Article: Open Gym

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Article by Emily Snyder - SJHS Student Staff Writer

Starting about a month ago Sjhs started a basketball open gym. Open gym is open to the whole school, however the actual basketball tryouts are just for ninth grade boys and girls. But it’s not enough to just read about it, let’s see what some ninth graders participating in open gym say.

When asked, “Why are you going to open gym?” Sydnie says she is going “to get good exercise and to get better at basketball.” Bethany agrees with Sydnie but adds that she goes to hang out with her friends. Colton Davis says he is going to open gym because he wants higher his chances of getting on the basketball team and Paige Simpson says agrees.

You could say that people who have more basketball experience have a better chance of making the team. This might be the case this year. Paige Simpson has been playing basketball for 10 years now and says open gym is obviously not the same as playing on a team. On actual basketball teams you are on the same teams all the time and in open gym you have different people all the time. Colton Davis, a ninth grader, has been playing since 2nd grade and was on the Reagan team for 3 years.

So whether you been playing for 2 years or 10 you should tryout for the team, because you’d have a ton of fun, just ask these kids!

Article: 9th graders who run high school cross country

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Article by Elizabella Francom - SJHS Student Staff Writer

Some people can run really fast, and for a really long time and distance. If you are one of these people you should try running cross country. If you are in 9th grade you can to do high school cross country or Jr. High cross country. They are booth super fun if you love running. This article is about 9th grades who do high school cross country.

In high school cross country it is a lot different from Jr. high. The races are longer and the training is harder. In Jr. high races are 1.5 miles long and the high school the races are 3 miles long. It is a lot longer in high school. Also the training is harder, in high school you have the option to do summer training. Jacob Gee a 9th grader at SHJH said  “Summer training was really fun I can’t wait to do it next year. ” In summer training you train before the school year. And in regular training you run about 5 miles each day so it is harder than Jr. high.

In high school cross country you can go to team night which are every night before a race. During the team nights they eat pasta and play fun games and just have a party. Lydia Felix said “Team nights are super fun and I love going to them.” Also Mckay Francom loves going to team nights and spending time with his friends.

High school cross country isn’t all about the running it is also about the great friends you make doing cross country. Cross country would be a great place to make friends and you can go on runs with them so you can get a great workout and make friends. As you can see that high school cross country is really fun and hard but mostly fun being around your friends. Being is high school cross country would be super fun if you love running and want to compete with others. So if you enjoy running you should try cross country and see if you like it.

 

Article: SJHS alumni: what that’s a thing?

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Article by Cheyenne Skinner - SJHS Student Staff Writer

When you are a student here at sjhs. You can’t wait to be in high school you are so done with Jr. High. High school should be way better than Jr. High. You can’t wait to be done with seven periods. If all of this is true then why would anyone want to come back to it? Well actually most teachers didn’t plan on teaching here. Even when they were planning on being a teacher most of them never imagined they would come here!

When the teachers went to school it was not as modern as it is now. It was way different. For example there were no chromebooks, less people, and a had to take typing class. Also they were in the old jr. high building. That’s a little different. Especially since our school depends on chromebooks and other electronics!

Back then Jr. High was only ninth and eighth. Which means there was a middle school! A lot of the teachers when they were students they were used to all of that! How weird is that!

Mrs. Bales went to SJHS in 1968! That was 49 YEARS ago. Mr. Jensen went to SJHS 1993-1995! Also Mr. Jensen had Mr. Rencher as a teacher. So has a lot of students at SJHS! Who would think that you would have the same teacher that Mr. Jensen had! Ms. Allred went just for eighth grade which was 2005-2006. Ms. Allred taught one of her sisters too! Except she didn’t tell her class till the last day of school! Ms. Allred said “When she finally told them that we were sister, no one believed it.”

There are a lot of cool things about are teachers but, knowing that they went to the same school as you are. That can make you think. Imagine teaching here when you’re older it’s totally possible! Like Mrs. Bales who said “Not in a million years! I was a naughty student” when asked if she ever thought she would teach here! All of these teachers share one thing in common with you. That’s awesome!

Article: Dark Knight vs. Man of Steel

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Article by Ashlee Bayles - SJHS Student Staff Writer

Dark Knight Rises and Man of Steel, are they to be the next Captain America and Iron Man in D.C. format?  Since Captain America Civil War came out a month after Batman vs. Superman, the Batman and Superman feud was quickly extinguished.  Due to this delay in its fame the feud has started to come up once again in the glory it never had before.  While many people say that Superman is better, a few will say Batman is the better choice.  

A recent survey, at Springville Junior High, showed that forty-four percent of the people say that they like superman opposed to batman.  The survey also showed that thirty-three percent of people like batman opposed to superman.  The rest of people stated that they do not have a preference for one of the other.  The main jest of the reason for liking superman more is that he has better superpowers and he is not as dark.  One of the people who voted for Batman was Elizabella Francom, an eighth grader, and she said, “He is awesome.”  The people that voted for neither said that they simply could not choose.  Payton Evans, an eighth grader at Springville Junior High, states, “Neither, because they can sometimes be babies about silly things.”

