Say hello to the O Hellos

Story by: Claire Dorsch, Features Editor

Say hello to The Oh Hellos, my new favorite folk band.

Born and raised in southern Texas, sibling duo Maggie and Tyler Heath started their musical career in a cluttered bedroom, and it has all been uphill from there.

Their newest album, “Dear Wormwood,” starts out with the track “Prelude,” which only lasts about a minute and is a great introduction to the album. It sets the tone for the amazing harmonies that are in the album.

“Thus Always to Tyrants” has a lot of strong vocals from Tyler and is honestly tied for my favorite song in the whole album, rivaled by “Dear Wormwood.” My favorite lyric in the whole album is “I know who you are now,” and it just brings out a lot of different emotions for me.

Every song has it’s own tune and doesn’t have the same sound like other folk artists’ albums.

“Bitter Water” reminds me of Phillip Phillips because both artists use guitar generously in their music. It is upbeat and the lyrics remind of Helena’s love for Demetrius in Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” because the lyrics talk of being in love with someone, knowing it is impossible, and them not feeling the same way.

There is a lot of focus on the instrumental aspect of the album, and it makes it just that much better because the would-be awkward moments between lyrics just make my heart blow up like a balloon with the almost overwhelming music.

Each song is unique, short, and sweet. Folk music isn’t for everyone, but I would recommend this album to anyone who loves this genre with such meaningful lyrics and soaring duets.

Andrew Roembke takes to state

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

Andrew

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.

A Lagoon adventure

Story by: Claire Dorsch
Photos by: Claire Dorsch

Lagoon swings

Lagoon Amusement Park is located in Farmington, Utah, which I had the opportunity to visit during fall break vacation while visiting family. My group consisted of my mother, her cousins Katie and Brooke, Katie’s son Mason, and my little brothers. With an arsenal of food courtesy of a necessary trip to Costco, we made or way through the crowd, deposited our food and jackets in an unattended corner, and went on some rides.

My favorite ride was Cannibal, a 22 million dollar roller coaster that reaches 70 miles per hour. The best way to ride was to get in the singles line, which was conveniently empty, and park my butt in an open seat.

At first I was scared, because getting on I was close to the ground, but where the ride actually began was several stories inside a large brown building. Little did I know that there was a giant elevator that actually took us up the entire 208 foot tower and precariously placed us on the edge. At this point, the family of three next to me was subject to my babbling about calling CPS on my mother, who had convinced me to go on the ride in the first place.

It was comparable to the Diamondback in King’s Island, which is located in Mason, Ohio, but not the kind of scary that gave me dry mouth like the Diamondback does for me.

My next favorite ride was Samurai, a red and black terror that plays the Fruit Ninja background music as I and 29 other rides spin for ninety seconds, that on Lagoon’s website, is described to be extreme yet smooth and thrilling. Each radial arm of the ride freely rotates, so one second I was sitting upright, and the next I was upside down and being knocked around like a penny in the clothes dryer. Eating before getting on this ride was not a smart decision on my part, but in all my stomach stayed relatively indifferent to the centrifugal force whipping me around for all to see.

Roller Coaster, the oldest ride in the park, reminded me of the Beast which is also in King’s Island. I love wooden roller coasters because they make me wonder how people were scared of them back when they were first being built, because they are relatively tame compared to today’s thrill rides.

Lagoon big bookThe whole day was a great experience, and I was glad to get a chance to reconnect with my family from Utah who I see almost never. If anyone were to travel to Salt Lake City and want a place to hang out with friends have have a day to let out the inner adrenaline junky inside like I did, this would be the place to be.

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Airport anxiety

Story by: Claire Dorsch, Features Editor
Photo by: Claire Dorsch, Features Editor

outside the airplane

There are very few things in life that are worth getting up at 4 in the morning for, but apparently businessmen and frequent travelers could argue that catching a plane is one of them.

To each their own, I guess.

Flying is a terrible experience to begin with. Travelers can’t bring any liquids on them more than 3 ounces and pens can be seen as “weapons.” Like a student who has to do homework on vacation is going to go on a caffeine rampage and stab their aisle neighbor with their favorite sharpie pen and pour their triple shot caffeine coffee cup on them with the intent of burning their skin off.

Claire at the airportSecond, security is stressful. A person could be the most innocent of citizens and still sweat through their shirts going through the metal detector. That was me, by the way.

Flying with Frontier was not as bad as it could have been, for a nice guy around my age kindly aided me in choosing between a PowerPoint and a Google document for my will.

Takeoff was stressful. Never have I felt such terror, and the only thing that was doing through my head was the question “if man were meant to fly, why wasn’t he given wings?”

There is nothing more terrifying than going through turbulence. Simultaneously feeling like you’re being rattled by a small toddler and riding a roller coaster my mom forced me on is not a fun way to spend your morning like. Looking out your window and seeing the wing of the plane shaking and flashing red is not a comfort either, just like the ear popping.

Traveling by plane is only okay in the most dire of circumstances, like going off to war or visiting a sickly relative. Hopefully, neither will be in my near future

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French club elections

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

French club elections

For all of the Francophiles of Mt. Vernon, French Club is a place to express that love, and it is one of the many clubs that MVHS has to offer.

On August 28, elections for French Club Council were held in Mr. Freeman’s classroom.

Of the members present, running for council were Caty McGovern, Ian Carson, Dani Abraham, Peyton Scott, Savannah Donaldson and Erica Lohman.

However, only three of them would be council members.

As of August 28, the French Club Council consists of Dani Abraham, 11, Peyton Scott, 12, and Erica Lohman, 11. The unofficial historian is Ian Carson, 12.

