October 2017

Article: Cuddly Kittens or Perfect Puppies

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Article by Mathew King - SJHS Student Staff Writer

The debate on what is better cats or dogs has gone on too long. It is finally time to see which one rules over all. According to Mrs. Reese, a ninth grade history teacher says, “Dogs! Because they are man’s best friend and woman’s too.” Cats can be more independent than dogs, but dogs are more playful and love to be around you.

Dogs can be great and Amanda Gardner says, ”I HAVE A DOG AND HE IS THE CUTEST DARN THING EVER! He is also loyal, happy and smart but kind of stupid at the same time. If you get a dog they will not disappoint and will love you always!”

Janelle Mammen, a ninth-grader loves cats and thinks that they are just like her. Another student says, “I don’t like dogs because they always smell bad, they are also hard to potty train. Another reason is that cats are really chill animals, and dogs are the opposite of that.” Dogs want to be athletic and be outside while cats are cuddly and people would love to snuggle while you watch a movie in sweat-pants.

A ninth-grade girl says that they are both great. With cats you can snuggle but you can play with dogs. Cats can be mean, while dogs are messy and smelly.

In a survey of 29 people, 19 of those think that dogs are better all the way. 7 think that both cats and dogs are great. Only two of the 29 think that cats are way better, and one person thinks that Musubi is yummy.

Overall it looks like dogs rule while the cats drool!

Article: New History Teachers

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Article by Karly Bracken and Taylor Benson - SJHS Student Staff Writer

Ms. Reese is one of the new history teachers.  She teaches ninth grade only for six periods.  Ms. Reese was born in Walnut Creek California. But she was raised in New Mexico.  She then moved to many places including Utah, Kentucky, Indiana, Mexico, back to California, and then back to Utah where she stayed.  For college, she started at the University Of Utah, but then ended up at Brigham Young University.  In her free time, she likes to sleep, do art, and hang with her family and friends. She has five siblings, four girls and one boy.  When asked what some of her favorite things about being a teacher, she answered, “My favorite part about being a teacher is definitely the students.  They just make it so much fun.”  Which is probably true for every teacher.  She loves being a teacher and likes to teach about things that are going on in the world now instead of what happened in the past.

Ms. Hatch was born in Orem Utah. She then moved to St. George when she was ten.  Then eventually moved back to Utah. She played rugby in her high school and college years. For college she went to SUU (Southern Utah University). Before she began to teach seventh and eighth grade, she was a lifeguard.  She teaches two periods of eighth, and four periods of seventh.  Some things she loves to do in her free time, are eating ice cream and watching Netflix.  Her favorite thing about teaching is all the students personalities and the inside jokes she has with each class. Although there are a lot of good things about being a teacher, she finds it hard when she cares a lot about each student and seeing how some don’t really care to try.

Our new history teachers are the best!  All of their students love having them as a teacher.  They are so nice and fun!

Article: Red Ribbon Week

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Article by Stazie Killpack, and Amanda Gardner - SJHS Student Staff Writer

A few weeks ago was red ribbon week, which is a week where we provide drug awareness at SJHS. Student council and the PTSA planned many fun activities and guests to come and talk to students about being good examples and setting goals for their future. They came during lunch came for a reason. The spray painter, Ulione is a student from UVU that came to SJHS to spray paint a humongous board of our mascot, a knight. Molly Hunter said, Ulione came to show us, “If you have a passion and you pursue it then you can do what you want in life.” Safari, another guest who is deaf, world champion martial artist came to show us that if you have a disability you can overcome it, and it will not define you. Gavin Jones, another member of student council said the star wars people came for fun.

Everyone enjoyed red ribbon week. Lilli Killpack, a seventh grader at SJHS said that she enjoyed the dressing up and being part of red ribbon week. Mike Neth, a ninth grader at SJHS, said he liked, “Watching people dress up.” Molly Hunter, said red ribbon week was 10/10 and the best one ever. She said her favorite part was, “learning how to spray paint and see other students do it.” Gavin Jones, said he also liked the spray painter and star wars people.  

Student council tries their best each year to not only get people excited and learn more about the harmful effects of drugs, but to also get school spirit and students involved in the activities that they create for them. How do you feel about Red ribbon week?

Article: Social Media Let Loose

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Article by Ashlee Bayles and Payton Evans - SJHS Student Staff Writer

The first signs of social madie was in 1997, and it was called Six Degrees.  In 1999 was when the first blogs became popular.  Ever since then they have continued to grow in size and numbers.  Many students at Springville Junior High have agreed that social media can be good for you, yet it can have some terrible consequences.  Since social media is being used across the globe, it can have an effect on people all around the world.

When you walk down the halls of many schools you can find many of the kids looking at their phone and their social media account.  Kobri Faussette, an eighth grader,  when asked what her favorite social media app  was replied saying that Musically was indeed her favorite because it reminds her of youtube.  Since instagram allows you to talk to your friends and see what they are doing in life, it was an easy favorite for Driggs Ellison.  Bella Farr agreed with Ellison saying, “Instagram allows you to connect with people all around the world which is why it is my favorite.”  Collin Gwilliam said that his favorite is, “Instagram because it allows me to interact with friends, post my story, change my profile, and see what others are doing.” Ms. Jensen a younger teacher at Springville Junior said, “I love Snapchat because it has fun filters, and it makes it easy to keep in touch with my friends who live far away.”

