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Shirley FullerWhen it was first decided to base this yearbook on the idea of reflections, the primary motivation was the fact that our year is distinguished in the sense that its own mirror reflection also reads 1961. However, as those who have fostered and enveloped this issue have grown to realize, this theme has implications far more significant to the meaning of the four years we have spent together in this institution of learning.

We, the class of 1961, are about to set out upon the great adventure of independent, yet interdependent, life. We face a world fill with tension, a world in which science is developing at a pace society has not yet learned to cope with or channel, a world which will see greater changes in shorter periods of time than ever before.

During our high school lives we have been made conscious of the responsibility which is ours in the further molding of history. We are aware of our task as future citizens, and of the gravity and moment it carries.

In a sense, when we walk across the platform on the evening of graduation to receive our diplomas, our acceptance of these documents will symbolize our acceptance of the challenge which faces us, for we have been made to see the necessity of preparation and have chosen to fulfill this need.

How the remainder of our lives is shaped, and how the world is changed because of us, will be a strong reflection upon those who have guided and influenced us in our preparation. Perhaps a few of us will become great. Most of us will not, at least in the usual interpretation of the word; but each of us will be a better citizen because of the example, instruction, and guidance which have been given him during these important years in his growth.

Countless people have influenced us to make us what we are today. Of these, however, two groups must be recognized as having made outstanding contributions.

Our teachers have given unselfishly of their time, their knowledge, themselves, to the cause of our development. To them, we now give credit long overdue and appreciation which cannot be full realized or expressed.

It is our parents on who we reflect most strongly. Time will be the judge of their accomplishments in imprinting within us the foundations for successful living. To them, we as graduating seniors express our hope and our promise to be reflections of which they can be proud.

In this book are the reflections, the sentimental memories, the records of the past four years. But these are unimportant compared with the reflection in the larger sense of meaning---the reflection upon a generation as manifested by its offspring.

Shirley Fuller

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