Spring Sing

Story by: Allison Yoder, staff writer
Photos by: Lauren Pilkington, staff photographer

spring sing

Spring is an extremely significant time for all school goers, since school is just about out. This is especially true for seniors. The end of their high school career can be stressful, exciting, but also sad. This is why the Mt. Vernon High School choir holds an event each year called Spring Sing.

This year Spring Sing will be held on Friday, May 20 and Saturday, May 21 at seven p.m. in the auditorium.

Each year, there is a different theme. The seniors chose this year’s theme, which is entitled, “Out with a Bang.”

“Spring sing is going to be fun. I’m excited since it’s two days, and we’ll all get to sing together. The rehearsals are a lot, but I can’t wait, since we get to sing ‘Bohemian Rhapsody,’” said Braydon Titley, 10.

The students put in a lot of work for this production, so it is a very big deal to them.

Underclassmen seem upset for the tearful goodbyes, but are still ready to have one last hurrah before the time comes to move up into other choirs and move on.

Maddie Mull, 9, said, ”Spring Sing is like a wrap up of the year, and saying goodbye to the seniors can be tough, but is fun welcoming the new year.”

spring sing 2The upperclassmen, on the other hand, are looking forward to this event. They are hoping to go onto bigger and better things, but are still eager to have fun doing what they love with peers they love just one last time.

“Spring Sing is a really fun concert, but it also means a lot, especially to us seniors because we have a fairly large role since it’s our very last high school concert,” Katelyn Schuck, 12, explained. “It also means a lot looking back and knowing we made a difference in choir and school, no matter how major or minor.”

This goes to show how much high school can impact a student. Of course, the academic piece of schooling is important, but the social aspect is very impactful as well. Seeing these students tearfully bid farewell to their best friends can be an obstacle, but this event helps.

The chance to have a blast while singing and dancing with their choir pals makes a great memory for these students of all grades, and can making leaving even the smallest bit easier.

Everyone at Mt. Vernon can experience this final performance. Tickets are $5 a person or $20 for a family.


Littering at MV

Story by: Allison Yoder, staff writer
Photo by: Caty McGovern, staff photographer


There is no denying that Mt. Vernon is a beautiful school. It stays this way thanks almost entirely to the work of the custodial staff. But what happens when students disrespect the janitors, either verbally or by blatant littering? Unfortunately, nothing. This happens frequently at MV, and we need to put a stop to it. Being rude and tossing trash wherever is unacceptable, especially at an “A” school like Mt. Vernon.

Students and staff are thoughtful on the matter.

“I personally pick up after myself and feel bad if I litter,” said Sammi Henderson, 9. “The custodians are very nice and when my church came here for a volunteer type of thing, the custodians even helped when they didn’t have to and weren’t asked,”

Other students were just angry about the thought of disrespect to a helpful hand at school.

“I think this is really rude. Janitors are one of the reasons our school runs the way it does, and they deserve respect,” stated Cleo Mills, 9.

With similar opinions on the matter, students and staff agree that the janitors help keep our school in beautiful shape.

Art teacher, Mrs. Hurst, has strong feelings on the matter.

“To me, the custodian that cleans up my room is one of the most important people of my day. The fact that they all already work so hard, it actually makes me mad for them when students leave unnecessary messes, especially with what’s been going on in the bathrooms.”

There are simple solutions to this issue. Just clean up after yourself, or if you see someone leave a piece of trash behind, please just pick it up. Whether it be in the classroom or after lunch, it’s not that tough to pick up a few pieces of trash a day.

“How does all of this make me feel? To sum it up it makes me feel sad,” said MV head custodian Mr. Douglass. “Why has all of this changed and sunk to such a low level? Is it asking too much for a student to automatically pick up their own trash or if gum falls out of their mouth to pick it up and discard it properly? There are many trash containers spread throughout the building. Many students use them and many don’t.”

A good idea would be if you see a custodian in the hall, thank them for helping out at school. They do so much every day, and the fact that they barely get a thanks is upsetting. A simple thank you takes just a second, and can make their day much better.

Yes, it may be their job to clean up the school, but custodians shouldn’t have to clean up after each individual student as well. If you see someone litter, it’s a good idea to pick it up, but saying something to them helps to solve another possible trash issue later on. Looking around and doing a few simple tasks at school can save custodians so much trouble, and that shows that you care.

“Seussical, the Musical”

Story by: Allison Yoder, staff writer
Photos by: Caty McGovern, staff photographer

Seussical 1

“Seussical the Musical” is a fun tale that centers around JoJo, a creative child, and the Cat and the Hat. They run into a great deal of other characters, making this a Dr. Seuss overload, hence the name.

This musical production, which will be put on by Ten West, features students

from around the community, including some from Mt. Vernon High School.

Director Ryan Dockery, 12, loves being the director because he likes the fact that everyone comes to him with different issues, and he can help them however possible.

Seussical 2“Although I’m not a performer myself, I love the organizing component of it all,” Dockery said, smiling as he begins his rehearsal.

The cast all jumped in when asked how to describe Seussical, with ideas such as whimsical, unique, and especially imaginative. The entire group is full of energy and overall agree Seussical is a great event.

“My favorite thing about Seussical the Musical is that it is so imaginative. It really gives you the chance to be creative as a performer,” said cast member Cody Smitley, 10, who is playing the role of The Grinch, a Hunch, and a Who.

MV Students in the Cast Include-

Tatum Barton: Mayzie LaBird
Kraig Hancock: Yertle the Turtle, Max the Dog
Rylee Henson: Gertrude McFuzz
Colton Jones: Wickersham Brother
Felicity Krakty: Sour Kangaroo
Skylar Mayes: General Gengus Khan Schmitz
Caty McGovern: Cadet, Who
Jacob Owens: Jungle Creature, Fish
Leah Peters: Bird Girl, Fish, Jungle Creature
Lauren Pilkington: Circus Performer, Who, Hunch
Justin Reich: Wickersham Brother, Hunch
Stephen Shilling: Circus Performer, Who
Cody Smitley: The Grinch, Hunch, Who
Chelsea Theobald: The Mayor’s Wife
Daniel Watson: Who, Circus Performer
Elijah Williams: Wickersham Brother