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Paducah Tilghman HS

A Tradition of Excellence

"I am very excited to welcome you to a very select group - the student body of Paducah Tilghman High School. We have reason to be proud of our school because of its outstanding reputation in our state and nation. Tilghman students for many years have compiled noteworthy achievements in both their scholastic and extra curricular endeavors. We know that you can appreciate this tradition, and that we can expect you and your fellow students to add to the luster of our school's past accomplishments. We want your days at Tilghman to be enjoyable, profitable, fulfilling and hope that you take advantage of the many opportunities which will be made available to you."


Arthur Davis, Principal

Paducah Tilghman News

PTHS Swimmers

Tilghman Swimmers Earn Regional Medals; Qualify for State

Congratulations to members of the PTHS Swim Team who have advanced to the state competition.

Senior Caleb Fell, junior Bailee Patel, and sophomores McCall Hutcheson and Leah Martine Tyrrell posted qualifying times at the Region 1 Swimming Championships hosted by Paducah Tilghman on February 8 and 9. 187 swimmers from 14 Region 1 high schools competed.
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Lance Butler

Lance Butler Named National Merit Finalist

Paducah Tilghman High School senior Lance Butler has been named a finalist in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program.

National Merit Finalists are selected from a pool of 16,000 semi-finalists. Semi-finalists are selected from 1.6 million high school juniors who entered the program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).

The nationwide pool of finalists represents less than one percent of United States high school seniors.  
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Davis Receives MLK Day Award from W.C. Young Community Center

PTHS principal Art Davis received an MLK Day award from George Ross, Jr., president of the board of the W.C. Young Community Center. The award was presented "In appreciation for your continued contribution and dedication to excellence in our community." Congratulations, Mr. Davis!
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Nautica Beasley photo credit: Tabitha Stoffel

Tilghman senior will become first generation college student

by Emily Smith
The Paducah Sun
February 11, 2019
Used with permission.
Nautica Beasley, a Paducah Tilghman High School senior, is blazing a trail of her own by becoming the first member of her family to attend a four-year university.

Throughout her childhood, Beasley had to overcome her share of difficulties and pain, but with a solid support system backing her up, she has learned what it means to take life's lemons and make lemonade.

"I don't want to disappoint my grandparents or my uncle and aunt because they kind of raised me," Beasley said. "I didn't want the same thing that happened to my parents to happen to me. I want to set an example for my younger sisters." 
Beasley feels the pain of her past has driven her toward future success.

With a nearly perfect grade-point average, Beasley is on the principal's honor roll at Paducah Tilghman and is a Paxton Scholar, selected as one of four outstanding minority students in her class. More recently, Beasley was offered the $30,000 William C. Parker Diversity Scholarship by the University of Kentucky and the Woodford R. Porter Scholarship by the University of Louisville.

"What motivates me is doing well for my grandparents, my aunt and uncle, and my sisters," Beasley said.

Beasley, the niece of Jonathan and Sarah Smith, is the Paducah Bank Teen of the Week. Each week in the online edition and Tuesday in the print edition, The Sun features a teen selected from nominees submitted by guidance counselors throughout the region. Near the end of the school year, one of the students profiled will be named Teen of the Year and receive a $5,000 scholarship. 
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Grace Raber Paducah Sun

Raber returns to statewide Student Advisory Council

by David Snow
The Paducah Sun
February 10, 2019
Used with permission.
Paducah Tilghman High School senior Grace Raber and three other Jackson Purchase students will take part in the Commissioner's Student Advisory Council, a group of 24 Kentucky students that provides input to Kentucky Commissioner of Education Wayne Lewis.

Raber and Graves County senior Carson Sims are two of 11 students returning to the council after serving last year. Among the 13 students taking part in the council for the first time are Marshall County juniors Michael "C.J." Johnson and Luke Wyatt.

The Student Advisory Council will meet Wednesday in Frankfort to provide feedback to the commissioner's office and provide the students with the learning experience of working with others for achievement. The council will meet with Lewis and his staff to discuss how decisions made at the state level are affecting public school students and to discuss critical issues impacting Kentucky students and schools. 
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Project Graduation

Project Graduation Qdoba Cares Fundraiser February 18

Qdoba will host a rebate night for PTHS Project Graduation Monday, February 18, from 4:00 - 10:00 p.m.
Please bring the attached flyer and Qdoba will donate 20% of the cost of the meal to support PTHS Project Graduation.  To view or download the flyer, click "More". 
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PTHS SBDM Special Meeting February 13

There will be a special meeting of the PTHS SBDM Council Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at 2:30 p.m. in the library. Please find agenda attached.

