Where in the world is Dog Leg this week?

Every weekend, the MV Current’s intrepid mascot Dog Leg sets out on an adventure. Check up on his antics every Monday morning.

Dog Leg getting ready for his date

Dog Leg gets ready for his big night on the town

Tess and Dog Leg

Dog Leg meets up with his “date” for the evening, Reviews Editor Tess Barnett.

Dog Leg having Ethiopian food with Yenny and Emily

Dog Leg enjoys Ethiopian food at St. Yared’s with Yenny and Emily.

Dog Leg rock climbing with Emily

Dog Leg wraps up his fun-filled weekend by rock climbing at Climb Time with Emily.

Where will Dog Leg go next? Stay tuned to find out!

 

Mr. Holmes

Story by: Tess Barnett, Reviews Editor

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s beloved character Sherlock Holmes has been portrayed by many actors in both movies and a TV series. Until now, all have been at least loosely based off of Sherlock Holmes while he was still an active detective.

Writer Mitch Cullin, however, decided to go in a new direction with his Holmes. “Mr. Holmes,” directed by Bill Condon, tells the story of a senile Sherlock who has retired to the English countryside. As the story unfolds, we discover that he left the detective business after a botched case that he was unable to overcome.

Sherlock Holmes is accompanied on his journey of trying to remember the case by his housekeeper’s young son, Roger, who is played by Milo Parker. Holmes spends his days caring for his apiary and trying to discover ways to regain his memory.

While it is not the most exciting movie I have ever seen, Ian McKellen,also known as Gandalf, does an extraordinary job of playing the dying detective. His interactions with Roger are highly paternal and he incites genuine concern and wonder from the audience.

“Mr. Holmes” is a highly original movie that starred beautiful people in a beautiful area. There is much to be said for the cinematography of the film, which left me longing to return to the beautiful countryside of the British Isles.

Even though it will not be in theaters much longer, “Mr. Holmes” is definitely a movie that all fans of Sherlock Holmes should see.

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.

London 2-Aug

 

 

Theater under the sea

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

10 West

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.

European vacation

Story by: Tess Barnett, staff writer
Photo by: Samuel Jobe, staff photographer

Europe trip

This summer, 17 Mt. Vernon students and three teachers are going to embark on the trip of a lifetime. English teachers Mrs. Zelencik, Mrs. Schiller, and Mrs. Stindle are leading a very lucky group to Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and England.

This trip has been in the works since early last year, and ever since the group of students has been anticipating this trip of a lifetime.

The trip begins on June 22 and is 11 days long. The first stop is in Shannon, Ireland, from which they will travel to Killarney and explore the popular Ring of Kerry. On their way to Dublin, they will see Blarney Castle and Cashel Rock. A day will be spent in Dublin enjoying the many beautiful historic sites that grace Ireland.

From there, they will ferry over to Wales and see Snowdonia, among other attractions. The next stop is in Edinburgh, where they will visit the famous Edinburgh Castle.

After taking a night train from Edinburgh, the group will see many iconic London sites. Mrs. Schiller hopes to spend a free day in London in the audience at the Globe Theater.

“I feel like it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity and I’m very excited that I’m going to be part of it,” Courtney Cochard, 12.

This once in a lifetime trip is sure to be an eye-opener for students who have never been out of the country before.

Study habits

Story by: Tess Barnett, staff writer
Photo by: Samuel Jobe, staff photographer

study habits

Today’s teenagers are constantly being bombarded with high stakes tests that have the ability to make-or-break their grades, or even their admission into college. Midterms, finals, Advanced Placement Exams, and college entrance examinations such as the SAT and ACT are sources of great stress for high school students.

While these stresses cannot be completely eradicated, adequate studying and preparing for these exams can certainly relieve the majority of the taker’s anxiety.

Researchers have found that one of the most important factors in determining a student’s success on tests is how they approach it. If students look at studying as an opportunity to learn and increase their knowledge, rather than as a necessary task, they are more likely to be less stressed and do better on the test. Also, positive thinking is crucial to success.

Repeated retrieval of learned information can do wonders for test performance and long-term knowledge.

“I find flashcards help me a lot in trying to memorize words and definitions,” said Brittney McVicker, 10.

Other obstacles to effective studying are the distractions in the environment where students study. Computers, televisions, and friends are all tempting distractions for students whose motivation is lax.

The thought of studying to prepare for a large exam is daunting. Most students do not know where to start, and are overwhelmed by the the amount of information that they have to learn and review.

