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BENSON HIGH NEWS Voice o[ the School lgr-- Vol. 13No. 16 BENSON HIGH SCHOOL, OMAHA, NEBRASKA, MAY 29, 1942 Price Ten Cents ISenior Class Graduates 299 Wednesday --Photo by Skoglund Leading the Benson chapter of the Junior Red Cross as it strives ro maintain its 100 per cent membership next )'ear will be the newly elected officers pictured above: Betty Austin, Jeanne LeNoir, Robert Clark, Howard Cartsen, Lois Beebe, all '43, and Margit Soderberg '44 (seated at right). Red Cross Chapter Elects Clark President Freak Plant Blossoms In Benson High Air A snake plant that is a real freak was brought to Mrs. Mamie Barnhill, biology in- structor, by Delores Hansen '43. I_'nder normal conditions, a snake plant will only bloom once in every thirty years. Be- cause rids plant bloomed last year and is now bursting into bloom once again, it may be considered "re r y extraordi- nary," Mrs. Barnhii1 says. ROTC Battalion Holds Field Day Announce Year's Final Promotions; :3 Advance To Position of Major Cecil Eisher, Donald Honig. and Jack Dindinger, all '42, were pro- rooted to majors at tile sixth annual ROTC field clay exercises held \\;Ved- nesday morning on the parade grounds. According to Sergeant Roy Lewis, Cecil has been outstanding in ROTC in addition to leading his class scholastically. D o n ald has been commander of the freshman company and has been instrumental in several immvations in this con> pany..lack, commander of the com- bat tdatoon, was promoted because ,,f his fine all-around work in ROTC. Four were promoted to captains. Timy are George Burr, John El- dredge, Byron Erixon, and Vernon Nebergall, all '42. Promoted to first lieutenants: \\;Villiam Beebe, Robert Lawrence, Farley Mann, Robert Morse, and Jack O'Brien, all '42. Promoted to second lieutenants: Carl Andersen, Joseph Beveridge, Oscar Cooke, Jack Feierman, John Hornberger, Floyd Kalber, and Clair Gross, all '42. Ten were made second lieutenants, effective next fall. They are: Robert Arnold, Robert Bristow, Jolm Eg- bert, Robert Frentress, Richard L. Johnson, \\;Varren Larson, Jack Mur- phy, Keith O'Keefe, Donald Swen- holt, and \\;Vard Zimmerman, all '43. Promoted to Sergeant: Donald \\;Vhitnah, '42. Promoted to corporal: Dean Neill '43. Promoted to privates first class: Hans Brows and Carl Burkman, both %8; John Jenkins '42; and Charles Lenz '44. A medaI was presented to Captain Tom McCarville '42 for being the (Continued on Page 3, Col. 1) 11 Seniors Elected To Membership In Quill and Scroll Outstanding Journalists All Hold High Positions On Cupola, News Staff Eleven Bcnson High school sen- iors have been elected to Quill and Scroll, the international society for high school journalists. New mem- bers are Betty Berg, Virginia Chad- well, Laurel Fuller, Jane McElha- hey, Barbara Olson, Paul Patterson, Jim RAgEs, Charlotte Smith, Eloise Seaton, Lillian Soderberg, and 3[aI- COII]I S'wall son. All have held positions of respon- sibility on either the newspaper, handbook, or yearbook. Betty Berg and Virginia ChadweI1 are now edi- tor and business manager respective- ly of the Cupola. Barbara Olson, Jim RAgEs, Eloise Seaton, and Lillian Soderloerg are associate editors. al- ccdm Swanson is circulation mana- ger ot the publication. Other new Quill and Scroll mem- bers are on the staff of the Benson High News. Paul Patterson holds the p,sition of managing editor, and Jane McElhaney is editor-in-chief. Laurel Enller is news editor and Charlotte Smith bohls the position of as>ociate editor. "Every member of this group has rendered outstanding service on either the newspaper, the handbook, or the yearbook, and in some cases on all three," stated Gunnar Horn, journalism instructor. "It requires untiring effort to produce the quality of work that can wiu an All-Ameri- eau honor rating, as the Benson High News did this year." Requirements for membership in the society are outstanding eharae- ter and personality traits, a scholas- tic standing in the upper one-third of