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  • Summer Date Ideas by Jules Torrice

    Posted by Trisha Strahl on 6/11/2021

    Jule's Date Blog

    Picnic at Chatham Manor:

    Address: 120 Chatham Ln, Fredericksburg, VA 22405

    Chatham Manor is a Georgian-style mansion with acres of land that houses a beautiful garden and scenic views. Here, it is open to the public, so on weekends you may see pincincers, dog walkers, and on special occasions people come to take prom and graduation photos. So for this spot, bring  a blanket, pack a lunch, and grab a date to lay out and have a picnic. 


    Barnes and Noble Readings:

    Address: 1220 Carl D. Silver Pkwy, Fredericksburg, VA 22401

    From manga to newsletter, you can come here and purchase any title of book of your liking. Though it may end up being a shopping date, there are places to sit and read with a partner. It’ll be peaceful and quiet for those who may be more timid when it comes to dates.


    Dinner at Sonic:

    Address: 240 McWhirt Loop, Fredericksburg, VA 22406

    Most fast food restaurants are affordable and Sonic could definity fit in a cheap date’s price range. Most locations you pull into a spot and are able to order from in your car and you don't even have to move. I would recommend decoding the trunk area of your car with blankets and lights so when the food does come out, you and your date can sit out the back where it may give you more room to eat and talk. 


    Canoeing at Rocky Pen Run Reservoir:

    Address: Hartwood, Va 22406

    Canoeing, paddle boarding, and fishing are the things you may be able to do on this reservoir. If you are m0re of an outdoorsy type of person and want to spend the day out on the water, then this place and a similar location (Lake Curtis, Angle Lake, Little Lake Arrowhead, etc.) will do the trick. Just make sure to bring sunscreen, proper equipment, and have your bathing suit under your clothes just in case.


    Skating at the Cavalier:

    Address: 1924 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Stafford, VA 22554

    Here Skate Rental is $2 and Roller Blade​ Rental is $3 for ALL Sessions. They have daily and weekly deals for your family, friends, and in this case, you and your date. Maybe you never roller skated before or are pretty good, either way you’ll be able to eat, hang out, and roll 

    Around the rink with music blasting through the speakers. 

    Make sure to look at covid restrictions before going to any of these locations!

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  • I need a wildcat by Jillian Pabalan

    Posted by Trisha Strahl on 5/10/2021

    Express disclaimer: I do not support bringing a live wildcat into the school. This is purely for the sake of comedy.


    I've never asked for anything before, right? Well, sorry, I'm asking now.

    I need a wildcat.

    “A wildcat,” I hear you echo on the other side of the screen. Yes, a wildcat. Barring the fact that there are technically two in my home and hundreds in the hallways of my school every day, my life is unfortunately devoid of the creature, and its absence is holding me back. It’s holding us all back.

    I need a wildcat so I can help my school resuscitate two unlikely victims of COVID-19: our pride and our culture. 75% of Mountain View High School students surveyed feel that the school’s culture has suffered as a result of the coronavirus shutdown. 16.7% say that they don’t care whether or not the culture returns. And 25% said that despite being proud to be a Wildcat in the past, they now feel apathetic towards our school, with 8.3% saying that they “could not care less” about being a Wildcat.

    The vibe is gone, and that fact is as clear as the bottles of hand sanitizer on every desk. Maybe it’s because we can’t see our friends’ smiles from behind their masks. Maybe it’s because we’ve had to resort to bumping elbows rather than giving hugs. Maybe it’s because we find it hard to stay socially connected when we’re supposed to stay socially distant. I could go on, but I’ll spare you a few seconds and get straight to the point. No matter the cause, the best prescription for the poor vibe’s affliction is to rally up as much school spirit as possible, and I have a slightly impish, moderately foolish, and definitely outlandish plan to do so.

