Article: National Anthem sung by Master Singers “Oh, say can you see,” Mrs. Utrera’s choir sing at the basketball game!
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!
HALF-DAY ICE SKATING TRIP
Any 7th, 8th or 9th grader that has an “S” in citizenship is invited!!!
WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 29TH --- 8:30am-11:30am
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Recently SJHS had a assembly where thirteen students were congratulated on their behavior. SJHS calls that being a Super Knight. Being a super knight is being amazing and going out of your way to help other people. You are recognized for being a good student and helping others when you don’t have to. Every single one of the thirteen students helped and did extra for someone else many, many, times. Which is why they are super knights. Every month two students are chosen from each grade one boy and girl. We have a assembly every two months to congratulate them. This term was different from others because there were thirteen super knights. There was a tie between Nash Scott and Jack Taylor.
When the super knights were called up they all had different feelings going through there minds. A lot of them were surprised like Jack Taylor was super surprised and was happy that you get a fun little trophy thing. A lot of them did not know what they were feeling when they were called up like Tim Cluff “ I had cross feelings about being a super knight I was surprised and happy.” If you were a super knight what would you feel? Being a super knight would be so amazing.
The students experience was interesting. Like how they had to give their trophy back to the administration after the first assembly. Audrey Hawkins, a super knight, said, “They gave us the Trophy, then took it back, and then gave it back to us.” They also had to miss a little bit of school because they got to go to both assembly’s. Except when asked how the students thought about going to both assembly’s they thought it was not that fun. It is very interesting when you think about what happens to the super knights at the assembly. These things you would not think about, looking at the super knights.
You may be wondering if the students did anything in particular to become a Super Knight, and the answer is sort of! Tim Cluff said, “I made my teachers smile every day!” So maybe to become a Super Knight you just have to do small things. However that isn’t the only thing. Jack Taylor said, “I did nothing in particular, just don’t mess around.” There is so many things you can do to become super knight like Audrey hawkins who said, “I personally did my best, so I could help out!” In the end it is the students who try to make our school a better place that get to be a super knight.
In the epic battle of reading and watching TV the students of Springville Junior High, more often than not, choose to read instead of watching the big screen! Ever since the TV has come into our world people of every nationality have had to choose where their loyalty lies. While the TV can easily be chosen as the favorite, some people just can’t choose between the two. For many years now parents have mostly approved of reading which may have more sway in the kids opinion of books and movies than they realized.
The first question that the students were asked was Book or Movie, and why. Jane Wilson, a ninth grader at Springville Junior, proclaimed, “Book, because they are more descriptive and you can connect with the characters better that way. It allows you to imagine and visualize what is going on in the book.” Another ninth grader named Jacob Gee said the it really depends on the book or movie. He goes on to explain that while the Harry Potter book is better he would rather watch the Lord of the Rings movie because the book is boring. Laurissa Blakey, an eighth grader, confessed, “Books because they describe thoughts and feelings of the characters better than a movie. Books are also the more correct version seeing as how they were made first.”
Max Whipple, an eighth grader, said, “No my favorite book does not have a movie and I am happy it does not, because it would ruin the story. The other thing the movie would not do is correctly portray the character unlike the book.” Lilli Killpack, a seventh grader, said that her favorite book does not have a movie, but that she likes the book because it is descriptive and the movie does not do that very well. Gibson Condie, another seventh grader, simply stated, “Not yet, my favorite book is Michael Vey and it is really interesting and fun to read.” Jacob Gee said that his favorite book is Harry Potter and he feels that the movie was really well done when compared to the book.
Laurissa Blakey said, “My favorite movie came after the book and it is Lord of the Rings. I like it because it is really funny, it has good special effects, and the characters are good.” Gibson Condie said that his favorite movie is Emperor's New Groove and that it came before the book. He later goes on to explain that it is his favorite because, “it is really funny.” Jacob Gee states, “My favorite movie came after the book and it is Percy Jackson, and I don’t know why, but I just like it.”
When asked what movie was most well done compared to the book Jane, Max, and Gibson all said that they believed that the Harry Potter movies were well done. One of the main things they said was the movie left things out, but it was still well done. Jacob said, “Because it is based off of facts from the books, the third Lord of the Rings extended version that lasts five hours is the most well done.” Laurissa said the she thinks Holes is the most well done out of books compared to movies because her sister said that the lines are almost exactly the same.
