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Page 12 text:
By Robert Horgen
State Board of Control. Superintendent.
Teachers, Classmates and Friends:
It scarcely seems necessary for me to tell you how pleased we «re to welcome you, dear friend , to those exercises tonight.
To some of you this occasion will be only an other one of our regular commencement pro prams, but to those more closely associated with us and more personally Interested in tis, it will be an hour of pride and understanding. I urn sure. Pride, in knowing that we have “fought the good fight;” and understanding, as no one else can understand, the effort we have put forth these years and the joy we feel, now that wc have completed our work here.
To us it is the proudest moment of our lives and we are glad, indeed, to have you here to share this happy occasion with us.
In one respect, this class is quite different from those of past years. The member longest enrolled as a pupil entered this school but five yean ago. During the next three years the remaining seven drifted in from various parts of fhe state. Four of us are from the Wisconsin Land o' Lukes, one hails from the ncigborhood of the state Capitol, the others come from the peaceful shores of I,ake Michigan.
Knrly this year we chose for our class colors, blue and white; the blue of truth and loyalty; the white that represents cleanness of thought and action.
Our class flower is the lily of the valley. It was our choice because, to us. it seemed to sym-
bolize awakened hope, and persistent effort.
The class motto is “Ever Onward.” During the past two years our one ambition has been to reach the pinnacle whereon we stand tonight; but now we see before us still greater heights to be attained. Some of us arc planning to continue our studies at (fiilluudet College this fall, while the rest will enter "Life's busy school” there to meet and solve oven greater problem thnn confronted us here. As a class we have never been content with half-way measures nor to pass the honors to others. This I hope may continue to be the spirit of us individually. When wc leave these “sheltering walls," may we continue to pres ever onward toward success, never satisfied with doing less than our best.
While this is u time of rejoicing for us. there is much of sadness in it, too. We are glad, indeed, that this much of our work i done, hut the thought of parting from these pleasant surroundings and from so many of our friends is not n happy one. We do not know whnt lies ahead. We anticipate only success, but whatever the Fates may have in store, we are determined to go onward into our new life bravely and unafraid.
In the words of one of our greatest poets, we would say:
"Not enjoyment, and not sorrow.
Is our destined end or way;
But to act that each tomorrow Finds us farther than todny."
The class of 1930 welcomes you!
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MARY J. SKLENAR Pulnr
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Domestic Science Gymnasium Swimming Cnmp Fire Ariadna Literary Society Entered in the fall of 1927
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Baseball Phoenix Literary Society Entered in the fall of 1928
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Class Colors President . . . Robert Horgcn
Blue and White Vice-President . . Raymond Staffer
Secretary-'Treasurer . Marvin Rood
Lily of the Valley
Page 13 text:
By Marvin Rood
Friend one and all:
The difficult tank of bidding farewell for thix graduating class ha fallen to my lot. It seem an arduous thing to do because, though we re-Joicr at the thought thut our high school course hn» been completed, we ure reluctant to leave you with whom wc have been so closely associated during our stay here.
The beauty and splendor of Nature’s marvelous works that we sec on every hand at this glorious May time are evidences that all vegetation has a very good start, ho we are looking forward to abundant fruitage in the future.
Likewise we, the class of nineteen thirty, cuuflidcr thut the Wisconsin School for the Deaf hn provided us with un adequate start or foundation, us it were, so it has the right to expect of each and every one of us fruitage, results. May it not be disappointed.
Whatever good fortune or success we may achieve, we shall owe a great debt of gratitude to our Alma Mater. The moral und intellectual training, we have received here, will prove a foundation that will, we are confident, withstand many a storm and battle.
Our motto, "Ever Onward,” we Intend to keep within our range of vision to guide und beckon us forward Hnd to give uh couruge to continue in the work wc set out to do.
To the State Board of Control:
The members of this graduating class wish to extend to you their sincere gratitude for the splendid opportunities you have provided for the pupils of this school. Each of us realixes what a benefit an institution of this kind affords the deaf hoys and girls, enabling them to be of service in this busy world. Doubtless as yean go by, our appreciation of what you are doing will increase.
To you. our Superintendent:
Though we are graduating and must be up and away to join the vast company of builders of future America, the memory of your tireless and unceasing efforts to help us we shall not leuve behind. The willing, encouraging advice, which you have o often tendered and which we so greutly needed, will serve as a beacon light. |K»inting out the way. With hearts overflowing with grutitude. we wish you continued success and may you always show the joy and buoyancy in your work that you have manifested while we have been under your wing.
To our Teacher and Supervisor :
Each day as we have met with you, you have had much to do with this start or foundation, of which I have previously spoken. Our thunk.- to you we hope to express in deeds. Words seem inadequate. You have not been mere instructor bent on cramming our minds with unnecessary knowledge but friendly advisors, impressing try-on us the need of thinking before undertaking the tusks confronting us.
To you, whom we count as such true friend-, we find it hard to bid farewell. We wish you many more years of happy and successful work here.
Fellow Schoolmate :
Tonight, dear friends, wt meet with you f. i the lust time. When we leave here, we go iu Alumni weighted with the responsibility of making a living. You will remain, we hope, to complete your courses here. Let us all try to reulixe more fully that at W. S. D. we are given the opportunities to prepare ourselves to be loyal American citizens. It is our sincere hope thut ■ome day each one of you will sit on this platform. members of a graduating class, as we do today. We appreciate your friendship and ere loath to say good-bye.
To My Cla mata :
To you I owe my last words. True, Commencement means the beginning of life’s work; but I’m sure that we are agreed, that we haw here gained enough of an education and learned enough about a trade to be able to live happy, prosperous lives. Have we not already a beginning? Into our thought have been imbedded good morals. high ideals, and noble aims. A- we go forth our Alma Mater is going to keep track of uh—may she have no reason to be ashamed.
The memories of our school days here together will. I’m sure, ever be treasured by all of u .
Let us take with us as we go our various ways this quotation for inspiration and encouragement:
“Thank Cod each morning when you get up thot you have something to do which must be done, whether you like it or not. Being forced to do your work und forced to do your best will breed in you temperance, self-control, diligence, strength of will, content, and a hundred virtue which the idle will never know."
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