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Hinz and Veal Teachers of the Year

Hinz and Veal Awarded KMEA 1st District Teachers of the Year

Paducah Tilghman Choir Director Matt Hinz and Paducah Middle Choir Director Samantha Veal were honored as the Kentucky Music Educators Association First District Teachers of the Year for 2017-18 at the KMEA Meeting in Louisville this weekend. Congratulations! More +
February 2019 Rotary Students of the Month

Beasley and Price Named February Rotary Scholars of the Month

Paducah Tilghman seniors Nautica Beasley and Joseph Price have been named PTHS Rotary Scholars of the month for February 2019. The Paducah Rotary Club selects scholars from area seniors who demonstrate strong leadership, academic excellence, and service to community.
Nautica is a member of the PTHS soccer, track, and cheerleading teams. She is a member of the Beta Club, National Honor Society, FCA and FBLA. After graduation she plans to attend a four year university and major in Kinesiology. Her parents are Sarah and Jonathan Smith.
Joseph is a member of the PTHS marching band, concert band, and pep band. He is a member of the PTHS speech team and National Honor Society. He is an Eagle Scout, and he volunteers with Cub Scout pack 470 at Grace Episcopal. After graduation Joseph plans to attend a four year university and study music education and pursue graduate work after that. His parents are Julie and Kent Price. 
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Clark Beta Empty Bowls

Clark, Paducah Middle, and Tilghman Service Clubs Collaborate On Empty Bowls Project of Paducah

Junior Beta Club members from Clark Elementary School took part in the Empty Bowls Project of Paducah on February 6, glazing 35 bowls that will be given to the community-wide fundraising event. Clark Elementary’s seven year partnership with the Empty Bowls Project is the longest of any school in the region, with students glazing over 400 bowls to date. 

Junior Beta Club sponsor Sharon Carvell explained, “Empty Bowls is the most rewarding project we have participated in. The students love glazing the bowls and realize the importance of this project as it benefits Paducah's Community Kitchen.”     

The Empty Bowls Project is a grassroots movement to help end hunger in Paducah. Paducah joins over 400 communities around the country in a joint effort to address hunger through the Empty Bowls Project. Profits from the local event benefit Paducah’s Community Kitchen, where free hot meals are served five days a week to anyone in need. Last year, over 70,000 meals were served to Paducah’s hungry.
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PTHS Site-Based Council Establish Criteria for New Principal

The Paducah Tilghman Site-Based Council has established ideal criteria for the next principal of PTHS, based on input from the community survey and input from council members.  Click "more" to view or download the criteria. 
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PTHS Speech Team Runner-Up at Regional Tournament

The  PTHS Speech Team earned Regional Runner Up honors at the Kentucky High School Speech League competition held on February 2.

Lois Akpabio was named Regional Champion in Declamation, and she and partner Gabby Copeland earned the Regional Champion title in Improvisational Duo.

Angelea Shute and Jake Taylor earned Regional Runner Up medals in Improvisational Duo.

Grace Raber was named Regional Runner Up in Original Oratory, and teammate Shioneka Farr earned the Regional Runner Up medal in Poetry.

Rounding out Tilghman's medalists, Lillian Wisner was named Regional Runner Up in Program Oral Interpretation.

The team, coached by Ms. Rachael Castillo, will compete at the KHSSL State Competition at the University of Kentucky in March.

Photo (left to right) top row: Maisie Harris, Jake Taylor, Daniel Garcia, Seth Carnes, Angelea Shute, Victerion Tyler Williams, Julie Mohs, Shioneka Farr, DeLacia Reed, Grace Raber, Lillian Wisner, Breyda Alvarado Panameño, Dana Hernandez

Front row: Tatiyannah Alfaro-jackson, Lois Akpabio, Tyrese Thomas, Gabby Copeland, Delieah Wade
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Combined MSU/PTHS Women's Choir Perform Preview Concert

On Sunday, February 3rd at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church the PTHS Women's Choir, under the direction of Matt Hinz and Samantha Veal, were joined by the Murray State University Women's Choir, under the direction of Dr. Bradley Almquist, in a preview concert for their upcoming performance at the annual Kentucky Music Educators Association (KMEA) State Conference in Louisville.  Both choirs submitted recordings of their performances and were chosen from other choirs from around the state.  This is the second choir under Mr. Hinz to be chosen for this honor as the PTHS Men's Choir performed in 2014.  They will be performing at the Cathedral of the Assumption in Louisville, KY on February 7th at 3:30PM.
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PTHS Science Bowl Team Third in Regional Science Bowl Competition

Congratulations to the PTHS Science Bowl Team, which placed third overall out of 17 teams at the US Department of Energy's regional Science Bowl competition. Members include (pictured left to right) Samuel Lambert, Travis Trimble, Austin Yarbrough, Lance Butler, and Ryan Chua. The team is coached by Mrs. Chris Wynne.  Pictured with the team are Mrs. Jennifer Woodard and Mr. Buzz Smith from the Department of Energy Paducah Site.

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Davis commencement

Paducah Tilghman council organizes search for principal

by David Snow
The Paducah Sun
January 31, 2019
Used with permission.
The Paducah Tilghman High School Site-Based Decision-Making Council (SBDMC) met Wednesday to begin the organization of a search for a new principal.

