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December 2016


Submitted by tara.pina on Wed, 12/21/2016 - 08:56
Article by Hailey Gabbitas

Do you like winter, or do you hate winter? Well at SJHS some students and faculty answered some questions. 

The first question is, do you like winter? Livi Hathaway a student at SJHS said that yes she does because it nice and not too hot. Kate Chatfield said she loves winter. Mrs. Davenport, a Secretary at SJHS, said “ No, there's no use for snow and I don't like being cold. But I would rather be cold than hot.” Also according to Mrs. Davis another Secertary at SJHS said “ I like it as long as I don't have to drive in it.”

The next question is what's your favorite thing about winter? Mrs. Davenport said “ The feeling that Christmas brings, and the snow is just beautiful.” Mrs. Davis said “ I like the snow, It's so pretty, peaceful, and white.” According to Natalee Moore she likes the winter because her birthday is in the winter. And then Taylor Okelberry said that she likes winter because of CHRISTMAS.

The last Question was "Do you have any family traditions in the winter?" Livi Hathaway said, “Me and my Family go Snowboarding up at Sundance, and at my Grandpa's cabin, then after go home and drink hot chocolate.” Kate Chatfield said, “I just mostly sleep, and sometimes go outside and make Igloos” Natalee Moore said, “ If it's super cold I stay inside, but if it’s not that cold I go outside and make Igloos and snow angles, oh and we have snowball fights.” Taylor Okelberry said, “ Me and my siblings usually go sledding, and its cuddling season.” Mrs. Davenport said “We usually go ice skating and sledding because it's really fun.” Then Last but not Least Mrs. Davis Said “Our family has no winter traditions. We just love being together no matter the season.”

So a lot of people have different opinions on snow; what's your opinion?

Thoughts on Dances

Submitted by tara.pina on Wed, 12/21/2016 - 08:53
Article by Brenna Carlton

School dances. Known sometimes as the most fun part of the year and the most awkward. Students at Springville Junior High attend these dances for fun, and it’s a really good fundraiser.

First is a seventh grade boy, Johann Orozco. He’s only gone to one of the dances, which isn’t bad because there’s only been two so far. He likes them because he gets to talk with friends and dance a lot. His favorite part about them is dancing and the food. He goes for fun, and likes fast dances better than slow dances.

Next is Divinya Shumway, a seventh grade girl. She’s been to all the dances so far, and she really likes them. Her favorite part about them is the music, and she usually likes fast dances. She goes for fun, and goes with her friends.

Avery Nelson is an eighth grade girl who has been to all the dances. She likes them, but wishes that they had new, better songs. Her favorite part about them is the fun, upbeat songs. She likes fast dances, and goes for fun and with her friends.

Preston Roberts is another eighth grader, and he’s been to all the dances along with Avery. He likes them because he gets to be with friends. His favorite part about them is the songs, and he likes the fast dances.

Last but not least is Cooper Riggs, a ninth grade boy who has been to most of the dances. He says that the dances are alright, everybody likes them. “My favorite part about them is chillin’ with my peeps,” he says. He likes fast dances, the slow ones are awkward.

So obviously, dances are fun and lots of people like them.

Jr. Red Devils and the History of the Springville High School

Submitted by tara.pina on Wed, 12/21/2016 - 08:39
Article by Emma Biesinger

Did you know that a few years ago, at Springville Jr. High we were once the Jr. Red Devils? That’s right! In this article you will learn when we changed the name and why we changed it back, who was here when we were the Jr. Devils and their favorite part about the mascot.

In 2001, the SJHS mascot was changed from the Knights, which what it is currently, to the Jr. Red Devils. Only a few teachers were here when this change was made, those teachers were Mr. Bentley, a geography teacher, Mr. Krebs a math teacher, and Mrs. Bales in the Finance Office. It all started when there was a push to have more unity between the High School and the Jr. High. Mr. Bentley explains that they left for summer break one year as the Knights and came back in Fall as a Red Devil.

However, once they opened Mapleton Jr. High in 2005, there was jealousy between schools. There was jealousy because there were kids who went to Mapleton Jr. High but then went to Springville High. These students didn’t get to be Devils in Jr. High like the kids who went to Springville Jr. High who were always Devils. Some students thought that this was unfair. So after Mapleton Junior opened, it was decided to change SJHS's mascot back to the Springville Knights. Mr. Bentley said he misses being the Jr. Devils because he loved jokingly saying to kids on the first day of school, “Welcome to hell, come study with the  Devil…” However Mr. Krebs said that he likes being the Knights because it gives us our own identity. Mr. Krebs said, “I like “Knights” because a Knight is someone to look up to and represents great ideals.”

