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Tilghman’s Overstreet voted region’s top boys coach

by Wes Mayberry
The Paducah Sun
April 2, 2021
Used with permission.

Putting a season on pause for more than two weeks can wreak havoc on any rhythm a team has built. The Paducah Tilghman boys basketball team went through such a pause this season, but second-year head coach Greg Overstreet navigated it with aplomb in leading the Blue Tornado to an 18-6 record.

Fellow First Region coaches and select media members recognized the job Overstreet did this season, voting him as the 2021 All-Purchase boys basketball Coach of the Year.

“It is rewarding anytime the media and your peers recognize that you and your staff are doing a good job with your program,” Overstreet told The Sun upon learning that he had earned this honor. “We have been very blessed to have a dedicated staff that all coach for the right reasons.”
       
Overstreet was also appreciative of his players, who were a huge part in the Tornado’s successful season in helping him garner this award.

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Paducah Tilghman Junior Paige Lauren Kight Earns Perfect 36 Composite Score on ACT

Paducah Tilghman High School junior Paige Lauren Kight has earned a perfect 36 composite score on the March ACT. Historically, fewer than 0.4% of all test takers nationwide earn a perfect overall score. 

Paige Lauren is an AP Scholar, a member of the National Honor Society, and a member of the Varsity Academic Team. She is a member of PTHS’ Band of Blue, a member of the Paducah Symphony Youth Choir, and is active in the 4-H Sewing Club and PTHS’ Sustainability Club. Paige Lauren is also a Youth Advisor for parentandteen.com.
She was named a Jack Kent Cooke Scholar in 7th grade, a designation that follows her through high school and her undergraduate career. 

“Paige has been an academic force throughout her years at Clark, Paducah Middle, and now at Tilghman,” said Tilghman Principal Allison Stieg. “She is a voracious reader, a gifted writer, and a critical thinker. Given her unparalleled work ethic and her thirst for knowledge, it came as no surprise to me that she aced the ACT. She is well-positioned to start her senior year and I have no doubt that her college application process will be an exciting one.”

Paige Lauren is the daughter of Kelly and Robert Kight.

National History Day Competitors Advance in Regional Competition

Congratulations to all our winners at the Regional National History Day Competition!  They will advance to the National History Day State Competition later this month.

Junior Individual Exhibit
Rex Gay, "The 'United States' and the 'America': An Avoidable Tragedy on the Ohio River", Paducah Middle School

Junior Individual Website
Caroline Adkins, "Speaking Through Stitches: How Quilts Have Communicated Through History", Paducah Middle School

Senior Group Documentary
Elena Adkins, Azlyn Goodyke and Liam Black, "'All Governments Lie…That’s a Pretty Good Rule': The Communication of Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers", Paducah Tilghman High School

Senior Individual Performance
Katie Bidwell, "Communicating Creatively: How Annie Sullivan Worked to Eradicate Communication Barriers", Paducah Tilghman High School

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PTHS Wrestling is KHSAA Small School Wrestling Runner-Up

Paducah Tilghman Wrestling was the Small School School Wrestling Runner-Up at the KHSAA 2021 Wrestling Small School State Finals held at Winchester on March 27. The team finished fifth overall with a combined score of 139 points, with six of the seven team members earning top-five finishes.

Eli Peyton (132 lb) and Malachi Rider (145 lb) were state runners-up in their weight classes. Both were 3-1 in their matches at the tournament.

Other members of the team with top-five finishes included Jayden Frazier (4th), David Conner (5th), Spencer Redwine (5th), and Uriah Virzi (5th).



Nine Tilghman Juniors Selected for Paducah Chamber Youth LEAD

Nine PTHS juniors have been selected for the 2021-22 for the Paducah Chamber of Commerce Youth LEAD Class # 10:

Row 1 ( l to r): Harli Morris, Kate LeBuhn, Renee Chua, Lois Akpabio, Dana Hernandez
Row 2 (l to r): Natalie Besaw, Lillian Holm, Zabrina Hunter, Gabby Copeland

Youth LEAD is a program designed to develop and prepare students for future community support and leadership roles in Paducah/McCracken County. Youth LEAD targets high school juniors in Paducah Independent, McCracken County Public, private and home-school systems. The students spend one day a month for six months learning about human needs and service learning, communication and career development, business and economy, law and government, and healthcare in McCracken County. 

Butler Places Fourth at State Governor's Cup

Raven Butler placed 4th in the state in General Knowledge at the Governor's Cup State Academic Competition. Congratulations! 

