The Humboldt Independent from Humboldt, Iowa on December 15, 1973 · Page 6
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The Humboldt Independent from Humboldt, Iowa · Page 6

Humboldt, Iowa
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Saturday, December 15, 1973
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16 ». Humboldt independent Drama review 'Our Town' is your town too - a humdinger All theMtsweei Memories and universal truths Thornton Wilder kept of his home town, were brought to life in the Humboldt High School Little Auditorium Monday and Tuesday night in the drama and speech classes' sensitive production of "Our Town." This powerful drama was told on a bare stage with limited props. It depended upon effective but unobtrusive pantomime and in depth characters, almost unbelievable for high school students. Jon Bogaard starred as the stage manager, setting the mood and the atmosphere in a folksy and well-modulated voice. He played the range of emotion from A to Z involving the audience in the daily life, love and marriage, and death and immortality as experienced in Grover's Corner, 'Humboldt, and Everytown, U.S.A. Her previous fears forgotten, a radiant Emily [Marci Berka], turns to face life, and death, as Mrs. George Gibbs.—Review Photo. The roles of Emily and George, the universal boy and girl, were double-cast. On Monday night, Colleen Northrop portrayed Emily and Steve Reedy played George. Colleen was stirring, warm, touching, and easy for the audience to identify with. Her farewell speech as she returns to the grave brought tears to the eyes of many in the audience. Steve Reedy was smooth and believable as he brought peels of laughter from the audience in his attempt to "comfort" Emily. On Tuesday night Marci Berka, who played Emily, was charming and delightful as she romped through the role with apparent ease. Both girls made the most of their "first kiss" holding the audience in sustained laughter. Don Tripp portrayed George and milked this scene for everything that was ever written into it, and more. Don was. effective and very believable" through the entire play. Wildcat Review HmnboMt Senior High School Editors-In-Chief Dean Crist and Gene Crist Managing Editors Mary Hadar, John Riches and Susan Stoner News Editor Jack Dreyer Advisor Meredith Case Photographers .... Dan Dodgen, Steve Fox and Kurt Stoebe We wish you a merry Christmas ... ho, ho, ho by Rezabeck The Christmas spirit has come early to HHS. Starting off with a bang, the school board suddenly announced that because of the energy crisis, they were giving students an extra four days of Christmas vacation! (And who said they were a bunch of grouchy old men?) With such a windfall as this, . everyone should begin ..pjan- ning early on how they wish to spend their extra time. In fact a few people have already decided. Waste not, want not! Neil H.—"Drive around and burn up gas, turn the heater up to 75 degrees to sleep comfortably, drive to Fort Dodge at 80 mph to save time, and support President Nixon." Griff H.—"I'm going to find Custer, and together we shall lead a saber charge on the municipal building." Farmer J.—"Help G.K.H. search for Custer. I am also going to try to capture the .Great Pumpkin." (Doesn't he know that's out of season?) Marvin S.—"I'm going to team up with F.J. and after we find the Great Pumpkin we want to capture, the great dancing whale. I'm also going to play my role as King of Dakota City." Kurt S.—"I'm going to buy snow incense candles for the non-snowing days of February. I'm also going to write a post-Christmas obscene letter to Santa." Barrett D.—"I'm going to bundle with J.G. in order to Choir and band give concert The annual choir-band Christmas concert was presented by the HHS music department last Sunday in high school gymnasium. The concert was opened by the 10th grade mixed chorus directed by Milo Hall. The group had originally planned to sing for the December meeting of the Federated Women's Club Dec. 5 but was forced to cancel due to inclement weather. The chorus sang three selections from their orginal program. "On a Winter's Night," "In the Bleak Mid-winter," and "I Sing Noel!". The choir was accompanied by Ann Hart, who stepped in at the last njoment for regular accompanist Diane Ernst. The HHS concert band, directed by Gary Currie, made its first appearance of the year. The band's selections included the favorites "Themes from the Nutcracker Suite" and "Sleigh Ride." More traditional pieces were "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing", and "Greensleeves". Also played was "Three Chorale Preludes". The concert ended with the HHS concert choir, directed by Hall. The choral selections contained a mixture of contemporary and traditional songs. On the contemporary line wore "One by One", "Mary's Journey" with rhythm-added, "Now We Are Singing Once Again" and "Gloria to God on High". Traditional songs were "The 17th Century Christmas Hymn" and "Carol of the Bells". The audience was asked to join the choir in singing the carols "0, Come, All Ye Faithful", "The First Noel", "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing", and "Silent Night". The choir concluded with "We Wish You a Merry Christmas". conserve heat." Wolff F.