Christmas Game Show inside the Walls of SJHS

Kara Dunn, SJHS Staff Writer

Christmas time is all about traditions, and one of the traditions held at Springville Junior High School is that the service learning class hosts a Christmas assembly. This year the assembly will be a Christmas Game Show. 

“We’re going to have student council hosting, special judges, and people from the audience all interacting,” Katie Bair, a member of student council explained. “This is going to be a lot more interactive with the audience than usual,” Katie went onto say.

The assembly is full of surprises and lots of contests for the audience to get to be involved in. “Hopefully it will put everyone into a Christmassy mood.” Katie explained.

Model UN Train for Debating

Cody Woolsey, SJHS Staff Writer
The SJHS model UN team, left to right: Christopher Taylor, Forest Markham, Esteban Hernadez, Jared Boyce, Makaiah Williams, Madison Joyner, Jennifer Galindo and Jacob DeRosia.

Model UN is working hard to represent our school in the BYU Model United Nations Competition 2009. They are training with parliamentary procedures, speaking techniques, and common courtesy for the Model UN competition. However, to perfect these skills, the Springville Junior High Model UN Team 2009 will also attend the BYU training session.

“The Training Session and the competition are exactly the same because we get a chance to see what it will be like there,” said Makaiah Williams, a ninth-grade member of the Model UN team. “The training gives participants a good idea of how an actual UN committee will work,” said Ms. Carpenter, the SJHS Model UN advisor.  The training session will be on December 16. The entire Model UN team, and many other school’s Model UN teams will all be there to practice making treaties, parliamentary procedures, and speaking in front of a large group of people.

"My favorite part about the Model UN training session is meeting new people and working together,” said Forest Markam, a ninth-grade member of the Model UN team. There will be people there from schools all over Utah and beyond. It’s a great place to meet new friends and maybe even see some old ones!

The SJHS model UN team, left to right: Christopher Taylor, Forest Markum, Esteban Hernadez, Jared Boyce, Makaiah Williams, Madison Joyner, Jennifer Galindo and Jacob DeRosia.

Students Party at Pizza Factory

Max Schreiner, SJHS Staff Writer

This year the students of Springville Junior High sold cookie dough as a fundraiser to raise money to help our school look nicer. Students received prizes for selling cookie dough.  If students wanted the big prize then they could sell 20 tubs of cookie dough and be rewarded with a limo ride and lunch.

On December 3, 2009 all the students who sold 20 tubs of cookie dough or more went to The Pizza Factory, the students who sold 24 or more got to bring along a friend of their choice. The students traveled by black Hummer Limousine.

When they arrived at the Pizza Factory, they were seated and discovered that they could have as much pizza as they wanted. Jesse Martinsen, eighth-grade student who sold 24 tubs of cookie dough, said, “It was some of the best pizza I’ve ever had!”

Some students are hopeful that the junior high will do the same system of sell and be rewarded next year. Alexis Delange, an eighth-grade student who sold 21 tubs of cookie dough, said, “I hope they do the same type of reward next year!”

Jazzing it up at SJHS

Hayde Blanco, SJHS Staff Writer

The jazz band is coming to SJHS after Christmas break. The jazz band is made up of ninth graders that are in Mr. David Booth's band class. Mr. Booth, the jazz band conductor, said, “Jazz band is a fun way to give ninth graders more performing opportunities.”

Ninth graders that are in band have to try out to be able to get in, but this year the jazz band has an orchestra student playing the piano.  The jazz band will start meeting once or twice a week for one hour after school in the band room. Instruments that are played the jazz band are trumpet, trombone, saxophone, bass guitar, piano and drums. 

The jazz band doesn’t only play jazz music but a lot more like, Latin, rock and pop.  Students like all sorts of music. According to Amy Tingey, a ninth grader, she likes bass beat music. Landon Bloom, another student that is in jazz band, likes up beat music.

The jazz band is going to have a concert sometime in May. Everybody who gets a chance to play in the jazz band really enjoys it. Amy likes the harder music. Landon said, “Jazz band is really cool.  You just play you heart out!”  

SJHS Students Donate Food and Clothing

Spencer Duncan, SJHS Staff Writer

Springville Junior High just finished a food and clothing drive.  Natalie Shaw, Liz White, Taylor Martin, Shawnee Henderson, and Thalia Berriel, members of the service learning class, were in charge of the drive.

The drive went from Monday November 29 through Monday December 7.  The winning class gets a donut party from Reams in Springville.  According to Natalie Shaw, the party is used to encourage students to donate. 

Mrs. Bird, service learning teacher, said, “The purpose of the drive is to help people less fortunate than us.”  Tyler Ercanbrack, a first period student in Mrs. Rebecca Murdock’s class, said “It helps other people.”

The food and clothing donations are being sent to the Food and Care Coalition.  Some of the shoes may go to Deseret Industries.

Ninth Graders Dance Their Way into Winter Guard

Hayde Blanco, SJHS Staff Writer
Kara Dunn and Makaiah Williams

Winter Guard tryouts took place in mid-November, and two ninth graders from SJHS made it in. Kara Dunn and Makaiah Williams worked hard to learn the routines and dances, and they were excited to make it into Winter Guard.

The girls had to go to the high school and learn an eight count flag routine and a dance. Then they had to go perform it for girls that were in Winter Guard but are now graduated and came back to help.
Winter Guard does many things. They do flag and rifle spinning and dances. They have competitions where they get to show off their dance and routines to the other schools. Their first competition is January 30th at Orem High School. They also do the salute at the basketball games.

