• Homecoming Preview

    Winter Homecoming 2018 is just around the corner with exciting festivities planned for the weekend. Candidates include juniors Jordan Clark and Maddie May, sophomores Zane Anderson and Maddy McDonald and

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  • The Nursery Is Full

    The Nursery Is Full (Click link above to see photo essay) By Addison Wells This year the PHS Ag department has 8 pigs total that were artificially inseminated either on

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  • It’s Game Time

    It’s Game Time (Click link above to see photo essay) By It’s Game Time On January 5 the boys varsity basketball team took on the Mitchell Blue Jackets. The Rams

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  • Homecoming Dress-Up Days

    Next week will be Homecoming Week. See the list of dress-up days for school and the game on Friday. Monday: PJ Day Tuesday: Hawaiian Wednesday: Working for a victory (Workout

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  • Winter Holiday Ball

    The winter Holiday Ball for grades 9-12 will be Saturday, January 20. You must have a ticket in order to attend. You can purchase a ticket from Mrs. Clark in

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  • Homecoming

    Homecoming will be next Friday, January 12 vs. Northeast Dubois. Please check your email to nominate prince & princesses and king & queen candidates.

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  • Paolite Throwback Feature: Darek Newkirk, a True Ram Fan

    This story is one of a continuing series, highlighting the lives of Paoli High School graduates and their reflections on high school life. Come to any PHS athletic event. Look

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  • Paolite Throwback Feature: Carol Fullington, A Class Act

    This story is one of a continuing series, highlighting the lives of Paoli High School graduates and their reflections on high school life. Paoli High School English and Speech teacher

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  • Paolite Throwback Feature: Gilliatt’s Beautiful Life

    This story is one of a continuing series, highlighting the lives of Paoli High School graduates and their reflections on high school life. Graduation day is the most memorable day

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  • Paolite Throwback Feature: Sears Reflects on Small Community

    This story is one of a continuing series, highlighting the lives of Paoli High School graduates and their reflections on high school life. Every person who attends Paoli High School

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Homecoming Preview

Winter Homecoming 2018 is just around the corner with exciting festivities planned for the weekend. Candidates include juniors Jordan Clark and Maddie May, sophomores Zane Anderson and Maddy McDonald and freshmen Brett Bosley and Lauryn Beaty.  Senior nominees for King are Jacob Babcock, Parker Gehl, Hunter Rohl, Dylan Terrell and Hunter Hamilton. Senior nominees for Queen include Allie Lowe, Bailey Bush, Devan Smith, Livia Sullivan and Olivia Vanmeter. The festivities will begin Tuesday, January 16 with dress-up days during the week leading up to the pep session on Friday, January 19. Friday evening, in between the Varsity and JV games, the Homecoming ceremony will be held. On Saturday, January 20, a winter ball will be held in the lower gym to conclude the homecoming activities. The ball entails a semi-formal dance including a DJ from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Grab your dresses, buy your tickets and join the high school Student Council in celebrating an eventful weekend.

Story by Maggie Vincent
Photo by Katie May

Paolite Throwback Feature: Johnson Home in Dream Job

This story is one of a continuing series, highlighting the lives of Paoli High School graduates and their reflections on high school life.

High school is a part of everyone’s life in many different ways. PHS Principal Chad Johnson decided after graduating that he wanted to attend college so he could work in the school environment.
After graduating high school in 2001, Johnson attended Ball State University and got two degrees: a Bachelor’s of Science degree with a concentration in Technology Education and a Master’s degree in Educational Administration and Supervision. After college, Johnson began teaching at Corydon Central High School. After a year at Corydon, he went to West Washington High School for seven years to teach and coach cross country and girls track. He later began his administrative career at East Washington High School and spent three years there until coming to PHS in 2016. Johnson enjoys working with the students here at PHS.
“I like to talk with them, help them when they need it and show them all the things that an education can do for them,” said Johnson.
High school is a time when many memories are made. Some of Johnson’s best memories from his time as a student at PHS were being a part of the student body and community, attending sports events and hanging out with friends.
Although high school is very enjoyable for some people, when reflecting on it, some people wish they had done some things differently and find things they regret. For Johnson, he regrets not realizing how good life was for him while in high school.
“There were no bills and minimal responsibilities. I wish I could go back sometimes and enjoy those moments once again,” said Johnson.
Johnson believes it is important for students to realize what really matters and not to waste time on something that isn’t important.
From Johnson’s time here as a student, there were many teachers who impacted his life greatly.
“I really enjoyed all of my teachers. Mrs. Wyatt, Mr. Jones, Mrs. Noble, Mr. Andry, Mr. Lindley, Mrs. Bosley and others had a huge impression on me. They taught me how to teach and how to make things fun,” said Johnson.
Johnson is happily married to Karen Johnson, who teaches at Throop as a fifth and sixth grade resource teacher. They have three children, Will, Sophie, and Abigail. Will is in fourth grade, Sophie is in kindergarten and Abigail is seven months old.

Story by Avery Owens

Paolite Throwback Feature: Darek Newkirk, a True Ram Fan

This story is one of a continuing series, highlighting the lives of Paoli High School graduates and their reflections on high school life.