    Hear me out. Excitement is contagious. Just look at pep rallies (remember when those were a thing?). Two thousand cheering teenagers stand packed together like sardines in the stands while the band sets the soundtrack by blowing spit into wood and metal. All eyes are fixated on the cheerleaders’ reconstruction of the Great Pyramid of Giza. Nowadays, post-pep rally burst eardrums and sore throats are a distant dream—the coronavirus violations in that scenario number in the hundreds. My proposition to get around that? A socially distant pep rally, complete with a live wildcat to tie it all together. A live wildcat would cause a stir for sure. A stir leads to excitement. Excitement leads to, well, more excitement. And if we can get enough people excited about a symbol of Mountain View, we can get them excited about being a part of Mountain View. It’s easy logic, despite how illogical this whole plan may sound.

    Now, why would I suggest this if I know it’s a horrible idea? Because it’s been done before. Greg Brady kept his rival school’s mascot in his house on an episode of The Brady Bunch. Fictional? Yes. Impossible? No. As the saying goes (and as Sigmund Freud once claimed), there is a grain of truth in every joke. If Greg Brady can house a goat in his attic for several days, I’m pretty sure a team of high school volunteers can coordinate bringing a caged wildcat to school for an hour. Plus, not only do I have a cat at home, but I also have leadership experience from a school organization! That’s double the qualifications! What better person to plan a pep rally and figure out the logistics of transporting a live undomesticated animal than yours truly?

    Believe me, it may sound like the worst idea I’ve ever had, but I assure you that I’ve had worse. Will it be difficult to pull off? Maybe. But it’ll be so worth it. With one wildcat, we can lift the spirits of thousands of students and faculty, so just hand me the keys to the enclosure and let me save my school’s atmosphere with the large furry gremlin inside. I swear you won’t be disappointed. No matter how this goes, you’ll be entertained, which is all I want, anyway, so you really can’t lose if you decide to support this.

    It's time to make a choice: Are you going to trust a seventeen-year-old with a live wildcat? Or are you going to drive the vibe of Mountain View High School further into its grave?

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  • Tangled vs. Frozen by Sean Jones

    Posted by Trisha Strahl on 4/2/2021



    You might not like it, but Disney’s Tangled is way better than the cultural phenomenon that is Frozen. Yes, Frozen is visually beautiful, and yes, the characters are funny and memorable, and yes, the songs are banging, but I’m just gonna say it: Tangled did it all better. 


    Let’s talk about characters, I will say that Anna, Olaf, Kristoff, and Sfen are all lovable characters that bring a lot of fun to the story and add to the comedy. But, I would like to argue that Tangled did it first and better. 

    Rapunzel and Anna are both naive princesses that have been locked away from the world for a long time and dream of seeing the outside world. Kristoff and Flynn Rider are both the male characters that help the princess on their quest while also being there for comedic effect. Sfen and Maximillian are both the trusty steed of the male character and offer small comedic moments with them. And Olaf and Pastel are both the lovable side characters of the princess and help to offer comedy to the story. While I will admit that Olaf is the superior companion compared to Pastel, Rapunzel, Flynn Rider, and Maximillian are way better than their Frozen counterparts. 

    Anna seems like a shallow version of Repunzel, while they both share that urge to leave their “prisons” and see the outside world. Repunzel has a unique backstory that leads to her having magical hair that allows for someone to stay young forever and can heal injuries as well. Rapunzel is also a lot more firm and confident in her wants and needs compared to Anna.

    Flynn Rider has a unique backstory as a thief and is also the stealer of the royal crown, while both characters stumble upon their princess, Rapunzel kidnapping, tying up, and whacking Flynn Rider with a frying pan is one of the most memorable parts of the whole movie. The relationship between Flynn and Rapunzel is also much more important to the story compared to Anna and Kristoff’s relationship. 

    Maximilian just feels more like a complete and unique character with his own personality compared to Sfen who is really just Kristoff talking to himself.And while the addition of Elsa helps to make Frozen more unique, Elsa herself is very bland and boring compared to the other characters in Frozen. She does things on a whim and without a purpose other than for plot. And...come on, Mother Gothel is the superior villain. Speaking of Mother Gothel... 


    “Mother knows best” is better than “Let it go” and I can explain why. “Let it go” was meant to make money; it has nothing to do with the story. Let’s compare this to “Mother knows best” which is the villain song for Mother Gothel and helps to show the audience how manipulative Mother Gothel actually is.


    In conclusion, Tangled is a better version of Frozen. Thanks for listening to my rant.