When asked if they would rather sit around reading or watching TV only one student said that they would rather sit around reading instead of watching TV. Two out of the six students said that they would rather watch TV because it is more relaxing and reading makes them dizzy. The other half of the students said that it solely depended on their mood. Now think about it when faced with the dilemma of choosing movie or book would you go to the big screen or the small box?
There are so many people at our school you might not know. Kelsey Sumsion is a ninth grader here at SJHS and an awesome person. She has been on the SHS tennis team and loves theater and music. Read on to find out her deepest secrets.
Just kidding! I tricked you, but there are some interesting things about kelsey you might want to know. In fact, Kelsey said that if she were to be a plant she would be a sunflower. Kelsey’s favorite pudding flavor is butterscotch and if she were to have a superpower it would be to fly. Her life motto is, “Eyes up do the work.” If she were to be put in a pit full of snakes or spiders, she would choose spiders.
Kelsey says if her personality was a color it would be, “Red, that’s my personality test color.” In that test it says red is the leader and they are decisive, determined, and demanding. They are logical and whenever you are in need of someone to do a good job, you get a red. They are also independent and speak their mind.
Emma says she loves Kelsey’s loudness. Mckay Dalley says, “My favorite thing is that she is really happy all the time.” Christy, another ninth grader at SJHS, says she loves Kelsey’s funnyness and sense of humor. Victoria Hunt said about Kelsey, “She is just always an upbeat person and is always happy and really fun to be around.”
Get to know Kelsey because she is awesome!
Have you ever been to a jazz game? If you have you know how awesome it is! If you haven’t, picture this.. At seven o’clock on October thirtieth 2017, in the Salt Lake Vivint Smart Home Arena; the Jazz versed the Mavericks.The seats were filled with mostly Jazz fans. The crowd screamed with blue, yellow, green, and white. In front of you, the NBA Jazz team enters.
The smell of fluffy pretzels and nacho cheese fills the arena. The floor vibrates from the beat of the music. When suddenly, the game begins. Very tall men sprint across the floor chasing the ball. The Mavericks run across the court and shoot for the basket.. inch by inch it flies through the air. It’s almost touched the rim when one of the Jazz players blocks it! They all run across the court and the jazz shoots and scores! The crowd roars in excitement to cheer on their team . The Mavericks coach is red hot with anger. Basket after basket the Jazz and Mavericks kept scoring. Suddenly, the Mavericks make a comeback and are in the lead. They stayed ahead for a while. But in the end the Jazz come and beat them with an ending score of 89-104.
The Jazz game gives you great opportunities to not only experience an incredible game, but to also get a chance to be on the jumbotron! The jumbotron is a huge screen that shows a close up action shots of the players during their game. At half time or at time outs if you’re dancing or doing something noticeable, they will make sure you’re on it! Don’t miss out on a Jazz game. It really is a memorable experience.
Everyone has a little word that they cannot stand hearing, for most it’s moist while others it’s things like squelch or curd. And for the students at SJHS, it’s no different.
Colin Gwilliams, a ninth grade boy, says that he cannot stand the phrase “totes ma goats”. “I don’t understand how anyone can say that, I absolutely hate it.” Felicity Fleshner, an eighth grade girl, says that she hates the word moist. “I don’t think that it’s the actual word that’s the problem, it just sounds gross because the word is about something gross.” And that seemed to be a popular opinion, Neveah Chavez and Evan Lyons both said the same things. What are words that you can’t stand hearing?
Batman, Superman, Cat-Woman, Wonderwoman, Poison Ivy, Harley Quinn, Joker. Some of the main fictional characters owned by DC comics, we adore them. Iron man, Thor, Captain America, Winter Soldier, Black Widow, Loki, Ant-man, Spiderman, Deadpool, Scarlet Witch, Black Panther, The Hulk, Hawk Eye, Quick Silver, Captain Marvel, the She-Hulk etc.. Characters from a different and major comic company known as Marvel. All of these heroes and heroines are loved by people, especially teens and those who have a quirk. Those who are a part of many different fandoms like DC and Marvel, but the real question is, which side do you prefer? Questions like that could potentially start a civil war within fandoms as well as these bad puns. If you’re a Marvel fan, you’ll get the reference. If you aren’t, that’s okay, but let’s all take a breath and find out what some of our very own students around the school think.
First off, we must know if they read or if they even like comic books. Alexa Child and Hayden Bott are 7th graders who both enjoy the presence of comics. Moving onto 8th grade. Elizabeth Perez and Tiger/Porter Ogden. Although Lizzy, doesn’t love them,she’ll read them. Last but not least, what do some of our high schoolers think about comics? Do they like them or not? Well, guess what? Jennifer, Frida, and Ricky all love comics. Now, think about this: do you enjoy comics? If so, what kind?
