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    Thursday, May 13, 1976 — THE GRYPHON — Page Seven
Twenty-Two Bands Meet
To Do Battle In Festival
On April 9, 22 bands met at
Senior High from all over
Eastern North Carolina to do
battle in the Eastern Carolina
Band Festival Contest.
The bands competed on
various levels ranging from 1-6,
with one being the elementary
and six being the most
advanced. Out of all the 22
bands only six received superior
ratings. Rocky Mount Senior
bands were among them.
The Wind Ensemble com
posed of the top 63 musicians
chosen from all students
engaged in music studies at
Senior High and under the
directorship of Mr. J. C. Sykes
performed at the sixth level.
The Concert Band conducted by
Mr. Charles Woods was
composed of the remaining 65
performers and played at the
fourth level.
The R.M. Wilson band
performed at level five and also
received a superior rating.
Accomplished musicians who
rated the individual bands were
Mr. Harold Jones from E.C.U.,
Mr. Herbert L. Carter from E.C.
U., Mr. Richard Southwicks
from Raleigh Broughton High
School, Mr. Emery Fears from
Norfolk State College, and Mr.
Don Adcocks from U.N.C.
Mr. Sykes stated that the
bands are certainly to be
commended in that all of them
performed at their best.
See-Saw Marathon Held
From 9:00 a.m. Friday to
10:00 p.m. Saturday, Tarrytown
Mall was the scene of a see-saw
marathon conducted for the
benefit of crippled children by
the Rocky Mount Youth for
Easter Seals.
Approximately 20 local mem
bers of a segment of the Pine
Valley Chapter participated in
the program by taking pledges,
collecting donations, and work
ing in the marathon from 4:00
p.m. Saturday in shifts of three
Members of the segment
from Senior High are Donna
Edwards, Paul Snead, Suzanne
Cobb, Travis Cobb, Gina Diehl,
Tina Joyner, Laura Watkins,
Barrett Scott, and Dale Allen.
One member stated, “After
about an hour the donators sort
of began dropping off. ’ ’
The members’ advisor fre
quently fled the scene for food
to keep their energy going.
Pillows were provided for the
see-saws, and one participant
utilized three in a determined
effort not to come down with
fanny fatigue.
The event was fairly success
ful with members collecting
approximately $500 off the mall
and about $700 in pledges.
Blackmon, a Belk-Tyler employee helps Janet Whistead with
Junior-Senior decorations.
Brings Crowd
Local Students Attend
Peace Poetry Festival
A poetry festival was held at
Peace College April 10 for
persons who had submitted
poems in a poetry contest. No
one had to have a certain grade
average or engage in certain
outside activities.
The advisors at the festival
were Dr. Michael Reynolds from
N.C. State, Ms. Sally Buckner,
Coastal Plain
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Suzanne Newton, Meg Revelle,
Anna Wooten, Rose Young, and
students from Peace. These
teachers took different groups
and divided the differently
schooled youths into those
The students who attended
from Senior High were Mary
Sue Cummings, Babs Brown,
and Cynthia Dew. They
were accompanied by Mrs.
Betty Hardy. The students read
their poetry, and the group
discussed, criticized and/or
praised the poems. It all seemed
to be a very relaxed and open
This unique experience is
held annually. It is sponsored in
part by the North Carolina Arts
Council.'The judges use a 1-4
scale. The first three place
winners received cash, and the
others received a special merit.
According to the students
who attended, some very
advantageous and helpful coun
seling was given. They were
asked to revise the poems with
emphasis on expression of
thoughts. The sources for the
poems should be from personal
experiences, family and friends,
history, or the Bible. The
advisors stressed the need for
The music of Fudge Ripple
reverberated throughout the
festive gymnasium. Girls em
bellished in multi-colored gowns
with their slightly hesitant dates
coyly sauntered through the
crepe paper, tree branches,
wicker furniture, and swings.
Months of preparation and
anticipation came to a climax at
the 1976 Junior Senior on Friday
evening, April 30. The theme
echoed in the decor was “We
May Never Pass This Way
Attendance for the annual
event was estimated to be
approximately 600, slightly
above last year.
titling the poems and letting the
idea of the poem speak, using
insight and very personal
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Tarrytown Mall
Students questioned at ran
dom agreed that the prom was
successful. Chris Dell com
mended the organization and
planning of the event. Denise
Alston stated, “A lot of work
went into the Junior Senior, and
it was worthwhile.” Over
hearing her comment, Mark
Landis added, “a dang good
band.” Clyde Sifford then
asserted, “The band and
decorations committee ought to
be congratulated. They were
great.” Angela Winston, caught
in the hall, admitted she was
unable to attend but said, “I
heard the program and band
were really nice.” Ms. Poole,
faculty member in charge of the
Program Committee, said,
“Everything was very well
done. All the students I talked
with had a good time. The dance
was something the Junior Class
should be proud of.”
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