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November 2016

Jake For President!

Submitted by tara.pina on Tue, 11/22/2016 - 10:11
Article by Scout Benson


Ever considered running for president? Well eighth grader, Jake Follette has. 

Jake says that his campaign started when he filmed his campaign video. He says he is running because, ¨America needs a 3rd choice. Or a 4th, 5th, 6th or 7th.¨ What does he want to do as president you ask? Well he says that he would change school lunches.

On Tuesday November 8th, many students at school showed Jake support by wearing paper buttons with the hashtag #jakeforpres2k16. Jake says that that has been his favorite part of running, seeing people show support.

Jake says that he would get people to vote for him by telling them they can just vote for him. Blake Williams, an eighth grader and Jake's personal bodyguard, says that he would vote for Jake because he is smart. Evan Lyons, another eighth grader and one of Jake's vice presidents, said, “Jake should be president. He knows the problems we, as teens, have because he is experiencing them.” Wally Averett, Jake's other vice president, said that he would vote for Jake because he is an amazing guy and a great leader. Ashlynn Thomas, an eighth grader, says that Jake would make good president because he is funny, positive, the best and because he knows what's going on for the teens of America. “He is a natural born leader," she said. Jenny Wallentine, an eighth grader, says that she would vote for him because he is, “Fricken’ awesome!” She says that she loves his energy and that he would be a great leader. Molly Hunter, an eighth grader, says that he has good view on what the school and America should be. Scout Benson, an eighth grader said, “Jake would be a great president. America would rally behind him. They would listen.”

But not all the people at the school think Jake should be president. Mrs Porter, a history teacher, said that his campaign isn't built on policies, so she wouldn't vote for him. And Jonah Cochran, an eighth grader says that he wouldn't vote for Jake because it would be a waste of a vote.

So there you have it! In all fun, vote Jake for President! 


Now is the Time to Give Thanks!

Submitted by tara.pina on Tue, 11/22/2016 - 10:03
Article by Kelby Jeppson

Christmas is coming up and everyone seems to be talking about it, but do you know what is coming up before Christmas?  Thanksgiving is!  We celebrate Thanksgiving on the fourth Thursday in November and it is a nationally recognized holiday.  Thanksgiving has been celebrated ever since 1893.  It is a time to give thanks, spend time with family and friends, and to eat lots of good food, especially turkey!

Every family has a different tradition on Thanksgiving.  Cathy Poulsen, an eighth grader, says her family does pretty much the same thing every year.  She says they also make some really good sweet potatoes with marshmallows on top.  Kooper Peterson, also an eighth grader, says that on Thanksgiving, he likes to eat Mashed Potatoes.  According to Scout Benson, an eighth grader, one of the traditions she has is Pie Night with her friends.  She also says that like everyone else, she “eats lots of food on Thanksgiving.”

Thanksgiving is important for lots of different reasons.  Kooper says “The most important thing about Thanksgiving is spending time with family.  Scout says that the most important thing about Thanksgiving is, “food.”  Cathy says, “The most important thing is to be grateful for what you have, and spending time with family.”  She also mentions that she is most thankful for her family.  On the other hand, Kooper is most thankful for toilet paper.  Scout says, “I am most thankful for pumpkin pie, friends and family, my bed and piano.”

With the holiday season upon us, don’t forget to be thankful for all the wonderful things you have!  Happy Thanksgiving everyone!


Teen Poet

Submitted by shauna.shepherd on Fri, 11/18/2016 - 14:08

In Springville Junior High's Creative Writing Class, students are required to participate in at least one writing contest during the semester. Last year, Ms. Ann Marie Humble, then an eighth grader, chose to submit a poem to Creative Communications Poetic Power Contest. We are happy to announce that Ann Marie was one of ten students within all of the United States and Canada to win. 

Ann Marie's poem, "Washer", was selected from thousands of entries in her grade division (7-9). Her poem will be published with special recognition in this year's anthology, A Celebration of Poets. By winning this contest, she will receive her own complimentary copy of the text, a check for $25, and the honor of being a published poet. 

We at SJHS are so proud of Ann Marie and her writing accomplishments. We know she will do more great things in years to come.


