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Bowling Green High School News

BGHS Hosts Swearing-In Ceremony Tyler Thomas and Jacobie Jackson taking the Oath of enlistment

BGHS students Tyler Thomas and Jacobie Jackson took the Oath of enlistment at Bowling Green High School on April 20, 2017. Both will join the United States Marine Corps upon graduation from high school and completion of basic training.

Five BGHS Sophomores Selected to Attend Gatton Academy

The Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky has selected 95 Kentucky sophomores for the Class of 2019, including five from Bowling Green High School! Congratulations to the following students and their families:

  • Annika Avula,daughter of Smita and Pravin Avula;
  • Isabel Chumbler, daughter of Janice Chumbler and Neale Chumbler;
  • Rithik Reddy, son of Chandrasekhar Reddy and Karuna Reddy;
  • Aashka Sheth, daughter of Nirav and Ami Sheth;
  • Anna Strunjas, daughter of Jean Neils-Strunjas and Sasha Strunjas.

Learn more about the Gatton Academy Class of 2019.

BGHS Adding Six to Hall of Honor

Six graduates of Bowling Green High School will be recognized Saturday, April 29, 2017, at the 26th Annual Hall of Honor Dinner. The Hall of Honor was established to recognize the outstanding achievements of Bowling Green High School graduates, distinguished in personal, civic, and professional careers and reflecting the highest values of service, community, and excellence. The Class of 2017 Hall of Honor inductees include Dr. Keely Jones (1988), Derrick Ray (1985), Cathy Meeks Bishop (1974), Dr. Kelly Elliott Kries (1989), John Pipes Gaines (1960), and Brad Odil (1982). Each will be introduced and recognized by Bowling Green Independent Schools Superintendent Gary Fields at the Hall of Honor dinner.

2017-18 Non-Resident Application Deadline: April 15, 2017

Families living in Bowling Green and Warren County but outside the boundaries of the Bowling Green City School District may apply for their children to attend BGISD as non-resident students. An agreement between Warren County Public Schools and Bowling Green City Schools allows state funding per child for up to 690 non-resident students to attend BGISD for the 2017-18 school year. The deadline to apply is April 15, 2017. Click here for more information.

Skillern Inducted to Kentucky Teacher Hall of Fame Ron Skillern, Kentucky Teacher Hall of Fame 2017

Bowling Green High School teacher, Ron Skillern is now a member of the ninth class of the Governor Louie B. Nunn Kentucky Teacher Hall of Fame. Skillern is one of three chosen by the statewide selection committee; the other two individuals chosen include Opal T. Sibert of Laurel County and Joe Westerfield of Daviess County.

Join the LEAD Academy for "A Night to Remember" Holocaust survivor, Fred Gross, speaks at BGHS.

As a partner with The Kentucky Center for the Arts, the Bowling Green High School Joseph Tinius LEAD Academy proudly invites the community to the conclusion of the Bearing Witness Project. On March 7, 2017, students will honor the victims, celebrate the survivors, and express our commitment to "Never Again!"  Never again will we be silent; never again will we be bystanders. Whether it is schoolhouse bullying or crimes against humanity, we have learned the power of voice and the devastation of silence. 

Six Named 2017 National Merit® Finalists BGHS logo

Six seniors from Bowling Green High School have been recognized for outstanding academic achievement by the National Merit® Scholarship Program. They will compete for more than 7,500 scholarships offered to National Merit Finalists.

BGHS students recognized as 2017 National Merit Finalists:
Anna Bachmann, daughter of Beate Bachmann;
Logan Bowen, son of Michael and Kim Bowen;
Seth Frank, son of Matthew and Sherry Frank;
Owen Harkins, son of Anthony and Tracy Harkins;
Veronica Johnson, daughter of Marvin and Patricia Beresford and Darren Johnson. Veronica is attending the Gatton Academy.
Karen Smith, daughter of Eric Smith and Laura Hagan.

BGHS & BGJHS Forensics Teams Repeat Regional Championships BGHS and BGJHS Speech Regional Champions 2017

Both the Bowling Green High School and Bowling Green Junior High forensics teams claimed 2017 Regional Championship titles at the Regional Speech Tournament at Warren East High School on Saturday. This marks the 4th straight year BGJHS and the 2nd BGHS have earned the top spots. 

BGHS Among First to Receive Funding from Work Ready Skills Advisory Committee

(Feb. 1, 2017) - The Work Ready Skills Advisory Committee, formed to review and select proposals to elevate the Commonwealth’s workforce training capacity, awarded more than $65.5 million to 25 Kentucky projects on January 31st in its first round of funding. Bowling Green High School is among the recipients, awarded $77,520 to assist with opening a Medical Arts Career Academy in the fall of 2017.

