Teresa Nichols, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Nichols of Sandlick, has been named valedictorian of the Whitesburg High School Class of 1981.
Victoria Johnson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lindbert Tolaver of Partridge, is honored as salutatorian of her class.
Nichols is a member of the W.H.S. Mathematics Club, won second place at a Clinch Valley College math contest, and was a grand marshal in last year’s graduation. Johnson is a member of the marching band and received an excellent solo rating at Pikeville College.
Dr. H. Warren Robbins, Dean of Graduate Academic Affairs at Union College, delivered the commencement address at the Whitesburg High School football field Friday, May 22, at 7:30 p.m.
Kimberly Arthur, Katherine Gish and Karen Halcomb were the grand marshals. The ushers were Ephraim Imperial, Mark Cornett, Paul David Sturgill, Denise Hylton, Heather Buntin, Sherry Barker, Shannon Adams, Maronda Maggard, Tamblyn Swanner, Vita Dollarhide, Theda Webb, Jennifer Noble and Delana McCool.
(The above from the May 21, 1981 Mountain Eagle.)
Awards Day June 4, 1981: Valedictorian – Teresa Nichols; Salutatorian – Victoria Johnson; Scholarship – Lesa Nease; English Award – Teresa Nichols; Writing Award – Sherry Waller; Science Award – Teresa Nichols; Math Award – Teresa Nichols; Social Studies Award – Lesley Fields; Biology Award – Victoria Johnson; Distributive Education Award – Bill Amburgey; Home Economics Award – Delana Ison; P.E. Award – Oscar Profitt; Library Award – Sherry Waller; D.A.R. Award – Sherry Waller; Harris Award – Greg Hogg; Dugan Award – Sherry Waller; Baseball Award – Chris Combs; Basketball (boys) – Greg Hogg; Basketball (girls) – Nancy Huff ; Track (boys) – David Boggs; Track (girls) – Paula Warzon; Yellowjacket staff award – Mary Banks, Beverly Fields; Band Award – Lisa Bentley; John Phillip Sousa Award – Melinda Combs; Senior Band Members – Bill Amburgey, Shelia Boggs, Tammy Creech, Vicki Johnson, Audrey Napier, Cecilia Webb, Mary Smith, Lisa Bentley, Melinda Combs; Top 10 % – Teresa Nichols, Victoria Johnson, Nancy Huff , Kim Collier, Lisa Bentley, Myra Corello, Sherry Waller, Janet Kincer, Lesa Nease, Robert Gibson, Chris Combs, Bascil Boggs, Beverly Fields.
The Whitesburg Lady Yellowjackets captured the 53rd District crown with their 59-51 victory over the Jenkins Cavaliers. John High experienced his first district victory after coming to the Yellowjackets as head mentor. The Lady Jackets advanced to this final game after a win over the Lady Pirates, and the Lady Cavaliers advanced on a victory over the Lady Eagles of Letcher.
Tiffany Bates had an impressive evening as she scored a total of 16 points. Nancy Huff was expected to score her 16, and thus it came as no surprise when she fulfilled the expectation. Billie Jo Hatton hit for a total of eight orange points. Judy Mason connected on seven points; all of these coming in the last half. Teresa Sexton scored a field goal and three foul shots for five points. S. Brown and J. Adams completed the Yellowjacket scoring with four and two points respectively.
The Lady Cavaliers did a fantastic job as they outscored the Yellowjackets 23-19 in the first half. However, the depth of Whitesburg was the deciding factor as the Lady Jackets outlasted and outperformed the Cavaliers.
Four players contained the total offense for the Lady Cavaliers while Whitesburg had seven girls in the off ensive category.
Martha Robinson was top point-getter for the evening as she shot 17 points in the Cavalier attempt. Little sister Andrea Robinson, an eighth grader, and Bobbie Bartram scored 15 points each. Sherry Powers contributed four points toward the Lady Cavaliers’ 51 points.
One of the deciding factors in the game was the fact that the Lady Cavaliers only hit 35 percent on field goals while Whitesburg hit 51 percent percent.
(The above article from the March 12, 1981 Community
Places First: Tom Dollarhide of Whitesburg placed first in Industrial Electricity at the Kentucky VICA Skill Olympics held in Louisville March 23-24.
He is a first-year student in industrial electricity at Mayo State Vocational School in Paintsville. Dollarhide is a graduate of Whitesburg High School and is the son of Jim and Jeanette Dollarhide.
(The above article from the May 14, 1981 Mountain
Senior Class Officers: President – Greg Hogg; Vice President – Robert Gibson; Secretary – Sheila Boggs; Treasurer – Teresa Dunn. Senior Superlatives: Best All-Around – Janet Kincer and Robert Gibson; Eye- Catchers – Sarah Frazier and David Blair; Personality Plus – Tim Bentley and Nancy Long; Most Talented – Joe Banks and Audrey Napier; Jacket Jokers – Bascil Boggs and Michelle Williams; Most Popular – Robin Roberts and Teresa Davis; Most Ambitious – Shelia Boggs and Stephen Kincer; Most School Spirited – Mike Baker and Tammy Creech; Most Athletic – Nancy Huff and Greg Hogg; Most Fashionable – Robin Roberts and Sarah Frazier; Most Courteous – Kim Huff and Robert Gibson; Nicest Smiles – Bascil Boggs and Teresa Davis; Most Studious – Lesley Fields and Mike Blair.