Rome Free Academy - De O Wain Sta Yearbook (Rome, NY)

 - Class of 1927

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THE DE-O-WAIN -STA I must make a sacrifice for my education, I did not join the Alpha Phi Rho fra- ternity until the latter part of my junior year as I knew I did not have the time for the social and political duties that such membership placed upon one." "Was your attitude toward school changed when you entered college?" I asked. "My attitude toward school was completely changed, as I was not under the influence of my parents. I felt grown up and I realized that I was there for a purpose." "Did college contribute to you anything besides an education?" "Most assuredly it did," he answered. "Far more important than the gen- eral education I received was the broadening influence of contact with others. I met different types and classes and soon learned that there were other opinions beside my own." "Tell me about your first position after graduation," I requested. He replied: "My first position was a civil service position. I became a chemist, taking up scientific work on the New York State Public Service Com- mission. I held this position for several years but soon discovered that I pre- ferred teaching." "What other positions did you hold before you became principal of Rome Free Academy?" "I was science instructor at Cazenovia Seminary for several years. Later I served as principal at Manlius High School, Liberty High School and Glen Ridge High School, New Jersey." "Would you recommend your profession as an enjoyable and profitable one?" I asked. "It is not as profitable as business," he replied. 'lHowever, it offers a won- derful opportunity for doing good. One is able to work with young people and obtain their confidence. There is nothing formal about this relationship and it makes me happy to say that in the moulding of character people of my profession come next in importance to the parents." "Do you think our new building has produced a change in the school spirit as a whole and the spirit of the individual boy and girl?" "Yes," he replied, "it has produced a wonderful change in school spirit. The students have taken an increased interest in their work and an increased pride in the care of the building." "How long have you been principal of Rome Free Academy?" I asked, as I rose to depart. "I have been here since September, 1920, and hope to stay as long as my services are of real value to the community." As I opened the door to pass out, after having been invited to come again, I expressed the ,hope that it would be many years. That same hope would be registered in the votes of the pupils and faculty if they were to express them- selves. J. B., '27, 10

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THE DE-O-WAIN-STA "Tell me about your school life," I said. "I had the pleasure of having my mother as my iirst teacher, as she was an instructor at the two-roomed country school which I naturally attended," he replied. "My mother's classes occupied one of the two rooms of the schoolhouse. She taught the primary grade and one of the upper grades. The second room was used by the remaining upper classes." "What sports did you and the other boys enjoy?" I asked. He smiled and replied, "It wasa case of the survival of the iittest. The boy who was the Strongest and could use his lists to the best advantage was the acknowledged leader of all the games. This was most likely due to the lack of supervision. However, we played all the playground games that never change and still exist today." "Tell me what your attitude toward school life was at this time," I asked. "Because of the atmosphere at home," he replied, "school became everything to me. I was always at home in school and never had any thought of leav- ing it." Y "Did you always live at Woodhull?" I asked. "No," he answered. 'lWhen I was six years of age my family moved to Knoxville. It was there that I went to high school for four years, graduating when I was seventeen years of age." 'AWas it your intention when you entered college to take up teaching?" I asked. "If not, what did you intend to study?" "I had no intention of teaching," he said, "because chemistry appealed to me greatly and it was because of this that I majored in chemistry and other scientiiic subjects." "Where did you go to college and why did you choose this particular col- lege?" I asked. . "There were two reasons why I chose Syracuse as my Alma Mater. The first reason was that years ago Syracuse was considered a college of the Methodist Church: therefore, as I was a Methodist it was only natural that I should hear of this college at home. Also at this time, many high school professors were not college graduates, so when one of my former professors entered Syracuse University I was further impressed. In 1902 I entered Syracuse University. This was the same year my former professor graduated." "Did you work your way through college?" I asked. 'AYes," he replied, "although I had a small amount of outside help. It was because of money difiiculties that I was forced to leave college for one year. This caused my graduation to be delayed until l907." "Is it possible for any able-bodied boy or girl to work his or her way through college?" I inquired. "Yes, it is possible for any boy or girl to work his or her way through col- lege, as there are plenty of opportunities to do so. However, they must be willing to sacrifice social and other numerous pleasures. Because I realized that 9



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