• Calling All Cadets

    Officer Doug Soltwedel is often seen walking through the halls or even attending extra curricular activities managing the crowds. Beginning next school year, Soltwedel may be accompanied by some new

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  • Agriculture Program Earns Innovation Award

    This past weekend, the high school agriculture department was selected as the winner of the 2019 Indiana Uplands STEM Innovation Award. “We are honored that they have chosen to recognize

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  • Junior High Runners Sprint to the Finish

    Click here to see junior high rams compete! Photo Story by Marty Higgins

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  • Junior High Lady Rams Serve the Austin Eagles

    Click here to see junior high girls tennis players play Austin! Photo Story by Tinsley Moffatt

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  • Speech Contest Winners Recognized

    On Wednesday, April 10, PHS hosted the annual Speech Contest. For this contest, students presented a piece to judges. The categories include Classic Poetry, Contemporary Poetry, Humorous Poetry, Narrative Poetry,

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  • Softball Alumni Day Tomorrow Afternoon

    On Saturday, April 13, Paoli Softball will host PHS Softball Alumni Day at the softball field. Softball Alumni Day is an event that allows all former PHS softball players to

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  • Speech Contest puts PHS Students in the Spotlight

    Click here to see students perform at Speech Contest! Photo Story by Madison Cunningham

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  • Health Science Students to Attend HOSA Convention

    On April 16-18, Paoli High School medical students will being going to the HOSA convention in Indianapolis, IN to participate in competitions, learn about HOSA and different health occupations and

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  • Cheer Tryouts for Football Squad This Month

    High school cheer tryouts for the fall of the 2019-2020 school year will take place on April 24 at 3:30 p.m. in the main gym, with winter cheer tryouts taking

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  • School Board Meeting Tonight

    On Monday, April 8, the Paoli Community School Corporation will be holding a School Board meeting beginning at 6 p.m. The meeting will begin with the closed executive session followed

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Calling All Cadets

Officer Doug Soltwedel is often seen walking through the halls or even attending extra curricular activities managing the crowds. Beginning next school year, Soltwedel may be accompanied by some new faces.

These shadows will be the first members of Soltwedel’s Cadet Explorer program.

“I got the idea at the boys Sectional game at Crawford when I saw a couple kids with khaki pants and matching shirts walking with some of the officers. What really struck my attention was when I saw a little girl standing near an officer with ‘cadet’ on the back of her shirt,” said Soltwedel.

The girl turned to the officer to ask him a question about Soltwedel when he replied, “why don’t you ask him yourself?”

“Next thing I know, I feel someone tug on my pants and say ‘what’s your name?’ She took initiative after he gave her some motivation, and she came up to me prideful and confident,” said Soltwedel.

His hope is that through this program students are filled with a sense of confidence and leadership, much like the young girl.

“This program is really to help kids who may just need some guidance or a positive role model in their life and just to help them make it through with confidence,” said Soltwedel.

The program will be open from fifth grade all the way through high school seniors. Students will apply to be in the program and then will be selected by a committee. Twelve students will be welcomed into the program after the application process.

“We will go off of teacher recommendations on why they think they should be in the program, grades and some other discipline factors,” said Soltwedel.

Once a student is in the program, they will be shadowing Soltwedel and the other officers involved in the program. Students will accompany the officers to after school activities such as football games and other events.

“We may have them walk around, and if there are kids running around being unsafe, we may have them go talk to them and just overall show them how to approach people and accomplish a task,” said Soltwedel.

Soltwedel is very excited about the new program and can’t wait to get it up and running for next school year.


Story by Maggie Vincent

Agriculture Program Earns Innovation Award

This past weekend, the high school agriculture department was selected as the winner of the 2019 Indiana Uplands STEM Innovation Award.

We are honored that they have chosen to recognize us for the efforts that we are making to change the way we learn and teach. We are constantly changing, building and innovating ways for students to explore new ways to create food in an environment that they can learn from failure and be excited about their successes. It is nice to be recognized for the hard work and dedication that our staff and students put into their own learning,” said Agriculture Teacher Cory Scott.