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Paducah Tilghman High School’s Knudsen To Represent Kentucky at NSDA Nationals

Paducah Tilghman High School Speech Team sophomore Jensen Knudsen will represent Kentucky at the National Speech and Debate Association’s National Tournament online in June. Jensen’s 4th place win in Humorous Interpretation at the Kentucky National Speech and Debate Association district contest clinched her berth at the national competition. 
Jensen is the daughter of Dana and Al Knudsen.

PTHS Quick Recall Team Reachs Sweet Sixteen at State Governor's Cup

Congratulations to the PTHS Quick Recall Team for making the Sweet 16 at the State Governor's Cup Competition held on March 15.  
Quick Recall team members are (l to r)  sophomore Lucas Wadley, senior Raven Butler, junior Paige Kight, and senior Ben LeBuhn. 


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Price Art Portfolio Receives Award in Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

PTHS senior Jenna Price has been awarded a National Medal from the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards for her art portfolio entitled "Growth and Loss of Identity.” Out of 230,000 entries from across the country, 2,000 works of art and writing received national medals this year. Price was honored with a Silver Medal award. She was one of 19 students in the commonwealth of Kentucky to receive an award.
Pictured is “Unspoken and Empathetic,” one of Price’s six works of art included in her award-winning senior portfolio.
 

PTHS 2020-21 Yearbooks Available

PTHS yearbooks are available for order at www.yearbookordercenter.com
The PTHS school code is 13640. Cost is $55.00
You can also order senior ads at the same link.

PTHS Speech Nets Top 20 Finishes at State Tournament

Four Paducah Tilghman students finished among the top 20 at the Kentucky High School Speech League state championships, which were held online March 9-13. Sophomore duo Kate Bidwell and Jensen Knudsen earned the 4th place overall trophy in Improvisational Duo; Bidwell and Knudsen also placed 8th overall in the state in Duo Interpretation. 

Individually, Knudsen placed 8th overall in the state in Humorous Interpretation. Junior Paige Lauren Kight and freshman Fiona Caywood both placed among the top 20 in Broadcast Announcing and Prose, respectively. 

Junior Lois Akpabio also qualified for the state tournament and contributed to the team's overall success. 

The team is coached by Rachael Castillo.
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Dortch Eyes Sociology, Advocacy Involvement

by Kelly Farrell
The Paducah Sun
March 16, 2021
Used with permission.

Paducah Tilghman High School senior Zyla Dortch credits her time in the Kentucky Governor’s Scholars Program last summer with shaping her college plans, as she learned more about brain plasticity and mental disorders.

“I’ve always been really interested in just society in general, like, how people interact with each other,” Dortch said.
She had planned to go into college as undecided, but the scholars program helped change that.
       
“I’m not 100% sure what I want to do after college, but I know that I either want to go into law after I get my sociology degree, or I want to open a nonprofit. I’m not sure which,” she added.

“ ... I just want to work for, and I want to help, people. I always have.”

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Tilghman Sends 11 to semi-state wrestling tournament

by Travis Gupton
The Paducah Sun
March 16, 2021
Used with permission.

The Paducah Tilghman wrestling team placed second overall in the individual wrestling regionals on Saturday, finishing behind host Union County.

Tilghman finished with a team score of 215.

Eli Peyton won the 132-pound weight class in the First Region after going a perfect 3-0 on the day.
       
In his quarterfinal match, Peyton defeated Zach Cornett of Christian County by pin in the first round. In the semifinals, he defeated McCracken County’s Hunter Hawthorne by pin again in the first round. In the first place championship match, Peyton won on a technical fall, defeating Caldwell County’s Riley Johnson.

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Region 1 Basketball Tournament Ticket Information

Tickets for each game in the regional tournament will be made available to the public the morning of each game.  All tickets can be purchased through Murray High School’s GoFan Page.  All tickets will be $7.00 plus an additional $1 for GoFan service charge. 
 
All games will be played at Murray State’s CFSB Center. Each night gates will open 45 minutes before game time.  All seating will be designated by the schools that are participating.  After each game the arena will be cleared for sanitization.  A ticket must be purchased for each game. 
 
Masks and social distancing are required for the entirety of the tournament.  For any questions please feel free to contact any athletic director from our local schools. 
 
