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

Paoli Archery Aims for a Great Season

After fall break, Paoli’s archery season will be back up and running. Any student in grades 4 through 12 are eligible to be on the team. Agriculture teacher Kyle Woolston will be the head coach again this year, and he is looking to fill the assistant and volunteer coaching positions.

There will be packets available to the students prior to the start of the season. This packet will include all of the necessary information needed for the season, including information about expectations and rules. No archery experience is required to participate. 

Woolston’s goal for the year is for each archer to improve their personal skills. By doing this, it will increase individual scores and lead to a higher team score. This season, he also has hopes of qualifying for the State and National Tournaments again.

“We are looking forward to a great season in which students try their best, which in turn will foster success,” said Woolston.

Story by Haley Owens

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

Intramural Sports Club Kickoff

The Intramural Sports Club will be holding their first kickball tournament on Wednesday, October 2. The tournament will be starting at 6:30 p.m. There was a google survey sent out to all junior high and high school students about participation in the event, and 120 students and 15 staff members signed up. The tournament will be held at the baseball and softball fields at PHS, and students are welcome to come and watch the tournament. 

“I’m really excited for the first event. Before my time as a student at PHS, intramural sports were a really big deal. A lot of kids and teachers participated in them is what I have been told. I hope a lot of students show up to watch as well. I think it will motivate more students to sign up in the future if they see everyone having a good time. I’m glad to be a part of starting this club back up with Coach Cole and Mrs. Hudelson,” said club Co-leader Aaron Key.

Story by Faith Wilder

Kerley Gears up for College Go Week

From September 23 through 28, Paoli High School will be celebrating College Go Week. Guidance Counselor Brandi Kerley will be organizing a week of fun contests and activities to get students excited about their futures.

There will be dress-up days throughout the week for different career paths, a door decorating contest for teachers, a special message on the announcements every day and a fun trivia game on Friday, September 28.

“This is a time when colleges begin to wave their application fees. This week is to just really get everyone excited and thinking about what they want to do after high school,” said Kerley. 

This week will also give students an opportunity to win a cash prize by participating in the Learn More Indiana Writing Contest. The essays will be about the students’ future plans and will be hosted by the CollegeChoice 529 Direct Savings Plan. All participants will be entered into a raffle. One student from each grade, 7 through 12, will be chosen to win $529 to put toward college fees.

Any student grades 7-12 who participates and turns in a complete essay to the guidance office by Friday, September 27 will be entered into a drawing for prizes. The grade level that has the highest percentage of completed essays will receive a pizza party,” said Kerley. 

To learn more about College Go Week, go to or contact Kerley at

Story by Jozalyn Kempf

Mandatory Cheer Practice on Wednesday, September 25

The mandatory practice for any student interested in trying out for the basketball cheer squad will be held after school from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 25.  To be eligible to tryout for the team on Wednesday, October 2, students are required to attend the tryout practice and have the purple and yellow sheets signed and turned in to Cheer Coach Heather Nichols. Packets are still available with Nichols in room 115. 

“I am excited to see who will show up and would love to have a big squad for basketball season,” said Nichols.

Story by Faith Wilder

PHS Opens a New Book

Starting this year, PHS is giving students the opportunity to borrow books. Seventh grade English teacher Loretta Brown is starting a new book donation area.

In the last few years, I have learned that there are people who have a love of reading and want to share that love with students. This year, I sent a letter to parents asking about different ways they might want to be involved. Several said they would like to donate books,” said Brown. 

One can drop off books at anytime to her room located in the junior high section of Paoli High School. Brown hopes to get students reading more, which could also lead to an increase in reading scores.

“Hopefully, it will help my seventh graders capture the joy of reading. Their future depends on being a reader and a thinker,” said Brown.

Story by Faith Wilder

POP and Sponsors Prepare for Invitational

On Saturday, September 21, 20 bands from schools around Indiana will perform on Cook Field for the 38th annual Pride of Paoli Invitational. The event is hosted by members of the Paoli band and Band Boosters. There are four different divisions that bands compete in. Once every band has been showcased, the Pride will perform in exhibition to conclude the night but will not be competing. 

I’m excited to host a bunch of really great bands, and I think it’s a great way to get the band and community involved, working together to be great hosts for these students and families from other schools. It’s a great thing to be able to provide an awesome panel of judges for these groups,” said Band Director Cory Chapman. 

Because Chapman is new to the Paoli band program, this will be his first experience with the Invitational.

“I am really looking forward to seeing our kids be positive ambassadors for our school and band.  I am also looking forward to meeting the rest of the area band directors, and seeing the results of their students’ hard work. While we are competitors week in and week out, the work all these students put in to their shows is incredible, and we should support them all,” said Chapman. 

There are many jobs that are assigned to band students and parents, such as guiding bands throughout the competition and helping them with anything they need and assisting judges. They also help out with parking, concessions, selling tickets, programs and buttons and filling up water at water stations for bands.

