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From the Thursday, June 5, 1958, edition of The Steamboat Pilot:

First grads from Whiteman-Gaylord to receive diplomas

The Whiteman-Gaylord school, opened in September 1957 will graduate its first five winter session students at commencement exercises to be held at the Julie Harris Theatre tomorrow at 3 p.m.

Farrington Carpenter will give the commencement address to the graduates, who will enter five top universities. His address, intriguingly titled, "The Ultimate Weapon," is intended to show how the intelligence and abilities of our citizens, developed through education, will strengthen our nation in times of trouble.

Headmaster Lowell Whiteman, who since 1945 has directed the highly successful Lowell Whiteman ranch for boys and also is the founder of the new winter school, will introduce one of the trustees who will present diplomas.

Musical selections at the ceremonies will include a vocal solo by Ted Hoffman and a violin solo by Miss Charlotte Perry. A tea for parents will follow at the Lowell Whiteman ranch.

The first graduates of the school of 25 students are a cosmopolitan group. Miss Geeti Sin of London and formerly of New Delhi, India, intends to continue her education at Cambridge University, England. George Alexander of Aurora, Ill., has enrolled at Northwestern University. Julian Vieg of Claremont, Calif., will enter Pomona next fall, the alma mater of Lowell Whiteman. Eric Jager of Salt Lake City is set to enter the University of New Mexico.

The biggest event of the year for the students has been their trip to Mexico, from which they returned at the beginning of May. According to a letter received by Headmaster Whiteman from Director Stirling Dickinson of the Instituto Allende where members of the Whiteman-Gaylord school stayed on their two-month trip, there was a stimulating and meaningful interchange of ideas between the students of the two schools.

To complement the well-rounded school program, an intensive academic curriculum was offered, with a versatile and top-ranking staff of educators.

Director Whiteman said this week that additional courses will be offered next year. Additional dormitory space at the ranch is nearing completion and will be ready for the summer session for boys, Whiteman said. The dorm space will be used next winter for increased housing of students and possibly classroom space, the director said.

Two major ski jumping events awarded

Two ski meets of national and international importance will be held in Steamboat Springs next March.

Ten of the top foreign jumpers will test their skill on the famed Howelsen Hill in Steamboat Springs.

The national classic combined (jumping and cross-country) will be held here.

Both big events were awarded to Steamboat Springs at the meeting of the National Ski Association at Alta, Utah, last weekend.

The 10 famed European jumpers will be brought to the United States by the Olympic committee to arouse interest in the Olympic Games to be held at Squaw Valley, Calif., in 1960.

The jumpers want to appear here because of the fame of the Steamboat Springs jumping course has spread to Europe and it is the nearest to the take-offs in European countries.

All the big events will put Steamboat solidly on the ski map and the local Winter Sports Club now is faced with the task of rebuilding Howelsen Hill before winter arrives.

It is hoped that some federal money can be obtained for the improvement, but the events having National Ski Association sanction, Steamboat is definitely committed to having the top jumping course in the nation.

Pilot Opinion:

A good investment

An active and wide-awake Chamber of Commerce or similar organization is a necessity in these times when competition for business is a never ceasing battle.

There are many duties that a Chamber of Commerce is called upon to do to promote the welfare of a community and most are of such a scope that they cannot be handled by individuals.

In a community such as Steamboat Springs, a live organization is a necessity for obtaining and keeping happy a large number of summer and winter visitors who are a vital part of our economy.

The job of publicity of letting the rest of the world know about our many advantages is a full-time job in itself. Directing visitors and seeing they are hospitably treated and find the recreation they are looking for is a necessary part of keeping the town known as the kind of place where people are welcomed and treated fairly.

The Steamboat Springs Chamber of Commerce has done and is doing a credible job for this area. It cannot operate without money, and this is the time of year when annual memberships are due.

We are certain that investment in the activities of the Chamber of Commerce is one that returns dividends in many ways.

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