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Prem Night Ie Night
To Remember For Grade
"Looking To The Future" was the theme for the 1976
Senior Prom. Senior Class Officers headed by John Gian-
nakis spearheaded the plans for the Prom. Jerry Clark, in
charge of the committee to obtain the band, scheduled
"Prism", a popular group.
Again this year the Jantzen Beach Thunderbird Hotel
was selected as the site for the special event. The River-
view Room has excellent facilities and enables prom at-
tenders to take a leisurely walk while viewing the lights
reflecting off the water of the Columbia River.
Dinner was included in the 515.00 per couple ticket and
was served 7:30. Dancing took place from 8:30 to 12:00.
Even though formal wear was not required, a suit or
sport iacket was. Many students dressed their finest and
fanciest for the occasion.
ABOVE: Randy Springer and his date take a breather onthe river
deck. TOP LEFT: The river deck was a popular conversation spot to
cool off after dinner. TOP CENTER: Couples wait tor the band to
start the next set. TOP RIGHT: Mr. Dave Small took couple pic'
tures. This year the cost was reduced with the aid of profits from
the Benson Drogs, BOTTOM RIGHT: Victor Deoca evidently has
the right combination according to the expression on his date's
face. BOTTOM CENTER QAQ: Dressed to a style commonly
associated with the '30's, Robert Zavodsky, complete with wide
brim hat, dances with his date. BOTTOM CENTER KBJ: Senior and
his date engage in watching the dancers as he checks his
finances for after dance activities. BOTTOM LEFT: Prism member
tunes his electric guitar prior to start of dancing.
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' ' -23
Exciting New Deere r
The Civic Auditorium was the scene ofthe T976 gradua-
tion exercises June 7. -r
As in the past seniors from Benson have attended Com- .
mencement exercises in the Civic Auditorium because it
is, in the opinion of Mr. Stan Blair, vice-principal, the
perfect setting. lt also enables more parents and friends to
Guest speaker was Mr. Frank McNamara, School Board
member, who also handed out various awards earned by
seniors throughout their four years. fl
Afterwards Mr. Harold Andersen handed out three-
hundred and seventy-five hard earned diplomas. He was
assisted by Mrs. Dorothy Jones and Mr. Bob Wilson, two of
Benson's fine counselors.
Seniors gathered in the basement ofthe auditorium and A.
the excitement both before and after graduation was ter- 5
rific. Each senior knew he entered the world of business or
college with a special advantage - a diploma from the Na- s
tion's Finest Technical School - a school with a great 11
Baccalaureate Hae r
On June the Baccalaureate was held at Benson High
School. The Baccalaureate is a religious service for any ,
senior at Benson who wished to attend, lt is usually held
three to four days before Commencement exercises in r
"Traditionally this has been sponsored by Benson until f
two years ago when there was no religious service," com-
mented Mr. Stan Blair, vice-principal. This was due to the
interpretation of the law regarding separation of the -
church andthe schools.
This year the Dads' Club and the PTA formed a ioint
committee to sponsor the service. The Dads' Club paid the
rent on the auditorium and the PTA sponsored the recep- L
tion which followed.
A student committee headed by Steve Kienberger ar- -
ranged the program. Other students assisting were Tim
Overton, Randy Springer, Vern Gillespie, and David Ris.
BOTTOM RIGHT: Rose Festival princesses sing a song for the Ben-
son Graduation, FAR MIDDLE RIGHT: Honor students wait as Mr. ,,
Stan Blair, vice-principal, gels ready to present them ruby pins.
FAR UPPER RIGHT: One ol the 375 diplomas handed out by Mr.
Harold Anderson, principal. FAR TOP RIGHT: View of Civic
Auditorium from 'outside at night. TOP RIGHT: Mr. Paul Benn-
inghotf, vice-principal, makes presentation. MIDDLE RIGHT: Dar-
ryl Cuda, captain for the Rose Festival Drivers, receives a rose is
from Queen of Rosario. CENTER: Katy Dunn il l J receives on early S
diploma, being the first girl to graduate.
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