Madison West, Class of 1954

West High School, Madison, WI, 1954

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Vol. XXIV, No. 2 West High School, Madison, Wisconsin, Thursday, October 15, 1953 Price Ten Cents


The cast for "The Admirable Crichton", the fall play, will be announced within the next few days, disclosed Mrs. Ruth McCarty, drama coach.  The 11 girls and 13 boys chosen for parts will give the performance November 20. Mrs. McCarty said she will try to pick the cast from seniors taking speech, but will open tryouts to other students if she is not able to fill all the roles with speech students.  Rehearsals will begin Monday.


Four students are shown in early tryouts for "The Admirable Crichton."  They are Rolf Henel, Ann O'Malley, Peggy Dickson, and Dick Kraemer.

"The Admirable Crichton," by James M. Barrie, is a comedy in four acts.  It centers around Crichton, a butler who is very conscious of his place in society.  When he accompanies his master on a yachting party, and they are shipwrecked, the social order is reversed as Crichton takes command of the group and wins their devotion by his resourcefulness and enterprise.

The royalty in the cast will include: Lord Loam, head of an aristocratic English family; Loam's three daughters, Lady Mary, Agatha, and Catherine; Lord Brocklehurst, engaged to Mary; Lady Brocklehurst, his mother who has him well under her control; Ernest Wooley, a self-centered but affable young man; and Reverend John Traherne, a sporting parson.

The servants are: Crichton, the ideal butler who is such a snob he enjoys being snubbed, and Tweeny, his between-maid who adores Crichton.


Janice Tande will reign as queen of "Old Devil Moon," Homecoming Dance Friday, October 23, Mary Jean Trotalli and Carol Larson will be her court at the football game with Central, and at the dance in the cafeteria.

The three girls on the court were nominated by the football team last week and Janice was elected by the Senior class Tuesday in homerooms. All three will be introduced at the pep aud the day of the game, but will not be crowned until the dance.

The court will ride with the floats around Breese Stevens Field before the game, and Ann O'Malley, social committee chairman, stated that plans are being made so that the court will be able to sit on the field instead of the usual location in the south‑west stands. 

Bob Arden's band will play at the dance, and furnish a magician as part of the entertainment.

A red devil seated on a quarter of a moon hanging over a campfire with five figures around it is the center decoration of the dance.

Chairmen for the float committees are Jackie Poehling, senior float, Margie Jestila and Mike Lewis, junior float, and Margie Kelzenberg, sophomore float.


Dottie Jones was doing her pantomime in speech class following a fire drill the other day. Beginning, she announced  " This is my dressing room."

Ray Riley, entering late, walked just inside the door and stopped. Dottie, noticing him, said, "Come in, Ray."


Marcia Boehm, president of Red Cross, was in charge of a fashion show skit at Turner Hall on October 6. West High girls belonging to Red Cross, modeled uniforms worn by Red Cross workers in different fields of activity.

Little did some willing helpers know what they were getting into.  For one hour before the show, they lengthened hems, sewed someone into a tight uniform, and patiently allowed the girls to recite their speeches for them.

Explained emcee Bobbie Caldwell, "You’ll notice these don’t exactly resemble the latest Paris fashion."

Alice Ragatz and Jane Marshall stole the show when they came out in skirts above their knees.

"The hardest part was not keeping on our feet in those costumes, but keeping a straight face."



Six regulars and four alternate cheerleaders were selected Wednesday by a teachers' committee from a group of over forty girls.

Seniors Margaret Hickey, Pat Nicholson, Helen Wilson, Roberta Caldwell, Sharon McAdams, and a junior, Marge Jestila are the regulars. Their alternates include seniors Roberta Marling, Mary Jean Trotalli, and juniors Pat Anderson and Karen Sessler. Sophomore cheerleaders are Gail Chechik, Gloria Rozansky, and Sally Trieloff.

The girls belong to a Cheerleaders Club, which meets on departmental club days. At that time girls plan their schedule for the following games. Mary Jean Tortalli is president; Karen Sessler vice-president; and Gail Chechik is secretary.

During the football season the girls will wear new white slacks, and their maize-and- blue sweaters.



Officers were elected and future plans discussed in opening club meetings.  Nine departmental and nine non-departmental clubs are holding regular meetings this year.

Bennett Christopherson is president of Stage Crew this year, Mark Weavers and Bonnie Davie are vice-president and secretary, Crew chairmen, elected by old members of each crew, are Jackie Poehling, house, Dick Chambers, setting, Jayne Ann Paugh, costumes, “Muff” Hobbins, props; Dan Matson, lighting; Sue Filek, advertising; Sally Schwenker and Agnes Rusy, make-up; Jane Walker, business, and Margaret Kincaid, sound.

German club officers are Phil Gottschalk, president; Bill Bunce, vice-president; and Beth Ann Asprey, secretary.

