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Throwback Feature: Magner Thankful for PHS Experience

Mary Magner graduated from PHS with the class of 1994 and learned many valuable lessons from high school over the course of her years. She was involved in many clubs, including Student Council, National Honor Society, Tri-Hi-Y, Booster Club and Spanish Club. Magner also participated in Speech Contest each year.

“I won the humorous duo category freshman year, and it was so much fun. I would not regret doing all these extra curricular activities for a second,” said Magner.

Magner was not just a member of these clubs.  She was often in leadership roles, including Student Council Secretary and Booster Club President.

“I will say that the leadership roles and activities I participated in in high school did lead me to continue to pursue leadership roles in college and in my career,” said Magner.

Magner also had three sisters who went to school with her, which made her experience at PHS more exciting.  

“On our way to school, all of my sisters used to pile up in my older sister’s car and go to school. This was one of my favorite ways to start off my school day,” said Magner.

With graduation being 25 years ago, Magner has since taken greater steps in life. After attending high school, she was admitted to Franklin College the next fall semester.  

“Going to high school prepared me for college, and I was so excited to step foot on campus,” said Magner.

After graduating from Franklin in 1998, Magner became employed at Mitchell Community Schools and then transferred to Paoli in 1998. Through the years, Magner also obtained her master’s degrees. In 2001, she received a master’s in education from Indiana University Southeast. In 2016, Magner earned a master’s in counseling at IUS.  Magner’s husband also attended PHS, and both of her children currently attend.

Although Magner enjoyed high school, she is grateful for the opportunities she has had since graduating from PHS.


Story by Corinne Magner

Throwback Feature: Jones at PHS Then and Now

PHS holds many memories for our current staff. Whether it revolves around hanging out with a friend group, going to basketball games, going out to eat or just walking around the town, there was always something to do. Art teacher Chris Jones has worked at PHS for 24 years, serving for our art department. He has been at Paoli since he was a kid and graduated from PHS in 1990.

“I’d just like kids to know what an awesome history Paoli really has. They may not think it looks like it now, but Paoli was a very neat little town at one time. It was a lot like Mayberry. We rode bikes to town, sledded on snow days and cruised town on Friday nights. We had homecoming parades and bonfires. There weren’t a lot of closed up businesses and boarded up storefronts. People seemed friendlier and more concerned for one another. There was always something to do, and when there wasn’t, we made up stuff to do,” said Jones.

Jones’s life at PHS was heavily influenced by many teachers and administration.

“Mrs. Tish Alder probably had the greatest impact on me. She was my art teacher and wouldn’t accept anything less that your best. And your ‘best’ was a matter of her opinion, not yours. She was tough, but I thank her for it,” said Jones.

English teacher Ruth Uyesugi, Spanish teacher Rachel Greathouse, now known as Rachel Carter, and math teacher Tom Stuckwisch all made Jones’s high school years memorable. Once he finished his education at IU Bloomington and IU Southeast, obtaining his Bachelor of Science and Masters of Science in education degrees, Jones came back to work for PHS. James Babcock was the principal at the time, and Jones fondly remembers his time under Babcock.

Having grown up in a small town, Jones did not have many people in his life who went to college to turn to for inspiration. It was not common for the students to go to college at the time, but Jones was determined.

“I don’t know that I had a lot of ‘big dreams’ or anything. Growing up in a small town like Paoli in those days, we were very insulated from the rest of the world. It seemed like everything we needed was right here. It wasn’t until I was about a junior or so that I even considered college as an option. I was always a good student, but didn’t really give much thought to what I was going to do next. By the time I was a senior, I decided I needed to go to school and get a degree. There wasn’t as big of a push for every kid to go to college back then. Most of my inner circle of friends weren’t going and my parents hadn’t gone, so when it was time to navigate the whole college thing, it was pretty scary. There was no internet and no email. People didn’t take college visits. You were kind of on your own,” said Jones.

After teaching for several years at PHS, there have been many changes to not only the school but also the community. Technology, involvement, the pressure to succeed and the physical appearance of the community have drastically changed since Jones was in high school. The students and staff use chromebooks for homework, tests, science labs and informational purposes, but Jones does not necessarily agree with the large usage of technology.

