Mount Airy High School - Airmont Yearbook (Mount Airy, NC)

 - Class of 1954

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rf l THE 1954 AIRMONT PRESENTS The bear-- symbol not only of our athletic teams, but also of our student body as a whole-- is held in affection and respect by students past and present. I Shirley Perry, Editor-In-Chief Virgil Christian, Business Manager f ' wrr • ' jt. . INTRODUCTION The exciting, dangerous, fast moving world of today is ours to live in and to make more stable and peaceful. Its problems have largely molded our lives and now challenge our future. Nevertheless our MAHS world of living, learning, and playing has been a happy, carefree time--influenced by the spirit of our homes and community, our school, and the mountains that circle us. We will carry its imprint with pride. This third edition of Airmont brings you a lasting picture of our high school world-- our friendships, striv¬ ings, accomplishments, and growth-- a world that is end¬ ing all too soon but leaving a memory that will be cherished always . CONTENTS DIRECTORS OF OUR WORLD A CANDID VIEW OF OUR WORLD CLASSWORK AND TEACHERS IN OUR WORLD PERSONALITIES OF OUR WORLD ACTIVITIES OF OUR WORLD ATHLETICS IN OUR WORLD FRIENDS OF OUR SCHOOL ' (ft WK I j OUR Mount Airy- - its homes, churches , in¬ dustries, places of business, and schools set like jewels at the gateway to the mountains-- has given us a good world in which to live and mature. TusnlvT COMMUNITY Our community has given our high school world its own particular flavor-- a blend of humor, friendliness, belief in fundamentals, and love of beauty-- which we shall always cherish. vn« . mta r«r OUR MOUNTAINS “-surrounded by a ring of mountains, hazy and blue in the distance-I could not im¬ agine a horizon that was not cut by a distant mountain rim-where a cloud might sit on a man’s front step and mist his windows- --Robert K. Marshall, Little Squire Jim and Julia Gwynn. OUR SCHOOL Our school represents the fulfillment of the dream of many people for a great number of years . Although we have used the new building for three years , the thrill and pride we take in it are undiminished. ■s iM r DIRECTORS OF OUR WORLD The Mount Airy schools are fortunate to retain the ex¬ perience and interest of the administrative staffs to an un¬ usual degree. Three of the five board members have serv¬ ed our school for over 25 years each; Superintendent L. B. Pendergraph for 27 year ; and Principal H. M. Finch for 28 years-- 6 as teacher, 22 as principal. Though we take for granted the smooth running of our high school world, we realize it is not accomplished with¬ out a great deal of effort and time on the part of the admin- istration. Without fanfare this group renders a selfless service that merits our gratitude. Jr. J ' f HK7WT ; r rmmLijR .fA ' -jr ■ »-. 4 4«r. rr • SCENES BEHIND THE Mrs. Priscilla Horton Clerk Mrs. Betty Moir Secreta ry Those who work in the office and in the cafeteria endear themselves to us, not only because of their excel¬ lent service, but also because of their friendly interest. Our cafeteria workers are: Mrs. Salena MOxley, Mrs . Lucy Beamer, Mrs. Verna Gilbert, and Mrs. Kate Jack- son . OUR SCHOOL-A THING OF BEAUTY FROM ANY ANGLE ADMINISTRATION L. B. Pendergraph Superintendent H. M. Finch Principal Superintendent, principal, school board member-- each in his own way works that our high school world may be the very best that can be provided. We are fortunate to have such able friends of long standing to be truly interested in our welfare. Principal H. M. Finch confers with Robert Smith, Student Council President. Chairman Dr. Moir S. Martin SCHOOL BOARD W . I. Monday R . M . Smith W. S. Porter R . M. Nelson A CANDID VIEW OF OUR HIGH SCHOOL WORLD Activities of the classrooms , clubs , and athletic depart¬ ment occupy a justly prominent place in our high school world. However, some of our most treasured memories will be the little day-by-day school life events that are typical of our world and that give spice to its more serious aspect. These are the scenes our camera recorded for you. - y. I chool ,H entrance before starts. u« r to“chool! Uart Bro B a r nTj m J ° hn a n, De X - mvB °yd help g e t A DAY IN OUR HIGH SCHOOL Assemblies provide a welcome break in our day. I The lunch line often offers a last chance to finish an assignment. We rneet , ,h« lock " 8 ° catch up on the news. WORLD INCLUDES MANY THINGS to keep our building comfortable and clean. t,0nal refer ° er s ce la lfor fe c r e a . WOR ID The romance and beauty of a formal dance 3t school asse t recognition ' The 1 .iding ■r m ■ i Future freshman day and an introduction to our high school world. 4 Members of th e High Spots and Airmont staffs at Chapel Hill for the NCSPA annual conference, a tense moment at a ba sketball game, projectionists getting ready to show a film, the band’s new truck, a dinner given by the home economics department, the fifth grade with no room at North Main in our stagecraft room , Mrs . Pruett teaching the use of the mimeograph, and our high school MT. AIRY HIGH SCHOOL BAND HOME COMING ADDS EXCITEMENT TO OUR WORLD Five girls were elected by the student body from the ten homecoming candidates nominated by the football players . In a second election the students chose from the five a queen whose identity was a closely guarded secret until she was crowned during the half-time festivities of the homecoming game with Tri-City Central on October 30. Candidates for homecoming queen were: Mar¬ garet Jones, Elise Harris, Rebecca Hatcher, Lucy Tilley and Sandra Midkiff. Climaxing an effective performance by our band and twirling corps and pa¬ rade of sponsors and homecoming can¬ didates, Capta in Virgil Christian an¬ nounced that Margaret Jones, escorted by Dale Phillips ,had been elected home¬ coming queen of 1953. As Barbara Jester holds epitath forrivalTri- City High, “Husky” Elaine Hoover crowns the “great beauty,” Daniel Ellis. This fake portrayal of the homecoming crowning won homeroom 6 second place in the pa rade . INFORMAL MOMENTS GIVE OUR WORLD NEEDED CHANGE. Mrs.McKinney accepts jury duty to help the sen¬ iors put on a dress rehersal for their play. Miss Shumaker ends a busy day. Miss Holder puts aside her red pencil to make one of her specialties- sugar-cake. Mrs . Pender graph has dinner with home economics students. Chipper Calloway, cheerleadermascot,re¬ hearses a new yell. Janey Waggoner, Tommye Cox, and Margaret Jones go window shop¬ ping. Anne Allred, Shirley Perry, and Mary Nell Parker relax after a hard evening’s work on the annual at Miss Simpson’s . CLASS WORK AND TEACHERS IN In our world of living and learning our teachers and the class work they supervise give us facts, practice in the a- bility to study and acquire knowledge, exercise in thinking, and contact with inspiring and interesting personalities - - all necessary ingredients for a well-rounded life . As we have taken advantage of these priceless opportunities in varying degrees, we have experienced varying degrees of the joy of attainment and have matured at varying levels . Our gratitude for our faculty and the class experiences they offer will grow with the years. SEPTEMBER-OUR 1953- ' 54 SCHOOL WORLD BEGINS WE MEET NEW FACULTY MEMBERS AND WELCOME THOSE RETURNING. The four new teachers be¬ come acquainted with material which they are to use. Getting books out of the bookroom for their students the day before school opened are: Mrs. Anne Pruitt, Miss Mary Lou John¬ son, Mr. Frank Steed, and Miss Eleanor Shumaker. Mrs. Kate Barringer, Mr.Arnold Ramey, Mrs. L?vinia Mackie, and Mrs. Caroline Sydnor-- four returning faculty members-- enjoy a discussion and make us feel at home for the new school year. This was a familiar scene in all homerooms at the beginning of school. Mrs. Neal is checking books to Jerry Nester . WE ALL HAVE CLASSES IN THE ENGLISH DEPARTMENT Miss Eva Holder English, Journalism Mrs . Mary Neal English Our English department consists of five instruct¬ or s teaching seventeen regular English classes, plus journalism and commercial English. The fundament¬ als of grammar, ability to think, speak and write cor¬ rectly, and knowledge and appreciation of literature are stressed in the regular courses. Senior commer¬ cial students take commercial English . The journa¬ lism class, which publishes High Spots, is drawn from eligible seniors. Mr. Wallace Shelton English, Coaching Miss Annie Thomas English A new word sends Barbara Fowler and Dick Phil¬ lips to consult Webster. Vocabulary building is a reg¬ ular part of English IV through both literature and grammar work. A new word displayed each day, spelling books, and vocabulary notebooks for words found in reading and discussions furnish the material. Games such as take-it-or-leave-it,husking, and base¬ ball help polish vocabularies before inspection. Students in Mr s . Neal ’ s English cla ss- es show both their artistic ability and their grammatical knowledge by drawing posters and illustrating rules. Sylvia Hantzopoulos and Ray H em rick display work from English III. SCIENCE AND MATHEMATICS FIT Two well-equipped labo¬ ratories and lecture rooms have given our science de¬ partment a boost. This year two teachers conduct two classes in chemistry, one in physics, and five in biology. Four instructors teach twelve classes of mathematics including arithmetic, algebra, geometry, and trigonometry. Physics students enjoy experiments more than book work, so J. C. Kirkman and James Merritt have everyone’s attention as they demonstrate pressure in liquids. Perhaps there is a twentieth century Urey or Hare in the making as students explore the mysteries of the chemistry lab. Frances King and Margaret Joyce seem satisf ied with their effort to produce oxygen. In biology class Janice Leftwich and Owen Shelton prepare for a trip into mi¬ crobe land by selecting slides to view under the microscope. MODERN WORLD US FOR OUR Mr H. M. Finch T rigonometry Mrs. Lorraine McKinney Chemistry, Biology Mr. Arnold Ramey History, English, Aviation Mr. Frank Steed Biology, Arithmetic, Physics Mrs. Caroline Sydnor Algebra, Geometry Mrs. Vera Thomas Algebra, Arithmetic ' I H ■ j l ml n 1 i -- MMU " " " M Four heads are often bet¬ ter than one-- especially if a trig problem is involved. Bud Warren, Elise Ha r ris .John Clifton, and Tommye Cox join forces to find the correct ans¬ wer . “You forgot to cancel your 4 a ,“ explains ilgebra teacher Mrs. Sydnor to T ommy Kerr , vho is having difficulty proving the value of x. Shirley Paul, Don Parris, Charles Kirk- man, Charles Smith, and Phillip Gough prepare for the day’s work in aviation with their models and work books. They find it fun to be members of the first aviation course offered in MAHS . FOREIGN LANGUAGES , SOCIAL SCIENCES, LIBRARY MATERIALS , ' %: r ' Mrs. Kate Barringer Mrs. Lavinia Mackie Social Science History, Spanish Miss Ada Haymore Mr. Sam Moir Latin Civics, Physical Ed. Coach Miss Jean Simpson Libra rian History IV students use the library to prepare for class. Ed Foy checks the stock report for progress of his mythical invest¬ ments while Gary Perry and Jimmie Sparger read up on the latest world events. Spanish students find corresponding with Spanish-speaking pen pals from south of the border adds interest to their regular class work. Jo Anne Woodie and Gary Perry use dictionary and map to translate their letters and locate their Mexican correspondents. Mythology, history, grammar, translation-- " tempus fugit,” and be¬ fore the hard-working Latin II students know it, they will be preparing to end their high school Latin years. ! . iP Br 1 WTO U -v 1 « . I r 4 , f -W H.V . ' « •!• .W T ' ' K- V • . jtaT . r k .». AND PHYSICAL EDUCATION GIVE US A WELL-ROUNDED WORLD Magazines are interesting and the dictionary is a big help in enlarging one’s vocabulary agree Anita Massey and Wilma Jarrell as they take advan¬ tage of our collection of 4800 books and 60 periodicals. Four Latin classes, two Spanish, two world history, three United States history, five civics, one world problems,two phys ica 1 education and a well-stocked library-- all these offer us varie¬ ty for our every need. Physical education classes have been handicapped by the lack of a gymnasium. The hole back of the school building and work of students promise bet¬ ter things for the future. Mr. Williams and his afternoon shop class (inset) took time off from their construction job to prepare the prize-winning float for homecoming day. World history students find the Age of Feudalism a fa scinating topic . Thomas Burrus and Jo Ann Gough study a bulletin board display on the subject. MUSIC AND VOCATIONAL SUBJECTS In addition to class work girls in the home eco¬ nomics department enjoy the activities of the F. H. A. Club. Left to Right, Seated: Miss Bailey, Betty Haynes , Martha Jones, Peggy Carter, Ruth Brown, Alice Jessup, Norma Brown , Annette Baber , Nancy Brown , Connie Nance,and Shelby Marsh. Standing: Martha Jean Walker, Barbara Brower , B etty Royal, Bar¬ bara Hull, Billie Jean Horton, Wilma Smith, Mary Frances King, and Dorothy Hull. Wade Roberts , Linda Moseley, Paul Hull, and -j, Ed Norman work industriously on their plans in mechanical drawing. Below is the shop building in which they work. Mr. George Williams clears up a point for boys in his shop class . GIVE US TRAINING FOR SPECIAL INTERESTS Miss Ethel Baily Mrs. Anne Pruitt Miss Mary Lou Johnson Home Economics Commercial Commercial Mr.Charles Johnson Mr. George Williams Miss Eleanor Shumaker Band, Glee Club Shop Commercial Glee club and band appearances show the results of hours of class work in the music department. Director Charles Johnson turns his attention to a small part of the band during an auditorium performance. Three commercial teachers offer four classes in typing, three in shorthand, three in bookkeep¬ ing, three in business arithmetic, one in law and salesmanship. Becky Hatcher stops to look with amazement at her typing, while Mary Mon Key and Glenda Snow go busily on their way in the typing laboratory. PERSONALITIES OF OUR The friendships, challenges, and opportunities offered by our contacts with other students have immeasurably en¬ riched our school years. The differences in personality, appearance, and ability make the people in our high school more interesting to us. Some have led while others follow¬ ed, but each has done his part in making MAHS the school we will continue to hold in affectionate regard. You will want to remember everyone who made up your high school world, so each student is pictured in this section, by class. HIGH SCHOOL WORLD CASSA DEAN BECK GAYDELL BELTON J.C. BENNETT BONNIE BLUE HILDA BONDURANT SENIORS GAYDELL BELTON Biology Club 2; F. H. A. 2. J.C.BENNETT Hi-Y 3, 4. R CLASS OFFICERS .. treasurer wler . • • ’ ' c£ _ president ;e Boyd . • v . president .. BONNIE BLUE Glee Club 1,2,4; Band 3, 4; Latin Club 2; Tri- Hi-Y 3, 4; High Spots Feature Editor 4; Class Secretary 1; Basketball 1; Junior-Senior Prom