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Parker Hicks and Dave Elledge.
Parker Hicks earns prestigious 2024 Missouri Citizenship Award
05/14/2024
Poplar Bluff High School senior Parker Hicks was selected among 15 students across the state to receive the Award for Outstanding Achievement in Citizenship, the first time a student has earned the honor locally in seven years, according to recent memory.
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Alana Dowdy and Dr. Valerie Ivy.
PBHS awarded $50K to create three new career paths under PLTW
04/16/2024
Poplar Bluff High School has been awarded $50,000 to help establish three new pathways in lucrative career fields under Project Lead the Way, bridging ancillary programming already in place across the R-I district.
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Poplar Bluff High School StuCo representatives.
PBHS named State President School by MASC for first time
03/26/2024
Poplar Bluff High School will host the Missouri Association of Student Councils State Convention next year, a three-day workshop projected to bring to the community 1,000 students and 100 advisers.
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Abby Crites fields questions from prospective students during the health fair.
Heartland Forward grant program launches with health fair at PBHS
02/06/2024
Poplar Bluff High School hosted its inaugural health fair on Friday, Jan. 26, as the first step of a grant-funded initiative designed to expose students to lucrative careers in the health care industry, and help combat the nursing shortage in Butler County.
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Tony Seabaugh, Crystal Huddleston and Cheryl Farrow.
PBHS teacher/alumna named 2023 McDonald’s Outstanding Educator
12/19/2023
At least one R-I teacher has been named a McDonald’s Outstanding Educator annually since the advent of the regional recognition program four years ago.
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PBHS Esports Club students, under adviser Cody Cassinger, enjoy the newly acquired gaming computers.
Foundation approves $3K in grants at High School, O’Neal
12/12/2023
The Poplar Bluff School Foundation unanimously approved $3,000 outside of classroom budgets, the majority of teacher grants submitted, in its annual Innovative Educational Project program during a quarterly meeting held last month.
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Claire Funke portrays Mary Malissa Brown Christian.
PBHS Drama Club helps breathe life into cemetery tour
12/05/2023
Several Poplar Bluff High School students portrayed local historical figures during a cemetery tour that was designed as part of the community’s Walk-Tober events concluding last month.
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Ceramic hands spelling out the ASL alphabet.
St. Louis artist donates alphabetic sculptures to sign language class
11/14/2023
The budding American sign language class at Poplar Bluff High School is the new home to 26 full-sized sculptures stemming from a connection made years ago with an artist who honed his craft under a Missouri luminary, and seized the opportunity to showcase his life’s work.
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(Standing from left) Julia Sloan, Jaylum Hood-Daniels, Lizeth Esquivel-Rivera and Dr. Valerie Ivy; and (seated, left to right) Mindy Garrett, Miranda Huddleston, Emily Faith and Karson Busse.
Mid-Continent donates stove to PBHS Independent Living class
10/24/2023
Mid-Continent Steel and Wire donated a stove on Thursday, Oct. 19, to the Independent Living class at Poplar Bluff High School.
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Alejandro Rivetti and Cayden Larkins
PBHS Esports Club strives to enter statewide competition
10/10/2023
Poplar Bluff High School recently launched an esports club with a renewed determination to join the fast-growing statewide competition circuit this year.
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Dr. Stephanie Kuper and Pam Davis
PBHS Beta advisers earn national recognition for club growth
10/03/2023
Outgoing teacher advisers at Poplar Bluff High School have received national recognition for their work growing the Beta Club as their swan song, having passed the baton to a new set of capable leaders this school year.
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Veterans are escorted out of the PBHS gymnasium.
Veterans Honor Tour returns to PBHS for send-off
09/12/2023
The Poplar Bluff School District helped to provide area combat veterans a hero’s send-off as a local group was escorted with guardians to Washington, D.C. free of charge to take a three-day tour of the nation’s capital, and visit various memorials.
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Bridget Epps, Jennie Randolph, Staci Barker and Marc Roderick.
DAR honors its first teacher as Difference Maker of the Year
08/29/2023
Jennie Randolph of Poplar Bluff High School recently became the first educator to be named Difference Maker of the Year by the Daily American Republic newspaper.
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Karson Busse and Quinlan Rutledge
PBHS Class of 2023 earns $4.2M+ in scholarships
05/31/2023
A total of 358 students graduated from the Poplar Bluff High School Class of 2023 on Thursday, May 25, at the Black River Coliseum, collectively earning $4.2 million and counting in scholarships, including through Missouri’s A+ Program, school officials announced.
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Emma King, Abby Murphy, Paige Morey and Lee Thompson.
PBHS earn $3K in scholarships from American Red Cross
05/23/2023
Poplar Bluff High School earned $3,000 in scholarships from the American Red Cross, dispersed among four students, for reaching the goal of units collected during blood drives.
