Whitesburg KY

Moments and Memories of WHS

(1977) Whitesburg High



Students honored

Whitesburg High School presented its Senior Class Day program June 8 in the school gymnasium with the presentation of the following awards:

Scholastic honors were presented by Principal Jack Burkich to the upper 10 percent of the senior class: Sherie Breeding, Daveena Sexton, Sharon Martin, Linda Burton, James Combs, Dana Frazier, Camelia Polly, Mary Duncil, Kathy Banks Mullins, Pamela Holbrook, Monica Adams, Mariotti Morgan, Robert Bird, Glenda Stidham, Diana C. Caudill, Tony Hubbard, Ransom Holbrook, Philip Walker, Mike Grover, Gretta Hogg Howard, Steve Raleigh and Bonita Ison.

Jimmy Brown presented the Eastern Kentucky University scholarship to Camie Polly. English Awards went to Sherie Breeding and Dwayne Sexton. The Edgar Banks Science Award went to Tena Adams, and she was also given an award for her achievements in mathematics. Sherie Breeding got the Creative Writing Award. The Social Studies Award went to Daveena Sexton. Cecelia Collins was the outstanding student in Typing II.

DEBORAH HAMMOCK Miss Letcher County

DEBORAH HAMMOCK Miss Letcher County

The Journalism (Editor’s) Award went to Danny Johnson, and Tena Adams and Sherie Breeding were named outstanding assistant editors. Steve Meade was named the school’s outstanding athlete in football. Hilda Craft won the Biological Science Award. Tammie Wright Ison was commended for her work as editor of the school annual. The 1977 annual was dedicated to Mr. Bennett Welch, and Sherie Breeding made the dedicatory speech.

Philip Waller won the Music Award. Gary Sturgill was named the outstanding band member. The John Philip Sousa Award went to Ransom Holbrook. Dana Frazier won the essay contest for her work on soil conservation. Liz Casolari was named the top Home Economics Student for her skill in sewing. Viva Hollon won the Betty Crocker Award. Mabel Wilson was cited for her work with the school library.

Steve Meade won the Basketball Award and Daniel Bates won the Baseball Award. Sharon Martin won the Distributive Education Award. Ransom Holbrook won the Harris Award for character and leadership, while Sharon Martin also won the Dugan Award for character and leadership. Miss Martin also won the Speech Award.



The boy’s Track Award went to Jimmy Bert Webb and the girl’s Track Award was given to Debbie Hammock. Cheerleaders Monica Adams, Kathy Shackelford and Debbie Hammock were commended. Viva Hollon won the girl’s Basketball Award.

(Thisinformation is from The Mountain Eagle
June 16, 1977.)

Valedictorian and


Whitesburg High School graduation exercises were held Tuesday night in the Whitesburg High School gymnasium. Honored as the valedictorian was Tena Adams, daughter of Bill M. Adams of Butlerville, Ohio and Mrs. Emma Thomas of Whitesburg. Tena is vicepresident of the Beta Club and Math Club, member of the French Club, president of the Tri-Hi-Y, and was a senior homecoming representative. She was chosen to Who’s Who in American High School Students.

Hilda Ann Craft, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Craft of Whitesburg, was honored as salutatorian. Hilda is a member of the Beta Club and treasurer of FBLA.

Dr. Jackson Hall, president of Pikeville College, Pikeville, was the graduation speaker.

Baccalaureate services were held Sunday night at the First Baptist Church with Rev. Garriott, pastor of the Whitesburg Methodist Church, being the guest speaker.

(The above article appeared in the June 2, 1977 Mountain Eagle.)

Deborah Hammock, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Hammock of Whitesburg, was crowned “Miss Letcher County” for 1977 at the annual pageant held Saturday. She is a senior at Whitesburg High School, where she is a member of the girls’ basketball team and a cheerleader. Miss Hammock’s winning talent exhibit was an acrobatics performance.

