Paducah Tilghman HS

Paducah Public Schools Updates for March 16 - April 17 Closing
March 30
 Paducah Public Schools to Continue Non-Traditional Instruction and Tornado Takeout Through Spring Break, April 6-10
March 26
Students who have paper packets of assignments will turn in their completed assignments and pick up a new packet Friday, March 27. See the news summary below for bus schedules and specific instructions. 
March 20
In keeping with Governor Beshear’s recommendation that all Kentucky Schools stop in-person instruction, Paducah Public Schools Non-Traditional Instruction (NTI) Days will be extended through Friday, April 17, 2020. This closure is a proactive approach to limit exposure to COVID-19 within our community.
Here is the schedule for the coming weeks:
March 23 – March 27 NTI Days
March 30 – April 3 NTI Days
April 6 - April 10  NTI Days
April 13 – April 17 NTI Days

As a school district, we are prepared to provide continuity of services for both learning and nutrition. Teachers will be providing instructional services using Non-Traditional Instruction (NTI). Our food service staff will continue preparing meals for delivery according to the schedule that is already in place.

Please see the district web site at  for the latest announcements regarding this developing situation.
March 18
If you are a student or parent who needs help accessing Microsoft Teams at home, you can find instructions here. Look for "Microsoft Teams How To" at the bottom of the page. 
March 17
Paper packets will be delivered to students Wednesday, March 18 at the building where they attend schools. Online students will not receive paper packets. For a complete list of instructions and bus stops, see the link in the news summary below. 
March 14, 2020
Paducah Public Schools will offer takeout meal delivery beginning Monday, March 16.

Beginning Tuesday, March 17, until further notice – buses will be at all stops from 10:30 - 11:00 AM.

All sites will serve breakfast and lunch. See the news summary below for a link to a list of Tornado Takeout stops.
March 13, 2020
Information over the coming days/weeks will be sent to you via email and text message to the contact information in Infinite Campus, so having correct email and phone numbers for you is crucial.

If you are not receiving either text messages or e-mails from Paducah Public Schools, please access your Infinite Campus Parent Portal as soon as possible and update your contact information.  Click here to connect to the Campus Parent Portal.

If you don’t have a Parent Portal account, send an e-mail requesting your login information to: [email protected]

If you do not have email, please call 270-444-5600. 
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Updates and Information for School Closure March 16 - March 27

  •  Paper packet pick up and drop off for all students will be Friday, March 27. If you are a bus rider, click "Read More" and see the bus schedule for your school. If you are a car rider or walker, click "Read More" and see the instruction sheet for packet pick up and drop off.
  • It is essential that we have up-to-date contact information for parents during the school closure. Click "Read More" for instructions on how to update your information and get assistance. Click here to go to the Campus Parent Portal.
  • Paducah Public Schools will begin offering take-out meals beginning Monday, March 16. Click "Read More" to see information about times and stops. 
  • In response to COVID-19, the Kentucky High School Athletics Association has instituted an Athletic Dead Period through at least April 12, 2020. The means all athletics, activities, and athletic facilities at the middle school and high school will remain shut down until April 12.
    You can read the entire news release from KHSAA here.
  • If you are a student or parent who needs help accessing Microsoft Teams at home, you can find instructions here. Look for "Microsoft Teams How To" at the bottom of the page.
  • Non-Traditional Instruction Days have been extended through April 17, 2020. This will include the week of Spring Break, April 6 - 10. Click "Read More" to see the complete announcements.
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From the Superintendent: An Update on Our Preparations to Combat the Spread of Coronavirus/COVID-19

Paducah Public Schools is working closely with our local and state government, health department, and other community agencies to monitor COVID-19/Coronavirus and ensure a coordinated and comprehensive public health response if warranted.

Our district is prepared to take all steps necessary to keep our students, staff and families safe, while recognizing the importance of letting facts, rather than fear, determine our actions.

