Tulpehocken High School - Yearbook (Bernville, PA)
- Class of 1956
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HENRY M. BOHN,
ROBERT H. KLINE,
Assistant Business Manager
"I do love a good tree. There it stands so
strong and sturdy, and yet so beautiful-a
very type of the best sort of man. How
proudly it lifts its bare head to the winter
storms, and with what a full heart it rejoices
when the spring was come again! How grand
its voice is, too, when it talks with the windg
a thousand aeolian harps cannot equal the
beauty of the sighing of a great tree in leaf.
All day it points to the sunshine, and all
night to the starsg and thus passionlcss, and
yet full of life, it endures through the cen-
turies-come storm, come shine-drawing its
sustenance from the deep bosom of its mother
earth, and, as the slow years roll by, learning
the great mysteries of growth and decay. And
so on and on through gencrationsg outliving
individuals customs d nasties-all save the
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landscape it adorns and human nature."
--H. RIDER HAGGARD
NATUREZS' SECRETS by G. Clwie Fisher. Univer-
sity Society, N. Y. 1927. p. 566.
CLASS OF 1956
PENN-BERNVILLE HIGH SCHOOL
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DEPICTING FORMALLY the more serious aspects of our high
school years and informally those phases closely associated with our
everyday high school life, we present to you our PENNANT, the theme
of which is nature. Since our school is located in an area deeply and
intensely beautined by trees, we feel it is fitting to use these wonders of
nature for the theme of our annual.
WVE HAVE- ADOPTED the families of trees as our headings 5
and through them you see the pupils, in classes, activities, sports, and
social functions, developing their talents and building the foundations
which they will need for success in the future.
1955 PENNANT Award
Columbia Scholastic Press Association
New York City, New York
MR. HAROLD E.. MATTHEW
AS A SYMBOL or the respect and affection which the Class of 1956
bears him, this volume of the PENNANT is sincerely dedicated to Mr. Harold E.
Matthew, teacher of physical education, driver training, science, health, and the
advisor to tenth grade. He is also the coach of soccer and baseball. We, having
been his first class at Penn-Bernville, feel that his sincere interest in athletics, his
emphasis on fair play, and his sense of friendliness and esthetic values have aided
him to show us the value of perseverance, tenacity of purpose, courageous spirit,
and devoted scholarship. It was Mr. Matthew who taught us how to conduct
school dances successfully. His pupils will long remember him for his understanding
and helpful guidance.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
AdII1lH1Stf3t1OH Page 6
The Beech and the Pme Fam111es
The Bxrch and the Maple Famxlxes
Classes . Page 3
The Flowering and the Wxllow F2iI'I11l1CS
Actxvmes . Page 5
The Rose Farruly
Sports . Page 6
The Ol1ve and the Walnut F am1l1es
Calendar . Page 7
The Nettle Famxly
"He who plants a tree
Plants a joy 5
Plants a comfort that will never cloy.
Every day a fresh reality
Beautiful and strong,
To whose shelter throng
Creatures blithe with song.
If thou couldst but know, thou happy tree,
Of the bliss that shall inhabit thee!
He who plants a tree
He plants love.
Tents of coolness spreading out above
Wayfarers he may not live to see.
Gifts that grow are bestg
Hands that bless are blestg
Plant: Life does the rest!
And his work its own reward shall be."
Heaven and earth help him who plants a tree,
NATUREKS' SECREYS. p. 696.
THE WHITE OAK is one of the best oaks
with high-grade all-purpose wood. As im-
portant as this tree is to the lumbering in-
dustry, so imperative is it that we have
The WHIT OAK:
Boards of Education to provide opportuni-
ties for our pupils to develop physically,
emotionally, and mentally. We feel this
Board is facing these challenges.
Seated: Edwin Showers, Alvin Zerbe, Clarence Mengel, Mrs. Mae Streaker, George Spannuth, Floyd Koenig, Leonard
LaFollette, Dawson Harnish, Howard Balsbaugh, Carl Brown. Standing: Jay Himelberger, Herbert Deck, Mrs. Edgar
Siegfried, Henry Ensminger, Walter Rohrbach, Harry Ebling, Eugene Sweigart, Rev. Frank W. Ruth, Herman Noll,
Henry Ziegler, Dr. George Sebastian, Norton Smith. Missing from picture: Raymond Mohn, George Beidler, John Dcrr.
MR. HARRY E. EBLING
WE WISH to express our gratitude to Mr. Ebling
for taking care of administrative details that make
a Joint school system operate Well.
MR. WALTER A. ROHRBACH
Assistant Supervising Principal
WE WISH to express our most ardent thanks to
Mr. VValter A. Rohrbach, our principal, for the
help he has given to us in the past years in pre-
paring us for what lies beyond commencement.
Kin of the cistern Forests
TO THE PENN-BERNVILLE SOHOOL BOARD all its modern conveniences and for the
goes our sincere appreciation for the edu- new Shop with much of the newest and
cational opportunities given to us and espe- most up-to-date equipment.
cially for the new Homemaking room with
Seated: Edwin Showers, treaxurerj Mrs. Mae R. Streaker, Serretaryg Clarence W. Mengcl, presidentg Rev. Frank W.
Ruth. Standing: Alvin S. Zerbe, vice-presidentg Walter A. Rohrbach, assistant supervising principal. Missing from pic-
ture: Raymond E. Mohn,
TO THE CLASS OF 1956:
1 THINK OF YOUR CLASS as one of outstanding achieve-
ment both as individuals and as a group. One of our objec-
tives at Penn-Bernville is to try to do whatever we do just a
little better than it was done before. Not only have I seen
this spirit shown many times by your class but it has often
been mentioned to me by various members of the faculty.
You have helped to raise the standards of accomplishment
for those who will follow you.
Your class experienced two years of school in which you
were able to choose courses in which you were particularly
interested or in which you felt you could do your best work.
I believe this has contributed to your individual achieve-
ments. Although we always think of each one of you in
terms of your all-around development as a person, a citizen,
and a student in all subjects, we have also begun to think
of you in the business course as potentially good secretaries
or office personnelg of those in the agriculture course as better
prepared for your vocation of farmingg and of those in the
academic course as being more particularly prepared to
enter college or other institutions for advanced learning. Many
of you have distinguished yourselves in music, in art, in science
and mathematics, in writing and speaking, or in athletics.
My heartiest congratulations on your 1956 PENNANT.
I am confident not only that it will rate high but also that
it will be one of the most beautiful in Penn-Bernville's history.
ASST. SUPERVISING PRINCIPAL
MRS. ANNA KOHLHEPP
Every day youd will find M1's. Anna
Kohlhepp, Mr. Rohrbachis capable sec-
retary, hard at work in her office or
searching through the supply closet. She
is always doing little things to make our
days easier. To her goes a vote of thanks
MRS. PEARL B. KLINE
B.A., Ursinus College
Grade 12 ' R
Club, B.S., State Teachers College
MR. GEORGE M. SELL
MR. DONALD R. SHENTON
A.B., University of Pennsylvania,
English, Social Studies
MISS STELLA M. RIEGEL
B.S., State Teachers College,
Grade 8 -
English, Social Studies, MR- WILLIAM H. KAISER
Rtd Cross Club B.S., State Teachers College, ,
Grade 7A '
Geometry, Arithmetic, MR. RALPH E. SLEPPY
Geogfa-PhY: B.S., Pennxylvania State College
Audubon Club Grade 7B
Penns lvania tate Tree
MRS. IRENE T. HASSLER
B.S., State Teachers College,
M.A., Temple University
MRS. KATHRYN K. BRUNNER
B.S., State Teachers College,
MRS. ELLA A. M. ROTHERMEL
B.S., State Teachers College,
MRS. SARA B. NOIJL
B.S., State Teachers College,
MRS. EMILY M. HOLTZMAN
University of Pennsylvania
MRS. MILDRED s. HOLTZMAN Gfadel
B.S., State Teachers College,
MRS. EVELYN I. MOONEY
B.S., State Teachers College,
MRS. CHARLOTTE M. KOHL
B.S., State Teachers College,
MRS. FERN E. RITTER
B.S., State Teachers College,
MR. RUSSELL L. BERGER
B.S., State Teachers College,
Social Studies, Music
Vocal and Instrumental Music
MRS. GLADYS L. EPLER
B.S., State Teachers College,
Pennsylvania State University
Sports Leaders Club
MRS. NANCY G. REIFSNYDER
B.S., Susquehanna University
MRS. IRENE M. HAAG
DR. NORTON L, BEHNEY
B.S., Muhlenberg College
D.D.S., University of Pennsylvania
DR. GEORGE DUNKELBERGER .
B.S., Muhlenberg College
M.D., University of Pennsylvania
R.N., Hahnemann School of
Mrs. Haag and Dr. Dunkelberger are administering a diph-
theria injection to a school child. The expression on her face
seems to indicate that she does not enjoy the necessary pre-
As we come to school in the morning, we see
the flag waving its greeting. It is hoisted to its
place in the front of the high school building each
day by John Endy, our school custodian. After he
learned the routines of this first-year job, he as-
sumed outdoor tasks of the season, such as, mow-
ing the lawn, clearing the steps of snow and ice,
and keeping the grounds clear of refuse.
The WHITE PINE
What is a school without
custodian? To us they are as
tree, the symbol of this por
A special "thank you" goes to Alvin
Gerberich, Ralph Kissling, John Henne,
G. Homer Bashore, John Endy, and
Ray Schaeffer, our very capable and
dependable bus drivers, who do much
to make our trips to and from school,
as well as our field trips, enjoyable.
Our thanks also go to our efficient
and dependable cooks, Mrs. John Bixler
and Mrs. Raymond Mohn, for the de-
licious meals they prepare for us under
Mrs. Ritter's direction. A favorite meal
of the pupils is meat loaf, baked potato,
corn, milk, and pumpkin pie along with
the staff of life.
Most Important orth
the bus drivers,
essential as the
cooks and a
tion of the staff.
Here we see the school dentist, Dr.
L. Behney, examining Glenn
Fox's dentures. The school, as Well as
the community, is rightly proud of our
modern, well-equipped health room. In
this room many arms
sting of the needle.
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There are approximately 300 stu-
dents who go through the "line" to get
their lunch. There are three shifts:
grades one through six go to eat at
11:00, grades seven and eight eat at
11:45, and grades nine through twelve
dine at 12:02.
Mr. John Endy is to be complimented on the
good job he does in keeping our school warm and
clean. Almost any time of the day he can be seen
with a mop or a broom in hand, cleaning up the
dirt the students track in. His work could be
greatly eased if every student would take ad-
vantage of the mats found at all entrances.
I love thee when thy swelling buds appear,
And one by one their tender leaves unfold,
As if they knew that warmer suns were near,
Nor longer sought to hide from winter's cold,
And when with darker growth thy leaves are seen
To veil from view the early robin's nest,
I love to lie beneath thy waving screen,
With limbs by summer's heat and toil oppressed
And when the autumn winds have stripped thee bare
And round thee lies the smooth, untrodden snow
When naught is thine that made thee once so fair, ,
I love to watch thy shadowy form below,
And through thy leafless arms to look above
On stars that brighter beam when most we need their care
HOME BOOK OF VERSE. Stevenson, Burlan Egberl. Henry Holt Fo N Y
1926. p. 1403.
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In this shot of the tenth grade art class
we see Joyce Reber finishing her dancing
girl which she has done in pastels. We
also see Mrs. Kohl, the art teacher, check-
ing Sonja Henne's wood-burning project
in the background. The class has made
many other worksg such as, cave paintings,
Egyptian art, and also church art includ-
ing various cathedrals.
Here you see several of the eighth grade
pupils completing their drawings. These
eye-catching pictures have helped to en-
hance the environment throughout the
school. One of their projects was to draw
what they thought Mars and its inhabi-
tants looked like. Grade 8 is always
anxious for art class period since they
The GRAY BIRCH
Brenda Kirkhoff chats with Nancy
Henne about the enameled earring she is
baking, as Nancy puts the finishing
touches to her painting. In the back-
ground is a drawing by another art stu-
dent. Some members of this class have
worked in oils. Also they are looking for-
ward to tempera painting.
nBe careful now," says Larry Leonhard
to Norman Frantz, "and don't let the col-
ors run into each other or your picture
will be ruined." They have done many
projects this year, some of which have
been on display on the bulletin board.
Promising talent is shown among these
freshmen even if they 'seem over active,
much to Mrs. Kohl's dismay.
A Very Adaptive Tree
DRIVER EDUCA T I ON
mTake your time, Forrest, and you
won't hit any flags," exclairns Mr. Mat-
thew, as LaVerne Koenig and Larry
Luckenbill check his accuracy. These boys
are setting up a course for other Driver
Education students to follow. The stu-
dents also have object lessons in the class-
'WVait here while I see whether the
street is free from traffic, "says Carl Lach-
man to a group of school children wait-
ing impatiently to cross the intersection.
The safety patrols are observing the rules
of the AAA, taught to them by Mr.
Matthew. They also see to it that stu-
dents behave in an orderly fashion on
the buses, which is by no means an small
DRIVER EDUCA T I ON
Faye Tobias is demonstrating, on the
magnetic board, how to turn at the
corner. The pupils learn what to do in
traffic conditions in the classroom before
they have actual experience at the wheel
"No price is too high to pay for a
reputationf' is very true in this class.
driving is of vital importance to
of the car. The motto on the background,
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These Elementary Safety Patrols escort
the first grade to lunch and help them re-
turn after lunch. Some of them also aid in
keeping the cafeteria quiet while the grade
children are eating. Another of their
duties is to help those going home for
lunch across the road. Their adviser, Mr.
Matthew, has been teaching them the
rules of safety and how they will bene-
fit by observing them.
