THE BLACKBIRD Published by the Jonrnalism Class of Rocky Monnt Senior Hiffh School VOL. XXXVII—No. 8 ROCKY MOUNT, N. C. FRIDAY, FEB. 24, 1967 Jane Ferrell Is Chosen As Miss Print In Traditional Blackbird Competition STAFF PHOTO EDITOR GEORGE CLACK crowns Jane Ferrell during the annual Miss Print Contest, Runners up were Charlotte Looney and June Ellis. Tropics And Robinson Bros. Engaged F or^ Junior-Senior The Music Committee of Junior Class, under tlie leader- sihip of Harry Harles anid Bobby Thompson, ihave secured the Tropdcs and the Robinson Bro- theirs for the Junior-Seniioir to be held May 12. This fabulous group has been boolied tlirough Marslhall Henry, a former Sen ior High graduate, and The Jokers Three of Greensboro. The Tropics began their career ais a small group play ing in Reidsville. They were often seen performing at the local American Legion Hut or at private parties. In 1964 they were Joined by two other boys from the area wlho were rapid ly becoming known for their singing ability. These boys, known as the Robinson Bro- tiiers, isoon began to live up to their reputation as “soul sdngers.” Since that time the popularity of the Tropics and tlhe Robinson Brothers has grown immensely and they have quickly become estab lished as one of the better groups in the Carolinas. The Tropics have recently played at a local club and were ac claimed by all who saw them. They also have made numer- Assembly Presented On NASA Space Move The students and faculty of Senior High were giiven a spe cial treat last Monday when Mr. William A. Lockhard, II, presented a demonstration con cerning the space mobile. This is one of the many education al phases of the National Aero nautics and Space Administra tion (NASA). Mr. LocMiard informed the students about the space sci ences and activities of NASA. He traced tlie history of rock etry and problems encountered in space launching and space flights. This included the re cent tragedy of the throe astro nauts at Cape Kennedy. He also gave an insight into the “Whys” and “Hows” of Ameri ca’s Venture into Outer Space. ous*appearances at the Univer sity of North Carolina at Chap el HUI and have performed in Virginia, Georgia, and other spots throughout the South. Their performances are filled with action and the modern music of today. The higihiliight of the show is the appearance of the Robinson Brothers and anyone who has seen this group can asisure you that there is never a duU minute. Their recording of “It’s Growing” and “Thie Happy Hour” is a classic example of the show manship and musical talent of this swinging group. Friday, February 17, Jane Ferrell was crowned Miss Print of 1967 by George Clack, Editor of The Blackbird, dur ing the assembly sponsored by Th© Blackbird each year. She was chosen from a field of 20 candidates judged on the basis of personality, beauty, wit, and poise. Presented in alphabetical order, the contestants were Mary Elizabeth Bradley, spon sored by the Kudos Club and escorted by Bill Griffin; Caro lyn Davis, sponsored by the Student Organization and es corted by Bobby Thompson; June Ellis, sponsored by the Phalanx Club and escorted by Sidney Johnston; Judy Farris, sponsored by homeroom 221 and escorted by Sandy Easley; Jane Ferrell, sponsored by homeroom 122 and escorted by Jim Middleton; Betsy Gatling, sponsored by the Booster Club and escorted by Michael Eas ley; Genie Harden, sponsored by the SOS Club and escorted by Larry Smiley; Shebe Har ris, sponsored by homeroom 118 and escorted by Dan Bal- lance. Elsebeth Kamstrup, sponsor ed by the Good Sports Club and escorted by Benjie Smith; Susie Lamm, sponsored by the Black Masquers, escorted by Scott Ryals; Charlotte Looney, sponsored by the Good S'ports Club, escorted by Tommy Ming- es; Donna Ostercamp, spon sored by tlie Black Masquers and escorted by Dickie Seaton; Cheryl Pollard, sponsored by the Radio Broadcasters’ Club and escorted by Andy Parker; Priscilla Roderick, sponsored by the Varsity Cheerleaders and escorted by Stephen Battle; Mary Jo Sheridan, sponsoi^ by the Black Masquers and es corted by David Walker; San dra Tharrington, sponsored by homeroom 219 amid escorted by Bryan Tuttle: Marilyn Whit field, sponsored by the Na tional Honor Society and es corted by Johnny Gower; Ellen Winstead, sponsored by the Hi- Noc-Ar staff and escorted by Frank Bradley; Rhonda Flem ing, sponsored by the D. E. Club and Nancy Wilson, spon sored by the Hi-Noc-Ar staff. To judge the girls, three judges were chosen by the com bined junior and senior Black bird staff. They were Mrs. Mary Alice Dunn, Coach Bobby Dunn’s wife and a former RMSH Homecoming Queen; Mr. Aubrey Almand, an outstand ing young citizen in the com munity and owner of Almand’s Drug Store; and A1 Denson, coach of the local American Legion baseball team and manager of Bunting, Hardy and Minges. Wednesday evening, February 15, the girls were Interviewed by the three judges on serious as well as humorous topics designed to make them think. Friday they were presented to the student body and judges in evening dress. The rating of this presentation was added to that made Wednesday night. Lynda Harrell, managing edi tor of The Blackbird, was Mis tress of Ceremonies during the assembly. Following the girls’ presentation, the judges left the auditorium for a brief con sultation on the final decdsion. During the intermission the “Sunnyside” — David Walker, Chip Penick, and Millard Wood ard entertained the student body. Their