A L Brown High School - Albrokan Yearbook (Kannapolis, NC)

 - Class of 1953

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E ,. 1 i Z I I s . 4 i CL SS I-IISTUHY E PREFACE n 1949, when we entered Cannon High School, We hardly co sidered ourselves a class, for we had all come from various sc ols, different walks of life, and we had never seen many of the str nge faces about us. Yet, gradually over a period of four years, aft r learning to work with our classmates, discovering what to ex ect of others, and what was expected of us, we finally matured int the class of 1953. 'We became a definitely organized class with the Senior-Junior, Junior-Senior, the Washington trip, class plays, the new school, class rings, and the football team all becoming maior highlights duifing our four years. Now let us take this opportunity to review our past four years, and in doing so, relive the thrills and excitements that went hand in hand with them. CHAPTER I eading our class that first year were: Walker Jung, presidentg C y Sherrill, vice-president, Wayne Dellinger, secretaryg Shirley E erson, treasurer, who worked with Miss Betty Boyette, class ad iser, to plan our first big social in high school, which was a pi ic and square dance in the school gymnasium. We elected Phyllis Finger and Harold Deal to represent our class in Student Council for the year. " CHAPTER II s we began to get into the swing of things our Sophomore r we elected Clark Drake, president, Jerry Daye, vice-president, n Galliher, secretary, and Don Ritchie, treasurer. To represent us in Student Council, we chose Gypsy Kennerly and Jerry Daye. hen, to really get the ball rolling, the plans for .our new hi h school, which was to be on First Street, were revealed. T ough uneventful and unimportant as it may seem, this one ye r probably affected our future more than any other of the four ye rs. We now had a new school to look forward to. rs. Vinson, class adviser working with us, planned our social the year, a swimming party at Mirror Lake, at which swim- g, food, and golf were enioyed by all. hough very unusual for Sophomores, seven of our girls, Pat M Manus, Gypsy Kennerly, Gloria Gilliam, Isabel Holbrook, S rley Watts, Becky Goodman, and Jimmie Henderson, were ta ped into the National Honor Society. m VE Jo fo m. s Freshmen we had not been represented in a Student Gov- er ent ofiice, so of course we were very proud of Walker Jung's be g elected treasurer of the Student Government. CHAPTER III here were several highlights in our Junior year. The Junior- Se ior, which honored the Seniors, was centered around the th me, "Show Boat." Entertainment was rendered by Joyce Slaw- so , Barbara Haneline, lngle Cook, and Don Ritchie, with Shirley W tts and Jerry Myers at the piano. Following the banquet at th Y.M.C.A. a dance was held in the school gymnasium. he biggest event, by far, of the year was the long anticipated W shington trip. The Capitol, Supreme Court Building, Arlington C etery, Jefferson Memorial, Washington Monument, Luray C erns, and the never-ceasing rain were long to be remembered by all. At a class meeting, Clark Drake, Gary Serrill, Bobby Keller, Billy Strawn, Peggy Black, and Jerry Daye were elected president, vit-president, secretary, treasurer and Council members, respec- ti ly, with Miss Mariorie Harrell as class adviser. "She Couldn't Remember," the Junior class play, directed by Miss Sara Jordan, and the Senior-Junior, which was centered around Valentine honoring us, were both special events of the year. Then we finally had our class rings, which were shown with pride for several weeks. Three outstanding students'during the year were Walker Jung, Secretary of Student Government and Vice-President of the North C olina Student Council Con ress, David Castor, State Bible Cl b Treasurerg and Carol Phillips, Homecoming Queen. CAROL FERGUSON Historian Five of our girls, Carol Phillips, Carol Ferguson, Barbara Cline, Jackie Gabriel and Billie Max Thomason, were tapped into the National Honor Society. The only Junior to be tapped into the honorary society of the Quill and Scroll was Shirley Watts. Six boys, Ronald Blackburn, Jimmy Beavis, Clark Drake, Jerry Daye, Jimmy Icard, Walker Jung, were members of the Key Club which was organized this year. At last we were ready for our final year when we would be Seniors. CHAPTER IV It now seemed as if a dream were at last a reality. Not only were we Seniors after three long years, but we had entered our new school, A. L. Brown High School, with hearts filled with pride and joy. The auditorium, long halls, and individual lockers, were proudly viewed by everyone. We were not the first class to graduate from this fine new school, but we were the first class to spend our whole Senior year in it. This year was alive and buzzing with activity. First the long, slow process of picture making of Seniors, superlatives, and clubs for the annual of Brown High School. But the trouble was well worth it and even more just to receive our treasured books. Then caps and gowns, calling cards, and invitations had to be ordered. Mrs. Virginia Alexander, class adviser, aided the officers, David Castor, presidentg Isabel Holbrook, vice-president, Carol Phillips, secretary, Max Chandler, treasurer, the various committees, and the class in choosing the class motto, "They conquer who believe they can", the colors, wine and whiteg the iiower, the gardeniag the poem by Myrtle Gulledge, "Ours for Memory", and the mascots, Delaine Cannon and Rodney Holbrooks. The Senior Edition of the ALBROKAN was dedicated to our principal, Mr. Fred O. Drummond. . This year six boys and three girls were tapped into the Quill and Scroll. They were: Jimm Reavis, Joe Dowless, Joe Glass, Walker Jung, Jerry Myers, Phil Tesh, Shelia Sasser, Gloria Gilliam, Gelene Hutchins. At a class meeting, Isabel Holbrook and Billy Strawn were elected as Council members to represent the class. The Key Club inducted four boys, who were Max Chandler, Jerry Myers, Paul Fisher, David Castor into their club this year. Our Student Government was headed by Walker Jung and Jerry Daye, president and vice president, To Shirley Watts the title, "Miss High Miss," based on beauty, character, and scholarship, was awarded. Phyllis Finger was elected as "Miss Brown High" and also the queen of the Carrousel in Charlotte. Perhaps the most amazing achievement was the fact that we had an undefeated football team for the first time in the history of our school. They were South Piedmont Conference Champion- ship winners. Our hearts swelled with pride when Gary Sherrill was chosen to play in the Shrine Bowl game, Clark Drake won the Lug Leizer award, and Don Ritchie was chosen as the most valuable player. This was the most glorious year of all for us. With May came the delightful whirl of Senior Dav, practicing for the beautiful Class Day exercises, Baccalaureate Sermon, and Graduation exer- cises, new dresses, new suits, I-lowers arriving, calling cards and invitations coming, annuals being proudly read and signed, and gifts opened in thrilling excitement. It was a ioy to be young, alive and graduating rom high school. Other days might be dark, but these were heavenly. CONCLUSION As we leave A. L. Brown High School, our Alma Mater, we shall always remember what it has meant to us, and there shall always be a warm, tender spot in our hearts for Cannon High School, too. It is hard to realize that we are leaving, never to return as students again, and that we are parting from many of our friends never to see them again. But always in our hearts we shall cherish the fond memories of our four wonderful years together.

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