VistaNow The Student News Site of Mountain Vista High School Fri, 07 Feb 2020 19:30:28 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Wish Week 2020: Day Four Recap Fri, 07 Feb 2020 18:44:14 +0000 //SOREN BROCKWAY & MOLLY HOUSER//

Lions and tigers and bears.. Oh My! The final day before the well-anticipated closing assembly had students dressed for a safari. Students and faculty packed the bleachers at the Wish Rally during advisement then crowded the stands at the varsity men’s wrestling match later that evening. Despite the incoming snow storm, many members of the Vista community took part in the day’s restaurant fundraisers, grabbing food at Raising Canes and splurging on ice cream at Ritas. 

Inspired by Je’Moni’s favorite Broadway musical, “The Lion King,” the ‘Safari-Out’ allowed students and faculty to unlock their inner animal. Many people walked down the halls sporting binoculars, safari-hats, and an endless amount of cheetah print. 

“I like [the safari-out] more than the ‘Jersey-Outs’ that we did last year,” sophomore Emma Johnson said. “Dressing up as the Lion King or safari people show [Je’Moni] we’re here for him and we’re just doing what we can to try to help him out.”

 After students geared up for the safari, the day kicked off with Smoothie King, Starbucks and other snacks as students and faculty filled the commons and main gym for the Wish Rally. As a class advisement, raising $100 got students into the Rally as did paying $5 for an individual. Events such as basketball and volleyball took place in the main gym and a photo booth was set up. Included in all the activities was a video shot for Je’Moni.

‘No Place for Hate,’ a new club at Vista, made their debut with their first project at the Wish Rally. Members of the club created a banner for students and staff to sign and passed out wristbands, as a way to encourage awareness around the school. 

“I think it would be cool to [become] be tradition because it’s usually a message our Wish Kids spreads,” librarian and club sponsor Kim Cox said. “Just acceptance and kindness and so this lines up perfectly.”

The idea of ‘No Place for Hate’ being involved with the Wish Rally started with Assistant Principal Rob Cegile who works closely with Student Leadership. According to Cox, Ceglie knew how full the event would be, which became a great opportunity for the club to spread the word. The impact theme for Thursday became ‘No Place for Hate’ as a result. 

As the day neared its end, the bleachers were filled again with a crowd ready to watch the men’s wrestling team compete against Chatfield Senior High School. With regionals just weeks away, high pressure accompanied the wrestlers during the match. Seven wrestlers competed in their respective weight classes. As the matches continued, more Vista wrestlers pinned their opponents with ease. 

“Going up on the mat, is always nerve-racking,” junior Mason Lowery said, “But once you get up there, you just got to leave it back in the stands.”

Vista took the win, with a score of 54-24. 

“I think we did a great job. It was an awesome way to end the season,” Lowery said.

Despite the excitement and anticipation built for the last day of Wish Week, Thursday ended on a concerning note. At 4:36 a.m. Douglas County School District announced over Twitter that on Feb. 7, school will be closed. Almost immediately after, the Vista community questioned what would happen to the assembly. 

“We know. We will figure it out,” StudLe sponsor Lindsey Jaffe tweeted shortly after the news broke. “Stay tuned.” 

After some confusion, Jaffe sent a follow-up tweet that outlined what the decided plan was. 

“Thank you all so much for your patience and support! We have so many different moving  parts we had to consider over the past 6 hours but ultimately Saturday from 9:30 to 10:30 is the best option! In the end it was what was best for Je’Moni  and his family! See you tomorrow!”

Following the tweet, Principal Micheal Weaver sent out a schedule to the Vista community. It explained that the Wish Week assembly would take place on Saturday Feb. 8, from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Doors will open at 9 a.m. for the seniors and juniors, and will open at 9:10 a.m. for sophomores and freshman. For seating, seniors will sit on the floor nearest to the stage. Juniors will sit on the floor mid-court to back. Sophomores sit in the west stands, while freshman will sit in the east stands. 

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Coronavirus: Everything You Need To Know Thu, 06 Feb 2020 22:28:15 +0000 //LILLY REICHER//

The coronavirus has shut down cities, cleared out entire regions and instilled absolute panic throughout every square foot of China and is progressively spreading to other countries. The coronavirus, formally originating in Wuhan, China has killed over 560 people since the first case on Jan. 8, 2020. So far out of the tens of thousands infected, 12 of them have reached the United States, according to data from Johns Hopkins.

