Head Hunters: Scott’s 3D Project Grabs Attention

We journalists for Paoli Media pride ourselves in finding out all of the latest information and biggest stories. Yet, recently, we were humbled by the fact senior Kennon Scott has been working on the ultimate “senior prank” since September, and our eyes are just now catching the mischief. 

Scott has been using a 3D printer and scanner to make hundreds of tiny figurines of his head and hiding them all throughout PHS for months to create a scavenger hunt.

“I figured out how to make a 3D scan of my face and I just printed one off and thought it would be funny to do it. It is a senior prank that will be remembered for years and it is hilarious,” said Scott. 

Coming up with this idea all on his own, Scott has currently made 141 heads and will have 250 printed and hidden before the end of the year.

“There will also be some secret rare characters of mine that people can find that are numbered past 250,” said Scott. 

Students (and staff) can find these objects in all different colors, including white, red, black, blue and even gold. They are everywhere from on top of clocks in the hallway to inside books in the library.

“I figured out how to make a 3D scan of my face and I just printed one off and thought it would be funny to do it.”

Senior Kennon Scott

“If people find them, they can do whatever they want with them: keep them, chuck them, it doesn’t matter. All I have to say is whoever has the most by the end of the school year will receive a grand prize,” said Scott. 

Students are encouraged to send photos of their “Kennon Heads” to @phsmedianews on Instagram in order for us to keep track of which ones have been found. 

“To anyone wanting to truly find some, follow me on Instagram and Snapchat and I will be dropping hints every now and then before the school year ends. After I have graduated, however, the rest that remain must be found on your own,” said Scott. 

Happy hunting!

Story by Gracie Walls

Quarantine guideline changes

With a change in Orange County’s COVID rates, the school has also had to change the guidelines for quarantines. The new guidelines started right when the students came back for the second semester.

The biggest change for the students is for those who get quarantined due to close-contact tracing. The new guideline states that they only have to quarantine for six days. When they come back they will have to wear a mask for the next five days.

“Quarantining is still required from school settings where masks are taken off.  That includes the cafeteria, sports practices, band class, choir class, and other extracurriculars where masks are not worn at all times by every single person present.  If you are in a setting such as the cafeteria, and a person whom you were within 6 feet of for more than 15 cumulative minutes tests positive for COVID-19, you would be identified as a close contact if that contact happened during the person’s contagious period.” said Nurse Emme Moore.

The rules for athletes are much similar. If an athlete gets quarantined, they will not be allowed back at practices for six days. They will have to wear their masks during practices and games for five days. COVID has also been affecting other schools around us; the boys varsity basketball team has had to reschedule one of the games. The game originally scheduled for January 14 against Dubois got rescheduled to January 24 due to positive COVID tests on the Dubois team.

“Consistency has been hard to find and we have noticed this with our players and team. Lineups change, roles change, expectations even change. It can be hard for kids to adjust and for them to grasp what their role really is. But, kids are resilient and oftentimes will surprise you with what they can accomplish and overcome. They are managing ,and learning how to handle adversity.  Hopefully this helps them in the future. ” said boys basketball varsity coach Dusty Cole.

Story by Carley Higgins

Lady Rams Defeat Senators on the Road

On Thursday January 20, the Lady Rams defeated the West Washington Senators 56-30. The win moved the Rams 4-0 in the PLAC Conference.

“The first half was a little ugly. It just seemed like we were a little off. Early foul trouble didn’t help for sure,” said Head Coach Donavan Crews. “Ryleigh (Anderson) and Carley (Higgins) both picked up two fouls in the first quarter and had to sit a lot of the first half.  That definitely changed our rotation.”

The three leading scorers for the Rams were junior Jackie Crews with 22 points, senior Kacey McBride with 13 points, and senior Gracie Walls with 7 points.

“I feel like we are a fairly deep team if we have to be and tonight was a prime example of that. We went eight deep in the first quarter because of foul trouble and we had some kids really step up. The second quarter was a struggle again.  But the goal was to maintain some good play and get to half time, so we’d have everyone back,” said Crews.

“We have two more big conference games left and hopefully we can keep things going and finish strong.”

Lady Rams Head Coach Donavan Crews

After halftime the Rams were able to make adjustments and turn their game around. 

