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BENSON HIGH NEWS VOICE OF THE SCHOOL Vol. 35, No. 6 BENSON HIGH SCHOOL, OMAHA, NEB., FRIDAY, DECEMBER 6, 1963 Price 10 Cents News of President's Death Actors To Give Primary Results Reveal Brings Disbelief to World Christmas Stevens Grateful Play for Boys Dominate Ballot 'Miracle Worker' Hit Office Sends News; : "A Chil00 Is .orn," by Stephen Be Debar MournTaps PlaYchief,saS Pupils forVi°c°nt*he ChristmasOe°et baSprogramheen chosen ns0n . ors Passing The play is the Chris*ross story Dominate 000urney Grief, anguish, and disbelief from the innkeeper's poin,t of Schonlau Attains First spread through ,the halls on Fri- view. It was first presented on the day, Nov. 22, as Benson faculty radio Dec. 21, 1942. Mrs. Doris |n Non-Original Oratory and studen,ts were given the news Stevens heard this first presents- of President Kennedy's assassins- tion and acquired a copy of it, Tired, but victorious Bunny de- ,ton. but she adapted it to the produc- haters came home from the Little At first many believed that the tion. Nationals Debate tournament in South St. Paul, Minnesota. incident was a horrible joke which Tryouts were held this week. had been created by pranksters. Most of the few speaking role Friday, Nov. 22, eight debaters Each classroom soon realized that  ..' will go to students in the dramatic and their coach, Miss Evelyn this was no joke.  classes. All students are invited Hade, traveled to Minnesota for Mrs. Irene Johnson said her  to try out. the annual debate. Sherry Schon- lau '64, won first place in the non- first impression of ,the news was The speaking characters are original oratory session. She gave "a feeling of shock and disbelief. Dismas, a thief; the innkeeper a speech about Abraham Lincoln, It seems as though e,uch a thing and his wife; the Prefect; shop- which was written by Carl Sand- couldn't happen in our times." herds; Harod's soldier; two burg. Betty Bathe '65, came in maids; Joseph; and the narrator, second in oratory, while another Geography Class Listens to Radio The non-speaking characters in- junior, Philip Dears, came in fifth Mrs. Hazel Livingston's fresh clude Mary and the. angels. man World Geography I class had • in the original oratory. An orig- Mrs. Stevens stated that she is inal oratory is a speech written heard of the s'hooting and asked --Staff Photo her if ,they could listen to he re- Mr. Frlesen, Mary, Mr. Sorensen listen for reesults of the tragedy that "extrem,ely grateful to the student and presented by the same person. ports of the radio. A radio was shocked the world, body for four sellout perform~ Laird Takes Second obtained, and ,the class proceeded ances of 'The Miracle Worker.' " ,to listen to the flash bulletins. The profits will enable ,the school Senior Jim Laird came in sec- Mre. Livingston stated, "We heard Hassiak Speaks o buy lights to illuminate the end in the etemporaneous sec- the announcemenc of the presi- front of the new curtain. The new tion. This is a speech the person den,t's death over the radio. I curtains will be utilized more in has to prepare in 45 minutes, aft- couldn't say anything, and they |In SenJ0[ Class Stevens Picture the Christmas program than they er a topic has been chosen for couldn't either." were in the fall play, Mrs. Stevens them. The team of Kurt Hansen lt"lt| y pain,ted out. '64, and Philip won fourth place The advanced science class wlth OnTrafficSafety For Recent in thedebatetournamen,t. LeRoy Kallemeyn "hung over the At an Omaha university tourna- radio for two periods." Bruce "I feel like the little boy who Rural Youth Visit merit, Benson had more winning Jones '64 common,ted, "It's the "It isn't the criminals; it's the said when elected to an office, 'I debaters. Roger Pentzien '64, and first iternational crisis in our good Americans who commit the am overcome with whelm' ", ex- City f0[ Exchange im captured fourth place in de- lives." crimes." This is a point that Sgt. claimed Mrs. Doris Stevens, Dec. bate. Betty took second place Circular Bears Ominous News R. J. Hassiak stressed when he 4. Bensonites Learn of Farm in the oratory, while Kurt and spoke before Mrs. Edith Wied- Philip were both in the finals for After a circular from the office ner's Modern Problems class last She had just heen presented Life, Teach About City Life the individual events of the tour- was taken around bearing news Tuesday. with a colored mural by Dr. and nament. "This is a great honor, Bulletin: Farm youth invade of the president's death, the flag Sat. Hassiak, who works with Mrs. Edward Stimson. Dr. SUm- city schools and families, since this proves they were of the was lowered 'and taps was played, traffic safety, spoke on he un- son is pastor of the Dundee Pros- top six of the individual events," The