CHS Chilli-Chatter

2022-2023 Edition 7 March 4, 2023


School is a lot different in 2023 than it was throughout the decades. Fortunately for you, many of your instructors graduated from Chillicothe High School and can tell you what life was like in the 1970’s and beyond…. Many teachers also want to encourage current students to join the teaching profession. Here are results gathered from a recent survey sent to the entire faculty and staff.

The 1970’s

There are two graduates from the 1970’s still affiliated with Chillicothe High School. Mrs. Cindy Baker, high school college and career counselor, graduated in 1976, while Mr. Reid Stephens, GRTS math teacher, graduated in 1978. Both have fond memories of being a student in the “old” three-story building on Calhoun Street. Mr. Stephens remembers that there was no air conditioning in that building, so the days were hot when school was back in session in August. He also remembers that basketball games were played in the auditorium as the gym area was not build yet. He describes those games as “electric”! Mrs. Baker believes that “It has always been a challenge to get students to see how lucky they are to grow up in this community. I think it isn't something you appreciate until you are away for a while.”

The 1980's

By Hannah Harris

There are several teachers who graduated in the 1980’s who are teachers in our school district: Lisa Rule (1985), Bill Shaffer (1986), Jim Wheeler (1986), Tonia Akerson (1986), and Stephanie Prather (1989). Life was definitely different from these years to now.

When thinking about differences, Mr. Jim Wheeler said, “The most noticeable difference I've noticed is that CHS students now have far higher expectations of their educators than they did previously. Many students tend to seek an emotional connection with some of their teachers and base their decisions on whether or not they believe their teachers like them.” Mr. Bill Shaffer noticed this difference: “We used to have a lot more school sponsored social events at the high school. It seemed like some club or organization was hosting an informal dance at least once a month on the weekends. They were a fun way of getting together with friends and helped to eliminate the phrase "there's nothing to do" that is so commonly spoken.” Mrs. Akerson noted the difference of online learning. Mrs. Prather remembers, “There have been a lot of changes in the last 30+ years. We were not required to wear badges, we were allowed to leave during lunch to go eat (although this stopped shortly after), we could have a study hall all four years, French and Spanish were both offered as foreign language classes.”

Many of these teachers share favorite memories from the 1980’s. Mrs. Rule maintains that the music of the 1980’s is the best music! Mrs. Prather loved “being involved in every play from my Freshman year to my Senior year; starting out as the person the pulled the curtain, to the Stage Manager and being Glinda in the Wizard of Oz. I was also in Choraliers all four years as well.“ Mr. Wheeler and Mr. Shaffer both fondly remember “winning the state championship in football, and all of the excitement in the school and the community that came with it.”

Most of these 1980’s teachers were led into teaching by the teachers and mentors that they had. Mrs. Prather said, “When I was in second grade at Dewey school, I was able to go help the librarian during my down time; at the age of 8, I knew I wanted to work with books. When I was in fourth grade, Mrs. Lois McCain inspired me to be a classroom teacher. She gave me papers to grade and teacher resources to look at.” Jim Wheeler shared, “It's pretty of my teachers and football coaches, Mr. Darryl Danner, passed away suddenly when I was in college. I realized then what a huge impact he had on me, and I decided right then that I wanted to become a teacher.”

All of these teachers recommend becoming part of the education system. Mr. Wheeler said, “You have to know what motivates you. If you like the idea of good job security, plenty of time off, and helping kids, this is a great career. If you want to make tons of money, you should choose something else.” Mr. Shaffer said, “If you want to be in a profession that is different every day and allows you to truly make an impact on the world, then teaching is for you.”

Mr. Jim Wheeler, Mrs. Lisa Rule, and Mrs. Stephanie Prather

The 1990's

By Serenity Simpson

People who grew up and lived during this decade often recognize this decade as a peaceful, never-ending opportunity for entertainment. During the 90s, some of the most iconic and memorable pop culture we know today took flight. The entertainment industries created numerous unforgettable, long-lasting media like Home Alone, Titanic, Spice Girls, Super Mario Bros, Mortal Kombat, and lots more. Though the majority of these ended more than 20 years ago, they continue to have a longstanding impact in our modern day.

