OF SAINT MARY’S
. . Good-bye
School . .
Vol. II, No. 17
RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA
May 29, 1939
On the occasion of its final issue, The Belles
wishes to extend its genuine and sincere greetings
to the Alumnae of Saint Mary’s.
Too often people consider AlumnsB as mere
appendages to a school, but Saint Mary’s has
always taken a different view. Even more than
our AlumiiEe themselves. The Belles and the school
know that in the final analysis the Aluninas are
the heart and sinew of our beloved institution.
And because we want you always to feel strongly
your deeply rooted attachment, we beg that you
make yourselves at home just as freely as you did
in your resident days here, and realize that we
count your devotion as the most valuable of our
Reverend William H. Laird, Rector of Saint Paul’s
Church at the University of Virginia, was guest min
ister at the Baccalaureate Sermon for the Seniors on
Sunday, May 28. He brought out in his talk to the
Seniors the parallel ideas of Whitsunday and Gradua
tion. On Whitsunday, Jesus left His disciples and
gave them all His responsibilities to carry out success
fully. On Graduation Day, those graduating are free
to carry on in their own ways in order to gain success.
So Reverend Laird stressed to the Seniors the impor
tance of their success after leaving school. When they
are “on their own,” without the backing of the school
and their other leaders, this will be the supreme test of
their ability; of what they have accomplished and are
able to accomplish.
Frances Fish sang the solo part in the Te Deum,
assisted by Virginia Trotter and Annie Hyman Bunn
in the trio part. The solo part for the offertory hymn,
Sanctus by Gounod, was sung by Cordelia Jones.
Mr. Kloman added a word by expressing to the
Seniors the pleasure he has had teaching them and
having them here at Saint Mary’s for the past two
years or more.
At 11:00 Monday morning the student body, seated
according to classes, assembled in the dell by the
Bishop’s house to celebrate class day with the graduat
ing class for 1939. As everyone sang “Hail, Saint
Mary’s” the Seniors took their seats. They were carry
ing the traditional daisy chain which swung in graceful
loops from one girl to the next. The president, Peggy
Hopkins, welcomed the guests, after which the whole
class rose and sang the Senior Song. Frances Warren,
secretary of the class, read the class roll, and was fol
lowed by Hallie Townes reading the class history.
Lossie Taylor gave everyone a glimpse into the future
with the class prophecy and Sarah Sawyer recited the
class poem. The fun really started when Frances Fish
read the last will and testament, bequeathing many of
the Juniors. The student body ivas especially pleased
at Annie Webb Cheshire’s announcement that this year’s
class was leaving the school a brick steak pit with all
the utensils that go along with it. The pit will be put
up this summer to be ready for use next fall. Martha
Lewis then dedicated her annual. Rising the Seniors
sang “Good-bye, School,” and carried the daisy chain
to the front to present it to the representatives of the
incoming class. The program was closed by Mr. Klo-
man’s offering the benediction.
The 1939 Commencement exercises were opened on
Saturday night with the presentation of a Shakespear
ian play. Twelfth Night, by the Dramatic Club under
the direction of Miss Florence Davis. The plot,of the
play is a series of complicated events resulting from
Viola’s impersonation of her twin brothm’, whom she
believes to have been drowned. Sebastian, the twin
brother, comes on the scene, and the “comedy of errors”
finally ends happily for all.
Sally Wright, as usual, walked aAvay with top honors
as the play’s leading comedienne. Her impersonation
of Malvolio was excellent, from the red goatee down to
the yellow stockings and cross garters. Also, working
well together as an amusing comedy team were Helen
Kendrick as Sir Toby; Ruth Miller, Maria; Carolyn
Norton, Sir Andrew; and Louise Coleman, the Clown.
To the romantic leads, special mention goes to Joyce
Powell as the Duke; Manette Allen, who was a charm
ing Olivia; and the twins, acted by Louise Wilson and
Sue Harwood. But full credit should be given to the
entire cast, including Grace Thompson, Julia Booker,
Elizabeth Boyce, Betty Bell, Billie Rose, Mary Guy
Boyd, and Rose Martin.
Difficult backstage problems were solved by Carolyn
Reed, who was an efficient Stage Manager; Anne Lom
bard, who handled the lighting effects; and the make-up
Cooperation on the cast’s part as well as the stage
helpers’ made possible a smooth production of a well-
directed play. Congratulations again. Miss Davis!
TO THE SENIORS
I think that I shall never find
A class that equals ’thirty-nine;
A class whose eager minds aren’t pressed
To learn their books with eager zest;
In whose desires gay fun is prime.
And for some pranks there’s always time;
It’s a class who has also worked and fought
To cram the bull the teachers’ taught;
Who has bullied and bossed and been a pest—
But we’ve found out it’s the very best.
Poems are made by fools like me.
But only God can pass a senior ( ?! ?! ?—Ed.)