VOLUME XXV Published by Journalism Class of Rocky Mount Senior High School ROCKY MOUNT, N. C. TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 1953 Groups Consider Landscaping Plans For Senior High Landscaping for the senior high campus has been investigated by the school board and the P. T. S. A. At the present the grounds have the appearance of being bare. In the future these bare grounds will disappear and lovely ones vrtll take their places, since plans are already underway to change the looks of them. The above mention ed organizations have decided to hire an expert landscaper, who v.ill draw up the plans for such a project. Through the years the process of improving the grounds will take place. Estimates of the cost of such a project have been given but none have been chosen. One man’s opinion of what the new school ground looks like was, ‘•Something must be done to hide all the cars, for right now it looks like a used-car lot.” Mr. George Booth, president of the P. T. S. A., expressed the hope that various civic clubs or citizens v/oukl take on the project of planting certain areas of the ground.^. If they can’t do this they ■ ’ 'I ■■-I:,- ••u.Oiiiey which CG 'Id be used for such purposes. A’so, he stressed the hope that all students will take pride in their school and school grounds and help keep them looking their best. It is the desire of the authorities that other cities in the state will consider this school a model to fol low. NEWSEES NUMBER 3 Thorpe Wins Miss Print Title Dorothy Warens'cjold, leading soprano of the San Francisco Opera Company, was the guest star of the Community Ccncert Association on November,!! in the high school auditorium. The songs she sang consisted mostly of class ical selections. Jack Crossan as sisted her at the piano. Special assembly cn i'eace was presented on November 11 by the United Council of Church Wom en. Norman Johnson, son of Dr. and _Mrs. Norman Johnson, was recent- | i ly named to the membership of' Phi Beta Kappa, nation honorary \ scholastic fraternity, at Davidson I College. Norman was a !949 grad uate of this high school. Miss Craighall’s homeroom was the winner in the recent magazine campaign. Twenty-six students in her homeroom re ceived free tickets to the Ice Ca- pades. A chartered bus took to the homeroom to see the show. Staff Meets Push With Co-op Effort That strange uproar that was heard coming from the Blackbird office last Thursday was no party. Far from it! From second period until five o’clock that afternoon the staff was in a constant flurry. Type- writeis clicked, voices buzzed, girls rushed back and forth tearing their hair—“Where.is that parade article?” Have you finished that L^enior privilege write-up?” “Hurry up with those heads!” “Where did I put that cut?” “Try to get some more ads, we’re three inches short!” What caused this mad scramble? Just one little phone call! Yes, just one little phone call from the pub lisher in 'Spring Hope! The print shop is goins to close for a holiday and the editor told the adviser that all deadlines had to be push ed up. The Blackbird staff had to get all copy there Thursday after noon or else there would be no papers before Thanksgiving. With full co-coperation from all teachers and students, the staff went directly to work and by five o’clock had the copy ready to go “Oil Town, U. S. A.,” starring Billy Graham, was presented in the high school auditoi’ium, No vember 2 and 3. Showings were at ^ .00 i*. J .'.‘j jj. Hi. X — ture was filmed against the back ground of the fabulous city of Houston, Texas. Jean Thorpe, tlie .'.eiiior who came oat on top in the Miss Print c^ itest, is shown in t'iie aboi e picture. Jean was one of eleven girls tvhc iielped to make the contest this year the most successful one ever held. Red Cross closed its campaign on November 3. There were four homerooms which reached the 100 per cent mark. Total amount taken in by the Red Cross was $33.31. Hi-Noc-Ar staff reports that the senior class was 100 per cent in subscribing to the annual. Only thirty-four students failed to buy a yearbook out of the more than 600 students enrolled in school. Homeroom 112, Miss Jessie Johnson’s class, had Harry Gay to perform during assembly pro- £:ram on October 30. Harry Gay, a Negro pianist popular among students, played a variety of songs. '■-iiiye "’iii Montkay Beginning Thursday, stores will be busier and more than likely traffic will be sprinkled with students’ faces behind the wheels of that treasured pos session, the family car. Pies and cakes Thursday morning will have faint traces of finger- prif.its and, worse still, smudges in the smooth icing undoubted ly made to cover up the first offense. Why? Because students will be having- a holiday Thursday and Friday, Yes, there’s all this and more!