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Time Has Wings by Rick Watson

Rick and Jilda on their 29 anniversary
Photo taken at Little River Canyon
Graduation day 2003 is rapidly approaching. I can remember graduation day as if it were yesterday. Everybody was excited and running around saying goodbye to all their friends. It was a day of rejoicing....but it was also a day of sadness. It began to dawn on me that my days inside those walls were over and the friends, many of which I had met in grammar school, would all be scattering like a handful of marbles on a hardwood floor. Yes we would still be friends, but the class bells of Dora High School would no longer bring us together.
My first date with my wife Jilda was graduation day - May 20th 1968. We dated a few years and I got drafted and she went off to college so we went our separate ways. When I returned from the Army, we started dating and were married May 5th 1974 so we celebrated our 29th anniversary today.
My advice to the young folks about to head out into the world....do what you love and love what you do. I also recommend keeping a journal and taking lots of pictures because you will wake up one day and ask yourself "where did the time go?"
Band News by Faith Pruden
Finally the band has begun to start back with their usual spring concert and banquet. Friday May 9 the band will be having their annual band banquet. Located at Dora First Baptist Church at 7:00. For band members it's free, but for others it will be $5. And of course there will be awards given out.
On Monday May 12 we will have a spring concert. Admission is free. This wil be located at Grace Baptist Church. The concert begins at 7:00.
The First Miss Dora High 1953
This year the Miss Dora High contest celebrates its 50th year. The contest is unlike most other high school contests in that it takes not only beauty and brains, but talent to win the coveted honor. Margene Savage was a senior at Dora High School in 1953 and competed against eighteen other girls to win. Mrs. Josephine Andrews was the sponsor for the pageant.
Margene says the pageant has kept true to its roots in that all contestants do a beauty walk and talent. She was a singer in the pageant but she does not recall the song she sang to win the title. When asked if she felt winning the pageant changed the way others viewed her, she said that she did not believe that it did.
What was the experience like? “It was wonderful,” she recalls. “It was totally unexpected I was ecstatic”. She said that the Miss Dora High was the first and only pageant that she ever entered.
Margene Married Paul Ellis and they live in Dora. She says she held a number of jobs in her career and in later years she cared for her elderly mother.
Margene and Paul attended the Dora High School Reunion recently and she was thrilled at the turnout. She said that she worked as an officer for the alumni association for several terms and felt like it was time to let others have their chance with the organization.
Margene asked the same question as several others who attended the reunion: why didn’t more of the local people show up for the reunion. Alumni traveled from around the country to attend and people who live close enough to walk did not come.

Margene Savage Ellis, the first Miss Dora High with all contestants of the 1953 Pageant

Contestants of the first Miss Dora High 1953

From left to right Peggy Kirkpatrick, Mary Ratliff, Jo Ruth Riley, Martha Jane Yeilding, Joanne Sprigle, Carol Hood, Gene May, Evelyn Sullivan (2nd runner up) Margene Savage (MDH), Shirley Jarman (3rd runner up), Lynn May,
Betty Jo Tucker, Betty Gray, Betty Carol Lee, Linda Jones, (unsure of name), Laneda Reynolds, Dorris Sargent.


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