Berlin High School - Lamp Yearbook (Berlin, CT)

 - Class of 1939

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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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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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CLASS HISTORY It was a fine day in September 1935 when the Berlin High School opened its doors for its first year as a high school. Through its mysterious portals drifted a large group of gawky, bashful-looking, young people. This was the freshman class of 1935. After much mix-up of rooms and classes we finally reached our various destinations and the great task of our freshman year had begun. During this year Lenart Swanson was elected president of the class, and Miss Bunce became class adviser. We held no social events that year, but in June we enjoyed a class picnic at Lake Compounce. At the beginning of the Sophomore year we elected Buth Hendrickson, class president, and Mr. Hardy, class adviser. During the last half of this year Mr. Kramer, our favorite English teacher, left for another position. We took part in a party given in his honor and presented him with a gift from the class. Mr. Benoit replaced Mr. Kramer, and before the end of the year the class held a very successful picnic for him. The class picnic of that year was held at Great Hill Lake. In 1937 we elected Joe lie Lowery, class president, and Mr. Cummings, class adviser. We were now Juniors, and we were more-or-less outgrowing the tricks of our Freshman and Sophomore years. With the tennis courts now completed we saw more progress in this sport as well as in the other affairs, for we sponsored a successful Hallowe’en Dance and also a Junior Prom. We held our class picnic for the second time at Great Hill Lake. Now ' at last we have come to the stage w here we are known to our lower class-men as “dignified” seniors. No longer do you see the gawky, bashful group that entered Berlin High as freshmen but instead you see a group of straight-forward, business-like young men and women, who for the most part, are anxious to make something worthwhile of themselves. This year we elected Harry Winchell, class president, Grant Dodson, vice president, Arline Cote, sec- retary, Barbara Steed, treasurer, and Mr. Deming, class adviser. Our business transactions of t he year were the purchasing of our class rings with Frances Kriwacki as chairman of the ring committee, and the taking of our class pictures on March 18. In the fall we sponsored a very successful Poverty dance, the first of its kind in the high school. On April 19 and 20 we presented our class play “Hot Copy”. Our other social functions were the annual Card Party and Fashion Show ' and the Senior Ball. Many of our senior boys were members of a prominent basket ball team which won 15 games and lost only 7. So ends our four years as high school students. We all leave to go our separate ways and live our separate lives but we shall never forget all the memorable and happy days spent in the Berlin High School. CELIA VENTBES LOIS ZIMMERMANN

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