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A brief sketch about Seth Wade, Jr.

As a student at Russell Springs High School, Seth Wade, Jr., excelled. The following article deals with his early years as a brilliant student at Russell Springs High School from August 1944 to April, 1948.


"We seldom find students like Seth"

Seth Wade, Jr. began his high school studies at Russell Springs in August 1944, was graduated in April 1948, and excelled from start to finish. In March of Seth's senior year, a staff writer for the "Hi-Lights of R.S.H.S." section, which appeared in the Russell County News each week during the school term, penned this sketch of him.

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"Have you ever wondered what it's like to be really, shall we say, intelligent? Well, Seth Wade, Jr., should be able to tell you, for if anyone knows he certainly should. Seth has been on the honor roll every six weeks since he entered high school, and because of this, he was chosen for scholarship in Pro Merito honor club. As a sophomore, he won both the achievement medals and also served as vice president of the class. He is now serving as class president and is a member of the annual staff. [He served as literary editor.] He entered the Soil Conservation Essay Contest this year and came out the winner of the county high school prize and last year he won second prize in the state-wide United Nations contest.

"Seth has a quiet kind of personality, but don't think for one minute that he isn't a brilliant conversationalist. You will never find him "floundering" for words for he knows exactly how to express his thoughts in a unique way.

"Seth plans to attend college and after that he will be a writer, a successful one, too, I know.

We seldom find students like Seth and everyone at RSHS is certainly proud to claim him as one of us. We all join in wishing you, Seth, the greatest success possible in your career as a writer." -- Marlene Beane.

High school wasn't all books and study, however. For example, in addition to the extracurricular activities mentioned above, Seth also participated in "an old-fashioned spelling bee" in November of his junior year, finishing a strong second to Rosemary Robertson. In April 1948, he appeared in the R.S.H.S. senior play, "Murder with Orchids,"a mystery-comedy in three acts, in the role of Marvin Kemp, personal secretary to wealthy banker Addison Kinkaid. In a "can you believe it?" twist, Seth's character was also the villain!

A few days later, when the Class Will was read, his part was thus: "I, Seth Wade, Jr., will my love for orchids for Marcus Hopper." At about the same time, when the class prophecy for a dozen years in the future was revealed, his was foretold as this: "Seth Wade, Jr., is a well known novelist throughout the U.S. He has completed his fourth novel, Delayed Revenge," possibly another reference to his role as the murderous Marvin Kemp.

On April 30, 1948, Seth and twenty-four classmates participated in the R.S.H.S. commencement services at the First Baptist Church and turned a new page in their lives.

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