• Winter Athletes Recognized

    As the winter sports season has came to a close, athletes reflect on their memorable seasons, and for some, their careers. For PHS winter athletes this season, many awards were

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  • For the Love of Pi

    Click here to experience some of PHS’s Pi Day Celebration! Photo Story by Audrie Hardin

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  • Meredith Named 2019 Mr. PHS

    Click here to see pictures from the Mr. PHS event! Photo Story by Maddie DeCarlo

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  • Eight Graders Combining Musical Talents

    Many bands that we know today started off as a small town “garage” band with a dream to become a hit in the music industry. Four musicians from PHS decided

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  • Newsela Stories Accessible for PHS Students

    Being up to date on today’s news is now a little easier for students. Newsela is a program which creates digital articles for students to read, and these articles cover

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  • Agriculture Students Visit Indiana Statehouse

    On Thursday, March 14, five students from the agriculture department traveled to the Indiana Statehouse in Indianapolis. Sophomore Elizabeth Workman, sophomore Tara Robbins, freshman Baylee Crane, freshman Jon Garcia and

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  • Junior High Rams Match-up with Lions and Stars

    Click here to have a look into a Junior High wrestling meet against Bedford and Salem! Photo Story by Micayla Groves

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  • Avery Owens Serves Through Youth Council

    Junior Avery Owens has a love for helping in any way she can and has the greatest opportunity to do so through the Orange County Youth Council, created by the

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  • Former Band Director Honored

    On March 10, former PHS band director Bill Laughlin received a new award to add to his collection. After working in music education for 35 years, Laughlin has been selected

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  • Jr. High Wrestlers Finish Out Strong

    Click here to have a look into the last Jr. High wrestling meet! Photo Story by Marty Higgins

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Winter Athletes Recognized

As the winter sports season has came to a close, athletes reflect on their memorable seasons, and for some, their careers. For PHS winter athletes this season, many awards were given to the most deserving players. The boys basketball team had three athletes receive the title of All-Conference for their impressive play throughout PLAC games. These players include senior Ty Lawson, senior Ashton Minton and sophomore Brett Bosley. The girls basketball team possesses two players who received All-Conference for their stellar play in PLAC matchups as well. These athletes are seniors Keaton Chastain and Jacqlyn Rice. For wrestling, senior Timmy Burton was named IHSWCA Academic All-State Honorable Mention.

Though football season is long over, top-notch honors are still being awarded. Lawson was named to the IFCA All-Region 10 Team. He will represent Paoli and play in the IFCA North vs. South game this summer. Former football head coach Jeremy Lowery and assistance coach Neil Dittmer will get to coach Lawson and the South All-Stars. The North vs. South game will be played at North Central High School on Friday, July 12 at 7 p.m.

Congratulations to all of our winter athletes on their impressive seasons as they claim these well deserved awards.

 

Story by Jace Ingle

Eight Graders Combining Musical Talents

Many bands that we know today started off as a small town “garage” band with a dream to become a hit in the music industry. Four musicians from PHS decided they wanted to do the same. Eighth graders Adin Monroe, Keenan Hays, Gavin King and Marty Higgins combined their skills and talent to form their own band, Stoked.

They unexpectedly formed the band about a year ago in health class. The name Stoked was simply created because it “sounded cool” to them. The band was originally only Monroe, Hays and King, but then Higgins joined in later, who has now been a member of the band for three months. They mostly play alternative rock and like to compare themselves to other bands like Weezer, Cage The Elephant and Green Day.

“Most bands we look up to, like Cage The Elephant, started off small like us. Through lots of practice and hard work, we hope to gain popularity and success as they did,” said Monroe.

The group doesn’t have an official rehearsal schedule, but they practice when they can, which is usually the weekends. Monroe plays the drum set, King is the lead singer and plays rhythm guitar, Hays plays lead guitar and Higgins recently learned how to play bass guitar. They have performed one gig so far and are planning on more.

The band has three original songs that are still in the making, but they mostly play cover songs. One of the their original songs is called “ Under The Stars,” and each member of the band wrote their own part, but Monroe wrote the lyrics of the song. Some cover songs they play include “Song Two” by Blur, “You’re Gonna Go Far Kid” by the Offspring and “Warning” by Green Day. The members of the band hope to be remembered for their creativity, ability to have fun during a performance, and their original songs.

“I have always wanted to be known for something and leave a mark on the world so people would recognize I did something, and I think music is the way to do that,” said Hays.

The group has many things they plan to improve on during their practices. One thing they all agree that needs to be improved is communicating better and practicing regularly, which will help them sound better and function smoothly. Another thing they want to improve is practicing on their own and being able to play well by themselves, which will hopefully lead to playing well together.

“Practice is key. First, we need to get better at playing cover songs, and then we can create good originals,” said Monroe.

Although the band needs to make a few improvements, they also do a lot of things well. They are able to cooperate with each other, which is very important when it comes to being in a band. They also have no trouble giving each other feedback so they can be their absolute best. The members get along well and can adapt to each other when playing.

“One thing we do well is having fun when we play. We can jump around and still sound good. I also find that we can start learning and playing a new song fairly fast,” said King.

The group is hoping to play at the Dogwood Festival and Paoli Fest this year. They’re all very confident in the band and plan for a long, successful road ahead of them.

“I think the future of the band looks promising. We need to stick together as friends and as a band. If we keep having fun and enjoying playing music together, good things will come to the band,” said Higgins.

You can follow them on Instagram @stoked_the_band for previews of their work.

 

Story by Angie Ceja

Newsela Stories Accessible for PHS Students

Being up to date on today’s news is now a little easier for students. Newsela is a program which creates digital articles for students to read, and these articles cover all of today’s trending news and more. What teachers find most exciting about this program is that these articles can be written for different reading levels.

“We need to get students reading. These are short, interesting, current, relevant articles that will complement what students are learning in class and hopefully encourage them to read on their own,” said English teacher Maria Wishart.

Newsela contains articles on any topic imaginable. Information about math, science, health, culture, government, sports, music, economy, food and more can be found on Newsela. There are even articles talking about books which might be assigned to read in school as well as authentic historical documents set at lower reading levels. A quiz about the content within the article comes after it has been read. If a student is reading recreationally, they have the choice to skip the quiz and move on to something else.

Superintendent Greg Walker helped make Newsela accessible. Newsela is currently a pilot program to see how students and teachers like it. Teachers can use it to assign stories for their students to read that relate to what they are learning in class at that time. When it comes to the reading level, the teacher or the students can choose the difficulty.

“Teachers can access data about student progress that helps them gauge how a class is doing, how individual students are doing and can help individualize learning,” said Wishart.

PHS has a subscription to Newsela, which means any student can create an account and read whatever and whenever they want. To explore Newsela, go to https://newsela.com/join to start reading.

 

Story by Sara Kesterson

Agriculture Students Visit Indiana Statehouse

On Thursday, March 14, five students from the agriculture department traveled to the Indiana Statehouse in Indianapolis. Sophomore Elizabeth Workman, sophomore Tara Robbins, freshman Baylee Crane, freshman Jon Garcia and eighth grader Kenzie Gilliatt went to visit with  state legislators to discuss Indiana agriculture and rural communities.

The purpose of this event was to help younger FFA members gain experience with leadership and confidence, and to talk to Congress about what we would like to be done. During our visit, we met with Congresswoman Erin Houchin to discuss our ideas,” said Crane.

Part of the conversation included getting better internet connection in rural areas. This was to help the state legislators have a better understanding of internet issues some students have when doing homework or completing e-Learning days.

“The trip to the Statehouse really helped me with my confidence in talking in front of people. I have a better perspective on how our government is being worked, and it helped me get closer with my fellow FFA members. Being in FFA has really changed my life in a very positive way. I wouldn’t be the person I am today without it,” said Crane.

