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It’s that time of year To our readers:

October 2012 Volume VII Issue I

llllBack-to-school advertisements say it. Fashion advice columns in teen magazines like Seventeen say it. The beginning of a new school year is supposed to mean a new look, a new style, a new year. We’re a year older, supposedly a year more mature than when we started school last year. Let’s be honest, though, most of us are still the same people. One thing has changed, however: this “newspaper”. We made a few big changes. First, we’ve moved away from a typical newspaper to become a magazine. We felt that you, as our readers, would enjoy this style and content more. With our new look came our new name. Although The Voice has been with us since the school opened, we thought a new name would be appropriate for our new style, and that’s how we’re now The Viewpoint. We hope you enjoy the changes and continue to turn past this page. If you would like to give your opinion on the new magazine, any of the pieces or any of the issues, send us a letter to the editor to either room 303 or 307 or send us an e-mail at mvtheviewpoint@gmail.com. Also, you can post on our Facebook page and mention @MVtheViewpoint on Twitter. This magazine is for you, and we want your opinions. Keep on reading, and keep on the lookout every month for a new one. Perhaps our new look will inspire you to actually do what we all say we will do at the beginning of each year: reinvent yourself.

Editor in Chief

Emmy Reinwald Assistant Editor in Chief

Kerry Reichhardt Business Manager

Ashley Friedl Opinion Editor

John Keppeler Entertainment Editor

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Victoria Conner Student Life Editor

Lexi Stevens Advisor

Nicole Eshelman

The Viewpoint is a cross-section of the news and opinions of the student body of Mountain View High School. It is a forum of expression published by aprintis. Editorials represent the views of the writers and are not necessarily the opinions of Mountain View High School, its administration or staff. Unsigned editorials represent the majority of the editorial board. Letters to the editor are welcome and should be submitted to rooms 303 or 307 or sent to mvtheviewpoint@gmail.com.

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We knew they could podimb Nove taking first at the podium and team as far as possible, and um at states and that would the girls’ team placing tenth. when everyone sets their have been so cool to have ce e Voi Junior Tyler Smith said, “I goal as a team and avoids both teams on the state pode th believe the main reason for being selfish, individual dium.” Insi y Art e Lawn said, “Our boys’ the team’s success is Coach goals are accomplished and ar Stat Culin nts visit Davis’ intense and special- the team is stronger than team is ranked number one de stu in Virginia, and I believe they ever.” II ized individual training.” stu ior d nia t I an le. Jun ore The individual goals for deserved the title very much Senior Logan O’Baker Fair linary Ar to the Virgidak, Douband sophom e g tur Cu veled y said, “Our overall outlook on states were incorporated by ... 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At Great Meadows Park the boys team took first place and the girls pla page show ing dur and pet other reasons for the teams’ heart that keeps me going. flect Coach Davis’ and all of team placed tenth. Senior Logan O’Banker said, “We went out there, had fun in the mud, and just did what we ing?” com g cook success. She said, “I believe One of our team’s favorite our assistants’ hard work ... had done all season as Coach Davis says ‘Just another Chapter of our book’.” rkin Kirrane cle pa resolved riding ielle we were as successful as we quotes is ‘I will never quit on Without them I never would Dan Bicy s n ga lem be were this season ... because my teammates’ and it is a have known this true feeling on the season and be thank- er, we supported each other sons next year and the years prob dents beto school dDay iz of accomplishment.” ful that my team was there more than anything and I after,” O’Baker said. at the end of the day, we all rule we run by and live by.” row Stu ycles s Duo Jamie Ru ht overc tion bic The team has developed for me when I was hospital- think that feeling of family is Smith said, “Next year I O’Baker said, “Our goal believed in the same goal amou ht as thoug their buses are ministra e ay-F y was tig of duos bik ad Volume and had a mutual respect was to win states, [and we] more than just accomplish- ized and couldn’t be there what I will look back on the look forward to another succause School ased a 2 Thursd Duo Da plenty e and near us ments. for them. 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election 2012

Sorting out the candidates Voting for the first time? If you’ve ignored all the news, tweets, and debates, there’s still hope. Here’s a breakdown of some basics.

