It is my pleasure tonight, friends, to welcome you to our last-night [class-night] exercises. Through sacrifice by our parents, patience by our teachers, support by our trustee, and cooperation with each other, us, the Senior Class of 1937, are ready to launch out on the "Sea of Life's Experience.'

To us tonight are opened many opportunities, each one of us with an equal chance for success. Truly our own thinking demands that we accomplish worthy work, humanity demands, that we do our duty, and God demands that we do our best. We realize that we cannot take a rapid short-cut to success, but that we must "Row, Not Drift" if we are to gain that desire success. It has been said that "He has the least to regret who makes the best of his opportunities." It is with this in mind that we look forward to the future.

Success is born of resolution. Mrs. Sarah T. Bolton wrote:
"Nothing great is lightly won, nothing won is lost;
Every good deed, nobly done, will repay the cost.
Leave to Heaven, in humble trust, all you will to do;
But, if you'd succeed, you must paddle your own canoe.

Thus, Through courage, will-power, ambition, and faith in God we strive onward to that goal, in life, for which we have been laying the foundation.

To succeed we must have a purpose in life. Robert Whitaker said:
"Live for something, have a purpose,
And that purpose keep in view;
Drifting like a helmless vessel,
Thou canst ne'er to life be true.
Half the wrecks that strew life's ocean,
If some star had been their guide,
Might have now been riding safely,
But they drifted with the tide."

As we launch out we are "Rowing, Not Drifting" and we ask of the "Great Guide", power and guidance to row through life successfully.

It is in this spirit that we enter into these exercises tonight. We joyously greet you and ask you to join with us in this hour of celebration.

Thank you.
Winnifred York