Madison West, Class of 1954

West High School, Madison, WI, 1954

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Vol. XXIV, No. 5 Madison, Wis., Thursday. December 17, 1953 Price Ten Cents.

Christmas Activities Capture Happy Holiday Spirit at West

Party, Dance Honors Seniors Friday Evening In Cafeteria

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Orchids will be given to all senior girls attending the party. The program will consist of entertain­ment by students and group singing, reports Helen Wilson, co‑chair­man of the program committee. Seniors have been asked to bring 25cent gifts for a grab bag.

A band of West students and grads will provide the music for "Reindeer Romp." Ninth graders as well as senior high pupils are invited to this dance, but only seniors will be admitted to the party. There will be no admission charge for either the party or the dance 

A Christmas dance, a special senior party, and the choir's annual aud program Friday are among West's Christmas activities. "Reindeer Romp," a stag dance, will replace Club Arrowhead in the cafeteria Friday night from 8 to 11. A senior Christmas party will be held in the cafeteria from 6:45 to 8 p.m. before the dance. This party will take the place of the usual senior party during the noon hour, stated Ann O'Malley, general chairman.

Members of the band playing at the dance are Dick Hartwig, Steve Sackett, Bob Kay, Dave Lewis, Jim Christensen, Bob Reuther, Bill Yount, Tom Kivlin, and John Ammacker.

"The Shepherd's Story" will be included in the choir program Friday. Soloists for this number are John Lee, tenor; Dan Trewartha, baritone; Barbara Fromm. Jeanne Larson, Virginia Pochman, and Judy Lentz, sopranos.

Soloists in other numbers will be Marian Freed, Jeanne Larson, Barbara Fromm, Virginia Pochman, Janice Batho, and Ann O’Malley.

The program will include the annual processional, and Fred Waring's arrangement of  “The Christmas Song.”


Fall Lettermen Honored in Aud

Letters were presented to forty members of the cross country and football squads and seven members of the West High cheerleaders organization, Thursday, December 10, in the auditorium.

Coach Orville Evans awarded letters to the following cross‑country boys: John Lee, captain, Pat Topp, John Ottow, Karl Solberg, Bob Kirchberger, Francis Green, Vincent De Paul, Wally Neumann, Grant Tessmann, Harry Pasley, John Snell, Jim Allen, Tom Thompson, Jon Romnes, Evan Everson, Allen Briggs, Tom and Gary Fields, Mgr.



Football letter winners were Gordon Corcoran, captain, Frank Bushnell, Bill Foss, Larry Graham, Bill Hammill, Joe Irwin, Dave Johnson, Ralph Johnson, Dick Kraemer, Bill Powers, Mort Rabinovitz, Joe Stassi, Dick Woodring, Dave Baskerville, John Christianson, Bob Colbert, Tom Fox, Jack Fuss, Jerry Olson, Paul Sergenian., Karl Holzwarth and Mike McPhee, mana­ger.

Principal R. 0. Christoffersen awarded cheerleader letters to six senior and one junior girls. They are Margaret Hickey, Helen Wilson, Mary Trotalli, Roberta Caldwell, Sharon McAdams, Pat Nicholson and Margery Jestila.


103 Girls, 61 Boys Make Honor Roll

Forty‑two more girls than boys are on the honor roll this six weeks. Of the 164 honor roll‑stu­dents, 103 were girls and 61 were boys. Senior girls on the honor roll are: Ann Aageson, Joan Adams, Sue Cooper, Sue Edgerton, Gwyneth Fair, Sue Filek, Edith Finlay, Sylvia Hasler, "Muff' Hobbins, Margaret Hobbins, Dorothy Ingwell, Sharon Koepcke, Lucille Kubiak, Joanne Leveque,. Barbara Loder, Roberta Marling, Barbara Rieman Agnes Rusy, Claudia Schroe­der, Sally Sehwenker, Pat Searles, Carol Schumpert, Bette Solheim, Mary Steussy, Jeannette Stewart; Janis Stockman, Sara Towell, Colleen Udelhofen, Jane Walker, Virginia Wallace, Donna Wesenberg, Jill Wobig.

