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Volume 62, No. 3
ALBEMARLE HIGH NEWSPAPER
311 Park Ridge Road Albemarle NC 28001
Band Achieves High Ratings
by Allison Hudson
If you attend any football games or go by the band room during sixth period, then you know that
the Albemarle High School band is superb in its musical performances. The band is made up of 76
ninth through twelth grade members.
On Saturdays during the fall, the band attends various band contests at different high schools in
North Carolina. The concerts that Albemarle has attended have been held at Ledford, S.W. Guilford,
N. Gaston, Union Pines, and Albemarle’s own Showcase of Bands. At these contests Albemarle has
received one superior rating, three excellent ratings, six second place awards, and one third place
Upcoming plans for the band members include their annual Christmas concert at the Agri-Civic
Center on December 19. Over spring break the band will be traveling to Orlando, Rorida, to compete
in a concert and parade competition. While in Florida, they will have time to relax and have fun at
Disney World, Epcot Center, Sea World, and Universal Studios. They will also be competing in a
Concert bands competition in March.
The band has worked very hard to accomplish such outstanding awards. Look for our award
winning band in the upcoming Albemarle Christmas Parade on Nov. 30.
The AHS Band has entertained numerous fans during their marching season and
impressed many Judges during their competitions.
AHS Will Parade On Nov. 30
by Kelly Rakes
You can really tell the holidays are rolling
^Und when the malls are decorated, we’re out
Thanksgiving, the Christmas Wish Book has
*^ived, and the Christmas Parade is scheduled
AHS is sponsoring numerous clubs and ath-
groups in this festive event at the end of
^“vember. The S. A.V.E. Club andtheB.A.D.D.
, are sponsoring a float that will illustrate the
'f’Portance of driving safely, with a focus on
and alcohol awareness, especially during
* holiday season. The band is participating in
. ® Parade to show their musical genius in play-
festive music for this special occasion. The
. ®nd the Varsity Cheerleaders will be march-
^ to show all of Stanly County their AHS pride.
^ ® Black Culture Club is also marching to
^®mber and honor the roots of all African-
l^'rican citizens. AHS Homecoming Queens
Miller and Tonya Smith along with the
'Or COUPt jnd senior court representatives will
^ Participate in the parade. In addition, DECA
D will represent the vocational club in the
j Senior Miss DECA Marci Tucker and
Miss DECA Tiffany Eudy will ride in the
parade as symbols of DECA.
The parade will be on November 30 at 3:00
P.M. We encourage all AHS students and
faculty members to come and watch the parade
and show their school pride during this holiday
season. We hope for good weather for all those
in the parade.
Welcome, Mr. Byrd!
by Kelly Rakes
AHS is proud to welcome another new member
to the AHS staff and student body. Mr. Kent
Byrd is our new assistant principal.
Mr. Byrd gets to know AHS students
Michaei Burgess and Alex Lowder.
Mr. Byrd has jumped right into the scheme of
things here at AHS, even though he has never
held an admistrative job at a high school level.
He received his undergraduate and master's
degrees at Appalachian State, so he is used to a
smaller student-teacher environment. He was
formerly employed by the Newton-Conover
Schools where he doubled as one of the football
and basketball coaches. He has also worked for
theThomasville schools and the Guilford County
schools. Even though he has worked at other
school systems, Mr. Byrd is “looking forward to
working with the AHS students.” Mr. Byrd also
mentioned the school is absolutely beautiful and
the football team is outstanding.
Although Mr. Byrd loves working in public
education, he also has other hobbies that include
golf, reading, writing his autobiography, and
spending time with his family (which includes
five children from first grade to tenth grade).
AHS is privileged to have Mr. Kent Byrd on the
staff and wish him productive and happy times at
YVC Champs - AGAIN!,
by Wilson Beaver
On November 4,1994, the Alt^emarle Bull
dog football team made history. The team ueat
the Yadkin Valley Conference arch rival, the
North Rowan Cavaliers, in overtime to become
YVC champions. Ever since this highly emo
tional game, there has been fierce competition
between the two schools. On November 8,1996,
history was made once again. The Bulldogs beat
the Cavaliers in a last second play and won the
YVC championship for a second time!
The game was a nail-biter imtil the end, espe
cially when North Rowan turned up the juice and
scored with only eight seconds left in the game.
But the miracle did not occur until the Cavaliars
missed the extrapoint and kept Albemarle ahead
14-13. With the sight of the missed extra point,
the Albemarle stands cleared out onto the field
for an early celebration. The fans finally cabned
down and left the field so the remaining final sec
onds of the game could be played. The fans once
again piled out onto the field for a championship
Congratulations to C'cac/. Caster and hj« staif
and the team membcis who brought home cur
second YVC championship in three years!
Football players celebrate their recent
victory over North Rowan and their YVC
Championship! (photo courtesy SNAP}
Tiffany Eudy and Marci Tucker will
represent AHS as DECA queens.
Albemarle City Schools Merged with Stanly County Schools
by Journalism Staff
November 7,1996, became a monumental day in the history of the Albemarle City Schools
as the system ceased to exist when a merger was instituted by the Stanly County Commission
ers. The five Albemarle City Schools are now part of the Stanly County School System.
Both school boards were dissolved and a new school board was appointed to lead the newly
formed system for the next two years. Mr. David Grigg, local attorney, was clected to chair
the school board through the merger process. Dr. Gene Moore was elccted by the school board
to continue in the position of superintendent.
School is continuing as usual while the school board and administrative officials work on
melding the two systems; their first goals are to merge the financial and the personnel aspecu
of the two former systems. Hopefully, the process will ultimately result in better education
for all students in Stanly County.