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Baseball, Softball, Tennis and Track schedules for spring 2020 are available. Click "Read More" to see the schedules. More +
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Basketball District 2 Tournament Games Set

Game times and opponents for the basketball district 2 tournament have been set. McCracken County High School will host the tournament.
The PTHS Lady Tornado will play St. Mary at McCracken County Tuesday, February 25 at 6:00 PM. The district championship game will be Thursday, February 27, at 6:00 PM. 
The PTHS Tornado will play St. Mary at McCracken Tuesday, February 25, at 7:30 PM. The district championship game will be Friday, February 28, at 6:00 PM. 
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PTHS Academic Team State 202002

PT’s Chua, Kight, and Truitt Advance to State; Quick Recall Team Places Third at Regionals

PTHS Academic Team members Ryan Chua (12th), Paige Kight (10th), and Tyler Truitt (12th) have earned berths in the Kentucky Association for Academic Competition’s Governor’s Cup state contest.

Chua placed 5th overall in Science at this Saturday’s regional competition at McCracken County High School, clenching his spot at the state finals. Also punching their tickets to state, teammates Kight and Truitt earned 4th place overall medals in Arts and Humanities and Language Arts, respectively. The trio will travel to Louisville on March 15.

The PTHS Quick Recall Team placed third overall at Saturday’s competition, capping off an impressive season. QR Team competitors include seniors Chua, Truitt, and Sam Lambert; juniors Raven Butler and Ben LeBuhn; sophomores Cameron Dorris and Paige Kight; and freshman Lucas Wadley.

Paducah Tilghman placed 4th overall at the regional contest.

The team is coached by Mrs. Christine Wynne
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Ryan Chuah National Merit Finalist

Chua Named National Merit Finalist

Paducah Tilghman High School senior Ryan Chua has achieved the distinction of National Merit Finalist in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program.

Chua was one of approximately 16,000 semifinalists from 1.5 million juniors who entered the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2018 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®). The nationwide pool of approximately 16,000 semifinalists included the highest scoring entrants in each state.

From those, 15,000 students advanced to finalist status. National Merit Finalists will move to the last stage of the competition that determines the recipients of $31 million in scholarships offered by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. In addition, finalists are eligible for numerous full and partial scholarships from various public and private universities.

Chua is a member of the Varsity Academic Team, the National Honor Society, the Science Bowl Team, the Varsity Bowling Team, and the Beta Club. He is an Eagle Scout, an alumnus of Kentucky’s Governor’s Scholars Program, an AP Scholar with Distinction, and was named a Paducah Bank Teen of the Week. He will represent PTHS at Kentucky’s Governor’s Cup State Finals in Science.

Tilghman principal Allison Stieg said of Chua, “Ryan embodies academic and personal excellence to the highest degree. His PTHS family looks forward to hearing about his undergraduate successes. I know he will enrich his future college campus; he has certainly made a difference at Paducah Tilghman.”

Ryan is the son of Rona and Winston Chua of Paducah.
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Bowling Team Grant 20200217

PTHS Competitive Bowling Team Receives Second Grant

PTHS Competitive Bowling Team received a second grant from the International Bowling Campus for 20 new bowling balls. These balls will be used for next year’s team, as  KHSAA bowling season has just concluded.
Administered by International Bowling Campus (IBC) Youth Development, the High School Grant Program annually provides up to four grants to high schools to start a new bowling program or to assist existing programs in need of financial assistance because of budget cutbacks or other changes.
Paducah Tilghman High School’s bowling program is in its inaugural year of being a school-sponsored sport, after a year as a club sport. The club team drew 16 members, and the competitive program has grown to 24 players.

Pictured in photo are team members from left to right (back row) Tazania Phillips, Ethan Hinson, Justin Hembd, Samantha Hembd, Raymond Green, Ryan Chua, Mark Moore, (front row) Ameeria Johnson-Bowles, and Terry Jones, Jr. Other team members not pictured include Robert Fulton, Bryce Johnson, Bradly Keith, Janarus Johnson, Chris Vaughn, Ishabella Mendiola, Kaylie Goggins, Hanna Scott, Kanasha Johnson and Chandler Christ.
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PTHS Speech Team Named Regional Runner Up; Mohs Named Regional Storytelling Champ

The PTHS Speech Team earned the Regional Runner Up trophy at this weekend’s Kentucky High School Speech League competition in Murray. Senior Julie Mohs was named Regional Champion in Storytelling and will advance to the state competition along with 17 teammates who also earned berths in the KHSSL state contest.

