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High school debate teams were active and joined the South Dakota Declam
League in l935. Midland was host to the District 12 tournament on February 25 of
that year. Midland defeated Wall in this tourney but lost to New Underwood. In
i937 the debate team of Juilanna Martin and Orville Bentley defeated Kadoka to
take first place at the invitational tourney at Kadoka. Declamation was also an
important extracurricular activity with Midland students often receiving superior
Orville G . Bentley, right, was a graduate of
MHS in l938. He is presently Dean of Agriculture at
South Dakota State College, Brookings. Dr. Bentley
delivered the annual commencement address to the
Senior class of 1959.
The class of '30 was the first ofa long line of
graduates to march down the aisle of the Legion Hall
to receive a high school diploma.
ln October l934, a parent teacher association
was organized and in the some year, District 30
organized the Bad Lands Athletic Conference. ln
March, I935, the district organized the Hickory DORM DAYS
Stick Club with Superintendent Norby of Midland as
Big Stick fpresidentj . In l938, an alumni organiza- Lf
tion was started, but apparently was not continued O ""'l
as planned . Q I
Basketball teams were well supported and were mx
an outstanding part of the extracurricular activity K H
According to alumni memories, teamswere first l
called Vikings during dormitory days when an election il'
was held to determine a name suitable for local school ffl
athletics. The name "Viking," symbolic of the ,i Q Q
numerous Scandinavians then attending school, was KX N Q Q Q
chosen to impart a spirit of courage, inherent in ,J
their ancestors, to those namesakes. QX A -K ,Q i x
In I936, the team won the District tournament
and was awarded the trophy .
Interest in Girls' basketball was revived, and a
G . A. A. was organized in l936. Participants were
awarded letters for sports.
ln the spring of l938, football, which had been dropped for a time, again became a part ot the piun ror
the following year. Suits were purchased, spring practice was held to ready the team for participation on the
i939 six-man football season. In that year they completed an undefeated season.
Kittenball was a favorite fall sport during the early 3O's. The team participated in lnter-class games,
neighboring towns contests, and tournaments.
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Unidentified,'G . I . Brende, Charles Elrod, Roy Schonewill, Gladys Wenger, Melinda Dale,
Gladys McKillip, Rena De Young, Isola Walters.
Junior-senior banquets continued to be held
in the school or at the hotels. Themes and
decorations became more colorful and elaborate.
Records give evidence of banquets to honor
the Basketball squads. These were sometimes
given by individual "fans" who were interested
in the teams.
Added to the Junior, Senior, and One-act
plays were the grade and high school operettas,
produced annually beginning in 1931 and con-
tinuing through the 3O's.
After a lapse of many years, senior class
days were resumed in 1937. The programs con-
sisted ofthe class will, history, prophecy, the
giving of letters, and presentation of awards.
Camivals began in 1932 and were first held
in conjunction with the presentation of the Junior
Play. Later they became a full evenings entertain-
ment with short skits by the grade school preceding
The,first annual, published in 1937, was
a paper-bound volume containing all the issues
of the Hill Top Flashes . Pictures were pasted in
by individuals after receiving their annuals.
The 1938 yearbook was the first to be published
by a printer, the Will A . Beach Company. It
was a twenty-five page volume. The yearbook
was called, with the exception of 1949 when it
was named the Viking, the Cactus until 1953.
The title was then changed to the Viking and has
remained so since .
Hazel Duryea, Ann Shouse, Lester Lindley, Berdella Sheggeby, Mr. 8- Mrs. McNally,
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Gladys Ravenscroft, Eunice Calhoon, Josephine Anderson, Bessie Sheeley, Grace Rogers
Coachl, Helen Behl, Lillian Scott, Wilma Ernst, Linda Reinschmidt.
Ben Schwalm, Charles Anderson, Lloyd Olson, Charles Schonewill, lvan
Douglas, Bob Crawford, Robert Grady, Earl lllian.
LEFT TO RIGHT: Coach Sletvold, .lim Gulbrandson, Charles Schonewill,
Clifford Stone, Ben Owen, Clarence Petaslce, Kenneth Olson .
Lloyd Olson, Charles Anderson, Chet Colhoon, Earl lllian Pat
Calhoon, Webb Phillips, Earl Benton, Bill Behl.
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FRONT ROW: Clifford Stone, G len Crawford, Claire Funston,
Major Doud, Charles Schonewill . BACK ROW: Kenneth Olson,
Tiny Lammon, Hoyvard Douglas, Richard Douglas, Fred Schwalm.
Coach Brende, Lavonna Lammon, Alpha Olson, Mona Howes
Funston, Beverly Cottem, Maelo Peters, Isola Walters,
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