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Blaine Skeen Boys Soccer

Skeen Named PTHS Boys Soccer Head Coach

Blaine Skeen has been named head coach for Paducah Tilghman Boys Soccer.

“We are very excited to have Coach Skeen as our new Varsity Boys Soccer Coach,” said PTHS Athletic Director Jason Nickal.  “He brings enthusiasm and experience along with a wealth of soccer knowledge to our program.” 

Skeen played high soccer at Marshall County for six years. During his time in the program, MCHS won three regional championships. After graduating from Marshall County in 2014, Skeen continued his education at Georgetown College. He played varsity soccer for Georgetown for four years and served as a team captain for two years. He graduated from Georgetown in 2018 with a degree in accounting, and currently works in the accounting department at River Valley Ag Credit. 

For the past two years, Skeen has been at the helm of the St Mary boys soccer program. During his tenure there, the program compiled a record of 27-19-1 over the course of two seasons with the high school team and one season with the middle school team. In the 2019 season, the St Mary high school team managed to post a winning record over the course of the season for the first time, according to KHSAA records. 

“I’m looking forward to the change ahead,” said Skeen. “I am excited to see what the future holds for the Paducah Tilghman soccer program.”
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PTHS Basketball Homecoming January 25

The PTHS Basketball Homecoming Ceremony will be held between the JV and Varsity games:
JV vs. Crittenden 6:00 PM
Homecoming Ceremony (following JV game)
Varsity vs. Crittenden (following Homecoming ceremony) Appox. 7:00 PM
A homecoming dance will follow the varsity game.
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PT African American Leadership Club Black History Presentation February 21

The PTHS African American Leadership Club will host a Black History Presentation on Friday, February 21 at 6:00 PM in the PTHS Auditorium.
 
The theme of the presentation is "Who am I in African American History". The evening will include interactive presentations by PTHS students. Clark Elementary will be displaying Children’s artwork in the foyer the night of the presentation, McNabb students will be reciting a poem by Langston Hughes, and PMS students will be presenting monologues during the presentation as well.
 
General Admission tickets are $5.00.  For more information, contact club sponsor and Dean of Students Shonda Burrus
 
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January Rotary Scholars of the Month

Chua and Patel Named January Rotary Scholars of the Month

Paducah Tilghman seniors Ryan Chua and Bailee Patel have been named PTHS Rotary Scholars of the month for January 2020. The Paducah Rotary Club selects scholars from area seniors who demonstrate strong leadership, academic excellence, and service to community.
 
Ryan is a member of the PTHS Academic team, PTHS Bowling team, National Honor Society,  and Beta Club. He is an alumnus of the Governor's Scholars Program. Ryan is an Eagle Scout and volunteers with Knights of Columbus. Ryan plans to attend either the University of Michigan or Rice University and study Computer Science. His parents are Rona and Winston Chua.
 
Bailee is a member of the PTHS Swim Team and Paducah Swim Team.  She is a member of the Tilghman Bell staff,  yearbook staff, Future Business Leaders of America, National Honor Society, and Interact. She is an alumnus of Paducah Chamber of Commerce Youth LEAD. She serves as a volunteer at Martha's Vineyard and Paducah Swim Team.  After graduation Bailee plans to attend Rollins College, where she will be on the swim team and pursue a pre-med course of study. Her parents are Melanie and Shiraz Patel.
 
 
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PTHS Band of Blue Members Selected for Quad State Music Festival

Fourteen PTHS Band of Blue students who were selected to participate in the 2020 Quad-State Music Festival at Murray State University on February 20-22, 2020. Congratulations!
 From left to right: Mackenzie Johnson, Jervon Orr, Meah Jordan, Travis Trimble, Maya Romanak, Camille Harris, Grainger Page, Kate LeBuhn, Addie Franklin, Jenna Price, Na'Kyra Clark, MaLiyah Jones and Paige Kight. Not pictured: Liberty Guyette
 
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Tilghman Academic Team Third at WKCTC President's Cup

Congratulations to the PTHS Academic Team for its strong performance at today’s WKCTC President’s Cup Tournament. The team placed 3rd overall.

