The Mountain Lion Messenger

The Student News Site of Sierra Vista High School

The Mountain Lion Messenger

The Mountain Lion Messenger

The sun setting upon class of 24 as they spend their final moments together
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Happily Ever After: Senior Sunset 
Christina Fakoya, Staff Reporter • May 14, 2024
A pro-Palestinian demonstration on November 4, 2023, at the Freedom Plaza in Washington D.C.
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Israel-Palestine Student Protests
Amanial Ftwi, Global News Editor • May 14, 2024
Juniors Robert Lopez and Athena Plural make the perfect couple.
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The Great Gatsby Prom 
Averi Costa, Editor in Chief • May 14, 2024
Margarette Antioquia (12), Ashlyn Negrillo (12), Natalya Cintrón (12), Mackyla Arce (12), and Ms. Fick pose for Sierra Vistas senior walk.
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Senior Send-Off
Mackyla Arce, Assistant Editor • May 14, 2024
Cast X and O (joined by Technical Theatre students) celebrate a successful production.
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Legally Blonde
Taylor Fesser, Student Life Co Editor • March 28, 2024
TikTok
Vincent Stiles, Staff Reporter • May 14, 2024
The World’s Longest Running Armed Conflict
Amanial Ftwi, Global News Editor • April 22, 2024
Saudi Arabia’s Vietnam
Amanial Ftwi, Global News Editor • March 28, 2024
2024 Super Bowl LVIII
Gabriella Frey, Sports Editor • March 28, 2024
Clawing the Way to Victory
Lyric LaFasto, Student Life Co Editor • April 22, 2024
2024 Super Bowl LVIII
Gabriella Frey, Sports Editor • March 28, 2024
A pro-Palestinian demonstration on November 4, 2023, at the Freedom Plaza in Washington D.C.
Israel-Palestine Student Protests
Amanial Ftwi, Global News Editor • May 14, 2024

On October 7, 2023, Hamas launched an offensive into Israel, instigating another bloody conflict over the disputed Gaza Strip and West Bank....

Teenagers need a lot of sleep, and I feel like the average student does some sort of extracurricular, 6-7 hours of school, another few hours of homework ... school should ideally start at 9. - Javen (Junior)
School start time legislation at stalemate 
Nash Anderson, Opinion Editor • April 22, 2024

On September 28, 2023, the Nevada State Board of Education announced potential regulations to push back high school start times to 8 A.M. On...

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis receives a ceremonial Liberty Sword at the 2022 Moms for Liberty National Summit in Tampa, Florida. (via Florida Governors Office)
The Extremist Wave in Florida Education
Nash Anderson, Opinion Editor • December 28, 2023

In the election year 2020, former district employee Jennifer Jenkins replaced Tina Descovich, a completely unqualified Brevard County School...

The sun setting upon class of 24 as they spend their final moments together
Features
Happily Ever After: Senior Sunset 
Christina Fakoya, Staff Reporter • May 14, 2024

On May 2, 2024, Sierra Vista High School’s Student Council hosted the annual Senior Sunset that took place on the football field. Seniors gathered...

Mr Griffin enjoys teaching Mythology and Folklore I and looks forward to expanding to sections II and III next year
Exploring Mythology and Folklore
Taylor Fesser, Student Life Co Editor • May 14, 2024
Alaina Smalling (10), Penelope Marquez (10) and Christina Fakoya (10) in book club discussing their summer reads.
Summer Reads 
Penelope Marquez, Student Life Co Editor • May 14, 2024
SV Beats Bids Farewell to Seniors
Alex Rodriguez, Staff Reporter • May 14, 2024
Aston Sipple Banks enjoys the free food he eats while working at Burger King.
Cashing Out of the School Year: Minimum Wage Increase
Lyric LaFasto, Features Co-Editor • May 14, 2024

On July 1, 2024, Nevada is set to raise its minimum wage from $11.25 to $12.00 per hour, directly impacting several Sierra Vista high schoolers...

Mr Griffin enjoys teaching Mythology and Folklore I and looks forward to expanding to sections II and III next year
Exploring Mythology and Folklore
Taylor Fesser, Student Life Co Editor • May 14, 2024

Myth and Folklore, an elective course stands out from the variety of choices that entice students to explore a realm of wonder and imagination....

Alaina Smalling (10), Penelope Marquez (10) and Christina Fakoya (10) in book club discussing their summer reads.
Summer Reads 
Penelope Marquez, Student Life Co Editor • May 14, 2024

As summer quickly approaches, students are encouraged to start reading during their summer break. Reading introduces a perfect opportunity to...

Meet the Staff
Nash Anderson
Nash Anderson
Opinion Editor

Nash Anderson is a junior at Sierra Vista High School. This is his second year of journalism. He enjoys writing stories about politics and is the op-ed editor.

Averi Costa
Averi Costa
Editor in Chief

Averi Costa is a Junior at Sierra Vista High School. This is her third year of journalism. Averi enjoys writing articles about the news and lighthearted features. Averi was born and raised in Las Vegas and enjoys playing soccer and reading.

Amanial Ftwi
Amanial Ftwi
Global News Editor

Amanial Ftwi is a junior a Sierra Vista High School . This is his second year of journalism with a guest reporter feature published his freshman year. Amanial enjoys writing stories about geopolitics and opinionated pieces. Amanial is from Tigray and...