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Page 42 text:
New Student Reception
September 22, 1938 at 3:15 o'clock a reception was
held for the new students by the student council.
New students told where they were from, got ac-
quainted, and were served refreshments. Our prin-
cipal, Mr. Bergman, gave a speech of welcome and
told them a little about the school.
The new students this year a1'e
Sophomores: Agnes Peter, Roy McManis, Ray
McManis, Faye Cook, Kenneth Williams, Maurine
Babb, Erma Kortman, Everett Stewart, Lois Ander-
son, Phillip Charlton, Robert Charlton, Margaret
Dunn, Anna Jean Watson, Virginia Engert, Fern
Gates, Donna Faye Chubb, Dorothy Muetze, Robert
Black, Martha Toedt, Betty Robert Wells, Mary
June Rose, Lenora Tucker.
Juniors: Betty Gross, Glen Davis, Kathleen Had-
ley, Lyle Hadley, Helen White, Frank Schryer, Jim
Gerlach, Arletta Foos, Virgil Klein, Fred Huber,
Paul Cibolski, Albert Watson.
Seniors: Lela Kortman, Richard Endacott, Ray-
mond Tucker, Ileen Schmitt, Rosa Murray, Elmer
Lutz, Beulah Hammons, Lawrence Charlton, Will
Watermellon Feed and Fight
The sophomores were initiated into the Hi-Y in
the fall by the annual watermelon feed. All Hi-Y
members and faculty members were invited to at-
tend the feed which has been held on top of K
Hill. The ton of watermelons is carried up the hill
by these participating and then indulged in from ear
to ear. After which there is a vigorous battle with
the sophomores against the juniors and seniors in
which the rinds are used as ammunition. The
teachers usually act as referees while sophomores
are doused in watermelon rinds and driven over the
hill. To make things more even the seniors are then
matched against the sophomores and juniors.
Approximately 135 sophomores were present at
their annual fiing in the girls' gym Saturday night,
October 22. The decorations and refreshments were
carried out Hallowe'en style and the entertainment
consisted of competetive and group games and
Black and gold streamers hung from the ceiling
and the traditional black cats and pumpkins, as well
as corn fodder completed the clever decorations.
'Margaret Jean Lewis, disguised as a fortune teller
in gypsy costume, added to the festive atmosphere.
The refreshments of cider and whipped cream top-
ped pumpkin pie were most delicious.
Committees consisted of the following: Decora-
tions, Pauline Secrist, chairmang Miss Wilmore and
Mr. Durham, sponsorsg Betty Jean King, William
York, Lester Bishop, Blaine Smith, and Frank
Whipple. Entertainment: Bill Adams, chairmang
Mrs. Swedenberg, and Mr. Mordy, sponsorsg Bill
Busenbark, Lenora Tucker, Frank Menges, Barbara
Sheffer. Refreshments: Marion Louise Coe, chair-
mang Miss Houghton and Miss Marley, sponsors,
VVarren Taylor, Harold Smith, and Josephine Hurl-
burt. Miss Rude, sophomore class sponsor, as gen-
eral sponsor, rendered much help to all committees.
All faculty members were invited to the party,
but other than sophomore teachers, Dr. and Mrs.
Sheffer, Mr. and Mrs. Rogers, and Miss Barber were
the only ones attending.
When we seniors were itsy-bitsy sophomores, the
Pigskin Prom was an experiment. Needless to say,
it proved successful . . . and 'twas voted to make it
an annual affair. So, like the little tree, it "grew
and grew" and in the growing became better 'n bet-
ter. Is it any wonder that this year's party was
fto use the vernacularj-a pipl? Naturally some-
thing is not a pip without due cause. Those who at-
tended will recall the colossal jitterbug contest, which
was something new and different-and the clever
names of the dances that tickled one's funny bone.
Different committees planned the Pigskin Prom.
Tribute must be paid to the chairmen of these com-
mittees: The dance committee was headed by Mar-
tha Bairdg the King and Queen committee was un-
der Bill Docking's guiding hand, the refreshments
were planned by Edith Hanna and her assistantsg
Babara Bouck and her committee were in charge of
the gamesg the decoration committee chairman was
Ruth Kretzmeier. The whole outfit was soothed and
advised by Merrill Peterson-and Mr. Durham was
the capable faculty sponsor.
