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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

Art Davis  Photo credit: David Snow, the Paducah Sun

Davis retiring after 16 years as Paducah Tilghman principal

by David Snow
The Paducah Sun
Used with permission
Art Davis has had the longest tenure of any principal at Paducah Tilghman High School, administering the school since 2003. His professional career in education dates to 1985, having also taught at Metropolis, Illinois, and Henry County, Tennessee.

On June 30, Davis will retire from a Paducah Tilghman career that has included service as the band director, activities director and principal. He has been at PTHS since 1992.

When Davis accepted the position of principal, he knew that if he stayed in that position to his retirement age, he would be in the chair for a long time. 
"When I first came in here, I almost did not take the job or apply for it because I knew the length of time I would have to stay here until I could retire, which would have made me the longest(-serving) principal," he said. "I just took it a year at a time." 
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Paper Mache' Mask Making

Ohio UNESCO Art Students Visit PT Art Classes

Six students from Taylor High School in Cleves, Ohio, visited Paducah Tilghman art students on March 21 as part of a UNESCO visit.  Taylor High School is part of the UNESCO Associated School Project Network (ASPNet). Tilghman students created paper mache’ masks for the Taylor High School students during the visit. More +

Overcoming Test Anxiety Workshop April 5

Progressive Wellness Counseling will offer a workshop, "Overcoming Test Anxiety" on Friday, April 5, from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. at Heartland Church, 4777 Alben Barkley Drive. 
The workshop is designed to to address the causes of test anxiety while providing skills and strategies to reduce anxiety and improve performance in testing situations.
Cost is $75. For registration details, contact Hope Ross at 270.534.1400. To see the flyer, click "Read More"
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Kight Academic Competition

Kight Places Fifth in State Governor's Cup General Knowledge Competition

Congratulations to Paige Kight, PTHS freshman, on her incredible performance at this weekend's Kentucky Governor's Cup Academic Team State Competition. Paige placed 5th overall in the state in the General Knowledge individual competition division. 
"The fact that Paige placed so high among the best and brightest students in the state - including seniors, juniors, and sophomores - is a testament to her hard work and dedication to academics at the highest level," said Academic Team coach Mrs. Christine Wynne.
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Jackson Fristoe

Fristoe Named WPSD Biokinetics Athlete of the Week

Paducah Tilghman baseball player Jackson Fristoe has been named WPSD Biokinetics Athlete of the week. Fristoe went 4-8 with 6 RBIs in the first two games of the season. Congratulations! More +
Akpabio State Speech

Akpabio Finishes 6th at State Speech Tournament

Congratulations to Lois Akpabio, PTHS freshman, on her outstanding podium finish at this weekend's Kentucky High School Speech League State Competition in Lexington! Lois finished 6th in the state in the Declamation competition division. More +
Allison Stieg

Steig Selected as New Principal of Paducah Tilghman High School

Allison Stieg was selected to be the next principal of Paducah Tilghman High School by the PTHS School-Based Decision Making Council today in a unanimous vote.  The selection of Stieg by the SBDM was the culmination of a three month search process that was begun after current principal Art Davis announced his retirement. 

Steig has been an educator for 27 years. Stieg received her B.S. in Mathematics, an M.A. in Education, and a Rank 1 Certification in Administration from Murray State University.  

Stieg was a teacher and coach at Ballard Memorial High School and Heath High School prior to coming to Paducah Tilghman High School in 2002. Stieg taught mathematics and was the varsity girls basketball coach at PTHS from 2002 – 2008.  During her coaching tenure, she led one of her teams to the state final four and was named Region 1 All Purchase Coach of the Year and KABC Coach of the Year.  Stieg was named Dean of Students in 2008, where she has served for 11 years. 

“Mrs. Stieg has almost two decades of experience as a teacher, head coach, and assistant principal at Paducah Tilghman,” said Superintendent Donald Shively. “I have personally experienced Mrs. Stieg’s passion for our students’ success throughout all her roles at Tilghman. Mrs. Stieg is focused on ensuring our tradition of excellence continues.” 

