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Moments and Memories of WHS




Feltner appears

Utah Feltner, musician and folk singer, appeared briefly in the grade school auditorium, where he sang several woeful ballads of the Kentucky mountaineer. Feltner, a native of Leatherwood, has been performing in Cincinnati, but has returned home to stage a series of concerts throughout the Southern mountains.

FBLA Club meets

The Future Business Leaders of America met with Miss Ellen Armstrong on Nov. 6, and officers were elected. Serving as officers for 1969-70 are Larry Mullins, President; Sandra Banks, Vice-President; Juanita Mullins, Secretary; Vezzana Miles, Treasurer; and Gay Stewart, Reporter.

Larry, after assuming the duties of the President, informed the members of the club of their responsibilities to the organization.

The FBLA Club met again on Nov. 20, with Miss Armstrong and Mrs. Mary Campbell. A discussion concerning ways and means for a trip which will be made later this year was held.

Players present “Our Town”

The Lees College Players from Lees College, Jackson, presented Thornton Wilder’s “Our Town” in the WGS auditorium on Feb. 16, 1970. The play received more than a favorable reception among students at Whitesburg. Many students have expressed wishes that more colleges who do road tours be invited to bring their productions to the campus of WHS.

My Four Years at WHS, by Dianne Caudill

I remember my first year at WHS very vividly. I was terrified for a month because I was lost and wandering in darkness. I didn’t know anyone and I didn’t know what was going on. I remember campaigning for our homecoming candidate and the various adventures we had. I remember how I gradually out grew my fear of other people and gradually out grew my self-consciousness.

I remember when I was a sophomore that I didn’t win the Water Conservation Essay and I was very hurt but tried to cover up because I thought everyone would laugh at me. I remember reading a book one time in one of my classes and because I got so involved that I forgot to take a test.

I remember when I was a junior everything was rosy. My grades were good and I had friends. I met new people and became self-confidant. I remember working at the ballgames and selling tickets for the senior trip. I remember the prom and the final end of the year. It was a long school year. I remember when I was a senior, I began seriously questioning myself “Who am I and where am I going?” I became very anxious to graduate from high school and “start over”. Mostly I remember our senior trip to New York and Washington. That was truly the high point of the year.

In general I say that it has been 4 years I will remember for many years to come.

Herby Smith commended

Herby Smith, WHS senior, was presented an honorable mention certificate for excellence in mathematics at the annual Science-Mathematics Achievement Program of Eastern Kentucky University. Smith placed 11th among 152 students taking the math test. Marty Newell, also a WHS senior, was 19th on the same test. Chuck Williams and Phillip Craft took the Physics test and both placed in the upper half of the 112 taking that test. Williams is a senior and Craft a junior. Whitesburg High tied for 28th among 88 schools participating. Mr. Jimmie Arthur took the group.

WHS Band news

The WHS Band is making an excellent showing under the direction of Miss Mina Breeding, a 1962 graduate of WHS, and E.K.U. class of 1966. They have traveled to the Kentucky State Fair and the Apple Day Festival in Paintsville. The new director also is forming a jazz group — the first such band at WHS since 1961. It will be open to any student at WHS who can qualify.

Teachers defeat Hi-Y club

The annual HI-Y Club Faculty basketball game was played March 30 at the WHS gym. The game was a fundraising project of the Hi-Y Club. The club is working to attend a mock legislature session in late April at Frankfort.

The faculty has lost only once to the Hi-Y in this series begun in 1962. This year the much bigger teachers fought to a 36-29 victory. Head basketball coach Darrell Bell put on quite a show in the second half as he swept past the Hi-Y defense for several driving layups. Baseball coach Buddy Roe was put on crutches with a sprained ankle in secondquarter action.

An excess of $50 was taken in by the club.

Cheerleaders receive honors

Being elected best cheerleaders of the 53rd District was a great honor for the cheerleaders of WHS.

The honor was announced Saturday night, March 7, 1970, after the final game of the 53rd District Tournament, held in the WHS gymnasium.

The squad competed with cheerleading squads representing Letcher High School, Fleming-Neon High School, and Jenkins High School.

Making up the winning squad are Jenny Bowen, Susan Smith, Patsy Adams, and Sandra Banks, Susan Crawford, also a member, was unable to cheer and has been for most of the basketball season, due to a leg injury.

Panel judged cheerleading ability

A panel of WHS teachers judged the cheerleading ability of 13 freshmen and sophomore girls on Wednesday, Oct. 22, 1969.

Ten of these 13 were chosen to demonstrate their ability in front of the student body, Friday, Oct. 24. Karen Collins, Donna Childers, Terri Cook, Ann Eversole, and Abby Holbrook were chosen to serve as the 1969- 70 B-Team cheerleaders. The first alternate was Francene Eversole and the second alternate was Caron Crawford.

These five girls cheered at all home basketball games, plus the away games at Letcher, Jenkins, and Fleming-Neon. There are four sophomores and Karen Collins, a freshman, on the squad.

(The above articles from the 1969-70 Black Kats and the Yellow Jacket Yearbook.)

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