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Mr. Hobb's A.P. Literature classes dressed up today as The Great Gatsby characters.
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Football State Championship Tickets will be on Sale during school Wed. & Thurs. for $13.
There will be no school on Friday, November 30th.
Pikeville High/Junior High Counselor Dawn Stewart is serving on the first University of Kentucky High School Counselor Advisory Board.
The Family Resource and Youth Service Center will be providing assistance to families for Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Zach is getting a head start on a career in law enforcement thanks to the EKU online dual credit program.
Infinite Campus is changing its mobile app.
There will be ACT tutoring the following Saturdays in November:
Saturday, November 11th (no specific subject- just ACT overview) from 12 pm – 3 pm
Saturday, November 18th (no specific subject- just ACT overview) from 12 pm – 3 pm
For more information visit the following website: http://pikevillelibrary.weebly.com/act-prep.html
Students should sign up in the library with Ms. Poteet.
These sessions are not subject specific but will provide more of an overview of the ACT.
Parents, faculty and staff are invited to shop our after school book fair Thursday, November 2 during the hours of 5:00-7:00. This is a great time to begin your Christmas shopping and encourage the Love of Reading in your children and grandchildren!
The Pikeville High School Fellowship for Christian Athletes and Teens Who Care, in collaboration with Pike Central FCA, Christ Central, and UPike collected donations that will be delivered to hurricane victims in Texas.
How awesome it is to see our community work together for the greater good. Thank you to all who participated in this service project!
The Pikeville High School Fellowship for Christian Athletes and Teens Who Care, in collaboration with Pike Central FCA, Christ Central, and UPike collected donations that will be delivered to hurricane victims in Texas.
How awesome it is to see our community work together for the greater good. Thank you to all who participated in this service project!
You are invited to join our staff at PHS for Open House for the 2017-2018 school year on Monday, August 21 for seventh and eighth grades at 6:00 p.m. and for Freshmen-Seniors at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 24.
The Pikeville High School Wind Band made school history on Tuesday, May 9 at the KMEA State Concert Band Assessment at Comstock Hall at the University of Louisville School of Music by being awarded a distinguished rating at the KMEA State Concert Band Assessment. Bands from across the Commonwealth perform in this prestigious event. To qualify, participating bands must receive a distinguished rating at one of the state’s district concert band assessments.
Bands are judged in seven categories: tone quality, intonation, interpretation, technique, rhythm, balance, and overall factors. The assessment requires that the participating ensembles “compete” against themselves within the context of the national standards of music performance. The assessment results are determined by a panel of three nationally-known judges. Judges determine if each band meets the national performance standards required by the music composers. Judges then rate the performance in one of four categories: Distinguished, Proficient, Apprentice, or Novice.
Based upon the decision of the judges, the Pikeville Wind Band was awarded a Distinguished rating. This is the first statewide distinguished rating garnered by the Pikeville High School band program and one of only two distinguished ratings ever awarded within KMEA District Nine history.
On Tuesday, May 2, Pikeville Elementary honored our local community heroes - law enforcement agencies and first responders for their commitment to keeping our community safe. The excited students formed a thank you tunnel througout the school as our law enforcement and first responders walked through greetng the students. Representatives from the Pikeville Police Department, Kentucky State Police and Pikeville Fire Department were on hand to participate in the celebration.
Pikeville Independent administration, faculty, staff, parents and students are truly grateful for our local comunity heroes and thank them from the bottom of our hearts for their support.
The Pikeville Independent Schools’ Local Planning Committee will be meeting on Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at 12 pm in the John Waddell Administration Building, 148 Second Street, Pikeville KY.
Pikeville High School senior Ryan Crum, son of Dr. Aaron and Angela Crum, has earned one of only 150 Coca Cola Scholars Program scholarships worth $20,000. The Coca-Cola Scholars Program Scholarship is an achievement-based scholarship awarded to graduating high school seniors. Students are recognized for their capacity to lead and serve, as well as their commitment to making a significant impact on their schools and communities. With the 28th class in 2016, the Foundation has provided over 5,700 Coca-Cola Scholars with more than $60 million in educational support. 150 Coca-Cola Scholars are selected each year to receive this $20,000 scholarship.
This past weekend, the best high school teams from all over the country, featuring over 680 teams comprised of 13,200 athletes and representing 31 states, gathered in Orlando,
Our own Pikeville Varsity Cheerleaders captured the Small Varsity Division II cheer national title Sunday night in Disney, making it back-to-back national championships for our Panthers.
The varsity team includes seniors Christen Ousley and Catie Rowe, juniors Kate Lackey, Cameron Slone and Alexis Stanley, sophomores Karson Bailey, Savannah Crider, Kaitlyn Damron, Emily Hager, Staci Morrison, Hannah Potter, Annie Salyer, Alyssa Shanklin, and Olivia Whitfield and eighth grader Elizabeth Brown. The team is coached by Kandace Branham. Congratulations Panthers!
Congratulations to the Pikeville High School Academic team for their outstanding performance in the Governor’s Cup district academic competition.
Members of the PHS Academic Team include Hasseeb Ahmad, Madhu Ammisetty, Alex Chang, Hunter Ford, Cami Gaunt, Jared Green, Tanner Hamilton, Jackson Holland, Emily Keaton, Paul Keaton, Tiffany Lin, Lindsey Lockhart, Adam Swofford, and Haley Williamson.
Pikeville High School won the Governor’s Cup Regional Championship. The Future Problem Solving Team, Alex Chang, Adam Swofford, Haseeb Ahmad, Cami Gaunt, Tiffany Lin, Jackson Holland, Emily Keaton and William Flenikan, won first place. The Quick Recall Team, Haseeb Ahmad, Madhu Ammisetty, Hunter Ford, Cami Gaunt, Jared Green, Jackson Holland, Emily Keaton, Paul Keaton, Tiffany Lin, Lindsey Lockhart also won first place.
Individual wins included Paul Keaton, first, in Social Studies and Arts and Humanities, Jared Green, second, in Social Studies and Jackson Holland, third, in Social Studies. In Language Arts, Emily Keaton placed first, Cami Gaunt placed second and Hunter Ford placed fourth. Hunter Ford also took fourth in Arts and Humanities. In math, Lindsey Lockhart, took fourth and Madhu Ammisetty, placed fifth. In Science, Adam Swofford captured third place and Haseeb Ahmad captured fifth place. Rounding out the individual wins, Cami Gaunt placed first and Tiffany Lin placed fifth in Composition.
The team is coached by Tom Asbury, Traci Bishop and Jordan Johnson.
Pikeville High School competed at the 76th annual Kentucky Beta Club senior convention held January 22-January 24 at the Lexington Convention Center in Lexington, Kentucky. Pikeville High School’s Club secured individual and group honors including Will Williamson taking third place in Social Studies; Sam Musgrave placing third in Mixed Media and group talent taking second. Group talent members included Lynne Atkins, Megan Bailey, Lauren Blackburn, Lily Case, Rebecca Clark, Lexie Damron, Trey Grant, Britney Hopkins, Emily Hughes, Taylor Johns, Dalton Justice, Sylvia Justice, Braden Kendall, Savannah Little, Kristen Maynard, Maura McCoy, Andrew McNamee, Austin Mullins, Sam Musgrave, Brooklyn Newsome, Jonathan Ray, McKinley Webb, Maddie Willard, Will Williamson, Paige Workman, and Alicia Zacarias.
In addition to student competitions, the statewide gathering included conference meetings, officer elections and guest speakers. Pikeville sophomore Emily Crum was elected as Beta state secretary and senior Clay Slone gave an inspirational speech during the opening ceremony. Senior Maddie Willard completed her service as the 2016-17 Beta state president at the convention. The club also received the G.O.L.D. Key award.
