Sophomore students, Breanna Skaggs and Kinsey Hempker, along with PWHS teacher/advisor Leah Blevins chose to take proactive and positive action in response to gun violence in schools.  On the anniversary of Columbine, April 20, Skaggs and Hempker decorated the wall outside the lunchroom with positive and encouraging messages created by several students and faculty.  The wall was well-received by students and staff and more plans are in the works at PWHS for increasing a positive climate for everyone.  

Wall of PositivityClick on the image above to read the article by Ivy Potter in the Portsmouth Daily Times.


Click the image above to access Prom and Grand March 2018 Google Photos album.

Photos courtesy of Mrs. Ginn.

Area first responders came together to present the annual Prom Promise to PWHS seniors and juniors. Prom promise consists of a presentation to seniors and juniors explaining the dangers of drinking and driving.  To reinforce the importance of driving safely, after the presentation, volunteer firefighters and law enforcement officers staged an accident scene using PWHS students as the victims. 

Photo by Tori Carr

Beta members

PWHS Beta Club earned several honors at the Ohio Senior Beta Club Convention in Columbus, Ohio, April 16-17. According to the Ohio Senior Beta Club, "the mission of the National Beta Club Convention Program is to allow students opportunities to showcase their academic achievement, artistic creativity, critical thinking skills, collaborative teamwork, and increase student leadership. Beta convention challenges all participants to achieve more, serve more, lead more thus succeeding beyond all expectations!" The honors awarded to PWHS Beta members were as follows:

Haven Hileman - Division I Agriculture, 1st Place
Haven Hileman - Division I Speech 2nd Place
Jerrod Opperman - Division I Social Studies, 1st Place
Jordan Hammond - Division I Spanish, 3rd Place
Bailee Wireman - Division I Creative Writing, 3rd Place
Kane Lewis - Division II Agriculture 3rd Place
Kane Lewis - Photography, 3rd Place
Levi Gleim - Division II Spanish 2nd Place
Ashlynn Pfau - On-Site Art Colored Pencil, 3rd Place
Robotics Team - 2nd Place, Kayla Sammons, Kim Tieman, Halee Butcher, Victoria Journey, and Levi Gleim

Senior Brandon Weaver signed a letter of intent on April 4 to play football for Wilmington College.

Pictured l-r: brother Blaine Weaver, mother Beth Weaver, Brandon Weaver, aunt Dee Cox, and uncle Darrell Weaver

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