To conjure up a mental picture for you, and bring
back fond memories, we'll mention the high spots.
Perhaps the first impression was made on spying the
decorations. If so, the first impression was swell.
The decoration committee did themselves proud on
this point. Blue and white fthe school colors-re-
member?j streamers were artistically draped across
the ceilingg the lights were dimmedg but the actual
point of interest was the platform against the wall
in the center on which the orchestra resided while
swingin' out-and upon which were two thrones.
You guessed it !-one throne for the king and one
for the queen. Above this, on the wall, hung a huge
blue football with modernistic letters-MHS-in
silver. This was an eyecatcher!
Dancing was the main entertainment-but for
those who sought pleasure via less strenuous meth-
ods, there were ping-pong and card games--not to
mention fortune-telling on the sly. Few, however,
could resist the rhythms of Harold Hunt and "the
boys." Tricky little dance programs were designed
by the dance committee-on which the dances were
named after some of the fellas on our valient squad.
The dance floor was filled to capacity which more or
less discouraged some of those ole show-offs-you
know, the kind that just love to let the rest know
what they've learned fwe haven't anyone definite in
But all this played second fiddle, so to speak, to
the magnificent crowning of Ole King Tucker and
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The Christmas Concert
Under the direction of Miss Helen Jerard, the
chorus classes again presented a Christmas Cantata
to a capacity crowd at the Presbyterian Church on
December 9 at eight o'clock. This year the cantata
presented was "Chimes of the Holy Night" by Hol-
ton. Palms and flowers formed an impressive back-
ground for the chorus who were dressed in white.
Jack Groody, class of '36, was the only soloist out
of high school. Seniors who were featured on the
program included Irene Limper, Marjorie Gould
and Shirley Marlow, soloistsg and Margaret Collins
and Faye Clapp who sang a duet. A double quartet
consisted of six seniors and two juniors: the sen-
iors were Robert Curtis, Shirley Marlow, Marjorie
Gould, Faye Clapp, Irene Limper and Russell Min-
nisg and the juniors-Herbert Vanderlip and Pat
Farrell. Another junior, Mary Razak, sang an ob-
bligato in the performance.
The program was accompanied by Mr. R. H.
Brown at the organ and Vivian Huxman at the
piano. The program was as follows:
Mr. R. H. Brown
"Largo" ......,...................,...................,,...,. .,,,, H fmdel
"Ave Mal'ia" ......,...,..............,.,.,,,.,..,,,,,,,,,,,,,.,. Schubert
"Lord's Prayer" ....................................,. Fm-syth-Kravft
Cantata-"Chimes of the Holy Night" ..........., Holton
1 Christmas Bells are Ringing ..... Chorus
1. How Beautiful Upon the Mountains ...... Chorus
Irene Limper, Soloist
3. But Thou, Bethlehem ,,,.............,..,.,.,,..,,,.. Chorus
Mary Razak, Soprano Obbligato
4. Earth's Weary Waiting Done ..........,..,.... Chorus
Margaret Collins, Faye Clapp
5. In the Watches of the Night ..., Marjorie Gould
6. Good Tidings ..,................................. Boys' Chorus
7. Glory to God in the Highest ...........,.......... Chorus
8. On Earth Peace ...,.......,.........,.,.... Double Quartet
Robert Curtis, Herbert Vanderlip, Shirley
Marlow, Marjorie Gould, Faye Clapp, Irene
Limper, Russell Minnis, Pat Farrel
9. Let Us Go Even Unto Bethlehem
10. Jesus, Our Lord .,,,..............,........... Girls' Chorus
Shirley Marlow, Soloist
11. The Star in the Eastern Sky ...............,.... Chorus
Jack Groody, Soloist
12. The Lord is Born Today ,.........,.,..,,,,,....,,,, Chorus
Benediction ................,.............,..,...... Rev. D. H. Fisher
"The Chimes of Normandy"
Directing her first operetta for Manhattan High
School, Helen Jerard scored a success with "The
Chimes of Normandy", a light opera by Robert Plan-
quette, given by the second and fifth hour chorus
classes March 17.
