"No great artist ever sees things as they really are. If he did, he would cease to be an artist." - Oscar Wilde
By Abby Allred
Prom - it's the most magical dance of the school year, and the theme and the venue fit into the magical criteria for sure.
2017’s theme is “All About Us.” This was chosen by the junior student council members.
Sarah Whitehead, who is on this year’s prom committee, said, “We worked hard to find a song that all the student body would like and we found 'All About Us'. The song just encapsulates the whole essence of the dance we were looking for.”
Prom will be held at the Sleepy Ridge Golf Course on April 15th.
“Booking Sleepy Ridge was a no-brainer. It is such a beautiful place and I’m so excited for you guys to see all that we have prepared,” Robbie Millard said.
Sleepy Ridge is a castle-like venue in Vineyard with beautiful strung lights, plants and an amazing view of the sunset.
The week of prom is “junior week,” and the junior members of student council have planned super fun, spirit-boosting games for the student body such as the Oreo face slide, kitchen kiss unravel, M&M suck and a potato hop.
“It’s been way fun to plan activities that all the students would enjoy participating in.”
The juniors have put much effort into coordinating this dance for the student body, from booking places to hold the dance, to planning events leading up to it, to creating decorations.
“I have enjoyed planning prom because I have been able to work with some of my really good friends. We have put a lot of work and time into this and we are excited to see everybody’s reactions at prom,” Jackson McBride said.
2017’s prom is going to be exquisite and it is definitely not one to miss, so get asking!
By Hans Magleby
The Spitfire Grill is the fifth and final MVHS Drama Department performance for the 2016-17 school year, and it was a big one, Bruins.
The spring musical is a story of self-forgiveness, happiness, understanding, love and support. With twists, turns and unexpected happenings throughout, the full story will be revealed if you attend the performance, which we hope you will enjoy.
Just in case you need some help with that part, though, the cast would love to provide some insight into the show
Cassie Collins, when asked about rehearsals thus far, said, “Something I have loved is that during each rehearsal, we have been getting better and better. The feeling of family is in each rehearsal, and this is the closest I have been to any cast.”
She went on to say, “This is the best play I have been in. This play is the one play that I have felt the most accepted, and that has helped me push through all the bad in my life. Coming to this play will help relieve some stress and help you realize how amazing you are, and how much you can change. No one has the power to control you but you.”
Landon Taylor, when asked about rehearsals, said, “The Spitfire Grill isn’t your everyday ‘look at me’ showy musical. It’s main focus is the tear-jerking story that’s message has made us all bawl many times during rehearsals.”
A few senior students, that we unfortunately get to say goodbye and good luck to come the end of the school year, all commented on the performance as well, when asked if The Spitfire Grill was a good way to end senior year, Grant Stowell said, “Absolutely! Personally this is the most profound show I have been in. The plot can make an influence on an individual’s life.”
Naomi Wendt said, “I wish I’d gotten into theater sooner! I was in a couple musicals when I was younger but told myself ‘I didn’t have time in high school.’ Well, I still don’t have time, but I am SO glad I have the privilege of being in Spitfire. It has changed the way I approach life and further opened my eyes to the magic and power of storytelling and music. I couldn’t ask for a better cast to work with and group of people to call my dear friends. Here’s to the Spitfire!”
Sasha Chase said, “Yes, I think it is a great one. I find that it is touching, and loving and that it teaches a story of redemption. I know I have needed redemption in my life and maybe other students in the school can see themselves somewhere in it. The cast and crew want to end this year on a high note and this is a great way to do that.”
Sariah Budd concluded, “Yes, it’s very emotional and it means a lot to Mr. Randall and it feels great being able to work on it with everyone involved.”
If you need further incentive, Collins, when asked about the show from a spectator’s perspective, said, “Make sure to watch for the little changes in attitudes of each character, and the different ways some of them dress through the show. Also, pay attention for the songs ‘Shine,’ ‘Wild Bird,’ and ‘Way Back Home.’ These song are three different songs of change. With ‘Shine,’ you see her change during the song, and accepting herself. After ‘Wild Bird’ is standing up for yourself. And during and after ‘Way Back Home’ is accepting others around you and your faults and pushing past them. Also, if you ever look at the set, every piece is a stop sign. Everything has a reason. We all have points in our lives where we are stopped, but we can keep going after it is safe, just like the stop signs.”
By Aydan Wharton
The MVHS ballroom team competed at the statewide ballroom competition at the end of February, claiming several team prizes and bringing home several individual awards as well..
The team placed 2nd in team match, third in Youth standard medley, fourth in Youth Latin Medley. Last year, the ballroom team placed 5th in team match, 7th in latin medley, and didn't compete in standard medley.
Michael Cozzens and his partner placed 2nd in Pre-champ Smooth, 2nd in Pre-champ Standard, and 5th in Pre-champ Latin. A scout from UVU was at this competition and is very excited about Cozzens.
Julie Fletcher and Jeffrey Winters placed 1st in Rumba and Cha Cha and fourth in swing.
