Article: Fight the New Drug Assembly: Students Thoughts

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Article by Leslie Ruiz - SJHS Student Staff Writer

Pornography isn’t really a subject you would expect at school, so it was a really big surprise to the students at SJHS when we had an assembly about it on Monday, October 2nd. The assembly's goal was to inform the students about the harmful effects of using porn. The assembly was to give the students more info on the subject and how we shouldn’t do it. Our students during the assembly seemed to be very calm, intrigued, and pretty willing to participate when the speaker asked. What were the students thoughts on it, though?

“It was very not awkward and it was very informative,” says Jake Follette, a member of the student council. The speaker handled this topic quite nicely. He made the students comfortable about it and gave them the facts they needed. “It was weird, but good that we had it,” states student Amber Haslam.
Students learned a lot about how this is a big issue. How it can become very addicting and effect relationships users have. People who use porn usually prefer the fantasy over reality, which can harm their lives. Also a lot of porn has the woman being abused. Stuff like this makes the user think that actions like this are acceptable in real life. It makes them think that it’s normal and okay to do that.

Our student body learned that porn is a new drug. Using it has so many bad effects that honestly it doesn't’ seem worth it. Jasmine Nico, seventh grader at our school, agrees that porn is ”..bad like any other drug.”  Porn can quickly become addicting and makes the user's life harder. Porn really does act like a drug and can harm our brain, heart, and life. “..Your brain takes in stuff and keeps it there. Especially when we’re at this age,” says Jake Folltte.
SJHS students seemed to agree with a lot of what our guest speaker said. Amber Haslam even questioned why some people watch it. The negative after effects outweigh the short lived pleasure you get from watching. It just doesn’t seem worth it in the long shot. “It’s something that we need to need to learn about and to stay away from,” says Cheyenne Young.

Overall the assembly made a pretty positive impact. It’s wonderful that we have this talk since our generation is in more danger of this new drug. Since more of us can have access to it now than any other generation it is very important to stay aware of the dangers.Hopefully SJHS has more assemblies like this to help our students with problems similar to this.

If you or someone you know is struggling with this addiction go to http://fightthenewdrug.org/ for information. It is the same website that the image used came from. Have fun with it and educate yourself fight the new drug campaign.

Article: Mrs. Mower Spotlight

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Article by Taylor Benson - SJHS Student Staff Writer

Mrs. Mower is an amazing teacher at Springville Jr. High School. She teaches math, and there is no one who can teach it like her. She started her math journey last year during the middle of the school year. She loved being a teacher at SJHS so much she decided to do another year of it. The way she treats her students with care and love is different from other teachers. Her lessons and techniques are also different which makes it fun to be in her class.

In Mrs. Mowers free time, she loves to be outdoors. Whether she’s going on a hike, or just walking. When she is not doing that, she loves to play piano and listen to music. You may think that the average girl likes to stroll outside and play the piano, but she also loves football! As you already know, Mrs. Mower is full of talent. But, what you don’t know is she can form a taco with her tongue.

When asked what her most favorite thing about teaching, she said, “My students of course.” Kekoa Akiona a student from Springville Jr. High says whenever he walks in her class, Mrs. Mower greets him at the door with a smile on her face. Also, the blinds on the window are always open and the room is filled with sunshine. During her lessons, sometimes  kids will talk or do other things that disrupt her teaching. She patiently fixes the problem though and continues on sharing her knowledge. If students ever laugh at her for something she did, she smiles and laughs along with them. No matter how hard things get or what challenges she goes through, she never gives up. She will explain things one-hundred times or go slowly or fast just for the students to understand.

The happy teacher also goes through some challenges. She finds it most hard when the students don’t participate and when there is lots of work for her to do. Through it all, she is constantly smiling and never raises her voice. She only teaches the eighth grade, so seventh graders if you get her next year you are truly lucky!

