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

 - Class of 1956

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CLASS For three months I, a newly-polished desk, had waited ap- prehensively with my fellow desks for the moming of Septem- ber 9, 1953, to bring a new Sophomore Class into my presence. Please don't laugh, students! You humans always think of us desks as being so cold, so lifeless. You seem to think we have no feelings or memories, no friends or acquaintances, no thrills or disappointments. But that isn't true and, if you'll only listen to me I'll show you how I felt. Row I I was so excited on that first big get-acquainted day I could hardly keep still. Each Sophomore who walked through the door I quickly sized up. Of course, I considered all of you tops, but I remember being a little partial to one student, Harry Beaube, for he had chosen me to be his year-long home room companion. And that was even before he was elected to fill your Sophomore Class President's Big Chair. He seemed to know everybody! Robert Beaube, his twin, was the Big Chair's Assistantg Reba Fincher, its Notebook, and Larry Hamby, 1ts Checkwriter. Once Harry introduced me Cnot formally, of coursej to your Senators, Kenny Pless and Faye King. I gathered from their conversation that a candy sale was in progress to raise money for Student Government proiects. A few Weeks later I heard that Donald Baxter, Bill Perry, Grady Howard, and Lucky Whitman had won first prizes for selling the most candy. As the year advanced, some of us desks gleamed with polished pride when we heard that our oc- cupants, Sue Chapman, Kenny Pless, Grey Dellinger, Carol Drolette, Ger- ald Medlin, Johnny Gribble, Elaine Nance, Michael Gordon, Charles Hol- man, Steve Foster, and Shirley Kiser had. been tapped into National Honor Society on probation, and Johnny and Kenny had become members of Key Club. We desks became quite fond of Kenny Pless and Michael Gordon, the Student Govemment Clean-Up Chairmen, whom we iokingly called the Sanitary Officers. As the year was coming to a close, we desks held our annual convention. Together we eagerly discussed the status of your class. The four big Chairs of Student Government would be refilled with Kenny 'Pless as the Chief Chair's Typewriter and Raymond Alexander as its Piggy Bank. We were indeed happy that Patsy Rodden, Hilda Bost, Steve Foster, and Laveme Christy would represent you as Megaphones on the cheering squad. One of the desks overheard Mr. Van Poole, your class adviser, and the officers planning a party. I wish I could have been there, for from up here it sounded like fun down in the social room when you played your Olympic games. I was glad your class had worked hard this year, that you had begun to fit into your new surroundings, and that you had leamed the "give and take" of classroom life. Row II To begin the 1954-1955 term, I found myself in a new classroom assigned to carry Kenny Pless through his Junior year. Kenny. serving in Student Government with Reba Fincher and Michael Gordon, your Senators, always kept me informed about student activities. He worked faithfully with Miss Cook, your class adviser, and your officers, Jimmy Dellinger in the Big Chairg Bill Hubbard, the Big Chair's Assistantg Delores Miller, the Notebook: and Gwen Sloan, the Checkwriter, in Operation Magazine Sale. One day Kenny left some papers lying on me, and I simply couldn't resist reading them. The first one began: "Hold high the torch," "Tapped into National Honor Society were eight Juniors: Reba Fincher, Sylvia Cheek, Rosemerry Koontz, Delores Miller, gaymond Alexander, Joey Carter, Jimmy Dellinger, and Gwen oan. ' Another page read: "The Quill and Scroll tapped seven Juniors, Tuesday. They are: Sylvia Cheek, Sue Chapman, Reba Fincher, Delores Miller, Charles Holman, Barbara Safriet, and Gwen Sloan." Another: T "Honorees of the Junior Class taken into Key Club were Raymond Alexander, Joey Carter, Jimmy Dellinger, Steve Fos- ter, Michael Gordon, Jimmy Griffith, Charles Holman, Don Nesbitt, and Freddy VVhitaker." And: "Thes'pians grant membership to Arthur Bell, Grey Del- linger, Jimmy Dellinger, Jean Efird, Steve Foster, Michael Gor- don, Grady Howard, and Barbara Safriet." Whether Kenny had written these accounts or someone else I couldn't say, but reading them made me feel as though you Juniors were working to fill an honored place. Your class H CWEN SLOAN Historian ISTORY production "Double Door" received much praise as performers showed almost professional talent. I had no direct