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There is a story related to the name WA WA TA.
About 1911, when East High was in the Nelson Dewey building,
the school was achieving a name for itself in athletics and speech
work. Realizing that other schools here at the head of the lakes had
a newspaper and an annual, a new teacher, Mr. Benjamin Polzin, pro-
moted'the idea of a school annual to the students and faculty of the
Nelson Dewey High School. Miss Helen Pesark became the first
literary editor, Mr. Jarvis McMann served as general editor and busi-
ness manager. The students met enthusiasm, encouragement and
aid frOm the business men of the city.
A prize of two dollars was offered for the best title. A box was
placed in the hall of the school building in which the students could
place their choices. The title WA WA TA was chosen unanimous1y
by the committee in charge.
James Gordon, who entered the name WA WA TA, was the
grandson of the head of the Chippewa tribe of this area. This tribe
owned great tracts of land around the town of Gordon, which is nam-
ed after the Gordon family.
James Gordon submitted this name because in the Chippewa
language WA WA TA means iiaurora borealis or northern lights.
Because this high school was one of the northern most schools pub-
lishing an annual, he thought that this title was most fitting.
This year the W AWA TA Staff has tried to give you the annual
as we think you would like it. We have tried to live up to the high
standards set by previous WA WA TA Staffs. We hope this book
has succeeded 'in recording the events which will bring you many
pleasant memories in years to come.
The WA W ATA Staff,
Barbara Jean LaFore,
Division Page Artist
Barbara Jean LaFore,
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The choral department of East High School is one of the best in our city.
Its various branches such as the Major and Minor Keys and the Troubadors
have entertained various groups throughout the community and have receiv-
ed much praise for their fine work.
The two annual choral concerts presented by this department have be-
come traditional in both school and community life. During the war the
choir was awarded a certificate of merit for its outstanding contribution to
the war effort.
East High can justly be proud of their music department and is doubly
proud of its excellent director. For it is through her inspiration and untiring
effort of leadership that such highly esteemed achievement is made possible.
And so, in sincere appreciation and humble tribute we, the class of 1948 wish
to dedicate this present volume of the WA WA TA to Miss Edna Fox.
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