafencebetween classes. Few
resorted to such desperate measures.
Student Life 29 -<
the truth about
Some may call it a survival skill
and others call it a key to
popularity. It may distract you
from class work so most teachers
dislike it being done during class
hours. It gives some girls a "bad"
reputation and guys a "Studly"
one. It is a major part of any
teenager's lifestyle. What may
you ask am I speaking of? Why
flirting, of course.
Senior Jason Palmer stated his
belief that, "I'mjust trying to get
the play." Most girls seemed to
be a little bit more subtle with
their flirtatious behaviors. "I
think that flirting is simply a
natural reaction to a physical
attraction and sometimes you
just can't help yourself." Mara
Degenhardt, a senior, explained.
The only advice I can give is to
enjoy flirting while you can
because a seductive wink doesn't
work well when you're eighty,
in a wheelchair, and roaming
the halls of "The Home".
eniors Matt Miller and Laura
Gammn goof around in the parking
lot. Many couples engaged in
public displays of affection.
ucker up Baby!! Charlie Leath, a
junior, shows off his outrageous
kissing technique to junior Kelly
Riley while senior Steve Logan looks on.
wo seniors, whose names are
synonymous with flirting, play
at the Senior Lunch. Jackie
Strappy and Scott Crews were both
known on campus as lady killers.
hh!! Sophomore Martina
Emmerson whispers a secret to
junior Mike Nilonbetween classes.
Students used every chance they got to
flirt with the opposite sex.
the art of
"A girl was consid-
ered 'fast' if she flirted
-Mildred Stalnaker, class of
"It makes life at
school a lot more inter-
-Nicole Tumbleson, class of
Student Life 31
hameka Johnson displays her per-
fect technique as a grapevine
wreath maker. Seniors engagaed
in other activities such as volleyball,
basketball, and playing on a jungle gym.
had Latson and James Nash
impress the women with their
buffbods and neatly trimmed hair.
avid Konik shows his fellow
seniors at Camp his true identity
as the Steve Erkule of P.K.
"We enjoyed group
activities such as swim-
ming, picnics, and par-
ties in private homes."
-Harriet George, class of 1935
"I enjoyed the low
ropes course because
we all worked together
to accomplish a similar
-Sabrina Grant, class of 1995
S32 Senior Week
Kristy Stalnaker, secretary,
explained "Senior Week was a
time for students to create
bonds with each other that nor-
mally wouldn't evolve during
On Monday, Halloween,
seniors wore a variety of cos-
tumes. From Rob Lawson
dressed as a sunflower to
ClaytonAnderson, abald eagle,
seniors competed for honors.
Seniors then travelled to Camp
Kulaqua for an overnighter on
Tuesday and Wednesday. Time
was spent discussing colleges,
conquering a ropes' course, and
playing a mean game of cap-
ture the flag. On Thursday,
Darren Johnson invited the
class to his house for a pizza
lunch. Seniors gulped down
over twenty pizzas and numer-
ous desserts. Friday was a holi-
day which ended Senior Week
with a bang. -Laura Gamm
eah McTigue and Lauren Bishop
prove that you're never too old
to have fun on a jungle gym.
offers a time for
Masked Crusaders? No, just
Clayton Anderson and Dan
Dickrell proving that
creativity counts when it comes to
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f there is one thing that this eleventh
grader can really do well it's CLASH!
Darone Littles got caught sporting a
n Pajama Day,Laurel Mixon,
Valerie Whiting, and Gina
Mancuso, all juniors, show that
sleep wear just may be the next big fad.
Students showed their school
spirit during Spirit Week by
dressing up with the theme of
Monday was Clash Day
which provided for many inter-
esting outfits. Who would have
ever thought that floral and neon
prints could be worn together?
Many students enjoyed Pajama
Day the best because all they
had to do was roll out of bed and
come to school in their night
clothes. Students were also able
to show which college they most
preferred by sporting their gear
on College Day. On Thursday,
Blue and White Day, students
were seen roaming the halls with
blue and white face paint and
P.K. T-shirts. No school on Fri-
day added to the Homecoming
Pat Feagle, from a tenth grade
perspective, mentioned that he
enjoyed Spirit Week because,
"People dressed up and, at times,
looked foolish." -Laura Gamm
~ 34 Spirit Week
felt about Spirit
"I think that it was a
lot of fun for the stu-
dents because it gave
them a dramatic situa-
tion where they could
-Jennifer Pritchett, class of 1971
O ne wonders if Justin Langer is
suffering from color blindness.
The tenth grader proved that he
would go to crazy lengths on Clash Day
to show his school spirit.
lizabeth Von Gunten and Kelly
Bass show that Seniors rule
when it comes to spirit. Elizabeth
attended the Homecoming game with
her body painted blue and white as a
result of a five dollar dare.
"Spirit Week gave ev-
eryone a chance to be a
part of the P.K. family."