Earning Regional Runner Up honors were freshman Anneza Ali in Dramatic Interpretation (DI), senior Lillian Wisner in Informative Speaking, and sophomore Gabrielle Copeland in Program Oral Interpretation (POI).

Placing third in the region were freshman Lois Akpabio in Declamation and Wisner in Humorous
Interpretation (HI).

Earning fourth place regional honors were Ali in Declamation and sophomore Paige Kight in Prose.

Students placing fifth in the region were Mohs, DI; junior Bryan Pont, Poetry; and the team of sophomore Justine Hembd and freshman Jaelynn Carver, Duo Interpretation.

Rounding out the top medalists in the region with three sixth place finishes were Mohs, Impromptu Speaking; junior Victerion Tyler-Williams, HI; and junior Gabriel Harp, POI.

These top finishers as well as team members Tatiyannah Alfaro-Jackson (senior), Kate Criner (senior), Shioneka Farr (senior), Daniel Garcia (junior), Kadie Raber (freshman), Erin Stafford (senior), and Jake Taylor (junior), will advance to the state competition in Louisville on March 14.

The team is coached by Ms. Rachael Castillo.
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Samuel Lambert

Tilghman’s Samuel Lambert Named GE - Reagan Scholarship Semifinalist

Paducah Tilghman senior Samuel Lambert has been named a semifinalist in the GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program. He is among 120 semifinalists nationwide in the scholarship program based on the attributes of leadership, drive, integrity, and citizenship demonstrated at school, at the workplace, and within the community. The GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program is funded by the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation, with up to 20 finalists receiving a total award of $40,000 on the basis of continued enrollment at an accredited four-year college or university in the United States.
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Paulo Garcia Paducah Sun

Tilghman chess captain intrigued by AI

by Kelly Farrell
The Paducah Sun
February 10, 2020
Used with permission. 
Chess is a fairly recent hobby for Paducah Tilghman High School senior Paulo Garcia, but the game grabbed his interest and didn't let go.

It also helped Garcia decide a career field. He'd been interested in computer engineering or computer science, as he built a computer in middle school, but a chess video online helped narrow things down. He wants to study artificial intelligence.

"It was AlphaZero, which is a machine learning algorithm by Google DeepMind, they work in London and all that," he explained. "They essentially had a deep learning artificial intelligence and it played itself for four hours and then it went and beat the best chess player in the world, essentially, and it almost beat the best chess engine at the time, like 50 to 51."
"That really blew my mind, so that's when I decided that I wanted to go into computer science for sure and get into machine learning and artificial intelligence. I joined the Coding Club right after that."

The 17-year-old doesn't know yet what career path he'll take, but he's curious about machine learning and using it for environmental sustainability. He's also interested in computer vision, which is a field involving computers understanding images or videos.

Garcia wants to attend Cornell University in New York for college, but is also looking at the University of Michigan, University of Wisconsin-Madison and University of Massachusetts Amherst.

"I would really like to go there because ... the professor Carla Gomes, she's over there and she's the one who works with environmental sustainability, which is really applicable to me because I used to live overseas in a little, middle of nowhere island called Seychelles," he said, about Cornell. "It's really beautiful and I got really close to nature over there."

Garcia, son of Amy Glick-Garcia of Paducah, is the Paducah Bank Teen of the Week. 
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Patel Swim Scholarship

Patel Signs Swim Scholarship with Rollins College

Paducah Tilghman High School senior Bailee Patel signed a swimming scholarship with Rollins College at a signing ceremony held at Dinning Gymnasium on February 11.

Patel has been a key member of the PTHS swim team since 2016. She has been a three-time region champion in the 100 breast, 200 IM, 200 Medley Relay, and 400 Free Relay. She was a state finalist in the 100 breaststroke in 2019, and holds regional records in the 100 breaststroke, the 200 Medley Relay, and the 400 Free Relay. She was named Region 1 Outstanding Female Athlete at the 2020 Region 1 Swim Tournament. Academically, Patel is ranked ninth in the PTHS class of 2020.

“I will remember Bailee for her hard work, dedication and achievement,” said PTHS Swim Coach Mark Curtis. “Bailee works hard in practice. She’s dedicated to becoming a better swimmer and a better student in the classroom. As a result, she’s achieved regional records in the pool and an excellent academic record.”

Patel is a member of the Tilghman Bell staff, Future Business Leaders of America, National Honor Society, Beta Club, and Interact. She is an alumnus of Paducah Chamber of Commerce Youth LEAD. Her parents are Melanie and Shiraz Patel.
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Virzi Region Champ

PTHS Wrestling Team 5th at Region; Virzi Region Champ

The Paducah Tilghman wrestling team was fifth overall, and Uriah Virzi was a region champion at the Region 1 Wrestling Tournament held February 8 at Trigg County High School.