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Life Skills flyer

"Life Skills 101" Youth Summit at MSU Paducah Campus April 1

Tornado Alley Youth Services Center will host a "Life Skills 101" Youth Summit for K-12 students Monday, April 1 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Murray State Paducah Campus at 4430 Sunset Avenue.
The free event will include breakfast and lunch. Topic include resume' writing, communication skills, interviewing, Scholarship Assistance, FAFSA, Financial Aid, Budgeting Basics, Time Management, Goal Setting, Dress for Success, and College & Career Readiness
You can pre-register online here. 
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PTHS SBDM Special Meetings March 13 and 18

The Paducah Tilghman High School SBDM will have special meetings on Wednesday, March 13 and Monday March 18.  

The March 13 meeting will be at the Central Office at 2:45 p.m.  No official action will take place at this meeting.

The March 18 meeting will be at the PTHS library at 2:30 p.m.  The tentative plan is to officially select a new PTHS principal at this meeting.
To see the agendas, please click "More".
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Noah Hollar and Eileen Sember

Hollar and Sember Named March Rotary Scholars of the Month

Paducah Tilghman seniors Noah Hollar and Eileen Sember have been named PTHS Rotary Scholars of the month for March 2019. The Paducah Rotary Club selects scholars from area seniors who demonstrate strong leadership, academic excellence, and service to community.

Noah is commanding officer of the PTHS NJROTC program. He is a member of the National Honor Society. He participates in the National History Day competition. He is certified as an international bareboat skipper. Through NJROTC, Noah participates in the HUGS project through the Seaman's Church Institute. He volunteers with the Purchase Area Sexual Assault and Child Advocacy Center and Paducah Parks and Recreation. After graduation, Noah will attend the U.S. Naval Academy. His parents are Sandi and Randy Hollar.

Eileen is a member of Mock Trial, Academic Team, FBLA, and NHS. She is on the staff of the Tilghman Bell. She is a 2018 alumnus of the Governor's Scholars Program. She is a member of Paducah Pathfinders. She tutors students at Paducah Middle through the Idea Lab program. She is a member of the Fountain Avenue UMC youth group. Eileen plans to attend a four year university and major in biochemistry and molecular biology. Her parents are Sharon Poat and Robert Sember.
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Spring Sports Schedules Available

Spring sports are just around the corner! Click "more" to see schedules for Track, Tennis, Softball, and Baseball More +

PTHS SBDM Special Meetings March 5,7,8, and 11

The PTHS SBDM will meet at the Central Office, 800 Caldwell St. on the following dates:
Tuesday, March 5, at 4:00 p.m.
Thursday, March 7, at 4:00 p.m.
Friday, March 8, at 4:00 p.m.
Monday, March 11 at 4:00 p.m.
Please click "More" to see the agendas for each meeting. 
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Mock Trial Team

PTHS Mock Trial Team Places 7th at State; Rogers and Criner Earn Individual Awards

Congratulations to the PTHS Mock Trial Team on its fantastic showing at the Kentucky High School Mock Trial Association State Championship Tournament in Covington, KY.

The team placed 7th overall in the state, with two members earning individual awards.
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PTHS Academic Team

PTHS Academic Team Wins West Kentucky Academic Bowl

The PTHS Varsity Academic Team won the West Kentucky Academic Bowl at West Kentucky Community and Technical College, earning a $2,000 scholarship prize to be shared among team members.

PTHS previously beat McCracken County High School to advance to the final four competition.
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l to r: Danny Kirby, Malachi Kirby, Andrea Taylor, Jonathan Smith

Kirby Signs Football Scholarship with Georgetown College

Paducah Tilghman senior Malachi Kirby signed a scholarship to play football for Georgetown College in a signing ceremony held at PTHS on February 27. 

“Obviously Malachi is a gifted athlete, or he wouldn’t be here signing,” said PT head football coach Jonathan Smith. “But in my opinion, the reason that Malachi is being given this opportunity is, first, he has respect for his parents and adults. He’s humble when he’s talking to people who have been there before him. Second, he takes pride in what he does in the classroom. He understands that it’s his work in the classroom that will give him the opportunity to be on the field.  Finally, he’s selfless- he was willing to play any position on the field. He is willing to do whatever it takes to help the team win.” 

