Madison West, Class of 1954

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Vol. XXIV, No. 12 Madison, Wis.,   Thursday, May 6, 1954        Price Ten Cents

Wintry Winds Blow Couples Into Springtime at May Dance

John Fitschen,

Sara Rentschler

Reign at Formal

Couples shivering from this week’s snow flakes and wintry winds will step right into the middle of spring tomorrow night at May Dance at 9 p.m. in the gym tomorrow,

In the center of the dance floor will be white swans on a merry‑go-­round. Adding to the "Younger Than Springtime" theme, will be park benches, grass, balloons, and palm trees around the throne. As favors miniature Japanese umbrellas will be given.


West Music Groups to Join In All-City Festival Sunday

The all-city senior high music festival under the direction of Mr. LeRoy Klose, city music director, will be Sunday at the University stock pavilion at 3 p.m.

West Senior High choir, band, orchestra, and chorus classes will participate.  Other schools taking part are East, Central, and Wisconsin High.

Chorus and orchestral groups will start the program with “America My Wondrous Land” by Rob Roy Peery.

Band members will play six numbers.  Among them are “Glory of the Gridiron” by Alford; “Fantasy on"

American Sailing Songs” by Grundman; and “March Adoration” by Lecuond.

All chorus and orchestra students will join in the finale, “Onward Ye Peoples” by Sibelius.

Directing band and orchestra selections at the festival will be Mr. Ernest Stanke, West; Mr. Robert Woolen, East; and Mr. Walter Fandrich, Central.  Directors of chorus and choir numbers are Miss Carleen McCormack, Central; Miss Cecile Vogelbaugh, East; Miss Marion Huxtable, West; Mr. Justice and Mr. Klose.

NHS To Induct 33 West Pupils Friday In Aud

Twenty‑two seniors and 11 juniors will be inducted into National Honor Society (NHS) tomorrow during fifth period.

The seniors are Rolf Henel, Bennett Christopherson, John Post, Jayne Ann Paugh, Gordon Corcoran, Phil Henderson, Mark Weavers, Lucille Kubiak, John Dutton, Sylvia Hasler, Dick Hartwig, Barbara Chapman, Jill Wobig, Carol Schumpert, Bonnie Davie, Virginia Wallace, Ann O'Malley, Larry Graham, Margaret Kincaid, Joe Irwin, Andy McBeath, and Dennis Gunderson.

Juniors are Dave Baskerville, Tom Dean, Tim Frautschi, Don Peterson, Margaret Kingsbury, Gaines Post, Art Wegner, Ed Ingraham, Phoebe Napper, Karla Zander, and Ralph Nafziger.

NHS is awarded on the basis of outstanding scholarship, character, activity, and service. Anyone in the upper third of their class is eligible for admission and the members are chosen by the teachers.

35 Students Get Activity Awards

Thirty‑three seniors and two juniors will be awarded activity pins in an aud program this month.

The seniors receiving activity pins are: George Allez, Bill Buellesbach, Barbara Chapman, Bennett Chris­topherson, Roger Clark, Bonnie Davie, John Dutton, Sue Edgerton, Sue Filek, Sally Gugel, Dick Hartwig, Sylvia Hasler, Margaret Hob­bins, "Muff" Hobbins, Roberta Marling, Andy McBeath.

Mike McPhee, Dick Niebuhr, Ann O'Malley, Jayne Ann Paugh, Jac­quie Poehling, Barbara Rieman,

Stuart Rosenfeld, Agnes R u s y, Claudia Schroeder, Carol Schum­pert, Sally Schwenker, John Snell, Helen Stuben, Janis Stockman, Jane Walker, and Jill Wobig.

receiving activity pins are Gail Lawrenz and Ronald Thorstad.

Activity pins are awarded to those students who, during senior high have earned at least forty points from participation in school activities.


The six stargazers pictured here were seen in the "Gay Nineties" show put on by stage crew members at the annual Yearbook Carnival last Friday night.  Left to right are Ray Riley, John Brueckner, Peter Mortenson, Dennis Gunderson, Andy McBeath and Dan Matson.

A total of $659 was taken in at the carnival by the 23 organizations participating.  Pep Club's cotton candy concession made the most money while "M" Club's soda pop sale took in the most tickets.

Adventurous Antics Take Place During Spring Vacation

Spring vacation what we've looked forward to Since Christmas vacation is still a big topic of conversation and it will be until June 18. Here are a few highlight, from some of those varied experiences.

Bobbie Caldwell christened a new swimming Pool in Atlanta, Georgia.

Bill Sherlock, Tom Wencel, Beatrice Britton, Jerry Harned, Roe Sylvester and Jack Hamacher picnicked in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Barbara Bowman and Margaret Hobbins toured Duke University with Barb's brother.

Sixteen junior girls invaded a Milwaukee hotel and used room service at 3 a.m., forgetting to tip.

Nancy Neff, Muff Hobbins and Ann Sundt stayed on the same street in Sarasota, Florida.

A Louisiana State University policeman arrested Pat Anderson for Parking in a no Parking zone.

Sue and Joan Adams saw Cinerama and two stage shows in Chicago.

