Paducah Tilghman HS

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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

Yearbook promo

Yearbooks on sale December 17-19

Yearbooks will be on sale at PTHS next Monday (12/17), Tuesday (12/18), and Wednesday (12/19). This is the last opportunity for students to purchase at the 20% discounted rate of $40. After Christmas, prices will only be discounted 10% until Spring Break and students must pay full price from then until the end of the year.

Any purchase made next week will automatically be entered into a raffle for a $10 gift card. Give yourself the perfect gift this Christmas: memories that last a lifetime.
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Jonathan Smith PTHS football intro

Smith Introduced As Paducah Tilghman Head Football Coach

Paducah Tilghman assistant principal Jonathan Smith was introduced as the head coach of Paducah Tilghman football at a news conference at PTHS on December 11.
Smith was an assistant coach at Paducah Middle School from 2003 - 06 and an assistant coach at PTHS from 2007-14.  PTHS football had three semi-state appearances and a 3A championship during this time.
Smith was named interim coach just prior to the 2018 football season after PTHS head coach Steve Duncan resigned due to health issues.  As interim head coach, Smith led the Blue Tornado to 9-3 record, the most wins for the football program since 2011.
"Coach Smith has one of the sharpest minds of anyone I've spend time with and is very adept with the intricacies of both coaching and managing a football program," said PTHS athletic director Kris Durfee. "As head coach he will have a great opportunity to help not just our football program but also to help teach these players to be great young men who hold the highest values and principles."
In his remarks, Smith reflected on the value that football offers as a team sport and the educational purpose that it serves.
"I am extremely passionate about the sport of football because without football I wouldn't be standing here today." Smith said. "Football is the ultimate team sport. It teaches you how to reach toward a common goal with people who don't look like you, come from the same background as you, who might not share the same beliefs as you, but you're all working together to achieve one common goal. At the end of the day that's truthfully what education is all about.  That's what football did for me and that's ultimately my goal for this program."
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Grace Raber Questbridge

A moment for Grace

by Joshua Roberts
The Paducah Sun
December 9, 2018
Used with permission. 
A warm photo on the front page of Wednesday's edition, under the impossible to miss headline, "Paducah to Princeton," showed a smiling, impressive young woman of our community who we're immensely proud of -- and you should be, too.

Grace Raber, 18, a Paducah Tilghman senior, was recently awarded a full scholarship to the Ivy League school in New Jersey through the QuestBridge National College Match program, which pairs high-achieving students from low-income homes to the nation's top schools.

According to Princeton's current cost structure, the scholarship covering her entire enrollment is valued at more than a quarter million dollars -- $266,800. 
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NJROTC Hugs Project

PTHS NJROTC Participates in Hugs Project

Members of the Paducah Tilghman High School Navy Junior ROTC unit recently participated in a community service event for the Hugs Project of Western Kentucky.  The Hugs Project collects items for, packs, and ships gift boxes to U.S. service members stationed overseas.  
PTHS NJROTC cadets participating in the event are (left to right),Trystan Perkins, Tayler Hilton, Alex English, Melissa Alvarado, James Billington, Alijah Frazier, Natalie Parmley, Harli Morris, Jadean Breidenbach, Hugs Project Coordinator Gayron Ferguson, and Cheyenne Pangman.
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Speech Team at Calloway

Tilghman speech team places second two weeks in a row

The Paducah Tilghman Speech Team placed second overall with 21 individual awards at the Calloway County Invitational on Saturday, December 1. Tournament champions included Shioneka Farr in Poetry, Julie Mohs in Storytelling and the team of Angelea Shute and Jake Taylor in Improvisational Duo. 

Placing second overall were Kate Criner in Dramatic Interpretation (DI) and in Program Oral Interpretation (POI), Victerion Tyler-Williams in Humorous Interpretation (HI), Grace Raber in Original Oratory, and the team of Gabby Dempsey and Brianna Teague in Duo Interpretation. 

Third place finishes for the team included Lillian Wisner in Original Oratory, the team of William Jones and John Sims in Duo Interpretation, and the team of Farr and Tatiyannah Alfaro-Jackson in Improvisational Duo. 

Members who placed fourth in their categories were Criner in Broadcasting, Shute in HI, Wisner in POI and in Prose, and Tyrese Thomas in DI
Rounding out the team's individual awards were Taylor with a fifth place award in HI, Criner with a fifth place award in Poetry, Daniel Garcia with a sixth place award in Broadcasting, Erin Stafford with a sixth place award in Poetry, and Mohs with a sixth place award in Original Oratory. 

The team travels to Bowling Green to compete at the Western Kentucky University Hilltopper Tournament Saturday, December 8. 

