Tulpehocken High School - Yearbook (Bernville, PA)

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The Berks County Story says, religion and educa- tion belong together. As soon as churches were built, they also became the school houses. Before there were special buildings, real education took place in the home and on the farm."1- ln Bernville there was the church school of the Lutheran denomination. As separate buildings came into exist- ence, Bernville built a log structure at the site of the recently vacated Bernville Grade School Building. The log building, later referred to as the English School, was replaced by a one-room brick school. A milestone in the education of the children of Penn Township and Bernville was the Free School Act of 1834. This law was accepted by both districts in 1851. By 1859 Penn Township had built a two-story school adjacent to the borough. In 1877 Bernville constructed a four-room building which today is leased by the Mennonite Church. One-room schools built in Penn Township were known as the: Pleasantville, Davis', Snyder's, Penn Valley, Berger's, Bright's, and Mt. Pleasant schools. These were closed in 1931 when all were consolidated into what was known as the Penn Township Consolidated School. In the 1859 building the township high school graduated its first class on May 15, 1909. These grades also became a part of the Penn Township Consolidated School. In 1949 the township and the borough formed the Penn-Bernville Union School District, the first in Berks County. During the 1952-'53 term the elementary school of this union district, which is pictured above, was opened for instruction of grades one through six. This modern building forms a northeast wing attached to the original consolidated school, which now houses grades seven through twelve. As a result of the fact that the whole educational system is located at one place and under one roof, correlation of subjects is facilitated and relations among pupils are stimulated by the close harmony with which all teachers and pupils cooperate. I. Otticc- of Supa-rintf-mlent nt' Sclmuls of Berks Couutv, The Brfrks County Smry, 1953, p. 91. Y FHL L f 1 9 qw 0 0 I 7 f BYTHE NVHLE Z CH00 0I"elfU0l" We wish to share with the community the theme of our PENNANT, which is the history of the schools of Penn Township and of the borough of Bernville. Since 1954 is the centennial year of the establishment of the Office of Superintendent of Schools of Berks County, we offer a contribution to the celebration by tracing the history of our schools. We have answered many questions includ- ing: the description of the schools, their size, the means of transportation, and the measures of discipline. A new feature of the 1954 PENNANT is the school calendar that illustrates the social life of our school. We hope you will enjoy this PENNANT and cherish its contents. jo fda CL... of 1954: I like to think of you, the Class of '54, as individuals. Maybe this is because you are a smaller class than we have had for a number of years and so I have learned to know you better. Possibly it is because your backgrounds of experiences have varied considerably, as do your hopes and aspirations for the future. Each of you has his or her own individual personality by which we, your teachers, have learned to know you. The effort you put into your work, your seriousness of purpose, and the achievements you have made are, naturally, not all alike. Because you live in the United States of America, you will continue to be different: your leaders and teachers believe that you should have the right to develop your own individual capabilities to the fullest. lust as your school has offered opportunities for your own individual development, so it has provided experiences which, I am sure, helped you realize that there are some things in which We can pride ourselves in being alike. The virtues of honesty, decency, fair play, tolerance, respect, manners, conduct, and cooperation are the same for all. You are preparing to step into an adult World in which your new challenges will make those "big" problems of your high school days seem small by comparison. Your success in life will be measured by how much you have continued to develop the individual that is you within the "rules of the game" which are the same for us all. I like your PENNANT. You have made some innovations which help to make it new and sparkling. Your motto is very appropriate. For many years you and your faculty have planned together the course of your class ship. As its wake blends with the sunset, I know you will step confidently upon your own ship and head it toward the sunrise with the firm conviction you have expressed in your motto, "We Plot the Course by which We Sail". Supervising Principal ibecbcafion i Miss Stella M. Riegel As a symbol of esteem and affection which the Class of 1954 bears her, this volume of the PENNANT is dedicated to Miss Stella M. Biegel, teacher of English and social studies in the junior high school. We shall all remember her for the background she has given us in English and history. During her years of excellent advice and guid- ance since the school's construction in 1931, in the classroom and out, she has taught us beauty of simplicity, value of cooperation, and the importance of study and hard work. When she said, "Let's get to work!", uttered with conviction and clarity, she commanded the attention of her pupils. We are sure her students will continue to grow in the spirit of her teaching. 36164 of Clmzmfd ADMINISTRATION Division Officers Ship's Company CI-IIEFS .................... Chief Petty Officers Chiefs SHIP'S DUTIES ........ A Day with the Chiefs Arts English and Typing Driver Training Guidance Health Languages Physical Education Science and Mathematics Social BLUEIACKETS ................ First Class Petty Officers Second Class Petty Officers Third Class Petty Officers First Class Seamen Second Class Seamen Apprentice Seamen ACTIVITIES ...... Arts and Crafts Audio-Visual Aids Band-Iunior Band-Senior Chorus-Iunior Chorus-Senior Dance Band Studies Iunior Red Cross Library Club Page 5 Page 11 Page 17 Page 29 Page 41 Music Club PENNANT PENN-GUIN Safety Patrol School Arts Sportman's Club Student Council Class of 1954 RECREATION PROGRAM .... Page 59 Soccer Baseball LIBERTIES ............ Page 63 junior-Senior Prom Dances Assembly, Party, Play Four In the church-school ot Bemville. as in other schools of this kind the preachers were also the teachers ol "reading, writing, and other branches of importance". As the preacher-teachers were unable to keep pace with the increasing demands for education. teachers known as "Schul-Meisters" were given a home as long as they served the 'congregation'. We do know that the teacher oi the church-school had to be competent to teach and to sing, to be of good moral character and to be subject to the preachers, elders. and deacons of the church. Gradually teachers were compensated by small tees paid by par- ents who were able to do so. Thus originated the 'pay schools'. We can rightly assume that Penn Township and Bernville were a part ot Teachers here were subject to a Board of Trustees, such as the Trustees oi the English School in Bemville. To gain closer local supervision of education a Board of Directors was established. It was the duty of these five men to secure teachers ior the children of their districts. Teachers were now being paid by taxes levied on property and by the per capita tax. In order to further unify Berks County's educational system, the oiiice of Superintendent of Schools was established in 1854. The Superintendent conducted oral and written examinations in local areas. Anyone who felt capable was eligible: and if he passed, he was given a certificate to teach in the public schools of the County. After the erection of Kutztown State Normal School in 1866, many such persons attended college in preparation for such examinations. Today colleges, with the Department of Public Instruction, grant certification. We are proud Penn Township has given her county the sixth County Superintendent, William Zechman, 1890-1896. a former teacher in the Penn Township Schools and the ninth County Superintendent, Newton W. Geiss, 1946 ---- , a pupil in the Penn Township school at gw be M3 Yvxi rw all Q . V such a system, for "every district and every community had these" 1- f N I f ,X Bernville. 1 'WSTRAV O To promote adequate administration of schools, there are local institutes formed in 1854: Teachers' County Institutes, 1862: Directors' Conventions 1892: and a Teachers' Reading Circle. 1992. From 1901-1903 and from 1907 to Ianuary, 1952, Mr. I. Paul Burkhart dedicated his life to the instruction and education ot the children of Penn Township and Bernville. He can speak freely of the one-room school, the two-and four-room buildings, as well as the present seven-room high school: for during these many years he served as principal ot the schools. In 1949 Penn Township established the office of Supervising Principal. Mr. Walter A. Rohrbach of Womelsdori holds this oi-tice since its establishment. 1. Report ol the Sllperinlemlcnl ol Common Schools of the Commonweallh of Penn- sylvania, 1877, p. 62. goarcl of tibirecfora Seated: Edwin Showers. Treasurer: Clarence Mengel, President: Mrs. Mae Streaker, Secretary: Standing: George Focht, Vice-president: George Reppert. Walter Rohrbach, Supervising principal: Rev. Frank W. Ruth. Raymond Mohn To the Board of Directors We Wish to express our thanks for the many opportunities they have provided for us throughout our education at Penn-Bernville High School. MR. WALTER A. ROHRBACH, Captain To our supervising principal, Mr. Walter A. Ptohrbach, We express many thanks for the excellent guidance he has given us in education. His emphasis on getting a higher education will long be remem- bered by his students. Six MRS. VIVIAN GERHART, Yeoman To Mrs. Vivian Gerhart, Mr. Bohr- bach's efficient secretary, we owe great thanks. Whenever any of the pupils come to the office for supplies or help, she is always glad to help them. Thank you, Mrs. Gerhartl . . . P . lUlf5l0l'l fhcerd MRS. EMILY HOLTZMAN K.S.N.S. Kutztown University ot Pennsylvania Drexel Institute MRS. KATHRYN K. BRUNNER Kutztown Mas. MILDRED s. HOLTZMAN Grade 3 State Teachers College, Kutztown Grade Z Grade 1 MRS. SARA B. NOLL B.S., State Teachers College, Kutztown Grade 4 MR. CARL H. SAVAGE B.S., State Teachers College, Kutztown Mns. 1-:LLA ROTHERM1-:L Penn Stme B.S., State Teachers College, S5239 gmrol Kutztown ' Y Grade 5 Seven B.S., State Teachers College. MR. WILLIAM H. KAISER B.S., State Teachers College. Kutztown Grade 7 History, Geometry, Arithmetic. Geography Arts and Crafts Club iUi1fi0l'l, OKACGF5 MR. HAROLD MATTHEW B.S., East Stroudsburg Grade 9 Physical Education, Health, MR. RICHARD N. SPARE Civics, Driver Training Sportsmarfs Club, Soccer Coach, B5-f Stale Teachers College' Baseball Coach Kutzlown Grade 10 English, Social Studies PENNVGUIN Club MR. GEORGE SELL B.S., State Teachers College, Kutztown Grade ll Algebra, Science Audio-Visual Aids Club, Student Council MRS. PEARL B. KLINE B.A., Ursinus College Grade 12 English, Latin, German Library Club, THE PENNANT MR- WALTER A- ROHRBACH B.S., State Teachers College Kutztown Eight M.Ed., Penn State Mathematics, Guidance iuifi ion Ofhcerri MRS. WILLLIAM A. KREITLER B.S.. State Teachers College, Kutztown Art School Arts Club it MRS. IRENE M. HAAG R.N., Hahnemann School of Nurs- ing MR. THOMAS ROBERTS B.S., State Teachers College, West Chester Music MISS CHARLOTTE K- MOHI-ER Vocal and Instrumental Music B.S., Lebanon Valley Teachers MUSIC Club College Music DR. NORTON L. BEHNEY B.S., Muhlenberg College D,D.S., University of Pennsylvania DR. GEORGE DUNKLEBERGER B.S., Muhlenberg College M.D., University of Pennsylvania N ine -, my 1 ,WY W Y ,-nsi. MESS HALL Our delicious meals served in the cafeteria are enjoyed by approximately 255 pupils each day. One of the menus we shall remember is: milk, a ham sandwich, vegetable soup, and jello. 'We have our lunch in two shifts. Grades one through six eat at eleven o'clock, and grades seven through twelve dine at twelve o'clock. ,pn- DECK OFFICER This is the person we thank for keeping our school warm and clean, for the help he has given in painting our Pennsylvania-Dutch designs, and for the support he gives us in our evening functions. Henry Weidman, or 'Henry' as he is known to the student body and to the faculty, is now nearing his seventh year as cus- todian of our school. .Slip 3 omlaang STEWARDS "Chow's served!" Almost everyone lines up for the meals served by our cooks, Mrs. Cliitord Wengert and Mrs. Leroy Sheidy. We appreciate the food that for so many years they had ready for us after an exhausting morning of classes. So we say "Thank you!" to Mrs. Sheidy and to Mrs. Wengert. MOTOR TRANSPORT We express thanks to Iohn Henne, Homer Rentsch- ler, Frank Faust, Ralph Kissling, and Homer Bashore, our dependable bus drivers, for the pleasant trans- portation they provide for all pupils. Ten "Cl-HEF5" C51 J. X Nw fl-1' NN Q ty In ! Qi 1 1859 m . Q TP e n n o w n - sy . X I K ship's new- ly - erected X -1, X two-story school intro- j duced a graded : system: the gram- Q - 9 mar and the pri- mary. In 1878 three school levels were es- - l qs' tablished: the primary, in- cluding grades 1, 2, G 3: the secondary: grades 4, 5, 61 6: and the combined grammar and and advanced grades, grade 7---. In 1909 Penn introduced the town- ship high school. In 1922-29 the high school changed from a three-year to a lour-year program. Classes that were graduated ranged in size from seven in 1909 to three in 1915 and to twenty-two in 1952. Graduates ol the Penn Township schools and the Penn-Bernville Union District have dis- X tinguished themselves in their chosen careers. Careers branch out into numerous fields: such as. United States government and state government serv- ice: the ministry: real estate: county agricultural exten- sion work: banking: law: United States Armed Forces: , construction: nursing: and education. In the latter the list ' oi college professors exceeds that ot public school teachers. Here we make mention ot Herbert Schell, dean oi the graduate school and professor oi history at the University of South Dakota: LeRoy I. Kline, supervising principal of the schools at Camp Hill, Pa.: and Dr. Harry Stoudt, professor ot biology at Temple University. "We Plot Ulf' dfursc l6'y Which We Sail KLM! eff? Ofgcerri FERN BERGER ...... IRENE REPPERT ..... SHIRLEY HOYER ........ IVIARYLEE GEHRIS GEORGE SPOHN . ......... President Vice-President Secretary . ....... Treasurer Chaplain CLASS MOTTO: "We Plot the Course by Which We Sail." CLASS COLORS: Red cmd Gray CLASS FLOWER: Red Rose Twelve GARVIN OLIVER HOFMANN BINGAMAN Garvin" PENNANT 4 Sports Club 4 Garvin came to us with a background of such wide experience that actually we have not yet been able to know him as intimately as we should like to. Behind this 510 lad with brown eyes and brown hair are plenty of tricks, merriment, and mise chief He came to Penn Bernville High School this year from Germany. He left our school in seventh grade but he has expressed a desire to be a graduate from this school His favorite song is Rags to Riches". His favorite remark is "Ho1y Cow". When he graduates from high school he plans to further his education in the field of chemical engineering With the help of the art ability he possesses, Garvin should have little difficulty if any in this field of endeavor. FREDERICK GLOSSER, lB. Freddy" Band 1 Baseball scorer 1, 2, 3, 4 Camera Club 1 2 Library Club 2 Chorus 1 2 Music Club 3 1 2 Audio-Visual Aids Club 3, 4 PENNANT 4 Good morning bovs' Have you heard the one about the lrishman?" This is the greeting which characterizes Fred on a cold wintry morn as he enters our homeroom. Freddy who is photography minded is a young man 5'll" tall with dark black hair and hazel eyes While he is not working at his favorite pastime, showing cattle, he can occasionally be seen listening to his best-liked tune, "Stardust". Freddy can often be heard saying his pet expression "Um Boy!", whenever someone mentions or talks about agriculture Fred is enthusiastic about it because he plans to engage in a FEBN ELIZABETH BERGEH "Fern" Camera Club 1 Majorette 2, 3 Chorus 1, 2, 3, 4 sec'y. Music Club 3, 4 Art 1, Z, 3, 4 Debate 3, 4 Class Secretary 1 Class President 3, 4 Library Club 2 sec'y., 3 vice pres., Cheerleader 3, 4 4 pres. Student Council 3, sec'y., 4, sec'y. PENNANT 4 Glancing through the pages of this annual, you may note that Fern's name constantly appears. It is found in almost every activity, and none of these would be complete without her. As a most capable president of our class, Fern, an attractive 5'2" brunette with hazel eyes, has guided us through many difficult problems. When problems concerning the voluntary efforts of a class or club member arose, she would say, "You best would." Besides having been an active member in curricular activities, Fern still found time for her favorite pastime, dancing to her pet song, "Because of You". Her future ambition is to follow in the footsteps of Florence Nightingale at the Reading Hospital. MARYLEE ELIZABETH GE1-IBIS "1Vlirn" Class Vice President 1 Library Club Z, 3, 4 sec'y. Camera Club 1 Music Club 3, 4 Art 1, 2, 4 Banner Carrier 4 Chorus 1, 2, 3, 4 treas. Class Treasurer 4 Chaplain 2 Debate 4 PENNANT 4 Marylee is the neatly dressed senior, but how many of the seniors really know her? We'll admit not many are favored by that teasing smile, that impish glance so typically Marylee to her best friends. However, there is one thing about her perhaps only seniors know, her art of handling the class bankroll. "Mim", as she is known to some, has brown hair and blue eyes and is 5'5" tall. She enioys swimming and driving the family Dodge. When asked whether she likes to dance to "Stardust", "You know it" is her reply. Her future ambition is to be a woman in white at the Uni- versity of Pennsylvania Hospital and then become an airline hostess. Thirteen GRACE MAE HINNERSHITZ ,,Bed,. Chorus l, 2, 3. 4 Outdoors Club 2 Camera Club 1, 3 Majorette 3 Art l, 2, 3, 4 Debate 4 PENNANT 4 "Sleep, sleep, sleep." This theme song introduces Grace whenever Friday Recre- ational Reading period rolls around. However, we assure you that this 5'5" lass is right on the job when it comes to writing yearbook copy for the section on Classes. She has strawberry-blond hair and hazel eyes. Grace enjoys sports: such as, bowling, and dancing to her favorite song, "Stardust". Whenever a mistake is made on an overdue typing test, Grace will say "AW, come on" in disapproval. She has no defi- nite plans for the future, but she has given serious thought to joining one ot the women's branches of the armed forces, either of the Air Force or of the Marines. WILLIAM ROBERT HOFFMAN HBHIYH Art Club 1 Soccer 1, 2, 3, 4 Nature Club l, 2 Sports Club 3, 4 Baseball l, 2, 3, 4 PENNANT 4 William is one of the triumvirate of the soccer squad. He, with William Klopten- stein, Leo Houck, and Marvin Kulp, controlled the destinies of Penn-Bernvil1e's position in this sport. The senior class knows this handsome lad with hazel eyes and brown hair as "Billy". He stands 5'7" tall and enjoys talking about hunting and baseball or listening to his best-liked song, "Changing Partners". Whenever Billy sees an attractive girl or a beautiful car. "Wow" is his pet expression. He plays right field in baseball and right fullback in soccer. Since he enjoys all kinds of sports, his favorite pastime is looking at and handling all kinds of sporting goods. SHIRLEY MARLENE HOYER HBI'OW1'1l6H Art 1, 2, 3 Camera Club 3 Chorus l, 2, 3, 4 Debate 3, 4 Girls' Activities Club l Library Club 4, typist Class Treasurer 1 Banner Carrier 4 Nature Club 2 Class Secretary 4 PENNANT 4 Shirley, perhaps more than any other senior, suggests by her characteristic attitude her major branch of study. Marked by care and precision in almost every- thing she does, Brownie seems to give evidence that her chief academic interest lay in the field of languages. In tact she has stated that as far as she is concerned German is the best subject in high school. Shirley is a very attractive 5'5" brunette with brown eyes. While writing the class minutes, she hums her favorite tune, "Forgive Me. john". When disturbed while reading, she can be heard saying her most common expression, "O.K. Cut it out!" Brownie is preparing for her future ambition of playing in a hill-billy orchestra and of doing secretarial work by practicing playing her mandolin and by learning typing. WILLIAM ELMER KLOPFENSTEIN "Willie" Band 1 Soccer 2, 3, 4 Chorus l Class Secretary 3 Camera Club l School Arts 3, 4 Class Treasurer 2 Debate 4 PENNANT 4 William, a tall, angular lad who, besides excelling in mathematics, has been a good friend and willing helper to Claude Ohlinger, says his pet activity is doing math. He is better known as "Willie" and is 6' tall, with brown hair and blue eyes. He enjoys trapping. While looking at his traps, he can be heard singing "Rags to Riches". In his sparetime he dreams about the snow buggies which he plans to invent. In school he is known for his intelligence and quietness. When someone is ridiculing the Nash car, he is heard saying, In later years he plans to take up a course in agriculture. Fourteen EUGENE EDWARD LaFOLLETTE "Genie" Soccer l PENN-GUIN 2 Camera Club 1, 2 Student Council 3 Art 1, Z, 3, 4 Audio4Visual Aids 3, 4 pres. PENNANT 4 Eugene is to the seniors what Lois Frantz is to the Senior Chorus. He is indis- pensable. Although he is not musically-inclined. his pretty white teeth made visible by a big. hearty smile somehow make one feel that behind them could be a mellow baritone. However, Eugene is a great believer in the out-of-doors, for he spends many hours in the forests with his gun and dog whenever small game and deer seasons roll around. "Genie" also enjoys listening to "Tenderly" while driving around in his '48 Chevrolet. He will be remembered for his most frequent expression, "Hot Dog!" After graduation Eugene intends to work in a local feed mill. GRACE MARIE MESSNER "Gracie" Art 1. 2. 3 Class ass't. sec'y. 2 Chorus l, 2, 3, 4 Cheerleader 3, 4 Nature Club 1 Music Club 3 Library Club 2. 4 PENNANT 4 For four years Grace has been braving the weather to span the five miles between home and school. Only as a junior and a senior, however, has she been her own and her sister's chauffeur, commuting a la Plymouth. "Anyhow" can be heard often around school when Grace is agreeing with someone. She is a very energetic senior who stands 5'3" tall-a brunette with brown eyes. While driving to a dance. she can often be heard humming her favorite tune, "I'd Rather Die Young". Grace is primarily a student, but she will be remembered for her acting ability in the Junior Class Play. After graduation she has hopes of becoming a private secretary. CLAUDE HERMAN OHLINGER "Claude" Art 1 Library Club 2 Nature Club 1 County Chorus 3 Soccer 1 Music Club 3, 4 Band 1, 2, 3, 4 School Arts 3, 4 Chorus 1, Z, 3, 4 PENNANT 4 Claude is, according to the seniors, the best-natured, most generous individual. He spent tour years doing things for people-at first, for individuals and friends and later lor the class and the student body. Claude is a class musician who is 5'8Vz" tall with dark brown hair and brown eyes. He enjoys playing the trumpet in concerts and parades. He is sure to be driving his DeSoto over the countryside in his spare time. When someone ridicules his trumpet playing whenever he plays "You, You, You", he can be heard answering, "Oh, yeahl". In later years he plans to be a farm worker or a factory worker. IRENE ALICE REPPERT "Irene" Outdoors Club 1, sec'y. Art Club 3 Art 1, 2, 3, 4 Cheerleader 3, 4 Band l, 2, 3, 4 pres. Music Club 3 sec'y., 4 sec'y Chorus 1, 2, 3, 4 County Band 4 County Chorus 1, 4 Class Vice President 4 Library Club Z Debate 4 PENNANT 4 editor Irene, one of the "Old-timers" of Penn-Bernville, has both charm and merit. Each succeeding year of Irene's high school life has shown greater achievement. Her ability in creative writing has caused her to be elected the Penn-Bernville representative in the Voice of Democrary essay contest at Wyomissing as Well as the editor of the 1954 PENNANT. Irene is 5' 5" tall and has brown hair and blue eyes. She enjoys singing her favorite song, "Because", and playing her alto horn in the high school band. She is known for her good nature and her pet remark, "Oh Great!", whenever something goes wrong. Her ambition in the future is to become a housewife. Fifteen GEORGE L. SPOHN ,,Nei1.. Chorus 1, 2, 3, 4 pres. Music Club 3 Band l, 2, 3, 4 vice pres, Debate 3 Camera Club 1 Dance Band 4 County Band 1, 3, 4 District Band 4 County Chorus 1, 4 State Band 4 Art 1, 2, 3, 4 Student Council 4 Baseball 2 Class Chaplain 4 PENN-GUIN 2, 4 PENNANT 4 George came to Penn-Bernville with a tuba, played with rare musical skill, which was duly appreciated by Mr. Roberts, who lost no time in drafting "Neil," Starting with seventh grade, he saw much activity in Dance Band and District Band, Most significant of "Neil's" positions, however, were his affiliations with the senior band. So engrossed in music was he that he neglected some of the basic requirements of English. "Neil." cc quiet lad with blond hair and hazel eyes, stands 5' 10N tall and enjoys listening to his favorite song, "Oh", or fishing and swimming in one of his father's three private pools. "Neil's" future hopes are that some day he will be skilled enough to play in the Band of America. Art 1 Nature Club 1, 2 Camera Club 2 STANLEY MARVIN STOUDT "stormy" Class Treasurer 3 Music Club 3 Sports Club 4 PENNANT 4 Stanley is one of the persons who has worn the smooth spots of'f the hall floor between the science room and the senior homeroom. His interest in chemistry is obviously not the reason, for he is not numbered among the scientists. "Stoudty", who has light brown hair and hazel eyes, is 5' ll" tall. Stanley can be heard saying, "You don't say!" when we talk about his so-called car. His favorite pastime is hunting or driving his Plymouth to a dairy farm, while listening to his most- enjoyed song, "With These Hands". Stanley has no definite plans for the future, but he is seriously considering to become a state policeman fdriving a Plymouth, of coursel or to become a successful farmer. DONALD CARL STRAUSSER f1DonnY,. l Art 1, 2 l Baseball 1. 2 Soccer l, 3 Chorus l, 2, 3, 4 vice pres. Library Club 2 LYNWOOD CARL SWEITZER "Lynwood" Music Club 3 Chorus 3, 4 Audio-Visual Aids 3, 4 PENNANT 4 Some fellows are versatile and some just dangle in a lot of things, Lynwood, a tall senior of 5' ll" with brown hair and brown eyes, joined us from Bethel for his eleventh and twelfth years of education. Although he seldom performs before an audience, he possesses such rare talents as playing the harmonica and the musical saw. He has no other particular hobbies, but he enjoys just puttering around. Lynwood often exclaims, "Gee!" while talking about his pet gripe, his brother's Fords. While he is setting up some movie equipment, he can be heard humming, "Hey, Joe", his favorite song. After graduation Lynwood plans to work in a local textile mill. Sixteen Debate 2, 3 PENN-GUIN 2, 4 Music Club 3 Student Council 3 vice pres., 4 pres. PENNANT 4 Donald, a handsome lad of 5' S", had something tangible to offer and he gave it, thus gaining for himself a place in the annals of the known. Being a newspaper reporter makes it necessary for one to know how to get around and find out things. Donald has done just that. He makes his personality felt in one of the oldest pastimes of women-argumentation. Donny has dark brown hair, brown eyes, and a pleasing personality. When pleased with something, he can be heard saying, "Wow!", his favorite expression. Although Donny has many plans for the future, a career in the Navy is predominantly his preference. In 1890 the curriculum was thought of primarily in terms of textbooks. However, real progress was made at this time because school districts began to furnish them. Prior to that books were supplied by the children. Ot course confusion resulted irom the diversiiied texts. Uniformity of texts was a major achievement in the county. Our parents cmd grandparents will remember Harper's or Mitchell's geography, Appleton's readers, Baldwin or Barnes' his- tories, Lippincott's spellers, Brooke's oral and mental arithmetic, Steele's ology. and Spenserian copy books. With Seventy Lessons in Spelling, bees were very common. We may mention too the institutes in reading. At the same time books were furnished, writing tools were changed from slates .and chalk to tablets and pencils. Blackboards were new equipment which all schools tried to install as soon as possible. Today we think of our curriculum as all the educational experiences the school provides for cr pupil. To the traditional subjects that were taught at the introduction of textbooks Bernville added music in 1924-25, Penn in 1929-30. Art was introduced in 1940-41. The services of a doctor, a nurse, and a dentist have also been included. ln 1952-53 a health and physical education program was organized with a certificated instructor in charge. A course in driver training was added in i953-54. A part ot the curriculum oi our school are clubs, choruses, the athletic program, and student council. g - ...-1 Q - - W... 3 ,Vg-,, 1--.rg - N I 9 5 - mb s 0 2 , .. 