Article: Band

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Article by Oakley Toelupe - SJHS Student Staff Writer

Everybody has different talents, and for the students at SJHS, most of ours is music. There’s orchestra, choir, and band. But we should just get to the more awesome one first, band. Of course, I mean, that’s what everyone was thinking, right.

Anyways, Band. With Mr. Booth as our teacher, everybody always has a blast. “Mr. Booth is the best,” as many 8th graders like, Parker Lavin, Ben Tenney, and Jacob Arbon would say, “and he just makes music and learning more fun.”

Pata Kaisa, a new 8th grader to SJHS this year, says that he plays percussion in band, and he likes the way Mr. Booth teaches him. He’s been playing for 2 years and says that Mr. Booth helps him and makes it easier for him to understand and play and that’s why he likes it. He says that the low brass section sounds cool and he wouldn't mind playing in it, and that he’d totally take band next year.

Blaise Toelupe, a 7th grader at SJHS, says the same thing about Mr. Booth. “Even though it’s kinda hard to play the baritone, Mr. Booth doesn’t get mad when we mess up, he just helps us and we get a little better.” Blaise says he wants to take band next year. And although he says he’d rather play the clarinet or saxophone, he’s been getting a feel to the baritone, and he kinda likes it.

Isaiah Carreno, an 8th grader at SJHS, says that last year, he didn’t know that band would be super cool and exciting, but his friends told him about how awesome and great it really was, and after the Christmas concert, he decided to take it this year. So what’d he do? He practiced before and sometimes after school, just so he could be all caught up by the time 8th grade comes around. He said he always felt this calming feeling when he went to Mr. Booth’s and he enjoyed learning and playing.

As mentioned before, people have different talents. Football, singing, basketball, just to name a few. But music is a talent that anyone can master, it’s a kind of talent that brings people together. Maybe stop by Mr. Booth’s room and see what he can do for you, and you could probably be a musician, too.

Article: Intramural Tennis

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Article by Libby Hodson - SJHS Student Staff Writer

Have you ever heard of Intramural Tennis? Intramural Tennis is an after school program for people to practice tennis and get better, and are still able to play matches.

Kobri Fausett, an 8th grade girl says that she likes intramural tennis. “It gives us a chance to get better and maybe make the team next year” Kobri is hoping to make the team next year. Kobri plays doubles and singles and likes to play both. During and intramural tennis match they only play to four but kobri wins most of her matches.

Ella Peterson an 8th grade girl also says that she likes playing on this team. She says “ It’s easy and I can beat people, also I like to play tennis.”  Ella plays doubles with her partner Jocelyn Hunt.

Kaitlyn keyeser and 8th grade girl says she also loves to play intramural tennis. “I do like to play because it gives me something to do, and it’s fun.” Kaitlyn also plays doubles with her partner Makayla Peterson. “ I like playing doubles because it’s easier and you have someone back behind you incase you mess up.” Says kaitlyn.

Over all the girls on the intramural team like playing. Would you play on the intramural team?

Article: What do Seventh Graders Really Think About our School?

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Article by Amanda Gardner - SJHS Student Staff Writer

Seventh graders. AKA Sevies, greenies, the newbies, whatever you want to call them are new here at SJHS. Have you ever wondered what they think about our school? Read on to find out.

James Gardner and William Hammond, seventh graders here at SJHS both say, their favorite part about seventh grade are the new classes. Another sevie, Jocelyn Hunt, says her favorite part is, “Meeting new friends.¨ And she enjoys Junior High a lot because we have more options. Will’s favorite class along with Jocelyn and James is PE. He likes it because he gets to, “play sports the whole time.” Ashlyn loves seventh grade and her favorite class is History with Mrs. Porter. She enjoys it because of the teacher and she loves, “learning about history.”

On the other hand, there are some classes they don’t necessarily like. James, Will and Jocelyn all don’t enjoy CTE. Jocelyn and Will say it is because they don't enjoy the content. Ashlyn doesn’t really have a bad class, but the one she enjoys the least is Orchestra because she doesn’t like learning about music theory and stuff like that.

