Whitesburg KY

Moments and Memories of WHS

These DECA students attended the Region-6 DECCA contest held at Middlesboro High School.

These DECA students attended the Region-6 DECCA contest held at Middlesboro High School.

DECA contest

On Thursday, Feb. 15, 1973, 12 of our Distributive Education students, accompanied by Mr. Welch, attended the Region-6 DECA contest held at Middlesboro High School.

Our students competed in various contest with students from eight other high schools in this region. Whitesburg won the following honors: Libby Fields, First Place Trophy in Visual Display; Kathy Caudill, First Place Trophy in Advertising Layout; Keith Howard, Second Place in Show Card Lettering; Kathy Collins, Second Place in Sales Demonstration; Brenda Maggard, Second Place Trophy in Reciting the DECA Creed; Larry Dean Adams, Third Place in Job Interview.

These students have earned the right to represent our school and region in the state contest to compete with winners from the other five regions across the state. The State Conference will be held in Louisville, March 8-10.

Other participants in the contest were: Mike Amburgey, Cashier Checker; Gary Meade, Gift Wrapping; Junior Richmond, DECA Quiz.

Color Guard members were Janet Smith, Lina Welch, Brenda Caudill and Darlene Caudill.

Color Guard members were Janet Smith, Lina Welch, Brenda Caudill and Darlene Caudill.

Ring Dance

All was silent, as people waited for their names to be called out. Just outside the door all the seniors who already had their rings were saying, “Let me see yours!” and “That’s nice.”

This was the scene on Friday night Nov. 17, 1972. The senior Ring Dance had finally come. Lina Welch and Mark Caudill were crowned King and Queen by Mr. Horn. As the royalty danced the traditional waltz, Devil John provided the music. The seniors were happy and all in all, it was a great night.

Student teachers

Three Morehead State University students have spent the past eight weeks on the WHS campus as student teachers. They are: Miss Ricki Anderson with Mrs. Day’s art Classes, Mr. Randall Tackett with Mr. Frazier’s social studies classes, and Mr. Bill Stamper with Mr. Gose’s P.E. classes. The WHS students have enjoyed having them on our campus and hope they have enjoyed their stay.

Ring Dance King and Queen Lina Welch and Mark Caudill.

Ring Dance King and Queen Lina Welch and Mark Caudill.

All Festival Band

These six Whitesburg High School Band members have become members of the All Southeastern Festival Band. The band members, Eleanor Witt, Lola Bentley, Sabrina Melton, Ransom Holbrook, Mitzi Mayes, and Joyce Sturgill, participated in the All Southeastern Festival tryouts and won their places in the band. The All Southern Festival gave a concert Dec. 7, 8 and 9 in London.

Athletic Banquet

The annual Whitesburg Athletic Banquet was held April 28, 1973. The guest speaker was assistant football coach for the University of Kentucky Wildcats, Mr. Daniel A. Leal. Awards given were: Football, Offensive Back, Mike Hansel; Defensive Back, Eddie Garrett; Offensive Lineman, Burl Hall; Defensive Lineman, Dwight Pigman; 110% Award, Homer Combs. Basketball, Assists, Eddie Stallard; Free Throws, Steve Banks; Field Goals, Steve Banks; 110% Award, Mike Hansel. Athlete of the Year, Mike Hansel.

Pom-pom members were Kathy Caudill, Lisa Nichols, Janet Bowen, Glenda Enfusse, Anna Ruth Sexton and Debbie Adams.

Pom-pom members were Kathy Caudill, Lisa Nichols, Janet Bowen, Glenda Enfusse, Anna Ruth Sexton and Debbie Adams.

WHS participates in exchange program

Whitesburg High School and the community of Whitesburg played host to five exchange students from Mamaroneck, N.Y. The students from Mamaroneck were in Whitesburg until Tuesday, April 17, and at that time returned to Mamaroneck along with their five host brothers and sisters.