We will continue to keep you informed about our response to COVID-19. You may notice an increased emphasis on hygiene and handwashing in our schools and our communications with family. Our district will also increase the frequency of cleaning high traffic areas and equipment. Please know these are preventative measures and not an indication that something is wrong. Should there be any cases of COVID-19 in our community or schools, we will communicate directly with families, students, staff and the general public.

At this time, health officials encourage everyone to stay informed and to follow the best practice guidelines for staying healthy:
•Wash hands frequently with soap and water, for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. If soap and water are not available, use alcohol-based hand sanitizers.
•Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
•Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
•Stay home when you are sick.
•Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe 

If you are looking for ways to help, please talk with your children at home about the importance of handwashing and practice proper handwashing techniques. Donations of tissues and hand sanitizer are always welcome in our schools.  

For more detailed information about COVID-19:
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention 
Kentucky Department for Public Health: 

We are extremely fortunate to have nurses in our schools and access to nurse practitioners from Baptist Health.  Thank you to our families for entrusting your students with us and to our valuable employees for providing a safe, healthy environment for teaching and learning. We pledge to keep you up-to-date on this rapidly changing situation and how it might impact our students and staff.    
Dr. Donald Shively
Paducah Public Schools
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Davidson Soccer Signing

Davidson Signs Soccer Scholarship with Campbellsville

PTHS senior Andrew Davidson signed a scholarship to play soccer for Campbellsville University at a signing ceremony at Paducah Tilghman High School on March 6.

Davidson, a center attacking midfielder, received the “Most Improved” and “Newcomer” team awards in 2016. In 2017 he was honored with the team “MVP” award. He tied for most assists for the Tornado in 2019. He was named to the Academic All-District Soccer team multiple years.

“Andrew is a great kid,” said assistant PTHS soccer coach Jon Deaton. “He works hard – he brings his lunch pail with him to work every day. He improved phenomenally every year, and he was a great example to the rest of the team. He deserves this opportunity. He put in the work, and now he is seeing the reward for it.”

Davidson said the he’s looking forward to continued growth, both educationally and as a player, at Campbellsville.

“The team has players from all over the world on it, so I’m sure I will learn a lot,” said Davidson. “Coach Preston knows what he’s talking about and he played soccer here (at PTHS), so I’m looking forward to playing for him.”

Photo caption, l to r: Kim Davidson, Andrew Davidson, Reagan Davidson, Chad Davidson
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March Rotary Scholars of the Month

Mai and Whelan Named Rotary Scholars of the Month

Paducah Tilghman seniors Tremieka Mai and Samuel Whelan have been named PTHS Rotary Scholars of the month for March 2020. The Paducah Rotary Club selects scholars from area seniors who demonstrate strong leadership, academic excellence, and service to community.
Tremieka is a member of the PTHS student council,  Speech and Debate, the Tilghman mentoring group B.A.B.E.S.,  Interact Club, and Beta Club. She is a Paxton Scholar with the McCracken County Community Career Endowment. She is a member of the Washington Street Missionary Baptist Church youth group, and she works part-time at Dairy Queen. After graduation, Tremieka plans to attend Berea College and major in nursing. Her mother is Veronica Mai.
Samuel is a member of the PTHS soccer team. He is a member of the PTHS choir, where he performs with the male a cappella group Prime Rib. He was a member of the cast for PTHS musicals "West Side Story" and "Little Shop of Horrors".  He is a member of the PTHS orchestra, Interact Club, National Honor Society, and Beta Club. He serves as a student ambassador for PTHS. Samuel works part-time at Allen Music. After graduation, he plans to attend Middle Tennessee State University and major in audio production. His parents are Pam and Gene Whelan.
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PTHS Turf Field Graphic

Paducah Tilghman's McRight Field to Change to Turf

We're pleased to announce our plan to change Paducah Tilghman's McRight Field from grass to turf!

The change will allow year-round use of the field so both soccer and football can play on it. It will also lower upkeep and maintenance costs over time.

