Congratulations to Portsmouth West High School senior Mason Book for earning the Eagle Scout Award, the highest advancement rank within Boy Scouts of America. A member of area Boy Scouts of America Troop 43. Book is one of around 7 percent of all Boy Scouts who attain the Eagle rank, according to the Eagle Scout Fact Sheet. Among several other requirements, each candidate must earn 21 merit badges and successfully complete a significant service project benefitting his community, faith organization, or school demonstrating leadership to earn his Eagle. Book chose to give back to his community and build bike racks at Friendship Park.

Eagle Scout Book

Pictured above is Book with Bud Risner, troop Scoutmaster and former Portsmouth West alumnus.

Portsmouth West High School Mock Trial Team is state-bound after its Regional Competition performance on Friday, Feb. 16. Senior Jordan Willis won the Outstanding Witness award for her performance in both the plaintiff and defense trials. Senior Noah Lovins received the Outstanding Attorney award. Upon qualifying for state, PWHS is ranked among the top 35 teams in the state out of the 347 teams that competed at districts.

On Thursday and Friday, March 8-9, the team will compete at the state competition held at the Franklin County Courthouse. Saturday, March 10, the final championship round will be held at the Ohio Statehouse. The team who wins the state championship will then represent Ohio at the National High School Mock Trial Championship held in Reno, Nevada, May 10-13.


Congratulations to PWHS's January 2018 Students of the Month!

Pictured l-r: Junior Phillip Robinson, Senior Madison Cochran, Sophomore Lainey Ayers, and Freshman Evan Green

PWHS Mock Trial team won first place at the 2018 District Competition, a feat the school has not achieved since 2005, scoring more points than all other 11 teams that competed. The team, coached by Ms. Moorhead, is composed of two sides. Making up the Prosecution is senior Eli Cole and sophomore Whitney Campbell as attorneys and senior Jordan Willis and freshman Evan Green as witnesses. The Defense includes seniors Noah Lovins and Dalton Pertuset as attorneys and Jordan Willis and freshman Anna Lovins as witnesses. Senior Candice Orris returned for a second year to play the part of Bailiff/Timekeeper. Eli Cole and Noah Lovins won Best Attorney awards for the second year in a row at a district competition. Jordan Willis won two Best Witness awards this year--one for each side she played--giving her a total of five Best Witness awards collected at a district competition throughout her four years of Mock Trial experience. 

This year's case is State of Buckeye vs. Adam Smith, with the defense arguing a motion for a new trial for convicted murderer Adam Smith. To advance and qualify for the Regional competition Feb. 16, both sides must win at the district level: the Prosecution defeated Notre Dame and the Defense defeated Valley. Other schools that West defeated in regard to total points scored to win the first place trophy include Portsmouth, South Webster, River Valley, Wheelersburg, and Ironton St. Joseph, The team's legal adviser is Jay S. Willis, who brings 15 years of Mock Trial legal advising experience as well as one year of experience 30 years ago as a team member. Additionally, the team was supported by Mrs. Ginn who volunteered her time to help create the winning team.
Written by Jennifer Moorhead

Senior boys defeated the junior girls in the Skin the Snake Challenge at the pep rally Jan. 26, 2018.  


To view the video on YouTube, click the pic above or here.

Congratulations to Linda Tieman for being selected as a 2018 Outstanding Teacher of the Year, awarded by the Coalition of Rural and Appalachian Schools (CORAS). Tieman was presented with the award on Jan. 24, 2018, at the CORAS ceremony held at Ohio University-Zanesville.  

Due to the threat of hazardous weather Friday evening, the 2018 Basketball Homecoming ceremony and dance have been rescheduled for January 26.  

Also, tonight's(1/12/18) basketball game against Northwest has been canceled.

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