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District News
Vanessa Davis Named QuestBridge Scholar
Paducah, KY - Paducah Tilghman senior Vanessa Davis has been named a 2017 QuestBridge Scholar, receiving admission and four-year full tuition, room and board, and other expenses to the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana.

QuestBridge is a national nonprofit organization that connects the nation’s most exceptional youth with leading colleges and opportunities. Working with these scholars, QuestBridge follows students from their senior year in high school through college and to their first job.

This year, QuestBridge reported a record-high total of 14,491 applicants, with 5,338 advancing to finalist status based on academic, financial, and extracurricular credentials. Of these, 767 were matched with highly selective colleges and universities.

Davis is a member of the National Honor Society, the PTHS academic team, the Kentucky Junior Historical Society, the Law Club, Interact, and the archery team. She is a Paxton Scholar and was named a regional champion at the Kentucky History Day competition last spring. She is currently ranked 5th in her class.

“Paducah Tilghman is so proud that Vanessa has been recognized on the national level for her diligent work,” said Superintendent Donald Shively. “I am certain that the solid foundation she has worked hard to build while in the Paducah Schools will serve her well as she continues her education at Notre Dame.”

Davis is the daughter of Marcey and Demond Davis. She is the granddaughter of Ruth Ann Newnam and Jimmy Newnam.

Davis plans to major in biology and aspires to be an obstetrician and gynecologist.
 
PTHS Band Members Selected for All District Symphonic Band
Six PTHS Band of Blue members have been selected to participate in the 2017 First District KMEA All-District Symphonic Honor Band. Students selected include (l to r) Audrianna Hughes (1st Chair Bass Clarinet), Nicholas Beeny (3rd Chair Trombone), Joseph Price (4th Chair Trombone), Chris Chumbler (1st Chair Euphonium), David Goulooze (2nd Chair Tuba), Jose Ricardo dos Remedios (2nd Chair Bassoon).

The following members have been recommended to audition for the 2016 KMEA All-State Bands on December 10th at John Hardin High School: Audrianna Hughes, Nicholas Beeny, Chris Chumbler, and David Goulooze.

The All-District Symphonic Band will rehearse and perform at Murray State University on January 5-7, 2017.




 
Paducah Middle Band Students to Perform with All District Band
Paducah Middle School Band students had auditions for All District Band on Monday, November 14th at PM. 39 students from PM made the band, and 8 students were selected as alternates.

Ms. Williams, Mr. Van Fleet & Mr. Loe were very proud of all students who auditioned!

All District band students will have rehearsals at Murray State on January 5 & 6. There will be a concert on Saturday, January 7 at 2:00 p.m. in Murray State University's Lovett Auditorium.

From left to right:
Floor: Zyla Dortch, Grainger Page, Annissa Midyett, Myriauna Commander, Aliandra Jackson, Ella Wainscott, Mason Romanak, Jenna Price
Row 1: Grace Wilke, Kirsten Jones, Grace Bakehouse, Ashunti Hamilton, Natalie Lansden, Olyvia Klopfenstein, Kate LeBuhn, Anniyah Shelley, NiKayla Donaldson, Raven Butler, Paige Kight, Dana Hernandez, Zabrina Hunter
Row 2: Chris White, A.J. Armstrong, Landon Fitzgerald, Natalie Besaw, Kindle Knight, Kymaiah Barner, Evan Jones, Caleb Julian, Erin Leggs, Micah Spann, Alexis Davis, Phillip Jones, Jordon Elifritz, Ben LeBuhn, Zach Ybarzabal Elijah Patrick, Nadiya Williams, JaByreonna Caldwell, Alyssa Pierson, Gage Gottman

 
Holtgrewe Named Kentucky Commonwealth Ambassador
Paducah, KY - Paducah Tilghman senior John Holtgrewe has been named a Kentucky Commonwealth Ambassador by Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes. The Commonwealth Ambassador Award is presented to youth who demonstrate exceptional character and citizenship through their contributions to the community, state, or nation.

The Secretary of State’s office explains the award “was created to recognize young people for their involvement in their government and communities.”

Holtgrewe recently spearheaded and moderated a mayoral candidates’ forum at Paducah Tilghman. Young voters’ concerns were addressed at the community event, and the event received local and state recognition.

"John is an outstanding ambassador for Paducah Tilghman High School,” said Superintendent Donald Shively. “It is exciting to see him recognized by the Commonwealth of Kentucky for his contributions to Paducah."

Holtgrewe is a member of the academic team, the speech and debate team, and the track and field team. He serves as a student intern on the Paducah Human Rights Commission and was named the Youth LEAD Student of the Year in 2016. He is an alumnus of both the Governor’s School for Entrepreneurs and the Governor’s Scholars Program. He has been recognized this year as a Paducah Sun Teen of the Week.

Holtgrewe plans to attend the University of Louisville next fall where he will major in Mechanical Engineering. He is the son of Veronica and Greg Holtgrewe.
 
ROTC plays key role in Tilghman teen's success
by Genevieve Postlethwait, The Paducah Sun
November 27, 2016
Used with permission.

When Amiya Jones was in middle school, a friend started telling her about Paducah Tilghman's Naval Junior Reserves Officer Training Corps, encouraging her to join.

She was skeptical. She didn't really have much interest in the military. But when she got to Tilghman, she gave the NJROTC a chance, and boy is she glad she did.

"It's been a great program for me," she said. "I just love it. ROTC helps me through everything."

Four years into the program, Jones has worked her way through the ranks to earn her official title as executive officer and unofficial title as "ROTC queen." She's gone from being a shy cadet who struggled with low self-esteem to a confident young woman who takes pride in setting a good example for others.

 
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