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HHS Alumnus Max Wojihoski Named IU
Drum Major for the 2023-24 School Year
Max Wojihoski, IU Drum Major, Class of 2021

Hobart High School alumnus Max Wojihoski (Class of 2021) has been named the next Drum Major of the Indiana University Marching Hundred! Max served as an undergraduate staff member of the trumpet section and is a student in the IU Kelley School of Business. Congratulations, Max!

Watch for Max in the Alumni Spotlight feature of our next newsletter in February.

This information and picture were obtained from the IU Marching Hundred Alumni Facebook page, at: https://www.facebook.com/IUMHAB.


Hobart High School Community
Mourns the Passing of Maryann Kerr

Maryann Brush Kerr, Class of 1957Maryann Brush Kerr, wife of Coach Tom Kerr and Hobart High School Class of 1957 graduate, passed away on Sunday, January 8, after a long struggle with Parkinson's Disease. Her memorial page can be found on our website, at: https://www.hobartalumni.org/class_profile.cfm?member_id=7225929. Visitation will be Thursday, January 12, 2023, from 2-8 pm at Burns Funeral Home, 701 E. 7th St., Hobart, Indiana. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Friday, Jan 13th at 10:00 am at St Bridget Catholic Church, 107 Main Street in Hobart. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Hobart Food Pantry, 200 South Hobart Road, Hobart, IN 46342.

Our sympathies and prayers go out to Tom and the family.

This information and picture were obtained from the Burns Funeral Home website, at: https://www.burnsfuneral.com/obituaries/Maryann-Kerr/#!/Obituary.

HHS Alum Autumn Turley Named "Diver to Watch"
For University of Southern Indiana

From the Beech Tree News (Morgantown, KY) website:

EVANSVILLE, Ind. — One of the top swimmers in the Summit League hails from Morgantown. 

Currently competing in the 2022-23 women's college swimming & diving season, Butler County High School graduate Mattilynn Smith earned a preseason honor from the Summit League. 

Each team from the Summit League named both a swimmer and diver to watch for the season. A freshman for the University of Southern Indiana, Smith was named the swimmer to watch for the Eagles. The Butler County High School graduate was named All-Region and Academic All-State in four straight years and was crowned regional champion in the 200 and 500 freestyle in 2022. Smith was also named 2022 Regional Outstanding Female Swimmer of the Year. She was also a top-10 finisher at the state level in the 1,000 and 1,650 for Southern Kentucky Swim Club.

Autumn Turley, named "Diver to Watch" for USI University of Southern Indiana freshman Autumn Turley (Hobart, Indiana) was named the diver to watch for USI. The Hobart High School graduate was an Indiana High School Diving sectional qualifier and led the team to a Western Invite championship and Hobart Invite championship. Turley was also a part of the All-American Gold Team Scholars in 2020.

The 2022 season marks the first season in program history for swimming & diving at USI. The 22-member squad features 20 freshmen along with one junior and one sophomore.

Smith swam for Southern Kentucky Swim Club, finishing in the Top 10 at the state level in the 1,000 and 1,650 events. The Butler County High School graduate is majoring in Nutrition. 

This article was obtained from: https://beechtreenews.com/articles/mattilynn-smith-recognized-swimmer-watch. The picture was obtained from the USI Swimming & Diving Roster, 2022-23, at: https://usiscreamingeagles.com/sports/womens-swimming-diving/roster/autumn-turley/7449.

Our December Newsletter is Available!

Click here for the December 2022 edition of The Brick & Mortar Board, the newsletter of the Hobart High School Alumni Association. You can find all our newsletters if you click on the menu item HHSAA Newsletters.

Woodwork Career Alliance Names its Scholarship
Fund in Honor of Hobart HS Alumnus Greg Heuer

Hobart High School alum Greg Heuer, Class of 1965, was honored by the Woodwork Career Alliance of North America by naming its teacher scholarship program after him. Congratulations, Greg! Here's the first part of the story from the WCA website. The complete article is in the December 2022 issue of the HHSAA Newsletter.

