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W. P. GRIER SCHOOL
GASTONIA, NORTH CAROLINA, DECEMBER, 1969
QUINN ELECTED TREASURER
Everyone knows that the 9th
grade has hall monitors, but did
you know that the seventh grade
now has them?
Angela Costner, Donna
Hawkins, Skip Kelly, Jill Mason,
Dale Browning, Ronnie Ellington,
Chuck Lineberger, Phil Harris,
Raymond Mackins, and Dan
Martin are the new 7th grade
monitors. They keep order on the
playground and stand outside the
rooms during the class changes. To
help identify them from the other
students, they wear red arm bands.
These students are performing
a difficult job very well. Teachers
and other students are weU pleased
with the monitorial system they
“Twas the hour before the
dance and all through the house
Students were getting ready - - as
quick as a mouse!”
This special occasion was the
eighth and ninth graders’ dance on
December 12th. Most students
came out with dates but quite a
few arrived there stag.
At 7:30 the dance began, and
hvely music was provided through
out the evening by the Brass
Buttons, a group of talented young
The gym was gaily decorated
and spirits were high as students
danced, talked, socialized, and
just listened. Excitement was in
the air, and all had a grand time.
Everyone was sorry to see the
time roll around to 10:30, for that
brought a close to this year’s
“But we heard students say as
they walked out of sight. Merry
Christmas to all, and to all a good
ELECTION OF TREASURER
On November 18, campaigns of the candidates for Student Council
Treasurer began. Those seeking the title were Neal Giles, Vicki Gray,
Michael Quinn, and Lynne Trinnal. Students who managed their
campaigns were (in the same order) PhylHs Elkins, Melany Medlock,
Michael Davis, and Vicki Bayless.
Many long hours were spent making posters and buttons to wear
urging one to vote for a favorite candidate. Hard work on the part of
all involved combined to make a very interesting and colorful campaign.
Posters were unusual and attractive, buttons were eye-catching, and die
candy distributed by several candidates added a special treat!
The finale of the campaign came when the students met in the
auditorium on Monday, November 24. The assembly was called to order
by our president. Devotions were given by Margaret Caldwell, and the
program was then turned over to Bill Rhyne, head of the elections
committee. Campaign managers dehvered their speeches first, followed
by a few words from the candidates themselves. Some had planned
humorous skits to complement their theme and these were enjoyed by
The next morning in homeroom the students voted for their choice,
and the winner was announced shortly before the end of school that
The winner just happened to be the only boy in the running - Michael
Quinn. Mike lives at 3221 Union Road. He has one brother named
“Chuck”, who is 14, and two older sisters, Janice and Sherry.
He has hved all his life in Gastonia and attended Robinson School,
where he was always an honor student.
Mike and his family attend Olney Presbyterian Church.
Among his hobbies are rock collecting, cychng, and swimming.
Apparently Mike does not mind coming to school, because when
asked about his favorite subject, he replied, “I like them all!”
When Mike heard of his election to office, his reaction was a feeHng
of joy and relief.
“It will be a great honor working on the Student Council and with
the other officers and students,” Michael said.
Mike was quick to give much credit for his victory to his campaign
manager, Michael Davis.
We extend our congratulations to Michael and feel confident he’ll
make an excellent treasurer.
HAVE YOU NOTICED?
Have you noticed something new in the auditorium? Well, if you
haven’t, take a look to the front. The much needed new stage curtains
should catch your eye. The front curtains are pomegranate and the
back-up ones are beige. New pomegranate curtains also deck the side
doors through which we enter in the mornings.
These new curtains were purchased by the school from Southern
School Service, Inc. and were installed on November 13.
The old curtains had been in the auditorium since Grier was built in
1955 and were beginning to show their age.
This new addition certainly brightens our auditorium, and we all
have something of which to be proud.
SEVENTH GRADE DANCE
On Friday, December 5 the
Student Council sponsored a
Christmas dance for the 7th
graders. These students were finally
treated as fairly as the upperclass
men, which is what they wanted
A vote was taken beforehand to
decide whether they wanted the
7th grade teachers or the Student
Council to sponsor the dance. The
Student Council was appointed to
The gym was decorated in
colorful crepe paper which con
veyed the holiday spirits of the
students. Cokes and candy were
sold as refreshments. Records - -
the entertainment for the evening--
were enjoyed by all.
Admission was $1.00 drag and
75(( stag. The dance began at 7:30
and ended at 10:00.
Everyone attending certainly
seemed to have a wonderful time,
and it is apparent that all of the
7th graders are looking forward to
their next dance.