 

Story by Kaden Lewellyn 

Avery Owens Serves Through Youth Council

Junior Avery Owens has a love for helping in any way she can and has the greatest opportunity to do so through the Orange County Youth Council, created by the Orange County Community Foundation.

“I enjoy helping people and being involved in the community, so I knew this would be a good opportunity to be involved in many things locally,” said Owens.

Owens got involved with Youth Council her eighth grade year, after she applied during one of PHS’s annual club fairs. After a short interview, she was accepted.

“My favorite thing about Youth Council is knowing I am doing good things within our community. I also love getting to meet new people,” said Owens.

The Orange County Youth Council is comprised of all three county schools, Orleans, Paoli and Springs Valley. Members meet once a month to discuss upcoming events and ways they can help the community. During these meetings, a monthly donation is also collected.

“We help former Judge Blanton hold banquets for the varsity basketball teams in Orange County, donate to many local businesses such as the Humane Society, ring bells for the Salvation Army and many other things,” said Owens.

On top of service in the community, Youth Council members are also expected to explain Youth Council to seventh graders to encourage them to join their eighth grade year and talk to the fourth grade students at Throop Elementary about what philanthropy is and what it means to them.

“I absolutely love teaching fourth graders because I like getting the opportunity to get in front of young people and teach them about all the good they can do in our community, even at a young age,” said Owens.

Every holiday season, the Youth Council gets together and ring bells outside of Walmart. While there, they sing Christmas carols.

“My favorite things we do with the Youth Council are ringing bells for the Salvation Army and teaching fourth graders,” said Owens.

For Owens, Youth Council means a place she can help our community.

“Being in the Orange County Youth Council is very fulfilling and makes my heart full,” said Owens.

 

Story by Rebekah Reeves

Former Band Director Honored

On March 10, former PHS band director Bill Laughlin received a new award to add to his collection. After working in music education for 35 years, Laughlin has been selected to be a part of the Indiana Bandmasters Hall of Fame through the Phi Beta Mu fraternity.

I had no idea I was even on the radar for this kind of award, for most guys receive it after several years of retirement. I was really blown away by not only the consideration, but the actual award vote as well,” said Laughlin.

Phi Beta Mu, the International Bandmasters Fraternity, was first started in 1939 by Colonel Earl D. Irons at the Rice Hotel in Houston, Texas with only six members. Since then, the fraternity has grown considerably, with 34 chapters in the United States, three chapters in Canada and one chapter in Brazil.

“Phi Beta Mu is a non-political, non-profit fraternity organized to promote fellowship among its members, to encourage the building of better bands and the development of better musicians in schools throughout the world, to foster a deeper appreciation for quality wind literature, and to encourage widespread interest in band performance,” said Phi Beta Mu’s mission statement.

Laughlin has been a part of the Paoli band for over 30 years now and has made a big impact on the band program and our community as a whole. As head band director, Laughlin led the band to 15 State Championships and numerous State appearances. Laughlin has also traveled around the world with the band, visiting places such as New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Orlando, Italy and many European countries.

In 2001, Laughlin was nominated by three members of the fraternity to be a part of the group. After he was investigated for a year by members, his invitation into the group was voted on by members of the fraternity. He was then inducted into the fraternity and has since served as a member, and he has even served as the Gamma Chapter’s President a few different times. In 2004, he and two other people were nominated for the “Outstanding Band Director of the Year” award, and Laughlin ended up being the person who received it. For the “Hall of Fame” award, the fraternity nominates two or three retired band directors and then the group votes on which person they believe deserves the award.

I am both humbled and honored to know that my very successful colleagues think of me in such a way as to recognize my teaching career as a positive and successful one,” said Laughlin.

 

Story by Michael Hannon

Class of 2019 Very Twinny

Seniors Devon and Johnathon Foughty-Killion are one of the three sets of twins in the senior class. Being a twin comes with a lot of confusion and stereotypes, but there is always comfort in knowing someone is there when other people may not be.

“I always have a friend with me, but I also always have an enemy,” said Devon.

The Foughty-Killions are both known at PHS for being funny.

“[The best thing] is that we can confuse people,” said Johnathon.

The brothers agree that there are ups and downs of being twins, especially when they know each other better than anyone else.

“Everyone has their own limits and knows what pushes them to the edge. Imagine having someone who knows your limits and pushes you constantly,” said Devon.

Like the Foughty-Killions, seniors Addie and Gracie Wolfe, another set of twins, recognize the pros and cons of being twins.

“[Having a twin] has affected my life in a good way. I have an automatic best friend and someone who is always there for me,” said Gracie.

Addie and Gracie have been together since the first day and would not change that for the world. To them, having a twin means having a best friend, and they both cherish the memories they share.

“My most important memories include us being with each other no matter where we go or what we do, from working together, kindergarten and sixth grade graduation– everything,” said Addie.

Being together all the time inevitably means arguing, but the two sisters say their fights are not anything special.

“Addie’s the oldest twin by 17 minutes, but that hardly comes up in an argument,” said Gracie. “We never agree on where to eat, and we always fight over clothes.”   

The third set of twins, seniors Julia and Julieta Calzada, like the Wolfes, think having a twin is great.

“[The best thing about being a twin] is having a best friend,” said Julieta. “She’s the coolest person I know.”

The Calzadas share everything, from hobbies to life plans.

“We have similar interests, but it doesn’t complicate anything,” said Julia.

After high school, all twins plan on going to college together and going into similar occupations.

The sets of twins are pictured as small children.

Story by Kinley Block

English Students to Travel to IUS for Play

This Friday, March 15, English teacher Maria Wishart will be taking her eleventh grade English class on a field trip. Because they have been learning a lot about Shakespeare, they will be going to Indiana University Southeast to see their theatre department’s production of Shakespeare’s comedy, As You Like It.

“People often think that in a Shakespearean play, everyone ends up dead. He didn’t just write tragedies. He wrote history plays and very, very funny comedies. It is nice to experience live theater, and even better when it is Shakespeare,” said Wishart.

Wishart has always enjoyed Shakespeare and believes the students should see his plays any chance they can get. There will be about thirty students going on the trip.

Wishart’s overall goal of the trip is to allow her students to have the chance to see Shakespeare and have the students see the book they have read come to life.

“His plays are wonderful reading, but they are meant to be watched. They are much more accessible that way too. Everyone can understand it enough to enjoy it,” said Wishart.

This field trip is highly anticipated by all who will be attending.

“The students are thrilled, and I am too,” said Wishart.

 

Story by Corinne Magner 

Knight Prepares for the Future Through JAG

Senior Kimana Knight took a trip to Washington, D.C. in November as a part of her Jobs for America’s Graduates, or JAG, class. There were several JAG students across America who attended, and Knight represented Paoli. The purpose of this trip was to meet new people and learn new skills for her future, including communication skills and employability skills.

Knight was eligible to go on this trip because she had previously won a CDC grant and was very involved in JAG events. On the trip, the representatives of the JAG programs split up into groups and had the opportunity to look at memorials and visit Arlington Cemetery.

“I liked learning new things and getting to meet new people,” said Knight.

Knight learned skills to help her all throughout her life.

“JAG is an amazing class and can create hard working, successful people. Coach Lowery and the JAG program have given me some great opportunities for bettering my future,” said Knight.

 

Story by Haley Owens

Band Students Recognized at IMEA Conference

On January 17, eleven PHS students, ten band members and one choir member traveled to Fort Wayne, Indiana for the Indiana Music Education Association conference. These students were a part of a few different events throughout the weekend. Students in the IMEA High School Honor Band were junior Hunter Roach, junior Noah McSpadden and senior Maggie McGowen. Students in the IMEA Junior All-State Honor band were seventh grader Braydon Crowder, eighth grader Brody Wilcox and freshmen Marissa Fleenor, Kylee Charles, Angie Ceja and Michael Hannon. Additionally, senior Breanna Ward was a part of the IMEA All-State Orchestra, and junior Megan Poe was a part of the IMEA All-State Honor Choir.

