HAPPY EASTER! THE GRYPHON Published by the Journalism Class of Rocky Mount Senior High Sdiool HIT THE BEACH! VOLUME n, No. 9 ROCKY MOUNT, N. C. WEDNESDAY, APRIL 7, 1971 Two Seniors Chosen For Coveted Morehead Award I iiiiMiiHii 4 ^ ' ^te Thompson and Bill Daughtrldge, this year’s Morehead recipients, kick the high school habit as they head for Carolina, (Photo by Burnette) Actors Bring Home Three Awards From Chapel Hill Twenty students from RMSH went to Chapel Hill along with their splendid director Mr. Bill Rawls for the State Dramatics Festival March 18, 19, and 20. Chaperones for the trip were Mrs. Rawls, and Mr, and Mrs. R. E. (Slim) Harris, The cast of the play included Cathy Harrison, as Lady Bird, Andy Dorr as the Blind In dian, and Connie Maxwell as the Alligator. The Vines were Vik- ki Barnes, Jackie Bass, Amy Braswell, Becky Marks, Phil Newton, Billy Ramey, Roland Valentine and Margo Wiley, Backstage was handled by Ro land Valentine, Anne Best, Lin da Boone, Linda Collins, Rod Hoell, Steve Jeans, Richard Newman, Robert Rushing, Billy Tillery, and Steve Thomas. The students received a rat ing of “Excellent” for their presentation of "The Alliga tion” by Lawrence Ferlinghetti. This award was presented to productions that were judged to be in the top half of all the plays which were performed. They also received the Hubert Philpott award In theater arts for distinguished set design and construction. The philpott award is offered only in those years when the judges feel that the work Is above and beyond the usual level exhibited. A cash award of twenty five dol lars accompanies the honors. The Edsonlans also received an award for their costuming. The award was presented to Amy Braswell, the costume de signer, for her excellent alliga tor and vine costumes. The pre sentation of awards climaxed the three day drama festival held at the Playmakers Theatre on the campus of the Univer sity of North Carolina. The festival is sponsored by the Ca rolina Dramatics Association at UNC “to foster and encour age the practice and study of dramatic art in the schools and communities of North Caro lina.” During the three day competi tion a total of thirty plays were presented by high schools, col leges, and community theatre groups. In order to compete at Chapel Hill, the participants had to win "Distinguished” ho nors at the District level. The plays were of a wide variety and Were presented by sixteen different theatrical groups. Sophomores Given Test Every student In the sopho more class was given the Com prehensive Test of Basic Skills In the School library and cafe teria March 22-25. The test Is designed to measure the basic skills involved in broad areas of reading, language, artlh- metlc, and study skills. The em phasis Is on the basic con cepts, relationships, and ab stractions required for the ef fective use of language and num bers. The items in the four skill areas measure the fol-' lowing^: the ability to un derstand concepts and prin ciples, the ability to perform stand concepts and princi ples, the ability to perform fun damental operations, the ability to apply knowledge, and the ability to interpret literary, nu merical, and graphic material. The scores of the test will come directly to the Guidance Department. They will be used to evaluate each student's abi lity and to recommend them for courses and to colleges. Dozier’s Essay Chosen By Wildlife Federation Bob Dozier was awarded Ho norable Mention for his essay on Ecology by the North Car olina Wildlife Federation, Bob received the award from Fred S, Barkalow, Jr., Professor of Zoology and Forestry at North Carolina State University In Ra leigh. In the letter to Bob, Mr. Barkalow enclosed information on North Carolina State's Wild life and conservation program. He also pointed out that scho larships are available for needy students wishing to enroll at the colleges and universities, Mr. Barkalow urged Bob to continue his education after high school graduation. Bob, a junior. Is the son of Mr. and Mrs. N, B, Dozier, Jr, He has also been selected to attend the Governors School this sum mer in the field of academics. Two seniors from RMSH, Pete Thompson and Bill Dau- ghtrldge, have been awarded the coveted John Motley More head Scholarship for study at the University of North Caro lina at Chapel HiU. Selection of the young men was made by the Board of Trustees. In addition to the honor of being a Morehead Scholar, the award is accompanied by a g^ant to finance the recipient's undergraduate study at the Uni versity. The grants are award ed for one year, but may be re newed annually if the recipient’s performance is considered sat isfactory. The $2,100 grant in cludes tuition, room, board, laundry, books, student fees, and incidentals. Pete is well known at RMSH for his athletic ability. He Is a member of the football, base ball, and basketball teams. Pete Is also on the Hl-Noc-Ar staff, and a member of the National Honor Society. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Maynard H. Thompson and attends the First Methodist Church. Bill, the son of Mr. and Mrs, William G. Daughtridge, is also very active at RMSH. He is currently serving as Vice Pre sident of the Student Organiza tion and chairman of the Assem bly Committee. Bill is a mem ber of the National Honor So ciety and the track team, and is an active member of the Edge- mont Baptist Church. Sub-Debs Present Annual Fashion Show March 26 Mid-length dresses, the “peasant look”, dazzling lights, German backdrop, and watching your own friends walk noncha lantly across the stage in the latest styles all contributed to a delightful Sul)-Deb Fashion Revue. In response to the mo dels, several friends called out “hey, that’s my sister , . .1 never knew that she could look that good.” On Friday, March 26 at 9:00 the annual fashion show was opened with a humorous script between the modeling, “Youth!! It’s Wonderful!” written and directed by Vance Mizelle was the name of the game. The starring roles were played by Becky Sheridan as Frau Kittle (the mother)^ Kathy Wright as Em Kittle (the dau- ghter\ Betsy Strandberg as Debbie Dearing, Louise Weeks as Polly, Jo Dorsett as Bar bie, the three debs , . , Mike McGee as Hans, Philip Lea as Otto, Robbie Roberts as Frito, and Pet Thompson as Fritz, ended the show. Bill Glad stone and Pat McGee played a splendid bull. Bill wants to knew if the ends justify the means. The cast really enjoyed get ting the play together, and ac quiring the German accents. The hardest thing to accom plish was persuading the boys to wear little short pants with suspenders. They did look cute to the 1500 people watching. With a charming cafe back drop, the audience traveled to Vienna, Austria, Vance’s script was inspired by his visit to Europe last year. “What do you want, good grammar or good Schnitzel?” The theatre roar ed. An important thing to remem ber is if one gets dizzy and feels like falling, he must fall forwards and not backwards into the $10,000 screen. Every one remembered and no one got dizzy. TheSub-DebClubshould be commended for their fine performance. Gryphon Staff Attends Journalism Meeting At Fike Bob Dozier grins as he learns of another feather axlded to his cap. Photo by Burnette) Thursday, March 27, the staff of the GRYPHON attended a journalism conference at Fike High School. Greene County Central High School, Snow Hill; Rose High School, Greenville- Northern Nash High School, Fike High School, and RMSH were the five schools repre sented, The meeting began at one o’clock with the welcome by the assistant principal at Fike. Afterwards, the stu dents had a choice of discus sion groups to attend. Each group dealt with some phase of the newspaper. There were three thirty minute sessions and for each session there were three groups from which to choose. Three staff members of the GRYPHON helped in lead ing these sessions. Brenda Horton led a group on Financ ing the Newspaper. Tim Chap man led a group on Writing a Feature Story, and David Cordts led a group on Censorship and Freedom of the Press. Other discussion groups included The Role of the Adviser, Staff Or ganization, Headline Writing, Recruiting More Qualified Shi- dents for Journalism, and Pro blems with Photographers and Printers, At the conclusion of the dis cussion groups, everyone as sembled to discuss and evaluate each group.