Working hard, these girls are seen ex-
pertly putting the finishing touches to
their garments so they can display them
on the dummies seen in the background.
most of the girls made jumpers and skirts
with the exception of one girl who made
Here we see Melinda White, Betty
Burkhart, Jane Wilhelm, and Nancy
Speicher making use of the living room
corner of the lovely I-Iomemaking room.
These girls have just completed their
class lesson. They now are busily engaged,
looking at the latest fashions and seeing
what's new for home-makers. They are
being instructed in the art of sewing.
Homemaking I 0
This industrious group of girls con-
sisting of Lynda Kulp, Joyce Delp, Pauline
Glosser, Elinor Earhart, Kay Pfautz, and
Susan Goldstein is working on their skirts.
Since this is their first year of sewing,
there was much basting and ripping be-
fore the projects were completed. Their
relaxed positions reveal they think it
was Worth it.
These seventh-grade girls are learn-
ing how to become charming young ladies
by properly manicuring their nails and
brushing their hair 100 strokes a day with
a good stiff brush. Ann Klose is indus-
triously combing Louise Henkeas long
blonde tresses. These girls will soon be
learning other phases of Homemaking.
IHJUSITIHI Arts .9-I0
Mr. Sleppy tells his class that some of
the nicest architecture can be ruined if
the nail is driven in at the wrong place.
So he instructs his classes in the art of
driving a nail into a board. Of course,
one must hit the head of the nail, not the
wood or one's fingers if one wants to make
a success of the project.
Industrial Arts 7-B
'LHOW do you find the center of the
wood?" asks Barry Kraatz as the rest of
the group proudly puts the finishing
touches on their broornholders, which was
their first project of the year. These boys
chose bench stools to be their next project,
suggested by Mr. Sleppy, who enjoys giv-
ing these boys a good start in carpenter-
INDUSTRIAL AR T S
Industrzkzl Arts I1-I2
These junior and senior boys are learn-
ing how to become helpful husbands.
After taking this course, they should be
able to render assistance to the little wo-
man when repairs are needed around the
home. Here we see several of the boys
working on some projects,
Industrlkzl Arts 8
These Industrial Art students are pon-
dering their next move in the construction
of their broomholders. Mr. Sleppy is ex-
amining the work of Leo LaFol1ette to
make sure it is exact. If it isn,t measured
correctly, the finished product will be
unsatisfactory and the students' precious
time will have been wasted. Now is the
time to lay a good foundation for this
Joyce Reber is busily engaged in the
translation of a Latin story, Ulysses and
his experiences. Mrs. Kline is carefully
watching to correct any errors Joyce might
make while the rest of the class is follow-
ing the story in their books. Pictures illus-
trating this myth provide a background
for the photo.
English I 0
Here we see members of the sophomore
class engrossed in Elinor Earhart's read-
ing from JULIUS CAESAR. Mr. Shenton
has explained the features of Greek and
Roman architecture and the famous phil-
osophies that have transcended to us from
ancient civilizations. Many of the students
have noted the Greek architecture in the
buildings in nearby towns.
'LWelches Tier ist das kliigste-der
Hund, der Fuchs, oder der Wolf?" . . .
write some of the students in German 12.
Whether translating stories or conjugat-
ing verbs, these pupils always seem to en-
joy working with this familiar language.
Notice the completed projects in the photo.
These eighth grade pupils have been
testing their ability in writing complex
sentences. Larry Kline is proving to the
class that the sentence on the board is a
good example of a complex sentence be-
cause it has a dependent clause and an
independent clause. These students also
have been studying simple and compound
MA T HEMA TICS
Mr. Sell is explaining this problem to
a perplexed group of students. If you un-
derstand the fundamentals of trigonom-
etry, you are very lucky. just ask any
pupil of this phase of mathematics. This
is the first time in many years, that this
subject is offered in the school.
Louise I-Ienke is explaining the mark-
ings on the ruler to the rest of the class.
The ruler is not the only tool used in
construction. They are also learning to
use a compass and a protractor. Correct
usage of the ruler is a great aid in home-
making and shop, as well as in science.
If the pupils learn now to make their
work neat, it will be easier to do so in
IF TXNO SIDES OF A TRIANGLE
ARE EQUAL, THE ANGLES OPPO-
SITE THESE SIDES ARE EQUAL. 'CTO
prove this theorm, you must first bisect
angle B and prove the two new triangles
congruent. Then, since the triangles are
congruent, 4 A: 4 B because corres-
ponding parts of congruent triangles are
equal," says Brenda Kirkhoff as Mr.
Kaiser looks on. Brenda thinks this is
These students are embarking on a
career of higher mathematics by first
learning the value of exactness in rela-
tion to their Work. They will soon learn
the formulas for finding the volume and
area of these objects. It seems amazing
that those formulas were originated so
long ago by Greek and Arabic mathe-
This portion of the grade 9 music class
enjoys watching Nancy Speicher as she
demonstrates her skill on the piano. They
have been listening to records and learn-
ing how to appraise different types of
music. The class is anticipating movies
to be shown later this year.
Cynthia Miller is seated at the key-
board ready to accompany Larry Endy,
Sandra Kerner, and James Kintzer, who
eagerly await her introductory notes.
They all appear to enjoy their music class
immensely. Several members of the class
are taking lessons on various musical in-
struments. We hope to see them in the
band very soon.
The interested expressions you see on
the faces of these pupils stem from the
fact that they are watching Kenneth
Mohn as he disassembles his trumpet to
explain to the class how the sound is
produced. Besides this, the group studies
the lives of various famous composers.
They also listen to music appreciation
Here we see students of music class
warming up on a few familiar Christmas
carols in preparation for the Christmas
program in December. Moreover, they
enjoy singing "Mary Had a VVilliam
Goatf "Polly-Wolly Doodle," :'Farmer
Brown's Cow," "Chiapanecas," and
5'Clementine." Thesestudents also enjoy
listening to classical records during their
regular class periods.
One of the games most frequently
played in the girls' gym class, when the
weather is suitable, is field hockey. Here
we see a few of the tenth grade girls
practicing a routine play as Mrs. Epler
instructs. They also enjoy learning the
techniques of girls' basketball which is
played indoors during' the winter season.
These girls enjoy tumbling on the mats.
NThat's too tight,', says Judith Bertram
as Audrey Bohn adjusts her arm bandage.
These ninth grade girls are practicing
their knowledge of First Aid, which they
have acquired this year under the able
direction of M1's. Epler. The knowledge
of First Aid can be a very valuable asset
in many ways. It will be a great help
when they have their own homes and
Here we see several boys doing one of
the many stunts which are taught in the
gym classes. This stunt is called a human
pyramid. Be careful, boys, Elmer, Jerald,
and Gene would not care to be dropped
accidentally. To date other activities of
this class included inter-class soccer com-
"The human body is a very interesting
and complex machinef' states Sally Care
as she points to i'The Human Body ,at
Work," one of the newly acquired aids in
studying health. Mr. Matthew is the in-
structor encharged with teaching these
students the value of clean and healthful
bodies. Charts like the one we see help to
make these health classes more enjoyable.
"You gradually pour the diluted sul-
furic acid through the thistle tube onto
the zincj' says Marvin Kulp. Winifred
Pyle watches the hydrogen accumulate
in the bottle as Earl Bond records the
effects. Mr. Sell supervises the experi-
ment because working with acids and
gases can be dangerous.
General Science .9
These industrious students have made
winter gardens as a part of their science
study. Doris Correll and Joanne McQuate
are holding theirs up for exhibition. The
grasshoppers on the blackboard are also
used for further scientific study. This is
a study of science in general. A more de-
tailed study of science will follow in the
next year of school.
'4The star fish is an echinoderm belong-
ing to the asteroidea classf' states Sher-
wood Himelberger. This class has disect-
ed different forms of small animal lifeg
such as, frogs, worms, grasshoppers, and
clams in their scientific studies. The pupils
find these lessons in disecting very inter-
esting but sometimes difficult, The board
in the background holds a Hunt with Care
Barry Kraatz is revealing some of the
mysteries of science to the rest of the
class, under Mr. Matthewis competent
direction. In the background is the Mc-
Connell Graph. This graph contains charts
of the circulatory system, muscles of the
body, and many other pictures which make
health and science easy to understand.
'iSee where the coal is mined, timber is
cut, and oil wells are drilled in this re-
sourceful state of ours,', exclaims Nancy
Speicher, as she points to a pictorial map
of Pennsylvania. The pupils find the study
of our state very interesting. On the bul-
letin board we see pictures pertaining to
their history lessons.
Mr. Kaiser and some seventh grade
geography students are studying a relief
map of the country of Japan. The class
has been studying how people in the rest
of the world live, what they do, and how
their way of living compares with ours.
As they read about the living conditions
in other parts of the world, they are glad
they live in America.
Frederick lNilhelrn is using the pointer
to show the rest of the class some of the
land claims made by the states about
1750. The other part of the map displays
the territories during the French and In-
dian War. Mr. Berger is their able instruc-
A group of eighth grade pupils listen
attentively as Miss Riegel points to history
references on the blackboard. Miss Riegel
correlates much of her literature and Eng-
lish grammar with social studies. If these
pupils pay close attention, they will acquire
a wonderful foundation for history and
learn to better understand the problems
in the world today.
The YELLOW BIRCH: An Important Timber Tree
Agricultural Shop II -I2
The eleventh and twelfth grade boys
are putting the finishing touches to a
teachers' mailbox that, when finished,
will be placed in the ofiice. Time and pa-
tience were required to make the mail-
box, but with Mr. Sleppy and LaVerne
Koenig as the head of the project, it was
soon completed and is now serving its
These nfuture farmersn are watching
as Raymond Herring catches up on the
latest farm improvements as described in
'Successful Farming". In addition to this
magazine, the Agriculture Department
also subscribes to many magazines which
help the boys immensely in their work.
VVe see also other members of the class
working on their Crop Production Books.
A CRI C UL TUBE
Agriculture II -I2
Mr. Sleppy gives his advice to a few
boys while the remainder of the class
works on their farm account books. The
farm account book is a true account of
a local farmer, and the books must check
with Mr. Sleppy's record when they are
Agrlculture 9 - I0
The ninth and tenth grade agriculture
boys are diligently studying their lesson in
agriculture, which was assigned by Mr.
Sleppy. These pupils enjoy many inter-
esting classes, listening as Mr. Sleppy
retells many of his farming experiences.
Instruction is offered these boys studying
dairy rations, with stress upon the value
of different feeds for maintenance and
The SUGAR: MAPLE: A Common Shade Tree
Dear Mr., Dear Mrs., Dear Miss, . . .
These brief forms are an aid in speed
writing. Just ask one of the girls in short-
hand class! Here we see Carol Tobias
demonstrating her skill as Mrs. Mooney
dictates. It is a great achievement for
these girls to take dictation at a speed
of 80 words in a minute.
"Is merchandise inventory a debit or
a credit?" asks Brenda Brehm, as she is
busily working on aibookkeeping problem.
These junior girls find their bookkeeping
classes interesting, although they some-
times find the subject difficult. They strive
diligently to learn the fundamentals of
bookkeeping in order to be better pupils
in the second-year course.
These seniors are typing warm-up exer-
cises before they begin their assignment
in the lesson for which they are marked.
This class was the first to have the sec-
ond year Commercial Course, and the
pupils seem to enjoy it. Typing is an es-
sential need for these girls as they are
about to venture out into a secretarial
world of their own. They are striving to
type at a high rate of speed.
These pupils anxiously listen as Mrs.
Mooney points out some of the character-
istics of shorthand to them. Several of
the students are trying their skill by dis-
playing their talents of shorthand on the
blackboard. The characters being display-
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Henne are brief forms, which are an ab-
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GLENN GEORGE BEIDLER
Sports Club lg Art Club 1, 2, Chorus 1, 3, 4, Safety Patrol 3, 45
F.F.A. 3, 4, Pennant 4.
Glenn is another rural lad who finds the life as a tiller of the soil more
attractive than that as a pupil. The reasons are obvious. Glenn's pastimes
are arguing about farming and cheering for the school soccer and baseball
teams. Though not numbered among the diamond men, Glenn gives his
Alma Mater loyal support at home games. He is 5'8" tall, with brown
eyes and brown hair. He is planning to become a farmer some time after
3, 4, Pennant 4 business manager.
the senior class. ,
EARL ELW OOD BOND
Sports Club 1, Chorus 1, 2, 3, 4, Audio Visual Club 1, 4 vice-presi-
dent, Music Club 2, Penn-Guin 2 8: 3 humor editor, Class vice-presi-
dent 3, 4, County Chorus 4, Soccer 4, Student Council 4 treasurer,
Pennant 4 art editor.
Quiet in manner, handsome in appearance, Earl has long since ac-
quired the habit of accuracy in daily measurements. Having been very
active in the clubs and classes in which he participated during his high
school years, he has found time to be the very eFHcient art editor of our
yearbook. Characterized by the features of 5' 6" tall, blue eyes and brown
hair, he was chosen the class humorist. H ,
MARILYN JANE BALTHASLR
, Camera Club 1, Art Club 1, 2, Band 1 2 3 4 librarian Chorus
1, 2, 3, 4 librarian, Music Club 2, Countv Chorus 2 4 Typing Club
Around Marilyn rotates much of the hilarity of thc class Wherever
Marilyn is, there is usually a hearty laugh in store as she joyouslv pours
forth a joke as a chief proponent of pranks This 41112 senior, with
blue-green eyes, and with brown hair can often be seen typing Her future
ambition is to be a secretary or a stenographer She was chosen the most
popular girl by her classmates. This oldtimer is quite friendly with everyone
HENRY MORRIS BOHN
Audio Visual Club 15 Sportsrnanis Club 1 chaplain 2 Chorus 1 2 3 4
Library Club 3, 4, Penn-Guin 3 sports editor 4 editor Safety Patrol
Henry is one of the busier than busy people, always rushing here or
there to carry out his duties as Mr. Landis representative for the Mer
,chandise Club of Magazine campaign or Mrs Klrnes financier for the
Pennant. In spite of this, he found time to study and Get in those back
English assignments, as his scholastic record will prove Bohnre who 1S
the tallest member of our class, was voted the most dependable boy in
GENE NELSON CORRELL
Baseball 1, Sports Club 1, 2, Soccer 1, 2, 3, 4, F.F.A. 3, 4, Pennant 4.