Reportedly, the sickness comes from the consumption of snakes, the Chinese cobra and Chinese krait, to be exact. However, this is merely a hypothesis. The only proof comes from the first group of victims who were all workers at a local seafood market that provided live animals for eating. Either way, the virus was born in the genes of an animal and attached to the human’s system upon being ingested.  

The coronavirus mainly affects the respiratory system and spreads through touching and airborne germs. This means that if you get any closer than 3 feet to an infected person and they do as little as sneeze or cough under their breath, expect a full-fledged invasion because there is a 50% chance that you will be contaminated. Sayonara Super Bowl attendees, the 49ers weren’t the only numbers we were worried about. 

Before you go out and buy your surgeon masks and deep clean your entire body, consider this: Most of the deaths from the coronavirus are older men in their 70s or 80s who have had previous health issues in the past, making their immune system vulnerable and susceptible to illness. If they would get any sickness such as tuberculosis or pneumonia, they would most likely have the same unfortunate fate.

In 2019, 61,000 people died from the flu in the United States. That means approximately for every day of the year, 167 people passed away. In comparison, as of Feb. 6, 2020, 565 people have died from the coronavirus from the first case (28 days ago.) That means for every one day, 20 people have perished compared to the 167 that the flu affected per day.

I’m not trying to reduce the passings of these people as just a number, but for relativity’s sake, we don’t have that much to worry about. The maneuvers in technology and medical fields make the chance of a widespread, deadly virus about as likely as finding someone who can correctly spell ‘maneuver.’ So keep your head up America, unless you’re coughing. Maybe look down for that one. 

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SUPERBOWL LIV Thu, 06 Feb 2020 21:18:51 +0000 //Madison Paul//


SuperBowl LIV will always be remembered for its competitiveness. Passion was displayed through every player on the field, represented by the way they played the entire night. After competitiveness and determination through the regular football season, the San Francisco 49ers and the Kansas City Chiefs made it to the most rewarding game that football has to offer. 

In the first quarter of the game, the 49ers came out strong with a field goal kick after an opening drive, making that the first team to score. Patrick Mahomes, quarterback for the Chiefs, scored the first running touchdown of the game into the end zone after a 4th-down conversion, making the score 7-3.

In the second quarter of the game, quarterback of the 49ers Jimmy Garoppolo threw the ball to running back Kyle Juszczyk, who scored a touchdown. Then shortly after, a field goal kick from Chiefs kicker, Harrison Butker, left the score tied at 10-10 going into halftime. 

The halftime show was 12 minutes long, with six minutes for Shakira and the other six for Jennifer Lopez. Both performers brought a Latino vibe to the stage, making it the perfect ensemble for Miami and people attending the game. Both artists got to see the spotlight and ended the show together, bowing to the audience. 

The third quarter of the game was full of determination. It was go-time for both teams because the score was tied up. The 49ers came out stronger than the Chiefs with a short run from Raheem Mostert, who scored a touchdown, and a beneficial field goal kick from Robbie Gould. This gave the 49ers a 10 point lead going into the fourth quarter. The score standing at 20-10. 

The last quarter belonged to the 49ers to pull out a win, but the unexpected happened. Mahomes carried his team to victory in the fourth quarter. Mahomes threw a 44-yard pass to wide receiver Tyreek Hill, who scored a game-changing touchdown. After four consecutive passes bringing the Chiefs to the 10-yard line, and a 5-yard touchdown pass to Damien Williams, the odds were in the Chiefs’ favor. The Chiefs defense then forced a turnover on downs, but Williams added another touchdown after he broke free for a 38-yard touchdown run. Thus sealing the win for the Chiefs. Mahomes delivered in the most critical game of his career, leaving the final score at 31-20. 

Listening to interviews taking place on the field after the game by Fox, Patrick Mahomes said, “I am where I am because of my faith. My walk with Christ has shaped who I am today.” He continues by saying, “Out on the field, I am not just putting a show on for my Chief kingdom, but glorifying God.” 

He is one of the youngest and most influential players to seal a win at the Super Bowl. With his leadership, he pulled the team together. The entire team put their hearts on the field and that is the biggest advantage they had: their drive to win. 

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High Energy on “High-Five Fridays” Thu, 06 Feb 2020 17:55:49 +0000 //EMMA WOODY//

As students of Mountain Vista walk through the halls, it’s not easy to miss the joy exploding out of the upper 300s from science teacher Jennifer Haskell’s classroom.  Haskell spends every Friday standing outside her classroom giving out high fives. She calls it “High-Five Friday.” Creating a fun environment both inside and outside the classroom, Haskell’s positive energy lights up a room as she tries to make every day a good day. 

