Euchre has become an infamous WHS “tradition”
The WHS administration, led by administrative intern Brandon Cobb, decided to revive the card game euchre during lunches this year by organizing a tournament.
“I remember playing euchre in high school, so I thought maybe it would be a good fit for our students,” Cobb said.
While this year’s tournament was encouraged by administrators as a form of positive discipline, it was not always this way.
Back in December of 1992, three students co-wrote a letter to the editor complaining that the administration prohibited their lunchtime euchre-playing on grounds of gambling.
The controversy grew, and in January of 1993, News in General (now The Wooster Blade) addressed the issue in an article by Shannon Roach entitled, “Principals hold all the aces when it comes to euchre.”
Bernie Pachmayer, the assistant principal at the time, asserted in the article that she stood behind the school’s policy.
“We have a problem with cards, and we nearly always take them in school,” she stated.
Roach closed her article by reiterating the students’ dissatisfaction to the situation.
“For the time being, at least, it looks as though euchre has a bad name in this school. But that won’t stop people from playing it in darkened corners or back alley ways. Besides, rules were made to be broken,” concluded Roach.
But, times have changed, and today’s administrators do not share the concerns of their predecessors regarding card playing.
“The euchre tournament was monitored closely, so I was not concerned about gambling,” Cobb said.
Though it may have taken over 20 years, the school’s stance on euchre has finally changed to be a little friendlier to the card sharks of WHS.