eighth annual Farm-City stated Miss Hade. Vice principal D. J. Friesen com- necessary traffic violations and ac- byterian church. Youth Exchange, sponsored by the merited, "The auditorium study cidets which occur every year. In hall observed ,the lowering of he Omaha last year, twenty-six pea, According to Principal Howard Omaha Chamber of Commerce, Juniors, Sophomore to Seek Honors flag, and all classes were asked to pie were killed by traffic accidents. Sorensen, Dr. Stimson was very was held from Nov. 21 through On Dec. 7, at Creighton Prep, stand for a moment of reverence." He attributed ,this high number to impressed by "The Miracle Work 24. The purpose of this program these students will comoete for Bulletin boards quickly re- "the carelessness and lack of or" presented Nov. 21-23. He felt is to improve the mutual under- individual events; Susan Clarke, that Mrs. Stevens and her cast standing of the problems of farm James Conroy, Jeffrey Cramer, flected ,the tragic event. Social thought" of those involved. should be congratulated for their and city dwellers. Dale Christensen, Craig Enenbach, studies rooms decorated ,the per- Statistics Prove Officer's Point traits of ,the late presideIt with He cited an example. A man de- portrayal of the two major oh- The exchange began with a "get and Court Olson, all juniors. The jeLives of the play, disipline ned acquainted" banquet and pro- only sophomore will be Paul La- black crepe paper. Lawrence cities that going just over the Geisler filled two bulletin boards speed limit won',t do any harm. teaching, gressed with normal activities of a Puzza. with papers from all over the U.S. Another person figures that just The colored mural was tram a city family. Thursday evening the which had headlines or pictures coasting through that step sign scene of "Teahouse of the August farm and ci,ty youths and their concerning the assassination, won't hurt either. The result is Moon" presented in 1959. Dr. Sim- parents were guests of the Cham- One one bulletin board is part 1hey just have an accident, son's youngest daughter Marilyn her of Commerce at a dinner. The of President Kennedy's inaugural Sgt. Hassiak said that statistics '60 portrayed Lotus Blossom in farm youths then went home with address. The board states, "And have proven the fact that more that play. Marjorie Stimson '55, the city family following the ban- ¢he glow from ,that fire can truly people are killed in traffic acci- the ministers oldest daughter, was quet. If you want to know what a light the world," a sentence now den,to than are killed during wars. also very active in play produc- The eight farm students who "snooper" is, just ask Brenda mymbolized by the eternal light The people during wars are killed tion. were guests of Benson students at- Evans '65, recently back to the over ,the grave in Arlington come- deliberately; ,the peo,ple in acci- tended classes with them on Fri- tory. derts are not. He continued to hi'" T" Members Saturday was devoted to U.S. from Germany. say, "If you use common sense, = showing the farm youths the Brenda arrived at Benson high you won't kill yourself." " points of interest in Omaha and Nov. 26 after living the lJast three Artists Net $450; In, .... ,,, Urged in Safe-T .... Discuss vu00r00at;fl'00 touring the city student's father's years in Germany. Born in Hot He stressed the importance of place of business. On Sunday Springs, Ark., Brenda had first you,th. "You must prove to adults morning the families attended been to Germany eight years ago Buy Paints Easles that you're not the 'lousiest' church and then the city family and had stayed there for 21/2 / drivers in the world." One way How much does a boy spend on drove the farm youth home. The years. The Art club made approxi- high school students could do this a date? farm family provided big meals ms, rely $450 on its November would be ,to "take more interest This was one of ,the many ques- and ideas about their way of life Her father, Major Dell Evans, hootenanny and has already pur- in the Safe-Teen club." tions that boys from the Hi-Y to the city families, is in the Army and has been ate- chased some needed are supplies. Sat. Hassiak summed up by say- commented on at the Y-Teen The Benson students participat- tioned in Germany. He is curren£- ly attending Omaha university ' ing, "It's not great accomplish- ing in the youth exchange were "We are trying .to in,prove' our ment to drive a car. Monkeys can meeting held Dee. 4. Marilyn Hansen '65, Marilyn Jack- where he will be studying Military art room and i,ts facilities," stated drive cars around in circles." Five boys participated in a pan- son"66, Linda Lindamood '65, Science for six months. Chris Embree '64, Art club vice Carol Madson '66, Janet Sharer Benson Is New