“[My favorite part was] getting the opportunity to travel and see things I wouldn’t normally have seen, and I also got to be a part of a band that is a lot bigger than ours,” said Charles.

To be selected for this honor, students had to send in recordings of the audition music to the IMEA judges, who then selected students according to their ability to play the excerpts.

During the weekend, these students participated in many rehearsals with other students from all over the state. During their breaks, students could visit many different booths set up at the convention center. There were many types of booths, from people with new instruments to colleges wanting to recruit students into their music majors.

“I met a lot of really fun people and even made a group chat with some of the people I met,” said Roach.

On Sunday, January 19, each of these honor groups got to perform the pieces of music they had been preparing. They were supposed to perform at the Embassy Theater in Fort Wayne, but due to weather conditions, some honor groups had to perform in different locations.

“This year’s All-State Orchestra was probably one of the best groups I’ve ever played with. The conductor was amazing, and he taught us some valuable life lessons as well as how to dig deeper to play our music the best we could,” said Ward.

 

Story by Michael Hannon

School Board Meeting to be Held Tonight

Tonight the Paoli Community School Board will meet in executive session at 6 p.m. with the regular session will start after the first session, at approximately 6:45 p.m. in the boardroom.

The meeting will begin with a presentation by ITE teacher Jason Goodman to present on coding classes and the supermileage team.

In addition, sophomore Alyssa Warren will be presenting the possibility of starting a Christian fellowship organization at Paoli.

“I look to have the meetings during homeroom on Wednesday mornings and encourage this as a midweek boost and encouraging time for students at PHS. I would like to propose a place or group for my peers that gives them a feeling of home. Walking around the halls as a student, I see many faces that look defeated and hurt, so if I could bring a smile or feeling of being loved to at least one student, then the purpose of my proposed organization has been fulfilled,” said Warren.

Also presenting at the meeting with be Technology Coordinator Alan Rutherford who will be presenting current technology concerns in the corporation.

Follow the presentations, the School Board will be signing a letter for former band director Bill Laughlin for his induction into the Gamma Chapter, Phi Beta Mu “Hall of Fame.”

“I wanted to share these kind words about Mr. Laughlin. He has been chosen as the 2018 inductee to the Gamma Chapter, Phi Beta Mu ‘Hall of Fame.’ The award was presented at Purdue University on March 10, 2019 at the Indiana Bandmasters All-State Band Concert. Great job and congratulations to Mr. Laughlin,” said Principal Chad Johnson.

The Board will consider continuing the current partnership with PACT and a discussion will be held on how to continue funding the program.

The School Board plans to vote to set the date for the 2019 graduation ceremony for May 18.

After that, the Board will discuss topics regarding summer school. This year for summer school, courses offered will be the same as last year and must have an average of 15 students enrolled. The Board also hopes to provide lunch for summer students this year.

The meeting will end with Superintendent Greg Walker giving his report, followed by a discussion.

 

Story by Faith Wilder

Mr. PHS Candidates to Compete March 12

At 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 12 in the Ruth Uyesugi Auditorium, sixteen senior boys will be competing for the 2019 Mr. PHS title. Each person who wishes to attend the show must pay three dollars for admission. Buckets with pictures of the contestants will be set out for People’s Choice Award. The contestant who has the bucket with the most money will win. Donations can be made during the intermission of the show.

The night begins with the welcoming speech by PHS Principal Chad Johnson and the introduction of the judges. There are four events for each of the boys to participate in to impress both the judges and the audience. The competition begins with a formal introduction of the boys, asking them questions to get to know each of the candidates. This will be followed by a fitness challenge that leads to the intermission of the contest. After the break, the contestants will show off a talent they have and afterwards dress to impress. Awards will be given out to the winner of Mr. PHS, first runner up and the People’s Choice.

“I am looking forward to having a good time with my friends and a great night,” said senior Paoli Media candidate Nick Douthitt.

 

Story by Kinley Block

All-State Band to Perform Sunday

On Friday, March 8, members of the All-State Band will perform at Purdue University.

The band includes senior Breanna Ward, junior Koby Durbin, junior Aaron Royer, junior Noah McSpadden, junior Rheanna Jones, junior Hunter Roach and freshman Michael Hannon.

They will leave during fifth period. Then, they will check in at the university and practice for several hours. Around 10 p.m., the group will leave the campus and spend the night at Hilton Garden Inn.

Saturday is also dedicated to rehearsal. On Sunday, members will rehearse one more time, take a group photo and perform at 2:30 p.m in the Elliot Hall of Music.

I am confident my students will perform well because they have prepared the music ahead of time, and they are all talented musicians who know how to perform under pressure,” said band director Ben Werne.

For more information, visit indianabandmasters.org or email Werne at werneb@paoli.k12.in.us.

 

Story by Jozalyn Kempf

Rams Sports: The 1000 Club

Scoring 1000 points on the basketball court is an accomplishment few high school players achieve. Linked below is the full list of athletes who earned more than 1000 points for the Paoli Rams and the Lady Rams basketball teams.
The players are listed in order of the total points earned in their high school careers.

>> Click HERE to see the full list of athletes who have joined the 1000 Club. <<

Created by Jace Ingle, Lauren Umpleby, Carley Higgins, and Abby Tapp.

Throwback Feature: Embry Continues Passions from High School

Less than a year ago, in May of 2018, Kennedy Embry graduated from Paoli High School. Being new out of PHS, Embry’s memories are still fresh in her mind, including her fondest one, senior prom.

“It was one of the last things all the seniors got to do together, and it was special,” said Embry.

Embry’s time spent as a media student was a close second, though. She found success in both her journalism and English classes, having more than one period of each subject her senior year. These were her favorite classes to attend as well.

“I was very active in the media department and excelled in English classes,” said Embry.

In media especially, Embry’s writing helped her find opportunities and take advantage of them. Her work over the years as a writer for the website, newspaper and yearbook earned her the position of Chief Writing Editor her senior year. With this title, Embry was in charge of not only her responsibilities, but other students and their responsbilities.

“I made sure everyone got their things done,” said Embry.

She had authority over and the responsibility of organizing, editing and placing stories efficiently in the Hillcrest yearbook and Paolite newspaper. However, writing was what Embry did most; a lot of the stories have her name attached to them.

The media adviser Heather Nichols played a massive role in the shaping of Embry as a person and as a writer. Nichols was her biggest influence and Embry’s favorite teacher overall.

“She was the best teacher I ever had and taught me to always go after my dreams,” said Embry.

Just like any other teenager, Embry spent her free time with her peers. She enjoyed her friends’ company in high school and spent a lot of time with them. Embry was also supporting the Paoli Rams at football and basketball games every chance she got.

“I went out with friends often and usually attended sports games,” said Embry.

Several events have taken place in Embry’s life since she took home her Core 40. She attended Indiana University Southeast as a freshman.

Embry also moved to New Albany, forming new relationships with new people in the city. In addition to those friendships, Embry also managed to stay in touch with those she was close with in high school.

“I started college, met important people and reconnected with old friends,” said Embry.

Now, she is setting her sights on the future. Embry is brainstorming what it is that she wants out of life and what boxes she would like to check off in the career department down the road.

“[I’m] focusing on finding my path and deciding what to do with my life,” said Embry.

Although nothing is for certain yet, Embry is planning on continuing her writing career through journalism. She has not stopped writing since the end of her media classes. Rather, Embry has continued to write for herself and has found contentment in the expressive outlet.

