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Highland High School - Albuquerque - Class of 1960

Classmate Stories

This is a compilation of stories we have received over the years.
Please feel free to submit new stories and ideas.
We hope this is an interesting and enjoyable part of our Class Web Site.


Marjorie Moore Shaefer

Marjorie has perfected her skills as a storyteller, and is now known as:
A spinner of stories...A teller of tales.
Not to mention"Mother Goose"

Visit Marjorie's Web site


Lou Lagrave Goes Fishing

Read about Lou's adventure in Chile


Linda Sue Welton

Linda Sue (Welton) Connors is recognized by her students at Lyndon B. Johnson Middle School, Albuquerque.

LBJ Teacher Shows Students She Cares  

By Debra Dominguez-Lund
Albuquerque Journal

LBJ Middle School student Emily Kennedy can describe her teacher, Linda (Welton) Connors, quite succinctly.

"She's incredible," the 14-year-old eighth-grader said.

Kennedy credits Connors, a literature and language arts teacher, with not only helping her excel academically but with changing her life.  "You see, last year I got in trouble with my teachers," she said. "I got suspended near the end of the school year and expelled right after that.  "Ever since I came to the eighth grade, Ms. Connors has showed me that she actually cares about my well-being and my grades. She is a very nice person, and she has showed me she cares about me."

Kennedy, who says she now has good grades and is on the school's track team, isn't the only fan of Connors.  Others said she has taught them self-respect, self-control, and self-reliance with inspirational messages she posts daily.  Many students also eagerly offered that Connors is successful because she's knowledgeable, patient, caring, and most important, "she listens."

The 65-year-old teacher, who has been an educator for 38 years, said those are traits an educator needs, especially in middle school.

"You have to obviously know your subject matter well— that's a given," she said. "But I think really caring about your students is just as important. My students know I run a tight ship in my classroom, but they know I do it because I care."


Thomas Ormsby

I have just completed my first professional CD album of original music which is inspired by a recent trip to Durango, Colorado. It consists of nine original works, music of the region, the towns and the narrow gauge railroad which runs between Durango and Silverton. All of these pieces are composed in Mac Garageband software, so I have composed and am conducting The Great Western Laptop Orchestra. Visit Thomas' Web site for his movie reviews, original music, and much more.


Art Gardenswartz

Classmate / Triathlete Still Plugs Away at 65

Yes, after all the years, Artie Gardenswartz is still on the run.
Read this Albuquerque Journal story.
Read Artie's commentary as Albuquerque's Outdoor Expert



Norma Jean Woellhart Martin

Norma Jean and her husband, Bud,
 took a 3,000 mile journey on the boat that's in the background.

At the end of August, 2004, my husband Bud and I departed Sandusky, OH, on Lake Erie aboard our 36-foot trawler. (We live in Huntsville, AL, but had purchased the cruiser in Ohio.) We crossed Lake Erie, Lake St. Clair, and Lake Huron, and then headed east across Canada's North Channel, Georgian Bay, and Trent Severn Waterway (our favorite part of the trip). We then crossed Lake Ontario, entering the New York canal system at Oswego. We traveled the Erie "Barge Canal" and the Hudson River to New York City, then headed down the east coast and the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW) to the Florida Keys, our final destination. We traveled 3,000 miles, transiting 76 locks, seeing beautiful scenery, experiencing some rather exciting weather and sea conditions, and meeting lots of really neat people. It was a beautiful, exciting "adventure of a lifetime."

The boat is presently stored in inland Florida, awaiting our return this fall to continue cruising in the Florida Keys.


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