Mark W. Swarthout
High School

There was a 50's flashback day at school. Everyone got into it.

This is my sister Mary and I with the West Virginia Secretary of Education, who had just dubbed Mary a Lady of the Golden Horseshoe. I was knighted two years earlier and am wearing mine on the lapel of my sport coat.

One of my shop projects, it was difficult working with plywood!

I believe I got third place and a $25 Savings Bond from the VFW.
And now I'm a member of the VFW!

I participated in a number of theater productions in high school.

Mark's Theater Work.


LT Jack Farley showed up to present me with my NROTC scholarship at the awards ceremony at the High School. There was a real gasp when he announced the amount of the scholarship, at the time $18,000. It provided full tuition, books, uniforms and fees for the four years. In addition, it included $100 cash a month and a job for 4 to 6 weeks each summer.

This was my yearbook photo. I'm wearing the Golden Horseshoe.