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American Red Cross to Host Annual Blood Drive

The American Red Cross will be hosting their annual Blood Drive at Paoli High School on Wednesday, October 2. It will be held in the lower gym from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

We have a goal to collect 50 units of blood during the blood drive,” said Blood Drive Coordinator Danelle Manship.

In order to donate blood, you have to be at least 16 years of age and have parental consent or 18 years of age. Other eligibility requirements can be found at

For more information or to book your appointment, contact Manship at

Story by Gracie Walls


Orange County Youth Council Welcomes New Members

On Wednesday, August 28, interviews were held for the Orange County Youth Council. Between all three schools in the county, 20 people applied: ten from Springs Valley, four from Orleans and six from Paoli. The acceptance letters were sent out on August 30, and those who applied should have received them September 3. 19 new members were selected and received information about the first meeting. Once accepted, the members are on a trial basis for the first four months to make sure that schedules correlate.

Story by Haley Owens

Welcoming Mr. Wagner

On August 5, Paoli High School welcomed new Assistant Principal Ed Wagner. Wagner is a 1992 graduate of Bedford North Lawrence High School. After graduating, Wagner enlisted in the military. Following his service in the army in the 10th Mountain Division, Wagner went to Ball State University for Criminal Justice and Business Administration. From there, he became a police officer and eventually decided to return to school and get a degree in secondary education.

I became a police officer in Indianapolis and later became a special investigator for the DA’s office. While working as a police officer, I got a second Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education. I then got involved in education where I have been a head varsity football coach and athletic director. I got into administration for the challenges of it,” said Wagner.

Wagner has many plans for the year, but they all have a common goal of making the school a better place.

“I want to make Paoli High School better than it was before I arrived for both students and staff. Let’s have a great year,” said Wagner.

Story by Jozalyn Kempf

Mr. Wagner

FFA Mum Pickup Coming Soon

This year, Paoli FFA had their second annual mum sale. 

The mum fundraiser helps to fund the FFA’s contests and participation in other events throughout the year. Unlike last year, the chapter sold tickets for pre-orders this year. They sold a total of 500 tickets with five color options: yellow, purple, red, orange and white. All tickets were sold for $10 a piece.

“We are very excited to have a new mutually beneficial partnership with Cornucopia Farm. This partnership will allow us to raise funds for our program and bring high quality decorative fall products to our community,” said FFA Advisor Cory Scott. 

For those who bought mums, they can be picked up at the Agriculture Shop from September 3 through September 5, and tickets are needed as proof of purchase.

Story by Elizabeth Workman

Booster Club Looks to Spread Positivity

This year, Booster Club Sponsor Rachel Miller started a new trend at PHS. Every Friday, the Booster Club will have music playing in the hallways during passing periods. 

After playing the music for the first time, Booster Club received positive feedback, and 100 people filled out a Google form requesting songs to be played. 

I’ve received good feedback from other teachers and some of my 9th graders. The teachers like positivity, and the students like hearing their favorite songs,” said Miller. 

Last year, before Miller was Booster Club sponsor, she heard students in the halls give positive feedback toward the music. She knew that would be a great way to kick off this school year.

“Mr. Dittmer played music once last year when he was spearheading Booster Club and everyone loved it. People were nodding their head to the beat as they walked down the halls and everyone seemed to be in a good mood that day. I wanted to recreate those good feelings every week,” said Miller.   

Booster Club will not only be playing music for athletics, but also for other special events that happen throughout the school year. If anyone has a song request, Booster Club is looking for good beats that are school appropriate.

“I‘m trying to create an atmosphere of fun and camaraderie. We’re together for 35 hours a week, we might as well enjoy it,” said Miller.

Story by Corinne Magner

New Grading Scale Implemented for 2019-2020 School Year

For the 2019-2020 school year, Paoli Jr. Sr. High school made some adjustments to the grading scale. In the last school year, students’ grades transferred from one nine weeks to the next. This year, first nine-weeks will count as 40%, second nine-weeks will count as 40%, and final grades will count as 20% of a student’s overall grade for a semester.

“Last year’s grading scale put you in a position where if you did not do well first semester, you did not have a lot of ways to bring that grade up second semester. We hope that this new grading scale will help students still have a chance and give them another shot to improve in this scenario. We also hope it will help them keep a higher grade average,” said Assistant Principal Ed Wagner.

Story by Gracie Walls

Fall Festival Queen and Princess Pageant Applications Available Now

On September 7 at 7:00 p.m., the Fall Festival Queen and Princess Pageant will be held in the PHS Auditorium. Students in grades 7 and 8 will compete for princess, and students in grade 9, 10, 11 and 12 will compete for queen. Contestants will be judged in three different categories: interview, outfit of choice and evening gown. 

All pageant applications must be turned in to Sara Parks in the PHS Guidance Office by August 30. A 4×6 picture is required with your entry form. 

There will be a brief informational meeting for interested participants on August 23 at 7:45 a.m. in the PHS Auditorium. 

For more info or questions, contact Amber Blankenbaker (812-723-3537), Sara Parks (812-723-3905) or Jodi McGowen (812-653-5134).

Story by Makiya Russelburg

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