The 21 members of French club elected Sally Arnold president, Bill Wilson vice-president, and Joanne Leveque secretary.

Science club will put out an issue of the science paper, “Test Tube Times” this year in conjunction with the Junior Academy of Science.  New officers of the club are Roger Clark , president; Dick Mahoney, vice-president, and Lucille Kubiac, secretary.

Cheerleaders club elected Mary Jean Trotalli president, Karen Sessler vice president, and Gail Chechik secretary.  The club has nine members, six regulars, and three substitutes.

Spanish club officers are Gordon Corcoran, president; Nancy Blume, vice-president, and Sue Adams, secretary.

Officers elected in Boy's English club are Tim Frautschi, president’ Dave Johnson, vice-president, and Mike McPhee, secretary-treasurer.

Twenty four students have applied for membership in Art Angle.  Members will be chosen after each has presented a piece of work to a jury of four members.

Four F club elected Stuart Rosenfeld president, Dick Trummer vice-president, and John Ottow secretary.

Newly elected Officials’ club officers are Liz Albright, president; Marion Free, vice-president, and Jan Anne Gainer, secretary-treasurer.  A point chairman has not yet been chosen.  Among its projects this year, Officials’ club plans to sell pins before the East and Central football games, and pennants between the football and basketball season.

Camera club has not yet elected officers, but Mr. Gordon Burgess, advisor, reports that 70 students have applied for membership.  The club plans to present its annual Winter Salon in January.

Joe Stassi has been elected to head “W” club, Dick Woodring is vice-president and Dick Hook is secretary-treasurer.  The club now has about ten members, all of whom have earned one or more letters.

This semester Pep club has chosen Betty Burkhart president, Jayne Ann Paugh vice-president, Barbara Rieman secretary, and Nancy Blume treasurer.  Pep club is now planning the Homecoming pep aud.

Classes will be given Monday through Thursday after school for old and new members of Radio club, reports Mrs. Elizabeth Lugg, advisor.  Members will learn the International Code as well as other things about operating a ham radio station.

Future Homemakers of America named Joanne Seamonson president, Georgene Garvey vice-president, Eileen Harebo, secretary, and Roberta Osmusson treasurer.



Madison West's cross country team, coached by Mr. Orville Evans, competed in three meets during the past two weeks. The Regents de­feated Madison East, 20‑47 in a dual meet, Friday, Oct. 2 at the Vilas Park course, but didn't fare too well in the otter two larger meets

West placed second in the Hartford Invitational meet, held Tuesday, Oct. 10 and came in fourth place in the West Invitational meet, held Tuesday, Oct. 10 and came in fourth place in the West Invitational meet, Saturday, Oct. 10.

The East ‑ West dual meet was won by Chuck Thoma of East in the time of 11:54 for the 2.2 mile run. The Regents won the meet by taking the next eight places. Pat Topp finished second and was followed by John Lee, Carl Solberg and John Ottow in that order. West also won the B­ team event with Francis Green tak­ing first place.

In the Hartford Invitational, South Milwaukee nipped the Re­gents by scoring 62 points to West's 77.  Dennis Hagen of West Bend won the event. West's representatives finished as follows: Topp, 6, Lee, 8; Ottow, 20; Solberg, 21; and Tom Gaumnitz, 22.

The Maize and Blue harriers, de­fending meet champions, won fourth place in the annual West Invitational cross country meet held at Vilas Park.  Wauwatosa captured the meet with 26 points and Janesville was second with 33.  Other team scores were Hartford 93, Adam-Friendship 130, West 97; East, 166, and Beloit 167.

Wilbert Lawson and John Schowalter, both of Wauwatosa were the first two to finish the 2.2 mile run in that order.  West runners finished as follows: Lee, 13; Topp, 14; and Solberg, 21.  Wauwatosa also won the B-team event, West again placing fourth.  Bob Fuchs of Janesville copped this event.


Officers have been elected in some homerooms to preside over homeroom meetings during the semester.

Senior homerooms and their off­icers are 212 - Dick Kraemer, president; Dave Johnson, vice‑president; Georgene Garvey, secretary; 120 - Bruce Trenk, president; John Cole, vice-president: Julie Schlumberger, secretary; 216 - Dick Woodring, president; Sue Dymond, vice - president; Chuck Rauchenberger, secretary; 201 – Bill  Powers, president; Phil Henderson, vice - president; Pat Meicher, secretary; 122 - Peter Mortenson, president; and Ralph Bushnell, vice-president.

Officers elected in Junior home­rooms are 213 - Bill Schweers, president; Joan Peck, vice-president; Joanne Teideman, secretary; 109 - Paul Sergenian, president; Jon Otterson, vice-president; Don Peter­son, secretary; 227‑Howard Holzwarth, president; Dave Williamson, vice-president; Sally Tisdale, secretary; 220 – GeorgeShands, president; John Christianson, vice-president; Gary Sweet, secretary.

