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

 - Class of 1942

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Cooking forward I have enjoyed my years at Andrew Lewis more, I think, than I would have at any other school of which I know—and I truly appreciate the many advantages it has given me. But even in the best institutions of learning, there is always room for improvement. I should like to suggest a few general improvements in the standard of this great school of ours. One need is a week, or a fixed period, or orientation, that is, discussion and guidance for freshmen. These students need to be started in the right direction. Knowledge of the school’s aims, and wise guidance in the first year, will undoubtedly improve both morale and scholarship in their years to follow. There should be new courses and new fields of endeavor laid open to the students. Pertaining to this—a Creative Writing Class and a Dramatic Club might be installed, not only to develop the ability of the student to express himself clearly in his writings, but also in his everyday speech. A step has already been taken in this direction toward further self-expression by beginning a Public Speaking Class, which was started this past year. There should be more emphasis placed upon this class next year. The foregoing things will not only increase the personal development and education of the student, but will also give Andrew Lewis full participation in the Virginia Literary and Athletic League, by putting us, from a literary standpoint, on an equal basis with the other Class A schools in the state. I say “equal basis” because more than half of the 15 Class A schools in Virginia already have regular Public Speaking Classes and regular credit is thereby issued. We should also have a Drawing Class for those few students who are endowed with that precious talent, and, who wish to continue their development in a higher school of learning. If public funds will permit, I’m quite sure that the school board would add to the faculty an Art teacher. It is most gratifying to know that Virginia, and this section of the country, is keeping step with music education developments. I am sure everyone will be glad to know that, next year, Music is to be given as a regular course, and regular credit will be issued for it. Mrs. Peery has done a wonderful job with her Senior Choral Clubs of the past, practicing only three days out of each week. Think what she will be able to do for the students with five days a week! Not only that, but think of the personal benefit and the possible beginnings of musical careers of some of the more talented pupils! Dr. Richman, State Supervisor of Music, and Mrs. Peery will plan this course during the summer to bear credit next fall. In these changing times and this modern world of machinery, more technical courses of study should be offered to the students. Physics is an ideal technical course, and is absolutely necessary before one can enter the higher branches of the United States Army, Navy or Air Corps! The privilege of entering many of the defense programs is denied high school graduates unless they pursued courses in science—especially the course of Physics. Since a great number of our students are from the coun¬ ty, we should devise a better system and regulation of buses. Such an increase of efficiency would enable more students to participate in the “outside activities” of the school; such as, the newspaper, the annual, the many fine clubs and also athletics. During the school year we usually have one or two good plays, some debates, other literary events and, of course, the athletic contests, which many students are unable to attend because of a lack of transportation. The inefficiency of the present bus system can be illustrated by two events of last week. At the most exciting and climaxing points of a picture show and a base¬ ball game, the county students were compelled to leave, or they wouldn’t have gotten a ride home. At this point we might consider another phase of the bus problem. One thing which distinguishes the educated person from the uneducated is behavior. Public senti¬ ment combined with law, makes it possible for the public buses, that is, city and interurban ones, to have good behavior on them. The school students have sufficient training to make possible perfect behavior in our county school buses. In these troubled times of world crisis and national stress, even we high school students need some sort of boosting once in a while. It is my presonal belief that each home room should have regular programs containing devotionals—with some themes being patriotic and the uplifting of school morale. We need beauty to live finer and nobler lives and God bestowed it plentifully around us. Wherever we look it is there—in sky, tree, flower, or raindrop. Beauty does not begin and end with painting. The whole world is our gallery and wherever it is possible we should try to make things more beautiful. By completion of the original plans, a decided improvement could be made in the square over here in the middle of the school by planting a flower garden and having a bird bath and goldfish pond for those creatures of the air and water. Care of flowers and animals contributes largely to the building up of student morale. The development of a feeling of self-respect, respect for authority and regard for property in every citizen, would mean much to our community at Salem. But why should I be so selfish as to stand here and enumerate the things that Andrew Lewis needs? Tonight, those of us clad in these dark robes are leaving the halls of Andrew Lewis forever and I think I can safely say for the whole group that it is with a feeling of joyous sadness that we go. Most of us, I suppose, will remain in and around Salem for a long time. Quite a few of us will emigrate to other parts of the country—and maybe the world. But no matter where, or in what community we may live, we should continually strive to uplift the standards of edu¬ cation, which is of fundamental importance to our great American Democracy today. You ask, “What can we, mere graduates of high school and not even old enough to vote, what can we do to uplift the standards of education?” Here’s what we can do. Although we don’t have an official voice in our government as yet, we can speak our own minds—and we ought to thank God that there is an America which gives us that right—we can mold public sentiment, we can make those people who are now running our government realize the present and vital needs of education which we failed to get! It is clearly ' up to us! Since the youth of today is the government of tomorrow, we should put our every effort into the fight for education and the betterment of our vast American stronghold. We are going out into the world to work and build life and not, I hope, to destroy our fellowmen and to retard civili¬ zation. —Rufus Bowman A Gym Class

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HANDS — courageous and unfaltering, trained in fair play and sportsmanship — will make our Democracy

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