Tucson Daily Citizen from Tucson, Arizona on May 17, 1967 · Page 34
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SAT Is 'No Study' Test By SUSIE LOWELL CDO Editor have now all received .your sealed booklets. No talk- · ing will be permitted from now '·on. Do not break the seals until -J tell you--anyone violating I these regulations will be removed. You may read the directions on the back of your ·booklets," intones the emotion- ··less voice from the back of the room.. -' Fifty tense figures hunch ·over the papers on their desks. "'The room is breathlessly quiet. Then the inexorable voice con- "tinues. . - "Break the seals!" This scene is enacted all over the United States thousands of 'times every year. It is high school students taking college entrance examinations, and to many it is' a deadly serious affair. Whether rightly or wrongly, most colleges and universities base their acceptance or rejection of an applicant to an app r e c i a b l e degree upon the scores the student has received on one of several nationwide standardized tests. - At Stanford University, for example, the applicant is reduced to an equation formed from combining his high school grades in his first 6 semesters and his scores on the Scholastic ·Aptitude Test (SAT). - The SAT is the most important of these tests, although ·some schools require the American College Test (ACT), which .is essentially the same. The SAT is a 3-hour test in 6 ·sections, half on English and half on mathematics. It shows what the student has accomplished during his entire academic career up to his senior year in high school. Impossible to pass or fail, the SAT is scored by points, separately on each section, ranging from 200 to 800. The average score is about 550. Colleges set up their own criteria for acceptance, depending upon how selective they are. For. instance, the average entering freshman at Harvey Mudd College, one of the top engineering schools in the country, has a math score of around 750, while the average math score at a big state university may be 300 points low- Hawk Chosen As President Of Tucson JA Organization WEDNESDAY, MAY 17, 1967 PAGE 34 er. Serious students begin to prepare for SAT early in the junior year, by taking a special practice version of the test called the Preliminary SAT (PSAT). This is similar to the SAT in content, but only two- thirds as long and it is scored on a scale of 20 to 80. It is used to predict the student's probable score on the SAT. Other than the SAT, it is nearly impossible to study effectively for the longer test. The English portion consists of questions covering vocabulary and ability to interpret paragraphs. The mathematical section is based on first-year algebra and geometry, but the student can expect to score higher according to how many years of mathematics he has taken. The SAT is highly involved. It is computerized, with each student receiving a 7-digit registration number. Filling out all the application forms to take the test sometimes seems more difficult than the test itself. Once the answer sheet is sent in, the test-taker has about 6 weeks to wait before his scores are returned to his high school. Seniors' Eyes Glaze As Annual Epidemic Strikes By LYNN MEYER , Rincon Editor Attention parents! An epidemic has struck Tu- con's high schools. It hits every year at this time, and it hits the grauduating classes of each high school. The disease, known as senior- itis, is acknowledged by students, teachers, and administrators. Perhaps you are least aware of it. You attribute that glassy- eyed stare to fatigue -- fatigue which is a result of long study hours, term papers, and semester projects. It is fatigue, bui it results from long hours of watching movies, swimming and staring out the window. Another sympton which is of ten misinterpreted is that in volving that carefree attitud the senior has recently at tained. Undoubtedly, you ar hoping that this is a result o spring, (which cannot be entire y discounted,) and the antici-] jation of happy hours spent in .ollege or a summer job. Actually, the blithe position he senior is assuming toward ife is one of complete apathy. Through his eyes, school is a necessary evil which must be endured -- not necessarily attended -- for the duration of iie semester. All he wants is that piece of paper known as a diploma in his sweaty fist. Long ago, he figured out that tie can flunk all the subjects he is taking for the second se- -mester, yet he will still be rewarded with a diploma. He ha already been