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Moments and Memories of WHS




 

 

1955

Awarded $1,200 grant in music

Donald Ross Hughes, son of Mr. and Mrs. Orval Hughes, has been awarded a $1,200 leadership grant in music to Transylvania College in Lexington, it was announced recently by Dr. Frank A. Rose, president of the college. The award will be made available at the rate of $300 per year for a four-year period.

Hughes was graduated from Whitesburg High School this month where he was active in band, orchestra, swimming and other sports.

At Transylvania, he will take advantage of the college’s unique system of general education, preparing for a career in dentistry. He plans to attend the University of Louisville School of Dentistry following his graduation from Transylvania.

Funded in 1780, Transylvania is the oldest college west of the Allegheny Mountains. For the past 175 years it has stood as one of the outstanding liberal arts schools in this part of the country.

Maurice C. Moore, son of Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Moore was the winner of the Whitesburg V.F.W. Essay Contest on “What Civil Defense Means to Me”. He won first place in Whitesburg High School and third place in the county on his essay, “Are You Satisfied With Your School?” He placed second at WHS on his speech “How Should Minimum Program of Education Be Financed in Kentucky?”

The following is his essay, “What Civil Defense Means to Me.”

To me civil defense means survival after a direct atomic or hydrogen bomb attack.

Every person living in the United States today should be well aware that we may be attacked by an enemy at any moment. An intelligent person will also realize that the next war will be a war that will take place on our own soil where we will be personally involved. It will be the responsibility of every person to protect himself and to help his neighbor.

How can we help? — The Civil Defense unit in your community is recruiting people for many types of jobs, airplane spotters, first aid assistants, directors in case of attack, and many other jobs.

The operation of Civil Defense is just as much a job for the women as for the men. If we should be attacked most of the men would be needed to carry on their jobs in factories and other places because it is impossible to win a war without the essential materials.

The people living on farms and in rural areas may also help a great deal in Civil Defense. When an enemy does attack, the chief targets will be the cities and large industrial areas. After the attacks, the survivors and wounded will have to be moved to the rural areas because their hospitals, homes, and other places of shelter will probably be destroyed.

It is the duty of every person in the United States to inform himself about the dangers and ways of survival during an atomic war. Civil Defense know-how will double our chances of survival. Civil Defense means hard work and little pay, but no one else can do the job but us.

What type of training will you need if you take on this responsibility? The first job of a volunteer is to take a course in first-aid under the guidance of the Red Cross. This training may save a life in your family any day, war or no war. Next, you will be assigned a certain job and it will be your duty to study and to learn all you can about it.

For the sake of national uniformity, the Federal Civil Defense Administration has named the following services as official: Warden, Fire, Police, Health, Welfare, Engineering Rescue, Communications, Transportation, and Staff. Some fifteen million trained volunteers will be needed to man these various services.

Ex-President Harry S. Truman, in his message to Congress of September 18, 1950, said: “The Civil Defense of the United States, in the event of emergency, will be of the greatest importance. The organization of an effective civil defense system involves many difficult problems.

“It will require the combined, unselfish work of all units of government and many hundreds of thousands of private citizens. I am sure that everyone concerned will approach his part of the pre- paredness task with the spirit of initiative and cooperation which are characteristic of our free country.”

During an atomic attack we must face the dangers of fires, sanitation, radioactive dusts, and the destruction of the blasts themselves.

Now it is easy to see why an organization such as Civil Defense must be well organized and ready when the enemy attacks.

The veterans and other people who realize the real dangers of war have put out very good information concerning civil defense and its advantages. We have failed to heed their warnings. We have not built bomb shelters. We have not organized to protect ourselves. What can we do?

From all the information I have gathered I find that civil defense depends upon the individual. We, the people of this great, noble, and free land must be the ones to defend its freedom.

Kitten of the Month for December

Lovely Rebecca Pace has been chosen Kitten of the Month from the junior class. She has black hair, hazel eyes, weighs 113 pounds. She is five feet, five inches tall, favorite color, blue, favorite sport football, favorite song, “It Hurts Me To The Heart,” favorite movie star Robert Mitchum, her favorite food is beef stew and slaw. She is interested in Robert Meade. Rebecca is taking American History, English, Bookkeeping, and Typing. Her favorite teacher is all of them. Lots of luck, Rebecca.

Kat of the month for December

The Black Kat Staff has chosen Robert Meade the Kat of the Month from the junior class. He is 17 years old. Eyes of blue, hair brown, he stands five feet, nine and one-half inches, and weighs 170 pounds, favorite color is red, favorite sports are football and basketball, his favorite song, “I Need You Now.” His favorite movie star, Deborah Carr, his heartthrob at present is Rebecca Pace, food is steak. Robert is taking English, Geometry, Physics, and World History. Favorite teacher is, he likes then all. The Black Kat Staff wishes him the best of luck.

Some members of the senior class are:

Forestine Akemon — Member of the Bible Class her sophomore and junior years.

Harold Gene Collier — Played on the baseball team his sophomore and junior years. Member of the Wildlife Club and Pep Club his junior and senior years.

Patricia Ann Cox — Member of the band four years, Glee Club three years, Black Kat staff editor her senior year, Science Club two years, Wildlife Club two years.

James M. Giles — Band member three years, mixed chorus his senior year, Wildlife Club four years, Pep Club and Music Club one year, baseball team two years, Annual staff and Hi-Y his senior year.

Gloria Maria Holstein — Member of the band three years, Glee Club one year, FHA three years, Pep Club two years, Black Kat staff her senior year.

Billy Don Lucas — Industrial Arts one year.

Shelbia Jean Mullins — Member of FHA Club for four years, Glee Club three years, Black Kat staff her senior year, junior class secretary, Annual staff one year, vice-president of FHA.

Landon Whitaker — Member of Wildlife Club his junior and senior years.


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