Barack Obama

Mitt Romney

Party – Democratic Age – 51 Height - 6’ 1” Previous Positions – Illinois State Senate (elected 1996), US Senator for Illinois (elected 2004), US President (elected 2008) Economic Views – Raise taxes on the wealthy and corporations, bring jobs back from overseas Healthcare Views – Uphold Affordable Care Act, cut Medicare spending Foreign Policy – Withdraw from Afghanistan by 2014, stop Iranian nuclear development through diplomacy Education – Excuse states from “No Child Left Behind” program Other Social Issues – create legal path for illegal immigrants; supports same-sex marriage; supports renewable energy

Party – Republican Age – 65 Height - 6’ 2” Previous Positions – founder of Bain Capital investment firm (1984), Governor of Massachusetts (elected 2002) Economic Views – Cut corporate tax rate to promote job growth Healthcare Views – Repeal Affordable Care Act, have fixed payments to seniors replace Medicare Foreign Policy – Label China as a cheater or “currency manipulator”, stop Iranian nuclear development through action Education – Uphold “No Child Left Behind” Other Social Issues – build US/ Mexico border fence, against samesex marriage; supports US fossil fuel production

Sources: barackobama.com aljazeera.com

Sources: barackobama.com aljazeera.com

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Who is the better candidate? Hard to tell Well, it’s election year again, and Americans have a tough choice ahead of them. Many are angered at how President Obama has handled the country for the past four years, but will Mitt Romney be any by Jonas Chechak better? Barack Obama looks to be standing strong in the polls. The Democratic ticket has had a small edge over the GOP in many battleground states and seems to be winning the overall race. Obama has been praised for his speeches and his progressive social stance. The passing of his Affordable Health Care law and his support of same-sex marriage has helped him in the polls.

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However, his performance in the first debate was less than stellar, and he lost some undecided voters the next day. Many of his opponents also disagree with his economic and foreign policy, stating that he is spending wildly out of control and that he needs to be stronger overseas. According to electionprojection.com, Obama is ahead by 24 Electoral College votes, even though he only has a slim lead in the popular vote. It is looking like it is the incumbent’s race to lose, but there is no room for error. The challenger to the White House has had an interesting road getting here to say the least. Mitt Romney came out as the victor in the confusing mess of Republican hopefuls. His performance during the presidential campaign has been rocky as well, with many stumbles along the way (Anyone remember that 47% comment?). Romney has

been trailing in the polls for a while now, but not by much, and his impressive performance at the debate has been very helpful to his chances. What Romney really needs to worry about now is the electoral votes, where he is trailing behind. For him to win, he will need to win over a few more swing states, which won’t be easy. Romney needs to play down his previous mistakes, continue to focus on his economic policy and keep up his strong performance in the debates. Whether he can make up lost ground in time will show soon enough. The U.S. is in for a photo finish, and I don’t believe that anyone can really predict the outcome of the election. Every vote counts and any small mistake can cost a candidate the presidency. The only questions left are, who will win it all, and who will fall short?


Why Vote?

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Civic duty, privilege or obligation? If you are 18 years old and registered to vote, will you? In a what’s-in-it-for-me culture, is voting important? Here’s what they had to say.

Susanna Newsome

The Viewpoint: How do you feel about voting for the first time? Are you excited? Susanna Newsome: I am very excited to put my own opinion out there. TV: Do you think your vote can make a difference? SN: Yes, I do. TV: Why vote? SN: I feel like it is my duty as a citizen to vote. I’ve been looking forward to it for a while.

Simeon Khan

The Viewpoint: How do you feel about voting for the first time? Are you excited? Simeon Khan: I was excited after the first debate, but I wasn’t as excited after the second debate. TV: Do you think your vote can make a difference? SK: Yes, in every democratic system every vote counts. TV: Why vote? SK: It is important because we have to have somebody that we choose making the right decisions for our country.

Will Scheid

The Viewpoint: How do you feel about voting for the first time? Are you excited? Will Scheid: I’m excited to become a part of the wonderous world of diplomacy. TV: Do you think your vote can make a difference? WS: One vote doesn’t matter as much, but the large population should try to vote to give a concensus as to the direction of leadership desired. TV: Why vote? WS: To get my voice heard.

