The top stories in the Norwalk Reflector on this date in 1978:
St. Paul fires Rhodes Scholar
Only having taught American and English literature at St. Paul High School for two weeks, Matt Vaalencic has been fired from his job.
Valencic, a Rhodes Scholar, told the Reflector he was let go last week because “they (administration) didn’t like what I taught and how I cared to teach it.” He wouldn’t elaborate, saying he’d rather just forget about it, especially in light of his new-founded career.
St. Paul High School Principal Thomas E. Imerson’s only comment was that “it was an administrative thing and I won’t discuss it with anyone.”
On Monday, Valencic will go to Washington, D.C., where he and several others have established a public interest group called HALT.
HALT, which stands for Help Abolish Legal Tyranny, is a lobbying group that will push for reform against legal abuses.
Merit semi-finalists named
Six area high school seniors have been named semi-finalists in the National Merit Scholarship competition.
Two seniors from New London High School are the school’s first semi-finalists since 1958.
Steve Baker, son of Mr. and Mrs. Rudyard Baker, RD 1, Chenango Road, is ranked first in his class of 105 seniors.
Eric Jennings, the second semi-finalist from New London, is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Royce Jennings, Ohio 162 West.
Edison High School senior Kevin Simpson also was named a semi-finalist. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. G.E. Simpson, 36 Berlin Road, Milan.
Another semi-finalist is Angela S. Hunter, a senor at South Central High School. Her parents are Mr. and Mrs. Clark Hunter, Route 1, Greenwich.
The two semi-finalists from Bellevue High School are Majorie Miller and Daniel Girton.
(Photo caption) Great-great grandmother, Mrs. Stella Turner, 81, of Monroeville, is pictured with the four other family members who comprise the five generations of women. Holding three-month-old Trisha Peracini is her grandmother, Mrs. Stella Menningen, 37, of Carey. Also pictured are Mrs. Kathryn Vlock, 59, Norwalk, and the baby’s mother, Mrs. Christine Peracini of Carey.
Plymouth golfers beat St. Paul
The St. Paul varsity golf team dropped one Wednesday afternoon at Sycamore Hills to Plymouth, 185-191.
Low man for the match was Plymouth’s Jeff Ream, who shot a 39.
Low shooters for the Flyers were junior John Frank and senior Jeff Wiedemann, both shot 45’s.
Flyers pick new captains
Due to the injury of two-way performer Steve Jaworski, the St. Paul Flyers have selected two more captains to assist the only healthy original choice, John Soisson. Seniors Dave Smith, a defensive end-offensive tackle, and Jeff Bleile, a defensive tackle-center, were the choices of the squad Tuesday afternoon.
Coming Monday — Sept. 17, 1978: Tiffin pounds Flyers as injuries mount
— Compiled by Andy Prutsok