Receiving the presentation with several outburts
of spontaneous applause, the audience especially
liked the coquettish actions of the chorus in the
number "Just Look at That" in which the comely
maidens of the village were exhibiting their merits
as potential servants. The clever dance and panto-
mime by Marjorie Gould and Lawrence Alden as the
young lovers, Serpolette and Gremcheux, also
brought applause from the audience. .
Although the entire leading cast handled their
characterizations well, outstanding, performances
were gives by Pat Farrell as the -old miser, Gaspard,
and Russell Minnis as the stern Bailli. In leading
feminine roles, Shirley Marlow as the sweet Ger-
maine and Marjorie Gould as the naughty but lov-
able Serpolette, did excellently in both their acting
and singing parts.
One hundred and twenty-two students dressediin
vari-colored costumes made up the chorus which
carried out the musical part of the ope1'etta in a
manner which revealed and did full justice to the
many hours of hard work spent under able direction.
The costumes were designed and made by the teach-
ers and students of the Home Economics depart-
Especially impressive was the number, "Silent
Heroes" led by Herbert Vanderlip as Henri de
Corneville and aided by the boys' chorus.
The setting, though old, was particularly effective
for this presentation. Against a landscape drop, the
stone wall made by Miss Dobson's art classes and
Mr. Darby's manual training classes added local
color to the setting. Making the scene complete was
an old castle upon the left surrounded by tree
The humorous night scene, in which Baxilli, Ser-
polctte, and Grenicheux, unaware of each other's
presence and stealthily creeping toward the castle,
suddenly bumped into each other was rendered
doubly effective by Norman Ross' excellent handling
of the lightsg Miss Snapp, Miss Rude, and Miss
Marley, as stage managers were helpful in making
the production a success.
The Spring Concert
Combining their efforts, the orchestra and senior
high chorus again presented their annual Spring
joint-concert on May 12, at 8:00. The first half hour
of the program was devoted entirely to the orches-
The second half of the program was composed of
many special numbers. Beulah Hammons sang the
first solo, "Carissima" accompanied by Doris Paus-
tain. A sextette of six girls-Clara Lou Davis,
Mary Razak, Margaret Collins, Eloise Reisner, Irene
Limper, Faye Clapp, with Marjorie Gould as soloist,
sang the "Dream Song." Following this, "Could My
Heart Thy Song Be Singing", by Hahn, was sung by
Irene Limper. As an interlude Paul Engle played
the "Moonlight Sonata". Following this, Marjorie
Gould sang "The Kiss Waltz." A boys' double quar-
tette-Lawrence Alden, Junior Lovell, Herbert Van-
derlip, Bob Curtis, Harold Smith, Harold Hunt, Rus-
sell Minnis, and Pat Farrell, rendered two numbers,
"Joshua Fit De Battle of Jericho" with Shirley Mar-
low singing the soprano obbligato, and "The Road is
Calling", with Eloise Reisner playing the flute obbli-
gato and Paul Engle at the piano. Shirley Marlow
then sang "The Wren". A mixed double quartette
composed of Lawrence Alden, Herbert Vanderlip,
Shirley Marlow, Marjorie Gould, Faye Clapp, Pat
Farrell, and Russell Minnis sang "In the Garden of
Tomorrow" which concluded the special numbers.
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Good Queen Alice. The coronation was carried out
just like a real one fwell, on a smaller scale, of
course-and maybe a little more crudej with at-
tendants 'n' everything. Queen Alice seemed poised
--but King Tucker looked, and later admitted, he
was "scared stiff." Nevertheless, they were the pub-
lic's choice, and the public has darn good taste.
Dancing was resumed after the crowning-the king
and queen leading off with a little exhibition.
Ideal refreshments of coca-cola and cookies were
served the hungry throng. Then, alas, at 11:30 the
And so we say-farewell-to the annual football
shindig! May this tradition carry on, and may all
the kiddies plan just as nice a Prom and enjoy it as
much as we did.
"It's going to be a big affaiir" was the Pep Club's
promise appearing in the Mentor, and it was a big
affair. The annual Basketball Banquet, given in
honor of the basketball squad, was held Monday,
March 6, with 158 present.
