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NewsBriefs - 04/2011 - v.2



Please excuse the inadvertent errors and omissions from the original version of this newsletter. -- The Editor

Student Service Project - URGENT! 
  The sophomore class student leaders of Shortridge Magnet High School need our help! These highly involved honors-level students plan to take on some heroic obstacles to lead their class to help our community's less fortunate population.
  According to Tayjia Wright, sophomore class president and the president of the student-run organization called Students in Action (SIA), they are planning the students' community service project, Shortridge Helping Hand Resource Fair. On Saturday, April 23, 2011, 10am-3pm, they plan a community day at Shortridge to offer lunch, health screenings, gift bags with hygiene products for many of our inner city's homeless citizens living in shelters, especially women and children.
  The event will be held at Shortridge in the cafeteria and gym. The students are looking for organizations/businesses to partner with them in a number of ways:
* Gift bag donations (hygiene products); non-perishable food items or monetary donation to allow students to purchase these items
* Booth space available to display and provide information about your business and/or services--Early-bird registration deadline - April 15th - $10; after April 15th - April 22nd -$15.
* Buffet lunch provider for up to 300 attendees 
* Monetary sponsorship opportunities:
Title sponsor level ($5,000) 
Blue Devils sponsor level - ($1,000)
White Devils sponsor level - ($500)
or any amount you wish to donate will be gratefully appreciated.
  All monetary donations received over and above expenses will help fund other SIA projects. For more information, contact Tayjia Wright, President 10th Grade Class, Shortridge Magnet High School, 3401 N. Meridian Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208, or 317-529-3834. Or make your check payable to SMHS and mail directly to the school, ATTN: Shortridge Helping Hands.
News from the Shortridge Athletic Department - 2011



SATURDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2011 (Yes, December)


On December 10, 2011, Shortridge will play the John Marshall Patriots in a boys' Junior Varsity/Varsity basketball game, 6p at Shortridge. There will be two special ceremonies that evening; namely, between games we will honor any member of the 1968 state finalist team that can be in attendance that evening. Also, at half-time of the varsity game, we will retire the jersey of WILLIAM "BO" CRAIN, class of 1959.


This will be only the second jersey retired in the history of Shortridge. George Pillow, class of 1967, was honored in 2010. George and "Bo" are the only two Shortridge basketball players to be named Indiana All Stars and inducted into the Indiana Basketball of Fame.


The 1968 team is the only team that ever made it into the state finals. Coach George Theofanis, who passed away recently, will be remembered that night as well.


Any member of the 1968 team is asked to contact Shortridge Athletic Director, Steve Papesh, at 317-226-2842 or via email at with any information of the whereabouts of those 1968 team members. 


FACT FINDER: The editor received numerous challenges to the aforementioned statement that Crain and Pillow are the only two to be named to the Indiana All Stars and inducted into the Indiana Basketball HOF.


There have been numerous athletes inducted to ONE OR THE OTHER; however, Crain and Pillow are the only two to receive BOTH honors, according to the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame website.




  The athletic department continue to ask for your support for the many student athletic projects that are ongoing. Stephen Papesh, athletic director / vice principal, continues his request for financial assistance for the athletic program.

  The school has received approval from  IPS  to build an NCAA-approved gymnasium that will allow ample space for both boys' and girls' athletic programs, lockers, and a HOME COURT for athletic competitions. Currently, vacated property north of the school is being razed for the future construction of the new gymnasium. The current gym is not NCAA approved by size nor handicap accessible, both requirements to host any high school-level events. Funds for this capital improvement project cannot be allocated for day-to-day equipment and expenses...those funds must be generated through donations. 

  Any financial support is gladly accepted in order to offset expendable materials. Make your check payable to: Shortridge Magnet H.S. (note SAAB) and mail to Mr. Papesh, 3401 N. Meridian Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208.


Founding Members Legacy Guild 

The listing of contributors to the Founding Members Legacy Guild continues to grow. Donations for the Shortridge Legacy Scholarship Fund are welcome in any amount at any time; however, Founding Members Legacy Guild  continues only until December 31, 2012, prior to the first graduating class in 2013. Founding Members' participation requires a minimum $500 or greater donation to the scholarship fund.

This also may be a way to honor a Shortridge graduate family member posthumously.

Please make your check payable to: Shortridge Legacy Scholarship Fund (Founding Members Guild on the memo line); mail c/o 5030 Guion Road, Indianapolis, IN 46254. With donors' permission, honoree's name will be recognized on our website and future newsletters. 

