On March 20 Ohio young adult author Mindy McGinnis will visit both Portsmouth West Middle School and Portsmouth West High School to speak to students about writing and publishing. McGinnis, an Otterbein graduate and Edgar-award winning author, uses rural Ohio as a common setting in her writing.
No stranger to awards and praise, McGinnis’ debut novel, Not a Drop to Drink, has been optioned for film by Fickle Fish Films, while A Madness So Discreet won the 2016 Edgar Award for Best Young Adult novel. Her most recently published novel, The Female of the Species, was given a Starred Review by School Library Journal in addition to the novel’s other honors such as The Kirkus Prize 2016 Nominee for Young Readers, SLJ’s Best Books of 2016 for Young Adults, and Goodreads Choice Awards 2016 for Young Adult Fiction.
Autism Awareness "Wear Blue" Day will be held on Friday, March 31.
Autism Awareness t-shirts, provided through the Southern Ohio Autism Project are available.
The cost of each t-shirt is $13.
An order form is located in the main office of all three campus buildings.
The deadline to order t-shirts is Monday, March 20th.
Everyone show your support and wear blue on this day.
Proceeds from t-shirt sales will support the Southern Ohio Autism Project.
Questions? Please contact Andrea Kegley or Joyce Banks at the Elementary School.
Jade Ratliff, Miss West 2017
Positively Pink Packages for Patients
My platform is “Positively Pink.” My community service event is “Positively Pink Packages for Patients.” This event will involve the donations of items that will be assembled into packages for women who have breast cancer who are currently going through chemotherapy and radiation.
This is a list of items that you can donate and there is collection box at the High School front office. A good place to purchase these items are at The Dollar Tree. Other items are also greatly appreciated. All of the donations I receive will be donated to our local cancer center. Thank-you in advance.
Word search books
Cross word books
Any breast cancer items
Items that are pink
Congratulations on the great season!
Thank-you to everyone who donated for the Local Veterans. Thank-you to the Key Club for your leadership. Below is a sampling of items collected.
Many veterans come off the street without the basic supplies that we take for granted. Do your part to help the veterans in our community by donating supplies to make Veteran's Personal Care Kits. These will go straight to a veteran in need to help them get back on their feet.
Personal Care Items Disposable razors Shaving cream Non-aerosol deodorant Bar soap Shampoo Combs Toothbrush and paste Body lotion Laundry detergent
Cleaning Supplies The cleaning supplies will assist residents as they leave the program and move into their own apartments. Trash can Broom Dust pan Dishwashing liquid Shower curtain Shower curtain rings All purpose cleaner Kitchen sponges Paper towels Hand soap Toilet paper
Household Items Bath towels Wash cloths Pillows Pillowcases Twin sheets and blankets
Clothing Ties* Belts* Suits* Socks Underwear Undershirts Winter coats, hats and gloves
*Help a Veteran Land the Job.
Employment struggles often lead to homelessness for veterans – with 79% of homeless veterans having no employment in the past 30 days. Help boost confidence for the many veterans struggling in their job search by donating ties and belts to help them dress for success. Volunteers of America works to help veterans re-enter the workforce by providing supportive employment services, career clothing and transportation assistance to over 1,885 Ohio veterans each year.
In cooperation with Volunteers of America®, Greater Ohio Chapter, the PWHS Key Club
is accepting donations February 13-24.
Donation boxes are located in the front offices at all three Portsmouth West schools.
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.