PHS 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 (voice) (601) 795 8424 or (fax) (601) 795-1345.

Principal: Jonanthan Will
Assistant Principal: Timmy Story

Hornets Advance to Second Round

The Poplarville Hornets played a game Friday night that will forever be remembered as a classic.  The Hornets found themselves down at halftime by a score of 20-7 before rallying back in the second half.  Poplarville came out clicking on its opening possession of the second half.  A resilient Hornet Defense would keep the McComb Tiger offense out of the end zone for the remainder of the game.  Peyton Graham found the end zone with just under three minutes remaining to make the score 20-20.  The extra point that followed was good and the Hornets had the lead 21-20 for the first time in the contest.  Camden Ray ended a McComb drive with an interception to seal the deal.  Austin Bolton had a tough 160 yards on 21 carries and two TDs.  The difference in the game was a missed extra point early in the first quarter.  Nicholas Kirschbaum was 3 for 3 on extra points and also kicked two touchbacks.  The playoff win at McComb was the first road playoff win since a 49-28 win over Petal in 2006.  Congratulations Hornets!!





BETA Induction Ceremony

During the current school year of 2015-2016, we are pleased to notify you on the Poplarville High School Beta Club.  This year’s officers are,
·         Dalton Spiers- President
·         Victoria Mcmurry- Senior Vice-President
·         Kayla Hughes- Junior Vice-President
·         Karson Busby- Treasurer
·         Kaitlen Steele- Secretary
·         Kaitlyn Barber- Historian
We were proud to accept 32 new members into Beta Club being 4 seniors, 8 juniors, and 20 sophomores. If the students have been able to maintain high averaged graded they were awarded with a pin to symbolize their knowledge, citizenship, and membership. When inducted into being a Beta Club member the student was to hold a lit candle to represent the passing of their knowledge.  This year our dedicated officers are gathering to see about going to a state convention in the Spring to bring great things to our students. We are very excited and looking forward to all of the amazing things in store for the Beta Club members of PHS.

Lambert Chosen MVP

Kaley Lambert and Courtnee Strain, both seniors at Poplarville High School, were selected to play at the MHSAA 2015-2016 All Star Slow Pitch Softball Game.

The game was played October 31, 2015 at Mack Fanning Field-Newton County High School in Decatur, MS.

Kaley Lambert was chosen Most Valuable Player.

Hornets Take Care of Business-Heading to McComb

The Hornets needed to win last Friday nights game by 10 or more points to ensure the 3rd seed in the playoffs.  They did just that, beating Columbia 31-21.  The Hornets managed to keep an explosive Columbia offense in check most of the evening, holding them to just 206 total yards on the night.  The Wildcats had to deal with an angry Hornet defensive line that applied relentless pressure to the quarterback.  The Hornet offense tallied over 300 yards of total offense and found the end zone three times on the ground.  The other TD came on the opening kickoff when Tyler Fricke returned the ball 75 yards.  This sparked an explosive 3rd quarter, where the Hornets scored 17 unanswered points.  Nick Kirshbaum was perfect on the night going 4/4 on PATs and 1/1 on field goals.  The Hornets have now made the playoffs for a fourth consecutive year.  We will be traveling to McComb to face the #2 seed from Region 6.  An official MHSAA playoff bracket can be found at

Halloween Door Decorating Contest

PHS classes participated in a Halloween door decorating contest for the month of October.  The contest was used as a fundraiser for HOSA competitions.  Doors were judged by students across campus on Friday, October 30th.  Coach Ryan Jackson was the winner of the contest.  His class chose to decline the pizza party prize and donate the money to HOSA.

Pink Out Senior Night

Everyone wear pink this Friday, October 23rd for Senior Night.  Seniors will be recognized before the game.  The game begins at 7:00.