Total projected construction cost is $1,008,390, so we are asking the community to back this effort, just as it did when Memorial Stadium was built in 1956.

For information about how you can be part of this continued tradition of support click "read more" to see the brochure, or contact Dr. Donald Shively at 270.444.5600.
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Brennan Larimer Welding Student of the Week

PTHS student building career on grandfather's welding tools

by David Snow
The Paducah Sun
February 21, 2020
Used with permission.

Brennan Larimer transferred from Marshall County High School to Paducah Tilghman High School in the school year after the horrific shooting at the former school. Now, the high school senior is settling in to a potential career in welding.

The second-year welding student at the Paducah Area Technical Center is this week's Associated General Contractors of Western Kentucky Technical Center Student of the Week.

Larimer has taken several classes in the area technical centers at Marshall County and Paducah Tilghman high schools.

"My freshman year, I was in construction, actually, at Marshall County," he said. "My sophomore year, they gave me a choice of construction or welding, so I chose welding to see if I liked that instead.

"After (the shooting) happened, I chose welding again for my junior year, and that's when I really started liking it and practicing a lot more."

Larimer transferred to Paducah Tilghman in October of his junior year. Part of the reason was the school's welding program.

Larimer's welding instructor, Brandon Wilber, said his student is a class leader through his actions.
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Thailandria Daniels

Endowment helped Daniels chase her dream of becoming a doctor

by David Zoeller
The Paducah Sun
February 23, 2020
Used with permission.
Being a Paxton Scholar helped Thailandria Daniels change the trajectory of her life, follow her dream of becoming a doctor and develop into the type of role model she didn't have when she was growing up.

The MCCCE is a continuation of the vision that Fred and Peggy Paxton had back in 2005, when they made a $1 million contribution to the foundation to set up the endowment. The Paxton Scholars Program provides financial assistance to African American students to help pay for college.

"I had a lot of counselors at Tilghman looking out for me, because they knew of my financial situation," said Daniels, a 2016 Paducah Tilghman High School graduate, relating her experience with the program.

"I had a lot of people looking out for me any way they could."

According to Daniels, the Paxton Scholar Program helped her make what was a difficult decision at the time, to forgo a perhaps less expensive college opportunity in her home state and set out on her own at Louisiana State University.

"It was really a decision of doing what was best for me and getting into a different environment," she said of heading to Louisiana, a place she had never been.

"I knew my exposure was very limited, so I just chose to go, and it was probably one of the best decisions I've ever made in my life."
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February Rotary Scholars of the Month

Katz and Kelly Named February Rotary Scholars of the Month

Paducah Tilghman seniors Andrew Katz and Erin Kelly have been named PTHS Rotary Scholars of the month for February 2020. The Paducah Rotary Club selects scholars from area seniors who demonstrate strong leadership, academic excellence, and service to community.
Andrew is captain of PTHS Mock Trial and editor of the Tilghman Bell. He is a member of the PTHS Tennis team. He participates in the National Honor Society, Recycling Club, FBLA, and Pep Club. He is an alumnus of the Paducah Chamber Youth LEAD and is an intern on the Paducah Human Rights Commission. After graduation, Andrew plans to attend Northwestern University and major in journalism. His parents are Brian and Mary Katz.
Erin is a member of the PTHS choir and Concordia. She is a member of the PTHS Academic team, Tennis team, and is on the staff of the Tilghman Bell. She participates in National Honor Society, Pep Club. Erin is a cake maker with her own small business, High Street Cakery. After graduation, Erin plans to attend Belmont University and major in Interior Design. Her parents are Robin and Keith Kelly.
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Spring Sports Schedules Available

Baseball, Softball, Tennis and Track schedules for spring 2020 are available. Click "Read More" to see the schedules. More +
PTHS Academic Team State 202002

PT’s Chua, Kight, and Truitt Advance to State; Quick Recall Team Places Third at Regionals

PTHS Academic Team members Ryan Chua (12th), Paige Kight (10th), and Tyler Truitt (12th) have earned berths in the Kentucky Association for Academic Competition’s Governor’s Cup state contest.

