“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

The arms of compassion

Story by: Ryan Dockery, Copy Editor

Compassion is one of the the hardest feelings to attain, maintain, and express. People act like they do not care because we are all too self-involved to care about others.

As a Christian, I strive to be as loving as I can, but I fail- a lot. I often get so busy or distracted by the life events or stressful circumstances that are going on in my life and I forget that people need to be loved. However, I am not the only person who is guilty of this. We all fail to express our compassion and love and consideration for one another, and that is just a shame.

If you have read “The Catcher in the Rye,” that has been a driving factor in my eye-opening realization that people miserably fail in this regard. The novel is essentially showing the experience of a depressed boy going through life and basically just observing how overly self-involved people are and that it prevents them from ever caring about anyone but themselves.

Fixing this situation is quite a difficult situation. We, as a people, must be committed enough to one another and making others feel loved. I draw inspiration from Biblical principles like Proverbs 27:17 where it points out that friends are like swords who are meant to sharpen one another. Again in 1 John 4:12  it is said that friends are meant to show the love of God, so why are we not doing this, and how can we start doing this?

Making someone know that they are loved is truly not a difficult task. Sometimes it is easy to buy someone a candy bar or something, but honestly it is even easier than that. Say “hi” to people. Smile at them. Ask them about their day. It is truly a simple concept, with a pathetic execution because it is difficult when put into practice.

Regardless of whether you like the person or not, we should love them. In every regard and every aspect of my interactions, I strive to build more Christ-like relationships and essentially build one another in joy and in hope and in love.

My experience with Manchester

Story by: Ryan Dockery, Sports Editor

Last October, I submitted to a competition for new musical competitions at Manchester University. After months of waiting I eventually forgot about the competition entirely when I got an email stating that I had won the contest. I try to be a calm person, but I could not even pretend to contain my excitement.

Along with a cash prize, the piece I submitted will be performed at the New Musical Festival at Manchester University. After extensive discussion with the director of Manchester University’s director of choral activities, Debra Lynn, we made a few edits to the piece.

They spent the month of March learning, singing, and perfecting the piece and finally it was premiered on March 28. I traveled nearly two hours there to hear it and it was definitely worth the drive.

I got a cash prize, which was obviously really cool, but I also got to work with the singers and got feedback from everyone. They all wrote comments on their music and I got to keep it, most of them splattered with compliments and encouraging notes.

It was an overall terrific experience and an unforgettable achievement that has been very encouraging of me to continue pursuing the art of composition.

Race to the Stanley Cup

By Ryan Dockery, Copy/Sports editor

The National Hockey League was founded in 1917 and has been gaining popularity for the hockey for almost a century. The league includes several teams from all over the United States and Canada.

The main event for hockey is the Stanley Cup, which will be taking place in the summer. However, there are several events to keep hockey fans entertained until then.

The Winter Classic is an annual outdoor match that is always played on January 1. This year, the Chicago Blackhawks faced the Capitals in Washington D.C. and were defeated with 12.9 seconds left in the game.

The league is divided into four divisions and will become more intricately competitive as the Stanley Cup approaches. Currently, there are no teams competing on behalf of Indiana.

Hockey is a unique sport in that it goes on nearly all year, leaving only a couple of months between the end of the Stanley Cup and the beginning of the next regular season. Not only that, hockey is a sport that cheers on fighting and the officials will rarely break up a fight.

The sport is not, however, without rules and consequences, as the Philadelphia Flyers discovered. The team was fined an undisclosed amount of money for traveling over holiday season. This is just one of the many interesting and unique rules of the sport.

Hockey is a beloved sport for many people around the world, including students at Mt. Vernon High School.

“The thing about hockey is that nothing matters other than making the playoffs,” said Sam Cook, 12. “The greatest record in the league doesn’t mean anything. This is what differs from all other sports, the outcome in the end will always surprise you, and leave you wanting more.”

Currently, the divisions are lead by The Tampa Bay Lightning, The Pittsburgh Penguins, The Nashville Predators, and the Anaheim Ducks, but as Cook mentioned, this can all change when it comes playoff time.

Until then, hockey fans anxiously wait as their favorite teams prepare for the most momentous occasion in the year for hockey.