Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Varsity Boys Defeat Northview in First Sectional Game

brief and photos by Abby Ellinghausen

            Last night the Varsity Boys’ Basketball team played Northview in its first sectional game of the year. After a hard-fought game the boys came out on top, defeating Northview 56-44. The boys will take on Terre Haute South this Friday, March 1 at 6 p.m. here at MHS. So come out and support the boys as they compete to win sectionals.

Boys Basketball Game Results

IHSAA Boys Basketball Sectional #12 @ Mooresville
Tuesday, February 26th – GAME RESULTS
Mooresville 56 Northview 44
Mooresville: Jacob Johnson 26 points
Northview: Ethan Whitson 12 points
Plainfield 40 Terre Haute North 63
Terre Haute North: Calvin Blank 21 points
Plainfield: Josh Courtney 10 points

Friday, March 1st – GAME SCHEDULE
Terre Haute South vs. Mooresville 6:00 pm
Martinsville vs. Terre Haute North 8:00 pm

Friday, February 22, 2013

SPOTLIGHTER Invitational this Weekend

   Tomorrow will be the annual Spotlighters Choir invitational hosted by the Mooresville choirs. To see MHS and PHMS choirs, attend Community Night tonight for $5 a seat.
   Every year the choirs go all out in decorating rooms for the visiting choirs to perform in.
   “Decorating the rooms is one of my favorite parts of the Spots invitational,” senior Laurel Gregory said. “We work non-stop the entire day before the competition to make the room as legit as possible.”
   The MHS Spots students get to choose themes to decorate their rooms in, and spend countless dollars and hours arranging the rooms. Juniors Tara Davis, Alivia Duerlinger, Jackie Harris and Rachel Wathen have to decorate Theatre Arts teacher Mrs. Kassen’s room.
   “We are covering one wall in magazines, one wall in newspapers and one wall in mirrors,” Wathen said.
   Wathen enjoys the decorating, but says it has drawbacks.
   “[decorating] can become very stressful,” Wathen said. “We’re really excited to just have fun this year and aren’t focusing as much on winning.”
   Overall, the Spots have a blast decorating their rooms with their friends for others to enjoy.
   “We are making a life-size camel and mummy,” Gregory said. “It’s too legit to quit.”  

Two-Hour Delay Schedule for Friday, February 22, 2013

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Winter Sports Update

by Cassidy Kelley
Wrestling for the Win
   The day in and day out grind of hard work would discourage many others from achieving their goals. But this is not true for the participants in wrestling.
   This year’s wrestling team has made immense progress this year. Seven of them made it to sectionals, and four have gone on to regionals. Senior Brent McCreary advanced to semi-state.
   Their schedule consists of at least 15-20 hours of practice every week. MHS’s wrestling team is hitting the gym every day after school to become the best.
   About to finish his 11th year of teaching and coaching wrestling, Mr. Zach Errett is proud of the progress the team has made through their good work ethic in practice.
   “There are days when practice has been really tough,” Errett said. “But they always manage to pull through and work hard. Over the past few years the kids have really stepped up their game.”
   The only problem the team has is maintaining focus during long meets, but come out on top in the end.   Brent McCreary, who has been wrestling for Mooresville Schools since he was in sixth grade, is proud of the team’s work ethic this year.
   “Everyone wants to get better,” McCreary said.

Swimming and Diving Making a Splash
   Hard work and fortitude are also highly regarded qualities for swimming and diving. Practices are every day before and after school, adding up to a total of at least 15 hours a week. It takes a lot of self-motivation and time commitment to make it in this league.
   “We practice twice a day and swim an average of 10,000 yards,” senior Keegan Seyerle said. “We’ve had a good season but we could still use some work.”
   Just like Keegan, senior and team captain Tori Gilbert has been swimming for MHS for the past four years. Though through all the hard work, she treats it just like any other sport she competes in.
   “I’m able to keep things positive,” Gilbert said. “If you have a bad race just shake it off and get ready for the next one.”
   Junior Levi Jennings has recently made it to the regionals competition for diving.

