Speech Students Learn New Skills

From November 11 through 18, speech teacher Carol Fullington’s dual credit speech classes presented how-to demonstrations for their classmates. Each student taught a relevant art or skill that could be useful in the future.

The assignment allowed the students to practice giving thoughtful, understandable speeches when talking to a crowd. It also tested the students’ ability to answer any questions from the audience.

“It is a fun way to get students speaking and engaging with the audience,” said Fullington.

Story by Jozalyn Kempf

Knights of Pythias of Indiana Scholarships Open for Applications

The Knights of Pythias of Indiana is a scholarship program that is available for seniors in the state of Indiana. It offers a minimum of 12 scholarships of $1,000 each.

In order to apply for one of these scholarships, seniors must be attending a high school in Indiana or be a resident in Indiana, have a 3.0 GPA or higher, be registered in a college or university prior to distribution of funds, write a short typed essay about goals after college and postmark the application before January 25, 2020. 

All questions on the application must be answered and follow the order they are listed on the application. All other forms, such as transcripts or essays, must accompany the application at the time of submission. 

To access application blanks online, go to www.knightsofpythiasofnewcastle.com.

Story by Makiya Russelburg

Students Practice Childcare

Paoli High School offers students a number of different classes that give them a taste of the real world. One of those classes is child development.

The child development class allows students to see what it is like to take care of newborn babies. For example, at different times throughout the year students are given a simulated electronic baby that they have to take care of.

“The babies need care just like a real baby does. They cry, need fed, diapered, burped and rocked,” said child development teacher Danelle Manship.  

Manship can track everything electronically through the baby and see if the students are taking care of it properly. This includes showing if its neglected, not being fed or not being changed.

Manship has been teaching this class for the past 15 years and has seen her students grow from these types of experiences. Taking care of the babies has helped students learn and prepare for life in the future.

“Most students have had a positive experience, but there are always a few who come back and tell me they are never having kids,” said Manship. 

The students took their babies home for the first time on Friday, October 25 and cared for them through the weekend. There are 22 students in the class this semester and  each of them were graded on their overall experience with the babies.

“Mrs. Manship makes this class very enjoyable and I’m glad I took it,” said senior Addison Wells.

Story by Corinne Magner

Lilly Finalists Await Final Decision

Seniors at PHS have the opportunity to apply for and receive the Lilly Scholarship each year. The Lilly Scholarship covers tuition, required fees and provides a special allocation of up to $900 per year. This money is used for required books and equipment for four years of full-time undergraduate study leading to a bachelor’s degree at any accredited Indiana public or private nonprofit college or university. Seniors Lauren Rutherford, Aron Busick and EB Kerby are the scholarship finalists from Paoli. These students had to write a timed essay and had a formal interview with the Lilly panelists.

“At the moment, I still do not know where I want to attend next fall, and honestly, the Lilly Scholarship will not influence my decision of where I go. But getting the Lilly Scholarship would be such a great accomplishment because you are competing with the top kids from the entire county. To be selected as a finalist is such an award, but to actually be able to graduate college debt free would be such an amazing opportunity and relief,” said Kerby.

To be eligible for the Lilly Scholarship, students must be in the top 25 percent of their graduating class, score 1,000 or better on the SAT and be on track to obtain an academic honors diploma.

“I plan to attend Indiana State University if I were to get the Lilly Scholarship to major in exercise science to become an athletic trainer,” said Busick.

Each student who applied for the Lilly Scholarship went through an application process and the top students from Paoli High School, Orleans High School and Springs Valley High School were selected to move on to the next round.

“If I were to be awarded the Lilly Endowment Scholarship, I would plan to attend Rose-Hulman to study biochemistry. After obtaining my degree, I would seek employment at the Eli Lilly Company considering they focus around medicine development and that is what I plan to pursue a career in,” said Rutherford.

These finalists are currently waiting for the final decision on the Lilly recipient, which should be decided in the near future.

Story by Angie Ceja

Rams Unified Brings PHS Together

This year, PHS continued the club Rams Unified, which is a club that aims to bring students with and without disabilities together. 

