Article: Student Futures

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Article by Oakley Toelupe - SJHS Student Staff Writer

We all know that there are many colleges in the US. From the mostly sunny coasts of California, to the bustling streets of New York City, and of course everything else, there’s just so many options to choose from. It gets kind of hard, right? Well, a few students already have most of their future planned, their future college, future careers, almost everything.

Jack Taylor, an 8th grader at SJHS, says he likes University of Utah, because they have a good engineering program that he’d like to take when, and if, he goes there. It is expensive, so he says he’s working towards a region scholarship, that, supposedly, will pay almost all the tuition for him. Not all the students of SJHS know what their future holds, but this guy has a pretty good idea of what could happen.

Erik Kallaker, another 8th grader at SJHS, says that BYU is a college that he would look at. Not only because it was the only one that came to his mind, but it’s academics and sports programs are very nice and he’d enjoy being close to home. After college, he says he’d like to be an engineer, because fixing things has always had his interest. He’s been fixing and building things for a while now and wouldn't mind it being his career. Although, if he can’t get that kind of job, he says he wouldn't mind staying at home with the kids.

Jared Hernandez, an 8th grade boy that goes to SJHS, says that BYU is also a good idea. Their music program is what he’s leaning towards, after all, he does play a few instruments, like the guitar and the clarinet, so you can kind of see why. He says it has some good academics, but he’s still looking at the music part of BYU. After college, of course, he says he’d like to be a musician. He says that he is one of the only people in his family that can play a musical instrument, and it’s kind of special to him. He says, sometimes, he can just play guitar to feel better, when he’s not feeling good.

Looks like BYU is a favorite option for these students at SJHS, but who knows what’ll happen when graduation is right around the corner. People change and times change, too. So, do you think you’ll be going to the college you want now? Or will it be totally different in the future?

Article: We must talk about the drinking fountains

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Article by Leslie Ruiz - SJHS Student Staff Writer

There aren’t that many drinking fountains at our school. This causes issues with our student body. Many students have to walk to a different hall to get one miserable drink of water.  Getting a tardy just for getting a drink is kinda ridiculous. A student shouldn’t have to worry about being late to a class just because they wanted to quench their thirst.

“I think it would be a great idea, it could probably help students be less tardy to classes since it’s closer,” says Jesus Hernandez. “...could probably save a couple tardies at least and less amount of tardies is always a good thing.”  Jesus’s statements sum up perfectly the benefits of having more drinking fountains. Students would be less tardy to their classes that aren’t near drinking fountains and less tardies would benefit both students and teachers.

“That would be nice...wouldn’t have to walk to certain locations to get a drink,” states Landon Archer. Both he and Jesus seem to think that more drinking fountains would help SJHS’s students. Water is very important and students should have the chance to get a drink during the breaks. Landon adds to his statement by saying more drinking fountains would mean that students would not have to wait as long for others to finish up. They could easily just walk to another one. The lines for drinking fountains would go down. Which means less people in one single hallway.

Though the drinking fountains wish may not come true very soon. “It would probably be around the middle of all the things we need,” says Lilliana Killpack.  It’s definitely something we want, but it’s not the most important right now. We have a lot of other things that need attention right now, drinking fountains isn’t one of them right now sadly. We hope see this come a reality, but until then we’ll make due with what we can.

Article: Ghosts in the Snow?

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Article by Raquel Marquez - SJHS Student Staff Writer

One of the most beloved holidays is coming around the corner for us to celebrate. It allows many people to just let loose and enjoy the creepy atmosphere with a bit of sweetness. If you instantly thought of Halloween, you’re obviously right. There’s also one more that’s just as appreciated. It may land in the coldest of times, but warmth can be found and even felt with it’s alive and cheerful aura. That happens to be Christmas. But what does SJHS have to do with either of these? Well, on Halloween, a day before or after, everyone can come dressed up. When it’s near Christmas, we throw a big winter or Christmas themed dance. It’s nice, but how exactly do our students feel about it, and what do they think about… a different kind of dance? Now before we dive into the snow or leaf pile of details, let’s listen to what us teens prefer.