—"I'm going to bundle with D.D. and J.G. and make it a threesome to conserve even more heat." (Hummm. . . .One more person and they could make a movie) R. Loomis—"I'm going to make a movie." Sandy K.—"Watch over J.G. and make sure she doesn't get heat rash." Sue S.—"If'l can get connections, I'm gonna fly off to Snakeland and my relatives, otherwise I'm going to stay home, 'make Norwegian meat balls, and throw them at the wall." Mary Hadar—"I'm going to set the basketball refs on fire for thrills, then lock.myself in my closet and retread my little brother's bobsled. I'm also going to steal Daggy's horse." My own plans are not definite yet. With all the Tie violence into English Bonnie Parker, Clyde Barrow and the Barrow Gang were the subject of sophomore English classes, said Doug Rossbach, sophomore English instructor. The purpose of their visit, via video taping, was to "Study facets of violence in motion picture as well as literature," said Rossbach. The study was also to increase the powers of observation of the student. Rossbach also commented that the reason for the selection of "Bonnie and Cyde," was that it was perhaps the first classic- violence movie, and tied in with the classes' reading "The Blood of the Martyrs" by Steven Vincent Benet. The feeling that the outlaws got what they deserved "was prevalent in most classes toward the death of Bonnie and Clyde" added Rossbach. He also commented that students seemed to enjoy the movie and found nothing offensive about it. Christensen commented, "I thought there was excellent response and we could tie the theme into several other things that were happening in class." Biology studies ant evolution pli Lyle Schwendemann, art class instructor, is not praying... he's working on a mural to help emphasize Energy Conservation Week.-Review Photo. The biology classes of John Wickett are studying the evolution of plants from an aquatic to a land environment. The first evidence of plants adapting to land can be traced back over half a billion years ago. The students are learning the characteristics of plants that have adapted to land compared to those living in a wet environment. proceeding originality though, I should be able to get some good ideas. Most likely I'll try to catch a good case of heat rash. Chaplin informs on penitentiary life "Living in a world of closed doors and cold walls is a mild way to describe a penitentiary. It's hell," Jim Post, Chaplain at the Lansing Kansas Penitentiary, informed students of HHS. Chaplain Post presented an assembly Nov. 28 to receptive student body. In his speech he told of actual cases of how easy it is to get into a penitentiary, and when a person's time is up how difficult it is to face a world of hardships and unfair prejudices. Post explained that in a penitentiary there are many more suicides and murders than natural deaths. He told of a boy who thought he had to be tough and push people around. The result of his attitude was his death from being stabbed 17 times. Post pointed out that killing, mostly for revenge, is a continuous cycle; one death leading to another. Claustrophobia is also a killer, as the cramped quarters sometimes drive prisoners out of their minds, sometimes killing themselves. Post mentioned the most common reasons behind the conviction of persons. The most touching illustration was a girl who was serving a 20 year sentence for drugs ahd who gave her personal opinions of dope on a tape. Class seeks answers to prejudices The Minority Cultures class is now studying the Black minority, stated William Mekemson, class instructor. The course consists of the study of three minority groups in America: the Indian, the Black and the Chicano lor Mexican-American). Asked about the importance and expected accomplishments of the course, the instructor cited a quote from Malcolm X, when queried: What do you think is responsible for race prejudice in the I'.S.V Answer: Ignor ance and greed ... If the enure American population were properly educated — by properly educated, I mean given a true picture of the history and contributions of the black man — I think many whites would have more respect for the black man as a human being." Doc and Mrs. Gibbs were played by Qfeg Obermann and Cheryl McCufry. Greg again demonstrated nn ability for mimicry and dominated mosl of his Scenes. The high point of his performance was his attempt to cheer up his wife on the morning of his son's wedding. Cheryl was quietly effective as Mrs. Gibbs rising to real strength on the morning of the wedding as a mother taking advantage of her last chance to dominate her son. Michelle Herrington as Rebecca.