Virzi was first in the 195 lb class. Three other Tilghman wrestlers placed in the tournament and advanced to the state tournament along with Virzi.

Jack James was fourth in 113 lb.
Malachi Rider was fourth in 138 lb.
David Conner was 2nd in 152 lb.

The KHSAA Wrestling state tournament will be held next weekend in Lexington at Alltech Arena.
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PTHS Girls Swim Relay Team

PT Swim Girls Relay Sets Regional Records at Region 1 Championship

The PTHS girls swim team was 5th in the region and the boys team was 10th as the Tilghman girls relay team broke region records in both the 200 Medley and 400 Free relays at the Region 1 Swim Tournament held at Hopkinsville Saturday.
Individual results from Region 1 Championship for PTHS Swimming:
Senior Bailee Patel-1st 200 IM & 1st 100 Breast (qualified for state in both)
Junior McCall Hutcheson-2nd 500 Free & 4th 200 Free (qualified for state in 500 Free)
Junior Hayes Varvel-1st 200 IM & 1st 100 Fly (qualified for state in both)
Freshman Annie Varvel-2nd 200 IM & 2nd 100 Fly (qualified for state in both)
Freshman Madison Patel-1st 100 Free & 1st 50 Free (qualified for state in both).
PTHS Girls Relay-Bailee Patel; McCall Hutcheson; Annie Varvel and Madison Patel- 1st 200 Medley Relay & 1st 400 Free Relay. They broke the regional records & qualified for state in both.
Leon Dos Remedios was unable to compete at finals due to illness.
PTHS Region 1 all-region swim team members included Bailee Patel (12); Bella Haus (11); McCall Hutcheson (11); Hayes Varvel (11); Annie Varvel (9); Madison Patel (9); Leon Dos Remedios (9).
Bailee Patel was named Region 1 Outstanding Female Athlete.
PTHS coach Mark Curtis was named Region 1 Coach of the Year.
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PTHS Science Team Places Fourth at DOE Regional Science Bowl

Congratulations to the PTHS Science Bowl Team for its strong performance at the US Department of Energy West Kentucky Region Science Bowl held at WKCTC on Friday, February 7.

The team placed 4th out of 18 teams behind Gatton 1, Gatton 2, and McCracken County.

Team members are seniors Maxx Besaw, Ryan Chua, and Sam Lambert; junior Raven Butler; and sophomore Paige Kight.

The team is coached by Mrs. Christine Wynne.

Photo: Wynne, Lambert, Besaw, Chua, Butler, Kight
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City CSP Check Presentation

City of Paducah Presents CSP Contribution to Tilghman

Representatives from the City of Paducah presented a ceremonial check for the City’s annual contribution of $125,000 to the Community Scholarship Program (CSP) earlier today. The CSP is a public-private partnership that allows all graduates of high schools in Paducah and McCracken County who fulfill specified program requirements to have their tuition paid at West Kentucky Community and Technical College (WKCTC). CSP funding is managed by Paducah Junior College (PJC), the charitable foundation for WKCTC. The current year’s contribution of $125,000 marks the 10th year the City of Paducah has invested in the CSP, a program which broadens access to education and enhances economic development in our community.
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Katz and Criner Presidential Scholarship

Paducah Tilghman High School’s Criner and Katz Named US Presidential Scholar Candidates by US Dept. of Education

Washington, DC - Kate Criner and Andrew Katz, seniors at Paducah Tilghman High School, have been named candidates in the 2020 United States Presidential Scholars Program by the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars and the United States Department of Education.

Of the nearly 3.5 million high school seniors graduating this year, fewer than 4,000 students from across the country have been selected to participate in the prestigious recognition program.
Criner is an AP Scholar with Distinction and a Paducah Bank Teen of the Week. She is the captain of the Paducah Tilghman Speech and Debate Team, the girls Varsity Tennis Team, and the Future Problem Solving Team. Through speech she was awarded the National Speech and Debate Degree of Special Distinction and is a member of the Kentucky All-State Speech Team. She is also a member of Mock Trial, Interact Club, PT Ambassadors, Tilghman Tellers, Beta Club, National Honor Society and Varsity Academic Team. Criner currently ranks first in the state for mock trial. She received the Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizen Award in recognition of her commitment to her community. She is a dedicated volunteer to the Yeiser Art Center, the Trinity United Methodist Church band, and the Empty Bowls Project. She has served as the merchandise manager for the Paducah Chiefs since 2016. She is a member of the PTHS Honor Wind Ensemble and the Band of Blue Pep Band. Criner is a Paducah Human Rights Commission intern and serving as a chair of the PHRC Student Intern Youth Involvement Project. She is a Coca-Cola Scholarship semi-finalist and an alumna of both the Governor's Scholars Program and Youth LEAD. Criner is the founder of the teen-driven mental health initiative Loqui, and a sitting member of the Provider Enrichment Services Board. She is the daughter of Janie and Andy Criner.