The website for the awards states, “The Indiana Uplands Regional Innovation Awards provide an opportunity to recognize deserving people, organizations and projects that have made meaningful improvements to education, economic development and/or quality of place within the 11 counties of the Uplands region. This is our chance to highlight the amazing people and groups working to make the Indiana Uplands a terrific place to work, live, learn and play!”

On Thursday, April 18, students from the agriculture department traveled to the French Lick Resort for the award luncheon.

“I’m very happy we received this award. It shows that we are getting our program’s name out there, and people are learning about what we are doing here in the Paoli Agriculture Department,” said Senior Council Member Nick Padgett.

Students who attended the ceremony were Jayln Engleking, Elizabeth Workman, Myranda Hickman, Tony Lowe, Tara Robbins, Harley Bush, Baylee Crane, Nick Padgett.


Story by Michael Hannon

Speech Contest Winners Recognized

On Wednesday, April 10, PHS hosted the annual Speech Contest. For this contest, students presented a piece to judges. The categories include Classic Poetry, Contemporary Poetry, Humorous Poetry, Narrative Poetry, Dramatic Duo, Religious Reading, Humorous Duo, Dramatic Reading, Dramatic Monologue, Humorous Monologue or Inspirational Reading.  Any student has the opportunity to perform.

Different classrooms throughout the school were filled with contestants of the Speech Contest.   

To figure out who won in each category, all of the scores from the judges were added in together and averaged. The category winners were Mackenzie Robertson (Classic Poetry), Scott Caruso (Contemporary Poetry), Hunter Roach (Humorous Poetry), Jillian Keen (Narrative Poetry), Rachel Umpleby (Religious Reading), Alex Jones and Sean Willett (Dramatic Duo), Keaton Chastain and Joni Blackburn (Humorous Duo), Taylor Becht (Dramatic Reading), Libby Padgett (Dramatic Monologue), Isaiah Jones (Humorous Monologue), Ming Wang (Oratorical), Taylor Becht (Inspirational Reading)

The Grand Champion was Taylor Becht with an averaged score of 96.88.

“I really love doing the Speech Contests because I love to perform. You just have to have confidence. I had so much fun with it this year, and I cannot wait until next year,” said Becht.  

The Reserve Grand Champion was Libby Pageant with a score of 96.50.

“I had a great time with the speech contest this year. I enjoyed presenting my speeches and listening to everyone else’s. I thought everyone did a fantastic job, and I cannot wait until next year,” said Padgett.  

The category winners presented their pieces to the school on Friday, April 12.


Story by Corinne Magner

Softball Alumni Day Tomorrow Afternoon

On Saturday, April 13, Paoli Softball will host PHS Softball Alumni Day at the softball field.

Softball Alumni Day is an event that allows all former PHS softball players to return to the field for a day. This will be hosted at 3 p.m., after the varsity and junior varsity games against Springs Valley.

Coach Neil Dittmer has invited all past players to come watch the current Lady Rams softball team play in a PLAC game against the Springs Valley Blackhawks. Dittmer, along with the softball players and other coaches, will host a cookout for former players to enjoy after the game as well.


Story by Makiya Russelburg

Health Science Students to Attend HOSA Convention

On April 16-18, Paoli High School medical students will being going to the HOSA convention in Indianapolis, IN to participate in competitions, learn about HOSA and different health occupations and meet new people.

During the convention, students will be competing in competitions such as being a nursing assistant and other career skills. If they receive first, second or third place, they will go to nationals in Orlando, Florida in the summer.

“The reason I am going to HOSA is to learn more and meet new people. It is a great opportunity, and it looks good on college applications or a résumé for the future. I hope everyone will get involved in a class at the Lost River Co-op. I love my health science class, and I will be taking medical terminology next year at the Co-op. It has really opened my eyes to a lot of things,” said sophomore Libby Padgett.

For more information, visit the HOSA website at http://www.hosa.org or email health science teacher Mara Eisele at eiselem@paoli.k12.in.us.


Story by  Jozalyn Kempf

Cheer Tryouts for Football Squad This Month

High school cheer tryouts for the fall of the 2019-2020 school year will take place on April 24 at 3:30 p.m. in the main gym, with winter cheer tryouts taking place sometime in September. Leading up to this event, there will be a tryout practice taking place on April 17 from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. During this practice, the students trying out will learn the format of tryouts, ask questions and have time to practice.

