Jon Rose Tells of German Visit: On Friday, March 30, the students of Washington Irving acquired some first-hand knowledge about Germany from Jon Rose, a senior, who presented an assembly program.
Last year, while living in Germany and attending school there through a foreign exchange program, Jon learned a great deal about the country.
In his talk, Jon told the students about some of his most interesting experiences in Germany; he described the school he attended, the subjects studied, and the German way of life.
In addition, the speaker showed colored slides of German people and of various points of interest in Germany.
Three Thousand Musicians Will Attend Festival: Flooding Clarksburg with music on May 4-6 will be approximately three thousand young musicians, who will participate in the annual Band Festival. Representing forty-three schools from the northern area of West Virginia, the bands will be competing for concert and parade ratings in their respective categories – Triple A, Double A, and Single A. A high school is listed as Triple A if it has five hundred or more pupils; as Double A if it has three hundred to five hundred pupils; and Single A if the student population is less than three hundred.
Official activities will begin on Thursday evening at 7:30 PM in the Washington Irving High School auditorium, where all Clarksburg bands except that of Victory High School will play before a group of judges for their concert rating. The Blue and Gold Band is scheduled to play first.
Competition will continue through Friday afternoon, until each band has been rated. At twenty-minute intervals the various bands will parade through the center of town. Scheduled for Friday evening at 8:00 PM in the General Nathan Goff Armory is the All-Festival Band, which will be composed of pupils selected from the top ten per cent of each band. A small entrance fee will be made to all other than band students in uniform.
The Band Festival will be climaxed by an all-band parade which will begin Saturday morning in the west end of Clarksburg and continue down Main and Pike streets to the Post Office Building. The parade will be the largest and most colorful event of the year.
Hi-Y Has Banquet and Plans Picnic: Mr. Donald Wilson, prominent local attorney and father of senior Randy Wilson, gave an excellent and impressive speech on the responsibilities of youth in America to the seventy-four assembled members, fathers, and guests at the Hi-Y Father-Son Banquet. The banquet was held Wednesday, March 28, at the Stonewall Jackson Hotel. Also on tap for the Hi-Y is the annual picnic, which will be held early in June.
Senior Calendar: March 15 – Senior Party; May 25 – Junior-Senior Prom; May 29 – Senior Chapel Program; May 31 – Senior Banquet; June 1 – Commencement and Baccalaureate Rehearsal; June 3 – Baccalaureate Sermon at the Methodist Church; June 4 – GRADUATION; June 5 – Report Cards – SCHOOL IS OUT
Dr. H. N. Rexroad of WVU Visits WI: Dr. Harvey N. Rexroad, an instructor from West Virginia University who has been touring various high schools, visited Washington Irving on Monday, April 2, and spoke to several groups in Mr. Duckworth’s classroom.
Though the major emphasis of his discussion was his own field of wave motion and oscillations, Dr. Rexroad began his lecture with some interesting facts on education (his underlying motive was to arouse interest in West Virginia University). He stated that records show that a college graduate earns $150,000 more than a person with only an eighth grade education, and that over 65% of those who collect unemployment insurance did not graduate from high school and only 6% have college degrees. He pointed out that West Virginia University can place 99% of its science and engineering graduates in promising jobs.
In addition, Dr. Rexroad conducted several demonstrations showing how waves are transmitted, eventually developing into electrical transmissions and answered his listeners’ questions.
Gigi Selby is Berry Princess: On May 14, Gigi Selby will be competing for the title of Queen of the Strawberry Festival. Gigi, a Washington Irving senior, is one of two Princesses chosen to represent Harrison County at the annual Strawberry Festival in Buckhannon in June. When the Pre-Prevue was held on Wednesday evening, April 4, the two Princesses were crowned and presented with bouquets of roses.
Other girls from Washington Irving competing for title of Princess were seniors Shirley Burnell, Becky Sharpe, Nancy Rice, and Sue Wagner.
Five Juniors Attend World Affairs Meet: The third annual World Affairs Institute, held this year at Morgantown, April 13 and 14, was attended by five juniors, sponsored by the Clarksburg Rotary Club. Susan Courtney, George Eason, Julie Hoblitzell, Bill Meck, and Blair Thrush were Washington Irving’s representatives.
A speaker from the White House addressed the Institute on the nation’s help to under-developed countries through the Food for Peace Program. A lecturer from the United Nations discussed the services of this international organization.
A symposium of foreign students from countries around the world talked about their country, its relations with the United States, and the impression of the political and economic aspect of the Far East.
Thanks Bill Arnett!: Thanks to Bill Arnett for the fine track poster he made and presented to the Washington Irving Athletic Department. Bill, a senior, spent two months working on the bright gold and blue poster hanging above the door of room 101. The poster lists all WI track records dating back to 1935.
