Article by Jennifer Moorhead


The Portsmouth West High School Mock Trial team will advance to the Regional Mock Trial Competition after winning both its matches against River Valley High School at the district competition Jan. 20. The team is coached by Ms. Jennifer Moorhead with Mr. Jay Willis serving as legal advisor. Eli Cole and Noah Lovins won Outstanding Attorneys awards, while Alec Arnett and Jordan Willis won Outstanding Witnesses awards.

“This group of kids came together and was determined to do well,” said Ms. Moorhead. “They have done all their own work and with this type of preparation, even though they are inexperienced, they became strong. We look forward to advancing our methods and taking it to the next level at Regionals.” 


Team members include the Plaintiffs: Noah Lovins and Emily Funston, attorneys; JP Igaz and Jordan Willis, witnesses; and the Defense: Eli Cole and Abby Riley, attorneys; and Kaitlyn Bell and Alec Arnett, witnesses. Candice Orris serves as bailiff/timekeeper. Photo by Sharee Price

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Article and photos by Madison Cochran

Recently Portsmouth West High School received the Piketon Atomic Plant (also known as the A-Plant) display that was shown at the Ohio State House. The display is on a 6 week rotation between many chosen schools to encourage students to go into various Science and Engineering fields and the display was brought to our school and set up by Mr. Jeff Pinkerton and Mr. Jason Lovins. The visual display shows students the history of the A-Plant (which was formed after WWII,) why the A-Plant was created, and what they hope it could be used for once the cleanup is complete. 

For more information please visit the A-Plant website below:

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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 Ms. 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 these 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.

To be eligible to participate in the dual enrollment classes, students must have a certain score on the ACT exam or take an accuplacer test at Shawnee State University. Freshman students, that meet the requirements, may enroll in the Dual Enrollment Computer I course at PWHS, and receive three college credits before they start 10th grade. 




The following classes are SSU courses that are taught here at PWHS by our teaching staff:

Mrs. Blevins - MATH 2110 Calculus 

Mr. Bradford - STAT 1150 Statistics, MATH 1200 Algebra, MATH 1250 Trigonometry

Ms. Edwards -  ENGL 1101 Composition & Discourse

Mrs. Tieman - MUSI Piano & Music Theory

Mrs. Wilkinson - BUIS 1010 Computer Applications 

Students have taken courses at SSU as well. 



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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