Robotics Class Hosting New Fundraiser

During the week of November 4, the Lost River Career Cooperative robotics class will be hosting a fundraiser during all lunches.

“We’re holding a fundraiser to raise money to enter robotics competitions and to purchase parts for robots. We’ll be selling stickers, dog tags, custom engraved cups and car stickers,” said robotics teacher Mable Zehr.

Custom engraving starts at five dollars, increasing with the difficulty of the design requested.

Anyone with questions should contact Zehr at

Story by Chandler Hinton


Key Welcomed Baby Girl on October 10

Math teacher Aaron Key and his wife, Karson Stands Key, recently welcomed their little girl, Kamryn Grace Key, into the world. On October 10, 2019 at 12:01 a.m., these PHS alumni welcomed a huge change to their family. 

“There’s no feeling like it. Now I have this baby girl that I’m responsible for. I just want to be the best dad and give her the best life possible. I can already tell I’m going to be protective of her,” said Aaron. 

The Keys have experienced many changes because of their new addition, but they are looking forward to watching their newborn grow.

“Having Kamryn has been the biggest change and adjustment in my life. Karson has been great and is a fantastic mom. We are enjoying every second of this new adventure together. We wouldn’t change a thing about her, she is perfect,” said Aaron.

Story by Kinley Block

An Inside Look at Colleges

If students are looking to attend college after high school, college visits are very helpful in finding the right fit. 

College visits are the best way to learn about the university and determining if it is the right choice for you. To improve your college visit experience, do as much research about the university as possible before the visit. Have a list of questions prepared to ask admissions representatives during your visit,” said College Advising Corps volunteer Mary Lechner.

To arrange a college visit, students can contact the Office of Admissions of a college, visit Lechner in the guidance office or schedule a visit using the school’s website.

Story by Ruby Chesnut

Senior Hunter Roach Plays for His Final Season

Senior Hunter Roach shares his musical talents through many avenues. One way those talents can be seen is during a performance by the Pride of Paoli marching band.

This marching band season, Roach is featured throughout the show. In the first part, he plays the soprano saxophone in a duet with sophomore Michael Hannon, who plays the alto saxophone. In the second part, Roach performs another duet with Hannon and they both play the soprano saxophone. In the final part, Roach is a part of a saxophone quartet, in which he plays the soprano, Hannon plays the alto, sophomore Angie Ceja plays the tenor and freshman Brody Wilcox plays the baritone. 

“My favorite part of the show so far is in part two. ‘Gabriel’s Oboe,’ the music for part two, has always been one of my favorite pieces,” said Roach.

While he is featured numerous times in the show, Roach is no stranger to the spotlight. Roach has performed many solos and group features in past band shows, as well as in concert band. One of his proudest achievements was making it into the All State Band as a first part. After auditioning, Roach was selected to be a member, making him one of the top high school musicians in the state of Indiana.

Being a senior feels a lot better than being a junior. I expect good things this year because we have a lot of potential as individuals, so all we need is to coordinate our efforts,” said Roach.

After graduating high school, Roach plans on going to study business at Indiana University.

“I will miss the large group of friends that comes with being in the band, but my message is to not listen to anyone because the size of the band makes no difference,” said Roach.

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Story by Michael Hannon

Senior Alicia Neale Leads the Band

This year, the Pride of Paoli has selected a new drum major, and senior Alicia Neale has been chosen to fill the spot at the podium. At the end of last school year, the POP held auditions open to anyone in the band who would like to fill the position. The audition process included writing an essay about why they wanted to be a drum major, being interviewed by the band and former band director Ben Werne and conducting the band through The Star Spangled Banner and the school song.

Over the summer, Neale went to a drum major camp at Ball State University called Music For All Summer Symposium.

“To help prepare for this season, I attended a drum major camp that lasted one week. It was very informative and it helped me improve my conducting skills,” said Neale.

Neale isn’t the only one in her family who has had the opportunity to lead the Pride. Part of her motivation to audition came from her grandmother and her mother who were drum majors before her.

“I wanted to become a drum major because I have had two people who were drum majors at Paoli many years ago. I thought it would be truly amazing to carry on the legacy in my family,” said Neale.

It takes a lot more than knowing how to conduct to be a drum major. For Neale, it also means being a role model for the rest of the band.

“What being drum major means to me is someone to look up to and someone to rely on, not only with the music, but also as a close friend,” said Neale.