In spite of his slight build, Gene is 5'8" tall. On live days of the week
Gene has generously usacrihcedu a part of his time to go to school and
secure for himself a high school diploma, even though he knew his job
as carpenter was waiting for him and there was a need for his skill. That
he succeeded in doing this is indeed admirable. As a pasttime, you can
see Gene taking a ride in his Plymouth, or crawling under it and working
on it. Gene was chosen the most quiet senior boy.
FERN ELIZABETH ERNST
Music Club 1, 2, Library Club 1, 2, Band 1, 2, 3 81 4 treasurer, Chorus
1, 2, 3, 4, County Orchestra 2, Dance Band 2, 3, County Band 2, 4,
County Chorus 3, 4, Class treasurer 3, 4, Typing Club 4 secretary,
Safety Patrol 4, Pennant 4.
An accurate, considerate, and diligent student of commercial sub-
jects, Fern shows promise of making a sparkling future for herself. Four
years ago she thought saxophone music was a kind of basic food, and today
she ranks number one player in the school band. Fern is an oldtimer who
is 5'2 tall, with hazel eyes, and brown hair. She was voted the most de-
pendable girl of the class.
RUTH ANNIE DEGLER
Music Club 1, 2, Library Club 1, 2, 3 treasurer, 4 secretary, Chorus
1, 2, 3, 4, Debate 3, Safety Patrol 3, 4, Pennant 4.
Ruth came to Penn-Bernville a quiet and unassuming lass who, in
her own secret way, won for herself the name of Lottwarrick Queen of
1955. For this title her neatly-combed locks, her rosy complexion, and her
knowledge of Pennsylvania Dutch were assets. She is very active in all
Library Club work and can often be seen doing a favor for Mrs. Kline.
This 5'2" lass with light brown hair and blue eyes finds much pleasure in
driving the Plymouth.
JAMES RIEST GEHRIS
Music Club 1, 2, Penn-Guin 1, 2, Soccer 1, 2, Band 2, 3, 4 librarian,
Chorus 2, 3, 4, Basketball 3, Student Council 3, Dance Band 3, County
Chorus 3, 4, Audio Visual Club 4 treasurer, Library Club 4, Safety
Patrol 4 lieutenant, Pennant photography.
Jim, theeclass philosopher, displays a capacity for independent thinking
and can invariably back his opinions with valid reasons. Jim is one of the
tallest members of the class, he stands 6' tall, has blue eyes, and brown
hair. His love for photographs came in very handy in making the yearbook.
Jim is planning to enter the Air Force after graduation. He was chosen
one of the typical students of his class. I
ROYCE AARON HAAG, JR.
Sports Club 1, 25 Safety Patrol 35 Baseball 3, 45 F.F.A. 3, 45 Pennant 4.
Quiet in manner, handsome in appearance is Royce, a member of
the sextet of the class of "56" in the agricultural group. His bass voice
sometimes carries through a study hall as he points out the features of
the new Ford to Glenn or Gene. He was voted the most handsome by
l1is fellow classmates. He is 5'11" tall, with brown eyes, and blond hair.
Royce hasn't decided yet what he wants to do after graduation. You can
often see him driving his car, a hobby second only to working on his
SANDRA FAYE HAAG
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Music Club 1, 25 Class treasurer 1, 25 Band 1, 2, 3, 45 Library Club 1, 2,
3 vice-president, 4 president5 Chorus 1, 2, 3, 45 Safety Patrol 3, 45
A neat package of efliciency and reserve, Sandra is a wonderful gift
to the class of 1956. She has a very likeable and capable personality. It is
certain that the dependability and sincerity Sandra exemplifies will make
her an outstanding nurse and benefactor of mankind. This 5'2" blue-eyed
lass always has her blonde hair neatly combed. She plays the clarinet in
band. Sandra was chosen a typical senior.
ROBERT HARRY KLINE
GERALD LEE HECKMAN
Sports Club 1, 25 Baseball 1, 2, 3, 45 Class Chaplain 2, 45 Basketball 35
F.F.A. 3, 45 Pennant 4. .
As one of the mainstays of the physical education and agricultural
departments, Gerald has constantly been on the job. If Jerry appears on
the scene, Bob is on the way 5 if Bob is punctual, Jerry will be in class soon.
An athlete par excellence, he will probably make his name and fortune
in the Marines. Jerry is 5' 6" tall, with brown eyes, and brown hair. Jerry
was chosen the best dressed of the senior boys. He is the first baseman on
the baseball team and goalie on the soccer team.
Sports Club 1, 2, Baseball 1, 2, 3, 45 Soccer 1, 45 Basketball 35 F.F.A.
3, 45 Safety Patrol 3, 45 Pennant 4.
lNith the build and physique of an athlete, Bob has the ginger and
scrap to tear through opposing lines5 and in the spring he usually caps
baseball games by pitching good games and making hits. Bob ranks as an
agricultural student, a business manager for the Pennant and also the
Me1'chandise Club, and a leader of his group. He was Voted the best athlete
of the boys by his classmates. He is 5'11" tall, with blue eyes, and brown
hair. Bob plans to enter the Marines after graduation.
GARY JOHN KOHL
Sports Club 25 Band 2, 3, 45 F.F.A. 3, 45 Soccer 45 Pennant 4.
Many a dull hour in the classroom has been relieved because of the
presence of Pinky, usually seated in the back of the room, who makes it
his duty to see that the week-end experiences do not pass on unrelated.
Gary is 5'8" tall, with blue-green eyes and brown hair. He is another
member of the agricultural group. He is a member of the Naval Reserves
and the Hershey Chocolateers Drum and Bugle Corps. Pinky enjoys music
and plays the bass drum in the school band. After graduation he is planning
to go into the Navy.
MARVIN RONALD KULP
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Art Club 15 Camera Club 1 president5 Band l, 2, 3 vice-president, 45
Chorus 1, 2 librarian, 3 vice-president, 45 Soccer 1, 2, 3, 4 co-captain5
Student Council 1, 2, 3 vice-president, 45 County Chorus 1, 2, 45
Penn-Guin 2 art editor5 Class president 2, 35 Dance Band, 2, 3 presi-
dent5 County Band 2, 3, 45 Music Club 2 vice-president, 4 president5
Debate 35 County Orchestra 3, 45 District Chorus 45 District Band
45 All-Star Soccer Team 45 Pennant 4 art editor.
Versatile, ambitious, and serious is Marvin, chosen the most talented
senior, who contemplates a career in music. He has produced our annual
dividers, an accomplishment in itself.
EVELYN R. LARKIN
Art Club 25 Music Club 25 Chorus 2, 3, 45 Band 2, 3, 45 Sports Leaders
4 president5 Pennant 4.
This dark-haired, dark-eyed lass is a firm adherent to the value of
4-H Club activities. She has won awards not only at fairs but also at this
year's Farm Show. Evy received first place in fitting of her heifer. With
such persistence in the care and concern for animals, Evy is also a sports
enthusiast. Because of her spirit and vigor she has unanimously been chosen
the best girl athlete in her class. Evy is seldom found idleg for she is kept
busy with homework, 4-H meetings, and helping with farrnwork.
FREDERICK EUGENE MCQUATE
Art Club 15 Music Club 1, 25 Band 1, 2, 3, 4 librarian5 Chorus 1, 2,
3, 45 Penn-Guin 25 District Chorus 35 Safety Patrol 3, 4 1ieutenant5
County Chorus 3, 45 County Band 45 Typing Club 4 treasurer5 Library
Club 45 Pennant 4.
Frederick is outstanding for painting, salesmanship, and bellows. The
latter he has exercised for four years, availing himself of a lusty tenor which
is quite in keeping with his physique. Frederick was voted by the class as
most friendly 5 for he is always talking to someone. Frederick is 5'8M1" tall,
has brown hair, and blue eyes. He is now a member of the Naval Reserves
and plans to go into active duty after graduation.
GERALD MILTON MILLER
ALICE IRENE MESSNER
County Chorus 1, Music Club 1, 2, Penn-Guin 1, 2, 3 associate editor,
4 business manager, Band 1, 2, 3, 4, Chorus 1 librarian, 2, 3, 4, Safety
Patrol 3, Pennant 4.
The petite maid who many times has poured forth her sensible phil-
osophy and logic upon her classmates has probed into the possibilities of
many fields of endeavor only to confine her interests to the publications of
the school and the commercial course. Working as a waitress, this lass,
who is 5'lM" tall, has brown hair, brown eyes, and has met many people
from different walks of life. ln the future she plans to become a secretary
or a teacher.
Class president 1, Student Council 1, Sports Club 1, 2, Soccer 2, 3, 4,
Chorus 3, 4, Penn-Guin 3, 4 sports editor, Library Club 4, Pennant 4.
Books are Gerald's hobby, and it is no unusual sight to see Gerald in
study halls studiously concentrating on that P.O.D. assignment which he
enjoys very much. Gerald has been voted the most studious boy of the
class. This br0wn,eyed, 5'6" lad has not conhned his initiative to merely
acquiring knowledge, but he has shown sincerity and dependability on the
soccer field as well as in the senior chorus. No matter what his career may
be, we feel confident Gerald will be successful.
MARGARET NIAE MILLER
Music Club 1, 2, Library 1, 2, 3, 4, Band 1, 2, 3, 4, Chorus 1, 3, 4,
County Band 3, 4, Pennant 4.
Margaret came a little more shy than most. Quiet and reticent, she
has confined her activities to the life of an ardent pupil. Her quiet manner
and her patience assure us Margaret, no matter what the problem, will
solve it correctly to her own satisfaction. :'Peggy", as she is called by her
family, is a class "0ldtimer". Her future ambition is to be a dental tech-
nician. She is 5'2" tall, has brown hair and brown eyes, and was chosen
the most quiet senior girl..
WINIFRED ALICE PYLE
County Chorus 1, Student Council 1, 2 chaplain, Art Club 1, 2, Music
Club 1, 2, Chorus 1 secretary, 2, 3, 4, Band 1, 2, 3, 4, Debate 2, 3,
Country Band 2, 3, 4, Cheerleader 3, Homernaking Club 4 president,
Pennant 4 feature editor.
Winifred is more than a little inclined to argumentation. Her mind
is a store of heterogeneous facts which she is apt to recall at almost any
time. Not always relevant to the subject under discussion, these miscellaneous
facts are apt to be startling and disconcerting to anyone taking the opposite
side. Her 'fVoice of Democracy" speech was first runner-up in the county.
She was voted the senior most likely to succeed.
JEANETTE CHRISTINE SCHAEFFER
Art Club 1, Camera Club 1, Chorus 1, 2, 3, 4, Music Club 2, Band
2, 3, 4, Homemaking Club 4 secretary, Pennant 4.
A right-hand supporter of Marilyn's convictions and pranks, Jeanette
is a persistent typewriter key tickler. Missing supper means little to Jeanette
when she is engrossed in polishing her typing skill. She, as an Holdtimern,
is 5'2" tall, has blue-green eyes, and light brown hair. Her future ambition
is to get a job in an ofhce, in or around the city of Reading. Her hobby is
driving that "Red and Grey" Ford around in small towns near-by. She
was voted by the class the most humorous of the girls.
DOROTHY JANE STOUDT
Music Club 1, 2, Library Club 1, 2, 3, 4 treasurer, Chorus 1, 2, 3, 4,
Band 2, 3, 4, Pennant 4.
Calm and unassuming is Jane who does not become flustered when
a day proves to offer too many culinary chores. Of course what's baked
cannot be wasted, it must be consumed. A friendly smile is characteristic
of this lass who has been chosen the most friendly girl of our class. When
being teased by some of her classmates, she doesn't take things seriously
but lets them go in one ear and out the other. This reliable senior, whose
main ambition is to become a bookkeeper in a bank, is 5'6" tall, has brown
hair and blue eyes.
DAVID LEE SWEIGART
Class vice-president 1, 2, Band 1, 2, 3, 4 president, Chorus 1, 2, 3, 4
president, Soccer 1, 2, 3, 4 co-captain, Baseball 1, 2, 3, 4, Student
Council 1, 2, 3 treasurer, 4 president, Sports Club 1, 4 president, Dance
Band 2, 3, County Chorus 2, 4, Debate 3, County Band 3, 4, Class
president 4, County Orchestra 4, District Band 4, State Band 4,
Pennant 4 editor. ,
Dave is one of the most versatile lads of our acquaintance. I-Ie was
voted the most popular male in the class. With the appearance character-
ized by 5'11" tall, hazel eyes, brown hair, he has high hopes of entering the
United States Air Force Academy in the future. -
CAROL EDNA TOBIAS
Music Club 1, 2, Band 1, 2, 3 secretary, 4, Chorus 1, 2, 3, 4, Class
Secretary 1, 2, 3, 4, Library Club 1 and 2 treasurer, 4, County Band 2,
3, 4, Debate 3, County Orchestra 3, County Chorus 3, 4, Typing Club
4 president, Pennant 4.
F ar-sighted, commercially ambitious, Carol is a student of first order.
She swings through shorthand, bookkeeping, and typing much the same
as she swings through the latest dance hits in a trio on the piano with her
sisters. Carol is the epitome of loveliness and efficiency, an ideal secretary.