First off, Halloween is an amazing holiday. It’s alive with a deathly amount of demonic clowning around and bewitching costumes, which is what a lot of students adore! Between Christmas and Halloween, seven out of nine teens chose “the Devil’s birthday”. What did they say about it? Angela Lopez loves Halloween because you can actually be yourself, your creepy self. Corrin Jensen loves it because you can “dress however you want” and nobody can judge. Frida Gomez loves the fact that you can dress up in something out of the ordinary, while Victor Rivas prefers Halloween because “you can hide yourself”. Whether it’s under a mask or just face paint showing your creepy side, you’re hidden from the boring common side of society. For Chance, he adores this holiday because nobody can stop him from dressing up in a dinosaur onesie. Somebody give this man an award! Here is where the opinions change. Two out of the seven who chose Halloween have completely different reasons to love it. Always remember Jaxen Pugh’s wise words,” I love Halloween because you can scare the crap out of people in many different ways”. Halloween is favored by Jennifer because “there’s no religion” really involved in this holiday. For her at least. The last two out of the nine kids asked were Tracy Segeberg and Ricky Balderama. Tracy just can’t choose one.

“Both, both are freaking awesome!” she said enthusiastically.

“I like Christmas more because you can spend time with family. With Halloween, you can actually come down with something because of all that sugar”. Ricky stated. It’s good to know that he’s cautious about health and that he actually thinks about spending quality time with others.

Next up, we have their opinions on keeping the Christmas dance or replacing it with a Halloween one. Victor just doesn’t care and thinks neither should really occur. Jaxen, was the only one who said we should keep the Christmas dance. The rest is pretty obvious. Everyone else liked the idea of having a Halloween themed dance. Even if Victor didn’t care for the idea of having a dance representing these two holidays, he threw his opinion on the price,“$2, $1.50, $0.99”. Jaxen had a different idea on it. Sort of a deal. He thought of having it cost $10, but with food and a drink provided. Usually, the dance is less if we bring our student ID, but it still seems like a lot, so the majority of students agreed to having it cost $2 or even free with your ID and twice as much without it. There’s still one thing to know what SJHS students have to say about dances, and that happens to be music. Tracy is hoping for better music. To her, it doesn’t matter what genre it is, as long as it’s better than the kind we play, then she’s all for it. Angela, Chance, Victor, and Jaxen all would like some form of rock or alternative music. Corrin thinks all kinds should be played, Jennifer crosses her fingers and wishes nobody will request “Let it Go” or cheesy music in general. Ricky doesn’t care, but he’d like to have “Thriller” played.

Third of all, if some people want to keep the winter dance while others want Halloween, Tim Burton’s classic claymation movie, The Nightmare Before Christmas, bursts in through one of those magic doors to save arguments from arising. When this idea was suggested, everyone immediately supported it. They’ve all seen the movie and loved it, so when a dance with this theme was brought up, they all had “a skeleton grin”(Jack Skellington). Although it was confusing to Jennifer, her reasons made sense. “I just think it’d be kinda confusing if you have people in costumes when others are dressed formally”,She explained. But in the end, she suggested the attire should be costumes because “costumes are easier because you have others who will stress over what to wear in order to look nice, some even come like they’re going to prom.” Tracy thinks you should wear whatever along with Angela, Chance, and Corrin.

To wrap things up and put it in a coffin, a Nightmare Before Christmas dance would be nice to have rather than just a winter dance. Overall, do you think this is a good change to school events? Instead of green elf tuxedos and crimson skirts with a fur trim, we can have ghosts in the snow by our side.

Article: Honors vs. Honors plus

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Article by Cheyenne Skinner - SJHS Student Staff Writer

What is two subtract negative five hundred million. Okay that is way too much math but, for other people they can do it without thinking. That is why at springville we have regular, honors, and honors plus math classes that you can take. You may be thinking that this doesn’t apply to you but who know maybe someone will ask you a question about (honors) and who know you might know the answer to it.

