• Custom Vinyl Stickers for Sale

    The supermileage team is selling custom vinyl window stickers. They can create custom designs in many colors and many sizes. See the display board in the pictures. Most stickers are

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  • Hall Local Cubing Expert

    Many students at PHS have their own hobbies they enjoy outside of school. These hobbies might include skateboarding, drawing, or painting. However, for junior Michael Hall, his hobby is cubing

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  • Track

    Any high school girl who is interested in track should see Mrs. Hudelson by Wednesday, February 28.

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  • Ice Cream!

    Tri-Hi-Y will be selling ice cream sundaes for $1 every day this week during lunch. The money goes to support the local Special Olympics and First Chance Center.

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  • Robotics

    Robotics (Click link above to see photo essay) By Kinsey McBride Here’s a look into Mrs. Zehr’s Robotics class.

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  • Sophomore Avery Owens Reflects on Youth Council

    Sophomore Avery Owens loves making a difference in her community. Owens is an active member of the Orange County Youth Council, also known as OCYC. She has been a member

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  • ‘Once Upon a Mystery’ Debuts Tomorrow

    Get ready to know all of the secrets behind a not-so-happily-ever-after at the new “Once Upon a Mystery” production from the Orange County Players. Jillian Keen, Chantay Long, A.J. Lopez,

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  • Teen Dating Violence Awareness

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  • Pasta People

    Pasta People (Click link above to see photo essay) By Trinidi Turner Intro to Culinary students have been cooking Spaghetti Aligo Eoli during fifth period culinary classes. The students cook

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  • Sophomore Cunningham Excited for Semi-State Play

    Sophomore Madison Cunningham plays on the girls varsity basketball team and is ecstatic about the team’s big wins. Winning the Sectional and  Regional titles are a major accomplishment for the

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Hall Local Cubing Expert

Many students at PHS have their own hobbies they enjoy outside of school. These hobbies might include skateboarding, drawing, or painting. However, for junior Michael Hall, his hobby is cubing with Rubik’s cubes.

Hall began his cubing journey in the late summer of 2017 when he was scrolling through eBay searching for things to purchase. He came across a standard 3x3x3 Rubik’s cube for only two dollars. Hall remembers solving his first cube and all obstacles and struggles that came with it.

“When the cube arrived, I stayed up all night completing my first solve using the beginner’s method,” said Hall.

Since Hall has been cubing for roughly six months now, he has formed opinions on which parts he enjoys and which parts are his least favorite. Memorization is key to become an advanced cuber, and Hall learned that lesson fast.

“My favorite part about cubing is memorizing the algorithms, then getting to see how some simple algorithms can solve a complex cube. I also enjoy the mental challenge that cubing brings,” said Hall.

After some time in the cubing world, Hall has set up some goals in his mind. By the end of the year, Hall’s goal is to consistently solve a standard 3x3x3 Rubik’s cube in under 20 seconds. His best time is 25 seconds, but he averages around 35 seconds to solve. Since purchasing his first cube on eBay, Hall has bought nine more cubes. All his cubes are very unique in shape and size and are as follows: the standard 3x3x3, 2x2x2, 4x4x4, 5x5x5, Skewb, Pyraminx, Megaminx, Mirror cube, 3x3x1 cuboid and Square-1.

“Each cube takes a different amount of time to solve, based on the difficulty. However, a lot of the cubes use the same algorithms to complete, so that is a plus side,” said Hall.

Hall discovered his hobby for cubing when he took a chance in trying something new. When taking this chance, he realized how much he enjoyed cubing. Hall’s passion for cubing will carry on throughout his life and can benefit him in many mental aspects of his life.

“I would like to put to rest the myth that cubing is extremely hard and involves a lot of math. Cubing involves virtually no math, only the memorization of algorithms and the intuition to put the right piece in the right spot. Anyone can learn to cube,” said Hall.