performance was followed by the announcement of the new queen. Second runner-up was June Ellis and first runner-up was CSharlotte Looney. Mack Pridg en, circulation manager of The Blackbird, presented the queen and her two prinoesiaes with roses as they were announced. Mrs. Hobbs Leads Invasion Of Edsonians To New York BULLETIN The National Merit Schol arship Exam will be given on Saturday, February 25, at 9 a. m. A fee of $1.25 will be collected from each student who takes the test to cover the cost of the tests, reports of scores, and other materials. Genie Harden Betty Crocker Lillar Eugenia Harden, by finishing first in a written homemaking knowledge and attitude examination, became Rocky Mount Senior High Sciiool’s 1967 Betty Crocker Homemaker of Tomorrow. The examination was given to sen ior girls on December 6. As a local winner, Geniie is now eligible to compete on the state and national level for cash scholarships. Her test also earned her a specially de signed' silver charm from Gen eral Mills, sponsor of the Betty Crocker Search for the Ameri can Homemaker of Tomorrow. Th© award was presented to Genie dwing the assembly period on December 27. A state Homemaker of To morrow and a runner-up will be chosen from thie winners of all schools in the state, with the former receiving a $1,500.00 college scholarsliip. Her school will bo given a complete set of Encyclopedia Britannica. The runner-up will be awarded a $500.00 educational grant. The Betty Crocker Home maker of Tomorrow from this state, together with those from am other states and the District of Columbia, will join in an expense-paid educational tour Selected As Homemaker GENIE HARDEN of Colonial Williamsburg, Va., and Washington, D. C. next spring. Each winner will be accompanied by her school ad visor and if Genie becomes the state winner she will go with her home economics teacher, Miss Josephine Grant. The National winner—the 1967 AU-American Homemaker of To morrow—will be announced at a dinner in Williamsburg. She (Continued on page 8) Thirtynsix Edsonians will leave Rocky Mount on Wednesday, March 15 for their annual trip to New York. This trip, for dramatics I and II students who have at least a “C” aver age, is a reward for those who have worked hard in dramiatics and for its educational value. The students will meet at the ACL Station at 6:50 where they will board the train. AU stu dents will ride together in re served seats on a private car. Upon thedr arrival in New York, they will take a private bus to the Hotel Chesterfield where they wiU stay. Thursday they will take a walking tour of Rockefeller Center. Also that morning they will visit NBC studios for the taping of a T.V. show. After lunch, Mrs. Hobbs wiU lead a lawfcing tour of Fifth Avenue, including Saint Patrick’s Cathed ral, Sak’s, Taffany’s and other places of interest. Aftor dinner, they will attend “Star Spangled Girl” and it has been arranged for them to meet Tony Perkins, Connie Stevens, and Richard Benjamino backstage for a ques tion and answer period. After the play, the students are al lowed to giet' food before being checked back into the hotel by Mrs. Hobbs. Friday is concerned mostly with an aU day tour which covers many places of interest in New York. That night they vi^ll see “Don’t Drink the! Water” and visit with Tony| Roberts. Saturday morning will be for doing anything in New York except for catching up on sleep. That afternoon they will see a matinee perform ance of “Hello DoUy,” on© of the biggest hits on Broadway. After the matinee, there will be free time until the show that night, “Cactus Flower.” The students hope to meet Barry Nelson, the male lead in “Cactus Flower.” Sunday morning the students may slieep late. Mrs. Hobbs does not require the students to attend church because she feete they need the rest after being up late three ndgttits. How ever, she will go to the church with them or see to it that they get in the taxis headed for the church they wish to attend. After eating lunch, they will pack, then the same bus takes them to the Pennsylvania Sta tion where they board the train for Rocky Mount. The next morning, brigiht and early, all th^ istudents will “rise and ishine for another Monday at RMHS. Finalists Affirmed In Merit Program The National Merit Scholar ship Corporation, in a special release to the Blackbird, has announced the finalists from Rocky Mount Senior High School in the 1966-67 Merit Program. This year the finailists are Linda Harrell, Bill Meakin, Mack Pridgen, Rebecca Sher iff, Roger Stancil, Chris Stan ley, and Ellen Winstead. These seven students were also the semifinaliists from RMSH an nounced eairlier this year. ‘ From a group of about 14,200 national finalists, approximate ly 2300 Merit Scholars will be si^ected in 1967. AU Finalists ^ be notified of their status in the competition by April 20. The winners of Merit Scholar ships will be notified by March 27. They are then requesited to keep this information confi dential until th© public an nouncement of Merit Scholars scheduled for May. 3, A certificate of merit and a letter will be awarded to the finalists during an assembly program. They became finalists due to an endorsement from their school, compleOng and return ing of the SemitinaUsts Infor mation Form, and confirming thedr hig’h scores on the Na tional Merit Scholarship Quali fying Test by their perform ance on the Scholastic Apti tude Test.

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