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Diana comes grinning down the aisle.
Why those tears, Fay?
What sweet mascots!
A stingy smile from a marshal.
A serious moment.
Jeannie gets her diploma at last.
"Oh, boy!" sighs Brenda
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Seventeen seniors marched out of these halls on Friday night, June 1, 1962, with diplomas to testify to their satisfactory completion of twelve years of
schooling. These seventeen are now young adults, who are ready for the responsibilities of life in a world of adults. Some will continue their education, others
will take jobsg but all will assume a role in the helter-skelter world of 1962.
These seventeen are vastly different from the 45 boys and girls who one September day in 1950 skipped down the street or clambered off school buses to the
first grade classroom. Under the able guidance of Mrs. Williams, we leamed to read and write and do all those things that first graders do. We got many slaps
in the process, but we made it to the highlight of the year, which was a picnic in the park of Fremont.
ln spite of measles, whooping cough, mumps, chicken pox, colds, and flu we somehow were promoted to the second grade where Miss Short took over the
responsibility of our education for the year 1951-52. Our little heads were packed with more learning but to ease the tension we took a train trip to Goldsboro.
How excited we were as we were lifted on the train for that first train trip.
Then came September, 1953, and we found ourselves in a third grade classroom where Miss Whitehurst, who later that year became Mrs. Davis, wielded
the heavy stick and lead us through a maze of reading, writing, 'rithmetic, science, spelling, art, and music. Somehow we did manage to learn those
multiplication tables and to understand the mysteries of division.
Now much more mature than in the first grade, we found ourselves all of a sudden in the fourth grade with more problems of long division and a geography
book which was very confusing. We showed our great art ability by our pictures of the Amazon River Valley, which Mrs. Mayo, our teacher, put on the bulletin
In our fifth year, we really felt a part of Fremont School as we marched down the hall on that exciting September day in 1955. lt was much different from
our clambering and scampering to the first grade class rooms. Miss Harper showed us plenty of excitement on our trip to Chapel Hill where we sat spellbound
over an Easter program. This was the year we developed wings from studying birds so much. And those fractions! We worked so hard trying to figure them out.
I wonder if everyone can remember how Miss Harper stressed cleanliness?Iremember how disappointed we were everytime we opened the door, for there always
had to be a paper towel in our hand to keep the germs off.
As half-growns we approached the sixth grade under the guidance of Mrs. Hartley in 1956 with the wonderful knowledge that we had only six more years to
go. We spent many hours each week rattling off current events. Still not yet recovered from geography, we found ourselves pushed into studying a big, fat
Still climbing and feeling much more grown-up at the same time, our class settled down for a year of hard work in the seventh grade. Miss Threlfall kept
us busy. We studied and pretended to leam poetry along with the different kinds of poetry. We singled out punishments to our fellow classmates in our own
make-believe court room where we got pleasure from trying people.
As we anxiously walked down the halls to our last year of elementary school in 1958, our steps became faster and faster for we were excited, thrilled, and
happy to be so near to high school. We leamed that year how important an education is, for "Miss" Ann drilled it constantly into our heads. It was a busy year
and much to our regret we learned that we had to grow out of our laziness and start to work. A much glorious event which stands out in our minds is a trip to
Raleigh. We visited the state prison, where we made sure we kept our distance from the prisoners. We enjoyed a visit, also, to the blind school. lt gave us
inspiration to work as hard as those students were working. Next our bus sped down the highway to the coliseum, then on to the governor's house. We were
astonished to realize that we were actually in the home of a govemor of North Carolina. With our excitement pushing us on, we visited Pullen Park which we
found very pretty. The capital was exceptionally enjoyable, and the museum kept us occupied for about an hour. Our eyes widened and our mouths dropped
open at the sight of snakes and fossils and prehistoric animals.
On our return home there were many sleepy and tired individuals. Many of us fell into a dead sleep while others, such as Don Sasser, Buddy Aycock, and
Billy Pate, still kept the good times rolling.
The close of the year brought with it many eager-beaver eighth graders. As we prepared for graduation into high school, our mi.nds were really dreaming
of four years later.
However, in the fall of 1959, when 36 freshmen made a mad scramble for their classroom, we were glad we were just approaching high school. We were
confused and bewildered as to where to go, but after those first few hideous days of trying to remember who went where we made it all right. The boys and
girls, much to our disappointment, were divided into two classes. Mrs. Blackman was the boys' homeroom teacher and Miss Bell was with the girls. Janet
Davis led the class as president. Diana Pike was vice-president. We closed our freshman year with a trip to Wilson Pool.
As sophomores we were again stuck with Miss Bell. We anticipated with great anxiety our future New York trip. Between our interest in the opposite sex
and our necessity to do school work we somehow managed to make a profit of selling Christmas cards to donate to our class treasury. We enjoyed a trip to
Carolina Beach to end a wonderful school year, which took us a grade higher along with Brenda Fulkerson, Brenda Mooring, and Nell Langley, who came to
Fremont that year.
We thought we knew what work was, but we found we were just beginning to work in our junior year. Mr. Wainwright, whom we will never forget because
everyone had a way of getting involved with him, led our class. We griped and grumbled like every class when we found that we had to sell magazines, pull
corn, collect tobacco, give dances, and sponsor a Halloween Carnival.
Still being a little on the lazy side, We gave the seniors a banquet at the Hotel Goldsboro which is usually held at Fremont in the gym. However our excuse
was that it was something different and time saving. The theme of our banquet was "The junior-Senior Banquet." Kay Pippin and Billy Pate were class presi-
dent and vice-president.
Mr. Godwin perhaps had a time with us our final year because we were new to him as he was to us. However, I think our speech in English was his main
concern. He still says Don Sasser is the worst speaker in the class. Through this trying, enjoyable, busy, yet wonderful year we experienced many problems in
raising enough money to go to New York.
With much frowning and complaining about only two money-making projects, we started to work.
Each of us worked on making money for our trip. We tied tobacco, though we had to teach a few how to do it. We picked cotton and washed cars. We
raked leaves-how our backs ached. We also cleaned up beauty parlors and gave many, many dances.
One of our class projects was the senior play, Drums cg Death, which was a mystery-comedy quite different from years before.
We were the guests of honor at various parties, all of which we enjoyed very much, especially as long as there was food to be served.
Toward the end of the year we anxiously began to plan for our graduation, baccalaureate, and class night exercises. Our Baccalaureate Sermon was given
on May 27 with Rev. N. D. Beaman as speaker. The following Tuesday we had our class night program. On Friday, june 1, we received our diplomas, a most
Our mascots were Tony Davis, son of Mr. and Mrs. Russell Davis, and Kathy Marie Bass, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Bass. We think they are two of
the cutest and nicest mascots Fremont has ever had.
jean Toler Summerlin came back to Fremont and joined our class whom she left in the eighth grade.
We said goodbye on our New York Trip-our much awaited goal. Our trip took place on the week of June 4. We visited the White House, Arlington
Cemetery, a night club, and many other exciting places. We enjoyed a broadway show entitled "Carnival, " We had a wonderful time sightseeing. lt was
surely a good way to remember all our classmates and a fine way to end a busy, yet wonderful year packed with fond memories.
Yes, when we started to school in the fall of 1950 we were approaching something new and different. Now as seniors, we will again in the future be
approaching something new and different. We will again be apart, but we have many memories that will last us forever, the memories of classmates, friends,
teachers, and school.
We sincerely thank each person who has helped us or who has been in any way connected with our class during the years. We are thankful that they were
the ones who helped us to become a part of the history of Fremont.
JANET DAVIS MOYE
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