This particular mold-timer" of thefclass is rather quiet but gets along well
with everyone. Carol is a hazel-eyed brunette of 5'4".
Fern Ernst, treasurer, Earl Bond, vice-president, David Swei-
gart, prexidentg Carol Tobias, secretary, Gerald I-Ieckman,
The trunk of the class of 1956 was formed by the old-timers-
Marilyn Balthaser, Gene Correll, Fern Ernst, Sandra Haag, Gerald
Miller, Margaret Miller, Jeanette Schaeffer, and Carol Tobias.
They were one of the first classes in Penn-Bernville taught by Mrs.
Emily Holtzman. In the Second year of its growth the tree acquired
a new branch 5 David Sweigart joined us from Sinking Spring. In
Fourth Grade Winifred Pyle joined us from Center Township
School. Our Fifth year saw two new branches added-James Gehris
from Muhlenberg and Robert Kline from Strausstown. In the
Sixth Grade we had the Penco Tests. We were the first class in
Penn-Bernville to have them in Sixth Grade. There were no new
additions this year, but we made great strides forward under the
guidance of Miss Bickel, now Mrs. Noll.
As we embarked on our high school career, we acquired
Marvin Kulp from Birdsboro. As we went on into Eighth Grade,
Gerald Heckman took his place with us. Under Miss Riegel's able l
direction, we put on a play in assembly, entitled, "Forbidden F ruit",
which was one of the first evidences of some of the varied talents
of the branches of our tree.
I . I Fern Ernst, Marilyn
In our Ninth year, we acquired eight new branches: Earl Bond,
DAVID SWEIGART ................... President
EARL BOND . . . . . . Vice-President
CAROL TOBIAS .. ..... Secretary
FERN ERNST .... . . . Treasurer
GERALD HECKMAN . . . . . Chaplain
Clockwise, starting at left bottom:
garet Miller, Gerald Miller, Gene
Gorrell, Jeanette Schaeffer, Sandra
Haag, Carol Tobias.
were: president, Gerald Miller,
David Sweigart, secretary, Carol
urer, Sandra Haag, and chaplain,
man. Under Mr. Matthew's able
direction, we sponsored the first
"Winter Wonderland", in January,
very proud of this step forward in
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Frederick McQuate, and Alice Messner came from
Upper Tulpehoeken, North Heidelberg, and Up-
per Bern respectively, while Glenn Beidler, Henry
Bohn, Ruth Degler, Royce Haag, and John Stoudt
came from Jefferson Township. The class oflicers
1953. We are
the social life
CLASS MoTTo: "Before us lies the timber,
let us build"
CLASS COLORS: Red and Black
CLASS FLOWER: Red Rose
CLASS HISTORY: Class of 1956
A CHRISTMAS PARTY
chestra. One member was also in Eastern District
chorus. The "Snow Ball", January, 1955, was 1
under the jurisdiction of the class of 1956. The
class officers were: president, Marvin Kulpg vice-
president, Earl Bond g secretary, Carl Tobias 5
treasurer, Fern Ernst, and chaplain, Gerald Heck-
Looking back over the years our class has much
to be proud of 3 we have had a veiy successful
and wonderful high school career. It is to be
hoped as the wood of our tree is cut up into
planks, they will serve the world to the best of
their ability as they have learned through their
formative years in high school.
of our school. We enjoyed a swimming party the following summer.
As we became sophomores, our advisor was Mr. Richard Spare.
The year was highlighted by the arrival of our stunning red and
black class jackets and a Christmas party. We again sponsored a
dance, '4Cupid,s Frolicn, February, 1954. The decorations featured
a dropped ceiling effect of white clouds and red sparkling hearts.
The class officers were: president, Marvin Kulp, vice-president,
David Sweigart, secretary, Carol Tobias g treasurer, Sandra Haag 3
and chaplain, Gerald Heckrnan. This year the class went on a
Held trip to the Franklin Institute, Betsy Ross house, and the
aquarium. Our class party was held at Glenn-Alsace, July, 1954.
We gained two new branches-Gary Kohl from Wilson and Evelyn
Larkin from Muhlenberg.
Mr. Sell guided us in choosing our beautiful class rings at the
beginning of our junior year. The Christmas party was enlivened
by the presence of the advisor and his wife. The trunk and branches
of our tree showed their merit in the presentation of the junior
class play, "Horne for Christmas". Our class was well represented
in school and county musical functions. There were representa-
tives in All-County band, All-County chorus and All-County or-
JUNIOR CLASS PLAY
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First Row: Carol Tobias, Earl Bond, David Sweigart, Fern Ernst, Gerald Miller. Second Row: Ruth Degler, Mar-
garet Miller. Evelyn Larkin, jane Stoudt, Winifred Pyle, Sandra Haag, Jeanette Schaeffer, Alice Messner, Marilyn
Balthaser, Mrs. Kline. Third Row: Gerald Heckman, Gary Kohl, Marvin Kulp, Frederick McQuate, James Gehris,
Royce Haag, Robert Kline, Glenn Beidler, Gene Correll. Mining from picture: Henry Bohn.
Under the direction of Mrs. Pearl B. Kline
the SENIOR CLASS has sponsored the magazine
campaign, merchandise club, a Christmas dance
and bake sales. There are twenty-four seniors in
the class. T
The seniors had outstanding projects. They
made earrings and pins in Christmas novelties.
Clockwise: Winifred Pyle, Robert Kline, Gary Kohl, Glenn Beidler,
Gerald Heckman, Jeanette Schaeffer.
In clockwise position we see YVinifred, Robert,
Gary, Glenn, Gerald, and Jeanette in the candid
photo, making beautiful Christmas decorations.
The Snowflake Whirl, the Christmas dance, had
a record number of alumni attending.
We are proud to say that the seniors are a very
active group, for they have members in all of
the clubs. Those in which they take part are:
Library, Audio-Visual, Typing, PENN-GUIN,
PENNANT, Sports Boosters, Sports Leaders,
Homemaking, F .F .A., Music, Chorus, Band, and
of course members representing the class in Stu-
dent Council. They also had an outstanding De-
bate, Class play, Boarding House Reach, Sample
Fair, Prom, May Day, and Graduation.
Because of the cooperation of this class we can
see why they should be represented by the Tulip
Tree, a handsome North American tree of the
Magnolia Family or Flowering Family with a
crowning glory of tulip-like flowers. This tree is
turned into high-quality paper for books, articles
so familiar in the life of the seniors.
Do wood Tree
These twenty-six ambitious JUNIORS, repre-
sented by the Flowering Dogwood that is used to
make shuttles because the wood is hard, smooth,
and shock-resistant and is especially valuable in
the textile industry, are engaged in Audio-Visual,
Art Club, Band, F.F.A., Homernaking Club, Senior
Chorus, Music Club, and Sports Leaders Club.
The class oficers-president, Brenda Kirkhoflf,
vice-president, Frederick Wilhelm, secretary, Faye
Tobias, treasurer, Dennis Sweigart, chaplain, Joan
Houck-are doing a very good service in guiding
the class progressively. They are engaged in many
activities, such as, bake sales, selling necklaces and
tie clasps. They presented their Junior Class Play,
'iMarry Them OIT", a three-act comedy with
Brenda Kirkhoff in the leading role.
The class is very well pleased with their class
rings. They are also very proud to be able to spon-
sor the Junior Prom.
The candid shot shows Brenda, Joanne, Brenda
Brehm, and Frederick preparing for a bake sale
Brenda Kirkhoff, Joanne Wfcngert. Brenda Brehm, Frederick
which was a great success.
The class with the assistance of Mr. Sell, their
advisor, is making any and every possible effort
to earn money for their senior year activities.
On these projects there seem to be a high degree
of cooperation and many signs of good leadership.
It looks as if the future will be bright for this
First Row: Dennis Sweigart, Frederick Wilhelm, Brenda Kirkhoff, Faye Tobias, Joan Houck. Second Row:
Phillips, Brenda Brehm, Cleo Hoffman, Shirley Bender, Sarah Fox, Patricia Doganes, Mary Jane Mountz,
Wengert, Nancy Lou Henne, Mr. Sell. Third Row: Mae Degler, Jerald Hartman, Robert Bender, LaVerne
Carl Oxenrider, Larry Luckenbill, Donald Spayd, Paul Martin, Forrest Lesher, Elmer Swartz, Barbara Blatt. Missing
from picture: Carl Lachman.
Firxt Row: Pauline Glosser, Kay Pfautz, Norman Burkey, Susan Goldstein, Sherwood Himelberger. Second Row:
Joyce Reber, Esther Kiebach, Barbara Burkhart, Sonja Hcnne, Yvonne MeQuatc, Nancy Luckenbill, Barbara Blatt,
Pauline Sonon, Arlene Lengel, Carol Phillips, Lorraine Kramer, Mr. Matthew. Third Row: Patricia Kerner, Lynda
Kulp, Joyce Delp, Elinor Earhart, Virginia Reed, Barbara Saul, Anna Mae Mountz. Fourth Row: Ronald Kirkhoff,
Warren Hartman, William Epler, Ted Shears, Evan LaFollette, Raymond Herring.
Ma nolia Tree
The thirty-one members of GRADE TEN, rep-
resented by the Magnolia Tree, a member of the
Flowering Family and one of the most beautiful
trees native to the eastern part of North America,
have elected: president, Norman Burkeyg vice-
president, Kay Pfautz, secretary, Susan Goldstein 5
treasurer, Pauline Glosserg chaplain, Sherwood
A traditional activity of this class is the choice
of their class colors-blue and gray.
Stars, blue and gray crepe paper, and balloons
in the cafeteria indicated "The Milky Way", a
dance conducted on Nov. 23, was in preparation.
Recordings furnished the music, and a special fea-
ture was a jitterbug contest won by Gary Kohl and
Virginia Reed. In the candid picture Lorraine, Su-
san, Kay, Joyce, Pauline, and Lynda were busily
organizing thoughts in preparation for the danc-
ing dolls and the crystal ball which were portions h
of the decorations.
A bake sale, held at Bubbenmoyer's and a Christ-
mas party were other activities in which the class
participated. An anticipated activity is a class trip
to Franklin Institute in Philadelphia.
Two musicians of the class participated in All-
Gounty musical groups and Eastern District Band.
Clockwise: Lorraine Kramer, Susan Goldstein, Kay Pfautz, oyce
Dclp, Pauline Glosser, Lynda Kulp. .
First Row: Barry Spcichcr, Nancy Speicher, Jane Wilhelm, Melinda White, Judith Bertram. Second Row: Audrey
Bohn, Mary Spease, Rebecca Moore, Betty Burkhart, Miriam Boltz, Arlene Kalbach, Janice Seip, Joy Tobias, Joanne
McQuate, Elaine Lengel, Mfr. Shenton. Third Row: Herman Degler, Lewis Sauer, Dennis Rentschler, Doris Correll,
Mary Lou Hoffcrt, Shelve Benzel, Patricia Kalbach, Dennis Reiner, Richard Bond. Fourth Row: Walter Epler, Ned
Gehris, J. Paul Balthaser, David Burkey, Larry Leonhard, Kent Stcinhaucr, Norman Frantz, Raymond Kantner, Curtis
Miller, Richard Mcngel, Warren Trautman.
The NINTH GRADE, or Silver-leaf Poplar,
a member of the VVillow Family, which possesses
a tenacious vitality and is a very common orna-
mental tree which can be distinguished by its
lobed leaves covered by a dense white persistent
wool on the lower surface, and by its twigs, cov-
White, Jane Wilhelm, as Nancy Speicher, Barry Speicher,
Judith Bertram look on.
ered with a white cottony felt which rubs OE
easily, has an enrollment of thirty-five pupils. Jane
Wilhelm, president, Melinda White, vice-presi-
dent, Nancy Speicher, secretary, Barry Speicher,
treasurer, and Judith Bertram, chaplain, are the
controlling board of the class. In the candid picture
Nancy, Melinda, Barry, Jane, and Judith are dis-
cussing the dance, ':King and Queen of Hearts",
they had on February 10. With the cooperation
of their teacher, Mr. Shenton, the class had a
part in the Christmas program which was held
at the St. Thomas Union Church. Other activities
of the group included a science project with ter-
rariums to make their science classes more inter-
esting and the construction of a bookcase to put
in Mr. Shentonis room.
The class is engaged in the following clubs:
F.F.A., Audio-Visual, Homemaking, Art, PENN-
GUIN, Sports Leaders, and Sports Boosters.
Marlene Rentschler, Barbara Ernst, Grace Degler
Kirkholf, Larry Kline.
The glossy, leathery, toothed leaves of the cot-
tonwood tree, largest of American poplars, have
the shape of a triangle and give off a pleasant fra-
grance of balsam when crushed. The seeds have
a cottonlike wing by means of which they are
spread that has given the popular name, cotton-
wood, to this tree. It represents the EIGHTH
GRADE which is composed of thirty-nine mem-
bers. This class is advised by Miss Riegel. Those
who lead the class are: president, Sally Care,
vice-president, Larry Kline 3 secretary, Eileen To-
bias, and treasurer, Irwin Zerbe.
Red Cross, Audubon, Music, Audio-Visual, and
Sports Boosters clubs are the organizations in
which members of this class participate. One of
the outstanding activities in which the grade has
engaged was the sale of donuts during 'idonut
They provided a fine program of inspiration
for Thanksgiving. This included a choral reading
and a play entitled, "It Sounds So Cheerful".
