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

 - Class of 1957

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S I As I sit here in this old rocking chair, my hair a silver grey and mv face well furrowed with wrinkles. I live in a world of the past. Look- ing out of the window I see high school students coming home after a fruitful day at school. This truly brings memories to mv mind. How Well I remember those days as the class of 1957 took the position as leaders in Cannon Iunior High School. Our first real year as high school students, full-fledged fresh- men, we with much pride held the key to the executive branch of the student body. Yes, Charles Alexander was President with Ted Hendrix serving as Vice-President. Council Representatives from our class were Patsy Carter, Linda King, Glenn YValler, and Kenneth Blackwelder. Nancy Pinkston reigned over the school as Christmas Queen. An- other exciting event that year was "Kalico Kapers" with Pat Harrison as Queen. Abilities and ambition were greatly displayed even though we were quite young. Arlene Edwards and Becky Foil were co-editors of the school paper, Crm-non S1voi.light. Arlene also served as school critic. Time passed quickly but our first year in high school seemed to break the speed limit. It seems like yes- terday that we as new sophomores were invited to a social welcoming us to Brown High. We were not so sure that we wanted to be underclassmen after having been leaders for a whole year. The building was so tempting and the upperclassmen were not reallly monsters, so we quickly adiusted ourselves to the new surroundings. The year had hardly begun when we found ourselves electing class officers under the directions of Miss Merle Etta Lancaster, our adviser. Again Charles Alexander was elected President with Ted Hendrix assisting him. Margaret Shelton was our new Secretary with Lloyd Bost Treasurer. To serve as Council Representatives were Arlene Edwards and Glenn Yvaller. I VVith these leaders that year got off to a good start. The first proiect we undertook was the annual candy sale. Many prizes were awarded with hlildred Ketner taking top honors for high sale. We also sold rat poison, household deodorizers and insect killer. t "Hold High the Torch," the theme of an. inspiring assem- bly program, focused a ray of recognition on the sophomore class that year. Arlene Edwards, Mildred Ketner and Charles Alexander were tapped into the National llonor Society. The Key Club also received Charles Alexander into their organiza- tion. We seemed to be finally making a place for ourselves with these people we chose as leaders paving the way. With another year coming to a close new Student Govem- ment officers were elected. Charles Alexander was elecetd secretary and Larry Benson. treasurer. The fall of '55 found us as "old-timers" around Brown High. We had so much for which to look forward, With Mr. Boone and Miss Cook as our advisers we were once more on the road called "Progress," Class officers were elected in order to get another year rolling. Taking the President's chair was David Alabran. Larry Sloan took the next chair as Vice- President with Secretary and Treasurer, Mildred Ketner and Margaret Shelton, respectively. As Council Representatives we elected Nancy Myers and Glenn Waller. Soon Larry Benson announced that he was moving and would bc forced to resign as Student Government Treasurer. Succeeding him was Kenneth Wagoner. A magazine sale and, of course, the iunior class play "Stage Door" with Nancy Myers, George VViseman, and David Alabran taking the leading roles were two proiects we successfully completed. Honors came in showers to many deserving students that vear. Tapped into the National Honor Socie'v were Beckie Hinson. Tommy Moore, Grace Huffman. David Alabran, Larry Sloan, and Melvin Rape. Accepted into the Key Club were Melvin Rape, Iimmy Parker, Kenneth Duncan, Ted Overcash, and David Alabran. For their outstanding work in the field of iournalism, the Quill and' Scroll honored Arlene Edwards, Patsy Carter, Phyllis Blanton. Elaine Helms, Mil- dred Ketner, and Margaret Christy. Welcomed into the Na- tional Thespian Society for their work in dramatics were David Alabran. Grady Armstrong, Ruth Ausfin. Keith Baker, Aubrey Brakefield. June Carter, Margaret Christy, Becky Io Deaver. Kenneth Edwards. Carol Foster, Elaine Helms. Billie Howard, Marilyn Huffstetler, jimmy Johnson, Nancy Lomax, Nancy Myers. Evelyn Rowland, Margaret Shelton, Kenneth Wagoner, and George Wiseman. This was the year. Yes, we placed on the third finger of our right hand a class ring, symbolizing much hard work and hanniness. The next important event that will always dwell in our hearts was the magnificent Washington trip. The glorious scenes with the towering buildings fascinated us as we gazed upon the tiny part of America that seemed to have out- stretched arms. VVe felt very fortunate to be the first class from MARGARET Cr-rmsry Historian Kannapolis to actually