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SADD to Sponsor Convocation on Friday 13

Last May, Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) received a grant from the Orange County Community Foundation for $945. This grant covered the cost of a program called ‘Fix It’. On Friday, September 13, SADD will put on the presentation in the auditorium for students in grades 7-12. SADD Sponsor Summer Hudelson has high hopes for the program. 

“I hope students will be encouraged and understand everyone has setbacks in life, but they can overcome them,” said Hudelson.

High school students will be attending the program at 1 p.m. and the junior high at 2 p.m. Incredible stories of strength are woven together with music and sports action on three giant screens to create a fun and inspirational message of empowerment.

Story by Elizabeth Workman

FFA in Full Swing

FFA is a nationwide club that promotes agriculture and informs people about the many careers available. Through FFA, members learn many life skills and have great opportunities presented to them.

This club is for students who are interested in agriculture and have a passion for it. In order to be an FFA member, you must be taking an Agriculture class and turn dues in by September 20.

Seventh graders have a different opportunity to get involved in FFA due to the fact that Ag classes are only offered to eighth graders and up. Seventh graders can join by participating in contests and paying dues. 

“I’m really excited about the new things this year has in store for us. I’m also really excited about the number of younger members we have and the possibility of them becoming better leaders through FFA,” said FFA Vice President Tara Robbins.

Throughout the year, the chapter competes in a variety of contests and attends different conferences. They will soon start participating in those competitions. FFA has just concluded their mum sale for the fall and their annual fruit sale will be coming next. 

For any questions about FFA, you can contact sponsors Cory Scott or Kyle Woolston at or You can also contact any of the chapter officers.

Story by Elizabeth Workman

The Pride of Paoli Introduces New Director

After former head band director Ben Werne resigned, the band was on the hunt for new potential band directors. After an extensive interview process, Cory Chapman was chosen to be the Pride of Paoli’s new leader.

Chapman grew up in Evansville and attended Evansville Bosse High School. After high school, he attended Ball State University and spent five years in the marines before he was discharged. During his stint in the military, he worked in the intelligence and communications field as a special intelligence communicator and was deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan. Him and his wife got married in January 2009, a couple of months after he returned from his deployment to Iraq.

They have been married for over ten years and have two children together. 

“I always knew I wanted to teach, and the military helped me to grow up a bit and mature in order to reach that goal. The lessons I learned in the Marines helped me become a strong leader with self-discipline and compassion for others. Those qualities really helped me to develop my skills as a teacher and musician, and the money the military provided for my schooling helped me to achieve my goals,” said Chapman.

Before coming to Paoli, Chapman had five years of teaching experience including jazz bad, marching band and concert band. His previous job was directing the band at West Lafayette High School.

“I have a deep sense of respect for this program and this school. I’ve had the desire to be apart of the community down here because I really like small towns and working at small schools where I can know each student overtime. I hope to get to know each kid a little bit better and find somewhere where I can raise my family that’s also nice to live,” said Chapman.

Story Angie Ceja

American Red Cross to Host Annual Blood Drive

The American Red Cross will be hosting their annual Blood Drive at Paoli High School on Wednesday, October 2. It will be held in the lower gym from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

We have a goal to collect 50 units of blood during the blood drive,” said Blood Drive Coordinator Danelle Manship.

In order to donate blood, you have to be at least 16 years of age and have parental consent or 18 years of age. Other eligibility requirements can be found at

For more information or to book your appointment, contact Manship at

Story by Gracie Walls


Orange County Youth Council Welcomes New Members

On Wednesday, August 28, interviews were held for the Orange County Youth Council. Between all three schools in the county, 20 people applied: ten from Springs Valley, four from Orleans and six from Paoli. The acceptance letters were sent out on August 30, and those who applied should have received them September 3. 19 new members were selected and received information about the first meeting. Once accepted, the members are on a trial basis for the first four months to make sure that schedules correlate.

Story by Haley Owens

PHS Choir Enjoys Fundraiser Success

On Saturday, August 24, the Paoli High School Choir had their annual Day on the Square fundraiser. During this event, the choir members stand on the islands at the turns on the town square and collect donations from people driving through. The money raised is used to purchase choir shirts and to pay for the students to audition for Honor Choir. Overall, over $500 was raised during the four hours they were collecting money.

“We couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day to do a fundraiser. The people in our community are so supportive. The choir students all did a wonderful job and were a shining example of PHS work ethic,” said Choir Director B.J. Crowder.

Story by Michael Hannon


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