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December 2016

SJHS Talks Disneyland

Submitted by tara.pina on Wed, 12/14/2016 - 11:06
Article by Brenna Carlton

Disneyland. It’s a subject that is known to everyone, whether they’ve gone or not. Usually, you hear people say that they love it. But, there are some people that don’t love it. Let’s find out what some students at SJHS think about it.

First is Ms. Pina, an English teacher at Springville Junior High. She has been to Disneyland twice, and she had a really bad experience the first time she went. However, she says that the second time was better and made up for the bad experience she had. On a scale from 1-10 with 10 being good and 1 being bad, she rates it at a 9 if it’s not busy, and if it is busy, a 3. Her favorite rides in Disneyland are Alice in Wonderland, Indiana Jones, Pirates of the Caribbean, Finding Nemo, and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. Her all time favorite ride in California Adventure is Tower of Terror, of course. “I love the food there, and the magic part. There’s just so much detail in every place there to make you really feel like you’re there,” she says. Her favorite part about it is how you get to feel like a kid when you’re there.

Next is Sakari Duvall, an 8th grader. She’s been to Disneyland once and says she doesn’t really like it because she doesn’t really like roller coasters or spinny things. On a scale from 1 to 10 she rates it at a 5. Her favorite ride in Disneyland is Matterhorn and in California Adventure her favorite is Soarin’ Over California (which is now Soarin’ Over the World.) “My favorite part about it though is being with my family, and the warm weather,” Sakari says. No fast rides, but that’s okay.

Another 8th grader, Lindsay Gardner, has been to Disneyland three times. She loves it, and would rate it at a 10. She likes California Adventure better than Disneyland, because she think that it has better rides that are faster and more exciting. Her favorite ride in California Adventure is California Screamin’ and in Disneyland her favorite ride is Space Mountain. “It’s just a good environment, you have to be happy when you’re there,” she says. Her favorite part about Disneyland are all the rides.

Angela Lopez is an 8th grade girl who has only been to Disneyland once. Just like Lindsay, she loves and rates it at an 11 out of 10. “I like California Adventure better than Disneyland because they have more rides for teenagers, not little kid rides,” Angela says. However, her favorite ride in Disneyland is Splash Mountain which is an all time favorite for teens. In California Adventure, her favorite is California Screamin’. She mainly likes it because you get to enjoy it with family, and there’s lots of good food.

Last but not least is Adeline (Adi) Walker, a 9th grade girl who has been to Disneyland about 30-40 times. She absolutely loves it, and would rate it at a 10. She likes Disneyland better than California Adventure because it’s the original, but she still likes California Adventure. Her favorite ride from California Adventure is The Little Mermaid ride, and from Disneyland her favorite is Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. “I grew up with Disney, and I go all the time,” she says. “I just love being there, and just the feeling that you have when you’re there.”


College Ideas

Submitted by tara.pina on Wed, 12/14/2016 - 11:04
Article by Scout Benson

Do you know where you want to go to college? What you want to do? If you don't that's ok, and that's what this article is for. To help you decide where to go, and give you some ideas of what you want to do. In this article you will get to see were some of your fellow students and friends are wanting to do.

Halley Caldwell, a seventh grader, said that she might want to go to BYU, because it's close to home. She want to study English. Rosie Stoddard, a ninth grader, said that she wants to go to a school in Ireland, that will let her work in a nursing home for a year, then pay for her full college education. From there she wants to study psychology. Jacob Arbon, a seventh grader, wants to go to BYU and study chemical engineering, which is a" branch of engineering that applies physical sciences (physics and chemistry), life sciences (microbiology and biochemistry), together with applied mathematics and economics to produce, transform, transport, and properly use chemicals, materials and energy." Penina Strong, an eighth grader, says that she wants to go to either Oregon State, Utah State, or BYU to study graphic design. Liz Ramsdorf, a ninth grader, wants to go to Montana State University to study marine biology and photography. Joey Hammond, an eighth grader, says he wants to go to BYU to get a medical degree in radiology, which is "the science dealing with X-rays and other high-energy radiation, especially the use of such radiation for the diagnosis and treatment of disease." Alex Yoder, a ninth grader, says he wants to go to North Carolina University to study either economy, communications or political communications. Chris Davis, a ninth grader, wants to go to New York University to study medicine. Katie Jackson, a ninth grader, says she wants to go to Snow College, and then Utah Valley University, to study nursing or to be a foods teacher. Kelsey Sumsion, a seventh grader, wants to go to BYU and study engineering. Kevin Pou Rogas, an eighth grader, says he wants to go to BYU Hawaii, because it's in Hawaii, so he can study to be a neurosurgeon.

