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April 2016

Teamwork Makes the Dream Work

Submitted by jennifer.dunn on Fri, 04/29/2016 - 12:11
Caitlin Buhler; SJHS Staff Writer
SJHS students who are members of the SHS Junior Varsity soccer team

There are three soccer teams at Springville High School, and in order to tryout for them you have to be a freshman. The three teams are Sophomore, Junior Varsity, and Varsity. There are 11 students from SJHS who play on the high school Junior Varsity soccer team. 

The soccer coach’s name is Jay Mason. All three teams recently traveled to Uinta to play against their soccer teams. All three of the soccer teams practice 4-6 pm everyday.

Carson Bracken, a ninth grade student on Junior Varsity, said, “I have played soccer my entire life, so being on the high school soccer team is so cool.” According to Carson, he also loves being with his friends everyday.

According to Trevor Ollerton, another ninth grade student on Junior Varsity, the best thing about soccer is hanging out with the guys, and that he really likes his team.

Joel Emmett, another ninth grade student on Junior Varsity, said that even though he does not think he is very good, he really enjoys playing soccer.

An Inside Look on Benton Locke

Submitted by jennifer.dunn on Thu, 04/28/2016 - 11:26
Kennedy Huston; SJHS Staff Writer
Benton Locke, the head custodian at SJHS

We are going behind the scenes to see who is the main man keeping SJHS clean. Benton Locke is the head custodian at SJHS. He has been working at SJHS since the new school opened, around two years. His job consist of maintaining and cleaning SJHS.

According to Mr. Locke, he likes that he gets to work in a beautiful building, and the wonderful staff. Mr. Locke said, “There isn’t anything to dislike about the students attending SJHS. The staff at SJHS is an All Star line up.”

According to Mr. Locke, he likes hunting, fantasy football, the Boston Red Soxs and teasing the lunch staff at SJHS.

According to Rachell Chappel, Lauri Wiser, Laurie Gomez, and Michelle Jex, the lunch staff at SJHS, Mr. Lock has a really great sense of humor, is a good guy, and a really nice man. He likes to play a lot of pranks, and they in turn like to play pranks on him. They decorated his office when his wife had a baby, and decorated his truck once just for fun.  

Mr. McGuire, the principal at SJHS, said, “There isn’t anything to dislike about Benton. He is best custodian I have ever worked with in 17 years. He is really good with the students, and never grouchy.”  

Mrs. Davenport, an assistant attendance secretary at SJHS, said, “Benton is always happy, and kind. His laugh is hilarious. He is a really hard worker, and he never complains.”

Poetry in Mrs. Bass’ Class

Submitted by jennifer.dunn on Thu, 04/28/2016 - 11:10
Caitlin Buhler; SJHS Staff Writer

Mrs. Bass, an English teacher, assigned her students to memorize a poem, and recite it. They could either recite the poem on Monday, April 11 for 5 points extra credit, or on Friday,  April 15. The poem requirements were that you had to choose your poem from websites that Mrs. Bass suggested, and that you should relate to the poem you are reciting; you should not just say it was short and easy.

Tyler Kelly, an eighth grade student, said, “My poem was about how on the surface of the moon it is bright and happy, but on the inside it is dark and sad.” Tyler said he thinks it relates to life and society. He also really enjoys poetry.

Clint Mickelson, another eighth grade student, said, “Poetry is like music, and Kanye West writes songs, so poetry is super cool.” 

Mrs. Bass said, “I choose to teach poetry because it is an important way of teaching reading and writing. Poetry can also serve as a way for students to express themselves through figurative language, focus on grammar and conventions as tools for creative meaning, and foster trust and empathy in a classroom community when shared with others.”

Several other English classes, including Mrs. Maughan, Mrs. Ottley, Mrs. Pina, and Ms. Jensen also hosted class poetry slams in preparation for the school slam on Wednesday, April 27.

Cast Your Votes!

Submitted by jennifer.dunn on Tue, 04/26/2016 - 11:19
Joseph Harrison; SJHS Staff Writer

It is definitely election time! Most people will hear that and think of candidates such as the notorious Donald Trump, and persevering Hillary Clinton. But elections in Springville are going on as well. We all know about the student council elections for the future ninth graders, but sophomore class elections happened as well. Not only were the eighth graders competing for the ninth grade title, but ninth graders were running against each other as well. The candidates for the sophomore student council were Kallysta Strong, Autumn Olsen, Jorge Escabato, Christian Small, Sierra Arbon, Jenaveve Barson, EmmaLee Smith, and Mallory Murdoch. Kallysta Strong and Christian Small were the candidates elected for next year.

