N THE MARY POTTER GA VOLUME LXVI — NUMBER I OXFORD, N. C., FRIDAY, DECEMBER 20, 1957 PRICE: 15 CENTS PTA Tackles Wide Range Of Problems The North Carolina Congress of Colored Parent Teachers As sociations concerned itself with a wide range of problems at its annual state convention in Ra leigh, November 22-23, accord ing to the report submitted by Rev. C. A. Atkins, delegate from the Oxford PTA. Questions ranging through voting, venereal diseases, race re lations, family problems and al coholism were discussed during the two day convention. First Goal For Lights In Sight Through members of the P. T. A. the need was felt for the de velopment of the high school activity program. The great^t need at present was the installa tion of outdoor recreational lights. With careful planning of this project by members of the F. T. A., along with the principal, J. H. Luc^s, the project got under way early in September. To ac complish such a project it would naturally take the support of ev ery citizens. Many citizens far and near have given generously to this worthwhile project. According to Mrs. M. H. Scott, treasurer, this organization has collected to date $2,001.10 only $1,500 short of the initial goal set for the drive. Mary Potter’s New Principal In First Year We are indeed glad to have Mr. J. H. Lucas as our new prin cipal. He is the former principal of Orange Street Elementary School here in Oxford. Just be fore coming to Oxford, Mr. Lucas was a member of the Adkin High School staff in Kinston, N. C. Mr. Lucas is a native of Rocky Mount, N. C., having completed his early education in the public schools of that city. He earned ' (See New Principal, page 6) Library Club Elects Officers, Presents Program The Library Club of Mary Pot ter, we feel, will be among the truly outstanding clubs of the year. To make this possible, the members were very careful in selecting officers. l We disregarded fiiends and thought only of the characteris tics and abilities of the persons to be officers ,and in so doing, we feel that we have elected the best. Our officers are: president, Arlene Harris; vice president, Brenda Anderson; secretary, Ethel Jeffers; and treasurer, Joan Tyler. On November 21, 1957 in ob servance of National Children’s Book Week, the Library Club presented dxiring an assembly, a program entitled, “What’s My Title.’’ The program was patter ed by the television program “What’s My Line.” This program featured De costa Lindsay as moderator; El- nora Belle, Brenda Anderson, Larry Leatherberry and Rendall Howell as members of the panel. The contestants who represented a title of some books were: De- lores McGhee, The Yearling; Charles Webb, Pinocchio; Delia Hicks, Treasure Island; Vivian Daye, Alice in Wonderland; Mable Hicks, His Eyes Are On The Spa/row. Our commercials concerning over-due books and care of • li brary materials were presented by Irene Downey and Joseph Mitchiner. The theme, “Explore With Books” was used as the title of an original song which was sung by all the members of the club. Our posters were done by our club artists, Erma 'Thomas, Ruth Asgill, Ethel Jeffers and Vivian Daye. , Ruth Asgill, club pianist, fur nished music. Presiding over the entire program was our efficient president, Arlene Harris. RENDALL HOWELL • Reporter RAMS LOSE GRID CONTEST Ninth, Sixth Grade Presidents Reign As Queen, Princess Over Homecoming Fete Miss Carolyn Bibby was crowned Queen of Mary Potter at the culmination of a School-wide mon ey raising drive which saw contestants from each of the school’s 7 grades competing for the two high est honors. Top honors in the elementary department were won by Cheryl Lucas, who was crowned Prin cess along with Queen Bibby at ceremonies during a Ball in honor of the winners. The winners were selected on the basis of amounts of money raised by their respective home room, nine-one, turned in some $459.88, largest amoimt reported in the high school division. Cheryl’s six-one homeroom reported $380.96. Cheryl, also an honor student, contributed $186 to her class’ winning total. Carolyn accounted for $356 of her homeroom’s total. An honor student, the nine-one president was the only student in the high school to maintain straight “A” average for the l^st six weeks. " ■ '^9 ^'t CAROLYN BIBBY Put'\ CHERYL LUCAS Bus Transportation Route Is Listed By President Of Drivers’ Organization The bus drivers club of Mary Potter High School was organ ized September 11, 1957 for the 1957-58 term. Since Yvonne Hester was the only girl bus driv er, she was voted president of the Bus Drivers’ Club. William Free man is the secretary. We have twelve buses with twelve regular bus drivers and three substitute drivers. These buses transport several hundred pupils to and from school daily. ' The buses are now leaving the parking lot according to their numbers. The buses with the smaller numbers leave the park ing lot first. Eugene Alston drives bus number 2. Eugene’s route is the Stovall section and the Kinston Fork section. John Hunt drives bus number 4. John’s route is the Oak Grove section and Belltown section. Charles Bumpass drives bus number 8. Charles’ route is the Huntsboro section. James Jones drives bus number 20. James’ route is the Kinston Fork section and Belltown section. Dock Royster drives bus nmn- ber 