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October 2016

Mr. Jensen Spotlight

Submitted by tara.pina on Sun, 10/23/2016 - 21:36
Article by Lindsay Gardiner


If you've ever had Mr. Jensen for science then you've had an amazing science teachers. He said that he has been teaching for 10 years; he taught for 3 years at Sandy Eastmont Middle school, 6 years at Payson Jr high and this is his second year at this school.

9th grader Onikah Locklear said that he's her favorite teacher and also said ¨He's really fun and he makes jokes in class.¨ She also said,¨He's nicer and more laid back¨ 8th graders Caydon Harris and Trey Widtfeldt both said that he's funny and he's sarcastic. 9th grader Autumn Barker said that he's different from other teachers because he is always positive and is always happy and he isn't like any teacher she´s had before. Kaden also said that he is just one of those teaches that people just like. All of them said that they liked Mr. Jensen.

Mr. Jensen said that he got interested in teaching because in high school he wanted to be a pilot then after he spent a few years in Germany he decided he wanted a job that he could spend every night with his family. So then in college his science professor got him interested in teaching science. He said ¨I love it, I do very much. If I didn't love it then I wouldn't do it.¨

Autumn Barker said ¨I like to learn about astronomy and all the things about space¨ and Kaden said he liked the experiments.

Mr. Jensen is an amazing teacher making this an amazing school year.




Student Nicknames

Submitted by tara.pina on Sun, 10/23/2016 - 21:26
Article by Sakari Duvall

Have you ever wondered why people go by a different name than what’s on their birth certificate? We asked SJHS students about their nickname. This lets other students in the school let them know what they are called, and what they like best. These students are all in 8th and 9th grade.

The first student is named Matthew McKade Child, a 9th grades, but goes by the name Kade. People call him this because “it is shorter for McKade”. Kade likes to be called this. The real reason why he is called this is because of his “beautiful mother”.

The second student's name is Yarixy Velasquez, an 8th grade girl. She goes by the name Yody. The reason people call her this is because of her friend Sakari Duvall that would call her that when they were little. Yody says she likes this nickname because,”it’s better” than her real name. It relates to her real name because of the two “Y’s”.

Alejandro Quezada, an 8th grader, goes by the name of “Hondo”. People call him this because it is shorter than his real name. Hondo said in response to if he likes this nickname,”Yes, cause it’s weird.” He got his nickname when he lived in California because over there they would call him “Jandro”, but then when he moved to Springville, he switched his nickname is “Hondo”.

Ashley Donahue, and 8th grade girl, said that she got her nickname as “Smash”, because of soccer. She likes her nickname because she has always been called this name and that she has gotten used to it. It relates to her real name because of the “ash” part in both of the names.

The last person is named Sekaquaptewa Groves, and he is in 9th grade. He goes by the name of “Seka”. People call him this because nobody knows how to say his birth name. He says his nickname is “fine”. He got his nickname from his parents, so everybody now says Seka.

Do you wish you had a nickname?


Which book character would you like to meet?

Submitted by tara.pina on Sun, 10/23/2016 - 21:22
Article by Angela Lopez


We asked students from SJHS questions which book character that they would like to meet. Three 8th grade students were questioned about book characters.

Which book character would you like to meet? Eliza Whiting said that she would like to meet Luna Lovegood from Harry Potter. Josie Rey said that she would like to meet Hermione from Harry Potter. Hekela Mavae said that she wants to meet Daniel from The Fallen series.

Why would they like to meet those characters that they chose to meet? “She’s just really awesome and I feel like she would be a really good friend,” said Eliza Whiting about Luna Lovegood. This is what Josie Rey said about Hermione: ”Because everyone tells me that I'm like her and I want to know if I really am.” Hekela Mavae said “'cause he sounds hot.”

We asked if they were to spend a day with the character they choose, what would they do with them? "I would go skiing and hangout and talk," said Eliza Whiting. Josie said that she would ask questions about books and just do stuff. Hekela said that she would eat with him and just watch Netflix.

