Recently, five of PWHS’s own were entered into the Visually Literate High School Art Show held by Shawnee State University. The art show was held from May 10 to May 18 and on the 18th SSU held the award presentation which ended very well for many of the students. Out of 137 artworks entered only 50 were accepted and five of them happened to be from Portsmouth West. The five students were Taylor Carver, Madison Cochran, Jade Ratliff, Casey Rigsby, and Katie Woten. Taylor Carver received 3rd place in the Sculpture category with her “Gossip Gown,” Madison Cochran placed 3rd in Painting with “Under the Sea,” and Casey Rigsby received 3rd in B&W Drawing with his project “__.” All students are very excited with their awards and are honored to even be chosen to be in the art show, knowing it is a great award alone.

Article by: Madison Cochran

Pictures by: Madison Cochran

Mrs. Bazler's 1st, 6th, and 7th period Anatomy and Physiology classes went to Shawnee State University to examine cadavers of the human body. Students of the class could either pick to go on the trip in the morning or the afternoon. Students who went in the morning got to eat lunch at Tim Horton's and students who went in the afternoon got to eat lunch at Gattis pizza. Anatomy and Physiology students have been dissecting a cat in group for a little over a month where students have to learn parts of the cats muscles, digestive system, respiratory system, endocrine system, and the nervous system. Students were able to touch and hold parts of the cadaver to examine them and get a great hands on experience of what class will be like in college.

Article by: Dalton Meyers

This weekend is your chance to enjoy a hilarious, laugh-out-loud, comedy about the real secrets to success in the business world. Under the direction of Linda Tieman, the Portsmouth West High School Musical Theatre Department Presents, HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING. Technical direction by Gary Tieman and set construction provided by Ed Ingles. The performance is at Shawnee State University’s Vern Riffe Center for the Arts on May 12 & 13 at 7:30 p.m. and May 14 at 2:00 p.m.  For ticket information, contact the McKinley Box Office at 740-351-3600 or online at


Pictures by Danette Colley, provided below, give a sneak peek at some of what you can expect to learn about how to succeed in business, without really trying. We hope you enjoy!


Start at the bottom of the career ladder and work your way up. 


Schmooze the right people. 

Find a good woman to date. 

Make sure you let the boss see you "working late". 

Beauty and "brains" certainly don't hurt.  

Be a team player or you may fall back down the ladder. 

Will "Big Red" Lewis has been named the MVP of the 6th Annual Farm Team Classic. A tournament in which only wooden bats are allowed to be used by the players. The PWHS Senators JV team pulled off a win yesterday, May 8, against Northwest, with help from two hits by Big Red that eventually ended with runs scored. Our MVP got not only one, but his first two hits in his baseball career ever! Congratulations to Will and the Senators. 

Will "Big Red" Lewis holds up his MVP plaque earned during the Farm Team Classic.

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.

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