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Pictured above are the Beauty Court girls:
(1-r) first row — Marietta Broadfield, Martha
Weeks, Mary Alice Ray, Betty Jo Bryant, Judy
Kincheloe, Margie Parrish, Polly Reynolds. Sec
ond row — Pam Daniel, Theresa Haggerty,
Dianne Smith. Third row — Shelly Stallings,
Bryan Daley, Lee Cuthrell. Four row — Carolyn
Swaim, Dawana Gay, Ginna Aldridge.
Photos by Barringer
The Blackbir
Published by Journalism Classes of Rocky Mount Senior High School
Outstanding Students Tapped
Into National Honor Society
Senior High Student Named Winner
In “My True Security” Competition
Wednesday, March 14, Lanny
Shuff was announced winner of
Ihe “My True Security” oratorical
contest sponsored by the Junior
Chamber of Commerce.
Ea^ A'T-"
'English 12s class was required to
write the necessary theme, entit
led “My True Security,” for the
contest. Miss Kitchin selected the
best themes and submitted them
to the Jaycees .to be judged along
with those written by West Edge
combe High School students. From
Senior High, the themes of Lanny
Shuff and Georgia Davis were
chosen by the judges as best.
Lanny and Georgia read their
(themes at a meeting of the Jay
cees conducted at the Rio Restau
rant Wednesday night, competing
'viffi ■R-.rharn Wrenn and Gp^rcfR
Brake from West Edgecombe. As
winner of the contest, Lanny re
ceived a $50 bond; and his read
ing was taped and will be enter
ed for stafte competition. George
Brake was named runner-up and
received a $25 bond.
This contest is sponsored an
nually (to promote interest in basic
American principles.
Band Members Receive Plaque
Representing Superior Rating
Latin Club Attends
Annual Convention
Conducted at UNC
■Forty4hreie Latin students and
their sponsors, Miss Louise Park
er, traveled by bus to the Sba/te
Junior Classical League Conven
tion March 17, at Chapel Hill on
the campus of the University of
North Carolina.
As Vice-President of the State
Junior Classical League, Katrina
Kobylarz carried out the respon
sibility of editing 'the “Torch: N.
a publication of the state or
ganization. She was assisted by
her fellow staff members; Becky
Walker, (Assistant Editor; Judl
'Felton, Adveritising Manager; and
Ann Fly©, Assistant Advertising
Manager. Because Katrina was un
able to attend the convention,
Becky substituted for her and pre-
fi'^ntP'i ?nrl cf,)H th^ “T™‘'‘h; N.
C.” to the students present. Mon
ey made from the selling of this
publication goes to the local chap
ter of the Junior Classical League.
Many students In the local chap
ter participated In various con
tests and attended numerous dis
cussion groups conducted during
the convention. Several girls from
the local chapter presented a Ro
man dance, which was directed by
Varerie Sorrell, for the afternoon
session of the convention.
Five seniors and li3 juniors
were tapped into the National
Honor Society during assembly
Friday, March 9.
Mollie Hughes presented the
devotional. July Riley, iPresldent
of the society, defined the society
and introduced Mrs. Ora Vanbus-
kirk, advisor, who presented an
award to 'Robert K. Smith naming
him outstanding National Honor
Society member because of his
quali'ties of leadership, character,
and service. Society members then
spoke to the student body about
the four qualifications for becom
ing a member. Robert and Bill
Campbell spoke on character.
Leadership was explained by Jean-
Ikyaiit and Jobn Daugbtridge,
Roy Phipps and Kay Brock de
fined knowledge, and Lanny Shuff
and Helen Brake spoke about ser
To be eligible for mcmbershij)
one must obtain an average of 90.5
n his scholastic work and and must
meet all four qualifications of
leaders'hip, character, knowledge,
and service.
New members tapped from the
Senior Class were Nancy Oaddell,
Dianne Griffin, Marita Rosental,
Mike Warner, and Clara Williams.
