North Carolina Newspapers

Pubtished by the Journalism Class of Rocky Mount Senior High School
VOLUME n. No. 11
FRIDAY, MAY 21, 1971
RMSH Celebrates
Annual Prom At
Tarrytown Mall
Tarrytown Mall was the scene
of the annual Junior-Senior
Prom Friday, May 7, from 9
p.m. to 1 a,m.
Parents, students, and guests
were welcomed by members of
the faculty. Upon entering the
mall the psychedelic lights of
the company captured many
glances. Next, all eyes rested
on the bridge which was
surrounded by a Japanese paint
ing and small gardens. Mur-
rals lined the walls of the Mall,
A giant pegotta was the center
attraction. “Class of 1971”
was written at the top of it in
honor of RMSH’s graduating
At 10 p.m. the figure for
1971 was the main attraction.
Outstanding students of the se
nior and junior classes were
presented in a Japanese fan.
CXitstanding seniors were also
recognized. Mr. Charles O.
Johnson was master of cere
monies for the event.
Refreshments were served
from a table near the entrance
to the prom. Glider ale over
sherbert Ice cream, nuts, ham
biscuits, and cookies were ser
Approximately 610 students
attended the affair.
Senior graduation speakers, Andy Dorr and James Hargrove,
ponder over Chapter One of their graduation address.
Juniors Receive NCTE
Nomination In English
The National Council of Tea
chers of English Achievement
Awards nominees for this
school year are Nancy Reler-
son. Bob Dozier, Yvonne Dew,
and Lee Saunders, These stu-
RMSH Publications Choose
Officers For Next Year
Officers for the GRYPHON
and HI-Noc-Air staffs for the
1971-72 school term were
chosen about two weeks ago.
The new officers for the GRY
PHON are Richard Newman,
editor; Teresa Slavin, Adver
tising manager; Debbie Griffin,
Circulation manager; and Mary
Barr, Business manager.
These officers have individual
responsibilities as well as
working diligently with other
members of each of the staffs.
The editor must assume com
plete responsibllityfor the new
spaper with Mrs. Margaret Wil
liams, the advisor. The ad
vertising manager is responsi
ble for sufficient advertising
in order to finance the newspa
per and also has to lay out the
ads on each page. The circu
lation manager Is responsible
for the subscription campaign
and mailing copies of news
papers to businesses which ad
vertise. The business manager
is the bookkeeper and takes
care ofthe business and person
al correspondence of the GRY
The duties of the officers of
the RMSH yearbook, the Hi-
Noc-Ar, are generally the
same. The newly chosen edi
tor is Margaret Taylor, who
is under the supervision of
Miss Alma Murchison. Other
officers are Assistant editor,
Anita Chadwick; Business man-
£^er, Pam Jefccat; Advertising
managers. Bob Dozier and Lee
Marshburn; Circulation man
agers, Ruble Gibson and Rahn
Barnes; Photograirfiers, John
Ess, David Jordan, and Joseph
Whitley; Class editor, Janet
Fish; and Sports editor, Wayne
The new officers of the GRYPHON are top row, left to rignt,
Teresa Slavin, Debbie Griffin, Richard Newman, and Mary Barr.
The Hi-Noc-Ar officers are bottom row, left to right, Mt.rgaret
Taylor, Anita Chadwick, Lee Marshburn, and Pam Jefcoat.
The GRYPHON Staff would
like to dedicate this issue of
the GRYPHON to the second
graduating class of RMSH, the
class of ’71. After twelve
long years of trials and tri
bulations, the final curtain is
about to be drawn for some
450 seniors. There is but one
thing left to say, “RMSH,
thanks for all of the many
Graduation Exercises
Are Set For June 4th
dents were selected from the
junior class, because of their
mastery of the English langus^e
and each school is allotted no
minees according to the en
rollment, As RMSH has our
1600 four were selected.
The purpose of the NCTE
Award is to recognize the out
standing English student in the
United States. The finalist do
not receive a scholarship, but
they are given a recommenda
tion to their college choice and
also receive a scroll.