Tournament Schedule-   
 
Saturday, March 20th- Girls First Round Games: 11:00, 1:30, 4:00, 6:30 
Monday, March 22nd - Boys First Round Games: 5:30, 8:00 
Tuesday, March 23rd - Boys First Round Games: 5:30, 8:00 
Thursday, March 25th- Girls Semifinal Games: 5:30, 8:00 
Friday, March 26th- Boys Semifinal Games: 5:30, 8:00 
Saturday, March 27th- Girls and Boys Championship Games: 3:00, 6:00 
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Overstreet Named KABC Region 1 Coach of the Year

Paducah Tilghman High School boys basketball coach Greg Overstreet has been named the Kentucky Association of Basketball Coaches (KABC) 2021 Coach of the Year for Region 1.

Overstreet led the Blue Tornado to a 17-4 overall record and an 11-2 record in the region this season.

“Coach Overstreet and his staff have a relentless work ethic that shows in the teams success," said PTHS Athletics Director Jason Nickal. "I would like to congratulate the entire staff on an honor that is well deserved.” 

"It is rewarding to our coaching staff to receive this award, especially because it is voted on by our peers," said Coach Overstreet. "But at the end of the day it is a tribute to our players. The players' efforts and them trusting the daily process creates a environment to be successful and makes awards like this possible."




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A "Thank You" From Paducah Public Schools and McCracken County Schools

Through good times, bad times, and all the times in between, public schools do so much more than educate children. Public schools are community schools. We offer vital resources and support to families, because that’s what’s best for kids. Often, it’s easy to overlook the good things going on behind the scenes and beyond the classroom. Here’s a snapshot of why public schools matter, by the numbers: 


As we mark the one-year anniversary of our schools being closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, McCracken County Schools and Paducah Public Schools want to thank our faculty, staff, and community for the determination and flexibility they displayed as we worked together to reach beyond our classrooms and schools into our communities to continue the mission of reaching each student to provide the resources needed to continue to learn and succeed. 

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Thompson Named Head Varsity Football Coach at Paducah Tilghman High School

Paducah Tilghman High School welcomed Sean Thompson as their new head football coach at PTHS with an introduction to players and a press conference held at Paducah Tilghman High School on March 12. 

Coach Thompson is a Crittenden County native who attended Campbellsville University and played football for the Tigers from 2004-2008.  

Coach Thompson has served as a football coach for the past 12 years. He previously served at Offensive Coordinator at Union County and Crittenden County. In 2018 Coach Thompson was named the Head Football Coach at Crittenden County and guided the Rockets to a 28-5 record over the past 3 seasons. While at Crittenden Coach Thompson was awarded the following accolades:
2018 All WKC Coach of the Year 
2019 Class A - District 1 Coach of the Year  
2020 All Purchase Team Coach of the Year  
2020 All WKC Coach of the Year  
2020 Class A - District 1 Coach of the Year 
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Paducah Innovation Hub Makerspace Offers Summer 2021 Programs

The Makerspace at the Paducah Innovation Hub will be offering four camps this summer during the months of June and July: 
> Flight and Space Camp
> Exploring Virtual Reality
> App Creator
> Basics of the 3D Printing 
Camps are free for students of Paducah Public Schools. 
To see the flyer, click "More".

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Spring 2021 Sports Schedules Available

Please click "More" to see copies of the Spring Sports Schedules for 2021.
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West and Caywood Named Student Rotarians for March 2021

Paducah Tilghman High School seniors Anna West and Aiden Caywood are Student Rotarians for March 2021. The Rotary Club of Paducah Student Rotarian program is designed to give high school students the opportunity to experience Rotary firsthand, and to give Rotarians the opportunity to interact with high school students at a peer level. 

Anna is a member of the varsity tennis team and editor for the Paducah Tilghman yearbook this year. Anna serves on the PTHS student council and is reporter for FBLA. She is a member of the PTHS Mock Trial Team, National Honor Society, Beta Club, Pep Club, and Interact Club. Anna graduated from Paducah Citizen Academy and participated in Paducah Pathfinders as well. She volunteers at the Paducah Humane Society in her free time. Anna plans to attend a four year university. She hopes to be a nurse anesthetist or pharmaceutical representative after college. Her parents are Terri and Michael West.
Anna West

 Aiden is a member of the PTHS Academic Team and PTHS men's a capella group Prime Rib. He is president of the PTHS Sustainability Club. He serves as a volunteer at the Paducah Cooperative Ministry. Aiden is an alumnus of the Governor's School for the Arts in the area of Creative Writing. He plans to attend the University of Louisville and major in Biology. He ultimately plans to pursue graduate study in Commercial Horticulture. His parents are Whitney Cassity-Caywood and John Caywood.



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