Many of the school district’s teachers graduated in the 1990’s: Stacy Surber (1990), Shanda Wolf Wagers (1991), Sarah Cavanah (1992), Shelley Hayen (1992), Kelly Griffith (1995), Fara (Gates) Minnick (1995), Ashley Gauthier (1998), and Hillary (Gates) Beemer (1999).

We asked these teachers about differences in CHS during the 90s. Chilli-Chatter asked, What is the difference you've seen in CHS from your graduation to now? One common answer was how much the school has improved since the 90s. The responses spoke about how the condition of the building enhanced and how there was considerably more room for additional classes.

Along with the growth of the building, the internet made an impact on how we learn today. During the 90s, computers and multimedia laptops started becoming more common in schools. They just began to use videos to accompany the textbooks that older generations are accustomed to. Additional answers included the relationship between teachers and students becoming better and the fashion trends coming back.

Besides the questions about the high school itself, we asked the teachers about their experience in high school and why they chose to teach here. Many teachers were motivated to be a teacher by their past teachers. Those teachers impacted their lives so much that they wanted to follow that path, sharing the same impact they received. Another reason is they love their subject so much that they choose to share it with others.

Many teachers chose to make Chillicothe their home because they moved here at a young age or were simply born here; each teacher that grew up here calls this place home. This quote from Shanda Wolf Wagers explains this feeling, "You don't realize it growing up, but when you get a little older, you know that Chillicothe is home."

Overall, changes starting in the 1990s have left a long-standing impact on how we learn today. Along with those impacts, your hometown leaves an impact on you and where you choose to spend your life. To continue your flashback to the past below are the differences between people who lived in the 2000s.

The 2000's

By Angelina De Jesus

One of the biggest events that teachers remember is when December 31, 1999 became January 1, 2000. The “Y2K” event had everybody wondering if technology would be able to make the date change. The decade beginning in 2000 definitely had a focus on technology.

Teachers from the 2000’s are Crystal Lehmann (2000), Tiffany Acree (2001), Justin Kreatz (2002), Shane Miller (2003), Amanda Marsh (2003), Sophie Chambers (2004), Andrea Marriott (2004), John Coult (2005), Libby Howe (2005), Angela Black (2007), and Lily Pyrtle (2009) all said the biggest change they have seen is in the technology. Twenty years ago they had textbooks to refer to for tests, quizzes, and homework. Today, nearly everything is online; current students can Google questions instead of referring back to information in a textbook and loose pages of notes. In the 2000’s, all assignments, quizzes, and tests were paper and pencil.

Crystal Lehmann said another great change was Chillicothe building the new high school, which changed a lot of things. Before the new high school, they had seventh and eighth grades together in one building. In the middle building was the high school. The third building was where all the activities were, gym, art, and music. The old junior high and high school is now what current students know as the middle school. Pyrtle and Yoko both mention Chillicothe building an entirely new football stadium right next to the new high school. The old football field was located about half a block away from the “old” high school. The field was also improved by adding better parking because at the old football field there was barely any parking space. They also updated the locker room, bathrooms, concession stand, announcing booth, and seating size.

Mr. Justin Kreatz thinks the biggest change Chillicothe schools has had recently was the new phone rule. In the 2000s phones were not as easily available to students as they are now. The requirements for graduating have changed as well; before you had to have 22 credits to graduate. Now the requirements for graduating are 24 credits. We also have more elective classes to choose from than what they had back then.

Favorite memories from this group included hanging out after two-a-day practices (Coult), making it to state tennis (Pyrtle), taking an iguana on walks (Acree), painting a parking lot block (Chambers), going to games/plays/performances with friends (Miller), and decorating for Prom (Marsh).

This group, too, encourages young people to become teachers. Mr. Shane Miller said, “Make sure that you love the age range more than you love the content. If you love your students, and can laugh with them, you will love your job.”

The 2010's

By Tori O’Dell

The discussion of the teacher shortage is an ongoing, hot topic. Many opinions surround the idea of fewer people wanting to become teachers. In Chillicothe, there are many teachers who experienced school here in Chillicothe and decided to come back and work in the school setting.

