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Tampico TornadoThursday, May 7, 1942

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Folloiwng is the program for the high school commencement program excercises to be held in the school auditorium , Friday eveninng, May 8, at 8:00:

Processional, M. L. MARCY
Invocation: Rev. E. C. RALSTON 
Music: "Just For Today," M. L. MARCY
Address: "The Road Before Us," Thomas P. CARPENTER, Dean of Freshman, Knox College.
Music: "Desert Song," Brass Quartette
Presentation of Class: E, W, VICKREY
Presentation of Diplomas: President R. F. Woods
Music: "When Day is Done," Brass Quartette
Benediction: Rev. D. E. SPRINGER
Recessional: M. L. MARCY

Thursday, May 14, 1942




Dean Thomas P. Carpenter Delivered Fine Address Friday Night


A large number of relatives, school-mates and friends of the graduating class of ’42 attended the commencement exercises in the high school auditorium Friday evening. The stage was decorated with bouquets of flowers  and potted palms.


During the playing of the processional by M. L. MARCY the seniors, dressed in grey caps and gowns with scarlet tassels on the caps, marched to their places on the platform.They were followed by the members of the Junior class, faculty, board of education who were seated in the front row.


Rev. E. C. RALSTON, pastor of the Baptist church, gave the invocation after which Mr. MARCY, accompanied by Mr. R. F. WOODS, sang “Just for Today,” by Seaver.


E. W. VICKREY, principal of the school, introduced Thomas P. CARPENTER, Dean of Freshman at Knox college, who gave the address of the evening on  “The Road Before Us.” He stated in part “God gave to man, important attributes which he withheld from animal. Although man is not endowed with great strength, his ingenuity to invent has made it possible for him to communicate to others what he has learned. This culture differs man from other animals and has made it possible for him to create this civilization. Through the wonders of invention, a new world of inter-communication has built a world that the ancient kings could not have imaged and at the same time we have developed mechanical inventions and harnessed the powers of the world.


“Still we have many problems. The country is filled with food and at the same time people throughout the world are starving. We have great hospitals, medical schools and doctors, but the fact remains that over a 100,000 are in need of medical attention. We have the unemployment problem, now lessened by the war, which is the most destructive ever seen. We should think of the war in terms of human beings; the orphans which will be left; millions of the best of the young manhood of the world maimed or killed; whole nations taken from their homes and forced to labor; the hate and brutality which it has caused.


What is the problem? I believe the world is filled with well-intentioned people. Our problem is the inability to solve problems. Our plea is for social inventors to work this out through social intentions such as the school, community chests, courts, and government. It is our duty to see that every child has the opportunity to develop and use whatever talents he may have. Two years ago, the Federal government invited those who had an idea that would help win the war to give their ideas and 50,000 suggestions were received in 1 ½ years, some, of course, useless, but many now in use.”


He closed with saying that, “We must solve our social problems as we have the mechanical and physical problems. One of the wastages of the United States which we must solve if we win this war is to use manpower to the maximum of its ability. Through the past we have wasted doctors, surgeons, and the finest scientific talent and political leadership because  we have not made it possible for young people to make the maximum of their abilities they possess.


Mankind has developed for himself many other problems, including that of relationship one with another.”


The brass quartette, composed of LaFerne RENNER and Leroy MICKLEY, trombones, Betty TEMPLE,  and Mildred ELMENDORF coronet with Mr. MARCY at the piano played “The Desert Song” by Romberg and “When Day is Done” by Katscher.


Mr. VICKREY read a telegram of congratulations and best wishes to the class from Lieut. Dwight SHANKS of El Paso, Texas, former coach in the high school, after which he complimented the students of the school on their movement to save time and shorten the term by three weeks as they did. He also thanked the parents and the Board of Education for assisting in this war-winning effort. He then presented the class to R. F. WOODS, president of the board, who presented the diplomas to the graduates, after a short talk in which he thanked the speaker, the Baptist church for the use of their public address system and the members of the faculty for their sincere efforts during the year and the extra work they assumed when Mr. SHANKS left. He expressed the boards regret in losing one teacher, Miss Marjorie FEEK, through resignation.


The program closed with the benediction by D. E. SPRINGER. During the processional, played by Mr. MARCY,  the graduates took their places before the platform where they received the congratulations of those present.


Members of the class were:

Arlyn CADY
Leslie CADY
Richard CHAPIN
Evelyn DAY
Kathryn GRIMES
Herbert LEE, Jr.

Josephine PRICE

Archie YARDE




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