Bellows Free Academy - Alpha Omega Yearbook (St Albans, VT)

 - Class of 1948

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B. F.A. Mercury , da L5 Claes History -S., ,,, lg f. , ' VO 3 l k By Norma Jeanne lVilson There we were, little frightened freshmen who were finally in high school! Not just any high school, but Bellows Free Academy. Eager and confused as we were, we registered in the gym and excitedly compared our registration cards. The next day we tore around the bui-lding looking for room thirty-one downstairs and twenty-three upstairs-thanks to the misguiding upperclassmen! But soon we secured our books and loose-leafs, and within a week we were off to a fiying start. Of course, we claimed Mr. Sun- derland as a member of our class, for it was his first year as principal of BFA. First we chose Frank Horan, joyce Newton, Betty Ann Ladue, and Maurice Chevalier as our class officers. Electing officers was all new and thrilling to us, and we felt pretty big and impor- tant, instead of the lowly frosh that we were. Then we were the guests of the sophomores at the Freshman Reception. We really felt honored, for juniors and seniors were not allow- ed to attend. In fact, this was our first chance to get acquainted with our new classmates. The Freshmen Class proudly stepped forward in its first dramatic appearance and presented the play "Elmerv in the junior jamboree. Miss Marion Curtis was the director. Those participa- ting in the cast were Bill Tuscany, Betty Ann Ladue, Nancy Kern, Norma Wilson, Donna Kerr, and Susan Hermann. Needless to say, we walkell off with the plaque in an easy victory over the sophomores. After all, weren't we the most talented Freshmen Class ever enrolled in BFA? After a busy year, it was soon time for our final exams. We had already suffered once before when we took our mid-years, but scared as we were, most of us came through with flying colors. And so we looked forward to our sophomore year, with our chests thrown out and our heads held just a little higher than usual. After an all too short summer vacation, we were back in school again. The routine and cus- toms were old to us now, and we actually looked down on the little freshmen! Then Maurice Che- valier as president, Douglas Godfrey as vice- president, Edward Brooks as secretary, and Alan Ferguson as treasurer, were elected as our class officers. After the previous yearls training, we were ready for anything. Why, some of us even dared to speak to Mr. Comi! Now it was our turn to give the freshmen a reception. Once again we enjoyed the usual stunts, races, and contests. In short we gave the newcomers to our school a cordial welcome. One of the special attractions of this year was the Dr. Maxim show which was given to raise funds for repairs on Coote Field. 'ijohn Henryv is still trying to figure out how to do some of those tricks. VVe are proud to say that when we were juniors, we were the first class to make a contribution to the Coote Field Fund. XV e were very glad when we heard that Mrs. Bachmann was going to direct the music classes, for we wanted to take part in the State Music- Festival which was to be held again after being discontinued for two years. YVe all enjoyed tak- ing part in the programs. except maybe Betty Martin. This year we presented 'Une jump Aheadv in the Jamboree. The cast, under the direction of

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14 13. F. A. Mcrcu FOOTBALL Front row: Saurwein, Lampman, Chevalier, Mears, Richards, Ryan. Poland Second Row: Murphy, Sails, Smith, Pare, Wood, Goad Third row: Murff, Chevalier, Dacey, Guertin, Patenaude, Hunt, Morgan Fourth row: MacKay, VVallace, Burnor, McMahon, Webster' Top: Webster, Sargent, White

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16 - g Wwfwg W Miss Dorothy Thayer, consisted of Ann Kalahan, Graeme Francis, Maurice Chevalier, Alan Fer- guson and Jimmy McTiernan. Something terrible must have happened because quite by accident we bowed down to the freshmen, who won the plaque. The Hrst Student Council was formed dur- ing our sophomore year. Most of us were in the dark about how it was operated or what it was for, but we all knew it was for our benefit, so we immediately accepted it. Our spirits and hopes were a little higher with the ending of the war, and we entered our junior year without a care in the world. Of course we all vowed to turn over a new leaf and study just a little harder, which was the same vow we had made the year before. As always, we upheld our reputation in the sports field, when the "Comets" walked off with the State Championship. Betty Martin, Susan Hermann, Donna Kerr, Joyce Newton, Pat Pud- vah and Anna King were the girls from our class who helped win the championship. And now we successfully sponsored the Junior Jamboree. For our play, we presented "Sugar and Spicev, under the direction of Miss I-Iortense Beeman. Those in the cast were Joyce Newton, Donna Kerr, Nancy Kern, Louis Dwor- shak, and Robert Lampman. Lady Luck must have turned against us, because this time the seniors copped the title of winners of the Willson Cup. Our Prom, we knew was the best one yet. To begin with, the gym was beautifully decorated in two tones of blue, supplemented by stars and birds with Weedis Imperial Orchestra at its best and one of the largest crowds ever to attend, we felt that this was indeed a gala occasion. Nine members of our class were fortunate in being chosen to go to Boys' and Girls, State. Those who went to Boys, State were Eddie Brooks, Bud Lampman, George Wood, and Larry Larrow, while Anna King, Celeste Gage, Betty Martin, Joyce Newton and Rose Luneau attended Girls, State. And now the most glorious year of our school career-the year none of us will ever forget-our senior year, lay before us. Up to now, it hadn't seemed possible that three years could pass so quickly. Um' senior class officers have been Eddie Brooks, Joyce Newton, Anna King and Paul Cha- B.F.A. Mercury bot, as president, vice-president, secretary and treasurer, respectively. The first big event of the year was the hila- rious Senior Play, "Come Out of the Kitchen". It was a smashing success, with our own Miss Beeman directing. T he members of the cast were Joyce Newton, William Tuscany, Susan Her- mann, Maurice Chevalier, Donna Kerr, Graeme Francis, Nancy Kern, and Louis Dworshak. The prompters were Betty Martin and Mariette"'St. Amand. In the Junior Jamboree, which came ,earlier than usual this year, we presented "Luncheon For Six" with the following cast: Larry Larrow, Norma Wilson, Celeste Gage, Rodney Mears, Nancy Newton, Alden Richards, and Robert Lampman. Miss Beeman directed the play. Once more we stepped back into the limelight and won the Willson Cup. For the One-Act Play Contest, which con- cluded our plays for the year, Miss Beeman directed "To The Lovely Margaretf, Members of the senior class that took part in the play were Susan Hermann, Donna Kerr, and Louis Dwor- shak. This was only the third year that our school had participated in this activity and we are proud to say that BFA was chosen as one of the six high schools to compete in the state contest. Certain honors were given to individuals in our class. George Wood and Joyce Newton were elected Good Citizenship Boy and Girl. Betty Martin was chosen as an All-State Basketball guard. Anna King was the soloist to represent our school at the State Music Festival. Because of her high standing in the preliminary tests Charlotte Towle qualified as a finalist for the Pepsi-Cola Scholarship. Larry Larrow was pres- ident of the Student Council, with Louis Dwor- shak as vice-president. Also Larry was elected "Mayor,' of St. Albans during National Youth Week. And Germaine Gregoire, as one of the four delegates from Vermont, will leave on June 15 for Washington, D. C. to attend the National 4-H Club camp. Germaine also won a prize of fifty dollars for her essay about the Teen-Age Center. Continuing a long established custom in this school, we enjoyed two Senior Suppers this year. The first one, with Eddie Brooks and Joyce New- ton as host and hostess, was celebrated in true Christmas spirit iust before the holidays. The second one was held on St. Patricks Day and

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