Philanthropy Through Creativity Event

By Stephanie Stoner. Do you remember the last time you heard about a person who is suffering in another part of the world far away and wondered how you, as one person, can even begin to make a positive impact

Having a lacrosse team at Mesa

By J.P Pinon. “Mesa should get a lacrosse team,” said AJ Bacon, “It’s more athletic than all the other sports at Mesa.” With lacrosse you have to run a lot and it takes a lot of thinking. If you are

Is Bear Hour useful?

By Bailey Squire There has not been a story about Bear Hour in a year so it is time to see what the new seventh graders think. Conor Crawford, Tristen McConnell, Allie Korenic, and Jillian Hagans use their Bear Hour

What about the future?

By Kasey Sloat. If 8th graders are getting closer to high school by the minute, do they need to start thinking about what they might want to do as a job or a career in the future? Most of the

A Year of Sports

By Izzy Jacobson and Maddie Frost. Ever wonder if sports are your thing? Mesa’s sports are great. “To be with friends, learn the love of a sport, get excited to represent your school,” said Bev Clemens, the sports director for

Are seventh graders ready for eighth grade?

By Harmony Slankard. According to seventh and eighth graders, coming to Mesa was pretty scary and tough, but for others not so much. Meeting new people, going to a whole new school, and having more responsibility.The school year has gone

Divergent movie review

Divergent Shailene Woodley, Theo James ¦ PG-13 ¦ ♦♦♦♦◊ Reviewed by Logan Caskey. Divergent takes place in a futuristic post-war Chicago, where the citizens are kept inside the walls to protect them from the unknown dangers of the outside world, and the citizens

Inspire club aims to stop bullying

By Ally Langdon and JP Pinon.  Inspire is a group to stop bullying and self-harm. Inspire stands for Independent, Noticeable, Strong, Pretty, Intelligent, Respected, and Acceptable. “I made this group because I’ve had so many close friends self-harm their wrist

Should Instagram be blocked from the wifi?

By Kyle Sterner. One of the biggest topics here at Mesa is whether Instagram should be blocked from the wifi. This idea has been talked about around the school for the whole year. Instagram is a social website that allows you

Willy Wonka Reveiw

By Carrie Edwards. The cast of Willy Wonka put on a show for Mesa students in the Black and Gold theater. There were amazing performances, great acting and hilarious jokes. Through the week, the cast had been very excited about

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