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INC. ALL CONTENT COPYRIGHTED. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. SE SUEpli~[~'O I~ENSE AGREEMENT. REPRODUCTION, DISSEMINATION, STORAGE, DISTRIBUTION PROHIBITED. []e ee[]eeeer=ee[][]e The I I I I I I Teacher Of The Week by Tommy Geohagan This week we feature Mrs. stimulate the mind. She is also Mary Williamson as our interested in ecology; she teacher of the week. Mrs. thinks that we are a very Williamson is a most welcome destructive race of people and face around FIorala High if we don't realize this fact we School. She is the annual staff will soon be living in a sponsor and the V.I.E. monotoneworld. Besides director. Without her, the being a very interesting V.I.E. students would not have person she is a very qualified jobs, teacher. Mrs. Williamson has Mrs. Williamson is a very a B.S. degree in Commerce interesting person. She enjoys and Business Administra- carpentry, decorating and tion supplemented by eleven gardening. Mrs. Williamson years of teaching experience enjoys such games as chess which makes her a valuable and word games; games that asset to FHS. Naretha Whitley Rieky Phillips Seniors Of The Week by James Majors This week it is a pleasure to honor one of Florala High's outSl~mtting senior girls, She is none other than Naretha Whitley. Naretha is a member of the Beta Club, Student Council Cabinet, and also holds an important office in FHA. Miss Whitley is the President of our fine Drama Club, which provided a great program for the December PTO meeting. Naretha also plays the trombone in the Wildcat Band, where she is an officer as well as assistant drum, major. She likes everything the band stands for and everyone related to it; especially Mr. Alsup. After graduation. Naretha plans to attend Troy State University where she will major in Drama or Law. She also wishes to become a member of the TSU "Sound of the South" Band. by Renee Jackson This week's spotlight senior is none other than Rickey Phillips. Rickey is five feet, ten inches tall, has green eyes and brown hair and was born under the sign of Leo. His favorite color is blue, especially when it is flashing, and his favorite singing group is "Kiss". His favorite foods are pizza and steak. His hobbies are playing all kinds of sports, fixing his car, and being with someone special. His favorite teacher is Mrs. Williamson. His philosophy of life is, "Look toward the future, and forget what happened in the past." After graduation, Rickey plans to go into the service. Everyone at Florala High School wishes him the best of luck. Six outstanding' football were they outstanding during players at Florala High School the regular season games, have 'been chosen for the they also contributed much to All-SAC football team, They Florala High School both on are John Anthony, Rustyand off the field. Boles. John Rodwell: Matt Everyone at FHS congra- Bradley. Joey Evans, and .tulates them and wishes them Craig Matthews. Not only the best of luck! jage eport by Robert Lindsey Well. it's that time of the year when the Florala Wildcats start their basketball season. You can hear the crowd roar, the cheerleaders yell with all their might, and the shrill sound of the referee's whistle. The season is in full blast now with one win and one loss. After the Samson Tip-Off Tournament, the Wildcats played Samson in Florala on November 23. The 'Cats played a tough game and came out successful with a score of 61-56. This was their only home game until January 11, 1977. Their next game was played in Luverne on November 30. This was a tough game of twQ equal teams which was very hard fought. Unfortunately, the Luverne Tigers came out on top with a score of 66-62. In this game the lead rotated between the two teams with every touch of the ball until time ran out, The Wildcats will be playing many more games this year and next year. Everyone needs to come out and support th!s great team. You will be sure to get your money's worth. II by Jean Shearer, Associate Director South Central Alabama Regional Council on Alcoholism. Recently. 1 was on a panel for a graduate class on Alcohol and Drug Abuse. The chalkboard behind the panel was filled with a list of 20 to 25 symptoms of alcoholism. They included the standard hiding bottles, blacking out, passing out. drinking alone, etc. All of these and most of the other items were good indications of alcoholism in the middle and late phases. Joe Lindsey Player Of The Week by Paula Bradley This week's player of the week is Joe Lindsey. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. John Vaughan. Joe is a S' 8" tall sophomore and plays forward for the varsity basketball team. Including basketball, he also enjoys hunting. When it by Bid Savage This week the "Wildcat Growl" salutes the FHS annual staff. The annual staff consists of twelve selected students, one advisor, and three sponsors. The advisor to the annual is Mrs. Mary Williamson. This is her tenth year of work with the annual. She shows the students the way the annual should be composed and she teaches t~.e staff many skills needed in assembling and selling it. Some of the many skills that she teaches are layouts, photography, typing, sales- manship, penmanship, and many other things. She aids in organizing and selling ads and keeps financial records for the annual. To help her do these jobs Mrs. Williamson chose twelve students whom she-felt were capable and interested in working to produce an excellent annual. comes to foods, Joe says he will eat"anything that's eatable." Joe's philosophy of life is to live life day by day and don't think of tomorrow. Good luck, Joe! jllam=--- The first question asked of us was, "Is there any way you can recognize alcoholism earlier? Is there any way to see trouble ahead for a person who may not yet be having real living problems because of drinkng but who surely will have problems if he continues to drink?" In discussing this question, I recalled reading that preoe. cupation with the experience of getting high is the initial and.continuing hallmark of any kind of alcohol dependency. A preoccupation with alcohol is a characteristic that all al- coholics have in common whether they are 18 or 68 years of age. In my association with recovering alcoholics, I find that invariably when they try to think back to the time before their drinking got out of hand, they make statements such as, "W.ell, almost from the first I liked what alcohol did for me and looked forward to those occasions when I could drink." Or, "The weekends were always my best time because then l could drink." Or, "The first thing I did when 1 got in from work, even before I spoke to anyone or pulled my coat off was to mix a drink." All of these statements show a preoccupation with drink- ing. And all of them were made about a time in the alcoholic's life before drinking caused real problems. The following story told by a recovering alcoholic is good to point out this preoccupation he had with drinking long before he got into real trouble. "It was customary from the beginning of my married life to have cocktails with my wife or friends after work each day. I was always aware that I looked forward to this time of the day. But then, who doesn't? Usually people are glad when work time is over, whether or not they drink." "Later, though, I began S 1 getting irritated if anything o ute 9 interfered with my cocktail hour. If my wife had a club 1 Staff meeting or there was ]~'~]'~UO something to do for the children and dinner had to be These chosen students are: Robert Phillips, the editor and a junior; Dora Carroll, a senior; Randall Bradley. Irene Petritsis, Bid Savage, Wendy Brown, and Katrina Pound, all juniors; Vickie Bradley and Kathy Poppell. sophomores; and three freshmen, Jill Evans, Jill Allen, and Vickie Robbins. This year a dream for the annual staff will. become a reality. For the first time Florala High will have color pages in the annual. To defer the cost of this project the members have sold hundreds of boxes of donuts. The "Wildcat Growl" is really proud to be associated with this fine group of workers. Our hats are off to Mrs. Williamson, the student members, and the sponsors. Keep up the good work! .. James Majors New Student His favorite subjects are band, in which he plays the trombone and College Prep English. His favorite teacher is Mr. Alsup. On asking him what he thought of our school, he said. "It's a nice little school, nice little place and everybody is real friendly." His motto is: "Remember. the greatest white oak was once a little nut just standing his ground." After he graduates he plans to go to the University of Alabama and study medicine. We all welcome James to Florala High and wish him all the luck in the world. served early, I would get upset -- always claiming that I could not eat that early or that I wasn't hungry. In reality, what I was upset about was that when dinner was served early, it gave me less time to drink." "! remember particularly one night when we planned to go to a movie that I very much wanted to see. When I got home, my wife was already dressed to go. The movie was a long one and she had decided that we should eat a sandwich and catch the early show. I was furious, 'No time to relax,' I said. 'Couldn't live on sandwiches,' I said. I said everything except the truth. I did not want to go to the movie if it interfered with my drinking. We went to that movie I had looked forward to seeing; I was cold sober and miserable." "More and more I arranged my life around my drinking. 1 did almost nothing unless drinking was involved. Yet at this point no one even considered that I might be alcoholic. I went to work everyday, church every Sun- day, paid my bills and had relatively few living problems. I see now that at the very least I was alcohol dependent and if you accept the definition of an alcoholic as one who lets drinkLng interfere with his life in any way, even then l was alcoholic." This man's story is in principle no different from most other alcoholics' stories. The incidents he tells may be different, but the preoe. eupation with drinking which these incidents reveal is always present, and it is usually present before the bottle hiding, the absences from work, the blacking out. It is usually present before the problems begin. For further information or confidential assistance with alcohol problems, contact the South Central Alabama Re- gional Council on