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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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Posted Wednesday, December 12, 2018

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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Posted Tuesday, December 11, 2018

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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Posted Thursday, December 6, 2018

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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Posted Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Denton and Thomas Named December Rotary Scholars of the Month

Paducah Tilghman seniors Grace Denton and Keyshun 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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Posted Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Reception for former PTHS Coach Berny Miller December 14

A Pre-Game Reception for former PT Coach Berny Miller and his wife, retired PT teacher Pat Miller, will be held at 5:30 p.m. December 14 in Room 103 just off the gym lobby.

All former students, players and fans are encouraged to visit with the Millers and show their appreciation. There will also be a special recognition for Coach Miller during halftime of the boys game against St. Mary.

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Posted Tuesday, December 4, 2018

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