Upper Merion High School - Pioneer Yearbook (King of Prussia, PA)
- Class of 1948
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There comes a day
In our school life
That clinches our toil,
Our struggle, our strife -
It's a day of regret,
For our friends we must lea
It's a day of proudness
For the goal we've achieved.
Twelve years we have striven
And lost and wong
Twelve years we have shared
Our glories as one.
But we will not linger
On things that have passed.
On a new light ahead
We set our eyes fast.
So here is our adieu -
To a school so dear
We give our last,
Our last au revoir.
- Joseph McIntyre
As has been the custom in previous years, we are dedicat-
ing our yearbook to the person who we feel is most deserving. How-
ever this is really more than a dedicationg it is a way for us to
show om- gratitude and respect for a person who has been more
than a teacher to us.
As a class she has treated us with understandingg as an in-
dividual we have always had a friend. Not only in class did we ap-
preciate her but also in our outside activities. With her guidance
we have achieved success in whatever we undertook
It is with great pleasure that we, the Class of 1948, dedicate
our yearbook to Mrs. Marie Wolfskill - a true and sincere friend.
Seated: J. Lester Rinehart, Treasurer, Marion D. Myers, Secretary, I. Arthur Buehler,
Standing: George M. Hein, Frederick H. Baehr, Walter H. Polchlopek, Mr. Conklin
The Board of Education, whose members are elected by the taxpayers of the com-
munity, has the responsibility of providing suitable schools and equipment and of super-
vising the operation of the schools. Although the contacts of board members with the
school during class hours are necessarily limited, we are aware of the fact that our school
board is constantly concerned with the growth and improvement of Upper Merion Town-
ship public schools. We wish to let them know that we appreciate the time and effort they
spend to make possible the many advantages we enjoy in our school.
Greetings and best wishes for a successful and happy
future to each member of the Class of 1948.
Darwin S. Wolcott,
President of the Board of Education
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WARREN H. COCKLIN, Superintendent
Shippensburg S.T.C.g B.S. - Frank-
lin and Marshall Collegeg A.M. -
University of Pennsylvania
The doors to a happy and successful life
are held by locks of many keys. Hidden within
you is your key to these locks. When, where,
and how you use it depends upon you. Educa-
tion does not have master keys which it distrib-
utes with diplomas. Perhaps school has helped
you polish the key and file off the rough edges so
that it can be used more easily, perhaps school
has even helped you discover what kind of key it
is, but it must be yours to find and use.
Upper Merion hopes that your key will mm-
lock many doors and that the rooms which are
opened are large and beautiful.
WARREN H. C OCKLIN
ROBERT R. STRINE, P rinc ipal
B.S. - Ursinus Collegeg M.S. - Buck-
nell Collegeg University of Pennsyl-
Class of 1948 -
Good-bye and good luck! You have been a
"good" class most of the time, and just "bad"
enough some of the time to make my work with
you interesting and challenging. I like your feel-
ing of independenceg your individual and class
thinkingg your courage to break away from the
standards set by classes before you.
This fine yearbook, as well as your many
other contributions to Upper Merion's success
based upon democratic procedures, is a tribute
to your class as a whole. Our interest in you
will not cease when you leave us. Come back to
see us, and keep us informed of your varied
interests and activities. Help us to make your
school even better for your successors than it
was for you.
Robert R. Strine
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MARY RUTH BASS ETT
B.S., M.S. - Universi-
ty of Pennsylvania,
Grapevine, P io n e e r,
9th grade homeroom
"That book isn't in
West Chester S.T.C.g
B.S. - University of
Junior Honor Society,
Spartan Shoppe, 7th
"That reminds me of.."
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B.S. - Ursinus College
P hy s ic al Education,
Basketball, H o c ke y ,
RUTH K. DIETRICH
B.S. - Temple Univer-
Vocal Music Supervisor
Senior C h o r u s , Glee
"Settle down, boys."
THOMAS A. CAMPION
B . S . - Pennsylvania
P h y sic al Education,
"Pd hate to hit you"
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GEORGE I. EYTH
B.S. - Temple Univer-
Stage C rew, Girls' Shop
Club, 8th grade home-
E A R L S . F R I E S
B.S. - West Chester
Science, Mathe matics
Natimal Honor Society,
"Will you please stop
R O Y C . K E R N
B . A . - Franklin and
Marshall C ollege
S t u d e n t Association,
12th grade home room
" Tomorrow's assign'
ment is . . . "
HERBERT L. HENSINGER DOROTHY HELEN KENNALLY
B.S. - Franklin and
Mathematics, C o m -
Pioneer, Booster Club
"It can be done."
SAMUEL H. LAUDENSLAGER
A.B. - Columbia Unl-
versityg B.S. - Tem-
ple Universityg Mus.
M. -University of
Band, 9th grade home-
"Play it the way it was
B.S. - Drexel Institute
C h e f s Club, Fashion
Show, 1 1th grade
"Do you have your
SARA C. MARWOOD
West Chester S.T.C.
Chefs Club, 7th grade
"Oh, my. . ."
GRAC E K. MILLER
Bloomsburg S . T . C . 3
B.S. - 'Iknple Univer-
Junior P a n e 1, Typing
"Now stop whe n the
GEORGE I. SANTORO
King of Prussia
B.S. - Ursinus College
Rifle C lub, Football,
Baseball, 10th grade
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B.S. - Temple Univer-
Grapevine, 10th grade
"Knock it off, please."
E. JEAN WAMBAUGH
B . S . - Shippensburg
Spanish C lub, 8th grade
"It won't take you long
to do that assign-
NORMAN E. R A U B
B.S., M. S . - Temple
Director of Athletics
Photography Club, Golf,
Jr. High Football
M A R I E WOLFSKILL
B.A. - Elmira College
Panel, S e n i o r Play,
Junior Play , Com-
Declamations, 1 2 t h
"Please speak a lit-
MERRILL C. YOUNG
B.S. - Edinboro S.T.C.
Handicraft Club, Rifle,
1 1th grade hcmeroom,
junior High Football
CATHARINE HILL HAAG
P A U L L . Z U C K
B.A. - Blue Ridge Col-
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Social Studies, Science,
"jot this down."
F R AN K C . Y U T Z
B.S. - East Strouds-
Came to Upper Mer-
ion in March 1948
DELMA M. KENNEY
B.S. - Albright College
FREDERICK W. BAHLER, D.D.S. MARGARET E. McCLURE, R.N. BENIAMIN L. FALCONE
School Dentist School Nurse School Doctor
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ACIE ANDERSON, IR. Swedesburg "Acie"
Among the quiet members of the class is Acie, who
always has a smile for everyone he sees. He has
been a consistently dependable and valuable football
player. Acie's interests inUpper Merion have picked
up this year.
Baseball - 2,3, Chorus - 1,2, Fashion Show Com-
mittee - 3, Football - 1,2,3,4, Rifle Club - 3, Stage
Crew - 4
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WILLIAM C. ANGELOS Rebel Hill "Bill"
"Meatsy" doesn't talk much, but he seems to make
a lot of friends by being a good listener. He has a
great fondness for reading - particularly for read-
ing Life magazines, rather than books for book re-
Chorus - 1,2, Fashion Show Committee - 3, Rifle
Club - 3
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CHARLES A. ANSELM Svledeland Charley"
A faithful member of the stage crew for the Senior
Play,Char1ey has made many friends at Upper Mer-
ion. He has a pleasing smile and manner, and is al-
ways ready to do a favor for a fellow student.
Band - 4, Baseball - 2, Basketball - 1,2,3, Chorus
- 4, Fashion Show Committee - 3, Football -1,
Golf - 1,2,3,4, Grapevine - 3, Pioneer - 4, Rifle
Club - 3, Stage Crew - 1,2,3,4
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ELIZABETH M. ASHTON Harmanville "Bette"
Music of any kind is popular with our Bette - she
likes music, that is. Her pet aversion is history,
she thinks the present is much more interesting than
the past. Her best friend is Peg, with whom Bette
is usually- seen.
Chorus - 2,3,4, Dramatic Club - 3, Fashion Show -
3, Prom Committee - 2
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MARGARET K. BUDDY Gulph Mills "Peg"
Friendly, cheerful, and sincere are adjectives that
describe Peg, and her popularity with her class-
mates is well-deserved. That twinkle in her eye
makes one think of "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling."
Band - 1, Basketball Manager - 4, Cheerleader -
1,2, Chorus - 2,3,4, Dramatic Club - 3, Fashion
Show - 3, Grapevine - 3, junior Play - 3, Pioneer - 4
AGNES M. BENGEN swedeland "Awe"
An accomplished dancer and beauty of the senior
class is Aggie, who can always be fommd with the
"gang," Eating is her favorite pastime, but she nev-
er seems to get overweight. We'l1 always remember
her pixie smile.
Chorus - 1,2,4, Fashion Show - 3, Grapevine - 3,
Hockey - 3,4, Mock Wedding - 2, Prom Committee
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STANLEY E. A. BURAT Swedesburg "Bobo"
Bobo madeabig hit on the baseball team. His pitch-
ing helped the team to many victories in 1947. He is
well-liked throughout the school. Although quiet,
Stanley has a good sense of humor and is loads of
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ELEANOR B. CHANKO Swedesburg "Chank"
The prettiest blonde hair in the senior class belongs
to Chank. She loves sports and excels in them as
well as in her school subjects. Her activities are
varied, and she is a leader in all of them.
Band - 3,4, Basketball - 3,4, Fashion Show - 3,
Grapevine - 2,3, Hockey - 4, National Honor So-
ciety - 3,4, Pioneer - 4, Prom Committee - 3,
Senior Panel - 3, Student
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Baseball- 2,3,4 Chorus 4, Football Manager 4
MATTHEW D'AMBROSIA Swedesburg Matt'
Matt doesn't have much to say except protests and
wisecracks. He spends a lot of time with Richard,
Bucky, and Sonny in the car and on the golf range.
His working hours are full of ups and downs. We
hope he doesn't make a crash landing in his eleva-
Chorus - 1,2,4, Fashion Show - 3, Golf - 2,3,4,
Prom Committee - 3, Rifle
Club - 4, Senior Play Com-
" mittee - 4, Stage Crew - 4,
Typing Club - 4
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THERESA M. D'ANGELI Montgomery Ave."Tessie"
Cooperative - nice companion - always typing for
some teacher, sometimes we wonder how Tessie
gets her own work done. Her willingness to work is
sure to help her to succeed in life. She was the hit
of the 1947 Fashion Show with her humorous old-
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LAWRENCE DANTONIO Belmont 'ltrraceu Lawrence"
Everyone seems to notice his ever-rosy cheeks,
which probably come from healthful Hworkin' down
on the farm." Lawrence is sincerely interested in
farming and should have a model farm of his own
Chorus - 4, Stage Crew - 3
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PAUL L. DAVIDSON Hughes Park "Paul"
'Famous for his tall stories as to what happened
yesterday, Paul is unmistakeably a person who
knows how to spin a good yarn. He came to Upper
Merion during his sophomore year. Since then he
has acquired many friends, but one in particular.
Chorus - 4, Fashion Show - 3, Iunior Play - 3,
Pioneer - 4, Prom Committee - 3, Stage Crew-3,4
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GENE DAVIS Swedeland ' ' Mit"
To look at Mit you would never think that he is full
of pranks. Well, he isl He has showed his ability
to doze time and time again in P.O.D. class. Maybe
it was because his interests were in other classes.
His impish grin is something to remember.
