Junior High Drama

Article by Alyssa Badger, SJHS Student Staff Writer

Junior high is known for girl drama. Most people here believe that there’s a lot as a teenager. ¨No matter where you go there is gonna be a drama problem.” one student said. Multiple students say there is an issue with the way certain people interact with each other while being a teen. There is a variety of students who feel they are a victim to the drama epidemic.

In a survey, ten out of ten people believe that everyone is involved with drama at some point in their teenage years. Though some people go through more than others, they all agree that everyone goes through some form of it. Mr. Hammon, the eighth grade health teacher at the school, says the best way to deal with drama is to “put your life in perspective, take a step back and count your blessings.” He says that staying off social media is a good way to diffuse the drama. He claims, “don’t gossip or spread rumors.” to be the best way to not start drama. He says that in our day and age people’s brains are starting to not fully develop until around 25-30 years old instead of 20-25 years old like past years. The best way to help with this, he says, is to just not be on your phone so much and don’t let it control your life. He says this will help you in long run with drama and the development of your brain.

One girl says that she’s not really involved with drama a lot but does feel like there is an issue with it as a adolescent. She says she deals with drama depending on what it is. “I usually just brush it off.” she added. Another student said she asks her mom what she should do when something comes up then she helps her out.  She says that she is involved in drama all the time. She said “Though there is drama as a teen, it’s just apart of life.”

In conclusion, though a lot of students believe that everyone goes through some type of drama as a teenager, it does not affect everyone.

Moving On

Article by Stazie Killpack - SJHS Student Staff Writer

6th grade students from Sage Creek, Cherry Creek, Art City, Brookside and West Side elementary came to Springville Jr. High this week for their Orientation. They started off with an assembly showing many of our fine arts programs such as drama, choir, band, and orchestra.

Emilly Jessee, an upcoming 7th grade girl, is very excited for the class options that are available to choose from. “ I am very excited for foods in 8th grade!” As is almost every single 6th grade student.

Another upcoming 7th grader, Grace Basudldo, says that the class she is most excited for is art! “ It’s going to be weird not having a recess anymore, but it’s ok because I’m in Jr. High!”  

The transition from elementary to jr. high is weird and sometimes scary, but to all you future 7th graders, just do your best, work hard, have fun and jr. high will be amazing.

Welcome to SJHS

Article by Morgan Roper - SJHS Student Staff Writer

Many eighth grade students have switched to Springville Junior High School during the school year. But do you know what it's like to switch to a new school in the middle of the year?

Ashton Lloyd and Kamrynn Blades switched around Christmas time  from Mapleton Junior High School. Kamrynn Blades likes Springville better than Mapleton, but Ashton Lloyd likes Mapleton better than Springville. Kamrynn likes Springville better because she has a lot more friends and people are more welcoming. Springville’s hallways are better and wider. Ashton doesn't like Springville as much because, “Springville doesn't have as many people similar to me.”

Taelyn Gourley switched from Juab Junior High School in Nephi, Utah. Taelyn likes Juab better than Springville because she has more friends at Juab. “Springville has better teachers though!”

Where ever you call home, SJHS has some great benefits! 

Masters of Singing

Article by Jenny Wallentine - SJHS Student Staff Writer

At our school we have many very talented performers who love to sing, act, and dance. Luckily for us, we have a choir where kids can let out our creative side and sing out. This choir is called the Master Singers. They are a combination of 8th and 9th graders who love to sing and have incredible voices. This choir is led by the school’s yearbook, choir and director, Mrs Utera.

Students here seem to love choir Daniel Kawai an 8th grader in Master singers says he loves to sing and go travel around to perform. Molly Hunter says, “I love to hang out and sing with my friends!” The master singers get to travel around more than the other choirs get because they are known as the “advanced choir”.

Songs at the school are very unique and different compared to songs performed on the radio. People seem to love the songs the most popular choice is Johnny O and SallyAnne. But other ones that people chose are Sieze the Day, Cornerstone, and the Nutcracker Jingles.

Kids love Mrs Utera and say she's very chill and kind to the other choir kids. All the 8th graders say that they will be attending the choir again next year if they have enough credits. So be sure to check out our school's Master Singers.

