Photography Show April 27

The thirteenth annual Photography Show will be held in the Ruth Farlow Uyesugi Auditorium from 12-5 p.m. on Wednesday, April 27. Eleven photography students will show their prints, and will also be able to make money from selling their pictures. For every photo sold, one dollar goes to the Media Department and the photographer receives the rest of the money.

“The photo show is for advanced and beginning photographers to display their work. The show is open to the public and we are hoping to have a lot of people come and give feedback on our photographers,” said Media Adviser Heather Nichols. 

The photography students will create a setup to display their photos. Student displays will be judged and voted on by guests, with a ‘Best in Show’ award being given to one photographer. Photographers also must create a list of 40 people they would like to invite to the show. The student with the most individual guests to attend will also receive a prize. 

All proceeds will go to the photographers and the Media Department.

“The photo show is a fantastic way for the photography students at PHS to display their works for the public and to display the very best of their design ability in their displays. I am very excited to once again take part in this tradition!” said junior photographer Wyatt Blankenship.

For more information on the 2022 Photography Show contact, Nichols @nicholshjpaoli.k12.in.us

Story by Aurora Hays

Cole and Fullington Bring Back the 812 Sports Podcast

On April 7, freshmen Fletcher Cole and Brian Fullington rebooted the 812 Sports podcast for the Paoli Media Department. In the previous years the podcast was run by alumni Garrett Vincent and Dietrich Sears. In their podcast, Cole and Fulligton interview a member of a current sports team and discuss school sports as well as sports on a national level. 

“I really hope to see us move into the world of podcasting. I have already talked to Brian about becoming our producer for other shows if there is interest. I want more student voices telling stories here at PHS in a unique way,” said Media Adviser Heather Nichols.

The podcast will be published every Thursday and is available to all who would like to listen. In their first episode, Cole and Fullington discussed March Madness, the Masters Golf Tournament and the Rams kicking off spring sports.

“I started this podcast for two reasons: I thought it would be cool to create something and know it as my own, and also it makes media way easier than before,” said Fullington.

The podcast is available on the PHS Media News website and Spotify.

“For the rest of the year, I think we plan to perfect our craft and come back next year with a greater podcast than anyone will ever know,” said Fullington. 

Story by Aurora Hays

FFA Banquet Returns to Honor Leaders

On April 3, the FFA hosted a banquet to end the year. This was the first time FFA has had a banquet since 2018, however, they plan on continuing it in the future. Banquets weren’t held from 2019-2021 due to COVID-19 and other complications.

“We thought the best thing was to get the members involved in the planning process so they would be more bought in to the process. Planning for banquets in the past involved heavy student involvement. This allows us to tap into the natural leadership ability of our members,” said FFA Adviser Kyle Woolston.

The officer team put the banquet together, with help from other FFA members. The 2021-2022 officer team consisted of junior Serenity Sweet as President, junior Kenzie Gilliatt as Vice President, sophomore Carley Higgins as Secretary, junior Aliza Allen as Treasurer, sophomore Taisha Robbins as Reporter, junior Tucker Hooten as Sentinel, sophomore Jadlyn Lee as Student Advisor and sophomore Abby Tapp as Historian. The only Senior Adviser was Johnathon Garcia.

The week before the banquet, officer applications were sent out. Members of FFA could fill out an application for a variety of positions for the 2022-2023 year. During the banquet, new officers were announced by Woolston. The new members are Higgins as President, Tapp as Vice President, freshman Keeley Scott as Secretary, Lee as Treasurer, freshman Chloe Smith as Reporter, Robbins as Sentinel, freshman Haylie Gilliatt as Student Advisor and freshman Billy Bob Apple as Historian. There is also a senior committee made up of seniors Allen, Kenzie Gilliatt, Braydon Hayes, Hooten, Taylor Lashley and Sweet.

“I am very excited about this group of young leaders and what they are capable of accomplishing,” said FFA Adviser Cory Scott.

With new officers in place, they will start planning events immediately. The first event on their schedule is the annual Paoli FFA Jackpot Swine Show. This year it will be on May 28, in the Orange County Fairgrounds. More information about the show will be released later.

Story by Carley Higgins

Pride of Paoli attended Solo and Ensemble Feb. 5

On February 5, the band traveled to Jasper Middle School to attend their annual Solo and Ensemble Festival. This is where members of the band have the opportunity to showcase their musical talents individually and perform pieces of music for judges to earn a rating. Over 30 events were entered from Paoli and from those 16 were Group I (highest level). 

Students who qualified for State include seniors Haley Cox, Elijah MacDonald, Kylee Charles, Michael Hannon, Angie Ceja; juniors Brody Wilcox and AJ Lopez; and sophomores Daniel Adams and Jacob Young. On Thursday, February 24 a recital will be held in the auditorium at 7 p.m. to feature these qualifying musicians. 

On Saturday, February 28, these students will be traveling to North Central High School to attend State Solo and Ensemble Festival. 

Story by Angie Ceja