June 11, 1982 page 3
by Hih Song Kim
(based on report to Board of Trustees
by the Guidance Department)
As NCSSM's first senior class eagerly anticipates
graduation, many are interested in where the members of
this precedent-setting class are headed. According to a
college survey conducted in early May (with 85% response)
eighty-one seniors plan to attend colleges in-state,
while thirty-six others will journey to out-of-state
Cost and financial aid/scholarships offered proved
to be an extrememly influential factor in students' de
cisions. Perhaps the major factor influencing final
college choices was the quality of the academic program
and its reputation. Location was another factor playing
an important role.
The reported acceptance rate was eighty-nine percent,
while ten-percent were placed on waiting lists. The belief
that scholarship opportunities would have been more favor
able if the student had remained at home, remaining at the
top of his class, was held by many seniors; however, the
seniors have done exceptionally well in regard to scholar
ship awards, amassing a total of $325,641 in scholarship
awarH money alone. This figure is not complete—many
scholarships won, arrange the amount awarded based on need,
and not all the financing on these additional scholarships
was completed at the time of the survey.
According to the guidance department, parents had
significant influence on decision-making, but almost
one-third reported that their college choice came solely
Areas of intended further study indicated a large
concentration in math/science related areas. Specific
areas of academic interest are as follows:
The colleges that seniors will be attending are:
North Carolina A&T
North Carolina State
New College of USF
Univ. of Tennessee
U. S. Air Force Academy
U» S. Military AcadA^est Point
U, S. Naval Academy
The first senior class at NCSSM has met with quite
staisfying and formidable results. Math/science related
areas will receive a large proportion of the seniors, an
many have decided to remain in N. C. for college. To all
observers, the school seems to have served its purpose well.
Did You Know?
ancient genes with their counterparts in the gnats of today.
If the DNA has been preserved, then the possibility exists
that life could have arrived on Earth from a distant planet
over a 40 million year period in the form of a spore or
other dormant organism.
And just a few weeks ago, further support of the
theory that our origins might be unearthly was found. Re
searchers at the Carnegie Institute who were studying a
meteorite that fell in Australia in 1969 found a predomi
nance of left-handed (L) amino acids, the type from which
the proteins of most life forms are built. This par
ticular meteorite contained an amino acid that occurs on
Earth. Dr. M. Engel of the Carnegie Institution believes
that a cosmic ray or other radioactive exposure created
the amino acids in the meteorite, that perhaps life was
seeded in space. Of course, the most widely accepted
theory today is that the amino acids of living beings
were formed on earth. But who knows? If Einstein's theory
is being questioned in the world of physics, then even
the most long-held biological assumption can be challenged.
To My Brother and the Class of 1982
Maybe I should tell you
That you will always be a part of me.
Somehow I must believe you know.
Maybe I should say
Because tomorrow you go, your own way . . .
to find -
To find something that's out there for you
Somehow I must believe that there are no goodbye's for us.
Maybe I should remember all the times we've shared
And think of them often
Somehow I must believe that there will be New Times for Us.
Maybe I should mention all
the laughter echoing in the halls,
the pictures of my tears on your shoulder,
the sighs we have known
Somehow I must believe
that they are so much a part of you
that mentioning them only dims their meanings.
Maybe I should just let you go
I believe that this is what I must do.
the song the piano man played
over the years
in dark corners
Of our minds.
So fresh and fragile we all seemed.
As each of us walked into the school.
The zombie-like faces and strange wild stares.
All encased with the meeting of friends.
And somehow we made it through last year.
But those memories of good and bad times.
Left marks of happiness and grief.
And yet somehow, we turned it all to our gain.
We managed to trim our personalities.
To later bloom like some beautiful new roses.
And like those fresh sweet roses.
We found a freedom in the middle of summer.
By the time the second year rolled around.
New juniors had come but the seniors ruled the town.
We had a special gift that blazed like gold.
And we offered aid to help them all unfold.
But then each class must find their own ground.
And the seniors here have laid their's all around.
We are the first class of NCSSM,
But that's not the only thing that makes us special.
We found a world which belongs to us alone.
And no others can plant the seeds that we have sown.