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Football Team Seeking Silent Auction Donations

On February 22, the football team will be hosting a silent auction. This auction will aid the team in paying for weekly meals they have every Thursday evening and for away games. The money raised will help provide a meat, snack, dessert and a drink for 80 players, managers and coaches.

The community is being asked to help donate some items for this auction. All donors who give to this fundraiser will be recognized at the home games and meals. This contribution is extremely important to the team, and anyone interested in donating should contact Pam Minton at 812-653-7299 or Kim Satterfield at 812-653-9300 with any questions.

Donations can also be mailed to:

Paoli High School
Attn: Football Meals
510 Elm Street
Paoli IN, 47454


Story by Haley Owens

Meet the Cast of “Footloose”

The Drama Department will be presenting Footloose on Thursday, March 21; Friday, March 22 and Saturday, March 23 in Ruth Uyesugi Auditorium. Meet the cast of Footloose, listed below.

Lyle: Quentin Albertson

Rusty: Ryleigh Anderson

Willard: Zane Anderson

Chuck: Scott Caruso

Wendy Jo: Angie Ceja

Urleen: Kylee Charles

Lulu: Haley Cox

Betty: Micayla Groves

Ren: Michael Hannon

Garvin: Chandler Hinton

Coach Dunbar: Gavin King

Wes: A.J. Lopez

Jeter: Adin Monroe

Ethel: Alicia Neale

Ariel: Libby Padgett

Vi: Megan Poe

Shaw: Hunter Roach

Bickle: Christian Ruth

Student, town council member: Ellie Sims

Principal Clark: Vanesa Swartz

Eleanor: Caitlyn Taylor


Story by Gracie Walls

Talent Show Coming in April

April 5, the Mitchell Opera House will be hosting a live talent showcase that will, at a later date, end with a final showcase and a grand prize of $1,000. The talent show is open to any person, choir, singing group, dancer or actor over the age of twelve in Crawford, Green, Jackson, Martin, Monroe, Lawrence, Orange and Washington counties.

Though the showcase is not until April, the deadline to register to perform is March 4 by 5 p.m. All registrations must be submitted online at Applicants must send in their registration along with a video no more than two minutes long showcasing their talent. All acts in the show must be family friendly and appropriate for all ages. Acts that include water, fire, flammable liquids, open flames, a band or smoke machines are not allowed.

Eight to ten contestants will be chosen to perform. Contestants will be chosen and notified of their acceptance to perform by March 11 at 5 p.m.


Story by Rebekah Reeves

Paoli Bids Farewell to Coach Lowery

He is the voice people hear as they stroll through the hallways, the teacher who teaches some of the most important life lessons and the coach in the middle of the football huddle prepping a 50 player team for a Sectional win.

Jeremy Lowery has been the head football coach and JAG instructor for two years. In Lowery’s short time as head coach, he accomplished a 21-4 record and two conference wins, along with a Sectional title this past season.

On February 12, Lowery was officially hired as La Porte High School’s new head football coach and strength coach. La Porte is located in Northern Indiana and is about 35 miles from where Lowery himself graduated high school.

This was a hard decision because I love my job at Paoli. My experience at Paoli has been incredible. The relationships built here with our students, faculty and staff members and our administration has made a lasting impression on me and my family,” said Lowery.

The news was bittersweet to hear for all who have worked with Lowery.

Athletic Director and former assistant football coach Darek Newkirk was just as thrilled to hear the news as he was saddened.

“Over the past few years, it’s been great to know and work with Coach Lowery. When he first came here, we coached offensive line together, and I learned a lot from him. These past few years, I was the athletic director when he was the coach. We had a great working relationship,” said Newkirk. “He works well with others, cares about the kids, Paoli and football. He is very passionate and is a go-getter full of energy. I will miss our conversations not only about football, but about life. I wish the very best for him at La Porte.”

Lowery’s impression on the faculty expands further to Offensive Coordinator Neil Dittmer, who coached with Lowery for eight years.

His passion and knowledge of football has helped me grow as a coach and as a person. He truly cares about the success of each one of his players and coaches he works with and wants nothing but the best for them. I have been very lucky to have been able to coach with him,” said Dittmer.

From coaching to being a friend, Lowery always found a way to to be both to all players and coaches he encountered. Senior Tyson Lawson played for Lowery in his two years as head coach along with his years as an assistant coach.