Come to any PHS athletic event. Look around in the stands. Walk around the facilities. Odds are, you are going to see Athletic Director Darek Newkirk. Newkirk will likely be moving concessions products, conducting referees to their designated dressing rooms, making sure visiting teams are taken care of or being hospitable to all the fans who attend the event.
Though Newkirk loves his job and likes doing those tasks, his favorite role as athletic director is being the number one Ram fan. His love for the Rams is certainly heightened by his occupation, but the roots of his fandom comes from another source. Newkirk is an alumni of PHS.
Newkirk, who is a 1996 graduate of Paoli, attended Indiana State after graduation and graduated with a BA in Mathematics Education. After receiving his degree, Newkirk moved back to Paoli, where he married his high school sweetheart, Abby Combs, and began coaching and teaching at his former school.
“I coached track and football when I came back from Terre Haute. I was very lucky to have been able to coach track with my father, Darrell,” said Newkirk.
Newkirk now has two kids. Max is a seventh grader at PHS and Libby is a fourth grader at Throop Elementary. His wife Abby is also a part of the Paoli Community School faculty and works as a speech-language pathologist at Throop.
Reflecting back on his four years as a high schooler, Newkirk has many fond memories of PHS, as well as many great experiences that happened right in the halls we walk today.
“My favorite memories of high school all involve hanging out with my friends. Whether that be in class, at games, at school functions or at practice, we always seemed to have a great time,” said Newkirk.
Newkirk, who still walks the halls of PHS everyday, is a great source to go to for seeing how times have changed throughout the years.
“I would say the biggest change since I was in high school is how the trends have changed. Trends in lingo, clothing and what is cool and what is not cool. Every generation has their different trends, and that’s definitely the biggest difference in each generation I have seen since I graduated,” said Newkirk.
As for advice to current students, Newkirk has some simple words of advice. As well as some words of wisdom for after high school.
“Enjoy high school while it lasts. You can’t redo it. Make sure to be involved; that makes the experience much better. When you graduate, go out and see what the world has to offer outside of Paoli,” said Newkirk.

Story by Garrett Vincent

Paolite Throwback Feature: Carol Fullington, A Class Act

This story is one of a continuing series, highlighting the lives of Paoli High School graduates and their reflections on high school life.

Paoli High School English and Speech teacher Carol Fullington is a former PHS grad herself. From graduating back in 1989 and coming full circle to become a teacher here at her old high school, Fullington has had a very full life.
A big part of Fullington’s life is her three kids: Michael and Jessica, who are PHS grads themselves, and Fullington’s youngest son Brian who is still down at Throop.
“The high school performance and people that my two oldest kids have grown into are my biggest accomplishments and I can’t wait to see my youngest son follow in their footsteps,” said Fullington.
Looking back at her own high school career, Fullington would have changed some things. She is not one to regret things in her life, but does wish she would have added more variety to her dating life while in high school instead of chasing after one specific love interest during her time here at Paoli.
“I learned a lot while attending Paoli. Realizing that the whole community was a part of my family gave me a security that I never found anywhere else,” said Fullington.
While she did have a wonderful time in her high school career, Fullington never had a plan to come back and teach here, but everything just had a way of working out in the end.
“I am proud to represent the hundreds of success stories that have come out of PHS. I am eager to play a small role in the lives of the future success stories as well. I want the students to realize that they have so much potential,” said Fullington.
Her teaching here also gave her children a chance to have a similar small-town upbringing like she experienced and she had always wanted her kids to have that.
“Life is fleeting, you only go around once. Enjoy all the moments, not just the big ones,” said Fullington.

Story by Kennedy Embry

Paolite Throwback Feature: Gilliatt’s Beautiful Life

This story is one of a continuing series, highlighting the lives of Paoli High School graduates and their reflections on high school life.

Graduation day is the most memorable day in one’s high school career. It’s the day you step out of the school you dedicated time to and finally leave. For some, it is a day of tears from leaving childhood friends. For others, it seems to be a huge weight off their shoulders. For former PHS student Kelsey Gilliatt, she was ready to leave and start her new life away from home.
Gilliatt graduated from PHS in 2013 and went to the University of Southern Indiana but discovered the university was not for her. She felt as if things just weren’t exactly how she wanted them to be. Gilliatt left the school and continued to work at the West Baden Spa. While working there for quite some time, she noticed her fascination in facial procedures, product knowledge and the spa atmosphere. Now she travels to Louisville, Kentucky, for a class where she learns how to do all of the things she wants to do. Sometime in December 2017, she should receive her esthetician license to work on other people rather than the classmates at the school. She is excited and ready to pursue a new job.
After graduating high school, Gilliatt realizes there are things she should have done a little bit differently. She realized she should have not worried as much as she did.
“I tried to impress people who weren’t good; they’re not people you should be like. Even boys who didn’t matter. I took so much time out of high school just to impress people who amount to nothing now. I also really want to go back and take homework more seriously. Homework is a priority, and I let it slip past me. I believe if I had done my homework and other things instead of worrying about other things, I could be somewhere I actually want to be,” said Gilliatt.
There are teachers from high school who made an impact on Gilliatt’s life. Geography and government teacher Scott Gudorf, media and yearbook advisor Heather Nichols and pre-calculus teacher Adam Stroud, just to name a few. Gilliatt wants to thank them for helping her out tremendously in the time she had in high school. They made an impact on her life and were a positive part of her experience. She still remembers the things they taught and said to her to this day.
“I don’t do things to please others anymore. I focus on what makes me happy and impacts my life, and I don’t worry about petty things anymore,” said Gilliatt.
She has been the mother to an adopted cat named Harvey for about three years and is working at West Baden and schooling in Kentucky. She is also in a healthy relationship with someone she really appreciates and is very happy with him. Gilliatt is proud of who she has become and hopes to continue to grow on her past.
“I wasted so much time in high school on people and things that just didn’t matter, but I am really proud of myself for overcoming those things and creating a new life out of them,” said Gilliatt.

Story by Kinley Block

Paolite Throwback Feature: Sears Reflects on Small Community

This story is one of a continuing series, highlighting the lives of Paoli High School graduates and their reflections on high school life.

