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For their successful accomplishments the senior band members 
are being rewarded with new uniforms, a project which is being 
given splendid cooperation from the Mother’s Auxiliary. Last 
year’s fine performances of music, parading and twirling have 
already prompted letters requesting participation in the St. 
Patrick’s as well as Memorial Day Parades. Such comments as, 
“We wouldn't desire another group” has enkindled the zest and 
enthusiasm of the members, 

Sister Cecilia Claire O.P., director of the band, has this to say: 
“St. Michael’s Senior Band members are to be publicly commended 
for their excellent spirit of attendance, punctuality and enthusiasm 
at their bi-weekly practice lessons. Roll calls are wholly unneces¬ 
sary; absenteeism does not prevail.” 

The students were treated to a band recital at the Christmas 
Assembly. An enthusiastic response from the audience proved that 
the senior band is preparing for future triumphs. 


“The prettiest and nicest girls”, was the comment of Mr. B. Ryd- 
zeski, stage director for the Saint Francis Preparatory Glee Club, 
at an interview given him after the conclusion of the Christmas 

The concert included Gilbert and Sullivans’ “Trial By Jury”, sev¬ 
eral selections by the Brass Choir, a collection of Christmas numbers 
sung by the Combined Chorus and two renditions by the String 

The program included: Bachs' “In Dulci Julilo; Schubert’s “Ave 
Maria”; A. Simeones’ “Twas the Night Before Christmas”; Grubers' 
“Silent Night”; “Tannebaum”; and Ringwald Waring’s “The Song 
of Christmas.” 

The endless hours of hard work and tireless efforts of Sister Mary 
Jogues and Mrs. Marie MacDonald made the concert a tremendous 
success. The acting and singing talents of Margaret Lesar, Margaret 
Farrell, Thomas Gerald, George Ansalone, Pierre Dumaine, Laurence 
Laskowske, Richard O’Keefe, Angelo Baldi, Patrick De Felice, Ray¬ 
mond Gorman, Cecil Lake and Michael Mertens enlivened “Trial 
By Jury”. Long and happily remembered will be the 1959 Christmas 


This year, students in New York State have been assigned the sub¬ 
jects “Look All Ways Before Crossing” and “Play Away From Traf¬ 
fic”. Those who submit a design on either of these themes may also 
enter a “School’s Open-Drive Carefully” or a “Saf^DmdngJ!ra 

Deadline is the end of February. 


The third annual Saint Valentine festivity held under the auspices 
of the Mothers' Auxiliary and Fathers’ Club of Saint Michael’s High 
School will take place Saturday, February 13 at 8:30 P.M. in the 
school hall. This year's chairman and chairlady are Mr. A. Battaglia 
and Mrs. C. Ambrosio. Since last year’s event was such a tremendous 
success, plans are being made to make this dance an event to be 
enjoyed and long remembered. Soda, cheese, potato chips, tap beer 
are included in the $2.00 per person admission price. Arrangements 
for a table for ten may be made on request. 

All parents are urged to attend this affair. It is the social event 
of the year for the members and fathers of the students. 


The Lab has a brain! This is fact not fiction. Made of hard plastic 
the brain can be dissected into five sections. Sister Ethel warns that 
it is not up for rental during examination week! 

Love has come to the aquarium with two kissing fish known as 
Gourmai. However, they are very shy and kiss behind the rocks. 
There are also forty new additions to the aquarium, and they are 
all Goupies. There is an air of tropical mystery as you gaze into the 
fish tank containing our Tropical fish. 

Some of the girls from one of the General Science classes brought 
in pond water and hay, and did a little experimenting on their own. 
The water and hay produced Paramecia, which are small microscopic 

Several motors, batteries, and electrical apparatus were donated 
to the Lab. There is something in the cabinet that looks like a rocket. 
Sister Ethel, what's shooting??? 


