Ilion High School
1924 Senior Class History
As reported in "Gold Brown Year Book"
S O C I A L
HIGH SCHOOL DANCE
The season's social activities began October 21, 1923. The honor of holding the first High School dance of the year was conferred on the Senior Class. The gymnasium was appropriately decorated in orange and black and many clever ideas were developed through the tireless efforts of the decorating committee. The gym was crowded and everyone enjoyed the usual good time had at dances given by the class of "24."
The next dance, at the close of the foot-ball season, was given in honor of the foot-ball squad by the class of "25." The gym was transformed into a modern gridiron with all the familiar symbols of the warriors of the pig -skin. Due honor was paid to our rivals of long standing. The pleasant evening drew to a close with the suggestive strains of "Good Night Ladies."
Friday evening, April 4, the Junior Class held a supper and party at the high school. Supper was served at six-fifteen on the third floor and was enjoyed by about forty members of the class. A short program of plays, music, and specialty acts by the more talented of the Juniors was given in the auditorium, and the remainder of the evening was given over to dancing in the gymnasium and bedtime stories broadcasted by Evelyn Schmidt.Much credit is due the members of the committee, who, with Martha Clark as chairman, planned and carried the party through with such success, and all who were present are indebted to them for a good time.
One day in March, each Senior was presented with a three leaf clover, gaily decorated in green. What luck! The Seniors had been extended a hearty invitation to join in a merry "get-together" such as only Seniors have. Thus, on the evening of March 24th every appreciative Senior was on hand, dressed in his or her best bib and tucker. After a joyful informal supper, with Mr. and Mrs. Prindle presiding, everyone made his way to the auditorium in breathless anticipation of the events that the evening was to bring forth. Nor were they doomed to disappointment. Among the evening entertainers were the well-known impersonator, Margaret Martin, whose monologue was greeted with a round of applause; our clever team mates, Morton and Bennett, the noted soloists; Jean Roberts, and her equally accomplished pianist, Miss Dorsey. What with a phophecy of the Senior class by Miss Baker, and original remarks by the ever versatile Tom Willis, the entertainment was a howling success. As the evening drew to a close with dancing. everyone agreed that laughter had completely thawed the Senior ice.
A Freshman party was held in the gymnasium Saturday evening, December eighth. There was a good attendance. The following committee made the evening very enjoyable: Katherine Deyle, Dorothy Roach, Margaret Ellis, Edith Hughes, Mary Shoemaker and Marie Martin. Dancing and games were enjoyed.
The Social activities of Ilion High School were reopened after the Easter vacation by "The May Time" dance given by the Senior Class, May 2. Everyone is looking forward to the Junior Prom and Senior Ball given May 30 and June 20, respectively.
If the boys and girls study faithfully all week, they deserve a reward for their efforts, which the Ilion High School gives to them on Friday afternoons, during the winter months from November to March. They have the privilege, at this time, of having a social time for one hour. Everyone who cares to dance at this time may do so, and those who do not dance, enjoy watching from the balcony of the gymnasium.
This is a splendid opportunity for the under classmen to learn to dance, an opportunity of which many have availed themselves during the past year. It is hoped that next year more will come down and help make the social hour a great success. The small price of admission is not to be compared with the fun derived from the time spent in the gymnasium on Friday afternoon.
HONOR STUDENTS OF "24"
MILDRED ROCKERFELLER, Valedictorian
KATHERINE INGERSOLL, Salutatorian
P R I Z E S
Last year, schoolwork was greatly stimulated by the prizes offered at Commencement. The improvement in the marks was very noticable. At Graduation this June, first and second prizes of six and four dollars respectively will be presented for the two highest standings in the following subjects: Bookkeeping and Commercial Arithmetic, Shorthand and Typewriting, Mathematics, Physics or Chemistry, General Science or Biology, Latin, French, Spanish, English, American History, Medevial and Modern History, and also for the boy and girl who, in the entire high school, shows the greatest improvement in their work. These prizes have been donated by the teachers and friends of the school.
THE ANNUAL PRIZE SPEAKING CONTEST.
The annual prize speaking contest, which was held Wednesday evening, May 7, in the High School auditorium, was largely attended. The winner of both the boys' and girls' contests competed in the county contest at DolgeVille.
The speakers and their selections were:
"Abolition of War" Summer
"Fear God and Take Your Own Part" Roosevelt
(2nd Boys' Prize Winner.)
"The Immigration Peril" Speranga
(1st Boys' Prize Winner.)
"Second Innaugural Address" Wilson
"The Mallet's Masterpiece" People
(1st Girls' Prize Winner.)
"Polly of the Circus" Mayo
(2nd Girls' Prize Winner.)
"The Perfect Tribute" Andrews
A fine cup has been given, by Edward Stephenson to the member of the baseball team maintaining the highest standing in his school work, who is also of the greatest value to the team as a player. The cup will certainly increase the interest of the baseball men in the coming season.
Great has been the strife among the four classes at High School, since they have become competitors in the interclass scholastic contest. At the time of this writing, the Seniors are in the lead with the Sophmores a close second.
The averages are as follows:
The beautiful silver loving cup, which will be presented to the president of the winning class in June, by Stone & Luke, Ilion, is well worth working for. Better look to your laurels, Seniors!
AMERICAN LEGION ESSAY CONTEST
The prizes for the American Legion Essay Contest, open to Ilion High School pupils, only were awarded April 8, 1924. Ernest Sitts received the 1st prize of $10 for his essay written on the topic, "Law Enforcement;" Mildred Rockerfeller won the 2nd prize of $5, her essay concerning the "American Ideal;" and the 3rd prize Of $2.50 was awarded to Theresa Connors, whose subject was the same as Ernest's.
Harold "Boots" Lever, a former student of the Ilion High School, has presented a very beautiful cup to the school, as a tribute to William Hempstead and William Schletterer, former students in the High School, who lost their lives in the World War. This cup is to be given to the boy who has earned the greatest number of points based on scholastic and athletic work. Great is our appreciation for this interest shown in our work.
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