Every person who attends Paoli High School will attach themselves to a different area. Each would hope to leave their mark in a special way. For 2013 graduate Sophie Sears, this ambition was fulfilled both on the court and in the classroom.
Sears looks back on her time in high school with pride and a great thankfulness for her experiences. Sears was fortunate enough to win back to back Sectional titles in basketball as well as graduate at the top of her class through hard work and dedication. Her experiences in high school not only molded her at the time, but set her on a path to be where she is today.
Sears is currently attending graduate school at the University of Louisville. She has an undergraduate degree in biochemistry and is currently studying pharmacology. Sears’ ambitions are set on medical research and hopes to make breakthroughs which will help cure diseases such as diabetes and cancer.
Sears is not only defined by where she is now, but also her valuable years at PHS.
“Paoli helped to start my interests in science, which in turn led me to pursue a career in biomedical research. Without this initial spark, I don’t know if I would be in the place that I am today,” said Sears.
Looking back on high school, Sears remembers the good times she had with her friends and also her accomplishments outside of the classroom.
“My best memory of all would be winning sectional my junior year. That was an indescribable feeling for my teammates and I that I will always remember,” said Sears.
When asked what she would do differently if going through high school a second time, Sears revealed that she would not change much.
“I don’t really have any regrets, but I wish I would’ve realized how special the community support was. It is something that I value even more now that I am out of high school,” said Sears.
This community support is a great aid to anyone going through high school, and Sears feels very grateful for everyone that made her time at PHS as enjoyable as it was. Sears only has a couple words of advice for the students who will walk these halls in the future.
“I would tell people starting high school to pursue their passions regardless of what people may think of you. Go for what you want to do, and don’t let anyone tell you it is impossible to achieve.”

Story by Dietrich Sears

Paolite Throwback Feature: Hamilton’s End at PHS Only A New Beginning

This story is one of a continuing series, highlighting the lives of Paoli High School graduates and their reflections on high school life.

As you are walking out of your high school graduation, you might be thinking, “I’m finally done!” For 2015 PHS graduate Kate Hamilton, this was only the beginning. Leaving Paoli was hard for Hamilton, as it had been her home for thirteen years. Memories in and out of school were left behind as she started a new phase in life.
Hamilton holds on to her memories of basketball and softball. Dedicating multiple years to the sports, she misses the practices, the feeling before a game and even the workouts.
“I remember honestly enjoying learning, sports and the social aspects of high school. It wasn’t until late in senior year I started anticipating graduation, and I think the urge to graduate and be finished starts much earlier now.”
While at PHS, Hamilton was influenced by many teachers in the building, but most heavily by English teachers Jaye Brewster and Carol Fullington.
“Each really helped to develop my writing skills, which put me quite ahead academically. I’m also close with them both personally since being good friends with their kids and still seek out their advice from time to time. They both helped me with my valedictorian speech at graduation, and have both given me direction in career and major-related decisions more recently,” said Hamilton.
Out of 99 students, Hamilton graduated first, earning her the title of the PHS 2015 Valedictorian. When graduating as valedictorian of your school, high expectations fall on you to be successful. Hamilton most certainly meets these expectations. After much debate, Hamilton chose to attend the University of Southern Indiana (USI) in Evansville to continue her education. Earning a full-ride scholarship as a Presidential Scholar, Hamilton avoided the much dreaded aspect of college: student loans.
“Right now I am a Junior Nursing major, psychology minor at the University of Southern Indiana. I am also a Presidential Scholar and Student Ambassador,” said Hamilton.
Leaving PHS, Hamilton took with her many life lessons she would soon put to use.
“Balance-in everything is crucial. Also, don’t rush into anything. It’s so important to experience the new and the different to discover where and how you can grow into your best self,” said Hamilton.
After anything, you probably think to yourself, “If I had the chance to do that again, I would have done this differently.” After graduation, Hamilton found out some things she wish she had done a little differently along the way.
“I wish I had spent more time doing and less time stalling. There was plenty of time for spontaneity and adventure that I wasted being mundane and routine,” said Hamilton.
As of now, Hamilton is working on finishing up her junior year of college and looks forward to completing her last year at USI. Before she begins her final year, Hamilton is excited to spend a week studying abroad this upcoming summer in Belize. The future is bright for Hamilton, and she is ready for whatever may come her way.

Story by Hunter Hamilton

Paolite Throwback Feature: Ingle Plans Trip to England

This story is one of a continuing series, highlighting the lives of Paoli High School graduates and their reflections on high school life.

Many students at PHS have a plan to attend a university after high school to further their education. This is the case for PHS alumni Kaitlyn Ingle.
Ingle had a plan to attend college and pursue a degree ever since she was in elementary school. Finishing with over a 4.0 GPA and graduating third in her class provided different roads to college for her. Currently a junior at the University of Evansville, Ingle is studying nursing. Furthermore, Ingle will be experiencing things that most college students, or people, will never experience in their lifetime.
“I am traveling abroad in the fall of 2018 for a semester of study at Harlaxton College in England,” said Ingle.
The University of Evansville is partnered with Harlaxton College in England. The study abroad program provides students with an opportunity to not only learn in the classroom, but outside of it as well. The chance to travel to other European countries and foreign lands upon arriving to England is something Ingle and other UE college students look forward to.
Graduating in 2015, Ingle was a member of the softball and volleyball team at PHS. The experiences she gained from being a part of those teams contain some of the best memories she has from high school. From joining clubs and organizations such as NHS and Spanish Club to being a member of the softball and volleyball teams, Ingle realizes that she has no regrets on her experiences in high school. The decisions she made in high school definitely molded the outline of her character, but there are not many lessons she carries on today.
“I didn’t learn many life lessons from high school that I carry on today, because I learned more about life and myself once I moved away from Paoli and attended college,” said Ingle.
The goal of high school teachers is to prepare their students for success. Reflecting on her time in high school, Ingle realizes how many of her teachers paved a way for success and lead her to becoming the great college student she is.
“Mrs. Wyatt is probably one of the best teachers in the Paoli school system. Mr. Poe also taught me a lot in AP Biology about studying habits that I later used in my college science classes,” said Ingle.
As a graduate, Ingle is one to give advice to current students about high school and life ahead. Being around the Paoli school system her whole life and then experiencing a completely new life for a couple years has given her an opinion on high school and the many things that come with it.
“Remember that the little stuff you think is important in high school like popularity or relationships won’t matter once you graduate, so cherish the time you have now with your friends and family without any real responsibilities,” said Ingle.

