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The objectives of the Speech Department are to enable the student to discharge his civic duties in life
with efficiency, economy, and comfort, to encourage leadershipg and to foster an appreciation of and a
taste for all the platform arts. ln Speech l and ll the student is expected to acquire foundational techniques
in diction, voice, interpretation, bodily control, command of language, and rudiments of parliamentary pro-
cedure. The beginners' courses also serve as a testing period during which talents in radio, debate, dra-
matics and extempore speech are discovered. Each of the six courses in Speech offers college credit and a
student may also major in speech.
Motivating excellence in platform speaking is the Texas lnterscholastic League Contest in which B. H. S.
has always participated. Declamation and extempore speaking are directed by Mrs. B. L. D. Roselle. Last
year Logan Smiley won the city championship in declamation, while Betty Lou lohn and Wilton Biegert
excelled in extempore. Wilton finally
placed fourth in the state contest at
Austin. Doris Zirkel came out as city
champion in the Pan-American Oration
This year, Bette Ruth Williams and
Logan Smiley were winners in the Pan-
American Oration Contest, each receiv-
ing awards of five dollars. Represent-
ing the school in declamation were
Elmo Ferguson, W h o recited "Our
Shield of Freedom" by H. H. Schlacht,
and Virginia Fullerton, Whose selection
was "What ls America?" by Ben Hecht
and Charles MacArthur. Virginia won
the City Championship, while Elmo
Extempore representatives for this
year were Bette Ruth Williams and
Dallas Thacker, who placed second in
lnnovations introduced into Speech
I and ll this year were the San lac
Swing on the eve of the spring holiday
and the presentation by Mrs. Roselle of
intra-mural trophies of silver B's for the
best declaimers in Speech l and the
best interpreters of dramatic reading
in Speech ll. These new features bid
fair to become traditions and have al-
ready stimulated tremendous interest
in platform speech.
Dallas Thacker and Bette Ruth Williams, ex-
tempore speakers, Elmo Ferguson and Virginia
Bette Ruth Williams and Logan Smiley, City
Champions in Pan-American Oration Contest.
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Debate-the "offgivence" of hot air-the essence of personality-the ruination of all peace and har-
mony in Brackenridge. Thus fulfilling the definition of debate, the over-enthusiastic radicals of the debate
class began another successful C?l year of philosophical cogitations Cwise thinking'?D.
Seriously speaking, however, the debaters worked hard under their very able coach, Miss Betty Ieanne
Dobbins, and learned that all their work was not in vain. The debate teams participated in some eight
intra-state tournaments during the fall and spring seasons. These were the Austin lnstitute, Taylor, Austin,
Baylor University, Yoakum, Houston, Alamo Heights, and San Marcos tournaments. Carolyn Strum, Mary
Faith Taylor, Volney Ellis, and lsrael Babinowitz debated in all the finals in these tournaments. Eight teams
entered the Yoakum tournament, of which five got in the finals. Five teams entered the Alamo Heights
tournament, of which two were in the finals. The girls' "A" team, Carolyn Strum and Mary Faith Taylor, were
victorious in the Alamo Heights tourna-
ment, which rewarded them with a cup.
The San Marcos tournament was
the last one attended. Sixteen debaters
entered and received exceptionally
good ratings. Those who participated
with a superior rating were lsrael
Babinowitz and Mary Faith Taylor.
Those who rated excellent were Volney
Ellis, Carolyn Strurn, Logan Smiley,
Fay Crawford, Carroll Hawkins, and
Donald Berkebile. The debaters cover-
ed nearly 2,000 miles, with the boys'
and girls' "A" teams Winning over 80 '70
of their debates.
Congratulations are in order to
those debaters who did so well during
their first year of debate. The class is
proud to announce that such students
as Annabelle Sullivan, Colleen Benson,
Imogene Tampke, Max Brunneman, Ed-
ward Foy, Delores Halsell, H. P. Butler,
, Bobby Snipes, Bob
Stapleton, and Alton Grimm make up
the group. The class regretted to lose
Mary lane Elley, Billy Gerhardt, and
Dell Davis at mid-term.
The debaters are a self-reliant group
who earn the money they spend on
debate trips. Through the very success-
ful annual "Dancing Meter Prom," the
students raised approximately Sl00.00
which has paid their expenses on trips.
lf you are eager to reach new
heights join the most individual group
in Brackenridge-the debaters.
-Volney Ellis and Mary Faith Taylor.
This was an easy pose, debaters are always
full of hot air. They almost float.-"Thats
pretty good chicken, eh Volney?-Caroline
and Mary Faith after winning the champion-
ship at the Alamo Heights Tournament. Notice
that "Championship grin." - Tournament
bound. Was it Austin, Taylor, Yoakurn, or
another of the eight? - Logan-our con-
tortionistl - Debate Squad. lst Row: Ellis,
Rabinowitz, Strum, Taylor, Qrnd.o.r.fi, Halsell.
2nd Row: Hawkins, Butler, Benson, Sullivan,
Davis, Gerhardt. 3rd Row: Smiley, Grimm,
Foy, Brunnemann, Tampke, Stapleton,
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