The Humboldt Independent from Humboldt, Iowa on March 9, 1974 · Page 10
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The Humboldt Independent from Humboldt, Iowa · Page 10

Humboldt, Iowa
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Saturday, March 9, 1974
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II va&s, iyi4 jfrmboldf Htyi and Offtt The American way saves school 1 was waTklftg down the hall etrly ofte morning when I eiwotnitered my friend, a fellow student. Before 1 could offer a greeting, he had his slingshot drawn and aimed at trie, t immediately protested, -fctit he stopped me short. "Identify yourself before you take one more step! If you don't I'll shoot." 1 saw immediately that my pal was bothered by something. So, I decided to humor him, and save a small piece of my skin at the Same time, t told him my name, age, class, address, telephone number and started in on my life story. He stopped me there and asked, "Is that you?" "Yes, of course it's me. 'Do you think I gave someone else my body?" I replied. "Good. That means they haven't got you yet. There's still time to save HHS!" He seemed excited about this and lowered his , slingshot. He unloaded and put the projec- tile 1ft nil mfttith, breaker," he explained, "Vety accurate at close range* 11 "Tell me fellow, just whit is this we're saving HHS fromf "You haven't heard? The NCA is coming to Invade our school. Those Communists are after everything. We've got to stop them!" Well, this relieved me. I was glad to see that this was only a case of a badly misinformed student jeopordlzing my life. All I had to do was convince him he was wrong. "Look, ol' buddy, the NCA Is harmless. They won't hurt us. They only want to watch us for awhile." "They thought Kilter was harmless, tool!" Th4s guy has a one track mind. 1 was beginning to think he might have jumped the track. The situation was getting serious, so I put my mind to work to solve it. "They only want to see if we're good enough to be in tfieff "See, what did I tell you? Those Cemmles won't qiiitP' Then he looked at me suspjeioxisly. "Have they got you too?" He started to raise his slingshot threateningly. Cool headed still, I started to tell him all t knew about the North Central Association, t think 1 would have betrayed my wife and kids, but I'm not married. He had a puzzled look under his helmet. "North Central Association? Not the Northerners for a Communist America? Are you sure?" "Positive. And besides they left about a week ago. You missed them." He looked crestfallen and apologized to -me listlessly. He offered me a jawbreaker, unflred. I accepted it and he walked off humming the Star Spangled Banner. With vigilanties like this, HHS is in good, but slow hands. But that's the American way. Ctfffiflff Mttrevs Mfefcy, M.D. Students perform sugery on frogs by Mike Borland . There comes a time in every student's life when he must dissect. It happens in the schooling of our greatest citizens, Most of our lawmakers have done it at one time in their lives, some still do, but only as a hobby and in their spare time. Dissection had its start before homo-sapiens could write or even talk. For entertainment, man bashed in skulls of animals when he was hbngry and of other men when he was mad. It was a crude start, and not much was learned. But it was a start. Within a few hundred thousand years, man invented a new method of dissection. He used lions to cut up Christians and exempted his friends. But this was messy and the lions ate up the cadavers before they could be studied. Back to the drawing board, or if you prefer, the cutting board. Dissection, as we know it, started when the immortal Sam Bluckenspeil complained , <If. a>; side-ache' to his best^ ff/find. History hasn't remem-"" bered his friend's name, but does recall the fact that he was a homocidal maniac. He cut out Sam's appendix and an era was born. Sam didn't feel pain in his side anymore. In fact he didn't feel anything anymore! His good friend had also cut out his heart, lungs, stomach and spleen, not to mention his liver. Well, Sam's appendix was the first of many to be removed surgically. The methods have improved somewhat, and this improvement came about through dissection. All those frogs haven't been mutilated in vain. Mankind has actually learned something. Gained knowledge. Progressed. And it only took a quarter of a million years. So, you see, dissection has. played a large part in the development of our civilization. It has provided jobs for millions of biology teachers. It has provided a solution to the problem of frog control. And kids don't have to chop up their friends to satisfy their curiosity. Dissection has been good to us. Hard on frogs, but good to us. Our knowledge will increase until the National Society for the Prevention of Dissection of Frogs, Aardvarks and Termites (N.S.P.D. of F.A.T.) gains enough power to put a stop to this practice. Such a situation would be horrible. What cadavers could be used? Not Christians. Our society frowns on that. So do our laws. So does Someone Else. There is only one solution, should this problem arise. The Underground Frog Pond. The syndicate could run a black market in frogs to supply our biologists. They did it with gas and booze, they can do it with frogs. If this didn't work, biology teachers could be dissected. This would provide jobs for millions more biology teachers. The pay would be great. Of course there wouldn't be much of a future in it. Probably the best hope is if all you dissectors out there stand Students participate in on-the-job observations ^: An opportunity to observe and evaluate a possible future career is being offered to all interested juniors and seniors by the HHS counseling department, stated counselor Dave Havlik. "This is an unique opportunity for students to get a behind-the- scene look at possible