The National Beta Club promotes the ideals of academic achievement, character, service and leadership among elementary and secondary school students. The 2017 national senior convention is slated for June 29-July 2, Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin Resort in Orlando, Florida.
Club sponsors are Mary Anne Prater and Dawn Stewart. Special thanks to Kim Willard for her time and efforts in making our group talent successful.
Pikeville High School’s brightest and best were inducted into the National Honor Society (NHS) during their annual induction ceremony held on August 31 at 7:00 in the Alumni Association Auditorium. The four pillars of the National Honor Society include leadership, scholastic excellence, community service and good character. Adviser Tom Asbury and the NHS Executive Committee members presided over the ceremony. Members of the Executive Committee include Rebecca Clark, Ryan Crum, Emily Keaton, McKinley Webb, Haley Williamson and Will Williamson.
New members inducted into the National Honor Society included Trenton Allara, Haseeb Amhad, Austin Ball, Raven Branham, Cade Byers, Alex Chang, Micah Clevinger, Keely Coleman, Kenzi Hale, Walker Hall, Evan Hamilton, Quinn Helfin, Noah Little, Bailey Lockhart, Cassidy Lowe, Tyler McKinney, Lindsey McNamee, Collin Noud, Conner Riser, Evan Rhodes, Caleb Sackman, Allyson Sizemore, Camryn Slone, Abigail Smart, Elisabeth Staggs, Alexis Stanley, Evan Swofford, Leah Vanderbeck, Jacob Wilkerson, Paige Workman, Madison Younce and Alicia Zacarias.
Returning members include Cameron Alley, Lynne Atkins, Megan Bailey, Lauren Blackburn, Rachael Blackburn, Kassidy Caudill, Rebecca Clark, Ryan Crum, Lexie Damron, Alyssa Francis, Canaan Godsey, Trey Grant, Carmen Hall, Andrew Harris, Hannah Hopkins, Emily Hughes, Taylor Johnson, Sylvia Justice, Dalton Justice, Emily Keaton, Kennedy Keeys, Braden Kendall, Cameron Lane, Callie Leisure, Savannah Little, Kyle Martin, Sydney May, Kristen Maynard, Andrew McNamee, Sam Musgrave, Brooklyn Newsome, Savanna Nunemaker, Christen Ousley, Joe Steele, Katherine Stiles, Tanner Thompson, Phoebe Thornbury, Ariana Velasquez, McKinley Webb, Maddie Willard, Haley Williamson and Will Williamson.
Congratulations to our 2016-17 National Honor Society members.
Pikeville Independent recognized their Governor’s Scholars during the regularly scheduled board meeting held on Tuesday, August 18. Pikeville’s Governor’s Scholars included Ryan Crum, son of Dr. Aaron and Angelia Crum; Trey Grant, son of Tammy Grant; Cameron Lane, son of Joe and Sherry Lane; Andrew McNamee, son of Chris and Jerri McNamee; Haley Williamson, daughter of James and Jamie Williamson; and Will Williamson, son of Oliver and Virginia Williamson.
The Governor’s Scholars Program is a five week summer residential program for outstanding high school students in Kentucky who are rising seniors. The program originated to attract the state’s “best and brightest” to remain in Kentucky while pursuing their postsecondary education. The core curriculum for these summer sessions included a focus area that allowed the student to pursue a topic in-depth; general studies that emphasized inquiry, service-learning, community leadership and resolution development and personal development seminars.
On May 14, Pikeville High School hosted their annual junior/senior prom at the Hilton Garden Inn. The night ended with the crowning of the 2016 PHS Prom King and Queen. This year's king and queen were Mr. Cody Charles and Ms. Hannah Layne. Cody is the son of Kevin Charles and Tonya Scroggins and Hannah is the daughter of Dusty and Mary Layne. Congratulations Cody and Hannah!
On Monday, May 23, the Pikeville Elementary preschool class of 2016 entertained parents, grandparents, family and friends during the graduation play. The students were directed by Mrs. Loader and assisted by Ms. Flo and Mrs. Barb. Congratulations to the preschool class!
The Pikeville Elementary Academic Team was recognized during the May board meeting for their outstanding accomplishment during the school year. The team ended their successful year by winning first place in the regional competition with a total score of 58 points. The second place team had a total of 18 points.
What a great effort on the part of our PES Academic Team and their coaches Kim Fields, Betty McGuire and Jeff Akers. Congratulations!
Twenty Pikeville High School students placed at the state FBLA competition and three additional teams advanced to the top eight on April 20 in Louisville, Kentucky. The FBLA state awards program recognizes and rewards excellence in a broad range of business and career-related areas. Eleven of these students qualified as national winners and will represent Pikeville High School at the 2016 National Future Business Leaders of America Conference in Atlanta, Georgia.
First place winners included Logan Newsome, Courtney Maynard and Austin Wright in Graphic Design and Lauren Blackburn, Lexie Damron, Dalton Justice and Savannah Little in Public Service Announcement.
Second place winners included Sydney Fannin, Kayce Tackett, Ariana Velasquez and Alicia Zacarias in Digital Video.
Third place winners included Sean Hillwig in Business Calculations; Olivia Davis and Bridgett Pennington in Chapter Scrapbook.
Evan Hall placed fourth in Future Business Leader.
Fifth place winners included Alexxa Gearheart, Beka Lindsey and Brooklyn Newsome in Partnership with Business and Pryce Atkinson and Trey Grant in Business Plan.
In addition, teams that advanced to the top eight included the Business Ethics team Sylvia Justice, Braden Kendall and McKinley Webb; the Parliamentarian team Michael Gaunt, Kevin Green, Kenton Hall, Cameron Lane and Beka Lyndsey; and the Introduction to Business Presentation team Keely Coleman, Alexis Stanley and Elisabeth Staggs.
The FBLA advisors for Pikeville High School are Brandon Blackburn and Mary Anne Prater.
On September 9, officials of National Merit Scholarship Corporation (nmsc) announced the names of approximately 16,000 Semifinalists in the 61st annual National Merit Scholarship Program. PHS senior Michael Gaunt was selected as one of the 16,000 Semifinalist. Michael is the son of Drs. Tina and Bucky Gaunt.
These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,400 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million that will be offered next spring. To be considered for a Merit Scholarship® award, Semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the Finalist level of the competition. About 90 percent of the Semifinalists are expected to attain Finalist standing, and about half of the Finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar® title.
About 1.5 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools entered the 2016 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2014 Preliminary sat/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (psat/nmsqt®), which served as an initial screen of program entrants. The nationwide pool of Semifinalists, representing less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest scoring entrants in each state. The number of Semifinalists in a state is proportional to the state’s percentage of the national total of graduating seniors.
Congratulations Michael on earning this prestigious award.
On June 10-14, the seventh and eighth grade Pikeville ACES gifted and talented class traveled to Ames, Iowa and competed in the International Future Problem Solving Competition held at Iowa State University. Countries around the world, as well as, many states competed in individual and team events including community problem solving, global issues problem solving, scenario writing team and scenario performance.
The Pikeville junior high ACES students competed in the community problem-solving event and won third place in their event. The students attending the competition included Emily Crum, daughter of Dr. Aaron and Angela Crum, Isabella Justice, daughter of Adam and Rebecca Justice, Jacob Barber, son of Duane and Donna Elkins, Hunter Ford, son of Jon and Christie Ford and Jackson Holland, son of Jody and Joann Holland. Other students who participated, but unable to attend, were Hannah Jones, daughter of Robert and Maedea Jones, Annie Salyer, daughter of Chad and Jonda Salyer and Adam Swofford, son of Mark and Lynette Swofford.
