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76 E D I S D N I A N ‘PufUiaAecC THE SENIOR CLASS OF EDISON HIGH SCHO OL EAST GARY, INDIANA fonetwnd Eac CH life is like an open book with its many chapters. Some are past and some are unwritten as yet. In this book we have tried to bring to memory some of the chapters lived during the past year. We hope that you will read the ’53 Edisonian with enjoyment and, thus, bring back many happy memories. 2 The 1953 Edisonian TABLE OF CONTENTS Chapter I : Edisonites II : Activities III: Athletics IV : Advertisers The 1953 Edisonian This is Edison High School. Edison High School Building housed the senior high school as well as the junior high school, which consisted of the seventh and eighth grades. The enrollment consisted of 42 seniors, 78 juniors, 74 sophomores, and 112 freshmen — making a total enrollment of 306 students in the senior high school and 154 students in the junior high school. Our yearbook is the story of Edisonites, their studies, their activities, and their amusement from September 2, 1952, enrollment day, to May 26, 1953, the close of school, and is divided into four chapters as follows : Cynthia Morrison, editor; Lois Cotter and Suzanne Anderson, associate editors. " DceUcatiati T 1 O the finest community whose help and generosity have done so much for our school. Their generous contributions in the past few years have given us a new football field and equipment, score- board for the gymnasium, band uniforms, and other equipment too numerous to mention. . . . So, it is with a great deal of pleasure and gratitude that we, the Edisonian staff, dedicate this, our 195.3 Edisonian, to the community of East Gary. 4 The 1953 Edisonian CHAPTER I S cli utite From 8:20 until 3:25, Edison is jammed with people of all sizes and descriptions from freshmen to seniors as well as junior high students interspersed by members of the faculty and adminis- tration. Banging lockers, rushing between classes, and lining up for tbe water fountains are the beanpoles and the tubs, the jolly and the sad, the youngest and the oldest — all are important Edisonites. The 1953 Edisonian 5 FRED L. KITCHEL ANTOINETTE CINDRIC GEORGE GARBER President Secretary Treasurer VIRGIL I. BAILEY Our Superintendent A man whom we shall long re- member for his patience, loyalty, and kindness is our superintendent of schools, Mr. Virgil I. Bailey. Through the many years he has served our schools, his never ceasing efforts have brought about many im- provements. While the rest of us have been enjoying ourselves during the summer vacations, Mr. Bailey has continued with his many ad- ministrative duties in the office. His faithfulness and amicability shall be long remembered and appreciatd by each one of us. The 1953 Edisonian CLAUDE P. ROOS Our Principal While serving as principal of our school, Mr. Roos has striven to teach us that true success comes through perseverance and hard work and that a good high school education is a necessary preparation for higher education and our life’s work. He, also, has taught that self-discipline and good citizenship are essential for our future success. In later years we shall be able to look back and gratefully thank Mr. Roos for his faithful, earnest, and sincere guidance. All in all, the members of our administration, working together, try to provide the best of educational guidance and facilities that can be obtained with the means received from taxation for our school. OFFICE CLERKS CLARA THORNE School Clerk NEW ANA RUSH Principal ' ll Office Clerk The 1953 Edisonian 7 paccdtcf, Dana Brown Librarian — Senior Sponsor. Iona Crisman English, Latin — Junior Sponsor, Play Coach, Eagle Feathers Sponsor. Bonnie Etienne English, Safety — Dean of Girls, Sunshine So- ciety Sponsor, Sophomore Sponsor, Eagle Feathers Sponsor. Stefan A. Gaza Social Studies, Mathematics — Senior Sponsor, Assistant Football and Basketball Coach, 8 The 1953 Edisonian faculty Steve Georgakis Physical Education, Social Studies — Senior Sponsor, Assistant Football Coach. Naomi J. Grahill Music — Freshman Sponsor Hazel Hartley Business Education — Senior Sponsor, Edisonian Sponsor, Eagle Feathers Sponsor. Simon Kay Mathematics, Science — F reshman Sponsor, Science Club Sponsor. The 1953 Edisonian 9 faculty Phyllis lYlilrhak Home Economics — Home Economics Club Sponsor. Benjamin Owen English — Junior Sponsor, Booster Club Sponsor, Eagle Feathers Sponsor, Track Coach. Jack Owen Driver Training — Booster Club Sponsor, E- Men’s Club Sponsor, Basketball Coach, Track Coach. Valeria Pruitl Physical Education — Junior Sponsor, G. A. A. Sponsor. 10 The 1953 Edisonian acuity Chester E. Sanders Social Studies, Safety — Sophomore Sponsor, Football Coach, E-Men’s Club Sponsor, Dean of Boys. Paul Snedeker Band — Freshman Sponsor, Sweet Shop. John P. Szaho Industrial Arts — Junior Sponsor, Student Coun- cil Sponsor, Hi-Y Sponsor, Sweet Shop. Howard Williams Business Education, Mathematics — Sophomore Sponsor. The 1953 Edisonian 11 Donald Kuzina — “Don” Senior President, Student Council, Hi-Y Ser- geant-at-Arms, Booster Club, E-Men’s Club, Choir, Boys’ Chorus, Football Co-Captain, Var- sity, B-Team, Freshman Basketball, Track. Cynthia Marie Morrison — “Cynth” Senior Vice-President, Junior President, Stu- dent Council Secretary-Treasurer, Edisonian Editor, Eagle Feathers Staff, Sunshine Society, Home Economics Club, Booster Club, Science Club President, Senior Play, State Latin Con- test, Student Office Assistant. Barbara Smith — “Barb” Senior and Freshman Secretary. Sophomore Vice-President, Student Council. Sunshine So- ciety President, G. A. A. Treasurer, Home Economics Club, Commercial Club, Booster Club, Choir, Girls’ Chorus, Girls’ Ensemble, Cheer Leader, Student Office Assistant. Robert Dennis Vi .cna — “Bob” Senior Treasurer, Student Council, Junior and Senior Plays, Eagle Feathers Staff, Library As- sistant. Dennis Anderson — “Dennie” Student Council, Hi-Y President and Secretary, E-Men’s Club, Choir, Boys’ Chorus, Football, Varsity, B-Team, Freshman Basketball, Base- ball, Track. Suzanne Jane Anderson — “Sue” Junior Vice-President, Student Council Vice- President, Edisonian Associate Editor, Eagle Feathers Staff, Sunshine Society Secretary, Home Economics Club, Commercial Club, Booster Club, Junior and Senior Plays, Choir, Girls’ Chorus, Latin Contest. Donna Bogdon — “Don” Sunshine Society, Home Economics Club, G. A. A., Girls’ Chorus. Beverly Jean Bottila — “Bcve” Eagle Feathers Art Editor, Sunshine Society, Commercial Club, G. A. A., Home Economics Club Publicity Chairman, Booster Club, Choir, Girls’ Chorus. The 1953 Edisonian SENIORS Roger Iiottila — “Rog” Hi-Y Treasurer, E-Men’s Club, Booster Club, Choir, Boys’ Chorus, Football, Varsity, B- Team, Freshman Basketball, Baseball, Track, Cross Country. Ruth Burehardt — “Ruthie” Eagle Feathers Staff, Sunshine Society, Home Economics Club, Commercial Club, G. A. A„ Junior Play, Choir, Girls’ Chorus, Girls’ En- semble. Roy A. Clausscn Hi-Y Vice-President and Treasurer, E-Men’s Club Vice-President, Booster Club, Choir, Boys ' Chorus, Football, Varsity, B-Team, Freshman Basketball, Baseball, Track, Cross Country. Lois Jean Cotter Junior Secretary, Edisonian Associate Editor, Eagle Feathers Editor, Junior and Senior Plays. Sunshine Society. Commercial Club Secretary, Home Economics Club, G. A. A., Booster Club. Geraldine Deino — “Jerrie” Student Council, Edisonian Advertising Man- ager, Eagle Feathers Staff, Junior and Senior Plays, Sunshine Society, Home Economics Club, Commercial Club, Booster Club, Choir, Girls’ Ensemble. Bertha Duke — “Berry” Sunshine Society. Martin Faitak — “Marty” Freshman Vice-President, Student Council, Hi- Y, E-Men’s Club, Choir, Boys’ Chorus, Foot- ball, Track. Gary Joal Gan . — “Joal” Sophomore Treasurer, Hi-Y, Football, Fresh man Basketball. The 1953 Edisonian 13 SENIORS Leonard Garavalia — “Leo” E-Men’s Club, Boys’ Chorus, Football Co- Captain, B-Team, Freshman Basketball, Track. Paul S. Henry Eagle Feathers Staff, Hi-Y, Junior Play, Fresh- man Basketball. William Dale Hodges Freshman President, Student Council President, E-Men’s Club President and Secretary-Treas- urer, Choir, Boys’ Chorus, Football, Track. Carl R. Zubek “Zuzu” E-Men’s Club, Senior Play, Choir, Boys’ Chorus, “Barnyard Frolics,” Football. Blaze G. Kozak Junior Play, Hi-Y Secretary, E-Men’s Club, Choir, Boys’ Chorus, B-Team, Freshman Team, Cross Country. Marjorie Deloris Mize “Margie” Eagle Feathers Staff, Edisonian Staff, Sunshine Society, Commercial Club, Home Economics Club, Booster Club, Girls’ Chorus, Student Office Assistant. George Ronald Moy Hi-Y, Freshman Basketball. Patricia Munro — “Pat” Eagle Feathers Staff, Sunshine Society, Home Economics Club Secretary and Treasurer, G. A. A., Choir, Girls’ Chorus, Girls’ Ensemble. 14 The 1953 Edisonian SENIORS Sherry Niehaus Freshman Treasurer, Edisonian Business Man- ager, Eagle Feathers Associate Editor, Sunshine Society, Commercial Club, Home Economics Club, G. A. A. Point Chairman, Booster Club. William O’Kelly — “Bill” Eagle Feathers Staff. Hi-Y, E-Men’s Club, Choir, Boys’ Chorus, Football, Track. Ronald Park — “Ronnie” Hi-Y President, E-Men’s Club, Choir, Boys’ Chorus, Football. Varsity, B-Team, Freshman Basketball, Track. Y vonne I’etruzelli — “Boots” Edisonian Advertising Manager, Eagle Feathers Staff, Sunshine Society, Home Economics Club Vice-President, Commercial Club, Booster Club, Girls’ Chorus. Nancy Quinlan Eagle Feathers Staff, Edisonian Staff, Sunshine Society, Home Economics Club, Commercial Club, G. A. A., Booster Club, Choir, Girls’ Chorus, Girls’ Ensemble. Dolores Reariek — “Obi” Junior Treasurer, Edisonian Advertising Man- ager, Eagle Feathers Art Editor, Student Coun- cil, Home Economics Club President, G. A. A. Secretary, Sunshine Society, Commercial Club, Girls’ Chorus. Carolyn Salen Eagle Feathers Staff, Sunshine Society, Home Economics Club, Commercial Club, G. A. A., Booster Club. Junior Play, Girls’ Chorus, Library Assistant. lairetta Sehavey — “Lorry” Sunshine Society. The 1953 Edisonian 15 Mary Catherine Scheuer Eagle Feathers Staff, Sunshine Society, Com- mercial Club. Robert William Shoemaker — “Bob” Hi-Y Sergeant-at-Arms, E-Men’s Club, Choir, Boys’ Chorus, Football, B-Tcam, Freshman Basketball, Track. Bruce G. Swift Student Council. Hi-Y Chaplain, E-Men’s Club, Band, Football, Varsity, B-Team, Freshman Basketball, Baseball, Track. Thomas Szwajkowski — “Swike” Hi-Y, Junior Play, Freshman Basketball. Mary Ann Torrez — “Morie” Student Council. Flagle Feathers Staff, Sunshine Society. Home Economics