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    Fields’ Song

    Singing is something some people could do all day. Senior Cody Fields loves to sing and has learned something important from being in choir. He’s learned to not be shy

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    Reality Store

    The real world can be a scary place for unprepared teens, but some preparation can help to ease some of the fear. On March 17, there will be a “Reality

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    Artists in Training

    Artists in Training (Click link above to see photo essay) By Lexie Stroud Students who are involved in art at PHS know that room 212 is home. Taught by art

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    Archery State Qualifier

    Archery State Qualifier (Click link above to see photo essay) By Addison Wells On February 7 the archery team competed in the state qualifier at Throop Elementary. The teams sent

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    Jobs Available at Paoli Community Park

    If you need a job and want to work at the Paoli Community Park, stop at the office and pick up an application. Applications need to be turned in by

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    Paoli Defeats Scottsburg

    Paoli Defeats Scottsburg (Click link above to see photo essay) By Katie May On February 14, the Paoli Varsity Rams faced off at home against the Scottsburg Warriors. The Rams

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    Murder Mystery

      This Saturday, February 18, Drama Club will be performing a murder mystery dinner as a fundraiser for both Tri Kappa and the Drama Club at the Paoli Community Building.

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Ag Olympics on schedule Friday

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The agriculture department is celebrating National FFA week.  To help celebrate, the department is having dress up days for each day of the week and having Agriculture Olympics event on Friday, February 24.  

Amy Tuell, a seventh grade teacher, is using her class time to take her class to participate in this.  

”The main purpose of the AG Olympics is to get students interested in the agriculture department,” said Tuell.  

At the event on Friday  students will be participating in five different events. Ag students will be on hand to help students play tag find, lasso, pie eating, egg race and nail drive.  After the events, they will have professionals come in and speak to the students about the different parts of agriculture and the different types of jobs they can do.  

Anyone who is interested in FFA should go see the guidance counselor and see if they can get these classes into their schedule for next school year.  

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Fields’ Song

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Singing is something some people could do all day. Senior Cody Fields loves to sing and has learned something important from being in choir. He’s learned to not be shy about things.

“The one thing I learned is to have confidence and enjoy the things you like to do,” said Fields. “So that’s what I did.”

Fields has been in choir for four years. One year in junior high, two years in varsity, and one year of men’s choir. Men’s choir started this year and is very similar to any other type of choir, except it is all men.

Choir allows Fields to enjoy himself and learn new songs. Fields’s favorite performance was Bohemian Rhapsody, which was done his freshman year of high school.

“I enjoyed all of my choir performances. No matter if we had practice all week or not at all. They were still fun to do,” said Fields.

When most people do whatever it is they like to do, they usually learn something from it. For Fields, it is something that several people struggle with.

“I have become more confident in myself because of choir,’’ said Fields. “I am glad I joined it.”

Fields’s plans after high school are still undecided.

Story by Avery Owens

Reality Store

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The real world can be a scary place for unprepared teens, but some preparation can help to ease some of the fear.

On March 17, there will be a “Reality Store,” and eighth graders will have the opportunity to participate in this.

At the Reality Store, eighth graders will be able to experience financial troubles they may face in the real world when they are older. They will be able to walk around to 17 different booths to discover different types of careers that are available to them according to their GPA and career preferences. To add to the careers, they will also fill out a budget sheet including the monthly costs of necessities such as food, clothing, bills and other utilities giving them a possible perspective of their lives.

“This helps students to begin thinking about their future, what kinds of careers are out there and how to set goals to get there,” said guidance counselor Brandi Kerley.

Volunteers from about 17 careers will be joining to help the eighth graders discover the importance of a good GPA and good lifestyle.

“Working hard in school and maintaining a good GPA keeps all the doors open to them to achieve their goals after high school,” said Kerley.

Story by Maggie Vincent

Stroud’s Passion for Wrestling

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Finding a hobby so young and holding onto it for long can be rare, and hardly ever does it develop into a lifestyle. For a lot of people, it’s a struggle to find that passion.

