Well, what are my memories of graduation? I've been a little slow in putting this page together, but now that I've said I'd put it up, I'm going to go through with it and come up with something to say. Here goes....

First of all, I would like to thank my counselor and advisor, Mr. Wojtowicz, for all the work he put into the graduation ceremony. Apparently, it is his responsibility to make sure that graduation goes smoothly, and I thought he did a fine job of it this year. I would also like to thank Mr. Wojtowicz for being a great AP English teacher. It was a great year, and I won't forget it.

Next, I would like to thank my parents, who put together my graduation party. I told them, "You arrange it, and I'll show up." And for a while I feared that it would be "dumb." But it definitely wasn't dumb. It was great in almost every way (except when the little kids started putting bow ties in my hair, but of course that wasn't my parents' fault).

I would like to thank everyone who came to my graduation party or who sent cards. They were all very much appreciated.

I enjoyed very much the time spent with my fellow valedictorians Cindy, Jennifer, and Dana. The three of us spent several hours together coming up with ideas about our speeches and just having a good time together.

Finally, I would like to thank everyone at Jefferson - administration, staff, and students - for the encouragement, knowledge, wisdom, and friendship they gave to me. I wouldn't be able to name everyone who holds a "special place" in my heart. Though I am moving on, I'll not forget you. To those of you who are part of the class of '97 like me, I'll miss you. Let me know how your life is going from time to time. And a special note to all of you who knew me and are part of the class of '98, let me say I'll miss you too. Jonathan, Shannon, Amanda, Erik, Karen, Nicole, and everyone else - keep in touch when you can.

Well, what else is there to say? Only one thing left, it seems. With graduation and the completion of the Day Care project, my job at the Cedar Rapids School District Board Building (the ESC) in the Technology Department basically came to an end. Thank you to Russ, Gary, Sandy, Betty, Terri, Wendy, Scott, Dixie, Larry, Denise, Tracy, and my co-co-op students Eric and Shay. (Did I leave anyone out...I hope not.)

So, those are a few of my memories and thank-yous about graduation. To all of you who have shared a part of this experience with me, please keep in touch with me at Iowa State.

- Joe(y) Clark, June 24th, 1997