Join our growing list of Founding Members: (as of 4/01/2011)

Dr. Beurt SerVaas, 1937
Dr. Robert W. Harger, 1938
Martha "Marta" (Cantwell) Meeker, 1939 
Ann (Cantwell) Penrose, 1941
Ann (Kern) Cassella, 1945
Dr. Raymond Martin Johnson, 1950
John D. Peterson, 1951
Nancy (Browning) Peterson, 1951
Lynn (Bolles) Boatman,1958
William M. Boatman, 1958
Robert H. Butler, 1958
Paula (Distelhorst) Eidel, 1958
Linda (Henderson) Gassett, 1958
Kaaren O. (Burke) Rodman, 1959
Fletcher Wiley, 1960
Judith K. (Mendenhall) Shiffler, 1962*
William A. Lawrence, 1965
Jon Nygaard, 1966
Dr. Woodrow A. Myers, Jr., 1970
Timothy T. McDowell, II, 1971
Mary Ann (Bruce) Denton, 1972
Carol (Morgan) Gog, 1973

*Newest members
SAA Memberships & Renewals -- Membership Renewal Reminder

Join or renew. Your membership dues provide the operating funds for the alumni association. Pllease renew membership or join today. Check your member card for the expiration date. Paid member dues are required for full access to the website and to vote at the upcoming SAA Annual Meeting.
  • One-year Membership: $35 annual fee
  • Five-year membership (Founding Member's Legacy Guild) (see Feature Article)
  • Make your check payable to: Shortridge Alumni Association; mail c/o 5030 Guion Road, Indianapolis, IN 46254, or pay your dues online at our website via PayPal option.

    For more membership information, visit our website: or send email: shortridgealumni@sbcglobal.netl

The Class of 1961 reunion organizers are busy making plans to celebrate their 50-year reunion the last weekend of June 2011. Contact either of the co-chair persons Doug Perry and Judith (Gerdts) Ripley for more information and costs. Here's the tentative itinerary:

Friday, June 24, 2011 -- Reception, Columbia Club
Saturday, June 25, 2011 -- Dinner Program, Indiana Historical Society
Sunday, June 26, 2011 -- Brunch, White River Yacht Club

Along with this celebration, the Shortridge High School (combined) Choir plan their reunion and to perform for honored guests Don Neuen and Marilyn Copeland Davidson.


A letter to the choir members:

Dear Choir Members:
As all of you know, Don Neuen and Marilyn Davidson are not only our beloved high school music teachers but are also highly respected professionals who receive rather large fees for the workshops they lead all over the country.  As they are donating their time to lead our choir reunion, we feel strongly that they should not have to incur any expenses for their generosity in being with us.  We are asking everyone to please make a donation to help pay for Don and Marilyn's travel and hotel expenses.


PLEASE!  NOW! - Here's a way to donate:   

Write out a check to "Nancy Coyle", earmark it "Choir", and send it to her at: 5707 N. Oxford St., Indianapolis, IN 46220

Check out the Class of 1961 web site:, and click on "Choir Activities" for more details about the reunion.


We thank all of you for your generosity, and look forward to seeing you in June! 


Your Choir Reunion Committee
Choir Program Itinerary:
Friday, June 24, 2011 -- Mass choir rehearsal
(Time and Location TBA, if enough interest)
Saturday, June 25 (daytime) -- Mass choir rehearsal
(Time and Location TBA)
Saturday, June 25, 2011 (evening) -- Choir performance, Indiana Historical Society


We have received news that the Class of 1966 is planning their 45-year reunion August 12, 13, 14, 2011. They would like to invite any members of the classes of 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, and 1968 who would like to attend. According to Sandy Read Reiberg, following are the tentative plans:
Friday, August 12, 6-8p -- Meet-'n'-Greet gathering at Shortridge - tour the building;
8:30 - 11:30 - Reception (Location to be determined), Cash bar
Saturday, August 13, 6:30 - 11:30 -- Dinner/dance (Location to be determined). Cost: $45
Sunday, August 14 -- Details pending
For more information and if you wish to help with arrangements, contact Sandy (Read) Reiberg ('66), or by phone: 317.283.8441.
CLASS OF 1973 - JUNE 24, 2011 - SAVE THE DATE


An informal cocktail party is being planned for members of the Class of 1973 for Friday evening, June 24, 2011, at the home of Jamie Gibbs, 120 W. 73rd St., Indianapolis.


Class members interested in attending are urged to provide names, addresses, and other contact information to Carol (Morgan) Gog,


Also, in accordance with our Information Privacy Policy, our alumni database information is NOT shared with any third-party entity except to reunion committees for class celebrations. The database is not available at anytime unless approved for entire database mailings for all-classes events or mass fundraisers.   