Looking back on Embry’s experience at Paoli High School, she has no regrets whatsoever.

“Everything happens for a reason,” said Embry.

She does feel that she can offer advice to those still attending PHS, since she was so recently in their positions herself.

“Don’t drop out, graduate and make lots of friends,” said Embry.

The high school career Embry had has not slipped her mind and she does not plan on forgetting the passion for writing she found in her media class; she is going to run with it.

kenafterEmbry since graduating high school.

Story by Masden Embry

Child Development Class Benefits from RealCare Babies

FACS teacher Danelle Manship has incorporated RealCare babies into her child development class. They have borrowed four babies from Springs Valley High School, and they purchased one from the IU Health Paoli Hospital. The babies come from a company called Reality Works.

The babies help her students realize how much responsibility it takes to take care of a baby, especially as a teen. All of her students have taken a baby home for a weekend as a project. For the project, they must take care of all the baby’s needs and even take them out in public to record people’s reactions.

“Having the RealCare babies in the class really helped with the perspective of having children and how much work it takes to raise a kid. Taking care of a baby just for 3 days was extremely stressful, but I learned my family was completely helpful. A lot of people in the community tended to stare when I walked in somewhere with the baby, and it felt embarrassing. I quickly got over it and got the hang of the baby cues, and it became less stressful,” said junior Harley Bush.

Manship plans to continue to use the babies in her class so her students can experience what it’s like to take care of a baby.

“It was a great experience for my students to be able to see what it is like to care for a baby. I am hoping by next year to have 4 babies total to use in the class,” said Manship.

 

Story by Angie Ceja

Chastain’s Culinary Experience Started Local

Some students in high school start saving money for the future. One of the easiest ways to do this is by getting a job. Starting to work at a young age allows more time to start saving. For senior Jeremiah Chastain, planning for his future is at the top of the list.

During Chastain’s sophomore year, he applied for a job at Porky’s Restaurant and has been working there every since. Chastain was first inspired to start the job when his best friend’s mom, who was the manager, offered it to him. He is now a night cook, and some nights he is running the kitchen by himself. He usually starts his shift around 3 p.m. or 4 p.m. after school and works until 10 p.m., later if he has to.

“My favorite part about working there is when I’m not making orders, I get to experiment with making different food dishes and my own creations,” said Chastain.

Despite the advantages of working there, Chastain tends to not enjoy working night shifts.

“My least favorite part is that I have to work nights. I’m there four or five days a week after school, so I don’t have much free time,” said Chastain.

Chastain had to take several steps in order to get to the position he’s in now. He started out as a dishwasher and worked his way up into becoming a cook. He also had to learn how to run the smoker. Chastain is not the only member of his family who works there.

“My sister actually worked there first as a server, and then I started on. My mom also works there part time as a dishwasher,” said Chastain.

Once Chastain graduates, he plans on leaving Porky’s and will soon find another job in the same field as a cook.

Supermileage Finished First in 2018

Last year, the Supermileage team entered the Electric Karting Series. Just recently, they received the results of the competition and found out they won first place. The EKS is one of the World Karting Association Series. It is an electric kart racing series comprised of a Regional, State and World kart racing event. This series is also part of the Purdue evGrandPrix, which now fulfills the new Learn and Demonstrate Employability Skills graduation requirement. As a result, it is not only a fun experience, but will also help the students who are involved graduate high school.

At each event, a grand prix-style race is held in which high school teams compete against each other to see who can finish the race the fastest in an electric powered go-kart. The Supermileage team competed against schools all over Indiana and Ohio. In the near future, the competition will be set up similarly to the college series. The country will be broken up into seven regions, where there will be local, state, regional, and world competitions, making it an international event.

“We generally attend six events per year, three races and three test and tune practices, which also have a mini race at the end of the day. We get to talk with professional racers and get advice from them as we attend these events,” said Supermileage sponsor Jason Goodman.

Teams who compete earn points from the place they get in the race. The placement is a point total calculated from where a team places in the race. It is similar to the point system NASCAR would use. The closer a team places to first in the race, the more points they gain. The club went to Marion County on May 15 to compete in Regional.  

“I find it being a great achievement for the team to go to a new event and return victorious. Overall, I was happy to see the way the team worked together and were ready to fix problems as they came along on our journey. There was no one person that made the win happen. Without every one of us working together, we most likely wouldn’t have been as successful,” said Supermileage President Jacob McDonald.

The winning team can use “#1” on their kart as their designated number, which is important to them because it’s an achievement that can be displayed. With this experience, the team learned electricity and electronics, how to program a device, how to collect data and interpret it, interviewing and presentation skills, how a real race tram operates and how to set up, work on and drive a race car. They plan on continuing to participate in EKS. Next year, Goodman will be having a class called Computers In Design and Production. He plans to integrate the racing kart into the class.

“It takes an entire team to be successful. You don’t have to be a race car driver, and you don’t have to be a mechanic to be successful on this team. Just like in any sport, each team member has spot and a job that has to be completed for the entire team to be successful,” said Goodman.

 

Story by Angie Ceja

Boys Basketball Regional Play to Begin Saturday

This Saturday, March 9, the Rams will face off against the Linton-Stockton Miners in Regional 12. Tip-off is at 10 a.m., and the doors open at 9 a.m.

The Rams (23-3) have already played the Miners (24-3) during the Thanksgiving Shootout on November 24. The Miners defeated the Rams in this first match-up with a score of 62-67.

Currently, in the Class 2A AP Poll, the Miners are ranked eighth and the Rams are ninth.

Game 2 will begin at 12 p.m. with the Southwestern Rebels (25-1) facing the Tell City Marksmen (20-5). Southwestern currently holds number 1 spot on the AP Poll with Tell City at number 11.

The winners of each game will play in the championship, which will begin at 8 p.m.

Tickets are on sale now for $10 at the high school office.

 

Story by Dawson Long

New Books Coming to Library Bookshelves

Gaining new additions to the school library selection is a rare occurrence. It has been three years since the last order of books, so it is safe to say Librarian Brenda Eubank and the students were long overdue for some new content.

The PHS library had Overdrive, a digital reading format, but it was not being used the way Eubank had hoped it would be. Because of this, when there was enough money available to her to allow her to do so, Eubank decided to make a rather large physical copy purchase of seventy books.

“I hadn’t ordered any new physical books for three years because we were using Overdrive, which is the digital format, and that just wasn’t being used. It was in the budget for us this year to order some books,” said Eubank.

These books range from fiction to nonfiction, most of them falling under the former genre. The students were able to send in their requests to Eubank, which she tried to cover evenly, not getting every single book asked for, but attempting to get similar novels so there was a little bit of everything for everyone.

“What I try to do is balance by genre and by reading level, and I look at lexile range a little bit, interest level. You just try to balance all of that, balance it with the collection you already have,” said Eubank.

Eubank put in the order to Perma-Bound on February 5, so she hopes to receive the books around mid-March. When they come in, Eubank is expecting to see new faces around the library as well as her frequent readers.

“I think I’ll get some more readers, but the readers I have were just dying for some new books,” said Eubank.

Eubank is hoping to attract new students and keep those she considers regulars interested. A way she is doing this is by ordering series, which seem to be what the students are wanting, even though she dislikes buying them because if one book is lost, it is ruined for everyone.

By catering to students’ wants, Eubank hopes to give them the motivation to start reading or continue to do so with books they actually enjoy immersing themselves in.

 

Story by Masden Embry

Post Prom Fundraiser at El Compadre March 6

On Wednesday, March 6, El Compadre will be hosting a fundraiser for the PHS post prom. It will begin at 4 p.m. and end at 9 p.m.

