• 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

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  • 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

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  • Let the Games Begin

    Let the Games Begin (Click link above to see photo essay) By Addison Wells On Friday February 23 the Paoli High School FFA chapter held the annual Ag Olymics in

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  • 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.

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  • Taking our Hearts Back… Learning to Love Again

    Taking our Hearts Back… Learning to Love Again (Click link above to see photo essay) By Addison Wells On February 20 the Paoli High School color guard put on a

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • Doors Open for Atley’s Voice

    We all might love to sing in the car or put on a performance in the shower, but for junior Atley Cook, singing has been a love and a passion

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  • Custom Vinyl Stickers for Sale

    The Super Mileage team is selling custom vinyl decals and monograms. They can accommodate sports teams or other designs as requested in many colors. See the display board in the

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  • Hall Local Cubing Expert

    Many students at PHS have their own hobbies they enjoy outside of school. These hobbies might include skateboarding, drawing, or painting. However, for junior Michael Hall, his hobby is cubing

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Doors Open for Atley’s Voice

We all might love to sing in the car or put on a performance in the shower, but for junior Atley Cook, singing has been a love and a passion ever since she was a little girl. Cook has always taken singing and progressing her voice very seriously, and she has gotten many wonderful opportunities because of her abilities.

Cook knew she wanted to have singing be a huge part in her life when summer school show director Larry Hollan gave her a solo in Oklahoma. She sang “I Can’t Say No.”

“It was my first big solo, and from that point, I knew that’s what I wanted to do,” said Cook.

Cook has been in school choir for eight years, but Cook has not sung at many competitions. She has been in a few talent shows and has won gold at Solo and Ensemble, but Cook can always lean back on the choir program at PHS.

With the help of plays and choir concerts in her earlier years, Cook’s passion for singing grew by watching her brother, Jacob Cook, sing. Cook sees her brother as an inspiration, and ever since she was little, she enjoyed watching him perform in concerts. He always pushed Cook to do better.

Earlier this year, when the drama club put on The Lion King, Cook opened the show with a solo in “The Circle of Life,” which goes down as her all-time favorite solo.

Cook’s talents have even gotten her noticed by the American Musical and Dramatic Academy, a performing arts college located in Los Angeles, California and New York City.

“Last summer, I got a call from AMDA saying they had gotten an email about me from someone and wanted to hear me sing. I sent them a video, and they asked me to put in an audition tape for their summer program there,” said Cook.

Cook did submit an audition tape and was accepted into the summer program. This July, Cook will attend AMDA for two weeks for vocal training and to work on expanding her theater skills. At the end of the two weeks, all of the people accepted into the program will put on show.

Cook is planning on continuing to sing in her future. In the past, she has felt conflicted with continuing a singing career because she is aware that there will be others better than her, but she wants to give it a try and see where it takes her.

“I love music. It’s a big part of my life, and I want to at least try because performing is what makes me happy,” said Cook.

 

Story by Sara Kesterson

Hall Local Cubing Expert

Many students at PHS have their own hobbies they enjoy outside of school. These hobbies might include skateboarding, drawing, or painting. However, for junior Michael Hall, his hobby is cubing with Rubik’s cubes.

Hall began his cubing journey in the late summer of 2017 when he was scrolling through eBay searching for things to purchase. He came across a standard 3x3x3 Rubik’s cube for only two dollars. Hall remembers solving his first cube and all obstacles and struggles that came with it.

“When the cube arrived, I stayed up all night completing my first solve using the beginner’s method,” said Hall.

Since Hall has been cubing for roughly six months now, he has formed opinions on which parts he enjoys and which parts are his least favorite. Memorization is key to become an advanced cuber, and Hall learned that lesson fast.

“My favorite part about cubing is memorizing the algorithms, then getting to see how some simple algorithms can solve a complex cube. I also enjoy the mental challenge that cubing brings,” said Hall.

After some time in the cubing world, Hall has set up some goals in his mind. By the end of the year, Hall’s goal is to consistently solve a standard 3x3x3 Rubik’s cube in under 20 seconds. His best time is 25 seconds, but he averages around 35 seconds to solve. Since purchasing his first cube on eBay, Hall has bought nine more cubes. All his cubes are very unique in shape and size and are as follows: the standard 3x3x3, 2x2x2, 4x4x4, 5x5x5, Skewb, Pyraminx, Megaminx, Mirror cube, 3x3x1 cuboid and Square-1.

“Each cube takes a different amount of time to solve, based on the difficulty. However, a lot of the cubes use the same algorithms to complete, so that is a plus side,” said Hall.

Hall discovered his hobby for cubing when he took a chance in trying something new. When taking this chance, he realized how much he enjoyed cubing. Hall’s passion for cubing will carry on throughout his life and can benefit him in many mental aspects of his life.

“I would like to put to rest the myth that cubing is extremely hard and involves a lot of math. Cubing involves virtually no math, only the memorization of algorithms and the intuition to put the right piece in the right spot. Anyone can learn to cube,” said Hall.

 

Story by Jace Ingle

Sophomore Avery Owens Reflects on Youth Council

Sophomore Avery Owens loves making a difference in her community. Owens is an active member of the Orange County Youth Council, also known as OCYC. She has been a member for three years.

“I had several friends signing up at the time, and I thought it would be a good experience for me. I really wanted to try something new, and it felt good knowing that I was going into it with some great people,” said Owens.

The group has monthly meetings, and at each meeting, they make a donation to a different charity.  Youth Council also rings the Salvation Army bells. OCYC makes sure to recognize people in the community who are making a difference through Golden Deeds.

“Youth Council impacts the community by donating to local charities, helping at local events, and providing philanthropy education for the county’s fourth grade students. Youth Council members give their time, talent, and treasure to the community through various means,” said OCYC leader Destany Pingle.

With the work, comes some play. Christmas parties and summer outings hold some of Owens’ favorite memories.

“My first Christmas party in OCYC we played a game where a present is passed around the circle while a story was being read, and somehow Jalyn Engleking ended up with an avocado at the end of the night, it was a very fun time,” said Owens.

Fun and games aside, Owens loves being so involved with her community and knowing she is making a difference.

“I always know I can count on Avery to do whatever she can, even on short notice. This year, the Youth Council decided to give presentations to the seventh graders for National Philanthropy Day, and even though it was short notice, Avery was one of two Youth Council members there to help with the presentation. She makes helping a priority,” said Pingle.

Owens recommends joining the Orange County Youth Council if you are looking for a fun way to help your community.

“Take the opportunity, apply as an eighth grader because it is definitely easier to get accepted,” said Owens.

 

Story by Kaden Lewellyn

 

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