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Ten to be Inducted to BGHS Hall of Honor as Class of 2015

The twenty-fourth annual Hall of Honor Celebration will be held Saturday, April 25, 2015 in the Commons of Bowling Green High School. Ten graduates will be inducted to the Bowling Green High School Hall of Honor including: Mary Alice Oliver (1950), Ronald Tinsley (1954), Frank C. Van Fleet (1956), Theo Maxey (1970), Ron A. Skillern (1972), Laura Williford Phillips (1982), John B. Brown (1984), Todd Barnard (1986), Brett A. Reynolds (1989) and Matt Travis (1994).

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STLP Teams Win Awards at State Championship

Four teams from Bowling Green City Schools earned awards and recognition as part of the annual Student Technology Leadership Program (STLP) State Championship held Thursday, March 26, in Lexington, Kentucky. Bowling Green Junior High student journalists from both The Purple Spirit newspaper (online and print versions) and the BGJHS Broadcast Team earned Best Showcase Projects from Regional Groups. The BGHS Interactive Map project earned a Best in Show as a Regional Showcase Winner, and in the live competition category, the BGJHS Help Desk Support Team won 2nd place in the 6-8 grade division.

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Purples Return To Rupp Arena: Game and Ticket Information

Congratulations to the Bowling Green Purples basketball team, 2015 4th Region Champions! The Purples will travel to Rupp Arena to play the Elliott County Lions on Thursday, March 19th at 5:30 CST. Tickets to the game will be sold for $10 each at BGHS during school hours Monday-Wednesday, March 16 - 18. Purples fans unable to travel to Lexington may view the game live on

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BGHS Presents: Into the Woods

The Bowling Green High School Choral Department presents, Into the Woods, March 20 - 22, 2015, at the Capitol Arts Center. Friday and Saturday evening performances begin at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday afternoon's show begins at 3:00 p.m. Tickets are $11.50 and may be purchased online at

Into the Woods is based on the book by James Lampine, with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. The BGHS production is directed by Trish Beresford and Greg Robertson. 

Bowling Green City Schools Closed February 17th - 20th

Bowling Green City Schools will remain closed through Friday, February 20th, due to winter weather.

  • The ballots to elect certified and classified employee representatives to the superintendent search screening committee will be distributed Tuesday, February 24, in all schools and district offices. Ballots will be collected and the committee established on Thursday, February 26th.
  • The Military Ball scheduled for Friday, February 20 has been cancelled and will be rescheduled for a later date.
  • BGHS tennis tryouts have been cancelled for the week.

Five Named 2015 National Merit® Finalists

Five 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 7,600 scholarships worth about $33 million offered to National Merit Finalists.

BGHS students recognized as 2015 National Merit Finalists:
John “Jack” Grise
Brandon Lee
Hannah Lindsey
Sonora Schuck
Jesse Shadowen

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Students to Attend Spread the Red Education Game at WKU

Students from Bowling Green and Warren County Schools will attend the fourth "Spread the Red Education Game" at Western Kentucky University on Thursday, January 15, 2015 as Lady Topper Basketball hosts Florida Atlantic. The game marks the culmination of a month-long program between WKU Athletics and local schools, synergizing education and athletics. Bowling Green students in 3rd through 8th grades will attend the Spread the Red event.

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BGISD Non-Resident Application

The Bowling Green Independent School District (“BGISD”) and the Warren County School District (“WCSD”) approved a 15-year nonresident student agreement in December 2014, which will remain in effect until June 30, 2030.

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Congratulations to the Bowling Green High School boys soccer team for winning the 2014 State Championship! The Purples defeated Scott High School 6-4 to win the second championship in school history. Congrats Coach Widener and BGHS Purples!

Photo by Paul Gray

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2015-16 Calendar Options to Consider

The District Calendar Committee met Thursday, November 6, 2014 to begin the process of recommending an academic calendar for the 2015-16 school year. The academic calendar must be approved by the Board of Education and is tentatively scheduled for approval at the December 8 Board of Education Meeting. Before finalizing the 2015-16 calendar, the Calendar Committee would like input from parents and community members. Two calendar options are available and surveys must be completed by November 17, 2014.

