AMY ARNETVEIT, LEFT, and Pat Grahn put the finishing touches on a baseball and football display in one of the new trophy cases at Ripon High School.  		          Ian Stepleton photo
AMY ARNETVEIT, LEFT, and Pat Grahn put the finishing touches on a baseball and football display in one of the new trophy cases at Ripon High School. Ian Stepleton photo

     A TROPHY CASE IS JUST a trophy case, right?

     Not at Ripon High School.

     Take a stroll down the hallway on the east side of the new gym, and you’ll dip your toes into a bit of Ripon’s athletic history come alive.

     Thanks to a collaboration between graphic artist Amy Arnetveit, the Ripon Historical Society and longtime Riponite Howard Hansen of Imagineers, visiting the trophy displays is like stepping into a small museum entirely dedicated to the athletic accomplishments of yesteryear.

     It hasn’t always been that way.

     Until recently, the trophy case simply held ... trophies.

     “But there was no meaning behind that,” Amy said.

     The new displays? They’re so, so much more.

     “Basically, it’s just dressing it up and making it interesting for visitors when they come to the gym, to actually learn something about the history,” Amy said. “And especially students, too, because they don’t realize that there is a long history in this school. It’s not just the last four years that they’ve gone to school.” ...

To read the entire column, see the Nov. 21, 2019 edition of The Ripon Commonwealth Press.