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

 - Class of 1939

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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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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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l ,':. A . 4 , .. ff ,fs Af 1 s N -o Joanne Aubel, Virginia Howenstine Paul Engle, Bill Docking, Merrill Peterson Mary Louise Emery Peggy Pearce. .lames Smith, Mr. Durham. Sara Winkler Student Council The Student Council reached its maturity in 1935 under the guidance of Mr. Benney, chemistry teacher of that year, who brought a new spark into the group. Under Mr. Durham, sponsor since 1936, the Council has flowered in all its glory, and has re- volved from a nominal to an extremely influential body, representative of the entire school. The school election this year, provided by the Council was the most heated one ever seen at the high school. The election was held October 7, one day after a special election assembly, introducing the candidates. Thirteen students participated in the race for seven oflices on the Council. The elec- tion resulted in Bill Docking's, senior being elected representative-at-largeg Joanne Aubel and Mary Louise Emery, senior representatives, Virginia Howenstine and Peggy Pearse, junior representa- tives, James Smith and Paul Engle, sophomore rep- resentatives. The ex-officio members of the Council this year were Sara Winkler and Merrill Peterson. As usual the first accomplishment of the group was the managing of the third annual Pigskin Prom. which followed shortly after football season. Among the other numerous accomplishments of thc Student Council for 1938-'39 are the following: 1. The Council provided for the election of a rep- resentative from each home-room to meet with the Council on each important occassions when informa- tio nto the entire student body was necessary. This plan had its beginning the preceding year, and met with much success. 2. The group provided programs for many of the season's football games. 3. The Council, with the consent of the entire stu- dent body, added the first amendment to the Consti- tution. This amendment provided that no student should be allowed to serve on the Council for more than one year. 4. The Council, with the consent of the principal, replaced deficient pencil sharpeners in the school. 5. Members of the Council were invited, and at- tended the Topeka High School football dance, 'the purpose being to get different ideas concerning the presentation of school parties. 6. Arrangements were made by committee, with the Student Governing Council at the college in order to avoid a "holiday" such as the one which followed the K. State-K. U. game last year. 7. A candy sale was sponsored by the Council during the first semester finals. 8. One of the most outstanding accomplishments was the successful approval of the student body of a proposed plan of the Council, providing for a 31.50 compusory activity fee. The plan has not yet been approved by the school board, however. 9. A movement for exchange assembly programs with surrounding high schools met with much suc- cess. 10. A questionaire was compiled concerning hall and student conduct. Student opinion was given on the problem. 11. The Council provided for a contest, for the naming of the new athletic league of which Man- hattan is now a member. 12. The Student Council's prime achievement was a Student Council Convention of schools in this area held in Ap1'il. The schools present were Arkansas City, Atchison, Augusta, Clay Center, Dodge City, ElDorado, Emporia, Eureka, Hays, Holton, Junction City, Kingman, Lawrence, anhattan, Olathe, Salina, Shawnee Mission, Topeka, Wichita East, and Wich- ita North. The main purpose of the convention was to draw up a constitution and to make permanent a Kansas Federation of Student-Councils. This Fed- eration will meet each spring hereafter at the city designated. Salina was chosen as the host city for next year, as well as being elected to serve as the president school. Eureka will be the vice-president school, and the secretary-treasurer place will be officers were Mary Louise Emery, Manhattan, presi- filled by the Kingman high school. This year, the dent, Betty Lou Sims, Wichita North, vice-presi- dent, and Virginia Scott, Topeka, secretary. The topics of six discussion groups which were led by different schools were Assembly Programs, Social Programs and Entertainment, The Aims and Ob- jectives of a Student Council, Financing Activities, and Student Participation in School Activities. A special discussion for the sponsors, The Proper Sphere of Activitiy of a Student Council, was led by M1'. Durham. The convention proved very success- ful and very helpful.

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