Fashion Week at SJHS

Article by Sekaquaptewa Groves and Jocelyn Garner - SJHS Student Staff Writers

Springville is a small town, but we have some surprisingly fashionable students here at the Junior High. We have several students that want to pursue a career in fashion, and there are several sewing classes that teach about clothing. There aren't a lot of clothing stores in Springville, so most people go out of town to Provo or Orem to shop. Many students said their favorite stores were H&M, Forever 21, Cotton On, Aeropostale, Rue21, and Pacsun. Eva Laraway said her favorite store is Urban Outfitters, which is all the way in Salt Lake City! Clearly our students are willing to go the extra mile to look nice.

Brayden Zubia and Daniella Arguellos both said that  denim is their favorite thing to wear, and Eva said her favorite article of clothing is a black jumper.  Everyone said that the clothes you wear are very important because they are a form of expression and it defines people. Brayden and Eva said their clothes are not expensive, but Daniella said hers cost a lot.

Eva has a fashion blog and wants to work for Vogue. Brayden wants to be a famous fashion designer. Daniela, however, wants to work in medicine. Some fashion icons they have are Kylie Jenner, Lady Gaga, Alexander Mcqueen, Troye Sivan, and Audrey Hepburn.

As you can see, we have some rising fashion stars here at SJHS.

All you need to know about Brian Cervantes

Article by Azhdon Vest - SJHS Student Staff Writer

Brian Cervantes is 14 years old and was born on February 20th, 2003. He is currently in 8th grade. Brian is a very nice person liked by many, but he considers himself not known by many around the school. If you don’t hear Brian very often, it's probably because he is not very talkative and can be shy at some times.

His favorite animal is a dog, and he also has had a dog as a pet for 8 months. His dog's name is Nicky and is a chihuahua. Some fun things about Brian is that he likes the snow, likes to longboard, and his favorite season in summer. His favorite classes are math because he likes to solve problems, foods because he likes to cook, and health because the teacher is one of his favorites.

Brian Cervantes is a very nice person with many different traits. I would highly recommend meeting him and talking to him because he is a very good friend towards everyone and is a good person to talk to about anything.


Locked In?

Article by Azhdon Vest - SJHS Student Staff Writer

Here at SJHS it seems like there is a lot of garbage in the commons area after lunch. The administration of the school mentioned to the students that if there continues to be a lot of garbage in the area that students will have to stay in the cafeteria so the commons won't be messy.

8th grader Jesus Hernandez said that after he eats lunch in the cafeteria but does like to wander the halls after he is done eating and claims that a lot of students would dislike the change because it might feel like being improsioned. 

Trace Peterson, another 8th grader, said that he eats in the cafeteria but also likes to wander in the halls when he is finished eating because he is able to hangout with friends and go outside.

8th grader Garret Jones said that he eats in the cafeteria but does like to go in the halls because it is too packed in the cafeteria and there isn't much space to hang out with his friends.

The school administration has expressed that it makes the school look bad if the commons and halls are messy, and it also causes more work to be done to clean up the school.

It seems that most students like to go into the halls to be with their friends, but if the halls and commons area continues to be messy, students will soon lose the privilege to be able to leave the cafeteria.

What is FFA week?

Article by Saydie Van Leuven - SJHS Student Staff Writer

FFA week is where students get to celebrate FFA and dress up, FFA actually stands for Future Farmers of America. Amy Robertson, an eighth grader, said that her favorite day to dress up on this year is cowboy day. Another eighth grader is named Tristin Richmond, he said that he kind of likes FFA week because it’s a good idea, he also said that he liked cowboy hat/ hat day the best this year. Shawn Curtis, an eighth grader explained that he didn’t really know what FFA week was. 

Some students really liked it and some students didn’t really know or understand the purpose behind it, but FFA week is a really good idea. The purpose of FFA week is to try to get people to take the class in ninth grade and to try and get that class to be recognized by more students.

Students at Springville Junior high school all have mixed feelings about FFA week, but If you’re interested look for FFA week next year and take the class!

