Thursday, October 31, 2013

Wagon Trails Revue

Wagon Trails Revue
by Shelby Parsons
  Wagon Trails Revue is a show hosted by the yearbook staff. The first revue was started by an advisor who was unable to afford the final billing price of a yearbook. In order to raise money, he decided to have a variety show.
  The Wagon Trails Revue has been a recurring event in the fall ever since the 1960s. This year, it will be held on November 8th and 9th at 7 p.m. The theme this year is Mooresville’s Got Talent and will be going back to the old format of Wagon Trails Revue with commercials.
  “It is something that they don’t have anything like it anywhere else, and we have so many people and so many groups that come together to make it happen, it is one of our most beloved fall events,” yearbook adviser Ada Clark said.
  There will be a number of different soloist performers. Kristen Crawford will be performing Reach for Me by Krysta Rodriguez.
  “They are going to see something that has not been done before,” junior Kristen Crawford said.
  Another soloist performing in Wagon Trails Revue this year is Megan Acres. She is performing People Like Us by Kelly Clarkson.
  “It is going to be really great and we’ve been working really hard so people should come watch,” junior Megan Acres said.
  Make sure to buy tickets as soon as possible to see a great show this year. Tickets will be on sale at the Welcome Center Monday, November 4th through Thursday November 7th from 7:30 a.m. until 11:20 a.m. and noon until 2:30 p.m.

Activities for Halloween

           Photo by Whitney Smither
 Activities for Halloween
by Michele Kidd and Kyrstin Coomes
Not every high schooler enjoys the normal trick-or-treating and some are just too “grown-up” to dress up and walk house to house for candy. Luckily, there are different things to do during the holiday season!

  1. Haunted houses/attractions in Indiana:

  •  Indy Screampark in Anderson
  •  Necropolis in Indianapolis
  •  Haunted Bridge across from White Lick Creek in Avon
  •  Amhurst Asylum Haunted Attraction in Valparaiso
  •  Hanna Haunted Acres in Indianapolis

  1. Decorating your house for a Halloween party is another great idea! Your friends and family can dress up in their costumes and come over to enjoy this spooky holiday. Visit this page to see decorating ideas:

Baking is good on any day! Whip up some fun Halloween treats and share them with whoever is around. Maybe some goodie bags to pass out for the kiddies? Visit this page to see a holiday dessert favorite with a twist:

Monday, October 28, 2013

Pumpkin Carving Contest Information

                                                Photo by Ada Clark 

At 2:45 p.m. on October 30, Mrs. Evans and the Expanded Arts Club will be hosting a pumpkin carving contest in room H100. The carving will end at 3:45 p.m. and will be judged at 4:00 p.m.
  There is a three dollar entry fee. You will also have to bring your own pumpkin and carving tools. Bring those to Mrs. Evans before school on October 30. Markers and toothpicks will be provided if needed.
  Contestants are required to clean up their mess while the judging is going on.
   There will be a cash prize to the winners used from the entry fee. The winning pumpkins will also be put in the display case for students to see.
  Kroger and WalMart are currently having sales on their pumpkins if contestants still need one, and they usually carry carving kits as well.
  There will be a brief meeting for contestants during PEP period on Tuesday, October 29. Contact Mrs. Evans if you have any further questions.


