Whitesburg KY

Moments and Memories of WHS




Summer 1980 is gone; memories linger on

What did you do this summer? Members of the Black Kat staff canvassed the student body to find out. Here are some of the responses: “I stayed in Lexington all summer.” Cassandra Helton. “I played music and rode a bicycle.” Greg Hall. “I did more things than you did.” Ricky Warf. “Chased women.” Daniel Adams. “Been in the hospital.” William Adams. “I played softball.” Terry Adams. “I played baseball, bought Red Man and worked for Mr. Roe.” Bobby Pike.

“It’s none of your business. Oh! I did nothing.” Charles Blair. “Went to Canada.” Leigh Adams. “I went to Aldersgate Camp and Whitesburg Pool.” Tabitha Mullins. “I sat at home this summer in our pool.” Anna Looney. “I stayed at Carr Fork Beach every day.” Ephraim Imperial. “I worked at a relative’s restaurant.” Debra Parsons. “Nothing. I went swimming. That’s about all.” Wanda Caudill. “I was traveling all summer. I met all kinds of goodlooking men.” Regina Morris. “I went to Ohio.” Melissa Niece. “I went swimming mostly.” Tammy Profitt. “I flirted with boys.” Karen Sturgill. “I went to Kings Island.” Euna Bates.

Music notes

If you were to walk past the football field during the two weeks before school started, you would have seen the band doing what they do best. (As for that, ask Mr. Lester)

The summer sun was hot and everyone was sweaty but our goal was accomplished — we marched!

The Band Boosters have been extra busy raising money for uniform necessities — ponchos, hatboxes, garment bags, etc. They have cleared almost $1,000 with a dance after the Yellowjacket defeat of Elkhorn City.

This year’s band is the largest we’ve had in 30 years — 63 members — and with hard work and your support we hope to be the best ever!

WHS squad wins title

The 1981 53th District Cheerleading Competition was held at the Letcher High School Gym on March 7. Whitesburg, Letcher, and Fleming-Neon cheerleaders competed.

The squads were judged on a number of cheers and a pom-pom routine. Whitesburg came out on top with a first-place trophy. Letcher ranked second.

The Black Kat Staff congratulates the cheerleaders on their victory.

The squad went on to Knott County Central to compete on March 14, but results were not available at press time.

Gatton wins contest

The 32nd Annual Mathematics Association of America test was given on Tuesday, March 10 at WHS.

Students taking the test had ninety minutes to answer thirty math problems. Twelve students competed for school honors.

Robert Gatton, a freshman, had the top score. In second place was Teresa Nichols, a senior. Kim Arthur and Kitty Gish tied for third place.

WHS Band wins trophy

The WHS Marching Band attended the annual Apple Festival at Paintsville, Ky. on Saturday, October 5. The band competed in the marching contest and received a big trophy for getting third place in the Class A marching competition. Melinda Combs, who is the field commander in the band for the second year, received the best field commander award and was given a trophy.

After the contest there was a short break. The break was followed by the annual parade. The WHS Band marched in the parade, which was 3½ miles long. All of the band members were very tired after marching, but none of them seemed to mind because they were proud of themselves and, of course, Mr. Lester was as proud as a peacock!

Victoria L. Johnson has won the Century III Leaders Scholarship at Whitesburg High School, according to Principal R. T. Holbrook.

The 18-year old senior is now eligible to compete with other high school seniors throughout Kentucky for two $1,500 scholarships, two $500 scholarships, and also for a $10,000 national scholarship which will be awarded in a conference of state winners in historical Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia.

Ms. Johnson triumphed in the local phase of the Century III Leaders program, a scholarship competition which emphasizes the future concerns of America. Students were judged on the basis of their leadership abilities, community involvement and a score on a current events examination. To compete at the state level, Ms. Johnson must now write a brief projection outlining what she thinks is one of America’s future challenges and how it should be met.

Runner-up in the competition at Whitesburg High is Ms. Lesa L. Neace.

Ms. Johnson, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lindberg Tolaver of Partridge, now competes with other high school winners from around the state for four scholarships and an opportunity for the $10,000 top national scholarship.

All-Festival Band chosen

Several of the WHS Band members made a trip to Middlesboro, Kentucky on October 6 to try out for the All-Festival Band. Each person was judged on how well he or she could play the music.

Four band members were honored by making the All-Festival Band. Melinda Combs, Karen Maggard, and Betsy Adams, all on the clarinet, and Lisa Bentley on the flute were selected.

These girls will be making a 3-day trip to Middlesboro during the week of Thanksgiving. They will present a concert on Wednesday, November 26. The students and faculty of Whitesburg High School are proud of these outstanding musicians.

Jackets capture district title

The Whitesburg Yellowjackets captured the district title with their win over the Hazard Bulldogs on Friday night, Oct. 17. The final score was 19-6.

Both teams were scoreless in the first quarter. The Jackets got on the scoreboard first with a 3-yard touchdown from David Holbrook in the second quarter. Holbrook had 12 carries for 48 yards. The extra point attempt, by Charlie Gibson, was successful.

The Jackets failed to score again until the fourth quarter when Charlie Gibson recovered a Hazard fumble in the end zone to rack up six more points. The extra point attempt failed. The last touchdown came in the fourth quarter with Mark Bates scoring and only 15 seconds left in the game. Bates had a total of 70 yards in 13 carries. He also completed 1 out of 2 passes for 7 yards. Randy Frazier carried the ball 10 times for 32 yards. Morgan Blair carried the ball 9 times for 30 yards. David Gibson had 50 yards in 9 carriers while Mike Baker added 11 yards in 2 carries. Total yards rushing was 241. In the air, Mark Powell was 5 out of 11 for 53 yards. Total yards passing was 60, making the total yardage for the game 301.

The Jacket defense held the Bulldogs to one touchdown which came in the first half of the game. Tony Sergent led in tackles with 5; he also had an interception. Mike Baker and Gene Yinger each had 4 tackles, Ricky Smith followed with 3.

(The above articles from the 1980-81 Black Kat Newspapers and the 1981 Yearbook.)

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