Perhaps you're wondering how we even got our name Springville Red Devils in the first place. Well, in 1908, Springville High School was being built and a local concrete company was doing the concrete for the High School. This concrete company was Red Devil Concrete Co. Springville was grateful for their help so they voted in the name Red Devils for our mascot. The information on when they voted in the name is still not clear. To this day, you could find a concrete burlap sack in the new High School in a display case.

Now you may have realized that it said, “new High School” and you may have already know this, but the High School back then was not in the same place as it is today. The old High School was located right by the Art Museum- there were two buildings, a smaller square one and a long rectangle building, a track and football field sat right behind the High School where Cherry Creek Elementary is now today. But instead of this school being called Springville High School, it was called the Presbyterian school. The larger building was the High School and the smaller was the Jr. High. After a while both turned into the High School. The first graduating class at this old high school was in 1909; in the ‘new’ High School in the Library you can find yearbooks going back to 1913.

One of the gymnasiums for this old High School is still here to this day and it apart of Cherry Creek Elementary and it is used constantly by students and used for basketball games. When the old High School was still in use, there was a swimming pool located underneath the girls gym in the long rectangular building that was used by Springville citizens. A Seminary building was located right across the street from the school and was turned into a Family History Center; but if you look closely at the top of the building the words “Seminary” are engraved into the concrete. The last graduating class was in 1967. After that students would go to the new High School that is the building currently being used. The old High School was torn down sometime in the 1980’s.

If you would like to learn more, next time you are in the ‘new’ High School be sure to go to the library there and look at some of the yearbooks! You can see pictures of what the High School used to look like and if you are lucky, you can find a picture of one of your grandparents! 

Flour Sack Babies

Submitted by tara.pina on Wed, 12/14/2016 - 11:20
Article by Hailey Gabbitas

Have you ever heard of Flour sack babies? The Teen living class at SJHS are carrying flour babies on November 28 - December 2nd. The reason they are doing flour babies are to get a real world experience for teen pregnancy but with flour.

The first question we asked was how many kids are you having. Alexa Miles a student at SJHS said “I'm just having one because one is enough to carry and to handle.” According to Jaquelin Magana another SJHS student said that she just wants one because she doesn't want to have twins. And then Livia Wilkins a 9th grade student at SJHS also said that she only wants one ten pound, I don't want to carry two five pounds.

Second question is what are you naming your baby. Jennifer Lopez said “ I'm probably going to name mine Yeah because I like the name.” Then Jada Hysolli said that “ I'm probably going to name her either penelope or emily because I really like those names.” Then Last but not least Livia said “ Probably Juniper because It sounds unique.

Last question is what birth defect does your baby have. Livia said she has Cleft Palate, Jada said she has Down syndrome, Maliek said hearing Loss, and then Alexa has Low birth weight. Anyways Teen living seems really fun and they don't have that many students in there, so maybe if you want you could join next semester.

A Girl's Guide to Getting Ready For a Dance!

Submitted by tara.pina on Wed, 12/14/2016 - 11:19
Article by Kelby Jeppson


At Springville Jr. High, there is an upcoming Christmas Dance on December 15!  Getting ready for a dance can be really stressful, especially for girls!  In this article, some girls that attend SJHS will share their experience of getting ready and share their tips with you.   

One of the problems about getting ready is how long it takes.  For some girls it can take a long time but for other girls it may even be not very long at all!  According to Nicole Fernandez, an eighth grader,  it takes her about 15 to 20 minutes to get ready for a dance.  Ninth grader, Hailey Gabbitas, says, “It takes about an hour to get ready.”  Eighth grader, Sammy Waite, explains, “It depends on the dance.”  If it is a more formal dance, it may take up to an hour.  If it is a regular dance, then it is pretty quick.  

In order to save a little bit of time, some girls have shared their time saving tricks for when getting ready.  Hailey states, “Just don’t mess up!”  “I think ahead of what I want to wear,” says Nicole.  In the opinion of Sammy, take your time.  If you start early enough, you will most likely have enough time to get yourself all ready to go.