Jingle bells and Christmas carols echoed through the halls on De¬ 
cember 23rd as students, dressed in gay holiday colors, celebrated 
Christmas two days early. After cards, greetings and presents were 
exchanged in the classrooms, a general assembly was held in the 

The Senior Band, under the direction of Sister Cecilia Claire, gave 
a yuletide serenade. From the mezzanine came the lilting voices of 
the Glee Club, accompanied on the organ by Father Capistran O.F.M. 
Cap. Miss Czuba was instrumental in the staging of a tableau de¬ 
picting the scene at Bethlehem. 

Our Reverend Principal, Sister James Celeste, was presented with 
a unique Christmas tree bearing pine needles of dollar bills, after 
which she delivered her Christmas message to the student body. 
This was followed by an address from our own Father Godfrey O.F.M. 

Parties in the cafeteria during lunch periods and early dismissal 
completed the most enjoyable day of the school year. 


The Fathers' Club is offering a $5 prize for the poster best 
illustrating the annual Fathers' and Daughters' Communion 
Breakfast. Contestants' work will be judged on originality, 
neatness and suitability of the subject. Deadline date is the 
twenty-sixth of February. For further information see Sister 
Mary Emmanuel, O.P. 

Johanna M. Speiss 
Ingersoll Building 
Grand Army Plaza 
Brooklyn 38, N.Y. 



From flying machine, to monoplane, to airplane, to jet, to missile, 
to moon-bound rocket—this is progress. From the time of our fore¬ 
fathers, our nation has been buzzing with new ideas. Steady advances 
in the field of labor, innumerable improvements for home and office, 
and great studies in the worlds of science and medicine prove that 
America is always up front, setting the pace. 

Generally speaking, Americans are future-minded people, eager 
to better the world in which they live. But in our midst exist those 
who fight progress and refuse to change with the times. Unwilling 
to adjust themselves to anything new, they linger behind the pro¬ 
gressive masses of their countrymen. They form, as it were, a stag¬ 
nant pool in the midst of an onrushing stream. 

They may be compared with the Tories or Loyalists of the Revo¬ 
lutionary War. Rather than break the old bonds that united this 
country to Mother England, the Tories suffered those ties to prac¬ 
tically strangle the life of America. 

Saint Michael's, too, is marching on with the times. Progress 
demands that old practices be cast aside to make for more efficient 
ones. Old traditions, deep-rooted in our hearts, have now become 
obsolete. Rather than suffer Saint Michael’s to drown in that pool 
of stagnacy, out-dated practices have been changed or abolished in 
keeping with a new era. 

You and I are Young America. Like the Tories of old, we can 
trail behind the progressing nation. On the other hand, by experi¬ 
menting with modern ideas, we can keep pace with our country. 
Shall we revolt against change and progress? Or shall we, for the 
betterment of our beloved Alma Mater be willing to relinquish ties 
with the past and adjust to modern and improved procedure? 

What is your choice? 

Anne Theresa Hill 


Our country desperately strives for world peace. Instead of stressing 
economical development, she must concentrate on her defense as a 
scurity for her peace. Rocket launching and nuclear weapons will not 
provide an answer. Peace largely depends on able leaders. Abraham 
Lincoln and George Washington are the finest examples of good 
leadership. When they lived, our country was not advanced militarily 
in comparison to our present day prorgess. Lincoln and Washington 
realized the importance of military strength, but they did not place 
it as their highest ideal for peace. First and foremos was the economic 
welfare of their people. 

Lincoln’s greatness left an indelible impression on the people 
after his death. Typical of his peace loving character are his famous 
words, “With malice toward none; with charity for all.” This simple 
and kind attitude was employed in all he did. To Lincoln the nation 
owes a debt for its preservation, and to him the Negro owes his 
sacred freedom. 

George Washington was also born great. He was the first President 
of our country and probably the greatest there will ever be. We 
bow to him as the founder of American independence and as the 
guiding spirit of the Revolution. 

We want to keep their contributions in our mind so we set aside 
February 12 for Abraham Lincoln, and February 22 for George 


“I looked for one who would grieve together with Me, (?ut there 
was none.” How deeply sorrowful are these words of our forgotten 
Savior! How piercing is the pang of anguish which wounds His 
Sacred loving Heart as Lent approaches, and the modern world 
turns its back upon the Redemption, the greatest event in the history 
of mankind. 

