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Moments and Memories of WHS

By BENNETT WELCH

WHITESBURG HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR TRIP 1978 — (First row, left to right) Tony Spangler, Roger Gover, Regina Niece, Darlene Meade, Donna Ison, Betty Caudill, Tanis McClain, Lisa Farington, Karen Maggard, Lynne Caudill, Sherry Watts, Tina Shortt, Judy Webb, Doris Ison, Denise Combs, Sandra Sexton, Kim Thomas, Melissa Polly, Jim Roberts, Joe Holbrook, (second row) Tim Estridge (bus driver), Laura Caudill, Robyn Bates, Regina Bates, Shirley Thomas, Kim Amburgey, Mrs. Woy (tour guide), Mrs. Braddock (tour guide), Ron Lester, Connie Lester, Ruby Burkich, Jack Burkich, U.S. Rep. Carl D. Perkins, Jeanette Wampler, Dan Polly, Carolyn Chandler, Doug Chandler, Shelia Webb, Edna Hogg, Gertrude Niece, Oma Sexton, Darlene Maggard, (third row) Lewis McCracker (bus driver), Kathy Collins, Lynda Bates, Allen Russell, Billy Sexton, Ben Caudill, Mike Adams, Billy Majority, Charles Maggard, David Horn, Mike Cook, William Raleigh, Johnny Sturgill, Edison Banks, Joey Yonts, Vance Craft, Joe Gose, Ricky Lowe, Jerry Cornett, Cecil Sexton, William Joseph, Barbara Caudill, and Gomer Sexton. WHITESBURG HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR TRIP 1978 — (First row, left to right) Tony Spangler, Roger Gover, Regina Niece, Darlene Meade, Donna Ison, Betty Caudill, Tanis McClain, Lisa Farington, Karen Maggard, Lynne Caudill, Sherry Watts, Tina Shortt, Judy Webb, Doris Ison, Denise Combs, Sandra Sexton, Kim Thomas, Melissa Polly, Jim Roberts, Joe Holbrook, (second row) Tim Estridge (bus driver), Laura Caudill, Robyn Bates, Regina Bates, Shirley Thomas, Kim Amburgey, Mrs. Woy (tour guide), Mrs. Braddock (tour guide), Ron Lester, Connie Lester, Ruby Burkich, Jack Burkich, U.S. Rep. Carl D. Perkins, Jeanette Wampler, Dan Polly, Carolyn Chandler, Doug Chandler, Shelia Webb, Edna Hogg, Gertrude Niece, Oma Sexton, Darlene Maggard, (third row) Lewis McCracker (bus driver), Kathy Collins, Lynda Bates, Allen Russell, Billy Sexton, Ben Caudill, Mike Adams, Billy Majority, Charles Maggard, David Horn, Mike Cook, William Raleigh, Johnny Sturgill, Edison Banks, Joey Yonts, Vance Craft, Joe Gose, Ricky Lowe, Jerry Cornett, Cecil Sexton, William Joseph, Barbara Caudill, and Gomer Sexton. Homecoming Parade

biggest ever at WHS 1978

Now that the Homecoming ‘77 is over, it is time to fondly look back upon it and compare it with previous homecomings.

In the past, the only floats in the parades were built by large organizations, such as clubs and schools.

This year, each class built its own float. This created a feeling of unity within the individual classes. It also developed a stronger feeling of pride.

From all reports so far, this new idea seems to have hit well with the student body as well as with the faculty.

Looking at the homecoming game, the one this year went off particularly well, with W.H.S. making a fine show of themselves.

Now we come to the real reason of the Homecoming, the election of the Homecoming Queen. This year was one of the closest races, perhaps in the history of the school.

There were three candidates, Kathy Collins, Donna Ison, and Regina Niece. All three candidates were well liked throughout the school, and it was very hard for the students to decide on which candidate to vote for.

This was also very good, because it showed again a strong unity between the students.

In the end the election proved to be very close, with each candidate receiving a large box of votes. Kathy Collins receiving the largest number of votes, was elected our Queen.

(The above article taken from the Nov. 16, 1978 Black Kat.)

Vermillion puts

Whitesburg on top

On Nov. 19, a senior here at Whitesburg High, Karl Vermillion, won first place in math and second place in science at the annual Clinch Valley College Math and Science Contest. There were approximately 20 schools represented at the contest and also representing Whitesburg were Ricky Cook, Janet Arthur, Kim Arthur, and Missy Mohn.

The WHS students were accompanied by Mrs. Arthur, a math teacher at our school. Karl’s winning entitles him to another $750 in scholarships, to add to what he has already won, if he should decide to attend Clinch Valley College.

Karl also received Honorable Mention at Eastern on physics exam, second place at Cumberland College on advance math exam.

(The above articles were from the Dec. 16, 1978 Black Kat.)

