AP test stress

Story by: Ashley Offenbach, staff writer
Photo by: Elizabeth Miller, staff photographer

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The AP Test season are a stressful time of year, and students work day and night to memorize material. When walking out of the testing room, there is a breath of relief.

Depending on the class, an AP Test may be easier than expected or more difficult. For the AP Literature test, Mrs. Schiller prepared students for the worst and most of the students said they felt good about the test when it was over.

The majority of classes have all year to prepare for the AP Tests, such as AP English and Math courses, but there are few that only have a semester, such as AP Spanish and Psychology. Those classes have more work to do in a semester, which can be more stressful for the student and the teacher, instead of having class all year, every other day. It may cause the student to be pounded with homework while the teacher may be frantically trying to get through all the material.

After AP testing is over, a teacher may prepare students for a project, a final, or just review and study materials during the end of the year. There are still two weeks after testing for classes, so this is when they will be review or preparing for some sort of final or project.

To some students the stress and studying pays off, while others feel they should have reviewed more when taking an AP class.

Lauren Mitchell, 11, who took the AP Chemistry final, said, “I think all of the studying was definitely worth it. It was not easy and there were times when I wanted to give up, but overall it was fun. The AP test was not as hard as I had expected it to be.”

Although students stress not only about the class but also about their scores, they must know the material for in class work that will not be on the AP Test.

Shelbi Webb, 11, who took both AP Psychology and AP Literature, said,” I think taking the AP class is worth it because they challenge me and I know I learned a lot from both courses. Even if I do not get college credit for the classes, at least I can walk away knowing I learned something. I think both tests were easier than I thought they would be because I was more comfortable with the material than I thought I was before I took the test and felt pretty good afterwards.”

Although many students were stressed about AP tests, a lot of students claimed the tests were easier than expected.


Spring Sing

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

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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.


Pay it forward

Story by: Lauren Pilkington, staff writer

March 30 of 2016 was the start of a new change of heart. The Old National Bank hosted a “Pay It Forward” contest to see who was giving back to their community the most in Indiana. The finalist received $5,000, the runner-up got $2,000 and third place won $1,000. The bank participated too by paying for some people’s groceries and giving back to surrounding communities. After weeks of voting the tallies are in:

First Place went to Sara Woolum, a seventh-grader who was raising money for Madison County Sexual Assault Treatment Center. She will be donating the money to the center, because it helps children who are victims of sexual abuse.

Fortville’s very own Ten West Center for the Arts won Runner-Up. Ten West continually hosts children’s art classes, teaches taekwondo, and puts on musicals for the community  to attend.

Andrew Okerson the owner of Ten West said, “We are using the money we won to hopefully install a handicap ramp to the front of our building in the near future.”

Jessica Holden won $1000 and she will be donating her money to the Ronald McDonald House. After she lost her own son, she has been connected with the charity to help families who are going through the illness of a child.

Warped Tour heading for Indy

Story by: Compiled by staff

On July 19, 2016 the Vans Warped Tour will make a stop at Klipsch Music Center. Headliners this year include Falling in Reverse, Good Charlotte, Less Than Jake, New Found Glory, Sum 41, Yellowcard and Sleeping with Sirens.

For more information on the Vans Warped Tour, check out the official tour site.

To see what other tours will be at Klipsch, check out Live Nation’s concert schedule.


MV mentors

Story by: Hannah Warfel, staff writer
Photo by: Samuel Jobe, staff photographer


Freshman year in high school can be frightening. No one can find their lockers, classes suddenly get more difficult, and the upperclassmen are intimidating. But every year with the new freshmen come a group of upperclassmen who are ready to help. These kids are the Mt. Vernon mentors, and they do their best to make a difference for those who are starting their high school journey at Mt. Vernon.

Before school starts, in July, the mentors and the new freshman class show up at the school for Freshman Kick-Off, a day of games, singing, and making new friends. The mentors even show the Freshmen the classes and lockers they will have that year.

