Chromebooks: Could Be Costly

Getting a good night’s sleep is very important for students. But nightmares can sometimes keep them up at night. One nightmare shared by all high school students is dropping their Chromebook.

Students wonder what will happen if they do.

If the fall causes no damage, then all is well. Various damages will cost varying costs. Prices go up each time that repairs are necessary.

The first repair will cost $65, the second $80 and the third $95. A temporary rental Chromebook will be issued to the student until theirs is repaired.

In the worst case scenario, the whole thing could have to be replaced. Depending on whether or not you purchased insurance, the cost will be different. A brand new Chromebook, retail, is $290.


Written by Chase Meehan


Students See a SADD Convocation



On Tuesday, August 19, PHS and it’s students were given the opportunity to listen to SADD, Students Against Driving Drunk founder, Robert Anastas in the auditorium.

“Mr. Anastas has been delivering his powerful message for a very long time.  He understands the tough decisions students are faced with and encourages students to make the right choice by tell them to take their weaknesses and make them their strengths.  We were very fortunate to have him come to our school,” said principal Todd Hitchcock.

Anastas shared his tear-jerking story about how he, as a coach at Wayland High School in Massachusetts, lost two players, ages 17 and 19, to bad decisions.  

Anastas shared that if students get on the right track now in high school, it will carry throughout life. Anastas also shared that seventy-five percent of kids will give in to peer pressure and bad decisions and encourages students to be that twenty-five percent that does not and rises above the occasion.

For more information about Anastas and his foundation, students can visit the website ( for tips, questions or support.


Written by Brooklyn Dotts

Photo by Lily Thompson

Spanish Club Sign Up Soon!

Any Spanish student wanting to join Spanish Club can join by bringing in five non-perishable items by Wednesday, September 3. Please drop off canned goods in room 124 and sign up. Spanish Club members interested in being an officer can sign up also at that time. Our first meeting will be on Friday, September 5 during home room.

Cross Country Kicking Off the Season!

Varsity cross country kicked off their season on August 19 at Orleans high school.  Leading the girls were freshman Ali Kerby at first place, sophomore Avery Rogers placed third, freshman KC Warren at fourth, senior Kylene Baker at fifth and junior Abi Andis placed sixth place.

The girls beat Orleans.

Junior Blake Rogers led the boys team with a fourth place finish. Behind Roberts were sophomore Blake Terrell at fifth, freshmen Hunter Hamilton got tenth place, sophomore Will Stroud was at eighteenth, and freshmen Jacob Babcock followed directly behind Stroud at nineteenth.

The boys put up a great race against some tough competition but were not victorious, they came in second to Orleans.

¨I feel like the times were good for the first meet and considering how hot it was. I think have a lot of strong runners that will continue to improve on a weekly basis,¨ said coach Summer Hudelson.  

The first home cross country meet is Thursday, August 28. Come out and cheer on the team!

Higgins takes the chemistry helm



Chemistry teacher Melissa Higgins helps two students during a lab. Photo by Noah Weiss

Previous biology teacher Melissa Higgins has moved across the hall to chemistry this school year after the departure of Eric Noble. Students are all wondering why the change? Higgins has the answer.

Q) Was it your choice to move to chemistry or did you have to? Why?
A) I was asked to move to chemistry this summer due to a change in staffing. I taught chemistry for six years in Virginia, and was ready to move back into the subject – it is my favorite thing to teach.

Q) Are you able to teach any other classes besides the two?
A) I am also certified to teach anatomy and physiology.

Q) What is your favorite part of chemistry?
A) My favorite part of chemistry is stoichiometry, where you do calculations related to chemical reactions.

Q) Do you plan on picking up biology in the future?
A) I would teach biology again if there was a need.

Q) Where did you go to college?
A) University of Iowa, Indiana University and Old Dominion University.

Q) Where are you from?
A) I grew up in Goshen, Indiana.

Q) How did you end up in Paoli?
A) When my husband retired from the military, he had a job offer at Crane, so we relocated from Chesapeake Virginia to Mitchell. I saw the opening for the biology position two years ago and here I am.

Q) Did you teach anywhere else?
A) I have taught at Great Bridge and Oscar Smith High in Virginia, Mitchell, Bloomington New Tech High, Eastern High and here.

Story by India Wong

Junior High Football Team Faces Perry Central Next Week!

The junior high football team will go against Perry Central next week at 6 p.m. Perry Central could potentially have the advantage since it’s a home field game. Paoli’s first challenge was the Springs Valley Blackhawks with the Rams triumphing with both seventh and eighth grade. All coaches were impressed, especially considering this time last season, the seventh grade had only won two games. The eighth grade had an undefeated streak.

“Hard work beats talent when talent fails to work hard,” said head coach Adam Stroud.

To Stroud and all of the other coaches, this quotes fires up some inspiration before every game. The Perry Central Commodores  and Paoli Rams will be an interesting game to see from kickoff.

Written by Jace Ingle 

Bonfire Brings Support for Fall Sports

On Tuesday, August 19, the Fall Sports Kick-off Bonfire was held after the Salem volleyball game. Students, players and staff members made their way to the bonfire area behind the football locker rooms.

 “It’s a great way to kickoff the fall athletic season,” said Principal Todd Hitchcock. “It’s great to see all of our athletes and students come out to support each other.”

