Join the play today!

The Paoli Jr. High Drama Club would like to invite you to audition for this year’s production of Virgil’s Wedding! The audition dates for the play will be Dec. 9 – Dec. 11. The performance is set for Feb. 19 and Feb. 20, with showing times at 7 p.m. The play has approx. 12 girls and 8 boys, as well as roles for several extras. If you’re interested, stay tuned in to your email for updates or news about the auditions or other information regarding the Jr. High. Drama Club. Anyone junior high student is welcome to be involved with the play; we will need a few people to help out behind the scenes or during the day of the play. If you have any questions please ask one of the following for information:

Atley Cook
Brooklyn Pittman
Rebekah Reeves
Silvia Young
Jillian Keen
Mrs. Brown

BLURBS

Sometimes students say ridiculous things. Luckily, there are people who will write down your funny quotes and put them in the paper!
Hear something funny in class? Drop our editor an email at
dottsb@paoli.k12.in.us

Assistant band director Ben Werne:
“I’m just going to tape it on your little uplet thing, on your uniform.”
Sophomore Bella Anderson:
“My what? Mr. Werne, I don’t know what that is, I haven’t taken anatomy yet!”

Senior Chris Lambert:
“What’s the difference between us and chickens?”

Senior Brooklyn Dotts:
“Shut up, I lost my train of thought.”
Junior Morgan Dotts:
“It’s because my train of thought wrecked into yours.”

Government teacher Scott Gudorf:
“Did you know almonds are a superfood?”
Senior Bridget Smith:
“So does that mean they give you like superpowers?”

The Last Word with Bethany Lowe

Why are the “easy to open” food packages never easy to open?
They really are easy, people are just lazy.

What happens when you get “half scared to death” twice?
Then you’re fully scared to death.

If the world’s a stage where does the audience sit?
On the floor.

What if blueberries were red?
They would be red.

Why is the 0 on the phone after 1?
They ran out of room.

Why doesn’t armpit hair have split ends?
It grows upward, not outward, like the hair on our head.

Can you cry underwater?
I can try too.

When a cow laughs does milk come out of its nose?
No that’s why it has utters.

What’s the dumbest letter in the alphabet?
Z.

Info by: Sara Kesterson

Letter to the editor

Dear Editor,
I’m writing in response to the “ ‘Silent’ Protest” article that was published last issue. I quote silent because while the protest of remaining seated during the Pledge of Allegiance may be a silent act, the article certainly was not. Although I’m unsure of which the argument attacks – the Government or Christianity – I intend to defend both. I do not wish to change anyone’s beliefs, just as the other article also stated. Rather, I feel if one can explain to the student body why they choose to sit during what should be an act of respect to our country, I feel obligated to inform them why the rest of us are proud to stand.
The Pledge of Allegiance isn’t a religious creed at all. It was created to show respect to our country – not to God. It’s use of religious references is simply a representation of our country and our Christian roots that can be traced centuries back. One such example lies in our founding document. The Declaration of Independence reads, “We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights…” “Creator” refers to God, and these ‘unalienable rights’ later became the First Amendment – the law that allows disrespect to the very nation that secures that right.
Protesters of the Pledge seem to have a growing concern with the phrase “one nation, under God.” There have even been efforts to remove it. But why should a nation founded on, and still carrying, largely Christian beliefs, dissociate from a part of our history to accommodate a minority that disagrees? Our nation’s history is unchangeable. Young atheists and agnostics cannot expect to erase our past, and hopefully, won’t cause our forefathers to roll over in their graves by changing our nation’s future.
Many say this phrase discriminates against other religions. However, discrimination is defined as “an action that denies social participation to categories of people based on prejudice.” The Pledge of Allegiance isn’t discriminatory. Everyone is free to participate or free to refuse. It’s not discrimination, just disagreement.
One statement in the article expressed a lack of support for our nation’s military. Apparently, pacifists and humanists do not approve of the governments dealing with ISIL. Do they believe we should be allowing foreign terrorists attacks without defending ourselves? This lack of support for our military translates to a refusal of the Pledge. However, it’s the military that acquired and now defends our freedoms guaranteed to us as Americans. A common expression is that “it’s my right as an American” when discussing the lack of patriotism, protests of the government, etc. since our nation protects the freedom of speech. But remember: those freedoms were bought with the bloodshed of American soldiers. Freedom isn’t free.
Why do I stand? Simple: it’s a blessing from God to get to call the greatest nation in the world my home, and I express my gratitude for the lives lost to earn that freedom by showing allegiance to our nation’s flag.

Sincerely,
Kate Hamilton
Senior

 

Letters to the Editor Policy: Contributions from outside the staff will be considered, but student editors and the adviser make final content decisions. The Paolite Staff does not accept unsigned letters to the editor.
Signed letters may be submitted to room 115, by mail or by email to nicholshj@paoli.k12.in.us

Future plans not limited by lack of sight

Imagine for one day, you had to find your way to all of your classes by walking with your eyes closed. With my low vision, I basically have to do this every day.
I was born legally blind. Many people think being blind and being legally blind are the same thing, but there is in fact a difference. I, unlike people who are blind, do have some sight. I can see light and shadows from a distance. I can also see different colors and patterns from my right eye, although I have to be quite close to the object to see it clearly.
When I am at school, I use a cane, which is intended to help me avoid unseen obstacles in my path. Like other blind and legally blind people, I read Braille. It is a language in itself, and it took me three years of studying to master the combinations of dots needed to form certain words and letters.
This year students at PHS were issued Chromebooks. I was given a computer like everyone else. However, it was not equipped with all the necessary programs and would not read what was on the screen to me.
After a lot of efforts by a lot of people to help me figure out how to use a Chromebook with my limitations, I was then given an iPad, which has a program that reads everything on the screen (including the words and letters I type) out loud to me. Because of this program, I must use earbuds with my computer to avoid disturbing other students during class.
I have to endure bullying from time to time, simply because people do not understand the circumstances surrounding me and my vision. I learned from a young age that, if you act like you don’t care what people think of you, then a bully has no power. As a sophomore in high school, I am thankful to have friends who support me, but I am also able to ignore rude comments other students make from time to time.
Though my low vision limits me in some aspects of life, I do not dwell on my weakness. I hope to one day teach Braille to elementary school students. The world needs more Braille teachers, and some blind children need an adult role model to show them they do have a place in the world. Anyone can overcome obstacles in life by them physical or otherwise, and everyone has a right to dream.