“Tumblr is my least favorite because I don’t know how to use it,” replies Kobri Faussette when asked what her least favorite social media app is.  Ellison earnestly responded, “Since Snapchat is not exciting, it is my least favorite social media app.”  Collin Gwilliam said that his least favorite is Facebook because I don’t know how to use it, so it is confusing.  Ms. Jensen explained that she does not particularly like the whole idea of Facebook.  She expounded upon this saying that she had never had one, yet she felt that people around her would get too involved in it.

All students and teachers agreed that it could be good, but it could also be bad.  Many said that it could be bad because you could end up spending too much time on it.  Kobri said that it could be good if you did not have a TV.   She said that if you do not have a TV then Social Media could help you to see what is happening on the news.   Bella said that she believes that “If  you  are struggling then it can help you to connect.”  Ms. Jensen said that social media can be wonderful but it has some downsides as well.  Ms. Jensen goes on to explain that “One thing I don’t like about social media is that it shows someone’s highlight reel and not their day to day life.”  Collin said that social media can be used for good causes, so it can be good if used correctly.

While social media continues to grow many parents believe that their kids are unaware to the harm it can cause.  One of the main problems that parents face is that they fear their kids are getting the negative effects of social media.  While there may be some truth to the thought that social media is not great, you can also say that kids are aware to the danger that it poses.  Are you going to let your doubt cloud your judgement or are you going to let your capable teenagers spend time on social media?

Article: Mr. Rockwood Spotlight

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Article by Oakley Toelupe - SJHS Student Staff Writer

Don’t worry if you haven’t seen him last year, he’s walking around the halls this year. If you don’t know who he is, well, you’ve come to the right place.

Mr. Rockwood was teaching at Payson High School for 14 years! That is crazy! And then, all of a sudden, he was offered an administrator job here at SJHS! He took it, of course, and now he’s here as the Dean of Students. He says, out of the 1 ½ years he’s been here, he loves Springville. Last year, he said the leadership was awesome and he wanted to stay, so he’s our Dean of Students. Other than working towards being a principal, he is also working towards his doctorate, and by next year, he’ll be known as Dr. Rockwood instead. Fancy, huh?

Although he does like to read and write while here at SJHS, his life outside of school is pretty interesting. He says he coached track in High School, which is probably why it’s his favorite sport. He says he also liked wrestling. He also says he couldn’t choose between BYU and U of U, because he’s been to both for different year's, but NFL wise, his favorite team would be the Seahawks. He likes to camp, hike and rock climb in his free time and could always settle for some ice cream. Although, his favorite place to eat out is an Indian restaurant in Payson called Tadka.

Well, now that you know a little more about him, make sure to say “hi” to him in the halls and maybe even wave when you’re walking by.

Article: Golf

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Article by Kekoa Akiona - SJHS Student Staff Writer

Have you ever played golf before? Well if you haven’t you are missing out. Golf is a fun, slow, calm sport, that includes strategy, math, and many other things. Golf is played by hitting the golf ball into the hole. You want to hit the ball the fewest times before hitting it into the hole. Whoever hits the ball into the hole first wins that hole. In the end  you want the lowest number possible,  golf isn’t like any other sport like football or basketball, where you want the highest points possible. So if you were playing a game and you had 15 points, and your friend had 20 points, you would have won.

This year at SJHS Brodie Beerg coaches the golf team. Every Tuesday through Thursdays for 2 hours they practice at the Hobble Creek golf course. They practice putting, front line range hitting, and many other things. SJHS’s matches are on Mondays, each match is usually about 1 hour long. Either from 3 to 4 or 5 to 6. 1 person from each team plays out of the 7 school teams. Each team has about 10 to 11 players.

Beau Brunson, an 8th grade boy, played on the golf team this year. Beau likes golf because he thinks hitting the ball, and watching where it goes is fun. “It’s fun to watch how far and close the ball gets to the hole.” says Beau. Beau has been playing for 6 years now and has a good feel for the game. He also plays baseball, in this sport you can also hit a ball, so it’s pretty for Beau to hit the ball, since he has good hand eye coordination. Beau wants to play the sport of golf for as long as he can.

Another 8th grade boy, Andrew Austin, also plays on the golf team. Golf for Andrew is a sport  that calms him down. “I like the game because golf isn’t like any other sport, like football, where it’s a fast paced game. Golf is slower and isn’t as tense.” says Andrew.  Andrew has also been playing for 6 years, and plans to play the game of golf all his life. Andrew thinks the game of golf is beneficial, because you get to add up your points and keep track of what you are doing. He says his grades in math have gotten better over the years of him playing golf.

Would you play golf?