“It helped because I didn’t know where any of my classes where,” said Makayla Plain, 9, who had just moved to Mt. Vernon and was able to go to the last Freshman Kick-Off.

While at Freshman Kick-Off, many of the Freshman find new friends as well as classes. Makayla said, “I met my best friend Lily there.”

The Kick-Off is all about helping the new freshmen make their way into high school with the aid of those who were standing in their shoes in the years before.

Band-ing together

Story by: Sydney Blankenship, staff writer
Photo by: Jennifer McGowen, staff photographer

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This past month, the band was shocked to hear that the Education Foundation bought a plethora of new instruments. With a new band director comes new opportunities.

The band’s success has been crescendoing since the beginning of last year. Recently being in the top ten of marching band state, they received new instruments and equipment to better the band program.

“Mt. Vernon [band] is a band on the rise,” said sophomore Andrew Roembke. “We are getting better and better, and we now have a great director to lead us to better things. We are a force to be reckoned with now.”

The band received: 2 Grenadilla Wood Piccolos, 1 English Horn, 4 Bass Clarinets, 1 Contrabass Clarinet, 2 Bassoons, 1 Soprano Saxophone, 2 Baritone Saxophones, 1 Flugelhorn, 6 Silver, Double French Horns, 4 F-Attachment Trombones, 2 Valve Trombones, 6 Silver, 4-Valve Euphoniums, 2 4-Valve Tubas, 4 Silver Mellophones (Marching French Horns, ), 8 Silver Marching Baritones, 3 – Silver Contras (Marching Tubas),1 3-Octave Vibraphone w/ Vibrato Motor, 1 4.3-Octave Marimba, 1 5-Octave Marimba, 1 Full Set of Concert Toms, 1 1.5-Octave Chime Set, 1 Copper-Bottom Timpani, 1 Crash Cymbal Pair, 1 Crash Cymbal Pair, 4 Suspended Cymbals, 4 Suspended Cymbals, 4 Suspended Cymbals, 4 China Cymbals, 4 China Cymbals, 4 China Cymbal, 5 Pearl Carboncore Marching Snare Drums with Sound Projectors, 4 Pearl Carboncore Marching Tenor Drums, 5 Pearl Championship Maple Marching Bass Drums, along with a 28 foot fixed band tower.

ellingerMr. Ellinger, the band director, stated, “Contributions such as this showcase our administration’s high level of support for the performing arts in schools. These resources will exist in Mt. Vernon schools for decades to come. I am very happy they decided to boost the band program’s resources to provide greater opportunities for musical development in our students.”

Greater opportunities are indeed coming.If the music program has enough interest, they will possibly add Music Theory and Music History courses. Music students see this as a chance to grow their knowledge of music and have other students join the music department.

Sabrina Woods, a senior in band, said “One of my greatest band experiences was from an activity that I was skeptical about. Do it, love it or hate it, and learn from it.”

Congratulations to the Band of Marauders on all of their achievements.

MV is bound for Spain

Story by: Hannah Warfel, staff writer
Photo by: Samuel Jobe, staff photographer


In July of 2017, MVHS students will have the chance of a lifetime. They will have the opportunity to travel to Spain for 11 days and visit places such as Barcelona, Valencia, Granada, Costa del Sol, Seville, Córdoba, Madrid, and Morocco.

The cost of the excursion is $3,930 with all the amenities like airfare, transportation, hotels, meals, tour guides, and access to travel sights.

Mia Coster, a Spanish 2 student teacher who lived in Spain, said, “I loved it, it was one of the best experiences. I think that everyone should travel. If they can’t make this trip, try to go in the future. Spain will be an amazing trip.”

The Spain trip will be lead by Mrs. Adams and  Mrs. Laughlin, who are two of the Spanish teachers at Mt. Vernon. Mrs. Adams believes that this trip will help Spanish students develop their knowledge of, not only the language, but the culture.

“It takes what you’ve learned in [Spanish] class and applies it to the real world,” said Mrs. Adams.  

