The top stories in the Norwalk Reflector-Herald on this date in 1958:
St. Paul’s graduates hear address by Catholic leader
Although there may have been some uncertainty at the commencement exercises for St. Paul’s High School last night as to the exact number of graduates, there was no question but that they comprised the largest graduating class in the school’s history.
The problem about the size of the class was raised by Paul Flynn, Tiffin attorney and nationally prominent Catholic lay leader, when he noted that in addition to the 63 students listed as members of the Class of 1958, “the robed gentleman seated to my left,” indicating Msgr. Hilary R. Weger, parish pastor, “is also completing his twelfth year at St. Paul’s.”
Carline Nickoli, with average grade of 95 for her four years in school, delivered the valedictory address, acknowledging the class’ appreciation to the teachers, parents and friends who had contributed to their education. Dolores Widman, with a four-year average of 93.4, gave the welcoming address as class salutatorian.
In presenting the class for their diplomas, the Rev. Arthur Badger, principal. gave special mention to the 15 students having the highest average grades in the class. They were, in addition to Nickoli and Widman, Marlene Bores, Mary Weisenberger, Rita Reineck, Rose Hoernschmeyer, Katherine Fries, Marianne Lonz, Mary Ann Ruffing, Joseph Stoll, Dorothy Fritz, Ruth Ann Walker, Bernadette Schaffer, Leora Hackathorn and Joseph Seck.
NHS Award winners
(Photo caption) — Recipients of special awards presented by local organizations at the Recognition Day assembly at Norwalk High School are David Sommers and Doris Kubin, winners of the American Legion’s awards for outstanding qualities of courage, honor, service, scholarship and leadership; James Ross Jr. and Joanne Kaiser, recipients of the Lion’s Club awards for being the outstanding senior boy and girl; and Wendell Robinson, recipient of the VFW good citizenship medal. Also shown are Tom McIntyre, who presented the Lion’s award, and James Pancoast, who presented the VFW award.
Townsend-Wakeman honor students
Miss Susan Todd, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clair Todd, was chosen valedictorian of her class and Judith McIntyrye, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James McIntyre, as salutatorian.
Miss Todd is a member of the Natrional Honor Society and the Student Council and has been an officer in the Girl’s Athletic Assn., and president of both her Junior and Senior classes. She has been active in both the band and the high school chorus and participated in numerous sports and the Cheerleading Pep Club. She plans to enter Baldwin-Wallace College in the fall.
Miss McIntyre is also a member of the National Honor Society, FTA, and the T-W Scholarship Team, high school chorus, Broadcaster Staff and a majorette for the past two years. She plans to attend Baldwin-Wallace College, where she has received a $400 scholarship.
‘Trucking Ceremony’ at NHS
(Photo caption) The traditional rites at Norwalk High School when the officers of the graduating class invest the officers of next year’s Seniors with the responsibilities and privileges of their offices are pictured here. They are ‘58 Class President Stephen White, who is presenting a toy tractor unit to his successor, Duane Ringle. Others are outgoing officers David Sommers, vice president; Carol Crawford, secretary; and Dave Thomas, treasurer; and incoming officers Ellen Rickard, secretary; Cindy Haynes treasurer; and Sue Smith, vice president.
Coming Tuesday — June 5, 1958: Plymouth residents to vote on transfer to Huron County
— Compiled by Andy Prutsok