The Quick Recall team took 2nd place. Quick Recall members include seniors Ryan Chua, Sam Lambert, Travis Trimble, and Tyler Truitt; junior Ben LeBuhn; sophomore Paige Kight; and freshman Lucas Wadley.

In individual assessments, Ryan Chua won first place in Mathematics with Sam Lambert taking 6th. Tyler Truitt earned the first place medal in Language Arts, and Travis Trimble tied for first in Science. Paige Kight placed 3rd overall in Arts and Humanities.

The team is coached by Mrs. Chris Wynne.

Photo: Chua, Garcia, Trimble, Kight, Truitt, Lambert, Wadley
 
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Tilghman Football Players Named to 2019 All Purchase Football Team

Paducah Tilghman seniors Damien Ford, Jayden Freeman and Trevor Harmon were named to the 2019 All Purchase Football Team, and DaRoyce Flemons, Cam Marshall, and Head Coach Jonathan Smith were Honorable Mention. Congratulations!
 
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Mark Moore

Moore Named Western Kentucky Technical Center Student of the Week

PTHS senior Mark Moore is this week's Associated General Contractors of Western Kentucky Technical Center Student of the Week.
 
Mark enjoys working with the machinery of cars and earned his automotive and light repair certification this year. He is working toward certification in diesel and other areas in the field as he finishes his fourth year in the automotive technology program. Last year, Mark took first place in the SkillsUSA state competition.
 
His instructor, Cory Polsgrove said that the senior is well suited to automotive work, very knowledgeable and mechanically inclined. Mark says that when he graduates, he'd like to continue to work with heavy equipment and cars and hopefully have his own car restoration shop one day. 
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Mark Taylor II

Paducah teen envisions future in musical theatre

 by Kelly Farrell
The Paducah Sun
January 6, 2019
Used with permission.
 
Mark Taylor II's sights are set on Broadway.

The 18-year-old Paducah teen sings, acts and dances -- maybe you've seen him in productions over the years at Market House Theatre, MainStage School of Performing Arts or Paducah Tilghman High School, where he is now a senior. He's portrayed an assortment of characters for local audiences ranging from Tarzan to Riff, the leader of the Jets in "West Side Story."

It all began for Taylor when he got bitten by the acting bug in elementary school.
 
"I want to go to Broadway after I get out of college," he said. "I'm going to be auditioning for shows or I could do a traveling show. That's fine too. I want to do that for a large portion of my life - wherever the wind takes me."

Taylor also envisions a role for himself in teaching others, if he decides to wind down and stop auditioning for shows. He'd like to go to an area that doesn't have many acting opportunities and start a business with a stage and acting classes, noting Paducah is "full of performing arts," whether it's MainStage, Market House Theatre or local high schools.

"I just love it because it's a way to express myself," he said. "Performing and singing and acting have gotten me out of tough places that I've been in - in my life, in the past. And I found a home in acting."

Taylor puts it simply. He likes the performing arts and it brings happiness to other people.

He saw the popular musical, "Dear Evan Hansen," and explained that whenever a certain moment happens, it connects everyone in the audience and on stage, to where you can feel a shared energy in the room.

"And I love that feeling," he added.

Taylor, whose guardians are Julia and Geordie Garatt of Paducah, is the Paducah Bank Teen of the Week.
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Tim Franklin

Franklin Named Paducah Innovation Hub Makerspace Director

Paducah Middle educator Timothy Franklin has been named Director of the Paducah Innovation Hub Makerspace. As Makerspace Director, Franklin will manage and develop programs and services for K-12 students to encourage project-based learning, creative thinking, and the blending of art, academic disciplines, and career/technical education. Franklin will continue at Paducah Middle for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year and will begin his duties July 1, 2020.

