Portsmouth West High School American History teacher, Carolyn Callihan, was presented the 2017 Educator of the Year Award by the Ohio American Legion on July 8, 2017. Nominated to represent the 7th legion district, Mrs. Callihan was in a pool of candidates comprising the 14 legion districts in the state of Ohio.
Mrs. Callihan was chosen for the award - which is based on educators’ contributions to the field of education and their involvement in the field of Americanism - because she goes above and beyond for her students, especially focusing on the topic of America and the military, according to Susan Frasher, American Legion Post 23 and 7th District Americanism Chairman. One of Mrs. Callihan’s yearly class projects consists of students researching family members who were veterans and writing a biography focusing on the veteran’s time of service, branch, and life within the military.
Aware of the competitive nature of this state-level award, Mrs. Callihan is proud of the recognition and plans to continue working with the local American Legion Post. “I am very grateful to the American Legion District 7 Post 23 for their nomination and support and very proud to represent the Washington-Nile Local School District for this state award. It was a very humbling experience, one that I will never forget and without a doubt the highlight of my career! I am thankful for the programs that Post 23 provides for our district's students from the flag raising ceremonies before home football games, veterans assemblies, Buckeye Boys' State, Legion Baseball, and the American Legion Government and Americanism test. These programs all model and emphasize good citizenship and patriotism,” she stated.
Students and Parents
School will be back in session on Wednesday, August 16, for the 2017 – 2018 school year.
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Eli Cole, a junior at Portsmouth West High School, has been named to the Ohio Center for Law-Related Education, 2017 Civics & Law Honor Roll by the Ohio Center for Law-Related Education. The OCLRE recognize and celebrate the achievements of Ohio high school students who are vested in civic learning and active in their communities. This is a great honor and the Washington-Nile Local School District is very proud. Eli is the son of Bobby and Sherry Cole of West Portsmouth.
Mrs. Leah Blevins, high school math teacher at Portsmouth West, and Mrs. Malissa Sarver, dietician at KDHS, collaborated to implement a mini-grant awarded to the high school. The below article is from the Action for Healthy Kids newsletter and website.
For more information about the Action for Healthy Kids and programs they provide please use this link to Action for Healthy Kids Website.
The Washington-Nile Local School District is honored to introduce our Valedictorian and Salutatorian for the 2017 graduating class of Portsmouth West High School.
Our Valedictorian, TJ Hoggard, is the son of Tom and Annette Hoggard. He maintained a 4.0 grade point average and will receive an honors diploma. He also received the Presidential Award for Academic Excellence. While in high school, he participated in the Beta Club, and was on the soccer and football teams. In soccer, he received all-district honorable mention, all-district and 2nd team all-conference his junior year, and he was named to the first team all-district and 1st team all-SOC his senior year. He also received the Archie Griffin sportsmanship award from the Ohio High School Athletic Association and was a Wendy’s High School Heisman candidate. Last Monday, May 22, during our Scholars Banquet, TJ received the Monk Sportsmanship Award, the Harry James Memorial Scholarship, and the Shawnee State Scholar’s Award. TJ is an active member of the Mabert Road Baptist Church. He has been accepted to Shawnee State University where he received the SSU Scholar Award. He will be majoring in Plastics Engineering.
Our Salutatorian, Terra Butcher, is the daughter of Terry Butcher and Annenta Newman. She achieved a 3.98 grade point average and will receive an honors diploma. She also received the Presidential Award for Academic Excellence. While in high school she participated in the Beta Club, Bass Fishing Club and Key Club. She was a member of the volleyball, basketball and softball teams. She also received the Archie Griffin sportsmanship award from the Ohio High School Athletic Association and was a Wendy’s High School Heisman candidate. Last Monday, May 22, during our Scholars Banquet, Terra received the Angela Arnett “Diamond” Memorial Scholarship and the Shawnee State University Success Award. She will attend Shawnee State University in the Fall majoring in the medical field.