The Hutchinson News from Hutchinson, Kansas on October 1, 1971 · Page 103
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Icarus Board Chosen By ED STUCKY Hutchinson High School Icarus, the Hutchinson High School student writing organization, has chosen its 1971 executive board. Names of board members are Fred Kaplan, Ed Stucky, seniors; Kim Smith, Mary Borra, juniors; Kathy Regier, Craig Alexander and Grace Morledge, sophomores. Harriet Helman, Icars sponsor, and several of the new board members will be featured on KTVH-TV's "Community window" program on Tuesday. Oct. 12. Tentative plans for this year's Icarus are to produce several mimeographed issues of the Icarus magazine, rather than the one bound issue which appeared last year, in the hope of raising badly needed funds. Hopefully, the first Icarus will be ready for sale before Thanksgiving, with later issues appearing at regular intervals. Any HHS student wishing to contribute his or her writing or art work to Icarus may leave works in the Icarus box outside of Miss Helman's room, B-204. Four Freshmen Cheerleaders By PATTY BONTRAGER Nickerson High School NICKERSON - Sixteen freshman girls showed their enthusiasm last week by performing their skill in front of the Pep Club. Participating were: Dee Ann Buck, Sandy Gould, Susan Unruh, Linda Nunemaker, Kris Martinie, Brenda Zwick, Jo Bontrager, Kim Vannoy, Denise Berridge, Nancy Redman, Cindy Wesley, Lucy Southworth, Lu Ann Atkinson, and Jonnie Chambers. Although all the girls displayed a fine performance only four could have the honor as freshman cheerleader. Elected were Jill Schwartz, Jo Bontrager, Linda Nunemaker and Denise Berridge. NEWLY ELECTED class officers at Newton High School are, from left, back row: Dan Button, Marv Gatz, Rick Glover, Clif (Photo by LeRoy DuBols) Overholt, Mike Cervantes, Monty Walker, Brad Koehn; front row: Mary Stucky, Lori McQuade, Lee Hanna and Kathy Dingwall. Newton Elects New Officers, Cheerleaders By SARA PENNER Newton High School NEWTON — As school progresses at Newton High School, one of the activities the whole school is involved in is elections. Five B-team cheerleaders were elected in September. Thy are Meri Schrag, Donna Unruh, Peggy Brainard, Marcia Green and Anne Wells. Class officers were elected Sept.*'16. Representing the senior class are Monty Walker, president; Brad Koehn, vice president; and Kathy Dingwall, secretary - treasurer. For their president, the juniors elected Clif Overholt. Vice president is Mike Cervantes and secretary • treasurer is Lee Hanna. New sophomore officers are Marv Gatz, president; Dan Button, vice president; Mary Stucky, secretary - treasurer; and Lori McQuade and Rick Glover, student council representatives. School spirit is portant factor another im- at Newton High. Many girls are members of. the Pep Club. This year the guys at Newton High will have a chance to display their school spirit, also. The new spirit club, The Rail Gang, is to promote spirit and sportsmanship among students and to support all of the varsity sports. President of the club is Doug Schmidt. About That Liberal Band By DON PESEK Liberal High School LIBERAL - It was over a year ago that a transition took place at Liberal High School: a new band director appeared in the fold, and what followed is something like a fairy tale. From the beginning it w'as evident that the Redskin Band was headed for greatness. A man by the name of Vernon Blehm brought his ideas to Liberal as the Bands, and new with Director the blink an eye the band started piling up awards and an undying reputation under his leadership. "That" Liberal Band earned a Superior rating at the renowned Wichita State University Marching Contest. Of the 42 bands competing, only six earned Superior ratings, and Liberal's Pride of the Southwest" was the only 4A representative to win such. "That" Liberal Band won their second straight Superior rating at a similar contest in Garden City. From April 29-May 2, the band attended ths giant Cherry Blossom Festival extravaganza in Canon City, Colorado, Against tha stiffest competition to be found, ths Pride of the Southwest earned a 2 plus rating (just off Superior caliber) in their field show, and then capped the brilliant performance with their perennial I (Superior) rating in parade marching. Later in the year Rlehm's band brought back home au- ONE WILL REIGN — Halstead High School's 1971 football homecoming queen will be crowned tonight before the Moundrldge - Halstead game. Vying for the title are, from left, Nikki Bland, Joanna Farmer and Rita Unruh. other I rating for concert numbers and sight reading from Elk City, Oklahoma, and earned a II rating in our own Liberal contest. To field only a band in itself at Liberal High was not enough for Vernon Blehm; within the band itself Blehm molded together a stage band, concert band, and drill team to perform at home basketball games that was known as the "K a n s a s Kuties". Blehm also perfected a Band Council, representatives elected from the band itself to improve and conduct the band in proper fashion. The stage band performed at home basketball 'games a n d held public concerts, of course meriting standing ovations from the proud public. The concert band also staged another highly acclaimed public performance. This year "That" Liberal band has grown in size and reputation. Acclaimed statewide for its famed marching exhibitions, the Pride of the Southwest has grown to 80 members, and plans to attend all football games (except Great Bend), traveling even as far away as 400 miles, Muskogee, Oklahoma, in addition to bringing home their armload of now-traditional Superior ratings. There you have it, the success story of one of the finest bands of the midwest, "That" Liberal Band, the Pride of tha Southwest. The story began with the legendary appearance of a new Band Director, and with Vernon Blehm still at tha helm, the last chapters are yet to be written. Black Recruits Double At U.S. Naval Academy •/ By JOHN WOODFIELD Associated Prass Writer ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) The number of black recruits at the U.S. Naval Academy has doubled in the past year. The reason is Lt. Kenneth H. Johnson, a Negro officer brought in by the academy to actively seek minority candidates. The 30-year-old son of a Hallandale, Fla., hotel cook, Johnson took over his new duties barely a year ago after s i x years of sea duty, and he attributes his success primarily to "spreading the word." He admits that it wasn't easy to change the image with his people of an academy that for many years-was considered almost an exclusive institution for those members of society who also had political connections. The academy didn't graduate its first Negro midshipman until 1949. 1,326 Freshmen The big thing is that I awful lot fall and in the winter to some of the places that I thought would be fertile ground for recruiting. "And I let the people know that the opportunities were available," he said. Candidates to the academy can be nominated by any one of 10 methods, but the final selection is up to the academy itself. The admitting board had to pick this year's 1,326-man freshman class from 7,400 applicants. But among them were 44 blacks compared with 21 admitted last year. Johnson said there w a s no special consideration given black applicants. Academy admission is based on academic standing, extracurricular activiites, athletics and letters of recommendation from counselors and high school principals. A candidate thus may be weak in one area but if he is strong in others, his over-all ranking—known as the 'whole man's concept—will be high. The admissions committee considers candidates solely in the order they are ranked, and grades, for example, are given no more weight than the other categories. ' Peer-Group Pressure "We just hadn't gotten the word out to the black commun- nity—that was the .problem," he said. Johnson says another major problem he meets as he recruits around the country is peer-group pressure. "I'm not talking about black peer groups being anti-military. It's not that. But many of them look upon the military as all white, so it's an anti-white sentiment rather than an anti-military sentiment." But like any other salesman, Johnson is a firm believer in what he has to sell, even though he himself entered t h e Navy through officer candidate school at Newport, R.I., rather Prep School at Bainbridge, join either the Naval Academy Md., or "Operation Boost" at San Diego, Calif. 'Best Product' The prep school course is a year in length with admission to the academy guaranteed for those who successfully complete it. Operation Boost was established specifically for minority groups . and offers disadvantaged youngsters a chance. Page 3A ^ The Hutchinson News Friday, October 1, 1971 OVER 700 at Or 75c with a Trade PARRflTT '29 WEST SHERMAN ST HODWETT TELEPHONE MO 3. 3381.

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