• 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

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  • New King Crowned

    New King Crowned (Click link above to see photo essay) By Addison Wells

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  • Pi Day

    Pi Day (Click link above to see photo essay) By Olivia VanMeter

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  • 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

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  • Paoli Students Participate in Walk Out

    On March 14, 2018, millions of students around the country walked out of their classes at 10 a.m. to protest gun violence and remember the lives of the seventeen killed

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  • 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,

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  • Rams Fall In First Round of Sectionals

    Rams Fall In First Round of Sectionals (Click link above to see photo essay) By Katie May On February 28, the varsity Paoli Rams faced Henryville Hornets at home. In

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    Pi Day Rap

    Students in Mrs. Bosley’s math class made a rap about Pi for Pi Day. Check out the video below!  

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  • 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,

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  • Music Monday

    As of 8:23 a.m. no one has emailed in the correct answer for Music Monday. Here’s the video, email paolimedia@paoli.k12.in.us for your chance to win!  

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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


Hamilton’s Artistic Lessons Stretch Beyond Pen and Ink

Many students at PHS enjoy engaging themselves in the fine arts. Walking down our hallways, one can see display cases filled with beautiful student artwork. One PHS senior, Hunter Hamilton, has added numerous works of art to these displays. Over four years, Hamilton has discovered new talents and a passion that will continue to the future.

Hamilton started his career in art as a freshman and has learned many new techniques and styles along his journey. Hamilton is currently enrolled in Mr. Jones’ AP art class and is creating works to send off to earn college credit.

Along with the new art styles and works Hamilton has studied, he has also built a strong and beneficial relationship with his instructor.

Art class has taught me a lot of things, some not relating to art at all. Mr. Jones has shaped my art abilities through the years to be able to create interesting pieces while teaching me valuable life lessons along the way,” said Hamilton.

Many people fail to understand the practice and patience it takes to excel in art, but it is something Hamilton has been working on for some time.

Hamilton spends his time in art class doing a variety of work from painting to shading, but he does have specific areas he enjoys more than others.

My favorite thing to do in art is being able to form an image in my head and having the ability to put it to paper,” said Hamilton.

Hamilton has done head figures for special occasions and events at PHS. Looking into the future, Hamilton is determining whether or not to continue making artwork.

“After high school, my art career will most likely fade due to college classes and no longer having art deadlines to meet, but I want to continue to create pieces on my own when I have free time,” said Hamilton.

Whether Hamilton’s art interests continue on through his life or not, he has gained skills and talents that will aid him in no matter what he chooses to do. Looking back on his four years of art, Hamilton is glad for the experiences he had and now passes his advice onto the future art students of PHS.

“Becoming a great artist takes practice and working with a variety of subjects and mediums. Try not to get frustrated and keep working to make the image in your mind a reality,” said Hamilton.


Story by Dietrich Sears

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 

Leone’s Love for Art Continues

Art has been a hobby for junior Emily Leone for most of her life, and she has been actively involved in the art program at PHS for five years now. Leone is now currently in the studio art pre-AP class. Leone fell in love with art when she was young, thanks to her grandmother, who was one of Leone’s main influences for starting art.

“Most of my time with my grandmother was spent drawing or doing something artistic. A few times during the summer while I was younger, my grandmother would take me to a painting class that she regularly went to,” said Leone.

Like everyone else, Leone was put into art class in elementary school, but she went on to continue making art in junior high. Not only that, but Leone would do art outside of school growing up, but now it is harder to do because of her busy life.

Every artist has their strengths and weaknesses, and Leone is no different. Leone has a passion for drawing inanimate objects, but tries to avoid drawing human figures. Leone believes that it does not matter what it is that a person draws, but how it can benefit them in the future.

“When it comes to art, I think pushing yourself to draw different kinds of things is pretty helpful in the long run. I used to hate drawing human figures, I still kind of do, but the more that I draw them, the more comfortable I am doing it.  I will always love drawing ‘non-living’ things that you find everyday–barns, trucks, tools–but pushing myself to draw things I don’t particularly like pushes me as an artist,” said Leone.

Leone’s speciality when it comes to mediums used to make her art is watercolor. She believes it is the easiest to use, and it is the most versatile. Pencil would be her least favorite medium just because it has been done many times before, and she is burnt out on it. However, it is something that she can always go back to, so that is a plus.

As for her future, Leone is undecided on what career she wants to pursue, but she would not take art completely out of the picture. Leone feels that art is something she can always fall back onto.

“I think it would be cool to at least minor in art throughout college, considering that it has been apart of my life for so long. I do know that I will always keep art as a hobby in the future,” said Leone.


Story by Sara Kesterson

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

Gofourth TV’s ‘Go to Girl’

Every morning at 8:20, students and staff turn their attention to their classroom televisions for the daily reporting from PHS News Today. Much more work and effort occurs behind the scenes than what viewers may realize. Senior Dorothy Gofourth has been working diligently for the last six years to better the school’s news program. She is the “go-to girl” for PHS News Today, and the show would not go on without her.

