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Speech Students Learn New Skills

From November 11 through 18, speech teacher Carol Fullington’s dual credit speech classes presented how-to demonstrations for their classmates. Each student taught a relevant art or skill that could be useful in the future.

The assignment allowed the students to practice giving thoughtful, understandable speeches when talking to a crowd. It also tested the students’ ability to answer any questions from the audience.

“It is a fun way to get students speaking and engaging with the audience,” said Fullington.

Story by Jozalyn Kempf

Knights of Pythias of Indiana Scholarships Open for Applications

The Knights of Pythias of Indiana is a scholarship program that is available for seniors in the state of Indiana. It offers a minimum of 12 scholarships of $1,000 each.

In order to apply for one of these scholarships, seniors must be attending a high school in Indiana or be a resident in Indiana, have a 3.0 GPA or higher, be registered in a college or university prior to distribution of funds, write a short typed essay about goals after college and postmark the application before January 25, 2020. 

All questions on the application must be answered and follow the order they are listed on the application. All other forms, such as transcripts or essays, must accompany the application at the time of submission. 

To access application blanks online, go to

Story by Makiya Russelburg

Students Practice Childcare

Paoli High School offers students a number of different classes that give them a taste of the real world. One of those classes is child development.

The child development class allows students to see what it is like to take care of newborn babies. For example, at different times throughout the year students are given a simulated electronic baby that they have to take care of.

“The babies need care just like a real baby does. They cry, need fed, diapered, burped and rocked,” said child development teacher Danelle Manship.  

Manship can track everything electronically through the baby and see if the students are taking care of it properly. This includes showing if its neglected, not being fed or not being changed.

Manship has been teaching this class for the past 15 years and has seen her students grow from these types of experiences. Taking care of the babies has helped students learn and prepare for life in the future.

“Most students have had a positive experience, but there are always a few who come back and tell me they are never having kids,” said Manship. 

The students took their babies home for the first time on Friday, October 25 and cared for them through the weekend. There are 22 students in the class this semester and  each of them were graded on their overall experience with the babies.

“Mrs. Manship makes this class very enjoyable and I’m glad I took it,” said senior Addison Wells.

Story by Corinne Magner

Lilly Finalists Await Final Decision

Seniors at PHS have the opportunity to apply for and receive the Lilly Scholarship each year. The Lilly Scholarship covers tuition, required fees and provides a special allocation of up to $900 per year. This money is used for required books and equipment for four years of full-time undergraduate study leading to a bachelor’s degree at any accredited Indiana public or private nonprofit college or university. Seniors Lauren Rutherford, Aron Busick and EB Kerby are the scholarship finalists from Paoli. These students had to write a timed essay and had a formal interview with the Lilly panelists.

“At the moment, I still do not know where I want to attend next fall, and honestly, the Lilly Scholarship will not influence my decision of where I go. But getting the Lilly Scholarship would be such a great accomplishment because you are competing with the top kids from the entire county. To be selected as a finalist is such an award, but to actually be able to graduate college debt free would be such an amazing opportunity and relief,” said Kerby.

To be eligible for the Lilly Scholarship, students must be in the top 25 percent of their graduating class, score 1,000 or better on the SAT and be on track to obtain an academic honors diploma.

“I plan to attend Indiana State University if I were to get the Lilly Scholarship to major in exercise science to become an athletic trainer,” said Busick.

Each student who applied for the Lilly Scholarship went through an application process and the top students from Paoli High School, Orleans High School and Springs Valley High School were selected to move on to the next round.

“If I were to be awarded the Lilly Endowment Scholarship, I would plan to attend Rose-Hulman to study biochemistry. After obtaining my degree, I would seek employment at the Eli Lilly Company considering they focus around medicine development and that is what I plan to pursue a career in,” said Rutherford.

These finalists are currently waiting for the final decision on the Lilly recipient, which should be decided in the near future.

Story by Angie Ceja

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

Throop Elementary Awaits a New and Unique Addition

Jim Houghton, a designer from the Leather and Associates company out of New York, came to Throop Elementary on November 6 and 7 to design a unique playground for the students. Leather and Associates have designed playgrounds all over the country, including Mitchell and Salem’s community playgrounds.

Houghton visited the playground site and went on a tour of the community to see local and historical landmarks that may be incorporated into the playground. Not only did Houghton meet with the playground committee, but he brainstormed ideas with students from different grade levels to get their opinions. 

“On Thursday morning, he met with students at Throop in 15 minute ‘brainstorming’ sessions with each grade level. On Thursday afternoon, he took all of the information gathered from the committee and students and began to design our one-of-a-kind playground,” said Playground Committee member Holly Vincent. 

On November 7 at 6:30 p.m., Houghton and the Playground Committee hosted a presentation open to the public to show the plans for the new playground. The Elementary Choir students did a short presentation and sang two songs about the new playground as well.

“Jim revealed our playground and then there was a volunteer sign up and fundraising tables in the foyer. We also had fun activities in the auxiliary gym, along with refreshments,” said Vincent. 

Anyone is welcome to sign up to help build and fundraise for the playground once the design is ready.

“The playground will benefit our whole community. It is also a ‘community build,’ which means WE will build the playground,” said Vincent. 

The community, faculty and students are looking forward to seeing the new elementary playground and the fun that will surround it.

Story by Corinne Magner

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