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Beacon Yearbook and Staff Earn Awards at WKU Journalism Scholars Day

During the Journalism Scholars Day at Western Kentucky University Oct. 24, the Beacon yearbook was awarded third place in division AAAA for Best Overall Yearbook. The statewide Mark of Excellence contest is sponsored and judged by members of the Society of Professional Journalists and by faculty and staff of the WKU School of Journalism & Broadcasting. 

Last year marked the 75th volume of the Beacon at BGHS. The theme was developed around the concept of the book and school’s “Legacy.” 

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Unbridled Learning: College and Career Readiness for All Results Released to the Public

The Kentucky Department of Education has released school and district results from the Unbridled Learning: College and Career Readiness for All system for school year 2013-14. Overall scores and classifications are based on three categories: Next-Generation Learners, Next-Generation Instructional Programs and Support, and Next-Generation Professionals. Results from 2013-14 are calculated based on two of the three: Next-Generation Learners and Next-Generation Instructional Programs and Support. Scores may not be compared to prior years as the total components of the system have changed.

Summary of the Unbridled Learning Accountability System

2013-14 Results from Bowling Green Independent Schools

All school and district data is available through the Kentucky School Report Card:

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PARENTS: Internet Safety Links & Information

Internet safety for kids requires a partnership between parents, guardians and schools. Students have access to many devices and online resources at school, at home, and with friends. The BGISD Technology Department has collected several links and handouts to assist parents with tips and conversation starters to ensure online safety for all.

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Newsweek Adds BGHS to Beating the Odds List

Newsweek has released two lists recognizing public high schools: “America’s Top High Schools,” which ranks schools on performance and a second list, “Beating the Odds: America’s Top High Schools for Low-Income Students,” considering both achievement and percentage of poverty. The rankings identify schools that are preparing students for college, and overcoming obstacles from socioeconomic inequity. Bowling Green High School is ranked 401st of 500 schools on the “Beating the Odds” list.

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STUDENTS: Share Info about Digital Citizenship and Win!

What do you believe is important about digital citizenship? What do you want your friends to know about cyberbullying, texting, social media, online privacy, identity theft, intellectual property, etc?

Produce a short video as part of the BGISD Digital Citizenship Video Contest and share your ideas with peers across Bowling Green City Schools! Videos must be less than 2 minutes in length and are due by September 30, 2014. The best overall STLP video wins a Chromebook and the best video from each school wins trophy!

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BGHS on The Daily Beast’s List of America’s Best High Schools

Bowling Green High School has made The Daily Beast’s 2014 list of top high schools! Using six indicators to compare public high schools in America with graduation and college acceptance rates weighed most heavily. Additional factors included college-level courses and exams, percentage of students qualifying for free or reduced lunch, and ACT/SAT scores. BGHS ranks 414 of 735 high schools listed online.

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Class of 2014 ACT Scores Demonstrate Improvement and Surpass State Averages

ACT, Inc. has released scores from the Bowling Green High School Class of 2014. Results show improvement in every academic category from the previous spring. Since 2008, all 11th graders in Kentucky have been required to take the ACT Assessment, although many college-bound students take the ACT again during their senior year before applying to colleges or universities. In 2013, as juniors, the Class of 2014 scored an average composite score of 20.6. One year later, the same students improved in every academic category to an average composite of 21.5. 

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BGHS Class of 2015 Earns Highest Average ACT Composite to Date

The ACT National Office has released the scores of Kentucky public school juniors who sat for the college entrance exam last spring. The ACT assesses English, reading, mathematics and science and is scored on a scale of 1 to 36. Bowling Green High School’s class of 2015 scored an average composite of 21.0, which is the highest average composite for the school since KRS 158.6453 mandated the exam for all 11th graders in 2008. The scores of current seniors were also above the state average in all four curriculum areas.

