Manhattan High School - Blue M Yearbook (Manhattan, KS)

 - Class of 1939

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19 Mentor and Blue M Staff This ycar's journalism class under Paul Owen "hit a new high" by being the largest class in the history of M. H. S. with a record of twenty-one members. The purpose of this class is to edit the weekly school paper, the "Mentor," and the year book, the "Blue M." To their credit, the staff made several changes in the Mentor: "Poems 'N Things," to pro- mote interest in creative writing of our students: "The Clothes Line" with sub-heads of Esquire and Madumoisellcg "In the Mentor," index box, mention- ing the high points in each issue, and "As I See It," editorial column on the front page with remarks on timely events, were now attractions. The Student Forum, although not new, was quite well responded to, and several columns were dressed up with new heads, such as "Mentor Mud" in place of 'tGAB," and "Over the Back Fence" instead of "In Other Schools." The Mentor was enlarged to a six page paper the first semester, and the heads were changed from the conventional news type to the more modern feature type, and cuts were more frequently shown in the paper due to the purchase of the Redimat. This equipment made it possible for original art work to be reproduced for the paper. During the year's work, the staff published a 10 page anniversary issue, which high lighted the his- tory of our institution and its expansion throughout 25 years, and an 8 page edition for the National Education Association week, to which the faculty contributed During the course of the year, the staff made two trips, one to Topeka, and one to Kansas City. The class was taken to Topeka in the school bus. They spent the morning in the Capper Publications. The stall' and sponsor met Senator Capper who kindly posed with the group for a picture which appeared in the Topeka Daily Capital. The afternoon was spent in visiting the Topeka Daily Journal and the State Printer. In Kansas City, the cass was taken through the Kansas City Star Plant, the Grimes-Joyce Printing Company, the Nelson Art Gallery, and other points of interest. The staff is as follows: The Editorial Stafi'-Edi- tor-in-chief, Merrill Petersong News Editors, Bar- bara Bower and Barbara Bouck, Editorial Editors, Ruth Kretzmeier and Margaret Mack, Feature Edi- tors, Mary Margaret Arnold and Faye Clapp, Sports Editors, Bob Gahagen and Bill Hines, Ex- change Editors, Ba1'bara Bouck and Barbara Bower. The Business Staff: Business Manager, Betty Nie- mollerg Advertising Manager, Shirley Marlow: As- sistant Advertising Manager, Helen Miller, Circu- lation Manager, David Gates. Departmental and Reportorial Staff: Martha Baird, Clara Lou Davis, Marjorie Goldstein, Hall Milliard, Marian Penley, Wilma Jean Shull, Dorothy May Summers, and Sara Winkler, Faculty Advisor, Paul C. Owen, and Printer, F1'ed Ernst. Included in the two-fold purpose of the journalism class was, of course, the publishing of the yearbook, "The Blue M." The most outstanding feature of the annual this year was in the contest and election of the Blue M Beauty Queen. Dorothy Lancaster, our colorful sophomore, now bears the title of "Blue M Beauty Queen. The seventeen candidates were Jo- anne Aubel, Thelma Bouck, Faye Clapp, Marion Jo Drown, Iva Fenton, Harriet Givens, Virginia How- enstine, Jeanne Jaccard, Alice King, Betty Jean King, Ruth Kretznieier, June Limbocker, Dorothy Ratliff, Mary Schweitzer, Charlene Spelman, Le- nore Tucker. The theme, the first to be used since the reduction of the annual to magazine size, follows the "Marco of the annual from magazine size, of this year's of Time" throughout the book, depicting Father Time in various poses as division page illustrations. The appropriateness of this theme is the fact that this is the twenty-fifth anniversary of the graduates of the first class, the book being dedicated to Earl Darby, who was a member of the first class to enter the present building, and has been an instructor in the school since 1923.