“I just thought it [High-Five Friday] might be a fun thing to get people energized and to be positive,” Haskell said. 

Spreading positivity is her main goal for everything she does, and it comes across to almost every student she encounters. 

“She has this different organized and overall extra positive energy, like you want her to be your teacher. You want to be around her,” sophomore Catie Owens said. 

Haskell’s energy is what makes her unforgettable, both as a teacher and as a person. However, it’s not just her energy that has impacted her students. A few years ago, Haskell was diagnosed with stage zero breast cancer. She uses this experience to fuel how she teaches and how she lives. 

“She’s been through a lot in her life, so she’s really able to connect with her students,” senior Jackson Bergloff said. “And coming from her background it makes her a strong teacher,” 

The overall energy that comes out of “High-Five Fridays” gets felt across the hall and from all different types of students. 

“[High- Five Fridays] picks you right up during the day,” junior Dawson Morley said. 

One of Vista’s main goals is to spread good vibes and make a positive difference, which is clearly evident through Wish Week, but Haskell achieves that goal every week of the year. 

“It’s so fun.” Owens said. “It’s such an easy and simple way to spread positivity.” 

Though Haskell has popularized “High-Five Fridays” it wasn’t her idea from the get-go. 

“I have to say though I kind of swiped the idea from Mr. [Cory] Hawk  because when I taught next to him he did ‘Fist Bump Fridays,’” Haskell said. “So last year I saw him do that and then I was like, ‘Wait, I think I’m going to start something like that over here in this neck of the woods.’” 

Haskell has high hopes for what will come out of “High-Five Fridays.” 

“There are some kids I’ve never had in class before, and they’ll walk by and if I forget they be like ‘High Five Friday!’ Sometimes it’s Tuesday, and they’ll be like ‘How ‘bout a high-five Tuesday!’ and I’m like, ‘Okay sure,’” Haskell  said. “Some kids say I look forward to this all week and that warms my heart. So, I’m hoping to just create that positivity around the building.” 

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Wish Week 2020: Day Three Recap Thu, 06 Feb 2020 17:54:02 +0000 //Camila Fowler and Genevieve Geoffrion//

Vista’s 2020 Wish Week is officially in full swing. The student body and community has reached the halfway point of the week and is only continuing to support Je’Moni’s Wish Week, whether it’s through dress up days, going out to eat or attending the events. 

This morning, the halls were flooded with an assortment of colors and winter and summer attire. The halls perfectly resembled the TV show “Phineas and Ferb” — the “s’winter” dress up day looked like it was straight out of the Disney Channel show. The day not only served as a reminder of Je’Moni’s favorite TV show, but was also a unique opportunity for students and faculty to get creative with their outfits. 

“S’winter was definitely my favorite dress up day this week. Our entire track team went all out, and the seniors even wore it to their signing day,” Ashton Lambert, 10, said. 

When the final bell rang and the school day came to a close, students shuffled out and headed home. however the Wish Week events were far from over. As the clock struck 5 p.m., students flooded Chick-fil-A in efforts of supporting tonight’s sponsors. Women’s soccer and the Unified program were among the many who were there. 

 “I really loved going all together because I felt like it helped us bond and connect off the field. I love hanging with the lower class and making them feel like they are included in everything because I remember myself as a freshman and sophomore feeling scared and lonely to come into this new chapter of my life playing soccer with people I didn’t know,” Ashleigh Willette, 12, said. 

At 6:30 p.m., the South Suburban Ice Arena was lively with Vista hockey fans ready to enjoy the night. Student Leadership’s smiling faces greeted fans as they piled into the arena. Students had the opportunity to lace up some skates of their own and enjoy an hour of free skating in a secondary rink before the game started. Vista hockey players joined the crowd before mentally and physically preparing for the game later that night.

“It [the game] was pretty cool, there were a lot of excited people and energy. My favorite part was listening to everyone cheer,” Jacob Tatro, 9, said. 

Pressures escalated as the hockey game creeped up on the players and fans. As the players warmed up for the game, fans completely filled the stands and awaited the game. Tradition calls for the annual honorary puck drop; this year’s honorees were Vista’s 2019 wish kid Chad and Highlands Ranch’s 2020 Wish kid. The National Anthem followed the puck drop and was sung by Sarah Grimm, 11. 