Community problem solving students use a six-step problem solving process to tackle an actual problem in their community. The Pikeville ACES team’s community project included building self-sufficiency skills of residents at the West Care Homeless Shelters. One component of their project involved a garden project where students planted fall/winter crops in raised beds and donated the bed, along with a worm farm, to the Men WestCare Facility. A second component involved the students conducting a school wide book drive that resulted in a collection of over 2,000 books that were donated to create a library at the Women and Children WestCare Shelter.
The team is coached by Traci Tackett.
Pikeville Junior High, along with eleven other schools, competed in the junior high Governor's Cup regional competition on Saturday, January 31 at Pikeville High School. The schools competing included Pikeville Junior High, Belfry Middle, Valley Elementary, Johns Creek Elementary, Phelps Elementary, Dorton Elementary, Feds Creek Elementary, Kimper Elementary, Millard Elementary, Mullins Elementary and Elkhorn City Elementary.
Pikeville Junior High students ranked first in the overall rankings. The Future Problem Solving team and Quick Recall teams placed first. The Future Problem Solving team includes Leen Alnajjar, Tiffany Lin, Maddhu Ammisetty and Adam Swofford. The Quick Recall team includes Lindsey Lockhart, Jared Green, Hunter Ford, Cami Gaunt, Jackson Holland, William Fleniken, Jason Lin, Isaiah Huffman and Adam Swofford.
Individual rankings included first place Jared Green in Social Studies. Also, in social studies, Jackson Holland placed third and Hunter Ford placed fifth. In science, Jared Green and Jackson Holland tied for fourth. Hunter Ford placed second in Arts and Humanities. Jason Lin placed fifth in math. In Language Arts, Cami Gaunt placed second and Sarah Belcher placed fourth. Rounding out the wins, Cami Gaunt placed first and Leen Alnajjar placed fourth in Composition. The students will be competing in state Governor’s Cup finals on March 14-16 at the Galt House in Louisville, Kentucky.
The team is coached by Mrs. Sherry Lane and Mrs. Glenda Adkins.
Pikeville High School recognized 104 students in the junior/senior high that received a 4.0 for the first semester. They received a special recognition break with a treat and was recognized at halftime of the boys’ basketball game against Harlan County on January 20 where they received a certificate recognizing their accomplishment.
Students who were recognized included Seniors Noor Ali, Emily Altman, Courtney Anderson, Haleigh Bevins, Juana Childers, Meagan Cochran, Katelyn Coleman, Cody Estep, Taunee Justice, Olivia Lane, Keely Layne, Reagan Linton, McKenzie Moore, Aryn Pinson, Morgan Roberts, Faith Runyon, Carter Tackett, Haley Wetzel. The junior class students receiving a 4.0 included Cole Branham, Logan Coleman, Olivia Davis, Michael Gaunt, Kevin Green, Evan Hall, Kenton Hall, Sean Hillwig, Rebekah Lindsey, Courtney Maynard, Lauren McCoy, Allie Mims, Kayce Tackett and Austin Wright.
Pikeville Elementary sixth grade students hosted a Living Wax Museum at school on Friday, November 8. The living museum was a culminating activity that students worked on for approximately one month; but teachers began planning the event at the beginning of the school year.
The sixth graders got the opportunity to portray a person from history by dressing like them, making props for staging and writing a script about how their character impacted the world. Students worked on their projects in both reading and art classes.
The entire student body got the chance to visit the museum and learn from their peers.
During the month of October, Mrs. Cokley's sixth grade students learned about the role of state legislators, the job of a legislative page, and the informative writing process. In addition, Mrs. Dawn Rowe educated the students about the Family Resource Youth Service Center (FRYSC) and the role it plays in the school system.
As a special bonus, the students attended a morning program with Representative Leslie Combs who explained her role as a legislator and encouraged a question and answer session with the students. During Representative Leslie Combs' visit, a surprise guest arrived, Senator Ray Jones, who took time from his day to speak with the class.
The last few weeks have been busy for Pikeville Elementary’s "Plant it for the Planet Project” as students work to get their fall and winter vegetables planted and growing before the cold weather starts. Cathy Rehmeyer, a parent volunteer, UPIKE Professor and author of motherofahubbard.com is collaborating with Mrs. Traci Tackett’s Primary Talent Pool and Gifted Education classes to expand their gardening project and share their educational experience about gardening techniques, the many vegetable varieties, growing food in the fall and winter and healthy eating habits.
To help support the project, The Conservation District donated $250.00 which purchased the composting bin, several garden tools and peat moss to enrich the soil. The students will manage a composting system, worm farm and pollinator garden as well. In addition, Sustainable Pike County sponsored the garden soil and PVC pipe that will create the basis for the low tunnel frames that will protect the plants throughout the winter months.
The Primary Talent Pool and Gifted Class is also partnering with Mr. Branham’s class from Pikeville High School, as well as, Mr. Arnett’s STLP (Student Technology Leadership Program) by creating more awareness through technology projects like their garden blog, website, videos, public services announcements and Twitter.
The Plant It for the Planet students have now planted four raised bed gardens at Pikeville Elementary School including a rainbow kale garden, coleslaw garden, stir fry garden and a salad garden. To follow the progress of their gardens during the fall and winter, as well as, many projects to come, follow them on Twitter @plantitpes or http://twitter.com/plantitpes
On Friday, September 5, the Pikeville High School National Honor Society welcomed thirty-one new members during their induction ceremony. The new inductees bring the current membership total to a tremendous 58 members. To qualify for the National Honor society, students are required to log many hours of community service, participate actively in community service projects as a team throughout the year, and represent the high academic standards at PHS by maintaining a 3.5 unweighted grade point average.
Last year the Pikeville High School National Honor Society performed over 1450 community service hours, raised over $1650 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Foundation and sponsored two blood drives in conjunction with the Kentucky Blood Center which brought in 105 pints of blood. Plans for the upcoming year are even more ambitious.
The current roster include Noor Ali, Logan Allara, Emily Altman, Katie Atkins, Haleigh Bevins, Brianna Blackburn, Juana Childers, Meagan Cochran, Katie Coleman, Cody Estep, Hunter Heffington, Haleigh Johnson, Taunee Justice, Olivia Lane, Vianna Le, Reagan Linton, Emma Looney, Cailee Marcum, Brandi May, McKenzie Moore, Pranay Patel, Aryn Pinson, Morgan Roberts, Faith Runyon, Benaiah Stumpf, and Nick Taylor. New members inducted in this year's ceremony are Courtney Anderson, Destiny Durham, Keely Layne, Bryson Patton, Emaly Slone, Kristen Tackett, Dylan Blackburn, Logan Coleman, Marlee Coleman, Taylor Collins, Olivia Davis, Mykah Fannin, Michael Gaunt, Alexxa Gearheart, Kevin Green, Evan Hall, Kenton Hall, Sean Hillwig, Rebekah Lindsey, Alannah Little, Isaac Lucas, Courtney Maynard, Lauren McCoy, Allie Mims, Alona Neece, Bridgett Pennington, Daric Pugh, Grace Tackett, Emily Thacker, Ariel Ward, Taylor Wells and Austin Wright.
The Pikeville High School National Honor Society is sponsoring a blood drive on Tuesday, September 9, during the hours of 9:00-3:00 in the PHS Auditorium foyer.
Photo identification and proof of age is required. All donors under the age of 18 must have a signed parental permission slip. Prepare to donate by getting plenty of rest the night before, drinking lots of water and eating a good meal prior to donating. Your donation will help Save a Life.