“We are excited to welcome Tim Franklin as Makerspace Director,” said Will Black, Assistant Superintendent.  “He not only brings a wealth of knowledge as a former engineer and science teacher, but he is also an expert at engaging students of all ages in creative, hands-on exploration and problem solving.  This is the heart of Makerspace—allowing students and adults opportunities to learn about science, art, design, and career and technical opportunities through hands-on activities.”
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Jonathan Smith Joe Russell Award

Smith Receives WKC Joe Russell Award

Paducah Tilghman head football coach Coach Jonathan Smith received the Joe Russell Distinguished Leadership Award at the West Kentucky Football Conference banquet, which was held Wednesday night. The Joe Russell award is presented by WKC officials to the head coach who most exemplifies the three fundamental components of the national federation- sportsmanship, ethics, and integrity - and in doing so, has instilled those attitudes in their staff and players.
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All WKC Football Players

Tilghman Football Players Named to All WKC Team

PTHS football players (l to r) Trevor Harmon, Damien Ford, Tim Watkins, DaRoyce Flemons, Cameron Sabbs, Camdon Marshall, Jayden Freeman and Jarmorie Sabbs were all conference West Kentucky Football Conference selections for PTHS. In addition, OL Trevor Harmon was named to the All WKC Football team. Congratulations to all of our student athletes who received WKC honors last night!
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Price KMEA

Price Selected for KMEA All-State Concert Band

Tilghman junior Jenna Price was selected to participate in the 2020 KMEA All-State Concert Band on February 5-8 in Louisville, Kentucky. The All-State Band is comprised of the best high school musicians in Kentucky and the selection process is rigorous. The opportunity to participate is a huge accomplishment! More +
Teen Spirit Winners

PTHS Art Students Recognized for Art Submissions

The Yeiser Art Center hosted the 26th annual Teen Spirit Exhibition with art work from regional high schools displayed in their gallery. Two of PT's talented artists were recognized for their work. Jenna Price won first place for her submission called "Orchestral Blues". The Staff Pick Award was given to Makala Register for her submission called "Shattered Expectations". Congratulations to our talented students!
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KMEA All District 19-20

PTHS Band of Blue Members Selected for KMEA All-District Band

Twelve members of the PTHS Band of Blue were chosen to participate in the 2019-20 KMEA First District All-District Band. Musicians selected include (l to r) Addie Beth Franklin (2nd chair oboe), Mandy Rowton (12th chair clarinet), Liberty Guyette (3rd chair alto sax), Spencer Glunt (6th chair tuba), Camille Harris (5th chair trumpet), Hayes Varvel (1st chair tuba), Travis Trimble (8th chair trumpet), Jervon Orr (4th chair trombone), Kate Bidwell (12th chair flute), Kate Criner ( 6th chair clarinet), Na'Kyra Clark (3rd chair flute), and Paige Kight (8th chair clarinet).
 
"I'm very proud of the students that have been selected, and of all the student who auditioned," said PTHS band director James Gregory. "This is how we get better during the 'off-season'". 
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Ashley Adkins National Board Cert

Adkins Receives National Board Certification

Paducah Tilghman High School faculty member Ashley Adkins has earned her National Board Certification in Social Studies- History from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.
 
Adkins joins three fellow faculty at PTHS who have earned their National Board Certification. Adkins teaches US History, AP US History, Psychology, and AP Psychology and has served on the PTHS faculty since 2002.
 
In order to become a Board-certified teacher, teachers complete a performance-based, peer-reviewed process, demonstrating their proven impact on student learning and achievement.

"We are so proud of Ashley Adkins becoming our latest National Board Certified Teacher," said Principal Allison Stieg.  "This is an incredible accomplishment that not only takes a few years to complete, but also requires the rigorous process of putting together a portfolio and passing a difficult test.  In fact, less than ten percent of all Kentucky teachers have obtained this prestigious licensure which is valid in many states across the nation." 

“These new National Board Certified Teachers will continue to change the way their students learn, and their proven ability to be the best teachers they can be will have a ripple effect on their schools and their communities for years to come,” said Peggy Brookins, NBCT, president and CEO of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.



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PT Grade 10 - 12 KMEA All State

Fifteen PT Upperclassmen Selected for KMEA All State Choir

Fifteen Paducah Tilghman upperclassmen were selected to perform in the Kentucky Music Educator's Association (KMEA) 10th - 12th Grade All State Choir, which was the the largest number of students selected for all state during PTHS choir director Matt Hinz' tenure.