This club was started by junior Maggie Vincent, with help from Guidance Counselor Rachel Robinson and resource teacher Ashley Stroud.

During homeroom on September 25, Rams Unified played games like kickball and dodgeball with the special education students. The club plans on starting a Polar Plunge to raise money for Special Olympics and continuing to play sports and games during homeroom meetings. Overall, the members want to make a positive impact on the kids in special education classes.

“We hope to have lots of fun with them and just bring a sense of equality among all students,” said Vincent.

For future ideas, Vincent is considering hosting movie nights and different games.

“This is just the beginning for Rams Unified, we hope to soon improve the activities to make them more common and also for many more members to join our club,” said Vincent.

Story by Hayley Taylor

Throop Elementary Awaits a New and Unique Addition

Jim Houghton, a designer from the Leather and Associates company out of New York, came to Throop Elementary on November 6 and 7 to design a unique playground for the students. Leather and Associates have designed playgrounds all over the country, including Mitchell and Salem’s community playgrounds.

Houghton visited the playground site and went on a tour of the community to see local and historical landmarks that may be incorporated into the playground. Not only did Houghton meet with the playground committee, but he brainstormed ideas with students from different grade levels to get their opinions. 

“On Thursday morning, he met with students at Throop in 15 minute ‘brainstorming’ sessions with each grade level. On Thursday afternoon, he took all of the information gathered from the committee and students and began to design our one-of-a-kind playground,” said Playground Committee member Holly Vincent. 

On November 7 at 6:30 p.m., Houghton and the Playground Committee hosted a presentation open to the public to show the plans for the new playground. The Elementary Choir students did a short presentation and sang two songs about the new playground as well.

“Jim revealed our playground and then there was a volunteer sign up and fundraising tables in the foyer. We also had fun activities in the auxiliary gym, along with refreshments,” said Vincent. 

Anyone is welcome to sign up to help build and fundraise for the playground once the design is ready.

“The playground will benefit our whole community. It is also a ‘community build,’ which means WE will build the playground,” said Vincent. 

The community, faculty and students are looking forward to seeing the new elementary playground and the fun that will surround it.

Story by Corinne Magner

FFA Officers Explore the National Convention

The Paoli FFA officer team had the opportunity to attend the National Convention this year. The group left Paoli High School at 4:30 a.m. on Thursday, October 31 and returned to the school Friday afternoon at 3 p.m. Along with FFA Advisers Cory Scott and Kyle Woolston, seniors Jalyn Engleking, Myranda Hickman, Tony Lowe and Murphy Laws; juniors Elizabeth Workman, Callie Laws, Dalton McManaway and Tara Robbins and freshmen Kenzie Gilliatt, Tucker Hooten, Serenity Sweet and Aliza Allen attended the trip.

When the team arrived on Thursday, they went to the opening session to listen to keynote speaker Bob Goff. Following the session, the group spent the rest of the day exploring the College and Career Fair and talking to representatives about future career options in agriculture. Later that night, the students attended the Brett Young concert. The next day, they revisited the College and Career Fair before heading home.

“I’ve been to the National Convention for the past 5 years and it makes me sad that this was my last ever national FFA convention. It has been a great experience that gave me the opportunity to learn a lot about the different opportunities in agriculture,” said Hickman.

Story by Elizabeth Workman


Staying Safe in Winter Weather

Winter weather can cause problems for everyone, especially with the conditions of roads. When deciding whether or not to delay or cancel school due to weather, the final say comes from Superintendent Greg Walker.

There are no specific requirements when deciding to delay or cancel school. I look at is it safe for buses to transport students and ask myself would I want my child riding a bus that day. To be thorough I get up at 4 a.m., consult with neighboring superintendents as what their conditions are. I also watch the weather to see what is going to happen in the next few hours,” said Walker. 

Along with communicating with other schools, Walker and Transportation and Athletic Director Darek Newkirk drive the roads and get updates from the County Highway Department to check  conditions. All of these precautions take place within two hours before the official announcement of whether school is cancelled, delayed or on-time at 6 a.m.

