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WALTER M. WILLIAMS HIGH SCHOOL
NO. 3, THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 1957
Jim Copland won the annual
voice of r3ei.i ,^r. /” ,\,ntest ne'd
at Williams High School November
3 under the direction of Mrs. Lucille
All speeches were taped on a re
cording from which they were judged
The speeches were judged by Mrs
Dula, Mrs. Betty Gerow. Mr. L. G
Guthrie, Mr. Fred Miller, and Mr
Jack Starnes from radio station WF
There were 37 contestants in the
contest with Mrs. Dula’s fifth period
speech class making up the majority
of the participants. The school win
ner, Jim Copland, will represent Wal
ter Williams in the county contest
to be held at radio station WFNS.
Participants in the county contest
will include first place winners from
Walter Williams, Graham, E. M.
Holt, Elon, Gibsonville, Mebane, Haw
River, Altamahaw-Ossipee, Alexander
Wilson, Pleasant Grove, and Jordan
Sellars High Schools.
The winners of the school contest
were named as follows: Jim Cop
land^ first place; MiJe.d Hadley, sec
ond; David Mc'-'orA/e ■’^ird; and
Four honorable awards
went to Linda Gilliam, Vlanny Um-
berger, William Bane, and Dale
Whitted. Others competing in the
semi-final round were: Betty Finley,
Adelaide Goodman, Judy Wright, Sal
ly Wright, Jimmy Gerow, Dale John
son, Douglas Moss, Susan Lilly, Tom
my Neal, and Brenda Butler.
Senior Class Selects 41
Superlatives For A nnual
Superlatives for I9‘=8 chosen recently by popular vote of the senior
cla.ss were announced today. Judy Wright, editor of the Doe-Wah-Jack,
released the list of superlatives which will be published in the Williams
High School annual in May.
Among those honored are: Eliza-
^ beth Loy and .Jimmy Barnwell, Best
Of Class Play
Members of the Safety Council participating in the P. T. S. A. program
tonight are shown above. Pictured left to right are ,1. L. Wagoner, Melinda
Messer, Roland Hodge, Brenda Hay and Clyde Gordon.
Safety Council Will Appear
In PTSA Program Tonight
Tonight a panel discussion will be presented by members of the
Williams High Safety Council during the second Parent Teacher Student
Association meeting of the year at 8:00 p.m. in the school auditorium.
The Barker Staff
Will Show Movie
As a feature of the observance of
American Education Week, The Bar
ker staff will present a movie, “The
Silver Chalice” tomorrow, November
15 in the school auditorium.
The technicolor film, starring Robert
Taylor, will be shown during the
first and second periods and will
take the place of the weekly chapel
An admission fee of 25 cents per
person will be charged and tickets
will be sold during homeroom period
tomorrow. The proceeds will be used
in financing The Barker in its in
creased number of publications.
“For the Future We Build Through
a Program of Safety" is being plan
ned by Mr. George Best, chairman
of the P. T, S. A. Safety Committee;
Mi tiajLiy iJitcmttc, ,A..r, ..tav,
cipal; and Mr. Bill Hight, English
The main purpose of the discussion
is to acquaint parents and students
with the reasons the Safety Council
was originated and its basic purposes.
Also, the activities it has accom
plished in the past, what it is doing
at the present, and its future plans
will be discussed.
The moderator for the program
will be Brenda Hay. Roland Hodge,
president of the council, Melinda
Messer, J, I,. Wagoner, and Clyde
Gordon will compose the panel. After
the discussion, the panel will answer
questions of the audience.
The P. T. S. A. membership drive
closed Friday, November 1, with a
total membership of 1,652, a 24 per
cent increase over last year. Nine
homerooms were awarded theater,
tickets for attaining a 200 per cent
M>d six homc'ccms v/rrt
given ice cream for their 100 per
Tuesday, November 19 has been
selected as the annual P. T. S. A.
Loyalty Day. A quota was designated
of $20.00 per homeroom. The funds
will be u.sed to install a fire alarm
system in the school.
In a recent meeting of the Execu
tive Council, P.T.S.A. members voted
to contribute $50 to The Barker
fund. The newspaper staff will pub
lish monthly a front page article
concerning P.T.S.A. activities. This ar
ticle will replace Hi-Lites, a mimeo
graphed letter published monthly for
parents and students.
Freshmen Name Class Officers
Freshman class officers for 1957-58,
elected in homeroom balloting No-
veber 2. are Tommy Newsome, presi
dent; Betty Ford, vice president;
Bonnie McEvoy, secretary; and Ward
Broadway Comes To City
WHS’ers Perform In Play
Nine Williams High students will
appear in tonight's production of
“Junior Miss", a three-act comedy,
which will be presented at the Hill-
crest School at 8:00 p.m.
Those appearing are: Holt Brown,
Billy Durham, Wesley Batten^ Chris
Fayle, Rosanna Gant, Frankie Mans
field, Ben Rushin, David McCorkle,
and Richard l.innemann.
Members of the Burlington Play-
makers, a newly formed organization,
4re producing the comedy which was
on Broadway. It has also been made
into a movie and is going to be re
done as a musical.
Tickets are on sale now for “Jun
ior Miss” at $1.50.
The play is directed by Olin and
Fran Campbell, well-known for their
work with the Children’s Theater.