Ann Marie Humble

My feet are on the ground and my hands are on my desk,

But my mind’s above the clouds- sitting with you,

I don’t remember how we met eight long years ago,

But I can remember the times- you and I,

In kindergarten we sat by each other- on the big round wooden tables,

The floor seemed so close back then,

I remember when we were all grown up- ready to face the world,

We had our shoelaces personally tied by mom,

And we didn’t carry much back then- our pockets had too many holes,

The things that were too big to fall through the holes ended up in the washer,

Mom would place them in a box when she found them,

I would often explore that box- finding a rock, a twister, a nickel-

A ball of paper that once said something that was probably important,

But now we’re older- and we know how to sew up the holes in our pockets,

We know really well how to hold onto everything we come across,

Our shoelaces are sloppy, but we tie them ourselves,

Looking down on the tan shelf in the laundry room where the box used to be,

I watch it all wash away,

Like those papers caught in our pockets when we threw them in the washer,

The words are all gone now,

But I’m sure they used to say something really important.



Let’s Talk about Toys

Submitted by tara.pina on Fri, 11/18/2016 - 11:37
Article by Angela Lopez

Let’s about toys, mainly childhood toys, we want to know about  your very first childhood toy.

What was your favorite childhood toy? 9th grader Alex Yoder said it was t-rex toy. He said it was his favorite“because my dad would help make stop motion films.” 8th grader Jocelynn Garner responded that her favorite childhood toy was a Rainbow Brite doll. Why? Simply, she responded because Rainbow Brite is so cool and she was like a superhero . Rainy Hickman's, a 9th grader, favorite toy was a penguin stuffed animal. Why? She said “because it was my firt toy.”

Do they still have that toy? Sadly they all said no. What would they do if it came to life? Alex said that the t-rex would probably eat him. Jocelynn said, “I would go on adventure with her." Rainy simply said that she would be really happy. Would they ever bring to school if they still had it? All of them said no because it would be embarrassing.

Now what is your favorite childhood toy?

Presidential Election 2016

Submitted by tara.pina on Fri, 11/18/2016 - 11:31
Article by Alex Yoder

This year, there has been one of the most absurd elections in American History. Donald Trump, businessman, TV Star, and multi billionaire, was not expected to make it this far; and no one expected him to surpass Ted Cruz, and the rest of the republican nominees. Yet here he is, facing off against Hillary Clinton, an epic clash between republican and democrat. However, here at SJHS most students only know that Donald Trump is very, very rich, and wants to build a wall. Hopefully, by the end of this article, you will know much more about a man who will be running our country by the beginning of next year, so let's jump right on into the topic of Donald J. Trump.

Donald Trump is most known for his heavy right side ideas, like banning muslims from entering the U.S. However, a not as well known fact is that he has some very left sided opinions. He’s openly came out for equal rights for gays and lesbians in the workplace, but also has came out against the supreme court ruling that same sex marriage should be legal in every state. In some ways, Trump is a walking oxymoron. He wants to lower business taxes and taxes for the wealthy, but also wants to end government corruption and money in politics. I think it is key understanding this idea before we more thoroughly dive into Trumps policies.

As stated above, Donald Trump has some very different policies than most republicans, and even conservatives. His most known policy is immigration reform. He wants to control the border, kick out illegal immigrants, completely stop the flow of Muslims entering America, and build the a wall so other immigrants cannot enter America. He want’s to put Americans first, a trait he thinks Hillary Clinton does not have, and constantly barrages her with her idea of ‘globalism’. We’ll get more into globalism in the next article, about Trumps opponent Hillary Clinton. Trump strongly supports the right to bear arms, but says we should make it much harder for the mentally ill to buy a gun. He is pro-life, except in some situations including rape, incest, or if the baby is harming the mother. He also claims when he is president, he will increase metadata usage, the act of the government monitoring social media and personal affairs of muslims and potential terrorists. Trump has said he will completely eliminate radical ISIS, especially here in America.  He agrees that every American should be able to have high quality affordable healthcare, but not controlled by the government. He’s said that he will repeal and replace the affordable care act(more commonly known as ObamaCare). He want’s to keep jobs in America, and make it easier to produce, manufacture, and hire here at home. Trump also has a more liberal idea about education, he wants to make college more affordable, and not have our children swimming in student debts. Since he thinks global warming is a hoax invented by China, he continues supporting the increase of fracking, and expanding the coal industry. He believes veterans should have the care and support they need, saying, “Veterans should come first in the country they fought to protect, and under a Trump Administration, they will.” He wants to expand government spending on the military, even when America spends more on their military than the next 8 most successful countries combined. He wants to cut wasteful spending, especially in the healthcare system. He has made many derogatory comments to many different groups of people, varying from illegal immigrants to women. This has caused him lots of problems on the campaign trail.

