The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 24, 1998 · Page 5
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 5

Salina, Kansas
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Sunday, May 24, 1998
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THE SALINA JOURNAL GREAT PLAINS SUNDAY. MAY 24, 1998 AS Using every spare moment, Including during music class In the church sanctuary, a frustrated Kelle Nowak fights through an English assignment she was surprised with on the last day of school. Classmate Tracy Kemmerer offers support. Senior Christina Jaster has her hair done by Stapey Gibson at the Hair Loft before Emmanuel's first prom. The senior class set the standard for a number of traditional school activities, Including a skip day to go to the lake late in the semester. Photos by KELLY PRESNELL / The Salina Journal Mark Larson (upper left) joins his 4-by-800-meter relay teammates, Jeremy Larson, Nick Reynolds and Chris Houltberg, In prayer before competing In the Minneapolis Invitational Track Meet. Kelle Nowak gives a grateful shout while Amanda Williams hugs her after the two completed graduation practice on the last day of classes. STEPPING OUT With tears on her cheeks, graduate Tracy Kemmerer hugs a well-wisher while standing in a reception line following graduation ceremonies at Emmanuel Foursquare Gospel Church. FROM PAGE A1 'They had longed for Fridays when it was pizza day instead of fast food from Hardees. "By the time they get here, the french fries are cold," said Christina Jaster, another senior at the school. Lining up alphabetically After 13 years, Amanda Williams was tired of being at the back of the line. "I always have to be last," she said during rehearsal for graduation. Even though Amanda, the daughter of David and Linda Williams, was the last to get her diploma, she was recognized as the first graduate to have completed all her years at Emmanuel. "She's been here for 13 years, ever since kindergarten," principal Larry Mattson said. "I have so many wonderful memories of her. How does the saying go? I've watched her go from pigtails to perfume." Amanda's usual bright and flashy eyes filled with tears. Now that she's a graduate, Amanda said she wants to work for a year or two before going to college to become a counselor, Friends in faith and school work On her last day of high school, Kelle Nowak, the daughter of David and Pamela Nowak, wasn't having a good day. She hunched over her notebook during the Friday morning worship service as her schoolmates sang and prayed. She worked on English assignments she was told the last day she still needed to get done while others played chess and talked. Her friends, Amanda and Tracy Kremmerer, pitched in helping to find the answers. With the work done, Kelle pulled out her drawing pad to finish a sketch of a country barn. She plans to enroll in the commercial art program at the Salina Area Vocational-Technical School this fall or next spring. "This is how I deal with my frustrations," she said of her artwork. "I might give this to someon, because it's my last drawing here at Emmanuel." But her last day of school got worse before it got better. While in computer class, Kelle's English teacher produced another assignment she said Kelle had to turn in. "I know I did this," Kelle said out of her teacher's ear shot as she read the questions. Amanda reached over, grabbed a page of Kelle's assignment and started looking up answers. Tracy opened her book to help on the other page. A stock car racer and disco owner Dreams among the group of 10 are wide and varied. Tracy, the daughter of John and Linda Reynolds and Terry Kemmerer, would like to be a stock car racer. "I went to the races and thought 'Look at this!' " she said. "I truly doubt that I'll do it, but it's a big dream." Don't be surprised if she does. After all, how many graduating high school seniors own their own home. Tracy is buying a house in Concordia, where she plans to attend Cloud County Community College. Then she plans to attend Kansas Wesleyan University to get a degree in elementary education. "I'm an aide in the third-grade class, and I love 'em dearly," Tracy said. At Emmanuel, the high school students work as teacher's aides spending time every day in a classroom and being graded on their work. Lindsay Lustick's far-out dream is to move to Arizona and run a disco bar. But for now she plans to go to Dodge City Community College and later transfer to Fort Hays State or an Arizona school to study accounting. She hopes to be a certified public accountant. Lindsay, whose parents are Kerry and Ray Lustick, was proud of the score on her last English assignment. "I got 100 percent," she said. "I'm going to put this up on the refrigerator so all my relatives will think I'm really smart." If that didn't fool 'em, the title of salutatorian of her graduating class might. Several of her classmates believe Lindsay, who attended Emmanuel for almost two years, is bound to succeed. "She knows what she wants, she goes after it, and she gets it," Amanda Williams said. "In a year and a halfs time, we've learned a lot," Lindsay said, addressing her classmates at graduation. "We've grown together as a class and made some big decisions. "As seniors, they told us to set an example for the future. But we set the standard by having a skip day at the lake." That standard resulted in sunburns and peeling skin the senior girls were comparing on their last school day. Hey there, married lady A lot can happen in a year. Lean Stillings changed her name and took on a life partner. "He's a sweetie," Lean said of husband Jason Imel. See CLASS, Page A6

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