careers they may wish to continue," added Havlik. The observations will take place anytime in March when it is convenient for the participants. An observation can last from a half day to a whole work day. Sixty-nine jobs are offered for observation varying from accounting to x-ray technician. "Cooperation from merchants and professional men alike has made this opportunity possible," Havlik stated. Any interested junior and senior can participate in the on-the- job observation by completing the applications in the career- information center. Students will observe the job and interview the employees. A copy of the interview will be filed with Havlik along with an evaluation of the observation. The interviews of the students participating will be placed in the career-information center lor the benefit of all students. up for your rights and fight for more frogs. It's the only wayl Ratings from district speech contest released Ratings of the District Speech Contestants were released Monday by Harv LaBounty, individual speech director. The District Speech Contest was .held Saturday, March 2, at St. Edmond High School, Fort Dodge. Sixteen out of 21 students who won in the local eliminations participated. Each student participated in at least one event, with the exception of three students who took part in two events. I ratings were achieved by 10 of Humboldt's contestants, seven II ratings were earned and only one III rating .was received. "The people who performed did an excellent job," stated LaBounty. jThe students' categories and ratings are: After dinner speaking, Neal Rogness, I; dramatic acting, Joan Daggy, II; Barbara Heider, I; and Colleen Northrop, I; humorous, Jane Carver, II; John Grebner, I; and Barbara Heider, II; improvisational storytelling, Linda Burns, II; and John Grebner, I. Interpretive poetry, Laura Dunscombe, I; Ann Hart, II; and Elizabeth Thielen, I; interpretive prose, Jon Bogard, I; David Presler, I; and Mary Seller, II; original oratory, Kurt Stoebe, III; radio and news announcing, David Presler, I; John Riches, I: and Brian Thompson, II'. Concert offers varied fare Approximately 370 people attended the annual pie and coffee concert Monday, March 4, presented by Humboldt High School Concert Band, according to band director Gary Currie. Selections performed by the band varied from contemporary and contry western to popular rock. As the band played, the Junior High Band members served gig and coffee to the audience. Kurt Stoebe free performance Melody Olson Gf eg Obertnattft Actors take find! bow All of the state large group speech contest entries will be presented for public viewing Wednesday, March 13, at 7:30 in high school little auditorium. There will be no admittance charge. The entries will consist of a one act play, two duet acting entries, a Reader's Theater presentation and an original oration. "These are some of the finest people I have had a chance to direct," stated Meredith Case, high school speech director. Case went on to say, "Wednesday night will be one of the most enjoyable performances of the year." "Hello Out There" is to be presented as the one act play. It stars Lance Olson, Colleen Northrop and Greg Oberman in the lead roles. Olson, a veteran of six years of speech and drama work, will be making his farewell performance on the 13th. Says Case about Olson, "Lance is an excellent actor who has given us many thrilling performances, and I wish him the best of luck in the future." Also in "Hello Out There" are Melody' Olson, John Riches and Steve Reedy. The play tells the story of a boy in jail in a small Texas town, his attept to,fih& meaning in life through love, and finally his murder. "A very moving performance," said its district speech judge. At state speech contest the one act received straight I'a—a well deserved achievement. Joyce Fortner and Melody Olson will perform "The Children's Hour" as one of the • two duets. The two girls received a I at district and two I's at state for their excellent performance. The other duet acting entry will be "Tea. and Sympathy" featuring Kurt Stoebe and Colleen Northrop. "Tea and Sympathy" earned a I at district, and. then went On to/ receive a 1 at state. Remarks from ' the judges were complimentary at both contests. The two portray a couple breaking up in light of the wife's sympathy for a boy who is the victim of hazing at boys school where her husband is a master. "Excellent job, thank you for not overacting," stated one state contest judge. An original Reader's Theater entry, "The Trial of Captain Vere," by Humboldt's own Kurt Stoebe will make its public stage debut on Wednesday. Stoebe's brainchild was not only given a I at district, but received a standing ovation and "firavo, bravo," from the judge. The play depicts the judgment day trial of Billy Budd's superior officer, Edward Fairfax Vere. It was written as a sequal to Herman Melville's final and greatest work, Billy Budd, for • the University of South Dakota's Presidential Alumni Scholarship. Stoebe stated, "It has a fabulous cast." The greatest thrill did not come from writing it, but from watching this fine group make the play breathe. Stoebe stars in the title role with such veterans as Lance Olson, Joh Boggaard, John Grebner and Greg Oberman in the other leads. Also featured is Humboldt's favorite Richard Johnson along with John Riches, Joyce Fortner, Doug Sandven, Dave Presler, Don Tripp, Griff Hamilton, Greg Lee, Tom Warner, Nell Rogness and Steve Reedy. The final performance- will be Kurt Stoebe's own original oration, "All Hands Stained on a Bloody Sabbath." "I have never heard a speech of this quality from a high school student before. The speech was written as an entry for individual speech contest," Case said. Wildcat Review Hinboldt Sailor High School Editors-ln-Chief. Dean Crist and Gene Crist Managing Editors . Mary