Whitesburg KY

Moments and Memories of WHS




Meet some of the seniors

Danna Joyce Adams, 1-6- 41. Pal, Lana Bates; Favorites, Food, Chicken; Drink, Pepsi; Movie Star, Tab Hunter; Singer, Elvis Presley; Song, “Teenage Crush”; Color, Blue; Expression, “You don’t say”; Ambition, Travel around the world; Activities, Beta and Pep Club.

Major Sparks, “Toady” 1-30-39; Girlfriend, Ella Yonts; Best Pal, Ronnie Stamper; Favorites, Teacher, Mrs. Polly; Food, Steak and Gravy; Drink, Water; Movie Star, Kim Novak; Singer, Sonny James; Song, “Young Love”; Color, Pink; Activities, Football four years, Wildlife Club four years, baseball two years; Honors, football captain.

Kathlene “Kathy” Adams, 8-4-38. Pals, Norma, Barb, and Charlene; Favorites, Teacher, Miss Raleigh; Food, Lemon Chiffon Pie; Drink, Pepsi; Movie Star, John Saxon; Singer, Nat “King” Cole; Song, “You Are My First Love.” Color, Pink; Expression, “Heavens to Betsy,” Ambition, To be a Secretary; Secret Ambition, Travel Around the World; Activities, Chorus, Beta Club, Music, Tri-Hi-Y, Pep Clubs, Honors, All Festival Chorus, Secretary of Tri-Hi-Y, Member of Senior Play Cast, and Beta Member.

Jimmy Day, 12-9-39. Girlfriend, Jowanda Davis; Pal, Doyle Day; Favorite Movie Star, Burt Lancaster; Singer, Grandpa Jones; Song, “ Mountain Dew”, Color, Gray; Expression, “Bull;” Ambition, Get married at 18; Activities, football, Wildlife Club, Annual Staff.

AvaNell Martin “Ava”, 3-5-39; Boyfriend, Eddie Vancavage; Best Pal, Nancy and Mouchie King; Favorites, Teacher, Mrs. Combs; Food, hamburger; Drink, OCVOM; Movie Star, Burt Lancaster; Singer, Dean Martin; Song, “Tricky;” Color, Black; Expression, “Oh! Buddy,” Ambition, Marry Eddie; Activities, Glee Club, Pep Club, Band, Tri-Hi-Y, Wildlife Club, Music Club; Honors, Black Kat Staff, Yellowjacket Staff, Candidate for Big Sandy Bowl.

Albert Jones, 10-8-38; Best Friend, Luther Gibson; Favorites, Teacher, Jim Preston; Food, Chicken; Drink, Stump Water; Movie Star, Frankenstein; Song, “Loaded for Bear;” Color, Red; Ambition, Make a million; Secret Ambition, Be a bachelor; Activities, Wildlife Club.

Resume of Honors of 1956-57

Many honors have come to Whitesburg High School and to certain students during the school year 1956-57. It is with much pride and pleasure that we make a resume of the year in this, our final issue of the Black Kat. First place in the county contest, “I Speak for Democracy,” was won by Ruby Jewel Craft. Winners in the Regional Drama Festival were Ronald Newton Collier, James Reynolds and Inez Pratt. Ruby Jewel Craft won third place in the Hazard Public Speaking contest.

In the Regional Speech Festival James Adams won excellent in Discussion, Carol Brown, excellent in Poetry; and Lilly Jane Collins won excellent in Monologue. Ruby Jewel Craft won second in Public Speaking. Sylvia Owens made an Excellent rating in Discussion; James Reynolds, Excellent in Extempt Speaking; Wanda Rogers, Excellent in Expository Prose, Donna Sue Spangler, excellent in Poetry. Ruby Jewell Craft was voted Superior in Oratory, Barbara Holstein, Superior in Dramatic Reading, Betty Pratt, Superior in Extempt Speaking; Norma Stallard, Superior in Oratory. In the State Speech Festival Barbara Holstein stood Good in Dramatic Reading; Ruby Jewell Craft, Excellent in Oratory; Betty Pratt, Excellent in Extempt Speaking, Norma Stallard, Superior in Oratory. Whitesburg High School Speech Department won the Regional Speech Trophy.

Betty Pratt won $10 from the V.F.W. Auxiliary on her essay on “The Crusade for Free Men’s Rights.”

Rita Kathryn Hale was school winner and runnerup in district essay on “How Fish and Wildlife Conservation Benefits My Community.”

Among our young ladies who have brought honor to our school as beauty queens were: Ella Yonts, Halloween Carnival Queen; Carol Brown, Big Sandy Bowl Queen; Coal Bowl Queen, Bobbie Sumpter, Pinnacle Queen, Ella Yonts. Attendants to our Queens have been Sandy Gibson, Judy Combs, Wanda Collier, Mary Johnson, Emma Walker, Helen Miles, Janice Bentley and Mary Rogers. Harold Ogelvie was our Halloween Carnival King; boys who took part in Homecoming were Sony Enfusse, Bert Combs, Lloyd Hodge, Carlos Fugate, Harold Ogelvie, David Collier, Charles Martin, Sammy Blair. Boys who were runners-up in the Halloween Carnival were Thomas Ison, Sonny Webb and Carlos Brown.

Baccalaureate sermon,

May 19

With honor and dignity 135 seniors of the class of 1957 will enter the Gymnasium on Sunday evening, May 19 to listen to the Baccalaureate Sermon, to be delivered by the Rev. Eugene Meyers, pastor of the Methodist Church, on the subject “Protection-Deluxe.” The class marshals will be juniors, Arnold Enfusse, class president, and Rosemary Collier, vice president. The processional will be played by Ann Lewis and Billie Steve Amburgey.

(The above articles from the May 1957 Black Kat.)

Congratulations to:

Miss Little for a splendid job in planning and directing Homecoming festivities. The results were very impressive and will stand out in our memory for a long time.

The Band Club for winning the first prize for a beautiful float. Second award went to the Science Club. Other clubs entering a float in the Homecoming parade: Beta Club, Wildlife Club, Pep Club and the Hi-Y Club.

Mrs. Day for seeing to it that there’s plenty of refreshing drinks in the coolers.

Gossip over the wire

Wonder what’s happening between Sally Amburgey and Charles Hampton? Come on kids, we’re rooting for you!! Looks like those Cowan girls would leave Doyle Day alone! From what we hear, he belongs to Merlene Davis. Charles Polly seems to be interested in the eighth grade . . . could Phyllis Tolliver be the reason?? Looks like Janell Callahan and London Whitaker are getting along just fine these days. How about it, kids? Thomas Ison and Bennie Jones seem to be giving Phyllis Wampler and Janice Necessary the eye!! The Kat wonders which girl Charles Yonts, from Fleming, will end up with. He has quite a few on the hook? Wonder whose 56 Ford Ruth Marcum is riding around in! Could it be Bob Fulton’s??

(The above article from the October 1956 Black Kat.)

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