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The following article appeared on the front-page of the Chatsworth Times, May 27, 1948:


"Boys and girls today are better prepared to meet reality than generations of the past. They are not concerned only with comic books," W. E. Pafford, director of supervision of the State Department of Education told members of the Murray High school 1948 senior class at their commencement exercises last Friday night in the school auditorium.

"Our responsibility," the speaker pointed out, "is to give education to the present generation to pay for the mistakes of our generation."

Mr. Pafford was introduced by W. C. Petty, school principal.

Cathryn Cantrell, pianist, opened the program with a Rubinstein selection and played the processional for the entrance of the seniors.

Rev. E. W. McDougal gave the invocation and benediction.

Virginia Terry was salutatorian and Laura Ann Pritchett, valedictorian.

Following Mr. Pafford's address, Mr. Petty made the following awards: Home Economics medal, Wanda Elrod, sophomore; Agricultural medal, Robert Ballew, senior; Commercial medal, Carlton McDaniel, junior; Music, Chloe Rene Huff and Margaret Cate, both seniors; Athletics, Jean Hamby and Clifford Walls; Activity, Virginia Terry and Fred Bedell, a junior; Highest Scholastic Record for the year, Odetta Bramblett, sophomore; Citizenshikp to seniors based on four-year record, Marian McCamy and Joel McHan.

Mr. Petty announced the following students had a perfect attendance record for the past year: freshmen - Dell Bowen, Yvonne Cockburn, Robert Kendrick, Edna Earl Brown, Kate Hollis, Geneva Jones; sophomores - Betty Sanford, Ben Jenkins, Billy Middleton, Donald Stroup, Harold Welch, Barbara Davis; juniors- Imogene Jones, Wilma Ruth Peeples, Harry Wilbanks; seniors - Betty Lou Baugh, Tommie Lee Bandy.

The following seniors were honor graduates: Laura Ann Pritchett, Virginia Terry, Marian McCamy, Mary Kate Baugh, Margaret Cate, Cecil Bradley, Marguerite Keith, Martha Ann Peeples, Jackie Hawkins, Evelyn Evans, Hazel Parsons, Aileen Ray, Jackie Mauldin, Josephine Robinson, Betty Jean McCune.

Seniors who have become members of the Beta club, national honor society, and received seals of the organization are: Mary Kate Baugh, Betty Lou Baugh, Eilene Gregory, Martha Ann Peeples, Laura Ann Pritchett, Jackie Hawkins, Evelyn Evans, Bonnie Sue Shields, Virginia Terry, Marian McCamy, Margaret Cate and Marguerite Keith.

County School Superintendent Ray Bagley presented diplomas to 72 graduates.

(Note: If anyone has a listing of the 72 names, submit it to be posted! The article did not list the entire class.)

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