Senior boys on the honor roll are: George Allez, Jerry Anderson, Bill Atkins, Bill Bunce, John Brueckner, Fred Cassidy, Bennett Christopherson, Joe Conrad, Gordon Corcoran, Bill Curreri, John Fitchen, Dennis Gunderson, Dick Hartwig, Phillip Henderson, Rolf Henel, Robert Kirchberger, Andy McBeath, James Muegge, John Post, Stuart Rosenfeld, John Snell, Dick Stephan, Tom Thompson, Dan Trewartha, Mark Weavers.

Junior girls are: Waltressa Allen, Betty Baird, Janice Batho, Judy Blumer, Priscilla Butts, Nancy Castle, Dorothy Halls, Heather Harrington, Gretchen Ihde, Judy Johnson, Alicia Kellar, Margaret Kingsbury, Jeanne Larson, Gail Lawrenz, Judy Lentz, Josephine Lobb, Sharon Maloney, Riva Mazur, Phoebe Napper, Lois Ann Paulson, Joan Peck, Ingtraud Rennenkamff, Mary Scharnke, Mary Schwab, Bonnie Stamm, Susannah Trimble, and Karla Zander.



Junior boys are Dave Baskerville, Bruce Boller, John Crane, Tom Dean, Tom Fox, Tim Frautschi, Edward Ingraham, Bill Marsh, Ralph Nafziger, Jon Otterson, Don Peterson, Gaines Post, Neil Smith, Peter Starkweather, Fred Verhulst, Lowell Watkins, John Williamson, Mike Wyngaard.

Sophomore girls are: Kristin Biart, Barbara Brown, Deanne Chapman, Gail Chechik, Marian Clark, Sally Crownheart, Cynthia Curreri, Grace Dahle, Ruth Darlington, Martha Frautschi, Grace Gallagher, Jeane Anne Gehner, Jane Gillett, Myrna Gorton, Sybil Haight, Janet Harder, Gail Hawley, Jennifer Hill, Beverly Hoops, Ann Holmgren, Marjorie Jackson, Jeanine Juedes, Marjorie Kelzenberg, Beth Knope, Elizabeth Krug, Carol Lawrence, Marian Lee, Judy Lerdahl, Rhoda Maxfield, Ann McGibbon, Connie Napper, Harriet Hovick, Dagny Quisling, Barbara Satterfield, Mary Snell, Jean Sorum, Patricia Taplick, Sally Trieloff, Barbara Wallace.

Sophomore boys are: Leroy Abrahamson, Eward Allen, Stuart Dolinky, Lawrence Fish, Craig Freshour, Floyd Gelhaus, Harry Hamilton, Jim Hembre, Harry Hustad, Curtis Kimnberly, Geoorge Nelson, Karel Olson, Richard Remy, Charles Reul, Bill Wilson, John Wyngaard.

Homeroom. 120 won the honor plaque for the second consecu­tive time. Its grade point average is 1.988. If 120 has the highest grade average the next grade period, their homeroom number will be engraved on the plaque.

Speech Students to Produce Plays

Speech class plays will begin Thursday, January 7, according to Mrs. Ruth McCarty, speech teacher.

Volunteer student directors have picked members from their classes to form play groups.

The one-act plays, an annual activity of speech classes, are given in the auditorium. Although Stage Crew cooperates in the production of the plays, the responsibility lies with the members of the speech classes.



Reviews are written by members of the speech classes. On the basis of these reviews, each class selects the best play which will be given as an aud program.

The best plays from all the classes will be presented to groups outside of the speech classes, Mrs. McCarty reported.

Horlick Defeats Regents In Conference Opener.  

Racine Horlick's well‑balanced basketball squad overpowered the visiting Maize and Blue 71‑55, Friday, December 4, at Racine, in the first Big Eight encounter of the season for both teams.

High scorer for the game was Dave Baskerville, who tallied six baskets and eight free throws for 20 points. Joe Stassi, the other guard, contributed 11 points. 

Horlick used a pressing defense and fifteen players to subdue the game Regents. Trailing through out the contest, the West five battled right down

  to the finish, scoring 33 points in the second half.

