The Blackbird PubUshed by Journalism Classes of Rocky Mount Senior High School Principal Addresses Student Body It is with extreme oleas- ure that I welcome all our students, both new and re turning. to another year at Rocky Mount Senior High. The outlook for the school year 1962-63 is both promis ing and challenging. Never before have we been able to offer such a well-rounded educational program to our students. New courses, new equipment, new teachers, and new teaching techniques will improve our program immeasurably. I encourage each student to study diligently and take full advantage of the oppor tunities that are available. Cabinet Appointments Announced By Student Organization President Cabinet appointments for the 1962-63 school term have re cently been completed by Greg Low, president of the Student Organization. Included in the cabinet are: Neal Adkins, Chairman of the Elections Committee; Butch Clayton, Chairman of the Traf fic Committee; Nancy Tilson, Chairman of Publicity Commit tee; Eebo White, Chairman of the House and Grounds Com mittee; Brack Townsend, Chairman of the Fire Drill Committee; Katrina Kobylarz, Chairman of the Publiccatlons Committee; Sondra Shelton, Chairman of the Student Store Committee; Becky Edwards, Chairman^' the Social Com- mittee^'W^ Jim McChesney, Chairman jti^^oreign Ex change committee. Other members of the presi dent s cabinet which are not appointed are Caroletta Jordan, head cheerleader; David Wil liams, Jan McCrary and Edwin Arrington, Vice President, Sec retary and Treasurer of the Student Organization respec tively; Becky Walker, editor of HI-NOC-AR; and Dwight Thomas, editor of “The Black bird." A special School Spirit Com mittee has been appointed by the president with Cy Watson as chairman. The chairman of this committee is not an of ficial member of the cabinet, but will be working with the cabinet. These members work to gether to promote the welfare of the school and to boost par ticipation in the Student Or ganization. Each cabinet mem ber assumes respfigimmM^or some phase of school ^ govern-' ment work. They meet regular ly and report their various projects. Support wholeheartedly all your school activities and take great pride in your school and its program and I am sure we shall enjoy one of the most successful years at Senior High. As problems arise I should like for the students to feel free to consult me at any time. My door is open always to any student. In this first issue of the “Blackbird” I should like to congratulate the members of the staff and its advisor on the outstanding success our school newspaper has en joyed in the past. You have my best wishes for greater achievements in the year ahead. C. M. Edson, Principal CLASS SCHEDULE Tardy Bell 8:35 Homeroom per. t:SS- 8:45 1st per. 8:49- 9:40 2nd per. 9:44-10:3$ 3rd per. 10:39-11:30 Act. per. 11:34-12:14 Lunch 1 12:14-12:54 Lunch 2 1:H- 1:49 50l per.j 1:49- 2:40 6th per. 2:44- 3:35 Ernesto Arroyo, this years foreign exchange atodeni. Is look* ing over one of his books with his host, David Williams. (Photo by Kiliebrew) Costa Rican Exchange Student Conies For School Year In Senior High Rica. Ernestos’ favorite sports are basketball and swimming. Play ing the guitar and accordian and twisting are some of his hobbies. Ernesto will be in Miss Mur chison’s homeroom 106 along with David, his host. When asked how he felt about the foreign exchange student be ing here, David replied, “I hope to do everything in my power to help him learn the customs of the American people." Ernesto was Quoted as say ing, ‘I want to learn to work with the students of Senior High. I hope to meet all the students and speak with all of them." Ernesto Arroyo, foreign ex change student from Costa Plica, arrived in Charlotte Aug- u t 31, where he was met by his host family, Mr. and Mrs. T. A. Williams and their son, David. San Jose, his native city, where he lives with his parents and two brothers is a city of 150,000 and is also the capitol of Costa Rica. In this Spanish - speaking country Ernesto has studied such subjects as anatomy and religion. He has also had two years of English and four years of French. Later he plans to attend a college in the United States because this field of study isn’t offered in Costa III Principal C. M. Edson addresses the opening assembly. On his left is Eddie Allen, president of the senior class, who gave the devotion and Greg Low, president of the Student Organization, is seated on his right (Photo by Kiliebrew) Assembly Program Begins Year For Largest Student Body Ever Senior High opened its doors Friday August 31, for the first day of school, with a welcome by principal C. M. Edson. After a devotion by Eddie. Allen, president of the Senior class, Greg Low, president of the Student Organization, gave his opening address in which he stressed that each student should show interest in the btudent Organization and be the best student he could pos sibly be. Principal C. M. Edson spoke to the students and reviewed a few policies of the school and gave the general arrange ment of the builidng to the new students. Students who attended Senior High last year were dismissed first to go to ther homerooms where they received their schedules. At 10 o’clock all students followed their schedules for 15 minute periods. This gave every-one the opportunity to go over his schedule to see if any changes would be neces sary. Teachers Study At UNC Program Miss Dorothy Craighill and Mr. Holton Harrison, teachers fro mSenior High, attended the University of North Carolina during the summer for further study in French and Distribu tive Education. One of 60 participants from 18 states and a foreign coun try, Miss Craighill was chosen from 200-300 applications to at'end the NDEA French In stitute June 24 through August 18. The high school French Instructors were taught by 11 teachers from France and attended six classes per day. Classes were taught in con versation, diction, grammar, French civilization, linguistics, and pedagogy. Mr. Holton Harrison from the D. E. department worked toward his M.A. degree in Dis- I'ributive Education at UNC from June 13 until July 17. He took one course in super vision of the distributive edu cation program and another course in distributive education leadership development. Students Charter Buses For Game Three bus loads of enthusi- asUc students at Senior High School traveled to Henderson last Friday night to attend the football game. Though many traveled by cars to see the game, the im portant thing was that they were there to cheer on the football team. Principal C. M. Edson and Mrs. Margaret Williams, advisor of the BLACKBIRD, discuss the changes in this years blackbird. (Photo by KUlebrew) blackbird Undergoes Changes Including New Method Of Printing Revolution is the topic of discussion between Mrs. Mar garet Williams and Mr. C. M. Edson as they review changes in THE BLACKBIRD. One of the most important changes is the process by which the paper is printed. Previously the paper was done by lineotype, but now is done by offset where the complete page is put together and photo- garphed. This process will give the paper a much neater ap pearance and sharper pictures. This process will also give the staff members the oppor tunity to proof read the paper before it is finished. In the past THE BLACK BIRD has offered nine issues with six pages in each issue. Last year the paper sold for one dollar and ten cents. Now THE BLACKBIRD offers thir teen issues with eight pages in each issue for one dollar and twenty-five cents. During the year THE blackbird will sponsor the Miss Print Pageant and the Junior Senior Beauty Court. The Miss Print Pageant will be conducted in a different man ner with the winner to be de cided by a vote of the students instead of the amount of money the contestants collect.