Chua placed 5th overall in Science at this Saturday’s regional competition at McCracken County High School, clenching his spot at the state finals. Also punching their tickets to state, teammates Kight and Truitt earned 4th place overall medals in Arts and Humanities and Language Arts, respectively. The trio will travel to Louisville on March 15.

The PTHS Quick Recall Team placed third overall at Saturday’s competition, capping off an impressive season. QR Team competitors include seniors Chua, Truitt, and Sam Lambert; juniors Raven Butler and Ben LeBuhn; sophomores Cameron Dorris and Paige Kight; and freshman Lucas Wadley.

Paducah Tilghman placed 4th overall at the regional contest.

The team is coached by Mrs. Christine Wynne
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Ryan Chuah National Merit Finalist

Chua Named National Merit Finalist

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

Chua was 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 included the highest scoring entrants in each state.

From those, 15,000 students advanced to finalist status. National Merit Finalists will move to the last stage of the competition that determines the recipients of $31 million in scholarships offered by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. In addition, finalists are eligible for numerous full and partial scholarships from various public and private universities.

Chua is a member of the Varsity Academic Team, the National Honor Society, the Science Bowl Team, the Varsity Bowling Team, and the Beta Club. He is an Eagle Scout, an alumnus of Kentucky’s Governor’s Scholars Program, an AP Scholar with Distinction, and was named a Paducah Bank Teen of the Week. He will represent PTHS at Kentucky’s Governor’s Cup State Finals in Science.

Tilghman principal Allison Stieg said of Chua, “Ryan embodies academic and personal excellence to the highest degree. His PTHS family looks forward to hearing about his undergraduate successes. I know he will enrich his future college campus; he has certainly made a difference at Paducah Tilghman.”

Ryan is the son of Rona and Winston Chua of Paducah.
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Bowling Team Grant 20200217

PTHS Competitive Bowling Team Receives Second Grant

PTHS Competitive Bowling Team received a second grant from the International Bowling Campus for 20 new bowling balls. These balls will be used for next year’s team, as  KHSAA bowling season has just concluded.
Administered by International Bowling Campus (IBC) Youth Development, the High School Grant Program annually provides up to four grants to high schools to start a new bowling program or to assist existing programs in need of financial assistance because of budget cutbacks or other changes.
Paducah Tilghman High School’s bowling program is in its inaugural year of being a school-sponsored sport, after a year as a club sport. The club team drew 16 members, and the competitive program has grown to 24 players.

Pictured in photo are team members from left to right (back row) Tazania Phillips, Ethan Hinson, Justin Hembd, Samantha Hembd, Raymond Green, Ryan Chua, Mark Moore, (front row) Ameeria Johnson-Bowles, and Terry Jones, Jr. Other team members not pictured include Robert Fulton, Bryce Johnson, Bradly Keith, Janarus Johnson, Chris Vaughn, Ishabella Mendiola, Kaylie Goggins, Hanna Scott, Kanasha Johnson and Chandler Christ.
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PTHS Speech Team Named Regional Runner Up; Mohs Named Regional Storytelling Champ

The PTHS Speech Team earned the Regional Runner Up trophy at this weekend’s Kentucky High School Speech League competition in Murray. Senior Julie Mohs was named Regional Champion in Storytelling and will advance to the state competition along with 17 teammates who also earned berths in the KHSSL state contest.

Earning Regional Runner Up honors were freshman Anneza Ali in Dramatic Interpretation (DI), senior Lillian Wisner in Informative Speaking, and sophomore Gabrielle Copeland in Program Oral Interpretation (POI).

Placing third in the region were freshman Lois Akpabio in Declamation and Wisner in Humorous
Interpretation (HI).