Frequent fouls, hampered both teams, but especially the Regents, who lost Joe Stassi, Larry Graham, and Dick Kraemer as each committed five fouls. West was able to profit by the Horlick miscues, however, and potted 25 gift shots of forty‑nine attempts.

The sophomore quintet was defeated 41‑36 in the first game of the evening when the Rebels scored two quick baskets and a free throw with only seconds remaining.


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EDITOR'S NOTE:  Phee is back.  Phoo has retired for the moment until another moment of violent need.

John Christianson is back in school after three long weeks in bed.  He received a bad bruise in football during the Janesville game.  It became infected and grew worse as the season finished.  John's 20 pounds lighter and 6 inches smaller in the waist.  Best of luck to Christy on the dust bowl next year.

The 1953 bowling season got underway Nov. 12 and is made op of six teams.  Jack Allen and John Pluene are the leading bowlers.

Bob Dale and Bill Wilson have been elected bowling league secretaries.


 Regents Bow to East 47‑ 37; Defeated by Stoughton, 51-41

East's Fast Break Pays Off In Win

The Regent cagers absorbed their second conference loss, going down before a fast‑breaking East quintet, 47‑37, at West, December 11.

The Regents had trouble moving the ball against a pressing Purgolder defense, and couldn't take advantage of the shots they did have.

Guard Joe, Stassi was high scorer for West with nine points, while Dave Baskerville and Larry Graham had seven apiece. Duane Grinde led East with seventeen points.

West. got off to a fast start, pulling ahead 13‑8 in the first quarter, but only managed to put together eleven points in the next two quarters.

The loss was the Regents' third against one win this season.

The West sophomores were defeated by the East sophomores, 49 - 40  in the preliminary contest.



West Loses Lead, Graham Gets 17

Madison West High School's basketball team dropped a 51‑41 decision to Stoughton High School of the Badger Conference, In a game played on the West court Saturday night. It was West's second loss in as many days.

Larry Graham, Regent forward., led the West quintet in scoring with 17 points. Larry also did a good job of rebounding. The Regents led at halftime but couldn't keep up the pace and Stoughton pulled ahead to stay there.

West, which lost two games last weekend. and has a season record of one victory and four defeats, looked poor as they went down to defeat to the Stoughton team, that took advantage of better rebounding and sharper shooting to earn their victory. Stoughton had balanced scoring as Kuehni, Hoverson, and Jarvis scored twelve points apiece and Radecki garnered eleven.


Reqents on Parade

Larry Graham was chosen this week for his fine basketball play so far this season and the football he played as an end this 1953 season. Larry, has played football for three years, and been a member of the track team. This is his second­ year on the basketball squad.

His greatest thrill in basketball was during his sophomore year when the Regent Sophomores won their only game of the season by defeating Kenosha.

Larry came to West in his sophomore year from the high school in Hayward, Wisconsin.

After he graduates in June he, plans to go on to the University of Wisconsin, although he does not think he'll have much time for sports.

Larry is a member of 4‑F and Spanish Clubs.







Jim Filer has also gained recognition in the past years for his outstanding ability as a Regent "matman." He has been a first‑string wrestler for two years now and won second place in the Big Eight wrestling match at Janesville last year and also in the sectional wrestling match in the university field house.

Jim’s favorite pastime is enjoying outdoor life, preferably fishing. Next spring, he and two other boys plan to take a canoe trip into Canada. Jim came to West his freshman year from Nakoma School. He wants to go to the University of Illinois next fall and study architecture. He also hopes to have an opportunity to wrestle.

Here at West Jim is in choir and is vice-president of Ushers Club.

West Plays Holiday Game; Travels to Kenosha Friday

The Regent cagers will invade Kenosha for a game that promises to be a thriller, on Friday, December 18. Kenosha has 3 returning lettermen led by 6‑foot‑4‑inch Gene Suplesa. Suplesa ended up as fourth highest scorer in last year's campaign. In competition thus far, Kenosha has proved to be a good squad.

