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Volume 61, No. 7
ALBEMARLE HIGH NEWSPAPER
311 Park Ridge Road Albemarle NC 28001
Gimme a Break!
By Kelly Rakes
Snow, snow, and more snow. The weather in Albemarle has been strange since the beginning
of J^uary. Many AHS students have pondered the question, “What about spring break? Well,
*^alcigh and the Albemarle City School Board held a meeting March 22. The final decision was was
lo give Albemarle High students back their entire spring break.
Originally, Albemarle students and teachers were scheduled to take spring break April 1
^cn, Albemarle received an overload of snow and ice, and the AHS spring break was cut
^ April 5-9. Many students, parents, and teachers complained about this reduced vacation, is
^rowd felt it would decrease family time and vacations. The school board appealed to Raleigh and
® return Albemarle High was given back their entire spring break! The only down side to this long
Spring break is that the end of school, including graduation, will be postponed until June 5 to make
Up for the missed snow days. —
• So. AHS students, enjoy that long spring break, but remember the extra days at the end ot the
y®ar are going to put a strain on everyone. Seniors will be notified with graduation changes ore
Marci Tucker and Charlie Crawley plan to sit back and
chill during the long spring break^
A large number of the student body and the
S teachers have been complaining about lack
''•Tie in class. Many suggestions have been
including the eight-subject year. Most
'8h schools in North Carolina have converted to
^jsj^^s^jectyear, but AHS, the school board.
Elvis Is Alive!
By Eloise Odom
Numerous sightings of Elvis Presley have
occurred at Albemarle’s Super 10 clothing store.
Each of these sightings has occurred onTuesdays
and Thursdays when the store has specials on
their fringed jackets and baked beans. Authori
ties believe that the King has lived as a hermit at
Richie’s Motel for the past 15 years and has only
emerged for local tractor pulls.
Dr. Yeng Zing aided Presley in faking his
death 19 years ago in August of 1977. He claims
that the singer wanted to fake his death in order
to leave the public eye and become a legend.
Elvis hoped to resurface in 1999 and gain even
more fame and public attention. Unfortunately,
many people have already recognized him and
have notified the paparazzi.
Presley's main connection with the outer world
has been through a Hawaiian girl who goes by the
name Bubba and who frequently shops for the
King’s groceries at the distant Piggly Wiggly.
Close friends of Presley believe that he met
Bubba during the filming ofB/ttc//awa« and was
attracted to her large amount of facial and chest
hair. WBTV is offering $2000 to the first person
who gets a picture of the King and/or Bubba. If
you have any information of their whereabouts
The King was recently sighted on
Cars, Trucks, and Bicycles
by Mandy Poston and Kristina Scott
*^e||y Freshcorn and Tina Maguylo
P)'epare to go to one class.
and Raleigh have decided to try something quite
a bit different, one different class each day of the
'^‘"rhese classes would allow for example, U S.
History on Monday, Trig on Tuesday. “
ofTechnology on Wednesday, and so forth. This
new schedule will leave a full five hours devoted
to a designated subject. The only down side to
this one day class is that only five classes will
offered, but the up side is students only have one
SwLnU will focus intensively
for one day per week; any homework will ^d
a week later when the class meets
lime will be saved because there will be no class
changes. Also teachers will get to
very well when they spend a whole day w i e
^ wlk ^ week’s worth of material will be
covered each day. Students will probably not
even need bookbags as they will only have one
begin in the upcoming •96-'97 ^‘^»'ool year m
S of sSce labs which c«t last a whole day
Mr Shaw says he may even have tune to issec
Next year Greg Ha.thcock and
Neil Petit will be able to wheel
up to the parking deck.
We have just bc-:n lut': T.ned of a new additioi;
to the lurther construction of Albemarle High
School. Our upper parking lot will be expanded
to a three-level parking deck. All students will be
allowed to park on this deck. Seniors will get
lower level, juniors the middle level, and all
sophomores and freshman will have the top level
along with bike racks for underclassmen bi
cycles. An elevator will provide transportation
on all levels. The school boaid has been ponder
ing this decision for a few years now. They
decided that it will be a belter use of space to go
up with parking spaces. This will eliminate the
ten to twenty minute lines leaving the parking lot.
Along with this new addition, there will be a
covered walkway from the deck to the front d(X)r.
Not only will this walkway he covered but it will
also be a moving walkway much like those in
airports. This will help sludonts get into the
building a little faster and avoid tardies.
Coed Bathrooms Scheduled for ‘96
AHS has recently been having a shortage of
space throughout the school. Old books, desks,
and projectors have been overOowing all of Qie
storage spacc so that more storage is needed.
School faculty and board members have deter
mined that the only solution is to begin using a
few of the student bathrooms to store old school
materials. As a result, students will be forced to
use unisex bathrooms. This new idea will be put
into effect next year. All stalls will have new
locks and tlie doors will extend to the floor. This
will give students more privacy and will also
keep them from being seen by unwanteii eyes To
easure cleanliness ;md privAcy for cver\'oiic,
matrons will be on duty in all coed bathrooms. In
addition to these improvements, the toilets and
faucets will be replaced with more modern ones.
The toilets will have an automatic flush that is
motion censored. Faucets will also be motion
censored and will turn on when a student places
their hands underneath them. To top it all off,
vending machines will be placed in the entry way
of the bathroom. AHS will be pioneering unisex
bathrooms in North Carolina public schixils.