Tulpehocken High School - Yearbook (Bernville, PA)
- Class of 1955
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ENTRANCE TO THE PENN-BERNVILLE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
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When we trace the development of .our
school system, we see the effects of evolution
in education. Until 1949 Penn Township and
Bernville Borough operated separate school
districts. At this time the citizens approved
a Union School District. In 1952 the ele-
mentary building you see above was opened
for use. In 1954 the present school system
was organized. Now we are known as the
Penn-Bernville Center of the Tulpehocken
Area Joint School System. This system is
comprised of Bethel Township, Jefferson
Township, Penn-Bernville Union, and the
Tulpehocken Township school districts.
Included in the responsibilities of the
Board, which meets the second Thursday of
the month, are the planning of the school
program for the entire system and the exe-
cuting of the administrative powers of the
The odicers, one of whom represents each
district, are: president, George R. Spannuth,
Bethel Township, vice-president, Alvin J.
Knoll, Tulpehocken Township, secretary,
Mrs. Mae R. Streaker, Penn-Bernville Union 5
and treasurer, Floyd L. Koenig, Jefferson
Also attending the Joint Board meetings
are representatives of the Office of the Coun-
ty Superintendent of Schools of Berks County
as well as Harry E. Ebling, supervising prin-
cipalg Walter A. Rohrbach, high school prin-
cipalg Henry S. Ensminger, principal of Mt.
Aetna School, and Eugene R. Sweigart, prin-
cipal of Rehrersburg School.
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We wish to share with you the story of our life as projected through
our television set, the PENNANT. Because Pennsylvania Route 83 passes
our school, we are, in this instance, Channel 83.
We have adopted the titles of some of our favorite programs and
through them on our own P-BHS-TV, Channel 83, you will View the pupils,
in classes, activities, and sports programs, building foundations which will
contribute to their success in the future. Just as a television set frequently
depicts the past, so we trust that the PENNANT will bring back pleasant
memories at Penn-Bernville High School.
1954 PENNANT Award
First Place Certificate
Columbia Scholastic Press Association
New York City, New York
Mr. George M. Sell
The nature of this volume of the PENNANT calls for a dedicatee who repre-
sents the ideals of this publication, which attempts to portray mainly intimacy,
frankness, simplicity, and practicality. Truly typical of the spirit which prevails in
the classroom and of the spirit which this, the scientific PENNANT, endeavors to
convey is our respected teacher and genial friend, Mr. George M. Sell, instructor
of science and mathematics. In three brief years he has taught his pupils the value
of self-respect and respect for others as Well. His pupils will never forget the inter-
esting projects they undertook With his guidance. To him this 1955 PENNANT is
ZLL of Confenffi
THE GUIDING LIGHT .........
Hall of Fame
You and Your Health
Five Minutes More
SEARCH FOR TOMORROW ......A
THIS IS YOUR LIFE .............,....
The Big Payoff
Toast of the Town
Arthur Godfrey and His Friends
My Little Margie
Rin Tin Tin
HOBBY TIME ............,....,..,i......,.................
SCHOOL SERVICE CLUBS
Bands: Senior, Junior, Dance
Choruses: Senior, Junior
Sports Booster Club
RECREATION and VOCATION CLUBS
Future Farmers of America
Home Economics Club
Q Red Cross Club
SPORTS 1 ANGLES ........ .........,..,................ ,.........
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TULPEHOCKEN AREA JOINT SCHOOL BOARD '
Seated: Edwin Showers, Henry Ensminger, Walter A. Rohrbach, Mrs. Mae Streaker, George Spannuth, Floyd
Koenig, Harry Ebling, Eugene Sweigart, Rev. Frank Ruth
Standing: Herbert Deck, George Beidler, George Reppert, Earl Koenig, Dawson I-Iarnish, Marvin Rissinger,
Clarence Mengel, Raymond Mohn, Herman Noll, Henry Ziegler, Norton Smith
Missing from picture: John Derr, Alvin Knoll, Alvin Morgan, George Sebastian, Howard Balsbaugh
MR. HARRY E. EBLING, Director
Mr. Harry E. Ebling received a B.S. Degree in
social studies, English, and biology from Elizabeth-
town College and an M.A. Degree from Temple
University. As the Tulpehocken Area Joint School
System becomes more closely knit together, we hope
to become better acquainted with our supervising
We sincerely appreciate the new fields of oppor-
tunity the Tulpehocken Area Joint School Board,
like television, provides for us.
MR. WALTER A. ROHRBACH, Director
To our principal, Mr. Walter A. Rohrbach, we
express our deepest gratitude for his guidance
throughout the past and for his help in preparing
us for the future.
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PENN-BERNVILLE SCHOOL BOARD
Seated: Mrs. Mae R. Streaker, secretaryg Clarence W. Mengel, presidentg Edwin I. Showers, treasurer
Standing: George S. Reppertg VValter A. Rohrbach, principalg Raymond E. Mohn, vice-presidentg and Rev. Frank
The purpose of this Board is to meet the the many privileges and opportunities made
needs of the Penn-Bernville Center. We wish available to us at our school.
to express our thanks and appreciation for
To the Class of 1955: T
When you asked for my contribution to the 1955 PENN-
ANT, my first thought was that the time is fast approaching
when you will cherish one of an American's most prized posses-
sions, a High School Diploma. It is not only a certificate of
accomplishment or a stepping stone to future achievement but
also a priceless heritage symbolizing America's faith in free
public education as a foundation of our way of life.
Many changes have taken place in your high school since
you entered in seventh grade. That was my first year as your
principal and also the first year for the new Penn-Bernville
Union District. It is a part of the larger Tulpehocken Joint
System. You have seen the erection of a new elementary build-
ing. And an extensive modernization of the high school build-
ing. You have experienced the beginning of new courses and
subjects so that your school has now qualified for re-classification
by the Department of Public Instruction as a six-year junior-
senior high school. You have learned to know and work with
quite a number of new instructors. Thus your high school
experiences have reflected constantly changing conditions in
the world all around us. You have learned, as all of us must,
to live and work in this changing world.
Congratulations on your 1955 PENNANT. This volume
seems to be a symbol of your motto, "Our Aim-Success, Our
Hope-To VVin". For the faculty, the directors, and myself I
want to say that We, too, hope you will win.
MRS. VIVIAN GERHART,
Working behind the scenes to fill
our every need is Mrs. Vivian P. Ger-
hart, Mr. Rohrbach's very capable
secretary. We are deeply indebted to
her for all the little 'niceties' she has
done for us.
MRS. PEARL B. KLINE
B.A., Ursinus College
English, Latin, German MR. GEORGE M. SELL
LHEJIEIILIYNXQIIQ THE B.S., State Teachers College,
Audio-Visual Club, Student
MR. PETER A. LAMANA
B.S., Lehigh University
English, Social Studies MISS STELLA M. RIEGEL
State Teachers College,
English, Social Studies
Red Cross Club
MR. HAROLD E. MATTHEW
B.S., East Stroudsburg
Physical Education, Health
Civics, Driver Training,
Sports Booster Club,
Soccer Coach, Basketball
Coach, Baseball Coach
MR. WILLIAM H. KAISER
B.S., State Teachers College,
History, Geometry, Arith-
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MR. CARL H. SAVAGE Grade 5
B.S. State Teachers Colle e
MRS. SARA B. NOLL
B.S., State Teachers College,
MRS. EMILY HOLTZMAN
University of Pennsylvania
' MRS. MILDRED S. Grade 1
Z State Teachers College,
MRS. KATHRYN K. Kutztown
BRUNNER Grade 2
B.S., State Teachers College,
MR. WALTER A. ROHRBACH
B.S., State Teachers College,
M. Ed., Pennsylvania State
MR. RALPH SLEPPY
A.H., Pennsylvania State
MR. RUSSELL L. BERGER
B.S., State Teachers College,
History MRS. FERN E. RITTER
Vocal and Instrumental
B.S., Indiana State Teache1s
Home Economics Club
Industrial Arts MRS. CHARLOTTE KOHL
B.S., State Teachers College,
Art MISS CATHARINE MOYER
B.S., Elizabethtown College
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MRS. IRENE M. HAAG
R.N., Hahnemann School of
DR. NORTON L. BEHNEY
B.S., Muhlenberg College
D.D.S., University of
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B.S., Muhlenberg College
M.D., University of
Mrs. Haag and Dr. Dunkelberger give a diphtheria in-
jection. This pre-school child seems not to enjoy the necessary
precaution, as is evidenced by the expression on her face.
give miizufed more
FROM THE' KITCHEN DOOR
Approximately 300 pupils who eat the meals
prepared by our school cooks plus a small per-
centage of pupils who eat packed lunch gather
in the school cafeteria each day in three shifts.
Grades One through Six eat at 11:00, grades
Seven 'and Eight eat at 11:45, and grades Nine
through Twelve dine at 12:02.
The cafeteria also serves as a beautiful social
room for school activities.
POTS, PANS AND PERSONALITIES
We wish to thank our eificent cooks, Mrs.
John Bixler and Mrs. Raymond Mohn, for pre-
paring those hot, delicious meals to which We all
look forward. One of our favorite menus calls for
beef barbecues, potato chips, peas, Waldorf salad,
milk, and cherry up-side-down cake.
WELCOME TRA VELERS
To our dependable and well-experienced bus
drivers, Ralph Kissling, Alvin Gerberich, Frank
Faust, Ray SchaeEer, John Endy, and Luther
Henne fmissing from picturej, we extend a note
of thanks for making our trips to and from school,
as well as our special trips, so comfortable.
"Gee, but it's nice and warm in here." This
remark can be heard repeatedly as pupils enter
the school on a cold Winter morning. Thank you,
Mr. Henry Weidman, custodian of our school.
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Under the guidance of Mr. Sleppy, Leon
Zimrnerman, his classmates, and grade Nine boys
are learning to handle the power saw. How
convenient it will be when the boys learn to use
the power machines without causing accidents!
What these lads need is experience, but under
supervision. Safety is a predominant factor in
the instruction of the use of the school's power
Benny Reed, with the advice of Mr. Sleppy,
is demonstrating the use of the drill press, which
is one of the most accurate means of drilling dif-
ferent-sized holes. But why such a large appar-
atus to bore one small hole? Only the Agriculture
pupils can tell you.
INDUSTRIAL ARTS 11-12
What is a pipe threader? According to the
expression on the lads' faces this must require
serious thought. The Eleventh and Twelfth grade
boys are also curious to know as Mr. Sleppy is
about to show them how this apparatus works.
Many a pipe can be ruined if one is not careful
and exact. This pipe threader is one of the
machines the boys should be able to operate by
the end of the term.
INDUSTRIAL ARTS 9
"Study the mechanism of the seeder before
you start to use it. Otherwise you may defeat
the purpose of even the most useful of all new
time-saving devices." This admonition comes
from Mr. Sleppy. The Industrial Arts 9 boys
are instructed how to adjust the mechanism of
INDUSTRIAL ARTS 7
"Steady there, Larry! Don't saw that board
crooked," says Mr. Sleppy, as he and the other
Seventh grade boys Watch Larry Kline try his
hand at handling the saw. These boys will, with-
out a doubt, become good contractors some day-
if they heed the advice of their instructor. Of
course the work of a carpenter requires more
skill than just that of sawing.
INDUSTRIAL ARTS 8
In the grade 8 Industrial Arts class the
pupils are wondering how to use the square. But
oh! To the rescue is Mr. Sleppy to explain its
use in relation to measuring metal or wood. This
accurate tool has many figures on it. Be careful,
boys! To learn the purpose of the numerals and
the use of the square takes time. The many uses
of the metal polished steel square are demon-
strated in this class.
