Posted by Juliana Szucs on September 4, 2014 in Ask Juliana, Website

Julie 7th grade project 001Last week Ancestry added 43,000+ new yearbooks to its existing collection bringing the total to 99,000+ yearbooks. I was thinking back on my days in school and all of the projects I had to create and the activities I participated in.

In high school, I was a Mathlete. Yes, you heard that right. No idea why I chose that, but I did. And I was never chosen to compete in any events. Probably because I stunk at math.

I also worked in the library. That was much more up my alley. I loved shelving the books because I would always browse the titles around the ones I was putting up. The biographies were always calling out to me and I read quite a few of them. I guess I should have seen the writing on the wall even back then.

I was not particularly athletic. Ok, I was (and am) a klutz. I did join a local softball team for a while, and enjoyed that, but was content to play right field. My coach used to like to play “pepper” at our practices. This meant he would stand on the pitcher’s mound and hit line drives at us. I hated pepper. One time I put on all the catcher’s gear so when it was my turn, I was prepared.

I think I was on the swim team for a short time, but I wasn’t particularly good at any of the strokes. I could tread water for a long time. Sadly that is not a competitive event though, so my swimming career was short-lived.

In grade school, I remember a lot of school projects. We did the paper mâché globe where we covered a balloon with strips of newspaper coated in gook and then when it dried, painted the continents and oceans on it. That was fun. Thinking about it makes me want to make a bowl or something.

Pictured you can see me with my cardboard and Styrofoam rendition of the Parthenon, but my pride and joy was a replica of the Aztec pyramids and the city at Tenochtitlan made of sugar cubes. Wish I had a picture of that one. I remember staying up into the wee hours to work on that.

What about you? What activities did you participate in? Did you create any memorable projects?  Share your memories with us, and more importantly, share them with your family. And if you need something to jog your memory, browse through some of the yearbooks in the newly expanded yearbook collection.

Juliana Szucs

Juliana Szucs has been working for for more than 20 years. She began her family history journey trolling through microfilms with her mother at the age of 11. She has written many articles for online and print genealogical publications and wrote the "Computers and Technology" chapter of The Source: A Guidebook of American Genealogy. Juliana holds a certificate from Boston University's Online Genealogical Research Program.

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  1. What great memories! I, too, played pepper. It could definitely be a brutal game, though. Thanks so much for sharing these memories. Preserving stories, especially from youth, is a step everyone should make. Stories are the bits and pieces that make a family history come alive!

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