I want to thank all of our sponsors, donors and supporters for helping to make an event like this possible. It truly takes the whole town to make this happen, and without their support, both financially and logistically, we couldn’t host this invitational,” said Chapman. 

There are over 60 businesses and individual sponsors who contributed financially to help make the Invitational possible. All of the money made from the Invitational will go towards the Pride’s marching band season.

Story by Angie Ceja

JAG Looks to the Future

Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) is an organization that helps prepare students for future jobs. JAG members and coordinator Katie Cook will meet with other schools’ JAG programs to address multiple topics on Wednesday, September 26.

“This year the students that will be attending this conference from our school will be juniors  Samantha Shields and Conner Taylor and seniors Kyana Newlin, Avrey Richards, Isiah Beavers and Myranda Hickman. They will meet up with different schools and start planning to be up to date on events,” said Cook.

There are seven schools in Paoli’s region that will be attending the meeting, which are Mitchell, Eastern Greene, Owen Valley, Edgewood, Washington, Brown County and Bedford North Lawrence high schools.  

“We will have guest speakers and learn about developing as leaders, taking initiative, planning and following through,” said Cook. 

This year, the meeting will be held at Spring Mill Inn. Part of the meeting will also be focused on communication skills and team building skills for all members, while the other part will be planning for the upcoming years of JAG. 

“We will also form a plan for the school year and a timeline for implementing each activity,” said Cook.  

If students are interested in planning and preparing for their future, JAG would be a potential organization to look into for next year.

Story by Corinne Magner and Hayley Taylor

PHS Weight Room to be Used for Defense Tactics Training

From September 16 through 20, unfamiliar faces may be seen throughout the building of PHS.

12 to 15 police officers will be using Paoli High School’s weight room to conduct Defense Tactics training. Officers have used PHS’s facilities in the past and chose to use them again because of its central location in Orange County.

“I love the fact that they are here. They do so much for the community and our facilities allow them the necessary training they need to do their jobs effectively. Anytime police are present in our building the whole school benefits from it,” said Assistant Principal Ed Wagner.

Story by Makiya Russelburg

Three PHS Choir Members Selected for Honor Choir

The 2019-2020 Honor Choir auditions were held at Forest Park on September 8. Every participant was required to go through an audition process, and only the best were selected by a panel of judges from the Indiana Choral Directors Association. Honor choir allows students to learn more difficult music and sing with students from other schools. “Awake the Harp” by Joseph Hayden is the piece that all participants used for auditions. The same piece will be performed at Fort Wayne on January 18 by the Honor Choir.

This year, three students from PHS’s Advanced Choir were selected: senior Megan Poe, sophomore Christopher Frias and freshman Ryleigh Anderson. These students will again travel to Forest Park on September 31 for a mandatory practice with all accepted Honor Choir Members.

I was honestly shocked! I thought I did terrible on the audition and had convinced myself that I didn’t make it. It was a wonderful surprise to find out I had made it,” said Anderson.

Aside from the excitement of being selected, these students have a long road ahead in order to prepare for their performance.

“My practicing technique will not change. I’ll make sure to continue to use our recordings that we have and practice nonstop,” said Poe.

Choir Director B.J. Crowder was very pleased with the results. Although some members were not selected, they gained valuable experience through the auditions.

“My advice for the three honor choir members is to practice and challenge yourselves to be the best that you can. More importantly, cherish every minute of it, make new friends and create lifelong memories,” said Crowder.

Story by Amanda Bowles

College Fair to Take Place on October 23

This year, the annual College Fair at PHS will be held on October 23. The event will take place in the auxiliary gym during all lunches. At the time guidance counselor Brandi Kerley was interviewed, 24 colleges had confirmed their attendance. A total of 80 schools were invited, and Kerley hopes to see at least 50 present at the fair.

“[The College Fair is a way] to expose students to many colleges and careers in Indiana and surrounding states. We want students to be able to speak with college representatives and talk about what their University has to offer in terms of majors, degrees, housing, scholarships and many more topics. It is also a great opportunity to speak with college reps about admissions requirements and what to do to prepare,” said Kerley.

Story by Faith Wilder

Macho Man Volleyball and Powder Puff Football Given Tentative Dates

This year, the tentative dates for Macho Man Volleyball and Powder Puff Football are set for September 30 and October 21, respectively.

Every grade level will be responsible for making their own team. There is not a maximum number of players per team, so anyone is welcome as long as they are eligible to be involved in extracurricular activities. Each grade level will have a different dress-up theme for the game, which is something each team will decide later on. 

“I enjoy the fun the kids have, seeing how competitive they are, as well as seeing how bad they are most of the time,” said Student Council advisor Neil Dittmer.

Story by Haley Owens

Higgins and Stout Hope for Another Successful Year of Study Tables

National Honor Society sponsor Melissa Higgins, along with NHS members, will be sponsoring study tables for another school year. 

“Study tables is a quiet environment where students can come and finish their homework for the day. It is also a place where they can get some extra help to be successful in their classes,” said study tables supervisor Cindy Stout. 