So now you have some ideas for what you may want to do! If not, that's ok. You still have a little while to think.  

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SJHS; Talent Show

Submitted by tara.pina on Wed, 12/14/2016 - 11:01
Article by Alex Yoder

Here at Springville Junior High, we have a yearly talent show, where students show us their talents. Varying from magic, to music, the acts the students put on enchant our student body, and it’s often called their favorite assembly of the year. This article will be spotlighting everything about the talent show, from the auditions, to the talent show we had this Friday.

This year Mr. Hammon put on the talent show for his first time this year, saying “I’m not really sure. One minute I wasn’t doing the talent show, the next minute I was. It was kind of weird.”  On the 16th of November around 30 students tried out for the talent show. Emelia Randolph said, “The audition was pretty scary,” She  went on to say, “I think everyone did great, and although it was scary I felt pretty good about it.” Mr Hammon told us everyone who tried out did a great job, whether they made it or not.

This Thursday December 1st, there was an evening performance of the talent show for family and friends. The group of students that performed were, Carson Poole, Tiare Cromar, Jasmine Salinas, Lillian Savage, Mia Roberts, Lizzie Southern, Chelsie Nielson, Hannah Mason, Jeremy Reynolds, Jaren Push, Janelle Mammen, Eliza Whiting, Scout Benson, and those who performed in the assembly. Presley Kennard, 9th grader and friend of performer, said, “It was really cool seeing the performance before the rest of the school did.”

Finally, on Friday December 2nd, the talent show was performed in an assembly during school. The group of students that performed were, Raquel Marquez, Christine White, Jane Wilson, Alyssa Badger, Meagen Jones, Emma Rich, Emelia Randolph, Caitlyn Buhler, The Dragon Fighting Slayers, Kimberly Bartholemew, Kennedy Bird, Kinley Walker, Rylee Andreason, and Sydney Averet. Both of the performances were wonderful. Thanks for being so talented SJHS, and great job at the talent show for all those who made it!

Students’ Opinions

Submitted by tara.pina on Wed, 12/14/2016 - 11:01
Article by Sakari Duval

Springville Jr. High School 8th graders told about their opinions about certain things at school. Do they like these certain things, or do they not? The 8th graders names are: Avery Nelson, Braxton Hansen, Kloey Iese and Cameron Howell.

So first is Avery Nelson, and she had explained how Student Advisory is pretty fun and that she likes it. “Yeah it’s pretty fun, the teacher is pretty chill and she brings us treats sometimes”, Avery said. Avery said that she thinks that there is a good selection of food at lunch for all the kids, but her herself does not like it. “I really love the pizza though!” She said that she doesn’t mind homework like other kids, only because her teachers don’t give out a lot. Avery had stated her opinion about how she does not like high school days, meaning she would not want to have 4 periods during school all day.

Next is Braxton Hansen, and he had said that he kind of likes his Student Advisory class because he doesn’t really have to do anything. He had also said that he doesn’t like school lunch because they have the same food about every other day. He would like lunch if they had a different variety of food everyday. Braxton had said that he doesn’t like homework because it is hard sometimes. He had said that he would like to have days like the high schoolers do because you can get more of your work done and wouldn’t have homework.

Third is Kloey Iese, and she had said that she likes Student Advisory because she has it with Mr. Hammon. For lunch she said that she likes it and thinks that it is pretty good. Kloey, also agreeing with Braxton about having high school days, said that she would love that!

And last of all is Cameron Howell. He said,”I like Student Advisory because my teacher lets us all talk about our week and brings us treats, like donuts.” Cameron said that he likes school lunch most days. He said that he does not like homework because after school he plays sports and has no time for homework. He also said that he would like high school days.


Submitted by tara.pina on Wed, 12/14/2016 - 10:59
Article by Rainy Hickman

A fandom is a large group of people that are a fan of something like a T.V. show, video game, books, and/or movies. I asked a couple of people if they are in any fandoms, and if they have any other friends in the fandom.