Characters in the play as seen in the candid' photo
were: Marlene, Barbara, Grace, Betty, Ardell,
Larry, Ruth, and Larry Kline. They also accom-
plished outstanding work in the Founders Day
Program given at P.T.A. The play, "Bake a Cherry
Pien, was given in honor of George Washingtonas
First Row: Barbara Ernst, Ardell Miller, Kenneth Mohn, Larry Kline, Sally Care, Eileen Tobias, Irwin Zerbe, Marlene
Rentschler, Betty Reiner. Second Row: Elaine Kriner, Pauline Blatt, Shirley Long, Dawn Sweigart, Ada Keeney, Joyce
Walley, Arlene Naftzinger, Kathryn Haag, Esther Stcffey, Miss Riegel. Third Row: Katie Spease, Shirley Schaeffer,
Blanche Ney, Nancy Naftzinger, Mary Ellen Hoffman, Donna Braithwaite, Ruth Kirkhoff, Barbara Stamm, Grace
Degler, Larry Wagner. Fourth Row: Douglas Adam, Robert Zcrbe, Richard Speicher, Paul Zerbe, Norman Kiebach,
Paul Gingrich, Larry Miller, Gerald Luckenbill, Barry Delp, Leslie Weidman, Leo LaFollettc.
Betty Reiner, Ardell Miller, Larry Wagner, Ruth
Lar e-Toothed Aspen
Linda Weiders presides. Joan Benzel, Glenn Haag,
James Kintzer, Janice Schlappich. Second Row:
Kathryn Burkhart, Nancy Bixler, Ann Klose.
The Large-Toothed Aspen includes SEVENTH
GRADE which is composed of fifty-six members.
This class, having been divided into two different
parts, is under the direction of Mr. William H.
Kaiser and M1'. Ralph Sleppy. The officers of
SEVEN A are as follows: president, Sandra
Kerner, vice-president, Ann Klose, secretary, Ma1'y
lA7olf, assistant secretary, James Kintzer, treasurer,
Joan Benzel, chaplain, Louise Henke. The officers
of SEVEN B are: president, Glenn Haag, vice-
Burkhart. Their representative to Student Council
is Linda lNeiders.
In this candid Linda is reading communications
concerning class activities to Joan, Glenn, James,
Janice, Kathryn, Nancy, Ann, and Dawn. Besides
having been members of many clubs, the groups
sold donuts, enjoyed holiday parties, and presented
We can readily see the seventh graders, repre-
sented by the Large Tooth Aspen which is a
medium tree of northeastern United States, will
undoubtedly become fine high school students.
president, Nancy Bixler, secretary, Dawn Keppley,
treasurer, Janice Schlappich, chaplain, Kathryn
First Row: Charles Blatt, Robert Geiger, Robert Lyon, James Bertram, James Kintzer, Roger Naftzinger. Second
Row: Kathryn Burkhart, Janice Schlappich, Dawn Keppley, Nancy Bixler, Sandra Kerner, Glenn Haag, Ann Klose,
Mary VVolf, Joan Benzel, Louise Henke. Third Row: Edith Mengel, Barbara Kalke, Janet Schlappich, Cynthia Mil-
ler, Sandra Adams, Irene Lempergel, Shirley Gingrich, Marlene Bashore, Anne Burkey, Joan Moyer, Victoria Shurr,
Barbara Mountz, Sarah Trautman. Fourth Row: Mr. Kaiser, Geraldine Benzel, Shirley Keeney, Barbara Spcase, Joan
Bixler, Patricia Endy, June Spease, Edith Moore, Linda Wciders, Marjory Bixler, Carol Hartman, Paul Burkey, Mr.
Sleppy. Fifth Row: Glenn Fox, Frederick Bender, Larry Endy, Barry Kraatz, Lee Kerner, Galen Luckenbill, Joseph
Lempergel, David Kissling, Warren Steffey, Daniel Wenrieh, Dennis Adam, Larry Smith, Clarence Kiebach.
First Row: Dale Henne, Paul Boyer, Harold Fisher, Leslie Kriner, Lester Zechman, Edward Fisher, Harold Kramer,
Samuel Hoffman, Larry Bashore. Second Row: Virginia Ward, Judith Luft, Anna Mae Rieser, Anna Marie Lucken-
bill, Gretchen Miller, Marie Hoffman, Judith Kline, Lulu Broadwater, Emma Wagner, Sandra Reiner. Third Row:
Eugene Bare, Carl Long, Richard Hoffman, Annabelle Miller, Jean Carpenter, Lillian Bare, Harry Schlappich, Dennis
Speicher, Jay Shears. Fourth Row: Mr. Savage, Ralph Hoffman, Vicki White, Margaret Oxenrider, Arthur Kissling,
Doris Kirkhoff, Ann Bender, Joseph Goldstein, Richard Wilhelm, Eugene Kissling, David LaFollette, Timothy Fesig,
Robert Burkey. Abrent from picture: Marion Long.
T rem blin
The SIXTH GRADE consists of forty-one
members with Richard Wilhelm, president, David
LaFollette, vice-president, Lulu Broadwater, sec-
retary, and Dennis Speicher, treasurer. These
pupils enjoy the extra activities of Variety Club
No. 3 and participate in Safety Patrol.
Projects undertaken by this group of pupils
include a Class Mural on Colonial times and the
construction of a model volcano. They hnished
the class mural by a correlation of art and social
studies. The candid picture, in the background,
an aqueduct of ancient Rome and Greece, shows
Edward, Carl, Gretchen, Doris, Harold, and Rich-
ard making parts of the mural.
The class has several members in the school
On January lst, their teacher, M1'. Carl H.
Savage, left 5 and Mrs. Irene T. Hassler assumed
The Trembling Aspen, representing the sixth
grade, is a pioneer of the forest community 5 for it
opens the way for other trees in the course of
forest succession. Nothing is more im-
pressive than to watch the changing
color of the bark. As soon as it becomes
wet, it changes from a yellowish-green
to a deep olive green. Magazine paper
is one of the fine products of this tree,
so important in school life.
Clockwise: Edward Fisher, Carl Long, Gretchen
Miller, Doris Kirkhoff, Harold Fisher, Richard
The FIFTH GRADE, represented by the Pussy
Willow, a shrub with small, gray, furry catkins
that appear very early in the spring, consists of
thirty-one members. They have, with the help of
their teacher, Mrs. Rotherrnel, completed several
projects. Among these they have painted trays and
put designs on them. They used their trays to give
as Christmas presents.
They have had a part in the Hallowe'en parade,
a Halloweien party, and a Christmas party. They
have also made a movie of the Civil War and
Epler, Dennis Zcrbe, Robert Smith.
had a Valentine Party.
In Social Studies they had a puppet show on
Western Expansion. Working on puppets in art
class, as seen in the candid picture, are: Nicholas,
Mrs. Kohl, art instructor, Tanya, Joyce, Dennis,
and Robert. The fifth grade also made a transpor-
They constructed a house, which they used to
illustrate safety. They also made posters on be-
havior and made a relief map of the United
First Row: Roger Stoudt, Dennis Zcrbe, Galen Bulles, Alfred Carpenter, Nicholas Duchan, Robert Smith, Melvin
Spease, Winston Simmons, Clayton Wagner, Melvin Adam. Second Row: Mrs. Rothermel, Ann Delp, Joyce Epler
Sandra Spohn, Sonja Kraatz, Janet Lyon, Bonnie Luckenbill, Helen Reber, Delores Weidman, Sandra Messner, Carol
Troutman. Third Row: Sandra Benzel, Byron Bixler, Diana Sauer, Wayne Steffey, Tanya Pyle, Evelyn Balthaser
Rhea Trautman, Beverly Phillips, Barry Kantner, Kenneth Reiner. Missing from picture: Robert Hoffman
Nicholas Duchan, Mrs. Kohl, Tanya Pyle, oyce
Firxt Row: Gene Zerbe, Dennis Luckenbill, Rodney Swartz, Terry Lee Fehnel, Paul Gould, Lee Bare. Second Row:
Sharon Messner, Diana Kissling, Sandra Luckenbill, Earlene Kauffman, Phyllis Kalbach, Joan Zechman, Elaine
Speicher, Barbara Schaeffer. Third Row: Jeffry Gernsheimer, Joseph Stamm, Barbara Rhoads, John Petrinko, Donald
Keener, Garry Strausser, Pamela Bender, Jacob Gernsheimer. Fourth Row: Mrs. Noll, Jane Heffelfinger, John Markle,
Judy Tobias, Karl Koenig, Sylvia Kraatz, Barbara Ernst, David Adam, Kenneth Leonhard. Missing from picture: Jac-
Advised by Mrs. Noll, the FOURTH GRADE,
the Weeping Willow, a Chinese variety whose
graceful branches droop in cascades nearly touch-
ing the ground that is generally found along stream
banks, consists of thirty-one members. Busy as
beavers, they played a part in the Hallowe'en
Parade and afterwards had a party. For Thanks-
giving they made Pilgrim faces. Their largest proj-
ect was decorating Hower pots with Christmas
decorations. Part of the P.T.A. program enter-
tainment came from this class. A Valentine box,
St. Patrick's Day decorations, and an egg tree for
Easter are their future plans.
They have completed a science unit on aquarium
and terrarium life. Studying Colonial life and dress
is a worthy use of classroom time. A trip to the
Berks Historical Society was included in a study
of Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania German designs and
a wall manual showing industries of Pennsylvania
are some of their projects completed in
their art work.
' On March 8 they plan to take a trip
through Maierls Bakery.
In the candid picture John, Sylvia,
Gene, and Johnnie are working on the
leaf-charts which were included in a
part of their nature study.
John Markle, Sylvia Kraatz, Gene Zerbe, John
Nlancy Endy, Linda Luckenbill, Paul Himmelber-
ger, Kurt Kreitler, Harold Krill, Sally Faust.
First Row: Michael Witman, David Neuin, Gary Sickles, David Fisher, Curtis Stiely, Larry Rentschler, Leroy Schaef-
fer, John Fesig, Kurt Kreitler. Second Row: Athian Houck, Sandra Lutz, Denice Kalbach, Jane Gassert, joan Trout-
man, Jane Sonon, Marlene Bender, Mary Long, Linda Luckenbill. Third Row: Harold Krill, Marcia Kintzer, June
Bixler, Scott Walters, George Rose, Robert I-Iaydt, Sandra Benjamin, Eva Harvan, Linda Schlappich. Fourth Row:
Mrs. Brunner,iCraig Sheetz, Larainc Zerbe, Polly Kline, Gladys Hoffman, Nancy Endy, Clark Bashore, Dorothy Shirey,
Sally Faust, Edwin Meredith, Paul Himrnelberger.
I White Uzllow
The lhlhite VVillow symbolizes GRADE THREE.
Whenever the slightest breeze blows, the land-
scape is fairly illuminated, for the silvery-white
lower surface of the leaf stands in such a strong
contrast with the dark-green upper surface. The
chief value of the tree lies in its ability to bind
soil along streams and as a beautifier of marshy
meadows and pasture lands. This class, so repre-
sented, is composed of thirty-six members and is
directed by Mrs. Kathryn Brunner.
The class has done work in the Red
Cross and presented a fine Christmas
They learned to play symphonettes
under the direction of Mrs. Reif-
snyder. Some of the outstanding proj-
jects in which the class participated
were: they made tom-toms, clay pot-
tery, a related mural, and took an
active part in singing.
They had the bulletin board covered with In-
dian pictures and brought Indian articles to
school, such as, totem poles, dolls, belts, and other
Indian articles. They even sang Indian songs. In
the candid picture proudly displaying some of the
articles which were made are: Nancy, Linda, Paul,
Kurt, Harold, and Sally. Notice the covered wag-
ons on the mural.
Mary Balthaser, Thelma Speicher, George Rep-
pert, George Tobias, Suzanne Bender.
SECOND GRADE has forty-five pupils. They
have packed Red Cross boxes. At Hallowe'en they
had a part in the parade and afterwards enjoyed
a party. For Thanksgiving Mary, Thelma, George,
George Tobias, and Suzanne made Pilgrims, which
you see in the candid picture. For Christmas the
pupils made clay Christmas trees and painted
them. They have made their own rhythm band
instruments this year, having used paper plates,
bottle caps, salt boxes, and oatmeal boxes. Their
future plans are to make a Valentine box and
have a Valentine party.
This class, represented by the Shining Willow
that deserve a place of honor on the home grounds
because it has green leaves so glossy they gleam in
the sun-like silver and that is transplanted with
ease, has an aim to love reading. Many new books
helped to promote this interest. By means of these
books the pupils hope to get a better understand-
ing of our community life.
In art class the second grade made a frieze
which included churches, banks, houses, factories,
schools, etc., to show the duties of the various pub-
lic servants, such as, the postman, the milkman,
and the fireman.
Future plans include a trip to a dairy and a
chicken hatchery in the spring.
Firsl Row: David Stricker, James Barnett, Jeffrey Leininger, Herbert Benzel, Robert Turner, David Schaeffer, Larry
Messner, John Benjamin, William Krill. Second Row: Linda Bender, Suzanne Bender, Patricia Drumheller, Lana Kiss-
ling, Janet Kline, Mary Balthaser, Anita Steigerwald, Diana Symanowicz, Kathleen Rentschler, Ruth Wagner, Linda
Wenrich, Susan Luckenbill. Third Row: Susan Witman, Mildred Steffey, James Heckman, Harry Balthaser, Thelma
Spcicher, Karl Kline, Karen Rutter, George Tobias, Susan Mengel, Alvin Ramich, Fay Spohn, Mrs. Mildred Holtz-
man. Fourth Row: William Spease, Terry Delp, Gerald Kriner, Richard Blatt, Donald DeLong, George Reppert, Jay
Miller, Randall Bertolette, Steven Roth, Karol Symanowicz, Robert Phillips, Edmund Wolf, Larry Lebo.