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Missouri Fine Arts Academy flyer
PBHS sophomore selected for Missouri Fine Arts Academy
05/23/2023
Outgoing sophomore Virginiagrace Vandewarker has been selected to participate in the Missouri Fine Arts Academy this summer, the first qualifying student from Poplar Bluff High School in several years, according to recent memory.
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Stephen Winters, Damaireus Winters and Wanda Dicken.
Damaireus Winters awarded annual Kyle Dicken Scholarship
05/02/2023
Poplar Bluff High School senior Damaireus Winters, who plans to attend Three Rivers College, has been awarded the annual Kyle Curtis Dicken Memorial Scholarship, estimated at a value of $500, designated for a music student.
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Emma Tinsley and Bralin Duckett.
PBHS students win statewide award, scholarship at FBLA Conference
05/02/2023
Two Poplar Bluff High School students placed first in the business management category during the Future Business Leaders of America State Leadership Conference held Sunday through Tuesday, April 16-18, in Springfield.
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A representation of PBHS Student Council displays both individual and team awards including the prestigious School of Character plaque.
PBHS wins statewide award through Special Olympics Missouri again
04/25/2023
For the second consecutive year, Poplar Bluff High School has won the School of Character Award of Merit reserved for a single educational institution displaying an outstanding commitment to individuals with disabilities.
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FACS instructor Missy Cox demonstrates how to use a vacuum sealer for blanching vegetables.
Food preservation education resurges with grant
04/04/2023
Missy Cox, last year’s district-level Teacher of the Year, has been on a food preservation education kick of late.
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Tom Orosz, Rebecca Stevens, Addison Shell and Grace Neighbors.
Collect the Caps: PBHS Beta Club wins $6K for second consecutive year ​
04/04/2023
The Poplar Bluff High School Beta Club has been awarded $6,000 for placing first in the Collect the Caps promotion over a five-state region for the second year in a row.
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Bryden Fuemmeler, Amy Roderick, Jasmin Martinez-Peinado and Jennie Randolph.
PBHS students win $500 in statewide traffic safety initiative
03/28/2023
A pair of Poplar Bluff High School students were awarded $500 for creating a radio commercial that focuses on the prevention of school bus stop-arm violations as part of a statewide effort.
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Bryden Fuemmeler
First Missouri Beta Club president in PBHS history
03/28/2023
Almost 150 Poplar Bluff students participated in the recent Missouri Junior and Senior Beta conventions, earning a traveling trophy and golden ticket to nationals, plus placing in 27 categories, seven of which were first place victories.
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(Back row, from left) Kaitlyn Booker, David McKuin, Noah Shirrell, Maelynn Beis, Elizabeth Blancett, Addison Corzine and Shivers the Polar Bear; and (front row) Miranda Huddleston and Maison Dennis.
PBHS group takes Polar Plunge to raise money for Special Olympics
03/08/2023
Poplar Bluff High School Student Council teamed up with the Unified Champions club to take the Polar Plunge in 55 degrees water during the organization’s 17th annual fundraiser held Saturday, Feb. 25, at Cape County Park North, raising $1,852 for Special Olympics Missouri.
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(Back row, left to right) Glenn Eubanks, Greg Hansbrough, Todd Tinsley, Ross Whelan and Tyler Hansbrough; (front row from left) Bill Caputo, JD Pattillo, Billy Pyland, Jim Brown, Bill Burfield and Sheldon Tyler.
Tyler Hansbrough’s Sports Hall of Fame journey begins in Poplar Bluff ​
02/06/2023
Tyler Hansbrough has joined a master class of sports figures from the Show Me State, becoming the Poplar Bluff school system’s fourth inductee into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame.
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Jay Dowd, Tiffany Voyles, Dr. Valerie Ivy and Marci Priest.
Ross Fuel Center launches Operation Lunch Box fundraiser
12/22/2022
Ross Fuel Center recently hosted a fundraiser, matching the total collected from its customer base, in an effort to help reduce outstanding lunch balances at area schools.
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Bralin Duckett and Emma Tinsley,
Several hundred attend MASC meet at Poplar Bluff High School
11/15/2022
Poplar Bluff High School hosted a meet for the Missouri Association of Student Councils on Friday, Oct. 28, featuring 29 schools in the Southeast Missouri District, including over 600 students and about 50 advisers.
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Cayla Cotner and Alexis Easton.
College Fair features broad range of postsecondary options
11/01/2022
Poplar Bluff High School hosted its annual College Fair for upperclassmen on Tuesday, Oct. 25, in the auxiliary gym. The event featured 50 representatives, including several first-timers and a dozen postsecondary paths besides college such as military, and career and technical education institutions.
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Todd and Sierra Henson, and Elizabeth Rose and Amanda Ayers.
Pottery equipment donated to Poplar Bluff art program
10/11/2022
A lifetime collection of pottery-making equipment has been generously donated to the art programs at Poplar Bluff Junior and Senior High.
