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Moments and Memories of WHS




Students attend career program

Twenty-one Distributive Education students attended the 23rd annual Distributive Education Clubs of America State Career Development Conference. The conference was held in Louisville, at the Executive West Hotel. The following honors were won:

Stephen Trent received a trophy for outstanding chapter member of his local Club.

Wanda Watts placed 4th in the Entrepreneurship Participating Event.

Rhonda Collins placed in the top 8 in the General Merchandise Manual Event.

Michel Sturgill placed in the top 8 in Apparel and Accessories Manual Event.

Tim Little received the 4th place trophy in the Pepsi Earn and Learn Contest.

Billy Ison placed in the top 8 in the Entrepreneurship Written Event.

Donna Gibson received the 2nd place trophy in the General Merchandise Competency Based-Master Employee Level Event.

Lisa Pigman received the 1st place trophy in the Entrepreneurship Written Event.

Donna Gibson and Lisa Pigman have earned the right to participate in the National DECA Conference to be held in May 1st through May 6th in San Francisco, Cal.

Algebra students participate in


Fourteen Algebra I students participated in a Math-a-Thon to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. These students raised a total of $417.81. Marty Holbrook and Margie Morris turned in the most money. They received T-shirts and certificates. Other students receiving T-shirts and certificates were Wendy Hatton, Frona Polly, Stephanie Sexton, Becky Bates, Vickie Hubbard, Jeff Holbrook, Krisi Sexton, and Shannon Godsey.

Will Buntin, Justine Richardson, Lorine Adams, and Michelle Johnson received certificates for their work. The students received pledges for math problems to work. The fourteen students worked 200 problems each.

After the Math-A-Thon, the students were treated to a Mississippi Mud Cake during the activity period. Auditions held for District and All-Festival Band

Auditions for All-District Band were held Nov. 15. These students will be in the annual concert in January, Marsha Bailey on clarinet, Lisa Whitaker on the flute, and Jay Ramsey on drums.

Outdoor Club elects new officers

This year the Outdoor Club welcomes 26 new members with a smile! And to show then our happiness we are planning a very creative and exciting initiation.

In our third meeting we elected new officers. These are: President, Marvin Boggs; Vice-President, Jeff Fields; Treasurer, Tim Fields; Sergeant of Arms, Tracy Frazier; Recorder, Bridgette Combs; and Assistant Recorder, Vickie Caudill.

At our next meeting we will collect club fees and elect a secretary.

Our sponsors, Mr. Adams and Mrs. Collins, are preparing us to take part in many new projects including; camping, arts/crafts, wood works and a cookout.

This year should prove to be very exciting for the Outdoor Club members.

Student Council

This year looks to be promising for many new ideas brought up in the first meeting of the 1984-85 student council.

Officers elected were: President, Beth Luther, Vice-President, Debbie Imperial, and Secretary/Treasurer, Bridgette Combs.

The members feel WHS students have been deprived of some things that they deserve. We are currently trying to get orange juice and other fruit drinks in the cafeteria, pop and vending machines for the English Building, and some members are talking to the principal concerning pep rallies.

We are looking forward to discussing these new ideas with Mr. Holbrook and Mr. Sloane and working toward a better atmosphere for students at WHS.

More of summer fun

Danita Adams spent vacation lying out in the sun. Tim Fields played basketball, and went to Tennessee. Susan Stamper baby-sat all summer, taught piano lessons, and got her driving license. Rod Day just went swimming. Marsha Holbrook just went swimming. Candy Crase and Craig Spangler spent the summer together. Stacy Adams worked on the NYC program. Tamera Sexton “got engaged.” Candace Toler went swimming and to Smoky Mountains. Angie Wilson watched T.V. and had a great time. Denise Ratliff fell in love with Johnny Gibson. Tonya Cook played tennis, went to New England and had a great time looking at the scenery. Stacy Holbrook worked and played softball. Jeanie Adams went to the Smoky Mountains. Dwayne Sturgill ran around. Deana Holbrook went to basketball camp and to Tennessee. Lori Holbrook went to Tennessee and was a teen counselor at 4-H Camp. Cross-Country State Meet

On Nov. 3, 1984, the boys’ cross-country team participated in the State Cross- Country Meet in Lexington at the Kentucky Horse Park.

After losing four of the top seven from last year’s state runners-up team, the boys were considered underdogs. Many did not expect the boys to get out of the region, but they did by placing as the regional runnersup behind Rowan County. In the state meet, the boys finished 8th. Whitesburg was led by James Meade who finished 40 in 18:03; Harrison Thomas finished 42 in 19:05; Thomas Romine finished 54th; Tim Fugate finished 68th; Brian Cook finished 74th; Rick Lucas finished 98th; and Jason Miller finished 102. This year there will be 3 of the top 7 graduating so the outlook for next year’s team is promising.

JROTC visits EKU: The Letcher County JROTC program has been quite busy. On Nov. 10, several students attended ROTC day at Eastern Kentucky University. The students viewed military displays and attended the EKU vs. Morehead football game.

Recently, JROTC students had the opportunity to rappel. Sgt. Wayne Watts taught classes on the safety and techniques required in doing this and each student was given the chance to rappel. Everyone who participated enjoyed it immensely.

The JROTC has started a Ranger program. It is only in the beginning stages, but it is already a success.

The JROTC also marched in the Christmas Parade held in downtown Whitesburg on Dec. 2.

On Dec. 2, the JROTC went to the industrial site for a groundbreaking ceremony. The ceremony was held to indicate where a sign, purchased by the JROTC, would be placed for the new high school.

(The above article from the 1984-85 Black Kat Newspapers and the 1985 Yellowjacket Yearbook.)

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