Senior parents Heather Leone, Lindsay McDonald, Jennifer Coleman, Kim Deaton, Susan Umpleby, Erica Harrell and Heather Tharp will be helping serve chips, salsa and drinks as well as cleaning tables. El Compadre will be donating a percent of their sales earned within the five hour time frame.

More senior parents are welcome to come out and help to raise money for PHS post prom.

 

Story by Kaden Lewellyn

Throwback Feature: Street Recalls PHS

PHS alumnus Kyle Street graduated in 2016. Since graduating, Street is currently working toward earning his degree in finance from Indiana University. He plans to graduate from Indiana University in May 2019.

During his time at PHS, Street believes three specific people shaped him into the person he is today. Those people include English teacher Carol Fullington, basketball coach Dusty Cole and his mother, Pam Street.

Ms. Fullington helped prepare me for what college work would be like. Coach Cole showed me hard work pays off and made sure everyone was giving 100% at anything they did. My mom made sure I was responsible and getting my work done,” said Street.

Fullington was an influential teacher and among one of Street’s favorites. She was always understanding and willing to help any student who needed it.

“She challenged all her students with every assignment but was also fair in letting people get the work done. She was also focused on a kid’s future and would go out of her way to help anyone,” said Street.  

Throughout high school, Street was a member of the boys basketball team, the tennis team, the golf team, National Honor Society and Student Council.

My favorite memories in general were just hanging out with different groups of friends. I have a lot of moments with several different people,” said Street.

Street was extremely busy through his four years of high school. Many of his days were filled with long practices, school work and spending time with family. This busy schedule made Street realize the importance of time management, along with many other lessons, and Street took them with him when he went on to college.

“While I was in high school, I learned a lot about time management and the importance of getting school work done early,” said Street.

Street also became accustomed to going out of his way to talk to new people. All three of these things have stuck with Street as he continued his education as a finance major. He choose this path because going into finance felt as if it was a well rounded major and would allow him to work in many different areas.

After graduating from Indiana University, Street hopes to become a financial advisor or have a job in operation management in a bigger city.

Although Street participated in all activities he wanted to, he does wish he would have done some things differently.

I wish back then I would have went out of my way to talk to more people that weren’t in the same clubs or on the same teams. Coming to school taught me that people have a lot of different experiences and interests, and you can start to like the same things from hearing about them,” said Street.

Throughout his four years, Street was able to gain confidence and get involved. He hopes kids in high school today are able to do the same thing.

“If you think a club or activity sounds like fun or you just want to try it, then do it. It’s a lot easier to get involved when you know the people around the organization, so go for it. Just have the confidence to do things you want to do,” said Street.

 

Story by Madison Street

Junior Class Night March 14

On March 14 at 6 p.m., guidance counselor Brandi Kerley is going to be meeting with the junior class and their parents. At the meeting, Kerley will be presenting information to the students and parents to help prepare for their senior year. This will take place in the high school cafeteria, and refreshments will be provided.

The presentation will show students tools to help with finding the right major or career, selecting the right college, maximizing scholarships and grants, understanding college costs with net price calculators and realizing the impact of social media on college admission and scholarship decisions.

The Orange County Community Foundation will present information on financial aid, scholarships, college entrance exams and early college decision. There will also be a presentation for 21st Century Scholars.

This meeting will cover a lot of useful information for students as they get closer to entering their senior year. Kerley looks forward to seeing the juniors and their parents in attendance.

 

Story by Madison Street

English and Theatre Students to Witness Shakespeare Come to Life

On March 4, English teacher Brooke Goerres is taking her senior English class to see the play Macbeth at the Ogle Center located on the campus of IUS in New Albany. English teacher Maria Wishart is also taking seven of her students in her theater class.

The play is performed by Kentucky Shakespeare, which is a group that performs Shakespeare plays for free in Central Park in Louisville, Kentucky.

The play will be about an hour long with a 30 minute Q&A session to follow.

Goerres hopes her students take away a better understanding of the plot, since they read the book in class.

“It’s always nice to have the opportunity to see a play live. Sometimes it is hard to picture the play in your mind when reading it in class,” said Goerres.

Wishart hopes her students leave the trip with an appreciation for Shakespeare.

“They are wonderful to read but even better to see performed. Shakespeare’s plays are done in every conceivable setting. I hope my students gain an appreciation for different styles of set and costume design and for all the elements that go into a full stage production,” said Mrs. Wishart.

 

Story by Makiya Russelburg

Kerley to Host Meeting for Seniors

Guidance counselor Brandi Kerley will be having the Orange County Community Foundation Senior Scholarship meeting March 5. The meeting will be at 9 a.m. in the Uyesugi auditorium, and it will last an hour. All seniors will need to bring their chromebooks, as they will be registering for their scholarship account, and representatives from the Community Foundation will help walk them through.

The Senior Scholarship meeting is being held so that ImoJean Dedrick and Destany Pingle from the Orange County Community Foundation can help seniors apply for local foundation scholarships,” said Kerley.

Kerley would like to see all the seniors attend the meeting.

“I want all seniors to have an opportunity to apply to the many scholarships that are available to them,” said Kerley.

 

Story by Faith Wilder

Hiring Process Underway for New Football Head Coach

After the departure of football coach Jeremy Lowery, School Board members consider new candidates for the position.

For this position, Principal Chad Johnson is looking for a person with enthusiasm, a passion for working with students and helping them succeed, strong organizational skills, a strong work ethic and the motivation and ability to lead staff and develop assistant coaches.

“We have many who have shown interest, and we feel that there are some very strong candidates in the applicant pool,” said Johnson.

The new hire will have to take on a big responsibility to fill this position. They will be in charge of all aspects of the football program, including junior high football and the Paoli Youth Football League. The new coach will also need to be visible in the school and community and support all academic, co-curricular and extracurricular activities.

Athletic Director Darek Newkirk wants a coach who knows the game well and is passionate about football.

“We have the job listed in multiple places to try and get the best candidates possible,” said Newkirk.

The job has been open since February 8, and the deadline for applications was February 22. Johnson and Newkirk received over 20 applications, and interviews are beginning for selected applicants. The interview committee will consist of members of the administration and School Board members.

“We hope to interview by the end of the month and have some direction on our recommendation for the Board by then,” said Johnson.

 

Story by Makiya Russelburg

FCA Tends to Student Spiritual Needs

For the past 15 years, the PHS Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) has been coordinating and participating in the international event of prayer at the flagpole. On the fourth Wednesday of September each year, students, teachers and others are invited to attend prayer before school starting at 7:30 a.m.

“We pray about all sorts of things, starting with our school and students, then our community and country,” said coordinator Chris Lindley.

Prayer leaders receive a list of topics to pray about, and local churches sponsor donuts and milk.

The FCA has also been active throughout the year.

“We try to meet every other week on Friday mornings for breakfast and devotion,” said Lindley.

For anyone interested in joining FCA, see Lindley for more details on how to get involved.

 

Story by Gracie Walls

Street Looks Back on Accomplished Basketball Career

Many students at PHS participate in athletic organizations. A handful of these students have been playing varsity since freshman year, and senior Madison Street is one of those few.

Street has been an active member of the girls basketball teams since elementary school, and she hasn’t looked back since. Though no one has really inspired her, Street has been around the game her whole life, as her family has always been involved with the sport. When she was asked to play on a basketball team in third grade, she felt it was only right of her to play. As Street has grown and matured through the years, she has learned to love the game and understand it more.

The game of basketball brings many things to people– life lessons being one of them. Street has learned several lessons throughout her years playing, and she will be able to apply these lessons in her future.

“Basketball has taught me to be disciplined and the importance of hard work. There are a lot of things you may not want to do, but it is important to be persistent for the good of the team. It has also taught me the importance of accountability. Everyone expects you to do your job, and they need you to be able to count on you,” said Street.

