Hamburger grandpa

Story by: Hannah Warfel, staff writer

On March 16, when an Oklahoma college student, Kelsey Harmon, got on her Twitter account to tease her cousins, she was not expecting for the tweet to go viral.

Kelsey and her five cousins were suppose to go to their grandfather’s house that night to have dinner, but Kelsey was the only one who showed up. When it became apparent to her that none of her cousins would be joining them, Kelsey took to Twitter and posted a heart wrenching photo of her grandfather gazing sadly at one of the twelve hamburgers he had made for his grandchildren.

“Aww!” said Nikki Schreiner, 10, upon viewing the picture, “That’s really depressing, ’cause he’s eating the hamburger all by himself. That’s really sad.”

Soon enough, Twitter was buzzing with crying emojis and even death threats that were aimed toward the five grandkids who were not able to make it to dinner.

The family was quick to explain that Kelsey’s post was nothing more that a joke and that the six grandkids went over to their grandfather’s house very often.

Brandon Harmon, one of Kelsey’s cousins, explained the joke before saying, “For those who have their grandparents around, call them, tell them you love them. Make an effort to go see them.”

The picture was able to do much more than it’s original intention of playful teasing. It reminded a vast majority of the teenagers in the US how important family really is.

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.

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.

Beloved author dies

Story by: Hannah Warfel, staff writer

Last month, the world lost a beloved and talented author. Harper Lee was the author of the prestigious prize winning book “To Kill a Mockingbird,” which is one of the books that freshman are required to read at Mt. Vernon.  She also wrote the book “Go Set a Watchman.”

In 2007, Harper Lee suffered from a stroke. This stroke was followed by quite a few health problems, such as hearing, vision, and short-term memory loss. She was put into an assisted living facility because of these problems. It was at this facility on February 19 that Harper Lee, who was eighty-nine years old, departed from this world peacefully while she slept.

“Harper Lee was an amazing author who wrote amazing novels,” said Alyssa Boilanger-Dean, 10. “She inspired people for many generations with her literary work. Her death was very tragic.”