JV and Varsity Boys’ Basketball: Hustle, Hit, and Never Quit
   Originally getting its name for trying to put a soccer ball in a peach basket, basketball has come a long way through the years. The same goes for Varsity and JV boys’ basketball.
   With their quick and tough guards and their ability to shoot from the three-point line, the JV boys are working hard to finish their season strong.
   Going on his sixth year, JV coach and MHS science teacher Oggy Brewer is enjoying his most recent season with the boys.
   “I like being around the players and their positive attitudes,” Brewer said. “They always try to improve throughout the season so that they’re ready for varsity next year.”
   Junior Keiffer Suddeth, a junior on the team, has been playing basketball for MHS for five years, two being in middle school. To him, the best part about playing the game is being on the team.
   “Everyone can keep their composure,” Suddeth said. “No one gets overly mad. Everything just meshes together.”
   Coach Robert Carter for varsity boys’ basketball, after 29 years of service, is still thoroughly enjoying coaching the sport. He recognizes them as good young men whose unselfishness as a team create a strong bond. He hopes that it will work out to pay huge dividends as they work and grow together.
   Though this is his first year playing for MHS after previously being home-schooled, senior Jonathan Gluntz has always been interested in the game.
   “It’s an exciting sport,” Gluntz said. “You’re always moving around or doing something.”
   Despite having to push through their fatigue and double weekend games, the team prides themselves on their hustle and grit. They all set out to improve themselves and win as many games as they can.
   The entire team understands the growing process that they’re in. After losing two starters to disciplinary reasons and their team consisting of a freshman and three sophomores, it leaves a very thin margin for error. Their sectional competition begins Tuesday at home.    
   “I am proud of our players for maintaining the course and competing each and every game,” Carter said. “We feel confident that we can improve our marks as we head into Sectional play.”

JV and Varsity Girls’ Basketball: In It to Win It
   Being varsity lettered for four years, senior Mandy Fisher knows plenty about playing the game of basketball. Beginning at the age of six, Fisher knows how great the feeling is to put in hard work and get an amazing outcome.
   “The feeling you have after winning a hard fought game that took tons of effort and teamwork is an incredible feeling,” Fisher said.
   Coach Mark Hurt, who has been doing his job for the past 15 years, is proud of the girls’ good defensive skills and athleticism.
   “Each year is a new challenge,” Hurt said. “And the players have done a good job of accepting the competition.”
   Varsity went on to compete against Roncalli in the regional finals. They were defeated, but finished their successful season with a record of 19-5. They ranked ninth in the IndyStar’s “Girls’ Fab 15” for basketball.
The JV girls’ team has had an extremely successful season with an end score of 18-2, and a 6-0 in conference. JV coach Heather Harper is very proud of the girls this year. Out of the three years she has coached this one has been the best, with last year’s season of 15-5 being a close second. The girls completely exceeded her expectations. Sophomore Megan Acres is also proud of the team, especially after winning a really close game.
   “The only time I ever really get nervous is when we’re tied at the end of the game with only a few seconds left to score,” Acres said. “At the beginning of the year it’s a little hard to come together as a team but we eventually get everything worked out.”
   Due to life-planning decisions, Coach Harper will not be returning to coaching the JV team next year. She is ending her career with a 45-9 score.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Pop Tabs for Ronald McDonald House

The big bags are around three pounds and the small bags are about one pound.

by Abby Ellinghausen
   The Ronald McDonald House serves as a “home-away-from-home” for families to stay close to their children who are hospitalized for a long period of time. It costs about $71 a night to run, but only costs $10 for a family to stay there.
   For the past five years Key Club has been collecting pop tabs for the Ronald McDonald House. They are currently about three-fourths of the way to their goal, which is 1 million.  
   One pound contains about 1000 pop tabs and is worth 40-56 cents, depending on the price of aluminum. So, Key Club needs your help collecting pop tabs to reach 1 million.
   If we reach 1 million, Ronald McDonald will come to our school. We are the only school in the district that has yet to reach this goal, so please help out by bringing in any pop tabs you have within the next few weeks to Mrs. Scott in room 143. If you bring in pop tabs you will be entered in a drawing for the chance to win an iTunes gift card.  

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Perfect Date Night

Perfect Date Night

   Pulse staff members Abby Ellinghausen and Whitney Smither asked MHS students this question: What would your “perfect” Valentine’s Day date include? Answers are below:

   “A date to dinner with my smoking hott boyfriend, who brings me roses and treats me like a princess,” senior Brett Green said.

   “The perfect Valentine’s date is a nice romantic dinner with my girlfriend Jackie Farrand,” sophomore Peyton Baker said.

   “First off, I would go with my boyfriend. Second, my idea of the perfect date would be cooking together, having a candlelight dinner, and spending the evening watching a show called Doctor Who,” sophomore Sidney Bills said.

“My perfect date would be Cody Zeller picking me up with a horse and carriage and a dozen roses. Then we will go on a romantic candlelight dinner and then head to assembly hall to shoot around,” senior Chelsie Bingham said.

ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT NEWS RELEASE: Lady Pioneers Win Fifth Straight Sectional Title,


The Lady Pioneers have “five-peated” – winning their fifth consecutive Sectional Title after defeating Terre Haute South 59-46 on Saturday. The team advances to the IHSAA Regional Tournament and will play the first game at Decatur Central High School this upcoming Saturday at 10:00 a.m. against Connersville High School.  The second game of the Regional is at 12:00 p.m. and features Roncalli vs. Brownsburg.  The winner of game #1 and game #2 will meet in the Regional Championship at 8:00 p.m. Saturday at Decatur Central High School. Everyone is encouraged to come and support the Mooresville Pioneers!
Due to the Girls Basketball Regional tournament schedule, the MHS Athletic Department will be changing the game times for the boys JV/Varsity games that are schedule the same day against Scecina Memorial High School.  The boys JV game will now start at 1 p.m. that afternoon and the Varsity boys game will follow at approximately 2:30 p.m.  This will allow Mooresville fans the opportunity to attend the morning girls game and also attend the boys JV/Varsity games (senior day) and then the chance to return to Decatur Central for the Championship game that same evening if the Lady Pioneers advance.


Boys Swimming Sectional – @ Franklin Community – 9:00 am

Girls Basketball Regional – @ Decatur Central – 10:00 am (vs. Connersville)

Boys Basketball JV Game – HOME – 1:00 pm (vs. Scecina)

Boys Basketball Varsity Game – HOME – 2:30 pm (vs. Scecina SENIOR DAY)

Girls Basketball Regional - @ Decatur Central – 8:00 pm (CHAMPIONSHIP)


If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Mooresville Athletic Office at (317) 831-9207.

ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT NEWS RELEASE: 2013 Class of the Mooresville Hall of Fame to be Inducted Friday Night


The Mooresville High School Athletic Department & the Mooresville Hall of Fame Committee look forward to honoring five inductees for the 2013 Mooresville Hall of Fame this upcoming Friday, February 15th.  The banquet and ceremony sponsored by Carlisle Branson will begin at 6:00 pm in the high school cafeteria.  The inductees will be inducted in a ceremony during half time of the boys varsity game against Greenwood which starts at 7:30 p.m. The evening will also be “Camo Night” as the team wears jerseys provided by the Indiana National Guard.

The Mooresville Hall of Fame will induct the following members:

Dana Ferguson graduated from Mooresville High School in 1999.  Dana participated in both volleyball and basketball during her time at Mooresville and went on to a standout basketball career at DePauw University where she holds many records.  She currently serves as the top assistant for the ladies basketball program at DePauw University.

Bruce Fields graduated from Mooresville High School in 1998.  Bruce was a standout member of the boys basketball team during his high school career, earning Mid-State All Conference honors during the 96-97 and 97-98 seasons.  Bruce went on to a standout career at Gardner-Webb University and has spent the past 9 years playing professional basketball in Europe.

Mike Hughes graduated from Mooresville High School in 2001.  He was a standout member of the boys golf team for four years.  He earned four varsity letters during that time and was named All-Conference from 1998 to 2001. He was the school’s first state finalist and was named All-State in 2001.  Mike had a standout career in golf at IUPUI and currently serves as the Technology Research Manager at Cummins.

Jack Mackenzie was a 1950 graduate of Mooresville High School.  He was a three sport standout in Basketball, Football and Track during his time as a Pioneer.  In went on to play basketball at Butler University and spent thirty-five years as a teacher. Before his passing in 2008, Jack spent thirty years working for Borg Warner as the care taker for the Borg Warner Trophy escorting and placing the trophy in Victory Lane at the Indianapolis 500. 

Mike Mossbrucker served as a teacher, coach and Athletic Director at Mooresville High School from 1982-2011.  Mike coached football, baseball, and was the head wrestling coach during his time at Mooresville.  Mike wrestled at Indiana University where he was a letter winner and in 2012 was inducted into the Indiana High School Wrestling Coaches Hall of Fame.  Mike currently serves as the Athletic Director at Bloomington North High School.