Story by Jace Ingle

Paolite Throwback Feature: Vincent’s Love of Home

This story is one of a continuing series, highlighting the lives of Paoli High School graduates and their reflections on high school life.

High school is a time for friends, exciting adventures and especially a time to be cherished. For Holly Vincent, this still remains true of her high school years. Vincent was a graduate in the class of 1992 from Paoli High School. Every day created a new memory for Vincent and her fellow classmates.
“My best memories were times spent with my friends, keeping stats at football games and taking pictures at basketball games,” said Vincent.
She spent much of her time taking pictures and developing them in the darkroom for the perfect yearbook photographs.
“One of my favorite pictures I took was of the cheerblock storming the court as the final seconds of our sectional win winded down,” said Vincent.
Vincent’s pictures are featured many times in various yearbooks of her high school years, capturing pictures that perfectly document her as well as her friend’s memorable times.
Many things have changed within the social norm of students’ lives since Vincent was in high school. Every night, she and her friends would talk to each other for hours on the phone, pass notes to each other between classes and hang out every chance they got.
“We talked on the phone nightly, wrote notes to each other at school and passed them between periods and hung out together much more than students today do. Now, kids text to talk to their friends and don’t know how to talk to people on the phone,” said Vincent.
After graduation, students are usually excited to pack up and leave onto new adventures in a new world, but for Vincent, a different path was waiting for her. Vincent’s path led her to return to Paoli to take up the offer on a speech-language pathologist position. Though the thought of moving on to a new town did pass through her mind, she was still led back to Paoli.
“Billy and I were adamant about not returning to Paoli. Billy got a job offer at Electricom that he couldn’t pass up and Mr. Barker retired the year I graduated. I think God was trying to tell us something,” said Vincent.
After returning to Paoli, Vincent was granted the open speech pathologist position, which led her and her husband to reside in Paoli and raise their two children in the same town they grew up in.
Vincent is very thankful for her time in high school and the time spent with friends. Whether it was late night phone calls or keeping football stats, every moment was a time to remember.
“I don’t have any regrets about my time in high school. I don’t think I could have worked any harder than I did. I loved all the activities that I was in and enjoyed being around my friends,” said Vincent.

Story by Maggie Vincent

Paolite Throwback Feature: Meet Mr. Walls

This story is one of a continuing series, highlighting the lives of Paoli High School graduates and their reflections on high school life.


Kurt Walls went through high school low on cash, and his future didn’t look very bright. He was determined to turn from the path he had going for him, and now he is happier than ever.
Kurt Walls graduated from PHS in the year of 1996. He was starting point guard on the Paoli basketball team and starting running back for the football team. He was PLAC All Conference for two years in football and was fifth in the state for steals in basketball his senior year. Walls was also awarded homecoming king his senior year.
Walls’s favorite teacher out of his high school years was Tom Stuckwisch. He was always willing to give him extra help when he needed it, whether it be with other classes or issues outside of school.
Walls wishes he was more involved in clubs and organizations in high school and that he would have done more besides the sports he was involved in.
“If I could go back to high school and do something differently, I would have worked harder athletically. That would have given me the chance to go off and play college basketball somewhere,” said Walls.
Walls’s favorite memories from high school were hanging out with his friends on the square and all the good times they had.
“My friends and I were crazy, that’s for sure. I do regret some of the things I did and some of the friends I had,” said Walls.
When Walls was a student, he had more responsibility outside of school compared to today’s students. More kids today get it easier than back then.
Walls grew up with a rough childhood. He remembers on Christmas he and his brothers would get a pack of socks to split, and they were thankful for that. That didn’t stop him from trying to succeed in school and sports. He was determined his past would not determine his future.
“No matter who you are and where you come from, you can accomplish whatever you want through hard work and dedication,” said Walls.
Walls went to college at Indiana State University and got a degree in sports management with a business minor. He now works for Miller Pipelines and installs and maintains natural gas pipelines.
Walls has three kids. Easton is three years old, Kade is nine years old and Gracie is 13 years old. To follow through with his Sports Management degree, Walls was the Paoli junior high girls basketball coach for the 2016-2017 year and currently coaches the fourth grade boys basketball team at Paoli. He is actively involved in sports at home with his family.
“Realize that your high school years are going to be some of the best years of your life, take advantage of those days and enjoy it while it’s there. Remember that everything you do in high school sets the table for your future, so be smart,” said Walls.

Story by Gracie Walls

Paolite Throwback Feature: Wilson Back at PHS

This story is one of a continuing series, highlighting the lives of Paoli High School graduates and their reflections on high school life.

