Central High School - Pemican Yearbook (High Point, NC)

 - Class of 1946

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and other members of the floor committee . . . gay laughter and chatter echoing through- out the gym . . . the cool tinkle of ice in the punch bowls . . . youthful eyes sparkling p p as X . Db . A 1 V. e .pfw igjaft 'ii 7A'x I I X fl X W-T QTY- T r "xTf'?, g-v-, p '. xA ' - I w.-f--' 3' ., over cup rims . . . the smooth management of the Master of Ceremonies, Charlie Mann . . . the smiling countenances of Miss Lindsay and the chaperones, reflecting the spirit of the oc- casion and .revealing their interest in the merry revelers . . . the breath-taking en- chantment of "Stardust" . . . then home at midnight to happy dreams of the junior- senior prom. ASSEMBLY PROGRAM Assembly programs this year have been rather limited in number. Most of them have featured guest speakers. Some of the out- standing visitors have been the Rev. R. K. Benfield of Hickory, Dr. George Mauze of Winston-Salem, and the Rev. Wilson O. Weldon of High Point. The topic of Mr. Beniield's talk was "Can You Take It?" The speaker pointed out the obstacles which must be overcome in the life of every person in order that he might suc- ceed in the career that he chooses. "What's Your Name?" was the subject of an unusually interesting address made by Dr. Mauze, who insisted on the necessity of a young person's keeping his name clean. Mr. Weldon, a well-known local pastor, has been our guest speaker on several occa- sions during the course of the past year. In his outstanding address on "Pins" he em- phasized the head, the point, and the straight- ness of this small article. In conclusion he urged his hearers to make and keep their lives straight. SHOPS Four hundred and eighty-one students took advantage of the vocational training courses in our high school during the past year. Such classes as wood Work, metal work, mechanical drawing. and diversified occupa- tions were offered in this field. Both the Wood and metal work shops are set up to accommodate approximately twenty students at each period. By means of careful planning and conservation we were able to maintain both shops in spite of the lack of trained instructors and the shortage of mate- rials. As a result of such planning, wood work classes were scheduled for the three morning periods and metal work for the afternoon, thus allowing our experienced instructor to handle all groups. Our diversified occupations program offered to both boys and girls the opportunity to acquire skills in local business and industry through afternoon classes in actual working conditions, under the guidance of experienced workers. At school, pupils were given the opportunity to study material related to the vocation of their choice. Since each was given two credits for the course. his employer co- operated with the school by reporting on the grade of work done under his supervision. On the other hand. since the job was tied in as part of the school days, pupils taking this course were required to work at least three hours each afternoon. In the mechanical drawing department 'l22l'

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After a short recess period the students went into the second panel. Then lunch was served in the cafeteria under the direction of Miss Bowen. Two of the most interesting periods of the day were the discussion periods during which students in their own home rooms made re- ports on the various panels which they had visited. In this way each person benefited from panels, other than his own, in addition to the two he had attended. Nell Siceloff, vice-president of the Student Council, opened the afternoon session. The high school band, under the direction of Mr. Gerald Bryant, gave a grand performance. The stirring marches and light numbers chosen put everyone in a good humor if he were not already in one. Betty Lou Meadows, Council secretary, called the roll of the guests, who stood to be recognized. Following this, the Rev. Wilson O. Wel- don of the local Methodist church, delivered an inspiring address on "The Pin." In this he compared our lives with the shape of the straight pin. At the close of the session, the conference was adjourned, and a tea dance, sponsored by the Lower House, was held in the gym. In keeping with the Thanksgiving season, the decorations represented harvest time. There were "corn stacks" gay with orange- colored bows, pumpkins, and apples, and with pictures of horns of plenty and turkeys scattered here and there. From the refresh- ment tables, covered with autumn leaves and fruit, and placed at each end of the gym. delicious punch and cookies were served. As each person entered, he was handed a little tag-turkeys for the boys, and horns of plenty for the girls, with numbers on the backs of each. For the first dance partners were chocen by matching numbers. At four-thirty when the dance ended, the Council felt that another successful Social Standards Conference had been held in High Point. FRESHMAN-SOPHOMORE PROM Gay laughter, soft lights, and the magic of a danceband--all these things helped to make the freshman-sophomore prom the suc- cess that it was. Although there was no swishing of starched petticoats and hooped skirts, yet it was diflicult to realize that one was still living in the world of today instead of in bygone times. This was true because of the colonial setting-the work of the decoration committee. In the background rose the front of a colonial home, complete even to the shutters and the ivy clinging to the walls. From the portico came the music of Tommy Doda- mead and his orchestra. Roses grew luxuriant- ly on the trellises behind the garden chairs and tables, placed invitingly on both sides of the gymnasium. An outstanding feature of the evening was the grand march of the sponsors. The couples, emerging from beneath a ribbon-bedecked arch, walked rhythmically to the center of the floor and there broke into the dance. At the stroke of twelve the prom was re- luctantly brought to a close. Then as the lights began to die out, the revelers, weary of foot but happy in heart, made their way homeward. The second freshman-sophomore dance had passed into the realm of memory. JUNIOR-SENIOR PROM Colored lights dancing on the twinkling, geometrically suspended stars . . . pale moon- light flooding the still waters of the pictured lake and turning it into a silver sheet . . . the satisfied expressions on the faces of Anne Steed and Ralston Welch, joint chairmen of the decorations committee . . . the fragrance of fiowers and trees intermingled with per- fumes from cosmetic counters . . . the gentle rustle of attractive program folders planned under the chairmanship of James Johnson . . . the soft swish of taffeta, organdie, and lace, with here and there a shimmer of satin . . . melody after melody from the dance band, pulsing out among the swaying couples . . . the tireless forms of Hoy Lee Fesperman ill?

