Crosby High School - Keystone Yearbook (Belfast, ME)

 - Class of 1944

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fC'57ze Keystone Keystone 'Board ' 11- .wx is. if Seated. left to right, Anne Piper, Louise Douglass. Donald Barnes. Belle Vose. Natalie Harding. Laura R ogers Edward Stone. Shirley johnson, Arlene Tweedie. Standing, left to right, Shirley Vaughan, Mr. Grindle, Lydia Dulfer. Albert Weymouth, Florence Young. Joyce Smith, Lois Weymouth, Nell Doak, Priscilla Bryant. Robert Blanchard, Grace Davis. Perham Amsden. Mrs. Brown. YOL' AND YOUR RECORD The office girl has just sorted the morning mail and deposited the usual stack on the corner of this desk. As I hastily sort it, com- mitting a good part of it to the waste paper basket, I have several first class letters that need immediate attention and should be of interest to you. The first letter I start to answer sends me to the safe to the record book of the class of 1928. It appears that John Smith, who graduated with that class, entered military service shortly after Pearl Harbor, saw ac- tion in several major battles, and received wounds necessitating his discharge. He has applied for further educational training at the government's expense and this letter calls for a copy of his High School Record. Not only is it a pleasure to state that John graduated near the top of his class with a good four year average, but that his teachers had reported him as being serious of purpose, self-reliant, and conscientious. Other things being equal, John will be allowed to take that training program at government expense. The next letter calls for information about Mary Jones. She is now in Connecticut and has applied for work in a defense industry. I have received so many of these forms the Iz'1'ghI

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Che Keystone dditorials EDITORIAL BOARD Editor- in-Chief Assistants Business Managers Activity Editors Sports Writers Alumni Humor Senior Editors junior Reporter Sophomore Reporter Freshman Reporter Natalie Harding Laura Rogers Belle Vose Donald Barnes Edward Stone Shirley Vaughan Perham Amsden Florence Young Edwin Merrill Nell Doak Priscilla Bryant Robert Blanchard Grace Davis Albert Weymouth Lydia Dulfer Lois Weymouth Joyce Smith Eighth Grade Barbara Wentworth Wayne Webber Seventh Grade Hope Tower Erwin Clements Typists Shirley Johnson Arlene Tweedie Anne Piper Louise Douglass Advisors Mrs. Erma Fletcher Mrs. Annie Brown F. Lawrence Stuart wk ik lk REFLECTION Gradually, as we near maturity, we are likely to rouse more frequently out of the morphia of adolescence to see how the world is coming along. The sad part of it is that we very 'often are unable to awaken so thoroughly to the problems about us as to accomplish any worthwhile end. Such was the case of one of our nearby student editors a few years ago. The editor had chosen as a topic the cause and effect of this wardat least that seemed to be the idea at firstdand I was immediately interested. However, as the article neared its close, the writer suddenly paled in enthusiasm by presenting a rather superficially factual resume. Right now, since I think the matter is one of vital importance for people in our generation to consider, I would like to pre- sent my own conclusion. This war is said to be based on the idea that, although we won the war tin 19183, we did not win the peace. The theory has its points, but in view of the events of the last five years, I hardly see how any intel- ligent person could give them particular credence. We did not win anything, if by saying we, we assume to be speaking of the U. S. A., but we helped our allies-mater- ially, financially, and physically-to win the fight and then we allowed them to take the peace and either keep it or throw it away, while we retired to our comfortable isolation- ism feeling sure that the "war to end all war" had been successful, that our posterity would be secure. Actually, we had helped, at Versailles, to formulate a monster which, a generation later, was strong enough to rise against us, merely because we were duped by the notion that words and wishful thinking could make eternal and universal Liberty a fact. All right, we have seen now that world conflict and mass slaughter of humans can be repeated when people lax their vigilance. So it is your job and mine, when this war is over, to make certain that we remember why we had it and the terror of it, that it may never happen again. Let us never again sink into that lethargic state of complacency which so often blinds us to reality, for truly, "Eternal vigilance is the price of Liberty." Seven

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The Keysffone past year I hardly need to read the questions: "Is Mary's age correct as stated? Is she a citizen of the United States? Is she trust- worthy? Would you trust her with valuable war information? What can you say about her health? Was she absent much for sick- ness? For tardiness? etc." Fortunately, Mary was in school this fall long enough for me to learn something about herwnough to answer the questions. However, many of these requests are for pupils who were here before my coming and in their cases I call upon other teachers in the building to fill in the knowledge not shown in the record form. This won't be necessary for you boys and girls because the new record system gives all this personal information. Our next request will show 'you how the new record form works, how your record may be used in the near future. This calls for a character reference. It appears that James twe'll call him thatb has applied for work in some large business where he will be exposed to large sums of money. The company wants all the information we can give on James as they can't afford to take any chances. James was in the class of 1944 but left last year, so we have a fairly com- plete story on him. After filling in the usual information on subjects, grades, etc., we come to the more personal items. This is one of those cases I don't like. Because on the Personality Record of this boy there have been recorded estimates by ten different teachers covering the qualities of "Serious- ness of Purpose, Industry, Initiative, In- fluence, Concern for Others, Responsibility, and Emotional Stability." These ratings for james are low and I doubt that they will be of any help to him in securing this position. Then there are questions about truancy, attitude toward teachers, attitude of other pupils, etc. All in all, this form gives quite a complete picture of a pupil and if one didn't know james personally, he would have a pretty good idea of his general make-up. I wonder if this boy realized when he was in school that he was making a record that some day would prove so important to him? It is too late to do anything about James' record. But what about yours? It isn't too late for you. You are making your record right now. Each day you contribute some- thing to that record, either through class- room recitation, or after school activity. Make a good record. Leave the kind of re- cord behind you that future principals will enjoy passing on to those agencies always writing your school for information to help predict your probable success in their line of work. Make a record that you can count on to be of real help to you in landing those jobs that you have set your heart on. Pardon- the phone-back again. That was the tele- phone company wanting us to recommend two senior girls to train as operators. An- other trip to the safe and the Record Book of the class of 1944. One closing thought. Remember-- YOU MAKE YOUR OWN RECORD. We merely record it! Principal Lawrence Stuart 41 lk Sk WHAT ARE YOU TAKING AWAY WITH YOU FROM CROSBYeAND WHAT ARE YOU LEAVING BEHIND? Oh-oh!--Here it comes-a LECTURE- I'll bet. No, this is not exactly a lecture-Let's just let our hair down a minute and call this a modified FIRESIDE CHAT-with a few live coals thrown in. MY FRIENDS, and if I can't rightfully call you that, I don't care how little history you have learned from me. You are about to graduate. Your parents are proud of you, and glad. I am glad, also. It has been my pleasure to Nine

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