If you can not give at the school but would still like to support the chapter’s efforts to provide scholarship money to a deserving senior, please stop by the Kentucky Blood Center in Pikeville and tell them to “Give it to PHS” when you sign in.
Emily Altman, daughter of Jim and Julie Altman, was selected to participate in the 2014 Governor's Scholar Program. Emily is a member of the PHS soccer team, dance team, Pep Club, Key Club, National Honor Society, Future Business Leaders of America, PHS Student Council, Pike County Youth Leadership and Grace Baptist Youth Group.
During her high school career, Emily was selected for PEPP at UPike, co-editor of PHS yearbook, Student Advisory Committee Class representative and Student Council class representative. For the upcoming school year, Emily will be president of the Senior Class and Pep Club.
Vianna Le, the daughter of Hai Le and Lily Tran, was selected to particiapte in the 2014 Governor's Scholar program. Vianna is a member of PHS Drama Club, Academic Team, Future Business Leaders of American, Key Club, Pride Club, Beta Club, Pep Club, National Honor Society Student Council, and Library Advisory Council.
During her high school career, Vianna received the academic award in Art II, Presbyterian award and first place in Digital Design and Promotion at FBLA regionals. Vianna plans to pursue a career in materials engineering.
PHS Junior Noor Ali was one of three juniors named to participate in the 2014 Governor's Scholar program. Noor Ali is the daughter of Dr. Ahsen and Munizeh Haider Ali. She is a member of the PHS Academic Team, National Honor Society, Future Business Leaders of America, Student Council, Roger’s Scholar ambassador, Pike County Youth Leadership Council and Beta Club.
During her high school career, Noor has earned numerous awards and achievements including first place in state in Quick Recall during her sophomore year, second place in state in Entrepreneurship in FBLA, the Susan B. Anthony Leadership Award, Presbyterian Award and Governor’s Scholar for Entrepreneurship her sophomore year. During her senior year, Noor will be president of FBLA and Beta Club.
Over 30 students and staff from Pikeville Independent participated, coached, scored, proctored and cheered at the 28th Annual Governor’s Cup Academic Competition held in Louisville on March 15-17. This year marks the 28th year that Pikeville Junior/High School has been represented at the tournament.
Both the junior high and high school teams competed in multiple fields including a single elimination Quick Recall Tournament (and we do mean Quick), individual subject testing, Individual Future Problem Solving and On-Demand Written Composition.
In the high school division, Krishna Ammisetty placed second and Blaine McNulty place fifth in written composition and Ammad Mansoor placed eighth in social studies. The Quick Recall Team advanced out of pool play and finished the tournament as semi-finalists. The high school team finished sixth place overall in the tournament.
The team coaches for the high school team are Tom Asbury, Bennett Stewart and Dawn Stewart. The high school coaches would like to say farewell to this year’s seniors, Alex Malone, Patrick Cordero and Krishna Ammisetty and “May the wind always be at your backs.”
Students ranking in the top ten of the state include for the middle school division eighth grader Ewa Sulicz who placed fourth in the state in Science testing with a score of 41 out of 50. The Middle School Quick Recall team advanced out of pool play to compete in the top 24.
The junior high team is coached by Mrs. Sherry Lane and Mrs. Glenda Adkins.
The Pikeville Elementary Academic Team dominated the Regional Governor’s Cup with a first place win in final standing scoring a total of 74 points, with the second place overall win walking away with 14 points.
Individual wins included first, second and third place wins in math with Jason Lin taking first, Colin Street taking second and Hunter Jones taking third place. In Science, PES students took the first three places in Science with Wimeth Dissanayake earning first, Colin Street earning second and Tyler Varney earning third. Again in Social Studies, PES students took the first three places, Aaron Smart, first, Jason Lin, second and Isaiah Huffman, third. In Language Arts, Tyler Varney took first and Kelcie Adams took second. In Composition, Hunter Jones earned first and David Mauer earned fifth. In addition, Evan Kelley placed second, Sarah Belcher earned fourth and Christina Al Akhrass earned fifth in Arts and Humanities.
Rounding out the competition were the PES Future Problem Solving and Quick Recall teams that both captured first place. The Future Problem Solving team included Ethan Hager, Emily Gearheart, Allie Flenekin, Kelcie Adams and Noah Thacker. The Quick Recall Team included Jason Lin, Colin Street, Wimeth Dissanayake, and Aaron Smart.
The team coaches are Kim Fields, Betty Brewer and Jeff Akers. Congratulations to the entire PES academic team and their coaches.
The Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) traveled to Morehead State University on Thursday, March 6, and really got down to business. Out of 31 schools in Region 5, Pikeville High School captured 22 first place wins, six second place wins and three third place wins.
FBLA members qualifying for state include first place winners:
American Enterprise Project – Ryan Crum, Will Williamson, Haley Williamson
Business Calculations – Sean Hillwig
Business Communication – Stacie Gooch
Business Math – Cameron Lane
Digital Design and Promotion – Vianna Li and Hunter Adams
The Pikeville Junior High School MathCounts team competed on Saturday, February 15 earning second place in the region and a trip to state competition in Louisville, Kentucky.
The competition series is ideal for students who have a talent and passion for math who need to be challenged. Students engage in exciting, "bee-style" contests in which they will compete against and alongside other bright, motivated students.
Team members are Lindsey Lockhart, Ewa Sulicz, Hunter Ford and Haseeb Ahmad. Individuals placing are Tanner Skeens and Larry Roberts. Eighth grader Ewa Sulicz placed third place overall, earning a $500 per year scholarship offer to WKU!
The team is coached by Mrs. Jeri McNamee and Mrs. Shana Webb.
In partnership with the National Inventors Hall of Fame, Pikeville Elementary is pleased to offer the nationally-acclaimed Camp Invention program to children entering grades one through six. It’s an exciting, week-long summer adventure in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) that’s all about big ideas. Children will work together to seek innovative solutions to real-world problems and sharpen critical 21st century learning skills as they rotate through four modules that reinvent summer fun. This unforgettable week begins on June 2, when Mrs. Michelle Scott and Mrs. Barbara Kelley will direct the Camp Invention MORPHED!™ program at Pikeville Elementary School. In the Super Go™ module, students design a small, motor-powered vehicle that zooms! Girls and boys will collect energy coins along the way for building ramps, bridges and tunnels for the Super Go Road Rally.
Parents of Kindergartners enrolling for the 2013-14 school year at Pikeville Elementary will be contacted the week of July 8th regarding the Brigance Kindergarten Screener. Parents will be asked to schedule a time during the days of July 24th through the 26th for their child to be screened for Kindergarten Readiness. Parents should plan on a 30 to 45 minute time frame for the screening to take place. During this time parents will be asked to answer a quick survey of questions regarding their child.
Celebrating one hundred years of Panther pride and tradition has been especially memorable with our varsity football team bringing home a state title and now our varsity cheerleaders bringing home a national title. Although our cheerleading squads traditionally place at nationals, it has been 15 years since the varsity cheerleading squad has won first in the small varsity division.
Members of the Pikeville High School varsity cheerleading team returned home with the national championship title and the coveted white jackets after competing in the Universal Cheerleaders Association’s national cheer competition in Orlando, Florida.
During the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, the Pikeville High School Academic team traveled to Western Kentucky University to compete in the annual Hilltopper Invitational Quiz Bowl tournament. This year's team tied for fifth place out of 22 teams from several states.
Ammad Mansoor ranked as the tope player for the tournament with the highest average point total. After the tournament, word arrived that based on High School Quiz Bowl rankings, this year's PHS team ranked 78th in the world, quite an accomplishment.
