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Highlights of Fleming-Neon H.S.

By BENNETT WELCH

1952

Fleming-Neon girls plan for May Day

The girls’ physical education classes of the Fleming- Neon High School will present a May Day festival at the football field Saturday, May 10, festival director Reeda Reasor announced early this week.

The festival, which will include floats, dances, music, singing and the coronation of a May Queen and Princess, is the first May Day program to be held at the Fleming-Neon school in several years.

Floats are being prepared by various community organizations and the big parade of these floats will leave the football field at 1:30 p.m. The coronation will take place at the ballpark and the remainder of the program will follow.

A community dance will be held at the gymnasium at 9 o’clock that night, with the Glenn Smith and his orchestra entertaining.

The May Queen will be chosen from a field of 16 girls. They are: Freshmen: Elizabeth Fleenor, Shirley Stevens, Dewana Vance, and Marcella Wright.

Sophomores: Marcia Burklow, Janice Fleming, Harlene Hall, and Nina Meeks.

Juniors: Elizabeth Potter, Barbara Smith, Margaret Tolliver, and Bobby Jean Browning.

Seniors: Christine Fulton, Helen Wright, and Rebecca Holbrook.

Eight girls from the Fleming Grade School will compete for princess honors. From the first to eighth grade respectively, they are Martha Ann Hall, Kay Mullins, Margaret Cox, Barbara Buillion, Ina Lee Waddell, Myrna Mullins, Joyce Nelson and Patty Collier.

(The above article from the May 8, 1952 Mountain Eagle)

Fleming-Neon Band presents 2nd concert

The Fleming-Neon Band offers its second in a series of three concerts Tuesday night, March 4, in the Fleming Neon school gymnasium at 8:15 o’clock.

Featured will be the Girls’ Glee Club and a skit on the shooting of Dan McGrew. Chief characters in the bedtime story, narrated by O.C. James, will be Jack Hall as Dan McGrew, Lou Carolyn Gabbard, as a Lady Known as Lou, and Rex Tucker as a miner.

The latter number is being rehearsed by Mrs. Benton Wright.

The three chief concert numbers from the band will be Suite for Band of Weber, an excerpt from Carmen, and the Wedding March from Lohengrin. By request ‘Bonaparte’s Retreat’ will be repeated. Other popular numbers include ‘Shrimp Boat’ and ‘Tzena, Tzena, Tzena.’

Saturday the band will make a brief appearance in Neon to try and win support. Last week it appeared at a supper in Seco.

After the concerts the band is looking forward to an appearance in the Middlesboro Festival in April.

Drama Class gets excellent rating

In its first year of competition, the Fleming-Neon High School speech class was given a “State Festival” rating for its presentation of a one-act play, “Comin’ Round the Mountain,” in the Regional Drama Festival at Pikeville College last Saturday, Feb. 23.

The cast of the play, along with director Mrs. W.B. Hall, will present their play in the State Festival at the University of Kentucky on March 17 and 18.

They will be representing the Eastern Kentucky Region of the drama festival as well as Fleming-Neon High.

Along with Prestonsburg, Fleming-Neon qualified for the state festival with the only “excellent’ marks among the four Class A schools — those with more than 500 students each — participating. Belfry and Hazard High Schools were ranked “good” in the same group.

Phelps and Paintsville received the same honor in Class B. Cumberland High School and Elkhorn City drew a “good” rating.

(The above articles from the Feb. 28, 1952 Mountain Eagle)

Band opens music season

The music season in Fleming and Neon will open on Thursday, Jan. 25, when the band from the high school, under the direction of Bertram N. Haigh, presents the first of three formal concerts.

This first concert will be played in the high school auditorium, and offer as soloists the director, who is a nationally famous horn player, and Robert Welch, the solo coronetist of the band.

The band is smaller this year than last, and some sections are not balanced, but the band has dug in and promises to do credit to Neon by its playing. On the program are two Marches, a Selection from the Magic Flute, a popular group, and Novelties.

The cornet will be heard in the Festival Prelude of Johnson, and Marital number. Its members are Robert Welch, Cleatis Holbrook, J.V. Quillen, and Huey Anderson.

Bertram N. Haigh will do a group of three numbers with the assistance of Hugh Adams, pianist. The group consists of The Strauss Horn Concerto of Strauss, the Waiting Music from Madame Butterfly and Hunters Chorus. Mr. Haig is a former horn player with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra and the Minneapolis Symphony.

Robert Welch will have Mr. Adams as accompanist and play the second and third movements of the Concerto for Trumpet by Haydn.

Members of the band include all grades from the 7th through high school and the band will be in the new uniforms.

(The above article from the Jan. 17, 1952 Mountain Eagle)

Seniors present play at school

On Tuesday, April 1, at 8 p.m., the Fleming-Neon High School seniors will present a comedy drama, “Tempest and Sunshine”, in the high school auditorium.

The play, written by Ned Albert, takes a Mary J. Holmes novel with a Kentucky setting and makes a thoroughly modern dramatization of the story.

Billy Burchwell plays Joshua Middleton while Mary Jo Hush plays his wife Nancy. The couple live with their two daughters, Tempest and Sunshine, in the story, Barbara Underwood and Helen June Cook portray the daughters.

Franklin Welch portrays young Dick Wilmot, a schoolteacher who is inclined to like Sunshine, and Tommy Fuller plays handsome Dr. Lacey.

Comedy parts are played by Mary Rebecca Holbrook (as Aunt Judy), Kenneth Gooch (as Uncle Luce), and Tressie Lynn Spicer (as Ambrosia).

Lorean Meade assumes the role of Mrs. Ida Carrington, a society matron; Kate Wilmont, Dick’s sister, is done by Bobby Lou Johnston, and Johnnie Kiser plays the part of Susan Middleton, Joshua’s old maid sister.

The play is under the direction of Mrs. W.B. Hall.

(The above article from the March 27, 1952 Mountain Eagle)

Wright is head of

Booster Club

In a drive to make the Fleming-Neon Band the best in this section of the state, a group of interested parents and teachers met at the Band Building Wed., Feb. 13, and organized the Fleming-Neon Band Boosters Club.

Chosen to lead this group was Benton Wright, a graduate of the University of Kentucky and presently a teacher in the Fleming- Neon school system.

Purpose of the newly orgaized group, according to Mr. Wright, is (1) to raise money to buy instruments; (2) repair uniforms and instruments; (3) advertising for concerts; (4) try to get more in the band and (5) to give the band director the backing he needs.

Another meeting will be held Monday, Feb. 25, at 7 p.m., at the band building. All parents are urged to attend.

(The above article from the Feb. 2, 1952 Mountain Eagle)

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