The Chilli-Chatter staff asked some of our alumni teachers to talk about the teacher shortage from their point of view. Every student at CHS can agree that teachers make a huge difference in their lives. As responses were gathered from the teachers, the main goal of the graduates of CHS was to come back to their home town and make a difference in the lives of students.

Mrs. Carly Carey, a current high school English teacher, graduated in 2015. Mrs. Carey believes that teachers are under a lot of pressure from a variety of sources. To her, “You don’t get into the profession of teaching for the fame and fortune. You are there for the kids.” Seeing and experiencing students succeed is her biggest joy in teaching. While she didn't always know that she wanted to become a teacher, she believes that being passionate about something like teaching isn’t an accident.

Mrs. Samantha Yoko, a current high school science teacher, graduated in 2010. Mrs. Yoko was inspired to become a teacher by some of her own MST and band teachers. These teachers showed her good traits as someone who is passionate about teaching. Mrs. Yoko’s MST teacher, Mrs. Debbie Goodwin, was high-energy and very passionate about what she did. Mr. Dave Goodwin, her band teacher, was very even-toned and very encouraging to his band students. Mrs. Yoko’s advice about teaching is, “Chances are you won't get exactly what you want when you start teaching but be sure you are ready to take a step towards your dream job whenever it presents itself.”

Mrs. Madison Busse, a current FACS teacher at CMS, graduated in 2013. Mrs. Busse had many memorable moments from high school, her boyfriend at the time, now husband won a Mustang at Project Prom. She also remembers the championship volleyball match versus Cameron in 2011. Mrs. Busse has noticed that many teachers have been retiring from teaching but have been replaced with wonderful additions to the district. She says “My mom, a retired teacher of CHS, Karen Jackson inspired me to be a teacher.”

Miss Jylian Davis, a current 3rd-grade teacher, graduated in 2018. Miss Davis says, “In four years, I have noticed a culture change. CHS seems to be accepting of all students, and there seem to be organizations, clubs, etc. for a variety of student interests!” Miss Davis was inspired by her grandmother to become a teacher because of her compassion and love for every child she met. She took the Early Childhood Development class at GRST and fell in love with making a difference in students’ lives. In her opinion, teaching is a learning-as-you-go experience. Teaching requires teachers to take care of themselves so that they can give to their students.

Mrs. Kerrigan Calvert, a current high school science teacher, graduated from Chillicothe in 2014. “I wanted to make a difference in people's lives, especially those that don't feel like they have people in their corner,” is what Mrs. Calvert says when asked about what inspired her to become a teacher. She thinks that even though there are a lot of negative opinions about the teaching career. If you have a passion for teaching, you should do it.

Homework in the Past

By Isabelle FitzPatrick

School comes with many challenges designed to educate students better. With this, homework is one of the most common forms of work for class. Surprisingly, homework throughout the years has changed tremendously.

Early in the 1900s homework wasn’t a common practice whatsoever. According to, in 1901 California banned homework assignments for students. Back then they thought of homework as a form of child labor, thus bringing this strange law about.

This isn’t all the history of homework in America, there are actually quite a few surprising facts revolving around the topic. Homework for the longest time was a tool of punishment for students. However, worldwide events, especially the cold war, sparked the desire for better education. From this point on education became a higher priority in the United States.

We all know homework has changed quite a bit over the years, but in talking to Ms. Donna Buzard, she told me the homework we’re getting now is nothing compared to what it used to be. “Back in the day,” there was a more strict policy for giving homework which required the teacher to assign homework through a district policy. So even neighboring schools might have had the same policies and regulations regarding homework.

However, Ms. Buzard personally didn’t like the way homework was given. As a teacher, she would try to make the homework a part of classwork, and whatever didn’t get finished was homework. Just looking at how our teachers teach at CHS, personally, I agree that most teachers try to organize their homework within classwork. This method of teaching helps students organize and comprehend the material given, which is always a great thing.

