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MARY B. BOUSE
MARION B. MORRIS
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WITH DEEP SINCERITY AND
RESPECT, WE DEDICATE OUR
BOOK TO YOUTH, THE
YOUTH OF TODAY AND OE
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.Four years ago. when we firsf enfered Draper High School. we were liffle more
fhan children. Physically. menfally. and spirifually. we could hardly be called adulfs
or even young men and women. We self-consciously bore fhe painful characferisfics
of adolescenfs: we were shy. hard-working. eager fo please youngsfers in shorf
dresses and knickers.
Gradually. as we advanced in years and in school. we grew up. If seemed fhaf
suddenly. over nighf almosf. we sprang from gangling childhood info young man and
womanhood. ln fhoughf and deed. we were older. more ready fo fhink abouf faking
our place in fhe world. Buf during fhe four years in which fhis greaf change
occurred. we had much fo learn. fo experience. and fo pass on fo ofhers.
Firsf of all. we acquired personalify. We learned fhaf we were beffer people
for being ourselves: we discovered fhaf a world full of persons cuf from fhe same
paffern would be a boring place in which fo live. We found fhaf we wanfed variefy
in our choice of friends: we sfrove fo find ourselves. and in so doing. discovered
our personalifies. We were no longer puppefs. buf individuals.
As we advanced in school. so did our culfural background broaden. From a
wealfh of books and under fhe friendly guidance of feachers. we developed our in-
fellecf and our abilifies. We amassed a greaf deal of knowldge, fhus fiffing our-
selves fo cope more ably wifh an ever-changing world. We worked and sfudied for
four long years. somefimes wondering if all our efforfs would ever be worfh fhe
reward-if indeed fhere was one.
Buf now. as we look back. fhere is no such quesfion in our minds. We know fhaf
none of our fime has been wasfed: we know fhaf all fhrough life. we will confinue fo
absorb knowledge and fo grow menfally. We have learned fhe price of experience.
and hav profifed: we have realized fh fruifs of labor. and have prospered: we have
reached ouf, and have found. perhaps fo our surprise. fhaf we are capable of a greaf
deal more fhan we had fhoughf was possible.
We realize now. fhaf we are sfanding on fhe brink of opporfunify, Thus if is
fhe world over. The young people are abouf fo fake fheir places in fhe world. This
assuming of responsibilify is nafural and righf. for fhe young have always replaced
fhe old. Each new generafion feels confidenf fhaf if is prepared and qualified fo do
fhe fask a liffle beffer fhan fhose af fhe helm. Yef if is fhey of each new gener-
afion who advance fhe world so much fhaf soon fhey find fhemselves slipping. They
can'f quife keep up wifh fheir own increased fempo. Then if is fhaf fhey relinquish
fheir work and fheir dreams fo youfh.-youfh. confidenf. sure. eager. fresh. full of
We are fhe youfh of foday. Tomorrow. we are men and women. All foo soon.
we are old and musf give over our world fo ofhers. One youfh passes fhe forch on
fo anofher: in fhis way. fhe world is forever young.
If is wifh a mosf sincere prayer fhen. as we sfep info fhe greaf parade, fhaf we
may do our parf fo keep fhe world young. I cannof be wrong in prophesying fhaf
we can and will do our parf.
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