Junior Alex Rounds was elected president over two other opponents after the annual student body speeches were broadcasted live by MVTV during seminar on Wednesday, May 1.
“I took my campaign seriously but the campaign was actually a joke,” Rounds said. “I felt bad at first because I was running against my good friend [junior] Henry [Midyett]. I was excited though.”
Junior Joe Gunter was elected vice president and sophomore Savannah Rudicell was elected secretary. Junior Maegann Parsons also had an interesting campaign against her only opponent junior Olivia Harding. opponent and was elected treasurer.
“I was messing around [with my campaign],” Parsons said. “I was excited to see that I won. My favorite part was having people come up to me and ask me questions.”
The candidates look forward to making changes to the school.
“I’m excited to institute some new ideas and making Mill Valley a good place,” Rounds said. “And helping to lead the school to a better horizon.”
MVTV reporter Maegann Parsons gets the scoop on Mill Valley’s Lip Dub.
The varsity girls’ track team won their twelfth Kaw Valley League meet in a row, and the boys’ won their fifth in a row on Wednesday, May 9 at Piper High School.
Sophomore thrower Mary McDaneld said that all of the hard work put into that individual meet is what brought the team the win.
“We deserved this win,” McDaneld said. “We put a lot of time and effort into training, and I saw our athletes going all out last night to pull through on this win.”
Sophomore long distance runner Maegann Parsons thinks that being able to contribute to the winning streak of the team is a great accomplishment, but one that shouldn’t be taken for granted.
“Being a part of a 12-streak winning team is amazing,” Parsons said. “Everyone tries their best and gets so pumped when we win every year. But each year we need to progress as a team, do better, and stay focused.”
Freshman relay runner Devin Ristau said that the best part of the meet was proving the predicted wrong.
“One of the newspapers predicted us to lose to Lansing,” Ristau said. “It felt so good when everyone came together to cheer on everyone and it was just really fun.”
Final individual and relay results of third place or higher:
Junior McKenzie Schmitt, second place in 200 meter dash and 400 meter dash
Senior Kati Strickland, second place in 3200 meter run and third place in 1600 meter run
Sophomore Mary Altman, first place in 100 meter hurdles
Junior Emily Brigham, first place in pole vault and long jump
Junior Maddie Estell, first place in triple jump
Junior Joy Kennedy, second place in shot put
Junior Mallory Baska, second place in javelin
Junior Jordan Campbell, third place in javelin
4×800 meter dash relay team, first place
Senior Ashton Proctor, second place in 200 meter dash and first place in 400 meter dash
Sophomore CJ Meeks, first place in 800 meter run and second place in 1600 meter run
Freshman Kurt Loevenstein, third place in 800 meter run
Senior Connor Mehalovich, second place in 3200 run
Freshman Cody Deas, second place in 110 meter hurdles and third place in 300 meter hurdles
Sophomore Parker Muckinthaler, second place in javelin and third place in high jump
Senior Parker Brush, first place in pole and long jump
Junior Conner Hays, second place in pole vault
4×400 meter dash relay team, first place
The girls team finished the meet with a first place rank and a final score of 162.5 points.
The boys team finished the meet with a first place rank and a final score of 160 points.
The candidates running for StuCo 2012-2013 student body positions gave speeches live on MVTV on Wednesday, April 25. The winners, announced that night, are Lisa Galvan as student body president, Kylie Andres as vice president, Hanna Torline as secretary and Maegann Parsons as treasurer. Read more about the candidates here.
Students will be voting for student council officers for the 2012-2013 school year on Wednesday, April 25. Below is a list of the candidates. To learn more about a candidate, their qualifications and goals if elected, click on their name.
Vice president candidates:
Sophomore Maegann Parsons
1. Why are you running for student body office?
Because I love to be involved in the school and represent my class.
2. What makes you qualified for the position of treasurer?
I’ve been in StuCo for two years and I have had experience with handling money since I’ve had a job since I was 14.
3. What sets you apart from the other candidates?
Because I am determined and I will do what’s best for my class, for the school.
4. Why do you think student council is an important aspect of school?
Because it runs all of the funs events we have as a school.
