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Moments and Memories of WHS

Carol Ann Nease (1966), Brenda Ison (‘65), Ed Maggard (‘62).

Carol Ann Nease (1966), Brenda Ison (‘65), Ed Maggard (‘62).

2010 Whitesburg High
School all-class reunion

part three

On campus with Betty Jo Taylor: The Black Kat would like to congratulate Kyleen Campbell for winning the National Merit Scholarship. A new club, The Junior Historical Society, is being organized this year. Students interested in history may join. We are glad to have the Folk Dancing Club going again this year. Mr. Polly, keep ’em all dancing! Coach Bates says that if there were as much noise made about football as there has been about the magazine sales, we might have a winning team. Miss Ann Dugan honored our campus with her presence and her cheery smile. Of course, we all missed “Bobby Dugan”. Alas! He is now dead. The Future Teachers of America met and elected their officers for the year. There are: James Earl Mohn, President; Teresa Franklin, Vice President ; Janie Davidson, Secretary; Iris Hammonds, Treasurer; Carolyn Jones, Historian; Gary Fields, Sergeant-at- Arms. William Wright is Kentucky’s leading scorer with 92 points. To date, he has 15 touchdowns and two extra points. Congratulations, William!

Clayshan Caudill Black (‘68), Ann Daniel Hall (‘56), Mary Blackson.

Clayshan Caudill Black (‘68), Ann Daniel Hall (‘56), Mary Blackson.

(The above article from the Sept. 1966 Black Kat.)

“On The Hill” with

Jimmy Brown (1962)

The Whitesburg High seniors have been very busy since school started. They have broken the magazine sales record for Whitesburg High School with a total of $5,000. With the magazine sale so successful, the seniors are hoping to go to Washington and New York.

Homecoming is right around the corner and each class has elected their candidates for homecoming queen. Representing the freshman class is Sharon Garrett, sophomore class Shirley Williams, junior class Sonja Boggs, senior class Barbara Adams. We wish each class luck with their race. The theme for our homecoming is “Folk Songs”. All of our clubs will be participating in float activities. The Whitesburg Yellowjackets will play Prestonsburg in the homecoming game. There will be a homecoming dance after the game and everybody is invited to come.

Christine Mann, Jenny Bowen Eversole (‘71), Anna Mae Williamson, Mary Blackson.

Christine Mann, Jenny Bowen Eversole (‘71), Anna Mae Williamson, Mary Blackson.

We are very proud of the Whitesburg Yellowjackets this year. The Yellowjackets have 5 wins, 1 loss and 1 tie. The Whitesburg Yellowjackets will meet with the Fleming-Neon Pirates Saturday night at 8 o’clock. The game will be held at Fleming-Neon. We wish the Yellowjackets all success in winning.

The Whitesburg High School Marching Band has won fame in people’s eyes over the state. At Louisville in the state fair, the band ranked 13th in the state. The band marches 54 with precision under the direction of Mr. Frank Bickel.

(The above article appeared in the Letcher Count.
Community Press,
Oct. 1962.)

Senior class 1950: Class motto, Future, Here We Come: class flower, white rose; class colors, purple and white: class officers, President, Jimmy Tackett, Vice-President, Billy Ray Cooper, Secretary, Juanita Blair. Class Sponsors, Vera Raleigh and Viola Cook.

Martha Ann Holbrook Boyd (‘50), T. Lee Adams, Ginny Combs Coldiron (‘50).

Martha Ann Holbrook Boyd (‘50), T. Lee Adams, Ginny Combs Coldiron (‘50).

Senior class honors chosen by vote of the juniors: Highest Scholarship (girl), Martha Ann Holbrook; (boy), David Wayne Polly; Most Likely to Succeed, Thelma Caudill and Raymond Harris; Prince and Princess of Personality, John Ramsey and Geraldine Smith; Four Fold Girl and Boy, Dolores Holbrook and Harrison Garrett; Most Talented Boy and Girl, Jackie King and Porky Polly; Best Athlete, Leonard Duncil; Most Artistic Boy and Girl, Ray Crawford and Janice Reynolds; Biggest Clown, Mansie Brown; Biggest Cut Up, Maywood Sparks; Most Serious Boy and Girl, Eddie Minns and Lora Lou Bentley; Best Dressed Girl and Boy, Norma Polly and Bill Adams; Neatest Girl and Boy, Barbara Caudill and Jim Adams; Most Serious Girl and Boy, Juanita Blair and Ronald Sergent; Sweetest Girl, Laura Ison; Cutest Boy and Girl, Dean Nease and Lillian Hall; Best Looking Boy, Carl Collins; Prettiest Girl, Geneva Nease. Valedictorian, Martha Ann Holbrook. Salutatorian, David Wayne Polly.

Class of 1965: Senior Offi cers, President, Austin Napier; Vice-President, Don- nie Fields; Treasurer, Insuk Hogg; Secretary, Shirley Smith.

Every senior was thrilled and ecstatic over their longawaited class rings! Our gym was decorated beautifully and we were very proud! Douglas (Happy) Chandler and Brenda Watts were chosen king and queen. The seniors are very proud of themselves, with everyone working so hard to have it ready in time. Song Dedications: Brenda Burke Harold Fleming, “I Like It”; Donna Sturgill to Teddy Mullins, “Last Kiss”; Doris Shepherd to Jim T. Whitaker, “Right or Wrong”; Robert Boggs to Marcella Caudill, “Come Back to Me”; Linda Raleigh to Bert Pease, “Young and in Love”; Lakie Wright to Larry L. McCown, “Save it For Me”; Brenda McDaniel to Eddie Day, “Last Kiss”; Mike to Margie, “Let’s go Steady Again”

(The above article from the Nov. 1965 Black Kat.)

Senior awards presented


Whitesburg High School seniors received a variety of awards at annual class day exercises.

John Elliott, valedictorian, received an award from the University of Kentucky alumni association, Beatrice Day, the salutatorian, received an award from Eastern Kentucky University.

J. M. Burkich, principal, presented awards to the other students who graduated in the top 10 percent of their class. Those were Linda Kay Craft, Adrian Wright, Olivia Maggard, Barbara Poloskey, Evelyn Fields, Benjamin F. Wright Jr., Gregory Fields, Donelda Jo Ison, Betty Adams, Saranell Caudill, Patsy Day, Norma Sue Craft, Jeff Hunsucker, Terry Day and Janie Adams.

The Harris Award and the Dugan Award were presented to Jack Kelson Cox and Patsy Day for outstanding qualities of character and leadership.

Other awards were presented to those students who had excelled in a particular field of study or who had given outstanding performances in co-curricular activities. Both the English and physical science awards went to John Elliott; the math and best salesman award were won by Jeff Hunsucker; Adrian Wright received the social studies award, the outstanding girl in physical education, and the Soil Conservation Essay award; industrial arts, Edgar Shelton; electricity, Melvin Trout; typing II, Glen Raleigh; shorthand II, Saranell Caudill; journalism, Kay Craft; Outstanding Football Player, Mike Burkich; Outstanding Athlete, Jack Cox; Outstanding Boy in physical education, Larry Hogg, biological science, Terry Day, editor of the annual and the Betty Crocker Home Economics award, Barbara Poloskey; speech, Aretta Profitt; music, Roger Dale Blair; French, Beatrice Day; art, Shelby Adams; physical science and home economics, Patsy Day; library, Saundra Caudill; baseball, Doug Moncrief.

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