October featured seniors named
By: Katie Krueger
Riley T. Karnes is the son of Jill and Shane Karnes. He is a dedicated athlete, acting as captain of the cross country team and 4-year track and field runner. Riley is also a member of the Marysville Boys Basketball team and has been part of the indoor track program at MHS. His favorite high school memory was breaking the indoor track 4×800 record, and he plans to study finance at Miami University. Riley will miss the football games, dances, and time with friends most when he leaves Marysville High School, but he is looking forward to his next chapter.
Kaleb Griffin Tornberg is the son of Kara and Adam Tornberg, He has been a member of the Marysville Varsity football team over his four years, and he enjoys fishing and traveling in his free time. His favorite high school memory was homecoming weekend, complete with the pep rally and homecoming game.
Kaleb says he will miss the brotherly bond the football team had, but he is looking forward to obtaining a BA in business from The Ohio State University Marion. He would like to thank Marysville for its endless memories, long-lasting friendships, and countless opportunities. In his own words, “I’m proud to bleed forever blue and red!”
Megan Elaine Vollrath, daughter of Mischlynne and Michael Vollrath, has been an active student at Marysville High School over her last four years. She currently serves as the girls’ tennis captain and member of the Marysville Swingers Unlimited. She has been a part of the National Honors Society, Global Scholars, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Student Council, and Leo Club. Outside of school, Megan leads worship for St. John’s Church and is a director for the Summit Youth Worship events held in Marysville. She also has been a member of 4H and has done voice, piano, and dance lessons over the years. Megan’s favorite high school memory has been the show choir Disney trip, and she is excited to attend a four-year college to study business finance.
Jenna Camille Wilcox is the daughter of Jeff and Heidi Wilcox. During her tenure at Marysville High School, she has led gracefully in her role as trumpet section leader, show choir combo member, and president of Ping Pong club. She actively participates in a number of organizations.
She is active in National Honors Society, National Art Honors Society, Student Council, Rho Kappa, and the Marysville Band program, Jenna has been a light within her many school activities. In her free time, she enjoys playing the piano and doing stained-glass projects. While reflecting on her memorable time at MHS, Jenna has specifically been grateful for her marching band competition days, trumpet section traditions, and time with friends. She plans to pursue a four-year degree in accounting.
National Honor Society inducts new members
39 students welcomed
By: Kiersten Traucht
Although postponed due to the coronavirus, Marysville High School and Marysville Early College High School were able to induct 39 new members into the National Honor Society on October 7, 2020. These students were chosen based on their ability to represent the four pillars of National Honor Society which are character, scholarship, leadership, and service. Inductees included Madison Andrews, Maya Badhwar, Ethan Bates, Hannah Bates, Elena Boger, Emma Boger, Sadie Burghardt, Madison Chapman, Kendall Cromwell, Mark Frendberg, Hannah Grim, Mackensey Kempton, Maria Kessler, Katherine Krueger, Kassidy Lee, Megan Melish, Madison Sloan, Larissa Smith, Emily Thallman, Kiersten Traucht, Megan Vollrath, and Jenna Wilcox from MHS. While Avery Bautch, Ally Collier, Madelyn Gognat, Shane Hotham, Aidan Johantges, Carson Kane, Eva Mason, Max Miller-Brown, Alden Prohaska, Sarah Reed, Remini Roush, Madison Seely, Hannah Shelton, Bailey Wade, Lucy Weller, Chandler White, and Jadyn White represent ECHS. These students are currently hosting a poinsettia fundraiser to raise money for MHS’s “PAW Tree Project” and MECHS’s “Adopt-a-Family” service projects. This project allows children to receive gifts this holiday season who wouldn’t typically be able to. Overall, these are a great group of student leaders from within our school community.
Students choose from learning options
By: Maya Badhwar
Walking down the halls of Marysville High School looks a bit different these days. With the majority of students attending school following the ‘hybrid’ model that the school has adopted (which has half the school (“A” group) attending on Mondays and Tuesdays, and the other half (“B” group) attending Thursdays and Fridays). The hallways and lunchrooms are quiet and mostly empty, safe for socially distanced students going about their days. With the COVID-19 pandemic, the school has three options for students. One is the hybrid model mentioned above, one being school every day (for those who cannot stay at home for various reasons). Another is the virtual model. Students take classes online from their homes through a provider called Apex Learning. Also known as Marysville Virtual Academy students, virtual students have teachers that can assist students if needed, and weekly Zoom lessons in which the teachers will review the material, but the students learn through the software and material provided by the online program. While each option offers its strengths and weaknesses, the absence of choice is certainly not a problem for Marysville students learning how to stay safe while completing their schooling this semester.
Student group reaches Asian youth
By: Reya Singh
Marysville High School Sophomore Reya Singh has started a chapter of the youth-led organization aimed toward Asian activism, Dear Asian Youth.
Dear Asian Youth (abbreviated as DAY) is a youth-led literary magazine and organization that aims to empower, educate, and increase the political engagement of Asian Youth in the United States and beyond.
They aim to raise awareness of the many issues that Asians face and encourage youth to feel proud of their heritage and culture.
Dear Asian Youth seeks to connect Asian youth with others who share the same struggles and have faced discrimination. They aim to encourage youth to use their voice and push for more change in a world that does well to silence their narratives.
DAY hopes to inspire and educate others to do the same.
The Dear Asian Youth Marysville chapter holds bi-weekly zoom meetings to discuss our world’s issues and learn more about different cultures.
Everyone is welcome to the club, regardless of their race or ethnicity. Members are welcomed on a rolling basis, and there is no deadline to join! Please contact MHS or ECHS with any questions in regards to joining the club.
Mock Trial gears up
By: Reya Singh
Although things might look different for the Marysville Mock Trial teams this year, they are still very grateful to have a season. Ohio Mock Trial offers an innovative approach to learning the law and how our legal system functions. Guided by teachers and volunteer legal advisors, students participate in an original, unscripted simulated trial written by attorneys. High school students argue both sides of the case in real courtrooms across the state. The state finals are held in the Ohio Statehouse, and the winner advances to the national competition. Each year, volunteer attorneys create an original case around a current constitutional issue important to students. Mock Trial teams work with an attorney or a judge to prepare their case from both the plaintiff and defense perspective. Competitions at the district, regional, and state levels are conducted in an official courtroom and are scored by a panel of lawyers and judges from around the area. Marysville Mock Trial is in the beginning stages of their season and would love to welcome new members! Please contact advisors Ricki Schultz at ECHS and Luke Sundermeier at MHS with any questions regarding the program!
Choir plans virtual show
By: Megan Melish
Despite COVID-19, MHS and ECHS have decided the show must go on. Vocal music is still taking place under the direction of Mrs. Brianna Bizzaro with necessary precautions, including social distancing, outdoor practices, masks, and face shields. The symphonic choir has traditionally been a competitive traveling group but is still working hard to create a virtual performance. In addition to vocal music, the drama department is in the fall play process, which is currently unannounced. They intend to do a live-stream.