Last updated Sunday March 14, 2010
Remember Judy Drapp
Judy Drapp 1973
Judy Drapp 2009
When did you attend Priory
What was your nickname at Priory?
How did you locate the Priory website?
My good friend Brenda Mize took the time to track me down through Google. Once found, she called me to tell me about the website.
Denise Sleem, Brenda Mize and Judy Drapp
Who were your most memorable teachers?
There were a few. Mrs. Gregory is foremost in my thoughts. I just loved her. Mr. Fowler, I can still hear him saying, "What now Miss Drapp? This is a British Establishment, not an American School". He'd say something along those lines every time I approached him with a new idea! Julie Webster for her help and guidance with the School Newspaper and Yearbook.
Who were your best friends at Priory?
I tried to be friends with everyone, but the people that I hung around the most were Brenda Mize, Timmy Morgan, Ed Morgan, Nancy Dougherty, Tim Paulin, Mark Padgett, Jay Trahan, Sue Thurin, Rikki Roberts, and Ted Milburn. A special thanks to Ted Milburn for teaching me to drive. We both learned that you NEVER start a new driver at the TOP of the hill, and if you do, you warn her that pushing in the clutch makes the car speed very, very fast down the hill! Luckily I found the break BEFORE we went over the cliff!! Thanks too, to Dave Elrod. I knew Dave when we both lived in Pittsburgh, PA. He met my plane when we landed in Jamaica and took me to my first Jamaican party. Thanks for the great reception and for introducing me to all of your friends.
R -L Judy Drapp, Tim Paulin, Ed Morgan and ?
R - L Tim Paulin, Judy Drapp, Sue Thurin and ?
Who are you in touch with today?
I lost touch with everyone until November 2009 when I learned about the Priory website. (Thanks Stephen!)
Who would you like to track down?
Timmy Morgan (I e-mailed him from the info on the site, but no reply...Hmmm, purhaps he's trying to tell me something, ya think?), Vicki Nichols, Ted Milburn, Tim Paulin, Richard DaCosta, Mark Padgett, Jay Trahan and Dave Elrod.
What was the wildest thing you did at Priory?
Ask me no secrets, I'll tell you no lies!
Tell us about your memories of Priory and Jamaica
Great people, great friends, great times! So many Nationalities and ages all blended into one. I have fond memories of helping to run the Tuck Shop, of being a Prefect, the fiasco with the Senior Class Rings (who knew about "duty"? Obviously not me!!), The "Pep Squad", the Newspaper and Yearbook and so, so much more! I think Bob Hope sang it best when he said, "Thanks for the Memories". Truly a once in a lifetime experience!
Judy Drapp the Prefect - front row 2nd from left
Who was the craziest person during your time at Priory?
Person, no. Persons, yes. It has to be a tie between Simon Blake, Dave Elrod and Randy Cargill. But, the "Best Party" Award absolutely goes to the Matalon's for their annual New Year's Eve bash! Some crazy memories there!!!
Where do you live and what do you do nowadays?
I live in Cypress, Texas (just outside of Houston). I've been a Registered Nurse for the past 31 years. My passion was Newborn Intensive Care, but 5 years ago I took a job as a School Nurse. It's a different pace, but I love it, too.
Tell us about any significant others
I've been married to my wonderful, brilliant husband, Monty, for almost 24 years. We will cellebrate 24 years on June 14, 2009. We are so lucky to have two wonderful children. Our son, Chris, is 18 and a Freshman at Texas Tech University. He's studying Computer Programming and contemplating going into Robotics/Artificial Intelligence. Our daughter, Laura, is 15 and a Sophomore in High School. She is majoring in boys and text messaging. Lord help us, she will be driving soon (I'm having flashbacks of that damn hill. Thank God Texas is flat!)
Judy and Monty
Laura and Chris
Tell us about your most unusual meeting with a Priory person
There were several in the early years. Ed Morgan came to see me in the 70's at my Grandmother's in New Jersey. We had a great day in New York City. I saw Mario Machado in 1975 in London. Brenda Mize visited me in the early 80's in Houston, and I talked to Timmy Morgan a few times on the phone. I lost contact with everyone until Brenda tracked me down. Thanks Brenda!!
What do you think of the Priory Website?
Stephen you're a genius! I've thought of Priory, and Jamaica, and friends that I thought were forever lost to me so, so many times throughout the years. I just never, ever believed that it was possible that I would hear from them again. Thank you for making a dream come true! Stephen, Thank you for your labour of love, not only in creating the Priory website, but in maintaining it. Saying, "Thank You", just doesn't seem like enough. I'm truly grateful for the gift you've given me:)
ęStephen Smith 2010
Published on the Priory Website Sunday 14th March 2010
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