Every girl gets ready in a different way, and every girl has different struggles when getting ready.  Sammy says the hardest thing is her hair and makeup.  On the other hand, the easy part is “the dress, you just put it on!”  Hailey also thinks the hardest thing is makeup and the easiest thing is what to wear.  From Nicole’s point of view, the hard thing is deciding what to wear!

When the struggle of getting ready is over, it is finally time to actually go to the dance.  Nicole says, “The best part about going to the dances is being with friends and people you know.”  “The best part is dancing, of course!” exclaims Sammy.  Hailey says, “I love going to the dances so I can hang out with people.  The dances are also a great place where you can bond with your friends!”

Whether or not you can relate to these things, hopefully you will be able to have a good time at the dance and a stress free time getting ready!


SJHS Has Broken Bones

Submitted by tara.pina on Wed, 12/14/2016 - 11:18
Article by Sakari Duvall

Many Springville Jr. High School kids have gotten a broken bone, but how did they break that certain bone?

Brenna Carlton, an 8th grade girl, said that she broke her wrist when she was about 8 years old. Her friend had hit her face with a snowball and so she couldn’t see, so she tripped over her backpack and then she snapped her wrist. So in the end she had fractured her wrist, without having to get any surgery.

Seth Rigtrup, a 7th grade boy, broke his left arm by playing basketball and falling on it and so it snapped. It was his second time breaking that arm. He broke his arm really bad! In the long run, he did not have to get surgery. His arm is still broken and will be healing as soon as possible.

Third is Trae Hillstead, a ninth grade guy, and he broke his fibula and tibula. Instead of breaking them, he shattered them into about 10 pieces. He said that he shattered them by getting into a horrible motorbike accident. So all together he had to get surgery.

Next is Tyler Kelly (TK), also a ninth grade guy and he broke his collarbone. He broke it in football season. He said, “It was pretty bad, I could have died!” So because of this he had to get surgery.

Hammon For President

Submitted by tara.pina on Wed, 12/14/2016 - 11:15
Article by Alex Yoder

(Disclaimer; This article is purely for entertainment, Mr. Hammon isn’t running for president. Probably.)

Here at SJHS, a well loved, esteemed teacher has decided he is going to run for president. Mr. Hammon recently decided that America needed a man like him in the oval office; someone who knows the problems, from education, to having more holidays. Headed by his campaign manager Monte Taylor, Mr. Hammon has been trying to get the attention of America, however not much is known about Mr. Hammon. What will he do as president? Who will he pick for senior council? Let's find out.

First, let's talk about Mr. Hammons campaign manager Monte Taylor. Monte is a ninth grader here at SJHS, and is hailed from teachers across the school as an academic genius. “If someone were to help me run for president, it would be Monte.” Alex Yoder, 9th grader, told us. Campaign manager has many responsibilities on the trail, from organizing events to helping the president on difficult policies. Here’s Monte on what he thought his role as campaign manager is, “My job is to just really, to spread the word, organize events, help the president make decisions, and pick people to fill positions of responsibility with who I think can get the job done best.”  As campaign manager, Monte is the prime candidate for the position of Chief of Staff if Mr. Hammon makes the white house. He told us, “Of course I am expecting this job, considering I am one of his closest friends and advisors. I know I will be able to handle the responsibility, and really just break the expectations of being chief of staff.” The Chief of Staffs primary job is to appoint people into leadership and cabinet positions. Monte told us some of the possible candidates for the top leadership jobs, often called senior council. He said, “It really just depends on availability. However, I know the people who have been with us since the start can really step up to the plate. It just depends on who stays with us through the highs and lows of the campaign. All of these people would be prime candidates for senior council. For example, Alex Yoder is a very well educated kid, who I would trust with the job of Secretary of State.” The first 100 days of a presidents presidency are the most important and productive. Monte told us what they would accomplish if a Hammon Presidency becomes a reality. He said, “There are many pressing issues, and from my experience no one knows what the future can hold, However, one of America's greatest issues today is the quality of education. We must work to expand our education, both college and secondary.”

When asked why he was planning to run, Mr. Hammon said, “I wasn’t really planning on it, but Monte wants me to run, so that's why I’m running.” He told us he would like to finish teaching before he ran, so anywhere from 20 to 30 years from now. While Monte had a very professional idea on what they were going to do once they were in power, Mr. Hammon had a more… interesting idea. He told us, “I would put Hawaiian Punch in all of the drinking fountains. Probably the biggest issue I need to tackle is having more holidays for everyone. Also, we need more theme parks.”

