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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

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Paducah Tilghman News

PTHS Track Seniors 2019

Tilghman sweeps 2A track meet; Lady Tornado's Watson on the verge of history

Before Paducah Tilghman senior Valesha Watson starts at Murray State in the fall, she has a chance to make history at the KHSAA Class 2A state track meet next week at the University of Kentucky.

With a win in the 100-meter dash, Watson will be the first high-schooler – boy or girl – to win the race five times at the state level.

“I’m definitely looking to PR,” she said following Monday’s Class 2A regional meet, which the Lady Tornado won with 202.5 points. “But, if I don’t PR, I’ll still be happy with the fact that I won the 100 (for the fifth time).”

Watson’s contributions, said Tilghman coach Randy Wyatt, have been vital the last five seasons.
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Parker Rowton Photo credit: Edward Marlowe, Paducah Sun

Rowton Claims Boys Singles Title, Boys Tennis Wins Region

PTHS freshman Parker Rowland claimed a regional singles title and led the boys tennis team to their second consecutive regional title. Rowton finished an unbeaten streak in the regional tournament with a win over #3 seed Jaron Hale (Graves County). He finished the tournament by going 6-0 in eight consecutive sets. More +
Grace Raber Teen of the Year

Raber Named Paducah Bank/Paducah Sun Teen of the Year

Eight Paducah Tilghman seniors were recognized for receiving the honor of Paducah Bank Teen of the Week for the 2018-19 school year, and Grace Raber was honored as the Paducah Bank Teen of the Year at a reception for students and their parents hosted by Paducah Bank and the Paducah Sun at the Carson Center on May 13.
32 students from area high schools were chosen from 76 nominations as teens of the week in recognition of their outstanding academic achievements and exemplary character. From Paducah Tilghaman Nautica Beasley, Chloe Bilak, Lance Butler, Colbe Crim, Grace Denton, Grace Raber, Addie Rogers, and Kate Rogers were selected for the honor.
Grace Raber was named Teen of the Year and received a $5,000 scholarship. Raber has a 4.0 GPA, is an AP Scholar with Distinction and has an ACT composite of 33. She is a Kentucky Governor's Scholar and a state representative for the Commissioner's State Student Council. She has received a Questbridge College Match scholarship to attend Princeton University.
Raber, a first generation college student, plans to study psychology with a focus on helping foster children. 
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Kris Durfee

Durfee Named Assistant Principal and Athletics Director at Paducah Middle School

Paducah Tilghman High School athletic director and assistant principal Kris Durfee will be moving to Paducah Middle School to serve as assistant principal and its first full time athletic director. Durfee will begin his work at Paducah Middle July 1.

Superintendent Donald Shively said the goal of moving Durfee from PTHS to PMS is to use his experience at Paducah Tilghman to build a similar leadership structure and approach to athletics and extracurriculars that has been implemented with good results at Paducah Tilghman.

“As we assess our district and look for ways to improve both our academic and extracurricular opportunities for students, we recognized the need for strategic alignment between the middle school and the high school in arts, athletics, and academics. We want every facet of teaching and learning at the middle school to align with Tilghman so our students will have a seamless transition,” Shively said.

“At Tilghman we have an assistant principal who is focused on academics, an assistant principal focused on behavior and discipline, and an assistant principal focused on extracurricular activities and athletics.  This model has been extremely successful at Tilghman, so we want to implement the same model at the middle school. Mr. Durfee will be focused on improving our athletic and extracurricular offerings at the middle school. Additionally, Mr. Durfee will work to align our little league sports programs with middle school athletics so we have solid transitions in our sports programs from elementary to middle to high school.” 

Shively said that while a new position is being added at the middle school, personnel costs will remain the same due to savings in other areas.
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PT Page Turners David Snow credit

PT Page Turners hear local author, learn CAD

by David Snow
The Paducah Sun
May 3, 2019
Used with permission.
Students in PT Page Turners, Paducah Tilghman High School's book club, spoke with a local author about social media's impact on interpersonal relationships and learned how to make a keychain fob using computer-aided design Thursday when the group took a field trip to Sprocket.