23. Dock’s route is the Stov all section and Lewis section. Billy Tyler drives bus number 25. Billy’s route is the Clay’s Station section and Knotts Grove section. Since Wesley Cates has been suspended,' Elvin Hunter will drive bus number 26. Elvin’s route is the Antioch section. Grant Peace drives bus number 27. Grant’s route is the Dicker- son section. James Long drives bus num ber 28. James’ route is the Dur ham Highway, Belltown, and Shady Grove section. Robert Long drives bus number 29. Robert’s route is the Belltown, Providence, and Olive Grove sections. Crawford Webb drives bus number 30. Crawford's route is the Kinston Fork and Cornwall is sections. Yvonne Hester drives bus number 80 and makes the Fairport route. The bus driver’s club meet ev ery Wednesday at activity per iod to discuss the rules and re gulations of driving. Other substitute bus drivers are George Wright, William Freeman, and Hayes Baskeville. Since school opened a state patrolman has visited the school two times to check all- buses to make sure they were clean and in good condition. The mechanics visit the school every day to check the gas, oil and other min or particulars of the buses. The motto of the organization is: “We, the bus drivers of Mary Potter High School, will obey the laws of driving at all times, for the safety of the pupils who ride the buses and for the safety of the other drivers.” YVONNE HESTER, President The “red carpet” treatment was reserved for the two rank ing members of Mary Potter’s royalty. They were crowned at ceremonies during a Ball in their honor, and a day was set aside for them during which they re ceived several gifts. In addition, they will be given free lunches, free admission to extra-curricular activities at the school and hold standing invita tions to accompany the basket ball and football teams on out-of- town trips. FoUowing their coronation, principal J. H. Lucas comment ed, “there will never be a queen and Princes like these.” Runners-up to Carolyn in the high school section of the contest were George Wright, second, and Verline Thornton, third. Wright’s 12-1 class turned in $309. Thorn ton’s class, 10-2, reported $120.90. In the elementary division, rminers-up were Randolph Loc kett, president of 8-4, and Juanita Rogers of 8-2. Lockett’s class had $174.73, while Rogers’ classmates turned in $84.55. Advisors for the winning and runners-up classes are Mrs. G. J. Farmer, nine-one; Mrs. B. B. Lucas, 12-1; Miss L. M. Jones, Lucas, 12-1; Miss M. L. Jones, 10-2; C. C. PoweU, 8-4; and Mrs. M. H.. Shepard, 8-2. The drive was climaxed at the school’s homecoming celebration which saw the football Rams wilt in the second half after playing the invading Hillside high school team on even terms in the first half. The Durham team 25-6. Joy Jeffers To Pilot This Year’s Paper won The Rams' only touchdown in the football game was scored by Edward Spencer, who caught a pass from Henry 'Thorpe and raced 45 yards. The Rams suc- ceded in holding the Hillside gridders to a 6-6 tie for the first half of play, but were overpow ered in the second half. A street parade preceding the game and which prominently displayed Mary Potter’s newly established royalty, was led by principal Lucas. Other units fol lowing in order were the Queen and Princess and their attend ants; the Toler high school float; bands from the Oxford Colored Orphanage, G. C. Hawley high school and Henderson Institute; the Cheering Squad; Boy Scouts; Cafeteria workers; Homemakers; the H. S. Davis Ensemble; the NHA and NFA; Raleigh Road Beauty shop; America Legions; Safety Patrol; 'Tyler 'Trio; Soda Shop; and Shepard Funeral home. Toler high school’s float, a car decked with blue papier mache with silver wings, won the pa rade’s first prize trophy. At the beginning of this school term there were only two mem- ben! on the GAZETTE staff from last year. During the first meet ing it was recommended that the entire student body take an ac tive part in the election of the editor and associate editor of the school paper. Plans were made; registration was held for two days; then the voting. Joy Virginia Jeffers was elected editor and received 298 votes and Mable Pauline Hicks was elected associate edi tor and received 112 votes. Joy is secretary of the senior class, member of the Dramatic Club, member of the Crown and Scep ter Honor Society, the school re porter for the city paper, secre tary for our school supervisor, Mrs. Gant; an honor student for the past two reporting periods and was voted by her classmates as being the most versatile and dependable senior. Mable, a prominent jvmior, is president of the Glee Club, member of the Cheering Squad, member of the Y-Teens, member of the Library club, pianist for the First Baptist Simday School and B. T. U., Olive Grove Bap tist Church. pianist, assistant at the Granville Cmmty Library and is also an honor student. Other members of the Gazette staff are feature editor, Ethel Jeffers, sports editor, James Mor gan; copy editors, Maggie Thom as and Mary McCormick; busi ness manager, Ruth Warren; Cir culation Managers, Polly Roberts and Irma Harriston. N. F, A. Officers President, James Long, vice president, James Hicks; secre tary, Robert Long,; treasurer, James EEarris; reporter, Andrew Glover. R. A. LEWIS, Advisor * S I f.