What is the difference between honors and regular math? Well in honors they advance quicker and the students are ready to learn more. In regular math the students can be nosier ( It depends). They also spend more time making sure that they know what they are learning so it take a longer time ( this is not a bad thing though). Although it may seem like the same, the stress level is different too. Chloe Sleight, an eighth grade honor student here at SJHS, said “Yeah it can definitely be overwhelming”.

Although they are both honors, honors and honors plus, are very different. For example the eighth graders honor plus are combined with ninth grade honors. That makes it different because they are learning ninth grade honors math! Not eighth grade math! Mckenly Gross said “It’s fine it’s great”. The students advance really fast and learn a lot. In response to how students like math honors students really liked it and liked being with their friends. In math honors plus since they are so ahead they do not have to take math in some of their high school years because they have already learned it!

In the end SJHS math program is a great program that helps the students be in their level of math. Making it easier for students to learn. The school has great math teachers that help the students learn as much as they can. All the students never said any negative things about the math classes they were in. However the real question is what is the square root of five hundred seventy six. If you really want to know ask the honor students!

Article: Teachers who have been here the longest

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Article by Elizabella Francom - SJHS Student Staff Writer

Here at Springville Jr we have great teachers some have been here longer than others. All of our teachers here are great and we love them all so much especially the ones who have been here for so long that ever some of the student's parents had them. In this article you will learn about the teachers who have been here the longest. Some of the teachers here have been her for almost 30 years. And some have been teaching at other schools for even longer.

Mrs. Jackson a math teacher here has been teaching for 22 years here at springville. This is the only school that she has ever taught at she is the 2nd teacher who has been here the longest. She said “ I have been teaching here ever since I was 23.” That is a really long time. Mr. Shields Who is a History teacher has been teaching here for 11 years which is also a long time but, he has been teaching 31 years in total. Which is a super long time. One of the longest times for a teacher here.

Mr. Rencher who is the college and career teacher here at springville said “ I have been teaching here at Springville Jr high for 26 years.” That is a really long time.He has only taught at Springville he has never done it any where else. Cheyenne Skinner a student at Springville said “ Mr. Rencher has taught all of my older siblings.” He has been here the longest out of everyone here which is a really long time.

All of theses teachers have been here for such a long time and we just want to thank them for teaching us so much. And the teacher who have been here the longest is Mr. Rencher and then the second longest teacher who has been here is Mrs. Jackson. We love all of our teachers so much and we hope that you can teach us more so we can be good people.

Article: Go Big Red!

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Article by Stazie Killpack - SJHS Student Staff Writer

It’s football season here at SJHS, and this years freshman team has been doing pretty well.

Zach Mitchell, #19 and the quarterback for the Freshman team, says that he loves playing on the team because he gets to hang out with his friends and bond with them as a team. “I think my all time favorite game would have to be either against Lone Peak, or my first ever high school game. The Lone Peak game was especially fun because we just creamed them.” 

Bryton Miller is a cheerleader for the freshman team. She said that she really loves cheering for the boys. “I love learning new cheers during practice and getting to spend every Saturday with my friends watching my other friends play football.” Her favorite game was against Timpanogos. Not only did they beat Timp but it was Ashlynn Thomas’s birthday, another cheerleader for the freshman team. During one of the cheers they stopped and did a special cheer just for Ashlynn. “It was so cute because we made her cry,” said Bryton.

Seems like football not only is fun to watch but those who play and are involved liek it just as much. 

Article: Football

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Article by Kekoa Akiona -SJHS Student Staff Writer

Are you looking for a fun sport that you can play all through fall? A sport that gets you in shape and makes you physically strong and Mentally awake. A sport that you can make friends in. A sport that you can show what you’re made of. Then football is your answer. Football is a rough, competitive sport, that many athletes enjoy playing. This game includes a lot of  hitting and tackling. There is always a chance of getting hurt.

