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

 - Class of 1934

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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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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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THE BEACON 11 the going as pleasant as possible. They have seen that our feet did not stray from the path of education. But now, it is up to us whether or not We shall continue in that path. lWe intend to! We could go 011 and mention other pleasant memories-but why should we? No matter how delicately we worded our thoughts, you could never quite appreciate our feelings, you could not feel those pangs which now seize us. So now, with the feeling of friends who have been inseparable for years- but at last must separate-we reluc- tantly bid you, dear Friends and Teachers, "Farewell, " O.B.H.S BONERS "VVho was Napoleon's wife?" "Mrs, Napoleon." "How did the Titanic sink?" "It ran aground-no, it struck a rock." "VVhat did the Normans go explor- ing for?" "They went exploring to find women. " "What ma11 is connected with Mar- tha's Vineyard?" ' A Columbus. H "Now don't take the girls away from their hands." "Give your opinion of Gibbons as a writer." "He wanted to write an immoral work that would last forever." 'Johnson lived on Fleet Street when he died." "'Who were the other countries in the Congress of Vienna besides Eng- land, Austria, and France?" "Great Britain." "What are gyroscopes used for?" '4They are used on large ocean liners to keep them from getting sea- sick." "Trees have many enemies-like fungi, insects, and moths." "What was your rate of palpifa- tion?,' "Ninety beats per second!" "What is veal?" "A baby lamb." 'tln what district is Oak Bluffs?" "District of Columbia." "Now, Mr. Merrill, suppose you should sit down on your knees . . ." "What is an obituary?" "A place where they keep fish." 'lrirnciis GI. Egunlzleg, gliil, QB.

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