Was all Christ’s suffering in vain? Will He Who so loved us receive 
no return of love or gratitude? Must He bear His Cross alone? Will, 
You, perhaps relieve the aching of His weary Heart by offering your 
love and sacrifices to lighten the weight of the Cross? It is little 
to ask for Him Who has given us life that we may know an eternity 
of joy! 

A. T. H. 


Two important meetings were sponsored by members of the Young 
Christian Students. The first, a seminar meeting, took place at St. 
Michael’s High School. The main topic discussed was "Attitude 
Toward Learning”. Different aspects were brought in by Father 
Felican of St. Francis Preparatory. To stress his views, workshops 
were held on the following topics: “View on Education", "Formation 
of the Christian Student”, and “Effect of Cultural and Social En¬ 
vironment upon the Student’s Reports”. The meeting terminated 
with questions from the floor which were directed toward Father 

The second, an Administrator Meeting, took place in Cathedral 
High School. All schools in the New York Federation gave a report 
on what takes place at their particular school meetings. The meet¬ 
ing terminated with a brief spiritual talk by a Michaelite repre¬ 

Besides the meetings, members of the Young Christian Students 
held a dance at Saint Ignatius Hall. Their friends attended making 
the crowd larger than ever. There was one band, “The Cardinals", 
and two singing groups. 

A Michaelite, Carolyn Wittreich, and her partner, Joseph During, 
won a dance contest. This is the second time this year that a Mich¬ 
aelite has won. The previous winner, Denise Duffy, is now nicknamed 
“Dancing Duffy”. The dance turned out to be a huge social success. 
Members are looking forward to a promising future. 

Josephine Cutrone 


The Forensic League is attempting to master the art of debate. On 
December ninth, Miss Sinnott and the members watched and listened 
to the experienced and excellent debaters of Saint John’s High 
School. The boys introduced them to, and explained about the 
exciting art of debating. The affirmative and negative teams pro¬ 
ceeded to attack the Taft-Hartley Act and establish a stronghold 
of opinion. 

Affirmative—‘‘There are no exceptions in the Taft-Hartley Act. 
Even during Probation an exception was given to the Church allowing 
the use of wine.” 

Negative—“Exceptions warrant a need! 

Whims and fancy notions are only large loop holes in a debate. 
The League must learn to pin point the pin points, to reason logically 
and to gain self-possession. The students have much to learn, but 
are enthusiastic enough to get something accomplished. 


An action-packed game was played in St. Michael's Court; the 
Varsity vs. Fontbonne Hall. Although St. Michael’s carried the lead 
most of the playing time, Fontbonne managed to tie the score in 
the last quarter. The game reached its climax when Fontbonne 
scored a basket shot at the very end bringing the score to 39-37, 
and defeat to the Michaelites. 

A week later St. Michael’s Varsity faced Our Lady of Wisdom on 
the same court. This was another suspense-filled two hours. The 
teams were well matched. When the smoke of battle cleared the 
score was 32-39 in favor of St. Michael’s. 

Miss Walsh, the Varsity’s new coach, is a graduate of Bishop 
McDonnell High School. Now in her third year at Hunter College, 
she is majoring in physical education and plans to teach it in the 

Miss Walsh says, “The girls are ‘tops’, and a game is not mea¬ 
sured by defeat or victory but how it is played." 

Introducing the Varsity: 

Captain: Gloria Weigand 
Co-Captain: Patricia Walsh 
Secretary: Ethel Robertson 
Treasurer: Kathleen Nestle 

The members include: Barbara Bailey, Carol Bazerwski, Andrea 
Calapinto, Geraldine Crawford, Kathleen Daly, Ann Gisando, Ann 
Harrington, Elizabeth Langone, Carol Ann Lombardi, Ellen McCarthy, 
Patricia Sath and Joanne Schittig. You will find these students prac¬ 
ticing each Monday and Friday in the gym. 