Pikeville Elementary sixth grade student, Taylor Akers, daughter of Tracy and Tonya Akers was selected to be ‘Page for a Day.’ On February13, 2013, 11 year old Taylor Akers traveled to Frankfort to be a page for Representative Leslie Combs.
Taylor was selected based on an essay she wrote in Mrs. Cokely’s sixth grade writing class, entitled "What it would mean to be a legislative page". The ‘Page For A Day Contest’ was sponsored by the Family Youth Resource Centers. Taylor received a certificate of recognition and was very excited about the honor.
Hunter Ford is named a National Merit Scholar Commended student.
Twelve Pikeville High School students traveled to Louisville to compete in the BETA Club state convention held in December. This year's convention theme was "Making History with BETA" and BETA club members participated in a wide range of academic and artistic competitions. The National Beta Club has become the nation's largest independent, non-profit, educational youth organization. They are committed to recognizing and promoting high academic achievement, rewarding and nurturing worthy character, fostering leadership skills and encouraging service to others.
Freshman Emily Keaton won first place in spelling; freshman Sylvia Justice placed third in black and white photography and freshman Alicia Zacaria placed in the top five in talent. With her first place win, Emily qualified for nationals to be held in Richmond, Virginia on June 25-28.
Pikeville Elementary School will be holding New Student and Kindergarten registration for the 2013-2014 school year beginning Tuesday, March 5 – Thursday, March 14. Registration will be held during school days from 9:00 AM until 1:00 PM at Pikeville Elementary School. Evening enrollment will be offered on Tuesday, March 5th from 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM. Enrollment forms will be available at Pikeville Elementary beginning at 9:00 AM.
Each year, Pikeville Elementary shares their appreciation and love with grandparents/grandfriends in honor of Grandparents Day. Pikeville Elementary celebrated Grandparents/Grandfriends day on Thursday, 9/13 and Friday, 9/14. The event was a success with over 720 grandparents/grandfriends sharing lunch with their grandchild/grandfriend.
The fall blood drive held at PHS on Veteran’s Day was a smashing success. The National Honor Society in conjunction with Mrs. Scott’s Anatomy class and the Kentucky Blood Center got the word out and helped secure 46 pints of blood for local hospitals. According to Richard Davis with KBC, this was the most successful blood drive at PHS in history. Last year, the two blood drives held at PHS netted 48 pints.
A typical pint of blood can save the lives of three adults or six babies. This information drives our students to give the gift of life. We also want to recognize the 12 people who tried to give blood but were unable to. It can be a bit scary to give blood, especially your first time. Thank you!!
The Pike County Grade School Spelling Bee was recently held and taking first runner-up for the second year in a row and winner on the seventh grade level was Ewa Sulicz, 12, of Pikeville Junior High, daughter of Adam and Katarzyna Sulicz of Pikeville. The competition was between Pike County, Pikeville Independent and Christ Central Schools.
25 PHS students were inducted into the 2018-2019 NHS.
A BIG Congratulations to our PES STLP Students and their showcase "Plant it for the Planet". Olivia Hall, Aliyah Dotson, Corey Meza, and Gage Ritchie represented Pikeville Elementary STLP at the East Kentucky Expo Center on December 4th at the Regional STLP Showcase. The students were judged alongside 70+ showcases from seven Eastern Kentucky school districts. They received a score of 111 out of 118, qualifying them to compete at the state STLP competition to be held at Rupp Arena in April.
Their showcase entitled "Plant it for the Planet" is part of a collaborative effort between STLP, Mrs. Traci Tackett’s Gifted and Talented classes and Mrs. Scott's PHS AP Environmental Science program. The STLP students are bringing the technology element to this gardening and environmental science project and helping to raise community awareness.
Pikeville Elementary fifth grader, Saraiah Peters was recently recognized as the winner of the AARP Greatest Grandparent contest!
The annual contest highlights the nurturing relationship between grandparents and their grandchildren. The essay contest is an important way to make the public more aware of how important grandparents are in the lives of children.
Saraiah received several prizes from AARP for her for her winning essay on why her Grandfather, Junior Wagner should be AARP’s Grandparent of the Year.
Saraiah is the daughter of Jeff Peters and Shellae Thacker.
PHS is fortunate enough to have our 5th semi-finalist since 2012—Cami Gaunt.
Pikeville Elementary teacher, Shawne Wells and husband, Kelly Wells, UPike head basketball coach, knows the value of life and the importance of organ donation. After battling a battle against kidney disease, Coach Wells benefitted from a kidney donated by his wife, Shawne.
Based on their life experience, the Wells are passionate about informing the public about the importance of making healthy choices and the importance of organ and tissue donation. To promote this message, ten agencies came together to educate fourth and fifth graders about the functions of their organs and the importance of healthy choices.
Fourth and fifth graders visited ten hands-on stations featuring presentations on various body organs such as the heart, lungs and liver. At other stations students enjoyed demonstrations of the effects of smoking, the importance of eating healthy and the importance of donating blood.
Our school and the PHS National Honor Society is excited to be participating in the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's School and Youth Programs. Last year, students in the Kentucky & Southern Indiana area raised $345,000 to fight blood cancers like leukemia and provide services for patients and their families.
Teens Who Care UNITEd distributed goody bags.
Pikeville High School seniors Krishna Ammisetty and Alex Malone were recently announced as finalist in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program. Krishna is the son of Drs. Vijaya and Srinivas Ammisetty and Alex is the son of Timothy and Lisa Malone. These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 8,000 National Merit Scholarships worth about $35 million that will be offered next spring.
To be considered for a Merit Scholarship® award, semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the Finalist level of the competition. About 90 percent of the Semifinalists are expected to attain Finalist standing, and more than half of the finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar® title.
Pikeville High School’s 2013 Poetry Out Loud school- wide competition took place on February 6th and may have proven to be the most eventful POL in school history. Fourteen students in grade nine were honored with the chance to perform in front of their teachers and peers after they had already won the poetry competition in their classroom. The competing students were required to memorize two poems to recite and were judged on factors including the articulation, dramatic appropriateness, the poem’s level of difficulty, and evidence of understanding.
While all students did an AMAZING job, only three students could be awarded at the end of the day. Haley Wetzel and Haley Bevins, both sophomores, won second and third place respectively.
Taking top honors was PHS senior Miranda Webb who was awarded the first place prize, a fifty dollar gift card, and a chance to compete at the Kentucky state POL competition for her beautiful recitations of “The Obligation to Be Happy” and “Inside Out”. Along with Webb, all the competitors of POL will come along to cheer her on at the state POL competition on March 15th. When asked about state competition Miranda says she is “really nervous, but grateful for the opportunity.” Michael Stevens, Stephen Clark, Caleb Hall, and Kaitlyn Good also provided entertainment by performing great songs such as Tom Petty’s “Free Falling.”
Pikeville High School sophomore Kenton Hall has been selected as ambassador for the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Seminar. Kenton will attend the 2013 Kentucky HOBY Leadership Seminar May 30-June 2, at Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky. Kenton is the grandson of Hugh B and Pat Hall.
HOBY seminars prepare high school sophomores to become effective, ethical leaders in their home, school, workplace and community. Ambassadors benefit from improved critical thinking skills, enhanced leadership abilities, a better understanding of the democratic process, developed goal-setting skills, and the realization of the importance of leadership in their communities. Ambassadors participate in small-group activities, interact with a variety of panels, practice leadership skills, participate in community service and have fun.
The Pikeville Middle School Academic Team won first place in the KAAC Governor’s Cup which took place at Christ Central on Saturday, January 18.
