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Hardt, Class of 1996
was Class of 1996, 10th Reunion Chairperson
from Mistie - Pictures
Mistie an email
not going to kid you; I wasn’t the ‘classic’ Kewpie, per se. I didn’t
do sports; running a mile in the shape I was in would’ve taken me many
days, possibly years. I couldn’t find time to be on the debate team
(though, I loved to argue with anyone who had time to argue back!) and
singing in tune was like asking a pig to fly. But I still enjoyed
the overall high school experience . . .
Memories of the Lounge,
The Gold Room and unending hours of Study Hall are filled with those famous
Otis Spunkmeyer Chocolate Chip Cookies and Mountain Dew. Days filled
with classes, counselor visits, off campus lunching, the occasional all-school
assembly and extracurricular activities: sports, clubs, dances and talent
shows. The Cresset and The Purple and Gold sometimes brought a hush
over the student body, depending on the included topics and pictures. While
other times, they just caused numerous letters to the Editor.
While I look
back on those years, and at times wish I would’ve done one thing or another
different, it was a time filled with memories that will last a lifetime.
Friends we call family, even though it’s been 10 years. Choices that
were made that determined the destiny of our life.
I started checking
into the reunion, just wanting to help out with stuffing envelopes or something
like that. But then Charley sent an email
plea for help. We needed someone to fill in and take control.
I have always been an organized person; though, I think there might be
an English teacher or two (or maybe just my parents) that would disagree—you
know, that for one reason or another, all assignments were late, no matter
how hard you tried for them to be on time!
I decided that I wanted
this reunion to be a success so that old acquaintances could be renewed
and new friends could be made. I’m not the same person that I was
back then; and while some would take a look at my life and say I’m not
a success, I made the conscience decision that I would live each day to
the fullest, no matter what I faced and things happened. I wanted
to show my fellow classmates how successful my life was and give them the
opportunity to do the same. I’ve lost
a few pounds, changed my hair color a few times, starting wearing contacts
instead of geeky-lookin’ eyeglasses and overall I am a better person than
I was 10 years ago.
I know that I’m not
the only one, out of 572 of us, that has always wanted the opportunity
to ‘show off’, so to speak. So that’s why I decided that I would
make every effort to find as many fellow classmates as possible.
I’m dedicated to Kewpie support. I have the desire (the driving factor
and the reason that I’m doing this, if you will) to see the Class of 1996
a close knit family unit that all works together and knows who (and where)
everyone is, and not just another graduating class from David H. Hickman
High School. We were the 100th graduating class and received medallions
at graduation for our achievement. It’s my dream that we have the
largest reunion turnout overall through the years for any reunion (or all
of them, that’s okay, too!). I want David H. Hickman High School
Class of 1996 to be remembered and talked about for our ‘family one-ness’.
mom & daughter Sunnie Mae grandmother
& son, Rockie
husband (Dusty) & Mistie
(Rockie) & daughter (Sunnie Mae)
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