What would their reaction be? Eliza said that she would just be like “oh my gosh! Wait who are you? Oh my gosh!” Josie said that she would just be excited. Hekela said that she would be drooling on him.

What is the first thing that you would do with them? Eliza said that she would talk about their life. Josie said that she would ask questions. Hekela said that she would have a food fight with them.

The last question is if they would rather go to their characters world or let the character come to their world. “I would rather go to their world because their world is awesome and i can meet the other Harry Potter characters.” stated by Eliza Whiting. Josie said, ”I would go their world so I can be a witch and be in Hogwarts.”. Hekela said that she would go to their world because he is an angel.

 So think to yourself what book character would you like to meet?



Springville Junior High’s Very Own Girls Tennis Season is Coming to an End

Submitted by tara.pina on Sun, 10/23/2016 - 21:16
Article by Brenna Carlton

Every year, SJHS has a girls tennis team in the fall, and a boys tennis team in the spring. Tennis is a very fun sport, many people enjoy playing it. Unfortunately, the girls’ season just came to an end. 

Mr. Dahl, a science teacher at Springville Junior High, is the coach for tennis. There are 16 girls on the team this year. There is Lydia Felix, Christine White, Kelsey Sumsion, Amanda Gardner, Camille Cedeno, Emily Snyder, Mazey Schofield, Elizabella Francom, Gracie Sentz, Calli Egbert, Halle Platt, Libby Hodson, Maizie Thompson, Paige Simpson, Calianne Skinner, and Cheyenne Skinner. They had a wonderful season, and played very well.

Kelsey Sumsion, an 8th grade girl, was on the team. She chose to do tennis this year because she did it last year, and Mr. Dahl was her science teacher. She says, “I like tennis because my whole family plays. My favorite part is practicing as a team.” Kelsey loves having Mr. Dahl as a coach because he has cute kids, and is his TA (teacher assistant) next semester. She says she might be on the tennis team again next year.

Emily Snyder, also an 8th grade girl, participated as well. She says that she and her grandpa play a lot, and have been ever since she was little. “I love it because it’s a lot of fun getting to know the girls, and work hard,” Emily says. She loves meeting the girls and just working hard as a team. She goes on to say that she likes having Mr. Dahl as a coach. She is going to be on the tennis team again next year.

If you’re a 9th grader, and want to do tennis next year in high school, you’re in luck! Springville High School has a tennis team that you can join! If you’re a seventh or eighth grader, you can still take tennis next year if you want to. It sounds like it’s a great experience, and so much fun!

Kicking it with the Springville Girls' Soccer Team

Submitted by tara.pina on Sun, 10/23/2016 - 21:13
Article by Jocelynn Garner


Come find out how amazing Springville’s girls soccer team is! The Fall 2016 through Spring 2017 players on the team are an amazing bunch. Recently they won the title of being the 2016 Region 8 Champions. Coach Baker is very proud of her team.

Macy Clemons is the goalkeeper for the team in jersey number one. Tara Warner plays wing along with Mckell Weight. They all strive when they play soccer and they love to represent Springville. Tara, Mckell and Macy have all played soccer since they were five years old. Coach Baker has played soccer for 19 years. She said “I played a year at the University of Utah and then four at UVU.” She has a lot of experience and will continue to be a great coach.

Tara said that her teammates are fun, they’re all friends on and off the field and they “all connect really well.” Macy said that their teammates are fun, nice and that she “looks up to most of them.”

Tara has a sister who plays for Utah State. Her sister would help her with the all the steps of getting ready for a game. Her sister has been a big part in her soccer career and a big inspiration. Mckell had said “My coaches have helped me and my teammates, by helping me when I mess up!” Macy mentioned her coaches, teammates and friends have helped her with her game. Macy Clemons looks up to the world’s number one goalkeeper, Hope Solo. Hope’s had over 100 shutouts and played with the USWNT for 17 years. Macy has a great role model to look up to and will one day be as good as Solo. Mckell Weight looks up Joao Plata who plays for the local professional soccer team, RSL. Plata is a forward like Mckell and has some great moves on the ball. Obviously everyone around you has an impact in your life but some may have a bigger, positive impact and will help you achieve your goals.