To be accepted on to the football cheer squad, participants have to meet a minimum score when they are being judged. They will be judged on their jumps, skills, an original chant, group chants and a group cheer. They will also be judged on their appearance, spirit, knowledge and overall presentation at tryouts, as well as attendance, attitude and behavior at school.

There will be only one cheerleading squad, and the cheerleaders will not be divided into a junior varsity and varsity team. Anyone in grades 8 through 11 is welcome to come and try out.

Last season, we had five fantastic cheerleaders who cheered on the Rams to a Sectional Championship, and this year, we hope to have more students come up and support the Rams,” said high school cheer coach Heather Nichols.

Junior high cheer tryouts will take place April 17 and 18. Coach Liana Baker is looking for 6 to 10 cheerleaders to join the squad. She will being doing one squad for both basketball and football.

“I am very excited about this season. This will be my first season, start to finish, that I am the coach. I took the job last year late in the season. I am eager to have the opportunity to spend time this summer and early fall prepping for the season,” said Baker.

For more information on junior high and high school cheerleading, contact Heather Nichols @NICHOLSHJ@paoli.k12.in.us or Liana Baker @bakerl@paoli.k12.in.us.


Story by Gracie Walls

School Board Meeting Tonight

On Monday, April 8, the Paoli Community School Corporation will be holding a School Board meeting beginning at 6 p.m. The meeting will begin with the closed executive session followed by the regular session. The regular session will include a Throop Elementary presentation and Recognition of Students of the Month.  

One item on the agenda is to discuss making April 13 “Ruth Uyesugi Day.”

“As you may know, Mrs. Uyesugi recently passed away. They are having a memorial service for her on April 13 in the auditorium. I am asking the Board to declare that day as Ruth Uyesugi day,” said Superintendent Greg Walker.

The last item on the agenda is a presentation form Officer Doug Soltwedel discussing a possible Cadet Explorer Program.


Story by Maggie Vincent

Throwback Feature: Stout’s Return to PHS

Paoli High School alumna Cindy Stout graduated in 1978. After graduating, Stout attended IU Bloomington and studied to become a computer programmer.

After one week of attending college at IU Bloomington, Stout married her husband, Lex Stout,  and they both moved to Virginia. After moving to Virginia Stout, continued her college education until Stout’s husband decided to leave the Air Force. They decided to move back to Paoli to spend time with their families. Stout later quit school and started a family, and 16 years later, finished her teaching degree at Indiana University Southeast.

“I would not recommend quitting college that long and then going back. It was one of the hardest things I have ever done,” said Stout.

Stout has had many accomplishments throughout her life during and after high school.

“I would have to say that Ruth Uyesugi was the most influential teacher in my life, but she was also good friends with my in-laws and she went to my church. I knew her through many avenues. While a student here at PHS, I spent much of my time in her classroom or at her house working on the newspaper. However, when I started teaching here, Mr. Phil Andry was so very helpful and always willing to advise me to get me started in my career. He was also my geometry and physics teacher while I was a student. I actually worked as a TA for him my sophomore year,” said Stout.

During Stout’s high school years, she participated in track her freshman year, and played on the first girls tennis team. She played number one doubles with alumna Angie Bosley. Starting Stout’s junior year, she wrote for the sports section of the Paolite, and her senior year, she became the first female to write for the Paolite.

Stout had academic success through National Honor Society and graduating fifth in her class. Stout was fortunate to be able to play many sports and earn awards during her time at PHS. However, Stout also spent time building her family.

“I have been married 39 years to Lex Stout, and we have 2 kids. Joe Stout is 37 years old and is a day manager at FEDEX in Indianapolis. He and his wife Melissa have 3 boys, Owen, Gavin and Harrison. Our daughter, Amy Wesner, is 34 years old, and she runs the office for Silver Creek Engineering in Indianapolis. She and her husband Damien have a daughter Olivia and a son Maddox,” said Stout.

Stout has taught at Paoli for 22 years, and enjoyed each one. She has had many different experiences and opportunities throughout her lifetime. Before she was a teacher, Stout’s first real job was writing community sports stories for the town paper. She has also worked as a Pizza Hut waitress, a math lab supervisor and an elementary school aide at Throop. Despite these different jobs, her favorite has always been being a teacher.

