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The Mustang Moon Receives National Recognition

The Mustang Moon Receives National Recognition

The Mustang Moon is one of 38 finalists named by the National Scholastic Press Association for the Online Pacemaker award. Judges studied 180 entries from across the nation, and categories were divided into schools under 1500 students and schools 1500 and over. “Today’s best online sites are platforms for rich multimedia storytelling,” said Gary Lundgren, associate […]

Science Olympiad Places First at State

Science Olympiad Places First at State

By Lauren Hauser The Science Olympiad team placed first at the State Competition on Saturday, March 25 at Coe College. The team came in first to Ames, who has won state the past 23 years.”The win was special because it showed us that anything is possible. It also brought the team closer together,” said freshmen […]

Individual Speech Team Shines at State

Individual Speech Team Shines at State

The individual speech team scored 16 straight ones, eight overall ones and three twos at state competition today held at Vinton-Shellsburg High School. All-State IE Festival will be held at UNI on March 27.  The team is coached by Tawnua Tenley and Grant Freeman. Individual results are listed below: Category EntryTitle Student Ratings Overall EA Picnic […]

Science Olympiad Chases State Title

Science Olympiad Chases State Title

By Grace McCollum On Saturday, Feb. 18, the Mount Vernon High School Science Olympiad Team won the competition at Truman State University in Missouri. Ten out of 23 events placed first to aid the team in obtaining a winning score of 56 total points. Science Olympiad is an extracurricular activity that allows students to combine […]

Student Writes an All-State Performing Piece

Student Writes an All-State Performing Piece

By Alina Merlak Unlike most events that make it to All-State, or any other competition during the speech season in general, Mount Vernon’s choral reading group, titled “Trigger Warning,” was written by one if its cast members, junior Clarissa Player. On Saturday, Iowa State’s campus hosted the Large Group All-State Speech Festival. All-State is the […]

Acting on Impulse

Acting on Impulse

By Laurel Sherman Tick… tock… They have two minutes to plan out their scene before they have to go out into the spotlight and perform for five minutes. Time is up. Senior Aleck Krob did not expect to make it all of the way to All-State Speech at Iowa State University on Feb. 18 when […]

Large Group Speech Competes at State

Large Group Speech Competes at State

The large group speech team state competition took place Saturday at Cedar Rapids Washington. Ten out of Mount Vernon’s 12 events scored a district 1 rating. Results: Category title students involved Rating Overall Ensemble The History of America Abridged Rory McCollum, Aaron Barnhart, Maggie Davis 1,1,1 1 Radio News ESPNPR Alex Lueth, Caroline See, Emily Tvedt, […]

Students Produce “Wait Until Dark”

Students Produce “Wait Until Dark”

Video by Grace Krapfl, Alina Merlak, and Emma Klinkhammer “Wait Until Dark,” a play directed by Senior Stacey Jaeger, will be performed Jan. 27-28 at 7 p.m. in the district auditorium. In this video, the students discuss the work that has been dedicated to making this show possible. The play is a thriller where three […]

Large Group Speech Heads to District Competition

Large Group Speech Heads to District Competition

Video by Quinnie Rodman, Clara Conroy, and Oliver Crocker This video shines a light on the student loved activity known as Large Group Speech, from rehearsals to what happens at competitions. The Mount Vernon Speech Team has grown quite a bit this year with lots of new members and is bigger and better than ever. […]

Let’s “Taco” ‘Bout Ofrendas

Let’s “Taco” ‘Bout Ofrendas

By Kelsey Shady If you ever get the chance to walk into Spanish teacher Sue Deibner’s classroom at the end of October, you’re in for a real treat.  The Spanish four classes work long and hard to cover the walls with colorful paper, hang decorations from the ceiling and create beautiful paper flowers to make […]