2013-05-01 / Columns

Moments and Memories of WHS

By BENNETT WELCH


Donna Joseph was elected Homecoming Queen for 1978. Members of her court were Marieta Kincer, Sally Wampler, Jennifer Adams, Kaye Day, Mary Day, Diane Gibson, Kim Hall, Cora Profitt, Debbie Burton, Cathy Sexton, Paula Kirkland, Sheila Hatton, Jackie Breeding, Sheila Boggs, and Sandy Maggard. The 1977-78 Homecoming Queen was Kathy Collins. Donna Joseph was elected Homecoming Queen for 1978. Members of her court were Marieta Kincer, Sally Wampler, Jennifer Adams, Kaye Day, Mary Day, Diane Gibson, Kim Hall, Cora Profitt, Debbie Burton, Cathy Sexton, Paula Kirkland, Sheila Hatton, Jackie Breeding, Sheila Boggs, and Sandy Maggard. The 1977-78 Homecoming Queen was Kathy Collins. 1978-79 School Year

Donna Joseph elected Queen

Our new Homecoming Queen for 1978 is Miss Donna Joseph. She was crowned Friday night at the football game against Cumberland.

Queen candidates and their escorts were: Donna Joseph and Jeff Gose; Marieta Kincer and Hobart Gentry; Sally Wampler and Brett Meade.

Senior attendants and their escorts were: Jennifer Adams and Greg Thomas; Kaye Day and Keith Combs; Mary Day and Bill Adams; Diane Gibson and James York; Kim Hall and Greg Horn; Cora Profitt and David Jones; Debbie Burton and Bill Witt; Cathy Sexton and William Gibson; and Paula Kirkland and Clay Morris.

Honor Court and their escorts were: Senior, Sheila Hatton and Ricky Gibson; Junior, Jackie Breeding and Mike Couch; Sophomore Sheila Boggs and Greg Creech; Freshman, Sandy Maggard and David Hampton.

The 1977-78 Homecoming Queen, Kathy Collins, was escorted by Randy Cook.

Parade enjoyed by all

On Friday, Oct. 20, the annual WHS Homecoming Parade was unusually short this year, perhaps because of scheduling conflicts with the Fleming-Neon Homecoming Parade. In any event, community participation was scant, as was student participation.

Only two high school clubs, the Science Club and the DECA Club, built floats for the parade. They placed second and first respectively. All four classes had floats in competition with the following results, juniors, first place; sophomores, second; seniors third place, and freshmen, fourth. Eastern Star and several area kindergartens also sponsored floats.


The 1979 Whitesburg High School baseball team had a record of 11-12 for the season. The 1979 Whitesburg High School baseball team had a record of 11-12 for the season. Our own WHS marching band participated, along with the Letcher High marching band. The homecoming queen candidates, honor court, and the class representatives were led by the 1977-78 homecoming queen, the lovely Kathy Collins, who is a freshman at U.K. this year. The WHS cheerleading squad infiltrated the crowd with pep for the Cumberland football game as they were driven through town by Doug Bird.

Although this year’s parade was not one of the best, it was thoroughly enjoyed by the spectators who lined Main Street and especially by those who were involved in some aspect of the festivities.

Jackets break tradition at last

On Homecoming night in Whitesburg, James Gose and his mighty Jackets enjoyed defeating the Cumberland Redskins for the first time since 1967.

Bill Witt, again, started off the scoring with a 55- yard run from scrimmage for the TD. Chuck Blair followed with the PAT. Later in the same quarter, Cumberland quarterback, Jackie Cornett scored on a one-yard QB sneak. William Marshall kicked the PAT to make the score 13-7. Only seconds before halftime, William Gibson ran a 49 yard TD to make the halftime score 19-7. Early in the 4th quarter, Bill Adams ran a TD. Later in the game, Erbie Pratt ran a TD from one yard out and Chuck Blair kicked the PAT .

Awards Day

Salutatorian, Lisa Carter; Valedictorian, Ricky Cook; Edgar Banks Science Award, Ricky Cook; Creative Writing, Kaye Day; Mathematics, Jo Day; English, Ricky Cook; Black Kat Editor’s Award, Ricky Cook; Biological Science, Ricky Cook; Yellowjacket Editor’s Award, Paula Kirkland; Miss Yellowjacket, Paula Kirkland; Band Award, Randy Watts; John Phillip Sousa Award, Pat Miller; American Legion Award, Pat Miller; Home Economics, Deanna Wright; Library Essay Winner, Kaye Day; Art Award, David Gilliam; Outstanding Athlete ( baseball), Greg Creech; Outstanding Athlete (basketball), Greg Creech. Harris Award, Greg Creech; Dugan Award, Lisa Carter; Distributive Education, Johnny Lucas; Speech, Johnny Lucas; Track (boys), David Jones; Track (girls), Sallie Wampler; Woman’s Club Scholarship, Cynthia Roberts; Drama Award, Kaye Day; History, Debbie Burton.

The Harris Award was named in honor of Professor H. H. Harris, who served as Principal of Whitesburg High School from 1919 until 1927. It is awarded by the faculty to a senior boy on the basis of leadership, character, and scholastic standing. This year’s recipient is Greg Creech.

The Dugan Award is an award named in honor of Miss Ann Dugan, who served as the Home Economics teacher for 27 years at Whitesburg High School. The award was first presented in 1966 and is awarded to a senior girl by the faculty on the basis of character, scholastic standing and leadership ability. This year’s recipient is Lisa Carter.

Magazine drive ends

The annual senior magazine drive, which finances a good portion of the senior trip, is completed. It lasted approximately four weeks and brought in a grand total of $12,148. 06. This is around $300 less than last year’s smaller senior class made, indicating that they were either more energetic than this year’s seniors or they had richer parents.

The homeroom totals for this year were as follows: Mr. Banks, $2833.98; Miss Whitaker,$2584.78; Mr. Sexton, $2052.04; Miss Wampler, $1751.09; Mrs. Bates, $1643.84; Mr. Frazier, $1324.91.

The six top salesman were: Debbie Burton with $791.98; Paula Kirkland, $ 536.33; Donna Reynolds, $298.39; Danny Collins, $264.30; Greg Horn, $261.50 and Billy Adams with $254.86.

1979 Yellowjacket baseball team

Roe’s Report: The ’79 Whitesburg baseball team had a good season of 11 wins and 12 losses, considering the team was young and inexperienced. Our senior players, Combs, Creech, and Hampton, provided the necessary leadership to develop a competitive winning spirit in each player. I’m sure that each team member will have fond memories of their accomplishments for years.

Football Yellowjackets win District

The Whitesburg High School Yellowjackets defeated the Hazard Bulldogs on the WHS field on October 13, 1978 to capture the District 1 title. The final score was a fairly decisive 14-6.

To begin the war, Bill Adams ran 52 yards down the sideline for a TD. Chuck Blair followed with the PAT to make the score 7-0. This was the only scoring in the first quarter. In the last seconds of the first half, William Gibson broke loose and sprinted 55 yards for the TD. Chuck Blair again kicked the PAT. Whitesburg led at the half, 14-0.

Hazard’s only score came when Kevin Blanton, a former Whitesburg resident, ran a field goal attempt back 99 yards for a TD. Blanton’s run caught everyone by surprise and the Jackets just stood and watched. Hazard came dangerously close to scoring again with only seconds to go in the game, but the Jacket defense held tight.

The win left WHS undefeated in the district at 3-0, and 5-4 on the season.

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