“I have really enjoyed being a math teacher. I appreciate all the hard work my students do and all the support from my colleagues,” said Stout.


Stout is pictured today in the halls of PHS.


Story by Lili Seals

Speech Contest to be Held April 10

On Wednesday, April 10, students in advanced English and speech classes will be participating in the annual PHS Speech Contest. The contest will consist of two rounds. Students will be dismissed to Round One shortly after the morning announcements, and Round Two should end before B lunch.

Students will have the opportunity to present a piece of their choice in front of classmates and judges. Students will be scored in several categories. The categories include the following: Classic Poetry, Contemporary Poetry, Policy Presentation, Oratorical, Humorous Poetry, Humorous Duo, Dramatic Duo, Original Speech, Inspirational Reading, Religious Reading, Dramatic Monologue, Dramatic Reading, Humorous Reading, Humorous Monologue and Narrative Poetry.

The category most students are participating in this year is Contemporary Poetry.

The judges for this year’s contest are Rob Brown, Janice Pickens, Gary Swick, Paul Walerczak, Steven Tate, Karie Becht, Greg Walker, Kevin Street, Janet Perry, Scott McGowen, Karen Hudelson, Ruby Crowder, Martha Nice, Bruce Hawkins, John Hutcheson, Evie Shellenberger, Jamey Sullivan and Dave Dedrick.

An awards ceremony will be held on Friday, April 12 in the Ruth Uyesugi Auditorium. Winners from each category will have the chance to present their piece to the staff and student body. Reserve Grand Champion and Grand Champion will be awarded to the top contestants of the entire contest.


Story by Lili Seals

Throwback Feature: Satterfield Instills Work Ethic in Performers

Color guard instructor Steve Satterfield graduated from Paoli High School in 1985. Satterfield was accepted into Indiana University and received a degree in psychology. This lead him to become a behavioral therapist for Dockside Services in Madison, Indiana. When he was in college, he became interested in color guard and has been an instructor since.

In junior high and high school, Satterfield was a part of drumline. He marched with the BlueCoats Drum and Bugle Corps from Canton, Ohio and was a world finalist. Despite his drumming success, color guard peaked his interest in college. Satterfield enjoys the appearance and outcome.

“I enjoyed the pageantry of color guard the first time I saw it and knew I wanted to be involved with this activity right away,” said Satterfield.

Satterfield found his high school instructor very demanding of him and his peers, but his color guard instructor, Kelly Stemple from New York City, inspirational.

“She was very strict and not very empathetic to students, being good at what we did,” said Satterfield.

The teaching habits of Stemple rubbed off on Satterfield as he works with his own guards. In the 29 years Satterfield has instructed, he has worked with many different schools but currently reaches 4 high schools and a university. He works with Paoli Jr Sr High School, Washington Co. Ky High School, Southwestern High School, Madison High School and Campbellsville University. Satterfield has won awards for nearly “everything there is to win.” This includes state championships for three states and the finals for each group he works for. Trophies aren’t everything to Satterfield, though. The real reward is his progressing students.

“The joy of seeing a group evolve and mature and blossom into a great performance is what makes it all worthwhile,” said Steve.

Satterfield’s work can be stressful at times. Parents and students don’t cooperate and put full effort in all the time, and when he already has so many other responsibilities, it can take a toll on him. Each group he tends to needs a lot of work apart from practices and designing the shows. No matter how much hard work is thrown at him, he sticks to lesson he learned in his own guard days.

“The other big reward I get is seeing students learn to have work ethic and learn that it takes a lot of hard work to win at anything in life,” said Satterfield.

Satterfield doesn’t intend to quit instructing anytime soon. He wishes to continuing teaching the skill and the unspoken lessons that come with it.

“Watching students become strong and confident in knowing how to work to achieve the goals they strive for is important in all aspects of their lives,” said Satterfield.



Satterfield is pictured with his color guard team.


Story by Jozalyn Kempf

Youth First Social Worker Coming to PHS

Paoli High School has put together the money needed to have the Youth First social worker be a part of our school system, starting the fall of 2019-2020 school year.  The $35,000 the school needs to provide as their portion came from the Casino Fund.