Autumn Olsen, a ninth grader who ran for the sophomore council, ran to inspire others, and do great things. Autumn’s goals were to be nice, have a poster to remember, and campaign a lot. 

“I want to be involved,” Kallysta Strong, another candidate, said, “and this is a good way to be.” Kallysta was elected for the sophomore council, and was able to be elected by advertising, and asking people. Kallysta plans to make the sophomore class more involved, and more fun.

Jorge Escabato, another ninth grader who ran for the title, was running to make a difference. He planned to make fair activities, mixed with equality among students. Next year, Kallysta Strong and Christian Small are the sophomore representatives, so SHS has a great year to look forward to. We wish a big good luck to both Kallysta and Christian, as they move on into their important roles.

White Ribbon Week

Submitted by jennifer.dunn on Tue, 04/26/2016 - 11:12
Hannah Mason; SJHS Staff Writer

During the week of April 11th-15th, our school did White Ribbon Week. White Ribbon Week was all about learning how to be safe on the internet, and how to know what to do when something bad happens when on a social media site. According to Mrs. Murray, a foods teacher and SJHS student council advisor, internet safety is hugely important for teens. She said, “Everything we do revolves around technology. It’s essential that teens know how to protect themselves and make good choices when they go online.” 

To make White Ribbon Week more fun to participate in, each day there were different things that the students could wear. According to Jacob Jackson, an eighth grader at SJHS, Hat Day was the most fun, because, “it protects your head from damaging media.” Also, on Tuesday, an internet safety specialist came to our school, and talked about what to do on the internet when put in a bad situation. He had a powerpoint that gave examples and situations, and how to get out of them.  Kennedy Bird, an eighth grader at SJHS, said, “He introduced an app called, ‘Send This Instead!’ It sends a picture of a funny saying that you can send to someone who is asking you for revealing pictures through text, or someone who is bullying you online.”

Abby Carlton, an eighth grader, said, “Jersey Day was my favorite. It was fun to see everyone’s different jerseys.” According to Abby, the message that White Ribbon Week represents is very important for teenagers to understand. It promotes safety online, and teaches people to not be bystanders.

Madeleine Ungren, an eighth grader at SJHS, said, “Don’t cyberbully! Remember that the people online are real people, and they have feelings.” 

Mrs. Murray said, “It’s sometimes hard to imagine that what you do now could affect your future, but it really does. I want to see all my students succeed and not be stopped from their dreams coming true in the future because of their online activity in junior high.”

Kennedy Bird said, “White Ribbon Week helps everyone know that they need to be careful and safe on the internet. It is very dangerous.”

According to Abby Carlton, it is important for teens to know to be careful on the internet, and to not hurt anybody else. Be safe online!

Mousetrap Cars

Submitted by jennifer.dunn on Tue, 04/26/2016 - 10:57
Brayden Giles; SJHS Staff Writer

Mr. Dahl, Mr. Bass, and Mrs. Carpenter's science classes participated in creating mousetrap cars, which are cars built by only using a mousetrap and supplies you can find around your house. Mrs.Carpenter's class went first with their competition on April 13. “It’s so fun because you can find out how things work,” said Tyon Mattinson, an eighth grader.

According to Mrs. Carpenter, a science teacher at SJHS, to prepare her class she showed them examples of previous and amazing mousetrap cars. Mr. Bass’s class was next and had their competition on April 14. To prepare his class, he had a previous unit on simple machines and levers. Mr. Dahl showed his class examples of mousetrap cars and told his students to visit him if any other help was needed.

They were all impressed with their students, with the majority of the students passing and having their mousetrap cars go very far.

Dr.Tsugawa Leaving SJHS?!

Submitted by jennifer.dunn on Mon, 04/25/2016 - 11:47
Kimberly Bortolon; SJHS Staff Writer
Dr. Tsugawa, the SJHS orchestra teacher

This year we have so many teachers leaving, and it is super depressing. First it was Mr. McKell, and now Ms. Dunn is going to switch to a different school! What is happening to all our amazing teachers? Dr. Tsugawa, Springville’s orchestra teacher, is leaving SJHS to go teach at BYU. He is leaving when school ends, so he will not be teaching here next year. Dr. Tsugawa is leaving because it is basically a promotion. He will still be teaching though; he will be teaching the college students how to be an orchestra teacher.

