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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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