M. P. Adds Special Reading Program A program designed to provide intensive reading instruction for eighth grade students has been in stituted this school term for the first time at Mary Potter. This program is an outgrowth of a Self - study conducted at Mary Potter during the 1963-64 school term. The results of the study clearly indicate that reading is the weakest facet of the curriculum. Parents, students the faculty and the administration worked for a per iod of two years in over fifteen workshops and numerous profes sional meetings to aid in making the program a reality. The program is developmental rather than remedial, and seeks to improve motivation for reading while improving the reading back ground of students. Emphasis is placed on vocabulary, reading com prehension and interpretation, flu ency in reading, and the develop ment of acceptable study skills. Another aim of the program is designed to provide the eighth grade students with reading skills and techniques necessary to cope with the high school curriculum where approximately 80% of the work en countered involves reading. It is expected that this program will re duce immeasurably the failures oc curring at the high school level which are attributed to f)oor read ing habits. A controlled Reading Machine and three SRA Reading Laboratories are among the materials being used in the program. Other audio-visual aids and many varied books are also involved in the program. The varied multi-level material in the SRA Laboratories permits each student to work at his own level and rate of speed thereby pro viding for individual differences. Specific skills are taught by the teacher in directed reading activities with small ability groups. To secure maximum results from the program, the eighth grade is grouped according to reading scores obtained during the year prior to en tering the eighth grade. The guidelines used in setting up the reading program include the need to fulfill the basic needs of the boys and girls; an awareness of the need for security to the extent the program would expect from a child only what he could do at his pres ent level of development, an aware ness of the need to achieve by pro viding opportunities for success which are within his experiences or which can be built on his experi ences; an awareness of the need to belong to the extent that the read ing center abounds in friendliness and a place where every child feels that he “belongs;” finally, to al ways remember the need to be un derstood on the part of the chil dren for whose development we are responsible. Miss Mary Eliabeth Venable is the teacher for this program. She haj a graduate degree with a major in the Psychology of Reading and has wide experience in the area of read ing. Miss Venable has explained the reading program to the Mary Potter faculty in a staff meeting held re cently. She has also talked to the Vance County and Henderson City Teachers about this reading pro gram. This is one of the first programs of this nature to be instituted in the Granville County Schools. The members of the reading group are Herman Cooper, Bette Brown, Rosalyn Greene, Miss E. Venable, John Burwell, Audrey Fields, Willie Harris, Ermon Greene, Hardie Henderson, and Richard Harris. The Maiy Potter Gazette Miss America Pageant Set tor '66 VOL. LXX OXFORD, N. C., DECEMBER, 1965 NO. 1 Thespians Set for Busy Season The Mary Potter Thespians be gan the school year by setting their goals in drama for tlie Oxford Com munity and the state organizations. The goal for the Oxford Com munity was when eleven young women and men played to a full bouse in the Mary Potter Au ditorium, November 23, their fourth major Broadway Production, “Doub le Door,” by Elizabeth McFadden. The leading roles were played by three first year drama students in asmuch as many of the Mary Pot ter Thespians graduated in the spr ing of 1965. The members of tbe cast were Joan Harris, a cruel woman; Arne- thia McGhee, as Caroline, Victoria's sister; Lenwood Fleming, as Rip, Victoria’s half-sick brother; Jac queline Morris, as Ann Darrow, Rip’s wife; Clifton Robinson, as Victoria’s lawyear; Paul Carrier, as Dr. John Sully, Ann’s friend; San dra Eaton, as the housekeeper; Ronald Jordan, as the footman; Stephen Powell, as Telson; and Harold Glover, as Mr. Chase and Lambert. The play, “Double Door,” con cerns V ;i.»ria Van Rre*, who rules her family with a maniac's firmness. Her sister Caroline is helpless before her, and her half-brother. Rip, can not stand up against her. In a dark room that has not been changed since her father died, Victoria goes through her cheerless routine with cruel regularity. She is more cruel than ever, because Rip is marrying a lady who is not of his social sta tion, and Victoria senses a threat to the integrity of the Van Bret fortune. How Victoria tortures the bride with studied austerity and finally tries to murder her is the male volent burden nf fhe nlav. New Members Elected Six new members were accepted into the National Thespian Society during the Drama Club’s assembly program on November 22. Those drama students were Joan Harris, Jacqueline