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Forest Orchestra joined with the Winston-Salem Symphony, the Wake Forest Con-
certo Choir, and Winston-Salem Chorale to perform Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony.
A special art exhibit, “Works from Alumni Collections: Color Function Painting
and William Hogarth Prints,” was shown in the University Fine Arts Gallery from
August through October. In mid-November, twenty-five fourth-graders from Sher-
wood Forest Elementary School took part in a printmaking workshop led by David
Faber (Art). Each student made a one-of-a-kind multicolored monotype print.
The University was ranked 25th among “America’s Best Colleges” for 1997 by
U.S. News & World Report, its highest ranking in this national annual college guide.
Wake Forest received high marks for student selectivity, student retention rates, and
financial resources. Its small classes and high graduation rates were also recognized.
Money magazine placed Wake Forest among its one hundred best college buys.
The debate team received more accolades, winning first place at the 51st National
Debate Tournament (team of Brian Prestes and Daveed Gartenstein-Ross), defeating
a team from the University of Georgia. The debate team had previously come in third
in 1993 (team of Mark Grant and Rick Fledderman); third in 1994 (team of Marcia
Tiersky and Adrienne Brovero); and third in 1995 (team of John Hughes and Adri-
enne Brovero).
Tragedy struck during the year with the untimely deaths of four students. Maia
Witzl of Arlington, Texas, and Julie Hansen of Rockville, Maryland, both nineteen
years old and Chi Omega sisters, were killed by a drunken driver, Thomas Richard
Jones, on September 4. Jones was not only drunk at the time but had a series of traf-
fic offenses, including driving while impaired. The accident occurred a few blocks
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