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National Honor Society As the name implies, the National Honor Society is an organization of nation-wide scope and is the only society whose purpose is honoring outstanding high school students. Members are chosen on the basis of scholarship, character, leadership, and ser- vice. The Assembly honoring the newly chosen National Honor Society members was held March 16, this year with Gabe Sellers officiating. Devotionals were led by Geraldine Salero and Richard Keith, a mem- ber of the Society from the class of 1938, played a piano solo, after which Mr. Bergman gave a short address on "The Nature of the National Society" and introduced the twenty-eight new members. Mary Margaret Arnold gave a very impressive response from the members of the society. The guest speaker was Reverend J. R. Burns, of Hays, Kansas. Initiation services for the newly elected members of the National Honor Society were held Monday, March 20, in our own "banquet hall" where a de- licious dinner was served by the members of the 18 RUTH YAEGEf-"She's as pretty as a picture." Etta Kette 4: Chorus 2. 3, 4. VIRGINIA YAPP-"Tall and terrific." H. R. com. 2. 3: G. R. 2. 3, 4: Art Slug 2: Music club 3: Dramatics club 4: Intramural, ' 4 boy's Home Problems class. Mr. Bergman acted as toastmaster announcing the program which included a violin solo by Edith Hanna, followed by a short speech of appreciation given by Joanne Aubel, and the main address of the evening was presented by Doctor Hill from Kansas State College. After the address, Dr. W. E. Sheifer congratulated the new members and lead them in repeating the pledge of the society. Reading left to right we find the new members in the first row to be Norman Crook, Edith Dawley, Aileen Hostinsky, Sara Winkler, Dorothy Summers, Barbara Bower, Mary Louise Emery, Marian Pen- ley, and Edith Hanna. Second row, Helen Stagg, Ruth Kretzmeier, Mary Margaret Arnold, Joanne Aubel, Dorothy Ratliff, Ruth Jenkins, and Margaret Mack. The third row includes Betty Ann Faubion, Faye Clapp, Marjorie Goldstein, Barbara Bouck and Wilma Jean Shull. In the back row are Don Sollen- berger, Denzil Bergman, Merrill Peterson, Bill Hines, Lawrence Alden, and Norman Ross. Audrey Jean Durland is also a member but is not included in the picture.