“Coach Lowery has impacted my life both on and off the field. Not only did he help me grow as an athlete, but he also helped me grow as a person. He’s taught me so many life lessons that I’ll thankfully have for the rest of my life. Most importantly, he was a role model and someone I could come to with anything, and I thank him for that,” said Lawson.

Lowery’s last days at PHS were spent bidding farewells and thanking everyone for all the help in his years at Paoli.

“I want to thank everyone for their amazing commitment, support and love for our football program here. I will forever cherish the friendships and memories this school and community has given my family,” said Lowery. “I want everyone to rest assured that our football and JAG programs will continue go on and accomplish great things in the future. I know this because I have witnessed the drive and passion in the hearts of our students. I know we will all strive to BE OUR BEST!”



Story by Maggie Vincent

Advanced Manufacturing Students to Travel to MASC

On Monday, February 25, the advanced manufacturing class will be heading to the Mid America Science Center and Ivy Tech in Scottsburg. The Mid American Science Center, or MASC, is designed to offer entrepreneurs, military personnel, researchers, visitors and students access to officer space and shared administrative service, along with customized labs and training facilities and advanced technology and communication systems.

“At MASC, students will be seeing advanced manufacturing labs in operation. Students will see CNC equipment that we learned about in class in operation as well as welding labs, electricity and mechatronics labs,” said advanced manufacturing teacher Jason Goodman.

Goodman was able to offer this field trip to his students through a company called Conexus, which partners with many advanced manufacturing industries.

“Conexus introduced us to the Mid America Science Center and invited us to tour the facility to help students gain more of a positive connection between school and advanced manufacturing as a career,” said Goodman.

Goodman motivates students to take the course, as it is possible to get up to fifteen free college credits from the class, and if a student chooses to go into that field, they can earn over $45,000 per year.

Goodman hopes the field trip will encourage students to choose a career in advanced manufacturing, as they will be meeting with many professionals who are already in that field.

“Students will have the opportunity to see some real-world applications of the curriculum material we are learning about in class. Students will also be meeting with advanced manufacturing industry professionals and learning about careers, post secondary education, salaries and job responsibilities,” said Goodman.


Story by Rebekah Reeves

Garcia Learns Lessons from Cheer

Some people believe everything happens for a reason and if it’s meant to be, it will be. For seventh grader Nadia Garcia, these phrases hold true for her journey with school cheer.

Garcia did not try out for the junior high squad when tryouts were hosted last school year, but Garcia joined midway through the basketball season.

“I joined midseason because one of the other cheerleaders quit, and they needed another girl. I felt good about it, considering other girls could have joined, but the coach chose me,” said Garcia.

This obstacle the team experienced was easily fixed by adding Garcia, especially since she has cheered in the past in fifth and sixth grade. Surprisingly, Garcia jumping into the squad midseason only came with a few challenges. In her mind, the most difficult part about the process was learning all of the cheers.  

“I adjusted to the team pretty well. I learned the cheers by staying after school with the other girls,” said Garcia.

With every group that runs on teamwork, things are bound to go wrong, which is Garcia’s least favorite thing about cheerleading. However, to Garcia, the ability to pick herself and her team back up after making a mistake is the most important part. Learning from their mistakes is half the process of improving as a team.

Her teammates are a lot of the reason why Garcia loves cheerleading so much. Garcia has appreciated the memories she has created with the other girls on her team. When Garcia is eventually done cheering, her teammates are what she is going to miss the most.

“I feel great when I am with them. The laugher and everything is all great,” said Garcia.

Although Garcia enjoys cheerleading, she is unsure about participating in the future. With her participation in other activities, such as volleyball, cheering another season could be overwhelming. Although this is her reality, Garcia does not take for granted her time as a PHS cheerleader.


Story by Sara Kesterson

Paoli Native to be Honored Through 5K

On April 13, 2019, the HeARTland Hustle will be sponsoring the first annual Space Race, a space-themed 5K run and walk in honor of Paoli native Margaret Hamilton, who wrote the code for the Apollo program. The walk will take place at Maria Radcliffe Park. Art from local artists, youth groups, studios and schools will be displayed through the trail.

The run will take place at 9 a.m. Cost is $25 for adults and $20 for minors. However, the price will jump to $35 the day of the race. All proceeds with benefit the Let Music Speak organization and the Black Vulture Project.

Post-race activities include a health fair in the park accompanied by live music.

Registering online is available at


Story by Rebekah Reeves and Chandler Hinton

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