Offense Explodes in Sumrall

The hornets finished the night with 146 passing yards on 11 attempts and 413 rushing yards on 39 carries.  The 559 yard total is the highest offensive output the Hornets have put up this season.  Freshman Antonio Barnes was 8 for 11 with 146 yards and 1 TD pass to WR Eric Henry.  Henry was the top pass catcher with 3 catches for 66 yards.  There were many hornets that contributed to the ground game.  Austin Bolton was the big gainer on the evening, finishing the night with 94 yards on 11 carries and 3 touchdowns.  Jesse “J Train” Pernell had 8 carries for 54 yards.  Trey Griffen gave the offense an added spark rushing for 2 TDs on just 3 carries.  Zac Rice also chipped in a TD run of 25 yards.  Junior kicker Nicholas Kirschbaum was busy kicking extra points and he was perfect on the night going 8 for 8.  There wasn’t much scoring going on for the Bobcats, as the Hornet D allowed only 3 points and less than 200 yards.  Hunter Callahan led the Defense with 8 tackles a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.  Turan Smith also recovered a fumble and Trey Griffen intercepted a pass.  The Hornets prepare this week for a big Division 7-4A showdown at Hornet Field against the Purvis Tornados.  It is Senior Night!!  Come out and support our boys as they fight to take another step towards the coveted District Title.  It’s US vs them, OUR TOWN vs their town……………… It’s time!!!  Poplarville vs Purvis

Art Awards

Four Poplarville High School Art 1 Students received awards for their artworks in the Wild Things Art Contest which was part of the Southeast Louisiana National Wildlife Refugee Week Festival held in Lacombe LA on October 17th, 2015.
Each student had to create a drawing that represented an animal or habitat native to Southeast Louisiana. Students participated with their age categories with over 100 other students. 
In Drawing for ages 15-16
Tanner Miley received 3rd Place
Haley Shoemake received honorable mention
Shelby Ladner received honorable mention 
In Drawing for ages 17-18
Cole Dedeaux received Honorable mention

2015 Homecoming Parade

The 2015 Homecoming Parade, organized by the student council,was larger than it has been in the past. This year's float entries included the PRCC River Navigators, MSP Cheer, PTO, the freshman, as well as the maids, football team, band, dance, PHS Cheer, and Beta. A community pep rally was held immediately after the parade. We encourage you to join us by entering a float of your own at the next homecoming parade.

Puttin On Pink

The PHS Cheerleaders are helping out Puttin on Pink!  You can purchase a pink seat cushion for $10 from the PHS Office or any PHS Cheerleader.  The proceeds from these seat cushions fund Puttin on Pink, a non-profit Breast Cancer awareness foundation.  Help us support this local foundation that helps so many fighting Breast Cancer and promotes Breast Cancer awareness in Pearl River County!

PHS Homecoming Queen

Myranda Diamond, daughter of Michelle Poolson and Joseph Diamond, was crowned Homecoming Queen Friday, October 2nd.

Myranda is captain of the PHS Honey Bees!

Poplarville’s Defense Dominates Over the Greene County Wildcats

The Poplarville Hornets overpowered their competition Friday night during their homecoming game against the Greene County Wildcats, 23-7.

The fans were filled with excitement as the Hornets played their first district game against the Wildcats.

The Hornets were leading at halftime 16-7.  The Hornet’s defense would hold the Wildcats during the second half, preventing any more points.  Toward the end of the fourth quarter, running back Austin Bolton would run 60 yards for the final touchdown of the game, bringing the final score to 23-7.

Friday’s win brought the Hornets’ record to 4-2; 1-0 in the district.

Next Friday, the Hornets will face the Aggies at Forrest County Agricultural High School for their second district game.  Kickoff is at 7 p.m.  Hope to see everyone at the game!


PHS Students Receive Scholarships

Congratulations to Camryn Pierce and Justin Dugas, recipients of the Pine Belt Oil / EXXON scholarship for the Poplarville High School Class of 2015.
Each year Pine Belt Oil applies for a match grant with EXXON for Math and Science used for scholarships at Poplarville High School.    

Justin Dugas, who plans to be an engineer, is presently a freshman at Mississippi State University.  Camryn Pierce, who  also plans to be an engineer, is a freshman enrolled at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College and plans to continue her engineering major at Mississippi State University.

Poplarville High School would like to thank Pine Belt Oil Company for making it possible to receive this grant.