“We will now have a certified social worker to work with students and families to help meet their many needs and ensure success at school,” said Superintendent Greg Walker.  

The process is still in the beginning stages, and much more has to be determined and decided.


Story by Faith Wilder

Poe Prepares for Future Through Choir

Junior Megan Poe has been in choir for seven years. She has competed in events that require a high level of vocal ability, such as Solo and Ensemble and Honor Choir. Solo and Ensemble consists of learning a solo and performing it in front of a panel of judges, while Honor Choir involves auditioning for a coveted spot in a prestigious choir that performs difficult songs in front an audience.

However, the competition of being in choir isn’t why she participates.

“The complete reason I’m in choir is to just sing and have fun with my choir family,” said Poe.

Poe has many memories, but her favorite has to be from when former choir teacher Debbie Stroud was in charge of the program.

“My favorite memory has to be when I got my first ever solo with Mrs. Stroud in junior high. It was so much fun,” said Poe.

Poe enjoys singing tenor, which is one of the lower parts. For Poe, choir doesn’t come with any downsides.

“It always seems like I have fun in that class,” said Poe.

Choir not only provides fun for Poe. It also gives her an edge on what she wants to do once she leaves PHS.

“I plan on going to Indiana University for musical theatre, so choir helps me develop my voice so I’ll perform better in college,” said Poe.

Poe plans on singing for as long as possible.

“I’ll be in choir and doing things with singing for the rest of my life. I can tell you that for sure,” said Poe.


Story by Chandler Hinton

PHS SAT Testing Dates Announced

PHS has recently been approved to be an SAT testing location for the 2019-2020 school year.

“[We’ll be testing] August 24, 2019; October 5, 2019; May 2, 2020 and June 6, 2020,” said Vice Principal Fred Unsicker.

The demand for SAT testing has caused more test dates to be added.

The College Board has added the August testing due to a high demand nationwide from students to take the SAT early their senior year so they can get the early college admission process started,” said Unsicker.


Story by Chandler Hinton

Sophomore Creating “The Breakfast Club”

Recently, sophomore Alyssa Warren has started a club named “The Breakfast Club” for any high schooler who is going through issues in life. Warren thought “The Breakfast Club” was a fitting title because, just like the movie, she wants to bring people with different backgrounds together and allow all students the chance for reassurance of themselves and to know they aren’t alone.

Warren wants to provide students a feeling of home and have the most comfortable atmosphere in the club as possible. She plans to incorporate religion into her club and intends to have a prayer and talk through problems anyone is having.

“I started this club because this year, I have noticed many defeated faces and many students that just seem hurt walking in the halls. I want to help and make a difference and hopefully be a piece of home for students who can’t seem to find that here. I have been led, through answered prayers, to be a light to these peers. I decided the best way to do this was to allow the opportunity to anyone who is seeking guidance or someone to talk to can come and meet, and we can have a casual talk that hopefully will help many people,” said Warren.

She hopes that any student in grades 9-12 who wants to have someone to talk to or needs encouragement will attend. She wants to have a laid back atmosphere, and there aren’t any dues and there are no “members.” Anyone is welcome anytime. She hopes the club will open many doors to new conversations and enjoyable interactions between peers at PHS.

“This is an opportunity just to have a boost midweek and hopefully make people feel not so alone. There is no signing up; it is just come as you please, so come and try it. The meetings are nothing serious, just a time for people to come and relax in reassurance of life itself,” said Warren.

Warren’s biggest challenge for the club is her inclusion of religion. She met with the School Board and Superintendent Greg Walker to gain approval for including Christian values, morals and references during meetings. Some students may not consider the club if they know religion is involved, so that is a challenge for Warren.

“Since I am looking to include prayer and verses from the Bible, it will be easy to step on some toes. I will have to overcome some persecution from others and work around that to be able to succeed in what I’m trying to do,” said Warren.

The first meeting of “The Breakfast Club” will be April 10 in the library during homeroom for any high schooler who is interested or needs a boost or prayer.