Sports in the Past

By Javon Kille

High school sports are one of the most prominent activities that students can participate in; the same for CHS, as we have been seeing a lot of success during our sports seasons. I have always wondered how different sports were back in the “days of old.” I interviewed alumni from CHS: Bill Shaffer, James Wheeler, and Amanda Marsh.

James Wheeler or Coach Wheeler's favorite sport to play before high school was baseball. Sadly CHS didn't have a baseball program, so he just played football in CHS. Coach Wheeler idolized George Brett and Frank White, in football his favorite athlete was Walter Peyton. What made Coach wheeler interested in football was the epic stories he heard from his dad and his dad's friends, he also loved the physicality of football. The student section when he was in school was less organized, but was very loud. The rival games for Coach Wheeler were Marshall and Jeff City Helias. Coach Wheeler used to coach football, and he thinks practices were way harder back then, stating “I can state for a fact that football practices were longer, more physical, and harder than they are now.” Coach Wheeler does think class competition would have been awesome when he was in high school.

Amanda Marsh, aka Mrs.Marsh, played tennis. Growing up in the 90s Mrs. Marsh had a decent number of favorite athletes, “I loved watching the Bulls in the 90s, I loved MJ and Scotty Pippin; I also really liked Steve Kerr. I also grew up when Jackie Stiles was in college at Southwest MO State University (today it is called Missouri State). She was a good girl's basketball player who worked extremely hard and went on to the WNBA. I thought Andy Roddick was good-looking; he was probably my favorite tennis player.” Mrs. Marsh went to state tennis in both her junior and senior years in doubles, then she went on to play tennis at Northwest MO State University. Mrs. Marsh intended to play tennis to work on footwork for basketball, as that was the first sport to catch her eye. When Mrs.Marsh went to school, the biggest sport was football, “Football was the best! We all wore Pain Gang shirts and had flags, some painted their faces. We traveled every Friday to wherever they were playing. It was the place to be on a Friday night.” Mrs. Marsh is also a big believer in class competition points, she’s glad we do that now.

Bill Shaffer, known as Coach Shaffer, played football and ran track. Shaffer's favorite athlete was George Brett. To him, he was what Patrick Mahomes is today. Shaffer was part of the 1985 4A championship team. In track, he was a two-time conference champion; he ran on the 4x100 team that tied the school record his senior year. This record has since been broken while he has been coaching. Coach Shaffer had a hard time choosing which sport was his favorite; he loved competing with his teammates in football, because of the tremendous bond that he was able to develop, and some of his best memories are from their games. For track, he loved how he improved meet by meet, and how comforting the sport was as a whole. Growing up in Chillicothe, Shaffer always wanted to play football for the Hornets. Coach Shaffer was in grade school when they won their third championship in 1978 for football, stating: “I was hooked then.” For track, Shaffer knew he wanted to do the sport, but couldn't figure out what event to do. Ed Martens, his track coach and middle school PE teacher said he looked like a hurdler in 7th grade. Coach told me practices are as long now as then, but the drills are drastically different. In today's, practices they focus more on warming up while getting the same amount of work. One of Shaffer’s student section memories was electric, “We were at the old stadium, and our student section was down on the track in bleachers set up right behind the bench. The band was in the bleachers in the south endzone.” They could do that because the surface of the track was different. He did add that the student section now is on another level, “They were loud and would yell cheers back and forth, but they were nothing like the student section we have now. If anybody from years past tells you that their student section was better, they're wrong.”

This article was a blast to write, as I feel I went back to CHS after hearing about all of these alumni stories. I have gained a better perspective on the athlete narrative here in CHS, I hope you have too after reading this.

Jobs in the Past

By Allie Brown

Change is inevitable, something everyone is susceptible to, especially change over time throughout history. As technology, transportation, entertainment and more continue to evolve, other things will too. Even things that seem as significant as a grain of sand like job choices and availability. Most likely, this impact is due to the sudden shift in the economic landscape and the overall supply-demand system. Jobs today that weren’t even imaginable 100 years ago make up a huge portion of the job “pool.”

