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ROCKY MOUNT, N. C.,TUESDAY, DECEMBER 11 1951
GIFTS FOR NEEDY
Just before Christmas many
clubs and organizations in school
undertake the job of helping needy
families. The Junior Red Cross
helps to fill Christmas boxes for
foreign children to make their
Christmas a little happier. Already
this work is well along its way.
SENIORS SELL CANDY
The senior class has as oi!e of
its projects, the selling of candy.
All over town, seniors can be seen
selling candy of three different
types. The results of the sales show
that it is being most successful.
Chief Sunrise, a full-blooded
Sioux Indian, spoke about some of
his many experiences throughout
the United States to the student
body of Rocky Mount high school
in assembly recently.
The Protos, the Scout fraternity
of Troop Eleven, brought this pro
gram to Rocky Mount. The mem
bers of Troop Eleven mat the In
dian chief at Camp Dudley, New
York while they were on their trips
to Canada last summer.
F. H. A. SPONSORS COURTESY
F. H. A. members will again
sponsor the cam'paign for the most
courteous boy or girl in RMHS.
This year, however, the contest will
be conducted differently. Each
homeroom will elect the most cour
teous student for its homeroom.
FHA members will observe these
students and make the final selec
tions in the spring. The winner
will be presented' with a copy of
Emily Post’s “Book of Etiquette.”
HR 102 PLANS PARTY
Homeroom 102 lost two students
recently when Edward Williams
and Kenneth Wood decided to re
turn to Benvenue.
Plans are already made and
partly carried out for the home
room Christmas party. Margie Fen
tress is chairman of the decorating
committee and Gene Arnold heads
the program committee.
Holiday Dance Plans
Announced By Baker
Plans for the annual Christmas
dance are already underway and
the committees are working to
make the dance one of the high
lights of the holiday season for
The chairman of the social com
mittee has announced that the var
ious Committee chairmen are Emily
Baker, decorations; Donald Bryan,
refreshments; Shirley Robbins, in
vitations; Lloyd Thrower, clean-up;
Margaret Daughtridge, arrange
ments; and Tommy Avent, music.
The entire social coommittee works
on all committees.
No special program will be pre
sented. However, a “king” of the
Christmas dance will be crowned
at intermission. Music will be pro
vided by a juke-box with one hun
dred records. Refreshments will be
The dance will be held December
14 from 9 to 12 o’clock. Invitations
will be given out in the homerooms
and guest bids can be obtained
through Miss Kitchin’s office.
Looney Leads In Campaign;
Cla&ses Fall Short Of Goal
Tommy Looney led the junior
class through its 1951 magazine
subscription campaign, not only in
number of subscriptions but also in
amount collected. As president of
his class, he was constantly urging
his class on towards its goal.
Looney did not stop at urging
others along; he got out and put
his shoulder to the wheel also.
When the first report came from
Miss Kitchin’s office, the junior
clais president came out ahead as
the high salesman with a total of
With a $4,000 goal before them,
the freshmen and juniors set to
woi'k to sell as many magazines as
the could. A total of 779 subscrip
tions were sold, but the goal was
not reached. The juniors sold
$1615.05 'and the fresshmen sold
$1145.50 for a school’s total of $2,-
760.55. Of these two sums the
juniors received as their profit
$562.92 and the freshmen received
$399.45 for a total profit of $962.37.
The leading salesmen of the junior
class were Tonuny Looney, Glenn
Daughtridge, Donald Bryan, Lewis
Faulkner, and Myra Padgett.
These five people showed fine
school spirit as they worked hard
CO help their class reach its goal.
The five top salesmen from the
freshmen class were Bill Kinche-
loe, Marty Purvis, Lucinda Oliver,
Wiley Shearin, and Carolyn Rabil.
A vote of appreciation goes to
them for helping their class along
with its goal.
The students decided against in
dividual class prizes this year, but
the Curtis Publishing Company
still gave their individual prizes to
the top three salesmen.
‘Jo’s Boys’, A Success
Mrs. Mildred Kramer, the direc
tor, stated that “Jo’s Boys” was
the most successful production of
the Edsonians since she’s been here.
Julia Jordan, who starred as
“Jo,” gave an excellent perfor
mance as the forty year old author
ess. Playing to a full house, Julia
remained poised and executed her
part splendidly. Other outstanding
roles—were played by Tommy
Avent, Ken Brinson, Donna Clark
and Shelia Robbins. Peggy Diet-
zel designed the set.
At a party at the Teen Age Club,
the production crew and cast pre
sented Mrs. Kramer with a gold
necklace and earring set and Miss
Lou with a pair of earrings.
Choir Sings For Clubs
Starting its annual Christmas
Schedule of appearances, the high
school choir sang for the Civitan
Club at its regular monthly meet
ing at the Ricks Hotel last Tues
Other clubs and organizations
that have had or will have the
choir to sing for them are the
Lions Club at Club Rio, the Y. M.