Let’s all be honest here, whenever we get into some sort of fandom, we all have a favorite character. The real question is, who do all these students have as their favorite? And who do you think they picked? Well, it’s not surprising Batman is a favorite DC character to most people like Alexa, Hayden, Tiger, Jennifer, and Ricky. Elizabeth’s favorite DC heroine is none other than Poison Ivy. Frida? Well, she chose Beast Boy, one of the Teen Titans. Even though he likes Marvel, Hayden doesn’t have a favorite character, but for the other students, it’s a wide variety. Both Jennifer and Elizabeth love Black Widow. Frida likes Ms. Marvel, Tiger adores Deadpool for his sarcasm, and Ricky went with a classic; Spiderman. So, who is yours from both worlds?
Now, things take a slight turn here. All of those who have an inner nerd or those who are just open about it, here’s your chance to find out what their favorite movies are. Let’s start off by finding out which DC movies are favored. As of June 2017, the action filled movie, Wonder Woman was a big step for DC. Within our school and out of the nine students in this article, Wonder Woman was chosen as the favorite by Elizabeth, Frida, and Kaia. For Tiger, Daniel, and Ricky, Batman was the favorite DC. To be more specific, the Dark Knight Trilogy was Daniel’s answer.
With DC movies out of the way, it’s time to know what Marvel movie made it to number one for them. With Marvel, there was a color spectrum of its films. 8th grader Elizabeth Perez loves Guardians of the Galaxy: vol. 1, while Tiger Ogden chose Spiderman: Homecoming. Onto our 9th graders with Jennifer as another Guardians of the Galaxy fan, and Ricky Balderama sticking to the classics as he went with the 2002 version of Spiderman. Frida tends to like movies or characters that are most likely underrated because Ant-man made it onto the top of their list. For Daniel Boggess, he’s stuck between choosing Civil War and Spiderman: Homecoming. Finally, we have Kaia Lowe, who went ahead and prefers Captain America: The First Avenger. Thumbs up! So, what are your favorite movies from both DC and Marvel?
Don’t leave just yet because we are going to find out who their favorite actor/actress is. Not only from one side though. For the DC actors/actresses, it’s a tie between Gal Gadot(Wonder Woman) and Ben Affleck(Batman) yet again. For our Marvel actors/actresses, Frida chose Chris Pratt, Daniel went with Chris Evans, and Jennifer and Ricky both chose Chris Hemsworth. Besides that, Elizabeth and Kaia prefer Scarlett Johansson. Now who are your favorite actors/actresses?
Finally, the one question that could potentially start a fandom war is, which side do they all prefer? Marvel or DC? For all of you DC fans, Alexa, Tiger, and Daniel prefer this universe. Also, always remember Frida’s wise words,”DC deserves some love”. Now for all of you Marvel geeks, Kaia, Jennifer, Hayden, Elizabeth, and Ricky are with you on this one. So, which side do you prefer? And who are your heroes?
Have you ever heard the term Greaser? Or Soc? Well at SJHS everybody knows who they are. Well, almost everyone.
Here at SJHS you are required to read “The Outsiders” in eighth grade. So everyone other than the 7th graders are either on the Soc’s side Or the Greaser’s side.
Janelle Mannem, a 9th grader at SJHS, was asked Greasers or Socs? “ Definitely Greasers because Greasers are better people.”
Alina Simpson ,an 8th grader, responded with “ I would choose Greasers because they are just more down to earth.”
Ever thought Greasers have amazing hair? Well that’s what a whole lot of people think.
Rock the Greaser look?? Well if you said yes, then here at SJHS you have a lot of people who feel the same.
If you are completely confused then listen, Greasers are the less fortunate and the less you could say loved by society. While a Soc is what you would call “ Popular”. They do whatever they want at any time they want.
Many people here at SJHS strongly dislike the Socs. They find them too preppy mean and just plain ornery.
Ever thought that greasers were attractive???? Well if you ask the girls at SJHS they will all say greasers.
Everyone has their own opinions on socs and greasers. So what’s yours?
Our SFHS Singers performed at the American Choral Directors Association Conference on Saturday. SFHS Singers was invited last year after a committee of choral educators from around the state of Utah listened to our state festival recordings. Choral educators from around the state of Utah were in attendance and we were thanked with a standing ovation from the audience! Congrats SFHS Singers and great job representing the Dons.
