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!
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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.


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.”

Kenney2_KLInfographic by: Jace Ingle

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



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



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 


Funds needed for Babcock-Carty scholarship


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 


Badminton Fun in JH P.E. Class

Photos By: Darrian Breedlove

Make Your Commitment to Safe Driving Today!

We’re in the home stretch, but we need your help to get to the finish line. Make your safe driving commitment today at Together, let’s celebrate safe driving and help reduce teen crashes. Your commitment today could make the difference. And remember, 2N2! Remind your friends and family to keep 2 eyes on the road and 2 hands on the wheel!

“Let Freedom Ring” Contest

U.S. History teacher Mr. Lindley is hosting an original essay and art contest open to all students attending PHS. Rules and prizes are listed below.



  • the contest is open to all students of Paoli Junior-Senior High School, grades 7-12.
  • essays must be submitted online to Mr. Lindley ( no later than 8:15am on November 4. Artistic pieces may be submitted online or brought to Mr. Lindley’s room (Room 131) by 8:15am on November 4.
  • only one entry per student (cannot enter both essay and artistic expression)
  • all entries are final and cannot be revised after submission
  • the decisions of the judges are final




  • essay
    • must relate to the theme
    • must be typed, double-spaced
    • must contain no more than 500 words.
    • must be your original work Plagiarism means dismissal from the contest
    • the student of the winning essays will be invited to read his or her  essay at the school’s Veterans Day program on November 11. If the student is uncomfortable reading in front of the student body, a faculty member or another student will read the essay.


  • Artistic expression
    • must relate to the theme
    • must be original work
    • may be two-dimensional art (may not exceed standard posterboard size)
    • may be three-dimensional art (but must be able to be transported by one person and fit within a 2’x2’x2’ space).
    • the artistic expressions placing 1st, 2nd, and 3rd will be on display before the Veterans Day program.


Judging and prizes


  • judging will be conducted by a panel of at least three members, one of whom will be non-faculty.
  • rubrics will be utilized for judging the entries and are available to students who enter the contests.
  • student submissions will remain anonymous during judging.
  • Prizes in each category include: 1st place = $50, 2nd place =$25


This year’s theme:

“What I Value Most About America”

Celebrate My Drive!

Paoli SADD is excited to partner with Celebrate My Drive, State Farm and all of YOU to celebrate teen driver safety. Don’t forget to make your daily commitment in support of our school at Have you asked your friends and family to make a daily safe driving commitment? We can all be safer drivers. Let’s do this- and let’s all commit to drive 2N2 every trip: 2 eyes on the road, 2 hands on the wheel.

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October is Domestic Violence Awareness month and was first observed in 1987. People all across the nation participate in activities that work towards preventing violence in relationships. The “NO MORE” campaign wants to end domestic violence and sexual assault by encouraging others to speak up and help end the silence. For more information, please contact Mrs. Long or Mrs. Harrison from Hoosier Hills PACT.

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