DIPLOMAS AWARDED SH GRADUATES;
TYSON PRINCIPAL SPEAKER
CONGRATULATIONS WIRED TO CLASS BY GOV. BEAUFORD JESTER
Twenty-one graduating seniors receive their diplomas Friday night at
the State Orphans Home after receiving a telegram of congratulations
from Gov. Beauford H. Jester, and hearing Tom L. Tyson, local
attorney, deliver the commencement address.
Tyson sounded the keynote of brotherly love throughout the world as
he told the seniors that “there can be no civilization worthy of the
name, without peace, economic security, freedom and faith in the
reality and validity of religion.
Must Have Peace.
“We have failed—my generation and the generations before it—to
establish a lasting peace. You must begin there by making a tangible
contribution to the cause of peace. Make it in any way or profession
you wish, but make it. The alternative is complete and total
“In my opinion, misunderstanding, ignorance and prejudice have
killed more men than atomic power ever will,” Tyson said.
Following the invocation by Rev. Durwood Geddie and musical numbers
of the choir and Margie Dillard at the piano, Freeda Pruett
delivered the salutatory address. She had attained a scholastic mark
of 91.8 throughout her high school career. Joe Howerton,
valedictorian of the class with an average of 93.6 delivered the
As the seniors filed across the stage, Supt. Moyne Kelly presented
diploma to Beverly M. Berry, Christine Erzen, Imogene Gordon, Dora
Horton, Minnie R. Jones, Freeda J. Pruett, Gwendolyn Roach, Dessie
Tucker, Essie Tucker, Kinner Boyce, Clyde Carrington, Willie
Colburn, Buel Crawford, James Davis, Ede Erzen, Joe Howerton, Curtis
Jones, James Lawrence, C. Pfaffenberger, Joe Stokes and Robert
John Corner, coach and principal, presented special awards for
typing to Marvin Rawls, Betty Hilliard, B. E. Phillips, LaVerne
Cawthon, Edith Land, Waymon Perona, Arthur Herrington, Prentice
Phillips, Margaret Weaver, Helen Smotherman, Eva Lita Downey,
Imogene Gordon, Charles Cunningham, Charles Murdock, Bobbie Hambrick,
Jimmie Pillows, Gwendolyn Roach, Freeda Pruett, George Phinnell,
Margie Dillard, Lee Lawrence and Betty Phillips.
Awards for Cosmetology went to Imogene Gordon, Christine Erzen,
Gwendolyn Roach and Freeda Pruett.
Titles and awards for Most Representative Girl went to Minnie Jones;
Prettiest and Most Popular Girl went to Imogene Gordon; Most Popular
Boy went to Clyde Carrington; Best Boy Athlete went to Curtis Jones;
Handsomest Boy went to James Lawrence; Most Representative Boy to
Bob Walker; and Best Girl Athlete to Freeda Pruett. Scholastic
awards went to Freeda Pruett and Christine Erzen.
Joe Howerton, valedictorian of the graduating class received
scholarships to Sam Houston State Teachers College, North Texas
Teachers College, and to Texas Council of Church-Related Colleges.
The Daiches trophy for the best all-around athlete, won by Curtis
Jones in the first year of its existence was presented to him by
Dr. L. E. Kelton presented the Kelton Awards for the winners of the
short story contest at the Home. Buck Phillips won the first prize
and Martha Nell Mann the second. Both winners are juniors.
Corsicana Daily Sun - Saturday, May 24, 1947 - submitted by Diane Richards