Roger Tackett with his wife Martha - 2018 Alumni Hall of Fame
Mr. Roger Tackett, a 1964 graduate of West High School, was inducted into the West Alumni Hall of Fame this past August. Mr. Tackett enlisted in the Marine Corp in 1966, forgoing his college enrollment to fight for his country in Vietnam. He was critically wounded in action in 1967 which left him paralyzed from the waist down. In 1968, he received the Purple Heart for Military Service as a result of his valor in combat and the wounds he received.
He graduated from Wright State University in 1973, with a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science. Mr. Tackett ran for public office and was elected to serve as the Clark County Commissioner for six consecutive terms serving a total of 28 years. He oversaw the construction of the Clark County Administration Building and the Springfield Government Center during his tenure as County Commissioner. Mr. Tackett also served as Chairman of the Governor's office of Veteran's Affairs, and served on the Advisory Committee. During this time he helped elevate the Department of Veteran's Affairs to a cabinet level position and advocated a pay bonus for Iraq Veterans.
Mr. Tackett was twice named Ohio's Outstanding Disabled American Veteran and was also recognized or held office in the following:
Congratulations Mr. Roger Tackett in being inducted into Portsmouth West Alumni Hall of Fame and thank you for all the sacrifices you made for our country, our community, our veterans, and our families.
Dr. John Walker - 2018 Alumni Hall of Fame Inductee
Dr. John Walker is the 2018 Washington-Nile Alumni Hall of Fame recipient. He graduated from Washington High School as Valedictorian in 1955. Dr. Walker then graduated from McMicken College of Arts and Sciences, receiving honors with a B.A. in zoology. After graduating from McMicken, Dr. Walker attended the University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine where he received his physicians doctorate.
He had a private practice in urology from 1968-1999. During this time he served as Chief of Staff at Mercy Hospital in 1973-1974, and served on the hospital's Board of Trustees from 1975 until it's merger with Scioto Memorial Hospital. He was also president of the Scioto County Medical Society in 1991. Certified by the American Board of Urology in 1972, he is also a member of the American College of Surgeons continuing with a senior membership to present day.
In the community, Dr. Walker has been a member of the Portsmouth Rotary Club since 1968. He served as team physician for Portsmouth West from 1968-1982 and then at Portsmouth High from 1983-1999. He was awarded the Ohio Outstanding Team Physician Award in 1995 by the Ohio State Medical Association and the Ohio High School Athletic Association. Dr. Walker was honored with star on the Portsmouth flood wall in 2000, and received the Outstanding Physician Award in 2005.
Congratulations Dr. Walker in all of your outstanding achievements and awards and in being a 2018 Washington-Nile Hall of Fame recipient!
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Dear Portsmouth West Senators:
Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year! I am honored to have been selected as your Superintendent of Washington-Nile Local School District. We will continue to provide an exceptional experience for students. Our district has an outstanding dedicated faculty, a superior student body, and a supportive school community that values educational excellence. Our top priority is to ensure that every child is ultimately College Prepared and Workforce and Career Ready We take great pride in our achievements and are passionate about the opportunities provided to all students. I am excited to lead this district and look forward to building strong relationships with our staff, students, families, and community members.
This has been an extremely busy summer for our district. We are making many necessary improvements to our facilities (It is hard to believe that the elementary and high school buildings are 20 years old). We are completing the installation of a new heating/air system in each building, we now have solar panels providing energy for our schools. We certainly look forward to financial savings was well as having environmentally friendly buildings. Additionally, ground has been broken for a new athletic building that will provide our student-athletes a place to practice and train. We have many additions to our curriculum to better challenge our students and prepare them for the future. Positive Intervention and Behavior Support initiatives will help motivate students and teach them how to make positive decisions in their lives. Most importantly, we have made several revisions to our safety procedures and upgrades to our equipment.
Thank you for your continued support of our students and faculty. At Washington-Nile Local School District we truly believe that each child is special and we are committed to the success of every child, every day.
Anthony Bazler, Superintendent
Washington-Nile Local School District