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8 THE CHRONICLE
We sophomores have been asked to tell what we think of the morning school, and we imagine that our impressions closely resemble those of all other sophomore classes.
The building is the same; the rooms haven’t changed, but still there is a slight difference somewhere. Our thrill upon entering the first day was not quite the same as we had when we came as freshmen. Yet we were glad to be back and to learn the names of the teachers and the outstanding seniors and juniors.
Our first days in the “gym” were a thrill, and the first auditorium program seemed just perfect. The whole-hearted playing of the orchestra as the students marched in from every entrance seemed very stirring to us, and the first entertainment was most enjoyable.
Some of us are still a little vague about certain Student Council rules, but we are always ready to be taught by the experienced seniors. We have very kind feelings toward our upper-class friends, who have made us feel welcome in their clubs and sports and on their Chronicle Staff.
Marion O’Connell, ’39
A New Club
Lyman Hall has a new organization, a Home Economics Club, organized by Miss Gillette and Miss Wilcox. The purpose of this club is to enable students to become better acquainted with the various interesting subjects pertaining to home economics. Later we hope to join the State Home Economics Club and call ourselves a sister organization. We shall visit other organizations throughout the state and participate in programs given in the schools that we visit. Our meetings are held twice a month in the sewing room, and we shall be very glad to welcome new members.
Esther Tuttle, ’37
Opportunity at Lyman Hall
Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors, All! May I have a word with you—just a moment or two of your time in which to consider the value of extra-curricular activities? I have special reference to the clubs and other organizations offering their cordial welcome and membership to you as students of Lyman Hall. How many can we name — the Debating, Home Economics and Stamp Clubs, the Daubers, Junior College Club, Glee Clubs, Choir, Band, Orchestra? To how many can you claim a membership? I hope you won’t say none, for after all, these clubs are formed solely for your benefit and enjoyment. Lately you have been hearing the pleadings of various clubs for new members. Surely! Now, why not investigate? That’s a good idea.
Maybe you have been traveling about the corridors of Lyman Hall totally indifferent toward these valuable organizations. I wish that you would take notice now and take advantage of these chances to become a member of a club or two this year. Such extra-curricular activities seem really just as much a part of our high-school education as mathematics, shorthand, Latin, and all the rest.
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John Balogh Class of 1937
To the Class of 39
Perhaps we’ve been too busy just being seniors to have catalogued you yet, or perhaps you have slipped so successfully into the background that we have taken you and your actions for granted. Many times in this last step of our high-school life, we have just thought of you as the added noise in the hall, the extra shove in the locker room, or the occupants of certain back seats in the auditorium. Yet we have noticed in you a definite quality that has not always seemed to be characteristic of former sophomores — you are independent. On the whole you seem more serious-minded, more conscious of the opportunities of the academic part of our school life. You showed fine initiative and leadership in your freshman year. Your newspaper was followed with great interest by many upper classmen; your student council was a success. Other things that you did also showed us that you saw a value in our extra-curricular activities and that you would find opportunities for developing the quality of doing and succeeding.
Thus far you have taken part in our activities, but not in quite the same spirit that you showed last year. You seem too conscious of our being here and are afraid to say or do what you would like. You have much to teach us about cooperation and initiative. 1 hope you will not lose your spirit of independence among yourselves. Get out of high school what will help you after graduation and what will count as time well spent. High school is by far the best place to find our interests for later life. Don’t disregard this, but attempt to make your school days the most enjoyable. Enjoyment will come from satisfaction, and satisfaction from doing.
Charlotte Crump, ’37
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THE CHRONICLE 9
Of course, there are certain restrictions made by some of the clubs such as the Daubers, to which you may belong only if you take art. The Junior College Club is only for girls who are taking the Normal or College Course. Naturally you must have somewhat of a voice to be in the glee clubs, and you must play an instrument to join the ranks of the band or orchestra. If you can sing or play your fiddle or flute, please don’t make the grave mistake of losing one of the grandest opportunities offered in high school; for music in any form is one of the most instructive as well as pleasurable trainings one can find.
And now a word about the A. A. and Chronicle. To be sure they require a dollar or two a year, but they are both good investments, and besides you will receive the satisfaction of knowing that you have done your part in helping your school along its way. And, too, don’t forget the basketball season! Our team needs your support to keep it going to the best of its ability.
Well, I’ve said my bit. Have I said enough? I certainly hope I have, so that you’ll now join the popular movement toward more members for our clubs.
Roberta Bingham, ’38
The words “Yankee Ingenuity” are well known to us, but perhaps some of us have a rather vague conception of their true meaning. We are inclined to associate this quality with something that died with Eli Whitney, Elias Howe, Samuel Morse, and other New England inventors. Yankee ingenuity is not mentioned so much in our modern times, but it still exists, however. Clever people are continually inventing or improving upon labor or money saving devices. The following is a good example of this.
An excellent opportunity is offered to prospective students by the Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Every year a scholarship of five hundred dollars is awarded to a student born and reared in New England who best shows his ingenuity.
This year the scholarship was given to Franklin D. Hayes, who lived on a farm in Massachusetts, where his father had a greenhouse. He was sick of running out every few hours to keep track of the temperature, and he was especially weary of leaving his warm bed two or three times during the night. Determined to make his wits save his heels, he contrived a device which flashes a light and rings a bell in his room whenever the temperature changes three degrees. When the temperature reaches a fixed danger point, the device also starts a blower under the boiler in the heating room of the greenhouse. This creates a draft and the heat rises and all is well. The principal materials used were two strips of zinc, a strip of sheet iron, a bicycle spoke, two clock wheels, some copper rivets from a discarded harness, some colored bulbs from Christmas tree decorations, an electric doorbell, a toy electric train transformer, and part of an old vacuum cleaner. Worth perhaps — well — they were worth a five-hundred-dollar scholarship and a lot of glory to Franklin D. Hayes.
Charles Upham, ’39
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