Club, Commercial Club, G. A. A., Booster Club Secretary- Treasurer and President, Choir, Girls’ Chorus, Girls’ Ensemble. Mary Ann Tucker Student Council, Eagle Feathers Staff, Edi- sonian Staff, Sunshine Society, G. A. A. Presi- dent, Home Economics Club, Booster Club, Science Club Secretary-Treasurer, Choir, Girls’ Chorus, Student Office Assistant. Richard Vizena — “Rich” Student Council, Senior Play, Library Assistant. Ida Joann Watts — “Jo” Edisonian Business Manager, Sunshine Society, Home Economics Club, G. A. A., Booster Club, Senior Play, Choir, Girls’ Chorus. The 1953 Edisonian Senior Steering Committee Top row — Ronald Park, Geraldine Demo, Roger Bottila. Front rote — Joann Watts. Dolores Rearick. SEN How well all of the seniors remember Septem- ber 6, 1949. It was their first day at Edison High School and the beginning of a new and somewhat thrilling experience. For their fresh- man leaders they elected four enthusiastic stu- dents : Dale Hodges, president ; Marty Faitak, vice-president ; Barbara Smith, secretary ; Sherry Niehaus, treasurer. Geraldine Demo and Bruce Swift served as Student Council representatives. Their first activity as fresh- men was a dance, which was held on December 2 ; but the big event of the year was held on January 27, the night of the Lollipop Dance, which turned out to be one of the biggest suc- cesses of the year. Naturally, they were quite proud since they were the originators of the new dance. As the year came to a close, they awaited anxiously their return in the fall. Being sophomores and having had one year of experience already, they were eager to enter I 0 R S more activities than before. Charles Krupchak was chosen as president, but he withdrew from school at the beginning of the second semester and was succeeded by the vice-president, Bar- bara Smith. Bruce Swift was secretary, and Gary Ganz was treasurer. Cynthia Morrison and Marty Faitak represented the sophomores in Student Council meetings. The first sopho- more dance, of course, was another Lollipop Dance on December 8. On March 30, the second dance was called a Hillbilly Hop, and the gym was decorated in hillbilly style. As the year ended, the sophomores were looking to- ward their junior year. As juniors, they wasted no time. Upon re- turning to school in the fall, class officers were elected : Cynthia Morrison, president ; Suzanne Anderson, vice-president; Lois Cotter, secre- tary ; Dolores Rearick, treasurer. Barbara Smith and Robert Vizena were chosen as Stu- dent Council representatives. The first im- Senior-Junior Girls’ Football Game Courtesy of Bruce Bailey The 1953 Edisonian 17 SENIORS (Continued) portant activity for the juniors was the class play entitled “My Heart’s in High.” The fol- lowing night, November 2, the first dance was held after the Merrillville football game. Finally came December 7, which concerned only the juniors as their class rings arrived. April 25 was the date of the annual Pre-Prom Dance. The high light of the year for the Class of ’53, like every junior class, was the Junior-Senior Prom, which was given at Marquette Park Pavilion on the night of May 8. “Twilight Time” was the theme, and the music was fur- nished by Mickey Isley and his orchestra. As the year drew slowly to a close, the Class of ’53 was ready to enter its final year. The great day, September 2, arrived when they enrolled as seniors. Their class officers were chosen as follows : Donald Kuzma, presi- dent ; Cynthia Morrison, vice-president ; Bar- bara Smith, secretary ; and Robert Vizena, treasurer. Richard Vizena and Suzanne An- derson were selected as senior members of the Student Council. Without delay they set out to sponsor numerous activities to raise funds for their senior trip. The senior class play, which had been given in the spring in past years according to custom at Edison, was changed on the calendar of school events to the beginning of tbe year. October 15 was the date selected for the class play, “The Happier We’ll Be.” In keeping with the title of the play, the class was happy with its group of senior actors and actresses. They held a scrap drive, sold individual pic- tures to the student body, sold sandwiches at noontime, sponsored a new and successful as well as enjoyable event in the form of a junior- senior girls’ football game on October 22, opened a magazine sales campaign on Novem- ber 4, sponsored a dance called tine Senior Sock Social on December 1 2, and sold greeting cards. This year, the seniors chose as their educa- tional trip a tour to Washington, D. C., which was taken from May 10 to 16. Following the trip, the seniors anxiously awaited graduation day which was just around the corner. Bac- calaureate was held in Edison Gymnasium on Sunday, May 24. Then again in Edison Gym- nasium on the following Tuesday, May 26, the seniors received their long awaited diplomas. They received them proudly and joyfully, al- though there was some sadness in their hearts for they knew that “Commencement” marked the ending of twelve wonderful years of work and fun and the beginning of their individual lives in that unknown future. Senior Trip The 1953 Edisonian Top row — Cynthia Morrison, valedictorian ; Carolyn Salen, salutatorian ; Barbara Smith, activities award; Donald Kuzma, activities award ; Dennis Anderson, athletic award. Bottom row — Robert Vizena, American Legion award; Dolores Rearick, American Legion award; Blaze Kozak, Veterans of Foreign Wars award; Mary Ann Tucker, Veterans of Foreign Wars award. The 1953 Edisoiiian Officers Ray Taylor, vice-president; Joyce Minor, president; Richard Uhlir, treasurer ; Phyllis Sykes, secretary. JUNIORS The juniors began their first year as upper classmen with their new sponsors, Mrs. Cris- man, Mrs. Pruitt, Mr. Szabo, and Mr. Benja- min Owen by electing class officers. Donna Berg and James Meister were elected as repre- sentatives of the class on the Student Council. Choosing class rings was of great importance, and the juniors awaited eagerly for the arrival of the rings, which was their real insignia of apparel for upper classmen. The junior girls proved to be loyal Edi- sonites as they cooperated with the senior class by participating in a “Powder Puff” football game. The game was the first football game played by girls in the history of Edison. The junior girls won the game 25-0 over the senior girls, but the senior class won the gate receipts for the senior trip. An activity to increase the funds in the junior class treasury was the sale of Edison sweat shirts. The big event in the lives of the juniors came on April 24, when they gave the annual Junior- Senior Prom in honor of the seniors at Mar- quette Park Pavilion. Juniors and seniors with their guests danced to the music of Fred Robert’s orchestra. Their first venture into the realm of theatrical business was the presenting of their class play on May 8. The play was a rousing hillbilly comedy entitled “Cornin’ Round the Moun- tain,” which proved to be quite a success under the direction of Mrs. Crisman. Also, the play climaxed the end of the year’s activities as juniors. 20 The 1953 Edisonian Top row — John Motto, Donald Burton, Carl Sanders, William Benton, Carter Jackson, Keith Brimmer, Roy Taylor, Andrew Grusak, Robert Eddy, Emanuele Venturella. Second row — Ronald Kersey, Kent Hardebeck, Barbara Poffinbarger, Jacqueline Foreman, Rita Halaschak, Claudette Cruikshank, Norma Patterson, Edward Houck, Richard Hamady. Front rou — Patricia Skeens, Ruth Prokop, Phyllis Kludt, Beverley Hoskins, Mary Louise Green, Patricia Taylor, Kathleen Szostek, Joan Newman, Nancce Martin. op row — Felix Ortiz, Warren Ellis, Paul Brock, Richard Tuthill, Jack Hoyt, Jan Rappata, John DeVaney, James Meister, James Frank Carrigan, Daniel Jaroscak, Robert Thews, Steven Smith. Second row — Paula Gledich, Barbara Havrilesko, Verna Faitak, Marie Hernandez, Susanna Armenth, Mari- lynn McEwan, Joyce Grogan, Isabel Dayberry, Joyce Brown, Lorraine Dreyovich, Rosemary Kovacic, Marilyn Kersey, Agnes Semanick. ... l ' ront r . ow — Joyce Adams, Irene Pedroza, Trinidad Lopez, Betty Jakich, Carolyn Zack, Donna Berg, Leona Zieba, Marilyn Homolla, Gloria Conde, Kendra Zinkovich, Kay Robertson. The 1953 Edisonian Officers Joseph Chester, president ; Donald McBride, vice-president ; Phyllis Bum- bera, secretary ; Wayne Wesley, treasurer. SOPHOMORES The first thrill of the year for the sophomores was the crowning of the carnival queen. Phyllis Bunibera, a member of the sophomore class, was crowned queen by Lois Cotter, last year s queen, at the Central-Edison Parent-Teacher Association Carnival in Edison Gymnasium on November 7. Since the sophomore candidate was elected queen at the carnival, the class received an award of five dollars for its class treasury. Phyllis Bumbera crowned Carnival Queen by Lois Cot- ter, last year’s queen. After having initiated the students to a “Barn Dance” last year, the sophomores con- tinued to show their originality by inducting Edisonites to a “Hobo Prom” on March 13 this year. Candidates for queen at the “Hobo Prom’ were Kathleen Blagg, Barbara Schaefer, and Raedeane Hickman; and the candidates for king were George Garber, Robert Fiebel- korn, anti Fred Urbanek. Barbara Schaefer was chosen queen, and Fred Urbanek was chosen king for the evening. The sophomores took an active part in athletics and the various activities from the beginning to the end of the school year. Sally Summers and Charles Torrez repre- sented the sophomores on the Student Coun- cil throughout the year. Mrs. Etienne, Mr. Sanders, and Mr. Williams were class sponsors. 