Tlt£ IBLACKBIRD, ROCKY MOUNT SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 195t
Your President Says
Members of the student body:
We are now beginning the third year in the history
of Rocky Mount Senior High School. Truly, this promises
to. be the greatest year our school has ever had. We have
a terrific football squad and the outlook for each of our
other athletic teams is very bright. I am sure that each
student in this school will back these teams, win or lose,
with everything he has.
We are also embarking on one of the most important
and significant years that our Student Organization has
ever faced. Every student in our school has a vital role in
the success or failure of what the Student Organization
The North Carolina Student Council Congress, which
meets here on October 23, 24, and 25, should be an im-
pitfrtant event in the minds of all of us. We have an oppor
tunity here to lift the name of our school to its greatest
h,eights in the eyes of North Carolina’s schools. Let’s each
accept this challenge and do our parts for this great goal.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank RMSHS
for‘the privilege I had this past summer of representing
it and the NCSCC at the Annual Conference for the
National Association of Student Councils at Ardmore,
Fehh^ylvania. It was a splendid and most memorable ex-
pen'ence for me.
I. want to close this message to the students by once
a'gain promising my greatest efforts for the success of
our school’s Student Organization.
Fred Ruben, President
This Is It, The ’56 Blackbird!
Yep! This is the first issue of the 1955-56 Blackbird,
designed to please you, in all ways.
To please you, we need your help. If you know of
any news possibilities or any helping hints to improve The
Blackbird, turn them into room 110. ^
Perhaps you are wondering where the supplement
for this issue is. The Blackbird Special you received last
Tuesday will have to do, but we, the staff, promise to do
our utmost to have a supplement in each following issue.
We have stuck to the smooth-finish paper instead
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“oi'going back to the newsprint, since most of the students
last year preferred it.
We want to publish the Blackbird, to suit you. With
your help we can.
W/iai Would You Do?
Glenda Felton, Senior
$64,000??? What person wouldn’t
like to win that much money?
Many people say they don’t knovf
what they would do with it. I am
one of these persons. However,
when. I stop to think the matter
over,. I realize that a portion of the
money w'ould go to the govern
ment. I would use a sufficient
amount to further my education.
; Since I have not
reached the age
of maturity, I
would leave the
remainder o f
the sum in the
Allen Cronenberg, Sophmore:
What would you do with sixty
four thousand dollars? This is the
tQ.pic of conversation all over
America. Think carefully, what
would you do?
I believe a few people would
use that money unwisely and noth-
0 n e probably
would think of
when one real
ized that quite
a sum of it
be happy sitting at home like Un
cle Scrooge, and using not a cent
of it for a just cause.
Frankly, I would use the money
not only for myself, but for de
serving foundations. A large lump
would be saved, of coui'se, but
other thiin that, I would donate
the balance toward my Church
Building Fund and to the Presby
terian College, which I heartily
hope Rocky Mount gets.
Kitty Thurman, Junior;
It is hard to imagine what one
would do if he were handed a
check for sixty four thousand
dollars, as was Marine Corps Cap
tain Richard McCutchen. At first
ing good would
ed. There are
1^ spend a pennny
* and would
goes to his Uncle, he would pro
bably settle for Fords.
I believe I would build a house
in Florida with high fidelity in
"very room. I would have a tutor
and have school .six months each
year. The other six months I would
spend traveling over the globe. Of
course, I would invest part of the
money in bonds and plan a happy
future while the interest grows.
Ways To Help
Each of us should take pride
in his school and want to help
give it a good name, yet, what can
Attending classes regularly and
being on time is fine, but it isn’t
enough. Each should do his .very
best whether he is participating in
school activity or doing assign
ments. If one’s best isn’t as good
as others, he shouldn’t woiTy, for
few students make straight A’s.
School spirit, loyalty, pride, and
respect concerning the school is
most important. No group or team
can do too well or want to do well
if not backed by fellow classmates.
School spirit is the best booster.
It applies to activities other than
attending school games, and so
cial events. Even whe* one is away
from school, he should conduct
himself in an orderly manner, not
only for personal reputation, but
also out of consideration for his
school, since a school is known by
Upkeep of the school property
and equipment rests upon how the
students use them. Modern furni
ture such as is found here is very
expensive and every pupil should
be vei-y proud to have it here. As
long a school groups try to take
care of the property there will be
classrooms that all will praise and
admire. Let us all work to make
this school and even better one.
(The above is taken from a
speech given by Fannie Mae Poison
to a tenth, grade English class.
The talk was entitled “How Pupils
Can Aid In Making A Better
School." Ed. Note)
Had You Sophitis?
Do you feel confused and some
what. dizzy? Are you mixed uip?
Do you seem awed by the seem
ingly magnificent and hallowed
halls that now surround you? If
you do, then you are an unfortu
nate victim of a common disease
More people were afflicted by
this dread disease than usual this
year. But, if it eases the pain any
whatsoever, this writer, who is now
one of the chosen few commonly
called upper-classmen, was once
a victim of this very same plague
only last year.
Well, I tell you what I’m gonna
do. I have here a suie-fire cure
for you, which I will gladly give
to you absolutely free, if you will
use it every day for as long as
you can. I have here a smile, a
willingness to learn, and a respect
for this institute of learning, and
all that goes with it. Show these
three things off every day as long
as you are a student here, and
you will not only recover from this
virus, but will be able to cure
others in the same predicament.
One - who-knows
MEASURE OF A MAN
Not — “How did he die?”
But — “How did he Uve?”
Not—“What did he gain?”
But —“What did he srive?”
How do you measure up?
No “Cof f idor Pass"eh ?
Are You On The Docket?
School is like a city with homes, streets, stores, rules,
and regulations which work like traffic signals with some
saying “stop” and others “go”.
“Stop” and “go” signals must be observed if the
school “traffic” is to function smoothly. No new laws or
things that we must stop or start have been announced.
However, some old ones have been dusted off, and re
newed emphasis placed on them.
One that Mr. Edson stressed most at the beginning
of school was regulation concerning the use of corridor
passes. He announced that perhaps later this fall monitors
might appear in hallways during class periods to check
for passes, permitting the student out of class. Mr. Edson
said that teachers are to give pupils corridor passes. If
a teacher fails for any reason to do so, the student should
ask for one. These passes are then to be properly filled
In by the teacher to w^hom the student goes before return
ing to his scheduled class.
Another regulation emphasized was the smoking
privilege, its use and abuse. There is to be no smoking
on the school campus, in cars at the parking lot, or in any
part of the building other than the rest rooms. “This in
cludes backsta'ge,” Mr. Edson continued, “and the dress
ing rooms.” Smoking is permitted only during lunch, be
fore and after school, or between classes if there’s time.
If these rules are not observed, the privilege might be
Let’s do our share, and obey the rules. Watch the
“stop” and “go” signals and keep “traffic” moving in the
right direction without “jams”! _
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