Chorus - 4, Golf - 3
KENNETH H. DAVIS Swedeland " Kenny' '
Kenny's favorite sport is basketball, but he also ex-
cels in football and baseball. His favorite pastime
is talking, which he does all the time. His dancing
is definitely good, and he can turn on plenty of charm
when he wants to please someone special.
Baseball - 1,2,3,4, Basketball - 1,2,3,4, Class
Treasurer - 4, Chorus - 4, Football - 1,2,3,4,
Prom Committee - 3 Y
IOHN DeHAVEN Gulph Mills Iohrmy' '
Johnny is the chemist of our class. His ability a-
long this line will help in his college career. We
just hope that he doesn't allow those curly locks of
his to fall into an experiment. John always makes a
good appearance, on stage or off.
Mock Wedding - 2, Panel - 2, Pioneer - 4, Prom
Committee -3, Senior Play - 4, Sophomore Play - 2
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ELIZABETH IANE DIFFER Eastburn Terr. "Diff"
Betty lane is the little spitfire of our class. She will
make a cute nurse whose giggles will cheer the pa-
tients. Her portrayal of "Susan" in the senior play
will always be remembered along with her charac-
terization of "the widder" last year.
Chorus - 2,3,4, Dramatic Club - 2,3, Fashion Show
- 3, Grapevine - 2,3, Junior Play - 3, May Day -
2, Mockwedding - 2, Pi-
oneer - 4, Prom Commit-
tee - 3, Senior Play - 4,
Typing Club - 4
LISA VIRGINIA FICHTER King of Prussia "Lisa"
Lisa is the tall, graceful girl of our class. She plans
to become a private secretary, but she could also
qualify as a fashion model. Her interpretation of
several numbers on the "ivories" will neve r be
Basketball-2,3,4, Chorus-2,3,4, Fashion Show-3,
Grapevine - 3, Hockey - 3, Mock Wedding - 2,
Panel - 2, Pioneer -' 4, Sen-
ior Play - 4
LORETTA C. DITTMAR Norristown "Dolly"
There is never a dull moment when Do11y's around.
Her jokes and merry laughter lift everyone's spir-
its. Dolly was a beautiful bride in our fashion show,
and we predict that she will make a lovely bride in
real life before long.
Basketball - 2,3, Chorus - 2,3,4, Fashion Show - 3,
Hockey - 2,3, Prom Committee - 3
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NICK I. GEERS Abrams
Nick's facial expressions are simply out of this
world. His ambitions are divided between music and
horticulture, with scouting as a hobby. We can just
picture Nick as head of a nursery. KP1ant nursery,
Band - 1,2,3,4, Basketball Manager - 3, Chorus -
1,2,4, Dramatic Club - 3, FashionShow - 3, Grape-
vine - 2,3, Junior Play - 3,
Mock Wedding - 2, Pioneer -
4, Prom Committee - 3,
Senior Play - 4, Southeastern
District Band - 4
FLORENTINE D. FRASCHETTA Swedeland "Bucky",
Florentine takes quite an interest inwinter and early
spring sports, chiefly basketball, ice-skating, and
golf, in all of which he exhibits considerable accur-
acy and determination. Although his name has ap-
peared on the honor roll, he claims that he is not
much interested in studies.
Basketball - 3, Class Secretary - 1, Chorus - 1,4,
Golf-2,3,4, Panel-1, Prom
Committee - 3, Senior Play
D' Committee - 4, Stage Crew
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JANET R. GERHARD Port Kennedy "Ger"
Janet is a rather quiet girl with a hint of mystery in
her manner. She is a good sport in everything, in-
cluding athletics. Ardmore has held a strong attrac-
tion for her for quite a long time now.
Basketball - 3, Chorus - 1,2,3,4, Fashion Show - 3,
Grapevine - 2,3, Hockey - 3,4
EDWARD R. GOLBRESKI Swedesburg "Gumps"
Ed'sheight proved a great help to us in hanging prom
decorations. His humorous expressions and gentle
manner have made him popular. He seems shy a-
round the girls, but he dates some mighty pretty
young ladies. An ambitious ball player, Ed proved
his ability this year.
Basketball - 3,4, Football - 1,3,4, PromCommittee - 3
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LOUIS I. HERT ZOG Swedeland ' ' Louie' '
Louis doesn't talk much, but what he says ls worth-
while. He takes his school work seriously. His ar-
guments over the gym class games will always be
remembered by all of the fellows in our class.
Baseball - 3,4, Chorus - 1,2, Fashion Show Com-
mittee - 3, Football - 4
RICHARD V. GUIDAS Swedeland ' ' Rich"
When you hear "Bumble Boogie" it's probably Rich
at the piano. He is planning his future out as care-
fully as a blueprint, and since he seems to know
what he wants to do, we are sure he will be very
Basketball - 3, Chorus - 2,4, Class Vice-Presi-
dent - 4, Golf - 2,3,4, Panel - 3, Prom Commit-
tee - 3, Stage Crew - 4
BARBARA L. KNAPHLE Hughes Park "Barby"
Barby is the other pretty "Dolly sister." With her
pleasant ways, we know she will make an excellent
nurse and will cheer her patients. Her work with
the "Dramateurs" proves that the stage could read-
ily provide a career for her.
Chorus - 1,2,3,4, Color Guard - 3,4, Dramatic
Club - 3, Fashion Show - 3, Grapevine - 3, Junior
Play - 3, May Day - 2, Mock
Wedding- 2, Pioneer - 4, - Q: "
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Play - 4, Typing Club - 4
IOHN KEEBLER, IR. Abrams "Johnny"
Iohnny, who is also known as "The Laugh", is one
of the most studious members of our class. He has
our wish for good luck in the future, but he probab-
ly won't need luck, for whatever he undertakes, he
sees that it is well done.
Chorus - 1, Fashion Show Committee - 3, Senior
Play Committee - 4
ELEANOR C. KUNDA Swedesburg "Eleanor"
Eleanor is one of our best artists, and her work has
graced many posters and programs for class activi-
ties. Everyone agrees that she will make out well
in art school. Although she has a shy manner, her
admirers are many.
Chorus - 1,2, Color Guard - 3,4, Fashion Show - 3,
Grapevine - 2,3, National Honor Society - 3,4, Pi-
oneer - 4, Prom Committee
. - 3, Senior Play Committee
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1 g Treasurer - 4, Typing Club
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NICHOLAS MAIALE DeKalb Pike ' ' Nick' '
Nick is outstanding for his good manners, neatness
in everything he does, and his good disposition. He
is a good worker who always does his share in a
task. He has a dry sense of humor that shows up at
Chorus - 1,2, Class Treasurer - 3, Fashion Show
Committee - 3, Panel-4, Pioneer - 4, Prom Com-
mittee - 3
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IACK MURPHY Swedeland ' ' Mole"
Shy in manner is our friend Mole. Although he looks
slow when he walks down the halls, he is a whiz on
the basketball court or the football field. Jack likes
to argue about almost anything, but he is a hard per-
son to cmvince in an argument.
Baseball - 3,4, Basketball - 2,3,4, Chorus - 1,2,
Football - 1,2,3,4, Golf - 2, Grapevine - 4, Var-
sity Club President - 2,3
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PEGGY ANNE MILLER Abrams " Peg' '
One of the cutest girls in the class, Peg will be re-
membered for her giggling laugh. To Peg, every-
thing has a humorous side. Her dependability has
won her many a friend and is bound to help her in
years to come.
Chorus - 1,2,3,4, Dramatic Club - 3, Fashion Show - 3,
Grapevine - 3, junior Play Committee - 3, May Day
- 2, Panel - 4, Pioneer - 4,
Prom Committee - 3, Sen-
ior Play - 4, Sophomore Play
- 2, Typing Club - 4
IOSEPH M. MCINTYRE Gulph Mills "MaCky"
Ioe is the leader of the class, having been class pres-
ident for two years, and panel president for a year.
He has participated in basketball and baseball, and
he fares well in most of his classes, but Spanish
gets him down.
Baseball - 2,3,4, Basketball - 3,4, Class President
- 3,4, Chorus - 1,2,4, Football - 1, Mock Wedding
- 2, Panel President - 4,
Prom Committee - 3, Var-
sity Club - 3
NORMA E. MCINTYRE King Manor "Mac"
There's never a dull moment with Mac around!
She's forever cracking jokes. As a guard on the
basketball team, she is plenty speedy. Norma is
bound to be a success wherever she goes because of
her pleasant personality and winning smile.
Basketball- 1,2,3,4, Fashion Show - 3, Grapevine - 3,
Hockey - 3,4, Panel - 4, Prom Committee - 3
ALFRED F. OSTROSKI Swedesburg "Pooch"
Pooch is seldom quiet, but he is a good pal to every-
one. He likes to dance, especially when they play
the polka. Also in his list of talents is card-playing.
With his practice he could teach plenty of card
Baseball - 3, Basketball Manager - 3, Football - 3,
Football Manager - 1,2, Varsity Club - 3
ALFRED I. OSTROSKI King Manor "Zeke"
Zeke is one of the best'athletes Upper Merion has
ever had. He excels in all sports and will be re-
membered for his spectacular feats on the field,
gym floor, and baseball diamond.
Baseball - 1,2,3,4, Basketball - 1,2,3, Chorus - 4,
Football - 1,2,3,4, Varsity Club - 2,3
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WALTER I. P. OZOROWSKI Swedesburg "Ozzie"
Although Ozzie may seem quiet and slow-moving, he
is one of the best hunters in the class. The boys in
his gym class also say that he could be a second
Charles Atlas. He does a disappearing act when he
sees a group of girls.
1,1 Chorus - 4, Football - 4
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ANNE S. PIERCE Rebel Hill "Annie"
"Reach, pardnerl" Will we ever forget Anne as she
convinced the audience that she was an authentic
sheriff who meant business? As "Maw at the P.T.A."
she again proved her knack for portraying charac-
ter roles. Her charming personality will win her
Declamation - 2 Dramatic
Club - 3, Fashion Show 3
Grapevine 2,3, Hockey
Timer 3, junior Play
MockWeddmg - 2, Pioneer - 4,
Prom Committee - 3, Senior
Play - 4
Band-1,2,3,4, Chorus-1,2,3,4, ClassSecretary-4,
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IOSEPH RICHARDSON Shoemaker Road "Richy"
Joe seems more quiet this year, and we presume that
his thoughts are often far away. His role in "Down
in the Heart of Texas" and his football playing ex-
hibited two of his varied talents. Sincerity and a
good-natured way with people will always be assets
Chorus - 1,2,3, Dramatic Club - 3, Fashion Show - 3,
Football - 2,3,4, Homeroom
A President - 2,4, Prom Com-
mittee - 3, Varsity Club - 3
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IOHN F. ROMANO King Manor "Harp0"
johnny is one of the teasers of the class. You sel-
dom see him without a smile and a cheery greeting
for everyone. He appears to take life easy, but some-
how he does manage to turn out his share of the work
on any project.
Basketball Manager - 1, Chorus - 1,2, Class Sec-
retary - 2, Football - 1,2,3,4, Pioneer - 4, Prom
Committee - 3, Senior Play , .C ,
Committee - 4, Varsity Club fvw
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CHRISTIAN C. ROMIG King of Prussia "Slugs"
Although he is often called "Romeo," the name does
not referto his interest in girls in this case. Chris-
tian is not very talkative, but he is known to his
classmates as one who is always willing to cooper-
ate. His truck was a big help to the class on sev-
Chorus - 1,2, Football - 2,3,4, Prom Committee - 3,
,A Senior Play Committee - 4
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EDWARD 1.4 RYCHLAK Swedesburg "Corky"
Corky is a boy who has helped to make our school
days pleasant. His personality and smile help him
to get away with a lot of mischief. His ability to
"cut a rug" is probably closely related to the smooth
coordination he shows on the basketball court and
the baseball field.