To overcome this, divide the information into manageable pieces and set daily goals. Allotting time each day to put down distractions and pay attention to studying will make a huge difference in confidence and preparedness.

Insurgent

Story by: Tess Barnett
Photo by: Mackenzie Carpenter

Insurgent

The latest installment in the “Divergent” series has finally hit movie theaters. I had the pleasure of viewing it on opening night and it was an excellent way to spend my evening.

The trailer was action-packed and obviously meant to attract an audience that had not read the book. Although I was originally drawn to the series through the books, I appreciated that the films have sought to attract those who are not avid readers.

“Insurgent” follows the struggles that Tris and the other divergents face after Erudite leader, Jeanine Matthews, goes public with her plan to eliminate all Divergent from society.

I was drawn into the danger that Tris and her companions faced as they fought against the Erudite. The movie is full of surprising twists and turns, and there are many times when I was on the edge of my seat, wondering if this is the end of Tris Prior.

Director Robert Schwentke did an excellent job of keeping my friend and I engaged, and was true to the book. There was never a dull moment. When the action stopped, the romance began, which gave the audience insight into the personal lives of our beloved characters.

Shailene Woodley, who portrayed the rebellious heroine Tris, wowed be once again, just as she had in “Divergent” and “The Fault in Our Stars,” which came out last June.

I look forward to the final movie of the trilogy, “Allegiant,” and I am sure that it will not disappoint.

Caffeine

Story by: Tess Barnett, staff writer
Photo by: Ashely Vega, staff photographer

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Caffeine. It is a substance that takes many forms, and can be obtained at almost every single store in the United States. For many Americans, it is an essential part their daily routine. Wake up, make coffee, go to work. Perhaps they will even indulge in this addictive substance more throughout the day.

Researchers agree that caffeine is the most consumed addictive substance throughout the world. It is widely known that caffeine is a stimulant that can make the consumer feel energized, but are there any undesirable effects that can come from the over consumption of caffeine?

The most common forms of caffeine are coffee, tea, soda, and energy drinks. Coffee, the most popular form of consumption, contains about 95-200 mg of caffeine per eight ounces, and is consumed by about 83 percent of adult Americans everyday.

Consuming too much caffeine can lead to insomnia, mood swings, and raised blood pressure, as well as impairment of nutrient absorption.

Despite having several adverse side effects and being considered almost universally to be an addictive substance, caffeine remains unregulated.

“Caffeine is bad for my voice, so I try not to drink it. It dries your throat out,” said Samantha Russell, 11.

Since it is an addictive substance, not consuming the usual amount of caffeine can lead the individual to experience withdrawal symptoms, including headaches and irritability. Some people can even have symptoms similar to that of withdrawing from narcotics or alcohol, like mood swings.

Despite these adverse effects, consuming a modest one or two cups of coffee or tea a day will probably not have negative consequences. It is important, however, to also consume adequate amounts of water as to not become dehydrated.

“Imitation Game” is no imposter

By Tess Barnett, staff writer

In history class, we normally only learn about the events that changed the course of wars or nations. The life of those who commit these great acts and discoveries is rarely taught to students.

One such man is Alan Turing, who invented the machine that helped to win World War II for the allies. “The Imitation Game” is the story of this incredible man’s life.

My knowledge about Alan Turing before seeing the movie was slightly above average, and I was pleased to see that the writers and directors of the film had maintained a high degree of historical accuracy in portraying the work of Turing during World War II.

Alan Turing, a genius mathematician from Cambridge, was played by Benedict Cumberbatch, who also stars in the wildly popular “Sherlock” television series. In both roles, Cumberbatch is required to play a socially inept genius who solves other people’s problems for the fun of it.

The movie follows Turing’s adventures while working as head of a team in England whose job is to break the unbreakable enigma that will hopefully bring about the end of the war.

Turing is accompanied in his computer building by an oddity in the 1940s world of electronics: Joan Clarke, a woman who surpasses his puzzle-solving skills and is played by Kiera Knightley.

To me, the message of the film was the injustice that Turing faced after the end of the war. The audience witnesses his downward spiral after he is made into a criminal for being gay. Seeing a war hero ostracized for his sexual preferences revealed the naivete of ages gone by.

“The Imitation Game” is one of the best movies I have seen in my life. The actors, particularly Cumberbatch, portray their characters expertly and successfully tell the story of the amazing and brilliant Alan Turing.