'E 5 x o"f., uw n be , X f - ,4 gb., OPENING EXERCISE GRADE 12 The class listens intent- ly as Lynwood reads from the eighth chapter of the Gospel according to Saint lohn, verses one to twelve inclusive. ENGLISH 12 Each year the seniors, for their first unit of creative writing, write an essay entitled "I Speak for Democracy". This year Irene Reppert was picked as the winner from the senior class. She then competed with other schools at Wyomissing. Here she is seen giving her speech at our school assembly. MATH 12 Shirley Hoyer gives Mr. Rohrbach a rest as she explains one of the many graphs studied in math class. The graph she is explaining helps the class to under- stand the United States Income and Consumer Expendi- tures. One of the projects of the class was for each student to make an individual graph concerning some- thing in which he was interested. P. O. D. 12 As part of the Problems oi Democracy class, Mr. Spare points out on the world map a country that is in the news today. The class uses Our Times, a cur- rent event paper, to become acquainted with every- thing from baseball to the Korean War. TYPING 12 Here are the seniors trying to type by "Copy", by not looking at the keys. Sometimes we find it hard to do. About once a month Mr. Cornelius comes down from Harrisburg to check on our typing. We hope to have a few accomplished typists by the end of the year. Eighteen wLfA fAe Chen HOMEROOM In this picture the senior class is having a weekly class meeting, in which they discuss matters that con- cern not only themselves but the rest of the school as well. Fern Berger, who is the president of the class, is asking for suggestions concerning the Yearbook and the Merchandise Club. The class of "54" is striving to reach a "first-class" rating on their Yearbook. They are also suggesting ways by which they can get more financial returns irom the Merchandise Club. GERMAN 12 CHEMISTRY 11 G 12 Eugene LaFol1ette, Ierre Gehris, and Garvin Binga- man are working and studying an experiment on carbon dioxide in chemistry class under the supervision oi Mr. Sell. After completing the experiment, the class writes the whole demonstration for their notebooks. It a chem- istry student comes reeling down the hall, you can be sure he has probably gotten a smell ot some experiment. "Subjunctive, passive voice! My, what grammatical terms to speak the language of many ot our ancestors!" says Grace Hinnershitz as she and seven other class members put an exercise of conditional sentences on the blackboard for correction. In the course, besides reading and conversation with fairy-tale and novel texts, is at least one project. The class this year has chosen to do aluminum bowl and tray etching. GIRLS' Il :S 12 PHYSICAL EDUCATION The junior and senior girls' physical education class, under the able supervision of Mr. Matthew. is engaged in one of the dances called the 'Gustai's Skoal'. The class periods are spent either out-of-doors with calisthenics and games or indoors with exercises or dances: such as, folk, natural, or social dances. END OF DAY 'N With another day of hard work on the year- book behind them, the sen- iors leave for home and for preparation of the next day's work. 1 4" 9 "Qu , . 55 5 l H ' r 1 'n ho fs " " 1 Nineteen ART 10 David Sweigart is touching up a part of the large decorations which had been drawn and set up in the Christmas season. Marilyn Balthaser points out a few small details lor retouching while Glenn Beidler, lane Klopienstein, and Earl Bond look on. The art ten class also had made similar drawings lor decorating the school on other holidays. MUSIC 8 The music class consisting of the eighth grade, with Mr. Roberts supervising, has weekly reports from the KEY BOARD IUNIOR. This week Linda Bare is reporting on "The Premier's Minuet", which is about Ignace Paderewski. a famous Polish pianist and com- poser. The class also enjoys singing various songs and listening to good records. .Arid ABT 9 The ninth grade art class has engaged in making repeated designs, a large number of which were dis- played in their homeroom. They have also been enA gaged in figure drawings, abstract designs and drawing of faces. Christmas Cards were made by the class in that season, but there is no season for lettering, which can be done at any time. They also did some lettering. In this candid some members ot the class are busily making decorations lor the "Crystal Ball". MUSIC 7 Reading the Key Board Iunior is one of the many interesting activities in which seventh grade students participate. The Key Board Iunior is a magazine which is read mostly for music appreciation. After this, re- ports are given to the class under the supervision oi Mr. Roberts. Twenty 21966 anal jgping ENGLISH 9 Mae Degler is shown answering a question in the ninth grade English class. Robert Bender in the front seat is following and checking her answer in the Eng- lish book. The class divides its time on three phases of English. Literature is probably the most popular study. Work in using English in discussion, speeches, and letter writing plus the work in grammar round out the year. ENGLISH l 1 The Iunior class play, Miss Chatterbox, was pre- sented December 10, l953, at the Bernville Community Hall, with Mr. Spare as the director. Some of the cast were: Warner Conway-Charles Seiirit, Thyra Conway -Bernice Luckenbill, and Iudy Conway-Catherine Rieser, who was "Miss Chatterbox." The class also studies the use of the library, essays, paragraphing, and literature. ENGLISH lO Ruth Degler is anxious to answer another question about a literature story that is being studied in Mr. Spare's English class. Some of the most popular weeks ol the course were spent studying great stories in liter- ature: such as, Iulius Caesar and Silas Marner. The class also enjoyed writing paragraphs throughout the year. TYPING 12 Typing is a subject that every senior has taken this year. When you type, you are not supposed to look at the keyboard: and to make sure, at least try to make sure, Miss Riegel. who is the overseer for the typing class, comes around to check up on whether they have their lessons up-to-date or whether they are lagging on behind. She supplies the necessary equipment for them. She also applies her voice when necessary. As a rule typing is a fine subject: and, of course, it is noisy, not only from the typewriters alone, but from the seniors who are operating them. Twenty-one river raining DRIVER TRAINING A curve sign, a rail-road crossing sign, and a tour-leaf clover poster are being made by Betty Labe, Kenneth Labe, and Lovina Stoudt. They are some of the signs which are being made in driver training to help the class become better acquainted with road condi- tions cmd signs. DRIVER TRAINING "Where's the battery? The Windshield wiper, motor, and horn battery?" Mr. Mat- thew asks Charles Seifrit, Mary Haag, Doris Berger, Gerald Knorr, and George Spohn as they study the inside of the car. They have a minimum of thirty-six hours of studying car care, rules for driving, and other theory Work to pass the course. This class meets once a Week. DRIVER TRAINING Charles Seifrit, with Mr. Matthew at his side, is driving George Spohn's car. Eugene La Follette, Gerald Knorr, and George Spohn are measuring the distance between the pole and the car. A driver training car will be used in this course to give the students their necessary eight hours of practice driving be- hind the Wheel. Twenty-two GUIDANCE 9 The ninth grade guidance class, under the supervision of Mr. Rohrbach, is learning about "High School Life", which includes all social and curricular activities. He tells them about the growing responsibilities which are placed on a high school student and points out the advantages of good study habits: such asp two-hours study nightly and direct concentration. guidance GUIDANCE 7 Under the guidance of Mr. Rohrbach the seventh grade is discussing good study and Work habits. This is done so that they will be able to make the most of the educational opportunities open to them during the high school years ahead. They also learn how to apply some of these habits in their daily school work. GUIDANCE l 2 In guidance seniors tell about their Work- ing experiences in the past years. They also tell what their ambition is for the future. Mr. Rohrbach guides them in deciding their Work. Here Grace Messner is seen answer- ing a question concerning the Work she plans to take up after graduation. Twenty-three HEALTH 10 The tenth grade pupils are practicing bandaging on each other. The parts band- aged are the head and the hand. The hand is wrapped in bandages and is held in posi- tion by a sling Which, in an emergency, can be made out of almost anything that is handy. The head is bctndaged as needed. JJMHA HEALTH 7 A few of the seventh grade girls are read- ing "The Way We Feel" in their health class. With Mr. IVlattheW's guidance they prepare reports and get rnany ideas for class discus- sion, which are for the main purpose of help- ing to explain the everyday common prob- lems of seventh grade students. HEALTH l l Ierre Gehris explains the operation of the heart to the class. The heart consists of four chambers, left auricle and ventricle and right auricle and ventricle. The heart serves as a force pump Which, in turn, forces the blood to circulate throughout the body. The normal heartbeat is seventy to seventy-three times per minute. Twenty-foufr CLlflglfL6Lg86 LATIN 9 Mrs. Kline is helping Nancy I-Ienne with what appears to be a difficult but interesting Latin reading. In the reading Cassiopea is a beautiful and proud queen with a beauti- ful but not proud daughter, Andromeda. Cassiopea causes it that Neptune Wants Andromeda as a sacrifice, but Perseus kills the monster that is to kill her. This is a sim- ple story of mythology. GERMAN I I Paul Miller is painting his bench which is his German project. Projects of other Ger- man ll students include painting Pennsyl- vania-Dutch designs on chests, chairs, small trying pans, benches and trays after which they are varnished. Much interest is taken in this project which gives a "break" to the usual German grammar. LATIN IU In second year Latin Fern Ernst is trans- lating one of the Hercules stories. Hercules became insane and killed his Wife and chil- dren. In order to atone for his sins he Went to the Oracle at Delphi. There he was sent to the king Eurystheus, who gave him twelve labors to perform. No matter how difficult the labors were, Hercules, a modern "super- man," accomplished them all. Twenty-Jive 9 df 10 GIRLS "Up! Down!" The voice you hear is that of Mr. Matthew instructing the girls in their physical exercises. The group meets twice a Week, doing various gymnastics. The girls plan to play softball in spring. This sport should provide much outdoor physical activity. ll 6. 12 BOYS As a part of their physical education pro- gram the eleventh and twelfth grade boys are seen building a pyramid. They also do tumbling and dancing as a part of their gym course. The purpose of tumbling and their other gym activities is to give the pupils better body co-ordination and also for exer- cise and fun. !0Ag:iicaf gclucafion 7 :Sf 8 BOYS "Steady now!" is the only thing that is heard as Sherwood Himelberger is testing his equilibrium talents. This stunt is one of many performed by the boys during their physical education class. With the assistance of Mr. Matthew they plan to play softball. 9 6 10 BOYS "Fall in! Roll call! Count! Count off from right to left by four! Open order! Marchl", are phrases which become familiar to the gym classes of the high school as Mr. Mat- thew begins the twice-weekly calisthenics. There are several kinds of calisthenics. Here the ninth and tenth grade classes are doing the spread eagle. Twenty-six dence and, WafAemafic5 GENERAL SCIENCE 9 Brenda Brehm is demonstrating her sci- ence project, a terrarium. The terrarium is made up of moss cmd a tern plant placed in a fish bowl with ground covering the bottom. Other science projects include various plants: such as, the carrot cmd sweet potatoes placed in Water to grow new plants. BIOLOGY 10 Mr. Sell points out the many interesting facts about the Starfish to Ieanette Schaeffer, Carol Tobias, Robert Kline, Gerald Miller, Fern Ernst, and Gerald I-Ieckman. In the beginning of the year lVIr. Sell had the whole class go around to collect insects which they later mounted in cigar boxes. They also undertook a project of studying various kinds of birds. MATH. 9 "This formula is the basis of solving the rectangular solid," says Ierald Hartman. Jerald, who understood this certain problem, was "elected" by lVIr. Sell to explain it to the class members who didn't quite under- stand it. "How can X equal three today and two tomorrow? It must be like a dollar. Think, my freshmen." ALGEBRA IO Evelyn's in the dark! Evelyn Larkin, who is in the second year of algebra, doesn't quite understand an equation so Mr. Sell explains to Evelyn and also to the class the difficult part of the equation. After Evelyn and the class have the problem solved, Mr. Sell makes the remark, "Simple." Twenty-seven Soda! .gifuckezi HISTORY 7 Ned Gehris, Lewis Sauer, David Burkey cmd Gary Spangler get into the picture in seventh grade history as they give Miss Riegel a rest. They are showing a picture to explain the result of the Third Punic War - the Romans plowing the Carthaginian soil for complete destruction. The class is look- ing on. CIVICS 9 The freshman Civics class, supervised by Mr. Matthew, is engaged in the study of the United Nations. The topic for the day, as being explained by Frederick Wilhelm with the help of their text book Your Life As A Citizen, is how the United Nations was or- ganized. The topic to be discussed is about the functions of the United Nations. HISTORY 8 Chester Luckenbill takes over the eighth grade history class as he explains the remote causes of the Civil War, using a drawing on servitude. If some one asks him, "What do you know about the Civil War?" Chester can tell him, and so can Dennis Richert, Ioyce Reber, Pauline Glosser, and Stanley Sweitz- er, who are looking on. HISTORY 11 Marlene Beidler is making a report about Martin Van Buren, one of our former Presi- dents. During his administration, 1837-1841, he greatly helped the United States treasury with financial problems. Mr. Spare, the teacher, ties the English Literature with the history and also ties the early history with the late history. Twenty-eight Both Penn Township and Bernville can find among their citizens those who recall the enrollment ranging from twenty-four to forty-five pupils who were accommodated first by long 8-10 it. desks and benches. These were placed along the walls of the one-room school. Then the two-and four-seated desks followed until the individual desks we use today were introduced. Heat was furnished by a pot-bellied stove. There were no lights. Drinking water was "fetched" in wooden buckets from a neighboring farm, and a common dipper was used. The water cooler and individual drinking cups followed. Thus the physical needs of the sweater-and-knicker-clad lads with long stockings, heavy shoes or leather boots were provided tor. Boys with velvet, woolen, or denim pants came to school on loot, by horse and buggy, or by horse-drawn sleighs. Girls, we are told, wore long-sleeved, calico or gingham dresses, woolen stockings, woolen caps, and high shoes. Whoever was not too inclined toward reading, writing, and 'rithmetic, knew the meaning of standing on one leg in a corner, standing on an upright piece of chalk without breaking it, "staying in" at recess or alter school, or even getting a spanking. Little boys who misbehaved were ordered to sit on the girls' side of the schoolroom. This punishment was considered a disgrace. Those who did not know their spelling words or boys who pulled the girls' pig-tails and dipped them into ink-wells may have kept an eye on the hickory stick. XXX ll l Wlwt XX wllltilltxlllllt t XX. ltttxllllwlllxlx rx mlttxs Wxtltka X First Row: Mr. Sell, Violet Kramer, Barry Himelberqer, lerre Gehris. Catherine Rieser, Betty Koenig, Bernice Luck- enbill, Betty Labe Second Row: Iacqueline Saul, Lois Frantz, Doris Berger, Sandra Fox, Lovina Stoudt, Kenneth Labe, Paul Miller, Elaine Fisher. Marlene Beidler Third Row: Charles Seifrit, Richard Balthaser, Barry Sims, Leo Houck, Richard Reber, Gerald Knorr. Gene Spayd Missing from picture: Mary Haag im! Cjfaaa lpeffy Ogcem Having reached our junior year, the Class of '55 wishes to look back over our two preceding years in Penn-Bernville High School. Our sophomore year was greatly