Soccer you will make you feel a special way. The crowd becomes one of the best sounds you’ve heard, the coaches and your teammates are like your second family and the environment has such a wonderful affect on you. Macy remarked that soccer is fun to do. Tara vocalized that soccer makes her feel good and it helps her stay in shape. Mckell said “Soccer makes me feel amazing and I love it so much!”

Maple Mountain High School is a favorite team to play against. Tara mentioned that Maple Mountain are their rivals and that it’s always a good game. Macy said that Maple Mountain is a good team to play against “cause it’s a rivalry.” Also her old coach coaches for that team now. Mckell agreed that Maple Mountain High is a good rivalry and team to play against “because they give us more competition.” Coach Baker concurred that Maple Mountain is one of their favorite teams to play against. “There is a love/hate relationship with rivalry games.” Coach Baker said. “They’re the best when you win them but the worst when you lose.”

“The thing that I'm most proud of about this team is that they've always stuck together and had each others backs when it mattered the most. This is the most cohesive and hard working group that I've worked with since I started coaching at Springville High School and I couldn't more proud of each girl on the team.” Coach Natalie Baker stated.

Coach Baker said, “I knew before the season started that we had a very talented group of girls who had the potential to go very far this year. I'm definitely pleased and excited with what we've achieved so far and look forward to seeing how we compete in the state tournament.”

“Coaching has always been something that I wanted to do so when the job opened up at Springville, I was excited to go back to my roots and potentially coach at my alma mater.” said Baker.

Springville Lady Red Devils are a hard working, competitive, friendly team. If you get the chance you have to go to one of their games. You’ll certainly enjoy watching them!


Cheering our way to the top!

Submitted by tara.pina on Sun, 10/23/2016 - 21:07
Article by Scout Benson

Grab your pom-poms and megaphones and hold onto your seats cause our SJHS 8th grade cheer team is about to rock your world! They dance, they stunt, and they will blow your socks off with their dances and cheers.

The definition of a cheerleader is a member of a team that performs organized cheering, chanting, and dancing in support of a sports team or an enthusiastic and vocal supporter. That is exactly what our 8th grade cheerleaders do. “They cheer for us and support us even when we are losing.” says Tucker Kelsey, a 8th grader on the football team that they cheer for. Sophie Mendivil, a 8th grader, said, “We support the team.” In its simplest terms, cheerleading is a performance to gain a response from the crowd to cheer on the team. They support us and motivate us, told Cooper Johnston, an 8th grader.

Ashlynn Thomas, an 8th grader, said that her favorite part was cheering and yelling. Brynn Ross, an 8th grader, said that her favorite part was stunting. Stunting ranges from basic pyramids to high flying basket tosses. Whitney Shepherd, a 8th grader, says, “My favorite part is that we get to be a team.” Brenna Carlton, a 8th grader, says that her favorite part is getting to know the girls on the team and cheering and encouraging the boys.

What do you think the most important part of being a cheerleader? If you say, “To cheer.” our 8th grade football team would likely beg to differ! Preston Roberts, a 8th grader, says that the most important thing is that they are happy. Jackson Rapier, a 8th grader, says that the most important thing is that they keep the crowd going. Brenna Carlton said that, “The most important is to be loud so the players can hear you.” Cooper Johnston says that there most important job was to motivate. Tucker Kelsey said that is was to get the fans excited. Because when the crowd is excited then the players are excited.

Do the cheerleaders help the players play better? Cooper Johnston said, “Yes, it pumps us up!” Tucker Kelsey said that it definitely does. Preston Roberts said, “Sometimes. When we are down on ourselves it helps, but sometimes it's just annoying.”

Just to wrap it up, cheerleaders encourage, support and yell their heads off. So that's that folks! If you want to see them in action go and watch one of the 8th grade games!

SJHS does Halloween!

