The Grand Master's Student Achievement Award for the Seventh Masonic District was awarded to Senior T. J. Hoggard. T. J. is currently rated first in his graduating class with a 4.0 Grade Point Average. He belongs to the BETA Club and is a three-year member of the high school Quiz Bowl team. He is a member of the Singing Men of West (SMOW) and is the Ohio High School Athletic Association leadership representative for West High School this past year.
T. J. plays high school soccer, football and track, winning many honors in these sports. He has been recognized for Soccer first team as a senior; Football player of the week his Junior and Senior years and currently holds the school record in the 4 x 400 and 4 x 800 meter relay teams. T. J. will complete his high school athletic career with 10 varsity letters. Described by his teachers as: having a strong work ethic; possesses great character; a leader in the classroom and on the field; does things the right way and does not look for shortcuts or make excuses.
T. J. attends church at Mabert Road Baptist Church, where he has gone his entire life.
T. J. comes highly recommended for the Grand Master's Excellence in Youth Award for 2017 from the Seventh Masonic District.
Article and photo courtesy of Eric Nichols.
Article by Jennifer Moorhead
The Portsmouth West High School Mock Trial team will advance to the Regional Mock Trial Competition after winning both its matches against River Valley High School at the district competition Jan. 20. The team is coached by Ms. Jennifer Moorhead with Mr. Jay Willis serving as legal advisor. Eli Cole and Noah Lovins won Outstanding Attorneys awards, while Alec Arnett and Jordan Willis won Outstanding Witnesses awards.
“This group of kids came together and was determined to do well,” said Ms. Moorhead. “They have done all their own work and with this type of preparation, even though they are inexperienced, they became strong. We look forward to advancing our methods and taking it to the next level at Regionals.”
Team members include the Plaintiffs: Noah Lovins and Emily Funston, attorneys; JP Igaz and Jordan Willis, witnesses; and the Defense: Eli Cole and Abby Riley, attorneys; and Kaitlyn Bell and Alec Arnett, witnesses. Candice Orris serves as bailiff/timekeeper. Photo by Sharee Price
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Congratulations to Kindergarten Teacher Lisa Belcher in being chosen Real Estate Gallery & pulseFM 98.3 Teacher of the Month! Each month the Real Estate Gallery & pulseFM accept nominations submitted by individuals throughout the local communities. Ms. Belcher was chosen as a result of multiple nominations explaining why she should be chosen for the honor.
Kudos to Ms. Lisa Belcher, Teacher of the Month! Thank you for your continued dedication in providing an awesome learning environment and experience!
January is School Board Appreciation Month. The Washington-Nile Local School District would like to recognize our Board of Education. Our board members work very hard to meet the needs of our students. It takes time and dedication to ensure our district is meeting those needs. Our district would like to thank each board member for their time and service they provide to our school community. Our 2016-2017 board members are; Tom Berry, Julie Essman, Craig Hazelbaker, Ed Hileman, and Jane Kouns.
Thanks for all you do for the Washington-Nile Local School District!
Helping Homeless Vets
By. MaKayla Cooper
On December 15 the PWHS Key Club set up an "Ugly Christmas Sweater" contest to help homeless veterans for the holidays. The cost was $1 to participate and 100% of proceeds go to homeless Veterans. There was a winner chosen from each grade, each winner with the best Christmas sweater won a iTunes gift card provided by the school. We’d like to thank the Key Club for their generous act of kindness during the holidays.
Winners of the Contest
Freshman - Tori Pennington
Sophomore - Levi Gleim
Junior- Taylor Coleman
Senior- Kayleigh Coleman
Mrs. Mohebbian's Global Foods, Personal Wellness and FCCLA students baked dozens of cookies to present to the visitors of the Scioto County Homeless Shelter in hopes to brighten their spirits this holiday season.
Photo by Katelyn Martin
Article by Mrs. Mohebbian
The PRIMA and SMOW chorus groups had the opportunity to perform the National Anthem at the Cleveland Cavaliers Game November 25. Fifty students took the floor at Quicken Arena and showed our nations' colors while singing. Many of our community supporters also attended the game to support our students. Let us congratulate PRIMA and SMOW for putting on a great performance and thanks to Mrs. Tieman for making it all possible.