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1967 Graduation Article

Daily Evening Item Lynn, Mass.
Friday, June 9, 1967 Page 8
Lynn Public Library Microfilm.
98 Are Graduated
From Lynn Trade High 

GE Official is Speaker


     Ninety-eight young men completed four years of vocational education today as Lynn Trade High held commencement exercises.
    A large crowd of family and friends was on hand at 9 AM in the Harrington School for graduation.
    Highlighting the ceremonies was an announcement by School Director Michael C. O'Donnell that 97% of all those eligible for employment have been placed in jobs.
    Michael J. Curran; class president, opened the event with the flag salute, followed by "America the Beautiful."
    Kenneth F. Courage presented the class essay, entitled "What Vocational Education Has Meant to Me."
    After the Trade High Chorus presented a trio of selections, John Daily recited "A Toast To The Flag."
    The commencement address was presented by O. Robert Coe of Swampscott, manager of employment services for the General Electric Works.
    Mr. Coe said in part: "We at General Electric feel very close to this school and owe to it many outstanding people now employed at the River Works and at our Instrument Department in West Lynn.
    "Over the years, there have been close ties between  General Electric and Lynn Trade High School.  As part of our interest, General Electric people have served on school committees such as the building committee, which will one of these days produce a brand new trade school in Lynn.
    "From the other side, many of the school's teachers have worked in our plants.  Mr. O'Donnell, your Director, is a graduate of our apprentice program.
O. R. Coe
    Speaking of the apprentice program, this school to my knowledge is the only one that prepares young men to be admitted directly into our program.  In this day and age when skilled labor is in short supply in Massachusetts this makes the school a great asset to us.  At the same time it gives graduates who choose to work at General Electric, a head start on their careers with the company.
    "One of the first things you are going to find as you start your first job is that you are a freshman again, and the freshest of the freshman to boot.  You will be making a smaller salary than you think you should get, but let me point out that a little time will pass before you are worth even that.
    "You will be able to do almost nothing until someone explains your job to you.  Then for quite a while after that you will have to ask a lot of questions.
    "One thing you are going to have to adjust to is working with and for men of another generation in some cases two generations older than yours.
    "Let me advise you that working with these men is an opportunity.  Don't cut yourself off from them by treating them as foreigners; they are from a different age group, not a different country.
    "Furthermore, these are the pros.  You've got a good education, but you can learn an awful lot from these men because they have years of experience.  By rubbing elbows with highly skilled tradesmen you can learn the tricks of the trade that are just not learned in the classrooms.
    "Here's a short list of particular do's and don'ts in connection with your relationship with your bosses.
    "Do impress the boys with your ability to do the job.
    "Do be dependable; always at work on time.
    "Do try as hard as you can to convince him that you are his best employee.
    "Don't break rules.  You may think they are silly, but some pretty smart men thought them over before they made them up and they had good reasons for them.
    "Don't be a rebel.  If the boss says you ought not to wear long hair, get it cut.  If he doesn't think you should wear a beard, shave.  You don't get all that much satisfaction in being a character and you don't really lose your individuality by looking neat.  As a Character, though, you severely limit your chances of making progress.
    "You will do well to take your time, not in order to progress slowly, but to build a career on a solid foundation of steady learning and steadily developing talent.
    "Part of the knowledge you will gain in work is a better understanding of people.  You will begin to realize that everyone has about the same number and amount of problems and worries that you do.  Problems and worries are common to human beings - they just come at different time to each of us.
