Article: Where will College take you?

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Article by Ashlee Bayles - SJHS Student Staff Writer

The students at Springville Junior High are not completely aware of the fun waiting for them when they came to school on College week.  The counselors had prepared activities for the students to do as the week progressed.  Many activities excited the students and got them in the College mood.  One of the things that the students learned form college week was that  people who go to college and graduate get paid 0.9 million more than those that do not go to college and graduate.  At the beginning of the week they had us stay in our third period class and talk about college and we asked our teachers any questions we had.  

Many colleges are options for the students at Springville Junior High, but the most tempting options are the ones that are close to home.  Lydia Felix, a ninth grader, said “I want to go to UVU because my cousin goes there and it has good education.  I have also heard that it is really cheap to go to school there.”  “I want to go to BYU, because it has a wonderful engineering program,” says Kimball Snapp, an eighth grader at Springville Junior.  Another eighth grader, Ellie Taylor, said that she wanted to go to BYU because it is simply amazing and her family goes there.  Ashlee Boston, a seventh grader, states her opinion by saying  that BYU was the place for her because she wants to be close to home.  She continued to say that her dad also went to BYU so that was another reason she desired to go there.  Though there are many different reasons that people go where they go many people are influenced by future jobs they want to have and where their family went.  

About a month ago the students came to school and were reminded that they would be talking about college all throughout the entire week.  During this time the counselors planned activities to have the students participate in throughout the whole week.  On the first day the students had the opportunity to sign the poster on the walls that had the college that they wanted to attend.  The posters were provided by the SJHS art program.  Some of the Colleges included, but are not limited to, SUU, UVU, BYU, U of U, and USU.  During quest time in the week the students and teachers stayed in their third period and talked about College and what it did for the rest of your life.  Ellie Taylor said, “I believe that College week is the counselors trying to prepare us for college.”  Kimball earnestly replied saying, “I think it is meant to inspire students to go to College.”  Ashlee thought about it and then stated that she thought they were wanting the students to learn about College.  

Scholarships and degrees were an important part of the entire week as they provide help with schooling and they help you get the type of job you want.  Lydia said, “I would like to get a scholarship for athletics because I enjoy playing sports.”  She goes on to say that she wants to get a four year degree in Physical Education or culinary arts because she likes food and sports.  Taylor said, “I want to get a scholarship for my education and live my life.  I am not sure what type of degree I want or what I will get it in.”  Boston said that she wanted to get her scholarship for academics and that she wanted a four year degree.  She goes on to say, “I want to get my degree to be a nurse degree of a vet because I like to help people and animals.”  Kimball explained that he would like to get his degree in mathematics or in athletics.   He says, “Because I have always been fascinated with Aerospace engineer, I want to get my degree in it and at least have a four year degree.”  

Many people do not realize that the home is the perfect place to talk about college and scholarships.  The importance of talking about college at home can’t be stretched enough, the students need to be informed to the best of their knowledge.  The more knowledge the students have the better informed decision they can make.  The students will learn also by their parents examples and will look to you for answers, and if you are informed the more helpful you are to your children.  As Benjamin Franklin said, “The only thing more expensive than education is ignorance.”  Allan Bloom talked about college and stated, “The importance of these years for an American cannot be overestimated.”

Article: Amanda Gardner the Great

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Article by Stazie Killpack - SJHS Student Staff Writer

Loving, carring, unstoppable, motivated, kind, and really any good word describes Amanda Gardner. Anyone you ask will only tell you good things about her. Even her brother says that all Amanda does is smile and laugh. Amanda loves to play tennis and read any good book. She is the 2nd oldest child in a family of 6 and has always lived in Springville. Kelsey Sumsion, a ninth grade girl, is one of Amanda’s best friends and has grown up with her. She said, “Amanda always finds the best in everyone, she makes the best out of any situation and I love her for it.” Amanda is a BYU fan and wants to go to BYU but maybe do a study abroad. She  loves the color blue and loves the winter season. Her brothers best friend Will Hammon, a 7th grade boy, loves to hang out with Amanda, “ We do fun stuff, and she’s willing to hang out with me all of the time.” If you haven’t met Amanda yet, you definitely should.

