THE BLACKBIRD VOL. xxxm I’ublishpd by Journalism Class of Rocky Moiiiit Senior Hich Scliool ROCKY MOUNT, N. 0., WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 3. 1962 — E, V/V/lV/or.I\ lyi 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 Griffin. 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 siudents. 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 Swinson. 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 erland. 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 spectively. 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 petition. 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 States. 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 nalists. 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 scores. 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 ganization. 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) of this 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.