Winter Sports Day

~ W.S.D. Was a Welcome Break of Fun and Frolic in a Long, Cold Winter ~
~ An Eventful Day Highlighted By A Coronation, Games, and Dance Had Something To Offer For All ~

King, Gordie Howe
~ Tug of War ~      ~ Dance Band ~                              ~ Bunny Hop on Ice ~                              ~ Broom Hockey ~      ~ Hokey Pokey ~

~ 1962 WSD Candidates ~

"(1) A cold but happy King, attended by Aquatennial princesses,
takes his place on the traditional ice throne. 
(2) Teddies muster strength to take part in the tug of war. 
(3) The RHS dance band furnished mood music for the dance. 
(4) Led by Cheerleaders and our King, students join in the Bunny Hop on ice. 
(5) The Silver Tri - Blue Tri broom hockey game was not without its share of thrills and spills. 
(6) In preparation for the Hokey Pokey, a circle of WSD enthusiasts forms on the ice. 
(7) The 1962 WSD Candidates from Top to Bottom:  Mickey Norton, Gordie Howe, Ron Noble, Kurt Jensen, and Mike Chadwick."

"Teds, having a brief vacation from the books and recovering from semester finals, relaxed and enjoyed the events of Winter Sports Day, 1962. 
Some homerooms had an early breakfast together, but first on the school-wide agenda, planned by co-chairmen Marilynn Erikson and John Totushek, was the morning auditorium. 
The Rockettes and their counterpart, the Rockheads, performed and were followed by other entertainment.  The candidates for king were then interviewed and combined their hidden musical talent to form a combo.

School was dismissed early and excited students paraded down to Sibley Field for the coronation and other activities. 
Thoroughly chilled after rides in convertibles, the candidates took their places alongside the ice throne which one of them was soon to occupy. 
Aquatennial princesses then crowned King Gordie Howe to rule the remainder of the day.

After a display of the Rockheads' skating ability, students rushed onto the ice to participate in the competition between classes this year. 
The tug of war was declared a tie between the seniors and sophomores when the rope broke.  The attention then shifted to the hockey rink for the broom hockey game. 
After a rough and tumble battle, the Silver Tri defeated the Blue Tri by 1 to 0.  The last event was a Bunny Hop on the ice, a challenge to the agility and footing of all.

Students, after returning home and warming up, prepared for the evening activities. 
Spirits were dampened somewhat when the cagers stumbled against Marshall.  However, the hockey team triumphed over St. Paul Monroe with King Gordie scoring the deciding goal. 
Meanwhile back at school, to the beat of the dance band, Teddies danced and participated in a Twist contest.  The 'Ice Fantasy' brought the long day of festivities to a close."

Source:  Sagamore Staff

~ Gordie Ruled Over Cold, Bright WSD
Date Unknown

"Winter Sports Day, 1962 took place on a bright, cold winter day. 
The festivities began with the morning auditorium where the five king candidates displayed their musical abilities.  The candidates Mike Chadwick, Gordie Howe, Kurt Jensen, Ron Noble, and Mickey Norton were interviewed.  They then went to their instruments and played 'Row, Row, Row Your Boat' with the audience joining in.  The Rockettes entertained and were followed by their 'graceful' counterpart, the Rockheads.

School was dismissed early so that we could go to Sibley field and watch the crowning of King Gordie Howe by two Aquatennial Princesses.

Hundreds then took part in the several games in an attempt to warm up in the freezing weather.

Blue Tri and Silver Tri girls played a game of broom hockey.

The battle of the classes turned to a stalemate when the rope broke in the tug of war.  With hundreds on each end of the rope, the rope gave way just as the seniors were about to pull to victory. 
The activities were rounded out with everyone joining in a huge bunny hop line and in doing the hokey pokey.

After thawing out, Teds were ready to go to the basketball and hockey games.

'Ice Fantasy' was the theme of the dance that ended the day.  To the music of the Swing Band many couples showed off their twisting talents.  It was a long and eventful day."

Source:  The Roosevelt Standard, Senior Edition, June 8, 1962

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May Day

~ Queen Terry Crowned During May Day Program ~
May 4, 1962

~ From her floral throne, Queen Terry Robson reigned over her loyal subjects ~

Queen Terry's Day Was Colored Pink

"From a pink floral throne Queen Terry Robson reigned over May Day.

She and her attendants, Barb Heyer, Pam Loza, Karen Pottsmith, and Linda Opsahl all wore beautiful floor length gowns.  Their escorts were the Winter Sports Day King and his court.

