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THE FULL MOON
Special Recognition For A Job Well Done
By Meonne Blalock
A special congratulations is extended to AHS seniors, Marcille Smith and Kevin Muse, who
have been selected as finalists in the National Merit Scholarship competition. They will be
notified this month on whether or not they have won this prestigious award.
The Quiz Bowl Team
Another congratulations goes out to the Hi-Q Team members, Kevin Muse, Stephen
Aldridge, Joseph Kandl and Andy Miskell, for their excellent performance in the Hi-Q
competition in Charlotte on Feb. 15 and 16. They defeated South Mecklenburg on Friday,
Feb.15 and advanced to the semi-finals on Saturday, Feb.l6. Although the team played well,
they were defeated by Freedom High School. This is the first time a team from Stanly County
has advanced to the semi-finals. Their matches were taped and will be televised at a later time
on WTVI, Channel 42 (Cable Channel 21).
We at AHS are proud of these students’ hard work and determination on their performances
in attaining impressive goals throughout the year.
A Life Remembered
By Meonne Blalock
Never had Albemarle High School been filled with such an eerie sUence as it was on Monday,
February 25. The expressive emotions on the students faces stood out beyond their normal
hippy, energetic ones. No one had to say a word because everyone felt the same thoughts and
feelings as they walked through the halls in a somnambulate manner. It was indeed written all
over their faces, as the sorrowing lingered throughout the air. A special memorial was held in
remembrance of a fellow student, Megan Cummings, who so tragically passed away Saturday
night, February 23, in an automobile accident Megan’s example should move many people
who take life for granted, only until the life of someone they know, love, or have feelings for
is takeai from them, a bttle more seriously in the future. Sometimes it takes the loss of a life to
enable one to realize that life is not a joke but something of great value which should be
considered as a priceless gift. As the saying goes, sometimes things that are uncalled for do
happen to the best of us, especially when we least expect them - lUce the death of a loved one.
Although many friendships with Megan were cut short, the memories that were shared with her
will only last as long as you let them ... FOREVER.
The Megan J. Cummings Memorial Scholarship Fund has been established to award a
scholarship each year to a deserving senior at Albemarle High School. It is undecided at this
time whether or not the scholarship will be awarded this year.or if it will be put into effect with
the late Miss Cummings' graduating class in 1993, but the scholarship will honor a student who
represents the best of the qualities of a student-athlete. Contributions to this scholarship should
be made to the Megan J. Cummings Memorial Scolarship Fund, Home Savings and Loan
Association, P.O. Box 489, Albemarle, N.C. 28002.
Megan Cummings, with friends Suzanne Sharpe and MIml Austin, flashes her
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Meonne Blalock - Editor-in-Chief
Marshall Riggins • Co-editor
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Planning For a
The time has come to make reMrvations for
“Graduation Week”. If you want to get aroom to
meet all your requirements then you need to have
a reservation made by spring break. To find a
hotel, a list of what you want may be helpful.
1. Of course, it needs to be located on the Grand
Strand. This is very important, and I emphasize
very, because then it is not necessary to touch
2. Room location in the hotel is essential. Some
people, like Jennifer Windell, prefer to be facing
the beach and others prefer to be facing the pool
or street. Let price be your guide.
3. In most circumstances, the quality of a room
is important. For graduation it is not as important
as the price of the room. The cheaper the better.
4. Karen and Marcee require a king bed, MTV,
refrigerator for refreshments, and, of course, a
5. Shannon Scheble wants a penthouse free of
that wonderful puke smell.
It may be well advised to be familiar with the
hotel before renting it Sometimes the ads can be
deceiving. Tom Stubbs’s room in the Bon Villa
was supposed to be furnished with kitchen items.
When he and his group arrived, the kitchen had 2
plates, 1 knife, and 1 fork. Also, the room was
lighted by a light bulb suspended from a wire. In
simple terms, the place was a real dump. On the
other hand Chad Atwater highlyrecommends the
LaRoca-Chadsays that his stay was great and he
really learned how to have a good time. He and
Damien Hudson had a week fiill of excitment and
there was plenty of action at the La Roca. He
recommends the La Roca because it has a very
large refrigerator, queen bed, and a cold shower.
When looking for a room, remember that
extremely nice hotels require a large deposit to
cover damages that vnll definitely occur. Also,
ovCTcrowding a room can cause you to get
thrown out of the hotel.
Hurry up and get your group of people together
and find that perfect beach spot Don’t let time
get away from you and miss out on a great time.
"No Vacancy" greets those with no reservattons!
Are There Alternatives To College?
By Susan Grantier
The college question is one that goes through
the minds ofevery high school student For many
kids, there is simply no argument You graduate
from high school; you go to college. Case closed,
end of discussion. There is no better alternative,
There is one problem, though. For many of
us, the solution is not so clear. We have been
raised to believe that you are bom, you go to
college, you consequently get a high paying job,
and then you die. But is that the path that all of
us want to follow? What are the alternatives?
Suppose you were given money to do with as
you choose. Many high school graduates would
take this opportunity to travel. Instead of going
straight into college, numerous students feel they
need to ‘live’ or ‘grow’ during this vital time of
life. What better way to live or grow than to
travel and see the world? Europe seems to be the
main choice, considering the rich mix of nation
alities and their versatile histories. Tramping
aCTOSs Europe, one could easily "fmd” them
selves. One senior said that she would like to “go
to Australia and get lost’’. Students want to gain
some freedom and independence before going on
to school. Other worldly spots mentioned were
Africa, Egypt, or the Philippines. But, as one
student noted, “If I didn’t go to school now. I’d
never go." This is a common fear among students
(and their parents). Once they get a taste of the
real world, will they bother to go back to school?
Actually, it is all a matter of personal will and
Other students expressed an interest in obtain
ing a job and earning some money before going
on to school. But not just any ordinary job. “I
think it would be great to work at Seaworld or
something similar,” said one student “Differ
ent" jobs such as theme parks, cruise ships, zoos,
or environmental activities (such as the Peace
Corps) were mentioned by many kids as jobs
they’d like to have instead of going straight to
college. Once again, these jobs were seen as
outlets for personal growth and independence.
The young adults of today have more debts
and responsibilities than the young people of the
pwst Our tastes are nrare expensive. We pay for
our own cars, stereo equipment, clothes, insur
ance, etc. For many students, graduation means
we’re fmally able to get a full time job and start
making some real money. But then again, will
money is made, the bills will also increase; as
many of us tend to over indulge when the money
seems to be “rolling” in. Consequently, a person
will stay in a dead end job situation simply to pay
the bills.- It is important to seriously consider all
of the options in front of you, and to look farther
into the future.
If a student is faced with a decision consider
ing their future, a lot of thought has to go in to it.
Talking to an okier person, whose opinion you
respect, can help in the decision process. It also
helps to get different points of view, from grand
parents to close friends. Whatever decision •
student makes, happiness and peace of mind
should be kept in consideration. Life is impor