The following qualifications
are necessary: 1, The student
should write clearly and effec
tively, revealing the ability to
think for himself. 2, One of
the standardized tests given
each nominee will assess what
he knows about written com
position, The test will require
the student to show that he can
apply the principles of gram
mar, usage and composition, 3,
Each school should consider the
speaking and listening abilities
of the nominees. The student
is required to write a 250-300
word autobit^aphy, a piece of
writing of his very best which
could be a narrative, poetry
or etc. He has to write an
Impromptu essay which is given
to him during supervision In a
sealed envelope.
After all the rest have been
completed by the nominees,
their work Is sent to the de
signated state chairman for
judging, and the one selected
from N, C. will go on for Na
tional judging. In October,
1971, the winner and runners
up will be announced.
A proud group of approx
imately 450 seniors will attend
the long-awaited graduation
ceremonies Friday night, June
4, at 8 o’clock at Municipal
Two members of the Class of
'71, James Hargrove and Andy
Dorr, were elected by the class
to present Commencement Ad
dresses. Principal V. J. Co
lombo and Dr. B. F. Currln,
I Superintendent of Rocky Mount
City Schools will preside over
the ceremonies.
The program for graduation
Legion Chooses
Summer Delegates
To Govt. Seminars
The American Legion, spon
sors of the Girls’ and Boys’
State program, selected Nancy
Reierson - Girls’ State, Steve
Snipes-Boys’ State, and Danny
Sawyer-alternate. These stu
dents will attend the seminar
during the week of June 20-
Careful selection of students
is made before anyone is cho
sen. Students are chosen for
their outstanding abilities in
leadership, character, scholar
ship, and service. Require
ments for this program include
being clean, alert, enthusias
tic, congenial, honest, and de
ceremonies will be as follows:
Prelude . . . Rocky Mount
Senior High School Band
Presiding . . . V. J. Colom
bo, Principal Rocky Mount Se
nior High School
Processional, ., Elgar Verdl^
Rocky Mount Senior High School
Invocation . , , The Reverend
Gaylord Lehman,Lakeside Bap
tist Church
Presentation of Class Gift,..
Mike Ruffin, Second Semester
President of Senior Class
Presentation Speaker ... V.
J. Colombo, Principal Rocky
Mount Senior High School
Student Address . . . Andy
Dorr, President of National
Honor Society
“Let There Be Peace on
Earth” ... JacksonCommence-
ment Chorus
Introduction of Special Guests
. , . Dennis Pittman First Sem
ester, President of Senior Class
Presentation of Speaker , . .
Roland Valentine, President of
Student Organization
Student Address . . . James
Hargrove, Outstanding Senior
Presentation of Diplomas ...
V. J. Colombo, Principal^ Dr.
B. F. Currln,Superintendent of
Rocky Mount City Schools
Benediction . . . The Rever
end Elbert Lee,North End Bap
tist Church
Recessional-“Pomp and Cir
cumstance” . . . Elgar, “Tri
umphal March , ., Verdi, Rocky
Mount Senior High School Band,
SRA Officers Elected
By Student Body
student Representative As
sembly officers for the school
year 1971-72 at RMSH were
announced Wednesday, April 27.
Students chosen to serve were
President, Richard Bulluck;
Vice President, Bruce Flye;
Secretary, Carolyn Bishop; and
Treasurer, Haywood Parker.
The students running for SRA
president were Mary Barr, Ri
chard Bulluck, Yvonne Dew,
and Nelson Dunn. Nominees
for Vice President were Bruce
Flye, Nancy Reierson, Lucy
Wllkerson, and Jane Williams.
Carolyn Bishop ran for the of
fice of secretary unopposed,
while Gloria Carney and Hay
wood Parker were the nominees
for Treasurer.
As It was necessary for a
run-off for both the ctfflce of
President and Vice President, a
run-off election was held Tues
day, April 27. The run-off can
didates for President were Ri
chard Bulluck and Nelson Dunn;
those for Vice President were
Bruce Flye and Nancy Reier
Pictured above are the SRA officers for the 1971-72 school
year. They are Haywood Parker, Bruce Flye, Richard Bulluck,
and Carolyn Bishop,

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