• Musicians Plan Summer Trip to Europe

    On June 15, 2018, a major trip will be underway for some very talented students. Those students will be going on a trip for just over three weeks to different

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  • Spanish III Students Travel to IU for Annual Field Trip

    Each year, Spanish teacher Rachel Wyatt takes her Spanish 3 students to the IU Bloomington Campus for a field trip. This year, the students went on Thursday, April 12. While

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  • Winter Athletes Honored

    The winter sports season has concluded, and athletes are being honored with awards based on their performance. Athletes can receive the PLAC All Conference award if they performed well enough

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  • Peaks to Host 2018 Post Prom

    After prom, juniors and seniors all have the opportunity to go to post prom, even if they do not go to prom. Post prom will be held at the Paoli

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  • PACT Offers Prom help

    Any student in need of prom or morp attire can contact Jodi Henry with PACT. For inquiries or more information, email her at henryj@paoli.k12.in.us.

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  • 180 Students Prepare for Annual Speech Contest

    This year, the English department continues the tradition of putting on the Speech Contest. This year, the speech contest is Wednesday, April 11 from 8:15 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. This

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  • Pride of Paoli Band Orders New Uniforms

    This year, the Pride of Paoli decided it was again time for new uniforms. They are purchased roughly every ten to fifteen years, and the last purchase took place in

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  • Drama Club Plans Spring Mini Plays

    It is that time of year again when the drama department puts on their annual spring play, but the show will be a little bit different this year. Instead of

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  • Class of 2024 Takes First Steps

    A new school year is approaching quickly, and guidance counselor Brandi Kerley is preparing the upcoming seventh grade students for their fresh start in junior high. Sixth grade orientation will

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  • FCCLA Plans School-wide Blood Drive

    On April 25, there will be a blood drive from 8:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. in the lower gym. Any student who is 16 and older may take part in

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Musicians Plan Summer Trip to Europe

On June 15, 2018, a major trip will be underway for some very talented students. Those students will be going on a trip for just over three weeks to different countries throughout Europe.

This trip was founded by Dr. Joe Scagnoli in 1996 and occurs every two years. Two summers ago, the following students from PHS went on this trip: former PHS student McKinley Haley, former PHS student Caleb Baumgardner and senior Livia Sullivan. This year, a new group of students are about to prepare for this trip, junior Breanna Ward and sophomores Jacob Tapp and Rheanna Jones.

During the trip, the students will get to go to a variety of different places and experience things they never have before. They will first go to London, England for three days and Paris, France for three days. Then, they will travel to Crans-Montana, Switzerland and stay there for three days, where they will make a one day trip to The Matterhorn. Next will be a three day stay in Seefeld and Innsbruck, Austria with a one day trip to Venice, Italy. Finally, they will stay three days in Rotenburg, Germany.

“When we leave London, the Colorado Ambassadors land there.  When we leave Paris, Colorado moves to Paris and Wisconsin’s Ambassadors land in London etc. It kind of works like a factory line,” said band director Bill Laughlin.

In their free time, students will have a variety of different things they will be able to do. They can go on their own little adventures of the city, but they may also take guided tours of special parts. They can also try out new restaurants and get to enjoy the flavors that city has to offer.

“There’s going to be free time everyday for us to explore and eat lunch.  We also go on tours almost everyday of the city that we are in for that day,” said junior Breanna Ward.

With a trip like this, a lot goes into the selection of the students. For one, students must be mature enough to travel, able to play a solo at Solo and Ensemble and must have a good standing in their music program. The students also have to be recommended by their band director. Then, once the nominations reach the staff of IAM, Indiana Ambassadors of Music, a letter of congratulations is sent to those who have been nominated. In that letter, there is an invite to a local meeting that explains the trip and provides the paperwork necessary to go on the trip. Then, a deposit and monthly payments go towards paying for the trip.

In May 2018, students will attend a one day workshop at Ball State University, where they will receive and practice their music and take measurements for their performance shirts and jackets. Then, in June, students will return to Ball State to meet for three days to prepare their concert and pack instruments and equipment. They will then head out for London on June 18, 2018.

 

Story by Michael Hannon

Spanish III Students Travel to IU for Annual Field Trip

Each year, Spanish teacher Rachel Wyatt takes her Spanish 3 students to the IU Bloomington Campus for a field trip.

This year, the students went on Thursday, April 12. While at IU, the students got the opportunity to meet the supervisor of 100 and 200 level Spanish classes. They also got the chance to hear about other foreign languages offered at IU, which includes the study-abroad program. Along with hearing about classes, PHS students got to meet the IU Assistant Director of Admissions and tour the campus.

“As always, I am very proud of my students for their excellent behavior and attitude,” said Wyatt.  

 

Story by Avery Owens

Winter Athletes Honored

The winter sports season has concluded, and athletes are being honored with awards based on their performance. Athletes can receive the PLAC All Conference award if they performed well enough in conference games.

Winter athletes who received the PLAC All Conference award for boys basketball are freshman Brett Bosley and juniors Ashton Minton and Ty Lawson.