 

Story by Jace Ingle

Sophomore Avery Owens Reflects on Youth Council

Sophomore Avery Owens loves making a difference in her community. Owens is an active member of the Orange County Youth Council, also known as OCYC. She has been a member for three years.

“I had several friends signing up at the time, and I thought it would be a good experience for me. I really wanted to try something new, and it felt good knowing that I was going into it with some great people,” said Owens.

The group has monthly meetings, and at each meeting, they make a donation to a different charity.  Youth Council also rings the Salvation Army bells. OCYC makes sure to recognize people in the community who are making a difference through Golden Deeds.

“Youth Council impacts the community by donating to local charities, helping at local events, and providing philanthropy education for the county’s fourth grade students. Youth Council members give their time, talent, and treasure to the community through various means,” said OCYC leader Destany Pingle.

With the work, comes some play. Christmas parties and summer outings hold some of Owens’ favorite memories.

“My first Christmas party in OCYC we played a game where a present is passed around the circle while a story was being read, and somehow Jalyn Engleking ended up with an avocado at the end of the night, it was a very fun time,” said Owens.

Fun and games aside, Owens loves being so involved with her community and knowing she is making a difference.

“I always know I can count on Avery to do whatever she can, even on short notice. This year, the Youth Council decided to give presentations to the seventh graders for National Philanthropy Day, and even though it was short notice, Avery was one of two Youth Council members there to help with the presentation. She makes helping a priority,” said Pingle.

Owens recommends joining the Orange County Youth Council if you are looking for a fun way to help your community.

“Take the opportunity, apply as an eighth grader because it is definitely easier to get accepted,” said Owens.

 

Story by Kaden Lewellyn

 

‘Once Upon a Mystery’ Debuts Tomorrow

Get ready to know all of the secrets behind a not-so-happily-ever-after at the new “Once Upon a Mystery” production from the Orange County Players. Jillian Keen, Chantay Long, A.J. Lopez, Makayla Chism, Gavin King, Scott Caruso, Krista Tedrow, Alex Milligan, Ryleigh Anderson, Summer Ford, Ellie Sims and Tyler Thornton will be starring as fairy tale characters in this dinner theater fundraiser hosted by Tri Kappa.

Tomorrow, the doors open at 6 p.m. at the Community Center. Guests will turn the clock back to royal times as they learn about the mysterious disappearance of Cinderella and Prince Charming throwing a ball to find a new bride. While some of the kingdom’s residents query how the prince could move on so quickly, others spring at the thought of earning their spot as the new princess in the castle.

Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m., and the show will begin at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 a person.

“If anyone thinks they’ll be up for dinner and a show or knows someone else who might enjoy it, it will be a fun evening,” said drama director Maria Wishart.

 

Story by Gracie Walls

Sophomore Cunningham Excited for Semi-State Play

Sophomore Madison Cunningham plays on the girls varsity basketball team and is ecstatic about the team’s big wins. Winning the Sectional and  Regional titles are a major accomplishment for the girls. Cunningham believes their preparation and hard work is the reason they won.

“To prepare for our Sectional, we practiced with focus and determination and a drive to win. Watching film was also a step to our success,” said Cunningham.

Since entering the State Tournament, the dynamics of the practices have changed.

“Practices are different now because the stakes are so much higher, the enthusiasm within the team is much higher than it has ever been and this takes more focus and determination,” said Cunningham.

She has been playing basketball for six years, and it has become her favorite pastime.

“I chose this sport because I get to express myself. Also, I have made so many new friends along with mentors that shaped me into the player I am today. Winning makes me feel like my hard work paid off,” said Cunningham.  

After training all season and playing for six years, Cunningham saw her championship victories as huge rewards.

“I felt famous! We were all boosting one another up and cheering our heads off. There is no way to describe the feeling I had after our win. It was amazing,” said Cunningham.

She has loved celebrating as a team by going to team dinners. Cunningham has a really good feeling about Semi-State if they practice like they have been in previous weeks.