For senior Will Stroud, that passion started in the second grade, and it was wrestling. Stroud has been wrestling for ten years now, and has had many experiences on the road.

Stroud’s mother, Sara Hess, was a professional wrestler; this got him fascinated in the sport. Folkstyle, the type of wrestling Stroud does, is much different than the type of professional wrestling his mother used to do.

“My mom motivates me to do the best that I can,” said Stroud.

During his junior year, Stroud believes he experienced his best match yet.

“At the Scottsburg invite, it was one of the hardest matches I’ve ever been in,” said Stroud. “I wrestled a kid from Crawford and went into overtime. My nose was destroyed and it wouldn’t stop bleeding, he ended up winning in overtime, but the kid was one of my friends and it was just a very good match.”

While in high school, Stroud has had his fair share of wins and loses, and a well deserved spot and memory at Regional.

“I went to Regional my freshman year and we were in the ticket round, which is the round that determines if you move onto Semi-State. I was winning by points and ended up in a bad position and the kid pinned me,” said Stroud. “It was alright and I could’ve definitely done better. I’m glad I had the experience.”

Stroud has to keep his mind clear while on the mat and focus on the opponent. Before stepping on the mat, he thinks about all of the matches he has lost and his late father, Josh Stroud, and how he loved to watch him wrestle.

For his senior year, Stroud did not have any specific goals.

“I had a good year this year, and it is definitely one of the most memorable,” said Stroud.

After graduation, Stroud plans to attend IUPUI in Indianapolis to study marketing and video production, as well as traveling.

Story by India Wong

Murder Mystery

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This Saturday, February 18, Drama Club will be performing a murder mystery dinner as a fundraiser for both Tri Kappa and the Drama Club at the Paoli Community Building.

Tri Kappa is a Greek sorority which exists only in the state of Indiana, and is known for their philanthropic projects and donations.

The mystery dinner will be set up like a 1980’s prom, where cast members, alongside the audience, will try to determine who is guilty of the murder that takes place during the show.

There will also be a pork loin dinner served and an opportunity to get your prom picture taken during the night.

Costumes are encouraged, but not required to attend the dinner. Tickets are $20 per person, the doors open at 6 pm and the dinner begins at 7 pm.

Story by Rebekah Reeves

Farm Machinery Show Field Trip

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Students involved in the agriculture program are heading to the Farm Machinery Show in Louisville, Kentucky on Wednesday. Located at the Kentucky Exposition Center, this convention is being held from Feb. 15-18.

There will be 850 exhibitors in a space covering over 1.2 million square feet.

This National Farm Machinery Show is the largest indoor farm show in America and some of the PHS students have the privilege to attend and experience this event. The students attending will be able to observe the farm machinery and meet many other Agriculture students that they will have a lot in common with.

Story by Kennedy Embry

Breakfast Buffet Fundraiser

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This Saturday, February 18th, the Paoli Archery team is holding a Breakfast Buffet Fundraiser at Throop Cafeteria. You can come any time from 7 to 11 am and enjoy the delicious breakfast offerings.

Adult Meals are $10.00 each

Student Meals are $5.00 each.

Come support this great program and get an awesome breakfast BUFFET!

Some items on the buffet include: 
Biscuits and gravy
Hashbrown casserole
Sausage
Pancakes
Eggs
Coffee cake
Pastries
And more!

Proceeds from the fundraiser will help pay for entry fees for the team, as they compete in the NASP sanctioned tournament events, which typically are 10 to 40 dollars per archer.

New Coaches Hired

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At the February 13 Paoli School board meeting, the Board met to discuss the upcoming personnel changes for the baseball and football programs. This is following the process of interviewing and debating new coaches for both teams. After much deliberation, the board came to a decision. The group found a new head football coach in Jeremy Lowry. Lowry has been closely tied to the program for years and now, after a 7-0 vote, is prepared to step into the head coaching job.

As for the baseball program, the board decided to rehire coach Aaron Hannon. Coach Hannon is eager to continue growing his program after his reinstatement on a 4-3 vote.

With support from the athletes and community these new coaches hope to have success and stay with the winning traditions of Paoli.