Athletes who received the PLAC All Conference award for girls basketball are juniors Bela Brewster, Keaton Chastain and Jacqlyn Rice.

Athletes who received the PLAC All Conference award for wrestling are freshman Brycen Long, sophomore Tanner Coe, juniors Zayne Bartholomew, Timothy Burton and Chad Warren, and senior Matt Webb.

Statewide awards are based on an athlete’s performance all season long. Senior Dietrich Sears was named to the IBCA Academic All-State Team for boys basketball. Senior Garrett Vincent was named to the IBCA Academic All-State Honorable Mention Team. Sears and senior Jacob Babcock were both named to the HBCA All-District Team for District 4.

Lastly, for boys basketball, Babcock was named HBCA East All-Star Team. For girls basketball, Rice was named to the IBCA Junior Small School All-State Team. Chastain was named to the IBCA Junior Small School All-State Honorable Mention Team. Rice was named IBCA/Subway Player of the Week District 3 for February 5-10.

Every award given to each athlete is well deserved and is obtained by a long season of hard work. We are proud of our Ram athletes and their impressive accomplishments from their winter season.

 

Story by Jace Ingle

Peaks to Host 2018 Post Prom

After prom, juniors and seniors all have the opportunity to go to post prom, even if they do not go to prom. Post prom will be held at the Paoli Peaks this year and will feature DJ Sam Carmickle, games and cash prizes.

Post prom will start at 11:30 p.m. and end at 2 a.m. Students who attend will be taken to the Peaks on buses. Permission slips to go can be found in history teachers Scott Gudorf and Chris Lindley’s rooms.

Post prom itself is free, and post prom t-shirts for any PHS junior or senior are also free. Any guest who is not a PHS junior or senior had to pay five dollars for their shirt and are also invited.

 

Story by Rebekah Reeves

A Day of Fun

A Day of Fun

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By Trinidi Turner

COOKING TEACHER DEBBIE ANDRY TOOK HER HOSPITALITY AND CULINARY ARTS 1 CLASSES TO WILLIAMS-SONOMA FOR A FUN FILLED DAY OF SHOPPING, EATING, AND LEARNING ABOUT COOKWARE! THE STUDENTS ATE AT THE FAMOUS CHEESECAKE FACTORY AND HAD TIME TO SHOP AFTER.

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180 Students Prepare for Annual Speech Contest

This year, the English department continues the tradition of putting on the Speech Contest. This year, the speech contest is Wednesday, April 11 from 8:15 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. This year, approximately 180 students will be participating. Judges come in and score all students on their speeches. These judges are chosen by one of the speech classes and are asked to give their time to help.

When it comes to placing participants, each student will be given a ribbon depending on their average score. Averages of 90 or better will receive a first place ribbon, 80-89 point average receives second, 70-79 points will get a third place and 60-69 will receive a fourth place ribbon. Anyone lower than any of these will receive a participation ribbon. The winner from each category receives a public speaking pennant and has the opportunity to perform at the awards ceremony. The Grand Champion will be given a trophy.

“Students often fuss about having to participate, but it is one of those activities we love to talk about. Public speaking is an essential skill in life which many students underestimate,” said speech teacher Carol Fullington.

Make sure to encourage PHS students participating in the speech contest this week.

 

Story by Avery Owens

Pride of Paoli Band Orders New Uniforms

This year, the Pride of Paoli decided it was again time for new uniforms. They are purchased roughly every ten to fifteen years, and the last purchase took place in 2005. These uniforms will be used for parades, marching competitions, concerts and community service programs. One hundred new uniforms were purchased, just enough for everyone in any given year.

This year’s uniform budget was $48,000, and the school board generously made a $10,000 contribution. The Band Booster program, which is a group of band parents and supporters, is paying the remaining $38,000. Patrick Butler, the Indiana Representative of Stanbury Uniforms, is the sales person for the Pride of Paoli.

“Something as important as a uniform that will represent the students, the school and the community for years to come cannot be left for students who will only be around for four years to decide. The band director usually chooses a uniform company to work with, then selects some people to be a part of the visual staff, which includes some of the ‘visually inclined’ parents and Band Booster members,” said band director Bill Laughlin.

The “visually inclined” parents come up with ideas of what the uniforms should look like. Afterwards, the uniform company has a professional designer who makes a computerized image. Corrections can be made at this point. Then, a sample uniform is made, and students can try it on and see how it fits. Final corrections are made, and the final product is presented to the parents at the Band Booster meeting.

The new uniform has a black and white striped optional undershirt with a purple sleeve covered with a black jacket. The jacket has wide shoulders and silver buttons down the front. Black gauntlets with silver buttons match the jacket and black pants. Overall, it is a very neat uniform that will be put to use for students in many years to come.

 

Story by Kaden Lewellyn

Drama Club Plans Spring Mini Plays

It is that time of year again when the drama department puts on their annual spring play, but the show will be a little bit different this year. Instead of a single play, two different short plays will be performed in the same night. This decision was made because the drama department wanted flexible casting.

