Article and Photos by Kristie Copley

 

Young adult author Mindy McGinnis spoke to middle and high school students at Portsmouth West Monday, March 20. McGinnis started the day speaking to each grade level at the middle school, while she finished the day presenting at the high school. McGinnis’ message to students included discussion of her own forms of inspiration for writing and how her initial attempts at writing were not failed attempts but practice that made her a stronger writer.  An Ohio native, McGinnis also discussed growing up in a small town, something to which all students were able to relate.  Senior Destiny Layne stated, “She [McGinnis] made it easier to picture people like us being authors.”

 

No stranger to awards and praise, McGinnis’ debut novel, Not a Drop to Drink, has been optioned for film by Fickle Fish Films, while A Madness So Discreet won the 2016 Edgar Award for Best Young Adult novel. Her most recently published novel, The Female of the Species, was given a Starred Review by School Library Journal in addition to the novel’s other honors such as The Kirkus Prize 2016 Nominee for Young Readers, SLJ’s Best Books of 2016 for Young Adults, and Goodreads Choice Awards 2016 for Young Adult Fiction.

                         

Mindy McGinnis answers questions from middle school students 

Author Mindy McGinnis discusses her concept for one of her novels. 

Mindy McGinnis poses with Portsmouth West Middle School Students 

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In Concert

Portsmouth West High School

May 20, 2017

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$20.00 for general admission.

 

March 18, the Portsmouth West Lady Senators hosted a tournament to help raise money for Melanoma Awareness and in honor of a former West Softball player and graduate, Angie Arnett. The players and coaches wore the #16 (Angie’s high school number) in her honor.

Portsmouth West Lady Senators adopted the platform this year to raise awareness for Melanoma, and we hope to continue this charitable tournament every year.

There were 10 total teams that participated in round robin scrimmages throughout the day. The teams were from the Ohio Valley Conference (OVC), Southern Ohio Conference (SOC), and other teams from around Ohio. The scrimmages were held at the Portsmouth West Little league fields at Dr. Singleton’s Park. It was a great community event that was held in conjunction with Andy Arnett, and the Portsmouth West Little League Association.

PWHS Varsity Softball team pose for picture with coaches

On March 20 Ohio young adult author Mindy McGinnis will visit both Portsmouth West Middle School and Portsmouth West High School to speak to students about writing and publishing. McGinnis, an Otterbein graduate and Edgar-award winning author, uses rural Ohio as a common setting in her writing. 

 

Photo of Mindy McGinnis

No stranger to awards and praise, McGinnis’ debut novel, Not a Drop to Drink, has been optioned for film by Fickle Fish Films, while A Madness So Discreet won the 2016 Edgar Award for Best Young Adult novel. Her most recently published novel, The Female of the Species, was given a Starred Review by School Library Journal in addition to the novel’s other honors such as The Kirkus Prize 2016 Nominee for Young Readers, SLJ’s Best Books of 2016 for Young Adults, and Goodreads Choice Awards 2016 for Young Adult Fiction.  

Photo of book titled "not a drop to drink".

 

On March 17, Emily Taylor signed her letter of intent to play soccer for Shawnee State University. This honor was accomplished after 15 years of playing soccer. She is the first female player from PWHS to play soccer at a collegiate level. 

With her father’s encouragement, Taylor began playing at age three with the local little league team. Some years he was proud to be her team's coach. While on the field, Taylor has worked hard. Mostly, she has played striker, but she can be a very versatile player. Girls varsity soccer coach Gibbs would appreciate her team spirit and willingness to be a leader. She is also a dedicated student taking both AP and Dual Enrollment courses at SSU and is a member of Beta Club and Honors Club. 

At Shawnee State, Taylor plans to study biology with a concentration in ecology and environmental science so that she can go on to fulfill her goal of being a field biologist and conducting studies at nature preserves. She plans on also obtaining her Master’s degree in this field of study.

“She’s an excellent student and is committed to both her academics and athletics,” said her Dual Enrollment Computer Applications teacher, Mrs. Wilkinson. “She always gives 100% and we are excited about her future.”

Autism Awareness "Wear Blue" Day will be held on Friday, March 31.

Blue Puzzle Piece "Autism Speaks It's time to listen."

 

Autism Awareness t-shirts, provided through the Southern Ohio Autism Project are available.

The cost of each t-shirt is $13.

An order form is located in the main office of all three campus buildings.

The deadline to order t-shirts is Monday, March 20th

Everyone show your support and wear blue on this day.

Proceeds from t-shirt sales will support the Southern Ohio Autism Project.

 Gray t-shirt example with Blue words about autism on it

 

Questions? Please contact Andrea Kegley or Joyce Banks at the Elementary School.

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