Abbot Academy - Circle Yearbook (Andover, MA)

 - Class of 1943

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Rivals: " Rowley " and " Dick- " were taught the basic duties of air raid wardens and the rudiments of plane spotting. They made dolls and dressed them for children of coun- tries where toys are no longer made; they knit garments of all kinds and produced hand-sewn moccasins. A very complete and useful course in Nutrition was also given, in which some of the townsfolk also took part. In the present food emergency some knowledge of vitamins and energy foods was found to come in most help- fully. In still one more way did the Abbot family contribute to the war effort. Our blissful spring vacation was omitted, Christmas vacation was ex- tended, and Commencement moved up one week. Transportation prob- lems brought about the change since soldiers, sailors and marines had to reach their destinations first. Thus vacation days were forgotten, and we turned our eyes to books and learning. Then came a surprise! Free days were announced with no studies, no required sports, but just play all day. Faculty and students both benefited and " a good time was had by all. " Each Exercise Encourages En- durance was our pass word in sports this year. The annual Field Day on November 7 was the first important event in the athletic program, with contests between the Gargoyles and the Griffins in basketball, tennis, and hockey. The Griffins, with Dick Rich- ards as their captain and faithful G us once again backing the team, were one jump ahead of the Gargoyles in hockey. The Varsity claimed Mary Bentley, Honora Haynes, Janet Hitch- cock, Neder McMurray, Mary Jane Kurth, Hilary Paterson, Pat Petten- gill, Betty Reid, Bette Rowley, Pris- cilla Stevens and Joan Sweeney. ' Come out arid play, " Clark, Pearson, Peterson In basketball too the Griffins were the victors, Varsity here being Elinor Cahill, Ruth Goodall, Marjorie Ham- ilton, Louise Honnen, Ann Richards and Sally Spear. And the Griffins won one match of tennis doubles. However, the Gargoyles, led by Bette Rowley and Lister, won the tennis singles and one match of doubles. Molly Hubbard was again the champ- [44]

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" It flapped its wings! " ' Alto Stratvs or Cirrus? " ing group turned to this very practi- cal and direct form of war aid. Motor Mechanics was a course in which we learned how to be grease monkeys. The mysteries of flat tires, Many hands, light icorh battery troubles, and automobile en- gines were unfolded before us and no longer loomed as unsolvable prob- lems. Our Airplane Spotting group learned to distinguish between P40, P39, Fly- ing Fortresses, Liberators, and other planes, and they put their knowledge to practical use by doing actual spot- ting for the town of Andover. On Saturday mornings during the spring they covered the spotting center for three hours, and once they enjoyed the thrill of spotting twenty-seven planes in half an hour ' s time. The Weather Class solved the mys- teries of the sky, clouds, and winds. They learned which clouds are nim- bus, which cumulus. They were taught to recognize favorable winds and to forecast thunderstorms. As weather predictors they should be invaluable aids to the airplane spotters. The " Protection-Production " Plant was conducted for the girls below the Senior-Mid Class. They [43]



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ion, playing a beautiful game against Jean Replogle. In the minor sports Esther Smith won the archery and Molly the ping pong, both of them Gargoyles. How- ever, the victories of the Griffins in croquet by Ellie Cahill, in badminton by Joan Sweeney, and in deck tennis by Jo Bernardin. more than balanced these, and the day ended in a sweep- ing Griffin victory. One could hardly believe that the winter term was suddenly upon us, and when the snow offered opportuni- ties we had skiing classes and a Snow Field Day when potato races, fifty- yard dashes, both forward and back- ward, and an obstacle race were featured. The score came out a tie. But the emphases of the winter were gym and modern dance. The gym work was new to this generation of Abbotites, given to increase physical endurance. Exercises, military drill, and apparatus work kept us in good condition after the first few painful aftereffects had passed, and dance classes proved to be excellent " build- er-uppers " as well. Dance helped us too to be as graceful as and if possible ! If by means of dance, gym, and brisk walks each day, a girl was able to get in ten hours of exercise a week, she won forty points for her team and two " free " days during the s pring term. Eight hours a week offered twenty points. After this winter term of en- durance building we found we could do much more than we ever thought possible at the start of the season. This fact was brought home to us most forcibly at our Gym Demon- stration on April 9. Guests and fellow participants were amazed at the grace and skill which were exhibited, and we began to realize how much long, hard work had been going on behind closed doors. When the judges, imported for the occasion from Boston and Andover, announced their de- HOCKEY Griffins: Hardon, Reid, Peterson, Howard, E. McMurray, Haynes, Welles, M. Bentley, Paterson, Sweeney, Bennett Gargoyles: Nutton, Holden, Rutherford, Rowley, Beckman, Hitchcock, C. McMurray, Pettengill, P. Stevens, Lovely, Knrth [45]

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