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         The SM West Epic Vol IV No 8  October 29, 1965               

‘Rosy’ Homecoming To Welcome Vikes:  “Everything’s Coming Up Roses” is the theme for the 1965 SM West homecoming.  Homecoming will take place tonight in the District stadium against the Topeka West Chargers.      The girls will be escorted down the stadium to the center of field to the platform, which is decorated with grass, columns, and roses made of crepe paper.      Mr. Arthur W. Selves, principal, will crown the new Homecoming queen, and he will escort Sharon Gravino and Cathie Ulrich, queens of 1963 and 1964, respectively, to the platform before the coronation.      The candidates for homecoming will wear white wool A-line dresses at the halftime ceremonies.      Jerry Jones will announce the proceedings from the press box.      The band and drill team will provide the entertainment, much the same as they have done in previous years.  The “roses” theme will be carried over to the Homecoming dance tomorrow night.      The dance will take place in the gym, and the price is 75 cents per couple with activity tickets.      Homecoming mums will be on sale at the game tonight for $1.

A Cappella To Give 30 Minute Cantata:  The Orchestra and A Cappella Choir will present a program Nov. 12 here, according to Mr. Bill Oldham, vocal music director.      They will present “Gloria” by Vi Valdi, a 30 minute cantata with a Christmas theme.      The soloists in the program will be Dede Washburn and Karen Ronsick.     “Drindisi” (Drink Song) from Verdi’s La Traviata will also be presented and will feature Dede Washburn and Steve Robinson.  West’s Chorale put on a musical variety program in Jefferson City, Oct. 2 at the Missouri State Convention for the Division of the American Cancer society.      Under the direction of Mr. Oldham, the Chorale sang selections from “West Side Story”, “Oliver”, and some spirituals.      The featured soloists were Dede Washburn and Steve Robinson.

468 Debaters To Vie For Honors In State’s Largest Tournament:  Shawnee Mission West, East and North are playing host to 486 visiting debaters from 30 Kansas and Missouri high schools today and tomorrow for the Third annual Shawnee Mission Cooperative debate tournament.      “Our tournament is the largest debate event in the state of Kansas this year,” stated Debby Young, tournament director.      Mike Penzner and Debby Young, co-directors; Jerry Jones, Terry Schreier, and Mark Lubow, assistants, have been working with Mr. Michael T. Hayes, debate coach, since Sept. 28 in preparation for the tournament…


Harriers Seek To Qualify Tomorrow For State Meet:  Tomorrow at 11:00 a.m. Shawnee Mission West and the Viking Harriers will host the Eastern Kansas Regional Meet.      This year 10 to 15 teams will participate.  Some teams are: Bishop Miege, Olathe, Fort Scott, Pittsburg, SM North, SM East, Wyandotte, Turner, and of course the Viking’s seven.       Probable starters will be Dave Zimmerman, Mike Cooper, Roger Bruning, Woody Surs, Bob Anderson, Carl Herndon, and Larry Lindsey.      In this meet the first three finishers qualify for state.      When asked to comment, Coach Lloyd McGuire revealed that 4 of the top 6 teams will be there…

‘Inherit the Wind’ Rehearsals Breeze Along to Perfection:  “Rehearsals are going quite well.  It’s a tough play, and we have a long way to go, but with the talent we have to work with I’m sure that we’ll make a great production,” stated John Pearse, student director, for “Inherit the Wind.”      This week, interpretation of roles for all acts and scenes is being practiced in rehearsals every day after school in the auditorium.      For the last two week, blocking has taken up all rehearsal time.  All cast members were required to attend rehearsals to gain the general feeling of the play.  Blocking is working out all the movement of the scenes.      Mr. Coplin, drama coach, stated, ”It’s a hard show, but I see progress.  The actors are learning to act and react on stage for two hours, without many lines to convey their feelings.  They are up against one of the toughest challenges that they have ever been.”      Steve Johnson, who plays Harry Drummond, said, “Rehearsals are not the glorious experiences most people think they are.  They are hard work, but they bring more perfection to the results, and the audience benefits by this perfection.”      Dress rehearsal is scheduled for Nov. 18, and the play will be presented Nov. 19 and 20.

Industrial artists Attend Convo:  SM West was represented by three teachers and two at an Industrial Arts Four State Conference at Pittsburg, Kans., Oct. 1-2.  Teachers were Mr. Melvin Taylor, Mr. Floyd Tinsley and Mr. Carl H. Rolf.  Student representatives were Robin Warrem and Steve Wooten, seniors.

Highest Grade Won by Band:  The SM West band received the highest possible grade at the Wichita Marching contest, Oct. 9.      The band was put in the AA-band class out of the divisions B-band, A-band, and AA-band.  The best grade in all of these divisions was a “1”, which West received.      Twenty-seven other bands from Oklahoma and Kansas were represented at the contest.  The routine used at the Chiefs’ game was also performed at Wichita.

PAT’s Missed; Victory Also:  The South has risen again, or at least they have to the Vikings.  The Raytown South Cardinals took the Vikings for their third straight loss at district stadium last Saturday night before an enthusiastic crowd of Vikings.  All of the scoring took place in the second quarter but the Cardinals edged past the west eleven by a score of 14-12.      Roy McDonald, in for the first time since the second game of the season, scored a touchdown from the two yard line for a 98 yard play from scrimmage.  Not only did he make the long run but carried fifteen other times for a total of 190 yards.      Even though West’s offensive effort doubled that of Raytown (358-176) the Vikings were halted on touchdown drives three times due to fumbles.  Viking Mike Mahaney also contributed to the scoreboard with a one yard run for a touchdown.      The touchdown number was the same but extra points made the difference as Raytown’s Selici kicked the two extra points that lifted the Cardinals to a 14-12 victory.

Jim Shorts- Co-Captain Stars:  This is the second of a series designed to inform the layman of the activities of some of the Viking football players.      Roy McDonald is a name synonymous with athletic prowess and general amiable traits.  Roy has participated in athletics since his entrance on the scene at West his sophomore year.  In his initial year Roy was the one sophomore letterman in football, he lettered as well in track and gained a sophomore numeral for services rendered on the sophomore gold squad in basketball.  Roy combined speed on the football field with intelligence in the classroom and earned a berth on the honor roll.  To add to his conquests, he was a member of the sophomore class executive committee.



Save the Date     

Shawnee Mission West Vikings    Class of 1966

We are turning 70 in 2018   So let's celebrate!

Lake Quivira Yacht Club   Saturday, June 16   4:00 pm

Details to follow