So now we know about Trumps policies, but who really is the man with the earth changing hair? Donald was born in Queens New York, to his parents of Frederick and Mary Trump. He was quite the energetic kid, so his parents sent him to The New York Military Academy at the age of 13. He did very well at the academy, both socially and academically. By the time he had graduated, he had became both an athlete and a student leader. After he had finished High School, he went to the Fordham University and Wharton School of Finance at the University of Pennsylvania. He graduated in 1968 with a bachelors in economics. He followed his father into the career of real estate development, and even took over the business in 1971. He renamed the business to the Trump Organization. He took over the industry, and was called the “Emperor of the Business Place”. He was nominated for President of the Reforms Party, however his views on whether or not President Obama had actually been born in the U.S. forced him to decline. It was this same problem that made him not run for president in 2012. Finally, he decided to become serious about running for President in 2015, and the rest is just history.

So, now that we’ve learned about the man himself, Donald Trump, what about the other option? Hillary Clinton is a woman who is not new to first, and this year she hopes to become the first female president of the United States. I have found there are more stereotypes and myths about Hillary Clinton here at SJHS than there are about Donald Trump. They believe she belongs in prison, and is responsible for the murder of many, including the murder of the 4 Americans in the Benghazi attack. Hopefully, by the end of this article, you will know much more about a woman who could have possibly been running our country at the beginning of next year, so let's jump right on into the topic of Hillary R. Clinton.

Clinton is a very progressive democrat, and holds mainly democratic opinions. However, like Donald she also has some views that aren’t widely shared by most democrats. She supports fracking, a way of getting oil from the ground that many democrats do not support, to suppress global warming. She also supports the death penalty, in very rare cases, but she does support unlike most democrats. She was also a republican in the 1960’s, and was very active in republican groups, and anti-gay movements. While she still holds some of republican ideals, she became a democrat in 1968. Most of her views on things are democratic now, including, lowering student debt, criminal justice reform, campaign finance reform, improving the health care coverage and costs of the Affordable Care Act(ObamaCare), and women's rights are just a few. She wants to reform immigration policies, but in the opposite way as Donald. She wants immigrants to have the same rights, and equal citizenship as any other American. She’s pro choice, saying “Politicians have no business interfering with women’s personal health decisions.” She wants to increase gun control, making it much harder for people to get guns by going through multiple background checks to make sure guns don't “...fall in the wrong hands.” On foreign policy, Clinton says her top priority will be to defend our country, and its values. She has a very progressive view on taxes, and thinks the wealthiest pay much too little in taxes. She thinks the middle class needs to pay less, and she wants to close corporate tax loopholes. She wants to give tax relief to families that are struggling with cots from college, healthcare, etc. She now fully supports gay marriage, and the Supreme Court's ruling on marriage equality. She wants affordable health care, and wants to further improve on the Affordable Care Act. She wants to raise the minimum of wage, and make it easier for the middle class to live their daily lives. She wants to fight ISIS, but not by directly going to war. She wants to increase education and job training for police, and use methods such as body cameras to make sure the innocent are safe from those who should keep them safe. She believes that climate change is real, and wants to take steps to protect our planet. She wants to work to ensure everyone has a fair chance to world class education, and must support teachers and give better training and wages to them. FInally, she thinks supporting our veterans is a responsibility for all of America, and wants to give them high quality care, so they can be comfortable in the country they fought to protect.

