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Barn Dedication and FFA Banquet to be Held Sunday

This past year, the Paoli Chapter of FFA has had many accomplishments. From raising pigs to gathering funds for the barn, they have done it all. On Sunday, April 29, these accomplishments will be recognized. FFA members and their families, donors to the building and legislators will all gather for this special recognition.

The banquet will begin at 1 p.m for a lunch in the high school cafeteria. Those who attend will then relocate to the auditorium at 2 p.m., where the awards ceremony will be held. Finally, at 3 p.m., everyone will move outside for a groundbreaking ceremony in honor of the barn that will be coming soon.

“We have had an amazing year and want to celebrate it with everyone that has made it possible,” said FFA sponsor Cory Scott.


Story by Maggie Vincent

Musicians Plan Summer Trip to Europe

On June 15, 2018, a major trip will be underway for some very talented students. Those students will be going on a trip for just over three weeks to different countries throughout Europe.

This trip was founded by Dr. Joe Scagnoli in 1996 and occurs every two years. Two summers ago, the following students from PHS went on this trip: former PHS student McKinley Haley, former PHS student Caleb Baumgardner and senior Livia Sullivan. This year, a new group of students are about to prepare for this trip, junior Breanna Ward and sophomores Jacob Tapp and Rheanna Jones.

During the trip, the students will get to go to a variety of different places and experience things they never have before. They will first go to London, England for three days and Paris, France for three days. Then, they will travel to Crans-Montana, Switzerland and stay there for three days, where they will make a one day trip to The Matterhorn. Next will be a three day stay in Seefeld and Innsbruck, Austria with a one day trip to Venice, Italy. Finally, they will stay three days in Rotenburg, Germany.

“When we leave London, the Colorado Ambassadors land there.  When we leave Paris, Colorado moves to Paris and Wisconsin’s Ambassadors land in London etc. It kind of works like a factory line,” said band director Bill Laughlin.

In their free time, students will have a variety of different things they will be able to do. They can go on their own little adventures of the city, but they may also take guided tours of special parts. They can also try out new restaurants and get to enjoy the flavors that city has to offer.

“There’s going to be free time everyday for us to explore and eat lunch.  We also go on tours almost everyday of the city that we are in for that day,” said junior Breanna Ward.

With a trip like this, a lot goes into the selection of the students. For one, students must be mature enough to travel, able to play a solo at Solo and Ensemble and must have a good standing in their music program. The students also have to be recommended by their band director. Then, once the nominations reach the staff of IAM, Indiana Ambassadors of Music, a letter of congratulations is sent to those who have been nominated. In that letter, there is an invite to a local meeting that explains the trip and provides the paperwork necessary to go on the trip. Then, a deposit and monthly payments go towards paying for the trip.

In May 2018, students will attend a one day workshop at Ball State University, where they will receive and practice their music and take measurements for their performance shirts and jackets. Then, in June, students will return to Ball State to meet for three days to prepare their concert and pack instruments and equipment. They will then head out for London on June 18, 2018.


Story by Michael Hannon

Spanish III Students Travel to IU for Annual Field Trip

Each year, Spanish teacher Rachel Wyatt takes her Spanish 3 students to the IU Bloomington Campus for a field trip.

This year, the students went on Thursday, April 12. While at IU, the students got the opportunity to meet the supervisor of 100 and 200 level Spanish classes. They also got the chance to hear about other foreign languages offered at IU, which includes the study-abroad program. Along with hearing about classes, PHS students got to meet the IU Assistant Director of Admissions and tour the campus.

“As always, I am very proud of my students for their excellent behavior and attitude,” said Wyatt.  


Story by Avery Owens

Winter Athletes Honored

The winter sports season has concluded, and athletes are being honored with awards based on their performance. Athletes can receive the PLAC All Conference award if they performed well enough in conference games.

Winter athletes who received the PLAC All Conference award for boys basketball are freshman Brett Bosley and juniors Ashton Minton and Ty Lawson.

Athletes who received the PLAC All Conference award for girls basketball are juniors Bela Brewster, Keaton Chastain and Jacqlyn Rice.

Athletes who received the PLAC All Conference award for wrestling are freshman Brycen Long, sophomore Tanner Coe, juniors Zayne Bartholomew, Timothy Burton and Chad Warren, and senior Matt Webb.

Statewide awards are based on an athlete’s performance all season long. Senior Dietrich Sears was named to the IBCA Academic All-State Team for boys basketball. Senior Garrett Vincent was named to the IBCA Academic All-State Honorable Mention Team. Sears and senior Jacob Babcock were both named to the HBCA All-District Team for District 4.

Lastly, for boys basketball, Babcock was named HBCA East All-Star Team. For girls basketball, Rice was named to the IBCA Junior Small School All-State Team. Chastain was named to the IBCA Junior Small School All-State Honorable Mention Team. Rice was named IBCA/Subway Player of the Week District 3 for February 5-10.

Every award given to each athlete is well deserved and is obtained by a long season of hard work. We are proud of our Ram athletes and their impressive accomplishments from their winter season.


Story by Jace Ingle

Peaks to Host 2018 Post Prom

After prom, juniors and seniors all have the opportunity to go to post prom, even if they do not go to prom. Post prom will be held at the Paoli Peaks this year and will feature DJ Sam Carmickle, games and cash prizes.

Post prom will start at 11:30 p.m. and end at 2 a.m. Students who attend will be taken to the Peaks on buses. Permission slips to go can be found in history teachers Scott Gudorf and Chris Lindley’s rooms.

Post prom itself is free, and post prom t-shirts for any PHS junior or senior are also free. Any guest who is not a PHS junior or senior had to pay five dollars for their shirt and are also invited.


Story by Rebekah Reeves

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