VOLUME II W. P. GRIER SCHOOL GASTONIA, NORTH CAROLINA, JANUARY, 1969 NO. 2 The Grier Playmakers Stage A Success Student Body Hurting School? (see editorial) DID YOU KNOW? Our Presidental Election was carried out in a most democratic way? Candy Thomas is “finger licking” good treasurer? The Barbecue of December 6 was a “hog” eating affair? The assembly consisting of glass- blowing was most informing and interesting, yet filled, surprisingly, with humor? Ton Tobee and his rain dance was a “storming” success? This paper is pretty darn hard to put out? Our class officers are Penny Gibbs, Bruce Hendricks, Mike Worsham, and Ann Carpenter? The Harvest Dance was a “turkey catching” affair? The Students of the Month for November were Candy Thomas, Connie Hudson, Cy Davis, and Mike Worsham? Now with the student directories the telephone company is getting awfully busy? The last football pep rally was a very spirited occasion? The clean-up committee has sponsored a war against trash? The art class trip to the Mint Museum was thought to be very informative? The movie “Gone With the Wind” was very drip-dry? The opera “Madame Butterfly” was a real groov-out for the fifth and sixth graders? The bulletin board committee imaged Dentention Hall Pretty- well, huh? The magician act for the fifth and skth graders was described as o.k.? The seventh grade dance was a swinging affair? The Christmas Dance for the eighth and ninth was a pleasurable event? Ho, Ho, Ho! G. A. A!s basketball team is a “shooting” success? “THE CHRISTMAS CAROL” This year, the Assembly com mittee has come up with an excellent new idea. The idea was to give a play dealing with the Christmas season. They appointed one of their most capable workers, Cheryl Young, as director. She is a hard worker and very dependable. Her assistant in charge of props and music was Nancy Hendricks. She also possesses the qualities of a hard worker. One criticism, is they could have started a little earlier with the tryouts and practice. The tryouts were held and the following people were appointed for the parts. Ebenezer Scrooge: Pat Minges; Bob Cratchit: Jerry Thomas; Mrs. Cratchit: Lynn Moore; Fred, Scrooge’s nephew, is played by David Caneron. The The Christmas play was filled with Christmas Spirit? Baa. . . Humbug!! The Pom Pom Sale was a shak ing and a waving affair? Spirit Food really spirited every one up? The chorus presented a most lively and enjoyable Christmas pro gram, consisting of Christmas Carols. ghosts were played by Thomas Boshamer, as Jacob Marley; Suzanne Bryant as the first ghost; Mark Grigg as the second ghost, may I add he fits the part well. As the third ghost, Cindy Harris. These were just the major parts, you must understand. The entire cast consisted of about forty people. The teachers who helped in the directing are Mrs. Johnson, Mr. Kessler, Mrs. Layne, and Mr. Rigdon. The real unsung heroes, of the play, are the crew members. They did an excellent job of moving the props to and fro, between the scenes. Although sick on the day of the play, the man who worked the lights, Jon Burns, added a lot to the mood of the play during practice. Mr. Kessler worked the lights on the day it was presented. The play was given on Dec. 17, three days before school let out for Christmas vacation. All the parts were played well, although there were a few spots of hesitation. The part of Ebenezer Scrooge was played very well by Pat Minges. Karen Broome’s piano playing and the singing of the choral group added to the mood of the play. We commend their excellent performance! ’TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS This year’s Christmas Dance surely must have been the greatest one in Grier’s history. Before any dancing started, a strangely at tractive group of chorus girls did a dance to the music of “The Stripper”. Later on a revised poem of “’Twas The Night Before Christmas” written by Mike Worsham, was pantomined by a group of students and with the help of Mr. Keener. The music from the band, directed by Karen Broome, certainly was unlike any other music one has ever heard. The usual beauty pageant was held. ' The winner was given the ; title of “Miss Christmas Queen”, (alias Dickie Laws) escorted by “Andy Carpenter”. After dancing awhile, the re freshments, consisting of punch and a variety of cookies, were welcomed by all. They were served by some of the attending chaperones. The theme of the dance was “’Twas The Night Before Christ mas”. The decorations carried out the Christmas mood with a fire place, complete with Santa Clause, a lighted tree, poinsettias, mistle toe, and streamers. ’Twas enjoyed by all! TWO GO We are sad to report that we have lost two faculty members this six weeks. Mrs. Layne was replaced temporarily by Mrs. Tiddy. Mrs. Layne is now enjoying sunny Columbus, Georgia where her husband is stationed. “Big Mamma” Gault is resting in her peaceful house in metro politan Gastonia. “Big Mamma” is expecting a “Big Baby” in February. Mrs. Gault has been replaced by Mrs. Vlaservich.

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