Sprocket is a makerspace at the Coke plant where people can create and develop innovative programs for education, entrepreneurship and community learning. It opened in April 2018 as a pilot project of the Innovation Hub, a 21st century vocational center that is planned to open at PTHS in fall 2020.

At the Coke plant, 32 book club members spoke with Sarah Stewart Holland, author of "I Think You're Wrong But I'm Listening: A Guide to Graceful Political Conversation." Her discussion was about the effects of social media on how people communicate, particularly concerning items in the news.

"It was fantastic; it was a great group," Holland said. "They were really thinking, they were really considering the impact of social media on their lives and how they can be better stewards of their relationships." 
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Jaylen Jernigan

Jernigan Signs Soccer Scholarship with Georgetown College

Paducah Tilghman senior Jaylen Jernigan signed a soccer scholarship with Georgetown College in a signing ceremony at PTHS on May 2.

Jernigan was a three year starter for Tilghman soccer, playing at midfield. He was named all district twice, and was all region honorable mention last season. He had nine career goals and 14 career assists.

"I'm proud of the growth and maturity Jaylen has shown particularly in the past two years.," said PTHS Soccer Head Coach Wesley McSparin. "Jaylen is always looking to set his team mates up for success."

Jernigan plans to major in business at Georgetown.
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Amarian Patterson signing

Patterson Signs Track Scholarship With University of Pikeville

Paducah Tilghman senior A'marian Patterson signed a track and field scholarship with Pikeville University in a signing ceremony held at PTHS on May 2.

Patterson is a two sport athlete. He was a lineman for PT football and throws the discus in track and field. Patterson was named to the Paducah Sun All Purchase football team two years. 

"When we look for athletes, obviously we look for talented people who can run fast and throw far," said UPIKE Track and Field Head Coach Wayne Stacy. "But the other thing we are looking for is people who other folks enjoy being around and who are good team mates. Everyone who has talked about A'marian has said the same thing: he's a good person, he helps others out, and then he competes really, really hard. And that's important because we are going to ask a lot of him as a person, as a student, and as an athlete."

Patterson plans to major in audio engineering at UPIKE.
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ACT April 30 Plus

PT Juniors Excel on ACT

by Lance Butler
The Tilghman Bell
April, 2019
Used with permission.
During March, all juniors are required to take the ACT. Paducah Tilghman had many juniors join the 30 or above club from the March test. In English, students who scored a 30 or above were: Ryan Chua (36), Kate Criner (35), Paulo Garcia (32), Erin Kelly (35), Emily Krall (34), Erin Stafford (30), Travis Trimble (32), Tyler Truitt (32), Sam Whelan (32), and Lillian Wisner (30).
In Reading, students who score a 30 or above were: Lane Anderson (31), Ryan Chua (33), Kate Criner (30), Paulo Garcia (34), Joseph Gillituk (31), Meah Jordan (31), Erin Kelly (36), Emily Krall (34), Eli Merry (31), Jackson Mundy (30) Jervon Orr (30), Erin Stafford (32), Travis Trimble (35), Lexi Williams (31), and Lillian Wisner (33).

In Math, students who scored a 30 or higher were: Ryan Chua (35), Kate Criner (32), Travis Trimble (33), and Tyler Truitt (30).
In Science, students who scored a 30 or higher were: Maxx Besaw (30), Ryan Chua (36), Kate Criner (35), Paulo Garcia (30), Erin Kelly (32), Travis Trimble (35), Tyler Truitt (31), Sam Whelan (31), and Lillian Wisner (32).
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Megan Davis and Colbe Crim

