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1962 Graduation Article

Daily Evening Item Lynn, Mass.
Wednesday, June 6, 1962 Page 25
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Trade High School Holds Graduation Today

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70 Receive Diplomas


    Hundreds of parents and friends thronged the Edward J. Harrington School  this morning to witness the graduation of 70 seniors from the Lynn Trade School. Michael C. O'Donnell, director of the school , presided at the commencement exercises.
    The address was given by W. Sampsom Babaian, a Classical High School graduate, who is now vice president of Babco Products, Inc. in Danvers.
    In his talk before the group Mr. Babaian said, "When I was invited by Mr. O'Donnell to talk to the Lynn Trade's graduating class of 1962, I humbly accepted because I feel strongly attracted to the graduates from this school, particularly from the design and machine group because of my affiliation with Babco Products, Inc. I've had the pleasure of meeting and talking with your instructors and you may be interested to learn that 12 per cent of my coworkers are from Lynn Trade, two of whom have been appointed to our executive staff.
    "I am well aware of the experiences of which you are about to face in that I also entered Industry upon graduating from high school. You might be interested in the fact that today, in this country , more than 65 per cent of the executive heads in industry are people like yourselves, who have only had high school or less formal education." By that I mean they continued to educate themselves in the fields they were interested in. You too, can achieve the top goals in your chosen field, but only if you are willing to continue your education after your graduation."
    "I am sure that you are all aware of the tremendous strives made since the turn of the century. They are too numerous to mention here," Babaian continued, "let us just contemplate some of the things that have been accomplished in the last few years. True, they are strictly from a defence and scientific point of view. However, from these, will come all the things that will mean a better way of living in your futures."
    "Remember, for every scientist, engineer of planning man, there were designers to put these ideas on paper and there were others who took the ideas from the design and translated the design into equipment.
    And still others who finally developed the first finished product into the useful item it is today. Thia was accomplished by team effort. Take a perfect team made of four sections, one for science, one for engineering, one for design and one for manufacturing. By removing any one section, you cannot have a perfect team, only a part team. No one is less important to the whole than the other. And so it is with you. You are an important intricate part of the future dynamic team that will develop products and a way of living far beyond our dreams today. Don't underestimate your role. Be Proud of doing a good job so that you may, from these beginnings, develop into the leaders of tomorrow. 
    "It would seem to me the most important attribute at this point in your life is attitude. Your attitude towards what you are going to do, how you are going to do it and the way you spend you time in developing your own personal value to the crafts that you will enter." He asserted, "Now it is very simply to go along and follow the crowd and do a mediocre job. You can easily do it. You'll get by. There will be no problem because you have been well trained in handling problems. It is sad to state, but a generally accepted fact is that the average worker today uses about 75 to 80 per cent of his daily effort in his work . Now this is an average. Some even work less and others expend more effort. From the more effort group will come the future leaders of industry. Therefore, your attitude toward your job, what you want to do, things you wish to accomplish, the extra time you have taken to learn more about what you are doing will give you an edge that will make you a stand-out in your chosen fields.
    "Thinking for yourself," he said, "in terms of your work will awaken a desire to do better. Attitude and thinking for yourself have been taught to you by your Instructors, but you alone can develop in yourselves desire to get ahead, to be leaders. There will be some who say there are no opportunities. Don't you believe it. There will be more opportunities than there are people who can accept them. In the complex, competitive world ahead, your role is greater than you can imagine. You men are an essential part of our country's growth. Upon your shoulders will fall the responsibility to carry on and to do better the things that we have been doing better. And better they must be done because the competition is getting closer." He concluded, "Our competitive position in the world will be harder to maintain and upon your minds your skills and your labor will depend the future of our country."
    The flag salute was led by Ronald C. Salois, senior class president. After a group recital of "America the Beautiful" the graduation essay was presented by Kenneth E. Kelly. It was entitled "Oppertunity as a Technician."
    The Trade High Vocal Ensemble was conducted by Morris Youdin of the faculty and accompanied by Mrs. Doris Garofano in presenting "Seventy Six Trombones." "Asleep In the Deep," and military medley.
    The presentation of awards was made by the Lynn Teachers Association, The Lynn Teachers Union, Local 142 of the American Federation of Technical Engineers and the General Electric Company's Community Relations manager, Chester Brown, Jr.
    Robert E. Webber, vice chairman of the School Committee presented the diplomas to the 70 graduates.
    The exercises were completed with a recessional march.
    The graduates included:
    Cabinet Making - Victor J. Ahern, Thomas L. Belliveau, Richard F. Estes, Paul W. Higgins, Arthur F. Miner, Harlan H. Searles Jr., Samuel S. Snow and William F. Waters.
    Drafting - Harold N. Cohen, Russel A. Cummings, William A. Curdo, Anthony J. Disessa, Robert F. Lewandowski, William D. Nicolson, David E. Shafarow and Leonard P. Stanley.
    Electrical - George Coolbroth, Jr., James B. Costin, John P. Costley, Michael F. Cullinane, James J. Goodwin, John F. Healey, Loring A. Jackson, Robert L Lynch, Dennis L. Melanaphy, Richard J. Shaftner, Wayne J. Smith, Michael L. Surawski, William T. Willette and Andrew Young, Jr.
    Machine Shop - Richard E. Allard, Steven W. Ballard, William A. Blomster, Joseph E. Brennen, Nevil E. Burtt, Ronald J. Clark, Robert J. Collins, Herbert J. Comeau, Anthony J. DiMaggio, George E. Elder, Robert C. Ellsworth, Douglas L. Erickson, Robert T. Hacker, Gerald L. Hutchins, Kenenth E. Kelly, Raymond P. Kiddy, George A. MacKenzie, John J. McCarthy, Earl A. Melanson, David K. Oliver, Roy L. Ramsdell, Jr., Francis X. Riley, Wallace G. Robichaud, Ronald C. Salois, Walter E. Stapleton, III, Philip G.  Roy, Robert C. Ryan, Angelo J. Terenzi, Jr., Thomas D. Whitten and Edward C. Williams.
    Printing - Baylus C. Baum, Jr., Douglas A. Rouse, John P. Upton, and Mark V. Wetherell.
    Sheet Metal - Alvin B. Chandler, Joseph L. Delisle, Jr., Raymond W. Donahue, Robert J. Downing, Ernest A. Kriete, Jr., Raymond J. Thompson, Joseph R. Tizol, Jr., and Dennis M. Tobin.
    Shop Carpentry - Carl E. Holden, Jr., Dennis R. Johnson, Joseph W. LeBlanc, Jr., and Ronald R. Mower.

Seniors Receive Awards
Trade High
    Keneth E. Kelly, son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward J. Kelly of 305 Boston St., the General Electric Company Managers gold watch award for the outstanding achievement in mechanical drafting. He is a graduate of the machine school course.
    William D. Nicholson, son of Mr. and Mrs. William A. Nicholson of 11 Phillips Ave., the Lynn Teachers' Union award, $100 certificate for tools and an award for outstanding achievement in mechanical drafting. He is a graduate of the mechanical drafting course.
    Joseph E. Brennan, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph A. Brennan of 20 School St., the Lynn Teachers' Association $100 award. He is a graduate of the machine shop course.
    Leonard P. Stanley, son of Mrs. Helen Stanley of 25 Bellevue Rd., honorable mention for outstanding achievement in mechanical drafting.
    The mechanical drafting awards were presented by James H. School, president of Local 142 of the American Federation of Technical Engineers and including drafting instruments and handbooks.