This year the 8th grade has 3 football teams. There is Springville White coached by Brad Mertz, Springville Red coached by Ryan Strong and Steve Lancaster, and last Springville Navy coached by Nick Welch. Every Monday through Friday the football teams have practice for an hour and a half, at the Sjhs field. This year all the teams have had about four games. Springville’s 8th grade football teams have been pretty good in the last years. Every year one of the Springville football teams wins the super bowl.

Parker Lavin, an 8th grade boy  on the Springville Navy team, plays defensive tackle.  Parker has been playing football for four years now, and really understands the game.  “It’s a really fun sport to play. It gets hard sometimes with conditioning, but it all shows at the end of the game. When everybody is tired, and you are still playing hard, that’s when it really shows.’’ Parker says. Parker one day hopes to make it into the NFL and play on defense for any team.

Nick Jackson, an 8th grader that plays for the Springville red, really enjoys the game. Nick plays as the center, he likes this position because it’s fun, and he is the only one that can play that spot. Nick chose to play football because it’s fun to play and hit people. “I think Football is fun because you get to hit people and knock them over, and i also like it because you are able to make friends and we are conditioned and we can get in shape.” Nick’s ultimate goal in football is to make it to make it to college, and from there work up to the NFL, he’d play for any team… as long as they were good.

Football is a fun sport that you can play, but it is very dangerous as well. Would you play football? Is it worth the sacrifice?

Article: Time to Watch Some Football!

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Article by Ashlee Bayles - SJHS Student Staff Writer

 What makes you most excited for fall?  For many Americans it is the time of year to sit back, relax, and watch the NFL.  The league that everyone has come to love was created on August 20, 1920.  The first game of this season was on September 10 with the Panthers and the 49ers.   Though many people have said different teams are their least favorite, the students mostly agree that Broncos is their least favorite team.

 

For most people they enjoy watching their beloved football teams play.  Payton Evans, an eighth grader at Springville Junior High, says, “Seattle Seahawks is the best team, because I was drawn to them and then fell in love with them.”  Ella Kurban proudly stated that her favorite team is the New England Patriots, because she is originally from New England.  Ella is an eighth grader at Springville Junior.  Green Bay is Jack Taylor’s favorite team “because my family is originally from Wisconsin.”  Jack goes to Springville Junior High and is in the eighth grader. Cooper Johnson is a ninth grader at the Junior High, but his favorite team is the Houston Texans, because they were made an official team the year he was born.  Jenny Walentine another ninth grader stated, “The Seattle Seahawks is my favorite team because they are a good team and I spent time in Seattle.”  

When asked “Who is your favorite player, and why,”  Ella responded, “Tom Brady, because I have been obsessed since I was five.”  Cooper Johnson’s favorite player is J.J. Watt  “because he is really good.”  Jack said that he liked Eddie Lacey because he is good and he likes him.  “Russell Wilson is the best since he has a good arm, he is an amazing Quarterback, and he is just awesome,” declared Payton.

Payton, Ella, Cooper, and Jenny all agreed that their least  favorite team it most definitely Broncos.  They all had the idea that they are a bandwagon team, except for Payton who said she believes that “they have been going down hill without Payton Manning.” Jack Taylor said that the Seattle Seahawks are his least favorite team, because he believes people like them because they are bandwagons.  Richmond Durfey, an eighth grader, said that his least favorite team is the Patriots because of Tom Brady their Quarterback.  Kelly Paxton, a teacher at the school, agrees with Richmond, but for a different reason.  She firmly professed, “they do not play fair”, referring to the Patriots.   

While fall has many different and alluring activities, many will admit that the National Football League is part of their fall entertainment.  Families may have sports of their own to watch, but they can find respite in the fact that they can stay at home and watch the professional athletes play their games. Does you fall activities include football, or do you need to make time to get what the big idea is?

Article: Disneyland rides are CLOSED?!