The poster is a good example of true school spirit. Every student appreciates Bill’s efforts.
Filler: The bald eagle, adopted as a national emblem of the United States in 1782, is waning. Fewer than 500 pairs survive south of Canada.
Filler: There were about 460,000 children in public schools in West Virginia last year.
Filler: Most heart attack victims now recover and, of those who do, three out of four return to work.
Filler: While millions of automobiles crowd the country’s streets and highways, there are only 40,000 aircraft in our skies on any given day.
Filler: Hair grooming was an ancient vanity, extending to earliest times and practiced by most primitive people, historians report.
Filler: Approxiimately 500 West Virginia children are born with congenital heart conditions each year.
Filler: “I can live for two months on a good compliment,” - Mark Twain.
French II Pupils Study New Texts: Having completed the regular text book, all second-year French students are busily reading in a brand new book containing five booklets. According to the editors, “These graded readers were constructed so carefully that their value is timeless.” Each series begins with words of the highest frequency and adds words systematically from page to page. Grammatical constructions begin with the simplest forms and increase in difficulty with each succeeding booklet. Yet the language is always clear, current, and unstrained. The student learns without realizing that his text is becoming increasingly difficult.
These graded readers are aimed at strengthening that basic structure of language learning and consequently they remain perennial favorites.
Tree Club Observes Arbor Day, April 13: The WI Tree Club, sponsored by Mr. Heckert, biology teacher, presented its annual Arbor Day program, Friday, April 13, on the school lawn. In addition to the regular tree, a special tree was planted in memory of the late Miss Taylor.
The club also presented a similar program for the Goff Plaza Garden Club by planting a tree at the Union Protestant Hospital.
An opening statement by President Elizabeth Ribas was followed by the Invocation by Chaplin Marliyn Hurst, Scripture reading by Jon Rose, a poem by Sam Ellis and Jim Sims, and a talk on “Our Job of Conservation” by Janet Fankhauser.
Then, after the dedication by Jerry Hustead and a few remarks by Mr. Cubbons, the tree was planted by Steve Berman. A special dedication by Jerry Hustead and a few remarks by Miss Bauer preceded the planting of the tree in memory of the late Miss Taylor.
The 1961 Tree Club won recognition for its Arbor Day program by being mentioned in the West Virginia Garden Club News, a state magazine.
Senior Girl Wins $500 in Contest: Barbara Birshtein, Betty Crocker Homemaker at Washington Irving, was notified recently that she had won the second prize, which is a cash award of $500, in the state Betty Crocker contest.
The only girl from this school ever to be in the top ten in the state contest and to win a state prize, Barbara also received two certificates in recognition of her achievement. Her questionnaire and papers concerning homemaking knowledge and attitudes were graded by Science Research Associates, Inc.
One of Washington Irving’s four National Merit Winners, Barbara will use the $500 at the University of Michigan which she plans to enter next fall.
Haught Talks to Women’s Club: “The Greenbrier Hotel is a beautiful mansion, but I was rather bored without teenagers.”
This was the first comment made by senior Josephine Haught, who recently returned from White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, where she was a guest of the West Virginia Federation of Women’s Clubs at their 56th annual convention, March 29, 30, 31.
Josephine, who in September attended the National Conference on Citizenship in Washington, was asked by Mrs. John F. McCuskey, state president of Women’s Clubs, to talk on what she had learned at the White House. Asked whether she was frightened to speak before so many people, Josephine replied, “No, it was fun! I was just a little tired.”
Her talk, concerning citizenship, democracy, and the people’s responsibility in a democracy, was presented Friday evening before over 400 people, among whom Governor and Mrs. W. W. Barron, Congressman Arch Moore, and Mrs. W. O. Arnold, first vice-president of the National Federation of Women’s Clubs.
Also speaking were Congressman Moore who praised the Women’s Club for the fine work; Governor Barron, who introduced a proclamation on citizenship, and Mrs. John F. McCuskey, who reported on the progress of the club during the year.
“It was an inspiring experience”, said Josephine.
Majorette Tryouts Are Being Conducted: For the past few weeks, the numerous girls trying out for majorette and drum-major have been working very hard. Every Monday tryouts have been conducted from 3:30 until 5:00, beginning with exercises, followed by routine marching.
From the statements of some of the girls it can easily be seen that they are in earnest. Some of the interesting remarks are, “Gosh, if I were just a little taller, maybe …” “Do you think I stand even the slightest chance?” “Could you please help me? I just can’t seem to get the hang of it!”
This year three regular majorettes will be chosen to replace graduating seniors Kendra White, Gigi Selby, and Marilyn Hurst. Also to be chosen will replacements for Drum Major, Barry Talkington, and assistant Drum Major, Holly McMunn, both seniors. In addition, four substitute majorettes will be chosen.
