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To the Class of 1958
There is an old saying that good things come in small packages.
The small class of 1958 is an example of this, we hope. What is lack-
ing in numbers should be offset by the quality of the product.
During the three years at Whitney several of your group who
started so bravely as sophomores made up their minds to leave be-
fore completion of high school. The loss is theirs. The reward for
completion is yours. The faculty join me in offering best Wishes.
The sense of satisfaction you find in this achievement should make
life more Worth living.
"So long as faith with freedom reigns
And loyal hope survives,
And gracious charity remains
To leaven lowly livesg
While there is one untraddey tract
For intellect or will
And men are free to think and act
Life is Worth living still."
Is Life Worth Living
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Through Twenty Years
W1th M155 Wooden
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Miss Ethel Wooden started her teaching career a half century ago. 'Tve
tried a good many other things in my life but still like teaching best."
Miss Wooden faced a class before she had gone to college. She was
seventeen. The town was small flonia, Michiganj. Her uncle was director
of the one-room school. So, of course, Ethel Wooden found herself in that
room facing sixteen elementary school children. She was the first member
in the family to teach.
Her first preparation for the profession came at Ypsilanti Normal School.
ln 1927, she received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of
Michigan as result of summer work over a period of six years.
She taught in Belding, Saulte Ste. Marie, Michigan, and in Rockford,
Illinois. In 1920, she found that a new area of education had opened-
vocational training. She was destined to be a pioneer in this field.
The Smith Hughes Act was passed by the federal government in 1917.
It provided for the setting up of vocational schools and for federal reim-
bursement of teachers who staffed them.
University of Michigan prepared a special course for this training, Miss
Wooden was one of its first graduates.
In Pontiac, she helped establish a continuation school. The law required
that girls and boys who left school at the age of sixteen should continue
their studies one day a week until eighteen. The continuation school offered
this training, then placed them in jobs.
The young vocational teacher's career led to a.Master's Degree from the
University of Michigan in 1933 and a job in Cincinnati. From there she was
called to Toledo to be part of the adventure that Whitney Vocational High
School for Girls represents. The school has gained a nation-wide reputa-
tion. Miss Wooden, plus a cooperative staff, is the reason.
In 1946, she was given the Cleo Murtland Award for Outstanding
Woman in American Vocational Education by her alma mater, University
Miss Wooden has been an active life member of the American Vocational
Association and the Women's Section for Trade and Industrial Education.
At the St. Louis meeting in 1956, she was presented an award for continued
attendance at conventions since 1920.
During college she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She is a member of
Zonta, and former national vice-president of Pi Lamda Theta.
"Her gift to Toledo is hard to measure,
The success of her school is her greatest pleasure.
She has added a glowing page to education
In offering each girl a vocation."
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