North Carolina Newspapers

    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
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^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.
    

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