Berlin High School - Lamp Yearbook (Berlin, CT)

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THE LAMP BERLIN HIGH SCHOOL THE CLASS OF 1945 presents THE LAMP SUPERINTENDENT’S GREETINGS To the Class of 1945: You are part of a great number of youth completing high school. The com- pletion of this unit of your life implies the beginning of another. Heretofore your activities have been largely determined for you, hereafter yours is the responsi- bility. Your superintendent, teachers, and parents share the rare privilege of having a part in your future. You are the result of their work and as you succeed or fail so will they have made a success or a failure in their work. They will lie with you at all times and hope that their interest and encouragement will help you to attain the best of this world’s joy and happiness. C 3 ] M. V. MacLaughlin, Superintendent of Schools. To Miss Barnes, in appreciation of her many years of loyal service at Berlin High, the Senior Class dedicates this, our yearbook. Throughout our four years we have come to look upon Miss Barnes as a friend as well as an instructor and we know that our lives have been enriched by the wisdom of her teachings. C 4 ] We wish to pay tribute to Miss Bunce, who has Ix ' en our class adviser, for her guidance, her enduring patience, and the willingness with which she has led our class through a successful year. [ 5 ] FACULTY M. V. MacLaughlin Kenneth L. MacKenzie Marie A. LeVan Mabelle W. Barnes Eleanor L. Bolin Theodora Bunce Margaret Flannery C. Howard Goding Josephine A. B. Kind .... Helen M. Lynch Elizabeth McBrien Florence Miglioli Adolph Schultz _ Ruth Spangenberg Norma I. Wolf Beatrice Buck Mrs. Lillian McNickle ... Superintendent of Schools Assistant Principal Dean of Women, English English, Ckncs Home Economics English, Mathematics Commercial Physical Science History, Social Studies Commercial French, Latin English, American History Industrial Arts Mathematics Biology, General Science Music Supervisor Secretary to Mr. MacLaughlin i 6 ] EDITORIAL STAFF Robert Benson, Editor-in-Chief Clifton Marieni, Charles Silsbv — Assisting Editors Charles Meyer Daniel Pulito James Sokoloski Shirley Johnson Roland Rochefort £ 7 ] Florence Rusczyk Jean Lanza Jack Cooney Stella Lewandoski Robert Pulito ROBERT O. BENSON— “Porky” “Oh, please not the infantry !” Honor Roll 2; Football 2, 4; Class President 1, 2, 4; Tennis 1; Junior Prom Committee; Freshman Frolic Committee; Intramural Tennis 2; Student Council 1, 2, 4; President 4; Traffiic Squad 2, 3, 4; Captain 4; Yearbook Committee, Editor; Chorus 1, 4; Sports Club 4. Treasurer MICHAEL BUNKO— “Smiley” “A smile a day keeps you happy and gay.” Basketball 1, 2, 3, 4; Baseball 1, 3; Traffic Squad 1, 3; Student Council 1, 2, 3; Class President 3; Vice- President 4; Boys’ State 3. Secretary MARY LOU KAHMS— " Lou” “Good things come in small packages.” Sophomore Frolic Committee; Junior Prom Commit- tee; Class Treasurer 3, 4; Freshman Reception Com- mittee ; Senior Barn Dance Committee ; Senior Play ; Holiday Sport Dance; Dramatic Club 1, 2, 4; Motif Club 4; Home Economics Club 1. STELLA ANN LEWANDOSKI— “Lee” “H ' hal’s in a name t” Cheerleader 1, 3; Honor Roll 2, 3, 4; Dramatic Club L 4; Music Club 1, 4; Home Economics Club 1 ; Motif Club 4; Girls’ Sports 1; Junior Barn Dance Commit- tee ; Senior Sport Dance Committee ; “Lamp” Staff ; Class Secretary 4; Homeroom President 2; Sophomore Benefit Committee 2; Senior Barn Dance Committee: League of Nations Contest 4; Class Play 4. CLASS OFFICERS President Vice-President S T U I) E NTS Gloria Ann Achilli “Glo” “I’m going to the movies.’’ Freshman Dance Committee; Sophomore Dance Committee ; Junior Prom Committee; Jun- ior Sport Dance Committee ; Cheerleaders 1, 2; Girls’ Bas- ketball 1, 2; Choral Society 1, 2; Dramatic Club 4; Beacon Club 1, 2, 3; Motif Club 4. Peter Nicholas Baccaro “Hook " “But I haven’t got any gas!” Football 2, 4; Baseball 1, 3, 4, Captain 4; Intramural Foot- ball 1 ; Intramural Basketball 2; Holiday Sport Dance Com- mittee 4; Boys’ Club 4; Track Team 1. Gloria J. Barrett “Glo” “That’s his privilege.” Sophomore Dance Committee ; Barn Dance Committees 1, 2, 3; Junior Prom Committee 3. June Eleanor Bently “Junie” “It’s a great life if you don’t weaken, ivho wants to be strong?” Motif Club 4. Ernest Berlin, Jr. “Ernie” “Does your cigarette taste different lately?” Secretary of Biology Club 4; Beacon 4; Honor Roll 1, 4. Barbara Ann Black “Babe” “Now or never.” Music Club 1 ; Home Eco- nomics Club 1 ; 4-H Club 1 ; Basketball 1, 2, 3 ; Motif Club 4. Mary Gloria Black “Glo” “Live today for tomorrow ye die.” Home Economics Club 1 ; Music Club 1 ; Girls’ Basket- ball 1, 2, 3; Freshman Recep- tion Committee 4; Sophomore Dance Committee ; Cheerleader 3, 4; Motif Club 4. Henry BrookeTh “Bro” “A sailor ' s life for me.” Traffic Squad 2, 3, 4; Football 2, 4; Chorus 1, 3. [ 9 ] STUDENTS Mary Caliandri “Shorty” “Whatever comes, remember, this too shall pass.” Home Economics Club 1, 2; Motif Club 4. Dominic John Cooney “Long John” " You’ll never know. " Intramural Football 1 ; Art