When asked which superhero they related to more majority said that they related to Superman.  The other forty-five percent said that they do not relate to either of them.  Cheyenne Skinner, an eighth grader, said that she related more to Superman because, “I don’t wear black.”   While many people relate more to Superman, many others do not relate to either of them.  

Students at Springville Junior have many different reasons as to why they think what they think.  Many of the answers were neither because the students do not really know much about Superman or Batman.  While there are some people at Springville Junior who would be able to tell you a ton about  Superman and Batman, many more would be able to tell you about Captain America and Iron man.  

There are many other opinions that can argue that Batman is better, but with the information collected at Springville Junior High the majority points to Superman.  With the information collected you could argue that you will say you like the person you can relate to.  One of the important things to learn from this survey is what students think is important attributes for a hero or not a hero.  The way kids think of hero’s in the movies is going to affect the way that kids see heroes and hero like figures.  If you had to choose a favorite who would you choose?  Why do you think that you would choose that person, and does that affect the way you and your family look at heroes and hero like figures?  

Article: Cuddly Kittens or Perfect Puppies

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Article by Mathew King - SJHS Student Staff Writer

The debate on what is better cats or dogs has gone on too long. It is finally time to see which one rules over all. According to Mrs. Reese, a ninth grade history teacher says, “Dogs! Because they are man’s best friend and woman’s too.” Cats can be more independent than dogs, but dogs are more playful and love to be around you.

Dogs can be great and Amanda Gardner says, ”I HAVE A DOG AND HE IS THE CUTEST DARN THING EVER! He is also loyal, happy and smart but kind of stupid at the same time. If you get a dog they will not disappoint and will love you always!”

Janelle Mammen, a ninth-grader loves cats and thinks that they are just like her. Another student says, “I don’t like dogs because they always smell bad, they are also hard to potty train. Another reason is that cats are really chill animals, and dogs are the opposite of that.” Dogs want to be athletic and be outside while cats are cuddly and people would love to snuggle while you watch a movie in sweat-pants.

A ninth-grade girl says that they are both great. With cats you can snuggle but you can play with dogs. Cats can be mean, while dogs are messy and smelly.

In a survey of 29 people, 19 of those think that dogs are better all the way. 7 think that both cats and dogs are great. Only two of the 29 think that cats are way better, and one person thinks that Musubi is yummy.

Overall it looks like dogs rule while the cats drool!

Article: New History Teachers

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Article by Karly Bracken and Taylor Benson - SJHS Student Staff Writer

Ms. Reese is one of the new history teachers.  She teaches ninth grade only for six periods.  Ms. Reese was born in Walnut Creek California. But she was raised in New Mexico.  She then moved to many places including Utah, Kentucky, Indiana, Mexico, back to California, and then back to Utah where she stayed.  For college, she started at the University Of Utah, but then ended up at Brigham Young University.  In her free time, she likes to sleep, do art, and hang with her family and friends. She has five siblings, four girls and one boy.  When asked what some of her favorite things about being a teacher, she answered, “My favorite part about being a teacher is definitely the students.  They just make it so much fun.”  Which is probably true for every teacher.  She loves being a teacher and likes to teach about things that are going on in the world now instead of what happened in the past.

Ms. Hatch was born in Orem Utah. She then moved to St. George when she was ten.  Then eventually moved back to Utah. She played rugby in her high school and college years. For college she went to SUU (Southern Utah University). Before she began to teach seventh and eighth grade, she was a lifeguard.  She teaches two periods of eighth, and four periods of seventh.  Some things she loves to do in her free time, are eating ice cream and watching Netflix.  Her favorite thing about teaching is all the students personalities and the inside jokes she has with each class. Although there are a lot of good things about being a teacher, she finds it hard when she cares a lot about each student and seeing how some don’t really care to try.

Our new history teachers are the best!  All of their students love having them as a teacher.  They are so nice and fun!

Article: Red Ribbon Week

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Article by Stazie Killpack, and Amanda Gardner - SJHS Student Staff Writer

A few weeks ago was red ribbon week, which is a week where we provide drug awareness at SJHS. Student council and the PTSA planned many fun activities and guests to come and talk to students about being good examples and setting goals for their future. They came during lunch came for a reason. The spray painter, Ulione is a student from UVU that came to SJHS to spray paint a humongous board of our mascot, a knight. Molly Hunter said, Ulione came to show us, “If you have a passion and you pursue it then you can do what you want in life.” Safari, another guest who is deaf, world champion martial artist came to show us that if you have a disability you can overcome it, and it will not define you. Gavin Jones, another member of student council said the star wars people came for fun.

Everyone enjoyed red ribbon week. Lilli Killpack, a seventh grader at SJHS said that she enjoyed the dressing up and being part of red ribbon week. Mike Neth, a ninth grader at SJHS, said he liked, “Watching people dress up.” Molly Hunter, said red ribbon week was 10/10 and the best one ever. She said her favorite part was, “learning how to spray paint and see other students do it.” Gavin Jones, said he also liked the spray painter and star wars people.  

Student council tries their best each year to not only get people excited and learn more about the harmful effects of drugs, but to also get school spirit and students involved in the activities that they create for them. How do you feel about Red ribbon week?

Article: Social Media Let Loose

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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

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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

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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?

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