Classroom seating charts are a bit of gamble for students because they never know who they might end up sitting next to.
For Margo and Steve Van Voltenberg, the chart landed them in what turned out to be perfect spots in 1992.
Margo and Steve, who now live in Papillion, sat right next to each other during a business class at Omaha Burke High during the second semester of their junior year.
Steve had a girlfriend at the time, so he and Margo started out as friends.
They’d chat during class and then connect on the phone for hours talking about everything high school kids talk about — teachers, music and weekend plans.
Margo and Steve clicked. They both loved sports and played basketball at Burke. Steve played baseball growing up and Margo played softball.
Both came from similar families with parents in long marriages.
Margo remembers getting into Steve’s 1988 Ford Ranger outside a pizza shop one night and having a weird feeling that she was going to marry him someday.
They were still just friends, but Margo knew she had to let Steve know how she really felt. So she called him up on a Sunday night, and they shared their feelings.
Soon they started dating, but after about a month, their relationship hit a snag.
Steve ended up going to junior prom with his former girlfriend. Margo was so angry, she asked the teacher to move her to another part of the room in their business class so she wouldn’t have to sit next to Steve any more.
Steve realized he had made a big mistake.
He really liked Margo, so he asked the teacher if he could move to a seat near her.
The teacher let him move, and, at first, Margo ignored him. She wouldn’t even loan him a pencil.
But soon they reconnected.
Margo and Steve dated through the rest of high school and kept up their relationship after graduation and beyond.
They married Nov. 18, 2000, at First United Methodist Church in Omaha, and are parents of a son named Casen, who turns 2 next month.
Margo says Steve has been a big support throughout their marriage, particularly when her father got sick 11 years ago and then her older brother died suddenly of a heart attack at age 38.
Steve says the best part of their marriage, the foundation, goes back to those days at Burke, before they ever dated, when they were just two teens who enjoyed each other.
“It’s just the friendship,’’ he says.