THE BLACKBIRD Published by Journalism Class of Rocky Mount Senior Hieh School Congratulations Miss Print VOLUME XXVII ROCKY MOUNT, N. C. FRIDAY, DECEMBER 16. 1955 NUMBER 4 Superlatives Seniors Choose Top Members Outstanding seniors, whose pic tures will appear in the Hi-Noc- Ar, have been picked in a senior class election and another honor announced. Fred and Ray Joyner, president and vice-president of the student body respectively, are two of the senior boys chosen for their out standing service to the school. Harold Gilbert, president of the National Honor Society; Tommy Vaughan, treasurer of the student body; and Fred Harris, editor of the Hi-Noc-Ar, can add to their list of accomplishments a job well done on this year’s Blackbird squad. James Ezzell is a credit to the school as treasurer of the senior class and co-advertising manager of The Blackbird. Mariah Parker, Pay Batts, Cacky Atkins, Joyce Harris, and Norma Savage have held class offices and are well-known for their school spirit Another honor bestowed on a local student is the selection of Kathryn Batten as the DAR girl. This choice was made by the fa culty on the basis of dependa bility, patroitism, leadership, and service. The members of the senior class, however, acted as the no minating committee. Adviser Announces News of Sock Hop On Last Exam Day ■‘Hard student participation de serves recreation” was a portion of the announcement given by Mrs. Gladys Robbins, advisor, as she issued news of a Sock Hop, to be .sponsored by the senior class the last day of mid-term exams. Music will be furnished by a juke box and a small admission fee will be charged. This fee will go into the senior class treasury to help defray expenses of the an nual “Senior Day.” Mrs. Robbins said the dance was set for this particular date because both the students and teachers would need a morale builder after a hectic week of mid-terms. Santa Crowns Miss Print Norma Bulluck Wins Contest With Santa Claus presiding, Norma Bulluck was crowned Miss Print and Banks Currin, her cam paign manager, was named Mr. RMSHS by Jimmy Moore, editor, who was the M. 0. in disguise during the annual coronation ser vice combined with the Christmas assembly program this morning. Noi-ma won the title by accumu lating 6,488 votes of a total 25,858. Jean Williams was loinner-up with Boys Reach Finals Fred Harris and Dan Boone have reached semifinalists posi tions in the National Merit Schol arship Corporation contest. They placed in the top 4,000 of 64,000 students who took the pre- ti they must take an aptitude test of the College Entrance Examina tion Board. Finalists will receive scholar ships according to actual finan cial needs. Awards will range from $100 to the complete cost of col lege. Kudos Spread Sale Of Ribbons To Promote Interest In Sports Kudos Klub, senior high school’s newest service club, has ventured to carry on the sale of ribbons to promote interest in sports other than football for the first time in the history of the school. This particular project has been sponsored for football only heretofore by the Service Club. Although the Kudos are the “in fants” of RMSHS clubs, they are making themselves well-known through their services to the pchool and by introducing new projects and activities. Originality seems to run high in the group, since the Kudos intro duced another “first” in the form of a luncheon meeting during club period only recently. Lunch was prepared by the cafeteria staff and served to the students at the beginning of activity period. At the end of the meal business was attended by Mrs. Young, the ad viser, and Mr. Edson. Suggestion for the luncheon was made by Mr. Edson who added that other RMSHS Klubs (pardon. clubs) might follow the same sug gestion. ■1 h X Selling ribbons for the Kudos Klub, Pat Johnson, club presi dent, is shown making her first sale to Henry Warren, senior. Photo by Barringer Noiroa Bulluck with Banks Currin as her campaign manager ^ pictured above after winning the 1955 Miss Print campaign. She w^cr^ed fn a» assembly »fter wlnrbig the contest with ' e,48S votes. ' ■ ,, , — Photo by Barringer .Christmas Dance. Students Recieve Invitations Sparkling, glittering invitations, made by the social committee of the Student Organization, have been given to evei’y student in school for the annual Christmas dance tonight in the school gym from 9 until 12 midnight. Special invitations are available for any guests that might attend. Students v/ere requested to register the names of those guests and ob tain their invitations from Kate Kitchen, social director. The social committee mombers have spent much time and ef fort in preparation for this dance. Other than making the invitations, they have worked hard in decorat ing the school gym. Girls Enter Exams Betty Crocker Scholarship exams were given in the art room to twenty-two senior girls on December 6. General Mills Inc. sponsor ed the contest which consisted of two parts. Thirty-five min utes were devoted to objective questions on home-making with ten minutes for an essay question. Tests were mailed to Science Research Association which promised the results in Jan uary, giving the winner for the school who is also eligible for the state and national awards. Music will be played by the East Carolina Collegians. The PT'SA is helping the Student Or ganization with refreshments for everyone. Games and other in terest activities will be conducted in the gym for those who do not want to dance. Rules that are applicable to all school dances are (1) no wandei'- ing in and out of the gym during dance hours, (2) no smoking on dance floor, (3) admission to dance by invitations only, and (4) no parties after the dance. 5,666 votes. Her campaign mana ger was Lyman Whitehead. With Christmas music in the background. Santa Claus and the Christmas Spirit (Eleanor Bul- luck) came from the chimney and called the candidates and their managers to the stage. Each con testant was presented a gift do nated by Baldwins. Rosenblooms, Penney’s, the Center Theatre, Belk Tylers, or W. C. Reid Music Company. The campaign mana gers were presented a small gift from the staff in appreciation for their work. Final gift from Santa was the beautiful arm bouquet of flowers and the Miss Print crown as he announced the winner. Miss Pi’int took the throne and her court gathered around for the Christ mas program. Miss Print campaign is sponsor ed annually by THE BLACKBIRD to supplement the funds for the publication. Each contestant sets up a plan to solicit funds, and eucll p^^iy coli(;cL^5 vuuiiua a Vuitt for her. Girls who participate are no minated by the students and they in turn choose their campaign managers. This year the girls and managers are Alma Daughtridge and Bobby Southerland with 5,385 votes: Norma Savage and Jimmy Davis with 1,903 votes; Jean Williams and Lyman White head with 5,666 votes; Norma Bulluck and Banks Currin with 6.488 votes; Sylvia Updergraff and Bradley Dozier with 4.124 votes; and Tonya Pennington and Ray Joyner with 2,292 votes. This project has been conducted by THE BLACKBIRD for the past seven years. Last year’s winner was Erwin Robbins. TV ‘Celebrities’ Display Ability In Teen Talent On Channel TV “Celebrities” of senior high school will display their talent over channel 9, WNCT. in the Teen Talent Program under the .supervision of James Ezzell and Foy Bradshaw, Saturday, Decem ber 31. Talent will include Eeanor Bulluck, doing a toe dance; Peggy Jones, singing “The lord’s Pi-ay- er”; Davide Barney, presenting his version of “Sennon of the Psaltre”; selections from “Show boat” by selected members of the choir; and a piano solo by Pay Batts. Foy Bradshaw and Mr. Charlie Graham, adult adviser, are helping James. Fay Batts and Minnie Wil liamson are handling the music. As art director, Jean Williams is going to draw posters to be dis played on the program. Aaron Matthews is in charge of trans portation. Future Teen Talent shows will be televised every six weeks If possible. In addition to talent from the local schools, Benvenue and West Edgecombe High Schools may be called on for their “talent ed teenagers.” Teen Talent began last year un der the direction of Ronnie Fel ton. Though only two programs were given, they proved to be quite successful.