From the pages of the Smyrna/Clayton Sun-Times, June 12, 1991


From the Sun-Times,
June 12, 1991

Smyrna High graduates 159 seniors
By Ben Mace, staff writer

One hundred and fifty-nine seniors from the Class of 1991 graduated Sunday at Smyrna High School’s 107th commencement exercises in the Eagles’ football stadium....

On the warm, sunny afternoon, class advisor Dwayne Caldwell labeled the football stadium a “field of dreams,” saying “on fields such as these, dreams come true.” Caldwell urged the seniors to “find your field, and build your dream.”

Class advisor Carol Modesto quoted Charles Dickens, stating, “the phrase, ‘it was the best of times; it was the worst of times,’ aptly fits these years at Smyrna High School.”

“We touched each others’ lives,” she said.

Valedictorian for the Smyrna High Class of 1991 was Blair Willis, and salutatorian was Christine Evans.

The class officers recounted the Class of 1991’s years at Smyrna High, bringing up memories, both sweet and bitter.

Treasurer Lorie Hoisington spoke about the turbulent freshman year. Hoisington reminded the seniors of the district-wide grade realignment bringing the eight graders to the high school, the high school students’ walk-out to protest teacher and staff cutbacks, and the successful referendum which restored funding to most positions....

Anna Armstrong, class secretary, said that during their sophomore year, new principal John Quarles “brought new energy to Smyrna High,” and introduced the phrase “be happy in your work.”...

Vice president Irene Apgar recounted the junior year when the students sponsored the prom with the fitting theme, “I remember you.”

Class president, Kristine Wallace, told her fellow students, “This is the last big step that we’ll take together,” and recalled humorous moments from the senior class trips.

Salutatorian Christine Evans told seniors that the seemingly trivial phase “be happy in your work,” that they heard each day from Principal Quarles, now has become very important to each graduating senior trying to find a place in society.

Blair Willis, valedictorian, rose to deliver his speech, but tripped and fell, scattering his notes on the field. As he picked himself up, he reached in his shirt pocket, pulled out another copy of his speech, and said, “I did that to prove a point.”

Willis said his fall and recovery represented the fact that adversity can be overcome with the right state of mind. He also said he wanted to show how easy it is to laugh at another’s misfortunes instead of showing concern and support.

“Be excellent to one another,” Willis told the seniors, a phrase from a teen comedy movie....

The seniors received their diplomas from Superintendent Dr. Wayne Barton and Michael McGrath, president of the Smyrna Board of Education....

Citizens’ Hose gets new fire truck
By Susan Biro, Sun-Times editor

A new Engine 44-3, costing about $217,000, was delivered May 17 to Citizens’ Hose Co. of Smyrna.

“We try to replace trucks every 20 years, so we got a little more out of Engine 44-3 than normal,” explained Citizens’ Hose Co. Fire Chief Alan Robinson Jr....

The fire company also awaits the delivery of a 10-man cab fire truck this December to replaced the engine totaled in a November 1989 accident.