Jeannie (Raeder) Johanning???? from the Class of 1962 shared:
"I came to Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah High School my Junior year. I remember being very nervous that first day. One of my early classes in the day, I sat down and the girl behind me tapped me on the shoulder and said, "What's your name?" I responded, "Jeannie Raeder" and she said, "My name is Mary. Last names aren't important here!" Mary Schetter put me right at ease. I loved that there were no "cliques" and everyone was everyone's friend. Those friendships have lasted a lifetime! The first day of my Junior year was also the first day for the newteacher, Donna Wirth. That first day she said, "If there is no one here who can play the piano, we will not have a Chorus. Someone pointed to me and said, "She plays for our Sunday School," Next year I will be a church organist for 50 years and I often wonder if that would have happened without the push Mrs. Wirth gave me to play so we could have a chorus. I love playing the organ and cannot say enough about the doors she opened for me. Years later, when our daughter was in grade school at Howards Grove Schools, Donna Wirth was her music teacher too. Though I had no piano lessons myself, I was teaching our girls to play the piano. Our Carol must have tinkered on the piano at school and we received a call from Mrs. Wirth. She said, "Your Carol has talent and she should be taking piano from a professional teacher." We immediately made that change and today Carol is a church organist also, plays for many school music concerts and accompanies students for district and state music festivals. So, you see, Donna has touched many lives. I was so blessed to attend EHS. For a smaller school, it seems like today's students are getting a top notch education with many activities. Keep up the great work."
Lynette (Behr) Fiebrink shared:
I went to high school between 1958 and graduated in 1962. During our noon hours we could go to the gym and dance, dances like the twist, and the stroll were aong some of the favorites. Music was on the stage. The teachers monitored and we had fun. Also on the front page was yout top chef article. Brought back more thoughts, I went to my jewelry box and took out I believe the first Betty Crocker Homemaker of Tomorrow award.
I has some of the best teachers, Mrs. Mudrow, Mrs. Landgraf, and so many more.
Kim Buechel Mesun shared:
The mention of music in the old high school gym (then the middle school gym) reminded me of 6th grade (1967-68). Yes, there was music played during the lunch hour. The dancing was on the stage. Mostly the girls did the dancing. The boys who were too cool to dance were playing basketball in the gym and of course watching the girls. Still think of that every time I hear "Midnight Confession." My class was the first one for the 6th grade in the old high school.
I think the three main things I learned in 6th grade were prehistoric history (I remember making dioramas and murals of dinosaurs in the old art room), practicing in the hallway outside the classroom for the spelling bee (and after all that work and the weird words we memorized, I went down on "naturally," can you believe it, forgot one of the "Ls"), and making candles. I never mistakenly spelled "naturally" again.
Do these bring back any memories for you? We would like to also have your stories from the different decades of students who went through ELGS. If you have some memories/stories to share, please email them to Ann Buechel Haack at firstname.lastname@example.org or mail them prior to her c/o ELG School District, PO 326. These memories will be shared on our school website and hopefully enough will be shared to compile for distribution at the graduation ceremony.