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Clarification: 2015 Prom for Juniors and Seniors

The first paragraph of the story "PROMising Future" on page 4 of Issue 8 was misleading. The sentence should read "For current Sophomores next year will be the first year they may attend Prom because they will be upperclassmen." The 2015 Prom will be for juniors and seniors as usual. We appoligize for the confusion.

Neil Armstrong Opens Community Garden

Volunteers needed to start a Community Garden. Clubs, families, and staff members welcome!    The Garden Club members and teachers at Neil Armstrong will work with the volunteers to weed, water, harvest and generally maintain the garden. Volunteers are needed year round but especially during the summer.   Produce from the Community Garden will be donated to local food pantries, Churches in Mission, and the Red Barn in Martinsville for families in need.

Academic Teams to Compete at State

The Finites and Interdisciplinary Academic teams will be competing at state tomorrow, Saturday 10 at Purdue University. Be sure to congratulate MHS’ academic team members on their achievements.

MHS Musical

  This year’s musical is Little Women . The musical will show at 7 p.m. Friday, May 9, and Saturday, May 10, in the auditorium. Tickets are sold at the door for $7.

Senior Awards Night

Senior Awards Night is tonight at 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium. Seniors are asked to arrive at 6:15 p.m.  Seniors will be recognized for their scholarships, awards, and other academic achievements.

MHS Principal Goes Blue for Dance Marathon

Student Council members colored Principal Brian Disney's hair blue after raising more than $4,000 for Riley's Children's Hospital at the MHS Dance Marathon.

Dance Marathon

Dance Marathon   The Dance Marathon is tomorrow, Saturday April 12. It is from 1 to 5 p.m. It is in the South Gym and they will be learning the moral dance and will also have a ping pong table, crafts, food, and inflatable joust. Registration is $20 and needs a parent signature.

Prom Court Nominations

Prom Court Nominations will be held during lunch. Nominations are held for junior prince and princess and senior king and queen.

Day of Silence this Friday

   Mooresville Gay-Straight Alliance will be having the annual Day of Silence on Friday, April 11. Sign-ups will be Tuesday, April 8 during lunch. Sign-ups will continue in Ms. Eickhoff's room through Wednesday, April 9. There will be a "Breaking the Silence" party following school on Friday after school; food and drinks will be served.

Yearbook Sales Deadline

Have you ordered a yearbook yet? If not, you should soon! The deadline for ordering a 2014 Wagon Trails Yearbook is Monday, April 14, 2014. You can order over the phone by calling 1.866.287.3096 or online by visiting . The order number is 40256. The yearbooks will be distributed in the fall. If you have any questions, feel free to visit Mrs. Clark in room A113.

Ryan Crafts and Jessica McDaniel win Lilly Endowment Scholarship

Seniors Ryan Crafts and Jessica McDaniel have been awarded the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship. They were the only students awarded the scholarship in the Morgan County area.   Crafts plans to study mechanical engineering and has been accepted into the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, IUPUI and the University of Southern Indiana. McDaniel plans to study pharmacy and has been accepted into IU, Purdue, and Butler University.   Both students will receive full tuition for four years at an Indiana college or university of their choice as well as a yearly 900 dollar stipend for textbooks and other necessary equipment.   In addition to Crafts and McDaniel, MHS seniors Logan Mills and Jackie Harris were finalists in the selection process. They will receive scholarships from the Community Foundation of Morgan County to honor their achievement.   Be sure to congratulate MHS’s finalists and winners of the Lilly scholarship!

Dance Marathon Spirit Days

In preparation for this weekend’s Riley Dance Marathon, MHS is having spirit days to amp up the student body for the marathon. The themes are listed below. Monday: Red & Blue Tuesday: Black & Yellow Wednesday: Green or Purple Thursday: Favorite Superhero Friday: Dance Marathon Shirt or Red for Riley

Lent Update: Week One

Senior Jackie Farrand has given up drinking soda and shopping for herself for lent.  “This week has been a little tough because I’ve been very tempted to drink just a little cup of Coke, but I talked myself out of it,” Farrand said.   “I think the hardest part [this week] was when my mom would buy a couple of two liters of Coke and they would just be sitting there on counter. It was really tempting not to drink some,” Farrand said.   With all of these temptations though, she has stayed true to lent.  “I’m gonna be honest, it sucks, but I think that’s the point of lent, to give up something that is really hard to give up,” Farrand said. Stay tuned for an update on Jackie Farrand’s progress on lent.

MHS 2013 Yearbook is a Hoosier Star Finalist

     The Indiana High School Press Association named Mooresville High School's 2013  Wagon Trails  Yearbook a Hoosier Star Finalist.  The Hoosier Star is the highest honor given to a yearbook in the State of Indiana.