COLUMN: Pacers Shaping Up for a Good Season

by Baron Medsker
  October 29th is a day for all basketball fans in Indiana to mark. The Indiana Pacers open up the regular season against the Orlando Magic at Banker’s Life Fieldhouse at 7 P.M.
  Unfortunately, the Pacers are a shaky 2-4 in the preseason including two conference losses to the rival Chicago Bulls. They also lost to Dallas and Houston.
  They did, however, win in blowout fashion against the Cavaliers and Hawks at their arenas.    
  Back to the regular season, Indiana basketball fans should want to go to the game on October 29th for a couple of reasons that include the Pacers are playing, and Indiana University graduated guard Victor Oladipo will be making his NBA debut.
  The Pacers will be a team to watch this year with key additions in ex-Suns forward Luis Scola, guard C.J. Watson, and sharpshooting forward Chris Copeland from the New York Knicks.
  “I think Luis Scola will play a key role coming off the bench. I think he’ll do a good job of picking up what Hansbrough could not do,” senior Matt Walker said.
  Solomon Hill from Arizona University will also be in a Pacer’s uniform this year making his debut. He is expected to be an exquisite defender off the bench with his amazing length.
  The starting lineup this year is projected as George Hill at point guard, Lance Stephenson at shooting guard, all star Paul George at small forward, ex-all star David West at power forward and ex-all star Roy Hibbert at center.
  The Pacers are a lethal team in the East. Their newly acquired depth at all positions and consistent play make them title contenders.
  “Because going back to the first year they made the playoffs a couple of years ago, they were eliminated the first round, then the next year they were eliminated in the semi-finals, and last year were eliminated in the conference finals. We’ve also improved our bench which was our biggest weakness, and got Danny Granger back,” senior Keith Kassen said.
  They are the only team with a true chance to defeat the Heat because of two things: size and aggression.
  While they did lose some of their aggression with Tyler Hansbrough going to Toronto, Luis Scola more than makes up for it.
  As far as pure talent goes, Paul George is looking better than ever in the preseason with 17.4 points, nearly eight rebounds, and four assists per game. The 2012 all star has another goal in sight aside from becoming an NBA champion and becoming an all star again.
  Paul George in an interview with John Schuhmann, he said that his goal is to become the NBA’s Defensive Player of the Year, which is very possible considering he averaged nearly two steals a game, and six tenths of a block per game in the regular season.
  He was also able to provide comparable defensive numbers in the postseason, averaging a little less in the steals category but keeping his block average constant.
  As the days count down, basketball fans become more and more excited for the NBA to start back up. Hopefully, the Pacers will be able to repeat what they did last year in making it to the Eastern Conference Finals, but instead winning and moving on to the NBA Finals where hopefully, they can grab a championship.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Spooky Halloween Crafts

Mummyballs are just one of many easy Halloween crafts you can make at home.

Halloween crafts are popular this time of year. Here are a few easy crafts you can try on your own:

Realistic Fake Blood
Items needed:
  • 1 bottle of corn syrup
  • Red food coloring

  1. Make sure you don’t mind if the clothes you are wearing get sticky or stained
  2. Add several drops of food coloring to bottle of corn syrup
  3. Make sure the lid is closed tightly and shake the bottle until the corn syrup is a uniform color
  4. If it doesn’t look dark enough, add a few more drops of food coloring and shake again

Items needed:
  • 2-3 paper towels
  • Water
  • Spray starch
  • Black permanent marker
  • Oranges
  • Transparent tape
  • Googly eyes

  1. Dampen the paper towels. Wring them out and unfold them
  2. Spray the paper towels with the spray starch until they are evenly saturated and wait a while for them to dry
  3. Color a 2 to 3 inch strip of tape black and stick it to the orange
  4. Tear the paper towels into strips about 1 inch wide
  5. Place one strip vertically across the center of the black tape to divide it into two pieces
  6. Secure the paper towel strip to the orange with a piece of tape
  7. Being sure not to completely cover the black tape, secure the rest of the paper towel strips around the orange in different directions to give the appearance of mummy bandages. (Loose ends, torn edges, and uneven strips add to the mummy wrap effect)
  8. Use a rolled piece of tape to stick the googly eyes to the black tape

Spiderwebs Made of Yarn
Items needed:
  • Yarn
  • scissors
  • fake spider

  1. Unwrap the yarn to the length you want
  2. Cut three to four pieces of that same length of string
  3. Lay the pieces on the ground so that they all connect in the middle of the string
  4. Take a longer piece of string and start connecting the individual pieces by tying it to the other piece
  5. Once it is all finished, add a fake spider

Candy Corn Pumpkins
Items needed:
  • Small pumpkins
  • Yellow paint
  • White paint
  • Newspaper
  • Paintbrushes
  • Tape