enlightened by the purchase of our class jackets in our class colors-blue and gold. We also enjoyed a Christmas party and a bake sale. I. Gehris displays rings to the class In our freshman class we numbered thirty-six pupils, of whom fourteen pupils came from a neighboring district, Ieiferson Township. We twenty-four juniors are under the supervision of Mr. Sell. We purchased class rings, which you see Ierre carefully and proudly presenting in the candid picture, sponsored bake sales, held a class dance and party, packed boxes for the Red Cross, painted Pennsylvania-Dutch de- signs in German ll on benches, chests, trays, and chairs, and presented a class play, "Miss Chatterbox." We are members of the following clubs and activities: Audio-Visual Aids, Sportsman's Club. Art Club, Student Council, Band, Music Club, Senior Chorus, Penn-Guin, Library Club, and Dance Band. Our able officers are: president, Catherine Rieser: vice-president. Ierre Gehris: secretary, Betty Koenig: treasurer, Barry Himelberger: and chaplain, Bernice Lucken- bill. We hold our class meetings every Monday-the first period in the afternoon. Suggestions for class projects, were thoroughly discussed, and important decisions are made by a majority vote. We encourage participation by all members in discussions and on committees. We hope to be prepared for the senior-year projects which we shall face next year. , T hirty .xg Q55 First Row: Mr. Spare, Marilyn Balthaser, Evelyn Larkin, Ieanette Schaeffer. Gerald Heckman. David Sweigart, Mar- vin Kulp. Carol Tobias, Sandra Haag, Margaret Miller, Alice Messner, Ruth Degler Second Row: Gene Kulp. Earl Bond, Fern Ernst, Lauretta Hoyer, D. lane Stoudt, Winitred Pyle, Martha lane Klop- fenstein, Mildred Kiebach. Carletta Moyer, Gerald Miller, Gene Correll Third Row: Robert Kline. Iames Gehris, Frederick McQuate. Donald Naftzinger. Clement Care, Henry Bohn. Lloyd McQuate, Royce Haag. Beniamin Reed, Gary Kohl, Glenn Beidler ima! CAM Having gone one more step further in our education we thirty-three students have reached our sophomore year. In our freshman year, under the supervision ot Mr. Matthew we elected class officers and held a very successful dance we all remember as the "Winter Wonder1and". In our sophomore year, under the guidance of Mr. Spare, we elected the following ofiicers: president, Marvin Kulp: vice-president, David Sweigart: secretary, Carol Tobias: treasurer, Sandra Haag: and chaplain, Gerald Heckman. Alter a great deal of discussion and debate. we finally selected to have red and black as the colors of our class jackets which you see us admiring in the candid shot below. One of our big events before 1954 arrived was our class Christmas party. Everyone had a lot of lun playing games and dancing. not to mention drinking the delicious f?J punch that was made by Freddy McQuate. Near the end of the evening we exchanged gifts with our secret pals. In February the entire sophomore class pitched in to make our dance, "Cupid's Frolic", a tremendous success. The many valentine decorations and the entertainment reminded everyone of an elaborate television show. In the months of March and April our class presented Peay Ofhcm assemblies for the entertainment of the high school students. Members of the sophomore class can be found in the Audio-Visual Club, Sportsman's Club, School Arts Club, Penn-Guin Club, Library Club, and the Music Club. A1- though we have a great variety of interests, the outstand- ing quality of the "Class of 1956" is the way we work and play together. M. Kulp, M. Balthaser, W. Pyle, and I. Stoudt Thirty-one jfirvl Kfaaa peffg Omcem F. Wilhelm. R. Bender, and G. Knorr On Tuesday morning, September 8. 1953, the new fresh- man class of 19 boys and 19 girls, assembled in Mr. Matt- hew's room to be registered. This room was to be their home, while attending Penn-Bernville for the 1953-1954 session. Following registration the high school schedule was posted. How many freshmen, many of whom were in our Q fpxw school for the first time, were lost and confused as they moved from room to room, no one will ever know. One of the first things to be undertaken by the fresh- man class was the election of officers for the year. Brenda Kirkhofi was chosen as president: Frederick Wilhelm, vice- president: Faye Tobias, secretary: and Robert Bender. treasurer. Our class sponsored a dance in the school cafeteria on Ianuary 22 which was entitled the "Crystal Ball". The cafeteria decorated with snow flakes and stars hanging from the ceiling, large snow scenes, which we were paint- ing in the candid shot, and with the lighting coming from lamp posts, made up the winter scene. Two large snow men guarded the white thrones from which Marvin Kulp and Linda Bare. who were selected king and queen of the Crystal Ball, ruled the dance. We also took a trip to Philadelphia as part of our Pennsylvania history class project. The purpose of the trip was to see first-hand some of the places where im- portant historical events took place. We visited such spots as Independence Hall and the Franklin Institute. The class was represented in the following school clubs and extra curricular activities: Music Club, Penn-Guin Club, Sports Club, Audio-Visual Club, Band, Dance Band. Iunior Chorus, and Student Council. The class was well represented in the field of sports with three members on the soccer team. First Row: Mr. Matthew, Mae Degler. Lucille Wagner. Robert Bender, Frederick Wilhelm, Brenda Kirkhoff, Faye Tobias. Ioanne Wengert, Patricia Bender. Ioan Houck. Nancy Lou Henne, Barbara Blatt Second Row: Daniel Schrack, Richard Reiner, Brenda Brehm, Cleo Hoffman, Nancy Phillips, Ianet Wolf, Susan Hart- zell. Sarah Fox, Patricia Doqanes, Betty Sweitzer. Shirley Loeb, Bernice Hassler, Leon Zimmerman, Elmer Swartz Third Row: Barry Grim. Donald Spayd. Robert Hartz, LaVerne Koenig, Walter Duchan, Dale Himmelberger, Larry Luckenbill, Leon Boltz, Forrest Lesher, Martin Knorr, Dennis Sweigart, Paul Martin, Carl Lachman Missing from picture: Ierald Hartman Thirty-two irrif Kfadri eamen A plan to combine curricular work with other activities is the goal oi the school. This includes the transferring of history into plays. One specific activity of this type is putting an overall of American history in a choral reading, "Ballad for America". In the small picture you see the student body attentively watching this choral reading. Well represented in both vocal and instrumental music the social functions have been well contributed to by the eighth grade. Under the supervision of Miss Riegel the thirty-tive members in this active class participated in many clubs which include the Red Cross Club, Student Council, Iunior Chorus, Iunior Band, Senior Band, and Arts and Crafts Club. A project that would put lite to a would-be dull sub- ject was the drawing ot cartoons to illustrate different phases ol history-the amendments, wars in which the United States participated, inventions, and the acquisition of new territory by the United States. Eighth grade students will everlastingly remember the invention of the sewing machine by the cartoon, a cottage curtained window dis- playing the sign "Dress Making Neatly Done" with the name of Elias Howe in the foreground and the invention of airplanes by the Wright brothers, with the cartoon of a Wright taking oft in an antiquated airplane. Long will Choral reading, "Ballad for America", in assembly. the students remember the remote cause ol the Civil War- slavery-with the aid of the cartoon with the slave bowing in submission to his overbearing master against a back- ground of rude slave huts. They will readily recall the remote and then the immediate cause ot the War of 1812 with the drawing of terrorized American seamen being impressed by the British. First Row: Miss Riegel, Iovce Delp, Barbara Kramer, Ardell Mengel, Pauline Glosser, Ioyce Reber, Norman Burkey, Kay Ptautz, Lynda Kulp, Sherwood Himelberger, Sherylin VanPelt. Arlene Lengel Second Row: Markay VanPelt. Pauline Sonon. Lorraine Kramer, Carrie Houck, Ioy Tobias. Nancy Luckenbill, Susan Goldstein, Ianice Seip, Kathleen Bingaman, Iean Strausser, Elaine Lenqel, Linda Bare Third Row: Dennis Reiner, Raymond Herring, William Spohn, Frederick Kriner, Donald Davis, Chester Luckenbill, Stanley Sweitzer, Curtis Miller, Dennis Rickert, Richard Menrgel, Ronald Kirkhofl Missing from picture: Faye Nye Thirty-three First Row: Mr. Kaiser, Miriam Boltz, lane Wilhelm. David Burkey, Nancy Speicher, Melinda White, Ned Gehris. Barry Speicher. Patricia Kalbach, Shirley Long. Elaine Kriner Second Row: Shelve Benzel. Katie Spease. Violet Bashore, Rebecca Moore, Mary Spease, Mary Ann Rudy, Ronald Long. Lewis Sauer Third Row: Dennis Rentschler, I. Paul Balthaser, Gary Spangler, Raymond Lonq, Larry Leonhard, Paul Sheidy, Norman Frantz, George Grim, Warren Trautman QCOIQJ arid e6l,lfl'l8lfI, We thirteen girls and fourteen boys make up the seventh grade. All of the girls are engaged in the Iunior Red Cross Club, while the boys participate in the activi- ties of the Arts and Crafts Club, under the supervision of Mr. Kaiser. The class officers elected for the term were: president- Melinda White, vice-president-Ned Gehris, secretary- Nancy Speicher, assistant secretary--Miriam Boltz, treas- urer-Barry Speicher, and chaplain-David Burkey. We "A Iolly Old Winter" hold our business meetings bi-weekly. At each meeting a program committee is appointed in order to prepare a program for the following meeting. On these programs we are given a chance to display our various talents before the class: talents, such as, story- telling, skits, and vocal and instrumental music. The seventh grade presented the Christmas assembly. We went to different countries by radio. Melinda White was in the Penn-Bernville 'make-believe' studio. Those who were in other countries to tell how they celebrated Christmas were Patricia Kalbach, Paul Sheidy, George Grim, Mary Ann Rudy, and Elaine Kriner. The students also presented a play called "Christmas Spirit". The players were Rebecca Moore, Iane Wilhelm, Ned Gehris, Warren Trautman, Paul Balthaser, Barry Spei- cher, Nancy Speicher, and Miriam Boltz. To complete the program the seventh grade sextette made up of Lewis Sauer, George Grim, Dennis Rentschler, Gary Spangler, Paul Balthaser, and Warren Trautman, sang "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" and "l Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus". We have also sponsored a Christmas party, a Valen- tine party, and a Year-end party. In the candid shot you see a bulletin board display by the seventh grade. Thirty-four First Row: Iacob Reifsnyder. Leslie Weidman, Douglas Adzm. Larry Miller. Warren Steiiey, Gerald Luckenbill, Barry Delp, Gene Aulenbach, Kenneth Mohn Second Row: Daniel Wenrich, Betty Reiner. Larry Kline, Robert Zerbe, Edith Mengel. Irwin Zerbe, William Sweitzer, Harold Haas Third Row: Mr. Savage. Eileen Tobias, Mary Ellen Hoffman, Dawn Sweigart, Barbara Ernst. Dawn Keppley, Kathryn Haag, Ruth Kirkhofl, Esther Stefley, Marleen Rentschler, Ardell Miller lalarenfice eamen We were engaged in such things as Audubon Society, Variety Club Kill, a candid shot of which is included here. and Elementary Patrol under the supervision of Mr. Carl H. Savage. Our sixth grade has sponsored such things as a Hallowe'en party, Christmas party, Thanksgiving pro- gram and Valentine party. Our twenty-seven members have completed an outstanding unit on Berks County History. The two main subjects were ill Mural on pioneer settlements Cboysl, C25 Mural on early Indians of Berks County Cgirlsl. We enjoyed the use of the new Berks County History, 1953 edition. We used these illustrations and re- ferences in working out interesting murals which were correlated with the art class. Plans for the future are to ill Try to develop several elementary science projects and C21 To develop better study habits. While working on a unit in social studies and art, each pupil was assigned a country of South America. A political sketch map was made by individuals. Alter we made a rough outline. products, industries, rivers, etc., were placed on a picture map. We also noted the capitals, exports, imports, mountains, dress customs and means ol transportation. Alter these individual maps had been com- pleted. we matched the countries to see how well we could develop the entire map oi South America with all the information possible. Not only did we enrich our geo- graphical background, but our art ability had become en- riched. Before this thorough study was made, the class never realized that there were countries in South America that the climate and mode of living was so similar to that ol the United States. K. Haag. E. Tobias, M. Hoffman, E. Stefly, and L. Kline Thirty-five lalarenfice eamen Larry Smith watching the puppet show. On September 8, we had an enrollment of thirty-six pupils in the fifth grade. We were under the supervision of Mrs. R. C. Minnich, who was new to our school. We were quite interested to learn about the many places that were visited by some of our classmates during the summer. There were many and varied facts discussed about Virginia, New York, Florida, Maryland, Delaware, Mississippi, Alabama, and Washington, D. C. Among the U n, A things we learned about were the Cypress Gardens in Florida, Rockefeller Center in New York City and several interesting places in Philadelphia. The class had a Thanksgiving puppet show this year. In the candid you see Larry Smith watching the show. This show had six scenes: first, Pilgrims in England and Holland: second, a governor appointed on the Mayflower: third, William Bradford caught in a deer trap: fourth, Squanto brings Samoset to the colony: fifth, Canonicos sends a rattlesnake skin filled with arrows: sixth, Thanks- giving dinner. The puppets were made by the children, and the play was written by the children. The scenery and set were made and colored by the children also. We completed a unit on New England. It was largely the study of maps. It included maps of the United States. New England, rivers, lakes and mountains, products, cities, and capitals. We also made posters with advertising of New England products as a part oi our study. In Ianuary we started a health tree under the direction of Mrs. Ella Rothermel, who was our teacher at this time. We are anxious to have a healthy tree. We had quite a lot of fun with pipe cleaner figures, learning to draw action figures in our art class. "?'Lrf.K" First Row: Larry Endy, Larry Smith, Charles Smith, Glenn Haag. Iames Kintzer. Robert Geiger. Iohn Kissling, Harold Kramer, Paul Burkey, Leslie Kriner Second Row: Barbara Spease, Barbara Sweitzer, Sarah Trautman, loan Bixler, Patricia Endy, Ianice Schlappich, Anne Burkey, Iune Spease, Victoria Shurr, Marlene Bashore, Ianet Schlappich, Nancy Bixler Third Row: Mrs. Minnich, Geraldine Benzel, Edith Moore, Mariory Bixler, Frederick Bender, Galen Luckenbill, Law- rence Knorr, Robert Lyon, Barry Kraatz, Dennis Adams, Linda Weiders, Ioan Benzel, Carol Hartman Missing from picture: Ann Klose, Albert Mountz Thirty-sin: lalarenfice eam en A good health project cmd a dog project were com- pleted by our thirty-four members of the fourth grade under the supervision oi Mrs. Sara Noll. We had pictures oi different breeds of dogs, such as the cocker spaniel, collie and setters about which we talked. Moreover we