-Shawn Henderson, class of 1996
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most about Hi-
"The band played
and there were many
-Cherry Douglas, class of 1963
Laliberte played the
Lone Ranger theme
song on his head."
-Shum Rojas, class of 1995
orraine Johnson and Shad Latson
reign supreme. The pair was
elected the 1994 Homecoming
Queen and King.
A lana Dennard and Walter Booth
were honored as Homecoming
Prince and Princess.
atrice Strappy and Allison Jackson
started off Hi-Tide by searching
for "fine" men and P.K. fans.
<; 36 Hi-Tide
aivd Knonik is caught cheating
during a dual with Shad Latson.
This skit was one of many that
poked fun at Havana Northside.
Hi-Tide is a tradition that dates
backto the early 1950's. Itproved
to be a success, as a pep rally,
because P.K. trounced Havana
Hi-Tide was filled with
humorous skits that kept the
audience gasping for air. Shad
Latson, David Konik, Allison
Jackson, and Latrice Strappy
combined to make the first ever
four person emcee and provided
continual comic relief. There
were numerous imitations such
as Rodrigo Pastrana as a peddler,
two he / she Havana cheerleaders
busting a move, a faculty fashion
show, and Secret Lives of both
students and faculty. No one
will ever forget the mysterious
parade of "naked" boys running
back and forth during skits. At
the end, the Homecoming court
Afterwards, students moved
to the top parking lot for the
ritual bonfire which gets larger
everyyear. -CarlyAsse&Laua Gamm
lex Gowan? No, it's just Patrick
Dougherty poking fun at a song
that she performed ata previous
Student Life 37 <
To the returning students the
faces of P.K. had not changed much;
Strappy, a new class of freshmen, a few new
people in the upper classes, two or
and Allison three new administrators or teach-
ers. However, the faces of P.K. were
drastically different than those of
a break long ago. Each new year saw the
departure of one class and the ar-
rival of another, making for an un-
senior ending cycle of new people who
brought along with them ideas, tal-
pictures to ents, and experiences to share. With
the arrival of new faces from year to
year, the school changed and grew.
senior class The result? A P.K. totally different
from the original. What started as
tiny and experimental developed
provided into still small, but established. Along
with all of our predecessors, we
many added toP.K. andmadeitours. These
are the people that did it...
Classes Division 39
Some loved it, some hated it, many
didn't really care, but no matter what their
opinion, all carried on their high school
memories with them to their future destina-
tions. "I will never forget the sports I played
here or my classmates," reminisced Dhruva
Adams. Many went to college, some joined
the armed forces, and a few just bummed
around for a while, deciding what to do.
No matter what they did, their experi-
ences in high school influenced their lives.
Here, seniors set the foundation for their
futures, learning and growing. The classes,
the activities and the people added some-
thing each day to their store of skills and
At times it seemed like high school
would never end, but it did. Seniors left the
sheltered environment to enter the real
world. At least after the pains and joys of the
last four years, they had many things to take
with them, a diploma, a friend, a memory, a
heartbreak. For some this was where life
started, for others, it ended here, but for all it
was a ride. Any last words? Austin Carr put
it best, "Relax, and let it happen."
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You Knew You Were
a Senior When...
~You signed Mrs. Barnes' infamous "Where
Are You Going" wall.
-You had discussed sex and religion in Mrs.
-You remembered sitting through Mr.
Anderson's interesting and informative
seventy minute lectures.
~You only took three true academic classes.
-You missed 95% of class attending
presentations of colleges that cost more
than your house.
~You walked down the hall and wondered
what happened to the daywhen you knew
the name of every person at school.
~You finally got a pencil in Mrs. Weber's.
for a few
_C 42 Seniors
-You paid for your Taco Bell burrito with a
handful of nickels and pennies.
-You had attended a Moody party.
-You sneaked an "illegal senior" off to join
you for lunch.
-You parked at the top lot when returning
from lunch to escape Mrs. Parker.
-It was only September and you were already
anticipating the cash flow that came with
-You walked down the hallway and every
underclassmen begged for a bite of your
tasty off-campus lunch.
-You were absent more times than there
were school days.
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and of course
-You ran from the A-frame at Camp Kalaqua
at one in the morning with a large truck
with a spot light chasing you.
-You got a pocketful of condoms at Lake
-You've experienced James Nash clearing
the room with his gastro-intestinal
-You witnessed Shad Latson's "World's
Longest Belly Flop onto Gravel" at Camp
-Procrastination became your best friend.
~You learned that Lindsev Watson's fall at
the first football game was an accidental
a ttemp t to impersonate the FAMU band.
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Bye Bye, Baby
Dhruva When we were little, all we did was play games enhanced by our
imaginations. Even though we grew older, these childhood joys hung
around. Remember a game called "doctor?" "I played doctor so much, I
already have a Ph.D.," reminisced Clayton Anderson, "And I still enjoy the
Anderson fun of it."