Story by: Nikki Stewart 

Thumps up on new uses for technology

As you may have heard, we currently have a visitor staying at PHS. She goes by the name of Ms. Boots. This lovely lady is a pig and she is currently being used to teach students in Mr. Scott’s advanced life science classes.
Ms. Boots is used to provide a hands-on learning experience. Through this project, students help attend to the needs of Ms. Boots. Not only does this teach the students how to care for a pig, but it also evokes a sense of responsibility and work ethic.
Another large part of the project takes advantage of the growing amount of technology use in our school: Ms. Boot’s webcam. This allows students to view Ms. Boots any time throughout their day.
A handful of students who are on our staff are in one of the classes involved with Ms. Boots, and are all very excited about it. They love the webcam, and the fact that such things are being incorporated into the curriculum.
As a matter of fact, we at the Paolite are elated teachers are giving technology a chance in their classrooms. We hope that they continue to use it to both their advantage and to ours as well. We feel technology is the key to our future, and if we take full advantage of it in high school, it can only help us to lead productive lives later on.
With the implementation of the Chromebooks this year, doors to many opportunities were opened in regards to technology. Teachers have been using services such as Google Drive, Google Classroom and My Big Campus to enrich their educational process. Another Google service, which was introduced last year, is Gmail. This allows teachers and students to stay in contact with one another via email. Students are no longer limited to face-to-face conversations, which is especially helpful when a student is seeking help from home.
Projects like those involving Mrs. Boots are fresh, new outlooks on learning. Our staff hopes that similar projects will be introduced in the near future to give students a new view of school, one that includes technology as a foundation.

Help Wanted

The Paoli Food Pantry is another way hungry people in the community get help. We talked to ling-time volunteer Bonnie Beachy for some insight into the workings of the Pantry.

Q: Who is eligible to come to the Food Pantry?
A: Paoli’s Food Pantry provides food for anyone in the Paoli or Orleans school district. About half the county is eligible. Eligibility and how much food a family can get every month depends on income and the number of people living in the household.

Q: What is the Food Pantry primarily for?
A: The Food Pantry is primarily meant to be emergency food, as Food Stamps should cover most of the food needed for residents within a home. If a family moves here from another county, the Food Stamps move slow. Sometimes people will take in another family, or children will stay with their grandparents for periods of time. Elderly people often spend a lot of money on medicine and benefit greatly from the food pantry.

Q: Where do your donations come from?
A: Government, Bloomington Food Bank, schools and churches.

Q: What are you in need of?
A: Canned vegetables, money (it is spent 100% on food), toiletry items (shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste etc.), soup, canned meats and tomato juice.

Q: What can people do to help?
A: There are numerous ways that people in the community can help. There is a lot of heavy lifting needed to be done for hauling all of the food.

Information from ZoraAnn Woodsmall

Have Mercy

Senior supports efforts of local group to feed communityMercyCenter_KL

There are many students whose service often goes unacknowledged here at PHS. One of these students is senior Melody Pinnick, who volunteers at the local Mercy Center. She is one of the many volunteers who help to support families in Paoli, Orleans and Springs Valley, by placing meals on their plates.
The Mercy Center is an organization designed to make sure no one in the community is left hungry. They deliver meals to families who cannot come in person, as well as serve meals on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays to those who can.
Their goal is to be a refuge, and offer food to anyone who needs a good meal.
“We want to make sure that no one goes hungry and that people can come and feel safe and cared about,” said Pinnick.
On a typical day volunteering at the Mercy Center, Pinnick will help do everything such as preparing food, like cutting up mountains of carrots for salads, or cleaning and chopping strawberries to be eaten later, to serving meals and unloading meals for delivery.
“While I am there I cook, clean, serve, unload the delivery truck, basically whatever needs to be done,” said Pinnick.
Pinnick has devoted quite a bit of time and effort into our local Mercy Center. She has volunteered over 150 hours and helps to deliver and serve a portion of the 2,500 meals the Mercy Center serves each month. With all of this time and effort, comes a lot of hard work.
Before Pinnick started volunteering at the Mercy Center her sophomore year, she knew very little about cooking in general, let alone cooking for about 100 people a day,
“Before my first day, I had very little experience with cooking, The wonderful ladies taught and guided me with many skills that I can use for the rest of my life,” said Pinnick.
When you spend as many hours with the same caring people as Pinnick has, they start to become less of your friends, and more of your family. Many of the people Pinnick volunteers with have been there since day one. Regardless She still cares about them all.
“The people that I volunteer with have become like my family and so have those that come in, whether I have seen them once or they are there every meal, I care about them, and I care that they don’t remain hungry,” said Pinnick.
Anyone can become a volunteer to help people in need. All you need is time and dedication.
Pinnick started volunteering her second semester of her sophomore year and stuck with it. Getting involved at the Mercy Center is as easy as making a call.
“I loved the idea and really wanted to be a part of it, so I got a hold of one of the ladies in charge and asked if they could use an extra set of hands.
“They were very welcoming, but they didn’t think I would stay very long, because no young person had done so yet. I still can’t understand why they wouldn’t do so, when I got there the other volunteers were so kind, patient and welcoming, I felt like I belonged there, and it was such a rewarding experience to know that thanks to me these people wouldn’t go hungry, that they knew that someone cared, and that maybe we could be a source of hope in their lives,” said Pinnick.
Giving back to the community can be challenging to anyone, but Pinnick handles it very well. She tries her best to make sure her encounters with all of the other volunteers, and people she serves meals to go as smoothly as possible. Although this big responsibility can be quite a bit of work, she believes the rewards given to her overpower the amount of work she has to put into her volunteering.
“Volunteering at the Mercy Center is just something that I love to do. It has given me some amazing opportunities to meet new people and make new friends. It has also helped me become a better cook, better server, and helped me develop a greater appreciation for service workers and for all the volunteers who give so much of themselves for others.”

Story by: Brooklyn Pittman

Photo by: Keisha Levi 

Athlete Q&A: Senior Guard Morgan Kingston

What is your favorite thing about basketball season?
Games are my favorite thing about basketball season.

Who got you interested in basketball?
I actually did not want to play basketball, but my parents wanted me to try it, so I did. Now I love it.

What is the most memorable game of your four seasons as a Lady Ram?
I started my first Varsity game my freshman year.

What are your plans for future sports career?
I am undecided if I would like to continue playing sports in college or not.

