Norwich High School - Archive Yearbook (Norwich, NY)

 - Class of 1940

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VALEDICTORY ADDRESS "We have crossed the bay, the ocean lies before us." Yes, friends, as we talte our leave of Norwich High School tonight, we fully realize that we are about to face a new period in our lives, and a new period in the history of the world. Perhaps it is a period comparable to the darlc ages, an age of intolerance and "brotherly hatred." Perhaps it will be a Renaissance, a rebirth for this troubled world. We are deeply grateful to those about us who have aided the advancement of our education, the development of our minds, and the power of our ideals. You have given us the courage to face the future. We have crossed the bay, the ocean, mysterious, defiant, absorbing, lies before us. Even in the most difficult times there have been flashes of decency to help bring mankind forward. These are the beacon lights of hope for those who sail the turbulent waters of today. Defiantly aware of the storms to be encountered, we proudly sail from the bay to the ocean, our spirits undaunted, our heads held high in anticipation, our greatest wish to malce our Alma lvlater proud of her graduating class of nineteen fortyl Marilyn Berglas. SALUTATORY This evening the majority of us, the class of 1940, will be leaving forever the protecting walls of Norwich High School, those walls which have these many long years, become impregnated with vivid memories of the tears and laughter, hope and despair, joys and sorrows of countless boys and girls, who upon other evenings such as this have found themselves a part of the adult world. We, too, after this happy, yet sad evening will gaze upon the world with the eyes of adults rather than those of carefree youth. And we are just a bit frightened by what we see. ln this world today where chaos is icing and Wanton Destruction his consort, we must have the ability to use all of the lcnowledge and training that our patient teachers and our experiences in this school have taught us. When the tempest which now rages in our war-torn world has exhausted itself, and the two rulers of evil have been dethroned, it will be our responsibility and the responsi- bility of thousands of youths lilce us to talce up the brolcen threads of life and once again weave them into a complete, shiningly-beautiful tapestry of brotherly love, good fellowship, and peace. It is a tremendous and terrible taslc which has been thrust upon the shoulders of the graduating class not only of Norwich High School but of thousands of other high schools and colleges, but if we carry before us into the battles of life the proud standard of ideals and doctrines which our schools have taught us, we shall perhaps one day, successfully be able to complete it. If we ignore these ideals and doc- trines, we shall fail, and if we fail, there is no hope. Now, as we take one last long loolc at the regal purple and white of our beloved Alma Mater, we cannot still the poignant pain that tugs at our hearts. Qur school has become a second home and a second mother to us. For all of the benefits which she has so graciously bestowed upon us we wish to express our gratitude to those who are here tonight and to those whose spirit is here, although they are gone, who have made it possible for us to go forth into the world clad in the shining armor of faith, wrought by the care and lcindness of our school. That armor will aid us in attempting to malce our community, our country, and our world a better place in which to live. Vivian Kiter.

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