Things To Do While Staying Home on Spring Break

by: Shelby Parsons   While it seems like everyone is going somewhere for Spring Break, there are many people staying home. Sophomore Hanah Smith plans on doing absolutely nothing during Spring Break.   Staying home doesn’t necessarily mean not leaving your house. During her Spring Break, sophomore Ashley Hobson plans on going fishing.   It’s not just the students staying home, even English teacher Mrs. Patel is staying home.   “I plan on spending time with my kids and hopefully cleaning my house,” said Patel.   As some plans for other people, Hobson said just to sleep. Smith simply said to go outside.   “Spend time with someone you love. See a good movie or read a good book. You could even go get a pedicure,” said Patel.   So during Spring Break, some things to do are: go fishing, spend time with family, see a movie, sleep, get a pedicure, go shopping, clean, read a book, go for a walk in the park, or just don’t do anything.

MHS Crossword Puzzle

The first person to solve the crossword and write the answers on a sheet of paper and hand it in to Mrs. Clark (Room A113) will win a super special prize! Across 2. MHS broadcast advisor 4. Senior class president 6. MHS newspaper title 8. Mooresville home team 9. 2014 Olympics site 10. "E" in PEP 12. Equinox occurring around the beginning of spring 14. Mooresville Cinema 16. Cafeteria chicken caterer 18. February junior student of the month 19. First American to propose Daylight Savings Time Down 1. Local Cajun cuisine hotspot 2. 2014 movie about Kermit and his friends 3. State flag creator 5. Founder of Mooresville 7. Number of stars on Indiana state flag 11. New glass hallway 13. "L" in LIA 15. Mooresville Principal or Walt 17. MHS newspaper advisor

Top 20 Announcement

The Top 20 senior students were announced yesterday, March 24 during PEP.  The Top 20 award dinner will be held at Jones Memorial on Monday, May 5. They are: Tanner Atkins Morganne Belton Justine Christian Ryan Crafts Ariel Halstead Benjamin Hammon Kayla Harpold Jaclyn Harris Kelsey Hawkins Kaitlyn Lowe Michelle Majeski Jessica McDaniel Cameron Meadows Logan Mills Joshua Passey Morgan Smalling Morgan Sussman Molly Tieman Nicole Tipton Jacob Tooley   Congratulations to the Top 20!

Senior Graduation Announcements

On Tuesday, March 25th seniors at MHS ordered graduation items such as thank you notes, name cards, address labels, and picture frames. The seniors did not receive their cap and gown, delivery will be in late May. Commencement will be held on Saturday, May 31, 2014.

Annual Italian Fest Dinner

Orchestra will be hosting their annual Italian Fest Dinner and Music on March 25 at 5:30 until 7:30 p.m. in the high school café.   Students and parents will be allowed to enter through door 29. The cost for the dinner is $6.00 for Adults and $4.00 for students. If wishing to check out the musical talents for MHS orchestra, tickets will only be $1.00.  Mooresville’s orchestra will be serving spaghetti, sauce, meatballs, garlic bread or sticks, salad or applesauce, dessert, and a drink. Ala Carte items will also be available.

Color Guard Divisional Finals

by Shelby Parsons   The MHS Winter Color Guard placed sixth out of 43 guards from Indiana at IHSCGA AA Divisional Finals Saturday, March 15th. They scored 71.49 points, making them just tenths of a point from placing in the top five.   “I am very proud of our students and Kristina Sponsler, Christopher Sparks, Melissa Florit and Brandi Bibb, our color guard staff, for a great winter season,” band teacher Jason Freeman said.

March Madness Upsets

by Baron Medsker   THEY CALL IT MADNESS FOR A REASON!  After the second and third rounds of March Madness, there were seven upsets by seed in the second round and five upsets by seed in the third round. 11 Dayton started off the madness with an upset over 6 Ohio State winning by a small score of 60-59. 12 Harvard continued the second round madness with a 61-57 victory over Sean Kilpatrick’s 5 Cincinatti Bearcats. 12 North Dakota State’s proficient offense was too much to handle for the 5th seeded Sooners, who lost a tough 80-75 game in OT. Friday continued the stunning upsets with 14 seeded Mercer defeating the 3rd seeded Duke Blue Devils 78-71. 10 Stanford continued with a 58-53 upset of 7th seeded New Mexico. 11 Tennessee one in the First Four and then went on to upset Massachusetts 86-67, and 12 Stephen F. Austin defeated 5 VCU 77-75 in OT. The Third Round continued the upsets with the 11th seeded Dayton Flyers defeating 3 Syracuse, whom had not one but TWO op

GSA Buttons

MHS Gay-Straight Alliance is having a straight allies week March 24th-28th. During both A and B lunch, buttons will be sold for $1 each. There will be a banner to sign and show support for the LGBT+ community.