C. A., the PTiSA and the high
Selections which the choir uses
are ‘Almighty God of Our Fathers’
by Will James; ‘Monastery’ by
Austeris Wihtol; ‘White Christ
mas’ by Irving Berlin; ‘The Dark
Stole Up On Bethlehem’ by Eilen
Jane Lorenz; ‘Carol of the Bells’
by Peter J. Wilhousky; ‘Christmas
Wajtch’ by Margaret Hokanson;
‘Cantique Noel’ by Adolphe Adams;
and ‘Rudolfe the Rednose Rein
The choir, under the direction of
Mr. H. Parry, has, been taking ad
vantage of this service to its com
munity for 17 years.
Dickie Taylor, RMHS guard, was
named on the All-Eastern Class
AAA Conference football team
selected by coaches of the seven
seven coaches in the loop this week.
Back Billy Cooper was selected
for the second team.
Of Literary Guild
Dramatic students were guests
at a series of dramatic readings
presented by Miss Cornelia Otis
Skinner, daughter of one of the
great Shakespearian actors. Her
program, sponsored by the Liter
ary Guild, was held in the high
school auditorium last Thursday
Miss Skinner presented’ five
sketches during the program and
skillfully shifted from one charac
terization to the other, from, youth
to old age, and from one extreme
to the other in dialogue.
She collaborated with Emilie
Kimbraugh on the two best sell
ers, “Our Hearts, Were Young and
Gay” and “Our Hearts Are Grow
The Literary Guild plans to pre
sent Basil Rathbone in a similar
program in February.
Edsonians To Give
‘A Christmas Rose’
At PTA, Assembly
“A Christmas Rose,” a one-act
play by Pauline Phelps, has been
chosen by the Edsonians for their
Annual Christmas play. It will be
presented' at PTSA December 12
and in assembly on December 14.
The curtain opens to find Rob
erta and Gladys, two rather selfish
hi;jh school girls, busily wrapping
Christmas gifts. They show no
Christmas spirit at all as they
work. Grandma Usher is rather dis
appointed in modern Christmases,
girls and their ,boy friends.
Harry and Gresham enter and
talTi about Christmas and Grand
ma Usher says that the cost of pre
sents doesn’t count, but the respect
and love behind them do. She says
that in her day a rose suited her
just fine. Gresham takes notice
of this and brings Grandma a rose
on the next visit.
Nellie, the maid, is also having
troubles of her own. She ruins her
only dance dress while trying to
dye it. She tells Roberta about this
but Roberta pays no attention.
Roberta Dreams of Christmas
During a nap, Roberta is visited
by the Spirit of Christmas who
tells her that he is looking for
some Christmas spirit, from which
he gets his strength to carry on.
He finds none except in the one
little rose which Gresham has' giv-
en to Grandma Usher. This visit to
Roberta brings a great change in
her. She gives her own dress to
Nellie, she gets that missing Christ
mas spirit, and Nellie nails her nian
Those in the production are
Janet Fulcher as Roberta, Peggy
Deitzel as Gladys, Tommy Avent
as Harry, Owen Williams as Gres
ham, Jimmy Armstrong as the
Spirit of Christmas, Kay as Mrs.
Usher, Donna Clark as Nellie, and
Newsome Maples as Hans.
Musical Electric Eye Heard
In 'House Of Magic’ Show
Entering the band room last
Tuesday, Dick McIntyre came up
to- Mr. Parry and said coldly, “Mr.
Parry, I’m tired of playing the
drums. I think I’ll play a new in
“And what would that be?”
Mr. Parry replied.
Dick answered quickly and hum
orously, “The electric eye!”
This humorous little story, true
or false, came as a result of the as
sembly “House of Magic,” given
last Tuesd'ay by General Electric.
RMHS students were “electrified"
by the marvelous demonstrations
given by Mr. John Ryan with the
help of his technician.
The demonstrations were com
pletely scientific and contained
neither magic nor trickery, al
though many students found that
hard to believe. Mr. Ryan was not
only an expert in his field of
science but also a comedian and
musician. He kept his audience
laughing with witty remarks which
were actually true and played “How
Dry I Am” on an electirc eye. Be
sides this he shook hands with his
own shadow, made a “cherry soda,”
took a super-sonic picture, and with
the help of James' Johnson, local
student, he ran a miniature rail
road train by speaking one, two,
and three syllable words or toots.
Static electricity, neon lights, and
more electric eye feats were de
if.t pro,jram came to an end
when Mr. Roy Williamson, Rocky
Mount’s city manager, explained
that the program was no advertis
ing stunt but was a production to
show what the “GE” laboratories
are doing in the scientific field.
I The General Electric ‘House of
Magic’ Shov? was sponsored by the
Public Utilities Commission of this
John Ryan acted as master of
ceremonies and showed some of the
scientific “tricks” which were given
at the World Fair in Chicago in