The question most asked to young children was "What do you want
to do when you grow up?" Many people retained their childhood dreams
Kelly and persued them in high school and in later life. Keesha Johnson related,
"I've always wanted to be a lawyer, and I still do."
The biggest fantasy as a child was always being "grown up."
Unfortunately, this point in time was not always easily definable. Most
Beland people felt they were at that age of maturity and wisdom when they reached
sixteen or seventeen, but David Konik and Steve Rhodes demanded, "We'll
always be Toys R' Us Kids!"
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Can You Imagine...
...Dhruva Adams with a "normal" do? ...Sara Akbari with the I.Q. of
an ant? ...Phillip Allen donning a buzz cut? ...Clayton Anderson with a
natural hair color ...Christina Babcock in a knock-down, drag-out fight
with Ms. Pritchett? ...Robert Baker not in the NFL? ...Kelly Bass going after
an "unattached" guy? ...Brian Beatty driving a Miata? ...Bobby Beland
beingpushy? ...Lauren Bishop ever calming down? ...Greg Brookerwithout
the dip can ring in his back pocket?...Stephen Broom bustin' a pair of baggy
britches? ...Tony Caffie as anything but "Chilli-T"? ...Austin Carr the
Spokesman for GNC? ...Dean Chance a WWF wrestler? ...Melissa Coffey
missing an episode of "Melrose Place"? ...Scott Crews an eco-freak? ...Hector
Cruz the next Hugh Heffner? ...Carrie Darbyshire attending a class at P.K.?
...Tricia Daividson being nice for no reason?
Baby Pictures 49 ")
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Dougherty driving his own vehicle? ...Todd Eberst attending a sexual
harassment workshop? ...Holly Florence in 6-inch pumps? ...Kimberly
avidk Franz being overly obnoxious and opinionated? ...Laura Gamm with her
nose in her own business? ...Tim Gilchrist admitting to himself that he is
trulywhite? ...Summer Goodman president of Dixie Styrofoam Cup Co.?
...Alex Gowan... 'nuff said, we couldn't pick just one! ...Sabrina Grant
head and shoulders above everyone else ...Anthony Gratto with any
other lineage? ...Evelyn Harrell withjust two holes in her ears? ...Shannon
Helle a talk show host? ...Wes Hetrick a talk show host ...Erica Hines
being stopped by the fashion police? ...Clare Hofgren a cheerleader/
prom queen? ...Blue Hulbert in school, and liking it? ...Allison Jackson
a mute? ...Darren Johnson keeping his secret identity so well? ...Kesha
Johnson a quiet, little mouse? ...Lorraine Johnson a prostitute? ...Shameka
Erica Johnson a push over? ...Kingsley King with another name? ...David
Can You Picture. .
S50 Baby Pictures
Konik with a ripped physique? ...Brian Lancaster a player? ...John Lane
being well-known? ...Shad Latson being a shy, 120 lb. geek? ...Rob Lawson
looking up at anyone? ...Erica Leone content with imperfection? ...Javonte
Lewis without an attitude? ...Tony Littles naming his kids Setonius Jr.?
...Nate Logan a country western singer? ...Jaime Lozada hitting a girl?
...Nara Matos a failure at life? ...Melissa McCulloch dating Dan Dickrell?
...Danny McDowell shaving that rat off his face? ...Linda McQuinney
reaching that 5'0" minimum height? ...Leah McTigue holding back what
she's thinking? ...Matt Miller with a safe driving record when he's 20?
...Melody Miller...a familiar face on campus ...James Nash without that
annoying laugh? ...Jason Palmer without the 'Stang? ...Pam Parham
wearing clothes out of the 90's? ...Robin Parker hooking up with Monty
Grow? ...Rodrigo Pastrana hosting a party? ...Darrell Pattio without his
"boomin' system? ...Ryker Peters speaking English? ...Brian Pruitt being
Can You Envision ..
Parker the next Mr. Rogers? ...Kristen Rabell innocent? ...Matt Rascovich being
accepted by girls his own age? ...Steve Rhodes in a public-speaking job?
...Shum Rojas up to something legal? ...Florian Schreier a skater punk? ...J.J.
Rodrigo Sirmons looking alive? ...Kristy Stalnaker being civilized toward her
boyfriends? ...Jackie Strappy ever shaking free from his mom? ...Latrice
Strappy a no-good under achiever? ...Wallace Taylor without "Splack"?
...Erica Thomas without her mouth flapping? ...Quilla Trimmer-Smith a
Rabell regular customer at Micky Dee's? ...Elizabeth VonGunten stable? ...Lindsey
Watson thinking anything but FAMU? ...Matt Westbrook after taking an
upper? ...Skye White as great as she thinks she is? ...Susan Whithers
without that fake English accent? ...Jamika Young with real hair? ...Paula
Zwickel in a shouting match?
Latrice Strappy i I
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S-i J Matt Westbrook
- Robert Baker, Anthony Leath, and a couple other choice ballerinas Elizabeth
pirouetted across the stage?