accepted at a college, or has secured his job and is now coasting happily to ward oblivion. These facts make him com pletey uncaring. Is there a cal culus test tomorrow? No mat ter -- he can flunk it with no ill effects, other than question ing looks from the teacher. Die e have a project due in his ·atin American history class? t's o.k. -- the college can't ake back his admission slip now. And so it goes. Many teach- firs are apalled by the complete change in character that seniors go through, and worry and wonder about their part in this psychological phenomena. But most have resigned themselves to the fact, and realize that it happens every year to every senior in every high school. The prize student, with his'IQ of 197, is no different from the boy who is graduating in 1967, although it should have been 1964. So, parents, if you have a senior wandering in and out of your house, now you know what his problem is. And if your t e e n a g e r s are still underclassmen, prepare yourselves for the big change. Its inevitable. Jim Hawk, head of the "Kee- Y71 e" J u n i o r Achievement company, has been named president of T.u c s o n ' s Junior Achievement Association f o r next year. Top executives of the association in the JA year just ended are Hawk, Mary Bass and Lynn Waterman. The executive award is the highest given on the local level. And Dennis Rusk, president of the. Tel-Craft company sponsored "President of the Year." H i s company was named "Company of the Year" by judges of the Junior Achievement program. These honors and more were conferred recently at the annual "Future Unlimited" banquet for Achievers and their parents at the Ramada Inn. Rust Hawk, Roger Givens and Jacque Hines were named winners of expense-paid trips this summer to the national JA conference in Bloomington, Ind. Alternates for the trip are Lorrie Charvat and Steven Kutoroff. Other top awards presented for Junior Achievement were: p i n s , Susan Weber, Bobbe Clapp and Tom Davey. -- $100 Sales Club Awards: Dennis Rust Linda Mulholland, Randy Lewis, Frank Miller, Sandy Adams, Bruce Jones, L i n d a Grabowski, Colleen Brown, Steven Kutoroff, Shari Hill, Roger Givens and David Orr. Don Gouirand was pesented by the achievers with a plaque for his service as executive director during the past year. Mary Bass was the banquet's guest speaker. Tucson firms that sponsor J u n i o r Achievement "companies" -- which are stock companies formed by teenagers and run by tnem ror promare: F i r s t National Bank 01 Arizona, Hughes Management Club, KTKT Radio Station Mountain States, Radio Corp. ol America, Sears Roebuck Tucson Gas i Electric, Tucson Police Department and Montgomery Ward. -- n I.I.II.M Yearbooks Stir Comedy Of Acts Top Mechanics ' Seven Tucson high school students display the awards presented to them by the ' Tucson Chapter'of Arizona Automotive Jobbers Association. Receiving Awards for their work were (left to right) Jim Hall, Palo Verde; Boyd Williams, Rincon; Larry Schroff, Tucson High; Ralph Padilla, Pubelo; Mike Hall, Catalina; Larry Young, Marana; and David Gordon, Sunnyside. Dr. Robert D. Morrow, superintendent of Tucson District I (far right) spoke to the winners. (Citizen Photo by Dave Acton) Trials And Tribulations All A Part Of Driving By PHIL WTTTMAN Salpointe Reporter Almost everyone thought it was going to be a paperback. Some thought it was purple and green. Others heard that the book was cracked and falling apart. No one was more apprehensive than the yearbook staff themselves, continuing to "anxiously look on" as many people do in yearbook shots, and waiting for their hard year's work to arrive Finally the day came as well as the yearbooks and the staff barricaded the office to protect its secret. Yearbook excitement ran high and the stir at Sal- pointe has just quieted down after t\vo frantic days of guessing and spiking rumors about yearbook contents, and two more of pouring over the pride and joy of the publications staff Some yearbook readers dissect every page, nosing for errors and eager to find something unusual to show their friends. Almost everyone enjoys a silly photo or caption that can provide a few minutes of conversation. Sometimes the scrutiny of the yearbook look trs reveals pictures with the wrong captions or captions with he wrong .pictures. Students admire new ideas or cute cut- ines. Among other interesting things are what the staff writes about your class and what other people write about you. The most typical yearbook reader is one who