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Looking back: Rosemount High School graduated 452 seniors in the Class of 1985

25 years ago

From the June 6, 1985

edition of the

Dakota County Tribune

Pomp & Circumstance abound at RHS


Sunny skies brightened graduation night for 452 Rosemount High School graduates, Friday, May 31 at District 196 Stadium in Rosemount.

Rosemount High School principal Dr. Thomas Wilson said the class of '85 was characterized by high achievement. Nineteen students scored high on college entrance examination tests; triple the number the school had in previous years. Seventy students received scholarships totaling $175,000 in value for the coming school year.

Foreign exchange student, Sanna Korkeaja, a native of Finland, shared her year's experience with the audience in the initial address. Audrey Cavegn was chosen by her classmates to present the graduation message.

Jerry Vollmer, RHS social studies teacher, offered the keynote address....

Veena Rao was class valedictorian. She also was a top ten student; honor graduate; and received the Presidential Scholarship; Divine Redeemer Auxiliary; First Bank Award-First Bank Burnsville; Michigan Annual Giving Scholar-Ann Arbor; National Honor Society member, Presidential Academic Fitness Award; Bausch and Lomb Science Award; National Forensic League Tournament winner; Minnesota State Speech (6th place); Social Studies Student of the Year.

Salutatorian was Michelle LaPitz. She was also a top ten student; honor graduate; Brockway Glass Company Foundation Scholarship National Merit Scholarship Corporation recipient, Trustee Scholar; National Honor Society member and Honor Society member and Presidential Academic Fitness Award winner.

Other top ten students were Lauri Macko, Angelo Wilson, Colleen Hoey, Kyle Fondrick, Nancy Petrick, Karen Anderson, Susan Feichtinger and Collin Anderson.

Regions go to Valley boys, Rosemount girls

The Irish made strong case for repeating as state champions, winning four individual titles and sending eight individuals and one relay team to state.

Sheila Haugh, the senior runner who won the state 800-meter run title a year ago, qualified in both the 400 and 800-meter runs, winning the former in 58.6 secs. and finishing second in the 800, with 2:16.1....

Jaylene Gerenz won her first region crown, winning the 100 dash in 12.4 secs. Also winning region crowns were Lisa Janusch, first in the 110 high hurdles in 15.6 secs.; and Lisa McGrady, first in the long jump in 17'7 3/4".

Also qualifying were Alicia Mundahl, second in the 3,200 run with 11:14.4; Jenny Klish, third in the 1,600 with 5:13.6 and fifth in the 3,200 with 11:22.4; Janusch, second in the 300 low hurdles with 46.1 secs.; the 3,200 relay team of Suzanne McKay, Mundahl, Melissa Johnson, and Kara Lenfesty, second in 9:23.5; and Stephanie Scholtes, second in the shot put with 34'7 1/2".

Rosemount's Schmid wins region 1AA title

Jeff Schmid of Rosemount shot a 75, including a birdie on his last hole, to win the Region 1AA boys' golf individual championship Tuesday, May 28 at the Faribault Country Club.

Schmid's score defeated four other state meet qualifiers by one stroke. Tying for second were Jim Schnider of Red Wing. Eric Thompson of Winona, Joel McGrane of Northfield, and Ken Dube of Faribault....

Dick Forsberg, head coach of the Rosemount team, said Schmid's victory wasn't really a surprise.

50 years ago

From the June 2, 1960

edition of the

Dakota County Tribune

Gene Olson 'most valuable' at Rosemount

Gene Olson, who won his first letter in athletics when he was an eighth grader, was named the top athlete of the year at Rosemount High School and became the recipient of the most valuable athlete trophy at that school's lettermens dinner held last Wednesday evening in the gymnasium.

Olson, who lettered in football, basketball, baseball, and track during the present school year has earned a total of fifteen letters in an amazing, high school athletic career. He was captain of the football and basketball teams, being named to the all-conference football team for the past two years. The 6' 1", 225 pound athlete was also a catcher on the baseball team and was an excellent shot putter on the Irish track team. He was the most versatile athlete to come out of the Irish institution since Gordy Holz graduated a decade ago.

