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Page 57 text:
Top Row-H. Korthals, F. Tanski, M. Davis, V. Lambert.
Second Row-Miss Wellemeyer, J. Russell, R. Bauer, M. Vande-
Bunt, B. Pierssn, A. Hewlette, L. Gohsman, M. Harper.
Bottom Row-W. Allen, B. Hyslop, B. Baldwin, C. Whitcomb, R.
Schmidt, D. Caterfield.
The Vassar High School library was completely reorganized th's
year under the competent supervision of Miss Wellemeyer. Book shelves
were entirely rearranged in a definite order. The card index, contain-
ing a filing card for each book in the library was checked thoroughly
so that each book may be accurately recorded when loaned to students.
The library is an essential and extremely important part of the
activities of Vassar High School. Students have come to rely upon the
library as a source of recreational reading as well as reference material
for regular school Work. The staff, although entirely new and inexperi-
enced this year, have succeeded in making the library system very effl-
cient and orderly.
A number of new books were purchased for the library among
which were, "Gone With The Wind", "Yang and Yin", "East Wind - West
Wind", "The Good Earth", 'iLost Horizon" and "Magnificent Obsession".
Many new and interesting books are on the list for next year. Maga-
zines, of particular interest to the extra-curricular activities are also be-
The card catalog, which at present is used only by the library
staff, is to be moved into the general session room Where all students may
use it. Each student in the high school will be taught the essentials of
the filing system so that they will be in a position to use similar systems
in other libraries.
The library staff wishes to extend their sincere appreciation to
their director, Miss Wellemeyer. She has been more than patient with
the stumbling efforts of the staff in attempting to become efficient li-
Page 56 text:
D. Evans, I. Braido, Mr. Hamilton, P. Thompson, M, Schultz
The debate team of 1938, d,.Le to the graduation of its former
members, was a team composed of all new members. The question for
debate this year in all the High Schools in Michigan was Resolved:
"That the several states should adopt a unicameral form of legislation."
Vassar, taking the affirmative, won over Flint Bendle and Lapeer by
unanimous decisions. She then debated on the negative side, losing a
two to one decision to Flint Beecher, but winning over Swartz Creek,
thereby making a total of thiiteen points. This put the team in the
elimination series and upheld the record of Winning a wall plaque
every year for the past three years. In addition to a wall plaque for the
school, through the courtesy of the Detroit Free Press, all participants in
elimination debates received a pin or lapel button. The school also gives
a pin to debaters of merit who complete a successful season. Probably
in no year since Mr. Hamilton has been coaching the debating teams of
Vassar have they enjoyed a more complete season of participation. In
addition to the regular league debates, an affirmative and a negative
team were sent to the Fourth Annual Debate Tournament at Flint Cen-
tral High School where Vassar met two Pontiac teams, Grosse Point and
Flint Beecher. About twenty practice debates were also scheduled. The
first elimination debate was held in Vassar with Bad Axe taking the
negative side of the question. Margie Schultz, Pauline Thompson and
Doris Evans represented Vassar and presented a very good affirmative
case, but the Bad Axe team, a group of veterans who had been defeated
by Vassar in 1936 and again in 1937, turned the tables and won by a close
margin. This defeat officially ended the debating season with the excep-
tion of attending the championship debate at Ann Arbor on April 29.
At this time the University of Michigan entertained debaters with a
speech clinic, demonstration debate. Campus tour and baseball game.
Vassar is rapidly gaining a reputation in debating. All this year's de-
baters will be back next year. Watch Vassar in the debating circles for
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Top Row-C. Gunnell, T. Slafter, Mr. Brant, S. Opperman, F.
Bottom ROW+D. Evans, C. Whitcomb, L. Smith, B. Schafer, E.
President Leo Smith
Vice-President Sinclair Opperman
Secretary and Treasurer Bernadine Schafer
In order to finance school activities, to create a better school spirit,
to support any project for school improvement, to aid in activities of the
school and to offer suggestions for the betterment of the school, the
Activities Council continued its existence just as enthuslagtically as in
the past years. The members were appointed by the student body as
representatives of the four upper classes, football, basketball, baseball de-
bate teams and band. These reliable and competent members were under
Mr. Brant's able and sympathetic sponsorship. The busfness meetings
were conducted in Mr. BranL's office, from 8 to 8:45 on Tuesday morning
of each week.
Many of this years events will be added to the history of the
council, of which the two most profitable were the engagement of Mar-
quis the Magician and the two one act plays produced by the dramatics
club. The two one act plays were a great success. They were presented
to a large audience on February 18. The Music Department also offer-
ed assistance for this program.
In March, the council sponsored the taking of moving pictures of
school activities. These were later shown publicly in the gymnasium.
The council also accomplished many other successful events. They
had the honor of selecting the assembly committee, of conducting the
Award Assembly, of sponsoring a Hallowe'en Dance and program, and
appointing capable boys to send to the Rotary Club meetings with Mr.
One of the outstanding services of the council has been to pre-
pare a constitution under the leadership of Leo Smith, for a student
booster organization. The constitution has been approved by the council.
In the event it is approved by the s'udent body, one ticket, showing
membership in the organization, will permit participation by the student
in many of the school activities at a real saving in comparison to the
cost in other years.
The council wishes to extend their gratitude and thanks to Mr.
Brant and success to all future council members.
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