Friday, February 8, 2013

Coach Joe Johnson Recognized in Hall of Fame

by Abby Ellinghausen
   When Coach Joe Johnson started at MHS in the fall of 1975 he had never coached before. He was influenced by his middle school basketball coach and knew by the age of 14 that coaching is what he wanted to do.
    He was the girls’ basketball Varsity coach for 21 years and has spent the last nine years as assistant coach to now Varsity coach Mark Hurt. Over these 30 years of coaching he has a record of 288 wins and 145 losses, but has sat on the bench of the Varsity, JV, and freshmen benches for over 1400 games.
   “At first the best part of coaching was watching young girls develop into not only athletes, but great young ladies. Now I enjoy knowing that I played a small part in the lives of young women who are now in their 30s, 40s, and 50s,” Johnson said.
   Several of his players have become coaches at many levels of coaching from Jr. League, summer leagues, middle school, high school, and even college basketball. There are currently three of his former players on staff this season.
   This year, Coach Johnson will be honored in the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame for his coaching career.
   “This recognition is not my own. It belongs to many others such as assistant coaches, athletic directors, principals, parents, my family, and mostly players. It is a great honor and I am very humbled by it. Words cannot express how I feel. I guess I am just grateful to have had the opportunities given to me,” Johnson said.     

Coins for Kids

   Mooresville schools will be participating in a community wide fundraiser in support of the Boys and Girls Club of Morgan County. Every first period classroom will have a can to collect the donations.
   It costs over $615 each year for the Boys and Girls club to help one child; however, the club only charges $20 per child in understanding of familial financial situations.  The donations will cover general operational expenses of the club, which include covering for the programming such as academics, arts and physical fitness.
   From this, the children of this community will receive positive leadership, homework study and safety skills they need in everyday life.
   The class in each school that raises the most money by the end of February will receive a free breakfast of glazed donuts and milk provided by Mooresville High School Student Council. Mooresville’s success in this fundraising event will result in annual participation and coverage for the Boys and Girls Club. 

ATTN: MHS Alumni

by Cassidy Kelley
   If you or a family member are an MHS alumnus, the MHS Alumni Association would like to update your contact information including adding an email, which can be sent to MHS Alumni Association Membership Secretary Swinney Heald at Be sure to include your graduation year and maiden name.
   That information will not be shared with any groups other than classmates planning reunions. If you have any family members who are alumni their information is also appreciated. The Alumni Banquet will be Sat., April 27 at 6:30 pm in the MHS cafeteria. You can find more information and nostalgic alumni photos at

Kendrick Foundation Scholarships

   Morgan County residents are reminded that the Community Foundation of Morgan County and Kendrick Foundation Scholarship applications are due by Friday, February 22, 2013 to either of the foundation offices. Applications must be received in the office no later than 4 p.m.
   The CFMC offers Morgan County residents an opportunity to be awarded scholarships based on selection criteria requested by the donor of each scholarship fund. Around 43 different scholarships are available and some are awarded to multiple recipients. There are two categories in the CFMC Scholarships Program, one for high school seniors and one for non-traditional/post-high school Morgan County residents.
    The offered scholarships are for students interested in the healthcare field.

The scholarships are solely for tuition, with a maximum of $15,000 per person per year. Applications are available at the Morgan County high school guidance offices and library branches in Morgan County. For more scholarship information, go to or (application forms will also be available on these websites).
   For any questions, call (855) 280-3095 to contact CFMC (Community Foundation of Morgan County). CFMC offices are located in both Mooresville (250 N. Monroe St.) and Martinsville (56 N. Main St.). Hours for both offices are between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.

CAMO Night Feb. 15

The MHS Boys’ Basketball team will be having a home game next Friday, Feb. 15 against Greenwood. It will be CAMO night, and the boys’ varsity team will be wearing National Guard CAMO basketball uniforms that night during the game. Be sure to wear CAMO to the game and support your MHS boys’ team.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

MHS Blood Drive

   Student Council will be hosting a blood drive on Tuesday, March 5.  Requirements for donating blood are be healthy, be at least 17 years old or 16 years old with parental consent, and weigh at least 110 pounds.  With every donation, Riley Hospital will receive three dollars. If any questions or wanting to sign up contact Mrs. Goddard in the library.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Girls’ Basketball Sectionals This Weekend

   Sectionals for Girls’ Basketball begin today, Feb. 5, and end with the sectional championship on Feb. 9. The girls got the bye for the first game, so they will travel to Terre Haute South on Friday to play at 8 p.m. If you want to come support the girls as they go for their fifth straight sectional win, tickets cost $6 per session or $10 for all sessions.

News Release: Scheduling Meeting


MHS Families -

There is a scheduling meeting planned for Monday, Feb. 11, 2013, 6:30 p.m. in the MHS Auditorium. At this meeting we will review the scheduling process for the 2013-14 school year. You will receive the appropriate scheduling forms per grade, as well as information regarding our new Success Period. The second part of the meeting will be grade specific to answer any general questions.