Osborn eats his share of good luck

Being the man I am, I love sports. The best part of a sport is the thrill of a win. Most people will say, wins only come from hard work and effort, but I think there is more to it. During the basketball season I take many extra steps to ensure a victory. I follow these set steps, these superstitious winning ideas, once it is game day.

It all starts in the morning. The first thing I do on a game day is prepare a bowl of oatmeal. I eat instant oatmeal, banana and cream flavor, for home games, but away games differ slightly.
Before away games, I eat plain instant oatmeal and add sliced bananas to the mix. This came to be during my freshman year. I was going to be playing a JV game that night, and looked for oatmeal. It was nowhere to be found, so I had to improvise. Later that night, once the game started, I felt energized and good. I played one of my better games that year.
My school schedule doesn’t change much for game days. I put on the selected clothing that each member of the team wears, and continue on with my day.
But, once school is over, my pre-game begins. For home games, I travel home and prepare cheese pizza rolls. I only eat 15 though, because any less won’t provide me with enough energy and eating any more will upset my stomach. I came up with the perfect pizza roll ratio over the course of one year, and it still holds up today.
Away games are a little less determined. For them, I eat a meal with the team. It varies from game to game, so it’s not something I plan.
This leads into the next phase of my pre-game, my choice of music and attire for warm-ups. For home games, I leave myself two options: I can either wear my cut-off IU shirt or my cut-off plain white tee under my jersey. I started wearing only exclusively these two shirts during my sophomore year. We went to a weekend tournament, and I didn’t expect to proceed in that tournament any further then the two guaranteed games. So, I only brought those two shirts, but we won that game and won again. These shirts had some form of magical, basketball-enhancing abilities in them, so I continue to wear them today.
For away games, I wear a cut-off purple basketball shirt from when I was in sixth grade. I started wearing this shirt during my sophomore year. I just finished a JV game, and something happened with an older player, where I got to dress for Varsity game. I just luckily brought this purple shirt to wear as an undershirt for a polo. In the heat of the moment, I tossed it to junior Carter Chastain and he ripped the sleeves off, while I got dressed. So, I wear this shirt to remember my first time dressing on the Varsity team.
Superstitions are a weird thing. While I know superstitions don’t affect my ability to play at all, I still follow my routine every game day. I still attribute all my losses and bad playing to when I don’t follow these good luck rules.

Story by: Todd Osborn

Lucky You

Coaches share secrets to winning seasons

Coaches and players everywhere have their own unique superstitions and pre-game rituals. From basketball to softball, coaches have their own unique recipes for victory.
Superstitions for most coaches are good luck and by doing the same rituals, some believe it will bring them many wins. Most coaches do these rituals to “guarantee” a win, or just because they have done it forever.
World History teacher Neil Dittmer, assistant football coach and head softball coach, has many superstitions.
“For football, I have to eat a six-inch Subway turkey and bacon with a Diet Coke, I’m the only one who can touch the footballs pre-game when setting up the field, I have to put my dad’s State Runner-Up ring in my back left pocket before the game and during the game I have to change gum every quarter,” said Dittmer.
Softball brings a whole new ritual to Dittmer.
“For softball, I can’t eat the whole day before the game, I have to write my dad’s initials in the dirt behind third base every inning, I wear the same clothes during a winning streak, I change gum every half inning and have to drink a purple Powerade,” said Dittmer.
Dittmer is not the only coach who has odd superstitions. Head girls basketball coach Don Helmick also has some superstitions, too. Most of them originated at his previous job at Cascade High School.
“In the past I have always taken a shower during the third quarter of the JV game. I always wear the same pair of shoes every first game of the year. I used to wear them every game, but they are not in the best shape and the dog has chewed on them,” said Helmick.
During Sectional, Helmick wears a Monrovia Hall of Fame Classic sleeveless t-shirt from 1999 under a pullover for good luck.
“At Cascade I would always have Panda Express before every game, softball or basketball. I always wore a baseball pullover during softball county games and if we get on a winning streak, I will not trim my goatee down,” said Helmick. “Other than that, I am pretty normal.”
Head boys basketball coach Dusty Cole also has some unusual rituals. When Cole was a player, he recalls many superstitions he upheld along with some he has today.
“As a player, I always put my shorts on backwards for warm ups, then when we went in for our last pre-game talk, I would change them around. I did this by accident one time and played really well, and it stuck. I just continued to do it,” said Cole. “I always left my shooting shirt on until game time and prayed during the National Anthem. We always had a team prayer before taking the floor and I always wore the same socks and undershirt.”
Cole’s upholding of rituals carries on into his coaching career. But, some of them are different from when he was a player.
“Now that I coach, I always take a shower before a game, wear ‘Lucky’ cologne, pray during the National Anthem and always begin a game by sitting down a couple of possessions before walking the sidelines,” said Cole.
To end his plethora of pre-game rituals, Cole always has a talk with the team about to take the floor.
“I always write down pre-game plans, goals and key points on the marker board and go over them with the team. This always ends with emphasizing rebounding,” said Cole.
There is no doubt some of the coaches at PHS have unique superstitions. Many feel the reason for these is to help them win the game ahead. If it works and they win, these odd superstitions may not be considered so odd anymore. They could possibly be considered by everyone, an extra bit of luck to win. As the saying goes, if it’s not broken, don’t fix it.ditt1_lt

Head softball and assistant football coach Neil Dittmer on the sidelines this season. Photo by Lily Thompson

Story by: Garrett Vincent

Safety First

Extra steps to improve safety noticed

Safety planning and drills are something that all schools have become familiar with in recent years.

This year teachers have been encouraged to lock their doors to add another layer of protection during the school day. Decisions about safety at school came from a group of teachers and staff who act as a local guide to the best safety decisions.
“We have two safety teams,” said Assistant Principal Kyle Neukam. “One is the Incident Command Team. This team responds to all drills and emergencies here at school. The second is the school safety team. This team is made up of teachers, administration and other staff to collaborate safety techniques and make sure we are up to date with all safety measures the state requires.”
In recent discussions, the team talked about informing staff with all the safety precautions that they are required to do by the State.
“All administration has certain roles on the Incident Command Team and School Safety Committee. Fire drills are required once a month, while tornado drills are once every semester. Earthquake drills are once a school year. Lock down drills are as desired,” said Neukam.
The Indiana State Police developed a training program for school administration in response to an active shooting incident. This past summer, Paoli teachers here at our school had an active shooting drill. Police officers came into the school and shot blanks so that teachers would know what a gunshot would sound and smell like if one actually happened.
“School safety is priority number one,” said resource teacher Tyler Galloway, who is a member of the of the school safety team. “If students and staff do not have a safe environment to work in, nothing will ever get accomplished. It is beneficial for all staff to understand the procedures for each drill.”
Along with the shooting drills, schools across Indiana have also been assigned police officers. They are assigned the role of safety expert and law enforcer, problem-solver and liaison to community resources and educator. This year that job was given to Officer Matt Sergeant.
“Officer Sergeant’s presence has help to introduce students to what the legal ramifications are when the law is broken,” said Neukam. “His description of the laws to our students has given them an insight of what can happen if they choose to make a poor decision,” said Neukam.

