Girard College - Corinthian Yearbook (Philadelphia, PA)

 - Class of 1936

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6 CHRONICLES January, 1936 {Bashful ylmateurs The first real plays we ever took part in at the College were those annual lov¬ able Christmas plays of the Middle School which depicted life at the season of Yuletide in Old England. We enjoyed the custom of adding some new part to the old script every year and keeping it as a regular scene if it were successful. Our new scene was “St. George and the Dragon,” and we were immensely inter¬ ested in performing it. The background we received there in those grade school plays doubtless laid the foundation for all our theatrical triumphs since then. We Try Again It was in the Seventh Grade that we gave the play, “The Old Sleuth” and so revived our dramatic interests. As you may recall, we also attempted “A Christ¬ mas Carol” on the same afternoon! We claim no successes from these small efforts, but they were great fun, and even at that they served their purpose. “Stephen Girard ” It may be safely said that “Stephen Girard” is the play which will remain longest in the minds and hearts of all those who are connected with Girard College and who saw it. The charac¬ terization of the Founder was quite authentic and was well executed. The supporting cast is still to be congrat¬ ulated again at this late date. We are proud to have taken so large a part in the rejuvenation of the man to whom we owe our all and to give to those who would take it, a clear, accurate and las¬ ting picture of him who has so often been criticized through sheer lack of knowledge of him. Minor Roles in Outstanding Plays It was the good fortune of some of us to have participated in such other excel¬ lent performances as “The Merchant of Venice,” “She Stoops to Conquer,” “Jean Valjean,” and “Christmas Eve.” The training we received in public speak¬ ing and the uses we made of it are, in addition, only to our credit, and we hope to the credit of the College.

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January, 1936 CHRONICLES 5 The Need The repeating of the oath of allegiance in the morning assembly of May 19, 1932, marked the beginning of a new phase of life in Girard—the National Honor Society. The idea was not a new one. More than a year before, in a meeting of the Faculty, there had been voiced the need for an organiza¬ tion for boys—a society—which would do honor to those members of the stu¬ dent body who, by high scholarship, fine character, leadership, and influence, distinguish themselves during their stay here. After long study and much de¬ liberation the National Honor Society was chosen as the desired mark of dis¬ tinction. That inaugural ceremony was an answer to an urgent need and the ful¬ filment of a highly constructive dream. What are the Society’s objectives ? Character We consider Character the sustaining power behind all great action. It con¬ sists of an amicable combination of principle and energy guided by the ability to be either pliable or inflexible on occasion, which is, in reality, the exercise of will. The possessor of char¬ acter makes enemies, but “he makes no friends who never made a foe.” Scholarship Education, of which scholarship is an important part, should be the greatest interest of any thoughtful boy. Its purpose is to develop, to unfold to their fullest extent each of his capacities. The result is an enjoyment of life which is best in quality and endless in amount. Leadership The product of Character.and Knowl¬ edge is Leadership. Knowledge makes one ready; Character makes him willing. The leader is always at the head of any movement, and he guides the others. If the goal is ever abandoned, he is the last one to consider such an act. Good and wise leaders are an everyday neces¬ sity. Service The words of the Bible, “Show me thy faith without thy works and I will show you my faith by my works,” ex¬ emplify the true aim which the Society represents. After all, why be a student, why be a leader, why a man, if not to serve ? Doing something for some one else is service to the doer.

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January, 1936 CHRONICLES 7 In The Classroom Our earliest memories of Girard are inseparably linked with music. For many years we were under the constant supervision of willing teachers who lab¬ ored to show us the uses of voice and to impress upon us the value of a love for music. These lessons form the basis for all our other training in this art. The Choir The Junior Hundred was the first opportunity to put into practice what we had learned. We cannot forget those dreary hours we spent in rehearsing for “The Children’s Crusade,” our first big performance, but we are proud of the results. More recently many of our members have become interested in the work of the Glee Club. The history of that organization and its activities is well-known because of its success. Vo¬ cal music has made so deep an impres¬ sion on us that we are certain the enjoy¬ ment we derived from singing can only increase with time. Instrumental Back as far as the fifth grade the study of the violin was first undertaken by those of us who were interested. Then in the seventh year, Junior High, some fellows branched off into the fields of the wind instruments. Along the way many dropped out leaving only the better musicians behind. Perhaps this accounts for the outstanding successes of the Band and Orchestra in the past few terms. Looking On Music is one activity in which every¬ one is engaged. Just because a boy was not a member of the Choir, the Band, or the Orchestra, in no way indicates that he had no musical inclinations. All of us took part in and enjoyed the group singing of the Chapel services and the informal Auditorium programmes. They linger with us because they are part of us.

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