~ Pat Dougherty and Mike Nilon realized that they were holding eachothers'
hands at Chet's party?
- There was an on and off love affair between Ashley Wood and Susan Zwickel
The girls' basketball team won games?
Jackie Strappy and Jake Springfield escaped out the time-out window in
Austin Carr got a bloody lip at a pep rally, playing his own sport?
~ Shad Latson "rode" David Konik at High-Tide, and Mrs. Shiffy and Ms.
Reynolds ATTEMPTED to be Beavis and Butt-Head?
~ The dog pound dressed for "Toga Night"?
~ Dan Dickrell slurped up large chunks of Jello (strawberry flavored)?
Liz VonGunten and Clayton Anderson were together... and then they
weren't... and then they were... and then they weren't...
kve VWhite & Lauren
Bishop. 3rd grade.
Is it possible... that
Wes Hetrick, Skye White, J.J
Sirmons, Lauren Bishop,
Summer Goodman, Susan
Withers, Lorraine Johnson,
Holly Florence, and Elizabeth
VonGunten could ever be
this small and innocent?
Can you believe... that
Scott Crews, Tracey Doering,
Dhruva Adams, Kesha
Johnson, Austin Carr, Steve
Broom, Javonte Lewis, and
Robin Parker once were such
Susan Whithers, Latrice Strappy, &
Austin Carr, 2nd grade.
Only a Lif
. .Tony Caffie at my table in
2nd grade, eating crayons and
.. .The cheerleading squad we
had in the 3rd grade.
.. .Inthe 5thgrade, Mike Greene
pulling Clayton Anderson's
pants down (in front of Amber
...The bridge being blown up
in the 7th grade.
...Our 8th grade trip to Disney
when Zach Bass almost got in
a fight with a kid from another
school, ScottCrews got up close
enoughto take pictures of them,
face to face.
.Kicking Dhruva Adams
where it hurts, in the 4th grade.
I ran, he cried.
.Being sent to the "thinking
chair" in kindergarten for
yanking Charlie Leath by the
shirt when he butted me in line.
Christian, Abe ..
Showing off her school
spirit, Gina Mancuso makes
sure to be in blue and white.
Juniors took advantage of
as many school activities as
they could before it was their
Juniors Realize the End
This was the year it finally hit:
the world of high school was
actually going to end. As events
passed, juniors saw themselves
doing things for almost the last
time, and thinking about the year
to come. All thoughts
were headed toward the
future, what classes to
take next year so as to
have enough credits,
which class ring they
could afford, and of
course which colleges
were worth considering.
"It's really scary, because you
realize the ebb and flow of your
life, and how fast it's going by, "
reminisced Ananda Keator. True,
junior year seemed to whizz by in
a blur of laughs, tears, hopes and
dreams. Melissa Gratto was
sentimental to the thought of times
past, "It's hit me that high school's
more than half over, all the
Perhaps the scariest part of this
revelation was the thought of life
without the quiet
protection of P.K. "The
fact that I'll be in total
control of my life is
thrilling, but the fact that
no one will be there to
pay the bills and that I
can turn to is terrifying,"
explained Sarah Pohlman.
All juniors could do was prepare
themselves as well as possible for
their senior year to come, get their
credits, make long-lasting
friendships, make plans for the
future, and most of all make as many
memories as possible.
Charlie Leath watches busy
P.K.lifepassby. As the year
went by, many found the
need to stop a rest a while.
Jon Harben does homework
during his aide period with
Mrs. Shiffy. With their many
juniors had to find time to
do school work.
People 57 )
After receiving information
on a Gainesville Sun essay
contest, Mariah Straughn
and Roxanne Curry discuss
topics for their entries.
Juniors were presented with
many special opportunities.
The Perpetual Headache
Two of thehardestparts of junior
year for some students were the
AP classes. In an effort to get ahead,
many opted to take these classes,
even though they required a great
deal of extra time, work,
and stress. Joining Mrs.
Shiffy in English and Mr.
Anderson in American
history was not an easy
task. "Being in AP classes
is so different. There's no
busy work, it's all
meaningful stuff that takes a lot of
thought," decided Karoline
In the AP English class, juniors
were required to do all the same
work as the other English classes,
such as a researchpaper and vocab
lists. They were ALSO required to
Kiara Winans listens
intently to Mrs. Shiffy
lecture. Students found her
discussions long but
Essay reading is an
important part of the AP
curriculum. Mary Corr
snacked on her lunch as she
scanned literary magazine.
write and read many essays.
The curriculum of Mr.
Anderson's AP American history
class gave students more stress.
After being issued a 1,000 page
textbook, they were
required to read on
average a chapter a week.
The text was followed up
by in-depth lectures on
the subject. "It's funny
when he gets distracted
and starts talking about
something totally unrelated,"joked
For those who passed the exams
in May it was well worth it, for
those who didn't... they learned
"But the whole purpose of being
hereis to getthatfree college credit."
