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COMMEMORATING VERSAILLES HIGH SCHOOL'S 1962 FOOTBALL TEAM ON THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THEIR STATE CHAMPIONSHIP
(Extensions of Remarks - September 13, 2012)

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 COMMEMORATING VERSAILLES HIGH SCHOOL'S 1962 FOOTBALL TEAM ON THE 50TH 
                ANNIVERSARY OF THEIR STATE CHAMPIONSHIP

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                           HON. BEN CHANDLER

                              of kentucky

                    in the house of representatives

                      Thursday, September 13, 2012

  Mr. CHANDLER. Mr. Speaker, today it is with great pride that I 
commemorate the 50th anniversary of Versailles High School's 1962 
Kentucky state football championship. This commemoration has a special 
significance to me as my late grandfather, former Governor of Kentucky 
A.B. ``Happy'' Chandler, was on the sidelines cheering the football 
team to victory in the county where I was later born and raised.
  The 1962 Yellow Jackets were one of the smallest football teams ever 
to win a Kentucky state championship, but what they may have lacked in 
size they made up for in their sheer determination and athletic skill. 
Led by the 1962 Central Kentucky Conference Coach of the Year John 
Snowden, this group of gritty underdogs confounded the experts by 
winning game after game and defying expectations.
  On the day of the state championship game, more than half of the 
population of Woodford County was in attendance to root on the fan 
favorite Yellow Jackets. On that cold, windy Thanksgiving Day, the fans 
watched their Yellow Jackets overcome a bigger, stronger, and heavily 
favored opponent. The Yellow Jackets emerged victorious and claimed 
their memorable 1962 Kentucky state championship trophy.
  Mr. Speaker, it is a great honor to have this momentous anniversary 
celebrated in my home district. The ``Boys of '62'' truly represent 
Kentucky's passion and dedication to the game of football. This group 
of individuals will always be remembered as one of Kentucky's finest, 
and we will continue to celebrate their accomplishments for years to 
come.

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