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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

PTHS Speech Graves

PTHS Speech Team Runner-Up at Graves Competition

The Paducah Tilghman Speech Team placed second overall with 16 individual awards at the Graves County Invitational on Saturday, January 12. Tournament champions include Lillian Wisner in Prose and the team of Gabby Copeland and Lois Akpabio in Duo Interpretation.

Placing second overall were Daniel Garcia in Declamation, Jake Taylor in Humorous Interpretation (HI), and Shioneka Farr in Poetry.

Third place finishes for the team included Victerion Tyler Williams in HI, Wisner in Original Oratory, and Tatiyannah Alfaro-Jackson in Poetry.
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PTHS A Team President's Comp

PTHS Academic Team Places Third in Regional Presidents Cup Competition

The PTHS Academic Team placed 3rd overall in the regional Presidents Cup competition at WKCTC.

The Quick Recall Team tied for an overall 2nd place win. Quick Recall members include seniors Lance Butler and Austin Yarbrough; juniors Ryan Chua, Kate Criner, Samuel Lambert, and Travis Trimble; sophomores Ben LeBuhn and Tyler Truitt; and freshman Paige Kight.

In the Math assessment, Lance Butler tied for 2nd place and Ryan Chua tied for 5th.

In the Science assessment, Travis Trimble tied for 4th overall.

In the Language Arts assessment, Kate Criner tied for 2nd and senior Grace Raber tied for 5th overall.

In the Arts and Humanities assessment, Paige Kight tied for 1st and Austin Yarbrough tied for 4th.

The team is coached by Mrs. Chris Wynne.

Photo from left front row: Kate LeBuhn, Noah Hollar, Grace Raber, Paige Kight, Ryan Chua, Mrs. Wynne, Nadia Pacheco, Kate Criner

Back row: Lance Butler, Ben LeBuhn, Max Besaw, Travis Trimble, Samuel Lambert, Tyler Truitt, Austin Yarbrough, Eileen Sember
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Addie Rogers and Eli Workman

Rogers and Workman Named January Rotary Scholars of the Month

Paducah Tilghman seniors Addie Rogers and Eli Workman have been named PTHS Rotary Scholars of the month for January 2019. The Paducah Rotary Club selects scholars from area seniors who demonstrate strong leadership, academic excellence, and service to community.
Addie Rogers is a member of the PTHS track and cross country teams, National Honor Society, Interact Club, Mock Trial team, and Speech team. Outside of school, Addie has served as an intern for Paducah mayor Brandi Harless since her sophomore year, and is an intern on the Paducah Human Rights Commission. After graduation Addie plans to attend a four year university and major in Criminal Justice with the goal of attending law school. Her parents are Rebecca and Michael Rogers.
Eli Workman is a member of the Beta Club, National Honor Society,  Interact Club, and the PTHS Golf team. Outside of school, Eli enjoys particiating in powerlifting competitions. After graduation, Eli plans to attend either UK or WKU and major in exercise science with the goal of pursing graduate work in Physical Therapy. His parents are Kelly and Mark Workman. 
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Paducah Tilghman Tornado YSC Receives Teletech, MCCCE Grants

Tornado Alley YSC recently received grants from the Teletech Community Foundation and the McCracken County Community Career Endowment.
Tornado Alley YSC received a grant of $3,000 from the Teletech Community Foundation. 

The grant will go toward mentoring efforts. Tornado Alley YSC sponsors two mentoring groups: B.A.B.E.S. (Becoming Accomplished Beautiful Excellent and Successful) and B2G (Boys to Gentlemen). Both groups focus on leadership skills, community service and providing students with the essential life skills needed to be successful. 

Tornado Alley YSC was also named a partner for the 2018-2019 MCCCE mentoring grant. The grant will assist with mentoring efforts in addition to tutoring and college and career readiness. 
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Grace Denton Teen of the Week

Community, cheerleading, are passions for Tilghman senior

by Emily Smith
The Paducah Sun 
December 31, 2018
Used with permission. 
Being involved in sports -- whether it was karate, basketball, or cheerleading -- has always been important to Grace Denton. But only one of those sports has made a lasting impact in the life of the Paducah Tilghman senior.

