Athlete of the month: Kennedy Parker

Interview by: Blake Slunaker, staff writer
Photo by: Samuel Jobe, staff photographer

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Q: How did you first get involved in baseball?

A: I wanted to play baseball because I enjoyed it and i picked it up quickly. Any other sport didn’t really interest me at the time.

Q: What is your favorite memory throughout your years of playing baseball

A: Coming in as sophomore  (not my first varsity innings but I have had very little experience at this time) with bases loaded one out. I ended up getting out of the inning with the save with a double play to end the game.

Q: What are your plans for after high school

A: I will be attending Anderson University to study business and play baseball for the Ravens.

Q:What is one personal goal and one team goal for this year?

A: My personal goal for the year has been to limit walks and runs. Our team goal is always to win conference.

Q: What is a random fact about you that no one knows?

A: I like to watch a lot of NASCAR in my free time.

Mini-Marauders move to Fortville

Story by: Claire Dorsch, Features Editor
Photos by: Samuel Jobe

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At Mt. Vernon Community School Corporation, there is a vast amount of resources at their fingertips. They have a competent transportation department, a reliable janitorial staff, a caring special-ed department, and much more. This year, there will be another program added to the community: The Mini-Marauder Early Learning Academy.

The new school’s goal is to provide quality education to kids ages three to five in the district at an affordable price. Although there is already a preschool existing at Mt. Comfort Elementary School, it is for children who are developmentally delayed. The new preschool will accept all children within the age range. It will be located in the administrative building, previously known as Fortville Elementary, and begin running in the fall.

“I have heard of [the Mini-Marauder Preschool],” said Mrs. Terrell, a teacher at MVHS and mother of two. “I believe that MV will successfully implement the program, similar to how we successfully implement most initiatives. I think the Mini-Marauder Preschool is a great idea.”

The cost for this preschool is $125 a week, which is competitive in the county, but high enough to bring revenue to the community, both benefiting the school and the parents of the preschoolers.

presschool 2It was Dr. Robbins’ idea to start the preschool program for the children of MVCSC who are not old enough to enroll in one of our three elementary schools.

“As I have spent my time evaluating our operational structure and the opportunities we have before us, it became evident early that opening a preschool at the Administration building was something I thought would benefit our community,” said Dr. Robbins. “The developmentally delayed preschool at Mt. Comfort will relocate to the administration building and we will open a typical peer preschool program. This will provide our community with robust and well rounded programming opportunities.”

The current administrative building used to be Fortville Elementary but closed and remained vacant for some time. Dr. Robbins took advantage of the empty, ventilated building and made it the new admin building. The old admin building is now the home of the Department of Transportation. It is the center of the bussing for students who are not dropped off or given rides to school.

There will be specific personnel for children who qualify for special needs assistance.

Dr. Robbins is very confident in the success of the program.

“I think the access to an organized learning environment is a plus. I also feel that the early structured introduction to a blended learning environment is an advantage for students entering our school district. Finally, I feel like our program is a very cost effective program.”

The preschool is currently accepting applications for staff members who want to be a part of this new program. Parents of children who want to attend the preschool can apply now as well. It is open to children of the community, including the children of students of MVHS.

“I am definitely considering the program, but I would like the gross-motor play time to be a bit longer,” said Mrs. Terrell.

Hopefully this program will benefit the children of MVCSC. They are offering full and half day enrollment.

MV mentors

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

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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

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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.

The wonderful members of Mt. Vernon

Story by: Sydney Shurman, Reviews Editor
Photo by: Sameul Jobe, staff photographer

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Mt. Vernon has many amazing, highly-skilled staff and faculty members who go out of their way to provide a great education and learning environment for students. However, some may not be as well known as others.

Working in a high school is no easy task, so it is important to shed some light and recognition on the newer or lesser-known members of MVHS.

The technology department is a very specific part of our school because it caters to a particular group of students and does not include any required classes. Mrs. Bravard-Johnson does some truly amazing projects with her students that are engaging and personal. Some projects include programming robots, superhero website assignments, and animated music videos. The overall favorite seems to be the Commencement Program, which is also referred to as senior memory books. They are essentially what the name implies: scrapbooks full of seniors’ favorite memories and photos.

“Since each year this project reached not just every Mt. Vernon graduate, but impacted their families as well, it is difficult to not call it the most loved project,” said Mrs. Bravard-Johnson.

Aside from teachers, there are other staff members at Mt. Vernon who are not usually recognized, like the custodians. They work behind the scenes to keep the school clean and running, which is one of the most important jobs. Since the custodians are not often visible, many students are likely to forget about all of the hard work they do, and it is important to give them the credit they deserve.

“I’ve been helping for a while here,” said Crystal Doll, a substitute custodian. “My favorite part is mopping the floors and taking the trash out. We use a technique where we put a hole in the trash bag to prevent it from bubbling. I live close by, so I always love coming here when I get the chance.”

A new addition this year is Ms. Naum. She works in the guidance department as an intern. Ms. Naum has been especially helpful to seniors, sending out emails and taking care of important college-related duties like scholarships. With graduation approaching, this is an imperative role in seniors’ lives, and she always does her job with a smile.

Every staff member puts in far more effort than the average student sees, so taking the time to show appreciation is important. The amazing members of our school deserve all the credit they receive and more.

UK in 11 days

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

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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.

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