“They also give multiple people moments to shine as you have different actors playing leads in different plays,” said Director Maria Wishart.

According to Wishart, having two separate short shows should make the production as a whole easier to put on because the scripts are simpler and easy to memorize. However, with every show, putting on two shorts will come with their challenges.

“One challenge with doing two different plays is everyone keeping straight who is doing what in which one, scene changes, etc.,” said Wishart.

The first short the drama department will be putting on is “Actor Games.” This production is a inspired by “The Hunger Games” and has characters representing different acting styles.

“We picked it because we all thought it was funny and that it will give the actors some room to really have fun with the characters,” said Wishart.

Because two shorts will be performed instead of one entire play, there are no legitimate starring or lead roles.

The second short is called “Door to Door,” and it is a series of short scenes about life decisions and moving on. Many scenes provoke self reflection in a light-hearted way.

The cast list for both “Actor Games” and “Door to Door” include seventh graders Gavin King, Caitlyn Taylor, Ellie Sims and A.J Lopez. Eighth graders include Michael Hannon, Adin Monroe, Angie Ceja, Kylee Charles, Nathaniel Gavid, Sam Chaplin and Haley Cox. Freshman are Libby Padgett, Christian Ruth and Aubri Cook. Sophomores include Elyssa Stroud, Jacelyn Kelly, Makayla Chism and Summer Ford. Juniors are Jillian Keen, Jacob Graves and Tyler Thornton.

Show dates are April 5, 6 and 7, all starting at 7 p.m. Tickets are priced at $3 for students and $4 for adults. Come out and support the drama department with their productions of “Door to Door“ and “Actor Games.”

 

Story by Sara Kesterson

Class of 2024 Takes First Steps

A new school year is approaching quickly, and guidance counselor Brandi Kerley is preparing the upcoming seventh grade students for their fresh start in junior high. Sixth grade orientation will begin the week of April 2, right after spring break.

“I hope the sixth graders have a good time learning about junior high, and I hope their visit relieves any fears or concerns they might have about transitioning to seventh grade. I want them to feel more comfortable and confident after attending orientation. I also hope our seventh grade leaders enjoy being in a mentor role for the sixth grade students,” said Kerley.

Kerley plans on running orientation the same way she always has, having the current seventh grade students show the sixth graders around, eat lunch with them in the high school cafeteria, introduce them to their new teachers and continue to update any new rules, policies or classes.

“I always look forward to sixth grade orientation! It’s fun to work with students on the next step of their education,” said Kerley.

 

Story by Gracie Walls

FCCLA Plans School-wide Blood Drive

On April 25, there will be a blood drive from 8:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. in the lower gym. Any student who is 16 and older may take part in the drive, but if you are 16 or 17, you must have a permission slip filled out by a parent or guardian. You must sign up by April 24 to donate. The Family Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) will be helping with the blood drive. During the course of the school year, there are two blood drives, one held in the fall and one in the spring. Students and staff have the option to donate if they would like to.

“Every two seconds, someone needs blood. The students [and staff] would be helping save lives,” said FACS teacher Danelle Manship. Some of the current staff members such as band director Bill Laughlin, biology teacher Laurie Jo Andry and athletic director Darek Newkirk donate blood during the blood drive.

“The blood drive is a really great way to give back to the community and people all around the world,” said sophomore Addison Wells.

 

Story by Kinley Block 

This post was updated 4/9/18

Rice Secures Spot on Indiana Small School All State Team

Junior Jacqlyn Rice is very excited to say she is a part of the basketball All State team. This is an award for basketball players based on their stats and performance. Rice averaged almost fifteen points per game for her team this year. She is one of fifteen girls in the state to be on the Indiana Small School All State team. She made it a goal at the beginning of the season to be on the All State team.

She was beyond excited to hear the news.  

“I was sitting with a group of friends when I got the news, through a text, that I made it, and I was so excited. Everyone else was confused, but it was a great feeling to know that all of my hard work throughout the season had paid off. My teammates were also excited for me,” said Rice. “At the beginning of the season, I told my family that it was one of my goals. They were all very supportive, and now I did it! I am very excited.”

It took lots of hard work and dedication for her to get this far, and she plans on continuing her hard work and playing in college.

“I have been playing basketball since I was old enough to hold a ball. The first time I played a game was in second grade, and after that, I knew that I was in love with the sport. I plan on playing in college, hopefully a small school, but I will clearly go wherever my best offer is,” said Rice.

Rice plays basketball year-round. After school season ends, she starts travel basketball. Rice believes that travel ball is where she benefits the most.

“I prefer travel ball because of the competition. It is a much faster pace and has a higher intensity. That is where I get most of my exposure. From playing travel ball, many college coaches have watched me. Thinking about my future is what keeps me going during both travel and school season. I like to set goals and work hard until I achieve them,” said Rice.

Basketball has had a huge impact on her life, and Rice has so much respect for the people who have helped make her better over the years.