their class, and outstanding work in journalism. In column inches of published ma- terial, Jane McElhaney has accumu- lated the greatest nmnber, with 637 inches. Paul Patterson is second with .506 inches. Tim new members hae totaled 2fii9 inches of pub- lished material in limit high school journalisul careers. Col. Irwin Reviews Benson ROTC Unit At Federal Inspection Federal inspection of the ROTC hattalion was hehI Monday, May 25, on the parade grou tds north of the schooh Colonel B. P. Irwin, profes- sor .f military science and tactics of the Kansas City high school% was the rcviewiug officer, tie was as- sisted by Captain }]7. B. Truex of the ad ntant general's department. Ceremonies began with a parade at 1 p.m. Individual inspection of cadets followed. Col-nel Irwin gave the officers complete charge of the inspection and offered corrections when needed. Company, pIatoon, and sqnad drill was next on the program. Cadets were given the manual of arms, ex- tended and close order drill, and various cohnnn and flank move- meats. Class discussions rounded out the afternoon and the cadets were dis- missed at 4 p.m. Teacher Promoted Donahl Libby, band instructor, was promoted from the suhstitute list to the assigned list of Season High teachers upon the recommendatlon of Superintendent Hobart M. Corn- ing and the approval of the Board of Education at a board meeting May 19. LeNoir Also Officer, With Austin, Carlson, Soderberg, Beebe Robert Clark '43 was elected pre- sident of the Junior Red Cross for next ),ear at a meeting May 21. The ,other new officers are Jeanne Le- Noir '43, vice president; Betty Aus- tin '43, secretary; Margit Soderberg "44, treasurer; Howard Carlsou '43, co-treasurer; and Lois Beebe '43, reporter. Robert Clark, the new president, has been active in SPQR as treas- urer, in _Xenophon club as president, in Spanish club as president, and as vice president of the Red Cross. He has also been elected treasurer of the Red Cross ]ntracity council for the next semester. Jeanne LeNoir, elected vice presi- dent, has been a member of the Red Cross every semester. She has been on the Student Council, and in SPQR, GAA, and Girls' O-Club. She was a candidate for the Red Cross National convention held at \\;Vash- ington, D. C., and is a member of the Benson High News staff. Betty Austin has aIso been a mem- ber of the Student Council and the Red Cross. She is in the Girls' O- Club and GAA, and has appeared in two gym revues. Margit Soderberg has been a member of Xenophon club, Student Council, SPQR, and the Intracity Red Cross councih Howard Carlson is in the ROTC and is co-treasurer of the Red Cross. Lois Beebe, elected reporter, has served on the Intracity Red Cross council, is a member of SPQR and Production Staff. She is copyreader and assistant business manager of the Benson IIigh News. Shorthand Students Pass Tests with High Grades Eleanor Monzingo and Jack Gur- nett, both '42, passed the 140 word test, in Mrs. Kathryn Kendall's Shorthand IV class. Helen Madsen, Anne MeAndrew, Shirley Hamil- to, and Helen Halker, all '42. and Lois Steekelherg '43 wrote 120 words per minute. Passing the 100 word test were Doris -',[ae \\;Vestfall and Mary Pow- ers, both '42. Benson Chorus Sings At First Baptist Church The chorus sang at the First Bap- tist church May 17, accompanied by George Johnson at the organ. They sang "Land of Hope and Glory," "The Lord's Prayer," and "Create in Me a Pure Heart." War Stamp Sale Sets New Record Benson broke its former record Tuesday in the sale of war stamps. The $227.85 made this week exceeded , the April 14 total  C"i'0 of by $1.45. RY I $226.40 I' BUY[ B ..... 