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Through their English classes, freshmen learned the
basics of speech and proper usage for different types of
Introduction to the Benson library was the first project of
the year, which was followed by dictionary drills and
proiects which would require use of the card catalog.
Learning how to write proper letters was another topic
studied. Work from English textbooks accompanied this
and other lessons.
Freshmen spent three to four weeks in a study of poetry,
and various books were read by classes throughout the
Frosh English teachers include Mr. Dan Robinson, Mr.
William Hughes, Mr. Victor Mazzocco, Mrs. Marthiel
Miller, Mrs. Norma Faulkner, and Mr. Donald Wilson.
European Hieiery Highlights
Fresh SS Curriculum
Freshmen at Benson were enrolled in a one year social
studies class, which included a study of Europe and its
famous people, events, and historic dates. International
affairs were also discussed, along with the United States
role in European affairs.
The migration of primitive people throughout Europe
was first studied. This led to the time of the Crusades, and
nobility-led nations. Models of castles and houses
associated with this period of time were on display at Tech
Show. Gradually the studies came to the World War
period, and how each war was fought.
Africa was also a topic of discussion. Students learned
the names of African countries, and studies were made of
primitive Indian tribes which once inhabited the
Frosh SS teachers included Mrs. Patricia Kosderka, Mr.
Victor Mazzocco, Mrs. Marthiel Miller, and Mrs. Mereida
TOP LEFT: Dana Jensen C91 concentrates on reading assignment.
MIDDLE LEFT: Students in Mrs. Mereida Wann's ninth period class
read from their books. BOTTOM LEFT: Kevin Crane 191 tries to look
intelligent as Chris Gamelgaard Q9l glances at the camera.
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Music Ie Great Experience
Operating out ofa well worn wooden portable and the
dressing rooms of the stage, the choral and music groups
of Benson created a lot of professional music which
credited the school iust as much as winning athletic teams
or contest winning students in other academic areas.
The elite group of the choral section was the Am-
bassadors. This group was composed of a select group
from the larger choral group and one of their functions
was to appear at assemblies in the various grade schools
of the city. Another top ranked group was the newly
formed Stage One group which was created to appear
mainly before business groups, at luncheons and at other
functions where a small group is desired. Choral director
is Mr. Roger Hanson.
Benson's Band achieved much recognition at the '76er,
and the Tech Show, Headed by Mr. Harold Rowe the band
stressed perfection and had several students attend com-
petitions. Part of the band was the Pep Band composed of
band students who performed at athletic events when the
regular band was not in attendance. Their purpose was to
aid the rally in bolstering spirit.
Probably the most important event for both of these
groups was the Winter Christmas Concert and the Spring
Concert. ln these two shows the bands and choral groups
are the show. Often special compositions or unusual
music selections are presented.
TOP RIGHT : Bill Severe il ll adds the sound of his horn at the ap-
propriate place. CENTER RIGHT: Drummers James Mallos and
two other drummers carefully watch director and score for their
cue. BOTTOM: Benson Band took part in the Holiday and Spring
Music programs. This year they were invited to take part in the
Rose Festival and were placed seventh inthe parade, one of the
first bonds. CENTER RIGHT1Band members play a selection at the
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