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Ah youth!

Posted in 25th reunion,class of 1982,class of 82,high school,louisiana,seniors,slidell by Tiger82 on January 24, 2008

Take Todd Hanson at 17, add youtube & you get this kid:



Come to think of it, doesn’t Todd live in VA now? Hmmm…

Slidell High School Celebrating 100th Year in 2008!

From: www.thesttammanynews.com

Wednesday, January 2, 2008 9:08 AM CST

Faculty and staff at Slidell High School are searching for alumni as they begin planning for the school’s 100th anniversary celebration.

“We’d like to have alumni representative from each class contribute their input,” said Donna Kahl Manetta, Class of ’74 and a co-coordinator of the anniversary committee. “The 50-Year Club has been instrumental to our plans, but we need to hear from graduates of 1958 and forward.”

The school opened in 1908, and the first class to graduate the following spring consisted of just four members. The diploma of one, Lena Ezell George, hangs in the front office.

Until the late 1950s, SHS was the only public high school in Slidell. The 50-Year Club is a group of SHS alumni, each who graduated 50 or more years ago. Christina Wiebelt, director of the Communications Academy, has begun filming interviews with some of its members for a series of mini-documentaries.

Manetta, who also teaches senior English, hopes to have a video to honor each decade of the school’s history. Interlaced with the personal histories will be snippets of current events and trends of the time.

Beginning in September 2008, they will play the videos on several monitors located around the school.

The committee is also looking for old photos to use in the 2008-2009 SAGA, the school yearbook. The yearbook theme will be “Tradition Touching Today” and will explore how the experiences of past graduates may influence those of the future.

Also coordinating the anniversary committee with Manetta is Tracy Sollberger Krieger, class of ’73 and a teacher of gifted and advanced placement English. The parents of both women attended SHS, something that is not uncommon among the student body.

“There are a lot of third and fourth generations that have gone to school here, and not a lot of schools can say that,” said Krieger. “It really fosters a sense of continuity and family.”

Manetta and Krieger say the yearlong celebration will culminate in a special gathering for all alumni in the spring of 2009, but specific details are not in place yet. They hope more alumni will come forward to be part of the planning process and will welcome all input.

The next anniversary committee meeting is set for Jan. 9, 2008. Those interested in participating should call 643-2992, or send an e-mail to dmanetta@stpsb.org.

Happy New Year, Class of ’82

Posted in 25th reunion,Blogroll,class of 1982,class of 82,louisiana,reunions,slidell,tigers by Tiger82 on December 31, 2007

Slidell High School Turns 100!

Posted in class of 1982,class of 82,high school,louisiana,reunions,seniors,slidell,tigers by Tiger82 on December 13, 2007


Centennial plans in works at Slidell High

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

By Kathleen Modenbach

Contributing writer  

Slidell High then and now is the approach of the school’s administration, faculty, students and alumni as they mark the 100th anniversary of the school’s opening in 2007-08, and prepare to celebrate the 100th graduating class in 2008-09.

An ambitious program of gathering oral histories, photographs and memories of Slidell High alumni will be presented over the course of the Centennial celebration as student learn about their school as well as the history of Slidell.

Slidell High senior Ericka Jenkins can’t imagine going to school by boat and train during World War I, not to mention getting home at midnight because soldiers had priority for the trains. Stories like these, told by Slidell High 50 Year Club members, are part of ongoing activities being planned as the Slidell school marks its centennial year.

“I learned so much about Slidell and its history. I had no idea that students ‘back in the day’ had to take boats and trains to get to school,” Jenkins said.

Senior Ashlie Lewis agrees, adding, “the interviews really made me realize how much we take for granted.”

Donna Manetta, Slidell High Centennial chair, said Slidell High opened in 1908 with a junior class. This year is the school’s centennial year, but the 2008-09 class will be the school’s 100th graduating class. Besides the oral histories filmed by the school’s Communication Academy under Christy Wiebelt, other planned events include highlighting each decade at Slidell High with happenings at the school, historical world events and music of the period.

Manetta and the Centennial Committee are working to compile the history of the school, from which she, her father and grandfather graduated. In a letter to Slidell High alumni, Manetta said “it is fitting and important to recognize the spirit and endeavors of those who have graduated from Slidell High.”

Slidell High Principal William Percy said the 50 Year Club is made up of alumni who graduated from the school 50 years ago or more. “They’re a pretty active club in Slidell and have had a relationship with the school for the last several years.”

Students from the school’s Communication Academy have been compiling an oral history of the school, interviewing 50 Year Club members along with other alumni who have had an impact on the community, he said. The students have been asking questions about Slidell then and now.