Hillary Diane Rodham was born on October 26, 1947 in the suburbs of Chicago Illinois. She was born of two parents, Hugh Rodham, and Dorothy Emma Howell Rodham, as the oldest of three children. She has two younger brothers, Hugh Jr. and Anthony. She became active in politics after being inspired at a speech from Martin Luther King Jr. She attended Wellesley College, and graduated in 1969. She then went to Yale Law school, where she met her soon to be husband, Bill Clinton. She graduated from Yale in 1973. She then enrolled at Yale Child Study Center, where she took courses on children, medicine, and one more year of postgraduate study. She was first lady of the State for years, first lady of the country, and the Senator of New York. She ran for president against President Obama, but quickly withdrew when it became apparent President Obama would have the majority of the vote. She then served as Secretary of State under President Obama until 2013. She faced controversy when 4 Americans were killed at a post in Benghazi, however she was not found responsible in both investigations. She ran for president once again in 2015, and got the democratic nomination against opponent Bernie Sanders in June 2016. She once again faced controversy when we learned she had used a private server to send federal emails. However, in both FBI investigations, after she voluntarily gave all emails to the FBI, she wasn’t found of breaking a single law, and the rest is just history.

These past 18 months have been some of the craziest in America's political history. We’ve had everything from email scandals, racism and sexism, to saying that the other opponent belongs in prison. But above all, this year has had controversy. If there’s one thing that we have learned from this past election, it's that the people of America are all unique in their views and opinions. Whether you’re a diehard conservative Donald Trump supporter, or a liberal Clinton supporter, we’re all Americans, and we must come together and accept that Donald Trump is our next president. As Bernie Sanders said, “This campaign isn’t about Hillary Clinton, or Donald Trump, or Bernie Sanders, or any other candidate who sought presidency. This campaign is about the needs of the American people...”

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What is your favorite holiday?

Submitted by tara.pina on Fri, 11/18/2016 - 11:25
Article by Rainy Hickman

It’s the time of the year where there’s a holiday around every corner, so I interviewed a couple people in our school, and asked them their favorite holidays are, if their family does anything for this holiday, and what's their favorite part of this holiday.  

“My favorite holiday is Halloween, because it’s spooky, like my soul,” Bridget Hickman, a 7th grader, said. She stated that her favorite part is the “spooky vibes” it gives off. What she dislikes about Halloween is the people who think that they have better costumes.

Leah Davis, a 9th grader, said that her favorite holiday is also Halloween. “I get to dress up as anything and not get judged for it." Her favorite part about Halloween is the free candy, and she said that her least favorite part are the clowns.

Jamie Haws, also a 9th grader, said that her favorite holiday is Halloween because “it’s spooky” and she gets to hang out with her friends. “My favorite part about it is that I get to go laser tagging with friends."

All in all, a lot of people like Halloween for the candy and dressing up. My favorite holiday is Christmas, because I get to see my family, celebrate with them, I get to give presents, and the food is amazing.

SJHS + Uniforms?

Submitted by tara.pina on Fri, 11/18/2016 - 11:22
Article by Anya Keil

Whether or not uniforms are a good thing or bad things is totally based on the opinions of the staff and pupils. So we went to see if the people in this school would like to have uniforms. Uniforms are usually correlated with prestigious schools like Harvard and Yale; but this school? Maybe or maybe not.

Most students dislike the idea of having uniforms. “I don’t want to be forced,” said 9th grader, Jonny Acevedo. But if he were to design the uniforms he’d make them black, red, and yellow. A 7th grader by the name of  Angela Espinoza  stated that the uniforms would be “too Basic” and if she were to design them she’d make the uniforms band t-shirts and jeans.

Kyler Jackson says, “Uniforms are bad. We should wear whatever we want.” Alot of students agree that uniforma requirements in schools can get a little extreme.  Indiana's Richmond Community Schools, a public school district is one of the most strict seen. Plain pants and shirt are only allowed and anyone found with so much as a plaid button up will get slipped and sent home. Some students say they are relived it’s not as bad as there

Will this school be getting uniforms any time soon? No, doesn’t look like it. So enjoy expressing yourself through your clothes, be creative and show your uniqueness!

If you were to do something you’ve never done, what would you do?

Submitted by tara.pina on Thu, 11/10/2016 - 10:22
Article by Angela Lopez

If you were to do something you’ve never done what would you do? Would you eat something you’ve never tried before or would you go cliff diving? There are many things that you’ve never done. Think something that you want to do but never done before. Here are some student responses.

