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Volume 55, No. 6
ALBEMARLE fflGH NEWSPAPER
311 Park Ridge Road Albemarle NC 28001
AHS Students Win Many Awards
By Bill Snyder
Albemarle High School’s vocational pro
grams, DECA, VICA, and FHA, have had
much success in competition recently. A
number of students have received distinguished
awards at District 6A Competition. These
honors are impressive because our district
consists of six counties.
The Albemarle Chapter of DECA partici
pated in competition on January 24. The most
outstanding performer at,^ event was'^Blia
Xiong, who won first place in the performance
event and first place in the overall series.
ICT-VICA students at AHS participated in
the District 6 VICA Skill and Leadership
Contests on March 6. Crystal Crisco won first
place in th' VICA Ambassador Contest. John
Garris won first place in the Prepared Speech
Contest. Phillip Hedrick placed second in the Ex
temporaneous Speech competition. Bill Scell
presented a Job Skill Demonstration entitled
“Making a Warp Yam.”
The Future Homemakers of America partici
pated in a District 6 A proficiency event on March
5, Ernest Davis won first place in the illustrated
talk division with a speech entitled, “Shoplifting;
An Issue of Concem to Teenagers and Society.”
Misty Dennis and Debbie Page placed second in
the “Little “Friends” event.
Albemarle High School is proud to be repre
sented so well in competition with other areas.
DECA, VICA, and FHA members have won many competitive awards recently.
If you notice any of these signs in a friend or
family member, do not ignore them. Be open to
communication with the person; listen with
understanding and reassure him or her. Remind
him/her that suicide is a permanent solution to a
temporary problem. Most importantly, let
someone know about the problem - a counselor,
teacher, parent, doctor, anyone who can help find
appropriate help. Remember - you caimot make
someone choose to live. You are not responsible
for the person’s life, butyou can give support and
possibly insight into other choices. DON’T BE
AFRAID TO HELP!
A Preventable Death
By Tom Stubbs
On March 6, Trooper Fred Davis of the North
Carolina Highway Patrol, spoke to seniors about
suicide and its prevention. Trooper Davis is well
qualified to speak on suicide since he is what is
^own as a “suicide survivor.” His 16 year old
^^ughter committed suicide four years ago, and
along with his wife and older child, have
spent the past four years learning to cope. Be
cause of this experience. Trooper Davis has
formed a crisis center to assist teenagers who are
considering suicide. The organization, called
f*ATS (Parents Against Teen Suicide) is head
quartered at Clyde, North Carolina. After its
dedication on April 10, it will be staffed 24 hours
^ day by trained counselors. The toll-free num
ber isl-800- For-Pats or 1-800- 367-7287.
Every day in the United States, 16 teenagers
l^onimit suicide. Although suicide is a complex
^sue, it is one of the most preventable causes of
death. When a person is depressed and possibly
Considering suicide, there are several warning
Signs that can be detected: clues in behavior such
^ giving away personal possessions, talking
^^utnot being around any more, resisting being
^uched or hugged by a close friend or family
Member, acting very sad or depressed, and be- ^ ^
«mmgu„us„aUyartisUc,sucha.writmgpoetry. Wagoner congratulates Trooper
Davis on an Insigiitful assembly.
Go Fly a Kite ... But Watch for Tornadoes
Back in March of 1984, 22 tomadoes tore
through the state of North Carolina, devastating
miles of housing and industry. Let’s hope that
doesn’t happen again anytime soon. Stanly
County isn’t exactly known for an abundance of
tomadoes, but several twisters have been spotted
in our area in the last few years. People who live
along Lake Tillery remember one that struck
mid-June last year, snapping trees and leaving
their trunks twisted.
Tomadoes strike quickly and often with little
time for residents who are in its path to take cover
or even be warned that it is coming. Tomadoes
also leave quickly, but leave behind a landscape
almost unrecognizable with destruction. If you
findyourself inthepathof atomado, take the best
cover available, preferably a basement with no
glass windows or doors. If you are outside, find
a ditch and cover your head with your arms.
Be informed about tomadoes. Your life may
. depend on your quick thinking.
Do you know why March has always been
e best month for flying kites? It’s also the
ll^onth that begins tornado season, and March
^ been designated as Tornado Awareness
onth. Schools across the state are preparing
students for the possibilities of severe
feather. Here at AHS, we’ve already sounded
® tornado alarm and leamed our crouching
positions in the halls.
ABC Plan for Success
On Febmary 1, Dr. Lloyd Hackley, Chancellor of Fayetteville State University, spoke to our
student body to kick-off Black History Month. Included in his memorable and inspiring address were
the ABC s for success. The Full Moon staff is happy to reprint his formula for success.
A - Accept your history and your heritage.
B - Believe in yourself, m your capabilities and in your possibilities. According to scientists, the
bumblebee cannot fly; but since it doesn’t know that and beUeves it can. it does.
C - Commit yourself wholeheartedly to your dreams and to your life’s plans.
D - l>eam dreams as big as you want to be, and see yourself as having accompUshed your dreams.
Don’t let anybody step on your dreams.
E - Exj^ct sorne hard times; life is tough, but take the F_and fight on, finish your tasks; know that
failure is just like any other bad habit - - you have to have the will to break it.
G - Get God into your plans, into your present and into your future.
H - Have a made-up mind.
I - Inspire somebody else who may not be as strong as you are.
J - Judge each step each day by the way it fits your plan.
K - Keep on'keeping-on.
L - Leam to leave the comfort of the crowd and make ani ought to, I can, I must, I will decision. Much
of what you will have to do to succeed in life will have to be done by you alone.
M - Make every day count.-
N - Leam to say NO! When your so-called friends try to give you drugs, sex without love, alcohol
and other cop-outs tell them NO! Tell them you are too serious to be stupid, too committed to be
careless, too busy to be bothered, and too dedicated to be dumb.
O - Overcome your obstacles.
P - Leam the eight P’s of exceUence - proper preparation prevents poor performance; press forward,
persevere, prevail. Don’t succumb to the four destructive P’s of the ME generation — pot.'
pomography, promiscuity, and pregnancy.
Q - Quit quitting.
R - Run every race to the finish.
S - Stand strong regardless of the odds.
T - Tell the tmth to yourself, and accept only truth.
U - Use your talents.
V - Value your time.
W - Work hard for your dream ‘til your work is done.
X - X-Ray your reality and your life.
Y - Yield not to temptation.
Z-Jalously strive toreachyour mountain top, achieve your dream, and make your life worthwhile,
is reality in America. We are all God s children and God does not make junk.
FHA Winners Ernest Davis, Debbie Page, and Misty Dennis are following an ABC
plan for success