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April 2017

Color Fest 2017

Submitted by tara.pina on Thu, 04/20/2017 - 10:59
Article by Saydie Vanleuven and Morgan Roper - SJHS Student Staff Writer

If you drove down south March 25 or 26, you may of hit crazy traffic, and didn't know what was causing all the commotion. Well all the traffic was because of an event that happens once a year, the color festival. Many students at Springville Junior High went to the color festival with friends and family. The color festival occurs at the Sri Sri Radha Krishna Temple, in Spanish Fork Utah.

Many people know this celebration as the color festival even though it’s real name is The Holli Festival or Celebration.

Jace Farr, a ninth grader at SJhs, said she went to the colorfest and she has gone before, she said that she likes going because it gives her a chance to hangout with friends and throw chalk at each other she also said that her favorite part of going is the part where every hour everyone gets together and throws chalk into the air at the same time. Another ninth grade student of sjhs named Jada Hysolli went too, she stated that she has gone before and that she likes going because it’s fun and she likes all the different colors. She also said her favorite part was when everyone got together to throw chalk in the air. Anthony Gutierrez, an eighth grader, said he went this year and he’s gone in previous years. He said he likes to go because he likes to get colorful and his favorite part was hanging out with friends. Penelope Carter, another eighth grader, said she went and has gone years before this one and she likes to go because it’s at a temple and there is a lot of religion involved and there is a lot of good vibes. Taylor Benson, a seventh grader, said she went and has gone before and she likes to go because she likes to throw chalk at people

Even though all these people went ot the color fest no one really knows the real purpose of it and why they have it. The real purpose of why we have the color fest is a religious celebration that’s why they have it at the  Sri Sri Radha Krishna Temple, in Spanish Fork Utah. 

Mrs. Riggs

Submitted by tara.pina on Thu, 04/20/2017 - 10:58
Article by Morgan Roper - SJHS Student Staff Writer

Mrs. Riggs is an english and creative writing teacher at Springville Junior High. She is loved by many students and teachers.

Mrs. Riggs didn't want to always be a teacher, her childhood dream job was to be a writer or a fly girl, a.k.a. A dancer.  She became a teacher in 2012, but started at Springville Junior three years ago. She became a teacher because she loves literature. But besides teaching, Mrs. Riggs, is some what flexible. She can kick her foot up and touch the back of her head!! Mrs. Riggs has won only a single free throwing contest in elementary school.

Students at Springville Junior High love Mrs. Riggs, but not many people know her favorite sport. Not even the teachers. Damen Bernardi thinks her favorite sport is volleyball, while Tessa Popham believes that it is basketball. Whitney Sheppard thinks that her favorite sport is basketball, and Adi Whiting thinks that it is ice skating. Mr. Jensen, a science teacher at Springville Junior, thinks that roller derby would be her favorite sport, “I could totally see her as a roller derby chick.” He even came up with a few nicknames for her, “Riggs the System” or “Pixie Fire Dragon!” But sadly nobody got her favorite sport right. Mrs. Riggs said that her favorite sport is either video gaming or softball/baseball. Yeah!

Mrs. Riggs likes drawing, camping, hiking, and water skiing. She doesn't have any free time to do so between school and her 2 children! Her knees pop every time she bends down and dirty blonde is her actually hair color!!

Mock Trial

Submitted by tara.pina on Thu, 04/20/2017 - 10:57
Article by Sekaquaptewa Groves, SJHS Student Staff Writer

Here at SJHS we have some very unique clubs. One of the most interesting opportunities is to participate in Mock Trial. Students involved with Mock Trial get to go to other schools and have a pretend trial. Luke Carter, who was Mock Trial last year, said they learned what a real trial is like. Alma Burrows said he learned more about real trials.

“The best part is getting to take the day off school and hanging out with my friends.” said Luke. He said that even though it can be fun it is really hard.  “It would be fun, but it is a lot of work.”

Alma said he wouldn't do it in high school because it is so much work. Both Luke and Alma said that Savannah Clyde takes charge of the group. Alma said Savannah makes sure the team is successful.  In all, mock trial sounds like a club that helps you be more responsible and learn about real court rooms

Ask Seka: Singin’ In The Rain

Submitted by tara.pina on Thu, 04/20/2017 - 10:55
Article by Sekaquaptewa Groves, SJHS Student Staff Writer

Going into the the SJHS production of Singin’ In The Rain I really wasn’t expecting anything special. The production started 15 minutes late, so I was extremely surprised when I got to experience a stunningly beautiful play. I was very surprised, this being a small J.R. High production, that I genuinely enjoyed the play. I thought the set was simple but very nice, and the lighting was excellent. The actor knew their lines and had a lot of emotion. I was thoroughly impressed.

Monte Taylor and Hannah Henage star as Don Lockwood and Kathy Seldon. Hannah did an amazing job, her voice was powerful and her acting skills were A+.  Monty was a natural and I can’t think of anyone better suited to play the role of Don Lockwood.

