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Moments and Memories of WHS

By BENNETT WELCH

1959
Meet some of the seniors

Esther Tackett: Pep Club 1,2; Nurses Club 1, 2; Bible Club 1,2, 3; F.H.A. 1, 2, 3. Birthday, 4/24/40; Ambition, elementary teacher; Favorite song, “For Your Precious Love”; Favorite expression, That’s more butter; Advice to underclassman, Be Good to Miss Raleigh, she’ll be good to you.

Gerald Frazier: Wildlife Club 1,2,3; “W” Club 3, 4; Pep Club 1, 2, 3, 4; Football 1, 2, 3, 4: Birthday, 1/17/42; Ambition, teacher; Favorite song, “Charlie Brown”; Favorite expression, Why not? Advice to underclassman, Don’t try to chew gum in class.

Gurnie Maggard: “W” Club 4; Birthday, 9/3/42; Ambition, create another Frankenstein; Favorite song, “White Lighting”; Favorite expression, “O.K. Baby;” Advice to underclassman, Stay away from Anna.

Emma Walker : Beta Club 3, 4; Pep Club 1, 2, 3, President 4; Bible Club 3, 4; Nurses Club 3: Birthday, 3/31/41; Ambition, secretary; Favorite song, “Just a Matter of Time”; Favorite expression, Gee-oh!! Advice to underclassman, Don’t play hooky like Jo and I did. Be good and you’ll enjoy school more.

Joyceleen (Joy) Kincer: Pep Club 2, 3, 4; Bible Club 2, 3; Art Club 3; Black Kat Staff; Annual Staff. Birthday, 12/25/43; Ambition, dress designer; Favorite song, “Come Softly to Me”; Favorite expression, “Gee Whillikers”; Advice to underclassman, Study with all your might. Don’t chew gum.

Kendall Ray Ison: Music Club 1, 2; Pep Club 1, 2, 3, 4; F.T.A. Pres. 3, 4; Band 1, 2: Birthday, 9/21/41; Ambition, teacher; Favorite song, “Whispering Pines”; Favorite expression, “Crossed eyeballs”, Advice to underclassman, Don’t try to slip anything on Miss Raleigh.

Rolland Secontine’s W.H.S. Band in rank, standing 56 strong

These hard working members have provided entertainment for the school year round. They not only played at our pep rallies and ball games, but also gave us many concerts and colorful down-home parades.

This talented group of students has won two marching trophies for our school this year, which we are proud to add to our collection, as well as a large parade flag with 49 stars.

Participation in many outstanding events, such as the VFW Encampment at Hazard, the heart fund parade in Fleming, the Tri-State Baton Twirling Contest, has given them personal contacts and competition with the best bands in Eastern Kentucky. Band members who made the All State Band, reflecting honor on their director and the school, are Jean Spangler, Fern Fulton, Bill Cayce and Bill Hall. We are proud of these four but even more proud of the 56 Strong. What is a high school without a school band?

Senior class colors

The class colors chosen were blue and silver. The blue stands for bravery. The seniors are brave to finish high school and face the future fearlessly. Blue is a beautiful color like the clear summer skies — which girls like to look at and dream — or the lakes were the boys like to fish. The silver stands for our bright shining future. The seniors chose this because they know there is a silver lining to every cloud. They know silver is also shining and bright like love, joy, and happiness. May these colors guide us through our future lives! Geneva Owens.

Ambition’s Light is a Distant Star is the class motto for the seniors of 1959. This motto means that in order to make your dreams or ambitions come true, you must look far into the future, and never give up hope that someday you will reach the point in life where you have everything that you ever hoped for, and it is at that point that you will be truly happy. Happiness can come only to those who pursue a high and lofty purpose and have loyalty to an idea. Dan.

Wearing the traditional caps and gowns publicly for the first time, the 1958-59 seniors marched solemnly into the gym Sunday evening, May 17, for the Baccalaureate Sermon, delivered by the Rev. Charles Tanner of Whitesburg Methodist Church. His inspiring message was entitled “For Such a Time as This.” There was a feeling of sadness as the seniors realized their happy school days were almost over, but there was also happiness in the realization that a Higher Power will guide them in the future. Phyllis

(The above articles from the May 1957 Black Kat.)

Yellowjackets drub Combs; avenge loss, By Ralph Dudley Webb

Last Friday evening the Whitesburg High School Yellowjackets avenged an earlier season loss by dropping 54th district power Dilce Combs at the local gym. The Jackets whipped their foe by overcoming a halftime deficit of two points and later came back, midway in the third frame, to take the lead 33-30. The Yellowjackets defensive tactics were superb as they held the high-scoring Panthers to a minimum. The Burtonmen were paced by forward Charlie Hall and outstanding rebounder for the Jackets Sydney Blair, each with 12, while Begley threw in 15 for the losing Panthers.

In a slow starting first period, the Jackets collected only seven to their opposition’s 17. In the second frame the Jackets tallied eight to the Panthers’ none. Halftime score was 17-15.

In the third period the Jackets rallied and took the lead at the end of the third period 28-24. In the final stanza each team collected 16 points to make the final score 44-40.

(The above article from the March 5, 1959 Mountain Eagle.)

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