Story by Dietrich Sears

Group to Visit State House Thursday

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AP Government and Economics class, taught by Scott Gudorf, will be traveling to the Indiana State House on Feb. 16 to see the workings of state government.

After enjoying a continental breakfast and taking a tour of the State House in Indianapolis, the students will be meeting Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch; State Auditor Tera Klutz; and the Superintendent of Public Instruction’s Chief Academic Officer Kelly Wittman.

“This is a great opportunity for students to see their state government at work,” said Gudorf.
Story by Tim Leone

Upgrade Research to Begin

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Construction projects are being planned at both Throop Elementary and the Paoli Jr. Sr. High School. These projects will upgrade specific areas of both schools to benefit the student body. Superintendent Casey Brewster will be the head of these projects.

“I see these construction upgrades as improvements to our schools,” said Brewster.

An agricultural expansion, including a new animal lab attached to the greenhouse, is one of the many upgrades that PHS will hope to see.

Other construction plans for the high school include sensor switches for interior lighting, a solution to address water runoff and a softball dressing room.

As pointed out by Brewster, some of these construction jobs are a higher priority than others. Throop will be seeking restroom upgrades, which will be more efficient and use less water. Proposals and then possible bids will be accepted over a period of four months and  if a bid is selected, projects at Paoli Schools can begin.

Story by Jace Ingle

Why New Voices Matters

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Today is the digital age. Information, stories, lies and truth are published everywhere by everyone. Our senses are over exerted by the amount of information thrown at us at every moment. There are no ethics in sharing, no morals are taught; anyone can tell anything, anyone can post anything.

In contrast, student journalists, those who choose to be the commanding voice above the gossip and hearsay of social media, are threatened with censorship at every turn. Student journalists in both high schools and universities across the country do not even enjoy the same freedoms as parody accounts on Twitter or estranged family on Facebook. Educational administrations continue to threaten censorship over student publications all over the country and even here in Indiana. The grassroots organization, New Voices of Indiana, hopes to change that.

New Voices of Indiana is an organization of students and supporters from all across Indiana with the hopes of protecting student free speech rights in high schools and universities. The primary focus of the group is the New Voices Bill, a legislative act to help end censorship in schools and universities so the truth-sayers of tomorrow know how to effectively and responsibly use the publishing tools at their disposal.

The New Voices Bill has been crafted mainly by students from all walks of education from different areas of the state, with the help of the adult supporters, 12 students have created the bill and are perfecting it. The Bill is sponsored by two representatives, Ed Clere of New Albany and Ed Delaney of Indianapolis.

Students from across the state have come together to craft the New Voices Bill for various reasons. One thing they all have in common is their passion. Andrew Tapp of Southport high school has been involved in the writing of the bill.

“…the press is not censored and are allowed to publish stories like Woodward and Bernstein did with Watergate. However, it is not as if these fine journalists over the years have just walked into a newsroom and created Pulitzer Prize winning pieces. They were trained and had previous experience. For most of them, that came from working on a publication in high school and then continuing their work in college. Here’s the thing though, if students are censored and aren’t allowed to do good investigative journalism and report the news, how do we expect them to be able to do it when they’re older?” said Tapp.

Aside from the students helping legislatively, there is another group of students within the New Voices of Indiana helping to publicize and effectively cover the bill, the organization and the progress of both. Furthermore, these student journalists will sharpen their own reporting skills by working to effectively report on New Voices and its impacts. These 28 students are also from across the state and from many different high schools and universities.

One of the students working on the media team is Indiana University Southeast student Joseph Kauffman. Kauffman is the co-editor-in-chief of The Horizon, a pacemaker winning publication. When asked about the impact of student involvement in the New Voices legislation and New Voices organization, Kauffman responded:

“Actions speak louder than words,” said Kauffman. “and [student involvement in New Voices of Indiana] shows we take the bill and the freedoms it confers seriously enough to devote our time and efforts to its construction and passage. This isn’t something we’re just sitting back and receiving solely through the hard work of others, such as our advisers and professional journalists. This is us saying we believe in this, we deserve it, and we are ready for it with our actions.”