Neale had to navigate a few changes when she transitioned from being in the hornline to being the drum major, including adjusting to a new director.

“Changing directors right before marching band season was very stressful. I was taught a lot of different ways to conduct the same music and it got very confusing. It was hard to tell who to listen to about my conducting style. Although it was challenging, it has gone quite smoothly since the change. Thankfully, we all adapted to the new director very quickly,” said Neale.

Neale looks to improve everyday and earn the band’s trust.

“I think the band, as a whole, needs to work on staying together musically because sometimes we tear apart. Personally, I want to improve on conducting well enough for the band to be confident in my tempo,” said Neale.

Even with all the new challenges, Neale is looking forward to this year’s marching band season.

“I am very excited for this season because we have a lot of potential as well as the talent of each individual. I see this season going exceedingly well and I hope that we can fully live up to our potential. I am so thankful that I have this position and I hope to be the best I can be for the band,” said Neale.

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Story by Angie Ceja

PHS Veterans Day Program to Take Place November 11

For the 2019-2020 Veterans Day Program on November 11, Chris Lindley’s AP U.S. history class will be organizing and participating in the event, continuing a tradition that has been upheld for over a decade.

Aside from all the tradition the program holds, Lindley and his class have decided to add a new piece this year.

“Tentatively, we are looking to do the Missing Man table ceremony as part of this year’s program. This was developed to honor POWs and MIAs, but a veteran approached me with it this summer believing it would be a touching addition,” said Lindley. 

As usual, the band and choir will perform, the colors will be presented and “Taps” will be played at the conclusion of the program. AP U.S. History students will read selected pieces and introduce veterans and military guests.

This year’s guest speaker is Officer Doug Soltwedel.

“He will be challenging our students by honoring our veterans, who and what they are and what they’ve done for us as an example to our student body,” said Lindley. 

Students and staff are encouraged to share pictures of the veterans in their lives this coming week. These will be displayed for Veterans Day.

Story by Gracie Walls

Drama Student Board Members Ready to Take on Their Roles

Unlike most clubs, the Drama Club uses a student board to make decisions. Using a student board allows individuals to work different roles or jobs depending on the production, and all members of the board have the same amount of power.

“It allows us more flexibility to match our skills and interests with the current needs,” said Drama Director Maria Wishart. 

In the fall and spring of the previous school year, there were several new board members appointed that remain as current board members. These members are given the title of “captains.” The Admiral Captain, or longest serving member, is junior Chandler Hinton. Other captains include: seniors Alex Milligan and Megan Poe; juniors Paige Nicholson and Libby Padgett; sophomores Angie Ceja, Kylee Charles and Michael Hannon and freshman A.J. Lopez. Along with numerous other jobs, the group of captains work behind the scenes to assist with the setup, cleanup and warmup.

All of the members look forward to a successful play season.

Story by Kinley Block

New Freezer Installed for Agriculture Department

On PHS Service Day, the Agriculture Department, with help from Vittitow Refrigeration, began installing a new freezer. As the Farm-to-Table program expanded, it was evident that they needed more freezer space.

The long term goals of the program are to be able to sell pork to the community and to work alongside and trade with the Bedford North Lawrence Agriculture Department. The Paoli Agriculture Department will hopefully be supplying them with pork, and in return, PHS will receive beef. The PHS department will also be helping to sell Bedford’s steaks and roasts to the Paoli community. In years to come, the freezer will be used for storage as the program continues to expand.

“Farm to Table educational models are continuing to grow and spread across the country. Here at Paoli, we are a leader, and will continue to look for opportunities to grow and expand learning opportunities for students to learn about food production, while also providing themselves and their peers with high quality and nutritious meals,” said agriculture teacher Cory Scott.

Story by Haley Owens

Hagan Scholarship Applications Due November 15

The Hagan Scholarship is now open for submitting applications. The Hagan Scholarship Foundation is a nationwide scholarship that provides up to $6,000 each semester for up to eight consecutive semesters.

To be eligible for this scholarship, students must have at least a 3.75 GPA, score 24 or higher on the ACT and score 1,150 or higher on the SAT. They also must have worked a minimum of 240 hours in the past 12 months, completed the FAFSA in 2019 and must not have been convicted of a felony. The scholarship is a need based scholarship, which prioritizes students who are in need of financial aid.

If students meet all of the eligibility requirements, they need to apply before the deadline on November 15, 2019.