Story by: India Wong

The Gnome Knows

Pa-Gnome newest photo-bombing member of the spirit squad

“In that picture I see my mom, dad, sister and – a gnome?”
Pa-Gnome spotting is a brand new activity begun by Paoli’s own Rocky the Ram. Pa-Gnome is a yellow  gnome who appears in pictures featuring Paoli students. He is also showing up in strategically placed locations around town. Photos of the gnome are posted on Facebook, Twitter, and friends of Rocky are asked to name Pa-gnome’s location.
“Pa-Gnome’s appearances happen only so often,” said Rocky the Ram, PHS’s social media ambassador.
Pa-Gnome is an activity for the community to engage in the new Facebook page in hopes of finding it informative.
Names of the people who guess correctly where Pa-Gnome is placed, are put into a drawing with other correct guessers. A name is then drawn to determine a winner who will later receive a prize.
Past Pa-Gnome winners have been Alan Rutherford, Jessica Matheny, Justin Marshall and Amanda Tharp.
“All of these winners are parents of current or former students,” according to Rocky.
This shows exactly why the Pa-Gnome activity was made, to interest local people in the community and the school’s Facebook page. At the close of the fall sports season Heather Leone, mother of Tim and Emily Leone, was the first winner. Her name was drawn from a pool of people who had correctly identified the location of Pa-Gnome around town.
Leone was presented with a  $100 dollar gift card.
“Pa-Gnome will only be in the public eye for a bit-then absent for a short period of time,” said Rocky.“Pa-Gnome is used to create excitement and attention to students, activities and school communication.”
Pa-Gnome is expected to make a return to social media during the winter sports season.
So be on the look out for the yellow gnome with the big, purple P.

Story by: Jace Ingle

ROAD TRIP

Guidance plans tour of college options for seniors

Senior year, students are allowed two college visits within the year that do not impact the seven days of excused absences. New to this year, PHS seniors are going to have the opportunity to attend a college visit with guidance counselor Brandon Crowder.
“At the beginning of the year, students were sent an email and asked what college they would like to attend,” said Crowder.
Based on the survey, students voiced that they would like to attend Indiana University Southeast in New Albany, Indiana University Bloomington, Vincennes University and the University of Louisville. The most plan, is to attend IUS this fall and the other three during the spring of 2015.
“The college visits will include either a half or full day visit,” said Crowder. “The visit will include, at minimum, an admissions session, as well as a campus tour.”
The whole senior class will not be attending these trips. The trip will include less than 14 students per trip.
“These visits are on a first come, first serve basis, but priority will be given to students with financial or time constraints that would otherwise be unable to visit a campus,” said Crowder. “I would also ask that students who have already been to a particular campus or planned a visit to one of our selected campuses, not sign-up as to give those without the same opportunity a chance to see each campus.”
These trips will be considered a field trip for the day out. Because of the limited number of students allowed to attend, Crowder asks that those who sign up make a commitment to attend the trip.
The first scheduled trip will take place on December 2 to Indiana University Southeast.
“Sign-ups will be available approximately two weeks before the trip,” said Crowder. “The trip will be advertised when it is time to sign up and sign-ups for the trip will be sent via email.”

Story by: Bailey Rankin

Guard recruting for Winter season

As the Pride of Paoli marching season comes to an end, another group’s season is about to kick start.
The Pride of Paoli’s winter guard will begin with an informational meeting this Monday, November 17. The meeting will be in the high school cafeteria from 3:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Anyone grades seven through 12 is invited to attend.
To join winter guard, no prior experience is required. Last season there were twelve members including girls and guys.
For anyone interested in winter guard, senior Nikki Ramsey has some advice.
“You just need to have a good work ethic, attitude and good attendance. We will teach you everything else,” Ramsey said.
The group competed in nine competitions last season both in and out of state and expect a similar schedule this season.
“This is my last year, so I want to end it with a great group of members. I don’t care how many competitions we win, I care about performing my heart out at every show and show people what the Pride of Paoli winter guard is really made of,” said Ramsey.
Winter guard can also be a great experience for anyone who is interested in joining the Pride of Paoli’s color guard this coming season.

Story by: Brooklyn Dotts

PET PROJECT

Curly-tailed resident a real-world lesson

Class pets are not unusual to schools. From hamsters to birds, pets have scurried and scratched in many classrooms. Students in Ag teacher Cory Scott’s class have a very interesting type of “pet”, a pig named Ms. Boots.
“The idea to have an actual pig as a project for my students came from my son,” said Scott.
Fifth grader Kennon Scott showed Ms. Boots over the summer in 4-H and became very interested in breeding pigs after he won with one of his pigs.
“He thought ‘why don’t we just breed our own pigs instead of buying pigs every year?’,” said Scott. “It’s kind of hard to argue with that logic, especially when your dad is an ag teacher.”
Scott could not just bring Ms. Boots into PHS overnight. The project had to have approval from the administration.
“I told Mr. Scott to go for it,” said Principal Todd Hitchcock. “Anytime we can do something different that gets kids excited about learning and incorporates technology it’s a good thing. The project has gone well so far and students who don’t have his class are interested how it turns out.”
With Ms. Boots being kept in the greenhouse, she is not visible to most students. Scott knew this was going to be a problem, but with integration of the chromebooks and more technology into the classroom, Scott had an idea.
“I decided to set up a webcam with the help of the media department. This way, students can watch her 24/7,” said Scott.
Ms. Boots has provided material for the two advanced life science classes.
“My students and I identified Ms. Boots strengths and weaknesses, and chose a mate that would accentuate her strengths and hopefully correct her weaknesses,” said Scott. “We narrowed down the choices to about three, and took those choices to a professional swine breeder, Brian Rosenbaum, for a final selection.”
Choosing a mate for Ms. Boots occurred two months ago, so she is now well into her pregnancy.
“Pregnancy is going well so far, and we have left the danger time when the pregnancy’s fate is still iffy,” said Scott.
The piglets are due in January.
“My hope is that we get a large group of piglets that are high in quality. I would also love for one of the students to buy one of the piglets and show them next summer in 4-H, maybe even have a class of just her piglets,” said Scott.
As of now no long-term decisions have been made about the pig’s future.
“We may keep her for next year, or one of her daughters, or we might sell her to someone who breeds pigs, or someone who doesn’t. There is still a lot of unknowns for Ms. Boots about what the project is over,” said Scott.
With so much interest in Ms. Boots, many are already asking if Mr. Scott will do this project again.
“We do some of the things we do with Ms. Boots with chickens in the winter and spring, but as far as next year, it’s still unsure. I know for a fact that my students will reflect on the value of this project, and hopefully get an appreciation for animals and how they help us to get our food,” said Scott.