To be effective in the future, it’s necessary for student journalists to exercise and practice with their rights and freedoms. Moreover, student journalists are learning how to responsibly utilize the thousands of publishing tools before all of us. The student journalists of today are the voices of tomorrow. Well-informed citizens are the cornerstone of democracy; without proper protections, those who will inform and speak for the citizens of tomorrow suffer infringement with no voice themselves.

In today’s digital age, we don’t know truth from lie. We need well trained, well versed journalists to seek the truth and report what’s really happening in our world. We need New Voices.

Story by Lily Thompson

No School February 20

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On February 20, PHS students will have a day off from school.

This day was meant to be used as an eLearning day for students. However, since there was no snow before February 3, the eLearning day was canceled. Teachers would have needed that week to prepare the assignments for the students.

“We have been fortunate to not have a lot of bad weather this winter so far, but February isn’t over yet,” said eCoach Heather Nichols. “I see us coming up with ways to use this method of making up days in the future.”

So turn off your alarms on February 20 and prepare to sleep in!

Story by India Wong

Archery Recap

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On Feb. 7, 2017 the Paoli NASP Archery program held their second annual state qualifier for Indiana NASP Archery. The archery program is in its second year at PHS. This team shot in the state, national and world tournaments in their 2016 season.

In contrast to last year, the 2017 state qualifier was a larger event with 117 total archers from four different schools, including 45 archers from Paoli. There were four separate flights of archers starting at 5:30 pm. The last flight of shooters didn’t start until about 8:30 pm.

While the shoot was happening, the archery team sold concessions with the help of parents in hopes of raising money to help fund equipment and fees for tournaments. Combined with the ticket sales, the program made approximately $800-$1,000.

Archery Coach Kyle Woolston is hopeful for the 2017 season.

“Our archers are shooting personal bests at almost every contest we attend.  They are raising their own personal bars and pushing scores out that are comparable to many established programs,” said Woolston. “We have high hopes for our team as a whole, and expect to advance to state, and eventually onto nationals and worlds.”

The highest scoring archer of the night was Lily Thompson, who shot a 282 out of 300 total points. Logan Love was the highest scoring high school male of the night with a 279/300. The highest scoring junior high female was Taylor Becht with a 260/300 and the highest scoring junior high male was Jordan Hedge with a 261/300.

The Paoli NASP Archery program was split into two teams for the 2016 season and is doing the same again for the 2017 season. The first Paoli Archery team overall ended with a total score of 3244. The second team fielded by Paoli High school shot a total score of 3005. The cut score needed to be invited to the state tournament is not set in stone, but based on the scores in years past, the first team is confident they reached the score needed to qualify. The second team is riding the line needed to qualify, but the archers are hopeful. The teams will likely shoot at the state tournament on March 11 at the Indianapolis Exposition Center. The archers hope to achieve a score high enough at the state tournament to advance onto the national tournament in Louisville, KY in May.

Story by Lily Thompson

The New Voices of Indiana

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The New Voices of Indiana is an organization committed to the protection of student free speech.

The organization is comprised of adult supporters and two separate groups of high school and college students. The legislative team is in charge of writing, advocating and working toward passing the New Voices Bill. The New Voices Bill is a bill trying to be passed hoping to implement protections for the student journalists all throughout the state.

“I am part of the media team. My group and I are in charge of covering the bill and all its parts; we write stories, interview and cover the bill as real news,” said senior Lily Thompson.

Thompson is currently in the process of writing a story about the importance of The New Voices Bill.

Story by Haley Owens

Hall Decorating and Themes

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We will be decorating the halls in purple and gold for boys sectional. If you would like to help decorate, you can make posters and put in the halls. We will do this everyday until Sectional (2/28).
Themes for the rest of the home ball games:
2/14 vs Scottsburg – Red
2/21 vs N Harrison – Hawaiian
2/24 vs Crawford County – Throwback
2/28 Sectional – White Out

Booster Club Canned Food Drive

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Booster Club is sponsoring a canned food drive for the Orange County Food Pantry.  If you are a Booster Club member and bring in five canned goods, you will receive a white t-shirt to decorate for boys sectional.  If you are not a Booster Club member, you can bring in five can goods and the t-shirt will be $3. Please support the food pantry and boys basketball.