“Practicing for Semi-State is going well. We’ve been working hard, and our coaches have been working to watch film and learn what steps need to be taken for us to reach our goal of becoming Semi-State champions,” said Cunningham.

Cunningham encourages everyone to find something they love and stick with it. She has learned that by working hard, anything is possible.

Cunningham had simple advice for any athlete.

“Train like it’s your last. Be confident and have faith in what you do. You never know when your games could be cut short, you really never know. Make sure you go strong and go hard in everything you do, not just in sports. Never give up on yourself or your team because the game is not over until the buzzer goes off,” said Cunningham.   

 

Story by Kaden Lewellyn 

Basketball Team Autographs

Tomorrow night the Regional champion girls basketball team will be available for pictures and autographs at the boys basketball game against Perry Central.
During the second half of the JV game and between the JV and Varsity basketball games, the girls team members will be available to sign autographs and have your picture taken with them. The Athletic Department will be selling a special, limited edition 8×10 photo of the team for $5, which the team will then sign.

Salad Bar to Reopen February 26

The cafeteria will be reopening the salad bar on February 26 to all PHS students and staff. Different items will be displayed each day, but tuna salad will be offered every day. A salad will cost $3.30, and each salad will include fruit and bread.

The items that will be offered every day on the bar are turkey, ham, cheese, broccoli, cauliflower, cottage cheese, cucumbers, green peppers, diced eggs, peas, tomatoes, lettuce, tuna and olives.

Students will now be able to make their own salad as opposed to the premade ones offered in the past.

 

Story by Sara Kesterson

Parent Workshop Planned for March 19

On March 19, seniors and families who are looking for help completing the Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) or have questions are invited to attend the 21st Century and FAFSA workshop.

INvestEd will be at PHS to answer any questions and help parents and students complete their applications. The 21st Century Scholar Outreach Coordinator will also be at the workshop to answer questions about their program and help students complete their track requirements. For seniors who are interested in applying for scholarships, representatives from the Orange County Community Foundation will be attending the workshop to answer questions regarding scholarships.

“Students are welcome to come any time from 4-7 and use the computers and get questions answered. You do not have to stay the entire time,” said guidance counselor Brandi Kerley.

There will also be snacks and refreshments available.

Any senior who would like to ask questions or receive help regarding any of these things is welcome to come to the workshop.

 

Story by Avery Owens

Below is a FAFSA checklist.

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Senior Chaz Becht Reflects on Wrestling Season

Many senior athletes have participated in their sport for years. However, for senior Chaz Becht, wrestling is still new territory for him.

Becht started wrestling his junior year and has spent his senior year continuing to learn new things about the sport each time he went on the mat.

“Learning new things about the sport makes it fun because there are always things I can do better,” said Becht.

One would assume most athletes join a sport due to an interest in it. For Becht, he originally joined to save the program. The team had very few members, so Becht joined to keep the wrestling program going and to introduce himself to something he had never done before.

Many people see mistakes in a sport, but Becht sees wrestling as a sport that only accounts for yourself. If you mess up, it is on you. By using this mindset, Becht has bettered himself and others around him in the wrestling program.

“My favorite part about wrestling is that it is an individual sport, which means if I lose a match, I can’t blame anyone but myself. That is what pushed me to do better than the last match,” said Becht.

Wrestling is not very popular among a lot of schools, especially smaller ones such as PHS. The development of popularity around the school is something that is vital for seasons to come. Having some sort of fan base for any sport is a necessity, and Becht wants that more than anything for the wrestling program.

Wrestling may not be Becht’s most experienced sport he is involved in, but it does not lessen the amount of heart he puts into competition.

 

Story by Jace Ingle

Semi-State Tickets!

Girls basketball semi-state tickets will be on sale in the athletic office starting tomorrow morning, Tuesday, February 13. Tickets are $8.00. Seating is not reserved at the semi-state. We will be selling tickets from tomorrow until halftime of the varsity boys basketball game this Friday night.