Baseball - 1,2,3,4, Basketball - 1,2,3,4, Chorus -
1,2,4, Golf -.1,2, Prom
Committee - 3, Varsity Club 1 X
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FRANCES V. SABOL Swedeland " Frannie"
Joining us in ninth grade, Frannie lost no time get-
ting into activities, and became a cheerleader her
first year here. She has also led the Upper Merion
rooters during the last two years. Some lucky boss
will get an efficient secretarywhen he hires Frannie.
Basketball- 3, Cheerleading - 1,3,4, Chorus - 2,3,4,
Fashion Show - 3, Hockey - 3,4, May Day - 2, Prom
Committee - 3
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KARL B. SC HMITZ Norristown "Beak"
Karl's ability to create humor when the setting seems
a little dreary has been much appreciated by the class.
He can assume an expression of injured innocence
when things go wrong. As "Frankie" he made a big
hit'in the Mock Wedding.
Basketball - 1,2,3, Chorus - 4, Fashion Show Com-
mittee - 3, Football Manager - 2, Mock Wedding -
2, Prom Committee - 3
GERALDINE D. SHORE W.Conshohocken "Jerry"
Transferring to Upper Merion in the beginning of
her senior year did not keep Jerry from entering in-
to all of our activities. She was welcomed by all and
soon hadwon a place on the cheerleading squad. She
was a whiz on the basketball team, and showeda fine
VERNON 1. SMITH King Manor f-smmyv
Vernon is not so quiet as he might seem, according
to his friends. Quite a Romeo with underclass girls
is this popular senior. His style of driving has
brought him some fame, or should we say notoriety?
Basketball - 2, Chorus - 1,2,4, Dramatic Club - 3,
Fashion Show - 3, Football - 3, Mock Wedding - 2,
Senior Play - 4, Sophomore Play - 2, Stage Crew - 4
spirit which should lead to success.
Basketball - 4, Cheerleader - 4, Senior Play Com-
mittee - 4
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ELEANOR P. STACHELEK King of Prussia "El"
Ellie is one of our pretty "Dolly Sisters." This
pleasant, smiling girl will do well in any job she
chooses in the future, just as she has in school. As
one of the editors of the Pioneer, she worked faith-
fully this year.
Chorus - 1,2,3,4, Color Guard - 3,4, DramaticClub
- 3, Fashion Show - 3, Grapevine - 3, Hockey Man-
ager - 4, junior Play Commit-
tee - 3, May Day - 2, Mock
"iffy 4 ' ' wedding - 2, Pioneer Editor
Y-f' 7 ! - 4, Prom Committee - 3,
'lr to Senior Play Committee - 4,
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EUGENE F. STANLEY Norristown "Gene'i
Gene is the only red-haired boy in our class, so he
is noticeable whether he talks or not. Incidentally,
he is not very talkative, but he has a soft, pleasing
voice, He prides himself on being a good driver,
even with plenty of snow on the ground.
Baseball - 3, Stage Crew - 3,4
CHARLES I TOTH Swedeland ' 'Sonny"
ALFRED ADAMS SUTHERLAND Rebel Hill "Alfred'
Next to Lawrence, Alfred has the rosiest cheeks in
the class. He can take his part well in everything
he undertakes, can't you, "Cappy?" His mischie-
:ous pranks usually include his classmates as vic-
Chorus - 1,4, Dramatic Club - 3, FashionShow - 3,
Mock Wedding - 2, Prom Committee - 3, Senior
Play - 4 '
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In ' Sonny is a quiet lad but he really shines on the
basketball court. Some of those long shots really
came in handy. Golf is another of his major inter-
ests. Although he is certainly not a "grind," Sonny
does his school work conscientiously.
Basketball - 3,-i, Chorus - 1,2, Golf - 2,3,4, Mock
Wedding - 2, Pioneer - 4, Swing Band - 1
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LENORA I. TUFILLARO Belmont Terrace "Lee"
Lee is a smooth, well-groomed girl on most occa-
sions, but she drops her dignified nmnner and shows
plenty of action when it comes to playing hockey or
basketball. She andClair collaborated most success-
fully in writing the scripts for the Mock Wedding and
the Fashion Show.
Basketball - 1,2,3,4, Fashion Show - 3, Hockey - 2,3,4,
May Day - 2, Mockwedding - 2,
Pioneer - 4, Prom Commit-
tee - 3, Sophomore Play - 2
ETHEL H. TOTH Swedeland "Ethel"
A quiet but cute little miss, Ethel is usually seen
with Helen Wasko. By being cooperative and cheer-
ful, Ethel has gained many friends and will continue
to make more. At our junior Prom she was a love-
ly vision in orchid. -
Chorus - 1,2,3,4, Fashion Show - 3
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FRANK W. VARGO
Frank is aquiet boy in acrowd, but a good conversa-
tionalist in a small group. He is one of the best apple-
pickers in Upper Merion. In P.O.D. Frank was always
trying to make a point, but even his persuasive ar-
guments did not always help him to win.
Baseball- 3, Football - 1,2,4, Prom Committee - 3,
Stage Crew - 3
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ALEXANDER R. WADOLNY, IR. Belmont Terrace
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Alex looks like a good football player, and plays
like one. He also plays the piano for his friends,
and is talented in art. His work on the Fashion Show
stage-setting was much appreciated. Abner has had
so many nicknames that he answers to almost any-
Basketball - 3, Chorus - 1,2,4, Class Vice-Presi-
dent - 3 Fashion Show - 3
Footbali - 1,2,3,4, Mock
Wedding- 2, Pioneer - 4, 1 ' VTLYW-if
Prom Committee - 3
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CLAIR HAMILTON WALLICK Abrams "Clair"
HELEN S. WASKO Swedeland "Helen"
Here's a small but mighty fellow. Clair showed his
ability for clever writing in the script of the Fash-
ion Show and his production of the Mock Wedding
was tops in originality. I-Ie practically eats math-
ematics up, and maintains a good general average
without appearing to work too hard.
Basketball Manager - 2,3, Chorus - 1,4, Class
Treasurer - 2, Dramatic Club
President - 3, Fashion Show
- 3, Grapevine - 1,2,3, Mock
Wedding - 2, National Honor
Society - 3,4, Panel - 3, Pi-
oneer Editor - 4, Senior Play
, -4, Sophomore Play-2,
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' Student Association-3,4,
Typing Club - 4
"C'mon, a little louder and faster!" Yes, those
are Helen's words as she leads the school cheers.
Helen is a shorthand genius who will make a good
secretary for someone. In fact, she is really an
all-around swell gal. '
Basketball - 3,4, Cheerleading - 1,2,3, Cheerlead-
ing Captain - 4 Chorus - 1,2,3,4, Class Secretary
- 2,3, Grapevine - 3, Hockey 'fi
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DORRIS I. WATTERS King of Prussia "Dorris"
l-Iere's a gal who really gets around. She likes par-
ties tboth informal and formalj, dancing, driving the
car, and music of all kinds. Her tears are near the
surface, but most of the time she is ready for a
laugh, and her laugh is really a hearty one.
Band - 2,3, Chorus - 1,2,3,4, Dramatic Club - 3,
Fashion Show - 3, Grapevine -4, Mock Wedding - 2,
Pioneer - 4. Senior Play
SIDNEY WILLIAMS Rebel Hill ' 'Sidney"
Sidney is one of the football players of the class.
His favorite pastime is reading love stories and
writing romantic poems. We shall always think of
Sidney in connection with track after seeing him run
in gym class.
Chorus - 4, Football - 3, Prom Committee - 3,
Varsity Club - 3 X
V - Committee - 4, Typing Club
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VIRGINIA LEE WILLIAMS Rebel Hill Ginny
Ginny, our cute little blonde, always has a smile for
everyone. Her cheerfulness makes her a good com-
panion. Her poise was gracefully displayed in the
Fashion Show. Ginny would make a pretty cover
girl or a model for junior miss clothes.
Basketball - 4, Chorus - 2,3,4, Fashion Show - 3,
Grapevine - 3, Hockey - 3,4, May Day - 2, Prom
Committee - 3
WILLIAM E. WILLS, IR. King of Prussia "Bill"
A great leader and teamwork player in sports, Bill
is known for his cheerful disposition and dependa-
bility in every task he undertakes. His future in-
cludes more school, probably at Annapolis, where
he will have a chance to play team sports again.
Baseball - 2,3, Basketball - 1,2,3,4, Chorus - 1,4,
Football- 1,2,3,4, Mock Wedding - 2, Panel - 4,
Panel President - 1, Prom
Committee - 3, Varsity Club
WALTER I. ZUGAY Swedeland ' ' Lefty' '
After being away from us for the first semester of
the senior year,Walt returned to our school and re-
ceived a royal welcome from his classmates. He
picked up right where he had stopped last June and
began to take an active part in school life.
Baseball - 1,2, Chorus - 2,4, Fashion Show Com-
mittee - 3, Football - 1,2,3, Prom Committee - 3,
Stage Crew - 3, Varsity Club -1-
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JOHN R. WOQD, IR. King of Prussia "Woody"
Johnny is a sociable fellow. His car has provided
transportation for many of his classmates. His name
is very appropriate for the work he does outside of
school - carpentering. John must believe that "si-
lence is golden," for he surely does very little talk-
Prom Committee - 3, Senior Play Committee - 4
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Kneeling - Stanley, Ostoski,
Murphy, D av i s, Rokita, An-
gelos, Smith, Toth
Row 1 - Mr. Kern, Kunda, Mil-
ler, Myers, D iff e r, Ashton,
Hertzog, D'Ambrosia, Keebler,
Row 2 - Go1breski,Wil1s, Dav-
is, DeHaven, Richter, Suther-
land, Bonamico, Burkert,
Burat, Romano, O st r o s ki ,
Row 3 - Richardson, Pierce,
G u i da s , McIntyre, Gerhard,
B e n g e n, Tufillaro, Falciani,
Williams, C h e s ky , B ud dy,
Row 4 - Fraschetta, Wallick,
G e e r s , Dittmar, Zabrowski,
A n s el m, Watters, Davidson ,
Row 5 - Knaphle, Stachelek,
C h a n k o , Sabol, Ozorowski,
Vargo, Wasko, Fichter, Romig,
Row 1 - Williams, Watters,
CHARLES E. WENTZ EL Strafford "Whitey"
Whitey could easily have the vote for
Glamor Boy of the class. Last year on May
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29th, he left for the Army, and was dis-
charged on July 16th. He enlisted in the Na-
vy in December, but was discharged in Feb-
ruary and was welcomed back to the class of
1,2,3, Chorus - 2,4, Class
1, Fashion Show - 3, Football
Mock Wedding - 2, Prom Com-
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Gerhard, Ashton, Mrs. Wolfskill, Davis, Guidas, Mclntyre,
Pierce, Mr. Kern, Kunda, Bengen, Knaphle, D'Angeli, Toth
Row 2 - Buddy, Mil1er,Shore,Sutherland, Rychlak,Tufillaro,Sabol, Mclntyre, Fraschetta,
Chanko, Wasko, Stachelek, Ostroski, Toth, Dantonio, Differ
Row 3 - Angelos, Maiale, Romano, Keebler, Davis, Dittmar, Anselm, D'Ambrosia, Fich-
ter, Smith, Wallick, Ostroski, Anderson, Davidson, Stanley, Hertzog
Row 4 - DeHaven, Murphy, Geers, Ozorowski, Vargo, Schmitz, Romig, Golbreski, Wood,
Wentzel, Wallick, Burat, Wills, Richardson, Williams
President Joe McIntyre
Vice-President Richard Guidas
Secretary Anne Pierce
Treasurer Kenneth Davis
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Row 1 - Bernstiel, Saboe, Roebuck, McKernan, Lee, Keil, Ewanick, Mr. Young, Miss
Kennally, Kuhna, DeSimone
Row 2 - Poston, Davis, Stanley, Kutz, Tirpak, Rossi, Petrecz, Zielinski, Mastrocola,
Burry, Mantell, DiGiambattista
Row 3 - Lee, Anselm, Harkins, Rakowski, Fox, Bruno, McDermott, Collins, Burke,
Guidas, Getcy, Morrow, Silcox
Row 4 - Rowden, VanElswyk, Couch, Shea, Bounds, Vargo, Suzanne, Wolfe, Gianguilio,
Morrison, Mullen, Weldie, Keehn
james Keil President
Leslie Lee Vice-President
Anna Ewanick Secretary
Paul McKernan Treasurer
Forty-seven juniors entered school in September with an empty class treasury.