“Basketball had influenced my life in every way possible. It motivates me, keeps me out of trouble, keeps me focused and helps me create goals. Being a part of the All State team has really made me feel accomplished, and it is such an exciting thing!” said Rice.

 

Story by Kaden Lewellyn

Court Of Appeals in Session Friday

On Friday March 16, the Indiana Court of Appeals will be visiting PHS. It is all part of a program called “Appeals on Wheels” whose goal is to enlighten students of Indiana on the legal process and how trials work.

The case involved is Todd A. Dillon v. State of Indiana. The case involves a traffic stop of a man where meth was found in his vehicle. The event will take place during sixth and seventh period on Friday.

I think having the lesson come alive for the students is so much better than me presenting it. This allows them to be a direct participant in the lesson,” said Government Teacher Scott Gudorf.

Story by Garrett Vincent

Seven Represent Paoli in All-State Band

On March 9, seven PHS students participated in the All-State Band trip at Purdue University. Senior Dayton Satterfield and sophomore Koby Durbin played trumpets, junior Breanna Ward and sophomore Rheanna Jones played the clarinet, senior Livia Sullivan played the alto saxophone and sophomores Alicia Neale and Krista Tedrow played the the bass clarinets.
The seven students left Friday, March 9 and began their rehearsals when they arrived. This year, the conductor was Colonel Michael Colburn, who conducted at the Presidential Inauguration in Washington, D.C. Over 900 students in Indiana auditioned in November, so the students who came back were the students selected for the All-State Band.

“Congratulations to all seven of our students this year! This kind of honor does not happen by accident– people do the work and put in the commitment,” said band director Bill Laughlin.

 

Story by Kinley Block

Senior Garrett Vincent wins Mr. PHS

On March 13, 15 senior boys joined together in the Ruth Usugi Auditorium for their chance to become the next Mr. PHS. Each candidate was sponsored by a school club, sport or organization.
The contenders included Keegan Anderson, Jacob Babcock, Chaz Becht, Steven Butler, Dawson Easterday, Parker Gehl, Hunter Hamilton, Jared Herd, Damon Ingle, Travis Mefford, Hunter Rohl, Dayton Satterfield, Dietrich Sears, Garrett Vincent and Noah Weiss.
Each competitor had a senior girl coordinator to help with the big night. These coordinators included Alyssa Wilson, Ali Kerby, Harli Wilder, Sierra Rodewig, Anna Hutcheson, Lindsay Morasch, Devan Smith, Jorja Davis, Rachel Lowe, Livia Sullivan, Bailey Bush, Marixa Oceguera, Callie Baker, Allie Lowe and Kennedy Embry.
The night featured categories including an onstage question, a fitness challenge, talent and formal wear. After all bills and cash prizes were paid, around $2,400 was made to help fund the PHS prom.
Jacob Babcock took home the win for People’s Choice Award.
“My favorite part was watching my buddies step out of their comfort zone and do some funny stuff,” said Babcock
Garrett Vincent walked away with the win, becoming the 2018 Mr. PHS.
“Mr. PHS was a very fun event that raised a lot of money for a good cause. I was really surprised I won because we had so many awesome guys taking part in it,” said Vincent.

 

Story by Maggie Vincent

Construction Trades Class Impacts Community

PHS gives students many great learning opportunities outside of academics. There are many classes and activities that include many hands-on learning experiences. The construction trades class, taught by Jon Shellenberger, has recently given students a chance to learn about construction while also impacting the lives of others.

“There are many good jobs available in the construction field, and through participating in the construction trades program, the students are presented with many opportunities to open doors to a successful, enjoyable and profitable career,” said Shellenberger.

The biggest project the construction class is working on right now is the construction of the Habitat for Humanity house in Paoli. The house is located behind the Dillman-Scott Funeral Home on Thorton Street. This year, Shellenberger, along with 25 students, will be working at the site.

Habitat for Humanity helps provide homes for families who do not have a home. While the students help build the home, they learn the skills needed for any field in construction as well as basic skills they could use in everyday life, while also providing someone with a home. This project is a great learning opportunity and allows the students to benefit the community.

“Even if you’re not interested in construction, taking construction trades is good to take just for basic knowledge on how to do things around the house,” said senior Pete Penn.

Along with helping students develop construction skills, Shellenberger is leading students in the right direction after high school and helping them get good jobs.

Right now, the construction trades program is one of the best and strongest programs at PHS for building and construction.

This project overall is very important and meaningful to Shellenberger and the students taking part.

“I hope that they experience the value of supporting organizations like Habitat for Humanity and continue participating in community service opportunities,” said Shellenberger.

 

Story by Avery Owens

8th Grade PACT

8th grade pact

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By Karyas Slaten

Every Friday the eighth grade girls health classes and boys gym classes meet in the pact room during their period. This class is teaching them knowledge about things like drug use, alcohol use, and unhealthy relationships. The class will usually fill out pages in their workbook, play a game that relates to the lesson, and listen to class discussions.