Colleagues laud Heuer for his vision, dedication and leadership to create the WCA’s credentialling system.

NELLYSVILLE, Va. – As a fitting tribute to one of its most influential founding fathers, the Woodwork Career Alliance of North America announced the renaming of its teacher financial aid program to the Greg Heuer EDUcation Scholarship Fund.

Heuer, secretary of the WCA Board of Directors since its inception in 2007 and one of the first WCA chief skill evaluators, recently retired from the board. He is credited by his colleagues for being the driving force that led to the development of the WCA Skill Standards and Passport credentialling system. Together, the Skill Standards and Passport form the foundation of new and evolving WCA programs used by a growing number of schools and wood products companies to teach and train the next generation of woodworking professionals.

The rest of the story can be found with this link to the WCA website.

Greg and Linda Heuer, Class of 1965  Greg Heuer leads a trining workshop for woodworking instructors
Left: Greg Heuer, Class of 1965, and his wife Linda.
Right: Greg leads a workshop for woodworking instructors
aspiring to become accredited skill evaluators.

Our November Newsletter is Out!

The November issue of The Brick & Mortar Board is available! If you are a supporting (paid) member of the HHSAA, you should have received it as an email attachment, and if we don't have your email address, you will be receiving it by regular mail within a week. If you are registered on this website (for free), you should have received an email with a link. The current issue includes:

  • Alumni Spotlight interviews with board members Lynn Sheets Kostbade and Tracy Estabrook McCullough
  • Pictures from the September 24 BrickieFest picnic
  • Your Brickie Stories: Did you drive to school?
  • Our regular features: Class Reunion Roundup, New and Renewed Members, and Recent Obituaries

All our newsletters are available on this website. Just click here or on the link that says HHSAA Newsletters.

Class of 1962 Celebrates 60 Years!

Here is a picture of the Class of 1962's 60th year reunion this past month. You can see this and other class reunion pictures if you clidk the link Reunion Photos in the menu. Photo courtesy of Doug Davis.

1936 Alumnus Donald Marrs Discusses His
Years With Band Director William RevelliYouTube image of an interview with Donald Marrs about WIlliam Revelli

William Revelli started the band program in 1925, and stayed at Hobart until 1935. The band won several national championships during that time. Revelli left Hobart for the University of Michigan, where he became nationally known.

Donald Marrs graduated from Hobart High School in 1936, and played under Revelli both at Hobart and Michigan. The Facebook group "Revelli and His Bands" posted this interview with Donald Marrs, which was conducted by his son Stuart Marrs in 2007. Band members might find this interview interesting. It's about 48 minutes long, and there are lots of interesting pictures. Click on this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GTVKjMveNQs.

Donald Marrs passed away in May 2011. His memorial page can be found here: https://www.hobartalumni.org/class_profile.cfm?member_id=7723830.

Alumni From Many Classes Attend the
2022 BrickieFest Homecoming Picnic

The BrickieFest Homecoming picnic was held on Saturday, September 24, from 12 noon to 3:00 pm at the Hobart VFW. While the Class of 1959 held a reunion indoors, alumni from all classes enjoyed hot dogs, brats, chips, potato salad, desserts, and cold water, courtesy of the Hobart High School Alumni Association.

Below are some pictures from the afternoon. Thanks to all who came!

BrickieFest 2022 Shelter Sign BrickieFest 2022 Class of 1970
Left: The HHSAA sign on the shelfter at the VFW for the BrickieFest 2022 Homecoming Picnic.
Right: Class of 1970 members: Mary Newcomb, Bev Simmons, Paula Luedtke, Diane Wallace-Cullison,
   Dan Simmons, Debra Opolski, and Paul Addison.