The council last year was Peyton Scott, Kade Padgett, 12, and Sabrina Woods, 12.

French Club fake fightingFrench Club meets monthly throughout the year, and the council meets weekly to discuss matters, like plans for the next club meeting, club fees, and long-term plans that require lots of planning. This club gives members a chance to eat delicious French cuisine, play games like Boule, and watch French movies with English subtitles. They even have water balloon fights.

The students involved with French Club find themselves enjoying this extra-curricular activity.

“We don’t put labels on things. We are a council and are all equal in power. I usually plan meetings and keep things in order and interesting,” said Peyton Scott, council member. “We are a club that loves the French culture while also sticking to our American roots.”French club shirt

The French Club is still taking members, so if any of these activities sound interesting, talk to a member.

Spring finally arrives

Story by: Claire Dorsch

April showers bring May flowers, and if the warming temperatures aren’t enough evidence, outside it is blossoming into spring. Flowers are blooming. The skies are opening up. The opportunities to do something outdoors are increasing.

Spring sports are coming up, and those include, but are not limited to: tennis, baseball, golf, soccer, rugby, and track and field.

The sun will be shining soon, so it is a great time to dust off the old tennis shoes and go for a run, or strap on that umpire’s belt and have every call you make be hated. The possibilities are endless.

The Ten West Center for the Arts is showcasing two plays this summer, one cast being made up of people ages seven to eighteen and up. Auditions are May 20 for anyone interested. More information will be on the center’s official website.

“The Green Team is assembling and we are very excited for all the things we have planned for this spring,” said Makaela King, 9.

Some very exciting movies are being released. “Tomorrowland,” “Pitch Perfect 2,” and “The Avengers: Age of Ultron” are being released in May.

Go outside. The sky is finally blue, the grass is green, and the sun is shining. See a movie. Hang out with friends. Stargaze on top of a car hood. It’s Spring.

ISIS update

Story by: Claire Dorsch, staff writer

When a terrorist group threatens the identity of America, the country is on its ear to find out more about these individuals trying to sabotage America’s integrity and peace.

ISIS was formed from a brutal al Qaeda faction, and little was known about the group until 2007. Now they are a bigger threat than anyone could have imagined. A few videos have been made showing gruesome beheadings and unimaginably painful burnings, all taken by ISIS members and uploaded onto various websites, then released to the media. Though primarily focused on the takeover in Iraq, they have executed four American citizens.

Just recently, teenagers suspected of attempting to join the terrorist group were stopped at an Australian airport. The brothers had return tickets to a dangerous zone in the Middle East. They were stopped and returned to the custody of their parents.

America is on it’s toes, desperate for the next tidbit of news concerning the high risk group and the mysterious Jihadi John, a figure for the ISIS cause. Hopefully one day America can rest peacefully knowing ISIS has been eradicated, but until then, America is taking it as it comes.

Frozen fever

Story by: Claire Dorsch, staff writer

To the part of the world that thought they had all the “Frozen” they were go get, they’re wrong.

Disney recently announced that there will be a short sequel movie to “Frozen” called “Frozen Fever.” It is about Elsa, Kristoff, Olaf, Sven, and the kingdom of Arrendale preparing for Anna’s birthday.

In the trailer video, Kristoff sets up a banner for Anna’s party, depicting in big and colorful words “Happy Birthday Anna.” Olaf tries eating some of Anna’s special sunflower-themed cake, but is reprimanded by Elsa. Olaf then promptly spits back out the cake from his mouth and places it back on to the birthday cake. There are recurring characters and some new people that the Disney audience.

There are many random scenes that are different and unique to the original “Frozen” movie, but make up a wonderful tale about a group of people putting together something special for someone they care about greatly.

Between the snippets of riding bikes down the halls with baskets, Elsa’s new dress, Oaken singing in the shower, little children made of snow prancing around the castle, and a reappearance of the snow monster created by Elsa, this short, released in early March, is going to be a favorite for all.

Sneaky apps

By Claire Dorsch, staff writer
Photo by Hallee Evans, staff photographer

apps photoApps are everywhere. They are on phones, tablets, and computers. They are beneficial objects to have. Some can download music. There are game apps and social media apps. Some apps are free and some apps cost a ton of money. There are some really cool perks from having apps, but there are consequences.

It is common knowledge that apps need to have access to certain aspects of phones. Apps like Skype or free-texting apps have access to people’s contacts, just like photo-editing apps have access to people’s photos.

But some apps have been peeking into places they don’t belong. Nike has access to people’s contacts.

Facebook asks for access to people’s audio and camera.

These seemingly harmless apps can access things on people’s phones, tablets, and laptops.

“That is amazing if apps could actually do that,” said Mary Barnett, 9. “The quality of the moral of the situation really depends on what side you’re on, whether you are the hacker or the victim.”

A few months ago there was a commotion about the app series called “Talking Tom & Friends.” Users speculated that the app was a front for pedophiles to track people’s phones who had the app.

According to USA Today, it was confirmed to be a false alarm and the app was taken off the app store, but the scare got people thinking. It is unknown what else these hackers can do to put our society’s children at risk.

Apps are great. They make life easier. People can pay bills and transfer money on banking apps like American Express. People can give kudos or give recognition to their friends and family on CyberProps.

“ I really like this app. It is a cool way to compliment people on a job well done without the awkwardness of face-to-face conversation,” said Makaela King, 9.

Hundreds and thousands of apps are just a few taps of a finger away, but maybe in the future people can think twice before they sign away their privacy.