• Throwback Feature: Minton Remembers Life at PHS

    Former Paoli High School student Richard Minton graduated in 1972. After graduating, Minton decided to stay in his small hometown, and he has now lived in Paoli for 47 years.

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  • Lunch Changes Coming for PHS Students

    Due to a survey sent out to students by Principal Chad Johnson, new changes will be made to PHS’s lunch menu. The survey asked students to vote on new a

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  • Supermileage Preparing for Upcoming Races

    In April and May, Supermileage will have the opportunity to compete in many different races with at least 50 teams throughout the state. The team will be participating in Division

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  • Health Students Investigate Medicines

    Click here to see junior high students learn about medicine! Photo Story by Karyas Slaten

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  • Elementary Students Practice New Skills

    Click here to see elementary students improve their tennis skills! Photo Story by Tinsley Moffatt

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  • Throwback Feature: Lindley Recalls Life Accomplishments

    History teacher Chris Lindley graduated as the salutatorian of the Paoli High School class of 1986. After graduating, Lindley went to Indiana University to obtain his bachelor’s degree. He graduated

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  • Winter Athletes Recognized

    As the winter sports season has came to a close, athletes reflect on their memorable seasons, and for some, their careers. For PHS winter athletes this season, many awards were

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  • For the Love of Pi

    Click here to experience some of PHS’s Pi Day Celebration! Photo Story by Audrie Hardin

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  • Meredith Named 2019 Mr. PHS

    Click here to see pictures from the Mr. PHS event! Photo Story by Maddie DeCarlo

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  • Eight Graders Combining Musical Talents

    Many bands that we know today started off as a small town “garage” band with a dream to become a hit in the music industry. Four musicians from PHS decided

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Eight Graders Combining Musical Talents

Many bands that we know today started off as a small town “garage” band with a dream to become a hit in the music industry. Four musicians from PHS decided they wanted to do the same. Eighth graders Adin Monroe, Keenan Hays, Gavin King and Marty Higgins combined their skills and talent to form their own band, Stoked.

They unexpectedly formed the band about a year ago in health class. The name Stoked was simply created because it “sounded cool” to them. The band was originally only Monroe, Hays and King, but then Higgins joined in later, who has now been a member of the band for three months. They mostly play alternative rock and like to compare themselves to other bands like Weezer, Cage The Elephant and Green Day.

“Most bands we look up to, like Cage The Elephant, started off small like us. Through lots of practice and hard work, we hope to gain popularity and success as they did,” said Monroe.

The group doesn’t have an official rehearsal schedule, but they practice when they can, which is usually the weekends. Monroe plays the drum set, King is the lead singer and plays rhythm guitar, Hays plays lead guitar and Higgins recently learned how to play bass guitar. They have performed one gig so far and are planning on more.

The band has three original songs that are still in the making, but they mostly play cover songs. One of the their original songs is called “ Under The Stars,” and each member of the band wrote their own part, but Monroe wrote the lyrics of the song. Some cover songs they play include “Song Two” by Blur, “You’re Gonna Go Far Kid” by the Offspring and “Warning” by Green Day. The members of the band hope to be remembered for their creativity, ability to have fun during a performance, and their original songs.

“I have always wanted to be known for something and leave a mark on the world so people would recognize I did something, and I think music is the way to do that,” said Hays.

The group has many things they plan to improve on during their practices. One thing they all agree that needs to be improved is communicating better and practicing regularly, which will help them sound better and function smoothly. Another thing they want to improve is practicing on their own and being able to play well by themselves, which will hopefully lead to playing well together.

“Practice is key. First, we need to get better at playing cover songs, and then we can create good originals,” said Monroe.

Although the band needs to make a few improvements, they also do a lot of things well. They are able to cooperate with each other, which is very important when it comes to being in a band. They also have no trouble giving each other feedback so they can be their absolute best. The members get along well and can adapt to each other when playing.

“One thing we do well is having fun when we play. We can jump around and still sound good. I also find that we can start learning and playing a new song fairly fast,” said King.

The group is hoping to play at the Dogwood Festival and Paoli Fest this year. They’re all very confident in the band and plan for a long, successful road ahead of them.

“I think the future of the band looks promising. We need to stick together as friends and as a band. If we keep having fun and enjoying playing music together, good things will come to the band,” said Higgins.