  1. Choose your small pumpkin
  2. Prepare a spot to paint it at
  3. Take the tape and wrap it around the pumpkin, two pieces, spacing it so the pumpkin is in thirds
  4. Paint the top part white
  5. Leave the middle part orange
  6. Paint the bottom part yellow
  7. When the paint dries, take the tape off

Halloween Jars
Items needed:
  • Small and large jars
  • Water
  • Red food colouring (optional)
  • Fake body parts

  1. Make sure your jars are clean
  2. Pour water in each jar
  3. Put in the fake body parts to freak someone out
  4. Add in red food coloring for an added effect

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

COLUMN: Colts Prove Themselves Against Broncos

by Baron Medsker
  Peyton Manning returned to Indianapolis October 21st to a roaring Indianapolis crowd. Manning did his usual routine of picking apart the Colts’ offense for an early lead, and that lead would swiftly be matched by the up-and-coming Andrew Luck.
  Luck had something Manning did not this game: an offensive line. Manning was sacked four times with a fumble caused by Robert Mathis and he also threw an interception to Pat Angerer.
  While both teams performed as offensive juggernauts, the Colts were able to hold a 39-33 victory even after blowing the Broncos out in the third, and were able to hold the lead even after a surging Bronco comeback in the fourth quarter.
  So what can we take away from this game? We can conclude that the Colts are a real team that are a definite threat in the AFC, and we can also conclude that the Broncos are still human.
  While the Broncos are still a top three time in the NFL, they are still a team that is beatable. The Colts were able to unleash a combination of pressure on Manning, while also providing heavy pressure in their secondary versus Bronco receivers.
  Indianapolis was also able to do something else no one against the Broncos has been able to do, and that is control the clock when they had the ball. These two combinations, along with key Bronco turnovers, were what brought the victory to Indianapolis on Sunday.
  The Colts, however, have also proven that they are just as much of a powerhouse as the Broncos, Chiefs, Saints and Seahawks. When all parts are clicking, they are definitely the most lethal team in the AFC, and the only point needed is the game last night against the Broncos.
  Seeing Luck in the Super Bowl in the upcoming two or three years is a possibility. In fact, seeing Luck in the Super Bowl this year is even a possibility, if and only if the entire team plays at the level they did last night.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Girl's Cross Country Team Advances to Semi-State

   The MHS girls' cross country team will run at semi-state on Oct. 26. The team placed fourth in the Greensburg regional on Saturday. Semi-state will be held at Carmel with the girl's race starting at 11:15 a.m.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Favorite Holiday Recipe with a Twist

Favorite Holiday Recipe with a Twist
by Shelby Parsons
  There are many different favorite holiday recipes. Most of them are desserts. One classic favorite is pumpkin pie.
  While it is delicious, the same flavor can sometimes get boring. For a new spin on a classic dessert, try Double Layer Pumpkin Cheesecake. It has the same classic pumpkin pie taste, with a cheesecake twist. To look at the recipe, go online to:

Fall Break Activities

Check out the list of fun activities for fall break

  • Go to a pumpkin patch
  • Have an arts and crafts day with friends
  • Bake a pie or cookies for fall
  • Start your Halloween costumes
  • Decorate your house for fall
  • Throw a themed party
  • Movie marathon
  • Catch up on sleep
  • Go to a camp-out
  • Bonfire
  • Go to the apple orchard
  • Go on vacation
  • Road trip
  • Go shopping
  • Go to the covered bridge festival
    Enjoy your break and see you when school resumes on Oct. 21!

Friday, October 4, 2013

Senior Golfs at State Today

Today, October 4th 2013, is a historical day. Danielle Warthen of the Girls’ Golf team is heading to State.
Warthen is the first female golfer from Mooresville to ever make it to state, and is among other individuals from Yorktown, Penn, Carmel, and Valparaiso.
Warthen teed off today at 8:48 a.m. on the 10th tee at road 9 along with Emily Tilton of Pendleton Heights, Jaycee Bunner of Fort Wayne Blackhawk Christian, and Hailey Harris of McCutcheon.

*Photo by Jordan Childers