Front, left to right: Becca Bertlesen, Kate Kelly, and Ezra Hopate.Back, left to right: Jed Barker, Mr. Hansen, Spencer Gwillian, Andrew Gwillian, Brandon Merkley, Studebaker, Sarah Clark, Rebecca Morrison, and Ms. Beddes.
“I want to be a lawyer when I grow up,” said Sarah Clark, a ninth grader on the SJHS mock trial team. The mock trial team meets as a 4H club after school. The mock trial team has up to about ten people. These students compete with other schools in the state. The won their first competition, and recently they sadly lost their second competition by seven points. But that won’t keep them from practicing and winning another time, said Sarah Clark.
Mr. David Hansen and Ms. Kiera Beddes are the teachers who run the mock trial and who train the mock trial students. According to the mock trial team, they are amazing teachers who are willing to fit you into the mock trial team next year.
The mock trial team will have traveled to compete with other schools in the state. So far they have done very well. The mock trial has a long way to go before the end of the year, but because of their recent loss, they will not know if they will proceed in competing or not according to Sarah Clark. We wish them the best for the rest of the year! Sarah said, “Everyone in the team is great, we have amazing talent. We have done the cyber bully case and the civil negligence case.” The team has learned so much about how to be a future lawyers and how to argue and win in cases. They are a great club and we wish them the best in the future!
Each month the Springville Junior High School faculty and staff selects six students, a boy and a girl from each grade, to be the Super Knights for that month. In February, Sam Graves and Sarah Clark were named the ninth-grade Super Knights, Wyatt LeFevre and Sarah Emmett were named the eighth-grade Super Knights, and Salvador Juarez and Alisa Boyer were named the seventh-grade Super Knights.
Mr. Trent Mikesell, assistant principal at SJHS, said, “Super Knights are students nominated and elected by teachers. They must be responsible citizens, respectful learners and effective communicators. It’s a goal every student should be trying to reach. We decided to do the Super Knights to recognize students who are good examples, and to show everyone what they should aspire to.”
The Super Knights Assembly was on February 10, 2012. Springville Junior High School’s Fiddle Band performed as well as the boys choir, the Journeymen.The Fiddle Band played three songs, “Soldiers Joy,” “Cripple Creek,” and “Old Joe Clark.” There are 15 students in the Fiddle Band at SJHS, all eighth and ninth graders. The Journeymen sang “Surfin’ USA”; the Journeymen are all eighth graders.
For the students to become Super Knights, the principal and his advisers poll all the teachers and ask them to nominate the students. The teachers as well as staff are able to nominate. According to Mr. Mikesell, everyone is always on the lookout for students who go above and beyond the normal. Sarah Emmett said, “My advice for the students is work hard, be nice to the students and teachers, and raise your hand to answer questions.”
If you ever walk into the band room at Springville Junior High School during first period, you might hear the eighth-grade band playing a medley of songs from the Disney movie Tarzan. Mr. David Booth, the band teacher at SJHS, said, “The eighth-grade band is doing a most excellent job on the Tarzan piece. It's a very exciting piece of music with a lot of percussion.” Some of the percussion consists of a snare drum, timpanis, a xylophone, and even a trash can. The band students seem to enjoy the piece. Chase Kimball, a trombonist in the band, really likes the song. He said, “It’s a hard piece, but we’re handling it well.”
Mathieson Duncan, an alto saxophonist, said, “The song is an interesting song that has lots of different parts.” From the looks of it, things are going very well for the eighth-grade band. Hopefully you can come to the concert in May to hear the piece!
During dance class and Quest Time at SJHS, the hearts and bodies of kids have been racing, while playing “Just Dance” on the Wii! During Quest Time in Mrs. Maughan’s room (56), it’s a first come first serve rule, if you get there first you get to play first! Sometimes you don’t get to play, but it’s a fun atmosphere to be in. Katie Johnson, eighth grader at SJHS said, “It really gets you moving in the middle of the day. It’s good to get energy out!” Mrs. Koriane Maughan, English and dance teacher at SJHS,said, “The Wii is a great game that allows everyone to dance without going to a professional class.”
In her dance class, Mrs. Maughan teaches basic dance techniques like, turns, leaps, chaines, and kicks, that are also in Just Dance. Then she starts teaching the students dance routines. Happy Dancing!
High school volleyball has come to Springville Junior High School. According to Stacy Stapel, ninth grader here at SJHS, it’s a great feeling to be a part of the high school experience. Cassie Buhler, eighth-grade student at SJHS, said, “Coach Snell is a little intimidating but overall a really great person.” According to Cassie, she is scared but confident to play “like a beast.”
Coach Snell, the main coach for girls volleyball, and his assistant coach, Coach Karissa will be doing a summer volleyball skills and conditioning camp for all girls age 12 and up. Players will be able to warm up and practice with current coaches and previous players. According to Sydney Heister, eighth-grade student at SJHS, it’s great to work with the high school girls and the coaches. “The practices make you sore but they are really helpful.”
Stacy said, ”I also play softball at the high school and I just finished basketball season for the high school as well, but volleyball is something I've done since fourth grade and hope to continue to do. I love being a team member and encouraging others, it's a great feeling!”
On February 13th, 2012, students from Springville Junior High School had the chance to attend a field trip to the movie theater. The only way students would be able to go and enjoy this field trip is if they have not had any tardies for second term.
