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Our class of 1951 will leave the
sacred halls of VV. Cannon High i
School as students when our gradua-
tion exercises are completed. But our
hearts will always remain with our
Alma Mater. The pleasant memories
of our school days, far from the worldly
problems of adulthood, will not be
Among our fondest memories is the
day in September of 1947, when we
entered Cannon High to drop our first
pebble into the ocean of broader edu-
The first ripple made by the pebble W T
revealed much pleasure as wc became
accustomed to the ways and means of
the school that was to be our home for
the next four years. Our class adviser, Miss Willie Mae
Cowan, and the following officers: Freddy Martin,
President, Guy Linker, Vice-President, Floyd Echerd,
Secretary, Ray McKinney, Treasurer, and Barbara
Rogers and Charles Castor, Representatives to Student
Council, helped us get established in this institution
for a successful year.
Our first class party was in the form of a dance
in the school gymnasium. lt was a huge success and
was enjoyed by all who attended.
At the close of the year our principal, Mr. R.
hlelton, resigned in order to study for his doctor's
The second ripple grew larger as we entered our
sophomore year. We shed our title of "Green Fresh-
men," and took our new one of "Sophisticated Sopho-
omores." Sophomores-music to our ears. We figured
that we knew just about all there was to know about
high school, but we were only beginning to learn.
We had our first representative in the Student
Government, who was Nancy Shelf, Treasurer of the
organization. Our officers elected this year were: Charles
Castor, President, Phyllis Freeland, Vice-President,
Sara Carpenter, Secretary, Floyd Davis, Treasurer, Betty
Collins and Danny Gray, Council Members. Our ad-
viser was Miss Elizabeth Graham. Mr. Fred O. Drum-
mond came from Mt. Holly to be our new principal.
We were very proud when some of our classmates
were tapped into the National Honor Society. Ir is
quite an honor for a Sophomore to be chosen as a
member of that organization.
This year the school band went to the Lion's Club
Convention in New York City.
We had our annual class party in May. It was a
picnic and swimming party at Mirror's Lake. The cool
weather didn't keep us from enjoying swimming, play-
ing golf, and eating.
The third ripple expanded even more and we found
ourselves in the junior Class.
In October, at our class meeting, we chose to lead
us: Betty Collins, President, Gene McCon1bs, Vice-
President: Zeb Bradford, Secretary: Sara Carpen-
ter, Treasurer, Annie Lou Cook and
Zeb Bradford, Council Representatives,
and Betty Collins, Social Chairman.
We had Miss Nadine Gragg as our ad-
viser. ln the Student Government,
Janice Wood represented us as Secre-
tary of the Student Body. I Q
This was to be an eventful year for
us, as juniors. We had our first class
play, "There Go The Grooms," which
was directed by Miss Adeline Rogers.
Everyone was excited over our first
big prom. The Seniors entertained us at
Christmas with a Senior-Junior Prom,
carrying out the theme "Holiday Inn."
The greatest event of this year was
the trip made by the third year his-
tory classes to Washington, D. C. We
visited the historical buildings in the capital and also
the Luray Caverns in Virginia on our return trip.
We ordered our long-waited-for class rings and pins
and proudly displayed them in April.
Clirnaxing the year was the junior-Senior Prom, using
the mysterious theme, "Arabian Nights." Palm trees,
Arabian tents, and beautifully colored draperies made
it a night of splendor long to be remembered.
As the circle grew wider into spheres of greater in-
fluence, we were at last "dignified" Seniors.
Betty Collins, President, Gene McCombs, Vice-Presi-
dent, Ramona Self, Secretary, Zeb Bradford, Treasurer,
Betty Collins and Danny Gray, Councillors, and Char-
lesana Logan, Social Chairman, led us through an
exciting and busy year. At a meeting early in the year
we elected Janie Kale, Prophet, Evelyn Garriss, His-
torian, and Bill Fulcher, Lawyer.
There were so many things to be done. Class colors,
flowers, superlatives, and mascots were chosen. Our
class poem, song, last wills, and activities were written.
We had our pictures made and did all that exciting
business of ordering calling cards, announcements, caps
and gowns, and diplomas. It was our turn to have Senior
Day. We chose maroon and white for our colors, the
gardenia for our Hower, and Diane Slawson and junior
Cranford for our mascots. To Mr. Lester McCarn, we
dedicated our yearbook.
During our twelve years of school, we had looked
forward to the time when we could march down the
aisle with solemn dignity to the Baccalaureate Sermon,
the Class Day Exercises, and across the stage to receive
our diplomas. But now that the time had finally arrived,
there was a peculiar feeling deep inside us. lt hardly
seemed true that, after these years of "toiling and
struggling," we were leaving our Alma Mater. It was
hard to realize that we would not be coming back here
as students anymore, that we were parting from many
of our friends, never to see them again.
We had spent a most wonderful four years in high
school. Though the last ripple of our high school career
had passed, its joys will never fade from our memories.”