Parent Teacher Conferences

Article by Esmeralda Montoya, SJHS Student Staff Writer

       Teachers, parents, and students went to parent teacher conferences Thursday, February 16th. At SJHS they have parent teacher conference once a term.“Once a term is enough,” said Ms. Edenfield, an English  teacher at SJHS. At parent teacher conference, parents had the chance to meet  their student’s teacher and to know what they're doing in school.Teachers  love to meet students parents, even if it takes time to go to each individual teacher “ It takes a lot of time, but it's worth it” said Ms Edenfield. It’s good that you meet in person better than email because then the your teachers get to see your parents and siblings way better in person is something that Ms. Edenfield said. “ I like the face to face connection,you can’t get that through email ” said Mr Jensen

Some people may think that PTC is just a waste of time? Mr Jensen thinks it’s good because “People in the community can meet teachers and if problems can talk things out”. There are a lot of good ideas as to why they should come but some just don't have the time or they just don't like to come.”My mom gets mad at me” said Hondo Quezada an 8th grader abotu when he comes to conferences. If this sounds like your situation you should probably get your grade up and be positive about it because parent teacher conference is a good thing to come to. Jake Follette explains he likes coming to the conferences because ”I could show my mom how cool I am.” Emma Burham an 8th grader said “It is fun to hear what teachers say about me”.

So parent teacher conferences is a good event to come to. If you have a chance your parents should see how good you are doing in school. They would be proud, so if you have time or a chance to even come you should go.The next one might be the best one; go show your parents how special you are.     


Chris Crowe- The Making of “Mississippi Trial, 1955”

Article by Lizzie Kurban - SJHS Student Staff Writer

In Ms. Piña and Ms. Ottley’s 9th grade English classes, they've recently been learning about the civil rights movement and reading the book Mississippi Trial, 1955. Mississippi Trial is a historical fiction novel about the infamous murder case of young Chicago native Emmett Louis Till. These 9th grade students recently got the golden opportunity to meet with Chris Crowe, the author of Mississippi Trial. They got to listen to him speak about the history behind the book, the process of how he gathered information for it and created his fictional characters, and writing stories in general.  

In an article written by Chris Crowe called, “Where Did Mississippi Trial, 1955 Come From?” Crowe explains that first got the idea for this novel while working on another novel of his about Mildred D. Taylor, a Newbery medal winning author. He had never heard of Emmett Till before this; while reading an autobiographical essay of Mildred Taylor he saw that she mentioned that the murder of Emmett Till had a big impact on her when she was young. He did some research on Emmett Till and  said, “I was stunned by what I found.” He read an article in Jet Magazine about the murder case and saw a picture of Emmett’s mutilated corpse, he further explains how upsetting this was for him, “The more I read, the more shocked, for many reasons, I was. I was shocked that I had never heard of a case that was as widely covered in 1955 as this one was. I was shocked at the terrible nature of the crime. I was shocked that this case is virtually forgotten in the teaching of U.S history.” He wanted American teenagers to be caught about Emmett Till and the bogus trial of his murder, seeing as in his words it was “the trigger of the Civil Rights movement.” That this nefarious, hateful crime should not be forgotten.

Crowe decided to write a novel on this. He thought that historical fiction would be the way to do it, seeing as he didn’t want it to just be about the murder case, he wanted a story behind it. He wanted to make it seem more real, and from an outside perspective.  He started on his research, he read up a lot about the Civil Rights movement and about the the Jim Crow laws in Mississippi at the time. He read about the murder, he read books that had already been written about it, like “Death in the Delta” and “Emmett Till: Sacrificial Lamb of the Civil Rights Movement” He even traveled down to Mississippi in the same week of August that Emmett Till had went. He went there to really get a feel for life in the delta. He visited the town, he talked to the locals, he even met an old blind veteran who had been alive at the time of the case who would later become a character in the story. Amongst all of the research he did, he even got talk with Emmett Till’s mother. All of his research was in place and he started the writing process, except there was one problem, he couldn’t figure out which perspective to tell the story from. He thought about having it from the perspective of one of Emmett’s cousins, but that didn’t seem to fit. He eventually came to the decision that it should be told from the perspective of an outsider, which is where Hiram came from. He took some things from his own childhood and weaved it into Hiram’s story. While writing this story he wanted to keep it as true to history as possible, which is where he gave a great tip for writing historical fiction in general. He explained to us, “It has to be like you’re wrapping  wire around a pole. The pole has to be the true history, the facts and nothing but the facts, and the fiction is the wire that you have to wrap around it.”

Mississippi Trial was a great book, definitely a book that you should take the time to read. Crowe told a story that needs to be told and not forgotten. In this novel you learn about how harmful hate and prejudice can be. It teaches us how wrong the ways of the past were, we can learn a lot from it; If people learn this lesson we can all learn to never repeat the awful past. Humans are humans, no matter what their color, and if we can all learn that then the world would be a much better place.