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mas program which told about
the three previous Christmases
and the different places where
our boys in service celebrated
An event that we didn't wel-
come so eagerly was our CWR's
or comprehensive written re-
views. These were our term
examinations and it seems that
the hardest ones always come
on the same day. We studied
and struggled through them
much the same as we had done i.
for the past three and a half ,
years. These were practically I
the one and only thing that
we didn't appreciate about our
We got a real thrill the day
when our rings came. We had
all been hoping that they would come before
Christmas, and when they did we were over-
joyed. How proud we were, and how care-
ful with them! We went around showing
them off to people all day and we thought
that they were the most beautiful school
rings we had ever seen.
Class of January, 1947, Senior Prom.
And now, tonight! Tonight, which com-
pletes not only our senior term, but also four
years of high school. This is the goal for
which we have worked so long. We realize,
however, that tonight is not the end of our
education, but only the beginning of our real
education-the education of life, itself.
What l-ligh School l-las Meant to Me
By MILTON WELLER
Primarily, high school has been to me a
place to study collected and classified knowl-
edge of various types suitable to the advance-
ment of my education. It has been a place
where I could receive the aid of teachers who
had followed the same paths and were quali-
fied to help others. There, with the aid of
teachers, books, and equipment, I was given
the opportunity to study the efforts and
works of those before me in order to set
standards for myself as Well as broaden my
Next, high school has been a place to meet
and learn to get along with people of various
kinds, not only in classes but also in sports
and school organizations. Some became in-
fluences of great worth. Others lifelong
friends, while others helped only by their
mistakes from which we profited.
Another important gain was in citizen-
ship. We have not only had a chance to
learn the principles of citizenship, but also
have had many opportunities to practice
them. In classes we learn what citizenship
is. In the care of the school and respect for
fellow students, we practiced it. The Stu-
dent Council, an organization for the govern-
ing of the school by the students, helped
many along this line.
Our clubs and sports gave students with
special interests a chance to enlarge and exer-
cise them. Other students have found hob-
bies and friends as well as knowledge by par-
ticipating in these extra-curricular activities.
As you have seen in these color slides of
our activities, smiling through four years of
high school has been a lot of fun and excite-
ment, but it had another side-plenty of
work. All in all, high school has given me
a broad view of education, a basis for college
work, and an understanding of some of the
fundamental principles of life.
THE STYLE IN SMILES
New J. Daughter: Mother, I just love
Suspicious Mother: Jim who?
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Central Band on parade.
tralite, now starring in the role of Justice
Holmes in the play, The Magnificent Yankee.
His talk was a feature of our American Broth-
erhood Celebration. Helen Johnkoski was
informed on March 10 that she had been
awarded Hrst prize for her pencil drawing in
The Scholastic Magazine contest sponsored
by Stix. Baer 8 Fuller. Over one hundred
boys answered the call of Mr. Miller and Mr.
Ingerson, the new track coaches, while Mr.
Bradburn, the baseball coach, was gratified to
find his baseball squad the best in several
years. On March 27 the alumni held a din-
ner in honor of Mr. Walker, who retired last
September. The athletic captains and the
senior class officers attended as special guests.
The principal events in April were the
Fashion Show and the Pan-American Pro-
The many events scheduled for May in-
cluded the Town Meeting broadcast, the
Spring Concert of the musical organizations.
a visit from the Culver-Stockton College Cilee
Club. and a Minstrel Show by the Boys' Lit-
erary Society. The track and baseball teams
both battled for the championship. The
Senior Prom was held at the Congress Hotel
on May 30.
Graduation comes on June ll.
THE STYLE IN SMILES
First boy Ito one just coming out of the
principal's office! 1 Have some trouble?
The other: No. thanks: just had some.
G ra cl u e tio n
By SHIRLEY ALTHOFF
The theme of our program
tonight is "Smiling Through
the Years". This is also the
theme of our 1947 yearbook,
THE RED AND BLACK. When
you think about it, it's quite
appropriate: isn't it? Our school
has smiled through a great many
years, and a great many gradua-
tions just like this one, which
is the l57th.
Tonight I should like to tell
you about a few of the events
which have helped our class
smile through our senior term.
Our first day as seniors was Registration
Day. Besides the joy and excitement of see-
ing old friends after a summer's vacation,
there was the additional excitement of being
Another day that I am sure my classmates
and I shall always remember, one that was
second only to tonight, was Color Day-
Colar Day, when we received our red and
black ribbons which were our ofiicial recog-
nition as seniors. That day, I am sure, all
of us thought a lot about our graduation as
we walked down the aisle of the school audi-
torium almost exactly as we did tonight.
That day was the fulfillment of four years
of working and waiting. We had been fresh-
men when we first saw that wonderful cere-
mony of tradition when the colors of our
school are handed on from one class to an-
other. Can you wonder that we shall re-
member it as long as we remember tonight?
Besides this event, which set us apart as
seniors, there were daily activities in which
we participated as members of the regular
school body-the football games, for in-
stance. How we yelled and cheered for our
team! One of the most pleasant things that
I know of to do is to sit in the cool autumn
air and watch a football game. As the last
game came, some of us felt a little sad as we
realized that that would be the last time we
ever cheer for our team as members of the
Auditorium sessions were also very impor-
tant to us during our senior term. How we
all waited for them! To me, two of the most
outstanding ones were the Walker Hancock
aud session, when Mr. Hancock told us about
his experiences in recovering lost and stolen
art treasures in Germany: and also the Christ-
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A scene from the Pan-American Program.
And. so, along with other members of the
class, I offer to our Alma Mater a smile of
sincere thanks for the past, a smile of joyful
appreciation for the present, and a smile of
hope and determination for the future.
After tonight the members of this class
will all take separate paths of life. Some will
go into industry, some into the business
world, and others on to higher education.
Whatever direction each may choose, the class
expects all to do their best to uphold the
honor and high standards of our school.
Although our stay at Central has been rela-
tively brief, her influence and training will
follow us for many years to come.
TI-IE STYLE IN SMILES
have you been doing?"
Vile are indebted to many people for the
opportunity of attending high school and our
free education will always be greatly appre-
ciated. On behalf of my classmates, I should
like to offer our sincere thanks to the tax-
payers of this community who have carried
the expense: to our teachers who have handed
down their knowledge so willingly, and have
so patiently helped us over the rough spots:
and to our parents for their aid in furthering
our education, thus giving us a better chance
to achieve success.
We will all try to repay this great debt
by becoming good citizens, and by helping
to make this a better world for everyone re-
gardless of race or creed.
St. Louis Central I-Iigh School
"I haven't seen you for a month. What
Our own, our dear old school! thy praise we sing.
lVith deepest gratitude our hearts are filled,
For lessons by thy tender care instilled,
Which through the years have never ceased to ring
Like fog bells on a rockbound coastg they bring
A needed warning note: our souls are thrilled
With dread of danger lurking near. So skilled
Thy work, it taught with finished art the thing
That men most need to know, how best to live
The truth that makes them free to choose the life
That more abundant is. untouched by strife
Of warring passions-strong and fierce, constrained
By love of righteousness themselves to give
To service of mankind, with wisdom trained.
-W. J. S. BRYAN.
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