These are our Cheerleaders: 

Captain: Mary Ann Klein 
Co-Captain: Barbara Smith 

Members include: Marry Ellen Bittel, Catherine Courtney, Denise 
Duffy, Patricia Galpin, Carol Guaneri, Cheryl Kearney, Alice Kaiser, 
Arlene Leone, Joellen Leone, Alice Lenowicz, Jean Lepore, Margaret 
McKillop, Diane Quartuccio, Joanne Rogers, and Eleanor Santangelo. 
Each Monday and Thursday these students can be seen practicing 
on the mezzanine. 


It is becoming a delight to walk through the school halls since the 
Art Club was re-established. Cheerful posters greet you at all the 
entrances of the school. These colorful posters are as informative 
as they are decorative. You will agree that the Christmas decorations 
were especially attractive. 

Meetings are held on Thursday afternoon under the supervision 
of Sister Mary Emmanuel 0. P. Some of the talented members are 
Regina Volz, Carol Ann Lombardi, Josephine Jonas, Mary Ellen 
Prenderville, Theresa McGrath, Georgette Rinaldi, Dianne Moore and 
Catherine Krieg. 


Congratulations to our editor, Anne Hill, who was the highest on 
the Principal’s List with an average of 96.7. 

The school uniform has undergone some changes, namely, new 
green tarns which will replace the present caps. White dacron 
blouses are already taking the place of the yellow cotton ones. 

The staff wishes to express its appreciation to Marie Grillo who 
always gives willing assistance in typing copy for The Victor. 

Tick tock; tick tock; 

That’s the sound of a new clock— 

No more guessing when it’s three, 

Thanks to Father Godfrey! 

Each classroom has been supplied with an electric clock. Clock 
watchers beware! 

Sister Joseph Emmanuel, a Maryknoll Sister, and Sister Miriam 
Lucille, a Sister of Saint Joseph were former faculty members here 
at Saint Michael's. Sister Joseph Emmanuel is at Maryknoll and 
Sister Miriam Lucille is stationed at Saint Angela Hall. Three of our 
graduates who became Dominican Sisters are now teaching in 
grammar school. Former students are at Maryknoll, Amityville, 
Brentwood and Blue Point preparing for life as religious. May God 
continue to bless us with vocations. 

Kathleen Nestle, E72-303, won the contest sponsored by The Victor 
several weeks ago. Her guesses were the closest to the correct 
amount of food consumed in two weeks by the students at lunch 

Four thousand dollars worth of new electric typewriters have been 
purchased. They will, we hope, increase the speed and efficiency 
of our future secretaries. 

Indecent movies are finding their way into the homes of millions 
via television. We urge all the students of Saint Michael's to protest 
against such films by writing to he neworks that show these movies. 
Many letters of complaint will bring results. We hope that our girls 
will help The Legion of Decency in its fight against immoral films. 


Since 1960 is a Leap Year, girls are permitted many privileges they 
did not enjoy in other years. For instance, a young lady may overlook 
convention and approach a boy for a date. Would you have the nerve 
to do so? If so, would you be afraid he might refuse you? Let’s see 
what three of the Seniors from St. Francis Preparatory have to say 
about the following question: “What would you do if a girl asked 
you ou during Leap Year?” 

Kenny is an all round athlete, taking part in football, basketball, 
and baseball. He has no special girl, claiming he likes them all. His 
comment to the above question was, “I would really be flattered 
and in all probability date the girl.” 

Frank has been an active member of the Young Christian Students 
and was recently chosen president for the New York Federation of 
Schools. He is also a member of the Dance Committee and Cafeteria 
Squad. When asked his opinion on the question he replied, “If she 
looked like Miss America I’d consider it. Otherwise I’ll do the asking.” 

Vinny is presently a member of the Cheering Squad, the Young 
Christian Students, and Dance Committee. He has this to say if ever 
approached on this delicate topic: “Sometimes it’s hard for a fellow 
to ask a girl for a date, and I’m sure the same would hold true for 
a girl. In that case, it would be against my principles to say no." 