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Tumbleson, Nicole #h
Whiting, Valerie &
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David Garcia smiles at his lunch
plans. Taking advantage of
seventh period option, David
usually stopped for lunch on
his way home.
Grounded for the Year
Picture this: it's 12:30, two of your
senior friends are debating where to
go for lunch, and all you can do is sit
there and drool with envy while they
discuss the possibilities of El Indio.
in this awful situation
"It sucks watching my
friends leave for lunch
and being teased because
I can't go with them,"
Thomas. It was the woe of juniors to
be stuck at school as everyone else,
it seemed, got the privilege of
leaving, and it was worse when they
had special connections to a senior.
"I hate asking my boyfriend to stay,
so we don't get to spend lunch time
together," disclosed Sara Peck.
Another minus to lunch at school
was the cafeteria menu. Jessica
Sternberg commented, "Being a
veggie, I'm limited to what I can eat
here. I get so sick of pizza and fries."
Some thought it right to be stuck
at school. "It'll make it even
cooler when we get to go off
campus next year," related
Jennifer Kratka. This
opinion was not a very
popular one. "I want outta'
here!" wailed Billy
Juniors could either sneak off
campus (and probably get caught),
find someone to bring them back a
lunch, or just patiently wait for next
year. No matter their choice, there
was always that longing inside to
escape school for just a short while
and chill out at Subway or Mickey
Dee's with their friends.
Lunch was a time to socialize
andbe with friends. Tori Player
and Tammy Logan spent many
The school pizza was
sometimes a tough bite to chew.
Elena McTaw struggled with
her slice while perched on a
cafeteria bench, her usual lunch-
Becoming a sophomore had a dif-
ferent importance for all. Some felt
Ivladcy aictreu itsii- oplruon. I nere
were the same people, the same type
classes,but others feltmany changes.
Iris Coe mentioned, "My close
friends can drive now and I don't
have to get rides from adults." More
freedom was one of the advantages
of tenth grade. Also, for some, the
school work was different. "It's a
little harder than last year," com-
plained Rosana Gutierrez.
Maybe the truth was that all
sophomores walked down the halls
with their heads higher than the year
before. Maybe all felt older and bet-
ter than the freshmen, butjust chose
not to admit it.
People 63 C
When the class of '97 entered
fer Morgan, "When we are seniors,
we have to take real classes, while
all the other senior classes got to just
mess around." Yes, it was true that
the class of '97 and all following
classes would not have an easy se-
Maybe some of the requirements
weren't so bad. Forty hours of com-
munity service to graduate, and four
years of History, Math, and English.
Sophomores didn't seem to think
so. Nicole Marek put it plainly: "All
the extra stuff sucks!"
It could pay off in the long run for
sophomores. Colleges will be im-
pressed with their extra credits, and
they just might learn something.
Sweet Sixteen and never been
missed? Yeah right! Being a sovho-
plained his fears of the female by
stating, "I will not kiss anyone until
I am married." Kissing was fun, as
many people had already experi-
enced by their tenth grade year, but
some people had bigger issues on
"I am saving my virginity for
marriage." exclaimed Michael Roche
after thinking long and hard for an
appropriate, honest response. When
questioned about waiting for mar-
riage, Conrad Shelton admitted, "not
everyone is an angel like me."
Though not an issue for everyone,
sophomores seemed to think a lot
about the opposite sex.
Reaching New Heights
For many, going from
middle school to high
school was one of the
most terrifying experi-
ences of theirlife. P.K. pro-
voked a variety of emotions in
these newly arriving freshmen.
Gabrielle Jouett confessed, "I like P.K.
because there are more people here
than at my old school, and that means
more potential friends!" Those return-
ing from last year had little to worry
about; they knew how everything
worked and probably even knew some
high-schoolers. Freshman Lana Coo-
per, a lifer, commented, "I was excited
for all the new students, and I defi-
nitely wasn't worried about entering
the ninth grade."
Another setback for freshmen was
being the youngest and getting picked
on the most. Freshman Norris Wright
confided, "Kingsley King and
Charlie Leath give me noggies
and tell me that I'm sorry."
Freshmen definitely got the
low end of the stick.
Some freshmen didn't think that
it was so bad being in the position they
were in. Lidia Caraballo announced, "I
like being a freshman because it means
that I'm finally in high school." Yet
others knew they didn't want to be
there from the beginning. Rae Vames
explained, "I can't wait to be out of high
school and get on with life."
Many agreed that they were happy
to get the chance to go to school where
they can get an education, especially at
this fine school. All in all, being a
freshman was not that bad, there was
the consoling thought that someday
they'd be an upperclassman.
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Danna Hawkins .
David Hawkins .
Bibi Baxter writes down
her art workbook
freshmen chose art as an
Kenny Mukasa and Jack
dearest's class. There
Jack felt her love and
'^ 70 Freshmen
Getting From Here to There
could be seen one or more
of our many freshmen.