Sarah Thomson, a 9th grader, says that she was a fan of Pokemon, and it's a game, and T.V. show. ¨The reason I like Pokemon is everything,¨ she said when I asked her what her favorite thing is. I asked her if she has any friends in the fandom, she said that her older cousin, Jakob, is a hardcore fan.

Angela Lopez, an 8th grader, told me she's in the Green Day fandom, which is music. ¨The reason I like the fandom is because they make funny memes.¨ And she doesn't have any friends in the fandom.

Jonny Acevedo, a 9th grader, said that he's in the Marvel/DC fandom. He likes it for the superheroes. I asked him if he had any friends in the same fandom, he told me “my friend, Tommy, is.”

Fandoms are fun, I’m in a fandom, the Supernatural fandom. It’s fun, I like the show itself, and the people in it. I have three other friends, Leah, Jamie, and a family friend, Li. The best thing about fandoms, is you can make new friends with the same interests as you.

Ann Marie Humble: A Poet at SJHS

Submitted by tara.pina on Wed, 12/14/2016 - 10:58
Article by Kelby Jeppson

Last year, Ann Marie Humble submitted a poem contest for students in the United States and Canada.  Excitingly, her poem, “Washer,” was picked from thousands of entries along with nine other students.  Ann Marie is currently a ninth grader at SJHS.  The contest she entered her poem in is for students in grades K-12 and the winners were based on their grade division.  Each of the Top Ten winners, including Ann Marie, gets a complimentary copy of the poem/writing and a $25 dollar check.

Ann Marie says, “When I actually found out that my poem was selected, I was really excited!”  Mrs. Riggs, her creative writing teacher, says, “At first, I didn't realize that she had won the grand prize. Then when I found the enclosed check I got very excited. I went around telling all the administration, secretaries and teachers I could find to tell them the good news.”  According to Ann Marie, she decided to write her poem when she was bored in English.  She wanted to write a poem about kids and friends and then decided to write about how her and her friends met when they were little.  “Ann Marie's writing is always detailed, deep, and whimsical. I may not know if her stories will make me laugh or cry, but I know her writing will make me feel something. That is a great gift to have as a writer,” says Mrs. Riggs.

Every writer is different and every writer loves writing for a different reason.  Ann Marie says, “I like writing poems because there is not structure, and you can write whatever you want.”  Mrs. Riggs says, “I love to have a way to express myself, especially in ways people don't expect. Being a writer allows you to be anyone. Bad guy, good guy, male, female---anything!”  If you like writing then you may want to take creative writing next year.  According to Ann Marie, you should take creative writing because it is fun, you get to just write for 45 minutes, you can enter your writing into contests and there are cool ideas!

Congratulations again to Ann Marie Humble!  SJHS is so proud of you!  If you would like more information about her poem and would like to see the actual poem, you can read a “Teen Poet” by Mrs. Sheppard by going to this page:  


Trapped in a Movie

Submitted by tara.pina on Wed, 12/14/2016 - 10:57
Article by Lizzie Kurban

Have you ever thought about what you would do if you were stuck in a movie? Would you run and hide from all of the action? Would you meet up with all of the main characters and join them on their journeys? Maybe you would even try to become the hero of movie. We asked some students here at SJHS and this is what they had to say.

First we asked them what movie they would want to be trapped in. Tommy Williams, a 9th grade student here, said that he would want to be trapped in Star Wars: episode 5 The Empire Strikes back. Ella Kurban, a 7th grader said “I think it would be exciting to be in Jurassic world.” Bridget Hickman, a 7th grader said she would would like to be in Guardians of The Galaxy.

When asked what they would like to do there they gave some interesting answers. Tommy said that he would join the Galactic Empire, which is the government that the main characters are fighting against. Although empire is portrayed as the bad guys he thought that joining the empire would be a cool and interesting experience. Ella, being trapped on an island full of prehistoric predators said that she would simply try to stay alive. Bridget said, “I would join Star-Lord (Peter Quill, the protagonist) and gang to help them stop Ronan (the antagonist) from using the infinity stone (the powerful destructive weapon that he would use to destroy the galaxy).” These students are all very bold in their decisions of movie and events to take place in.

