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Volume LXX—Number I
Oxford, North Carolina, March, 1962
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Thespians Attend
Annual Drama
Clinic February 3
The members of the Mary
Potter Dramatics Club and the
directors, Mr. L. Platt and Mrs.
T. W. Anderson, attended the
Sixteenth Annual Drama Clinic
of the Eastern Region of North
Carolina High School Dr^rma
Association, Saturday, February
3, 1962, at Fayetteville, North
The theme of the Drama
Clinic, was ‘‘The Place of Educa
tional Theater in a Technologi
cal Age.” The welcome address
was given by Dr. R. Jones, the
president of Fayetteville State
Teachers College.
Two one-act plays were pre
sented for constructive criticism
by the Johnston County Train
ing School and Norwayne High
School. Dr. Anne P. Toliver,
chairman of the Humanities Di
vision, Saint Augustine’s Col
lege, Raleigh, North Carolina,
served as the critic teacher for
the clinic. Robert Hester, Jr., a
sophomore at Mary Potter High
School, gave an evaluation of
the clinic
The night’s performance for
the visiting students consisted of
Lorraine Hansberry’s ‘‘A Raisin
in the Sun”, presented by the
Ira Aldridge . Dramatic Club,
Johnson C. Smith University of
Charlotte, North Carolina.
Granville County
Career Day At
Shaw High School
‘‘Career Day” for the four
high schools, Hawley, Mary Pot
ter, Toler, and G. C. Shaw, will
be at G. C. Shaw High School,
Wednesday, March 14, 19’62
Only seniors will participate in
this sepecial activity.
There are many job opportu
nities in the great world of
work. Individuals are in com
petition for these jobs. Because
of automation or the age of m,a
chinery, less workers will be
needed for many of the jobs; yet,
persons with specialized training
will find opportunities for em
ployment. ‘‘Career Day” pro
vides an opportunity for the
student to explore some of the
opon fields for career opportu
During the ‘‘Career Day” ac
tivities, students will have the
opportunity to visit the follow
ing areas of interest: teacher-
education, secretarial science,
social institutions, medicine,
barbering, cosmetology, engi
neering sciences, ‘‘On-the-Job-
Training” and civil service.
This ‘‘Career Day” observance
is promised to be an informative
occasion. Experts in the various
areas will serve as group con
sultants and students will serve
in the capacity of chairmen and
Miss T. Lorraine Cumbo
Counselor—Educator, North
Carolina College at Durham and
North Carolina State Depart
ment of Instruction, will be
guest speaker for the occasion.
NEW BUILDING NEARS COMPLETION—Congratulations to the students, parents and
teachers for the splendid cooperation in our educational program.
Our high s:chool department will move into a new classroom building at the beginnino- of
the 1962-63 school year. The addition of this new facility is another giant step in our effort to pro
vide the very best educational opportunity for bur children. — • J. H. Lucas, Principal
Philly Minister,
Former Oxford
Student, Honored
Dr. Marshall Shepard, former
Oxford student. Pastor of Mt.
Olivet Tabernacle Baptist
Church, and Councilman-at-
Large, Philadelphia, Pa., was
honored at a banquet sponsored
by the men of the First Baptist
Church, Oxford, North Carolina,
Dr. Shepard’s home church.
Speaker for the occasion was the
editor of the Carolina Times,
Louis E. Alston, Durham, N. C.
Robert L. Shepard, Sr., promi
nent mortician and brother of
Dr. Shepard, served as Master of
The cafeteria of Mary Potter
High School was the scene of the
well appointed and largely at
tended banquet and the princi
pal, Mr. J. H. Lucas, who is also
a deacon of the local sponsoring
church, was also the chairman
of the committee credited with
successful venture.
Cheryl Lucas
Crowned Queen
Of M. P. Gazette
Teachers Attend
Leadership ’Shop
A Leadership Workshop, spon
sored by the East Piedmont Dis
trict of the North Carolina
Teachers Association was held
at the B. F. Person High School,
Franklinton, N. C., Saturday,
March 10, for association lea
ders, officers, members, and fu
ture leaders. Attending from
the Oxford City unit were Roy
L. Bass, president; Fred D. Mc
Neill, vice president and mem
ber of the state elections com
mittee; Mrs. Bessie B. Redding,
past president and member of
he local and district executive
committees; and Mrs. M. T.
Cureton. Representing Gran
ville County Teachers unit were
Mrs. Ruby Carter, assistant dis
trict director of Classroom
Teachers; and Mrs. Gertrude
Miss Eva Merritt, president of
the Durham County Teachers
unit and district director of
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In-Service Course For City Teachers
Many of the teachers in the
Oxford City Unit have enrolled
in an in-service course, ‘‘Plant
Behavior”. The course is being
taught by Dr. Jane Philpot of
Duke University.
The course will consist of class
discussions, demonstrations, and
field trips. Dr. Philpot will con
duct eight meetings.