After a delay or cancellation is made, it takes about 30 minutes to get notifications out. Walker first calls, texts and emails everyone in the Remind system. He then notifies area radio stations and Louisville T.V. stations.

Two-hour delays help minimize the amount of make-up school days because those days are not made up. The extra two hours allows improved visibility and potentially less traffic on the road.  

If parents and/or students are not receiving any of the notifications about cancellations or delays, they could stay updated by radio or T.V or make sure their names are on the notification list.

Story by Amanda Bowles

Drama Club Performing November 22 and 23

This year, Paoli High School’s Drama Department will be performing Roger and Hammerstien’s The Sound of Music. The musical will be performed on November 21, 22 and 23 in the Ruth Uyesugi Auditorium. There are approximately 28 cast members, not including the chorus. This musical will feature the iconic songs “Do-Re-Mi” and “My Favorite Things.”

This musical is a classic tale about a Nun postulate, Maria, who becomes a governess for the Von Trapp household. She looks after seven children who have lost their mother. Their father, Captain Von Trapp, is a strict man who forces his children to live in a military fashion. However, Maria changes that. She returns music and happiness to the home. 

“This musical offers action, intrigue and an unlikely love story,” said Drama Director Maria Wishart.  

The two lead characters of this performance are Maria played by junior Libby Padgett and Captain Von Trapp played by freshman AJ Lopez. These two will be accompanied by the Von Trapp children, which include Liesl played by sophomore Amanda Bowles, Freidrich played by junior Christian Ruth, Louisa played by sophomore Kylee Charles, Kurt played by sophomore Christopher Frias, Brigitta played by sophomore Angie Ceja, Marta played by sophomore Annabell Bledsoe and Gretl played by freshman Rylie Belcher. 

Other characters include Elsa played by freshman Ryliegh Anderson, Max played by junior Chandler Hinton, Mother Abbess played by senior Megan Poe, Sister Berthe played by senior Vanesa Swartz, Sister Margaretta played by senior Micayla Chism, Sister Sophia played by junior Haley Owens, Frau Schmidt played by sophomore Haley Cox, Franz played by sophomore Luke Gibson and Rolf played by sophomore Michael Hannon. Along with the main cast there are other supporting roles, including backstage, tech, props and costume crews. 

“The Drama Club hopes that many members of the community will come and be a part of the audience to experience the magic of this musical,” says Wishart.

Story by Amanda Bowles

National Honor Society Fundraiser Underway

The National Honor Society and National Junior Honor Society are raising money for their annual trip from now until December 1, 2019. The group will be selling laundry detergent and other products, such as fabric softeners, dish soap, dryer sheets, men’s and women’s body wash and bath bombs.

Payments are due at the time of purchase, and checks should be written to Paoli High School. The National Honor Society and National Junior Honor Society members will contact buyers when the orders arrive.

Story by Kaden Lewellyn

Construction Trades Classes Receive Hands-On Experience

The construction trades program at PHS is a class that is designed to teach students the basics of residential construction. The program constructs a lot of different projects for the school and community.

Each year, the class builds a house as one of their projects. Last year, they built Guidance Counselor Brandi Kerley’s house, and they are currently working on this year’s home, the 13th one for the program. The students also worked on building small hunting cabins, which started in early September to have them completed before hunting season.

There are three construction trades classes and each of them contributed to building the cabins. However, the majority of the work was completed by the intro to construction and construction technology students. The project allows students to incorporate skills they will use in building a real house, as the cabins have a lot of the same components that a regular house would have. They are able to learn about various principles of construction, construction math and measuring, tool use and hands-on training during this project as well.

“I am always looking for projects that give the construction students practical, hands-on experience and training. I thought that these cabins would be good projects as they would allow for this experience and also be something that program could sell as a fundraiser,” said construction trades program teacher Jon Shellenberger.

