Category Archives: Clubs

Rams Unified Brings PHS Together

This year, PHS continued the club Rams Unified, which is a club that aims to bring students with and without disabilities together. 

This club was started by junior Maggie Vincent, with help from Guidance Counselor Rachel Robinson and resource teacher Ashley Stroud.

During homeroom on September 25, Rams Unified played games like kickball and dodgeball with the special education students. The club plans on starting a Polar Plunge to raise money for Special Olympics and continuing to play sports and games during homeroom meetings. Overall, the members want to make a positive impact on the kids in special education classes.

“We hope to have lots of fun with them and just bring a sense of equality among all students,” said Vincent.

For future ideas, Vincent is considering hosting movie nights and different games.

“This is just the beginning for Rams Unified, we hope to soon improve the activities to make them more common and also for many more members to join our club,” said Vincent.

Story by Hayley Taylor

National Honor Society Fundraiser Underway

The National Honor Society and National Junior Honor Society are raising money for their annual trip from now until December 1, 2019. The group will be selling laundry detergent and other products, such as fabric softeners, dish soap, dryer sheets, men’s and women’s body wash and bath bombs.

Payments are due at the time of purchase, and checks should be written to Paoli High School. The National Honor Society and National Junior Honor Society members will contact buyers when the orders arrive.

Story by Kaden Lewellyn

NHS Scholarship Open for Applications

High school seniors in National Honor Society (NHS) are now welcome to apply for the NHS Scholarship. An email was sent out by NHS Advisor Melissa Higgins with the website, but it can also be found at https://www.nhs.us/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/NHS_Scholarship_2019-20_Application_Student_Guide.pdf.

To apply, students first have to make an account and be verified by Higgins. Following verification, they must get a certificate from their advisor and two recommendation letters written by coaches, teachers or community members. All applications, certificates and recommendations need to be submitted by December 6.

For questions, contact Higgins at higginsm@paoli.k12.in.us.

Story by Michael Hannon

 

Drama Student Board Members Ready to Take on Their Roles

Unlike most clubs, the Drama Club uses a student board to make decisions. Using a student board allows individuals to work different roles or jobs depending on the production, and all members of the board have the same amount of power.

“It allows us more flexibility to match our skills and interests with the current needs,” said Drama Director Maria Wishart. 

In the fall and spring of the previous school year, there were several new board members appointed that remain as current board members. These members are given the title of “captains.” The Admiral Captain, or longest serving member, is junior Chandler Hinton. Other captains include: seniors Alex Milligan and Megan Poe; juniors Paige Nicholson and Libby Padgett; sophomores Angie Ceja, Kylee Charles and Michael Hannon and freshman A.J. Lopez. Along with numerous other jobs, the group of captains work behind the scenes to assist with the setup, cleanup and warmup.

All of the members look forward to a successful play season.

Story by Kinley Block

Junior High Spell Bowl Kicks Off Their Season

Junior high Spell Bowl is continuing at PHS this year. Seventh grade English teacher Loretta Brown is coordinator of the team and has been for the past six years. Spell Bowl is a club presented by the Indiana Association of School Principals. It allows students to compete in spelling bees and contests. Students are given lists of various words to study and memorize.

“I think spelling is important. I enjoy encouraging students to do their best,” said Brown. 

Anyone in seventh or eighth grade are eligible to join regardless of their spelling skills.

“It’s a fun opportunity and it helps you learn more vocabulary,” said eighth grader Lina Zheng. 

Junior high Spell Bowl has meetings every Monday and select Wednesdays during homeroom. Competitions will be announced in October and the state contest will be held at Purdue University.

Story by Ruby Chesnut

Shellenberger Takes On Spanish Club

This year, Spanish teacher Crystal Shellenberger will be sponsoring Spanish Club. The Spanish Club is open to all students in grades 9 through 12 who are taking Spanish classes. 

“This is my first year so I’m hoping to meet at least once a grading period,” said Shellenberger.

In September, the club had a discussion about Hispanic Heritage Month. They also shared a popular dessert called ‘Tres Leches,’ which means ‘three milks’ in English. 

“I hope students in the club have ideas they’d like to explore. I’m excited about the possibilities,” said Shellenberger.

Story by Ruby Chesnut

Tri-Hi-Y Makes a Difference

Tri-Hi-Y is a service club where students do service projects that help people in the local community and around the world.

At this point in time, the club is working on making hats for cancer patients and orphaned infants in Africa. They are also helping nutrition and finance teacher Debbie Andry’s sewing club with pillowcases for kids in the hospital. Tri-Hi-Y is also making Halloween cards to deliver to Paoli Health and Living residents. These projects involve everyone in the club and students who want to lend a helping hand. Tri-Hi-Y is always looking for new members and everyone is welcome to join.

“We would love to have more people involved. You can be part of whatever projects you want as your time allows,” said Club Sponsor Maria Wishart. 

Students interested in helping with these projects can email Wishart at wishartm@paoli.k12.in.us or attend the Wednesday homeroom meetings in Wishart’s classroom.

Story by Amanda Bowles

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