Over time, we see jobs tend to lose popularity or just eventually die out. Because of poor work environment, difficult coworkers, and the salary. For example, some popular jobs in the 80s show a big difference in contrast to the 90s such as mining, building, maintenance, and construction trades compared to a cosmetologist, insurance salesperson, food scientist, and astronomer.

To think about jobs in the past here at CHS I gathered some opinions from staff members here at CHS about their overall experience with jobs and thoughts about the evolution of employment throughout overtime. I interviewed Mrs. Ellen Tsikoyak and Mrs. Kerrigan Calvert to receive some insight into what the teachers themselves thought.

When I asked Mrs. T about popular jobs when she was in high school, she said, “Popular jobs included teaching, being an attorney, and business.” Surprisingly, Mrs. Calvert answered with teaching as well as nursing as an option.

Another question I asked is about the current teacher shortage that has drastically impacted the school system. Ellen Tsikoyak stated, “Not sure what it will take for the voting public and policymakers to understand that not valuing education and teachers hurts ALL of us. A decade or two from now, when the full negative impact is felt, maybe this country will make changes.” Kerrigan Calvert also agreed and said, “The reason behind teachers leaving is because teachers don’t get paid enough.”

As a result, I hope that teaching never dies out, because whether we admit it or not, we need our teachers.

Music in the Past

By Carson Steele

Music has long had a forceful grip on our society. The biggest songs and artists leave a long lasting impact on the generation they were popular in. From Whitney Housten to The Weeknd, musical artists captivate us. I did a deeper dive into the music of the decades, from the 1980’s until the 2010’s, seeing who the biggest artists and songs were, which artists and songs stood the test of time, and what genres grew in that era.

The 1980’s featured a rise in rock music, of “hair bands” such as Bon Jovi and Poison, and many iconic rock songs that would serve as stadium classics for years to follow. “Livin on a Prayer”, “Welcome to the Jungle”, and “Eye of the Tiger” to name a few. This era also included the release of several iconic songs, such as “Take On Me” and “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun”. Famous bands include Van Halen, Bon Jovi, Guns n’ Roses, Metallica, Mötley Crüe, Duran Duran, Blondie, Madonna and many others. Rock was not the only genre of course, as Blondie, Madonna, most famously Michael Jackson were massive pop stars. Jackson even made the best selling record for the time in Thriller: while rock did reign supreme in the 1980’s, it would evolve in the 1990’s.

The 1990’s continued the tradition of rock music, but in a new form. Grunge music was formed in the 1990’s, and featured Nirvana and Pearl Jam as two of the biggest players. Kurt Cobain’s tragic death was one of the first tragic celebrity deaths. Hip-hop music also began to rise in this era. Two massive artists, Tupac and Notorius B.I.G. took over the world with their music, and their impact from their music can still be felt to this day. Beastie Boys took over the radio waves with their unique sound, and The Red Hot Chilli Peppers emerged. Missouri native Sheryl Crow broke through with her hit “All I Wanna Do”, and Oasis released the beloved classic “Wonderwall” before the band’s breakup. Boy bands also emerged to the delight of many teenage girls of the time, such as The Backstreet Boys and N’Sync. The 1990’s led to the emergence of some new and successful genres.

In the 2000’s, some new players emerged that still dominate headlines and radio waves to this day. Outkast and Eminem continued the rise of rap into a more mainstream area, and The Red Hot Chilli Peppers continued to dominate. A new genre gained traction, titled “Punk Rock”. This genre scratched the itch of all rebellious teenagers, and big bands of this genre include Green Day and Blink-182. Pop music really found its groove in the 2000’s with several massive stars arising. Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga, Britney Spears, Beyonce, former N’Sync member Justin Timberlake, Avril Lavine, and Super Bowl 56 Halftime Show Performer Rihanna. Coldplay also emerged with many loved classics, including “Vida La Vida”. The 2000’s set up the next decade for even more pop stardom.