 

Article: The Talent Show: Behind the Curtain and More.

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Article by Raquel Marquez - SJHS Student Staff Writer

 

Ah the talent show! One of the biggest, if not, the biggest event at SJHS. An opportunity for students to show the school what tricks they’ve got up their sleeves, or simply a burning passion for music and the arts. It looks fun to be a part of, and many of these acts shock us because they come from the people who tend to be outcasts. But what lies behind the curtain of confidence these people drape over their faces when performing? If you keep reading, you’ll get an idea as to how these performers really feel. Before we get into what the contestants feel, let’s listen to what the audience has to say.

First off, what kind of performances are you expecting? This year’s freshmen, Sky David, Marsha Woods, Arianie Perez, and Daniel Boggess all agree that there’s going to be a lot of music related performances.

“A lot of singing, dancing, and instruments” Arianie said.

Another thing we should go over is of these students would ever consider auditioning, and what they’d do. When this topic popped up, it was a direct “no” from Sky, but she did say she’d play guitar and do it with a band. For Marsha, it depends on what she’d want to do.

“I’d probably show my art or an animation”, she answered.

What Daniel would consider doing is sing and “maybe an easy song on the guitar.”

Before we move on these people have a question for the contestants.

“Is it scary to be up there?” (Sky David)

“How are you not nervous in front of people?” (Arianie Perez)

Now that we’re through with that, let’s listen to what Hanah Cornaby and Christine White, two of the stars of the show have to say. How long did it take for them to figure out what they wanted to do, and were they hesitant about auditioning. Both girls were hesitant about the auditions.

“I was. I knew there were lots of talented people”, said Hanah.

“Yeah, especially since I wrote my own song.” (Christine White).

Judging by the applause they received from the crowd that Friday morning, they both did an amazing job. Well, that’s all the time we have. So what was your favorite performance and will you consider signing up for next year?

Article: Jessica Shumway- The only SJHS girl wrestler!

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Article by Cheyenne Skinner - SJHS Student Staff Writer

A lot of you know about SJHS  wrestling team, but did you know that their is only one girl on the team?! If you didn’t you should know! Because she is doing awesome and she is awesome! Her name is Jessica Shumway and she’s pro! Although she started 2 years ago, she is winning A LOT! Jessica Shumway was born a great strong wrestler! Read more to get all the facts!

In 6th grade Jessica played football and learned that she liked tackling people. This sent her down a path of wrestling and fun! Jessica has won 38 out of 48 meets. That is amazing! Cody, a SJHS wrestler, said “It’s embarrassing for other teams because she annihilates them!” Jessica may be a normal student at school, but when playing wrestling she a beast!

Being the only girl on the wrestling team has its consequences though. Jessica said, “A lot of people think different about me.” Except if you get to know her, then you will know that there is a whole different side to her! The wrestling team is doing great this year so far and hopefully they will continue to.! When you get the chance say hi to Jessica Shumway in the halls, remember she is the only SJHS girl wrestler.

 

Article: All About Mrs. Reese

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Article by: Mathew king - SJHS Student Staff Writer

Mrs. Reese is a 9th grade Geography and World Civilizations teacher. She moved from Diamond Fork to our school this year. Mrs. Reese is a really fun teacher who teaches with really good methods, like activities around the classroom. Last week, her students were able to take a quiz as a class, going around the room and working together to earn our score. Ms. Reese is not married, but has "200 kids"! She loves her students and has lots of fun with them.

Amanda Gardner, a ninth grade student in Mrs. Reese’s 7th period class says “I love that class because it is entertaining to watch some of the students in the class goof around when they aren’t supposed to.” Although some people mess around Mrs. Reese is really good about getting everybody back on task to learn. Emily Snyder says that “Mrs. Reese is really nice and funny, and also makes assignments really fun at times.”

Mrs. Reese came to Springville because “I LOVE Springville! Fifteen years ago, I actually did my internship at SJHS so, for me, transferring to SJHS is like coming home. At Diamond Fork, I taught/collaborated with an amazing teacher (Vicki Gardner) who retired at the end of the school year last year, and it felt like her leaving DF was a great time for me to make a change, too. In addition, our SJHS Principal, Ryan McGuire, also taught at DF when it was Spanish Fork Middle School and he also taught with Vicki Gardner. I actually taught in Mr. McGuire's old classroom! Mrs. Gardner would always talk about Mr. McGuire and how wonderful he is! So, when there was a job opening at SJHS, it was a no-brainer for me to seize the opportunity to work with him.”