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  • Black History Month by Lexi Jackson

    Posted by Trisha Strahl on 3/2/2021


    Black History Month originally began in 1926 as an effort to teach public schools about black history. Although at this point in time, black history is not really taught in schools, in my experience. There are other ways to learn about black history out of school. With all this access to technology, it is fairly easy to expand your knowledge. 

    According to the African American History Month website, Black History Month is about “paying tribute to the generations of African Americans who struggled with adversity to achieve full citizenship in American society.”

    Perhaps this year’s Black History Month was one of the most important because of the recent events with the Black Lives Matter Movement. More people are becoming active listeners when hearing about black people’s struggles. Other races learning about black history is essential in becoming a credible ally. An ally is there for support, so keep in mind not to talk over black voices. 

    Remember that February is not the only time to be supportive. You should be an ally every day. Visit to find black owned businesses in your area to support. Even if you don’t have money, you can show your support by promoting their businesses on social media. 


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  • Short Scary Stories by Jules Torrice

    Posted by Trisha Strahl on 3/2/2021



    You may only hear scary stories once a year on Halloween, but it doesn’t mean that the other 364 days you can’t have some frightening fun. So below are eight short scary stories that were pulled from the Internet to tell in the dark to your friends or read to yourself with the consequence of having shivers run down your spine. 


    “The last thing I saw was my alarm clock flashing 12:07 AM before she pushed her long rotten nails through my chest, her other hand modeling my screams. I said bolt upright lead was only a dream but as I saw my alarm clock read 12:06 AM I heard my closet door creaked open.” (Source:


    “Don’t be scared of monsters just look for them, look to your left to your right under your bed behind your dresser in your closet and never look up. She hates being seen.” (Source:


    “It was 1 a.m. and Guy Halverson sat in his dark living room. He hadn't moved for over an hour. The accident earlier that evening kept playing over and over in his mind. The light turned red, but he was in a hurry and accelerated. An orange blur came from his right, and in a split second there was a violent jolt, then the bicyclist rolled across his hood and fell out of sight on the pavement. Horns blared angrily and he panicked, stepping on the gas and screeching away from the chaos into the darkness, shaken and keeping an eye on his rearview mirror until he got home.Why did you run, you idiot? He'd never committed a crime before this and punished himself by imagining years in jail, his career gone, his family gone, his future gone.Why not just go to the police right now? You can afford a lawyer. Then someone tapped on the front door and his world suddenly crumbled away beneath him. They found me. There was nothing he could do but answer it. Running would only make matters worse. His body trembling, he got up, went to the door and opened it. A police officer stood under the porch light."Mr. Halverson?" asked the grim officer. He let out a defeated sigh. "Yes. Let me —"I am terribly sorry, but I'm afraid I have some bad news. Your son's bike was struck by a hit and run driver this evening. He died at the scene. I'm very sorry for your loss." (Source: Reddit,  'The Accident' by minnboy)


    “I always thought my cat had a staring problem. She always seemed fixated on my face until one day when I realized that she was always looking just behind me.” (Source: 


    “I don't know why I looked up, but when I did I saw him there. He stood against my window. His forehead rested against the glass, and his eyes were still and light and he smiled a lipstick-red, cartoonish grin. And he just stood there in the window. My wife was upstairs sleeping, my son was in his crib and I couldn't move. I froze and watched him looking past me through the glass.Oh, please no. His smile never moved but he put a hand up and slid it down the glass, watching me. With matted hair and yellow skin and face through the window.I couldn't do anything. I just stayed there, frozen, feet still in the bushes I was pruning, looking into my home. He stood against my window.” (Source: Reddit, 'He Stood Against My Window' by sabethook)


    “Last night a friend rushed me out of the house to catch the opening act at a local bar's music night. After a few drinks I realized my phone wasn't in my pocket. I checked the table we were sitting at, the bar, the bathrooms, and after no luck I used my friend's phone to call mine.After two rings someone answered, gave out a low raspy giggle, and hung up. They didn't answer again. I eventually gave it up as a lost cause and headed home.I found my phone laying on my nightstand, right where I left it.” (Source: Reddit, 'So I lost my phone...' by Lynxx)