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Robert Bennett
PBHS robotics class receives second $5K donation from Montgomery
10/04/2022
The Poplar Bluff High School robotics program continues to progress with financial support from a Georgia-based philanthropy group that has a vested interest in the future of engineering.
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Linda Surber, Mark Cook, Missy Cox and Hilary Taylor.
MRTF awards $1,000 in grants to Poplar Bluff educators
09/13/2022
Poplar Bluff Schools is bringing back food canning and board games, with assistance from the Missouri Retired Teachers Foundation.
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Dr. Valerie Ivy
Dr. Ivy advances to serve as principal of her alma mater ​
08/22/2022
Poplar Bluff native Dr. Valerie Ivy has been selected as the first female principal in the history of Senior High to lead the school building, according to district records.
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A new concession stand, designed by Dille and Pollard Architecture.
New concession stand, scoreboard added at Mules Stadium
08/22/2022
Visitor concessions are being added to Mules Stadium with new restrooms and storage, expanded seating of the south grandstand, plus a scoreboard replacement, all in an effort to improve the fan experience during sporting events at Poplar Bluff High School.
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Maj. Gregory Crites helps perform the passing of the colors from cadet Ltc. Dustin Ramsey to Aaliyah Shephard.
JROTC promotes incoming battalion commander ​
06/01/2022
Dozens of outstanding cadets and the companies they represent were honored during the annual awards and Change of Command ceremony of the JROTC on Thursday, May 19, at Poplar Bluff High School.
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Selina Nicole Pociask
Dual valedictorians lead largest graduating class in decades
06/01/2022
A total of 371 students graduated from Poplar Bluff High School on Thursday, May 26, at the Black River Coliseum – the biggest cohort since 1980, and the sixth largest class in history.
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Charlee Deaton, Macey Odom, Christian Redding and Emmelien Pendley.
Students place during Math Field Day return
05/17/2022
A total of eight Poplar Bluff High School Math Club students competed with half of the members earning top placement during the 43rd annual Math Field Day held last month at Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau.
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Desmond Howell
Multiple students land jobs during hiring event ​
05/17/2022
Dexter Bar-B-Que settled in at the second ‘hiring event’ at Poplar Bluff High School with plans of spending the morning recruiting. The restaurant wound up filling its opening within the first 10 minutes, then was able to pack up and call it a day.
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Jerrica Fox, Salah McCormack, Olivia Kirkman and Emily Lovette.
American Red Cross awards PBHS $3,000 in scholarships
05/04/2022
The American Red Cross has awarded a total of $3,000 to three Poplar Bluff High School students for volunteering to collect 340 units of blood this school year, potentially helping to save over 1,000 lives.
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(Back row, from left) Physical education teacher Joan Lack, Dominique Baucom, Karson Busse, Hayden Downs, Hunter Lawson, Christopher Chapman, Trevor Collins, Emily Faith, Charles Harris and coach Kayla Keith; (front row, left to right) Jason Bell, Skylar Elledge, Nicole Weatherford, Reba Mace, Haley James, D’Angelo Keel and Maison Dennis.
Student-led effort to hold letter banquet for Special Olympics athletes
05/03/2022
For the first time, Poplar Bluff High School hosted an athletic letter banquet for the families of students who participated in the recent Special Olympics Missouri (SOMO) spring games.
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StuCo members display their statewide award.
StuCo earns School of Character award via Special Olympics
04/05/2022
Poplar Bluff High School Student Council was the only recipient in the state to earn the Award of Merit in the Special Olympics Missouri School of Character program for working to create an environment of inclusion.
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PBHS Science and Environment Club.
Student-led group volunteers to remove invasive trees from campus
04/05/2022
A voluntary group of students and district personnel has begun to remove hundreds of non-native, invasive pear trees from the Poplar Bluff High School campus.
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Iron Mules
Iron Mules vie in Bi-State Championship
03/29/2022
The Poplar Bluff High School Iron Mules vied in the FIRST Tech Challenge State Championship for Missouri and Kansas robotics teams earlier this month at the Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla.
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Missouri Senior Beta Club Convention
PBHS Beta Club rallies together to win $6K
03/08/2022
The Poplar Bluff High School Beta Club has earned $6,000 for collecting the most bottle caps during the annual Dr. Pepper Pigskin Points contest.
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Students in Audrey Harris’ American sign language class at PBHS reinforce their skills during a vocabulary exercise.
New sign language course makes impact beyond classroom ​
02/15/2022
A student-led American sign language club generated enough interest at Poplar Bluff High School to establish a new foreign language class this school year. Now a movement is happening in the community.
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Kay Porter Theater
Renovations underway at Kay Porter Theater
02/01/2022
Work is underway for the Kay Porter Theater to receive a complete overhaul of its control booth with use of original funds bequeathed by the campus building’s namesake.