Realizing their predicament, they set out immediately to build up some funds. They were
given permission to sell hot dogs at two home football games. Good salesmanship and
hard work by a number of people enabled the treasurer to open an account.
On October 25th, the juniors sponsored a Sadie Hawkins dance, a gala affair that
was enjoyed by all who attended.
With the dance a great success, the juniors started plans for the annual fashion
show, which was given on january 22nd, This show was outstanding because the dresses,
suits, and evening gowns worn by the girls had been made bythem in our home economics
department, under Miss Kennally's direction.
The final event on the social calendar of the junior class was the Prom, held on
The decorations were beautiful, and everyone had a wonderful evening.
It was a fruitful year for the juniors, who were helped by the encouragement and
advice of Miss Kennally and Mr. Young, homeroom teachers.
Many juniors also participated in sports and other activities in school. Now they
are eagerly awaiting next year when they can continue to carry on the promising work
that they have started during 1947-48.
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Row 1 - Lownes, Estock, Cyrus, Valyo, Rhoads, Dilks, Farrell, Mr. Santoro, Mr. Strine,
Mr. Patterson, Sabo, Althouse, I. Althouse, Anderson, Collins, Novitski, Davis
Row 2 - Novitski, Rokita, Collins, Flack, Milice, Shore, Thompson, Smith, Hiscock, Rob-
ins, Posobiec, Dayoc, Fiorentine, Long, Baron, Kurylo, Estock, Whitmore, Garay
Row 3 - Iakielaszek, Smondroski, Suzanne, Costello, Greiner, Miller, Soppick, Toth,
Matzik, Moley, Rossi, Shine, Andreyko, Kovats, Roberto, Murphy, Sutherland, Mainieri,
Row 4 - Paravaty, Larkin, Deuber, Davidson, Ramsey, Bader, Barnshaw, Berry, Sedor,
VanElswyk, Taylor, Henning, Hrusovsky, Burke, Strickland, Homont, Fulton, Vance, Ka-
trina, Malloy, Clark
President George Matzik
Vice-President Daniel Mainieri
Secretary Ioan Fulton
Treasurer Dorothy Anderson
The sophomore class has been a credit to Upper Merion this year in many ways.
A "Soph Hop" will become a tradition worth looking forward to, and the class of '48 is
responsible for it. This "hop" is an informal dance which is sure to be a success in all
the forthcoming years. A committee appointed by the class president ls provided to draw
the plans for the major event. 1
Class membership cards were issued to all sophomores paymg class dues of ten
cents a week. In order to keep the card a student must continue to keep his dues paid up.
In case of non-promotion, the student's account is received by his next class. The mon-
ey collected during the Sophomore year will be a great help in paying for future dances,
trips, class rings, etc. Ioan Fulton collected dues for 10-1 and Dorothy Anderson for
10-2 this year.
Officers were elected at a class meeting and all problems throughout the year were
discussed in time same manner.
Participation in many extra curricular activities has been the practice of many of
our sophomores. They are active on the newspaper staff, in all sports, chorus, band, and
As this year ends, we sophomores look back at one of the best classes we've ever
experienced, and to the many incidents which will be dear to us as we become juniors and
finally seniors. Our sincerest wishes are extended to all future sophomore classes for
some very pleasant years!
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Row 1 - Angelos, Carpenter, D'Ambrosia, Knaphle, Williams, Blanken, Miss Bassett,
Kulma, Mr. Laudenslager, Davis, Bengen, Novitski, Saylor, Wood, Gregos
Row 2 - Rex, Howland, Moser, Tarhovicky, Strunack, I-Iiscock, Guidas, Knasiak, Dayoc,
Buddy, Stanley, Harrison, Mastrocola, Dennison, Woodland, Althouse, Ostroski
Row 3 - Dewan, Romano, Gillen, Suzanne, Megirr, Teaford, Scheetz, Manzo, Kunder,
Grace, Toth, Mitchell, Romig, Anderson, Garay, Sabol, Gregos, Pasquael
Row 4 - Frames,Wo1Ie, Chesson,Haines, Emel, Keehn, Lilick, Malloy, Perkins, Knoebel,
Wynn, Faulkner, Dolga, Dudas, Woodring, Ferenz, Robbins, Buehler, Rossi
This year the ninth grade welcomed sixteen new members of the class who came
from the following schools: Our Mother of Sorrows, Sacred Heart, West Norriton, Am-
bler Audubon and St. Lawrence.
The officers of the two ninth grade homerooms are:
President Sue Davis
9-1 Vice-President Mildred Mitchell
Secretary Florence Williams
Treasurer Pat Rossi
President Gasper Mastrocola
9-2 Vice-President William Harrison
Secretary Alice Buehler
Treasurer Dorothy Romig
The ninth graders are very actiye in sports. Both boys and girls have gone all out
to make the teams. Since the formation of the junior high National Honor Society in our
school last year, several students in the class of '51 have been elected into this organi-
zation. Other clubs in the junior high also have many ninth grade members.
Row 1 - Lawless, Megirr, Meister, Gerhard, Baker, Jefferies, Woodside, Mr. Eyth, Rossi,
Miss Wambaugh, Toth, Brownlie, Kontra, Myers, McDermott, 0'Hara, Howland
Row 2 - Robbins,Weldie,Wallick, Kontra, Maum, Richardson, Gianguilio, Davis, Ramsey,
Althouse, Smith, Yacovelli, Mastrocola, Titus, Sutherland, Markland, Byrd
Row 3 - Lilick, Overholtzer, Rowden, Cox, Anderson, Fox, Palm, Mcliernan, Nippes,
Berry, Mcliale, Mainieri, Bartolet, Keil, Cabe, Wert, Teaford
Row 4 - Pinkavitch, Sedor, Miller, McGhee, Supplee, Green, Miller, Scott, Burke, Steh-
man, Scott, Picariello, Ramsey, Hildebrand, Stehman, Boone, Wideman
Peppy! Lively! Energetic! Where do we find students that those words describe?
Why, naturally, in the eighth grade.
This eighth grade has been responsible for some of the interesting activities go-
ing on in and around our school. For instance, the eighth grade introduced the idea of
giving points to the Blue and Gold teams for members with perfect attendance. Nineteen
of the sixty-eight pupils in this class had perfect attendance during the first semester.
The 8-1 homeroom had a club with Miss Wambaugh as their sponsor. This club
was organized at the beginning of the year and met monthly. The club was successful and
we hope to lnve it reorganized next year.
We are proud to say that before the end of the first semester, the entire eighth
grade had joined the Student Association, and all but a few had paid the entire 53.60.
"Sink that shot!" "Hold that line!" Oh, we must not forget sports. You have
probably seen many eighth grade pupils on the football field, basketball court, cheer-
leaders' squad, and numerous other teams. Don't think that they just warm the bench for
the ninth grade, either. Many of them have made the junior high varsity squads.
Tomorrow? You mean the eighth grade future plans? Well, we foresee a fine new
ninth grade class in the coming year.
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Row 1 - Basile, Farrell, Byus, Taylor, Douglass, Polarine, Slough, Pachello, Miss Cott-
ingham, Mrs. Marwood, Ebbert, Rogiani,White, Buddy, Lownes, Bean, Jefferies, Yakscoe,
Row 2 - Ebbert, Brownlie, Allen, Kutz, Trouant, Collins, Lukens, Dilks, Baker, Mezger,
Nulty, Barchock, Green, Ross, Rossi, Andreyko, Ross, Anderson, Pinkavitch
Row 3 - Keck, Wynne, Allen, Hertzog, King, Oscapinski, Lockhart, Green, Miller, Basile,
Woodring, Panczak, Clarke, Long, Stone, Silcox, Maiale, Searfoss, Williams, Hilton,
Row 4 - Wolfrom, Gergel, Doucett, Alexander, McGeorge, Karr, Long, Horner, Hensley,
Beech, Woodring, Ryan, Shaffer, Beid1er,Ha11man, Hilbert, Harmon, Keck, Burkert,Emel,
The seventh grade is unusually large this year. They have been a very active class
inasmuch as they are represented in every junior high club. Their orientation to a new
school and new subjects has taken some time, but they have tried to be cooperative in ev-
ery way and promise to be an excellent eighth grade.
The seventh grade gold girls won the championship involleyball for the junior high.
Some of the seventh grade boys made the junior high football and basketball teams.
The officers are:
Presidents Carolyn Althouse
Vice-Presidents Patty Lockhart
Secretary Susan Trouant
Treasurers Erik Mezger
"THE NEW LOOK"
1947-1948 was the year of the "New Look" in fashions. After almost ten years of
seeing short skirts, padded shoulders, and styles which took a small amount of material,
we were all but bowled over by the surprises which the designers had in store for us.
Many newspaper writers made fun of the long, full skirts, but women couldn't hold out
against the fashion world for long, so the hemlines went down.
Besides this noticeable change in the dress of the girls, our school had several
other new features this year. In September we noticed that the halls had a definitely "new
look." This effect came from the light green paint which had been added during vacation.
It made the halls seem lighter and larger, but couldn't absorb the usual noise.
Soon after football season got underway, we began to realize that we could expect
great things of the team. The winning combination of a good team and good coaching ex-
tended into basketball. Upper Merion fans had the thrill of watching their teams win
many well-deserved victories.
In November a new organization was formed as a result of the interest expressed
by many parents who attended "Meet Your Teachers Night." This organizationchose
the name "Home and School Association." The purpose of the organization was to pro-
vide more contacts between the school and the community, and to suggest ways of im-
proving our schools. Under the leadership of Mr. Geers, this group had a number of
Along about january we started a new program of all-school competition, known as
the Blue and Gold Point system. Every s'tudent in school was assigned to one of the two
teams, and each activity that he engaged in during the year gave points toward his team's
total. The climax of the Blue and Gold competition came in May when Olympic Day was
held along with May Day.
Another outgrowth of the Blue and Gold competition was the formation of six new
clubs during the second semester. The Rifle Club was revived when a number of the
members from last year and some new additions started to shoot it out among them-
selves. Reversing the usual procedure, quite a few boys enrolled for the Chefs Club, and
proved their sincere interest in learning to cook by spending the first club period making
their own aprons. The girls, not wanting to be outdone by boys who can cook, joined a
Girls' Shop Club and immediately began to acquaint themselves with the use of various
tools. Photography is an interesting hobby which several students elected to study fur-
ther with the help of Mr. Raub. Since movies have become so useful in the school pro-
gram, there was a need for people who could operate the projector. Mr. Fries worked
with a group of boys who were learning to run the movie machine, and these boys were
then able to take over the projector when a teacher wanted to use a film for a class. The
Booster Club was developed as a service organization for the school. Its chief purpose
this year was to prepare a handbook of the school for distribution next fall. In the future
it is hoped that this club will be able to assist other groups in the school in many ways.