Some of Mrs. Reeses hobbies are; drawing, painting, graphic designing, singing, and traveling. She also like tapioca pudding, and would rather be trapped in a pit of spiders because snakes totally freak her out. In her opinion she likes summer over winter and since she is a history teacher she loves celebrating Thanksgiving because of what it celebrates, its historical roots in our country, and because it's a holiday created by President Lincoln. But, she doesn’t really care if people start celebrating Christmas before Thanksgiving, either.

Mrs. Reese is a really nice teacher and if you see her in the halls or in class be sure to say hello.

Article: Especially 4 Athletes

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Article by Oakley Toelupe and Kekoa Akiona - SJHS Student Staff Writers

There are a lot of sports in the world. Football, Soccer, Basketball, Baseball, just to name a few. And there’s a super cool program, called Especially for Athletes, that helps you improve your sports skills, just as much as your social skills, like talking and also being nice. Bullying is something they don’t really tolerate. So, other than keeping sports real and bullies away, what is E4A? Well, they came to Springville Jr. High School just a few weeks ago and some kids have a few thoughts on it.

“The assembly was kinda cool,” Parker was saying about the man who introduced the program to our school, “It kinda showed you what their about on a different level, I guess. Like, how they’re more than just sports players and all.” He says it never occurred to him that the big football players, and the tall basketball players could be so inspirational. So, it was nice to see some inspirational talks and know that those big guys know what’s going on at the schools these days.

Miguel Pina, an 8th grade boy, also went to the E4A assembly. He was thinking the same thing as Parker. “Yeah, it’s so weird that those sports players can be so inspirational. I never thought that was true.” It’s weird how everybody seemed so surprised at the fact that anyone can be inspirational. And most of them started here. That’s right. E4A.

All in all, they said they’ve been getting good reviews. Each of the students we talked to said they liked the idea that they were talking about, and enjoyed the assembly. Would you take the pledge for E4A? Join the movement at https://especiallyforathletes.org/

 

Article: Meet Valeria Thomas

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Article by Taylor Benson - SJHS Student Staff Writer

Valeria Thomas is a new student here at Springville Junior High School. She moved to Springville from San Jose California. Valeria has long brown hair and is tall. She has very pretty eyes and is so nice. She loves to hangout with friends and play volleyball. She enjoys her new school, but misses her old school Ida Price Middle School.

Valeria instantly made a friend when she entered the school. Halle Platt took her on a tour of the school. She now eats lunch with Halle and all of Halle’s friends which are now her friends too. She likes most of her classes she is taking but especially loves P.E. with Mr. Chambers. Her favorite thing about Springville Jr. High is quest time. Ashley Eves says she met Valeria for the first time when Halle brang her to lunch. She instantly loved her.

Sadie Holdaway said, “She is a really cool girl. Her outfits are always so cute!” Valeria is so happy and positive even though she had to leave her old friends and her home. If you haven’t met Valeria you are missing out! She’s awe some!

Article: Penny Wars

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Article by Stazie Killpack - SJHS Student Staff Writer

Penny wars is an international competition usually between the schools grades. Schools all over the world do this to raise money for charities, natural disasters, and anything they feel are in need of. This year at SJHS we have decided to use our fundraising money for the people in Puerto Rico.