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three courses were offered: two years of mechanical drawing and one year of voca- tional drawing. Students in the first two courses studied the technical side of drawing from a textbook. These drawings were re- quired to show several views of an object. In addition to making pencil and ink draw- ings. pupils were obliged to draw as well as to read blueprints with some measure of accuracy. In the vocational mechanical drawing courses, each hour of work in the classroom. where plans were drawn, was followed by a two-hour period in the shop, where articles were constructed according to these plans. This arrangement afforded opportunity to gain experience both in planning and con- structing, invaluable in the field of en- gineering. THE ART DEPARTMENT Activity! The scratching of pencils mani- pulated by steady hngers, the sweeping strokes of the brushes curving across the page--this is the high school art department in full swing. During the year, this department, under the direction of Mr. A. R. Carr, renders many services to the school. For almost every thing that happens there is a call for posters and more posters, desperately needed both in the building and in the downtown area. The young artists, therefore, set their brains to Work and, iguratively rolling up their sleeves, start production. The Talent Parade, the traic campaign, the Follies of 1946, the junior play, the senior play-all of these major activities depend upon the art depart- ment for aid in advertising. They are never disappointed. In the art classes, the first few weeks are spent in learning the technique of handling an art pencil and inicopying the sketches in the textbook. Gradually the field is expanded into ink sketches, which a few of the ad- vanced students attempt. An example of this type of work is shown by the pen and ink sketch of the high school made by Ruth Ellis for the frontispiece of the PEMICAN. -n-l ad""'f .2 --- 41 4 Ni X :: ,B-"'3o -'-'r "Okay, smile!" And with these words of time-worn advice another day was started for our PEMICAN photographers. High Point High is one of the few schools in the country to do its own photography- with the exception of portraits-and one of the very few to have its work done entirely by students. The equipment is the most modern obtainable: hence We are able to compete on an equal basis with many com- mercial studios. Owing to the fact that the work is done entirely by and for the school, it is possible for us to have many pictures that most an- nuals are unable to get. The darkroom crew, however, does not work exclusively for the PEMICAN, for it turns out prints for our school paper, the POINTER, and also a number of incidental shots required at times by the school. In this Way the memory of many important school events will be preserved for the future. The establishment of the Camera Club in H. P. H. S. has enabled boys, who would otherwise not have had the opportunity, to learn much about photography, either as a hobby or as a possible future career. The darkroom crew of the past year in- cluded Ted Hodge, Alton Embler, Jimmy Hardison, and Perry Kiziah. SERVICE What would High Point High do without its student assistants? During the past year there were approximately one hundred and ninety students in the various departments who daily gave both of their time and effort so that the work of the school might run more smoothly and efliciently. So important 'l23l'

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