drew good health habits. We cut them out and pasted them on a blue background. This mural was then tacked on the bulletin board. It included habits, such as combing hair, and brushing teeth. Our class has participated in the Hallowe'en parade, the P.T.A. Christmas program, and has had a doll show and a hobby show. The dolls and stuffed toys brought in by the children were ot such a variety of styles. sizes, shapes and makes that they were too difficult to judge. Prizes were therefore awarded to all participants. Our hobby show was a showing of such things as coin, pictures, and doll collections. We also enjoyed such social activities throughout the year as a Hallowe'en party, Valentine party and a Last Day party. The candid shot, taken during the Christmas season, shows Santa's tree portraying "The Little Bird That Made The Princess Laugh", which was one of our stories in the Story Hour. "The Little Bird That Made the Princess Laugh" Throughout the term we study social studies. This deals with the inventions, industries. and history of our country. Visiting Franklin Institute fits in well with our work. Also we studied the steel industry of Pittsburgh which explains the use of a blast furnace, such as the one we hope to visit. First Row: Margaret Oxenreider, Lynne Reber, Arthur Kisslinq, Eugene Kisslinq, Dale Henne, Annabella Miller. Doris Kirkhott. Vicki White, Sandra Reiner. Marion Long Second Row: Iosephine Albert, Richard Hoffman. Richard Wilhelm. Virginia Ward. Edward Fisher, Ralph Hoffman, Harold Fisher. Robert Burkey, Marie Hoffman. Larry Bashore, David LaFollette. Anna Marie Luckenbill Third Row: Mrs. Noll, Annamae Rieser, Emma Wagner. Iudith Luft, Terry Grim. Iudith Kline, Lester Zechman. Harry Schlappich. Jean Carpenter, Dennis Speicher, Ioseph Goldstein. Carl Long. Paul Boyer Missing from picture: Eugene Bare Thirty-seven First Row: Dennis Luckenbill, Clayton Wagner, Roger Stoudt, Melvin Adam, Robert Smith, Clayton Koller, Winston Simmons, Dale Reber, Rodney Swartz, Kenneth Reiner, Byron Bixler Second Row: Betty Long, Tanya Pyle, Bonnie Luckenbill, Sandra Spohn, Delores Weidman, lane Wenrich, Ianet Lyon. Sonia Kraatz, Sylvia Kraatz, Ioyce Epler, Helen Reber, Ann Delp Third Row: Mrs. Brunner, Rhea Trautman, Evelyn Balthaser, Dennis Zerbe, Richard Hamilton, Melvin Spease, Robert Hoffman, Iohn Aulenbach, Allred Carpenter, Galen Bulles, Craig Schaeffer, Karl Koenig, Wayne Stelfey. Carol Trautman, Beverly Phillips, Diana Sauer, Sandra Benzel lolarenfice eamen Busy as beavers the third graders have engaged in the P.T.A. Christmas program, the filling oi Red Cross gift boxes, and patrol activities, having two representatives who are under the care of Mr. Savage. Under the super- vision ot Mrs. Kathryn Brunner, our class has completed B. Luckenbill, C. Wagner, I. Epler, R. Stoudt, B. Phillips, D. Zerbe, C. Trautman a project on a Pioneer Unit, which was the making of corn-husk dolls, and the building of log cabins. Store units were also correlated with arithmetic and reading classes: knowledge concerning other lands which included Mexico, China, and Britain was acquired. Different studies of the moon, soil, flowers, insects, four senses, teeth and skin were studied in science activities. The symphonettes, which you see in the candid shot, practice several times each week. The children enjoy playing their instruments. However the lun of playing is only secondary. The primary objectives are learning to read notes, understanding of note values, co-ordination of eye and hand, etc., and learning to work as a group. The children enjoy playing solos, duets, trios, etc., and as a group when everyone participates. Learning to play the little horn encourages the children to take more interest in music and cultivates a desire to learn to play other, more difficult instruments. At our Hallowe'en, Valentine and Christmas parties, games were played and appropriate holiday songs sung. Refreshments were always plentiful and delicious. Presents were exchanged at the Christmas party. The Valentine box was filled to the brim, and each child received many valentines. Thirty-eight Hsu: yauv First Row: Gene- Zerbe, Lee Bare. Ieffry Gernsheimer, Iacob Gemsheimer, David Adam, Kenneth Webber. Marc Stemberg. Clark Bashore Second Row: Earlene Kauffman, Margaret Fritz, Iacqueline Eyer, Sandra Sweitzer, Dona Catana, Barbara Ernst, Iudy Tobias, Iane Heffeliinqer, Grace Koller, Elaine Speicher, Diana Kissling, Phyllis Kalbach Third Row: Mrs. Mildred Holtzman, Linda Werley, Sandra Luckenbill, Terry Lee Fehnel, George Wagner. Kenneth Leonhard, Iohn Petrinko, Garry Strausser, Ioseph Stamm. Terry Hamilton, Ioan Zechman, Barbara Schaeffer laiarenfice eamen Ever since school opened in September, we thirty-one second grade pupils have been busy at work, under the guidance of our teacher, Mrs. Mildred Holtzman. Our studies center around our community and its workers. We have completed a mural showing a community, including the homes, stores, bank, churches, barber shop, etc. Included on this mural also are the utilities and services: such as, the milkman, fireman, postman, baker, policeman, grocer. etc. "The Reading Series" furnishes the basis of this art work. New terms to us are language arts and cursive writing. Language arts consist of reading and spelling those words which the child recognizes. speaks and comprehends. Handwriting is manuscript for the first half of the year and is changed over to cursive after the children have establish- ed a firm foundation in reading. Cursive writing is an added skill, not a replacement. Developing a love of books is one of the important phases in this second grade. In the P.T.A. membership drive we won first prize. five dollars, which we used to buy refreshments for our Hallowe'en party. We have had a fine response to the March of Dimes and filling Iunior Red Cross boxes. In the fall we had a ilower show. At Christmas time presents were exchanged, some of which are seen in the candid shot. After Christmas We held a doll show. We had forty- two entries, and all were so pretty that it was difficult to award prizes. The children were encouraged to bring in specimens of unusual things and things in which they were particu- larly interested. The television program "You Asked For It" is the favorite topic in discussion period. I. Stamm, I. Tobias, I. Heffeliinger, I. Eyer, D. Kissling Thirty-nine lalorenfice eamen The Rhythm Band led by Kurt Kreitler. Having begun our scholastic ladder of education, We forty-four eager pupils of the first grade enjoy the super- vision oi our able teacher, Mrs. Emily Holtzman. Busy as bees we participated in a P.T.A. membership drive in which our class won second prize. In our Nature Study Project, "See What You Can Find". which is the background of our group picture below, we had a big collection of the things of nature which we our- selves found. Another project visible on our bulletin board is the art work with keys in correlation with our poem "Golden Keys". Each key represents a polite trait and the keys are bound by the ring "Be Ye Kind". The duck mural illustrates the duck song, "He ruled them all with his 'Quack, Quack, Quack' The Rhythm Band is one of the entertaining features. On the small picture are representatives of this band, con- ducted by Kurt Kreitler. The Christmas party held by the first grade was a festive affair. There was a secret drawing ol names. Each child found a package under the tree. The Christmas tree was decorated by the children. They made chains, pop- corn strings, and candy canes. They painted pine cones with various colors and sprinkled some with mica. Alter the holidays, a doll show and toy show was held. Everything was judged according to qualities: most unique, most interesting thistorical dollsl, most beautiful, largest, tiniest, etc. The parents have been encouraged to visit the school. When they visit, they are asked to observe not only the foundational reading program. but also all activities in every field. First Row: Craig Sheetz, Kurt Kreitler, Michael Witman, Keith Hamilton, Larry Rentschler, Keith Donton, Harry Bal- thaser. Leroy Schaeffer, Paul Himmelberger, Gary Slckles, William Krill. William Spease, Gerald Kriner Second Row: Denice Kalbach, Loraine Zerbe. Susette VanPelt, Sandra Lutz. Nancy Endy, Karen Rutter, Linda Sch- lappich, Athian Houck, Iune Bixler, Marcia Kintzer, Linda Luckenbill, Sally Ann Faust, Mary Long. lane Gassert, Barbara Mountz Third Row: Mrs. Emily Holtzman. Ioan Troutman, Dianna Kissling, Carl Koller, Iames Heckman. Larry Haas, William Carner, David Fisher. Scott Walters. Harold Krill. Ioseph Kormash, Curtis Stiely. Harold Reber. Marlene Ben- der, lane Sonon, Polly Kline, Mildred Stefiy Forty ' N A-su .-1--1 Z ID'5 LOG- CTIVITIES: Z- p g am o the Pleasant Valley School in Penn Town- 'i ship was the celebrating of Washington's Birthday. With the -4- money from such programs costumes and entertainment ,lu supplies were purchased. On one occasion six coal - oil lights were bought, and later wiring for elec- - tricity was 'd 1 Mr Saw Bone 1891, ot debating so- cieties, and of literary and scien titic societies. To aid in the cultivating the taste of u 'l p pi s, to provide useful em- ployment in the school, to prevent mischief, to make th e school more like home, to provide pleasure for the pupils, and to afford pride in their district. Arbor Day or the planting ot trees or shrubs on the school grounds was instituted in 1887 under the superintendency of David Keck. At the turn of the century, in 1901, Author Days were instituted: such as, Longfellow Day, McKinley, Whittier, Bryant, Lowell Stevenson, and Franklin days t , o mention a few. In order, for our pupils to develop a well -rounded personality, pupils are urged to participate actively in the activitie h s te schools offer toda 'm77m'n7777m77'7777f77 I pai or. At the Penn Valley School evening programs included dialogues: such Z rgnl , , - s" and "The Cow ,fl Th t K' ' " a icked Chicago . In the Penn E.,- Township building near Bem- ,,.-,.,- ville, minstrel h if-J S OWS WSIS popular. Here mention can be made also of "" . . -ll'- the organization ,--- ol individual l school li- 'XJ- Y. brar- ies P?,-,,. ',,,f ,. ,.,-- .WZ- --,,f- ..-if- -lf A .4- First Row: Lewis Sauer, Ned Gehris, Fred Kriner, Chester Luckenbill, Sherwood Himelberqer, Norman Burkey, Stan- ley Sweitzer, Barry Speicher, Dennis Rickert, Dennis Reiner, Ronald Long Second Row: Norman Frantz, William Spohn, David Burkey, Curtis Miller, Raymond Long, Mr. Kaiser, Larry Leon- hard, Donald Davis, Paul Sheidy, Raymond Herring, Richard Mengel I Third Row: Warren Trautman, George Grim, Gary Spangler, Paul Balthaser, Ronald Kirkhofl. Dennis Rentschler .fdrfa an Grand The development of good habits of recreation and spare time hobbies is the purpose of this club. The thir- teen boys of the seventh grade and the thirteen boys of the eighth grade make up the 1953-54 membership of the Arts and Crafts Club. Meetings held during the fifth period every Wednesday are supervised by Mr. Kaiser. Officers serving the club this term are: president, Nor- man Burkey: vice president, Sherwood Himelberger: sec- retary, Stanley Sweitzer: assistant secretary, Barry Spei- cher: treasurer, Chester Luckenbill: chaplain, Dennis Rickert. Carving and model assembly were the principal activi- ties in previous years. The seventh grade homeroom had been the center for this activity. In order to preserve the new furniture, crafts work was not carried on during the first half of the term. Additional building space remedied this situation, making possible craft activities during the second half of the term. As a substitute for arts and crafts work the group conducted a reading period regularly every week. This has been an advantage to the boys in providing time to complete Reading Circle work, and to enjoy some iine recreational reading of good books that boys enjoy to read. Plans for the second half of the term include the con- tinuation of the reading period in conjunction with arts and crafts work. Each member will be at liberty to choose Fo some crafts activity or to further his reading. Projects from which a choice may be made are: the construction of bird houses, building of model airplanes, and carving of wood. The club has purchased a number of wood- working tools to supplement those made available by the school. In the small picture you see a few of the boys oper- ate the different tools we learn to use in this club period. D. Davis, C. Luckenbill, I. Balthaser. N. Gehris, G. Grim, S Himelberger rty-two First Row: Kenneth Labe. Richard Balthaser, Paul Miller. Charles Seifrit, Eugene Lalfollette, Lynwood Sweitzer, Fred- erick Glosser Second Row: Donald Spayd, Barry Sims, Donald Naftzinger, Mr. Sell. Gerald Knorr, Gene Spayd Jducko- Mana! The Audio-Visual Aids Club has been organized so that we might be trained to operate and repair the audio- visual aids in both the elementary and secondary sections of the school. Thirteen members from grades nine to twelve are given practice in the club periods and are also allowed to show films in the classrooms. At all times we are under supervision until we become competent operators. After we have qualified as student operators, we may use the equipment in any class of which we are a member. Some- times we are called upon to operate the audio-visual aids in the lower grades, in assemblies, and in programs outside of school hours. In the small picture you see Mr. Sell ex- plaining the threading of the motion picture projector. At times we undertake projects which are not directly connected with mechanical or electrical audio-visual aids. For instance, at the present time we are making a picture file for classroom study. This should serve to make our classes more interesting and meaningful. Another project is the raising ol funds for use by the club in connection with the purchase or repairs of audio-visual aids. There are three committees set up which have special duties: they are: Showing-Eugene LaFollette, Frederick Glosser, Lynwood Sweitzer, Gerald Knorr: Scheduling- Richard Balthaser, Donald Spayd, Donald Naftzinger, Barry For Sims: Sending and Receiving-Kenneth Labe, Charles Sei- frit, Paul Miller, Gene Spayd, Ierre Gehris. Our equipment includes the following: movie projector, slide projector, opaque projector, recording machine, record player, public address system, two portable screens, and a projector table. P. Miller, D. Balthaser, Mr. Sell. F. Glosser, K. Labe. G. Knorr I Gehris. C. Seiirit. E. LaFollette, G. Spayd, L. Sweitzer ty-three .ef First Row: Kenneth Mohn, Galen Luckenbill, Daniel Wenrich. Warren Trautman. Marjorie Bixler. David Burkey, Pauline Glosser, Iames Gehris, Kathryn Haag, Melinda White. Linda Weiders Second Row: Barry Kraatz, Gary Kohl, Donald Spayd, Leon Zimmerman, Henry Bohn, Arlene Lengel, Ioyce Delp, Nancy Bixler, Mr. Roberts Zipanaf - Junior "Practice, practice, and more practice," Mr. Roberts, ing the snare drum: D. Spayd, the bass drum: W. Trautman the instructor, can be heard saying when he talks to the the trumpet: and D. Burkey, the tuba. junior band. This expression he uses, tor the purpose oi the organization is to ready the members for the senior band. The twenty-tive members oi the junior band come from grades four to ten. They meet for rehearsal every Friday afternoon. The officers