Club 1 ; Basketball 1, 3, Cap- tain 4 ; Intramural Baseball 2 ; Baseball 1, 3, 4; Boys’ Club 4; Traffic Squad 3, 4; Beacon 4; Yearbook Committee; Honor Roll 1. Margaret Mary Corr “Mickey” “When Irish eyes are smiling.” Pallette Club 1 ; Freshman Frolic Committee; Honor Roll 1, 2, 3; Motif Club 4; Dra- matic Club 4; Home Econom- ics Club 1 ; Sophomore Benefit Committee; Christmas Sport Dance 4; Junior Barn Dance; Junior Prom Committee; Girls’ Basketball 1 ; Tennis 1. Dorothy Culver “Dee” " Happy is the person that is carefree. " Home Economics Club 1 ; Mo- tif Club 4. Dorothy Jospehine Dezzani “Dotty” “It’s a wonderful world.” Honor Roll 1, 2, 3, 4; Fresh- man Frolic Committee; Music Club 1 ; Magazine Drive 1 ; Sophomore Benefit Dance ; Secretary of Class 2; News Editor of Beacon 2, 3; Junior Prom Committee; Junior Barn Dance Committee ; Dramatic Club 4; Motif Club 4; F ' resh- man Reception 4. John Joseph DiMugno “Johnny” “When duty whispers low thou must, the youth replies can.” Junior Prom Committee ; Dra- matic Club 4; Biology Club 4; Senior Barn Dance Committee ; Holiday Sport Dance Commit- tee. Nellie Ann Gacek “Nell” “She greets each with a smile.” Honor Roll 2 ; Girls’ Basket- ball 1 ; Home Economics Club 1 ; Dramatic Club 2 ; Beacon Club 2; Tennis 3; Cheerleader 4; Chorus 4; Motif Club 4; Sophomore Benefit Dance Committee. Dorothy Jean Gadzik “Dot” “ What’s mine is yours, and what is yours is mine.” Home Economics Club 1 ; Dra- matics Club 2; Motif Club 4; Tennis 3; Girls’ Sports 2; Honor Roll 1, 2, 4; Benefit 1 )ance Committee ; Holiday Sport Dance Committee 4; Chorus 4; Beacon Staff 2. C 10 ] STUDENTS Barbara Elaine Gallnot “Barb” " Are you kidding f” Home Economics Club 1, 2; Art Club 1. Clara Barbara Godek “Claire” “ Where there’s a will, there’s a way.” Home Economics Club 1, 2 ; Art Club 1, 2. a Doris Jane Gotti.in " Do-Do” Good things come in small packages.” Cheerleader 3, 4. Elizabeth Jane Gric.cs “Betty” “ Kind hearts are more than coronets.” Ereshman Frolic Committee ; Sophomore Dance Committee; Junior Prom Committee; Jun- ior Barndance Committee ; Mu- sic Club 1; Art Club 1, 2; Librarian 2, 3, 4; Chorus 3, 4; Motif Club 4. Adele Martha Haman “Del” “We learn best by experience.” Music Club 1, 2; Beacon Staff 3; Home Economics Club 1, 2; Motif Club 4; Picture Commit- tee 4. Doris Miriam Hamilton “Dori” “Happy-go-lucky.” Honor Roll 1, 2, 3, 4; Fresh- man Frolic Committee; Music Club 1 ; Pallette Club 1 ; Maga- zine Drive 1, 2, 3; Student Council 2 ; Sophomore Benefit Dance Committee; Traffic Squad 3, 4 ; Beacon Staff 3 ; Junior Prom Committee ; Mo- tif Club 4; Senior Barndance; Senior Play Committee. Eileen Marie Holigan “Ei” “Laugh and the world laughs with you, weep and you weep alone.” Home Economics Club 1 ; Sophomore Dance Committee ; Dramatic Club 4; Motif Club 4; Harvest Dance Committee 3 ; Senior Play 4. William James Hoppe " Hop” “I can see it now.” Basketball 1, 3, 4; Baseball 3, 4; Football Manager 1, 4; Intramural Basketball 2; Ten- nis 2; Art Club 2; Freshman Frolic Committee; Sophomore Dance Committee; Junior Prom Chairman ; Dramatic Club 1 ; Boys’ Club 4; Orches- tra 1, 2, 3, 4; Beacon 2; Honor Roll 2; Class Vice-president 2. 3. i 11 3 STUDENTS Theodore Stanley Hrubiec “Teddy” " An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” Sports Club 4. Shirley Elizabeth Johnson " He profits most who senes best. " Student Council 1, 3, 4; Pal- lette Club 1, 2; Dramatic Club 1, 2, President 4; Freshman Frolic Committee ; Orchestra 1 ; Music Club 1 ; Honor Roll 1, 2, 3, 4; Beacon Staff 3; Junior Bamdance Committee; Motif Club 4; Vice-president; Senior Play Committee ; DAR Award ; Clerk of Student Court ; “Lamp” Business Man- ager. Marjorie Esther Kanupka “Midge” " Better late than never. " Music Club 1, 2; War Bond Committee 3 ; Magazine Drive 4; Yearbook Committee; Motif Club 4. Harriet Kem merer “Kem” " There’s always a way to do a thing that must be done. " Motif Club President ; Honor Roll. Jane Kieffer “Janie” " Silence is golden. " Music Club 1, 2; Motif Club 4; Home Economics Club 1, 2; Honor Roll 2. Ralph King “Ralph” “I’ve got a date with Jo. " Sports Club 4. Roberta Beatrice Knight “Berta” “I’m stan’ed. " Art Club 1, 2; Home Econom- ics Club 1; Motif Club 4; Sophomore Benefit Dance Com- mittee; Freshman Reception Committee 4; Christmas Card Committee 4. Jean Edna Lanza “Lanz” “I have often regretted my speech, never my silence. " Honor Roll 1, 2, 3, 4; CBS School of the Air 4; Beacon Staff 3; Motif Club 4; “Lamp” Staff ; Home Economics Club 1 ; Chorus 3, 4 ; Girls’ Basket- ball 1, 2, 3; Cheerleader 3, 4; Sophomore Benefit Dance Committee; Junior Prom Com- mittee; Junior Barndance Committee; Senior Holiday Sports Dance Committee ; Senior Variety Dance Com- mittee; Senior-Frosh Dance Committee. [ 12 ] STUDENTS David N. Loiselle " Dave” “Life is a funny thing.’’ Sea Scouts 1, 2, 3, 4; Sports Club 4; Traffic Squad 4; Soph- omore Dance Committee; War Bond Committee 2. Helen Ann Macupa “Helen” “Bait the hook, this fish will bite.” Home Economics Club 1 ; Bea- con Staff 2; Yearbook Com- mittee; Dramatic Club 3, 4; Secretary 4. Lena Marc.nei.li “Lee” “Do unto others as you would, hai’e them do unto you.” Dramatic Club 1, 2, 4; Home Economics Club 1, 2; Motif Club 4; Yearbook Picture Committee ; Freshman Recep- tion Committee 4. Clifton J. Mariene “Cliff” " What do ’y a want, a medal?” Chorus 1, 4; Honor Roll 2; Boys’ Club 4; Assistant Editor of the Lamp; Senior Play Committee; Traffic Squad 3, 4; Judge, Senior Court; Student Council 4 ; Senior Ball. Margaret Mary Mayer “Mackie” “Wee bit o’ lassie, why doth thee not grow?” Dramatic Club 1, 2, 4; Beacon Staff 2; Gems 2; Honor Roll 1, 2, 4; Motif Club 4; Plan- ning Committee 4 ; Senior Class Play 4. Richard McCain “Mac " “Curly top.” Traffic Squad 4. Charles Meyer " Charlie” " Ignorance is bliss.” Beacon 3, 4; Junior Prom Committee; Year Book Com- mittee; Sport Dance Commit- tee ; Senior Ball Committee ; Freshman Reception Commit- tee. Raymond Harry Mistieri “Ray” “I prefer blondes.” Sports Club 4; Sports Editor, Lamp. C 13 ] STUDENTS Marion Louise Munson “Mimi” Pallette Club 1 ; Class Treas- urer 2 ; Gems 2 ; Beacon 3 ; Motif Club, Secretary 4; Dra- matic Club, Vice-president, 4; Honor Roll 1, 2, 3, 4; Class Play 4; Salutatorian. Jessie Palmer “Jess” “Life can be beautiful.” Beacon Club 1 ; Music Club 1 ; Motif Club 4. Charlotte Lenore Pickett “Pickie” “If there is a unll, there is a way.” Art Club 1 ; Freshman Dance Committee; Honor Roll 1, 2, 3, 4; Class Treasurer Sopho- more Dance Committee 2; Student Council 3, 4; Chorus 3, 4; Motif Club, Program Chairman 4; Assistant Editor of Lamp 3. Margaret Pipkin “Marg” “Life is just a bowl of cherries.” Home Economics Club 1 : Motif Club 4. Jeanne Audrey Pollard “Aud” " But, we ' re gain’ steady!” Honor Roll 1 ; Home Eco- nomics Club, Treasurer 1 ; Freshman Frolic; Sophomore Benefit Committee; Dramatic Club 2, 4; Junior Barndance; Senior Sport Dance ; Motif Club ; Senior Play. Jeanette Pratt “Jet” “Thy modesty is a candle to thy virtue.” Basketball; Honor Roll 1, 2; Motif Club 4. Daniel Pulito “Danny” “But my Ford will go on forever.” Varsity Baseball 1, 4; Varsity Basketball 3, 4; Beacon 3, 4; Sports Club 4; Junior Prom Committee; Track 1; Football Manager 2; Chorus 1; Class Secretary 2; Class Play. John Radion C 14 ] STUDENTS Ethel Catherine Radune “Dolly” " Did I (jet any mail today?” Music Club 1, 2; Chorus 4; Beacon 3 ; Class Will Commit- tee; Junior Prom Committee; Motif Club 4; Commercial Play 3, 4. Genevieve Rambis “Gene” " Where there’s a will there’s a way.” Art Club 1 ; Home Economics Club 1. Rosalie M. Reeves “Ro” " Smile and the ivorld smiles with you.” Pallette Club 1, 2; Home Eco- nomics 1, 2; Orchestra 1, 2, 3 ; Music 1, 2; Motif Club 4. Roland J. Rochefort “Digger” " My! You’re looking natural today!” Honor Roll 1, 2; Traffic Squad 2, 3, 4; Student Council 2, 3, 4; Freshman Frolic Committee; Junior Prom Committee ; Freshman Reception Commit- tee; Student Court Judge 3, 4; Baseball 2, 4; Basketball Man- ager 3, 4; Football 2, 4; Intra- mural 1; Boys’ Club 4; Art Club 1, 2; CBS School of the Air 4; Beacon 2, 3; Senior Play Committee ; Holiday Sport Dance Committee ; T.C.C. Student Government Conference. Florence J. Rusczyk " Rus” " It is a difficult undertaking to seek to please everybody. " Honor Roll 1, 2, 4; Cheer- leader 4; Junior Prom Com- mittee; Junior Barndance Committee; Motif Club; Lamp Staff ; Freshman Reception Committee; Chorus 3, 4; Girls ' Basketball 1, 2, 3; Sen- ior Sport Dance Committee ; Sophomore Benefit Dance. Josephine Izetta Seddon " Jo” “ The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” Motif Club 4; Honor Roll 2; Sophomore Benefit Committee 1; Minstrel 4; Basketball 1; Cheerleader 1. Charles Robert Silsby “C.B.” “Eat, drink, and be merry for tomorrow may never come.” Beacon 3, 4 ; Chorus 1 ; Orches- tra 1 ; Sea Scouts 1, 2, 3 ; Basketball 4; Sports Club 4; Lamp Committee ; Junior Prom Committee; Freshman Reception Committee; Holiday Sport Dance Committee; Var- iety Dance Committee ; Senior Ball Committee; Class Play. Ruth Sochrin “Socky” ‘He who laughs last, laughs the best.” Motif Club 4; Librarian. C 15 } STUDENTS Joseph Spring “Joe” Sports Club 4. Russell Swanson “Goch” " i vant a beer.’ ' Chorus 1, 2, 3 ; Sports Club 4. Margaret Loretta Tinti “Peggy” " All that glitters is not gold. " Home Economics Club 1 ; Freshman Frolic; Sophomore Hop; Junior Barndance; Jun- ior Prom; Motif Club 4; Li- brarian 1. 