What is one day you remember as a student at PDS/USN? Was there a time which was entertaining, interesting, edifying, or simply fun? We’re looking for your stories.
Our ninth grade students are continuing to capture narratives of our alums during their time at PDS/USN, and they’ll like to interview you. We’d love to hear any memories you can share. As part of our Centennial celebration, we will be displaying narratives for all of us to read and enjoy during the month of May, and we’ll be posting stories online.
Maybe you have a certain memory of your time during the chaotic 70’s. Maybe you were a student here during the Transition in 1975. Maybe you are one of our sports stars or managers, a thespian or technician, a writer for the newspaper or literary magazine, an artist or illustrator. Maybe you helped paint Myles Maillee mural, or maybe you recall dissecting that pig in biology before we had air conditioning. Did you travel afar with People to People or one of our exchange programs, or were you one of our exchange students? Perhaps you studied Architectural Design with Mr. Ralph or enjoyed Mrs. Ralph’s cinnamon rolls when the cafeteria was up on the top floor.
Maybe you recall spending hours at Scarritt during the bomb threats of the ‘80’s or hiding in the stairwell during the tornado of 1998? Maybe you played basketball on the buckled floor at Wesley Hall or hit a tennis ball over the fence onto 21st when the tennis courts were there. Or perhaps you have an amusing anecdote about a project or group presentation.
Whatever it is, we’d love for you to share.
We welcome all memories, whimsical or serious, large or small. We’d love to talk with you. Our students are excited about learning more about our school and the days of yore. Enjoy the narrative about naming the school, written by A. J. Dykens-Hodapp ’17 and told by Rob Laird '86. Then pick up the phone and volunteer to share your story.
If you are willing to have a student contact you for an interview, please contact Betty (Pearson) White (firstname.lastname@example.org) or the alumni office (email@example.com). Interviews may be handled by email, phone, or in person. In only a few minutes of your time, you can make someone else smile and remember.
Jackie Hyman ’67, writing as Jacqueline Diamond, has published 100 novels, including romantic comedy, romantic suspense, fantasy, mystery and Regency historical romance.
A two-time finalist for the Rita Award, Jackie received a Career Achievement Award from Romantic Times and is a former reporter and TV columnist for the Associated Press. In addition to updating and reissuing her novels as ebooks, Jackie writes the Safe Harbor Medical miniseries for Harlequin American Romance. Sign up for her free monthly newsletter at her website, jacquelinediamond.com, and say hello at her Facebook site, JacquelineDiamondAuthor. On Twitter, she’s @jacquediamond.
As I walked in the front doors on 19th Avenue the other day, I started thinking about what has changed since I was a student here. The students travel the halls just as we did in the 70’s although book bags are even a little lighter due to textbooks in digital version. The teachers are teaching in the same thoughtful and engaging way, and K-12 students mingle effortlessly with each other.