"Write in Shorthand the brief forms-I, good,
be, been, but, for, am, them, all-" says Miss
Moyer to Jeanette SchaeH'er and Marilyn Bal-
thaser. The other class members are carefully
eyeing the work of these girls to see whether or
not they are correct. When one is in a hurry,
these 'hooks' are handy. Deciphering them is
If you can type without looking at the key-
board, you're good. Of course typing takes a lot
of practice. Jeanette Schaeffer is trying her best
to type by the sense of touch. Miss Moyer is
always willing to give tips. But the juniors find
there is more to the course than where one looks.
Speed is a sure necessity before one can call
herself an accomplished typist.
"Is this a debit or a credit?" asks Paul
Miller as Miss Moyer is ready to oier him as-
sistance. Other class members are doing the same
problems. When you see green work sheets, you
know pupils are doing Bookkeeping, which re-
quires accurate and neat work.
"Careful now. Look out! Don't hit the wrong
key," warns Miss Moyer as she watches Betty
Koenig test her typing skill. Betty's classmates
are also busily engaged in improving their speed
and accuracy in this course. How discouraging
it is to find for every error, you lose two points!
Oh, well! That's part of the technique.
The class is making mobiles and studying
monochromatic heads. A mobile such as you see
hanging from the window must be handled with
care. The purpose of the head study is to show
the proportion of the eyes, ears, etc., to the head.
Besides this work pupils engaged in elementary
Mr. Berger looks on, or should we say lis-
tens'?, While a group of Ninth grade boys, accom-
panied by Kay Pfautz, sings one of their favorite
songs. What is it, however, the boys are singing?
Everyone seems to be enjoying the meter and
the message of the lyric. Besides singing the
Ninth grade music class also listens to classical
It should be easy for these students to cos-
tume a play for an assembly. Some pupils are
painting costumes with water colors, while others
are doing sketching. Mrs. Kohl is keeping a
scrutinizing eye on them as they do this work.
More close observation is necessary when it's time
to clean up at the end of a period.
A group of Seventh grade girls sings "Giri-
biribin", accompanied by Eileen Tobias. With
classes such as this, these pupils should become
good senior chorus members in the future. Sing,
girls! There is relaxation in this harmonious deed.
Singing is one art in which all people do the
same thing at the same time.
Driver Education! ...... Where's the car?
These students are studying theory. The machines
are a means of testing visual acuity, depth per-
ception, hand steadiness, braking distance, and
reaction time. The theory of driving must be
studied before the pupils actually get behind the
Wheel of a car.
With Gerald Miller behind the wheel and
Mr. Matthew beside him, a part of the class are
viewing the measuring of Gera1d's reaction time
and his braking distance. What if Gerald's re-
action time is slow? Will he be denied a driVer's
license? This may be the thought of many a class
member as he nervously awaits his turn.
"Now watch for the red light 3 then brake!"
orders Mr. Matthew to James Gehris as Bernice
Luckenbill operates the signals of the machine
that tests reaction time and braking distance.
Waiting for their turn are: Marvin Kulp, Earl
Bond, and Frederick McQuate. This knowledge
should aid the pupils to be drivers with good
judgment, a requisite especially in times of
"Line the cars side by side!" directs Mr.
Matthew to Jane Klopfenstein as she prepares
to start the depth perception test. In this test
Jane must line up the cars until she thinks they
are side by side. What was your score, Jane?
Results of this test can be most thought-provoking
to anyone who already drives a car.
HOMEMAKING 11412 X
"Is this a knitted or a purled stitch?" Such
a query introduces Homemaking. These Eleventh
and Twelfth grade girls had approximately one
month to knit a sweater or a pair of anklets.
The girls enjoyed the art of knitting after they
had passed the complicated step of learning how.
"Easy now, you missed a spot. Thereg now
you have it!" is the thought of Mrs. Ritter as
she conducts her daily Homemaking 7 class. Here
you see Seventh grade girls learning the art of
manicuring as Mrs. Ritter looks on. "But, re-
member, girls, it is not polite to do this in public,"
warns Mrs. Ritter.
Even though we live in a machine age, these
girls take an unusual interest in learning to knit.
Of course Mrs. Ritter was always willing to
correct that stitch that had been purled instead
of knitted. This group made sweaters, shawls,
or socks. We'll be waiting to see the girls don
their finished products. We've seen baby socks
and booties being made. Who'1l wear these?
Here are four girls stenciling on their own
scarfs. The girls chose their own designsg such
as, flowers, leaves, or monograms. We don't recall
seeing these lassies wear the finished product.
Wasn't their work of displaying quality? Oh, a
few more years and they may be able to surpass
all of us in this fine art.
Here you lind five of the German class finish-
ing a miniature pail project. After having paint-
ed the pails with flat black paint, they painted
Pennsylvania-Dutch designs on them and bronzed
the brims and handles. With vines in the pails,
the environment of the library has been greatly
Herman Degler, Shelve Benzel, Miss Riegel,
Miriam Boltz, Betty Burkhart, and other class
members look on as Mary Lou Hofert explains
the poem, "The Good Samaritan", by the use of
a visual aid. Such an aid should facilitate memori-
zation and retention of this English requirement.
Maybe this accounts for junior highschool mem-
ory efficiency., A
Seven of the Ninth grade girls are eagerly
engaged in one of the class activities. It may be
the declension of a noun or the conjugation of
a verbg or perhaps they are translating a mytho-
logical story. In any case the girls seem to be
busy as Mrs. Kline looks on.
Mae Degler and Nancy Phillips are reading
their Voice of Democracy essays to their class.
They were the chosen representatives from Grade
10 in the in-school eliminations. A bit more
practice in this creative Writing, and perhaps Mae
or Nancy will be able to represent Penn-Bernville
in the County contest at the WRAW studios. Of
the ten contestants Marvin Kulp of Grade 11 was
"There is the bridge across the Tulpehocken
Creek," says David Sweigart as he proudly dis-
plays his scaled drawing of the school path along
the road to school. This one and one made by
Marvin Kulp had been turned over to the Penn-
Bernville School Board to be used in a discussion
at a regular meeting.
"This shows how they compare," is a familiar
expression used by the seniors studying various
problems of the consumer. The graph used here
by Jerre Gehris is just one example of various
ways in which this class has learned to interpret
statistical data and problems of everyday life.
"What is the formula?" asks Mr. Sell as
Warren Ebersole is showing members of the
Algebra 9 class how to find the volume of a sphere.
The algebra class constructed solid geometric
figures out of construction paper. Each pupil
had to apply the formula learned from the geo-
metric figure to abstract problems. To most
students the construction work is a popular
"Hold it a minute," says Barry Speicher.
"Let me explain that easy problem." With prob-
lems like this one, pupils should have no difficul-
ties when they face the responsibility of managing
their own homes. Perhaps Barry some day will
be able to figure out his own income tax too.
What a help that will be! But by that time there
may be no such tax as that.
Leo Houck is getting ready to receive the
football while Henry Bohn is about to blow the
referee's whistle. Football is one of the boys'
favorite sports. When the weather permits, the
boys who are sports-minded lose no minute of
the lunch period. Out they go to play this game.
As Mr. Matthew illustrates on the floor with
chalk, you see a few girls attentive to learn the
correct technique of playing basketball. The hope
of the girls is to organize an all-girl basketball
team in the near future.
"Line up and count off by four!" This class
is in position to do the trunk-bending exercise.
The boys do a number of exercises similar to this
one. To close the gymnastics of the period, the
lads usually do one lap around the track. Stay
in good physical condition, boys! We'll need you
in sports shortly.
Someone--short of breath? Well, not for a
long time. Frederick Wilhelm is showing a group
how to give artificial respiration. The boys have
studied also other forms of First Aid, such as,
symptoms of injuries, transportation of an in-
jured person, and bandaging. Knowledge of First
Aid is, according to statistics, a help in the pre-
vention of accidents. -.
Barry Himelberger and Richard Balthaser
are balancing two different weights on a ruler
to find the principle of moments of the measure.
The other pupils are watching and waiting for
the correct readings to put in their experiment
copy. What is the reading, Barry? We want to
hand in our experiments on schedule.
Sherwood Himelberger is explaining the
operation of a Model A Ford motor to the group.
The class studied and learned about the operation
of motors as well as the maintenance of them.
This is just one of the many projects in which
the class has engaged this year. But why a Ford
Insects! Oh, what a subject! But that goes
with biology, the study of plant life. The Tenth
grade pupils have made this insect collection
which includes the bee family, the butterfly fam-
ily, the fly family, as well as other insects which
inhabit the surrounding sites. This is a course
that could inspire a pupil to learn a great deal
about the insects that pest him.
The pupils of the science 7 class are studying
plant life and admiring the beautiful collection
they have made this term. Included in this study
are how the plant gets food, how the plant grows,
and how to get seeds from the plant. The plants
in the room require daily care. This activity is
an interesting one since it enables the student
who brought in the plant to observe its growth
Having read about the Greek and Roman
contributions to civilization, the pupils have
gathered around a map for a short quiz. With
this audio-visual aid the pupils should be able
to remember what scientific peoples these nations
were. History 10 includes also the study of
Egyptian civilization as well as other civilizations
of the ancient world.
As a group of Seventh grade pupils watch,
Kenneth Mohn tells about Europe's Cradle of
Civilization. Leslie Weidman points to Greece
on the map as Miss Riegel listens attentively.
Besides learning historical facts, Seventh grade
here can learn also the fundamentals of out-
lining. Miss Riegel correlates much English
grammar and literature with social studies.
As Gary Kohl points to the map of World
News and explains the location of the new happen-
ings of the week, several other pupils look on
with interest. This study was a great help to
the juniors when time for the debate rolled
around. We participated in a triangle with
Bethel and Ontelaunee schools.
Since propaganda plays such a large part
in our present-day political and economic affairs,
Norman Burkey is shown pointing to a list of
types of propaganda as Susan Goldstein, Pauline
Glosser, Kay Pfautz, and Sherwood Himelberger
look on. Studies of this nature may prove in-
valuable to our future adult citizens.
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RICHARD THOMAS BALTHASER
Nature Club 1 Audio-Visual Club 2, 3
Camera Club 1, 2 treasurer, 4
Chorus 1, 2 Soccer 2, 3, 4
Art Club 2 PENNANT 4
l Richard, who can be found around the bowling alley, pool room, or a
swimming pool, displays the gusto of a lad who means to do his job well.
Dick, a 5' 8" lad with dark brown hair, can be heard humming his favorite
tunes, "Earth Angel" and "River of No Return", while pacing through
the halls or walking to school. When he is in school, you can find Richard
drawing pictures or cartoons of his buddies. Besides working in the bowling
alleys, Dick enjoys Watching television or seeing a movie. He is undecided
about his future.
MARLENE LOUISE BEIDLER
Nature Club 1 Music Club 2, 3
PENN-GUIN 1, 2 Cheerleader 3
co-sports editor, 3 Home Economics Club 4
Chorus 1, 2, 3, 4 PENNANT 4
To most of us Marlene appears quiet and retiring, but to those who know
her well she is a jovial, witty damsel who is always ready to investigate
as well as appreciate a merry round of frolic. This petite maiden is 5' 2"
tall, she has brown eyes and brown hair. Whenever she hits the wrong
typewriter key, she can be heard saying "Oo!" Her favorite pastime, dancing
to her favorite song, "Let Me Go, Lover", is followed closely by swimming.
Marlene at present has no plans for the future.
DORIS ELAINE BERGER
Camera Club 1 Cheerleader 3
Chorus 1, 2, 3, 4 Home Economics Club 4
Majorette 2 PENNANT 4
Music Club 2, 3 Debate 4
PENN-GUIN 2, 3
A neat package of efficiency and reserve is Doris, a commerical student
in her senior year, who often helps with bookkeeping in Mrs. Gerhart's
office. She often says "Go fly" whenever she does not agree with someone.