2, 3, 4; Chorus 4. Jean Elaine Werdelin “Jeannie” “Be soeiable to all; friendly with many; familiar with few.” Pallette Club 1 ; Freshman Frolic Committee; Honor Roll 1, 2; Motif Club 4; Dramatic Club 4; Sophomore Benefit 2; Girls’ Basketball 1, 2, 3; Girls’ Tennis 1 ; Senior Barndance Committtee 4; Freshman Re- ception 4; Junior Barndance Committee; Manager Cheer- leaders 2, 3, 4; Home Eco- nomic Club 1. Stanley Gadzik Stanley Gadzik left Berlin High School in 1941 after hav- ing earned twelve credits tow- ard graduation. He entered the Army on April 16, 1943 and received basic training at Camp Edwards, Mass. Since then he has earned four credits in the Army. Two credits were given for each year in service and credits were awarded for spe- cialized training. He is now assigned to the hospital ship, “Republic”. [ 16 ] CLASS PROPHECY by Stella Lewandoski and Jean Lanza Memories surge through the minds of the hushed and expectant crowd as Charles Silsby, First Selectman of the Town of Berlin, ascends the platform to make his speech at the formal dedication of the community park for the town of Berlin, on this, the eighteenth day of June, nineteen-hundred and sixty-five. It is being dedicated to the class of 1945. as it has been through their efforts that this excel- lent addition to civic improvement has been made possible. To quote from his speech : “It gives me the greatest pleasure and satisfaction to be the one honored to dedicate a portion of this park — the fine athletic field, to the outstanding ath- letes of my class. They are Michael Bunko, now Governor of this State; Clifton Marieni, District Attorney; Henry Brochetti, Chief of the Fire Department; Jack Cooney, president of the local zipper factory; Roland Rochefort, president of the National Fine Arts Associa- tion; Pete Baccaro, Dog Warden; our able representative to Congress, Senator Robert Benson ; and William Hoppe, athletic coach at the University of Connecticut.” After this introductory speech, we all go on a tour of inspection of the park. When we reach the magnificent music shell we hear a short musical program. First in the order of entertainment we enjoy a thrilling rendition of “Carmen’ sung by Gertrude Hanford, famed star of the Metropolitan Opera House, to whom the music shell has previously been dedicated. In contrast we then hear a universally en- joyed blues number sung by Eileen Holigan, accompanied by Mary Lou Kahms McKeon at the piano. Listening attentively in the very first row, sit two lovers of good music, Ruth Sochrin and Barbara Black, joint operators of the Berlin Dog Biscuit Factory. Everyone remarks that the music shell is very beautiful and none of us are surprised to hear that Charles Meyer has been responsible for drawing up the architectural plans for it. We leave the shell and walk to the- swim- ming pool. On the way everyone notices the flowers and grass which have l)een planted under the supervision of John Radion, Park Commissioner. John has not yet gotten over his bashfulness. He blushes as Jeanette Pratt, a laboratory technician at the Berlin Health Center, tells him that the grass looks like a green velvet carpet. At the swimming pool we see a demonstra- tion of really fine swimming by those two aquatic stars, Jean Werdelin and Margaret Corr. The girls swoon when it is announced that Joe Spring is to lie the life guard. After inspecting the pool and the bath house which has been designed by Danny Pulito and built by Contractor Russell Swanson, we all sit down under the shady trees and talk about our school days. Everyone compliments Ray Mestieri and Richard McCain on the fine con- struction of the park benches and picnic tables. Glancing under one of the many maple trees we see Ernest Berlin. We all remember what a bookworm Ernie was in school. Now we find that books are earning him a living, as he is a well known literary critic. Dorothy Dezzani is the center of attention, giving us a preview of her dramatic radio serial, “My Many Loves”, when Florence Ruszcyk, Socialist Representative to Congress, makes her belated appearance. The more con- servative dressers, Helen Maguda and Gene- vieve Rambis, raise their eyebrows when they see the novel creation which Florence wears. It is now mid-afternoon, and the sun beats down mercilessly as Gloria Black expresses the wish of all of us when she says, “A milkshake, such as only Adele Haman can make, would hit the spot.” Adele now owns her own drug store with Jesse Palmer and Ethel Radune as her able assistants. Betty Griggs, the Powers model, is off in one corner talking alxmt beauty preparations and cosmetics with Dorothy Culver, who is vice-president of Margaret Pipkin’s perfume factory. As soon as Audrey Pollard finishes giving her exclusive recipe for bubble gum to Gloria Achille, Charlotte Pickett excuses herself as she has to leave early to get a train for the Mayo Clinic where she is Supervisor of Nurses. Margaret Tinti leaves also as she too has a nursing position there. This incident starts a discussion on medicine and Roberta Knight mentions the fact that Harriet Kemmerer has received the Nobel [ 17 ] Prize for her outstanding achievements in re- search chemistry. Harriet is still as modest as ever and this makes it hard for us to consider her a celebrity. Shirley Johnson, Marion Munson, and June Bentley, are government girls who live to- gether and are still the same good friends they were in school. They, however, are not the only contribution our class has made to the business world as Doris Hamilton and Gloria Barrett are secretaries. It is apparent that members of the class of ’45 have entered every walk of life, even mar- riage, for Josephine Seddon and Mary Calian- dri are sitting together exchanging recipes and talking about their respective