MV hopes to head toward Spain

Story compiled by MV Current staff

Ever wanted to visit Spain? On Tuesday, March 8th at 6 pm in A106 there will be a meeting to discuss a potential trip to Spain and Morocco in July of 2017. Mrs. Adams and Mrs. Laughlin are hoping to lead this group.

Here is an excerpt from the letter they created for interested students: “We’re pleased to announce an exciting trip coming up during July 2017 for any interested students who are or will be high school age at the time of the trip.  We will explore Barcelona, the Mediterranean Coast, and southern Spain on an EF Educational Tour. During our tour, we will visit many of Spain’s most famous landmarks such as the Sagrada Familia cathedral, the Alhambra, the Mezquita, the Sevilla cathedral, and the Prado museum. We will also take a day trip to Morocco in Africa.”

Interested students and their parents should plan to attend.

UK in 11 days

Story by: Tess Barnett, Reviews Editor
Photos by: Samuel Jobe, Staff Photographer

UK group pic-Aug

To an Indiana girl who is used to small towns, the world can seem like a huge, intimidating place.

Halfway through my freshman year, Mrs. Schiller and Mrs. Zelencik announced that they would be taking a group of students halfway across the world to Great Britain in June of 2015. I immediately set my heart on going to see the place that I had read and dreamt about my entire life.

When June finally came around after months of eager anticipation, I was more than ready. The international flight flew by and before I knew it, we were landing among miles of green cow pasture in Shannon, Ireland.

The first thing our group noticed were the rolling hills dotted with fluffy Irelandwhite sheep. The change of pace was also obvious; there were few cars to be found and no packed freeways in sight.

During our brief stint in Ireland, we toured the Ring of Kerry, took a horse drawn carriage ride through Killarney National Park, and toured Blarney Castle. A few brave souls, myself included, kissed the famed Blarney Stone.

In Dublin, we had the privilege of touring the city, visiting famous landmarks like St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Several of us were in literary Heaven during our visit to the Trinity College Library.

Our next stop was Wales, where we were amazed at the beautiful mountains of Snowdonia. Several members of our group spent the evening in our hotel listening to the language and cultural stories of Thomas, a Wales native.

We spent a day in the Lake District of Northern England, where we explored the beautiful gardens of Rydal Mount, the former home of WIlliam Wordsworth.

Scotland pic-AugScotland held a wealth of unexpected beauty and medieval magic in the Old Town. I find it amusing that we stayed in the New Town- which is 200 years old. We were all immediately astounded by the history of Edinburgh Castle and the blend of old and new.

After an afternoon of meandering the Royal Mile, we decided to climb up Arthur’s Seat, a mountain that overlooks Holyrood Palace. While the rest of us were struggling to make our way up, the group’s mountaineers were scaling the rocky side that towered above us.

After our antics were over, we had the honor of witnessing practice for the queen’s arrival the next day.

The night train that evening took us away from gorgeous Scotland and into the huge, crowded city of London. We were overwhelmed by theLondon-Aug enormity of the city, but unfortunately underwhelmed by London’s iconic sites.

The trip seemed to end far too soon, and before we knew it, we were on a plane again headed for the United States.

The trip opened my eyes, and I’m sure those of my fellow student travelers. We are eternally grateful to Mrs. Zelencik, Mrs, Schiller, and Mrs. Stindle for giving us this once in a lifetime opportunity.

London 2-Aug



European vacation

Story by: Tess Barnett, staff writer
Photo by: Samuel Jobe, staff photographer

Europe trip

This summer, 17 Mt. Vernon students and three teachers are going to embark on the trip of a lifetime. English teachers Mrs. Zelencik, Mrs. Schiller, and Mrs. Stindle are leading a very lucky group to Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and England.

This trip has been in the works since early last year, and ever since the group of students has been anticipating this trip of a lifetime.

The trip begins on June 22 and is 11 days long. The first stop is in Shannon, Ireland, from which they will travel to Killarney and explore the popular Ring of Kerry. On their way to Dublin, they will see Blarney Castle and Cashel Rock. A day will be spent in Dublin enjoying the many beautiful historic sites that grace Ireland.

From there, they will ferry over to Wales and see Snowdonia, among other attractions. The next stop is in Edinburgh, where they will visit the famous Edinburgh Castle.

After taking a night train from Edinburgh, the group will see many iconic London sites. Mrs. Schiller hopes to spend a free day in London in the audience at the Globe Theater.

“I feel like it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity and I’m very excited that I’m going to be part of it,” Courtney Cochard, 12.

This once in a lifetime trip is sure to be an eye-opener for students who have never been out of the country before.