Andrew Lewis High School - Pioneer Yearbook (Salem, VA)

 - Class of 1938

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At the Crossroads Valedictory, Class of 1938 E, THE CLASS of 1938, have now reached “the parting of the ways” in our school career. “You to the left and I to the right, For the ways of men must sever-— And it well may be for a day and a night, And it zvell may be forever, But whether we meet or whether we part {For our ways are past our knowing), A pledge from the heart to its felloiv heart On the ways we all are going!—” We should think of this turning point in our lives in terms of the name given the exercises of this occasion—commencement. We should think soberly of our graduation with respect to learning and remember that it is more a graduation in the art of learning how to learn than in learning. This occasion represents to us, the Senior Class, both an ending and a begin¬ ning. It ends one phase of our school career, but it should be the beginning of another. Nevertheless, we can go ahead building on the foundations we have laid, regardless of our future opportunities in respect to education. We shall do well to remember Abraham Lincoln and others of his type, in this connection. Aside from Christian character, there is no asset of more vital importance to us than sound learning, or education. There is an ever-increasing demand for it: In business, in industry, and in social life. There was a time when it was thought, I think rather commonly, that a housewife, a mechanic, or a laborer didn’t need more than the “three R ' s” in education; but that idea, born doubtless of the days of pioneer and simpler life, is fast becoming history. As the world moves on, there must be able men and women to fill the places of the older people—all the way from the simpler life to managers, executives, and leaders. Therefore, may we, the members of this class, ponder these thoughts well, and may we endeavor always to do our best to further develop our talents and to increase our efficiencies to the end that we may spend useful lives and be remem¬ bered among those who have made high contributions to human needs and society. Emerson has said: “There is a time in every man’s education when he arrives at the conviction that envy is ignorance ; that imitation is suicide; that he must take himself for better or for worse as his portion. The power which resides in him is new in nature, and none but he knows what that is which he can do, nor does he know until he has tried.” We must make up our minds where we are going. We must remember that it is not the way we go that matters most, but how far we go that way; whether, when we have chosen our way, we acquit ourselves like men. The great task set before us is so to prepare in the days of our youth that in carrying on our work in the world we shall do things well. To do anything worth doing we must have a definite purpose. We must have an aim in life. We must make up our mind what we want to do, how we want to do it, and must let nothing come in our way. Let us see that we aim at a high purpose. In Emerson’s splendid words, let us “hitch our wagon to a star.” We are right to seize every opportunity that will help us accomplish our purpose. To do this we must be mentally alert. When opportunity comes along, we must not be asleep, as was David Swan, the boy in Hawthorne’s famous allegory, when opportunity knocked three times and found him asleep. Just a few things in conclusion: We try, as far as possible, to avoid the atmosphere that surrounds a valediction but, if there is such a thing as a pleasant or happy kind of farewell, it must be known only to the man who takes leave of the proverbial mother-in-law. I could not consider my duty complete without including in this address a genuine expression of appreciation to each and all who have been our helpers, our instructors, and our guardians throughout our school days. Now that we, the Class of 1938, have spent our full four years climbing the high school ladder, we pause on its pinnacle, with a feeling of reluctance, to bid our Alma Mater a gracious farewell. 38 Mildred Atkinson.

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Education and Success Salutatory, Class of 1938 TT ' RIENDS, Members of the Faculty, and Fellow Students of Andrew A Fewis High School: It is indeed with pleasure that I salute you in behalf of the Class of 1938, and welcome you to our graduation ceremonies here tonight. Four years ago the Class of 1938 started climbing the ladder of our high school career. Up and up we have climbed, and now we have reached the topmost rung— our graduation here tonight. May I not sincerely hope that each one of us will be able to continue our educational training in a higher institution of learning or to enter immediately into the vocation which we wish to follow. Education may be divided into four classes: Intellectual, Moral, Industrial, and Physical. Intellectual education brings out the abilities of a youth and arouses in him the ambition for a successful life. It also aids in the welfare of the state by the development of its public honor and public affairs. Plato once said that neglect of education does harm to the state. Moral education prepares the youth of today to be parents, citizens, and leaders in the social and political activities of tomorrow. Upon the moral education depends the future life of our homes and families and the endurance of our republic. Industrial education fits man to work in the business and industrial arts. Physical education is the fourth, but by no means the least, important type of education. We must be observant of the laws of nature as we are of the laws of the state. Nature has endowed youth with a limited amount of energy which, if over¬ taxed, is certain to end with bad results. Over-studying, without sufficient physical exercise, results in broken health, while if too much time is given to physical pur¬ suits and not enough to study, the brain becomes dull. In any undertaking of life, if we wish to be successful, we should prepare our¬ selves thoroughly for it, for success of luck and untrained ability is the exception rather than the rule. It is now the age when educational and intellectual power is the foundation for a successful career. Fellow classmates, now that you are going from this institution out into the different ways of life, set for yourselves a goal which you hope to reach. Prepare yourself for it and, with self-confidence and determination, you are certain to succeed. And now, as we turn into these new ways and habits of life, we linger a moment to celebrate our departure with appropriate ceremonies, together with happiest recollections of our four years at Andrew Fewis. To all our friends, our guests, and our loved ones, we say—We hail your presence with us! The Class of 1938 salutes you and bids you a most hearty welcome. Ruby Grubb. { 37 }

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X ' OUR Senior Superlatives were chosen by popular A vote of the Senior Class. The winners are recorded exactly according to the results, except that one person was allowed only two captions. If the same person received votes for more than two, the honor was given to the next highest. Senior Superlatives

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