Abbot Academy - Circle Yearbook (Andover, MA)

 - Class of 1940

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Philomatheia This rather peculiar name means science to us, and we hope it does to you. We usual- ly meet on alternate Friday nights when time leaves us completely as we shut our- selves up in a scientific world. Gazing at the stars from the observatory, seeing slides of rocks and their strange and beau- tiful formation, learning to use a moving- picture camera and projector — all this and much more have we enjoyed as part of our program this year. In the beginning we were all thumbs. We fumbled and mumbled weirdly as we tried to thread a projector. Eventually we became expert enough or nonchalant enough to show some pictures to the school. Then rushed rehearsals for our chapel and on The Day, with knees still knocking and voices still strained, we presented our scientific " Information Please, " with the Gargoyles and the Griffins competing. Betty Hosford asked questions on one side and Eleanor Knox on the other. Phyll Crocker, Connie Cross, Phyllis Campbell, Nancy Harrison and Betty Ellis did the experiments demonstrating the correct answers, while Dottie Schwiebert, Winnie Wiglesworth, Marietta Meyer and Ellen Spear were the mighty judges. Bobbie Brown is also a member of the society, but she could not be with us that day. We learned many things from this program, one being that most unfortunately one needn ' t necessarily play with fire to get burned, for dry ice will do the trick just as well. We had another surprise when we found that Galileo lived in the 17th and not the 20th century! I guess we were thinking of Gary Cooper. We feel very fortunate to have Miss Tucker as our capable guide on our vari- ous journeys into scientific realms. But it would be much easier to say what Philo- matheia would be without Miss Tucker. Surely with Abbot ' s fine equipment and Miss Tucker we have science at its best! Back Row: Crocker, Spear, Wiglesworth, Marietta Meyer, Hosford, Brown, Ellis, Knox Front Row: Cross, Schwiebert, Campbell, Harrison [60]

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Odeon Once upon a time quite a good many years asro somebody who loved literature very much decided to start a society at Abbot for people with such a yearning. This soci- ety was promptly called Odeon. We are all very grateful for this somebody who did this favor because now even though we go rushing around madly ( Donald Duck fashion) we have a regularly organized time, on alternate Friday nights, which we have set aside for reading and discussing all phases of literature. We have done many different things this year. One evening we had an " In- formation Please " contest. Mollie was the spokesman. One question we thought was particularly good was " What bird in American poetry said two words and what were the two words? " Answer: " The Raven " and " Never More! " Interesting book reviews were read on a few occasions. Most of our time we spent on bringing in our favorite poems, gathered from the litera- ture of many lands. This research helped us with our chapel program in which travel was the dominant theme. In poetr we found set forth the beauty of different countries. Europe nowadays is out of the question for leisurely sight-seeing trips, and therefore we stressed in the end how much beauty we have in our own country which should surely not be overlooked. Our parties this year started off with a bansr. We were terriblv afraid that Miss Wilkinson, our new faculty adviser- competent and stimulating — thought we had lost all perspective when we greeted her with a boisterous feast. Our new mem- bers too must have had somewhat the same idea — a rash opinion, we assure you, for that is definitely not our first thought! Odeon membership is as follows: Mollie Chase, President; Carolyn Bittner, Joan Carlson, Mary Dean Naff, Ruth Poore, Mimi Calder, Margaret Little, Tink Downev, Nancv Whittier and Susan Woodman. Back Row: Little. Downey. Bittner. Carlson. Calder. Woodman Front Row: Whittier. .Xaff. Poore. Chase [59]



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Back Row: Rivinius, S. Hamilton, Rafton, Nichols, Howard Front Row: Webster, Bertram, P. Williams, Bolten, Colley Q. E. D. Q..E.D., alias Quod Erat Demonstrandum, gives at least two big debates during the year; one for the school and one for our own enjoyment. Because this year has been an exceptionally important one interna- tionally speaking, we felt that it would be interesting to keep up with current events. The war in Europe has given us much to think and talk about, and so our chapel program Was an informal debate of ques- tions which the war has raised. We divided ourselves into two groups, one representing a German secondary school just after the world war, the other a French school dur- ing the same period. Each school room had a teacher— Marie and Riv respectively— who brought out the rather biased view- points of both countries and demonstrated the difficulty, in times of stress, of getting at the pure truth of any situation. No one can make us feel more stupid (absolutely unintentionally) than Miss Smith on current and past world affairs; and no one can propound it all more clear- ly. Q.E.D. sponsors the nightly " news, " and we want to thank Miss Smith now for all the time she has spent on it, what with the " news conferences " and such. In case you are wondering who our president is, she is the one who gets up in the middle of dinner every night to confer with Miss Hearsey, and a little later we find out who the evening ' s reporter is to be. She is Anne Rivinius, and our other members this year were Marie Bertram, Gisela Bolten, Shirley Hamilton, Mary Howard, Nadene Nichols, Eleanor Rafton, Joan Webster, Marcia Colley and Priscilla Williams. We made many plans for an historical trip into Boston this year, but time was lack- ing and sadly we turned our thoughts to other program possibilities. With Gisela bringing the most divine kinds of cakes, cider, ice cream with fudge sauce, and what not, our parties have been beyond description. Nothing could describe our feelings for this angle of Q.E.D. [61]

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