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Lee in Photography

Photography seems to be something that is very popular in our area, and a lot of people enjoy it. There is also a lot of talent that is involved in being a good photographer. Sophomore Kyla Lee has been doing photography for two years now and is doing phenomenal work.
Lee first started intro to media as an eighth grader, and going into it, she was already interested in photography. Last year, she was in Photo 1 and is now a part of the journalism staff as the Clubs and Student Life Photo Editor. Lee’s mother was a photographer when she was in high school, which inspired Lee to try it. Lee also wanted people to see the work she puts into her pictures.
When she is working on her craft, Lee looks up to Lily Thompson the most.
“Seeing all of her work and how she captures everything in such a beautiful way gives me the inspiration to do the same,” said Lee.
Out of all the things to take images of, Lee enjoys shooting sports the most. Lee thinks taking pictures of sports is more interesting since there’s more going on. Although she enjoys taking sports, she has a love-hate relationship with them. It’s frustrating for her from having to change the camera settings all the time to missing perfect shooting opportunities. Lee also enjoys getting to see how different people spend their time.
On average, Lee spends about 4 hours a week taking pictures. She usually takes photos of a sports event each week, such as a volleyball game on Tuesday or Thursday and football games on Friday. She takes photos of other events as well, such as pep sessions or activities in classrooms.
After high school, Lee plans on taking pictures in her free time and possibly minoring in photography.

Story by Avery Owens

Football Senior Smith

Senior Tyler Smith has been playing football since his fourth grade year. Smith wanted to play football because there is nothing else he could participate in where he can hit someone and not get in trouble for it. For Smith, it’s also a lot of fun to be with friends and win.
“I have improved over the years by lifting weights every summer. I put on some weight to make me stronger, but I have also gotten faster over the time, too. I came in my freshman year weighing in at 175, and my senior year I weighed in at 210. There are some improvements in my weight so I wouldn’t be too little to run the ball at the fullback position,” said Smith.
This year, Smith had three goals he hoped to achieve. The first goal was to win the Orange Bowl, which the team did. Another goal was to win PLAC, and they succeeded. His last goal was to win Sectional. The team made it to the last round of Sectional, but, unfortunately, did not succeed.
Coach England in youth, coach Adam Stroud in junior high and former varsity head coach Brian Balsmeyer helped Smith become the player he is today.
“Tyler is a very talented football player and a great kid. He has started playing for us for four years now. The way he runs the ball inside makes everyone around him a better player. His athleticism makes him very difficult to block,” said varsity football coach Jeremy Lowery.
Smith was a great asset to the football program at Paoli and would like to play football in college, but is unsure of where right now.

Story by Haley Owens

Wishart Proud of King Performances

This past weekend, the PHS Drama Club put on the production of the Lion King Jr.

Director Maria Wishart thought the production went very well.

“I was very pleased with the production. There were some really beautiful moments. I always enjoy watching individuals grow,” said Wishart.

While putting the performance together, the students did a lot of work and made sure everything was progressing at a good rate. A lot of people put in hard work to help improve the show and get through the challenges. One of the hardest things for the drama club was to put on the show with a low budget and with such little time. Something the drama club decided beforehand was to use current and former student to help with makeup, such as former student Tyler Pavey.

The storyline taught both the audience and cast about family, challenges in growing up, how to face loss, taking responsibility and the great circle of life. The cast and crew of the show helped the audience see all of these great life lessons.

Following Friday’s performance, the cast got a standing ovation; partly because of the great performance and also because the audience was really feeling what the show was all about.

“We thought that the show was great, but to see that many people on their feet at the end took my breath away. We have never had that kind of reaction to a high school show before. It really validates our hard work and effort,” said senior Keegan Anderson.

Story by Avery Owens

Rams Plan January Trip to Hoosier Gym

On January 20, the Varsity boys basketball team will be playing in the the famous Hoosier Gym in Knightstown, IN. The gym is most famous for being the central location for the 1986 basketball movie Hoosiers. The Rams will face off against Lapel High School at 2:30 p.m. Tickets will be on sale this Friday, December 8 at the boys game against West Washington. Tickets will be $10.00 and are only eligible to use for the Paoli game. Availability for tickets is limited so make sure to get your tickets ASAP. Come out and show support for the boys as they play in one of the most famous high school gyms in Indiana.

By Jace Ingle

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