Reunion Notes

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If your class is planning a reunion in the next year or two send information to me and we'll put it on the blog. Just email Mary Ellen Shea Clifford - Class of 1970 at





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Saturday, April 19, 2008

The '80s come in like a Lion - 1980




The school year saw the inevitable end of the '70s and the precarious beginning of the '80s. Hostages in Iran. Soviets in Afghanistan. Women in the draft. A teacher in Lake Placid. The Raiders in Jennison Field House.

As the Labarum went to press, the hostages were approaching 250 days in captivity. The Russian invasion of Afghanistan was the catalyst that brought on the boycott of the summer Olympics in Moscow.

Yearbook advisor Mr. Thomas F. Cole and his wife, Marlene, ventured to Lake Placid for the Winter Olympics and witnessed the U.S. Hockey Team's defeat of Russia in the playoffs. "It was like you were a part of history," commented Mr. Cole upon his return.

With the possibility of the world never witnessing another Olympics of any kind, another possibility surfaced---the return of the draft for women, as well as men. St. Mary's students faced registration upon graduation.

Closer to home, the St. Mary's following urged the Boys' Varsity Basketball Team on to victory after victory until a one point loss to Detroit East Catholic in the semifinals ended a successful season.

The '80s came in like a lion and it remains to be seen if they go out like a lamb.

The Senior class of 1980 was an assortment of different beliefs, ideas and talents. When they arrived in the fall of '76 they were eager to start their high school life, but still a bit scared that they weren't going to be accepted.

From the beginning of their senior year, they showed a unity that not many other classes had. Shouldering the responsibility of their Junior-Senior Prom, they started early to earn money. Hot lunches that weren't all that hot, dances and candy and jewelry sales made up the bulk of their money. All the hard work paid off though, and the prom was a success.

Finally, they made it, their senior year. This was the year that everyone said they would never forget. Right from the start they could tell it was going to be different. They were closer, there were more activities for the class, cards and pictures and addresses were exchanged. Gowns were tired on and graduation parties were planned. The final countdown had begun.

SMC Alumni Share Photos

Charles Shea Award



C. Mrozinaki 1963-1964
R. Montcalm 1964-1965
J. Bailie 1965-1966
D. Bittner 1966-1967
R. Looby 1967-1968
J. Hansen 1968-1969
J. Looby 1969-1970
B. Mangold 1970-1971
J. Kelly and B. Sullivan 1971-1972
T. Sullivan 1972-1973
D. Berlin 1973-1974
K. Lilliestierna 1974-1975
J. Kelly 1975-1976
No Award given 1976-1977
M. Meatte 1977-1978
K. Schulte 1978-1979
B. Booker 1979-1980
M. Quinnan 1980-1981
D. Pritchett and G. Jastrzembowski 1981-1982
D. Andrews 1982-1983

Following is a quote from the letter written by John Looby for the election of Charles F. Shea to the Catholic School Hall of Fame:

August 21, 2005

As a high school freshman entering St. Mary High School, I first learned of the Charles Shea Award, which was given each year to one high school senior. Because the award recognized a student for outstanding character and athletic and scholastic achievement, it was considered a great honor to receive it. I was awarded the Charles Shea Award my senior year, and I can honestly say receiving this award meant more to me than being voted First Team, All State, in both the AP and UPI Press Polls. I felt a great sense of pride when receiving this award, and it made me want to live up to the high standards it represented.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Heart of the Shamrock - 1922




In the "BYGONE DAYS" in The Saginaw News it listed the following for 1922:

In the cast of "The Heart of a Shamrock," St. Mary's High School play, were Cornelius Schrems, James Keenan, Valentine Dente, Toynton Schlagel, Mabel O'Brien and Rosalie Schrems.

Class Song - 1916




Our happy school days now have gone,
We leave our friends so dear,
We see our future brightly dawn
The distant call we hear.

CHORUS

Farewell to you, S.M.H.S.
Dear teachers, classmates all,
Our future's aim is now success,
From it we ne'er shall fall.

II

Under our Motto, brave and true,
We'll prove a noble band.
Though we be eight, a very few,
United e'er we'll stand.

Marie Costelloe

Maroons Capture State Championship - 1953



Back Row: Forward: Bob MacDonald, All Valley: Ron Rupert, Guards: Tom Hiser, Lloyd Bishop and John Nickodemus
Front Row: All Valley: Denny Troester, 2nd Team All Valley: Dave Woodcock, Guard: Hub Lynch, Center: Tom Storey, Forwards: Jim LeFevre and Terry McInerney

The Maroons captured their first STATE CHAMPIONSHIP in thirty years. Coach Sam Franz's team won the right to represent the Saginaw District crown. With Rupert leading the way the Whirlwinds defeated an outclassed Michigan Lutheran Seminary team 70-48 and then, led by Woodcock, proved their superiority over arch-rival SS. Peter and Paul by defeating the West Side School 59-43. This gave the team their second district trophy in three years and advanced them into the Regionals.

In the first game of the Regionals the Maroons won over a very good Clarkston team 58-48. Lynch starred in the victory. The next evening Bob MacDonald directed the team to a 70-56 triumph over a strong Utley team from Flint. Troester set the pace as the team beat a favored Flint Sacred Heart quintet 72-59 to bag the Regional crown and another trophy.

Next the Cathedralites traveled to the Flint I.M.A. to verse St. Paul of Grosse Pointe in the Quarter-finals. Each starter scored ten or more points as Father Maher's boys down the confident Flyers of St. Paul. The victory advanced the team to the Semi-finals in Lansing. The Maroons had their toughest game of the tournament as they edged a great Hartford team 65-62 in an overtime. As the squad left the Olds Hotel for spacious Jenison Fieldhouse and the Championship game, they took with them their two unseen mascots, prayer and determination. Fortified by their two mascots and supported by hundreds of loyal students and fans, the first five played without substitution and won a thrilling 59-57 victory over a stunned Muskegon St. Mary team. The mighty mites of Sam Franz had won the Class "C" STATE CHAMPIONSHIP.

If We Would - 1918




If We Would

If to school we did not need
To go each single day,
But were allowed to stay at home
And spend the time in play,
If we could be neglectful
And our daily tasks delay
What a comfortable, happy,
Cheerful place this world would be!

If we noticed little pleasures
As we notice little pains,
If we quite forgot our losses
And remembered all our gains;
If we looked for people's virtues
And their faults refused to see,
What a happy, comfortable,
Cheerful place this world would be!

Edward Slaggert '18