Cats on the Prowl
The Mountain View High School Wildcat Battalion CyberPatriot teams had an outstanding season this year. By making it to the gold tier semifinals of the all services division, the Scarlet and Gold teams both finished in the top 25% of over 1,250 teams. Among all Marine Corps JROTC gold tier teams, the Wildcat Scarlet and Gold teams finished 1st and 2nd place respectively in the state of Virginia and 3rd and 4th place respectively amont all Gold Tier MCJROTC programs nationwide. The Scarlet team was made up of Cadets Sierra Barbee (Captain), Meghan Brown, William Hayes, Marlinda Hofferek, Leah Kheir, and Marian Rempola. The Gold team was made up of Cadets Aily Barrera, Angie Barrera, Conner Blaisdell, Nathaniel Paredes (Captain), Angelina Perez, and Kassandra Williams. Congratulations Wildcats!
On January 25th the Wildcat Battalion Drill team placed 3rd overall at a drill meet in Reading, Pennsylvania. The Armed Exhibition Drill Platoon led by Christopher Kushner finished in 2nd place and the first year squad led by Kassandra Williams took 1st. Individual standouts in the unarmed knockout were Sydney Jo Smith who finished in 10th place, Devrian Royer 9th, Zachary Johnson 3rd and Dominic Richmond 2nd out of close to 200 JROTC cadets. Individual standouts in the armed knockout were Sierra Barbee who finished in 7th place, Nathaniel Paredes 6th, Ethan Knight 5th, Christopher Kushner 4th, Dominic Richmond 2nd and Jesse Scott was awarded 1st place out of approximately 100 cadets. Cadet Jesse Scott was also awarded the 1st place Armed Commander's trophy for his excellent performance leading the Armed Regulation Drill Platoon.
On December 14th the Wildcat Battalion's first year drill team cadets competed at Snow Hill High School in Maryland. The first year armed squad led by Cadet Dallas Bowling took second place. The unarmed squad led by Cadet Kassandra Williams and the first year inspection squad led by Cadet Riley Smith both took first place. Overall, the first year drill cadets placed first among nine high schools. Individual standouts were Cadet Caroline Bastion, Cadet Michael Hurd, Cadet Brian Castleberry who placed 5th, 4th and 1st place.
The following students made All-State Chorus:
Soprano 1 - Sydney Givler, Elena Maselli. Alto 1 - Natasha Haines. Lizzy Marples (Alternate). Alto 2 - Camilla Baba (Alternate). Tenor 1 - Austin Butcher
Tenor 2 - Chris Florio (Alternate). Congratulations to these very talented students!
Winners of the muscial scholarship competition are Vocal Karoline Colucci first place and Piano Nolan Small first place. Congratulations to these two talented Wildcats!
The Optimist Club Student of the Month for February is Christopher Kushner. Congratulations!
“The Best Christmas Pageant”
“The Best Christmas Pageant” is a musical hosted by the Mountain View Wild Acts. It is based off a children’s book written by Barbara Robinson and is about a bad tag team of siblings taking over the church’s annual Christmas pageant. They already had full-house showing last weekend, but they are coming back with a double showing on Dec. 14 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets for adults are $8 and $5 for all students.
The Mountain View Wildacts are proud to present their first ever Christmas Market on December 7 and 14. The market consisted of crafts, games, and a visit with Santa. On Saturday December 14, they are going to be having a drop and shop, where you can drop off your children after the matinee with the cast and shop through the market.
The first home boys basketball game is on Friday vs. Colonial Forge. Our team has one win this season. They defeated Spotsy High 86-54. Colonial Forge is one and one. They are coming off a loss to Riverbend. Tip-off is at 7 p.m. in the gymnasium.
The next level
Football player Adin Huntington committed to Kent State. Huntington stated,”Coaches always doubted me because of my height, but I am excited to play for a team in the FBS which was always my dream.” Huntington had multiple offers including JMU and Coastal Carolina. He chose Kent State because he always felt at home with the team, and they made him feel like he was worth it.
French class trip
The French teacher Susan Steska has a class trip planned to Europe for students willing to pay around $2,000. The trip will be a total of 12 days and there will be a three day tour to Munich and Nuremberg, which includes a tour of the Munch Cathedral, New Town Hall, and Olympic Stadium and many more fun activities. The trip will be held this summer, 2020. Steska would also like people to know it is not too late to sign up and for every six students, one chaperone goes for free, so be sure to advertise to students and teachers.