Study tables are available to all students Monday through Thursday 3:15 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the PHS Library. Stout supervises study tables on Monday and Tuesday, while Higgins oversees it Wednesday and Thursday. Honor Society students sign up to work at study tables and are there for free tutoring and help.

“Hopefully this year is another successful year with study tables and students will take advantage of the service and help we provide,” said Higgins.

For more information about study tables, contact Higgins at

Story by Gracie Walls


SADD to Sponsor Convocation on Friday 13

Last May, Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) received a grant from the Orange County Community Foundation for $945. This grant covered the cost of a program called ‘Fix It’. On Friday, September 13, SADD will put on the presentation in the auditorium for students in grades 7-12. SADD Sponsor Summer Hudelson has high hopes for the program. 

“I hope students will be encouraged and understand everyone has setbacks in life, but they can overcome them,” said Hudelson.

High school students will be attending the program at 1 p.m. and the junior high at 2 p.m. Incredible stories of strength are woven together with music and sports action on three giant screens to create a fun and inspirational message of empowerment.

Story by Elizabeth Workman

FFA in Full Swing

FFA is a nationwide club that promotes agriculture and informs people about the many careers available. Through FFA, members learn many life skills and have great opportunities presented to them.

This club is for students who are interested in agriculture and have a passion for it. In order to be an FFA member, you must be taking an Agriculture class and turn dues in by September 20.

Seventh graders have a different opportunity to get involved in FFA due to the fact that Ag classes are only offered to eighth graders and up. Seventh graders can join by participating in contests and paying dues. 

“I’m really excited about the new things this year has in store for us. I’m also really excited about the number of younger members we have and the possibility of them becoming better leaders through FFA,” said FFA Vice President Tara Robbins.

Throughout the year, the chapter competes in a variety of contests and attends different conferences. They will soon start participating in those competitions. FFA has just concluded their mum sale for the fall and their annual fruit sale will be coming next. 

For any questions about FFA, you can contact sponsors Cory Scott or Kyle Woolston at or You can also contact any of the chapter officers.

Story by Elizabeth Workman

The Pride of Paoli Introduces New Director

After former head band director Ben Werne resigned, the band was on the hunt for new potential band directors. After an extensive interview process, Cory Chapman was chosen to be the Pride of Paoli’s new leader.

Chapman grew up in Evansville and attended Evansville Bosse High School. After high school, he attended Ball State University and spent five years in the marines before he was discharged. During his stint in the military, he worked in the intelligence and communications field as a special intelligence communicator and was deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan. Him and his wife got married in January 2009, a couple of months after he returned from his deployment to Iraq.

They have been married for over ten years and have two children together. 

“I always knew I wanted to teach, and the military helped me to grow up a bit and mature in order to reach that goal. The lessons I learned in the Marines helped me become a strong leader with self-discipline and compassion for others. Those qualities really helped me to develop my skills as a teacher and musician, and the money the military provided for my schooling helped me to achieve my goals,” said Chapman.

Before coming to Paoli, Chapman had five years of teaching experience including jazz bad, marching band and concert band. His previous job was directing the band at West Lafayette High School.

“I have a deep sense of respect for this program and this school. I’ve had the desire to be apart of the community down here because I really like small towns and working at small schools where I can know each student overtime. I hope to get to know each kid a little bit better and find somewhere where I can raise my family that’s also nice to live,” said Chapman.

Story Angie Ceja

American Red Cross to Host Annual Blood Drive

The American Red Cross will be hosting their annual Blood Drive at Paoli High School on Wednesday, October 2. It will be held in the lower gym from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

We have a goal to collect 50 units of blood during the blood drive,” said Blood Drive Coordinator Danelle Manship.

In order to donate blood, you have to be at least 16 years of age and have parental consent or 18 years of age. Other eligibility requirements can be found at

For more information or to book your appointment, contact Manship at

Story by Gracie Walls


Orange County Youth Council Welcomes New Members

On Wednesday, August 28, interviews were held for the Orange County Youth Council. Between all three schools in the county, 20 people applied: ten from Springs Valley, four from Orleans and six from Paoli. The acceptance letters were sent out on August 30, and those who applied should have received them September 3. 19 new members were selected and received information about the first meeting. Once accepted, the members are on a trial basis for the first four months to make sure that schedules correlate.

Story by Haley Owens

PHS Choir Enjoys Fundraiser Success

On Saturday, August 24, the Paoli High School Choir had their annual Day on the Square fundraiser. During this event, the choir members stand on the islands at the turns on the town square and collect donations from people driving through. The money raised is used to purchase choir shirts and to pay for the students to audition for Honor Choir. Overall, over $500 was raised during the four hours they were collecting money.

“We couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day to do a fundraiser. The people in our community are so supportive. The choir students all did a wonderful job and were a shining example of PHS work ethic,” said Choir Director B.J. Crowder.

Story by Michael Hannon


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