First place winners included Ewa Sulicz in Math and Science; Nicole Kinder in Composition; and Callie Leisure, Nicole Kinder, Haseeb Ahmad and Hannah Hopkins in Future Problem Solving.
Second place winners included Cameron Lane in Math; Samuel Bishop in Science and Social Studies; Trey Grant in Language Arts and Sam Bishop, Cameron Lane, Thomas Ratliff, Ewa Sulicz, Kennedy Anderson, Trey Grant and Haseeb Ahmad in Quick Recall.
PHS would like to say Thank You to our Pikeville City Fire and Police Departments for helping us successfully conduct our safety drills for the beginning of the school year. They are both incredible teams that our city is fortunate to have for our safety!
Pikeville High School ninth grader, Ryan Crum was chosen to participate in the Rogers Explorers program this summer at Eastern Kentucky University. The Center for Rural Development’s Rogers Explorers program helps rising ninth-grade students interested in science, math, and technology start the journey toward careers in those in-demand career fields.
Ryan spent three days and two nights on campus at EKU where experts guided participants through hands-on assignments, all of which encourage creative thinking and teamwork and build leadership skills. When interviewed about his experience, Ryan responded, “it was an awesome experience that allowed me the opportunity to meet new people, learn good communication and leadership skills and experience a combination of college life, education and fun.”
Many of us have seen the hit reality hit American Idol, but Kaitlyn Good had the opportunity to experience the reality of being a contestant. Being the Big Sandy Idol winner last year, Kaitlyn was no stranger to performing before judges and this experience no doubt was a stepping stone to pursue what Kaitlyn refers to as her dream career. Kaitlyn advanced to the third round of auditions going from Bowling Green, Kentucky to Baton Rouge, New Orleans and finally to Hollywood where she auditioned in front of producers and singers from various walks of life. Kaitlyn sang “I Have Nothing” by Whitney Houston during the first two auditions and sang “Independence Day” by Martina McBride in Hollywood. When interviewed about her experience, Kaitlyn stated, “the experience was really stressful, but a blessing.”
Pikeville Independent Schools will enter it’s 103rd year, with a new principal at the helm of Pikeville High School. The School-Based Decision Making Council hired Jason Booher as the next Instructional Leader of Pikeville High School.
Mr. Booher is a veteran educator of twenty-two years with experience spanning from rural, military, inner city, and independent school districts. He began his educational career as a mathematics teacher and later devoted seventeen years of his life to high school administration. He has spent the past four years serving as Assistant Principal and Athletic Director of PHS.
‘In any occupation or in life, our goal should always be to leave it better than you found it. That will be an incredible challenge at Pikeville High School since ACT scores are at an all-time high, all seniors graduating with a diploma in May are all enrolled at a college or university this month, and there is a waiting list of parents wanting to enroll their children for the upcoming school year. We look forward to Mr. Booher continuing to build on what Principal David Thomas has led at PHS the past four years.
Students from preschool through sixth grade submitted their artistic entries in a school wide competition. The grade level winners included preschooler Jacob Engle, kindergartener Michaela Braxton, first grader Kassidy Cottrell, second grader Rylee Theiss, third grader Josh Varney, fourth grader Mattie Crum, fifth grader Hailey Wise and sixth grader Asher Stumpf. Asher was the overall school winner.
Congratulations to these students for their efforts and their Panther Pride.
On January 26, Pikeville High School hosted the 58th District High School Governor’s Cup. Our team excelled taking first place in six events.
Jared Auton placed first in Compostion; Patrick Cordero placed first in Science; Ammad Mansoor placed first in Social Studies; Iman Ali placed first in Language Arts and Arts & Humanities; and our Quick Recall Team memers Iman Ali, Patrick Cordero, Ammad Mansoor, and Michael Gaunt took first place in Quick Recall.
Our second place team winners included Patrick Cordero in Math; Noor Ali in Language Arts and Arts and Humanities; Krishna Ammisetty in Math; and team members Krishna Ammisetty, Vianna Le, Michael Gaunt and Sean Hilwig in Future Problem Solving.
The team’s third place finishes included Sean Hillwig in Math; Michael Gaunt in Arts and Humanities; Esha Narola in Language Arts.
Blaine McNulty took fourth place in Written Composition and Chase Thacker took fourth in Math. Esha Narola and Krishna Ammisetty rounded out the team wins taking fifth place in Social Studies and Written Composition, respectively.
All of these students will advance to Regionals on February 16th at Johnson County High School. Team coaches are Tom Asbury, Bennett Stewart and Dawn Stewart.
Congratulations to our Middle School Academic Team for their performance in Governor's Cup Regional competition!
The PJHS Quick Recall team took first place at Regionals and will advance to State Governor's Cup in March. Members of the Quick Recall team include eighth graders Anaya Ali, Andrew Sandfer, Lucas Shepherd, Felicity Tan and Noah Thacker; seventh graders Christina Al Akhrass and Maddox Parsons; sixth graders Clint Goff, Aneesh Sharma Eli Tan.
Advancing to state in Science include first place winner Christina Al Akhrass, second place winner Noah Thacker and fourth place winner Aneesh Sharma.
Advancing to state in March in Social Studies include first place winner Noah Thacker and third place winner Clint Goff.
In Arts and Humanities, first place winner Christina Al Akhrass, second place winner Anaya Ali and third place winner Aastha Patel will advance to state.
First place winner Felicity Tan and fourth place winner Eli Tan will advance to state in Language Arts.
In Math, first place winner Aneesh Sharma and fourth place winner Maddox Parson will advance to state.
Third place winner Felicity Tan will advance to state in Composition.
Our Future Problem Solving Team placed third in Regionals. Team members include Dylan Street, Anaya Ali, Noah Howie, Fatima Amhad, Lucas Sheppard and Caedan Bartley.
Congratulations team and coaches Mrs. Ashley Estep, Mr. Jason Johnson and Mrs. Sherry Lane.
"Aaaargh ye Mateys" Pikeville High School education students and Pikeville Elementary preschool students celebrated "Talk Like a Pirate Day" on Thursday, September 19.
The preschoolers visited Pikeville High School and were greeted by Education in Kentucky students in the Commons Area where Ms. Cassidy Coleman read, "Jake and the Never Land Pirates" before they began a treasure hunt looking for their stolen treasure. The preschoolers, escorted by the high school students, followed treasure map clues throughout the school that led them to locate the scallywag pirates that stole their treasure. After a swordfighting match, the preschoolers proved too much for the scallywag pirates who surrendered after hearing the preschoolers sing their pirate song. A celebration followed in the senior lounge and all were happy in the end.
Three Pikeville High School students have been selected to attend the 2013 Governor’s Scholars Program. Krishna Ammisetty, William Mac Hall, and Rachel Potter will represent their school in this prestigious scholarship program.
Krishna Ammisetty, son of Dr. Srinvivas and Dr. Vijaya Ammisetty, is involved in Pike County Youth Leadership Council, Student Council, Future Business Leaders of America, Academic Team, Speech and Drama and Rotary Youth Leadership Club. He is president of Pike County Youth Leadership Council and treasurer of Student Council. Krishna is a Hugh O’Brian Youth Leader, University of Kentucky Class of Kentucky scholar and 2012 Dataseam scholar.
Pikeville’s Junior High ACES (A Challenge for Exceptional Students) class will be traveling to Washington, DC to compete after winning the Future City Project regional competition. The competition is hosted by the UK College of Engineering and was held on Saturday, February 26. The ACES team, comprised of six eighth graders worked on the Future City project for four months. In addition to the ACES teacher, Mrs. Traci Tackett, the team also collaborated with volunteer mentor, Rusty Justice civil engineer for Jigsaw Enterprises.
