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Page 8 VcIJR ("_CMMIINITV J]l  ra - May 16, 2012 Seniors get kick out of their time capsule contents By Scan C. Morgan Of The New Era No one could find the Twinkie, but everything else that Pleasant Valley kindergarteners, the Class of 2012. packed into a time cap- sule 12 years ago was found intact Thursday morning when they dug it up. The seniors located the plaque south of the high school, near the modular buildings, and started digging. "There's the VHS now." cracked Cory Martin as he insert- ed a shovel to start the search for the capsule. "I wonder if the Twinkie's still good," said Trisha Van Eck, a parent. Swapping the shovel among them, the seniors couldn't find the capsule figh t away. "I was there when it got bur- ied." Martin said. "They had a big old backhoe.'" They needed it this time too. After more minutes of dig- ging, without results, woodshop teacher Dustin Nichol brought a backhoe over and started really digging. The shovel cracked the concrete vault that had been pro- vided by Bruce Workman. owner of Workman & Steckly Funeral Chapel. Inside was a metal tube, into which students and parents had placed a variety of items, draw- ings and videos, everything ap- parently, except the Twinkie. Among them were drawings depicting what the kindergarten- ers wanted to be when they grew up. They also recorded the same thing on a videotape. The only question about that one is whether anyone still re- members what to do with a vid- eotape. "I remember doing the vid- eotape, the interview," said senior Jerohn Coleman. "I said I wanted to be an engineer. That's what my mom told me to be." Now, he wants to become a teacher, he said. The Twinkie? "I bet it's still good," Cole- man said. "It's actually really exciting," said senior Bobby Erickson. "I don't remember if I put anything in that. I remember kindergarten, but that was about it." He said he would be surprised if he's actually on the video. Hailey Fisher said her goals have changed. "When I grow up, I wanted to be a princess," she said, noting that she's more interested in be- coming a graphic designer now. Seniors couldn't recall too many specifics from 13 years ago, but they were still excited to open the capsule. Jamie Swanson said she didn't remember putting anything in the capsule, but "they're saying everybody did." "I think we put pictures in there," said Breanna Hall. "I don't even remember doing a video. I just remember coming here, standing here. watching them dig up the ground." Karlie McCubbins found the CD she put into the capsule, "Millennium," by the Backstreet Boys. It still had the price tag on it: $14.99. "I will work m McDonald's." Emili Riggs predicted in 2000. She and Clint Doles both drew pictures of themselves working there. Neither of them are working at McDonald's today, but McCub- bins and Martin do. Camille Young wrote, "I'm going to get up in the morning for big school." "I graduate with my friends," wrote Hanna Currey. "I'll be tall," wrote Taylor Conn. "I'm going to drive a car. I'll have a lot of money." He does drive a car, but he's only about 6 feet tall right now, he said. "I'm not quite there, but I'm still growing." He's a little short on the mon- ey too, he joked. He's at "about a half million," so he's got a little bit more to go. Coleman's mother, Loft O'Brien, initiated the effort, she said. "It is because I wanted to see what they just did - enjoying it and remembering each other." She thought it would be espe- cially fun with the students start- ing school in the year 2000, while the students were still all in one school, before they split up to the different grade schools. Friends grow up and drift apart, she said, but as the memo- rabilia started coming out of the capsule, they were looking, laugh- ing and pointing at each other. "I can't wait till senior night when they can look at them (the videos)," O'Brien said. She remembers the high Photos by Scan C. Morgan As classmates watch. Cory Martin left, and Dakota Snow dig for the time capsule they buried as kindergarteners. Dakota Snow lifts the time capsule out of the ground as classmates applaud. school putting together the cap- was a student in auto shop, which sule. Her oldest son, Ryan Rowe, Nichol taught at the time, when Karlie McCubbins holds a ihe Back- street Boys CD she put into the cap- sule 12 years ago. they gave the capsule its base paint. He helped A1 Grove in metal shop when they made the plaque. The art students gave the capsule its colorful decorations. The Class of 2000 valedic- torians gave speeches and helped bury the time capsule. And the parents put two $500 savings bonds into a safe to help fund the 2012 SAFE graduation party. It didn't turn out perfect though, with one item still AWOL as the seniors had headed back to their high school classes. "I swear we put a Twinkie in there," O'Brien said. Hawthorne Carnival celebrates students' good behavior Pall Mall Copenhagen Grizzley Longhorn Wintergreen Fine Cut Copenhagen Wintergreen / XLCut Marlboro L&M Old Gold Camel & Camel Blue 32. oz. Budweiser/Bud Light 18 IlL cans $15.49 + Beilnsit 2/$3.00 . Ica 30II,00$10.BO+B,|-# Bnsli & Bush Ugllt 16 pack cans $1359 +Delinsit Belling Beck 16 pk cans $11,99 + Degnsit Laundromat! All New Washers & Dryers! Same Hours, Same Building Students enjoy an inflat- able slide, above, dur- ing Hawthorne School's annual carnival, which .... rewards students' good behavior. At left, Mi- chayla Pauls tries some archery with help from Cathy Hansen. Principal Ryan Beck takes a dunking in the cause of good behavior.