Hobson’s Life Behind the Scenes

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Not many people can handle the high levels of stress that come with managing a group of people and producing a show, but for senior June Hobson, it’s one of her favorite things about school.

In her Advanced Speech and Communications class (commonly called “TV” or “the studio”), Hobson is the student producer and ads manager, meaning she is responsible for keeping everyone on task, scoring the daily show, uploading it to YouTube and organizing all the businesses that sponsor PHS News Today.

She started Advanced Speech and Communications her Junior year because her friend Aylissa Bush encouraged her to join, so there would be a senior in the class of 2017 to work on the tribute. Hobson has been in media classes with Mrs. Nichols since she was a freshman.

“My favorite part of the studio is working with all of the other students and hosting events such as the NHS Tapping and the School Board Forum. They are a lot of stress but in the end we are always proud of the outcome and it pushes our program further,” said Hobson.

She is currently planning to attend the University of Indianapolis for accounting, with a career in TV as a back up.

“I love seeing the progress our staff and program have been making this year!” said Hobson.

Story by Dorothy Gofourth

Pork Dinner and Silent Auction

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Orleans High School will be hosting a pork dinner and silent auction today. The pork dinner is from 5 pm to 6:45 pm (just before the Paoli vs. Orleans varsity basketball game, which will begin at 7 pm). Tickets are eight dollars in advance or ten dollars at the door. Tickets may be gotten in advance at J&S Sportswear or the Mid-Southern Bank. The silent auction will be in the gym during the junior varsity and varsity games. Bidding ends at 8 pm, and all proceeds benefit the Orleans High School After Prom and Grand March.

Busick Aims for Success

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Last school year PHS adopted a new teacher, agriculture teacher Kyle Woolston. When Woolston joined the PHS family, he brought a new sport to the school that would become very popular: archery.

Last season the archery team went to Nationals, and then progressed to Worlds. PHS Senior Jaylin Busick was a part of the team and got to experience the thrill ride.

“When we went to Nationals and Worlds, I was really excited and nervous all at the same time,” said Busick. “But overall, it was a good experience and I am really excited for the upcoming season.”

Busick decided to join archery because it was something different that she had never gotten the chance to do. Like many other students, it was a choice she does not regret.

“Archery made me step out of my comfort zone and try something new. Once I got into the practices I realized it was a lot of fun and it is something I enjoy doing,” said Busick.

Busick loves getting to compete with friends and having fun at practices. Something she doesn’t like about archery is that the competitions aren’t close to home and not many people realize how successful they really are.

One person that motivates Busick to do her best is fellow classmate senior Logan Love.

“Logan really motivates me to try my hardest and he tries to help me improve,” said Busick.

Busick has some advice for anyone interested in joining archery.

“If you are somewhat interested in archery, then go to a couple of practices and try it! It is a lot of fun to be able to practice with your friends,” said Busick.

Story by Haley Owens

Rogers Hits the Slopes

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There are few people who have as much on their plate as Paoli high school senior Avery Rogers. Rogers is an avid runner, artist, volunteer, intellectual; she is a force to be reckoned with. On top of constantly staying in shape, completing masterpieces, volunteering with children through her church and through schools and competing academically, Rogers works a real, adult job. Rogers works part time as a skiing and snowboarding instructor at our very own Paoli Peaks.

Attention Juniors and Seniors

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All Juniors and Seniors: an Admissions Director from Vincennes University Jasper Campus will be here next Wednesday, February 15th, during homeroom in the Library to speak with students about furthering their education. There will be information available on both the Jasper and Vincennes Campus. Please join us to hear about the new and exciting programs that Vincennes University and Vincennes University Jasper have to offer.

Stewart Goes Beyond

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When some people see someone who is visually impaired, they automatically assume that they are helpless. Senior Nikki Stewart has learned to overcome her disability and do the things she wants to do despite this disability.

Stewart is a part of the drama club, booster club, NHS and has been a member of the Spanish club.