Assembly programs became the immediate concern of the Booster Club when it was
formed, and we have this club to thank for some good programs.
just about the time that our patient faculty members had finally become used to
bubble gum, a "new look" took over there, too. The bubbles began to appear in assorted
colors. Maybe some people weren't surprised when they saw blue and yellow bubbles
coming from the rosy lips of some demure little girl!
In our own lives, too, there were some new ideas. Many of us had to make defi-
nite plans for further schooling. A few students found that hard work was the only an-
swer if they wished to receive that long-awaited diploma in june, and they really settled
down to make this year count. Realizing that the time for being together as a class was
short, we all set out to make the most of these last few months, so that we would always
have pleasant memories of Upper Merion to carry away with us.
Row 1 - Williams, Sabol, Bengen, Rossi, Van Elswyk, Chanko, Tufillaro, Williams, Davis
Row 2 - Fiorentine, Stachelek, Wasko, Miss Bizilia, Kunda, Davis
The hockey team, under Miss Bizilia's direction, spent many hours practicing to
get ready for a tough schedule in 1947. The varsity team had the following players:
Loretta Dittmar center forward
Lenora Tufillaro right inner
Eleanor Chanko left inner
Agnes Bengen right wing
Annie Van Elswyk left wing
left halfback, captain
Francis Sabol right halfback
Helen Wasko right fullback
Rose Rossi left halfback
Peggy Markland goalie
janet Gerhard substitution
The record for the season:
U. M. - 3 Norristown - 0
U. M. - 1 Ambler - 6
U. M. - 0 Spring City - 1
U. M. - 4 Berwyn - 3
U. M. - 4 Bridgeport - 0
Playing on the I. V. team were Elaine Rex, Dolly Moley, Carmella Rossi Kcaptainl,
Ioan Fulton, Frances Baron, Dorothy Anderson, Florence Williams, Betty Strunack, Doris
Thompson, Pat Rossi, Erma Florentine, Emma Jean Wolfe, Pat Buddy, lane Howland,
Marion Sabol, Helen Dudas, Sue Davis, Esther Frames, Anna Iakielaszek
Row 1 - Kutz, Anselm, Collins, Burry, Mantell
Row 2 - Dblga, McKernan, Wentzel, Golbreski, Romano, Wills, Matzik, Wadolny, Ander-
son, Ostroski, Roberto
Row 3 - Coach Campion, Wynn, Couch, Ramsey, Ozorowski, Hemiing, Vargo, F. Vargo,
Suzanne, Romig, Coach Santoro
Pre-season football practice started on August 25th with a new coach, Tom Cam-
pion, and regular assistant coach, George Santoro, in charge. The boys reported for morn-
ing practice on the school field at 9 A.M., stopped for lunch at twelve, and held afternoon
practice from two to four o'clock. Profits from the magazine campaign sales of the pre-
vious year paid for the wholesome and filling hot lunches for the team members. The
scrimmages were held before the first game was played.
As the time drew near for the first game, which was with Ambler, the newspapers
carried stories about the long string of victories Ambler had built up. Upper Merion
made the 18th football victory, as Ambler roared to a 31-6 score over a spirited Upper
Merion team. Speedster Earl Mundell did most ofthe scoring for Ambler. Ken Davis
scored for Upper Merion on a pass from McKerna.n.
The following week Upper Merion traveled to Pottstown. Outplaying them in ev-
ery respect, Upper Merion licked Pottstown, 25-7. Ostroski, Bolga, and McKernan starred
in some fine runs with stellar interference.
McKernan's passing helped our team to turn back the Downingtown Whippets, 20-6.
Davis was credited with two of our touchdowns. The Spartan line continued to outcharge
the opposition's forward wall. Ostroski added the points after touchdown.
The Spring City game resulted in another victory for the Spartans, 18-7. Davis
and Dolga made the touchdowns.
Looking for another victory, the Spartans nipped stubborn Berwyn. Our linesmen
allowed the Bullets to penetrate only as far as the 32 yard line, and we had 19 first downs
to their 3.
lust when they were going full speed ahead, the Spartans were upset by the Conshy
Bears, 12-6. Fighting back furiously with long-range aerials, the Spartans went to the
15 yard line, only to be stopped by the final whistle.
All pepped up and primed for a good scrap, the team invaded Bridgeport and re-
turned with a victory of 13-0, something to be proud of. Early in the first period Mc-
Kernan heaved a pass to Davis, who had to take only a step for a touchdown. Midway in
the final period our passing specialist, with the line giving him plenty of time to throw,
fired a 10-yarder to speedy Dolga in the end zone. Fullback Ostroski converted for one
Tom Campion's aggressive eleven scored twice in the second half to beat the Rad-
nor led, 6-0, in the first half. Beautiful passing protection was furnished by Wills, Ro-
mano, Wadolny, Golbreski, and Matzik.
The seventh victory came against Friends Central, 6-0. The only score was made
by Zeke Ostroski after some beautiful teamwork on the part of the Blue and Gold war-
riors. The victory was marred somewhat by the fact that Ken Davis got a fractured left
wrist in the game.
The last game of the season was played at the Norristown field on the Saturday af-
ter Thanksgiving. Coming up against a hard-hitting St. Patrick's team, the Spartans came
back in the last quarter to win, 12-6. Dolga, Roberto, and McKernan made outstanding
Upper Merion closed a successful season with 8 wins and 2 defeats.
Row 1 - Farrell, Pinkavitch, Emel, Dayoc, Basile, Rex, Brownlie, Knasiak, Baker, Kutz
Row 2 - Novitski, Megirr,Teaford, Anderson, Scott, Miller, Knoebel, Scott, Malloy, Emel,
Shore, Farina, Anderson
Row 3 - Mr. Raub,Teaford, Green, Toth, Picariello, Grace, McKernan, Pinkavitch, Panc-
zak, Sedor, Mr. Young
Mr. Raub's junior high football team played good football, and the season may be
considered successful although they won two, tied one, and lost four games. The boys
had a very hard schedule, being matched against teams from larger schools, and they
learned a great deal from this season of playing. Some of the boys will be moving up to
senior high, but prospects look good for junior high football in 1948.
The starting eleven this year consisted of I. Haines and C. Miller at end, A. Scott
and S. Anderson, tackles, G. Emel and I. Dudas, guards, L. Knoebel at center, F. Toth at
quarterback, R, Malloy and A. Scott at halfback, and M. Ramsey at fullback. Malloy and
Scott provided the scoring punch, while the line was an important factor in all the games.
The record for 1947:
Radnor 6 U. M. 0
Berwyn 0 U. M. 20
Bridgeport 0 U. M. 6
Phoenixville 19 U. M. 0
Downingtown 18 U. M. 0
Conshohocken 6 U. M. 6
Ambler 13 U. M. 'I
C ounte r - clockwise:
Miss Bizilia, S abo l ,
Shore, Davis, Wasko,
Anderson, Rossi, Baron
These cheerleaders, under the very efficient leadership of Helen Wasko, were faithful in
attending all of the varsity games. Peppier than ever,the girls helped to lead the rooters
at many victories this year. The cheerleaders will lose three seniors who have led
cheers for several years.
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Upper Merion can be proud of the junior high cheerleaders. With Co-Captains Pat Rossi
and Elaine Rex leading the way, these girls made it their job to show the teams that they
were rooting for them all the way. Cheerleading in the senior high should ccntinue to
maintain the same high quality when these girls compete for positions on the senior team.
Reading up - Rossi,
Nippes, Davis, Buddy,
Davis, Miss Bizilia
Drum Majorette and Captain
Betty Ann Strunack
Assistant Drum Majorette and
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The Upper Merion Band is, without doubt, one of the most important organizations
in our school. The band is not so large this year as in previous years, but the students
all took part willingly and practiced regularly. The band played at most of the assem-
blies and attended all home football games and some away games. At the senior play
band numbers between the acts made the time go by quickly for the audience.
The outstanding appearance of the band was at the annual Spring Concert.
This year both senior and junior high students have been members of the band. Al-
together thirty students are receiving instruction, and the outlook for next year is very
good. Students who show unusual ability have the opportunity of playing in the Southeast-
ern District Band, an honor which is well worth trying for.
To add a bit of frosting to the cake, the band was fronted by seven clever major-
ettes-and a color guard made up of four pretty Senior girls.
The Twirling Club was organized by Miss Bizilia this year for two reasons. The
first was to train girls who were interested in becoming drum majorettes. The second
was to provide an interesting hobby for girls who like baton work. The girls also spent
time learning to march correctly to music.
After football season was over, the club was inactive until spring, when the girls
again began to practice for the coming football season.
With so many interested aspirants for the positions as drum majorettes, we should
be sure of having very fine leaders for our band.
Row 1 - Ross, Collins, Ross, Richardson, Allen, Miss Bizilia, Lukens, McDermott, Wal-
lick, Bean, Byus
Row 2 - Wynne, Althouse, Keil, Knaphle, Wood, Watters, Suzanne, Karr, Mainieri, Wood-
ring, Davis, Kontra, Carpenter, Strimack, Althouse, Fulton
Row 3 - Mastrocola,Guidas, Milice, Kuhna, Romano, Ferenz, Ramsey, Swartley, Beidler,
Moley, Pasquael, Buddy, Williams, Hiscock
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At 7:55 P.M.,on November 7, 1947, a capacity audience was tense with expectancy. Ev-
eryone was in our auditorium with his best gal, and the ushers were showing late-arriv-
ers to their seats. Backstage the play cast went over lines while butterflies fluttered in
their stomachs. At last Mr. Laudenslager gave the sign for the band to play. A last min-
ute touch was given to shiny noses and powdered hair-dos. A few were taking their last
sip of coke before the grand opening, and all were wishing their fellow-actors and ac-
tresses good luck. This wish was gladly received by all who thought they needed it.
Vernon Smith got his pipe out and took a few puffs before going out on the stage as Mr.
Clover. Margaret Miller sang a scale to get ready for her part as Mrs. Clover. Clair
Wallick and Johnny DeHaven were dressed in their best sport togsg Anne Pierce and Bet-
ty Iane Differ, in their best plaids and sweaters. Alfred Sutherland, with a twinkle in his
eye, was shining up his police badge. Lisa was fixing her hair, and Nick, his bow tie.
The curtain rose slowly, and the seniors bravely made their entrances and exits. Ev-
erything went so smoothly that all were astonished. First act, second act, third act - all
went well! The audience roared at joe Mclntyre's portrayal of a big, awkward football
player making passes at Barbara Knaphle, charmingly playing the part of a Southern
beauty, Lucybelle Lee. The play was a success! The cast later joined an appreciative
audience for dancing in the gym, and then captured Mrs. Wolfskill and took her off to
"Ed's" with them. Two luscious cakes and several quarts of ice cream disappeared as
the hungry, but happy play cast filled up.
Another play became history, and "Ever Since Eve" joined the ranks of many past
successes at Upper Merion High School
P Seated -Smith, Mr.
Eyth, Fraschetta, Gul-
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t Anselm, Vargo,
Every play produces a leading actor or actress along with its supporting cast. Lit-
tle does anyone know or hear of the fellows who operate the curtains, sound effects, and
all of the muscle work that goes with a play.