 At the Bonfire the Pride of Paoli played and athletes who represented different fall sports talked a little about their upcoming seasons.

 The number of students represented at the Bonfire showed the students and staff support the Rams this season. Hitchcock commented at the Kick off Bonfire that all fall sports will have begun by this Friday.

Students watching the bonfire and enjoying themselves.

Students enjoyed the Bonfire Thursday night held near the football field. 

Written by Bailey Rankin

Photo by Lily Thompson

Varsity Football Begins Season THIS Friday!

The Paoli Rams Varsity Football team will open up their season Friday night, August 22, at 8:00 p.m, hosting the Brownstown Central Braves at Cook Field. The game was moved back to 8:00 p.m. do to weather and high temperatures. The Rams are coming off a successful season last year with a Regional Championship and a strong 11-3 record. The Rams enter the season ranked ninth in the 2A preseason poll.


“This is the toughest season opening opponent Paoli has had in a long time,” said head coach Brian Balsmeyer.


That opponent, Brownstown,  is another very strong team coming off of a great season last year with a 12-1 record and a successful post-season run to the Regional Final. The Braves enter this season ranked sixth in the 3A preseason poll.


The Rams come into this game with something to prove after the loss of such a successful senior class this is their big chance to prove themselves. Brownstown has a very experienced team returning almost all of their skill players and very confident team.


The team hope the fans come out to support them in their season opener.


Written by Michael Fullington


Paoli Vs. Salem Volleyball

Freshman Ashley Archer goes up for a serve in the JV volleyball game against Salem.

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Photos by Katie May and Noah Weiss

Fellowship of Christian Athletes meeting this Friday!

The Fellowship of Christian Athletes will meet this Friday, August 15, at the Ritz at 7 a.m. This is the first meeting of the year, and we are welcoming anyone who is interested in joining us. FCA is not for athletes only, but for all high school students who want to gather with other Christians, grow in their faith, and serve in their school. If you have questions, see Mr. Lindley

Jr. High Spell Bowl Meeting This Friday!

Jr. High Students: If you are good at spelling, or you would like to learn to become a better speller, you are invited to attend a meeting to learn about the Jr. High Spell Bowl team. The meeting will be Friday, August 15 during homeroom in Mrs. Brown’s room, 206. This is an informational meeting for you to learn about the team and decide if you would like to participate.

Talent Show in near Future

Do you have a talent and want to showcase it to win prizes and cash? If so…you will need to mark Friday September 12 on your calendar. Join us for the 1st WUME Talent Show at the Paoli Fall Festival. The WUME talent show will be at 7 p.m. on the Paoli Square. Entry form locations will be posted in the near future and there will be a 10 dollar entry fee for each act. Keep it tuned to 95.3 and Facebook for more details coming soon

Study Tables to Begin Soon

Study Tables begin Monday, August 18. Teachers and coaches, please encourage your students and players to attend Study Tables for help in their classes. Study Tables will be each morning in Mrs. Stout’s room from 7:30-8:00 and Monday through Thursday after school in the Library from 3:15-4:30. NHS students will be available for help starting in the next couple of weeks.

Congratulations to the new Class Officers!

Class of 2015 Class Officers – Senior

President – Livi Brewster

Vice President – Kaitlyn Ingle

Secretary – Olivia Strother

Treasurer – Emilee Waynick

Historian – Abbie Leonard

Class of 2016 Class Officers – Junior

President – Shelby Meredith

Vice President – Julie Hudelson

Secretary – Jessica Fullington

Treasurer – Tori Guinn

Historian – Bailey Hoover

Class of 2017 Class Officers – Sophomore

President – Meagan Dooley

Vice President – Claire Cornwell

Secretary – Jaylin Busick

Treasurer – Laundon Goldsby

Historian – Avery Rogers

Class of 2018 Class Officers – Freshman

President – Morgan Apple

Vice President – Dylan Terrell

Secretary – Camilla Wininger

Treasurer – Keely Adams

Ram Reward Cards are Back!

The RAM Rewards Program in the junior high is back. For those of you new to the junior high, the RAM Rewards Program is one way that teachers and other staff members can recognize junior high students for doing something awesome! You might receive a RAM ticket(s) for bringing up a grade, having excellent or improved behavior, helping out a fellow classmate, ect. What do you do with these tickets after? Seventh and eighth grade students may bring their tickets to room 208 (PACT room) on Thursdays and Fridays before school, after school, and during passing periods and exchange them for prizes! Please feel free to stop by during any of those times and check out what they have. Also, at the end of each nine weeks they will draw one RAM ticket and both the student and teacher will win a special prize! If you have any questions, please feel free to stop by room 208 and see Mrs. Long or Mrs. Harrison.

In Need of Junior Volunteers!

The 76th Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid is in need of junior volunteers to assist various on-course committees. Juniors will assist the following positions: Standard Bearers, Monster Boards and Leader and Thru Boards. In exchange for donating 8-12 hours of time, juniors will receive a package. This package will contain one uniform golf shirt and one headwear item, parking and shuttle service, food and water vouchers and much more. Volunteer shifts will take place Tuesday, May 19 – Sunday, May 24, 2015 at The Pete Dye Course in French Lick. Registration begins Monday, August 4. Earlier completion of the application betters the chance of being accepted! Anyone with questions can contact the Senior PGA Championship Office (812-226-0055 or at


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