Congratulations to sophomore Morgan Rigsby who was selected as one of the two MaxPreps/JJHuddle Ohio Week 18/19 Ohio HS Athletes of the Week. According to MaxPreps, Rigsby accumulated 23 rebounds, nine points, seven assists and four steals in a 64-55 win over Waverly. She also amassed double-doubles against both Lucasville Valley (12 points, 11 rebounds) and Bethel-Tate (11 points, 10 rebounds).


Congratulations to Portsmouth West High School's 2018 Basketball Homecoming Queen and her Court!

Queen: Mackenzie Newlan

Senior Attendant: Taylor Coleman

SCCT Attendant: Chloe Nelson

Junior Attendant: Bailey Kegley

Sophomore Attendant: Taylor Graham

Freshman Attendant: Madison Aeh


Show your spirit by participating in the following themed spirit week:

1/8 - Sport Fan Monday (Dress in any sports team attire)

1/9 - Tuesday - Too Fancy Tuesday
1/10 - Wednesday - Destination Day (see below for each grade's theme)

  • Senior - Hollywood, California (Celebrities/Movie Character)
  • Junior - Dallas, Texas (Cowboys)
  • Sophomore - New Orleans, Louisiana (Mardi Gras)
  • Freshmen - Honolulu, Hawaii (Hawaiian)

1/11 Thursday - Tacky Tourist
1/12 Friday - Homecoming Shirts/ school spirit

Note, due to the threat of hazardous weather, the ceremony and dance are re-scheduled for January 26.

article revised 1/12/18

Senior class officers collected more than 250 canned food items from PWHS students to donate to Hands of Grace Outreach, which provides assistance to those in need at Lett Terrace apartments in West Portsmouth, Ohio. PWHS Beta club also contributed $100 to the organization. The class officers created a competition between classes and grade levels with a prize given to the group who collects the most. Mr. Johnson's first-period class (sophomores) collected the most item and received the coveted prize of Christmas candy canes.  'Tis the season for giving!

Pictured senior class officers l-r: Alec Arnett, Eli Cole, Emily Hatfield, and Makayla Cooper.


Congratulations to PWHS's December 2017 Students of the Month!

Pictured l-r: Sophomore Ben Dubiel, Junior Alicia Smith, Senior Dalton Pertuset

Not pictured: Freshman Talisha Osborne


If you haven't seen PWHS's Advanced Choir perform this holiday season, there are still a few performances left! The group will end their tour with performance packed days Saturday, Dec. 9,  Sunday, Dec. 10, and Thursday, Dec. 14.  Times and locations are as follows:

  • December 9 - 4:30 p.m. @ Roger Davis
  • December 9 - 6:20 p.m. @St. Mary's
  • December 10 - 10:00 a.m. @ Holy Redeemer
  • December 10 - 11:00 a.m. @ Cornerstone
  • December 10 - 1:30 p.m. @ Greenlawn
  • December 10 - 6:00 p.m. @ Dry Run Church of Christ
  • December 14 - 10:30 a.m. @ Vern Riffe School
  • December 14 - 1:00 p.m. @ Scioto County Courthouse
  • December 14 - 7:00 p.m. @ Pond Run Church

 Also, don't miss the PWHS Christmas Concert at 6:30 p.m. in the high school cafeteria on Wednesday, Dec. 13.

Congratulations to senior Dalton Pertuset for receiving the Portsmouth West High School DAR Good Citizen Award at the Washington-Nile school board meeting on Nov. 29, 2017. Pertuset was selected for the DAR Good Citizen Award by the Ohio Society Daughter's of the American Revolution Portsmouth Chapter after he submitted an essay for their regional competition.  Also present at the meeting was PWHS teacher and Ohio Society DAR member, Carolyn Callihan.

Pictured above l-r: PWHS Principal Tony Bazler, Dalton Pertuset, and Washington-Nile LSD Board President Craig Hazelbaker

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