As reported 50 years ago in the pages of The Columbia News, Thursday, Jan. 31, 1957:
Mary Ruth Smith Polatty, primary teacher, recently was selected as "Teacher of the Year, 1957" from Evans High School.
Polatty graduated from Harlem High School in 1947, and in 1955 she took her BS degree from Georgia State College for Women in Milledgeville.
Polatty has been a teacher at Evans for six years. It is said that her talent in art and music has "lent a cultural facet to the personalities of the students whom she has taught."
Dearing High beats Harlem on court
The Dearing High School basketball team defeated Harlem 43-41 in a tight game at the Central Savannah River Area basketball tournament in Augusta Monday night.
The Harlem boys proved a surprise when they took a starting five averaging 5 feet 7 inches, and almost beat Dearing and their 6-foot-5 center, Billy Carithers.
Harlem's Jimmy McDaniels paced both teams in scoring with 24 points, while Carithers, who was averaging 22 points per game before Monday, netted only 14.
Coach Tom Whitfield has done a fine job in developing two teams with a bright future in the sport.
Play loses out
Although Harlem's One-Act Play failed to place in the state contest in Athens Friday, the result did not bring a spirit of defeat nor discouragement, but the satisfaction of being "in the running" and putting on a credible performance. Hawkinsville easily won first place in the contest.
Since there is only one senior on Harlem's cast of characters, with Keith Walls playing the only male part, those who did not do so well this year stand a good chance for next year's contest.
In addition to Walls, the cast consisted of Jane Kipp, Virginia Kelley and Henrietta Bass. They were accompanied to Athens by Mrs. Griffin and Mrs. Bullard.
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