Slip Hirtnr 


Editor: Anne T. Hill 
Assistant Editors: Rosaling Aversano, 
Angela Barone 
Art Editor: Theresa McGrath 
Feature Editors: Valerie Bartley, 
Patrica Tagle 

News Editor: Lynne Lisa DeSena 
Assistants: Nina Aversano, Antonia 
Bentivenga, Marilyn Bereis, Judith 
Brand, Patricia Cotter, Josephine 
Cutrone, Denise Duffy, Maryanne 
Golazewski, Patricia Habich, 

Anita E. Maier, Margaret 
Owens, Joan Pfau, 

Virginia Rickey 

N I E RGS I IN (3 












By Patricia Cotter, E61-306 

Many people are privileged to be a small part of a heritage acquired 
for them by a relative. Such is the honor which has been given my 
family. Ever since I was a little girl I can remember my father telling 
me about a great poet named Alfred Lord Tennyson. Too young to 
understand and appreciate fully, I would sit and listen attentively 
as he talked about him. I remember my aunt, who is Tennyson’s 
granddaughter, reading aloud from his poems. She tried to impress 
me with the fact that I was the poet’s great-great granddaughter. 

I was several years later that I really became aware of the wonder 
of this fact, especially when I began to study his poems in school. 

In our family we set Alfred Tennyson as an example of what 
can be achieved with little education. Born on August 6, 1809 in 
Somersly, Lincolnshire, to the Rev. and Mrs. Ginge Clayton Ten¬ 
nyson, Alfred was the fourth of twelve children. With twelve mouths 
to feed there was little money left to supply the children with a 
formal education. Therefore, Alfred had to be satisfied with five 
years spent in the nearby grammar school. His father had high hopes 
for him, namely, a career as a minister for the clergy. Strange as 
it may seem, Alfred was a very shy child, and kept much to himself. 
All of his little secrets, things he liked to do and did, he recorded. 
When he was twelve years old he wrote a story in blank verse about 
himself. His father sent him to Trinity College to complete his 
studies for the ministry, instead, it was here that Alfred gained 
recognition as a young rising poet for his poem "Timbuctoo”. 

As a man, my aunt recalls, Alfred found making friends easy 
and treasured them among his most loved possessions. For nine 
years he went into retirement because of the death of his closest 
friend and war buddy, Arthur Hallam. To this departed friend he 
dedicated the poem “In Memoriam”, which is listed among his best 
works. The death of this friend helped Alfred to reach maturity, 
and to write some of his masterpieces. 

Tennyson was a man who loved peace and quiet; such was the 
life he lived with his parents. Death came quietly to him on October 
6, 1892. His body rests in Westminster Abbey, next to Chaucer and 
Robert Browning. To him was given recognition of being the greatest 
poet of the Victorian Age, also, one of the world’s rarest bards. 

It is with great admiration and pride that my family treasures 
the honor Alfred Lord Tennyson has bestowed upon us by the nobility 
of his life and works. 


fiekcdute o(, Events 


February 1-Monday: Opening of First Half, Second Term 
February 2—Tuesday: Feast of the Purification of Our Lady (Candle¬ 
mas Day.) 

February 3-Wednesday: Feast of Saint Blaise (Blessing of Throats) 
February 5—Friday: First Friday (C.Y.A. conducts Holy Hour after 

February 6—Saturday: First Saturday of Our Lady. 

Cooperative High School Entrance Test. 

February 11-Thursday: Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes. 

February 12—Friday: Lincoln’s Birthday-holiday. 

February 13—Saturday: Annual Dance of the Fathers’ Club and 
Mothers’ Auxiliary. 

February 14—Sunday: Saint Valentine's' Day 
February 22-Monday: Washington’s Birthday-holiday 


The Sun Danced lazily over Tombstone Territory the morning that 
the Wagon Train passed through. The stillness was broken by Perry 
Mason, a mysterious young man, who ran through the street waving 
Five Fingers in the air. It seems that the Riverboat had just docked 
and three Kookie dudes from 77 Sunset Strip got off. They were 
going to catch the Welles Fargo stage to Wichita Town where they 
were to meet Sheriff Earp. The good sheriff was going to help 
Trackdown the Rebel who was last seen in Cheyenne. As you can 
see news travels quickly in a small town. 

