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ACUFF, BROWN, CARRIGAN, ANN CONNELLY, DOUGLAS,
ANNA H. MARY FRIEL physical EDYTHE DICKENS MARGARET
English Librarian Educalion Commerce Music
FOWLER, FOX, HENDRICKS FRIEDMAN, GILCHRIST,
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GRAY, MARGARET HAGEY, JEAN HALL, THOMAS HAMMER, MARY
CLARIDGE Social I,-,dum-ful KATHERINE
Social Sludies - Sfudies Arls English
HARVILL, HAYES, DICKIE JACKSON LANIER LEE,
JIMMIE physical ELIZABETH B. A. C. MARY LOU
English Educalion Social Sfudies Mafhemalics Science
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HISTORY .... Class of 1956
One beautiful fall day, September l l, l95O, to be exact, two hundred seventy eager little pioneer boys and
girls gathered at a clearing on the north side of town for the purpose of embarking on a long and tiresome iourney
into the frontier of learning. After becoming acquainted with the guides who had been hired for the trip, some of
whom were Miss Jean Hagey, Mrs. Jeanne Webb, Miss Virginia Spain, Mrs. Margaret Parker, and Mrs. A. C.
Lanier, the little travelers were ready to begin.
The first year of the iourney was perhaps the hardest. There were trails to be blazed and paths to be cut
in this strange land of education. There was not much time for play during this year, and since we were strangers
in that neck of the woods, we took almost no part in social activities.
Traveling the second year was somewhat easier because of the experience acquired the previous twelve
months, so some of the little backwoodsmen began taking part in one of the most popular frontier sports, basket-
ball. Tiny Graves, a typical pioneer girl, was elected out of the party to lead cheers for the boys, Charles Schroe-
der, Robert Russell, and Kenny Murphy. '
Still making progress, but feeling more certain of ourselves, we marched into our third year of exploring new
lands. This year we took time off from our daily chores for parties, weiner roasts, ball games, and good times.
There was the unforgettable celebration party after basketball season that year. Jackie Raines and Nancy
Green were chosen to yell for Frank Barnes, Jimmy Randalls James Golden, Paul Stewart and Byrns Boner at the
games. There was also the band trip to the Chattanooga Country, as well as many other activities that year.
At this point half of our travels was behind us. We had worked and played and some of us by this time,
had come face to face with the "Great Bar", Mr. J. H. Noel, but we soon learned to grin him down and decided
that his advice was the best after all. We had come to the end of a three years' journey in this wilderness and
had brought with us more knowledge and many memories, so one bright summer day we took time out to observe
the occasion. lt was both a sad and a happy event-sad because of the unforgettable experiences left behind
and happy because it was bringing us nearer the end of our trek through the dense forests. So we each took the
diplomas with gladness in our heart and a bright outlook for the future.
During the construction of the fourth milestone, the great forests became alive and the frontiersmen found more
time and activities to make memories of, so the year began with a champion football team. Paul Stewart was a
starter on the squad and Jackie Raines was re-elected cheerleader. Many of the pioneer group found other
activities which interested them. Several took positions in the chorus, and some were members of the band. The
chorus festival and theomemorable band trip to the Knoxville territory were the two outstanding events of that
Y The fifth year! And what a year! Nancy Vanatta, a popular young lady around the camp got the season
off to a nice start by being chosen football queen attendant. ln the meantime, some members of the wagon train
to meet requirefnents of the National Honor Society were Peggy Hines, Lucille Wilson, Lucille Woosley, Gloria
Peggy Ferguson, Jo Ann Cunningham, and Faye lngraham. A group as large as ours soon realizes the
nee dr leaders. Byrnes Boner, a natural-born leader, was elected president of the traveling people, Jackie
Raines, vice-president, and Tiny Graves, secretary-treasurer. The biggest money-making proiect of the year was
a rip-roaring show full of frontier talent and even included a beauty contest for the men. Profits of the show
sponsored the main event of the year and the most gala affair ever, a spring dinner-dance. That night the guests
witnessed the crowning of Queen Jackie Raines and King Byrns Boner, with attendants Sue Frazier, Kenny Murphy,
Nancy Vanatta and Paul Stewart. At the close of that year Larry Womack and Nancy Green were sent to re-
present the backwoodsmen at Volunteer Boys' and Girls' States.
Never-to-be forgotten is the day the weary travelers began the last few miles of the overland trek. These
were the final months of adventure to be lived now or never. Nancy Vanatta again stepped into the spotlight
and reigned as Football Queen. There was a change in leaders as Nancy also became the new secretary-treas-
urer and Larry Womack took the responsibilities as president of the body of adventurers. After having been so
closely knit together for almost six years, some of the company now became recognizable because of certain traits.
For instance, the friendliest boy and girl were Jimmy Randalls and Nancy Sledge, wittiest, Kenny Murphy and Gail
Hethcote, cutest, Frank Barnes and Lucille Woosley, and most bashful, Tony Earp and Lucille Wilson. Ronnie Webb
and Tiny Graves received the honor of being chosen the best citizens among the camp.
Linda Glennon and Tiny Graves earned their positions as editors of the "Polaris" which recorded the high-
lights of the last year of the trip. One occurrence mentioned in the book was that of the Senior Ball where Jackie
Raines and Paul Stewart were crowned Miss North high and Bachelor of Ugliness.
Other festivities of the year included the Junior-Senior dinner-dance and, on the more serious side, Baccal-
Now here we are, only seventy-five strong, but actually many times stronger than we were six years ago
when the iourney began. We have reached the great fork in the road where each will make his choice and"raise"
his cabin on the land he sites. The closing farewell speeches made by Margaret Richardson and Nancy Green, who
had beenlco-editors of the "North Star," put a lump in the throats of the frontiersmen and tears in their eyes.
We have explored and discovered, sought and found, triumphed and sorrowed, fought and won. With these
consolations in mind each settler clutches tightly the parchment that stakes his claim to the future and silently strolls
NANCY GREEN, Historian
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