families. Margaret Mayer and Jane Kieffer have just finished telling us about the new high school in Berlin where they teach French and Physi- cal Education respectively, when Lena Marg- nelli and Marjorie Kanupka get up to leave. They own a prosperous restaurant and have to be back for the evening business. Teddy Hrubiec, fruit grower, offers to drive Barbara Gallnot and Clara Godek to their beauty salon which is located near Nellie Gacek and Dorothy Gadzik’s school for pro- fessional ballet dancers. John DiMugno, national demonstrator of the rhumba, leaves shortly after. The sun is now sinking in the west. The day of reunion to which we have so anxiously looked forward is now coming to a close. Many of us came a long way to witness this dedication. We, however, did not come merely to witness a dedication of a park though that was our primary purpose in coming. We came for more than just that. We came to see the old familiar sights of our childhood, to see our friends, some of whom we had not seen since our graduation. We came to momentarily for- get the cares and adversities of adults; we longed to relive the happy, carefree, days of our childhood. These are the thoughts that fill our minds and hearts as we all go home. Jean and I are the last ones to leave. Jean leaves to go to Hollywood where she is a top notch dress designer and I leave for my lodge in the Adirondacks where I am busy writing another novel. As we reluctantly walk through the gate I remark to Jean, “I guess old Virgil was right when he said, ‘Someday it will be pleas- ing to remember this’.” C 18 ] CLASS WILL We, the Class of 1945, of the Berlin High School, Town of Berlin, County of Hartford and State of Connecticut being of sound mind and disposing memory do make, ordain, pub- lish and declare this to lie our last Will and Testament, and hereby invalidate all former Wills and Codicils by us made. Lastly, we make, constitute and appoint the Class of 1946, to be the executor of this, our Last Will and Testament. Gloria Achilli relinquishes her “best dancer’’ title to Carol Holmes. Pete Baccaro leaves his day-dreaming in Eng- lish class to Patsy Sisti. Gloria Barrett bequeaths her typing skill to her sister Lucille. Robert Benson wills his phvsinue to George Gilbert. Ernest Berlin leaves his boisterousness to Jean Brittney. Gloria Black abandons her coiffure to Mar- jorie Dehan. Barbara Black leaves her height to James Sokoloski. Henry Brochetti wills his bashfulness to Norma Mariotti. Mike Bunko bequeaths his dignity of bearing to Artie Ventres. June Bentley hands down her “Dewey Button” to Ralph Williams. Mary Caliandri relinquishes her height to Frances Skinner. Jack Cooney abandons his attraction at Wood- row Wilson to Norman Roy. Margaret Corr leaves her fingernails to Jean Boardman. Dorothy Culver leaves her blonde tresses to Mary Duell. Joe Cyrulik wills his ruddy complexion to Robert Meggs. Dorothy Dezsani bequeaths her pen and writ- ing pajier to Jane Barber. John DiMugno wills his dancing ability to Bert Desrochers. Nellie Gacek relinquishes her shorthand com- petency to Lorraine Cote Dorothy Gadzik wills her French skill to Teddy S. Barbara Gallnot leaves her discretion in cut- ting classes to Lorraine Rakowski. Clara Godek hands down her alert nature to Charles Kuhlmann. Doris Gottlin wills her love for dancing to Betsy McOueeny. Betty Griggs bequeaths her “tricky” hair rib- bons to Jean Fagan. Adele Hamon leaves her indispensableness in the office to Elizabeth Vigra. Doris Hamilton leaves her verbal quips to Alfred Tee. Gertrude Hanford transmits her musical dex- terity to Charles Vigra. Eileen Holigan wills her Irish name to Vir- ginia Niedzelkowski. William Hoppe leaves his “wolfing” to the Junior Wolverines. Teddy Hrubiec liands down his apple orchards to some industrious Junior. Shirley Johnson bequeaths her leadership effi- ciency to Jimmy Horton. Mary J ou Kahtns abandons her “seven league toots” to some Junior who never gets a hot lunch. Harriette Kemmerer transmits her talkative- ness to Betty Belmont. Marjorie Kanupka wills her tardy excuses to David France. Jane Kieffer leaves her quick temper to Sam Raymond. Ralph King wills his curly hair to Steve Bac- caro. Jean Lanza bequeaths her cheer-leading to Jane MacLaughlin. [ 19 ] Stella Lewandoski wills her wit to Carol Moore. David Loiselle leaves his “Ridge Service’’ job to Harry Gould. Helen Magnda relinquishes her dimples to Jean Woods. Lena Margnelli leaves her cheerful personality to Jean Plude. Clifton Marieni wills his daily “shave” to Howard Cable. Margaret Mayer bequeaths her acting ability to George Gilbert. Charles Meyer leaves his artistic skill to Emil Brochu. Raymond Mistieri wills his “strut” to Dick Brown. Marion Munson bequeaths her filing cabinets to Norma Della Bernardo. Richard McCain leaves his nickname “Deacon” to Dick Spring. Jessie Palmer wills her daily letters to the Navy to Doris Gadzik. Charlotte Pickett leaves her “blue ribbon awards” to Anna Konefal. Margaret Pipkin wills her love to Willie Dra- chenburg. Audrey Pollard wills her “steadies” to Lucille