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Moments and Memories of WHS

By BENNETT WELCH

WHITESBURG HIGH SCHOOL 1954 -55 BASKETBALL TEAM — Front row (left to right) Manager Phillip Back, Assistant Coach Jim Boyd, Head Coach Ray Pigman, Manager Donnie Gail Sexton, (back row) Robert Meade, Billy K. Banks, Bazie Sexton, Wilgus Sexton, Burkie Holbrook, Rex Polly, Bert Bach, Jimmy D. Blair, Don Barker, Linza Wright, Vernon Brown, Arlie Kincer, and Buddy Fields. WHITESBURG HIGH SCHOOL 1954 -55 BASKETBALL TEAM — Front row (left to right) Manager Phillip Back, Assistant Coach Jim Boyd, Head Coach Ray Pigman, Manager Donnie Gail Sexton, (back row) Robert Meade, Billy K. Banks, Bazie Sexton, Wilgus Sexton, Burkie Holbrook, Rex Polly, Bert Bach, Jimmy D. Blair, Don Barker, Linza Wright, Vernon Brown, Arlie Kincer, and Buddy Fields. On “Visitation Day”

at Whitesburg School

A program was presented by the Speech Class on “Visitation Day” and the skit was broadcast over WTCW. Program: “America”, Jimmy Paul Enlow; “Flag Salute,” Robert Hart; “Devotional,” Jimmy Paul Enlow; “American Education Week,” Harold Cook; “Good Schools Are Your Responsibility,” Gene Collier; “Ideals to Live By,” John E. Collins; “Teachers For Tomorrow,” Buddy Fields; “Investing In Good Schools,” Ardath Polly; “Working Together for Good Schools,” Shirley Stallard; “Effective Citizenship,” Charles Day; “Teaching the Fundamentals Today,” Roberta Jenkins; “How Good Are Your Schools,” S.T. Barrett; Poem, “Lines for Americans,” Wilsie Mae Mason.

PHYLLIS ANN HALL PHYLLIS ANN HALL Dramatic Skit, “Good Schools are Your Responsibility.” Cast: Dick Samson, Narrator and Foreman— “Burke” Holbrook; in an industrial plant: Mr. Carver, a Superintendent of Schools - Bert Bach: Mrs. Samson, Dick’s wife - Faye Day: Mrs. Dale, a social climber and one who has special privileges - Joan Yonts: Miss Marsh, teacher in her first year of teaching - Wanda Addington: Carolyn Dale, a high school student. Publicity Ada Louise Fields: Posters Norma Jones and Lola Wright: Stage Managers Charles Frazier and Dayne Jarrett: Reception Committee Ruth Marcum, Jeanette Adams, Mary Ann Williams, Clara Lou Webb and the instructor is Mrs. W.B. Hall.

DON WOODFORD WEBB DON WOODFORD WEBB Assembly program

honors students

Tuesday, Nov. 16, at an assembly program at Whitesburg High School, Coach Ed Moore presented to Mr. Kendall Boggs the E.K.M.C. Runner Up Trophy, which the Yellow Jackets won. This trophy was presented to the Yellow Jacket team at a meeting of representatives of the Conference at Pikeville on Nov. 14. All Conference, Buddy Fields and Don ‘Lightning’ Caudill were called to the platform and given miniature gold All Conference footballs for the E.K.M.C.

At this meeting, the Whitesburg School band was also honored and Mr. Jack Taylor, Band Director, presented to Mr. Boggs and the students a trophy, received at the Big Sandy Bowl on November 12, for being the best marching band. The band won this for their precision marching routine of “Over the Waves.”

The band competed with the following bands: Fleming, Pikeville, Belfry, Kermit, W. Va., Paintsville and Cumberland. They were judged by ‘Mr. Pound’ of Morehead State College. The band participated in a parade of bands and floats honoring the Queens of the schools represented and preceding the Big Sandy Bowl football game.

Queen of the Big Sandy

Bowl 1954

Whitesburg’s favorite, Miss Ramona Sparks, of the junior class was chosen Queen of the Big Sandy Bowl for 1954 and was crowned by Miss Kentucky. This is the second time that Whitesburg High School’s candidate has won this honor.

Mr. George D. Wheeler, representing the Kentucky State Young Men’s Christian Association, spoke to the students concerning the forming of a Hi Y organization at this assembly program. Further plans will be made.

(The above article from the Nov. 18, 1954 Mountain Eagle.)

Whitesburg High senior

class play

“Dora Dean,” a three-act comedy drama, the play for the class of ’55, which is being directed by Miss Vera Raleigh, will be presented on April 6 and 7. The April 6 presentation will be for the grade school students at 9:30 a.m. On April 7 the play will be given for the high school at 9:30 a.m. and again at 7:30 p.m. The public is cordially invited to attend any of these programs.

The cast includes Pat Martin as Dora Dean: Peggy Joan Yonts, Mrs. Sarah Dean: her daughters, Eugenia and Alice Dean will be played by Arlayne Collins and Ann Cox; Howard Hastings, a neighbor, is played by Burkie Holbrook; his wife Ella, Anna Lois Mullins; Stephen Grey, Ella’s brother is played by Maurice Moore; Kay Combs Moore takes the part of Mrs. Louise Elliott, Howard’s sister; Mrs. Leah, housekeeper at the Hastings’s home, Patsy Caudill; Bridget, a servant at Locust Grove, Lola Wright; Joey, the handyman, portrayed by Gene Collier and Uncle Nat Dean, from India, Jimmy Paul Enlow.

(The above article from the April 7, 1955 Mountain Eagle.)

Halloween Carnival 1954

The 1954 Halloween Carnival was held on October 26. Phyllis Ann Hall and Don Woodford Webb, junior class candidates, were crowned King and Queen of the Carnival by Principal Kendall Boggs.

Margaret Collier and Maurice Moore were the senior class candidates. Representing the sophomore class were Dixie Adams and Ben Arnold Everidge. Bobby Kersey and Bix Brown were the trainbearers.

Whitesburg speech

students go to state

Cecil M. Barnes and Litewell Bert ‘Burkie’ Holbrook won superior ratings in the Regional Speech Festival at Pikeville College on Friday, March 25 and 26. They will represent Whitesburg School at the University of Kentucky on April 19 and 20. Cecil Barnes’s superior rating was made on extemporaneous speaking, and Burkie Holbrook’s superior rating was made on an oratorical declaration “Wake Up America” by Lloyd Ogelvie.

Other students representing Whitesburg High in the Regional Festival at Pikeville were Bert C. Back, who made an excellent rating in Radio Speaking and won third place in Public Speaking; Peggy Joan Yonts, who made an excellent rating in Dramatic Reading; Louise Fields, who made an excellent rating in Dramatic Reading and Poetry Reading; Jimmy Paul Enlow, who made a good rating in Serious Monologue; and S.T. Barrett, who made a good rating in Expository Prose Reading.

We are proud of the Speech Class and their coach, Mrs. W. B. Hall, who has worked tirelessly with them. To us it is quite an achievement to have made such a good showing the first year that our school has ever entered a speech festival.

(The above article from the March 31, 1931 Mountain Eagle.)

Note: “WHS All Class reunion: June 25 26, Hilton Downtown Hotel, Lexington. Call Bert Francis (859) 623 4601 for information. Everyone invited.

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