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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.”
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.
"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.
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.