Two sophomore home rooms have elected officers. They are: 207 ‑Dan Lanphear, president; Ed Vanderwall, vice-president; Beth Knope, secretary; Doris Kozelka, treasurer.


Toby Hammill was telling about facing the Beloit men in the line.  He said that he didn't discover until the fourth quarter that they weren’t as tough as he thought.  “The faces they made at me, scared me half to death,” he said.  Things got much easier, in fact it wasn’t bad at all, when he started making faces back at them, he explained.  “I really scared them,” Toby said.

Some discontent was running around the West locker room last week.  A few of the boys were grumbling, and a quick survey determined the reason.  The girls on the wall weren’t waving back when they waved at them during practice.

On the way home from the Beloit game, some of the team were listening to the Wisconsin-UCLA game in the back of he bus over a radio that Manager Marshall Shapiro brought along.  Coach Fred Jacoby, sitting in the front somewhat disgustedly, told him to “bring that radio up here – those guys back there don’t know what football is.”


Marcia Boehm, president of Red Cross, was in charge of a fashion show skit at Turner Hall on October 6. West High girls belonging to Red Cross, modeled uniforms worn by Red Cross workers in different fields of activity. 

Little did some willing helpers know what they were getting into.  For one hour before the show, they lengthened hems, sewed someone into a tight uniform, and patiently allowed the girls to recite their speeches for them.

Explained emcee Bobbie Caldwell, “You'll notice these don't exactly resemble the latest Paris fashion.”

Alice Ragatz and Jane Marshall stole the show when they came out in skirts above their knees.

"The hardest part was not keeping on our feet in those costumes, but keeping a straight face."


The Regent gridders won their first game under coach Fred Jaco­by, defeating Racine Park 20‑0, Oc­tober 3, on a rain‑drenched Breese Stevens Field. They were beaten last Saturday, 20‑6, by a speedy Be­loit eleven at Beloit.

Against Park the defense was spotty at times but came through to stop any real Park scoring threat.

The fine punting of Dave John­son also helped keep the Regents out of trouble. The Regents scored first when end Mort Rabinovitz stole a Park pass and scored with 20 seconds remaining in the half.

The offense didn't begin to roll until the fourth quarter when they pushed across two touchdowns, One score came on a 70‑yard pass play from quarterback Dave Baskerville to end Jack Fuss, Baskerville also threw a 20‑yard pass to halfback Dave Johnson for the final touchdown. Karl Holzworth converted on two of his three extra point attempts.

Coach Jacoby felt that good con­ditioning was a vital factor in the outcome of the West win. He also thought that the Regent's passing showed improvement, and said that there would be more passing in future games.

Saturday's game, played in Beloit's new Strong Stadium, marked the third Big Eight game for both teams.

Beloit gained a tie for second place by taking the win, their second in conference play this season.  West's loss dropped them into a sixth place tie with Madison Central. Both teams have one win and two losses.

The Regents were slow to get going and failed to score until the fourth quarter when a 43 yard pass from quarterback Dave Baskerville to end Jack Fuss produced the only West score.

Beloit scored touchdowns in the first, second and third periods. Marvin Bandy, Beloit left‑halfback, ran16 yards for the first touchdown and 26 yards for the final Beloit touchdown. An interesting sideline on Beloit's first two scores is that they were made on the last play of both the first and second quarters.

West's offense relied mainly on passing while Beloit used a running game. The outstanding runner for the Purple was Bandy, who repeatedly, went for good gains around the ends of the Regent line.

The Maize and Blue were represented by a number of fans who made the trip to Beloit.

The scoring leaders for West are:

                              TD       PT        TP

Fuss                         2          0           12

R. Johnson                1          0            6

D. Johnson                1          0            6

Rabinovitz                  1          0            6

K. Holzworth             0          2            2


Fighting to make the 1953-54 football season a winning campaign, the west High Regents take on Racine Horlick tomorrow night, at Breese Stevens Field.  A week later, on October 23, the Regents play their homecoming game against Madison Central, also at Breese Stevens Field.

Racine Horlick, fielding a big, experienced team, including ten lettermen, is undefeated in its first two games, and seems to be the powerhouse of the “Big 8” this year.  The standout performer for Horlick is Dave Lampman, a big fullback who is one of the top individual scorers in the league.


Central, a team which is not supposed to go far in league play this year, is always a tough for the Regents.  They proved themselves by upsetting East, 19-0.  The backfield features Bill Gothard, a powerful fullback and Lorenzo Doss, speedy halfback from Beloit.  The "Uptowners" operate from a sing wing offense, giving West’s defense a new problem.

While injuries have hurt the team and plagued such players as Karl Holzworth, Dave Johnson, and Bob Colbert, the steady play of Gordon Corcoran, John Christianson, and Paul Sergenian’s defensive work must be commended for keeping the Regents in every ball game.