Story by: Emma Walker

DSC_0159Senior Kylie Eickelberger refills Ms. Boots’s water dish. Photo by Matt Agan

Funny Blurbs

Sometimes students say ridiculous things. Luckily, there are people who will write down your funny quotes and put them in the paper and online!
Hear something funny in class? Drop our editor an email at
dottsb@paoli.k12.in.us

 

Freshman Hunter Hamilton: “I want to… wait, I lost my train of thought oh!… Learn!”

Sophomore Jared Crawford: “If I eat one pound of nachos does that make me 1% nacho?”

Junior Morgan Dotts: “So we were in history and Mr. Lindley meant to say Mestizo and he said marsupial like in algebra!”

Senior Cameron Shupe: “Don’t come to school in your loin cloth.”

Junior McKinley Haley: “So New Mexico is in the U.S.? Not Mexico?”

Senior Michael Fullington: “Is bread a dairy product?”

The Last Word: Austin Longest

What is the weirdest nickname people call you?
Honey dipper and Juicy.

If you didn’t get caught, did you really do it?
No. I plead the FIF. If you watch the Chappelle Show, you’ll get it.

Would you rather kiss a crocodile or a bear?
Crocodile, so that I can taste some of that salty love.

Are couch potatoes good to eat?
Yes, because you can make couch french fries.

Why do people ask why?
Because everyone wants to know everything. Boom. Just dropped some knowledge on you dumb fools.

Do you enjoy swimming when it’s snowing?
Yes. It is called ice skating. Duh.

Why do 24-hour, 7 days a week (including holidays) supermarkets have locks on their doors?
To keep Rosie O’Donnell out!

Why is it that rain drops but snow falls?
Because rain DROPS the beat and snow FALLS short.

Why doesn’t glue stick to the inside of the bottle?
It is constantly touching the bottle and wants to get free from the abusive touching.

Info by: India Wong

Silent protest born of confident believes

As an elementary student, I never really thought about the Pledge of Allegiance. It was something everyone did, just stand up, put our hands to our chests and sit down when the administrator said to over the intercom.  I blindly followed the orders I was given.
At the beginning of junior high, I began to develop my own beliefs and think for myself. I started thinking more about what I was being asked to do. I decided it is against my beliefs to participate in the Pledge.
During first period I no longer say or stand up for the Pledge of Allegiance. I sit out the Pledge for a few reasons.
First, I have philosophical, moral and non-religious objections to it. For example, the phrase “…One nation, under God…” not only offends me, but others as well. I do not believe in God and I feel that I, and other non-religious individuals, are being discriminated against because of this line. Not all Americans are religious.
In my opinion not only are non-religious people being discriminated against, but some religious people are as well.
When the Pledge states, “One nation, under God…” whose God is it referring to? Obviously not all of them. The ‘Pledge’ God is singular – what about those Americans who are polytheistic (believe in many Gods)? Does it account for them? I doubt that.
Many people are not aware that the phrase “…under God…” was not even in the original Pledge, written in 1892. That phrase was added to in 1954 as a response to the Communist threat during that time.
I am not only an atheist, but I am also a pacifist and humanist. Because I am a pacifist and humanist, I do not agree with many decisions our government has made in the past and recently, especially the way they are dealing with ISIS and ISIL. As a pacifist and humanist, I do not support the military, nor do I have to. Hence, I do not stand.
It is my right as an American citizen to take a stand by sitting down. Believing in our freedoms means you don’t have to agree with me, but I have the freedom to make this choice.
It is not my intention to offend anyone, just as I am sure you do not stand just to bother me. Your standing doesn’t offend me.
I also have no intention of offending others or changing their beliefs. That is the last thing I want to do. I practice my right to remain seated, as you practice yours to stand.

Written by: KC Warren

Eight grader braves high school life

School can be hard by itself, but when you pile on top sports and other activities, it can become overwhelming. Last school year when choosing classes for this school year, I had the choice to be in English 9. That was the only AP class I had, but it was a big decision for me.
When I came into seventh grade I didn’t really know what I was in for being in a higher level, it just kind of hit me. I had to make adjustments to the way I studied and did my school work. But I got through the year with a good average and was eligible to apply for English 9. I decided to go for it. I became better at doing my schoolwork and being dedicated to it, I was confident that I could be in a high school class.
Eighth grade comes around and I’m in for more than I think. The tests and homework are way harder and it wasn’t going too well for me. I eventually had to think of a way to get it together and do better, and I came out successful.
Another high school class I have is newspaper itself, which isn’t too hard for me. It was definitely a lot more work, trying to get a bunch of stories by a deadline. Since I love to write it isn’t too hard. Then I have to add that hard work onto my other class which can become stressful.
I was thrown in a classroom with upperclassmen I don’t know who are way more talented than I am. I’m not afraid to admit I was a little scared but I seriously don’t know what for.
I liked the idea to meet new people and challenge myself so that’s one of the main reasons why I chose to take the classes that I do take. I get a Chromebook and I get to have the experience of being a
high-schooler so it’s worth it.

