Letters of Commendation from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation were received by four senior boys for their achievement on the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test taken last spring.
Ray Lee Blose, son of Mr. and Mrs. Scott Blose, of Punxsutawney R.D. 4; William D. Birely, son of Mr. and Mrs. Birely, of 507 Rockland Avenue; Max S. Clark, son of Mr. and Mrs. Max S. Clark, of of 804 West Mahoning Street; and William P. Elbel, of Rossiter, received the citations.
The National Merit Scholarship Corporation, gives recognition, Certificates of Merit, and Letters of Commendation. In the two groups of students who achieve high scores on the qualifying test. From the 550,000 students who took the test, 10,000 received Certificates of Merit. These semifinalists took a second test in December. From the scores received on this test, the finalists will be chosen. A second group totalling 27,000 students received Letters of Commendation. This group of students represented less than 3% of all secondary school students.
Due to their excellent showing in the recent Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps rigid mental examination, four senior boys from the Punxsutawney High School are eligible to journey to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to take a very stiff physical examination in hope of winning an N.R.O.T.C. scholarship.
Don Hester, son of Mrs. Earl Snyder, Francis Black, son of Mr. and Mrs. Francis Black, Max Clark, Son of Mr. and Mrs. Max Clark, Sr.; and Harold Reed are the four boys who passed the mental examination.
Francis and Don expressed a desire to attend Duke University. Max would like to attend the University of Rochester. Georgia Institute of Technology is the college in Harold᾿s future.
Rodger Pflugfelder, son of Mr. and Mrs. Rodger Pflugfelder, is expected to turn in a good performance with the Chuck floormen this year.
Pluie, an honor student, enrolled in the scientific course, plans to attend the University of Pittsburgh after graduation.
This year, for the first time three boys, Ronald Jacobson, Max Clark and Don Hester were awarded the top scholastic honors of a graduating class of the Punxsutawney High School.
Mr. Ray R. Caylor made this announcement to the student body at a special assembly program yesterday.
First honors were awarded to Ronald Jacobson, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Jacobson of 506 E. Mahoning Street.
Ronald, a scientific course student, was president of the science club and a member of the Latin Club. He was the recipient of the Bausch and Lomb award and the winner of the Jefferson County state scholarship.
In the fall he will attend Washington and Jefferson College.
Max Clark, son of Mr. and Mrs. Max Clark of 804 W. Mahoning St. won second honors.
Max, a scientific student, held membership in the band, science and Latin clubs. He received honorable mention in the National Merit Scholarship tests.
In the N.R.O.T.C. he successfully passed the mental and physical tests.
He will study at Carnegie Tech in the fall
Third honors went to scientific student, Don Hester, son of Mrs. Earl Snyder of 230 E. Mahoning St.
Don held membership in the Spanish and Latin club.
For scholarship and athletic prowess his name was enrolled on the Andrew Zeedick cup.
In the fall he will study on a full scholarship at Bucknell University.
HAPPY STUDENTS – Suzanne Hetrick, Carol Grossman and Karen Jeffries (left to right) look happy but Bill Grossman doesn’t appear too gay about the start of the new term in the Punxsutawney Area Joint Schools. The four were snapped as they entered the brand new senior high school on North Findley Street here. 388(?) students were enrolled in the new senior high school yesterday. (Spirit photo)
Playing first string left end, John Sexton is seeing a lot of action on this year’s varsity squad. John, 130 lb senior enrolled in the scientific course, has been playing football since his freshman year. His extracurricular activities include membership in the Science and Varsity Clubs. After graduating from high school, John plans to attend college. His ambition is to become a chemical engineer.
Due to the American Field Service Project, which was undertaken by last years Student Council, the Punxsutawney Area Joint High School is fortunate to have an attractive blue-eyed honey-blond foreign exchange student. A native of Vilhelmina, Sweden, Miss Ulla Norlin is very glad to be attending school in America as a foreign exchange student. Ulla has a sister fourteen years old, and another sister, four weeks old.
During Ulla’s stay in this country, she has been kept very busy. A reporter for Hi-Lights, participation in the 1960 Variety Show as one of the 7 girls on the Queen’s Court; these are just a few of her many activities.
Upon arriving in this country, one big difference Ulla noted was the climate. In Sweden the snow begins to fall in October or November and continues falling until January. The snow then lies on the ground until the first part of May.
Upon graduation, Ulla is considering entering the teaching profession.
FOOTBALL QUEENS – and here’s a close-up study of the two P.H.S. football queens. Ulla Norin (left) and Gretchen Stockdale. Ulla is a foreign exchange student from Sweden. Both are Seniors.
P.H.S. MAJORETTES – Pictured are the eight majorettes who will march next year in front of the senior band of the Punxsutawney Area High School. Left to right: Nancy Finley, Joyce McQuawn, Sharyl McLaughlin, Mary Kay McBider (co-captain) Karen Jefferies (co-captain), Sandra Allison, Darlene Wells, Chertl McQuawn. (Spirit photo) Note: Names were partially illegible and need to be proofed.
CHUCK SWINGSTERS - Student musicians comprise this dance band which plays at social events for students of the Punxsutawney Area High School. The
Chuck Swingsters were organized and directed by James Colonna, director of the senior high school band. First row, left to right: Suzanne Hetrick, Helen London, Karen Jeffries, Sandra Baum and Donna Kriser. Standing: James Steele, Woodrow Gilliland, William Hampton, Richard Brown and James Byers. Third row: Jerry Popovic, James Michael and Mr. Colonna. (Spirit photo)
SENIOR CLASS OFFICERS ---The Officers of the senior class of the Punxsutawney Area High School, elected yesterday, are (left to right) Richard Holder, vice president; Kae Diane Basile, secretary; Darlene Bender, treasurer, and Jerry Popovice, president. (P.H.S. photo)
The Chuck Swingsters
Chuck Swingsters, latest addition to the P.H.S. musical world, will present their premier performance in the Student Council Talent Show scheduled for March 4-6.
This dance band, composed of twelve musicians, includes four saxophones, two trumpets, two trombones, a baritone, a piano, a string bass and the drums.
Jim Michael, student director of the P.H.S. senior band, is also director of the
Chuck Swingsters under the supervision of Mr. James Colonna.
Swingsters plan to make their services available for school dances, as well as high school assembly programs.
SHOW STEALERS – The Punxsutawney Area High School Varsity football squad funished the cheerleaders for the benefit basketball game last night and were
the whole show The Foreign Exchange Student benefit fund was swelled by the attndence of more than 700 fans The Cheerleaders were, left to right, front row, Arnie Rhodes, Jim McQuown, Paul Depp, and Jerry Fruntz; back row, Bill Freas, Orvie Hoffman, Don White and Bob Harris. (Spirit photo)
A note sent to us by Terry Gumbert read as follows: Recently Jerry Popovice, Bill Smorey, and Terry Gumbert were remembering some of their military adventures and Jerry came up with this great photograph. Jerry said it was taken on June 29, 1960, in Pittsburgh on the day we got sworn in. From there we were placed on a train to Chicago and ultimately to Great Lakes Training Center just north of Chicago.
EXPLORERS --- Five Explorer Boy Scouts from Punxsutawney and Indiana, Pa, embarked today at Salamanca, N.Y., in three canoes on a 181 mile, nine day journey down the Allegheny River to Pittsburgh. Accompanying them, right, was Scoutmaster Ray Blose. Others from left are Bill Frese, Bill Smorey, Neal Birli, Jerry Popovice and James Fulton. Birli and Popovice are 16, the others 15.