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October 4, 2011

Changing elements at home, in world mark the passing of the class of 1986

CENTERVILLE — The class of 1986 is gathering this year to celebrate their 25th reunion at Centerville High School. They are probably hoping for a repeat performance of their Homecoming game, which saw the Big Reds beat the Davis County Mustangs 34-12.

The class, which graduated 118 seniors, named Shane Kelley and Wendy Hoenshel as their Homecoming King and Queen. Their senior Homecoming introduced the minifloat parade put on by the elementary schools. Lincoln Elementary came away with the prize. The Homecoming Dance was also moved from Friday night to Saturday night and saw more attendance. Principal Stan Oglesby announced a ban on delivering flowers and balloons in the school. The change was made in order to relieve the hassle on secretaries and eliminate the distraction of deliveries from the classroom. Change also came to the yearbook staff, who began using an Apple computer for the first time to help with the creation of the yearbook.

Things in the community were also changing. Students became a part of the Challenge '85 campaign to raise money for a multi-purpose physical fitness facility, which is today known as the Rathbun Lake Area YMCA. Students participated by giving time and donations as well as holding dances to help raise funds for the project.

In the wider world, a lottery was introduced to the state of Iowa for the first time. People 18 and older purchased tickets for $1 and hoped to strike it rich quick. Other people looked to the sky for the return of Halley's Comet. The brightest comet in orbit, it reappears every 76 years. It became visible in November and was most noticeable in April of 1986.

Some of the top movies of the day were now able to be watched at home, as people could rent VCRs and enjoy the experience of watching a movie without being in a theater. At the same time movies were getting easier to watch, some music was getting harder to listen to. Although the year saw musicians involved in such noble initiatives as Live Aid, the mammoth 24-hour concert to help Ethiopians suffering from starvation, the Parents' Music Resource Center was going to Congress to try to have a rating system installed in the music industry.

Several sports teams had great seasons, including the Big Red wrestlers and volleyball and girls' cross country teams. The varsity volleyball team won six of their seven conference games to  place second in the conference. This was the highest rank the team had received since 1978. They also defeated the Knoxville team which had been unbeaten by any other conference team for six years. The girls' cross country team kept up a proven record as they became South Central Conference champions for the sixth year in a row. This allowed the team to attend their fifth consecutive state championship, where they placed seventh. The Big Red wrestlers also came away with a conference championship, with a final record of 9-0 for the conference and 10-0 overall. Eight of the varsity wrestler's advanced to districts and five advanced to state competition. Coach Mike Halupnick was named District Wrestling Coach of the Year.

Spring and summer sports continued to make good showings. Sophomore Peggy McGuire captured a first place finish in the 100 with a time of 12:69 at the state tournament for girls' track in the spring. She was the first girl to win a state track first place in school history. The baseball team also made history by making the school's first appearance at the state 3-A tournament. They came away as district and sub-state champions, but were eventually defeated by Dyersville-Beckman, who went on to take the championship.

The school year came to an end when the class of 1986 attended their commencement ceremony on May 18, 1986. Now they are coming back to celebrate with their class members once more.

The class of 1986 will meet Friday, Oct. 7 for breakfast and social time from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Continental Restaurant. The cost is $7.50 each. The class will meet at 6:30 p.m. at Trophy's for social time. This is a free time. On Saturday, Oct. 8 the class will meet at the Manhattan. Social time will be from 5:30-6:30 p.m. with a buffet dinner from 6:30-7:30 p.m. and social time again following dinner. There will be a private room for the class, a video of high school photos and other fun activities. Cost is $28 each, drinks not included. There will be a minimum charge for those who did not RSVP and pay in advance.

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