Published by Journalism Class of Rocky Moujit Senior High School
ROCKY MOUNT, N
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY IS, 1956
Choir To Present
In School Audit.
"'The Fortune Teller,” starring
Peggy Jones, Lany Gupton, and
Patsy Nelms will be presented by
the choir in the senior high audi
torium, February 16-17.
With the setting in Livonia, an
imaginary Ewopean countiy, the
story is centered ai ound a lottei-y
ticket which disappears. As the
plot progresses, the Count is to
marry the girl who he believes has
the ticket; but the marriage plans
switch and a gypsy girl becomes
involved as a second-intended for
the royal Count.
At this time Irma, the girl with
the lottery ticket, disguises her-
£«lf as an officer. Sandra Shear-
on, who is Irma, then has to play
a dual role, Ima and Inna’s twin
Others in the cast are Bill Nelms,
Henry Wan-en, Lyman White
head, Marilyn Richardson, Nannie
Lindsay, Neil Eggleston, Stanley
Vaughan. Linda Pittman, Bradley
Dozier, Charles Edwards, Danny
Rogers and Ben Davis.
Mr. H. T. PaiTy, director of the
choir will direct the operetta and
dramatics and sets iwill be under
the supervision of Mr. Jacquline
Hathcock. Throughout the pro
gram Mrs. Veleria Sorrell from
the SoiTcU School of Dance will
oresent ballets, featuring a num-
wei of her studenus. Judy Brown,
soi>homore, will be pianist for the
“The Fortune Teller” is a musi
cal written in two acts, featuring
the music of Victor Herbert.
Voting Time , Says Chairman
As Committee Announces Slate
Barbfira Southerl&nd and Martha
Sutton, foi’ treasiii'er.
Nominees ifrom the' jiioior class
are Don Hanjs and Roger Gregory
for president; Larry Warner and
John Pearson, for vice-president’
Above, Cacky Atkms, chairman of the Elections Committee
gives mstructions to Lynn Hatchett, Skip Brawley, and Jackie
Skmner concerning the ballots for their respective classes.
— PJioto by Barringer
“Voting time is here again, says
Cacky Atkins, ciiainnan of the
elections committee, as she pre
sented the slate of ncminees ha
lf oie each class for the second se
Candidates from the sophomore ! Cuire Davennnrf
class were Jane Bradley and Allen iai.n t
Tho,'=o from the senior class were
Anna Yelverton. Mariah Parker.
oy Batts and by petition Dan
Johnson, for president, Jimmy
Davis, for vice-president; Alma
Laughtrldge and Minnie William
son, for secretary: and Luke Lan-
dm, James Ezzelle and Charles
oanders, for ti'easiu’er.
Harper and Pat Thurman for vice
pie.sident; Brenda Burnette and
Judy Brown, for secretaiy; and
Girls For Court
Committee toured R^ock^Moum | thisVLSs will^p°S
solidated college here. I
This rmv.rJ Thecollege board wm now meet
tive sites for the college.
World-famed hynotist. Dr. Pranz
Polgar, entertained a large audi
ence in the school auditorium with
his marveJous feats of mind-read-
iJig and hypnotism on Saturday,
One of the most interesting of
Polgar’s tricks occuiTCd when he
called several people from the
audience and hypnotized them.
The antics they performed were
quite amusing to their friends.
FORMER EDITOR HONORED
Dr. David J. Pittman, former
editor of THE BLACKBIRD, re
cently received the Ph.D. degi-ee
from Columbia University. This
degree was conferred on Dr. Pitt
man for his work in the field of
Dr. Pittman was editor of THE
BLACKBIRD in 1944-1945.
Recently some students ha;;e
been found guilty of matching
coins on the school grounds.
Matching is a form of gambling
and is strictly against school regu-
Mr. C. M. Edson, principal, said
that gambling tends to divert one’s
Interests from studying and that
It was not the kind of thing to be
Indulged in in this high school.
Hereafter any student found
jguilty of fambling in any form will
be automatically suspended from
business district, the Presbyterian
Churches, the Senior High School,
Rocky Mount Stadium, and the
Emerson Shops of the Atlantic
Coast Line Railroad were places
of interest visited by the group.
The tour also included West Haven
and other residential districts. The
mills were among the business
Members of the Visitation Com
mittee arrived in Rocky Mount in
early morning and met at Brewer’s
Paint and Wallpaper Store, from
where they went to Rio Res
taurant for breakfast. Later they
lunched at the country club. A
buffet dinner was served them at
the home of Mr. and Mrs. M. R.
Robbins that evening.
This purposed new college will
bring together the tJiree smaller
Presbyterian schools _ the Pres
byterian Junior College in Max-
ton; Flora MacDonald, a fom'-year
school for girls in Red Springs;
and Peace, a two-year school for
discuss the towns which have
asked for the college and decide
on one to be the future home of
this new institution.