Semi-state will be held at Jeffersonville High School. We play Winchester High School at 1:00 pm. Doors will open at 12:00 pm on Saturday.

GO RAMS!

Ram Archery Team

The Ram Archery team competed in the Switzerland County Invitational this past Saturday. The team finished 2nd overall team, with many personal bests being shot by many of our archers. Murphy Laws brought home the awards of Top High School Male at the tournament as well as the Top Overall Archer of the tournament. The archery team will travel to South Spencer this Friday evening.

Sophomore Aron Busick Returns to PHS

At the change of the semester, PHS found a few new students walking the halls. Sophomore Aron Busick was one of those students. However, Busick was not exactly new.

After finishing sixth grade, Busick moved to Floyd Central for his junior high and high school years to have a wider variety of class choices. Though he loved being at Floyd Central and meeting new friends, he wanted to come back home to Paoli.

“I went to a couple of basketball games and had talked to some of my old friends and decided I wanted to come back. I wanted to be closer to home,” said Busick.

When Busick went to Floyd Central, he would drive about 30 minutes to school, attend practices after school and go back home. He has always lived in the Paoli area, so it made more sense to just come back. Busick is continuing his passion for sports here at Paoli. Since coming back to Paoli, Busick had to get 10 practices in before he could play in a junior varsity game.

“I plan on continuing basketball and baseball for this year, and then either football or cross country next fall,” said Busick.

Busick’s first official game since moving back to Paoli was against the Corydon Central Panthers on Friday, January 26. The team won against the Panthers.

“I am very excited to play basketball again,” said Busick.

Busick moved back to Paoli after the first week of second semester, which means he had to catch up on what he missed. He is currently in two science classes, chemistry and anatomy and pre-calculus as a sophomore.

“I think it will be challenging to get into the classes since I wasn’t here for first semester and didn’t do all of the same things as Paoli did first semester,” said Busick.

Coming back to Paoli is a decision Busick was proud to make. With both old and new friends and memories, he is happy to be here.

“I am happy to be back at my home school. I did leave some friends at Floyd Central, but I am happy to be back,” said Busick.

 

Story by Kinley Block 

Archery Team Targeting Success

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Sophomore Murphy Laws aims at the target.  Photo by Chloe Elliott

Archery season is starting, and so far, the team is doing well. This year’s team has 52 members, 30 in high school, 15 in junior high, and 7 in elementary. The team shot their qualifier on Thursday, February 1. The qualifier is an archery shoot where the archers try to post their best score as an attempt to get into the Indiana State NASP Tournament held in Indianapolis, Indiana. At the qualifier, the Paoli team shared the range with West Washington for all three divisions.

“We are doing well currently. We have members shooting their highest scores currently. We have some that are working on improving their scores and making larger contributions to the team.  Our younger members are improving each outing, which is showing good signs for the future,” said archery coach Kyle Woolston.

The team traveled to Switzerland County on February 10 and are traveling to South Spencer February 16. Woolston is seeking additional competition opportunities for the team in the future.

 

Story by Haley Owens

Supermileage Team Prepares for Race

The supermileage team has been busy preparing for an upcoming race in April. The race will be held at Lucas Oil Raceway, and the date will be announced soon. Normally, the team places second or third in their division, which is something they are proud of. They are putting a lot of time and work into preparing their car and are excited for April.

The race is held by Engineering Technology Educators of Indiana.

In past years, we have been satisfied with our results. The newest car we are working on is a gas powered Urban concept class car. Urban concept means it is built to look like a realistic car,” said junior Jacob McDonald, a member of the supermileage team.

The spring is when the Supermileage team’s hard work pays off, and they are looking forward to racing the new car for the first time ever this spring.