Katz is an AP Scholar and a Paducah Bank Teen of the Week. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the Tilghman Bell, captain of the Mock Trial Team, and the treasurer of Paducah Tilghman's Interact Club. He also serves as a PT Ambassador, member of the National Honor Society, and as a member of the Future Business Leaders of America. He has served as an intern for the Paducah Human Rights Commission for two years and is a chair of the PHRC Student Intern Youth Involvement Project. Katz is a four-year member of the Paducah Tilghman Varsity Tennis Team, and he has served as a captain for the boys tennis team the last two years. He has been a long-time volunteer at St. Vincent de Paul and Starfish Orphan Ministry. Through the Interact Club and Starfish Orphan Ministry he has gone on two mission trips to El Salvador. He spent two summers at The School of the New York Times, taking courses in Sports Media and Management as well as Sports Statistics. Most recently, he was accepted to the Kentucky Governor’s Scholar Program, but spent his summer as a student at the Medill Northwestern Journalism Institute. He is an alumnus of the Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce’s Youth LEAD. Katz will attend Northwestern University in the fall. He is the son of Mary and Brian Katz. 
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Tilghman Academic Team is District Runner-Up

Congratulations to the Paducah Tilghman Academic Team for its second place overall finish at the District Governor’s Cup competition held at PTHS on Saturday, January 25th.

The following students will advance to the Kentucky Association for Academic Competition Regional Governor’s Cup contest at McCracken County High School on February 10th and 15th.

Tilghman’s Quick Recall Team placed 2nd overall. The Quick Recall Team includes seniors Ryan Chua, Paulo Garcia, Sam Lambert, and Tyler Truitt; juniors Raven Butler and Ben LeBuhn; sophomores Cameron Dorris and Paige Kight; and freshman Lucas Wadley. The team is coached by Mrs. Chris Wynne.

Also advancing to the regional competition is the Future Problem Solving Team. Earning district runner up medals were FPS teammates Kate Criner and Erin Kelly, seniors; junior Sam Kirchhoff; and sophomores Cameron Dorris and Gage Gottman. The team is coached by Mrs. Karen Smith.
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Erin Kelly Brad Rankin photo cred

Teen baker sees interior architecture in her future

by Kelly Farrell
The Paducah Sun
January 20, 2020
Used with permission.
Erin Kelly loves baking and decorating cakes -- many of which are quite elaborate -- and the hobby became a business for the Paducah teen. The TV show, "Cake Boss," inspired her to try it out and the rest was history.

"It was just a random day, I started watching that and I was like, 'This is just so cool how they can create something so realistic that you might not even realize is a cake,'" she said. "So, I decided I had to try it. Of course, they did not turn out so well in the beginning, but I loved it."

The 17-year-old Paducah Tilghman High School senior grew her skills and eventually started her home bakery and cake decorating business, "High Street Cakery." The custom cakes have varied in flavors, themes and designs. Time spent on cakes from start to finish can vary a lot depending on size and decoration.
Kelly thought about a culinary career path, but a summer "baking camp" experience helped her decide that it just wasn't for her. She started to think of other options and interior architecture stuck out. Last summer, Kelly attended a two-week program at Drexel University for interior architecture and it solidified her interest in the profession.

"It really involves a lot of the same kind of skills or thought processes of cake decorating, if you think about it," she explained. "That can be dealing with all sorts of things from colors and aesthetics, in general, and it takes the same skills, I think, so that's how I decided that I thought it was for me."

In particular, Kelly is fascinated in the psychology behind how a person's environment can impact their emotions and productivity.

"It just has a huge impact that most people aren't really conscious of and it's just really intriguing to me, so I'm excited to learn more about how the psychology behind all of it and how the way you design a space can impact the people who are spending time in it and utilizing it," she said.

Kelly, daughter of Robin and Keith Kelly of Paducah, is the Paducah Bank Teen of the Week.

Each Monday and Tuesday, the Paducah Sun profiles area high school teens chosen from a pool of nominees for Teen of the Week. Around the end of the school year, a selection committee will pick one student for Teen of the Year, which carries a $5,000 scholarship. Another student will receive an Inspiration Award and a $1,000 scholarship.
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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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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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