The Senior Stage Crew, consisting of Mr. Eyth, faculty SPOIISOT, Charles Anselm,
student manager, Richard Guidas, Eugene Stanley, Paul Davidson, Matthew D'Ambrosla,
Florentine Fraschetta and Vernon Smith, worked tirelessly throughout October and the
first week of November to make possible the production of "Ever Since Eve," the Senior
Since all of the members of the stage crew are seniors and will leave in june, we
hope that the future stage crews will be able to prove as well their ability in this field.
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The junior Play, which has become an annual affair in Upper Merton, was pre-
sented on December 10th in the school auditorium. The play, entitled "Road Closed, De-
tour," had as its characters six boys from the junior class.
"Road Closed, Detour," a short drama, was concerned with the problems of two
youths, Tom and Dick Murphy, and their friends in a reform school. The scene centered
around the front porch of an honor cottage where the important events took place.
The cast was as follows:
Tom Murphy Warren Davis
Dick Murphy Michael Guidas
Starky Leslie Lee
Wix james Kell
Major Clark john Bruno
Mr. Riley - Lawrence McDermott
These boys, training themselves for next year's Senior Play, gave a very commend-
able performance that was enjoyed by all who saw it. Mrs. Wolfsklll directed the play.
Seated - Davis, Le e ,
Mrs. Wolfskill, Bruno,
Standing - McDermott,
Kneeling - Petrecz,
Seated - S mit h, Mc-
Intyre, Rakowski, Was-
Standing - Estock, Keil,
L e e, Morrison, Mrs.
Wolfskill, Mc Inty re,
Wills, Maiale, Collins
Our school has successfully worked out one of the most difficult forms of student govern-
ment. We have a student panel through which. the pupils themselves handle their prob-
lems and govern themselves accordingly. Representatives chosen from each homeroom
form a Senior High Panel and a junior High Panel to lead discussions. Students chosen
to serve on the Panels must show average scholastic achievement at least, and must be
Combined Panel Assemblies are held for all students in the school. Faculty members
are specifically requested not to attend some of these assemblies, and the students as-
sume full responsibility for such meetings. Problems of the moment are solved and ev-
ery student is given equal opportunity to enter into the discussion.
Both the Junior Panel and the Senior Panel work under a constitution which all students
must obey. The Panel is now in its fifth year as a student government organization, and
it has found the students to be cooperative in carrying out the decisions of the group.
Kne e 1 ing - Althouse,
Knaphle , Slough, Wolfe,
Seated - McGhee, Mei-
ster, Buehler, Titus
Standing - Cabe, Keehn,
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Row 1 - Mr. Patterson, Angelos, Carpenter, Knaphle, Zielinski, Mastrocola, Weldie,
Richardson, Wallick, Sutherland, Miss Bassett
Row 2 - Mastrocola, Davis, Baron, Williams, Mainieri, Kuhna, Blanken, Keil, Maum, Wood
Row 3 - Watters, Markland, Rossi, Rakowski, Lee, E. Lee, Moley, Petrecz, Tirpak
It has been that old Spartan spirit which has paced the diligent and industrious ef-
forts of the editors and staff of the Grapevine.
News, features, public opinion polls, local chatter, sports, and pictures went into
the paper this year with such appeal that our paper was one of the best high school papers
in this area.
We believe the juniors made a splendid success of their venture into newspaper
editing. Assisted by Mr. Patterson, the staff pushed the paper through strikes and other
minor calamities and published the paper monthly in conjunction with the Student Associ-
ation. The advertising solicitors, under Miss Bassett's supervision, sold enough adver-
tising space to support about 30'Zy of the total printing cost.
The editor was Rose Mastrocola, who was assisted by Jane Weldie. Peggy Mark-
land headed the news department, assisted by Susan Bader, Peggy Carpenter, Janet
Knaphle, Irene Gregos, Ioan Wood, and Gayle Wallick.
The literary section was edited by lean Rakowski,with Anne Althouse, Mary Maum,
Mina Farrell, Mildred Richardson, and Marjorie Sutherland helping out.
Feature articles were collected by Barbara Tirpak, and reporting for her were
Frieda Angelos, Theresa Mainieri, Mary Keil, Betty Blanken, Marian Mastrocola, and
Leslie hunted down Spartan teams until he got scores, plays, and victors' names.
He was assisted by Dan Mainieri, Sue Davis, and Florence Williams.
Business and circulation were handled byRita Zielinski. Her assistants were Mary
Keil, Mary Maim, Theresa Mainieri, Peggy Markland, Mildred Richardson, and Gayle
Dorris Watters represented the senior class, Carmella Rossi did proof-reading,
Bob Faullmer took pictures for us as staff photographer. Typing was done by Evelyn Lee
and Dorothy Kuhna
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Kneeling - Howland, Bean, Wolfrom, White, Byus
Row 1 - Polarine, McDermott, Pinkavitch, Howland, Angelos, Althouse, Wallick, Buddy,
Row 2 - Williams, Mastrocola, Smith, Keil,Gergel, Blanken,Ca'rpenter, McHale, Wolfrom,
Lockhart, Richardson, Maum, Knaphle
Row 3 - McGeorge, Hilbert, Fox, Beidler, Supp1ee,Green, Palm, Swartley, Althouse, Ram-
sey, Mainieri, Mezger, Davis
The Handicraft Club, sponsored by Mr. Young, is made up of seventh, eighth, and
ninth graders. The members have the opportunity to do the things they like most concern-
ing arts and handicrafts. The regular meeting time of the club is Monday, the first ac-
Some of the many activities carried on are painting, stencil work, charcoal drawing,
making cards, making earrings, and doing leather and plastic work.
This year Swedeland School has also had a very successful Handicraft Club with
about fifty members. When these pupils enter jimior high school they will be able to con-
tinue this hobby.
One thing that the club members looked forward to all year was their trip to New
York City in March. One of the highlights of the trip was a show and tour of Radio City
The officers of the club this year were:
President Janet Knaphle
Vice-President Gayle Wallick
Secretary Anne Althouse
Treasurer Jane Howland
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Standing - Ostroski fManagerJ, Mr. Campion, Fraschetta, Collins, Golbreski, Murphy,
Toth, Bruno iManagerD
The varsity basketball team is to be commended for its fine achievements in mak-
ing basketball history at Upper Merion, finishing the season with a record of 16 wins and
3 losses in league competition. Each member of the team was important in winning these
victories. Mr. Campion is to be congratulated for his fine coaching, also. Our team
made a compilation of 58 points per game on their home court.
After finishing the regularly scheduled games, our team was tied with Bridgeport.
The championship playoff for section six superiority was held at Norristown with a rec-
In March the team entered the Spring City Lions Club tournament and went to the
Record for the seasm:
UPPCI' M6I'i0H Berwyn Upper Merion Spring City
UPPGI' M6ri0Il North Wales Upper Merion St. Matthews
Upper Merion Phoenixville Upper Merion Bridgeport
UPPSI' M6I'i0I1 Spring City Upper Merion Conshohocken
Upper MeTi0H St. Matthews Upper Merion North Coventry
Upper Merion Bridgeport Upper Merion Marple -Newtown
Upper Merion Berwyn Upper Merion Alumni
Upper Merion Conshohocken Upper Merion Bridgeport
Upper Merion Marple-Newtown Upper Merion Fleetwood
Upper Merion North Coventry Upper Merion Mohnton
Upper Merion Phoenixville
Shea, Keehn, Toth, Lewis, Murpny, noberto, uurry, uokita tManagerJ
The Upper Merion Iayvees won the Suburban Six League title in their class C01
lins and Vargo were moved up to the varsity team in mid-season and madea fine showing
Francis Murphy was the high scorer for the season on the I. V. team.
The record for the season:
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Kneeling - Cairns, Mastrocola, Stanley, Baker, Kutz, Pinkavitch, DiCami1l0, Titus, Robbins
Standing - Palm Knoebel Dudas Malloy Emel Pinkavitch McKernan Scott Ande
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Our girls' basketball team finished the season with seven victories and four de
he scores were:
Phoenixville 61 U. M. 26
Ambler 60 U.M. 20
Bridgeport 25 U. M. 30
C onshohocken 36 U.M. 2Q
Alumni 24 U. M. 48
Spring City 13 U.M. 34
C onshohocken 14 U. M. 19
Bridgeport 17 U.M. 30
Berwyn 20 U.M. 26
Spring City 13 U.M. 45
Phoenixville 3 2 U.M. 26
The high scorer was Gerry Shore. Other members of the starting line-up were
llaro and Ginny Shore as forwards, Eleanor Chanko Kcaptainj, Norma McIntyre,
Fichter as guards.
Kneeling - Dudas, Rossi, Wolfe, Williams, Fulton, Rossi, Knaphle
Standing - Miss Bizilia, Sabol, Romano, Frames, Davis, Buehler, Pierce
Sitting - Fichter, Differ, Miller, Knaphle, Buddy, Stachelek, D'Ange1i, Tufillaro, Chanko,
Standing - Davidson, Fraschetta, Romano, Wadolny, Kunda, Wallick, Mr. Hensinger, Miss
Bassett, Watters, Geers, Guidas
Captions, headlines, senior write-ups, layout, dummy, features, budget - oh, all the
poor little seniors' heads are going 'round and 'round. "Be there to get pictures," and
"Barbara, keep up the school diary!" and "Contact your patronslI" are all commands
given imperiously by Clair, Eleanor, and Anne, our staff directors.
Almost every Wednesday, second activity period, you could have seen our ingenious
staff working industriously to make deadlines. Quite a few of us spent a number of hours
after school working out the final details of layout. As soon as the theme of the book was
decided, write-ups were assigned to almost every staff member. Cartoons of individuals
were drawn by Florentine Fraschetta, Richard Guidas, Eleanor Kunda, and Alex Wadolny.
The work of editing was chiefly in the hands of Eleanor Stachelek and Clair Wallick, who
also wrote some of the features.
This year for the first time our yearbook will be entered in a nation-wide contest
for criticism by the National Scholastic Press Association. The staff also decided to
send two students and a faculty sponsor to the National Association's conference inCleve-
land on November 28th and 29th. Lisa Fichter and Eleanor Kunda, accompanied by Miss
Bassett, joined more than 1800 students and teachers from all over the United States to
study last year's prize-wirming yearbooks and to listen to lectures given by yearbook
specialists and representatives of publishing firms. From this conference we gained
some helpful ideas and information about planning and publishing our yearbook, not only
for this year, but for future classes.
We staff members hope that everyone who receives a 1948 Pioneer will be proud
to own the book and will get much enjoyment from looking at it now and in the years to
Seated - Wallick, Rossi, Robins, Kunda, Ross, Davis, Mr. Kern
Standing - Hiscock, Fichter, Wallick, McKernan, Burry, Rowden, Chanko
One of the newest but most helpful organizations in school is the Student Associa-
tion. This group drew up its constitution last year, and since then it has been very suc-
cessful. The reason for this success is that the association offers its members so much
for a very small fee. Upon paying annually the sum of 53.60, the members are entitled
to the following: eight issues of the Grapevine, a copy of the Pioneer, four feature mov-
ies, and all home football, basketball, and baseball games. Without such an organization,
many students would be deprived of numerous privileges because of the expense involved.
By having a definite amount of money provided for the various activities, the sponsors
are able to work out budgets which benefit all of our students. This association is ap-
preciated by the students, who have joined it almost 100W for two years.
