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A DAY AT THE BAND CONTEST
(Reprint from The Beacon) The Lexington Band, of which I am a member, went to Jackson to the Band Contest Wednesday, April 4. It was a day we had all anticipated, but also dreaded. On Monday, Tuesday^ and Wednesday mornings before school started, we practiced our field maneuvers to try to improve the looks of them. Each afternoon the last period we practiced on our concert pieces. Everyone in the band was excited at the mere thought of getting to go to the contest on a Trailways bus. The bus got to school about 7:45 A. M. We were marching when it arrived. When the bell rang for the students to go inside, we waded on the bus. After everyone was settled, Mrs. Wheeler introduced us to the bus driver, Mr. Tingle. Mr. Sehneller then told us good bye and wished us luck, then we were off! A group of tenth grade girls brought food and divided it among themselves. We only meant for just the few of us who brought food to get any but everyone on the bus wind ed up gettin at least one crumb. At first we did have the intention of eating the food for dinner, but as long as food was anywhere near, we could be counted upon to eat it all. Wp c+r»n.rui/3 of P*-} 4-.-. stretch and get something to munch on if anyone so desired. The remainder of the trip to Jackson was made in a flash. When we reached Jackson, we went straight to the Trail ways bus terminal. After Mrs. Wheeler gave us instructions telling us when to be back on the bus, everyone went their The cab fare out to the Brand ing Chute was $1.20, to our ' amazement. (We thought that a cab would probably be the cheapest way out there, but we found out that it definitely wasn’t!). When we got to the merry way. I had some shop ping to do, so I started at it, taking Pat Slack along with me. When I finished^ she ask ed me to go to the Branding Chute with her. I agreed to do so. She called a taxicab and told the driver where we want ed to go. We didn’t think a taxi would cost very much. Branding Chute, we didn’t ask the driver to wait because we were scared half to death by his driving and his creepy looks. Instead, when Pat fini shed, we called my aunt to see if she could come and get us during her dinner hour. ' She told us that she wasn’t going to be off during dinner, so for us to pay the taxicab driver and come by her office so she could give us the amount it cost. We called ano- 1 ther kind of taxi. This time the driver looked a little more civilized, but the price for the : same trip was higher. When we got back to the heart of Jackson, we paid the taxicab ■ driver and discovered it was L. H. S. BAND ATTENDS CONTEST Lexington band, under the dir. On Wednesday, April 4, the • ection of Mrs. Jeff Wheeler, attended the State Band Fes tival in Jackson. The band left Lexington at eight A. M. on a Continental Trailways 1 bus. They arrived in Jackson ' at ten-thirty. After lunch they traveled to J Mississippi College at Clinton where they gave a conceri and sight read for the judges. At six-thirty the band perform- ( ed their field maneuvers at NeNwell Field in Jackson. Results were given after all \ bands had performed. Lxeing- j ton rated as follows: Sight , reading, III; Field Maneuvers, III; Concert, IV; Student Con- ' ductor, II; Signal Drum Ma- f jor, II; and Inspection, I. EASTER PARTY ENJOYED BY SENIORS Peggy Jo White, Madelyn Harthcock, Sally Autry, and Hortense Truitt were hostesses < for the senior class and facul- ■ ty on April 14, 1962. The ] Easter party was held at the J V. F. W. Hut. J Cutouts of Easter bunnies 1 were used in the decorations. 1 Several games were enjoyed ^ by the group. The menu in- £ eluded ham, congealed salad, 1 English peas, stuffed eggs, c pickles, rolls, German choco- ^ late cake squares and cokes. £ f almost time to get back to the bus. We ate dinner hurried ly, dressed in our band uni forms, and made it to the bus just in the nick of time. The next thing that our band did was that it gave a short concert and took a sight reading test at Mississippi College in Clinton. When we finished that, we went back to Jackson. We were given about two hours to eat sup per; then we had to go to Bailey Junior High School and go through inspection by the judges. Next we were judged on our field maneuvers. After everyone had finished we went back to the bus to start our tiresome journey homeward. Even though our band didn’t come home with superior rat ings, it was an experience I won’t easily forget, and I'm sure the whole band learned something from it. It Could Be Verse FACES OF RAIN Rain wears many faces. At times it comes like a slinking gray cat to cast mystic spells upon the dreary walls of the city. Rain is also the playful little cloud that bursts on a sunny spring day and spoils a lovely picnic. Rain is an enemy! I am lonesome and afraid as I lie at night and hear my enemy, the rain, pound upon my window. Rain is fun and beautiful. It is like a welcomed friend to a little child as he splashes in puddles and dances in the fain on a summer day. Rain is life. It is cold, bare, onely, beautiful, innocent, or vretched. I accept rain be cause I must. I cannot change 'ain; I can only prepare for it. JUNIOR F. H. A. NEWS On March 30, 1962 the Jun ior F. H. A. meeting was cal led to order by Mary