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Biographical--Class of 1940
In the early fall of 1935, a new group filed into cafeteria
under the experienced eyes of Mr. Lynn and Mr. Trumbull, a new
group which for a period of 180 days was to make this the hub of
its school activities. Thus it was that we, the class of 1940,
with a sigh, a schedule, and a newly sharpened pencil were
launched upon our high school career.
In time we were able to comprehend some of the minor intri-
cacies of Latin, we could solve all sorts of complicated x-y
relationships, and we had learned to use the right stairs. Since
we knew so much, it was appropriate that we should be promoted
and so it was that in due time we became sophomores.
None of us will ever forget how popular encyclopedias and
adjectives were that year. Those biographies that were due
every six weeks in modern history and the grand finale---our
masterpiece of 5,000 words--nThe Causes, History, and Results
of the World War.u What time was left we spent trying to fathom
As time progressed, once more we were advanced--to juniors.
This year our lessons were often slighted as we began to take
important places in clubs, athletics, and other organizations.
nThe Clutching Clawn still clutches a bit of our hearts, and as
for the reception at our nranch'--that was tops--even the
seniors said so.
Swiftly we passed the three-quarter mark and became full-
fledged seniors. We took over Main, the best seats in assembly,
and imposed generally on the splendid dispositions of Mr.
Vellenga and Mr. McClanahan. Instead of Mr. Bookwalter and the
traditional Ohio scrapbooks, for which we had been warned to
save, we acquired a knowledge of American History from Mr.
Henry with the aid of seven-page tests. To the tune of Tiger
Rag we cheered our team on to Dayton and Columbus. Congratula-
ting ourselves on the success of WSeven Sistersn, we captured
six of the first ten country places in the State Scholarship
tests. After much com ittee meeting, arguing and discussing,
we decided to leave, with the help of the juniors, a sound
machine as our memorial.
Exchanging cards, sitting for pictures, and ordering grad-
uation necessities brought us to one of the high lights of our
memories--the prom. Melting the ice rapidly, we enjoyed our-
selves immensely till dawn. We took in our stride senior
assembly, endless tests, and practicing for everything. In a
whirl we found ourselves presenting nAmerica--Yours and Mineu
on the night of May 61. The baccalaureate message by the Rev. Mr.
Albert left us inspired, and slowly we began to understand the
sadness of leaving.
On June 4 came the moment for which we had been striving
these twelve long years--Commencement. Dr. Slutz's address
reached each one of us as we sat for the last time as a part
of Bellefontaine High School. Finally finding the dignity in
which we had been so noticeably lacking, we received our dip-
lomas, and with tears and smiles, we bade farewell to all.
The stage is yours, class of 19411