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20 H . . . ln The 6 l Sands of 6 ,q Time." rg I The class of '39 is an outstanding class, we always have been, and as seniors, we have the privilege of saying so. We were mentioned in the Mentor once for "trying to attract attention" by playing Romeo and Juliet in the upper hall. Ah, dear departed youth! And now for statistics-we must put in statistics because people like to see their names in print: 219 sophomo1'es entered these gates of learning in the fall of 1936 with the thought in their hearts, "Now, now we are Senior High school stoodents"! Sophomore class officers in a very "unhot" election were Billy Hines, presidentg Anne Jonnard, vice- president: Mary Louise Emery, secretary-treasurerg Representatives to the Student Council were Denzil Bergman and Ruth Jenkins, who were partly re- sponsible for the first Pigskin Prom-at which we had a lovely time. Miss Martha Baird took the lead-yes, as a soph- omore, in the Hi-Y, G. R. play, "The Patsy", and was termed colossalg quite a tribute to the class. Society Note: Carried out in the Valentine motif, the sophomore party was enjoyed by all, especially our own Robert Gahagen who won a prize for an imitation of Fred Astaire. fThings you never knew till now!! After a very hot summer. we came back in 1937 as iuniorsg the number was 217. More statistics: Merrill Peterson, junior class president: Joanne Aubel, vice-presidentg and Bar- bara Bower, secretarv-treasurer. Student Council representatives were Bill Docking and Sara Winkler, who became the secretary of that group. Later on came "Anne of Green Gables" which was the first play to be produced on the one-week plan. The title role was played by Mary Margaret Arnold and the cast was liberally sprinkled with members of our illustrious body--viz. Ruth Kretzmeier, Ruth Jenkins, Marjorie Rogers, Mary Louise Emery, and Charles Schneeberger. Dorothy Ratlifi' was the class's first cheerleader- she's cute, too! and was elected oueen of the Pigskin Prom when that rolled around. Time does fiy, doesn't it? And Bill Docking served as general chairman for the same function. We had a lovely time at that too. and not so many went stag. Forty-two juniors received scholarship awards- this was the largest number in history-or some- thing. Claimed by almost everyone as being the "best of the vear", the Junior play "Kind Lady"-a mystery, thrilled and baffled its audience. The plav was very subtle. in fact so much so that manv of the bourge- oisie failed to comprehend it. Bill Docking played the part of the handsome villian the lived up to the Dart. tool, and Barbara Bouck portrayed her role in a most professional manner. The cast included Bill Hines. Sara Winkler. Dorothy Summers, Mar- garet Mack, Irene Limper. Marjorie Goldstein, Mir- iam Fields. Martha Connett, Lawrence Alden, Don Sollenberger. Merrill Peterson and Jack Lamont. Thomas P. Quinn was chosen bv the football squad for next year's co-captain, and by a big ma- jority. Speaking of football, Donald Kastner, Rus- sell Minnis, Dick Doryland, Alfred Woodman, Wil- liam Graves, and Ralph Scott received reserve letters in their sophomore year. Basketball stars of our junior year were Bob Gahagen, Don Kastner, Dick Doryland, Jay Funk, Merle Bottger, and Denzil Bergman. Max Decker, Bog Gahagen and Norman Ross made the tennis team, while Jay Funk and Hall Mil- lard were the golfers. Feeling heavily, but not for long, the responsibility of our senior status, we elected class officers--Bob Curtis, presidentg Norman Crook, vice-presidentg and a nice little political intrigue developed over the battle between Wilma Jea nShull and Charles Sneeberger for the office of secretary-treasurer. Their election was a tie, so they managed it to- gether during the first semesterg then "Snee" moved away and Wilma Jean served her capacity undis- puted. Mary Louise Emery and Joanne Aubel were the class representatives to the Student Council. Bill Docking-yes, again, was the representative-an large, after a mud-slinging battle! Mary Louise was chosen president of that august body, and Jo- anne, vice-president. Another rousing election was that of Mary Beth Walker, senior, as cheerleader. She did an excep- tional job, remember that rainy Clay Center foot- ball game? At the district Hi-Y convention, Lawrence Alden, our president, was elected president of the entire assembly. An honorable position for an honorable man! Our last Pigskin Prom, ah me! It was "funner" than the rest, supervised by "Pete" Peterson. Two seniors, Alice King and Raymond Tucker fa new student at thatlj were crowned King and Queen. The cast of the Hi-Y-G. R. play, "Take My Ad- vice" was a compliment to the members of the class on their dramatic ability as it was composed entirely of seniors. Those who trod the boards for this oc- casion were Bill Hines, Sara Winkler, Bob Smith, Faye Clapp, Denzil Bergman, Clara Lou Davis, Val- jean Lumb, and Charles Schneeberger. Forty-eight of the class of '39 were awarded scholarship letters, an increase of six over last year's achievement. Another society note: The seniors entertained the juniors at the annual Sr.-Jr. dance which was termed a "complete successn! Letters for first team participation in basketball were awarded to these seniors: Jim Prideaux, Bob Gahagen, Don Kastner, Neal Hugos, Denzil Berg- man, Elmer Lutz and Dick Doryland. Jim Prideaux capped the climax of the basketball season by be- ing selected for the all conference basketball team! The senior members of the golf team fwhich in- cluded three out of fourj were: Elmer Lutz, Hall Milliard, and Jay Funk. The largest National Honor Society in M. H. S. was selected shortly after the start of the second semester. Even though there were many sad faces, happiness radiated on at least 28 seniors' faces.

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