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Tom and Lydia Welsh
Jacksonville, Florida
1990-1999

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1999 In April, Margaret and George visited. We went to the Commissioner's Academic Challenge (my 3rd). In May, CHE celebrated readingand I got my first ride in a helicopter. In July, Lyd arrived home, after moving her parents from the farm into down town Salisbury. The beginning of the school year finds Lyd, in her 25th year of teaching and her 9th at James Weldon Johnson, still teaching Gifted Life Science to the 7th grade. This is her 17th year teaching Gifted and her 15th in 7th grade Gifted Life Science. I am opening my 12th year in the principalship and my 6th year at Cedar Hills. Kate and the gang have departed for Philadelphia and her junior year! Hurricane Floyd passed us by. Brain Brawl started, renamed “Brain Brawl At The Mall”, at Regency Square, the 21st season; my 7th consecutive year and 11th, overall. In October, Jacksonville Sister Cities Association sponsored my trip to Port Elizabeth, South Africa at my expense. We enjoyed our Florida Christmas with Nana & Papa in Mt. Dora and a Maryland Christmas. On the 30th, Victor, George and Margaret arrived in Jacksonville.
1998 In January, I had my ultrasound and needle biopsy of my prostate gland. Results were normal On the 31st, Eena arrived from Murmansk. We went to Disney World. March 4, Eena departed for the trip back to Mypmahck. In April, I went to The Commissioner's Academic Challenge (my 2nd). In June, Kate, amanda and I headed for Orlando for the Panasonic Academic Challenge (my 2nd). We traded the '90 244D Volvo and purchased a '98 S70. In July, Lyd left, on schedule, for the farm. She'll be gone two weeks. The beginning of the school year finds Lyd, in her 24th year of teaching and her 8th at James Weldon Johnson, still teaching Gifted Life Science to the 7th grade. This is her 16th year teaching Gifted and her 14th in 7th grade Gifted Life Science. I am opening my 11th year in the principalship and my 5th year at Cedar Hills. Kate and the gang have departed for Philadelphia and her sophomore year! Labor Day weekend at Disney World at the Yacht Club Resort. Brain Brawl resumed, renamed The Superintendent's Academic Challenge, the 20th season; my 6th consecutive year and 10th, overall. In October, Jean Paul Chevalier and his daughter Peggy arrived from Nantes to spend a week in our home. Christmas was at the farm with ice on the tree branches.
1997 In February, the 18th year of Brain Brawl is completed, with Mandarin defeating Episcopal for the title. Kate is a National Merit Finalist!, worth about $70,000 at Ursinus, over 4 years! Ursinus offered full tuition for four years plus a special project offer, with funding. In April, we drove down to Orlando for the Commissioner's Academic Challenge, the state Brain Brawl, at the Contemporary Hotel at Walt Disney World. The district is paying the hotel bill and Kate and Lyd are just playing! Kate went to Grad Night. June 3, Kate was a high school graduate. Panasonic Academic Challenge was at the Walt Disney World Yacht Club. The beginning of the school year finds Lyd, in her 23nd year of teaching and her 7th at James Weldon Johnson, still teaching Gifted Life Science to the 7th grade. This is her 15th year teaching Gifted and her 13th in 7th grade Gifted Life Science. I am opening my 10th year in the principalship and my 4th year at Cedar Hills. Kate is headed for her freshman year at Ursinus College in Collegeville, Pennsylvania. In September, Kate celebrated her 19th birthday and her first away from home. An E-Mail from Eena says she is coming in February, and is getting married in Kiev next summer. Brain Brawl started, renamed The Superintendent's Academic challenge, the 19th season; my 5th consecutive year and 9th, overall. In November, a visit to Dr. Lewis results in a recommendation for a prostatic sonogram and needle biopsy to determine whether or not I have prostate cancer. In December, Kate flew from Philadelphia to Salisbury. We arrived at the farm without incident.