Aside from life lessons, Street has also gained other things, including friendships. These bonds, like the life lessons, will last a lifetime and are irreplaceable in Street’s eyes. They provide her with something that is bigger than basketball. Though her time playing the sport she loves has come to an end, the bonds she has made will last forever.

“Basketball has brought me closer to girls I would have never otherwise talked to and gave me the opportunity to spend time with friends I have had forever. I have been playing with Jacqlyn and Keaton my whole life, and this has created a friendship that will last a lifetime. Without basketball, we may have not created the bond we have,” said Street.

Throughout her years as a player, Street has experienced her fair share of success. The most memorable season for Street has to be her junior year, when the team advanced to Semi-State. Though the girls did not come out on top against Winchester in the Final Four battle, the season was a record breaker in terms of PHS athletics. To Street personally, her favorite memory is winning the Regional of that record-breaking season in the Paoli gymnasium.

It was a great feeling to know the whole town was behind you and was happy for your success. The gym was packed, and it was overall a great atmosphere,” said Street.

As Street retires from basketball following her graduation, she wants to leave the current girls basketball players some words of wisdom for years to come.

“The practices are going to be hard, and things may not always go your way, but when things get tough, you need to be able to count on your teammates, and they need to be able to do the same with you. If you continue to work hard and do the things you need to do, good things will happen,” said Street.

Following high school graduation, Street plans to attend Indiana University Bloomington and major in psychology, specifically child psychology.

 

Story by Jace Ingle

Slaten Improves Skills in Offseason

Everyone has a passion. No matter the scenario, it takes motivation and practice to improve in that passion. For freshman Karyas Slaten, she has found her motivation in volleyball, more specifically travel volleyball.

Slaten has played travel volleyball for three years with two different club organizations, Aspire and Union. At Aspire, she played for the 14s and 15s team, and this year she is part of the 16s Regional White team. Teams are made based on the players’ ages. In travel, athletes can play with any age group older than them but they can never play down an age group.

Through her years of experience, Slaten has learned a lot from her coaches. In volleyball, only six people to play at a time. Each position is important to playing the game, and Slaten started out with back row passing and outside hitting. An outside hitter will hit on the top left side position at the net, and back row players typically do not play the front row. At Union, Slaten has been able to work on other positions she has not played in the past.

“This year, I wanted to get out of my comfort zone, so I’m now playing middle hitter and blocker full time, and I’m loving it,” said Slaten.

In school volleyball, she has played the right side, or the hitting position on the top right side at the net. Those who are left handed have a greater advantage of playing right side. Although school volleyball can be a fun learning experience, Slaten learns a lot from playing travel volleyball.

“Travel has really helped me better understand the game in all aspects. It especially helps with improving basic skills, and I think my skills [have] improved a lot,” said Slaten.

Slaten typically gets home at 10:30 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays. She practices for around two hours and then drives back to Paoli from Pine View High School. However, she manages her school work and volleyball so she can still succeed in both the classroom and on the court.

Goals are important to Slaten, so she has set some goals to work on and eventually complete. One of her goals is to learn and understand all aspects of the middle hitting position. Along with this, she hopes to successfully run a slide, which is a type of hit for the front row hitters.

“I do plan on always playing travel volleyball, definitely for Union. I would even love to travel to bigger cities with bigger tournaments or even join a sand volleyball team,” said Slaten.

One of her favorite things about travel is improving her skills and knowledge in preparation of her sophomore year of school volleyball. This allows her to work with different girls and a new coach to get their perspective on the game.

After Slaten graduates high school, she hopes to attend Indiana State University to play volleyball. Travel and high school volleyball inspire her to want to continue her passion as long as she can.

 

Story by Kinley Block

Congratulations Kyra!

Congratulations to sophomore Kyra Gegner for being named one of the three Indiana finalists for the SPJ/JEA essay contest.

The contest, sponsored by the Society of Professional Journalists and the Journalism Education Association, asked students to answer the question: What is the role and importance of the Fourth Estate in American society?

Gegner’s essay will be submitted by the Indiana High School Press Association to be judged in the national contest. She will also be recognized at the First Amendment Symposium on March 14 and awarded $50.

National award winners can earn a scholarship up to $1000 and are funded by the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation of the Society of Professional Journalists.

Hays Hones Guitar Skills

Tackling the challenge of learning something as complex as a guitar can be daunting, but eighth grader Keenan Hays was up for the challenge.

Hays first picked up a guitar in September of 2017. Hays had dreamed of playing the instrument for as long as he can remember, and his father turned his dream into a reality.

“Playing guitar was always something I wanted to do, so my dad introduced it to me,” said Hays.

The first step Hays took to learn the guitar was to first rely on his father’s teachings. Then, he reached the point of being able to play a little bit on his own and educate himself on the skills he needed and wanted to learn.

“My dad taught me the basics, but after a while, I just started teaching myself,” said Hays.

For Hays, starting to play guitar came with some mild difficulty; however, he did not have any particular hardships. He did have certain things he depended on when he needed help.

“The most helpful things are my dad, tablature websites and a chord library,” said Hays.

Hays decided that his first song would be Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit.” This song was the very first he ever learned, his father being the one to teach him. First, Hays went over the notes in the melody. Next, he moved towards mastering the power chords, and then he finished the song off with added muted notes.

“This is a song that helped me play better as I learned more technique,” said Hays.

Although “Smells Like Teen Spirit” was his first, Hays has taken a particular liking to the song “Holiday” by Green Day. Hays finds himself enjoying playing the song, and the “awesome guitar solo” only adds to the reasons for his favoritism.

Along with playing covers, he creates his own songs. He is in a band called Stoked with three of his friends. In the group, Hays is on lead guitar. He creates songs for his band by using an effects pedal with a looper. With this, Hays is able to play several parts and layer them over one another. Once he is happy with the product, he teaches his bandmates the parts.

“I love to make new songs, and I try to make and perfect a new one each week,” said Hays.

In the year and four months Hays has been playing, he has absorbed a lot of information and gained knowledge on guitar that has helped him play more easily. He has improved greatly from when he began and will continue to advance in the future.

In the future, Hays would like to make guitar his expertise. In an ideal world, he would be known for his skills on the instrument like some of his favorite guitarists, Slash of Guns N’ Roses and Angus Young of AC/DC.

For his band, he has similar plans. With Stoked, Hays would like to establish success, an obvious goal. He wants the group to make a name for themselves, getting noticed and being acknowledged for songs they write.

Hays’s ambition and his motivation to go somewhere with his band could be the very thing that gets him and the other members of Stoked a following of their own, along with a future in music.

 

Story by Masden Embry

Senior Night to be Held February 22

All seniors in winter sports will be recognized at the boys basketball game against Crawford County on February 22. Athletes will be lead out onto the court by their parents or guardians, and the amount of varsity letters they have received will be announced.

Boys basketball players being recognized are seniors Mason Buchanan, Austin Carmickle, Jordan Clark, Carter Elliott, Ty Lawson, Charlie Meredith and Ashton Minton. Senior Tyson Line will also be recognized as the team manager.

Girls basketball players being recognized are seniors Keaton Chastain, Madison Street and Jacqlyn Rice.  

Winter season cheerleaders being recognized are seniors Joni Blackburn, Sara Kesterson, Lindsay Morasch, Mahalia Taylor, Addie Wolfe and Gracie Wolfe.

Lastly, wrestlers being recognized are seniors J.D. Beavers, Tim Burton, Logan Curts and Chad Warren.

Tables filled with photos, awards and other relics will be set up in the cafeteria for fans to look at to see each athlete’s journey through their sport.

Senior night will take place in between the junior varsity and varsity games at approximately 7 p.m.

