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by Jason Morrow, The Paducah Sun
March 27, 2017
Used with permission.

When Claire Kelly holds her camera to her eye, she wants to capture a story with every portrait.

She is fascinated by the complexity of people from all different backgrounds, and building relationships with them is her goal.

"I just think it's really cool that you can make different connections with people here at home and halfway across the world," Kelly said.

More than once, Kelly has traveled to Kenya on missions to provide villages with water systems and help educate people on the importance of clean water. All the while she was taking pictures, one after another.

A a senior at Paducah Tilghman High School, Kelly will graduate with a 4.1 grade-point average. She also scored a 34 on her ACT with a perfect 36 in the science section.
"Honestly, I'm not even a science person," she said. "I'm good at discerning what I need to find in the question."

However humble she presents herself, Kelly was a Governor's Scholar at Northern Kentucky University last summer, where she focused on communications and social sciences.

She is the daughter of Robin and Keith Kelly, and is The Sun's latest Teen of the Week. Each Monday in the e-edition and Tuesday in the print edition, The Sun features a student selected from nominees submitted by high school counselors in western Kentucky and southern Illinois. This spring, a Teen of the Year will be chosen from the weekly winners and receive a $2,500 scholarship.
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Posted Monday, March 27, 2017
Beloved educator Fredrickia Hargrove, 70, passed away Tuesday, March 21, 2017.

Mrs. Hargrove taught in our district 27 years and mentored many students as a member of the Paducah-McCracken County NAACP and the McCracken County Community Career Endowment Board of Directors.

Funeral services are scheduled for 1:00 p.m. Saturday, March 25, at Mt. Moriah Missionary Baptist Church. Visitation will be at the church from 12:00 noon until the funeral hour.

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Posted Friday, March 24, 2017
Ten students from the district gathered at the Paducah Independent School District on March 20 to participate in the Bobby L. Jones Future Board Member program.

Students spent the day at the Board offices participating in leadership training and discussion of the roles and responsibilities of board members. A reception with their parents prior to the meeting hosted by district Family Resource Centers gave students the opportunity to meet with board members and learn about their roles.

The program is a memorial to former board member Bobby L. Jones. Jones was a 1973 PTHS graduate, athlete, and school board member. Mr. Jones had the original idea of having students serve as future board members to they could see the process and learn how to become a board member.

Board Chair Dr. Carl LeBuhn said “It is a pleasure to have our student scholars participate in the democratic process and to recognize their academic and leadership achievements.”

Participating students were Elena Adkins and Alexandria Copper of Clark Elementary, Christopher Cerda-Santiago and Katrina Jones of Morgan Elementary, Josh Jones and Alexa White of McNabb Elementary, Grace Bakehouse and Eli Brown of Paducah Middle School, and Amiya Jones and Jose Roberto dos Remedios of Paducah Tilghman High School. Students are selected based on their academic achievement and leadership ability.



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Posted Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Bill Black Jr. , PTHS '63 and a member of the Paducah Board of Education for 24 years, died on March 18 at the age of 71.

"Bill deeply understood our community and its rich history, he understood all of our students, and he understood public education," said Dr. Carl LeBuhn at the Paducah Board of Education Meeting on March 20. "He was intellectually curious, a true listener, fair, committed friend, steadfast, humble, and passionate about everything from butterflies to buildings. Those qualities made him a profoundly effective lifelong advocate for excellence in public education for all students. He had the truly unique ability to see not only a big picture over a long time frame, but was able to identify the small critical details important to achieve the desired big picture. He was dogged in making sure those details were not compromised. Although we can try to miss Bill, we will not be successful in doing so. He lives on through the undeniable mark he left on his family, friends, community, and on Paducah Independent Schools. We see him in the historic beauty preserved in our buildings, the strides that have been made in closing the race achievement gap, and his positive influence on all of us as people and as decision makers. His life was well lived. He was the citizen we all strive to be."

Funeral Services will be held at 10:00 am on Thursday, March 23, 2017 at Grace Episcopal Church. Visitation will be held Wednesday, March 22, 2017 from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. at Grace Episcopal Church.

Bill Black, Jr. was a steadfast supporter and tireless advocate for Paducah Public Schools and public education. In honor of his legacy, here is a reprint of "Like Father, Like Son", a profile of Mr. Black that was published in the January/February 2013 issue of Paducah Life.

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Posted Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Have you ever heard a band or orchestra when it is warming up? I was walking by the band room at Paducah Middle recently and got to hear the band in “warm-up mode”. It sounded pretty terrible! All the students were playing different melodies at different speeds and volumes, and it was pure noise. However, once Ms. Williams ended the warm up and began to rehearse the band, as all the musicians began to play their part at the speed in harmony, and the different parts converged to create a sound that sounded good. But for that to happen, all the musicians had to have a plan (music to work from) and everyone had to be committed to working together to create a harmonious sound
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Over the past few months, I hope that many of you have heard about our plans to build a regional Innovation Hub at Paducah Tilghman High School. In February we applied for and received a $3.8 million dollar Kentucky Work Ready Skills Initiative grant to help with construction, and we also partnered to with WKCTC to secure a grant of $408,000 to buy equipment and machinery that will help with immediate upgrades at the Paducah Area Technical Center (PATC) and ultimately be placed in the Paducah Innovation Hub.

If you haven’t heard about the Innovation Hub, or if you’ve heard of it, but aren’t sure what it’s about, I’d like to show you how many different moving parts in our city and our school district are aligning to build something that will be a key asset for our students, our faculty, and our community.
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Posted Friday, March 17, 2017
Commencement Exercises for the PTHS Class of 2017 will be held at McRight Field on the campus of Paducah Tilghman High School Friday, May 26, 2017 at 8:00 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

In case of rain, the ceremony will be moved to Dinning gymnasium. For more information call 270-444-5650.


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Posted Thursday, March 16, 2017
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