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CLASS HISTORY As seniors we are nearing our journey’s end at Benton Heights were we have had many joyous experiences and good times to¬ gether, and the ones who were responsible for our achieve¬ ments were our ever under¬ standing and helping teachers. As little as we thought of it at the time, our teachers and par¬ ents whose care we were in, were guiding us and doing their best to show us the way to suc¬ cess. Our principal, Mr. Oscar W. Broome, who has a very important job and a great responsibility, has always en¬ deavored to plan an educational program and activities as well, that will be most beneficial to us now and in later life. This is the final year in our high school education and as we look back in years past in the lower grades, we can see many opportunities that we let slip by, but I think we can proudly say that we have had more achievements than failures, because we would not be at the close of the twelfth year of high school if this were not true. Let’s look back now in the days gone by when out of the past came the Senior Class of ’54. The class had a membership of seventy-one in the beginning. Our most loyal teachers during this period were the following: Mrs. Baxter Benton, Mrs. Lydia Griffin—First Grade; Mrs. Alice Hawthorne, Mrs. Dale Moore—Second Grade; Mrs. Elizabeth Harrell, Mrs. James E. Hogan—Third Grade; Miss Mildred Outen, Mrs. Reba McCollum—Fourth Grade; Mrs. Flay Griffin, Miss Pat Benton—Fifth Grade; Miss Annie Williams, Miss Margaret Love—Sixth Grade; Mrs. Ruby Bivens, Mrs. Nell Correll—Seventh Grade; Mrs. Lane Teeter, Miss Christine Whitley—Eighth Grade. Thus far has completed our primary and grammar grades. FRESHMAN YEAR: Now this being the year of 1949 and our first year of high school we entered the Freshman class with a mem¬ bership of forty-five with Mrs. B. B. Craig as sponsor. As class officers we selected Monte Helms—President; Maurice Baker—Vice President; and Betty Ann McGinnis —Secretary and Treasurer. Our Student Council Rep¬ resentatives were Evelyn Wooten and Bud Mullis. This year proved to be most exciting as we were beginning to learn a little about high school. SOPHOMORE YEAR: We entered the Sophomore year with Mr. Everette Hatley as sponsor. As we began the second year in high school our class was beginning to stand out and partici¬ pate in the activities and various clubs. This year the class elected the following officers: Mau¬ rice Baker—President; Monte Helms—Vice President; and Evelyn Wooten—Secretary and Treasurer. The Student Council Representatives were Coleen Moore and Bill Helms. Monte Helms was also secretary of the Student Council. The Beta Club claimed ten new members out of the class this year with the initiation of Betty Ann Mc¬ Ginnis, Geneva Helms, Jerry Weir, Shirley Craig, Leon- elle Mangum, Shirley Haigler, Monte Helms, Bud Mul¬ lis, Ervin Elms, and David Terry. Mary Lena Graham, who came from Denton, North Carolina, joined the class this year. JUNIOR YEAR: In the eleventh year, Mrs. Linda F. Hilton served as sponsor. We received the following new members this year: Shirley McGinnis and Ruth Neal McClellan from Monroe High School and Ruth Simpson from Fairview High School. Donald Rummage, who had been out of school for three years serving in the United States Navy, came back to join our class this year also. We elected as class officers: Maurice Baker—Presi¬ dent; Jerry Weir—Vice President; Donald Rummage- Secretary; Ruth Neal McClellan—Treasurer; and Geneva Helms—Reporter. Monte Helms was Vice-President of the Student Council and Shirley Craig and Bud Mullis were class representatives. The Beta Club accepted Joanne Helms and Shirley McGinnis. Donald Rummage was reinstated as an active member. We were fortunate in having Reverend A. J. Cox, Pas¬ tor of the First Methodist Church in Monroe, as Guest speaker at the Junior-Senior Banquet in which the Fac¬ ulty, Juniors and Seniors had a wonderful time together. SENIOR YEAR: Again in the final year Mrs. Hilton served as spon¬ sor. The class officers were Bud Mullis—President; Jerry Weir—Vice President; Shirley McGinnis—Secretary; Ruth Simpson — Treasurer; Kay Kerley — Reporter; Geneva Helms—Social Chairman; and Maurice Baker—Historian. Donald Rummage was President of the Student Council with Geneva Helms and Bill Helms serving as class rep¬ resentatives. Helen Laney who came from Prospect High School re¬ ceived a welcome into the class. The class now being thirty-six strong could have never reached the end of its High School journey if it had not been for the most capable leaders that we have had in these twelve years. To Mr. Broome goes our deepest appreciation for his most capable leadership in assisting us during our school life. Now as we go out to face life on our own, some will leave home and some will stay, while others will go to college and continue their education. As we face our tasks from day to day may we face them as a Benton Heights Alumni should. Maurice Baker Historian 18