The Regents will next see action Wednesday, Dec. 23, at 7:30 when they meet Waukegan in the first game of a charity double‑header at the East High gymnasium.  East will play Menasha in the second benefit game for the Empty Stocking Club


The Regents play host to the Downtowners from Madison Cen­tral on Friday, Jan. 8 in a city series battle. Central has six re­turning lettermen led by Bill Gothard and Rollo Vallum. Thus far Central has a good record. In their early games they defeated Fond du Lac on their own court 64‑59. Then they traveled to Reedsburg where they won 68‑65. Coach Page will have his boys very high for this big city series tilt.

On the following night Racine Park's cagers will visit West High. They have two returning lettermen led by John Engels. Park has been unimpressive to date, losing to Kenosha 70‑40, and to Milwaukee‑North.

East Tops West Matmen in Seasons Opener, 35 - 3

Madison West's wrestling team, making their 1953:54 season debut, was defeated by Madison East's unbeaten grapplers, 35‑3, Friday, December l1, in the West gym.

West's lone victory came when. Dick Meloy decisioned John Gorman in the 103‑pound division. In two of, the better matches of the day Jim Filer and Fred Malcolmson were barely decisioned by Oliver Olson and Larry Scott of East respectively on 2‑0 counts. Frank Bushnell, the Regent's 165‑pound grappler also put up a terrific battle before dropping a 4‑2 decision to the Purgolders' John Krajco. The other four matches were copped by the East


matmen on pins by Lynn Oswald, Dave Engen, Bob Fisher, and Dave Davis.  John Christianson, West’s veteran heavyweight wrestler could not participate in the match because of a serious leg injury suffered in football. He is not expected to be available for the entire season.

The Maize and Blue grapplers will face Madison Central today at the Central gym.


Hockey Season To Open Soon 

West's hockey team will start practice as soon as there is ice and cold weather, stated Coach Dalton Hedlund at a meeting for all hockey players.  Friday after school, Coach Hedlund also expressed hope for a good season.

Eighteen boys reported to the ­meeting.  Dick Hook will be the only returning letterman on the squad.  One overnight trip has been planned for the season. The trip will either be to Stevens Point or Wausau.


West will be host to four teams here later on in the season.

Coach Hedlund also declared that all skates must be furnished by the players and the school will supply hockey sticks, pucks, shirts and helmets. There has been no definite schedule made out yet. It is certain that West will meet Central at least twice but no dates have been set

What’s Coming?  “THE ROBE”

December 18‑19‑‑~'Kind Hearts and Coronets"‑Strand Theater.

December 18‑20‑"The Red Badge of Cour­age" (Audie Murphy), continuous after 12 noon‑Wisconsin Union Theater.

December 18‑"Thunder Over the Plains" (Randolph Scott) ‑ Capitol Theater.

December 20‑23‑‑"In Old California" and "Lady for a Night" ‑‑ Strand Theater.

December 23 ‑"The Robe"‑Orpheum Thea­ter

December 24‑30 ‑ "Little Boy Lost" and "Crazy Legs"‑ Strand Theater.

 'December 25‑"Three Sailors and a Girl" (Gordon MacRae, Jane Powell, Gene Nelson) ‑‑ Capitol Theater.

December 31‑ "Botany Bay" and "War of the Worlds”‑ Strand Theater.


January 3‑"My Darling Clementine." Continuous after 12 noon. Also Sat. and Sun.‑Wisconsin Union Theater.

January 8‑10‑ "Kim." Continuous after 12 noon‑Wisconsin Union Theater.

January 10‑ University Concert Band, 4:15 p.m.‑Wisconsin Union Theater.

January 10‑Wis. Union Debate on Social­ism, Dr. Wm. McGovern and Norman Thomas, 8 p.m.‑Wisconsin Union Theater.

January 12‑13~Orchesis‑‑Play Circle, 8 p.m. ‑Wisconsin Union.

January 15‑"The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari" (Conrad Viedt). Continuous after 12 noon. Also Saturday and Sunday‑Wisconsin Union Theater.

January 15‑Lillian Kallin, Pianist, with University Symphony Orchestra, 8 p.m.­ Wisconsin Union.