The ninth graders like working with the older girls. Makaiah said, “It is cool to get to know the older girls and hang out with them.” Kara and Makaiah both love winter guard. Kara said, “Winter Guard is the highlight of my week.” 

Students in Mrs. Rice’s English Class Read about Invaders from Mars

Christopher Taylor, SJHS Staff Writer
Bailey Penrose reading War of the Worlds in Mrs. Rice's 8th grade English class.

Out of all the different genres in reading, science fiction is one of the largest. Stories from this genre can contain anything from time travel and stories about the future to alien invaders.  Many of these stories were inspired by the writings of H. G. Wells. Mrs. Mary Rice’s eight-grade English class is reading War of the Worlds, which is a book about invaders from Mars by H.G. Wells. According to Mrs. Rice, the class will be reading and analyzing the many different facts and philosophies used by the author, along with studying its interesting and exciting narrative.
Along with reading the book, the class will be making their own “apocalyptic broadcasts” just like the reading of the book that was broadcast in 1938. After the somewhat realistic broadcast of the book aired, many people were frightened and thought that the books event were real. People contacted neighbors and friends, and widespread panic ensued.  Many English classes only study the radio broadcast when learning about War of the Worlds, but Mrs. Rice’s class is unique because they are studying not only the broadcast, but the actual book as well.
Many of Mrs. Rice’s students are excited to read War of the Worlds. Eric Harrison, a student in the class, said, “It’s really awesome because it’s not an everyday story; it’s very different and exciting.”  According to Zachary Droubay, another student in the class, the book is detailed and interesting.
“One of the most interesting things about science fiction in the late 1800’s is that authors predicted a lot of the technology that we have today. But they did this with literary theory and philosophy instead of science,” said Mrs. Rice. Obviously, we haven’t had any invaders from Mars or time machines, but writers like H.G. Wells predicted other things like people traveling into outer space. Hopefully, reading books by these authors will help students like the ones in Mrs. Rice’s class to think about the future.

Utah History class at SJHS

Cody Woolsey, SJHS Staff Writer

One of the mandatory, but maybe the most fun, classes at Springville Junior High is Mr. David Hansen’s Utah History class. Seventh-grade students are required to take this class, and many of them enjoy it a lot.

I love the “interesting things we study,” said Trista Linder, a seventh grader at Springville Junior High. Mr. Hansen’s Utah History class covers everything from the Constitution to the physical attributes of Utah.

Mr. Hansen’s teaching method “helps me a lot,” said Madissyn Kiggins, another seventh grader at Springville Junior High. Mr. Hansen’s teaching method consists mainly of hard study and notes. Students do very well on his tests and quizzes.

Team Captain Derek Boyer Helps Team to Victory

Max Schreiner, SJHS Staff Writer
Team captain Derek Boyer

Twelve people made the boys basketball team this year, and two of those twelve were voted team captain. One of those captains is Derek Boyer. Derek has been playing basketball since he was born and has always loved it. This year he made the junior high basketball team by using his amazing shooting, dribbling, and passing skills.

On the day of the third practice before the team started practicing, Coach Shaun Blakey called everyone over and had them vote on team captains. He said “I want you to vote for someone who you think would be a good leader, be able to push you to your limits, and make us better as a team.” The vote was unanimous; Derek would be one of the captains.

Derek’s favorite thing about playing basketball is scoring! “I just love the feel of knowing I got my team points to help us win.” He also loves making a nice assist and having that sweet sensation just knowing that he was responsible for making that happen.

His basketball idol is Michael Jordan because he had so much heart for the game and that’s what Derek wants to be known as, the guy with all the heart.


Winners at SJHS

Andrew Garza, SJHS Staff Writer
SJHS Reflections participants

The creativity at Springville Junior High is booming as 17 students from SJHS become reflection winners.  According to the PTA Reflections website, Reflections is a program where the PTA challenges students to create art inspired by a specific theme. Themes are selected from hundreds of ideas submitted by students to the PTA Reflections Program Theme Search. This year’s theme is “Beauty is …” Reflections started in October.

Entries are submitted to and judged at the local level and the top entries are forwarded to the next level of judging. Each local and state PTA determines how to recognize and award the participants. The entries that make the national level of judging receive Honorable Mention, Award of Merit, Award of Excellence, or Outstanding Interpretation Award.

Crystal Johnson, a student at SJHS, said she does reflections because she enjoys drawing, and she always has her scratch book with her. Alexis Miller, another student at SJHS, said that she did reflections this year because she thought it would be fun. She said, “It’s fun to be able to do art work because it gets your imagination going.” She took a photograph of a rose for reflections because she was taking pictures, and she thought she should enter her picture for reflections.

Kristi Hatch, a ninth-grader at SJHS, said, “I did Reflections because I enjoy expressing myself through things I created.” She also said, “What I like about reflections is that so many students have something in common, yet they are all different and unique.” Kristi did a musical composition because she has been playing music ever since she can remember, “it’s a great outlet,” she said. “Reflections are about students sharing their talent and expressing themselves through art.”

Kade Carter, a student at SJHS, said he likes reflections a lot. He said, “For reflections, I made a hand print to symbolize everyone is different, I also wrote beauty is within.” Kade thinks reflections are about putting creativity on paper.

Reflections go on every year and to learn more about it go to