Throughout the game, both teams battled for the win, the final score was 4-3 in Vista’s favor. Zach Anderson, 12, Ethan Dupree, 11, and Jacob Strawn, 10, all scored in the game…some even twice. 

“It [singing the National Anthem] might have been the most nerve racking, yet thrilling, experience of my life,” Sarah Grimm, 11, said. “There’s really nothing to compare it to.” 

Andy’s was an all-day celebration that gave students an extra fundraiser opportunity outside of Chick-fil-A. The majority of students visited the sweet-filled franchise after the hockey game, not only treating themselves to dessert but further supporting Wish Week. 

“I went to Andy’s to support Wish Week and to help out Ja’moni in a sense,” David Smith 11, said. 

The day came to a successful close around 11 p.m.,with the countdown to the final assembly and additional events only continuing. 


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WISH WEEK 2020: DAY TWO RECAP Wed, 05 Feb 2020 17:15:49 +0000 Following a snowy night, the second day of Wish Week started with a delayed starting time, but the snow didn’t dampen the spirits of the students celebrating Je’Moni and his wish.

The dress-up theme was “The City Never Sleeps,” with students wearing pajamas. 

“I’m sad that Vista Idol got cancelled [yesterday], but I’m glad that we can be cozy in our pjs on our snow day,” Chelsea Becker, 11, said. 

The Impact Theme was “Spread the Word to End the Word,” with students packing the gym to support the Unified and the girls basketball teams. Both teams came away with victories: Unified winning their game against Highlands Ranch with a final score of 66-42, and the girls team dominating against Douglas County, winning 61-22.

While the Unified game commenced, Key Club served up a spaghetti dinner in the cafeteria. 

“[What I like about Wish Week] is how everybody is so active and how everybody comes together as one,” Meghan Butler, 11, said.

Students also ate at Cuba Cuba and Cold Stone.

Photos by: Matt Bernstein, Danica Bradshaw, Soren Brockway, Camila Fowler, Anne Gerringer, Hannah Jenkins, A.J. Magill, Andrew Marsh, Alexa Osvirk, Madison Paul, Alexa Purcell, and Kailey Tatro


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A Wrestler at Work Wed, 05 Feb 2020 16:12:23 +0000 //ANNA DUFFY//

When on the mat, under the lights, nothing else matters. It’s a one-on-one battle. It’s about what he can push himself to do and only him. When asked who Adin Weaver is, the answer is simple. Wrestler.

Adin Weaver is a competitor. He has committed 13 years of his life to wrestling and puts in exceptional work to be great. This year, Adin is a senior captain, which comes with the responsibility of carrying his team on his back. 

“I work hard in the room, I don’t goof off, I just try to grind everything out and don’t ask questions,” Weaver said. “I set the mood [for] the rest of the room so people are willing to work hard.” 

With State rapidly approaching, Adin is zoned in. He is currently ranked fourth in the state, but strives to be the best. To compete and be an athlete, hard work must occur. Adin does more than the required- he does more than expected. 

“I workout during my off periods, I go to a training facility and do a little running every now and then.” 

Accompanying his determined work ethic, dieting plays a role in Adin’s day, and his teammates’ day. 

“I cut out heavy foods and focus on lean meats,” Weaver said. “The day before you weigh in, you have to cut out your water and flush your system out.” 

As Adin’s high school career comes to an end, his future is bright. Whether he pursues wrestling or focuses strictly on school, he has a plan for what’s next. 

“If I win state, I’ll probably get some scholarship offer and I might take it, [but] I’m going to go into the medical field,” Weaver said. “I want to be a neurosurgeon because the whole anatomy of everything is cool.” 

Wrestling is more than the practices after school, or competitions. For Adin, wrestling is his lifestyle. Adin doesn’t walk away from the substantial commitment wrestling requires off of the mat. No matter if Mountain Vista brings home a win, or a tough loss, Adin supports his teammates. His brothers. 

“I just try to help motivate and uplift the spirits,” Weaver said, “rather than shut [the team] down.” 


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Lettuce Wins Big Wed, 05 Feb 2020 15:50:09 +0000

Scott Pozder, 12, munches on lettuce.

Competitive lettuce eating isn’t easy. Members of Temple Club must be determined, dedicated and, most of all, hungry to have a hope in winning the Mountain Vista Temple Club Lettuce Competition. 