She is a neatly dressed 5' 4" blonde with hazel eyes. This ambitious senior
has no definite plans for her future, but she is considering either furthering
her commercial studies or taking a course in cosmetology. Her favorite
sports are swimming and dancing to her favorite song, "When We Come
ELAINE IRENE FISHER
Nature Club 1 Debate 3, 4
Band 1, 2, 3, 4 All-County Band 3
Chorus 1, 2, 3, 4 All-County Chorus 3, 4
Art Club 2 Dance Band 3, 4
Music Club 2, 3 PENNANT 4
Library Club 2, 3, 4
This quiet and energetic senior has for the most part confined her
activities to the music and library departments. She considers playing the
tenor saxphone, singing, swimming, and driving the family car pastimes.
Elaine is 5' 2" tall and is a brown-eyed brunette who thinks "Count Your
Blessings" is tops in the world of music. Her ambitions are to play in a
famous band and to teach music. To acquiesce with someone in music, Elaine
shows approval by the expression, "How about that?" This "Old Timer" of
Penn-Bernville has the enviable record of nine successive years of perfect
SANDRA JEAN FOX
Nature Club 1 PENNANT 4
Chorus 1, 2 Debate 4
Library Club 2, 3, 4 secretary
Quiet and reticent, Sandra has for the most part confined her activities
to Library Club. But we all know and admire her as a mathematician
capable of solving the most complicated exercise and showing her friends
just how it's done. This senior is 5' 5" in height and has blue eyes and
very light brown hair. 'iFoxie" has no definite plans for the future, but
she would like to play the guitar with a hill-billy orchestra. Sandra is
always in demand when it comes to doing physics. While doing housework,
she can be heard singing "One by One". Her pet pastime is strumming
LOIS KAY FRANTZ
Nature Club 1 Library Club 2, 3
Chorus 1, 2, 3, 4 president, vice-president, 4 president
accompanist All-County Band 2, 3, 4
Band 1, 2, 3, 4 Class 2 chaplain, 3 assistant
All-County Chorus 1, 3 secretary
Student Council 2 Dance Band 3, 4
Music Club 2, 3 PENNANT 4
Lois is a talented musician who has had considerable experience playing
the baritone horn in the school band and playing the piano and organ at
school functions. She is a senior who enjoys the finer things in life, one
of her hobbies is building model ships. In addition Lois can usually be found
playing the piano or collecting character dolls. This 5' 2" lass has brown
eyes, brown hair and a very pleasant smile. In September Lois plans to
study music at West Chester State Teachers College.
JERRE REIST GEHRIS
Class 1 president Band 2, 3, 4
Soccer 1 Class vice-president 2, 3, 4
Camera Club 1 Art Club 3
Nature Club 1 president Music Club 3
Baseball 1, 2 Debate 3, 4
Chorus 1, 2, 3 Dance Band 3, 4
Student Council 2 All-County Band 4
Safety Patrol 2 Basketball 4
Audio-Visual Club 2, 3 PENNANT 4 photography
Here is a brown-eyed lad who seems to have gotten a great deal from
his experience in the band, advancing steadily from obscurity to the promin-
ent position of First Chair in the trumpet section. J erre is the first trumpet
player from our school to participate in All-County Band. Jerre, who has
brown hair and stands 6' 2" tall, is looking forward to a career of teaching
music. "Hot Lips" can usually be found in a cheerful mood while driving,
swimming, or playing his trumpet.
Camera Club 1
Baseball 1, 2, 3, 4
Class treasurer 1, 2, 3, 4
Soccer 1, 2, 3,4 co-captain
PENN-GUIN 1, 3
assistant art editor,
4 art editor
BARRY CURTIS HIMELBERGER
Student Council 2, 3, 4 president
Art Club 3
Sports Club 3 treasurer
Berks County All-Star
Soccer Team 4
Audio-Visual Club 2
"Strike three ...... and you're out!" No other words in a ball
game could make Barry happier, that is, providing he is not at bat, but
in his favorite position, pitching. Many a dull moment has been relieved
by the presence of "Winny", who makes it his sacred duty to see that
pessimism does not invade the classroom for too long a time. He is 5' 8"
blue-eyed lad with brown hair. He plays the position of inside right in
soccer and pitches on the school and local baseball teams.
Camera Club 1
PENN-GUIN Club 1
Baseball 1, 2, 3, 4
Soccer 1, 2, 3, 4 co-captain
Sports Club 2, 3 president
EDWARD THOMAS KANTNER
Baseball 4 Soccer 4
PENNANT 4 Sports Booster Club 4
The inimitable Ed, a Reading lad no less, was a shy, quiet senior in
fall. Now look at him! He has been the official phonetic glossary for his
buddies in preparation for both morning Devotional readings and for oral
English expression. Ed holds the class aerial mark of 6', and he has gray
eyes and brown hair. He plans to take accounting for a future career.
To him "Mr. Sandman" is number one in the Hit Parade. "Hahn can be
heard whenever Ed disagrees with anyone. His hobbies include hunting
LEO RUPP HOUCK
Sports Booster Club 4 president
Berks County All-Star
Soccer Team 4
er, is the same All-Star Soccer
Leo, the Penn-Bernville baseball catch
center-half so widely publicized in County sports circles. He co-captained
one of the most experienced soccer teams in years and ably led them through
many battles. When you hear the words "Dear John", you can be sure
"Butch" is around somewhere. This 6', blue-eyed, blonde senior enjoys
shooting pool or eating hamburgers and french fries as he listens to his
most enjoyed tune, "Teach Me Tonight." His ambition is to be an athlete,
perhaps for a major league baseball team. .
Nature Club 1
Chorus 1, 2, 3, 4
PENN-GUIN 1, 2
Music Club 2
GERALD ALBERT KNORR
Nature Club 1 Sports Club 2, 3
Camera Club 1 Audio-Visual Club 2, 3
PENN-GUIN 1 Art Club 3
Chorus 1, 2 Debate 3
Band 1, 2, 3, 4 PENNANT 4
Quiet in manner, handsome in appearance, "Gerry" has long acquired
the reputation of being the movie projector operator most frequently re-
quested by the faculty. His plans for the future are incomplete at present.
When things do not go the way "Gerry" wants them to go, he frequently
remarks "Jiminy Pikes". A 5' 8" lad with blue eyes and brown hair, he
enjoys playing the drums in band and driving his brother's Plymouth. He
can usually be seen dancing to his favorite tune of "Truly Yours", which
is his preferred pastime.
BETTY JEAN KOENIG
3 assistant editor, 4 editor
Class secretary 2, 3, 4
Student Council 3 treasurer, 4
PENNANT 4 Feature editor
This 5' 2" blonde, blue-eyed lass, seems to have more than ordinary
attractions, consequently, we see a great deal of Betty at social affairs.
She is a sports enthusiast and supports all contests faithfully. "Betsy"
takes a very special interest in dancing as a hobby, especially if the music
on the juke box is provided by Georgie Shaw. Betty is greatly enthused
by secretarial work and is expected to engage in an occupation of this type
following her graduation. The feature articles of the PENNANT are a
credit to the creative writing ability Betty has developed.
VIOLET MAE KRAMER
Camera Club 1 Library Club 3, 4 chaplain
Chorus 1, 2, 4 PENNANT 4
Art Club 2
Violet is the quiet blonde who -daily journeys home at noon and somehow
is able to return to serve as librarian from 12:30 to 12:40. She has hazel
eyes and is 5' 2" tall. "O.K., hand over my keys!" can be heard from
"Blondie" when she wants to open her locker in the morning. "Time Waits
for No One" is a song that could be played all day, according to her .way
of thinking. If a mistake is made in typing, she is sure to say, "Oh, du
liever!" Her future plans are to be a housewife.
3 BETTY LORRAINE LABE
Nature Club 1 Library Club 2 chaplain, 3, 4
Band 1, 2, 3, 4 PENN-GUIN 4
Chorus 1, 2, 3, 4 PENNANT 4
Music Club 2, 3 Debate 4
Familiarly known to her friends as "Shorty", this diminutive Miss with
the twinkling eyes and keen sense of humor is preparing for entrance to
the Reading Hospital. "Moonlight Serenade" on the radio is the signal
for complete silence so that "Shorty" can catch every blare of the trumpet
and every sweet tone of the saxophone. Willing and dependable in all that
she does, Betty gladly lends a hand when it comes to typing. "Shorty"
enjoys collecting stamps, dancing, and driving the '37 Ford. When anything
is amiss, brown-eyed, 5' Betty can be heard saying, "Really!"
KENNETH FORREST LABE
Baseball 1 Art Club 3
Soccer 1 Audio-Visual Club 3
Camera Club 1, 2 Safety Patrol 3, 4
Nature Club 1, 2 F. F. A. 4
Band 1, 2, 3, 4 PENNANT 4
Chorus 1, 2, 3, 4
Often more skeptical than believing, and occasionally with an "I know
more about you than you do yourself" smile, Kenny has a frankly spoken
and strongly hinted opinion on many topics, including farming, which he
has chosen as his career. "Labey" stands 5' 6" tall and has brown eyes
and brown hair. "Huh" is the answer you'll probably get whenever you
disturb him during the playing of his favorite song, "Teach Me Tonight".
Kenneth likes to go to the movies, go dancing, and go roller skating in his
BERNICE MAE LUCKENBILL
PENN-GUIN 1, 2, 3 Music Club 2
sports editor, Debate 3
4 business manager Class chaplain 3
Chorus 1, 2, 3, 4 PENNANT 4 business manager
"Please give me your order blanks for merchandise", can usually be
heard on a Monday morning from Bernice, our very capable business man-
ager of the annual. This 5' 2" senior has brown hair and hazel eyes. Among
all her other activities, "Bernie" still finds time for her favorite hobbies
of driving a car and dancing, especially to the song, "If I Give My Heart to
You". Bernice is looking forward to a career of nursing after having
attended the University of Pennsylvania. Bernice is a senior of the first
order, methodical in everything and certainly very dependable.
PAUL JOHN MILLER
Nature Club 1 Art Club 1, 2, 3
Chorus 1, 2 Audio-Visual Club 3, 4
Safety Patrol 2 PENNANT 4
PENN-GUIN 2 Debate 4
Camera Club 1, 2, 3
This shy country gentleman watched as twelve years of education in
Penn-Bernville passed through the ears of his classmates, though he now ad-
mits time went very fast and left a few drops of wisdom with him too. Paul
stands 5' 8" tall with brown hair and brown eyes. His secret ambition is
to be the nation's number one salesman for perhaps the United States Steel
Corporation. His favorite pastime is reading the newspaper. He enjoys
driving Harms Hosiery trucks and likes listening to "Dear John" and
"Teach Me Tonight."
RICHARD RUFUS REBER
Camera Club 1, 2 Sports Booster Club 4
Chorus 1 vice-president
PENN-GUIN 1 PENNANT 4
Sportsman's Club 2, 3 Baseball 4
"Dick" appears to be one of the busier than busy people, always rushing
here or there to get in that extra moment to adjust that coiffure or to get
to his after-school job. He is 5' 10Vg" tall with brownish-red hair and
brown eyes. When being disturbed, he will say, "Knock it off!" His
ambitions include joining the Marines and becoming a state trooper. A
dish of chile-con-carne and the song, "If I Give My Heart to You", are
considered a good combination by this senio1'.