Principal Art Davis submitted his intent of retirement to Superintendent Donald Shively on Dec. 1, which was approved by the board at its Dec. 17 meeting.

Davis began his 16-year tenure as PTHS principal on July 1, 2003, which is the longest tenure for any principal at the school, according to Shively. Before that, Davis was a band director and athletics director, and his tenure as assistant principal from 1997 to 2003 included the title of activities director, which encompassed overseeing athletics, special education, girls' sports, security and crisis planning, facility rental and fundraising. 
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Cecil Ward

PTHS Girls Track Coach Cecil Ward to be Inducted in KHSAA Hall of Fame

Retired PTHS Girls Track Coach Cecil Ward is a member of the class of 2019 inductees to the Kentucky High School Athletics Association (KHSAA) Hall of Fame.
As head girls’ track and field coach at Paducah Tilghman, Ward led the Blue Tornado to 12 State Championships, including eight-straight titles from 2000 to 2007, to go along with two boys’ cross country state titles. He coached numerous individual champions during his tenure, nearly 30 All-Americans and multiple Olympic Trial qualifiers.
A two-time individual state champion at Providence High School, Ward won the state title in the shot put in 1967 with a distance of 49-04.50 and the discus in 1968 with a mark of 142-07. He went on to star at Western Kentucky University as a decathlete and set the school record in the javelin in 1973 with a throw of 214-5.
Upon graduating, Ward took a job at Paducah Tilghman where he started coaching football before a job opened up coaching track and field. He guided the Blue Tornado to back-to-back AA State Championships in 1974 and 1975, and another state title in 1979 before leaving to become the head track and field coach at WKU, where he produced five All-Americans in his first year.
In 1982, Ward returned to Paducah Tilghman and guided the girls’ track and field team to another AA State Championship in 1993. The Blue Tornado began an unmatched string of success in 2000 by winning the first of eight-consecutive state titles, culminating with their final team championship at the 2007 state meet. Ward’s run of success in girls’ track and field coincided with him leading the Paducah Tilghman boys’ cross country team to back-to-back 2A State Championships in 2003 and 2004 – the first and only boys’ cross country titles in school history. 
The Kentucky High School Athletic Association will induct its Class of 2019 on Saturday, April 27, 2019, at the Hilton Downtown Lexington. This year’s 10-member class will be the 32nd inducted into the Dawahares/KHSAA Hall of Fame, and consists of former high school coaches, athletes, officials, administrators, and contributors. 
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PTHS SBDM Special Meeting February 4

There will be a special meeting of the PTHS SBDM Monday, February 4,  at 4:15 p.m. in the library. To see the agenda, click "More". More +
Apply for Scholarships

Scholarship Page Updated

The Scholarship page has been updated with current opportunities for the Class of 2019. Please see Departments and Programs > Guidance > Scholarship Information > Minority Scholarship Information / Current Scholarship Information. More +
Principal Art Davis

PTHS Principal Art Davis Announces Retirement

Thanks to everyone who participated in the PTHS principal survey. Your input and feedback on the criteria that are important to you will be of great value as we go through the process of hiring a new principal to lead Paducah Tilghman.

The PTHS School Based Decision Making Council is reviewing applications as it seeks a new principal. Current principal Art Davis will be retiring June 30, 2019.

Mr. Davis has served Paducah Tilghman High School for 27 years as band director, assistant track coach, athletic director, director of student activities, and principal. Mr. Davis has served a total of 33 and a half years as and educator. He taught for one and half years in Paris, Tennessee, and was band director for five years at Massac High School in Metropolis prior to his arrival at PTHS.
He has served as principal at Paducah Tilghman since 2003, the longest tenure of any principal in the history of Paducah Tilghman. During his tenure Paducah Tilghman has been recognized as a Distinguished, High Progress, and High Performing school based on the KPREP test administered by the Kentucky Department of Education. In addition, the percentage of students who are College & Career Ready has increased from 35% in 2011 to 82% in 2017.  Under his leadership, Tilghman football won a state championship in 2009.
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Grace Raber JKC

Grace Raber Named Jack Kent Cooke Semifinalist

Lansdowne, VA – The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation has selected Paducah Tilghman High School senior Grace Raber as one of 565 outstanding high school seniors with financial need as a semifinalist for the Cooke College Scholarship Program, which provides recipients with up to $40,000 annually for four years to enable them to attend some of the top colleges and universities in the United States. It is one of the most prestigious undergraduate scholarships in the nation.

The semifinalists were chosen from 6,174 applicants. Last year, 106 semifinalists were selected to receive the scholarship. The 2019 Cooke College Scholarship recipients will be announced in April.
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Upcoming Events


PTHS Boys Basketball at District Tournament

Mon Feb 18 2019
to Fri Feb 22 2019


PTHS Swimming at State Championships

Thu Feb 21 2019
to Sat Feb 23 2019


PTHS Boys Basketball at Regional Tournament

Mon Feb 25 2019
to Sat Mar 2 2019

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