    "You should recognize, as you start out, that youth is somewhat of a handicap.  It is a desirable quality only to women, and to those men who enjoy sports that require a lot of running.  To be young is to be short on experience and to be short on experience is to be short on usefulness.
    "Ambition, patience, continuing study, energy, these are the best virtues to cultivate, because they work.  And they have worked for centuries.  One might only add to these the ability to adjust to realities.
    "Not everybody is going to run the business, but there are plenty of rewards on other levels.
    "Success is measured on many scales, but there is only one that is important to you and that is the only one which you measure your own success.
    "You will be successful if you can tell yourself during your career "I am the best Joe Smith, John Jones, or whatever your name happens to be that I can be."
    Eight awards were presented to outstanding students.
    The $250 Frank H. Spirito Memorial Scholarship was presented to Kenneth F. Courage, Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth F. Courage, 12 Rockaway St..  He will attend the University of North Carolina.  The award, from Lynn Police Athletic League was presented by Sgt. Kenneth J. Monaco.
    Richard R. Kempton, son of Mr. and Mrs. Rollins Kempton, 325 Essex St., was presented the $150 Lynn Teachers Assn. award by James K. Powers, vice principal of Cobbet Jr. High.
    The Lynn Teachers Union award of $150 was won by Richard J. Melanson, son of Mr. and Mrs. William J. Melanson, 1Raddin St.  The presentation was made by Robert H. Melanson, second vice president of the union.
    The General Electric Co. managers award, a $125 bond was persented to Michael J. Murphy, son of Mr. and Mrs. John L. Murphy, 128 Edgemere Rd. by Mr. Coe.  Murphy is a graduate of the basic electronics course.
    Robert A. Pelchat, son of Mr. and Mrs. Leo J. Pelchat, 281 Summer St. was the winner of the $100 award from the Classical High Class of 1941.  Itwas presented by Mr. Elmet Law.
    The three winners of awards for outstanding achievement in mechanical drafting were Paul Krasinkewicz, 17 Orlando Ave., Neil T. Soucy, 19 Mansfield Pl., and Lester W. Stanley, 128 Eutaw Ave.  The presentation of drafting instruments and handbooks to each was made by Henry J. Jarzio, president of Local 142, American Federation of Technical Engineers.
    Presenting the diplomas to the 98 graduates was Mrs. Mary T. Hines, a member of the Lynn School Committe.
    The program concluded with a rendition of "America".
    The graduates included:
    Chester E. Aubrey, Lawrence A. Chandler, Donald J. Cheever, Jr., Kenneth F. Courage, Jr., George W. Curley, Jr., Carl H. Doucette, William G. Drown, Richard B. Duran, Paul J. Famoliari, Lance V. Gauvain, Daniel W. King, Richard A. Martorano, Robert A. Peichat, Ronald Rubman, Michael J. Scanlon, and Kenneth E. Tarbox.
    Robert H. Barnard, Kenneth R. DiBiccari, Robert C. Graves, Richard J. Madden, Steven J. Mallett, Peter J. McAskill and Richard P. Saulnier.
     Arthur Decareau, III, Richard Doyle, Paul Krasinkewicz, Richard Melanson, Neil T. Soucy, Lester W. Stanley, and Robert P. Swain.
    Harry R. Coughlin, Joseph F. DeAmelio, David R. D'Entremont, Michael J. Falasca, James M. Fitzgerald, Bruce E. Hunt, Richard E. Kempton, Robert D. ?????, Michael J. Murphy, Wayne J. Oliver, Jon Olsson, Joseph W. Saltzman, Kenneth Smigliani, Michael A. Soucy, Tommie L. Taggart and David A. Webster.
    Michael Adgurson, Richard J. Benedict, Thomas R. Bonin, Ronald J. Bright, Alan Brown, Paul R. Casey, Kevin M. Chadbourne, Charles H. Coukos, Donald F. Doucette, Michael A. Federico, Robert G. Gay, Edmund K. George, Gerald A. Gove, Robert C. Griggs, James R. Keeler.
    Stephen J. Kelly, Roger J. Kiricoples, Paul G. E. Mandravelis, Stephen I. McAskill, Peter L. Melanson, William J. Murphy, Richard J. Nobile, Dave W. Perry, Robert A. Rae, Antoine C. Rocker, William J, Rogers, Jr., Richard L. Simmons, Jr., Paul Williams, Alan D. Wilff, and Leslie A. Wood, Jr.
    William F. Grigoreas and Arthur J. Portney
    Edward F. Benham, Jr., John J. Bryson, John Curley, Michael J. Curran, Francis Dusseault, Jr., Matthew Greco, Kenneth P. Madden, Robert W. Patterson.
    Bradley R. Alger, Leonard E. Clegg, Lawrence B. Donahue, William J. Dropski, Jr., Joseph P. Gibney, Richard E. Halliday, Joseph P. Hartigan, Bernard A. Pelletier, James Reppucci, Thomas P. Shambarger, Jr.