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Moments and Memories of WHS



1987 FHA activities conducted

The Whitesburg Chapter of FHA participated in Star Events on Nov. 22, 1986 at Owsley County High School. Those participating at the Regional Level from WHS were Stephanie Collins, FHA Creed, First Place; Lisa Shepherd, Story Telling, First Place; Tammie Sparks, Food Preparation, Second Place; Connie Brown, Illustrative Talk, Second Place; Dana Teeters, FHA Fact Test, Third Place; Michelle Cook, FHA Creed, Third Place; and Marty Holbrook, Job Application, Third Place. Those placing first will participate at the state level in Owensboro on April 16-17-18.

FHA is also working on a dessert cookbook. Anyone wishing to submit a recipe contact Lola Hall, Jena Combs, or Stephanie Mullins. The cookbook will be available in April.

Math Club initiates two members

Monday, Nov. 24, the Math Club initiated two new members. The two were Jennifer Stephens and Angie Hatton. This year’s initiation consisted of dressing up as their future occupation, wearing the quadratic formula on their foreheads, bringing their lunch in a lard bucket, eating on the cafeteria floor, and bringing a sixinch ruler for calculations.



The Math Club also elected officers, President, Kristi Sexton; Vice-President, Amy Collier; Secretary, Michelle Johnson; and Treasurer, Wendy Hatton.

Pep Club formed

This year Mrs. Barker has got some girls together to form a Pep Club. It consists of all girls. We will try to go to every boys’ ballgame, home and away.

We have elected officers for our 1986-87 Pep Club. Our leaders are, President, Stefanie Mullins; Vice- President, Cathy Kincer; Secretary, Cheryl Stallard; and Treasurer, Jackie Howard.

This is the first year in some time that WHS has had a Pep Club. Along with the cheerleaders, we will help cheer our basketball teams to a winning season.

Our Pep Club is working on having matching sweat suits. We do need your support, so come on and join us and support your team.

Matthews leads Jackets to victory

Whitesburg, now 4-1 overall, scored on the game’s opening drive. The Jackets drove 71 yards with Matthews running in a 3-yard touchdown for their first score. Keith Sparks then kicked the extra point with Whitesburg leading 7-0 with 5:55 left.

With only 1:27 left in the first half, senior Anthony Pray returned a 33-yard that Dale Thomas punted 20 yards to the Whitesburg 36-yard line. Navajo quarterback, Gillum, passed a 23-yard touchdown. Napier then kicked the extra point to tie the game 7-7 at halftime.

In the third quarter, the Jackets drove 63 yards to give Matthews a six-yard touchdown. The Jackets now led the Navajos 13-7 with 1:59 left in the third quarter.

In the fourth quarter, Matthews burst around the end to score again. Then Thomas passed to Jenkins for a two-point conversion, this gave the Jackets a 21-7 lead with 5 minutes left in the game.

M.C. Napier’s Gillum scored on a quarterback sneak. Whitesburg now led 21-13 with 1:59 left to play.

With just seven seconds left, Whitesburg turned a flea flicker into a 29-yard touchdown pass to Tony Casolari. The game ended with the Jackets 27 and the Navajos 13.

Wagner takes first at Tenn. in 3-mile run

Whitesburg boys’ cross country team traveled to Kingsport, Tenn., on Saturday, Sept. 26. The boys finished in tenth place in their performance. Chuck Wagner finished first from Whitesburg, with an 18:09 time in the 3.1-mile race. The second and third place finishers from Whitesburg were Ricky Seals and Jeff Bledsoe.

After the big meet in Kingsport, the boys then went to Covington with 25 schools in the meet. Whitesburg finished 15th overall. Again, Chucky Wagner finished first, Ricky Seals second, and Jeff Bledsoe third.

Whitesburg went on to Russell County where they faced Boyd County, Russell County, Pulaski County, and Rowan County. The team put on a good performance to finish third overall. Ricky Seals came in first from Whitesburg. Jeff and Brian Bledsoe finished second and third.

JROTC visits Ft. Knox

The Letcher County JROTC recently took a trip to Ft. Knox. We took 20 cadets from Whitesburg and 20 cadets from Neon and Letcher plus supervisors, giving a total of 44 people. We departed from the school hill at 7:30 a.m. Thursday morning, Nov. 6 and returned Nov. 8. The trip was designed to show cadets how the army operates, in hopes of getting some graduating seniors as they went through basic training and also watched military police train their dogs. We stayed in barracks and ate in the mess hall, and got up at 5:30 a.m. every morning.

The JROTC went to a tank lab and saw how to repair tanks. We got to see the newest military tank, which is equipped with up-to-date electronics. We went to Godman Airfield where we saw helicopters taking off and landing. We watched a pilot as he practiced flying in flight simulators.

The cadets were taken to the Tahoe Club where there was a dance, which was the highlight of the trip. The following day, we visited the Patton Museum where cadets saw General Patton’s Jeep and many tanks. Then we visited the Post Exchange where military personnel shop. Finally we arrived home at 8 p.m. Saturday night.

Academic team finishes season

The WHS academic team finished its regular season Saturday, Nov. 15, at Breathitt County High School.

At the end of the season, the math team was undefeated. It consisted of Will Buntin, Krisi Sexton, and Wendy Hatton. The English Composition Team also finished the season with a superb record of only one loss. It consisted of Barbara Whitaker, Beverly Bates, and Sandy Collins. The Social Studies Team consisted of Robbie Back, Beth Richardson, and Paul Boggs. The Science Team consisted of Daniel Cassidy and Ben Miller.

The Quick-Recall Team will be traveling to Louisville Nov. 21, to compete in the First Annual Holiday Invitational Academic Bowl.

(The above articles from the 1987 Black Kat Newspapers and the Yellowjacket Yearbook.)

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