“One of Temple Club’s philosophies is to be inclusive to everyone’s niche interests and give them a platform to organize them,”  Pierce Angeloff, 12, said. “A common interest among Temple members and officers was hosting this competition as an extension of the official college Lettuce Clubs around the nation.”

When the leaders of Temple first started the club, many doubted them. However, Temple has grown into a popular and enriching community of students. Members participate in an array of activities ranging from t-shirt design, meme appreciation, and much more.

“We were trying to leave a legacy on the school we love so much,” Temple officer Seamas Porter, 12, said. “We wanted to give back to the school and leave our mark in the best way that we know how.” 

In addition to creating an open environment for students to be themselves in, Temple Club makes an effort to give back.

“One of Temple Club’s biggest goals building up to Wish Week was to make a large donation ourselves,” Angeloff said. “We placed a $5 entrance fee on the competition for anyone without a Temple shirt with all proceeds going into our donation for Wish Week.”

By the end of the competition, when the lettuce had settled, one Temple member came out victorious. Scott Pozder, 12, breezed through preliminaries and in the final round ate an enormous amount of lettuce, earning himself the title of Temple Lettuce Eating Champion.

“I really had to get into the right mindset to be able to get all the lettuce down my gullet,” Pozder said. “[When I won the competition], there were lots of feelings running through my head. To name a few: joy, pride, and true American grit.”

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Playing for a Purpose Tue, 04 Feb 2020 16:41:43 +0000 //Anna Duffy//

The Mountain Vista girls volleyball team suited up before every game this season to play for each other with the hopes of winning. When October came around, the mindset changed. One game, one of the biggest games of the season, was more important than just winning. The girls were playing for more than themselves. They were playing for a cause. 

Fans flooded the stands to watch the girls face off against Regis in their Dig Pink game on Oct. 2. This was an important game of their season, not just for the sake of their record, but because they were making an impact on their community. 

“Dig Pink is in support of Breast Cancer Awareness month in October, and so we just have a bake sale to raise money for that,” Claire Wohlleber, 12, said. 

Students packed tight into the gym sporting the color pink and hooting and hollering as the Vista girls defeated Regis over three sets. The energy was high, the student section was alive and the girls came ready to play. 

“I think it’s a lot more fun to play really intense games because it makes everybody play better and want to win,” Kelli Ell, 11, said. 

Regis was a tough competitor, but the team camaraderie was evident and helped them come out with a win.

“I thought our chemistry was amazing,” Hannah Holmgren, 12, said. “We are connecting and playing super smart, and we never let up.” 

The girls made sure that even with all the excitement of the game, the true meaning behind why they were playing didn’t go unnoticed. Halftime was dedicated to raising money for breast cancer through the annual bake sale.

“So many people come to support the Dig Pink game because that’s probably one of our biggest games of the season,” Kate Roscoe, 10, said. “I think it’s a great way to raise money and build community. We always sell out of [baked goods] at the end, so it’s a really big turnout.” 

Along with wanting to support breast cancer, the girls worked tirelessly for a successful season. They made sure to focus on their team cohesion and coming together as a family.

“We do a lot of team bonding, which really brings us closer together, and we just have so much in common,” Ell said. 

Not only do the girls bond with each other, but they also have a strong relationship with the head coach, Doug Schafer. They adore him and respect his coaching decisions. They even have a funny line when talking about him: “#InDougWeTrust,” Wohlleber said.  

It is a powerful thing to take what you love and contribute to a greater cause. Dig Pink allows the varsity volleyball team to spread love and kindness throughout their school and community. 

“I honestly couldn’t be happier,” Aly Aeschleman, 12, said. “We worked so well together as a team, and I just couldn’t be more proud of everybody.” 

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PHOTOS: Varsity Ice Hockey vs. Castle View Tue, 04 Feb 2020 16:39:41 +0000 //ANNE GERRINGER//

On Saturday Feb. 1, varsity Ice Hockey took on Castle View at South Suburban Ice Rink. Vista scored in the second period making the score 1-0. Castle View returned during the third period making the score 1-1, sending the game into overtime. After a long battle, the score remained 1-1 and the game ended in a tie.

Vista Hockey takes on Ralston Valley on Wednesday, Feb. 5 at 7:30 pm at South Suburban Ice Rink. For the last home game of the season, and senior night, come watch Vista Hockey play against Cherry Creek on Thursday Feb. 13 at 7:40 at South Suburban Ice Rink.

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