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The Mules Competitive Cheerleading Team pose with coach Kimberly Smith (back left) and assistant Brianna Jones.
PBHS Cheerleaders honored by board for state championship
01/26/2022
The Mules Competitive Cheerleading Team was recognized during the Board of Education meeting on Thursday, Jan. 20, in the Administrative Building for bringing home the state championship.
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Piper Duncan
R-I earns top placement at Junior, Senior Beta Convention
01/11/2022
The Poplar Bluff School District qualified nationally in a total of 16 competitions at the recent state Beta conventions in which 113 R-I students participated in.
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Bralin Duckett, Emma Harris, Emma Tinsley and Christian Redding.
PBHS students to sing with All-State Choir, compete in Sight-Singing Bee
12/07/2021
Four Poplar Bluff High School choral students have been selected for the All-State Choir, one of whom has further qualified to compete statewide in the Sight-Singing Bee.
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Joseph Clark III
College Fair returns to campus after going virtual
10/27/2021
Fifty universities, technical trade schools and branches of the military were represented during the return of the College Fair on Tuesday, Oct. 19, at Poplar Bluff High School.
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Kathy Miller’s robotics class break off into groups and unbox robotics kits.
Robotics class receives financial backing from out-of-state group
09/21/2021
A Georgia-based philanthropy group has donated more than $5,000 to a popular elective class at Poplar Bluff High School to purchase several robotics kits so more students can practice engineering.
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Dr. Scott Dill, Mackinley Cox, Linda Surber, Hannah Tuttle, Nikki Davis and Ammalein Pendley.
Designing Women Foundation awards $11.5K to Poplar Bluff
09/14/2021
The Designing Women Foundation honored its scholarship recipients and Charlie Classics Reading Contest winners during a reception held last month at the Bloodworth House, awarding $11,500 to students of Poplar Bluff Schools over the course of two years.
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Labryan McDonald
Resilient Class of 2021 graduates PBHS
05/27/2021
A total of 299 students graduated from the Poplar Bluff High School Class of 2021 on Thursday, May 20, at the Black River Coliseum, earning a total of $2.6 million and counting in individual scholarships, A+ funding and other grants.
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Dustin Ramsey
Dustin Ramsey promoted to JROTC battalion commander
05/18/2021
The Pvt. Billie Gene Kanell JROTC Battalion held its annual Change of Command Ceremony on Thursday, May 13, at Poplar Bluff High School, marking the completion of “another productive year,” according to Command Sgt. Maj. Marc Roderick, Army instructor.
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Wanda Dicken, Layton Sanders and Stephen Winters.
Layton Sanders earns Dicken Memorial Scholarship
05/05/2021
Poplar Bluff High School senior Layton Sanders has been selected to receive the $500 Kyle Curtis Dicken Memorial Scholarship.
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Jennie Randolph, Isabella Sifford, Jordyn Shearrer, Lauren Dickerson and Maria Polasek.
$3,000 awarded in Red Cross scholarships
04/27/2021
The American Red Cross has awarded four $750 scholarships to Poplar Bluff High School students who completed successful applications reflecting on their efforts in helping to host blood drives.
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Class of 1992
PBHS Class of 1992 donates in memory of classmate
04/13/2021
The Poplar Bluff High School library added over 75 books to its collection with a $1,200 donation from the Class of 1992 in memory of alumna Misty Ziegler.
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Audrie Sievers
PBHS sophomore accepted into Agribusiness Academy
04/13/2021
A Poplar Bluff sophomore has been chosen alongside only 30 high school students across the state to participate in the 2021 Missouri Agribusiness Academy this summer.
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Mariah DeShaney and Emmalein Pendley
Two Poplar Bluff sophomores named Missouri Scholars
04/13/2021
Poplar Bluff High School had both of its allotted student nominees accepted into the 2021 Missouri Scholars Academy—a rarity—according to counselor Dr. Regina Williams.
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U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Lesli Brown and the Robotics Club.
PBHS Iron Mules win Connect Award for outreach
03/09/2021
The Iron Mules earned the Connect Award during the FIRST Southeast Missouri Regional Competition on Saturday, March 6, held virtually at Poplar Bluff High School.
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Bralin Duckett
Student leads Black History Month celebration
02/09/2021
A Poplar Bluff High School sophomore has taken the initiative to produce a series of short videos celebrating Black History Month that are being shown during advisory class throughout February.
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Students in Pam Davis’ business management elective make hot chocolate bombs during second hour every day.
PBHS students raise $1,000 for Project Christmas Promise
12/15/2020
A class at Poplar Bluff High School has raised a projected $1,000 for Project Christmas Promise through a student-led enterprise that has quickly gained popularity across campus.
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Students play a video game navigating SARAH through a simulated disaster on Tuesday, Nov. 24, in the JROTC wing.
U.S. Army STEM trailer visits PBHS
12/08/2020
Poplar Bluff High School students recently learned about STEM opportunities available through the U.S. Army during a special visit from the Mobile Exhibit Company.