    “I have a friend named Charlie. I'm playing at his house but it’s cold down here in the basement. I wonder where Charlie will let me go home.” (Source: Thought Catalog Website)


    “If you get scared at night, don’t keep your eyes close for too long. There’s a reason you’re scared, and now you can’t see what’ll approach.” (Source: Reddit, anonymous)

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  • Odd Jobs #2 by Na'Syr Jackson

    Posted by Trisha Strahl on 1/28/2021


    Another surprisingly well-paying job is becoming a railroad or train conductor. A train conductor is essentially someone who makes sure the train operates as efficiently as possible. The top 10 percent can make over $90,000 a year whereas the bottom 10 percent make around $40,000. If you want, you can even become a railroad conductor after high school. From there, you’ll most likely receive job training before getting certified. Train conductors also happen to work variable hours dictated by rail schedules, meaning one might need to be available to work even on weekends or holidays and might at times spend days away on particularly long routes.

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  • MV Sports Update by Taylor Cooper

    Posted by Trisha Strahl on 1/28/2021

    Taylor Cooper


    Recently Stafford County has started sports again. As of now basketball, sideline cheer, gymnastics, wrestling, indoor track and swim and dive have started. This is season 1 of 3. Season 2 starts February 2 and consists of competitive cheer, cross country, field hockey, football, volleyball and golf (boys and girls). While these sports are going on, athletes are made to wear masks and stay 6 feet apart. However, there are some exceptions.  For example, during basketball games players who are in active play are allowed to take their mask off but must put them back on once benched. During practice athletes are put into pods to keep each other safe. The pods are small groups of athletes that are allowed within 6 feet of each other while still wearing a mask. See the athletics’ website for a complete schedule of games:

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  • TikTok’s’ 2020 recap by Destiny Fitzgerald

    Posted by Trisha Strahl on 12/14/2020

    Destiny's Blog

    The viral social media app TikTok has taken the world by storm. From silly dances, challenges, and making videos on strong opinions, TikTok is known for boosting a song’s popularity tremendously. I’m here to tell you this year’s TikTok hits. Starting off we have a Taylor Swift mashup which was the summer hit this year (“Love Story – Disco Lines”). Next up we have the hit song “Lose Control” by Meduza & Becky Hill & Goodboys. As the list continues, we have “Origineel Geluid” by British Promise Cats, “Vibe (If I Back It Up)” by Cookiee Kawaii, “Watermelon Sugar” by Harry Styles, “CEO of speaking French” by I.y.a, and many more. You can check out the rest of TikToks 2020 hits at

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  • Odd Jobs by Na'Syr Jackson

    Posted by Trisha Strahl on 12/11/2020

    Na'Syr's Blog

    So I was looking around for odd jobs that pay surprisingly well.... you know as one does. Now I already know all the classics like the trashman; however, surprisingly, bingo managers do make some money. A bingo manager is just that: someone who manages the daily activities of their environment and approves jackpots and payouts while ensuring that all appropriate forms are completed and that they are in compliance with federal and state gaming regulation. The average bingo manager salary in the United States is around $60,000. Typically you can also become a bingo manager right off the bat with just a high school diploma and a few years of experience in related operation/gaming fields (i.e. working at a casino).

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  • Sports Update by Taylor Cooper

    Posted by Trisha Strahl on 12/11/2020

    Taylor's Blog


    Sports are going to look a little different than they have in the past years due to COVID-19.

    Every school district is required to follow CDC guidelines if they want to partake in sports this year. VHSL requires each participant to practice social distancing while also wearing face masks. Coaches, staff and administrators are also required to follow the same guidelines. Before athletes are allowed to begin practicing, their temperatures are taken and asked if they have had any symptoms recently. To keep the athletes safe, they are sending kids home who have a high fever and/or have any symptoms.

    If cases continue to decline, we will progress into the different phases and will have a new set of regulations. During Phase 1 activities are not permitted, Phase 2 activities must be individual skill development and Phase 3 allows team based practices and skill building. Throughout these phases, face masks are still required by VHSL.

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  • Congratulations to the following students for placing the VHSL Media Contest
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    Third – Cory Haley, Mountain View – Up in the air
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