Jane Higginbottom, the club presi dent. Priscilla Sample then read the minutes of the last meeting. The devotional was given by Marjorie Armstrong, after which the program was turned over to Mary Helen and Nina Sue Marshall. The topic was “Degrees of Achieve ment ” This program was about the degrees which a member of the F. H. A. could receive. Those partici pating were Sharron Beyill and Jo Ann Bradley. Mrs. Ah aritton then discussed other nformation about the degrees. Refreshments cosisting of cookies and cokes were served. Marjorie Armstrong, the song eader, led the entire club in singing a number of songs aefore they were dismissed. SQUARE DANCE ENJOYED BY SENIORS On Saturday night, March L7, 1962, the L. H. S. seniors, along with ‘Uncle Dennis’, en joyed the greatest square dan ce that was ever held in Lexington. Judy Fite, Rose Gnemi; Jauwiece Mims, Wayne Wil iams, Jolene Rogers, and Jerald Greer were honored ay their parents with a senior aarty at Judy’s house. A delicious supper of barbe cued chicken, potato salad, stuffed celery, rolls, cokes, and cherry pie a la mode was enjoyed by the group. Betty -ynn Sudbeck and Mickey got oanjos as prizes for the sil iest dressed. Betsy Henrich md Don Downer got the nost typical dressed. After ward Dennis Johnston led the ?roup in the Virginia Reel, Polka, and The Grand Right and Left. GIRLS 4-H NEWS The Lexington Senior 4-H Jirls met in Room 3 on April Rose Gnemi called the neeting to order, and Dona 3ierce read the last meeting's ninutes. Then Sylvia Cannon ead the devotional. The pro neeting to order and Donna Mrs. Joy Frizell, who showed ome interesting slides of the work which a Home Agent loes. After the slides, Lynda )ickard led the group in ongs. So goes the last lap of the knowledge relay. The last six weeks has at last come upon us. It’s all come at once - * the new green earth, the fresh spring rains, and the omnipo tent spring fever. I guess it all began way back during the Spring Holi days. Mike, Bryan, and Paul Hale left for Panama City Thursday. Things went fine until they hit Jackson. Then they went even better, so Pa. nama City was packed away for another time, and Jackson became the victim of quite a weekend. Hear tell Bryan found him a girl in the midst. ———' ■■■ ■ ll Don Downer was the honoree of a delightful supper given by Mrs. Jessie D. Young and Mrs. Roy Gelston Thursday night of Spring Holidays. Friday morning most of L. H. S. left for the great head hunters’ convention (teacher’s meeting) in Jackson. The fol lowing day Claudia - James, A1 and Gwenda ?? doubled. Meantime the Big Seniors tripped ovter the hfolletf to Cuzin’ Judy’s shack “for quite a shindig.’’ Our own little “Bumzy” Sudbeck and Donnie Downer won the prize for the “most ugliest’’ folks thar. Bet sy and Mickey won the prize for the most appropriate cos tume. Wednesday of the next week found Madelyn and Bubba at the Power House. It’s around and about that these two will be ringing wedding bells soon. But Peggy Jo White is still in the lead with an official en gagement! March 23, Friday, as most of us know it, the Power House brigade consisted of Claudia - Don Barrett, Rose Gnemi - Paul Taylor, Ann Gnemi - Henry Shaw, and Alice Ann • Doony Edwards. Among the Saturday dates were Ann - Borden, Sarabeth - Bubber, and Sylvia - Bob. Tuesday the Seniors made an excursion to Holmes Jr. for High School Day. Then came the big day - the day that everybody had been awaiting - Friday. (Have you ever wondered what hap pens to Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday in this column? If I had my way, I’d have a four day week - - Friday, Saturday, and Sun day; and then Wednesday to rest.) Anyway, this was the night of the Senior play. After wards Mary - Lamb and Bet sy - Bryan had dates. Saturday the old regulars took over - - Susan - Tommy, Odessa - Bill (who are also among the list of the engag ed.) and Gwenda - Mike. Monday, April 12, the B. P. W. Club and the Lions Club treated the Seniors to a mar velous supper followed by an inspiring program. The Junior - Senior Ban quet was held Friday, April 6. It was some blast. The Roarin’ Twenties never roared so well. Claudia - Dona Gwen da - Mike, Lynda . Maurice, Sarabeth - Bubber, and Wie ce - Don Downer were a few of the dates that followed. Then, Saturday, the Golden Nugget (alias Mary’s house) was the scene of the age - old now - you - see - it - now - you don't trick. Money was the object and Mickey Mott was the recipient of moct of it, thereby winning the prize. That’s it for now, but that’s only a start. From the Spring Holidays to the last days of school may all L. H. S.’ers keep it rolling. The end is near so don’t stop now. Make it a glorious finish. Better yet, to the Seniors, just make it any kind of finish, but make it a finish!! FIRST GRADE Mrs. Earle Spring has come to our room. We have written stories about butterflies, caterpillars and snails. On our bulletin board are pictures of these that we drew. Mary —ane Nichols brought a pretty butterfly wing that she had found. Susan Stepp brou ght fossils to show that she had found in the country. Pat sy Rutledge has had a birth day. She wore a beautiful new dress to school that her grand mother had given her. Soon the Easter Bunny will come. 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