In the weeks during the preparation of this yearbook, it was decided that it
would be named "Critical Condition" by a unanamous vote of the staff. At
that time, it was not forseen that the name would be so appropriate until
November when there really was a critical condition at our school. None of us
was prepared for the 11 days in this month that would change our lives
forever and bring the entire college together. With the disappearance of
Michelle Hagemeister, we all clung to the hope of finding her alive.
It began with the shock of first learning of her disappearance. We all were
angered, that someone so sweet and innocent could be abducted by some­
one that she very likely could have helped in the future. No one could
concentrate on anything but her. We desparately drove to area cities and
placed flyers with her discription and photo in store windows, hoping someone
would remember, someone would have seen .. .. . With each moment, we
looked to our classmates, faculty, and staff for support . With each news
broadcast, we all watched to hear of some shred of hope. Day by day, we
waited. Day by day, our hopes slowly declined and our fears took over. The
women worried about their own safety and the men worried about the safety
of their loved ones. No one was left out of this horrible critical condition. We
were all held together by both hope and fear.
Finally, news did come and it wasn't good. Again we bonded together but
this time it was to say goodbye to a friend and a fellow student. We all cried,
we all hurt, and we all embraced. She will forever be in our minds and so will
the year of the "critcal condition".
Michelle was a member of the
yearbook staff and this book is dedi­
cated in her memory. We will miss her because she contributed so much to our
book and our school and mostly to each of us in her own special way.
Myra Harreld MSIII
Fall Yearbook Editor
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