Covina Argus from Covina, California on June 19, 1909 · Page 8
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COMMENCEMENT WEEK AT COVINA SCHOOLS TWENTY-TWO GRADUATES RECEIVE DIPLOMAS. REED ORATORICAL CONTEST. I.—G;?ralrilnc AHCiioniirennor ".•-• -V/iili.o!' Aschonbrennor .'i.-Alice At word 4. —Myru Htirpeo 'mm '?•;•: WW>^' r'jflS* 1 '--•-•'> *• - Cc-vlna Union High's Commencement 9 Notable Function. Dr. Hugh K. Wa'lker'a Masterful Address Thrills and Electrifies His Hearers. Hanked behind gorgeous flowers, beneath t.hn arch of the choir-loft of the l're«bytorian Church, facing a thousand people of the Covlna valley, the clans of \')W of the Covlna Union High Hchool received the highest honors in the gift of the city lant night, when diplomas of honorable arid efficient graduation were presented to twenty-two young men and women who had climbed to this enviable helglit.li In their progress through life. In this, the tenth Commencement program since the Inception of tho city, the graduating clans and the assisting scholars of tl.e Hchool, reached a higher point of efficiency than in former years, as the program was more diversified and therefore more enjoyable. The crowded house responded to each number on the program with a fervor which wan the finest of testimony of the appreciation of the exercises. The high school orchestra, under th« direction of Prof. R. W. Groom, occupied seats In the rear of the choir loft, and UH the graduates marched to the seats awaiting them, a spirited two-step WHS played, bringing out. applause from I he audience. After the graduating class was seated, selections from "Martha" wire rendered by the, orchestra. The Invocation liy Rev. H. W. Gage of the Baptist Church followed, after which a trombone BO!O by Wnlffr Aschenbrenner, accompanied by the. full orchestra, was rendered. Mr. Aftchonbronner f/layed Schubert's serenade!, and his rendition of this beautiful song was smooth und in perfect tune. The finely modulated accompaniment, of the orchestra wan a feature of the number. Prof. A. Harvey Collins, who, tin retiring principal of the school, had charge of the evening's exorcises, introduced Uev. Dr. Hugh K. Walker, pastor of the lOmm'nmcl I'reuby- terlan Church of LOH Angeles, as speaker of the evening. l)r. Walker i« well known and appreciated in Covlna, inasmuch an IK; delivered the commencement address to the Mcholars two years ago. Ills word:* wore a burning message to the audience as well as to tin; twenty-two graduates, and Dr. Walker's magnificent delivery made of hin words a lesson not immediately forgotten. AH IB bis wont on HJich an occasion, Dr. Walker delivered a Hiraighl.forward address, not a sermon, llo look as his subject, "Character That Wins a Crown." Out. of this Iriiltfnl theme he wove a tale of prophecy, of warning, of optimism and of philosophy Much as kept his hearers entirely within his power for fifty minutes, The men of destiny, lie said, were those who did not, seek for the crown placed there by their fellows in recognition of their groiat, works, although the crowns offered by men were to bo dosired. The greatest men of ancient and modern times often went to their graves without ever having heard the plaudits of their feliowmen. Prominent In the hlHtory of America, lie said, is the case of the discoverer of thia continent, Christopher Columbus, who tolled and pleaded with people for this end, thought out his own daring plans, and then died In terrible straits, while the country he discovered was named after a man who came after him, who usurped his crown and received the greater portion of the glory. The, "reason pessimist," or the age of "reasoning pessimism" IH upon UH at, the present time, the. speaker wild. '1'b is, IIH differentiated from the sentimental pessimist aril thi! man who is pessiiniKtle because the dark side al- Wi'j'i- 1 appeal to him, is the pessimism of the present day ol' men who have become cultured beyond the pah; of the olden days when Individuals were not so equal in culluie. Hi; warned the scholars against thin condition of pessiimls- tic reasoning, exhorting them to cling to the highest, ideal:-' and KO onward and upward although others may si.eei and claim thai, the helglifh has already been reached. Then; were cultured men, he said, who claimed today that oratory was a thing of flu; past, that, men and women have become too cultured to care for Ihe kind of oratory which appeals as did Ihe grout orators of a century gone, and the speaker said that there was a grain of truth in this a;, there always was In the argument of the reasoning pessl mist, but, again told the audience and graduates to rise above this shorl-sighlcd view of the cnlturiHls. The character that wins a crown Is the one which sticks to the Ideal above all the clamoring of the common crowd, the speaker said, whether this character was to be won through Ihe one profession or another. The lawyer must strive for this highest ideal of true endeavor, or fail in his seeldiiK lor a crown, the minister must not think (hat lie may lie beset by sin and fail in his hlKh endeavor, and so on through every walk of life. At