looks anxiously amid the pages for his own photo since a little bit of status is usually involved. "I got my picture in 9 times. This is the best yearbook we ever had," presents one student's view. As far as personal photo finding, everyone, name misspelled or not has a photo buried someplace among the sea of faces and no one looks away totally unsatisfied. Almost everyone enjoys pag- -- Speakers Corps member of the year: Steven Parsons of the Youth Composite Company. -- Advisers of the Year: John C. Watt, Jean W. Latimer and V.J. Kosky, all of Mountain States Telephone. -- S p e c i a l management awards: Pat Gunning and Coleen Brown. -- Special sales awards: Dennis Rust and Linda Mulholland. -- Salesman of the Year: Shari Hill. -- Secretary of the Year: Lynn Waterman. -- Treasurer of the Year: Susan Weber. -- Junior Executive Awards: Rick Bracht, Jacque Hines, Ed Seright, Wayne Sullenger, Lynn Waterman, Sandy Adams, Jim Hawk, Mary Bass, Pat Gunning, Colleen Brown, Dave Bostick, Roger Givens, Nancy Ho- ing through the annual maybe a few days until for the "yearbook excitement" wears off, and the books are stuck in a drawer to be taken out a year, 10 years or even 20 years from now to marvel at "whats- her-name" .or "the-time-we-did- such-and such"; and wonder Musicians Will Play At Catalina Catalina's annual patio concert, open to the public at no admission charge, will be presented in the outdoor patio on the north side of the boys' gym next Thursday at 8 p.m. The concert will feature performances by the entire Music Department. Instrumental selections will be played by the band and orchestra, directed by band and orchestra leader Carlyle Webb and student teacher Christopher Holdcraft. Vocal selections will be sung by the Girls' Chorus, the Minstrels of Troy and the Advanced Choir. The vocal section of the concert will be directed by vocal instructor Robert Edgington and Rodney Oakes, a why teen-agers have to grow substitute for Max Brillhart, who is recovering from an illness. There's a certain kind of| rtrange feeling that goes along 1 with sitting behind a steering wheel. It belongs to those who have a thing called a drivers license, which is a small rectangular card with a funny 'ole picture on it of a queer looking person. This is sometimes hard to obtain because many parents make their children take Drivers Training 5 tunes, Drivers Simulator 7 times, and then drive 300,000 miles with them in the car beside them before they actually trust them to drive by themselves. After all practice makes perfect. ^Drivers Education is required for graduation so that's to your advantage already. Most of the time in this class is spent watching gory movies, arms and legs strewn all over with splattered heads for emphasis. After this nauseating six weeks you feel as though you never want to set foot in a car again and if you ever do only if there are lix seat belts per person, ·hoaUcr straps, padded dash, movable steering wheel and other safety features. The next step in the game is Drivers Training. But before fun filled get your Learners Permit. This is rela- you can begin this class you have to is tively easy to obtain. All you have to do is take both parents, your birth certificate and $3.00 down to the Motor Vehicle Department. The written test is more or less common sense so it's pretty hard to flunk it. You are given a yellow piece of paper which months. Of one stipulation; you must have an adult in the car with you ai all times. Now on to Drivers Training This is on your own time anc usually lasts for about 2 hours a day for about a two week span. You learn how to driv cars with automatic and stick good for five course, there is shifts while you tour the town At the end of this period your teacher has nearly had a ner vous breakdown but you have acquired a confident air abou being behind the wheel. Drivers Simulator is also on our own time but is a lot tamer. You sit in a fake car that has headlights, brakes, a steer- ng wheel. You are put into realistic situations that are supposed to help test your reflexes. After all this you are ready to begin driving with your parents, who naturally are nervous wrecks. They try to teach you differently from what your Drive rs Training teacher has taught you. Patiently you have to listen to them and explain why not to do the things they tell you. Then comes The Day. Again both parents and $2.50 have to accompany you to the motor Vehicle Department. After a quick spin around the block \yith a "olice officer in the