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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 +
Samuel Lambert TOTW

Tilghman teen seeks career in engineering

by Kelly Farrell
The Paducah Sun
November 19, 2019
Used with permission.

Samuel Lambert likes to understand how things work and sees engineering as the profession for him.

"Engineering interests me because I like to understand how things work and, specifically, environmental engineering interests me because I like to understand how humans impact the environment and how we can make our lifestyle more sustainable," he said.

The 18-year-old Paducah Tilghman High School senior is looking at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Kentucky and Purdue University for college, but noted that UK is probably where he will go.

"At GSP (Governor's Scholars Program), I studied environmental and biological issues," Lambert said. "I really enjoyed that and it's just the most interesting subjects to me because it's like a little bit of biology and then I can combine that with physics and maybe some chemistry."

Lambert credits the program and a visit to a tree farm for helping him realize his passion for the environment. He wants to make buildings have "less impact," or be less harmful to the environment, while making them last, preserving historical significance and introducing modern techniques.

Lambert, son of Sarah and James Lambert of Paducah, is the Paducah Bank Teen of the Week.
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PTHS JV Academic Team

JV Varsity Academic Team Earns Honors

The PTHS Junior Varsity Academic Team earned third place overall at this weekend’s KAAC Governor’s Cup JV Challenge at McCracken County High School. The competition included teams from Calloway County High School, Carlisle County High School, Graves County High School, McCracken County High School, Murray High School, and Paducah Tilghman High School.

Sophomore Paige Kight earned the first place medal in the Arts and Humanities competition. Her strong showing in the A&H competition also earned her a 9th place finish overall in the state.

Kight also earned the 5th place medal in the science competition.

Freshmen teammates Gus Page placed 6th overall in mathematics, and Kate Bidwell captured the 4th place medal in the Language Arts competition.

Sophomore Kate LeBuhn and freshman Lucas Wadley completed PTHS’ Arts and Humanities trifecta, earning the 3rd place medal and the 5th place medal, respectively.

Tilghman’s Quick Recall team earned 3rd place overall honors.

Members of PTHS’ JV Academic Team are freshmen Abraham Assad, Kate Bidwell, Riley Darnell, Gus Page, Leon Dos Remedios, Haddon Shively, Lucas Wadley, and Abigail Wurth, and sophomores Cameron Dorris, Paige Kight, and Kate LeBuhn.

The team is coached by Mrs. Karen Smith.
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Fristoe Signing 201911

Fristoe Signs Baseball Scholarship With Mississippi State

Paducah Tilghman High School senior Jackson Fristoe signed a letter of intent to play baseball for Mississippi State University at a signing ceremony held at PTHS on November 13. 

Fristoe is ranked by Perfect Game and Prep Baseball Report as the number one 2020 baseball player and right-handed pitcher in Kentucky. This past summer, Jackson was selected as one of 80 high school players in the country to participate in Major League Baseball and USA Baseball’s inaugural Prospect Development Pipeline League and was selected for Perfect Game National, East Coast Pro and Area Code Games. 

This spring will be Fristoe’s sixth year on Paducah Tilghman’s varsity baseball team.   

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Patel and Lambert Heisman

Paducah Tilghman Seniors Patel and Lambert Named Heisman Trophy Trust Scholarship School Winners

Paducah Tilghman High School seniors Bailee Patel and Samuel Lambert have been named School Winners in the Heisman High School Trophy Trust’s Scholarship Program. The Heisman High School Scholarship Program honors the nation’s most accomplished, community-minded high school senior athletes. By inviting students from schools across the country to share their stories of leadership and impact, the program aims to inspire all students to harness their potential, push their limits, and use their talents not only to advance their own futures, but to improve the communities and world around them.

From an applicant pool of thousands of high school scholar-athletes graduating with the class of 2020, more than 3,600 have been named School Winners.
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Chemistry Competition Winners

Tilghman Wins Chemistry Competition

PTHS placed 1st overall in the team competition at the 49th Annual Murray State Chemistry Scholarship Tournament. Kate Criner and Ryan Chua had the 3rd and 4th highest scores, respectively, of all the competitors. The team consisted of ( l to r) Kate Criner, Lillian Wisner, Maxx Besaw, and Ryan Chua and are coached by Shelley McGregor. 

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November Rotary Scholars

Flemons and Rudolph Named November Rotary Scholars of the Month

Paducah Tilghman seniors Daroyce Flemons and Allee Rudolph  have been named PTHS Rotary Scholars of the month for November 2019. The Paducah Rotary Club selects scholars from area seniors who demonstrate strong leadership, academic excellence, and service to community.
 