“I hope to have people interested and coming. It should be a good time, and I’m looking forward to stepping out and meeting new people while getting this started,” said Warren.


Story by Angie Ceja

AP Exam Incentive Program Continuing

Students planning on taking AP Exams this year could potentially earn $125 due to their performance on the exams.

If a student passes an AP exam, they receive an incentive check. The amount of money they receive depends on the score they earn on the exam.  

AP tests are scored on a 1-5 scale. A score of three is considered passing. Any student who earns a 3 will receive a stipend of $125. Students earning a score of 4 or 5 will receive a $175 stipend,” said Assistant Principal Fred Unsicker.

The state of Indiana pays for the science, math and English exams.  The school currently pays for the remaining exams, such as Studio Art, Music Theory and United States Government and Politics. If a student passes an exam the state does not pay for, the school takes out the cost of the exam from their incentive check.

“Tests are not cheap; they’re about $85 a piece,” said Unsicker. “This stipend is a way of offsetting the cost of tests that the state isn’t paying for.”

However, not everyone approves of this system.

”Several AP students have asked us to modify how we do our incentives program,” said Unsicker. “We are looking to modify our grant and policy so all of the incentive money goes toward the student.”

Students who are taking the AP exams can expect to test May 4 through May 17. Each test is a scheduled for a certain date and time. For more information, visit https://apcentral.collegeboard.org/courses/exam-dates-and-fees.

Story by Chandler Hinton

Barnyard Carnival Coming to Fourth Graders

On April 11, the Barnyard Carnival will be taking place at the 4-H Fairgrounds. The Barnyard Carnival is used to educate fourth graders from surrounding areas about agriculture and agriculture-related jobs. It also introduces the students to FFA and what the group is doing in the school.

Some of the Paoli FFA students will be going to help and will be in three groups. Senior Nick Padgett, junior Jalyn Engleking and freshman Baylee Crane will be running a booth about pigs. Another group, junior Murphy Laws, senior Chloe Elliott and junior Myranda Hickman, will be discussing hydroponics. Freshman Jonathon Garcia, eighth grader Emilie Bobbitt, eighth grader Tucker Hooten and eighth grader Aliza Allen will be helping with drinks, lunches and other miscellaneous tasks.

I hope they learn new things and hope they get interested in something one of the booths are doing. I personally hope to get them interested in being leaders and maybe becoming part of FFA,” said sophomore FFA member Tara Robbins.


Story by Haley Owens

Throwback Feature: Cole Continues Basketball Legacy

PHS class of 1999 alumnus Dusty Cole was involved in many activities as a student at Paoli. Cole was a member of the basketball team, football team and baseball team.

Cole was captain of the basketball, football and baseball teams. He also received many awards, such as Gold Glove in baseball, MVP in basketball, Highest Field Goal Percentage, Highest Free Throw Percentage, Most Assists, Offensive MVP in football, Academic All-State, Small School All-State and All-Conference in each sport.

Cole also set many school records, including most home runs in a game, most receptions in a season, most receptions in a career, most touchdown receptions in a season, most touchdown receptions in a career, most touchdown receptions in a game and most interceptions in a game.

“I have tons of stories, memories and experiences. To be honest, I remember the people and the relationships just as much as I do the events and the experiences,” said Cole.

Cole will always remember the athletic competitions, especially play-offs and tournament games. Cole’s basketball team went to state the 1998-1999 school year, which was his senior year. His football team had an upset against highly-ranked Southridge, who had defeated them earlier in the season.

Cole’s mentors throughout his high school years have also shaped him into who he is today.

“Mr. Magner, Mr. Stuckwisch, Mr, Kirby, Mr. Sutherlin, Coach Brown, Coach Hahn, Coach Bless, Mr. Stroud, Mr. Babcock and Dr. Combs were all were great mentors for me,” said Cole.

The people who Cole is most fond of persuaded his decision making when choosing to become a teacher and coach.

“I can look back at so many people and so many experiences that molded me into the person I am today. At times, I learned some hard lessons. I was successful, and I failed. I made good choices, and I made bad choices. Most importantly, I feel like I learned from all of those things. There was always someone there for me trying to keep me on the right path and trying to explain to me how to learn and get better from each experience. I was so blessed to have so many people who cared about me,” said Cole.

