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VALEDICTORY Mr. Superintendent, Mr. Chairman, Members of the Board of Education, Members of the Berlin High Faculty, Parents, Friends, and Classmates: Over a comparatively short period of years we have striven to fill the kettle of knowledge to overflowing. Each of us has followed a recipe which seemed to have potential value to our future. Year followed year in rapid succession as we gradually added, according to our individual initiative, ingredients of varying qualities. Many chose the secretarial training, for it stood out as being immediately useful. Then armed with the virtues of patience and industry, they plunged into the task of learning the skills and demands of t he swiftly running tide of business. The more fortunate members chose the classical studies which were to prepare them for college. Theirs was a task which required much application and seemed to have no definite goal for which to strive. Those who had not the means nor the liking for either the business or college work chose a course of subjects which would provide them with a general knowledge which is useful in various fields. During this time the world had seemed unreal and far-distant. But as we watched our upper-classmen step out onto life’s impersonal path, our ideas changed and took on a more mature aspect. Finally in this last year of high school days we realized that to our kettle had been added the major part of the ingredients whose quality we were eager to perfect. Therefore, we put all our energy into the task of seasoning. W e practiced manners; did our work with increased diligence; and enlisted the aid of capable teachers to till the requirements and demands of higher training schools and employers. Soon most of us will begin the work of ladling out the contents of our kettle of knowledge to the world and our fellow beings. It is only what we have put in that we will be able to give. Each new barrier that we face and overcome in the future will replace and double that knowledge that was gained during these years. We are overcome by the realization that this is a turning point in our lives — that the next few months or years will be a struggle of conforming and adjusting our lives to new situations. Many of us are eager to throw off the shackles that bound us to our task; some of us have fears that the world will reject our offering. For twelve years we have dreamed and planned. Our opportunity to materialize these vague dreams is near at hand. Shall we go forward with a high purpose and strong determination to find our place in the world? Will we strive to live up to our ideals? Will we do our duty to God, parents, and country? The answers, fellow graduates, lie with you. You are armed with the talent, personality, and character which will stand the test of a critical and commanding world. On my lips is a sincere and heartfelt farewell, my classmates, and my heart has a fervent wish that we will all find our chosen vocation. FBANCES KBIWAC.K1
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Kensington Lois Marie Zimmermann “Zimmie” " I ' d give my life al any ports, If I could hare hut all my s ports. " Dramatic Club (3, 4); Junior Prom Committee; Lamp Committee; Motif Club; Berlin Choral Society (2 3, 4); College Club; Traffic Squad (2, 3) ; Girls’ Sports (1, 2, 3, 4). CLASS INVENTORY Most Popular Handsomest Prettiest Cutest Most Pleasing Personality Best Dressed Most Likely To Succeed . . Most Studious Most Dignified Class Wit Best All Around Athlete . . Class Shirks Class Artist Best Dancer Class Actor Class Actress Class Hobby BOY GIRL Grant Dodson Richard Patterson Gavin Cameron Richard Scagliotti . . . Paul Sadey Harry Winchell Harry Winchell T HEODORE WrOBEL Edward Getzewich . . . Richard Callahan. . . Raymond Rich and Paul Sadey Harry Winchell Raymond Rich Richard Covini Dancing . Arline Cote .Arline Cote Virginia Weils . Marion Tardette . Barbara Steed . Frances Kriwacki . Frances Kriwacki . Celia Ventres . Angie Leone . Angie Leone Ida Drachenberg Stagia Pajor Mabel Fielding Class Motto NOT AT THE TOP RUT CLIMBING Class Flowor WHITE CARNATION
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S A L U TAT O R Y Mr. Superintendent, Mr. Chairman, Members of t lie Board of Education, Members of the Faculty, Barents, Friends, and Classmates: We, t lie class of 1939, greet you. This evening marks one of the most significant steps we have taken on the ladder of education. It is due to the undying interest which you, our teachers, have held for us; an interest which was sustained by your careful and expert guidance in our studies and social fife. These four years have been more worthwhile and more important to us because of your untiring patience and understanding. Tonight we leave the past behind us and go forward into the future, the World of To- morrow, each one to seek his own destination. The foundation for our lives has carefully been laid; our personalities have developed as the years have progressed; our characters have been molded and shaped and the initiative and the perseverance which we have acquired we are going to keep a part of us for the rest of our lives. Our minds, which we have filled with much information in high school, are now ready to be filled with life’s greater experiences. With these foundations we are ready to enter the world of tomorrow as citizens of good standing. In this new world there will be many obligations to meet. Two of the more important of these which are closely related are: That of facing our difficulties bravely, and of believing in ourselves. The world we are entering is going to be full of many strange and new experiences, full of joy and suffering, hap- piness and misery. The way in which we learn to overcome this will be determined by the faith we have in ourselves. Many of us suffer from a common affliction called by psychologists “an inferiority complex” which is merely an obsession. Our goal must be to achieve confidence in ourselves. An inferiority complex affects one’s conduct by making one shrink from social contacts which are so necessary. One may escape from difficult situations of which the outcome is a loss of friends and a weakened personality. To gain self-confidence so important in measuring our success in life we must change our thoughts from ourselves to others — find out other people’s genuine interests. To our astonishment we will have for- gotten our self-consciousness, and our interest in other people will become real. We must help to develop our own personalities through acquiring new hobbies, new interests which will result in our growth. We must use our failures as a lesson learned through experience. The past no longer belongs to ns; it is the present and the future which is ours. With these ideas in mind and with gratitude in our hearts we welcome you to our graduation this eve- ning. HELEN SAVAGE
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