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LHS to celebrate 100th year

Lincolnton High School is preparing for a very important birthday.
“We knew the school had a rich history and tradition, but we didn’t know it went back 100 years,” said Pat Moretz, principal of Lincolnton High.
Throughout the next school year Lincolnton High plans on honoring the school’s history and alumni in a number of ways.
“I hope that we just all get together and have a wonderful time reminiscing,” said Kathy Wease, the school’s media coordinator.
Wease discovered that Lincolnton High had reached 100 years while researching the school’s sports history.
“I thought we should do something. How often do you have a 100-year event?” said Wease.
“We have so many ideas to do interesting things and involve the community and the school.”
Plans already include a large homecoming celebration and the creation of a quilt celebrating the school’s history.
Carolyn Willard, a teacher, has volunteered to be in charge of the quilt.
“I’m a quilter, but this is intimidating,” said Willard. “It’s just a huge project.”
The quilt will have patches that record the history of the school. After it is completed in the fall it will be auctioned off.
The school also plans to sell T-shirts marking the event, create a 100-year flag, have alumni come talk to students and have a parade with people in period dress from each decade.
Committees have already been formed for many of the projects, but the school is still looking for community members interested in helping.
The school library currently has a small display of photos and memorabilia from Lincolnton High’s past, but Wease hopes to find more.
“We’re hoping to get lots from every decade to display,” said Wease.
Those who donate memorabilia will receive them back after the exhibit is finished.
“It will be taken very good care of,” said Wease.
The school already has a diploma from 1909 and pictures of turn of the century cheerleaders wearing long skirts.
“They were so proper back then,” said Wease. “Everything was so proper.”
Since discovering that this year marks the 100th anniversary of the school, Wease has done her research.
She has found differences in the school’s former students and students today that go further than the clothes they wear.“They seemed more laid back and more relaxed, and not as stressed as our kids,” Wease said. “The competition was not there for college like it is today.”by Sarah Grano

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