While this is purely for entertainment, Mr. Hammon told us he thought it would be pretty cool to be a mayor. So, while we must always be hoping for President Hammon, Mayor Hammon may be a more realistic dream. Good luck in your presidential campaign Mr. Hammon and staff!

SJHS Talks Chapstick

Submitted by tara.pina on Wed, 12/14/2016 - 11:12
Article by Jocelynn Garner and Eliza Whiting

"You remind me of my chapstick because you da balm!" Here are some opinions on chapstick from SJHS students and faculty.

“I panic when I don’t have it,” Mr. Hammon said.

Mint or Peppermint is by far the favorite flavor. But some other favorites are: Pineapple, Strawberry, Sweet Apple, or no flavor at all.

Megan Dickinson’s worst memory of not having her chapstick was last Friday. “Drove me nuts cause I didn’t have it.” she said.

Bryce Chambers forgot his chapstick at Lake Powell and that was the worst time he had when he didn’t have his chapstick. “ ‘Guys!’ I called out. ‘This sucks without chapstick.’ ”

Conner Kelly got a cut lip when he didn’t have his chapstick and DylanMiles was seven years old and his skin on his lips were all torn up. Will Daybell said that his worst memory of not having his chapstick was when he was “sitting in spanish class. Lips felt extra chappy.”

Mr. Hammon said that he started using chapstick because his doctor said that he would sew Mr. Hammon’s tongue to the top of his mouth if he didn't stop licking his lips. But thankfully he got chapstick from his doctor and has been using it nonstop ever since.

4 out of 5 people who were asked agreed that chapstick should be in the school vending machines. It would be a great idea because sometimes your lips just hurt and you forget your lip balm. “Yeah! That’s a good idea.” said Mr. Hammon. “Heck yeah. What if you forget it at home? Then you have a new one you can buy.” Ariana said. Dylan said “Yeah. Sometimes your lips really hurt.”

Would you share chapstick even though it has pathogens? “Yeah, I don’t care about germs!” Will Daybell says.

Chapstick seems to be an important part of life here at SJHS. 



Submitted by tara.pina on Wed, 12/14/2016 - 11:10
Article by Anya Keil and Rainy Hickman

This week we decided to ask people here at SJHS how they feel about the recent presidential change and what they would do if they were president. 

We asked a few kids who they would have voted for. Brayden Zubia said he would have voted for HIllary Clinton and Jordan Folsom said “Still Trump”. Now there are many mixed feelings about the president that has risen, but here at SJHS everyone is accepted in the community no matter what their standing point is. Braydan said “Of course not” when asked if he himself would be a good president but everyone has potential to rule the world.

Bridget Hickman, and 7th grader, said she would’ve voted for and she said Clinton. Do you think you would make a good president? “Heck no,” she said, laughing. “My ideal president is Josh Dun(Twenty One Pilots), obviously,” she said when asked who her ideal president is.

Haylee Peterson, a 9th grader, said “If I had to chose between Hillary and Trump, I’d vote for Trump" when asked who she would vote for. When we asked her what she would do if she was president, she said that she would paint the White House rainbow. I asked her if she would make a good president, she just laughed and said no. Her ideal president is Evan Peters.  (an actor in X MEN)

So who’s your ideal president? Do you think America can be run any of the people named previously? Why or why not?


Super Powers?

Submitted by tara.pina on Wed, 12/14/2016 - 11:07
Article by Angela Lopez

Have you ever thought about having super powers? Like flying, and having laser eyes? Everyone wants super powers. At some point everyone, either when they were little or today wants to be a superhero or have super powers.

What kind of superpowers do you want? 8th grader Emma Beisinger said to turn into any kind of animal. Why? “Because I love animals and it would be really cool to be really big or really small.” 9th grader Rainy Hickman said that she would like to have power over the weather. Why? She simply responded, “Because my name is Rainy.” Another 9th grader here at SJHS Anya Keil said that she wants the ability to read people’s minds. Why? She responded with, “So I could hear everyone’s secret without them even knowing!”

What would your background story be? “I went to a laboratory and spilled acid on myself” said Emma.

Rainy said that she got struck by lightning. “When I was younger I got brain cancer and then I had to get a surgery and then I somehow got it.” Says Anya.

What would your superhero name be?  Emma said that hers would be Animal Queen. Rainy said that hers would still be Rainy and Anya said that hers is just going to be Anya.


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