The question is: How did
he or she get there? There
were many means of trans-
portation, such as biking, the city
bus, catching a ride, or walking. Most
freshmen probably used all of these
forms of transportation. Julie Watson
explained, "My mom or a friend gives
me a ride, or I catch the good old city
bus." Some freshmen were not so
lucky. Amy Tillman complained, "My
mom and sister take me everywhere, or
my dad will give me a ride occasionally
(UGH)." Having to ride with parents
was not a favorite choice.
Ilana Malgarejo rode her bike on
occasion, and she started to like it. The
only setback for bike riding was the
cold weather, rain, and the really hot
days. "Riding my bike gives a kind of
freedom because you can de-
cide when you want to go
home," confessed Joe Tho-
mas. Along with depending
on yourself for a ride it was a
great way to get some exercise.
The city bus proved to be an annoy-
ance, sometimes freshmen couldn't find
a seat or didn't have the correct change.
Most freshmen tried to get a ride with
their parents so they wouldn't have to
ride the citybus. B.J. Moring exclaimed,
"I used to ride the city bus but now I
have my dad pick me up, or he knows
what will happen."
Freshmen couldn't do much about
how they got a ride because none of
them had a driver's license. It was the
common opinion that once they got a
license they would realize the true
meaning of freedom. Depending on
others for a ride really stunk.
Freshmen thought that
hitting high school
meant theywere mature,
and should be able to do
more of what theywanted.
Jeffery Pennell's parents
didn't agree. "They blame me for ev-
erything and then try to say I can't go
out. I go anyways."
Many freshmen had good relation-
ships with their parents. Isaac Canner
reinforced this by stating: "My parents
treat me the same as anybody else, like
a person. I've always gotten to do pretty
muchwhat Iwanted." All
thoughtitwas cool when
their parents let them
control their own lives.
gave privileges but took
something in return. Caleb Bur-
ton added, "I have my freedom
for the most part, but sometimes
my parents wig out and tell me I
can't do something." Luckily,
though, most people won the
struggle with their parents.
Amy Beth Tillman
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74 Eighth Grade
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Content to be an
eighth grader, Ollie
Ervin keeps on
clowning before a
soccer game. Another
aspect of middle
school life was the
ability to participate
It Was All of This.
During a bound ball game,
Pattie Breenan takes a super-
shot. Excerting themselves
in P.E. was a good way for
eighth graders to work off
Toy Baker keeps on the
move during lunch.
Socializing was not an
uncommon pastime during
Hard work... long days... fun... he simply stated "The Women." Yet,
privileges.., excitement... anger... when Middle School President,
boredom... independence... Dustin Garlitz was asked the same
responsibility... and endurance, question, he responded, "Freedom,
these were parts of leadership, and
eighth grade. Most of membership."
all, it was R-E-S-P-E-C- As all could see, we
T. To be in the eighth thought of this year as
grade was to be a different. Some thought of
guiding influence on our it as a beginning, some
younger peers. We led thought it an end, and
them in their learning, teaching many were just living in the present.
them to have fun throughout their One thing that remained the same in
middle school years. all our minds was the fact that this
When Jacob Rhodes was asked was a part of the rest of our lives.
aboutthebestpartofeighthgrade, -Kwanza Caffie & Kristin Myers
ponders a question
during Mr. Shwartz's
gifted social studies
class. Many eighth
themselves to their
There were many things that
every eighth grader just couldn't
wait for, like the eighth grade social
and graduation day. The
expectations of their arrivals was
just too much to bare.
The days seemed like
months and the months
seemed like years as the
glorious night of the
eighth grade social drew
near. Each of us
anticipated being asked by that
special someone. Rumors of who
was going with whom were the talk
of the whole middle school. Yet,
brokenhearts, broken dreams, and
promises kept became an even
bigger part of our social scene.
Then the weeks seemed like
days and the days seemed like
minutes, as eighth grade
graduation arrived. We
sat together as a whole
eighth grade class for the
last time, and our hearts
and minds were filled
with joy, peace, sorrow,
andpain. Questions and fears were
among us all, especially: "Where
are we going? And who are we
-Kwanza Caffie & Kristin Myers
~~ -------- -f ** -------
Cassie Jamison discusses the
possibilities of high school
with a pleasant smile. It was
not unusual to find an eighth
grader eager to graduate.
While working in Ms.
Kaiser's class, Cedric Booth
takes a moment to think of
the finality his eighth grade
year. As with many others,
this thought was a heavy
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People 77 <
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< ) 78 Seventh Grade
As a seventh grader, the future
was not something thev had to think .
procaoly me most important tning
on their brains.
Being the ripe old age of 12 or 13,
many of them didn't know what
their futures held. As for occupa-
tions they could have aimed forpresi-
dent, a hamburger flipper for
McDonalds, or gosh, even a garbage
collector. Hey, garbage men get
payed more than some teachers.
