Paducah Tilghman HS

Excellence, Tradition & Pride Since 1864
Rotary Students of the MonthEmma Massey and Samuel Lambert are Rotary Students of the Month for September. Congratulations!
September Rotary SOM
PTHS Volleyball
PTHS Football Entrance
PTHS Band at MCHS Football
PTHS football at MCHS
PTHS Soccer Night

Paducah Tilghman HS

Paducah Tilghman News

PTHS SBDM Special Election October 23

A special election for a  parent representative to the PTHS site based decision making council (SBDM) will be in the PTHS lobby Wednesday, October 23 from 7 am- 7 pm. Please click "More" see a sample ballot.
More +
BABES and B2G Retreat

B.A.B.E.S. and B2G Attend Leadership Retreat

B.A.B.E.S. ( Becoming Accomplished Beautiful Excellent & Successful) & B2G (Boys to Gentlemen) mentoring groups participated in a Leadership Retreat over Fall Break.

The mission of the two groups is to ensure each student is successful as they learn leadership skills, soft skills and responsible decision making. The program, which is sponsored by Tornado Alley Youth Services Center, is in its eleventh year.
More +
Katie Criner

Tilghman teen focused on neuroscience career

by Kelly Farrell
The Paducah Sun
October 14, 2019
Used with permission.
Kate Criner doesn't know exactly what the future holds career-wise, but she sees herself helping people, whatever path she takes.
"I don't know what city I'll be in, maybe Paducah, maybe somewhere halfway across the world, but I want to be plugged in and helping people in whatever community I may be in," she said.

The 18-year-old Paducah Tilghman High School senior wanted to be a ballerina-actor-psychologist at age 7 and stayed with psychology until switching gears to neuroscience, due to a love for chemistry and biology. 
The brain fascinates her.

"I think that going into neuroscience, you can see just how a small difference in how your brain reacts versus someone else's can drastically change the outcomes of your life," she said. "And it's what makes us all different, but also all the same."

Mental health is another topic of importance to Criner, who wrote a Kentucky Youth Empowerment Systems grant last year to create a youth mental health initiative -- Loqui, or Latin for "to speak." It seeks to offer an environment to "share struggles" and build a support network, Criner said.

"It's basically mental health for teenagers, led by teenagers," she said. "We are aiming to remove the power dynamic that's found in traditional therapy that really makes teens not want to go. So, this way, it's just starting a conversation. It's less scary. … It's just been a wonderful way to get people talking and breaking the barriers and just taking on the stigma of mental health."

Criner, daughter of Janie and Andy Criner of Paducah, is the Paducah Bank Teen of the Week. 
More +

PTHS Winter Sports and Academic Team Schedules Available

Please click "Read More" to view or download schedules for PTHS winter sports and academic team. More +
KY Safe Schools 2019

Kentucky Safe Schools Week is October 20-26

Kentucky Safe Schools Week is set for October 20–26, 2019. This year's theme is “Our Safety Story!”  Paducah Public Schools and the Kentucky Center for School Safety stands on the belief that everybody should enjoy school equally and be treated with respect. Community members, educators, students and parents are encouraged to get involved during Kentucky Safe Schools Week. 

Every school has its own cast of characters weaving the fabric of its own Safety Story. Our schools are composed of students and staff who are a host of likely characters with a variety of interests and talents. We ask that you join us across Kentucky, each and every school, as we embrace unity, kindness and empathy to enhance “Our Safety Story”.

By taking the pledge we are embracing unity, kindness and empathy to enhance “Our Safety Story” and creating a feeling of community and friendship throughout Kentucky’s schools.
To keep Kentucky schools safe places in which to learn and work, I pledge to be:
Strong enough to show empathy for others who need help at school.
Awesome, as I strive to use tolerance to create unity at school.
Friendly, showing kindness to others of all ages.
Encouraging, promoting a feeling of community and friendship throughout my school.
Let us know that you took the pledge at 
More +
Youth L.E.A.D.

Tilghman Students Chosen for Chamber Youth L.E.A.D. Program

Congratulations to Juniors Raven Butler, Emma Gilbert, Sam Kirchhoff, Jasmine Meadows, Libby Shadoan, Madeline Strenge, Jake Taylor, Leah Tyrrell and Zach Ybarzabal who were chosen to represent Paducah Tilghman for the 2019-20 Youth L.E.A.D. program. This program is sponsored by the Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce and includes juniors from area high schools.

