Article: Social Media Let Loose

Article by Ashlee Bayles and Payton Evans - SJHS Student Staff Writer

The first signs of social madie was in 1997, and it was called Six Degrees.  In 1999 was when the first blogs became popular.  Ever since then they have continued to grow in size and numbers.  Many students at Springville Junior High have agreed that social media can be good for you, yet it can have some terrible consequences.  Since social media is being used across the globe, it can have an effect on people all around the world.

When you walk down the halls of many schools you can find many of the kids looking at their phone and their social media account.  Kobri Faussette, an eighth grader,  when asked what her favorite social media app  was replied saying that Musically was indeed her favorite because it reminds her of youtube.  Since instagram allows you to talk to your friends and see what they are doing in life, it was an easy favorite for Driggs Ellison.  Bella Farr agreed with Ellison saying, “Instagram allows you to connect with people all around the world which is why it is my favorite.”  Collin Gwilliam said that his favorite is, “Instagram because it allows me to interact with friends, post my story, change my profile, and see what others are doing.” Ms. Jensen a younger teacher at Springville Junior said, “I love Snapchat because it has fun filters, and it makes it easy to keep in touch with my friends who live far away.”

“Tumblr is my least favorite because I don’t know how to use it,” replies Kobri Faussette when asked what her least favorite social media app is.  Ellison earnestly responded, “Since Snapchat is not exciting, it is my least favorite social media app.”  Collin Gwilliam said that his least favorite is Facebook because I don’t know how to use it, so it is confusing.  Ms. Jensen explained that she does not particularly like the whole idea of Facebook.  She expounded upon this saying that she had never had one, yet she felt that people around her would get too involved in it.

All students and teachers agreed that it could be good, but it could also be bad.  Many said that it could be bad because you could end up spending too much time on it.  Kobri said that it could be good if you did not have a TV.   She said that if you do not have a TV then Social Media could help you to see what is happening on the news.   Bella said that she believes that “If  you  are struggling then it can help you to connect.”  Ms. Jensen said that social media can be wonderful but it has some downsides as well.  Ms. Jensen goes on to explain that “One thing I don’t like about social media is that it shows someone’s highlight reel and not their day to day life.”  Collin said that social media can be used for good causes, so it can be good if used correctly.

While social media continues to grow many parents believe that their kids are unaware to the harm it can cause.  One of the main problems that parents face is that they fear their kids are getting the negative effects of social media.  While there may be some truth to the thought that social media is not great, you can also say that kids are aware to the danger that it poses.  Are you going to let your doubt cloud your judgement or are you going to let your capable teenagers spend time on social media?

Article: Mr. Rockwood Spotlight

Article by Oakley Toelupe - SJHS Student Staff Writer

Don’t worry if you haven’t seen him last year, he’s walking around the halls this year. If you don’t know who he is, well, you’ve come to the right place.

Mr. Rockwood was teaching at Payson High School for 14 years! That is crazy! And then, all of a sudden, he was offered an administrator job here at SJHS! He took it, of course, and now he’s here as the Dean of Students. He says, out of the 1 ½ years he’s been here, he loves Springville. Last year, he said the leadership was awesome and he wanted to stay, so he’s our Dean of Students. Other than working towards being a principal, he is also working towards his doctorate, and by next year, he’ll be known as Dr. Rockwood instead. Fancy, huh?

Although he does like to read and write while here at SJHS, his life outside of school is pretty interesting. He says he coached track in High School, which is probably why it’s his favorite sport. He says he also liked wrestling. He also says he couldn’t choose between BYU and U of U, because he’s been to both for different year's, but NFL wise, his favorite team would be the Seahawks. He likes to camp, hike and rock climb in his free time and could always settle for some ice cream. Although, his favorite place to eat out is an Indian restaurant in Payson called Tadka.

Well, now that you know a little more about him, make sure to say “hi” to him in the halls and maybe even wave when you’re walking by.

Article: Golf

Article by Kekoa Akiona - SJHS Student Staff Writer

Have you ever played golf before? Well if you haven’t you are missing out. Golf is a fun, slow, calm sport, that includes strategy, math, and many other things. Golf is played by hitting the golf ball into the hole. You want to hit the ball the fewest times before hitting it into the hole. Whoever hits the ball into the hole first wins that hole. In the end  you want the lowest number possible,  golf isn’t like any other sport like football or basketball, where you want the highest points possible. So if you were playing a game and you had 15 points, and your friend had 20 points, you would have won.

