Some of the members of the senior class were:
First Security Bank names the winners of 1995 essay scholarship contest
The winning essay from Whitesburg High School is from Heather Elaine Collins, daughter of Jerry and Vickie Collins of Whitesburg. The title of her essay is “My American Dream”.
“My grandmother has always told me, ‘Honey, do your best. Believe it or not, one person can actually make a difference in the world.’ Throughout my life I have tried to live by that motto, to achieve the goals I set for myself and pursue my ‘American Dream’.
“The ‘American Dream’ is a vague expression that has different meanings for different people. The commonality of everyone’s desires is the search for happiness. Everyone interprets happiness in his/her own way. Each individual sets his/her own separate goals to obtain the happiness they desire. As for me, my dream for happiness consists of educational success, a rewarding career, faith in God, and love.
“The happiness of educational success can only be obtained through hard work and perseverance. Educational success is hard for most people to attain because of the burden of cost for an education. Due to government grants, vast amount of scholarships, and federally funded work-study programs, and education has become much more affordable now. For me if it weren’t for those types of programs, I would be financially unable to achieve the goals I have set for myself. My dream is to attend Murray State University, double majoring in Chemistry and Biology. By reaching my goal I will achieve the happiness that I desire in my life.
“Through educational success I will be able to have the rewarding career that I have dreamed of. I plan to become a doctor, providing low-cost medical care to Appalachian people. The lack of decent affordable medical care is a burden that most poor Appalachian families bear. I want to help ease the burden and become a leader in my profession, my community, and my family. I want to touch the lives of my patients and bring happiness to not only my life, but my patients also.
“My pursuit for happiness also consists of faith in God. Throughout my life I have been raised to trust in God and to pray to him for strength and guidance. In my family faith has brought us through many crises. The biggest crisis in my family was when my grandfather lost his eyesight in a mine explosion. My grandmother, through her love and faith in God, kept her family together and managed to raise four successful children, take care of her husband and father, and hold a fulltime job at the same time. I hope to accomplish the same faith that she has and live my life for God by praising him, setting high morals for myself, and trusting in my faith.
“ The most important goal I set for myself to achieve happiness is to give and receive love. The word love has many different individual meanings. To me, love is a feeling of belonging to another person. When there is nothing else you want to do more than spend time with a person, that is love. A relationship can bring you many things, such as: trust, commitment, and happiness. My grandparents through all their crises have managed to hold their family together by having one thing, love for each other. In my opinion, love is the key to happiness.
“The search for happiness through educational success, a rewarding career, faith in God, and love is how I hope to attain my ‘American Dream.’ On the other hand, there are many different ways to obtain your ‘American Dream’, and different goals to search for that dream. One thing is for certain though. A dream lives within a person. In order to make a difference in this world, you have to find that dream within you, and strive to obtain it. Take my granny’s advice; Do your best, and make your mark in the world.”
Jenny Collins gives first recital at MSU
Miss Jenny Collins (1993 graduate of WHS), a sophomore Music major at Morehead State University, held her first recital on March 5, 1995 at Duncan Recital Hall, playing classical saxophone selections to include Tableaux de Provence, Farandoulo Di Chatouno, Chanson Per Ma Mio, Dis Alyscamps, Sarabande and Gigue, Concertino Da Camera. She was accompanied by Professor Paul Taylor.
Jenny is a member of Gamma Upsilon Chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota, Gamma Beta Phi Honor Society and “Chair’s List” in the Department of Music for students who have GPA of 3.5 or above.
She is a member of Morehead Symphonic Winds and Symphony Band. Post-graduate studies are planned for Indiana University/Florida State. Miss Collins is a graduate of Whitesburg High School, being taught by Susan Hayes and tutored by Eugene Norden, MSU.