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Paducah Public Schools to Offer In-Person Four Day Week Beginning March 8

Students who attend Paducah Public Schools will have the option to attend  in-person for a four-day school week beginning March 8.
The Paducah Board of Education voted unanimously to make the change after reviewing surveys from parents and teachers and the data regarding COVID-19 rates of infection in the region at a special called meeting on February 26.

Students who choose the in-person option will attend school four days per week. There will be one day of virtual learning per week. The board asked that faculty and parents be surveyed to determine whether it would be best to keep the virtual day on Wednesday or move it to Friday. 

Virtual students will continue to have the option to stay all virtual.
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PTHS Academic Team Places Third at Regional

Congratulations to the PTHS Academic Team for their strong performance in Governors Cup Regional Competition!

The team placed 3rd overall out of 10 teams.

The Quick Recall Team placed 2nd. Team members are: Raven Butler, Paige Kight, Ben LeBuhn and Lucas Wadley.

The Future Problem Solving Team also placed 2nd. Team members are: Gage Gottman, Sam Kirchhoff, Leah Tyrrell, and Lucas Wadley.

Both teams will advance to State Governors Cup Competition in March.

Paige Kight advances to State in written composition in the areas of Science (5th place) and Arts & Humanities (3rd place).

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From Paducah to New York: This jazz musician is taking it one note at a time

by Derek Operle
The Paducah Sun
February 23, 2022
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While Jon Cowherd has a background in horns and keys, the Paducah expat’s life doesn’t have anything to do with cars. He’s a jazz musician.

Born in Indianapolis, Indiana, and raised in western Kentucky by parents Ron and Janice Cowherd, Jon latched onto music early. He took up piano, as well as French horn, violin and singing.

“I had always had a passion for music, but I wasn’t really sure of what I wanted to do with it,” he told The Sun. “I was a big brass player. French horn became my main instrument in high school and that’s what took me to New Orleans.”
Loyola University offered him a scholarship to come play French horn in 1988, and he took it. He had personal ties to the university — a friend’s father taught French horn there — and a bit of personal curiosity: Ellis Marsalis, the father of legendary Jazz trumpeter Wynton, taught piano at the school.

“Growing up in Paducah, we were into other things like rock music and maybe marching band music, but not jazz,” the Paducah Tilghman High School graduate said. “New Orleans in itself was just life changing that way, just the exposure to music with all of these people really excelling in it at that age.”
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PTHS Hall of Fame Nominations Open

Paducah Tilghman High School is accepting nominations for the PTHS Hall of Fame. This honor is bestowed on Lincoln High School/ Augusta Tilghman High School/Paducah Tilghman High School graduates to recognize outstanding accomplishments and to provide role models for current students. Criteria include excellence in the individual's chosen career, community service and overall integrity.  

The recipient will be recognized at graduation and a portrait with a biography will hang in the Wall of Fame Hallway at Paducah Tilghman. The honor may not be bestowed posthumously. A committee will choose the recipient.  The deadline for nominations is April 15, 2021.

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MCCCE Honor Helps Students Pursue Dreams

by David Zoeller
The Paducah Sun
February 21, 2021
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Like their fellow 2021 PaxtonScholars recipients, Maci Robinson, Paducah Tilghman High School, and Katelynn Williams, McCracken County High School, have made it a point to help others while continuing to make plans for their future.

Robinson enjoys working with children, babysitting and volunteering regularly with Starfish Orphan Ministries, and has helped in the cafeteria of her church as its youth ministry. She’s been involved in student government and National Honor Society, among other organizations.
Her love of working with children is evidenced by her career goal to become a pediatrician.
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NTI Days Added to School Calendar for February 25 and 26

The Paducah Board of Education has voted to change Thursday, February 25 and Friday, February 26 on the school calendar from In-Person to Non-Traditional Instruction (Virtual) days.  


PPS faculty and staff will receive the second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine on February 24.  The second dose of the vaccine has typically created harsher side effects than the first dose. Changing February 25 and 26 to NTI days will allow faculty and staff who experience harsher side effects from the second dose to work from home.


The Paducah Board of Education began discussions about allowing students to attend in-person four days per week at the February 15 meeting. Those discussions will continue.

PTHS STudents move on to national science competition

by Derek Operle
The Paducah Sun
February 15, 2021
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Albert Einstein lives at Paducah Tilghman High School now, or at least a trophy with a bust of the famed scientist.

The award came last week with the victory of the school’s five-person team in this year’s U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) West Kentucky Regional Science Bowl.

This annual competition has been going nationally for three decades, challenging high school students to a lightning speed contest of memory and computational ability as they are quizzed on matters of biology, chemistry, Earth and space, energy, mathematics and physics.