—The gobbler better be on a sharp lookout ‘cause November 26 is Thanks giving! Daughtridge Tops In Contest Charles Daughtridge, junior, was named grand champion in the magazine subscription sales cam paign held recently at . RMSHS. His outstanding sales, totaling $14!, entitled him to the number one prize, a Philco table model radio. Charles’ record was chal lenged by sophomore LulJfe Landen who sold $!!0 worth. Mr. Charles Doak, representative of the Curtiss Publication Com pany, presented other prizes last Friday to Glenda Starling, who sold $8! worth, Charles Daugh tridge, and Luke Landen,' who were the high salesmen for the senior, junior, and sophomore classes re spectively. They each received a wrist watch. Other winners were second place, Kmily Ryals, senior, with $67 sales: Judy Brewer, junior, $!04 sales; and Peggy Robbins, sophomore, $70 sales. In third place were Dan Capps, Carolyn Rabil, and Betsy Hutto. Each sec- ^h^e- go home. Ansco camera. AdGpts Child Class of ‘54 decided to carry on the project started by last year’s seniors when it voted to adopt Jamna Maciejna, a foreign war ■ orphan. The class plans to send i their “child” a whole year’s care, I including food, clothing and a I place to live. I Jamna Maciejna was previously i adopted by the class of ‘53 three j ’.onsecutive years. After graduat- I ion, the class suggested that the I rising senior class adopt her and ' carry on the project started when I this group was sophomores. ‘ Present senior class sent a check I for $!80 to the Foster parent’s I Plan For War Children, Inc., in ' New Yofk City last week. They will in turn notify Jnmna that '.she has been adopted by the senior class for another year. r’ostev Parent’s Plan For ^ar Children is an organization started ; O'jk in 1937 by Major John Lang- ‘ dnn-Divi", and it has continued since then. Sole purpose is to give a ho.'ie, .some food, and some clothing to those children who liave lost everything through the riiv '.'jes of v.'ar. 'Each day of the campaign slips were drawn from a box which held every student’s name. These names were sealed in an envelope marked '• r» j n “mystery winners.” Prom msKnigfltflSClTlut^reXy group a grand mystery winner was j cliosen. Janet Spain was the lucky j Bard members elected officers person. She received a Bulovajfor the year last week. They are wrist watch. I George Knight, president: George and Those whose names were among Sti;ickland, vice president; the mystery winners had to have i Mary Jo Currin, secretary, sold one subscription to qualify I 'Ihe'.e ma'or officers with the for the final drawing. Out of thir- I band Hbra'. ian, Ruth Parmer, Jean teen eligibles only five qualified. I Su?\i' raid Boots Pittman will form They were Garland Chick, Scot the band council. The council’s Brantley, Charlotte Jones. Peggy fir.st duty will be to write the band Manning and Tommy Vaughn, constitution. These received a ticket to the Ice Already the band has performed Capades. j in various parades and many foot- High homerooms were Mr. Pri-' ball games this season. It has votte’s senior; Miss Craighill’s,, played at the Oxford'Orphanage, junior; and Miss Bond’s, sopho- Greensboro, Wilmington, Fayette- more. vllle, Washington, Durham, Although the $7,000 goal was Greenville.and Raleigh football not reached, enthusiasm was keen j.rames. It'represented the school in the campaign. The total sales j at parades in Williamston, Nash- amounted to $4,385. If this $1320' ville. and several in town. Now it came from the seniors. $2,034 from ■ is preparing for the Christmas the juniors, and $1030 from the ! parade?, in Raleigh, November 23, sophomores. and Tarboro, December 4. Spain Runs Second In Successful Race Miss Jean Thorpe, a senior, wearing a lovely blue evening dre.;3 was crowned the 1953-54 Miss Print in a special assembly this morning. Against a background of gold curtains and soft music played by Carolyn Lowder, Val McMillan, co editor of The Blackbird, crowned Jean Thorpe, while Patsy Pearce, the other co-editor, presented her a large bouquet of assorted flow ers. Miss Janet Spain, a senior, who was runner-up in the conte-rt, was presented a lov?1y bouquet of flowers by the ;o-editors. Davis, Thorpe’s Manager Miss Jean Thorpe, whose cam paign manager. Jimmy Davis, re ceived 23,237 votes. The runner-up, Mis's Janet Spain, with Freddy Turnage as her campaign mana ger, had a total number of 6,994 votes. The other candidates who ran for Miss Print, escorted by their campaign managers, were also in troduced to the student body. They were Margaret Daughtridge with L. M. Parnes, Sue Gregory with Newsome Maples, Betty Ivey with Eddie Booth. Patsy MsAuley with James Chandler, Margaret Parker with Eddie Pennington, Leah Ijee with Ward.. Lamm with Billy Proctor, Ann.i Yelverton with Dave Barnes and Pat Parrish with Marvin Barnes. Blackbird Staff Introduced Before the crowning of Miss Print, the officers, of The Black bird staff were presented. They too, like the 'contestants were at tired in lovely evening dresses and suits. After each name and the position which each held was called, they walked across the stage, down the steps and up the aisle down which Miss Print was to presently come. This is the seventh year that The Blackbird has sponsored the Miss Print contest. Purpose of this contest is to raise money for the school paper. Each penny donated counts as one vote for the candi-' date who secured it. Those who won the Miss Print contest in the past were Norma Hunley, 1947-48; Donna Jean Capps, 1948-49; Nancy Williams. 194P-50; Joyce Proctor Thomas. 1950-51; Norma Jean Pittman. 1951-52; and Lillian Daughtridge. 1952-53. On behalf of The Blackbird staff. Carolyn Gardner, business manager, thanked each girl who ran, her campaign manager, and those who contributed to make the contest a success. Vann, Glamor Girl Elizabeth Vann, a senior, was chosen Glamor Girl of the Month for October in the contest sponsor ed by Bugs Barringer. She was chosen by students who voted on ballots printed in The Blackbird. Elizabeth has received proofs from the pictures Mr. Barringer took and the one of her choice will be displayed in the show window of Barringer’s Studio. After the display period Elizabeth will be presented the picture as a gift from Barringers. Until after Christmas the con test will be discontinued and then the ballots will be put back in the paper. Students will again have an opportunity to vote for the Glamor Girl of the school.