The ARI Student Senate Induction Ceremony was held on Thursday, August 17 in the Pike County Judicial Center. Districts from seventeen school districts in the region select one junior and one senior to represent their district. Pikeville High School student senate members for the 2017-18 school year include senior Haseeb Ahmad and junior Campbell Dawahare.
The ARI Student Senate is a student agency component of the U.S. Race to the Top Grant received by Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative (KVEC). Student Senate members will work toward a more participatory role for students, as full partners in their education, through avenues of academics, community service, and school culture, focusing on themes of community health, economic development and energy.
Hard work, dedication, and long hours of studying pay off big for 36 Pikeville High School students from the Class of 2013 and 2014. The students were rewarded for their efforts after earning qualifying scores on eligible 2013 AP math, science and English exams. The students earned a total of $5,300.
The students recognized for their efforts included: Bharat Ammisetty, Aaron Asbury, Jared Auton, Rachel Bailey, Carew Bartley, Jenna Bartley, Daniel Bevins, Sara Biery, Henna Chandel, Patrick Cordero, Sarah Frankie Dawahare, Blake Donithan, Stacie Gooch, William Mac Hall, Rachel Hazelett, Elizabeth Huffman, Elon Justice, Christopher Kinder, Elias Little, Braeden McNulty, Christopher Meadows, Esha Narola, Conner Pack, Manali Panchal, Rachel Potter, Amber Sexton, Madison Smith, Wendi Smith, Abigail Stafford, Dalton Stanley, Madison Tackett, Adam Taylor, Chase Thacker, Anna Wallace, Miranda Webb and Whitney Williamson.
Pikeville High School junior Dalton Stanley and sophomore Noor Ali were two of fifty students chosen statewide to attend the first inaugural Governor’s Scholars for Entrepreneurship. This three-week summer program will be held at Georgetown College June 9-29 and hopefully jumpstart the careers of a new wave of young business leaders in the state of Kentucky. That’s certainly what Governor Steve Beshear had in mind when he announced the new hands-on, immersive program at a December 5 press conference in the Capitol building.
GSE will be modeled after the very successful Kentucky Governor’s Scholars Program and the Governor’s School for the Arts. At the end of the summer, some teams may be ready to launch an actual company or product. In addition to the summer program, GSE will participate in the Kentucky Department of Education's Student Technology Leadership Program.
On Saturday, January 20, our Panther Boys Basketball Team managed to accomplish something that has not happened in twenty years for Pikeville High School by winning the 15th Region All “A” Classic at the East Kentucky Expo Center and earning a trip to the state in Frankfort, Kentucky.
The Panthers managed to hold off a talented Lawrence County team and bring home a 68-67 victory in what proved to be a nail-biting game for fans attending Saturday’s night game. Seniors Ethan Rowe and Ray Kasongo were quite a duo scoring a combined 40 points to lead the Panthers to victory. Ethan led the team with 21 points and Ray scored 19 points. Our freshmen were also important in helping bring home the victory with Blaine May, Ryder Johnson and Steve Silvers contributing 22 points. Steve scored 10, Blaine scored 7 and Ryder scored 5.
The Panthers will play Holy Cross Thursday, January 24, at 5 p.m. at the Frankfort Convention Center. In honor of the Panther victory, school will not be in session Thursday to allow Panther fans to travel to Frankfort and show our support for the team.
Congratulations to Coach Bart Williams and our Panther Boys Basketball team.
The 57th annual Pikeville High School National Honor Society (NHS) induction took place on September 6, 2017, at 6:00 p.m., in the Pikeville Alumni Auditorium.
During the induction ceremony, NHS Sponsor Tom Asbury welcomed the guests and spoke briefly about the National Honor Society. NHS students are required to achieve high academic standards by maintaining a 3.5 unweighted grade point average; participate actively in community service projects and represent the four pillars of NHS including character, scholarship, leadership and service.
On August 30 thirty-two new members were inducted into the Pikeville High School chapter of the National Honor Society. These students bring the current membership total at PHS to an impressive 52 members. National Honor Society students are required to log many hours of community service; participate actively in community service projects as a team throughout the year; represent high academic standards PHS is famous for all while maintaining a 3.5 unweighted grade point average. Considering the large number of advanced placement and college dual credit classes taken by these students, this is quite an accomplishment.
Last year the PHS National Honor Society performed over 2557 community service hours; raised over $1700 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Foundation and sponsored two blood drives in collaboration with the Kentucky Blood Center. Plans for the upcoming school year are even more ambitious.
The Pikeville High School Academic Team spent part of their Spring break competing at the Governor's Cup state championship at Louisville’s Galt House on March 16-18. About 2,600 students participated this year in one of the Governor's Cup competitions, which range from team events in quick-recall and future problem solving (proposing solutions to complex societal problems) to individual competitions such as composition, social studies and language arts.
Their hard work and dedication paid off as the PHS Quick Recall team members Iman Ali, Alex Malone, Noor Ali, Patrick Cordero and Ammad Mansoor placed first in the state. The team defeated Jackson Independent, Conner High School, Henderson County HS, and Calloway County HS to advance to the quick-recall finales.
For over ten years, Pikeville Elementary Family and Youth Service Center, Dawn Rowe, has been instrumental in planning and implementing kindercamp. Kindercamp is designed to give five year olds a boost as they transition from preschool and home to kindergarten and prepare families for school success.
During the two day event, parents and students are introduced to the expectations of attending Pikeville Elementary kindergarten. Parents and students have an orientation wehre they meet a Board of Education personnel, administration, kindergarten teachers, food service personnel and representatives from the Parent Teacher Organization. Students also have the opportunity to be introduced to their teacher, classroom procedures, classmates, playground rules and readiness activities.
Mrs. Wilson’s second grade classroom had a very special visit from Rodney Scott, Pike County jailer, during Dr. Seuss day on Friday, March 1. In celebration of Dr. Seuss birthday, Scott read a Dr. Seuss book and then discussed his role as a jailer and how important it is to obey rules and laws. Scott is the father of second grader, Grant Scott. Mrs. Wilson’s class would like to extend a great big Thank You to Mr. Scott for his awesome visit.
On Friday, October 16, PHS senior Taylor Collins was crowned 2015 Homecoming Queen during halftime of the football game. Taylor is the daughter of Chad and Shelley Collins. Taylor is the sister to Nate Collins.
Taylor is a PHS cheerleader, co-editor of the yearbook and member of PHS Student Council, PEP Club, KEY Club, National Honor Society, BETA Club and FBLA.
On Thursday, October 11, Pikeville Elementary sponsored their monthly parent night themed "Reading with the Bears". UPike Coach Kelly Wells and the UPike basketball team visited with PES as special guests.
During their visit, PES students participated in an art activity prepared by art teacher, Paula Martin. The Bears assisted the students in preparing a princess crown or a shield featuring a "drug free" message in recognition of Red Ribbon week. After the art activity, the Bears read children’s books to the students.
Nashville, Tennessee served as the perfect backdrop to showcase the talents and achievements of students from across the nation. The 35th National Beta convention was held during June 26-29 in Music City at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee with the theme “Betas, Rockin’ the Country”.
The national convention brings together Beta members, sponsors and chaperones for two days of academic competitions, general sessions, talent, arts & crafts contests, leadership opportunities, and motivational speeches.
After winning first place at the Kentucky Beta convention in spelling, Pikeville High School student, Emily Keaton, advanced to Nationals to compete against competitors across the nation. Keaton was recognized at the national awards ceremony with a second place win. Emily is the daughter of Dr. Andy and Jill Keaton.
