Roger Tackett

           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:

  • Served on the Board of National Association of County Commissioners.
  • Chairman of Clark County United Way Campaign.
  • Advocate for Miami Valley Council on Aging.
  • Advocate for Air Quality Standards, Energy Conservation and Environmental Preservation.
  • KTK Industrial Park in Clark County has his name on it.
  • Member of Ohio Veteran's Hall of Fame
  • Vice Chairman of Steering Committee for Air Quality in the Miami Valley.
  • Served on the Board of Directors for County Commissioners Association of Ohio.
  • Worked to obtain funding for the VA Hospital in Dayton, Ohio.
  • Received the "No Greater Love Award" from the 7th District Congressman Clarence Brown for his ongoing community service


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 Walker alumni hall of fame

                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!


Chris Gibson Athletic Hall of Fame
Mr. Chris Gibson with his wife, 2018 Athletic Hall of Fame Inductee
We are very honored to introduce our newest athletic hall of fame induction, Chris Gibson. Mr. Gibson is a 1972 graduate of Portsmouth West High School. He is also a graduate of Graceland College in Iowa.

While at PWHS, he played football, earning a letter there for those years. He was the starting quarterback. He was named to the Southern Ohio Conference All Conference 1st Team. He also was a basketball and baseball standout for the Senators.

 Mr. Gibson played football and baseball at Graceland College where he was a 4-year letterman in both baseball and football. As quarterback, he led his football team to their first ever bowl appearance and was named MVP his senior season. He was also a member of the Heart of America All- Star Team. In addition, to his very impressive football season, he was an all-district baseball player for two years.

 Mr. Gibson spent 30 years as a teacher at West. He has had a positive influence on literally hundreds of students and athletes.

 He coached in some capacity most of this Career-Some of his accomplishments include:

  • 22 years as a football coach-7 years’ head coach-Several SOC playoffs
  • Multiple SOC Championships as a head football coach
  • Named District Coach of the year
  • He also was assistant baseball coach

The Washington-Nile Local School District is honored to induct Chris Gibson into our 2018 Athletic Hall of Fame. 

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Andrea Kegley APHA World Champion
Andrea with family, friends, colleagues, and  her horse All in the Timing at APHA World Championship 2018
Mrs. Andrea Kegley, PWE Literacy Specialist, traveled to Fort Worth, Texas a few weeks ago to compete in the American Paint Horse Association World Championships where she and her horse, All in the Timing, earned four World Champion titles and one Reserve World Champion Title: World Champion 3 Year Old Hunter Under Saddle; World Champion 3 Year Old Hunter Under Saddle Southern Belle; World Champion Gold Breeders 3 Year Old Hunter Under Saddle; and Reserve Champion Non Pro 3 Year Old Hunter Under Saddle. 
Congratulations Andrea on your outstanding accomplishments at the APHA 2018 World Championship!
PW State Champions
              2018 9-11 Girls State Little League Champions
Team l-r: Emily Moore, Kaylor Picklesimer, Kamryn Spriggs, Brooklyn Pitts, Myla Mead, Shelby Rhea, Morgan Stiles, Kate Rollins, Addison Arnold, Kyndall Ford. In front: Emma Sayre
This past July, West Portsmouth Little League hosted the district tournament for the Girls 11U softball teams. Our Lady Senators ran away with the district title by sweeping the competition and maintaing a perfect 3-0 record. The Senator team scored 35 runs during the three district games and only gave up one run to their opponents. The district championship allowed the Lady Senators to advance to state tournament play.
In late July, the Lady Senators traveled to Tallmadge, Ohio, where they again went undefeated rolling over Cuyahoga Falls South, Fairland, and Tallmadge. Their first victory was a 15-0 blowout over Cuyahoga Falls that lasted only 3 innings due to outstanding play both on the field in the batter's box by the Senator team. In semi-final play, the Lady Senators met up with Fairland. The Senators had previously defeated Fairland in district play with 11-0 and 9-1 victories. State play was no different as the team took the game with a 5-1 victory. In the championship game against Tallmadge, the Senator team delivered a 10-3 victory to bring the state title home. 
PW State Champions
PW 11U State Champions with coaches Shad Ford, JP Picklesimer, John Rollins, Rodney Moore
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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

All Elementary and Middle School students will receive FREE Breakfast and Lunches for the 2018-2019 school year.