Youth L.E.A.D. is aimed towards educating and preparing students for leadership roles in the Paducah/McCracken County community. The students will meet once a month to participate in various activities involving human needs and services, communication and career development, business and economy, law and government, and healthcare. These meetings are led by members of the Leadership Paducah Foundation.
(photo credit: Beth Wyant) 
More +
Rotary Scholars of the Month October

Atnip and Stafford Named October Rotary Scholars of the Month

Paducah Tilghman seniors Quinn Atnip and Erin Stafford have been named PTHS Rotary Scholars of the month for October 2019. The Paducah Rotary Club selects scholars from area seniors who demonstrate strong leadership, academic excellence, and service to community.
Erin is a member of the PTHS Speech team, Mock Trial, National Honor Society and Beta Club. She is on the staff of the Tilghman Bell, and is a member of the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence Student Voice Team. Erin volunteers at Maiden Alley Cinema, Yeiser Art Center, and Market House Theatre. After graduation Erin plans to attend the University of Georgia and major in journalism and communication. Erin's parents are Kelly and Patrick Stafford.
Quinn is a member of the PTHS soccer and football teams. He is a member of the National Honor Society, Beta Club, and Interact Club. Quinn is an alumnus of Paducah Chamber of Commerce Youth Lead, Governor's School for Entrepreneurs, and Governor's Scholars Program. He volunteers with Starfish Orphan Ministries. After graduation Quinn plans to attend the University of Louisville and major in Business and Marketing. His parents are Mark and Kelly Atnip.
More +
Flu Vaccines Graphic

Flu Vaccines Offered at Baptist Health Clinics Beginning October 1

Baptist Health will be offering Flu Vaccines beginning October 1 in your child's school clinic.  If interested, please contact your school nurse for Paperwork/Consent.  You can also click "More" to see or download the form and for more information. 
Baptist can service private insurance, Medicaid (except Passport) and uninsured.
More +

PTHS Accepting Nominations for Parent Representative to SBDM Council

PTHS is currently accepting nominations for a parent representative on our SBDM Council for the current 19-20 school year.  Nomination forms will be collected through October 14.  The nomination forms need to be returned to PTHS C/O Rachael Durbin.  Click "More" to see the nomination form.  
More +
Speech Team storytellers at McNabb

PTHS Speech Team Celebrates Storytelling Month at Elementary Schools

September is Kentucky Storytelling Month, and Friday (September 27) is National Mad Libs Day. To celebrate, the Paducah Tilghman Speech Team has teamed up with Clark, McNabb, and Morgan Elementary Schools to spread the joy of storytelling. Over the course of this week, ten Tilghman speech team members will travel to a total of nine classrooms, where they will work with the elementary students to complete mad libs written by Stephanie Watson's creative writing class at PT. 

Monday speech team members Emily Krall, Erin Stafford, Cymone Williams, and Julie Mohs visited Clark Elementary.

Wednesday speech team members Lillian Wisner, Shioneka Farr, Kate Criner, and Lois Akpabio visited McNabb Elementary.

Friday speech team members Lillian Wisner, Tatiyannah Alfaro-Jackson, Kate Criner, Gabby Copeland, Julie Mohs,  and Tyrese Thomas will visit Morgan.

More +
Steve Ybarzabal

Ybarzabal Named Principal of Paducah Area Technical Center

Clark Elementary principal Steve Ybarzabal has been named principal of the Paducah Area Technical Center, which will move into the Paducah Innovation Hub in fall of 2020.  Ybarzabal will begin work at the Paducah Area Technical Center on October 14.

Ybarzabal has been an educator for 25 years and has been an administrator for 14 years. He has taught grades 5 – 12 and has taught in private, parochial, and public school settings. He began working for Paducah Public Schools in 2000 at PTHS, where he was a biology teacher, science chair, and volleyball coach.  Ybarzabal moved to Clark Elementary to become assistant principal in 2006. He was named principal at Clark Elementary in 2011. 

Ybarzabal earned his B.S. degree from Louisiana State University. He earned his M.A. in school administration and a Superintendent’s certificate from Murray State University. He currently serves as an adjunct professor in the MSU College of Education.  
“While I’m sad to be leaving a tight-knit family of faculty and staff at Clark, I can leave knowing that they will continue building the solid foundation on which the educational future of our students rests,” said Ybarzabal. “I am eager to take on the challenge of leading the PATC and the Innovation Hub because I believe that it will provide me with the opportunity to have the greatest impact on students from our district and the region. I look forward to using my skills and experience to create an innovative learning experience for students.”

“We are pleased that Mr. Ybarzabal will be moving to the Paducah Area Technical Center to serve as principal,” said Superintendent Dr. Donald Shively. “Mr. Ybarzabal has a proven track record of student success at Clark and Paducah Tilghman as a teacher and an administrator, and we look forward to the positive impact that he will have on our regional students, the faculty, and the staff at the PATC.  

