North Carolina Newspapers

    AprU 7, 1977 — THE GRYPHON — Page Seven
So Long, Teachers
MURRAYS SANTS BARBARA BOUND: Mr. and Mrs. Kent Murray will be moving to Santa Barbara
California at the end of the school year. Mr. Murray plans to attend Brooks Institute of Photography
was more of a radical after his
graduation at Wesleyan than
he is now. Eight years of
teaching has made his approach
to education more structured
and a little more conservative.
This Star Trek-freak history
teacher really enjoys living. In
one of his day dreams he sees
himself very clearly driving
around town in a 1930 Rolls
Royce, well fed and with plenty
of spare cash in his pocket. “I
like to live well,” comments
the young liberal bachelor. “If
you’re going to do something,
there’s a right way and a wrong
Mrs. Chesson
“No, we haven’t any relatives
in Whiteville but it seems
everyone else does,” says Lela
Chesson. She explains that
many of her friends in Rocky
Mount have her “fixed up” with
new^ companions in Whiteville.
Mrs. Chesson says her family
plans to move to Whiteville in
the early summer. Although she
admitted, she may miss Rocky
Mount, she said, without
reservation, “I like change!”
She says her first and only year
at Senior High has been a good
One can tell she is an
energetic individual by listening
to her talk. Her frequent small
laugh between sentences puts
one at ease in her presence and
almost assures one of an instant
Mrs. Chesson likes to
experience new things and
places. “I’m sure I’ll enjoy
being close to the coast,” she
says. “I plan to take a break
from teaching, you might say,
and do a little freelance writing
at home, perhaps some news
paper work also.”
When the subject of missing
old friends came up, Mrs.
Chesson grinned when she said,
“It’s only three hours away,” a
seemingly easy drive for such an
optimistic little blonde.
Mrs. Murray
“I’m ready to accept basic
changes in my lifestyle, but I’m
also looking forward to oppor
tunities that a metropolitan
area offers,” reflects Mrs.
Peggie Murray. She is referring
to her shift in residence from
Rocky Mount to Santa Barbara,
She talks about the move in a
straight-forward acceptance of
the impact the move will have
on her life. “I’m willing to
accept the role as sole
supporter since Kent will have
to devote most of his time to his
studies,” she indicates.
Commenting on the oppor
tunities her new home will offer,
she says, “I want to see some
plays in their beginnings.
Some of the plays that end up on
Broadway, start on the West
Coast.” She adds voluntarily, “I
was sad the last time I took a
group of students to see a play
in Chapel Hill. I realized that it
would be the last time for me,
the last time I would see the
plays with the kids and the
Carolina Playmakers.”
Mr. Murray
“I m loooking forward mostly
to meeting new people, with
Owners and Operators of
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their different attitudes, and a
change in the general atmos
phere of my surroundings,”
comments Mr. Kent Murray of
his planned move to California
this summer.
He and Mrs. Peggie Murray
are moving to Santa Barbara,
California, where he will attend
Brooks Institute, a very
prestigious photography school.
“I’m a litle apprehensive about
the moving itself,” says Mr.
Murray, with a seemingly
ever-present calm, “But the
biggest change for me will be
the transition from teacher to
student. And the fact that I
won’t be working full-time.”
When asked about plans after
graduation, Mr. Murray re
plied, “1 don’t have any definite
plans. I would like to go into
some creative photography and
The artist in Mr. Murray
comes through as he mentions
the proximity of the geographi
cal qualities of California. “On
one side you can see the ocean
and the other the mountains
tower over the land,” he
Miss Kitchin
As an actress leaves a
successful stage career thank
ing her fans for her success,
Miss Kate Parks Kitchin leaves
commending the students of
Rocky Mount Senior High.
Despite the public’s constant
deeming of students as apath
etic, Miss Kitchin defends the
student body by declaring,
“Students aren’t apathetic.
leaving Senior High after this school year. She looks back “with
gratitude and pride to have been associated with Rocky Mount
Senior High School.”
they’re just busy doing some
thing else, either in athletics,
scouts, church groups, or
academics.” Miss Kitchin has
taught the gamut of classes and
emphasizes that Senior High
offers a “wonderful oppor
tunity.” Every department has
achieved wonderful recognition
in its field,” says Miss Kitchin,
“and students need to realize
that they attend an unusually
fine school.” She chose the high
school level because she says
the students are “stimulating
and interesting.”
Her office filled with an
assortment of green plants
possibly symbolizes the growth
and pride that Miss Kitchin has
planted in the depths of Senior
High. And as a star praises from
her heart the institution that has
aided her in her success, Miss
Kitchin looks back “with
gratitude and pride to have been
associated with Rocky Mount
Senior High School.”
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