New junior members who were
tapped included Eddie Allen, Gin
na Aldridge, Hilton Barrett, Mar-
that Carson, Jimmy Hubbard,
Jim McChesney, Ruth Oates. Pete
Raper, Dwight Thomas, Skipper
Tuttle, Ruth Ward, and Beo White.
A tea was given in the student
lounge in honor of the now mem-
ibers and their parents the -ime
afternoon. I
Suspeusful Comedy Presented
By Edsonian Drama Students
Saturday, March 16, Senirr
High Band members participated
in the Eastern Division running of
the State Band Contest at East
Carolina College where they re
ceived the only superior rating
given in the entire contest.
Band members left Rocky Mount
by car at 9 o’clock in order to be
in Greenville by 11 o’clock. Jud
ges for the contest represented
the music departments of various
North Carolina colleges and uni
versities. This is the first time in
the history of Senior High that
the band 'has received a superior
rating. A plaque was awarded to
represent this outstanding ac
Selections played by Senior
High band members were “Green,
Domino” by Gundman, “Storm
King March” by Walter Finlay,
and “Come Sweet Death” by Bach.
Latter seleotions were chosen by
the judges.
Composing the band are 42
pieces, under the direction of
Frank Hammond who has been
teaching at Senior High for the
past three years. Mr. Hammond
says that within the next four
years, he expects the band to
grow to as many as 65 or 70 stu
Above (1-r) Tom Williford, Arnold Adams, Mr. Hammond, Dianne
Wilhalf, and Sandra Cheshire, band members, admire the plaque
received by the band. Photo by Killebrew
“Blackbird” Wins
First-Place Rating
At the annual convention of the
Columbia Scholastic Press Associa
tion in New York, The Blackbird,
having been judged with school
newspapers from schools and col
leges all over -the United States,
received a first-place rating.
In order for the paper to be
judged, the staff submitted seve
ral papers and an application
blank giving various Information
about the paper to the CSP. News
papers are judged by category ac
cording to kind of publication,
size of school, anl school level.
After being placed in a category,
enterics were judged according to
page layout, copy, advertising, and
organization. Awards mnge from
medalist to fourth place.
The Blackbird is placed in the
category for senior high school
level papers. Papers competing
with The Blackbird were from
schools of the same level, com
posed of 7'50 to 1.000 students. For
the past several years, The Black
bird has achieved the honor of
•winning a first-place rating.
Lasit week, several members at
tended threei meetings at the (Uni
versity of Columbia and a luncheon
land meeting at the Waldrof As
toria featuring Ed Murrow as
guest speaker.
Edsonian dramatics students
will present their spring produc
tion of the year, “Fair Exchange,”
Miarch 31 at edght o’clock P. M. in
the Senior 'High auditorium.
“(Pair Exchange” is a suspens-
ful comedy about an exchange
of male honor students between
two schools to escort the female
honor students to the Spring
Proms. One of the female honor
students plans a party for the pur
pose of welcoming her guest es
cort. A radio bulletin interrupts
the party with the announcement
thait a yoiuig man has been found
on the highway unconcious and
badly beaten and that it is thought
to be the foul play of a particular
hitch-hiking hoodlum. A descrip
tion of the discovered clues is also
given. By putting two and two to
gether, one of the girls begins to
suspect the guest honor student
and decides to investigate the
Valda Lancaster plays the fe
male honor student, and Pam
Daniel and John Daugbtridge por
trays her mother and father. David
Chcsson plays as her steady boy
friend. 'Portraying the local male
honor student is Ronnie Eads, and
Martha Brown is his girl friend.
Guests at the party include Jeanne
Bryant, best friend of the female
honor student, Larry Murchison,
Annie Justa, Leonard Harris,
Anne Nelson and Oscar Elliot. Jo
Anne Maurer is a high school
faculty member. Olivier Hammel
portrays the guest honor student,
and Honey Roney and Pat Forbes
are the two characters who solv>,
the mystery.
Pictured above are (1-r) back row — David Chesson, Valda Lan
caster, OUvler Hammel, front row — Pat Forbes and Honey Roney
rehearsing a scene in “Fair Exchange.” Photo by Killebrew

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