BrickieFest 2022 Alumni Table BrickieFest 2022 Debbie Michael
Left: Alumni gather at the table at the 2022 BrickieFest 2022 Homecoming Picnic.
Right: Debbie and Michael Vega enjoying the picnic.

BrickieFest 2022 board members
Left: Tracy McCullogh prepares a picnic table for the alumni.
Right: Beth Barney, Joe McCullough (the chef) and Sandi Boynak.

Hobart Football's OktoberFest Brings
Brickie Fans From All Over

Many people attended the Oktoberfest at Brickie Bowl on Saturday, September 17, sponsored by Hobart Football. A pep rally started things off at 2:00, and the afternoon included a DJ with music from the decades at 3:00, Steel Country at 5:00, and NAWTY closing out the night around 7:00! There were craft vendors and food trucks, all under hot but good weather. A great kick off to Homecoming Week 2022!!!

Pep rally at Oktoberfest 2022  Board members at Oktoberfest tent
Left: A pep rally started things off for Oktoberfest, which included football players of all ages.
Right: HHSAA board members Paul Addison, Tracy McCullough, Debra Opolski, and Debbie Vega

HHSAA Board Election Results

The election of board members for the Hobart High School Alumni Association was held from June 1 to June 15. The complete slate of members and officers, listed below, have been re-elected to a two year term, beginning August 1. Thanks to all HHSAA members who voted.

Paul Addison, Class of 1970, President
Lynn Sheets Kostbade, Class of 1966, Vice-President
Debra Broker Opolski, Class of 1970, Treasurer
Tracy Estabrook McCullough, Class of 1978, Secretary

Shaun Zoladz, Class of 2006, Dean of Students, Hobart High School
Beth Scott Barney, Class of 1970
Debbie Scharbach Vega, Class of 1971

Our Scholarship Winners for 2022

The recipients of the 2022 Hobart High School Alumni Association are seniors Meghan Horn and Alex Pickett. Meghan will be studying Political Science at Indiana University, and Alex will be studying Sports Management at Trine University. Both wrote an essay "What It Means to Be a Brickie" as part of their scholarship applications. On Wednesday, May 11, the HHSAA board treated Meghan and Alex and their families to dinner at the Paragon Restaurant.

Scholarship winners Meghan Horn and Alex Pickett, with the HHSAA board.
Scholarship winners with the HHSAA board. Left to right: Lynn Kostbade,
Debbie Vega, Alex Pickett, Meghan Horn, Tracy McCullough, Paul Addison,
Beth Barney, and Debra Opolski.

New: Class of 1959 Luncheon Reservation Sheet

Here is the new reservation sheet for the Hobart High School Class of 1959 Reunion Luncheon. Please print it, fill it out, and mail it with your check to: Millie (Glusac) Hovanec, 1963 E. 69th Ave., Merrillville, IN 46410, Cell:  219-252-2893.

You can see all upcoming class reunions (that we know about) by clicking Class Reunions in the menu, or clicking this link: https://www.hobartalumni.org/ClassReunions.htm.

Cody Johnston Featured in NWI Times

Cody Johnston (Class of 2023), son of Jim Johnston, Jr. (1980) and grandson of Jim "JJ" Johnston (1954) is featured in an article in the Northwest Indiana Times. Here is the link to the article: https://www.nwitimes.com/sports/high-school/track-and-field/hobart-pole-vaulter-cody-johnston-is-rewriting-the-family-record-books/article_615eda6f-ebfb-5dff-8880-a40e21f7944b.html.

