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Moments and Memories of WHS




 

 

1954

Seniors take trip to

Washington D.C.

At five o’clock Monday morning, April 12, 90 of the members of the senior class took their leave for the annual trip to Washington, D.C. Accompanying them as sponsors were Prof. Kendall Boggs, Mr. James D. Boyd, Miss Vera Raleigh and Mrs. Edith Polly.

To save time, packed lunches were taken along and the only stop of any length was at the scenic Natural Bridge, Va. At about 10 p.m., Monday night they arrived at Hotel Cairo in Washington, D.C. Since their stay in the capital was limited, little time was allotted to sleep. Three guides were employed and at 6:15 the next morning they were on the three buses and ready for sightseeing. The seniors state that it would be impossible to list all the interesting places and things they saw but the following seemed to be more outstanding in their memory. First, they tell of going to the Engraving and Printing Bureau where they saw money being made in denominations all the way from one-dollar bills to one hundred thousand-dollar bills. Later in the day, they visited the Lincoln Memorial and went to the top of the Washington Monument from which they could view almost the entire city. Outstanding in their memory was the impressive change of guards at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers. They were taken through the White House, the Capitol, F.B.I. Building, Arlington Cemetery, George Washington’s home at Mt. Vernon and many other places of historic interest.

Probably heading the list of the greatest attractions was the Smithsonian Institute, with its annex, the Museum of Natural History. There was so much to see and so little time to see it that sponsors and guides had to do quite a bit of urging to get their charges on to the next place listed on their itinerary.

Although sightseeing of historic places was limited to daytime, the evenings were not wasted. One evening the entire group visited Glen Echo Park where many seniors experienced their first thrill on the roller coaster. Some who had been reluctant to part with their spending money became quite liberal here. Another evening, the entire group went on an excursion boat down the Potomac River.

All made the trip safely but on the return trip, there was a slight accident through no fault of the driver of the bus, happily, no one was injured, but the group was inconvenienced by a six-hour delay.

About 4 a.m. Thursday morning, the tired, sleepy, hungry seniors loaded with souvenirs, including hats and squirt guns, some of which are still in hock, were turned over to their waiting parents at the Whitesburg Bus Station.

This is the eighth Whitesburg High School graduating class to have the privilege of making this interesting, highly educational trip and the representatives of this school are to be commended for financing such a venture. Not only is it educational for the students, but for many it serves as an incentive to continue their education.

This annual excursion is limited to the nation’s capital so that it will not impose a hardship on the community. It is thought that so long as this venture is not allowed to go to excess that neither school activities nor local civic projects will suffer in order to make this privilege possible for seniors.

(This article appeared in The Mountain Eagle, April 22, 1954.)

Whitesburg High School

Baccalaureate Service scheduled for Sunday,

May 16, 1954

Baccalaureate service for Whitesburg senior class will be conducted Sunday evening at 7:30 p.m. in the gymnasium.

The Rev. E. Hampton Barnette, pastor of the Whitesburg Methodist Church, will deliver the address. Gloria Holstein and Mr. Hugh Adams will play the Processional and Reces- sional and the WHS mixed chorus will provide special music, directed by Mrs. Bill Owens. Commencement exercises will be held Friday, May 21, at 7:30 p.m. in the gymnasium. Dr. H. B. Smith, Dean of Union College, will deliver the commencement address. Mrs. Albert Jones and Mr. Hugh Adams will play the Processional and Recessional. Supt. Dave L. Craft will present the diplomas. Music will be furnished by the mixed chorus, directed by Mrs. Owens. James Crase and Guinevere Crase, son and daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ted Crase of Roxana, will deliver the Valedictory and Salutatory address.

(The above article appeared in The Mountain Eagle, May 13, 1954.)

Whitesburg High School homecoming

On Friday, Oct. 8, Whitesburg High School will observe its first homecoming. The highlight of the evening will be the Whitesburg vs. Lynch football game at which time the football queen, Miss Margaret Day, will be crowned. Her attendants will be Kaye Moore, Elizabeth Blair, Nancy King, Shelbia Mullins, Arlayne Collins, Walleen Enlow, Chelsia Hall, and Donelda Breeding. The queen and her attendants were chosen by the football team.

The festivities of the day will begin at 1 p.m. CST on Oct. 8, with a parade through Whitesburg led by the WHS Band, featuring the queen and her attendants and as many floats as care to enter the competition. The most outstanding float will receive a $15 prize and the second prize will be $10. It is hoped that there will be numerous floats entered in the parade. Anyone wishing to enter will please contact the committee.

During the half-time, the WHS Band will present a program honoring the queen and her court.

Immediately following the game there will be a homecoming dance. The Whitesburg Hep Cats will furnish the music. Admission will be 50 cents a couple or 25 cents per person. The place will be announced later.

The Homecoming Committee is composed of: Rachel Moore, Martha Ann Boyd, Betty Little, Viola Moore, Dorothy Jenkins, Hugh Adams, Ed Moore, Jack Taylor, Woodford Webb, Charlie Hall and James Marlowe.

(The above article appeared in The Mountain Eagle on Sept. 23, 1954.)


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