Thirty WI Students Active in Youth Government: On April 10, over 100 high school seniors visited twenty-two factories and business establishments in the Clarksburg area to observe methods of operation. Twenty-seven seniors filled the offices of city and county government. Highlight of the day for the students at the County Court House was the opportunity to attend a trial in the Criminal Court, where a felony case was being tried.
Mayor Roger Garrett’s proclamation concerning Youth Week, in part, said: “The City of Clarksburg acknowledges the value of the education of its youth in all phases of government and business, and the City of Clarksburg acknowledges also the importance of proper entertainment and recreation for its youth.”
This year thirty seniors represented Washington Irving High School in Youth Week participation. The list included, Mayor, John Harpold; City Clerk, Barbara Birshtein; Chief of Waste Department, Richard Spann; Judge of Circuit Court, David Brown; County Commissioner, Jack McWhorter; County Surveyor, Danny Losh; Chamber of Commerce, Jon Rose; Adamston Flat Glass, Sam Ellis; Kroger Co., Mike Sturms; Household Finance, Albert Hoffman; Deem and Marsteller, Steve Zinn and Barry Talkington; Monongahela Power, Bill Arnett and Steve Berman; Hope Gas Co., Jeff Marks and Joyce Reed; B. and O. Railroad, Ricky Pekar; Clarksburg News, Frankie Wiseman; Robinson Grand, Butch Welling; US Post Office, Frank Fragomene, Raymond Carter, Kay Linger, Josephine Haught, Judy Cline, Carole Whaley; WBOY-TV, David Martino, Gigi Selby; WHAR, Danny Wheeler; and J. C. Penny Co., David Ware and David Wilfong.
The Jaycees also conducted a talent show on the stage of the Robinson Grand Theater with two contestants from each of the five schools participating in the project.
Youth Government and Youth Management Day was determined a tremendous success by Ronald Watkins and William Singleton, co-chairmen of Youth Week, an annual project of the Clarksburg Junior Chamber of Commerce.
Tri-Hi-Y Girls Hold Banquet, Hear Talk: The second annual Tri-Hi-Y Mother-Daughter Banquet was held March 28, at 6:00 PM in the First Methodist Church, with Gigi Selby, president in charge.
Skits written by the girls were presented by Barbara Birshtein, Carol Custer, Linda White, Jane Davis, Mimi Hodges, Linda Bush, Tootie Weaver, Betsy Dillmore, Martha Norman, Rae Varner, Sharon Conwell, Dianne Moffet, and Jo Haught.
Door prizes were awarded.
On Monday, April 9, the Reverend Raymond Rockwell of the Clarksburg Baptist Church spoke to the Tri-Hi-Y group. Reverend Rockwell gave a brief talk on how religion has affected his daily life. He then answered any questions from the girls. It was announced that the girls would attend the Jewish Synagogue, Friday, April 23.
MEMOIRS Goes to Press: The 1962 edition of “Memoirs”, Washington Irving’s yearbook, is now in the process of being printed by the Charleston Printing Company. According to plans, yearbooks should be distributed the last of May.
Public Affection: This editorial does not represent the biased opinion of the old maid’s society or the prudish sentiment of just a few individuals, but rather the consensus of opinion of the entire student body.
We realize that your high school years begin some of your most treasured romances. Dating is an essential part of growing up, and high school is the right place for making and keeping friends. There is nothing wrong with a casual display of affection between a boy and girl in public, but when it becomes more than casual, it is time for high school students to check themselves and cultivate a strong sense of self respect.
Where does proper conduct in the halls begin and end? When a boy and girl become an exhibition instead of two enjoying each other’s company. We leave this problem in your hands. It is up to you as young adults to begin to take mature pride in these matters.
April is Teaching Career Month: Teaching Career Month was first observed in April 1958 to focus the nation’s attention on the importance of the teacher in our country’s future. Teaching Career Month has six objectives:
1. To raise the prestige of teaching as a profession among students, teachers, parents, and the entire community.
2. To encourage larger numbers of qualified youngsters to become teachers.
3. To influence more good teachers to remain in the profession.
4. To inspire teachers to speak up for their profession and encourage others to become teachers.
5. To educate parents on the tremendous opportunities and rewards the teaching profession offers their children.
6. To show that, for our country’s survival, teaching must be the pre-eminent profession in American life.
Mother Goose is Back Again: “Hickory-dickory-dock the mouse ran up the clock. The clock struck 3:30. The students left in a hurry. Hickory-dickory-dock.