But on the more serious side, sev-
enth grade was a time to begin to feel
older. They were finally a few years
away from elementary school and a
few years closer to freedom.
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80 Seventh Grade
I Stuc In Th ut
S Strawder, Ivy
Walker, Earl Rose
Day in the life of a Sixth Grader
When we were sixth
graders, we were kids
fresh .from being in el-
ementary school finding
ourselves all of a sudden
whisked off to middle school.
Some dreaded this change, others
thought it would be more challenging
than elementary school, and all were
overjoyed when they found their pre-
dictions true. It seemed that somebroke
their shells of shyness and protection
when they reached middle school.
Those students found themselves hap-
pier than they ever thought they could
be. It was kind of funny to think that
sixth grade was a landmark in physi-
cal, mental, and emotional develop-
ment, but it definitely was.
Back in the fifth grade we were at
the top of the heap, we were the oldest
and considered the smartest. This year,
though, we were back at the bot-
tom of the heap. It was weird
being looked down upon by
the seventh graders yet, looked
upto by the fifth graders, it's a
wonderful feeling. Except to some
students it's a feeling of being in a pea-
nut-butter and jelly sandwich, squished.
There is a funny feeling being a sixth
grader and walking down the halls,
knowing you are in the lowest grade in
the vast expanses of the middle and high
school. It feels so different from when
we were in elementary and we could
walk by lower grade classes and smile
devilishly looking down upon them the
way Barney does when talking to one of
his TV friends. That was different.
Of course all in all sixth grade has to
be most everyone's best year in school so
far. Why? Because, it's a major change....
for the better. Callen Thompson
82 Sixth Grade
Bryan Booth tries out
some new curriculum.
Most sixth graders had
to put some effort their
touches up on her home
work. Many students
were amazed how
much homework they
Lydia Sanchez is
puzzled by a question in
Mr. Steele's version of
jeopardy. Many students
liked this game.
Elan Webb concentrates
on his classwork. Some
students didn't like how
much work they had.
Novikov, Lydia .
Small, Connie ,
'15 84 Sixth Grade
At the Bottom, and Going up
Many sixth graders en-
joyed their newfound situ-
ation. Different curricu-
lum, more privileges, dif-
ferent teachers and classes.
They got a new hall to hang
out on. The schedule had changed,
which meant, getting here earlier, leav-
ing later, and going from class to class,
sitting with all new people and listen-
ing to a new teacher, hearing about all
new things. They had a chance to try
out some new classes. Creative writing
and foreign language were some of the
new choices for them along with some
computer courses. Theyfound the work
a little more challenging than the el-
ementary work and they had a lot
more work to do at home instead of at
The transition from elementary to
middle can be a hard one. But a lot of
sixth graders made the transition well.
Some didn't like the transition,
but most everyone made the
transition eventually. Many
students liked sixth grade so
much they couldn't wait to
start seventh grade.
Many new students came along with
the new school. Most new students
were nervous about coming here. They
quickly got over it once they realized
how nice the other students were. It
didn't take long for everyone to fall into
their own little cliches.
Being the new kids may not be fun
but everyone has to go through it. Be-
ing at the bottom is not fun either but
everyone has to be there to at least three
or four times in their life and they were
half way there. All in all it's been a good
year. Sixth graders have only two more
years before they are back at the bot-
tom. So have fun when you're back on
top. -Michelle Diehl
high school social studies
drop-out prevention math
tenth grade English
secretary to director
twelth grade English
elementary Chapter 1
middle school social studies
elementary Chapter 1
middle school science
middle school science & math
Just like his
was a break
in which to
eat a little
them to learn, though. Period
period Iwork to establish that e
mind-link with my students.
days I feel more successful
others, but every day I leave
knowing that I tried.
-Ms. Mickey R
*m i II
When I decided to become a
teacher, around age nineteen, I
promised myself one thing: I would
try to make my class interesting. I
wanted to bridge the gap between
student and teacher, and really
communicate. I was confident that I
could effectively reach today's teen-
agers: until my firstjob. With no idea
how difficult it was to
stand in front of thirty
kids, I poured out my
heart and received only
blank stares. Bridging
the gap was not nearly
as easy as I had
As time went on and
I established myself as
a teacher, I relaxed and
through, finding that a
"friendlier" atmosphere was n
worked best. Five
years later, I still try to easy a
find the best way to
reach students. I have anticit
not yet found that
magic ingredient for motivating
usually has a
was in a
People 87 18
;ing the gap
ot nearly as
s I had
Teaching middle school was a
new experience for me and as I
entered the P.K. Yonge faculty. I
learned of the classes I was to teach
and prepared myself for
them. I was most excited
about my exploratory
class because I loved
teaching about the
not as enthusiastic as I
I tried to help my
students enjoy the
I loved teaching but realized that they
were not going to give
all their attention to the
about the class. I decided to let
envir me the kids choose their
own activities and
everyone wanted to do
We had subjects
from astronomy to sex
education. The kids and I were
enjoying ourselves immensely and
were disappointed when we learned
the class would be over at the
For a class that was doomed from
the start, it ended with a great big
smile from the kids, and from the
stops for a
her a break
0 88 Faculty
a pep rally.
fun with the
to fit in with
People 89 '
elementary & middle school
high school occupational
Mary Pat Stephan,
speech & language therapist
Mrs. Barnes plays around onher way through
the front office. She had a charm like few
others that had kept many students light and
lively through the years.
