Bowling Green High School

January 15, 2016

We Stand Together

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Earlier this week, our Purples family lost one of our own as Izhar Morfin, 17 year old son of Hector and Maricela Morfin, passed away in a car accident that also injured several of his immediate family members. Izhar spent all of his school years in the Bowling Green City Schools where his friends, teachers, and administrators loved him. He was a junior at Bowling Green High School and in the picture, Izhar is 4th from the left with several of his cousins and brothers, also known as his best friends.

Izhar's family needs our continual love and support. We put the call out for Purples far and wide and as any family does, we came together. Despite reaching the necessary goal to address immediate expenses, any donation you can give to help further offset funeral and medical expenses would be appreciated. Thank you Purple Nation for caring for our own and for your donation of any amount.

You can contribute at the following link: or

go to any BB&T branch and make a donation by mentioning Hector Morfin, Sr. Acct. 9191, in memory of Izhar.

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Chromebooks will be set up in the main lobby, the Commons area, and other locations for parents to sign in. As part of the sign-in process, if you're interested in receiving the weekly newsletter, you will be able to register to receive it via email at that time.

If you’re interested in helping the PTO provide supper for the teachers next Thursday night, please contact Lisa Freeman by email ( or at 270-784-8320.

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Tonight!! - Chili Supper Before BG v. WCHS Games

The Annual Baseball Bullpen Chili Supper is being held tonight, January 15, from 5:30 -7:30 in the Commons prior to the Purples Basketball game. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased from a baseball player or at the door tonight.

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Working Hard on the Weekend: 70 Juniors taking a mock AP Language and Compositions exam last Saturday

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Students Celebrating Their College Acceptance Letters with College & Career Readiness Coach Destiny O'Rourke

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Students Apply for GSP

Congratulations to the following Juniors whose applications have been sent to the state GSP competition: Hannah Bain Selbo, Leigh Ballard, Zora Gordon,Casey Greer, Amanda Harder, Owen Harkins, Samantha McAllister, John Thomas Newman, Allen Powell, Karen Smith

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Mr. Widener - Coach of the Year

The National Federation of State High School Associations named BGHS’ own Craig Widener its KY Boys Soccer Coach of the Year! Way to go Coach Widener. We are proud of you!
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Art Students Bring Home Major Awards

BGHS has had an outstanding Art program for years but this year may be its best yet! Several students have won prestigious accolades at this year’s Scholastic Art Competition. Two students were even nominated, with a total of three nominations this year, for American Vision Awards. This is a new record for BGHS as we’ve never had three nominations in one year! We won't know how they fair Nationally until March.

Ellan Luna has been nominated twice for a Gold Key in Painting for her work ‘Changes’ and a Gold Key in the category of Drawing and Illustration for her work, ‘Andrew.’

Kalei Valery has been nominated for a Gold Key in the Digital Art category for her work titled ‘The Color of Sadness.’

Full Results:

Gold Keys:

Ellan Luna (2 Awards and 2 American Vision Award Nominations)

Madeleine Jones (1 Award)

Taylor Rogers (1 Award)

Kalei Valery (1 Award and an American Vision Award Nomination)

Silver Keys:

Hampton Buchanan (1 Award)

Madeleine Jones (1 Award)

Jeremy Schaefer (1 Award)

Honorable Mention Awards:

Anna Nguyen (1 Award)

Taylor Rogers (1 Award)

Alesis Thomas (2 Awards)

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Choir Members Participate in UofL Honor Choir

8 Choir members were invited to participate in the 2016 University of Louisville Honor Choir. Every school was encouraged to submit 8 students for consideration. All 8 of the BGHS kids were accepted!

Claire Vannauker

Aliza Norman

Amellia Adkins

Sydney Sims

Gabe Burch

Will Pride

Efren Escobedo

Ben Daniel

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Purples Speech and Debate

BGHS had two 3rd place team finishes last Saturday at the Greenwood/Warren Central Caveland Classic Swing Tournament at Warren Central High School where the BG team was up against 9 other schools. Swing tournaments are like double headers in the sports world.