PTHS’s team — made up of students Raven Butler, Sam Kirchhoff, Ben LeBuhn, Paige Lauren Kight and Jake Taylor — elevated their game this year in the face of some adverse circumstances, said coach Christine Wynne.
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Scholarship winners look to continue student-athlete success

by David Zoeller
The Paducah Sun
February 14, 2021
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Paducah Tilghman High School juniors Rosie Minter and Joseph Reeves, among the six current PaxtonScholars, are student-athletes looking to build upon their high school success at the next level.

Minter is the daughter of Kearee Minter and Traci Thomasson. She has received all-academic honors in softball and basketball, and would like to attend the University of Kentucky, majoring in civil engineering. She’s also interested in pursuing a softball scholarship somewhere to continue playing her favored sport.

An introductory class in engineering and design sparked her career interest and her ultimate goal to design roads and bridges.
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Paducah Tilghman’s Raven Butler Named GE – Reagan Scholarship Semifinalist

Paducah Tilghman senior Raven Butler has been named a semifinalist in the GE - Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program. She is among 120 semifinalists nationwide in the scholarship 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 based on continued enrollment at an accredited four-year college or university in the United States.   
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PTHS Speech Team is Runner Up at Regional Tournament

The PTHS Speech Team was named Regional Runner Up at yesterday's KHSSL Murray Regional virtual competition. Six competitors will advance to the state competition next month.

Freshman Fiona Caywood earned the Regional Champion title in Prose. Sophomore Jensen Knudsen was named Regional Champion in Humorous Interpretation. Knudsen and Kate Bidwell, also a sophomore, earned the Regional Champion title in Duo Interpretation.
Junior Lois Akpabio was named Regional Runner Up in Prose. 

Teammates Paige Kight, junior, and Aneeza Ali, sophomore, also earned berths at the state competition. 

Bidwell and Kight earned National Speech and Debate Degrees of Honor following yesterday's competition.

The team is coached by Rachael Castilllo.
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PTHS Senior Zyla Dortch Named Semifinalist In Point Foundation’s College Scholarship Program

Paducah Tilghman senior Zyla Dortch has been named a semifinalist in Point Foundation’s college scholarship program. Semifinalist selection is based on strong academic achievement, a proven track record of leadership and community involvement, and an investment in bettering the LGBTQ community. 

Dortch is an alumna of Kentucky’s Governor’s Scholars Program. She is a member of the National Honor Society; the PTHS Band of Blue; the Mock Trial team; Tilghman’s distinguished choir; and PTHS’ female a cappella group, Concordia. She has been active in Tilghman’s theater productions for several years, playing roles in “Bye Bye Birdie,” “Little Shop of Horrors,” and “West Side Story.”
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Paducah Tilghman Senior Jake Taylor Named a Kentucky Prudential Spirit of Community Awards Distinguished Finalist

PTHS senior Jake Taylor has been named a 2021 Distinguished Finalist in the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program. Taylor is among six Kentuckians — two State Honorees and four Distinguished Finalists — to be recognized on a national level for exemplary community service.

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, conducted annually by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), honors students in grades 5-12 for making meaningful contributions to their communities through volunteer service.

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School Schedule for February 10 -12 with Pending Inclement Weather

The freezing rain/wintry mix that is predicted to arrive Wednesday, February 10 may impact classes on Thursday, February 11. Here is the schedule for all Paducah Public Schools for the next few days. 

Wednesday, February 10, will be a Virtual Day for all students, in keeping with our regular schedule. 

Thursday, February 11, is the day most likely to be impacted by bad weather.  

If it is unsafe  to have in-person instruction on Thursday, we will have virtual instruction for all students. 

If the ice and freezing rain misses our area, we will have school according to our regular schedule. 

If it is safe to go to school, we may use the snow routes for our buses. If your child is a bus rider, review the snow routes for our buses here to make sure your child knows where to go meet the bus. 

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Paducah Tilghman High School Advances to DOE National Science Bowl

PADUCAH, Ky. — When organizers set out to plan this year’s U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) West Kentucky Regional Science Bowl, it was clear that the event would have to be conducted in a virtual space in order to protect the health and safety of the students, coaches and volunteers.
After months of planning and implementing rigorous training programs for volunteers and coaches, seven teams competed in what has become the region’s most notable science competition for high school students.
Today, Paducah Tilghman High School (PTHS) won DOE’s virtual West Kentucky Regional Science Bowl. The five-member PTHS team will compete in DOE’s National Science Bowl® (NSB) Finals, which will be conducted virtually from April 29 to May 3, 2021. 

Scholarship winners motivated by helping others

by David Zoeller
The Paducah Sun
February 7, 2021
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Editor’s note: This story is part of a series on students who have been recently announced as recipients of scholarships from the McCracken County Community Career Endowment (MCCCE). During February, The Sun and WPSD Local 6 will combine to highlight these students in honor of Black History Month.

