The News from Frederick, Maryland on June 10, 1970 · Page 36
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The News from Frederick, Maryland · Page 36

Frederick, Maryland
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Wednesday, June 10, 1970
Page 36
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M.' Pl|»C-14 THE NEWS, Frederick, MuyluA IJ. Graduates 323 auditorium of Governor Thomas Johnson High School was packed to capacity Monday, June 8, as parents, relatives and friends of 323 seniors watched them graduate on stage (pictures at top). Student speakers included William Corley and Judith Harris, both members of the^class of 1970 (pictured at immediate right) . - At center left, one senior who arrived late was being quickly helped with her robe by her classmates, while at lower left Jo Ann Orndorff, one of the first to pick up her diploma seemed to be dwarfed by the mountain of diplomaslin the foreground. A dislocated knee didn't deter Ginger Brown (See Page 1) from hobbling across the stage to get her diploma, while the happy group to the rightseemed to enjoy the fact that school was coming to an end. Pictured at lower right is Marcia Ann Mika, 1970 Valedictorian, who was giving a tassle a final touch before commencement. Photos By J. Rolfe Castlemcm Nev^s-Post Graduation Page TJ Class Of 70 Displayed Joy, Solemnity, Pride By STU GORDON Staff Writer Solemnity, joy, and pride. Maybe more joyous than solemn, but then T. J. High School has always been bursting to the seams with a flow of energy that can only find its release in song, laughter, and unbridled joy. The kind of unbridled joy that would move members of the audience to applaud when one of their friends or sons or daughters took the stage to receive his diploma. And the joy that would cause at least one of those students on stage to applaud back. But most of all the joy that would rocket a lone hat, with tassel sailing, toward the members of the audience after the words of "Ladies and Gentlemen, the Class of 1970" had been spoken. Oh, there were the solemn moments. As the processional, "Ceremonial March," was played by Gary Smith's band, the lightning-like flashbulbs provided a fit counterpoint to the blaring brass, pounding drums, and clashing cymbals. The invocation of the Rev. Gordon Wilson asked for help "to understand that learning has just begun'' and to "produce concerned and thinking graduates." Keith Harsher, vice-president of the Class of 1970 dedicated graduation exercises to a critically ill member of the class. And the music of Lena T. Mullican's Glee Club added the right amount of both exhilaration and solemnity to the ceremony. But the joy still hung there, hard to shake, difficult not to notice. Then came possibly the most joyous moment of the program . . . a romantic overture, written by Harold Young, a member of the Class of 1970, and played by Gary Smith's band. A very personal gift from a member of the graduating class to the parents of the graduates. And there were moments of determination. . . determination to make a better world, expressed by student speakers William Corley and Judy Harris. Judy spoke of the loss of the original goals of our country as expressed in the Constitution and Declaration of Independence . . . of a suppression of individuality, a neglect of freedom of ideas and speech, and a pushing aside of the concepts of brotherhood. Saying that there must be changes if there is not to be a "downfall of the land of the free and the home of the brave," she asked for tolerance from the adults while the young people "rage an inner war against America's problems." Miss Harris ended her speech with a paraphrase of Oliver Perry, saying: "We have met the enemy and they are us." Mr. Corley's speech was along the same lines of brotherhood. Corley related the country and western song, "Walk A Mile In My Shoes," to the virtue of understanding in a world torn by "wars, civil strife, bigotry, and hypocrisy." He said that only he who "sees what the other sees, hears what he hears, and cries out when he cries out" can hope to understand that other person's values . . . and thus better understand that person himself. And most of all, there was present pride. The parents' pride, Senior Adviser Anna Mae Hughes' pride, and, foremost, the pride of Principal Karl Manwiller. Manwiller characterized the graduating class as "talented and bright, aware of others, positive, and made of strong stuff with an honest concern for the future." He also said that the class "had accepted the freedom that TJ offers its students and had grown." And then he wished the students peace. And 319 adults walked toward the far horizons of their futures, eager for greater challenges and wider rewards. NEWSPAPER!

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