Whitesburg KY

Moments and Memories of WHS



Student wins fourth for

WHS in feature article competition

A student from the Black Kat Staff entered the journalism/ feature article competition. It consisted of writing a feature article over Letcher County. Next, she must write an article over a topic of her own choice.

This student is Becky Baker. She placed fourth out of the Regions 13, 14, 15, and 16. She will attend the Sweet Sixteen Academic Competitions in March at Lexington.

“What Freedom Means to Me” by Broy Dollarhyde

Being free is not just doing what you want to do. It goes far beyond that. Freedom is leading your own life and making your own decisions within certain limits of the law basic freedoms. Freedom of speech, religion, the press, the right to assembly, and the right to bear arms. These five things help us keep freedom with ourselves and with other countries.

If it were not for these five things, our government could take full charge of our lives. Other countries, which are not as fortunate as ours, have governments that tell them how to live. These people are told where to live and what kind of work to do. This is known as communism. The people of communist countries can only print, say, and worship what their government wants them to. They cannot meet or bear arms in fear of being sent to prison or killed.

The United States is a democracy. A democratic society is one in which the people can live the way they want without having to fear anyone unless they break the law. Laws do not limit freedom, but keep people from hurting each other. I am glad I live in the United States, because it is important to me to live my own life.

Freedom of religion is the most important to me, because I want to worship the Lord and do it in my own way. Other freedoms may be more important to other people, since everyone is different.

As you can see, freedom is made up on many different things and it is good that it is. If you love freedom you should fight to preserve it, as our forefathers did, if it comes under attack from an outside force.

Now you have seen what freedom is to me. As and American, you should do what I have and write down or just think about what freedom is and look back at it from time to time.

 WHS Boosters hold Pancake Day

Pancake Day, Saturday, Nov. 2, was sponsored by Whitesburg High School Booster Club. All proceeds will be going for new record players for the student center. The students held a contest to see who could sell the most tickets. Seniors won first place. They sold 662. Sophomores were second place. They sold 621. Juniors were in third place. They sold 317.

A total of 1,600 people attended. The amount expected was 1,000. It started at 7 a.m. and lasted until 1 p.m.

They took a break to watch Whitesburg High and West High play a football game. Then at 4 p.m. they opened again and it lasted until 7 p.m.

Yellowjackets end season with big win

Whitesburg beat Johns Creek 28-0 to end up with a 6-4 record for the 1986 season.

The Jackets’ first touchdown came from a Dale Thomas pass to Charles Mathews. The extra point attempt was blocked, Whitesburg led 6-0 with 7:21 left in the first quarter.

The Jackets’ defense was playing tough all night. Larry Maggard and Jimmy Frazier both had sacks on the Bearcats’ quarterback.

Whitesburg gained 362 yards total offense while picking up 16 first downs. The Jackets rushed for 226 yards on 46 carries, while four players combined for 6 of 12 passes for 100 yards and two touchdowns.

Three students selected to

All-District Band

Tuesday, Nov. 18, six students from Whitesburg High School traveled to Knott County High School for the All-District Auditions. All total, approximately 95 people were there. From Whitesburg, there were five people chosen: William Buntin, Krisi Sexton, and Tammy Maxie – trumpets; Rhonda Polly – flute; Michelle Johnson – clarinet. These students will return Jan. 15 at the Carriage House in Paintsville to perform.

Three students will travel to Elizabethtown Dec. 13 to audition for All-State band. These are William Buntin, Krisi Sexton and Michelle Johnson.

In order to audition for All-State Band, one must be recommended for All-State at the All-District auditions.

Lady Jackets win tournament

Whitesburg defeated the Sheldon Clark Lady Cardinals 62-31 in the second game of the Lady Jackets Invitational Round Robin Tournament on Dec. 30.

Senior center Stephanie Proffitt again led the Lady Jackets in scoring with a game high of 21 points. Proffitt helped Whitesburg build a substantial early advantage over the Lady Cardinals.

The game was so one-sided that Whitesburg led 36-6 at half.

In all, eight players scored for Whitesburg. Connie Brown had 10 points and Sandy Luther had 9 points. Beth Banks and Lisa Shepherd each tossed in 4 points each.

(The above articles from the 1987 Yellowjacket Yearbook and Black Kat Newspapers)

Leave a Reply