Littering at MV

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

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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

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“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

Creepy baby class

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

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As the end of the school year approaches, students want to know what classes they should take next year. One class that I say everyone should take is Child Development.

One thing about this class that is very different from other classes is that students take home a baby simulator for a weekend. A student becomes the primary caregiver to an infant. The students have to change the diaper, feed the baby, burp the baby and rock the baby. The baby can also be fussy and will cry for three minutes before stopping. Students will need to treat the baby like a real infant and handle it gently.

creepy baby laterThis simulation will determine whether the student are able to care for a child. It will also make most people rethink ever having children. Do not worry though, that is not the only thing done in this class.

In this class I learned a lot about STI’s and STD’s. I also learned about fetal development and how much having a baby really costs, which is usually thousands of dollars. We also learned about the benefits and risks of vaccinations. I found that analyzing the cost and care of a baby was interesting as few people really think about how they would take care of a baby at high school age.

This is a class that I believe everyone should take due to the things one can learn that will benefit them in the long run, whether it be in a career or as a future parent.

Fantastic Food Fest lives up to its name

Story and photos by: Caty McGovern, staff writer/photographer

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This year the Fantastic Food Fest was introduced to Indiana. This event, solely dedicated to food, was held at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in the Champion pavilion and many local businesses had booths to advertise their products. There were also a few kitchen utensil companies there.

I visited a lot of booths of local businesses to try out their products. I saw that many Fantstic Food Festof these businesses had vegan or gluten-free options, which is great as there are so many people with food allergies and dietary restrictions.

One place where everything was gluten-free and many items were vegan was the Urban Ladle. I tried their chicken tortilla soup and it was great.

Another place that I tried was Graeter’s, an ice-cream store. I tried their signature black raspberry chocolate chip and it was to die for.

There were numerous great booths that I got to sample from. Most of the booths also had their products for sale. A lot of products were rather pricey, but that is typical of plenty of locally sourced restaurants.

Fantastic Food Fest 2This event also had a few celebrities doing demonstrations. One well-known celebrity who was doing demonstrations was Ted Allen. I was fortunate enough to see Allen and even get his autograph. I also got to see him demonstrate a recipe from his newest book.The demonstration was really interesting to see.

Overall, I would say that the Fantastic Food Fest was fantastic, due to the variety of items there. I hope it happens again next year so I can go again. Everyone who really digs food plans should plan to attend in the future.

Andrew Roembke takes to state

Story by: Claire Dorsch, Features Editor
Photos by: Caty McGovern, staff photographer

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Mt. Vernon has an ever-growing music department and has achieved much in the past few years. Just recently a member of the MV Jazz Band, Andrew Roembke, 10, has been chosen to be a member of Indiana’s All-District Jazz Band and All-State Jazz Band. The MV Current was able to meet up with Andrew and ask him a couple questions about it.

Q) What are the All-District and All-State Jazz Band?

A) All-State Jazz Band is sort of like a “dream team.” Instrumentalists from all around the state all send in an audio recording of audition music. They then send those recordings to a selection committee that then decides who is going to be in, and who isn’t.

Q) How common is it for a sophomore to be accepted into these bands?

A) I do not know how common it is for a sophomore to make it, but I do know that only four trumpets in the whole state made it, and there were about 350 applicants. I will most likely be surrounded by all seniors, maybe a couple juniors.

Q) What is the application process?

A) The first thing you have to do is send in a written application with an audition fee. You basically just submit a form with your name, instrument, school, grade, the basic stuff for an application like this. Then you have to prepare the audition. You go online to get the PDF files from the website, print them off, and start practicing. There were 7 total excerpts that I had to play. Once you feel that you are ready for the audition, get a recording device and record you playing the excerpts. You then send that in and you wait for them to make contact with you on whether you made it or not

Q) How long have you been playing the trumpet?

A) I have been playing the trumpet since 5th grade, so about 5 and a half years. In 6th grade though, I played French horn for concert band. However, I enjoyed trumpet more, and in 7th grade I switched back to trumpet and never looked back

Q) What does this mean for your future in music? Do you plan to pursue a career in music?

A) This could actually mean a lot for my future. There will be many college recruiters at the concert for this, and them seeing a sophomore could definitely stand out. I for sure want to keep playing trumpet throughout college, but I’m not sure if I want to make a career in music.

Q) Do you know any of the other trumpet players selected to be in these bands? What grades are they in?

A) I looked at the list of accepted people in the bands and did not recognize. I did notice that they were all from some of the best schools in the state though, such as Bloomington North, Carmel, and Ben Davis.

Q) Are you nervous about being surrounded with other very talented musicians?

A) I’m not really nervous about being around other musicians. I’m more excited that I get to perform high level music that will challenge me and push me to my limit.