We graduates are turning over another page in the book of our lives. This
page is filled with many hours of work and study which were rewarded, not
only by passing marks, but by a satisfaction in knowing we have obtained
some useful knowledge.
The top of the page begins with our freshman year
of high school. As 'freshies" we were quite unaccustomed to our new
surroundings, but eager to meet people and do things. We acquainted
ourselves with teachers, and formed many friendships among our classmates.
We tried to imitate the worldly-wise Senior, but were sadly abused by the
sophomores who reminded us ungraciously that we were the "lowliest of
the low" as far as class standing was concerned.
As sophomores, you found us a little taller, and
a little less naive. At this point, we were introduced to the regents, the
scourge of "pupilkind." We assumed the glazed eye and the
lethargic look of our upperclassmen. Now, we were united before a common
enemy - a sixty on the Regents.
In our Junior Year, we were really in the
"swing of things." We left the teasing of the bothersome
freshies to the immature sophomores. G.O. Dances, skating parties,
get-togethers and boyfriends were the main topics of conversation. Regents
no longer fazed us as we had come to accept them with all the other things
that grown-ups have to contend with.
Our Senior pins at last! That round, grey and
blue piece of tin was the symbol of maturity reached. The days went faster
and faster as activities followed in quick succession - Senior Dance,
Senior Day, Class Night, the Prom, Regents, and before we could catch our
breaths - graduation. This was the end of the page.
After graduation - What next? What will be on the
other side of the page? Some of us plan to continue our education in
colleges and business schools, others of us are going to use our training
as typists, clerks, stenographers, bookkeepers in the city's offices.
In the years to come, we might be interested in
knowing what has become of our friends. Perhaps we will meet a few and
reminisce about 'the good old days" in Lane. Our "Senior
Echoes" will help us recall our days in Lane and the wonderful
friends we have known.