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Moments and Memories of WHS




Miss Georgia Mullins is named the 1988-89 Football Homecoming Queen. She is the daughter of Joan and Duke Mullins of Whitesburg. Her escort was William Bledsoe. He is the son of Pamela Brown of Partridge. WHS held their annual Homecoming on Friday, Sept. 23. The 1988 Senior Honor Court consist of Miss Delena Boggs escorted by Archie Crawford, Miss Donna Brown escorted by Richard Mullins, Miss Tammy Caudill escorted by Toby Maggard, Miss Candy Kincer escorted by Mark Caudill, Miss Kim Lucas escorted by Mike Frazier, Miss Candace Meade escorted by Jamie Stidham, Miss Tracy McBee escorted by Mike Hall, Heather Niece escorted by Roger Mason, Miss Amy Patterson escorted by Daile Vance, Miss Angie Ratliff escorted by Clay Holbrook, Miss Renee Sexton escorted by Joe Caudill, Beth Shepherd escorted by Stacy Collins, Miss Karen Short escorted by Richard Spangler, Miss Cheryl Stallard escorted by Jeff Bledsoe, Miss Carrie Todd escorted by Brian Bledsoe, Miss Elizabeth Watson escorted by Keith Rose, and Miss Stephanie Wright escorted by Charles Matthews.



The 1988 Class Representatives were Miss Katina Baker escorted by Richard Craft, Miss Myra Cody escorted by Tommy Sayers, Miss Vanessa Adams escorted by Chuck Howard and Miss Sarah Hayes escorted by Travis Day.

The 1988 WHS Queen candidates were Miss Martie Banks escorted by Dale Thomas, Miss Kim Brown escorted by Randy Collins, and Miss Georgia Mullins escorted by William Bledsoe

As the night came to an end, the crowd was impatiently waiting to see who our 1987 Queen, Miss Tracy Combs escorted by Derek Collins, would be handing the crown down to. As the suspense grew greater the queen was announced. Miss Georgia Mullins! It was a very special night for Miss Mullins and her friends.

Welcome new teachers

Mrs. Susan Hayes is the new music teacher and band director. She graduated from Jenkins High School, where she was a member of the band and also a majorette. While in the band, she played the clarinet and the piano. After high school, she attended E.K.U. but later received her degree in music from Pikeville College.

Mrs. Hayes lives in Whitesburg with her husband, Haskew, and her two children, John and Sarah.

Mr. Jeff Hawkins is teaching drama and English. He graduated from Georgetown College in 1982 with a B.S. degree in business administration and communication. In 1988 he received a teaching certificate from Clinch Valley College in English and literature.

He first became interested in drama because of the writing. But as time went, on the more he became involved with everything else that goes into making theatre acting, directing, lighting, and props.

Mr. Hawkins is a Kentucky Artist in Education and Development Director for Roadside Theater.

Some of his previous jobs were storyteller, actor, director, college instructor, carpenter, block layer, teacher, and radio programmer. He also worked as an administrator for the Kentucky River District Health Department.

He is married to Cheryl Hawkins from Dayton, Ohio. Mrs. Hawkins is a teacher at Burdine Elementary. They have one son, Travers Cody Hawkins, who will be three years old in November.

Tom Searcy is our new drafting teacher and head football coach. He is a 1981 graduate of Morehead State University. He is married and his wife’s name is Kathi and his daughter is Heather. Coach Searcy began his coaching career at Madisonville North Hopkins where he was both assistant football and basketball coach. He then spent two years at Madisonville South Hopkins before coming to Whitesburg. He has set high goals for the ’88 football season and we wish him the best of luck.

Gary Gibson is one of the newest members of the faculty. Mr. Gibson, with his wife, Madeline, who is also a teacher, and his daughter, Lynn, are originally from Knott County and are presently living at Kite. He has a two-year degree from Alice Lloyd College, along with a bachelor’s degree from the University of Kentucky, and a master’s degree from Morehead State University. Before coming to Whitesburg, Mr. Gibson, who is also the new boys’ basketball coach, was the girls’ basketball coach for two years at Alice Lloyd College and a one-year coach of boys’ basketball at June Buchanan. Mr. Gibson says that he is really looking forward to the remainder of the year at WHS.