Terry was crowned by last year's queen, Marlyce Benson, during the morning auditorium.  The crown was made of delicate, light pink rose buds.  Glistening butterflies were woven through the crown and made it sparkle. 
It seemed as if the color arrangement had be arranged since the queen's formal was also pink (it wasn't).

The Rockettes performed the traditional May Pole dance as a part of the entertainment.  They wore pink gingham skirts, white blouses, and large straw skimmers with pink ribbons.

All day long it rained and that night was no exception, as couples went to the dance.  Here pastel flowers and a water fountain helped those who attended forget the dismal weather outside."

Source:  The Roosevelt Standard, Senior Edition, June 8, 1962

~ 1962 Rockettes ~

CCW:  Mary Jo Kunz (Jr.), _____, Pam Fillmore (Jr.), _____, Mary Keohane (Sr.), Lani Greenfield (Sr.), _____, _____, _____, and Diane Franzen (Sr.).  
Two or three Rockettes are out of view.  Those who remain are:  Nora Monahan (Sr.), Kathy Nelson (Sr.), Lynn Scheele (Jr.), Joan Johnson (Jr.), Kay Kwakenat (Jr.), Jacquie Spence (Soph.), Dawn Peterson (Soph), Gail Wittels (Jr.-alternate)

~ May Day Queen, Terry Robson ~

~ Coronation Ceremony ~

L to R:  Barb Heyer, Queen Terry Robson, Karen Pottsmith, and Linda Opsahl.  Pam Loza, not in view,

Photo source:  Terry (Robson) Filipa

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Senior Banquet
~ Senior Banquet Held on Rainy May Night ~
May 22, 1962

"Shooting for the Moon" was the theme of the 1962 Senior Banquet, held at Dayton's Sky Room last May 22.

The evening began with the invocation delivered by Jerry Samuelson.

Next a very delicious dinner was served.  On the menu were:  fresh fruit cocktail, roast sirloin beef, whipped potatoes, green peas, mixed green salad, roll, butter, apple pie, with a choice of either coffee or milk.

John Bransford, who acted as master of ceremonies introduced the Choralaires who sang, "Dream" and "Sentimental Journey".

Principal John C. Wells then delivered a greeting to the members of the graduating class.

Dr. Rodney A. Briggs, Dean University of Minnesota, Morris spoke on the theme of the banquet.  His speech was centered around the problems of beginning a new college and how this was his way of "Shooting for the Moon".

Roosevelt's answer to the Kingston Trio, the Wee Three, then sang:  "Darlin' Sportin' Jenny", "Don't Cry Katy", and a parody on our three years set to the music of "Moments to Remember". 
Members of the group are Dan Myhre, Paul Martin, Jim Fritz, and Tom Haiker.

Dick Wilson, senior class president, presented the traditional teddy bear to junior class president, Dan Nelson.  Along with the teddy bear goes the responsibility of upholding Roosevelt's standards
both academically and athletically.

Rising, the seniors sang the school hymn.  This was one of the last times the entire class was together.

Source:  The Roosevelt Standard, Senior Edition, June 8, 1962

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Senior Class Day
~ Last Day of Classes for Graduating Seniors ~

June 8, 1962

June 8 is Senior Class Day.  Class Day is one of the days in our high school years which will stand out in our memories. 
It is the last day seniors attend classes, because the following week is spent in practice for Commencement.

This year seniors, as always, will be wearing their graduation caps to their classes and will check out with all of their teachers.

An all senior talent show is scheduled which will be presented to the entire school in the morning auditorium.

Sagamores will have been received by then and seniors, along with everyone else, will be busy writing notes to classmates; some of whom, perhaps, they will never see again.

The Senior Prom will end the day for many seniors, at the Lafayette Club on Lake Minnetonka.

Senior Class Day has been celebrated many different ways during Roosevelt's history.  In 1927, the "A" students were given an afternoon program, banquet, and dance.  Class Day in 1931 was spent in Phalen Park in St. Paul.  Crepe paper hats of the class colors of blue and silver, were worn on 1935's Distinction Day.  Extra programs were given in 1939, to all "A" and "B" students as an extra treat for hard work in their high school years."

Source:  The Roosevelt Standard, Senior Edition, June 8, 1962

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Senior Prom

~ 1962 Senior Prom Tonight Near "Southern Mansions" ~
June 8, 1962

"Tonight, June 8th, is the magic night for many happy seniors.
  After a round of informal coketail parties, promptly at 8:30 p.m. the beautiful Lafayette Country Club will be the scene of the social highlight of the Senior year--the Senior Prom. 
As the blissful couples dance to the music of Rod  Aaberg's Orchestra, and the ballroom becomes a swirl of color, many hardworking seniors will relax for the first time in many weeks.  Probably the biggest sigh will come from Prom chairman, Karen Pottsmith.  Karen and her committee have devoted many long hours of hard work to make this Senior Prom a night to always remember.

