• Coleman’s Life at Hilltop Grocery

    Following the school day, most students at PHS return to their home for rest and comfort. This is the case for senior Jarrett Coleman, but in a slightly different way.

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  • e-Learning Days Pre-Approved

    The winter season is here, so snow days may soon be on the radar. This occurrence of cold weather could lead to the first e-Learning day of the year. To

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  • 2019-2020 Calendar Approved

    On Monday, January 14, the Paoli School Board voted to approve the school calendar for the 2019-2020 school year. Mark your calendar with the dates below. PAOLI COMMUNITY SCHOOL CORPORATION 2019-2020

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  • School Board Meeting Tonight at 6

    The Paoli Community School Corporation will be holding a school board meeting starting at 6 p.m. on Monday, January 14 in the Conference Room located in the Superintendent’s Office. The

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  • Patton Continues to Recover

    This past summer, freshman Bladen Patton was involved in an ATV accident resulting in a broken ankle and arm. Though it has been a road full of ups and downs

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  • Construction Class Builds Counselor’s Home

    Guidance counselor Brandi Kerly has excitedly accepted Jon Shellenberger’s proposal for his construction class to build her new home. The students who have helped with this project are freshmen Chase

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  • Seniors’ Futures Being Displayed

    With second semester beginning, many seniors are starting to plan for life after high school. In the window of the high school library, guidance counselor Brandi Kerley has decided to

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  • Lee Learns about World Politics

    In early December, junior Kyla Lee had the opportunity to take part in an event at the University of Indianapolis. The event is known as the Richard G. Lugar Symposium

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  • Digital SAT to be Piloted at PHS

    Junior year is an important year for many high school students. For some, it is the year they  take the SAT. This year, Paoli Jr Sr High School has been

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  • Piglets Welcomed to PHS

    On December 31, the agriculture department started to welcome litters of piglets. Sophomore Chloe Thacker’s pig, Betty, was the first to give birth and had 12 babies. Following that day,

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Lee Learns about World Politics

In early December, junior Kyla Lee had the opportunity to take part in an event at the University of Indianapolis. The event is known as the Richard G. Lugar Symposium for Tomorrow’s Leaders. It honors top juniors in the state of Indiana and brings them together for a day of discussion of public issues and world events.

The University of Indianapolis website describes the purpose of the event as a way to expose some of the best and brightest young minds in Indiana, our future leaders, to global issues and help them gain an appreciation for the complexities of these issues.

Each participant of the event was asked to attend two afternoon sessions that focus on current events. The sessions feature two experts who present opposing views on a current event, which is followed by a formal discussion on the topic.

“I loved one of the classes I took while I was there. It was a class about assault. I got to listen to one of the professors there, which had just published a book. The class gave great information and ways to avoid or help someone involved in assault or harassment,” said Lee.

The principals from each high school in Indiana have the opportunity to select three outstanding juniors to participate in the event. Principal Chad Johnson was not familiar with the event, but Lee brought it to his attention and was able to attend.

“Three students are supposed to be selected by their principals from each high school; however, I heard about it from a teacher and asked about it. Mr. Johnson had not heard of it before, but contacted them and somehow got me in,” said Lee.

By attending the event, Lee is now eligible to apply for a scholarship they offer as well as an award. Any student who chooses to attend the Symposium their junior year of high school will automatically be considered for the $15,500 scholarship. The selection committee selects up to ten students from the pool of applicants to receive the scholarship, but the recipient must be attending the University of Indianapolis. The award has a very similar selection process, but it awards the recipients with a $1,000 monetary award.

The Lugar Symposium is an event available only to juniors in Indiana; therefore, Lee would not be able to attend again. However, she would recommend the Lugar Symposium to any upcoming junior because it is a great experience.

“The event is very worthwhile, mostly if you are wanting to go into a profession that involves politics, and it also gives the experience of being in a college class,” said Lee.

 

Story by Madison Street

Digital SAT to be Piloted at PHS

Junior year is an important year for many high school students. For some, it is the year they  take the SAT. This year, Paoli Jr Sr High School has been selected to be a research school for the SAT Digital Research Story. The SAT is set to become a fully digital test. Vice Principal Fred Unsicker applied for PHS to be one of the schools selected for this preparation and research.

PHS is looking to have at the least 20 students in the junior class take this test. The test will be on February 5 and will take up periods one, two and three. The test will conclude at around 11 a.m. PHS will be one of the first to take the test, being in the second time slot. The testing will take two weeks in order to complete the testing throughout all selected schools. Unsicker believes this will benefit juniors for their later testing.