El Compadre to Host Benefit Night for Barn Project

On March 12 at the Paoli El Compadre, there will be a benefit held in honor of former school board member Bill McDonald.

“Misty Hardwick is organizing the event on behalf of El Compadre,” said McDonald’s sister, Susan Umpleby.

From 3 p.m to 9 p.m., the restaurant will be donating 20% of their profit to the PHS agriculture department to go toward building the barn in McDonald’s memory.

“We are very honored that El Compadre has chosen to donate their facility, time and resources to hosting this event in Bill’s memory. We’ve been overwhelmed by all of the support shown by the public to causes that Bill was involved in, and we hope to continue his legacy of serving and giving. We thank El Compadre for joining us in that effort,” said Umpleby.

Stop in at El Compadre on March 12 and send a part of your bill to a good cause in honor of someone who was very influential in our community and in our lives.

 

Story by Kennedy Embry

Media Students Headed to Statehouse in Indianapolis for First Amendment Event

On Wednesday, March 7, the media department will be heading to the Indianapolis Statehouse for the First Amendment Symposium. The convention is held with the intention to teach about the First Amendment.

Marisa Kwiatowski, an investigative reporter at the Indianapolis Star who helped to uncover the US Gymnastics Larry Nassar scandal, will be a keynote speaker at the event. Members of the IHSPA, or Indiana High School Press Association, student board will be speaking on the five parts of the First Amendment.

Senior Noah Weiss, PHS’s yearbook editor, will be speaking as a member of the student board on truth and where his truth lies as a journalist.  

 

Story by Rebekah Reeves

Junior Emma Osborn Looking Forward to Tennis Season

Junior Emma Osborn has been playing tennis for more than half of her life. Osborn started in kindergarten through camps and instantly fell in love with the sport.

“It seemed cool, and at the time, I wanted to try all sports. I first joined because I had figured out my love for tennis and wanted to share something with my sisters,” said Osborn.

Osborn became a member of the tennis team during third grade as the manager. During her freshman year, Osborn joined varsity playing third singles. In both years that she has played, Osborn won MVP.

Although she loves all of it, Osborn’s favorite part of playing tennis is the adrenaline rush that comes with it.

“During the point, you feel a rush, as if everything is happening so quickly. After the point is over and the time the serve comes, it is like time slows down, and all there is in the world is you and the ball,” said Osborn.

Her favorite memory stems from when she played Providence in a four hour match her sophomore year. Osborn said that the match was very challenging, but it taught her multiple life lessons.

The only thing Osborn wishes was different about tennis is that there were classes.

“In Regional, I could be playing a 3A school, while in other sports you would be playing schools in the same class or division. This may be my least favorite thing, but this encourages me to work harder in order to be even with the higher schools,” said Osborn.

For her junior season, Osborn hopes to beat Jasper, the girls’ tennis rivalry school, and to be first singles.

Osborn said that without her coaches, she would not be where she is today.

“Coach T and Coach Wells continuously push me to be better and have taught me that I will never win without having the mentality of a winner,” said Osborn.  

 

Story by Rebekah Reeves

4-H Life Grants Umpleby Opportunities and Awards

Often times, when students begin an activity they started back in elementary school, they do not stick with it. However, this is certainly not the case for junior Rachel Umpleby. Umpleby has been a proud member of the Orange County 4-H organization for almost ten years. Since being introduced to mini 4-H in first grade and joining regular 4-H in third grade, Umpleby has completed a wide variety of projects throughout her years.

“I attended 4-H camp twice in elementary school, and I participated in pig wrestling for four years. Projects I have taken include sheep, pigs, horses, a cat, electricity, photography, home environment, floriculture, model rockets and various arts and crafts projects,” said Umpleby.

Umpleby now only takes her favorite projects, horses and floriculture. Not only has she completed numerous projects in her years, Umpleby has succeeded tremendously and received many rewards for her outstanding work on projects.

“I have won Outstanding 4-Her, the Brownfield Network Showmanship Award and REMC Electricity Project awards. I have also won awards for champion and grand champion in the various projects I have taken,” said Umpleby.

When 4-Hers turn in projects for judging, ratings such as first, second and third place are given out. Furthermore, if projects are completed well enough, grand champions and reserved champions are also given out. However, only certain projects are selected to be judged past the county level, at the state level. Umpleby has had a project selected for state competition every year she has been in 4-H. This impressive feat was accomplished with a variety of different projects throughout the years.

“At the State Fair, I showed my horse one year, but every other project was non animal. I’ve had electricity, floriculture, photography, home environment and model rockets go to the State Fair. I’ve gotten blue ribbons on each non animal project and usually special merit as well. I placed second in reining at State Fair with my horse,” said Umpleby.

Umpleby believes 4-H is a fun way to learn how to do new things and gain new skills. Finishing out her ten years as a 4-Her will add more to Umpleby’s list of impressive 4-H accomplishments. Aside from the fun it brings Umpleby, there are some other advantages 4-H gives regarding her future education.

