In Celebration of MHS Class of 1958

In Celebration of MHS Class of 1958

A Tribute and Celebration

We were the class of 1958, members of the Greatest Generation as well as children of the Greatest Generation. Born in 1940, we are also called members of the Traditional Generation.

Our childhood, post World War II, "was the best of times . . . it was the age of wisdom . . . it was the epoch of belief . . .it was the season of Light . . . it was the spring of hope . . . we had everything before us . . .we were all going direct to Heaven . . . ." (A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens.) At least, that's the way I felt about it. We were truly blessed.

- Ouida Tomlinson -

This blog is a place for 1958 graduates of Meridian, Mississippi, High School to stay in touch, post their news, items of interest and photographs.

CLASS OF 1958 MEMORIES (Click to read all posts relating to sports, honors, graduation and other memories of our class in 1957-58.)




Thursday, June 3, 2010


If the award line-up appears to you an auspicious grouping, there is very good reason.

Classmates from 1958 who received individual intellectual/academic awards are from left to right:
Back Row: Phyllis Beckman, Joan Garrett, Marjorie Barham, Philip George, James Askew, Joe Burnett, John (Spud) East, Mollye Sharp, Carol Chatham, and Gloria Varnado.
Front Row: Kathleen Bustin and Ella Kappes

The awards we have identified are:

The Modern Dance Award, also the Business Administration Award to Phyllis Beckman

The Mississippi Art Association Award to Marjorie Barham (First Place Art Award)

The Marks Rothenberg Co. Science Award to Philip George (also a National Merit Finalist)

The Marks Rothenberg Co. Science Award to James Askew (& Wildcat Outstanding Achievement Award)

The Queen City Mathematics Award to Joe Burnett (also 1958 Class Valedictorian)

The Queen City Mathematics Award to John (Spud) East (14th grade award)

The Meridian Chapter of the American Association of University Women Scholarship to Mollye Sharp (also third in the nation on the National Merit Scholarship Test, 1957)

The Math Association of America Award to Carol Chatham

The Mississippi Art Association Award to Gloria Varnado (Second Place Art Award)

The Phi Beta Kappa Award to Kathleen Bustin

The Maude Smith English Award to Ella Kappes

Also not pictured:

Joan Bodenmann, John Loomis, Jimmy Glasser, and Freddie Tingle were awarded long honored lifetime memberships in the Science Club of America.

Martha Ann Markline was named Outstanding Foreign Language Student.

(Information allowing the identification of persons and awards on this list was obtained by way of classmates' word of mouth, direct emails to individuals on the list, additional dunning emails to individuals on the list, by sending a suggested list of memory boosting supplements to persons on the list, by extracting information from spouses of persons on the list as those persons slept, and finally by reviewing a 5/23/58 Wildcat that Peggy Edwards supplied.) With luck, we got the list right.

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