A B Davis High School - Maroon and White Yearbook (Mount Vernon, NY)

 - Class of 1947

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'gfly IIS l.SClOI7'l, k 1.1718 CLI7, gI'lC!!QSS Oflg Year after year one of the main highlights of each Davis assembly was always the CHOIR. Opening devotions were enriched by their lovely voices blending in hymns. Once in a while they rendered a few extra numbers as part of the reg- ular program. This choir of mixed voices, under the direc- tion of Mr. Nielsen provided each year one of the most inspiring and beautiful assembly pro- grams of the year. This was the annual Christ- mas concert, which consisted of favorite Christ- mas carols, popular Christmas songs and tradi- tional yuletide songs. They were very beautifully rendered, The assembly hall was still, as sixteen members of the choir walked down the aisles singing. The auditorium was completely dark- ened except for the candles held by choir mem- bers. lt was a lovely spectacle. Not only did the choir contribute to the life CHOIR lTopl Row l: R. Miller, S. Harootounian, Mr. Nielsen, Row 2: D. Lehrbach, C. Di Rienzo, 1. King, A, Turner, I, Walsh, L. Hackett, M. Brown, D. Bell, R. Weiss, D. Ruffalo, B. Paige, E. Foster, S. Doshay, M. lacobsg Row 3: S. Waters, V. Lambrosa, l. Williams, E. Shaver, j. Shipley, L. Ceva, M. Kleiner, C. McClanahan, B. Schnoor, N, Paget, M. Mastran- drea, C. Chernin, D. Ragette, S. Vertun, Row 4: l. Prout, A. Longo, A. Fraioli, A. Carpenello, M. Grieve, C. Goldberg, M, Hyman, E. Van Annam, Y. Wernick, R. Puccio, A. Feld- man, E. Patulo, N. Graziano, Row SZ C, Braun, E. Kent, D. Cantrell, P. johnson, R. Fulton, B. Hassel. l. Donnell, R. Gazette, W. McCabe, D. Pizzaro, L. Tichenor, Row 6: E. Stein, P. Roth, E. Axelson, D. Ceva, E. Geoffrion, N. Mather- son Page eighteen of the school by its performances in assembly, but many of its members were instrumental in putting over the Dramatic Society's big success, "Trial By jury." Several of the choir members had leading roles in this Gilbert and Sullivan operetta, and many more made up the able chorus which supported the leading characters so well. This past year the choir was able to boast of such able soloists as Mary Brown, perhaps a sec- ond Marian Anderson, Robert Fulton, Larry Tichenor and Robert Weiss. Robert Weiss, in- cidentally, had a leading part in "College Days." The pianists who accompanied the large group this last year were Stella Harootounian and Rob- ert Miller. lf you were ever near the assembly during period three, you heard Mr. Nielsen and the choir diligently rehearsing. Yes, that's right, every single day. Having heard them but once, you realized that these long grueling hours of struggling with little black notes, meters, and rhythms, were well worth the trouble, for the choir was able to turn them into warm luring music. Their repertoire was large, ranging from Beethoven to boogie-woogie, and they performed each equally well. Don't think it was all work and no play, for there was nothing more satisfy- ing than to thrill others with your music when you liked music and liked to sing.

