2012-03-07 / Families & Friends

Moments and Memories of WHS

By BENNETT WELCH


On the 1970 Whitesburg High School senior trip were (front row, left to right) Betty Jean Whitaker, Evelyn Gay Stewart, Diana E. Caudill, Phila Lisa Bowen, Judy Ann Hogg, Patsy Adams, Saundra Sue Sexton, Vickie Elaine Ingram, Shannon Banks, Sandra K. Banks, Linda Sue Craiger, Susan Crawford, Terena Ann Napier, Brenda Kaye Holbrook, Debra Kaye Polly, Charlotte Banks, Debra Lynn Clark, Sandra Kaye Adams, Linda Rose Cook, Ann Duncan Gish, Ralpha Collins, Elizabeth Kaye Ward, (second row) Curtis Casolari, Herby Ellis Smith, Larry Sexton, Cathy Lynn Pace, Cathy Fields, Angela Lynn Combs, Iris Berlie Wright, Nola Yvonne Baker, Bennett Welch, Larry Ison, Barbara Ison, Cleta Boggs, Ellen Armstrong, Jeannette Wampler, Charles Miller, Jack Burkich, Pearl Savanah Stidham, Gladys Caudill, Kenny Ray Johnson, Ricky Darrell Adams, Gary Collins, Mack Skeens, Gary Joe Bennett, (back row) Kenneth G. Addington, Randall Banks, Bruce Day, Ronnie Gay Biggerstaff, Kirby Doyle Tolliver, Charles M. Newell, David Lee Holcomb, Phillip Dean Bailey, Danny L. Hurt, Larry Morris Mullins, Kernel Eugene Sexton, Mitchel Holbrook, Billy L. Hatton, Isaac Burnace Fields, Donald Wayne Cornett, Gary Lynn Fields, Roland Douglas Brown, Jerry Wayne Hensley, Jasper Claude Hall, David Garrett Estep, Hubert Hall Jr., Sam Collins lll, Pete Michael Ingram, Ricky Wade Day, Westley L. Rosenbaum, Charles H. Williams lll, and James Letcher Buttrey. Sam Collins provided this picture and names of those going on the senior trip. On the 1970 Whitesburg High School senior trip were (front row, left to right) Betty Jean Whitaker, Evelyn Gay Stewart, Diana E. Caudill, Phila Lisa Bowen, Judy Ann Hogg, Patsy Adams, Saundra Sue Sexton, Vickie Elaine Ingram, Shannon Banks, Sandra K. Banks, Linda Sue Craiger, Susan Crawford, Terena Ann Napier, Brenda Kaye Holbrook, Debra Kaye Polly, Charlotte Banks, Debra Lynn Clark, Sandra Kaye Adams, Linda Rose Cook, Ann Duncan Gish, Ralpha Collins, Elizabeth Kaye Ward, (second row) Curtis Casolari, Herby Ellis Smith, Larry Sexton, Cathy Lynn Pace, Cathy Fields, Angela Lynn Combs, Iris Berlie Wright, Nola Yvonne Baker, Bennett Welch, Larry Ison, Barbara Ison, Cleta Boggs, Ellen Armstrong, Jeannette Wampler, Charles Miller, Jack Burkich, Pearl Savanah Stidham, Gladys Caudill, Kenny Ray Johnson, Ricky Darrell Adams, Gary Collins, Mack Skeens, Gary Joe Bennett, (back row) Kenneth G. Addington, Randall Banks, Bruce Day, Ronnie Gay Biggerstaff, Kirby Doyle Tolliver, Charles M. Newell, David Lee Holcomb, Phillip Dean Bailey, Danny L. Hurt, Larry Morris Mullins, Kernel Eugene Sexton, Mitchel Holbrook, Billy L. Hatton, Isaac Burnace Fields, Donald Wayne Cornett, Gary Lynn Fields, Roland Douglas Brown, Jerry Wayne Hensley, Jasper Claude Hall, David Garrett Estep, Hubert Hall Jr., Sam Collins lll, Pete Michael Ingram, Ricky Wade Day, Westley L. Rosenbaum, Charles H. Williams lll, and James Letcher Buttrey. Sam Collins provided this picture and names of those going on the senior trip. 1970 Whitesburg High senior trip


CURT CASOLARI CURT CASOLARI The senior class of 1970 toured Washington and New York on April 9 to 14, 1970. In Washington, the class toured the Capital, the Smithsonian Institute, Lincoln Memorial, Wax Museum, Georgetown and the Washington Cathedral. For entertainment the class saw “Hello Dolly” at the Warner Theater and also visited an amusement park in Maryland.


DEBBIE CLARK DEBBIE CLARK On Sunday, April 12, the class left Washington and traveled to New York. They arrived there around 2:20 p.m. and toured the Statue of Liberty. Sunday evening the class saw at Radio City the Rockettes and the movie “Airport”.

On Monday, April 13, the class toured New York seeing the Empire State Building, Chinatown, Greenwich Village, the United Nations and various other places on a guided tour by bus. That evening, the class attended Plymouth Theater, seeing a play called “The Plaza Suite”. They then returned April 14, arriving in Whitesburg at 5 p.m.

Sixty-five students and eight sponsors went on the trip.