“We made a few offensive adjustments and defensive adjustments at half time and the girls really did a nice job carrying them out on the court.  They executed them perfectly and the third quarter we really got things going,” said Crews. “Our defensive intensity really gave them trouble in the third.  We outscored them 19-3 and we really had them on their heels.”

Crews was pleased with the performance from many players, but praised a few key players.

“The good news is Amelia (Hess) was ready to go and she had a really big quarter for us scoring 5 points with a big 3 pointer. Ella (Spires) came in and played some really nice defense in the post. Jackie (Crews) really had a nice quarter with 11 of her points and Kacey (McBride) had a nice quarter as well with 6.”

Crews also gives credit to his defense.

“In the fourth our defensive intensity never let up and we continued to stretch the lead out.  It was a big road win for us.  It’s tough to win on the road and it’s even tougher to win conference games on the road,” said Crews. “The girls really responded after a sluggish first half.  We have two more big conference games left and hopefully we can keep things going and finish strong.”

The Rams will face the Springs Valley Blackhawks tomorrow morning starting at noon in the lower gymnasium. There will be no JV game.

Story by Ashleigh Garcia

Library Home to New Union

Space to transform into a resource hub for students

After Brenda Eubank retired from being the school’s librarian last school year, the library faced uncertainty as to what was to come next. The position was taken over by English teacher Rachel Miller, and since then the library has began a new chapter of service for the school.

The library is home to hundreds of reading materials, all of which are open for any student to check out. The library also houses other resources, such as social worker Ashley Manship’s office, study spaces, and the home of the Essentials Project.

Starting this school year, the library is now the home of a student union.

The union was previously initiated by Ginny Nelson, who was a part of the guidance office. This union was created to provide students with information regarding post-high school plans and how to navigate the latter part of high school.

The goal is to implement resources that students can utilize and benefit from. One resource for students, with a partnership from the AVID program, are studying skills. The goal would be to work with Tammy Noble’s AVID class to help students with study tables and tutorials on studying skills.

“Say, if there is a big chemistry test at the end of the week, students can meet [at the union] on Tuesday and Thursday after school to get together and students can collaborate and use the skills they have learned from AVID lessons to help them study,” said Principal Dr. Sherry Wise.

Another goal of the student union is to show students what their options are both in school and after graduation. For in-school options, students can go to the union to inquire about what classes and programs may be available, such as the CDL course offered by the co-op. For plans after graduation, the union can be very beneficial for students.

If students are interested in learning more about a specific school, the union can arrange for students representatives for an information session.

It can also provide the students with information they may need to apply for colleges, as well as options in the workforce or military.

“I want to make it something that, no matter what your plan is after high school, there’s going to be something there for you that you can come and work with [the union] on,” said Wise.

At the beginning of the semester, Nelson resigned as the union’s coordinator. Currently, a new coordinator has not been hired, but there are applicants being reviewed.

Story by Michael Hannon

Now Hiring: Substitutes Needed in the Classroom

When Cooperation Secretary Lisa Muth started working for the Paoli School Corporation in 2012, there were 76 substitute teachers hired to work at the school. The next year, 13 more, but since then there has been a steady decrease in the number of substitutes available.

Currently, there are only 30 substitute teachers working in the corporation.

“That may sound like a lot,” said Muth, “but they are shared by both buildings. Also, some of them are college students and are only available on their breaks.”

Muth suspects many reasons as to why there has been a diminishing number available in recent years. Though they receive $75 a day for working at the school, the position comes with an unpredictable work schedule and a lack of insurance or “leave day” benefits.

“I am sure there are people that don’t want to come into a school right now,” said Muth. “Some people [also] don’t like not knowing when they might be called into work. They usually call them early the same day they need them.”

Another possibility is the emergence and ongoing conflicts that have come with the COVID-19 pandemic. The school year following the initial quarantine of students and staff experienced resulted in 14 substitute teachers not returning. The next, 10 more were lost.

Regardless of the worsening situation, Muth maintains hope more applications will come in.

“We are currently advertising on the radio for job openings at the school and have them posted on our website,” said Muth.

Applications to become a substitute teacher are available on the school’s website under the Staff and Employment section. Under that there is one for Jobs and Applications and, finally, a page specifically for substitute teachers.

Interested applicants must have gone through a background check and have a current Substitute Teacher License through the State of Indiana.

Story by Joz Kempf