FHA has a new name; it is now Family, Career, Community Leaders of America (FCCLA). Purposes for FCCLA are as follows: provide opportunities for personal development and preparation for adult life, strengthen the family, encourage democracy, encourage individual and group involvement in the community and the world, provide opportunities for assuming responsibilities, prepare for the multiple roles of men and women in today's society, and promote family and consumer science occupations. Any student grades 7-12 enrolled in a Family and Consumer Science class is automatically a member of FCCLA.
Lisa Lovett, Advisor
Student Government Association (S.G.A.) is composed of President, Vice-President, Secretary/Treasurer, Reporter, Sergeant-at-arms, and representatives from each class. The S.G.A. officers help with any school activities as needed.
When SGA first began in 1964, it was organized under the name Student Council. There were a total number of 23 members and the first president was Sonya Batchelor. For the first time since the Aggie and Philo Debate teams, students actually had to campaign and give speeches. There have been three sponsors: Mitchell Drake, John West, and Mary Sudduth. SGA has always been an active club. They sponsor many activities throughout the year, and has been the glue that has held the student body together.
The first Future Farmers of America was established in 1929 and the official FFA creed and colors were adopted in 1930, but it is uncertain when the first FFA at WCHS was officially organized. However, at the time of the first Winsaga in 1948, Mr. O.B. Davis was the advisor. From 1953 until 1971, Mr. J.H. Whitson was advisor. He then became the first director of the Winston County Technical School. Mr. John Sudduth has been the advisor from 1971 until the present. The first FFA Sweetheart was Miss Pat Shaddix in 1960. In the early days, dairy judging was the big FFA event and today it involves Livestock Judging, Land Judging, and Forestry Judging. They use to sell candy and operate a drink machine for funding, but today they operate a huge fruit and ham sale before the holidays. Their shop projects are still an outstanding feature of the FFA program.
Byron Tuggle, Advisor
The Jacket Journal
The Jacket Journal began in 1964, and its first sponsor was Mrs. Loyce Whitson. It was originally an activity funded by the Future Teachers of America. In 1982, when Mrs. Whitson retired, Ms. Annette Little took over the position. Things have changed a lot since the Jacket Journal began. When the first paper was published, it was a one page paper with no formal structure. It was an after school activity then, and the editor had to take most of the work home. Since most of the work was done by the editor, there wasn’t a demand for a large staff. The paper has grown to 10-16 pages, and the staff has grown to 40 members, an editor-in-chief, several copy editors, typists, proofreaders, and reporters. The editor still has to take some of the work home, but since 1990, the Jacket Journal has had a class where the majority of the work is done. Around 1988, the staff became members of the Alabama Scholastic Press Association and attended journalism workshops held in Florence each year. There they learn how to publish a more interesting and influential paper and to update their previous look. Now the paper is being done on computer with the May paper being published by the Cullman Times.
The journalism class, which consists of Jacket Journal members, also writes for competition in The Writer. The High School Writer is a newspaper that publishes competition articles from high school students over the southeastern United States.
SAFE began in 1956 as Future Teachers of America with Tom Bartlett as the first president and Mrs. Loyce Whitson the Advisor. The club’s purpose was to give students who were interested in education a chance to learn about teaching. In fact, during the first years of the club’s operation, each member was assigned to a teacher whom they helped on a regular basis. FTA attended state and district competitions, had regular meetings and programs, and invited speakers to address the club. To name a few of the club’s early projects, they began the WCHS blood drive, distributed Christmas presents to less fortunate elementary students, and began printing the Jacket Journal. In order to encompass a larger field of careers, the name of the club was changed from FTA to SAE in 1974, and to SAFE in 1975. It is now FTA (Future Teachers of Alabama). In 1982, the WCHS chapter was renamed to honor its founder and is now named the Loyce D. Whitson Chapter of Student Action for Education.