This year at SJHS Brodie Beerg coaches the golf team. Every Tuesday through Thursdays for 2 hours they practice at the Hobble Creek golf course. They practice putting, front line range hitting, and many other things. SJHS’s matches are on Mondays, each match is usually about 1 hour long. Either from 3 to 4 or 5 to 6. 1 person from each team plays out of the 7 school teams. Each team has about 10 to 11 players.

Beau Brunson, an 8th grade boy, played on the golf team this year. Beau likes golf because he thinks hitting the ball, and watching where it goes is fun. “It’s fun to watch how far and close the ball gets to the hole.” says Beau. Beau has been playing for 6 years now and has a good feel for the game. He also plays baseball, in this sport you can also hit a ball, so it’s pretty for Beau to hit the ball, since he has good hand eye coordination. Beau wants to play the sport of golf for as long as he can.

Another 8th grade boy, Andrew Austin, also plays on the golf team. Golf for Andrew is a sport  that calms him down. “I like the game because golf isn’t like any other sport, like football, where it’s a fast paced game. Golf is slower and isn’t as tense.” says Andrew.  Andrew has also been playing for 6 years, and plans to play the game of golf all his life. Andrew thinks the game of golf is beneficial, because you get to add up your points and keep track of what you are doing. He says his grades in math have gotten better over the years of him playing golf.

Would you play golf?

Article: Youth Court

Article by Amanda Gardner - SJHS Student Staff Writer

The Gavel went down and they were sentenced to eternal trash duty! Thankfully, that isn’t how it goes. Chandler Kiser, one of the Youth Court members said that Youth Court is, “A community organization that helps youths fix their mistakes and clear their record.” The members of youth court meet every other Thursday and decide what the students who have a first offense can do to wipe the bad mistake off of their record.

Jane Wilson, another member of the Youth Court, explains that it was formed for students that commit a first crime, and probably not intentionally. They get a second chance to get rid of the black mark in their record. Shannon Acor is the lady in charge of Youth Court. To sign up, you have to do it on the school website, the spring before.

Chandler says his favorite part is, “the meetings and the experience.” Jane’s favorite part is the food they get every week, which is a delicious bonus, and helping people. She said she joined, “Cuz my mom wanted me too, and it looks good on college applications.” Chandler joined because it sounded like fun and he wanted to get involved.

Hopefully after reading this, you know what youth court is and if you want to join.

Article: The Foods Program

Article by Karly Bracken - SJHS Student Staff Writer

The Foods class is an elective you can take in eighth or ninth grade.  In this class, you learn about nutrition, proper ways to cook, and measurements.  Everybody who has taken it, has loved it!  Doing the cooking labs are a lot of fun!

When asked what is learned in Foods, Elizabeth Bird, an eighth grader at Springville Junior High School, answered, “During foods, we learn how to make food, along with safety tips to keep you safe while cooking.”  It is very important to stay safe while cooking.  They usually have a cooking lab every Tuesday.  
Some of Ashlee Eve’s favorite things they’ve cooked so far are scones, muffins, and fruit smoothies.  The things they cook taste very good.  Ashlee is an eighth grader at Springville Junior High School who has foods class third period.  They normally do their food labs once or twice a week.  When asked what their favorite part of the class was, both Elizabeth Bird and Maggie Miller, eighth graders at SJHS, answered, “My favorite part about the class is learning to cook.  It’s a good life skill to have and to learn.”

In conclusion, The class is very fun.  If you want to take it, you have to be in eighth or ninth grade.  In the class you learn about very valuable life skills that are helpful to know for when you get older.  

Article: Halloween on a Tuesday

Article by Libby Hodson - SJHS Student Staff Writer

Halloween is on a Tuesday this year?! Some people aren’t to happy about this. Last year Halloween was on a Sunday but most people went trick or treating on Saturday. So they could stay out late and sleeping.

Ella Stewart an eighth grade girl says “ I don’t like that it’s on a Tuesday, I want to stay out late and sleep in the next day. But we can’t, we have to get up at 6:30.” Which is true, we don’t get as much time to trick or treat, or do fun things. If we do stay out late we have to get up really early which isn’t too fun. On Halloween day you can dress up in your costume for school. Do lots of people really like to do that? Ella says that she doesn’t she feels uncomfortable when she does it. Should we just not have school on halloween? Or just not have school the day after Halloween? “Yes we should have two days of, Halloween day and the day after, so we can recover.”