We then asked them if there was anything that they would try to change in the movie. Tommy was very adamant about his answer, “Absolutely not, Empire strikes back is a perfect movie.” Ella said that she would definitely try to keep it the same but she’s not confident in the fact that she would mess up the story in some way. Bridget said that she would try to save Groot, the big tree character who (spoiler alert) dies at the end. He begins to regenerate as a tiny little version of himself but Bridget would do anything in her power to save him.

Finally we asked them if they would like to say in their movies for the rest of their lives. Tommy, who has a very strong love for Empire strikes back would said that he would would definitely stay there. Ella, being in such a dangerous situation said that she would go home after the plot plays out, provided she survived the ordeal. Bridget said, “I would probably stay there, I don’t know though.” which is understandable because you would probably miss your real life after a while.

What would you do if you were trapped in a movie?

Movie Reviews

Submitted by tara.pina on Wed, 12/14/2016 - 10:56
Article by Anya Keil

We have recently passed  the minute holidays and Christmas is right around the corner, therefore many new movies are coming out such as “Moana” or “ Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”. I want to see what people have seen and if they would recommend the movie.

Anya Keil, a 9th grader recently watched the popular movie “Moana” and she considers it one of the best movies she has ever seen. “10/10 would recommend” she joked . Moana is about a polynesian girl going on a journey to find Maui (a demi god) to help her save her island from disaster

Jonny Acevedo and Leah Davis recently (seperatly) watched “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”, a movie about the wizarding world in America in the 1900’s. This of course is tied to the infamous book series by J.K Rowling “Harry Potter”. Leah Davis said “ My favorite character is Eddie Redmayne because he’s like really attractive.” and Jonny said “I like the acting and writing of the movie”

So we got three thumbs up for these movies! So go check them out! From “Moana” to “Trolls” there are tons of amazing movies in theaters RIGHT NOW!

Which character do you relate to?

Submitted by tara.pina on Wed, 12/14/2016 - 10:54
Article by Angela Lopez

What cartoon character do you relate to? Do you relate to anyone that is adventurous or energetic? Or do you relate to that is lazy and mean? 

What cartoon character do you relate to the most? 8th grader Eliza Whiting replied that she relates to Rapunzel from the movie Tangled. Why? She simply said “Because she is fun and I really want long hair”. 9th grader SJHS student Anya keil replied that she relates to Squidward Tentacles from the Nickelodeon's Spongebob Squarepants. 8th grader Emma Beisinger relates to Rigby from Regular Show. Why? ”’cause I procrastinate, I love to sleep, and I don’t like to work” she said.

Other than that character what other character do you relate to? Eliza Whiting said Cinderella. Anya Keil said Gary the Snail. Emma Beisinger Lumpy Space Princess.

Do you feel like the friends and family of the character relate to your friends and family or is it just you? Eliza replied Just me. Anya Keil said yes and Emma said that it is just her.

Now a question for you what character do you relate to?

Meet Alex Yoder!

Submitted by tara.pina on Wed, 12/14/2016 - 10:26
Article by Brenna Carlton


Have you ever met anyone who has worn a certain color every day for a long time? Probably not, unless you’ve met Alex Yoder. Alex is a ninth grade boy who goes to Springville Junior High and he has worn the color yellow every single day since he was seven. It doesn’t matter if it’s a yellow shirt, wristband, or shoes, there’s always something. In this article, we’re going to meet him and find out why yellow is so significant in his life.

Like I said, he’s been wearing yellow ever since was seven years old, which was the first day of school in second grade. He’s 14 years old now. “It was a sequence of events,” he says. “When I was seven or eight I saw this YouTube video of a person dancing in a banana costume and from then on I started to like the flavor of bananas, Laffy Taffy’s, and banana popsicles so I chose to wear yellow every day.”

Yellow is obviously his favorite color, and he says that he plans to wear yellow for a long time. “It’s already cool that I’ve been wearing yellow for seven years, but it would just get cooler and cooler if I keep doing it for a long time,” Alex says. Lots of people ask him why he wears yellow, and eventually they just pick up on it and figure it out.

Alex really likes doing what he does. “Wearing yellow has influenced my personality. I like helping people so yellow helps them to be happy and it makes me happier as well,” he says. Yellow is a bright color, like the sun, so it could definitely help other be more cheerful.

So, there you have it. Alex is a great kid, so make sure to say hi if you see him! He’ll probably be wearing something yellow.




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