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The Full Moon
Vol. 20 — No. 7 Albemarle High School, Albemarle, N. C. May, 1955
New Albemarle High School Student Officers
The above students were xecently elected to serve as key officers of the Albemarle high school
student body during the next school term (1955-56). They are, left to right, Wade Smith, presi
dent; Libby Hatley, treasurer; Pat Starnes, secretary; and Jp Ellen Brooks, vice-president.
Wins First Prize At Fair
Here and There
MR. HATLEY’S PHYSICS class
was discussing electricity not long
ago when Joan Renger said, “I
think I’ll be an electrician.”
“That’s a shocking profession!”
warned Ned Lowder.
ED HATLEY AND JUDY Scaggs
were having a discussion about
“Wormey had a date last
night,” Ed told Judy
“With a girl?” asked Judy.
COACH WEBB WAS teaching
sociology when he asked, “How
do you account for an increase
in population in the U. S.?”
“Oh,” there’re more people
dying,” replied Gareth Lowder
after looking baffled.
AT PLAY PRACTICE the other
day Miss Bankett said to Char
lotte, “You certainly have good
Cashwell, eavesdropping, re
plied, “Why of course; she dates
OPAL EUDY WAS complaining
because she didn’t know her fel
low’s address in service.
“Just send it in care of Korea,”
advised Jeffie Lee. “I send my
boy friend’s letters in care of
Badin and he gets them.”
“WHAT DID THE BAND play
at the Easter sunrise service?”
Mr. Fry asked Frances Ross.
Frances thought a moment be
fore she replied, “A couple of
tunes, but mostly chorals.”
“Did you play ‘Don’t Fence Me
In’?” popped up Amorell Tucker.
“CHARLIE, I’LL BET you a dol
lar I can tell you the score of the
Albemarle-Landis game before
we even start,” wagered Moose.
“OK, it’s a bet. What’ll it be?”
“The score will be nothing to
nothing before the game,”
A LITTLE MISCHIEF had been
going on, and Ned Lowder think
ing ahead said, “In case we get
caught, Barbara Holt can hide
in a garbage can.”
“BUT BETTY BOONE couldn’t
The annual Science Fair, to be
held in the new gym on Sunday
and Monday, will feature units
in general science, biology, chem
istry, and physics.
The fair will be opened for
visitors Sunday from 2:00 to 5:00
P. M. and Monday from 8:30 A. M.
until 3:00 P. M. and 7:00 until
9:00 P. M. All school groups and
adults are urged to attend. •
Mrs. Saunders’s science display
will contain exhibits on air and
air pressure, water and its uses,
simple machines and forces, heat
and its control, and electricity
and its use.
Working models to be display
ed are Crendall Herrin’s hydrolic
press, Graham Harwood’s electric
water pump, Kenneth Helder-
man’s lift pump and miniature
steam engine, Cary McSwain’s
ignition system, and Wayne Mc
Swain’s foot treadle machine
which was entered in the District
Science Academy Contest.
Some other models are Wayne
McSwain’s septic tank, Johnny
Efird’s plaster of paris dam, and
Jeff Hartsell’s airplane showing
the effects of wind.
Three types of pulleys and in
clined planes will be displayed.
Remembering the days when ma
chines weren’t so plentiful, Gar-
nald Efird has erected a fly mind
er which was used to keep flies
from the food.
Mrs. Lyke’s unit will feature
her experiment about the form
ing of a chicken embryo and
First '55 Annual;
433 Copies Sold
In view of her many activities,
the 1955 Crossroads was dedicated
to Miss Inez Bankett. Bobby Peck,
editor of the annual, presented
her with the first annual in as
sembly on April 13.
The annual’s theme, a treasure
ship, is carried out by represent
ing each group as a part of the
ship’s crew. The annual’s cover
is in blue and white on knotted
pine with a treasure ship in the
lower right corner.
There were 433 annuals sold,
which were five more than last
year. Lewis James was top sales
man, selling over half the an
nuals that were sold.
Robert L. Smith’s academy
winner. , ,
On display will be John Stokes s
project, “How We See,” Aldon
Earnhardt’s plastic foam models
of plants. Tommy Shaver’s dis
play showing the comparative
skeleton anatomy, and a collec
tion of bird nests. Peeps Lock
wood’s salt water aquarium, and
Mickey Dry’s collection of North
Carolina’s mineral and rock for
The two demonstrations shown
on the “Nature Museum” program
will be given by Boyce Hartsell
and Carol Little. Jerry Hinson’s
“Nature’s Sense of Humor,” Gene
Simmons’ “Believe It or Not,’
Wayne Eudy’s dump-truck circu
latory system and Lula Belle
Smith’s “Nature’s Fish Story” are
The second period biology class,
supervised by Vernon Troutman,
will have a display of beach and
sea animals. Many other projects
will be displayed also.
In Mr. Hatley’s chemistry unit
there will be many displays,
posters, and collections. Allan
Bennett will have a geiger detec
tor; Charlotte Pope, a model ice
plant; Donnie Smith, a display
of the ionization of common liq
uids; Johnny Estridge, a display
showing the identification of
metals by the color of their flame;
Martha Harwood, a collection of
methyl and ethyl products; Ron
nie Tucker, a research collection
about charcoal, and Donald Al-
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'54 Grads Making
Outstanding grades were made
by the Albemarle High School
1954 seniors during their first se
mester at college.
The report received by Mr.
Cashwell shows that twenty-five
A’s were made, ninety-eight B’s
were made, seventy-six C’s,
twenty-two D’s, sixteen F’s, and
two incompletes. This proves
that over half the students made
B’s or over.