For Denton, cheerleading is more than just a hobby or pastime. It has been the driving force behind a growing passion for the community she has grown up in, and an awareness of the importance of giving back.

"A community that supports our local school programs contributes to me being able to participate in activities like cheerleading," she said. "Having the opportunity to use that program to give back or be involved in the community in any way is something I am very passionate about."
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Speech at Bowling Green Winners

Speech Team Wins Individual Awards at Bowling Green Tournament

Seven Tilghman students earned individual awards at the Bowling Green High School Christmas Classic Saturday, December 15.

Two students placed 2nd among all those competing in their respective categories: Angelea Shute in Humorous Interpretation and Lois Akpabio in Declamation. Other top finishers included Daniel Garcia, placing 5th in Declamation; Gabby Copeland, placing 5th in Storytelling; Shute, placing 6th in Storytelling; the team of Akpabio and Copeland, placing 6th in Duo Interpretation; and Kate Criner, placing 7th in Program Oral Interpretation. Team members Cymone Williams and Tyrese Thomas earned first place rankings in preliminary rounds.

Photographed from left to right: Delieah Wade, Angelea Shute, Tyrese Thomas, Kate Criner, Gabby Copeland, Tatiyannah Alfaro-Jackson
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Tilghman bell logo

November 2018 Tilghman Bell and December 2018 Tilghman Bell Posted Online

Links to the November and December 2018 issues of the Tilghman Bell have been posted to the PTHS web site.
You can see the November 2018 issue here
You can see the December 2018 issue here. 
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MSU Color Guard

PTHS NJROTC Color Guard Serves at Area Events

The PTHS NJROTC color guard served at two recent area events.
The Paducah Tilghman High School Navy Junior ROTC color guard opened the Murray State University annual December Commencement Ceremony at the CFSB Center on December 8.   The PTHS NJROTC unit has been providing color guard presentations for Murray State University graduation ceremonies since 2002.  Color guard member were (left to right), Natalie Parmley, Alexzander English, Carrie Houser, Melissa Alvarado, and Tristyn Perkins. (to see photo, click "Read More")
A Paducah Tilghman High School Navy Junior ROTC color guard led the 2018 Salem Christmas Parade in Salem, KY recently.  Members of the color guard  were (left to right), Noah Hollar, Tristyn Perkins, Adrain English, Carrie Houser, Melissa Alvarado, Harli Morris, and Alex English. 
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Jonathan Smith PTHS football news conference

Tilghman removes interim tag on Smith, tabs him HC

by Edward Marlowe
The Paducah Sun
December 12, 2018
Used with permission 
Two weeks prior to the 2018 high school football season, Jonathan Smith was forced into the flames — asked to helm the Paducah Tilghman Blue Tornado following some unfortunate health complications with former lead skipper Steve Duncan.

On Tuesday afternoon, the word “interim” was officially removed from Smith’s title, as the former Mayfield Cardinal star graciously accepted his hiring of head coach in a public address at Paducah Tilghman High School.

“Football is the ultimate team sport,” he noted. “It teaches you how to reach toward a common goal with people who don’t look like you, don’t come from the same background as you, who might not share the same beliefs as you. But yet, you’re all working together to try to achieve one common goal. And at the end of the day, truthfully that’s what education is about. That’s what football did for me, and that’s ultimately my goal for this program.

“If I can carry on that tradition — where the groundwork has been laid with many, many, many coaches, teachers, parents, booster club members, community members, athletes and students within this prestigious program — if I can just carry on a small portion of that torch, then I’ll feel like I’ve been a successful coach.” 
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Yearbook promo

Yearbooks on sale December 17-19

Yearbooks will be on sale at PTHS next Monday (12/17), Tuesday (12/18), and Wednesday (12/19). This is the last opportunity for students to purchase at the 20% discounted rate of $40. After Christmas, prices will only be discounted 10% until Spring Break and students must pay full price from then until the end of the year.