Article: Youth Court

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Article by Amanda Gardner - SJHS Student Staff Writer

The Gavel went down and they were sentenced to eternal trash duty! Thankfully, that isn’t how it goes. Chandler Kiser, one of the Youth Court members said that Youth Court is, “A community organization that helps youths fix their mistakes and clear their record.” The members of youth court meet every other Thursday and decide what the students who have a first offense can do to wipe the bad mistake off of their record.

Jane Wilson, another member of the Youth Court, explains that it was formed for students that commit a first crime, and probably not intentionally. They get a second chance to get rid of the black mark in their record. Shannon Acor is the lady in charge of Youth Court. To sign up, you have to do it on the school website, the spring before.

Chandler says his favorite part is, “the meetings and the experience.” Jane’s favorite part is the food they get every week, which is a delicious bonus, and helping people. She said she joined, “Cuz my mom wanted me too, and it looks good on college applications.” Chandler joined because it sounded like fun and he wanted to get involved.

Hopefully after reading this, you know what youth court is and if you want to join.

Article: The Foods Program

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Article by Karly Bracken - SJHS Student Staff Writer

The Foods class is an elective you can take in eighth or ninth grade.  In this class, you learn about nutrition, proper ways to cook, and measurements.  Everybody who has taken it, has loved it!  Doing the cooking labs are a lot of fun!

When asked what is learned in Foods, Elizabeth Bird, an eighth grader at Springville Junior High School, answered, “During foods, we learn how to make food, along with safety tips to keep you safe while cooking.”  It is very important to stay safe while cooking.  They usually have a cooking lab every Tuesday.  
Some of Ashlee Eve’s favorite things they’ve cooked so far are scones, muffins, and fruit smoothies.  The things they cook taste very good.  Ashlee is an eighth grader at Springville Junior High School who has foods class third period.  They normally do their food labs once or twice a week.  When asked what their favorite part of the class was, both Elizabeth Bird and Maggie Miller, eighth graders at SJHS, answered, “My favorite part about the class is learning to cook.  It’s a good life skill to have and to learn.”

In conclusion, The class is very fun.  If you want to take it, you have to be in eighth or ninth grade.  In the class you learn about very valuable life skills that are helpful to know for when you get older.  

Article: Halloween on a Tuesday

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Article by Libby Hodson - SJHS Student Staff Writer

Halloween is on a Tuesday this year?! Some people aren’t to happy about this. Last year Halloween was on a Sunday but most people went trick or treating on Saturday. So they could stay out late and sleeping.

Ella Stewart an eighth grade girl says “ I don’t like that it’s on a Tuesday, I want to stay out late and sleep in the next day. But we can’t, we have to get up at 6:30.” Which is true, we don’t get as much time to trick or treat, or do fun things. If we do stay out late we have to get up really early which isn’t too fun. On Halloween day you can dress up in your costume for school. Do lots of people really like to do that? Ella says that she doesn’t she feels uncomfortable when she does it. Should we just not have school on halloween? Or just not have school the day after Halloween? “Yes we should have two days of, Halloween day and the day after, so we can recover.”

Sadie Holdaway an eighth grade girl also says that she doesn’t like that Halloween is on a tuesday. “We don’t get to stay out as late” Sadie also doesn’t really like dressing up “I don’t like it, I think it’s embarrassing.”

Sadie thinks we should not have school on Halloween. “ We can’t get ready as easily and don’t have as much time” says Sadie.

Ashlee Eves an eighth grade girl also says that is sucks and we can’t stay out late, or sleep in. So most people aren’t happy about Halloween being on a tuesday, because we can’t sleep in or stay out as late! How do you feel about this?

Article: Madison Black Spotlight!

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Article by Payton Evans - SJHS Student Staff Writer

Madison Black, is an amazing girl who can make friends with basically anyone she meets. She can make anyone laugh with just a saying.

She is not one of those girls who can not make friends. She loves to make other people happy mostly her friends.

If Maddy could go anywhere in the world to help people, considering what has been happening lately, she said. “I would go to London because of all the attacks that are going on and I would try to help as much as possible anyway I could.”

Maddy is more classic than trendy because she is extremely unique. She likes to be different. While everyone are plain old cheerios, Maddy is a fruitloop.

If Maddy was stranded on a desert Island and she could only bring two people she would “ I would take my best friend Payton Evans and Zach Herron” who is someone she likes from Why Don’t We.

“ I will always choose bands because I love the band Why Don’t We.” Black explains as she is asked about bands and soloists.

“Two of my biggest inspirations are Why Don’t We because they went from these kids that no one really knew to this band that tickets sell out of in 24 hours. The other big inspiration is my mom. She just allows me to follow my dreams.” Maddy say with her eyes gleaming.  

If you ever see Madison Black in the hall don’t be afraid to say “Hi” or give her a high-five. She will gladly do it. If you ever need a friend go to Maddy.

“Change the world, don’t follow everyone else’s style, dent the universe, be a maverick, when people go right go left. Just make people like you for you. You do not need to change the world needs to change.” That is what Madison Black is all about.

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