The 2010’s followed the footsteps of the decade preceding it. While Coldplay, Beyonce, Justin Timberlake, and Rihanna remained popular, some artists gained popularity never seen before such as Taylor Swift. Pop artists seemed to pop up from everywhere, and reach massive heights, such as The Weeknd, Ed Sheeran, Bruno Mars, Maroon 5, and Katy Perry. While pop rose along with rap, rock music has begun to die down and lose its influence. Some of the biggest rappers today are Drake, Post Malone, Cardi B, and Kendrick Lamar. Another successful boy band emerged in One Direction, and eventually parted ways with varying degrees of success. The 2010’s also saw some country artists gain mainstream popularity, such as Luke Bryan, Morgan Wallen, and Zac Brown Band. The future of music sure looks bright!

Clothing in the Past

By Anna Wallace

Clothing is, no doubt, a great way to express yourself. Styles and outfits go from decade to decade. Different types of clothing, hair, and accessories make their way through younger generations causing a demand for these items. These vintage clothing items are still worn today.

Bottoms have come in various styles: Pants, skirts, sweatpants, and more bottoms. High school students during the 1980’s wore very high-waisted jeans, metallic jogger pants, parachute pants, and school-skirts. As you transition into the 90’s and 2000’s, women wore low-waisted jeans, flare-jeans, mini skirts, velour track-suits, and skater jeans. During the 2010’s, the jeans became tighter and the famous black-leggings came into style. Now, much of this vintage clothing has come back into style.

Tops are a prominent way you can express yourself. The tops throughout the decades have changed drastically. As of now, different styles from past decades have come in and out of recent trends. Tube tops and halter tops were an essential part of a teenage girl's closet. The corset top has also definitely made its ways through centuries, while still being a main item young girls seem to gravitate towards.

Shoes like platform flip-flops and chunky sneakers seem silly to the 2023 eye, but they were favored among celebrities and fashion icons throughout the late 90’s and early 2000’s. If you owned a pair (or two) of these during the decade you were considered cool as can be: Adidas track-star sneakers, Spice-Girl buffalo style sneakers, and Dr. Marten boots were the all-time rave.

No matter what decade in time we are in there will always be prominent trends circulating. What is so fun about the trends in 2023, is that we are honoring the past by bringing back our favorite trends. One thing that will never go out of style is expressing ourselves through the clothes, pieces, accessories, and styles we wear.

Movies in the Past

By Corbin Rodenberg

In 1905 One of the most entertaining pastimes was born, sitting with friends and watching a movie. Though the cinema has changed drastically over the years, in today's world you can buy a movie online and watch it from your couch. Even though that sounds a lot easier than getting ready and leaving the house there's nothing like going to the movies and seeing a movie you’ve been waiting for on the big screen. Movies have not always been the big spectacle they are today. Now every movie has fancy explosions and great camera shots, but in the 80’s special effects were just becoming widely used in movies.

With Star Wars, Star Trek, Robocop, and Terminator all used special effects and explosions to really sell the SCI FI theme of the movies. The movies though weren’t the only thing that started to change. During the 90s almost all cinemas began sharing the same carpet pattern called “The Odyssey”. The pattern consisted of popping colors and cosmic shapes against a dark background. Yes it may be a nostalgic background for some but the carpet was actually used to hide the mess that could be made during large showings like spilled drinks, popcorn, or runaway pieces of candy. Most people keep their attention on the big screen with the increase in special effects in movies. The blockbuster film Jurassic Park set the bar for the rest of the movies for the decade with its computer-generated dinosaurs that blew audiences away.

Many of our faculty members can remember meeting at the Ben Bolt Theatre on Friday nights to see the new movie of the week. This movie theatre was located on Washington Street just east of Lindley Funeral Home. It had one screen and showed a new movie for one week or sometimes two weeks to give everyone an opportunity to go see it.