22 The 1953 Edisonian Top row — Guy Everett, Bruce Bailey. Gene Schrader, Dallas Lehmann, Kenneth Skeen, Ivan Glancy, Ray- mond Marks, John Jakich, Frank Aloia, Jerome Barnes, Wayne Hagan, Richard Bloomquist. Second row — Raedeane Hickman, Barbara Zajac, Josephine Kushneruk, Sally Summers, Carol Thorgren, Antoinette Choka, Helen Coulter, Virginia Cherry, Mary Ann Shoemaker, Barbara Schaefer, Ann Marie Hala- schak, Olivia Parker. Front row — Joan Broadway, Arlene Kupke, Marylan Thompson, Gloria Castro, Elizabeth Rich, Bonita Fer- ris, Carol Broadway, Gladys Whitten, Nellie Bright, Carolyn Thompson, Marie Lopez. SOPHOMORES Top row — Paul Kurtos, Donald Shomaker, William Strong, James Conway, Jack Scheuer, Fred Urbanek, Gary King, James Scheuer, Alex Zinkovich, Robert Mayka, Robert Taylor. Second roiv — Charles Torrez, Robert Fiebelkorn, Gerald Wiles, George Greer, Lester Loden, James Warren, Joseph Scheuer, Henry Hammond, Carl Jablonski. Front row — -Loretta Gray, Delores Todd, Kathleen Blagg, Sharon Jarabek, Audrey Duffee, Janice Morrison, Ursula Norvil, Beverly Berg, Louise Kurtos. The 1953 Edisonian 23 Officers Raymond Houck, treasurer ; Marianne Zieba. secretary ; Ronald Mumaw, vice-president; Steven Pahos, president. FRESHMEN The freshmen proved to he a welcome addition to the school because they joined in the various school activities with boundless enthusiasm. The class officers were elected at the first class meeting of the year, and Catherine Kaiser and Michael Wagner were chosen as the representatives of the class on the Student Council. Mr. Kay, Miss Grabill, and Mr. Snedeker were the As freshmen enter Edison, they choose the program of one of the five four-year courses offered on the cur- riculum. class sponsors. As each class had the privilege of sponsor- ing one school dance during the year, the freshmen selected March 20 for their class dance. Since the time of the dance was the eve of March 21, the first day of spring “Spring Swing” was naturally an appropri- ate and a very fitting theme. The atmos- phere was filled with a real spirit of spring, which added to the “Spring Swing” deco- rations. The class completed the year with the honor of having been the largest freshman class enrolled in Edison High, as the mem- bership of the class consisted of 110 students at the beginning of the school year and re- mained as such throughout the entire year. 24 The 1953 Edisonian Top row — Janies Draper, Cecil Foltz, Richard Dayberry, Robert Street, Gary Whitledge, Donald Przybysz, David Arrenson, Jack Kenney, George Morikis, Thomas Hodge, Larry White, Albert Crider, Richard Augustine, Daniel Fronczak. Third rozer— Robert Fazekas, Herman Miller, James Mills, Edward Dawson, Bert Rhynearson, Michael Wag- ner, William Maxwell, Lloyd Wagner, Paul Jarabek, Lome Rearick, William Sonntag, George Kasarda, Russell Byrum, Joseph Fusko, Robert Boznak, Norris Ure. Second mo— John Wells, John Millan, Kathleen Bottos, Patricia McArdle, Catherine Kaiser, Martha Cruik- shank, Sandra Owens, Dorothy Thompson, Betty Schmelzer, Shirley Mattingly, Nancy King, Laura Smith, Bessie Morikis, Dean Howell. Front row — Joseph Beverly, Sharon McKinney, Karen Havrilesko, Darlene Mitchell, Carolann Hiller, Barbara Bottila, Marcia Klempa, Judith Gardner, Ruth Garzella, Geraldine Benedict, Arlene Johnston, Larry Flantngan. FRESHMEN 7 op row — Alan Jackson, Dennis Johnson, Lee Morrison, Charles Clemens, Charles Gilmore, James Needum, Roy Fowler, Thomas Meister, Frank Mockaitis, Robert Gilmore, Larry Blue. Third row— John Bright, Joseph Cartier, David Renijan, Ralph McCasland, Ernest Kingery, Robert Semanick, James Warne, Charles Warren, Kendall Spencer, David Hardt, Charles Ivlow. Second rozv— Rita Drake, Bonita Rentz, Angeline Castro, Demetria Kappos, Toni Tucker. Marian Mauney, Beverly Houck, Leona Mock. J udy Brock. Shirley Kersey. Darlene Zinkovich, Joyce Cunningham, Carol Schleff Front rozv — Eunice Maxwell, Alberta Nagy, Shirley Keele, Lela Ford, Kathryne Pappas, Shirley Pelton, Catherine Lopez, Carolyn Mattie, Jeanette Snell, Sandra Berg, Edna Jones, Patsy Huckabee. The 1953 Edisoniau 25 Our Sc aol As we launch out into High, We’re learning more and more New subjects we must conquer, New victories we will score. Seniors down to lowly Frosh, All pressing toward a goal To gain the knowledge they will need Their future lives to mold. New fields of learning they all find, New trails they all explore, Some find it great adventure, To others it’s a chore. The greatest thing of all we learn Through fleeting high school days Is what a grand and wonderful role That word, cooperation, plays. For it’s the students and the faculty Working hand in hand together That make our high school days the ones That we’ll remember forever. 26 The 1953 Edisoiiian CHAPTER II s4ct6vit6e School is not all work as there are various clubs and outside activities for all students. Whether a student is a budding Thespian or one who likes just to dance, there is an ever-lengthening list of ways for spending spare time or for recreation. The 1953 Edisonian 27 ft Sdt nt Tifete Our friendliness impresses visitors and makes newcomers feel welcome. Students meet on the lawn and in the halls to chat about dates, football, the latest school news, or more frequently just this and that. Freshmen readily become part of the Edison family, and seniors find it hard to break these ties. 28 The 1953 Edisonian EDISON PREPARES STUDENTS FOR COLLEGE Edison prepares students for the colleges or universities of their choice whether it he Columbia, Stanford, or Indiana University. The program is varied to give students their basic training to further their education for doctors, nurses, lawyers, business leaders, etc. No matter what a student may plan on doing after graduation — going to college, holding a job, or just keeping a home — he or she will need to read, speak, and write correctly. That’s why students take English. The 1953 Edisonian STUDENTS PREPARE FOR THE JOB; AS CITIZENS Edison trains students to become proficient in the professional field of stenographers, typists, and bookkeepers, and general office work. Courses in the commercial department are of personal use as well as professional. In the Social Studies Department, we gain a basic understanding of the founding of our govern- ment, its domestic and foreign relations, and our duties as citizens in our community, state, and nation. The 1953 Edisonian COURSES IN HOMEMAKING, INDUSTRIAL ARTS, AND PHYSICAL FITNESS ( ' iris may take home economics to prepare to he good homemakers. They learn the basic elements of cooking, sewing, child care, home nursing, and home decoration. Boys may learn the basic elements in the industrial arts department so that they can choose whether or not they want to get a job in industrial trades. I ' .disonites keep their bodies trim and in good physical condition in the physical education classes for boys and girls. Also, they learn teamwork and fair play. The 1953 Edisonian Q ■ Library Assistants Standing — Richard Vizena; Mrs. Brown, librarian; Robert Vizena. Seated— Joyce Minor, Richard Uhlir, Norma Jean Patterson. DRIVER’S TRAINING Good drivers save lives, and good driving can be achieved through training under competent teachers. Thus, Driver’s Training adds one of a wide variety of subjects offered on Edison’s curriculum. LIBRARY NOOK Edisonites browse in the library for reference books, special assignments, and fiction books for enjoyment during the school day. on The 1953 Edisonian Top row — Joseph Feistling, George Morikis, Wayne Wesley, Patricia McArdle, Raedeane Hickman, Janice Morrison, Louise Kurtos, Shirley Mattingly, Laura Smith, Paula Gledich, Kathleen Szostek, Charles Torrez, Ray Taylor. Third roiv — Donald McBride, John Jakich, Rita Halaschak, Rosemary Kovacic, Norma Patterson, Barbara Smith, Mary Ann Tucker, Nancy Quinlan, Dorothy Thompson, Shirley Kersey, Geraldine Benedict, Entanuele Venturella, Steven Pahos. Second row — Robert Semanick, Barbara Bottila, Marcia Klempa, Beverly Houck, Catherine Kaiser, Nellie Bright, Shirley Pelton, Agnes Semanick, Ann Marie Halaschak, Bessie Morikis, Alan Jackson, Ronald Murnaw. Trout row — Carl Jablonski, Mary Ann Shoemaker, Mary Ann Torrez, Ruth Burchardt, Kathrync Pappas, Darlene Mitchell, Leona Mock, Gloria Conde, Kathleen Blagg, Joyce Adams, Joseph Chester. CHOIR The choir presented its first program of the year, “Barnyard Frolics,” on October 29 for the purpose of raising money for new choir robes. Following a special breakfast on December 19, the members of the choir sang Christmas carols the first period in the morning for the grade school children and in the halls of Edison ; and The 1953 F.disonian 33 CHOIR (Continued) with the combined efforts of the band, the choir closed the school day by giving a Christmas convo for the junior and senior high school students. A Stag Dance was sponsored on January 24. The dance served a double purpose : an evening of fun and the proceeds were saved for choir robes — the choir’s special project for the year. At the district solo and ensemble contest, which was held at Emerson High School in Gary on February 7, Rosemary Kovacic and Ann Marie Halaschak won first place, Janice Morrison, Peggy Barker, and Cherriletts won second place ; Kathleen Blagg won third place. ( )nly those students who won first place rating in the district contest had the privilege of enter- ing the state contest. Rosemary Kovacic and Ann Marie Halaschak entered the state solo and ensemble contest in Indianapolis on February 21 and won first place ratings. On April 11, the choir entered the district contest, which was held in Whiting, and won first place, which entitled them to enter the state contest. The last money-making program to raise funds for choir robes was presented in Edison Gym- nasium on April 17. “Melody Time” provided an enjoyable evening of music and entertainment for the audience as well as an enjoyable evening for the members of the choir. Following the program, the choir entered the state contest at North Manchester the next day, April 17, to capture a second place rating. As the year closed, the choir looked forward to having new robes for the first time in the history of the school next school year for various performances. 