Debbie Norris and Betsy Perkins wait patiently for their turns at the check out desk.
Debbie Norris and Betsy Perkins wait patiently for their turns at the check out desk.
Mr. Duncan signs blue slips to returning students.
Mike Bryant, right, finds Don Carter's "note from home?" rather humorous but Don seems to think it'll work.
Mike Bryant, right, finds Don Carter’s “note from home?” rather humorous but Don seems to think it’ll work.

Singing the Blues

If there had been an Academy Award for the best excuse for missing class, it would have been a tough decision. Having practice for 10 years or more, students have come up with some pretty good ones.

There are a few all time favorites — “I had a flat.” “I ran out of gas.” And of course, “I had to go to a funeral.” But when asked who passed away, the answer was always “my grandmother” — for the third time.

But then there were the real excuses — “I was sick.” The actual kinds of sickness varied with the imagination of the students. There were the ones with a cold, then there were the ones with an upper respiratory infection and the most imaginative had “rhinitis.”

So, who’s to say who was sick and who was faking. It all depended on how imaginative you were in deciding your illness, how convincing you were when having your parents write your note (or how brave you were in forging it), and how serious you looked when you got your blue slip.

A few excuses from the mother of Bruce Q. Shark for her absentee son:

Dear Attendance Person, Bruce Q. was not in school per 1-3 yesterday. He got his foot stuck in the porcelain utility. Mrs. E. Shark

To whom it may concern: Bruce was not in school periods 1-3 yesterday. He thought it was Washington’s birthday & overslept. Mrs. Ethel Shark

Mr. Duncan, Bruce Q. Shark was not in school yesterday 1-3 periods. Did you really miss him? Mrs. Shark

— 1976 Amethyst


Karan Carpenter asks Terry Fraley to show her how to do her homework.
Karan Carpenter asks Terry Fraley to show her how to do her homework.

Wise Up

“Studying is going over material for a test or doing homework,” defined Vickie Hileman. “When I study I get off and get the material I need and study until I’m really tired,” she continued.

Don Carter and Laura McKinnon had a different view of studying, one that was perhaps more typical.

“Learning new material the night before the test is my approach,” said Don.

Laura preferred to “go back and put together the material that I’ve learned.”

While Vickie chose to study in a secluded place where she could be alone, some students preferred background music from a radio or stereo. Others chose the library and a friend to quiz them.

How much did most students study? Don Carter summed it up when he said, “Never enough!”

— 1976 Amethyst

National Honor Society

Front row, from left: Perry Thomas (sponsor), Sharon Ammons, Sylvia Blyholder, Nina Rolloff (secretary), Helen Messner (treasurer), Hee-Young Kim, Nicky Gyles (president), Sue Stockton (vice-president), J.D. Hobbs, Mike Brooks, Melissa Upchurch, Jana Janzen. Second row: Liz Adam, Karan Carpenter, Betsy Stewart, Sandi Coffin, Laura Larr, Sheila Barbee, Nancy Stanberry, Lisa McConnell, Betsy Perkins, Bev Kreie, Susan Stephenson, Jody Tyson. Third row: Susan Herrington, Luanne Smart, Vicki Hileman, Debbie Adam, Diane Bell, Pat Bryan, Judy Goff, Pam Sills, Lisa Lashley, Terry Miller, Laura McKinnon, Donna Moore, Karen Jones. Fourth row: Sherman Smith, Alan Hepler, Steven Yancey, Dianne Cross, Teresa Fields, Teensy Kirby, Cathy Huff, John Horn, Soren Kraemer, Tom Coker, Kathy Bell, Janis Reed. Fifth row: Marc McGuire, Bob Storey, Gary Striegler, Jeff Ward, Brian Holt, Rick Turner, Don Carter, Greg Thoma, Daniel Wickliff, Cecile McKee, Linda Langham. Back row: Phyllis Kelly, Mark Springer, Bill Watkins, Jeff England, Samuel Steel, Theresa Smith, Dotty Neely, Terry Reed, Becky Riggs, Nathan McKinney, Robert Meyer.

One of the highest academic honors a student could receive was becoming a member of the National Honor Society.

