VOLUME XXV Published by Journalism Class of Rocky !'?'FSn-*y, SEPTE?i[BE^ 29, 19P3 ROCKY MOUNT, N. C. NUMBER 1 Town Meeting Discusses Atomic Power Here For First Time In North Carolina Three Additional Teachers Join RMSHS Faculty "Atomic Power — Mankind’s Boon or Destruction” is the topic of America’s Town Meeting of the Air scheduled for tonight in the senior high school auditorium. The program will be broadcast over the nation through the American Broadcasting Company. This is the first time the Town Meeting pro gram has gone out over the air from a North Carolina city. Speakers are Dr. Paul Aebersold, director of Isotope Research at Oak Ridge, and Dr. Ralph E. Lapp, Director of Nuclear Science Serv ice in Washington. Moderator Is Gunnar Back, a well-known mem ber of ABC network’s Washington news staff. Originated By Carolinian Town Meeting was originated by Georgie V. Denny, Jr., a I^r^i Carolinian, in 1935. Mr. Denny is largely responsible for the success of the program today. This forum is recognized as the leader in the field of educational programs. It has always been distinctive among radio forums because it permits interplay of inexpert opinion along with that of experts. An import ant feature of every program is the audience participation. The studio audience Is given the chance to “heckle” the speakers. Since its beginning, it has con- inuei to bring the radio audience .L‘rtc.rip-riiry is.'jue.'s discussed by people who have often been lead ers in formulating the policies to be discussed. Participants have come from every field of national importance and have Included some of the most outstanding authorities in the United States. Received Peabody Award The program has received over fifty awards and is a two-time winner of the Peabody award, radio’s equivalent to the Pulitzer prize. Doors of the new school audi torium open at 7:30 p. m. tonight for a special program before the regular broadcast at nine o’clock. After the broadcast, the speakers will answer additional questions from the audience. The local program is sponsored by the Public Affairs Committee and the Rocky Mount Chamber of Commerce. Special Choir Sings For District Teachers Members of the senior high school choir have been selected by Mr. Parry to take part in a vocal clinic In connection with the Dis trict Teachers Meeting at East Carolina College, October 20-23. Dr. Keister, the new choral and violin teacher at ECC, will re hearse and direct the choir in the following nu^ibers; O Lamb of God by Christiansen: Lord, To 'Thee Our Hearts Are Raised by Glinka; What ,God Does. Ever Well Is Done by J. S. Bach: Ben toei County by James Hall: and iPoUy WoUy Uoudle ananged by Charles. Sopranos are Peggy Jones, Bar bara Smith, Connie Taylor, Edith Ann Johnson, Nancy Newbold, Norma Faye Bulluck, Pat Alex ander: altos — Betty Brigman, Christine Hufman, Shirley Bur nette: tenors—Linwood Pittman, Gordon Waters, Bobby Patterson: basses—Geoi’ge Strickland, Harry Gray, and Dick Norment. Shown here are three new Rocky Mount senior high school tej^chers. They are, from left to right. Miss Louise Parker, Latin and psyeiioloffy. Miss Winifred Harris, dramatics and world his tory. and Mr. Ernest Black, band director. Clubs Issue Bills ConteSt To New Members Begins Here Harris, Lotz Here For First Assembly Rebecca Harris and Jack Lotz will present the first paid assem bly of the year, a Roth program, to the student body in the new auditorium this Friday. Tlie prp- gram consists of choregraphical speaking with narrations. There will be Spanish and Latin Ameri can dances with narrations by Jack Lotz. As of this date only three‘paid assemblies have been scheduled. They are the program to be given Friday: Rodman, April 30: and Carl Johephs, February 5. These assemblies cost the stu dents only twenty cents for the year. Two clubs, Service and Good .Sports, gave bids to juniors and (seniors on Weduesday ol last week. Service Ciub bids were issued to ’iMarg&ret Daughtridge, Kay Con- gleton, Eddie Pennington, Betty Ivey. Johnny Warren, Marty Pvr- vis, Audrey Kennedy, Sue Yeyver- ton, Bobby Wimberly, Sandy Thorpe, Jessie Pittman and Judy Brewer. Of these five ai’e seniors and seven are juniors. Good Sports bids were received by seniors: Penn Strandbery, Elizabeth Vann, Nancy Hollings worth, Bimny Crowley, Key Con- gleton, and juniors: Miml Brewer. Audrey Kennedy and Sue Yelver- ton. Members of the Service Club are chosen on the basis of services done by them for-the school. Both girls and boys are eligible for membersliip. Good Sports mem bers are girls only. They are pick ed for their outstanding sports manship qualities. Musettes Teach First Grades Musettes are really “on the ball” this year, having completed sev eral projects already. At the begirming of the year the Musettes arranged vases of flow ers for the new teachers in all of the schools. Posters w^ere also made welcoming the students and teachers back. Many other proj ects have been planned under the capable advisership of Mrs. Ora VanBuskirk and Miss Ella Moore. Six of the Musettes substituted as first grade teachers at Braswell school beginning September 16 for three days. These girls—Barbara Sultan, Jessie Pittman, Betty Sue Cash, Peggy Jo Geddie, Nancy Hollingsv.'