34 The 1953 Edisonian Senior Girls ' Ensemble Barbara Smith, Ruth Bur- chardt, Nancy Quinlan, Mary Ann Tucker, Mary Ann Torrez. Cherriletts Top row — Kathleen Szostek, Marilyn Kersey, Joyce Adams, Carolyn Zack, Betty Jakich. Front row— Gloria Conde, Phyllis Sykes, Susanna Ar- menth, Rosemary Kovacic, Nor- ma Patterson. Boys’ Ensemble Top row — Wayne Wesley, Alan Jackson, Donald McBride. Front row — C a r 1 J ablonski, Joseph Chester, George Morikis, Charles Torrez. Choir Officers Gloria Conde, president ; Ray Taylor, treasurer; Norma Pat- terson, vice-president ; Rose- mary Kovacic, secretary. Thf 1953 Edisoniiw 35 STATE SOLO AND ENSEMBLE CONTEST WINNERS Dallas Lehmann Guy Everett First Place Rosemary Kovacic Ann Marie Halaschak Kendall Spencer Second Place Saxophone Quartet — Betty Jakicli, Marilyn Kersey, Marilyn Homolla, Joyce Cunningham Bruce Bailey Joyce Cunningham 36 Third Place Clarinet Quartet — Phyllis Bumbera, Barbara Havrilesko, Phyllis Sykes, Richard Uhlir The 1953 Edisotiian Standing — Mr. Snedekcr, Verle Jones, Robert Muraco, Charles Warren. Third row— Nancee Martin, Patricia Taylor, Carolann Hiller, Kathleen Bottos, Sandra Stettler, Karen Campbell, Carter Jackson, Ursula Burchardt, Ruth Garzella, Kred Cochran, Guy Everett, James Warren, Jack Hoyt, James Warne, Gordon I ay lor, Emil Conde, Antoinette Choka, Joyce Brown, Beverly Berg, John DeVaney. Bruce Bailey, Arnold Stegall. Second me— Barbara Havrilesko, Carolyn Mattie, Joyce Follow, Kathleen Kulavik, David Hardt, Phyllis Mauer, Carol Mauer, Floyd Kettering, Sally Summers, Joyce Minor, Betty Jakich, Richard Whissen, Marilyn Kersey, Lyndel Adams, Steve Kozak, Marilyn Homolla, Bruce Swift, Joyce Cunningham. Front row — Phyllis Sykes, Susanna Armenth, Richard Uhlir, Phyllis Bumbera, Dallas Lehmann, Ann Walker, Penelope Kettering, Marjorie Mattie, Janice Johnston, Karen Havrilesko, Frances Bentley, Wayne Brown. BAND I lie band consisted mostly of high school students and had the pleasure of providing music for the enjoyment of the public by playing at home games and special programs. Entrants in the district solo and ensemble contest held at Emerson School in Gary on February 7 placed as follows: first rating— Guy Everett, Kendall Spencer, Dallas Lehmann, Joyce Cunning- ham, Bruce Bailey, clarinet quartet, and saxophone quartet; second rating — James Warren, fames W arne, Richard Uhlir, Dallas Lehmann and Phyllis Bumbera in the clarinet duet, and brass sextet ; third place rating — Dallas Lehmann, Barbara Havrilesko, and wood wind quintet. Those students who received first place in the district contest entered the state contest on February 21 in Indianapolis to place as follows: first rating — Kendall Spencer ; second rating — Dallas Lehmann, Joyce Cun- ningham, Bruce Bailey, Guy Everett, and saxophone quartet ; third rating — clarinet quartet. The money which is spent usually for the band’s annual trip was saved to help pur- chase the much needed new uniforms this year ; consequently, no trip was taken. On April 11, the band made its first ap- pearance in its new uniforms to take a second place rating at the district contest in Whiting. The band concluded the year with its an- nual Spring Concert on Sunday afternoon, May 17. Officers John DeVaney, vice-president; Barbara Havrilesko, secretary ; Marilyn Kersey, treasurer ; Richard Uhlir, president. The 1953 Edisonian 37 Dance Band Back rote — Kendall Spencer, Bruce Bailey, Gordon Taylor, Emil Conde, Verle Jones, Guy Everett, Joyce Brown. Trout rota — Richard Uhlir, Joyce Cunningham, Steven Kozak. Wood Wind (Quintet Susanna Armenth, Dallas Lehmann, Joyce Minor, Pene- lope Kettering, Wayne Brown. Brass Sextet Kendall Spencer, James War- ren. Guy Everett, Joyce Minor, Bruce Bailey, Arnold Stegall. 38 The 1953 Edisonian The 1953 Edisonian Top row — Mrs. Crisman, Dolores Rearick, Richard Vizena, Nick Kolosci, Robert Vizena, Mary Ann Torrez, Beverly Bottila. Second row — Suzanne Anderson, Carl Zubek, Cynthia Morrison, Lois Cotter, Joann Watts. Front roiv — Geraldine Demo. SENIOR PLAY 1 he comedy hit of the year, “The Happier We’ll Be,” was presented by the senior class on October 15. It related the trials that a family has when the father has political ambitions. The cast included Henry Thatcher, Carl Zubek ; his wife, Cynthia Morrison ; their youngest daughter, Ger- aldine Demo ; their oldest daughter, Lois Cotter ;their housekeeper, Dolores Rearick ; their oldest daughter’s chum, Joann Watts ; their youngest daughter’s boy friend, Robert Vizena; a visitor, Richard Vizena ; a political power, Nick Kolosci. Top row — Patty Skeens, Isabel Dayberry, Mrs. Crisman, Fred Cochran, Marilyn Kersey, Agnes Senianick. Second roiu — Joan Newman, Carl Sanders, Steven Smith, Norma Jean Patterson. Front row — William Benton, Carter Jackson, Joseph Feistling. JUNIOR PLAY A hillbilly play, indeed, entitled “Cornin’ Round the Mountain,” was presented by the juniors on the night of May 8. The Skitter family consisted of Maw, Isabel Dayberry; Paw, William Benton; Curly, Fred Cochran; Corney Bell, Norma Jean Patterson; “Dizzy” Mae, Patricia Skeens ; Zeke, Carter Jackson. Others, who were very much involved with the Skitters, were : Elbe Lou Du Funny, a neighbor girl — Agnes Semanick; Sampson (Sammy) Fester, in love with Corney Bell, Joseph Feistling ; Robert Bruce, a publicity agent — Carl Sanders; Edward Small, a young radio producer, Steven Smith ; Carol Hughes, a model — Joan Newman ; Doris Dean, her girl friend and roommate — Marilyn Kersey. 40 The 1953 Edisonian S landing — Cynthia Morrison, editor; Joann Watts, business manager ; Nick Kolosci, sports editor; Sherry Niehaus, busi- ness manager. Sealed — Suzanne Anderson and Lois Cotter, associate edi- tors. EDISONIAN Again this year, several members of the senior class worked to bring to completion the year- book, an annual publication of school events for the student body and those who are interested in a school memoir. Without the cooperation and hard work of our sponsor — Miss Hartley, our photographer— Mr. Lee Coner, the students, faculty, administration, and advertisers, this book could not have been published. We wish to extend our sincere appreciation to each and every one who helped to make our annual a success. 1 Standing — Nancy Quinlan, Mary Ann Tucker, Marjorie Mize. Seated — Dolores Rearick, Yvonne Petruzelli, and Geral- dine Demo — advertising man- agers. The 1953 Edisonian 41 Dolores Rearick and Beverly Bottila, art editors ; Nick Ko- losci, sports editor and busi- ness manager; Sherry Niehaus, associate editor, Lois Cotter, editor. EAGLE FEATHERS A bright note that appeared every two weeks on the school scene was the paper, Eagle Feathers. Each issue with its articles of interest for everyone was enjoyed by all. Many hours were spent in writing articles, typing copy, cutting stencils, and mimeographing. Following the mimeographing of seven issues, Nick Kolosci attempted to improve the paper by changing it to a printed publication. However, it was found that the financial burden was too great, so the paper reverted after three printed issues to the mimeographed editions for the re- mainder of the vear. The junior class published the last issue of the year. Reporters and Machine Operators 6 landing — Mary Ann Tucker, William O’Kelly, Suzanne An- derson, Ruth Burchardt, Mary Scheuer, Cynthia Morrison, Marjorie Mize, Paul Henry, Verna Faitak. Seated — Geraldine Demo, Gloria Conde, Barbara Havri- lesko. Not pictured — Yvonne Petru- zelli, Nancy Quinlan, Carolyn Salen. 42 The 1953 Edisonian Top row — -Mr. Szabo, sponsor; Mary Ann Tucker, Janies Mcister, secretary-treasurer; Dale Hodges, president; Suzanne Anderson, vice-president; Barbara Smith, Cynthia Morrison, Mr. Roos, sponsor. Second row — Steven Pahos, Dennis Anderson, Richard Vizena. Donald Kuzma, Michael Wagner, Charles Torrez. Front rout— Joyce Minor, Catherine Kaiser, Sally Summers, Donna Berg, Mary Ann Torrez, Dolores Rearick. STUDENT COUNCIL Bigger and better things for the school — students and faculty — was the motto of our student government organization, the Student Council. Representatives of every organization and class, including the seventh and eighth grades this year, discussed ways and means of improving school functions and conditions in the halls, classrooms, and school grounds. They discussed problems that arose in the classrooms, on the school grounds, at games, and other activities. 1 he major function sponsored by the Council was the third annual Homecoming Dance, which was held after the Merrillville football game on October 31. Mary Ann Torrez, who was elected by the varsity football squad, was crowned queen during the dance. During the weeks of Halloween and Christmas, the halls were decorated in gay colors by members of the Council. Again this ye ar, they helped the Sunshine Society deliver baskets of food to deserving and needy families in the area. The year was closed with the supervision of the election of next year’s president. President Dale Hodges crowning Mary Ann Torrez as Homecoming Queen at the dance. Candidates for Homecoming Queen were Geraldine Demo, Cynthia Morrison, Mary Ann Torrez, Lois Cotter, and Beverly Bottila. The 1953 Edisonian 43 r Officers and Sponsors Standing — Mr. Benjamin Owen, sponsor; Barbara Smith, secretary; Mr. Jack Owen, sponsor. Seated — Hetty Jakich, treasurer; Mary Ann Torrez, president; Gloria Conde, vice-president. BOOSTER CLUB The club that boasts of the largest membership in school and does the most to bolster school spirit in athletics, the Booster Club, completed its second successful year. The boosters started the year by sponsoring the first school dance in Edison Gymnasium on September 26 after the Dyer football game. A large percentage of the proceeds of the dance was Booster Club’s display won third place at Homecoming Dance. contributed to the new basketball scoreboard. In conjunction with the Hi-Y, they helped to raise the necessary funds required to pur- chase a new electric scoreboard for the gym- nasium. This year, the club’s display at the Home- coming Dance on October 31 received third place. The club arranged for buses to take the cheering section to away-from-home games. A check room was operated at home games, and the proceeds were used to help pay part of the bus transportation to awav-from- home games. All in all, the club was quite active throughout the football and basketball sea- sons. 44 The 1953 Bdisonian Top mt-— James Mills. Bruce Bailey, Janies Conway, James Warren, Jerome Barnes. Alex Zinkovich, Roy Uaussen, Roger BoU ' la, Dennis Anderson, Bruce Swift, Joseph Chester, Wayne Wesley. 11 1 XT r " Tc rene Pedroza, Marie Lopez, Trinidad Lopez, Marie Hernandez, Phyllis Kludt, Beverley Hoskins Ursula Norvil, Loretta Gray, Nancy Bogdon, Josephine Kushneruk, Janice Morrison, Raedeane Hickman Second rote— Nancy Quinlan, Mary Ann Tucker, Dolores Rearick, Yvonne Petruzelii, Marylan Thompson Kurtos KUI ke ’ Car ° Thorgren • Vlr S 1Mla Cherry, Helen Coulter, Sally Summers, Carol Broadway, Louise , ... F p? n r ®™W G, ' jria Castro Beverly Bottila, Lois Cotter, Mary Ann Shoemaker, Ann Marie Halaschak, Eliza- beth Rich, Olivia Parker. Ruth Prokop, Susanna Armenth, Phyllis Bumbcra. Barbara Schaefer. BOOSTER CLUB ituv rn, U a G 1 J?- dich ' AdamsCarolynZack, Agnes Semanick, Carl Jablonski, Nick Kolosci. Richard Uhlir, Charles Torrez, Robert Fiebelkorn, Claudete Cruikshank, Donna Berg, Leona Zieba Joan New- man, tom 1 ucker, Edna Jones. «- Pi " ir 7 i rorti— — Mary Louise Green. Suzanne Anderson, Geraldine Demo, Joann Watts, Phyllis Sykes, Marilyn Kersey Antoinette Choka, Rita Halaschak, Sherry Niehaus, Marilynn McEwan, Sandra Owens, Patricia Mc- Ardle, Catherine Kaiser, Shirley Pelton. third row— Cyntlna Morrison, Marjorie Mize, Sharon Jarabek, Dorothea Mize. Delores Todd, Leona Mock Lorraine Dreyovich, Rosemary Kovacic, Beverly Houck, Shirley Kersey, Isabel Dayberry, Joyce Grogan Joyce brown, Carolyn Mattie. B Second row Demetria Kappos, Dorothy Thompson, Geraldine Benedict, Arlene Johnston, Barbara Bottila ik y Nancy P King Mar ' yn Homo a ’ J oycc M,nor - Marcia Klempa, Judy Brock, Catherine Lopez, Martha Cruik- rout row Marianne Zieba, Darlene Mitchell, Nancee Martin, Norma Patterson, Sharon McKinney, Karen Havrilesko, Laura Smith, Sandra Berg, Shirley Keele. 