Kati Frost The Viewpoint: Are you excited about voting? Kati Frost: I am, I love voting. This will be my second presidential election. TV: Do you think your vote can make a difference? KF: I do think so. I used to work on campaigns, so I know how much difference one or two votes can make. TV: Why vote? KF: Because it’s one of the few opportunities for everyone to have their voice be heard and if you have a strong opinion about something, you should say so.

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Where’d the good stuff go? Students were forced to adjust to changes in the cafeteria’s menu and pricing due to new laws attempting to improve the nutritional value of meals. Emmy Reinwald Editor in Chief

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hen this year’s seniors came to high school, it was the first year french fries were not offered at lunch every day. This seemed to be the most radical change in the lunch menu until last year when buns and pasta were changed to whole wheat. OK, some students may have grumbled about it, but it was a change they could deal with it. llllThis September, however, brought even bigger changes that have invoked complaints across the student body. Passed by Congress in 2010, the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act is the reason for cafeteria changes this year. According to the United States Department of Agriculture, this law’s purpose is to help fight childhood obesity and provide healthy meals for students on the free or reduced lunch program. Director of School Nutrition for Stafford County Public Schools Chapman Slye said, “These changes are a result of the new pattern which is part of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act.” The new standards schools are required to implement over the next few years include limiting calories based on the age of students to control portion size, increasing whole grain foods and reducing saturated fat, added sugars, trans fat and sodium in school lunches. The most noticeable change has been to the chicken sandwich. Last year, students observed how the buns went from white bread to whole wheat. This year, “skinny buns” have replaced the normal bun. Slye said, “The menu must meet whole-wheat requirements for all breads.” It’s not just the chicken sandwiches. These standards have caused multiple changes in the lunch menu. Students have had to get used to the absence of croutons in salads and the reduced size of rolls. Senior Monica Brito, who eats salad every day that it’s offered, said, “I’m already eating healthy by choosing the salad. Why are they taking out the croutons?” This opinion was echoed by senior vegetarian Becca Smoot. She said, “Students are just going to go back to eating pizza because the best part of the salad was the croutons.” As for the smaller size of the rolls, Slye said, “The new meal pattern calls for a bread-serving range between 10 and 12 servings per week.” There have also been price changes this year. The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act implements the “six-cent rule” in which a school is reimbursed six cents for every meal it serves that reaches the new standards set by this act. In the cafeteria, in order to be charged for a lunch for $2.40, a student must purchase the entrée, milk and a fruit or vegetable. If a student does not get all these items, he will be charged for each item individually which is more expensive. There are price changes that help the students, though. Slye said, “High school students ... can take up to two different fruit selections and two different vegetable selections with their meals at no extra charge.���

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This summer I crossed the pond to watch the Olympic games. I was able to see so many different events, but these are my top three.

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Olympic Top 3 There’s nothing more exciting than going to a basketball game. Oh wait, there is! Going to a women’s gold medal Olympic basketball game! I had the time of my life watching USA whoop France’s butt, and the crowd was so intense. The crowd was jumping up and down waving their American and French flags hootin’ and hollarin’. The men’s volleyball game was exhilarating; the crowd was so energetic, and it was amazing to see that no matter where you’re from we can all come together in the spirit of the Games. It really was life a changing experience to cheer with and for other countries around me. The crowd was hilarous. When Brazil was winning they formed a conga line and ran around the stadium. I also discovered that the wave is an international crowd pleaser. The gold medal match for taekwondo was really interesting to watch. The women seemed to be a lot tougher than the men. I walked in not having a clue what to expect. I thought maybe there would be a few rows of seats, but it was a full stadium of people from all over. Even though I didn’t understand a lot of the rules, I still was able to count down every time the timer got close to zero with the rest of the crowd. I was able to see both the Olympic women and men fight for the gold along with their country. 8

