Donald Mason and his friends were ready to take on the world. They were young, good-looking teenagers at Draper High School in Rotterdam. They were ready for leadership, as they had just been selected to lead the student council during the 1969-1970 school year. And while some teens were preparing to close their books until September, Jo-An Palkovic and her colleagues at Mont Pleasant High School were hoping classmates would keep at least one book open. Jo-An had recently finished editing the “Mountaineer” yearbook, and kids all over school were signing pages — and signing off for the school year.
Draper High School teens prepare to tackle the world in June 1969. Gathering as 1969-70 class officers for the first time are, from left, Donald Mason, president; Karen Gabriele, corresponding secretary; James DeMidio, vice president; Holly Dunn, recording secretary; and Karen Santini, treasurer.
Teens from St. Columba’s High School visit the snacks and drinks table during their junior prom. At far left, Tony Lucia serves punch. Lining up for the goods, from upper left, are Harold Cote, Lydia Lucarino, Maria Mazzone, Denise Tabor and George Teta.
Editors of the 1969 edition of Mont Pleasant High School's "Mountaineer" yearbook show off the finished product. From left are Mrs. Alexander Gronvall, faculty coordinator for the yearbook, Barbara Herderich, junior art editor, Jo-An Palkovic, senior editor-in-chief and Holly Pelts, business manager.
Richard Adach of the Hispanic Society of Schenectady presents scholarships to students well-versed in the Spanish language in June 1969. Standing in front, from left, are Joanne Bloomer of Scotia-Glenville and Kathy Prokop of Mohonasen. In the second row are Laura Jones of Scotia-Glenville, Mary Margaret Wantuck of Mont Pleasant, Debra Enright of Schalmont and Eva Consentino of Mohonasen. In the back row are Kathleen Bellavio of Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake, Rosemary Romanofskin of Mont Pleasant, Kevin Dulin of Union College and Susan Fitzgerald of Shaker.
Four of Linton High School’s “Award Day” winners dress sharp. From left are Sheila Rowe, Kingston Holcomb, Debbie Ferro and Nancy Alheim.
Top teens from Niskayuna High School plan the senior ball — “Strawberry Fields Forever” — in June 1969. From left are Debbie House, Fred Spezza, Cathy Fahy, Mark Wahl and Tim Howe.