Have A Merry, Merry Christmas THE GRYPHON PoblislKd by Um Journalism Gass of Rocky Mount Seni« High Sdiool VOLUME ffl. No. 5 ROCKY MOUNT, N. C, FRIDAY, DECEMBER 17, 1971 As Miss Rocky Mount Janet Fish Comments On Beauty Queen Life Janet CaroUne Fish, a talen ted senior at RMSH, was selec ted to succeed Sherri Brabham as the new Miss Rocky Mount Saturday, November 13. The following is an informative in terview with Janet, in which she discusses her plans as Miss Rocky Mount, Question: Concerning the local, state, and national page ants, how do you feel about the purpose of a beauty contest? Janet; The purpose of the local, state, and national beau ty pageants have changed a great deal over the years in my opin ion. Today, instead of looking at girls and judging them only in bathing suits, judges stress talent (primarily during com petition on stage) and the all- around ability of the girl to express herself to the people she represents, along with her ■willingness and worthiness to be a symbol for her city, state, and country. Question: What was your opinion of the Miss Rocky Mount pageant as a whole? Janet: I believe the pageant this year went very well. The Jaycees worked very hard In presenting it, and by the large turn-out, more Rocky Mount people than ever were interest ed in the outcome. Question: As Miss Rocky Mount for 1971-72 what are your duties to the city of Rocky Mount? Janet: My duty for 1971- 1972 to the city of Rocky Mount is primarily that of serving as an official representative for the city in any way I am need ed, This includes ribbon cut tings, ground breaking cere monies, and also my repre sentation of Rocky Mount at oth- Sawyer Revealed As Typical Youth RMSH senior Danny Sawyer ' was recently selected as a Ty pical Youth, an honor which is awarded by the Optimist Club, Danny, who stated that the Optimist Clubs “do a tremen dous amount of work with the youth of today,” felt greatly honored to be chosen RMSH’s Typical Youth by his peers. During National Youth Week, the Optimists name students throughout the country as Ty pical Youths. While at an Op timist banquet Tuesday, No vember 23, Danny received a Typical Youth Trophy. Danny has accomplished many things at RMSH, which include attendance at Boy’s State last summer, participa tion in football, and basketball He was Vice-President of last year’s Junior class. er local pageants throughout the state, I will also repre sent Rocky Mount in the state pageant in June, Question: Will the title of Miss Rocky Mount affect your school work in any way? Janet: As of now, I do not see that this will affect my school work to any extent. I may miss an occasional day of school for official acts, but primarily my duties take place on week-ends until the spring, when I will begin work for the state pageant. Question: What are the goals you want to accomplish during your reign? Janet: I would like to get to know the people of Rocky Mount better. I do not want to represent a few of the peo ple, but all of them. I would also like to get more young people Involved in community affairs. We all need to work together. Question: When is the Miss North Carolina pageant? Will there be any change in your talent presentation? Janet; The Miss North Car olina pageant is June 11-17, I will definitely use a piano presentation, but I have not de cided yet if or how Iwi 11 change my selections. JANET CAROLINE FISH~MISS ROCKY MOUNT 1972 Committee Advises SRA On Self-Nomination Details The Student Representative Assembly met In the auditorium to vote on recommendations submitted to the SRA by the Elections Committee, concern ing the process of nominations for S. O. offices, Wednesday, December 1, After SRA discussions last year concerning the narrow re- Bob Dozier Wins Award From NCTE Competition Bob Dozier, a RMSH senior who competed In the National Council of Teachers of En glish Achievement competition, as did three other RMSH stu dents, was recently announc ed as a winner In the I4th an nual NCTE Achievement A- wards Program. The initial purpose of the NCTE Achievement Award is Bob Dozier, pictured above, was recently named a NCTE award winner. “to grant public recognition to some of the best high school students of English In the Uni ted States,” Taking the test from RMSH last spring along with Bobwere Lee Saunders, Nancy Reierson, and Yvonne Dew, These four students were chosen by literary ability and writing per formance- Mrs. MargaretWil- liams, their English teacher, gave the test to the four stu dents and submitted It Into the national competition. Since the number of nominees from each school was determined by each school’s total students, four nominees were selected from RMSH. Submitted to the NCTE were statements by a teacher of En glish and a school administra tor, along with the nominees’ three compositions. An auto biographical sketch and a sam ple of the student’s best writ ing were two of the composi tions, along with the third, an impromptu theme, which all entrants were given, asking them to “reconcile two seem ingly contradictory views of pride.” Drug Task Force Learns Of Laws To Inform Others Mr. F. E. Eppes, Director of NorthCarolina Drug Autho rity, spoke with the members of the Student Drug Task Force concerning the new drug laws and the changes In old drug laws, Mr. Eppes informed the stu dents that It Is not against the law to be dependent on drugs, but it is against the law to pos sess or to Illegally distribute drugs. He also stated that during the first eight months of this year over two thousand drug arrests had been made with approximately two thirds of these arrests for possession. Drugs on the Federal level are listed in five schedules (ca tegories) and six on the state leveL A drug must be in one of the schedules In order for a person to be arrested for it. In certain Instances a person’s drug record may be erased by a judge. Now that the.members of the Task Force have been informed of the new drug laws they can intelligently discuss them with the junior high school students. presentation of the RMSH stu dents selected to run by the nominating committee, the 1970-71 SRA, under President Roland Valentine, abolished the school’s nominating committee. The 1971-72 SRA has decid ed that those students desir ing to run for an office will hereafter nominate themselves. THREE RECOMMENDATIONS The Elections Committee made three main recommenda tions to the SRA. Rejected after an SRA vote was the first recommendation, stating “We (the Elections Committee) re commend that the self-nomlna- tlon blanks be published to make the student body aware of the good and bad characteristics of each candidate. If the SRA does not approve of this, we recommend that the Elections Committee screen the nominees to decide who is qualified.” Although the above recom mendation was rejected, the re vised version of the second recommendation was accepted, stating “In the case that no nominations are made, we re commend that the Elections Committee be authorized to get the candidates. After careful deliberation, the Elections Committee will ask people to nominate themselves.” QUALIFICATIONS LISTED The SRA also accepted a third recommendation of a form pro posed by the Elections Commit tee, which Is to be filled out by anyone wishing to run. The student, who must be registered to vote, must test his qualifi cations by past experiences, personal qualifications, and statements indicating the de sire to serve. The student is also required to list his bad characteristics. In This Issue Page 2—Check editorial comments on'the recent SRA elections. Pages 3, 4, 5—Feature pages concentrate on the upcoming yuletlde sea son. Pages 6 & 7—Comments on cross-county, wrestling and notes on learning to roller skate. Page 8—Did you make the honor roll? Check page 8 to see. Original Baskets Provide Families For Thanksgiving The Kudos Chib sponsored the Thanksgiving Basket Con test Thanksgiving week, and the three homeroom winners were announced during an assembly, Wednesday, November 24 Various homerooms and clubs created original ideas to needy families. Approximately thirty needyfamilies were taken care of through RMSH partici pation, , Mrs, Sifford’s homeroom won first place this year, with their own version of a multi-colored turkey which was filled with an assortment of goods to make a balanced meaL Mrs, Thomp son’s homeroom received the second place award for a very abundant “horn of plenty,” which was made from colored napkins. Miss Murchison’s homeroom won third place. They decorated a large wooden box in the form of a turkey.