Earning fourth place regional honors were Ali in Declamation and sophomore Paige Kight in Prose.

Students placing fifth in the region were Mohs, DI; junior Bryan Pont, Poetry; and the team of sophomore Justine Hembd and freshman Jaelynn Carver, Duo Interpretation.

Rounding out the top medalists in the region with three sixth place finishes were Mohs, Impromptu Speaking; junior Victerion Tyler-Williams, HI; and junior Gabriel Harp, POI.

These top finishers as well as team members Tatiyannah Alfaro-Jackson (senior), Kate Criner (senior), Shioneka Farr (senior), Daniel Garcia (junior), Kadie Raber (freshman), Erin Stafford (senior), and Jake Taylor (junior), will advance to the state competition in Louisville on March 14.

The team is coached by Ms. Rachael Castillo.
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Samuel Lambert

Tilghman’s Samuel Lambert Named GE - Reagan Scholarship Semifinalist

Paducah Tilghman senior Samuel Lambert has been named a semifinalist in the GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program. He is among 120 semifinalists nationwide in the scholarship program based on the attributes of leadership, drive, integrity, and citizenship demonstrated at school, at the workplace, and within the community. The GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program is funded by the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation, with up to 20 finalists receiving a total award of $40,000 on the basis of continued enrollment at an accredited four-year college or university in the United States.
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Paulo Garcia Paducah Sun

Tilghman chess captain intrigued by AI

by Kelly Farrell
The Paducah Sun
February 10, 2020
Used with permission. 
Chess is a fairly recent hobby for Paducah Tilghman High School senior Paulo Garcia, but the game grabbed his interest and didn't let go.

It also helped Garcia decide a career field. He'd been interested in computer engineering or computer science, as he built a computer in middle school, but a chess video online helped narrow things down. He wants to study artificial intelligence.

"It was AlphaZero, which is a machine learning algorithm by Google DeepMind, they work in London and all that," he explained. "They essentially had a deep learning artificial intelligence and it played itself for four hours and then it went and beat the best chess player in the world, essentially, and it almost beat the best chess engine at the time, like 50 to 51."
"That really blew my mind, so that's when I decided that I wanted to go into computer science for sure and get into machine learning and artificial intelligence. I joined the Coding Club right after that."

The 17-year-old doesn't know yet what career path he'll take, but he's curious about machine learning and using it for environmental sustainability. He's also interested in computer vision, which is a field involving computers understanding images or videos.

Garcia wants to attend Cornell University in New York for college, but is also looking at the University of Michigan, University of Wisconsin-Madison and University of Massachusetts Amherst.

"I would really like to go there because ... the professor Carla Gomes, she's over there and she's the one who works with environmental sustainability, which is really applicable to me because I used to live overseas in a little, middle of nowhere island called Seychelles," he said, about Cornell. "It's really beautiful and I got really close to nature over there."

Garcia, son of Amy Glick-Garcia of Paducah, is the Paducah Bank Teen of the Week. 
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Patel Swim Scholarship

Patel Signs Swim Scholarship with Rollins College

Paducah Tilghman High School senior Bailee Patel signed a swimming scholarship with Rollins College at a signing ceremony held at Dinning Gymnasium on February 11.

Patel has been a key member of the PTHS swim team since 2016. She has been a three-time region champion in the 100 breast, 200 IM, 200 Medley Relay, and 400 Free Relay. She was a state finalist in the 100 breaststroke in 2019, and holds regional records in the 100 breaststroke, the 200 Medley Relay, and the 400 Free Relay. She was named Region 1 Outstanding Female Athlete at the 2020 Region 1 Swim Tournament. Academically, Patel is ranked ninth in the PTHS class of 2020.

“I will remember Bailee for her hard work, dedication and achievement,” said PTHS Swim Coach Mark Curtis. “Bailee works hard in practice. She’s dedicated to becoming a better swimmer and a better student in the classroom. As a result, she’s achieved regional records in the pool and an excellent academic record.”