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lift Qooc! Q7TITLQ There is an old adage that says, "Music is good to the melancholy, bad to those who mourn, and neither good, nor bad to the deaf." Never- theless, regardless of what mood we were in, even the most unmusical among us were com- pletely charmed by the harmonious renditions that were played by the Davis ORCHESTRA, un- der the direction of Mr. Nielsen. Davisites frequently had an opportunity to hear the orchestra in the weekly as- EA Q 'n semblies. Those ', lf M, xf who were privi- leged to attend the ,'-s 5 'rl.- M successful Davis musical, "Trial by Qi? jury," heard, in ff, addition to a bril- Q liant violin solo by Vera Halleman, or x 7 ,,-,V a delightful piano 5-Li, rtev pf-Ce by Bob Mil- ler, the orchestra playing some of its best cultural music. The epit- ome of the orchestral season was reached in the inspiring, spectacular Christmas assembly. How- ever, for some, the recessional music, played by the orchestra at the june graduation, was by far the most pleasant. At the sharp command of Mr. Nielsen, "Keep those drums quiet", the semi-weekly practice of the Davis orchestra would commence. With a shrill fanfare of trumpets accompanied by a solid drum-beat for an introduction, those musi- cal aspirants would begin to rehearse some en- trance or exit march. The musicians would fill in the remainder of their 45 minute time allot- ment, by working on overtures, other marches, "The Star-Spangled Banner," and "incidentals." Frequently, the student conductor, Davis's own high-stepping drum-majorette, Arlene Pruesse, took Mr. Nielsen's place on the podium and con- ducted the striving musicians. ln addition to be- ing the student-conductor, Arlene was the or- chestra's secretary. Other officers were Larry Tichenor, president, Sam Martley, vice-presi- dent, and Barbara West, librarian. ORCHESTRA Row l: A. Goldstein, R. Himmell, R. Miller, Row 2: Mr. Nielsen, E. Wolf, D. Kaye, S. Heyer, A. Knopf, D. Heller, S. Martley, W. Berquist, D. Goldberg, Row 3: M. Schmidt, C. Pappas, H. Seer, l, Moersh, V. Halleman, L. Barlow, A. Preusse, B. West, K. Lesser, l. Pomeranz, Row 4: L. Tich- enor, S. Garland, C. Copp, l. Buist, M. Bresnick, D. Cantrell, A. Kramer, M. Weiss, C. Farnsworth, R. Ellis, A, Sutty Page Sereiifceii



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ime tgprojqtetfi uc Characterl Scholarship! Leadershipl Servicel These were the requirements for admission to the school society whose membership is most coveted-the Davis branch of the NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY, which was organized in I923. After the honor assembly, what an exhil- arating feeling to sport that gold pin with the flaming torch-the emblem of the most highly esteemed secondary s c h o o I organization throughout the U n i t e d States, Alaska, and Hawaii. The select few who were sworn into the society during one of the yearls most in- spiring assemblies planned by Miss Williams, might well have been proud of the fact that they were now included among the IZOZ members already registered in the Maroon chapter of the N.H.S. The specific requirements for membership were these: Scholas- tically the student had to rank in A 5, sam? XIEJ In special balloting, teachers and students elect- ed ten per cent for membership. Besides high scholarship attainment, the candidate had to possess unusually strong character and leader- ship traits, and most important of all, he had to have been willing to devote his services to neighbors, teachers, fellow students, and com- munity. "Do unto others as thou would have others do unto you." Service, doing for others and working for the common good without expecting reimbursement, to accomplish, of one's own accord, just a little more than was required -these were the characteristics typical of any member of the Na- tional Honor Society. S, Y 'W SCA NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY Row I 2 H. Kornahrens, G. Robinson, F. Bernard, l. johnson, W. Weinberg, G. Scoledesg Row 2: I. Beacom, E. Hubbard, D. Mauriello, H. Lampros, I. Reiner, A. Moskowitz, I, Singer, Row 3: I. Shipley, E. Frenzel, L. Schwab, E. lmpara, I. Habel, R. Armsheimer, A. Hargrave, I. Sonnen- 1 . -, -. 4 FT f ' D I-' a p '.' we A -ng '. 1,5- .r x 1 hge., ' "1-I " Ji "---11 - igar. Ls -'f-' L 'Qi ' "xt--1i7':',', Traci-'f-5 ,Q 1:-T 1 - -5' 43 ,1474 " ,. , ,b pf- 0.13 rr.. .'f? ""-Tig' fpt 1 -52 ,: - I: ,,,. 1 3,1 3 ' :f-'I'2?2i-ZW . W " ,. -5-322:53- -L 'B+ Ti .fi ff A 4 .32 P-1-n'1'!1,,:' 1 . V'-" 1.1. v "1f3?3i?5"55, Ii 'ff ' 75 C391 1? Q IV:-'v'g,1ff" ,V -J' ' "-.3931I'-'-t'-Tir? . ' ..3.-1 .'q'l':?-.. , df -.-I-.1 V-.If-':., I ,,.,,, "fl, 'V--vt, the upper third of the senior class. ,r blick Page ozivzeteevz

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