The three seniors are having all Patterson High yearbooks scanned, starting with the first issue in 1915 and continuing through this year. The 1915 year is when the school’s first senior class of seven received their diplomas.
A major centennial celebration to commemorate that event is being planned for next year’s Labor Day weekend. Bob Vizzolini, class of 1963, is chairing a committee that is currently planning the festivities, to which all former Patterson High attendees and teachers will be invited.
The three seniors handling the yearbook project are Ciera DeVera, Amazing Matthew and Melissa Tenorio. They are shipping off several heavy boxes of the books to the Oklahoma state penal system where inmates will use equipment to scan every page of every book. The Oklahoma project is a training program for inmates and is offered at no charge. Even the freight to and from is prepaid.
When the scanning has been completed, the three students will download the material and make it available on DVD.
The Patterson Township Historical Society is elated. “The results of the project will be invaluable to us,” commented museum curator Ron Swift.
Swift also noted that two yearbook years are missing from the museum’s files: 1916 and 1922. A reward is being offered (see elsewhere in this issue) and the books will be returned to the lenders at the completion of the project.
The three seniors are also using the task for their Senior Project.