Some people move away from home after graduation. This was not the case for 2012 Paoli High School graduate Brian Wilson. In high school, Wilson was involved in sports, and some of his best memories were made with his friends on those teams. Wilson regrets not participating in more clubs and organizations in high school, but he has no regrets about his time as a student. All of his experiences, good or bad, helped him become the person he is today. Many lessons learned in high school stick with students throughout their lives.
“I learned countless lessons at PHS, but most of them centered around hard work. Academics and sports taught me that if I wanted to accomplish something, I would have to be willing to put in the time and effort,” said Wilson.
All of Wilson’s teachers had a great impact on his life, but three really stuck out.
“Mr. Lindley sparked my interest in US History. He showed me how important the subject is and how much we can learn from our past. He’s a huge reason I majored in Social Studies at IU. Mrs. Brewster is another teacher who really helped me. Her English classes prepared me for the rigorous writing and reading work I would have in college. She was able to make class fun each day and inspired me to enter the teaching field. Coach Balsmeyer has also had a major impact. Coach has taught me more life lessons than I count, and he’s been a great role model throughout my life. I would not be where I am today without his positive influence,” said Wilson.
There are a few ways the students and school now are different from how it was when Wilson was in school. Today, everyone is a lot more connected, and there are many more academic opportunities available. Students now are getting a feel for what college will be like by using Chromebooks all the time, which wasn’t happening when Wilson was a student at PHS. Also, students have the opportunity to earn college credits, which is a great way to get some college classes out of the way in high school.
Wilson has a mother and father who currently live in Paoli, a brother and sister-in-law who live in Bloomington, and an older sister who lives in Owensboro. Wilson has not started a family of his own yet, but he is currently engaged and getting married the summer of 2018. He also recently purchased his first home in July and has been teaching at Paoli for about a year.
“If you’re willing to fully commit yourself to the goals you set, you can accomplish them. Lean on others when you need support, whether that be a friend, teacher, relative, coach, etc. Don’t forget to enjoy the moment. As a high schooler, there are many milestones ahead of you that you might be looking forward to or things you’re worried about. Try to live in the moment and enjoy each day. You will always have worries in your life, but most of them won’t ever happen. Stay positive,” said Wilson.

Story by Haley Owens

Seventh Grade Goes to Louisville to see “A Christmas Carol”

On Thursday, November 30, seventh grade English teacher Loretta Brown and students of the seventh grade class traveled to Actor’s Theater in Louisville to see a performance of “A Christmas Carol.”
“I think the field trip went well. I had students tell me they expected to have a terrible time, but in reality, they enjoyed the entire day,” said Brown.
The play is about three ghosts who pay visits to Ebenezer Scrooge in an effort to get him to change his stingy ways. Brown has taken students to see this play several times in the previous years. A representative from Actor’s Theater visited all of her classes Monday, November 27 to do a pre-show workshop.
“A representative from Actor’s Theater had students act the parts of the ghosts, including Marley. They were given instruments to play, which was meant to help them present a tone for the ghost speaker,” said Brown.
This let students not only be able to go watch the performance, but be able to interact with some of the actors beforehand.
“Actor’s Theater uses special effects to increase audience anticipation. For example, the second ghost is an aerialist,” said Brown.
Watching the performance let Brown’s students visually see some of the literature works she’s teaching. It also let them see the story in the form of drama.
“I hope students at least have gained an appreciation for good literature within the form of drama. Hopefully, many will realize that there are others in the world who are less fortunate and perhaps they will not become an old Scrooge when turned to for help,” said Brown.

Story by Angie Ceja

Hutcheson Nominated for Academic All-State

For senior Anna Hutcheson, volleyball has always had a special place in her heart. Starting in the fourth grade, Hutcheson immediately fell in love with the sport and dedicated a lot of her time to her newfound passion.
After finishing her last season as a Ram, Hutcheson was selected to be a part of the Academic All-State team. To be nominated for the Academic All-State team, a student must meet the following requirements: the coach must be a member of the IHSVCA, the nominee must be a senior, the nominee must be on the varsity roster, the nominee must have a minimum GPA of 3.5, the nominee must have a minimum SAT of 1110 or ACT of 24.
Hutcheson was overwhelmingly excited to receive her nomination.
“I think it is a great honor to be on the Academic All-State team because I work very hard for the grades I have while working hard at volleyball. It took time and determination, but it was worth it,” said Hutcheson.
Hutcheson is unsure of whether or not she will continue her volleyball career into the collegiate level. Her college plans are currently undecided, but Hutcheson looks forward to working hard and continuing to dedicate her time to her studies.

Story by Hunter Hamilton

Football All Conference

This past fall, the PHS football team had a successful season, as they reached the Sectional championship. Throughout the season, coaches notice which players excel in performance. This year, there are nine all-conference players on the football team. The players and their positions are quarterback Garrett Vincent, punter Tyler Smith, kicker Dietrich Sears, wide receiver Dawson Easterday, linebacker Ty Lawson, running back Ian Strange, running back Timothy Burton, defensive lineman Michael Campbell and offensive lineman Matthew Webb. Being selected for this award should bring athletes pride in their abilities.
“It really is an honor to be chosen as an athlete out of the entire conference. Playing your hardest is all you can do,” said junior Ty Lawson.
Make sure to congratulate these young men, as they have reached a level of play that has been noticed.

Story by Jace Ingle

Jubilee Christmas Boxes

TriHiY will be making Jubilee Christmas boxes again this year. This was the first year that selling ice cream in the fall gave TriHiY enough money to buy some of the items instead of relying on donations. TriHiY sponsor Maria Wishart hopes to get even more donations next year.
“We didn’t get very many from people outside of the club. Even a small gift from the dollar store is helpful,” said Wishart. For a little over 10 years, TriHiY has made the shoe boxes for Christmas. They may make as few as 7 and as many as 30. All of the boxes will include toys, school supplies and other things such as toothbrushes and washcloths.
Children globally do not get the Christmas most of us get to have, so putting things together for those children makes a huge difference to them.
“The boxes are so amazing because it gives us the ability to feel as if we are impacting the world. Deciding what to put in each box and knowing it is going to make a child’s day is the best feeling,” said junior Sierra Rodewig.