“As we anticipate the opening of the Paducah Innovation Hub next year, the hiring committee is confident that Mr. Ybarzabal will lead the way as we seek to work with regional business leaders to align the offerings at the Innovation Hub with workforce needs to ensure the opportunity for success for each and every student.” 
More +
Ryan Chua

Paducah Tilghman High School Senior Ryan Chua Earns National Merit Semifinalist Designation

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

Chua is 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, which represents less than one percent of US high school seniors, includes the highest scoring entrants in each state.

From the approximately 16,000 semifinalists, about 15,000 are expected to advance to the finalist level. From these finalists, half will receive scholarships offered by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. In addition, semifinalists and finalists are eligible for numerous full and partial scholarships from various public and private universities.
More +

Tilghman teen loves swimming, eyes per-med

by Kelly Farrell
The Paducah Sun
September 16, 2019
Used with permission.
More +
Kate Criner

Criner Named to Paducah Human Rights Commission Intern Program

Paducah Tilghman High School senior Kate Criner has been named a Student Intern for the Paducah Human Rights Commission. She joins seniors Andrew Katz, Samuel Lambert, and Jackson Mundy who are returning as Student Interns. Interns attend monthly meetings at City Hall and work closely with the PHRC to further its mission.

After completing a thorough application process, the Paducah Human Rights Commission elected Criner to the civic board. The Student Interns will work with the Commissioners to ensure that Paducah residents and visitors maintain the right to live and work as equal partners in the community.

In addition, the Student Interns will help spearhead and implement the PHRC’s annual community outreach event, Evening of Discussion.

Paducah Tilghman High School students have partnered with the Paducah Human Rights Commission since 2013.
More +
Katie Peck

Peck Named to Market House Theatre’s Board of Directors

Paducah Tilghman senior Katie Peck has been selected to serve as a student advisor on the Market House Theatre’s Board of Directors. She will attend monthly meetings with the Board of Directors to provide a youth perspectives on the MHT’s mission, outreach programs, and theatre productions.
More +

Boys and Girls XC Capture Second at St. Mary Invitational

Both the PTHS boys and girls cross country teams captured second place trophies at the St. Mary Invitational held at Noble Park on September 14. Jake Taylor finished second and Censier Conner finished 8th overall in the boys race, while Madeline Strenge captured third and Alicia Durfee captured fifth overall in the girls race. Thanks to Laura M. Taylor for the photos!
More +
Tilghman Seal

August 2019 Issue of the Bell Online

Principal Stieg has big plans for Tilghman. Find out about it in the August 2019 issue of the Tilghman Bell.
More +
September Rotary Students of the Month

Lambert and Massey Named September Rotary Scholars of the Month

Paducah Tilghman seniors Samuel Lambert and Emma Massey have been named PTHS Rotary Scholars of the month for September 2019. The Paducah Rotary Club selects scholars from area seniors who demonstrate strong leadership, academic excellence, and service to community.
Emma is a member of the PTHS varsity softball and soccer teams. She is a member of the PTHS Chamber Orchestra, Interact Club, Beta Club, National Honor Society, and Pep Club. Emma is part of a small group of upperclassmen who have coordinated and led the Empty Bowls Project with Clark Elementary Beta Club for the past four years. This past summer she attended the Apex Leadership Conference at the University of Mississippi. Emma is a volunteer at Broadway United Methodist Church. After graduation, Emma plans to attend a four year university and major in nursing. Her parents are Lisa and Ryan Massey.
Samuel is a member of the PTHS varsity golf and soccer teams. He is a member of Academic Team, National Honor Society, Beta Club, and Pep Club. Samuel is an alumnus of Paducah Chamber's Youth LEAD. He serves on the Paducah Human Rights Commission. This past summer he particpated in the Governor's Scholars Program. Samuel plans to attend a four year university after graduation. His parents are James and Sarah Lambert. 
More +

Computer Science enthralls Tilghman teen

by Kelly Ferrell
September 9, 2019
Used with permission.
More +

Paducah Tilghman graduate returns to work in local schools

by David Snow
The Paducah Sun
Used with permission.
More +

Upcoming Events


PTHS SBDM Special Election

Wed Oct 23 2019

PTHS Volleyball at Region Tournament

Tue Oct 29 2019
to Sat Nov 2 2019

800 Caldwell St. Paducah, KY 42003 | Phone: (270) 444-5600 | Fax: (270) 444-5607
View text-based website