Jones also recalls that the push for college education was not as high as it is in today’s society. Students are now put under a lot of stress for their future compared to when Jones was in school. Jobs in Paoli were much more accessible for teenagers because of the factories and “Mom and Pop Shops.” There were many different stores that made Paoli more historically appealing and created an enjoyable atmosphere for students.

“We were allowed to be kids much longer when we were younger. Our parents weren’t as involved in our lives as they are today. I’m guilty now of it too, being overly involved in my kids’ activities. Back then, my parents worked, I went to school and in the evening and on weekends, we were home. Life has gotten a lot more hectic now,” said Jones.

High school comes with many lessons and regrets. Students may feel pressured to try something out, good or bad, or they may let other classmates influence their decision making. Whatever the case may be, Jones wants to change a few things about his high school career.

“I wish I’d taken more chances and gotten involved in things that I was afraid to try, and I regret caring too much about what other people thought and feeling like their opinions defined who I could be,” said Jones.

Jones and his wife, Katie, both work with students every day. His wife has been working at East Washington Elementary School as a school counselor for 14 years. The two have been married for 20 years and have three children together, senior Isaiah Jones, freshman Caleb Jones and third grader Hannah Jones. The Jones family attends Paoli Christian Church, and Chris serves as an elder.

Throughout his years in high school, Jones has learned a lot from his past experiences. He may seem to be just another teacher to some students, but to a lot of PHS students and staff, Jones has a huge role in their lives. He has several pieces of advice to share.

“Take advantage of all of the opportunities that have been laid out in front of you. Whatever you choose to do, do it well. Don’t blame others for your circumstances. The world won’t accept anything less than [your best]. Your circumstances are a result of the decisions you’ve made,” said Jones.

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Story by Kinley Block

Workman Sisters Working Together

It is inevitable that siblings spend a lot of time together. For junior Erica Workman and sophomore Elizabeth Workman, this holds true. Along with school, the Workman sisters participate in many things together, including track, cross country and 4-H. They have been participating in 4-H for 7 years together.

Erica, the oldest, shows pigs, makes scrapbooks and is involved in Junior Leaders. Junior leaders is a program for 4-H members in grades 7-12 that teaches leadership skills and community service. The members assist with local activities, events and charities. Because she has been in 4-H for 8 years, there were many opportunities to learn along the way.

“I’ve learned that you have to take control when you are dealing with pigs. It is not easy, but I love it,” said Erica.

Elizabeth shows pigs, decorates cakes, and is involved in Junior Leaders.

Similar to Erica, Elizabeth is also very involved with her pigs. She has won Reserve Grand Champion and first place in her class several times.

“I love showing pigs. We get the pigs several months before fair, and that gives us time to work with them. When we get to the fair, we wash the pigs a couple times and shave them. Erica and I help each other clean the pigs and get them ready to show,” said Elizabeth.

Elizabeth plans on being involved in 4-H for the next two years alongside Erica. Being a part of the 4-H program has brought the pair closer together. They have grown together, worked side by side and learned how to encourage each other to do their best.

The girls look forward to spending the next two years together doing something they love.

Story by Kaden Lewellyn

Throwback Feature: Key Reflects on PHS

Math teacher Aaron Key is a PHS graduate of the class of 2013. Key’s memories from PHS were too positive for him to leave forever. Therefore, he came back to make more memories, but as a teacher instead of a student this time.

When looking back, he thinks of some of his most memorable times, including graduating in the top five of his class. Academics were very important to Key, and it was the thing he took the most pride in as a student. He always put his academic responsibilities before anything else. One of the classes he enjoyed most was U.S. history with history teacher Chris Lindley.

“I loved getting to learn about what happened in our country over the years. I really liked the time period during the Oregon Trail. Mr. Lindley would also dress up occasionally, which also made the lessons we were learning engaging,“ said Key.

Although it wasn’t his favorite class, Key found he excelled at math. He continued to improve through high school and put his skills to work by becoming a math teacher.

Reflecting more into his high school career, Key was basketball player for head coach Dusty Cole all four years. From sophomore to senior year, he was a football player for former head coach Brian Balsmeyer. Key enjoyed the experiences of playing for both coaches.