One of Dr. Tsugawa’s students, Rosy Stoddard, said that she will miss Dr.Tsugawa singing and his funny puns. “I really wish that Dr. T taught us rock music, because if someone wanted something classic I could play them a song on the bass but what if they wanted some rock? Classic and Rock can both be played on the bass if you think about it,” Rosy said. According to Rosy, she thinks that everyone will miss him.

Tyler Shurtliff, Dr. Tsugawa’s student, said overall he will miss orchestra in general because it would not be the same, just walking in and Dr. Tsugawa not being there would be just weird.. According to Tyler, he wants the new orchestra teacher to be fun and like Dr. Tsugawa because Dr. Tsugawa taught in a good way.

Emma Rich, an eighth grade cellist, said she will miss Dr. Tsugawa’s “stupid but funny jokes” and the fun learning experience. Emma thinks he will miss it here at SJHS, “He taught here for such a long time, but Dr.T will have a good experience at BYU,” said Emma. Emma said he is a good teacher that made field trips fun and enjoyable.

Julie Brown, one of Dr. Tsugawa’s eighth grade students, said he is amazing at what he does and he had very funny jokes. “Dr. Tsugawa knew what he was doing and did a good job at it. He really was good at teaching junior high students. He connected with us,” Julie said. According to Julie, if it was not for Dr. Tsugawa she would not even know how to play the cello; he taught her almost everything she knows about the cello.

Anna Birch, a violinist, said she loves Dr. Tsugawa’s “sarcastic jokes” and how he made playing in orchestra fun. She also said she hopes Dr. Tsugawa will come back and teach at SJHS again because anyone who has him in the future will love him, and he will make junior high orchestra fun again. “Some things I learned from Dr. Tsugawa were to always be respectful, and to go beyond your abilities because our musical abilities are great,” Anna said. 

Mary Balderama and Katelyn Hollister, both eighth grade violinists, said they both will miss his cheesy jokes and his teaching in general. “I’m pretty sure both of us can agree one of our best memories with Dr. Tsugawa was our field trips. Our first field trip in seventh grade with him was fun and very enjoyable and our last field trip (the eighth grade orchestra festival) was so much fun, especially being on the bus and eating lunch with him,” Katelyn and Mary said.

So overall, Dr. Tsugawa will be missed by a ton of students, and we will hopefully see him soon. He is an amazing teacher who is great at what he does.

Junior High Choir Concert

Submitted by jennifer.dunn on Mon, 04/25/2016 - 10:16
Hannah Mason; SJHS Staff Writer

On March 23rd, all of the choirs in the junior high performed in the cafetorium for their family and friends. According to Ms. Utrera, the choir director for all of the junior high choirs, the Apprentice Singers, a seventh grade girls choir, sang, “Funga Alafia,” “Sing Alleluja,” “Goodnight,” and “Chariot’s Coming.” The Men’s Choir, a seventh and eighth grade boys choir, performed, “Tell My Father” and “Old American Songs.” Finally, the Master Singers, a choir for eighth and ninth girls and boys, sang, “Little David Play on Your Harp,” “The Pasture,” and “Kuimba.” 

Preparing for the concert was hard and took a long time. Ms. Utrera said, “We started preparing for this concert at the beginning of the semester. Each day we learned parts of the songs and practiced doing them well, and would practice on the stage to make sure the choirs knew how to perform on stage.”

According to Breanna Carlton, a seventh grader in Apprentice Singers, the concert was very fun, and a success. She said, “It was super nerve wracking, but it all came together really well when we sang it for an audience.”  

Victoria Hunt, a seventh grader in Apprentice Singers, said, “It was really fun! I wasn’t scared because I love to perform. I think all of the choirs did really well!” 

According to Grace Ellison, an eighth grader in Master Singers, the best part of the concert was to show the audience what everyone was working on, and watching the other choirs sing their songs. 

Adam Krieger, a ninth grader in Master Singers, said, “My favorite song that we sang was ‘Little David’. It’s a fun and upbeat song.”

Mckay Dalley, a seventh grader in Men’s Choir, and Sam Daybell, an eighth grader in Men’s Choir, both said that they liked the song, “Tell My Father.” Mckay Dalley said, “It has harmonies that sound really awesome.” 