Story by Kinley Block

FYI: Schedule Changes

With the semester coming down to its final days, most might not be thinking about the second semester to come after break. However, some make it their priority to make changes to their schedules to make the rest of the school year better for them.
Anyone wishing to change their schedules are encouraged to do it before Christmas break, but changes can be made until Sunday, January 4. No guidance counselor will be at school over break. The process is as simple as getting a form from the guidance office, filling it out and bringing it back in.
Electives can easily be switched out, but necessary courses cannot be dropped. In addition, changing classes in order to change lunches will not be allowed.
It is important to know that the earlier students fill out the form, the better their chances of getting into the class.

Story by Sara Kesterson

Lee in Photography

Photography seems to be something that is very popular in our area, and a lot of people enjoy it. There is also a lot of talent that is involved in being a good photographer. Sophomore Kyla Lee has been doing photography for two years now and is doing phenomenal work.
Lee first started intro to media as an eighth grader, and going into it, she was already interested in photography. Last year, she was in Photo 1 and is now a part of the journalism staff as the Clubs and Student Life Photo Editor. Lee’s mother was a photographer when she was in high school, which inspired Lee to try it. Lee also wanted people to see the work she puts into her pictures.
When she is working on her craft, Lee looks up to Lily Thompson the most.
“Seeing all of her work and how she captures everything in such a beautiful way gives me the inspiration to do the same,” said Lee.
Out of all the things to take images of, Lee enjoys shooting sports the most. Lee thinks taking pictures of sports is more interesting since there’s more going on. Although she enjoys taking sports, she has a love-hate relationship with them. It’s frustrating for her from having to change the camera settings all the time to missing perfect shooting opportunities. Lee also enjoys getting to see how different people spend their time.
On average, Lee spends about 4 hours a week taking pictures. She usually takes photos of a sports event each week, such as a volleyball game on Tuesday or Thursday and football games on Friday. She takes photos of other events as well, such as pep sessions or activities in classrooms.
After high school, Lee plans on taking pictures in her free time and possibly minoring in photography.

Story by Avery Owens

Football Senior Smith

Senior Tyler Smith has been playing football since his fourth grade year. Smith wanted to play football because there is nothing else he could participate in where he can hit someone and not get in trouble for it. For Smith, it’s also a lot of fun to be with friends and win.
“I have improved over the years by lifting weights every summer. I put on some weight to make me stronger, but I have also gotten faster over the time, too. I came in my freshman year weighing in at 175, and my senior year I weighed in at 210. There are some improvements in my weight so I wouldn’t be too little to run the ball at the fullback position,” said Smith.
This year, Smith had three goals he hoped to achieve. The first goal was to win the Orange Bowl, which the team did. Another goal was to win PLAC, and they succeeded. His last goal was to win Sectional. The team made it to the last round of Sectional, but, unfortunately, did not succeed.
Coach England in youth, coach Adam Stroud in junior high and former varsity head coach Brian Balsmeyer helped Smith become the player he is today.
“Tyler is a very talented football player and a great kid. He has started playing for us for four years now. The way he runs the ball inside makes everyone around him a better player. His athleticism makes him very difficult to block,” said varsity football coach Jeremy Lowery.
Smith was a great asset to the football program at Paoli and would like to play football in college, but is unsure of where right now.

Story by Haley Owens

Wishart Proud of King Performances

This past weekend, the PHS Drama Club put on the production of the Lion King Jr.

Director Maria Wishart thought the production went very well.

“I was very pleased with the production. There were some really beautiful moments. I always enjoy watching individuals grow,” said Wishart.

While putting the performance together, the students did a lot of work and made sure everything was progressing at a good rate. A lot of people put in hard work to help improve the show and get through the challenges. One of the hardest things for the drama club was to put on the show with a low budget and with such little time. Something the drama club decided beforehand was to use current and former student to help with makeup, such as former student Tyler Pavey.

The storyline taught both the audience and cast about family, challenges in growing up, how to face loss, taking responsibility and the great circle of life. The cast and crew of the show helped the audience see all of these great life lessons.

Following Friday’s performance, the cast got a standing ovation; partly because of the great performance and also because the audience was really feeling what the show was all about.

“We thought that the show was great, but to see that many people on their feet at the end took my breath away. We have never had that kind of reaction to a high school show before. It really validates our hard work and effort,” said senior Keegan Anderson.

Story by Avery Owens

Rams Plan January Trip to Hoosier Gym

On January 20, the Varsity boys basketball team will be playing in the the famous Hoosier Gym in Knightstown, IN. The gym is most famous for being the central location for the 1986 basketball movie Hoosiers. The Rams will face off against Lapel High School at 2:30 p.m. Tickets will be on sale this Friday, December 8 at the boys game against West Washington. Tickets will be $10.00 and are only eligible to use for the Paoli game. Availability for tickets is limited so make sure to get your tickets ASAP. Come out and show support for the boys as they play in one of the most famous high school gyms in Indiana.

