Awards Day 1974
English Award, Rhonda Webb and Faith Hensley; Science Award, Bill Martin Collins; Math Award, Cathy Frazier and Bill Collins; Industrial Arts, Robby Crawford; Social Studies Award, Kem Sexton; Typing II Award, Sharon Halcomb; Journalism Award, Kem Sexton; Outstanding Athlete Award, Wayne Palumbo; Biological Science Award, Bill Martin Collins; Editor of the Annual, Greta Westley and Jerri C. Frazier; Outstanding Girl P.E. Award, Lulu Collins; Outstanding P.E. Boy Award, Gary Meade; Music Award, Joyce Sturgill; French Award, Bill Martin Collins; Art Award, Charles Engle; Home Economics Award, Janet Bowen and Sandra Roark; Library Award, Sharon Halcomb; Baseball Award, Greg Collins; Basketball Award, Eddie Stallard and Frank Hollan; Distributive Education Award, Mike Amburgey; Harris Award, David Boggs; Dugan Award, Cathy June Frazier; Track Award, Robby Crawford; Band Award, Joyce Sturgill; Creative Writing Award, Bill Martin Collins.
Class of 1974
Bill Martin Collins and Rhonda Webb, co-valedictorians of the class of 1974 for Whitesburg High School, have been given the annual award of the Reader’s Digest Association for students who by their successful school work give promise of attaining leadership in the community, it was announced today by Mr. J.M. Burkich, Principal.
Bill Martin and Rhonda will receive an honorary one-year subscription to the Reader’s Digest in any of its 13 language-editions which they choose, and a personal certificate from the editors “in recognition of past accomplishments and in anticipation of unusual achievement to come”.
(Above article from the May 1974 Mountain Eagle.)
DECA students win trophies at state
Sharlet Caudill received a second-place trophy in the merchandising contest and Wendell Cook placed third in store layout.
The Whitesburg High School Chapter of the Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA) participated in the Career Development Conference held in Louisville at the Galt House Hotel, March 8-10, 1974.
Other students in attendance from the WHS Chapter were Beverly Reed, Caldonia Gibson, Larry Adams, Kirby Profitt, Diane Holbrook, Libby Fields, Brenda Maggard, Mike Amburgey, Priscilla Duty, Kim Hammonds and Lucille Tackett.
Whitesburg High School held its annual Athletic Banquet on May 9, 1974. Ellis T. Johnson, of Huntington, W.Va., was the guest speaker for the evening.
Johnson was the only U.K. athlete in history to win letters in four sports in a single season, football, basketball, track, and baseball. He was an All-State and All-American basketball player at Ashland High School; in 1935 he led the Kentucky Wildcats to the Southeastern Conference Championship and a National Collegiate title. He won All-American honors that year.
The following students were recognized for their accomplishments: Eddie Stallard, Free Throw Percent Award, All District Team, All State Honorable Mention, E.K.M.C. Player of the Year. Tommy Day, Defensive Line Award, 2nd Team All State. Bill Collins, 110% Award, James R. Brown Award, Dawahare Award. David Hunsucker, Offensive Back Award, E.K.M.C. Team, All State Honorable Mention. Frank ‘Smoke’ Hollan, Field Goal Award, All District Team, Rebound Award, All State Honorable Mention. David Boggs, Offensive Line Award, E.K.M.C. Team, First Team All State. Mike Shepherd, Assist Award, All Regional Award. Wayne Palumbo, 110% Award. Ernie Sexton, All Regional Team. Jim Adkins, All State Honorable Mention. John L. Collins, Defensive Back Award, All E.K.M.C. Team.
Basketball Jackets win regional berth
It went down to the wire — and then past it — but the Whitesburg Yellowjackets held on to score an overtime victory to claim the 53rd District A Team championship over a tough team of Letcher Eagles.
The A-team final was a nip and tucker all the way through. It was tied at 16 the first quarter. Letcher was up by two at both the second and third period ends, but at the final regulation time whistle, it was 54 all. It stayed tough through the overtime, but the Jackets took advantage of several costly Eagle miscues to win the overtime 5-3, and the contest 59-57.
( This article from the March 14 Mountain Eagle.)
Signs with Morehead
Marion Thomas Day, son of Mrs. Anita Day Frazier, has signed a scholarship agreement with Morehead State University. A teammate, David Boggs, also signed with Morehead. Day, a senior honor student at WHS, is active in work at the Methodist Church. He has been a member of the football team for four years and has played baseball and track. He was named All Eastern Kentucky Mountain Conference in football his junior and senior years and second team, All-State, his senior year.
( This article from the March 14 Mountain Eagle.)
Most Ambitious, Lois Frazier and John L. Collins; Eye Catcher, Jerri Cook and Bob Smith; Most Courteous, Bob Smith and Debbie Day; Best Personality, Steve Adams and Vickie Fields; Most Popular, Cathy Frazier and Michael Joseph; Friendliest, Libby Fields and Greg Collins; Most School Spirited, Linda Webb and David Boggs; Most Talented, Joyce Sturgill and Jack Roberts; Best Dressed, Randall Baker and Vicki Fields; Most Gymnastic, Eddie Stallard and Greta Westley; Best All Around, Linda Frazier and Kendall Boggs; Class Cut- Ups, Benny Bentley and Evyonne Gibson; Ring Dance King and Queen, Debbie Day and Eddie Adams.
Senior class officers
President David Boggs; Vice President Brenda Webb; Secretary Steve Adams; Treasurer Alvin Fox.
Football players, Eddie Adams, Stevie Adams, Bill Adkins, David Boggs, Bill M. Collins, Greg Collins, John L. Collins, Robby Crawford, Lannie Day, Tommy Day, Alvin Fox, Jim Gose, David Hunsucker, Michael Joseph, Gary Meade, Wayne Palumbo, Jack Roberts, Bob Smith, Eddie Stallard. Basketball Players, Bill M. Collins, Frank Hollan, Eddie Stallard. Cheerleaders, Diane Holbrook, Linda Webb. Football and Basketball Managers, Benny Bentley, Levine Johnson. Band, Joyce Sturgill. Annual Staff, Jerri Cook, Debbie Day, Rhonda Webb, Greta Westley. Black Kat Staff, Pearl Adams, Jeff Bates, Janet Bowen, Lulu Collins, Jerri Cook, Tommy Day, Fran Newell, Wayne Palumbo, Kem Sexton, and Greta Westley.
Class Motto: The end is just the beginning. Class Colors: Red and White. Class Flower: Red Rose.
District Board organize
Recently seven Whitesburg High School students met and formed a Junior Conservation District Board of Supervisors for Letcher County.
The board consists of Mark Larkey, chairman; Rhonda Webb, co-chairman; Faith L. Hensley, secretary; Vincent Yinger, treasurer; John Ramsey, coordinator of activities; Steve Frazier, chairman of by- laws committee; and Richard Brown, chairman of program committee.
At this organizational meeting, goals and objectives were discussed along with possible planned activities for 1974. These goals involve greater participation by the youth of Letcher County in natural resource programs. In this respect, they will serve as an added resource for the Board of Supervisors of the Letcher County Conservation District.
We students would like to thank our teachers and Mr. Jack Burkich for their cooperation in this project.
(The article from the Jan. 24 Letcher County Community Press.)
Whitesburg graduation exercises set;
140 students to receive diplomas
Whitesburg High School graduation exercises will be held Thursday, May 30, 1974 at 8 p.m., in the Whitesburg Gymnasium. The address to 140 graduating seniors will be delivered by Lieutenant Governor Julian Morton Carroll.