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Mules Cheerleaders
Pink-Out Day celebrates 10th anniversary, $200K raised
10/13/2020
Pink-Out Day, which started at Poplar Bluff Schools and soon expanded city-wide, has reportedly raised over $200,000 for the United Cancer Assistance Network over the past decade.
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Nayeli Cerda and Khelie Spence
Cerda, Spence awarded $10K rootEd scholarships
10/06/2020
A pair of Poplar Bluff High School graduates of the Class of 2020 were recently awarded the rootEd Undergraduate Scholarships, valued at $10,000 per year, renewable up to 10 semesters toward a bachelor’s degree.
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Mike Owen, Chris Wheat, and Anne and John Moyer.
MRTF awards Poplar Bluff teachers $1,000 in grants
09/15/2020
The Missouri Retired Teachers Foundation recently financed two grants valued at $500 apiece for Poplar Bluff educators.
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Gold HUD Star
Poplar Bluff JROTC named Honor Unit with Distinction
02/11/2020
The Poplar Bluff High School JROTC has been accredited as an Honor Unit with Distinction for scoring a near flawless 98.5 percent on a recent program evaluation.
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Gov. Mike Parson visits Poplar Bluff FFA booth.
Mrs. Clark named Outstanding Woman in Ag
02/04/2020
Poplar Bluff High School agriculture teacher Kathryn Clark received the Outstanding Woman in Ag award on Friday, Jan. 31, during the third annual farmer appreciation luncheon, sponsored by the University of Missouri Extension and the Chamber of Commerce, prior to the Ag Expo at the Black River Coliseum.
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Elizabeth Shirrell
JROTC student earns first-round Army scholarship
01/14/2020
A cadet from the JROTC program at Poplar Bluff High School has been selected in the very first round to receive a four-year U.S. Army scholarship.
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The PBHS Concert Choir sing Christmas carols for the Lion’s Club.
Lion’s Club donates $500 to All-State Choir students
01/03/2020
The Lion’s Club decided to sponsor Poplar Bluff High School’s upcoming All-State Choir performance, after being impressed during a Christmas caroling at the organization’s weekly luncheon.
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Gateway 2 Jobs program representatives are pictured with the 2019 graduates.
Grad Center students earn G2J certificates
10/29/2019
A total of 13 students from the Graduation Center earned certificates to include on their resumes through Gateway 2 Jobs on Wednesday, Oct. 23, at the Greater Poplar Bluff Area Chamber of Commerce.
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Shelby Cochran and Maci Stucker
AmeriCorps hosts 16th annual Career Fair
10/17/2019
A total of 381 Poplar Bluff High School sophomores participated in the 16th annual Career Fair on Thursday, Oct. 10, at Three Rivers College.
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(Left to right) Dr. Scott Dill, Anne Moyer, Pam Davis, John Moyer, James Barnhill and Jan Duffy.
MRTF awards $500 grant to PBHS teacher
08/27/2019
Poplar Bluff High School business education teacher Pamela Davis was awarded a $500 grant from the Missouri Retired Teachers Foundation on Wednesday, Aug. 14, so students can create interactive folders detailing concepts learned in personal finance class.
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Mark Murphy, Kaylee Merrick, Eugene Barnes and Tyrus Merrick
Green Bay Packers feature PBHS student’s artwork
08/27/2019
The artwork of a Poplar Bluff High School senior is being displayed for a year at the Green Bay Packers stadium, and the Art Department has been awarded $5,000 as the result of a recent national contest.
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RISE Transition Center logo
RISE Transition Center set to open with dedicated at-risk staff
08/12/2019
The new RISE Transition Center will open during the 2019/20 school year as a pilot program for the planned alternative school to help address behavioral issues that students, grades 7-12, are struggling with in the regular education setting.
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Jeff Baldwin, co-owner of Baldwin Automotive Group, hands two sets of Ford Escape keys to PBHS educators (front row, from left) Mitch Davis, Charley Harper and Mike Sowatzke.
Baldwin supports PBHS Driver’s Ed program
06/10/2019
Baldwin Automotive Group has loaned a pair of 2018 Ford Escapes for students to use in the Driver’s Education program available at Poplar Bluff High School.
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Surrounded by family and colleagues, Gretchen Pendley receives a prestigious award.
PBHS teacher earns statewide biology award
06/07/2019
Poplar Bluff educator Gretchen Pendley has won the 2019 outstanding biology teacher award for the state of Missouri through the National Association of Biology Teachers.
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Drew Metz reunites with his military sister, Alyson.
Commencement held for PBHS Class of 2019
05/29/2019
A total of 321 students graduated from the Poplar Bluff High School Class of 2019 on Thursday, May 23, at the Black River Coliseum, earning nearly $2.1 million in scholarships and grants, staff reported.
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Sara Holloway and Lauren Robertson
Incoming PBHS junior to participate in 2019 MSA
05/29/2019
Poplar Bluff High School is sending a student to the exclusive Missouri Scholars Academy for the second year in a row.
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Elizabeth Shirrell’s mother Amy joins Maj. Gregory Crites in the Change of Command ceremony.
Change of Command 2019
05/14/2019
Poplar Bluff High School junior Elizabeth Shirrell has been named commander of the Pvt. Billie Kanell JROTC Battalion for the upcoming school year.
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Corey Floyd and Jack Rogers, students in Heather Pullam’s multimedia class, edit video using Adobe Premiere Pro software.
Multimedia class creates safety video for Gates
04/23/2019
The multimedia class at Poplar Bluff High School is producing an official safety video for Gates Corporation in Industrial Park.
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Julia Dragon
PBHS program produces homegrown teachers
04/23/2019
A program started several years ago at Poplar Bluff Schools is beginning to produce homegrown teachers within the district.
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Actors (left to right) Craig Ester, Ted Drury, Karl Hawkins, Jeanitta Perkins and Frankie Ferrari take a bow after performing 'Macbeth.'
PBHS English students experience ‘Macbeth’
03/21/2019
The Shakespeare Festival St. Louis performed the tragedy “Macbeth” for almost 400 Poplar Bluff High School English students on Thursday, March 14, in the Tinnin Center at Three Rivers College.
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Mike Owen is recognized during the MASC annual state convention earlier this month at Lindbergh High School.
Principal receives regional award for student advocacy
03/21/2019
Poplar Bluff High School Principal Mike Owen was named administrator of the year for the Southeast District of the Missouri Association of Student Councils during the organization’s 71st annual state convention held Thursday through Saturday, March 7-9, at Lindbergh High School.
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Lunch menu input solicited from PBHS students
03/12/2019
Chartwells School Dining Services hosted a series of taste tests last week at Poplar Bluff High School in an effort to receive student input on potential menu items.
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Meagan Bader of Ozark FCU helps students navigate a newly created budgeting app.
Reality Fair teaches budgeting to students
03/06/2019
More than 60 Poplar Bluff High School students signed up to participate in the fifth annual Reality Fair to learn about money management during an event similar to a poverty simulation held Wednesday, Feb. 27, at Three Rivers College.
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Former pro athlete donates memorabilia to alma mater
03/05/2019
Poplar Bluff High School Class of 1967 graduate Eddie Moss, who went on to play in the NFL, donated his collection of sports memorabilia on Friday, Feb. 22, for a new Mules wall of fame display, spearheaded by security officer Wesley Lewis.
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Spanish teacher Charley Harper receives a hand-delivered herbal tea.
PBHS rolls out coffee service
02/26/2019
The Poplar Bluff High School Coffee Crew began serving refreshments to teachers on Tuesday, Feb. 12, in an effort to provide students an opportunity to work on pre-vocational skills for their post-graduation transition.
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TCC student designs new logo for Giving Closet
02/05/2019
A Poplar Bluff student enrolled in the computer graphics program at the Technical Career Center has created a new logo to be used to help market the Giving Closet at the High School.
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Wesley Lewis
Lifelong Mule spearheads distinguished alumni project
01/15/2019
Wesley Lewis is a true mule. Since he is the person who coined the term, he owns the right to define it. “A true mule is not just a Poplar Bluffian,” the lifelong R-I employee explained. “This is a society of people that loves to see the town progress, with that hard-headed determination of a mule.”
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Teacher Gretchen Pendley tests out a digital microscope during freshman advisory.
Foundation funds $3.5K in teacher grants
12/19/2018
The Poplar Bluff School Foundation recently funded two ‘innovative educational projects’ valued at more than $3,500 so students can collect data for NASA and participate in group activities using digital microscopes.
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PBHS named National Beta School of Distinction
12/11/2018
National Beta has named Poplar Bluff High School a 2018/19 National School of Distinction for the chapter’s boost in membership and commitment toward academic achievement, exemplary character, and demonstrated leadership and service to others.
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College application incentive established
11/08/2018
An incentive was recently put in place that helped encourage more than 100 high school students to either filled out federal student aid forms or apply to colleges.
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Sophomores learn about various careers
10/09/2018
AmeriCorps hosted its 16th annual Career Fair for area sophomores from Poplar Bluff Hgih School and Twin Rivers on Thursday, Oct. 4, at Three Rivers College.
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Briggs and Stratton supports agriculture program
10/09/2018
Briggs and Stratton donated 30 small engines so students of the Poplar Bluff High School agriculture education program can gain hands-on experience.
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Firefighters discuss career with literature class
Firefighters discuss career with literature class
09/18/2018
Firefighters visited the PBHS English Department on Friday, Sept. 14, to speak with seniors about how the themes they have been reading such as bravery, heroism and courage relates to the profession.
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PBHS hosts bottle cap drive for chance at $10K
PBHS hosts bottle cap drive for chance at $10K
09/18/2018
Poplar Bluff Senior High is competing for $10,000 against surrounding schools throughout the region in the Dr. Pepper Pigskin Points Contest.
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PBHS hosts 14th annual Honor Tour send-off
09/11/2018
A special tribute for veterans visiting the United States capital began before they even left town, as Poplar Bluff High School students hosted a school-wide assembly to set the tone for the 14th annual Honor Tour.
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09/04/2018
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Sterling Bank donates Dave Ramsey curriculum
08/28/2018
Sterling Bank has supplied the popular personal finance curriculum of esteemed financial radio host and author Dave Ramsey to all Poplar Bluff Junior and Senior High students taking related business classes this school year.
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07/18/2018
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Sophomore accepted into MO Scholars Academy
05/08/2018
Ross Dare has been selected among 330 sophomores statewide to participate in the Missouri Scholars Academy this summer, the first Poplar Bluff High School student in several years to achieve this prestigious honor, according to the Counseling Department.
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PBHS StuCo advisor named top in Missouri
03/20/2018
A Senior High teacher of 13 years has received statewide recognition for her impact advising not only the Poplar Bluff student life organization, but student councils throughout Missouri over the past several years.
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Businesses sponsor Girls State group
03/06/2018
The largest number of Poplar Bluff High School juniors in recent memory will be participating in American Legion Auxiliary Girls State this summer at Central Missouri University in Warrensburg, thanks to several generous community sponsors.
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National Merit Program finalist
03/06/2018
Poplar Bluff High School senior Adeesh Mishra has advanced in the National Merit Scholarship program to finalist, earning a 50 percent chance of receiving a scholarship through the corporation, if not directly from a higher education institution.
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Making IT Happen
02/27/2018
Two district employees who work together to enhance student engagement received regional recognition in the field of educational technology integration at Poplar Bluff Schools.
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PBHS continues to offer ACT for free despite state cut
02/06/2018
The Poplar Bluff School District will offer the ACT exam to High School juniors one time free of charge in April.
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PBHS anti-bullying club visits elementary schools
01/30/2018
The Stand for the Silent group at Poplar Bluff High has begun visiting elementary school students this month to read children’s books with messages about anti-bullying, the club’s mission.
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Dentist takes up collection for Giving Closet
11/14/2017
Dr. Mike Price delivered several boxes of personal hygiene items to the Giving Closet on Thursday, Nov. 9, after taking up a month-long collection at his clinic, the Family Dentistry of Poplar Bluff.
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Graduation Center students become work-ready certified
10/31/2017
Over a dozen students graduated and two scholarships were awarded during the Gateway 2 Jobs commencement on Wednesday, Oct. 25, at Poplar Bluff High School.
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Dentist guest lectures in forensic class
10/31/2017
Following a guest lecture about forensic odontology on Wednesday, Oct. 25, at Poplar Bluff High School, local dentist Dr. Eric Blaich took the opportunity to provide career advice to students.
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15th annual Career Fair
10/11/2017
Industry professionals encouraged Poplar Bluff and Twin Rivers sophomores to begin thinking about their futures during the 15th annual Career Fair held Thursday, Oct. 5, at Three Rivers College.
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PBHS graduation rate exceeds 90-percent goal
10/03/2017
Poplar Bluff High School’s graduation rate was 91.8 percent this year, a gain of 4.2 percent over last year, the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education recently reported.
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National Merit Scholarship Program semifinalist
09/26/2017
Poplar Bluff High School senior Adeesh Mishra has been named a semifinalist in the National Merit Scholarship Program among approximately 16,000 students nationwide who scored above the state average on the preliminary SAT, which for Missouri is 211.
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The Constitution Project
09/19/2017
A new class has been started at Poplar Bluff High School that partners with local industry professionals to take students through the process of investigating a mock crime, holding a trial and reporting about the proceedings.
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Student liaisons elected to school board
08/29/2017
Decisions at the Poplar Bluff School District are intended to be considered with the betterment of students in mind. Now the Board of Education will get to actually cross-check with the student body when they conduct business.
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Instructional coaches hired to equip teachers
07/17/2017
The district’s new instructional coaches have been charged with putting an emphasis on curriculum now that the technology component has almost become second nature to teachers.
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Homegrown talent
07/10/2017
A pair of seasoned educators who rose up through the rank and file within the Poplar Bluff school system have been promoted to lead their respective buildings.
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Largest graduating class in decades
05/31/2017
A total of 340 students graduated from Poplar Bluff High School on Thursday, May 25, at the Black River Coliseum – the largest graduating class since 1980, according to district records.
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Education commissioner, legislators honor PBHS student
04/25/2017
Poplar Bluff High School senior Hamiz Mirza was among 15 select students to receive the Missouri Award for Outstanding Achievement in Citizenship on Monday, April 17, in Jefferson City.
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PBHS freshman nominated for Spirit of Sport award
03/27/2017
Poplar Bluff High School freshman Savannah Hicks was Missouri’s nomination for the National High School Spirit of Sport Award for returning to the basketball court just six short weeks after open-heart surgery.
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PBHS senior among top scholars in Missouri
03/27/2017
Poplar Bluff High School senior Humza Siddiqui is being recognized among the 100 top scholars in the state from the graduating Class of 2017.
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WWII vet visits American history class
03/14/2017
World War II veteran Cloyd Cook, a recipient of four Bronze Star Medals, spoke to advanced American history students about some of his early involvement in helping to stop Nazi Germany and Japan over 70 years ago.
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PBHS Weekly Announcements 3/13-3/18/2017
03/13/2017
To learn more about what is happening at PBHS this week, please continue reading below. Have a great week!
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PBHS Weekly Announcements 3/6-3/12/2017
03/08/2017
To learn more about what is happening a PBHS this week, please access https://goo.gl/M7lxFg , or continue reading below! Have a great week!
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Spanish classes sample tropical fruit
02/28/2017
Approximately 400 Poplar Bluff High School students learned about tropical fruit common in Spanish speaking countries on Wednesday, Feb. 22, with over $600 from a state grant.
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The Giving Closet
12/06/2016
Poplar Bluff High School students in need of an article of clothing, a personal hygiene product or a classroom supply now have a discrete place to go directly on campus to seek relief.
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Robert Whelan donates $1,500 to Iron Mules
11/02/2016
The Poplar Bluff High School Robotics Club received its largest single donation to date: $1,500 from Robert Whelan Wealth Management to purchase a complete Velocity Vortex obstacle course.
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Largest Grad Center group to complete work ethics training
10/25/2016
Three Poplar Bluff Graduation Center students were hired at area businesses before even completing this year’s Gateway 2 Jobs program. Another three were awarded college scholarships during the graduation ceremony on Friday, Oct. 21, at the Chamber of Commerce.
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Farewell to the Class of 2016
05/18/2016
The commencement ceremony on Thursday, May 12, at the Black River Coliseum marked endings and new beginnings on multiple fronts.
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Most NHS pledges inducted in recent memory
04/19/2016
A total of 35 Poplar Bluff High School juniors were inducted into the National Honor Society during the annual spring ceremony on Wednesday, April 6, in the Kay Porter Theater.
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Growing Academic Team awarded $1,000
02/22/2016
The Poplar Bluff High School Academic Team has in recent weeks received $1,000 in grants, which will be used for requisite equipment and fees to send more students to Quiz Bowl camp.
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The Giving Project
02/16/2016
How do you maximize the impact of just $10? Break the bill down into 40 quarters and disperse the coins in random places throughout school.
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Teacher Words Matter
12/02/2015
A student wrote a heartfelt essay about her school janitor and won $500 plus an all-expense paid trip for the pair to attend the Missouri High School Football Championship in St. Louis.
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Cross Country team gets pep talk from Olympic hopeful
10/28/2015
USA Team marathon runner Josphat Boit Skyped with the Poplar Bluff High School Cross Country team on Thursday, Oct. 22, by way of Mammoth Lakes, Calif., where he is training at 8,000-feet elevation for the 2016 Summer Olympics.
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Community leaders break ground on future high school
06/05/2015
More than 75 supporters celebrated the groundbreaking ceremony for Poplar Bluff Schools’ new high school, the impetus of the district buildings plan, on Thursday, June 4, at the present site of the 5th & 6th Grade Center.
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Soeter completes 100-book challenge
05/12/2015
Poplar Bluff High School senior Ben Soeter is the first student in three years to read 100 novels and earn a $1,000 scholarship via the Designing Women Foundation’s Charlie Classics reading program.
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PBHS student to be featured on MTV
12/16/2014
A Poplar Bluff High School student will be featured on a popular MTV doc film series for the role she played in a Native American panel discussion that recently took place in Washington, D.C.
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Cheerleaders gain national prestige in unprecedented time
01/19/2014
Poplar Bluff High School reinstated its Competition Cheer Squad just this past spring and by summertime, the cheerleaders were named state champions for the first time in school history.
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Student earns college degree before High School diploma
01/21/2013
A Poplar Bluff student has managed to complete her associate degree requirements before receiving her High School diploma, as a result of a partnership forged last school year with Three Rivers College.
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Students exercise their voting power, officials pay close attention
11/01/2012
With Election Day around the corner, area officeholders have their eyes on Poplar Bluff Senior High to get a sense of how Butler County is going to vote come Tuesday, Nov. 6.
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Student donates $500 in books to high school library
10/11/2012
When most teenagers get their hands on $1,500, they think about spending the money on the latest electronics, clothing or entertainment, but not one Poplar Bluff Senior High student.
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