Five Student Athletes Sign Letters of Intent Coach Kevin Wallace stand with players signing letters of intent

Congratulations to five BGHS seniors making the commitment to play college football next year. The five athletes participated in National Signing Day activities on Wednesday, February 1, 2017. Jamale Carothers signed a letter of intent to play at the United States Naval Academy, De'Angelo Wilson will play at Austin Peay State University, Chazz Tooley and Dalan Cofer will both continue their careers at Kentucky Wesleyan College, and Christian Hotchkiss will play at Iowa Western Community College.  Photos from BGHS National Signing Day

The Holocaust: Learning and Reflecting Holocaust survivor, Fred Gross, speaks at BGHS.

“A Night to Remember… Lest we forget.” LEAD Academy (Freshman) students at BGHS are learning about the Holocaust through art, literature, and personal stories. Fred Gross, author of One Step Ahead of Hitler visited Bowling Green High School Monday and Tuesday, January 30 and 31. He shared personal experiences as a young child fleeing France during its defeat and collaboration with the Nazis.

Jamale Carothers Named Kentucky’s 2016 Mr. Football JCarothers2016

The Associated Press has named Jamale Carothers as the winner of Kentucky's 2016 Mr. Football award.  Kentucky's Mr. Football is voted on by members of the Associated Press and represents the naming of the best high school football player in Kentucky.  The presentation of this award began in 1986 and Carothers is the 8th running back to win Mr. Football and the first at that position since Deuce Finch (St. Xavier) in 2008.

Coach Lindsey Named Finalist for National Coach of the Year

BGHS Assistant Football Coach Billy Lindsey has been named a finalist for the National High School Athletic Coaches Association, national coach of the year in the sport of football. Eight finalists from across the nation will be honored during the annual banquet to be held on June 21, 2017.

2nd Opportunity High School Begins February 7

The Bowling Green City Schools Second Opportunity High School will be held Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. at Bowling Green High School beginning February 7, 2017, for the spring semester. The courses are an opportunity for individuals over 18 years old to complete a high school diploma.

1-Hour Delay: January 6, 2017

Bowling Green City Schools will operate on a 1-hour delay on Friday, January 6, 2017.

BGHS and McNeill Choir Performances on TWC Purple and red ornaments

BGHS and McNeill choirs performed holiday carols at the Warren County Courthouse in mid December. Performances will be broadcast several times on Time Warner Cable channel 3 beginning Monday, December 19 through Christmas Day.

Vaughan and Woodring: Speech Event Champions

Seventeen BGHS students competed at the Hilltopper Invitational Speech Tournament at WKU on Saturday, December 10. The tournament hosted over 400 competitors from 27 teams and 6 states. The BGHS team placed 7th overall with two individual event champions, Cole Vaughan and John Woodring.

Forensics Teams Compete at UK; Prepare for Vette City Classic Nov. 19

Both the BGHS Speech & Debate Team and the BGJHS Forensics Team competed at the University of Kentucky in the Paul Laurence Dunbar Tournament on Saturday, November 12.  The BGJHS team finished 3rd in their season opener among the 11 junior high teams. BGHS came in 2nd among 12 high school teams.

LEAD Academy Students Pledge C2G Class of 2020 members commit to graduate

The Class of 2020 is COMMITTED to graduate. The introductory C2G (Commitment to Graduate) ceremony was held at BGHS on Friday, October 28. Students learned about the importance of commitment and the support that C2G offers. The students signed a class banner, verbalized their commitment to administrators, and celebrated their commitment with a mock cap toss.

Students Learn About Local Manufacturing Opportunities BGHS students visit Kobe Aluminum

Student groups from Bowling Green High School recently visited Constellium and Kobe Aluminum Automotive Products to learn about the companies, take a plant tour and have conversations with human resources departments, specifically addressing important soft skills for the workplace.

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BGHS Names Matthew Myers Purples Baseball Coach

Bowling Green High School has named Matthew Myers the new Purples Baseball Coach. The school hosted a press conference on Friday, June 24, 2016, to make the announcement.

Tinius Finishes 8th in National Speech Competition

Over Memorial Day Weekend, BGHS sophomore Chapel Tinius finished 8th in her first national speech tournament, hosted by the National Catholic Forensics League in Sacramento, California. Tinius participated in the Oratorical Declamation event, and delivered the memorized speech, "Wear Blue, Run to Remember." 