1 The 1953 Edisonimt 45 Officers and Sponsor Standing — Robert Shoemaker, scrgeant-at : arms ; Roy Claussen, vice- president; Blaze Kozak, secretary; Roger Bottila, treasurer. Seated — Bruce Swift, chaplain; Mr. Szabo, sponsor; Dennis Anderson, president. H I -Y At the beginning of the school year, the members of the Hi-Y elected new officers and revised the constitution of the club. Since the purpose of the Hi-Y was to be a service organization, the main project for the school year was the securing of a new electric scoreboard for the gymnasium. On October 3. the Hi-Y held a school Display at Homecoming Dance took second place. dance, the entire proceeds of which was con- tributed towards the cost of the new Score- master. The members of the club spent many hours working to secure sufficient funds to buy the new scoreboard. The student body, faculty, local organizations, and community were asked to support the campaign to raise funds to pay for the new electric Score- master. Finally, at the meeting of the Booster Club on December 5, the new scoreboard was presented to Coach ( )wen in behall of the school. The members of the Hi-Y wish to express their appreciation to those who helped to finance their main project of the school year to help improve athletic facilities of the school of which the boys felt that a new 46 The Jd5.? Edison ian In behalf of the school Coach Owen receives the new electric scoreboard which is presented by Mary Ann Torrez and Dennis Anderson. HI-Y ( Continued ) electric scoreboard fo r the gymnasium was needed most. Needless to say, the Hi-Y was an or- ganization that helped to boost and encourage school spirit especially in regard to athletics this year, which, of course, was quite natural since the members of the club were athletes and sports minded. As the Hi-Y was always willing to cooperate with various school events, it along with other organizations participated in the displays for the annual Homecoming Dance, which took place on October 31. The Hi-Y’s display took second place. Top row— Donald Kuzma, Marty Faitak, Richard Hamady, Jack Hoyt, Robert Mayka, Nick Kolosci, Keith Brimmer, Robert i ' lebelkorn, Jerome Barnes, Carter Jackson, Kent Hardebeck. Second row -Thomas Szwaykowski, Ronald Park. George Moy, Gary Ganz, John DeVaney, Richard Uhlir Roy Jaylor, Charles Torrez, James Frank Carrigan. t , , Fro , n .‘ Ronald Kersey, Ray Taylor, Edward Houck, Jan Rappatta, William O’Kelly, Carl Zubek Carl Jablonski, Donald Shomaker. The 1953 Edisonian 47 Officers and Sponsor Standing — Marilynn McEwan, point chairman ; Mrs. Pruitt, sponsor ; Joyce Adams, vice-president. Seated — Barbara Schaefer, treasurer ; Mary Ann Tucker, president; Phyllis Bumbera, secretary. G. A. A. During the year, the girls in G. A. A. had the opportunity to participate in individual and group sports to earn points toward awards as well as for their own enjoyment. First place went to the G. A. A.’s display for the annual Homecoming Dance on October 31. A prize in the form of a plaque was presented to the organization. I he initiation of new mem- bers, which was quite informal, w r as held in Riverside Park on November 13. The local organization should like to become a member of the state organization, hut that is impossible until the girls are given the privilege of using the gym and having regular meetings. If the girls cannot participate in sports activities in the future, the organization will have to be discontinued. Dale Hodges presenting plaque for first-place award G. A. A.’s display for the annual Homecoming to Norma Jean Patterson. Dance won first place. O HOLE 5 : DE-FEET I " ’ ‘‘■JB f 1 fit 1 1 ■1 I n I ill 48 The 1953 Edisonian . . ' l °p ' •on-— Beverly Bottila, Betty Jakich, Agnes Semanick, Joyce Grogan. Kendra Zinkovich. Marilyn Homolla, Isabel Dayberry, Joyce Brown, Donna Berg, Leona Zieba, Nonna Patterson, Lorraine Dreyovich, Patricia Taylor. T i c , co, i d C nt J7 Caro1 Broadway, Ann Marie Halaschak, Antoinette Choka, Mary Ann Shoemaker, Sharon Jarabek, Louise Kurtos, Ursula Norvil, Delores Todd, Betty Mize, Virginia Cherry, Dorothea Mize, Kathryne t ««?r Sher K Niehaus - Dolores Rearick, Helen Coulter, Paula Gledich, Loretta Gray, Helen Burnham Joyce Minor, Nancee Martin. G. A. A. ,7.° ’ r °w — Martha Cruikshank, Marian Mauney, Kathleen Bottos, Catherine Kaiser, Barbara Bottila Sharon McKinney, Karen Havrilesko, Leona Mock, Geraldine Benedict, Arlene Johnston, Judith Gardner, Alberta Nagy. Second rmv— Rita Drake Laura Smith, Toni Tucker, Shirley Pelton, Demetria Kappos, Sandra Berg, Dar- lene Zinkovich, Jeanette Snell, Patricia Brown, Joyce Cunningham. I 7 0 " 1 ' - —Patricia McArdle, Sandra Owens, Shirley Mattingly, Nancy King, Dorothy Thompson, Violet Winetnger, Carolyn Mattie, Marianne Zieba. The 1953 Edisonian 49 Officers anil Sponsor Candidates for Sweetheart Queen Betty Jakich, treasurer ; Barbara Smith, president ; Donna Berg ; Suzanne Anderson, last year’s queen ; Mrs. Etienne, sponsor; Norma Jean Patterson, secre- Sherry Niehaus, Sweetheart Queen; Barbara Smith, tary ; Mary Ann Torrez, vice-president. Norma Jean Patterson. SUNSHINE SOCIETY Helping to spread cheer and sunshine, the junior and senior girls who were members of the Sunshine Society prepared food baskets for needy families, made candy for the old people’s home, and participated in decorating the halls at Christmas. Their annual contribution was given to the Riley Memorial Hospital. Delegates and their sponsor attended the district convention at Camden on October 1 1 and the I ake County Club Conference, the theme of which was “( iirls of I oday — Women of 1 omorrow, in Whiting on May 2. The initiation of new members was very impressive on February 2, and the most thrilling event was the annual Sweetheart Dance with Alan Isley’s music on February 14. Sherry Nie- haus was crowned queen by Suzanne Anderson, last year’s queen. The annual closing event was the breakfast at Lakeview Park in Hobart on May 2. Top row — Mary Louise Green, Irene Pedroza, Joyce Adams, Carolyn Zack, Agnes Semanick, Paula Gledich, Barbara Poffinbarger, Jacqueline Foreman, Rita Halaschak, Nancy Quinlan, Mary Ann Tucker, Leona Zieba, Donna Berg, Claudette Cruikshank. , . . „ , , c D Third row — Cynthia Morrison, Marie Hernandez, Trinidad Lopez, Patricia Taylor, Loretta Schavcy, Bert ha Duke, Susanna Armenth, Lorraine Dreyovich, Rosemary Kovacic, Verna Faitak, Barbara Havrilesko, I liyllis Sykes, Marilynn McEwan, Marilyn Kersey, Joann Watts. Second row — Nancee Martin, Marjorie Mize, Yvonne Petruzelli, Suzanne Anderson, Ruth Burchardt, Donna Bogdon, Joyce Grogan, Isabel Dayberry, Joyce Brown, Kendra Zinkovich, Carolyn Salen, Dolores Reanck. Front row — Mary Scheuer, Ruth Prokop, Patricia Skeens, Geraldine Demo, Patricia Munro, Lois Cotter, Beverly Bottila, Phyllis Kludt, Beverley Hoskins, Marilyn Homolla, Gloria Conde, Joyce Minor, Sherry Niehaus. The 1953 Edisouian Officers and Sponsor Standing — Phyllis Bumbera, historian; Yvonne Petruzelli, vice-president ; Dolores Rearick, presi- dent ; Beverly Bottila, publicity chairman. Seated — Patricia Munro, secretary-treasurer; Mrs. Milchak, sponsor; Sally Summers, parlia- mentarian. REKAMEMOH CLUB The club, formerly known as the Home Economics Club, changed its name to Rekamemoh, which is homemaker spelled backwards. In the fall the officers were inaugurated and the new mem- bers were initiated at a spaghetti dinner. During the first semester, the activities of the club were: a film and speaker on nursing, making toys for Christmas baskets, an old-fashioned Christ- mas party, and a demonstration on table setting by a bridal consultant. The special features the second semester were two all-day tours. On March 18, the fisrt tour was taken through the home economics department of Ball State Teachers College at Muncie, Indiana. The following Saturday, they toured St. Vincent’s Childrens Hospital, Field’s model rooms, and the art and furniture rooms at the Art Institute in Chicago. They ended the year by pledging freshmen to be formally initiated the following fall and a farewell party on May 19. Top row — Mary Ann Torrez, Carol Broadway, Betty Jakich, Joyce Adams, Marilyn Homolla, Barbara Schaefer, Ann Marie Halaschak, Joan Broadway. Second row — Mary Ann Tucker, Sherry Niehaus, Marjorie Mize, Ruth Burchardt, Donna Bogdon, Doro- thea Mize, Nancy Bogdon, Beverly Berg. Front roiv — -Gladys Whitten, Arlene Kupke, Marylan Thompson, Nellie Bright, Sharon Jarahek, Carolyn Thompson, Josephine Kushneruk, I.ois Cotter. The 1953 Edisonian 51 Officers and Sponsor Mr. Kay sponsor; Mary Ann Tucker, secretary-treasurer; Cynthia Mor rison, president; Nick Kolosci, vice-president. SCIENCE CLUB Although a science club was organized during the school year of 1947-1948, it had been discontinued until this year when the club was organized again under the sponsorship of Mr. Kay. This year the club consisted of members of the chemistry class. The special project of the year was a tour through the Standard Oil Company. The year was concluded with a dance, the “Final Fling,” on May 15. The decora- tions portrayed a typical theme of chemistry students’ theories. Standing — Janies Meister, Paula Gledich, Andrew Grusak, Jacqueline Foreman, jack Hoyt. Seated— Ruth Burchardt, Barbara Smith, Rita Halaschak, Nancy Quinlan. 52 The 1953 Edison ian Top row — Raymond Houck, Edward Dawson, Robert Thews, Robert Shoemaker, Charles Warren, Wayne Wesley, Joseph Chester, Carl Jablonski, Albert Crider, James Warren. Third row — Susanna Armenth, Patricia Taylor, Marjorie Mize, Loretta Schavey, Cynthia Morrison, Mary Ann Tucker, Barbara Smith, Laura Smith, Nancee Martin. Second row — Nancy Quinlan, Lois Cotter, Dolores Rearick, Joann Watts, Mary Ann Torrez, Beverly Bottila, Sally Summers, Phyllis Bumbera. Front rotv — Jacqueline Zellers, Carolyn Thompson, Marylan Thompson, Lela Ford, Sharon McKinney, Bar- bara Bottila. EDISONIAN BOOSTERS Top rote — Bruce Swift. Roger Bottila, Dallas Lehmann, Guy Everett, Russell Byrum, Jerome Barnes, Steven Pahos, John Bright, Robert Boznak, Charles Ivlow. Third row — Beverly Berg, Alberta Nagy, Leona Mock, Carolyn Mattie, Carolann Hiller, Beverly Houck, Joyce Cunningham, Patricia Brown, Lorraine Dreyovich. Second row — Elizabeth Rich, Mary Ann Shoemaker, Joyce Minor, Barbara Havrilesko, Sharon Jarabek, Ruth Garzella, Rosemary Kovacic, Gladys Whitten. Front roi v — Rita Drake, Bonita Rentz, Nellie Bright, Olivia Parker, Catherine Kaiser, Shirley Pelton. The 1953 Edisonian 53 At Edison WE ENJOYED MANY ACTIVITIES . . . such as convos, contests, musical programs, plays, dances, banquets, picnics, various class money-making affairs, and club parties. Activities were offered for every taste. 