CATHERINE ANN RIESER
Nature Club 1 Student Council 2, 3
PENN-GUIN 1, 2 vice-president, 4 secretary
associate editor, 3 editor Class president 2, 3, .4
Chorus 1, 2, 3, librarian, 4 Music Club 2, 3 president
Band 1, 2, 3 secretary, Debate 3, 4
4 president Cheerleader 3
All-County Chorus 1, 3, 4 PENNANT 4 editor
All-County Band 2, 3, 4 A
As you page through the PENNANT, you will find Cather1ne's name
appearing many times. "Cass", a future elementary teacher, is very active
in all her clubs and classes. She, a 5' 8" lass, as class president, has led
the group through many difficult problems. This blue-gray-eyed brunette
likes to dance to the tune of "T-he Song from Moulin Rouge" while attending
a dance at school. As a pastime, Catherine likes to attend baseball games,
play the organ, or drive the family car. Many an hour of Cather1ne's own
time has been spent in editing sections of the PENNANT.
J ACQUELINE FRANCES SAUL
Camera Club 1, 2 PENN-GUIN 2, 3 '
Library Club 1, 2, 3 Home Economics Club 4
chorus 1, 2, 3, 4 PENNANT 4
See Jackie and you almost invariably see the other three-fourths of the
senior quartette-Doris, Marlene, and Lovina. Around her rotates much
of the hilarity of the class. Whenever Jackie is around, there is usually
a hearty laugh in store as she quickly pours forth a tale before English 12
class is called to order. "Hi ya, kids!" is Jackie's greeting to her friends
in the morning. Jackie likes to roller skate and to dance to "That's All
I Want from You." She intends to go to business school in order to become
CHARLES VVILLIAM ADAM SEIFRIT
Camera Club 1 Sportsman's Club 2
PENN-GUIN 1, 3 Audio-Visual Club 2, 3
Chorus 1, 2, 3, 4 Debate 3
Band 1, 2, 3, 4 Dance Band 3, 4
Baseball 1, 2, 3, 4 scorekeeper All-County Band 4
Soccer 1, 2, 3, 4 scorekeeper Basketball 4 scorekeeper
All-County Chorus 1, 2, 3, 4 PENNANT 4
Contrary to his wish, Charles will become one of Uncle Sam's boys
upon graduation. "Fritz" willingly attends all sports contests to be the
oH1cial scorekeeper. He is 5' 8" tall and has brown hair and blue eyes.
When one of his friends annoys him, he will probably remark, "You dirty
dog!" If there is a dance nearby, you can always find "Fritz" dancing to
his favorite song, "When the Saints Come Marching In". When he is not
at a dance, you will be sure to find him enjoying a delicacy at a diner with
his favorite girl.
GENE ARTHUR SPAYD
Arts and Crafts 1 Audio-Visual Club 3
Chorus 1, 2 Band 1, 2, 3, 4
Art Club 1, 2, 3 Soccer 1, 2, 3, 4
Baseball 1, 2, 3 PENNANT 4
"Napoleon" and "Spaydie" are only two of Gene's many nicknames
given to him by his many friends. Gene came a little more shy than most,
but he has blossomed out with classmates' rendezvous or tete-a-tetes.
Uproarious laughter or giggling shivers characterize this quiet, serious
senior. If you hear the tune "Bonaparte's Retreat", you can be sure Gene
is around somewhere. He is 5' 9" tall and has light brown hair and brown
eyes. Gene has many hobbies,, but his favorite one is watching television.
Included in Gene's future probably is a period of time in the Service of
LOVINA RUTH ANN STOUDT
Camera Club 1, 2 Home Economics Club 4
PENN-GUIN 1, 2, 3 president
Chorus 1, 2, 3, 4 PENNANT 4
Class Chaplain 4
Lovina, blonde, blue-eyed member of the well-remembered quartette
seated at the front table in homeroom, became an active Home Economics
Club member. She and her associates came to the door to remind class
members to bring non-perishable food so that poor families might also have
an enjoyable Holiday season. "Blondie" stands 5' 7" tall. Her greatest
ambition is to become a Florida housewife. "Oh, for goodness' sakes"' is
her remark whenever her cooking is not so tasty as it might be. While
she is driving the '49 Hudson, the strains of "lf You Loved Me", can be
heard floating through the air.
First Row: Gene Spayd, Barry Himelberger, Richard Balthaser, Paul
. . Miller V
Second Row: Kenneth Labe, Richard Reber, Leo Houck
Third Row: Elaine Fisher, Doris Berger, Betty Labe
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CATHERINE RIESER ..... ..........
JERRE GEHRIS ....... ...................... ..... V i ce-President
BETTY KOENIG ....... ....... S ecretary
BARRY HIMELBERGER . ..... Treasurer
LOVINA STOUDT .............................................. ........ C haplafiri
Class Motto: OUR AIM: SUCCESS: OUR HOPE: TO WIN
Class Colors: Blue and Gold
Class Flower: Yellow Rose
jiia ia our - 64144 of 1955
Yes, This Is Your Life, the life of typical
carefree students everywhere. It is a life in
which you have become self-assured, self-
confidentg you have learned right from wrong:
you have made many friends who will always
be very close to your heart. Your life is the
story of the urge to learn and keep learning,
never giving up when trials are hardest.
You were a small class at your birth on
September 7, 1943: consisting of only Richard
Balthaser, Doris Berger, Barry Himelberger,
Leo Houck, Elaine Fisher, Betty Labe, Ken-
neth Labe, Paul Miller, Richard Reber, and
Gene Spayd. As the years of your elementary
school days go by, your knowledge is greatly
augmented: but your class remains small,
having been increased by only two - Bernice
Luckenbill, who joined you in Second Grade
from Pine Grove, and Violet Kramer, from
the Strausstown School. As you enter your
Sixth year of education, the names of Jerre
Gehris from Muhlenberg Township and Cath-
erine Rieser from Reading are added to the
1949 - This is the year you enter Seventh
Grade in the high school building. This, too,
is the year the school acquires a new name,
for Penn Township and the borough of Bern-
ville have united and formed the Penn-Bern-
ville Union School District. Besides becoming
familiar with the name of Penn-Bernville, you
become familiaralso with the names of Lois
Frantz, Gerald Knorr, and Charles Seifrit,
whohave joined your class from Muhlenberg
Township, Exeter Township, and Bern Town-
As you begin your Ninth year of education,
you welcome to your class Marlene Beidler,
Seated: Bernice Luckenbill, Betty Labe, Jacqueline Saul, Lovina- Stoudt, Violet Kramer
Standing, First Row: Betty Koenig, Lois Frantz, Elaine Fisher, Catherine Rieser, Sandra Fox, Doris Berger,
Marlene Beidler, Mrs. Kline
,Second Row: Kenneth Labe, Richard Balthaser, Gerald Knorr, Richard Reber, Edward Kantner, Jerre
Gehris, Leo Houck, Gene Spayd, Barry Himelberger, Charles Seifrit, Paul Miller
Sandra Fox, Betty Koenig, Jacqueline Saul,
and Lovina Stoudt - all from Jefferson
Township. You, the Class of '55, along with
your president, Jerre Gehrisg vice-president,
Charles Seifritg secretary, Doris Berger, and
treasurer, Barry Himelberger, are the last
class to have Mr. J. Paul Burkhart for your
homeroom advisor. This pleasure was yours
for only one semester, preceding his retire-
ment. In this brief time you are very much
inspired by his advice. The same is true for
Mr. E. Willis Minnich, who succeeded him.
In your Sophomore year you selected your
leaders: president, Catherine Rieserg vice-
president, Jerre Gehrisg secretary, Betty
Koenig, treasurer, Barry Himelbergerg chap-
lain, Lois Frantz. On November 25 you have
your first class party under the supervision
of Mrs. Dorothy Hill. Two other important
events of the year are: the "Irish Reel", the
dance you sponsored, and the receipt of your
beautiful blue and gold class jackets.
As you reach your Junior year you elect
the same class oiicers you elected the pre-
vious year, having changed only the office of
chaplain to Bernice Luckenbill. Among the
many activities in which you engage are:
bake salesg a tour of Philadelphiag a Christ-
mas party, a swimming party, "The Robin's
Hopvg and the presentation on Dec. 10 of
your class play you'll always remember, "Miss
Chatterbox". You purchased your class rings
this year, under the direction of Mr. George
M. Sell, your homeroom advisor.
1954 -'55 - the year to which you have
been looking forward for so long a time .-
your Senior year. Again you elect the class
officers of the preceding year, having changed
only the chaplain to Lovina Stoudt. Edward
Kantner joins the class, increasing your class
roll to twenty-three. Under the direction of
Mrs. Pearl Kline, you sponsored: bake salesg
a magazine campaigng a sample fair, "The
Snow Ball Frolic"g and a class play entitled,
"Boys About Bobbette".
You took part also in the Junior-Senior
Prom and May Day. You are the first class to
graduate from the Penn-Bernville Center of
the Tulpehocken Area Joint School System,
which was formed this term. As you step for-
ward to receive your diploma, THE BIG PAY-
OFF, you have a feeling of triumph, for you
have attained the highest rung of the ladder
of secondary education.
May our life be an inspiration to all who
read it, for it symbolizes truly --------.
OUR AIM .... SUCCESS, OUR HOPE ....
Seated: Margaret Miller, Evelyn Larkin, Sandra Haag, Mildred Kiebach, Jane Klopfenstein, Winifred
Pyle, Jane Stoudt, Carol Tobias, Fern Ernst, Alice Messner, Ruth Degler
Standing, First Row: Mr. Sell, Jeanette Schaeffer, Glenn Beidler, Jack Snyder, Gene Kulp, David Sweigart,
Marvin Kulp, Gerald Miller, Marilyn Balthaser
Second Row: Gerald Heckman, Earl Bond, Benny Reed, Gary Kohl, Robert Kline, Clement Care, Henry
Bohn, James Gehris, Royce Haag, Frederick McQuate, Gene Correll
Seventeen boys and thirteen girls total the
ELEVENTH GRADE. The members of the class
engaged in Chorus, Band, Student Council, -Library
Club, Audio-Visual Club, PENN-GUIN, Sports Club,
and Dance Band.
Ruth Degler, Alice Messner, Mildred Kiebach, Royce Haag,
Jack Snyder. Mr. Sell, teacher
The officers are: president, Marvin Kulpg vice-
president, Earl Bondg secretary, Carol Tobias, treas-
urer, Fern Ernst, and chaplain, Winif1'ed Pyle.
Activities in which the members engaged were:
cake salesg a class play, "Home for Christmasi' on
December 163 and a dance, "The Snowfall Ball", on
January 28. At the latter the juniors had innovated
a new admission-you paid twice your age.
In December the juniors were very eager to dis-
play their new glittering class rings. A Christmas
party in the school cafeteria was enjoyed by all the
members. ln the picture you see the girls, and boys
as well, making Christmas decorations and orna-
ments which were purchased, assembled, and sold
as a fund-raising project. Committees were appoint-
ed by the president to purchase, assemble, establish
prices of and sell the finished products. The project
was 100W successful.
Five juniors participated in All-County Band
Television favorites of this class are: KRAFT
THEATER, YOUR HIT PARADE, and of course
T hirty- f our
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ENCHANTED EVENING, a dance sponsored
by the SOPHOMORE CLASS on November 19 was
held in the school cafeteria. Decorations were of
the South Sea type, consisting of palm trees, island
pictures, birds, and leis. The music was furnished
by Maxie Kulp and his Orchestra. Novelty dances
with prizes were a means of keeping the people who
The activities in which the thirty class members
engaged were: Band, Senior Chorus, basketball, soc-
cer, Student Council, Sports Booster Club, baseball,
and cheerleading. Brenda KirkhoE and Faye Tobias,
members of our own Band, participated in All-County
Band. Brenda was also a member of All-County
Orchestra and of Eastern District Orchestra and
On January 18 the sophomores presented a
BEAT THE CLOCK assembly program. Contestants
were volunteers from the junior and senior high
Activities of the class were under the direction
of: Brenda Kirkhoff, president, Frederick Wilhelm,
Frederick Wilhelm, Dennis Sweigart, Mr. Matthew, Brenda
Kirkhoff, Faye Tobias, Brenda Brehm
vice-presidentg Faye Tobias, secretary, Dennis Swei-
gart, treasurerg and Brenda Brehm, chaplain. The
candid photo shows the officers examining records
of the class as Mr. Matthew does the explaining.
