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Moments and Memories of WHS




Valedictorian for the Whitesburg High School graduating class of 1973 is Mitzi Carol Mayes of Letcher, Kentucky, daughter of Jeff and Hettie Mayes. Mitzi is leaving WHS with a 3.875 standing of a possible 4.000 — first in her class of 135.

The salutatorian of the 1973 senior class is Patricia Ratliff . She graduated first semester of this year. Pat ranks second in the class with a 3.789 average of a possible 4.0.

Pat is the daughter of Howard Ratliff Jr. of Kingscreek.

Eagles feel Yellowjackets’

sting 45-49

Steve Banks continues to be the big gun for the Whitesburg High School Yellowjackets.

Banks scored 16 points and hauled down 14 rebounds to lead the Jackets to a 49-45 victory over the Letcher Eagles in overtime Tuesday night.

Letcher drew first blood by taking a 1-0 lead on a foul committed by junior forward Frank Hollan. But the Yellowjackets were not to be denied as they pulled the lead out to 18-12. Whitesburg got into trouble after Banks committed his foul midway through the second period and fell behind by two points at halftime.



In the second half, Letcher came out playing showdown ball to control the lead most of the way through the second half. The Eagles led by two points with about 30 seconds left on the clock when the Yellowjackets tied the score at 43 apiece. Then, Letcher brought the ball down the floor and with 11 seconds left in regulation play was called for traveling. Thus, the score was tied at the end of the half, and the game went into overtime. The Yellowjackets then showed their ability to come from behind to win ballgames as the overtime period was all theirs.

(The above article from The Mountain Eagle,
January 18, 1973.)

DECA Students Win

Area Contest

On Feb. 15, 12 Distributive Education students attended the Region 6 DECA Career Development Conference held at Middlesboro High School. Nine contestants entered, six won trophies. The winners were: Libby Fields, first-place trophy in Visual Display; Keith Howard, second-place trophy in Show Card Lettering; Brenda Maggard, secondplace trophy in the DECA Creed; Kathy Collins, second place trophy in Sales Demonstration; Larry Adams, third-place trophy in Job Interview; Kathy Caudill, first-place trophy in Advertising Layout.



Other participants were: Mike Amburgey: Cashier Checker; Junior Richmond: DECA Quiz; Gary Meade: Gift Wrapping.

These students have earned the right to represent WHS and Region 6 in the state competition. The state contest will be held March 8, 9, and 10 in Louisville.

(This article appeared in The Mountain Eagle
Feb. 22, 1973.)

1973 Senior Awards presented


Whitesburg High

The Whitesburg High School Awards Day Program was held on May 31. Awards were presented to the top 10 percent of the senior class. Those receiving that award were: Cathy Newell, Lina Welch, Carole Brown, Lorene Dollarhide, Jack Mercer, Sue Webb, Jennifer Maggard, Thomas Ison, Carole Caudill, James B. Breeding, Tawny Acker, Diane Cornett, Janet Smith, Pat Halcomb, Mitzi Mayes.

Those receiving other awards were: English, Tawny Acker, Edgar Banks; Science, Mitzi Mayes and Tommy Ison; Mathematics, Mitzi Mayes; Industrial Arts, Mike Polly; Social Studies, Joe M. Combs; Shorthand, Charlene Tackett; Typing II, Carole Brown; Journalism Editor Award, Cathy Newell; Outstanding Athlete (Football), Mike Hansel; Editor of Annual, Lina Welch and Janet Smith; Outstanding Boy (Physical Education), Keith Webb; French, Geoffrey Hensley; Art, Debbie Miles; Home Economics, Cathy Newell and Kathy Collins; Library, Lola Morton; Baseball Award, Tommy Pace; Basketball Award, Steve Banks; Chorus, Kathy Collins; Distributive Education, Larry Dean Adams; Harris Award (Character and Leadership), Tommy Ison; Dugan Award (Character and Leadership), Janet Smith; Band, Mitzi Mayes; and Creative Writing, Jack Mercer and Tawny Acker.

Best Salesmen in senior class had magazine sales of $100.00, Pat Maggard, Darlene Caudill, Kay Collins, Denise Collins, Terry Hunsucker, James Breeding, Lina Welch, Sammie Wright, John Honeycutt, Janet Smith, Tina Sexton, Sally Smith and Kathy Collins.