Sixteen girls were nominated by
the junior and senior classes last
week as candidates for the beautv o-
queen and comi; for the Junior- ^ ® ‘^^'^ndidates for the
iSenior in the spring. oiiice or vice-president withdrew
Most beautiful seniors, accord-1.Sed- automatically
ing to their cla^mates, ar^ Fay I
Batts, Norma B u 11 u c k Alma I
Daughtridge. Joyce Harris, Ginger The SLoTTAs'cf
Roney, Tonya Pennington. Lilhan was Lrof the h
Daughtridee nr.H Pot tieasurer’s office
Daughtridge, and Pat Parrish.
Junior girls picked for their
beauty are Betty Lou Savage.
Ellen Joyner, Eleanor Bulluck'
Kitty Thurman, Barbara Davis’
and Sylvia Updi'grnff. _ _
This affair is sponsored an
nually by The Blackbird staff, who
isends pictures of the girls to a
celebrity for judging. The judge
has not yet been selected.
After the cafeteria business be- individuals they could get to eat
gan to decline, the question arose ' ' u a get to eat
as to where the students were
going for lunch.
In an assembly program Mr.
C. M. Edson, principal of the high
school, addressed the student body
and told them the consequences if
the patronage at the school cafe
teria did not pick up. For health
purposes and to lessen the oppor
tunities for traffic violations, the
school board may set up and en
force a rule restricting the stu
dents to the campus during the
During the last student organi
zation meeting a resolution was
proposed to let the classes each
have a month to see how many
in the cafeteria.
In the.journalism class a panel
discussion was conducted. After
each member of the panel gave his
'views, Mr. Edson and Mrs. T. D
Young, instructor of the class,
voiced their opinions. Members of
the panel were Barbara Davis,
John Pearson, Jane Palmgren, and
Gail Sutton. Don Harris acted as
moderator. Then the discu.ssion
Was opened to class membei’s for
questions to the panel.
Members of the school board
have been eating in the cafeteria
to find out if the criticisms of the
students were justified. A special
committee is still investigating the
Four Boys Honored.
Congressman L. H. Fountain of
Tarboro has notified two seniors of
tlieir nominations for admission
ti the Naval Academy at Anna
polis and two to the new Air Force
Academy at Colorado Springs.
Tommy Vaughan, iwiho has been
an outstanding student all thi-ough
high school, received a principal
appointment. Tommy is an Eagle
Socut, a member in the National
Honor Society, and the treasurer
of the student body. He was presi
dent of the junior class last year.
Pat Weaver, who received a first
alternate’s appointment, has been
active throughout high school also.
Pat was on the debating team,
played on the tennis tean, and has
served on vai’ious student organi
zation committees. He also is an
Eagle Scout and has the God and
Country award. Pat also received
a first alternate’s appointment
from U. S. Senator IJi’vin.
Rodney Pittman and Luke Lan-
din, both of whom were nominated
for admission to the Air Force
Academy, ha,,e shown interest by
active participation in school ac
tivities and churcii work.
nfter Martha Ann Fountain with
drew leaving Ronald Smith as the
At each class meeting Cacky
w][ged all stii1ent>: t'
tiv to raise the voting percentage.
Since yesterday was election day,
the returns are in and those per
centages are know. At the time
this article went to press, however,
the results were still in the future’
Students Turn In
What have you accomplished?
What honors have you?
Once again seniors have been
asked to gather all. activities in
which they have participated dur
ing their high school years for the
yearbook record. These statistics
are sent to, the Hi-Noc-Ar staff
who arranges them with the pic
tures. Students include in that list
actii.ities such as offices they have
held, sports, clubs or committees
on which they have served.
This was the first time this year
these statistics have been called
for; however, after second semes
ter gets well undei-way. seniors will
have another opportunity to send
in any additional honors which
they have received. This last
minute check is done to prevent
leaving out honors which should
I Rodney played halfback on th
I varsity for two years and is at
pi'esent chaiiTnan of the Traffic
Luke has been active in school
'Iffairs but has also shown leader-
chip in his church work. He haj^
been delegate to the Methodist
Youth Conferences, and he is now
Representative Fouiitain e x -
pressed best wishes for success
to these students when he notifiea
them pf these nominations,
treasurer of the Methodist YoutJ
January 20 9:00 A.M,
. First period exam .
January 20 |^:00 1P.M
Second period exam
January 23 . .. 9:00 Ailii^.
Thii-d period .
January 23 .. P.M.
Fourth period exafit;;' ■
January 24 ■. 9:00 iifcM.
Fifth period ex^!t^;■
January 24 .. f:ro §^.
Note: Make-up exams are given
only to students who'are ex
cused by the office.