Oak Bluffs High School - Beacon Yearbook (Oak Bluffs, MA)

 - Class of 1934

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THE BEACON 9 ple-and even people from the other towns--is very apparent from the enormous number who turn out every year, the hall is always filled long bc- fore the contest is ready to begin. Besides thoroughly entertaining all those who attend them, the speaking contests are valuable for many more reasons. First, they foster the spirit of competition. A student must com- pete even to enter the contests. Sec- o11d, they train the memory. The more one learns, the more he is able to learn. Speaking contests students must memorize their pieces thoroughly. This sharpenstheir memory, and it al- so exercises and strengthens it, so that it may do even more work. Third, speaking contests teach students to take good care of their voices and health i11 general. We believe that contestants catch fewer colds during the training period than during any other time of the year. If they do catch colds, it is seldom through care- lessness. Fourth, speaking contests teach students to face the public. Af- ter competing a few times a student loses all traces of stage-fright-"A consummation devoutly to be wished! ' Fifth, speaking contests teach stud- ents to inte1'pret correctly whatthey read. f No contestant can take a prize ex- cept he interprets his' piece as it should be interpreted. He must be able to put himself in the place of the per- son speaking. Sixth, speaking con- tests teach students to hold themselves in erect positions and to avoid all signs of nervousness. Seventh, speak- ing contests teach students to pronun- ciate words so that those around them understand the nature of all the char- acters i11 his selection. In speaking hc must understand the nature of his audience. He must quickly compre- hend why o11e joke didn't go over and the other did. He must watch facet. to see if his listeners have to strain to catch his words. He must under- stand human nature so that he may know where to raise his voice to a roar and where to whisper. He must understand human nature to know where to pause in his speaking. This may be able to understand what they say. Eighth, speaking contests teach ple think. We think that the un- derstanding of human nature is the art is more important than most peo- students to understand human nature, for a good speaker must be able to most important requisite of a good speaking contestant. Ninth, speaking contests teach students to think on their feet! This may seem incredible, at first, but it is true. All speeches may 11ot be memorized. Impromptu speak- ing does not call for a speech to flow from the memory. But even in a speak- ing contest where selections are mem- orized, a prize-winner must know how to think on his feet, for no matter how well one knows his piece, there is still a great chance of his forgetting something, but if he has the ability to think on his feet he may fill in the gap and the audience and even the judges would never know the dif- ference. We have seen this done. No doubt we have omitted evcn more values of speaking contests, yet we feel that we have explained the outstanding ones. Then, speaking con- tests are important and valuable bc- cause they entertain those who at- tend, encourage competition, improve the memory, improve the voice and health in general, teach students to face the public, teach students to in- terpret and understand correctly what they read, teach them to maintain erect postures and avoid signs of ner- vousness, teach students to pronounce clearly and correctly, teach them to understand human nature, and last but not least, speaking contests teach students to think on their feet!

