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Moments and Memories of Whitesburg High School


WHITESBURG HIGH SCHOOL JROTC — Left to right, first row, Christian Jenson, Andrew Fleming, Niki Slone. Second row, Adrian Collins, Ashley Stidham, Samantha Callihan, Jessica Partin, Maria Caudill, Brittany Cook, Nick Linville, Milissa Shell. Third row, Byron Kincer, Cody Fields, Amber Trent, C.J. Slone, Reanna Cook, Michael Aumiller, Dustyn Jackson, Marcus Stamper, Tim Hooper. Fourth row, Richard Adams, Cliff Hall.

WHITESBURG HIGH SCHOOL JROTC — Left to right, first row, Christian Jenson, Andrew Fleming, Niki Slone. Second row, Adrian Collins, Ashley Stidham, Samantha Callihan, Jessica Partin, Maria Caudill, Brittany Cook, Nick Linville, Milissa Shell. Third row, Byron Kincer, Cody Fields, Amber Trent, C.J. Slone, Reanna Cook, Michael Aumiller, Dustyn Jackson, Marcus Stamper, Tim Hooper. Fourth row, Richard Adams, Cliff Hall.

2005

The JROTC program was introduced to Whitesburg High School in 1983 when the three Letcher County high schools joined with the Perry Central JROTC program.

On July 1, 1988, the program host changed from M.C. Napier High School in Perry County to Whitesburg High School. Soon, two separate battalions were formed, one in Whitesburg and one in Hazard. The 22 years of the Whitesburg High School JROTC program have been filled with aspiring young men and women who have gone on to become great leaders in our community and our country.

2005 — The final year

With the conclusion of this ninety-first and final year of Whitesburg High School comes the final chapter in a truly storied history. Although the final chapter may have been written, let us never forget the unique memories that each of us holds from our time “on the hill”.

For some it may be the pride of an orange-and-black clad team running out onto a field or court to the well-known tune “On Ole Whitesburg” with hundreds of fans proudly donning the infamous Yellowjacket insignia. For others, it may be the laughing and giggling of friends in the whirlwind of autumn hue or watching in disbelief as brave souls slide and roll down the hill to what is now the commons area amidst a downpour of matchless snowflakes.

 

Some may remember the negative: The sheer terror of a freshman’s first day, the adolescent nervousness of prom night, or the fearful anticipation of receiving report cards. Yet, there are certainly many more joyous memories to recall: class pride in pep rallies and class tournaments, new explorations on the senior trip, or the selfsatisfaction of receiving a long-awaited diploma.

Sad as it may be, time has marched on. The time has finally come to say goodbye to Whitesburg High School forever. Though there will soon be a new school, with new memories to make and traditions to start, we shall never truly leave Whitesburg High School. You see, as long as there are Yellowjackets, there will be stories to tell and memories to recall. So, Yellowjackets, let us tell our final story!

(The above articles from the 2005 Yellowjacket Yearbook)

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