28 Jun 1884/Ste. Genevieve Herald/Academy Commemcement

Ste. Genevieve Herald
Ste. Genevieve, Mo.
Saturday, 28 Jun 1884


The annual examination and exhibition of the young lady students at St. Francis de Sales’ Academy, conducted by the Sisters of St. Joseph, was held in the School Hall of that institution on Friday, 20 inst.  There was a fair audience when the exercises commenced, at 9 a.m. In the afternoon every seat was occupied. Songs, recitations, instrumental music, calisthentics, dialogues, and class examinations constituted the exercise.  The songs rendered by the vocal class were sweetly and beautifully given, the harmony and gradual swell of the voices being almost perfect. The solo, with chorus "Father wll settle the bill," by Miss Susie LECOMPTE, was a gem, charmingly done as only Miss Susie can. Miss Annie ANDRE recited "The Charcoal Man" with much skill and good taste. The tones of her voice were pure and clear, and her deneaner modest and unaffected. Miss Camilla DUPONT, in her difficult recitation, "Curfew shall not ring to-night," gave proof of much intelligence, and her performance was quite graceful.  The numerous concert recitations were admirably rendered, even surpassnig those of former years. The instrumental music being in the hands of Misses Lulu NAUMANN, Emma LECOMPTE, Maggie KEMPF, etc., was, of course, excellent.  Miss Marie VORST distinguished herself in the junior class examinations.  Miss Minnie VIEH, another junior, also attracted much attention for her brightness. Misses Marie LAGRAVE and Odile JANIS also acquitted themselves creditably. The guitar playing of Miss L. NAUMANN formed an interesting feature of the entertainment. Many of the other young ladies distinguished themselves, but we have not space for an extended notice.  Many of the class examinations were up to the usual standard. Rev. Father HUETTLER subjected his class in Bible HIstory to a searching cross examination, but the young ladies were on their mettle, and parried all his thrusts. The song, "Mrs. Fozarty’s Christmas Cake," was well sung by Miss Irma ANDRE.  At the close, about 5:30 p.m., Rev. Father WEISS paid the students some well merited compliments and read the "Roll of Honor," in which were enumerated the merit marks of those young ladies whose percentages amounted to 500 or more, this year. We regret that we have not obtained the list for publication. On the whole, the commencement exercises reflected much credit on the Sisters of St. Joseph and their fine Academy. 

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