By Tristen Noble
By Adam Beane
The Festival of Trees, currently in its 47th year, is being held November 29th through December 2nd at the South Towne Expo Center.
This annual event help raise funds for Primary Children's Hospital. There are going to be lots of fun traditions and Christmas Sweets, like scones, sweet rolls, and more, in addition to hundreds of Christmas trees decorated in all sorts of imaginative ways.
The Festival opens at 10 a.m. and closes at 9 p.m. Free parking is available on-site at 9575 South State Street and evenings at Worker’s Comp (across State Street). Patrons can also park at Jordan Commons for $5.
Tickets are $7 for adults, $4 for children ages 2-11 and $6 for Senior Citizens (65 and older). A Family Day ticket, admitting up to six immediate family members, is good for Wednesday only. Tickets are available online at festivaloftreesutah.org. Discount tickets are available online at festivaloftreesutah.org through Thanksgiving; these tickets are $6 for adults and $3 for children.
The Opening Night and silent auction is Tuesday, November 28, 2017. Tickets for this semi-formal evening are $20 per ticket and are available for purchase online at festivaloftreesutah.org. Children under the age of 16 are not permitted to attend the silent auction.
The AEA (Alpine Education Association) is decorating a tree for the Festival of Trees this year. They have done this in the past two years and have raised $7,000 for Primary Children’s Hospital. The theme for this year's AEA tree is “Let the Games Begin.” AEA is looking for donations of new books and games. Teachers don’t have to be a member to donate to Primary Children’s Hospital.
Teachers, there is a box by the mailboxes in the faculty room for Donations. It will be there until Tuesday, November 21st.
By: Elena Berrett and Maria Lamilla
MVHS students had the opportunity to Honor US Veterans in the Freedom assembly on November 10th.
As Mr. Bowman our Instrumental teacher states “ It is a time to express appreciation for those who have sacrificed so much for us, it lets us have an atmosphere of formal respect”.
Lowell Dayton, a World War 2 Veteran, was our guest speaker. He talked about his life and what it was like as a soldier. He talked a lot about his childhood, and his experience in the war.
We are thankful to him for his service and all those who risked and are risking their lives for us.
We asked some Bruins what they thought freedom was,
“Freedom means having your rights no matter what.”- Savanna Smith
“Freedom is being able to be yourself without any worries.” - Nicole Meyer
“It means being able to be yourself without any worries.”- Tristen Noble
By Tristen Noble
Mountain View Bruins are hosting Bruin Strong Week to commemorate the stabbing that occurred last year on November 15 in the boys locker room.
The incident occurred when a Mountain View student brought a knife to school with the intent to do harm to others. He stabbed five students, and then attempted, and failed, to take his own life. He has since been charged as an adult for one attempt of aggravated murder.
How students have dealt with this event has been a large reflection of the Mountain View community. Administration and faculty often refer to that day as the “Miracle of Mountain View.”
“There were so many miracles that day,” said Belinda Talonia, a Mountain View administrator, “starting with the miracle of life—the miracle that all those students who were injured horribly—they all survived; miracles of everybody being in the right place at the right time; Dr. Chun standing in the hallway when the first victim came down to tell him and him being able to react so fast; those situational miracles like the first responder; the miracle of the police department getting out here so quickly, paramedics getting here, Sergeant Fredrickson being in the building and being able to find him so quickly and let him know what the situation was. There were just so many miracles. And then the miracle of healing. The miracle of healing that those of us who were here, and those of us who saw, and those of us who were victims . . . the miracles they’ve seen in their own lives.”
In order to honor the Miracle of Mountain View, MV is hosting “Bruin Strong Week,” which will be a week when students will be able to remember and move on from what happened.
David Smith, Mountain View’s principal, commented on the week’s events, saying, “ We wanted to celebrate the culture of Mountain View and how our resiliency and our culture helped us get through this difficult event last November. So as we talked through that; we kind of came up with a plan to have what we’ll call A Bruin Strong Week. And the hope is that we’ll continue to do this for the next many years and in Bruin Strong week, we celebrate the culture of Mountain View High School, and we celebrate our resilience and our grit, and we celebrate the way we feel united. Honestly, the events from a year ago helped us become united, and we want to keep that unity that we had during a tragedy and have it during our celebration of our culture.”