this point Dr. Walker made a strong plea that men of calibre and ability onler the pulpit, slating that what the world needs today is si conger men In the minlsteclal profession, men who can ably walk in the fool:,It ps of the great divines of half a century ago. In making his peroration, Dr. Walker spoke affectlngly of the necessity for every young man and woman to commit themselves to God ere the battle for the crown of character was begun. The battle might b'.' won b> tills eotumital to Cod, he said, for without this,, the crown could never be won to its fullest extent and meaning. Dr. Walker's address revived a veritable ovation at its termination. The lnterme/./.o ".Morning Star" was played delicately and with expression by the orchestra, after which 1'iof. Col Mm; conducted the ceremony of the presentation of ihe class. The conferring of the dipium is then look place. Kev. S. W. Funk, president of the hoard of trustees, made an address, after which the diplomas were m m 0.—Sherman Gall 10.—Marian Given 12.—Walter Hepner 1".—Clarence Hedges —.—Eva Marian Johnson —.—Raymond Finch handed to membrane* null's \\tTi 1 l.iml. each ill' (hi 1 graduates. 'I'lu- distribution of iv•s pnueii to hi' a must i>i)|iular affair. 1'tu 1 .urad- literally luirii d in Honors of the most jAor.neoiis FACl'l.TV KKCKITION. 'i.-lllllde l.'llioll -l-.'l he! l-'i.,l'.er Ci-.-.i i- F..-...-r 'I lii-oiinh the colirlisy of Dr. ;:i:d Mr;. .!. I >. Reed th 1 Si'iiiurs \\«'iv e'llei ti.ined liy ti.e faculty in <he spaiiou-. horn-- of liie former on Hailillo street last .M,.i,u;'> e\eiiin.4. In acknowledgment nl' "Hap day" huntin.u. ha^s a'.u tin national colors weiv i'iniiio> eil in llie deionilhe scheme. An :-.mu:-''iiiont el' iln 1 eseuini; was a pi ou, e>-,\ v e picture p-.l/'.le Uall.e. the UllleS lieinj; named .lite!' i eielil aleil torts, •tnti dau>; were used as tallies. Miss Laura l.umims the clii,-..^ icaihci'. who \\ill leave Ihe scholastic profession and filler Ihe st:ii<' of holy matrimony soon, v.a-- pi • > .-eiit--il \\ it it a si! v er I ie i r\ spoon. lie cream, lees a:..', u at'-rs u ••: e Seized. All.Hit thill) Wcl'- present. THIRTY-THREE ADVANCED. Grammar School Promotes Scholars With Exceptionally Fine Exercises. Those who were present at the graduation exercises of th(> grammar school yesterday afternoon were coti- I'roi'led liy sweet girl graduates mid .sturdy boys, who have thus I'm 1 erod- it.ahly made their mark in (ho world. 'I he exercises were a distinct sign of progress in the school work. Thirty-throe scholars were advanced lo Hi"* high school work. The pro- Mi am follows: PROGRAM. Son;; hy the girl graduates. Address of welcome, William I'tlcr. \'iolin solo, Clarence Kubrick. Presentation of pictures, by president of clans, Glonn \Yalel house. Valedictory address, Ruth Aschen- bi'f nner. SOUL-;, girls' sextette. Address to graduates, Rev. Harry \V. While. Presentation of diplomas. Trustee W. 1'." Walts. Sonj;, "America." GRADUATES. lames Anderson. Pauline Allison. Ruth Aschenbrenuer. N'oa Hashore. Julia Bashor. Harold liemis. Dorothy Dlxby Vannie Hrnhaker. Mae Casey. lldr.l Cashlov. Hnlh Chemherleii. !!lmo Con ley. l.essie Fairly. rial eii' e FabrU k. Allison (!i\en. I'.eairice llavelin. 1-Mmer llo'.de. Chester IKu.le. Mildred Holder. 1 la/el Honker. I'M n u Kiim. Myrtle O\ erholl/er. Minnie Sisson. I larold Schf m k Willie Stanlon. Karl Thompson. William l'tt'.-r. Donil liy Vandevo! t. (ih nu Waterhousiv Frank \\'liarton. F.lla Walters. Marion \VarrrH. M-.iv \\iisoii. Splendid Addresses by All Contestants.. .Shipway Deserv-" edly Received First P.'aco., ,Mi Contestants Show Careful Training and Conscientious Work. The gift of 'npeaking on your feet," said to be a dec'i- dent art since Daniel Webster placed his high stamp on orations, was given n decided awakening at the Pretby- terlan Church Thursday evening, when the five contestants in the Reed oratorical contest strove for honors and pri7.es. No branch of the work of the high schools seems to bring out the results of the four years work as does the finished speech in public, and the addresses on this occasion were well written and rendered. Especial care had been given by all to adhere to the most exacting terms of English diction. The manner of enunciating, stage presence and gesticulation shown by these five contestants, proved that their training had been careful and their application conscientious. Mrs. Gllmore, elocutionary instructor, may well be proud of the work of these pupils. ' Walter Aschenbrenner had as his subject, "A Plea for More Centralized Government." This subject was an ambitious one, and was handled with a power which showed application to political text books, and a wide range of general reading pertaining to this country of ours. Walter Hcpner's subject, "Oneness of Aim" brought forth much favorable comment,, as the subject matter seemed to lie closely to the author's heart, Hepner's delivery was strong and his manner of driving home facts was forceful. The semi-poetic address by Arthur Bixby on "Silent Forces" was in a way one of the best on the program, for this young man has