Portsmouth River Days is held each year beginning the Thursday before Labor Day. The festival opens on Thursday and runs through Labor Day Monday. River Days is held on the riverfront and in the adjacent historic Boneyfiddle district of Portsmouth, Ohio. (For more information about the pageant, visit the River Days pageant site.)

On Saturday, September 2, 2017, at Shawnee State University's Vern Riffe Center for the Arts, the River Days Queens Pageant will begin at 6:00 p.m. and Portsmouth West High School is proud to have Jade Ratliff represent our school and the Washington-Nile Local School District as Miss West 2017.

Miss West's platform is "Positively Pink" which provides items for emotional and physical support for those who are undergoing radiation and/or chemotherapy treatment for breast cancer. She chose this platform because she watched her own mother struggle with the side-effects of the treatments of this disease. 

Jade, is a 17 year old junior at PWHS with an overall GPA of 3.95. Jade is a member of Beta Club and Key Club and competes academically with Quiz Bowl and Science Bowl. Jade is also an athlete and is on the Varsity Volleyball Team and Cheer Squad. Jade is an active member of Dry Run Church of Christ in West Portsmouth. Her future plans are to attend Shawnee State University, major in History and become a high school history teacher. Jade is a collector of quarters and says that she "loves her fur-babies."

Congratulations to Jade and best of luck at the pageant!   

Photo by Jon's Photos

Article by: Julie Wilkinson

Edited by: Madison Cochran

The deadline to order yearbooks is Friday, May 26. Order forms are available online here or in the office. The cost is $50 or $55 with a name stamp. Checks may be made payable to PWHS Yearbook. If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Moorhead at the high school or via email at


PWHS Spring Musical

Written by: Linda Tieman

Edited by: MaKayla Cooper

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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

Click Here for a preview of PWHS presentation of "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying"

'How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying' cast member rehearse at the high school.

The Portsmouth West High School Musical Theatre Department presents How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying May 12, 13, & 14 at the Vern Riffe Center for the Arts. Tickets are on sale now at the McKinley Box Office by calling 740-351-3600 or at vrcfa.com

Big business means big laughs in this delightfully clever lampoon of life on the corporate ladder. A tune-filled comic gem that took Broadway by storm, winning both the Tony Award for Best Musical and a Pulitzer Prize, How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying boasts an exhilarating score by Frank Loesser, including "I Believe in You," "Brotherhood of Man" and "The Company Way."

A satire of big business and all it holds sacred, How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying follows the rise of J. Pierrepont Finch, who uses a little handbook called "How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying" to climb the corporate ladder from lowly window washer to high-powered executive, tackling such familiar but potent dangers as the aggressively compliant "company man," the office party, backstabbing coworkers, caffeine addiction and, of course, true love. 

This hilarious comedy is one that will have you smiling and singing along from start to finish.

Click Here to see a preview PWHS presentation of "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying"

[UPDATE:  When this article was originally published, the starting time was incorrectly listed as 6:00pm.  Riverside will be starting at 7:00pm.]

You may recognize a few of the members of the band Riverside. They are Adam Lucas, Austin Scott, Will Bentley, Uriah VanDyke, Noah Lovins, and Seth Shepherd. All are members of Mrs. Linda Tieman's Chorus class at Portsmouth West High School and three members are part of The Sensational Senators marching band. 

We are excited to announce, the Lauren Alaina promotional group has officially approved our very own, Riverside, as the opening act to the award winning Lauren Alaina concert! The performances take place on Saturday, May 20, at 7:00 p.m. in the PWHS gym. Tickets are just $20.00 and parking is FREE. With the addition of the opening act, tickets will sell out fast.

Purchase yours now at the High School front office or online here.


Info by: Becky Lovins and 451photos

2017 Portsmouth West Tennis

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1 Singles- Leo Steins

2 Singles- Blaine Weaver

3 Singles- Kane Lewis


1 Doubles- Joel Durant and Chris Dials

2 Doubles- Molly Taylor and Kimberly Tieman


JV- Nick Dillow, Mckenzie Newlan, Eli Cole


Coach- Mrs.Carolyn Callihan



3/27- Minford

3/28- @ Clay

3/30- East

4/3- @ Wheelersburg

4/10- Waverly

4/11- @ Minford

4/17- @ Notre Dame

4/18- Burg

4/20- New Boston

4/24- @ Valley
4/25- @ Waverly 

4/27- Valley

By: Blaine Weaver


Portsmouth West High School recently partnered with Washington and Nile Township fire houses, the State Highway Patrol and the Scioto County Sheriff department to demonstrate what could happen, not only on Prom night, but also any other night. What was displayed to Juniors and Seniors attending Prom was a two car wreck which resulted from bad choices from one driver.

Principal Mr.Bazler talking to students about making good choices and being safe on Prom night.



The boys in black and grey arrive at the scene.


A team of Firemen use the Jaws of Life to cut the top of the car off to save the survivors.


Students TJ Hoggard and Dalton Pertuset look upon the crash.


Article By: Dalton Meyers and Jacob Maple

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