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Who Said We’re Spoiled?
Would you have any idea as to the number of students
in North Carolina who have no type of gymnasium? The
number who have barely sufficient equipment such as a
ball, an old bat, and a worn glove?
Just imagine how goggle-eyed with happiness these
students would be if they could have at their disposal
such a gym and all the equipment we have!
Even with these make-shift buildings and insufficient
equipment, they have more real school spirit in one game
than we display in an entire season.
What is it that is causing us to let our school spirit
“fly out the door”? Are we so spoiled with all our fine
equipment that we can’t appreciate the part our team
does for us? The sad truth is that we are missing so many
valuable experiences that will help us so in the future
and which could be fun to all students now!
If we’re not spoiled, let’s prove it and fill the stadium
for the first baseball game so that Rocky Mount High
can be as proud of its student body as it is of its team!
A Worthwhile Ad!
When a department in a school produces an exception
ally good public performance, it is the best possible ad
vertisement for the school.
Our choir concert Friday night, February 10, has had
many compliments from the citizens of Rocky Mount. Not
only does this give the choir a good name, but our school
also. It is to the choir and Mr. Parry, the director, that
we wholeheartedly say thank you for such an excellent
contribution to the school and community!
Our “City Fathers” are also in line for a thank-you
from the students! Having provided the city with one of
the most up-to-date and modern health centers in the
State, we will greatly benefit from this advancement now
as well as when we take our places as adult citizens of
Official Publication of
«^*Rocky Mount Senior High^S
Member of the
Columbia Scholastic Press Association
Editor Julian Aldridge
Business Manager Lucinda Oliver
Faculty Advisor Mrs. T. D, Young
Published nine times during the year by the Journalism Class of
Rocky Mount Senior High SchooL
Rewards Are High
For Being Faithful
If God took account of you
would he say, “Well done, thou
good and faithful servant?” If not,
do something about it
How would you feel if God
walked in unexpectedly? Would
you be prottd, or humble and
ashamed? Many would feel vei-y
humble. This is one reason we
should always be the children that
would make God proud.
Many times we fall and say,
“God will forgive me. He is my
friend.” Stop and think! Would
you betrayi your friend who died
on the cross that you might live?
You might think no one is perfect.
God doesn’t expect perfection, but
he expects us to be servants of
His holy words.
We could profit by asking our
selves these questions: (1) Would
God do this? (2) Would God
commend me for doing this?
Remember these questions so
one day our God might say, “Well
done, thou good and faithful ser-r
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Editor’s Note: Written by
Doris Cooper, a local senior, the
above devotional has been sub
mitted for publication in Power,
a daily devotional booklet
written especially for young
Doris became Interested in
writing the article after hear
ing of how other young people
In North Carolina had been
writing of their experiences and
ideas so other young people
might profit by them.
Mimi Enjoys Honor
As Top Personality
For Month of Feb.
“She’s not your aunt, she’s your
So goes there a story For many
long jears a certain senior thought
that a relative in Panama was
Aunt Claude, although she was
actually a cousin. Better get your
connections straight before you go
to Panama for college next year.
This senior is a talented one.
She won an award for house dec
orations last Christmas and did a
solo in ‘South Pacific.’ She also
writes for the Sunday Telegram.
The fact that her favorite food
is chocolate pie might have some
thing to do with her being only
five feet high. But a six feet four-
inch shadow with the tag of B. M.
is usually near her, sunny or
Miss X is business manager of
the Ho-Noc-Ar and originated the
little Indian as its identifying
trademark. She is one of the
twelve outstanding seniors and
has membership in the National
Honor Society and the Good
If you haven’t guessed who this
vivacious creature is, you’d better
learn more about your student
body, because she is no other than
amiable, Mimi Brewer.
Legend Or Truth, It Pays!
Now that the fourth six-weeks period is more than half
through and the time for testing approaches, students
again try to convince themselves that getting just a little
bit of help on a test is okay.
Once again, however, let us look at an example set
by George Washington, born 223 years ago today. At an
early age, Washington is reputed to have cut down a
cherry tree. Because of his guilty conscience, he con
fessed this act and was commended for his honesty.
Whether this incident be truth or legend, it is a recog
nized fact that this quality was evidenced in the life of
“Father George,” and he went on to become the com-
mander-in-chief of the Continental Army, and later, the
first president of this country.
What Is The Fate Of Formosa
And The Nationalist Party?
Ed. Note: With the world situation as it is there
should be no student who hasn’t some idea as to the
vexing problems that are prevalent today.
To find out the students’ views of the problem facing
the United States concerning Formosa, two juniors and
one senior were asked what they think of the Formosa
situation and what they think will become of it. Below
are the answers as given to the editor.
Audrey Kennedy: “The situation in For
mosa is a delicate one and one that might
be the spark to set off a third World War.
;Pi| [ think President Eisenhower was wise to
?et the Congressional approval of sending
'.roops to this area if necessary. Our form-
5 ?r president Truman was criticized a great
I ieal for sending troops into Korea without
consulting Congress. America stands ready
to protect freedom loving people. Com
munism must be stopped or it will spread
like a plague.”
Tommy Vaughan: “I think the United
States put itself in a very perilous position^
by helping evacuate the Tachen Islands.
I believe that the Communists will try to
bluff the Nationalists out of Formosa; but"
if the United States continues to show our
terrific sea and air power in the Pacific,*
maybe the Communists will just draw*
back and not attack.”
Faye Batts; “Concerning the Formosa
situation, I think the United States’ actions
are justified. Any effort on the part of
i' the United States forces to preserve lives
yand property while preventing Communist
aggression is well taken. I believe the
Communists mean business about the
actual invasion of Formosa because of the
recent air build-up on the mainland op
posite the Tachens. I believe the United
States should be willing to offer needed
air support for the defense of off-shore