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L to R V. Welter, Sophomore Representativeg W. Roberson, President of Merit Boardg J, Staton, Adviserg B. Farless Jun
lor Representative: N. Huxtable, Freshman Representative: Delphia. Pierce, Senior Represntative,
The Merit Board was Strathmore's most active governing board. Its function was pun-
ishing students for tardiness, unexcused absences, and various other offenses, and re-
warding high scholarship and good citizenship.
This is the way' it worked: each student was given 100 merits at the beginning of each
semester. Some lost merits, and many gained. The average at the end of the first semes-
ter was 104. The lowest was 29. The top ten were:
Delphia Pierce 169
Georgia Rogers 165
Shirley Williams 159
Mary Blackwood 156
Ellen Wr-Ody 146
Maurine Haney 146
Patty Conley 145
Tronye Alexander 143
Barbara Branch 142
Ona Lee Power 142
The Freshmen and Juniors each elected a representative to serve two years. The Sopho-
mores and Seniors had the same representatives that they had last year. Representatives
on the Merit Board were Noel Huxtable, Freslimeng Vernon Welter, Sophomoresg Barbara
Farless, Juniors: and Delphia Pierce, Seniors. Johnny Sola, student body president, served
as president of the Merit Board, and Mr. Staton was adviser.
The Merit Board met every Wednesday in the Board Room. Most of the time the Board
merely decided the innocence or guilt of the offender or determined the nature of the
offense. The number of demerits for most offenses is set down in the school constitution.
The Merit Board awarded merits to students on the recommendation of a faculty mem-
ber. Merits were also earned for no absences, no tardiness, and good grades.
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la to R seated - N. Peterson, Pianist, B. Branch, Secretary, K. Craven, Sophomore President, P. Knutson, President of
Pep Club C. Bequette, Co-editor of Pleiadesg E. Woody, co-editor oi Pleiadesg R. Gange, Yell-leader: B. Nelson Editor
of Spar an News.
L to R standing: J. Staton, adviser, S. Williams, Program Chairman, W. Roberson, Vice-president, J. Nanamura. Junior
licsiden J. Sola, President: R. Murdock Stage Manager, D, Rowell, Freshman President: H. Spuhler, News Reporter H
Stein Se lor President: IW. J. Hughes, Business Manager of Pleiades. '
The Student Council, the major governing unit of our school, enjoyed an active and suc-
cessful year. It met on the second and fourth Tuesdays at which time the various officers
made reports on their official activities. Also important school and group business was
brought up for discussion and planning,
Just one of the duties and privileges of Council members is to attend district and section
conferences. This fall, several delegates attended the district C.A.S.C. 4California Associ-
ation of Student Councilsl Conference held in our neighboring town of Lindsay. Then
again in the spring, members participated in a C.A.S.C. district meeting which was at
the same time, profitable and enjoyable.
Another undertakng of the Council was selling popcorn at athletic contests with the help
of the new automatic machine. This year the payments on the machine were completed
by the Spartan Knights.
A big post-game dance was sponsored by the Student Council with Carol Bequette as
Several important events took place in the spring, the outstanding being the Variety Show
given in honor of the basketball players. The show was a great success under the able
chairmanship of Georgia Rogers and Harold Spuhler.
Then toward the end of the year, Student Body elections for the coming year were held.
The student council supervised, and planned the events of Homecoming Day in conjunc-
tion with the Alumni association.
Graduation marked the close of the activities of the Student Council for the 1952-1953
year. Johnny Sola served competently as president, aided and advised by Mr. Staton.
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The annual staff devoted one period a day to the production of the 1953 Pleiades. Tl
worked in the room which they shared with the newspaper staff, under the direction
Mrs. Gay. The room is a full-sized class room, with plenty of shelves and table spa
1 However, for years the staff had no place of their own. They used whatever space tl
When the new Home Economics building was built, the staff moved to a 4x8 storeror
Here was a place of their own, but what a place! Only two people could work there
a time. If another went in someone had to come out.
In 1951 the staff moved to their present home. They still worked amid some clutter a
confusion, as they were not accustomed to so much space. This year the room was cal
the publications room, and housed both the newspaper and annual staffs. The arrang
ment was ve1'y satisfactory, and the working conditions quite pleasant.
An innovation in the 1953 Pleiades is the summer supplement. In previous years all ba
ball, track, and tennis scores could not be' put into the annual because the book had
be at the printer's before the seasons were ever. This year these three sports, along W
Assistant graduation and other spring pictures, will be in an eight page supplement. Those v
Business Manager bought annuals will receive the supplement sometime during the summer.
Recognition should be given to Doris Marks, who did at lot of typing for the staff.
L to R. Clyde Gartung, Assistant business manager: Dell Juan Hughes, Business manager: Georgia Rogers, liitefaiy edi'or: Jerry Nanaml
Sports editor: Judy Tocchini, Typist: Lee Akins, Assistant editor: Peter Kobseff, Art editor.
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