Class of 2016 Commencement held Sunday, May 22

Congratulations to the 302 graduates of Bowling Green High School’s Class of 2016. Collectively, they plan to enroll in 43 different post-secondary institutions and enlist in three branches of the military. To date, the class has been offered more than $7.8 million in scholarships.

Free Breakfast and Lunch for Kids: Weekdays, May 31 - July 29

When school is out, the Summer Food Service Program offers free nutritious meals to all children ages 18 years and younger at Dishman Mcginnis, Parker-Bennett-Curry, T. C. Cherry and the BGISD Professional Development and Learning Center. Meals will be available Monday through Friday, May 31 - July 29, 2016, and free for all children under 18 years of age with no paperwork necessary. Lunch for adults is $3.00.

Commissioner Pruitt Visits BGISD

Kentucky's Commissioner of Education, Dr. Stephen Pruitt spent time talking with students and staff at Bowling Green High School and Dishman McGinnis during an informal ?visit on Thursday, April 28. Click here to view photos.

Joseph Tinius LEAD Academy Opens at BGHS

The ribbon was cut on the Joseph Tinius LEAD Academy at Bowling Green High School on Wednesday, August 3. The LEAD Academy is structured as a school within a school on the second floor of BGHS. The name of the academy is an acronym formed with the words leadership, excellence, achievement and diversity.

Skillern Named 2017 Kentucky Teacher of the Year Ron Skillern, 2017 Kentucky Teacher of the Year

Valvoline, Inc. and the Kentucky Department of Education have named Ron Skillern of Bowling Green High School, the 2017 Kentucky High School Teacher of the Year, and overall 2017 Kentucky Teacher of the Year. 

Skillern Selected for Kentucky Teacher Hall of Fame Ron Skillern

Bowling Green High School teacher, Ron Skillern has been selected as a member of the ninth class of the Governor Louie B. Nunn Kentucky Teacher Hall of Fame. Skillern is one of three chosen by the statewide selection committee and will be inducted during a ceremony on March 8, 2017, in Frankfort.

Each One, Teach One Begins at PBC BGHS students mentor PBC 4th and 5th graders

Students from Bowling Green High School and Parker-Bennett-Curry Elementary kicked off the Each One Teach One mentoring program on Tuesday, November 29. The program matches former PBC students with 4th and 5th graders, now walking the same hallways they once traveled. The pairs met for 45-60 minutes during the first visit and completed an activity to share about themselves and future goals.

BGHS to perform Charlotte's Web charlottes web production poster

Bowling Green High School is bringing the timeless classic tale of Charlotte’s Web to life for three public performances October 22nd and 23rd, at Bowling Green Junior High School. It will be the first fall play for the school in more than a decade.

Two BGHS Students Named Kentucky Torchbearers

The Kentucky Storytelling Association has named rising BGHS Sophomore Cole Vaughan and Freshman Darby Tassel as two of the association’s five Torchbearers for 2016-17.

Tinius and Vaughan Selected for Leadership Committee

Two Bowling Green High School Students, Junior Chapel Tinius and Sophomore Cole Vaughan, have been named to the National Speech and Debate Association’s Student Leadership Committee. They were selected out of over 120,000 NSDA members in the U.S. and several other countries to serve on the 200 member SLC committee for the 2016-2017 school year.

Schools Win Regional Attendance Day Competition

The High Attendance Day competition results are in and BGISD won all 3 divisions in the 4th Region with excellent attendance on September 20th. Overall, 97.43% of BGISD students were in school that day, plus, Potter Gray, BGJHS and BGHS won with attendance rates of 99.12% (PGES), 98.26% (BGJH) and 95.98% (BGHS). As regional winners, the three schools advance to state competition.

BGHS Names Franklin Softball Coach

Demont Franklin has been named the Bowling Green High School Lady Purples Softball Head Coach. Franklin has worked in the BGHS athletics department since 2002 and in the special education department since 2004. He has been an assistant football coach since 2002, was an assistant baseball coach in 2004 and has worked with the softball program since 2009.

STATE CHAMPIONSHIP GAME INFO Purples take the field November 4, 2016

The Bowling Green Purples will play in the KHSAA 5A Football State Championship game on Sunday, December 4, 7:00 p.m. Central Time at Houchens/L.T. Smith Stadium on the campus of Western Kentucky University. Tickets will be sold for $10 each at Bowling Green High School during lunch on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Tickets may also be purchased online. The Purples will be the home team for the game, and fans will sit on the club side of the stadium.

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