Splettstoeszer. Jeanette Pratt leaves her Bostonian accent to Robert Pulito. Danny Pulito bequeaths his driver’s license to Joe Paskiewicz. Ethel Radune wills her position at the Ken- sington Pharmacy to Ramona Austin. John Radian bequeaths his “pep” to Donald Corr. Genevieve Rambis relinquishes her shyness to Mary Williams. Rosalie Reeve wills her love of homework to Walter Brennan. Roland Rochefort bequeaths his position on the football squad to Lawrence Kellum. Florence Rusczyk hands down her “sharp” socks to Jean Carlson. Josephine Seddon wills her quiet nature to Roman Baldyga. Joe Spring leaves his “technique” to any will- ing Junior. Russell Swanson bequeaths his “bluffing” to some underclassman who will profit by it. Charles Silsby wills his chairmanship capacity of dance committees to Arnold Johnson. Ruth Sochran wills her punctuality to Ricky Heinzman. Margaret Tinti bequeaths her cheerful disposi- tion to Rita Blaulieu. Jean Werdelin wills her athletic aptness to Ruby Clauson. In Witness Whereof, we have hereunto subscribed our name and affixed our seal the twentieth day of June in the year of our Lord, one-thousand nine hundred and forty-five. Chairman, Audrey Pollard Committee, Mary Lou Kahms Eileen Holigan Jessie Palmer Ethel Radune C 20 ] UNDERGRADUATE PRESIDENTS Arnold Johnson Arthur Ventres Rurt Desroches Freshman Junior Sophomore [ 21 ] CLASS OF 1946 OFFICERS Arthur Ventres Norman Brousseau Lucille Splettstoeszer Jean Fagan President Vice President Secretary Treasurer C 22 ] CLASS OF 1946 The Junior Promenade, the first formal dance, given by the Class of 1946, was held in the auditorium on April 13, 1945. This proved to be one of the outstand- ing school dances of the year. C 23 ] OFFICERS Bertrand Derochers - President Lawrence Kellum Vice President Marceline Allario Secretary Stephen Bacarro Treasurer [ 24 ] CLASS OF 1947 A Barn Dance was planned for February 9, 1945, but because of a severe snow storm, it was postponed and another date, May 4, 1945 was set. The Sophomore Class ran away with the Magazine Drive with a total of $400 to their credit. The highest salesman was George Seddon of Room 4. The two students elected from the Sophomore Class for the Student Council were Lois Hill and Carol Johnson. The Sophomore Class could not have two better representatives. The Sophomore Class wishes to thank Mrs. Josephine Kind, class advisor, for her splendid cooperation in helping the Sophomores through a successful year. t 25 } CLASS OF 1948 Arnold Johnson ....... Raymond Griswold Barbara Knowles Nancy Baldwin Miss Helen Lynch OFFICERS President Vice President Secretary Treasurer Class Adinsor i 26 ] A CLASS OF 1948 Welcomed by initiation and farin’ to go the Freshman class entered Berlin High. A Hallowe’en masquerade party was held October 20th, at which prizes, games, and dancing made some real fun. “Your Party” for the Seniors and the Freshmen was held April 6th. [ 27 ] STUDENT COUNCIL The Student Council, which is elected by the student body, is granted certain powers by the administration. These powers are used for the betterment of the school. The council serves as a voice for the student body. ' Hie officers for this year are : Robert Benson President Sam Raymond .-. Vice-President Carol Johnson Secretary Miss Marie LeVan Faculty Advisor [ 28 ] Traffic Squad As the end of another school year approaches we find our Traffic Squad efficiently maintain- ing order in the corridors and in the cafeteria. The Squad is under the leader- ship of Captain Robert Benson assisted by First Lieutenant Clif- ton Marieni, Second Lieutenant Roland Rochfort, and Secretary Jean Thomson. The Squad was however handi- capped by the loss of a trust- worthy member, Henry Brochetti, who was called into the Armed Forces. We wish to thank Miss Marie LeVan for her devoted and loyal assistance throughout the year. Motif Club The Motif Club, a cultural and recreational club for senior girls, included among its activities this year, a week-end trip to New York in February and a formal tea March 22. Officers elected for the year were : President, Harriet Kemmerer ; Vice-President, Shirley John- son ; Secretary, Marion Munson; Treasurer, Audrey Pollard. The club is under the direction of Miss Marie LeVan. C 29 ] Beacon Club The Beacon Club has had a successful year in producing the Beacon. Its staff strove to im- prove and modernize the paper. Under the supervision of Miss Elizabeth McBrien, Editor Charles Silsby, and Assistant Editor Carol Johnson, and their helpers have brought forth six commendable issues during the school year. Biology Club The Biology Club under the leadership of Miss Norma I. Wolf completed its first year suc- cessfully. In October the mem- bership of twenty elected President, Peggy Pickett ; Vice-President, Joanne Seibert; Recording Secretary, Ernest Berlin ; Corresponding Secretary, Betty Ann Fitzgerald ; Treasurer, Jean Carlson. During the year the club assisted in the health examinations of the schools and in May visited the Museum and Aquarium of Wesleyan University. [ 30 ] Sports Club The Sports Club with eighty- seven