2013-03-06 / Columns

Moments and Memories of WHS

By BENNETT WELCH

1977

WHS All-State Band members

WHS tuba player, Ransom Holbrook, the son of Lucille and Ransom T. Holbrook of Whitesburg, set a precedent at WHS last year, being the first Yellowjacket to make All-State Orchestra. He also made All-State Band, and this year he gives a repeat performance.

Ransom, 17, has been in the band since the sixth grade, when he began playing the tuba under the direction of Ms. Mina Breeding. His father, vice-principal of WHS, also a tuba player, has been a big help.

Ransom’s honors include: All County Band 8, 1, 2, 3, 4; Morehead Honors Band 2, 3; Superior Solos 1, 2, 3; Stage Band 1, 2, 3, 4; 2nd place Regional Women’s Club Solo Contest-1974; All-State Orchestra-3 and All State Band 3, 4.

His interests other than music are restoring antique cars and coin collecting. He is a member of the Math Club, Hi-Y Club and Cowan Spelunking Club. His future plans are to attend a Kentucky university, get a Bachelor of Music Education degree, and turn professional, to play with the Boston Pops Orchestra.

Pat Miller, 15-year-old daughter of Charles and Faye Miller, only a sophomore, gives yet another display of her talent and potential by making All- State Band. Pat started band when she was 11 years old, and regardless of her youth, has quite a list of achievements. Among them: All- County Band 6, 7, 8 1,2; All-Festival Band-1, 2; Stage Band-7, 8, 1, 2; Excellent Solo-7; Morehead Band Clinic-2; All-State Band-2.

Besides practicing on her trumpet, (which she obviously must do a lot of ), Pat spends her spare time horseback riding and reading.

After high school, Pat would like to join the Air Force, major in music, and later pursue a career in music.

Phillip Waller, 17-yearold son of Chester and Geraldine Waller of Cumberland River, is a senior at WHS.

In band since he was a freshman, Phillip, a percussionist with a flair for snare drum, has received several musical honors. Among them, participating in All-County Band for the last three years, being chosen for All-Festival Band his junior and senior years, and, last but certainly not least, making All-State Band this year. He will also be playing with the Stage Band this year.

President of his VICA Club, Phillip plans to finish the welding course he is presently taking at the Letcher County Vocational Center and get a job.

Phillip’s hobbies are caving and car racing, and, oh yes, he is a member of the Cowan Spelunking Club (!!!).

Senior Committee on the go

Oct. 25, the Senior Committee met to discuss the Fall Festival and the Ring Dance.

The date for the Ring Dance was set for Dec.11. The Fall Festival date was changed until Nov. 1 because of the homecoming activities.

A Homecoming Dance was brought up and discussed. It was decided that a Homecoming Dance is a possibility if two male and two female sponsors are found.

The seniors will be selling chances on a C.B. radio soon. Each senior is to sell $10 worth of chances if they are planning to go on the senior trip.

FHA Club attends Regional Meeting

On Sept. 28, the FHA Club officers and members attended the Fall Regional meeting, which was held at Hazard High School.

This year the Whitesburg Chapter has two regional officers. They are: Debbie Hammock, Song Leader, and Viva Hollan, Recreation Leader. We were very proud of their performance at the meeting.

We would like to extend a special thanks to Mr. Burkich for the use of the school van, which made it possible for them to attend the meeting.

Senior Keys ordered

On Tuesday morning, Oct. 12, the seniors met in the cafeteria to order their Senior Keys. A representative from the Herff Jones Co. described each different key that could be ordered.

All seniors are very excited and are anticipating the arrival of the ’77 Senior Keys.

All Festival Band

Students from all over southeast Kentucky met at Harlan on Sunday, Oct. 24, where they auditioned for positions in the All-Festival Band, to be held Nov. 21-24 at Somerset.

Of the 16 W.H.S. students auditioning, 14 received chairs, with 3 students receiving 1st-1st positions. Those students receiving positions were, Debbie Williams, Deena Sexton, Gina Howard, Konna Reynolds, Paula Kirkland, Lynn Caudill, Gary Sturgill, Pat Miller, Ransom Holbrook, Sabrina Melton, Paula Caudill, Mark Baker, Phillip Waller, and Jimmy Adams.

Band gets new uniforms

The W.H.S. Marching Band recently received badly needed uniforms. For the past 3 years, the students, with the concerned efforts of Director Ron Lester and the Band Boosters, have worked to raise the money needed to buy new uniforms to replace the dilapidated 13-year-old antiques previously used.

The uniforms are contemporary in style, a complete switch from the military look of the old ones. They are also right in line with the uniqueness of any show written by Ron Lester. Well, all we can say folks is congratulations! You look fantastic!

Sharon Martin selected as Miss Yellowjacket

Sharon is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Sherd Martin of Millstone. She is actively involved in the DECA Club, this year serving as the Kentucky State Reporter. She has attended the DECA National Career Development Conference for the past two years. Sharon has also been a very active member of the 4-H Club.

Yellowjackets vs. the Bulldogs

On Oct. 15, a perfect night for football, the Whitesburg Yellowjackets met the Hazard Bulldogs. It was the last district game for Whitesburg and a must win if they were to win their district. It wasn’t hard to see that the Jackets were waiting for the Bulldogs, as they scored in the first quarter with 6:18 left on the clock. Eddie Morgan scored on a one-yard run and Isom added the extra point. Even though the Bulldogs played hard, they were not as good as the Jackets. The second and third scores came in the second quarter, one a 28-yard field goal by John Isom, and a 12-yard pass to Roger Yonts. Isom added the extra point making the score 17-0 Meade scored early in the fourth quarter and Isom again came through with the extra point making the final score 24-0.

The leading rushers were Morgan with 87 yards. and Meade with 67. The total yardage for the game was 355, with 206 yards on the ground and 149 in the air. This win automatically gives the Yelllowjackets District Title.

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