Are you one of those students who counts the minutes and seconds until 3:30 and freedom to go home and relax? If you are, this rhyme applies to you. How do you expect to learn anything, except maybe to tell time, if your eyes and ears are fixed on your watch. A “clock-watcher” is annoying to his teacher. It wouldn’t hurt you to listen attentively until the bell has rung and you have been dismissed. You might be surprised how interesting a class can be and just how uninteresting a watch, even with a mouse on it, can be.
Term Papers: “Oh, you just don’t understand what I’ve been going through these last few weeks. Mr. Johnson assigned a term paper, and I’m going nuts trying to write it and keep my other grades up at the same time.”
Surely we have all heard these very words spoken by the juniors and seniors at Washington Irving High School during the months of March and April. Too many students waste their time groaning about the assignment when they could be doing their research work. The most time-consuming part of a term paper is the research. This research is not difficult, but any student who wishes to have a successful term paper will do his research early so that he will have plenty of time for correcting, revising, and footnoting.
One of the rewards of a good term paper is that when you have turned in your finished paper, you feel a great satisfaction in knowing that you have accomplished what you set out to do.
Make the Most of the Last Six Weeks: What do the chirping birds, green grass, and bright sunshine bring to mind? Of course everyone knows the answer – Spring! And what are your first thoughts when spring has sprung? You’re right again. School will soon be out!
Yes, another school year is almost finished, and naturally everyone is eager to begin summer vacation. But don’t get carried away by the nice weather. Keep your school work up to par! Don’t neglect your studies! You can budget your time so that you can get your lessons and enjoy the weather.
Whether or not you’ve measured up to your capabilities this year, make the best of the last six weeks. True, it’s been a long, hard year, but don’t quit yet. Let’s see some good grades at the end of school!
Why Must We Miss School?: Why don’t you stop wasting your money? Yes, that means YOU! Perhaps you’re wondering what this is all about – so let’s get down to the point. When you miss one day of school, $1.32 is wasted. That is the amount required to send one high school student to school for one day in Harrison County. That figure includes electricity and other utilities, teachers’ salaries, janitors’ services, etc. Maybe $1.32 doesn’t seem like very much, but let’s look into this a little further. During the month of March, there were 767 ½ days’ absence in Washington Irving. When that number is multiplied by $1.32, it is found that WI students wasted $1,013.10 during only one month. That’s quite a large amount of money – especially when much of it is just wasted needlessly.
How many days of school have you missed recently? Multiply that number by $1.32 and you have wasted that much money. Perhaps you have a justifiable excuse for being absent. But many times, students miss school simply because they don’t want to come. The money is being spent on you, so why not let it do you some good? Come on – keep that attendance record good!
Lest We Forget…: Easter means many things to many people. It may mean nothing more than a four-day weekend to some of us. To others, it may mean the day we must go to church. To still others, Easter is merely a good excuse to buy new clothes or to over-indulge in candy. Many of us have selfishly forgotten to remember the true meaning of Easter. On this day, Christ, who suffered and died for us, rose from the dead. His resurrection opened to us the gate of eternal life. Because He lives, we may live also.
In remembering Christ’s resurrection, we must also remember why He died. Christ died to save sinners. He died to save those people who commit petty and “accepted” sins, as well as those who murder and steal. On this Easter Sunday, let our souls awaken to consciousness of new life. Let us worship in spirit and in truth. Let us remember the true meaning of Easter.
Games on the Lawn: It takes a long time to grow grass on a terraced lawn. Why destroy it in about a month by playing foolish games on it? If you must play games, we have front steps that would be very satisfactory. When you become a Junior or Senior, you should be old enough to set a good example for the younger underclassmen. Are you setting a good example for them?
Wesley Chorale Makes Song Tour: The Wesley Chorale of the First Methodist Church made a 3-day tour to four cities in this state. Leaving April 6, by bus, the Choral appeared in Methodist Churches at Sutton, Vienna, and Salem and for the Goodwill Industries in Charleston. While in Charleston, the group toured the Capitol, had an interview with Attorney-General C. Donald Robertson in his office in the Capitol, and visited the capitol museum.
The Wesley Chorale is composed of high school students under the direction of Harry Jantzen, choir director at the First Methodist Church. Members are sopranos: Nancy Byard, Ann Cole, Susan Courtney, Kathy Hyman, Mary Keller, Martha Norman, Sue Robinson, Maxine Smyth, and Rae Ann Varner; Altos: Ruth Dennison, Jennie Heston, Linda Holden, Sharon Preston, Linda Rogers, and Gigi Selby; Tenors: Bill Arnett, John Harpold, John Knicely, and Barry Talkington; Baritones: Bruce Walker, Eddie Evans, Richard George, Chuck Holden, David Kehoe, Jack McWhorter, Jim Rogers, and Mike Vernon.
Organist for the choir is Steve Snyder, and soloists are Ruth Dennison and Jack McWhorter.