54 The 1953 Edisonian BACKED BY OUR PARENTS Our parents, through the P. T. A., support our school each year by sponsoring many projects, the largest of which is the annual fall carnival to raise funds to finance various improvements in the school. The 1953 Edisoman 55 PROM The Junior-Senior Prom was held at Marquette Park Pavilion on Friday night, April 24, 8-11 P.M. Promptly at 9 P.M., the Grand March started with the theme song, “Hawaiian Paradise,” played by Fred Robert’s Band. The tables were deco- rated with small palm trees and leis; thus, the pavilion was turned into a “Little Hawaii” for the evening. 56 The 1953 Edisonian CHAPTER III ?4t6letic From tlie first football kickoff to the last race in the track sea- son, Edison enjoyed a full schedule of sports. The Booster Club cheered faithfully at the football and basketball games. No matter whether the games were won or lost, there was always a display of good sportsmanship by both the players and the spectators. The 1953 Edisonian 57 Top rote— Assistant Coach Georgakis, Bruce Swift, Marty Faitak, Donald McBride, Nick Kolosci, Mr. Roos, William O’Kelly, Robert Taylor, Roy Taylor, Ray Taylor, Coach Sanders. Second row — William Smith, Edward Houck, Donald Kuzma. Dale Hodges, Keith Brimmer, Ronald Park, Leonard Garavalia, Joseph Chester, Roy Claussen, Dennis Anderson. Trout row — Robert Mayka, William Benton, Kent Hardebeck, Carter Jackson, Roger Bottila, Mitchell Najar, Felix Ortiz, Robert Shoemaker, Norman Long. ' poat ail VARSITY FOOTBALL S UAD Assistant Coach Georgakis, Coach Sanders. Assistant Coach Gaza. Season’s Recortl Edison Opponent Froebel . . 7 39 Hobart . . 0 43 Wirt . . 7 0 Dyer . . 24 12 Hammond Morton . . 25 6 Portage . . 26 26 Gary Edison . . . . . 7 13 Rensselaer .... . . 20 18 Merrillville .... . . 14 13 Crown Point . . . . . 20 6 58 The 1953 Edisonian SENIOR FOOTBALL LETTERMEN Top roiv — Roy Claussen ; Donald Kuzma and Leonard Garavalia, co-captains. Middle row — Dennis Anderson, Ronald Park, Dale Hodges, Marty Faitak. Bottom row — Roger Bottila, Robert Shoemaker, Bruce Swift, William O’Kelly. The 1953 Edisonian 59 Aggressive, defensive line of Edison with Don Kuzma, co-captain tackling. Alert safety man, Mitchell Najar, comes up to stop drive. FOOTBALL Sep tember 4, 1952, East Gary lost the open- ing gridiron contest to Froebel of Gary as the Blue Devil’s guest on Tolleston Field. The Blue Devils made the first tally but missed the extra point. I towever, Edison was ahead 7-6 at half-time. Froebel went ahead to beat tbe Eagles 39-7 mainly because of Edison’s lack of depth. A short pass from Garavalia to Houck acounted for Edison’s touchdown. Joe Chester made the extra point. September 12, Edison met Hobart, her tra- ditional rival, only to be bitterly beaten 43-0. What happened could not be explained. September 19, the Eagles attained the long awaited taste of victory by routing William A. Wirt 7-0. Claussen made the one and only sextet with a quarterback sneak. Garavalia ran the extra point to clinch the nocturnal event as the scoring occurred the first period. Formidable fullback Joe Chester eating up the turn. Aggressive line stopping the play again. Roy Claussen and Don Kuzma tackling ball carrier behind line of scrimmage. 60 The 1953 Edisonian Offense of the opponent — Ray Taylor, right Leonard Garavalia spearheads attack tackle abruptly stealing the pigskin. with Don Kuzma assisting. FOOTBALL After defeating Wirt, East Gary went on to dominate the Indians of Dyer 24-12 on Septem- ber 26. The individual scoring honors were shared by Garavalia, 12; Chester 6; and Claussen, 6; thus, the grand total of twenty- four points was made at the end of the first three quarters. Dyer made a desperate drive which was good for twelve points. The Eagles journeyed to Hammond on October 1 to defeat the Governors of Ham- mond’s Morton High 25-6. The score at the (Continued ) half was 6-0 in favor of the Eagles. Again, Garavalia scored double with twelve points. Claussen tallied six points for old Edison and kicked one extra point for a score of 19-0. An Eagle aerial was made for a Governor’s tally, as Ortiz made the final six points on a forty- five yard jaunt. East Gary, the supposed underdog, was leading at the half-way mark 19-12 in the fray. This contest was a give-and-take affair with Edison doing most of the giving and taking. It Offensive drive by Dennis Anderson made possible by deceptive ball handling. Here they come — Roy Claussen (2) leading inter- ference with Joe Chester (3) and Leonard Garavalia (4) doing the honor. The 1953 Edisonian 61 “I dare you,” Leonard Garavalia leaving everyone behind again. “Have you got the ball ?” “Catch me and find out !” FOOTBALL seemed as though Edison had the game in the bag, but due to unforeseen events which were fortunate for Portage, the game ended in a 26- 26 deadlock. The contest was played on the opponent ' s home gridiron field on October 10. The four- way score total was shared by Anderson, 6; Garavalia, 12; and Chester, 6; the extra points were made by Claussen and ( iaravalia. The Eagles were jolted from their high victory perch by Edison of Gary for a 13-7 loss on October 17. A touchdown for the Eagles ( Continued ) was called back because of an off-side penalty in the first half. East Gary surged ahead of the Blazers with an opportune interception by our right end, Ronald Park. This lad was enjoyed only momentarily because the Blazers made a successful drive to escape a loss on their part. No excuses were made about the previous game. Edison entered once again the victory column with a breath-taking triumph against the Bombers of Rensselaer 20-18 on October 21. Leonard Garavalia showed his versatility by scoring nineteen of our twenty points. Joseph Hey ! that tickles Roy Claussen breaking through. “It takes two to catch me,” Leonard Garavalia, co-captain, twisting through defense. 62 The 1953 Edisonian Coach Sanders presenting senior sweater to Leonard Garavalia, co-captain. Coach Sanders presenting senior sweater to Donald Kuzma, co-captain. FOOTBALL ( Continued ) Chester made one of the extra numerals. Hav- ing gained four victories, tied one, and lost three games, the Eagles plunged forward for two more victories. Edison climaxed her ’52 conference schedule with a decisive victory over the invading Pirates of Merrillville. A slight edge of a matter of a safety made the difference of victory or defeat for the joyous Eagles. A score of 14-13 was the final result of the game. At the homecoming game on October 31, East Gary wound up the season in third place in the Calumet Confer- ence, which was the highest ranking ever at- tained in Edison’s short lived pigskin career. The actual climax of the ’52 season came November 5, when Edison’s aggressive Eagles trampled the Bulldogs of Crown Point to the tune of 20-6. The fleet-footed backs of Edison outran the Bulldogs. Chester registered the first tally of the Eagles with an eighty-three yard dash. Claussen and Houck made the two extra points. Claussen, also, tallied a sextet as did Park with a 35 yard spiral from Garavalia for a 42 yard journey for six. It was a hitter defeat for the Bulldogs. Coach Sanders presenting trophy to Roy Claussen, Edison’s most valuable football player for 1952-1953. The 1953 Edisonian 63 FOOTBALL Leonard Garavalia totaled 61 of the 149 points this season and received honorary title of the left half on the All-Conference Team. Donald Kuzma received the honor of guard on the All-Conference Team and received honorable mention on the All-State Team. Roy Claussen, Dennis Anderson, Dale Hodges, Ronald Park, and Edward Houck received honorable mention on the Calumet Conference Team. Leonard Garavalia and Donald Kuzma were selected as co-captains for the gridiron season. Roy Claussen was chosen as the most valuable player in Edison High School. Thus, the varsity concluded its most successful gridiron season under Coach Sanders and Assistant Coach Georgakis. RESERVES’ RECORD The season’s schedule for the reserves included skirmishes with Roosevelt of East Chicago, Hobart, Dyer, Washington of East Chicago, Portage, Crown Point, and Merrillville. It is well-known that experience is the best teacher, and such was the idea behind the tough reserve schedule under the coaching of Mr. Gaza, assistant foot- ball coach. Although the reserves won only one contest, they have learned the value of cooperation and domestic competition and displayed fine sportsmanship. Practice and experience are the primary factors in developing fine athletes for Edison’s future football varsity. Reserves Top row — Coach Gaza, Guy Everett, Richard Uhlir, William Sonntag, Russell Byrum, Joseph Beverly, Jan Rappata, George Greer, Robert Eddy, Charles Clemens, Larry Flaningan, Mr. Roos. Second rozv — John Smith, Edward Dawson, Charles Torrez, Lee Morrison, William Strong, Larry Blue, Charles Gilmore, Jerome Barnes, Frank Aloia, Robert Fiebelkorn, Robert Muraco. Front row — James Warne, Michael Wagner, Steven Smith, Paul Jarabek, Robert Gilmore, Lloyd Wagner, David Arrenson, Robert Boznak, Raymond Houck. 64 The 1953 Edisonian Virginia Cherry Betty Jakich Carl Jablonski Barbara Smith Ann Marie Halaschak VARSITY CHEERLEADERS — B TEAM Kathryne Pappas Carol Thorgren Phyllis Bumbera Laura Smith The 1953 Edisoiiiim 65 Top row — Assistant Coach Gaza, Roger Bottila, Donald Kuzma, Mr. Roos, Ronald Park, Bruce Swift, Coach Owen. . Front row — Blaze Kozak, Roy Claussen, Warren Ellis, Dennis Anderson, James Meister, Felix Ortiz, James Mills. Coach Owen Season’s Record Opponent Edison Merrillville . 51 22 Calumet Township . . . 48 54 Gary-Roosevelt . . . . 61 46 Dyer . 53 57 Hobart . 73 45 Wirt . 45 47 Calumet Twp.-Crown Point Tourney Calumet Twp.-Holiday . 53 47 Tourney . 61 51 Wirt-Consolation Game . . 53 62 Gary-Edison . . 52 56 Griffith . 59 35 Wheatfield . 71 39 Lowell . 45 65 Hobart . 85 66 Merrillville . 74 60 Portage . 61 57 Crown Point . . . . . 82 51 Wheeler . 57 58 Chesterton Emerson-Sectional . 74 56 Tourney . 