1996 In February, Kate was inducted into the National Honor Society. With Lindsay, we visited Davidson College Kate was been nominated for Girls' State from Stanton. In March, Kate's acceptance for the National Youth Leadership Forum in Medicine arrived in the mail. A Murmansk delegation arrived Kate, Lindsay and I visited New England colleges. In May, at a meeting of JSCA, I was elected to a three-year term on the board and Treasurer. In June, Kate and Lindsay went to Girls' State in Tallahassee. Lyd and Kate flew north; Kate to the National Youth Leadership Forum for Medicine, and Lyd to the farm. In July 20, Kate, Mary Will and the DiNicolas toured Eastern Seaboard colleges. In August, the orthopedic surgeon diagnosed a need for a total hip replacement. The beginning of the school year finds Lyd, in her 22nd year of teaching and her 6th at James Weldon Johnson, still teaching Gifted Life Science to the 7th grade. This is her 14th year teaching Gifted and her 12th in 7th grade Gifted Life Science. I am opening my 9th year in the principalship and my 3rd year at Cedar Hills. Kate is in the 12th grade at Stanton College Preparatory High School. Kate's 214 selection index on the NMSQT is exactly enough to identify Kate as a National Merit Semi-Finalist. Amelia Island Plantation was the site for Kate's 18th birthday party. In October, Brain Brawl started the 18th season; my 4th consecutive year and 8th, overall. In December, Kate called the SAT data base from the farm: V:800 M:660, but she previously had M:670, so she now has a 1470 and is ecstatic. We visited Ursinus College, and Kate wowed them in the Admissions Office.
1995 In January, following an interview, the Jacksonville Sister Cities Association selected me to participate in this year's exchange program. We will host an educator from Murmansk, Russia, for three weeks, and, I will be there for three weeks. Kate was been selected for the Joe Berg Science Seminars The Martin Luther King Weekend was spent at Disney World with Sarah Lahr as our guest Kate was been selected as a UNF/Stanton Presidential Scholar In March 2, at the 4th annual EDDY awards, I purchased the winning raffle ticket and won an IBM Aptiva MultiMedia Computer system. In April, Kate and Lindsay won 1st place in the county social studies fair for their project on the Berlin Wall. Kate joined the DiNicola's on a cruise to celebrate Lindsay's 16th birthday and I experienced 3 weeks of teaching in Murmansk, Russia. On my return from Russia, we learned Bill and Sherry will be divorcing. In May, Sergei Gordenkov joined us for 3 weeks in our home while he visited schools in Jacksonville. I was appointed to the JSCA Board of Directors for a one year term. In June, Lyd and I took Marina Kostyleva out to dinner to celebrate her high school graduation. Kate has started her volunteer summer as a helper, or candystriper, at Regent Park, an assisted care facility on Southside Blvd at Butler Blvd. Lyd went to Maryland for 6 weeks with her parents. In July, Jerry, Linda, Brian and Julia Laws visited. The beginning of the school year found Lyd, in her 21st year of teaching and her 5th at James Weldon Johnson, still teaching Gifted Life Science to the 7th grade. This was her 13th year teaching Gifted and her 11th in 7th grade Gifted Life Science. I opened my 8th year in the principalship and my 2nd year at Cedar Hills. Kate was in the 11th grade at Stanton College Preparatory High School. Valiera Akishin called from Lakeland to discuss the possibility of his daughter Ksenia living with us until February. Nadia Babkina, from Murmansk, was my guest We opened the 17th season of Brain Brawl; my 3rd consecutive year and 7th, overall. Bill has joined us for the Thanksgiving Holiday. Bill's kids called to wish him a Happy Thanksgiving. We had a wonderful dinner and spent the evening watching TV. In December, Kate's PSAT/NMSQT scores came back. She had a verbal of 72 and a math of 70. This gave her a selection index of 214. We dropped off Ksusha at the Starret’s, Charlie at the Vet and then headed north for Washington and the Paynes, and then out to the farm. In a freezing rain, which later turned to snow, we spent the night with Bill, Vicki, Cathy and William Payne.
1994 In January, Kate got her restricted driver's license and has straight A's for the 2nd nine weeks of the ninth grade at Stanton. In March, Lyd was recognized at the 3rd Eddy awards dinner as JWJ's nominee for Teacher of The Year. Kate spent Spring Break in Europe, visiting Rome, Pisa, Florence, Monaco, Nice and Paris. Kate and I participated in the Meninak Academic Invitational Competition. The Memorial Day weekend was spent with Lindsay at Disney World. Kate receives Honors awards in Social Studies and English. The superintendent has assigned me to Cedar Hills Elementary for the 94/95 school year. In June, Kate had three wisdom teeth cut out by Dr. Hartley, and completed driver training at Sandalwood. In July, we had our annual visit by the three of us to the farm in Maryland. Kate drove from Norfolk to the farm. The beginning of the school year found Lyd, in her 20th year of teaching and her 4th at James Weldon Johnson, still teaching Gifted Life Science to the 7th grade. This was her 12th year teaching Gifted and her 10th in 7th grade Gifted Life Science. I opened my 7th year in the principalship and my 1st year at Cedar Hills. Kate was in the 10th grade at Stanton College Preparatory High School. Kate's 16th birthday was celebrated with Lindsay DiNicola in residence for the weekend. She received her Driver's License. I continued with Brain Brawl, my 2nd consecutive year and 6th, overall. Florida Christmas was in Mt. Dora, followed by Christmas in Maryland with Margaret & George and Bill, Sherry, Chris(9) and Lisa(7).