Lowndes Hill is Site of Service: Again this year, the United Christian Youth Movement is planning to sponsor an Easter Sunrise Service at Lowndes Hill Park. The message will be given by David Brown, and special music has been planned for the 6:00 AM service. If the weather is inclement, the service will be held at the First Methodist Church. Everyone is welcome to participate in the service.
Horoscope: Aries – March 21 to April 19 – Promote romance. You live only once. Taurus – April 20 to May 20 – Don’t lend or borrow. This includes anything but homework. Gemini – May 21 to June 20 – Be sensible. You can’t wear Bermudas to English class – Kipling would never approve. Cancer – June 21 to July 22 – Be extra good. Remember – the Easter bunny is coming!
Leo – July 23 to August 22 – Be thrifty. Insist that the Prom be Dutch treat. Virgo – August 23 to Sept 22 – Decide important things – for example whether or not to wear your new outfit with “him” this weekend. Libra – Sept 23 to Oct 22 – You have chosen to be the first person to go to the moon. Wave as you pass over WI. Scorpio – Oct 23 to Nov 21 – The day favors association with others. Try going to class.
Saggitarius – Nov 22 to Dec 21 – Shun confusion. Stay out of the halls at noon. Capricorn – Dec 22 to Jan 19 – All people born between these dates put out extra-big Easter baskets. You’re not going to make a haul. Aquarius – Jan 20 to Feb 18 – Conciliate differences. Apologize to your dog for not using DASH. Pisces – Feb 9 to March 20 – Mingle with loved ones. All right, so nobody loves you – mingle anyway.
Arbor Day: Arbor Day is an annual tree-planting day in most states of the United States, sometimes as a legal holiday, to assist in foresting or reforesting scantily wooded areas or in shading or beautifying towns. It is generally celebrated in connection with the public schools to impress children with the importance of conservation.
The date varies with the climate. For instance, in most northern states, Arbor Day is held in April or early in May; in West Virginia the day is often observed both in the spring and the fall.
The Arbor Day movement began in the 19th century when a number of public-spirited persons, alarmed by the rapid deforestation of many sections of the United States, urged that trees be planted systematically. West Virginia observed the day first in 1883. Within five years, 26 more states and territories had adopted the observance, and now the day is generally observed.
Easter Baskets: Well, we are over half-way through April and the little Easter bunny is going to be hopping around pretty soon. We must all remember to hang up our little stockings. Oops, excuse me, stockings are for Santa Claus, aren’t they? Well, anyway, we mustn’t forget to be good boys and girls, or the Easter bunny won’t bring us our baskets.
Gee, isn’t it fun to look for our baskets? Let’s see now, last year the bunny hid my basket behind the bed, so it couldn’t be there this time. Run downstairs! Behind the sofa? Oh, gee, it isn’t there. Maybe it’s under the table. Needless to say, it isn’t. Do you know where I finally found my basket? It was under my bed all the time – Oh how pretty! My basket is adorable because it’s covered with lovely lavender paper and tied with a big blue bow.
Oh, I’m sorry. I know you want to see what your basket looks like. Well, don’t let me keep you. Gosh, I hope that little bunny keeps coming.
Got Your Easter Bonnet?: “Who’ll be the grandest lady in the Easter parade,” sing many WI high school girls as they plan their new Easter outfits. From the general outlook on young ladies’ fashions, it seems that styles this year will be quite chic and lovely. For instance, the favorite among young women is the “Jackie Kennedy” look. This remark brings to mind simply styled suits and coats, small pill box hats, and low heeled shoes.
Of course, not everyone practices the “monkey see – monkey do” adage, for there are still many girls who are quite independent in their manner of dress. These girls choose outfits and accessories from many styles and group them together, making, most often, a handsome outfit.
Colored Shoes: One of the year’s newest creations is colored patent leather shoes. Women, today, are not restricted to using black alone, but may choose from a variety of colors such as white, blue, green, brown, and red. Fabric-covered shoes to match dresses and coats are also popular among the feminine sex.
To complete and complement the spring outfit, Easter bonnets are all the rage. There are numerous kinds to choose from; however, the “flower garden” bonnets, or the hat covered with tons of artificial flowers, are the greatest in demand. The pill box, mentioned before, is especially popular. There are still other kinds ranging from the large-brimmed sun bonnet and small sailor hat to the unusual hat band and veil. Most of these hats are made from straw, another recreated fad in the fashion world.
PhysEd Girls Enjoy Games: Recreation nights supervised by the women physical education teachers of Harrison County have a three-fold purpose: to foster good school relations, to get the girls in physical education classes acquainted with other girls, and to have a general good time.
The first recreation night was a swimming party held here at WI. Notre Dame was the scene for a night of volley ball, badminton, relays, basketball, tumbling, and bowling. The latest recreation night was a basketball game held at Victory High School on April 18.
