SONS AND DAUGHTERS OF FIRESTONE FAMILIES
Ashley High Seniors Look Forward To Careers
Among the large number of Firestone Textiles employees’
sons and daughters who will be graduated from high school this
year, most of them have definite plans for their careers. And
many of the vocations to which they aspire call for additional
education. At Gastonia’s Ashley High School, where there is the
largest number of Firestone seniors, a survey discovered that
well over half the candidates for graduation plan to continue
their education. The fields of business administration, engineering
and other areas of science, and teaching were the most popular
choices for careers. The survey showed there were 28 Firestone
seniors at Ashley. Besides those who will resume their formal
education this fall, some hope to go directly to a permanent job,
a few plan to enter military service, and two girls look forward to
becoming housewives. Of those interested in a career in science,
two boys will enter the field of textiles.
On Ihe sieps of Ashley High, ihese four seniors
talk over their plans for after graduation this
spring. They are (from left): Jean Splawn, Brenda
Crenshaw, Glenn Turner and Robert Bradshaw.
Jean will spend the summer working as a secre
tary. Brenda, too, will take a secretarial job.
Glenn's plans call for an enlistment in the Navy,
while Robert looks forward to college, with studies
Lester Moore and Betty Liles prepare a report
on geographical boundaries. Lester wants to study
electrical engineering, with emphasis on television.
Betty plans further study in preparation as a book
Jerry Thompson, here working on a mechanical
drawing, plans to join ihe Marine Corps after
graduation. With him are Margaret Burr (left).
who this summer will begin training as a tele
phone operator; and Faye Bumgardner McFee. She
will take a secretarial course at Evans College of
Larry Clark (left), reviews a woodworking
project with industrial arts instructor Joe Boley.
Larry looks forward to entering Appalachian State
Teachers College, Boone, for studies in science
In one of the science laboratories, James Wat
son (left), studies human anatomy, with Ernest J.
Phillips, Jr., Ashley assistant principal, and Brenda
Edison. James will enroll at the North Carolina
Vocational Textile School, Belmont. Brenda will
go to Brevard College, Brevard, for a one-year
course in business administration and personnel.
In the distributive education classroom, Phyllis
Moore (left), and Maxine Beddingfield review
notes on an assignment. Both girls plan to attend
business school to prepare themselves as secre
College catalogs help these students in the selec
tion of their higher education. Janice Barbee (left).
will enter Carson Newman College, Jefferson City,
Tenn., next fall. She will prepare to teach Latin.
R. F. Piercy, Jr. has decided on textile engineering,
and will attend NC State College, Raleigh. Betty
Jane Nichols, a future teacher, has chosen Sacred
Heart Junior College of Belmont for studies in
Its tfoad bus
John Bradley, who will continue his present job
with a Gastonia supermarket, goes over some notes
on distributive education with his teacher, Mrs.
After finishing summertime employment in a
local store, Paul Johnson (left), will join the Navy.
Leonard McMillan expects to study auto mechanics.
but may first enter the Air Force for a term of
service. Here, the two seniors discuss a problem
in the operation of an auto engine.
Students in the principal's office here deal in
problems pertaining to their chosen field of busi
ness administration. They are Esther Love (taking
dictation from Miss Evelyn Howell, teacher) and
(from left), Doris Shehan, Geraldine Ballew and
Rayford Painter (left), Betty Case and Carroll
Hardin check geography references in the school
library. Rayford plans a career in business, and
Carroll hopes to take a course in electronics. Betty
has made plans to enter a school of nursing.