of the group are: president secretary-treasurer librarian Iames Gehris Henry Bohn Ioyce Delp Any student interested is welcome into the band, since all band instruments are represented. Especially needed are tubas, baritones, and trumpets. The favorite musical numbers of the junior band are hymns and "Chop Sticks". In the small picture you see that D. Rickert is play- D. Rickert, D. Spayd, W. Trautman. D. Burkey Forty-fom' pf- Maiorettes: Ioan Houck. Cleo Hoffman, Ioanne Wengert Seated: Catherine Rieser, Kay Pfautz. Faye Tobias, Winifried Pyle, Margaret Miller, Betty Labe, Sandra Haaq, Susan Goldstein, Brenda Kirkhofl, Carol Tobias, Marilyn Balthaser, Marvin Kulp, Elaine Fisher, lane Wilhelm, Fern Ernst Standing: Frederick McQuate. George Spohn, Irene Reppert. Kenneth Labe, Gene Spayd, Alice Messner, Gary Spang- ler, Claude Ohlinger, Ierre Gehris, David Sweigart, Charles Seitrit, Sherwood I-limelberger, Larry Kline, Lois Frantz, Norman Burkey Standing tSecond Rowlz Mr. Roberts, Robert Bender. Dennis Sweigart, Gerald Knorr, Barry Himelberger, Frederick Wilhelm, Gene Kulp, Ieanette Schaeffer, Elmer Swartz Emo! - enior "Follow the score, Sherwood: don't make up your own," Mr. Roberts advises when the senior band is in ses- sion. This group is composed of forty instrumentalists from grades six to twelve under the leadership of Mr. Roberts. The officers of the band are: president, Irene Reppert: vice- president, George Spohn: secretary, Catherine Rieser: treas' urer, Marvin Kulp: librarian, Frederick Wilhelm: assistant librarians, Dennis Sweigart and Gary Spangler. The candid shot shows G. Knorr with the drum, K, G. Knorr, K. Labe, C. Seifrit, G. Spohn, F. McQuate Labe with the horn, C. Seifrit with the trumpet, and G. Spohn and F. McQuate with tubas. The rehearsals every Tuesday and Thursday are for planning and practicing programs: such as, the fall con- cert on November 22, participation in parades, the Armis- tice Day Parade on November 14, the Christmas program, and the spring concert. The yearbook this year salutes the members of the band who participated in the county and district music festivals, County Band: Marvin Kulp, Irene Reppert. George Spohn, Faye Tobias, Brenda Kirkhoft, Fern Ernst. Kay Pfautz, Catherine Rieser, Lois Frantz, Winifred Pyle, Elaine Fisher. County Orchestra: Fern Ernst. District Band: George Spohn. State Band: George Spohn. During this year a Band Boosters Club was organized. It consists of a group of the parents and friends of the band members. At their meetings they plan ways of raising funds. During the year various instruments and supplies were purchased. Among them were a new tuba and a baritone saxophone. With the help oi this club the band hopes to purchase a school flag, instruments, and uniforms for the majorettes. Within the next year or two we hope to be able to outfit a color guard. As former fund raising-projects we have sold taffy and band booster buttons. Forty-five Cdorud - unior This group oi vocal musicians from grades seven, eight, and nine are preparing themselves, under the direc- tion ot Mr. Roberts, to enter senior chorus. During the year the iorty-five members have participated in a Christmas program and a spring concert. The Christmas program was highlighted by a famous Bach selection, "Beside Thy Cra- dle". "Rejoice and Be Merry", "Rise Up Shepherd", "One Christmas Morning", and "Good King Wenceslas" were the other selections the junior chorus sang. A few ot the mem- bers will participate in County Junior Chorus. These mem- bers will try out to see it they qualify for the County Chorus. The officers of this organization are: president vice president secretary Brenda Kirkhoti Frederick Wilhelm Kay Piautz treasurer librarian assistant librarian Cleo Hoffman Faye Tobias Dennis Sweigart W. Trautman, D. Spayd, N. Henne. P. Bender. I. Reber. F. Wilhelm. D. Sweigart, F. Tobias, L. Kulp, K. Piautz, B. Kirkhorf, C. Hoffman, On the informal picture a group of musicians are I. Delp practicing for the spring concert. Y V 'qw W First Row: Barry Speicher. Ned Gehris, Richard Mengel, Gary Spangler, Paul Balthaser. George Grim. Sherwood Himelberger, Ronald Kirkhoff, Dennis Reiner, Dennis Rentschler, Lewis Sauer, Warren Trautman Second Row: Mr. Roberts, Melinda White, Carrie Houck, lean Strausser, Kay Piautz, Joy Tobias, Elaine Lengel, Cleo Hoiiman, Lorraine Kramer, Ardell Menqel, Barbara Kramer, Patricia Bender, Lucille Wagner, Ioan Houck Third Row: Miriam Boltz. Pauline Sonon. Lynda Kulp, Brenda Kirkhoii. Faye Tobias. Ianet Wolf, Sarah Fox, Ianice Seip. Susan Goldstein. Pauline Glosser. Nancy Luckenbill, Susan Hartzell, Shirley Loeb. Betty Sweitzer. Kath- leen Binqaman, Mae Degler, Linda Bare, Barbara Blatt, Markay VanPelt Fourth Row: Raymond Herring. Elmer Swartz, Arlene Lengel, lane Wilhelm, Norman Frantz, Leon Zimmerman. Donald Spayd, Dennis Sweigart, Norman Burkey, Frederick Wilhelm, Larry Leonhard. David Burkey. Paul Sheidy. Ioyce Reber, Nancy Speicher. Mary Ann Rudy, Patricia Kalbach, Nancy Lou Henne Forty-six 640101116 - enior "Let's go, basses!" The voice you heard is that ot Mr. Roberts, high school vocal instructor who directs the chorus the first period on every Tuesday. The forty-tive members of the chorus were chosen through tryouts testing their musical ability. The officers of the group are: presi- dent, George Spohn: vice president, Donald Strausserg sec- retary, Fern Berger: treasurer. Marylee Gehris: librarian. Catherine Rieser: assistant librarian, Marvin Kulp. The main project of the senior chorus this year was to perlect their singing for participation in the Christmas program, the spring concert, and the commencement pro- gram. The chorus again had quite a few of its members representing our school in the "All County" Chorus. They were: Bass Soprano David Sweigart Elaine Fisher George Spohn Marvin Kulp Alto Irene Reppert Catherine Rieser Lois Frantz Marilyn Balthaser Tenor Charles Seilrit In the Christmas program we again sang the beautiful "O Holy Night", featuring Marvin Kulp and Elaine Fisher as soloists. We also did "We Three Kings" with George Spohn, David Sweigart, and Charles Seifrit portraying the parts of the three kings. Small group practices such as fs G. Spohn, M. Kulp. I. Stoudt, E. Fisher. W. Pyle. C. Seitrit. L Hoyer I. Klopfenstein. E. Larkin. you see in the small picture are frequent occurrences. Two of the favorite songs for the spring concert are "Dry Bones", with all the various sound effects: such as, cowbell, wood block, bell lyre, temple block, etc., and the current hit tune "In the Mission of St. Augustine", written and arranged by lack Chiarelli, a local musician. First Row: Mr. Roberts, Betty Koenig. Bernice Luckenbill. Lauretta Hoyer, Marvin Kulp, Donald Strausser. George Spohn, Fern Berger, Marylee Gehris, Catherine Rieser. Lois Frantz, Fern Ernst. Sandra Haag. Ruth Degler Second Row: Ieanette Schaeffer. Iacqueline Saul, Doris Berger, Grace Hinnershitz. Carol Tobias, Irene Reppert, D. Iane Stoudt, Lovina Stoudt, Winifred Pyle. Martha lane Kloptenstein, Mildred Kiebach. Elaine Fisher, Shirley Hoyer, Grace Messner, Alice Messner Third Row: Marilyn Balthaser, Evelyn Larkin, Gene Kulp. Kenneth Labe, Frederick McQuate. David Sweigart, Lyn- wood Sweitzer, Ierre Gehris, Henry Bohn. Lloyd McQuate. lctmes Gehris, Claude Ohlinger, Charles Seifrit, Earl Bond, Marlene Beidler. Betty Labe Missing irom picture: Mary Haag Forty-seven 6Ll'LCe This newly-organized musical organization was formed to supply music at the dances and other social functions oi the school. The ten members come from grades seven through twelve. They are advised by Mr. Roberts. The group meets every other Thursday when they rehearse for iuture engagements. Our group includes: Wood-winds Brass String-percussion Marvin Kulp Ierre Gehris Lois Frantz Elaine Fisher Charles Seifrit lane Wilhelm David Sweigart Fern Ernst Frederick Wilhelm George Spohn Some ol the school functions in which we participated were the Turkey Trot. which is pictured above and spon- sored by the Music Club, and the Crystal Ball sponsored by the freshmen class. We entered the Lion's Club Annual Amateur Show and captured first prize. With the money we bought new music. Up until then we as members have The Turkey Trot on November 20, 1953. been buying music to help build up the repertoire of the band. if Left to right: Charles Seifrit. David Sweiqart, Ierre Gehris, Frederick Wilhelm, George Spohn, Marvin Kulp, Elaine Fisher. Jane Wilhelm. Fern Ernst, Lois Frantz Forty-eight unior MU! 6065 Kramer, S. VanPelt, B. Kramer, P. Glosser, S. Goldstein, I. Reber. The main projects ol the Iunior Red Cross Club were the making of Thanksgiving, Christmas, Valentine, and Easter favors lor veterans' hospitals in the state and ior local charitable institutions, and the sponsoring of the Red Cross Drive for membership and gilt box contributions. The Thanksgiving lavors were orange nut cups fasten- ed onto a green base against a background oi attractively arranged leaves. The Christmas favors were white crepe- paper covered nut cups held in the arms ol a cotton- bearded, red-cheeked Santa. The Valentine favors were nut cups centered in a heart arrangement trimmed with ribbon and lace flace doiliesl. The Easter favors were made ol a nut cup that formed a design of red, yellow, and pink tulips on purple bases. In addition to the projects two of our number attend monthly meetings at the Red Cross headquarters at Reading. Our meetings have an educational and social value. We girls meet representatives from other schools, listen to reports from girls who attended camp during the past summer, become safety-minded through the aid of films as "Safety", become motivated into continuing Red Cross work by an opportunity given to grades nine, ten, and eleven to do typing, filing, and other clerical work at the local Chapter. This is an excellent opportunity for girls who have ambitions pertinent to work oi this nature. The last part ol our meetings is in the form ol a social during which games and refreshments are enjoyed. The Red Cross Club is composed oi girls from grades seven and eight who are supervised by Miss Riegel. The officers are: president, Ioyce Reber: secretary, Ioyce Delp: and treasurer, Linda Bare. In the small picture the girls are making Christmas napkins for a local convalescent home. First Row: Markay VanPelt, Sherylin VanPelt, Carrie Houck, Linda Bare. Kay Pfautz, Ioyce Reber, loyce Delp, Arlene Lengel, Mariam Boltz. Iane Wilhelm, Patricia Kalbach Second Row: Katie Spease, Iean Strausser, Ioy Tobias, Pauline Glosser, Susan Goldstein, Miss Rieqel, Ianice Seip. Nancy Luckenbill, May Spease, Elaine Lengel, Rebecca Moore, Kathleen Bingaman, Barbara Kramer Third Row: Melinda White, Shelva Benzel, Pauline Sonon, Shirley Long, Lynda Kulp, Elaine Kriner. Ardell Mengel, Lorraine Kramer, Faye Nye. Violet Bashore, Mary Ann Rudy, Nancy Speicher Forty-nine Seated: Fern Berger, Marylee Gehris, Carol Tobias, Fern Ernst, Lois Frantz Standing: Betty Labe, Violet Kramer, Sandra Fox, Margaret Miller, Elaine Fisher. Iacqueline Saul, Ruth Degler. Shir- ley Hoyer, Lauretta Hoyer, Carletta Moyer, Grace Messner, D. lane Stoudt, Sandra Haag, Mildred Kiebach, Mrs. Kline Dggfdfy ug The pupils of grades ten to twelve who are interested in library work joined this club for experience. This club has a definite purpose which is to take care of the library and to make it function as such in the school. The nineteen members under the supervision of Mrs, Kline have elected the following officers: pres., Fern Ber- ger: vice-pres., Lois Frantz: sec'y., Marylee Gehrisg treas., Carol Tobias: chaplain, Fern Ernst: and typist, Shirley Hoyer. F. Berger, M. Gehris, R. Degler. Fifty The meetings are held every Wednesday at 12:45 when the business of the club is transacted. After the business meeting the members form committees to arrange maga- zines, repair books, catalog new books, or letter and re- letter books. In the candid shot you see a committee letter- ing books according to the Dewey Decimal System of Classification. This is the first year the new library is in use. There is now a special section of shelves for encyclopedias only: reference, fiction, and reading now within reaching distance. at labeled places in the new arranged and labeled on the shelves of the former library. There is a section speci- the shelves upon which the circle books are placed are Current magazines are kept library, and past issues are fically for subject reference work. Sixty-six new books which include subject references and new classics have been added. To date there are 1976 volumes in the library. Many old volumes have been discarded, and newer editions replace them. With six tables and thirty-six chairs the library offers a wonderful environment for the recreational reading period every Friday. A main project of the Library Club this year was to have student librarians take charge of the withdrawal and the return of books. A dance was sponsored in April to raise money for a new card catalog. First Row tkneelingl: Dennis Sweigart, Claude Ohlinger, Iames Gehris, Frederick McQuate, Lloyd McQuate, Frederick Wilhelm, Earl Bond, Elmer Swartz. Leon Zimmerman Second Row tsittingl: Mr. Roberts, Fern Ernst, Carol Tobias, Mildred Kiebach, Carletta Moyer. David Sweigart. Irene Reppert. Catherine Rieser, Marvin Kulp, Betty Sweitzer. Shirley Loeb, Mary Haag, Doris Berger, Ioan Houck Third Row: Lois Frantz, Elaine Fisher, Martha lane Klopienstein, Faye Tobias, Patricia Doganes, lanet Wolf, Sarah Fox, D. lane Stoudt, Susan Hartzell, Winilred Pyle, Brenda Kirkhofl, Marylee Gehris, Fern Berger, Betty Labe. Marilyn Balthaser Fourth Row: Barbara Blatt, Patricia Bender, Mae Degler, Marlene Beidler, Brenda Brehm, Alice Messner, Margaret Miller, Evelyn Larkin, Sandra Haag. Cleo Hoffman. Lauretta Hoyer, Ieanette Schaeffer, Ruth Degler, Nancy Phillips, Lucille Wagner, Ioanne Wengert, Bernice Hassler, Nancy Lou Henne udic Music lovers from grades nine to twelve assemble every other Thursday to discuss any musical problems of the school and to listen to the musically-inclined people of our school as they present programs at every meeting. Mr. CM ever-popular "Stardust", We hope that in the future this organization will con- tinue to grow and add more records to the library: and more important, to continue to help amateur musicians gain Roberts is the advisor, and the officers are: president, Catherine Hieser: vice-president, Marvin Kulpg secretary, sell-confidence. We trust too that through membership to this club, pupils may be helped to be a good audience. Irene Reppert: and treasurer, David Sweigart. During the term we members ot Music Club had such activities as, a dance, the Turkey Trot, attending concerts, and putting on an assembly before the student body when the outstanding performers on the programs at the regular meetings appeared. The big project of the year was the buying of a new school banner which is a beautiful piece of work display- ing our school Colors. Below you see club members examin- ing the new standard. It is composed of "Penn-Bernville High School" in white letters on a background of green satin finish taiteta, ln the center of the banner is a gold and white lyre. The Music Club also purchased some records to begin a school record library. It will be arranged that the records can be checked out like books. Included in the collection sfs Classical fsssfds' musical ssmsdiss' slsssiss' and POP' E. Larkin, M. Balthqser, W. Pyle, 1. Reppen, M. Kulp, 1. Germs. J ular dance tunes that will never grow old: such as, the Klopfenstein. F. McQuate. Holding banner-E. Bond, D. Sweigart. Fifty-one Ql'U'lCl,I'Lf Annually the members of the senior class, this year consisting of sixteen members, publish the yearbook of the school. Under the supervision of Mrs. Kline this group met the first period ot every morning during November and December. At this time the lay-out of the book was studied. pictures were taken, captions made, and copy Written by committee members. In the small shot you see committee members at Work. The projects to raise money for this publication were the Magazine campaign of the Curtis Publishing Company, the Merchandise Club oi Landis 61 Landis, donations from the patron list, and lastly the selling of the yearbook itself. The following comprise the staff. Editor .........................,. Associate editors- Art ................ Photography ............ Feature ......,............. Business Manager Staff E. LaFollette, G. Spohn. S. Stoudt. G. Binqaman. W. Klopfenstein IRENE REPPERT WILLIAM KLOPFENSTEIN GARVIN BINGAMAN FREDERICK GLOSSER SHIRLEY I-IOYER STANLEY STOUDT Committees- Faculty Classes Seniors Activities Curriculum Calendar Irene Reppert Grace Hinnershitz Lynwood Sweitzer George Spohn Claude Ohlinger Donald Strausser Marylee Gehris Shirley Hoyer Stanley Stoudt Frederick Glosser William Kloptenstein Eugene LaFollette Fern Berger Grace Messner William Hoffman I Sitting: Marylee Gehris, Irene Reppert, Fern Berger. Shirley Hoyer Standing: Claude Ohlinger, Lynwood Sweitzer, William Kloptenstein, Grace Hinnershitz, Donald Strausser. Grace Messner, Garvin Bingaman, William Hoiiman, Stanley Stoudt, Eugene LaFollette, George Spohn, Mrs. Kline Fifty-two enn- gain The PENN-GUIN gives last minute news of activities to the Penn-Bernville students. The club consists ot twenty- eight members who meet every Wednesday. The main objective of the club is to publish a school newspaper every month. By the end ot the year the club should be able to gather the news, write good news stories, and publish the school paper with a minimum of advice from the Iaculty. Such is the purpose exemplified in the small photo as Mr. Spare directs an evaluation ol an issue of the paper. One project the club hopes to accomplish this year is to send one issue of the PENN-GUIN to a printer, which will give the students a professional-looking paper complete with photographs. Mr. Spare and members of the staff. Editor ...............,,..... Associate editor ....... . --.--- Sports editors ........ Art editors .............. Business managers ..,.. ...... Humor editor ..........,.. Reporters ......... . ...... ......,,,, .,Y., .T-...,.,.... PENN-GUIN Staff CATHERINE RIESER BETTY KOENIG BERNICE LUCKENBILL CHARLES SEIFRIT MARVIN KULP BARRY HIMELBERGER MARY HAAG DORIS BERGER MARLENE BEIDLER EARL BOND . Iim Gehris, David Sweigart, Alice Messner, George Spohn, Donald Strausser, Frederick McQuate, Bernice Hassler, Patricia Bender, Cleo Hoffman, Joanne Wengert, Patricia Doganes, Ioan Houck, Brenda Kirkhofl, Lovina Stoudt, Gene Kulp, Iacqueline Saul, Dennis Sweigart, Leon Zimmerman. N 1 io .fm ' -' t . or I Q First Row: Mr. Spare. Marvin Charles Seiirit. Bernice Second Row: Bernice Hassler. Kirkhoff. Cleo Hoffman. Kulp, Barry Himelberqer. Doris Berger, Mary Haag. Catherine Rieser. Betty Koenig. Luckenbill, Earl Bond Patricia Bender. Alice Messner, George Spohn, Lovina Stoudt, David Sweiqart, Brenda Joanne Wengert, Ioan Houck Third Row: Marlene Beidler. Iacqueline Saul, Patricia Doganes, Donald Strausser. Iames Gehris, Frederick McQuate, Gene Kulp, Dennis Sweigart, Leon Zimmerman Fifty-three First Row: Barbara Ernst. Eileen Tobias. Ruth Kirkhofl, Larry Kline. Kathryn Haag Second Row: Iudith Kline. Leslie Weidman, Lester Zechman. Dennis Zerbe. Bonnie Lee Luckenbill, Ann Klose. Victoria Shurr, Iudy Tobias, Terry Hamilton, Harold Krill. Diana Kisslinq Third Row: Daniel Wenrich. Kenneth Mohn. Gerald Luckenbill, Mr. Savage pCl,fI"0f "Always use safety!" is an expression made by Mr. Savage when he is talking to the safety patrol, the purpose of which is to solve school problems and be concerned about the safety of all the boys and girls. Some of the problems concern running in the hall and behavior down in the lunch room. G Hrnnershitz, I. Reppert, S. Hoyer. G. Messner., R. Kirkhofi. S. Stoudt in car. The fifteen members hold an election of officers every six weeks. In the first election, Ruth Kirkholf had been elected captain: Larry Kline, lieutenant: Barbara Ernst, sergeant: Eileen Tobias, corporal: Kathryn Haag. private first class. In the second period Daniel Wenrich had been captain: Ruth Kirkhoff, lieutenant: Gene Aulenbach, ser- geant: Kathryn Haag, corporal. During the third period Ruth Kirkhofi again became captain: Mary Hoffman, lieuten- ant: Eileen Tobias, sergeant: and Barbara Ernst, corporal. Meetings of the safety patrol are conducted by the cap- tain who. with the above-mentioned officers, is elected by majority vote of the members. There are two representa- tives from each room. The meetings are held every Thurs- day at 12:15 in Room 6. Reports are then given by each grade, one through six. Adjournment is affected by motion after all business has been transacted. Besides trying to make all pupils safety-minded through discussions and denial of privileges, the members take special measures at the junction of the Shartlesville road and Route 83 for pupils of all grades. Below you see Ruth Kirkhofl doing her duty to allow some senior girls to cross the street. Special patrols who assume duty at the 'Y' are Larry Kline and Leslie Weidman. At the Mennonite Church Kenneth Mohn and Daniel Wenrich serve as patrols. Fifty-four Sitting: Evelyn Larkin, Winitred Pyle, Mrs. Kreitler. Martha Iane Klopienstein. Marilyn Balthaser Standing: Claude Ohlinger, William Klopienstein. Glenn Beidler 3400! .!4l"fff The School Arts Club is composed of seven members lrom grades ten and twelve, under the leadership of Mrs. Kreitler. The club meets every Wednesday afternoon in what had tormerly been the library. Projects ol the club include decorations for monthly dances. The lirst was the "Soccer Ball" by Student Coun- cil: the "Turkey Trot" by Music Club: and "Cupid's Frolic" by the sophomores. Help such as you see in the small photo was also given the seniors in the final decorations ior the Christmas Dance. Some of the Courtesy posters in the hall were made by members of the club. The bulletin boards in the hall received a "lace-1ilting" when the club members painted them yellow. The auditorium received much the same treatment but on a larger scale. The walls were painted yellow, the stage gray. and the floor a deep green. Those who visit the library frequently may have noticed the drawings on the blackboard. These are done by the club. Another type of project ot the group was to supply soccer posters. One of these included a score sheet. In- dividual posters were made for each game. The biggest project was the Christmas scenes. A Nativity scene was displayed in the window of the library, while the scene of the shepherds was displayed in the senior homeroom. Both scenes were illuminated at night during the Christmas season. "A Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year" Fifty-five l00l"f5l'l'l6l,l'l Zi Mr. Matthew does the explaining. The Sports Club has been organized for those students at Penn-Bernville who are interested in promoting fair play and sportsmanship in athletics. One of the main functions ot the club is to act as a booster club for the various athletic activities that the school offers. The club is also trying to secure more and better facilities and equipment for the school so that their slogan - A SPORT FOR EVERYONE, AND EVERYONE IN A SPORT - may be realized. CM The club has sponsored bake sales to raise money for new equipment in which all may engage. This year has seen the addition of a table tennis table and four new mats. The club members would like to see some girls' equipment added in the not too distant future so that the girls too may enjoy some of the same advantages that are gained by the boys through interscholastic sports. The club, which meets every Thursday afternoon at l2:45, has thirty members, At these meetings new projects which might make an athletic program better are dis- cussed. Not all the meetings are spent in this type of discussion, since the boys also cover the rules and regula- tion, along with the fundamental skills, of the sports. The boys also received a chance to put this knowledge to practice by playing some games. The officers of the club are: president, Leo Houck: vice- president, Robert Kline: secretary, Barry Himelbergery treasurer. Gerald Heckman: and chaplain, Richad Reber. The candid shot shows Mr. Matthew explaining one of the best basketball plays that the group covered in their discussion on basketball before they went out to try to put it to use. First Row: Leo Houck, Martin Knorr, Robert Hartz, Glenn Beidler. Barry Grim, Leon Boltz, Leon Zimmerman, Carl Lachman, Paul Martin. Gerald Hartman Second Row: Mr. Matthew. Robert Kline. Gerald Heckman. Benjamin Reed. Gerald Miller. Gary Kohl. Gene Correll, LaVerne Koenig. Dale Himmelberger, Forrest Lesher, William Hoffman Third Row: Barry Himelberqer, Richard Reber, Royce Haag, Garvin Binqaman, Henry Bohn. Clement Care, Stanley Stoudt. Larry Luckenbill. Walter Duchan Fifty-six agifwfenf Kounci "We, the sludents of Penn-Bernville High School, in order to promote better understanding and closer cooper- ation between the faculty and students, to foster the best common interest of our school. to acknowledge respect for order and good work, and to accept and practice the re- sponsibilities and privileges of participation, do establish this Constitution for the Student Council of Penn-Bernville High School." This preamble to the Constitution of the Student Coun- cil of Penn-Bernville High School well states the purpose ol this organization. The Student Council under the leader- ship of Mr. Sell has a total of fourteen members represent- ing grades seven to twelve. The officers of the Student Council are: president, Don- ald Strausser: vice-president, Catherine Rieser: secretary, Fern Berger: treasurer, Betty Koenig: and chaplain, Wini- fred Pyle. The following committees have done much work in the organization of school activities and establishing good citizenship: dance committee, clean-up committee, courtesy committee, publicity committee, morale building committee, and the school flag and motto committee. F. Berger. C. Rieser, B. Koenig, M. White: D. Strausser, sitting The Student Council has its meetings each Friday, the first period in the afternoon. At their meetings they discuss all matters relating to coordinated and integrated school life. In the candid shot you see a group studying the Con- stiution. The Student Council has accomplished much dur- ing this school term. Among other things are: organization of bulletin boards and assemblies, attending the annual county Student Council Conference at the Muhlenberg High School, organization of school dances, and raising funds for our school improvement. Sitting: Betty Koenig, Fern Berger, Donald Strausser. Catherine Rieser. Winiired Pyle Standing: Mr. Sell, Brenda Kirkhofi, George Spohn, David Sweigart, Melinda White, Marvin Kulp, Barry Himelberger, Ioan Houck. Norman Burkey, Dennis Sweigart Fifty-seven S. Stoudt, I. Reppert, W. Hoffman. F. Berger, C. Ohlinger "The Old Timers" As the school doors opened in September, 1950, our class of '54, now freshmen in high school, had the following members enrolled: Frederick Glosser, William Hoffman, William Klopfenstein, Eugene l..aFollette, Claude Ohl- inger, George Spohn, Stanley Stoudt, Donald Strausser, Fern Berger, Marylee Gehris, and Irene Reppert. The class was joined by three newcomers: Grace Messner from Upper Bern Township, Shirley Hoyer from Iefferson Town- ship, and Grace Hinnershitz from Reading. The class officers elected were: president, Miles Woolever: vice-president, Marylee Gehris: sec- retary, Donald Yerger: treasurer, Shirley Hoyer: and chaplain, Helen Kiebach. Donald left us during this term. In our sophomore year we elected the fol- lowing leaders: president, Donald Strausser: vice-president, Marylee Gehris: secretary, Anna Haag: assistant secretary, Grace Messner: treasurer, William Klopfenstein: and chaplain, Annamae Graeff. Anna and Annamae left us during this year. We purchased our red and gray class jackets from Nuebling's Sporting Goods Shop. At last we had reached our junior year. Our supervisor was Mr. George Sell. The offi- jke 66444 0 7954 cers now Were: president, Fern Berger: vice- president, Irene Reppert: secretary, William Klopfenstein: treasurer, Stanley Stoudt: and chaplain, Miles Woolever. Helen and Miles left us during this term. Lynwood Sweitzer joined us from Bethel. Our class held a Christ- mas party in the school cafeteria. ln March we presented our class play entitled "Bolts and Nuts". We also enjoyed painting German de- signs on small benches and chests as a part of our German project. ln May we took part in the first Iunior-Senior Prom in the school. Now we have finally reached the year to which we have looked forward-our senior year in high school. With Mrs. Pearl Kline as supervisor, we chose the following leaders: president, Fern Berger: vice-president, Irene Reppert: secretary, Shirley Hoyer: treasurer, Marylee Gehris: and chaplain, George Spohn. Garvin Bingaman joined us this term from the United States Forces in Austria. We sponsored a magazine campaign, a merchandise club, and the school annual, the PENNANT. We presented our senior play, entitled A CLOSE SHAVE by Thomas Sutton, in March. We par- ticipated in the Iunior-Senior Prom as well as in the first May Day held by our school. All our activities as a class in high school were cli- maxed by Commencement on June l. F if ty-eig ht ,Q K X Our baseball and soccer interscholastic sports have their origin in neighborhood intra-district meets, which in turn can be traced back to 1911, when the first Field Day and Play Picnic for country children was held at Kutztown State Normal School on May 13. Included in that meet were these games: folk-dances. maypoles, slides, bowling alleys, tennis courts, see-saws, teeter-ladders: the track events were: chinning, jumping dashes, relays, discus throwing, pole vaulting, shot put, baseball and bicycle races. Later contests in spelling, declama- tion, arithmetic, and oratory were added. The obejct oi inaugurating annual Field Day and Play Picnic was "to have young people learn team-play as they grew up, to cultivate play spirit and develop playground and recreative activities, to give them an opportunity to participate in time-honored sports and amuse- ments, to learn new and inspirational games, and to become acquainted with good practicable methods of physical training."1- Today the physical education program in the individual schools is supplemented by interscholastic meets in sports. These are climaxed by district playoffs. 