The membership was composed of seniors with a maintained grade average of 3.25 or more. There were two elections in which the faculty voted on the eligibility of the candidates with each student judged on a one to five scale. Those receiving the highest rating were formally initiated.

The first group of seniors (pictured) were initiated in the spring of their junior year. Those initiated this fall were Sharon Ammons, Debbie Atto, Keith Banks, Robert Cate, Jody Tyson, Randall Hughes, Gail Davis, Anna Leichner, Brian McGreevy, Deanna Eden, Bob Storey, Melissa Upchurch, Jana Janzen, Cheryl Clinehens, Billie Bacha, Jerry Cox, Duane Dunn and David Evans.

NHS’s money making project for 1975-76 was the sale of candy canes at Christmas time. This project was headed by President Nicky Gyles. The other officers were Sue Stockton, vice-president; Helen Messner, treasurer; Nina Rolloff, secretary; and Hee-Young Kim, reporter-historian.

NHS members Sue Stockton and Judy Goff serve refreshments following fall initiation.
NHS members Sue Stockton and Judy Goff serve refreshments following fall initiation.

Student Council Officers


Officers for the coming year were named by the Student Council at Fayetteville High School shortly before school dismissed for the summer. New officers are front row (l. to r.) Don Carter, president and Lynn Walker, secretary. Back row (l. to r.) Sam Pitts, vice president, J.D. Hobbs, treasurer and Jeff Thomas, reporter. (TIMESphoto by Ken Good)

— Courtesy of Jeff Hobbs

Senior Privilege

It’s almost obvious from the faces that seniors enjoy senior privilege more than the teachers. Debbie Drake and Richard Steel wait anxiously as Mr. Hall ponders over their senior privilege slips.

Time Out

Senior Privilege made it through one more year at FHS. At the beginning of the year there was the usual doubt as to whether the seniors would be privileged again. “You better be extra good this year, or we’ll make you stay all day.”

Of course the seniors were all for getting it started as soon as possible. “I think it’s a good thing because people shouldn’t have to go to school when they have study halls,” said Cathy McRee.

Getting it started and keeping it running smoothly was the job of Vice-Principal Bill Brunner, but he still thought that “it’s good to give the students a chance to make other uses of their time, such as jobs or University classes.”

Even though everyone seemed eager for Senior Privilege to begin, there was a last minute rush to get teachers to sign permissions slips so the seniors wouldn’t have to go to their study halls the first day it started.

Some students felt that Tuesday and Thursday privileges weren’t enough.

“I think they ought to extend the privilege to every day of the week,” said Student Council president Don Carter.

Then there were those like J.D. Hobbs who “could care less” because “I already have all the privileges I need anyway.”

— 1976 Amethyst

Magic Show


In spring 1976 and spring 1977, Phil Goff, Hugh Painter and Charlie Alison presented magic shows at the Fayetteville High School Student Center with assistance from Susan Painter and Allison Rodman. Don Carter provided audio, lighting and technical expertise.

Grade 6, Root Elementary


Mrs. MacKenzie’s class during the 1969-70 school year.

Front row, from left: Mrs. MacKenzie, Stephen Harris, Loree Treat, ??, Suzie Jenkins, Robert Gonzalez, and ??.
Second row: Beverly Johnson, Dan Wickliff, Bill Baker, Steve Cox, and Jon Greene?.
Third row: Wanda Hayes, Ron Stone?, Karen Moore, Chris Kunkel?, Jackie Audrain, and Susan Stephenson.
Fourth row: Susan Chism?, Hugh Painter, Clay Woody, Bill Watkins, Read Hudson, Don Carter, and Misty Veazey.

Bixby to Chandler

Linda Bixby
June Black
Stephen Black
Joe Blackwell
Lynn Bland
Sylvia Blyholder
Cindy Bowers
Kirk Bradley
Bob Brandt
John Brooks
Mike Brooks
Jimmie Brophy
Phillip Brown
Dale Browne
Pat Bryan
Mike Bryant
Michael Buchanan
Stanley Buckley
Karen Burkhart
Clark Calvert
Phillip Cameron
Anita Capstick
Morton Carnes
Darryl Carpenter
Karan Carpenter
Don Carter
Charlie Cash
Robert Cate
Harold Caudell
Lynn Chandler