73 52 , 66 The 1953 Edisonian VARSITY LETTERMEN Roy Claussen Edward Houck Donald Kuzma Co-Captain Ronald Park Co-Captain Dennis Anderson Roger Bottila Warren Ellis Bruce Swift Felix Ortiz James Meister The 1953 Edisonian 67 The beginning of a battle for victory. Dennis Anderson (30) sneaking one in from around the corner. VARSITY BASKETBALL Edison opened the first game of the season on Merrillville’s home floor on Novem ber 21. The Pirates led throughout the game to defeat the Eagles with a final score of 51-22. The Eagles made an about face by defeating the Warriors of Calumet Township on Novem- ber 25. Trailing throughout three quarters, Edison surged ahead to defeat the Warriors 54-48 the fourth quarter. Ronald Park was high point man with 27 points. In a double header in Memorial Auditorium in Gary, the next round ball contest was played with Roosevelt’s Panthers, who grounded the Eagles 61-46 in a rough and tumble affair. Ronald Park and Roy Claussen netted 17 and 13 points respectively on December 2. On their home floor on December 5, the Eagles played Dyer. In their first conference game they outscored the Indians the last few minutes of play to gain a victory out of a possi- All the Eagles are on their toes as Ed Houck (44) makes field goal attempt. Ronald Park (33) and Andy Grusak fight for the ball as Warren Ellis (31) watches with Eagle eye. 68 The 1953 Edisonian Fighting it out in the air as Ronald Park jumps — Ed Houck (44) and Warren Ellis (31) await a chance to break. Waiting for the ball, the Eagle five oppose two lone opponents. VARSITY BASKETBALL (Continued) ble defeat with a final score of 57-53. Roy Claussen tied with Dennis Anderson for 14 points, while Ronald Park scored 13 points. With a 50-50 winning average the Eagles played host in their hardwood engagement with the Brickies of Hohart on December 10 to lose to the brick layers 45 to 73. Once again, Ronald Park scored 16 points. East Gary’s quintet added its second con- ference victor y by defeating Wirt of Gary on December 12. As Wirt yielded two points, the score was 47-45 in favor of the Eagles. Warren Ellis and Ronald Park tied for 12 points each. Edison lost her first game of the Crown Point Tournament, December 18-20, to Calu- met Township’s Warriors, whom she had suc- cessfully defeated on her home hardwood. Park, Claussen, and Ellis made 15, 13, and 10 points respectively. Having been victor as well as defeatist of Calumet Township’s Warriors, the Eagles bat- tled them again in the Holiday Tourney on A reverse of circumstances with Ronald Park blocking an opposing bucket. Ball, ball, whose ball? The 1953 Edisonian 69 Everyone fighting for a free ball. Roy Claussen doing the honor of a free throw. VARSITY BASKETBALL ( Continued ) December 30 to lead 14-10 the first quarter, tie the third quarter, and lose the final score of 61-51. Roy Claussen gained 13 points; Dennis Anderson, 1 1 points. In a consolation game, however, the Eagles defeated Wirt 62-53. Warren Ellis captured 22 points, while Roy Claussen totaled 17 points. The Eagles unsheathed their talons to upset the Blazers of Edison in Gary 56-52 in the second half of the final game of a double header in Memorial Auditorium on January 10. Roy Claussen led with 21 points; Warren Ellis, 13 points. With a 3-0 conference record, January 16, East Gary was stopped abruptly at Griffith by an undaunted five, the Panthers, who out- clawed the Eagles 59-35. Twelve points were made by Dennis Anderson and ten points by Warren Ellis. The following night, the Eagles were routed 71-39 at Wheatfield. Roger Bottila scored 13 points and Ronald Park, ten points. January 20, Edison played host to defeat the Devils of Lowell 65-46, with Park making 21 ; Anderson, 16; and Houck, 11 points. Warren Ellis (14) on a jump center endeavor against odds. A lone wolf, Roger Bottila, shooting a free throw field goal. 70 The 1953 Edisonian Ronald Park (12) making one of his favorites. “How to make 2 points” demonstrated by Dennis Anderson (20). VARSITY BASKETBALL (Continued) January 22, after Edison had won four out of five conference games, Hobart, an old rival, managed to upset the apple cart to defeat her in a repeat performance with a score of 85-66. High scorers were: Claussen, 19; Park, 18; and Anderson, 14 points. On the home floor the Eagles flew ahead with 5 points the first quarter and continued so dur- ing the half, but woe begot them in the final quarter to lose the game 60-74 to the Pirates of Merrillville on January 28. Park scored 15 points; Ellis 14; Claussen and Anderson tied for 13 points. Next, Portage’s Indians managed, somehow, to scalp the Eagles with the final record of 61-57 on January 30. However, the final score does not always tell the actual story, as the Eagles played valiantly against their oppres- sors. Park made 17 while Houck made 14 points. As those big and tall athletes of Crown Point came over to claw the Eagles with a final score of 82-51 on February 6, those dogs of the Hub The 1953 Edisonian 71 Warren Ellis (13) sinks a field goal. Another free demonstration by Roy Claussen (22). VARSITY BASKETBALL ( Continued ) should have been branded “Greyhounds” in- stead of “Bulldogs.” Roy Claussen led Edison’s scoring with 14 points. Although the “Bearcats” of Wheeler tried to run as fast as the Eagles flew on February 13, the final outcome was a victory of one point in Edison’s favor 58-57, of which Ronald Park scored the last two points. Anderson and Park scored 15 and 14 points respectively. February 20, the Trojans of Chesterton came not with the legendary wooden horse but with a basketball to conquer Edison 74-56 on a wooden battlefield. Ronald Park was high point man with 20 points ; Dennis Anderson, second with 15 points. Although trailing the first and second quar- ters, Edison led at the end of the third quarter but lost the final count 73-52 to Emerson of Gary in the Gary Sectional, which was held February 25-28. Despite the score Edison played one of the best games of the season. Roy Claussen led the scoring with 19 points. Roy Claussen and Dennis Anderson received honorable mention on the All-Conference Team. Roy Claussen and Ronald Park were elected co-captains. Ronald Park up and over for a field goal. Still another demonstration by Roy Claussen (22) in the face of opposition. 72 The 1953 Edisoiiian r op row — Assistant Coach Gaza, Fred Urbanek. James Kurtos, Robert Eddy, Coach Owen. Warren, Wayne Wesley, Donald McBride, Paul Emanuele oXh JOh " Mi " an ’ Fra " k A ' ° ia ’ D ° " ald Shomaker - J° se P h Chester, Charles Torrez, Lester Loden, B - T E A M Coach Owen coached the B-Team throughout the season until the last four games of which assistant coach Gaza took charge. Robert Mayka was high point man in four of the first five games in which he played at the beginning of the season. Wayne Wesley was high point man in three and tied for high point man in four games. Other high point men were Joseph Chester, Fred Urbanek, Charles Torrez, Donald McBride, and Frank Aloia. Opponent Season Edison Merrillville . . . . 38 27 Calumet Township ... 68 41 Fmerson .... 27 Dyer 32 Hobart . . . 53 Wirt .... 30 Wheat field . . 33 18 The 1953 Edisonian 8 Record Lowell 27 Hobart .... ... 47 27 ( Griffith 30 Merrillville . ... 50 28 Crown Point . . . ... 45 38 Wheeler . ... 32 42 Chesterton .... ... 36 40 73 Top fw— John Millan, Robert Gilmore, Lee Morrison, Roy Fowler, Donald Przybysz, Ronald Mumaw, Th °!veconrf C1 rotc ames iUs, Cecil Foltz, Daniel Fronczak, William Maxwell. Bert Rhynearson, Ernest Kra- gt FroHl J ohn ' B righb Herman Miller, Steven Pahos, Lome Rearick, Paid Jarabek. Lloyd Wagner, David Renijan. FRESHMAN TEAM The freshman team gained much experience as beginners in basketball under assistant coach Gaza. Daniel Fronczak was high point man for the year’s average, and Ernest Kingery was run- ner-up. The year drew to a climax when Edison lost in the Freshman Basketball Tourney to Griffith 27-26. Cross Country Top row — Steven Pahos, James Meis- ter, Coach Owen, Robert Thews, Andrew Grusak. ■ ' rout row — Warren Ellis, Ronald Ker- sey, Wayne Wesley. 74 The 1953 Edisoiiian Top roio — Assistant Coach Benjamin Owen, James Warne, Jerome Barnes, Wayne Wesley, Guy Everett, James Warren, Thomas Meister, Coach Jack Owen. Second roiv — Felix Ortiz, Dennis Anderson, Robert Shoemaker, Steven Smith, Bert Rhynearson, Ronald Mumaw. Front roio — Paul Jarabek, Carl Jablonski, Steven Pahos, Donald McBride, Joseph Chester. TRACK Edison opened the season by taking sixth place in the Calumet Conference indoor meet. In the second meet she trimmed Edison of Gary 19-38. On April 14, East Gary placed second in a four-team meet held at Edison in Gary. Edison lost to Wirt in a duel meet on April 22 at Wirt. In a duel meet with Portage on April 23, Edison rated second. In the Calumet Conference Meet, April 30, Edison placed fourth. Dennis Anderson was top man for Edison throughout the season — taking first in the half-mile, one-fourth mile, mile relay, and high jump — followed by Houck, Chester, Ellis, and Ortiz. Dennis Anderson Edward Houck Felix Ortiz The 1953 Edisonian 75 Officers and Sponsors Coach Owen; Dale Hodges, president; Felix Ortiz, secretary-treasurer; Roy Claussen, vice-president ; Coach Sanders. E-MEN ' S CLUB The E-Men’s Club is an honorary athletic organization to which all boys who have won a major letter in one of the major sports — football, basketball, or track — may belong. During the year, two athletic banquets were held : the first banquet, which was held on November 22, was a father and son affair in honor of the football lettermen ; the second was a semi-annual athletic banquet in honor of the basketball and track lettermen on April 11. The seniors were awarded their sweaters. The last feast of the year was the Senior Honor Banquet given by the Lion’s Club at Teibel’s Restaurant on May 4. The senior lettermen, cheerleader, and three top ranking scholastic students had the honor of attending the banquet. Top row — Roger Bottila, Donald Kuzma, Dennis Anderson, Bruce Swift, Roy Taylor. Second row — Mitchell Najar, Ray Taylor, Ronald Park. James Meister, Marty Faitak. Front roxv — Leonard Garavalia, Kent Hardebeck, Frank Aloia. Joseph Chester. 76 The 1953 Edisonian CHAPTER IV s4eCve ' iti4ei I he merchants of East (iary, Gary, and Take County have shown their interest in the school. These merchants need our patronage as much as we need their services and products. At Edison we patronize the community. The 1953 Edisonian IT STERLING-CONER STUDIOS 752 Broadway OFFICIAL ANNUAL PHOTOGRAPHERS We Wish to Express Our Appreciation to Mr. Lee Coner Who Has Been Our Etlisoninn Photographer the Past Eight Years . 