“Whut a legergitatin’ sichiashun!
Whv Cora, do you see whut them-thar
Blackbirds stoodunts dun went ah. did.”
“Okay, Clem! Whut did they went an
“They lef oiu’ butiful pichers off’n
thuh top uv this hyar colume!**
“Well, I jist gess it’s a cause uv thet
thar terribul fiver thet’s a ragln!” \
“Huh?!? Yuh mene tuh tell muh thet
muh preshus hide iz in thuh mist uv a
“Don’t be sich a rambuhtidus idjit! I
mene sprung fever.” .
“Well, pardin meh fer breathing!"
“Thuh way them thar stogduhts
mope ‘round schule, hits jist plumb ag-
“Yuh kno, I bin felin’ a little'bit uv
thet thang myself.”
“Yeh, I get som uv thet too! Lisseh
tuh mah bones squi, when I stoopdown-
“Gal, yuh iz gittin ole!”
“But I don’t coant much in sich
thangs as this. I jist majin hits purty
bad on stoodunts. They iz rite in thuh
mist uv thar schule werk.”
“Yeah, yuh rite thar. But 'when.. I
thunk uv thuh cozy atmustere an thuh.
winnin smil uv thuh teecliurs oh' Mun-
dy moaning, I caint unnerstan why th6y
caint be thuh mos wide awekess ji&eple
in thuh worl!” : ^
“But, Clem, they ain’t. So tliet’s ^et!
If they don’t perk up an git thar lessins;
an be ‘live sompin’s gpin tuhi-happiri.’
Purty soon thus yar’s gonna-bje'up an
they iz gonna hafta lern sompin now so
they kin pass.”
“Pass whyt—feetballs?” ?
“No, silly! Thar grade.” .
“Oh! Now I git whut yiih mene. I’m
posed to say hit now, ain’t I?’*
“Yes! Now, Clem!”
“Me’n Cora says tuh yuh they yuh
better fite thet sprung f.ver so’s yuh kin
com tuh South-Hick-in-Sack and visit
us this summer. Hit’s a lot mor fun than
the blackbird, rocky mount high SCHOOl,
Student Services Help School
Thiough the activities of many student groups during a school year,
the business of the school runs smoothly and many services to the
School and the community are given, sometimes with little recognition
One of the most commendable groups of the high school is the traf
fic committee. The boys on this committee have done an outstanding
• job in keeping students moving in the halls. They help keep noise and
confusion to a nimimum. Those serving on the committee have the
privilege of leaving classes two minutes early and coming in two min
utes late. There have been a few boys who have taken advantage of
this opportunity but they are rare, and much of the credit is due Don
ald Edwards, chairman of the committee, for his careful selection ot
Mimi Brewer, chairman of the bulletin board committee, has done
much to keep students well informed through her bulletin services.
Each week there has been a very attractive, original, and sometimes
•educationed display on the board outside room 5. A Job such as this
deserves hearty praise, ^limi has voluntarily given her time and talent
for the benefit of the students.
The service club has certainly lived up to its name this year. Under
the leadership of Sylvia Crocker, president, they have probably done
more than any other organization for the school. Among the many
.services rendered are the microphone given to the student body, the
raising,and lowering of the flag, the giving ot devotionals in assembly
the; sRonsojing of dean-up week and the co-operation given in all
The student brdy is grateful to the.‘;e three organizations for what
they have done for Rocky Mount high and our city.
Wednesday, April 22, 1953
Staffoliig Is For Birds
iod, Good Or Bad?
Acii.it.y .eriod, in my opinion,
is a very valuable asset to the ex
tra-curricular program at RMHS.
I have heard a few students say
that they th^'ught it was a waste
of time and that this period could
be used more wisely for a study
■ nil i -iTe. ' e could all use more
study time during the day—but
think of all the clubs, committees,
and competitive sport teams, etc:
that would have to meet after
3:20. For many students, this is
inconvenient—and impossible for
those who work in the afternoons.
to remind one how
tiifficult it is to get full-attend-
ance at an after-school meeting.
Everyone has somewhere to go or
something to do.
