THE BLACKBIRD, ROCKY MOUNT SE%T[OB HlaH SCBOet
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 27. 1953
lue students Do— Do You?
What has happened to the school spirit this year?
Only once have the students participated in a
school event in the manner that had been so preval
ent in the years before. That instance was the pep
laily before the i ayetisville game. Chances are that,
had not Ed*th Johnson read the article that appeared
in The Evening Telegram, criticizing the cheering sec
tion at football games, to the student body, there still
would have b^eu the same dull response. The fact that
an outsider was av;are of this seemed to awaken the
Rocky Mount senior high school has an excellent
football team, two good publications and one of the
best extra-curr-cular schedules to be found anywhere
and it deserves all support given to it by the students
■ and patrons. f
Many interpret school spirit as meaning only sup
porting the schoors athletic teams, but it includes
much more than that. School spirit means backing
any and everything that has anything to do with the
school. The annuai,.newspaper, clubs, and different
activities are only a few oi these.
fc:ome say that the new building just doesn’t seem
like a high school but the building doesn’t make the
school—the students do.
Are You One Of These?
Lowest of ail species of the animal kingdom is the
rept le. Yes, the snake is present here in RMSHS.
jc he is setting beside you right now, silently
waiting to strike at some mistake you might make. Ig
nore the snake and it will go away.
VVe have tigers her£, too. They are perfectly content
until they get the smell of money; then they eat you
Rarest of all animals m RMSHS is the dog but still
there are a few. Don’t worry; they’ll stick with you
through thick and thin. There are many wolves and
coyotes dressed as dogs. Beware; they are insincere.
Artist? -- No, Wrecking Crew
“Fools names iike their faces are often seen in pub
lic piaces.” Here is an old adage that seems to apply
to our new high school.
The new auditorium has been open less than a
month. Already student “artists” have begiin to dis
play of a complete lack of appreciation for new un
V/hen the audilorium is used by the public, these
carvings will stand out like monstrous red barns. The
public will think the students do not care for what
they have given them.
Let’s all push together and prove to the town that
RMSHS has only one “artist” interested in the de
struction of school property and let’s keep art in art’s
Fun But No A’g
Some people are the smartest
I hey never work- yet live like
Me 1 work the whole day long
And everything I do is wrong.
The ‘mart on,es sit in class and
Of football, baseball, and all such
(The\ make straight A’S—never a
While I do the same—and make
Yet there’s one thought that eases
\s T struggle through homework
da-7 after day.
Thousrh I may not be the brightest
There’s one thing sure — I’m
Here’s to one who knows French
—to her it’s really a cinch to us
HJs nice to receive “tickets to
Nice smile, hair of red a won-
‘derful person all have said a
choir he is near who sings the
ongs we love to hear.
Short, brown hair wears glass
es too that isn’t much of a clue...
with a typewriter you see...may
that be the key?
To Be Popular, Be Yoiirself
As you remember, I am the girl
who entered your class just a short
time ago. I love people and would
like to become an acceptable
member of your group but I am
not sure that I can. Will you help
As I look around, you seem so
happy and friendly toward each
other. I do feel a bit awkward and
iU-at-ease in your presence. Is it
my clothes, my speech, my habits
1 shall wait anxiously for your
In answer to your letter. 1 have
written a poem w'ith a few sug-
ge.stions in it. Here it is:
Vlwajs be neat,
X'ry to be trim.
Try to keep slim.
Choose clothes that fit.
That aren’t too tight.
Converse with us—
You have the right!
Take part in sports.
Help us to show.
You're not out of sorts
Wherever you go.
Don't feel inferior.
None of us are.
Don’t feel superior,
x'oa won’t get very far.
Come to our parties,
Wo never invite
Ones who are smarties,
vVJio talk all the night.
These are just a few
Suggestions for you.
Try -to follow them through,
ihe rest YOU can do.
There you are. Jane. I’m sure
that you will do the best you can,
and before you know it. you will
be one of the most popular girls in
Rocky Mount Senior High. You
don’t have to be a “brain” to get
in with the crowd, but just be
I’m sure everyone is going to
like you, Jane, and I feel as
though I know you better already.
P. S. See you at the game Friday
(Th's fomes from a test on
personality development given
in Senior Home Economics. The
reply ii verse is by Inez Booth.)
“Take Me Back”
If a girl didn’t look like a girl
and a boy didn’t look like a boy.
how'could you tell whether the
person wfis a girl or a boy? Could
vnii tell by ,iust watching him or
■Sure, von could' When a boy
drinks some water, he looks at the
boHom of the clpss; a girl’s eyes
vender. A girl striiring matclies
.strikes U away from her, a boy to
'Since I’m on the subject of peo-
wle ^who was ^n the subject of
people, pnywav?) have you ever
noticed what makes people mad?
Now take me for instance. My pet
'’epve Is a pe'^son who thinks he
'^Tiows evervtviirisr go®s nround
”'in!!' words fift- ip*-t?rs long, half
bp time P’-onouncing them
’’ip'ht. pxreets everyone to
know wha*" h” mpniis, doing
good to kno”' Orip of
the.se da"vs hp’l' r'^me r'^’oiind mp
'•'hen I’m rp'ii’r pd-'OTteri and I’ll
stump him, but good!
Have you heard’’
A freshman knn”'s not and knows
\ conbonnorp knows nnt and knows
he knm'Tfs nnt.,
^ ii'n^o’- !'no'"s and knows not he
know? and eve»'vone
else to know that he knows.
They tried to tell us we’re too
young, and at last your eyes have
'old me so, your beautiful brown
eyes. Even now my heart cries for
you and I’m getting sleepless be
cause of you. All through the long
and sleepless night I’ll light just
one little candle because I believe
that you will turn back and hurry
'sack to me. I’m longing for you to
‘le whispering those three little
words to me. Don’t leave me here
crying alone in the night. Why do
you make me have those blues in
You’ll never know how' I’m
'onging for you, my darling. I want
you to hold me, thrill me and kiss
me. Anytime I see that half a
photograph my heart gets typsy.
You know I’ve always wanted to
see April in Paris, so please come
back and we’ll start all over again
or, brokenHearfedT I’ll take a slow
boat to China. Darling, where Is
your heart? My devotion will be
as solid as the rock of Gibralter.
If April in Paris doesn’t suit you
we can go w'ay up in North Caro
lina or to the Blue- Ridge moun-
-tains of Virginia. Anywhere I wan
der, I’ll see you in my dreams.
The stars are in my eyes, but
I’m not sick. I’m just in love. In
our garden in the rain, I’ll be there
to take care of you, forever and
My love and devotion.
P. S. I love you!
Food For Thoui^ht
In the mountains of truth you
rpver climb in vain.
'To .npocl shall perish v;hich the
‘^ntil hath .sow'n.
Nothing p^reat was ever achieved
’’rohnbb' he w'ho npve’- made a
mistake never made a discovery.
It matters not- what you arc
thought to be. but what you are.
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