“4-H is sponsored by Purdue, and I am interested in going there for college. Scholarships or other advantages may be available if I attend Purdue because of my involvement in 4-H,” said Umpleby.

4-H has taught Umpleby many lessons over the years and will benefit her in many ways in the future. By participating in 4-H, she has learned that hard work pays off, and trying new things can be beneficial.

“4-H has given me the opportunity to explore new things and try projects I wouldn’t have otherwise. It has also given me the opportunity to meet new friends, and we have had a lot of fun at the fairgrounds preparing and showing animals. It’s rewarding to see all my hard work and preparing paying off,” said Umpleby.

 

Story by Jace Ingle

 

 

Ag Olympics

Ag Olympics

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By Katie May

On Friday, February 23rd, Mrs. Tuell’s seventh grade classes participate in the Ag Olympics. Every year the FFA students put on a day for seventh graders to learn and become familiar with FFA. During this time students also play in competing games. This year’s games consisted of skiing, sack race, pie eating, pig notching, and roping.

Youth Council Creates a Culture of Giving

Throughout our lives, we are urged to do good in the world. Some of our own PHS students are involved in the Orange County Youth Council to participate in their own works of philanthropy.
Youth Council includes teens in grades eight through twelve from all over Orange County who want to make a difference. Paoli has numerous students involved, including eighth graders Noah Chaplin, Laykin Busick and Caleb Jones, sophomores Addison Wells, Avery Owens, Grayson McGowen, Madison Cunningham, Jalyn Engleking and Noah McSpadden and juniors Isaiah Jones and Maggie McGowen.
“I joined OCYC because I enjoy helping people. I knew Youth Council was a good opportunity to get out and do some community service,” said Owens.
OCYC performs all kinds of projects to benefit our community and the citizens within it. Some projects include giving donations, helping out local schools and volunteering with community projects. Once a month, OCYC meets for a meeting in which they donate to a different charity or company each time.
“I enjoy the project we do for the Humane Society because that’s what I’m most passionate about,” said Wells.
OCYC is open for all students to join as eighth graders.
“We encourage students to apply because it is a great opportunity, and you learn a lot from it. It’s not overly time consuming. Youth Council has a great group of students involved,” said Owens.

 

Story by Maggie Vincent

 

Baseball Conditioning Underway

With spring right around the corner, the PHS baseball team is getting a head start on their season with some offseason workouts. Current workouts are on Mondays and Wednesdays right after school until 4:45 p.m. in the main gym for any high school student interested in playing this spring.

For the junior high ball players, offseason workouts have also begun with the high school students at the same time and place. These workouts are in no way mandatory, only optional. Official practice will begin on March 12 right after school for the high school baseball players.

The baseball team will kick off their season on April 2 at home against the Scottsburg Warriors.

 

Story by Garrett Vincent

NJHS President Owens Leads Group in Service to Community

National Honor Society and National Junior Honor Society are two organizations in our school that are completely devoted to service for our community. Members of these organizations spend their time in our community with their helping hands performing service.

Freshman Haley Owens takes the meaning of service above and beyond. Last year, Owens completed 18 service opportunities when only required to complete three. The great amount of dedication led her to receive a $500 scholarship from the national office.

“This is a special honor because it is a national scholarship chosen by the national office.  I nominated Haley because of how much time she devotes to volunteering,” said National Honor Society sponsor Jaye Brewster.

Owens was first inducted into National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) her eighth grade year. This year, Owens hopes to reach 60 or more service opportunities.

“It will take a lot of dedication, but I will get it done,” said Owens.

This year, Owens is representing NJHS as president.  She was elected by her fellow NJHS members.

“She is selfless and always willing to extend her help to NHS, but more importantly to the school and community,” said Brewster.

 

Story by Maggie Vincent

Spaghetti Dinner to Benefit Choir

The PHS choirs have begun another fundraiser. From now through March 15, reservations will be available for a spaghetti dinner and music showcase in the Ruth Uyesugi Auditorium. These reservations can be made through choir teacher Lora Anderson or any choir student.

Adult tickets are $7, and student tickets are $3. The money needs to be collected the same week the reservations are made.

Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. on March 15, and dinner will be served. At 6:30 p.m., everyone can transfer to the auditorium and get ready for the music showcase taking place at 7 p.m.  

Those who can’t make it to dinner are still welcome to come to the concert at 7 p.m, and anyone can make donations to the choir department in the buckets outside of the auditorium on March 15.

 

Story by Kennedy Embry

Laughlin Honored As Distinguished Hoosier

Bill Laughlin, Pride of Paoli’s band director, received one of the “highest tributes given out by the State of Indiana to its citizens,” the Distinguished Hoosier Award. This award is given to Hoosiers who have brought honor and respect to Indiana through their singularity and achievements. State Representatives may nominate people from their districts who they feel have met these standards. A selection committee approves the choices, and the Governor will sign the proclamation. This is a way of honoring people who have contributed greatly to our state.

Laughlin received this award February 9 during the Paoli high school boys basketball game against Orleans.

