Archive for the ‘Spotlight’ Category

Students and Their Pets: Birds are a Girl’s Best Friend

Students and Their Pets: Birds are a Girl’s Best Friend

By Maddie Naeve Whoever said dogs are a girl’s best friend, never had a bird. Freshman Dani Pitts has two birds, a blue and gold macaw and a sun conure. She was inspired to adopt her first bird after she went on a vacation and visited an aviary. While she was around the birds she […]

Student Auditions for All-State on Piano

Student Auditions for All-State on Piano

By Lauren McCollum  Persistent is the best word to describe junior Jeremy Ferguson. Every day he spends hours perfecting the pieces of music he intends on performing at All-State this year. “I decided to audition on the piano for All-State instead of choir because I wanted to expand my horizons and try something new,” Ferguson […]

Harris the Judge

Harris the Judge

Brian Harris By Elijah Dorn-Recalde If you’re ever looking for Senior Brian Harris you could of course find him in Mrs. Allen’s class working on a physics worksheet or quiz, or at Gary’s where he works. But 9 times out of 10 you’ll be able to locate him at a table in a store in […]

Attending A Concert

Attending A Concert

By Cameron Ling It was a warm June night. The lights were super bright from the crowd. The music was loud and the crowd was screaming. Sophomore Kendra Streicher, went to the Ed Sheeran concert in Des Moines with her mother and her friend Caroline Voss. “It was an amazing experience,” Streicher said, and recommended […]

Working at a Small Town Hardware Store

Working at a Small Town Hardware Store

By Tyson Dew “Hey how’s it going today, can I help you find anything?” That’s what local Ace Hardware employee Chase Martin says to customers when they walk into the store. Martin is a senior at Mount Vernon High School, and has been a local in the town of Mount Vernon his whole life. Martin […]

Growing up in a Vet Clinic

Growing up in a Vet Clinic

By Coy Martin Cian Meier-Gast grew up in his family’s vet clinic. “At a young age I was just kind of thrown into it but after many years of growing up in the clinic, at the age 14, I actually got a job there and I enjoy it now,” he said. If you ever travel […]

Student sings his heart out

Student sings his heart out

By Brian Harris As you get closer to the choir room you can hear the rising roar of the voices of all the talented singers. Among the rumble of voices is Tenor I Elijah Dorn-Recalde in concert choir. “I really enjoy choir because it allows a bunch of people with tons of talent to get […]

Coaches Make Practice Fun for Three-Sport Athlete

Coaches Make Practice Fun for Three-Sport Athlete

By Cian Meier-Gast Senior Coy Martin is very active in sports. In fact he participates in three sports during the year. They are football, wrestling, and track. Coy said “My favorite sport is track which also the one I am best at.” He has been participating in these sports since middle school. Coy spends a […]

Student Balances Part-Time Job With School

Student Balances Part-Time Job With School

By Lauren McCollum As he grabs the handle of the front door and pulls, warmth immediately engulfs his whole body. Happy to have finally escaped winter’s embrace, he nervously searches his surroundings for the owner. Attempting to calm himself, he breathes in deeply, having instant success as the pleasant aroma of popcorn and paint fill […]

Tyson Dew’s Past to Present Baseball History

Tyson Dew’s Past to Present Baseball History

By Chase Martin *Ting!* the sound of the metal bat connecting to the ball rings throughout the Elliot’s baseball complex as the Tyson Dew takes off for first base to find out his hard ground ball skips by the shortstop’s reach, he continues for second base and slides underneath the second baseman, safe! This is […]