“I come in around 7:40 and make sure everything is working. Whether it stays that way for long enough to do the show or not is seemingly random. I’ve fixed problems while we were on-air, found ways around expensive equipment and reorganized the cords. It’s very fun,” said Gofourth.

Gofourth’s interest with computers and technology developed early in her life. She found herself intrigued ever since she stepped foot in Martha Nice’s classroom for the Elm Street Production Company (ESPC) in the second grade.

“​I’ve been interested in the technology for a long time. In elementary, I was in ESPC, and we did some things with technology, like Media Fair. When I first stepped into the studio, I was like a kid in a candy store. There were so many cool looking gadgets, and I wanted to figure out how they all worked. I was very timid at first and terrified to do anything that’d be live, but then I got more comfortable. I think the only job in the studio I haven’t done is anchor, and that’ll never happen,” said Gofourth.

How one comes to their level of ability or skill with technology is not always the same. Some have a natural born talent, while others have to work toward success. For Gofourth and her audio and visual gifts, it was a mixture of both.

“I think being in Advanced Speech and Communications has given me an inside look into what goes on behind the scenes. I’ve learned a lot about the technology by tinkering with things. I wasn’t exactly taught; it was pretty much immersion learning. In the future, I want to be either a producer or editor of some sort of broadcast. My time in the studio has definitely given me a good stepping stone for that,” said Gofourth.

After graduation from PHS in the spring of 2018, Gofourth looks forward to furthering her education in the digital communications field.

“I will be attending Indiana State University. I plan to major in Communications with a focus in media studies and minor in creative writing. On campus, I hope to participate in several groups. There are a handful of political groups I want to look into as well as their broadcasting group. One semester they do radio and one semester they do TV. I hope to join that group,” said Gofourth.

Using what she has learned through others’ teachings and her own experiments, Gofourth is set down a path for success in the audio and visual world.


Story by Hunter Hamilton

Doors Open for Atley’s Voice

We all might love to sing in the car or put on a performance in the shower, but for junior Atley Cook, singing has been a love and a passion ever since she was a little girl. Cook has always taken singing and progressing her voice very seriously, and she has gotten many wonderful opportunities because of her abilities.

Cook knew she wanted to have singing be a huge part in her life when summer school show director Larry Hollan gave her a solo in Oklahoma. She sang “I Can’t Say No.”

“It was my first big solo, and from that point, I knew that’s what I wanted to do,” said Cook.

Cook has been in school choir for eight years, but Cook has not sung at many competitions. She has been in a few talent shows and has won gold at Solo and Ensemble, but Cook can always lean back on the choir program at PHS.

With the help of plays and choir concerts in her earlier years, Cook’s passion for singing grew by watching her brother, Jacob Cook, sing. Cook sees her brother as an inspiration, and ever since she was little, she enjoyed watching him perform in concerts. He always pushed Cook to do better.

Earlier this year, when the drama club put on The Lion King, Cook opened the show with a solo in “The Circle of Life,” which goes down as her all-time favorite solo.

Cook’s talents have even gotten her noticed by the American Musical and Dramatic Academy, a performing arts college located in Los Angeles, California and New York City.

“Last summer, I got a call from AMDA saying they had gotten an email about me from someone and wanted to hear me sing. I sent them a video, and they asked me to put in an audition tape for their summer program there,” said Cook.

Cook did submit an audition tape and was accepted into the summer program. This July, Cook will attend AMDA for two weeks for vocal training and to work on expanding her theater skills. At the end of the two weeks, all of the people accepted into the program will put on show.

Cook is planning on continuing to sing in her future. In the past, she has felt conflicted with continuing a singing career because she is aware that there will be others better than her, but she wants to give it a try and see where it takes her.

“I love music. It’s a big part of my life, and I want to at least try because performing is what makes me happy,” said Cook.


Story by Sara Kesterson

Hall Local Cubing Expert

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Story by Jace Ingle

Sophomore Avery Owens Reflects on Youth Council

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Story by Kaden Lewellyn


Sophomore Cunningham Excited for Semi-State Play

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cunningham had simple advice for any athlete.

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


Story by Kaden Lewellyn 

Paoli Students Participate in Walk Out

On March 14, 2018, millions of students around the country walked out of their classes at 10 a.m. to protest gun violence and remember the lives of the seventeen killed in Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school just one month ago. PHS happened to be one of those schools with approximately 53 students participating in the walkout.

Students stood outside for seventeen minutes, one minute for each life lost in the shooting. Protesters shared concerns about gun violence and ended the protest with standing in a circle holding hands in silence to pay respect to victims of the MSD shooting.

“I went to pay my respects to the people from Parkland, but also because I believe we need change. So many people are dying because getting access to guns is so easy. People want to say we were divided but I’ve never felt more united with kids at our school until today,” said junior Atley Cook.

Story by Sara Kesterson

Photos by Noah Weiss

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