Paducah Tilghman High School juniors Zabrina Hunter and Ma’Liyah Jones, among the six current PaxtonScholars, are both planning careers in the medical field, a desire to help people stemming from something they personally experienced.
Hunter, the daughter of Cedric and Meoshe Hunter, is considering a career as an orthopedic surgeon, something she has wanted to be since around the sixth grade.
“I’ve had a bone issue called osteochondroma (an overgrowth of cartilage and bone), where I have had a lot of surgeries,” she said. “Every time I had surgery I liked the way doctors treated me, so I found that (possible career) very interesting.”

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Changemakers: how one local man is helping guide both kids and adults

Paducah Tilghman math chair Leo McKinely was featured in a story on WPSD titled "Changemakers". You can see the video segment by clicking here. The text for the story follows. 
by Pauline Fitzgerald
February 8, 2020
Wearing many hats is easy when you have a passion for what you do. That’s what it’s like for Leo McKinley, a Paducah Tilghman graduate, who has now been teaching math in some of the same classrooms he learned in for more than 10 years now. He’s giving back to the community that he grew up in, but to him, it’s more than just teaching equations.

“If they walk through this door their parents are entrusting me with their education, and if all i do is teach them math, if they walk out of here 180 days later and all I’ve told them is how to solve for X, what have I really taught them? I need to teach them about life and responsibility and how to be responsible citizen and having morals that are high and amendable that is the job of being a teacher and math is just what I do math is just my conduit, being able to influence kids is my passion.” McKinley said.
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Brown and Price Named Student Rotarians for February

Paducah Tilghman High School seniors Eli Brown and Jenna Price are Student Rotarians for February 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. 

Eli Brown is a member of the Paducah Tilghman basketball team, Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), and the National Honor Society. Outside of school Eli is a member for the First Presbyterian Youth Group and the Illinois Bears basketball club team. After graduation Eli plans to continue playing basketball in college while he majors in Business/Sports Management. Eli would like to coach basketball eventually.  His parents are Karen and Evan Brown.
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Jenna Price is a member of the PTHS National Honor Society, Sustainability Club, Band of Blue marching band and concert band (2016-2019), and National History Day (2018). She is an alumnus of the Governor's School for the Arts. Outside of school Jenna has participated in art shows including the Yeiser Teen Spirit show and the PSAD Bright Futures exhibit. She volunteered with the Human Kindness Foundation by illustrating one of their books. She has a part time job with Market House Theatre. She was a private trumpet student of Dr Oelrich of the University of Tennessee at Martin for five years. After graduation Jenna plans to attend a four year university and pursue a BFA in Fine Art. Her parents are Julie and Kent Price.
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PTHS Boys and Girls Basketball Teams Quarantined; Games Canceled Through February 16

The Paducah Tilghman Boys and Girls Basketball teams have been quaratined following an exposure to COVID-19.  As a result, all basketball games are canceled through February 16.  This includes the PTHS vs. McCracken County game which was scheduled for February 5.

The Homecoming game that was scheduled for February 12 has been postponed until the PTHS Boys vs. Webster County game on February 23.  The homecoming ceremony will happen between the Junior Varsity and Varsity games at approximately 7:00 PM.
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Junior Virtual Learners Receive ACT Boot Camp Materials

Junior virtual learners were able to pick up their ACT Boot Camp book Feb 3rd, which will be used during MasteryPrep’s virtual boot camp later this month.  Students received the book, were able to check out a calculator if needed, a flyer with important information and lunch provided by SFC O’Bryan and SSG Montgomery from the local Army recruiting office and Tornado Alley.  There will be another pickup Feb 10th (more information to come).  
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Juniors to Take ACT at PTHS March 9 - 11 2021

Attention Juniors:  The March ACT, that all juniors are required to take, is a free REAL ACT test that counts and is offered during the school day.  Every junior across the state takes the ACT in March.  This year Paducah Tilghman will be offering the ACT over a three-day period online.  All juniors will be required to take the ACT on their designated test day on their school issued device. 

Juniors in the Blue Group will test in the Blue Room on March 9th.  All Blue Group juniors will report to the cafeteria for breakfast and instructions when the bell rings at 7:22. Students will then move into the Blue Room where they will test on their device.  The school will provide calculators.

Virtual juniors will test on Wednesday, March 10th.  Students will report to school by 8:00am for breakfast and then the group will be split into two groups to test in the Cafeteria and Blue Room.  The school will provide calculators.

Juniors in the Tornado Group will test in the Blue Room on Thursday, March 11th.  All Tornado Group juniors will report to the cafeteria for breakfast and instructions when the bell rings at 7:22. Students will then move into the Blue Room where they will test on their device.  The school will provide calculators.

It is mandatory that all juniors test.  Please make sure you are at school on your designated test day.  This is a free ACT and it does count.
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