Cole is now married to Shae Cole and has three kids, Fletcher, 12, Finnley, 7, and Fitz, 5. Cole resides in Paoli along with the rest of his family, and is now approaching his tenth year as a teacher and coach at Paoli.

“I believe Paoli is a great community. That is why I am still here raising my family here,” said Cole.

Cole doesn’t live with many regrets in life, but he does believe he wished his high school experiences away too fast. His advice to the students now would be to enjoy the process, take it all in and don’t rush too much.

“At some point, you have to realize who the people are that are trying to help you and who really doesn’t care what you do or how you turn out. Always try to find the positive in people, no matter what happens, and don’t be one of the ones that complain about everything. Just find what makes you happy and try to be content with certain things in life. If you’re always looking for something better, you will never find true happiness,” said Cole.


Cole is pictured above.

Story by Makiya Russelburg

Throwback Feature: Minton Remembers Life at PHS

Former Paoli High School student Richard Minton graduated in 1972. After graduating, Minton decided to stay in his small hometown, and he has now lived in Paoli for 47 years. Minton believes his time at PHS helped him become the man he is today, thanks to some of his PHS teachers and coaches.

“During all of my years, my favorite teacher was Darrell Newkirk. He made my physical education class enjoyable, and he taught me many life lessons,” said Minton.
Minton was never a big fan of mandatory classes, but he enjoyed his history class with Gary Hagg.

“I took his class my junior and senior year and unexpectedly enjoyed it. I was never a huge fan of school. Sports kept my interest more than any of my classes,” said Minton.

Minton played basketball for the Rams for three years of his high school career. He played junior varsity during his sophomore season and was on the varsity team for his junior and senior years.

“My coach Mike Copper was a great coach. He would always joke with me and tell me that I needed to be taller, but he was a really good guy and taught me some great life lessons. I learned that I needed to be mentally tough and work hard to achieve great things,” said Minton.

Minton spent time outside of school with his friends Randy Chastain and John Huff.

“We spent lots of time driving around, playing basketball at the park, stopping by Chat-n-Snack and Shakeburger. We had some good times,” said Minton.

Minton worked at Shakeburger for part of his high school career and for some time after he graduated.

Minton met his sweetheart, Dinah Hypes, a sophomore at the time, his senior year of high school. Hypes was a basketball cheerleader and loved watching Minton play. They went on their first date at a restaurant called Tasty House after a basketball game one night, and the couple has been together ever since. The week after Hypes graduated, they were married.

After Minton graduated, he began working at Electricom and had several other jobs before working at REMC for twelve years. Minton now owns his own business, Minton Billiard Supplies, which has been going since 1989.

Minton, still married to Dinah, has two children, Kasie and Brent, and they also attended and graduated from PHS. Minton now has three grandchildren, Kaden, Benjamin, and Miley. Kaden also attends PHS while Benjamin and Miley are homeschooled.  

Minton has no regrets from his time at PHS, and he encourages today’s students and student athletes to work hard and never give up.

“Don’t get discouraged during practices. Put in the time and effort– it will be worth it. Keep practicing your sport and enjoy your time on the court. It won’t last forever,” said Minton.


Minton is pictured above with his wife.

Story by Kaden Lewellyn

Lunch Changes Coming for PHS Students

Due to a survey sent out to students by Principal Chad Johnson, new changes will be made to PHS’s lunch menu. The survey asked students to vote on new a la carte options, which are food items that can be purchased separately from the meal served.

Students will now have the option between three different a la carte options every day. For example, on Monday, April 1, the a la carte options are pork barbecue on bun, a hamburger or pizza. On April 2, the a la carte options are a beef patty, a hamburger or a chicken patty.

These are just a la carte options, so students can still get the additional food which is served as a meal.

“I’m just trying to give the students more opportunity of different choices that they like to eat,” said Head Cook Donna Wilder.  


Story by Sara Kesterson

Supermileage Preparing for Upcoming Races

In April and May, Supermileage will have the opportunity to compete in many different races with at least 50 teams throughout the state. The team will be participating in Division II in the ETEI SuperMileage Challenge, which consists of Indiana high schools labeled 1A and 2A.

