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St. Albans, VT Grammar School Class of 1920 Graduation

Largest Class in History Is Given Diplomas Following Exercises at City Hall
Superintendent Wright in Presenting Certificates Calls Attention to Excellent Record Made By Pupils.

Seventy-seven boys and girls, the largest class ever graduated from the St. Albans grammar schools, were handed their diplomas by Supt. George S. Wright at the annual graduation exercises held at the city hall last evening. The program carried out was interesting and enjoyed throughout by the large audience which filled the hall. The musical numbers on the program, which were under the direction of Mrs. N. N. Atwood, were delightfully given and all of the essays and recitations were well delivered by the young people who deserve much credit for the excellent showing made. The audience showed its appreciation by the hearty applause accorded the speakers.

Another new musical organization was introduced to the city last evening in the orchestra which was composed of young people of the grammar schools with the exception of the pianist. The selections played were greatly enjoyed.

A feature of the exercises was a solo dance, “The Wood Nymph,” by Helen Prentiss. Miss Prentiss, although making her first appearance before such a large audience, seemed to feel at home on the stage and gave a most pleasing exhibition.

Supt. George S. Wright, before presenting the diplomas, informed the audience that this class was the largest ever graduated from the grammar school, and besides, holds many other honors. In September, 1912, just eight years ago, he said, there were 157 pupils who entered the first grades of this city, and out of that number 77 graduated, which is considered very good. Twenty-one of those who entered the public schools of this city in 1912 graduated last evening. They were:

Marguerite Baker, Alice Barton, Frederick Bedard, Edwin Brown, Esther Brown, Helen Clapper, Raymond Cochran, Marion Cunningham, Agnes Doolin, George Garcy, Charles Kennedy, Florence Ladd, Robert Moore, Irvin Muzzy, Roland Paige, Ola Paquette, Catherine Russell, John Smith, Robert Sullivan, Barbara Taylor and Helen Vincellette.

There were 11 scholars who graduated who gained one grade while in the lower grades and they did not enter school until 1913. There were:

Evelyn Heald, Hilda Johnson, Edith Neiburg, Eleanor Peterson, Helen Prentiss, Velzora Pyer, John Rich, of Swanton, Rolfe Russell, Juanita Witters and Ralph Wright. Caroline Berryman was the only one to graduate who had gained two grades.

Mr. Wright in closing his remarks explained the necessity of an education, and said he hoped all of those scholars who graduated will be found in the St. Albans high school next year or in some preparatory school.

Upon receiving their diplomas the graduates were cheered by many of the boys of the St. Albans high school who gathered in the rear of the hall.

The following program was carried out:

March, “Yankee Dandy,” Weidt, grammar school orchestra; invocation;
chorus, "Medley of American Patriotic Songs," S. T. Paul, eighth grade;
essay, "Joan of Arc," Harold Johnson;
recitation, "You Are the Hope of the World," by H. Hagedorn, Frederick O'Neill;
piano solo, Valse-Chopin, Op. 64, No. 2, Catherine Russell;
essay, "Struggle of France for Freedom," John Sweeney;
chorus, "La Marscillaise"--Rouget de Lisle, eighth grade;
essay, "Paul Revere's Ride," Juanita Witters;
music, "Stack of Fen," by Rolfe, grammar school orchestra;
recitation, "America for Me," by Henry Van Dyke, Thelma Sullivan;
solo dance, "Wood Nymph, Helen Prentiss;
essay, "Pershing and Lafayette," Rolfe Russell;
recitation, "America's Gift to France," Robert Hathaway;
chorus, "Faith to Win," F. F. Bullard, eighth grade;
presentation of diplomas, Supt. George S. Wright;
chorus, "Star Spangled Banner," Francis Scott Key, grammar school, accompanist, Marion Warner.