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Variety of experiences drives student's future PDF Print E-mail
Written by Wayne Walden   
Wednesday, 11 January 2012 09:01

By Rebecca Feldhaus, The Paducah Sun

January 9, 2012

Reprinted with permission


Though she doesn't describe herself as a someone born for the stage, her choir's trip to sing in Carnegie Hall is something Kaitlyn Curry will treasure for the rest of her life.

The Paducah Tilghman High School senior has been involved in choir for three years. Curry said she's generally on the shy side when she first meets someone or tries a new experience then slowly warms to the opportunity. That hasn't stopped her from trying and succeeding in a myriad of arenas.

Curry has been cheerleading for most of her life. She also plays soccer and tennis. Spreading her love of athletics and fitness while also working with her home church, First Baptist Church, is something Curry wants to continue through college and into her professional life. Her work with the Upward Cheerleading program through church allowed her to teach young girls the athleticism, timing and enthusiasm of cheer while also looking to the Bible for spiritual direction.

Kaitlyn Curry, daughter of David and Traci Curry, is the Mid-Continent University Teen of the Week.
13 PTHS Students Recognized for PLAN Test Scores PDF Print E-mail
Written by Wayne Walden   
Monday, 09 January 2012 14:21

13 Paducah Tilghman High  School sophomores were recognized by the Paducah Board of Education in December 12 for scoring in the 98% National Percentile or higher on the PLAN Test. The students recognized included Nicholas Spicer, Andrew Zaninovich, Lily Burba, Miles Butler, Joshua Hampton, Gabriel McGovern, Will Hancock, Andie Boyd, Justin Holt, Jacob Holtgrewe, Maddie Milford, Cassie Arboleda, and Malcolm Blakely.

PLAN is the second part of a testing system that includes PLAN and the ACT.

Typically, students take EXPLORE in the 8th or 9th grade, PLAN as 10th graders, and the ACT as juniors or seniors.

Ross Article Published in "Great Educators 2011" PDF Print E-mail
Written by Wayne Walden   
Thursday, 08 December 2011 14:12

PTHS Language Arts teacher Todd O. Ross' story "Teaching Like Roy Halladay" has been published in the book Great Educators 2011 by Paperclip Publishing.

Ross' motivational story tells of how he was at a professional low point but had an epiphany as he read an article about Philadelphia Phillies pitcher and Cy Young winner Roy Halladay. In the article, Halladay talked about how he had a lot of potential, but didn't begin to live up to that potential until he began to prepare to be a better pitcher. Ross writes about how he took this principal and applied it to his own vocation.


Last Updated on Thursday, 08 December 2011 15:13
Four Selected for PaxtonScholars Program PDF Print E-mail
Written by Wayne Walden   
Monday, 05 December 2011 13:32

Paducah Tilghman juniors Adrianna Matchem, Latonya Taylor, Kamari Turnley, and Rometta Washington have been selected by the McCracken County Community Career Endowment (MCCCE) to participate in the 2011 PaxtonScholars program.

These selected scholars will receive college scholarship funds based on grade-point averages during their junior and senior years of high school and through their first two semesters of college. A college suitable laptop computer will also be presented to the scholars upon high school graduation in 2013.

Adrianna Matchem is a member of the student council. She also works at TJ Maxx. Adrianna plans to attend a four year college and major in nursing. Her parents are Agnes and Quinton Matchem.

Latonya Taylor attends Commonwealth Middle College. She is a member of the Film Club and Girl Scouts. She volunteered at 4 Rivers Community Kitchen for two years and currently volunteers at the Heartland Church ACTS house. She is a member of St. James Community Church. Her parents are Susan Taylor and Veronica Friar.

Kamari Turnley is a member of the pep band, marching band, and concert band. She is a member of the National Honor Society, Beta Club, Spanish Club, and FBLA. She works at Sears, and attends Washington Street Missionary Baptist Church. Kamari plans to attend the University of Kentucky with a pre-med major. Her parents are Arveta and Marcus Turnley.

Rometta Washington is a member of the PT Symphony orchestra and the pep band, marching band, and concert band. She is a member of the National Honor Society. She plans to attend a 4 year college and major in pre-med and music. Her parents are Tangela and Kenneth Washington.


Last Updated on Monday, 05 December 2011 14:37
Loyd Selected As December Rotary Scholar PDF Print E-mail
Written by Wayne Walden   
Thursday, 01 December 2011 15:12

Paducah Tilghman senior Weston Loyd has been selected to be a Rotary Scholar for the month of December. The Rotary Club selects scholars from area seniors who demonstrate strong leadership, academic excellence, and service to community.

Rotary scholars will have the opportunity to attend weekly Rotary meetings for the month.  At the meetings, they will meet members and hear discussions of community-related topics.

Loyd is president of the Student Council and Beta Club. He is captain of the Mock Trial Team, and editor-in-chief of the Tilghman Bell. He is a member of the National Honor Society. Loyd attended the Governor's School for the Arts and was a Senate Page for Senator Mitch McConnell.

After graduation, Weston plans to attend the University of Mississippi as a pre-law major in Economics and Finance.  His parents are Tim and Michelle Loyd.

You can find out more about Weston from our "In Person" profile on the PPS facebook page here.



County scholars ready for road ahead PDF Print E-mail
Written by Wayne Walden   
Monday, 21 November 2011 15:11

by Rebecca Feldhaus, The Paducah Sun

November 15, 2011

Reprinted with permission.


Six young women from McCracken County are embarking on a unique educational journey.


The second class of the PaxtonScholars Program met for their orientation Monday night. Members of the McCracken County Community Career Endowment, Inc. (MCCCE) spoke to teens and their families about the requirements and expectations of PaxtonScholars.


The PaxtonScholars Program aims to improve student self-esteem, parent or guardian advocacy, peer and mentor interaction, maintenance and enhancement of academic performance and preparation for college transition to minority students. The program uses funds donated to the MCCCE from the endowment established by the late Fred Paxton and his wife, Peggy Paxton.


Monday’s orientation was just the beginning for students. Lakilia Bedeau has worked with the four scholars selected from Paducah Tilghman High School and will continue to work with them for the next two years. Scholars are eligible for up to $800 for combined grade point averages in their junior and senior years. Scholars also received a laptop computer before they enter college. Their freshman year in college is the last chance to earn money through the PaxtonScholars program.


Student strives for perfection PDF Print E-mail
Written by Wayne Walden   
Monday, 21 November 2011 14:28

by Rebecca Feldhaus

The Paducah Sun, November 28, 2011

Reprinted with permission.


For Paducah Tilghman High School senior Weston Loyd, stress isn't all that bad.

"It keeps me busy, but I like to be involved," Loyd said. "I thrive off of having a lot to do, stress. I don't know what I would do if I didn't."

As the student government president, Beta Club president, co-captain of the mock trial team and co-editor-in-chief of the Tilghman Bell newspaper, Loyd has enough stress fuel to keep him motivated. Loyd said he's always been a self-motivator. He counts on his parents as his support team but said they never pressured him into achieving what he has. Loyd likes being the best at everything he does.

That motivation keeps him up late studying many nights of the week. Though he keeps his schedule busy with academic activities, Loyd always makes time for Paducah Tilghman High School sporting events. Loyd says his enthusiasm for school has been with him since he transferred in to Paducah Independent Schools from another district.

"I think that Tilghman is one of the best high schools in the area," Loyd said. "I could not as for a better high school experience."


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