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Moments and Memories of WHS



1971 Student Government Day held

The fourth period American History Class taught by Mr. Larry Ison took over the City and County Government Offices in the courthouse on Thursday, April 22, 1971.

Plans were made with the city officials, county officials, and WHS Principal, Mr. Jack Burkich, for this to become an annual affair if it proved to be satisfactory. The officeholders and the students were cooperative. This plan was originated and organized by the Whitesburg Rotary Club.

The students and the officers they held were as follows: Mayor, Nancy Boggs; City Clerk, Vera Engle; Housing Commission, John Palumbo; Fire Chief, Linda Collins; City Judge, Dale Lewis; Traffic Cop, Sarah Devlin; Police, Johnny Banks; County Judge, Cecil Collins; Jailer, Mitchell Spangler; Sheriff, Gail Riddle; Tax Commissioner, Vera Bailey and Carolyn Gibson; Court Clerk, Joanne Bowling and Danny Your; Circuit Court Clerk, Carolyn Parsons; and Magistrate, Betty Howard.

Sarah Devilin, who was interviewed by the Black Kat, said, “I directed traffic, gave nineteen parking tickets, one citation, talked on the radio and the Chief of Police took me to lunch.”

Vera Engle was also interviewed and she said, “I went to the post office, answered the phone and I watched the policeman load his gun with tear gas.” She took the place of Mary Craft.

WHS seniors prepare for graduation

On April 22, 1971, the WHS seniors were asked to report to the grade school auditorium. At 10:20 a.m. activity period, seniors went to the auditorium and girls were told to choose a male partner to march with and then to form a line. After everyone had formed a line, Mrs. McCleese wrote down the names of the couples as they marched into the auditorium. Mr. Burkich and senior sponsors felt that they should get the formation ready instead of waiting till the end of May when everything would be in a rush.

When everyone was seated, Mr. Burkich told all the boys to report back to 3rd period. The girls were to remain because a representative from Midway Junior College for girls was there to see if anyone wanted or planned to attend Midway.

Students attend

S.P.O.K.E. Conference

Nine students from WHS attended the annual S.P.O.K.E. Conference at Transylvania College on Nov. 13, 1970.

The students attending were Valeria Adams, Jenny Burkich, Teresa Pigman, Edward Fields, Kim Adams, Randy Breeding, Mike Wright, Chester Holbrook, and Janet Frazier.

This program was designed to improve the knowledge of the students in economics. The speakers compared the economies of America and Russia. They also told students to start a form of “creative capitalism” which gives promotions through production, not how long a person works for a firm.

Mr. and Mrs. Burkich took the students to the conference.

Spring basketball practice begins

Spring basketball practice began Monday, May 24. Under the direction of Coach Darrell Bell, the boys worked out from 3:30 to 5 p.m. The first 20 to 30 minutes were set aside for shooting drills. Ball control and passing are just as important as scoring; therefore, much work was directed at these two drills.

Defensive and offensive scrimmaging lasted most of the practice. The session ended with 25 free throws at each basket. Returning varsity players from last year are Stevie Banks, Kenneth Holbrook, Wade Kirkland, Larry Morris, Eddie Stallard, Mike Polly, Don Hogg, Mark Caudill, and Eddie Garrett.

At Long Last by Joe Wegryen

Four years ago the August breeze blew, And schooling started all anew, with-a-different crew of rowdy kits, Who made the teachers flip their lids. The first two years were rough indeed, and only to the 3rd did they lead. As juniors they began to grow, In mind and body, and don’t you know, That third year went by pretty fast, Leaving only the fourth and last. Through fall’s leaves and winter’s cold, Time dragged slowly, and soon time told, spring is here and the time is short, to copy our best friend’s book reports. For you probably won’t see them again; though you might still see one out of ten. Graduation exercises begin and you think of those good years, then you’re on the brink of crying goodbye-lonesometears. But you’re a senior past, and all those years are gone away; nothing of memories. Of teachers and times and fellow contemporaries. A future of adventure is within sight; A full life to live; and its right to feel sad; to sob, and to cry. To WHS, it’s hard to say goodbye.

The Test by Janet Frazier

Cautiously I walked down the halls thronged with people, anticipation mounted each step toward the fateful room.

I came through the door, curiously, an odd sense of anticlimax at the moment of entering.

Took my seat, talked, laughed, joked, scanned pages of literature book but too late . . .

Silence settled on the class, the teacher passed quietly among the rows distributing papers. This is it.

Totally crushed…then elation — then realization.

Deep agonized sighs; Failure.

WHS seniors tour nation’s capitol and New York

On April 8, 1971, at 5 p.m., our seniors left on their senior trip. The two buses were provided by the Continental Trailways Co. One bus seated about 38 and the other around 45. There were nine senior sponsors who chaperoned: Mr. and Mrs. Jackson Banks, Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Sexton, Mr. and Mrs. Jack Burkich, Mr. Dan Polly, Miss Shirley Whitaker, and Miss Jeanette Wampler.

The seniors arrived in Washington at the Commodore Hotel around 4 a.m., Friday morning. There they rested in their rooms only to be awakened at 6:30 a.m. They boarded the buses at 7:15 a.m. ready to tour Washington and have their pictures taken in front of the capital. Friday night they went to see the motion picture “Love Story.”

The next morning with tear-stained eyes they continued their tour of Washington. Saturday night they boarded a boat that took them to an amusement park. The boat had a live band that took time out to dedicate a song to our seniors, while the other tourists were busily hunting for a fellow senior’s lost contact lens. After an hour at the park they returned to the boat. After returning to their buses at the boat dock they were taken to the hotel.

Sunday morning they left Washington to go to New York City. Arriving in New York, they were taken to another boat, the Circle Line, which took them to the Statue of Liberty. Some of the seniors walked up to the crown and later all returned to the boat to be taken to their buses. When they got back to the Great Northern Hotel they dressed for supper and attended Radio City Music Hall featuring “A New Leaf”. Around 12:30 a.m. they went back to the hotel.

Monday morning they continued their tour of New York City. Monday evening they went to the Lycelon Theatre to see the play “School of the Wives”. After a superb performance, (seen only by a few nodozers) they returned to the hotel and sleepily dressed for the return back home.

(The above articles from the 1970-71 Black Kat newspapers and the Yellow Jacket Yearbook.)

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