Crim and Davis Named May Rotary Students of the Month

Paducah Tilghman seniors Colbe Crim and Megan Davis have been named PTHS Rotary Scholars of the month for May 2019. The Paducah Rotary Club selects scholars from area seniors who demonstrate strong leadership, academic excellence, and service to community.
Colbe is a member of the PTHS baseball and football teams. He was a captain for both teams this year. He is a member of the student council, Fellowship of Christian Athletes,  and Pep Club. Colbe will be attending Eastern Illinois University on a baseball scholarship. He plans to major in kinesiology and physical therapy. His parents are Steve Crim, Brooke Crim, and April Crim (deceased). 
Megan is a member of the PTHS volleyball team, Interact Club, Beta Club, National Honor Society, Pep Club. She serves on the hospitality committee at PTHS and is a member of Paducah Pathfinders, a student intern program with the Paducah mayor's office that helps promote tourism. Megan plans to attend the University of Kentucky and major in merchandising, apparel and textiles. Her parents are Laura and Brad Davis. 
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Seniors can pick up or buy yearbooks May 3

Seniors wishing to buy yearbooks may do so tomorrow (5/3) at Senior Signing Day. Those that have already purchased books may pick them up then, as well. Yearbooks will be available for all other students (including underclassmen who have already purchased) next week during all lunches. Students who purchase this week will receive a 10% discount and pay only $45. Any purchase made after May 10 will require the full cover price of $50. More +
Grainger Page

Page Selected for Music City Drum and Bugle Corps

Grainger Page, a sophomore member of the PTHS Band of Blue, has been selected for the 2019 Music City Drum and Bugle Corps in Nashville, Tennessee.

Page successfully auditioned for the program and has been training with the Music City corps one weekend per month since January. He'll spend this summer participating in the program at Nashville.

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We're Seeking Parent Help for Project Graduation 2019

Would you like to be part of creating a special night at Project Graduation for the PTHS Class of 2019? Click "Read More" to see Melanie Patel's letter about how you can help. More +
KMEA Distinguished Certificate

PTHS Band of Blue Receives KMEA "Distinguished" Rating

Congratulations to the PTHS Band of Blue for receiving a "Distinguished" rating at the Kentucky Music Educators Association (KMEA) District Three Large Ensemble Assessment at Western Kentucky University on April 11. The "Distinguished" ranking qualifies the Band of Blue to attend the state KMEA Large Ensemble Assessment in Louisville on May 6-7.
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Mary Kate Via Signing

Via Signs Soccer Scholarship with Bethel University

Paducah Tilghman senior Mary-Kate Via committed to play soccer for Bethel University in a signing ceremony held at PTHS on April 25.

Via played four years of soccer for PTHS as a forward and mid-fielder. She has also been a member of the cheerleading squad and track team.  She was selected to the All-District Girls Soccer team in 2016 and 2018, and was All-Region Honorable Mention in 2016.

"Mary-Kate was a great leader that made the transition easier for us as new coaches last season," said PTHS girls soccer head coach Armando Guell. "She did everything we asked of her, even when we asked her to play in positions that were uncomfortable for her. She always wanted to learn and get better. We're really proud that she is choosing to sign with Bethel."

Via, whose sister Elizabeth also plays for Bethel, said that having her sister there was a big advantage.

"I'm looking forward to being at Bethel, obviously, because my sister, Elizabeth, is there." said Via. "But I was also impressed by how the team worked together. When I practiced with them I could see that they are close and they all help each other out. So it was really nice to be around that."
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Paducah Tilghman High School Juniors Named Centre Fellows

Paducah Tilghman High School juniors Ryan Chua, Kate Criner, Paulo Garcia, and Erin Kelly have been named Centre Fellows in Centre College's merit based scholarship program.

Centre Fellow candidates must rank in the top 5 percent of the junior class, must be enrolled in a strong college preparatory curriculum, must have at least a 28 on the ACT, must exhibit outstanding citizenship in the school and community, and should possess a sincere interest in a liberal arts and sciences education. Chua, Criner, Garcia, and Kelly were nominated by Paducah Tilghman High School.

Centre Fellows receive a $22,000 minimum guaranteed scholarship per year at Centre College. Centre Fellows are eligible for additional merit awards. The Centre Fellows Scholarship Program's aim is to recognize and reward some of the nation's brightest, most involved high school juniors.