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108 BGHS Students Receive AP® Scholar Awards

One Hundred Eight (108) students at Bowling Green High School have earned 2014 AP Scholar Awards in recognition of their exceptional achievement on the 2014 AP Exams. The College Board’s Advanced Placement Program® (AP®) provides willing and academically prepared students with the opportunity to take rigorous college-level courses while still in high school, and to earn college credit, advanced placement, or both for successful performance on the AP Exams. About 18 percent of the more than 1.9 million students worldwide who took AP Exams performed at a sufficiently high level to also earn an AP Scholar Award.

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Increase of Meal Prices Approved

(June 9, 2014) The Bowling Green Board of Education has approved increasing meal prices for the 2014-15 school year. Breakfast prices for students increase by $0.15 to $1.25 and high school student lunch increases from $2.25 to $2.50. Elementary student lunches remain the same at $2.25. Adult meal prices also increase, breakfast will be $1.75 and lunch $3.00 for staff and $3.25 for adult visitors.


The meal price increases are due to mandates within the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. The cost of food has risen to meet federal guidelines relating to whole grain requirements and sodium limits. Plus, the reimbursement from the free lunches may not subsidize full-pay lunches. 


Board of Education Update June 2014

Congratulations BGHS Class of 2014

Two hundred and ninety-one students were recognized Sunday afternoon, May 25, as the 103rd graduating class from Bowling Green High School.  Of those 291, eighty-one were Honor Graduates, earning a 3.6 or higher grade point average.


The top five Honor Graduates included (alphabetical order) Sneha Chhachhi, Lauren Elson, Devin Hayes, Yedarm Kim and Rachel Wulff. To date, members of the Class of 2014 have earned over $8 million in scholarship offers and plan to attend 41 different post-secondary institutions and enlist in three branches of the military.


Best wishes, Class of 2014! Your current and future accomplishments prove excellence is worth the effort.

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BGHS Finals Schedule

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Technology Teams Place at STLP Showcase

Eighteen student technology teams and projects from Bowling Green City Schools participated in the Kentucky Student Technology Leadership Program Showcase held on April 22, 2014 at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Ky. Of the total 748 projects presented at the Showcase, three Bowling Green teams placed among the top 60 and Bowling Green Junior High’s Purple Spirit journalism team placed in the top 10.

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BGHS Ranked Among Top 10 of Kentucky Public High Schools

US News and World Report has released The Best High School rankings which is developed using demographic and assessment data and methodology by the American Institutes for Research. Bowling Green High School is among the top 10 schools in Kentucky, 784th nationally, and BGHS earned a silver medal based on a College Readiness Index Score of 39.6.

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Second Opportunity High School Begins September 2

The Bowling Green City School’s Second Opportunity High School will be held Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. at Bowling Green High School beginning September 2, 2014. The Second Opportunity High School allows adults (over 18) who did not finish high school to obtain high school credits toward graduation and ultimately earn a high school diploma from Bowling Green City Schools.

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Students Shine at WKU Mark of Excellence Day

The Purple Gem won best overall newspaper and staffers won nine other awards.

Jordan Basham: First place in Sports Photography
Jeff Ranger: First place in Editorial Writing
Brandon Lee: First place in Sports Writing
Sneha Chhachhi: First place in News Writing and Front Page Design
Kendra McCloughan: Second place in News/Feature Photography
Rebecca Clements: Second place in Page Layout
Morgan Smith: Third place in Feature Writing
Rachel French: Third place in Best News Website
Kacy Ives was selected as the Most Valuable Broadcasting Student. She also received 1st Place Best News Story and 3rd Place Best News Videography

BGHS Students Recognized at WKU Scholars Luncheon

WKU honored 94 students from Bowling Green and Warren County high schools for their academic achievements at the annual Scholars Luncheon held Friday, October 17 at the Augenstein Alumni Center. This year’s group has an average ACT composite score of 29.4 and grade-point average of 3.9 and included 31 Kentucky Governor’s Scholars and six National Merit Semifinalists.

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BGHS Seniors Honored as Distinguished Young Women of Warren County

Distinguished Young Women of Warren County is an official local preliminary of Distinguished Young Women, a national scholarship program that promotes and rewards scholarship, leadership and talent in young women. The top three honorees in the 2014 Warren County event are seniors at Bowling Green High School. Overall winner, Savannah Young is the daughter of Tim and Angela Young. First Runner-Up, Sara Cohron is the daughter of Van and Laura Cohron, and Second Runner-Up, Amy Cherry is the daughter of Oscar and Jeanine Cherry.

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BGHS Students Selected by Governor's School for the Arts

Congratulations to Sonora Schuck on being selected for the Governor’s School for the Arts in Visual Arts. Amy Cherry was selected as an alternate in Vocal Music.

Summer Feeding Program Available June 2-July 25

During the school year, many children receive free and reduced-price breakfast and lunch through the School Breakfast and National School Lunch Programs. The Summer Food Service Program is designed to continue to provide nutritious meals to children who need them, even when school is not in session. Anyone 18 years of age and younger may receive a free lunch or breakfast at either T. C. Cherry or Parker-Bennett-Curry Elementary Schools, offered weekdays June 2th thru July 25, 2014. Lunches will also be available weekdays at Dishman-McGinnis June 9-27 and July 7-25.

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Results from FCCLA Spring Regional Meeting
  • Elected as Regional 1st Vice President—Cindy Pham
  • Elected as Regional Vice President of Finance—Ahliyah Huffman
  • Regional Star Event winner—Janee Beaman(will compete at Nationals)
  • Star Event Participants—Amber Bennett, Zenon Drobocky, April Draper, Aali yah Stewart, Cindy Pham, Jordan Hunter, Ahliyah Huffman, Jenna Ross and Lyric Ragland.
  • Best Entertainment in Town—Amber Bennett, Nathan Adams, Simone Cooper, Jordan Hunter, Jenna Ross and April Draper
  • Photos—Carolina Ng
  • Best Dressed/Behavior—BGHS Chapter

PSA from BGHS Wins Digital Citizenship Contest

Congratulations to the STLP group from BGHS that submitted the PSA announcement which was the winning video of the Digital Citizenship Video contest.  All school videos are now streaming on BGISD-TV. Thank you to everyone who participated in the competition and for contributing to teaching internet safety and digital citizenship. We sincerely appreciate all of your efforts to make this competition a success. 


Sharon Logsdon, District Technology Coordinator

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Eight Named 2015 National Merit Semifinalists

Eight seniors from Bowling Green High School have been recognized for outstanding academic achievement by the National Merit® Scholarship Program. Six are currently attending BGHS and two are now enrolled at the Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science. All will have the opportunity to compete for more than 7,600 scholarships worth about $33 million that will be offered next spring.

Bowling Green High School:
John “Jack” Grise, son of John and Sarah Grise;
Brandon Lee, son of Minwoo and Mee Kyung Lee;
Hannah Lindsey, daughter of James and Leigh Lindsey;
Craig Redden, son of Allen and Melanie Redden;
Sonora Schuck, daughter of Brian and Julie Schuck;
Jesse Shadowen, son of David and Rebecca Shadowen

BGHS students attending Gatton Academy:
Benjamin Guthrie, son of Chris and Nicole Guthrie;
Valerie Richmond, daughter of Thomas Richmond

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David Smart Wins at State FBLA

Congratulations to BGHS Senior David Smart on his 1st Place Finish at the State FBLA Conference. He won for his E-Business Proposal & now moves on to the National FBLA Competition in June.

School Computer Lab Hours Extended

School computer labs are open afternoons and evenings for Bowling Green students wishing to complete school work or projects. Students may visit any school lab (not only their home school) and log in using a student username and password. The District's Acceptable Use Policy applies. Primary students must be accompanied by an adult.

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Summer Activities Fair: Thursday, April 24

Community Education, Bowling Green High School Youth Services Center and Natcher Elementary Family Resource Center are co-sponsoring the 10th annual Summer Activities Fair on Thursday, April 24 from 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. in BGHS arena.  The purpose of the fair is to provide parents with children in grades K-12 a one-stop shop opportunity for information on the activities, camps, or other programs offered during the summer in our community.