North Carolina Newspapers

VOL. xxxm
I’ublishpd by Journalism Class of Rocky Moiiiit Senior Hich Scliool
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Students Plan Trip To Fayetteville “'s''
r—r=«*v Scholarship Semi-Finalists
chartered train will carry
Blaclcbird fans to the football
game between Fayetteville
Bulldogs and Rocky Mount
Blackbirds. This year the train
will depart from the train
will depart from the station
at 5:45.
Tickets may be purchased at
any time this week at the
Atlantic Coast Line Depot and
tomorrow aifternoon after school
two representatives or the At
lantic Coast Line Railway will
be in the lobby of the audi
torium to sell tickets. The cost
of the round-trip ticket is $3.50.
This price will not include the
price of the game ticket.
A refreshment car will again
be operated by the Social Com
mittee of the Student Organi
zation. Becky Edwards, Chair
man of the Social Committee,
has announced that sandwich
es, candy, drinks, chewing gum,
do-nuts, peanuts, and apples
the committee. They are A. G.
Smith, Linda Dickson, Darryl
Daniel, Mickey Southerland,
j-illie Royall, Margaret Doher
ty, Jean Hayworth, Camilla
Reid, Billy Spence, Stanley
Daughtridge, Carol Jean Sex
ton, Keen Gravely, Bruce Lea,
Cassandra Martin, and Randy
Mr. Edson had this to say
about the trip; “On the many
train trips that we have spon
sored, students have conducted
themselves in a very favorable
manner. Railroad officials have
been V2ry complementary of
our students. So long as we
maintain this good reputation,
we will continue to charter
special trains. Students should
bear this in mind and not in
dulge in any activities which
might bring unfavorable criti
cism on our student body. I’m
looking forward to a most en
joyable trip.”
Senior Homeroom Officers Elected;
Installation Held In Group Guidance
Senior homeroom officers for
first semester took the oath of
office Thursday, September 13,
m group guidance. President of
me Senior class, Eddie Allen
gave the oath of otiice to the
The following were elected;
Mrs. Thelma Lundy, home
room 112; President, Becky
Valker; Vice-President, Anne
Nelson; Secretary, Mooney Ann
Stotesbury; Treasurer, Jimmy
Williams; Student Organiza
tion, Tom Parrish, Barbara
Miss Alma Murchison, home
room 106; President, Judy
Council; Vice-President, Suz
anne Ford; Secretary, Nancy
Dunn; Treasurer, Bernie Capps;
Student Organization, Carlion
Edwards, Cameron Hunt.
Miss Ruby Vause, homeroom
McDonald; Vice - President,
Kaihy Jackson; Secretary, Dot
\l^llilamJon; Treasurer, Charles
l-‘ate; Student Organization,
Deil Harris, Annie Justa.
-»-rs. Sue Hayworth, home
room 128; President, David
Lamm; Vice-President, Pat
Lane; Secretary, Linda DicK-
scn; Treasurer, Nancy Helms;
btudent Organization, Carolyn
jb'eiton, Tom McAuley.
Ml. Ralph Gorham, home
room 211; President, Butch
Ferguson; Vice-^^resident, Step
hanie Matthews; Secretary,
Gwen Joyner; Treasurer, Andy
Davenport; Student Organiza
tion, Terr; I Britt, Mickey South
Mr. Earl Privott, homeroom
216; President, Ginger Jack
son; Vice-President, Billie Mae
110; President, Theresa Hag- Royall; Secretary, Sue Shearin;
gerty; Vice-President, Dawana Treasurer, Tony Batchelor-
Gay; Secretary, Nancy Brad- Student Organization, Danny
ham; Treasurer, Lryan Daley; Talbott, Dianne Tanner
Student Organization, Judi Fel- yrs. Ora Van Buskirk, home-
ton, Mike Hux. room 219; President, Dell
Mrs. Evelyn Walston, home- Lamm; Vice - President, Joe
room 1.^0; President, Gloria Williams; Secretary, Jane Rose;
Treasurer, Mary Anne Harrell;
Student Organization, Steve
Wright, Marilyn Spencer.
Ninety-six miles down this
track is Fayetteville. An ex
pected ten train cars loaded
with Blackbird boosters .will
begin their journey from the
point pictured above, (riioto
by Killebrew)
Magazine Drive
The total amount of money
turned i n last week for
magazine subscriptions as of
last Friday was $2,559.47.