Rosemount dist. 196 organizing

curriculum study

Sometime in April the school board of the Rosemount School District No. 196 authorized the establishing of a curriculum study committee for the school district.

The purpose of the committee is to advise the school board and administration on curriculum matters. The committee has no legal authority but is intended as a cross-section of staff and citizens with representative points of view.

A group of 18 will serve as the basic curriculum study committee and other citizens of the district and outside consultations would assist this group from time to time as the committee felt necessary.

Mrs. G. Linkert

presents piano pupils in recital

Mrs. George Linkert presented her pupils in a piano recital on Sunday evening at St. John Lutheran Church. Those who took part in the program were:

Kathy Hanson, Paula Duff, Bill Kaercher, Kay Kaercher, Marilyn Erler, Camille Goers, Steven Olson, Lyn Olson, Vicki Ervasti, Barbara Kirschknopf, Shirley Kleveter, Margie Kleveter.

Marilyn Williams, Elaine Williams, Renee Strese, Greg Monwag, Peggy Duff, Margaret Faehey, Patrick Finnegan, Rodney Stelter, Deborah Nivala, Robert Dennistown, Bonnie Gill, Mary Murphy, Susan Wachter, Tom Warner.

75 years ago

From the June 7, 1935

edition of the

Dakota County Tribune

Rosemount to start junior band June 7

Mr. Wittbecher will be at Rosemount public school June 7th at 8 o'clock with a supply of band instruments, such as trombones, clarinets, basses, baritones, and saxophones, for those who attended band meeting last Saturday, and all those who may be there next Friday...

Mr. Wittbecher will furnish the instrument free of charge. Lessons will be given every Friday and will cost less than the usual price to rent a horn.

Come early. No age limit is set. The band will have a membership of more than 20.

'Feds' raid farm;

find two stills

Led by Sheriff J. J. Heinen and Deputy Norman Dieter, three federal agents Wednesday night raided the Farm of Frank Goers, six miles southwest of Mendota, where they found two 75-gallon stills in the poultry house.

Mr. Goers, father of 11 children, told Sheriff Heinen that three weeks ago he rented the chicken house to a St. Paul liquor syndicate, who promised to pay him $25 a week rental.

Goers will be arraigned in federal court when and if the operators of the still are caught....

Interviewed, Sheriff Heinen said that secret complaint against Goers was brought into his office at Hastings. Under the law, he said, county officers cannot make a raid, hence the federal authorities were notified and the raid followed.

E. Doyle named

postmaster at Rosemount

Word was received from Washington, D.C., Monday of this week of the appointment of Edwin G. Doyle as postmaster at Rosemount.

The examination for this office was given in St. Paul Oct. 13, 1934. Mr. Doyle received an average of 95:80%.

He has been acting postmaster since the resignation of Mr. Colgan in August of last year.

Mr. Doyle is well known in this community and his many friends wish him success in this office.


school notes

School closed at Rosemount Fri., June 31. The high school went to Wildwood near White Bear for a picnic June 31. They had a very good time. Some insisted that the roller coaster be moved to Rosemount, partly because they enjoyed it so and others felt they had purchased it during the afternoon. The picnic was a success. The seniors were a glad group. Why not? They had just received their sheepskins on Wednesday night. Helen Geiger was high ranking senior. George Fischer was highest ranking boy. Others who graduated were Raymond Corrigan, Martin Evans, Irene O'Leary, Albin Pederson, Lorraine Schult, Louise Trevis and Julia Tousignant.

The band played at the graduating exercise and made a fine showing. Letters for the schools activities were awarded to Joseph Ruhr, winner in oratory division at Rosemount, - to Lorraine Schult, winner of dramatic, and to Hilda Franzmeier who ranked high in the humorous division.

Athletes who received letters were Martin Evans, Albin Pederson and Victor Segreda. These boys earned their letters in basketball.