Mary Anne Prater and Dawn Stewart sponsor the Pikeville High School Beta Club.
For those who have seen the movie, "Pay it Forward" where a young boy attempts to make the world a better place after his teacher gives him that chance, Pikeville Elementary PRIDE committee implemented a similar version in 2010-11.
PIKE COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT)- Hundreds of alum, students, and staff celebrated Pikeville High School's 100th reunion today. People filled the Alum Auditorium to kick off the weekend with a speech, music, and song.
Pat Flanagan graduated from Pikeville High School in 1966 and came all the way from California to celebrate. "I’m just so excited to be here, all of our classmates together. This is awesome and so many people worked so hard. I mean I’m thrilled. This is so much fun and I cant imagine what’s coming up,” says Flanagan.
A block party will follow this evening along with a reception, dinner and dance Saturday.Click on link below for coverage of Pikeville Independent 100th year celebration.
Senior Jessica Branham was recently honored during the 2012 Class A state soccer championship in Frankfort, Kentucky by receiving the Steve Hart Award and a $500 scholarship. Jessica has played soccer her entire high school career. Jessica’s essay focused on the role of leadership and team membership. This group of seniors have really played the role of leader for the past two years on their soccer team due to not having any seniors on the team their junior year.
More than 1,100 of America’s best and brightest high school students traveled to the Windy City to Step Up to the Challenge as they showcased their talents as future business leaders and vied for the opportunity to win more than $81,000 in cash awards.
Future Business Leaders of America held its FBLA National Leadership Conference in Chicago on June 29-July 2. Participants from across the United States attended this exciting conference to enhance their business skills, expand their networks, and participate in more than 55 business and business-related competitive events.
Noor Ali, daughter of Dr. Ahsen and Munizeh Ali, Sylvia Justice, daughter of Arlin and Sandra Justice, and Braden Kendall, son of William Kendall and Dr. Sheila Combs, from Pikeville High School received national recognition at the FBLA Awards of Excellence Program on July 2. Ali, Justice and Kendall competed in the Social Media Campaign event and brought home eighth place. The team members were responsible for developing a social media marketing campaign for their FBLA chapter that used three social media platforms and incorporating a mix of owned, earned, and paid media. The event also required the team members to present their social media campaign in front of a panel of judges at region, state and national competition.
Pikeville High School FBLA advisers are Mary Anne Prater and Brandon Blackburn.
Pikeville High School senior Elon Justice has qualified as a semifinalist in the National Merit Scholarship Competition. The National Merit Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships. Justice is one of 16,000 semifinalists nationwide who will compete for scholarships worth more than $32 million. The finalists will be announced in April 2013.
The Presidential Physical Fitness Award recognizes students who achieve an outstanding level of physical fitness based on national benchmarks based on a student’s age and gender. Pikeville Independent test all sixth, ninth and twelfth grade students. Boys and girls who score at or above the 85th percentile on five events that include curl-ups, shuttle run, endurance run or walk, right angle push-ups testing and V-sit (sit and reach) are eligible for this award. Ten Pikeville Elementary students earned the Presidential award. The students include Elizabeth Brown, Jestina Davidson, Alexandra Fleniken, Lauren Hoffman, Patrick Jones, Jason Lin, Emma Minix, Tate Walters, Mason Ward and Kaylee Wells. Pikeville High School freshman Walker Hall also earned the Presidential Physical Fitness Award.
A second award students can earn is the National Physical Fitness Award. Students who score above the 50th percentile on the same five events are eligible for this award. Eleven Pikeville Elementary students earned this award including Sarah Belcher, Jewel Booher, Rachel Bowman, Nathaniel Collins, Emily Gearheart, Aaron Justice, Lauren K. Justice, Allie Samples, Colin Street, Coleton Tackett and Riley Tavis. Five freshmen from Pikeville High School also earned the National Physical Fitness Award including Alexander Chang, Colton Cross, Cassidy Lowe, Hunter Heffington and Ryan Williams.
Congratulations to Pikeville High School Senior Sam Burton. Burton signed with Walter State in Morristown, TN to play baseball next year.
Mrs. Traci Tackett's elementary gifted and talented students are featured in this month's Kentucky Teacher. To access the article and video, click the link listed below.
Gardening not just a spring project for Pikeville Ind. elementary gifted/talented students; "winter garden" may continue to spur different eating habits
Have you started cleaning out your closets yet? Tired of tripping over your kid’s stuff? Tired of having nothing to do and looking for reason to get out of the house? Well, the time has come.
Pikeville sixth grade team placed first in the regional KAAC Governor’s Cup sixth grade challenge with earning a total of 91.5 points. The event was hosted at Pikeville High School and included Belfry Middle, Kimper Elementary, Millard Middle, Phelps Elementary and Valley Elementary. Sponsored by the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels, the Sixth Grade Showcase is an academic event designed to provide a competitive opportunity for Kentucky’s sixth graders.
In the math and science divisions, Pikeville swept first, second and third place wins with Colin Street placing first in Science, Sarah Belcher placing second and Ethan Hager placing third. In math, Jason Lin placed first, Hunter Jones placed second and Colin Street placed third. Pikeville also took first in Quick Recall. In Social Studies, Jason Lin took first in and Daegen Sword placed second. Isaiah Huffman took a first place win in Language Arts and Jewel Booher took second. In Composition, Jewel Booher and David Macier placed second and third, respectively. Rounding out the events, Sarah Belcher placed third and Evan Kelley placed fourth in Arts and Humanities.
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This year’s PHS academic team has worked endless hours to prepare for competition and the hard work paid off in many ways. On February 14, Pikeville High School hosted the 59th Regional Governor’s Cup.
Tying with Piarist with a total of 16 points, the Pikeville High School Academic Team took third place overall, with Piarist earning second place as the team nudged out PHS with more first and second place winners. Taking second place and qualifying for state is the Quick Recall team. The Future Problem Solving team placed fourth. The individual team members who received awards and also placed for state are Michael Gaunt, earning second in Arts and Humanities, Ammad Mansoor placing third in Social Studies and fifth in Language Arts, Noor Ali placing fourth in Language Arts and rounding out the individual wins, Emily Keaton placing fifth in Science.
The state qualifiers will represent PHS in the Governor’s Cup competition at the Galt House in Louisville on March 14-16. The Governor’s Cup, the state’s premier academic event, involving over 20,000 students and nearly 1200 schools, was founded in 1986 as a way to promote, reward and recognize outstanding academic achievement.
The PHS Academic Team coaches are Tom Asbury, Bennett Stewart and Dawn Stewart.
Pikeville Elementary School will be holding Kindergarten and New Student registration for the 2011-2012 school year beginning Wednesday, March 16th – March 25th. Pre-School enrollment will be held Tuesday & Wednesday, March 22 & 23, from 8:30-11:00 am and on Thursday, March 24, from 1:00-4:00pm.
After claiming the title of all “A” regional champions, the boy’ soccer team beat West Carter to advance to the final eight in state. The boys’ soccer team is coached by Phil Heffington and Adam Freeman. The team players include Logan “LJ” Allara, Turner Altman, Carew Bartley, Alex Davis, Mason Griffith, Joseph Hall, Mac Hall, Hunter Heffington, Sean Hilwig, Austin Kidd, Richmond McAnallen, Grant Moore, Pranay Patel, Joe Potter, Sam Prater, Ethan Rowe, Dalton Stanley, Benaiah Stumpf, Carter Tackett, Adam Taylor and Luke Wheat.
Eighty-eight seniors are now graduates of Pikeville High School. Commencement ceremonies for the class of 2011 were held on May 29th at Alumni Auditorium.