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Article by Taylor Benson - SJHS Student Staff Writer

When someone says, “It’s the happiest place on earth!!” You can’t help but think of Disneyland. Whether you fly, drive, ride the train, ride your bike or even walk to Disneyland it is still magical. Disneyland puts the rides together amazing. All of them have tons of decorations, and the theme is always so fun. But, when Halloween comes along they change a couple of the rides.Causing some of the rides to close, they change it to Halloween themed rides along with their regular theme. It is still as magical as you’ve dreamed it to be.

 

About two weeks ago, some of the rides were closed. Such as, Space Mountain and Splash Mountain. They were only shut down for a short amount of time while they are setting up those rides for a Halloween twist! Oliva Ottley and Maliyah Maye, students at SJHS both agreed Splash Mountain is their favorite ride. Maliyah said the ride would be cool with a holiday themed background along with the regular theme. Workers give the rides a holiday makeover in fall. For example, Space Mountain turns into “Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy” at this time of the year. All the ghosts and aliens make for a scary, but fun ride!

 

Halloween is Disneyland’s fan favorite holiday. They take it very seriously so their Disney customers will have a not only fun, but magical experience. If you decide to go to the happiest place on earth, make sure to not go when some of the rides are closed. Afterall, it would be better if you got the full experience. Also, the Halloween themed rides are incredible. Plan your Disney trip around Halloween for a fun, and spooky experience!

Article: Learn to Love Loud

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Article by Raquel Marquez - SJHS Student Staff Writer

Back in August, a festival at the UCCU Center in Orem went on. This festival was only held in Utah and featured musicians and guest speakers talking about the struggles LGBTQ+ youth have. The main hosts of the festival was Imagine Dragons’ Dan Reynolds and Neon Trees’ Tyler Glenn, who both addressed how suicide is more likely to occur within the LGBTQ+ community, especially if they don’t have anyone who supports them, but here’s the twist, politics were left out and no fingers were being pointed at anyone!(GASP) Guess what, we can address issues peacefully without getting political too.

First thing’s first. The message they spread to Utah, was to learn how to love, how to let someone who may be depressed/suicidal know that you are there to support them, and how to accept someone for who they are despite their sexual preference. Now, what does “acceptance” mean to some of our very own students? For Jaxen Pugh acceptance means “everything is accepted or someone accepts you.” Kaia Lowe feels that acceptance is “being okay with someone even if you don’t agree with them”. To Addison Arevalo, acceptance is leaving nobody behind or out and not pointing out their differences. When it comes to this, Iayla Searle defines it as nobody should really care if you’re gay or straight because “we’re all human”. It’s about time somebody said that. But to be honest, the most heartwarming student’s definition of “acceptance” belongs to Ricky Balderama.

“I think they’ll feel safer if we learn to accept”,he stated. He’s absolutely right. The more accepting you are of someone despite their sexuality or gender identity, the safer they feel in this world.

Second thing, every year, SJHS has an assembly talking about preventing teen suicide. It’s nice to know that they address racism as a form of bullying, but you never hear word about sexism, or homophobia, like gender stereotypes, contributing to teen suicide. Those same students from before all feel that this topic should be addressed. Iayla thinks that addressing this will make us a more welcoming school. “More knowledge means more acceptance”(Iayla Searle). Kaia is all for this being addressed times 3. Addison knows that a lot of teens struggle with their sexuality, it’s getting better, but even with our changing world, it’s a serious topic.

Last but not least, what exactly does it mean to Love Loud? Well, to Jaxen, it means you “love whoever you want and you feel whatever you want to feel.” “World acceptance”, said Jennifer Enriquez. Gold star to her. For Kaia, Loving Loud means “to be okay with who you are and to accept other people”. Addison says “not to make someone feel bad. Just let them know you’re there for them.” She’s right, just be there to support your friends or family for who they are. To sum things up, it doesn’t matter what your sexuality is, what you identify as, or if you’re a person of color, you should always be there to support someone you care about, and just don’t be a jerk gosh diddly darn! Your personality is all that matters, nothing else. If it’s one thing we all have in common, it’s the fact that we all bleed the same color. Overall, to you, what does it mean to LoveLoud?

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