1978 Awards Day

The Senior Class Awards Day program was held in the Whitesburg High School gymnasium on Friday, June 2. The following awards were presented by Mr. J.M. Burkich, principal, and designated faculty members: valedictorian Shirley Thomas; salutatorian Lisa Farrington, Edgar Banks; Science Karl Vermillion; Creative Writing Karen Maggard; Mathematics Karl Vermillion; English Shirley Thomas; Typing II Regina Niece; Journalism Edison Banks; Black Kat Editor’s Award Barbara Caudill; Chemistry Shirley Thomas; Biological Science Jerry Cornett; Yellowjacket Editors Robyn Bates, Judy Webb; Miss Yellowjacket Shirley Thomas; Band Paula Caudill, Charles Maggard; John Phillip Sousa Award Jimmy Adams; Social Studies Shirley Thomas; Home Economics Sally Bledsoe; Library Sandra Sexton; Library Essay winners Van Stanley Breeding, Melissa Mohn; Outstanding Athlete (football) Mike Cook; Outstanding Athlete (basketball) Randy Collins; Outstanding Athlete (baseball) Greg Profitt; Harris Award David Horn; Dugan Award Shirley Thomas; Distributive Education Charles Maggard; Speech William Caudill; Track (boys) Donald Cook; Track (girls) Cynthia Meade; Outstanding girl athlete (basketball) Tanis McClain; Morehead State University Scholarships Donald Cook, Karen Maggard, Daniel Jones; Yellowjacket Dedication Mrs. Lovette Brown.

Minerva Jo Day received second place at Cumberland College on the algebra II exam. William Caudill won the VFW speech contest first place for school and second place for the area.

Valedictorian

Salutatorian

Shirley Thomas, Lisa Farrington

Class Officers: President Mike Cook; Vice President David Pennington; Treasurer Darlene Meade; Secretary Mark Cornett.

Senior Superlatives

Best All Around Regina Niece and Joey Yonts; Personality Plus Doris Ison and Gary Hall; Nicest Smiles Judy Webb and Joey Yonts; Most Talented Regina Niece and Tony Spangler; Mr. and Miss Fashionable Betty Caudill and Mike Cook; Most Attractive Eva Banks and David Pennington; Most School Spirited Sandra Sexton and David Horn; Most Athletic Kathy Collins and Daniel Ingram; Jacket Jokers Darlene Meade and Joe Holbrook; Most Popular Donna Ison and Joey Yonts; Most Likely to Succeed Barbara Caudill and Edison Banks; Most Courteous Eva Banks and Joe Gose.

1977-78 Football Results: Elkhorn City 0, WHS 16. Lynch 15, WHS 18; Leslie Co. 14, WHS 20; Jenkins 14, WHS 0; Fleming-Neon 0, WHS 19; Johns Creek 0, WHS 20; Breathitt Co. 6, WHS 22; M.C. Napier 18, WHS 22; Hazard 6, WHS 21; Cumberland 15, WHS 12; Phelps 12, WHS 48; Virgie 6, WHS 36. Regional Tournament: Pikeville 20, WHS 0; Senior Players were: Joe Gose, David Horn, Randy Banks, Greg Sexton, William Raleigh, Mark Cornett, Mike Cook, Daniel Ingram. David Horn and William Raleigh were named All State and All E.K.M.C.

Greg Sexton and Mark Cornett were also named All E.K.M.C.

1977-78 Basketball Results Leslie Co. 69, WHS 85; M.C. Napier 70, WHS 57; Dilce Combs 66, WHS 65; Hazard 97, WHS 80; Lynch 77, WHS 79; Letcher 60, WHS 70; Wheelwright 82, WHS 74; Fleming-Neon 56, WHS 43; Letcher 40, WHS 78; Dilce Combs 58, WHS 68; Letcher 57, WHS 71; Jenkins 74, WHS 76; Fleming-Neon 69, WHS 59; Jenkins 50, WHS 63; Lynch 95, WHS 78; Fleming-Neon 45, WHS 38; Cumberland 78, WHS 68; Hazard 90, WHS 82; Dilce Combs 56, WHS 63; Fleming-Neon 51, WHS 45; Powell Co. 60, WHS 77; Knott Co. Central 80, WHS 69; Jenkins 61, WHS 75; Leslie Co. 84, WHS 80; Breathitt Co. 62, WHS 61; District Tournament: Jenkins 50, WHS 66; Fleming- Neon 71, WHS 68; Regional Tournament Hazard 76, WHS 71; Basketball Honors: Randy Collins (senior.) All E.K.M.C., All Mt. Coal Classic, All 19 Region. Gary Hall (senior) Best Field Goal Percentage. Greg Creech (junior) All 53rd District, All 14 Region, All Mt. Coal Classic, All State Honorable Mention, Best Rebounder. Jeff Gose (junior) – All Mountain Coal Classic, All 53rd District, 110% Award. Bill Witt (junior) – All 53rd District, Best Free Throw Percentage, Most Assist.

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