Here are some more tidbits of news from the May 1965 issue of the Cat’s Paw. I don’t have a photo from that year, but this one is from 1966. Close enough!
First grader Lisa Hankey had perfect attendance. So did second graders Becky Whisenhunt and Sue Ann Richardson.
The third grade began the year with thirty-six students, but five moved away. Those making 100% on their last spelling test of the year were: Larry Behrens, Edward Goss, Dennis Green, Bob Jordan, Russell Prentice, Billy Snider, Ronnie Haddock, Leslie Curtis, Pam Emerson, Shirley Hodge, Ann Milligan, Jo Ann Nail, Rhonda Reeves, Edith Stair, Juanita Wells, Joy Moreland, Kathy Proctor, Connie Haddock, Patty Nickles, and Gay Robison.
The third and sixth grade classes rode the train together from Colbert to Atoka for their class picnic. The fourth grade did the same on a different day.
Fifth graders Karen Hankey and Margie Garner won blue ribbons at the 4H demonstrations. Karen was Grand Champion of Bryan County. Fred Roper and Gary Boehme won red ribbons.
These sixth graders read twenty-five or more books during the year: Billy Mullins, Frankie Cross, Claudene Hyde, Troy Williamson, Burva Taylor, Robert Rowland, Susie Well, Jackie Snider, Shannon Whisenhunt, Diane Foster, Arminta Lester, Dale Hill, Donna Clepper, and Sheryl Springer.
Seventh graders Fred Combrink, Tommy Owens, and June Stanfield participated in the 4H Speech Contest. Tommy and Fred won Grand Champion in the junior division and June won a blue ribbon.
Eighth graders Regina Self, Linda Page, and Tommy Garner won “two” on their solos at the state music contest.
Betty Sampson praised Mrs. Hodges for her “guiding hand” with the Cat’s Paw staff. The Juniors thanked Mrs. Taylor and Mr. Owens for their help with the Junior-Senior Banquet. The seniors left their “everlasting thanks and good will for their kind assistance” to Mr. McCorkle and Mrs. Choate. The annual was dedicated to Mr. Choate and Mr. Welch.
A tribute was paid to the Ammons family for having eleven Caddo High graduates between 1945 and 1965.
Billy Whisenhunt was the valedictorian of the senior class and Sharon Dufur was the salutatorian.
Class “wills” were a tradition and seniors willed some of their abilities to the lower classmen. David Rowland willed his ability to catch a girl to Alton Rackley. Larry Martin willed his height to Stanley Jordan. Lynda Hallmark willed her ability to eat to Sandra Battiest.
Prophecies for the future of the seniors included:
Patricia Barker- opera and TV singer
David Roland- head of the math department at one of the largest universities in the world
Clinton Jones- will become the funniest clown the circus ever had
Linda Rhodes- will join the Air Force and become stenographer for the Secretary of Defense
Larry Martin- owner of the world’s largest cattle ranch
Betsy Griffin- marry an industrial arts teacher and have four children
Sandra Ammons- secretary to the Chief Justice of the U.S. and mother of twelve children
Juniors Linda Robb and Aggalee Boyd were chosen to attend the Girl’s Sate at Chickasha, May 29-June 5. The girls had outstanding scholarship, physical fitness, and leadership skills.
Alton Rackley gripes because his typewriter doesn’t know how to type.
Opal Stanfield gripes about everything.
Charlotte Proctor gripes because Jimmy has moved.
Mike Self gripes because his car is so powerful he can’t hold it down.
Sandra Ammons, Charlotte Hill, Rosalyne Sims, Ladell Mugler, Betty Sampson, Brenda Nicholson, and Betsy Griffin played on the Cubbette softball team.
Kenneth Behrens was a finalist in the Rural Electric essay contest. The topic was “REA- Good for All Americans”.
Shop projects were judged by Southeastern State College and Larry Shields’ leather billfold won first place. Charles Nickles (bed), Clinton Jones (coffee table), Larry Martin (gun rack) and Judd Faudree (stool) won fifth place awards.