Haley Wilkerson Is Selected As National Youth Delegate

by Harley Kincaid    Haley Wilkerson has been chosen as a National Youth Delegate for the Prestigious conference at George Mason University in Washington D.C. The Conference will run from June 22 to June 27.    "It feels pretty awesome to be selected," Wilkerson said.    To be selected, students must maintain an above average GPA and be a 21st century scholar. On top of this, students also have to be environmentally conscious.    "Its hard because you always have to think about the environment," Wilkerson said.    While in D.C. Wilkerson will be visiting the zoo and the Smithsonian museum. Wilkerson will be staying on George Mason's campus.    

MHS' Lent Traditions

  Lent started on March 5 this year and will end on April 19.   Lent is a Catholic religious observation where you are supposed to give up something for six weeks before Easter. Even though it is considered a religious tradition, plenty of non-religious people do it.  Even if they don’t practice for religious purposes they do it for fun, “It’s more for the willpower aspect of it,” senior Jackie Farrand said.   Jackie Farrand has given up any kind of soda and shopping for herself. This is Farrand’s fourth year participating in lent. “Normally I give up pop for moral support for my best friend, but this year I added on shopping for myself,” Farrand said.   Forty days is a long time to give up something that you have been so used to doing, some usually give in to their habits and break their fasting. But Jackie Farrand has stayed true to lent.   “The first thing I’ll do after lent is to go to Burger King and get a Peach Sprite,” Farrand said.   Stay tuned for a weekly upd

High School Drama

photo by Tara Davis by Brett Hoffman   The MHS Drama Department’s annual spring play premiered on Thursday March 13.   The play, Varney the Vampire, featured a cast of Mooresville students from various classes. The play told the tale of Varney, portrayed by junior Quinn Cavin, who seeks to end his eternal suffering after the loss of his beloved Amelia, portrayed by junior Olivia Seyerle. “We had a really fun cast,” Cavin said. “The actors all played their parts brilliantly and the play was an overall success.”   Along the way, Varney forgets his mission after falling in love with Flora, portrayed by junior Hannah Shelton. Under Varney’s influence Flora begins to wish to become a vampire herself, and its up to her fiance Richard, portrayed by junior Austin Webster, and two of Italy’s finest police inspectors, portrayed by senior Josh Passey and sophomore Brenden Rolland, to slay the vampire and save Flora.   “I enjoyed being someone else while still being myself,” sop

Its Hunting Season

 by Kyrstin Coomes Over the last month, Flappy Bird has taken over the lives of many teenagers. “It sucks, I hate it and I’ll never play it again,” sophomore Breanna Bates said. Friends were suggesting it to friends, and those friends were suggesting it to their own. It was a frenzy that everyone felt the need to partake in. Recently though, the app was taken off of the market. The developer of the game took it down, stating that he couldn’t take it anymore. “Anyone with half a brain knows you can get it back from the internet within 15 seconds,” senior Ron Stapert said. Flappy Bird is so frustrating that people were actually destroying their phones over a high score. They were even suing the developer because they broke their phone, blaming him of their act. “It drove me insane. I wanted to throw my phone,” Guidance Counselor Ericka Gayle said. Now that the app is down, many people have created knockoffs in order to get money. With Flappy Bird gone, pe

Academic Team Update

On March 4, the Mooresville High School Academic Teams went to Franklin Community High School to compete against Franklin Community, Whiteland, Martinsville, and Decatur Central High Schools in five disciplines and an interdisciplinary competition.    Mooresville placed second in the English, Social Studies, Math, and Science competitions. The Fine Arts team placed fourth. Finally, MHS took third place in the Interdisciplinary competition. Great job MHS academic teams and good luck at your next competition!

FBI Wanted: Future Leaders

The FBI Youth Leadership Academy is looking for a variety of hard-working high school students in Indiana to attend a three day program teaching techniques and skills for the FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation). Students must have completed their junior year, have a GPA of 3.0 or higher, have leadership qualities, scholastic achievement and good citizenship, commit to attending the entire three day program, and write an essay of no more than 500 words telling why they’re interested in the program and how the program will help with their future plans. The program is designed to give an educational experience that will provide students with leadership training and an understanding of the FBI. It uses experiential learning activities to help students develop communication, trust, teamwork, goal setting, and leadership skills. The program will be from July 16 through the 18.