Ana Jimenez, a seventh grader at Springville Junior High School, said, “It’s a reward you have to earn.” You have to be on time to class if you want to go to the movie. Many students have gone and said they’ve enjoyed it.
When students entered the movie theater in Payson, they got to see the movie Journey 2. The students who brought money bought their movie snacks and hurried to the movie. Nicole Plowman, an eighth grader at Springville Junior High, said, “It was fun getting out of class.”
Some students used strategies to get to class. “ I walked as fast as I could to all of my classes,” said Nicole Plowman. The No Tardy Party was created to show students want can be rewarded for being responsible. Mr. Mikesell said, “it’s to motivate students to be on time. [The students] have something to work towards.”
The No Tardy Party will continue for the remaining terms and will offer great fun for those who work hard.
In January the council got a change. Stacy Stapel is president, Ethan Knowlton, Payton Acor, and Lindsay Johnson are all vice presidents. They are here to make our school a better place. The council doesn’t meet very often, but they get the job done. Mr. Trent Mikesell, assistant principal at SJHS, said, “They do a lot of hard work for the school and represent us well.” To be a student council member you have to be responsible, attend all activities, and lead out certain activities and assemblies. “We get to plan all of the in-school activities for SJHS students,” Stacy said.
Election time is coming soon, and the school will elect a new student council for the 2012-2013 year. According to Mr. Mikesell, you must be currently in eighth grade, and you also must have a minimum 3.0 GPA. There will be a form to fill out, and it needs to be turned into the office by March 15th. The actual election is April 3rd and election week is the week before that.
On Monday, March 5th, the HOPE Squad of Springville Junior High School came up with the idea of handing out HOPE Squad tickets to fellow students. “In our weekly HOPE Squad meetings, we discussed ways in which the HOPE Squad could interact with the students, and keep the momentum of the group’s purpose going, which is being a support to their peers,” said Mrs. Courtney Droz, the ninth grade counselor and HOPE Squad advisor. “We wanted to reward students who were doing good things that sometimes go unnoticed, things like being a good friend or a good citizen.”
One of the HOPE Squad members in our school is Sydney Kerbo. Sydney has been part of the ticket handing out. “It’s nice to find people who are nice and to show that you appreciate it,” said Sydney Kerbo. Sydney Kerbo mentioned that the activity was enjoyable. Sydney handed out four tickets to four students. The students were: Bailey Bird, Lexey Anderson, Nathan Graham, and Vannessa Aboyte.
Lexey Anderson, an eighth grader at SJHS, said, “It was surprising and I got candy for it.” Lexey Anderson got a ticket for being a good friend. Many students were recognized for their kindness throughout the school. Each HOPE Squad member handed out a few tickets. It wasn’t easy though. First HOPE Squad members had to recognize the people who they thought who had done a great job at being a leader here at the school.
More HOPE Squad projects are yet to come. All projects that the HOPE Squad come up with help our school in some way and will continue to throughout the years with every new HOPE Squad member.
Raymon Carol, a student that attended a Springville Junior High friendship group, is very interested in becoming a better person, and has many reasons why he had joined the friendship group. Friendship groups are all about getting to know other students and learning how to respect and help others out. According to Raymon, students should join the friendship groups, because you don’t just have lots of fun, but you also get to meet new people, get to know them, and get to learn how to be respectful and help others out. “I joined the friendship group because I wanted to learn more on how to respect others, and the counselors that had participated in this were so kind,” said Raymon.
Shad Jeffers, another student that attended the friendship group, also had fun being in the group. According to Shad, you learn how to respect others and be polite to teachers. Shad participated in this activity to get rid of stress and had lots of fun.
Mrs. Monica Distefano, an eighth-grade counselor at SJHS that helped out with the friendship groups, said that groups are designed for students to work together as a group and get to know each other. According to Mrs. Distefano, students learn about themselves, and they develop skills to help themselves become better listeners. Counselors do activities that make students feel comfortable, show who they are, and be respectful to others and how to be polite.
Jazmin Valdivia, a student in the dance class class at Springville Junior High, is very interested in dance. Jazmin dances because she loves it. “I dance cause it’s a form of art, and I love all types of art,” said Jazmin. Jazmin started dancing when she was six years old, and still is going. Justino Lopez, also a student attending dance at SJHS, is loving dance class. “I like the dances that I’m learning because the teacher, Mrs. Maughan, is very awesome, and I think that they’re really active,” said Justino. Justino chose dance as an elective because he wanted to get better at dancing.
Students are now very excited to go to the school dances because if they hear a song they’re practicing to in class then they would be glad to dance and show others what they had learned. Right now the students are learning a jazz dance and so far, students are loving it. The reason why SJHS has decided to have a dance class, was for students to have more opportunities to do what they love, and dance is one of the things students love.
Mrs. Maughan has been dancing ever since she was three, which means she’s been dancing for 23 years. Mrs. Maughan danced at Espret De Corp studio, and then Heart-and-Soul studio. “After my dance training I was on the high school cheerleading squad, song leading team, dance company, and drill team,” said Mrs. Maughan. After that Mrs. Maughan coached drill teams and taught at dance studios before she got the chance to teach dance here at SJHS.
Students are saying that if there is any teacher that could teach you how to dance, it would be Mrs. Maughan. Students that attended Mrs. Maughan’s dance class say that they have gotten better at a certain type of dance, just by being in Mrs. Maughan’s dance class.