78 The 1953 Edisonian TWO COMPLETE PRESCRIPTION DRUG STORES Phone 2-1137 2800 DeKalh Street " IT ' S NICER AT MEISTER ' S " Phone 2-1171 3542 Central Avenue CONGRATULATIONS TO THE CLASS OF 1953 The 1953 Edisonian 79 E very Minute . . . Every Hour . . . your Savings Work Here Day in and day out, your savings here are earning for you at our current liberal rate — and twice yearly the earnings are compounded to make savings grow faster. You ' ll be surprised how small amounts add up when you make a habit of saving regularly in an insured account here Whv noi open vour account now ? FIRST FEDERAL SAVINGS AND LOAN ASSOCIATION 545 BROADWAY GARY, INDIANA 80 Th-e 1953 Edisonian COMPLIMENTS AND BEST W ISHES TO THE CLASS OF ’53 ARTISTIC CLEANERS The 1953 Edison ian 81 FINE CLASS RINGS ANNOUNCEMENTS YEARBOOKS AWARDS JOSTEN ' S Since 1897 Representative: ROBERT ALBERTSON Box 9 Plymouth, Indiana Forney ' s I. G. A. Food Mart 3539 Central Avenue East Gary Phone 2-1578 WE DELIVER Our Merchants Are Our Loyal Supporters! Geraldine Demo and Joann Watts re- ceiving ad from Mr. Leo Meister. 82 The 1953 Edisonian GARY NATIONAL BANK Nine Convenient Offices: Gary - Hobart - Griffith ■ Dyer Member Federal Reserve System Member Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. CONGRATULA TIONS ! PEARSONS Broadway and Sixth Gary, Indiana PRINCIPAL’S OFFICE Student Assistants Top row — Mary Ann Tucker, Cynthia Morri- son, Barbara Poffinbarger. Second row — Marjorie Mize, Marilynn Mc- Ewan. Front row — Phyllis Sykes, Olivia Parker, Helen Coulter. ★ Phone 6251 The 1953 Edisonian 83 Crane and Dozer Service Sewer and Paving Work A. METZ GENERAL CONTRACTOR e Yards Telephone 1601 Louisiana Street East Gary 2-4865 Gary 5-356.1 Tatone ' s East Garry Garage Since 1922 GENERAL REPAIRING TUNE-UP 24-HOUR ROAD SERVICE • Central and Route No. 51 East Gary, Indiana Phone East Gary 2-1461 Hall Monitors Top row — Steven Smith, Blaze Kozak, Nick Kolosci. Second row — Dale Hodges, Carl Sanders, Donald Kuzma, Loretta Gray, Michael Wagner, Jan Rapatta. Third rox v — James Meister, Dennis Anderson, Donna Berg, Joyce Minor. Front row — Ruth Prokop, Geraldine Demo, Rita Halaschak, Catherine Kaiser, Helen Burn- ham. 84 The 1953 Edisonian REARICK BROTHERS HEATING AND SUPPLY CO. 850 Washington Gary, Indiana English Assistants Sealed — Ruth Prokop. Standing — Kay Robertson. 637 Broadway Gary The 1953 Edisanian 85 BRIMMER BROS. EAST GARY ALLEYS FOR YOUR SCHOOL SUPPLIES and THOSE QUICK SCHOOL SNACKS Don’t Forget MART’S SCHOOL STORE 2462 Pike Street See . . . AL GANZ for your REAL ESTATE PLANS ★ Office — 504 Broadway Home — 2835 Fairview Avenue ★ Plione: Gary 6818 or East Gary 2-1668 FOR FREE DELIVERY OF FOODS At the Best Rate . . . Just Dial ARGO’S at 2-1688 • ARGO’S FOOD MART 3101 Central Avenue East Gary, Indiana Sweet Shop Student Assistant Bruce Bailey 86 The 1953 Edisonian OLSON FUNERAL HOME Oxygen Equipped Ambulance Service Day or Night 3781 Central Avenue Phone 2-1176 Compliments of ED and HENRIETTA BARTOS 2898 DeKalh Street Sweet Shop Student Assistant Dallas Lehmann Compliments of FORNEY’S FOOD SHOP GROCERIES AND MEATS Phone 2-1532 2489 Clay Street East Gary Feed and Supply Co. THE HOME OF DUNES MIX FEEDS Complete Line of Feeds: SWIFT’S VITALITY RYDE ' S • 3010 Central Avenue Phone 2-1471 Tlic 1953 Edisoniati 87 HAMMIE’S SINCLAIR SERVICE 2900 Dekalb Street Evinrude Denier East Gary, Indiana SCHEUER MARKET GROCERIES AND MEATS Compliment » ★ 1201 Central Avenue MACK and ANNABELLE PETRUZELLI CONGRATULATIONS TO THE CLASS OF ’53 GARBER BROS. 2751 DeKalb Street Phone 2-9975 Class Candidates for Carnival Queen Patricia Skeens, Phyllis Bumbera, carnival queen; Mrs. Milchak, Lois Cotter, last year’s queen; Beverly Bottila, Joyce Cunningham. 88 The 1953 Edisonian ! «d £S N ’ r SUPER " MART fmBcmt nnn Ounce " «ys QUALITY JEWELERS T II E II () M E OF PERFECT DIAMONDS 624 Broadway Gary, Indiana 4700 Central Avenue FIVE STAR SUPER MART Phone 2-1660 Compliments of COURTESY FOOD MARKET PHONE 2-6838 2780 DeKalh Street East Gary CONGRATULATIONS f r »iii JULIAN’S CORNER STATE AND LIVERPOOL ROAD Phone 2-1618 Home Killed Meats Compliments Class Presidents Donald Kuzma, senior president ; Joyce Minor, junior president; Joseph Chester, sophomore president; Steven Pahos, freshman president. 7 he 1953 Edisonian 89 ONDRAS BROS. 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Third row — Ray Taylor, Roy Taylor — juniors. Second row — Paul Kurtos, Louise Kurlos— juniors. Front row — Jack Scheuer, James Scheuer — - sophomores. CITY GROCERY Best in Meats Quality Groceries FREE DELIVERY Phone 2-1523 WALLIN ' S HARDWARE 3445 Central Avenue Phone 2-1478 SHERWIN-WILLIAMS PAINTS Complete Line of HARDWARE AND PLUMBING SPEED QUEEN W ASHERS COLEMAN FURNACES CROSLEY REFRIGERATORS PEN GAS IN 100-LB. BOTTLES GLASS, SPORTING GOODS, GIFTS, ETC. Open Wednesday and Saturday Evenings Until 9 OT.lock The 1953 Edisonian 91 “ Your Assurance of Good Workmanship ” ARLIN ' S CLEANERS PICK-UP AND DELIVERY o 3705 Central Avenue East Gary, Indiana Girls’ Football Cheerleaders Jack Hoyt, Richard Uhlir, Steven Smith. Bruce Bailey — photographer. EAST GARY AND PORTAGE TWP. LOOK WhaVs in a Name? 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Eighth Ave. Gary, Indiana CONOR A TULA TIONS TO THE CLASS OF 1953 ★ The East Gary Police Department Joe Aloia John Zahinaki Richard Elirenfeld Compliments of Town Board and Clerk-Treasurer RUTH PULLARA President JOHN KOZAK Trustee JOHN KLEMPER Trustee GEORGE BOHY Trustee JAMES KNUTSEN Trustee ESTER BELL SWIFT Clerk-Treasurer Top Edisonian Salesmen Top roiv — Geraldine Demo, second place ; Cyn- thia Morrison, third place. Front rotv — Nick Kolosci, fourth place; Lois Cotter, first place with 52 sales of books. 91 The 1953 Edisonian GARY OFFICE Compliments of For Your Fun For Your Work Remember Herff-Jones Co. Gary’s Largest Office Outfitters MANUFACTURING JEWELERS AND for your STATIONERS Typewriters Fountain Pens Luggage Greeting Cards 1407-1419 North Capitol Avenue Cameras Indianapolis 7, Indiana RENTALS On Typewriters, Adding Machines EXPERT REPAIRS • On All Makes of Typewriters M. J. VOGEL Gary Office Equipment Co. 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Freshman : Judith Gardner, 5 ; Cather- ine Kaiser, 4; Leona Mock, 4; Nancy King, 3; Michael Wagner, 3; Martha Cruikshank, 1. 98 The 1953 Eduonian WHEN YOU W ANT TO BUY A HOME, WHEN YOU WANT TO SELL A HOME Compliments of See BYMAN’S CHINCHILLA RANCH VALE-BERRY REALTY CO. HEALTORS We Write All Types of Insurance Phone 2-1438 3801 Central Avenue 2185 RIPLEY STREET EAST GARY Compliments of BAZIN’S GROCERY 2301 FAIRVIEW AVENUE EAST GARY, INDIANA Phone 2-9940 CONGRATULATIONS TO THE CLASS OF ' 53 CHET YOUNG’S CONOCO CENTRAL AND MIAMI STREETS Phone 2-7891 Edward Nelson, Custodian CONGRATULATIONS TO THE CLASS OF ' 53 from JOHNSON’S FISH MARKET 2619 CENTRAL AVENUE Phone 2-1728 Compliments of WHITLEDGE SHOE STORE AND REPAIR 2825 CENTRAL AVENUE Phone 2-1288 The 1953 Edisonian 99 EAST GARY ICE COAL CO. Fill Sand .... Slone . . . Slag . . . Gravel Fuel Oil Carl C. Peterson, Proprietor 3150 CENTRAL AVENUE EAST GARY, INDIANA Phone: Office 2-1556, Home 2-6780 CONGRATULATIONS TO THE CLASS OF ’53 GIRL SCOUT MOTHER S CLUB Phone 9688 HARRISON AUTO SERVICE “COMPLETE SERVICE’’ Jay and Kenny 512 Harrison Street Gary, Indiana Compliment s of CLOVERLEAF ICE CREAM CO. Jack Spratt Brand PHONES 2-4157 AND 2-8641 440-446 Conneeticut St. Gary, Ind. CONGRATULATIONS from BLOSSOM’S GROCERY SERVICE Fairview and Marion Streets PHONE 2-9951 CALL US BEFORE YOU BUY OR SELL DEVANEY REALTY CO. of Gary Representative, Gilbert Dc Vaney 2454 Hobart Street Phone 2-4211 John Carnegie, Custodian 100 The 1953 Edisonian “African Violets” Novelty Planters and Small House Plants THE FLOWER POT SHOP Phone Main 196 209 S. Illinois Street Hohart, Inti. J K NEWS AGENCY NEWSPAPERS : MAGAZINES GREETING CARDS • 2 IB Main Street 336 Main Street Hohart, Indiana Carol Bynum, Custodian Main 99 Cars Bought, Sold, Exchanged HOBART MOTOR SALES, INC. Authorized Dealer C hrysler-Plymou th Sales anil Service 426 Main Street Hohart, Indiana Phone Main 197 ODELL-SMITH JEWELRY . . . MUSIC . . . GIFTS 347 Main Street Hohart, Indiana Compliments of HOBART FLOWER SHOP Neil and Marie Kellen PHONE MAIN 140 409 Main Street Hohart, Indiana HOBART WALGREEN AGENCY “Let Us Fill Your Next Prescription” Leon Gardner, It.P i. 310 Main Street Hohart, Indiana PHONE 255 The 1953 Edisonian 101 VOSSBERG APPAREL NATIONALLY ADVERTISED CLOTHING FOR THE ENTIRE FAMILY Hobart Miller GIVE HER A BLUE RAY DIAMOND front JACKSON’S 644 Broadway IT WILL BE TREASURED FOREVER! TWO LEGS, INC. PANTS . . . SWEATERS . . . JACKETS 626 Broadway Gary, Indiana Success and Prosperity in the Future to the Graduating Class of ’53 LEON J. ANTON Funeral Director EAST GARY Phone 2-2318 BURKE PRINTING CO. GENERAL PRINTING SERVICE 525 Washington Gary, Indiana Com aliments of 662 Broadway Gary, Indiana Phone 5-2746 Clarence Downs, Custodian 102 The 1953 Edisonian OF HOBART WOODRUFF, THE PRINTER COMMERCIAL AND SPECIALTY PRINTING WEDDING ANNOUNCEMENTS Northern Indiana ' s Finest Sporting; Goods Phone 657-J Hobart, Indiana Compliments of SYLVIA NIEHAUS TEACHER OF PIANO Studio: 3315 Edison Avenue Phone 2-43 1 1 Compliments o BROADWAY LUMBER AND SUPPLY CO. 120 East Eleventh Avenue Gary, Indiana TO OUR ADVERTISERS The advertisers, who helped to make this book possible, certainly have our heartiest appreciation and gratitude. They, also, most certainly deserve our most courteous patronage. May everyone give our merchants their well deserved patronage. DEL’S HOME IMPROVEMENTS 1224 West Fifth Phone 5-3074 • STORM WINDOWS STORM DOORS AWNINGS NEW PUBLIC ADDRESS SYSTEM A public address system was installed throughout the high school building the latter part of the school year. The new system was used in the gymnasium for programs this spring and will be ready for use in broadcasting announcements and educational programs to the classrooms next fall. The 1953 Edisoman 103 panecueCt As the book of our 1952-1953 school life has been completed, we say “farewell.” We hope that the year has been a happy one for every one and that you have enjoyed reading the chapters of our ’53 Edisonian. Now, we’re looking forward to our future lives as alumni traveling our individual pathways of success in college, in the industrial world, or in the home. A Twinco Yearbook, Twin City Printing Co., Champaign, Illinois. f

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