The Girls basketball team pack the heat against Forge
The girls JV and varsity teams will be packing the heat against Forge on Fri. 13. The teams have been practicing for their big game for three days, as well as five previous games of experience. With a total of 13 people on their team, they feel very confident about winning. “If we play hard, stay focused and calm, then yes we have a shot of winning,” said sophomore Zarai Marbara.
Next week, Mountain View High School students will be taking their midterm exams in year-long classes and final exams in 4x4 classes. On Tuesday, students will take exams for their first and third period Y day classes. Wednesday will have first and third period X day and 4x4 class exams. Thursday will have second and fourth period Y day and 4x4 class exams, and Friday will have second and fourth period X day class exams. Friday will be a half day, and students will only be attending their exam classes (second and fourth period X). Due to the modified lunch schedules, seniors will not be allowed to leave class early to go to lunch.
Annual blood drive is back
The annual blood drive has asked students who are 16 (with parent consent) and older to donate blood. On Money, Dec. 9, students donated blood which will help organizations in local areas. Students who donated blood help become eligible for scholarships. The goal for the blood drive was 27 pints and we donated 28 pints.
Now that's the spirit
This week was MVHS’s second annual spirit week; this week means new day new style and everyone is free to participate. This time around had lots of different styles and topics to get everyone ready for the holidays. Monday was pajama day, which means that most students came to school looking like they hopped straight out of bed and right on the bus. Tuesday duo day, a day where you pair up with a friend to match your styles. Wednesday was meme day. This was one of the most anticipated days of the week for many reasons. Students got to dress up as a meme of their choice. Thursday is festive day. A day in which students dress up for the holidays. Friday is the big finale with spirit day. A way to celebrate Mountain Views students and teachers as a whole.
Mountain View food drive
The American Legion Food Drive asked for junior classes to bring canned/boxed goods. The events lasted until December 13 and students have to bring their items to Room 306 or the English planning room. This food drive would appropriate the love and support for people who don't have food to eat during the cold, chilly nights.
Tryon has left the building
On Friday, Nov. 15, 2019, the former assistant principal Chelsea Tryon left Mountain View High School. Tryon left MVHS to go work at Fairfax County. The former assistant principal left people shocked as many thought she would have never left MVHS; however, Fairfax does pay better allegedly. Meanwhile, MVHS received a substitute principal. The students at MVHS are looking forward to working with the new substitute principal.
The drive for knowledge
Mountain View held a Book Drive for North Star Early Childhood Education Center. People donated books to the Spanish and English rooms in order for the center to give to their children for the ages of 1-5. The drive motivated people to come together and work for a better cause. The drive brought joy and knowledge to the kids eager to read and learn.
Hungry for company
A Pre-Thanksgiving dinner is being hosted by Watchman Ministries this coming Sunday, Nov. 24, for single parents and their children under 18 years old. Watchman Ministries aims to give single parents some time to breathe and relax while enjoying food and company. The dinner will be held from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at 1739 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Stafford, VA. Space is limited, however, so be sure to RSVP by Friday, Nov. 22.
On Nov. 26, our chorus team performed their second concert right here in Mountain View High School. All the students arrived at 6 p.m. to get dressed very formal tuxedos, but they did not allow everyone else into the auditorium until 7 p.m. During the performance they sang songs from many different cultures ranging from an African folktale song named Betelehemu to Good Ol’ Acapella. Despite being a great performance, many students at the school did not show up.
Regional final in sight
The Regional Semi-Final football game is tonight at 7 p.m. The team will take on William Fleming from Roanoke, Virginia. Our team this year has nine wins and two losses, while William Fleming has four wins and seven losses. If the team wins on Friday, they will move on to the Regional Final game.
“Wind to Whimsey”
On vacation in the Carolinas over the summer, Todd Welker saw artwork by artist Vorhis Simpson. The artwork consisted of wind and pieces of metal that depicted folk art. He was so in awe of Simpson that he assigned his manufacturing students to create a theme, turn rotary movement into reciprocating movement, and decorate their works. You can find three of the projects posted on the Mountain View homepage.
MVHS hosting the Business Advisory Council
On November 20, MVHS CTE staff, Dr. Stemple and students hosted the Business Advisory Council. “Great lunch by our culinary arts students and we observed the best of hands on learning,'' said a tweet from one of the volunteers. Many of the culinary arts students who were working on their project were pictured in this tweet.