On Nov. 2, 1981, the WHS Ring Dance was held at the Whitesburg High School cafeteria. Music was provided by Tony Ison and the Big Red Music Machine and the dance was open to all WHS students. The seniors were anxious and happy to receive their long-awaited rings. The highlight of the evening was the crowning of the King and Queen. Morgan Blair and Ama Wright were crowned the 1981-82 Ring Dance King and Queen at WHS.
Kuracka hasn’t missed a day
Senior Derrick Kuracka, the eighteen-year-old son of Lorraine and Metry Kuracka of Isom, has never missed a day of school. Kuracka entered first grade in 1970; he has attended for twelve years without an absence.
Kuracka said he has not always felt like getting out of bed and coming to school. He has attended class while suffering from mumps and chickenpox. After seventh grade, he says, realized he had not missed a day. “I said to myself, ‘I’ve come this far, so why not see how far I can get?’”
Lorraine Kuracka, Derrick’s mother, is a first-grade teacher at Colson Elementary, and she drove her son to school every day for eight years. She was absent from school on a few occasions, but Derrick rode to school on the bus.
Perfect attendance has been helpful, according to Kuracka. He was rewarded with silver dollars and certificates each year in grade school. At his eighth-grade graduation, he and his parents were given special recognition and a certificate. Kuracka has always enjoyed school, and going every day has its benefits, he says. “I don’t fall behind on my work.”
Kuracka also has a perfect attendance record at the Letcher County Area Vocational Center, where he has taken carpentry courses. After graduating, he plans to go to work at Isom Quick- Stop.
Athletic banquet held
The annual Whitesburg High School Athletic Banquet was held on May 10, in the high school’s cafeteria. Following are the awards received at the banquet.
Girls-Billie Jo Hatton; Boys-Randy Frazier. Jim Brown Award: Randy Frazier. In Football: All-State- Randy Frazier; Honorable Mention- Morgan Blair, Tony Sergent; EKMC-Gary Boggs, Tony Sergent, Mark Bates, Randy Frazier, Morgan Blair, Ricky Smith, and David Gibson.
In Boys’ Basketball: Rebounding Randy Frazier; Foul Shooting-David Holbrook.
In Girls’ Basketball: Best field goal percentage-Billie Jo Hatton; Best free throw percentage-Billie Jo Hatton; 110 percent-Judy Mason; Miss Clutch-Tiphanie Bates; W.H.S. All-American-Tiphanie Bates.
In Boys’ Track: Cross Country- Greg Polly; 110 percent-Jeff Collier; Middle Distance-Tony Day; Field Award-Steve Burke; Spirit Award-Mark Bates; Distance Award-Jimmy Stephens; Mr. Versatility-Gary Boggs.
In Girls’ Track: Cross Country-Monick Wampler; 110 percent award-Karen Buntin; Field Award-Brenda Williams; Middle Distance- Monick Wampler; Spirit Award-Anna Looney; Miss Versatility-Tiphanie Bates; Cross Country-All State- Monick Wampler.
The above articles from the 1982 Yellowjacket Yearbook and Black Kat newspapers