learned to sit at the feet of the Muses, and a fragment of poetical wisdom is dropped to him from time to time. The one to whom the first prize offered by Dr. .T. D. Reed was awarded was Leslie Shipway, whose forceful summary of "Roosevelt, the Man," gave him the prize easily. Shipway's address was full of the force which emanates from this groat American. While Shipway spoke in highest terms of the splendid work accomplished by RcoseveH, the feature of the address was his discriminating criticism of some of (he flagrant faults of this impetuous man. Miss Albine Power spoke on "Father Junipero Serra," and of the early days of the Spanish missions. Miss Power has very ^marked histrionic ability and a pleasing Htuge presence. Much of her address was of interest to the audience on account of its intimate study of the early days. Leslie Shipway was given first prize, Walter Asch- etibrermer, second, prixe, and Albine Power, third prize. The judges were A. C. Wheat, assistant superintendent of Los Angeles County schools, V. S. Goldthwaite and Mr. F. F. Fanning of Glendora. There were only fifteen points between the highest and the lowest award. The musical numbers were especially fine, among which were: Quartet, "When Day Fades," by Misses Mabel Houser, Ethel and Lola Keefer and Gertrude Hulce; solo,' "Carmena," by Gertrude Hulce; duet, Miss Houser, flute, and Charles Walters, horn; saxaphone duet, Wallace Reed . and Walter Hepner. . • BACCALAURBATB SERMON. The baccalaureate ,sermon, preached to the graduating class of the high school by Rev. Paul G. Stevens at the Presbyterian Church Sunday evening, was heard by a, crowded house. The students occupied seals in the front of the church. Music was furnished by the high §chool 'orchestra. Rev. Mr, Stevens took his text from Luke, "Is Not the Lifj More Than Meat, and the Body Than Raiment?" His subject was "Making a Living and Making a Life." The speaker said that it required no wide and extended experience, no profound analysis of human life to discover that it. is made up of two distinct and yet dependent, factors, namely, body and soul, flesh and spirit. Discussing these two phases of life the ape-alter said: "The longer we live the more we respect the claims of our physical being. Those whoso aspirations, are all appetites and whose ambitions never rise above them are indeed very low animals. We cannot live by bread alone. Neither can we live without bread. Jesus Christ, in framing his model prayer inserted petitions for both the body and the soul. "Give us this day our daily bread," and also "Forgive our sins." With this prayer before us, and with the thoughts and expressions common to us all confirming needs of Htich petitions, we are justified in saying that making a living is one thing and making a life another. "The sole purpose of making a living is that it may help to make life. If it does not do this it is worse than wasted. For the hour cometh when the artificial things of life, the lines of station, the temporal and perishable will IK- swept away, and when life ends tlte soul will be left, shorn of all its embellishments and elothed absolutely in the reality. We shall then see as we did not see before, that the making of a life is infinitely more Important than the making of a living." CLASS DAY EXERCISES. Senior clans day exercises took place Wednesday evening at 8 p. in. and were bright and interesting throughout. As admission was by ticket the large crowd of former times was considerably thiiiiied. The other classes of course were in noisy evidence, but were quite as orderly as could be expected. The scene opened with "roll call." Miss Aschenbrenner, presiding, called the names and each Senior responded with a quotation personally applicable to one of the Juniors. The class songs weie lively and tuneful and the yells at- tesled to the increasing si/e of our high school classes. The poem by Miss Asch-Mibrenner, the prophecy by Mi.-s llurpee, the will by Walter Hepner and ihe history by Walter Ascheiihreiiuer, were full of wit and interest. Ml'SlCALE. At . p. m. on Thursday in the nigh school auditorium, some very excellent music uas rendered, piepared by tie ladies' chorus of the high school, the orchestra and t!ie band, under the diie> lion of Prof. Groom. The choruses were, "Come to the Woodland" {('rinni. "Flay of the Free" t Washer t, "The Night Bells (Vincent). "Let the Hills Resound" i Richards). "Anvil Chorus from II Trov.-ttuii'" [Verdii. Perhaps tile last t\\o, which went \\iti. m'f.it \ im. u t re most popular, but they \\cre all very good. The orchestra ga\e some beautiful selei lions in excellent style. "Benin in Joy a:id Son'-.j\s" iCo'uadii. a beautiful tone pm-m: Mexican dame, iimk Kycs" i Morel i with castunets. bright und pleasing: internu-x./.o from "Ca\alleria P.usticatri" i.Mascagni). ! !u- beauiitul favoiiu \\itn Mr. Phillt-o and his \iolin. £$8S« ,5181 \ 13.-—[sola Johnson H.-^Lola Keefer ',, 1.5.—Luella Roberts 16.—Thomas Reed •M ,/a '!.,*„ PV lA 17. --L-:.lward Walters IS.—Edith Wu'"r'::ouse K>. —Adah Wave .''..'. (';•.:•.r!r-> Ward

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