First Row: Irvin Bare, Michele Bertolette. Second
Row: Christopher Kreitler, Barry Balthaser, Judy
Hoffman, Bonita Henne, Karen Rentschler, Jac-
queline Zerbe. Mrs. Reifsnyder at the piano.
The Black Willow, a medium-sized to large tree social contacts with each other.
that is a picturesque ornament above the lazy
waters, a useful dam builder, the wood of which
is useful for wickerwork furniture because of its
Other activities included: participation in the
P.T.A. Christmas program and a trip to Roadside
America. VVhen the science shelf required redeco-
rating, the materials were brought in by pupils
from nearby locations and from trips taken during
flexibility, has been selected for the thirty-seven
members of FIRST GRADE. They have, with the
help of their teacher, Mrs. Emily M. Holtzman,
studied about farm life and about supplies of the
The recreational activities of this class have
been interesting. Their objectives are to make an
adjustment to school life by making the children
responsible for games, stories, and to improve their
As part of their musical education the first
grade has a rhythm band. In the candid picture
Irwin, Michele, Christopher, Barry, Judy, Bonita,
Karen, and Jacqueline are being led in the band
by Mrs. Reifsnyder, who is at the piano.
First Row: Ira Bashore, Christopher Kreitler, James Sickles, Darlene Steffy, Bonita Hennc, Nancy Stoudt, Clark
Beck, Charles Turner, Gloria Shirey, Janice Kriner, Jacqueline Zerbe. Second Row: Jane Smith, Diane Sickles, Jud-
ith Stamm, Karen Rentschler, Ellen Carpenter, Barbara Hartz, Barry Balthaser, Scott Ruth, Christine Shears, Har-
vene Schlappich, Robert Reppert. Third Row: Joanne Neuin, Michele Bertolette, Irvin Bare, Terry Benzel, Carol Gam-
bler, Cecelia Duchan, Barbara Schaeffer, Lynn Himmelberger, Erich Troutman, Rene Spears, William Kriner, Mrs.
Emily Holtzman. Missing from picture: Warren Luckenbill, Lowell Luft, Olin Dean Marberger, Jud-y Hoffman, Pa-
THE PLANTING OF THE
'What plant we in this apple tree?
Fruits that shall swell'in sunny June,
And redden in the August noon,
And drop, when the gentle airs come by,
That fan the blue September sky,
'While children come, with cries of glee,
And seek them where the fragrant grass
Betrays their bed to those who pass,
At the foot of the apple tree.
Q I' 'I' Q
Each year shall give this apple tree
A broader flush of roseate bloom,
A deeper maze of verdurous gloom,
And loosen, when the frost-clouds lower,
The crisp, brown leaves in thicker shower.
The years shall come and pass, but we
Shall hear no longer, where we lie,
The summcr's songs, the autumn's sigh,
In the boughs of the apple tree."
-WILUAM CULLEN BRYANT
NATUREKS' SECRETS. p. l4ll.
Seated: Marvin Kulp, Norman Burkey, Susan Goldstein, David Sweigart, president, Brenda Kirkhoff, vice-president,
Frederick Wilhelm, chaplain, Joan Houck, secretary, Earl Bond, treasurer. Standing: Barry Speicher, Linda Wieders,
Jane Wilhelm, Sally Care, Audrey Bohn, Kay Pfautz, Mr. Sell, advisor.
The Student Council, which is the governing The fourteen members have three representa-
bedl' Of the School aetwities: Promotes better Un' tives from grades 9, 10, ll, and 12 respectively, in
derstanding between the faculty and the students,
it gives the students an opportunity to express
themselves in respect to order, good work, respon-
sibilities, and privileges in school functions. This
addition to one representative from grades 7 and
VVe have chosen THE ROSE FAMILY for this
body has engaged in such activities as: selling Section because the PLUM, CHERRY, PEACH:
fountain pens to the student body, taking pictures, APPLE, PEAR TREES: Prized for Their Fruit-
and sponsoring a dance. symbolize this phase of pupils' development.
Examining fountain pens for sale to the student body are,seated: Marvin Kulp, Norman Burkey, Susan Goldstein, David Swei-
Earl Bond, Norman Burkey, Kay Pfautz, Susan Goldstein. gart, and Joan Houck admire photographs presented by the
Standing: David Sweigart, Frederick Wilhelm. photographer who is interested in taking individual portraits
of the student body. This was done on February 20, 1956.
Brenda Brehm, Joy Tobias, Sonja Henne, Joanne Wengert,
Melinda White, Judith Bertram.
To create an appreciation for
beauty around the school is the pur-
pose of the Art Club. The six mem-
bers from grades 9, 10, and 11 en-
joyed making an angel for the Christ-
mas season. They were proud to see
their angel in front of the flag pole
during the holiday season.
Mr. Kaiser, advisor, Sarah Trautman, looking at chart. Seated:
Edith Moore, Marjory Bixler, Robert Lyon, Glenn Fox.
The purpose of the Audubon
Club, which has sixteen members,
is to create an interest in birds and
The officers of the club are: Edith
Moore, president, Glenn Fox, vice-
president, Marjory Bixler, secre-
tary, Robert Lyon, assistant secre-
tary, Sarah Trautman, treasurer.
Audio- Wlsual Club
The fifteen members of the Audio-
Visual club are taught how to oper-
ate the audio-visual equipment and
provide operators for the equip-
ment during class and extra-cur-
ricular performances. Teachers and
community leaders appreciate their
Clockwise: Ned Gehris, chaplain, Carl Lachman, Forrest Lesher, secretary, J. Paul Balthaser, Paul Martin, James
Gehris, trearurer, Frederick Wilhelm, president, Earl Bond, vice-president, Ted Shears, Dennis Reiner, Norman Frantz,
Robert Zerbe, Richard Bond, Larry Kline, Mr. Sell, advisor.
First Row: Raymond Herring, Jerald Hartman, reporterg Evan LaFollette, vice-president, LaVerne Koenig, president,
Larry Luckenbill. treasurer, Kent Steinhauer, secretaryg lNalter Eplcr, sentinelg Herman Degler. Second Row: Barry
Speicher, Warren Hartman, Donald Spayd, William Epler, Carl Oxenrider, Robert Kline, Glenn Beidler, Gerald Heck-
man, Mr. Sleppy, advisor. Third Row: Lewis Sauer, Robert Bender, Gene Correll. Royce Haag, Gary Kohl, Raymond
Kantner. Ronald Kirkholl.
F F A Club
The primary purpose of the Fu-
ture Farmers of America is to de-
velop agricultural leadership, coop-
eration, and citizenship. The twenty-
three members from grades 9, 10, ll,
and 12 have the motto, 'learning to
do, Doing to earn, Earning to live,
and Living to serven.
Audrey Bohng Mrs. Ritter, advisory Nancy Speicher, vice-
presideritg Jeanette Schaeffer, secretary, Winifred Pyle, presi-
deritg Elinor Earhart: Lynda Kulp, treasurer. Missing from pic-
ture: Mary Spcase.
Club consists of
seven members from grades nine
through twelve. The club period
provides time for the girls to work
on projects, such as, sewing, knit-
ting, and cooking. This club is very
prohtable for future homemakers.
The thirteen very capable mem-
bers of the Library Club take care
of the library and also take charge
of the circulation of books.
To date forty-two books have been
added to the library this term. Club
members have engaged in book cata-
loging and book mending.
First Row: Kay Pfautzg Ruth Degler, secretary, Sandra Haag,
presidentg Jane Stoudt, treasurer, Margaret Miller. Second
Row: Frederick MeQuate, Mrs. Kline, advisor, Susan Gold-
stein, James Gehrisg Gerald Miller, Carol Tobias. Missing from
picture: Henry Bohn, Barbara Saul, Patricia Kerner.
Majorettes: Joan Houck, Eugene Miller, mascot, Nancy Luckenbill, Patricia Kerner, Cleo Hoffman, Joanne Wengert.
Firrt Row: Carol Tobias, Marilyn Balthaser, Barbara Ernst, Pauline Glosser, Brenda Kirkhoff. Second Row: Kay
Pfautz, Faye Tobias, Winifred Pyle, Margaret Miller, Sandra Haag, Susan Goldstein, Annamae Rieser, Judith Luft,
Linda Weidcrs, Mae Degler, Nancy Speicher, Melinda White, Larry Endy, Nancy Lou Henne. Third Row: Fern
Ernst, Jane Wilhelm, James Gehris, Eileen Tobias, Arlene Lengel, Kathryn Haag, Joanne McQuate, Judith Bertram,
Judith Kline, Marvin Kulp, Jane Stoudt, Norman Burkey, Sherwood Himelberger, Larry Kline, Warren Trautman,
Jr., Kenneth Mohn. Walter Epler, David Sweigart, Jeanette Schaeffer, Elmer Swartz, Frederick Wilhelm. Fourth
Row: Joyce Delp, Evelyn Larkin, Donald Spayd, Robert Bender, Dennis Sweigart, Gary Kohl, Elinor Earhart, Donna
Braithwaite. Barry Kraatz. David Burkey. Frederick McQuate.
The fifty-Hve members of the BAND, under the
direction of Mr. Berger, participated in many
school assembly programs. In addition, the Band,
in conjunction with the Senior and Junior chor-
uses, presented on Dec. 22 the annual Candlelight
Service in St. Thomas Union Church. A picture
of this Service appears on the next page. The
group will soon start rehearsal for the annual
An organization that gives support to and stimu-
Band, March 17, Orchestra, December 17.
eated: Marvin Kulp, Carol Tobias, Kay Pfautz, David Swei-
gart. Standing: Fern Ernst, Brenda Kirkhoff, Winifred Pyle,
rederick McQuate, Norman Burkey, Faye Tobias, Margaret
lates the initiative of the Band is the Band Boosters
who meet the second Monday of each month. They
sponsored the show by the magician and hypno-
tist, lVIr. Ronald McCaughey.
Ofhcers of the Band are: David Sweigart, presi-
dent, Brenda Kirkhoff, vice-president, Kay Pfautz,
secretary, Fern Ernst, treasurer, Marilyn Balthas-
er, James Gehris, Frederick McQuate, Frederick
Coopcrsburg, Penna., Jan. 13 and 14: Marvin Kulp, Brenda
Kirkhoff, Kay Pfautz, David Sweigart. Frackville, Penna Feb
4, State Band: Brenda Kirkhoff and David Sweigart.
First Row: Arlene Lengel, Sonja Henne, Elmer Swartz, Frederick Wilhelm, Marvin Kulp, David Sweigart, Brenda
Kirkhoff, Marilyn Balthaser, Joan Houck, Barbara Burkhart. Second Row: Ruth Degler, Lynda Kulp, Joyce Delp,
Yvonne McQuate, Pauline Glosser, Susan Goldstein, Faye Tobias, Winifred Pyle, Jane Stoudt, Carol Tobias, Kay
Pfautz, Mr. Berger, director. Third Row: Mac Degler, Evelyn Larkin, Fern Ernst, Joyce Reber, Sandra Haag, Margaret
Miller, Cleo Hoffman, Jeanette Schaeffer, Alice Messner, Nancy Henne, Anna Mae Mountz. Fourth Row: Sherwood
Himelberger, Forrest Lesher, Earl Bond, Donald Spayd, Dennis Sweigart, Frederick McQuate. James Gehris, Norman
Burkey, Glenn Bc-idler, Paul Martin, Gerald Miller, Jerald Hartman. Missing from picture: Henry Bohn.
The forty-five members from grades 10, 11, and
12 were organized into the Senior Chorus to pro-
vide experience for group singing. They are under
the direction of Mr. Berger. The organization
meets every Monday the first period.
The group participated in the Christmas Candle-
light Service, pictured below, and plans to sing at
The oflicers are: David Sweigart, president 3
First Row: Fern Ernst, Marilyn Balthaser, Earl Bond, David
Swcigart. Second Row: Marvin Kulp, Carol Tobias, James
Gehris, Faye Tobias, Frederick McQuatc, Brenda Kirkhoff.
Marvin Kulp, vice-president, Brenda Kirkhoff,
secretary, Frederick Wilhelm, treasurer, Marilyn
Balthaser, Joan Houck and Elmer Schwartz, li-
Penn-Bernville was represented in: District
Chorus by Marvin Kulpg County Chorus repre-
sentatives who appear in the candid photo below
participated in the County Chorus concert on De-
cember 3, 1955, in Exeter High School.
This Service, an annual affair, was presented in St. Thomas
Union Church on December 22, 1955. All music organizations
of the school participated under Mr. Berger's direction.
Firxt Row: Sandra Kcrner, Betty Reiner, Louise Henke, Janice Schlappich, Mary Wolf, Melinda White, Barbara
Stamm, Nancy Bixler, Patricia Endy, Geraldine Benzel. Second Row: Grace Dcgler, Joan Bixler, Barbara Mountz, Ann
Klose, Cynthia Miller, Kathryn Burkhart, Shelve Benzel, Sarah Trautman, Marlene Rentschler, Barbara Kalkc, Joan
Benzel. Third Row: Mr. Berger, Eileen Tobias, Shirley Gingrich, Kathryn Haag, Ada Keeney, Janice Seip, Dawn
Sweigart, Betty Burkhart, Miriam Boltz, Elaine Lengel, Nancy Speicher. Fourth Row: Carol Hartman, Janet Schlap-
pich, Ruth Kirkhoff, Marlene Bashore, Jane Wilhelm, Donna Braithwaite, Audrey Bohn, Mary Ellen Hoffman, Esther
Steffey, Barbara Ernst, Linda Weiders. Absent from picture: Blanch Ney.
The girls from grades seven, eight, and nine are
improving and preparing themselves to enter the
Senior Chorus. During the year the thirty-five
members, under the direction of Mr. Berger, have
participated in a Christmas program. They sang:
"The Christmas Hymn", "The Christmas Night-
ingale", and 4'Christmas Is Corning". Their ac-
companist is Jane Wilhelm.