's goal of :i $2.00 wiU be reaeb- 8oNus ed next week if the , , sr*r.s sale ..... ts to / 'dlll'-'-- $212.10. The following homerooms have 100 percent in the signing of pledge cards: 201, 202, 203, 104, I08, and 119. Tell Senior Class World Needs Educated Youth Leon Smitla, assistant superinteu- dent of the Omaha Public sclmols, John E. \\;Voods, director of the work-study program at Omaha uni- versity, and \\;V. C. Cummings, direc- tor of vocational education in the Omaha Public schools, spoke to the senior class May 20. They reported a dire need for young boys and girls with high school and part col- lege education in the present war world. \\;Voods told of the necessity for trained officers in all branches of the armed forces--army, navy, ma- rine, and coast guard. He also em- thasi:'ed the fact that "this ,vat is not in the future. You are right smack up against it. Probably all boys over 18 will be registered in the draft before long." Cummings advised, "Girls, get as much training as possible before go- ing Auto defense work, or you will find yourselves as jobless as the men after this war is over." An informal discussion in which the students were permitted to ask questions followed the speeches. Programs and discussions were held at all the Omaha high schools last week in an effort to enroll all high school graduates in the defense of America. Students Select Council Members Sponsors Reveal Annual Council Election Results; 52 New Representatives The annual election of homeroom representatives for the Student C()unciI was held last week. Miss Caroline {_iUl-lley and Miss Exa Joues, Student Council sponsors ]/a.e announced tile Ilew nleulbers. On the first floor, supervised by Miss Gurucy, the representatives are: Betty .\\;ustin, Mary Alice Bar- her, Robert Bristow, Lewis Corba- Icy, Douglas Christensen, Carol Dean, Phyllis Garrison, Robert tIen- ry, Donald Johnsml, Betty Just, Marjorie Lippold, Dwight Miller, Myron Petersen, Timothy Plank, Jean Rummel, Mary Arm Sautter, Doris Smith, Eleanor Steinman, Jerome Stone, \\;Villiam \\;Vendt. Lee \\;Vindhcim, and Ruth Jean \\;Voods, all '43; Jane Knight, Edward Teets, and Marilyn \\;Vhite, all '45. On the second floor, with Miss Jones in charge, the following are members: Garth Armstrong, Carl Berglund, Erances Harris, Richard Long, Irene Miller, Russel Miller, Albert Osborne, Harold Rush, Mar- garet "Filley, Eleanor \\;Vinter, Betty Lob Traynor, Peggy Bowlin, Rich- ard Darner, Phyllis Haecke, John Huston, Joseph Ihm. IVred Mann, \\;Villiam Nye, David Peterseu, June Quist, Ered F.andall, R,ol)ert Ri*zgs, Phyllis Ross, Robert Steiger, Mar- git Soderberg, Jack Thomas, and Normau Young, all '44. Technical High School Scene Of Final Exercises Next Week President Jim pre- side at graduation on June 3. Social Problems Students Begin Health Campaign 2",) make tile school bealth con- scious is the object of a drive started *May 25, by the second hour social problem cia,s of Miss Bertie Hoag. The theme of the drive is "Victory Through Health." The class, headed by Margaret Rice, is divided into several com- mittees. The press committee in- cludes Leigh Elmer, Warren Lar- son, and Thelma Proplesch. On the art eonnnittee are Viola Osborn, Phyllis Roy, and Margaret Rice, all '43, and Muriel Cowdery and Peggy Bnetel, both '44. A Red Cross play called, "The Greatest Service," will be presented in all of the social studies classes by D(,rothy Varda, Joan Thickstun, and \\;lyce Jane \\;Valstrom, all '43. All ,,f the members of the class are helping to promote the drive. Post- ers have been placed ill class rooms. Observe Honor Day Monday; Teachers To Present Awards Honor Day, originally scheduled f,,r May 29, will be held Monday morning, June 1, in the stadium at the close of homeroc, m. Honors will be awarded. Miss Josephine Shively will pre- sent h,onc, rs in art; O. J. Dickey, canmcrcial awards; Kenneth Burk- hohler, debate; Ro3 Busch, science; (;nnnar Itorn, j,ulrnalism; Ralph R,s, boys' sports; Miss Ella Bar- rett, mathematics; Miss May Leach, girls' sports; Mrs. Natalie Jacobson, music; and Miss Eva Jones will pre- sent Student Council honors. Transcription Students Win Gold, Silver Pins Eor a rate of 68 words a minute with an average of only two errors a minnte, Virginia Nielsen '42, of Mra. Kathryn IKen(tall's seventh hour Transcription II class, received a gold pin. Ruth King and Dorothy Parker, both '42, each