Category Archives: Arts and Entertainment

The Fault in Our Stars Review

The Fault in Our Stars By John Green ¦ Fiction ¦ ♦♦♦♦♦ Reviewed by Megan Liestman and Becca Mills.  Throughout the past year the book The Fault in Our Stars by John Green has become one of the most popular

Select Choir 2014

By Harmony Slankard. With many hours of preparation, resting voices, drinking water, and getting a lot of sleep, students at Mesa were ready to audition and perform in front of Ms. Browning last fall to try to get a slot

Apps (with video)

By Lauren Ceglia and Alex Domenico. Almost everyone knows that games are really popular, but which games are the most? According to the Play store ( an app store), these are the results that we found for the following categories;

Summer Plans

By Grace Mickelsen. Summer is on its way. Students finally get a break from school. Even though school is a fantastic ticket to our future, its reassuring to get a break once in a while. As of May 13, there

Expressing Through Electives

By Tessa Smith and Marissa Herrington. The core classes math, science, humanities, language arts, and health/PE were mandatory, but elective classes gave students the chance to express themselves and try new things. Some of the elective classes included the arts, Choir,

EA Sports Madden 25 Review

EA Sports Madden 25 EA Sports ¦ Rated E for Everyone ¦ Xbox 360, Playstation 3, Xbox One, Playstation 4, PS Vita, and  PC ¦ ♦♦♦♦♦ Reviewed by Joshua Minnick. Have you ever celebrated an anniversary? Did you know Madden games celebrate anniversaries? Their

Music Education hits all the right notes

By Sydney Stegeman. In our society, taxes are rising, school budgets are lowering and parents don’t have enough money for electives. I find that schools are always trying to find creative ways to pay salaries and satisfy their students needs.

Willy Wonka Jr. Backstage and Performance

By Ally Langdon and Mckenna Walter. During four nights of singing, acting, and dancing, the cast and crew of “Willy Wonka Jr.” did outstanding performances. “This was definitely the most technically difficult play the Black and Gold Theatre has done,”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


DIVERGENT By Veronica Roth ¦ Fiction ¦ ♦♦♦♦♦ Review By Faith Newton. In a future Dystopian society in the future Chicago, people live in 5 factions in order to maintain balance and peace. Abnegation (The selfless), Erudite (The Intelligent), Dauntless

Mesa Olympics

By Maddie Frost and Izzy Jacobson. Who will take gold in the 1st annual Mesa Olympics? The bears competed for the title of being the gold medalist of Mesa. Most contestants competed purely because they thought it would be a

Flappy Bird Deletion

By Kalyn Knox and Mia Rice. In the span of 3 weeks, this app store game became a national sensation. This App is called Flappy Bird. This game is frustrating yet addicting at the same time. Most agreed that the

Willy Wonka Jr. is leaving the chocolate factory and coming to Mesa

 By Faith Phillips and Zoey Triplett. Who is excited for Willy Wonka Jr.? You should be, because Willy Wonka Jr. will be walking down the red carpet to the Mesa stage on April 10th-12th, so be sure to get your

Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters Review

Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters Logan Lerman, Alexandra Daddario, Brandon T. Jackson ¦ PG ¦ ♦♦♦♦◊ By Molly Jones. Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters is in theaters, and many people are going to see it (or have seen it). It’s

Come to the band concert on Dec. 16

By Ashley Galligan. The band here at Mesa has been working really hard for their first concert on Mon. Dec. 16. They practice everyday together during first period. They are going to do three songs. The three songs are Serengeti

Lockdown Escape From Furnace Review

Lockdown Escape From Furnace By Alexander Gordon Smith ¦ Fiction ¦ ♦♦♦♦♦ By Braden Finley. Lockdown Escape From Furnace was an action packed thriller about a teenage boy who got sent to a prison like no other. The name of

NBA 2k14 Review

By Kenneth Saunders and Joseph Vezzani.  On Nov. 30, 2013 basketball lovers were all camping out, directly outside of their local video game stores. Their camping styles might have been a little different, but they all had one thing in

The Hunger Games and Catching Fire

The Hunger Games and Catching Fire Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and Liam Hemsworth ¦ PG-13 ¦ ♦♦♦♦♦ By Scarlett Vilt, Brecken Story and Sydney Stegeman. Critics and viewers were wowed by the first and second movie in The Hunger Games trilogy as well

The fall play takes off in Cinderella and the Substitute Fairy Godmother

By Calli Spradlin and Allie Korenic.                         The Mesa Middle School play was successful for all the actors, tech ninjas and audience. Baris Loberg, Clara Papula, Sophie Smrcka and

Book Review: The House of Hades

The House of Hades By Rick Riordan ¦ Fiction – Greek/Roman Mythology ¦ ♦♦♦♦♦ By Kristen Beasley. Rick Riordan amazes the crowd again with his newest book in the Heroes of Olympus series, The House of Hades. This book was

Ender’s Game

Ender’s Game Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfield, Ben Kingsley, Harrison Ford, Viola Davis ¦ PG-13 ¦ ♦♦♦◊◊ By Noah Johnson and Nick Fryhover. Ender’s Game came out on Nov. 1, 2013, it was action packed, but didn’t impress the critics. The

7th Grade Art at Mesa

By Scarlett Vilt and Sydney Stegeman. There are many elective classes at Mesa but art is one of the classes where you get to create radical projects and use your artistic abilities. “Art is fabulous,” said Chadley Chisholm. The art

The Halloween dance was a great success

By Grace Smith and Abbigayle Ford. Thumping music pounded on the walls of the Mesa commons just waiting to be let out. Monsters were dancing the groove everywhere. Decorations were on the floors and the walls of the Mesa commons.