At the moment, only one person is going on the Trip for sure, but there is a long list of people who are interested.

While the informational meeting has already come to pass, anyone who is interested can ask either Señora Adams or Señora Laughlin for more information.

“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

And the winner is…

Story by: Sydney Blankenship, staff writer
Photos by: Rose Yang, staff photographer

On February 8, Aaron Rush, 12, and Lily Erlewein, 12, were honored for being finalists in the Lilly Endowment Scholarship Award. One female and one male student who are in the top 15% of their class and plan to attend college for four years with a Bachelor’s course are eligible to be nominated. They were selected anonymously by the Hancock County Community Foundation (HCCF), based on their variety of accomplishments and community contributions.

Aaron for Lilly“I felt rather accomplished,” Rush stated when he found out about being nominated. “Never stop at success. Never be satisfied. There is always something to improve.”

Rush is in Center Stage choir, cross country, track, Science olympiad, Quiz bowl and NHS. He plans to attend Purdue for computer science.  

Lily Erlewein heard about the award through her involvement with HCCF. “I have been involved throughout the years with the Community Foundation, so I knew about this scholarship through them.”

“After getting over the initial shock, I felt extremely honored. A scholarship like this could really change my life with all the financial stress it would relieve and opportunities it would open up, so I felt very honored to be one of the eight finalists in the county chosen.”

Lily for LillyErlewein participates in Marauder Mentors, Green Team and Spell Bowl. She is also the captain of the varsity cheer team, president of NHS and the president of the Voice Anti-Tobacco Club. She plans to major in Actuarial Science, which is a double-major in Mathematics and Applied Statistics with a minor in Management, at Purdue University.

“Although being near the top of your class is a requirement, selection for this scholarship is based largely around community service,” explained Erlewein. “Choosing one or two community service organizations or projects to devote your time to can be really beneficial to not only your selection for the Lilly Endowment Scholarship, but for other scholarships and your college application as well.”

Although neither Erlewein or Rush won the scholarship, being nominated is a huge honor. Congratulations to the finalists.


Prom preview

Story by: Dakota Fisher, Sports Editor
Photos by: Samuel Jobe, staff photographer

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Mt. Vernon has seen its fair share of interesting prom themes, and this year’s prom certainly follows suit. Entitled “A Walk Through Wonderland,” students will take a trip down the rabbit hole and venture into wonderland in this “Alice and Wonderland” themed prom.

And what better place to let imaginations run wild than the Children’s Museum? MV students will be allowed to explore a number of different attractions during this night full of adventure.

“I think the venue is perfect of the theme,” said Wil Dant, 11, “Especially since the Children’s Museum has so many different exhibits.”

From pizza to fine dining, downtown Indy has it covered, but if prom-goers are looking for somewhere a little more magical, they may have to dig just a little deeper.

prom story 2Shelbi St. Rooftop Gardens is a restaurant in Fountain Square, just seven miles away from the Children’s Museum where guests can dine under the stars. Milano Inn, located on College Ave. is an Italian restaurant, unlike any other. While providing guests with excellent Italian cuisine, they also have frequent Mystery Theatre nights. If prom goers are looking for a unique place that will cost a fortune, the Eagles Nest sits atop the Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown indy and provides a bird’s-eye, 360 degree view of the city. Prices at the Eagle’s Nest can range anywhere from $35 to $60, but the food in immaculate and the view is to die for. Reservations are not required but they are strongly encouraged.

“I think sometimes it can be really hard to choose the perfect location especially for this theme,” said Megan Schilling, 11 “but the Rooftop Gardens restaurant sounds magical.”  

Picking a location for the perfect prom photo can be a real hassle, but luckily Downtown Indy provides the perfect scenery. The Indianapolis Museum of Art is only a seven minute drive from the Children’s museum and is absolutely beautiful. From outdoor gardens to indoor art exhibits, it is hard to go wrong. Monument Circle and The Canal are just two more of the many beautiful places in Downtown Indy.

Prom will be April 23 and tickets are on sale now.