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Springville Junior High School held its annual awards assembly on May 21st. The awards assembly is a way to reward students for their hard work over the year. Almost every student leaves the auditorium with a certificate in hand. According to some of the teachers at SJHS, the awards assembly is a way to reward and recognize academic achievements and progress throughout the year; it also encourages students to try their hardest.
Mrs. Droz, the seventh grade counselor, said, “There are several awards handed out. Some are based on G.P.A., some are based on academic improvement, and some are given out by particular departments for achievement within a certain subject.” According to Mrs. Tarin, counseling secretary, to qualify to get one of the awards, you need to be a good student by trying your best to be a responsible citizen, successful learner, and effective communicator, which is the school motto. Ms. Dunn, a seventh and ninth-grade English teacher, said, “I want students to feel proud of working hard and doing the best they can and doing better than they did the year before. I hope that it encourages them to keep trying their best in school.” The awards assembly is an end-of-year celebration to reward students for their hard work before school ends and summer begins.
Scream! Shout! On May 22, everyone from SJHS is letting it all out at Lagoon! Mrs. Maughan, a ninth-grade English teacher, said, “I’m not sure when the tradition started but 13 years ago, when I was in junior high, we went to Lagoon too. It’s a fun end of year reward and celebration.” All staff and students (if the students don’t have any non made up sluffs or tardies) are invited to go spend a fun-filled day at the large amusement park in Farmington. Danny Salazar, a ninth grader, said, “I go so I can hang out with my friends and have fun. We also get to see teachers dressed up normal and it’s like ‘oh my gosh! You are normal!’ The school takes us to reward us for being awesome and to say thanks for paying and being good.”
Everyone who goes to Lagoon has a great time! Mrs. Maughan said, “Students and teachers both get to enjoy the park and ‘let loose.’ I love Lagoon! I never go to Farmington, so it is a lot of fun to ride roller coasters and act silly! My favorite part is wearing shorts and being in the sun. It sounds silly, but I get tired of wearing dress pants and high heels every day. It is fun for me to relax and be myself.”
Everyone has varying about Lagoon and their favorite parts of the day! Mr. Mikesell, the dean of students, said, “I love it! I do think, however, we should only take the ninth graders or that we should be more strict with who can go. My favorite ride is Wicked, and I love seeing everyone having fun.”
Meanwhile Abbi Morris, an eighth grader, said, “It is fun to hang out with friends and go on freaky rides together!” While everyone loves Lagoon no one can really agree on what the best ride is. Abbi Morris and Mr. Mikesell like wicked, Abi Maccabee and Tessa Larsen like Samurai, and Danny Salazar likes the bus ride. Mrs. Maughan said, “My favorite ride is Rattlesnake Rapids. I always laugh because everyone tries to get out of the way, but we all end up getting soaked.”
In Mrs. Maughan’s ninth-grade English classes at Springville Junior High, she and her students are switching places for a while. During the last two weeks of school, students have gotten the opportunity to become the teacher for five minutes by giving a lesson on any topic of their choice. “The Utah State Core Curriculum requires that ninth-grade students complete an oral presentation,” said Mrs. Maughan. “This is one of the ways I like to meet that objective.” According to Mrs. Maughan, she also did this with her ninth-grade classes last year. So far, the presentations have been very popular with students.
One of the most important parts of the assignment was being prepared beforehand. According to Samantha Allan, a ninth grader at SJHS, she had to prepare at home by measuring out ingredients so that the class would be able to make their own Play-Doh. “I think the most difficult part [of the presentations] was picking the topic to present on,” said Eleah Coral, another ninth grader at SJHS. Not only did students get to pick their own lesson to teach, they also got a chance to watch their classmates teach. “It was really fun seeing what sort of things other people thought of,” said Eleah.
Presentation topics covered anything from ‘Learning to Ride a Unicycle’ to ‘How to Train Dogs.’ According to Mrs. Maughan, she loves to see the variety in the students’ presentations. “It isn’t often that students have a lot of freedom to choose topics,” she said, “so it’s very interesting to [be able to] share in each other’s interests and hobbies.”
Who has the best track team? Springville Junior High does! This season was an overall success for the track team here at SJHS. Many great student athletes broke quite a few records this year from past years. Keli Brotherson, a seventh-grade track member, broke the past school record in the 800 meter. Eighth graders Sena Warren, Julie Sumsion, Kennedy Clement, Brennen Rymer, Harrison Holley, and Kaylee Wittaker all broke records in the distance races, hurdles, and discus. Ninth graders Angela Cardon and Devyn Tate broke records in sprinting races, long jump, and hurdles.
“All of our student-athletes worked very hard and had a competitive and successful season,” said Ms. Gardner, the distance coach in track at SJHS. Also a lot of students on track made it to the district finals on May 9! According to Harrison Holley and Julie Sumsion they had to practice and work really hard during the spring and summer, and also track practices to break the records. Congrats to all the track members who broke school records!