Morris, Brenda Wright, Stephen PnweJl. Sandra Eaton, and Clifton Robinson. Drama Group Attends Clinic The members of the Drama Club attended the Drama Clinic Decem ber 4, 1965, at Fayetteville. The pur pose of the Drama Clinic was to prepare the drama students for the District Drama Festival in March, 1966. The directors, Mr. Leonard Platt and Miss Thelma Howard, have chosen three one act plays for the Drama Festival at Darden High School, Wilson and Louisburg Col lege, Louisburg. The chosen plays are “The Sisters’ Tragedy,” “The Locked Room,” and “The Youngest.” Fifty senior girls, representing the SO states in the union, played to a capacity house of 400 on October 30 in the Oxford National Guard Armory. Because of the parents and seniors’ interest, the Miss Ame rica Pageant may be given again in the; fall of 1966. The pageant for ’66 will precede along the same lines as the one re- cently given, both based upon the Miss America Pageant held in Sept ember and televised nationally. The pageant presented October 30 was divided into 3 major divi sions; Swimsuit with IS partici pants; talent with IS participants, and evening dress with 20 partici- pnni- .nnd each girl representing a state in the union. Finalists for the Miss America Pageant are selected in the following manner: one contestant is selected from the IS bathing participants, 3 from the talent competition, and 1 from the evening dress competi tion. The judges used the following criteria for talent: interpretation of dance, musical, or dramatic number; stage decorum, poise and person ality; for swimsuit competition, the figure, poise, personality, and the walk down the ramp; for the even ing dress compietition general ap pearance, poise, personality, and the walk down the ramp. The Miss America and her run ners-up are chosen upon the way they answer the question which is asked of each of them. Rip, played by Lenwood Fleming, is fastening a string of pearls, a family heirloom, around the neck of his bride, Ann Darrow, played by Jacqueline Morris, as Victoria, played by Joan Harris, looks on. . ageant is Huge Success The 1965 pageant was a great success according to general reports aJid the proceeds taken in. The ’65 Miss Mary Potter Ameri ca is Cajolyn Lawson, Miss Nevada, a 5 foot, eighteen year old senior who lives on Granville Street with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Perry R. Brooks, Jr and a brother. Per ry Kenton. When questioned as to why she wished to be a Certified Public Ac countant, she replied that the job would be a challenge, offer varied opportunities, and pay well. The 1st runner-up was Theresa Lynn Harris, Miss Arkansas, a 5 foot 5 inch, 17 year old senior and the daughter of Mr. Theodore Harris and the late Mrs. Carrie Harris. When questioned about her career, she replied that she wished to be a psychiatrist because she was interest ed in the sick mind as others are interested in the healthy mind. The 2nd runner-up was Inez Cooper, Miss Maryland, a 5 foot 4 iqch, 17 year old senior. The 3rd was Juanita Puryear, Miss Alabama, a 5 foot 3 inch 17 year old senior and Ida Johnson, Miss Wisconsin, a 5 foot 4 inch 17 year old senior, Talent Numbers Given The talent contestants were train ed by Mrs. Margaret Harrell Shep ard, history teacher, and Mrs. Ro berta Howell, librarian and music instructor. The contestants and the numbers they presented are as follows: Jeanette Jones, Miss Mississippi, did “The Shake” (to Boogaloo); Audrey Peace, Miss Alaska, sang “hly Buddy”; Libert Smith, Miss Hawaii, danced to “Hawaiian ?IoodV’: Gloria Black., Mi.s Mon tana, sang the ‘ Rose of ’fiolce-; Gloria Brown, Miss Colorado, danc ed as “Patricia Spy” to “Peter Gunn”; Elaine Herndon, Miss Iowa, sang “Ave Maria”; Francine Har grove, Miss Georgia, sang “Sum mertime”; Lynn Harris, 1st run ner up and Miss Arkansas, danced “Latin Spirits” to “Tequila”; “Shall I Tell You What I Think of You”, a dramatic excerpt from the play “The King and I” (Rogers and Hammerstein, Act I, scene 5) was played by Carolyn Lawson, Miss America and Miss Nevada; Clara Downey, Miss Michigan, sang “Go Down Moses”; Barbara Brown, Miss Deleware, danced to “Shangri- La”; Inez Cooper, Miss Maryland sang “Love Letters’'; Carolyn Rog ers, Miss Louisiana, sang “Smoke Gets In Your Eyes”; and Esther Holman, Miss Kansas, sang “Danny Boy”. The guest artists were Mrs. Annie Elizabeth Williams, Vance County instructor who sang to the accom paniment of the Mary Potter Band, the Miss America Theme Song; Miss Judith Carolyn WorJham sang Wouldn’t It Be Loverly” from the Broadway Hit, “My Fair Lady”; (Dalvin Timothy Gregory played a trumpet solo, “Autumn Leaves”; and Charles Anthony Miller play ed a clarinet solo “Andante and Finale from Rhapsody in Blue. The entire affair was supervised by Mesdames Esther Jordan Mc Ghee, Margaret Harrell Shepard, and Roberta Ellis Howell. Judges for the Miss America pro gram were Mrs. Annie Gillespie, English Instructor, Dudley High School, Greensboro; Mrs. BlondoL Lucas, Instructor in the Durham City Schools; and Mr. Rendall Howell, Principal of the New Hope Elementary School in V'ance County.