You can follow them on Instagram @stoked_the_band for previews of their work.

 

Story by Angie Ceja

Newsela Stories Accessible for PHS Students

Being up to date on today’s news is now a little easier for students. Newsela is a program which creates digital articles for students to read, and these articles cover all of today’s trending news and more. What teachers find most exciting about this program is that these articles can be written for different reading levels.

“We need to get students reading. These are short, interesting, current, relevant articles that will complement what students are learning in class and hopefully encourage them to read on their own,” said English teacher Maria Wishart.

Newsela contains articles on any topic imaginable. Information about math, science, health, culture, government, sports, music, economy, food and more can be found on Newsela. There are even articles talking about books which might be assigned to read in school as well as authentic historical documents set at lower reading levels. A quiz about the content within the article comes after it has been read. If a student is reading recreationally, they have the choice to skip the quiz and move on to something else.

Superintendent Greg Walker helped make Newsela accessible. Newsela is currently a pilot program to see how students and teachers like it. Teachers can use it to assign stories for their students to read that relate to what they are learning in class at that time. When it comes to the reading level, the teacher or the students can choose the difficulty.

“Teachers can access data about student progress that helps them gauge how a class is doing, how individual students are doing and can help individualize learning,” said Wishart.

PHS has a subscription to Newsela, which means any student can create an account and read whatever and whenever they want. To explore Newsela, go to https://newsela.com/join to start reading.

 

Story by Sara Kesterson

Agriculture Students Visit Indiana Statehouse

On Thursday, March 14, five students from the agriculture department traveled to the Indiana Statehouse in Indianapolis. Sophomore Elizabeth Workman, sophomore Tara Robbins, freshman Baylee Crane, freshman Jon Garcia and eighth grader Kenzie Gilliatt went to visit with  state legislators to discuss Indiana agriculture and rural communities.

The purpose of this event was to help younger FFA members gain experience with leadership and confidence, and to talk to Congress about what we would like to be done. During our visit, we met with Congresswoman Erin Houchin to discuss our ideas,” said Crane.

Part of the conversation included getting better internet connection in rural areas. This was to help the state legislators have a better understanding of internet issues some students have when doing homework or completing e-Learning days.

“The trip to the Statehouse really helped me with my confidence in talking in front of people. I have a better perspective on how our government is being worked, and it helped me get closer with my fellow FFA members. Being in FFA has really changed my life in a very positive way. I wouldn’t be the person I am today without it,” said Crane.

 

Story by Kaden Lewellyn 

Avery Owens Serves Through Youth Council

Junior Avery Owens has a love for helping in any way she can and has the greatest opportunity to do so through the Orange County Youth Council, created by the Orange County Community Foundation.

“I enjoy helping people and being involved in the community, so I knew this would be a good opportunity to be involved in many things locally,” said Owens.

Owens got involved with Youth Council her eighth grade year, after she applied during one of PHS’s annual club fairs. After a short interview, she was accepted.

“My favorite thing about Youth Council is knowing I am doing good things within our community. I also love getting to meet new people,” said Owens.

The Orange County Youth Council is comprised of all three county schools, Orleans, Paoli and Springs Valley. Members meet once a month to discuss upcoming events and ways they can help the community. During these meetings, a monthly donation is also collected.

“We help former Judge Blanton hold banquets for the varsity basketball teams in Orange County, donate to many local businesses such as the Humane Society, ring bells for the Salvation Army and many other things,” said Owens.

On top of service in the community, Youth Council members are also expected to explain Youth Council to seventh graders to encourage them to join their eighth grade year and talk to the fourth grade students at Throop Elementary about what philanthropy is and what it means to them.

“I absolutely love teaching fourth graders because I like getting the opportunity to get in front of young people and teach them about all the good they can do in our community, even at a young age,” said Owens.

Every holiday season, the Youth Council gets together and ring bells outside of Walmart. While there, they sing Christmas carols.

“My favorite things we do with the Youth Council are ringing bells for the Salvation Army and teaching fourth graders,” said Owens.

For Owens, Youth Council means a place she can help our community.

“Being in the Orange County Youth Council is very fulfilling and makes my heart full,” said Owens.

 

Story by Rebekah Reeves

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