1. RBPUII ul the Superinlwrrlrfxl of Common Schools of lhv Communwealllx ol Penn- sylvania, 1911, pp. 27-28. Oo Oy S K J XXL , 5, QR ECREATION PROGRAM if i1-li-1-7' Q ,, First Row: Betty Koenig. Marlene Beidler Second Row: Grace Messner, Doris Berger Third Row: Irene Reppert, Fern Berger, Mary Haag, Catherine Rieser CAQQFAHJQFJ Throughout the 1953 season this new squad of damsels of this group of girls. Those cheering were: Betty Koenig, proved their ability to arouse the enthusiasm of the fans. Marlene Beidler, Grace Messner, Doris Berger, Irene Rep- Eight pairs of vocal cords stretched to their utmost plus pert, Fern Berger, Mary Haag, Catherine Rieser. the real desire to see the team victorious were the ambitions OCCQP7 Cl, Cline QPe igoof and aged!! ml' 6U"6 CO0I"6kl'l6Lie6l Another soccer season has bowed off the stage at Penn-Bernville. Now that the dust has cleared and the results are evident, we see that the boys with the educated feet weren't too successful. Six men were lost through graduation, and thus the team is in the process of rebuild- ing. Especially to be commended for their play during the season are William Hoffman, who was the backbone of our defense, and Marvin Kulp, the big gun of the Green and White, who scored four goals. Plagued with bad breaks and inexperience, the Wildcats ended the season with 2 wins, 6 losses, and 2 ties. After opening the '53 season with a thrilling 1-0 victory over Wernersville, Coach Matthew's booters tied Sinking Spring 1-1 in a hard-fought contest in which the tieing score for Sinking Spring was made by Co-captain Hoffman. The third battle which took place at home was against the defending Western Division Champions from Robesonia. S 'ice ty The Wildcats dropped this contest 4-D and also the next game to Bethel 3-1 in a contest that saw Bethel score two quick goals in the last quarter to win. Playing the Womels- dorf Lions away from home, the Wildcats appeared to be about to bring home the bacon, but the defense crumbled in the last quarter: and the Green and White lost a thrill- ing game 3-2. Playing the next game at Wernersville, the boys showed that they could play soccer if they wanted to, and in doing so beat the Redskins l-0 in a game which saw our booters miss many an opportunity to score. The next contest was waged with the Bruins of Sinking Spring on the local field. It was a hard-fought game, and it looked as if it would end in a tie until the Bruins received a penal- ty kick and capitalized on it with a few minutes left to play. The game was counted on the short side of the ledger as the boys went down to a 1-0 defeat. The local team visited the nest of the Robins, who were still unde- feated and unscored upon. The game ended with the Kneeling: Carl Lachman. Robert Bender, Gene Kulp, Barry Himelberger. Marvin Kulp, Charles Seitrit, Gene Correll, Dennis Sweiqart Standing, First Row: Mr. Matthew, Elmer Swartz, Donald Spayd, William Hoffman. Gerald Miller, Gene Spayd. La- Verne Koenig, David Sweiqart Standing, Second Row: Richard Balthaser, Leo Houck, William Klopfenstein, Larry Luckenbill. locmes Gehris, Leon Zimmerman Green and White again on the short end of a 7-0 score. Traveling to Bethel tor the next encounter, the Wildcats played very good ball. This game held the spectators' interest from the opening whistle to the end: and our boys lost when Larry Luckenbill, a freshman, in the heat oi excitement kicked a goal for Bethel. The last game of the year was played before a large crowd on the home field: and although the local hooters PENN-BERNVILLE OPPONENTS l ..... ...... W ernersville ....... .,... 0 l ..... ...... S inking Spring ...... ..... l 0 ..... ..... R obesonia ....... ..... 4 1 ..... ...... B ethel ............ ..... 3 2 ..... ....., W omelsdorf ..... ...... 3 l ..... ....,. W ernersville .,..... ..... 0 O ...... ,..,. S inking Spring ........ ..... 1 D ..... ...... R obesonicr ....... ...... 7 0 ..... ...... B ethel ............ ...... 1 1 ..... ...... W omelsdorl ..... ..... 1 7 21 missed many chances to score, they did hold the Lions to a 1-l tie. In looking over the record for the season, we see that the boys with the educated feet lost three games by one goal. Any one of these games might have been turned into a victory if the boys would have been more experi- enced. The Penn-Bernville Wildcats ended the season in iitth place in the Western Division. "Baby, It's Cold Outside". Sixty-one Front Row: Gene Kulp, David Sweigart, Gerald Heckman, Robert Balthaser, William Woli, Robert Kline, Raymond Kulp, William Hoffman. Barry Himelberger, Gene Spayd Back Row: Herman Bressler, Leo Houck, Earl Graefl, Henry Bohn, Clement Care, Charles Seifrit Herein! Faced with an inexperienced and green team which contained only two senior boys, Coach Matthew realized the season looked none too hopeful. However his Wildcats finished the season with a record of four wins and six losses. As per usual the cold weather oi early spring put a damper unto many of the much-needed practice sessions. The season got off to a good start with the Green and White emerging victorious to the tune of 9-2 over Bethel on the home diamond. Before they knew what happened or could find themselves, the Wildcats dropped three games in a row. The first loss occurred at Womelsdorf where the Lions edged out a 6-4 victory in a hard fought contest. The second loss occurred at home with Sinking Spring win- ning 3-2. In the next game the Wildcats were tamed by Robesonia 17-2. Playing at home, the boys hit the win column for the second time of the season by beating Wer- nersville 4-O. In the return engagement with Bethel which started the second half, the game was played away from home on one of the coldest days of the season and found our boys being set down in order by Olseh of Bethel, who pitched a perfect game, allowing no hits and runs for the Wildcats. Back home again the boys were determined to show that they were still in the thick of things and handed Womelsdorf their second loss of the season in beat- ing them 4-l. Then the boys dropped two games in a row- one to Sinking Spring, Z-0: and one to Robesonia, 7-l. The Wildcats ended up the season at Wernersville with a 7-4 victory in a wild game that had everything which makes baseball the national pastime. Many of the losses dealt to the Wildcats during the season were due to erratic fielding, and lack of power at the plate led to many down falls: but with many of the boys playing their first season, greater things are antici- pated next year. Barry Himelberger proved to be the outstanding pitcher, and Robert Kline the leading hitter. Bernville ........ Womelsdorf .. Bernville ..... Robesonia ...... Bernville ..... Bethel .............. Bernville ........ Sinking Spring Bernville ........ Wernersville .. Sixty-two Schedule and Scores Bethel .............. Bernville ........ Sinking Spring Bernville ........ Wernersville .. Bernville ........ Womelsdorf .... Bernville ...... Robesonia ...... Bernville ...... l t Pupils, parents, teachers, and directors met annually since 1857 and three years prior to that at what were known as "local insti- tutes" with the primary purpose of arousing greater interest in and to aid in the advance- ment ot the public schools. Programs in- cluded playlets, recitations, dialogues, and musical selections. This, of course, can be labeled the predecessor ot local teachers' 'meetings and of Parent-Teachers' Associa- .Lg .-,. tions. The Field Day and Play Picnic were organized too to bring country communities into pleasant social contact. Prior to this whatever other "get-togethers" there were were dependent upon the individual families or churches and Sunday Schools. Today functions to aid in the social development oi the pupil are included in our school calen- dar. Schools are rapidly becoming the cen- ter oi our community social life. i.l. - , l I ,i.l.-i-1- il.il-il ,- li-1 ll glliii ,l.l.i jill- 5Et?4+X Here we see some of the faculty at the Ball. They were the special guests of the evening. Even though some took the advantage to dance, some, such as these teachers sat 'one out' to admire the scenery, the decorations, and most of all the dancing. The guests in this picture are: Mrs. Emily Holtzman, Mrs. Bohrbach, Miss Riegel, Mrs. Kaiser, and Mr. Kaiser. unior - Here we see Mr. and Mrs. Sell enjoying the Ball. You see the name of the Prom on the wall in the background. The centerpiece of the Spring Garden Ball was a bird bath sprinkling water under colored lights. This was placed in front of cz background of all kinds of beautiful spring flowers. Surrounding the centerpiece was a beautiful white picket fence. May 22, 1953, will always be remembered by the juniors and the seniors. This was the night they had work- ed so hard to enjoy. It was the Iunior-Senior Prom. The Prom was named the Spring Garden Ball, and the music was supplied by Rodney Ruth and his Orchestra. In the picture you see dancing near the arbor of the Spring Garden Ball. enior rom -U1 qu -r These people seem to enjoy the dancing. They are: Fern Berger and Barry Holl, Donald Lynn and Shirley Reber, and Shirley Hoyer and George Spohn. Even though the music ended all too soon, all the juniors, now this year's seniors. dreamed ol another prom. Everyone felt our first Iunior-Senior Prom had been a great success. Sixty-four xi Nov. 20. 1953, was a big night for the Music Club. This was their dance, the name of which was the Turkey Trot. The Indian chasing a turkey cmd the turkeys with small turkey figures on brown and orange streamers pro- vided the atmosphere lor the afiair. In this picture Lovina Stoudt and Iacqueline Saul look as though they are having a good time as they try to keep in time to the music. Garvin Bingaman and William Klopfenstein are finding out while they hang pine branches on the doorways that dances are not merely fun but also hard work. This was just one activity amid all the hustle and bustle in almost every corner. Seniors and underclassmen are working hard lor what turned out to be one of the biggest dances for the seniors, excluding the Prom. To the Christmas dance high school pupils and alumni were invited. September, 1953. At the Soccer Ball having quite a line time in the Mexican hat dance are some of the stu- dents who attended the first dance oi the 1953-54 school season. The Soccer Ball was the name given to the dance. for it opened the soccer season for Penn-Bernville High School. The decorations included everything concerning soccer. The crepe paper used was green and white, our school colors. CLFLCQ5 Dec. 23, 1953, was the Christmas dance especially tor alumni and the high school students. The music for this function was furnished by Steve Baer and his Orchestra. With wintery scenery this dance offered a warm welcome to alumni. Now they had an opportunity to return to their Alma Mater and see the improvements of the past years. We so much want this to be an annual Home-Coming for former graduates. This picture, which has a winter scene tor the background, is one of the views of the dance. Sixty-five This is another picture taken at the Chirstmas Dance. Charles Klopp, an alumnus of '52 and William Kline, hus- band of Mrs. Kline, a faculty member, seem to have enjoy- ed being the winners of the cake in the cake walk. The band and the Christmas scenery can be seen in the back- ground. Ianuary 15, 1954. This, the Crystal Ball, was a big event for the freshmen, for this was their first sponsored dance. The scenery consisted ot winter scenes and snow balls and stars suspended from the ceiling. In the picture are Marvin Kulp and Linda Bare, the king and queen of the dance. The wildcat in the background represents our athletic nickname. Students and guests seem to be enjoying themselves just alter a number by Steve Baer. Even though this was the first annual high school and alumni dance at Christmas, it was quite a success. This dance every year will bring back alumni to meet old friends. anced February 12, 1954. This was the Valentine dance for the school. This was indeed one ot the outstanding dances in respect to decorations. The theme was Cupid and Valen- tine Day: therefore, it was called "Cupid's Fro1ic". The decorations consisted of hearts, white clouds, cupid figures, and a large valentine on the wall. In the picture the king and queen selected to reign over the dance were Marvin Kulp and Carol Tobias, members of the sophomore class. Sixty-six Nov. 25, 1953. Our Famous Ancestors was the name of this play presented by the eighth grade at our Thanks- giving assembly. This assembly, one out of the many we had, gave to us, before we recessed for our Thanksgiving vacation, the true meaning of Thanksgiving. The play was direcied by Miss Riegel. The characters from leit to right are Joyce Reber, Stsan Goldstein, Sherwood Himelberger, and Norman Burkey. Dec. 11, 1953. While the cold winds blew outside, the inside oi the school offered a cheery warmth. This was the night of the sophomore Christmas party. This was the 'get-together' night tor them. They did not waste any of the time. Only the sophomores and their homeroom teacher, Mr. Spare, were here to enjoy such antics as Marvin Kulp. Carol Tobias, and Earl Bond passing litesavers on tooth- picks to each other. Afiemgfg, puffy, unc! lpfag Catherine Rieser, who plays the leading role in the play, Miss Chatterbox, is straightening her hat while Charles Seilrit as Warner Conway looks disgusted as she talks on and on. Indeed this was an amusing play, and the juniors are to be congratulated for such a tine production. December 10, 1953. This was the night for the juniors to sink their teeth into dramatics to prepare themselves for their senior class play. The play, MISS CHATTERBOX, was a great success, for it was an unusually good comedy. In the picture Betty Koenig, Lois Frantz, and Charles Seifrit listen intently to another cast member who says, "Why, I'm your brother Ied's daughter." Sixty-seven Mr. 6: Mrs. Roy Luckenbill Mr. df Mrs. E. Thomas Sheetz Mr. ci Mrs. Denton H. Kalbach Mr. 6: Mrs. Frank W. Faust Donald C. Strausser Frederick Glosser, Ir. Grace Messner Shirley Hoyer Fern Berger William Carner Mr. df Mrs. Leo S. Houck Dorothy lane Stoudt Landis df Landis Mr. df Mrs. Emerson Stoudt lrene Reppert Mr. 5 Mrs. George S. Reppert Mr. 6: Mrs. lames W. Luckenbill Franklin E. Cocks Mr. 5: Mrs. Iacob C. Martin Carl H. Lachman, Sr. Mr. df Mrs. Harold Matthew Mr. df Mrs. Irvin I. Kirkhoff Brenda M. Kirkhoft Mr. dt Mrs. Gerald Brunner Mrs. Anna F. Burkey Alma G. Bender Florence VVeiders Mr. Richard N. Spare Mr. G Mrs. William H. Kline Mr. df Mrs. Charles H. Miller Mrs. David I. Kramer Miss Stella M. Riegel Mr. 6. Mrs. Ralph L. Bare Mr. 6: Mrs. Charles A. Bender Lee D. Hartzell Mr. 6 Mrs. Leroy Snyder pafrona Sixty-eight William R. Hoffman Claude H. Ohlinger Mr. CS Mrs. Claude F. Hoffman Roy F. Bubbenmoyer Mr. 6: Mrs. David E. Spohn Carroll L. Snyder Clark L. Snyder Donton G Delong Plumbers Moll's ESSO Service Station Burkey's Restaurant Bubbenmoyer's l.G.A. Super Market Fred Hommas Eagle Hotel, Iimmy 5: Alice Bernville Motors Bernville Inn, Prop. Margaret Wenger Herbert Schlappich Dr. ci lVlrs. Richard De B. Bertolette Trautman's Store Family Gift Shop Shirley Reber Mr. df Mrs. Frederick Glosser, Sr. Marsha C. Wolfgang Boyertown Times Pub. Co. Hershey Creamery Co. lohn F. Leininger American Legion Bowling Alleys Anthony's Dairy William E. Klopfenstein Mr. 61 Mrs. Iohn A. 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