The test and tunes with mini races are located in Columbus, Indiana and will take place on April 6. Supermileage will also be competing in races at Purdue University on April 20, and at the Marion County Fairgrounds in Indianapolis on May 4. The team will be participating in the EKS World Finals, held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, on May 15. The ETEI Supermileage Challenge at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis is on April 28 and 29. Supermileage will be competing against 50 teams from all over the state.

“We are setting up our kart and will be practicing in the parking lot as much as possible. We will be looking at and collecting data on energy use, gear ratios, weight transfers, tire temperatures and pressures, caster and camber settings and motor controller settings,” said Supermileage Sponsor Jason Goodman.

The team has been preparing in order to do well in their upcoming races.

“We have a quite sophisticated spreadsheet design we created that allows us to punch in some settings and it will provide us with data, charts and graphs to compare trials in order to help us to choose the best setup,” said Supermileage Sponsor Jason Goodman.

The team’s goal is to complete a race without any problems and finish in the top three.

“We are excited about this program fulfilling the Learn and Demonstrate Employability Skills Graduation Requirement this year and for the future. Next year, we will be offering a new class, Computers in Design and Production, that will allow us to partner with Purdue University.  Students in that class will be driving, testing and learning about go-karts,” said Goodman.


Story by Lili Seals

Throwback Feature: Lindley Recalls Life Accomplishments

History teacher Chris Lindley graduated as the salutatorian of the Paoli High School class of 1986. After graduating, Lindley went to Indiana University to obtain his bachelor’s degree. He graduated from IU with honors and was a 4.0 student twice. Lindley then transferred to Indiana University Southeast for his master’s degree. He majored in B.S. and M.S. Secondary Social Studies Education: U.S History, Government, Geography and Sociology.

Lindley has many accomplishments in other parts of his life as well. Lindley has been nominated by the DAR for Indiana History Teacher of the Year and has been head of the Social Studies Department. Lindley served as part of the building steering committee for several years while they were working toward accreditation in the early 2000s. He successfully coached the academic team for more than 20 years and had three teams advance to State, one of those teams getting a bronze during the 2014 competition in English. Lindley has played a big role in the drama productions since 2009. He has played roles in some of the plays if they needed a role filled during his time helping the drama production. He was an anchor for many television election coverage shows in 2003, 2004 and 2006 with former PHS English teacher Cynthia Webb’s television class and was a part of her telethons.

We also created a series of documentaries called ‘The Challenge of Democracy.’ As part of that project, we went to Washington, D.C., where we met with Lee Hamilton and with Senator Lugar’s staff. I interviewed Governor Mitch Daniels when he came to Paoli after his election win. I’ve helped create and emcee two School Board forums for our school district as well as the ‘Hoosier Genius’ show to celebrate Indiana’s bicentennial in 2016,” said Lindley.

Lindley’s advanced history class has produced an annual “Night at the Museum” for over 15 years and in the past three years have received awards and judges. Lindley is married to Michelle Lindley and has three children, Patrick, Dylan and Ashley Lindley. He also has three grandchildren, Dawson, Hunter and Jace.

“I love gardening and raising poultry, reading, learning history, and have a special interest in our local area’s history. I have been involved in 4-H both as a youth and now as an adult volunteer. I also judge horse shows and do equestrian workshops for 4-Hers,” said Lindley.

Lindley has served as on the 4-H Poultry Committee for the last 17 years and has been a chairman for the last eight years.  

“We were successful in growing the project to the point of needing more space and advocated for the move to the bigger building. After Billy Drury’s death, my wife and I were successful in getting the building named in his honor,” said Lindley.

From his time as a both a teacher and a student at PHS, Lindley has had the experience to be able to give important advice to students of today.

“In this life, many circumstances are beyond your control, but you can control how you respond to them. Look for the opportunities, and do not let the inevitable failures and heartaches prevent you from pushing forward to be the best person you can be, keeping the focus that people matter more than money or fame. Remember that no one arrives anywhere on their own, so surround yourself with quality people who will tell you the truth and love you and challenge you and find ways to give back for all the blessings that have been given to you,” said Lindley.


Lindley is pictured with his wife, Michelle.

Story by Faith Wilder

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

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