By Jace Ingle

Sears Recognized at Colts Game

Football has always played a big role in the life of senior Dietrich Sears. In the third grade, Sears began his football career for Paoli and continued through his senior year. Sears most certainly holds true to the phrase “student-athlete, student comes first.” Sears’ grade point average (GPA) is phenomenal and is in the running for the title of 2018 PHS Valedictorian. Sears’ determination to succeed is what led to his recent recognition at Lucas Oil Stadium.
Because of his dedication to his education, Sears was recognized during the Indianapolis Colts game on Sunday, November 26 for being in the top 2% of GPAs for football players in Indiana.
“It was a very fun and cool experience and a good way to feel like the work in the classroom paid off,” said Sears.
Sears will continue to work hard as he gets closer to his anticipated graduation date in May with the class of 2018. After graduating from PHS, Sears looks to further his education at Indiana University in the field of chemistry or astrophysics.

Story by Hunter Hamilton

Basketball Sophomore Cunningham

Sophomore Madison Cunningham has been playing basketball for 6 years. Playing mainly as a guard, she knows the mental toughness and physical capacity needed to compete with other teams.
“My favorite thing about basketball is the experience that I get to have in front of everyone, the memories and the life lessons it teaches me,” said Cunningham.
Basketball for Cunningham is always competitive. Each day in practice helps her increase the skills she needs to be a guard, but it is not easy. With the right mindset and focus on the court, competition is a cakewalk.
She looks up to people who she always watched growing up. Role models help push Cunningham and motivate her to become a better athlete.
“Morgan Kingston and Sophie Sears inspire me because no matter the circumstances, they always gave everything they had to the game. They were able to walk through PHS as some of the best girls basketball players and hold records of our school now,” said Cunningham.
The team is striving to achieve PLAC champion and go back to defeat Eastern Pekin for Sectional. Cunningham knows the team has a lot of talent and can do whatever they set their minds to. She hopes to bring home a state title for the season.
“I hope that we work as a team and achieve the most that we can. We just have to work together and make each other better every day,” said Cunningham.
Outside of the sport, players may or may not be friends with their teammates. However, everyone needs to get along and work together. Teamwork makes the dream work, and all it takes is having confidence in yourself and your teammates on the court.
“As a friend and a teammate, Madison really pushes herself, and it shows when she is on the court with everyone. She’s going to go really far with her attitude and ability to play,” said sophomore Sierra Manship.
Although Cunningham does not plan on playing basketball after high school, she still wants to work hard and be the best she can.

Story by Kinley Block

Basketball Sophomore Manship

Basketball season is approaching, and sophomore Sierra Manship is beyond excited to get the ball moving. Manship has been playing basketball since she was in third grade, and ever since, she has developed a passion for it. Manship pursued the sport because she was inspired by her dad to start playing.
“My dad has always just pushed me to be better at everything I do, and he always helped me,” said Manship.
Manship is a center, and just like every other athlete, she has set her goals for the season. Her main goal for the season is to have the highest free throw percentage out of all her teammates and to win Sectional.
With every sport comes the pros and cons, and Manship is confident on what they are to her.
“My favorite thing is playing with all of my friends and least favorite thing is running at practice,” said Manship.
As the years went on, Manship worked to improve both her mental and physical game. Playing sports can be so much more than just the game. Athletes tend to learn life lessons that they can take with them after they walk away from the sport. Manship says that with basketball, she has become better at keeping calm in certain situations.
“Basketball has taught me to take harsh criticism and how I can respond back better,” said Manship.
To anyone wishing to play basketball, or any sport in general, Manship says to, without a doubt, be confident.
“Always be confident in yourself. I’ve learned this because the coaches are always saying to be confident that you are going to make the next shot or anything else relating to the sport,” said Manship.
Manship hopes to continue making memories with her team and to improve twice as much as last year. Manship also hopes that she and her teammates can be more successful this season.

Story by Sara Kesterson

Lion King Rehersal

Lion King Rehearsal

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By Katie May

Paoli Jr. Sr. High School drama club is putting on the original Disney Lion King Junior performance. Their first performance will be held this Thursday, December 30. Drama club has been practicing since the beginning of October to make this play a memorable experience for all of the audience.

Becht’s Holiday Spirit

Eighth grader Taylor Becht is involved with the French Lick Scenic Railway. She is currently playing as an elf and chef in The Polar Express.
“On The Polar Express, you are an entertainer and try to make every night the best for all the families. You also see how you can change any person’s life in a positive way,” said Becht.
A skill Becht has that helps her with her job is being able to talk with people and communicate in different situations.
“You should be able to make up conversation, see happiness in any situation, and be great with children,” explained Becht.
In order to have a good, well functioning show, everyone must work as a family. Each person must do their part as an “elf” so everyone on the train can keep the Christmas attitude. This job suits Becht very well simply because she loves to make people happy and has good communication and improv skills. In this type of job, you must be able to do lots of improv.
“This job suits me because I can make things up on the spot, act like a child, and sing and dance like nobody’s watching,” said Becht
Becht is good with communicating with not only kids, but adults too.
“I feel like being able to talk to the kids and adults is a big part of it all. I mean, you want to sing and dance, but if you can’t act and be an elf, then it kills everything about the show,” said Becht.
Over the years that she’s been involved with The Polar Express, she’s improved in areas such as communication. At first, she didn’t know how to talk to people, but now she is more confident than ever in herself. Becht’s favorite part of The Polar Express is being able to make people laugh and be happy and being able to change someone’s life in a positive way.
“Being involved with such a big corporation really makes you feel great. Knowing that you could have changed a person’s life in a positive way is one of my favorite things about the entire experience,” said Becht.
Becht plans on doing The Polar Express throughout her high school years, and her performance skills will only improve.
“I will probably stick with The Polar Express all the way through high school. Once you get out of school, you can no longer be an elf. I’m going to make the most of my time and do it every year,” said Becht.