Normally the college students
make about the same number of
F’s as A’s, but this year the report
shows that the A’s are about 40%
more frequent than the F’s. Also,
usually the reports are 7% A’s,
18% B’s, 50% C’s, 18% D’s, and
7% F’s. In comparison, 11% A’s,
41% B’s, 32% C’s, 9% D’s, and
7% F’s, are the percentage made
by this year’s college freshmen.
Two of these students made ex
ceptionally good grades. Lydia
Hall, who is attending Murray
State College in Kentucky, re
ceived six A’s and one B. Larry
Talbert made the second highest
grades with four A’s and three
B’s. Larry is attending State
College in Raleigh, North Caro
The colleges that these students
represent are: University of North
Carolina, North Carolina State,
Mars Hill, Wake Forest, Mer
edith, Woman’s College, Pfeiffer,
Greensboro, High Point, Saint
Mary’s, Elon, Davidson, Wingate,
and Murray State College.
Have Top Records
Frances Litaker is the valedic
torian of this year’s Senior class
and Joan Renger is salutatorian,
according to an announcement
made by Mr. Cashwell this week.
Competition between the two
was keen. Both girls have a rec
ord of all A’s for their four years
of high school, the only difference
being in the number of A’s and A
Frances’s record is a little the
better. She has 3 A pluses, 26 A’s
and 6 A minuses.
Joan’s record is 3 A pluses, 24
A’s, and 8 A minuses.
Three Albemarle High School
biology students won top prizes
in the biological division of the
District Science Fair at Catawba
College on April 16.
Robert L. Smith took the first
prize of $25 and the opportunity
tQ enter his project in the State
Contest at Duke University on
April 23. Robert’s display de
picted “Photosynthesis: The Ac
tion and Related Action.”
Conrad Hathcock and Johnny
Renger won $10 first prizes in the
essay writing competition. Con
rad took the top award with his
composition on “Wildlife” and
Johnny received a first prize for
his essay on “Ornithology.”
Well-known for his artistic
ability, Robert Smith put his tal
ent to work to make an elaborate
display portraying the method by
which plants manufacture food
and the processes controlling the
photosynthesis: the oxygen car
bon dioxide cycle, the nitrogen
cycle, the water cycle, and the
balance of nature. This project
was one of the high spots of the
entire science show.
Several chemistry and physics
projects were entered into the
keen competition by Albemarle
students, but failed to win prizes.
There were around 200 exhibits
in the fair sponsored by the North
Carolina Academy of Science, and
15 counties were represented.
Is it a tradition at AHS for the
Science Department to bring back
from the contests a winning entry
each year? Apparently so. It
started back in 1950 when the
Nature Christmas Tree, built by
all the biology classes and repre
sented by/ Darrell Frick-, Neil
Whitley, and Betty Ruth Russell,
won first place in its division of
the High School Science Fair at
Rock Hill, S. C. The project was
also awarded the title of second
best in the entire show.
Again in 1951 at East Carolina
College, the biology students won
top honors. The first place went
to Ellen Cook for the “Survey of
the Animal Kingdom,” while
second place went to Betty Haire
for “Plant Pastimes,” in the han
dicraft division, and third place
Wade Smith Is
Head For Year
Wade Smith was elected pres
ident of the Student Council for
the coming year at the recent
student body election.
Vice-president will be Jo Ellen
Brooks; secretary, Pat Starnes;
and treasurer, Libby Hatley.
Three girls were elected, which
sets a precedent, as before this
year the only office ever held by
a girl was secretary.
Campaign speeches this year
were a little tamer than they
they have been in past years. The
speeches were held on April 6
and the students made their
choice on April 7.
Giving the competition in the
elections were Edshay Brunson,
president. Sue Page vice-pres-
ident, Stanly^Lawhon, secretary,
and Bill Fisher, treasurer.
The installation of these officers
will take place at the first of
next year. These officers will
replace this year’s officers who
were Charles James, president,
Wade Smith, vice-president, Da
vid Grigg, secretary, and Johnny
By Theiz Words
“What do you do if you chili
your finger instead of your hot-
dog?” Folger Koontz.
“I don’t know what the word
means, but it’s right.” Ned Low
“I had a good reason for not
wearing my raincoat; I don’t have
one.” Mr. R. C. Hatley.
“It smells like a fire, so we’ll
cremate you instead of crucify
ing you.” Mr. Pendergraft.
“I went to the dentist and he
told me I needed glasses.” Judy
“Her arms were so long she
could play with her toes without
bending her knees.” Dickie Cash-
“I never know what to say at
one of these brain factories.” Mr.
“Mr. Hatley, what do with the
atoms after they split them?”
“I don’t need to tell you juniors
and seniors anything. You al
ready know everything about
everything.” Mr. Cashwell.
“Shirley, you and Ned go out
side and practice the love scene
in this play.” Bill Beeker.
“Amorelle, you can’t carry a
tune. It’s a good thing I sit
behind you to help you along!”
“I had a French vocabulary in
English today.” Myra Efird.
“I just love to hang onto mov
ing cars at Rock Creek Park at
night.” Barbara Holt.
“You will die at sundawn.”
“Would you like to hear the
four points of my speech if I
promise not to make the speech?”
to Trudie Weaver for “Skeleton
Dwayne Lowder made quite a
contribution to the biology and
science departments as he passed
through. Awards were made in
the N. C. Academy of Science in
1952 for his clay models of the
After graduating from the biol
ogy class, he brought several top
honors to the chemistry and phys
ics department. In 1953 his dis
play on Fire Hazards in the home
and in 1954 his model of a wa-
t6r purification system in a large
city won him first place honors
in the N. C. Academy of Science.
Robert L. Smith seems to have
started another trail of honors.
His display on Photosynthesis
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hide in a garbage truck,” replied
Science Department Is
To Present Fair May 8-9
AHS Science Hall Of Fame
Includes Teachers, Pupils