“Both my football and basketball coaches really influenced me in a positive way. They demanded the best from you at all times. They pushed my teammates and me to get better each and every day and also hold each other accountable. What I loved most was not only did they teach you the skills required for the sport, but they both strove to teach us lessons that would be helpful in real life after high school,” said Key.

He also enjoyed playing with his teammates due to the fact that they were all close friends. Key describes the friendships as a brotherhood. They went through all of the long summer workouts and tough practices together.

“We had a lot of success in basketball and football my senior year. I attribute that to great coaches, great teammates and great leadership. It wasn’t easy. We practiced hard and pushed ourselves to the limits, but we were able to enjoy success because of it,” said Key.

Key also participated in different clubs, such as SADD, Booster Club and choir. SADD allowed Key to be a part of a group of students that were supporting each other in making the right decisions. He also was fond of choir due to his love of singing and playing music. Being a part of Booster Club gave Key the opportunity to support classmates in their sporting events as well.

“My junior and senior year, when the girls basketball teams won Sectional and went to Regional, we had the cheer block ROCKIN’ and it was PACKED with students. That’s something I wish would get back to how it used to be. We have a great group of student athletes, and I wish there would be HUGE cheer blocks to cheer them on this year and in the years to come at sporting events. It makes the games and atmosphere so much more fun,” said Key.

Key also enjoyed competing in the speech contest every year. His favorite memory was from his senior year when he and his high school friend Ian Bostock and won the contest by performing a comedy skit called “Bring Me My Brown Pants,” and they had the opportunity to perform in front of the school.

Although Key had a comical side to share, he made sure he was generally known for how genuine he was when it came to his behavior towards others.

“I was known as a good student academically, but more than that, I wanted to take pride in how I treated other students and staff. I always tried to be polite and say ‘good morning’ and ‘how are you today.’ It’s nice to see young kids take time out of their day to just simply ask an adult how they’re doing and be polite and respectful. That’s something I want to instill in my students now: not only being good in school, but being a great person,” said Key.

From his time at PHS in high school to his employment, Key has noticed changes in PHS.

“Everything was paper and pencil when I was in school. Cell phones are also a big issue now. When I was in high school, most people had smartphones, but we weren’t addicted to them,” said Key.

One of the main things Key misses the most about PHS is being with his friends. Most of them went their separate ways as they started their young adult lives.

Although there are many things he misses about being a student, Key will always remember the importance of what he learned from PHS.

“I grew up in the Paoli school system, and I plan on retiring from the Paoli school system. This is a great school. It provided me memories I’ll never forget. It provided me life lessons and prepared me for college and life after high school. That is why I came back. I care about Paoli schools. I care about this community and the kids that make it up, and I want to be a positive influence who prepares students for life and their future endeavors. I am truly Paoli Proud,” said Key.

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Key can be found teaching one of his math classes.

Story by Ashlyn Bonta

Wells Photography a Full-Time Job

Not every student can say they earn a paycheck for the work they do at school, but junior Addison Wells has been earning a regular check for her work for the past two years.

Wells started to become interested in photography her freshman year. Ever since then, she has grown to be an important photographer for the PHS Media Department. Wells is most interested in sports photography. This interest was sparked when she was asked to be the sports team photographer for the media department her freshman year.  

“My favorite sport to take pictures of is basketball. Once you get a good shot, it looks pretty cool,” said Wells.

Wells realized her talent with photography when she exhibited some of her photos at the 4-H fair.

“I had actually gotten awards for 4-H, and that’s when I started to know I was a good photographer,” said Wells.

Wells’s photography skills have even taken her to the Indiana State Fair.

“I’ve always gotten first place. One year, I had gotten Reserve Grand Champion, Champion and I went to State,” said Wells.

As a staff photographer, Wells has had many of her photos published in the yearbook each year.

“I am glad that I can be part of the Paoli Media Department and am able to take pictures,” said Wells.

Wells plans to continue being a media photographer through the rest of high school.

In addition to taking photos of sporting events and school activities, Wells also gets a paycheck for her photo work.

“What Addison does for our department is a real job, and she does it so well. I am so grateful for all her work,” said Journalism Adviser Heather Nichols.

Wells does not believe she will be taking photos in the future, but she is glad she has done it through her high school years.

“I cannot wait until I can look back and see the progress of what I have done and how I have shaped as a photographer,” said Wells.

Story by Corinne Magner


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

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

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