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Student Spotlight: Lily Holladay

Submitted by tara.pina on Mon, 03/18/2019 - 15:37
Article written by student: Cam Hall

    Lily Holladay is an awesome 9th grade student here at SJHS. Want to find out more about Lily? Read on!

    Lily’s thoughts on school? “I like it, kind of. My favorite class is Biology because I like learning about science.” Some of Lily’s hobbies include playing the violin, and like she said, learning science. “Science is interesting because you find out how stuff works. It’s more hands-on than other school subjects.”

    Along with being in Biology, she is in English Honors, Orchestra, and Math Honors Plus. Max Whipple, a fellow 9th grader, who shares English, Biology, and Math classes with her, thinks she is very bright and smart.

Overall, Lily is an awesome individual, and if you haven’t taken the time to talk to her, then you definitely should!

On Wheels

Submitted by tara.pina on Mon, 03/18/2019 - 15:35
Article written by student: Max Whipple

Do you ever just stop and think about how funny something could be, like roll-skating? Roller skating is humans intentionally strapping on 8 wheels just to move a little faster.  And here we are, SJHS students getting into a large metal can with 4 large wheels to go to this term's Citizenship Party, it all seeming very funny. When the wheels started to move, bands of students laughed while others blasted music from portable speakers. Parker Smith told me, “The bus ride was fun.  I sat with friends and listened to some music!”

The bus rolled up to the building as students grabbed their wheels and were off.  Multi-colored lights, resembling 70’s disco turned on as the rink quickly filled with eager skaters. Camren Jones, a roller skater says, ”It’s fun, I only fell once!”.  Parker Smyth, a 9th grader who roller-blades regularly said, “It’s fun! It’s tiring, but exhilarating!”. The few teenagers that were uncomfortable, definitely needed their experienced pals to lend a hand or a foot.  As the teenagers found their new legs, the staff played a game. The skaters moved sporadically around the rink, looking like balls in a pinball machine. It was fun to watch the skaters laugh and fall down, while grabbing their tedious friends.

At the end of a 3 hour skating experience, the lights turned on as the students came back to reality.  Brenen Salazar said, “ I would definitely come back to Orem fun center. I really like to skate and the games they play.  I come here with my friends a few times a year and I’m looking forward to coming back.” Meanwhile, I’m hanging up my wheels and I’ll stick to regular, good old fashion walking. Cuz that’s how I roll.

Techies take the spotlight

Submitted by tara.pina on Mon, 03/18/2019 - 15:32
Article written by student: Ella Stewart

In every successful musical there is a fantastic cast and a great Director but little does the audience know, behind the bright lights and glittering costumes, are the techies. Manning the spotlights and fixing the mics they set the stage for the cast to shine. “I've done tech since I was like seven because I didn't have enough time to be in the actual play.” says Emma Payne, “If you don't have time to do the actual musical it's a good way to have fun with your friends that are in it, and it's cool to learn about the stage”. Throughout all the amazing things that happen backstage, it can also be very stressful for the teenagers, Naomi Connell explained, “It can be really stressful depending on what job you have.” This only goes to show, their job isn't as easy as it seems. As difficult as it is though, the plays are for everyone, “I’m not really a drama person.” explained Naomi Connell, “but I wanted to be in the play.” Whether you can sing and dance or not, If you’re not really a “drama kid’ or you are. Everyone is welcome, and every job is important.

High School Musical opens this Thursday! Shows start at 6pm on 3/21, 22, 23, 25.

Musical Rehearsals

Submitted by tara.pina on Mon, 03/18/2019 - 15:29
Article written by student: Kobri Fausett

You’ve seen our school plays/musicals, but have you ever seen all the time, hard work, and effort that goes into it? Probably not so that's why I went behind the scenes at their rehearsal of the song in the musical called “Breaking Free.” We talked to one of the cast members named Belle Gabbitas, who plays Gabriella and she said she is very excited, and she thinks it will turn out good it always does. Then I continued to ask her If you didn’t have this role what role would you like to have? “I’m happy with the role I have but it would also be fun to try playing Sharpay!” What's the best part of being in the musical I then asked, she responded: “ I love the rehearsals and being able to get everything perfect.”  Watching the play rehearsals is very fun to see they play in action in a different perspective. The play is always very well worked through, and the cast members work really hard to get it perfect! It’s a cool experience to be able to see behind the scenes.

High School Musical opens this Thursday! Shows start at 6pm on 3/21, 22, 23, 25.

