The big fish tank

Story by: Emme Longman, staff writer
Photos by: Zoe Jenkins, staff photographer


The Newport Aquarium was an adventure that I had been looking forward to since I traveled to Cincinnati in the sixth grade. On the trip, students were allowed only an hour to look at the entire museum, which was not long enough for me. Luckily, my family and I were able to find time to go during spring break, and I had no idea what I was in for.

The first sight when we walked in was children, heaps of little children, screaming and running around frantically. While the aquarium is a beautiful place, it is also crowded and a popular field trip spot. If the visitor prefers a less crowded place that is peaceful and calm, Newport is not the place to travel to.

The aquarium has numerous fish exhibits, but some of them are very unappealing to my eyes. They were dirty, murky and filled with bits of fish food. When looking into the exhibit, the fish were sometimes not visible because of all of the dirty-looking water in the tank.

The aquarium in general was more on the smaller side. Also, it felt a little bit cramped when full of visitors, especially when the exhibit was filled with elementary children on a field trip. They did not know what the phrase “personal space.” When the aquarium is crowded, it gives a sense of being rushed, and can be difficult to explore the exhibit.

Once the aquarium cleared up and was less crowded, it was a sight to see. The inhabitants in the exhibits were exotic. When I did not feel crowded, I felt like I had more time to really appreciate the exhibits and see more of the aquarium.  

“My favorite part about Newport aquarium is seeing animals that aren’t in Indiana,” Ava Hampton, 9.

jellyfishAnother positive part of the aquarium is that it is truly beautiful. Walking under the tunnels full of fish swimming around is something that never gets old, and gives the visitors such a feeling of excitement. Also, the jellyfish exhibit is beautiful and is one of the more exciting parts of the aquarium. It is dimly lit, and the tanks are displayed in blue light, which made their clear or light pink color stand out more.

“If I went to an aquarium I would be most excited to see the sharks,” Gabi Sternari, 9.

There were plenty of exotic sharks and exciting stingray. One of the newer exhibits is a shark walk, where the visitors got to walk over a shark tank, covered by a bridge. It was something that a normal person does not get the chance to do every day, and gives a very exhilarating feeling.

Overall, Newport Aquarium is a great place to go on vacation and see sights that are not something that are seen every day. It is a beautiful place to explore exotic creatures and learn a little about them too

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.

The Adventures of Dog Leg: Spring Break

Photos by: Caty McGovern, staff photographer

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MVHS students weren’t the only ones who embarked on trips across the country. During spring break, Dog Leg got to visit California. The highlight of the trip for Dog Leg (and Caty) was the Museum of Death.

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After taking surviving this rather harrowing museum, Dog Leg decided to get a bite to eat at the famous In & Out Burger chain. Wonder if Dog Leg got their burger “animal style”?

The happiest place on earth

Story by: Dakota Fisher, Sports Editor
Photos by: Dakota Fisher, Sports Editor

Disneyland castle

Disneyland California, which ranks in the top 10 best amusement parks in America, contains over 80 different attractions. Thousands upon thousands of people are in attendance each year and on Friday February 12, 2016, I was one of them.

Disneyland entranceUpon arrival, bags are checked and metal detectors are used to insure safety, but as soon as guests pass the security checkpoint the magic begins. To enter the park, guests pass under a bridge with a plaque (see left)  that reads “Here you leave today and enter the world of yesterday, tomorrow, and fantasy,” which is a nod to two of the lands within the park, Tomorrowland and Fantasy Land. Tomorrowland was my  favorite of the two.

The park itself is easy to manage; however, a map is recommended as the sea of people can make travel a little more challenging.

The Star Tours ride in Tomorrowland was by far my favorite attraction. Star Tours is a 4D Star Wars experience that races through the depths of space and takes riders through deadly, high speed chases while weaving in and out of asteroid fields and running from the infamous Boba Fett.Disneyland cars

Another highlight of Tomorrowland was the Jedi Training. As a 16 year old,
I was not eligible to participate; however, watching the performance of the “New Jedi” was absolutely adorable.