Any purchase made next week will automatically be entered into a raffle for a $10 gift card. Give yourself the perfect gift this Christmas: memories that last a lifetime.
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Jonathan Smith PTHS football intro

Smith Introduced As Paducah Tilghman Head Football Coach

Paducah Tilghman assistant principal Jonathan Smith was introduced as the head coach of Paducah Tilghman football at a news conference at PTHS on December 11.
Smith was an assistant coach at Paducah Middle School from 2003 - 06 and an assistant coach at PTHS from 2007-14.  PTHS football had three semi-state appearances and a 3A championship during this time.
Smith was named interim coach just prior to the 2018 football season after PTHS head coach Steve Duncan resigned due to health issues.  As interim head coach, Smith led the Blue Tornado to 9-3 record, the most wins for the football program since 2011.
"Coach Smith has one of the sharpest minds of anyone I've spend time with and is very adept with the intricacies of both coaching and managing a football program," said PTHS athletic director Kris Durfee. "As head coach he will have a great opportunity to help not just our football program but also to help teach these players to be great young men who hold the highest values and principles."
In his remarks, Smith reflected on the value that football offers as a team sport and the educational purpose that it serves.
"I am extremely passionate about the sport of football because without football I wouldn't be standing here today." Smith said. "Football is the ultimate team sport. It teaches you how to reach toward a common goal with people who don't look like you, come from the same background as you, who might not share the same beliefs as you, but you're all working together to achieve one common goal. At the end of the day that's truthfully what education is all about.  That's what football did for me and that's ultimately my goal for this program."
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Grace Raber Questbridge

A moment for Grace

by Joshua Roberts
The Paducah Sun
December 9, 2018
Used with permission. 
A warm photo on the front page of Wednesday's edition, under the impossible to miss headline, "Paducah to Princeton," showed a smiling, impressive young woman of our community who we're immensely proud of -- and you should be, too.

Grace Raber, 18, a Paducah Tilghman senior, was recently awarded a full scholarship to the Ivy League school in New Jersey through the QuestBridge National College Match program, which pairs high-achieving students from low-income homes to the nation's top schools.

According to Princeton's current cost structure, the scholarship covering her entire enrollment is valued at more than a quarter million dollars -- $266,800. 
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NJROTC Hugs Project

PTHS NJROTC Participates in Hugs Project

Members of the Paducah Tilghman High School Navy Junior ROTC unit recently participated in a community service event for the Hugs Project of Western Kentucky.  The Hugs Project collects items for, packs, and ships gift boxes to U.S. service members stationed overseas.  
PTHS NJROTC cadets participating in the event are (left to right),Trystan Perkins, Tayler Hilton, Alex English, Melissa Alvarado, James Billington, Alijah Frazier, Natalie Parmley, Harli Morris, Jadean Breidenbach, Hugs Project Coordinator Gayron Ferguson, and Cheyenne Pangman.
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Speech Team at Calloway

Tilghman speech team places second two weeks in a row

The Paducah Tilghman Speech Team placed second overall with 21 individual awards at the Calloway County Invitational on Saturday, December 1. Tournament champions included Shioneka Farr in Poetry, Julie Mohs in Storytelling and the team of Angelea Shute and Jake Taylor in Improvisational Duo. 

Placing second overall were Kate Criner in Dramatic Interpretation (DI) and in Program Oral Interpretation (POI), Victerion Tyler-Williams in Humorous Interpretation (HI), Grace Raber in Original Oratory, and the team of Gabby Dempsey and Brianna Teague in Duo Interpretation. 

Third place finishes for the team included Lillian Wisner in Original Oratory, the team of William Jones and John Sims in Duo Interpretation, and the team of Farr and Tatiyannah Alfaro-Jackson in Improvisational Duo. 

Members who placed fourth in their categories were Criner in Broadcasting, Shute in HI, Wisner in POI and in Prose, and Tyrese Thomas in DI
Rounding out the team's individual awards were Taylor with a fifth place award in HI, Criner with a fifth place award in Poetry, Daniel Garcia with a sixth place award in Broadcasting, Erin Stafford with a sixth place award in Poetry, and Mohs with a sixth place award in Original Oratory. 

The team travels to Bowling Green to compete at the Western Kentucky University Hilltopper Tournament Saturday, December 8. 