Mrs. Betty Horn, the exchange advisor at Whitesburg High School, in an effort to offer the exchange students an insight into the culture and environment of Kentucky, planned several activities including visits to the Pine Mountain Environmental Education Center, Cumberland Falls, The Little Shepherd Trail, coal mines, the horse races at Keeneland, and many others.

The visiting students were: Frank-Eric Martin, a French exchange student at Mamaroneck for a year, a guest in the home of Bill Martin Collins, a son of Mr. and Mrs. Bill Collins; Kitty Halsey, who stayed with Fran Newell, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Newell; Sharon Towers was the guest of Greta Wesley, the daughter of Rev. and Mrs. Leon Wesley; Karrey Lynn Nagel was the guest of Sally Smith, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Smith; and Susanne Rasmussen was the guest of Mitzi Mayes, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Mayes.


A new addition to the WHS coaching staff is assistant coach, Mr. William Wright. Mr. Wright, who is a graduate of WHS, participated in football all four years of high school, while gaining many honors. Mr. Wright twice made Honorable Mention All-State, twice EKMC, and served as team captain during the senior year.

Mr. Wright graduated from Eastern Kentucky State University where he devoted three more years to playing football.

Mr. Wright is now married to the former JoLinda Ruth Maggard, also a graduate of WHS. They have one daughter, Stephanie.

Besides coaching, Mr. Wright also teaches science. Apparently he is pleased with WHS, as he was overheard saying while attending a pep rally, “It’s good to be back!”

The B-team cheerleaders were selected recently by the student body. There were 16 girls who tried out and Felecia Sturgill, Leslie Mullins, Bridgette Pratt, Debbie Hansel, and Billie Fairchild were selected. Tammy Collins was chosen as alternate.

WHS has a new social studies teacher, Mr. Terry Collins. Mr. Collins was born at Haymond, where he attended elementary school. He then graduated from Fleming-Neon High School. Mr. Collins attended Lees Junior College and graduated from Pikeville College in 1968 with a social studies major.

Mr. Paul Anderson is the new director of the WHS Marching Band. He also teaches music at Colson and Eolia elementary schools.

Mr. Anderson was born in Hamilton, Oh., attended Ross High School in his hometown. He then came to Kentucky and Morehead State University where he majored in music education. After graduation in the spring of 1972, he then began his career as band director at WHS.

When questioned about his opinion of the students at Whitesburg, Mr. Anderson simply replied that they were motivated rascals!

Color Guard

This year the Whitesburg Band has an added attraction, the Color Guard. The Flag Squad, Seniors Janet Smith and Lina Welch carry the American Flag and School Flag. Seniors Brenda Caudill and Darlene Caudill, the Rifle Corps, carry and twirl the army rifles. The purpose of the rifles is to protect the American flag. The purpose of the Color Guard is to add more color to the band.

The Color Guard spent one week on the campus of Middle Tennessee State University in preparation for home football games.

This is a first for WHS, so let’s all support them.

Pom-pom girls

This year was the first time WHS has had pompom girls. We would like to send our congratulations to them for the fine performances they gave us during the 1972 football season.

Those forming the squad are Kathy Caudill, Sr.; Lisa Nichols, Sr.; Janet Bowen, Jr.; Glenda Enfusse, Sr.; Anna Ruth Sexton, Fr.; and Debbie Adams, Sr.; serving as alternate.

Magazine sales

The high homeroom was Miss Wampler’s with an all time school record high for a homeroom. The top salesman was Sammie Wright with a total of $602.60 — an all time school high for an individual. Tied for second place were Kathy Collins and Sally Smith. The total sales amounted to $7,135.02. The 12 top salesmen were: (1) Sammie Wright, (2) Sally Smith, Kathy Collins, (4) Glenda Sexton, (5) Janet Smith, (6) Jamie Breeding, (7) John Honeycutt, (8) Terry Hunsucker, (9) Lina Welch, (10) Denise Collins, (11) Kay Collins, (12) Kathy Caudill.

(The above articles from 1972-73 Black Kats and the Yellowjacket yearbook.)

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