We all are aware of the the special connected feeling that yearbooks can bring us. They bring shared memories back from the year that we just completed, whether they are good or bad moments is irrelevant. But there’s something that the average person doesn’t think about when they get a new yearbook; yearbooks last for ages. They are a snapshot in time showing that conquered year. They tell a story about the students there and about how society worked. Whether the year was a successful one or a downright epic fail, they are proof that we fought the battle, and came out ahead. They are our trophies of valor. I went to our public library, pulled previous EHS yearbooks from the shelves, and after battling the two inches of dust, I discovered amazing things within their contents. Here are the top quotes from previous EHS yearbooks that I’d bet money you didn’t know existed. (Mostly because no one has looked at 30 year old yearbooks besides myself).
From volume 65: Make it Last (2010)
What is the motive of a journalist to ask a poll question? Is is the obvious, and the poll-takers are actually curious about the population’s opinions? Or is it merely the requirement of a year-booker or journalist to collect the opinions of their audience, and in reality, don’t give a rat’s-booty about who Bob’s prom date is or what Susan is doing in her free time? Whatever the case, this is a student’s response the the poll question “What lasting impression has EHS made on you?”. I think that you’ll find that this unfortunate, yet true, fact is still present in our building today.
Jake Wise, 2010 Junior, responds, “How hot it is in every room and how freezing it is at lunch.”
From volume 39: Antlers in Motion (1984)
EHS counselor Lisa Barelman wasn’t your average counselor. She wasn’t one of those fake counselors that you hear about; one’s who tell their students that if they take classes A, B, and C, then they will have a 50% higher chance of getting into the college of their dreams. She didn’t offer emotional support by lying to their faces and telling them that the social pressures of high school end the moment you get the diploma in hand. She deployed a different method. She helped her students out by being bluntly honest; she was famous for never lying according to this volume. She allowed the 1984 yearbook staff to publish this quote of her opinion on high school jobs. I am not so sure why I found this bland statement so amusing, but I did, and I am publishing it.
“A job is a good idea until it proves otherwise.”
Everyone’s been caught in a bad moment at one point in time or another, but I feel as I can correctly assume that most are fortunate enough to not have been captured on camera during these inevitable moments. I have kept this yearbook and name of the girl anonymous, for obvious reasons. Here’s what I like to call the “Anonymous Face of Shock”.
From volume 46: Get Red-E (1990)
We all have bad days. We all have those days when we wish we could summon up the Doctor and politely ask him to Tardis us back in time to redo every mistake we have ever made. During my studious yearbook studies, I have collected more insight on just how bad a bad day can be. I believe that another person’s misfortune could make someone’s day better, by giving one a better outlook on their own personal day. After reading this quote from a 1990 junior, I realized that I had lived a very successful day, despite the fact that I had spilled coffee on my 5-page English paper.
“During 5th hour, I discovered that my keys were missing so I went outside, got in my unlocked car, and saw that my car had been running all day.” Kevin Dana, 1990 Junior
There are many beautiful coincidences in this world. Some are life-saving, while others, are just plain entertaining. After discovering this photo in an old yearbook, I laughed for an awkwardly ridiculous amount of time. To whomever took this photo, congratulations.
From volume 36: Introducing EHS (1981)
In the Spring of 1981, a band concert was held. They held a raffle to raise publicity in an effort to get more students to attend with many, many prizes. Coincidentally, this staff was very adamant about publishing people’s bad luck and discovered that the most unfortunate thing had happened to a sophomore.
“Mrs. Dunbar won the first prize microwave oven for the second year in a row …. Sophomore Kelly Gorin bought 100 tickets and didn’t win anything.”
From volume 37: Our Spirit Goes On and On … (1982)
Many EHS teachers have been born and raised in the Elkhorn area. We also know that a lot of the current EHS staff members have graduated from here. Many of them have been teaching here for a while, so it’s no surprise that I recognized many faces in the older yearbooks . After much contemplation, I decided this was the best flashback quote about a current EHS Social Studies teacher, Mr. Bacus.
“Mr. Bacus makes studying World Wars and other countries interesting by telling stories.” Sue Kingsbury, 1982 sophomore
From volume 42: Are We Having Fun Yet (1986-87)
We proudly have a Japanese class, a Japanese club, and some Japanese exchange students. Certain students in our school tend to be fascinated with the Japanese culture. Actually, fascinated might be too small of a word, and you can’t blame them, the culture is BEAUTIFUL. Whether it’s merely watching an anime or doing something as drastic as spending their life’s earnings on a trip to the highly-acclaimed country, twice, I bet that they didn’t know that it has been a recurring theme in our school. Here is an excerpt from a sophomore’s speech on the advantage’s of Japanese education, while somehow dissing our own, from way back in 1986.
“American society has failed to make a commitment to provide incentives to achieve the standards set by Japan…” Kaylene Petz, 1986 sophomore
From volume 56: On the Brink (2011)
The first step to becoming an independent adult is to first become an awkward freshman. People get picked on, shoved around, looked down upon. But the infamous freshman year isn’t all bad. There’s so much that you learn about the real world, and this 2011 freshman agrees with me. Freshman year may be awful for most, but it really is a good lesson for young individuals, awkward moments are always going to be a recurring theme in life. Here’s one example of just how awkward freshman really are.
“I learned lots of new stuff my freshman year.” Casey Wilson, 2011 freshman