Story by Angie Ceja

Vincent Reflects on Football

Millions of students across the country participate in high school athletics. In fact, there are approximately eight million high school athletes in the United States. The friendships formed, memories shared and life lessons learned through sports is what draws kids to play. Some of the most cherished memories of students can be gained through their athletic careers.
For senior quarterback Garrett Vincent, this is most definitely the case.
“My best memories are just being in the locker room with my team. A lot of times, people take for granted the bonds that are formed when people spend so much time together like teammates do. My teammates really feel like family, and it’s really something special,” said Vincent.
Vincent has participated in football for ten years and has been around the game his whole life. With his father being his coach and his entire family religiously devoted to watching football, Vincent has plenty of experience with the game. Playing for Paoli ever since third grade, Vincent has developed a passion for the game and the desire to win.
“My favorite thing about playing is winning. I love to win and to see our hard work pay off. It’s especially sweet to win now because of how much success we lacked when I was an underclassman,” said Vincent.
High school teaches students a lot of important things, but some just cannot be learned in the classroom. Football has taught Vincent many important life lessons he will always remember.
“It has really driven skills and characteristics into me that I could not have gotten on my own. One of the main things is accountability. In the Paoli football program, accountability is huge. The coaches always talk about doing your one-eleventh on the field for success and that’s a great way to teach young men how to be accountable. I’ve also learned how to be a leader on and off the field and how to relate to lots of different personalities,” said Vincent.
During his junior year, Vincent suffered an injury early in the season that shattered his hopes of playing another game that season. After receiving the news that his collarbone was officially broken and he would be missing the rest of the season, Vincent was absolutely crushed.
“My injury completely devastated me last season. I felt like I worked so hard to be where I was only to have it all taken away from me. A big thing it taught me was how to be a good teammate no matter what. Even though I couldn’t contribute on the field, I knew that my role on the team was a big one. I just turned into a cheerleader and sometimes a coach. I tried to encourage as much as possible and to help the guys who had to step in and take my spot. It also just made me really excited for this season and really determined to make it a special one,” said Vincent.
This season being Vincent’s last year at PHS heightens his determination to make it spectacular. One last chance at victory has Vincent and his senior teammates working extremely hard towards a title.
“My goals for this season have been the same since day one: win every championship possible,” said Vincent.
With the team already winning the Patoka Lake Athletic Conference title, Vincent is accomplishing his dreams. As the season is coming to an end, Vincent knows he will miss it every day.
“I really try not to think about this being my last season too much. I have loved football since I was able to walk, and the fact that it’s almost over and gone is really sad. I know that I’ll never be a part of anything like Paoli football. It’s cliché, but there is not much like it. Football has been such a huge part of my life, and it really makes me sad that in a few weeks I will never play another down,” said Vincent.
Every year, senior athletes will touch the field or court one last time, and the outcome for Vincent is no different. After finding something truly special, it’s heartbreaking to grasp the reality that in a few weeks, it will be gone. Come support Vincent and his teammates as they play what could be their final game for PHS on Friday, October 20.

Story by Hunter Hamilton

Lewellyn’s Hopes for Volleyball

In 2002, the PHS girls volleyball team won their first Sectional. For years, the girls could not get past a rough competition, until 2016. The volleyball team had successfully won Sectional for the first time in over a decade. This was a huge step for Paoli history, as the girls made it to the first round of Semi-State against Covenant Christian. The Rams fell in three sets, but the girls continue to strive for a State trophy. Sophomore Kaden Lewellyn was a part of this school history.
“I want to go back to Semi-State and finish what we started,” said Lewellyn.
Lewellyn has been part of the Paoli volleyball program for almost six years and counting. Being a freshman in last year’s Sectional and Regional victories, Lewellyn is prepared and determined to conquer any team, including new Sectional opponent Christian Academy. She knows if the team can put it away from the first point and work hard, there should be no problems for the future.
“I love volleyball because it’s my favorite sport and I never get tired of it,” said Lewellyn.
Lewellyn’s favorite postions to play are all around for JV and an outside or right side hitter for varsity. Lewellyn is starting to like passing more and is becoming more confident at serving. Though she claims that it does not matter what she does, her all time favorite is outside hitting.
“I really hope we can put things together to do what we strive for,” said Lewellyn.
Lewellyn is confident her teammates can do anything as long as they work together. She is very excited for the season and has high hopes for everyone, including herself. For Lewellyn, every practice is a chance to get better.
“It has been rough, but I am getting familiar without coach Casey Bowles,” said Lewellyn.
Lewellyn feels the biggest difference from last year’s season of volleyball is getting used to the new coaches. This year, Lewellyn plays under assistant varsity coach Chelsea Shupe and JV coach Mark House. All of the new people in the program are finally becoming familiar to Lewellyn. She is excited for her team and hopes to grow closer and closer.
Lewellyn plans on playing volleyball after high school. She is not for sure where, but she knows that she cannot stop playing the sport that she loves.

Story by Kinley Block

Colorful Rams

The PHS art department is painting concrete rams again this year to help pay for some of the art supplies. This will be the fourth time the art students paint the rams. Local businesses such as Walmart and Wendy’s have these special rams sitting at the entrance for all to see when they walk in.
“The challenge of painting what the person wants onto the ram is difficult because of how the ram is made,” said sophomore Madison Robertson.
This year, the program will be painting 18 rams, each costing $100 for the customer. One ram is for Tom Willett of Hoosier Hardware in Paoli. Sophomore Parker Sullivan will be painting it purple and gold.
“I like that these rams will be in the community for people to see what students at PHS are doing, and it supports the rams,” said Sullivan.

Story by Kinley Block

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