The candid below shows a few of the girls of
this group practicing one of their choral selections
with their accompanist.
Seated: Jane Wilhelm at piano. Standing: Nancy Speicher,
Nancy Bixler, Ruth Kirkhoff, Barbara Ernst, Eileen Tobias,
The rnainpurpose of MUSIC CLUB is to fill
in the musical portions of assemblies when they
are needed. The thirteen members are led by the
following officers: president, Marvin Kulpg vice-
president, Brenda Kirkhoffg secretary, Joan
Houck 3 treasurer, Dennis Sweigartg program
chairlady, Jane Wilhelm. Their main project is
to sponsor a dance, Moonlight Serenade. The pro-
ceeds will be used to attend a concert by the Phila-
delphia Symphonic Orchestra.
Seated: Barbara Stamm, Ada Keeney, Barbara Ernst, Eileen
Tobias, Elmer Swartz, joan Houck, Dennis Sweigart, David
Kissling, Brenda Kirkhoff, jane Wilhelm, Joyce Reber, Barbara
Burkhart. Standing: Marvin Kulp.
First Row: Evelyn Larkin, Earl Bond, Winifred Pyle, David Sweigart, Robert Kline, James Gehris. Second Row: Ger-
ald Miller, Ruth Degler, Carol Tobias, Marilyn Balthaser, Fern Ernst, Sandra Haag, Alice Messnerg Mrs. Kline,
advisor. Third Row: Gary Kohl, Marvin Kulp, Margaret Miller, Jane Stoudt, Jeanette Schaeffer, Gerald Heckman.
Fourth Row: Frederick McQuate, Royce Haag, Glenn Beidler, Gene Correll. Missing from picture: Henry Bohn.
Under the supervision of Mrs. Kline, the twen-
ty-four members of the senior class met Novem-
ber, 1955, through February, 1956, to publish the
annual school yearbook, the PENNANT. There
is a lot of work put into the PENNANT, as all the
seniors now realize. First the pictures were taken
by our photographer, Mr. Leon Himmelberger.
Captions were made by the individual commit-
tees. After copy was written, the engraver, Mrs.
Kathryn Gehret, gave us the dimensions of the
pictures. The pictures were scaled. After copy
was typed, it was edited to Ht in the space allowed
for the copy.
The PENNANT staff and committees include: Editor,
David Sweigartg Art Editors, Earl Bond and Marvin
Kulpg Photo Editors, James Gehris and Henry Bohn, Fea-
ture Editor, Winifred Pyle, Business Manager, Henry
Bohn, Ass't. Business Manager, Robert Kline. sEN1oRs:
Fern Ernst, Robert Kline, Royce Haag, Jane Stoudt,
Ruth Deglerg CLASSES! Sandra Haag, Gerald Miller,
Fred McQuate, Margaret Miller, Alice Messnerg Ac'rIv1-
TIES: Carol Tobias, Evelyn Larkin, Gene Gorrell, Gerald
Heckmang CURRICULA: Marilyn Balthaser, Gary Kohl,
Glenn Beidler, Jeanette Schaeffer, sPoRTs AND CALENDAR:
James Gehris, Henry Bohn.
Money was acquired for the PENNANT by our
very successful magazine campaign, merchandise
club, and by our patrons. Included, of
course, is the sale of the PENNANT itself.
First Row: David Sweigart, Winifred Pyle, Robert
Kline. Second Row: Earl Bond, James Gehris, Mar
Seated: Alice Messner, Henry Bohn, Kay Pfautz, Gerald Miller. Standing: Mr. Shenton, advisorg Doris Correll,
Susan Goldstein, Rebecca Moore.
Every first and third Tuesday of each month,
the nine members of this club meet to collect news,
hand out assignments, and to see that everything
is prepared for the edition of the school news-
paper, the Penn-Guin. Each member has his own
private job to do before everything can be put
together for the final monthly edition. The mem-
bers and their positions are as follows: Henry
Bohn, editor , Kay Pfautz, assistant editor, Gerald
Miller, sports editor 5 Susan Goldstein, humor edi-
tor, Alice Messner, business manager, and Re-
becca Moore, Mary Lou Hoffert, Doris Correll,
and Arlene Kalbach-reporters. All of these
people, with the advice of Mr. Shenton,
keep everyone aware and up-to-date on
all the happenings that take place at
our school. The Art Club and Joy
Tobias draw the interesting covers for
The Goal of the club is to have their
paper printed instead of mimeographed.
Seated: Susan Goldstein, Doris Correll, Mary Lou
Hoffert, Arlene Kalbach, Rebecca Moore, Alice
Messner. Standing: Gerald Miller, Kay Pfautz,
Mr. Shenton, advisor. Missing from picture: Henry
The candid above shows Alice Messner typing
copy for the Penn-Guin while other club members
are on hand to check the copy after it is finished.
Immediate objectives of the Penn-Guin Club,
composed of pupils from grades nine through
twelve, are to publish a printed paper as the last
issue of this term and to finance the purchase of
a mimeograph machine to be used to print the
paper in future years. As this paper is exchanged
with other schools, new ideas may result in our
newspaper being a member of and being evalu-
ated by the Columbia Scholastic Press Associa-
tion, as our annual is now.
Clockwise, First Row: Shirley Schaeffer, Barbara Stamm, Pauline Blatt, Shirley Long, Arlene Naftzinger, Miss Riegel,
advisorg Barbara Ernst, Donna Braithwaite, Katie Spease, Betty Reiner, Grace Degler, Ardell Miller, Marlene Rentsch-
ler. Second Row: Blanche Ney, Joyce lNalley, Kathryn Haag, Sally Care, Nancy Naftzinger, Ada Keeney, Ruth Kirk-
hoff, Eileen Tobias, Mary Ellen Hoffman, Esther Steffey, Dawn Swcigart, Elaine Kriner.
Red Cross Club
The fifty-six girls from grades seven and eight
correlate art, English, and originality to make
favors as well as birthday cards from glazed paper
and wall paper on which are to be written original
Sports Boosters Club
This club has a high interest in sports activities
and has organized intramural sports leagues of
softball, volleyball, ping-pong, and several track
Kneeling: Douglas Adam, Dennis Rentschler, Leo LaFollette, Kenneth Mohn, Paul Burkey, Charles Blatt, Lee Kerner.
Standing First Row: Sherwood Himelberger, secretaryg Norman Burkey, treasurerg Barry Dclp, Paul Speichcr, Larry
Miller, Galen Luckenbill, Daniel Wenrich, Richard Mengel, David Sweigart, presidentg Mr. Matthew, advisor. Sec-
ond Row: David Burkey, Larry Leonhard, Paul Gingrich, Paul Zerbe, James Bertram.
Kneeling, First Row: Mae Degler, Patricia Kalbach, Shelvc Benzcl, Anna 'Mae Mountz, Barbara Saul, Carol Phillips.
Standing, First Row: Evelyn Larkin, president, Yvonne McQuate, Joyce Delp, Miriam Boltz, Betty Burkhart, Pauline
Glosser, Patricia Doganes, Pauline Sonon, Joanne McQuate, Cleo Hoffman, Mrs. Epler, aduixorg Lorraine Kramer.
Second Row: Elaine Lengel, Nancy Luckcnbill, Shirley Bender, vice-presidentg Janice Seip, Sarah Fox, Barbara
Blatt, Arlene Lcngel, Esther Kiebach, Virginia Reed. Missing from picture: Sandra Moyer, secretary-treasurer.
SportsLeaders Club Typing Club
The twenty-seven members of the Sports Lead- These nine typists make themselves very useful
ers Club learn how to become leaders and pro- by typing materials for other school organizations 5
moters of good sportsmanship for both intra- such as, school programs, announcements, and pub-
mural and inter-class activities. lications.
First Row: Frederick McQuate, treasurer, Faye Tobias. Second Row: Carol Tobias, presidentg Nancy Phillips, Mary
Jane Mountz. Third Row: Barbara Blatt, Nancy Lou Henne, Marilyn Balthaser, vice-president, Fern Ernst, secretary.
Plant an oak or ash on useless spots of ground,
A birch or willow at the murmuring brookg
Some flowering shrub upon the grassy mound
Or useful tree in any vacant nook.
The graceful maple and the fragrant pine
On school-house grounds where children love to play
Some hardy trees along the highway's line
To shade the traveler on his tiresome way."
NATUREKS' SECRETS. p. 755.
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Seated: Sherwood Himclberger, Jerald Hartman, Kneeling: Robert Bender, Barry Himelberger, Gerald Heckman,
David Sweigart, Forrest Lesher. Third Row: Mr. Sell, Donald Spayd, LaVerne Koenig, Leon Zimmerman, Charles
Seifrit, Mr. Matthew. Fourth Row: Robert Kline, Richard Reber, Warren Ebersole, Leo Houck, Larry Luckenbill,
The WHITE ASH' Baseball Bats
'4Swish, bang, and it,s a hit for Penn-Bernville
High School!" This was one of our greatest years
in baseball for Penn-Bernville High School since
Yes, the Western Division Championship was
won by the fighting Wildcats, thus putting our
Robert Kline pitching a ball
or in his wind-up.
school into the County-Playoffs. The seasonal rec-
ord for league competition was seven victories to
The Wildcats opened the season on April 11,
1955, against Bethel on the home diamond. This
,was a very close game. The outcome was a victory
Mr. Matthew, coach, with a
basketball and a referee
Trophies: '39, '42, '55
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for the visitors by a score of 5 to 4.
The next seven games were won in succession with the very last league game
the most exciting. Robert Kline, a stocky junior, threw a one-hitter against the
VVernersville Redskins. The score was 14 to 0 in favor of the hungry WILDCATS.
The first game of the County-Playoffs was played at Birdsboro. That game
featured the strong arm of Barry Himelberger, who, up to the last half of the
seventh inning, was on his way to winning his first County-Playoff game, however,
the Birds of Birdsboro came back to score two runs in the last half of the last inning
and beat the Wildcats by a score of 4- to 3.
The second game was played on the Penn-Bernville diamond and presented
a challenge to the Wildcats, for they had to win this game to stay in the playoffs.
The game was even in hits, but the erratic fielding of the Wildcats proved to be
the faltering factor. The final score was 8 to 5 in favor of Birdsboro, thus eliminating
the VVildcats from the playoffs.
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Burkey, Forrest Lesher, Gerald Heckman, Robert Kline, Larry Luckenbill, Warren
Ebersole, Jerald Hartman, Sherwood Himelberger.
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There is a time when almost everything goes the way you want it to, and
there are times that no matter what you do everything seems to go wrong no matter
how hard you try. This statement sums up our 1955 SOCCER season which ended
with a record of one win, four defeats, and one tie game.
Many things hampered Coach Matthew and the soccer team in a year that
could have been more successful had some things remained the same. These things
were the results of school jointures and team injuries. The latter accounted for the
uncertainty of starting line-ups, which saw new faces in almost every game. Although
there were seven seniors on the team, only three of them had had previous experi-
ence. It was around these three that a team was built.
The boys played well on defense, but the inexperience showed up in the offense
First Row: LaVerne Koenig, Curtis Miller, Raymond Herring, Richard Mengel, Sherwood Himelberger, Carl Lach-
man. Second Row: Earl Bond, Gerald Miller, Gerald Heckman, Robert Bender, Gene Correll. Standing: Mr. Matthew,
coachg Gary Kohl, David Sweigart, Larry Luckenbill, Kent Steinhauer, Norman Burkey, Robert Kline, Donald Spayd,
Kneeling: Gary Kohl, LaVerne Koenig. Seated:
Kent Steinhauer, Curtis Miller, Sherwood Himel-
berger, Richard Mengel, Donald Spayd, Raymond
Herring, Carl Lachman, Mr. Matthew, with ball,
Gene Correll, kneeling on right.
as the Green and White scored only two goals all season, while the opponents over-
powered us with twelve goals.
The first game we played on the home field against Schuylkill Valley. The
game saw only one goal scored which was by our own Gene Correll on a corner
kick. Well, the Penn-Bernville Wildcats squeaked by Schuylkill Valley 1 to 0 and
were off to a good start, everyone thought.
The second game saw this hope fade as Conrad Weiser, one of the jointure
schools, played the Wildcats on the home soil. This game started out to be quite
a game, but in the second half the extra manpower of the Scouts started to show
in the game as the visitors started splitting the goal to defeat the host Wildcats 4 to O.
The next game against our arch-rivals, Bethel, ended in a scoreless tie.
The Schuylkill Valley game was won by the Schuylkill Valley team by a score
of 2 to 0. The game against Conrad Weiser followed the pattern of the first game
with the Scouts leading 1 to 0 at halftime. In the second half the mighty wall fell
on the Wildcats, as the Scouts scored four goals. The final result was a 5 to O victory
for Conrad VVeiser.
The final game of the season was played on the home soil against Bethel, and
saw them score two quick goals in the second period as they later added two more.
The final score was 4 to 1 in favor of Bethel.
Marvin Kulp, a senior, having played four years, was picked to play right-
halfback on the County All-Star Team. He was feted at a banquet and was given
a medal for his outstanding performance in his four years of this sport.
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kicking the ball.
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Doganes, Nancy Lou Henne, Sarah Fox, Faye Tobias, serving
the ball, Mrs. Epler, eoaeh and referee. Far side of net: Mae
Dcgler, Cleo Hoffman, Winifred Pyle, Brenda Kirkhoif, Joanne
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The Girls' Sports program, which consists of intramural games, fills a very
important part in the physical and mental development of the student.
In the pictures shown on these pages, you can see the girls engaged in the
various sports offered for them at Penn-Bernville.