 

Story by Kaden Lewellyn

Drama Club to Perform February 17

The drama club will be holding their second murder mystery dinner on February 17 at the Paoli Community Center. The doors will open at 6:00 p.m. with the dinner starting at 6:30 p.m. and the show starting at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 and must be purchased beforehand due to the food and table preparations. Anyone wanting to buy a ticket must talk to drama director Maria Wishart or a cast member before the day of the dinner.

The show is called Once Upon a Murder, and the cast members will be acting as fairy tale characters. To be successful, each actor must be comfortable interacting with the audience without a script.

“Drama members are characters that perform conversations and scenes that are partly planned ahead and partly on-the-spot. They interact with the audience as much as the audience will play along,” said Wishart.

If anyone who is not part of the drama club would like to participate, they must talk to Wishart and be comfortable improvising while still staying in character. Be sure to buy your tickets and attend a fun show on February 17.

 

Story by Kinley Block

Snow Day Make Up Plan

So far this year, there have been five school days cancelled due to snow. Some may wonder how PHS plans to make up these days. Will we add days on to the end of the year? Will we push back graduation? Will E-Learning days become more frequent? PHS Principal Chad Johnson says that some changes will be made, but graduation should remain the same.

“We have not had discussions on how Wednesday affects the outcome, but I believe graduation is to remain the same. The current set-up is this: February 19 school is in session, we will schedule three E-Learning days in the next few weeks, and then May 18 will be a school day,” said Johnson.

Much of the information regarding snow make up days is uncertain, but administrators are sure to keep everyone informed as we near the end of the school year.

 

Story by Jace Ingle

Girls Basketball Regional Play to Begin Saturday Morning

On Saturday, February 10, the PHS girls basketball team will face off against Evansville Mater Dei in Regional play. This year, Paoli has the privilege of hosting the Regional, and the team is well prepped to make their Regional debut on their home floor.

The first game on Saturday between North Knox and South Ripley is scheduled to tip off at 10 a.m.  Paoli plays Evansville Mater Dei at 12 p.m. or 30 minutes after game one ends.  The winners of both games will compete at 8 p.m. on Saturday night.

Tickets for the event will cost either $7 for a single game, or $10 for the whole day. Fans are reminded that Paoli season passes or Rams Herd passes will not work for the tournament matchups.

The IHSAA promotes good sportsmanship, as always, at these events, and fans are strongly encouraged to come out and support our Lady Rams as they chase a Regional title.

 

Story by Dietrich Sears 

Clark Family Welcomes Maverick

The halls of PHS have recently been without math teacher Alicia Clark. With Clark on maternity leave, many students and staff members are missing their teacher and friend.

“I can’t wait until she comes back,” said senior Noah Weiss.

Clark ended up having to start her leave three weeks earlier than expected when her son, Maverick Anthony Clark, was born January 10, 2018 at 2:49 p.m.

Maverick was 5 pounds, 9 ounces and 20 inches long. This is Clark’s first child, and becoming a mom has changed her life tremendously.

The best part of being a mom so far is feeling like I have a new purpose. This little life depends fully on you to teach him everything, and it really makes you put things into perspective. Things you thought were important before aren’t even an afterthought now,” said Clark.

Even though she is enjoying her time off with her new son, she does miss her job and her students.

“I miss doing things for the students. I hated that I missed homecoming and our holiday ball. I’ve missed supporting the students and watching them outside of the classroom,” said Clark.

PHS students and staff are eagerly awaiting her return and more baby pictures to be posted.

 

Story by Kennedy Embry

PHS Porky Joes to be Served at Basketball Game

At tonight’s JV and Varsity game, PHS will be serving “PHS Porky Joes” made with pork raised by the Paoli FFA. Debbie Andry’s hospitality class, consisting of 6 students, will be preparing the sandwiches.

“The Orleans ball games have always drawn a large crowd, and we feel like this will be a great opportunity for the CTE classes to shine,” said Mrs. Andry.

