February 2019

How does social media and cell phones really affect teenagers?

Article by Alexia Hunter

One thing a lot of teens seem to have in common is their obsession with social media and technology. Of course, there are some teenagers who don’t have a cell phone or social media but the vast majority does.

I went around and asked teenagers at our school how much time they spent on their phones a day. The average was 5 hours. When they checked to see how much time they spent on their phones the majority spent the most time on social media. I interviewed a student about her views on the assembly about limiting social media. I asked “If the assembly inspired her to stay off of her phone and delete social media?”,  she said “Umm no”. When I asked “Why not?” she responded with “They are all just saying this because they want us to pay attention to teachers and what they are saying and not our phones.” When overhearing conversations about the assembly or even seeing on social media, no one really took up the goal of getting off social media or spending less time on their phones.


In conclusion, I think most students either didn’t agree with what the views on phones and social media were or they got bored and gave into old habits. Every person has their views on social media and how it affects people, teenagers especially. That is how social media affects some teenagers at our school.

Springville Jr. High Boys Basketball

Article written by: Cam Hall

Basketball is one of the most popular sports in America, and at our school we represent really well with both our teams. This article is on the boys team, but we have a great girls team too.

    The NBA was started in 1946, but the sport basketball itself has been played for longer. Springfield College, in Massachusetts, has the credit for coming up with the game of basketball in December of 1891. James Naismith, a Canadian doctor was one of the innovators behind the sport.

    Why is basketball a good sport to play? Will Penrod, a SJHS team member, says, “It’s fun, and it is a good way to get physical activity.” Games are usually on Mondays and Thursdays, and practices are every day they don’t have a game. “I like hanging out with my friends,” Will said about practices. David Lopez, another team member, likes being on the team because, “I get to represent the school.”

    If you haven’t been to a game, it’s quite the experience. Carter Turley, an 8th grader, says, “It’s good to see all the energy, and because I’m an 8th grader, I get to see what I need to do to make the team.”

    Hopefully you understand more about the Basketball team, and get a little thought from the players.

Fan Zone

Article written by: Kobri Fausett

We talked to Zack Antonino, one of the student section starters. We asked him why he decided to start the student section “ Me, Colin, and Maizie(all in 9th grade)  just thought it would be a fun way to socialize at the games.” The student section has had people that usually don’t go to the games start coming. Then we asked what his favorite theme to get people to dress up in was and his favorite is white out.Lastly  we decided to see what the people in the crowd actually thought of the games and the student section. Lauren Mesiar (9th grade) said “ My favorite part of the games is definitely the student section, I always dress up the one that was my favorite was the safari or Hawaiian themed dress up.” The student section is a great way to get people who maybe don’t know much about sports to go to games and support our team!


Article written by Zachary McNeil

Woodworking is a class to let you express your imagination and creativity through hard work and fun. Lydia Brooks thinks that woodshop is fun because of “Creating projects, and being with friends”. Hyrum Cardona also thinks the wood shop is fun and says  “Is not as boring, plus you can make stuff”. Woodshop is not for all students because it is hands-on when some students might be more into the paperwork.

Woodshop can also be very dangerous considering it involves cutting with saw blades. But once all safety tests are passed you are allowed to work on your project. Mr. Rencher is the wood shop teacher and foreman. Mr. Rencher teaches students how to create two projects. The first project being a wooden tension saw handle, and the second project a detailed chest. Woodworking is for 9th grade and all through high school.