For weeks, senior girls have searched the stores of Minneapolis for just the right dress to wear while their favorite beaus will be bedecked in tuxedos and white dinner jackets.

Although June 8th is the busiest day of the year for seniors, because it is also Senior Class Day as well as the day of the Senior Prom, senior girls will find time to sit in the beauty parlor, and senior boys will have to find time to visit the florist.  At last, when all of these preparations are complete and the dance is underway, these elegant couples will be able to keep a record of their Senior Prom with an official photograph by a representative of the
H. Larson Studios who will be on hand during the entire evening.

In a setting of 'Southern Mansions', the evening itself will pass much too quickly for all.  The next day, many will be off to some favorite picnic spot for a day of sun and fun.

The numerous lovely decorations are the creative work of Decoration's chairman, Judy Gayda and her committee. 
Other chairmen include:  Publicity--Penny Gilmore, Refreshments--Diane Forkins, Tickets--Lani Greenfield, and Chaperones--Nancy Sandeen.

To these people and the many others unmentioned go our thanks for a fitting social activity to close our senior year."

Source:  The Roosevelt Standard, Senior Edition, June 8, 1962

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~ Dedication and Graduation To Climax Three RHS Years ~
June 10th and June 13, 1962

"Three years of activities for the Class of 1962 will be brought to a close by Dedication, Commencement, and the Graduation Party.

The Dedication Service will be held on Sunday, June 10, at 6:30 p.m. on the football field.  Seniors will be wearing their caps and gowns.

'The Future of Freedom', main speech of the Dedication, will be presented by Dr. John J. Neumaier, President of Moorhead State College.  Dennis Schulstad, member of the senior class will deliver the invocation. 
The choir will sing three numbers:  'Roots and Leaves', 'Festival Finale', and 'The Lord Bless You and Keep You'.  The Roosevelt marching band will also take part in the ceremony.

Mrs. Myrtice Holmquist and Mr. Lawrence Swadner are senior class advisors for the event.

Presentations will follow which will include presentation of the seniors by senior class president, Dick Wilson, presentation of the class of 1962 by Principal John C. Wells, and the real climax,
presentation of the diplomas by Mr. Carl Miller, member of the Board of Education.

The last part of the program will be the recession of the seniors to 'Pomp and Circumstance'.

The Commencement Exercises will be followed by the All-night Party.  Buses leave school at 9:00 p.m. for the Midway YMCA; nobody will be allowed to drive there in private cars.

Seniors will have use of the swimming pool, bowling alleys, gymnasium, lounge, game rooms, and ballroom for dancing.  A feature movie will also be shown. 
It's a night set aside for fun, spent with friends that will be remembered for a long time.

It has been an eventful and wonderful three years and will always be remembered by the graduating class of 1962.

Source:  The Roosevelt Standard, Senior Edition, June 8, 1962

~ Our class Had 730 Members as Sophs ~

"When we came to Roosevelt as sophomores back in 1959, a whole new world was opening for us. 
It took a little while to get used to the large size of the school with it's split shift lunches and one way stairs, and all the other things that made it seem so big, but gradually they became ordinary and a part of our lives.

With such a large class, there were 730, we had many new friends to make.  As the year's activities took place we were constantly meeting new people and making many lasting friendships.

Many non-superstitious sophomores attended the Sophomore Class Party on Friday, November 13, 1959.  As at all class parties those who went danced, played volleyball, and kept meeting more new people.

With pepfests in the fall, school spirit was developed among our class members and this soon showed by the large numbers of enthusiastic sophomores who attended the football games that fall.

When the winter sports season came, we went to our first basketball games at the Minneapolis Auditorium.  Going to the exciting hockey games made us feel a real part of the school.

Many Teds began to make their mark in sports in their sophomore years as they began their climb to stardom.

Some of us began to think of our future and the importance of a good high school record as we cracked the books and prepared for college. 
Some made the honor roll and were encouraged to continue on with their good records and try for scholarships.

High school provided us with an opportunity to enjoy the many extracurricular activities offered.  Our spare time was filled with all the clubs and dances that we could manage to squeeze in.

Throughout the year we gained maturity and confidence and as the year drew to a close, we could look back at the wonderful times we had and look forward to the two years yet to come."

Source:  The Roosevelt Standard, Senior Edition, June 8, 1962


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