received a silver pin for 50 words. Hansen City Prexy At a meeting hcld at the Y\\;V(\ 5lay 23, Devah I{ansen '43 was elected pre>ident of the iuter-club eounciI of Girl Reserves. Last week Devah was elected president of the Bellt,n IIigh Girl Reeres. Two hundred and ninety- nine selfiors will end their high school careers at the Benson High commencement to be held Wednesday evening, j'une 3, at 8 o'clock in the Technical High school auditorium. The class will enter the audito- rium to the tune of Mendelssohn's "War March of the Priests." Invo- cation will be given by Reverend Joseph E. O'Brien, S.J., pastor of St. John's church. Commencement orators, Barbara Olson and Cecil Fisher, will give ad- dresses entitled "In Triumph Shall \\;Vave," and "Youth Is Ready," res- pectlvely. Cadet certificates will he presented by' Lieutenant Colonel Horace J. Brooks, professor of military science and tactics. Following Cecil's ora- tion will be the presentation of scholarships, anmng which will be scholarships to Creighton and Omaha universities in addition to two \\;Vorld-Herald scholarships. Diplomas will be presented by George N. Mecham, president of the Board of Education. The class recessional will be Zamecnik's "All America." Music will be furnished by the Season High school orchestra and the choir. The Benson High school quartette consisting of James Kauf- man, \\;Villiam Poe, John Hornberger, and David Pansing will sing "Spirit Flower" by Campbell and Tipton, and "Thanks Be to God" by Dick- son. John Hornberger will sing "The Pilgrim's Song" by Tchaikowsky. Those in the June graduating class are : Gicls Evelyn Albrlght, tletty Aleck, Betty Alex- ander,-Beitha Alias, Norma Ahnquist, Bea- trice Anderson, Blenda Anderson, Mayme An,lerolh \\;.\lima Bachman, Helen Balder- son, Ruth Ann Barley, Doris Bauer, Mary I.ou Beany, Eileen Season, Betty Berg, *iaxlne Black. Mary 1;rink, Evelyn ]lrodin, Bernice Bucher, .',la:y Ea Roe Buchta, Shirley Burri Joy Bay Carlson, Mildred Carlson, Virginia C'ater[m, Virginia Chadwe , Ma- rianne Christensen, Marilyn Clark, Esteleen Clausqen. Kathrvn Critchfield, Phyllis Croft, Paul- ine llariv Betty Delalield. Elizabeth Dilks, Dorothy Dreesen. Marjorie Dye, Betty Earl, Eileen Ebe" r, t, Betty 'rver Laurel Fuller, Marian Ganaros. Ruth Goldsmith. Marjorie GolIan, Gwendolyn Gossard, Merle {irabow, Marie Grabowski, Betty Lob Haas, Gerda Hagen, Helen Halker, Shirley Hamilton, Helen ttansen, Lois E. Harmon, Lois L Harmon, Patricia Hasselquist. Janice Heath, Jean Heitgrass, Irma Hertz, Mary He,kin. Shirley tIilhner. Agnes His- lop, "Marie Holdren. Elaine Hohnan, Edith Holmes, Beverly Hyde Helen Jensen. Dorothy Jean Iohnsom Eois .M. Tohnson, Phyllis Johnson, Sheila 3hnson, Paula Lee l,qies, Maxme lov Marie Kane, Toula Kazakes, Betty Kelly Ruth Kin, Eleanor Klinker, Maralene Knapp, Margaret Knud- seu, Cecelia Krue. Darlene l.are. Pageo Ea kin. Evelyn Lalrm. June Elaine I.arson, Marguerite Le,mar,I, /ris Lewis, Lucile Lindborg, Jean Lorenzen, Helen .'Iadsen, Gertrude Mann, Cathellne Marker Mary France Martin, (Continued on Pae 3, Col. 2) Hold Twelfth Annual Spring Recital May 21 The twelfth annual spring concert was presented May 21, at g:15 p. m., iu the auditorium under the diree- tion of Mrs. Natalie Jacobscm, music instructor at Benson, and Miss Twila Cowman, music instructor at Monroe. There were solo, group, and instruntental numbers. Soloists were \\;Villiam Poe, Mary Lob \\;Vilson, Ioyce Ralph, John Hornberger, Joy Bay Carlson, Ger- aldine \\;Vhitted, Beverly Murray, James Kaufman, and Jack Feier- mau, all '42, and Leslie Davies '43. Others taking part were the girls' senior glee cluh, the Madrigal sing- ers, boys' senior glee club, girls' sex tette, girls' iunior glee club, boys' quartette, and the choir. All vocal numbers were accom- panied 1,3- Miss Maude Keirle. Former Librarian Visits Mrs. Elsa Smith Thompson, form- er librarian at Season Higlt sebool, visited the school, May 22. Mrs. Thompson is on the library staff at the University of Ne Mexico.