Cody Johnston (Photo by John J. Watkins, The Times)
(Photo credit: John J. Watkins, The Times)

Popes are Winners at Carmel Marathon

Five members of the Pope family were in Indiana on Saturday, April 9, to run in (or watch) the Carmel Marathon. Ellen Pope '69 and Bud Pope ’74 both took first place in their age categories, quote a feat, considering that they ran in snow, hail, and wind. Siblings MaryAnne (Pope) Bryan ‘63, Sharon Pope ‘65, and Nancy Pope ‘72 cheered them on. Here are some photos:

Ellen and Bud Pope Nancy Gauder, Sharon and Nancy Pope

Above: (L) Carmel Marathon winners Bud and Ellen Pope. (R) Nancy Gauder, Sharon and Nancy Pope cheer them on.
Below: MaryAnne (Pope) Bryan, Ellen, Sharon, Nancy, and Bud Pope.

MaryAnne (Pope) Bryan, Ellen, Sharon, Nancy, and Bud Pope

Order Your Brickie Window Clings!

HHSAA Window ClingLooking for a gift for your newly-graduated Brickie?

You can get Hobart High School window clings for $3 each, or two for $5, by sending your check, made payable to the HHS Alumni Association, to Lynn Kostbade, 410 N. Joliet Street, Hobart, IN 46342.

Another great idea is a lifetime membership to the HHS Alumni Association, for $100. Send your check, made payable to the HHS Alumni Association, to HHSAA, PO Box 68, Hobart, IN 46342. Please include the name, addresss, email address and graduating class of your lucky lifetime Brickie!

Classmate Obituary Information Welcome

We do our best to keep up with listing obituaries for HHS alumni. We are able to find most obituaries that have the words "Hobart High School" in them, but many do not. If you come across any online obituary notice that is not posted in the "Recent Obituaries" page on this website by the time of the funeral, please send the link to me at info@hobartalumni.org, along with the classmate's year of graduation, if you know it, and I will post it right away.

Thanks to Gorjean Quick, who just sent me several obituaries from the Class of 1963.

 Do You Have Class Reunion News to Share?

If your class is having a reunion later this year, or in 2020it's not too early to start letting people know about it. Please email us at info@hobartalumni.org, or email me (Paul Addison) personally at paulhaddison@gmail.com. Let us know the class year, the date, time and place of your reunion (however much you know at this time), and the name of the person to contact for more information. Thanks!

Click "Class Reunions" at the left to see all upcoming class reunion information, including future years.

Listen to What Was Playing When
YOU Were in High School

Do you remember the songs that were on the radio when you were in high school? Click on the "What Was Playing" link at the left, and you'll find YouTube links to five songs for every year going back to 1900! You may have heard them on the radio, at your class dances or prom, on the jukebox at Abbott's or Pete's, in your own room at home, or on YouTube or MTV!

Thanks to Jennifer Eastwood Davis, Class of 1962, for compiling this extraordinary list! Because they are links to YouTube, Vimeo and the like, they often go out of date. We are doing our best to keep the list up to date with working links. If you find a link that doesn't work, please email us at info@hobartalumni.org, tell us what year and what song link isn't working, and we will try to fix it right away.

Music can bring back lots of memories. What was playing when you were in high school?

Yearbooks Available Online from the
Lake County Public Library

The Lake County Public Library has been digitizing Hobart High School yearbooks. Most of them from 1908 to the present are online. Click "HHS Yearbooks Online" at the left to access the collection. You don't need to register or log in, and you can save the yearbooks as PDF files.

The HHS yearbook was called Aurora until 1946, when its name was changed to Memories.

Yes, We Have a Facebook Page!

If you use Facebook, please visit our Facebook page. Just login to Facebook, and search for Hobart High School Alumni Association, or paste this into your browser address bar: https://www.facebook.com/hohighalumni/

Facebook is frankly much better suited for classmates talking to each other than this website is. There is a Message Center on this website, but it requires notifying the other person by email, and they have to come back and login here to get the message. Facebook is just quicker.

Plus, you'll get news about special events on the Facebook page, as well as here.

 Follow Us On Twitter!

If you have a Twitter account, we invite you to follow us @hobartalumni. We will not bombard you with announcements, but we will keep you up to date on upcoming class reunions and other events.