Story by Kaden Lewellyn

Police Dog Finn Sweatshirt Order Forms due Today

Early last week, Paoli High School JAG students had the opportunity to meet with K-9 Officer Ryan Smith and his police dog, Finn. JAG students learned about the K-9 unit and the work that is necessary for it.

“Finn is absolutely an asset to our small town and keeping us safe. I love that we have him here working hard and doing good for our community,” said JAG teacher Katie Cook.

The Orange County Sheriff’s Department is having a sweatshirt fundraiser to raise funds to keep up with Finn’s needs. The PHS JAG classes have decided to participate in this fundraiser and help sell the sweatshirts. Sweatshirts come in military green, gray and black and sizes from small up to 4 XL are available for $25. 

If anyone is interested in purchasing a sweatshirt to support Finn, contact a JAG student or Cook to place an order. All orders are due by November 1. For more information, contact the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.

Story by Avery Owens

PHS Media News Wins Yearbook and News Organization of the Year

On October 25, members of the PHS media staff went to Indiana University Southeast to attend the Southern Indiana Student Press Association Fall Convention. The students took part in workshop classes taught by professional journalists, such as leadership meetings, story idea classes, writing classes and more. Student work was showcased in competition there as well.

The Paoli staff won a total of 35 awards, including News Organization of the Year and Yearbook of the Year. Senior Addison Wells was the winner of the Journalism Scholarship. 

“It’s always a great trip that I hope rejuvenates our students to take pride in their work and strive to compete for years to come,” said Journalism Adviser Heather Nichols.

Story by Haley Owens

PHS Welcomes IU Representative to the Halls

Paoli High School has recently welcomed an Indiana University representative to help students prepare for college. College Advising Corps volunteer Mary Lechner is a part of the College Advising Program that is partnered with IU. She is available to help students that need it, but she especially encourages juniors and seniors to talk to her about SAT sign ups, college applications and future plans.

“I am really excited because all of the students seem really sweet here. I am ready to connect with the students and get to know them better. Going to college is such an exciting time in high school students’ lives and to see them get their college acceptance letter or see them get to get into their dream school. Just being able to be apart of that with them is what I am most excited about,” said Lechner. 

Lechner will be at PHS on Mondays, Wednesdays and every other Friday for the rest of the school year. To meet with her, make an appointment with the sign up sheet located in the guidance office.

Story by Faith Wilder

The Essentials Project Continues at PHS

Now in its second year, the Essentials Project is continuing to help students at PHS. The Essentials Project provides all students with free personal care items as needed. More than 80 requests have been made in the first three months of the 2019-2020 school year. 

The project is headed by journalism teacher Heather Nichols, with help from health teacher Summer Hudelson, resource aides Angela Frank and Kylee Archer and other community members. The group understands that student resources run short and hope to help in any way possible.

“I am so proud of our project. We have helped so many kids and we hope to continue helping kids in any way we can,” said Nichols.

This year, the Essentials Project partnered with the Laundry Room, a free service that cleans students’ clothes if they do not have the resources to do it themselves.

The Essentials Project is always taking donations of personal care items, which includes soap, shampoo, deodorant, underwear and socks. Anyone interested in donating items to the project can bring them to room 115 or drop them off at the office. 

To request items, students need to complete a Google form through the school website or their email, but they can also contact any member of the Essentials team directly.

Story by Ruby Chesnut

FAFSA Workshops to be Held on November 19 and January 22

This year, guidance counselors will be hosting a workshop for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). It will be for any seniors who are interested. FAFSA is an opportunity for students to apply for financial aid for college.

“During the workshops, guidance counselors, 21st century scholars and InvestEd will be available to sit down and walk students and parents through filing the FAFSA,” said Guidance Counselor Brandi Kerley.

Kerley will be in charge of the scheduled workshops.

“This is my second year having these workshops. Last year, they were really helpful to families and students,” said Kerley. 

The workshops are scheduled for November 19 and January 22. They will be held in the high school computer lab from 4 to 7 p.m.

Story by Corinne Magner

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Domestic abuse is violence or aggressive behavior within one’s home, usually involving abuse from a spouse or partner. It can take many forms: physical, emotional, mental, economic and sexual. Domestic violence is a pattern of coercive, controlling behavior that can affect anyone around the world. 

National Domestic Violence Awareness Month was started in 1981 by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, a nonprofit organization that tries to be the voice of the victims and survivors of domestic violence. It first started as a Day of Unity to connect advocates for domestic violence from around the country.

