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59th  YEAR Section  Two      FINAL  EDITION VOLUME  6

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Final Year Is
Full Of Old
And New Ideas

In keeping with the policy of this school for the last year of Grove High School's history - to beat the best - the staff of the Comet have exerted their utmost in creating the best school newspaper in this school's history. Even if this lofty goal is never attained, the staff feels that they can stand behind and be proud of every issue they have sold this year.

The face of the Comet has changed greatly since its origin and many of these changes have taken place during this year. Some apparent innovations are really items borrowed from former Comets because they were good ideas and fit in well with policies for this year. For example, the regular "News of Our Neighbors" and "Tip of the Hat" columns has been restored to the newspaper because of the approaching consolidation of Grove and its surrounding county schools. New things, too, have been added. An attempt to increase the artwork in each issue resulted in the cartoons illustrating the editorial, features, and sports. Also the number of snapshots used in each issue has been increased so that many students are pleasantly (usually) surprised to see their pictures in the school newspaper. Junior High has had its own page, too, this past year.

The response to the increased activity around Comet headquarters appears gratifying. Mr. Underwood, as well as many members of the faculty, have made several praising comments.


The First

And Last

The first editor of the Grove Comet, for the year 1912-1913, was Hillman Moody. From his record; and superb Comet we can tell that Grove's paper has had outstanding editors from the very first. One can see his ability by the fact that he was one of thirteen in the graduating class that started out with a class of fifty when freshmen. With Moody, elected by the faculty, the size and quality of the paper increased. Known as "the Farmer," among his classmates he was an honor roll graduate, receiving the Cumberland University scholarship.

Our last editor of the Comet, Eddie Reynolds is not, by any means, the least. This year's Comet has been one of the best Grove has ever had. Not only have there been more Comets than in many years but for the first time the editor and assistant editor have attended a newspaper workshop, conducted by the Commercial Appeal, for the purpose of improving high school journalism. Eddie, co-editor last year, will graduate with many honors. One of the top students in the senior class, he has been in the Top Ten for the past five years. He is a member of the National Honor Society, is Thespian president, and is a delegate for the fourth year to the math contest, having placed in the top ten the last three years.

Response of the student body for it is they for whom the articles are written. The best way the students have of responding to the Comet is to buy it. As the increased sales reports indicate, they have.

For Six Decades

The Grove Comet had a very peculiar christening. Do you know what it was?

In 1910 Halley's Comet blazed Its trail across the sky. Soon thereafter when some Grove students were pondering what to name their new school paper, Mrs. L. Matthews, the mother of one of the concerned students, Miss Diana Matthews (now Mrs. R. H. Rhodes) suggested "Comet". The name appealed, and since then both E. W. Grove High School and Halley have their respective comets.

Grove had a publication before the Comet, however. As early as 1907-1908 the Hamilton Literary Society of Grove founded the Grove School Magazine. Its editor was Paul E. Doran. The publication was in a small magazine form and sold for ten cents a copy or ninety cents a year. It contained thirty pages of articles concerning friendship, athletic departments, editorials and locals and personals.

When the first Comet came along it still maintained the form of its predecessor, that of the magazine form and it was dedicated to Dr. E. W. Grove. In 1912-1913 Hillman Moody was editor-in-chief. He was chosen by the faculty and he chose department editors upon the consent of the faculty. This issue of the Comet sold for 25 cents or 50 cents a year; it offered fifty-six pages.

The paper remained basically the same throughout the next years; by 1929 the newspaper form had been permanently established, this form offered six pages of personal items: from humor and essays on necks to (missing.)

By 1930-1931 the Comet had expanded to eight pages and was larger in dimensions. There were always reports on clubs and usually an entire page devoted to jokes and riddles.

In 1940 the Comet staff felt prepared to enter its publication in the eleventh annual contest of Emory University Department of Journalism and the Atlanta Journal to determine the best high school newspaper in the Southeast. The contest and evaluation took place in February of 1940. At this contest the comet scored 800 points out of a possible 1,000 points.

In three subsequent years 1957, 1962, 1963, the Comet was entered in the Tennessee High School Press Association competition and received a rating of "good". The editors for these years were Camilla Cox, Jim Rhea, and Ben Jobe, respectively.

Throughout the years the articles of the Comet have been of a wide variety. From 1940 to the present time some of the articles have gradually been done away with. For instance, there is no longer a page filled with jokes and riddles or local personal items of interest. The Comet always had articles of interest and appeal, and through the years the quality of writing has done nothing but improve.

The Comet has always desired to set forth in her pages the thoughts, ideas, and reflections of those who passed through her doors during their process of learning. The Comet has been successful in her attempts, due to the capable leadership of her staff.



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