By Blaine Weaver

As of January 1, Portsmouth West boys Varsity basketball team is 1-2 in conference play but 2-5 overall. being the 5th team out of 8 in the SOC conference. They have multiple strong types defenses, holding teams to around 50 points. The team struggles on offense though, and have lost many close games, one being in overtime to Valley. They plan to keep up the strong defense, and try new things on offense to try to score more to win. They are one of the more athletic teams in the SOC and have multiple weapons, but still lack on offense and are correcting that so they will start to win. After hard work in the gym during Christmas break, they plan to start over and begin a winning season in the new year.


Conference Team Records

Manchester 51-62 L

Waverly 54-69 L

Glenwood 76-50 W

Valley 61-71 L

Northwest 63-61 W

North Adams 61-63 L

Article written and edited by Levi Gleim and Abby Riley

Time Machine Project


Chris Hayslip and Sid Shifflet received Best Overall award for their Time Machine Project. Photo by Levi Gleim

Students in Miss Edwards General English II classes read the story The Time Machine, a science fiction novel by H. G. Wells published in 1895. The story is about a dreamer obsessed with traveling through time who builds himself a time machine and, much to his surprise, travels over 800,000 years into the future. The world has been transformed with a society living in apparent harmony and bliss, but as the Traveler stays in this world of the future he discovers a hidden barbaric and depraved subterranean class. Wells’s translucent commentary on the capitalist society was an instant bestseller and launched the time-travel genre. ( 2015)

 The following items were available to the students for their time machines: 

  • 1 white paper bag                               

  • 5 pipe cleaners

  • 1 large transparent cup

  • 1 small white plastic cup

  • 1 coffee filter

  • 1 foil cupcake holder

  • 1 black paper plate

  • 1 medium Translucent cup
  • 1 black plastic coffee stirrer
  • 1 small paperclip
  • 1 straw
  • 1 bag of misc. small items
  • 1 12 inch clearing tubing
  • 1 piece of 3 by 6 Styrofoam
  • 4 toothpicks
  • 2 large green planter stick
  • 1 white paper plate


The following students earned the following awards:


Teddy Miller and Hailey Traylor: Best of 5th Period

Sid Shifflet and Chris Hayslip: Best of 1st Period and Best Overall

Brooklyn Blankenship: Best of 7th Period
Chloe Nelson and Camary Cline: Most original

AJ Bradley and Gabe Skaggs: Best use of materials

Cole Staggs and Garrett Hurd: Looks most like a machine

Makenzie Melvin and Savannah Hamilton: Best time traveler


Many students at PWHS are enrolled in College Credit Plus (CCP) at Shawnee State University, this program allows many students the opportunity to receive college credit while still in high school for FREE! Ohio’s new College Credit Plus program (formerly post-secondary) can help you earn college and high school credits at the same time by taking college courses from community colleges or universities. The purpose of this program is to promote rigorous academic pursuits and to provide a wide variety of options to college-ready students in grades 7-12. With College Credit Plus, classes at public colleges or universities are free. That means no cost for tuition, books, or fees. If you choose to attend a private college or university, you may have limited costs.  Public school students may now take summer classes as well. The following classes are SSU courses that are taught here at PWHS by our teaching staff:

CCP Courses

Mrs. Blevins- Calculus 

Mr. Bradford- Statistics, Algebra, Trigonometry

Ms. Edwards- Composition & Discourse

Mrs. Tieman- Piano & Music Theory

Mrs. Wilkinson- BUIS 1010 Computer Applications







PWHS Spring Musical

Written by: Linda Tieman

Edited by: MaKayla Cooper


The PWHS Vocal Music Department will be presenting “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” at the Vern Riffe Center for the Arts at Shawnee State University on Mother’s Day Weekend, May 12, 13, and 14. The show is a musical comedy that took Broadway by storm, winning both the Tony Award for Best Musical and a Pulitzer Prize. It is a satire of big business and all it holds sacred. J. Pierrepont Finch (Will Bentley) uses a handbook called How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying to climb the corporate ladder from the window washer to top executive. The comedy and antics prevail throughout the musical as he weaves a web through the entire staff of the World Wide Wicket Company.

Lead Roles include:

Alec Arnett

Will Bentley

Evan Lamblin

Kayleigh Holland

Levi Kouns

Layla McGinnis

Dalton Pertuset

Jerrod Rushford

Caitlin Russell

Destiny Schiltz

Austin Scott

Seth Shepherd

Alicia Smith

Uriah Vandyke


Student Director:

Jordan Willis


Stage Manager:

Trista Ball


Set Design & Construction:

Gary Tieman & Ed Ingles



Heather Cate

Shouldn’t every high school student get to attend their prom? We think so! 

WestMart is proud to announce our first annual Prom Attire Drive! We would like to make sure that every disadvantaged high school student wishing to attend their high school prom can do so. 

black shadow of girl and boy dancing in formal wear

What we're asking for:

New or Gently Used Prom or formal dresses, suits, shoes, ties, purses, and accessories for both young men and women.  There is always a critical need for plus size dresses and dress clothes for young men.

New undergarments, shapers, make up, make up brushes, hair products, hair accessories, hair irons, shaving kits, shoe polish, silk corsages and boutonnieres.

Gift Certificates are needed to restaurants, florists, and prom attire rentals to complete their prom experience.

Bring your items to the schools Central Office. Call 740-858-1101 for more information.

Article by Mindy Platzer

Girls Basketball 2016-2017


The PWHS girls basketball team has a new coach this year, Jason Claytor. The girls have done sufficient this year with 4 wins and 6 losses while in the middle of the season. The girls are adjusting with Claytor due to new coaches every year, coming out with the most wins in mid season over the years. The girls listed below have the top scorers, (Information from Makayla White, Madison Compton, and Jordyn Swords. The next upcoming games are 1/23 @ home and 1/28 @ Fairland. Good luck to the girls on the rest of their season. Go West!


Article by: Emily Hatfield and Madison Shepherd


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