Top television programs of the class are:
TOAST OF THE TOWN, BANDSTAND, and
Seated: Jerald Hartman, Janet Wolf, Dennis Sweigart, Frederick Wilhelm, Brenda Kirkhoif, Faye Tobias,
Brenda Brehm, Barbara Blatt
Standing, First Row: Mr. Matthew, Nancy Phillips, Mary Jane Mountz, Sarah Fox, Patricia Doganes, Shirley
Bender, Cleo HoHman, Joanne Wengert, Nancy Lou Henne, Mae Degler, Joan Houck
Second Row: Barry Grim, Forrest Lesher, Paul Martin, Donald Spayd, Donald Naftzinger, Dale Himmel-
berger, Larry Luckenbill, Martin Knorr, LaVerne Koenig, Robert Bender, Leon Zimmerman
Missing from Picture: Elmer Swartz
Joyce Reber, Susan Goldstein, Barbara Kramer, Arlene Lengel,
Sandra Moyer, Nancy Luckenbill
The forty-five members of GRADE NINE come
from our own Penn-Bernville Union School District,
Upper Tulpehocken, and J efferson townships. Early
in the fall the class mourned the loss of a Penn-
Bernville pupil when Linda Bare, inset, passed away.
Since then they have been reduced to the number
BANDSTAND, YOUR HIT PARADE, and
DRAGNET are the top television programs of Ninth
Grade. Joyce Reber, president, Norman Burkey,
vice-president, Susan Goldstein, secretary, Nancy
Luckenbill, treasurer, and Joyce Delp, chaplain are
the controlling board of this class. In the candid
picture Joyce Reber and Susan Goldstein are con-
ducting homeroom business. Mr. Joseph J. Kendra
had been the class advisor for the thirteen boys and
the thirty-one girls until January 5, when he became
a member of the Armed Forces of our country. Then
Mr. Peter Lamana assumed the duties as homeroom
The class was represented in the following or-
ganizations of the school: PENN-GUIN, Junior
Chorus, Student Council, Future Farmers of Amer-
ica, and both bands. Kay Pfautz, a member of
Senior Band, participated in All-County Band.
On February 14, originally planned for Febru-
ary 11, the class sponsored a dance in the school
cafeteria. The theme was St. Va1entine's Day, and
the title "The Sweet Hearts' Ball". Music was
furnished by Maxie Kulp and His Orchestra. Mother
Nature had developed a snowstorm in the afternoon
of the 11th, and the dance had to be postponed.
Seated: Yvonne McQuate, Ardelle Mengel, Markay VanPelt, Patricia Kerner, Nancy Luckenbill, Norman
Burkey, Joyce Reber, Susan Goldstein, Joyce Delp, Patricia Bender, Barbara J. Blatt, Elaine Lengel
Standing, First Row: Virginia Reed, Sandra Moyer, Esther Kiebach, Barbara M. Blatt, Jean Strausser,
Pauline Sonon, Sherylin VanPelt, Sonja Henne, Arlene Lengel, Pauline Glosser, Kay Pfautz, Barbara
Burkhart, Elinor Earhart, Carol Phillips, Lorraine Kramer, Barbara Kramer, Carrie Houck
Second Row: Lynda Kulp, Sherwood Himelberger, Ronald Kirkhoff, Richard Reiner, Frederick Kriner,
Chester Luckenbill, Warren Hartman, Warren Ebersole, Walter Duchan, Kenneth Schlegel, Richard
Mengel, Evan LaFollette, Raymond Herring, Barbara Saul, Anna Mae Mountz, Mr. Kendra
Inset: Linda Bare
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ARTHUR GODFREY AND HIS FRIENDS,
HALL OF FAME, and DISNEYLAND rank fore-
most in the television preferences of the GRADE
Whenever a meeting was called to order in this
Eighth Grade room, it was at the stroke of the gavel
used by George Grim, presidentg Warren Trautman,
vice-president, Nancy Speicher, secretary, Barry
Speicher, treasurer, Jane Wilhelm, chaplain. In
the picture above Violet Bashore is giving a com-
mittee report during a regular class meeting.
Pupils of this group participated in Red Cross
Club, Audio-Visual Club, and Sports Booster Club.
An activity of the eighteen boys and twenty-two
girls for which they will long be remembered by the
entire junior and senior high school was the pre-
sentation of two one-act plays on December twenty-
third. Wfhe Christmas Cowboy" took place on the
solarium of Memory Lane Hospital for Children.
The morale of the "patients" was elevated by gifts
distributed by an accidental substitute for Santa
"Christmas Eve News" had a street corner set-
ting. Here a poor, dejected newsboy found happiness
George Grim, Violet Bashore, Shelve Benzel, Shirley Correll,
Elaine Kriner, Herman Degler
on Christmas Eve when he learned that the Christ-
mas Story is the greatest story ever told. By selling
newspapers he provided money for his family's
On February 28 this same group of pupils, under
the direction of Miss Riegel, presented a program
for the Parent Teachers Association Founder's Day.
Seated: Melinda White, Betty Burkhart, Miriam Boltz, Jane Wilhelm, Barry Speicher, George Grim, War-
ren Trautman, Nancy Speicher, Shelve Benzel, Patricia Kalbach, Barbara Stamm, Shirley Long
Standing, First Row: Miss Riegel, Doris Correll, Elaine Kriner, Mary Lou Hoifert, Violet Bashore, Shirley
Correll, Mary Spease, Ada Keeney, Arlene Kalbach, Janice Seip, Joy Tobias, Judith Bertram, Shirley
Ney, Rebecca Moore, Joanne McQuate, Audrey Bohn
Second Row: Ned Gehris, Gary Spangler, Paul Balthaser, Raymond Kantner, Paul Sheidy, Norman Frantz,
Larry Leonhard, David Burkey, Curtis Miller, Dennis'Reiner, Dennis Rentschler, Lewis Sauer, Herman
Seated: Edith Mengel, Marlene Rentschler, Dawn Sweigart, Ruth KirkhoH, Betty Reiner, Kathryn Haag,
Mary Ellen Hoffman, Eileen Tobias, Dawn Keppley, Esther Steffey, Florence Steifey, Arlene Naftzinger
Standing, First Row: Mr. Kaiser, Larry Wagner, Harold Haas, Ardell Miller, Pauline Blatt, Katie Spease,
Donna Braithwaite, Sally Care, Joyce Walley, Blanche Ney, Barbara Ernst, Nancy Naftzinger, Grace
Degler, Irwin Zerbe, Leo LaFollette, Larry Kline
Second Row: Kenneth Mohn, Barry Delp, Robert Kocher, Warren SteHey, Stanley Reber, Larry Miller,
Joseph Lampergel, Paul Gingrich, Norman Kiebach, Gerald Luckenbill, Daniel Wenrich, Paul Zerbe,
Douglas Adam, Leslie Weidman, Robert Zerbe
oliffg War ie
The Audubon Club and the Junior Red Cross Club are the organizations to which the twenty boys
and the twenty-two girls of GRADE SEVEN belong. The class oiicers are: president, Mary Ellen Hoffmang
vice-president, Betty Reiner, secretary, Kathryn Haag, treasurer, Eileen Tobias g and chaplain, Barbara Ernst.
As committees or individually the class
, worked on relief maps. A salt and flour
mixture was used to produce the effect
of elevation. The maps were then color-
ed, having used standard colors of blue
for water, green for land, and brown for
the elevated places. One individual com-
pleted a map of Turkey. A group of
these boys completed a map of Japanese
Islands. Others have worked on small
units, such as, the making of volcanoes
On the candid picture you see Mr.
Kaiser watching two of the girls explain
I a geography project by means of the
Besides MY LITTLE MARGIE the
class members enjoy also RIN TIN TIN
and I LOVE LUCY television shows.
In January seventh grade pupils al-
Q ready had completed all the memory
work required in the English course. Con-
Mr. Kaiser, lvlary Ellen Hoffnlan, Sally Care, Larry Kline, Edith Mengel, gratulations are indeed in order to them
Kenneth Mohn, Larry Wagner, Grace Degler, Larry Miller and to their teachers,
Seated: Larry Endy, James Kintzer, Robert Geiger, Robert Lyon, Frederick Bender, Dennis Adams, Barry
Kraatz, Charles Smith
Standing, First Row: Harold Kramer, Cynthia Miller, Barbara Spea-se, Ann Klose, Janice Schlappich, Sarah
Trautman, Patricia Endy, Victoria Shurr, John Kissling
Second Row: Mr. Savage, Nancy Bixler, Marlene Bashore, Janet Schlappich, Lawrence Knorr, Galen Luck-
enbill, Anne Burkey, June Spease, Kathryn Burkhart, Joan Bixler
Third Row: Geraldine Benzel, Carol Hartman, Paul Burkey, Leslie Kriner, Marjory Bixler, Linda Weiders,
Edith Moore, Joan Benzel, Glenn Haag, Larry Smith
With Victoria Shurr, presidentg Kathryn Burkhart, vice-president, Lawrence Knorr, secretary 3 Linda
Weiders, treasurer, the twenty boys and sixteen girls enjoy the activities of Variety Club 43. Glenn Haag
serves as news reporter and Cynthia Miller is chairlady of Bulletin Board and Room Arrangement. The
president calls Weekly meetings, the can-
did picture shows the officers, during
which time the class parties, entertain-
ment, educational functions, and field
trips are planned.
Out-of-school entertainment of the
SIXTH GRADE includes the television
programs: HOPALONG CASSIDY, RIN
TIN TIN, and LASSIE.
Projects undertaken by this group of
pupils include the History of Berks
County-the Federal parks, Institutions,
historical sites, local and state buildings
of historical interest. The pupils have
made interesting collections of free ma-
terials. A class field trip was the cul-
mination of the unit.
The class has ten active members in
the Junior Band, the Senior Band, and
the Majorette Class.
Clockwise: Cynthia Miller, Lawrence Knorr, Glenn Haag, Victoria Shurr,
Kathryn Burkhart, Linda Weiders.
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The THIRD GRADE enjoy SUPER-
MAN, RIN TIN TIN, WALT DISNEY,
and HOWDY DOODY in the entertain-
During the term the thirty-one pupils
were active in holiday parties, Red Cross
activities, Parent Teachers Association
programs, and trips to a museum in con-
nection With Work in science or a unit
on pioneers. In the latter unit pupils
made covered Wagons, pottery, tom-toms,
and a mural.
Making a Nature notebook seemed to
fascinate these pupils of the Third Grade.
The contents included: how animals are
different, how they get their food, how
they escape their enemies, as Well as
sections on magnets, the earth We live
in, and the sky above us. The small
picture shows a group of pupils working
on such an animal notebook.
