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Alumni Happenings - September 2008
Grand County High School

 


Cricket White Green, GCHS Class of 1978
by Jeff Richards

Cricket White Green, a member of the Grand County High School Class of 1978, is getting excited for her upcoming 30-year class reunion, which she is helping organize.

Cricket White, 1978
Cricket White, 1978

Cricket used to live on the White Ranch several miles upriver from Moab. Her grandmother was the author of the Grand County High School song.

“It wasn’t until after I was out of high school until I found out that my Grammy Essie White wrote our school song,” recalled Cricket, who added, “I was the third generation in my family to graduate from GCHS, my kids were the fourth, and I have a grandson who will probably be the fifth.”

A couple months after high school graduation, Cricket’s last name underwent a color change as she married Kent Green, a 1976 graduate of Monticello High School.

“Moving from the ranch to town (Moab) was like moving to the big city for me,” recalled Cricket.

Kent recently retired after working as a deputy for the Grand County Sheriff’s office for 21 years. He currently works as a Hummer tour guide, and as a hunting guide.

Cricket works as the manager and title agent at South Eastern Utah Title Company, where she has worked for the past 14 years. She and Kent also help organize the local PRCA Rodeo held at the Old Spanish Trail Arena every June.


Kent and Cricket Green

Cricket and Kent are the parents of two children. Oldest son Josh, 27, is married to Kelly West, and they have a son named Christopher Kent Green. Josh, a 1999 graduate of GCHS, played football and wrestling in high school and served as the senior class president. He currently works for UDOT and resides in Moab. He and a friend also operate a sound company, playing music at local weddings and other events.

The Greens’ other child is daughter AmAsie, 24, a 2003 graduate of GCHS. AmAsie married Peter Willison in the summer of 2006. After graduating from Paul Mitchell cosmetology school in Provo, AmAsie and her husband now make their home in Grand Junction. “They come home often to see her horses and us,” said Cricket.

AmAsie was also rodeo queen in 2002, following in her mother’s footsteps. She also loves rodeo and is going to be barrel racing in Colorado soon.

Some of Cricket’s favorite high school memories include “hanging out with my friends” and “watching the Red Devils play.” The class’s junior prom was also a highly memorable experience, said Cricket. “I still have an old poster from the prom that I’m planning to bring to the reunion. The theme was ‘Color My World.’”

Cricket was also involved in the pep club, the glee club, and drama while in high school.

“I also still remember a homecoming assembly and John Jonas’ peppermint shake,” added Cricket. “Yuck! You had to be there.”

Some of Cricket’s favorite high school teachers included Mrs. Joyce Victor and prom practice, Mr. Al Heaton and the gym floor, Mr. Val Maughan, Mrs. Rachel McDonald, and Mr. Gene Leonard.

Cricket also fondly remembers the Red Devils winning their first-ever football championship in November, 2005, and was on hand along with many other fans to witness the historic win over San Juan in Cedar City that afternoon.

“How ‘bout them Devils – State 2A football champs!” exclaimed Cricket. “It was as exciting as being at a Super Bowl game, and Moab sure had a big crowd to cheer them on! I was so happy to see so many alumni there!”

Cricket also enjoys watching NFL football (she’s a Denver Broncos fan), and attending the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas. She and Kent also enjoy spending time outdoors, including camping in the mountains, riding their horses, and boating on Lake Powell.

The GCHS Class of 1978 reunion is scheduled to be held the weekend of Sept. 19-20 in Moab. All members of the 1978 class are invited to attend, whether they graduated from GCHS or not. Cricket has been assisting Bob Windfield and Marcia Turner Griswold in making the arrangements for the event, which will begin with a “meet and greet” social Sept. 19 at 7 p.m. at the Moab Elks Lodge. A 1970’s costume contest – “come as you were” – will be included as an optional activity for the evening.

On Saturday, Sept. 20, attendees are asked to bring their own lunch for a family and friends picnic at Moab’s Old City Park. The picnic begins at noon.

The cost for both events will be $25 per classmate, and $5 for each additional guest or spouse. Those who wish to attend are asked to send a check, payable to “The Class of ‘78,” c/o Cricket Green, P.O. Box 1314, Moab, UT 84532.

For questions, comments, or to volunteer to help with the reunion, email Bob Windfield at bionicbob777@hotmail.com, Cricket White Green at cricketgreen@hotmail.com, or Marcia Turner Griswold at grizzzwold@yahoo.com. Attendees are also asked to RSVP at the “events” site on classmates.com so that the other classmates will know who is planning to attend.



 
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