When the students work on their various projects, money is usually charged for the materials used and labor by the students. The money collected from the projects goes to things like field trips, class parties and class t-shirts, but the money is not the only reward for students.

“Another good thing about projects such as these is that they offer the students a sense of pride and accomplishment in having built something beautiful and that people are lining up to purchase,” said Shellenberger.

The cabins have raised a lot of interest, and the classes plan to do this project again next fall. At this point in time, the class is focused primarily on building a house for Habitat for Humanity, but there are projects to come.

Story by Angie Ceja

Robertson Throws the Flag a Final Time

This year, Senior Maddie Robertson says goodbye to marching band and color guard. She has been a member since her freshman year, making this her fourth and final season.

“It’s like a habit to keep coming back. After doing it one year it just seemed weird if I didn’t do it again,” said Robertson.

She has also participated in three seasons of Winter Guard and plans to do it again this year.

“For the past years I’ve pushed myself to keep doing it, but this season my mom pushed me to do it since it is my last,” said Robertson.

Out of the two , she prefers color guard because she enjoys performing with the band and finds it less stressful. 

“Over all, color guard is more organized and Winter Guard gives me tons of stress because it can’t be organized properly because we are both in Tri-state and IHSCGA (Indiana High School Color Guard Association) competitions,” said Robertson.

Of the many shows that she has performed, A View From the Top from 2017 is her favorite. She enjoyed the music, the color guard’s choreography, and the props used during the show. At the state competition, the show received 3rd place behind Springs Valley and Forest Park. 

“The whole show turned out amazing. Even the Springs Valley families were surprised we didn’t win state,” said Robertson.

After high school, Robertson plans to go to college. Although she is currently undecided, she plans to apply to Indiana University Southeast, Ball State, and Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.

“The thing I’m going to miss most about high school is how close I am to home. Going to college means distance from home and I’m going to miss it more than anything,” said Robertson. 

Robertson doesn’t plan to pursue guard after high school, but she appreciates the impact it has had on her life.

“Being in guard has made me more outgoing in a way. I talk a lot more than when I started. It’s just easier,” Robertson said. 

Through her years of high school, Robertson has learned some valuable life lessons.

“Start focusing on stuff now rather than later. It’ll kick you in the butt later on if you don’t,” said Robertson.


Story by Jozalyn Kempf

PHS Archery Prepares for Another Season

To kick off their season, the PHS junior high and high school archery teams met for the first time on November 4 and 5.

Students were given information packets about what archery is and what is expected of their shooting performance. The packets also explained costs and provided an acknowledgement form that needs to be signed by a guardian and the student in order for the student to participate.

Any student from grades 4 through 12 can be included in archery, as there is an elementary, junior high and high school team. Students are not required to have prior shooting experience to join.

“I look forward to working with new and returning archers to reach their personal and team goals,” said archery coach Kyle Woolston.

Story by Elizabeth Workman

Introducing Mary Lechner: New Addition to PHS

This year, PHS welcomed College and Career Advisor Mary Lechner to help students with preparing for college.

In the spring of 2019, Lechner graduated from Indiana University-Bloomington with a bachelor’s degree in sociology and Spanish. At the time, a program had just started with the College Advising Corp. It is a national non-profit organization that sends recent college graduates to high schools to be college advisors. Lechner was accepted as Paoli High School’s new college and career advisor in October.

“In college, I volunteered a lot, like working in high schools. I just love the environment of high school and mentoring. This really is just the perfect fit,” said Lechner. 

Lechner wants to make every student feel prepared for their futures. She invites any student to come and meet with her.

“[The reason] I am really here is for the students. I am their advocate and just someone to talk to,” said Lechner. 

Students can find Lechner in the Guidance Office every Monday, Wednesday and every other Friday for the rest of the school year. Students can sign up to see her on the list posted in her office or by emailing her at lechnerm@paoli.k12.in.us.

Story by Jozalyn Kempf

Softball Conditioning Begins November 19

To be prepared for the spring season, high school softball will begin conditioning next week on Tuesday, November 19. It will take place in the weight room on Tuesdays and Thursdays until the first practice of the season on March 9.

