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eLearning Make Up Days Underway

When school cancellations occur, it is most common to add the days to the end of the year, but Paoli will be making up missed days with eLearning days. eLearning days will be used to make up at least three missed days of school, using Saturdays as a school day while not physically being at school.

Students will receive work from all their teachers a week prior to the due date, giving them time to complete their assignments. Due to the eLearning days, the cancelled school days will no longer be added to the end of the year.  

“eLearning Days are a way for schools to have some flexibility in making up time due to days out due to weather. Last year, we got a lot of great feedback and suggestions that we have implemented into our planning of this year’s days. So far this year, we have six days to make up, and it is nice to be able to make them up on snow make-up days like Martin Luther King Day and President’s Day, plus eLearning Days, rather than add them to the end of the year,” said high school  eCoach Heather Nichols.

At Paoli, students have a window where they can complete their eLearning assignments. With the first day underway, future dates have already been decided.

The next elearning day is March 17, with the window from March 16 to March 23. The third day will be April 7, with the window from April 4 to April 11.

A fourth day has already been planned on April 14, pending approval from the Department of Education. If this day is used, the window will be from April 13 to April 20.


Story by Maggie Vincent

Top Spellers to Compete Sunday

The Orange County Publishing Company’s fourth annual Spelling Bee will be held on Sunday, February 25 at 2 p.m. in the Ruth Farlow Uyesugi Auditorium. There will be 24 students from fourth grade through eighth grade representing Paoli against students from Orleans and Springs Valley. The junior high students representing our school are seventh graders Caitlyn Taylor and Cora Austin and eighth graders Arshdeep Singh and Karyas Slaten.

The face-off to see who the county’s top speller is will be an exciting event to watch.

“Several students have been studying very hard to earn a spot in this bee. They strive to move on to the national level at D.C.,” said Spell Bowl team supervisor Loretta Brown.

The top speller of the county will be moving on to compete nationally at Washington D.C. as one of 300 other spellers at the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Admission is free, so come out and cheer on our Paoli spellers as they compete to advance to our nation’s capital.


Story by Jace Ingle 

Leone’s Love for Art Continues

Art has been a hobby for junior Emily Leone for most of her life, and she has been actively involved in the art program at PHS for five years now. Leone is now currently in the studio art pre-AP class. Leone fell in love with art when she was young, thanks to her grandmother, who was one of Leone’s main influences for starting art.

“Most of my time with my grandmother was spent drawing or doing something artistic. A few times during the summer while I was younger, my grandmother would take me to a painting class that she regularly went to,” said Leone.

Like everyone else, Leone was put into art class in elementary school, but she went on to continue making art in junior high. Not only that, but Leone would do art outside of school growing up, but now it is harder to do because of her busy life.

Every artist has their strengths and weaknesses, and Leone is no different. Leone has a passion for drawing inanimate objects, but tries to avoid drawing human figures. Leone believes that it does not matter what it is that a person draws, but how it can benefit them in the future.

“When it comes to art, I think pushing yourself to draw different kinds of things is pretty helpful in the long run. I used to hate drawing human figures, I still kind of do, but the more that I draw them, the more comfortable I am doing it.  I will always love drawing ‘non-living’ things that you find everyday–barns, trucks, tools–but pushing myself to draw things I don’t particularly like pushes me as an artist,” said Leone.

Leone’s speciality when it comes to mediums used to make her art is watercolor. She believes it is the easiest to use, and it is the most versatile. Pencil would be her least favorite medium just because it has been done many times before, and she is burnt out on it. However, it is something that she can always go back to, so that is a plus.

As for her future, Leone is undecided on what career she wants to pursue, but she would not take art completely out of the picture. Leone feels that art is something she can always fall back onto.

“I think it would be cool to at least minor in art throughout college, considering that it has been apart of my life for so long. I do know that I will always keep art as a hobby in the future,” said Leone.


Story by Sara Kesterson

Seventh Grade to Compete in Ag Olympics

On February 23, the agriculture department will be hosting the Ag Olympics. The games will take place in the ag shop. Seventh grade students will play various games during social studies teacher Amy Tuell’s class. The games are ski man, pie eating, lasso, ear notching and feed sack races.

The ag students will also talk to the students about ag and what they offer in hopes of recruiting them when they get to high school. The FFA Officer Team as a whole believes the Ag Olympics are a great way to get young people involved and make them aware of FFA.


Story by Haley Owens

Gofourth TV’s ‘Go to Girl’

Every morning at 8:20, students and staff turn their attention to their classroom televisions for the daily reporting from PHS News Today. Much more work and effort occurs behind the scenes than what viewers may realize. Senior Dorothy Gofourth has been working diligently for the last six years to better the school’s news program. She is the “go-to girl” for PHS News Today, and the show would not go on without her.

“I come in around 7:40 and make sure everything is working. Whether it stays that way for long enough to do the show or not is seemingly random. I’ve fixed problems while we were on-air, found ways around expensive equipment and reorganized the cords. It’s very fun,” said Gofourth.

Gofourth’s interest with computers and technology developed early in her life. She found herself intrigued ever since she stepped foot in Martha Nice’s classroom for the Elm Street Production Company (ESPC) in the second grade.

“​I’ve been interested in the technology for a long time. In elementary, I was in ESPC, and we did some things with technology, like Media Fair. When I first stepped into the studio, I was like a kid in a candy store. There were so many cool looking gadgets, and I wanted to figure out how they all worked. I was very timid at first and terrified to do anything that’d be live, but then I got more comfortable. I think the only job in the studio I haven’t done is anchor, and that’ll never happen,” said Gofourth.

How one comes to their level of ability or skill with technology is not always the same. Some have a natural born talent, while others have to work toward success. For Gofourth and her audio and visual gifts, it was a mixture of both.

“I think being in Advanced Speech and Communications has given me an inside look into what goes on behind the scenes. I’ve learned a lot about the technology by tinkering with things. I wasn’t exactly taught; it was pretty much immersion learning. In the future, I want to be either a producer or editor of some sort of broadcast. My time in the studio has definitely given me a good stepping stone for that,” said Gofourth.

After graduation from PHS in the spring of 2018, Gofourth looks forward to furthering her education in the digital communications field.

“I will be attending Indiana State University. I plan to major in Communications with a focus in media studies and minor in creative writing. On campus, I hope to participate in several groups. There are a handful of political groups I want to look into as well as their broadcasting group. One semester they do radio and one semester they do TV. I hope to join that group,” said Gofourth.

Using what she has learned through others’ teachings and her own experiments, Gofourth is set down a path for success in the audio and visual world.


Story by Hunter Hamilton

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