2013-06-05 / Columns

Moments and Memories of WHS

By BENNETT WELCH

1991

Students attend National DECA Conference

This year, 21 DECA students received trophies at the State Career Development Conference held in Louisville, Stephanie Adams, Doris Bowman, Kevin Brown, Angie Cook, Missie Craft, Susan Damron, Becky Frazier, James Hardin, Carol Honeycutt, Rhonda Jones, Rachel Kilbourne, Travis Lowe, Michelle Maggard, Melissa Parsons, Jessie Profitt, Jimmy Scott, Janice Smith, Regina Spencer, Gina Sturgill, Brian Sumpter, and Brian Browder. These students represented WHS and were among 1,000 students in attendance.

Carol Honeycutt, Jimmy Scott and Rachel Kilbourne placed in the top three in their individual events at the State Conference and earned the right to compete at the National DECA Career Development Conference held in Denver, Colorado in May.

1991 senior wills


Skipper Nantz, Lawrence Holland Jr. and Sandra Banks present the new Yellowjacket mascot to the student body. Skipper Nantz, Lawrence Holland Jr. and Sandra Banks present the new Yellowjacket mascot to the student body. I, Steve Boggs, will my ability to keep my mouth shut to Mike Benson. I, Steve Amburgey, will my ability to bench press to J.J. Buttrey. We, Steph Adams, Michelle Adams, Melissa Baker and Oshie Boggs, will Mr. Frazier’s homeroom next year the ability to keep him under control. I, Melissa Jones, will my ability to get along with Kristy Adams to Naveen Rao. I, Arnold Martin, will my ability to work hard and get along with Tom Collins to Brendan Arnold. I, Stephanie Taylor, will to Stephanie Reedy and Angie Larkey my close friendship to Keith Arroz and his mother. I, Chuck Noble, will my ability to keep my hat during a drill team performance to Darren Atkins. I, Kristy Adams, will my ability to keep my built intact by not throwing things at other people to Tracy Webb. We, the Cont. Lit. class wills our ability to wrestle with the question, “What is reality?” without going insane; our ability to be different and survive the system, to all students brave enough to JUST DO IT! I, Roger Middaugh, will my ability to lie, cheat, steal, beg, borrow, and burn to John David Banks. I, Elizabeth Kincer, will my ability to play volleyball to Chantes Caudill. I, Ginger Craft, will to all of my graduating friends the ability to be the very best that you can be and to ALWAYS take the road less traveled. I, Alicia Combs, will nothing because I don’t care enough to will anything. I, Charles Mullins, will my ability to put up with Mr. Sexton to all the new freshmen. I, Nicole Taylor, will my cousin Myrika Rose my ability to put up with Tony Sergent’s wisecracks. I, Stephanie Adams, will Doris Bowman my DECA Crown and also my ability to get by with anything under Mr. Welch. I, Tabitha Hatton, will my ability to keep a car longer than one year to Henrietta Breeding. We, Nicole Taylor, Shellie Jackson and Nema Brewer, will the ability to make up a cheer to the cheerleaders, that way they can retire.

Award winners

The Harris Award is 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 Charles Noble.

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 by the faculty to a senior girl on the basis of character, scholastic standing and leadership ability. This year’s recipient is Rosa Halcomb.

New anatomy class

WHS is now offering an alternative to what many students refer to as “plain” science and biology classes. Taught by Sally Hubbard, Anatomy and Physiology is the study of the human body and how it works. This advanced course deals especially with labs. Hubbard seems very enthusiastic about this class, “It’s my favorite class and I really enjoy teaching it.”

Being the complex course it is takes hard work, but along with work comes fun. Hubbard hopes to take her students to the UK Medical Center in Lexington and other outof class projects. In the past years the demand for something new, advanced and more complex was great. “We need Anatomy and Physiology,” says Hubbard, “because we have so many students going into the medical profession and they need this course to fall back on.”

‘Look Homeward, Angel,’ play to be presented

The WHS Drama Class will be performing ‘Look Homeward, Angel,’ a play written by Ketti Frings, based on the novel by Thomas Wolfe. Performance dates are scheduled for Nov. 31 and Dec. 1 at the Appalshop. The class is planning to present a school’s showing to the freshman and sophomore classes on Nov. 29, and to the juniors and seniors on Nov. 30, pending approval.

‘Look Homeward, Angel’ is a play about one young man’s coming of age and the troubles he faces. These hardships include an overpowering mother, a drunken father, a confused home life, the death of a relative, and the heartbreak of love.

‘Look Homeward, Angel’ is a fitting play for the times because nowadays more that ever it seems harder to succeed. It deals with problems facing today, especially the younger generation.

Flag Squad

On Oct. 13, 1990, the WHS Flag Squad competed with other schools from Virginia at the McChesney Flag Competition. The competition was held in Big Stone Gap at Powell Valley High School. Our flag group received a superior rating, and was said to be the best seen.

The members of the 1990 Flag Squad include: Missy Gilbert, Velanne Welch, Tonya Breeding, Andrea Collier, Stephanie Reedy, Katina Baker, Danena Griffin, Amy Adams, Kendra Adams, Chrystal Howard and Lynn Maggard.

WHS adopts a new and final mascot

This official mascot was designed exclusively for Whitesburg High School by the official ring committee which consisted of seniors Ginger Craft, Lawrence Holland, Jr., Skipper Nantz; juniors Marty Baker, Missy Franks, Anita Bagby, Paula Sexton; and sophomores J.J. Buttrey, Whitney Cooper, Regina Shepherd, and Shane Campbell.

It was presented by Senior Class President Skipper Nantz, Vice-President Lawrence Holland, Jr., and Librarian Sandra Banks to the student body. The new official mascot will be the only Yellowjacket used from now on. Instead of the confusion of what kind of Yellowjacket to use, this committee has taken care of that problem. Class rings now have the official Whitesburg High School Yellowjacket mascot on them.

Senior class officers

The senior class officers are President Skipper Nantz, Vice-President Lawrence Holland Jr., Secretary Bridgette Day, and Treasurer Ginger Craft.

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