Thursday, February 20, for most MHS students was a normal school day, but for a select group of students it was the start of an unforgettable experience. Fourteen members of Junior State of America attended the Texas and Mid-Atlantic Winter Congress in Washington D.C.     Their day had an early start with the departure from the high school at 4:15 a.m. and arrival to the airport around 4:30-4:45 a.m. Once the group made it through security they sat in a large group playing Cards Against Humanity waiting to board their 6:40 a.m. flight. “The flight this year was better [than the 14 hour bus ride last year] because we weren’t as exhausted as the previous year. We were more prepared for the Gilly Death March. It was also nice to know exactly what time we would arrive and could plan accordingly, plus flying is fun,” junior Blake Ross said. Once in D.C. it was go, go, go. They took the metro to the hotel they’d be staying at dropped of their luggage and suitcases. The members

Spotlighter Invitational Recap

The Spotlighter Invitational took place on Saturday, February 22. It was a full day event consisting of 24 school show choirs performing in a competition.   North Central Counterpoints won the Invitational, but the Spotlighters were more excited about the rooms they decorated on Community Night.   Everyone from the Spotlighters and Madrigals got to choose a group to be in, the school they wanted to host, as well as their theme. The themed rooms that won were Camping, Castle, and Theater.   The Camping room was decorated by Morganne Belton, Jackie Harris, Alivia Duerlinger, and Tara Davis. They decorated Mrs. Pearison’s room for Bishop Luers’ show choir, The Minstrels.   The Castle room was decorated by Zach Hall, Joe Siefker, Craig McKinney, Brendan Rollin, and Shane Hart. They decorated Mr. Hurt’s room for North Central’s show choir, Counterpoints.   The Theater room was decorated by Ellie Morgan, Sarah Novicki, Cat Deal, and Sam Vedder. They decorated

Levi Jennings Qualifies for Diving State Finals

Senior Levi Jennings finished 4th at the Diving Regional and qualified for the State Finals. Levi is the first ever from MHS to qualify for state. Be sure to congratulate Levi on his excellent performance.

Accuplacer Apperhension: Juniors and Sophomores to Take the Accuplacer Test in March

 by Brett Hoffman Starting this year, sophomores and juniors will be required to take an accuplacer test to assess their readiness for college.   Most accuplacer tests are used by colleges to determine whether a student will get into a certain class. The accuplacer test take by MHS students however will give a diagnosis on how prepared a student is for college and ACTs/SATs.    Juniors who have a PSAT score lower than 46 and sophomores with a score lower than 42 will be required to take the test. Also, students in either grade who have failed an ECA multiple times will be required to take the accuplacer.    The accuplacer is now required by Indiana law to be issued to juniors and sophomores. The test will be taken between the last week of February and the first week of March.   Juniors will test during their English classes and sophomores will test during their history classes. Each test is 40 questions long and is untimed.   “We are excited for the data these te

Spotlighter Invitational

 by Jade Broer The Spotlighter Invitational is back again.   The Spotlighter Invitational has been around since 1993 and was started by director Elaine Moebius as well as the 1993 Spotlighters. It’s the day where Mooresville’s Spotlighters host their own competition.    Each year the Spotlighters have their own competition for their invitation, to decorate the best room they can. they compete with Finesse and Madrigals for the best room. In total there are 24 rooms to decorate. Each room has a group of students assigned to it where they get to decide how to decorate it. at around 10:30 p.m. on Friday, Mr. Jason Damron will judge the rooms and pick the best two. Those winners will get taken out to dinner with Mr. Damron.   “It’s really cool for our students to be a part of it [the Spotlighter Invitational]. It’s good for other schools to see how we do things and even community members to see what kind of event we can host. It makes a good impression on the community and

Vanishing Vending Machines: Are MHS's Vending Machines Here to Stay?

by Jade Broer and Michele Kidd   Rumors have been going around lately that the vending machines are being taken out. They were completely bare without any snacks. But there was a reason as to why they were bare.   The company that stocks the vending machines, Canteen, took over a new company and have been basically starting from scratch. The people who originally filled MHS’ vending machines have been replaced, making the normal routes delayed.   So there is no need to worry about the vending machines disappearing, they’re here to stay. But they are only for use at lunch.   “The vending machines are only supposed to be used at lunch time,” Mrs. Dawn Blake said.

Meet the New Superintendent

by Brett Hoffman The MHS Pulse staff recently had the privilege to sit down and talk with Mooresville School Corporation’s new superintendent, Mr. David Marcotte. Marcotte has been involved with multiple school systems throughout his career. “I love being in education and I’m very passionate about it,” Marcotte said. Marcotte started his career in the school system as the band director for Decatur Central. From there he obtained principal jobs at both Danville and Ben Davis schools. Before coming to Mooreville, Marcotte was the Chief Personnel Officer for Wayne Township Schools. “With Mooresville, there is a connected community,” Marcotte said. “There’s a nice town feeling and a strong community connection not found in Marion County, and I like that.” When Marcotte saw the listing for a position as Superintendent at Mooresville, he was instantly interested. “Mooresville was exactly what I was looking for,” Marcotte said. Marcotte is ver