Choir Students Prepare for Their First Show

On October 10 at 6 p.m., the Paoli High School choir will be performing their first show of the year, An Autumn to Remember

Three choirs from PHS will be performing at the event. First, the junior high choir will be singing “Why We Sing” by Kirk Franklin. Then, the Singing Sensations will be presenting “A Million Dreams” from The Greatest Showman and “When I’m 64” by The Beatles. Finally, the Harmony Singers will perform “Shallow” by Lady Gaga and “For Forever” from Dear Evan Hansen. Together, the three choirs will showcase “Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor” by Emma Lazarus and “Thriller” by Michael Jackson. 

“Students have been working really hard to give a mixture of music from modern to music from musicals and some classic rock and pop. We try to do a variety of music for everyone to enjoy. There will definitely be something in our concert will connect to and enjoy,” said Choral Director B.J. Crowder. 

During the show, donations will also be collected. Junior Libby Padgett from The Harmony Singers is preparing to go to The National American Miss beauty competition in Anaheim, California over Thanksgiving break, and the money collected will help fund that trip.

“Admission is completely free, but we will be taking donations to help a choir member, Libby Padgett get to nationals for a beauty pageant in California,” said Crowder.

The choir is still hard at work in the weeks leading up to their concert. More information will be posted in the hallways of PHS as the date grows closer.

Story by Jozalyn Kempf

Congressman Hollingsworth to Speak to Seniors at PHS

On Tuesday, October 8, Indiana’s 9th District congressman, Trey Hollingsworth, will be coming to PHS to speak to seniors in government and economics classes along with other teachers’ students who are allowing them to attend.

“We were told it is mostly a Q&A session for the students. I’m sure, like all politicians, he will have something to talk about,” said government and U.S. history teacher Chris Lindley. 

Hollingsworth will be speaking in government and economics teacher Neil Dittmer’s classroom.

Story by Gracie Walls

Herff Jones Class Ring Parent Night on October 8

The annual Herff Jones Class Ring Parent Night will be on Tuesday, October 8 from 3:10 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The booth will either be set up in the library hallway or the Chromebook room across from the cafeteria. There will be catalogs and example merchandise that parents and students can choose from when creating a class ring.

Story by Gracie Walls


PHS in Search of Head Varsity Wrestling Coach

Paoli High School is in search of a head varsity wrestling coach for the upcoming wrestling season. The coach would be responsible for all aspects of the high school program and many aspects of the junior high wrestling program. The selected candidate will be visible in PHS and the community and must support all academic, co-curricular and extracurricular programs at PHS. 

Candidates that have applied for the position should have passion for students and their success, strong organizational skills, a strong worth ethic, ability to lead staff and develop assistant coaches and also be motivated and enthusiastic. 

Anyone who wishes to apply for this head position are asked to email Athletic Director Darek Newkirk at or Principal Dr. Sherry Wise at Deadline for applications is today.

Story by Lili Seals

PHS Student Council is Ready for a Successful Year

High school student council elections were held on August 21 for the 2019-2020 school year.

This year’s members include: freshmen Wyatt Blankenship, River Fleming, Clara Henderson, Mackenzie Neal and Ashleigh Garcia; sophomores Katie Amonette, Rylie Atkins, Autumn Garrett, Corinne Magner, Marcus McGuire, Tinsley Moffatt and Karyas Slaten; juniors Briannah Andis, Trey Cranfield, Haley Owens, Tara Robbins and Alyssa Warren and seniors Kinley Block, Hobie Bobbitt, Harley Bush, Aron Busick, Madison Cunningham, Jalyn Engleking, Sarah Kanz, EB Kerby, Kyla Lee, Sierra Manship, Maddy McDonald, Avery Owens, Lauren Rutherford, Lexi Stroud and Erica Workman.

“I think the overall elections went very well, I am grateful to have a lot of great people this year,” said Student Council Coordinator Neil Dittmer. 

If students were not elected for student council by their homeroom, they had the opportunity to apply for an at large position. In order to do this, students had to have ten student signatures and one teacher or guardian signature.

PHS student council organizes many activities to do throughout the school year. For fall homecoming, student council members hosted a post-football game event after the Orange Bowl on September 6. Students could race in the inflatable obstacle course and play spike ball, corn hole or nine square. There was also pizza provided to eat.

“I am excited for this year and all the fun things that we’ll be helping out with and hosting, especially Macho Man Volleyball and Powder Puff Football,” said Fleming.

Story by Corinne Magner

Fullington Prepares Students for College

On Wednesday, October 9, speech and English teacher Carol Fullington will be traveling with her dual credit public speaking class and AP language and composition class to Indiana University in Bloomington for a field trip.

Students will leave Paoli High School at 8:50 a.m. and will not return until 3:10 p.m. During the field trip, students will meet with an admissions counselor about what they look for in applications, take a formal campus tour and learn to use a research library and its resources. In order for students to be eligible, they must be enrolled in one of the two participating classes and have passing grades in all of their classes.

“I expect my students will learn more about what college admissions offices look for on applications. I expect my students to learn what types of questions they should be asking when they start visiting colleges of interest. I also expect students will learn to effectively use the academic resources available to them to further their success in college,” said Fullington.

Story by Amanda Bowles

PHS to Participate in 5th Annual Service Day

PHS will participate in their 5th annual Service Day on October 10. Service Day is a day set aside each year for the school to take the time to give back to the community in both small and large ways. 

This year, there are 32 different Service Day groups. From helping out at the Humane Society to cleaning up the trails of Patoka Lake, the groups all aid the community in different ways.

“All the staff works to make the day a success. Our administration work to help us deal with things like supplies and transportation, which is so helpful. I can only speak to my experience, but I feel like most people really enjoy it and understand the purpose of Service Day,” said Service Day Coordinator Heather Nichols.

Story by Makiya Russelburg

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