When you see these dancers, please congratulate them on all their hard work!
“The Team been having rehearsals until 6pm and 8pm to prepare for state and nationals, so I'm sure (teachers) been working with these students to help them succeed in ballroom and in their academics as well,” Coach Baugh said.
The ballroom team moved from the state competition to the national competition at the beginning of March.
March 1 Ash Wednesday
March 1 St. David's Day
March 2 Texas Independence Day
March 2 Read Across America Day
March 3 Employee Appreciation Day
March 6 Casimir Pulaski Day
March 7 Vermont Town Meeting Day
March 12 Holi (Color Festival)
March 12 Purim
March 12 Daylight Savings (lose an hour :/)
March 17 St. Patrick's Day
March 17 Evacuation Day
March 20 March Equinox
March 25 Maryland Day
March 26 Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole Day
March 27 Seward's Day
March 31 Cesar Chavez Day
By Sandy Hernandez
Five of the six choirs of Mountain View - Chamber Choir, A Cappella, Man Choir, Con Brio and Symphonic Voices - combined on February 10th and 11th for three performances of their special concert titled, "Sounds Like Love."
The concert, which served as a fundraiser for students participating in choir tour 2017, focused on songs meant for the February season, all themed around love.
Mr. Taylor, the director of MVHS's choirs, said that the concert went very well and that he thought it was really successful. He said that all the students came together and said that the techies did a great job.
Mr. Taylor also mentioned that he wouldn’t change anything about the concert other than he wished that there were more people attending the concert and that the students would’ve done a better job at spreading the word out. He also said that having three performances was a gamble and said he wouldn't do it in the future.
Overall he said that they all did a great job in all the performances but that Saturday was a little better because he felt a lot of great energy that night.
His favorite part of the event was that he didn't have to feel that he was teaching or running around after everyone because he felt that he was part of their performance .
By Abby Allred
Ever since Nathan Criman, the Mountain View drama teacher, was hired in 1993, he has had a special gift to see students’ full potential and has had the talent to guide them to achieve their theatrical goals.
The process in which the Mountain View drama department chooses their productions and actors is interestin and takes many different factors into account.
Every year when local junior highs such as Lakeridge and Orem Junior High hold a show, Mr.Criman and his fellow theatre connoisseurs go and observe all the actors. At first this process sounds a tiny bit “creepy,” but it is actually quite inspiring.
Criman has an amazing knack to see people’s potential and exactly what type of acting roles they’d excel in. Considering this technique, this is a major factor in how Mr. Criman chooses his plays and musicals.
For example, he heard the beautiful voice of Mckenna Johnson and could see that she would be fantastic as the role of Ariel in this years production of The Little Mermaid.
Another factor that plays into how the theater directors at Mountain View choose what show to do is “the needs of the community.” Criman tells us that he also takes into account the opinion of the principal, Dr.Chun.
This year’s musical, The Little Mermaid, was a common favorite pick because of how fun it would be for the community, how it spiced things up compared to shows they’ve done lately, and how it was a fun show for students to participate in.
Performer Acelin Brown says she has loved participating in this production of The Little Mermaid, and that Criman has given her the opportunity to use her passion for theatre makeup to create “magical characters, using bright, fun colors”!
It was exciting to see how she transformed average students into an array of fantasy characters.
Another thing that was fun to see in this year’s major musical production was the choreography of 2015-2016 graduate Beth Bettridge.
She said, “Mr.Criman noticed my choreography in past years and invited me to come this year and help out, I was so complimented he saw hat much potential in me.”
With the mix of many talented students, this year’s production of The Little Mermaid was MAGICAL, and included many cool moments such as the special effect of FLYING CHARACTERS that added to its already being an enchanting show. This was not be one to miss. Criman included many fragments of emotional, talent and creativity into this year’s production of The Little Mermaid.
By Trae Thomas
Fashion is evolving 24/7 but what seems to keep popping up in 2017 is the beautiful era we call the ’90s.
Whether you liked the ’90s or not, they're back.
Go into any school and you’ll see hallways full of jean jackets, overalls and velvet. You will also see big fashion chains start to evolve into the new fashion of 2017.
Chokers made their way through 2016 and are now what we call the latest jewelry. Teenagers are becoming a regular at their local thrift store in search of fishnets or crop tops because after all, the crop top is the hottest item on the market.
Welcome to the new year that’s now being called "fabulous grunge."
By Julia Harter
The fashion in 2017 is a mix of "my newfound skater boy passion” and a messy '90s vibe.
Old school skaters have always been known for their classic rad style that can easily be picked out of a lineup. Now that the cross of the two styles attracts everyone, it’s not so sexy and edgy to rock that once mysterious skater boy look.
SUPREME is feeling the '90s with their striped sweaters and turtlenecks, and it’s so cute.
Nobody is complaining about the Lords of Dogtown long hair trend - keep that one going, ah bless.
I'm a texture and details kinda girl, so I absolutely love that we have focused in on the smooth, the vintage, and the free-spirited details from the '90s to form our own personal, daily “aesthetic.”