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SENIORS DONALD SMITH RUMMAGE Basketball 1,2; Manager 3; Baseball 1; Glee Club 3; President 3; Sports Edi¬ tor 3, 4; Beta Club 2, 3, 4; President 4; Monogram 3, 4; Advertising Man¬ ager 4; Student Council President 4; “Silas Smidge” 3; Class Secretary 3; Testator 4; Beta Club Cast 4. CALVIN LEE RICHARDSON GARY WORTH RIGGINS Glee Club 1, 2; Basketball 1, 2, 4. Baseball 2, 3, 4; Boy’s State 4; Glee Club 1, 2, 3. JOHNY TSITOURIS Basketball 2, 3, 4; Baseball 1, 2, 3, 4; Monogram Club 1, 2, 3, 4; President Monogram Club 4; Advertising As¬ sistant “The Heights” 4. JERRY LEE WEIR F. H. A. 1, 2, 3, 4; Reporter 2; An- son-Union Reporter 4; Vice President 3; President 4; Acting Secretary Dis¬ trict VI 4; Beta Club 2, 3, 4; Secre¬ tary 4; “Elmer” Cast 3; Beta Club Cast 4; Glee Club 1, 2, 3, 4; Chief Typist “The Heights” 4; Class Vice President 3, 4; Miss Hi Miss 4; Mar¬ shal 1, 2; Chief 3; Associate News Editor “Hi-Lights” 3; Editor-in-Chief 4; Office Assistant 4; Printing Staff 4, Library Club 3, 4. Miss Benton Heights, 4. NELDA JEAN WILLIAMS Basketball 1, 2, 3, 4; Glee Club 1, 2, 3, 4; Monogram Club 3, 4; F. H. A. I, 2, 3, 4; Pianist 4; Cafeteria 2; Ush¬ er Junior Play 3; Homecoming Queen 3; “At the Turn of the Lane” 2; “Plantation Song” 3. 17
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LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT We, the Senior Class of nine¬ teen hundred and fifty-four, of Benton Heights High School, city of Monroe, county of Un¬ ion, state of North Carolina, be¬ ing of sound mind and realizing our impending departure from this school, are leaving, other work to do, we hereby declare and make this our last will and testament, but memories of Benton Heights will linger still. Article I To our principal, Mr. Oscar W. Broome, we wish to express our many thanks for the interest and leadership he has shown us during the past years. Article II To our faculty, we leave our deepest appreciation for their efforts toward increasing our wisdom. Article III To the undergraduates: To the Junior Class we leave the job of issuing the two great publications: The Heights and The Hi-Lights. To the Sophomores and Freshmen, we leave our hopes that before long they will occupy the position that we now occupy. Article IV To the Class of nineteen hundred and fifty-five, we be¬ queath the honor and privilege of becoming seniors. To the rest of the students we leave our most treasured and loved gift, a great school. 1. Maurice Baker leaves his popularity to Charles Gor¬ don. 2. Bobby Benton leaves his crazy driving to Jim Long. 3. Joyce Byrum wills her originality to Elizabeth Hasty. 4. Shirley Craig leaves her cuteness to Sue Marrone and her peppiness to Ruth Carnes. 5. Ann Curlee leaves her hopes to gain weight to Carol Smith. 6. Ervin Elms leaves his hop job to anyone who can buy a Buick from it. 7. Mary Lena Graham leaves her Algebra book to any¬ one crazy enough to take it. 8. Shirley Haigler wills her extra pounds to Helen Jar- mon. 9. Roger Hall wills his wittiness to Max Hargette. 10. Bill Helms leaves his extra pounds to W. H. Privette and his ability to play right field to Johnny Gordon. 11. Geneva Helms leaves her big mouth and extra pounds to Sue Marrone. 12. Joanne Helms leaves her Chemistry book in- good care, she’s returning it to Mr. Hamilton. 13. Linda Helms just leaves. 14. Monte Helms leaves his job at Newberry’s to any¬ one who would work for peanuts. 15. Kay Kerley leaves her favorite giggle to Angela Helms. 16. Doris Kilgore leaves her faithful shorthand book to Carol Smith. 17. Helen Laney leaves her boy friends in Chemistry to the up coming Senior girls. 18. Jack Love leaves his extra feet to Fred Hel ms and extra pounds to Herbert Derrick. 19. Lenelle Mangum wills her unselfish ways to Helen Crooke. 20. Gertrude McCain leaves her job at Woolworth’s to Louise Williams. 21. Ruth Neal McClellan leaves her talkativeness to any¬ one with a big mouth and her shorthand book to Louise Williams. 22. Betty Ann McGinnis leaves her flirty ways to Mary Marrone. 23. Shirley McGinnis leaves her ability to attract Indian Trail boys to Ruth Carnes. 24. Coleen Moore leaves her attractiveness to Mary Rose and her neatness to Myra Tucker. 25. W. C. “Bud” Mullis leaves his ability to play third base to Jimmy James and his job at night to anyone wanting it. 26. Earl Price bequeaths his lazy ways to Junior Simp¬ son. 27. Kathleen Price leaves her ability to pass notes in class to her sister, Irene. 28. Shirley Quick leaves her English book to anyone who likes English. 29. Calvin Richardson keeps his voice, but leaves his un¬ dependability to James Helms. 30. Worth Riggins leaves his curly hair to his brother Kenneth. 31. I, Donald Rummage leave my neatness to Clark Rummage. 32. Ruth Simpson leaves her quietness to Myra Tucker in hopes that Benton Heights will be a much quieter place in ’55. 33. Everette Taylor leaves his mischievous ways to Hugh Mac Watkins. 34. David Terry leaves his courteous ways to the up coming Freshman. 35. Johny Tsitouris leaves his athletic ability and his good looks to Ronald Rummage. 36. Jerry Weir leaves her superlatives most studious and most capable to Frankie Herring. 37. Nelda Jean Williams leaves her musical talent to all the musicians in our band. We hereby appoint Mrs. Linda F. Hilton, our an nu a l advisor, as sole executor of this, our last will and testa¬ ment. Witnesses: Attorney Bobby Benton Donald Rummage Jerry Weir 19
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