Hand-painted rocks immortalize the class of '67
by Judy Projahn

Every year, it is the duty of the senior class to invent some unusual and preferably humorous activity better known as the senior project or prank. This year's seniors have done a splendid job with a marvelous new idea for the general beautification of the library gravel pit. Yes, friends, I speak of nothing other than those famous senior rocks.
For the past several weeks, seniors have been good enough to devote the time and effort to personally decorating the rocks from the library. Although help from various underclass well-wishers has been offered, seniors have tried to keep it their project. The result is a bevy of beauties surrounding our lovely, genuine leafy plants in the library.
A good many of the rocks are painted in eye-catching solid colors such as neon green, iridescent orange, baby blue, shell pink, daffodil yellow, fire-engine red, and violet violet. These solid colors are offset by gay patterns including pert polka-dots, bold plaids, and popular racing stripes. However, not only have the seniors painted these rocks, in some cases they have taken the trouble to inscribe some meaningful message on them.
The viewer is indeed in store for a great many pearls of wisdom on the library rocks. They boast such slogans as "Nixon in '68," "Hi!" "Mike and Linda," "The Bobbsey Twins Visit the Library," and that ever famous informative label, "Rock."
The innocent bystander may not understand the throng of people invariably gathered around the pit to check the new day's arrivals. He may ask what is going on, and "We're painting the rocks" is a rather curious answer. However, the seniors of Maine South feel that this is not a detraction but an addition to the school. We would like to list the following reasons for our choice of senior project this year:

1. It is colorful. The gorgeous rocks have obviously added sparkling color and personality to a previously dull section of the library.
2. It is big. This project provided opportunity for participation by any and all members of the senior class. No senior was left out of the fun ... and valuable experience.
3. It is educational. The painting of the rocks has encouraged students to develop latent artistic talent. They have experimented with new forms of expression in a new medium. Since the appearance of the rocks, students are also spending more time in the library; where, it is hoped, they will take advantage of the library's other attractions, namely, the books.
4. It is demonstrative. As seniors, we were in desperate search for a proper way to give vent to our feelings for Maine South. The rocks were a perfect answer. Now we ask you how many schools have handpainted rocks in the library? Not too many. This demonstrates our dedication and our wish to leave a lasting mark on the school that has given us three unforgettable years.

Therefore, the senior rocks are not only decorative but deeply significant. It is our hope that equally good projects can be executed by future classes. And as we leave in June, the seniors will be satisfied to know that the Class of '67 is forever immortalized in stone.