In addition to regular officers, the homeroom treasurers have heavy responsibil-
ities in connection with the association. Each treasurer collects dues for his homeroom
and reports them to the central organization. These treasurers also distribute the school
paper and the yearbook. The officers this year were:
President Eleanor Chanko
Vice-President Mike Burry
Secretary Lisa Fichter
Treasurer Eleanor Kunda
Row 1 - Barchock,
Ross, Differ, Lukens,
Mrs. Miller , Dilks,
Mastrocola, C ollins,
Row 2 - Allen, Sear-
foss, Miller, Woodring,
Watters, Maiale, Ful-
Row 3 - Stachelek,
sia, Scott, Guidas,
Picariello, W allic k,
Because of the many requests made by academic and general students who wanted
to have the opportunity of learning to type, the Typing Club was formed this year, with
Mrs. Miller as its sponsor. Both senior high and junior high students were allowed to
join the club. The members of this club have the advantage of being able to type their
assignments and those who go to college will find typing a necessity for college papers,
so they will benefit from their typing experience here.
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Junior high school students who are interested in learning to speak Spanish and to
get acquainted with some of the interesting customs of our South American neighbors
have formed a club, with Miss Wambaugh as their sponsor. Acquiring a knowledge of
basic Spanish words whichwould be useful in conversation is one of the aims of the club.
When the members of this club take a language in senior high school, they should be able
to progress rapidly.
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The Upper Merion School Store, located directly across the hall from the office,
has a wide variety and assortment of school supplies on display for the convenience of
the school students. The store has everything from shoe laces to a complete gym out-
fit. There are many different articles of jewelry which proudly bear the Upper Merion
school seal. Through the store students can order engraved stationery. The prices are
reasonable, and any profit is turned over to the Student Association.
This Spartan Shoppe is operated by Miss Cottingham, who is ably assisted by jun-
ior high students. The hours are 8:10 to 9:15 in the morning, and during lunch period
from 11:45 to 1:15. '
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Row 1 - Novitski, Cyrus, Valyo, Rhoads, Saboe, Buddy, Williams, Baron, Smith, Mrs.
Dietrich, Dilks, Miller, Ewanick, Althouse, I. Althouse, Anderson, Estock, Davis, Differ
Row 2 - Tirpak, Sabo, Kuhna, Kurylo, Long, Mastrocola, Lee, Bengen, Ashton, Stachelek,
Thompson, Robins, Pierce, Knaphle, Gerhard, Fiorentine, Zielinski, Stanley, Novitski,
Milice, Toth, Hiscock, Dayoc
Row 3 - Watters, Petrecz, Flack, Smondroski, Suzanne, Markland, Rychlak, Shine, Toth,
Sabol, McIntyre, Morrow, Fulton, Harkins, Dittmar, Homont, Getcy, Fraschetta, Wasko,
Rossi, Kovats, Ostroski, Sutherland, Moley, Maciejewski, Posobiec, Shore, Iakielaszek
"Aw, come on - let's go down and type."
"Pd like to, but I have chorus and I don't want to miss that."
Yes, chorus is a subject that everyone looks forward to. The American heritage
includes a love for singing and almost everyone is happy when he can sing. Mrs. Dietrich
has helped all of us to appreciate the pleasure of singing.
The senior high chorus began as an organization of thirty-five to forty members,
but its growth has been constant, and this year we have more tha.n eighty members. Boy,
what volume! Among the sweet feminine voices the clear, mellow bass and tenor tones
are heard. This addition was made this year after a large group of senior boys showed
their enthusiasm for choral singing.
The annual Spring Concert on May 6th gave the chorus a chance to show the public
just how good singing should sound. The numbers on the program varied from classics
to interesting arrangements of popular tunes.
Row 1 - Byus, Iefferis,O'Hara, Myers, Markland, Mrs. Dietrich, Rex, McDermott, Rossi,
Row 2 - Rossi, Woodside, Althouse, Kontra, Maum, Dewan, Tarhovicky, Moser, Smith,
Knaphle, Sutherland, Toth
Row 3 - Wynne, Lockhart, Karr, Ostroski, Keil, Hiscock, McHale, Williams, Guidas,
Althouse, Rowden, Stone, Davis, Wolfrom, Robbins
Row 4 - Baker, Strunack, Carpenter, Beidler, Horner, Supplee, Mitchell, Ferenz, Swart-
ley, Romig, Stehman, McGhee, Althouse, Buddy
The Junior High Glee-Club was organized at the beginning of the scfhool year with
members from the seventh, eighth, 'and ninth grades. The group, consisting of about fif-
ty members met every Wednesday with their director, Mrs. Dietrich. The club sang at
the Spring Concert in May. This was their first public appearance of the year. Many
members of the present group hope to continue singing with the Glee Club next year.
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Seated - Blanken, Sabol, Rossi, Mr. Hensinger, Hiscock, Davis, Lilick
Standing - Smith, Shine, Strickland, Bader, Keehn, Carpenter
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Seated -WlVlrs.l Marwood, Pinkavitch, Pinkavitch, Wert, Titus, Baker, Sutton, Roebuck,
McKernan, Miss Kennally
Middle row - Anderson, Zugay, Ramsey,Vargo, Guidas, Couch, Picariello, Rossi, Weldie
Burkert, Wideman, McGeorge
Back Row - Keehn, Wood, Ozorowski, Scott, Williams, Gianguilio, Hensley, Stehman
Front row - Green, Anderson, Mr. Eyth
Back row - Keck, Green, Beidler, Harmon, Saylor, Bartolet, Watters
Seated - Markland, Harkins, Mr. Raub, Moley, Van Elswyk
Middle Row - Gerhard, Toth, Sedor, Anselm, Meister, Bruno, Vargo, Faulkner
Back Row - Palm, Golbreski, McKernan
Whitemore, Costello, Paravaty, Lownes, Berry, Sutherland, Mr. Fries
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Kneeling - Keil, Toth, Mullen, Smith, Stanley, Mantell, Keebler
Standing - Mr. Young, D'Ambrosia, McDermott, Murphy, Davis, Gerhard, McIntyre, Bud
dy, Wills, I. McIntyre, Schmitz, DeHaven, Santoro
Row 1 - Yakscoe, Wolfrom, Keck, Buddy, White, Graburn, Rogiani
Row 2 - Basile, McGeorge, Titus, Gergel, Alexander, Taylor
Row 3 - Mr. Santoro, King, Miller, Woodring, H. Woodring, Scheetz, Beech, Shore, Hil
bert, Mr. Young
Kneeling: Collins, Rychlak, Wynn, Burry
Standing: Mr. Santoro, Ostroski, Anderson, Burat, Davis, Suzanne, McKernan, Couch,
McIntyre, Dolga, Schmitz, Stanley, Wills
. The 1947 baseball season was a successful one for Upper Merion. Our team ended
the season in second place in the league. With many veteran players reporting this year,
we should again have a strong team.
Fraschetta, Toth, D'Ambrosia, Guidas, Mr. Raub
Once in a great while a school produces a team that brings home a championship
for two ccnsecutive years. During the last tlu-ee years Upper Merion has had a golf team
tlmt has been undefeated in league competition. With the Gulph Mills Golf Club course as
their home course, the Spartan golfers have had a streak of impressive victories to show
for their long hours of practice.
For the opening of the 1948 season, the Spartans had four veteran golfers - Toth,
Fraschetta, Guidas, and Anselm. Joining the ranks and showing great improvement in
team play were John Katrina, Ernie Toth, Clifford Rowden, and Gene Davis.
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National Honor Society Members
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Barbara Knaphle L
National Honor Society
I.n 1945 Upper Merion welcomed one of the finest of national scholastic organiza-
tions into its midst. This organization was the National Honor Society.
Since its establishment here at Upper Merion, twenty students have been admitted
as members. Each year new members lthe number depends on the size of the classy are
inducted into this society. These members are carefully selected from the junior and
senior classes. In order to be chosen, the pupils must have the following qualifications:
scholarship, leadership, character, and service.
This society is one which emphasizes the highest standards, therefore, its mem-
bers treasure the honor of being elected.
Junior Honor Society Members
We started on our long, long trail
With hopes uplifted high.
We hoped that we would never fail,
Nor drop along the side.
We headed over hill and dale,
Led by our trusty guides.
We could not stop, but must forth sail
Lest lost beneath the tide.
We've reached the end of school's long path,
New guidance we beseech,
For now we'll feel of life's old wrath
The crossroads we have reached.
We start now on the road of life,
Our guides we leave behind.
We're on our own to start our strife
So in this world a place we'll find.
- Clair Wallick
I'll always remember the fun I had,
From Shakespeare's works to Sir Galahad.
The exams were such a mental strain,
And yet I wish I were back again.
Our past is behind us, our future unknown,
No one knows what talents we may own,
But whatever this bright future to us may bring,
Our school's praises we will sing.
Enter to learn, go forth to serve,
Each one in a different field,
Accepting gladly from the world
Whatever it may have to yield. .
Never a loss, always a gain
Of new knowledge along the way.
Always a goal at which to aim,
So success will be ours some day.
- Bill Wills
The Guiding Door
The door was opened for us then -
As little children we had a yen
To do as our elder before had done
Learn our studies and enjoy the fun.
The door was on the half mark
As we gazed into the dark,
And saw the world in great dismay,
Resulting from the war' s inhuman way.
The door is closed behind us now -
They've told us "why" and taught us "how."'
We say "Goodby" and go our way
To find the place we wish to stay.
- Janet Gerhard
Think of a stream with its lucid pools -
Think of the first day you entered school.
Bright and young you'sat out for learning
just as a stream's water goes twisting and turning.
Up you go reeling from grade to grade
Like the stream with its waters of jade.
Now here we are at our journey's end
As the stream's water rushes to the lake at the bend.
Here we face a world of unrest
Like the waters that challenge the lake's very best.
Let's hasten our way to keep peace on earth
As the stream blends with the lake and gives it new birth.
Theresa D'Angeli's beautiful black bathing suit Qcirca 1900 A. DJ in the Fashion Show.
Clair Wallick as the late Mahatma Gandhi, complete with turban and glasses in the Mock
The morning when the chemistry class had a sit-down strike in the hall waiting for Mr.
Fries to plough through the snow.
The weekly speeches in P. O. D.
The time Fraschetta stole the ball and zipped the cords to give Berwyn 2 points.
Waiting in the cold outside the gym at Bridgeport.
Alex Wadolny as Dracula Qtruly a frightening spectacle! and Anne Pierce as his grace-
ful, unconscious victim in the Mock Wedding.
The Ianuary morning we had no heat in school and you could see your breath indoors.
The tree and the snake at the " Garden of Eden."
Betty lane as Little Lulu in the Mock Wedding.
The seniors' extemporaneous speeches in English class KUghD
Mr. Campion's talks at pep rallies.
The day off after the victory over Bridgeport in football.
The hours spent trying to find material for the Stewart Frmd Essay.
The yo-yo craze that hit the school for a few weeks.
The Junior Prom of '46 when lots of the boys of '48 got bids.
The beautiful prom decorations every year.
When "Kilroy" was here.
When "True" was the stock retort to every statement.
Winning the second game with Bridgeport, 56-54.
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Gulpeth breakfast, runneth for bus, sleepy faces, homework a must.
Writeth essay, composeth poem, scribbleth shorthand - borroweth comb.
Classes cometh, classes goeth, dasheth students to and froethg
Dribbleth basketball, swingeth bat, cometh April, class trip hath.
Donneth gown, real proud guy, sad at parting, breatheth sigh -
Starteth slow, endeth fast, many parteth lad and lass.
Our own path we sad departethg cometh time we must starteth.
C LASS WILL
We, the members of the Class of 1948, Upper Merion High School, being of sound
mind and generous heart, do hereby give and bequeath our most valued possessions to
those worthy underclassmen who will make the best use of them.