Washington Irving physical education girls, under the direction of Mrs. Clevenger, have played various other games, not under the recreation night program. First, they were hostesses to Victory physical education girls in a game of basketball. It was a slow game – 2 7 to 25 – in Victory’s favor. The home girls have also played at Lumberport, losing 54 to 48. Their latest game was at Victory, with Victory winning once again with a score of 41 to 33.
Aside from playing basketball, Mrs. Clevenger and her girls have also attended other sports activities. On March 30 the attended the Dolphin show at Morgantown, presented by West Virginia University students, and on April 12 they attended the Sports Carnival at Parkersburg. They went by chartered bus along with twelve girls from Victory and twelve girls from Central Junior High. Their only future plan thus far is a basketball game with Lumberport to be played here.
The Hallwalker: Some seniors haven’t recovered from term papers they did on deadline weekend. No-Doze won’t help blood-shot eyes, Seniors.
We hear that Senior Assembly program is going to be a Broadway production, complete with costumes. How about it, Mr. Frederick?
During and between classes the warm weather sends several hungry students running to the store for candy bars and pepperoni rolls.
The Juniors have let it slip that prom plans this year are REALLY BIG. Come on, boys, just pick out your favorite girl and ask her.
What senior girl finally got the ring she wanted, even if it wasn’t a sparkler?
A common question these days has been – “How many footnotes did you have in your term paper?”
You can tell spring is here. The boys have been playing marbles and various other games on the school lawn.
Lately, Mr. Frederick has been running around in the halls calling practices. Practices for what?
What senior girl is wild about Elden? Who is Elden anyway?
We hear Sam Ellis shot one of his hamsters! What’s wrong Sam; did it bite you?
We’re congratulating ourselves. Remember those two seniors with their heads in clouds? They’re going steady?
What senior boy was caught napping on the front steps one morning after he had arrived at school an hour and a half early? Well, Bob!
Anyone missing any fir trees might find them planted on the WI front lawn. Steve, Sam, and Frank went tree hunting for the Tree Club.
What senior girl had hair with the elastic look? It actually stretched!
LAST WORDS of Nancy Byard: When I die, bury me deep, with a little blue Volkswagen at my feet. Place a marble stand above my head to tell everyone for sure that I am dead.
I regretted to leave, but I had no choice. You see, One above has a louder voice. He said, “Look, kid, you gotta go, ‘Cause drivers in heaven are running low.
There has been a strike in old plant six and we need someone to push those sticks. We need someone who likes to wear jeans, for no longer are we guarded by the US Marines.
After these words to me he had sent, I knew I must write my will and testament. So, I hereby bequeath to President John a gavel from which all the wood is gone.
And Josie, my best friend, to her I will leave a trip to Oral Lake with her best friend Steve. A little red stop sign will go to Jean Ann to help hold off Martin, if she can.
And Mimi and her fire engine surely will need a policeman named Johnny to hold down her speed.
To Kitty and Bill I give all my love to see how they use it as I watch from above.
To Barry T. a flashlight goes, an underwater one to help him in his night-time swims to see without sun.
To my other friends not mentioned here, it’s not because you are les dear, but rather for the simple fact that for rhyme and scheme, I’ve lost the knack.
When my time comes, as it soon will, nothing will save me – neither knife nor pill. Yet, I won’t be sorry, but rather glad when I remember my friends and the good times we’ve had.
Dave Kuhl Chosen WI Boy of Month: David Bruce Kuhl has been selected as the Kiwanis Club Boy of the Month of April. Dave, a senior, has been given a tentative appointment to the US Air Force Academy at Denver, Colorado, through Congressman Cleveland M. Bailey.
In WI, Dave is a member of Athena, Hi-Y, and French Club, and is student trainer of the football, cross-country, and track teams. He is vice-president of the Chess Club.
Dave was a member of the Boy Scouts of America for several years, attaining the rank of Star Scout and holding the position of Senior Patrol Leader. He was also president of his 4-H group. Presently he heads his local Methodist Youth Fellowship, is vice-president of the Cokesbury Sub-District MYF, and is past Citizenship Chairman of the Clarksburg United Christian Youth Movement.
Fashion Fads at WI: The shortening of skirts, which is the greatest fad since the hula-hoop, has caused the American girl to spend more and more time with thread in hand, and the girls at Washington Irving are no exception.
Another fad with girls is the big, big, bulky sweater, which is often borrowed from a boyfriend. Traditionally worn with the sweaters are loafers and bobby socks.
Jewelry – lots of dangles and sparkles – adorns the neck and wrists of all the girls, and bows of different sizes and colors peep out from the back and sides of hair.
