Time capsule opened in honor of 50th anniversary

In light of the 50th anniversary of WHS’s opening, a time capsule was opened. The capsule was buried in the walls of the school when it was built and features items from the earliest days of WHS’s opening.

Among the items in the time capsule were pictures, a binder of newspaper clippings relating to the building and the opening of the school and a ballot from the referendum in which community members voted to open another school.

“(The time capsule) was very interesting. It was neat to see a part of history and how they did things back then,” Angela Ginnan, associate principal of operations, said. “It was cool to see the communication with the community to build a new school.”

Over winter break, the time capsule was removed from the 1963 cornerstone, located in the main entrance of the school. According to Angela Sisi, principal, there was some difficulty in locating the time capsule at first, as there were many rumors as to where it was buried.

“We didn’t know if it was actually there. I heard it was (in the 1963 cornerstone), I heard it was outside by the flagpole, and I heard it was outside by a bench,” Ms. Sisi said.

It was only after an alumni sent in a video clip of the time capsule being placed in the 1963 cornerstone that the decision to open the wall was made.

Jacquie Gonzalez, student council president, and Colleen Keefe, senior class board president, had the opportunity to go through the contents of the time capsule as part of a video that was played on the announcements.

“I thought it was really interesting to see how the letters were typed with a typewriter, and all the photos and how the prices were different,” Gonzalez said.

The contents of the time capsule were placed on display in the main hallway for a few weeks and are currently being displayed at Forest View Educational Center as part of the district’s Centennial Celebration.

When the Centennial Celebration ends, the contents of the time capsule will be placed back in the wall, along with new items that showcase what life in 2015 is like. In the video that aired on the announcements, students were asked to contribute ideas for the new time capsule.

Stefan Kamzol, sophomore, believes that including technology, such as iPads, flash drives containing pictures or items created by engineering or manufacturing classes, would best showcase WHS in 2015 to future generations.

“I thought it would be cool to have a notes section in an iPad for each grade to say what it was like to be a freshman, sophomore, junior and senior,” Kamzol said.

Other ideas that have been discussed by students and the administration include last year’s yearbook, PE uniforms, lunch menus, textbooks, “Vamos Gatos” spirit wear and newspaper clippings about both WHS and world news.

“I’m excited to put the time capsule back in,” Ms. Sisi said. “We’re definitely going to put more stuff in there (than in 1963).”

The time capsule will be returned to the wall in a few weeks. A date has not yet been set so as to allow students more time to contribute ideas for the new time capsule.

“Over the past 50 years, things have changed so much. I think it would be cool for students in the future to see what every 50 years are like to give perspective on how much we’ve grown. What we put in (the time capsule) will define us,” Kamzol said.-Kelli McKewin