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March 10, 1977 Rocky Moant Senioir High Rocky McHut, N.C. 27801 Vol. 3, No. 6 March 19 is the date for the annual meeting of the Eastern District North Carolina Associa tion of Student Councils in Edenton. This convention will involve all schools in the Eastern District. Three official delegates from Rocky Mount Senior High will participate: Joseph Williams, Emerson Harrison, and Tony Williams. Terry Berry and Angela Winston will go as unofficial delegates and Paul Mayberry will lead a workshop. Elisa Gonzalez will also attend the convention as AFS student. The convention serves as a group effort, one of sharing ideas. “The purpose is to benefit one’s own student council through workshops, lectures, and conversations with others,” says Mayberry. Delegates will stay in the homes of students from the area high school while they are in Edenton. They are scheduled to tour Edenton on Sunday before they return home. Physical Changes Taught Physical and emotional changes no longer frighten fifth and sixth graders at Holland Elementary. For the past three years Holland Elementary School has been presenting to the fifth and sixth graders a film based on growing up. The film is titled, “There’s A New You Coming.” The movie is about the physical changes of the body during the beginning of puberty. Wednesday, Feb. 23 the film was shown separately to the fifth and sixth grade boys and girls. Before the film was shown, a letter was sent home to the parents giving explanation of the film and a guidance session following the film. Mary Fiddes, the guidance counselor at Holland School feels the film should be shown to the pre-teenagers because they should be completely aware of their body when the changes take place. “It’s not really sex education films. It’s more a part of their education or apart of life,” says Ms. Fiddes. The copyright on both films is 1975, and they are compiled by nurses and doctors. Ms. Fiddes says that the films are great because they deal with the emotional side of growing up instead of just the physical aspect. DECA District Awards Given As First Place winners in Public Speaking, Sales Demon stration, and Display at the February 16 District 3B DECA contest, Phillip Page, Denny Vierheller, and Carl McNeil will compete with other district winners across the state at the Thirty-Third Annual State Lead ership Conference in Charlotte beginning March 24. Thirty-five additional members of the Rocky Mount/DECA Chapter will compete in career catego ries of Apparel and Accessory, Food Marketing, Food Service, and Petroleum. DECA was formed in 1948 with only 800 members in 17 charter states, it has grown to a total of 225,000 student members in 1976. Governor Hunt Pushes Senior Competency Test STUDENTS ATTEND MEETING: Angela Winstead, Enunerson Harrison, Tony Williams and Joseph Williams. Not pictured is Terry Berry. [Photo by BuUuck] Students Attend District Meeting ■ All students must meet minimum standards in essential skills such as reading, writing, and mathematics if a bill introduced in the General Assembly is passed. Represen tative Dwight W. Tflinn and Senator D. Livingston Stallings introduced the bill. The bill endorsed by Gover nor James B. Hunt Jr. provides for the adoption of a competency test which all juniors in high school must pass. Each student must score on at least the ninth grade level. If a junior fails the test, he can take it again in his senior year. Governor Hunt said while there is no prohibition in the bill, he feels a student should not repeatedly take the test in hopes of passing saying, “That’s wrong, that’s almost fraud.” The legislation would set up a commission which would be recommended by State Superin tendent of Public Instruction A. Craig Phillips and appointed by Governor Hunt. The commis sion would consist of five teachers and principals, five interested citizens, two profes sional educators from institu tions of higher education, two persons knov.’ledgeable about psychological measurement, and one local superintendent. The State Superintendent of Public Instruction would serve as a non-voting member. The Commission would recommend the tests to the State Board of Education, who would choose a test for administration to all 11th grade students in the* spring semester of 1978. After reviewing the results, the Commission would again make recommendations to the State Board concerning adoption of a test or tests and formulation of minimum standards. The Board would then select a test or tests and minimum standards. Beginning in 1979, the test or tests would be administered annually to every junior. An estimated $271,750 would be needed for the first two years of the program. The Association of Classroom Teachers conducted a statewide poll on the subject of a senior competency test. Of the 551 teachers responding, 73% agreed that a test should be established, 20% disagreed, and 7% had no opinion. However, two local guidance counselors disagree. Miss Kate P. Kitchen commented, “I think it should be totally unnecessary. I think a child who has earned passing grades in high school should be able to function as a literate adult.” Mr. William Hutchisson asked, “What’s going to happen to those that don’t reach the ninth grade level? After we pass them along for 11 years, do we say ‘Sorry?’ ” Seniors Honored “It makes me happy that my classmates of the Class of ’77 thought of me as an Outstand ing Senior. It’s really a meaningful distinction.” *^1 was very surprised, but honored, that I was chosen as an Outstanding Senior. We have so many outstanding people in our class that I thought it was all a joke when I was notified.” These two statements by Kenny Edgerton and Lanie Powell, respectively, best summed up the attitudes of this year’s 20 Outstanding Seniors. The class of 1977’s Outstand ing Seniors, in alphabetical order, are: Denise Alston, Stephen Barnes, James Bynum, Martha Cash, Mary Sue Cummings, Kenny Edgerton. Amy Fisher, Natasha Matkin, Paul Mayberry, Danny Mac Donald, Cynthia McKnight, Richard Oxendine, Kyle Pitt man, Lanie Powell, Dee Rich, Amy Rodwell, Susan Thome, Mike Upchurch, Denise Ward, and Joseph Williams. The criteria used in selecting an Outstanding Senior include the following: He (or she) should represent his class in the finest way possible. He should have had responsibility and discharged it efficiently. He should have character above reproach. He should be one who puts service to others above personal gain. He should be one who is school-spirited and dedicated to the high ideals of the best in American youth. The Hi-Noc-Ar sponsored the selection of the Outstanding Seniors. The selection involved the following process: Every senior received a nominating blank for 20 people (10 boys, 10 girls). Then, about a week later, a yearbook representative re turned to each senior homeroom with a ballot containing the names of the boys and girls receiving the most nominations. From this list, every senior voted for the 20 seniors (10 boys, 10 girls) that he or she thought were most deserving of the title, “Outstanding Senior.”

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