The most popular fashion fad of all, which has affected girls and boys alike, is that of tennis shoes. They are worn on all occasions, with or without socks, and in summer or winter. Once in a while, wandering down the halls of WI, will be seen a girl, wearing a plain dress and a pair of flats, but very few can resist the fashion fads.
Fitness Test to be Repeated: Gym instructor, Mr. Spadafore, reports that all the fellows in his classes are going to try to improve their records from the first of the year in the physical fitness test which he is now giving again and that the stop watch shows that most boys have been able to improve their stamina and speed in the running events.
Seniors Take Class Meet: In WI’s annual class meet, the seniors took first place with 134 ½ points. The juniors were second with 84 ½; the sophomores third, with 68; and the freshmen last, with 17.
The winners of the events and their time or distance were:
Shot put – Embry, senior, 43 ft 5 ½ in
Discus – Embry, senior, 114 ft 9 in
Broad Jump – Corder, sophomore, 19 ft 2 in
High Jump – Martin, senior, 5 ft 5 in
Pole Vault – Sutter, sophomore, 8 ft 2 in
Low Hurdles – Lewis, junior, 23.4
High Hurdles – Lewis, junior, 17.8
100 Yard Dash – Grose, senior, 11.7
220 Yard Dash – Grose, senior, 25.6
440 Yard Run – Yoho, senior, 57.2
880 Yard Run – Aspy, senior, 2:16.5
Mile Run – Shaeffer, senior, 5:14
440 Yard Relay – Seniors, 1:47.6
Mile Relay – Seniors, 4:04
2 Mile Relay – Seniors, 9:15.6
Roundballers Have Annual Banquet: WI’s annual basketball banquet was held March 20 at the Stealey Methodist Church as the basketball season was brought to an official close. After the Reverend Kenny Moore led the coaches, players, and their families in prayer, the dinner, which consisted of mashed potatoes, green beans, beef, hot rolls, and Jello, was served.
Following the dinner, Coaches Moore and Castellana, Mr. Cubbon, and outgoing captain, Bill Spears, offered remarks on the past season and prospects for the next. Acting as team spokesman, Captain Bill Spears presented Coach Moore with a leather travel case as a token of the team’s appreciation for his work this year. During the evening, selection of Joe Lewis and Bob Combs as co-captains for ’62-’63 was announced.
Two Seasons: This is the weather the robins choose, and so do I; when jonquils sparkle with morning dews and sparrows fly;
And the little brown thrush builds his nest and lilies spring forth in yellow dress; and the student dreams of summer and rest, and so do I.
This is the weather the squirrel shuns, and so do I; when pines, bowed down with soft, white snow, ignore the sky; and mighty winds whistle through stately trees;
And brooks and ponds all over freeze, and the weary students cough and sneeze, and so do I. – Sharon Linn
Inspiration: Now is a glorious time of year, we all agree; it’s spring, and songbirds we can hear in every tree;
The sun sends down each happy ray to brighten up a dismal day, and folks can hear each other say, “I’m glad spring’s finally here to stay.”
We’re all aglee. So tranquil is the forest glade, we all agree this picture calm will never fade from memory.
While joyful sounds o’er meadows ring, and colorful sights the flowers bring, our lofty thoughts are on the wing. Oh! So wonderful is spring! We all agree! – Maunalea Weekley
An Easter Poem: Easter – A glorious dawn of dew-studded grasses sparkling beneath a morning star. A lovely daffodil of purest gold nodding in the shining sun.
A bird’s song of sweet delight floating through a cloudless sky. A little boy of four or five playing in his Sunday best.
A church choir of melodic voices singing with joyful gladness. A wondrous feeling of release and hope surging within each Christian soul.
Easter, a triumphant day of holy remembrance symbolizing Christ’s resurrection. – Pat Hoblitzell
“This World of Today”: I’ve often heard some people say, “The state this world is in today!” As though they had no part in all, in whether it would rise or fall.
Of all the world they’re but a dot, so thus believe they matter not. But just sit back and talk for aye about the crisis of today.
And too they state how things should be, as if they think you ought to see .
They really don’t care either way, but continue, “The state this world is in today!” – Eleanor Wiseman
French Club: WI’s French Club is planning a banquet Saturday evening, May 12, at the Episcopal Parish House. The meal is to be an elaborate one, with each member to bring a “French” covered dish. Barry Talkington, president of the club, announced that Miss Tiennebrunne and six committees are responsible for the banquet plans. The committee chairmen are Gigi Selby, Kitchen Committee; Bill Meck, Serving Committee; Annette Shaffer, Decorating Committee; Carole Whaley, Clean-Up Committee; and Steve Snyder, Entertaining Committee.
The menu will consist of ham, boullets, leg ‘o lamb, glazed carrots, potato soufflé, haricots verts (green beans), broccoli with hollandaise sauce, salad, éclair au choclat, and café au lait. Entertainment will follow dinner.
