Miss Mary Beth Picinich / Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Picinich Stokes


Longwood College, B. A.

General Mathematics, Algebra

1960 Anchor, p. 115 1961 Anchor, p. 31
Courtesy of Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 10/18/08
Thanks, Norm!
Courtesy of Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 10/18/08
Thanks, Norm!


 It is necessary to comment that your providing brain teasers in the air-ith-metic arena (see Dave Spriggs -- '64-Va.) quickly loses the likes of those of us who have found the printed word overcomes those esoteric, "just because," jumbles. I gave up when the new math books appeared with my children and they rejected my attempts to correct their trying to divide numbers by the base 10 guesses, and further rejected my attempts to show them what Miss Saunders taught me at John W. Daniel School using "Long Division."

"Just don't say anything else to my teachers, please Dad!" they exhorted.

Such numeric mysteries as that offered by Cap'n Spriggs caused me to be unsuccessful in my first foray with algebra at Warwick Junior High School in the fall of 1956 despite Mrs. Tayback's tutoring. Instead, in September 1960 I found myself at NNHS with another erstwhile Senior (she remains unidentified for sake of good manners) sitting in the classroom, a level below Miss Suttle's English emporium, overlooking the shop classes under Saunders Stadium. We swallowed our pride, making one last attempt to earn a math credit in order to graduate with our peers in the Class of '61.

Both my colleague and I earned A's in the class taught by the young and capable Mrs. Mary Elizabeth (Picinich) Stokes. Mrs. Stokes perpetuated the tradition of Longwood College grads, who found the academic environment at NNHS a proving ground for their skills. Her picture is attached from the 1960 and 1961 Anchors.

- Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 10/18/08
Thanks, Norm!

Math Image courtesy of http://www.w3.org/Math/Software/mathml_software_cat_components.html - 04/08/08

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