Iron Chef Competition (with video)

By Grace Mickelsen and  Tessa Smith and Marissa Herrington. Mesa’s first annual Iron Chef competition took place on Wednesday March 19, and it had a great turnout. Students were asked to create a certain type of food, and display it

Favorite core classes

By Kalyn Knox and Zoey Triplett. Core classes. Everyone has them, but not everyone likes all of them. Some people like Math, some people like Science, some like Humanities or Language Arts, and others like P.E. “I personally like Math

The Easter Bunny is coming

By  Faith Newton and Faith Delp. Grab your baskets, because its time to hunt for eggs. On April 20, the Easter Bunny is coming and he’s bringing lots of eggs with him. Easter is a great holiday for getting together

Continuation controversy

By Jessica Holle and Lauren Shields. The school year is coming to an end and eighth graders are frustrated that there may not be a continuation leading them into their high school life. Instead of a continuation ceremony, Mesa’s adminstration

Sports at Mesa

By Mckenna Walter. A majority of students have played or are playing a sport here at Mesa. Playing a sport is a great way to stay active and having fun while doing it. Some people play a lot of sports

Do you want to help a wounded warrior?

By Kelsey P. Freedom Service Dogs is an organization that trains dogs, in order to help the wounded warriors of our country. What’s amazing about this organization, is that every single dog there came from either a shelter or a

Spread the Word to End the Word

By Logan Caskey and Harmony Slankard. Have you ever seen or heard someone call another person retarded? Did you confront that person and tell them that the R- word is offensive? Spread the Word to End the Word is a

Ms. Paul is an amazing teacher

By Thomas Markham and Jose Whitehouse. Ms. Paul is a new teacher here at Mesa and she is doing an amazing job. People in the Atlas pod love her and think she did an amazing job for her first year

Are kids becoming dependent on technology?

By Cami McQueen. Over the years technology has become more and more popular to adults, children and even students in school. However, the rapid growth in popularity has sparked a worry among many people. Will children become dependent on technology

The Polar Plunge

By Witney Clippinger and Tanner Pastorius. On March 8, Students went to the frozen Aurora Reservoir and jumped in, to raise money for Special Olympics. Mesa has participated in the Polar Plunge for a few years and many students seem

Glacier Field Trip

By Rebecca Mills. In order to help students get active and involved, the Glacier team took a field trip not far from Mesa itself. Students were split up into several groups with either a teacher or a volunteer parent. Then

Substitute teachers at Mesa

By Jake Heintzelman and JD Ahrens Many people would agree that substitute teachers are taken advantage of by students, allowing the students to mess around, and not do their work. Although there are some students like this, other students stay


By Lauren Shields and Jessica Holle. NJHS is an after school club that helps students in academics and teaches them to participate in helping the community. Members of NJHS learn to develop leadership skills and work together. Since Mesa is

Cafeteria Foods

By Lauren Shields & Jessica Holle. While some students bring home lunch, many of them also buy school lunch. There are many choices for students to pick from each day. There are also some foods that are there everyday that

Forza Motorsport 5 review

By Brennen Hess. I recently got a chance to play a brand new video game named Forza Motorsport 5, developed by Turn 10 Studios, a developing company well know for racing games. Forza 5 is an amazing game, better than

April Fools’ Day

By Mckenna Walter. April Fools’ Day is all about pranking people. To start the day off, many of the students were tricked during the announcements. The announcements started off like they always do with the pledge of allegiance. Then, they

What were your plans for spring break?

By Candice Brown and Mikayla Hylton. Spring break was a time to get away from classes, homework and studies. It was a time to relax and hangout with all of your friends. So, what were your plans for this year’s

Review of The Lego Movie

The Lego Movie Will Arnett, Elizabeth Banks, Alison Brie ¦ Rated PG ¦ ♦♦♦♦♦ Reviewed by Kelsey P. The Lego Movie, starring Chris Pratt, who plays Emmet, Elizabeth Banks, who plays Wyldstyle, and Alison Brie, who plays Unikitty, made $69

Is dating a good idea?

By Carrie Edwards. Many middle schoolers are in a relationship. But can relationships make you get bad grades? Can relationships make you lose some of your friends? Are relationships distractions, even? A relationship can be damaging or it can beneficial

Should we add a business class in middle school?

By Joshua Minnick. Middle School should allow students to take a business class. It will benefit them and their future. If any person wants to open a business and wants to handle their business, then there should be a business

The Ecuador and Galapagos Islands trip

By Zoey Triplett. Have you ever wanted to go out of the country and experience new cultures and species? Well, seven students a few teachers signed up to go on the trip of a lifetime. They are going to Ecuador

Art class

By Mckenna Walter. In Art class you get to express your creativity and show off your art skills. Nobody judges you if you didn’t make the best sculpture or drawing. Art class is a place where you can really be

Lockers in School

By Lydia Biery. It seems like every day students are complaining about how heavy their backpacks are and how its such a hassle to carry them around. What if we had lockers? Would things be better? Maddy Hickey, Madisen Orcutt

Total War: Rome 2

Total War: Rome 2 Creative Assembly ¦ Rated T for Teen ¦  ♦♦♦♦♦ ¦   Review by Tyler Brownell. Creative Assembly has once again released an amazing game to add to their popular Total War series. Total War: Rome 2, the seventh game

The celebration of St. Patrick’s Day

By Lauren Ceglia and Alexandrea Domenico. On Monday March 17, St. Patrick’s Day arrived. During that day everyone must wear green or people will pinch you from morning till night. This day had its highlights but it also had its hiccups. Every year

Mesa’s Got Talent

By Kelsey P. The Mesa Talent Show was a huge success. Students got to show their talent to fellow bears. Many students came to watch their friends, or just to see the show in general. The show went on without

Mesa’s Style

By Kalyn Knox & Mia Rice. All around Mesa kids wear different types of clothing. What people have said is that people look best in Hollister, Nike and American Eagle. The most purchased brand in the world is Nike and

Extracurriculars: Good or Bad?

By Leyly Sakhatova and Megan Liestman. The Olympics have come and gone and have introduced a wave of talented athletes as young as 15. Most kids aspire to be one of those athletes up there competing and representing their country

Are kids spending too much time on social media?

By Faith Phillips. What do you enjoy doing in your free time? Taking selfies, get on Instagram, get on YouTube, Twitter, We Heart It, Netflix, listen to music, hang out with friends, read, etc…? In this generation, people are constantly

Passing Periods at Mesa

By Mckenna Walter. Are the passing periods at Mesa Middle School too short? I’m an ordinary student here just like everyone else. And there are other kids in the school think the same thing. Some students have to get across