5. What are your goals for next year, if elected?
My goals are to make sure that everybody will be pleased with Homecoming and we will have fun, exciting pep assemblies.
Current StuCo president Rachel Mills and secretary Sarah Fulton give tips on how to vote in the upcoming StuCo elections for the 2012-13 school year.
Filling the Grey Oaks subdivision behind the school, students, staff and families dressed in spirit wear prepared for the annual Homecoming parade on Wednesday, Oct. 5 at 6:30 p.m.
The order for the parade was the marching band, the Homecoming royalty nominees, the senior float, the junior float, the sophomore float, the freshman float, cheerleaders, volleyball team, Blue Crew, dance team, two football floats, girls golf, community service, NHS, Harmony, Gay-Straight Alliance, Robotics, Drama, the basketball team, the track team, Club 121, the choir, boys tennis and the Monticello Trails Middle School marching band.
Students had different views of how the parade turned out.
“I really don’t like any changes,” sophomore Maegann Parsons said.
Junior John Poorman disagrees.
“It turned out good,” Poorman said. “I got candy and that’s what I wanted.”
For some students, the lack of student input on the parade changes decreased their spirit.
“I think it took away school spirit…the chance to bond for a fun day,” senior Linsey Christopher said. “We lost that and it’s disappointing.”
After the parade, students and families filed into the stadium for the pep rally. Fall teams and organizations announced what they are going to accomplish this season. The cheerleaders then danced on the field. All students filed out to the bonfire, to talk amongst each other.
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Scrolling through course selections on her computer, former Mill Valley High School student Kaelynn Parsons opens a lesson for her U.S. History class. Rather than cracking the books with other students, Parsons will work on earing credit in the comfort of her own home.
With the recent availability of virtual school to get a high school diploma, an increasing number of students made the choice to take school online.
“I always thought that the normal routine just wasn’t for me,” former Mill Valley student Andrew Knabel said. “So I decided to try online school.”
Knabel is an online high school student through Eudora Community Learning Center. He transferred in January and plans to graduate by November. Knabel chose to transfer to online school to stay home and help out.
“The difficult part is having to learn it all on your own,” Knabel said. “Most of the time you have to work five times harder to understand it.”
While it seems that online school would be easy, Parsons disagrees.
“A misconception people have is that online school is easy, but it’s really not,” Parsons said. “You really just teach yourself everything.”
Parsons attends Connections Academy, a virtual school for students to receive their high school diploma. She began school in September and plans to graduate in May. Parsons made the decision to transfer to online school to graduate early and move on with future plans.
Most virtual schools are flexible for the participants. Students can decide to pick a rigorous or lenient schedule.
“The best part is that it’s relaxed,” Knabel said. ” I’m not under pressure and I can take my time.”
Even with the flexibility, Knabel occasionally found it difficult to stay on task.
“You think to yourself, ‘What’s the point? Why worry yourself?’” Knabel said.
Parsons enjoys working at her own pace. She plans to spend six hours per week day completing school work in order to graduate on time.
“My motivation is that I am graduating early and I get to get out of the house,” Parsons said.
Depending on the online school, many virtual schools will also have a graduation ceremony for the students.
“I’ll still have a cap and gown,” Parsons said. “But it’ll just be with a bunch of strangers.”
Students choose to transfer for many reasons, including physical or mental limitations, issues at school or home, or for other personal reasons. There are few social opportunities involved when participating in an online school, and that’s not a good thing, according to counselor Erin Hayes.
“Part of learning is learning about each other, sitting in a classroom and learning from other’s mistakes,” Hayes said. “You don’t have that kind of interaction with online schools.”
According to Eudora Community Learning Center coordinator Angie Miller, online school is a good option for some students.
“It’s self-paced, so [students] can go as fast or as slow as they need,” Miller said. “If a student struggles in a subject, they can work on it as long as they need.”
While an education acquired online lacks certain aspects of regular public school, it is a choice worth considering.
“It’s a nice alternative and it’s very easy to get used to,” Knabel said. “If you have good time management skills, you will succeed.”