Mary Steussy kept company with a case of measles.>

Cindy Barrett went to North Platte, Nebraska, and brought back twelve six‑packs of Can‑O‑Pep, a new and novel beverage, only to find that Madison stores had just received their first shipments of it.

Pat Moran saw "Me and Juliet," Frankie Laine and the ice show at the Conrad Hilton in Chicago.

Sue Filek and Alice Ragatz Walked into a fraternity house by mistake at the University Of Arkansas.

Judy Lentz and Gail Lawrenz suffered successfully through the first of their shots for their European trip.

Curreri Named Junior Citizen

Bill Curreri, West senior, was an­nounced as a winner in Madison's Junior Citizenship contest for 1954, Saturday.

Bill and Judy Vander Meulen from East High, the other winner, were honored at a dinner meeting of the Junior Chamber of Commerce Tuesday night.

The winners received $25 in U.S. savings bonds and will represent Madison in the state contest at Appleton this weekend.

Helen Stuben Wins Art Prize

Helen Stuben, West senior, has won a $50 prize for her entry in the Monticello College Exhibition of Secondary School Art.

Helen's entry "Twilight" is in mixed media. Her picture was pur­chased by the college.

Quill and Scroll Accepts 21 Pupils

Twenty‑one High‑Times and yearbook staff members will be given Quill and Scroll Pins at an awards day program.

High‑Times recipients are Marcia Boehm, Fred Cassidy, Nancy Castle, Sylvia Hasler Riva Mazur, Andy McBeath, Stuart Rosenfeld, Barbara Rieman, Janis Stockman, and Bonnie Davie.

The students being awarded these pins for their work on the Yearbook are Suzanne Filek, Phil Henderson, Carol Schumpert, Frances Webber, Sally Schwenker, Susan Edgerton, Ann Sundt, John Snell, Barbara Chapman, Bill Curreri and Richard Hartwig.

Seniors who received pins last year are Ann O'Malley' Claudia Schroeder, John Dutton, and Mark Weavers.

Quill and Scroll is an honorary Scholastic Press Organization spon­sored by Northwestern University. Candidates from any journalistic activity may apply for membership.  They must be either juniors or seniors, in the upper third of their class, who have done superior work in writing, editing, or business management.  Recommendation for membership is given candidates by their editors and advisors.

Trackmen Seek City Title At East High Tomorrow

West High's track team was edged out of second place Saturday, April 24, at the Janesville Relays when they could not score in the final event. ­ Saturday, May 1.  Regents could do no better than gather 33 points to place fifth in the Rockford Relays.

Rockford East piled up 84 points to win the Janesville Relays, and the host school was second with 49 ½ points, while the Regents came in third with 47 ½ points.

West won the 440 yard relay event with Pete Pleune, Wayne Reading, Harry Hamilton and Tom Kippert each scampering 110 yards.  John Christianson placed first in the shot put with a throw of 49 feet 7 inches, and Dave Johnson was victorious in the pole vault, clearing the bar at 11 feet.

Pluene Wins at Rockford

At Rockford, Janesville made the best showing of five Big 8 schools competing as hey garnered 33 1/3 points for fourth place.  Madison East had 29 ½ points for sixth, and Central had 12 points for seventh place.  The championship was won by York of Elmhurst with 63 1/3 points.

Pete Pleune won the 110 yard dash, and the 440 yard relay team, composed of Pleune, Reading, Kippert and Hamilton, won their event for West’s only first places.

City Meet at East

Madison West track team will compete in the city meet tomorrow at East High School.  The Regents won the city championship last year and have high hopes of repeating this spring.span

Coach Jones’ team will compete in the Big Eight and Sectional meets, which will be held at Janesville, May 15 and 17 respectively.

Regents Will Host City Tennis Meet

West's 1954 tennis team opened I 1his year's campaign battling crosstown rival Madison East to a 3‑3 tie, Friday, April 30. The Regents placed third in a quadrangular meet held at Janesville, Saturday. May 1.

Tim Frautschi, Ed Ingraham, and Tom Fox scored the three Regent points, as West took three of the four singles matches from East. In the fourth singles match, PurgoIder Roger Good defeated Dave Gilpin, 6‑3. 6‑3.

West's doubles team of John Werth and Keith Meyer was nipped by East's Clark Sholts and Jerry Stitch, 6‑8, 10‑8, 6‑2. Max Cushman and Neil Peterman of East whipped Bob Winn and John Keene, 7‑5, 6‑4 in the other doubles match.

Despite gathering only one point the Regent netmen placed third in the quadrangular meet held at Janesville. The host school dominated the meet scoring 18 points. Madison East finished second with 2 points while Madison Central was held scoreless. Tim Frautschi. notched the only Regent point taking third place in the singles com­petition.

The tennis team has a busy, month ahead with meets against Central today; East. May 11; Edgerton. May 12; Wisconsin High, May 13, Wauwatosa, May 14 and Central, May 17. The City Meet will be held at West May 19 and 20.

Coach Page feels that his three top singles men are strong, and with some improvement in the doubles department, the season will be quite successful.