“The Centre Fellows program marks the beginning of the merit scholarship process for these four outstanding students,” said Sid Hancock, College Counselor. “Ryan, Kate, Paulo, and Erin exhibit a commitment to the highest academic standards, and it’s exciting that they are already being recognized and rewarded. Given their impressive bodies of work and established work ethics, I know they will enrich their future college campuses.”
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PTHS Juniors Selected for Kentucky Governor's Scholars Program

Paducah Tilghman High School juniors  Kate Criner, Andrew Katz, Quinn Atnip, Samuel Lambert, and Ryan Chua have been accepted to the 2019 Kentucky Governor’s Scholars Program. 

The Governor's Scholars Program is a prestigious five-week summer program that is limited to 1,020 of the state's most outstanding students. Established in 1983, the program provides academic and personal growth through the balance of a strong liberal arts program with a full co-curricular and residential life experience.

The program is designed to help the participants achieve their academic and personal potential, encourage leadership skills, and to develop their creativity and critical thinking skills. The scholars will convene this year at Bellarmine University, Centre College, and Morehead State University.
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Senior Signing Day for PTHS Class of 2019 May 3

Parents and guardians are invited to join us for Senior Signing Day on Friday, May 3rd, 12:30-2:30 p.m. in Dinning gym. This is a celebration of all seniors planning to attend college in the fall. Students, please try to wear a t-shirt or sweatshirt representing your college. More +
Kate Rogers Photo credit: Brad Rankin

Teen plans to pursue a career in the medical field

by Emily Smith
The Paducah Sun
April 22, 2019
Used with permission.
For as long as she can remember, Kate Rogers has wanted to save lives.

"I was the girl who pulled floating, sprawling June bugs out of puddles," said Rogers, a Paducah Tilghman senior. "During my middle school years, I stood on the sidelines with the high school's football team, assisting the trainer when players cramped up or needed ankles bandaged."

In summer 2017, Rogers' passion culminated at Medical Camp at Baptist Health in Corbin. Observing medical procedures, shadowing professionals, and receiving hands-on training in many of the intricacies of medical treatment, Rogers said, solidified her career path.
Her partnership with the Baptist Health Medical Explorers Club has allowed Rogers to experience many facets of medicine, such as studying the human heart, meeting with an obstetrician and watching a birth simulation, and learning about X-ray procedures.

"Throughout my high school career, I have been given numerous opportunities to prepare for my future in the medical field," Rogers said. "But I have gone above and beyond, ensuring that I was ready for the challenges ahead.

"Attending Medical Camp at Baptist Health, taking rigorous STEM and humanities classes, and being involved has allowed me to put my best foot forward after high school."

Rogers, the daughter of Mike and Rebecca Rogers, is the Paducah Bank Teen of the Week. 
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Ryan Chua and Erin Kelly

Chua and Kelly Score 36 on Sections of ACT

Tilghman juniors Ryan Chua and Erin Kelly were honored at the Paducah Board of Education meeting on April 15 for their perfect scores on sections of the ACT test.
Ryan scored a 36 on the Science and English sections. Erin scored a 36 on the Reading section. Congratulations!
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Kelly Signs Football Scholarship with Lawrence College

PTHS senior Jackson Kelly signed a scholarship to play football for Lawrence University in a signing ceremony held at PTHS on April 18.
Kelly is a two sport athlete who has participated in football (OL and DL) and track (shot put) all four years.  Kelly was named to the Paducah Sun All Purchase Football team in 2018. He was named All Western Kentucky Conference in 2017 and 2018.
"Jackson is the type of leader who leads by example," said PTHS Head Football Coach Jonathan Smith. "Jackson led by putting his nose to the grindstone and doing exactly what he was supposed to do all the time. He's taken care of business in the classroom and to his credit he's been a two sport athlete, which is important to colleges who come here to recruit.  Jackson is respectful to his parents and respectful to his teachers and his peers, and he's made my job being his coach easy."
Kelly said he was contacted by Lawrence College, which is in Appleton, Wisconsin, and really liked what he saw when he took a visit.  
"The academics at Lawrence are excellent, and the location is good.  It's a nice town and a diverse campus." said Kelly. 
Kelly said he plans to major in Physical Therapy.  
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