Committee 3. HILDA BONDURANT (Hillsville 1); F. H. A. 1; Glee Club 1; 4-H Club 1,2,3,4; Biology Club 1; Office Page 4; Spanish Club 4. PEGGY BOWMAN Wittiest 4. MARY LOUISE BOYD Class Vice-President 3, 4; Marshal 3; Airmont Staff 4; Office Page 4; F. H. A. Vice-President 1; Student Council 1 , 3, 4, Pa rliamentarian 3, 4; Tri-Hi-Y 3, 4, Committee Chairman 4; Glee Club 4; Best Personality 4. PENNY BOYLES Twirling C o r p 1,2; Majorette 3, 4; Latin Club 2; Tri-Hi-Y 3, 4. BEN BRANNOCK Hi-Y 3, 4; Vice-President 4; Football 1 , 2 , 3 , 4; Monogram Club 2, 3, 4; Track 3, 4. PEGGY BRITTS BARBARA BROWER NANCY BROWN VI RUTH BONDURANT PEGGY BOWMAN MARY LOUISE BOYD GLORIA BOYLES BEN BRANNOCK PEGGY BRITTS Tri-Hi-Y 3, 4; Spanish Club 3; Office Page 4; High Spots Advertising Manager 4; Hall Monitor 2,4; Lion’s Club Essay Contest Winner 3. BARBARA BROWER Latin Club 2; Glee Club 4; Tri-Hi-Y 3, 4- F H A. 4, SENIORS NANCY BROWN F.H.A.1,4; 4-H Club 1, 2 , 3, 4; Bus Driver 4. SALLIE ANN CARROLL Glee Club 1,2, 3, 4, Secretary 4; High Spots Picture Editor 4; Tri-Hi-Y 3, 4; Latin Club Secretary 2; Class Prophet 4; Hall Monitor 2 . CHARLES CARTER Band 1 , 2, 3 , 4 , Secretary 4; Latin Club 2; Hi- Y 3, 4; Spanish Club 4; Most Studious Boy 4. PEGGY ANN CARTER F. H. A. 1,2,4; Tri-Hi-Y 3; Library Assistant 2 . SHIRLEY CHAPPELL F. H. A. 1; Office Page 2, 3; Marshal 3; Tri- Hi-Y 3, 4 ; Airmont Staff 4. TREVA BROWN SALLIE ANN CARROLL CHARLES CARTER PEGGY CARTER SHIRLEY CHAPPELL FRED CHILDRESS LARRY CHILDRESS VIRGIL CHRISTIAN JOHN CLIFTON TED COX LARRY CHILDRESS Student Council 2; Airmont Staff Artist 3, 4. SENIORS r u e d one ° { r . I ■ ™ " I 0 h r an - " f " a F ° v ' ° ' t g r e V CHapP® 11 ra tion . • «« ' ral VIRGIL CHRISTIAN Football 1, 2, 3, 4, Captain 4; Hi-Y 3, 4, Pres¬ ident 4; Monogram Club 3, 4; Airmont Business Manager 4; Class President 1 , 4; Student Coun¬ cil 1 , 4; Track 3; Latin Club President 2; Can¬ didate for Mr. MAHS 2 , 3 , 4; Most Popular 4. JOHN CLIFTON Football 1,2, 3, 4; Latin Club 2; Hi-Y 3,4, Sergeant at Arms 4; Monogram Club 2, 3, 4, Vice-President 4. TED COX Hi-Y 3,4; Football 1,2,3,4; Monogram Club 3,4. TOMMYECOX Tri-Hi-Y 3,4; Committee Chairman 4; Latin Club 2: Marshal 3: Airmont Staff 4: Girls State 3. GAYLE DOBSON Student Council 1,2,4, Secretary 2, Treasurer 4; Latin Club Secretary 2; Class Vice-President 2; Office Page 3; Tri-Hi Y 3, 4, Vice-President 4; Editor-in-Chief High Spots 4; Lion’s Club Essay Winner 1; World Peace Speaking Contest 3; Marshal 3; Most Likely to Succeed 4. JANICE DOBSON Glee Club 1 ,2,3,4; Tri-Hi-Y 3, 4; F. H. A. 1,2. EDWARD FOY DICK FREEMAN G.L. GENTRY TOMMYE COX GAYLE DOBSON JANICE DOBSON LUTRICIA EASTER BARBARA FOWLER BARBARA FOWLER Glee Club 1, 2, 3, 4, Librarian 3, Vice-Presi¬ dent 4; Latin Club Treasurer 2; Student Coun¬ cil 2, 3, 4, Secretary 3, 4; Tri-Hi-Y 3, 4; Class Treasurer 4; Office Page 4; Business Manager High Spots 4; Marshal 3; Hall Monitor 3; Junior- Senior Prom Committee 3; Chairman Hall Com- mittee 2; Second Place World Peace Speaking Contest 3; Class Poet 4; Candidate for Miss MAHS 4. EDWARD FOY fJi“Y 3, 4, Latin Club 2; Junior-Senior Prom Committee 3. DICK FREEMAN Football 1,2,3,4; Hi-Y 3, 4, Treasurer 4; Class Secretary 4; Monogram Club 2, 3, 4; Latin Club 2; Track 3,4. G. L. GENTRY Hi-Y 3, 4; Latin Club 2. JACKIE GILLEY Latin Club 1 , 2; Tri-Hi-Y 3, 4; Office Page 4. PHILLIP GOUGH Hi-Y 3, 4. ELISE HARRIS Band 1, 2, 3; Glee Club 4; Tri-Hi-Y 3, 4; High Spots Staff 4; Student Council Vice-President 4; Latin Club 2; Homecoming Attendant 1 , 2, 3,4; Candidate for Miss MAHS 2; Hall Monitor 4; Junior-Senior Prom Committee 3. REBECCA HATCHER Twirling Corps 1; Student Council 1, 4; Cheer¬ leader 3,4; Glee Club 1, 2, 3, 4; Council 3; Bas¬ ketball 1; Monogram Club 1,2,3, 4, Treasurer 3, Secretary 4; Spanish Club Secretary 4; Tri- Hi-Y 3, 4; Secretary 4; World Speaking Contest 3;Homecoming Attendant 3, 4; Candidate for Miss MAHS 2; Marshal 3; Junior-Senior Prom Committee 3; Candidate for Piedmont Bowl Queen 4. BOBBY HAWKS Hi-Y 3,4. SENIORS JACKIE GILLEY ELISE HARRIS BOBBY HAWKS AGEE HIATT FREDA HIATT LESTER HILL SMITH HOLCOMB BARBARA HULL AGEE HIATT Class Secretary 1; Football 1,2,3, 4, Co-Cap¬ tain 4; Basketball 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , Most Improved 2; Baseball2,3,4; Monogram Club 1, 2, 3, 4; Track 1 , 2,4. SENIORS sen i or offi t ensh ip c ‘o r s Pon mor sor rne • 1;, MARY FRANCES KING WADA LEE KINZER CHARLES KIRKMAN ■ a v »nia c er s w. Sr ac ie, Plsy fi Sed Cl ac ass of as srnat e r In ’ In set: and SMITH HOLCOMB Hi-Y 3,4; Monogram Club 2,3,4; Football Man¬ ager 2; Latin Club 2; Airmont Staff 2, 3, 4; Pic¬ ture Editor 4. BARBARA LEAKE HULL Tri-Hi-Y 3, 4; Committee Chairman 4; F. H, A. Treasurer 4; Latin Club 2; Office Page 3; Hall Monitor 4; Girls State 3. LOUISE JARRELL 4-H Club 1,2,3, 4,Treasurer 2, 3, Reporter 4. MARGARET JONES Cheerleader 2, 3, 4; Monogram Club 2, 3, 4, Secretary 3; Tri-Hi-Y 3, 4, President 4; Latin Club 2; Homecoming Attendant 3, Homecoming Queen 4; Miss MAHS Candidate 3; Student Coun¬ cil 4; High Spots Staff 4; Prettiest 4. FREDA MAE HIATT Glee Club 2; Tri-Hi-Y 4. LESTER F. HILL Lexington High School 1; Latin Club President 2; Hi-Y 3, 4; Class Secretary 3. I OUISE JARRELL MARGARET JONES MARY JO JONES SYLVIA JONES SHIRLEY KENNEDY SENIORS MARY JO JONES Band 1, 2, 3, 4; Tri-Hi-Y 3, 4. SYLVIA JONES Glee Clubl,2;F.H.A.l,2. SHIRLEY KENNEDY Latin Club 1,2; Tri-Hi-Y 3,4; Student Council 1. jatnes s j c. l per ' a etnbers I • hn ny band r arter. and J arl ea C e students. MARY FRANCES KING Basketball 1,2, 3, 4; Softball 3,4; Track 3, 4; Tri-Hi-Y 3,4; F. H. A. 1, 4, Treasurer 1, Par¬ liamentarian 4; Spanish Club 3; Monogram Club 2, 3, 4; Most Athletic Girl 4. WADA LEE KINZER Glee Club 3. CHARLES KIRKMAN Football 1 , 2, 3, 4, Co-Captain 4; Baseball 3, 4; Hi-Y 3,4; Monogram Club 2, 3, 4; Class Treas¬ urer 2. J. C. KIRKMAN Band 1, 2, 3, 4; Secretary 3, Vice-President 4; Glee Club 4; Hi-Y 3, 4; Latin Club 2. MAYNARD McMILLIAN Band 1,2,3, 4; Librarian 4; Hi-Y 3, 4. JOHN MARTIN Band 1,2,3, 4, Librarian 2, President 3; Glee Club 1, 4; Hi-Y 3, 4, Secretary 4; Latin Club 2. J. C. KIRKMAN MAYNARD McMILLIAN JOHN MARTIN to JAMES MERRITT EDWARD NORMAN GEORGE PACE JO ANN PALMER DON PARRIS JAMES MERRITT Band 1,2,3, 4; Librarian 3; President 4; Glee Club 4; Hi-Y 3,4; Latin Club 2. EDWARD NORMAN Hi-Y 4. SENIORS GEORGE PACE Latin Club 2; Hi-Y 3,4; Monogram Club 2, 3, 4; Football 2, 3; Hall Moni¬ tor 2, 4; Track 3 , 4. JO ANN PALMER Student Council 2; Tri-Hi-Y 3,4, Chap¬ lain 4, Delegate to Rock Hill Confer¬ ence 4; Monogram Club 3, 4, Treas. 4; Cheerleader 2,3,4, Chief 4; Miss MAHS Candidate 3, 4; Glee Club 3; Most School Spirited 4. DON PARRIS Hi-Y 3, 4; Football 1, 2, SHIRLEY PAUL Student Council 1; Tri-Hi-Y 3, 4; Glee Club 4; F, H. A, 2, 3, GARY PERRY Hi-Y 3,4; Hall Monitor 4; Spanish Club 4. SHIRLEY PERRY Student Council 1,2,3, Treas.3; Bas¬ ketball 1, 2; Softball 3; Latin Club 3; Tri-Hi-Y 3,4; Sergeant at Arms 4; Li¬ brary Ass’t. 3; Ass’t. Ed . Airmont 3, Editor-in-Chief 4; Glee Club 4; Mar¬ shal 3. DICK PHILLIPS JUDY PRUETT HOWARD PRUITT A queen is crowned. Captain Virgil Christian places the crown on Margaret Jones. WADE ROBERTS BETTY ROYAL BILLIE SIMMONS BETSY SMITH DEXTER SMITH JUDY PRUETT Twirling Corps l;Glee Club 1,2,3, 4; 4-H Club 1,2,3, 4, Song Leader 2, 3, Pianist 4; F. H. A. 1, 2, 3, 4, Pres. 3, Basketball 1,2,4; Tri-Hi-Y 3, 4; Soft- ball 3, 4, Capt. 3; Spanish Club 4. HOWARD PRUITT, JR. Glee Club 3, 4; Hi-Y 3, 4; Basketball 1,2; Cheerleader 2; Monogram Club 2, 3, 4; High Spots Staff 4; Latin Club 2; Junior-Senior Prom Committee 3; Best Looking Boy 4. WADE ROBERTS Basketball 1,2,3, Mgr. 2; Hi-Y 3, 4; Track 2, 3, 4; Monogram Club 2, 3, 4; (Franklin 1) . BETTY ROYAL Basketball 1 , 2, 3 , 4; Cheerleader 1,2, 4; Student Council 1, 2, 3; Track 3; F. H. A. 1,4, Pres . 