Daroyce is a captain for the PTHS varsity football team and track team. He is a member of Beta Club. Outside of school Daroyce works at Wendy's. He is a volunteer coach for Tornado League football. After graduation Daroyce plans to attend a four year university and become a radiology technician.  His parents are Alisha Burgess and Laroyce Flemons.
 
Allee is president of the PTHS student council and captain of the varsity cheer team.  She is a member of Interact and the National Honor Society. She is a Chamber Youth LEAD alumnus and Paducah Bank teen ambassador. Allee volunteers at the United Way offices. After graduation Allee plans to attend a four year university. Her parents are Cathy and Eric Rudolph.

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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 +
McNabb DAR Winner

Paducah Public School Students Honored by Society of Daughters of the American Revolution

Ten Paducah Public School students have been honored by the Paducah Chapter National Society Daughters of the American Revolution for outstanding character and commitment to high ideals. Vonnie Shelton, Vice Regent, and Kathie Grassham, Regent, presented medals and certificates to students in grades 5 through 12 in recognition of their outstanding patriotism, honor, service, courage, and leadership as well as contributions to their schools and community. Also present was Cheryl Bendick, DAR Youth Citizenship Chairman.
 
Fifth graders Dagny Page, Clark Elementary School; Kamdyn Sullivan, McNabb Elementary School; and Valerie Tharp, Morgan Elementary School received DAR Youth Citizenship Medals at their respective schools. 
 
 (Please click "Read More" to see student photos).
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Flu Vaccines Available at Baptist Health Clinics

Baptist Health Clinics have a new shipment of  flu vaccine available.  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 provide the vaccine whether you have private insurance, Medicaid (except Passport) or are uninsured.
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Kicks for Kids Photo

Tilghman Boys Basketball Accepting Donations on behalf of "Kicks for Kids"

The Paducah Tilghman Boys Basketball team will be collecting new and gently used shoes before the holiday season for students in need.
 
Over the last seven years the "Kicks for Kids" program has been a slam dunk, donating over 5,000 pairs of shoes throughout the community.  This year's donations will go to Oscar Cross Boys and Girls Club.
 
As you are sorting through your storage bins, cleaning out closets, or tripping over shoes by the back door, start a donation pile. Athletic shoes, dress shoes, boots, and flats are greatly appreciated. Please bring your donations to Paducah Tilghman, Paducah Middle School, or Clark Elementary. Each of these schools will have a donation box in the front office.
 
Help the PTHS Boys Basketball Team have a remarkable season on and off the court by supporting "Kicks for Kids". 
 
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Andrew Katz

Teen's passions are sports, journalism

by Kelly Farrell
The Paducah Sun 
October 28, 2019
Used with permission.
 
Andrew Katz loves sports, enjoys writing and feels passionate about journalism. It shows in his work and preparation.

The 17-year-old Paducah Tilghman High School senior picked up an application for "The Tilghman Bell" before his junior year and quickly became sports editor by second semester. He was named editor-in-chief for the following year and now serves in that capacity, writing a little bit of everything.

"I really fell in love with it last year and realized that it was just really fun to interview people," he said. "It was fun to report on news and review different movies, albums and share my opinion of the facts."
 
Katz is interested in other media platforms to express himself, such as podcasts, and hopes to one day work for media outlets like ESPN, The Ringer and Fox Sports, or any outlet with creative content that covers sports in "unique and fun ways."

Katz, son of Mary and Brian Katz of Paducah, is the Paducah Bank Teen of the Week.
 
 
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PTHS Harriers Advance to State

Paducah Tilghman Boys cross country placed fourth in the Regional championship to advance to the state cross country meet, which will be held November 2 in Lexington. Senior Censier Conner finished 7th, junior Jake Taylor finished 12th, and sophomore Daniel Garcia was 18th.

For the girls team, freshman Alicia Durfee finished fourth, junior Analiese Levinson finished 23rd, and junior Haylee Patterson finished 28th to advance to the state meet. Congratulations!
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PTHS Orchestra

PTHS orchestra to perform in Austria this summer

by David Snow
The Paducah Sun
October 20, 2019
Used with permission.
 
The Paducah Tilghman High School orchestra will take the trip of a lifetime when it visits Austria in July and takes part in a musical competition marking the 250th anniversary year of Ludwig van Beethoven's birth.

Orchestra director Doug Van Fleet said the trip is the result of trying to make the orchestra -- and the school -- "world class." This will be the orchestra's first trip outside of the U.S.

"In an in-service program here at the school, (Assistant Superintendent) Will Black challenged us all to be world-class," Van Fleet said. "Not just good. We feel like we're good. We've gotten distinguished ratings in everything every year. 
 
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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.
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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.
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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. 
 
 
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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) 
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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.
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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.
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