For this week, clubs will be hosting lunchtime activities. Bruin Crew will be in charge of Monday, Hope Squad is Tuesday, LIA has Wednesday, Thursday is faculty, and Student Council is in charge of Friday. Lanyards will also be handed out to any member of the student body who wants them.
Robbie Miller, the Student Body President, said, “At the end of the week, we’ll have the drum line come out and do the fight song at the at end of the day with the whole school.”
The common goal of Bruin Strong week seems to be to promote unity and resilience.
“I hope students are reminded of two things: strength and compassion,” said Administrator Rick Stafford. “Bruin Strong to me means resilient individually and determined collectively.”
Some of the victims have said that all they truly want from the student body is that people are kind, helpful and keep moving forward. One of the victims also said he would love it if they could get recognition for how far they have truly come in their journey.
Regarding the entire community of Mountain View, Derek Ellison, another MV Administrator, said, “I hope that [we] can take pride in where we live, where we’re from, and who we are.”
By Adam Beane
The annual Mountain View High School food drive will start on October 24th and go all the way until November 3rd.
The food drive is meant to help families that are in need of food and could use some help this holiday season.
Student council is asking for any canned or packaged food to help families in need, but canned meats and nicer soups are especially wanted. Money donations are also encouraged, and just one dollar can feed a family of four for one day with the connections the school has to food organizations.
Students can donate by delivering their goods to bins throughout the school.
“[The food drive] helps people that don’t have food and that need it,” said Mrs. Patricia Burgi when ask what makes canned food donations so important.
Also, families that need help are very grateful when they receive it, even if it’s just small donations.
“We should all donate to the food drive because it brings us together as a community and helps us help others,” said Mrs. Mireille Stuebner.
The food drive helps bring out the best of people, and makes everyone happier.
“We just determined that we are going to do one with money,” reported Faith Weaver when asked if there would be a competition between the classes for the food drive. Money donations will be counted to see who has won at the end of the drive.
A “Can Do” attitude is extremely important when helping those in need.
The girls volleyball team heads off to state today! The first playoff game is today at 4 p.m. against Ridgeline. If the Bruins win, the school will send a fan bus to the semifinals at 10:30 on Thursday! All these games are at UVU, so cheer the Lady Bruins on at state!
Everyone show up to cheer on the MVHS football team this Friday at 5 p.m. at Skyview as they take on Skyview in their first state playoff game! The game will be against Skyview and there will be a fan bus, so be there!
The Math Club's first district competition is this Thursday! Please meet by the Bear and make sure your club permission form is turned in by then or you won't be able to join us.
There will be a DECA competition practice this Wednesday after school in Mrs. Routt's room, Room 131. Don't forget to sign up for the Snow College Competition on November 2nd.
East Shore Testing Hours are: before school at 7:30 am., during lunch each day, and after school from 2-3 p.m. on A Days. See Mr. Log to arrange for tests.
There is an FBLA meeting this Thursday during lunch in Mrs. Codner’s room. We will have a guest speaker who will be going through what it takes to succeed and be a leader. Make sure your dues are paid before the end of the month and bring your receipt to Mrs. Codner to receive your treat. See you on Thursday in room 132!
HOSA Club will be hosting a blood drive on Halloween. With all of the recent tragedies, the need is great, and you can help! Sign up to donate blood by going to Ms. Barney's Room, Room 145, or sign up at lunch. You can make a difference!
Bruins, we are starting the canned food drive! It starts today and goes through the 3rd of November. We have containers around the school to put cans in. We will give breakfast to the A1 class that gets the most cans, and student council will be coming around to collect those. Also, the Monster Mash dance will be Friday at 9 p.m. in the auxiliary gym. You can pay $5 to get in, or bring 5 cans instead!
