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Doddridge County Students and Staff Open Time Capsule After 20 Years

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Twenty years ago, Bill Clinton was president, the first of the Jurassic Park movies was released and Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You" was the top song.

Also in 1993, students at Doddridge County Middle School buried a time capsule, that they would open 20 years later.

On June 11, 1993, Doddridge County Middle School teacher John Post buried a time capsule, along with other teachers and students. It was the first year for the school.

"When we consolidated into this school we had ten middle schools, and ten middle schools came into one middle school. When we started we didn't have any chairs, we didn't have any seats, the kids came in and sat on the floor," said Post, a former teacher at DCMS.

The time capsule was filled with pictures, notes, VHS tapes, and even someone's favorite candy, Skittles.

Students and faculty from 1993 were invited back for the opening of the capsule to see what was inside. Some students brought their children with them for the occasion.

"Many of these students that I've talked with this evening were fifth graders, and now they're dragging their seven and eight year olds with them now. And that's just a wonderful experience," said Barbara Stout, who was the assistant principal in 1993.

The experience of coming back and opening the capsule made one former student want to do something similar with her children.

"Being here makes me want to do one at home with them. I think it would be neat in 20 years, they would be 25 and 28 and it would be neat to see what their answers would be or what they would bury in their time capsule," said Traci McGill, who was in seventh grade in 1993.

Post said he would be glad to bury one again with current students at Doddridge County Middle School.

"I had a parent come in to me and say he would provide a capsule next year if the kids wanted to do it again, and plan it for another 20 years, so if they want to do it again, we'll do it again," said Post.

During the time the capsule was buried the top five movies in order were Schindler's List, Farewell My Concubine, The Piano, Blue and Groundhog Day.

The top five songs were: Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You," Tag Team's "Whoomp (There It Is)," UB40's "Can't Help Falling in Love," "That's the Way Love Goes" by Janet Jackson, and "Freak Me" by Silk.

The top five novels of the year were: The Bridges of Madison County by Robert James Waller, The Client by John Grisham, Slow Waltz in Cedar Bend by Robert James Waller, Without Remorse by Tom Clancy, and Nightmares & Dreamscapes by Stephen King. 

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