members spent most of the year indoors, discussing football, basketball and baseball. With the advent of spring, the boys went outside. At the present time, there is a baseball tournament whose outcome will he determined when the Seniors play any willing underclass team. Advisors are Mr. C. Howard Coding and Mr. Kenneth L. Mackenzie. Typing Club The Typing Club was formed for the benefit of those who were unable to fit typing into their courses. We have thirty-five members, the majority of whom are Freshmen. Every week we learn some- thing new and with Miss Helen Lynch as our instructor, our knowledge of the typewriter has increased tremendously. Now- that we know the majority of the keys on the typewriter, all we need is a little practice. By the end of the year we hope to be able to type business letters and have a good record in speed. [ 31 ] Aeronautics Club This new and up-to-date club took off this year with Arnold Johnson as pilot; Ronald Griggs as co-pilot ; Carol Johnson as bombardier; Jane MacLaughlin as navigator. With Miss Spangen- berg as Faculty Adviser the club studied the principles of flight, identification of planes, parts of planes, meteorology, and naviga- tion. Dramatic Club The Dramatic Club, formed last October, has put on two pro- ductions, a one-act Thanksgiving play at a school assembly, and a three-act comedy “Almost Sum- mer”. The latter was presented two nights for the public and was highly successful financially and as entertainment. Meetings have been devoted to discussions of various phases of stage craft, and pantomimes and skits produced by groups within the club. The club has joined the State Association of Dramatic Clubs and looks forward to widening its range of activity another year. The officers are Shirley John- son, President ; Marion Munson, Vice-President; Helen Maguda, Secretary; Mary Duell, Treas- urer ; Miss Theodora Bunce, ad- viser. t 32 } Forum Club This past year has seen the very successful beginning of the Forum Club, under the direction of Miss Miglioli. During March an exhibit of World War II souvenirs was held in the Berlin High School auditorium which proved to be extremely success- ful. A small picnic ended the year. Chorus The Berlin High School Chorus, with a membership of eighty, has had another success- ful year under the direction of Miss Beatrice Buck. Their activi- ties included a V-E Day Assem- bly, an Annual Spring Concert and a Christmas Cantata which was unavoidably cancelled. They climaxed the year by singing at the graduation of the class of ’45. [ 33 ] Orchestra Under the supervision of Miss Buck, the orchestra has lent itself to many colorful performances. It has twenty-seven members, a few of which come from other schools in town. It has played for the Dramatic Club Play, the Senior Class Play and the Annual Spring Concert. [ 34 ] Pete Baccaro m-ts Jack Cooney SPORTS [ 35 ] Henry Brochetti FOOTBALL TEAM Resuming football play after a lapse of one year, Berlin High finished its most successful gridiron campaign in history, making a record of four wins and two losses Berlin opened its season against the Meriden Sophomores on October 7th and chalked up its first win, 20-0. Stacking up against a rangy Canton squad, the Redcoats stepped into the win column again by triumphing 13-6 on October 13th. On October 20tb. the Redjackets, continuing their parade of victories, conquered the Con- necticut School for Boys, 20-0. Litchfield Academy invaded Berlin soil and bowed to a 19-6 defeat on October 27. This contest marked the fourth consecutive Berlin victory, but Lewis High of Southington marred the Berlin Ixioks by romping to a 34-0 field day victory. Farmington played host to Berlin on Novem- ber 7th under the lights and shattered our boys 25-6 in the season’s finale. It must be noted that Berlin won every home game, but dropped the two games on the road to South- ington and Farmington. Much credit is due to the entire Berlin squad and their capable coach, Mr. Coding, who piloted them to grid- iron success in wartime football. Berlin’s attack was run from an untried T formation which proved successful throughout the season. [ 36 ] BASKETBALL TEAM Opening their ’44- ' 45 court season in fine style, the Berlin High hoop tossers won their initial game of the season against Sacred Heart on November 28th by a 20-11 score. Decem- ber 1st saw Berlin knock over a Newington quintet 34-29. Durham invaded the Berlin court on December 5th and absorbed a 57-20 lacing. On December 8th, however, East Hampton stopped Berlin at three straight by whipping them 32-9. One week later, on December 15th, Berlin bounced back into the win column by subduing Canton 38-26. Traveling to Colchester on Deceml)er 19th to engage a Bacon Academy team, Berlin dropped a 38-27 decision. Durham returned to the Berlin court on January 5th after the Christmas vacation only to lose again 30-19. East Hampton came to Berlin on January 9th with flourishing confidence but Berlin turned the tables and triumphed 20-14. The Redcoats traveled to Canton on Janu- ary 12th and humbled the upstaters 34-25 to to