Percy said [the son of] L.V. McGinty, former Slidell High principal from 1936-1976, and his wife were in Slidell recently and were interviewed by the students. Many of these interviews and other centennial projects will be shared at various school activities during the course of the year, according to Percy.

Other activities include an open invitation for former Slidell High band members from any year to play with the Tiger band. Also, 50-year graduates will be honored with passes to major events, including sports, plays and music concerts. Finally, all alumni will be celebrated at a special gathering in the spring of 2009.

Susan Summers, Slidell High yearbook sponsor, is asking for candid then-and-now pictures of Slidell High graduates with children or grandchildren presently attending the school. The Saga yearbook staff will take the student pictures and pose them in a picture similar to ones the parents and grandparents had in their yearbooks. These will be used in a special centennial issue of the Saga yearbook, covering 100 years of change at the school.

Summers is also interested in hearing graduates’ stories or copying their old pictures. Contact her at ssummers@stpsb.org for more information.

To share a memory from time at Slidell High, contact Christy Wiebelt at cwiebelt@stpsb.org.

The school welcomes any ideas or suggestions about centennial activities. Contact Slidell High at (985) 643-2992 or e-mail one of the faculty alumni: Donna Kahl Manetta, dmanetta@stpsb.org or Tracy Sollberger Krieger, tkrieger@stpsb.org or Joshua St. Cyr, jst.cyr@stpsb.org.

“Slidell High School has a rich heritage, and we most definitely want to honor that Tiger Pride,” Manetta said.  

Published on NOLA.com Wednesday, December 12, 2007 12:16 p.m.

Published in The Times-Picayune Thursday, December 13, 2007

Season’s Greetings

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

to the

Slidell High – Class of 82!

School Transportation Woes Addressed

Posted in class of 1982,class of 82,high school,louisiana,slidell by Tiger82 on October 8, 2007

In what they hope will remedy a severe bus driver shortage, the St. Tammany Parish School Board has announced it has relaxed the age requirements of new hires. Up until recently, applicants had to be at least 21 in order to apply for a bus driver job with the board.

But a combination of an unprecedented increase in students since the storm and a low pay scale for drivers has strained the system to its limits and brought it to what some would argue are crisis proportions.

Said one school board transportation official, “We simply had to do something. We have students who aren’t even getting to school because there aren’t enough buses to go around. And we are required by federal mandate to comply with the No Child Left Behind rules.”

The already overcrowded streets are made worse with parents forced to drive their kids to school. “These are hard working, tax paying parents. We owe them better.”

He went on to say, “Our pay may not be the greatest but our benefits are excellent and we hope by lowering the minimum age requirement, we can breathe new life into the Transportation Department. Ideally, the riders, the kids, will now have someone they can relate to. Someone closer to their age.”

The move appears to be paying off as the board has just announced it’s first, of what it hopes will be many, new hires. It’s this guy: 


Remember your first time?

Posted in class of 1982,class of 82,high school,reunions,slidell by Tiger82 on September 27, 2007

Mine was Rick Springfield. That was the crowd I rolled with.


Homecoming 2007

Posted in class of 1982,class of 82,high school,louisiana,reunions,slidell by Tiger82 on September 24, 2007

Friday, October 19 is Slidell High’s Homecoming game. Anyone from the Class of 82 wishing to attend should simply show up and sit in our assigned class area – AKA The Botox Section!  We will likely go out somewhere as a group afterward.

We anticipate Clif Sawyer’s return from Iraq by then and look forward to welcoming him home at the game!

The preceding Tuesday is, of course, White Nite and to celebrate, we will be rolling Doug Reker’s house! 🙂

Hope to see you there, Gnanse

Buddy, can you spare a yearbook?

Posted in 25th reunion,class of 1982,class of 82,high school,louisiana,seniors,slidell by Tiger82 on September 13, 2007

Classmate John Stanley would like to buy a senior yearbook from anyone wishing to sell theirs. He can be reached at: johnmstanley@yahoo.com

82 Tiger Tales on the Wall…

Posted in class of 1982,class of 82,high school,louisiana,seniors,slidell by Tiger82 on August 24, 2007

Sam St. Phard, former SHS Student Council President and ’82 classmate is compiling an anthology of stories about our senior year. Anyone wishing to take a trip down memory lane (like the time you slid off the hood of the car at Roadside or that little “kick thing” that Bobby Anderson did) please feel free to send your tales to Sam at: sam@gallowayknight.com

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