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Hon. J.F. Williams to address high school graduates

On Friday evening, April 21, at eight o’clock the Hon. John Fred Williams, State Superintendent of Public Instruction, will address the graduating class of Whitesburg High School. The class as well as the citizens of Whitesburg are highly honored to have so distinguished a personality to come to our community. Preceding the address the Salutatorian, Kenneth Boggs, will give the Welcome Address and Miss Joy Wray Frazier, the highest honor student, will give the Valedictory Address. The High School Glee Club will sing.

Other programs of the Commencement week, preceding graduation night are as follows:

On Sunday night, April 16, at 8 o’clock, at the Baptist Church, the Rev. L.O. Griffith will deliver the baccalaureate sermon to the graduation class. The High School Glee Club will sing, with Mrs. Albert Jones at the piano.

On Monday evening, Mrs. Albert Jones will present her music class in formal recital. The Glee Club will be presented in their annual Spring Concert.

On Wednesday evening, April 19, at 8 o’clock in the school Auditorium forty-two boys and girls will receive their diplomas from the Eighth Grade. Nell Vermillion will give the Valedictory. Cecil Webb, Jr., the Salutatory. The Class Prophecy will be read by Frances Maggard.

Mary Eva Prichard will be Giftorian. Patsy Ann Fields will sing a solo. The diplomas will be presented by Miss Martha Jane Potter and Prof. Edgar Banks will preside. Mrs. Lewis Ammerman is the Instructor of the English Grade.

(The above article from the April 13, 1944 Mountain Eagle.)

Emery Fulton Lewis, 17-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. O.N. Lewis, Cornelia Avenue, Whitesburg, was recently enlisted by the Naval Aviation Cadet Selection Board of St. Louis, Missouri, in the Navy’s V-5 Naval Aviation Program.

Emery, who will be 18 next September, ranks in the upper half of his class at Whitesburg High School, from which he is scheduled to graduate in April. He is presidentof the senior class at school, a member of the Glee Club, and has taken an active part in sports, having won his letter in basketball.

He has long had an ambition to fly and feels that the Navy’s V-5 Program offers a wonderful opportunity to young men his age who are interested in aviation.

(The above article from the Jan.13, 1944 Mountain Eagle.)

Sophomore Class

Officers – 1944

President Charles Hall; Vice President Ruby June Adams; Secretary Jacqueline Todd; Treasurer Betty Jo Little. Sponsors: Miss Ann Dugan, Mrs. Hugh Hurst, Carlice Breeding.

Members of the

Sophomore Class

Mae Acuff, Byrd Adams, Jr., Owen Adams, Robert Adams, Ruby June Adams, Edd Blair, Jack Banks, Willils B. Banks, Katherine Back, Liza Bates, Gaynelle Blair, James Craft, Hargis Cook, Dimple Caudill, Jerry Childers, Mary Elizabeth Collier, Ermadean Collins, Imogene Collins, Valma Collins, Irene Combs, Helen Donelly, Opal Day, Frank Dawahare, Jr., Colman Day, Pansy Day, Billy R. Edmiston, Billy P. Frazier, Imogene Fields, Joe Fields, Wilma Flinchum, Bobby Gibson, Wilgus Holbrook, Archie Lee Hunsucker, Loretta Hall, Alice Hale, J. B. Hall, Charles Hall, Phil Holston, Esther Hall, Ann Hayes, Wilma Hale, Katherine Holbrook, Florence Ison, Keith Kincer, Betty Jo Little, Harry J. Lucas, Leonard Mullins, Fred Mc- Cray, Fernoy Mosgrove, Jack Nease, J.D. Pendleton, Earl Reed, Herbert Smith, Lavon Sparks, Thelma Sergent, Virginia Sergent, Gwendolyn Sexton, Jacqueline Todd, Ralph Whitson, Wilma Williams, Jeanette Wampler, Joy Faye Webb, Anita White, Virginia Wright.

Shopwork, training for victory

Shopwork training in the schools has long been recognized as a fundamental course in peace-time civilian life for boys. Now in this time of war it has much to offer boys as a preparation for the military front and also for the second front in our war industries.

War today is a struggle between forces competing against each other with machines. Out of the shops and factories behind the lines of battle must pour an endless stream of tanks, guns ships and planes.

In the fighting sectors, the army that can adapt itself best and quickest to conditions has a decided advantage. The men need to know how to use the wrench, the chisel, the screwdiver, hammer, all tools common to wood working and metal working.

Under the supervision of Carlice Breedin, this group of boys is receiving special training in shopwork, which will give them an advantage for the military front and also for the production front when they are older.

(The above article from the 1944 WHS Yearbook.)

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