connections with the Junior-Senior Co-Chair- men, Reba Fincher and Michael Gordon, but one of my brother desks actually helped decorate the Social Room for the dance. He described the whole setting to us exuberantly. "Some Enchanted Evening!" he exclaimed, letting us guess that to be the theme. "The setting," he contimued, "was a southern plantation, and-oh! the trees, the lighting, every- thing was perfect. Imagine itg little ol' me helped." I laughed at him but I envied him, too. As last minute plans for your Washington trip were com- pleted, we desks prepared for a lonesome wait. We could hear the excited voices, the honking of horns, and the thud of luggage early that Wednesday morning as four huge buses Cwe could see the tops of them through the windowj took you miles and miles away. We remembered a few days before how you had so eagerly and with such insurmountable pride displayed your class rings. Junior-Senior-Class Rings-Washington trip! What a week of thrills! Returning from Washington, your time and attention were focused on closing out your Junior year. When your own classmates, Rosemerry Koontz, Rubynel Austin, Elaine Nance, Sylvia Cheek, Sue Chapman, Joyce Poole, Shelby Walden, James, Martha Griffin, Shirley Kiser, Linda Harrington, and Carol Drolette were called upon to usher the Seniors into the commencement of life, you realized more fully your own near- ness to that step. To encourage progress for your Senior year, Patsy Rodden was named Chief Megaphone with Stephen Fos- ter, Becky Vaughn, Bobby Shelf, Hilda Bost, and Phyllis Stames as Megaphone Assistants. To record the progress, Reba Fincher and Gwen Sloan were titled Co-Editors of Brown Highlights and Arnnoxm. Row III As you entered school an older and wiser class in 1955, I too portrayed the dignified Senior. I took my place in Miss Gray, your class adviser's, room to watch you make the change from follower to leader. I knew the change would take a whole year and that it could not possibly show outwardly so much as it would be felt within each of you. I knew too, that the whirl, the thrill, and the experience of being a senior Corder- ing caps and gowns, calling cards, and invitationsD and the fun of Senior Day, with a little time, would mold you into the role of leader. At our first desks' convention of the year, I reported your class elections: Michael Gordon, Big Chair, Ted Godfrey, Big Chair's Assistantg Bobby Jo Ferguson, Notebookg Harold Sea- graves, Checkwriterg Reba Fincher and Jimmy Dellinger, Sena- torsg Rosemerry Koontz, Pulpitg and Sue Chapman, Party Boss. Filling the Chief Chair of Student Government was Kenny Pless, with Joey Carter serving as the Sub Chief Chair. Helpers were Raymond Alexander, Judgeg and Janice Grossman, Stu- dent Party Boss. Realizing the urgency of the moment, you made your motto, "Today we followg tomorrow we lead." Red rose colors red and white proved to be your choice as a Rebecca Daves and Steve Dale Howard took the for mascots. Because of my limited powers as a desk, I was see your spotting events, but that did not hamper my en- thusiasm. I well remember Larry Hamby and Freddy Whitaker as Co-Captains of your football team. Leroy Scercy was granted the Lug Leazer award and the Hill Trophy in addi- tion to being placed on the Shrine Bowl team. Wayne Ander- son received the Blocking Trophy. Delores Miller who reigned at Homecoming, Patsy Rodden, Miss Brown High: and Sue Chapman, Miss Hi Miss-all these I met in Senior English. National Honor Society, Thespians, Key Club, and Quill and Scroll took into their clubs new mem- bers. l watched as you skillfully prepared for your Senior-Junior "Symphony in Blue" and then tumed enthusiastically to prep- aration of your Senior Class play. How I wanted to cry out from my polished surface to praise you, but how could you understand a desk? My only way of expressing appreciation was to sit straight and erect, courageously and proudly carry- ing you through. Those last few weeks I saw less and less of you. Graduation was the present. My every thought was of my farewell speech to you as you received your diploma. I would explain eagerly that you had made the change from follower to leader. You were beginning your maiden voyage, leaving the land of knowl- edge to travel into the land of experience. You would no longer be in my classroom within these doors, for you would have opened the door to the classroom of life. Shelby Phillips, Carolyn buds with class. Lida high vote unable to

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