The money raised from the PHS Porky Joes will be donated to the PHS Agriculture Building Fund. The fund is raising money to “#BuildThatBarn.” Agriculture teacher Cory Scott hopes to be able to raise $125,000 in total for the barn. Sandwiches will be sold throughout the game until the start of the third quarter of the Varsity game.

 

Story by Rebekah Reeves

 

McCrary Set in Offseason Success

Eighth grader Emma McCrary joined her first travel volleyball team this year. She plays for Union Volleyball on one of the regional 14u teams. Her transition from school volleyball to travel took time to adapt to.

“You don’t know the people you are playing with usually. The practices are harder and a lot longer,” said McCrary.

McCrary practices for three hours twice a week in New Albany at Southern Indiana Sports Center. Her team will be playing in a tournament in Gatlinburg, Tennessee and possibly a tournament in Orlando, Florida. McCrary has nine girls on her team from places all over Kentuckiana, such as Jeffersonville, Louisville and Charlestown.

During McCrary’s junior high volleyball career, she didn’t get the recognition she desired for all her hard work and dedication to the sport. However, she has worked even harder, and she hopes this travel team will help her improve for the start of her high school career next school year.

“I have improved drastically on my hitting. I can hit harder than I was ever able to before. I’m a way better communicator on the court, and I can tell I have bettered overall in volleyball,” said McCrary.

McCrary is starting middle hitter on her Union volleyball team. Her first tournament was January 21-22. Her team placed second out of the 20 teams in her division. There were 124 teams total at the tournament that weekend.

“I felt excited and nervous since it was my first travel volleyball tournament. The girls we played against had middle hitters a lot bigger and stronger than me, but I’m glad I didn’t back down. Overall I had a blast,” said McCrary.

McCrary hopes her future career in volleyball reflects all the progress she has made as an athlete.

“I’m excited to see how much I improve this year because of joining this team, and I can’t wait to see what it has in store for me,” said McCrary.

 

Story by Gracie Walls

Choir Members Proceed to State Competition

The Regional Solo and Ensemble for the Paoli High School choir was January 27 at Bloomington High School North. There were many schools present, which were all split into five Groups (V, IV, III, II, I), which range from least difficult to most difficult.

“If a student enters into Group I, they are judged more harshly on their technique than someone who enters at Group IV. The awards given are for Participation, Bronze, Silver and Gold. Everyone received a medal this year,” said choir teacher Lora Anderson.

Each participant performed one song. In Group III, Chandler Hinton and Cailah Nikkila both received a Gold rating for their performance. Stevan Butler received a Bronze rating in Group II. Kaylee White competed in Group II and received a Silver rating. In Group I, Travis Mefford, Tori Gwyn, and Ryleigh Anderson all received a Silver rating. Keegan Anderson and Atley Cook received a Gold rating in Group I, so they will be moving on to State.

“I was highly impressed with the talent brought to the table. Not only did they work for their scores, but they sang individually in front of men and women who are complete strangers to them. Solo and Ensemble is challenging because it focuses the singer on their voice, not just how their voice sounds in a choir. Choral-singing and Solo-singing are completely different animals. The same concepts are used, but there is no one to hide behind. You have to be confident. You have to know your part inside and out. You have to memorize and sustain and perform, it’s more than just standing and singing. I am proud of their accomplishments. The level of professionalism being shown by my students encourages me to continue to teach with the enthusiasm they deserve,” said Anderson.

Anderson and Cook will be performing in the State Solo and Ensemble at Perry Meridian High School on February 17.

“I’m nervous but so excited Keegan and I get to go on to State together, and I’m so thankful for Mrs. Anderson. She’s giving us these opportunities and taking time out of her day to help us rehearse or even just to give us a pep talk. All in all, it’s been a great experience, and I can’t wait for State,” said Cook.

 

Story by Gracie Walls

Threat Closes Doors for a Day; Johnson Reflects on Impact

On Thursday, January 25 around 8:00 p.m., Paoli Community School Corporation sent out a call that alerted parents and students of a 2 hour delay the next day due to a threat that was put on the school for Friday. Later, PCSC sent out another call alerting all parents and students of a cancellation for Friday. This chain of events left many Paoli citizens and students in confusion and dismay.

