Tight-knit bond unites Jonesboro Class of 2005

By Justin Boron

Few people are more recognized at Jonesboro High School than graduating senior Bernd Toro. He said it's not that he is Mr. Popularity. It's because he's the ice cream man.

Toro, 18, has been slinging the high school cafeteria frozen delicacies for the past year at Jonesboro. The job is reserved for a few seniors each year, who get class credit for slaving over an ice box filled with strawberry shortcake bars, Choco Tacos, and ice cream sandwiches one period out of the day.

The ice cream man also is in a great position to get to know everybody in his class, Toro said.

From his mobile freezer, he said he quickly picked up the 279-student graduating class' selling point, its tight-knit relationships.

Ebony Anderson, 18, backed up the assessment while she penned a message at a recent yearbook signing party.

"We're open, we're like family, we help each other out," she said.

Brenda and Rebecca Eubanks, 17, the school's set of polar opposite twins, said their range in their own personalities on the social spectrum was a sign of the class's diversity and understanding.

"We're the last class with class," they said.

Rebecca, the auto-tech student of the year, and Brenda, a cheerleader and drama student, say they make up for each other's differences.

"I guess you could compare that to our senior class," Rebecca said.

The communal tie in Jonesboro's class of 2005 also helped their spirit at the sport events, students said.

JHS soccer player Julie Fariss, 17, said her class' supportive nature came out during the second round of the boys and girls playoffs.

"Everybody painted up their faces, David Wilkerson had the big Jonesboro flag, and they had someone in the Cardinal suit and someone in a Gorilla suit representing the other team. The Cardinal beat up the Gorilla during half time," she said. "It was hilarious."

Jose Soto Arguello, 17, an office aid for the class , said his best memories will be the times he helped people, saying he often translated for Spanish speaking visitors.

The united class will go its separate was when graduation day comes a little over a week from now on May 28 as the students look forward to post-graduation plans, colleges, and summer jobs.

But first there will be some celebration of their bond first, said Joan Nguyen, 18.

"The one thing that I am most excited about graduating is the party that I am holding at my house. This won't only be a celebration of emancipation, but a celebration of all the memories of the good time and the anticipation of our future in college," she said.

News Daily intern Laura McMillan contributed to this story.