A symphonette club, organized for the
children, serves primarily as encourage-
ment for the child to play an instrument
in the school band. Here they get an
early start in learning to read notes and
Seated: John Petrinko, Garry Strausser, Jacqueline Eyer, Barbara Ernst
Standing: Terry Hamilton, Earlene Kauffman
First Row: Gary Strausser, Terry Lee Hamilton, Marc Sternberg, Jacob Gernsheimer, Jeifry Gernsheimer,
Paul Gould, Lee Bare, Kenneth Webber '
Second Row: Joan Zechman, Earlene Kauffman, Jacqueline Eyer, Elaine Speicher, Diana Kissling, Phyllis
Kalbach, Sharon Messner, Sandra Luckenbill, Grace Koller, Barbara Schaeffer
Third Row: Mrs. Brunner, Joseph Stamm, John Petrinko, David Adams, Kenneth Leonhard, Barbara
Ernst, John Markle, Dona Catana, Jane Heffellinger, Terry Lee Fehnel, Clark Bashore
Missing from picture: Gene Zerbe, Judy Tobias, Linda Werley
First Row: Craig Sheetz, Larry Haas, David Fisher, Gary Sickles, Paul Himmelberger, Curtis Stiely, James
Heckman, Joseph Kormash
Second Row: June Bixler, Marlene Bender, Nancy Endy, Polly Kline, Linda Luckenhill, Sally Faust, Marcia
Kintzer, Eva Harvan, Jane Sonon, Linda Schlappich
Third Row: Harold Krill, Edwin Meredith, Diana Kissling, Larry Rentschler, Sandra Lutz, Scott Walters,
Susette Van Pelt, William Garner, Gladys HoHman, Harry Balthaser, Joan Troutman
Fourth Row: William Krill, Michael Witman, Jane Gassert, Mary Long, Athian Houck, Leroy Schaelfer,
Keith Hamilton, Laraine Zerbe, Denice Kalbach, Mildred Steffey, Kurt Kreitler, John Fesig, Mrs.
V SECOND GRADE consists of forty-two pupils. They have packed Red Cross boxes. At Christmas
time the pupils, some of whom you see in the candid picture admiring their work, made Christmas trees out
of construction paper in art class under the direction of Mrs. Kohl. Each season they were engaged in making
Front of Table: Craig Sheetzg June Bixler, Nancy Endy, Marcia Kintzer,
novel mobiles. In the fall it was autumn
mobiles. Plans for St. Valentine's Day
and Easter were executed in the same
LASSIE, DISNEYLAND, RIN TIN
TIN are enjoyed by the children in re-
spect to television.
All subjects were correlated wherever
possible. In art the pupils made a frieze
containing houses, churches, banks, bar-
ber shops, factories, and schools of the
community. This was a part of a study
to develop a better understanding by the
children of the community and its help-
ers. They have made a study of the
duties of a postman, milkman, fireman,
etc. This unit was culminated by a trip
to a dairy and to a chick hatchery.
Second Grade certainly is giving First
Grade competition for the PTA parent
attendance award this year.
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As the children enter the first year of
formal education, their lives are opened
to many new channels of learning and
social activities. The pupils of GRADE
ONE have organized a Rhythm Band to
entertain parents at gatherings such as
the Parent Teachers Association. In the
candid photo, under the leadership of
Anita Steigerwald, members of the Band
seem to enjoy their work.
During the term the pupils have made
collections of materials for science. They
made a farm study of animals, plants,
and equipment. The care of, the nature
of, and the habits of pets were discussed.
Among these was Rinty of their favorite
television show, RIN TIN TIN. Pleasant-
ries and play enjoyment and the ties
formed between the child and his pet
were put on experience charts by the
Instead of electing officers, the class,
which consists of forty-five members, has
formed committees including Flower,
Blackboard, Equipment Distribution, and
Susan Mengel, Mary Balthaser, Jay Miller, Harvene Schlappich, David Care of Pets committees. As a project
Schaeffer, David Stricker, George Tobias, George Reppert. Anita of the Red Cross Club, they filled twelve
Steigerwald, leader boxes for children overseas.
First Row: Larry Lebo, Janice Kriner, Ruth Wagner, Karol Symanowicz, James Barnett, William Spease, Fay
Spohn, JeHry Leininger, Edmund Wolf
Second Row: Robert Turner, Herbert Benzel, Richard Blatt, Gerald Kriner, Susan Witman, Susan Lucken-
bill, Lana Kissling, David Stricker, Jay Miller, Larry Messner, Harvene Schlappich
Third Row: Mary Balthaser, Anita Steigerwald, Linda Bender, Sandra Kissling, Susan Mengel, Karen
Ritter, Thelma Speicher, Janet Kline, Kathleen Rentschler, Diana Symanowicz
Fourth Row: Leroy Yoh, Terry Delp, Warren Luckenbill, Carl Koller, David Schaeffer, Alvin Ramich, John
Kormash, George Tobias, Randall Bertolette, Steven Roth, George Reppert, Donald DeLong, Mrs.
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Seated: Mr. Sell, David Sweigart, Marvin Kulp, Barry Himelberger, Catherine Rieser, Brenda Kirkhoif
Standing: Joyce Reber, Mary Ellen HoHman, Norman Burkey, James Gehris, Frederick Wilhelm, Susan
Goldstein, Betty Koenig, Joan Houck, George Grim
The purpose of the Student Council is to pro-
mote better understanding and closer cooperation
between the faculty and the students, to foster the
best common interests of our school, to acknowledge
respect for order and good work, and to accept and
practice responsibilities and privileges of partici-
pation in school functions. This body has engaged
in important activities, such as, the purchasing of a
flash attachment, lens Hlter, and a lens shade for the
school camera, a gift from the Class of 1954 to the
Marvin Kulp points out some fine features of the camera as David
Sweigart, Barry Himelberger, and Catherine Rieser look on.
school. This camera had been used to take some
of the photographs for this annual.
Members of our Student Council attended the
County Student Council meeting at Northeast Junior
High School in Reading. Besides having approved
the school calendar and the activities of classes and
clubs, this governing body has promoted school
morale by designing a Wildcat emblem and having it
placed on sweat-and T-shirts which were sold to
Officers of this group are: president,
Barry Himelbergerg vice-president, Mar-
vin Kulpg secretary, Catherine Rieserg
treasurer, David Sweigartg chaplain,
Brenda Kirkhoif. The representatives
from grades 9, 10, 11, and 12 respectively
in addition to one representative from
grades 7 and 8 respectively meet every
Monday afternoon during the second half
of the Fifth Period.
All clasees look to this group to ap-
prove their activities. Whatever a class
wishes to undertake as a fund-raising
project is first taken by their class repre-
sentatives to Student Council Where it is
discussed. If this group approves, the
approval of the principal, who is an ex-
odicio member, is sought. Thus, Student
Council serves as administrative unit for
the student body. It is for this reason
that they have the initial place in this
section of the PENNANT.
In the candid picture the pupils are
looking at the school camera and discus-
sing the purchase of a flash attachment
and lens filter.
Richard Balthaser, George Grim, Donald Spayd, Larry Leonhard, Paul Sheidy, Mr. Sell explaining.
The purpose of Audio-Visual Club, which has
Hfteen members, is to learn projecting and operating
techniques, to maintain all Audio-Visual equipment,
to supply projectionists for classroom and extra-cur-
ricular Audio-Visual duties, and to learn camera
techniques for the operation of the school camera.
Officers of the club are: president, Paul Miller,
vice-president, Clement Care, secretary, Gene Spaydg
treasurer, Forrest Lesherg and chaplain, George
In the picture the club members are looking at
the opaque projector as Mr. Sell explains the opera-
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The purpose of Library Club, which consists of
eleven members, is to provide students with facilities
of a library, such as, serve as librarians at noon,
catalog books, letter and replace books, read shelves,
mend books, arrange pamphlet and picture iiles, and
check the accession books.
The oHicers are: president, Lois Frantz, vice-
president, Sandra Haag, secretary, Sandra Foxy
treasurer, Ruth Degler, and Chaplain, Violet Kramer.
The aim of the club this year is to purchase a
new card catalog for the school library.
Seated: Margaret Miller, Sandra Haag, Lois Frantz, Mildred Kiebach, Betty Labe
Standing: Violet Kramer, Jane Stoudt, Mrs. Kline, Sandra Fox, Ruth Degler, Elaine Fisher
Missing from picture: Henry Bohn
Majorettes: Patricia Bender, Joan Houck, Cleo Hodxnan, Eugene Miller, mascot Joanne Wengert, Carrie
First Row: Carol Tobias, Marilyn Balthaser, Barbara Ernst, Pauline Glosser, Brenda Kirkhoff
Second Row: Catherine Rieser, Kay Pfautz, Faye Tobias, Winifred Pyle, Betty Labe, Nancy Lou Henne,
Mae Degler, Nancy Speicher, Linda Weiders, Margaret Miller, Sandra Haag, Susan Goldstein, Melinda
White, Ned Gehris, Larry Endy
Third Row: Fern Ernst, Jane Wilhelm, James Gehris, Kathryn Haag, Eileen Tobias, Marvin Kulp, Elaine
Fisher, Jane Stoudt, Jerre Gehris, Gary Spangler, Charles Seifrit, Norman Burkey, Sherwood Himel-
berger, Larry Kline, Warren Trautman
Fourth Row: Kenneth Labe, Gene Spayd, David Burkey, Frederick McQuate, David Sweigart, Lois Frantz,
Jeanette Schaeffer, Gene Kulp, Frederick Wilhelm
Standing: Joyce Delp, Evelyn Larkin, Robert Bender, Dennis Sweigart, Gerald Knorr, Leon Zimmerman,
The SENIOR BAND-whose oficers are: presi-
dent, Catherine Rieserg vice-president, Marvin Kulpg
secretary, Carol Tobias: treasurer, Fern Ernst, and
librarians, Kay Pfautz, Brenda Kirkhoff, and Fred-
erick Wilhelm-rehearses twice Weekly to plan and
to practice for programs, such as, the spring concert,
the Christmas program, and parades.
The JUNIOR BAND meets Weekly with the pur-
pose of preparing themselves for the Senior Band.
"Practice, practice!" is Mr. Berger's advice to this
The DANCE BAND was organized to provide
music at dances and other social functions. The thir-
teen members are ably led by: president, Marvin
The SENIOR CHORUS, along with the Junior
Chorus and Band, participated in the annual Christ-
mas Candlelight Service in St. Thomas Church. They
also took part in the commencement program.
Praise should be given to members who repre-
sented our school in the All-County Chorus: Fern
Ernst, Elaine Fisher, James Gehris, Frederick Mc-
Quate, Catherine Rieser, Charles Seifrit, and Carol
Tobias. Frederick McQuate also was in Eastern
The JUNIOR CHORUS, sixty-five vocalists, have
elected these officers: president, Kay Pfautzg vice-
presldent, Norman Burkey, secretary, Pauline Gloss-
Kulpg vice-president, Jerre Gehris, treasurer, Fern
Ernst, and librarian, Gary Spangler.
er, and treasurer, Sherwood Himelberger. Kay
Pfautz is also accompanist.
Seated: Daniel Wenrich, Kenneth Mohn, Harold Fisher,
Paul Burkey, Larry Smith, Richard Wilhelm, Judith
Luft, Annamae Rieser, Anne Burkey, Elaine Lengel,
Judith Kline, Arlene Lengel
Standing: Joyce Delp, Barry Kraatz, Donald Spady, Mr.
Seated: David Sweigart, Frederick Wilhelm, Marvin Kulp,
James Gehris, Frederick McQuate, Elaine Fisher, Jane
Wilhelm, Fern Ernst, Lois Frantz
Standing: Joyce Delp, Barry Kraatz, Donald Spayd, Mr.
