East High School - Arrow Yearbook (Sioux City, IA)

 - Class of 1950

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al, 04 alla! la '7!we 7f1e4f Tlfaxecf Eloquurl Two Iowa Forensic League championships in de- bate Q1932 and 19401 highlight twenty-five years of speech work at East High School. A member of the 1932 team. Parnell Mahoney, won a national championship in extemporaneous speaking, while the team itself took third in the National Speech Tourna- ment, which was held at East High. The 1940 team captured second in the national tournament. Indi- vidual state championships have been won by Par- nell Mahoney Q19311 and Bruce Hughes 119431 in Extempore Speaking, and by Pat Betsworth Q19421 in Original Oratory. ln 1949 the debate team, having ranked second in the state. won the four-state N.F.L. district meet. Outstanding orator of recent years was Bill Kruse, Class of 1949, who topped district and state in both American Legion and Knights of Pythias contests and won the coveted Eastern trip awarded by the WNAX High School Forum. Outstanding coaches included John Schmidt. 1929-1938, C. W. Edney, 1938-1944, and Gwen Thompson, 1944 to the present. Slucfenld, .fike people, Feature of the early years at East High School were four sets of brother and sister clubs which were organized in January, 1925. The girls' organizations were Aeolian, Anungan, Alethian and Tokato: the respective boys' group were Pi-Sko, Maishu, Delta- mathian,and Viri Crastini. Every student who had earned twelve credits could belong. Merits were given for scholarship, attitude and achievement. Each se- mester a cup was awarded to the club having the 1 John Schmidt Mau' 0 highest number ot merits. Groups specializing in art, dramatics and languages organized and reorganized as interest fluctuated. At one time or another, clubs devoted to archery, acro- batics, current problems, and literature existed. Orpheon, organized in 1929, is the oldest club with a continuous record. Hi-Y and Hi Tri were organized in 1927, but they are not under the jurisdiction of the school. E r. 11 fi

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