—Review Photo. "Leave the loudness to the Methodists. You couldn't Beat them if you tried," wails John Greb* tier, as Simon Stimpson, choir director.-Re view Photo. "I've never felt so alone in my whole life," says the bride, Emily [Colleen Northrop]. But in death she finds that we are all alone all of our lives.—Review Photo. Joyce Fortner and Kurt Stoebe were a beautiful matched pair as Editor and Mrs. Webb. There is nothing to say except both gave penetrating—professional performances. Two of the big laughters of the evening were John Grebner as Simon Stimson, the alcoholic choir leader out Gena Simmons as Rebecca.—Review Photo. of place in a small town and a scene stealing Barbara Heider as Mrs, Soames who loved the wedding and thought that "Happiness that was the greatest thing." "It's a beautiful wedding. I always like to see young people happy. Happiness . . . that's the greatest thing. TJie Important thing is to be happy!" cries Mrs. Soames, Barb Heider.- Review Photo. Brian Sexe made the most of two small parts as Howie Newsome and Professor Willard. Michelle Herrington and Gena Simmons as Rebecca who "hated that dress." Linda Burns doubled as student producer and sound effects with Anne Schultz as student director and stage-hand. Linda Case, Greg McCubbin, and Greg Lee handled the lighting. Tom Warner, Greg Lee, Neal Rogness, Candy Schultz, Melody Olson, Dan Monaghan, Jeff Olthoff, Rich Wyatt, Tony Nielsen, Chris Simmons, Tom Case, Tobin Case, Doug Sandyen, Randy Moench, Mary Dunphy, and Laura Dunscombe rounded out the cast. In the words of the Midwest poet "You have to have life to love life, You have to love life to have life." Director Meredith Case and his wife Linda had to love "Our Town" to bring us the beautiful play we enjoyed Monday and Tuesday nights. Editors Jack Dreyer, John Riches and Sue Stoner welcome the first Wildcat Review sophomore managing editor, Mary Hadar.—Review Photo. Youth takes part Students 7 view of energy crisis by Kurt Stoebe "I am nut burning my car tires (in ihe street any longer, now I burn them in my fireplace." These are the words of Griff K. Hamilton in response to a question as to his energy i-unserving activities. Of the people interviewed loo p ( . r cent said that home thermostats have been turned down to a crisp 65 degrees and approximately 86 per cent -,;iid thev were driving at 50 miles per hour. One who is not obeying the request is Handy L. Rezabek who, when asked why, replied, "Since all the gas is going to run out anyway, we might as well enjoy ourselves." Another pair of abstract thinkers are Susan Stoner and Sharon Haughland. When inquiry was made as to their reaction at 50 mph speerl limits, Stoner replied HHS attends band festival Nine band students represented Humboldt in the North Central Iowa Bandmaster's Association (NCIBA) Honor Kind Festival Saturday, I ier. 1, at Iowa Falls, according io Gary Currie, director, [•';..,. ,,f the students, Mike 1'atton, Brian Sexe, (iloria 1'ciii rn-n, Kris Mather, a|1( l Carol Burns were originally scheduled to participate, liui a cancellation by another school enabled Barb i'erin. Mar,,jo Buhr, Dana Edge and l)oug Olson to attend. The students left Humboldt 7 a.m. accompanied by Currie. Alter an i'. ing in Iowa Falls, i he musicians were auditioned to determine chair placement in each designated section. After a long morning rehearsal, students were allowed a lunch break. They returned in the afternoon to an even longer practice in preparation for the evening concert. A total of five hours was spent working on the music before the final presentation was given at 7:30 p.m. The Honor Band consisted of two 125 piece bands. This is approximately half the size of the All-State band. It is noted that students who have already participated in All- State are not in the Honor Band. The festival was led by Leland Tripplet, Iowa Falls, and Bill Hayes, Blairsburg, NCIBA president. The bands were conducted by guest directors George Melichar, Cedar Falls, and Jim Reynolds, ISU, Ames. that she liked the speed, not liecause she obeys it, but because of the variety of gestures she made Sunday to pass autos traveling at 50. Sociologists speculate as to the changing of life styles a shortage might bring, but in Humboldt the transition has already occurred.