Alton High School - Tatler Yearbook (Alton, IL)

 - Class of 1912

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ELLIOTT TAYLOR JOHN SHINE. PAUL SCOTT. Alton High School vs. Manual Training High School. March 29th, 1912, Alton High School Auditorium. Mr. B. C. Richardson, Chairman. QUESTION: Resolved, "That Co-education is Undesirable in Secondary Schools." AFFIRMATIVE--Alton: NEGATIVE-Manual: Elliot Taylor H. C. Brown John Shine F. H. Morse Paul Scott J. C. Lewis JUDGES:-W. P. Boynton, Professor Castle, C. H. Doris. DECISION:-3 to 0, favor of the Affirmative. Alton, State Champion in "Extempore Speaking." lUnknown to the Editor-in-Chief this notice has been insertedl. Paul Scott Won the district championship in Carbondale, April 19th, and on Friday, May 17th, was victorious in the state finals held at Champaign under the auspices of the University of Illinois. Scott's subject was "The Value of the Study of Agriculture in the High School." This is a great accomplishment for Paul, and a great victory for Alton High, as this is Alton's first attempt in this work. "That indolent but agreeable feeling of doing H0fhiHg.',-WALTER Woon. 132

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- Inter-Society Debate. On Tuesday evening, December the twelfth, in the High School auditorium, the Illini and the Kanawha Societies met to debate upon the question: i'Resolved that the Federal Government Should Establish and Operate a Parcels Post." The Illini Society, represented by Captain Paul Zerwekh, Alvira Haley, and Mamie Sydney, argued the negative, while the Kanawha, represented by Captain Paul Scott, Gladys May and Aeola Hyatt, argued the affirmative. Both teams showed that, in the short time allotted them for preparation, they had worked hard and accomplished much. Although it was the first attempt of the Kanawha, and all three debaters were inexperienced, they proved that they were not lacking. Paul Scott, the first speaker on the affirmative, laid clearly the plan which the affirmative would use, and proceeded to prove that the parcels post is a necessity. Paul Zerwekh, the first negative speaker, plunged headlong into his speech, and spoke as if to make all believe, no matter what their former belief had been, that the parcels post is not necessary, would not benefit the United States government, and would drag the government farther and farther into debt each year. Gladys May, second affirmative speaker, spoke with just as much determination that the parcels post would be an economic advantage. Alvira Haley, second speaker for the negative, gave her speech against the post with ease, and her former public speaking stood her in good stead. Aeola Hyatt, third affirmative speaker, in her speech proved to the judges that the federal government could operate successfully a parcels post. Mamie Sydney, third negative speaker, spoke clearly and distinctly and laid her points well. The negative rebuttal was given by Paul Zerwekh, in which he was able to answer one of the three challenges offered by the affirmative. The affirmative rebuttal was given by Paul Scott. It was concise and to the point, but even at that he refuted so many arguments of such importance that he had to speak like a gatling gun, and finished just in time. The judges' decision was read amid breathless suspense. It stood affirmative. 23 negative, 1. CLYDE SCHMOELLER, '13. "Some people are born beautiful, some have it thrust upon them, some acquire it."-MAY OHNSORG. 131 '

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Inter-Scholastic Debate. In the days of ancient Rome, brave gladiators came forth to battle with fierce, wild animals, sometimes to fight and win, sometimes to sacrifice a human life to mere brute force, while breathless audiences crowding the coliseum amused themselves by watching the outcome. But in these civilized days of modern high schools, we have contests wherein, unlike those of old, boys willingly fight to maintain the honor of their high school, not to amuse but to instruct, making the contest not one of physical prowess, but of mental skill. Such a contest was held in the assembly room of the Alton High School on March 29, when three representatives of Manual Training School for Boys, of St. Louis, met Capt. Elliott Taylor, John Shine and Paul Scott, chosen to represent Alton High School, to debate the question, "Resolved, That Co-education is Unde- sirable in Secondary Schools. " Alton took the affirmative, St. Louis the negative. The struggle, however, was like that of a lion and a lamb, so docile did Alton's antagonists proved to be, and the judges' unanimous decision for the affirmative wasthe universal verdict of the interested audience. In fact, the best argument for the negative was our boys, products of a co-educational system, for they proved their superiority in address, oratory and thought. Their debate was keen and well organized, while each speaker backed up his statements with proofs or disproofs. Paul, the first speaker of the affirmative, proved conclusively that co-education is undesirable intellectually, Elliott, by clear, forceful arguments, proved that it is undesirable physically, John, with eloquence, proved that it is undesirable morally, while, in rebuttal, Paul was so exhaustless, so fluent and so convincing in giving the final word in refutation to each argument that he won the epithet-the invincible. Q The coaches for the debate were Mr. Ritcher and Mr. Richardson. The effect of this contest was felt in renewed effort and enthusiasm for debate in the literary societies and more loyalty, in general, to Alton High School. "A Mellinls' Food Boy."-GEORGE WALTER. 133

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