This year’s first meeting of the Future Homemakers of America was on October 9, 1968. There was an election of new officers. Donna Potter will serve as President; Janie Cox, First Vice-President; Karen Kincer, Second Vice- President; Judith Holbrook Secretary-Treasurer; Kathy Pigman, Recreation Leader; Paula Collins, Historian; Darlene Burton, Parliamentarian; Barbara Hunsaker, Reporter, and Brenda Holbrook, Song Leader.
The Club then planned an executive council meeting to write the chapter bylaw and plan the initiation of officers.
Yellow Jacket staff
The Annual Staff held its first meeting and chose Donna Potter, as Editor, Annella Caudill as Co-Editor and Roy Crawford as Business Manager. The second meeting was held for the purpose of giving staff members their assignments. They are now selling ads for the annual and considering building a float for the Homecoming Parade. The Staff and Mrs. McCleese are determined to have the best annual that was ever published at W.H.S.!
Hi-Y officers elected
The Hi-Y Club met for the first time October 17, 1968. This club is sponsored by Mr. R.T. Holbrook. At this meeting officers were elected and they are: Ralph Coldiron, President; and Marty Newell, Vice-President. At this meeting new members were accepted, and the Hi-Y initiation will be held on Oct. 24.
On October 16, the Math Club held its second meeting on the year. Those wanting to join the club were invited to attend this meeting, and they were given some of the details of their initiation. Mrs. Arthur told the group some of the plans she has for the club this year.
Black Kat history
Our Black Kat was established as the school newspaper of Whitesburg High School in 1925. The first sponsor of the Kat was Mrs. Mary Earl, a young woman from South Carolina. Virgil Lewis was editor when the Kat was first published. In 1925, students were required to pay a subscription price of $1.00 per year. After the paper was established, there was the problem of giving it a name. This difficulty was solved when the staff decided that any student could submit his choice. Each name was read and discussed. Victor Banks was given a one-year free subscription to the newspaper for giving the Black Kat its name. He selected this name because he felt that the name, Black Kat, suggested a sly and criticizing creature which would be capable of obtaining all the news, even to this day. The first issue of the Black Kat was dedicated to Albert Brown, a young boy who met a tragic death when in the second grade.
November 1, 1968, the Yellow Jackets closed out the 1968 football season against the powerful Bearcats of John’s Creek in Pike County, Ky.
The first quarter was a great defensive battle with neither offense able to score. During the second quarter the Bearcat offense clicked and the score at the half was John’s Creek 20 and the dazed Yellow Jackets 0.
During the third quarter the Yellowjackets’ junior fullback, Bruce Day, scored from the six-yard line. The conversion was made and the quarter ended with the score John’s Creek 20 and a recovering but shaky Yellowjacket team 7.
As the fourth quarter opened, senior halfback, Joe Hunsucker, scored six points, and Bruce Day ran the point. With minutes left in the final quarter senior quarterback Roger Collins threw a 28-yard bomb to Bruce Day for a touchdown. The Yellowjackets again showed great strength in a half. This seemed to be the dominate characteristic of this team — the playing of either the first half or the second in a flawless manner then giving the game away in the other. No one seems to be able to account for this strange phenomenon. This homecoming game ended in a 20-20 tie. The Yellowjackets closed the 1968 season with 3 wins, 7 loses and 2 tie games.
F.T.A. Day observed
On Wednesday, May 4, 1969, the first F.T.A. Day was observed at Whitesburg High School. Members of the F.T.A. took over the teaching and administrative positions of the school for Monday. Each teacher had a member of the F.T.A. who helped him grade papers, check the roll, and teach at least one class. The teachers sent comments about the student-teacher’s abilities and behaviors in the classroom to Mr. Jimmy Arthur, sponsor of the F.T.A. Both students and teachers were greatly rewarded by the day’s experiences. Members of the F.T.A. wish to express their gratitude to both the faculty and the students for their cooperation and hope that there will be many more F.T.A. Days in the future.
Students visit Alice Lloyd
Whitesburg High School was represented at Alice Lloyd College Youth Seminar by David Fields and Larry Mullins, both juniors; Gobby Tolliver, Donna Potter, and Danny Mohn, all seniors. The Seminar was sponsored by the Upper Kentucky Development District and the speakers included Ralph Widner, director of the Appalachian Regional Commission, and Governor Louie B. Nunn. Topics to be discussed were manpower and job development.
(The above articles from the 1968-69 Black Kats and the Yellowjacket Yearbook.)