1; Monogram Club 2,3,4; Class V-Pres.l; Softba 11 3; Library Ass’t.l, 2, 3, 4; Airmont Staff 2, 3, 4; Most Popular 4. BILLIE RUTH SIMMONS Tri-Hi-Y 3, 4; Spanish Club 4. BETSY SMITH V-Pres. Latin Club 2; Tri-Hi-Y 3, 4; Monogram Club 3 , 4; Basketball 1,2, 3, 4; Office Pa ge 3; Chief Marshal 3; Track 3, 4; Most Studious 4. DEXTER SMITH Bus Driver 4. GARY PERRY SHIRLEY PERRY Charles Carter, G. L. Gentry, Shirley Perry, and Betsy Smith clean out their lockers as they check on the day’s assignments. DICK PHILLIPS Glee Club 1,2, 3, 4, Business Mgr. 3; Pres. 4; Hi-Y 3, 4; Monogram Club 2, 3, 4, Pres. 4; Football 1, 2, 3, 4; Win¬ ner World Peace Speaking Contest 3; Associate Editor High Spots 4; Student Council 2, 3, 4; Sergeant at Arms 2; Parliamentarian WDNCSCC 3; Treas. Latin Club 2; Candidate for Mr. MAHS 3; Historian 4. SHIRLEY PAUL ROBERT SMITH GLENDA SNOW JAMES SPARGER JO ANNE SPARGER DON SPEIGHT ROBERT SMITH Band 1,2,3, 4, V-Pres . 3, Business Mgr . 4; Student Council Pres . 4; Office Page4;Hi-Y 3,4; Chaplain 4; Project¬ ionist 3, 4; Most Likely to Succeed 4; SENIORS Testator 4. GLENDA SNOW Glee Club 1,2, 3, 4; Tri-Hi-Y 3,4, Reporter 4; Student Council 1; F. H. A. 1; Spanish Club Treasurer 3. I JIMMY SPARGER Glee Club 3, 4; Hi-Y 3, 4; Airmont Staff 3,4. DONALD SPEIGHT Hi-Y 3,4; Football 1, 2; Baseball 1; Monogram Club 2, 3, 4. NANCY THARRINGTON (Concord High School 1,2,3) Art Club 1; Forensic Club 1, 2, 3; Class Debat¬ ing 2,3; Dramatics Club 2,3; Thespian 3; Future Teachers Club 2, 3; Journa¬ lism Club 3; Essay Contest Winner 3; Library Ass’t. 3; Tri-Hi-Y 4. BOBBY TAYLOR Hi-Y 3,4; Glee Club 4;Football 1 , 2 , 3; Candidate for Mr. MAHS 2. , Von s or oi Vro-pM rlssaV 0t ca se on ' JANEY WAGGONER PEGGY WAGGONER MARTHA WALKER JANEY WAGGONER Class Pres . 2; Latin Club 2; Tri-Hi - Y 3, 4, Treas . 4; Basketball 2; Softball Manager 3; High Spots Staff 4; Winner Lion’s Club Essay Contest 2; Hall Mon¬ itor 2 , 3; Junior-Senior Prom Commit¬ tee 3; Student Council 4. PEGGY WAGGONER Student Council 1,2,4. MARTHA JEAN WALKER Latin Club 2; Library Ass’t. 3, 4; Tri- Hi-Y 3, 4; Basketball 1,2,4; F. H. A. 3, 4, Parliamentarian 3. GARLAND WARREN Glee Club 1,4; Hi-Y 3,4; Football 1,2, 3, 4; Baseball 3, 4; Monogram Club 3, 4; Spanish Club 3. MARGARET WELCH Tri-Hi-Y 3; Basketball 2, 3, 4; Mono¬ gram Club 3. FOYE WILLIS F.H.A. 1; Tri-Hi-Y 3,4; Library Ass’t. 3,4. O ' - 3 tVl ° r yo ' atio P " NANCY THARRINGTON BOBBY TAYLOR JO ANN WOODIE Basketball 1; Tri-Hi-Y 4; Office Page 4; Spanish Club 4. SENIORS GARLAND WARREN MARGARET WELCH FOYE WILLIS JO ANNE WOODIE VERNON WORRELL MOST ATHLETIC Mary Frances King Agee Hiatt MOST STUDIOUS Betsy Ross Smith Charles Carter SUPERLATIVES IN „ wittiest e ££y Bowman OUR BEST PERSONALITY Mary Louise Boyd SENIOR WORLD OST POPULAR Betty R°y al n Virgil Christian MOST SCHOOL SPIRITED Jo Ann Palmer ? Liking A 1 J o oe s ar j Hitt JUNIORS CLASS OFFICERS Linda Cox. President Juanita Dix.Secretary- Jerry Nester . . Vice-President George Wright .... Treasurer Bill Adams Charles Adams Beth Ashby Billie Nell Ayers Harvey Ayers Carl Badgett John Baity Dawn Belton Kermit Bondurant Barbara Bowman Jimmy Boyd Geraldine Brannock Mary Lynn BrannocK Dorothy Brown Sylvia Brown Jimmy Carpenter Roy Clifton Bobby Coble Henry Coe Jessie Ruth Cooke Linda Cox Joe Curtis Leon Davis Jimmy DePalma JUNIORS Libby York at the piano is a familiar figure at assemblies and concerts. Banquets mean work as well as fun say KathleenKing and Mary Jean M arshall. Betty Deatherage Juanita Dix Kim Doss Mary Doss Marie Edmonds Don Edwards Louise Eldridge Benny Felts Libby Ann Finch Zane Gaylean Edwin Goad Mary Jo Goad Betty Gunnell Gibbs Gwyn Clive Hall Jack Hall Sylvia Hantzopoulos Mary Louise Hatcher Betty Ann Hawks Curtis Hawks Ray Hemrick Shirley Henderson Betty Hiatt Nelda Hill JUNIORS Lou Ann Holloway Elbert Hull Paul Hull Carolyn Inman Mary Faye Jackson Wilma Jarrell Shirley Jones Margaret Joyce Mary Mon Key Kathleen King Newton King Bobby Kizer Betty Jean Leftwich Wilma Loftis Mary Jean Marshall Anita Massey Robert McKinney Ronald McMillian Bobby Monday Clyde Monday Linda Moseley Shelby Moser Jerry Nester Priscilla Nixon Mary Nell Parker Lynda Pell Bobby Perkins James Reynolds Betty Roberts Charlotte Robertson JUNIORS Isabell Scott Edward Seal Denny Shelton Kenneth Shelton Sandra Shelton Stewart Shelton Conrad Simmons Glenn Simmons Kay Simmons James Sitison Charles Smith Helen Smith William Smith Sarah Springthorpe Margaret Starr Denver Taylor Jack Taylor Weldon Taylor Patricia Tickle Louise Tilley Lucy Tilley Barbara Tolbert Billy Tracy Jewell Wagoner La Rue Welch Wanda Willard Rayno Wilson George Wright Margaret Wyrick Libby Y ork %[ Wayne Adkins Ann Allred Jimmy Ashburn Geraldine Atkins Joyce Ayres Annette Baber Bobby Badgett Carroll Baldwin Billy Beamer Yancey Beamer Billy Belton Bobby Belton Bobby Benge Donald Beverly Douglas Bingman Wayne Blue Bobby Booker David Britts Gary Brown Norma Ann Brown Stuart Brown Louise Bunker Robert Burgess Thomas Burrus Grey Childress Geraldine Chilton Ann Christian SOPHOMORE CLASS OFFICERS Ralph Cooke. Treasurer Barbara Jester .... Secretary Owen Shelton . . Vice-President Bud Oliver.President SOPHOMORES Shirley Clifton Judy Coe Shirley Collins Ralph Cooke Jo Ellen Crews Bobby Davis Eddie Davis Jerry Dodson Sarah Doggett William Doss Norma Draughn Grady Eaton Dan Ellis Anne Franee Brockley Frye Tom Glass Jo Ann Gough Curtis Gordon Donald Gravley Arnold Griffith Elbert Hall Belle Harkrader Ralph Harris Betty Jo Hawks Roger Haymore Frances Haynes Helen Haynes Carlton Hiatt Ralph Hiatt Dolly Hicks Ken Hill Elaine Hoover Billie Jean Horton Gaye Jackson Carolyn Jacobs Alease Jefferson Tim Jessup Barbara Jester Maryann Johnson Allen Johnston Alverta Jones David Jones Dean Jones Tommy Kerr Barbara King Wilma King Jimmy Kirkman Wanda Kirkman Dick Lackey Janice Leftwich Norma Jo Leftwich David McCarty Clara McDowell Hubert McMillian Melvin Marion Doris Marshall SOPHOMORES Nancy Marshall Anne Martin John Martin Barbara Matthews Bobby Matthews Charles Matthews Leon Matthews Joan Midkiff Sandra Midkiff Ausiva Mills Kenneth Monday Margaret Money Jessie Montgomery Barbara Moseley Tilman Moseley Connie Nance Shelby Nelson Dieneke Nieuwenhuis Billy Nunn Bud Oliver Wayne Pack Donna Patterson Bonnie Pennix Ronnie Pruett Harvey Pulliam Hubert Royal Carlene Shelton Gary Shelton Owen Shelton Becky Simmons Shirley Simmons Gene Smith Jo Ann Smith Shirley Smith Betty Snow Gary Sutphin Steve Sparger Bobby Taylor Bette Tilley Ken Tilley Burton Timmons Bob Tyndall Betty Vogler James Wagoner Bobby Ward Betty June Ward Eleanor Warren James Weathers Frank Welch Robert Westmorland Bessie Whitaker Elmer Whitt Johnny Williams Sybil Williams Bobby Withers Sherill Youngblood FRESHMEN Aura Adkins Carol Ann Adkins Josephine Adkins Jim Barker Wanda Lou Barker Donald Beeson Bonnie Belton Eddie Bondurant Susan Boyd Carol Dean Brannock Betty Jo Bray Dean Brown Ruth Brown Hester Bryant Larry Cannoy Virginia Busick John Cashwell Ann Childress Glenda Childress Linda Childress Melvina Clifton Nelda Ann Clifton George Coble Kenneth Cooke CLASS OFFICERS Bill Lamm. President John