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Volume 55, No. 5
ALBEMARLE fflGH NEWSPAPER
311 Park Ridge Road Albemarle NC 28001
Assemblies Recognize Black History Month,
Offer Insight Into Drugs and Suicide
By Bill Snyder
This spring semester is fully scheduled with a wide range of assemblies. Through February and
into March, AHS students will enjoy a variety of programs. On February 6, the B.A.D.D. Club
arranged for David Hicks to speak about his " Nope to Dope" campaign. He was formerly a chaplain
at Union Pines High School, and now he is a full-time motivational speaker.
• OnFebruaiy 12, as part ofBlack History month. Dr. Lloyd V.Hackley, Chancellor of Fayetteville
State University, delivered an inspirational message dealing with the heritage of blacks in America.
His work as Associate Professor and Course Director of International Relations and Political Science
at the U.S. Air Force Academy and his dealings with sftidents as coach of track and cross country teams
has helped him relate to high schoool audiences.
On March 1, Gil MacGregor, color commentator for the Charlotte Hornets radio network on 1110
AM, is coming to speak on student apthay and non-caring attitudes. MacGregor has been involved
in all levels of athletics so the presentation should be motivational as well as enjoyable. Mr.
MacGregor, who spoke at graduation last year, has a clear message tliat he can get across to the
audience with enthusiasm and sincerity.
On February 12 at 3:15 P.M., Highway Patrohnan Fred Davis spoke to a city-wide teachers’
meeting, supplying information to teachers on how to help prevent teenage suicide. Four years ago,
Patolman Davis’s 15-year-old daughter committed suicide with his revolver. Since then, he has
initiated P.A.T.S.(Parents Against Teenager Suicide), which is an organization of psychologists,
niinisters, teachers, and other specialists who help parents prevent and cope with teenage suicide.
Monday, February 12 at 7:00 P.M., Patrolman Davis held a parent workshop in the AHS auditorium,
again dealing with teen suicide. On Tuesday, February 13, Patrolman Davis was scheduled to speak
with the seniors but he was in Raleigh receiving an award from Governor Martin for his outstanding
efforts to fight teenage suicide. He has rescheduled his talk to the senior English classes for March
Hopefully these assemblies will open some eyes and broaden the horizons of AHS students. They
should prove to be educational as well as entertaining. Please be considerate to the speakws so that
've may enjoy many more assemblies in the future.
Ms. Blackwelder gets acquainted with
her government class.
New Blood at AHS
By Alex Overcash
You may have noticed the new World His
tory, Govenunent/Economics, and World Geog
raphy teacher here at AHS. Her name is Ms.
CarlaBlackwelder, arecent graduate from Appa
lachian. She will be teaching these classes for the
remainder of the year in place of Mrs. O’Dell,
who decided to take a leave of absence in order to
get situated with her newly adopted children.
With a bachelor’s degree in science and his
tory, she hopes to make the difference between a
good teacher and a plain teacher. She wants her
students to leam more than just facts and hopes
they will enjoy her classes. “Most smdents think
that history is always boring,” she comments,
“but that’s not true.” Miss Blackwelder enjoys
reading and aerobics in her spare time, which
doesn’t occur often since she has to make a forty
minute drive from Concord each day. Welcome
to Albemarle, Miss Blackwelder, and good luck!
High-Q Team Scores Well in Regional Competition
By Bill Snyder
The High-Q team from Albemarle High School
has had. an extremely successful year. On Janu
ary 13, the team competed against 70 other teams
in the first round of Regional High-Q Quiz Bowl
Competition atPavidson College. Scoring 1,660
points, the team placed 6th behind five 3A and
4A schools. By placing in the top 16 teams,
Albemarle, under Coach Peggy Grigg, advanced
to the second round of competition on January
20. Albemarle performed well but they were not
one of the eight teams to survive. The four
. primary players were Kevin Muse (captain), Lori
Ingram, Joseph Kandl, and Stephen Aldridge,
while Andy Miskell, Peter Smithing, Jermifer
Windell, and Jack Linker served as alternates.
Jay Morgan was the scorer for the team. The
Albemarle High-Q team does not have anymore
competitions this year. This 1989-’90 High-Q
team has been one of the most successful teams
in many years. Congratulations to the team for a
Dr. Lloyd Hackley, Chancellor of
Fayetteville State University
Mr. Gil MacGregor, Color Analyst for
the Charlotte Hornets
Club Membership Still Open To Those Involved In Athletics
Peggy GHgg, Jay Morgan, Kevin Muse, Joseph Kandl, Peter Smiting, Jennifer
Wendell, Lori Ingram, Stephen Aldridge, Andy Miskell,and Jack Linker
Fellowship of Christian Athletes Formed with 42 Members
By Bill Snyder
A chapter of the Fellowship of Christian
Athletes has recently been formed here at Albe-
niarle High School. This organization is com
prised of athletes, statisticians, and managers
'vho gather to better themselves by engaging in
bible studies, leaming to believe in one’s self,
helping those in need, and including the Lord in
their activities. By bettering themselves, they
strive to set a good, moral example to their fellow
students on and off their fields of play.
"The FCA officers, Tim Burris, Michael Blagg,
E^iane Brooks, Holli Brafford, and Mike Furr, are
led by faculty advisor Gary Moran. FCA meet-
^gs are held at the Central United Methodist
^urch. At these meetings, the club gathers to
discuss their plans and to develop services for the
needy of the community. Occasionally a few
^dividuals from the FCA.gather at Mr. Moran’s
Mr. Moran leads FCA members in making plans for the club.
sponsored by the FCA is a student/faculty bas
ketball game. They have arranged for the profits
of this game to go to a charitable cause. They
have also planned a beach party for February 17.
Members, with one friend each, are invited to
attend this adventure at the church.
Obviously, the FCA has a lot of interesting
events and worthwhile services plarmed with
more good things on the way. This organization
is made up of many caring and friendly students
who are working hard to make the most of their
efforts in school, in athletics, and in their commu
nity. Hopefully die FCA will be successful in
helping achieve its goal of bettering ils members,
their peers, and their community. Membership in
the club is still open to all those students involved
in athletics here at AHS, so if you would like to
join, contact Mr. Moran or one of the FCA