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Moments and Memories of WHS



Eva Banks and Kelly Caudill chosen King and Queen!

Seniors receive rings

On Saturday night, Nov. 12, the long awaited occasion of the senior year, second only to graduation, occurred: Ring Dance!

What a dance it was! If you weren’t there you really missed something. All who where there had a great time, as anyone could tell by all the smiling and laughing faces.

The band that performed at our Ring Dance was The Sweet Rock Revival. The band played many of the current rock hits with a couple of “oldies but goodies” thrown in.

After about the first hour and a half, Mr. Lester appeared, turned on the lights and said, “Are you all wanting some rings?”

After that, after every song he would hand out some more rings. After some got their rings, Mr. Burkich rose to announce the Ring Dance King and Queen.

EVA BANKS EVA BANKS This year’s King and Queen are Kelly Caudill and Eva Banks, both of whom are in Mr. Jackson’s homeroom.

After this came the traditional dance for the King and Queen. A few more dances and the Ring Dance was over. Everyone either headed for home or a party.

The senior class would like to express their thanks to Mrs. Asher, Mr. Lester and Mr. Armstrong for making our dance possible.

We would also like to congratulate the “Sweet Rock Revival” for putting on such an excellent performance.

Trophy cases replaced with new ones

The old trophy cases in the gym were replaced by surely needed new ones last month. The new cases were built by the Letcher County Vocational School and paid for by the Athletic Department at Whitesburg High. A portion of the money was raised by the Homecoming Dance and concessions at a ball game. Labor was provided free and the total cost of materials was about $1,365.00.


On Wednesday, Nov. 2, the Math Club met for the first time this year. Officers were elected and plans were made for the initiation of new members.

Officers for the ’77-’78 year are: President, Kathy Collins; Vice-President, Regina Niece; Secretary, Debbie Burton; Treasurer, Jackie Breeding. Cheerleaders compete at

Eastern Ky. Conference

On Friday Nov. 4, the varsity cheerleaders went to Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond to compete in the Eastern Kentucky Cheerleading Conference.

We stayed in Richmond that night and went to competition Saturday. There were squads from all over eastern Kentucky competing in divisions ranging from middle schools to varsity.

MRS. LOVIE BROWN MRS. LOVIE BROWN We have not yet received our score sheets but we feel like we did a good job. The first place trophy in the varsity division was Greenup County, second was Doss and third was Holy Rosary.

We would like to say thanks to our sponsors, Phyllis Barker and Bob Polly, for taking us. We would also like to thank Mr. Dan Polly for going along and driving, William Joseph and the B-team cheerleaders.

W.H.S. closes out season with victory

The Yellow Jacket football team finished the regular season with a 9-3 record by destroying the Virgie Eagles 48-8.

Greg Sexton got the Jackets rolling with a super 71- yard run from scrimmage for a 6-0 lead. Danny “Star” Ingram then made the extra point to make the score 7-0.

William Gibson scored two touchdowns on excellent runs of 14 and 34 yards. Danny made two more extra points.

Jeff Gose had the best day of all, scoring three touchdowns on runs of 8 and 53. Jeff also made an amazing 82-yard run for his third touchdown. Danny Star again made all three extra points.

The offense gained 393 yards rushing. Jeff Gose gained 146 yards on just 4 carries. Greg Sexton ran one time for 71 yards and William Gibson had 87 yards on nine carries. The Jackets had 486 total yards in the game.

(The above articles from the December 16, 1977 Black Kat.)

Mr. and Miss Whitesburg

High School 1978

Daniel Ingram is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Claude Ingram, Linefork. He is a member of the football, basketball, baseball, and track teams. He is also a member of the Student Council and Pep Club. Daniel plans to continue his education at Morehead State University.

Judy Webb is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Woodford Webb, of Whitesburg. She is president of the Student Council, and secretary of the Science Club. She was also a senior homecoming attendant. Judy plans on continuing her education at Georgetown College.

1978 Yellowjacket

Yearbook dedication

This year we reflect on the golden moment in the life of a very special faculty member, Mrs. Lovie Brown.

She was always there to lend a helping hand, and handled any situation with sophistication and expertise.

In the library, she created an awareness of books, and an atmosphere for learning. As the recipient of the 1978 Yellowjacket dedication, we hope to have added a touch of gold to her life today and in her future.

Whitesburg High presents ‘Rider’

A newly formed dramatics club at W.H.S. will present as its first production ‘Riders to the Sea,’ a one-act play by the Irish playwright J.M. Synge. An evening performance for the public is scheduled for Thursday, April 27, at 8 p.m. in the auditorium of the Whitesburg Middle School. School day performances will be given Thursday, April 27, at 10:30 a.m. and Friday, April 28, at 2:15 p.m. Advance tickets are available from club members for $1.

‘Riders to the Sea’ portrays an Irish country family that loses all of its men to the sea. Focusing on the response of the women to the tragic death of their men, the play calls to mind the suffering of mountain women who lose their men in the mines.

Included in the cast are Kaye Day, Carol Webb, Rhonda Adams, Ann Wright, Diana Gilliam, Shaun Baker, Ben Caudill, Rhea Collins, Delynn Gibson, Janet Kincer, Mike Majority and William Caudill. The director is Charlie Engle.

U.K. assistant to speak at

W.H.S. Athletic Banquet

Joe Dean Jr., assistant basketball coach of the 1978 NCAA champs, the Kentucky Wildcats, will be the guest speaker at the Whitesburg High School Athletic Banquet, Saturday, May 13, 1978.

The banquet will be held in the Whitesburg High School cafeteria and will begin at 7 p.m.

(The two above articles from the April 1978 Letcher County Community Press.)

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