Luke Aylsworth, band director of Springs Valley, was the genesis of this project.

Laughlin had no idea what was in store for him that night. His band was playing their music and getting ready for the Star Spangled Banner when Jerry Stroud began reading the proclamation. Laughlin still had no idea until Stroud mentioned his name.

“What a fantastic surprise! Several people already knew about it, including a few band boosters, as they arranged to get Mrs. Laughlin to the game so that she could see the presentation. That was a terrific surprise as well! Gayle had not been to a ball game in 6 or 7 years,” said Laughlin.

Laughlin felt humbled and honored to receive the Distinguished Hoosier Award.  

“Humbled in that I simply try to be the best music teacher possible on a daily basis, which can be difficult on some days, and do my thing.  Honored in that so many people think highly of me to recommend that kind of recognition.  Recognition from our peers is the best thing, as it comes from those who know us best and see our work often,” said Laughlin.

Laughlin was very touched by the fact the Band Boosters assisted in making sure his wife was present and kept it a great secret.

“Mrs. Laughlin and I were the band directors here for 20 years until she retired. Band is something that we joined up in the junior high years and are still involved in today,” said Laughlin.

While Aylsworth helped with setting all of this up, band parents and students had their fair share of plotting and scheming as well.

“Mr. Laughlin has had a huge impact on so many kids in our area, not just Paoli band kids,   Orleans and Springs Valley band kids as well. Either through private lessons or words of encouragement, he has helped many. He has guided many student teachers into the early days of their profession and offered assistance to many young directors around the state. He realizes we are here to make the world around us better, and he strives to do that daily. There is no question, for anyone who really knows him, he has made life better for many of the people he has come in contact with. The life lessons you learn under Bill’s guidance last a lifetime,” said band parent Jamey Sullivan.

Laughlin is humble about receiving the award.

“I would like everyone to know that I never think of myself as anyone special. There are other band directors out there who have greater musical skills, greater marching skills, greater organizational skills, and greater motivation skills.  What I do have is a great love of teaching, a great love of music, and a deep sense of gratitude that God has allowed me to do both for a career! It’s not about me, but about the opportunities I have to succeed. I succeed by making others better,” said Laughlin.

 

Story by Gracie Walls

Senior Seth Hackney Values Life on Farm

Many students at PHS have many unique lifestyles. Some students’ lives revolve around sports and athletics or music and the arts. However, for senior Seth Hackney, farming is his life.

Hackney has been around farming for as long as he can remember and has always had the farm life to count on.

“The farm has been a part of my life since I was young. It’s just been something that has always had a presence in my life, something that’s always been there,” said Hackney.

Hackney’s farm consists of many things, including 30 cattle, a couple of semis, a few combines and around 5000 acres of land that is either rented or owned. With this large amount of land comes a large amount of responsibility.

Hackney realizes this, and with the help of his father, Hackney completes specific jobs in all kinds of areas on the farm. However, he also has some tasks he has to complete on his own.

“From the point I was the right age to actually do any kind of work, the only work worth mentioning I’ve done was take care of my dad’s herd of cattle. That includes checking them and feeding them daily, seeing which cows are close to calving and giving assistance to any cows in labor,” said Hackney.

Hackney also keeps up with any vaccinations the cattle might need and restores the fencing when needed to prevent any livestock from escaping. Experiences on the farm can vary, and Hackney enjoys almost all of them. However, he has his favorite parts about living on a farm.

“One of the things I enjoy about farming is taking care of livestock, especially considering it’s all I’ve done for the most part. Getting the chance to watch tiny calves, that you sometimes help deliver, grow up and go through the stages of life, is a really unique experience,” said Hackney.

The life on a farm has shaped who Hackney has become as a person. He devotes his work ethic, mindset and attitude all to his experiences on the farm. Hackney expresses that agriculture is a great field to go into after high school and that he might even go into the ag field himself.

“I consider agriculture and farming a noble and respectable profession, even though it may not peak any kind of interest out of me, and I’d highly recommend it to anybody that may have an interest,” said Hackney.

 

Story by Jace Ingle

 

Senior Noah Weiss Believes in the Possibilities

A yearbook is one of those projects that takes an entire year to create, and everyone has to have a copy. People keep their high school yearbooks long after they have finished playing sports or performing in plays, and being the person in charge of that book is a great honor.

After being in media teacher Heather Nichols’ classes since the eighth grade, senior Noah Weiss earned the position of editor-in-chief of the 2018 Hillcrest yearbook.

Starting off as a designer, Weiss has been striving to earn the editor-in-chief position to create the book of his dreams.

“It’s such a big achievement for me. It’s what I’ve always wanted,” said Weiss.

Having such a big responsibility of being the “EIC,” Weiss has worked out his schedule to be in a media class five times a day.

“I have to work all day every day, so having her five class periods is a big help. It makes it easier to make sure everything is done on time,” said Weiss.

Weiss has everything on track right now and is confident in the book he is putting together.

