Technology is only as good as instruction. At Bethany, technological changes have kept pace with society, but teachers provide valuable education in making learning possible. Mary Ann (Lehman) Wieand (’67) appreciated Wilmer Hollinger as her history teacher. Technology didn’t provide up-to-date information at that time. “Wilmer helped me to think more broadly about current events. I respected him and thought of him as having a lot of wisdom.”
Trips provide valuable experiences for students to see and participate in civic and local activities. The senior trip continues to provide opportunities for students to plan their trips with funds raised through fish frys. Students have multiple opportunities to learn about the local environment and community through trips and interterm. Darrel Diender (’60) remembered his senior trip to Washington, D.C. The class visited an airfield one afternoon. “It was the first time I flew in an airplane.”
Sports have highlighted many student memories at Bethany. The sports offered have changed over the years, but Bethany remains competitive in its conference. Ken Willems (’64), son and current high school principal Hank Willems (‘89), and granddaughter, current junior, Zoe Willems, shared about their experience in sports. Ken said, “I played every sport and was on the first soccer team. So that first year, we played Central [Christian] from Ohio.”
The music program at Bethany remains an integral part of the curricular program. Music allows students to connect with one another in worship and make friends with those in their ensembles or bands. Sherril (Martin) Vardaman (’63) remembers being in the choir. “Bob Ewing and later Freeman Miller were the directors. We sang the Messiah at Goshen College at the Christmas program.”
The cafeteria cooks have changed over the years, but students have positive memories of their meals. A new hoop house on campus allows students to plant and pick the produce used in their meals. Larry Vardaman (‘60) remembers the cafeteria being in the barn. “The food was very good, and Rachel Miller was the cook.”
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In December, Bethany students are doing their part by collecting canned goods and toys for the neighboring elementary school. Being a part of the community means supporting those in need.
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