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PT NJROTC Hosts Tornado Triumph Sports Challenge
The Paducah Tilghman High School (PTHS) Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (NJROTC) unit recently hosted its ninth annual Tornado Triumph JROTC Sports Challenge. Nine JROTC teams from seven high schools in Western Kentucky participated in the physical fitness meet held at Paducah Tilghman.

In addition to the Paducah Tilghman Navy JROTC unit, Navy programs from Daviess County and Butler County Schools competed. Army JROTC units from Muhlenberg County, McLean County, Owensboro High School, and Fort Campbell High Schools attended. An estimated 250 cadets from the various schools competed in the sports challenge.
Gaines to be Inducted into KHSAA Hall of Fame
Lincoln High School alumnus Clarence "Big House" Gaines has been named as one of 12 members of the Kentucky High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame Class of 2016.

Born in Paducah, “Big House” Gaines went from being a three-sport athlete and class salutatorian at Lincoln High school to becoming a national champion basketball coach and a Basketball Hall of Fame inductee. A basketball, football and track standout, Gaines went to play football at Morgan State University, where he gained his famous nickname and graduated in 1945 with a chemistry degree.
Daniels, Hancock Named Speech Tournament Champions; Six Others Achieve Podium Finishes at Murray High
Murray, KY - Paducah Tilghman seniors Jack Daniels and Meg Hancock were named tournament champions at the Murray Tiger Invitational Speech Tournament on November 21. Fourteen schools from two states competed at the event.

Daniels and Hancock earned a first place win in Improvisational Duo. Hancock secured another tournament championship designation in Original Oratory.

Six fellow teammates rounded out Tilghman’s ten podium finishes.
Superintendent's Blog: Shrek Connects!
It’s only a few days until the opening of Shrek: The Musical at PTHS! My family and I are excited to see the show. They had a great time at last year’s production of Cinderella and I know that this year’s show will be just as good.

It’s always amazing that all of the different elements of a show- songs, choreography, music, set, and costumes- can come together in such a short amount of time to produce a show of such high quality.
And it’s the same for the cast and crew- the performing arts like band, choir, and drama have a great ability to bring students from different grades, with different interests and different circles of friends together for the common goal of creating a quality show. Some of those connections will only last as long as the show lasts, but other friendships begun during the show may blossom and continue on through high school and beyond.

I’ve seen this happen with my nephew. He came to Tilghman from Paducah Middle this year and is a member of the PTHS choir. Choir has given him the opportunity to establish connections with upperclassmen that will support him as he continues at PTHS.

The performing arts have a marvelous potential to connect students with the community and with their school history, too.
Principals cheer schools' successes
by Genevieve Postelthwait, The Paducah Sun
November 17, 2015
Used with permission.

The Paducah Board of Education got a peek Monday evening into the biggest successes and challenges at the district's three elementary schools, Clark, McNabb and Morgan. All in all, the schools had plenty of good news to share with the board, but also came prepared to talk about their biggest opportunities for improvement.

"I told you last month that we've made some instructional breakthroughs along the lines of using data to drive instruction, implementing effective intervention processes and also enrichment processes for kids who are already at grade level or above," Assistant Superintendent Will Black told the board. "Our mission this year is really to standardize those improvements."

Black highlighted a few of the most notable breakthroughs made at each of Paducah's three elementary schools.
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