12 At State Home Receive Diplomas
By TALMADGE CANANT
Daily Sun Staff.
Twelve Corsicana State Home students receive high school diplomas in
an impressive commencement ceremony Monday night in the Home
The ceremony departed from the traditional commencement form, yet it
retained the most important parts and blended them into a choralogue
by Helen Q. Lathers, entitled “From This Day Forward.”
Graduating from the Home were Josephine Fielding, Betty Sue Rice,
Kenneth McCulloch, Bobbie Ruth Bateman, Barbara Belschner, Sidney
Culver, Jr., Dolphus Lee Darnell, Althera Pillows, Delta Rainey,
Wanda Lou Rice, Huey Rash and Betty Ruth Smotherman.
Josephine Fielding, valedictorian, and Betty Sue Rice, salutatorian,
stood upstage and conversed with “The Voice of Alma Mater,” played
by Principal O. R. Scott, while the other graduates were seated on
the stage. There were no individual addresses by the two
The voice challenged the graduates to go out into the world and
“From This Day Forward dare and do and grow. You came as children,
but you leave as women and men.”
Dr. Kelton Presents Awards
Dr. L. E. Kelton presented the annual short story awards and first
prize went to Josephine Fielding, valedictorian, Second prize went
to Lois Perry, a junior student.
Dr. Kelton told the graduates, “When you leave that front door
Tonight you are still my children. My obligation isn’t ended.”
Supt. R. I. Boyd, Jr., presented the “Best Citizens” awards to Betty
Sue Rice and Dolphus Darnell.
Boyd also read nominations by the class for its favorites. Most
likeable students were Betty Sue Rice and Huey Rush; most popular
boy was Dolphus Darnell; most popular girl was Bobbie Bateman; most
beautiful girl was Barbara Belschner; most handsome boy was Huey
Rush; and best all-around students were Dolphus Darnell and Barbara
Typing awards, presented to both graduate and undergraduate students
went to Gertie Fade, Barbara Belschner, Josephine Fielding, Mattie
Sue Jones, Wanda Nell Robinson, Cora Mae Smith, Riley Rodgers,
Loretta McManus, Raymond McFarland, Annelle Fletcher, Billy Harry,
Roy Lee May, Bobby Tomerlin, Mary Bearden, Betty Belschner.
Shorthand awards were presented to Gertie Fade, Jo Ann Stroud and
Mattie Sue Jones.
Machine shop awards went to Sidney Culver, Jr., Dolphus Darnell,
Huey Rush and Kenneth McCulloch.
Participants in the choralogue were:
Voice of Alma Mater----O. R. Scott
Salutatorian---Betty Sue Rice
Superintendent…Robert I. Boyd, Jr.
Faculty Member---Bill Elliott
Alumnus---Mrs. Katie LeMay
Speaking Chorus---Graduating Class Members
Boy Speaker----Bobbie Ruth Bateman
Keepers of the Flame----Junior Class Members
Waltzers----Mary Dean Cole and Billy Bob Wells; Sue Jones and Warner
Pianist---Miss Oma Lee Campbell
Ushers---Roy Lee May and Billy Bob Wells
Corsicana Daily Sun - Tuesday, May 27, 1952 - Submitted by