Sadie Holdaway an eighth grade girl also says that she doesn’t like that Halloween is on a tuesday. “We don’t get to stay out as late” Sadie also doesn’t really like dressing up “I don’t like it, I think it’s embarrassing.”

Sadie thinks we should not have school on Halloween. “ We can’t get ready as easily and don’t have as much time” says Sadie.

Ashlee Eves an eighth grade girl also says that is sucks and we can’t stay out late, or sleep in. So most people aren’t happy about Halloween being on a tuesday, because we can’t sleep in or stay out as late! How do you feel about this?

Article: Madison Black Spotlight!

Article by Payton Evans - SJHS Student Staff Writer

Madison Black, is an amazing girl who can make friends with basically anyone she meets. She can make anyone laugh with just a saying.

She is not one of those girls who can not make friends. She loves to make other people happy mostly her friends.

If Maddy could go anywhere in the world to help people, considering what has been happening lately, she said. “I would go to London because of all the attacks that are going on and I would try to help as much as possible anyway I could.”

Maddy is more classic than trendy because she is extremely unique. She likes to be different. While everyone are plain old cheerios, Maddy is a fruitloop.

If Maddy was stranded on a desert Island and she could only bring two people she would “ I would take my best friend Payton Evans and Zach Herron” who is someone she likes from Why Don’t We.

“ I will always choose bands because I love the band Why Don’t We.” Black explains as she is asked about bands and soloists.

“Two of my biggest inspirations are Why Don’t We because they went from these kids that no one really knew to this band that tickets sell out of in 24 hours. The other big inspiration is my mom. She just allows me to follow my dreams.” Maddy say with her eyes gleaming.  

If you ever see Madison Black in the hall don’t be afraid to say “Hi” or give her a high-five. She will gladly do it. If you ever need a friend go to Maddy.

“Change the world, don’t follow everyone else’s style, dent the universe, be a maverick, when people go right go left. Just make people like you for you. You do not need to change the world needs to change.” That is what Madison Black is all about.

Article: Sewing

Article by Kekoa Akiona - SJHS Student Staff Writer

Are you looking for a fun class that doesn’t stress you out, and let’s you take a break from notes and homework? A class that you can make new friends in and hang out with people that enjoy doing the same thing as you. A class where you can be relaxed and create cool things. In this class you have to provide your own fabric and thread. The school provides the sewing machines and all the other stuff that you would need.

This year at Springville Junior High we have a sewing class. Sewing class is all about being creative and using your imagination to make cool things. You also have assigned projects to do. In this class you get to sew different things, such as accessory bags, pillowcases, cooking aprons, and many other things. This year there are so many people in sewing they didn’t even have enough seats. Mrs. Bird teaches this class and really enjoys teaching it.

Owen Neilson, a 8th grade boy, took sewing. He said, “I really enjoy sewing and making friends, I took this class because of the new sewing unit that you can take in 9th grade. It’s the sports sewing unit.” He hopes that they will make cool things in that class and that it will be beneficial. Owen also likes sewing just because it’s sewing and Owen likes to do that. Owen also likes all the people in his class and the teacher as well. “Mrs. Bird is a really fun teacher, but can also be strict as well, but Mrs. Bird is a good mix of both.” Owen has been sewing for three years now. He has made a variety of stuff over those three years.

Nick Jackson, an 8th grade boy, also took Mrs. Bird’s sewing class. He really likes this class because you can come up with anything to sew, and you never know how good or how bad that it will come out. “I took sewing because it sounded fun, and I wanted to have that experience of sewing, I didn’t know if it would be a good and fun class or not, but it turns out this is one of my favorite classes.” He really enjoys what they make, and how he makes it.

Sewing is a really fun class, and you can make many cool things. Would you take sewing in 8th or 9th grade?

Article: Football for Everyone?

Article by Raquel Marquez - SJHS Student Staff Writer

Football. It’s a sport adored by many U.S. citizens and students who have a team representing their school. Here at SJHS, students love their football team members. Heck, even they think they’re a pretty good team. Talk about high confidence. Some people though, just don’t really care, and not because they’re rude or they hate the sport. Not at all, and like Tracy Segeberg, they just don’t care. Okay, back to the subject. What exactly is this article about? It’s about a few minor changes that can be done to our school with your help, like adding a girl’s football team. But how do some members and students feel about this subject? Well, for Noah Houtz and Daniel Boggess, both members of the 9th grade team, both support it, but aren’t sure how many want to play it. Tracy is all for it “if enough wanna do it.”

“Yeah, so everyone can be involved”,Ricky Balderama said. Such support.