 

Story by Sara Kesterson

New Athletic Council Formed

At the School Board meeting on Monday, February 11, an Athletic Council was formed. Superintendent Greg Walker, High School Principal Chad Johnson, Throop Elementary Principal Amanda Crews, Athletic Director Darek Newkirk, School Board member Terry Nicholson and all varsity head coaches are a part of this council.

“The council will develop athletic policies for the school corporation. The plan is for the Athletic Council to review current policies and recommend changes or additions to the School Board to be put in place for the 2019-20 school year,” said Walker.

 

Story by Kinley Block

Taylor’s Time in Cheer

Between school work and time with friends, senior Mahalia Taylor has spent the last seven years cheering at PHS. Taylor has cheered since she was in elementary school. Her eighth grade year, Taylor joined cheer as a base. Taylor’s freshman year at PHS, she was added to the varsity squad.

“I started because of one of my brother’s friends, Ashley Toliver, who, at the time, was a high school cheerleader. I just really looked up to her, and she made cheering look really fun,” said Taylor.

Now, Taylor has turned to her squad for inspiration. Sophomore Libby Padgett, who Taylor has cheered with since Padgett began, encourages Taylor to be the best.

“Libby Padgett inspires me a lot. We grew up together, and I have seen her grow and become who she is as a cheerleader, and it’s really amazing. I’m really proud of her,” said Taylor.

For Taylor, the only downside of cheer is the frustration that comes with practicing stunts.

“Sometimes stunts just don’t hit, but we always work together and figure it out,” said Taylor.

Of every stunt, Taylor’s favorite is one she learned while at a Universal Cheerleaders Association, or UCA, camp. Every year, the cheer team heads to Indiana University for three days and are taught dances, chants and cheers by UCA cheerleaders.

“We’ve learned so many good stunts over the years, but my favorite one is definitely a handstand stunt we were taught at camp my junior year,” said Taylor.

As for games, Taylor’s most memorable match-ups were always the most anticipated by the Ram fans as well.

“I’ll always remember the Orange Bowls and games against Orleans. Those are some of the most popular games,” said Taylor.

The cheers and chants aside, Taylor is thankful for her squad and the memories she has made. Taylor believes some of the best parts of cheer have been watching her team grow and develop since she first joined.

“I’ll miss everything about cheering. When you work with certain people like I have in cheer, you create a bond with them, and you create a love for what you do,” said Taylor. “Cheerleading has given me many new friendships and taught me many new lessons over the years, and I am so very grateful for all it has done for me.”

After high school, Taylor does not plan on continuing her career as a cheerleader. Taylor plans to attend college with a major in graphic design, but has not decided what school.

“Honestly, for me, cheering in high school is all I want,” said Taylor. “I have really enjoyed cheering on the varsity squad since my freshman year. It has really helped me become who I am.”

 

Story by Rebekah Reeves

Supermileage Races to Success

Last year, the Supermileage team entered the Electric Karting Series. Just recently, they received the results of the competition and found out they won first place. The EKS is one of the World Karting Association Series. It is an electric kart racing series comprised of a Regional, State and World kart racing event. This series is also part of the Purdue evGrandPrix, which now fulfills the new Learn and Demonstrate Employability Skills graduation requirement. As a result, it is not only a fun experience, but will also help the students who are involved graduate high school.

At each event, a grand prix-style race is held in which high school teams compete against each other to see who can finish the race the fastest in an electric powered go-kart. The Supermileage team competed against schools all over Indiana and Ohio. In the near future, the competition will be set up similarly to the college series. The country will be broken up into seven regions, where there will be local, state, regional, and world competitions, making it an international event.

“We generally attend six events per year, three races and three test and tune practices, which also have a mini race at the end of the day. We get to talk with professional racers and get advice from them as we attend these events,” said Supermileage sponsor Jason Goodman.

Teams who compete earn points from the place they get in the race. The placement is a point total calculated from where a team places in the race. It is similar to the point system NASCAR would use. The closer a team places to first in the race, the more points they gain. The club went to Marion County on May 15 to compete in Regional.  

“I find it being a great achievement for the team to go to a new event and return victorious. Overall, I was happy to see the way the team worked together and were ready to fix problems as they came along on our journey. There was no one person that made the win happen. Without every one of us working together, we most likely wouldn’t have been as successful,” said Supermileage President Jacob McDonald.

The winning team can use “#1” on their kart as their designated number, which is important to them because it’s an achievement that can be displayed. With this experience, the team learned electricity and electronics, how to program a device, how to collect data and interpret it, interviewing and presentation skills, how a real race tram operates and how to set up, work on and drive a race car. They plan on continuing to participate in EKS. Next year, Goodman will be having a class called Computers In Design and Production. He plans to integrate the racing kart into the class.

“It takes an entire team to be successful. You don’t have to be a race car driver, and you don’t have to be a mechanic to be successful on this team. Just like in any sport, each team member has spot and a job that has to be completed for the entire team to be successful,” said Goodman.

 

Story by Angie Ceja

Durbin Says Farewell to PHS

Computer Technician Stacie Durbin recently submitted her notice to resign from her position at PHS. Durbin had many responsibilities as a computer technician. She was in charge of loaner chromebooks, repaired and kept equipment working and troubleshooted when equipment failed.

Durbin’s final day at PHS will be February 22, and upon her departure, she plans to spend more time with her granddaughters and go back to school.

“I think it’s important to continue to grow and learn no matter how old you are. It’s bittersweet because I have been so blessed with great coworkers, and I love my kids,” said Durbin.

PHS would like to wish Durbin good luck with her next chapter in life and would like to thank her for all she offered to the technology department.

 

Story by Madison Street

Football Team Seeking Silent Auction Donations

On February 22, the football team will be hosting a silent auction. This auction will aid the team in paying for weekly meals they have every Thursday evening and for away games. The money raised will help provide a meat, snack, dessert and a drink for 80 players, managers and coaches.

The community is being asked to help donate some items for this auction. All donors who give to this fundraiser will be recognized at the home games and meals. This contribution is extremely important to the team, and anyone interested in donating should contact Pam Minton at 812-653-7299 or Kim Satterfield at 812-653-9300 with any questions.

Donations can also be mailed to:

Paoli High School
Attn: Football Meals
510 Elm Street
Paoli IN, 47454

 

Story by Haley Owens

Meet the Cast of “Footloose”

The Drama Department will be presenting Footloose on Thursday, March 21; Friday, March 22 and Saturday, March 23 in Ruth Uyesugi Auditorium. Meet the cast of Footloose, listed below.

Lyle: Quentin Albertson

Rusty: Ryleigh Anderson

Willard: Zane Anderson

Chuck: Scott Caruso

Wendy Jo: Angie Ceja

Urleen: Kylee Charles

Lulu: Haley Cox

Betty: Micayla Groves

Ren: Michael Hannon

Garvin: Chandler Hinton

Coach Dunbar: Gavin King

Wes: A.J. Lopez

Jeter: Adin Monroe

Ethel: Alicia Neale

Ariel: Libby Padgett

Vi: Megan Poe

Shaw: Hunter Roach

Bickle: Christian Ruth

Student, town council member: Ellie Sims

Principal Clark: Vanesa Swartz

Eleanor: Caitlyn Taylor

 

Story by Gracie Walls

Talent Show Coming in April

April 5, the Mitchell Opera House will be hosting a live talent showcase that will, at a later date, end with a final showcase and a grand prize of $1,000. The talent show is open to any person, choir, singing group, dancer or actor over the age of twelve in Crawford, Green, Jackson, Martin, Monroe, Lawrence, Orange and Washington counties.

Though the showcase is not until April, the deadline to register to perform is March 4 by 5 p.m. All registrations must be submitted online at https://form.jotform.com/83445549319163. Applicants must send in their registration along with a video no more than two minutes long showcasing their talent. All acts in the show must be family friendly and appropriate for all ages. Acts that include water, fire, flammable liquids, open flames, a band or smoke machines are not allowed.