“We haven’t missed a deadline yet, which is rare in the world of yearbook, so I’m very proud of my staff. Our theme is ‘Believe in the Possibilities,’ and it is coming together beautifully,” said Weiss.

He has a staff full of photographers, designers and writers who help pull everything together to create a book which will go to contest next year.

“After getting our finished product, we send the book off to contest and then go to events where we often win awards,” said Weiss.

As more deadlines approach, the book continues to flourish, and all members of the staff are remembering to believe in the possibilities.

After high school, Weiss hopes to use his experience working on the yearbook to attend IUPUI and earn a degree in a graphic design or marketing-related field.

“This experience has been eye-opening, and I am so excited to see where a design career could take me. Doing this job has been both challenging and fun, and I will always cherish this book,” said Weiss.

 

Story by Kennedy Embry

 

Senior Katie May Optimistic About Future in Photography

Many people have passions, and for senior Katie May, it is photography. May takes pictures for her high school photography class, and she also likes to take pictures out of school.

She photographs sports, head shots, nature and other things that catch the eye. May is interested in photography because she can express her and other people’s personalities through photos.

“I love making people feel confident with themselves in my photos,” said May.

This year, May serves as the media staff’s senior headshot photographer, which means she is in charge of getting the entire class of 2018 to sit for their photo for the yearbook.

Being able to plan for that many photos and accomplish it was no small feat, as she was able to photograph everyone by winter break.

However, taking a headshot for the yearbook is more than “point and shoot.” There are challenges she faced while taking a few of the photos.

“Taking pictures of people who wear glasses is difficult. The lighting reflects off of the glasses, which creates a glare. The most rewarding thing about headshots seeing how well and professional the pictures look,” said May.

Along the way, May has learned some valuable lessons about working with people.

“Some people aren’t very cooperative and don’t care how they look in pictures,” said May.

In addition to growing this year as a photographer, May has also learned new skills in PhotoShop and Lightroom, two post production programs that are challenging to learn.

“I have been very impressed with Katie’s willingness to sit down and the computer and learn these programs at a new level. There is only so much I can teach her, and she has really taken it upon herself to get better and making her photos really beautiful in the edits,” said yearbook advisor Heather Nichols. “She reached out to Tammy Noble, who was also able to work with her, and that has been a big help.”

May plans to have photography as a side career or hobby in the near future.

“I would love being a hairstylist while becoming a professional photographer,” said May.

 

Story by Noah Chaplin

 

eLearning Make Up Days Underway

When school cancellations occur, it is most common to add the days to the end of the year, but Paoli will be making up missed days with eLearning days. eLearning days will be used to make up at least three missed days of school, using Saturdays as a school day while not physically being at school.

Students will receive work from all their teachers a week prior to the due date, giving them time to complete their assignments. Due to the eLearning days, the cancelled school days will no longer be added to the end of the year.  

“eLearning Days are a way for schools to have some flexibility in making up time due to days out due to weather. Last year, we got a lot of great feedback and suggestions that we have implemented into our planning of this year’s days. So far this year, we have six days to make up, and it is nice to be able to make them up on snow make-up days like Martin Luther King Day and President’s Day, plus eLearning Days, rather than add them to the end of the year,” said high school  eCoach Heather Nichols.

At Paoli, students have a window where they can complete their eLearning assignments. With the first day underway, future dates have already been decided.

The next elearning day is March 17, with the window from March 16 to March 23. The third day will be April 7, with the window from April 4 to April 11.

A fourth day has already been planned on April 14, pending approval from the Department of Education. If this day is used, the window will be from April 13 to April 20.

 

Story by Maggie Vincent

Top Spellers to Compete Sunday

The Orange County Publishing Company’s fourth annual Spelling Bee will be held on Sunday, February 25 at 2 p.m. in the Ruth Farlow Uyesugi Auditorium. There will be 24 students from fourth grade through eighth grade representing Paoli against students from Orleans and Springs Valley. The junior high students representing our school are seventh graders Caitlyn Taylor and Cora Austin and eighth graders Arshdeep Singh and Karyas Slaten.

The face-off to see who the county’s top speller is will be an exciting event to watch.

“Several students have been studying very hard to earn a spot in this bee. They strive to move on to the national level at D.C.,” said Spell Bowl team supervisor Loretta Brown.

The top speller of the county will be moving on to compete nationally at Washington D.C. as one of 300 other spellers at the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Admission is free, so come out and cheer on our Paoli spellers as they compete to advance to our nation’s capital.

 

Story by Jace Ingle 

Seventh Grade to Compete in Ag Olympics

On February 23, the agriculture department will be hosting the Ag Olympics. The games will take place in the ag shop. Seventh grade students will play various games during social studies teacher Amy Tuell’s class. The games are ski man, pie eating, lasso, ear notching and feed sack races.

The ag students will also talk to the students about ag and what they offer in hopes of recruiting them when they get to high school. The FFA Officer Team as a whole believes the Ag Olympics are a great way to get young people involved and make them aware of FFA.

 

Story by Haley Owens

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