The Orchesis regional concert will be held tonight at West Lake. It starts at 7 p.m. and tickets are $7
FLBA & DECA: If you are a business and marketing student interested in learning more about FBLA and DECA, FBLA is having a combined opening social at the haunted circus in American Fork! We will be learning about marketing and business behind running "The Scariest Show on Earth" and then getting scared in the Haunted Circus. It will be on Monday, 16th and the cost is $10. For more information, see the flyers in the business hall or talk to Mrs. Codner or Mr. Walker.
Concurrent Enrollment: Concurrent Enrollment students, don't forget to turn in your parent permission form in to Mrs. Sanders. UVU has extended the deadline, so please get your form turned in before Fall Break next Wednesday, October 18th. If you need a copy, come pick one up from Mrs. Sanders in the counseling office. Thanks!
Multi-Cultural Club Meeting: The Multicultural Club will have its next meeting on Tuesday, October 17th at 2:30 in room 234. We will be having a guest speaker!
Boys B-Ball Service Project: The boys basketball team will be conducting a clothing drive next week, collecting clothes for people in Africa. We are challenging the students of MV to see if we can collect more than you. If you win, you get extended lunch! You can start bringing your clothes on Monday, October 16th to Wednesday, October 18th. This service project is to honor Coach Roden's son, Baby jay. Help us honor his legacy by serving with us next week.
Halloween Blood Drive: HOSA club will be hosting a blood drive on Halloween. With all the recent tragedies, the need is great and you can help! Sign up to donate blood by going to Ms. Barney's room, room 145 or at lunch. You can make a difference!
Instrumental Concert: The Instrumental Concert is tomorrow! Come watch the jazz band, orchestras and bands perform some amazing tunes! The concert will be held Tuesday, October 17th at 7:00 PM in the Auditorium. Come support your fellow bruins!
Students of the Day:
"Allison is courageous and friendly. Her cheer and openness accelerate her own learning and improve the class culture. Scholars like Allison deserve to be named 'Student of the Day'!" -Mr. Clegg, English Teacher.
"Abby has already choreographed two dances for Orchesis this year- including a dance for the Shakespeare Competition in Cedar City. She steps up in a big way every class period to lead out in directing the company as the Vice-President and setting a positive example for the other students.She is also my TA and is reliable and focused" -Ms. Dalley, Dance Instructor.
By Nicole Meyer
Sam Henderson is an autistic senior at Mountain View High School who is an honorary member of the MV football team.
According to students, Sam is a smart and kind kid everyone should get to know, and he knows anything on everything.
“If you have a question about something Sam loves, he can give you statistics, opinions and reviews.” said Daniel Hess, his past seminary teacher.
Sam’s mind works in a very unique way when it comes to gathering knowledge. Nathan Criman, Sam’s past movie lit teacher, describes Sam’s mind as being “a file cabinet full of trivia.”
Criman continued, “Wherever Sam is, he is going to help raise the bar. You just wanna be good around Sam.”
Sam seems to give motivation to everyone who will care enough to listen and apply it.
“You can’t help but be inspired by Sam,” Hess said.
Sam’s abilities for working with people and inspiring them along the way has helped Mountain View’s football team.
Robbie Millard, the school’s student body president and MVHS’s No. 18 on the football team, said, “I think [Sam joining the team] has given us more motivation and something to work for. He has always wanted to play but has never had the opportunity, so he kinda gets to play vicariously through us, which makes it more of a motivating factor.”
Millard continued, “Just to see his desire to play definitely helps us get pumped up and play better.”
This year the Bruin football team has won 2, compared to last year’s total win count of 0.
Sam’s best friend, Noah Jensen, talks about him saying, “I’ve known Sam since I was 4 years old [and] he’s been my best friend ever since then. He’s helped me stay happy and positive when life gets tough, and as I help Sam, it helps me stay happy because he will always make my day better. I can honestly say Sam has been one of my closest and dearest friends.”
Sam overall seems to have helped the team to grow closer together and perform together better.
“Sam is an incredible example of not only perseverance, but progress,” Hess said. “If Sam can do it, you can do it.”