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Page 11 text:
By Orlic Smith
The great. step, that wt , the Class of 1020. have striven for in our school lives, has been completed. Since our labor has been crowned with victory, we have come here to nay farewell to those who have made thiB possible and to those who have opened for u. the doors to greater opportunities and to higher ideals.
The events of this day and of previous days of our school life will ulwuys hold a foremost place in our memories. Although we do not fully realize now what this school has meant to us. we truly believe that we shall look buck with longing to our school days, and shall really comprehend all that they have done for us.
We cannot take leave of these familiar walls umi of our many true friends without giving some attention to the debt of gratitude that we owe to the Wisconsin School for the Deaf, to those who have helped and to those who are helping to make it better fit its purpose, and to those who have given us intellectual and moral trnining. When we look back on the small part of our lives that has passed, we realize, to a smull extent, what this school has meant to us, but 1 doubt if any of us understands what his condition might have been if he had not had the splendid opportunity of attending a school such ns this.
To nearly all of us, the education that we huve obtained here will be the one great factor of our lives, and we shall always be in debt to W. S. P. for any success that may be ours.
May our thoughts mingled with gratitude and affection return to our Alma Mater.
To the Board of Control:
We wish to express our sincere thunks to those who have given much thought to making the School for the Deaf efficient so that we, who have not been able to be instructed in Wisconsin's public schools, might huve the advantage of education received by other children in the state.
To Our Superintendent:
To you, sir, with whom we have been person-
ally associated for so long, from whom we have learned some of the greatest lessons in life, promptness and obedience, and to you, whom we have always respected and admired os a father, we extend our grutitude for all the aid and advice that you have given us.
To Our Teachers:
We have spent many years of our lives under your training. Now that we are about to be graduated from this high school course some of us would like to remain a longer time, but, us this Is not possible, in the name of the class of 1921 of the Wisconsin School for the Deaf, whom I am proud tn represent, I bid you farewell with the hope that your memory of us will he as pleasant as ours will be of you.
Fellow Student and Friends:
We are passing out of high school life into active citizenship today. Wc feel thnt each one of us has some speciul work awaiting him in his own community. Whatever helps to mnkc the nation better and nobler, whatever helps to bring the land to a higher standard of thought and life, or in other words, anything that helps to make this nation better to live in. has been brought about through great effort. Victory has rewarded the laborer to some extent. Let us remember thnt whatever elevates the individual, elevates, in some measure, the community in which he lives, so that it is the duty of everyone to lead the best kind of life that his community might be the better for his having lived.
To you the finnl words must be addressed.
Today our minds are under the spell of two great forces, memory and hope. When we refer to memory, we mean what has passed. When wc speak of hope, we refer to the great beyond. Each one has doubt of his own ability to cope with the future, but, whatever we may undertake, let us strive to do our best and always remember our class motto, “No victory without labor."
Page 10 text:
BOYCE ROBERT WILLIAMS Racine
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Entered the high Hehool department in March, 192U Printing
SELMA MARY ZELASNE Carroll vMc
"At Unm al f u il. muihtft •• 1 ? rr
At tmy i faff • II JS It. fuaU Ur."
Ariadna Literary Society Camp Fire Girl
“No victory without labor”
Purple and silver
Class Flower President ............... Reuben Rosenfield
Violet Vice President ...............Selma Zclnsnc
Secretary-'Treasurer ........ Orlie Smith
Page 12 text:
By Leona Austin
Members of the Board of Control, Superintend dent, teacher , claasmate . friend one and all:
The honor has been conferred upon me to extend to you this evening a welcome to the commencement exercises of this school. We are the fifty-ninth class to he graduated from the Wisconsin Schol for the l eaf. ond I believe no othci; ciuss ever felt like welcoming friends more sincerely and cordially than do we, the class of 1929.
The floral display, the class colors, the happy smile ; in fact the whole atmosphere of the pluce bespeak our welcome; words are hardly necessary; they are, nt any rate, inadequate to express our joy in having you here.
Only two of the eight members of the class have spent nil their school days here. The remaining six have dropped in nt different times during the past four years. Nevertheless ail of us hnve learned to love the pluce; and we realize today, perhaps more than ever before, what it has meant and what, it is bound to mean to us in the future.
The activities of the school are many and varied, keeping the pupils happily engaged most of the minutes between six o’clock in the morning and bedtime.
The golden opportunity of learning that to keep busy makes one happy nnd useful and docs not afford time for mischief making, has been ours. Yet many good times, such as; parties, movies, hikes and camping trips have been provided for our pleasure. Then, too. the happy association of friends will long be remembered and cherished.
Since actions show grutilude better than words, we hereby resolve to put forth every effort to prove that we are grateful.
The acorn teems very small and worthless a i . lies in the dark earth; so; when we first started our school career , we were able to render very little service to others. But as the acorn drinks in the moisture offered by Mother Nature ami later feels the warm sunshine, it sends up a little shoot that grows und grows until it becomes a sturdy oak, which gives shade and
shelter to many a weary traveler und lend beauty to the landscape. Thus have we. little by little, day by day. through the constant und faithful efforts of those in charge of us as well as by our own bard work, reached manhood anti womanhood equipped with a pracitical education. that we mn) be of service in this busy world.
Our motto, as you see, is, “No Victory without labor.” We have not climbed up to where we now are, ready to be handed diplomas, which signify the completion of the course of study, doing nothing. We have had to work for victory.
Our state flower, the violet, we hnve chosen us it symbolizes humility nnd modesty—with these virtues, it ventures forth bravely in n frosty early spring. May we take for our armoi these same valuable qualities ns we start our journey ahead.
There is a reason for our choice of colors also. The purple has royal significance. It stunds for majesty and power. Not that we have alreudy attained the height where we have full power over whnt the world calls a handicap, but this is our goal und the silver—which is the symbol of light nnd intelligence, will guide us on. Progress is our royal birthright.
To us this day is a mingling of joy und sadness. The putting away of our books with the thought,—our work is finished, fills our hearts with gladness; but when we think of leaving this happy home with its pleasant surrounding and the friends who have grown very near und dear to us, it is not easy to keep back the tears. May we ns a class keep before our thoughts our motto, and
”... be up und doing With a heart for any fate;
Still achieving, still pursuing.
Learn to labor and to wait."
In behalf of the class let me say again that we are truly glad to have you here with us to-night and may you feel the sincerity of our welcome.
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