Domestic violence is not always easy to be seen, but unfortunately is very common. 

“Nearly three out of four Americans personally know someone who is or has been a victim of domestic violence. Now is time to take a stand. Support survivors and speak out against domestic violence all month long,” according to Break the Cycle, an organization dedicated to domestic violence.

Many resources are available to those going through domestic violence. To contact the Domestic Violence Hotline, call 203-384-9559.

Story by Gracie Walls

Town Council Forum Held at PHS on October 24

On October 24 at 5 p.m., a Town Council Forum will be held in the Paoli High School auditorium. All candidates running for a position on the Town Council were invited to discuss why they want to be a part of the Town Council. The event will be open to the public with free admission. It will also be recorded and uploaded on the PHS News Today Youtube channel and shared on the PHS Media Facebook page.

“We have invited all candidates for the town forum,” said moderator Chris Lindley.

Running unopposed for Town Clerk Treasurer is Republican Amy J. Lockhart-Morris. For the at large position, Republican Steve Hankins is running against Republican Mylea Pluris. Running for Town Council Ward One is Republican Bobbie G. Bostock against Democrat Justin Marshall. Running for Town Council Ward Two unopposed is Republican Brain Shipman. Lastly for Town Council Ward Three, Republican Danny R. Hickman is running against Democrat Kenneth W. Butt.

The Town Council Forum will be hosted in a similar format to the School Board Candidate Forum held last year. Candidates will be on one side of the stage and forum directors Heather Nichols, Lindley and Neil Dittmer will be on the other side. Questions for the candidates were written by advanced speech and government students. The candidates will be asked the questions as Lindley moderates and Dittmer times each response. The forum will be open to the public, but the audience will not be able to propose questions during the forum. They are welcome to after the event.

We had been asked to host a forum similar to the one we did for school board candidates last year. We will offer each candidate an opportunity to introduce themselves and then respond to questions that are being created by the advanced speech and government students. I will serve as moderator for the forum while Mr. Dittmer will be the timer as each candidate will have a set amount of time to answer questions. The public is invited to attend as an audience but will not be allowed to ask questions or participate in the forum. They are welcome to talk with candidates after the forum is completed,” said Lindley.

Story by Jozalyn Kempf

Junior High Spell Bowl Kicks Off Their Season

Junior high Spell Bowl is continuing at PHS this year. Seventh grade English teacher Loretta Brown is coordinator of the team and has been for the past six years. Spell Bowl is a club presented by the Indiana Association of School Principals. It allows students to compete in spelling bees and contests. Students are given lists of various words to study and memorize.

“I think spelling is important. I enjoy encouraging students to do their best,” said Brown. 

Anyone in seventh or eighth grade are eligible to join regardless of their spelling skills.

“It’s a fun opportunity and it helps you learn more vocabulary,” said eighth grader Lina Zheng. 

Junior high Spell Bowl has meetings every Monday and select Wednesdays during homeroom. Competitions will be announced in October and the state contest will be held at Purdue University.

Story by Ruby Chesnut

PHS Hosts Eighth Career Fair

On October 23, Career Fair will take place in the lower gym at PHS. It was started by Guidance Counselor Brandi Kerley and former Guidance Counselor Brandon Crowder. It gives students a chance to talk with different colleges and get information about housing, admission, scholarships, campus life and career paths. There will be 40 to 50 colleges attending the fair this year. 

“It is my favorite day of the school year, I love talking to students about what they have planned when they are older and helping them plan. It’s never too early to think about college,” said Kerley.

All students in grades 7 through 12 are welcome to attend and are encouraged to visit during their lunch time. Lists will be handed out to students to show them what colleges will be represented at the fair.

Story by Ruby Chesnut

Media Students to Attend Fall Press Day at IUS

On Friday, October 25, the PHS Media Department will be traveling to the annual SISPA Fall Press Day at IUS. The students will attend two workshops and find out if their work from the previous school year received any awards. 

“I like the SISPA Fall Press competition because it allows students to submit the hard work they have completed and use any awards given to them as résumé builders for future references,” said Media Advisor Heather Nichols.

Story by Kinley Block

Shellenberger Takes On Spanish Club

This year, Spanish teacher Crystal Shellenberger will be sponsoring Spanish Club. The Spanish Club is open to all students in grades 9 through 12 who are taking Spanish classes. 