Patel is a member of the Tilghman Bell staff, Future Business Leaders of America, National Honor Society, Beta Club, and Interact. She is an alumnus of Paducah Chamber of Commerce Youth LEAD. Her parents are Melanie and Shiraz Patel.
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Virzi Region Champ

PTHS Wrestling Team 5th at Region; Virzi Region Champ

The Paducah Tilghman wrestling team was fifth overall, and Uriah Virzi was a region champion at the Region 1 Wrestling Tournament held February 8 at Trigg County High School.

Virzi was first in the 195 lb class. Three other Tilghman wrestlers placed in the tournament and advanced to the state tournament along with Virzi.

Jack James was fourth in 113 lb.
Malachi Rider was fourth in 138 lb.
David Conner was 2nd in 152 lb.

The KHSAA Wrestling state tournament will be held next weekend in Lexington at Alltech Arena.
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PTHS Girls Swim Relay Team

PT Swim Girls Relay Sets Regional Records at Region 1 Championship

The PTHS girls swim team was 5th in the region and the boys team was 10th as the Tilghman girls relay team broke region records in both the 200 Medley and 400 Free relays at the Region 1 Swim Tournament held at Hopkinsville Saturday.
Individual results from Region 1 Championship for PTHS Swimming:
Senior Bailee Patel-1st 200 IM & 1st 100 Breast (qualified for state in both)
Junior McCall Hutcheson-2nd 500 Free & 4th 200 Free (qualified for state in 500 Free)
Junior Hayes Varvel-1st 200 IM & 1st 100 Fly (qualified for state in both)
Freshman Annie Varvel-2nd 200 IM & 2nd 100 Fly (qualified for state in both)
Freshman Madison Patel-1st 100 Free & 1st 50 Free (qualified for state in both).
PTHS Girls Relay-Bailee Patel; McCall Hutcheson; Annie Varvel and Madison Patel- 1st 200 Medley Relay & 1st 400 Free Relay. They broke the regional records & qualified for state in both.
Leon Dos Remedios was unable to compete at finals due to illness.
PTHS Region 1 all-region swim team members included Bailee Patel (12); Bella Haus (11); McCall Hutcheson (11); Hayes Varvel (11); Annie Varvel (9); Madison Patel (9); Leon Dos Remedios (9).
Bailee Patel was named Region 1 Outstanding Female Athlete.
PTHS coach Mark Curtis was named Region 1 Coach of the Year.
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PTHS Science Team Places Fourth at DOE Regional Science Bowl

Congratulations to the PTHS Science Bowl Team for its strong performance at the US Department of Energy West Kentucky Region Science Bowl held at WKCTC on Friday, February 7.

The team placed 4th out of 18 teams behind Gatton 1, Gatton 2, and McCracken County.

Team members are seniors Maxx Besaw, Ryan Chua, and Sam Lambert; junior Raven Butler; and sophomore Paige Kight.

The team is coached by Mrs. Christine Wynne.

Photo: Wynne, Lambert, Besaw, Chua, Butler, Kight
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City CSP Check Presentation

City of Paducah Presents CSP Contribution to Tilghman

Representatives from the City of Paducah presented a ceremonial check for the City’s annual contribution of $125,000 to the Community Scholarship Program (CSP) earlier today. The CSP is a public-private partnership that allows all graduates of high schools in Paducah and McCracken County who fulfill specified program requirements to have their tuition paid at West Kentucky Community and Technical College (WKCTC). CSP funding is managed by Paducah Junior College (PJC), the charitable foundation for WKCTC. The current year’s contribution of $125,000 marks the 10th year the City of Paducah has invested in the CSP, a program which broadens access to education and enhances economic development in our community.
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Upcoming Events


PTHS Softball vs. Hickman

Tue Mar 31 2020

PTHS Tennis vs. Union City

Tue Mar 31 2020

PTHS Tennis at St. Mary

Thu Apr 2 2020
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