Mr. Laymon Decker is the new social studies teacher. He has been teaching for over 30 years. He has taught at many schools in Kentucky and Ohio. He attended Warren Wilson Jr. College in North Carolina, Union College, Eastern Kentucky University, and finished his graduate work at Morehead. Mr. Decker is married and has three children and four grandchildren.

Mr. Tony Sergent attended WHS and college at Morehead State University. He played four years of football at WHS and continued with five years at Morehead.

He is married to the former Annette Combs and they have one child; she is one month and one week old.

Whitesburg High was his first choice of schools and math is his favorite subject to teach. Mr. Sergent says he really enjoys teaching and coaching football at Whitesburg.

WHS opens Grid-O-Rama

On Saturday evening, Aug. 13, the Whitesburg Yellowjackets opened the Grid-O-Rama with a 26-0 victory over Allen Central.

Charles Matthews got the first of his three touchdowns within the first minute of the game on a 29-yard carry. Joe Caudill added the extra point for a quick 7-0 lead. Sophomore Owen Gibson and senior Charles Matthews teamed up to score Whitesburg’s second touchdown of the evening, ending with a two-yard blast by Matthews. After a missed extra point by Caudill the score was 13-0 Jackets.

The defense again held Allen Central. On the third offensive series it was all Charles Matthews. On the first handoff he rushed for 40 yards bringing the ball to the six-yard line. Then Matthews scooted over the goal line with his third touchdown of the evening. Joe Caudill kicked the extra point for a 20-0 score. William Bledsoe scored Whitesburg’s fourth touchdown. Late in the final quarter, Coach Searcy had a chance to look at some of the younger players on the team.

Matthews led the rushing attack with 126 yards on 6 carries, William Bledsoe had 33 yards on 5 carries, Owen Gibson had 27 yards on 3 carries, and Joe Caudill had 12 yards on 2 carries to lead the Yellowjackets.

Delena Boggs was elected the 1988-89 Basketball Homecoming Queen. She is the daughter of Less and Carolyn Boggs of Whitesburg. She is escorted by William Bledsoe, a son of Pamela Brown of Partridge.

On Friday, Feb.10, WHS held its annual Basketball Homecoming festivities. Between the girls’ and boys’ games, Delena Boggs was crowned Basketball Homecoming Queen by Will Bledsoe. The other Queen candidates were seniors Carrie Todd, escorted by Brian Bledsoe and Heather Niece, escorted by Roger Mason. The Senior Honor Court included Martie Banks, escorted by Brian Arroz; Tracie Boggs, escorted by Craig Ison; Stephanie Wright, escorted by Charles Matthews; Elizabeth Watson, escorted by Richard Spangler; Linda Potter, escorted by Jamie Stidham; Rachel Neace, escorted by Jeff Bledsoe; Georgia Mullins, escorted by Travis Day; and Sarah Hayes, escorted by Kirk Cornett. The Class Representatives were freshman Robyn Fleming, escorted by Allen Sexton; sophomore Katrina Thomas, escorted by Archie Crawford; junior Kim Caudill, escorted by Mark Caudill; and senior Kim Brown, escorted by Roger Baker.

FHA attends training session

The Whitesburg Chapter of FHA attended Region 12’s Leadership Training Session at Hazard Community College, Sept. 17, 1988. The theme of the meeting was “Blast Off For Leadership.”

This meeting was an officer’s training session. Region 12’s President, Daniel Jewell, conducted the meeting. Those attending were Breathitt, Owsley, Lee, Wolfe, Whitesburg, and Jenkins High.

State 2nd Vice-President, Misty Halcomb showed a video on the “Power of One”. Misty’s speech was enthusiastic and very interesting to all FHA members. Slides of the National FHA meeting held in Cincinnati, Oh., were presented by Kim Mullins of Jenkins High School.

The highlight of the meeting was the guest speaker, Barbara Bailey. Mrs. Bailey is anchor woman for WKYT Channel 27 News. The topic of her presentation was setting different goals for oneself, and how to strive to achieve those goals no matter who tells you that you can’t do it.

The members who attended were President Stephanie Collins, Vice- President Lola Hall, Secretary Angel Adams, Historian Candace Meade, Reporter Vanessa Adams, Parliamentarian Gina Sturgill, and Song Leader Rebecca Craft. Also, Lola Hall is FHA’s Regional 1st Vice-President, and Vanessa Adams is Regional Reporter.

(The above articles from the1988-89 Black Kats and the 1989 Yellowjacket Yearbook.)

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