Thursday, November 21, 2013

Washington Township high school holds its first commencement (1901)

from The Republican (Danville, Indiana) - issue of Thursday, April 4, 1901 - page 1, column 3:

[Avon news]
The first annual commencement of the Washington Township high school was held in the M.E. church Thursday evening. The church was beautifully decorated for the occasion with flowers, the class colors, white and purple, and large flags for the background. That our citizens realized that this occasion meant that Washington Township has taken an advanced step in the direction of higher education for the masses, was shown by the large and attentive audience that filled the church. Besides the graduates, Supt. Hostetter, Rev. Riley, Trustee Miller and Prof. Kirby occupied seats on the stage. The music was furnished by the Demarcus orchestra and it was an enjoyable part of the programme. Rev. Riley gave the invocation and benediction. Miss Nora Long's subject was "Golden Deeds" and her oration was excellent. Miss Lulu McCalment spoke on "Joan of Arc" and she held the rapt attention of her hearers. Alva Rice eloquently spoke on "Will, the Greatest Element of Success." Miss Minnie Montgomery gave an interesting talk on "What Constitutes a Good Education." Charley Montgomery and William Simmons also graduated but sickness prevented their speaking. Prof. Kirby presented the diplomas and Supt. Hostetter gave a short, interesting talk.

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