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Volume 54, No. 5
ALBEMARLE fflGH NEWSPAPER
311 Park Ridge Road Albemarle NC 28001
VANDALISM: What's the Point?
BY KRICKET MORTON
During the first two weeks of January, vandal
ism at Albemarle High School, as well as atNorth
Stanly and South Stanly, baffled the police and
resulted in $30,000 dollars in damages. No one
had a clue a^ to who was committing the crimes,
but the theft of a football from the South Stanly
trophy case led to the arrest of three North Stanly
Arrested were Timothy Harris, 17, of New
London, Dennis Wiseman, 17, of Richfield, and
Kevin Walker, 17, of Albemarle. They were
charged with the January 6 break-in and vandal
ism at Albemarle High School.
Of the three high schools vandalized, Albe
marle High School suffered the greatest doUar
loss in property. The students broke into the gym
lobby, where they smashed all of the trophy cases
and damaged some of the older trophies. They
also broke the bandroom windows and battered
the driver’s education car, breaking windows and
denting the body.
BY SHERRI ALLEN
Get ready all you Sophomores! Starting
February 14-16 you will be taking the compe
tency tests. There will be three sections given.
These include: reading, math, and writing. The
writing has two parts, which include the objec-
tiveand essay. This test will be given during first,
second, andpossibly third periods. Itwillalsobe
given to eleventh and twelfth graders who have
not passed all three sections. It is required you
pass this test before you can receive your di
Vandalism is a growing problem among teen
agers today. What drives someone to destroying
others’ property? According to Harris, Wise
man, and Walker, they didn’t mean for it to go as
long as it did. Once they started it just got out of
Also over Christmas break our athletic buses
and van were vandalized, along with our school
sign. Headlights, taUlights, and mirrors were
broken on the vehicles, while someone threw a
metal handicapped parking sign into the school
marquee. However, Harris, Wiseman, andW alker
were not charged with the vandalism over Christ
When Mr. Morgan was asked about all the
vandalism he said, “I’ll bet my last dollar that no
one from Albemarle High School was involved
in any of the vandalism.” Mr. Morgan was right,
but it’s unfortunate that our community has to
suffer from these immature acts.
Needless vandalism caused over $25,000 worth of damage at New London
Elementary , North Stanly High School, South Stanly High School, and
Albemarle High School. This pointless destruction costs all of us valuable
Ch«tnega Cairpbell and Tangela Christian are two
sophomores taking the competency tests this year.
Brown Advances in Morehead Competition
by KENDALL HOMESLEY
AHS sttident body president Palmer Bro^
continues to represent AHS in competition or
the prestigious Morehead Scholarship.
On November 2 Palmer journeyed to Pi-
nehurst, N.C., and competed in the regional level
for the scholarship. Along with students from
eleven covmties other than S tanly Coxmty,
was driUed for fifteen long minutes on thought
questions such as worldwide current events,
opinions, present school
and the good and bad aspects of At the
conclusionofthe interviews, seven m
chosen to travel to Chapel-HUl on March 3-8 for
Eight Juniors Nominated for
BY ADRIENNE SOYER
The 1989 Governor’s School Nominees have been selected by the Honors Committee. These
students were chosen due to their abilities in either academics or in the performing arts. Academic
nominees are Bill Snyder, Brett Richards, and Matt Lowder. Math, social science, natural science,
English, Spanish, French, and creative technology will be the areas of concentration they may choose
from. Nominated in the arts were Sally Frye, Shannon Thomas, Debbie Crabtree, NatashaTyson, and
Lori Ingram. If selected to attend Governor’s School, these students will spend six weeks this summer
at either Governor’s School West at Salem College in Winston-Salem or Govemor’s School East at
StAndrews Presbyterian College in Laurinburg. About four hundred students from across North
Carolina will attend each campus with a weekend break at the end of three weeks. Not only will these
students have a major subject area of concentration, but they will also take classes in philosophy and
psychology. Govemor’s School is designed to challenge students abilities, not evaluate them.
Nominees will be notified in early spring of their acceptance.
final interviews for this award.
While at the finals Palmer will reside with one
of two local Morehead Scholars, either Neil
Rieman or Rob Byrum. This final competition
will undoubtfedly be the toughest It will include
students from throughout the world and consist
of formal interviews and banquets.
When asked about the possibility of being
named a Morehead Scholar, Palmer admits, “I
feel privileged to be able to compete for this
scholarship. I’m thankful to have made it this far
and hopefully I will succeed at this final step.” Governor’s school nominees look forward to an exciting and^l^^
SIMS Makes Life Easier for All of Us
BY SUZIE BRITT
SIMS. It is an acronym that stands for “Stu
dent Information Management Systems.” The
capabilities of this system seem to be almost
limitless. The three major jobs it performs are
keeping the attendance, academic progress re
ports (report cards), and student schedules. Mr.
Edwards is the SIMS coordinator, and he, along
withMrs. Saunders, has put the system in use this
past school year. In the spring of last year, class
scheduling, usually a tremendous task, was per
formed by this system with relatively few flaws.
And finally this year, the computer relieved teach
ers of filling out the old type of report card.
This new type of academic progress reports
gives more information than the pastreport cards.
They give first and second nine week grades in all
of your classes, along with your semester grades,
all recorded one one grade form. Ii also shows
class averages, individual grade point averages,
alKences, and tardies. The new SIMS computer
also prints a copy of your report card for your
cumulative folder, providing a more complete
record of your high school grades.
The SIMS system is much easier to use and
more complete than any syston used in the past
In the future the report cards will show credit
values, class rank, and teacher comments.