Submitted by tara.pina on Sun, 10/23/2016 - 21:01
Article by Hailey Gabbitas

Its Halloween time at SJHS and people are starting to figure out what they are going to dress up as. The Halloween Spirit starts the month of October. We asked a few of SJHS students about what they are going to be for Halloween and a lot of them had some interesting responses. Most people dress up to have fun and get candy. Oh, and you can't forget to scare people when you dress up!

We asked some of the students at SJHS what they are going dress up as for Halloween. Bailee Parker and Destiny Graham are going to be characters from the movie Grease. Evan Adams another student at SJHS said that he is going to be the joker this year. And according to Angela Lopez she decided to be Boo from Monsters Inc. Also, last but not least, Kate Chatfield and her friend are going to be Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum from Alice in Wonderland.

Most of the students are going to be buying their costumes, but alot are going to be making them too. Destiny and Baille are going to be buying them because “it's too hard to make things, and it takes to much time.” Evan Adams and Angela Lopez are also buying their costumes too because it takes to much time to make. "And it is just easier to buy them," Evan Adams and Angela Lopez said. Kate chatfield however is going to be buying and making hers.

If you you could dress up as something else, what would it be? According to Bailee and Angela, they would be llamas. Bailee said, “Llamas are awesome so why wouldn't you be one.” Angela said, "they can spit at whoever they want.” Kate Chatfield said she would be a devil because according to others she is a devil, so it's the right thing for her. There are a lot of costumes to pick but you can only be one.

Mummies In Mr. McKell’s Class!

Submitted by tara.pina on Sun, 10/23/2016 - 20:56
Article by Kelby Jeppson

Did you hear about the mummies in Mr. McKell’s class?  That’s right, on Thursday October sixth, Mr. McKell’s geography classes learned about Egypt and the mummification process while doing a hands on activity to learn about it.  During this activity, the students practiced drying things out by drying and preserving apples.  They also practiced their mummy wrapping skills by wrapping one another up in toilet paper.  Mr. McKell says, “I did the mummification process activity, because first off, I think it is always good to try to make learning fun. I thought it would make students more engaged and interested in learning about mummification and Egypt in general.”

According to Carlita Devenport, a ninth grader in seventh period geography, learning that Cleopatra was the last pharaoh was very interesting.  Mr. McKell likes teaching about the different pharaohs but he also likes how “Egypt kind of changed and evolved over time.”  He says, “ I really enjoy teaching about Egypt. Ancient History is one of my favorite subjects. When I was in school I was always fascinated by all the stories from Egypt, Greece, Rome, etc.”  One of the things Carlita likes learning about is the pyramids that the Egyptians built.  On the other hand, Hailey Gabbitas, also in seventh period geography, thinks learning about Egypt is boring but did like the part about the mummification process.

When it came time to practice the students mummy wrapping skills, Carlita thought it was very hard to wrap others.  She also thought that learning the mummification process was kind of weird, but kind of fun too.  Mr. McKell says, “I have always been fascinated by the mummification process and how they were able to so well preserve these people. When I was younger I remember learning about mummification, but had always wondered why they did it. So for me it was fun to try to teach this really interesting subject and explain why they did it and how it was tied into their religion.”

If you feel that you need to sharpen your mummy wrapping skills or just want to learn more about Ancient Egypt, you may want to go meet some “mummies” in Mr. McKell’s class!

SJHS Lunch Ladies

Submitted by tara.pina on Sun, 10/23/2016 - 20:51
Article by Jocelynn Garner


Find out what’s cooking up in the kitchen today! Here at Springville Junior High we have an incredible staff in our cafetorium. The ladies put in a lot of hard work just for us to eat. Getting the lunch room ready, the food cooked and serving the food doesn’t just take an hour or two; it takes all day and when they’re done they already have to start on tomorrow’s lunch and breakfast.

Ms.Messick is one of the ladies who collects the money. She also makes sure you have money in your account when you type in your ID number. Ms. Chappel is the manager which comes with a lot of responsibilities such as ordering all of the food and making sure there is enough of what they need. Ms. Jexs, Ms. Wiser and Ms. Gomez are some of the few women who prepare the food.

