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Volume 62, No. 1
ALBEMARLE HIGH NEWSPAPER
311 Park Ridge Road Albemarle NC 28001
AHS Welcomes New Staff Members
by Wilson Beaver
The 1996-97 school year has been blessed
with many new faculty and staff members. This
year Albemarle High School welcomes anew as
sistant principal, a new librarian, and an array of
The new administrative assistant is Mr. Bill
Mauldin, a former Albemarle graduate. He cur
rently lives in Rockwell, NC, and commutes to
Albemarle. Mr. Mauldin says he is pleased with
the number of students involved in aflerschool
activities, such as athletics, clubs, and thereteach
program. Mr. Mauldin is extremely impressed
with the positive self image of the student body
and the attitudes of the staff members. He is very
pleased to be a new addition to AHS.
The new librarian is Mrs. Sasser, who was
formerly at East Albemarle Elementary School.
"Some students think its uncool to hang out with
the school’s librarian, but students need to be
different”, states Mrs. Sasser. If you have any
book requests or any requests at all, don’t hesti-
late to ask. She is always looking for a way to
improve the library.
A new addition to the science department is
Miss Bryant. She teaches applied science and
physical science and also serves as the statitician
for the 1996 football team. Her other hobbies are
*^oss stitching, singing, and attending church.
Miss Bryant closes with this statement,"AHS is
a Wonderful and enjoyable place to work."
Pop in and welcome Mrs. Poplin to the Bull
dog math family. She teaches pre-algebra, ge
ometry, and introduction to algebra part A. This
Albemarle native attended Pfeiffer College and
received a major in math. In her free time she
enjoys playing basketball, reading novels, and
Another addition to our math department is
Miss Corl. She was bom and raised in Rockwell,
NC. She teaches Algebra II and technical math.
“Albemarle High is so small that the teachers
work more efficiently together, and the students
are friendlier,” states Miss Corl.
Mrs. Watson has come to AHS from South
Carolina. While presently residing in Asheboro,
N.C., Mrs. Watson enjoys baking and interacting
with people. She loves teaching and working at
AHS, where she has classes in teen living and
parent and child development.
Mrs. Morris teaches Computer Applications
I and Hand business law. Presently residing in
Troy, N.C., she enjoys reading, swimming, and
listening to music. She enjoys teaching at AHS
and hopes to broaden the minds of many stu
Mr. Parker teaches Auto Technology 1,11.
and in at AHS. In his free time he rebuilds
classic cars and trucks. Mr. Parker says he enjoys
working with the students ana faculty at AHS.
Welcome to all the new faculty!
The new AHS staff members include L-R Mr. Parker, Miss Corl,
Bryant, Mrs. Poplin, Mrs. Morris, Mrs. Watson, amd Mr. Mauldin.,
Students Experience the Magic of Italy
by Kelly Rakes
an AHS summer tradition, Mrs. Burleson Venice, Florence, a^
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•« Oil nno suinmcr irauiuoi
Mrs. Saunders chaperoned a group of vari-
®Us aged students to Venice, Rorence, Rome,
many other exotic placcs in Italy.
>se AHS students enjoy lunch in
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ken of by the AHS students who traveled there.
The students were wined and dined on a gondola
boat ride in Vcnice where the driver sa^g love
songs to them, andof course they visited the evcr-
so famous leaning tower of Pisa. The group was
also whisked away to the luxurioi^ istod of
Capri where the water was crystal blue and the
behemoth rocks shimmered on the occ^ floor
Emily Rogers. Whitney Davis. Katie Mabr>'. and
Paige Uwder enjoyed the beauuful Island of
CaSi. They .11 suted that “the water was crystal
blue " and “the sandstones covered the entire
oceaii noor." Matthew Ufler remarked that he
••enjoyed the last night at the hotel, and repet ed
that they had to renim to the States. All
students seemed to enjoy the trip and many wish
they could be whisked away to Capn to swun m
the crysul waters once again.
Allen Named Principal at AHS
by Kelly Rakes
We welcome Mrs. Allen, our new principal
at AHS. Mrs. Allen, who has served as assis
tant principal here for the last two years, is well
known to our students and faculty. She was
chosen from a number of applicants by a com
mittee that included three faculty members,
two school board members, and Dr. Church.
Her experience at this school was a postive
factor in her selection as principal. Mrs. Allen
has been involved in education for over twenty
As a mother of two children, Mrs. Allen
realizes the challenges that deal with teenagers
and running a high school, but she is ready for
the challenge even though she will be forced to
give up teaching English at night at Anson
Communtity College. Although there will be
great changes for Mrs. Allen, she said, “I never
felt like a stranger here, and I’m looking for
ward to such a challenge.” Mrs. Allen feels
that AHS is a “good atmosphere,” especially
because the teachers are trying to work with
each other and the smdents. Mrs. Allen plans
to be visible and associate with students, par
ents, and teachers and make AHS have an
atmosphere where everyone feels relaxed and
Welcome, Mrs. Allen!
Mrs. Allen is the leader of tiie
Four Students' Experience a "Fun" Summer School
by Allison Hudson
During the summer of 1996, four of AHS’s
students who are academically inclined and tal
ented attended Governor's School, a six week
Connie Edwaius, James Monroe, and Gary
Her attended the Governor's School West at Sa
lem College in Winston-Salem. Mike Bryan
attended Governor’s School East at St. Andrew’s
College in Laurinburg. This summer program
began on June 23 and ended on August 3.
Each of the four students had some great
things to say about their experience at Gover
nor’s School. They all said that they enjoyed the
summer imensely. Mike studied social sciences
and said that he learned a great deal of new
material. He had a great time going to the band
concerts and playing on the intermural volleyball
and basketball teams. Connie enjoyed all of her
classes. Some were about philosophy and others
were about fractals and complex algebra. Con
nie’s best experience while she was at Gover
nor’s School was attending the Masquerade
Ball. Cormie md all cl her fric ids dress«i up as
the characters from the mo^ic, ease. Lonnie
was Sandy. James studied social sciences and
thought it was great to learn so many new things.
He said that he enjoyed hanging out and playing
basketball during his time away from the books.
Gary enjoyed his art classes and had fun in his
spare time playing basketball and volleyball. He
loved hanging out in the art room with his bud
dies; one of his major accomplishments of the
session was learning to eat twelve scoops of ice
cream in fifteen minutes.
We commend you for spending over half
of your summer “in the books.” However, it
sounds like you had plenty of fun, too!
Beaver and Cooke Attend Summer Conference
by Kelly Rakes
This past June, AHS sent two rising juniors
to attend the camp held at Wingate University for
the Free Enterprise Leadership Coiilcrence.
FELC was held from June 23 lo lune 28 and
was sponsored by the Jes.se Holms Center. Two
AHS juniors, Wilson Beaver ;ind Brandon Cooke,
attended this conference. The purpose of this
conference was to expand the views of studenLs
on the ideas of economics and j:ovemmenl ideas
of the conservative party. Siuilonu; attendinj’
were required to divide into companies so tliov
could devise a product, market it, ami sell it for
Brandon Cooke and Wilson Beaver sccmctl
to enjoy the guest speakers and the conference.
“The views were extremely controversial." said
Beaver. “However, it was highly infirmative on
economic and government issues.”
~W. Beaver and B. Cooke iiappily don
their new FELC snins.