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Paducah Tilghman High School Seniors Named to National Speech and Debate KY All-State Team
Three members of the Paducah Tilghman Speech and Debate Team have been named to the 2016-17 pre-season NSDA Kentucky All-State Speech Team by the National Speech and Debate Association, the oldest and largest speech and debate honor society in the country. The All-State Team includes the top 150 National Speech and Debate team members in the state as determined by competition and service points earned throughout high school.

Opening the season as National Speech and Debate Association Kentucky All-State Team members are seniors John Holtgrewe, Claire Kelly, and Michael Ellen Walden.

In addition to their pre-season All-State designations, Kelly and Walden hold NSDA service citations, national awards given for service to others and for the upholding of the core ideals of the National Speech and Debate Association. Each holds two citations of merit.

The team is coached by Mr. Tony Cardon.
Julian Named KMEA Outstanding Music Teacher of the Year
Clark Elementary music teacher Dale Julian was recently honored as Kentucky Music Education Association District 1 Outstanding Elementary Music Teacher of the Year. KMEA District 1 President Samantha Veal presented the award to Mr. Julian.
Paducah schools enrollment, graduation rate higher
by Genevieve Postlethwait
The Paducah Sun, August 16, 2016
Used with permission

Enrollment numbers as well as graduation rates are on the upswing in Paducah Public Schools.

Board of Education members welcomed the good news on both fronts at their regular monthly meeting Monday night.

Though enrollment numbers are not yet official this early in the school year, Director of Pupil Personnel Troy Brock told the board the district’s enrollment is nearing the 3,000 mark, with 2,988 enrolled so far.

“Looking at last year’s numbers, that already puts us 130 students above this same time last year,” Brock said. “Looking at the data over the last six years, we’ve grown 263 students.” This year’s growth has primarily at Paducah Middle, up 47 students; Clark Elementary, up 46 students; and Morgan Elementary, up 30 students.
Paducah Tilghman’s Sarah Katz Named Dance Captain at Stage Door Manor Performing Arts Training Center Program
Paducah, KY. - Paducah Tilghman junior Sarah Katz was accepted at and recently attended the Stage Door Manor Performing Arts Training Center, a comprehensive three-week program offering total theatre immersion for talented young performers. Located in the Catskill Mountains in New York State, Stage Door Manor is one of the world’s preeminent theatrical camps. Students receive instruction from accomplished directors, choreographers, and vocal coaches.

The program culminated in a performance of “Curtains,” a musical that originally starred David Hyde Pierce when it made its debut on Broadway in 2006.

Katz was named Dance Captain for the production. “I am so happy to have had the opportunity to be in musicals at PTHS,” she says, “and am thrilled to now have had the chance to sing and dance in a show with a company of really talented students from all over the world.”

290 students from all 50 states and six continents attended the program.

Paducah Tilghman Senior Walden Ranked First in Nation in Speech and Debate Acting
Paducah Tilghman senior Michael Ellen Walden is ranked first in the United States on the National Speech and Debate Association’s list of top pre-season competitors.

She leads the list of hundreds of national competitors in Duet Oral Interpretation. A three-year veteran of the Paducah Tilghman High School Speech and Debate team, Walden received her national designation by earning numerous wins in her performance category.

In addition to her performance accolade, Walden is a National Speech and Debate Association Academic All-American. She holds two national service citations and is a three-year member of Kentucky’s NSDA All-State team. She currently ranks 16th overall in the state.

Walden was a founding member of the Paducah Middle School Speech Team. During her two years on the team, Walden was named state champion in Interpretation of Literature.

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