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10 THE B
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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, "
"VVho was Napoleon's wife?"
"How did the Titanic sink?"
"It ran aground-no, it struck a
"VVhat did the Normans go explor-
"They went exploring to find
"What ma11 is connected with Mar-
' A Columbus. H
"Now don't take the girls away
from their hands."
"Give your opinion of Gibbons as
"He wanted to write an immoral
work that would last forever."
'Johnson lived on Fleet Street when
"'Who were the other countries in
the Congress of Vienna besides Eng-
land, Austria, and France?"
"What are gyroscopes used for?"
'4They are used on large ocean
liners to keep them from getting sea-
"Trees have many enemies-like
fungi, insects, and moths."
"What was your rate of palpifa-
"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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