WILL, WORK AND WORSHIP
NECESSARY TO ATTAIN SUCCESS
GRADUATING CLASS STATE HOME HIGH HEARD REV.
C. DUKE PAYNE
These things necessary for the attainment of
success in life are will, work and worship, Rev. C. Duke Payne,
pastor of the First Christian church, told the graduating class of
the State Home high school in the commencement address Monday night.
The Rev. Mr. Payne prefaced his remarks with
the story of a man who had set his heart upon finding the most
beautiful pearl in the world and not stopping until he had found
it. “Failure,” he added, “to attain the pearl” or the goal of your
career will leave some little something out of your life that will
make it incomplete.”
The minister then said that the world was in
a terrible mess and that an effort was being made to prepare the
young people for the abnormal conditions that exist. Declaring that
the principles which he would discuss were good now, 1,000 years
form now, in abnormal times or in normal times, he said they were
essential to the finding of the pearl.
“Will, work, worship are the three things
that sum up the principles I shall discuss: the speaker said.
Must Have Will.
Launching into his talk each word of the
principles enunciated were discussed at length, by the minister.
“You must have the will, the desire to accomplish your objective,
you must work hard with the one thing in mind, the attainment of the
goal” he declared.
“There are many things that you can leave
undone, or ignore, but you must come to some kind of terms with
God,” Rev. Mr. Payne told the class members in discussing worship.
“You can not ignore Him, you must accept or reject Him, and the most
natural thing in all the world is to seek fellowship with God. You
must come to some kind of terms with Him, and you will never find
the “pearl” until you come to the right terms with God” he said in
Dressed in caps and gowns the 39 graduates
took their places on the stage as the orchestra played “Under the
Double Eagle” as the processional.
The invocation was given by Rev. M. W.
Bergeson, chaplain of the Home.
A special feature of the musical program in
connection with the exercise was a piano duet “Lustpiel Overture” by
Misses Billye Jeanne Ivey and Allie Marle Long.
Tied For Second Honors.
Eunice Smith and Allie Marie Long tied for
salutatory honors and each were accorded a place on the program.
Miss Smith had for her subject “Future America” and Miss Long
Miss Norma Louise Dean played a violin solo
“End of a Perfect Day” as her contribution to the program.
The valedictory address was given by Miss
Hazel Hudson and her subject was “I Am an American.”
The Kelton awards given each year to the
winner of the best short story writing contest were presented by R.
J. Green, principal of the high school. Theda Wann, senior was the
winner of the first place and the $20 prize. Last year Miss Wann
won second place as a junior and was entitled to $10 for that
accomplishment, and in addition was given an extra $10 for winning
twice in succession, making a total of $40. Second place this year
went to Hubert Dickson, a junior. His award was $10 which he will
collect upon graduation.
Diplomas were presented by Frank Davis,
member of the state board of control.
The Roger Q. and Carrie Mills awards were
presented by J. S. Hailey, superintendent. These awards are made
each year to the boy winning the annual debate and the girl
accomplishing the most in domestic science. The awards were started
several years ago by Major C. H. Mills in honor of his father and
mother and since his death Mrs. Mills has continued them. First
place in debate went to Randall Higgins who received $20.
Marshall Thixton, winner of second place was presented an award by Mrs. Tom
Bailey, speech teacher.
First place in domestic science went to
Eunice Smith who received $20; second place was won by Billye
Jeanne Ivey, third by Alpha Lee Tucker and fourth by Hazel Hudson.
The class song “To State Home” concluded the
Following is the class roll;
Girls—Jean Abernathy, Geneva Andrews, Mary
Louise Cornwell, Juanita Crawford, Mattie Lee Crawford, Norma Louise
Dean, Harley Corine Fagan, Hazel Hudson, Billye Jeanne Ivey,
Katherine Jones, Margaret Bobbie Knipp, Marie Long, Ernestine
Ida Dell Purvis, Jewell Reed, Eunice Smith,
Jewel Dean Sutton, Elizabeth Thornton, Julia Ermine Tickle, Alpha
Lee Tucker, Sallie Inez Veleto, Ruby Veleto, Willie Mae Walsh, Mary
Theda Wann, Frances Lillian Wilson, Edna Wood, Uta Mae Yarbarough.
Boys: Cecil E. Gibson, Randall Higgins,
Pete Highnote, Perry Bruce Holley, J. D. Knipp, Warren Lee Phipps,
William H. Pratt, Robert Lewis Purvis, Alfred Shaw, Marshall Jackson
Tixton, J. B. Wann, Edgar Wood, Jr.