The 90s would also see the return of animated films including the Lion King which I'm sure we will be showing our kids for the foreseeable future. Toy Story and Toy Story 2 were all made exclusively on computers. The movies were newer, bigger, and better but also more expensive. By the end of the 90s marked the time in which almost all movie budgets would be upward of 100 million dollars; this was only the beginning. Starting the 2000s off strong in 2002 George Lucas released Star Wars: Episode II -Attack of the Clones, the fifth film in the hugely successful Star Wars series, was the first big-budget major Hollywood film shot entirely with digital video cameras (at 24 fps). Performance capture became more sophisticated and blended the artificial rendering even better with the real world acting. With the addition of new technology also came improvements of 3-D. The new ways of seeing 3-D took the cinema world by storm with many new movie releases in 3-D. It became one of the most popular ways to view a movie. This trend continued with the release of Avatar; soon after release it became the highest grossing film of all time where it would still hold that title to this day. The years preceding this cinema had just been getting better every decade at some point the incline had to slow down,

In came the 2010s with the digitization of the world. With the addition of social media and new networks came streaming. Instead of meeting at the movie theater and then waiting in line to see a movie, people could just watch the same movie from the security of their home. To combat this, companies began remodeling cinemas everywhere and adding the newest technology to make the experience better than before. They used the addition of smart phones to their advantage and began advertising online ticket sales so customers didn’t have to wait in line. Movie theaters weren’t the only ones taking advantage of this, movie executives could reach their audiences even faster now and know what they didn’t and did want to see. Movies weren’t made just to sit and watch on a little screen at your home, they were made for multiple people to experience something new on a big loud screen that they could leave happy at what they just experienced.

Foods in the Past

By Cami Carpenter

If you asked a Chillicothe High School student their favorite part of the day, many would respond to you, “Lunch!” While this response is common among current CHS students, this has also been a common response from CHS students for years. To remain so popular, one might assume that lunch, food, and drink trends would not have changed much over the years; however, after interviewing Mrs. Stacy Surber, CHS graduate of 1990, and current CHS teacher, I found that this was not the case at all.

A class consensus of CHS students agreed that currently, the most famous school lunch day is pizza Fridays. Of course, this is not the only enjoyable lunch meal, other popular lunch meals served at CHS include chicken and waffles with a hashbrown, turkey and ham wraps, and chicken nuggets. These meals seem like ones that would adhere to CHS lunches over time, but to show how much CHS lunches have really changed, Mrs. Surber claimed she did not remember if pizza Fridays were even a thing during her high school years and said at the time, “CHS was famous for its Chili and HOMEMADE cinnamon rolls…with carrot sticks.” Mrs. Surber said some other differences were that they had ala cart, which means you could pick and choose items from the offered menu, and for a while could even buy popsicles.

Naturally, people’s favorite part of the day is when they get to sit down and enjoy good food, but those foods expand beyond school lunches. Several kids bring their lunch to school, so popular foods in society need to be considered in this time test as well. Despite America’s unhealthy eating habits, current CHS students were observed to bring healthier meals than past graduate generations, but this doesn’t include CHS’s newest trend: snacking. With the school’s vending machine seeing more visitors every year, students have begun to bring cookies, Spicy Chili Doritos, and Pop-Tarts to their classes to enjoy during lectures. In response to this snacking trend, Mrs. Surber said, “I don’t remember anyone eating or drinking in class and NO ONE had water bottles. You stopped at the water fountain between classes.”

The addition of bringing water bottles to class leads us to the next test of CHS time: drinks. After asking Mrs. Surber if there was a specific drink that was “famous” in her high school years, she responded, “Capri Sun pouches were fairly new and Mello Yello.” While Capri Suns have stuck around mostly for kids, sights of Mello Yello have greatly diminished. Instead, if you look around current CHS you will see energy drinks, nutrition teas, and fun-flavored coffees. Interestingly enough, water is also more common at CHS; this is likely due to social media’s influence of healthy living and water bottle promotion such as the “Stanley Cup” that is found all over social media, particularly TikTok and Instagram.

The final question I asked Mrs. Surber was, “What is your favorite for or drink that has come out since you were in high school?” She responded, “Fruit smoothies at Smoothy King! Green Tea and Fancy Coffees! I had not heard of these when I was at CHS.” In 1990, CHS was famous for its chili, cinnamon rolls, and Capri Sun pouches; in 2023, CHS is famous for pizza Fridays, snacks, and fancy coffees; looking at CHS’s future, will we return to the famous cinnamon rolls, or will something brand new arise?