^ th, and Wilma Jean Doj olhy and Bugs Ba hnger. local professional photogi ajJhers who are known to all students at the Rocky Mount senior high school, are sponsoring a “Glamor Girl of the, Month” contest. A bal lot i."; being printed elsewhere In the Blackbird so you may vote for your choice. The first contest will close Oct, 15 when all ballots must be in. There is no entrance fee. All you have to do is to clip the ballot fi-om the Blackbird and deposit it at Barringer’s, 129 Western Ave nue. The winner will be notified. After she is photographed, a large portrait of the winner will be put on display in the window at Bar ringer’s. Be sure to clip your ballot out of the Blackbird today. Campbell—read stories and took care of first graders for one hour each day. This was an excellent experience for these future teach ers. This organization was active last year and their plans show that they will be equally so this year. Invitations from the club will be Issued in the near future to those planning to be teachers. Additional prejects for this year include serving as gulde^ to the open house at P. T. A., giving an assembly and baby-sitting at Edgemont during P. T. A. meet ings. They will also send delegates to the State Teachers’ meeting. Delegates Attend Red Cross Meet Dan Johnson and Lucinda Oliver recently attended a Junior Red Cross leadership 'Training Center at Camp Green Cove near Hendersonville. Approximately 140 delegates were present from the eight states in the south-eastern area, Lucinda and Dan were the only delegates from eastern North Carolina. At the training center the mem bers were given pointers on organ izing J. R. C. Councils in their schools. Thev learned, J,oo, of Red Cross activities in which Junior members may participate at home as well as abroad. PlDns are al ready underway in the Rnckv Mount senior high to take part in many of these activities. Enrollment for membership will be in October and everyone is urged to participate. Rocky Mount senior high school faculty has three new members this year—one each In the drama tics, Latin and music departments. Miss Winifred Harris, teacher of dramatics and world history, is a graduate of Rocky Mount high school. She got her A. B. from Salem College in Winston-Salem with a major in French and Eng lish. Under the Fulbright Program through the Institute of Interna tional Education, she taught Eng lish conversation at the Ecole Normale d’ Institute In Jullouville, Fiance. While In France she had a chance to study at the Univer sity of Rennes In Brittany. Former Wilkinson Teacher Miss Louise Parker, teacher of Latin and psychology, taught in Wilklnsln School before coming to RMHS. She taught In the schools of Raleigh and Wilson and at Benvenue School In Nash County. Miss Parker, who Is also a RMHS graduate, received her college training at Duke Univer sity where she received an A. B. degree. While at Duke she became a member of the Phi Beta Kappa; honorary scholastic fratem't.y, anfl the Kappa Delta PI, national honorary educational fraterixity. Ex*Psratr»o*cr Mr. Ernest G. Black, band di rector. comes to RMHS from Rob- ersonville, where he was band di rector last year. Mr. Black is a na tive of Portsmouth, Va. He served in the Paratroopers for eighteen months in 1946 and can ko into the Air Force , with a commission if he is called. He graduated from East Carolina College with a major in musical education. He plans to go to gradu&te school next year to get his Masters degree. Mr. Black hopes to take the band to the Nash County Parade and to the ECC Homecoming on October 10. NEWSEES Tommy is in his sophomore year been named to the Colgate Uni versity Dean’s list for the coming semester. To be on the Dean’s list requires at least a B-plus average for the previous semester. Tommy is in his sophomore year at Colgate. He entered with an Alumni Memorial Scholarship in 1952. Nash and Edgecombe boys who are ex-POW’s from Korea are to be honored with a parade and banquet sponsored by the Rocky Mount Civic clubs. The date is not yet definite. Dan Wheeless and Charles Brantley are two of the boys to be honored. The Rocky Mount high school 'band and .several other units are to provide music for the occasion. Constantine George (Deno) Pantelakos has been accepted for the Emke School of Medicine. He has recently completed \mder- graduate work at ’Trinity College, Duke University. Mrs. Ora VanBuskirk, Mr. Earl Privott, Mrs. Gladys Robbins, Misi Irma Vause aiid Miss Alau Murchison attended the annual joint conference for the Class room Teachere Association at the Hugh Morson high school in Ra leigh. September 19. Mrs. VanBuskirk is the local PTA president. Mr. Privott and Mrs. Robbins are district chair men. and Miss Vause and Miss Murchison are local chairmen.