We will start by doing a lifting program to help prepare for the grind of the season, as well as starting to build our swings and strengthen our arms,” said head softball coach Neil Dittmer. The workouts are not mandatory, but out of season athletes are encouraged to participate.

If you are interested in playing softball this season or need more information, contact Dittmer at dittmern@paoli.k12.in.us.

Story by Lili Seals

The Pride of Paoli Travels to Indianapolis for Bands of America Grand Nationals

On Friday, November 15, many members of the Pride of Paoli marching band will be taking a field trip to Indianapolis to watch the Bands Of America Grand Nationals Preliminaries. The band will have the opportunity to watch some of the best and biggest bands in the country.

“The trip is important because it allows our marching students to observe high quality performances and to understand where the marching arts are headed from a format and design standpoint. It is important in this activity to stay modern and current, while also retaining the traditions and identity of our program. Going to watch Grand Nationals give us a broad sampling of how other programs are approaching the current trends in the marching and performing arts,” said band director Cory Chapman.

After the competition, the band will be attending a leadership session with Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser, the Vice President of Education for Conn-Selmer, which is a musical instrument manufacturing company.

Those going on the trip will be leaving PHS around 7 a.m. and should arrive back to the school around 10 p.m.

Story by Angie Ceja

NHS Scholarship Open for Applications

High school seniors in National Honor Society (NHS) are now welcome to apply for the NHS Scholarship. An email was sent out by NHS Advisor Melissa Higgins with the website, but it can also be found at https://www.nhs.us/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/NHS_Scholarship_2019-20_Application_Student_Guide.pdf.

To apply, students first have to make an account and be verified by Higgins. Following verification, they must get a certificate from their advisor and two recommendation letters written by coaches, teachers or community members. All applications, certificates and recommendations need to be submitted by December 6.

For questions, contact Higgins at higginsm@paoli.k12.in.us.

Story by Michael Hannon


Schedule A Time For Senior Headshots Now

The PHS yearbook staff has started working on the 2019-2020 Hillcrest, and the first order of business is taking senior headshots. Senior photo editor Kyla Lee will be sending out emails to seniors, alphabetically by last name, to set a time to take them. Headshots can be taken before school, after school or during seventh period. 

Seniors can also email Lee to set up a date and time instead of waiting to receive an email.

“We prefer them to wear nice clothes, not t-shirts, sweatshirts or anything of that sort,” said Lee. 

The staff hopes to have all headshots taken by December.

To schedule, email leek@paoli.k12.in.us.

Story by Makiya Russelburg

Body Safety Program to be Held on November 19

On Tuesday, November 19, Terry Hall will be at PHS for the annual Body Safety Program. 

According to a Terry Hall promotional brochure, “The Body Safety program is not designed to instill fear into the children, but to empower them to protect themselves, boost their self-esteem, and to tell when there has been an incident of sexual abuse. We do not want children worrying about whom to watch out for, but to empower them to watch their own bodies.”

Junior high students will attend the convocation in the auditorium starting at 1 p.m., followed by the high school at 1:45 p.m.

Story by Michael Hannon

Winter Cheerleading Squad Members Chosen

On October 2, varsity cheer tryouts were held in the cafeteria for anyone interested in being a part of the basketball squad.

Each participant was expected to meet a cut score of 70 on the rubric for their tryout to be eligible to be a member. Thirteen girls were chosen, including four girls who have never cheered before. The new members include: seniors Myranda Hickman, Josey Bledsoe and Jalyn Engleking and junior Margaret Naumoff. Returning members of the squad are seniors Lauren Rutherford, Lexi Stroud, Avrey Richards and Isabelle Goff; juniors Lili Seals, Libby Padgett, Faith Wilder and Payton Ashley and freshman Micayala Groves. 

On Saturday, November 23, the squad will cheer at their first boys game against Clarksville at home.

Story by Lili Seals

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 mzehr@lrcc.k12.in.us.

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 wishartm@paoli.k12.in.us 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

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

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