PHS Journalism

Get In Formation

Get In Formation

Gracyn Shulista

November 7, 2016


Filed under Features

Identical white shoes and smiles are the first thing seen when walking into the multi purpose room everyday after school. The Panther cheerleaders gather in a group, trying to squeeze in a final snack before the coach, Regina Hollinger, walks through the door. At 3:30 the commotion slows down and...

A Stormy Night

A Stormy Night

Erik Brakner

November 7, 2016


Filed under Features

When sitting in the dark it feels scary but even worse when a thunderstorm is raging, I hear the rain pitter-patter on the deck and grill. Hearing the thunder and seeing the lightning illuminating up the sky like fireworks on the 4th of July. Seeing the car’s headlights and cars tail lights driving...

Game Time

Game Time

Lainey Dent

November 7, 2016


Filed under Features

The girls are up early for a long day of volleyball. This is it. This is their last chance to show their skill, last chance for most of them to play together. It’s 6 am. They’re patiently waiting to play. They take the court to warm up. 5 minutes til game time. 3 minutes. 1 minute. Game...

Show Time

Show Time

Claire Cox

November 3, 2016


Filed under Features

BLAHHHHH, WEE WOO, HMMM, AHH, OHHH, EHHHH. These are the sounds booming inside when walking through the big cream colored doors that lead into the theatre. Walking down the ramped aisle you see kids lying on the scratched and scuffed stage floor on their backs, making all sorts noises. Students...

Break A Leg

Break A Leg

Emma Cox

November 3, 2016


Filed under Features

Tonight is the night. Show night. Weeks of rehearsals and preparation are over, now it’s time to give the performance. House opens at 7 so people arrive at 6:30. Everything must be put in it’s place, just right. Thirty minutes until curtain. The dressing room is full of chaos. Actors get into...

New Teacher: Will Schowalter

New Teacher: Will Schowalter

Shannon Robinson and Ethan Paulsmeier

October 3, 2016


Filed under Features, News

It was the first day of class for the 2016-17 school year. Not just for the students, but for the teachers as well. English teacher William Schowalter had been preparing for this day since he had gotten the call telling him he was a member of the Paola High School family. As his first students...

New Teacher: DeAnna Morgan

New Teacher: DeAnna Morgan

Abby Winterscheid and Jacquee Hecker

October 3, 2016


Filed under Features, News

DeAnna Morgan, art teacher, said teaching is about building relationships with students. “It’s more about making that connection with students, and building those relationships, that’s what makes it fun,” said Morgan. Morgan already had ties to the community and district since she student...

New Teacher: Michael Golden

New Teacher: Michael Golden

Matthew Troutman

October 3, 2016


Filed under Features, News

New math teacher Michael Golden went to the MidAmerica Nazarene University, his first teaching job is here at Paola High School. Originally Golden wanted to be a mechanic. “I had an awesome math teacher my senior year of high school that made me really interested in if I could be a math teacher....

Everyone Smiles in the Same Language

Everyone Smiles in the Same Language

Natasha King and Mariah Sullivan

September 27, 2016


Filed under Features, News

Worlds and cultures can be separated with a simple and little barrier. This barrier is just a matter of different languages. However they can be broken by people who take the time an effort to take a risk of learning and breaking this barrier. Yohan Plumey, 11, was one of these people striving to...

New Teacher: Michael Solomon

New Teacher: Michael Solomon

Hannah Menefee

September 27, 2016


Filed under Features, News

With beautiful fall weather right around the corner, Michael Solomon said he is excited to start his journey teaching at the high school. Solomon, the new band teacher, grew up in Boone, Iowa. He attended the University of Kansas and got his bachelors degree in Music Education. This is Solomon’s...

New Teacher: Heather Kauk

New Teacher: Heather Kauk

Karly Hoskins and Aniston Poage

September 27, 2016


Filed under Features, News, Uncategorized

Going on her 16th year of teaching, Heather Kauk wants to focus on becoming a better teacher and improving. She was inspired to join this profession her senior year of high school by her teachers Mrs. Katstra and Mrs. Weir. Kauk received her bachelors degree from Kansas State University and her...

Teacher from Thailand: Nathan Bateman

Teacher from Thailand: Nathan Bateman

Moorea Long, Social Media Editor

September 21, 2016


Filed under Features, News

Nathan Bateman, the new Business and Technology Concepts teacher, comes all the way from Thailand. Bateman worked there for seven years before becoming part of the multimedia program at the high school. “My personal goal is to teach students in-demand skills that are marketable and pay well,”...

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