Berlin High School - Lamp Yearbook (Berlin, CT)

 - Class of 1939

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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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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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CLASS PROPHECY I lie year is 1945 and the place, New ork harbor; and as t lie mighty “Duchess of Windsor” prepares to weigh anchor, we manage to get on board .just, in time to see Elynor Greco dashing up the gangplank, living up to her ability always to arrive just on time. We discovered that Elynor, a popular young model, was traveling to Europe to appear in an arts exposition. Later in the day as we were glancing over the passenger list, we recognized the names of several of our classmates at Berlin High. In the course of our discussion with Fred Schofield, the purser, we were surprised to learn that the Captain of our ship was none other than Harry Winchell, our former class president. As we entered the dining room we looked around for some of our old friends. At a near-by table we noticed Miss Celia Venires the noted opera star, who was en route to Vienna to give a concert. During dinner we were entertained by Guido Pulcini’s rhythm makers featuring Ted Wrohel and his accordian. Mary Lacco was the songstress. After dinner as we were strolling around the deck, we met the former Marjorie Johnson who was travel- ing to Europe to meet her husband. She was accompanied by Barbara Steed , a wealthy young widow. The ship’s doctor was a promising young surgeon who turned out to he Raymond Rich. His competent nurse was Mary Kozuch. On inspecting the Beauty Salon we found it to be in the capable hands of Dorothy Norton. She told us she also employed Margaret Matyka and Mary DeBlasio, who was just putting the finishing touches to a new coiffure for Zenadia Burak, a noted traveler. As we came upon the deck once more we became interested in a game of shuffle board being played by Richard Covini, Joseph Aivano, Joseph Domkowski, and frank Motyka. Hearing some loud voices we advanced to find Richard Scagliotli and Richard Patterson arguing about the latest styles for women. We then went to see the barber shop only to find that the barber was none other than Edward Getzewich, our former prominent classmate. A few r days later w T e docked at our first port of call, London, England. We soon learned that Mabel Fielding and Emily Praia were making their stage debut in a near-by theater. During one of the London fogs we ran into Virginia Wells who told us she was on her honeymoon. She also informed us that Stanley Konefal was now a student at Oxford University, where Roger Burwell was teaching French. I he next day we reached Paris, France. Here we found Arline Cote editing a fashion magazine with Helen Savage an indispensable member of the staff. Emma Nichols was a famous stylist and designer, who employed Margaret Dornfried as her seamstress.

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