The Soil Conservation and other essay winners were third place, Whitesburg High School, Kim Sexton; second place Whitesburg High School, Joyce Sturgill; 1st place Whitesburg High School, Georgiana Tolliver; first in Letcher County, Georgiana Tolliver.

The highest score for a girl in the Armed Forces Test was made by Sally Smith. The highest score made by a boy in the Armed Forces Test was made by Ronald Kiser.

(The above article appeared in The Mountain
June 7, 1973.)

Mr. and Miss WHS-1973,

Leeanna Hall and

Steve Banks

Steve, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Wid Banks, lives at Sandlick. His favorite sport is basketball, and he shows it with the many trophies he has won over the years. Horse training and riding, his favorite past time, has also proved satisfactory. Another honor Steve received was being chosen ‘Mr. Freshman.’

Leeanna, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Carson Hall, lives at Colson. Among her favorite interests are football, swimming, and especially basketball. Her favorite pastimes are reading and sewing. Another honor she received at WHS was marching in the homecoming festivities when she was a sophomore.

1973 graduating class

of WHS totals 130

Tonight, May 31, the graduating class of 1973 will be together for the last time at the West Whitesburg Elementary School. As the WHS band plays the traditional “Pomp and Circumstances” this year’s seniors will march hesitantly to their long-awaited diplomas. This year’s class consists of 130 seniors.

Rev. Bill F. Mackey will give the invocation, followed by our valedictorian, Mitzi Mayes, and salutatorian, Pat Ratliff Halcomb. Then, under the direction of Mr. Paul Anderson, the WHS Band will play “A Folk Legend Overture”.

Guest speaker Troy Eslinger, president of Lees Junior College, will be introduced by Mr. J.M. Burkich and at last, but all too suddenly, Mr. Boggs will present the diplomas.

Rev. James C. Erwin will give the benediction and another senior class will proudly walk out to face the world.

(From the May 1973 Black Kat.)

Prom — 1973

All were captured by the romantic transformation for the Junior-Senior Prom, held Saturday night, May 19. The evening was devoted to the theme of “Somewhere My Love”.

The evening danced on to the music of Brewer’s Art as anticipation mounted toward the climax of the night . . . crowning of the Prom King and Queen. As the lights came on, giving full view of all, the welcome was delivered by junior Bill Martin Collins and the response was given by senior Homer Combs. Then, WHS Assistant Principal, Mr. Horn, introduced junior Delana Watts, who sang the theme song, “Somewhere My Love”. Finally the moment had arrived. As Sheryl Garrett and Jenny Combs sought out the senior ‘royalty’ among the crowded tables, many were obviously nervous. Upon sighting the Queen and King, Phyllis Profitt and Craig Campbell, were escorted to the stage, where amidst the roses, they were crowned and then danced the traditional waltz.

The evening had reached its peak and left everyone filled with excitement and memories forever.

The above article from the May 1973 Black Kat.)

Senior Superlatives: Eye- Catcher, Brenda Caudill and Dwight Pigman; Best Personality, Kathy Caudill and Phil Amburgey; Most Polite, Carol Caudill and Larry Dean Adams; Best All Around, Judy Tyree and Maurice Cornett ; Most School Spirited, Mary Martin and Steve Banks; Most Talented, Mitzi Mayes and Lyle Frazier; Most Gymnastic, Darlene Caudill and Mike Polly; Most Popular, Mary Martin and Wade Kirkland; Best Dressed, Kay Collins and William Holbrook; Most Likely to Succeed, Sammie Wright and Janet Smith; Class Clowns, Debbie Adams and Maurice Cornett; Ring Dance King and Queen, Lina Welch and Mark Caudill. MISS YELLOWJACKETÆ1973,


Sally was chosen as Miss Yellowjacket for her scholastic ability, leadership and character.

Class Officers were: President, Mike Polly; Vice President, Glenn Palumbo; Secretary, Cordelia Palumbo; and Treasurer, Jack Banks. Class Motto: Today is the tomorrow that we worried about yesterday. Class Colors: Light Blue and Silver. Class Flower: White Rose.

(Note: Anyone having any pictures, Black Kats or other information to share can get in touch with me at 606-633-5966 or e-mail at bennett.welch@gmail. com.)

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