Written by: Sara Kesterson

Our Voice Counts: Staff Adresses New Board

On November 4, residents of Paoli will head to the polls to vote in the mid-term elections with some local races also on the  line.
One item on the ballot is the election of members to the School Board.
The School Board is an elected group of people who serve as the leadership of the school. They make decisions which impact everyone from students to staff.
With an opportunity for change, our staff hopes to address both the current and potential new members of the board to give them the student perspective.
We surveyed our own staff about what issues we think are the most important and some typical topics came to light.
Our staff would like for the School Board to consider some changes to the rules and policies in the current student handbook. We appreciate the recent changes to the dress code, but feel there are more changes to be made. Many students want loser restrictions on the shorts rule, allowing students to wear shorter shorts. In some classrooms the air conditioning does not always work consistently and being able to wear shorter shorts would help students keep cool.
Another issue the staff would like to address is related to the recent rolled out Chromebooks. We appreciate the technology, but many students in our school do not have internet at home and we would like for the School Board to help figure out a way to make sure every student has internet access at home. Working without internet makes the Chromebooks difficult to use.
Whoever is elected to the School Board next month we hope you will consider these issues in the years to come. Dress code changes and internet might not seem like a huge issue to you, but it absolutely impacts many of us each day.
Good luck, our staff will be around to report on you and if you want our input, you know where to find us.

Athlete Austin Lives with Diagnosis

Q: How long have you had epilepsy?
A: Twelve years.

Q: What was your reaction when you found out?
A: I was young so I didn’t understand. I was always given candy at the doctor’s office so I imagine I was distracted with that when I found out.

Q: Can you tell us a little about what it is.
A: It is called Petitmal Epilepsy. People like to call them half seizures because I am not shaking on the ground, but I am having a seizure.

Q: How do you manage with having it?
A: If I have one I just go on with my day like it’s nothing.

Q: How do you struggle with it?
A: Stress and lack of sleep triggers seizures and I don’t always take care of myself the way I should. Eating healthy and stress are my two main problems.

Q: Does epilepsy prevent you from doing some things? If so, what are they?
A: Driving, going on certain rides at amusement parks, playing video games and I’m not suppose to watch a lot of TV.

Q: Is it a life-long disorder?
A: I will not always have Petitmal Epilepsy, more than likely it will develop into another form of epilepsy.

Q: How did you first find out about it?
A: I would stare off while talking and my parents started noticing it was becoming more frequent.

Q&A by: India Wong

Battle of the Brain

Ramsey adjusts to life with new diagnosis

Senior Nikki Ramsey is an ordinary student who is living with an extraordinary disease. Ramsey has been living with the recent diagnosis of epilepsy since April of this year.
Epilepsy is a neurological disorder which can cause sudden convulsions and can cause loss of consciousness. Since her diagnosis, Ramsey has had a total of three seizures.
The after effects of a seizure have taken a toll on Ramsey.
“I occasionally get really dizzy, but it usually passes. I also get really bad headaches. After a seizure I feel really wore out, it feels like I haven’t slept in days,” said Ramsey.
Like many neurological conditions, epilepsy has its triggers.
“I have to be careful on what I watch or hear about. I am not able to watch gory things or see anything like that. When people tell stories about physical pain, it’s almost like I can feel it and it puts me into a seizure,” said Ramsey.
Living with this condition has put a few obstacles in front of Ramsey.
A typical person living with extreme epilepsy is not permitted to drive unless having gone a period of time without having a seizure.
“I am not put on any restrictions currently. My doctor said that since my condition is not major so I can drive as long as I’m feeling okay and not getting dizzy,” said Ramsey.
Epilepsy is a diagnosis Ramsey will have to deal with for the rest of her life. With the help of medications like Lamotrigine, her seizures can be prevented and she should be able to live a normal day to day life.
“I will have to live with this the rest of my life. My case is not as bad as people make it out to  be, though. I should be fine as long as I stay away from gory stuff,” said Ramsey.
Even though Ramsey can get a small hold on her disease now, there are some future factors that she will have no control over.
“Later on in the future if I decide to have children, there may be a chance that they will have epilepsy too, because it’s a genetic disorder,” said Ramsey. “I would also like to add that epilepsy is not caused by weight, diet or anything like that. Mine is genetic.”
Epilepsy is a disorder Ramsey will have to face for the rest of her life. With the right medication and following doctor recommendations, Ramsey hopes to tackle the obstacles epilepsy throws at her with no problem.

Ramsey4Story by: Brooklyn Dotts

Photo by: Keisha Levi

Battle of the Board

This year in Indiana many elections will take place in November regarding the future of Indiana. With spots such as the Senate, three of voters will get to decide who represents them on the local School Board.
There are currently seven members on Paoli’s school board. President Bill McDonald, Vice President Scott Blankenbaker, Secretary Julie Hopper, Christopher Boyer,Gary Jones, Peggy Manship and  Gary Owens make up these seven. This year, Blankenbaker, Jones and Manship are up for election.
Blankenbaker will be running against Kathy Padgett. Jones is not seeking another term and running for his spots are this year with Lila Tucker, Wayne Fugate and Todd Meredith fighting for his position.  Peggy Manship is running unopposed.
The race to get a spot on the school board is on, but do we, as the students, really know what a spot on the School Board means?
“The School Board is responsible for approving contracts, setting policies, such as discipline and dress codes and approving budgets,” said Superintendent Casey Brewster.
To put in simple terms, being a part of the School Board comes with a lot of responsibilities. Members decide on any purchases made for the school, including buying more land for sports and other activities and any equipment needed for classrooms, such as the Chromebooks.
“The School Board has to approve on any purchases over $75,000,” said Brewster.
Along financial approvals, the school board is also in charge of some of the discipline and policies in the student handbook.
“The school board decides on rules and policies in the student handbook such as being in the cafeteria before a certain time in the morning, the attendance policy and the dress code,” said Brewster.
While the school board does decide on policies such as attendance and dress code, they do not have full control of the student handbook.
“All of the policies the school board has control are not in the handbook, nor are all of the policies in the handbook controlled by the school board. Information such as diploma types and their requirements are not made by the school board,” said Brewster.
Like any other organization, the school board has a meeting that usually falls on the first Monday of every month. During these meetings, the board members discuss issues related to the school and how to resolve these issues. The public is welcomed to attend these public meetings.
“Any person from the community can come and talk and discuss any issue they are wishing to have resolved during the meetings,” said Brewster. “The only thing the school board requires is a notice of when somebody wants to talk.”
It is clear that the school board is made up of people who are very passionate about Paoli Schools, and who only want the best for the students and faculty. Being on the School Board is a huge responsibility that only people dedicated to the job can handle.

Story by: Emma Walker

Q&A with Cross Country Coach Mrs. Hudelson

What were your team goals for this season?
To do well in the Conference meet.

What is the thing that your runners do best?
They encourage one another and some of them push each other during practice.

What is the thing that your runners need to work on?
About half of them need to work on trying harder in practice.

How many meets do you have this season?
Nine total, then Sectional.

How long have you been coaching high school cross country?
Two years.