The sophomore class is
leadinc in sales with a total
of $1,052.07. Next in line are
the Junior class and Senior
class, who turned in totals
of $959.20 and $548.20 re
SO Cabinet Meets
To Discuss Plans
The first cabinet meeting of
the year was called to order
after school September 19, in
room 101 by Student Organiza
tion President, Greg Low. THE BLACKBIRD staff sue- as judge of the court was the
After Miss Kitchin pointed cessfully ended its two-week honorable David Lamm
out the responsibilities of the subscription drive Friday with Immediately following
cabinet as a whole, Greg gave fPProximately 800 subscript- short
Blackbird Drive Successfully Ended;
Record Of Over 800 Sulsscriptions
T'UE' OT ... . . *
Jim McCnesney, Pat Wil
liams and Greg Low were re
cently notified by the National
Merit Scholarship Corporation
Ilia I tney had oeen selected
as semi-iinalists in the Nati
onal Merit bcholarship com
Tne National Merit Scholar
ship Corporation is a non-pro
fit organization and adminis
ters tne nation’s largest in
dependently supported college
:>cnolarship program for hign
.school seniors and also assists
in other scholarship programs.
Three Rocky Mount Senior
High School seniors are among
ll,uOO semi-finalists selected
solely on the basis of their
scores on the National Merit
iicnolarship Qualifying Test,
which was given in the spring
01 liJ62 to secondary school
juniors throughout the United
Constituting about two-thirds
of one per cent of the nation’s
graduating secondary school
seniors, the 11,000 semi-t'i-
naiists must do four things to
become tinalists. Each semi-
imalist is asked (a) to take
iiie Scholastic Aptitude Test
of the College Entrance Ex
amination Board; (b) to sub
mit an information form filled
out by himself and his school;
(c) to fill out a financial state
ment; and (d) to take a second
test, only to substantiate his
high NMSQT scores. Almost
ail semi-finalists become fi
The selection board in choos
ing scholarship winners will
consider high school record,
school recommendations, un
usual accomplishments or abili
ties, participation in school
and community activities,
character, leadership, and test
In the past, about ten per
cent of the finalists have re-
c e i v e d Merit Scholarships.
Merit scholars are selected on
the basis of merit, without re
gard to financial need, al
though the stipend of a Merit
Scholarship is based on fi-
nancial need. One hundred
dollars is the minimum annual
stipend while 1,500 dollars is
the maximum per year.
Jim McChesne.v
Greg Low
Pat Wniiami
Cheerlos^' Established To Promote
Cheering, Spirit At Football Games
A new organization, a cheer
ing section called the “Cheer-
ios’ has been formed at Rocky
Mount Senior High under the
direction of the Student Or
The ‘‘Cheerios” is a select
group of students from the
student body who will boost
school spirit and participate at
pep rallies and games. Twenty-
(&.'« “Cheerios”, Page Two)
skit, Dwight Thomas,
editor of THE BLACKBIRD,
introduced the members of the
paper staff. Mike Floyd then
A.Aoi., itiii. lo YYcic «»aiia6cr ivime discussed the changes made in tHk' rt Ar'ifmon »i u .
given by the chairmen of the was high in individual the paper anad the plans for newspaper was awarded first J^ journalism field.
School Spirit Committee, Fire ''^‘^h a record 100 sub- the subscription drive nlace ratino j u school newspapers
Drill Committee. Publicity ^"iPtJons. This breaks his own The Center Theater'donated semester oJigSbvLTn United States
Committee, and Finance Com- 69 last year. Runner- passes to each member of the onTl ScholastL PrLc a
committee chairmen some being sold. This total
pointers which he learned at ^lipsed last year’s record
the Student Council Workshop subscriptions,
at Mars Hill. Reports were _ Circulation Manager Mike
The Blackbird Wins First Place
At National Scholastic Press
THE BLACKBIRD, the school parts n the journalism field.
mittee. The President,
Low and Vice-President, David with 80
Williams gave an account of "^^e campaign began with the
various activities carried on annual kick-off assembly, Fri-
during the week. day, September 14. The pro-
Plans were made concerning gram began with the journal
one subscribed tnTHFRT AIT" "'“7 -M.vcisivy of lypes oi papers are judged in-
bird .he b.-w„k„.
are judged by this team of
journalists. Many dilferent
types of papers are judged in-
and monthly paper. Also junior
next meeting. After discussing skit consisting of a trial of a
the budget, all chairmen were country yokel, John Imbecile,
asked to turn in an approxi- who had not bought a BLACK-
mate figure for the year. BIRD subscription. Presiding
bird, Mrs. Carolyn Bailey’s alism
s-'ir-NVpt rr ■
the magazine drive and the ism class presenting a short also had one hundred per Tent iud^ne ^team^^^ summer this let the staff and advisor know
next meeting. After discussing skit consisting of a trial of a subscribing and each room will thf rt compares with
other papers. Helpful infor-
, * --
subscribing aod each room will rate THE BLACKBIRD
TeTir Service mation ‘ and'VcTfir^rit.W
room. m the judges are professional men are sent to the staff of e?
and women who have active newspaper.

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