To Skip and Doris, ACIE abandons his special spot on the stairway.
MATTHEW D'AMBROSIA gives Fuzzy McKernan the task of learning Spanish. We
know that Fuzzy will undertake this task with pleasure.
BILL ANGELOS donates his leave of absence privileges to any needy juniors.
Our blonde glamour girl, ELEANOR CHANKO, wills her golden hair to Susan Bader.
CHARLES ANSELM bestows upon George Matzik his taste in haircuts.
That yellow sweater that STANLEY BURAT wears is quite an eye-catcher, BOB0
wills it to Frannie Baron.
A long list of suitors is bestowed upon Dot Romig by BETTE ASHTON.
A bequest of flirtatious manners goes to Leona from her sister, AGNES. Agnes
made good use of those ways, so try your luck, Leona.
Writing letters is PEG GUDDY's hobby. She bestows this technique upon her sis-
THERESA D'ANGELI gives George Whitmore her willingness. Here' s hoping you'll
make good use of it, George.
JOHNNY DEHAVEN's taxi service proved to be a great help to the class. He leaves
it to Helen Morrow, who will do it justice.
Who's always sleeping in P.O.D.? That's right, it's GENE DAVIS, who leaves that
period for sleeping to the Senior Class of '49,
Jimmy Keil has a big place to fill because PAUL DAVIDSON leaves him the power
of arguing. From what we know of Jimmy, he'll try his best to live up to it.
KENNY DAVIS leaves to Roy Davidson his technique of cutting classes. We're sure
that Roy can keep up Kenny's standards.
BETTY JANE DIFFER, the tiny tot, wills her shortness to Elaine Rex.
The ability to get along with Mr. Hensinger is passed on to Ronald Cairns by JOHN
KEEBLER. As if Ronald needed itl
LORETTA DITTMAR wishes to pass on to Mary Saboe the smile that has won her
many friends in school.
That graceful walk belongs to LISA FICHTER, who bequeaths it to Gloria Strickland.
RICHARD GUIDAS passes on his piano playing to Helen Toth, who already has a
To Frank Wolfrom, ED GOLBRESKI leaves some of his height. Could you use a
few inches, Frank?
FLORENTINE FRASCHETTA wishes to pass on his curly hair to Ernie Toth. He
will be glad to show you how to keep it curly, Ernie.
There's only one girl in the senior class who lives up to the regulations of a girl
scout. JANET GER!-IARD makes her daily hike every morning to the bus stop. To Rose
Dayoc, Janet gives this hike. We hope you have a good supply of shoes, Rose.
NICK MAIALE hates to give up his courteous manners, so he is taking them along,
but leaves his example to all boys in school.
NICK GEERS bestows upon Tony Roberto his "faces," with lessons thrown in free.
The girl who has that wardrobe of lovely clothes is none other than ELEANOR
KUNDA. Eleanor bequeaths to Jane Howland her style of dressing.
BARBARA KNAPHLE passes on to her sister, Janet, those long cm-ly eyelashes.
They are quite useful in flirting, Janet.
Hear that giggle? I guess that you know it belongs to PEGGY MILLER. To Dot
Burke, Peggy leaves her giggle. Happy giggling, Dot.
Did you ever try to enter classes late without answering a lot of questions? Well,
JOE McINTYRE has found a solution to this problem, and he will offer it to William
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To Leroy Keehn, ALFRED F. OSTROSKI leaves his dancing. Pooch is quite an ex-
pert, and Leroy isn't far behind him.
During basketball season NORMA MCINTYRE learned the "juggle." Norma gives
to Doris Thompson her mastery of this technique.
Mr. Atlas, alias ALFRED J. OSTROSKI, gives Mike Vargo that handsome physique.
Jute Rokita receives WALTER OZOROWSKI's quietness. Ozzie hopes that you
won't break his record, Jute. Here's wishing you many quiet moments.
For once Santa Claus is getting a present. JOHN ROMANO wishes to give old St.
Nicholas a few lessons on how to handle kids. John really has a nice way with the m.
Have you noticed how lonesome JOE RICHARDSON is? Robert Anselm gets Joe's
lonesome feeling, but not for too long, we hope.
The Southern accent of ANNE "Cactus Kate" PIERCE is passed on to Mary Cyrus.
Maybe you two can give each other lessons. -
LENORA TUFILLARO is the girl in our class who has made the new look quite a
hit among the girls. LEE leaves the new look to Doris Davis.
Hear that commotion? Don't worry, it's only FRANK VARGO debating in P.O.D.
class. FRANK leaves this trait to John Mullen.
ALEXANDER WADOLNY likes flashy shirts. To the Pinkovitch brothers ABNER
leaves his love for flashy shirts.
To all Upper Merionites, CLAIR WALLICK wishes to leave his ideas of originality
Our peppy cheerleader, HELEN WASKO, passes on her pep to Dorothy Anderson.
DORRIS WATTERS wishes to take with her the thoughts of a certain person who
has won her admiration.
SIDNEY WILLIAMS hates to part with his turned-up hat but he's decided that he'll
leave it to Warren Davis.
Cute is the word that describes VIRGINIA WILLIAMS. GINNY leaves her cuteness
to Emma Jean Wolfe.
WILLIAM WILLS leaves to any future football stars of Upper Merion his position
on the field.
JOHN WOOD leaves his car to Mike Burry. Do you think you could use another
car, Mike? ' 'I
LAWRENCE D'ANTONIO wishes to pass on his rosy cheeks to any girl who would
like to have them. No fighting, girls!
Gee, CHRISTIAN ROMIG just hates to part with that dictionary, but being kind-
hearted, he gladly bestows it upon Walter Greiner.
FRANNY SABOL is our hockey star. To Sue Davis, FRANNY leaves her position
on the hockey field.
From one CARL to another, KARL SCHMITZ leaves to Carl Meister his ability to
GERALDINE SHORE has been very active since she first came to our school. GER-
RY bestows her activeness upon her sister Ginny. We know that Ginny will follow in her
VERNON SMITH bequeaths to David Grace his way with the girls. VERNON is quite
a Romeo but we're sure that Davis is capable of undertaking the task.
ELEANOR STACHELEK bestows upon Betty Blanken her Woodbury complexion.
We lmow that Betty will do it justice.
To Mildred Mitchell, EUGENE STANLEY leaves his curly red hair.
Who's that fellow that is so mischievous? It's none other than ALFRED SUTHER-
LAND!! ALFRED bestows his mischief-making upon Leo Herming. Maybe ALFRED could
give you a few lessons, Leo.
CHARLES TOTH wishes to leave his voice to Joe Roebuck. We're sure that Joe
could use that voice.
To Barbara Tirpak, ETHEL TOTH leaves those friendly mamiers which have won
her many friends.
JACK MURPHY wills that slow-motion walk and talk of his to Framiy Murphy.
LOUIS HERT ZOG leaves his school books to all future students of U. M.
CHARLES WENTZEL wants to help next year's salesmen in the magazine cam-
paign by giving them his "Personality Approach" to customers.
To Gordm Collins, ED RYCHLAK leaves his many tricks in playing good basketball.
WALTER ZUGAY wishes to take along with him those precious memories of his
Lee Tufillaro - Zeke Ostroski
Most Likely To Succeed
Agnes Bengen - Corky Rychlak
SUPERLATIVES OF 1948
Betty jane Differ
Betty Jane Differ - Alex Wadolny
Romeo and Juliet
Dorris Watters - john Romano Dorris Watters -Clair Wallick
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Gilbert Farrington, III, Vice-Presidentg William Hamilton, Presidentg Laura Malloy,
The Upper Merion High School Alumni Association is only two years old, but it has
accomplished a lot in a short time. Sponsoring the Sportsmen's Banquet is one of the
Association's most worthwhile activities. The Alumni invite all members of the class of
1948 to join the Association and become active members of the group.
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The old look and the "new look"
We sincerely appreciate and wish to thank the patrons who have so willingly helped
us to make possible this 1948 Pioneer.
Alan Wood Steel Company
Maplecroft Dairy Farms, King of Prussia, Pa.
Al's Fountain - Sandwiches, 22 Crooked Lane, King Manor A. F- March and 50115
I. Kirk Anderson, Ir.
Autocar Trucks Ardmore
l Mr. and Mrs. Frank,Bearoff, Sr.
Dr. and Mrs. joseph E. Beideman
Benny and Reds - Barbers
Mr. and Mrs. William Berry
Bethlehem Steel Company
B. Block and Bros.
D. Rae Boyd
Bridgeport National Bank
Mr. and Mrs. I. Arthur Buehler
Mrs. Anna Catanese
Coates-Wafer Post, No. 840, Bridgeport
Columbia Institute of Commerce, Philadelphia, Pa.
Conshohocken Flower Shop
Mrs. Mary McFarland Cutler
Danny's Diner, Bridgeport
Lloyd H. Daub - Hardware
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Dechert
Mr. and Mrs. H. C. Delzlaven
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Differ
Alice English - Florist
M. George Estock
Dr. B. L. Falcone
Flavorite Ice Cream
H. W. Forth Garage
Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas Geers
Dr. E. I. Gibbons
Guild Shoe Repair Shop, Inc.
Highway Materials, Inc.
Gustave J. Irwin
Kaulbach Brothers -
Mr. and Mrs. Iohn G. Keebler
Keystone Cafe, Norristown
King Manor Gardens, Ford St., Bridgeport
King of Prussia Grocery Store
King of Prussia Inn
Watson Kunda and Sons - Distributors
Kurtz Bros., Bridgeport
James Lees and Sons Co.
Margie's Sweet Shop, King Manor
Martins Department Store, Norristown
Lucressa H. Morrison
Mitchell and Ness, Sporting Goods, Philadelphia
Mr. and Mrs. I. A. Mclntyre
Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Mclntyre
Mr. and Mrs. Royal McGeorge
Norristown Business College
Mr. and Mrs. T. W. Ortell
Raffel's Atlantic Station
Refractory and Insulation Corporation
Mr. and Mrs. William Ruttman
Ryan's Service Station and Store
Scheetz's Auto Body Shop, Hughes Park, Bridgeport, Pa.
Adam Scheidt Brewing Co.
Richard Schwoebel - Landscape Contractor and Nurseryman
Sears Roebuck and Company
Mr. and Mrs. joseph K. Shoemaker
Mr. and Mrs. Fredrick B. Smillie
Robert I. Snyder - Jewelers
Steve's Service Station, Crooked Lane, Hughes Park
Mrs. S. A. and lean Supplee
Tagliebers Sanitary Market
Taylor Business School, Philadelphia
L. Tomkins - Frosted Foods
D. Tuflllaro and Son
Union Paving Company
Upper Merion Alumni Association
Upper Merion Home and School Association
William W. Walker - Tough steaks and tender stew
Dr. Samuel Weiss
Mr. and Mrs. Isaac F. White
Mrs. Florence Williams
Frank B. Williams
Mr. and Mrs. William E. Wills, Sr.
Mr. Iohn R. Wood
Zamsky Studios, Philadelphia, Pa.
Miss Mabel Ruth Zieser
The staff of the Pioneer wishes to thank Mr. Kenneth Hassrlck for his advice and
help in publishing our yearbook.
Some of the models in our Fashion Show
pose in old and new costumes.
Mrs. Wolfskill directs Margaret Miller and
Vernon Smith at a rehearsal for the Senior Play.
Francis Oscapinski Osinski, May Queen of '46
places the crown on Virginia Loughin,
Prom Queen of '47, at the Iunior Prom.
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