Black Kat staff opinions
Sharon Terry-I want to leave because I am tired of this place. Geri Webb-I am glad I am graduating, but I know I will never see some of the friends I have made, and the teachers and members of the office. I will miss not having anything to do when I get bored, especially my sixth period class. Lorraine Miles-I hate to leave because I will be saying goodbye to some of my best friends who are going to college. Phyllis Maggard-I will miss the feeling of security which the school and teachers and high school give to me. Nina Morgan Fields-I will miss my friends and all the enjoyment I have had in school. Barbara Kincer-I will miss my friends, the teachers and the bell that rings. I will miss seeing Mr. Burkich and Mr. Ritter because they do a lot to help the students. Belvia Short –I will miss the teachers who are so dear to me, but I will miss Mr. Burkich and Mr. Ritter who have kept the good old Whitesburg High moving onward.
Advice from some of the seniors to underclassmen
Roger Banks-Study a lot but have fun. Kathy Barker- Study hard, make lots of friends, and smile. Linda Biggerstaff-Work hard, and have a good time with the kids. Phyllis Day-Stay in school and take part in as many activities as you can. Susie Day-Stay in school and don’t get married before you graduate. Martha Frazier- Stay in school and make the best of your opportunities, don’t kill dead snakes. Sharon Garrett-Don’t wade dry rivers. James Mohn-Join clubs, attend ball games, but keep up your grades. Bobby Polly-Have fun and go on the senior trip. Glenn Potter-Stay out of the office. John B. Preston-When you become a senior know it and know you know it. Scooter Quillen-Stay in school and get a good education. David Setzer-Stay in school and study hard. Danny Webb- Study hard, stay in school, you’ll never regret it.
Bennett Trent- Don’t do anything you can’t get away with. Jackie Wright- Take English 4 in summer school. Shelia Yonce-Stay in school, have a good time, and sometimes it helps to study. Bobby Hoskins-Stay straight, keep on the good side of the teachers, and don’t quit school. Iris Hammonds Study hard, and all the mountains you climb will hold pleasant views, and the rivers will be easy to cross. Cindy Hatton-Do your best in everything and recognize opportunity when it knocks. Carolyn Jones-The more you talk the more you learn (sometimes). Kyleen Campbell- Don’t expect to walk barefoot over a bed of nails and not get hurt. Danny Caudill-Don’t get a bad name in the office. Donald Collins-Never try to go with two girls or two boys at the same time. Linda Dollarhide-Work hard but have fun. Eddy Holbrook- Learn to lie with a straight face. George Ison-Get in good with Ritter and Burkich and then skip. Phyllis Maggard Don’t do anything you can’t get away with. Junior Sexton-Take the subjects as they come, you’ll be better off. Charles Ward-A sieve may not hold water but it can hold another sieve.
The Senior Class elected Mr. Hoover Nease and Miss Sharon Garrett as Mr. and Miss Whitesburg High School for the 1965- 66 school year. Pat Goins was selected as Miss Yellow Jacket.
Debbie Marshall to Jimmy Meade-Baby I’m Yours. Carol Sexton to Bobby Hall- I’ve Got You Babe. Sparks to typing students-Just a Little Bit Better. Mr. Edgar Banks to students-I’m a Happy Man. Teachers to Gary Boyd-Like a Rolling Stone. Skippers to Mr. Ritter- Catch Us If You Can. Henry Rose to Harold Holbrook- I’m Henry the VIII. Jo Taylor to Larrie Collins-Baby I’m Yours. Dean Webb to Kathy Baker-Give All Your Love to Me. Seniors to Mr. Burkich- We Gotta Get Out of This Place. Mayking Students to Bus 41-Ride Away. Phyllis to Frankie-Hold Me, Thrill Me. Eddie to Pauline-Down in the Boondocks. Brenda to Tommy D.-Nothing But Heartaches. Belvia Short to Ray Hatfield-I’m Yours. Linda Raleigh to Philip Sergent With Love from Me to You. Students to Luther Proffitt-Hang on Sloopy.
Senior Class officers
The Senior Class elected their class officers for the 1965-66 school year. Serving as President is Sharon Garrett; Vice President is Debby Webb; Treasurer is Gary Fields and Secretary is Phyllis Day.
The Class Flower is White Orchid; Class Colors are Mint Green and White; and the Class Motto is “Climb Every Mountain”.
Most Popular-Phyllis Day and Hoover Nease. Wittiest- James Earl Mohn-Kathy Barker. Most Talented-John Bill Brown –Lynda Ferguson. Most Likely to Succeed Charles Ward-Kyleen Campbell. Most Studious- Larry Crase-Cindy Hatton. Cutest Couple-David Jones-Linda Biggerstaff. Best School Spirit-Curtis Niece-Teresa Franklin. Best Dressed-Scooter Quillen- Debby Webb. Most Handsome and Beautiful-Johnny Fairchild –Carolyn Jones. Best Personality-Joella Taylor Luther Proffitt.
Song dedications for seniors only
Graduation Day-May 27, 1966. Glory Guys-Boys receiving awards. Goldfinger Girls getting wedding bands. Great Escape March- Baccalaureate March. Greatest Story Ever Told- “This certifies that you have completed the regular course of study and are awarded this diploma.” Hallelujah Trail- Down the aisle after receiving diplomas. Help! -Those who didn’t quite make it. Here I Am-Senior in cap and gown. It’s a Mad, Mad World-World waiting for seniors. Action-Seniors getting jobs. Bewitched-Girls at Junior-Senior Prom. It’s My Life-Seniors to parents. Run to My Lovin’ Arms-Parents to seniors. We Got to Get Out of This Place-Drop outs. My Favorite Things-Mortarboards, gifts, gowns, class rings, diplomas. 16 Going on 17-Juniors to be seniors next year. Climb Every Mountain- Seniors’ class song. The Sound of Music-Pomp and Circumstance.
My favorite school activity by Paul Dent
My favorite school activity is in the morning when I serve as traffic cop. I am employed by the Neighborhood Youth Corps. My job is to tell the people they are not allowed to stop in front of the Letcher County Board of Education building because they will block all the other traffic which is following behind. I am surprised at the expression of the people and the bus drivers when I say “Stop, there are already too many buses here.” When they get mad I just say “I am doing what Mr. Burkich told me to do. If you have any questions about it, take it up with him.” It is lots of fun to be able to tell adults what to do.
(The above articles from the 1966 Yellowjacket Yearbook and issues of the Black Kat Newspapers)