Cashwell . . Vice-President Larry Frank. Secretary Helen Steele.Treasurer Jimmy Cox G . B . D’Amico Carol Sue Dobson FRESHMEN Jimmy Dowell Glenn East Catherine Easter Johnny Edinger Jane Edwards Betty Jo Ellis Gaye Fleming Ishmael Forrest Larry Frank Ella Mae Goard Billy Ray Goins Kay Ann Goins Freddy Gray Mona Griffin Bobby Gwyn Jimmy Hale Barbara Hall Debbie Hauser Betty Lou Haynes Peggy Haynes Billy Hiatt Jean Hiatt Edsel Hiatt Ina Mae Hill Dot Hull Johnnie Mae Inman Bill Jackson Margaret Jarrell Margaret Jarvis Alice Jessup Leonard Johnson Amy Jones Martha Jean Jones Roland Jones Jackie Journey Buddy King Mable King Worrell Kurtz Bill Lamm Betsy Levering Linda Loftis Roger Lyon Frances McHone James McHone Shelby Marsh June Martin Linda Massey Christine Matthews Tommy Mayberry Barbara Mears Doris Mears Bobby Medly Harland Milstead FRESHMEN Peggy Monday Bobby Moody Phillip Nichols Joe Norman Joyce Patterson Betty Jo Payne Jimmy Pell Marilyn Petrick Gene Pruett Annie Puckett Bertha Maye Puckett Maxine Puckett George Quesinberry Jim Quesinberry Jimmy Ramey Marvin Robertson Mildred Robertson Katherine Self Frances Lee Shackelford Iris Shelton Clara Simmons Douglas Simmons Kathleen Simmons Sue Simmons Mary Frances Simpson Dan Slate Edward Smith Jack Smith Peggy Smith Phil Smith Roy Lee Smith Terry Smith Wilma Smith Jo Ann Southern Sara Jo Sparger Betty Lou Starr Helen Steele Linda Stevens Carolene Surratt Wade Taylor Robert Thomas Betty Jo Thore Edward Tickle Richard Vaughn Bobby Watson Kenny Watson Jane Welch Joe Welch Rebecca Westmoreland Randell Willard Bonnie Wilson Donald Woodruff Barbara Young ACTIVITIES OF OUR WORLD Our school world extends from the classroom into ex¬ tra-curricular activitie s that add much to our enjoyment and well-rounded growth. Through our clubs, service groups, and organizations we are better able to develop our talents, leadership, cooperation, and understanding, and to satisfy our desire for fun and variety. WE CHOOSE THE LEADERS FOR STUDENT COUNCIL preSl ttg Aa ° a8 - atrip President ----- Gayle Dobson Campaign Manager-Dick Freeman Vice-Pres. - - Mary Louise Boyd Vt ce ,presv dent - er-SonnY vstian V ' rg xl Robert Smith presides over a representatives are: First Row: Oliver, Bill Lamb, Mary Louise Ann Allred, Mary Jean Marshall, thy Hull, Margaret Jones. Third Mary Frances Simpson, Barbara President ----- Robert Smith Campaign Manager-Delores Mills Vice-President - - - Elise Harris Barbara Fowler and Mr. Ramey count the votes from room 108 for the presidential election. All qualified juniors were nominees for the student council election. In the primary election the five receiving the largest number of votes were eligible to run for president. Each candidate chose a vice-president to run on his ticket. In the 1 953 elections two students eligible for president decided to run as vice-presidents instead, leaving three slates of officers. A campaign manager was selected by each candidate . Posters, speeches,an assembly program-- all resulted in a spirited cam¬ paign. In the final election the candidate and his running mate receiving the major¬ ity of votes became president and vice- president of the student body. OUR HIGH SCHOOL WORLD IN SESSION student council meeting. Homeroom Elise Harris, Virgil Christian, Bud Boyd, Dick Phillips . Second Row: Carolyn Jacobs, Libby York, Doro- Row: Jo Ann Woodie, Betty Jo Bray, Fowler, Mrs. Barringer, Advisor. Robert Smith is sworn in as the 1953- 54 Student Council President by outgoing President, Bill Beasley. The student council is composed of a representative and an alternate electedfrom eachhomeroom and the presidents of all school organiza- tions. To remain on the council a student must maintain a scholastic average of 85 a n d a citizenship av¬ erage of 90 . A qualifications com¬ mittee checks on the grades of all members . Each week the two homerooms which have best cleaned their as¬ signed areas of the building are a- warded a view-master and a blue ribbon for a week. The clean-up committee checks all parts of the building each day and awards the prizes each Tuesday. The constitution for the student body, sta rted la st yea r , was com¬ pleted this year. The committees of both years are to be praised for their excellent work. Robert Smith explains the intricate workings of the audio-vision equipment to the freshmen on Future Freshman Day, sponsored by the student council. THEY REPORT OUR Published Monthly by the Journalism Class of Mount Airy High School — Mount Airy, North Carolina Rates:- $1.00 a year; 20c a copy (Member jfe| tst. I92l) Editor-in-Chief_Gayle Dobson Associate Editor_„_Dick Phillips Feature Editor_Bonnie Blue Exchange Editor_Howard Pruitt Boys’ Sports Editor__Dick Freeman. Girls ' Sports Editor-Margaret Jones Picture Editor --Sallie Ann Carroll Business Manager-Barbara Fowler Inside Circulation Manager_Elise Harris Outside Circulation Manager_laney Waggoner Advertising Manager_Peggie Britts Reporters-All members of journalism class The journalism class is made up of selected sen¬ iors who have done superior work in English. Each spring three candidates for Editor-in-Chief are selected from the eligible juniors-- one by the High Spots Staff, one by the advisor, and one by the junior class. The juniors vote on these candidates by secret ballot. The student receiving the highest num¬ ber of votes is Editor-in-Chief of HighSpots, the run¬ ner-up is associate editor. Other staff members are named by the editors from the class enrollment. Miss Holder and Barbara Fowler, business mana¬ ger, are delighted that a check on High Spots books assures them of enough money to keep them out of the red. HIGH SHCHf Picture editor Sallie Ann Carroll checks with Miss Holder on cuts to be ordered from the engraver. Inside circulation manager Elise Harris is help¬ ed by Margaret Jones and Dick Phillips as she happi¬ ly checks on t h e High Spots subscription drive. For the third time in four years the high school has sub¬ scribed 100 per cent. The staff meets daily as a class, doing both text book work and the laboratory work of publishing eight issues of the school newspaper. Securing funds to finance the paper, making as¬ signments , and planning layout, writing, correcting, and rewriting stories, proofing the galleys, and work¬ ing with the local printers to iron out any difficulties- all these efforts and more go into the High Spots we enjoy, but too often take for granted. Another issue is off the press! Peggie Britts pauses to look a t a stack of High Spots as she prepares to deliver them to subscribers. Bonnie Blue and Dick Freeman proof the galleys of articles they wrote. THEY RECORD OUR HIGH SCHOOL David McCarty, al¬ so familiar with the new camera, discusses with Sarah Springthorpe how to adjust the camera for different pictures. Smith Holcomb works in the dark room he set up for Airmont . Smith and David McCarty have enlarged pictures for both publication staffs this year. Smith Holcomb, picture editor, expla ins to staff member Shirley Chappell how the new camera works. WORLD IN PICTURES AND IN WORDS Carol Dobson and Larry Child¬ ress put up the posters that Larry drew for the Airmont subscription drive. Tommye Cox and Sarah Springthorpe check off and identify the pictures as they come in. Mary Louise Boyd and Virgil Christian worked last spring to set up a card index of business firms and their advertising record to enable us to get an early start in soliciting advertisements. Checking last minute details in Airmont dummy are staff members Betty Royal; Mary Mon Key; Ann Allred; Shirley Perry, editor; and Mary Nell Parker, assistant edi tor. Happy over the results of the staff’s work, Shirley Chappell and Libby York prepare to send Airmont material to the publisher. OFFICE PAGES HELP MAKE OUR a ctivi tY PERIOD pagds PAGES ON DUTY FIRST PERIOD Robert Smith and Ruth Bondurant file the teachers’ mail in the office. Office pages have many important duties, such as counting money and bank¬ ing, checking absentee lists, typing,mim¬ eographing, answering the telephone, lo¬ cating students’ records , sorting mail,and running errands. These students are an important factor in our smooth running high school world. “Which room sold the most Christmas Seals today?’’ Jackie Gilley, Barbara Fowler and Peggie Britts collect money from homerooms for ticket sales and special community drives and tabulate re¬ sults . “Attention, please. " Edwin Goad makes an announcement over theP.A. system as Dorothy Brown and Billy Tracy look on. AND SECOND PERIOD HIGH SCHOOL WORLD RUN E F FI C I E N T L Y Mr . Finch , teacher s , and students rely heavily on the assistance of office pages, who willingly give up their study periods to help with routine office matters. The fifteen students who serve as pages this year report few dull moments around the principal’s office. Mary Louise Boyd and Jo Ann Woodie demonstrate the use of a new mimeograph machine on which absentee lists are run off each day. THEY WORK FIFTH PERIOD “Where is Susan Jones Gaye Jackson and Barbara through the office files. 6th period ? ’ ’ Jester check SIXTH PERIOD HELPERS “Mount Airy High School! “ Frances King answers the telephone while Jerry Nester and George Wright take the mes¬ sage to be de livered. ■ mm- -asm » - . : »u ■ LIBRARY ASSISTANTS CREATE A HELPFUL Prepay the rZaLl™ F ° Wi P a pers for the 3 a " d n e Need help? Ask the girl at the library- charging desk. In addition to checking books in and out, library assistants help students find re¬ ferences, file catalogue cards, sign slips, pre¬ pare new books, type cards, prepare and file magazines and newspapers, and help with all li¬ brary housekeeping. These girls willingly give up their study hall to help make our libra ry world more efficient and enjoyable. n and Martha Jean , tt y Gunnell f » » „ library Walker file cards for books. Bet S Pa rp y Mon Key ch „ , files. r aS klvia Ha n,2opo tl i c j Recreation, reference, assigned reading ATMOSPHERE IN OUR WORLD OF BOOKS AND READING Library work grows on the MAHS students. The twelve 1953-1954 assistants-- two on duty each period-- represent 23 years library ser¬ vice. Three new assistants replaced last year ' s graduates; the other nine returned with one or more years experience . Betty Royal holds the record with four years of library work. - - • , Tickle and u Sar ,f Patrl e help inventory the U Springthorp tbe year, brary at u n ew books a fo r in u e s and iT ' Sa rah D °ggett n ;r »»»addui„„s e - to Eaeer checking e 6 8 c h «■« shelve ht HBvH ,, Margaret “Football b d 0 a°Will a d8w0rk ° n 3 bUli6 wy rick and Wanda W board display- There is never a lull in our library world. OUR HIGH SCHOOL WORLD IS Hall monitor Shirley Paul signs Nancy Brown’s hall permit slip. HALL MONITORS F.H .A. CONVENTION HauI itTn.l ' d ' d by Harris ' HulCFaK " - H. Bonduran. = M " s 5 eco „i R „„ Roberts . S.»- Tillev Paul, Britts, King Hill, Freeman, Speigut, e m r i„I:K«™edy. d.K, rt »a„. » - Tavlor , Perkins Davis, iy Mount Airy wa s host to the District F. H. A. Convention last fall. Approximately 900 girls attended this convention. ALWAYS A BUSY ONE CHEERLEADERS Smiling happily as they pose for their picture are cheerleaders Juanita Dix, Wilma Jarrell, Margaret Jones, Betty R oyal, Rebecca Hatcher, Betty Tilley, Lucy Tilley, Sarah Doggett, Sandra Midkiff, and chief cheerleader Jo Ann Palmer, Monogram Club Members: First Row: Dix, Tilley, Doggett, Clifton, Hatcher, Phillips, Palmer, King, Royal, Jackson, Taylor. Second Row: C. Kirkman, Hiatt, Jarrell, Jones , M idkiff, Moseley, Clifton , Holloway , Ayers, Smith, Ayers . Third Row: Sydnor, Christian, J. Kirkman, Marion, Coble, Wilson, Roberts, Speight, Brannock. Fourth Row: Warren, Holcomb, Nunn, Davis, Freeman, Galyean, Brown, Adams, Nester, Reynolds, Hull, Ward. ACTIVITIES OF TRI-HI-Y GIVE Mr . Johnson directs the Tri-Hi-Y quartet composed of Sallie Ann Carroll, Margaret Joyce, Linda Ann Pell, and Libby Finch. Mary Louise Boyd, group chairman in charge of the talent show, Bonnie ji,lue, and Virgil Christian leave to dis¬ tribute the food. The Tri-Hi-Y composed of eighty junior and senior girls, is one of the most active clubs in school. Members have been kept busy working on special projects built around the monthly themes-- organi¬ zation, dedication of new mem¬ bers, giving, honesty, boy-girl relationships, leadership, and Christianity. Proceeds from a bake sale and the sale of Christmas cards supplemented the regu¬ lar dues. The Tri-Hi-Y joined the Hi-Y to give a talent show for which the admission was an article of food. Margaret Jones, Mary Louise Boyd, Peggy Britts, Shirley Paul, and Janey Wag¬ goner check and sort the food brought in by the talent show. US FUN AND INSPIRATION This food was distributed to needy families Thanksgiv¬ ing and again Christmas. The two clubs also joined in the es¬ tablishment of Monday morn¬ ing devotions . The annual Christmas as¬ sembly (this year a play, The Christmas Tree ),a sweetheart dance,the spring banquet-- all highlighted the 1953-54 year. The club lived up to its motto; “To create, maintain, and ex¬ tend throughout th eh om e , school, and community highest standards of Christian char¬ acter .” b ecca Hatch? S ’ PTeSide nt- Ca , 3 ' 54 officers ■ Palmer cha ’ Se cretary. ’ T 3yle Dobson J lns tall ec 6r; a °d Shirley j Tommye Cox, group chair¬ man in charge of the Christmas play, supervises while Sallie Ann Carroll, Edward Norman, and Bobby Hawks do the work of putting up the scenery. Gayle Dob son, Sallie Ann C a r- roll, Margaret Jones, Rebecca Hat¬ cher, Jo Ann Palmer, and Glenda Snow attended the camp atBlue Ridge. The programs were planned before the school year began. Margaret Jones , Lynda Ann Pell, Jo Ann Palmer, and Linda Cox were Mount Airy’s dele gates to theTri-Hi- Y conference held at RockHill, South Carolina . HI-Y ACTIVITIES PROMOTE LEADERSHIP, The Hi-Y Club, made up of sophomore, junior, and senior boys, meets regularly ev¬ ery week. The Hi-Y has complete charge of twirp season. They also helped the Tri-Hi-Y girls with a talent show, the Christmas play, Monday morning devotions, and distributing food to needy families. Each year the two clubs jointly sponsor a banquet for all mem¬ bers of the clubs. Thisyear Mount Airy wa s host to a convention for boys from both North and South Carolina. Our Hi-Y was responsi¬ ble for securing facilities forabout 150 boys. MAHS is proud of its Hi-Y. The boys really have a lot of fun making the girls act as their slaves during twirp season. Judy Coe assists Ben Brannock into a car while Betty Tilley unwillingly carries Billy Belton’s books for him. CHARACTER , AND ENTERTAINMENT Hi-Y President Virgil Christian intro¬ duces Joe Marley, of Southern Pines , North Carolina, to Robert Smith. Leon Davis won second place in the an¬ nual talent show. He wa s accompanied by Sallie Ann Carroll. Joe Curtis’ singing won him first place in the talent show. , f iqc. 4 Hi-Y officer ' s were installed. At the annual spring anq “ e id t . Ben