Abbot Academy - Circle Yearbook (Andover, MA)

 - Class of 1945

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' Now that ire ' re settled the problems of the world. ' But the firsts- haven ' t been served yet! " In this past year, we at Abbot have been most fortunate in having many gifted men and women help us shape our thoughts and opinions. Vespers on Sunday evenings have been nothing less than in- spiring. We shall always remember men such as Dr. Cleland, Dr. Calkins and Mr. Baldwin, not only for their keen humor and presentations, but also for their in- sight into the deep problems of life and their clear interpretations of a number of Biblical passages. Our Saturday evening programs have brought many speakers and artists to Abbot. We have obtained a better knowl- edge of the arts through such programs as Spanish dancing, Chinese and English theater, dramatic interpretations, and concerts by distinguished musicians. And, of course, we will never forget Miss Friskin ' s recital, one of the most eagerly awaited events of the whole year. Our comprehension of the world events has been increased by such excellent speakers as Mrs. Paul Robeson, Mrs. F. M. Taylor, and Mr. William Averitt. We were particularly fortunate in hearing Miss Margaret Walker read us some pas- sages from her own poetry, which brought us greater understanding of the Negro and his problems. All of these people have contributed greatly to our prospective, and we feel indebted to each one of them. They have provided us with many searching thoughts and have given us a wider appreciation of our world and its opportunities. With their experience and ability to guide us we feel ourselves better equipped to meet the demands of the future. [ 43

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Abbot is trying to contribute her share to the war effort, as she has been for the past three years. In- stead of the airplane spotting and Red Cross and nutrition classes given last year, we have knitting and sewing classes on Wednesday evening from eight to nine. At the present time there is an urgent need for knitted cloth- ing. These classes are for different coun- tries such as Czechoslovakia, France, Great Britain, Russia and Holland. The most interesting class seems to be that called " The World Today, " which makes a point of studying various sub- jects of national interest. Each month, this group of girls, helped by Miss Hear- sey, Miss Roth, and other members of the faculty, holds an open forum in Davis Hall. The subjects that have been dis- cussed are the election this fall, the race problem, and Germany after the war. These forums have been popular and there are lively discussions after the talks. The Saturday evening programs have often supplemented these forums, so a very clear knowledge of world affairs is gained. Cynthia Smith has done a wonderful job with the news, having taken almost complete charge. Three times a week in chapel a Senior-Mid gives us a brief ac- count of the world news of the day. On April 28 nine representatives of this group went to Boston to take part in a discussion on Trade Relationships in the Post War World. This meeting was spon- sored by the United Nations Association, and eighteen prep schools around Boston took part. Through these war service groups, we have come to feel that we are making an important contribution to the war effort. " But it doesn ' t phase me. Where ' s Primpy ' s knitting? [42]



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CHOIR Back Row: .V. Kay, Lyons, Kurth, Redman, Milne, Fuller, Stegner Front Row: N, Barnard, Lewis, Ross, Power, Roynton, Wright, M. Sommer Absent: Welles, Rodgers We shook when we had our voices tested for Fidelio by Miss Friskin and Mr. Howe. Then we waited for the list to appear on the bulletin board, and there were the usual exclamations, " Oh, I can ' t bear it. How did she get in? " But we really began to feel at home after the 1 first rehearsal, especially when Mr. Howe enforced his deadline ultima- tum. We chose Barbara Ball as our presi- dent, and Mary Jane Kurth proved to be an excellent accompanist. Instead of the Gilbert and Sullivan opera with Phillips we had concerts with Governor Dummer and Exeter. After the rehearsals for Christmas carols were over, we really set to work. The corridors of Draper re- echoed all winter long to strains of " Braid the Raven Hair " and the " Merry Widow Waltz. " Our concert with Governor Dum- mer was a great success, any way you want to look at it. The boys entertained us royally, and we all had a good time. We let Exeter do the travelling for the next concert, and they arrived to set up a particularly high standard for future con- certs. We wouldn ' t have missed this year of Fidelio for anything, although we don ' t think it will miss us too much next year, judging by the sounds coming across the circle from New Fidelio. FIDELIO Barbara Ball, President: Mary Jane Kurth, Accompanist; Martha Ann Boynton, Librarian [44]

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