Berry High School - Torch Yearbook (Mount Berry, GA)

 - Class of 1930

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SILVER AND BLUE wi 1 It-D greater things. We want you to feel that you play an important part in this exercise, for you have made it possible. Fellow schoolmates, I take great pleasure in welcoming you because you have been a great help to us and I trust as we go you will take our place and fill it even better than we have. Miss Berry, parents, teachers, visi- ting friends, .and fellow students, again I say-Welcome! vALED,1C'roRY Friends, parents, members of the faculty, schoolmates, and classmates, we who are here this afternoon at the meeting between a happy past and an unknown future have not reached the end, but the Commence- ment of our lives. What those lives are to be will be governed very large- ly by the foundation which we have been building during the past four years. It is this thought that creates within me a zeal for Patriotism this afternoon-not a "Patriotism which has become a mere national self as- sertion, a sentimentality of flag cheer- ing with no constructive duties," but 9. patriotism concerned with very practical things-practical because :hey have to do with everyday life. Patriotism need not be associated Jnly with events of extraordinary iistinction and publicity, but we may ind the best and most noble examples if it in our daily duties of life. Every Qruly, successful man is patriotic, and can we find a better definition of luccess than this?-a man who does uncommonly well t'hose things which are considered by the masse as me- rely commonplace. Industrial education teaches the dignity of honest labor. As ex presi- dent Cleveland has said, "A truly American sentiment recognizes the dignity of labor and the fact that honor- lies in honest toil." Because of Berry standards and principles we should be able to go out into the world, able to work with our hands as well as with with our heads and to demonstrate Roosevelt's saying, "We need to produce, not genius, not bril- liancy, but the homely, commonplace, elemental virtues. If brilliant gen- ius comes without the accompaniment of the substantial qualities of charac- ter and soul, then it is a menace to the nation." With these thoughts in mind I am sure we will agree that patriotism consists not only in dying for one's country in time of war, but also in living for one's country in time of peace. Students show patriotism by serving not only their country, but also their school and their class. And to the members of our Faculty I would extend the thanks of the class for the instruction and guidance we have received. It is extremely dif- ficult to find words that will adequ- ately express the gratitude that is in our hearts to each of you. As Emerson has said, "The true test of civilization is not the census, the size of the cities, nor the crops produced, but it is the kind of men the country turns out." That is also a true test of our school. The great- est assets of any country are well trained and efficient young men and women. Realizing this fact, it fol- lows that he is the truest patriot who -Page Seventy-seven

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SILVER AND BLUE wen ' gg., their emblems, and if they will count 09 planks in the ceiling from the door back nine and down 10 they will find the rules for Senior Day, also the uniform rules which we hope they will use. Minnie Smith wills her ability of cooking breakfast with much regret to Sara "Rander" Blalock provided she will get up when the rising bell rings and have breakfast ready to serve in 20 minutes. To "Dot" Wooten goes Geraldine Dillard's ability to sing, provided she does not sing up the scale while Miss Warden plays down the scale. To Mable Bales goes her social dress which has no' sleeves, several splits in the back and two buttons in front, provided she gets as much wear out of it as "Jerry" did. To Evelyn Yeats she wills her ability to keep her senior collars from the juniors if she will pass it on to Irene Meeks the next year. Lois Lacy wills to Jewell Stephens a broom so she may use it on the wall to keep those above her quiet. To Mable Edinfield an alarm clock so she will be sure and get up at 3:00 every morning to start getting ready to wait tables. Geraldine Dillard and Mary Anne Jacobs will their room inf Clara Hall No. 3, to Annie Myrl Blackwelder and Gertrude Hilleary, provided they will it to Louise Cox and Sallie Plumm the following year. To Angie Manning goes Mary Anne's dignity and it is hoped she uses it more than Mary Anne did. Fleda Ballenger wills her "hit" with Miss Breedlove to Evelyn Yeats if she can manage to sing in the choir and take -advantage of the "hit." SALUTATORY Today I have the pleasure, honor, and responsibility, of welcoming you to this, our class day exercises. To you this is only one of such occasions but to us it is a day long to be remembered. It is the day to which we have looked forward during all our high school career. One of our dreams is being realized and as we take part in this exercise we are tak- ing part in the only program of this kind in our lives, and we shall long remember it. Miss Berry, we are grateful for the opportunity of having been here and that we can have a class day. As we go forth we hope that each student will live up to the ideals learned here and strive to bring glory to this, our school. As spokesman of my class, I assure you that you have a most hearty welcome here, and we hope that you enjoy our program. Parents, those of you who have sacrificed that we might be here and who have loved and guarded us through the years, there are not words to express the joy we have at your being here, and we extend to you a most cordial welcome. Beloved teachers, you come next to our parents in our thoughts and welcome because through these years you have been our parents. You have cheered us in our sorrows and in our joys you have rejoiced with us. We have not come up to your expecta- tions many times, no doubt, but you have been patient and have borne it well. We want you to feel that you have meant' a great deal in our lives and that you have inspired us to Page Seventy-Six -

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SILVER AND BLUE VN IN is engaged in the work of improving These are the things that make for our civilization and spreading culture. peace, To Miss Berry I find it impossible Both HOW, and after time Shall to even attempt to express our grati- Cease-" tude. It is through her faith in the manhood of the South and her un- ceasing efforts and her earnest pray- ers that great opportunites have been offered us, and for these we are grateful to her. Can we find any- where a truer patriot than our be- loved founder of whom it has been written: "All praise to her who labored, noth- ing scorning, For that enduring good which none may measure, With knowledge for her star, and love her creed, Who, hand in hand with God, has wrought this deed." To you, my fellow classmates, I would that this be a day of vision as well as a day of memory. So as we pass through the Gate of Opportun- ity, let us walk bravely with a full realization of the fact that with every opportunity our beloved founder has given us, came a responsibility of equal importance. We will not dis- appoint the trust that gave us these opportunities, by failing to live up to our responsibilities. Even though we will be separated by distance we will not be distant in spirit. We are all bound together by the principles and truths and ideals that have been instilled in us here. We know that we cannot fail if we go out into our chosen professions seeking what we can do for our community and hu- manity, rather than what our com- munity can do for us. "Not as we take, but as we giveg Not as we pray, but as we live- It is a poor creature who when he graduates does not feel that he has received something for which he owes a return. We should remem- ber that, "Who seeks aid must show how service sought can be repaid." In conclusion, let us not feel sad today as we leave these campus scenes, and our teachers and school- mates whom we have learned to love, but instead let us feel that another great opportunity has been placed be- fore us. It is now our opportunity to go out and prove true to our Alma Mater either by going forward into the broader field of college life or by entering into an active life in the world-that life for which we have been preparing. Let us not feel sadg we have not reached the end, but a new beginingg we are not bidding good-day but we are bidding good- morrow. For us, "The year's at the spring, And day's at the morn, God's in his heaven- All's right with the world. One dad to another: "What is youi son going to be when he gets out of school?" "About sixty years old, I'rr afraid." Reformer fTo individual prostrat ed in gutterj-And so this is the work of rum, is it? Prostrated individual-No, sir this is the work of a banana skin, sir -New Bedford Standard Page Seventy-eight

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