Brannock, vice-president, They are: Virgil Ch " i ' ‘ n Pek F ee” ah, treasurer: Robert Smith, johtmy Martin, secretary, Dp arm s. chaplain; and John Clifton, serge OUR WORLD OF MUSIC M.A.H .S. GLEE CLUB The glee club is made up of 110 students who meet daily in two sep¬ arate classes. A cut chorus of 36 members from the two classes meets one night a week for special practice. The glee club appearances- - both at school and before special groups-- are eagerly awaited and long re¬ membered for their excellence. The annual spring concert of the glee club and band is a highlight of our high school world. A L . .4 -p,etty 3f°§ ar ' an T ' ® v e a i ob _ r eally aV i „ r lA V at a P - rroll. oV er ,fU dbY lbbYY layed ny Uent rating ' , . received an BQOn e 953 0166 District cont r atlng- {or th western v s up erX „; 0 r rating __ aV 3S £!33£ S " “ ' due. aa rating ° receive a s IS A HAPPY ONE M .A.H.S. BAND Band Officers: Jam¬ es Merritt, J. C. Kirk- man, Charles Carter, Maynard McMillian, Ray Hemrick, and Robert Smith pose proudly be¬ side the new “band wa¬ gon.” No football game would be the same without the support of these girls. Majorettes are Penny Boyles, Linda Cox, Margaret Joyce, and Sarah Springthorpe. Cheerleaders are Juanita Dix, Wilma Jarrell, Margaret Jones, Betty Royal, Jo Ann Palmer, Rebecca Hatcher, Betty Tilley, Lucy Tilley, Sarah Doggett, and Sandra Midkiff. The band adds color to our football games and serves as an excellent good will ambassador for MAHS in its numerous out of town appearances. Band members meet together as a class one period a day. OUR HIGH SCHOOL WORLD REVIVES OLD ROME LATIN CLUB The Latin Clubs are composed of students from the second year Latin class¬ es. Each class elects its own officers and holds reg¬ ular meetings. Two of the most interesting projects of the club are the Christmas party and the spring ban¬ quet . At the Saturnalis, Lat¬ in songs and games were enjoyed and inexpensive presents were exchanged. Early in the spring the clubs joined together in the hard work and fun of pre- pa ring the banquet. The night of the banquet was a true return to old Rome, for everyone wore Roman costumes,and the meal was strictly Roman style. “Friends, Romans, Countrymen, lend me your ears!” Libby York places a stole on Libby Finch, who was on the entertainment program at the banquet. A group of girls begins the task of making the laurel head-bands for the an¬ nual banquet held April 21, 1953. , TOUCH OF SPAIN COMES TO OUR WORLD At their annual party, the Spanish students enjoy opening the pinata . The students enjoyed “Little Red Riding Hood,” in Spanish. Charles Carter , the woodsman takes great pleasure in killing the wolf, Johnny Martin. OUR FORMAL SENIOR BANQUET, 1953 Seniors relax before banquet. Before the Junior-Senior Prom m. Seniors gathere d at the for a class banquet. ly Wright entertains the banquet guests . •ight sings and dances for the seniors. ' acuity members enjoying an appe- before main course are: Mrs. Kate - i n g e r , Mrs . La vinia Mackie , Mrs . y Boyles, Mr. H. M. Finch and Mrs. DANCING WORLD e z. ❖ highlighted Auf Wiedershien” theme Alter the d; The Junior Archway Presentation of Rebecca Hatcher, a member of the committee, with Freddy Preddy, Jimmy Myers and his orchestra furnish the music. ° v eiy da t dance c ,e ha toemorabl eveni C ° n,e Part Prom. 1953 SENIOR PLAY HIGHLIGHTS OUR DRAMATIC WORLD Dramatic moments with Delores Mills, a s Ka ren Andre , on the w i t n e s s stand kept the audience tense. ‘ ‘Night of January 16 th,” presented by the senior class Friday, May 8, had the whole town talking in terms of guilty or not guilty. A real murder trial couldn ' t have provoked more reaction. So realistically did the sen¬ iors put across their unusual mystery that members of the audience left with the feeling they’d like to get Delores Mi lls aside and ask her if she did kill Faulkner. Whether or not they agreed with the jury’s verdict, all prais¬ ed highly the dramatic entertainment. Director A r n o 1 d Ramey gives stage directions to the play cast, left to right, Dora Ann Johnson, Delores Mills, Bernie Phillips, Robert Hill, Bruce Craddock, Barbara Par- due, Evelyn Peters, Mary Ann Robertson, Billie Hardy, Larry Walker, Sonny Cashwell, James Key, Bill Gruble, Car¬ olyn Banner. The success of the finished product re¬ sulted from many hours of hard work by com¬ mittees, cast, and director. Mr. Ramey checks work being done on the set by Hugh Talley and Sonny Cashwell (Standing), James Key and Jimmy Haynes (Kneeling). t THEY SHOWED US THE WAY Gayle Dobson Tommye Cox Shirley Chappell Priscilla Horton The Commencement Marshals serve as ushers for all graduating exercises, the senior play, and the glee club and band concert. The ten juniors with highest scholastic aver¬ age are selected for this honor, the top ranking student act¬ ing as chief marshal. Betsy Smith Chief Marshal Mary Louise Boyd Rebecca Hatcher Robert Smith Barbara Fowler Shirley Perry AIR. MOUNT AIRY HIGH CANDIDATES FRESHMEN w y - " JK : Richard Vaughn Worrel Kurtz SCHOOL SOPHOMORES Virgil Christian 4 X Bob Tyndall Bud Oliver JUNIORS The third annual contest to choose Mr. and Miss Mount Airy High School was sponsored by High Spots in December. Two candidates from each class were chosen by the staff on the basis of scholastic work, popularity, school spirit, and participation in school activities . SENIOR Dick Freeman Leon Davis Jerry Nester - w - a ■ r r X .Jit 1 1 ‘ i w ' A -V.X n .. vnr ' J M SS Debby Hauser Kathleen Simmons MOUNT AIRY HIGH SCHOOL CANDIDATES FRESHMEN Jo Ann Palmer SOPHOMORES Ann Christian Sarah Doggett JUNIORS Libby York Linda Cox All students voted free by secret ballot, with jun¬ ior and senior votes counting twice as much as fresh¬ men and sophomore. Winners were announced in High Spots and crowned in a public ceremony. Other winners have been Roger Simmons and Jeanne Gwyn in 1952 and David Browne and Delores Mills in 1953. SENIOR Barbara Fowler ATHLETICS IN OUR WORLD Athletics add excitement and spirit to our high school world. Memories of the times we almost froze to death at a football game or g o t sore throats from yelling at a basket¬ ball game will warm us and draw us clos-er whatever our future brings. Adequate facilities provided in our new foot¬ ball field and the gymnasium at the Y. M. C. A. have paid off in excellent attendance at games and whole-hearted support for our teams. Sportsmanship, physical development, school spirit,and good clean fun-- these are the aims of our sports program. FOOTBALL RULES OUR HIGH rvey Ayers - Shrine Bowl Bound After working in the hot August sun two weeks the Granite Bears showed results of their work by promptly winning five of their first six games . The first to fall under the paws of the Bears was Franklin . Asheboro quickly followed Franklin , butSalisbury battled Mount Airy to a 6-6 deadlock. The next week the Bears showed their spirit and hustle by coming from behind 13-0 to beat Hanes Hi in the last half 14-13. Mount Airy continued to roll by defeating a strong Greenville club 13-6. Gray Hi of Winston Salem proved a big stumbling block to the hopes for a State Championship team by beating the Bears 25-6. Mount Airy retaliated and beat Mineral Springs , lost a heartbreaking home-coming game to Tri-City 14-13, and then closed out a fine season by beating Walkertown and Wilkes Central. The final record stood seven wins , one tie , and two losses-- the best since 1950 and a promise of a return to the MAHS