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Grace Raber Questbridge

Paducah to Princeton

Tilghman student earns prestigious scholarship.
by David B. Snow
The Paducah Sun
December 5, 2018
Used with permission.
Grace Raber, a Paducah Tilghman High School senior, has earned a full scholarship to Princeton University through the QuestBridge National College Match scholarship program.

The scholarship will cover her entire enrollment at Princeton. According to the university's website, full tuition, fees and room and board cost $66,700 for the 2018-19 academic year, bringing the total cost over four years to $266,800.

QuestBridge National College Match is in its 15th year of matching high-achieving students from low-income families with full scholarships to several of the nation's top universities. This year, there were a record 16,248 applicants and 6,507 finalists.

Raber was one of 1,044 students from 47 states and the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico to be selected this year. 
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Grace Denton and Rod Thomas

Denton and Thomas Named December Rotary Scholars of the Month

Paducah Tilghman seniors Grace Denton and Keyshun Rodriguez Thomas have been named PTHS Rotary Scholars of the month for December. The Paducah Rotary Club selects scholars from area seniors who demonstrate strong leadership, academic excellence, and service to community.
Grace is a member of the PTHS Cheerleading squad, Future Business Leaders of America, National Honor Society, and Interact Club. She serves on the staff of the Tilghman Bell. She volunteers with the Paducah Bank Teen Ambassadors. After graduation, Grace plans to attend the University of Kentucky and major in business. Her parents are Glenn and Heather Denton.
Rodriguez is a member of the PTHS varsity boys basketball team. He serves on the staff of the PTHS yearbook, Pathways. He is a musician at Christ Temple Apostolic Church. After graduation, Rodriguez plans to attend a four year university and play basketball. His parents are Rod and Dianddria Thomas.
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College Essay Workshop

College Essay Workshop Offered December 20-22

A College Essay workshop will be offered , December 20-22, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. at the Reidland Church of Christ.
The 12-hour workshop will focus on the Common App essay, college-specific essays, GSP essay, and short answer essays required for college applications.  Participants need to bring a laptop computer and will compose the essays with guidance from the instructors.  Instructors will give input on how to organize the essays, how to best highlight the student’s accomplishments and interests, how to gear the essay toward the prompt, and how to make the essays more creative. Post-workshop essay critiques will also be available.  For more information, please click "Read More".
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Lance Butler

Teen seeks to help others succeed

by Emily Smith
The Paducah Sun
December 3, 2018
Used with permission.
Lance Butler, a Paducah Tilghman High School senior, said he's always looking for a way to help others and be someone who makes a difference.

Aside from academic, athletic and extracurricular activities, Butler makes community service a priority. He regularly tutors his classmates in his college preparatory courses and his teammates in more traditional level courses.

During Butler's sophomore and junior years, he had the opportunity to work with a student who moved to Paducah from Guatemala.

"My Spanish teacher asked me to work with him directly as his English skills were very poor and my conversational Spanish skills were strong," Butler said.

"I helped him both in and out of class and often gave him rides home.

"I believe that I made a big difference during his time at Paducah Tilghman."

Butler said he credits the experience with not only improving his conversational Spanish, but also for the new friend he made in the process.

Butler, the son of Danny and Lori Butler, is the Paducah Bank Teen of the Week. 
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ACT Prep

ACT Prep Offers Christmas Break ACT Workshop

Kelly Walden and Shawn Baldwin will lead an ACT Prep Workshops over Christmas Break.  The workshop will be held December 20, 21, 27 and 28.  The first two days of the workshop will be held at the Reidland Church of Christ in Paducah. The last two days of the workshop will be held at Lowes Elementary School in Graves County.

The workshop offers 16 hours of instruction. The cost is S300 for all sessions. Students can earn a $50 discount for referring a friend. Please click "Read More" to see the flyers.
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Bernie Miller Reception Invite

Reception for former PTHS Coach Berny Miller December 14

A Pre-Game Reception for former PT Coach Berny Miller and his wife, retired PT teacher Pat Miller, will be held at 5:30 p.m. December 14 in Room 103 just off the gym lobby.

All former students, players and fans are encouraged to visit with the Millers and show their appreciation. There will also be a special recognition for Coach Miller during halftime of the boys game against St. Mary.
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PTHS Interact Club

PTHS Interact Hosts "Cookies With Santa" December 15

The PTHS Interact Club will host "Cookies With Santa" Saturday, December 15, from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. at the PTHS Cafeteria.  Families are invited to bring their kids to meet Santa, Mrs. Claus, and other special friends, make crafts and enjoy cookies and hot chocolate. Cost is $5 per child. Proceeds will go to support the PTHS service learning trip to El Salvador in association with Starfish Orphan Ministry. For more information, click "Read More" to see the flyer. More +
PTHS NJROTC Christmas on the River

PTHS NJROTC Participates in “Christmas on the River”

Seventeen  members of the Paducah Tilghman High School Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (PTHS NJROTC) unit participated in “Christmas on the River,” coordinated by Seaman’s Church Institute (SCI) located at the Center for Maritime Education in downtown Paducah on November 26, 27, and 28.   More +
Speech at Marshall Winners

PT Speech Competes at Marshall Invitational

The PTHS Speech Team brought home six awards from the Marshall County High School Invitational on Saturday, November 10.