Seated: Gerald Miller, Earl Bond David Sweigart, Charles Seifrit, Donald Spayd, Paul Martin, Gene Kulp
Second Row: Jeanette Schaeffer, Elaine Fisher, Sandra Haag, Faye Tobias, Doris Berger, Lovina Stoudt,
Catherine Rieser, Winifred Pyle, Jane Klopfenstein, Brenda Kirkhoff, Carol Tobias, Mildred Kiebach,
Third Row: Mr. Berger, Marlene Beidler, Evelyn Larkin, Fern Ernst, Violet Kramer, Betty Labe, Nancy
Lou Henne, Joan Houck, Mae Degler, Marilyn Balthaser, Alice Messner, Ruth Degler, Bernice Luck-
enbill, Cleo Hoffman
Fourth Row: Jacqueline Saul, Betty Koenig, Margaret Miller, Kenneth Labe, Marvin Kulp, James Gehris,
Henry Bohn, Frederick Wilhelm, Frederick McQuate, Dennis Sweigart, Forrest Lesher, Jane Stoudt
Sitting: Betty Reiner, Edith Mengel, Grace Degler, Doris Correll, Florence Steffey, Patricia Bender, Patricia
Kerner, Ardell Miller, Melinda White
Kneeling: Marlene Rentschler, Audrey Bohn, Donna Braithwaite, Esther SteHey, Sally Care, Patricia Kal-
bach, Carrie Houck, Pauline Blatt, Joyce Reber, Barbara Kramer, Lorraine Kramer
Seated: Katie Spease, Betty Burkhart, Miriam Boltz, Eileen Tobias, Sherwood I-Iimelberger, Kay Pfautz,
Pauline Glosser, Dawn Keppley, Barbara Stamm, Shirley Long, Shelve Benzel, Markay Van Pelt
Standing, First Row: Shirley Correll, Elaine Kriner, Barbara Ernst, Ruth Kirkhoif, Lynda Kulp, Joyce Delp,
Kathryn Haag, Blanche Ney, Barbara Burkhart, Dawn Sweigart, Sonja Henne, Sandra Moyer, Nancy
Naftzinger, Elinor Earhart -
Standing, Second Row: Esther Kiebach, Mary Lou Hoffert, Mary Ellen Hoffman, Shirley Ney, Ada Keeney,
Arlene Kalbach, Barbara J. Blatt, Susan Goldstein, Janice Seip, Judith Bertram, Joy Tobias, Jean
Strausser, Jane Wilhehn
Standing, Third Row: Larry Kline, Lewis Sauer, Ned Gehris, Gary Spangler, Robert Kocher, Arlene Len-
gel, Nancy Speicher, Joyce Walley, Yvonne McQuate, Norman Burkey, Elaine Lengel, Rebecca Moore,
Joanne McQuate, Arlene Naftzinger, Douglas Adams, Kenneth Mohn, Irwin Zerbe, Leo LaFollette
Seated: Jerre Gehris, Violet Kramer, Paul Miller, Elaine Fisher, Charles Seifrit
Second Row: Lois Frantz, Betty Koenig, Gerald Knorr, Betty Labe, Sandra Fox, Catherine Rieser, Bernice
Luckenbill, Marlene Beidler, Doris Berger, Jacqueline Saul
Third Row: Richard Balthaser, Edward Kantner, Barry Himelberger, Leo Houck, Richard Reber, Lovina
Missing from picture: Kenneth Labe, Gene Spayd
The twenty-three members of the senior class,
under the supervision of Mrs. Kline, met November
22 through February 4 to publish the school year-
book, the PENNANT. At these meetings all mem-
bers worked on appointed committees to arrange the
annual. The pictures were taken, captions made,
and copy written. But now the work just began.
The engraver, Mrs. Kathryn Gehret, gave us the
dimensions of the pictures. The committees scaled
their section. After the copy had been typed, it was
edited to fit the dimensions allowed for the writing.
Final scaled dummies were completed by Elaine
Fisher, Gerald Knorr, Betty Labe, Richard Bal-
thaser, and Charles Seifrit.
Jerre Gehris, Betty Koenig, Mrs. Kline, Catherine Rieser, Bernice
Luckenbill, Barry I-Iimelberger
"There's more work to publishing the
PENNANT than we realized," was an
oft-repeated remark uttered by many a
senio,r as the winter months rolled by.
Money for this project was acquired
by the magazine campaign, the Mer-
chandise Club, donations from the patron
list, and also by the sale of the yearbook
The following comprise the staff and
the committees: editor, Catherine Rieser,
associate editors: art, Barry Himelberger
and Richard Balthaser, photography,
Jerre Gehris and Charles Seifritg feature
editor, Betty Koenig, and business man-
ager, Bernice Luckenbill. Committees:
SENIORS: Lois Frantz, Kenneth Labe,
Edward Kantner, Paul Miller, CLASS-
ES: Betty Labe, Gerald Knorr, Violet
Kramer, Gene Spaydg ACTIVITIES:
Elaine Fisher, Leo Houck, Richard Re-
ber, Sandra Foxg CURRICULA: Lovina
Stoudt, Jacqueline Saul, Doris Berger,
Marlene Beidlerg SPORTS AND CAL-
ENDAR: Charles Seifrit, Jerre Gehris.
The candid picture shows members of
the staff checking materials for the
Seated: Barry Himelberger, Henry Bohn, Bernice Luckenbill, Betty Koenig, Earl Bond, Jane Klopfenstein,
Standing: Patricia Kerner, Patricia Bender, Betty Labe, Virginia Reed, Arlene Lengel, Janet Wolf, Nancy
Luckenbill, Sherylin Van Pelt, Elinor Earhart, Joyce Reber, Gerald Miller, Mr. Kendra
enn - gain
The nineteen members of the PENN-GUIN Club,
along with their editor, Betty Koenig, provide the
student body with news concerning each grade, in-
dividual senior interviews, clubs, social activities,
Parent Teachers Association meetings, alumni news,
and humor. The additional dependable members of
the staff are: associate editors, Jane Klopfenstein
and Alice Messnerg art editor, Barry Himelbergerg
business manager, Bernice Luckenbill, humor editor,
Earl Bond, sports editor, Henry Bohn, typist, Betty
Labeg reporters: Patricia Bender, Elinor Earhart,
Patricia Kerner, Arlene Lengel, Nancy Luckenbill,
Gerald Miller, Joyce Reber, Virginia Reed, Sherylin
Van Pelt, and Janet Wolf.
- A The group met every Wednesday in
the club period. Their goal was a pub-
lication per month. Even when they were
entirely without an advisor, the editors
supervised and published the January is-
sue of the newspaper. Congratulations,
Betty, to you and the staff! Your spirit
is the kind your teachers and the pupils
in the school admire.,
Mr. Peter Lamana, the successor to
Mr. Kendra, who was called into the
Service of our country on January 5,
became the club's new advisor. Under
his direction the group assumed the re-
sponsibility to send school publicity to
the local papers. The second semester
the aims of the paper were to establish
a lively, editorial policy, to uphold the
Penn-Bernville ideals and traditions, to
publish a newspaper that students and
faculty enjoy, and to cooperate with
school organizations for the betterment
of all concerned.
Mr. Kendra, Barry Himelbergcr, Betty Koenig, Bernice Luckenbill
First Row: Carol Hartman, Sonja Kraatz, Linda Weiders, James Kintzer, Dale Henne, Glenn Haag, Robert
Second Row: Judith Kline, Nancy Bixler, Sarah Trautman, Kathryn Burkhart, Larry Endy, John Kissling,
Charles Smith, Mr. Savage
The elementary patrols of the intermediate
grades each had duty at the intersection in front of
the school every third week. At weekly meetings the
problems of the different rooms were discussed. Be-
cause of the surprise the Reading Automobile Club
gives the patrols from all the schools every spring,
competition is keen whenever patrols are elected.
Officers of the club - president, Leo Houck,
vice-president, Richard Reberg secretary, Cleo Hoif-
mang and treasurer, Joan Houck - and the twelve
other members have made it their main function to
promote sports at Penn-Bernville, a means of devel-
oping' a better school spirit.
The picture shows games played at noon and a
school athletic scrapbook.
First Row: Shirley Bender, Joanne Wengert, Cleo Hoffman, Barry Grim, Brenda Brehm, Joan Houck, Paul
Miller fholding signl
Second Row: Larry Luckenbill, Leo Houck, Martin Knorr, Sarah Fox, Edward Kantner, Richard Reber
First Row: Grace Degler, Florence Steffey, Leo LaFollatte, Esther SteHy, Dawn Sweigart, Ruth Kirkhoff,
Sally Care, Pauline Blatt, Ardell Miller, Katie Spease
Second Row: Marlene Rentschler, Mr. Kaiser fAdvisorJ, Daniel Wenrich, Douglas Adams, Larry Miller,
Irwin Zerbe, Barry Delp, Kenneth Mohn, Robert Kocher, Mary Ellen Hoffman, Donna Braithwaite,
"I saw a strange bird this week," you may hear
one of the twenty-five members of Seventh grade say
as another attaches a feeder to a limb of a tree. The
purpose of the group - Whose officers are: Ruth
Kirkhoff, president, Mary Ellen Hoffman, vice-presi-
dent, Dawn Svveigart, secretary, Eileen Tobias,
treasurer, and Sally Care, chaplain - is to learn the
habits and the value of birds and wild life.
To develop competent agricultural leadership
and to develop character, train for useful citizenship,
and foster patriotism are two of the many primary
aims of the Future Farmers of America. The eleven
members are led by: president, LaVerne Koenigg
vice-president, Kenneth Schlegelg treasurer, Warren
Ebersoleg secretary, Warren Hartman, and reporter,
Seated: Ronald Kirkhoif, LaVerne Koenig, Gene Correll, Warren Hartman '
Standing, First Row: Jerald Hartman, Robert Bender, Benny Reed, Walter Duchan, Gary Kohl, Kenneth
Schlegel, Evan LaFollette
Second Row: Mr. Sleppy, Kenneth Labe, Gene Kulp, Glenn Beidler, Leon Zimmerman
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Although this is not a very large
organization, only four members, it
is a very important oneg for it is
a club that helps to do things for
people in connection with the home.
Collecting food for needy persons
at Christmas time was one of the
largest activities in which the mem-
The meetings are conducted on a
Wednesday, with Mrs. Ritter the
advisor. The ofiicers are: presi-
dent, Lovina Stoudtg vice-president,
Doris Berger, secretary, Marlene
Beidlerg and treasurer, Jacqueline
This period gives the club mem-
bers extra time to complete their
home-making projects. Projects
included the sewing of blouses,
skirts, dresses, and any other arti-
cles the members wished to make.
Seated: Jacqueline Saul, Doris Berger, Mrs. Ritter
Standing: Lovina Stoudt, Marlene Beidler
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The Red Cross Club's function is to serve, in a
small Way, those who meet with misfortune. Their
activities included: a drive for contributions toward
the Service Fund, the filling of gift boxes, and the
making of Christmas favors which were sent to the
Local Chapter and forwarded to institutions.
Officers of the club' are: president, Rebecca
Moore, and secretary, Melinda White. Representa-
tives to the Reading Red Cross Chapter are Jane
Wilhelm and Lynda Kulp.
On the picture members of the club are checking
gift boxes for articles which may be sent overseas.
Seated: Shirley Long, Nancy Speicher, Melinda White, Rebecca Moore, Jane Wilhelm, Barbara Stamm
Standing, First Row: Shirley Correll, Mary Spease, Shirley Ney, Janice Seip, Arlene Kalbach, Judith Bert-
ram, Joy Tobias, Miriam Boltz, Ada Keeney, Betty Burkhart, Miss Riegel
Standing, Second Row: Shelve Benzel, Elaine Kriner, Mary Lou Hoffert, Audrey Bohn, Joanne McQuate,
Violet Bashore, Patricia Kalbach, Doris Correll
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There are a lot of iirsts that have
been attributed to Penn-Bernville,
and undoubtedly a lot more will
come its way. The latest of these
iirsts came on the heels of last
year's soccer season.
Not only did the Wildcats push
forward to round up enough wins
to give them a winning season, but
for the first time in the history of
the school two Wildcats booted to
Marvin Kulp Leo Houck
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top honors on the Berks County
Honors in this case went to Bar-
ry Himelberger and Leo Houck,
both seniors. For their efforts both
athletes were feted at a banquet
where they were given medals for
their fine, outstanding play.
