Pat, April 1959
-.-I?* PAT SAINSBURY (L), BILL MELCHIOR... Merit Scholars SPOTLIGHT ON SCHOOLS Two Lakewood High Youths Win Honors This is the t h i r d in a series of Public Schools Week features. Long Beach .high schools will hole' open house from 7-9 p.m. as today's today's feature of the observance. observance. . . By WARREN WALTERS Two Lakewood High School students Tuesday were named winners of .a national scholastic scholastic honor that falls' to only six, seniors in 10,000 throughout throughout the nation. . Â· Â· . .They.-are Long Beach's 1959: Merit Scholars -- an honor, earned as winners "of the largest and most rigorous scholarship the history competition" in of the National Merit Scholarship-Corp. A total of 480,000 students in 14,500 .United States high schools entered the competition. competition. ONLY 750 OF this number .The Long Beach winners are William B. Melchior Jr. son of Dr. and Mrs. William Melchior, 4609 Whitewood Ave., and C. Pat Sainsbury son of Mrs.- Mary M. Sains bury, 4144 Palo Verde Aye. Lakewood. Both youths admitted the honor came as a tremendous surprise. Each of them has applied for entrance to Stan ford University, Sainsbury to study economies' or business administration and Melchior to study Â·erigineering'or physi- cal'sciences. Â· ' Â· Announcement of the selec tion of the two Long Beach winners . coincides with Public Schools Week observ ance honoring high schools of the Long Beach Unifiec School District. ..' . The high schools have "com piled records pointing to 'them as launching pads for stu dents who have attained. a survived the rigid "selection long r e . c o r d of scholarship process to-be named Merit Scholars who will receive with t h e announcement o: four years of financial assistance assistance in college. - Â·Â·' ; wards, school officials saic Tuesday's. honor: Last year alone, ..graduates By VERA WILLIAMS From Dublin comes a fine Bertrand L. Smith gift to r the Long Beach Public Library. Librarian Edwin Castagna has received a letter from F. J. E. Hurst, deputy librarian of the library, Trinity College, College, Dublin: Â· . "At the request of Mr. Smith, I am posting to you, as a donation from him, five sets of four facsimile illuminated illuminated page reproductions from the Book of Kells. I shall be glad to know when'they arrive safely.*' The Book of-Kells, illuminated copy of the Gospels in Latin, dating from the Eighth Century, is preserved in the library of Trinity College. It is co'nsidered to be the finest example of'-early-Christian art of its kind in the world. Â· ' , ' Â· 'Â·' "I had hoped that sometime the library might have one Book of Kells facsimile," says Castagna. "Now, we are to have FOUR."- . - Â· Â· . ' Â· -'Â·Â· Â· BERTRAND L. SMITH, 85, and Mrs. Smith of 266 Prospect Aye., already have given 234 rare and valuable volumes to the library, plus a $20,000 fund, the largest single gift to the Long Beach Public Library since Andrew Andrew Carnegie gave the city the main library building in 1909. 'Reveriue from the fund will be used to purchase rare books for the library and finance an annual lecture by an outstanding bookman. The series began April 10 when Dr. Lawrence Clark Powell, UCLA librarian, spoke at Los Altos branch library on "More Precious Than Oil." The day of the lecture, the Smiths, then traveling in Scotland, telephoned long distance to express their best wishes. They had to get up at 4 a. m. to get the call through In time. To To date, the Smiths have given eight consignments of fine books, part of which are displayed in cases on the second floor of the library. Included are volumes with fine bindings, unusual illustrations, first editions of classics, classics, and unusual examples of Bibles, some several centuries centuries -old. Visitors to the Smith collection always are interested in a copy of the Koran, in Arabic manuscript with red decorations. The work is bound in camel skin. AMONG THE EARLY religious books are "The Ancient of Long Beach high schools received 341 awards . and scholarships with a total value of $309,176. . "In recent -years," said Schools Supt. Douglas Newcomb, "the l e v e achievement accomplished high school, graduates has been moved from the of. opinion to f a c t basis of scientific testing." Â· Â· Â· * * * * Â· A CURRENT REPORT students Who took college entrance examinations shows that'five times as many students placed in the two per cent than would e x p e c t e d number who took the test locally, Newcomb said.- The amount of-financial sistance'given to Merit Scholars is not divulged, since based partly on need. average '. stipend,, however, about $730' a year--the minimum Is .$100 and the maximum 51,500. Â· An :index to ,the. placed on the awards dicated by the' selection process the' winners undergo. The three-hour, high-level qualifying test was given'in April 1958 to t h e competitors; In October 10,'QOO 'of these were as semi-finalists: Another rigorous ' three- hour test was given to group. Then, the M e Scholar Selection Committee of nationally selected experts made further evaluations. * * *. * TEST SCORES and grades alone do not make a Scholar.' The committee takes into consideration each student's demonstrated q-ua 1 i t leadership, school and com- munity'citizenship, extra-curricular extra-curricular activities and special criteria established by the sponsors of the awards. In the case of both Melchior and Sainsbury this supplementary evaluation checks out. Both are serious-minded students but both can point to a long list of activities a t h l e t i c , church, Boy Scout and Explorer Explorer Scout fields. But what gives them added push that leads one bright lad to forge ahead gain a coveted scholarship and another to achieve less than his capabilities would warrant? Both youths credited the emphasis placed upon scholarship scholarship in the local district one motivating factor. And both commended the help given them by teachers counselors.