Transportation in the Past

By Allison Higgins

For years, Chillicothe has been home to a booming transportation industry. Our town has been serviced by the Chillicothe Municipal airport, and the Iowa, Chicago, Eastern RR, and Missouri North Central RR industrial railroads. However, for many of us, the most influential form of transportation has always been automobiles. Because Chillicothe sits at the intersection of Interstate 36 and Highway 65, the roadway traffic through town has always been consistent. Through it all, Washington Street has been the main drag for high school students with fresh licenses.

According to Mrs. Lisa Rule, a 1985 graduate of Chillicothe High School, the best way to enjoy a weekend evening in Chillicothe was to “cruise the four-lanes” from end to end. People piled in cars to drive from the old Walmart (Orscheln’s) up the length of Washington Street and back while listening to the radio. The coolest car back then, Mrs. Rule says, was a Trans-Am or a Camaro. Mrs. Prather, a graduate in 1989 recalls piling in the back of pickup trucks (when this was legal) with her friends to cruise the same route. Many students made their way to a place called Jim Town. They would gather at this spot by the Grand River to hang out away from town. During the day, they would leave school and drive to get lunch from different restaurants during the school day. This tradition, however, was put to an end when too many accidents occurred as kids rushed to make it back to school in time for class.

Students at CHS today continue this tradition by hanging out by driving around. The traditional route has been left behind, and students now frequent roads both in town and in the country. They listen to music on demand using their playlists on Spotify and Apple music. Jim Town is now under water, and other hangout spots have taken their place around town. Today’s students no longer leave school to go to lunch, but they often carpool to different restaurants after practices and school events. Though Chillicothe’s transportation remained the same, technology and perspectives have certainly changed.

Teacher Then/Super-Sub Now: Ms. Buzard

By Bianca Clark

Ms. Buzard is a quiet friendly person that many students enjoy seeing through their days at school. You have probably had her substitute in one of your classes. Have you ever wondered what made her want to be a teacher?

Ms. Buzard began teaching at Chillicothe High school in 1977. She spent 31 years teaching here until 2008 when she retired. She stated, “Teaching was the only job I ever wanted to do. There were no other options for me.” She had a long line of relatives that all had jobs in education so it just made sense for her to pursue a career in education. She did, however, tell me that there was a split second when she thought she may enjoy being an attorney. This was rooted in her desire to help people.

Ms. Buzard taught Spanish and for a few years even Math. She told me that Spanish had always fascinated her. She told me how she loved the sound of the language. For a little bit, she thought she might also like to teach math so when she first started college, she was double majoring in Spanish and Math. Once she began teaching, she had many students. Back then 7th and 8th graders could also take a Spanish class so she could have 7th graders and seniors in the same Spanish class. This would allow her to communicate with a variety of students.

Schools have changed a lot since she first started teaching. Starting off with one of the more obvious changes is that we now have phones and computers. This meant that all of the grading they did was by hand. They also didn't have copiers yet. They used mimeographs, a process like copying that yielded in papers covered with blue or purple ink. They didn’t have smart boards and for a while, they didn’t even have whiteboards yet. Ms. Buzard was actually one of the first teachers to get a whiteboard because she had a chalk sensitivity. Everything was taught by hand. She said that there was even a big difference between the student body from back then compared to now. She said that she still loves the kids just as much but there was definitely a difference in the desire to be at school. She said that kids back then just accepted that they were going to go to school and didn’t complain as much about it.

When Ms. Buzard retired, she was still very young. This is part of the reason why she decided to continue subbing. She said that she missed seeing the kids and teaching every day. So it was natural for her to come back and sub here. For her, subbing is a way of keeping in touch with the newer generations. She enjoys seeing familiar faces from those whose parents she has had a chance to teach. Her favorite class to sub for is Spanish, but she really does love them all.

If you are considering teaching it is a profession with a lot of advantages. For example, you will have time for family, summers off, and most times you will have the same schedule as your kids. However Ms. Buzard made a good point by saying, “If you want to make it as a teacher, you need to have a true love for kids and people in general. If you can’t relate, it's not a job field you'd want to go into.” She also said that it’s almost like community service in a way. You are working with future generations helping them promote their lives.