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.

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“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 Many Adventures of Dog Leg: Zombie Prom

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This weekend, Dog Leg attended Ten West Center for the Arts’ Zombie Prom. He was lucky enough to get to his photo taken with Zombie Prom King Quentin Gilliatte and Queen Shana Stutz.

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Dog Leg also had the pleasure of meeting up with former MV Current Editor in Chief, Kayla Kollmann and seniors Ryan Dockery, Chelsea Theobald and Ashley Fritz.

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Sophomore Braydon Titley also got a chance to hit the dance floor with Dog Leg.

Theater under the sea

Story by: Tess Barnett, staff writer
Photo by: Mackenzie Carpenter, staff photographer

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Something huge is coming to Fortville. Ten West Center for the Arts, whose most recent production was “Grease,” is going to have a childrens’ show.

Disney’s “The Little Mermaid, Jr.” is going to show the weekends of June 19-21 and June 26 and 27. The majority of the cast is going to be between the ages of eight and thirteen, with older students playing the lead roles.  The show is under the direction of Stephani McDole and Ryan Dockery.

The cast is composed of students from Mt. Vernon, Pendleton Heights, Arsenal Tech, and Greenfield. Mt. Vernon’s Shana Stutz, 9, and Arsenal Tech’s Elijah Wood, 10, are playing Ariel and Prince Eric, respectively.

“I’m so grateful to have been given this wonderful opportunity and I’m so excited to start this new journey doing what I love with the people I love,” said Shana Stutz, 9.

Other Mt. Vernon actors include Skylar Mayes as King Triton, Shelby Caldwell, 12, as Allana, the second oldest mersister, Dakota Fisher, 9, as Aquata,  and Cody Smitley, 9, as Grimsby. Mt. Vernon graduate Sydera Theobald was cast as Ursula.

This cast of both seasoned and first time actors is sure to bring a new level of excitement to the world of theatre in Fortville. Hopefully, it will be as successful as “Grease,” which sold out all three nights that it ran.

Spring finally arrives

Story by: Claire Dorsch

April showers bring May flowers, and if the warming temperatures aren’t enough evidence, outside it is blossoming into spring. Flowers are blooming. The skies are opening up. The opportunities to do something outdoors are increasing.

Spring sports are coming up, and those include, but are not limited to: tennis, baseball, golf, soccer, rugby, and track and field.

The sun will be shining soon, so it is a great time to dust off the old tennis shoes and go for a run, or strap on that umpire’s belt and have every call you make be hated. The possibilities are endless.

The Ten West Center for the Arts is showcasing two plays this summer, one cast being made up of people ages seven to eighteen and up. Auditions are May 20 for anyone interested. More information will be on the center’s official website.

“The Green Team is assembling and we are very excited for all the things we have planned for this spring,” said Makaela King, 9.

Some very exciting movies are being released. “Tomorrowland,” “Pitch Perfect 2,” and “The Avengers: Age of Ultron” are being released in May.

Go outside. The sky is finally blue, the grass is green, and the sun is shining. See a movie. Hang out with friends. Stargaze on top of a car hood. It’s Spring.