The songs were very well executed. “You are my lucky star” was the highlight of the show. The number was wrapped up in so much emotion, and it was a perfect end to a beautiful musical. Most of the songs were good, the sound system was much improved from last year. The only number that I didn’t enjoy was “Make them laugh” because there was too much going on for my attention span, although Bryce Chambers did excellent on the unicycle.

I loved the costumes, especially Hannah's green dress. Kennady Bird and Haylee Carpenter both did outstanding jobs even though they didn’t have as large of parts. All in all, this play was very enjoyable and I would definitely see it again. 

Teacher appreciation week- Awards and Most likely to

Submitted by tara.pina on Thu, 04/20/2017 - 10:49
Article by Lizzie Kurban - SJHS Student Staff Writer

During Tecaher Appreciation Week students nominated the teachers for some fun awards and “most likely to’s”. A few teachers were asked their opinions on their awards  and here’s what they had to say. If you want to see all of the awards that were given to the teachers then check it out in the commons area.

Here are some of the awards that were given to some teachers,

Mr. Kindrick- Best South Pole Elf

Ms. Pina- Most Likely to Eat a Pineapple

Mr. Booth- Best Hair

Mr. McKell- Most likely to leave half-way through the year

Mr. Jackman- Most stylish teacher

Mrs. Gleave- Christmas spirit award

Here are some of the teacher’s thoughts and feelings on winning these awards and whether or not they think they are accurate.

In a sarcastic and slightly amused tone, Mr. Kindrick stated that his students are wonderful for nominating him for such a prestigious award and that he definitely is the best south pole elf out of all the teachers.

Ms. Pina said, “ I’m honored that people recognize my pineapple enthusiasm.”  and although Ms. Pina has embraced the whole pineapple thing, she says that a pineapple probably wouldn’t be her first choice in fruit. So she probably wouldn’t be most likely to eat a pineapple.  

Mr. Mckell thought that that his nomination was funny, seeing as he actually did leave SJHS half-way through the year last year to teach at Payson Jr High, but he said that he never plans on leaving halfway through the year again

Mr. Booth was amused by his nomination seeing as he doesn’t have any hair on his head. He was still very honored though. As for accuracy he was wondering, “Do eyebrows count?” if so then his award would be accurate

Mr. Jackman said, “There are many stylish teachers at our school, but I’m grateful to the students for recognizing my style in particular.” He also encourages students to wear what they want and express their own individual style.

Mrs. Gleave loved that she got the Christmas spirit award, probably due to the fact that she does math formula christmas carols with her students every year. She said that she loves the formula carols unit and she’s going to continue to do it for a long time.

We then asked the teachers which of their co-workers they would nominate for an award.

Mr. Kindrick said he would nominate Ms. Hamilton- Greatest teacher ever award

Ms. Pina would nominate Ms. Maughan-most likely to play "Heads Up" with Ellen DeGeneres while Carpool Karaoke-ing with James Corden

Mr. Mckell said he would nominate Mr. Bentley- Most interesting teacher, “Because he’s a really interesting person and has a lot of life experiences.”

Mrs. Gleave would also nominate Ms. Hamilton for an award, she said she’s nominate her for “Best co-worker award.”

Teacher appreciation week was awesome. We’re all really grateful for our teachers and we appreciate them and everything they do, SJHS really has amazing staff. Students please remember to thank your teachers for everything they do for you.

Houston, We’ve Got Copycats

Submitted by tara.pina on Thu, 04/20/2017 - 10:41
Article and Comic by Trey Widtfeldt - SJHS Student Staff Writer

Ever wanted to go to space? Too bad. To go up, you got to have a lot of experience (yes, it is rocket science) and it costs a lot of money. But how about reenacting going to space? That takes a significantly less amount of money and training, and you can blow up the ship without causing a national disappointment.

Well, recently, some of us participated in the Apollo 13 mission malfunction reenactment. Basically, the whole gist is they brief you on your tasks, then lock you into a dark room where you have to solve puzzles and make sacrifices in order to come home. (Yes, I get that it sounds like some demented horror movie, but this time it's fun!) It's almost a race of sorts, where whoever finishes (or can, for that matter) the fastest is technically prepared for space and a bootleg medal. You do have a limited amount of time, as, of course this is space were talking about and oxygen is not complimentary.

Rondo Andersen said: “It was really fun, they gave us a large amount of materials to create devices for our survival. They put a lot of effort into it.” He also mentioned that many of the people there really enjoyed it. Most of the others mentioned it was very accurate, and they made it look alike it as well.

So there it is. You can thank Mr.Hansen and Mr. Hatfield, a former teacher of SJHS, for this great experience.

The secret life of Mrs. Porter

Submitted by tara.pina on Thu, 04/20/2017 - 10:28
Article by Stazie Killpack - SJHS Student Staff Writer

Mrs. Porter is a history teacher here at Springville Jr, she taught at the old school for 1 year, and has taught for the 3 years that this new school has been running. Mrs. Porter hasn’t always been Mrs. Porter, before she got married she was Mrs. Brennan and still gets called that from time to time. Mrs. Porter has been married for 2 years now to Seth Porter; they have no kids, but depending on how her students have behaved that day would like to have 5. She spends her free time watching Netflix, mountain biking and playing with her dog.