After competing in three preliminary rounds, five Tilghman students advanced to finals. Junior Kate Criner placed 2nd overall in Dramatic Interpretation, Junior Julie Mohs placed 3rd overall in Storytelling, Junior Shioneka Farr placed 5th overall in Poetry and in Program Oral Interpretation, Junior Erin Stafford placed 6th overall in Poetry, and Senior Angelea Shute placed 6th overall in Humorous Interpretation.
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Coca Cola Semifinalists

Three Tilghman Seniors Named Semifinalists In Coca Cola Scholars Foundation Program

PADUCAH, KY - Paducah Tilghman High School seniors Lance Butler, Joseph Price, and Addie Rogers have been named semifinalists in the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation Program. Butler, Price, and Rogers are among 1,896 high school seniors nationwide selected from a pool of over 95,000 applicants to advance in the scholarship program based on academic excellence, leadership, and service to the community.
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Caleb Fell Signing

Fell Signs Swimming Scholarship with Nova Southeastern

Paducah Tilghman senior Caleb Fell signed a scholarship to swim at Nova Southeastern University in a signing ceremony held at PTHS on November 14.

Fell finished fifth in the KHSAA state swim meet in the 500 meter swim in 2017 and 2018.

In 2015, 2016, and 2018 Fell won the mile at the USA state swimming championships while competing with his club team. Fell plans to compete in the mile at Nova Southeastern.

"It's been a privilege and honor to work with Caleb over the last three years," said PTHS Swim Team head coach Mark Curtis. "Caleb is a dedicated, committed athlete. He's always at the pool and always putting in his best effort. We look forward to watching him compete in his senior season."
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November Rotary Students of the Month

Bilak and Curry Named Rotary Students of the Month

Paducah Tilghman seniors Chloe Bilak and Keyshun Curry have been named PTHS Rotary Scholars of the month for November. The Paducah Rotary Club selects scholars from area seniors who demonstrate strong leadership, academic excellence, and service to community.
Chloe Bilak is a member of the PTHS girls soccer team, student council, Interact Club, and FBLA. Chloe volunteers with POPS, a fellowship group for adults with developmental disabilities. After graduation, Chloe plans to attend the University of Louisville and major in Political Science with a concentration in International Development. Her parents are Monica Bilak and Paul Bilak.
Keyshun Curry is a member of the PTHS football team, track team, and chess team.  He is a member of 3E Leadership Academy.  After graduation, Keyshun plans to attend a four year university and pursue a major in Education.  His mother is Kiesha Curry.

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Yearbook Accepting Baby Photos from Senior Class

The PTHS Pathways yearbook staff is accepting submissions of baby pictures from members of the Class of 2019 for this year’s book. Students and parents should consult the information envelope that was distributed in senior English classes for specific details and instructions.

Pictures may be e-mailed to Mr. Cardon at or dropped off (in the manila envelope the student was given in English class) to room 101. The deadline for submissions is Tuesday, November 20. No photos will be accepted after that date.
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Lillian Wisner

Wisner Achieves Two Top Ten Finishes at Henry County Speech Tournament

Lillian Wisner (grade 11) of the PTHS Speech Team brought home two trophies at the Krider Invitational at Henry County High School in Paris, TN on Saturday, Nov. 3. She placed third overall in Prose Interpretation and sixth overall in Program Oral Interpretation. More +
Duke of Paducah

Three Paducah Tilghman High School Seniors Receive City’s Duke and Duchess Recognition

Three members of the Class of 2019 have earned the City of Paducah's highest honor. Mayor Brandi Harless has named David Hoy and Joseph Price Dukes of Paducah, and Addie Rogers has been named a Duchess of Paducah.

Duke and Duchess awards are presented by the Mayor to citizens who have contributed to the well being of the community.
Hoy and Price recently earned their Eagle Scout ranks, the highest achievement and rank attainable in Boy Scouts of America. Only 4 percent of Boy Scouts achieve the designation. Both are members of Troop 1.

Rogers, a two-year mayoral intern and a two-year member of the Paducah Human Rights Commission, has been a driving force in initiating programs to engage Paducah's youth.  (Click Read More to see photos)

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