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Staying Safe in Winter Weather

Winter weather can cause problems for everyone, especially with the conditions of roads. When deciding whether or not to delay or cancel school due to weather, the final say comes from Superintendent Greg Walker.

There are no specific requirements when deciding to delay or cancel school. I look at is it safe for buses to transport students and ask myself would I want my child riding a bus that day. To be thorough I get up at 4 a.m., consult with neighboring superintendents as what their conditions are. I also watch the weather to see what is going to happen in the next few hours,” said Walker. 

Along with communicating with other schools, Walker and Transportation and Athletic Director Darek Newkirk drive the roads and get updates from the County Highway Department to check  conditions. All of these precautions take place within two hours before the official announcement of whether school is cancelled, delayed or on-time at 6 a.m.

After a delay or cancellation is made, it takes about 30 minutes to get notifications out. Walker first calls, texts and emails everyone in the Remind system. He then notifies area radio stations and Louisville T.V. stations.

Two-hour delays help minimize the amount of make-up school days because those days are not made up. The extra two hours allows improved visibility and potentially less traffic on the road.  

If parents and/or students are not receiving any of the notifications about cancellations or delays, they could stay updated by radio or T.V or make sure their names are on the notification list.

Story by Amanda Bowles

Drama Club Performing November 22 and 23

This year, Paoli High School’s Drama Department will be performing Roger and Hammerstien’s The Sound of Music. The musical will be performed on November 21, 22 and 23 in the Ruth Uyesugi Auditorium. There are approximately 28 cast members, not including the chorus. This musical will feature the iconic songs “Do-Re-Mi” and “My Favorite Things.”

This musical is a classic tale about a Nun postulate, Maria, who becomes a governess for the Von Trapp household. She looks after seven children who have lost their mother. Their father, Captain Von Trapp, is a strict man who forces his children to live in a military fashion. However, Maria changes that. She returns music and happiness to the home. 

“This musical offers action, intrigue and an unlikely love story,” said Drama Director Maria Wishart.  

The two lead characters of this performance are Maria played by junior Libby Padgett and Captain Von Trapp played by freshman AJ Lopez. These two will be accompanied by the Von Trapp children, which include Liesl played by sophomore Amanda Bowles, Freidrich played by junior Christian Ruth, Louisa played by sophomore Kylee Charles, Kurt played by sophomore Christopher Frias, Brigitta played by sophomore Angie Ceja, Marta played by sophomore Annabell Bledsoe and Gretl played by freshman Rylie Belcher. 

Other characters include Elsa played by freshman Ryliegh Anderson, Max played by junior Chandler Hinton, Mother Abbess played by senior Megan Poe, Sister Berthe played by senior Vanesa Swartz, Sister Margaretta played by senior Micayla Chism, Sister Sophia played by junior Haley Owens, Frau Schmidt played by sophomore Haley Cox, Franz played by sophomore Luke Gibson and Rolf played by sophomore Michael Hannon. Along with the main cast there are other supporting roles, including backstage, tech, props and costume crews. 

“The Drama Club hopes that many members of the community will come and be a part of the audience to experience the magic of this musical,” says Wishart.

Story by Amanda Bowles

National Honor Society Fundraiser Underway

The National Honor Society and National Junior Honor Society are raising money for their annual trip from now until December 1, 2019. The group will be selling laundry detergent and other products, such as fabric softeners, dish soap, dryer sheets, men’s and women’s body wash and bath bombs.

Payments are due at the time of purchase, and checks should be written to Paoli High School. The National Honor Society and National Junior Honor Society members will contact buyers when the orders arrive.

Story by Kaden Lewellyn

Construction Trades Classes Receive Hands-On Experience

The construction trades program at PHS is a class that is designed to teach students the basics of residential construction. The program constructs a lot of different projects for the school and community.

Each year, the class builds a house as one of their projects. Last year, they built Guidance Counselor Brandi Kerley’s house, and they are currently working on this year’s home, the 13th one for the program. The students also worked on building small hunting cabins, which started in early September to have them completed before hunting season.

There are three construction trades classes and each of them contributed to building the cabins. However, the majority of the work was completed by the intro to construction and construction technology students. The project allows students to incorporate skills they will use in building a real house, as the cabins have a lot of the same components that a regular house would have. They are able to learn about various principles of construction, construction math and measuring, tool use and hands-on training during this project as well.

“I am always looking for projects that give the construction students practical, hands-on experience and training. I thought that these cabins would be good projects as they would allow for this experience and also be something that program could sell as a fundraiser,” said construction trades program teacher Jon Shellenberger.

When the students work on their various projects, money is usually charged for the materials used and labor by the students. The money collected from the projects goes to things like field trips, class parties and class t-shirts, but the money is not the only reward for students.

“Another good thing about projects such as these is that they offer the students a sense of pride and accomplishment in having built something beautiful and that people are lining up to purchase,” said Shellenberger.

The cabins have raised a lot of interest, and the classes plan to do this project again next fall. At this point in time, the class is focused primarily on building a house for Habitat for Humanity, but there are projects to come.

Story by Angie Ceja

Robertson Throws the Flag a Final Time

This year, Senior Maddie Robertson says goodbye to marching band and color guard. She has been a member since her freshman year, making this her fourth and final season.

“It’s like a habit to keep coming back. After doing it one year it just seemed weird if I didn’t do it again,” said Robertson.

She has also participated in three seasons of Winter Guard and plans to do it again this year.

“For the past years I’ve pushed myself to keep doing it, but this season my mom pushed me to do it since it is my last,” said Robertson.

Out of the two , she prefers color guard because she enjoys performing with the band and finds it less stressful. 

“Over all, color guard is more organized and Winter Guard gives me tons of stress because it can’t be organized properly because we are both in Tri-state and IHSCGA (Indiana High School Color Guard Association) competitions,” said Robertson.

Of the many shows that she has performed, A View From the Top from 2017 is her favorite. She enjoyed the music, the color guard’s choreography, and the props used during the show. At the state competition, the show received 3rd place behind Springs Valley and Forest Park. 

“The whole show turned out amazing. Even the Springs Valley families were surprised we didn’t win state,” said Robertson.

After high school, Robertson plans to go to college. Although she is currently undecided, she plans to apply to Indiana University Southeast, Ball State, and Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.

“The thing I’m going to miss most about high school is how close I am to home. Going to college means distance from home and I’m going to miss it more than anything,” said Robertson. 

Robertson doesn’t plan to pursue guard after high school, but she appreciates the impact it has had on her life.

“Being in guard has made me more outgoing in a way. I talk a lot more than when I started. It’s just easier,” Robertson said. 

Through her years of high school, Robertson has learned some valuable life lessons.

“Start focusing on stuff now rather than later. It’ll kick you in the butt later on if you don’t,” said Robertson.


Story by Jozalyn Kempf

PHS Archery Prepares for Another Season

To kick off their season, the PHS junior high and high school archery teams met for the first time on November 4 and 5.

Students were given information packets about what archery is and what is expected of their shooting performance. The packets also explained costs and provided an acknowledgement form that needs to be signed by a guardian and the student in order for the student to participate.

Any student from grades 4 through 12 can be included in archery, as there is an elementary, junior high and high school team. Students are not required to have prior shooting experience to join.

“I look forward to working with new and returning archers to reach their personal and team goals,” said archery coach Kyle Woolston.

Story by Elizabeth Workman

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