Students selected include:  Gloree Nell Wood, Katie Peck, Zyla Dortch, Kindle Knight, Erin Kelly, Lois Akpabio, Liberty Guyette, Andriah Hawthorne, Travis Trimble, Mark Taylor, Sam Whelan, Nick Tooley, Grainger Page, Caleb Julian and Rafael Dabu.

The KMEA All State Choirs will meet at the Kentucky Music Educator's Association annual conference in February 2020. The Paducah Public Schools will bring a total of 59 students to participate in the All State Choirs.

"We are absolutely thrilled by the successes of our students, and we are also so humbled to see how the alignment of our programs has helped to make these successes possible," said Paducah Middle choir director Samantha Veal. "We're grateful for all that our parents and community friends do to support our music faculty, our students and the arts in Paducah City Schools!"
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PT Grade 9 KMEA All State

Sixteen PT Freshman Selected for KMEA All State Choir

Sixteen Paducah Tilghman freshman were selected to perform in the Kentucky Music Educator's Association (KMEA) 7th - 9th Grade All State Choir, which was the largest number of students selected from any single school in the commonwealth. This is also the largest number of freshman selected for all state during PTHS choir director Matt Hinz' tenure.
 
Students selected include:  DJ Bass, Kate Bidwell, Devin Blakemore, Leon dos Remedios (not pictured), Addie Beth Franklin, Jensen Knudsen, Anna Losher (not pictured), Gus Page, Maya Romanak, Haddon Shively, Amarie Smith, Max Truitt, Tyse Vincenti, Lucas Wadley, MacKenzie Walton and Alayna Watkins

The KMEA All State Choirs will meet at the Kentucky Music Educator's Association annual conference in February 2020. The Paducah Public Schools will bring a total of 59 students to participate in the All State Choirs.

"We are absolutely thrilled by the successes of our students, and we are also so humbled to see how the alignment of our programs has helped to make these successes possible," said Paducah Middle choir director Samantha Veal. "We're grateful for all that our parents and community friends do to support our music faculty, our students and the arts in Paducah City Schools!"
 
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December Rotary

Belt and Mundy Named December Rotary Scholars of the Month

Paducah Tilghman seniors Keiler Belt and Jackson Mundy  have been named PTHS Rotary Scholars of the month for December 2019. The Paducah Rotary Club selects scholars from area seniors who demonstrate strong leadership, academic excellence, and service to community.
 
Keiler has played varsity softball for seven years and is a team captain. She is president of Beta Club, Future Business Leaders of America and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. She is a PTHS Ambassador, a member of the National Honor Society and Interact. She is an Athletic Department intern, and a member of the Bell staff. She is an alumnus of the Paducah Chamber Youth LEAD and is a Paducah Bank teen ambassador. Keiler volunteers at Starfish Orphan Ministry. She has worked part-time throughout high school and volunteers as an after-school tutor for Paducah Middle School athletes. After graduation, Keiler plans to study either accounting or business at either Murray State or the University of Kentucky. Her parents are David Belt and Crystal Capps.
 
Jackson has been a member of the Tilghman soccer team for six years and was a varsity captain. He is a PTHS Ambassador. He is a member of NHS, Beta Club, and is on the staff of the Tilghman Bell.  Jackson is an alumnus of the Paducah Chamber Youth LEAD, is a Paducah Bank teen ambassador, and serves on the Paducah Human Rights Commission.  He works part-time at Oscar Cross Boys and Girls Club. After graduation, Jackson plans to attend the University of Louisville and major in business. His parents are Martin and Ouida "Edie" Mundy.
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Coca Cola Scholars

Two Tilghman Seniors Named Semifinalists In Coca Cola Scholars Foundation Program

Paducah Tilghman High School seniors Kate Criner and Samuel Lambert have been named semifinalists in the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation Program. Criner and Lambert are among 1,928 high school seniors nationwide selected from a pool of over 93,000 applicants to advance in the scholarship program based on academic excellence, leadership, and service to the community. More +
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