Eight to ten contestants will be chosen to perform. Contestants will be chosen and notified of their acceptance to perform by March 11 at 5 p.m.

 

Story by Rebekah Reeves

Paoli Bids Farewell to Coach Lowery

He is the voice people hear as they stroll through the hallways, the teacher who teaches some of the most important life lessons and the coach in the middle of the football huddle prepping a 50 player team for a Sectional win.

Jeremy Lowery has been the head football coach and JAG instructor for two years. In Lowery’s short time as head coach, he accomplished a 21-4 record and two conference wins, along with a Sectional title this past season.

On February 12, Lowery was officially hired as La Porte High School’s new head football coach and strength coach. La Porte is located in Northern Indiana and is about 35 miles from where Lowery himself graduated high school.

This was a hard decision because I love my job at Paoli. My experience at Paoli has been incredible. The relationships built here with our students, faculty and staff members and our administration has made a lasting impression on me and my family,” said Lowery.

The news was bittersweet to hear for all who have worked with Lowery.

Athletic Director and former assistant football coach Darek Newkirk was just as thrilled to hear the news as he was saddened.

“Over the past few years, it’s been great to know and work with Coach Lowery. When he first came here, we coached offensive line together, and I learned a lot from him. These past few years, I was the athletic director when he was the coach. We had a great working relationship,” said Newkirk. “He works well with others, cares about the kids, Paoli and football. He is very passionate and is a go-getter full of energy. I will miss our conversations not only about football, but about life. I wish the very best for him at La Porte.”

Lowery’s impression on the faculty expands further to Offensive Coordinator Neil Dittmer, who coached with Lowery for eight years.

His passion and knowledge of football has helped me grow as a coach and as a person. He truly cares about the success of each one of his players and coaches he works with and wants nothing but the best for them. I have been very lucky to have been able to coach with him,” said Dittmer.

From coaching to being a friend, Lowery always found a way to to be both to all players and coaches he encountered. Senior Tyson Lawson played for Lowery in his two years as head coach along with his years as an assistant coach.

“Coach Lowery has impacted my life both on and off the field. Not only did he help me grow as an athlete, but he also helped me grow as a person. He’s taught me so many life lessons that I’ll thankfully have for the rest of my life. Most importantly, he was a role model and someone I could come to with anything, and I thank him for that,” said Lawson.

Lowery’s last days at PHS were spent bidding farewells and thanking everyone for all the help in his years at Paoli.

“I want to thank everyone for their amazing commitment, support and love for our football program here. I will forever cherish the friendships and memories this school and community has given my family,” said Lowery. “I want everyone to rest assured that our football and JAG programs will continue go on and accomplish great things in the future. I know this because I have witnessed the drive and passion in the hearts of our students. I know we will all strive to BE OUR BEST!”

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Story by Maggie Vincent

Advanced Manufacturing Students to Travel to MASC

On Monday, February 25, the advanced manufacturing class will be heading to the Mid America Science Center and Ivy Tech in Scottsburg. The Mid American Science Center, or MASC, is designed to offer entrepreneurs, military personnel, researchers, visitors and students access to officer space and shared administrative service, along with customized labs and training facilities and advanced technology and communication systems.

“At MASC, students will be seeing advanced manufacturing labs in operation. Students will see CNC equipment that we learned about in class in operation as well as welding labs, electricity and mechatronics labs,” said advanced manufacturing teacher Jason Goodman.

Goodman was able to offer this field trip to his students through a company called Conexus, which partners with many advanced manufacturing industries.

“Conexus introduced us to the Mid America Science Center and invited us to tour the facility to help students gain more of a positive connection between school and advanced manufacturing as a career,” said Goodman.

Goodman motivates students to take the course, as it is possible to get up to fifteen free college credits from the class, and if a student chooses to go into that field, they can earn over $45,000 per year.

Goodman hopes the field trip will encourage students to choose a career in advanced manufacturing, as they will be meeting with many professionals who are already in that field.

“Students will have the opportunity to see some real-world applications of the curriculum material we are learning about in class. Students will also be meeting with advanced manufacturing industry professionals and learning about careers, post secondary education, salaries and job responsibilities,” said Goodman.

 

Story by Rebekah Reeves

Garcia Learns Lessons from Cheer

Some people believe everything happens for a reason and if it’s meant to be, it will be. For seventh grader Nadia Garcia, these phrases hold true for her journey with school cheer.

Garcia did not try out for the junior high squad when tryouts were hosted last school year, but Garcia joined midway through the basketball season.

“I joined midseason because one of the other cheerleaders quit, and they needed another girl. I felt good about it, considering other girls could have joined, but the coach chose me,” said Garcia.

This obstacle the team experienced was easily fixed by adding Garcia, especially since she has cheered in the past in fifth and sixth grade. Surprisingly, Garcia jumping into the squad midseason only came with a few challenges. In her mind, the most difficult part about the process was learning all of the cheers.  

“I adjusted to the team pretty well. I learned the cheers by staying after school with the other girls,” said Garcia.

With every group that runs on teamwork, things are bound to go wrong, which is Garcia’s least favorite thing about cheerleading. However, to Garcia, the ability to pick herself and her team back up after making a mistake is the most important part. Learning from their mistakes is half the process of improving as a team.

Her teammates are a lot of the reason why Garcia loves cheerleading so much. Garcia has appreciated the memories she has created with the other girls on her team. When Garcia is eventually done cheering, her teammates are what she is going to miss the most.

“I feel great when I am with them. The laugher and everything is all great,” said Garcia.

Although Garcia enjoys cheerleading, she is unsure about participating in the future. With her participation in other activities, such as volleyball, cheering another season could be overwhelming. Although this is her reality, Garcia does not take for granted her time as a PHS cheerleader.

 

Story by Sara Kesterson

Paoli Native to be Honored Through 5K

On April 13, 2019, the HeARTland Hustle will be sponsoring the first annual Space Race, a space-themed 5K run and walk in honor of Paoli native Margaret Hamilton, who wrote the code for the Apollo program. The walk will take place at Maria Radcliffe Park. Art from local artists, youth groups, studios and schools will be displayed through the trail.

The run will take place at 9 a.m. Cost is $25 for adults and $20 for minors. However, the price will jump to $35 the day of the race. All proceeds with benefit the Let Music Speak organization and the Black Vulture Project.

Post-race activities include a health fair in the park accompanied by live music.

Registering online is available at www.letmusicspeak.org/heartlandhustle.

 

Story by Rebekah Reeves and Chandler Hinton

Singers Experience Success

On February 2, the choir traveled to Bloomington North High School for their district’s Solo and Ensemble. This is an event in which students perform a prepared piece in front of judges and then receive a rating based on their performance. The eleven students from Paoli who attended the event include seventh grader Braydon Crowder; eighth graders Gabby Brown, Mia Stroud and Ryleigh Anderson; freshman Jozalyn Kempf; sophomores Christian Ruth, Chandler Hinton and Libby Padgett; juniors Megan Poe and Summer Ford and senior Jillian Keen.        

In order to move on to State Solo and Ensemble, students must first perform a Group 1 piece, which is the most difficult level of music, and receive a gold rating. All four of the Group 1 solos, performed by Anderson, Padgett, Keen and Poe, received gold. The Group 1 quartet with Keen, Padgett, Poe and Hinton also received a gold rating. Due to their success, they will be able to move on to the state competition.

“The weekend was proof that hard work and dedication pay off. Every student put forth their best effort, and they all did very well. I am proud of each and every one of them,” said choir teacher BJ Crowder.

 

Story by Michael Hannon

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