3...2...1... Blast off! The eighth-grade students in Mr. Dahl’s science class at Springville Junior High had the opportunity to shoot off rockets on Friday 17 out in the field by the skatepark. Mr. Dahl said, “Rocketry is something I’m really interested, in and it’s fun project to do at the end of the year.”
The students got into groups and then Mr. Dahl gave them a rocket kit. The students then had a few days to work on it until they launched the rockets. Natalie Sumsion, an eighth-grade student at SJHS, said, “It was fun but hard at the same time. If you make one mistake you could ruin your whole rocket.”
When the rockets were complete, the classes went to the field and launched them off a launch pad. According to Mr. Dahl, the rockets have small motors, “kind of like little fireworks,” that when launched, ignites the rocket to shoot up high in the air.
Many of the students were excited to see the rockets that they made fly into the air. Connor Woodfelt, another eighth grader at SJHS, said, “I wanted to make mine colorful, so when it was up in the air, you could see it,” The rockets went up as high as 1000 ft if made correctly.
According to Mr. Dahl, the students really liked it, and he is excited to see the rockets fly next year.
At SJHS we get the honor of congratulating Emma Page for winning the 2013 Diamond Fork Winter Series Rodeo. According to Ms. Hamilton, a teacher at SJHS, Emma Page is in the high school rodeo, and she has been doing this for years. She also won two big belt buckles at the Winter Series Rodeo. Emma Page, a ninth grader at SJHS, said, “The people that run the rodeo can also give money and horse tack.” Springville Red Devils High School offers to let students sign up and participate in the rodeo. They also do races all over the country. According to Emma Page, she practices every weekend with her horse.
Emma also gives advice to people who are interested in taking rodeo for the first time. Emma said, “Practice is key and the more you work with your horse, the more it will teach both of you to be in rhythm together. So work with it and get to know your horse better.” Rodeo is something her family does for a living. They taught her how and since then she has loved it because her family raised her to love rodeo and ever since, she has not stopped doing it. She loves it.
Emma Page also said, “I love doing this knowing that no matter what or how I do it. I’m just racing against myself and making improvements with myself and my horse.” She doesn’t always do barrel racing, she also does breakaway rope and pole bend. “Just knowing that no matter what I always enjoying what I’m doing and that I’m becoming better every time and the adrenaline rush!” said Emma.
On Monday, April 29 the three SJHS Orchestras went to the Utah Valley University orchestra Festival. According to Alyssa Oman, a member of ninth-grade orchestra, all the orchestra students get to go to UVU to listen and perform in front of other schools and judges. The festival lasts all day and is very exciting. Shelby Smith, an eighth-grade orchestra member, said, “We go so we can improve. The judges tell us what we did wrong and it helps a lot. It is also a good opportunity to be graded by someone other than our teacher and play for people our own age.”
Each orchestra played two or three songs. The seventh-grade orchestra played Dragon Hunter, American Hymn, and Entrada. Then the eighth graders played Apollo Suite, Terra Nova and Shenandoah. Lastly, the ninth-grade orchestra played Arlington Sketches and Sanseneon. Emori Brown, a seventh-grade girl, said, “The students played songs they have been working on in class for a while and watch other orchestras play, which is pretty fun.”
The students have a lot of fun performing, however, they don’t just perform! The students get to listen to orchestras from other schools and eat lunch at UVU as well. Bradley Wilson, another eighth-grader, said, “The students who went had a lot of fun running around, and getting lost at UVU. We ate a great lunch and also had a good dessert!”
Over all the festival was very successful. Alyssa Oman said, “My favorite part about the festival was playing songs with all of my orchestra friends. Orchestra is super fun and the music we play is awesome! It was really fun, I’d love to go again.”
The sun shining, a nice breeze blowing, and students shouting. This is the image people would see if they went to Springville Junior High School. Now days SJHS, students get to go outside. They started to go outside the week after spring break, and have been doing more things outside as the year progresses. According to Coach Parker, the SJHS boys PE teacher, he thinks that the change of scenery is good and the students are enjoying being outside. Students here appreciate the nice weather and being able to play sports outdoors. Chris Esklund, a ninth-grade student at SJHS, said, “Being able to do PE outside is really nice, and students can really play the games because inside is too small to actually play the games sometimes.”
Some of the outside sports in PE are flag football, disc golf, ultimate frisbee, capture the flag, soccer, tennis, kickball, and softball. Most students like playing these sports outside and get to run around in the grass. “It’s nice to come to school and not have to sit in a desk all class period, but be able to enjoy the sunshine for a while,” said Lauren Lyons, a ninth grader at SJHS. Students also get fun ideas for the summer when they are outside. According to Shelby Christensen, a ninth-grade student at SJHS, she is glad she learned how to play flag football so now she will be able to play it with her friends over the summer. Students at SJHS are glad to have the sunshine around and that they can enjoy it during PE. For this summer, as Coach Parker said, “Let’s get out and do something active!”