“This is my first year so I’m hoping to meet at least once a grading period,” said Shellenberger.

In September, the club had a discussion about Hispanic Heritage Month. They also shared a popular dessert called ‘Tres Leches,’ which means ‘three milks’ in English. 

“I hope students in the club have ideas they’d like to explore. I’m excited about the possibilities,” said Shellenberger.

Story by Ruby Chesnut

Tri-Hi-Y Makes a Difference

Tri-Hi-Y is a service club where students do service projects that help people in the local community and around the world.

At this point in time, the club is working on making hats for cancer patients and orphaned infants in Africa. They are also helping nutrition and finance teacher Debbie Andry’s sewing club with pillowcases for kids in the hospital. Tri-Hi-Y is also making Halloween cards to deliver to Paoli Health and Living residents. These projects involve everyone in the club and students who want to lend a helping hand. Tri-Hi-Y is always looking for new members and everyone is welcome to join.

“We would love to have more people involved. You can be part of whatever projects you want as your time allows,” said Club Sponsor Maria Wishart. 

Students interested in helping with these projects can email Wishart at or attend the Wednesday homeroom meetings in Wishart’s classroom.

Story by Amanda Bowles

Nutrition Students Put Their Skills to the Test

Starting next grading period, the junior high nutrition and finance class will begin cooking for the first time this year.

During the first nine weeks, students learn how to handle finances, such as writing checks, doing taxes and dealing with payments. In the second nine weeks, students learn different cooking techniques and ingredients and apply those skills by cooking different foods. 

For their first dish, they will be making cinnamon roll bites.

“I think it will be fun just learning how to cook,” said eighth grader Kayson Simpson.

Story by Michael Hannon

Art Students Brighten Up Classrooms

Paoli High School art teacher Chris Jones is continuing the tradition of making ceiling tiles for teachers this year.

Jones’s drawing 2 and Pre-AP drawing students are tasked with creating the tiles during the first semester of the school year. Every teacher is given the opportunity to purchase a tile to add to their classrooms. Teachers are also able to select a certain student to design their tile and can contact their artist to give them ideas or discuss their desired design. Tiles are $20 a piece, and the funds help the art department purchase new art supplies, computer software or any other necessity that the budget set does not cover. 

“Every classroom has about 100 boring white ceiling tiles. This project adds something a little more interesting. Bringing color to the space that could brighten up someone’s day,” said Jones.

Story by Amanda Bowles

Fall Musical Auditions Begin October 7

On October 7 through 9, the Paoli High School Drama club will be hosting auditions for their fall musical, The Sound of Music. Auditions are open to any student in grades 7 through 12 and will take place in the Ruth Farlow Uyesugi Auditorium.

The main consideration for casting is how you audition, who best fits which part. Other considerations are dependability, ability to cooperate, availability, seniority, what we already know about you,” said Drama Club Director Maria Wishart.

Anyone wishing to audition for a featured or lead role are recommended to prepare a karaoke or an a cappella song to sing for the audition panel so they can determine each person’s strengths.

Story by Michael Hannon

Speech and Government Students Learn About the Town Council

On Friday, September 27, Town Clerk Treasurer Amy Morris visited PHS to talk to the advanced speech and AP government classes about the town council election forum. Speech teacher Carol Fullington and government teacher Neil Dittmer’s classes are working together to put on the event.

The position Morris holds requires her to work closely with the town council. During her visit, she gave the students basic information about the town council, and the students could have their questions answered.

“I thought Amy was very informative and professional about describing the responsibilities of the town council. I really appreciated the time she took out of her day to help us learn more about the topic to inform our students and our greater community,” said Fullington.

The forum will be held in the Ruth Uyesugi Auditorium on October 24 at 6 p.m.

Story by Elizabeth Workman

Choir Students Prepare for Their First Show

On October 10 at 6 p.m., the Paoli High School choir will be performing their first show of the year, An Autumn to Remember

Three choirs from PHS will be performing at the event. First, the junior high choir will be singing “Why We Sing” by Kirk Franklin. Then, the Singing Sensations will be presenting “A Million Dreams” from The Greatest Showman and “When I’m 64” by The Beatles. Finally, the Harmony Singers will perform “Shallow” by Lady Gaga and “For Forever” from Dear Evan Hansen. Together, the three choirs will showcase “Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor” by Emma Lazarus and “Thriller” by Michael Jackson. 