The student body for the first time this year witnessed two very exciting field
hockey games. In the first game, the eighth grade girls were pitted against the ninth
grade girls. Here spectators witnessed some outstanding plays made by the girls of
both sides. Ninth grade emerged victorious to the tune of 3 to 0. The goals were
scored by Patricia Kalbach, Joanne McQuate, and Janice Seip.
The sophomore girls were opposed by the juniors and seniors in a Held hockey
game that held the spectators interested from the first whistle till the end. Both
i sides played very hard, but the defenses were too strong, and the game ended in-
Marilyn Balthaser Joan Houck
Winifred Pyle Sandra Haag Fern Ernst Joyce Delp
Some of the other games that the girls participate in are: soccer, volleyball,
and a modihed game of basketball. All are taught and played in gym classes. As
spring comes along, we expect to go Hall-out" for volleyball and softball. A lunch-
time program will be set up for all those interested in this sport to create greater
enthusiasm for the game. Furthermore, there are plans to visit an archery course
and have the girls try their hand at the bow and arrow.
We hope, too, to include some track and Held events in our gym classes. Looking
ahead perhaps we can look forward to participating in sports in this area on a
Mrs. Epler, the girls' physical education teacher, hopes to develop enough
interest in the various girls' sports so that in the future the pupils will be able to
participate in inter-scholastic athletics the same as the boys do now.
For the first time in the history of the school, the girls' gym classes, through the
efforts of Mrs. Epler, were outfitted with beautiful blue gym suits. We trust the keen
interest and the great enthusiasm of the girls will cause this new phase of student
life at Penn-Bernville to thrive and to develop into a sports program both in the
high school and in the community equal to that fostered and nurtured in the boys,
athletics. The goal of the group is to make possible "a girl for every sport, and a
sport for every girl".
BASKETBALL FIELD HOCKEY
Shirley Bender, Patricia Doganes attempting to block shots of Winifred Pyle, Joanne Wengert--center forwards ready to hit
Barbara Blatt, who is ready to shoot with the basketball. ball. Mae Degler-inside right, Marilyn Balthaser-inside left g
Cleo Hoffman, Brenda Kirkhoff, Jeanette Schaeffer, Joan
Houck, Brenda Brehm-halfbacks.
?Q S Y
I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree.
A tree whose hungry mouth is pressed
Against the earth's sweet flowing breast
A tree that looks at God all day
And lifts her leafy arms to prayg
A tree that may in summer wear
A nest of robins in her hairg
Upon whose bosom snow has laing
Who intimately lives with rain.
Poems are made by fools like me
But only God can make a tree."
HOME BOOK OF VERSE. p. 1407.
April 1, 1955. Gerald Knorr and Pa-
tricia Bender are the center of attraction
at the SWEETHEARTS BALL. They
are the biggest fools at the April Fools'
dance as Catherine Rieser and Barry Him-
elberger crown them with crowns made
of anything and everything. The student
body really enjoyed a night of dancing.
May 10, 1955. Lovina fSt0udtj Dunkel-
berger, our school May Queen, was a
senior in 1955. Miss Stoudt is the daugh-
ter of Mr. and Mrs. William Stoudt of
Bernville R. D. 2. The crowning took
place on Friday afternoon, May 10, 1955,
the second May day in the history of the
school. Her Maid of Honor was Betty
March 31, 1955. "Boy, This sure is
good," says Gerald Knorr as Betty Koenig
stuffs his mouth full of an Italian sand-
wich. Jerre Gehris and Edward Kanter
look on as Gerald eats rapidly. Wash is
strewn all over the room and everything
is topsy turvy when these four get together
in the senior class play, "Boys about Bob-
The AMERICAN ELM
April 22, 1955. Congratulations to Earl
Bond, our school representative in the
driving Road-e-0 at Robesonia. Earl had
rough competition, but he came out tops
against four other schools. Here Earl dis-
plays his well-earned trophy for his driv-
ing. Earl was also entered in the District
contest. Nice going, Earl!
May 10, 1955. The May Queen and her
court are enjoying the program as Gary
Sickels, her crown bearer, watches anxi-
ously. The queen's attendants are: Violet
Krarner, Sandra Fox, Betty Koenig, Cath-
erine Rieser, Bernice Luckenbill, Lois
F rantz, Jacqueline Saul, Marlene Beidler,
Elaine Fisher, Doris Berger, and Betty
May 28, 1955. Here Evelyn Larkin, Da-
vid Sweigart, Kenneth Labe, Nancy Luck-
enbill, Brenda Kirkhoff, Charles Seifrit,
Leo Houck, and Catherine Rieser are
showing their dancing skill. The pretty
gowns and wrist corsages worn by the
girls made the boys sit up and take notice.
The faculty acquiesced. Everyone enjoyed
Symbol of Public Life in America'
May 28, 1955. "Isn't that beautiful?"
says Mrs. Rohrbach as Mr. Rohrbach and
William Kline listen attentively. The jun-
iors and seniors worked long hours getting
ready for the Prom. Among the decora-
tions were a lawn table and umbrella,
table favors, and nicely-decorated poles.
The music was provided by George Hal-
June 2, 1955. Here three seniors-Vio-
let Kramer, Bernice Luckenbill, and Lois
F rantz--display their graduation gowns.
Mrs. Kline, the class advisor, proudly re-
ported a c'Medalist" award for the year-
book, which is a large project for the
seniors. The seniors upon graduation
branched out into diversified vocations.
October 7, 1955. Here at the
AUTUMN LEAVES dance Brenda Kirk-
hoff and Nancy Speicher are jitterbugging
with their partners. Such decorations as
corn schocks, leaves, and other autumn
things could be found in the cafeteria.
Novelty dances were also a part of the
dance. Keep up the good work, juniors!
October 17, 1955. "I knew we could do
it," said Alice Messner as she took first
prize in the Merchandise club with Sandra
Haag, Frederick McQuate, and Henry
Bohn also receiving prizes. Mr. Landis,
the merchandise representative, presented
Sandra Haag and the other winners with
watches. The seniors reported a large
September 19, 1955. The annual maga-
zine campaign netted the PENNANT
Fund 3748.04 of the 32,608.03 total sales.
Mr. Gamber, the school representative,
awarded first prize winner, Ned Gehris,
who sold S24-1.03, with a camera kit. He
made further awards to Richard Bond
and Dennis Sweigart.
October 31, 1955. 'iWho are you?"
could be heard the day of the Hallowe'en
parade as the elementary school pupils
participating in the parade asked one
another. Here Mrs. Brunner walks with
the Third Grade pupils in the brightly-
colored parade. The music was furnished
by the High-School band for the Hallow-
November 16, 1955. The annual Voice
of Democracy contest was won by Wini-
fred Pyle, who was the first runner-up in
the county. In-school contestants were:
Mae Degler, Carol Tobias, Kay Pfautz,
Brenda Kirkhoff, Susan Goldstein, Mar-
vin Ikulp, David Sweigart, and Frederick
November 23, 1955. Admiring the crys-
tal ball on the fireplace are Catherine
Haag, Norman Burkey, Larry Leonhard,
and Jane Wilhelm as they danced around
it. Decorations featured, as well as danc-
ing dolls, were balloons and stars which
added greatly to the beauty of the affair.
THE MILKY WAY was indeed a suc-
November 23, 1955. The eighth grade,
with the excellent advice of Miss Riegel,
presented an entertaining, but sincere
Thanksgiving play. Larry Kline, while
leaving the room, threw a pillow at his
sister but hit Ruth Kirkhoff. The class also
took the student body back to diH'erent
years in history and told us how they
November 23, 1955. Thanksgiving Eve
at the Leesport Auction was a great suc-
cess for the seniors' bake sale. Earl Bond
is using his knowledge of math as he de-
termines the prices of delicious baked
goods as Sandra Haag, Alice Messner,
Marilyn Balthaser, and Jeanette Schaeffer
look on. The group also sold Christmas
December 16, 1955. Passing life-savers
was a favorite game of La Verne Koenig,
Joan Houck, Jeanne Wengert, Frederick
Wilhelm, Jerald Hartman, and Brenda
Brehm at the junior Christmas party.
"That surely was a night to remember,"
the juniors said the next day as they float-
ed to and fro from their classes.
December 22, 1955. BOB DIMAIO and
his ORCHESTRA furnished the excellent
music at the SNOWFLAKE WHIRL. All
the alumni were invited, and they surely
turned out for the dance. A lot of old ac-
quaintances were renewed as the gradu-
ates and students alike had an evening
of fun and dancing.
December 20, 1955. Here the senior
class is getting ready for their Christmas
dance, the SNOWFLAKE VVHIRL. Jim
Gehris, getting accustomed to the altitude,
is suspending pine cones, snowflakes, and
stars. After having worked up an appe-
tite, the seniors turned toward refresh-
ments and the exchange of gifts.
January 11, 1956. "These cookies sure-
ly look good," said Mr. Berger, Mrs. Kohl,
and Mrs. Mooney as they were being
served by Winifred Pyle. The senior girls
served the delicious tea to the hungry
teachers. The tea party was under the di-
rection of Mrs. Ritter. The teachers are
looking forward to another tea party.
Mr. and Mrs.
Mrs. Sallie A.
Mr. and Mrs.
Mr. and Mrs.
The Family Gift Shop
Mrs. Mame S. Bright
Henry H. Sheetz
Woodman, spare that tree!
Touch not a single bough!
In youth it sheltered me,
And I'll protect it now.
'Twas my forefather's hand
That placed it near his cotg
There, woodman, let it stand,
Thy axe shall harm it not!"
-GEORGE POPE MORRIS
HOAIE BOOK OF VERSE. p. 1409.
Fred W. Hommas, General Store
Mr. and Mrs. John W. Schaeffer
David L. Sweigart
Frederick E. McQuate
Mr. and Mrs. J. Paul Burkhart
Mrs. Rosa M. Kirkhoff
Mr. and Mrs. Richard G. Davis
Charles A. Koenig
Eugene R. Sweigert
Mr. and Mrs. Charles H. Miller Gene A. Davis
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Haag Mr. and Mrs.
Mr. and Mrs. Irvin Kirkhoff MT- and Mrs.
Mr. and Mrs. Luther S. Henne MT- and Mrs-
M. G. DeLong. Plumber Mr. and Mrs.
Dr. and Mrs. Richard deB. Bertolette Carol Fox
Mr. and Mrs. George J. Schade Mr. and Mrs.
Gerald M. Miller
Mr. and Mrs.
Mr. and Mrs.
Mr. and Mrs.
Mr. and Mrs.
Mr. and Mrs.
Mr. and Mrs.
Ralph L. Bare
Rev. and Mrs. Frank W. Ruth
Mrs. Clara Schrack
Mr. and Mrs.
Mr. and Mrs.
Mr. Ralph E.
Miss Stella M. Riegel
Mr. Clarence Mengel
Mrs. Clarence Mengcl
Mr. and Mrs.
Mr. and Mrs.
Mr. and Mrs.
Mr. and Mrs.
Raymond E. Mohn
John H. Bixler, Jr.
Marvin R. Kulp
Mr. and Mrs.
Jim R. Gehris
Earl E. Bond
Ralph A. Kissling
Mr. and Mrs.
Mr. and Mrs.
Mrs. John H.
Ralph C. Witman
Cynthia and Gretchen Miller
Mrs. Julius Goldstein
Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Graeff
Brenda M. Kirkhoff
Mrs. Margaret A. Wenger
Eugene R. Schaeffer
Earl T. Zerby
Mr. and Mrs. G. Homer Bashore
Mr. and Mrs. Elmer R. Holtzman
Mr. and Mrs. Harry M. Gehris
Mr. and Mrs. Henry H. Greenawald
Mrs. Irene T. Hassler
Mr. and Mrs. Herbert P. Bond
Mrs. Emily M. Holtzman
Sandra and Glenn Haag
and Mrs. Edwin W. Meredith
Edwin W. Meredith, Jr.
and Mrs. Ralph Haag
and Mrs. Ralph Himelherger
Dorothy Jane Stoudt
and Mrs. George Dunkelberger
and Mrs. Norton L. Behney
Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Rieser
Mr. and Mrs. Aaron Smith
Mr. and Mrs. Frank W. Faust
Mr. and Mrs. John A. Endy
Mr. and Mrs. William H. Kline
Lois Kay Frantz
Mrs. Allison C. Stoudt
Mr. and Mrs. E. Thomas Sheetz
Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Tobias
Mr. and Mrs. Harold E. Matthew
Mr. and Mrs.
Mr. and Mrs.
Mr and Mrs.
Mr. and Mrs.
Mr and Mrs.
Mr and Mrs.
Mr and Mrs.
Mr. and Mrs.
Mr. and Mrs.
Mr and Mrs.
Charles M. Kalbach
Roy T. Bubbenmoyer
Mr. and Mrs.
Donald F. Kline
Donald R. Shenton
Mr. and Mrs.
Bernville Barber Shop
Stoudt's Paint and Sporting Goods
Henry Morris Bohn
Mr. and Mrs. Merle Kohlhepp
Landis 8: Landis
Penn Engraving Company
Mrs. Kathryn Gehret
Mr. and Mrs. Charles W. Sehlappich
Mr. and Mrs. Vernon L. Speicher
Tobias Variety Store
Mr. Arthur Hiester
Mr. and Mrs. Raymond H. Blatt
Mr. and Mrs. Carl Kintzer
Elmer L. Spohn
Marguerite A. Scheifelc
Henne's Atlantic Service Station
H. J. Bohn, Produce Dealer
Mr. and Mrs. Roy Luckenbill
Mr. Russell Berger
Mrs. Emily M. Holtzman
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Stanley R. Stamm, Dairy Products
Mr. and Mrs. Walter A. Rohrbach
Speicher's Esso Service Station
Kutztown Publishing Co.
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