Mr. Dahl, a science teacher here at SJHS, teaches a lot of seventh graders. He says, “I love that 7th graders have so much enthusiasm about life. 7th graders are fun to teach and they get into what we are doing.  Plus they are still small so they can't push me around yet.”

Now you know what the seventh graders really think about Junior High.

Article: YouTube Fanatics

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Article by Payton Evans - SJHS Student Staff Writer

YouTube? Why YouTube? That’s probably what you are asking yourself. Well Youtube, is something that we all know that we watch.

If you’re thinking “what?! No I do not” Let’s be honest we all do it sometimes. YouTube is some type of therapy for some people.

YouTube is full of people who take their time to make other people happy, smile, and laugh. They are called YouTubers.

They are amazing people. Many people have favorite YouTubers. “ Logan Paul is my favorite YouTuber.” Cache Averett, an 8th grader at SJHS, tells his favorite youtube star.

People believe that YouTubers just do it for the money, but, you see that’s not the case with all of them. Some such as Logan Paul, Paul Rabil, Tyler Oakley, Keegan Acton, Dude Perfect, and Brooklyn and Bailey. These are just a few of them who don’t care about the money. They just want to see their viewers happy.

Paige Ballard, an 8th grader, explained how she found her favorite YouTuber. “My little sister found her one day and she was just telling me everything about her so I looked her up and she was combining two of my favorite things, baking, and nerdy things, like books and movies!’’ Her eyes look as if they laugh as she talks about Rosanna Pansino the chef of nerdy nummies.

Richmond Durfuy, an 8th grader, tells how his sister told him about the amazing one and only Jack’s Films. ‘’He just is really funny and interesting to watch.’’

Cooper Johnson, a 9th grader, has a favorite youtuber who “ does many awesome things because he is a pro Lacrosse Player,” Johnson explains.

YouTubers are just something that we love. Everyone has that something that allows them to relax and for some people it’s Youtube.

Now, we all have something we watch that makes us happy, or teaches us something.

So what’s your spark? Do you have a favorite youtuber? Why?

Article: Is it FALL or WINTER?!

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Article by Emily Snyder - SJHS Student Staff Writer

What are your thoughts about the weather so far? Last week it was pretty cold,  and thoughts of many people here at SJHS is shocking. Keep reading, it gets interesting.

When asked, “What is your favorite season and why?” Mrs. Porter, a history teacher here at SJHS,  says, “I love fall and winter. I like cold weather clothes and sitting inside, eating food while watching Netflix. I also love snowboarding and snowshoeing.”  Sam Watabe, a eighth grader at SJHS, says his favorite season is fall because it’s when hockey starts. Like Sam and Mrs. Porter, Addyson Rowland, a ninth grader, agrees with them. Addy says, “I love the fall because I love the way the leaves change colors, and the cool weather.” However, unlike Sam, Mrs. Porter, and Addy, Colby Silva and Colton Davis, both ninth graders, have a different opinions about their favorite season. Colby says his favorite is spring because it’s not hot or cold. Coltons favorite is summer because “You get to hang out with friends and just chill.”

The weather, as you know, affects all of us. Whether is because of our clothes or because of sports. Addy and Colby both play volleyball, so they said the weather doesn’t really affect their sport, but Colton and Sam both say the weather does affect their sports. Colton play basketball and says it sucks when the weather is bad because he has to go to gyms to play rather than playing outside. However he says, “But it doesn’t suck that bad because at least I have a sport I can play during the winter.” Sam plays hockey and he says, “Although my favorite season is fall because it’s when hockey actually starts, if it is not cold enough we can’t really play.”

Colton, Addy, Sam, Colby, and Mrs. Porter were all asked, “What would you change about the weather?” Sam grinned and his response was, “I would make it more snowy so we could get snowed out of school.” Colby said he’d just make it the stay the same weather all year around, and Addy said, “ I would keep it cold but not too cold and not too much snow, and have it warm up a little bit.”

Now what about you? What would you change? Don’t let these kid’s opinions affect you!

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.

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