She wanted to be a history teacher because of an amazing past teacher Mr. Harnett. He inspired her, and she wants to give that same inspiration to her students. She has 2 brothers and 2 sisters; three of them are married giving her a total of 7 brothers and sisters. One of her brothers when she was younger put a live rat covered in goo in her hair. It died in there and they had to go to Fantastic Sams to get it cut out.

Her favorite unit to teach recently has been the revolutionary war, because her students really enjoy learning about it.

Jessica Hermann, an eighth grade girl, says that,” Mrs. Porter’s more of a friend then a teacher.”

“She gives you time to do your assignments and makes them fun and easy to do.” Payton Johnson explains.

One really fun activity they did was a reenactment of The Trail of Tears. The students were the Cherokee Native Americans and Mrs. Porter was the soldiers keeping them in line. Madison Parker said that this activity was one of her favorites.

Springville is very grateful for the work Mrs. Porter puts into her lessons activities and grudge ball games. We are lucky to have her!

Ask Seka #3

Submitted by tara.pina on Thu, 04/20/2017 - 10:27
Article by Sekaquaptewa Groves, SJHS Student Staff Writer

Q. Is the universe finite or infinite? If we were able to travel to the outer edges of the universe, what would we find? Perhaps we would run smack dab into another universe, but how would we know? Would the other universe somehow come in a different color, operate with a different set of rules, or smell slightly like almonds? How would we know? I’m imagining a large sign that says, “You have reached the end of Universe A! Welcome to Universe B where proximity is not an issue!” How much is infinity plus one?

A. Only God knows tbh

Dear Seka,

my cat won't eat her cat food. I've tried everything from salmon biscuits to imported fruits from iraq. please help. she won't eat and i'm really worried. she isn't very old and has always been an active cat but things have changed i guess. randy my beautiful cat (picture below)

is a little bit different but i love her all the same.  i really have no one else to go to and jackson galaxy "cat daddy" is not helping but maybe u can help. thanks so much for ur help and it is so much appreciated. please reply asap. thank u.

  1. find out why your cat isn't eating. Has something changed in her enviroment? Also, mabye she is getting sick. Make sure you take her for regular cheak ups at the vet.

Iayla Searle

Submitted by tara.pina on Thu, 04/20/2017 - 10:23
Article by Rainy Hickman - SJHS Student Staff Writer

Iayla is an 8th grader here at SJHS, and is a goofy girl. Her middle name is Florence, and Math makes her bored, no surprise. If she had a power, it would be to see dead people. She admires people that aren’t afraid to be weird in public, and she envies me, “because you have beautiful hair,” she said.

She regrets not eating breakfast, and is scared of people, “they’re normal, and smile too much.” She said she was in the middle, when I asked her if she had a happy life. “Love, I feel like everybody deserves love, no matter what,” she said, when asked to pick between love and trust. She misses her best friend, Paige, from her childhood. The hardest thing for her to give up on, would be her drawing.

Her favorite four-legged creature is a rhino, because their just like unicorns, but not as appreciated. She likes spicy food, but it depends on the spiciness. She doesn’t know her bed size, but she knows her feet stick out the end. Does she like chocolate? “Is that even a question? Yes,” she exclaimed, laughing. Her favorite five foods are spaghetti, pizza, ice cream, cheesecake, and just cake in general.

That’s Iayla Searle. And like I said, she’s very nice, and a good kind of weird.

Right On Track!

Submitted by tara.pina on Thu, 04/20/2017 - 10:21
Article by Morgan Roper and Jennifer Wallentine - SJHS Student Staff Writer

Many students at Springville Junior High are participating in the school track and field team.  All students from 7th-9th grade are allowed to take part in this after school activity, and are able to take up to 4 events, with exceptions. Track meets are held on Fridays at high schools in Nebo School District.

The next meet they have is a home meet at Springville high school against Payson and Mapleton. Most kids are very excited and confident for this one based on the meet from last week. The track team went to Payson and Springville, the Knights, beat the Grizzlies.

The most common event that most kids seem to be competing  in is the 100 meter dash. Students love track and try to attend practice regularly. They are required to take attendance at the beginning of each practice to make sure that they get plenty of chances to try and work on getting faster scores.

Ella Stoddard, a seventh grader at Springville Junior High, is a sprinter and a thrower. She is very athletic and got 1st place in discus, and second place in the 200 and shot put! Her favorite event is discus. Carter Massey, also a seventh grader at Springville Junior High, is also a sprinter. He enjoys doing the 100, 200 and the 7th grade medley, a relay race that has the following events, two 100 meters, one 200 meter and a 400 meter to finish it up! .

It looks like we have a pretty strong track team this year so keep it up SJHS!


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