Photos and author: Jennifer Moorhead
The Plaintiffs. Their story is real.
The defense team makes a case.
The PWHS Mock Trial team competed at the Regional Competition at Portsmouth Municipal Court on Friday, Feb. 10. To compete at the Regional Competition, the team had to win both its matches at the District Competition in January. At the Regional Competition, the Plaintiff side won its match against Notre Dame, and the Defense side lost to Ironton St. Joe, winners of the District Competition, in an extremely tight match. Only three points separated the teams.
Plaintiff attorney Noah Lovins won a second Best Attorney award. Plaintiff witness Jordan Willis won a second Best Witness award. Defense witness Alec Arnett also won a second Best Witness award. “We have had an amazing season and I am so proud of this team’s accomplishments,” said Ms. Jennifer Moorhead, Mock Trial coach. “They put in an incredible amount of practice and preparation and it showed at competition. They may have gone in as underdogs, but they left with the best teams in the region knowing that West deserved to be there and were true contenders.” Other team members include: Kaitlyn Bell, Eli Cole, J.P. Igaz, Candice Orris, and Abby Riley. Mr. Jay Willis is legal advisor.
Timmy, a kindergartner at Waverly Elementary, was recently diagnosed with a rare cancer called rhabdomyosarcoma and will be treated with chemotherapy for up to a year. You can help Timmy and his family out by purchasing a Timmy Tough T-shirt. Available sizes are Youth S - L and Adult S - 3X $15.00 each Additional $2 for 2 or 3XL. Please see Chloe Nelson, sophomore at PWHS, to order. There is also an order form in the front office at PWHS.
Shirts are Yellow with Black Lettering
Mrs. Distel, Prom Coordinator, has Valentine Arrangements available for order.
Pictured is one of the items available. Supplies are limited so act quick!
All funds raised benefit Prom.
Thank-you to everyone who donated for the Local Veterans. Thank-you to the Key Club for your leadership. Below is a sampling of items collected.
Many veterans come off the street without the basic supplies that we take for granted. Do your part to help the veterans in our community by donating supplies to make Veteran's Personal Care Kits. These will go straight to a veteran in need to help them get back on their feet.
Personal Care Items Disposable razors Shaving cream Non-aerosol deodorant Bar soap Shampoo Combs Toothbrush and paste Body lotion Laundry detergent
Cleaning Supplies The cleaning supplies will assist residents as they leave the program and move into their own apartments. Trash can Broom Dust pan Dishwashing liquid Shower curtain Shower curtain rings All purpose cleaner Kitchen sponges Paper towels Hand soap Toilet paper
Household Items Bath towels Wash cloths Pillows Pillowcases Twin sheets and blankets
Clothing Ties* Belts* Suits* Socks Underwear Undershirts Winter coats, hats and gloves
*Help a Veteran Land the Job.
Employment struggles often lead to homelessness for veterans – with 79% of homeless veterans having no employment in the past 30 days. Help boost confidence for the many veterans struggling in their job search by donating ties and belts to help them dress for success. Volunteers of America works to help veterans re-enter the workforce by providing supportive employment services, career clothing and transportation assistance to over 1,885 Ohio veterans each year.
In cooperation with Volunteers of America®, Greater Ohio Chapter, the PWHS Key Club
is accepting donations February 13-24.
Donation boxes are located in the front offices at all three Portsmouth West schools.
Students in Mrs. Blevins AIR Math class are using an experiment involving ice cream to learn about probability. Students brought in different flavors of ice cream (six total) and 10 different toppings. We listed the sample space (all the possible outcomes) on the board and numbered them so that we could roll dice to determine what flavor of ice cream and topping we would get. We used one six sided dice for the ice cream and a ten sided dice for the toppings. We discussed how we would calculate the probability if we were allowed to get two scoops of ice cream and two toppings. We also discussed how the probability would change if we were able to get the same scoop twice or if we were only allowed to choose one scoop and how we would have to draw from an urn rather than roll dice (with and without replacement).
Each student made their list of what they wanted and we calculated the probability. If order mattered (permutation) and if we were able to get two of the same scoops and the same topping twice, the probability of getting what we chose was one out of 3600 (VERY UNLIKELY!). No one actually rolled all four things that they wanted. We then discussed the law of large numbers and how if we were to conduct this experiment MANY more times, we would eventually get the outcome we want. This refers to how the more times you conduct an experiment, the more likely the experimental probability is to match the theoretical probability.
S.CP.A.2 Understand that two events A and B are independent if the probability of A and B occurring together is the product of their probabilities, and use this characterization to determine if they are independent.
S.CP.A.3 Understand the conditional probability of A given B as P(A and B)/P(B), and interpret independence of A and B as saying that the conditional probability of A given B is the same as the probability of A, and the conditional probability of B given A is the same as the probability of B.)
Members of the Beta Club volunteered to assist with the preschoolers field trip to The Complex as they participated in an indoor field day. The "little" kids participated in sack races, rock-paper-scissors competitions, experimented with magnets, and practiced their skills with hula hoops among many more activities while the "big kids" provided guidance, encouragement, and lots of smiles.
The Grand Master's Student Achievement Award for the Seventh Masonic District was awarded to Senior T. J. Hoggard. T. J. is currently rated first in his graduating class with a 4.0 Grade Point Average. He belongs to the BETA Club and is a three-year member of the high school Quiz Bowl team. He is a member of the Singing Men of West (SMOW) and is the Ohio High School Athletic Association leadership representative for West High School this past year.
T. J. plays high school soccer, football and track, winning many honors in these sports. He has been recognized for Soccer first team as a senior; Football player of the week his Junior and Senior years and currently holds the school record in the 4 x 400 and 4 x 800 meter relay teams. T. J. will complete his high school athletic career with 10 varsity letters. Described by his teachers as: having a strong work ethic; possesses great character; a leader in the classroom and on the field; does things the right way and does not look for shortcuts or make excuses.
T. J. attends church at Mabert Road Baptist Church, where he has gone his entire life.
T. J. comes highly recommended for the Grand Master's Excellence in Youth Award for 2017 from the Seventh Masonic District.
Article and photo courtesy of Eric Nichols.