ring up their 7th victory as against two losses. Lewis High of Southington moved in on January 17th with supreme confidence of triumph, but were tripped up 33-29 by a scrappy Berlin quintet. This game was voted the top game of the season. On January 19th, however, two nights later, Farmington was [ 37 ] the victim of a one point defeat 33-32 in the closing seconds of play before a hysterical throng of 400 fans who jammed the bleachers in the Berlin gym. The Redjackets journeyed to Litchfield on the 23rd of January and walked over their opponents 61-45. Sacred Heart bowed 30-21 on January 30th for the second time in suc- cession and the third time in the last two years. Lewis avenged Berlin on February 2nd by handing them a 59-27 trouncing to even the hooks at one victory apiece. Newington fol- lowed suit on February 6th and edged Berlin 23-21. The Redjackets massaged Bacon Academy 68-27 to set an all time scoring record in Ber- lin basketball history on February 13th. Farm- ington was waiting for Berlin on February 16th but our Redcoats slipped by a 39-27 vic- tory with ease. On February 20th Berlin cranked the scoreboard seemingly to unlimited heights when it toppled Litchfield 72-29. Fisher’s Island raked up a pair of victories on Februarv 23rd and on February 27th, 43-41 and 32-28 to wind up the B. H. S. court cam- paign. Berlin ended a most successful season wrapping up 14 wins and losing 6. They were seeded in the Class C tourney in Weaver High but were eliminated by Torrington Trade in their first encounter. BASEBALL TEAM This year Berlin High fielded an experienc- ed baseball combine. Under the coaching wing of Mr. Goding, Berlin had a schedule of six- teen games The schedule was as follows : April 20 — New Britain — away April 24 — Portland — away April 27 — Plainville — awa May 1 — Canton— away May 4 — Lewis— away May 8 — Wilson — away May 11 — New Britain — away May 16 — Newington — home May 18 — Farmington — home May 22 — Lewis — home May 25 — Wilson — home May 29 — Newington — away June 1 — Canton — home June 5 — Farmington — away J une 7 — Portland — home June 12 — Plainville — home With this sixteen game schedule, Berlin played hard for all its victories. Captain Pete Baccaro led his squad over the thorny path to success. Around Jack Cooney was built Berlin’s mound staff, comprising Ray Paneswiecs, and Larry Kellum, a promising sophomore, who competed in the three major sports at Berlin High this year. Other players were Norm Bruseau, holding down first base, Billy Hoppe at second, and Vigra at third, Steve Baccaro in left field. Bob Pulito in center, and Norman Roy in right field. Other candidates were Joe Paskiewiecs, Mike Bunko, Arthur Staples, Dick McCain, and Rudy Rochefort. All three hurlers were righthanders and bat- ted from the left side of the plate. Kellum occupied the shortstop position when not work- ing on the mound. Berlin’s trio of outfielders, Rou, Pulito, and Baccaro, covered the spacious green capably. [ 38 ] CHEERLEADERS Ruth Spangetiberg — Faculty Advisor Jean Werdelin — Student Manager Florence Rusczyk Nellie Gacek Betty Belmont Gloria Black Jean Boardman Beverly Jean Lanza Doris Gottlin Emily Repyzynski Lorraine Rakowski Jane MacLaughlin Durity The Basketball team and the Football team gratefully acknowledge the aid that the Cheerleaders gave them in gaining victory after victory. One game stands out in the annals of sporting history at Berlin High. Perhaps you remember the game played against Canton on Percival Field. Through- out the game, these girls stood in the driving rain and cheered us on to greater efforts. The entire student body gives thanks to these girls and to Miss Spangetiberg, an excellent advisor and friend. — Clifton Marieni, ’45 [ 39 ] ARCHERY CLUB This year the Archery Club under the supervision of Miss LeVan, after extensive practice, entered the National Tournament for the third year. Although the results are not known yet the club aimed to improve last year’s record which was second highest in the United States for the boys and twenty-fifth highest for the girls’ team. The officers are : Joanne Seibert Peggy Pickett Jane MacLaughlin Nancy Baldwin President Vice-President Secretary Treasurer C 40 ] IN MEMORIAM WILLIAM J. MILTON, PFC Private Milton entered the service of his country on April 14, 1943. He received his basic training at Camp Blanding, Florida, after which he was transferred to Camp Joseph T. Robinson and then to Camp Ducker, Ozark, Alabama. He went overseas in July 1944. Private Milton was wounded in France on August 8, 1944, and was awarded the Purple Heart. He rejoined his regiment in October of the same year, and was killed in action on November 16, 1944. [ 41 ] PATRONS AND PATRONESS ES Mr. and Mrs. Olof Benson Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Benson Mr. Victor Benson Mr. and Mrs. Edward Kahms Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Benson Mr. and Mrs. Julian Rusczyk Mr. and Mrs. Frank Kramer Mr. and Mrs. Arthur J. Marieni Mr. and Mrs. Louis Lanza AUTOGRAPHS [ 42 ]


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