Cheryl Lucas was crowned
Queen of the Mary Potter Ga
zette by Principal J. H. Lucas
during the Queen’s Coronation
and Ball held at the school in
Anita Dunston, Annette An
derson, and Joan Moore partici
pated and were attendants to the
Cheryl was serenaded by
members of her class, members
of the faculty, and members of
the Gazette Staff.
National Honor
Society Enrolls
Five New Members
Under the direction of Mrs.
Bernice Williams, five students
were inducted into the society.
In an impressive installation
exercise, Mrs. M. W. Gant, Di
rector of Guidance and Testing
at Mary Potter, gave the mess
age .Mrs. Gant spoke on
“Leadership, Service, Scholar-
shin Character.”
The new members are Annie
Daniel, Catherine Jordan, De-
meterias Daniel, Frances Col
bert, and Tyrone Warren.
Joseph Colson, Cheryl Lucas,
Earnest Bibby, Thelma Wither
spoon, Janet Baptiste, Florietta
Gilreath, and Catherine McAden
were the students encouraged to
maintain good scholarship,
leadership, service, and charac
ter in order to hold active mem
bership in the Society,
The officers are Gloria Bul
lock, president; Thomas Mc-
Gimpsey, vice president; Maxine
Glovei|, secretary; Selena
Harris, assistant secretary,
James McDougle, treasurer; and
Arcelia Taylor, reporter.
Students Take
The Cooperative Intercolle
giate Examination Program
came into being at a meeting of
representatives of fifteen private
accredited colleges.
This program is held annually
and is a part of the division of
education services of the United
Negro College Fund which is
now given all over.
The examination was given at
Henderson Institute, November
27, 1961. The Seniors who took
the examination were Gloria
Bullock, Katrina Carroll, James
E. Davis, Maxine Glover, .Gwen
dolyn Knight, and James Mc
Dougle, Jr.
Each participant hopes that
his, average score will merit, a
Bettj Crocker Test
Given To Seniors
Twenty-five seniors have
taken the Betty Crocker Knowl
edge and Aptitude Examina
tion. The winners of this contest
will be announced at the Stu
dent-Parent Affair, Wednesday
March 14, in the -school cafe
t High-school seniors all over
the United States were given the
opportunity to take this test in
search for the American Home
maker of Tomorrow.
The awards win consist of (1)
a special designed ‘‘Betty
Crocker Homemaker of Tomor
row” award pen, (2) scholar
ships, and (3) an educational
tour of Washington, D. C.,
Williamsburg, and New York
Mrs. M. J. Holley, Home Eco
nomics teacher, administered
and supervised the test that was
given in our school.
Frances Colbert
Named Best Typist
In District
On Friday, February 19, 1962,
at Henderson Institute, Hender
son, North Carolina, Frances
Colbert, Mary Potter Junior,
won a first-place rating in the
highest division of the East
Piedmont District NCTA Typing
Contest and was named the best
typist in the district. Students
from several schools in this dis
trict competed in the contest.
Frances will represent Mary
Potter School in the State
Typing Contest to be held at
N. C. College at Durham
Section 11-S
Hears Message
From Principal
On Monday, March 12, the
students of the 11-S homeroom
gave a program in room 35
honoring the students who had
maintained honor averages dur
ing the first semester.
The special features of this
program were the presentation
of Honor Scrolls to each student
who had made the honor roll
during the semester and a mess
age by Principal J. H. Lucas.
Mr. Lucas remarks were inspir
ing and challenging to everyone
who was present.
Prances Colbeijt, Annie'
Daniel, Catherine Jordan, De-
meterias Daniel, Anita Dunston,'
James Jackson, Pearline Bar
rett, John Fuller, Marilyn Har
grove, Barbara Taylor, and Ty
rone Warren received awards
which were presented to them
by classmates Betty Webber and
Shirley Blackwell.
At 12:00 noon, the class en
joyed lunch in the cafeteria in a
J. J. Henderson
Speaks To General
Business Class
On Thursday, March 1, 1962,
the General Business class ’of
Mary Potter, under the direction
of Mrs. L. J. Solomon, heard an
informative and very much apn
preciated talk on the topic,
‘‘What You Should Know About
Stocks, Bonds, and Other Ways
of Investing Money”, by Mr. J.
J. Henderson, Assistant Vice-
President of North Carolina Mu
tual Life Insurance Company,
Durham, North Carolina.
After Mr. Henderson’s mess
age, Parthenia Daye conducted
a question and answer period.
Mrs. B. P. Lucas, senior ad
viser, and Mrs. M. W. Grant, Di
rector of Counseling and Test
ing, were present for this occa
M. P. Receives Cash
Award For Exhibit
At N. C. State Fair
The Mary Potter exhibit at
the N. C. State Fair won a first
premium and a check for
Tlie exhibit was composed of
Science Fair projects by the fol
lowing students: Anita Dunston,
chemistry, ‘‘The Wonder Ele
ment, Carbon”; James Mc-
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