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Grace Raber Questbridge

Paducah to Princeton

Tilghman student earns prestigious scholarship.
by David B. Snow
The Paducah Sun
December 5, 2018
Used with permission.
Grace Raber, a Paducah Tilghman High School senior, has earned a full scholarship to Princeton University through the QuestBridge National College Match scholarship program.

The scholarship will cover her entire enrollment at Princeton. According to the university's website, full tuition, fees and room and board cost $66,700 for the 2018-19 academic year, bringing the total cost over four years to $266,800.

QuestBridge National College Match is in its 15th year of matching high-achieving students from low-income families with full scholarships to several of the nation's top universities. This year, there were a record 16,248 applicants and 6,507 finalists.

Raber was one of 1,044 students from 47 states and the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico to be selected this year. 
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Grace Denton and Rod Thomas

Denton and Thomas Named December Rotary Scholars of the Month

Paducah Tilghman seniors Grace Denton and Rodriguez Thomas have been named PTHS Rotary Scholars of the month for December. The Paducah Rotary Club selects scholars from area seniors who demonstrate strong leadership, academic excellence, and service to community.
Grace is a member of the PTHS Cheerleading squad, Future Business Leaders of America, National Honor Society, and Interact Club. She serves on the staff of the Tilghman Bell. She volunteers with the Paducah Bank Teen Ambassadors. After graduation, Grace plans to attend the University of Kentucky and major in business. Her parents are Glenn and Heather Denton.
Rodriguez is a member of the PTHS varsity boys basketball team. He serves on the staff of the PTHS yearbook, Pathways. He is a musician at Christ Temple Apostolic Church. After graduation, Rodriguez plans to attend a four year university and play basketball. His parents are Rod and Dianddria Thomas.
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Lance Butler

Teen seeks to help others succeed

by Emily Smith
The Paducah Sun
December 3, 2018
Used with permission.
Lance Butler, a Paducah Tilghman High School senior, said he's always looking for a way to help others and be someone who makes a difference.

Aside from academic, athletic and extracurricular activities, Butler makes community service a priority. He regularly tutors his classmates in his college preparatory courses and his teammates in more traditional level courses.

During Butler's sophomore and junior years, he had the opportunity to work with a student who moved to Paducah from Guatemala.

"My Spanish teacher asked me to work with him directly as his English skills were very poor and my conversational Spanish skills were strong," Butler said.

"I helped him both in and out of class and often gave him rides home.

"I believe that I made a big difference during his time at Paducah Tilghman."

Butler said he credits the experience with not only improving his conversational Spanish, but also for the new friend he made in the process.

Butler, the son of Danny and Lori Butler, is the Paducah Bank Teen of the Week. 
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PTHS Interact Club

PTHS Interact Hosts "Cookies With Santa" December 15

The PTHS Interact Club will host "Cookies With Santa" Saturday, December 15, from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. at the PTHS Cafeteria.  Families are invited to bring their kids to meet Santa, Mrs. Claus, and other special friends, make crafts and enjoy cookies and hot chocolate. Cost is $5 per child. Proceeds will go to support the PTHS service learning trip to El Salvador in association with Starfish Orphan Ministry. For more information, click "Read More" to see the flyer. More +
PTHS NJROTC Christmas on the River

PTHS NJROTC Participates in “Christmas on the River”

Seventeen  members of the Paducah Tilghman High School Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (PTHS NJROTC) unit participated in “Christmas on the River,” coordinated by Seaman’s Church Institute (SCI) located at the Center for Maritime Education in downtown Paducah on November 26, 27, and 28.   More +
Speech at Marshall Winners

PT Speech Competes at Marshall Invitational

The PTHS Speech Team brought home six awards from the Marshall County High School Invitational on Saturday, November 10.

After competing in three preliminary rounds, five Tilghman students advanced to finals. Junior Kate Criner placed 2nd overall in Dramatic Interpretation, Junior Julie Mohs placed 3rd overall in Storytelling, Junior Shioneka Farr placed 5th overall in Poetry and in Program Oral Interpretation, Junior Erin Stafford placed 6th overall in Poetry, and Senior Angelea Shute placed 6th overall in Humorous Interpretation.
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PTHS Boys Basketball at 2A State Tournament

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