The purpose of the Playmakers is
to bring live drama to Burlington.
“Dark Victory" and “Buy Me Blue
Ribbons" will also be presented this
The officers were chosen from a
field of 16 candidates. Those com
peting for the offices were Peggy
Carrol, Paul Ellis, Tommy Newsome,
and Judy Thompson, for president;
Fay Allred. Betty Ford, Carlton
Prickett, and Bernie Ephland, for
vice president; Molly Wrape, Bonnie
McEvoy, Nina Stanfield, and Harold
Kernodle, for secretary; and Jenny
Bivens, Russell Cooper, Ward May,
and Becky Robertson, for treasurer.
Tommy Newsome is on the fresh
man football team, a member of the
Booster's Club, and vice president of
his homeroom. Being a Red Cross
representative, playing flute in the
band, and belonging to the Booster's
Club are among Betty Ford’s activi
ties. Bonnie McEvoy is in the Boos
ter's Club and treasurer of her home
room. Among Ward May's activities
are membership in the Booster’s Club
and drummer in the band.
Final preparations are being com
pleted this week for the presentation
of the junior class play, “You Can’t
Take It with You,” a three-act com
edy which will be given November
26 in the Williams High School au
ditorium at 8:00 p.m.
Cast members who have been re
hearsing the play for a month include
Penelope Sycamore, portrayed by
Ann Porterfield: Essie, Noel Lane
Smith; Rheba, Pollyanna White; Paul
Sycamore, Tommy Lynch: Mr. De
Pinna, Marvin Coble; Ed, John Rud
der; Donald, William Bane; Grandpa
Vanderhof, David McCorkle.
Alice will be played by Kathryn
Boone: Henderson. Dale Johnson;
Tony Kirby, Henry Johnson; Boris
Kolenhov, Mike McManus; Gay Wei-
lirKitOTi r'^^roly?? Srpith; Mr. Fred
Kirby. Mike Henderson; Mrs. Kirby,
Betty Barbee: Olga, Dee Brown; and
three men, played by Reade Allen.
Barry Shaw and Malcolm Kilpatrick.
Mr. William Hight, English and
drama instructor^ is directing the
Students heading various commit
tees for the production of the play
are: stage manager, Ben Rushin;
assistant stage manager, Chris Fayle;
Publicity, Gail Elkins, Malcolm Kil
patrick; Make-up, Pat White, Ida
Edwards; Lighting. Barry Shaw;
properties, Ruth Coble, Kathy Clark;
costumes. Pat Patterson; and business
manager, Phil Deaton.
Tickets for the play may be obtain
ed from any junior or may be pur
chased at the box office the night
of the play.
Looking; Sally Wright and Mac Gar
rison, Most Popular: Mary Thomp
son and Calvin Linnemann, Most
Intellectual; and Michael Holt and
Sammy Pickard, Be.st School Spirit.
Most Likely To Succeed
Judy Wright and Alvis Rich were
selected Most Likely to Succeed. Also
chosen were: Melinda Messer and
Mike Avent, Best Dressed; Brenda
Wilson and Johnny Weeks, Most Per
sonality; Wanda Ware and Mike Lit
tlejohn, Most Congenial; Edith Baker
and Roland Hodge, Most Musical;
Dennie Harvey and David Guyer,
, Best All Around
Voted Best All Around were Joan
Holt and Don Newlin. Others se
lected as superlatives were Wanda
Anderson and Billy Newsome, Cutest;
Joanne Moff and Mike Lassiter, Big
gest Flirts; Betty Finley and Jimmy
Suggs, Most Talkative; Irma Jean
Sawyer and Eugcnc-Craoford, Quist
est; Linda Gilliam and DeWitt Jones,
Most Original: Betty Spicer and Jer
ry Hollifield, Most Athletic; Becky
Carlyle and Jim Copland, Most Ef
Five Others Honored
Five other seniors were elected to
serve as Testator, Historian. Prophet,
and Giftorians. Thelma Brown will
assume the duties of Testator by writ
ing the “Last Will and Testament”
of the senior class. Ruth Lemmons,
Historian, will be responsible for
writing the history of the senior
class, and Ben Rushin, as Prophet,
will foretell the future of members
of the class. The giftorians, Nancy
Haskins and Jack Newman will pur
chase gifts to be presented to the
seniors on class day.
literature from the University of
North Carolina. At present she is
advisor to the junior class.
Key Club Honors Mrs. Gerow
With Directory Dedication
Mrs. James A. Gerow, English and Latin instructor at Williams High
School, received the dedication to the Williams' Key Club Directory in
a presentation ceremony at a student assembly program in the school
auditorium November 1.
Tommy Neal, president of the Key
Club, made the presentation for the
The dedication reads: “For her will
ingness always to help, for her help
ful advice in times of crisis, for the
many hours she has spent for the
betterment of Burlington youths, for
the girl whose face brightens any oc
casion, for these and numerous un
told qualities, we the members of
the Key Club dedicate this 1957-58
.Student Faculty Directory to its own
personal girl—Mrs. Betty Gerow.”
A member of the Williams faculty
for eight years, Mrs. Gerow has
been advisor to the Keyettes for five
years. She has been closely affiliated
with the Key Club during this time.
Mrs. Gerow received an A. B.
degree in Latin from Meredith Col
lege and her M. A. degree in English MRS. BETTY GEROW