Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Graduation for N-K Students

May 24, 1962 The Northwood Anchor


Sixty-five seniors graduated at the 1962 Northwod-Kensett high school Commencement exercises Wednesday night.

Special honors were awarded to 14 seniors. Carol Orman was named valedictorian of the class with Arlyn Morse as salutatorian.

LeRoy Leidal and Charles Hendrickson were named winners of the Swensrud scholarships. These scholarships are for $600 a year for four years. These four awards were announced by Robert Scheibe, high school principal.

Carol Orman received the Iowa Bar association award for school citizenship. It was presented by Floyd Ensign.

Phil Johnson won the Lee Reyerson Memorial award for athletic excellence. It was presented by Mrs. Earl Mowers.

A new award, the Worth County Teachers association citizenship award, was presented to Marilyn Jorgensen by Mrs. Helen Thies.

Eleven students were recognized and designated as “honor graduates” for maintaining a four-year grade point average of higher than 3.25. Receiving the distinction this year were Carol Orman, Arlyn Morse, Christina Helvick, Ann Bergen, Marsha Gaarder, Marilyn Weidler, Robert Smith, Jane Pacey, Janet Ashland, LeRoy Leidal and Steve Sawin.

The high school auditorium was packed for the graduation ceremony. This will probably be the last class to graduate in this gymnasium since the new high school will probably be used in future years.

The class marched in to the traditional “Pomp and Circumstance” played by Mrs. J. M. Mehaffy, Rev. R Roland Ritter gave the invocation followed by the class singing “The Halls of Ivy”, accompanied by Janice Ostby.

Unique for commencement programs in Northwood, four members of the senior class gave commencement speeches, replacing the traditional outside speaker.

Carol Orman spoke on “Citizenship: Privilege and “Responsibility”. Christina Helvick’s topic was “Hope Springs Eternal”. “Our Abiding Values” was the title of the speech by Ann Bergen and Robert Hickman chose “Ethics in a Changing Society” for his topic. All were introduced by Superintendent Donald D. Ambroson.

The class, presented by Scheibe, was awarded diplomas by L.G. Stevens, president of the Northwood-Kensett school board.

The Rev. H. A. Wilke pronounced the benediction followed by the traditional “March of the Priests” played by Mrs. Mehaffy.

The class motto was “For Courageous Hearts, Nothing is Impossible”. Class colors are blue and white and the class flower is the rose.


  1. Interesting... I almost feel like I had been there? But I couldn't, as I am only 49??!

  2. Yeah, no kidding. I might exercise editing rights on that one.


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