How do you feel about the group of athletes that you have this season?
They are a fun group and some of them work really hard and the others have a lot of potential if they would work at it a little.

What are the perks of being a high school cross country coach?
Ummm… being outside and being able to run and exercise when the kids are running.

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Information gathered by: Jace Ingle

Photo by: Keisha Levi

Senior Survival Tips

Tips with senior tennis player Jeff Kenney

Effort: “Give an all-out effort. If you don’t, the coaches won’t value you.”

Trust: “Trust that the coaches know what is best for you.”

Flexibility: “Be able to work with other coaches and teammates.”

Goals: “Work toward an ultimate goal for the tennis season.”

Love for the sport: “If you don’t have love for tennis, it is hard to keep playing and getting better.”

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Photo by: Keisha Levi

Striking Out

Senior Todd Osborn comes clean about walking away from baseball

Sports play a big part in the lives of many Americans. Sports create an outlet for many students, and the adults in their lives. Many students choose to play sports for multiple reasons. These reasons can include to have fun, time with friends, or a chance to ease the stress of school. For me, I play sports for the fun. I get to hang with my friends, compete against other players, and just enjoy playing. But with joining sports, there is another side. This is the act of quitting.
Many people quit things in their lives, including sports and jobs. I know many people who have quit a sport in their high school career, including myself.
It was my sophomore year when I quit baseball. I walked into Coach Henry Cruz’s room and told him what was going on. I chose to quit playing baseball because I lost all enjoyment that the sport offered. This decision was hard to come to. I played from a very young age and have always had fun, but the week of practice before try-outs changed that. I become hateful of the sport. I started to be only concerned about how I was going to survive practice and became unconcerned with other aspects of my life. These feelings could have been very destructive for my school work.
I chose to end my ties with baseball and instead I ran track. I have the unusual fondness to running, and track seemed perfect for me. So, the extra load from a sport itself didn’t cause me to quit, but my lost of interest.
Even with the love I have for sports, quitting one was nearly inevitable for me. Who knows what would have happened if I continued playing? I could have started to enjoy baseball again or went on hating it. Now I believe that I made the right choice and chose to join a sport I like to do.

Story by: Todd Osborn

Walking Off

Meet three athletes who left a sport behind

High school students must make many choices in their careers. Grades, social life, jobs and other responsibilities fill the minds of many students. One decision some have to make is the decision wheather or not to quit a sport.
Quitting a sport can change an individual’s life, and possibly the way one’s high school career goes. Some quit to concentrate on other sports, some quit because they no longer enjoy the sport, some quit to try other sports, some just need to find time for other things.
¨I quit (football) because I wasn’t enjoying myself, and if I don’t enjoy it, why play?¨ said senior Dathan Chastain.
Last year, Chastain quit football as a junior after experiencing multiple injuries and complications. Chastain does not regret his decision.
¨Why would someone regret quitting a sport? You quit for a reason, so I don’t regret quitting at all,¨ said Chastain.
Freshman Hunter Hamilton also quit football after finishing his eighth grade year. Hamilton had played since he was in third grade and decided to quit because he no longer enjoyed the sport.
¨I quit football because I didn’t enjoy the practices and it just wasn’t that enjoyable for me anymore,¨ said Hamilton.
Although Hamilton has pursued cross country to replace football, he believes he will regret quitting down the road.
¨I kind of regret quitting but I feel like I will regret it more later on,¨ said Hamilton.
Another athlete who quit a sport is senior Damian Hall. Hall quit basketball after finishing his junior year of playing. Hall had a different reason for quitting.
¨I wanted to focus on another sport. I didn’t want to quit, but I couldn’t play in baseball tournaments and play basketball at the same time,¨ said Hall.
Hall, like Hamilton, regrets quitting basketball and says he enjoyed basketball and learned a lot from it.
¨I loved being on the team and I gained the knowledge. It’s not about one person,¨ said Hall.
Hamilton recalls the relationships that being part of a team brought him.
¨I learned responsibility, respect and teamwork from football,¨ said Hamilton.
Chastain walked away with knowledge of his own strength.
“I learned strength and physicality from football,¨ said Chastain.
Although these athletes gained some things from the sport, they also gained things from quitting.
¨I was able to enjoy myself and go out and find a job,¨ said Chastain.
Hall grew in new ways after he quit basketball.
¨I’m becoming better in another sport and I have more time for other things,¨ said Hall.
Chastain and Hall both gained things from quitting, but Hamilton says that he has gained nothing. Which brings up another question to answer, do the benefits of quitting outweigh the benefits of staying with it?
This is a question athletes ponder before they decide to quit and even after they quit when they no longer can participate in the sport.

Story by: Garret Vincent

Beast to Roar in November

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Freshman Noah Weiss, Seniors Steven South and Allison Hedge and Sophomore Lily Thompson read lines during auditions for the upcoming play. 

Every fall and spring, Drama Club performs a new play, chosen by the students in the club. On November 13-15, the Drama Club will be performing “Beauty and the Beast.” “Each show is unique, but with this one we have perhaps accomplished more of the production work and planning before even casting the play,” said Director Maria Wishart.
With each performance, comes a lot of money, hard work and dedication. Many times actors will have to thrift shop, and use hand-me-downs to save money on props and costumes. The total estimate cost for this play is around $3,000. Rights, royalties and material rentals cost $1,500 dollars on their own. Drama Club on average saves around $3,000 simply by working hard to reuse costumes, props and other needed materials from previous performances.
“We pick through all the costumes we have in storage to see what will work, we scrounge from other theaters, from Goodwill, and sometimes we rent pieces if we can find them at a reasonable rate. To rent everything for this show, it would cost $6000. Obviously, we will not be doing that,” said Wishart
Students practice for six weeks, at first they will start out practicing three or four times a week. As time progresses, they will work up to practicing every day. Generally, the harder everyone works, the less stressful it is.
“There is the sense of accomplishment and the satisfaction of doing a good job. Many lessons learned apply to many areas of life now and in the future,” said Wishart “The real magic is in delighting an audience and in the relationships you build and develop with the cast and crew. Those things are enhanced when there has been hard work — you can throw yourself into the show without being scared you will mess up, your audience will become completely engaged in the story, and there will be a lot more harmony among the cast and crew,”
Being cast as one of the major roles in a play can be very exciting, but also takes a lot of work and flexibility. Sometimes students will have to work around schedules to make time for memorizing lines and going to rehearsal.
“I have Polar Express, dance and voice, so I’ll definitely have to check my schedules with them and maybe change some lesson times. As far as memorizing lines goes, I always use whatever time I can get, whether that means at school or in the mornings,” said sophomore Angel Pierce, cast as Belle, the female lead.
Not only do large rolls take hard work and flexibility, they also take a lot of effort and dedication.
“I will have to put a lot more effort into this show. It is not going to be easy and I am going to have to stay dedicated, and work hard to be as good as I can,” said senior Bailey Rankin, cast as the Beast, the male lead.
Drama Club is less of a club, and more of a family.
“Hours and hours of laborious rehearsals come down to two hours on stage, where we are before an audience that will appreciate it and hopefully take home a little lesson of their own. Being able to entertain and make people feel true human emotions is always worth the effort. It teaches us life lessons, and we all truly connect to each other like a family,” said Pierce.