Addington wins first place in essay contest

Kenneth Addington, son of Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Addington, Ermine, won first place in the Regional Essay Contest. His essay was titled “The Disabled Veteran Manpower Resource in My Community”, which was sponsored by the Kentucky Commission on Employing the Handicapped. Mr. Addington received a $25 savings bond as a prize.


HENRIETTA McCLEESE HENRIETTA McCLEESE Addington won fourth place in the statewide judging of the essay and received a $50 savings bond.

Kenneth is a senior at W.H.S. and he had English under the instruction of Miss Jeanette Wampler.

Prom held

“Gone With the Wind” was the theme of the 1970 junior-senior prom which was held on May 23. The W.H.S. cafeteria, the setting for this year’s festivities, was decorated as a pre-Civil War Southern plantation. Approximately 150 juniors and seniors attended the prom.

At 11 p.m., Donna Hall, vice-president of the junior class, welcomed those attending. Ronnie Biggerstaff, president and spokesman for the senior class, thanked the juniors for giving the prom. Mr. Jack Burkich, principal of W.H.S., then announced the Prom King and Queen, who were elected by the junior class. Debbie Clark was chosen as Queen and Curt Casolari as King.

Yellow Jacket staff sponsors dance

The yearbook staff sponsored a picnic and dance, May 25, 1970, at the W.H.S. gym. The picnic was from 7 until 8 p.m. The menu was hot dogs “with your choice of mayonnaise or mustard,” potato chips and cokes. The dance was from 8 until 11:30 p.m. The band was the Honeysuckle Grapevine. Approximately 100 students from the grade school and the high school attended. The school picnic was the last social event for students at W.H.S. The funds received went to the annual staff.

Spring Festival presented

“Love American Style” was presented by the junior class at the Spring Festival, April 27, 1970 in the grade school auditorium. Those who participated were: Myra Alice Wright, Wayne Watts, W.H.S. Chorus, Johnny and Opal Lewis, Mary Martin, Juanita Watts, Marlin Sexton, Gary Cornett, Gary Collins, Bruce Day, Brian Moore, Stewart Reynolds, Ann Eversole, Maggie Fields, Caron Crawford, Diana Ott, Herby Smith, Gary Mullins, Carl Breeding, Monroe Hensley, Marty Newell, Judy Fleanor, Debbie Pack, Margaret Richardson, and Nina Jo Ison.

Herby Smith commended

Herby Smith, W. H. S. senior, was presented an honorable mention certificate for excellence in mathematics at the annual Science- Mathematics Achievement Program of Eastern Kentucky University. Smith placed 11th among 152 students taking the math test. Marty Newell, also a W.H.S. senior, was 19th on the same test. Chuck Williams and Phillip Craft took the physics test and both placed in the upper half of the 112 taking the test. Williams is a senior and Craft a junior. Whitesburg High tied for 28th among 88 schools participating. Mr. Jimmie Arthur took the group.

Day receives Dawahare Award

Friday night, May 16, the W.H.S. Athletic Banquet was held in the cafeteria. The meal was ham, baked potatoes, and green beans. Entertainment was provided by members of the school chorus and members of the percussion section of the W.H.S. Band, under the direction of Miss Mina Breeding. Ralpha Collins, Judy Fleenor, Ricki Holbrook, Sharon Hansel, Libby Watts, Jean Jackson, Maggie Fields, Chester Holbrook, Mark Everidge, Lyle Frazier, Ricky Collins, and Gary Combs composed the group. The coaching staff, Darrell Bell, James Gose and Buddy Roe, discussed their respective sports with both hindsight and foresight. Coach Gose presented the Dawahare Award to Bruce Day. This award is to the outstanding senior athlete. Bruce earned letters in football, basketball, and baseball. The speaker was Bill Harrell, head basketball coach at Morehead State University.

My Four Years at W.H.S. by Brian Moore

For four years I have been haunting the corridors of Whitesburg High School from the fairly new English building to the new library, to the very old administration building. I will have to admit they have been memorable years. I think all would agree that after four years here, one could stand just about any place on the campus and say “I remember when I was a freshman old Suzy fell right here,” or “when I was a junior, I asked old, um, what’s-her-name, to go to the prom with me.”

There have been many good times and quite a few bad times since I came up from Richard Adams and Ritter Fugate in the eighth grade. I have had classes under just about every teacher on the hill, and each teacher I had was so different from every other one around that you might find it hard to believe they have been teaching together — some for 15 or 20 years.

When I first came to this strange place I knew none of the seniors, and didn’t care to know them either. But now it seems sort of sad that I have been here four years and most of the freshmen this year don’t know me or any of my friends and classmates. So as the time for graduation draws near, you may notice everyone looking around for a good, last look. Maybe this is the last time you’ll see some of your high school friends. It may be the last time you’ll hear “Your attention please, there will be an activity period.” So say farewell seniors, bid underclassmen “Good luck” as you say good-bye, Whitesburg High School.

(The above articles from the June 10, 1970 Black Kat.)

Yearbook Dedication, 1970

In grateful appreciation for untiring devotion, enduring concern, and unfaltering service — we humbly dedicate this, our 1970 Yellow Jacket to you, Henrietta McCleese.

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