Once Again: Don't Confuse Us
with www.AlumniClass.com!

Several people have joined the website at www.alumniclass.com, and some have even paid $10 for it! That website is for selling merchandise (not that there's anything wrong with that), but that is not the Hobart High School Alumni Association site. This one is!

Our site costs nothing to register. In fact, you can see everything except classmate profile information (email addresses and regular addresses) without signing in at all.

You won't get news of HHS alumni activities on the other site. They have no affiliation with Hobart High School or the HHS Alumni Association. Be sure to stay tuned at www.hobartalumni.org!

Welcome to the HHSAA Website!

The HHS Alumni Association raises funds for scholarships! We awarded one scholarship at our first HHSAA annual meeting in April 2012, and have awarded two or more at every annual meeting since. Donations for scholarships are tax-deductible and can be mailed to: HHS Alumni Association, PO Box 68, Hobart, IN 46342-0068. Write "Scholarship Fund" in the memo line. Thanks!

Do You Share An Email Address? If you share an email address with another HHS alum, you can use the same email address as your login, as long as you have a separate password! Remember, your Primary Email Address is your username to login.

Do You Have a Profile on the AlumniClass.com Website? That's Not Our Site!
Many of you have a profile on a website called AlumniClass.com (www.alumniclass.com). If you look at the bottom of their page, you will see this disclaimer: "This Site is independent of and has no association with any school, school district, or web site."

Linking from the HHS site: Recently, the Hobart High School website (www.hobart.k12.in.us) changed its Alumni link from the AlumniClass.com website to this one. If you created a profile on that website, it is still there, but please be reminded that AlumniClass.com is not the real Hobart High School Alumni Association. Our apologies for any confusion.

Are You Getting Annoying Emails?
If you are receiving email notifications from this site about people who have registered or changed their name, you may be subscribed to their profiles without meaning to. Just click on Notify Me at the left, then under Profile Subscriptions, check Unsubscribe From All Profiles In All Years. That should take care of it.



Registering on this website is free. Just click Classmate Profiles, find your name, and create your profile. If you don't find your name, you can send us an email, and we will add your name to the roster.

However, this site is sponsored by the Hobart High School Alumni Association. We are a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) organization, dedicated to supporting Hobart High School and its alumni. If you would like to join the HHSAA, your donation of $10 or more entitles you to membership, and is tax-deductible. Lifetime memberships are now available for $100 per person.

You can find out more about us by clicking the HHS Alumni Association link at the left. You are under no obligation to become a member of the HHSAA.

Your donation to the HHS Alumni Association will help provide scholarships to HHS students, Hobart alumni going back to school, and professional development grants for HHS teachers. Memberships are on a calendar year basis, but new and renewed memberships on or after Homecoming weekend run until December 31 of the following year.

We encourage you to send a check, made out to Hobart High School Alumni Association, to us at: HHS Alumni Association, PO Box 68, Hobart, IN 46342. Your membership is $10 (or $100 for a lifetime membership).

If you don't send a check, you can use this Donate button below to pay with your PayPal account, or with your credit card. (We prefer the PayPal account; otherwise, we have to pay a fee.)

Your $10 donation entitles you to Full Membership with voting rights, and you will receive our newsletter, The Brick-and-Mortar Board, by email. You will also be emailed a colorful certificate of membership, suitable for framing. Thank you!


•   Dale Van Cleef (1977)  1/30
•   Angela Kalinowski (2014)  1/27
•   Carissa Aspros (2014)  1/26
•   Edward Jimenez (2005)  1/26
•   Sherry Swisher (Djordvich) (1988)  1/22
•   Charlotte Memering (Memering-Dahl) (1973)  1/15
•   Terry Korwek (1977)  1/12
•   Thomas Ewigleben (Ewigleben) (1977)  1/11
•   Debbie Vrtikapa (Kirkpatrick) (1987)  1/10
•   John Welch (1977)  1/10
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