witness the Supreme Court in action. From the packing of our clothes until the re- rum trip home we bubbled with ex- citement. What ioy our hearts knew! VVith the Washington trip tucked safely away in our minds we faced the loaded, remaining weeks of school for that term. Under the di- rection of Co-Chainnen Beckie Hin- son and Jimmy Parker we began pre- paring for the Iunior-Senior Prom. "Carrousel,' was the theme, with decorations overflowing with splen- dor, carrying it out to the heights of all our expectations. Opportunities were unlimited dur- ing that year of high school. Elsie Payne received a trip to Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, for the "Free- dom's Foundation Principal's Award" presentation. Grace Huffman, who won the United Nation's Essay Con- test, was given a trip to New York and Washington. Awaiting Sara Murray during the coming summer was a trip to the United Nations Building as the result of a contest sponsored by the Odd-Fellows. With the year coming to an end there was the important election of the Student Govemment officers. Taking the top position was Charles Alexander as President. Elected as as Vice-President was Kenneth Wag- oner. Co-editors of the Brown High- lights and ALBROKAN staff for the approaching year were Patsy Carter and Arlene Edwards. A very important part of school life is the school spirit, and our high school days were no exception. We felt very proud as Buddy Bost, who had been in the cheerleading line all year, was made chief for the coming year. Assisting him from the rising senior class were Bill Wilson, Beckie Hinson, Billie Howard, and Carl Richardson. After all those years my heart' still beats a little faster as I remember the graduating class iust ahead of us with our own classmates serving as marshals. Selected on the basis of scholarship for this honor were Charles Alexander. Joyce Garrett, Yvonne Cleary. Gail Langston, Becky Foil, Loretta Hurst. Arlene Edwards, Mildred Ketner, Barbara Bolick. Beckie Iiinson, Shirley Kelly, Grace Huffman and Carol Smith. In the fall of 1956 we. as dignified seniors and leaders. entered A. I., Brown High School, for the last year. Our class advisers were Miss Gray and Mr. Van Poole. In .the President's chair to guide us during this period of time was Kenneth Duncan. Keith Baker was our Vice-President. Our Secretary was Nancy Myers with Melvin Rape as Treas- urer. Carol Foster served as Class Chaplain and Social Chair- man was Margaret' Shelton. The positions of Council Penro- sentatives were filled by Grace Huffman and Larry Sloan. Two new places were added to the council. Filling them were Iovce Bost as Class Poet and Margaret Christy, Historian. "To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield" was the motto that we selected to take us, not only through that senior year of high school, but through life. Royal blue and silver were chosen as class colors with the delicate gardenia as class flower. The petite mascots on which we prided ourselves were Deborah Hubbard and Gwin Hilton. Grace Huffman provided the school with a glow of nride as she rep1'esented our school in the Carrousel in Charlotte. She also made a very good showing in the local parade, rc- rteiving top honor with the title "Miss Merry Christmas." Reigning over the annual Homecoming was Beckie Hinson. Another honor. "Miss High Miss," which is based on char- acter. scholarship and beauty was presented to Beckie Hin- son. She was elected by the senior class. Accepted into the Kev Club were Larry Sloan. Tommy lvioore. Eugene Nlassev, Kenneth Clayton. Sandy Woodard and Keith Baker. As time passed new members were accented into other honor clubs with our classmates receivinfv much glorv. Sports were a maior part of those high school days. The most outstanding trophy, the "Lug Leazer Award" was re- ceived bv Keith Baker and Conrad Sloop was given the Bond's Trophy. How well I remember at that time the excitement of the future stadium. VVe worked so hard having cake sales, talent shows, and personal contributions with the wonderful dream of the stadium in the back of our minds. The senior class gift of approximately five hundred dollars was also presented to that all important cause. How packed that year was with Senior Day, Senior-lunior prom, the class play, class night, and of COUISE, all the rehearsing in preparation for the big dav, graduation. En- thusiasm and a pang of sentiment gave us a mixed-up feeling as we approached the threshold to a future of our oyvn. How happy those days were. How wonderful it is to think hack over them and know that they will never die, but will live on and on in the hearts of the class of '57. Well. here it is long past my bed time, vet after thinking over all those days so long ago I doubt that I will go to sleep for hours. I wonder if any of my classmates ever go through evenings like this. What wealth we possess in memories that never a thief could steal.

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