“Students have been working really hard to give a mixture of music from modern to music from musicals and some classic rock and pop. We try to do a variety of music for everyone to enjoy. There will definitely be something in our concert will connect to and enjoy,” said Choral Director B.J. Crowder. 

During the show, donations will also be collected. Junior Libby Padgett from The Harmony Singers is preparing to go to The National American Miss beauty competition in Anaheim, California over Thanksgiving break, and the money collected will help fund that trip.

“Admission is completely free, but we will be taking donations to help a choir member, Libby Padgett get to nationals for a beauty pageant in California,” said Crowder.

The choir is still hard at work in the weeks leading up to their concert. More information will be posted in the hallways of PHS as the date grows closer.

Story by Jozalyn Kempf

Congressman Hollingsworth to Speak to Seniors at PHS

On Tuesday, October 8, Indiana’s 9th District congressman, Trey Hollingsworth, will be coming to PHS to speak to seniors in government and economics classes along with other teachers’ students who are allowing them to attend.

“We were told it is mostly a Q&A session for the students. I’m sure, like all politicians, he will have something to talk about,” said government and U.S. history teacher Chris Lindley. 

Hollingsworth will be speaking in government and economics teacher Neil Dittmer’s classroom.

Story by Gracie Walls

Herff Jones Class Ring Parent Night on October 8

The annual Herff Jones Class Ring Parent Night will be on Tuesday, October 8 from 3:10 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The booth will either be set up in the library hallway or the Chromebook room across from the cafeteria. There will be catalogs and example merchandise that parents and students can choose from when creating a class ring.

Story by Gracie Walls


PHS in Search of Head Varsity Wrestling Coach

Paoli High School is in search of a head varsity wrestling coach for the upcoming wrestling season. The coach would be responsible for all aspects of the high school program and many aspects of the junior high wrestling program. The selected candidate will be visible in PHS and the community and must support all academic, co-curricular and extracurricular programs at PHS. 

Candidates that have applied for the position should have passion for students and their success, strong organizational skills, a strong worth ethic, ability to lead staff and develop assistant coaches and also be motivated and enthusiastic. 

Anyone who wishes to apply for this head position are asked to email Athletic Director Darek Newkirk at or Principal Dr. Sherry Wise at Deadline for applications is today.

Story by Lili Seals

PHS Student Council is Ready for a Successful Year

High school student council elections were held on August 21 for the 2019-2020 school year.

This year’s members include: freshmen Wyatt Blankenship, River Fleming, Clara Henderson, Mackenzie Neal and Ashleigh Garcia; sophomores Katie Amonette, Rylie Atkins, Autumn Garrett, Corinne Magner, Marcus McGuire, Tinsley Moffatt and Karyas Slaten; juniors Briannah Andis, Trey Cranfield, Haley Owens, Tara Robbins and Alyssa Warren and seniors Kinley Block, Hobie Bobbitt, Harley Bush, Aron Busick, Madison Cunningham, Jalyn Engleking, Sarah Kanz, EB Kerby, Kyla Lee, Sierra Manship, Maddy McDonald, Avery Owens, Lauren Rutherford, Lexi Stroud and Erica Workman.

“I think the overall elections went very well, I am grateful to have a lot of great people this year,” said Student Council Coordinator Neil Dittmer. 

If students were not elected for student council by their homeroom, they had the opportunity to apply for an at large position. In order to do this, students had to have ten student signatures and one teacher or guardian signature.

PHS student council organizes many activities to do throughout the school year. For fall homecoming, student council members hosted a post-football game event after the Orange Bowl on September 6. Students could race in the inflatable obstacle course and play spike ball, corn hole or nine square. There was also pizza provided to eat.

“I am excited for this year and all the fun things that we’ll be helping out with and hosting, especially Macho Man Volleyball and Powder Puff Football,” said Fleming.

Story by Corinne Magner

Fullington Prepares Students for College

On Wednesday, October 9, speech and English teacher Carol Fullington will be traveling with her dual credit public speaking class and AP language and composition class to Indiana University in Bloomington for a field trip.

Students will leave Paoli High School at 8:50 a.m. and will not return until 3:10 p.m. During the field trip, students will meet with an admissions counselor about what they look for in applications, take a formal campus tour and learn to use a research library and its resources. In order for students to be eligible, they must be enrolled in one of the two participating classes and have passing grades in all of their classes.