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going on on the field? If there’s a lull, what would get them pumped up? What would give them extra motivation?” Simeon Khan, senior and co-captain of the varsity football team, knows first hand the impact that a group of screaming fans can have on an athlete. “All the hype from the audience gives me a boost,” Khan said. “They always help no matter if we’re winning or losing,” he said. Dockter said, “We see what goes on at pep rallies, and we wanted to just continue that.” She added, “We want the team to feel supported.” And they certainly want the athletes to have as much fun playing as The Crazies do cheering. “It’s a lot more fun for us to play the games knowing that we have such a concentrated force of loud noises and emotions going on,” Khan said. The Crazies are important in strengthening the fan-to-athlete bond cultivated at Mountain View already, but they also serve as a way to show wildcat pride for the school as a whole.

“This is what makes Mountain View what is,” Dockter said. “We’re here … to show the parents and community we’re proud to be at Mountain View,” said Mallory. They do this not only by making up a huge part of the noise that goes on at football games, but by supporting and cheering for the other sports teams at Mountain View. Dockter said, “We go to the football games, but we’re also here to support other athletics as well. We put posters up around the school to let people know about field hockey games or to congratulate the cross country team.” The Wildcat Crazies are a great representation of the pride and spirit of the Mountain View student body, and the club is a great way to get our school connected one game at a time. Students of all grades are welcome to sit in the spirit section, but leadership positions for The Crazies are reserved for juniors and seniors only.

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This year, wildcat pride was taken to a whole new level with the creation of The Wildcat Crazies--a club based around the school spirit shared among so many Mountain View students. This spirit is what Concessa Mallory and Allison Dockter, co-sponsors of The Wildcat Crazies, had in mind when they started this swag-a-rific club. “We really started The Crazies to give the students here an organized way of showing their school spirit,” said Mallory. “We just wanted to give a place to support our students. We’re with them in class, we want to be with them on the field,” Dockter seconded. Apart from being a great way to gather fans into one ultra-loud group, The Crazies are mostly here for the sports teams. “We’re here to support the athletes who work so hard every day,” said Mallory. When Dockter finds herself leading the group of pumped-up Wildcats in a chanting roar, she said she is thinking, “What would support what’s


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rallying behind the sophomore The season has had its ups and its downs, big losses and even bigger wins, under first year starting varsity quarterback, sophomore Elijah Burress. by Paul King

The Viewpoint: What was your first thought when you found out you won the starting job? Elijah Burress: Hmm… just not to mess up. TV: Just not to mess up? EB: Yeah, I just really didn’t want to mess up. Before the first game, I was a little nervous. TV: Who did you end up beating out for the starting job? EB: A senior named Collin (Hasenecz), and a junior named Sean (Morgan), but the junior, Sean, is starting safety and also plays a little bit of linebacker, too. TV: You are considerably young for a starting varsity quarterback. How have you gotten your teammates to look past your age and to believe in your ability? EB: I mean, they always thought I was pretty good. I guess they thought I was exceptionally good after the Courtland game. I guess that’s when I earned their trust as quarterback. TV: So it wasn’t all that hard to gain their trust? EB: You just got to work hard. TV: Since you are new to the offense, have the coaches simplified the offense for you? Was it hard to learn? EB: They hadn’t really simplified it. I learned parts of it playing JV and when I was bumped up to varsity during my freshman year, it wasn’t really all that hard to learn. They make it simple for everybody. TV: So, the regular season is starting to close, and the playoffs are getting closer. How are you and the team preparing for the fact that if you lose one game, your season is over? EB: We’ve been working hard the past couple weeks, and we know that these are the last few games before the playoffs. We’re just trying to play our best. photo provided by the cat’s eye

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Spirit Week michelle staggers

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Nerd Day

Hawaiian Day

Left: Kyle Brennan adorning nerdy attire during lunch. Right: Janson Doyle, Cory Ohlin and Caitlyn Nolan showing school spirit during the homecoming football game.

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Decade Day Top Right: Shawna Mumma in class with Hawaiian spirit. Below: David Slupeck and James Hartmen representing the 70s.

Left: Becca Smoot representing the senior class. Bottom: Jackie Tennant’s class during Hogwarts Day.

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