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8 g gg THE BEACON of 1360 miles in 15V2 hours. In June, 1927, with three compan- ions, Byrd flew from New York to the coast of France, a distance of 4200 miles, in 42 hours. Tl1c most complete polar expedition the world has ever known got under way when Admiral Byrd sailed from San Pedro, California, October 11, 1928, bound for Dunedin, New Zea- land, on the first leg of his South Polar Expedition. He arrived finally at the Antarctic without loss of ship or men and founded Little America. Admiral Byrd, accompanied by Bernt Balchen, Captain Ashley McKinley, and Harold I. June, started out in his big tri-mo- tored cabin monoplane to fly over the South Pole. Just as observations indi- cated that they were exactly over the South Pole, all hands stood and salut- ed the memory of Floyd Bennett, who h-id 2'lCC"IYlp2llll0d Byrd to the North Pole, and would have gone with him to the South Pole, if death had not intervened. At the same time a trap- door in the bottom of the fuselage was opened and through it a silk American flag. weighted with a stone carried from lfloyd Bennett's grave in Arling- ton Uemetery, was dropped. They al- so dropped a British Hag in memory of Captain F. Scott, a Norwegian flag in memory of Captain Roald Amund- sen. and a French flag in tribute to the people who l1ad been so kind at the end of Byrd's trans-Atlantic flight. Nothing that we could say about our 111119178 character could speak stranger for him than the record of his active alld useful life, which we have, in part, discussed here. Admiral Richard Evelyn Byrd has certainly exemplified our Class Motto, "We Will find a path or make one!" THE COVER Probably the first "Beacon" to car- ry a picture of the Oak Bluffs School on the cover was published by the Class of 1931. The class thought that possibly it would be the last class to graduate from the old building since there was a new building rumored. Well, no new building has yet come, although two classes have since grad- uated from the same building. Again this year we, the Class of 1934, might possibly be the last to graduate from this building, but that is not sure, of course. One thing that We are sure of, however, is that we are the first class to graduate from the renovated building! Thus we place on our cover this reproduction of our school, just before it was so well renovated. SPEAKING CONTESTS In 1930 Mr. Merrill organized tne first public speaking contest in our school. There were nine contestants that year, six girls and three boys. There were no separate girls' and boys' prizes. But rather three prizes were awarded to the three best speak- ers of the group. The girls walked away with all three prizes! The fol- lowing year Mr. Merrill changed the contest somewhat. Twelve students participated instead of nine. There were two sets of prizes, first, second, and third for the girls and first, sec- ond, and third for the boys. Again in 1932 the contest was changed. Only ti n contestants, five boys and five girls, participated this year. This arrange- ment was considered the best and has been followed for the last three years. The great value of public speaking cannot be questioned. Therefore, the Oak Bluffs students should be proud in carrying on a fine speaking contest. every year. Every student in the high school is required to try out-thus ev- eryone has a chance. The five best. boys and the five best girls are chosen to compete in the finals. That the speaking contests are greatly appreciated by the townspeo-

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10 THE B EACON The other schools on the Island have not yet taken up speaking contests. We hope they do soon, for we would be interested in an Interscholastic Speaking Contest. We do regret, how- ever, that these contests were not ar- ranged while some of our best speak- ers were still in school. Nevertheless, we hope that Oak Bluffs will continu- ally improve the quality of her public speaking contests, and we know that when the three schools do compete against each other, our Oak Bluffs speakers will be second to none! WE THANK YOU We know that we could never have realized the happy goal of graduation had it not been for the many kind hands which have so often reached out to aid us. Mr. Merrill, as our class adviser for the last two years, has safely guided us in all our doings. As principal of our High School he has given us his untiring attention, which every pupl under his jurisdiction receives from him. Miss McDermott, while not our class adviser, has worked so hard with us that she could not have done more were she our adviser. Under her watchful eye, the Commercial Depart- ment has done a most excellent job in the preparing of this manuscript. We also extend our thanks to the typists. Mr. Downs has helped to make not only our last year, but our last three years a success. As our teacher, we have benefited infinitely from him. llc helped to make the Speaking Contest a success, at which the Seniors real- ized a certain sum. He coached our play and has given us from time to time advice in regards to the publiea- tion of the "Beacon", While we have only worked with Miss Alley for a brief period, we have learned to hold the highest regard for her, She, too, has greatly aided us, especially as Faculty Adviser to our "Beacon,'. VVe must also thank all those good townspeople who have cooperated with us in every way toward realizing our trip to Washington. Again we say "Thank Youn. FAREWELL We wonder why there is so much sadness attached to this simple word -farewell. Many have pondered upon this same question, none have ever ex- plained it satisfactorily. We will not attempt to. Farewell is such an important word. Before we can say hello we have to say farewell. Yes, before we can say hello to a 11ew place we must say goodbye to our old haunts. Before we say hello, 'Washington, we have to say farewell to Martha's Vineyard-even though only temporarily. Before we say hello, Heaven, as one of our class- mates did, we have to say farewell, Earth. And nearer to us right now-- before we say hello, College, or hello, Life, we have to say farewell, School, and, believe us, it is not the easiest thing to say. It gives us an unexplain- able feeling. Tears rush to our eyes. We feel as if we were being torn from something We love! How often have we been down to the boat to see a summer friend off, and when we said goodbye- Oh! it gave us such a fun- ny feeling, even thought we did know they would come back next summer. But, we in saying farewell to Oak Bluffs High School know that we will not come back. We have completed that part of our lives. ln saying farewell, a thousand and one fond memories fill our minds. Probably the most vivid are those as- sociated with our High School life. How many are the friends we have made here. The teachers have made

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