“I expect my students will learn more about what college admissions offices look for on applications. I expect my students to learn what types of questions they should be asking when they start visiting colleges of interest. I also expect students will learn to effectively use the academic resources available to them to further their success in college,” said Fullington.

Story by Amanda Bowles

PHS to Participate in 5th Annual Service Day

PHS will participate in their 5th annual Service Day on October 10. Service Day is a day set aside each year for the school to take the time to give back to the community in both small and large ways. 

This year, there are 32 different Service Day groups. From helping out at the Humane Society to cleaning up the trails of Patoka Lake, the groups all aid the community in different ways.

“All the staff works to make the day a success. Our administration work to help us deal with things like supplies and transportation, which is so helpful. I can only speak to my experience, but I feel like most people really enjoy it and understand the purpose of Service Day,” said Service Day Coordinator Heather Nichols.

Story by Makiya Russelburg

Speech Students Practice Their Interview Skills

In speech teacher Carol Fullington’s dual credit public speaking class, students were individually interviewed for a mock Hagan scholarship in order to practice and gain experience for future interviews. 

Interviewing is an essential skill in life. Whether applying for colleges, scholarships, jobs or even interviews by the media. Learning to be properly prepared can make the difference between getting the job or not. Learning to dress appropriately for a formal situation, anticipating the essential questions or the brand of character they are looking for are all necessary. Writing a resume and cover letter in preparation is also a necessary skill,” said Fullington.  

Students completed their interviews September 16 through 20. During their interview period, students were evaluated by a panel in one of two conference rooms, the boardroom of the superintendent’s office or the Champions Conference room. The panel judges consisted of community members Janet Perry, Carol Hudelson, Cliff Brannon, Imojean Dedrick, Greg Walker, Brandi Kerley, Larry Hollan, Aaron Hannon and Amanda Crews.

The students’  final grade was based on the average of scores from the rubrics filled out by the interview panel.  

“I expected my students to take this interview seriously. They needed to do their research on the scholarship, consider their answers to critical interview questions, and learn to work through their nerves to give thoughtful, genuine responses,” said Fullington.

Story by Amanda Bowles

Herff Jones Senior Informational Meeting October 1

On Tuesday, October 1 from 8:15 a.m. to 9 a.m., the annual Herff Jones senior informational meeting will be held in the auditorium. 

There will be a brief video about what it means to be a senior and discussions about purchasing items for graduation, such as a cap, gown and tassel. Herff Jones will also share a catalog of additional memorabilia items that will be available for purchase. 

All seniors need to attend if they plan to walk at graduation. Parents can also attend but will need to sign in through the office.

Herff Jones will be back at PHS on Tuesday, October 8 from 10:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. to accept order forms and payments.

Story by Makiya Russelburg

Senior Year Events at a Glance

For the seniors of PHS, the last year of high school is meant to be memorable and exciting. In order to make the most of their senior year, the class hosts and participates in many events and activities.

Senior chocolate bar sales started off the students’ senior year with a success, making around $4,000 to put towards graduation expenses, student incentives and post-prom activities. The senior class will also be organizing post-prom and designing senior shirts. Seniors will also have the opportunity to go on the class trip. Details for the Senior Trip are not arranged yet, but signup will begin after Spring Break. 

In preparation for graduation day, the Herff Jones representative will be at PHS to distribute information on graduation supplies on October 1. Orders will be taken on October 8 from 10:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Caps and gowns will be delivered on April 16 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

For more information, contact class sponsors Carol Fullington or Melissa Higgins at or

Story by Gracie Walls

The Blessing Box Project Continues

This year, PHS is continuing the Blessing Box community project. The Blessing Box is where nonperishable food items and personal hygiene items are placed for those in need. 

“The goal of the Blessing Box is to prevent the need for food and personal items in our community. Many homes struggle to provide enough so we are helping to prevent that struggle for many families,” said Coordinator Catherine Henderson. 

Over the span of 18 months, the project has expanded to three different locations within the community and is continuing to grow. The Blessing Boxes can be found outside of Reflections on the Paoli Square, Eastview Baptist Church on highway 56 and First Pentecostal Church by the iron bridge on South Gospel Street. 

Anyone can donate to the Blessing Box, just as anyone is welcome to take items from the box. As of now, Throop Elementary staff and students, 4-H club members, local Girl Scout members, community businesses and citizens have contributed to the donations. 

“Thank you to everyone who has helped donate items, money or supported the boxes in anyway,” said Henderson.