Cole Vaughn won 1st place in 5 out of 6 event finishes and the BG squad swept the 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place finishes in Declamation with Chapel Tinius 1st, Catherine Harris 2nd, and Annika Avula 3rd.

The strong individual finishes are:

· Annika Avula—3rd Declamation, 4th Declamation

· Chapel Tinius—1st Declamation (both tournaments), 1st Prose, 4th Prose,

· Catherine Harris—2nd Declamation (both tournaments), 6th POI

· Cole Vaughan—1st Humorous Interpretation (both tournaments), 1st Storytelling (both tournaments), 1st in poetry, 2nd Poetry,

· Josh Hall—Next out (7th) Storytelling

· Sean Compton—5th HI,

· Zack Martin—2nd POI, 3rd POI, 6th Prose (both tournaments), 6th Extemporaneous Speaking

Next week the team travels to Paducah.

The BGHS Speech Team is hosting a Speech Tournament at BGHS on Saturday, January 23.

If you would like to donate any of the following items to assist with the tournament, please contact the Speech & Debate Team Coach Natalie Croney on or before Tuesday, January 19.

  • fruit or vegetable tray
  • chips
  • casseroles
  • desserts

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Purples and Lady Purples Basketball Teams Highly Ranked in State

Congrats to the boys basketball team for being ranked 1st in the 4th region and 15th in the state in the latest Cantrell rankings.

Another big congrats to the Lady Purples basketball team for being ranked 4th in the state in the latest Cantrall ratings.

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Congrats to BG's Bowling Team for Knocking Down Caverna Thursday

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SGA's Freshman & Sophomore Winter Wonderland Dance

This is semi-formal and a lot of fun!

Friday, February 5, 2016 at the Sloan Convention Center from 7-10pm. The tickets are $10.00 and will be on sale starting January 20th during all three lunches. For any questions please call Olivia Perdue in the YSC.

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Students in Mrs. Carrico's class using Chromebooks and an online learning platform called KaHoot, to assess learning in AP Statistics class.

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Purple's Football Dates & Updates

Two important dates:

Senior Football players will be honored at the BG City Commission meeting on Tuesday, January 19, at 4:30 PM, at City Hall. Make plans to attend!

The Football Banquet will be held on January 31st.

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Help Us Congratulate Our Football Team

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If interested in donating to help congratulate these young men on a season hard-fought and well-played, go to the link below

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Beacon Yearbooks Still Available

It's not too late! Order a yearbook online at Our school number is 17299.

Sales will be open until April but the option for personalization expires next week.

Please reserve your book in advance. A very limited number of extras will be available to purchase in May. The fewer advance orders we have, the fewer books we order.

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If you have alumni news, we'd love to hear about it and share it with the rest of Purple Nation. Send all news to with a subject line: 'Newsletter.'

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TONIGHT - Friday 1/15/2016

– Girls and Boys Basketball v. Warren Central at BGHS

– Baseball Chili Supper (5pm) – BGHS Commons

Monday 1/18/2016

Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday – No School

Wednesday 1/20/2016

- No After-School Computer Lab

Thursday 1/21/2016

- 3rd Quarter Parent Night, 4-6PM @ BGHS Commons

  • (More information forthcoming.)

Monday 1/25/2016

– ACT Reviews Begin Again

Saturday 2/6/2016

– National ACT (for those registered)

Monday 2/15/2016

– President’s Day (No School)*

Thursday & Friday 3/10-3/11/2016 - BGISD Mini-Break - NO SCHOOL

  • (Tentative Make-Up Days Should There Be Cancellation of School Before These Dates)
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The grandfather of a friend of mine was a doctor for more than forty years in northern Kentucky. When this older doctor retired in his early 70s, he had cared for untold numbers of people. He had been looking forward to retirement for a few years but had never really developed a series of hobbies due to his work schedule. One day, my friend asked his grandfather how retirement was going and whether he enjoyed it. In response, his grandfather told him he had gone and picked up a part-time job. My friend was shocked and asked, "Where are you working?" To this, his grandfather replied, "I took up a job working at an elementary school, volunteering to help children learn to read. Reading is something I've always enjoyed doing. It allows me to keep helping and caring for others without any of the paperwork to mess with."

So many thoughts to consider from this kind doctor.

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