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MMSD Climate Action Letter: Sign Now!

MMSD Climate Action Letter: Sign Now!

Sophia Jiang October 26, 2023

https://bit.ly/mmsd-climate-action-now  Credit: West HS Green Club, Aharon Shelef

2023 Autumn Playlist

2023 Autumn Playlist

Sophia Jiang October 3, 2023

Autumn Leaves by Ed Sheeran we fell in love in october by girl in red October by Alessia Cara September by Earth, Wind, and Fire (alternative: Taylor Swift cover of this song) Run by Taylor...

5 Reasons Why Autumn is the Best Season

5 Reasons Why Autumn is the Best Season

Sophia Jiang October 3, 2023

It’s finally here! Cardigans, leggings, boots, beanie hats, pumpkins, apples, and the season that ironically feels warmer than summer. Autumn! Here are some of my top reasons why this is the best season...

11 VPM Seniors Named National Merit Scholar Semifinalists

11 VPM Seniors Named National Merit Scholar Semifinalists

Sophia Jiang September 29, 2023

Of the more than 16,000 high school students who qualified as National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists by making the PSAT cut, which was 213 for the state of Wisconsin, 11 are from VPM. These students...

Weather Update for 2/16/23

Sophia Y Jiang February 16, 2023

Message from MMSD: "The Madison area will be under a winter storm advisory today and into the evening. As a heavier band of snow tracks south and east of Madison, we expect a total snow accumulation...

Pride flag, LGBTQ. Free public domain CC0 photo.

Utah Bans Transition Care for Transgender Youth

Ben Arnoldussen February 10, 2023

Gov. Spencer Cox from Utah signed a bill this past Saturday that will block underage individuals from receiving gender-transition health care, which is vital for people of this degree. The law prohibits...

End of Semester Countdown!

End of Semester Countdown!

Sophia Jiang January 14, 2023

Make sure to check with your teachers about your grades and make sure to get all of your missing assignments finished!

Your EICs Want to Wish You a Happy New Year!

Your EICs Want to Wish You a Happy New Year!

Sophia Jiang, Anvika Annyapu, and Olivia Zhu January 14, 2023

It’s 2023 and a fresh new start for all of the Spartans at VPM! We hope to give you all some up-to-date information on all of the hot topics of this new year, from news on the Speaker of the House, to...

A Review of Don’t Worry Darling: Too Good to Be Good

Ben Arnoldussen November 16, 2022

Olivia Wilde’s latest film, which she co-stars, as well as directs, was set for big anticipation, and after releasing in theatres on September 23rd, the 2022 film was both amazing and a plane crash to...

The DDAF Macbeth Play was a Success!

The DDAF Macbeth Play was a Success!

Ben Arnoldussen November 15, 2022

After two amazing shows this past weekend, Memorial's Fall play was a success! With almost a full house each night, each performance was filled with laughter, thrills and tragedy. Many viewers said "You...

Founder and CEO Ben Arnoldussen wearing his custom rings and necklaces.
(Courtesy of Ben Arnoldussen)

Interview with Teen CEO and Founder of Calvagna Jewelry: Ben Arnoldussen

Sophia Jiang November 13, 2022

Meet Ben Arnoldussen the founder, CEO, and creative jewelry designer of Calvagna Jewelry, a brand that emphasizes quality material and customization that makes every customer feel unique. Not only can...

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