SUBSCRIBE TO A MAGAZINE THE BLACKBIRD Published by Journalism Class of Rocky Mount High School BEAT OXFORD ORPHANAGE VOLUME XXIII ROCKY MOUNT, N. C., TUESDAY, OCTOBER 30, 1951 NUMBER 3 Newsees F. H. A. Program Given F. H. A. members have had a variety of interesting programs this year. Nancy Williams, a form er student of R. M. H. S. ana now a local color stylist, presented a program on selection of colors for a room. One day the members went on a field trip to Singer Sewing Shop to have r'jwing machine at tachments (iBinojistrated. One program was donated to re ports of the District Rally atrond- -d by Charlotte Leonard. Sarah Williamson, Nancy Browning and Miss Josephine Grant, advisor. The officers for first semester are Marjorie Williams, president; Ger trude Coggins, vice president; Dot Williams, secretary; Charlotte Leonard, treasurer and Bonnie Bunn, historian. ‘News And Blues’ “News and Blues of Rocky Mount High,” a radio program sponsored by the Junior-Senior Radio Broadcasters club, may be heard over WEED, AM and FM, every Saturday morning at eleven o’clock. This is the eighth year of the program. Until 1949 it was kno\^ as “Your High School Reporter.” The Radio Broadcaster’s club, sponsored by Mr. Edson, presint this program in order to let the rul'lic know what is going on in Hoi ky Mount High. During the year each member plans and pre sents the program at least oncc. ‘News and Blues” conp.i.sts of news items, th> three top •’unes of tlie week as selected by a school c’ub or organization, and th3 “p >r- sonality of the week” who is per sonally interviewed on the air or an account of )iii> achievernents or accomplishmentb is given. Annual D. E. Convention To Be Held Here 1952 Hi-lNoc-Ar Underway Under the editorship of Albert Rabil and the sponsorship of Miss Alma Murchison, the Hi-Noc-Ar, the annual of the Rocky Mount high school is now in the making. Having received word just re cently that the 1951 edition of this publication had' received a ONE Rating by the Columbia Scho lastic Press Association, the scaff of this year’s annual is working like mad to try to maintain or even better this record. The staff members under the leadership of Rabil were selling ads just as soon as the new school year started. And sell aas they ilid, topping last year’s goal and also the goal that had been set for them this year. Following such an extensive ad campaign, they jumpel right up to their necks into their subscription campaign which also was sucsess- ful with about six hundred twenty- five subscriptions secured. With all these prelimmarie.i out of the way, the staff then got dov. n to business and started to v/ork on the annual itself. Senior pii;tures were scheduled and taken by Bar ringer’s’ Studio. As soon as these were completed, the picture's of the Juniors were immediately started. When these pictures are complet ed, work will begin on Freshman and Sophomore homerooni pictures. Following these, pictures of dif.'er- ent organizations around Rocky Mount high school will be taken. The Hi-Noc-Ar this year is to be the best one yet; so says this year’s staff. Time will tell, but Rocky Mount high school is rooting for this publication. To Attend Convention Johnny Johnson, a senior in high school, has been selected to repre sent Rocky Mount at the Nationa’ convention of the Junior Red Cross. The first meeting of the Co'Uncil will be held in Atlanta in the e^ily spring of 1952. Curtis Publications Start Annual Drive “Do you want to save money and help our class, too?” “Do you know what our school is doing?” These questions are being asked a ^reat many JBW*y~M6urit cTfP zens by members of the Freshman 9j'd Junior classes dur:-ig the an nual magazine subscription cam- t-aijjn that is underway. The goal set for the campaign this year is $4,000 for the two cinss- es. Mr. Charles W. Doak, Curtis i ublishmg Corr'ii.tr'y representa tive, stated +h«it more and better prizes than ever are being oflcr- ed and that the Curtis i^u; lishing Company is paying half the ex pense. Prizes include a coke party for the $25 group, a t-lie^t3r party for the $50 group, and a trophy plus five tickets to the Center for the (Continued on Page 4) Delegates Attend Student Congress Off to Greensboro went Gene Williams, Kay Finch, Preston Brad shaw, Billy Cooper, Mary Wilkin son, and Miss.Kate^Kitchin last Sunday State to annual Student Council Congress. Gene Williams had a big job on l.iis hands this year, having been elected president of the Stale Stu dent Council Congress last year. Gene was not the only “president’’ attending the meeting though. Uiily Cooper is also president of the Eastern District. The congress theme was “To morrow What ? ” D e 1 e g a t e s at tended group discussions with the topics “Tomorrow—What Natioral- ly,” “Tomorrow—What Interna tionally,” and “Tomorrow—What Personally.” A formal bii'K^uet was held at (Continued on Page 4) Jordan Plays 'Jo’; Other Roles Cast Julia Jordan has been selected for the part of Jo in “Jo’s Boys,” the first play of the Edsonians this season. The play is taken from Louisa May Alcott’s book by the same name. There are three of her ‘boys’ in the play although two of them are adopted sons. Those ca^ for Jo’s sons ar© Teddy, Tommy, Avent; Emil, and adopted son interested in navigation, Jimmy Armstrong; and Dan, another of Jo’s adopted sons, Lloyd “Country” Thrower. Meg, Jo’s older sister is to be played by Jean Cooper while Demi, her son who is interested in journ alism will be portrayed by Ken Brinson and , Jossie, her daughter, who is interested in dramatics to be played by Donna Clark. Kay Finch will portray the part of Amy, Jo’s younger sister and Newsom Maples will play the part of Amy’s husband, Laurice. Their daughter is Bess, portrayed by Emily Baker. Owen Williams is to play the part of professor Bhaer, Jo’s hus band. Nan, a girl studying to be a r; ^onitnucd on Page 4) RMHS Boys Honored Two Rocky Mount high school students have been nominated by Representative John H. Kerr for appointments to the United States Naval Academy. The Warrenlon congressman named Worthington Hohhs, a senior, as one of the principals for the two Annapolis Appoint ments. Billy Cooper, another senior, was named as first alternate for a lliird Naval Academy ap pointment. Rah! Rah! Rah! Halloween m Homeroom 10 Reports Miss Johnson’s homeroom is proud of it’s ability to pick good ' class officers. The officers are, Stanley Legett, President, Aubrey ^ Almand, vice president, Paul Bul- luck, secretary and James Chand ler, treasurer. Student Representa tives are Mary Proctor for the first semester and Molly Spruill for the whole term. Elaine Petes hns r;cently be come a member of II. R 10. She ' hails from Nehawka, Nebraska. In ! her comparison of the Neht'V/ka Consolidated School and R. M. II. S. she said that the local school was much larger, the teachers ai'e friendlier, the girls are the same and the boys are ‘all taken.’ Rocky Mount D. E. Club will perve as host Club for the sixth an nual D. E. Convention which will tftke place on November 1, 1951 in the Roc'ky Mount High School Auditorium. The Convention will get under way with the registration in the lobby between 9:00 and 10:00. Be tween eighty to on© hundred club members from Durham, Wilming ton, Goldsboro and New Bern are expected to attend. Emily Baker, chairman of Social Committee says that there will be refreshments during the registration hour. ■Following registration, welcome ' addresses will be delivered by D. S. Johnson, Superintendent of Schools, C. M. Edson, Principal of Rocky Mount High School, and R. E. Eason, President Merchants Asso ciation. After these a business meeting will be undertaken. There will be a panel discussion on “Does Retailing Offer for a Successful Business Career”? The panel will be made up of A1 Brand on, Evening Telegram; Mrs. Ruth Coley, Ma.\-fair Shop; Herliert Knight, Belk-Tylers; Doug Long- well, Rosenbloom Levy; and Jake Winstead, Enterprise Furniture Store. W. G. Slattery, club spon sor and a member of the Woman’s college faculty, will act as modera tor. The morning session will be brought to an end with a luncheon out at Buck Overton’s. The main item on top for the afternoon session, which gets un derway at 2:00, is the election of officers for Eastern District and election of delegates to national convention. Above the cheerleaders, leading in a Halloween yell, are from left to right Jimmy Shine, Jean Cooper, Newsome Maples, Sheila Robbins, Dot Whitley, Marland Reid, Edith Ann Johnson and Richard Byrd. Committee Starts Glean Up Projects To improve the looks of RMIIS the House and Grounds committee got off to quick start. They have already completed two projects. The first being the replacement oi the water fountain on the back campus. Second, the committee has made a -check of all the home room to find anything which needs attending to. The fountain, a gift of the Sen ior Class of ’49, was run over by a car. It will be set up by Mr. Car- tee as soon as he finishes replac ing windows. The House and Grounds Com mittee, made up of Jimmy Davis, Chairman and Elva Griffin, Patri cia Harris, Janet Spain, Nancy Newbold, and Bobby Wimberly, has planned a good list of future piojects also. ‘‘Besides having the job of cleaning and dusting the tro phy cace, they have planned to plant grass on the back campus if the str.dent body will cooperate,” f^^aid chairman Davis. Large trash cans will be put on the halls; as signments will be given to differ ent homerooms to take certain halls for a certain time and keep them loo'king clean and neat; and other projects to make the school look better are expected.