By Ryan Spriggs

Portsmouth West High School football team recently concluded their annual canned food drive and brought in over 400 items to be donated to the less fortunate in the community.

This was the fourth year Coach Ben Johnson tasked his players with collecting the nonperishable food items to ensure all families in the community are able to enjoy Thanksgiving dinner.

Players stepped up to the challenge and realized the importance of community service. “ I feel it was a very good way to help out our community,” stated Junior Isaiah Norman.

Congratulations to the October 2017 students of the month winners:

senior Caleb Deaver, junior Isaiah Norman, sophomore Joe Igaz, and freshman Shealynn Patrick

Congratulations to the PWHS September Students of the Month!

September 2017 Students of the Month

Senior Taylor Coleman, Junior Molly Taylor, Sophomore Nick Gray, Freshman Gary Jenkins

 Photo courtesy of Joe Shupert. Visit photojoeonline for more pics.

Portsmouth West High School football team (4-0) earned a 9 spot in the Div V top ten ranking in the first weekly OHSAA Associated Press poll of 2017 released on Sept. 11.


Congratulations to Portsmouth West High School senior, Jade Ratliff, crowned Miss River Days 2nd Runner-Up during the 54th annual Portsmouth River Days Festival Pageant on Saturday, Sept. 2. She also was awarded 2nd place for her float and voted Outstanding Performer based on her performance in the pageant.

Photo courtesy of Joe Shupert.  For more images of the River Days Parade click here

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.


Callihan wins legion award

There is a change in the bell schedule for the 2017-2018 school year. Click here to view the 2017-2018 bell schedule. Please note that the handbooks students received on the first day do not have the updated schedule.




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