1993 Kate won a 2nd place in the JWJ science fair and 4th for the regional science fair. In February, Kate went to Washington with the gang from the 8th grade. In April, I moderated at the Meninak Academic Invitational title and Margaret & George arrived for a visit. In May, Lyd and I spent the day at Cumberland Island with several of her students, and the double doors from the bedroom to the pool deck were completed. In July, we had a vacation at the Farm. I purchased Sirex 386 PC from Computer Source. The Tandon is now on Kate's desk. In August, BugOut destroyed the basketball size hornet's nest in the tree behind the mailbox and the kitchen floor was tiled. The beginning of the school year finds Lyd, in her 19th year of teaching and her 3rd at James Weldon Johnson, still teaching Gifted Life Science to the 7th grade. This was her 11th year teaching Gifted and her 9th in 7th grade Gifted Life Science. I opened my 4th year at Kite. Kate was in the 9th grade at Stanton College Preparatory High School. We decided to let Kate go to Europe in the Spring. In October, Kate took the PSAT. We learned in December that her Verbal was 56 and her math, 57. We enjoyed a weekend at the Lodge and Bath Club at Ponta Vedra as guests of the DiNicolas. I returned to moderating Brain Brawl, my 5th season, over-all. In November, Marina Kosteleyva, a 16 year-old from Russia spent the weekend with us. In December, Nana and Papa came to Jacksonville for our Florida Christmas followed by Christmas holidays at the farm. Bill, Sherry, Chris and Lisa came, but Jerry, Linda, Brian and Julia were not able to come. They still plan to come to Florida in 1995.
1992 In May, we obtained Charlie, a Pembrooke Welsh Corgi, from Kathy Maijub. In July, we left Jacksonville for our trip north to Maryland. Charlie went, too. We arrived two days early and created quite a commotion when we set off the alarm. The beginning of the school year finds Lyd, in her 18th year of teaching and her 2nd at James Weldon Johnson, still teaching Gifted Life Science to the 7th grade. This was her 10th year teaching Gifted and her 8th in 7th grade Gifted Life Science. I opened my 3rd year at Kite. Kate was in the 8th grade at James Weldon Johnson, and was 14. From 40 candidates, she was chosen as a cheerleader for JWJ. Christmas was in Mt. Dora, and then, with Bill, Sherry, Chris and Lisa at the farm.
1991 January 1, we purchased the 1990 Volvo 244DL. Dr. Zenke transferred me from Pickett Elementary to Henry F. Kite Elementary. In July, we went to the farm. In August, Stanton dropped its middle school grades and Lyd, in her 17th year of teaching, transferred to James Weldon Johnson Middle School, in a similar position, teaching 7th Grade Gifted Life Science, with Kate in her 2nd period class. This was her 9th year teaching Gifted and her 7th in 7th grade Gifted Life Science. I began my 2nd year at Henry F. Kite, and my 4th as a principal. In August, we went to Tampa, for a PRE-K seminar, & a visit to Universal Studios. Kate is 13. A teenager! In November, Julia Laws was born to Jerry and Linda Laws, and Schatzie was euthanized. Christmas was at the Farm.
1990 In May, we stayed at the Marriott Residence Inn at WDW with Michelle Woodford as our guest. Kate placed 3rd in the Lone Star Science Fair. In June, Katie had a dance recital. I assisted back stage again and Barbara brought me out to dance with her during the finale. Katie spent a week in Washington D.C. and the surrounding area with the 5th grade school safety patrol. Lyd, in her 16th year of teaching, was in her 6th year as teacher of the Gifted Life Science in the seventh grade at Stanton College Preparatory School. This was her 8th year teaching Gifted and her 6th in 7th grade Gifted Life Science. I began my third year at Pickett Elementary. Kate was in the sixth grade at Susie Tolbert Sixth Grade Center. Katie's 12th birthday party at the pool was a great success. A cockatiel was found at Stanton and brought home until the owner can be found. We contacted the only "lost" ad in the paper. No match...He's ours! Margaret & George arrived for the Thanksgiving holiday. We served Crab Imperial for dinner. Nana & Papa arrived mid-morning. We had a Christmas in Mt. Dora and another at the farm.