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It was the fourth day of September, 1944, a calm, peaceful,
Autumnal day, radiant with the sunshine of hope, cheer, and joyous
promise, that the good ship, Galatia Community High School, stood at
anchor at the wharf of a new school year. It was the samei old ship
that had carried many passengers to the safe harbor in the Land of
Great Wisdom, but this day was a gala day in its history. Many people
gazed upon it in wonder as they watchedi the forty-two beautiful and
charming young ladies and the thirty-six bold and dashing young
gentlemen as they so happily stepped aboard, for it was rumored that
they were about to set sail over new- and untried waters in a quest for
"The Fountain of Perfect Understanding".
When we were all aboard we began to set the ship in order. We were
informed by older passengers that our journey was not to be one over
one big sea. In reality it was over four smaller seas, each growing in
size as We passed from one to the other.
Our course over the first and smallest of the seas was charted for
us by Mary Fern Smith. During this year, 1944-45, Mr. Harold Moody
held the position of helmsman.
We veered from the main course of our journey and stopped at
"Dog Patch Island". Here we had a happy time. Those from our group
to win recognition at the "Dog Patch" party were Pat Jackson and Don
Raley, Jim Smith and Betty Perdue.
Farther on, into the depth of this sea, we were attracted by some
beautiful Boston ivy plants. We purchased some of these to add to the
beauty of our ship, G. C. H. S.
Some of our boys became interested in basketball. We encouraged
Carl Griffiths, Gratton Karnes, Amos Kent, and Don Raley, for we all
enjoyed their pastime.
A few of our passengers became sea sick. A number were tempted
to throw up algebra and other disagreeable dishes. Some even wanted
to toss their best belongings overboard in times of rough sea. But we
were assured by our stowardess, Jean Jones, and first-aid workers, Dcn
Raiey and Billy Jordon, that it would be necessary to digest these
"indigestibles" over and over again until they were perfectly
And thus we came to the cmd -of the Freshman Sea. With careful
steering we soon found our course upon the second sea. The crew of
officers was changed. To pilot our ship over this sea, we chose Billy
Jordon, Amos Kent, Phyllis Weaver, and Bernadine Brown.
Storms were not so frequent upon this Sophomore Sea. Neither did
so many cases of seasickness develop. Yet, at the Island of Indifference,
a number of our passengers got off the ship and did not continue the
journey with us. As Sophomores there were fifty-two who finished that
journey. Our helmsman was Mr. S. N. Atkinson.
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