Jewish to Celebrate Festival of Freedom: On April 19, the Jewish people throughout the world will celebrate the holiday of Passover, the great Festival of Freedom, commemorating the Exodus of the Israelites from Egypt, the land of bondage, as related in the Bible in the book of Exodus.
Each year in every Jewish home the story of the Passover is retold at the Passover diner, or Seder, on the first two night of the Holiday. The Seder service is truly fascinating, symbolic, and meaningful. During the Passover dinner, the bitter herbs that are served remind the Jews of the bitter years of servitude and oppression; the “choroseth” (mixture of apples, nuts, and wine) reminds them of the mortar which the Israelites used to cement the endless bricks when they were forced to build the Pharaoh’s edifices; and the “matzoh” (unleavened bread) reminds them of the bread of affliction which the Israelites baked hurriedly at their departure.
The roasted lamb reminds them of the Paschal sacrifice; the four goblets of wine remind them of the four expressions of redemption from slavery mentioned in the Bible; the Club of Elijah reminds them of the redemption which will be ushered in when Elijah returns to announce the coming of the Messiah; and the feast and the psalms remind them that Passover is a festive and joyous occasion – a Festival of Freedom.
Speech Classes Organize Clubs: Nominations, elections, motions, old business, new business – these are some of the terms with which Miss Bauer’s speech students have become familiar during the past six weeks. In the study of a unit on club organization and parliamentary procedure, each speech class organized a club.
The first period class, “Speech Club”, has its purpose to study parliamentary procedure. Leaders of the club are president, John Harpold; vice-president, Jim Pulice; and secretary, Nancy Byard. That the club is well on its way is shown by the business at hand. Albert Hoffman moved that the club invite Colonel John Glenn to become an honorary member. Since the motion carried, Albert was assigned to write the invitation, explaining the purpose of the club.
Since the fourth-period speech class couldn’t seem to agree on one club, members divided into two groups and organized two separate clubs.
A few open-minded, public-spirited students formed a club called “The Fire Prevention Club” with objectives being to remove fire hazards and to encourage community citizens to be more aware of the dangers of fire.
A group of extremists in that class, however, could not be quite so general. They formed a club known as the “Future Embalmers of America”. It’s purpose – to find out about advancements that have been made in the field of embalming!
Both clubs drew up constitutions and elected officers. Officers of the “Fire Prevention Club” were Jim Hovey, president; Ladonne McWilliams, vice-president; Nancy O’Brien, secretary; Sandra Wallace, treasurer; Maunalea Weekley, custodian; and Tom Thorn, song leader. Serving as officers for the “Future Embalmers” are Paul Embry, Brian Dennison, Emily Rokisky, Eddie Lang, and Clarence Grose
SENIOR NEWS: Practicing for the Senior Chapel program seems to be the one activity all Seniors have been participating in lately. The aim of the class sponsors, Mr. Frederick and Miss Kishbaugh, is to have every Senior take part in the program
Lenten Retreat Held at Mill: The annual Lenten Retreat, sponsored by the United Christian Youth Movement of Clarksburg, was held at Jackson’s Mill the weekend of March 31 – April 1.
The retreat attempted to explain to the youth the relationship between life and religion. Carrying out this theme, the Reverend Victor Fogelin, assistant misister of the First Presbyterian Chruch, spoke on the Living God. Dr. Lynwood Zinn, a Clarksburg physician, talked of the relation between health and religion, and Miss Margaret Sawin, a faculty member at Alderson Broaddus College at Philippi, spoke on vocation and religion.
On Saturday night, after a recreation period, communion was held. Following communion, everyone went to his cabin and observed a period of silence. Sunday morning, Sunday School and church were held. The Reverend Raymond Rockwell, assistant minister of the Clarksburg Baptist Church and pastor counselor of the Lenten Retreat, delivered the sermon.
GUESS WHO?: Carefree steps have carried him through these halls for four long years. In these four years we have never seen him moody, unfriendly, or without a ready grin. On a typical Monday morning he can be seen ambling toward first-period speech class wearing tennis shoes, sweat shirt, and his prize pair of lavender socks.
After speech class he casually strolls to room 214 and begins at once to bring life and gaiety to the Social Science class. As quietly as possible he manages to play the scholar in Miss Bailey’s Modern Literature class during third period.
Fourth period you can find him on his best behavior in Mr. Gudekunst’s study hall – unless he manages to finagle his way into the library. During fifth period he puts his mathematical genius to work in Mrs. Robinson’s General Business class. Sometimes 6th period is a matter of choice.
When the final bell rings he is the first one out the building.
Oh well – what care he for books and such? He would rather have some fun.
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