All Paoli knew was that there was a threat on the safety of the school, and school had been cancelled. Many questions were answered in an Indiana State Police report that was released in the days following the threat.

On the Indiana State Police website, the report reads, in part, “On Thursday, January 25, 2018 around 5 p.m., law enforcement was made aware of a post on a social media account that threatened to do harm to local schools….Later in the evening, a second post, appearing to be from the same site, was posted. The Paoli School Corporation was informed of the findings and later decided, for the safety of all involved, to cancel school…. The result of thorough investigative efforts, detectives developed probable cause to arrest three juveniles ages 16, 17 and 17 for their alleged roles in posting the threats. All three were taken into custody earlier this afternoon (January 29) in Paoli and were transported to a juvenile detention center.”

PHS administrators were made aware of the threat around 5 p.m. and immediately began investigating and taking the correct steps to ensure the safety of the students.

“We did everything according to what our guidance was from the police force. They were very involved on the onset and were critical in dealing with the different information that was coming. I feel like we made very solid decisions based on the information we had,” said Principal Chad Johnson.

The threat leaves us with many questions regarding the precedent this sets on future threats to the school and how we will handle each of them.

“We do have a procedure in mind that we all felt comfortable with. The last thing we want to do is if something happens like this is automatically dismiss school because it could potentially happen again. We do have plans set in place that we are willing to implement. The safety of our students is foremost,” said Johnson.

As far as the specific plans, they are much like the procedure the administration followed in the recent threat.

“Ideally, it was what we had done anyway, with the call out. Start with a two hour delay and a police presence, no bags, that type of situation, which is mirrored to a local school who went through somewhat similar events. They had some lead time to gather their information, so in talking with them, we gathered information and decided to make a plan for ourselves based on what they did,” said Johnson.

Rest assured that if a situation like the recent one presents itself again, the administration and law enforcement will be on top of it, just like the last time.

 

Story by Garrett Vincent

Satterfield’s Band Journey Ends on High Note

Many things in this world can bring joy to people. For senior Dayton Satterfield, it is music. Satterfield has been playing playing trumpet through PHS’s music program for seven years. Satterfield has participated in years of marching band, concert band, Junior All-State Band, All-State Orchestra and Honor Band.

“I have always had an interest in the musical arts and knew I would be dedicated enough to be a great player,” said Satterfield.

Along with the multiple music competitions he has played in, Satterfield has been to Solo and Ensemble for six years and has received a gold rating for his performance each year. Satterfield has also played in State Solo and Ensemble and has been successful in that competition as well.

Being in the Pride of Paoli has offered Satterfield once in a lifetime opportunities. This past November, the Pride of Paoli took a trip to Philadelphia and New York to march at the Dunkin’ Donuts Thanksgiving Day Parade and explore the area.

“My favorite band memory was being able to be given the chance to play in a city known to be very musical,” said Satterfield.

Throughout all his years of playing, Satterfield is most appreciative of assistant band director Ben Werne. Satterfield is thankful for all of the opportunities Werne has given him and how much he has helped him become a better musician.

Like most activities people partake in, they are bound to take something away from it, and for Satterfield, it is self discipline.

“The way Mr. Laughlin runs the band puts everyone in a situation where each person is responsible for their part in the band and shows you what makes you important to the band,” said Satterfield.

With everything else in life, all good things must come to an end. Satterfield’s favorite experience throughout his seven years of his music career was at marching band State Finals in seventh grade. At State, Satterfield suddenly realized how many people there are in the world who love music just as much as he does. However, Satterfield is going to miss competing and showing the public how hard POP works on their performances.

Satterfield plans to go to college for music performance and start to freelance trumpet play.

 

Story by Sara Kesterson

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