“The biggest benefit to the students is they will get to see what the new digital SAT will look like. With The College Board moving to create a fully digital exam, it’s a great opportunity for our students to get used to the platform that will be utilized by The College Board. It is also good practice with the SAT Reading Test and Essay. For those who participate in the Research Test, we will get feedback on their performance sometime near the end of March. This will be great information for those who are going to go on and take the SAT test later this spring or even next year,” said Unsicker.

 

Story by Faith Wilder

Piglets Welcomed to PHS

On December 31, the agriculture department started to welcome litters of piglets. Sophomore Chloe Thacker’s pig, Betty, was the first to give birth and had 12 babies. Following that day, 48 other piglets were born, and more are still expected. Ziggy, owned by sophomore Elizabeth Workman, had a litter of seven on January 4, and Pepper, owned by junior Jalyn Engleking, had four on December 30.

Students involved in PHS agriculture have the opportunity to help with raising the piglets. During school, students feed and clean their pins. When school’s out, the owners care for them and pay for their needs.

Our pigs and vegetables are a very small piece of the food supply, but they can make a giant contribution towards helping people understand where their food comes from and ensuring more people are educated and can help protect this vital portion of our great nation’s future,” said agriculture teacher Cory Scott.

After the piglets develop and mature, students will sell some at an auction and keep the others for the upcoming 4-H fair. The gilts that were bred could either be sold with the piglets or taken home to breed again next year.

As the piglets age, other students are allowed to visit them if the teacher allows. Another option to watch the pigs is to download Smart Meye. The information on how to get started is on the Paoli FFA Facebook page.

 

Story by Jozalyn Kempf

Basketball History to be Recognized Tomorrow

On January 12, PHS is going to be holding a Champions Conference Night. This will take place between the junior varsity and varsity boys basketball games.

Paoli Jr. Sr. High School will be honoring two groups of people, the 1988-1989 boys basketball team and the 1998-1999 boys basketball team. Along with the two teams, managers, coaches, administrators, statisticians, cheerleaders and cheer coaches during the two seasons will be recognized.  

The 1988-1989 team was the first boys team in Paoli High School history to win a basketball Regional. This accomplishment was the start of an impressive run for the Paoli basketball program. In the next few years following the Regional victory, Paoli boys basketball teams won five PLAC championships, four Sectional Championships and three Regional Championships.

IHSAA class basketball began in the 1997-1998 season. The boys basketball program started off the class basketball system with three Sectional Championships, three Regional Championships and one Semi-State championship. The 1998-1999 Semi-State Championship team was the State runner-up that year.
“We look forward to a great night honoring these players for their 30th and 20th year reunions,” said Athletic Director Darek Newkirk.

 

Story by Madison Street

Vincent Reflects on a Winning Season

Not all of the action in football takes place on the field. Many people help behind the scenes to support the football team. Sophomore Maggie Vincent is a manager for the team.

Vincent has just finished her fifth year being a manager. In the past five years, she has made many memories.

“My favorite memories have been time spent with the other girls and trainers. We always have so much fun, whether we are cleaning a stinky locker room or hanging out at practices. I also cherish all my memories spent with the coaches and players. I’ve grown up around football my whole life, so I feel like the coaches and players are family. We always have so many laughs together and so many great stories. There have been way too many memories to even count,” said Vincent.

There is a lot that goes into being a manager. Vincent’s various jobs and tasks include filling up water bottles, fixing broken helmets, organizing medical kits, helping tape the players’ ankles and doing anything coaches or players may ask for. It can get really stressful during a game. The managers may have to fix a helmet so a player can get back in as quickly as possible or constantly have different equipment ready.

She doesn’t have to do these tasks alone, however. The other managers with her this past year were senior Lexi Smith, junior Kayla Bailey, sophomore Alyssa Warren, freshman Lillie Warren and seventh grader Madison Warren.

Vincent remembers two games more than the rest. One was her favorite game to be at, and the other was her least favorite. The best game she remembers was this year’s Sectional championship. Overall, she said it was a great environment to be around, and it was a very exciting game. Vincent likes how the whole team came together to push for a Sectional championship.

“The worst game I’ve been to was the Providence game a little over a year ago when we lost to them in Sectional. It was a sad night for my family because it was my brother’s last high school football game, and it turned out to be my dad’s last game as a high school football coach after 20 years. There were many tears that night. It was sad watching my brother and dad walk away from a game they both loved to much,” said Vincent.

Even though some games are sad, Vincent can always find something that cheers her up.

“My favorite part is after we score, and I look in the stands and see everyone so excited,” said Vincent.

 

Story by Michael Hannon

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