Love in Junior High

Submitted by tara.pina on Wed, 02/27/2019 - 10:17
Article by Wynter Smith, student

In the spirit of Valentine's Day last week I asked people some questions about love. As “teenagers” in junior high I thought it would be interesting to see our opinion and point of view on it. A ninth grade girl responded to my questions with, “I personally don’t believe in love at first sight just because you don't know their personality. Also the fact that you can’t fall in love with someone if you don’t know who they really are.” Another ninth grade boy said, “The traits in a perfect spouse for me would be smart, athletic, funny, hardworking, and loving.” An eighth grade boy said, “I would hate if my parents got to choose who I get to marry because my parents have a very different point of view on who I should marry.” On the other hand an eighth grade girl said, “I believe in love at first sight it's a very small chance though, but if it's the right time and the right person it’ll work out.” Additionally, a seventh grade girl mentioned that “I don’t believe in love at first sight sometimes you think you’re in love with someone then you fall in love with someone you would never expect to.” Later on, a seventh grade boy explained that “junior high kids can’t really have long and lasting relationships because at this age we are too young to understand what a relationship means but it’s possible.” It looks like most of us agree that love isn't really for junior high students and it’s not very easy.

Teenagers have brains?!

Submitted by tara.pina on Wed, 02/27/2019 - 10:03
Article written by student: Carter Turley

Have you ever wondered what the most confusing part of your life is? Yep, you got it, it’s the teenage brain. Some teenagers and other adults have wondered what their brain does and what it’s like. Well, thanks to Mr. Rockwood, the 7th graders at SJHS get to learn about their brain being developed into an adult brain.


The 7th grade English teachers do this lesson called cross curriculum. Cross curriculum is when one teacher of one subject teaches another subject, so in this case the 7th grade english teachers would teach science. So why teach the 7th graders? A happy Mr. Rockwood said,” The 7th grade teachers teach about a man named Phineas Gage, from the 1800’s, when this man, while working on the railroad, got a nail through his head, and lived for about 20-25 more years. And the teachers ask me if I could present to the students about the brain.” Talia Tanner, a 7th grader said,”It was very interesting learning about the brain, abstract thought, and the hippocampus. It was really cool to learn about how the brain moves the hands, feet, fingers, and almost everything in your body!” Well, who knew learning about the brain was so much fun? Apparently Mr. Rockwood and the students he taught.


The brain is a very vital part in our lives, and we’re still learning more about it, so hopefully, we can get to know ourselves and our own body even more.

Cupid is Calling

Submitted by tara.pina on Wed, 02/27/2019 - 09:57
Article written by student: Brooke Constantine

Valentine's day is a day where we give love to those we care about.  The students at Springville Jr High are excited. Some kids at school give valentines to their friends and sometimes even a special someone.  Valentine’s day is fun and enjoyable, almost every student at Springville Jr High likes valentines day but for different reasons.

Do you like valentines day?  Spencer Park a 8th grader said, “Yes, I like valentines day because it is a day dedicated to love those you care about.”  Just like Spencer said valentine’s day is a day dedicated for those that you care about. Drew Owens also a 8th grader said, “I like Valentines day because you get to eat cherry flavored chocolate.”  There are many chocolates you could get, such as orange, fudge, cherry, caramel, raspberry, mint, chocolate with nuts, and much more. Forrest Gump said, “Life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what your going to get.”  The first valentine’s day was in the year 496 February 14 and it's that way today. Having a valentine’s day is a very old tradition. Valentines was invented by the Romans. The Romans had a festival called Lupercalia in the middle of February, officially the start of their springtime.  Everyone has their traditions for the holidays but everyone has very different traditions for valentine's day. Hannah Barker a 8th grader said, “my traditions are I always watch valentines movies and get a little stuffed animal.”  Stuffed animals are a good gift for Valentine’s Day because they are cute, fuzzy, and it shows that you care. Remick Whiting a 9th grader said, “I love valentine’s day because I get heart shaped pancakes and pizza.” These are two very easy and popular traditions. The students at Springville Jr High all Love their traditions for valentine’s day they vary from having heart shaped food to having panic attacks before they give their crush chocolate.  Hope you had a happy Valentine’s Day!

How does social media and cell phones really affect teenagers?

Submitted by tara.pina on Mon, 02/11/2019 - 10:17
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

Submitted by tara.pina on Mon, 02/11/2019 - 10:09
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

Submitted by tara.pina on Mon, 02/11/2019 - 10:07
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!


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