Wallowa High School secretary/registrar Linda Sue Lewis continued this year a tradition she began in the early 1990's when she began making pillows as graduation gifts for every WHS graduate.
WHS graduates and current Enterprise HS teachers Melanie Crenshaw and Teah Evans were members of that first group.
Wallowa school staff members say that over the years Lewis has made over 300 pillows. The students treasure them and they have traveled with their owners to all points on the globe including hazardous military duty assignments.
In her typical quiet manner, Lewis observes students during their high school years. During the year they graduate she starts hand-sewing each graduate a pillow using colors and patterns that speak to each individual.
This year graduating senior Matthew Harris instantly identified one of the 17 pillows this year ...the cowboy pattern on that pillow was made for his classmate Brennan Evans.
Even after this many years, Lewis manages to surprise everybody when the pillows suddenly appear on the school office counter during the final days of the senior class. Nobody has caught her bringing them to the building and almost nobody has seen her set them out.
But the word travels fast and in no time students and staff find reasons to 'go to the office' where the display draws "ooohs" and "ahhs" and many thank you's.