Stewart’s biggest milestone is either being inducted into NHS or her class rank. She is currently ranked third in her class out of around 90 students.

“I never dreamed I could reach third in my class,” said Stewart.

Through NHS, Stewart tutors a visually impaired student at Throop. She takes her time to teach this student how to read braille and use a brailler.

“This greatly influences our school and community because Nikki is a successful student who uses her talents to impact the lives of younger children,” said NHS sponsor Jaye Brewster.

Stewart is reaching to keep up the same work ethic she has had in the past.

“My goal for this school year is to graduate with an exceptional class rank and keep my grades up as I have in the past,” said Stewart.

Throughout school, Stewart’s biggest accomplishment has been overcoming visual impairment. She has been reading Braille since the age of three and has learned how to read some large fonts. She has also learned how to use a cane successfully and overcome the obstacles she’s run into throughout her life.

In the fall, Stewart plans to attend the University of Kentucky. Throughout college she wants to get a major in clinical psychology and a minor in Spanish. While going to school to be a child psychologist, Stewart plans on also receiving a master’s or doctorate’s degree.

Story by Avery Owens

White Lends a Helping Hand

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While in high school, teenagers want to find their niche, or where they belong. For senior Kelsi White that’s helping out in the community through volunteering with Tri-Hi-Y. White has been a member of Tri-Hi-Y for about three years now, and has been elected President for her final year of high school.

“I joined because I love helping out people and our community,” said White.

Tri-Hi-Y does many projects throughout the year, including Jubilee Christmas, Operation Christmas Child, making care packages for soldiers and fundraising donations for groups like SmileTrain, Doctors Without Borders, Rapha House and Save the Children. Of the projects that Tri-Hi-Y sponsors, White’s favorite project that they have done has been Cell Phones for Soldiers.

After high school, White plans to do more service projects within her community and others.

“Tri-Hi-Y has bettered me as a person. It has taught me about more things going on in the world, and the ways to help fix it. It allowed me to be more caring from seeing things through other people’s eyes,” said White.

If possible, White plans to join the Peace Corps to continue to help the world as much as she can.

By Rebekah Reeves

Meehan Involved in Local Politics

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Senior Chase Meehan is coming into his own as a democratic citizen.

“I’ve been interested in politics for many years, but I hadn’t ever truly become civically engaged. Last year into this year, thanks to the election, there have been more opportunities to participate in various events,” said Meehan.

Recently, Meehan was involved in a Paoli Town Council meeting on Jan. 17, concerning the negative media surrounding the Traditionalist Workers Party, a Southern Poverty Law Center designated white nationalist hate group and its presence in Paoli.

In the meeting, Meehan read out a line of an official proclamation proclaiming Paoli to be a welcoming community to all minorities.

“I felt proud that there were people standing up for what’s right, and I was honored to be involved,” said Meehan.

The group which pushed for the proclamation’s adoption, the Progressive Feminists of Orange County, also organized the Women’s March on the town square on Jan. 21.

“I hope that this proclamation will help people to see their prejudices and become more accepting of those who are different,” said Meehan

Story by Tim Leone

External Review Committee Coming to Paoli Schools

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From February 5th to February 8th there will be an External Review Committee reviewing the Paoli School district. Five representatives of the committee will be visiting classrooms, walking the halls and reviewing the quality of the schools.

“The committee members are from around the country and are here to view our school through the lens of five standards; Purpose and Direction, Governance and Leadership, Teaching and Assessing of Learning, Resources and Support Systems, and Using Results for Continuous Improvement. As part of the visit, various school employees have worked hard to prove our level of performance in each standard. Since this is a corporation review, both Throop and PHS will be involved in working with the team to gain an accurate view of Paoli Community Schools as a whole,” said principal Chad Johnson. “For the students, not much will be that different through the day. The team will be in most classrooms through the day evaluating the teaching process. These visits will last for at least 20 minutes, but can take longer. Other than that, be prepared to see the team members through the halls and students might be ready to answer questions that team members might have in classes or in the halls.”

Story by Garrett Vincent

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