". .United today we sing thy
praises, Oh P.K. Yonge to thee," last
two lines of the P.K. Yonge alma
We celebrated the school's 60th
Anniversary in grand
style. During the year's
festivities, we dis-
covered graduates in a
variety of professions,
such as a legislator, a
model, an investment
banker, and a rock star.
When asked why
they still kept in touch,
there was a surprising
consistency to their "We wer
answers: "We were a
familymadeupof some made up
interesting people." "I
spent twelve yearswith interestii
some of these folks and
wanted to see what people."
happened to them."
Even though dress, fads,
curriculum, and technology had
changed, both seventy-year-old
alumni and seventeen-year-old
seniors reminded us to continue
focusing on caring, family, and
appreciation of differences.
United, over a sixty year period,
we still sing praises for our school's
basic strength... its students.
-Principal Chris Morris
e a family
eight rein on
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Once again, Sports have always been a
vital part of the lives of P.K. stu-
dents. Sixty years have seen the
The Varsity come and go of many different sports
teams. The sports program has af-
fected the lives of many students,
team even those who have graduated.
P.K. has produced such stars as
defeated Willie Jackson, Clayton Bates, and
Chris Doering. The class of 1995
was sure to have many athletes
High for the that will prove to be successes in
future years. Sports were not just
about the glory moments where the
consecutive athletes could bask in the feeling of
a victory but rather an opportunity
year and for students to participate in
afterschool activities that promoted
physical fitness and team work.
Director's Through the wins and the losses, the
one thing that will stay with all
Trophy. athletes is the feeling of being a
part of something great: The P.K.
Yonge Atheletic Department.
Sports Division 93
SVarsity Football, BottomRow, left to right: C. Knowles, J. Rhodes, B. McGriff, S. Anderson,
E. Peterson, C. Brewer, J. Youngblood, R. Robertson, J. Corona, M. Hintz, B. Jacob, C.
Risco, Middle Row: A. Washington, D. Reaves, M. Nilon, D. Adams, J. Anthony, W. Sapp, M. Roche,
J. Breeden, G. Cooper, M. Douglas, P. Pardue, A. Leath, Top Row: S. Latson, T. Littles, B. Lancaster,
A. Gratto, S. Rhodes, R. Clemons, S. Logan, S. Henderson, R. Baker, L. Davis, D. Littles, L. Tucker,
M. Franks., W. Booth, T. Ryals
SIn the heat of the game, junior Mike
Nilon takes a break from the action.
Mike started as center.
SSenior Robert Baker gives it all he has
for another P.K. touchdown. Robert
tied the school record with 24 touchdowns
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0 Big Plays
Using great P.K continues with a
form, junior M ake
receiver, M miracles
The varsity football team consisted
catches a of many things. The main
contributor was senior Robert Baker.
Many would say this outstanding
pass thrown tailback was the backbone of the
P.K.Y. Football team this year.
by Another person who led the football
team was sophomore star
quarterback David Reaves.
sophomore Although Robert Baker and David
Reaves did well in leading the team,
David there were three other things that
led the team, the offensive line,
defensive line and special teams.
Reaves. Mike Nilon of the O-Line stated that
"I love the bone crunching
Many of the experience." This year's football
team earned the respect of the teams
they played as well as the spectators,
team's key by showing that the loss of last year's
seniors did not affect this year's team.
players were At the close of the season, Coach
Clifford commented, "I still think
we're one of the best teams in the
year in hopes
SSenior Tony Littles uses his tackling
skills on an unworthy opponent,
season, causing a fumble.
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S ett ng Junior Kelly
varsity volleyball strives to Riley, a firs
Riley, a first-
Sights time varsity
continue a winning tradition team
The varsity girls' volleyball shows good
team set goals for their season. With
only five returning varsity players, form while
they had to work hard. They met
daily to practice for two hours or so. bumping the
Often practice started with laps
around the gym and plenty of gasers. ball before
As the season began, the girls
got more excited. They won their the WIlliston
first game and felt unstoppable.
When asked what she thought of the game. Warm-
season as a whole, Senior Erica Tho-
mas replied, "I think as the season ups were a
progressed, the team got closer and
I enjoyed it, being my first year play- key element
ing volleyball. It was a lot of fun."
Even though the '94-'95 team was in helping the
not as successful as the previous, it
was still very productive, players get
for the game
SSenior Erica Thomas digs the ball. energy.
Warm-ups were centered around
bumping the ball back to the setter.
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