Those who are unable to attend are welcome to visit the MHS website for information after the event. Scheduling for your student will begin on Feb. 19, 2013 in Social Studies class.

A Leap Back in Time

by Abby Ellinghausen and Whitney Smither
      Wondering why several sophomores from MHS are walking around in costumes from a previous time period? It all has to deal with Mr. Burgess’s World History Honors classes.
   “This class is taught primarily through Project-Based Learning (PBL); a process in which the entire process of learning is a project. World history class consists primarily of big projects for a couple reasons. One, the class simply lends itself to projects. Two, in my research of highly effective teaching strategies, PBL allows the teacher to incorporate a multitude of highly effective teaching but also creates opportunities for students to become more engaged in the material. In other words, it moves students from passive to active participants,” history teacher Mr. Burgess said.
    The day students returned from winter vacation, January 8, Mr. Burgess introduced a new project to his classes that dealt with the Renaissance and Reformation time period. The Renaissance and Reformation time period demonstrated itself essentially in sculpture, architecture, painting, writing and later on the emphasis was put on scientific intellectualism and religious humanism. 
    The students examined the Reformation, Renaissance, Scientific Revolution and the Enlightment through a series of lectures, writing exercises, interviews, and peer reviews for twenty school days. Their main focus was on answering the driving question throughout the project, when future generations look back upon our time, what do you hope they will see?
   “I like this project more than any of the others, because I believe it helps me understand more about specific people,” sophomore Grant Bailey said.
   The sophomores had the option of working by themselves or in a group made up of no more than four people. Each student was responsible for reenacting a major event in a key leader’s life from the Renaissance times period, describe and analyze its significance, propose a new area of investigation for today’s society, and evaluate contributions to civilization since their passing.
   Another key component of the student’s presentations was dressing like their key leader for the entire school day.
   “I am Catherine, King Henry’s wife. I am against divorce and oppose the divorce Henry wants,” sophomore Natalie Clevenger said.
   Projects were due Friday, February 1 for a peer review. The final rough draft was due this past Monday on February 4. Classes will be presenting from Monday through Thursday in the auditorium in front of Mrs. Kassen’s theatre art classes.  
   Also the top five presentations will have an extra credit option of presenting the projects again during the National Honor Society Induction in April.    

Monday, February 4, 2013

Wrestlers Advance to Semi-State

   Last Saturday, the MHS boys wrestling team did very well in the IHSAA Regionals competition.
  Senior Brent McCreary (2nd), freshman Brody Boles (3rd), senior Jordan Fry (3rd) and sophomore randy Scott (4th) will be advancing on to semi state this weekend. Be sure to congratulate the boys.

2012 Wagon Trails Yearbook Named a Hoosier Star Finalist

by Daniel Skora
            The 2012 Wagon Trails yearbook is a Hoosier Star finalist. This means that the Mooresville High School yearbook for this year is among the best yearbooks in the state. It has been given the rating of “Excellent”.
 It will undergo a final evaluation at a later date. The final evaluation will determine the IHSPA Hoosier Stars for the 2012 year and will be announced at the IHSPA state fall convention at Franklin College on October 18, 2013.

BPA Moves On to State

   BPA achieved an impressive string of wins in the BPA district competition.
   30 BPA students competed against BPA teams from Center Grove, Martinsville, Whiteland, Franklin Community, Franklin Central, Ben Davis High School, Ben Davis University, Danville Community, Pike and Avon.  Of the 30 students, 26 qualified to move on to the state competition in March.
   “They did really well,” business teacher and club sponsor Tracie Ball said. “They competed hard and I’m really proud of them.”
   That means that 26 students placed above ninth place in their individual events and above third for the team events.  Sophomore Megan Small placed first in two of the three events she entered.
   “I worked hard for it,” Small said. “It was unexpected, but I’m very excited to move on to State.”
   Other members who placed first were senior Kacie Morgan, junior Madison Cummings, junior Lindsey Wittell, sophomore Carson Mulvehill, senior Clay Huddleston, senior Jackson Silvey and senior Tori Gilbert.
  “I felt accomplished,” senior Tori Gilbert said. “I’ve been trying for years and finally winning was a really big accomplishment.”
   Be sure to congratulate the MHS BPA members on their success.

Friday, February 1, 2013

AP Artists Showcase Their Work

AP Art class has been taking advantage of the chance to show off each student's best works. So far, three students have been hilighted. Each week brings a new artist, so look forward to more in showcase #2!
Senior Jordan Belcher

Junior Jessica McDaniel

Senior Kaitlin Hannah