Mrs. Edman ,one of our spanish teachers, family lives in Puerto Rico and has lived there in the past, so this year's donation really hits home for her. “My family was fortunately spared by Hurricane Maria in that their homes suffered structural damage but were not completely destroyed. They were all safe.  The 50 days since Maria have been the most difficult.  They have spent a majority of that time without drinkable water or any running water, and without electricity.  Like most people on the island, clothes are washed in a nearby creek or river as well as bathing.  Expensive propane tanks and/or generators are now keeping homes and hospitals functioning. My elderly uncle Tony, who is only able to eat food in a pureed form, struggled the most right after Maria.  My aunt, without electricity, was not able to puree his food.  She was able to catch a flight two weeks after Maria and fly with Tony to Florida. Once he arrived in Florida, he was hospitalized and is now recuperating.  People are eating lots of canned food/non-perishables and building fire pits in their yards so they can cook.  Slowly, more and more people are getting electricity in their homes so they can cook a decent meal. My cousins that have small children have had their kids at home this entire time.  Very few children are able to return to school due to the lack of water and/or electricity in the schools.  The little kids think they are on some sort of weird vacation but the reality is that the Puerto Rican government is considering having school through the entire summer of 2018 or having students repeat the school year. Nearly all of the island's cell phone towers were destroyed so telephone communication was impossible for several weeks.  It was hard for mainland Puerto Ricans to not be able to communicate with the family on the island. Not knowing how the family in Puerto Rico was doing was the most agonizing time for me and my parents who live in California. Communication is now possible but it meant that children and teens on the island had to find new and varied ways to spend their time. The good news is that they had to learn to play board games, do puzzles, color, and play outside more than ever before.”

Michelle Pioquinto, a ninth grade girl, says that she really does enjoy penny wars. “It’s a fun way to raise money for a good cause.”

Penny wars is one of the best ways to donate money to a good cause. So if you haven’t already, DO IT!

 

Article: Basketball!!

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Article by Karly Bracken - SJHS Student Staff Writer

The first basketball hoops were actually just peach baskets, a basket used to carry peaches, and the first backboards were made of wire.  Basketball is a game played between two teams of five in which goals are scored by throwing a ball through a netted hoop fixed at each end of the court.  Many people play Basketball.

Ella Peterson, an eighth grade student at Springville Junior High School, has been playing basketball for about nine years.  She plays Shooting guard and Point guard.  When asked why she likes playing basketball, she responds, “Lebron James is a big inspiration in my life and made me want to play basketball.”  Lebron James plays for the Cleveland Cavaliers.  When you are in ninth grade you have the opportunity to try out for the school basketball team.  Ella said that she is definitely trying out.

 Ashlee Edwards, an eighth grader at Springville Junior High School, responded to the question What is your favorite part about basketball? She answered, “I like basketball because you get to work together as a team and you have a lot of fun while doing so.”  Basketball is a team sport that requires everybody on the team to be playing and doing their best.  The main positions that Ashley plays are Forward or point guard.  

In conclusion, basketball is a very fun sport that a lot of people like to play.  Driggs Ellison, and eighth grader at Springville Junior High School, loves basketball.  He said that he is definitely going to try out for basketball next year.  In basketball there are two teams of eight playing each other.  Five from each team playing each other, and three on the bench from each team.  Are you going to try out for basketball?

 

Article: National Anthem sung by Master Singers “Oh, say can you see,” Mrs. Utrera’s choir sing at the basketball game!

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Article by Emily Snyder - SJHS Student Staff Writer

As some of you probably know, the Master Singers get the opportunity to go and sing about a BYU men’s basketball game every year. Mrs. Utrera, the choir teacher, says “This started 4 years ago when BYU sent out an email asking schools to sign up to sing. It was perfect timing because I had decided that Master Singers would learn the National Anthem that year and have it ready to use if we ever needed it. That year was the 200th anniversary of the National Anthem so it was the first thing we learned that year. We were ready and able when the invitation came to sign up and get a slot.  We have been privileged to be invited back each year since then. It has become a great tradition.”

This year was pretty different according to Christine White, a ninth grader girl. She says, “We didn’t do quite as well as last year, even though we have more people.” As for being ready, Amanda Gardner says she thinks they are because the National Anthem is an easier song to learn. Mrs. Utrera also says, “They are definitely ready for this performance. They have worked hard to learn their parts. There are always things I can find to improve on, but usually just getting up in front of the audience brings the improvements that I want to make.” So you could say they were ready and did well.

As most things, there are favorite parts and least favorite parts. The excitement of lining up to go on and sing, with the possibility of a camera being on you, was Christine’s favorite part. Amanda says, “My favorite part was before we were going to sing because a bunch of my friends and I played games and got food!”

So all in all, the trip was a success, and hopefully they get invited back to sing again next year. Good job Master Singers!

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