2009-05-06 / Columns

Moments and Memories of WHS

By BENNETT WELCH

(From the May, 1958 Black Kat)

On Thursday, May the first, eight members of the band who had the honor of representing our school in the All-Festival band, left for Williamsburg for the annual Music Festival. The following members took part in the band: Rosemary Collier, Jo Ann Adams, Barbara Bentley, Billy Ray Cayce, Bill Hall, Joe Brown, Tommy Stansberry, and Bobby Stansberry.

The Band was directed by Dr. Farwater, director of music at Peabody College.

The remaining members of the band left at five p.m. Thursday, Chaperones accompanying the band were: Mr. Burkich, Miss Wampler, Mrs. Mitchell Davidson, Mrs. Ruby Collier, Mrs. Bradley Bentley.

The band received a B rating. The director for the WHS band is Mr. Secontine.

The seniors voted for the following students in the popularity poll: Miss Whitesburg High, Ella Yonts; Mr. Whitesburg High, Sonny Webb; Girl Most Likely to Succeed, Ann Lewis; Boy Most Likely to Succeed, Dan Polly; Best Dressed Girl, Billie Amburgey; Best Dressed Boy, Wilmoth Kincer; Most Handsome Boy, Robert Collier; Prettiest Girl, Carol F. Brown; Best Personality (girl), Donna Spangler; Best Personality (boy) Larry Britton; Couple Most Likely to Marry First, Vina Stamper and Tommy Fields; Cutest Boy, Kelly Boggs; Cutest Girl, Janice Bentley; Best All-Around (girl) Janice Fleenor; Best All-Around (boy) Ray Day; Most Intelligent (girl), Sara Jane Hall; Most Intelligent (boy) Tommy Fields;

Most Talented (boy) Billy Joe Hall; Most Talented (girl), Elana Holstein; Most Popular (boy), Sonny Enfusse; Most Popular (girl), Wanda Collier; Best Football Player, Darrell Stidham; Best Basketball Player, Stanley Branson; Best Track, Sherdie Martin; Most Artistic Girl, Pat Fultz; Most Artistic Boy, Jimmy Halcomb; Friendliest Girl, Christine Branham; Friendliest Boy, Raymond Thomas; Sweetest Girl, Wanda D. Rogers; Most Serious Minded Girl, Katy Joyce Fields; Most Serious Minded Boy, Charles Lucas; Old Maid, Santa Carol Hall; Old Bachelor, Morrell Blair; Neatest Boy, Charles Reynolds; Neatest Girl, Christine Sumpter; Best Bandsman, Bob Stansberry; Best Pianist, Rosemary Collier.

"I remember when . . ."

1. Miss Raleigh charged 5 cents for chewing gum.

2. Seniors sold candy.

3. We had an hour for lunch instead of a coffee break.

4. Tests were given at least a week before school went out.

5. Seniors got a senior week.

6. We read Bob Stansberry's love letter.

7. Seniors sold study hall books to freshmen.

8. Seniors were exempt from semester exams if they had a B average.

9. Seniors were freshmen.

10. Squash and Bob got thrown out of Speech for doing nothing.

11. Mrs. Trosper was Miss Combs.

12. The students had a ten-minute recess.

13. When the boys took off their shoes in Washington.

14. When some of the senior girls did the bunny hop barefooted down Pennsylvania Ave.

15. When everyone fell at the Mardi Gras.

Parting advice from the seniors:

Please do not play hooky! Study all you can, while you can, because you'll never regret it. Don't be a troublemaker because it will get you no place. I found out the hard way. (Jo Ann Adams).

Study as hard as you can, because you will need what you learn after you get out of school. (Nelda Austin)

Be good, and don't give the teachers too much of a hard time. (Elana Holstein)

I think the best advice to the students of WHS is for you to get the best of schooling and a lot of it. (Sherdie Martin Jr.)

Be a gentleman or a lady and success will surely come your way. (Frank Perry)

Hope and pray for the best. (Dan Polly)

Don't try running to the post office during your lunch period. It is bad for the brain, I know. (Wanda Rodgers)

Be sure you don't skip classes for they'll sure catch you every time. (Hilda Sexton)

All the freshmen are so green, but all you sophomores want to be seen. When you juniors become all ears, you're then listening for the sound that soon you'll be in your senior year. (Zona Spangler)

My advice to the underclassmen can be said in three little words, "don't mess up." (Bob Stansberry)

Love thy neighbor as thyself. (Darrell Stidham)

Be sure you study hard and keep up with your work for once you get behind, it is hard to catch up. (Sue Carol Stidham)

When Styles Jewelry gives you that present for graduation, please don't go and get it on a school day because they do expel people for this. (Raymond "Sweet Pea" Thomas)

Don't wait until the end of school to hand that little theme in. (Bonita Vest)

Study hard but have fun, too. Don't forget to study for your English test. (Ella Yonts)

Have all the fun possible your senior year and you'll find yourself asking, just as I have, "Where in the whirl am I? (Carol Brown)

Cutting classes just don't work, they'll get you every time. (Ted Collier)

Take it easy greasy, you gotta long way to slide. (Lilly Collins)

Tempest and Sunshine

Long will the senior class remember the play "Tempest and Sunshine". Leading rolls were marvelously played by Wanda Collier and Donna Spangler, portraying Tempest and Sunshine. Wanda was the high-strung, hightempered character, and Donna, the gentle kind happy character. In the supporting cast : Sonny Enfusse, and Geogette Day played wonderful roles as servants, as Santo Carol Hall the maid. Mr. and Mrs. Middleton, wealthy plantation owners, were played by Marlon Sexton and Billie Steve Amburgey, who were excellent in their part. Sara Jane Hall had the part of the wealthy cultured Southern lady and well she did it. Sonny Webb as the school teacher, Dick Wilmont, and Robert Collier as Dr. George Lacey, a young doctor, played their rolls marvelously. Ann Statzer in a minor roll as Dick's sister really moved on the emotions of the audience when she so sincerely requested Tempest to come with her to see her brother. Sylvia Owens as Mr. Middleton's old maid sister played well her part. Bringing into the play of the comedy, the play was filled with emotions, romance, sorrow, and happiness. It gave an opportunity for superior action, which this cast really did according to the criticism of many adults of town who saw the play.

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