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Six THE SPECTATOR
see or realize now. As you've probably guessed, I'm speaking of our
three main Student Body officers, Patsy, Dottie and Connie.
Iust to sum up a few of the things they've done-. Last year we know
that Student Body government went on the rocks, that the students were
not fit to govern themselves, and that the incoming Seniors, our class,
were not fit to run the school. However, we were put on probation and
officers were chosen, who could not officially be installed in office for
six weeks, until we proved that we could govern ourselves and they
proved capable of governing us. We can only imagine their responsi-
bility, and how they felt those six weeks. We know that they did one of the
best jobs of starting school that has been done in a long time. They wrote
a complete new handbook in which information, rules, and explanations
were stated in full. They enforced the "Little Sister" plan which proved a
help later on, and they had students taking Student Body tests until each
had passed it.
After the six weeks were up and it was decided that student govern-
ment should continue, they were sworn in. When Connie, Dottie and
Patsy took that oath, it meant somthing more and something a little
They knew what their offices were and they knew that they had
worked to get them. They also knew that if it was humanly possible,
they were going to be good officers. '
After they were officially in office, they re-wrote the constitution,
changing it in some parts, taking out old rules, and adding new ones.
They made student council offences clearer, calling the important ones
"honor offences" and those not so important "rules".
Some of those rules are locking the lockers, leaving books in lockers
only, and not eating on the second floor or in the loft. These rules are not
new. They have been in existence for many years, yet to some students
they are new, for this is the first year that they have really been enforced.
This is only because of the ceaseless efforts of Dottie, Connie and Patsy-
Connie's calling people down from the loft who are eating, and coming
downstairs to eat with them, Dottie's hauling her books down from Senior
Study Hall and making others do likewise, and Patsy's call for quarters
which immediately stopped the locker problem. They hammered and
persuaded and argued--and set these rules into practice.
Individually, they are what the three officers of the school should be
-and even more than that. Dottie, with a little humor and a good deal
of common sense and understanding, has been what is known as a Stu-
dent Council President. Patsy, who is something of a riot usually, can
hold a Student Body meeting as well as Mrs. Yancey holds an English
class. Patsy organizes, executes, and circulates: and has the individual
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THE SPECTATOR Five
A good-bye is one of the rnost difficult tasks in the world. One feels
so much, cmd one is singularly inarticulate. It is impossible to expose the
depths of one's emotions with words. But who wants to? It is only the
seniors who are sentimental, who realize that graduation is not as happy
an occasion as one is led to believe.
A freshman, sophomore, or even junior would never be able to com-
prehend the reluctance of a senior to leave the school, to leave Cicero,
and freshmen with no respect for their elders. But, when the time comes
to leave, one learns how much McGehee's, the teachers, the girls, and
the tradition mean to one.
It is hard to say good-bye. There are only the same words which
have been uttered countless times before by countless Seniors. But I
think the school appreciates these words, and you, who are under-
graduates, will remember and understand them when you too get
ready to wear the pink dresses of graduation.
At last the time has come which we knew was inevitable, although
l'm sure we all expected some catastrophe that would prevent it. It's
hard to say goodbye to a class so outstanding, a class that has left some-
thing really valuable to the school, and whose departure means that we
have only one more year at McGehee's. It's hard to say good-bye to a
class whose student-body officers represented us so well in Washington.
You know, those girls have lifted our ideals higher, too. A'
It's not the Senior steps, or Senior study hall, or any of the Senior
privileges that we consider our most important gift from the Seniors, but
their great loyalty and love for our school. It's not until you're really close
to the Senior class that you realize how great is the job to be done, how
well the present Seniors are doing it, and then wonder if your class will
succeed as well.
Well! Goodbye class of '42. You've left a great deal for us to live
up to, and I just hope that we may fill our responsibilities half as well.
And so we're graduating. The Seniors begin to look with eagerness
toward the end of school, and with a little sadness too.
There are three Seniors that are graduating this year 'that look
toward the end of school with more than a little sadness. They've given
to McGel'1ee's all that a student possibly can. They've received from
McGehee's all that they've given, and a great deal more than they can
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THE SPEc'rA'roR Seven
responsibility which constitutes an executive. Connie's likability and
versatility have helped her to be a good Prefect. This year study halls
and libraries have been better than any year before due to Connie's
understanding and organizing study hall keepers. She also had the fore-
sight to see that Iuniors should be trained for next year, and the last
part of school made all study hall keepers Iuniors. But the best and most
important thing about all three of them is that they work in perfect
And so they're leaving. But because they have been together since
the grammar school, because they are known and liked by all the stu-
dents-and the faculty as well and because they are real friends as well
as leaders and executives, they are leaving the school in excellent condi-
tion for next year's class. And they are also leaving with the knowledge
that they have done their iob and done it well. . Ed. '42
I think it was Burke who said "We stand where we have an immense
view of what is, and what is past. Clouds, indeed, and darkness, rest
upon the future . . I can not help but feel how applicable that is to me
at this moment, and especially during these last three weeks of school.
I'm afraid I'm looking upon Iune 10th more as a commencement than
graduation. Yet, I don't want to leave McGehee's even ,though I know
I am old enough, am supposed to have finished my work, and have re-
ceived all I can from high school. Ignoring the fact entirely that I have
gotten my credits,I feel that I have left so much undone. There are thous-
ands of opportunities I have let slip by for making a friend, or learning
a little more about Cicero, for instance. I'm afraid I've appreciated
the faculty and realized how grand a person each one is, too late.
I've seemed to have stressed the wrong things, and had the knack
of being in on all mischief and deviltry for the last seven years.
And often it's been a lot more serious than merely mischief. Yet
despite all my ingratitude, this school has given me something which I
shall never be without-even yet I can not estimate its value. For at last,
I have a measuring stick for life. Over a period of seven years at Mc-
Gehee's impressions have slowly been penetrating my brain, unwilling
and unknown to me. Values have formed about thousands of little things
and all kinds of people. Even though I may not always follow my pre-
cepts I do know what is right and what should be done.
And so next year, I will be able to "try my wings" as it were, see
how much of my theories work in practice and make a fresh start. That's
why I call Iune 10th Commencement, but I shall never forget that from
which I am graduating.
Patsy Gibbens '42
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