2010-03-03 / Columns

Moments and Memories of WHS

By BENNETT WELCH

Valedictorian, Charlene Mullins; salutatorian, Eunice Jeanette Bentley Valedictorian, Charlene Mullins; salutatorian, Eunice Jeanette Bentley (1944-45) Health education class to be

added to

school curriculum

A class in Community Health Education will be added to the curriculum in the Whitesburg High School at the opening of its second semester.

This course will consist of instructions in Home Nursing, Nutrition, Sanitation, First Aid and Control of Communicable Diseases and Good Health Practices, and will be conducted for a full period each day during the semester.

Students who make satisfactory progress will earn one-half credit.

These classes will be instructed by Dr. R.D. Collins, County Health director, Miss Grace Wells, Registered Nurse, and Mr. B.E. Boggs, sanitation, all of the County Health Department personnel, and Miss Mary Belle Rogers, Home Demonstration agent, and Miss Gladys Combs, executive secretary of the local Red Cross.

The Clarion Yearbook dedication, 1945 The Clarion Yearbook dedication, 1945 This class is made possible through the efforts of Robert Blair, supervisor of Health Education, working in coordination with the County Board of Education and the faculty of the Whitesburg High School.

The purpose of the course is to stimulate interest in community health practices and rendering efficient service to our fellow men in cases of illness or emergencies that suff ering may be controlled at its minimum level. It also provides a great deal of the basic training for those young ladies who have the talent and inclination to enter into the nursing profession.

Plans for similar classes have been worked out for Stuart Robinson School at Blackey, and are in the process of being completed in other schools in the county.

(The above article appeared in The Mountain Eagle January 11, 1945.)

Charlene “Brat” Mullins is the valedictorian of the 1945 class. She is a member of the Girls Reserve, the Home Economics Club, the Book Club, annual staff , a cheerleader, and the treasurer of the junior class.

Eunice Jeanette “Butterball” Bentley is the salutatorian of the class. She is a member of the Glee Club, a cheerleader, the Girls Reserve, The Book Club, the annual staff , the Black Kat staff , secretary of the senior class, and a member of the Pep Club.

Who’s who in the

Class of 1945

Neatest, Hoye Webb; Most Likely To Succeed, Inez Caudill; Old-Maidish, Beulah Adams; Prettiest, Viola Harris; Wittiest, Emma Carolyn Brown; Dreamer, Joyce Polly; Most Studious, Elma Garrett; Neatest, Larue Webb; Wittiest, Van Cornett; Cutest, Carlene Mullins; Bachelor, Rex Craft; Best Personality, Charlotte Board; Most Likely To Succeed, Ray White; Best Sport, S.T. Wright; Most Studious, Sam Boggs, Jr.; Biggest Flirt, Elmer Breeding; Most Popular, Eunice Bentley; Most Handsome, John Fleenor; Best Sport, Emma Jean Pigman; Biggest Flirt, Zelma Lou Hartt.

Members of the annual staff : Eunice Bentley, Editor; Ruth Haynes, Co-Editor; Charlene Mullins, Artist ; Van Cornett, Associate Editor; Earl Mohn, Advertising Manager; Hoye Webb, Sales Manager; Charlotte Board, Business Manager; Peggy Leach, Jokes Editor; Joyce Polly, Snapshot Editor; Emma Carolyn Brown, Organization Editor; Rex Craft, Assistant Editor; Emma Jean Pigman, Photograph Editor; W.L. Stallard, Advisor.

The Black Kat staff consists of: Eunice Bentley, Editor; Junior Dawahare, Business Manager; Peggy Leach, Business Manager; Marion O’Neal, Exchange Editor; Charlene Mullins, Artist; Van Cornett, Sports Editor.

(The above articles from the 1945 W.H.S. yearbook.)

As school nears the commencement season, school activities take precedence in the news. Among the recent affairs of interest were: The football banquet, which was given in the school cafeteria on Wednesday evening, was a most enjoyable affair. There were 40 guests including the members of the team and squad and each invited a young lady. The speaker of the evening was Mr. G.D. Polly, a member of the Athletic Association.

Faculty members present were Prof. and Mrs. C.J. Reed and Mrs. Albert Jones, who had charge of the program, which was “Football School Days,” consisting of skits, songs, and poems which reviewed the games of the season. Coach Joda Adams was unable to be present, having been called out of town.

The Junior, Senior Banquet, was held at the Presbyterian Church on Saturday evening. A delightful chicken dinner was served by the auxiliary. The welcome address was given by Ann Hayes, president of the junior class, and the response was made by S.T. Wright of the senior class. Special music was rendered by Peggy Leach and Charlene Mullins. The tables were decorated with roses and the patriotic red, white and blue was carried out in the attractive memory booklets carrying the menu, class rolls and the program of the evening. The young ladies were attired in evening gowns and wore shoulder corsages.

The Clarion is published. The second volume of the Clarion Senior Class Annual is in the hands of the students. A beautiful book, which was dedicated to the memory of Prof. H.H. Harris, carrying pictures and the affairs of the school.

Commencement week, Sunday, May 13, the baccalaureate sermon will be heard at the Baptist Church at 8:00 p.m.; the Rev. K.E. Hill, pastor of the Methodist Church, will deliver the address to a graduating class of 49 seniors. This is the 29th class to graduate from Whitesburg High School.

Monday evening in the school auditorium, Mrs. Albert Jones will present an evening of patriotic music by the Glee Club and her music students.

Wednesday evening the eighth grade graduation will be given. Mrs. Lewis Ammerman is the teacher of this grade. The honor students for the eighth grade are: valedictorian Jane Raleigh Lewis, and the salutatorian is Jesse Stephen Hogg; giftorian, Betty Reed; class prophet, Joan Lewis, and the class will will be read by Faye Collier. Diplomas will be presented by Miss Martha Jane Potter. Thursday evening, senior class night. Friday evening, commencement. Address will be given by Dr. Elmer E. Gabbard of Buckhorn.

(The above article from the May 10, 1945, Mountain Eagle.)

To the memory of Prof. H.H. Harris in grateful recognition of his most effective work in the building up and promotion of the best interests of this high school of which he was for many years principal and of his unselfish devotion to the full development, mentally, physically and morally of the members of the student body, adding immeasurably to the happiness and welfare of all who came under his influence, we affectionately dedicate this the second volume of The Clarion.

(Anyone having issues of the WHS newspaper, The Black Kat, and would like to share with our readers, can get in touch with me at 606-633-5966 or email: bennett.welch@gmail.com. I would make copies of your paper and/or pictures and return them. I am especially in need of Black Kats from 1979, 89.)

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