Poplarville Art Students to Participate in the 2015 Wild Things Youth Art Contest and Exhibition

Fourteen students taking Mrs. Clark's Art 1 course will be participating in the Wild Things Youth Art Contest and Exhibition in Lacombe, LA on October 17,2015 as a part of the Southeast Louisiana National Wildlife Refuges Complex's celebration of National Wildlife Refuge Week. Each student had to create a drawing that is of plant or animal native to the area. Awards will be given on October 17th in which students who have entered will compete with other students who have entered from various schools and places that are of their own age. Students work will be on exhibit for the week at the complex. More information about the event can be found on the website: . 
"The students have created some outstanding artworks and I look forward to seeing how we fair in awards." - Mrs. Clark 
Here is a list of the participating students:
Haley Shoemake
Cody Johnson
Craig Barnes
Neil Hickman
Tanner Miley
Renee Davis
Cole Dedeaux
Conner Davis
Bobby McGill
Barry Duncan
Bailey Jones
Jeremy Wilson
Shelby Ladner
Austin Robbins

The Romantics Come to World Literature

In preparation for a literary analysis, students in Mrs. Aube’s World Literature class spent two weeks studying nineteenth century Romantic poets, including Emily Dickinson, Edgar Allan Poe, and William Wordsworth.  After a thorough introduction to poetry, students practiced counting iambic meter, studied how poets approach and develop the “sublime,” and argued about symbolism in various examples of Romantic poetry. To complete their study, students selected a poem from the nineteenth century Romantic period, prepared a claim based on their interpretation of the poem, and proved their claim correct by arguing the poet’s use of figurative language, sound devices, allusion, and symbolism. In lieu of the writing a traditional essay, many students “wrote” their literary analysis using Google Slides and found that pairing technology with their more conventional writing was the perfect way to share their findings with others.  

Pictures included presentations on “Oh, Captain! My Captain!” by Walt Whitman given by Skylar B.; “Because I could not stop for Death” by Emily Dickinson given by Holli A. and Gabrielle L.; and “The Raven” by Edgar Allan Poe as presented by Zac C. and Tanner M.


Financial Aid Workshop

PHS will host a financial aid workshop for high school students and parents on October 15th. Below you will find information about the topics to be covered. At the workshop, you will learn more about what opportunities exist for our students. If you have any questions, please contact Katie Young at 601-795-8424.
TARGET AUDIENCE: Junior & Senior Parents and their students
PURPOSE: This workshop will provide information about sources of financial aid available to pay for college.  Parents and students will learn about federal and state financial aid programs and the application processes.
Topics include:
·         Definition and understanding of financial need
·         Cost of attendance and budgeting college expenses
·         Overview of private and institutional scholarships
·         Federal financial aid programs, including Pell Grant, Work-study, Direct Loan program
·         An overview of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
·         An overview of state financial aid programs: MTAG, MESG, HELP
NOTE FROM MRS. YOUNG: While the actual process of applying for financial aid and scholarships primarily takes place senior year, developing an understanding of the process and what students can do from an earlier age helps make this process less stressful. Understanding what colleges and programs are looking for in the application process helps younger students value the importance of getting involved, completing community service and taking on leadership roles. I hope to see you on Thursday, October 15th for this very informative presentation about what our students need to be doing and how we can assist our students seek out financial aid opportunities. The Get2College Center will be here to present the workshop.

2015-2016 PHS Homecoming Court

Poplarville High School Student Council is pleased to announce this year's homecoming court. The maids are Gabbi Benefield, Elizabeth Burge, Holli Ard, Takyla Parker, Harlee Stuart, Abby Smith, Caylen Beall, Devin Cazeaux, Myranda Diamond, Devyn Hart, and Alon Travis. During homecoming week, the students will select a queen from the five senior maids. The winner will be revealed at 6:30 Friday night, October 2, during pre-game ceremonies.  The Student Council invites the community to come enjoy the festivites, beginning with a downtown parade at 6:00, community peprally at the gym following parade, and Friday night's game against Greene County.

Hornets Sting Hawks

The Poplarville Hornets are on a 3 game winning streak after their 28-3 victory over the Hancock Hawks Friday night at The Brett Favre Field.  Poplarville’s defense was on fire with 10 sacks and 5 recovered fumbles.  Jesse Pernell led all rushers in the game with 117 yards on 16 carries and 4 touchdowns.

The Hornets have a bye-week this coming Friday and will resume October 2 when Greene County travels to Poplarville for Homecoming.

PHS Homecoming Parade 2015

If your club or organization is interested in participating in the Poplarville High School Homecoming Parade on Thursday, October 1st, please pick up a registration packet from the PHS office.  Packets and a $10 registration fee must be returned to the PHS office no later than Monday, September 28th.  Please contact the PHS office at 601-795-8424 if you have any questions!