Romans win scholarships to Berry
Two Rome students have been awarded $1,000 scholarships each to Berry. The scholarships, for the 1962-63 year beginning in September, were awarded to Carol Estelle Morehead, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Morehead, Rome Rte. 1, and Robert Henry Williams, son of Mrs. Dorothy Holmes, Rome Rte. 4.
In addition to having received the $1,000 scholarships, these students will participate in the college’s work experience program through which they will receive additional earnings to be applied toward their remaining expenses.
Berry is a fully accredited four-year coeducational college offering bachelor of arts and bachelor of science degrees. All students at Berry College participate in the flexible work-experience program on or off campus.
The religious program is interdenominational. Students worship in campus chapels and participate in other religious activities.
Thursday, June 7, 1962
Student has perfect mark in attendance
ROCKMART – Elaine Harris, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W.P. Harris, was graduated from Rockmart High School with an unbroken record of 12 years attendance at school, with neither a tardy nor an absence during that entire period.
Born in Atlanta, Elaine attended the Peoples Street School for her first and second grades, and entered the third grade at the Goodyear Elementary school when her parents moved back to Rockmart, their former home.
She was outstanding in her academic work and was a member of the Tri-Hi-Y Club, Glee Club and the high school
band, being a twirler. She was named to the senior superlatives, voted as the neatest girl in the class.
Tuesday, June 5, 1962
Bob Hope gets degree from Georgetown
WASHINGTON (AP) – Bob Hope, in cap and gown and smiling as slyly as a gate-crasher, swished grandly into Georgetown University’s commencement exercises and remarked:
“I feel as out of place as President Kennedy at a meeting of the American Medical Association.”
Thus, on the tree-shaded greensward of Georgetown, rapid Robert Hope – whose education was “straight from high school to dancing school to Vaudeville” — became an honorary doctor of human letters.
It was one of the most rollicking graduation ceremonies in memory.
The principal speaker, the Rev. Gustavo Weigel, said “a commencement is hardly a hushed gathering around a dying friend.”
Hope proved it. When he received the Latin citation of his degree, he quipped: “I can’t wait until I get home and have my son read it to me.” Roman Catholic Hope said of the Catholic university, “My getting a degree from Georgetown is the end, but then you do specialize in miracles, don’t you?”
He called out to his son, Anthony, who was among the 1,066 receiving degrees: “Slump down, you make me feel like Alan Ladd.”
As he posed for photographs in his gown, the comedian cracked, “This’ll be a shock to some of the educators in Cleveland.” That is where he went to school.
There was a serious side to the ceremony. The president of Georgetown, the Very Rev. Edward B. Bunn, S.J., said the degree was awarded “for your salutary gift of laughter to an often-troubled world.” The citation also called attention to his many trips overseas to entertain servicemen.
“The most profitable kind of education is that which makes a man happy in the knowledge that he is of some use to others,” Hope told the graduates.
“Give a little bit of yourselves and it will come back in carloads. This is one of those comeback days for me.”
Like all commencement speakers, Hope had a few words of advice for the graduates. Said Hope: “My advice to young people going into the world: Don’t go.”
Wednesday, June 6, 1962
West Rome, Pepperell set for tourney play tonight
After a four-day layoff, caused mostly by weather, the West Rome Chieftains and Pepperell Dragons will once again take the diamond tonight to decide the winner of the Floyd County Baseball Tournament at Legion Field.
Starting time for the contest is set at 7:30 p.m.
The title game was originally set for Saturday night but rain caused postponement. This delay may go a long way toward helping each of the two finalists since West Rome had just completed the Class AA State Tournament, and Pepperell would like nothing better than to send their ace Ricky Stephens against the Chiefs.
Coach Nick Hyder’s troops rapped two opponents, Newton County and Milton, in the state tourney Wednesday and then had to battle Berry in the semifinals Friday night. They had toppled Darlington in the tourney opener, 13-6, while stopping Berry, 16-3.
On the other hand, Pepperell was just as happy to see the delay, since their hurling ace Ricky Stephens had to work Friday night against East Rome.
The left handed fireballer is capable of causing any team trouble and Otis Gilbreath would like to see him on the mound in the finals of the fifth annual tourney.
West Rome finished the season with a 22-3 record including region playoffs and the state tourney with Dalton and Berry High the only teams capable of derailing their winning express.
Pepperell closed out the season with a 6-8 overall chart, while finishing second in the Region 3-A south race behind state champions Carrollton with a 5-3 mark. They dministered the only defeat handed Carrollton during the year.
The Dragons had whipped Coosa, 17-6, and East Rome, 8-3, to gain the final berth.