Gunsmoke suddenly filled the air of the peace-loving village, 
there hadn’t been a robbery or murder since daybreak, bcause 
Paladin decided to have it out with the Maverick boys. The Lawman 
and the Deputy looked on helplessly because the Hawaiian Eye was 
staring at them from behind a Black Saddle. 

In another part of town Bronco Lane and the Rifleman were 
walking the Bourbon Street Beat. They met the four Cartwrights who 
were escorting young Sugarfoot with a very Raw Hide out of town. 

And so we come to the end of our tale of a day in a typical Western 

Goodnite fans and remember Bat Masterson is watching you. 

Lynne L. De Sena 


February is Catholic Press Month, a month set aside to foster the 
reading of good literature. It is time to examine your reading habits 
carefully and clean up your bookshelf. Remember that sordid writing 
excites the reader with the desire to experience what he reads. How 
many persons born and reared in a Catholic environment have fallen 
prey to the press that seeks to corrupt mind, body and soul? 

If you choose, you can disregard your set of Christian moral prin¬ 
ciples. Do not forget that God holds the original copy and He is 
waiting to go over it with you, line by line, on the day of judgment. 


To arouse the interest of history students, new books have been 
added to our shelves in the library. 

Gunpowder Girl by Josephine Savage describes Susannah Ellis’ 
efforts to .help the American cause during the Revolutionary War. 

Chaplain in Gray written by H. J. Heagney is the life of Abram 
Ryan, the poet priest of the Confederacy. He left his teaching post 
in Brooklyn to join the Army of the South during the Civil War. 

Tire background of his famous poems, “The Conquered Banner" 
and “The Sword of Lee” are interestingly described. 

The next book should prove attractive to third term students, 
"Medieval Days and Ways" by Gertrude Hartman. Pictures, text 
and diagrams present a vivid portrayal of this period of history and 
the rich heritage it has left us. 

Youth Abroad by Joachim Joesten is a discussion of post-war 
youth in Europe. It explains the differences between countries by 
citing comparisons. 

These are but a few of the worthwhile books to be found in Saint 
Michael’s Library. Come in and Look around. You will always find 
a book to suit your needs. 


JUS: y“ 


dear Students: 

It la difficult to define school spirit but It Is not 
difficult to determine Its presence or absence In a student. 
School spirit means more than obedience to authority; It means 
more than diligent application in class and proper conduct 
outside of the class. Just as when you love someone, you 
manifest to them some special respect and consideration, you 
perform many little acts of thoughtfulness and even tenderness, 
so too if you are fond of your school you uphold its honor, you 
cherish its traditions, you sacrifice your time and energy to 
promote Its welfare. 

The uniform you wear manifests to all that you are a Saint 
Michael's girl. Perhaps you do not like its color or cut but 
you must like what it stands for and you must let the world know 
that you are proud to wear it. 

There are many activities connected with our school which 
are optional and therefore do not demand your participation. 

It is activities such as these which require a fine talent and 
a good heart. *our enthusiasm for these activities Indicate the 
presence of a good school spirit. The Glee Club, Band, Forensic 
League, School f'aper, Year Book, Basketball Team, Cheerleaders, 

Y. C. S., Sodality and other extracurricular activities are 
wonderful opportunities to proclaim your interest in and love for 
your school. 

Even the student, who, for some legitimate reason cannot 
take part in any of these activities, can still show her spirit 
by supporting the endeavors of her school mates by her 
encouragement and by her presence at school sponsored activities. 

Saint Michael’s school is doing a great service to you-a 

service which you will more fully appreciate only after the 
graduation doors have closed upon you. While you are still with 
us, please try to add to the good name of Saint Michael’s by 
being a true and loyal supporter of its activities and ideals. 

Sincerely yours in Christ, 

Fr. Godfrey, O.F.M. Cap.