If you could do something that you’ve never done before what would you do? 8th grader Hekela Mavae wants to be mutated. Why? She said,”So I can look buff and cool.” Anya Keil said, ”Get a golf cart and drive around the school” Why? She responsed that it would be awesome. Another 9th grader, Alex Yoder, said that he would go scuba diving in Hawaii. Why? He responded by saying that he and his family has been to Hawaii a couple of times.

If you could do it as many times as you can how many times would you do it? Hekela Mavae responded that she would do it over and over. Anya Keil said, “Every single day for the rest of my school life.” Why? She said, "It'd be my way to get from class to class.” Alex Yoder a 9th grade student responded that he would do 3 times. Why? He said “ I would just get sick of it”

Well if you could do something that you’ve never done what would you do?

One Million Dollars

Submitted by tara.pina on Thu, 11/10/2016 - 10:18
Article by Eliza Whiting and Jocelynn Garner

If you won 1 million dollars and could only spend it on one thing, what would you spend it on?

“I would spend it on being able to travel,” says English and Journalism teacher Ms. Pina. What she means by this is she would pay off everything and get plane tickets for herself and her husband, the way she worded it means it technically counts as one thing. “I feel like traveling is the one thing I don’t spend money on and I want to see the world.”

Mr. Hammon, the health teacher, also would like to travel but he said he would spend his money on plane tickets for himself and his wife, because he has a dream to go to every country in the world!

Tessa Popham, an eighth grade girl at SJHS, says she would spend it on helping people because she tells us she is a good person. Andres Lopez, an eighth grader, says he wants build homes for the homeless.

You get all this money but suddenly you die! You have to leave it to someone, but who? Charity, best friend, family, stranger? Ms. Pina would leave it to her dear husband and family. Mr. Hammon would leave his wealth to his beautiful wife. Andres would do the same as Ms. Pina and leave his money to his family. Tessa mentioned that she’d leave her money to her parents. Clark, an eighth grader at SJHS, would let his dad have his riches; and Maddy Black’s brother would gain her money.

If she had to, Ms. Pina would share her money with her family. Mr. Hammon would again share his money with his wife or his adorable bunny, Smow. Tessa and Andres would share their money with their parents. Maddy and her sister would share her money. Clark would share his million dollars with his best friend.

Your million dollars will go far! You can help the needy, homeless, charities, family, friends and even strangers. You can share it with anybody and spend it on a anything you want. What would you do?

Good and Bad Days

Submitted by tara.pina on Thu, 11/10/2016 - 10:14
Article by Lindsay Gardiner

Everybody has good days and bad days,  it's just a part of life. Even the students at SJHS have mixed days. Sometimes you go on a trip or you get a new sibling. Those can be some of the best days of someone's life. Some days you lose someone you love or you move away from your home. Those days aren't as good. Sometimes a day can be good or bad just because things went right or if things did not go your way.

Eighth grader Tucker Kelsey said one of the best days of his life was when he went to Disneyland. Tucker also said that the worst days of his life is "when I come to school on Mondays or when I have to wake up early on Saturdays." Seventh grader Adam Ferrin said that one of the best days of his life is when he went to Oregon he said, "I got to go see new places and see new things." Eighth grader Nathan Ewing said that one of the best days he's had was the zoo field trip since he got to skip school so he could go see animals. Nathan said, "One of the worst days I've had was when I lost my dog because I was really close to my dog." Eighth grader Collin Tigerina said that his best day was the day he met D. Merry Icus Thomas since that was the day he met his legend. He said that one of his worst days was moving because he had no friends here when he came. Seventh grader Audrey Hawkins said one of the worst days of her life was when she moved but one of the best days of her life was leaving elementary school. She said "I was excited to get back together with my old friends and to have more than one teacher. Ninth grader Abigail Palmer said that one of her worst days was when her grandma passed away. She said that they were really close and so she was gone too soon. On a brighter note for Abigail she said that one of the best days of her life was when she went to Hawaii. "It was the first time I went on a plane and the weather was warm there."

Lots of things have happened to the students at our school good and bad and these are just a few but there is a lot more. What are some of the days that were either the best or the worst days of your life?


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