Kirby, a receiver and defensive back for the Tornado, was named to the All Purchase and All-Conference teams. He was an All-State honorable mention player.  

Kirby said that Georgetown’s football coach invited him for a campus visit and he felt it was a good fit with what he was seeking in a college.   

“When I went up for a visit and toured the campus and sat in on classes, it felt like I could see myself being there for a while.  It felt like a place that I could make home.” said Kirby.   

Kirby said he plans to major in nursing. His vocational goal is to be a traveling nurse.
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Noah Hollar

Paducah Tilghman’s Noah Hollar Receives United States Naval Academy Appointment

Paducah Tilghman High School senior Noah Hollar has been appointed to the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD, where he will matriculate this fall. He plans to major in Nuclear Engineering or Cyber Security. More +
PTHS Baseball Sandbagging

PTHS Senior Baseball Players Help Sandbag

PTHS baseball players Brady Betts, Mitchell Crouch, Josh Lang, Morgan Mayo, Eric Riffe, and Will Thompson worked Sunday to helped Coach Johnson and his family sandbag around his Aunt’s house in Metropolis. Coach McKeel and player families also joined the efforts to help this family try to keep the rising waters out of their home.

"I can't thank Coach Johnson and the Baseball team enough for the help with sandbagging," said Paula Crim.
"What a great bunch of new friends. These young men gave gave unselfishly of their time without compliant or any sign of negativity. We thank God for them answering Coach's text for help."
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Tornado Plays In Region 1 Basketball Tournament This Week

PTHS basketball will be playing in the Region 1 tournament at the CFSB Center on the campus of Murray State University this week.

Boys varsity plays Carlisle County Tuesday, February 26 at 7:45 p.m.

Girls varsity plays Carlisle County Wednesday, February 27 at 7:45 p.m.

Ticket will be available in advance and at the door. Advance tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students. Tickets at the door are $7 for adults and $7 for students.

Advance tickets can be purchased at the PTHS business office from 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday.
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Valesha Watson Signing

Watson Signs Track Scholarship With Murray State University

Tilghman junior Valesha Watson signed a track scholarship to Murray State University in a signing ceremony held at PTHS on February 22. 

Watson, a sprinter, has won six individual titles at the Kentucky Class AA Track Meet. Her freshman year, she won the 100, 200, and 400. Her sophomore year she won the 100. Her junior year she won the 100 and 200. 

“In the four years I’ve been here, I can genuinely say that Valesha is one of the most talented athletes I’ve seen at PTHS,” said Tilghman athletic director Kris Durfee. “She leads by example in practice and has a fierce, competitive nature.” 

 “Valesha is a fighter,” said Heather Hamilton, who was PTHS girls track coach Watson’s freshman and sophomore years. “Valesha’s going to fight for what she wants and what she deserves, and Valesha is very deserving of this scholarship.  Getting a track scholarship is very hard and the fact that she has this offer from Murray State speaks for itself of Valesha’s talent.” 

Valesha said she was happy to be going to Murray State because they have a good track team and she will be able to stay close to home. She plans to major in Business Administration.
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Arellano and Hatton Sign Soccer Scholarships

PTHS seniors Jasmine Arellano and Nick Hatton signed scholarships to play college soccer in a signing ceremony held Wednesday.  Arellano signed a letter of intent to play for Kentucky Wesleyan. Nick Hatton signed a letter of intent to play soccer for Georgetown College. 

Arellano played wing for the Lady Tornado.  

PT athletic director Kris Durfee praised Arellano’s toughness on the pitch.  

“She’ll take a kick, she’ll get back up and get right back at it,” Durfee said. “It’s been neat to watch how much she’s improved.” 

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Upcoming Events


PTHS Baseball at St. Mary

Tue Mar 26 2019

PTHS Softball vs. Graves

Tue Mar 26 2019

PTHS vs. St. Mary

Thu Mar 28 2019
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