Also in this set-up, valuable
.training in many tonics that can’t
fce offered as a regular course is
given through the group guidance.
creative homeroom, club work,
and individual guidance.
For the past three years, RMHS
has had an Activity Period for
various organizations and activi
ties. I believe that for the good of
every student this time could be
better used as a 6th subject.
Every adult seems to have the
opinion that the offsprings of
schools today don’t know as much
as they did in the past. This may
well be true because today a stu
dent has so many extra curricular
activities that he can’t give as
ni'ich time to his subjects.
It is true that these activities
help develop the personality, but
knowledge is power and a person-
tI’^'v can be developed through a
well intergrated study group.
An Interested Student
There’s an empty seat in the second
year Latin class. There’s another one in
a sophomore homeroom and in the audi
torium. A certain library card will have
no more books drawn oh it. There’s a
spot—a lonely spot—in the hearts of all
who knew and loved a certain student
with brown eyes and a friendly grin.
RMHS has lost a student and each of
us has lost a schoolmate. There’s no
need to mention the details of that hor
rible accident that took the life of Fritz
Cronenberg, Jr. and seriously injured
two other local students. Fritz is gone
and we have an empty, sad feeling
caused by his absence, but faith, hope
and prayer and the feeling that he’s not |
dead but just away for a while will re-1
main with us. i
Teachers Rate You!!
For the past few weeks, wise members of the student body have
been increasingly sweet to their teachers while even wiser students
have been courteous and considerate all year.
The reason is the personal evaluation sheets which all teachers are
preparing to fill out. These evaluation sheets give the opinions of the
teachers of each student’s dependability, co-operation, courtesy, lead
ership, personal appearance, maturity, initiative. Industriousness, and
self-control. When the last report card is handed out an average of
the grades of 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5, will be given.
These ratings are extremely Important. Mrs. Carr has pointed out
that wheri employers call her to find out about former students who
are applying for jobs, many times they are more interested in these
character evaluation ratings than in grades.
It pays to develop courteous dependability and self-control.
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Laura stood beside her locker, gazing
wistfully at every eligible junior and
senior boy th.at strolled by.
“Here it is just two weeks to the big
night and no date,” she thought. “And
I’m not by myself, either. Most of the
jther girls ai e ^n the same predicament.
These boys around here are too choosey.
Laura wac beginning to be very an
gry. Already, she felt like a wallflower.
She didn t look so bad, just ordinarly.
There was just too much competition.
What could a girl do? Even some of the
prettiest girls didn’t have dates. The
boys didn’t want to date. They had let it
be known far and w.de that they had
rr.ther go stag and dance with all the
girls and not be “stuck” with just one.
A 1 this was passing through Laura’s
m^nd as she stood there. She could un
derstand a boy’s point of view, but a
girl looked and felt far more foolish go
ing stag than a boy did. She knew she
would, at any rate.
Well, standing here wasn’t doing her
and good. Oh, oh-—here comes Johnny
straight toward her. Maybe maybe—.
No. he passed her and strolled over to
Babs, a cute, blonde junior.
“The usual procedure,” Laura
thought. I guess I’ll go stag after all, al
though I’ll feel pretty foolish. The Jun
ior-Senior dance doesn’t come but twice
in my lifetime and I hate so to miss it.
Maybe I’ll have better luck next year.”
Just then Joe came down the hall.
Laura absolutely refused to get her
hopes up. She didn’t even look at him.
That is not until he stopped directly in
front of her and drawled, “Are you
dated up for the Junior-Senior?”
Swisli, Broom, Bah!
Swish! goes the spring cleaning
broom. Out goes the cobwebs which
have been in our hearts and minds.
There are many minds to lighten and
hearts to free in the time of strife—
minds to be cleared of thoughts which
are unclean or filled with evil feelings—
hearts to be cleaned of all malice to
It is a time to drive out of every heart
all selfishness and illwill. Even those
who have been treated unjustly should
clear their hearts of bitterness and spite
and think of helping others.
Schoolwork presents a chance for
students to cleanse their minds and
hearts—cleanse them of all dishonesty
and laziness. Begin the new season with
a new heart and mind ready to absorb
the best in everything.