The ladies all get along really well and have a great time. It’s important for them to love their job and they do. Ms. Messick said her favorite thing about her job is “working with the ladies.” They have a lot of laughs and fun times. Ms. Chappel’s favorite part about her job is that she “works with a bunch of fun ladies.” She also enjoys the fact that she gets weekends, summer break, fall break, winter break and vacations off. With the time she gets off from work she spends it with her grandkids, kids and family. Ms. Jexs, Ms. Wiser and Ms. Gomez all agree that the kids are a great part of their job.

Although they have a great work environment there are some hard parts in their job. Manager Chappel said “trying to guess what student is going to want which item we serve.” is a tough part. Ms. Messick mentioned that the hardest part for her is cleaning up, such as mopping floors and cleaning the dishes. The three ladies we spoke about earlier; Ms. Jexs, Ms. Wiser and Ms. Gomez, have a difficult time trying to estimate how much of what food item to make because who knows what the students want to eat that day. The three of them vocalized that being on their feet all day gets tiring.

Ms. Chappel’s favorite food to cook at school is the pepperoni rippers. Orange chicken is a favorable food to cook, for Ms. Messick. As for Ms. Jexs, Ms. Wiser and Ms. Gomez an easy, quick and best-loved food by many students is pizza.

With all that goes on in their day at work it’s a fast paced, hectic, crazy, chaotic, busy day with a lot of “go go go” according to Ms. Chappel. Now we understand how hard it is to serve an entire school.

The lunch ladies at Springville Jr High put a lot of work into their job. They also have a lot of laughs and do their job with love. Even though it is a busy job with some occasional hard responsibilities, they all really do love and enjoy their job.



Submitted by tara.pina on Sun, 10/23/2016 - 20:48
Article by Sakari Duvall and Brenna Carlton

Most students in 9th grade at Springville Junior High take advantage of a special opportunity to participate in a different type of elective during release time. These students take a seminary class for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Some students have seminary early in the morning before school, and some have it during the day for one of their class periods. There are two teachers: Brother Jepsen and Brother Hurst. 

Haylee Carpenter, a 9th grade girl, has Brother Jepsen as a teacher and she thinks that he is super cool, and funny. “He’s so nice, and really spiritual,” she says. She loves every second of seminary and would definitely take it next year. When asked what the purpose of seminary is, she replied, “The purpose of seminary is to strengthen our testimonies (of the LDS church) and to learn more.”

Simon Smith is a 9th grade boy who participates in seminary as well. He loves his teacher, Brother Jepsen. “It is a trek having to walk across the street,” he says. He has it first period and wouldn’t change it because they don’t mark you a tardy. “Seminary isn’t really for school, it’s for church and it brings me closer to God,” Simon says. He loves seminary!

Caitlin Buhler is another 9th grade girl who likes seminary. She says, “Brother Jepsen is really funny, and it’s still a great experience even if you don’t like it.” She has seminary first period, and loves it, but wishes it wasn’t always so cold. “The purpose of seminary is to encourage spiritual learning,” she says. She wants to take it in high school.

Brady Distefano, a 9th grader, likes seminary because he gets a break from school. He does not like it when he is walking outside because he is always late. “I have seminary fourth period, but I wish I had it seventh period because I am already outside and can leave afterwards,” Brady says. He has Brother Hurst and he really likes him because it is such a fun class.

Kaybrie Pratt, a 9th grade girl, absolutely loves seminary. She says, “The class is way fun and it’s super spiritual.” She has it fourth period, which is right before lunch, with Brother Jepsen. “Seminary helps me to be connected with Christ,” Kaybrie says. It’s really fun and it helps a lot with my spiritual learning.

Ishmael Mavae, a 9th grade guy likes seminary. When asked what he likes about seminary, he said,”I love the drinking fountains, I get my fill of holy water.” He has seminary fourth period with Brother Hurst, along with Brady. He says that the purpose of seminary is to uplift kids in a way.

So that is seminary for you! 


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