- For instance the author found students staying home more and doing less unnecessary driving. Dave Pressler even went as far as to say that he is doing less driving and more parking. Perhaps the high schooler's biggest problem is obtaining enough gasoline. Some, of course, put a larger part of the support on Dad for the fuel, others are using rather unusual combustiants. However it's Dad that-pays and pays and pays and pays. Contestants gear up for district speech contests Preparations for speech contest are now under way in Meredith Case's speech I classes. Case announced the district individual competition is March 1 and 2, with the stale contest March 22 and 23. Around the School Art makes murali Students of Lyle Schwendemann's Aft t classes have begurt work tin the annual murals to be placed in the eafetoriuffl this Christmas season. Using tissue paper and black construction papat-to place of stain glass and lead piping, the mock stain glass windows will be 64 to 40 inches. Working in groups or *s Individuals, students first sketched out on white paper the picture they planned to use. The colors of tissues are selected and by using black paper for the margins, a product very much like stain glass is achieved. Themes for this project range from showmen to religious scenes. Money is topic of study Family Financial Management is the unit of study in Mrs. Jensen's introduction to business class. Projects will be done by the students, Including such topics as money and advertising. This one to two week unit will include the using- of check books, business papers and files," said Mrs. Jensen. "This will be good for future planning and budgeting." Science constructs motors Electric motors are being constructed in senior science classes according to instructor Guy Carter. "The motors are being made in an attempt to further the student's understanding of electricity," stated Carter. The class is making a study of electricity and the first student to successfully start his engine was Griff Hamilton, according to Carter. Composition starts research "Research papers of the students' choice are now being worked on in composition classes," stated Nancy Warren, composition class instructor. The students started their work last week and will continue it for two more. The rest of the semester will be used by the students to look for jobs in the want ads, and write a letter of application. ."A resume of their talents and abilities will also be written," stated Mrs. Warren. OJO available to students . "On the Job Observation" (OJO) is the new proposed program at HHS. "The OJO program is to provide our juniors and seniors with first-hand experience in understanding occupations," stated Dave Havlik, guidance counselor and head of OJO. A list will "bT 'posted of all occupations which are available for observation. Havlik pointed out, the students may then request to be in an "observation post" for either a half day or whole day, depending on the students preference and time limitations. Only one student per day will be assigned to the same post. The student will be given a list of questions to ask throughout the study period. Later the information from the" different jobs will be accumulated on tape and put in the career information center for later reference, Havlik said. OJO will be run in one session of observations from Dec. 5 through Dec. 19. "From the experience gained during that two week period, February and March will th«n be used for more extensive student participation," commented Havlik. Energy crisis in seminar The energy crisis will be the next topic for discussion in senior seminar, according to instructor Gary Newell. The students are now doing research in preparation for the discussion. Emphasized, along with the history and background of the energy crisis, will be the identification of current energy problems, said Newell. The students will also bring up possible solutions to short range energy problems as well as long range solutions to the crisis. Spanish IV produces play "Santa and the Four Elves" is the title of a play being written by William Mekemson's Spanish IV class. The play will be written in Spanish and produced in an attempt to help the students comprehend the language. The play is about elves that are caught in a blizzard while on their way to help Santa. The play will not be performed in front of an audience. Top salesmen announced Top salesman for the citrus fruit sales were announced Dec, 3. Sophomore Doug Olson acquired the title of high salesman by selling $258.50. K Junior Kris Mather sold $220.75, for second; and Mary Dyke, another sophomore, took third by selling $201 00 rUr fhat over Class sells candy and cards Candy and Christmas card sales have recently been completed m Richard Furst's distributive education °t 3SS nirr^ m ° ney raised wil1 be used to «"Mce the trto to a DECA convention next March, said Furst The students are also working on a math unit.' In this the students study how to keep books and records of a business. Home furnishings examined Adjustments of single persons living alone is the -fiSLtWtt ""* proble °" - «"«'"*< .«d feding ne.d, .„, ckiM h e .lth .

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