On March 20 Ohio young adult author Mindy McGinnis will visit both Portsmouth West Middle School and Portsmouth West High School to speak to students about writing and publishing. McGinnis, an Otterbein graduate and Edgar-award winning author, uses rural Ohio as a common setting in her writing.
No stranger to awards and praise, McGinnis’ debut novel, Not a Drop to Drink, has been optioned for film by Fickle Fish Films, while A Madness So Discreet won the 2016 Edgar Award for Best Young Adult novel. Her most recently published novel, The Female of the Species, was given a Starred Review by School Library Journal in addition to the novel’s other honors such as The Kirkus Prize 2016 Nominee for Young Readers, SLJ’s Best Books of 2016 for Young Adults, and Goodreads Choice Awards 2016 for Young Adult Fiction.
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On March 17, Emily Taylor signed her letter of intent to play soccer for Shawnee State University. This honor was accomplished after 15 years of playing soccer. She is the first female player from PWHS to play soccer at a collegiate level.
With her father’s encouragement, Taylor began playing at age three with the local little league team. Some years he was proud to be her team's coach. While on the field, Taylor has worked hard. Mostly, she has played striker, but she can be a very versatile player. Girls varsity soccer coach Gibbs would appreciate her team spirit and willingness to be a leader. She is also a dedicated student taking both AP and Dual Enrollment courses at SSU and is a member of Beta Club and Honors Club.
“She’s an excellent student and is committed to both her academics and athletics,” said her Dual Enrollment Computer Applications teacher, Mrs. Wilkinson. “She always gives 100% and we are excited about her future.”
Autism Awareness "Wear Blue" Day will be held on Friday, March 31.
Autism Awareness t-shirts, provided through the Southern Ohio Autism Project are available.
The cost of each t-shirt is $13.
An order form is located in the main office of all three campus buildings.
The deadline to order t-shirts is Monday, March 20th.
Everyone show your support and wear blue on this day.
Proceeds from t-shirt sales will support the Southern Ohio Autism Project.
Questions? Please contact Andrea Kegley or Joyce Banks at the Elementary School.
Article and Photos by Madison Cochran
During third semester, some of Mr. Estep's advanced art students have worked on a process known as “Cyanotypes.” To do this, students take an overhead sheet and copy their picture onto it creating a negative. Once the negative is ready two chemicals are combined (ammonium iron (III) citrate and potassium ferricyanide) and “painted” onto their watercolor paper. Once the chemicals are on the paper students lay their overhead images over the chemical and leave it in the sun to expose. After being exposed in the sun the students remove their overhead images and wash the paper in water. Then, it is washed in hydrogen peroxide. Finally the “photo without a camera” is revealed.
Below are photos showing the process.
Congratulations to the PWHS Varsity Cheerleaders! They received the Champion Award in their group and overall Grand Champion at the Arnold Sports Festival held in Columbus, OH on Saturday, March 4.
Senior squad members display the banners and trophy that they helped their team win. These will be proudly displayed at our school.
The amazing fitness and skill of our cheerleaders is evident as they perform this amazing stunt that helped propel them to Grand Champions!
Cheerleaders pose as a group with their squad coaches before the competition.
Jade Ratliff, Miss West 2017
Positively Pink Packages for Patients
My platform is “Positively Pink.” My community service event is “Positively Pink Packages for Patients.” This event will involve the donations of items that will be assembled into packages for women who have breast cancer who are currently going through chemotherapy and radiation.
This is a list of items that you can donate and there is collection box at the High School front office. A good place to purchase these items are at The Dollar Tree. Other items are also greatly appreciated. All of the donations I receive will be donated to our local cancer center. Thank-you in advance.
Word search books
Cross word books
Any breast cancer items
Items that are pink