Story by Makiya Russelburg

Basketball Cheerleading Tryouts on October 2

Paoli High School basketball cheer tryouts will take place on October 2 at 3:30 p.m. To be eligible to try out, students must have a physical on file. They also must be enrolled and passing at least five full credit classes, both in the last grading period and on the day of tryouts. There was also a mandatory tryout practice on September 25 for anyone in grades 9-12 who wished to tryout for the varsity squad. During the tryout practice, students learned about the process of tryouts, practiced cheers and chants and asked questions. 

To be accepted on the varsity basketball squad, participants must meet a minimum score when being judged at tryouts. Participants will be judged on jumps, skills, original chants, group chants and the fight song. The judges will also review their appearance, spirit, knowledge and overall presentation at tryouts as well as attendance, attitude and behavior at school. There will only be a varsity squad for the basketball season this year.

After tryouts, the first practice will be on October 9 from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Cheerleaders should make sure they have worked out all conflicts with other activities to insure they can be in attendance for every practice. For more information or questions about cheer tryouts, students should contact

Story by Lili Seals

NHS Induction Celebrates New Members

On September 15, newly selected National Honor Society members were inducted into NHS. NHS is a nationwide organization that recognizes and congratulates students’ achievements in academics.

The Paoli chapter of NHS is lead by Sponsor Melissa Higgins. This year, the officers are senior President EB Kerby, junior Vice Presidents Haley Owens and Paige Gehl, junior and senior Secretaries Lili Seals and Lexi Stroud and senior and junior Public Relations Officers Madison Cunningham and Alyssa Warren. There were 20 new members inducted into NHS; sophomores Rylie Atkins, Taylor Becht,  Amanda Bowles, Laykin Busick, Angie Ceja, Kylee Charles, Haley Cox, Aidan Dooley, Hallie Graves, Michael Hannon, Caleb Jones, Corinne Magner, Kacey McBride, Kinsey McBride, Emma McCrary, Marcus McGuire, Tinsley Moffatt, Makiya Russelburg, Hayley Taylor and Gracie Walls.

To be eligible to apply for this club, students had to have a 3.5 GPA or higher and fill out an application form. The faculty council then reviewed their application to determine acceptance.

The help of many people is required in order for the NHS Induction Ceremony to be a success. Choir Director B.J. Crowder is one who made a considerable impact. 

“Thank you to all that helped make the ceremony a success – especially Mr. Crowder for helping with the sound and lights,” said Higgins. 

During the induction, a few students had pieces they read on stage. The section over character was read by senior Aron Busick, scholarship by senior Lauren Rutherford, leadership by senior Jalyn Engleking, service by senior Avery Owens and the pledge by junior Paige Gehl.

“I overall think induction went very well this year. Speakers for both NHS and NJHS did an excellent job during the ceremony,” said Higgins.

Story by Corinne Magner

Seniors Owens and Engleking Advance to Golf Regional

On Saturday, September 21, the Paoli golf team competed in the Sectional meet at the Otis Park Golf Course in Bedford. Although the team did not shoot a low enough score to advance as a team to regionals, seniors Avery Owens and Jalyn Engleking advanced as individuals. 

“I am really proud of Avery and I. We have put in a lot of dedication and work and it has really paid off. I am excited to see what Regionals brings,” said Engleking.

Owens shot a score of 105 and Engleking shot a score of 100.

This Saturday, September 28, they will be traveling to Montgomery to play at Country Oaks for the Regional competition.

“I never thought it would get to this point. I’ve worked so hard over the past four years, but never imagined I would be able to make it to Regionals. Golf has been a big part of who I am and it is awesome to say that I made it to Regionals as an individual,” said Owens.

Story by Haley Owens

See You at the Pole Continues

For over fifteen years, Paoli High School has held a flagpole prayer, and the tradition was continued in the morning of Wednesday, September 25. ‘See You at the Pole’ is a student-organized and led prayer movement for schools, students, communities and nations. All students are welcome to attend this flagpole prayer, and an average of 40 students attend the event yearly. Students from the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) are in charge of leading the event.

“Simply gathering students around the flagpole is a visual reminder of what their prayer focus is,” said FCA Sponsor Chris Lindley.    

Along with PHS, many other schools around the world have this tradition.

“See You At The Pole’ is done all across the country on the 4th Wednesday of September. It is also done internationally by different nations across the world,” said Lindley.

Story by Corinne Magner

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