Sam Daybell said, “I really like the piano part in ‘Tell My Father’. It sounded good with us singing.”

According to Ms. Utrera, the choirs did very well. She said, “The choirs were excited and energetic. Man Choir and Master Singers had already sung at a District choir festival, so they were confident and ready. They both did a fantastic job. The Apprentice Singers were a little more nervous, but the nervous energy came out in their songs, and they were great!”

All of the participants in the choir said that it was a blast, and they all love being in choir!

Student Council Elections 2016

Submitted by jennifer.dunn on Thu, 04/21/2016 - 13:50
Gabbie Grimes; SJHS Staff Writer

March 28th through April 1st were the SJHS 2016 Student Council Elections. According to Caitlin Buhler, an SJHS student council candidate, student council is a good way to keep students involved in school. Mr. Rowley, the SJHS assistant principal, said the purpose of student council is “to provide leadership and example for the student body and to plan activities.” This year the student council elections have changed quite a bit. Usually the school elects eight people to be on student council, but this year they increased the number of students to be on student council to sixteen! 

The election process has completely changed too. Instead of primary elections on Monday there were only final elections on Friday. Instead of a nerve racking speech in front of hundreds of students, Mr. Rowley filmed videos of each candidate on Tuesday the 29th. The candidates answered three questions. The videos were streamed in the commons area before school, during lunch, and after school on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. According to Mr. Rowley, he likes the new system, and hopes it all works out.

Ryann Brockbank, an SJHS student council candidate, said, “When I was in seventh grade I really looked up to the student council, so I really want to be that kind of an example too.”

Caitlin Buhler said, “It’s cool that the students are the leaders, because sometimes students don’t take authority from adults very well, but when it’s a student you’re like ‘oh ok.’”

Student council over all is just a great way to keep student interested and involved in school!

The following students are the 2016-2017 SJHS Student Council representatives-- Alyssa Badger, Emma Bair, Kennedy Bird, Ryann Brockbank, Caitlin Buhler, Seattul Call, Haylee Carpenter, Savannah Clyde, Nate Conrad, Sam Daybell, Grace Ellison, Austin Ewell, Kelby Jeppson, Ishmael Mavae, Cooper Riggs, Laney Scott.

Springville Jr.’s First Track & Field Meet

Submitted by jennifer.dunn on Thu, 04/21/2016 - 12:16
Jacob Jackson; SJHS Staff Writer
Mike Giles practices the high jump
Rachel Hatfield practices the hurdles
Jonathan Mortensen, an eighth grader, practices throwing the shot put

On Friday, April 1st Springville Jr. High’s Track Team had their first track meet against Payson Junior High.  

Bethany Blakey, a seventh grade track team member, said, “I joined the track team because I like to run. I do the 400 and the Medley.  My favorite part about the meet was running and cheering on the team.”

Tyler Kelly, an eighth grade track team member, said, “I joined track because Mr. Hammon wanted me too.  I do discus, the four by four, and the 400. My favorite thing about the meet was discus, and how the team is always cheering on me.”

Rosy Stoddard, an eighth grade captain, said, “I do the 100, 200, 400 and the four by four.  I got first in the 400.”

Jonathan Mortensen, an eighth grade track team member, said, “I joined track because I did it last year and because of Mr. Hammon. I do shot put and discus.  My favorite part about the meet was when I threw 20 feet farther than last year.”

Sage Bowers, an eighth grade track team member, said, “I joined track because I was able to hang out with my friends.  I do shot put, discus, the relay, the 100, and the four by one.  My favorite part about the meet was when I hung out with my friends.”

Lizzy Ahlborn, a ninth grade track team member, said, “I joined track because I like to run.  I do hurdles, the 100, 200, and the four by one. My favorite part about the track meet was when I was running next to my friend.”

Mr. Hammon, the throwing coach, said, “Our team did awesome. I like watching my athletes succeed, have fun, and make new friends.  I love track and field.  It has helped me to become who I am.  I hope I can help my athletes to have a great experience that will make their lives awesome.”

Ms. Bodily, the distance coach, said, “The team did a great job! Everyone performed well in their events and we won the meet (both boys and girls).  I love coaching because it brings me so much joy to watch these student-athletes succeed. I love being a part of that. It's so fun for me to see a student-athlete set a new personal record in their event after several weeks of hard work. I honestly think sometimes I am more excited than they are.”


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