Hadar, John Riches. Deb Duffy News Editor Kurt Stoebe.Jack Dreyer Advisor . ... .. .. . Meredith Case Photographer. . .Randy Rezabek Spring is here by Splash Hamilton Spring is approaching kids, so get your spray paint ready. Yes, along with robins, tulips, and buds on the trees, the little old folks will again be noticing the barely legible scrawlings on public (and private) works. Startling hues adorn bridges. Things such as: Staley was here, or Zud lives. Once in a while an aspiring Norman Rockwell will execute a real intricate one, like Twad & Killer and Radar & Zoon, in a basic gray, with "Donut" superimposed in a chic medium blue. Real class. One young man, whom I shall call Griff (for want of a better name) has related to me the operations involved in one midsummers-night forage. After donning the fake nose-glasses and moustache combination, he proceeded to Hnnke's Haoov Holiday station to buy a can of gloss black at 79 cents." Letting the man have his four pages of stamps and money, he takes the sheet off of the plates on the car. Driving to a lonesome bridge, he gets out of the auto, glances nervously about and throws himself into the ditch. He deftly prys the cap off the can, and waits. His finger goes to the button like a bolt of lightening and covers the concrete with pigment. Another attempt at immortality is complete. From the Principal's Desk Rod Harklau, junior, proudly shows off Mi wooden headboard-his project for industrial wts woodworking unit.-Beview Photo. Editorial Do we make the grade? The North Central Association was here last Monday through Wednesday, and though we won't know the results of their examination before about QO days, it is generally assumed that our "grade" will be good. Our record of accredidalion is the basis for this smug assurrance. And yet, in the same school where this self-confidence in quality reigns, is a growing cynicism which threatens the school's esteem. Student Senate is an institution which should inspire pride in the school's and students' leadership abilities, but lately has been an object of widespread scorn. The senate is in no way blameless. The lack of a quorum in the last few meetings, much less a full turnout, is a blinding example of student apathy. It has become fashionable to ridicule those in high places, though often there is reason for it. But lately, it seems to this writer that the ridicule is a signal for change. When NCA representatives asked students for their opinion of the school, I don't know how many gave unyieldingly poor ones, but however many it was, is too many. Perhaps we are fooling ourselves that a'"pass the buck" attitude can be taken. Perhaps we think we can get something for nothing. If this is the thinking, we are painfully gullible. This is not a pep talk. It is a statement of fact. Those of us who have been privileged with a position of responsiblity in the senate should honor the student body's trust, if any remains. Those of us in the "silent majority" should attempt to put our thoughts into action. It is time for us to realize that we cannot complain that our apartment has a leaky roof and then demand that our neighbor fix it. We all share the responsibility for the quality of our school.—Randy Loomis. How "open" should our high school be? In recent years much has been said and written in regards to "humanizing" schools. The advocates of these progressive, or so-called innovative practices, tell us to open up the study areas to provide more relaxation for the students and thus more group interaction. Why a structured class day? Do away with bells. Come to school only when scheduled for classes. The students can assume responsibilities with maturity. And, so what if the young make mistakes, they will profit from the experiences, etc., etc., etc. In recent years we have tried to keep an open mind to some of the practices mentioned above, even though 'we can't accept all of them. Obviously, the students are thoroughly enjoying the extra freedom. What do you parents want for your children? Will you approve their selecting courses which will permit them the freedom to arrive late or leave early? Is getting out of school a portion of the day more important than band, vocal music, student council work, athletics or a Mothers discuss senior breakfast An organizational meeting for all senior mothers interested in participating in the planning of the senior breakfast was held Wednesday, Feb. 20, according to Mrs. Grace Patton, chairwoman. "Committee chairmen and committee members have been chosen and are planning the invitations, programs, menu, and table decorations," Mrs. Patlon added. much needed classroom course? We are very concerned that some students are putting more stock in their freedom from school than what they can get out of school. How much of a decline will be seen in athletic participation, music and speech activities in the next few years? Perhaps we are too concerned about having winning teams, bringing home trophies, and developing personal characteristics usually associated with the participation in the out-of-class activities. Maybe the young people are just as well off to get into the labor market earlier. Many of them firmly believe this. We hope these comments will stir some serious thinking in homes of many of the students of HHS because we will be surveying many of you for your opinions relative to these significant and, sometimes, provocative school related topics. Your cooperation will be appreciated. With registration for next year not too far away, your attitude might very well play a significant role in the future of the adults of tomorrow. Delmar J. Cram, H.S. Principal The senior breakfast will be held Friday, May 17, in Our Saviour's Lutheran Church, 1:'M a.m. All graduating seniors (including those who graduated at the semester) and their mothers are invited to