One of the most magical things that happened in the 14 hours I was at the park was
the night parade. Each character paraded down Main Street accompanied by incredible dancers and each character rode on a float of their own with music. The characters were so cute and energetic that it was impossible to get bored.

I can definitely see myself visiting Disneyland again in the very near future and experiencing the magic over and over again.


A Lagoon adventure

Story by: Claire Dorsch
Photos by: Claire Dorsch

Lagoon swings

Lagoon Amusement Park is located in Farmington, Utah, which I had the opportunity to visit during fall break vacation while visiting family. My group consisted of my mother, her cousins Katie and Brooke, Katie’s son Mason, and my little brothers. With an arsenal of food courtesy of a necessary trip to Costco, we made or way through the crowd, deposited our food and jackets in an unattended corner, and went on some rides.

My favorite ride was Cannibal, a 22 million dollar roller coaster that reaches 70 miles per hour. The best way to ride was to get in the singles line, which was conveniently empty, and park my butt in an open seat.

At first I was scared, because getting on I was close to the ground, but where the ride actually began was several stories inside a large brown building. Little did I know that there was a giant elevator that actually took us up the entire 208 foot tower and precariously placed us on the edge. At this point, the family of three next to me was subject to my babbling about calling CPS on my mother, who had convinced me to go on the ride in the first place.

It was comparable to the Diamondback in King’s Island, which is located in Mason, Ohio, but not the kind of scary that gave me dry mouth like the Diamondback does for me.

My next favorite ride was Samurai, a red and black terror that plays the Fruit Ninja background music as I and 29 other rides spin for ninety seconds, that on Lagoon’s website, is described to be extreme yet smooth and thrilling. Each radial arm of the ride freely rotates, so one second I was sitting upright, and the next I was upside down and being knocked around like a penny in the clothes dryer. Eating before getting on this ride was not a smart decision on my part, but in all my stomach stayed relatively indifferent to the centrifugal force whipping me around for all to see.

Roller Coaster, the oldest ride in the park, reminded me of the Beast which is also in King’s Island. I love wooden roller coasters because they make me wonder how people were scared of them back when they were first being built, because they are relatively tame compared to today’s thrill rides.

Lagoon big bookThe whole day was a great experience, and I was glad to get a chance to reconnect with my family from Utah who I see almost never. If anyone were to travel to Salt Lake City and want a place to hang out with friends have have a day to let out the inner adrenaline junky inside like I did, this would be the place to be.

Lagoon octopus

Airport anxiety

Story by: Claire Dorsch, Features Editor
Photo by: Claire Dorsch, Features Editor

outside the airplane

There are very few things in life that are worth getting up at 4 in the morning for, but apparently businessmen and frequent travelers could argue that catching a plane is one of them.

To each their own, I guess.

Flying is a terrible experience to begin with. Travelers can’t bring any liquids on them more than 3 ounces and pens can be seen as “weapons.” Like a student who has to do homework on vacation is going to go on a caffeine rampage and stab their aisle neighbor with their favorite sharpie pen and pour their triple shot caffeine coffee cup on them with the intent of burning their skin off.

Claire at the airportSecond, security is stressful. A person could be the most innocent of citizens and still sweat through their shirts going through the metal detector. That was me, by the way.

Flying with Frontier was not as bad as it could have been, for a nice guy around my age kindly aided me in choosing between a PowerPoint and a Google document for my will.

Takeoff was stressful. Never have I felt such terror, and the only thing that was doing through my head was the question “if man were meant to fly, why wasn’t he given wings?”

There is nothing more terrifying than going through turbulence. Simultaneously feeling like you’re being rattled by a small toddler and riding a roller coaster my mom forced me on is not a fun way to spend your morning like. Looking out your window and seeing the wing of the plane shaking and flashing red is not a comfort either, just like the ear popping.

Traveling by plane is only okay in the most dire of circumstances, like going off to war or visiting a sickly relative. Hopefully, neither will be in my near future

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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!


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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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.