Alcoholism, P. O. Box 1053, Anda- lusia, Alabama 36420. Phone 222-4955. Take Precautions Gasoline causes two-thirds of all flammable liquid acci- dents. Never store it in glass containers, and don't use it to clean clothing stains. Don't fill tanks of gasoline-powered equipment until equipment is cool. by Mike Gooisby We have many new faces at Florala High School this year and one of these many faces belongs to a junior named James Majors. Before he came to Fiorala. he was a member of Jackson High School in Jackson, Alabama. At Jackson High he was a member of the paper staff and the Inter-Act Club. He also played the trombone in the band. Even though this is his first year at Florala High, he is taking an active part in our school. He is a member of our paper staff, band council, math club, drama club and FFA. I, M THE FLORALA NEWS - THURSDAY, DECEMBER "A" Honor Roll by Cathy Ray Honor Roll The following lucky people survived a tough six weeks here at FHS and made the honor roll: NINTH GRADE: ALL A'S: Jill Evans, Wesley Laird, Robert Lindsey, Sharon Nic- hols; A AND B: Jill Allen, Richard Barnes, Paula Brad- ley, Dawn Burns, Sandra Caraway, Wanita Dawson, Karen Hunt, Patricia Jackson, Liz Kelley. Milton Owens, Rabble Spicer, Chuck Steven- son, Gary Thomas, Sue Thompson. Andv Townsend. Jan Ziglar, Ronald Cantwell, Sybil Rigdon. Walter Taylor. TENTH GRADE: ALI~ A'S: None: A AND B: Jennifei Bryan. Sylvia Wallace, Pat Willis, Steve Ziglar, ELEVENTH GRADE: ALL A'S: Crystal Burns. David Garner, Tommy Geohagan, Lisa Mitchell and Bid Savage. A AND B: Randall Bradley, Phillip Bray. Karen Caraway, Becky Halley. Michael Me- Daniel. Tami Parker. Irene Phillips. Katrina Rodwcll. Willie Myra Wise. TWELTH A'S: Glenda Poppell, and AND B; Dora Miller. Anne Mills. Cathy Ray, Leah A Johnny Manning, vail. Deneice W Narctha Whitley. Florala's First T FHS GIRLS BASKETBALL TEAM FRONT' LEFT TO RIGHT Selinda Vickcrs. Katrina Pound. Pat Franklin, Jenette Wade. Back, left to right, Coach Helen White. Jenifer Bryan, Sandra Cook. Jackie Caldwell. Karen Hunt, Coach Jerry Strickland. For the first time in its sessions, attending othermenials and history, Florala High will have meetings, cooperation andexperience. The a girl's varsity basketball contributions to the team. working hard team. This is part of an effort Practice sessions for allinterested in learni to provide high school girls Florala High basketball teams Althou the with a suitable athletic will be somewhat staggered opening program which will also and limited'due to the fact that overall perfor~ include a varsity track team in four teams have to use the pleasing. the spring, gym. game jitters are ov The response has been Even though the girls' team girls can settle excellent. So far, twenty girls has already begun practicing, smoothing out the are presently working for a and the response so far has We at FHS are place on the team and there been good, according to Mr. interest has been will be places for 1S members. Strickland, the girl's varsity that the girls Just as with the boys' team, coach, there is a tremendous work to im the players selected will be amount of work to be doneneed your based on overall athletic with thegirls. Most of the girls to develop a ability, attendance at practice must learn the basic funda- OPERATION SANTA CLAUS STILL NEEDS TOYS AND VARIOUS OTHER ITEM9 BOYS AND 81RLS. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BUY ITEMS AND DONATE THEM FOR THIS Most WORTHY CAUSE - THEY WILL BE 8REATL~ APPRECIATED. CONTACT MRS. PAUL MITCHELl" OF YOUR DONATIONS. NOTICE The Florala Telephone Company, Inc,, Florala, Alabama has filed with the Federal GaY Compli~nce Assurance in which it assures the Rural Electrification Administration that it fully with all requirements of Title Vl of the Civil Rights Acts of 1964 mad the Rules and of the Department of Agriculture issued thereunder, to the end that no person in the shall, on the ground of race, color, or national origin, be excluded from participation the benefit s of, or be otherwise subjected to discrimination in the conduct of its prog operation of its facilities. Under this Assurance, this organization is committed not to against any person on the ground of race. color or national origin in its policies and practice to ~pplicattons for service or arty other policies and practices relating to treatment of hel and participants Including rates, conditions and extension of service, use of any of its fat tendance at any participation in any meetings of beneficiaries and participants or the rights of such beneficiaries and participant s in the conducts of the operations of this Arty person who believes himself, or any specific class of individuals, to be subje~ organization to discrimination prohibited by Title VI of the Act and the Rules and thereuhder may, by himself or a representative, file with the Secretary of AgrlcultL Electrification Administration or this organization, or all. awritten complaint. Identity of will be kept confidential except to the extent necessary to carry out the purposes of Regul at ions. This notice is published at the direction of the United States Department of Agriculture. THE FLORALA TELEPHONE COMPANY, INC" By: J. H. Vaughan, President