First off, what would happen to SJHS’s reputation if we allowed girls to play football the way our boys do? Well, some think nothing would really happen or it would stay the same, but others have different ideas. Tracy doesn’t know and she really doesn’t care about it. Ricky, on the other hand, believes “lots would watch it because it’d be a first for them.” He’s not wrong. Something out of the ordinary usually does draw a lot of attention.

Now this is where the twist begins, if we can’t get a girls team, what do you think about letting girls join the regular team? Think about it, while you read about what the students have to say.

“I don’t think it’d be very fair for the girls”(Noah Houtz).

“I think it’d be better for separate teams to avoid confusion”(Daniel Boggess).

“Yeah, it’d be something new, but kind of trippy”(Ricky Balderama).

“If they really want to”(Tracy Segeberg).

So, what do you think about it? Girls and boys team or a mixed team? You decide!

Last of all, is this a way to encourage everyone that major sports are for everyone and not just the gender it’s associated with? Let’s look at what our students think. Tracy is still the neutral judge and thinks it’s possible. Ricky agrees and wise Daniel thought of a way to balance things out.

“If we get a girl’s football team, we should definitely get a boy’s volleyball team”(Daniel Boggess).

Seriously, this kid deserves an award. Just clap it out and let that sink in for a moment. Overall, should SJHS get a female football team? If we do, then should we add a team for boys who want to do volleyball?

Article: To kneel or not to kneel?

Article by Ashlee Bayles - SJHS Student Staff Writer

The kneeling “problem” in the NFL, what about it?  For many americans the kneeling in the NFl has caused many differences in how people view the NFL and think about their flag. Many of the  NFL players at the end of the 2016-2017 year started kneeling for the flag to show their thoughts on what is happening in the U.S.A. today.  At the start of the 2017-2018 year it still continues to be a problem for the NFL.  Many believe that this year it is more of a political centered idea instead of an environmental idea.  

The whole gist of the NFL kneeling for the flag last year was to show that black lives matter and should be treated fairly like any other person.  This year this may still be the case, but some believe it might be in response to the president himself.  These theories are yet to be proven true though.  

All people that answered the question, “What are your thoughts about kneeling for the NFL”, said that  they truly believe it was very disrespectful in general.  Nick Jackson, an eighth grader, responded saying, “It is very disrespectful to our flag and to the people who have fought the wars for our freedom.”  Taylor Davis,a seventh grader, agreed that it is very disrespectful, because it is not only showing offense to the flag but to the country that our ancestors wanted to make and build up.  Mrs. Porter a respected teacher at Springville Junior High proclaimed, “I find that kneeling is very disrespectful.  The National Anthem is not political, it is patriotic.”  

Emma Cox, an eighth grader at Springville Junior High, said, “I don’t believe that their reaction is at all warranted, because it is a sign of disrespect to our country.”  Nick said that he could see where they were coming from, but did not think that it was warranted.  Nick said, “They are trying to prove a point to Donald Trump, but that is not a good enough reason to act like that toward our country.”  Mrs. Porter professed, “I do not think that it is warranted.  They are professional football players, making millions of dollars a year, it is hard to say that they are “oppressed”.”  She is saying that the main reason that this got started was because people were saying that they were oppressed so they knelt for the flag and National Anthem.  

For majority of people kneeling for the NFL has definitely impacted the way they look at the NFL.  For Nick it cuts close to home because he has  two grandpas who fought to keep this country free and it has made it so that his family and him look down on the NFL.  Taylor Davis said, “This does not affect the way my family looks at the NFL because no one in my family watches the NFL really much.”  Emma told us her thoughts had surely changed because she no longer felt normally towards the NFL.  

The veterans have been said to burn the season passes for the NFL in response to how the county they have fought to protect is turning on itself.  Cox said that she feels that the veterans are angry for the way that their country is being treated.  Nick simply replied that he thought that they find it disrespectful and don’t like it.  Taylor spouted her thoughts, “They are most likely sad that people are not respecting the country that they fought hard to defend.”  Mrs. Porter had another approach on the matter saying, “I think that the Veterans of our country are feeling disrespected because they have fought and risked their lives so people like professional football players can have the opportunity to play.”

While some people kneel some decide not to kneel, and others must respect that if nothing else.  While you may not think that this affects anything in your environment you could not be more wrong, for this is teaching kids that kneeling for the National Anthem is an acceptable thing to do.  Like Hamlet stated, “To be or not to be, that is the question.”  Similar to this to kneel or not to kneel that is the question.