carl with you you receive your Drivers License. And if you're lucky sometime that day your mom will run out of bread or milk and send you to the store for some more. Then you will experience that certain thrill of being behind the steering wheel alone. Junior Achievers Get Awards Jim Hawk, third from left, newly-elected president of Tucson junior Achiever, Association, gets congratulations from Mary Bass and Lynn Waterman, who; shared the three top "Executive" awards with Hawk. Dennis Rusk, right, was named "President of the Year" of a J A company. Citizen Photo by Bruce Hop-, kins Help Me Figure This Out! Butch Slawson (right) assumes the "Great Thinker" pose as he puzzles over the tune of a computer printout which is programmed to play a song. Busily, involved with their own "problems" are his fellow students in the calculus-; analytic geometry class at Flowing Wells. Scott Moss (left) concentrates on;; a calculus problem as John Howard (center) plots a four-leaf rose in his study of polar coordinates. On the receiving end of Butch's song is Jeff Curtis. (Citizen Photo by Bruce Hopkins) Calculus Class Teaches Something About Nothing By JENNIE TOM Flowing Wells Editor It's the only class where you study something about nothing or you learn something about everything! And it tackles problems like this: At a certain instant the di- Ron Parrott, Sunnyside senior, goes for a dunking as he loses his seat in the Industrial Art Club's dunking booth, one of the many there were to be found in the Sannyside Interclub Council's annual carnival. (Citizen photo by Dave Acton) mensions of a rectangular parallelepiped are 4, 5, and 6 feet, and they are each increasing, respectively, at the rates 1, 2, 3 feet per second. At what rate is the volume increasing? If your answer is 138 cu. ft.- sec. you're right! The course? Calculus, analytic geometry, and computer programming at Flowing Wells. The one and a half credit course is directed by a lively instructor, Richard diCosola and this year the class is com posed of five equally animated students. Providing the equivalent of fifth year, of high school math and an introduction to colleg level work, the accelerated pro gram involves much work in math theory with application t more concrete and realistic sit uations. The class is characterized bj its atmosphere of open dis cussion and spontaneous questioning. Grade consciousness i played down with emphasis o a relaxed learning situation. The calculus and analytic ! eometry portion of their work involves studying such concepts s integration, differentiation md polar coordinates. And in the midst of their study, a diversified range of prob- ems pop up. The velocity and acceleration unit produced problems such as this: A ball thrown straight up s located s feet above the ground at t seconds after it is hrown in accordance with the formula s equals 12t minus 16t2. Find a.formula for the velocity of the bail and find (a) the time required to reach its highest point, (b) the distance of the highest point above the ground, and (c) the accelera- Drama Qass Gets Award Amphi's Advanced Drama Class has had 20 students hon ored for activity in dramati arts. They will be the guests o Paul Turnbull of the Intern a tional Alliance of Theater anc Stage Employees and the man agement of the Fox Buena Vis ta Theater at a matinee performance of "A Man For A: Seasons." ion of the ball at this point. Moments of inertia, centroids f solids of revolution, and the raphing of conic sections are ther aspects of the program. Also two out of every four days a week are directed toward computer programming. On these days the students ravel to the University of Ari- :ona to use the computer cen- :er facilities. Computer concepts and prob- ems are presented by the instructor. Then it is the responsibility of each student to develop a program that will solve the problem for any given range of data. Their program work has dealt with such concepts as the gas laws, quadratic formula, determinants, and the application of the do-loop in their radian table program. Unique endeavors which are stimulated by curiosity are a g r e a t pnrt of the class. Recently the instructor produced a trnnsil and as a class project, the five and their leader I ravened the campus on a surveying expedition. Math isn't the only topic up for discussion. An unsuspecting soul mny find himself in the midst of n vcrbnl agitation over crucifixion by donth and migration of Ihc racw. the

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