It was a colorful event due to the work of the dec-
oration committee in charge of which was Ruth
Kretzmeier. The theme was carried out in a variety
of pastel colors. Bowls of sweet-peas and jonquils
served as center pieces while blue and white mega-
phones Kon which was lettered "M. H. S."J alter-
rated. The programs were in form of basketballs,
blue in color, which bore the autographs of each of
the twenty members of the team and the coach. Nut
cups were in pastel colors.
. Wilma Jean Shull presided as toastmistress. Dur-
ing the program, Val Jean Lumb played the piano
while the guests joined in group singing, Edith Wil-
lis, Marilou Alsop, and Margaret Hobbs, sang in a
trio. Mr. Hopkins gave a short speech prior to the
one by Mr. Bishop, with Nancy Lou Heberer giving
the view-point of the Hgrandstandersf'
The program was printed as follows:
Referee-Wilma Jean Shull
Towel-Swinger-Val Jean Lumb
Just a Bunch of Grand-Standers-
Edith Willis, Marilou Alsop, Margaret Hobbs
High-point Man-Mr. Bishop
Wind-up-Nancy Lou Heberer
Committees, composed of Pep Club members,
worked and planned the banquet, thus being re-
sponsible for its success.
Senior-Junior Dance Party
"A grand success!" The senior-junior given March
4th was every bit of that and a little more! After
a lot of worrying about the small number of per-
sons who had indicated their intentions to attend,
the party went off with a bang and a great big
crowd. Harold Hunt's orchestra fwhich we might
add, had improved greatlylj swung out with all
the latest tunes, and as a special treat, none other
than our own Clara Lou Davis gave forth with two
vocal numbers with the swing band.
Cokes and cookies were provided as refreshments
for the jitterbugs and gandies alike. Ping-pong
was played by the few who were energetic enough
to chase little white balls in among the auditorium
seats, while the rest of the guests "beat it out" on
the dance floor. You should have seen Coach and
"Sir Ronald Hopkins" swing their partners, and
were they ever busy when ladies' choice came
Decorations were along a military theme with
large drums suspended from the ceiling and lighted
from the inside. Crossed sabers and teers of tinsel
formed a background for the orchestra which was
seated in a large drum on the east side of the gym.
Incidentally, we liked the new arrangement of hav-
ing the orchestra on this side very much, because it
provided more room for dancing.
At the intermission a program was presented with
Norman Ross acting as master of ceremonies. Bob
Cook and Eddie Hoffman thrilled their audience
with a baton whirling act which was really perfec-
tion. Irene Limper accompanied them on the piano.
The College Trio composed of three colored boys,
Foster Goodlet, Homer Fleming and Sherman Helm
favored us with two vocal numbers. The best liked
of the two was "Old Man Mose" which was very
popular at that time. This was followed by an
Apache dance presented by Lenora Ash and Fred
Small. Mrs. Southern gave a very humorous read-
Dancing continued until 11 :30 and everyone hated
to go home fvia Sunset, Muggin' Mountain and all
points west!J. From the looks of things, it's our
guess that the faculty had as much fun as any of us.
Parties like this don't just happen, they take care-
ful planning and lots of hard work. Mr. Bishop as
head sponsor and Mr. Owen as his assistant deserve
a great deal of credit for the success of the party.
The committees and their chairmen did the real
work which put the "umph" into the event. The jani-
tors as always were a constant help with whatever
there was to be done.
The committees and their chairmen are as follows:
Efbtertainment-Donald Sollenberger, chairman,
Miriam Fields, Wilma Jean Shull, Jack Sayre, Val
Lumb, and Marjorie Goldstein.
Decov-ations-Audrey Durland, chairmang Doro-
thy Ratliff, Mary Beth Walker, Joanne Aubel, Hall
Milliard, Don Willis, Bob Wright, David Gates, and
Mary Margaret Arnold.
Dance-Norman Ross, chairman, Bill Hines,
Edith Hanna, Faye Clapp, Bruce Bryan, and Donis
Refreshments-Margaret Mack, chairman, David
Blevins, Max Decker, Paul Jorgenson, Marian Pen-
ley and Lila Neubauer.
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