Story by: Brooklyn Pitman

Photo by: Darrain Breedlove

Middle of the Pact

State scoring lands PHS average score

Every year the Indiana Department of Education announces school ratings based on the efforts and accomplishments of the students and staff within the building. To get a better understanding of the score Paoli earned, one must first understand what goes into the scoring.
This year, PHS scored a C.
“There are a combination of many things that go into determining the score,” said Principal Todd Hitchcock.
One aspect of the overall school score is individual student test scores.
Achievement scores on three types of exams are a big factor that play into the overall school score.
The ISTEP tests, ECA scores and the Advanced Placement test scores all play a role in determining a school’s overall score.
Although the junior high and high school are combined, different students are responsible for the different scores. The ISTEP achievement is completely determined by junior high students. Likewise, End of Course Assessments (ECA) and Advanced Placement (AP) exams are all determined by high school students, under normal circumstances.
“Other factors include individual student growth, the overall graduation rate of our school and the total number of dual college credits earned within a classroom,” said Hitchcock.
Is this score just for show, or does it affect the students and staff of PHS?
“You want to have the best grade you can,” said Hitchcock. “The letter grade is the result of last years performance as a whole.”
Unfortunately for teachers, the score can affect them in both positive and negative ways.
“Teachers get individual evaluation scores,” said Hitchcock. “However, the overall school letter grade also factors into their overall evaluation score per teacher.”
Although teachers could possibly be given a high evaluation score for excellent performance within their classroom, the individuals overall score can be brought down by the the school’s overall performance rating. In some cases, good evaluation scores by teachers can lead to a possible pay increase. Likewise, a bad score could determine other monetary factors for teachers.
Next year, there will be a change in the way schools across the state are scored. There will be a completely different formula, meaning that our letter grade could change significantly.
“Is this score important? Absolutely,” said Hitchcock. “With that being said, our school cannot possibly be determined by a score.”

 

Story by: Bailey Rankin

Noble’s New Gig

English teacher captures images to last a lifetime

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Senior Lexi Fugate in a photo Noble took this fall. “I loved Mrs. Noble taking my senior pictures. She was comfortable to be around and we had so much fun,” said Fugate. 

 

Not many people can have an enjoyable hobby that works like a second job.
Eighth grade English teacher Tammy Noble has taken her love for photography to a new level as a part-time portrait photographer.
“It is a fun hobby for me, and I hope I can make others happy with my photos,” said Noble.
Noble is familiar with the lesson planning. Adding taking senior pictures could seem to be even more stressful, but Noble does not take it that way.
“Most of the time it isn’t stressful; it is a stress reliever for me! I limit the number of sessions I put in my schedule, because I want it to be fun, not stressful. Of course teaching is my full-time job so those responsibilities come first,” said Noble.
Her love of photography was born out of the pictures she took of her own family.
“I started taking pictures when my kids were small, so I have been taking pictures for many years. As I became more interested in photography, I began learning more, taking more pictures and getting more advanced equipment. I have taken senior pictures for several students and sports pictures for my daughter’s softball, volleyball and basketball teams for the last four years,” said Noble. “After seeing my photos, people had asked me to take pictures for them. Since both of my daughters are in college and on their own this year, I decided it would be a good time for me to start taking pictures for others.”
Mainly self-taught, Noble chose to take a four-week class in digital photography at Ivy Tech.
“I learned the basics of using my camera in manual mode. It helped me to explore all of the settings on my camera. I would recommend the class to others because, I learned a lot, and it made me try out the different settings on my camera.”
The Ivy Tech class filled in a few gaps she had in understanding the more technical aspects of her equipment.
“I shoot with a Nikon d7100 along with a great lens. It was a gift from my husband. I would have never spent the money on it for myself! Also I use Portrait Pro and Lightroom for most editing. I also have Photoshop, but I don’t know it very well so I don’t use it as frequently as I would like to.”
Overall Noble is thrilled she has gotten the chance to take the senior pictures and seeing her work out in the world.
“I love capturing people at their best, and it makes me happy when I see other people enjoying my photos. It makes my day when someone decides to use my picture for their Facebook profile or Instagram picture. It tells me that they like the photo I have taken for them.”

Story by : Sara Kesterson 

#FlyHighBailey

Funds needed for Babcock-Carty scholarship

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Students, staff, parents, friends and loved ones alike are still grieving over the loss of junior Bailey Carty.
Carty passed away on September 29 in an ATV accident. Carty’s mother, Stephanie Babcock, passed away three years prior in a car accident.
On February 13, 2012, a scholarship was created for Babcock, and after Carty’s passing, the scholarship was renamed to the Stephanie Babcock and Bailey Carty Memorial Pass-Through Scholarship Fund. The scholarship is awarded to one graduating PHS senior each year.
The applicant must be a graduating senior at PHS or may also be a non-traditional student as well and must be entering the medical field of any nature and must show proof of admittance to college. The applicant must submit, with the application form, a written essay regarding their desire to enter the medical field.
This pass-through currently does not have the required $5,000 needed to make the scholarship perpetual. If the account has $5,000 the interest will pay back every year which will keep the scholarship from depleting.
The current balance of the pass-through is $1,914.58. Right now, though, through March 31, 2016, the Lilly Scholarship is matching any endowment $0.50 on the dollar. If $3,000 were raised before March 31, the Lilly would match that at $1,5000, making the fund eligible to be perpetual.
Anyone interested in donating to the fund can do so at the Orange County Community Foundation or drop off a donation in the high school office that will be sent over to the foundation later this fall.
Keeping this scholarship around is a great way for PHS to honor and remember a loved student.

 

Story by: Brooklyn Dotts

Photo by: Keisha Levi 

 

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