(The above article from the April 21, 1977 Mountain

1976-77 Football Results

Elkhorn City 14, WHS 17; Lynch 12, WHS 9; Leslie Co. 0, WHS 44; Jenkins 20, WHS 21; Johns Creek 0, WHS 14; Napier 0, WHS 31; Fleming 12, WHS 20; Breathitt Co. 14, WHS 32; Hazard 0, WHS 24; Cumberland 21, WHS 12; Phelps 6, WHS 37; Virgie 0, WHS 37. Region IV Finals: Prestonsburg 13, WHS 17. State Semi-finals Corbin 26, WHS 6.

Football Honors – Ricky Bates, Jeff Cook, Ronnie “Spencer” Fields and Eddie Morgan – All-EKMC; Steve Meade – All-EKMC and All-State Honorable Mention; Roger Yonts and Johnny Isom – All-EKMC and All-State. Coach Gose was named the 1976 EKMC Coach of the Year.

1976-77 Ring Dance

King and Queen

Betty Jo Sexton is the daughter of Glenna Faye and Orrville Ray Sexton. She has been actively involved in the DECA Club for three years. She has attended the Regional Conference since her sophomore year. During her junior year, she placed first at Region in the Parliamentary Procedure Team event. Betty also attended the State Conference in her sophomore and junior years. She has also been a member of F.H.A. and the Library Club. Betty was a member of the Senior Committee, and served on the Student Council. She also was chosen as a senior homecoming attendant.

Mike Hammock is the son of Lennon and Yvonne Hammock of Whitesburg. He has been involved in the DECA Club for three years. Mike attended the State Career Development Conference twice and served as president of the parliamentary procedure team during contests. He is the acting parliamentarian in the local DECA Club. He attended the DECA Regional contest in his sophomore, junior and senior years, winning first place with the team.

Senior Class Officers: President – Tony Jones; Vice-President – Avery Adams; Secretary – Monieca Adams; Treasurer – Tena Adams. Senior Superlatives: Class clowns – Michael Jarrell and Kathy Webb; Most Attractive – Tony Jones and Jeannie Caudill; Most Athletic – Steve Meade and Debbie Hammock; Most Courteous – Roger Yonts and Carol Kirkland; Most Likely to Succeed – James Combs and Sharon Martin; Most Popular – Tony Jones and Carol Kirkland; Most Studious – Gary Sturgill and Hilda Craft; Most School Spirited – Roger Yonts and Kathy Shackleford; Most Talented – Ransom Holbrook and Cecelia Collins; Personality Plus – Mike Gover and Carol Kirkland; Style Setters – Teresa Mosgrove and Jay Hall.

Junior Class Officers: President – Regina Niece; Vice-President – Cathy Collins; Secretary – David Pennington; Treasurer – Debbie Taylor. Sophomore Class Officers: President – Paula Kirkland; Vice-President – Kaye Day; Secretary – Johnny Lucas; Treasurer – Greg Creech. Freshman Class Officers: President – Phillip Adams; Vice-President – Mitch Whitaker; Secretary – Pat Walker; Treasurer – Debbie Burton.

Clubs and Organizations: Beta Club, Mr. Henrikson; Office Girls, Mrs. Yinger; Math Club, Mrs. Arthur; Student Council, Mr. Frazier; Black Kat Staff , Mr. Roe; Tri-Hi-Y, Mrs. Arthur; Pep Club, Mrs. Barker; Science Club, Mr. Polly; Future Business Leaders of America, Mrs. Bates; Future Homemakers of America, Mrs. Barker; Library Club, Mrs. Brown; Future Teachers of America, Mrs. Asher, Distributive Education Club, Mr. Welch; Hi-Y, Mr. R.T. Holbrook; Health Careers Club, Miss Caudill.

A-Team Cheerleaders: Donna Joseph, Cathy Sexton, Janet Slone, Debbie Trout, Kathy Shackleford, Monieca Adams, Lisa Farrington,

Debbie Hammock, and Betty Caudill.


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