Experience president. "We haveboughtabou,t C R O h el discussion of dating. The girls '66, Nancy Simpson '66, James Living in Nurnberg, for one six portable aluminum easles and aSS epresents ma 8 wrote out questions which the Abraham '66, and Dick Jueckstock year and Stuttgart the last two three larger wooden ones." At English ConyflJon boys answered. The meeting was '65. years, Brenda stated that, except New brushes, paints, and pens Mrs. Anna Cass spoke to a city- open to all Benson students and Vice-principal Dennis Friesen for a short time in Stuttgart, her have also been added ,to the de- wide meeting of English teachers faculty, stated, "This youth exchange cer- family lived in an American hous- Art teacher Gerald Wednesday afternoon at Norris The boys who took part were tainly affords us a chance to ex- ing sector. Pabst hopes,the club will soon buy Junior high. Paul Critchlow '64, Dave Morgan change views with people of dif- Ludwigsburg American h i g h several paintings for the school She was official representative '64, Mark Backlund '65, John ferent localities who still have the school was Brenda's last school in "Our Christmas 'contribu,tion ¢o of the Omaha public schools to the same interests in education that Germany, and according to Bren- the schoolwill be thestained glass National Council of Teachers of Pierce '64, and Dick Jueckstock we have." de, "Our whole school was about windows in the cafeterias and on English meeting in San Francisco '65. Dick Jueckstock summed up the the size of Benson'a senior class." the classroom doors." said Chris. Nov. 25-29. Ruth Ellington, '64 Y-Teen pro- majority of thoughts held by those Her school had about the same At their last meeting Art club "Having Mrs. Cass represent sident, said after the panel, "The who participated in the exchange, type of extracurricular activities saw a novie on the ap- Benson at this important conven- "I feel it was a woethwhile ex- as Benson. Brenda was a Studertt reis,tton of modern art. Their tion was a high honor for our de- girls were very interested in the perience and everyone who has a Council represerttative, a cheer- I gt meting is Dee. 9, when plans partment," stated Gunnar Horn, discussion. They said they picked chance to participate should do leading captain, and a "snooper" a candy sale will be discussed. English department head. up a lot of useful hints," so." on the school newspaper. Cognard, Hansen Head Ticket in Race for Senior Class Prexy Boys predominate among the eight candidates left run- ning for senior offices after the primary election Tuesday. Roger Cognard and Kurt Hansen will lead the ballot as candidates for president in the final election Dec. 18. Bruce Jones and Dave Morgan will coral)left for ,the vice presi- dency. As vice president one will preside when the president is ab- sent and serve as chairman of the committee to measure senlona for caps and gowns. Hartwell, Owen Compete for Secretary Pamela Hartwell and Carolyn Owen, the only girls to survive he primaries, will run for the posi- tion of class secretary. The secretary is responsible for writing letters and, invLtations. She will also serve as chairman of the Banquet commibtee. John Decker and Roger Pent- zion will vie for the position of treasurer. The treasurer collec(m cap and gown and senior banquet fees. No Party Dominates Election Five parties and two indepen- dents Presented campaign skits. No single party dominated the pri- maries. Roger and Bruce repre- sented the EM slate. KADS are re- presented by Kurt and Dave. Pare and John are the members of the POS'M. party still in the running. COKE and Privaterers each have one representative in Carolyn and Roger respectively. None of the Independents were able to make it past the primaries. Army Daughter Sees U.S., European "Snooper" Returns to "Greener" Fields When asked what a "snooper" was, Brenda laughed and replied that it was her Job to find out all the gossip around school. She also added, "No one was suppoeed to know who the 'snooper' was!" Teachers in her school were Americans except the language teachers who were from the coun- try whose language they taught. Travels Cover Much of Europe While in Europe Brenda trav- elsd to France, Italy, Austria, Denmark, Holland, Belgium, and Spain. She remarked hat Spain was her favorite country because "all the people were so friendly." Brenda also feels that Germany is "really a very beautiful couItry in comparison with most of the other European countries." Brenda, who has a younger brother in eigh,th grade at Mon- roe, has this to say about Bensen, "It's so big! I always get so com- pletely lost!" After saying that in six months her family will be moving to Fort Mead, Maryland, Brenda sighed and said, "You don't even have time to gt acquainted with any-