winning tradition . To the ’53 club go our thanks and apprecia¬ tion for an excellent job and to the ’54 Bears, our best wishes for a successful season. Football superlatives awarded trophies at the annual Lions Club Football Banquet were: (kneel¬ ing) John Clifton, best blocker; Harvey Ayers, best defensive player; (standing) Captain Virgil Christian, most valuable and best sport; and Gary Brown, most improved. First Row: A. Hiatt, B . Adams , V. Christian, C. Kirkman, B. Brannock, D. Phillips , D. Freeman, B. Ward, J. Clifton, J. Taylor, H. Ay ers . Sec ond R ow: B. Coble, R. Wilson, D. Edwa rds, J. Kirk¬ man, G. Childress, T. Cox, B. Warren, B. Nunn, J. DePalma , G. Brown, B . Moody. Third Row: B. Belton, G. Pruitt, R. Vaughn, C. Gordon, L. Frank, C. Adams, D. Lacky, T. Kerr, E. Hiatt, W. Kurtz, P. Smith. Fourth Row: T. Mayberry, R. Cooke, J. Cashwell, T. Burrus, T. Hall, T. Journey, D. Ellis, J. Pell, G. Smith, B. Beamer, J. Cox. Fifth Row: Coach Sam Moir- Manager, J. Smith, R. Ayers , S. Smith, J. Baity, G. Childress, K. Ha rris, B. Monday, Manager S. Inman, Coach Wa 11a ce Shelton. Bill Adams streaks for a touchdown against Tri-City. A Bear stopped behind the line of scrimage. SCHOOL WORLD IN THE FALL Bill Adams romping for good yardage . OUR HIGH BOYS ' BASKETBALL SCHOOL TEAM WORLD Off for a fast start on the hardwood are: Kneeling: Agee Hiatt, Owen Shelton , Smith Holcomb, Melvin Ma rion, Gray Childress. Standing: Granville Sydnor, Harvey Ayers, Jack Smith, and James Reynolds. Larry Walker, basketball captain for 1953, receives the trophy awarded Mount Airy for placing second in the annual Sur- rv County basketball tournament sponsor- The Mount Airy Granite Bears have come out this year with one of the tallest teams in the county . Starting off with Jack Smith , 6 ’ 4 Granville Sydnor, 6’; Billy Nunn, 6’; Harvey Ayers, 6’ 1”; Gray Childress, 6’ 1”; and Bob Ward, 6’ 2”. The Bears will be hurt by a loss of exper¬ ienced players. There are only four returning lettermen-- Agee Hiatt, Owen Shelton, Melvin Marion, and Bob Ward. OF WINTER SPORTS GIRLS’ BASKETBALL TEAM ■ I ' m 1 M w 1 MJ f ' i If I V4 l YJ| ? 19 1 Tf ■ V First Row: Mary Frances King, Shirley Clifton, Jo Ann Smith, Lou Ann Holloway, Gaye Jackson, Nelda Clifton, Betty Royal, Joyce Ayers , Louise Tilley, Frances Sha¬ ckelford .Betsy Smith , Linda Mosley, Kathleen Simmons. Second Row: Manager Mary Lynn Brannock, Coach Wal¬ lace Shelton, Managers Bar¬ bara Hull and Janice Dobson. MAHS BASKETBALL SCHEDULE 1953 - 54 The Bruinettes had an off season last year with only two wins, fourteen losses and one tie. This year there are ten returning lettermen-- Mary Frances King, Linda Mosley,Betsy Smith, Margaret Welch, Betty Royal, Shirley Clifton, Gaye Jackson, Louise Tilley, Lou Ann Holloway, and Joyce Ayres. With these experienced play¬ ers the team hopes for a better season in ’54. Dec. 4-- Westfield Dec. 7--Nancy Reynolds Dec. 10-- Nancy Reynolds Dec. 15-- Blue Ridge Dec. 18--Beulah Dec. 22-- Pilot Mountain Jan. 8--North Davidson Jan. 12--Tri-City Jan. 15-- Stuart Jan. 18-- Mineral Springs Jan. 22-- Hanes Jan. 26-- Franklin Jan. 29-- Gray Feb. 5-- North Davidson Feb. 9--Hanes Feb. 12-- Beulah Feb. 16-- Franklin Feb. 19--Gray Feb. 23-- White Plains Feb. 26--Mineral Springs Denotes Home Game IN THE SPRING OUR SPORTS WORLD Returning lettermen for the 1954 season a re :(Clockwi se :)Ga ry Brown, Grey Childress, Z a n e Galyean, Agee Hiatt, Charles Kirkman, Jerry Nester, James Reynolds,and (Center:) Gary Sutphin and Rayno Wilson. The 1953 baseball season saw the Mount Airy nine win ten games and lose ten. Of all the teams played, only three beat MAHS twice. One of these was a strong triple A club. Aftera slow beginning, the Bruins gained experience and rose from the AA cellar to be regarded as one of the strongest teams in the conference. Thanks largely to the excellent, pin-point pitching of James Reynolds and Dick Belton. Prospects for the ' 54 season are bright as the Bears count on ten returning lettermen to spark a large club. Mount Airy 21 1953 SCORES Westfield 3 Mount Airy 3 Reynolds 22 Mount Airy 6 Reynolds 15 Mount Airy 11 Nancy Reynolds 2 Mount Airy 4 North Davidson 2 Mount Airy 0 Walkertown 1 Mount Airy 6 Hanes 11 Mount Airy 3 Walkertown 5 Mount Airy 7 King 4 Mount Airy 6 Tri-City 9 Mount Airy 2 Gray 4 Mount Airy 3 North Davidson 0 Mount Airy 2 Reidsville 6 Mount Airy 5 White Plains 4 Mount Airy 2 Mineral Springs 10 Mount Airy 3 Hanes 1 Mount Airy 6 Reidsville 3 Mount Airy 1 Gray 0 Mount Airy 3 Tri-City 7 Mount Airy 9 Franklin 0 Pitcher Dick Belton fires one from the mound. TURNS TO THE DIAMOND AND CINDER Handicapped by alack of girls participating, the 1953 Mount Airy track team tied F ranklin for second place in the high school division of the eighth annual track meet at Veterans Park, as Elkin won top honors. Frank Kurtz of Mount Airy won individual honors with 1 5 of our 39 points by winning first place in the 200-yard dash, the 100 - yard dash, and the b r o a d j ump, and then an¬ choring the winning 880-yard relay team for the Bears. 0 Girls out for track included Bet¬ sy Smith, Betty Royal, Frankie King , and Shirley Clifton. Taking the hurdles for Mount Airy are: Ben Brannock, Frank Kurtz, and Bill Adams. On the mark and set for the dash are: Ben Brannock, George Pace, Frank Kurtz, Bill Ad¬ ams, J. T. Morgan, and Virgil Christian. FRIENDS OF OUR SCHOOL Business men in our town have made it possible for us to provide this lasting picture of our high school world. We appreciate this proof of their interest and hope they are re¬ paid many times over by your good will. We present this lasting record of o u r business friends. Please thank them and patronize them-- now and in the future. Best Wishes to the Class of 1954! THE FIRST NATIONAL BANK Of Mount Airy, North Carolina Continuous Banking Service Since 1893 Member Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation “An Aerial View of World’s Largest Granite Quarry’’ THE NORTH CAROLINA GRANITE CORPORATION Since 1889 Quarriers Manufacturers of MOUNT AIRY GRANITE For Beautiful Buildings, Bridges, and Memorials WILLIAMS CO., INC. “Distinctive Clothes For Discriminating Men’’ 5 South Main Street JESSUP-BROWN SHOE STORE Fit Style Comfort Come in today; Walk in comfort tomorrow. GRANITE CITY MOTOR Com pli m e nts of CO. , INC. VAUGHN BROS. Authorized Dealer Distributors of Telephone 310 SEALTEST MILK And Dairy Products 137 North Main Street LIKE FINDING MONEY Earn extra dollars without extra work every six months. Funds are safely protected by sound manage¬ ment and growing reserves. Open your savings account here today - for safe profits . WORKMEN ' S FEDERAL SAVINGS AND LOAN ASSOCIATION Member Federal Home Loan Bank System Telephone 243 Mount Airy North Carolina Best Wishes to the Class of 1954 MT. AIRY KNITTING COMPANY Mount Airy- North Carolina Compliments of BRAY’S RECAPPING SERVICE MOUNT AIRY COAL YARD AND GROCERY Dayton Tires and Tubes 525 N. South Street - Phone 414 MOODY FUNERAL HOME, INC. Home of Harrison Mutual Burial Ass’n. 121 Franklin Street - Telephone 63 Mount Airy North Carolina Compliments of GRANITE HOSIERY MILLS Compliments of HOLLINGSWORTH DRUG CO. JOHN D. THOMPSON Furniture Company Your Friendly REXALL Drug Store Main Street Mount Airy North Carolina Congratulations And Best Wishes to the Class of 1954 W. S. WOLFE DRUG COMPANY PIGGLY-WIGGLY SUPER MARKET Prescription Druggist - We Deliver - Phone 53 H. M. 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