attend this recognition breakfast. Mrs. Patton urged, "Every senior mother is encouraged to become involved in the planning of this breakfast to help the seniors enjoy their graduation weekend. To volunteer assistance, contact one of these members of the steering committee: Mrs. Dale Patton, Mrs. J. E. Colwell, Mrs. Mark Brandsgard or Mrs. Gary Ebeling." SDIk dyeN hi «t II fa* te WJftirel the ftfea ?! irtht fanew-up ceutie of wt "flw itodsuts whd take thi« edtirie *w and iMitt ta fiXpIftfd ttt* 4f6a in-depth, n, Buiineis enftrprif* studied Economic classes started a new unit this week. .The new unit consists of the study of business enterprise, and the medtflcatisft of the competitive economy. Aftef that the class will take a test over the last six chapters which consist of the Production of Goods and Services, the Amer ican Economy Oriented to the Market, Supply and Demand, Elements of Price and Value and the Competitive Economy, According to Cal Mulier, Instructor, this gives the students a second chance on the first five chapters on which they have already been tested. ; Government studies constitution " States rights vs. federalism is the topic now being studied by government .classes according to instructor Gary Newell. Students are studying parts of the constitution which state the powers given the federal government and powers given state governments. The classes will also study those powers which are denied to the states and those denied to the federal government, After completion of the unit the classes will be tested, added Newell. Women's lib debuted Women's lib is the controversial topic in the debate presented by the speech students of Meredith Case. The girls are supporting women's lib and the boys are trying to discredit it. No solutions will be resolved, only a discussion and better understanding of the problem. World leadership studied American rejection of world leadership is the current chapter of study in sophomore history class, stated Pattee. This chapter includes the reasons why and how Americans tried to build peace and prevent war, why America refused to. join the League of Nations and why the United States tried to become closer to Latin America. The previous chapter of study was learning of America's entry into World War I. What were the reasons for entering World War I? Who were allies of the United States? How much money did the war cost? These arc just a few of the many questions answered for the students who studied this chapter, said Pattee. I.A. to finish projects soon "Most students have been doing good work on their projects," stated Mason Maach, I.A. class instructor. Maach said by the end of the nine weeks their projects should be completed. According to Maach, for the last nine weeks of the year, he would like the students to be introduced to more than just woodworking. He stated that if time allowed they would be doing some work on brick laying. Student teaching in gemoetry Analytical geometry students have just finished a new unit in which two students, Greg Obermann and Dean Crist, taught the class. The unit contained the use of determinants in solving linear quotations and multiple orders of determinants. The two student teachers, Obermann and Crist, were graded on the average of the student's test score. After the unit was completed Crist had this to say, "It was a worthwhile experience and I now appreciate the job of a teacher even more." The students' regular teacher is Rod Hakeman. f Typing finishes letter writing Students of typing II are now working at their own pace, under the direction of Mrs. Carol Jensen. The students are just finishing the unit on letters, which they have been working on since the beginning of the semester, reported Mrs. Jensen, and many started the unit on tabulation. Mrs. Jensen added that most of the students are averaging around 40 words on five-minute speed writing and she is pleased with their progress. Salesmanship studies the pitch The selling process is being studied in Dick Furst's class of salesmanship. Furst stated that the students are now in the process of answering questions that involve the consumer's purchases and their attitudes toward the product. Furst also said that the students are finding in each sale four basic steps: attention, interest, desire, and action, taken by the customer before a sale is completed. Furst concluded that in the near future these steps will be practiced as the students in the class prepare themselves for the selling process to take place as each student begins to sell a product to another classmate. Impeachment of President studied The guilt or innocence of the president is being debated in speech II classes, according to Meredith Case, instructor. Students are divided into sides for and against impeachment, Case stated, "The participation is enthusiastic and overall class opinion to the debate is favorable." The unit follows a completed unit on preparation for individual speech contest. Consumer moth studies housing The Family Housing Unit has been started in the consumer math classes, stated Jim Filips, instructor. The unit will include housing costs, mortgage, leases, and real estate, said Filips. It is possible the two math classes will hear a local re»l estate agent speak this week. The agent will give the students some inside knowledge of realistic housinR costs, noted Filips. Choir readies for performances Solo and ensemble contest and Annual Spring Concert are two upcoming events for choir, stated Milo Hall, choir director. On April 6, there is the solo and ensemble contest at Eagle Grove. The Annual Spring Concert, which includes choruses from both junior and senior high school, will be held April 22. "There are only 19 rehearsals left before the concert, so we will be busy getting ready," added Hall.

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