SAA Board of Directors 

Following are the current members of the SAA Board of Directors. Your Decade Rep is available to work with you or answer questions you might have within your decade:

Executive Board:
Deloris J. (Richardson) Duff - '59 - President
Marilyn (Chance) Shank - '67 - VP - Public Relations
Alfred "Al" Edyvean, Jr. - '68 - VP - Marketing & Development
Jarnell (Burks) Craig - '63 - Treasurer
Carol (Morgan) Gog - '73 - Recording Secretary
Melford "Dutch" Holland - '57 - Parliamentrian

Members at Large:
Guy Russell - '59 - Consultant (Founder, SHSAW)
Martha "Marta" (Cantwell) Meeker - '39 -- Decade of '30s Representative
Kathryn "Katy" (Hill) Meredith - '42 -- Decade of '40s Representative
Lee (Scott) Beasley - '57 -- Decade of the early '50s Representative
Virginia Doss '59 -- Decade of the late '50s Representative
Richard "Rich" Edyvean - '69 -- Decade of the '60s Representative
Keith M. Rand - '70 -- Decade of the '70s Representative
Colette Ross-Boggan - '80 -- Decade of the '80s Representative

Brandon Cosby, Principal, Shortridge Magnet H.S. for Law and Public Policy
James Larkin & Stephen Papesh, vice principals
Alumni Association Annual Meeting 



The annual meeting of the Shortridge H.S. Alumni Association is scheduled for Saturday, June 25, 2011, 1:30 p.m. in the school cafeteria. Only those currently paid members of the alumni association will be eligible to vote for the officers in the upcoming election. Those positions include: President. Recording Secretary, Financial Secretary, Treasurer, and any of the Decade Representatives - 1930's - 1980's.


Interested individuals who wish to run for any of these positions for the executive branch or Members-at-Large should contact the chair of the slating committee, Al Edyvean, at or via the alumni association email: The meeting is open to the entire alumni base. New memberships will be processed up to June 20, 2011, in order to ensure your eligibility to run or vote for the candidates of your choice. All board members must be a paid member of the alumni association, in accordance with our by-laws. Nominations for all of the offices will be accepted from the floor.


Notifications will be mailed to currently paid members of the alumni association within the next 30 days.

Thank you for your continued interest and support.

Deloris "Dee" (Richardson) Duff. President
Shortridge H.S. Alumni Association

In This Issue
Student Service Project
News from Athletic Department
Founding Members Guild
SAA Memberships & Renewals
Upcoming Class Reunions
SAA Board of Directors
SAA Annual Meeting
Visit Our Website
Volunteers Needed!
Shortridge Yearbooks
Shortridge Daily Echo / Mass Media
Informal Class Luncheons
Panelists/Judges Needed
Congratulations, Butler
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If you can spare some time, kindly get in touch with the Learning Center Coordinator at Shortridge: 317.226.2810


Shortridge Yearbooks


Shortridge Media Specialist (Librarian) gladly accepts all old Shortridge Yearbooks. Contact Gregg Nowling at Shortridge with your donation, 317.345.7996


Check out the digital library of yearbooks as catalogued by the Indianapolis Marion County Public Library. Most Shortridge yearbooks  from 1898 - 1968 are available for viewing at:

Thank you, Gregg Niceley and

 Kathleen Schienle for this information.


The Shortridge Daily Echo is now available online. You may sign up to receive the daily news via email or to your IPhone, Blackberry, or Android phones as contributed to by members of the Echo staffs. Sign up today to receive your daily updates of the events at Shortridge Magnet H.S. for Law & Public Policy. The students are doing some outstanding things in the classrooms and in the community. Be sure to visit the archives for past daily issues--some really exciting and newsworthy information. 
Any materials or monetary donations will be sincerely appreciated to complete their expansion project for the media center for daily video productions and news broadcasts. 
Contact Gregg Nowling, Media Specialist,
Informal Class Luncheons
The Class of 1942 invite you to join them at 11:30 a.m. on the last Friday of each month @ MCL Cafeteria, 116th & Keystone Ave, per Kathryn (Katy) (Hill) Meredith, class of1942.
"The Girls of the Class of 1943" invite other classmates to join them at 11:30 a.m., on the 3rd Thursday of each month at LePeep Restaurant, 86th & Township Line Road, adjacent to MCL Cafeteria, according to Lynn Imel Rhamy. Any class members are welcome, male or female.
 Let us know if your class has an ongoing meeting place.  
Blue Devil alumni are requested to serve as audience members for the 10th Grade English Comprehension Project. As such, each volunteer is asked to serve on a panel of 4-5 adults to judge approximately 5-7 different presentations during a 3-hour session.
Adult panelists are asked to choose one day  for their 3-hour session during the week of May 16th, according to teacher, Stephen Lythgoe. Each student is given 10-15 minutes to present his/her project and participate in a 5-minute Q&A session with the panel.
This Comprehensive Project is a 12-14 week project of their own design that includes experiences writing business letters, Requests for Proposals (RFPs), using business plan models to plan their project.; research writing, portfolio development, creating graphics/visual displays, and oral presentation.
For questions and to schedule your shift, contact Mr. Stephen Lythgoe, 10th Grade English & Current Events, Shortridge Magnet High School, 317.226.6214 or via email: