Articles Poplarville High School

The Poplarville High School serves students grades 9th through 12th. The campus is located at #1 Hornet Drive, Poplarville MS 39470. You can reach PHS at (vocie) (601) 795 8424 or (fax) (601) 795-1345.

Principal: Jonanthan Will
Assistant Principal: Timmy Story

PHS Soccer Update

The soccer programs at PHS are coming up on the halfway point of their respective seasons. So far the girls and boys teams are having success on the pitch. Currently the girl’s regular season record is 8-1-0 (1-1 district) and the boys are 8-1-0 (1-0 district).  The girl’s team has already secured a winning season for the 2014-15 season. Leading the girl’s team this season is Junior Mallory Nuccio and Sophomore Merisa Myrick.  Nuccio has 13 goals and 4 assist to lead all lady hornets in scoring. Myrick has 8 goals and 5 assist (Myrick leads the lady hornets in assist). With one game remaining before the Christmas break the Lady Hornets have scored 39 goals with 24 assist. Goalkeeper Kelsey Strahan has 1.7 goals against average for the season with 5 shutouts and 7 wins.
On the boy’s side this season, the Hornets are led by Senior Noah Pearson. Pearson has 25 goals which lead’s the state according to Pearson also has a chance to be the all team goals scorer in school history for a career and a single season. Juniors Ethan Glasscock and Nick Hines have played a big part in helping the Hornets score this season. Glasscock has 14 assist (which currently also leads the state in assist according to and Hines who has 10 assist. Hines also is second in scoring with 9 goals this season. The Hornets also have one game remaining before the Christmas break. To date they have scored 59 goals with 49 assist. The Hornets are three goals away from setting a new scoring record for PHS Soccer.  Goalkeeper Austin Carter has 1.6 goals against average for the season with 4 shutouts and 8 wins.
Coach Smith says “I am very pleased with the way both teams have performed this season. Both teams have the chance to accomplish many goals this season and set new records for teams in the future to look to achieve. Even in our losses this season we have battled and not quit. We have made those teams work for their win. We are looking towards the second half of the season and trying to make a playoff push.  I would like to thank the student section for attending the games and giving our players motivation to perform.  We hope they continue to attend and that the hive grows as the season goes on.”
The Hornets play @ Forrest Co AHS Friday Dec. 19th. Girls play at 5:30 boys at 7. They will also play Jan. 2nd at Home vs. PRC.

PHS Cheerleaders Grab 3rd in State

On December 13, 2014, the Poplarville High School Cheerleaders travelled to Jackson, Mississippi for the MHSAA State Cheerleading Competition. The cheerleaders were in the medium varsity division, competing against squads such as Amory, Brookhaven, De Soto Central, St. Martin, and Petal along with several other teams.
Out of 11 squads, Poplarville Cheerleaders placed 3rd in the state, behind De Soto Central and St. Martin. This is a huge accomplishment and honor, as no Poplarville cheer squad has ever achieved such a prestigious ranking. Congratulations to our girls for their hard work and dedication, and also to Coach Sarah Smith for leading the team to this victory!

Poplarville High School Named School of Distinction

The Beta Club of Poplarville High School presented a banner to Mr. Jonathan Will, PHS principal, naming Poplarville High School as a recipient of the National Beta School of Distinction Award for 2014-2015. This award recognizes improvement and growth of the PHS Beta Club as a path to excel in academic performance and character development.  The award also recognizes the commitment and dedication of PHS to the academic rigor that is necessary to prepare students for college and career readiness.  The PHS Beta Club membership consists of 69 students who excel academically with a GPA of 90 or higher, who possess proven leadership skills, and who are dedicated to service. PHS Beta Club officers for 2014-2015 are Emily Mitchell, President, Drew Smith, Senior Vice-President, Dalton Spiers, Junior Vice-President, Carlie Lambert, Treasurer, Madison Nodurft, Secretary, and Victoria McMurray, Historian. The academic sponsor is Dr. Miguel Ramírez.
The National Beta Club is the largest nonprofit educational youth organization in the United States promoting academic excellence, nurturing character development, and improving leadership skills while providing service to others.

Clark Wins Art Award

Katrina Clark was awarded the On Call Medical Clinic Award for Excellence in Oil Award in the Ocean Springs Art Association Fall Show on Friday, October 24th, 2014 at the Ocean Springs Community Center. This award was one of the awards given out to the winners of the Ocean Springs Art Association 43rd Annual Fall Exhibit and Sale.
Katrina Clark commented about her inspiration, “Creating art has always been a joy and passion of mine. I feel I grow more artistically when I’m around and exhibiting my work with other artists. I recently moved from Jackson, MS in July 2014 where I was a member of the Mississippi Artist Guild, Mississippi Oil Painters Association, and the Plein Air Artists of Mississippi. I exhibited in various galleries with these organizations and was an active member of each organization. I am now trying to find my place on the coast. I recently joined the Ocean Springs Art Association and wanted to take the opportunity to participate in their Fall Show”.
Upon being asked why this piece was created, Clark said, “This piece came about from many of the fishing materials around the house of my husband Lionel Clark. When we got married we did not go on a big honeymoon. Instead we bought each other kayaks as wedding presents so we could go on many adventures together. I named my kayak ‘Honeymoon’ so I can joke and say we are going on a honeymoon trip whenever we go out. Kayak fishing is a hobby we both share and I enjoy painting things that bring about positive memories”.
The awards were given out by a judge chosen by the OSAA. The judge, Christopher Olszewski is from Savannah College of Art and Design, GA. He stated, “The arrangement of materials along with the handling of light, textures and depth makes this painting exceptional”.
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PHS Girls / Boys in Thanksgiving Memorial Classic

The PHS varsity basketball girls and boys will be participating in the Pearl River Thanksgiving Memorial Classic on Friday, November 28 2014 on the campus of Pearl River Community College at the new Marvin R. White Coliseum.  Poplarvillle girls vs Picayune girls at 6pm. Poplarville boys vs Pearl River Central boys at 7:30 pm.  
Hornet nation come support our basketball boys and girls vs county rivals after Thanksgiving!!!!!!!!!

Hornets 3rd Round Bound

The Poplarville Hornets collected the first ever 2nd round playoff game in school history Friday night, defeating the Quitman Panthers 39-14.  Clay Garrett passed for a season high 102 yards and was perfect through the air completing all 5 of his passes.  Two of which found the endzone as Will Holliday hauled in a touchdown catch and Brandon McBride secured the second touchdown pass late in the first half.  Malik Lucas had 142 yards on 15 carries and 2 touchdowns in limited action due to illness.  Sophomore fullback Jesse Pernell found the endzone twice while carrying the ball 21 times for 79 yards.  
The O-line led by seniors Justin Dugas, Joey Seal, Keith Dulaune and Kyle Stringer appeared ready to dominate the line of scrimmage Friday as they opened up holes continuously for backs to run through.  Sophomore Zac Rice also contributed heavily to the victory stepping in and playing more snaps than he had all season for an injured wingback Anthony Martin.  The Hornet defense held the Quitman offense in check for the entire evening.  Senior Keith Dotson was all over the field Friday night.  Stepping in for fellow senior Malik Lucas at running back, Keith had 90 yards on 16 carries.  Also on defense, Keith had 2 interceptions.  Jamerrick Waller was the leader in tackles with 5.  
The historical victory sends the Hornets on the road this week.  Poplarville will travel to Purvis to tangle with the Tornadoes in it’s first ever 3rd round game.  Dress warm and make the short trip to support our boys.

PHS Cheerleaders Compete

The High School cheerleaders competed Sunday, November 16,  at the Deep South Blues Classic Competition in Jackson, MS.  Poplarville Varsity Cheerleaders won 1st place in medium varsity division, the spirit award, and Varsity Grand Champion. Mikaela Bilbo competed in and won the individual jump competition. To win the Varsity Grand Champion title, the girls had to beat out five other competitive high school teams. The HS cheerleaders are now preparing for the MHSAA State Competition on December 13.

PHS Cat Pack Attends Clinic

Members of the Poplarville High School Cat Pack attended and volunteered to help at the Pearl River County Animal Shelter's Vaccination/Microchip Clinic & Craft Fair Saturday, November 15, 2014. The purpose of the event was to provide low cost vaccinations and microchips for cats and dogs. The students assisted pet owners with paperwork, mixed wellness shots for dogs, and worked at the baked goods booth to raise money for the animal shelter.  The Pearl River County Animal Shelter plans to host a similar event in the Spring of 2015.  

Erosion Study at PHS

Coach Rogers' Science class wrapped up their unit on Erosion with a lab that demonstrated visually how erosion looks when it takes place.  They used clay, soil, sand, and a combination of the three to view the different effects erosion has on different types of ground. 

PHS Beta Club Recognition of Custodial Staff

The Beta Chapter of PHS surprised Ms. Stacey Wallace, Ms. Cora Nell Hickman, and Mr. Dwight Peters with a breakfast on October 29, 2014.  The Officers of the Beta Club selected these three employees for their dedication and hard work in keeping the physical environment of PHS safe and clean for both students and faculty.

Hornets Sting Richland in First Round of Playoffs

The Hornets won its first round playoff matchup with Richland by a score of 48-13 Friday night at Hornet Field.  Poplarville appeared to be in playoff form accounting for a season high 575 yards of offense.

The Hornets had 3 rushers go over the 100 yard mark.  Malik Lucas rushed 12 times for 205 yards and 3 touchdowns.  Fellow senior Anthony Martin carried the ball 7 times for 134 yards and 1 touchdown.  Sophomore fullback Jesse Pernell went over the 1,000 yard mark for the season rushing for 119 yards on 12 carries and 2 touchdowns.  

The final touchdown of the game was scored by junior Ben Barry.  Richland had some tricks up their sleeve, executing a fake punt on the first possession.  The play would eventually set up their first score of the night.  The Hornet defenders swarmed the Rangers for the remainder of the evening.  Dalton Richardson led the defense with 9 tackles.  Tyler Fricke finished with 8 tackles.  Freshman linebacker Peyton Graham and sophomore linebacker Turan Smith also contributed heavily with 7 tackles.  

The only turnover of the night was collected by Trey Griffin, who intercepted the last play of the first half.  The win Friday night was a historical one, making that the first postseason victory in the history of Hornet Field.  

The Hornets will try to add to an already remarkable year as we will host the Quitman Panthers in round #2.  The Panthers are 7-4 overall and defeated Columbia 43-26 in round 1.