Marcy S., age 16, Tennessee


Cloudy, cold, rained at night. Dreaded today for so long. Left for Maryville about 10:00. Arrived 11:30. Lunched at Cate Cafe. Met Jean and party and Rufus and family. They had played but didn’t know their rating. Drove out to Maryville College. Finally, after hours (almost) of nervous waiting and talking (Ruth had come back to get her rating — also Betsy Ann, Marg. K., and Jeanne) — R. got 87 – Excellent, B.A. – Excellent, M.K. – Excellent, and Jeanne – Good) my turn came. I was scared to death and knew I made a mess. In a private room — judge behind screen. Mother was worried ’cause I was so nervous. Then visited art gallery with Youngs. Back to chapel. Went to restroom — pan Mom and I coming out. Mom missed step and fell. Funny — but not at the time. Then came back and ratings had been posted for class 6. I got 88 – Excellent! Nearly fainted. Got chart with judge criticisms. On to Knoxville. Shopped a bit. To S&W for supper. Mary there playing organ. Beautiful — home in time to hear President Roosevelt’s speech. Mrs. Marsh proud of us — eligible to go to Nashville in two weeks. Today over!