In addition to placing on the
county team, Leo Houck was also
named the most valuable player in
Kneeling: Leon Zimmerman, Robert Bender, Frederick Kriner, Sherwood Himelberger, Elmer Swartz,
Second Row: Mr. Matthew, Marvin Kulp, Gene Correll, Gerald Miller, LaVerne Koenig, Donald Spayd,
Third Row: Norman Burkey, Larry Luckenbill, Edward Kantner, Leo Houck, Barry Himelberger, Gene Spayd
the Western Division - another honor which
went to Penn-Bernville for the first time.
The schedule itself turned out to be quite
a challenge. Featuring games with Robe-
sonia, Womelsdorf, Bethel, and Wernersville.
Despite the fine record compiled by Penn-
Bernville, the season's champions were not
decided until the last game. With one game
remaining, Penn-Bernville was tied for this
coveted spot with its traditional rival, Bethel.
As the seconds ticked out the last seconds
of play with the score tied, Bethel copped the
championship on a penalty kick to win the
In looking back in retrospect Coach Har-
old Matthew explained that the 1954 soccer
Larry Luckenbill, LaVerne Koenig, Gene Correll,
Robert Bender, Edward Kantner, Mr. Matthew
team was by far one of the best
teams he ever coached.
The opening game of the season
was against Robesonia at Robesonia
which ended up in a tie, 0-O.
With this scrimmage under their
belts, the Green and White turned
on the steam and came bellowing
through with three wins in a row.
In the second game against Wom-
elsdorf at Womelsdorf, Penn-Bern-
ville walked away with a 2-1 vic-
tory. Against Bethel at home, the
score read 2-09 and in the fourth
game, Wernersville fell victim to
the count of 4-1.
Lady Luck ran out on the Green
and White in their next two starts
when they bowed to Robesonia at
home, 2-33 and to Wernersville, 1-2,
Five points meant the margin of
victory in the Wildcats' seventh
game against Womelsdorf. Playing
at home, the locals zipped past the
visitors by booting across five goals
to zero for their opponents.
With one more game remaining
and being tied with Bethel, the
Wildcats were determined to romp
through this one and win a cham-
pionship. But again luck was not in
their favor and they lost 0-1 on the
Bethel field in a hard-fought con-
test which was not decided until the
last minute of the game when Beth-
el scored on a long kick to win the
Western Division championship for
the first time.
When the statistics were com-
piled at the end of the season, Penn-
Bernville had scored 16 times in
eight games against eight goals for
the opposing schools. Two of the
games ended in shutouts for the
The top scorer for the Wildcats
was Robert Bender, a sophomore,
who booted six balls through the
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With a hopeful look into the future, Penn-
Bernville completed its first basketball season
late this winter.
Although the Wildcats were unable to
capture a Win in their five official starts, the
spirit and enthusiasm displayed by the team,
urged on by the cheerleaders who directed the
cheers of the fans, gave Coach Harold Mat-
thew the assurance that next year's challenge
will be met more satisfactorily.
Hampered by the lack of facilities and no
gymnasium, Coach Matthew called for a prac-
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tice on Dec. 1, 1954, which was held on the
Bethel High School floor. By the time the
first game rolled around on January 5, 1955,
he had mustered a 15-player roster: three
freshmen, five sophomores, three juniors, and
Practices continued on the Bethel floor
and other floors Whenever and Wherever they
In the first game, Penn-Bernville was
able to rally only 20 points to its opponent's
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Kneeling: Gerald Heckman, Robert Bender, Gene Kulp
Standing: Barry Himelberger, Robert Kline, Frederick Wilhelm, Richard Reber,
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Norman Burkey, J erre Gehris, James Gehris, Larry Luckenbill, Henry Bohn,
Ontelaunee ended in defeat for the
It wasn't until Feb. 9 that the
team again pitted its talents
against the faculty on the Bethel
floor. The students scored 38 points,
but lost to the tune of 48-38.
With three defeats now in the
record, the Green and White pre-
pared to meet Bethel for the second
time, and again Bethel came up
with the most points to hand the
locals their fourth loss 55-36.
In its final game of the season
with North Lebanon on Mar. 1, the
Wildcats scored 25 points against
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the curtain on their first unsuccess-
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Second Row: Mr. Matthew, Barry Himelberger, Larry Luckenbill, Clement Care, Leo Houck, Robert Kline,
It was an impressive Penn-Bernville base-
ball team that took to the field in the spring
of 19543 and when the diamond dust had set-
tled, our tally showed six wins against five
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Under the watchful eye of Coach Harold
Matthew and behind the steady pitching of
Barry Himelberger and Robert Kline, the
team mustered a total of 48 runs in its 11
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man clipped of a .379 average. The
best fielding average was captured
by Gerald Heckman with a .968 to-
tal. Leo Houck as a catcher boast-
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The Green and White opened its
season against a strong Newmans-
town nine on April 4 at home. In
this opener the Wildcats were
handed their first defeat by a lop-
sided score of 12 to 1.
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es. The eighth game saw the Penn-
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a decisive 1-0 victory.
This eighth game was one of
those games that could end all
games. For in this game, which
turned out to be a pitcher's duel,
Barry Himelberger held the opposi-
tion to just one hit.
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games the Wildcats came through
to win two games for a 7-4 record.
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MAY DAY - May 14, 1954. Joseph
Stamm leads the opening May Day march
as the flower girls - the Queen's attend-
ants - Grace Minnershitz, Irene Reppert,
Marylee Gehris, and Grace Messner lead
the way. Following the maid of honor,
Shirley Hoyer, is our 1954 May Day Queen,
After the march the queen and her
court were entertained by members of the
physical education classes as well as by
pupils of the elementary school. The back-
ground consisted of flowers brought in by
the student body. The queen and her at-
tendants seem to be enjoying the enter-
tainment. Unfortunately there was such a
cool breeze that the girls had to resort to
their coats for comfort. W
The ninth and tenth grade girls are
entertaining the queen with the May Pole
Dance. The girls, as you see, have started
the weave. The streamers were green and
white, our school colors. A large number
of people came to view the crowning. The
pupils too seemed to enjoy this new experi-
ence. Again Mother Nature made the girls
struggle. The poles had to be securely
fastened for this activity.
The school's May Queen was Fern Berger, a senior
in 1954. She was crowned on our school campus on
Friday afternoon, May 14, 1954, at 1:30 o'clock. This
was the first May Day in the history of the school.
Miss Berger is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John
Berger of Bernville, R. D. 1. Her maid of honor was
Shirley Hoyer, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Hoyer.
The program was under the direction of Mr. Matthew.
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February 12, 1954. CUPID'S FROLIC
was held in the school cafeteria. "Grab
stakes and run!" was the highlight at the
sophomore dance. "Save one for me", says
Marvin Kulp as he approaches the shoe
pile. Decorations included hearts dangling
from a false ceiling effect produced by the
March 19, 1954. It is not that they
are enemies, it is just that Betty Koenig
and Bernice Luckenbill are jitterbugging
to the tune, "Sh-Boom", at the ROBINS'
HOP, sponsored by the juniors. In the
background are Lynda Kulp and her
brother, Marvin, also 'living it up'. You
can see part of the decorations, the robins,
streamers, and pole crepe paper.
Featured at the ROBINS' HOP was the
high school Dance Band which includes the
woodwind section: Marvin Kulp, James
Gehris, Elaine Fisher, Jane Wilhelm, and
Fern Ernstg the brass section: Charles
Seifrit, Gary Spangler, J erre Gehris, David
Sweigart, and Frederick Wilhelm, string
percussion: Lois Frantzg and percussion:
April 9, 1954. This occasion really brought out
the school's male population because it was a Barn
Dance, originally planned to be a Sadie Hawkins Dance.
Getting rid of excess energy are Carrie Houck and La-
Verne Koenig, who seem to enjoy square dancing. The
center of all decorations was a drawing of a barn dance
scene, animals were silhouetted for the side walls, and
lanterns were suspended from the ceiling.
November 19. Time out for a snack
of chips and coke as a group of boys gather
around the Paradise Inn. Serving the boys
is Dennis Sweigart. The dance was one
of the highlights of the sophomore class
activities. The ENCHANTED EVENING
theme was well carried out by decorations
that included birds, leis, and the posts as
December 22. The annual Christmas
dance, sponsored by the seniors as a 'home-
coming' for alumni, was called the SNOW
BALL FROLIC. It really brought out
the graduates. The music was furnished
by the FOUR DEUCES. Table decorations,
the result of a Homemaking class activity,
were snow women, some of which became
a part of some of the classrooms during
the winter months. -
October, 1954. "We really fooled them
this time!" could very easily have been
the thought of both Mr. and Mrs. Matthew
as they unmasked to receive a prize at the
P.T.A. dance. Who would have guessed
the football player and cheerleader? Fun-
niest and best-dressed couples also received
prizes. Mr. Matthew here seems to try
to evade the camera. We presume his at-
tire justiiies the gesture.
Our P.T.A. sponsored this masquerade
dance for pupils in grades seven through
twelve. Winning first prize for the ugliest
dressed individual was Frederick McQuate,
Cleo Hoffman for the best-dressed single.
Records were played for entertainment.
The mask and dress allowed pupils to enter
free of charge.
January 28, 1955. THE SNOWFALL
BALL sponsored by the junior class was
enjoyed by many students as they danced
to the wonderful music provided by Maxie
Kulp and His Orchestra. As the students
and their guests entered, they registered
and were presented with favors that con-
sisted of two small snowflakes gayly
sprinkled with sand and dangling on a
Here is another familiar scene at THE
SNOWFALL BALL of a group of pupils
and their guests sitting out one of the
dances and admiring the decorations. Here
you see a few of the seniors and a guest
admiring the miniature snowman in the
background. Scenes such as this occur fre-
quently at our monthly dances held in the
Here are Joanne McQuate and Pauline
Sonon enjoying a spot dance at the dance
sponsored by the juniors. Of course there
were many varieties of dances among
which we may make mention of an elimin-
ation dance . In addition there was a cake-
walk, as well as a guess cake, to increase
the enjoyment and merriment of all
With a centerpiece on the wall in the
form of a black hat and the words: SNOW-
FALL BALL, in addition to the snowflakes
dangling from the ceiling and flowers on
the window sill, the environment is con-
ducive to dancing. That is just what Earl
Bond and Mildred Kiebach, Barry Himel-
berger and Betty Koenig, Judith Bertram
and Virginia Reed are enjoying at the time
of this picture.
"We were doing the mambo at our jun-
ior class play!" exclaim Earl Bond and
David Sweigart. This was one of the pan-
tomimes done between acts of the play.
Favorable weather, good acting, hilarious
lines-all made this evening most enjoy-
able. The fellows were really disguised,
so much so that a few of us did not recog-
nize Earl. Nice work, juniors!
December 23, 1954. Betty Burkhart
seems to be the center of attraction and
attention as she sings a solo and also leads
a group of Eighth grade members in sing-
ing Christmas carols. Miss Riegel directed
the presentation of the program. This pro-
gram was an inspiring one, for it made us
feel we had a good 'send-off' for the holi-
December 15, 1954. Presenting the
school's new Driver Education car to our
instructor, Mr. Matthew, is Franklin
Brown, representative of Brown Motor Co.,
Robesonia. Looking on are Frank Sylves-
ter, president of the Reading Automobile
Club, and principal of Penn-Bernville High
School, Walter A. Rohrbach. How happy
the pupils of Driver Education classes were
to get experience in driving! Did the car
stall or did David stall the car? That is
a debatable question.
December 16, 1954. This was the big
event for the juniors as they presented
their class play, "Home for Christmas".
Playing the leading roles in the play were:
Marvin Kulp, Winifred Pyle, and Henry
Bohn. You see Winifred and Marvin in
the picture. Mr. Kendra and Mrs. Kline
directed the cast.
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Norman H. Frantz
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Mr. Harold W. Frantz
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Mr. Sz Mrs. John S. Bender
Mrs. George Weiders
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