So, football season is gone. Not like college or NFL, but for the Springville youth program, the field is empty now. No more cheerleaders cheering, no players playing, no refs reffing, it’s nothing. We did have a great season, though. Nick Welsch led Springville Red through the season undefeated, and moved on to defeat Ryan Strong’s Springville Navy in 2017’s 8th grade Super Bowl.
Now Springville White, they didn’t do so good. But at the same time, they didn’t do so bad either. Brad Mertz led Springville White and ended the season with a 4 and 4 record. Although they didn’t end with a super good record, they fought hard. Maybe just as hard as the other Springville teams.
Anyways, a few of the players from the teams had something to say about the season coming to an end. Pata Kaisa, an 8th grader at SJHS, says he misses football. “There’s nothing to do after school now, because we don’t have practice anymore. So I just sit around doing nothing.” Miguel Pina, another 8th grader at SJHS, says he’s gonna miss football as well. “The season and the practices were lit. It sucks because we don’t do it anymore.”
Some people, though, like Parker Lavin, say that they don’t mind football season being over. “I wasn’t good anyways. But now there’s nothing to do after school, so that sucks.” Whether they got playing time or not, you can clearly tell that they miss practice. When you got football practice for an hour and a half, you have to limit your after school activity time and make sure it doesn’t go on too late. But when football season ends, all that time you spent doing hitting drills and scrimmaging is now free for whatever. Except, you were so busy practicing, you have no idea what to do, because it’s all new to you now. You started over a new life now… haha, not really, but anyways…
There’s not much else to know about the season. There were very few injuries, other than getting the wind knocked out of you and some cramps. And even though one of the best running backs in the league, Austin Mertz, an 8th grader at MJHS, was taken out early in the season, everyone seems to have wanted to play running back. Ironic, huh?
Anyways, this season will go down in the books. It was a great, and grueling, season. The players can still feel it, the coaches know it. Even the fans had a feeling about the season. This season was great, but let’s see what next year holds.
Ms. Merrill is a new teacher science teacher at our school. Many of you may not know her too well because of this. Ms. Merrill grew up in Idaho. She loves to laugh and have fun. “In my free time, I love to play basketball and be outside,” she says,”I also like to collect old coins and old dollar bills that will hopefully be worth something someday.”
She graduated from BYU with a degree in Earth and Space Science. She’s a bright one, that Ms. Merrill! She has really loved teaching here at SJHS so far. “SJHS has many nice people who give me high fives and put a smile on my face every day,” says Ms. Merrill,” How can I not love it here with so many good people around?”
She does admit that she was a bit nervous on her first day of teaching and thought that something would go wrong. “I had dreams about all the things that could go wrong including not having a lesson ready, being late for school, showing too much armpit sweat, etc,” she stated when asked in her interview email. She walked through the doors and saw a few familiar faces and her nerves calmed. After that she new that it would be a good year of teaching.
It must be tough being a new teacher. So many kids to deal with. I must be even worse when you have 7th or 8th graders. It’s literally the worst point of your life to be alive, now imagine having to teach a classroom filled of those things. Who needs a horror movie when you teach Jr. High kids?
Ms. Merrill does support the idea that it’s a bit tough, but the good parts of it outweigh the bad. She states that, “I am usually very tired by the end of the day and sometimes I don't want to grade any more papers, but the students make my job worth it. I love seeing success!” She really cares about all of her students. Ms. Merrill tries her best to get to know them and understand their backgrounds. She loves going to their games, concerts, and any other events like those. She likes seeing what makes her students happy outside of school.
Science has been her passion since she was in 6th grade. Her father was a science teacher and would always teach her things. Even when they were on vacation she would teach her things about the world around them. “Science is everywhere, and we can understand how the earth and universe works by looking around us,” she states,”I want to help my students learn to observe the world around us and enjoy its beauty.”
World Series? What’s the World Series some of you may ask. Have you ever heard of the Super Bowl, the Finals, or even the World Cup. Well the World Series is like a Super Bowl, but for baseball, except the way it’s played is different. The World Series could have up to 7 games, there are 2 teams that go head to head to win the title of the World Series. The series could be shortened if one team wins 4 games before the other team, whoever wins 4 games first wins. Last year in 2016 the the Chicago Cubs beat the Cleveland Indians. This year in 2017 the Houston Astros and the L.A. Dodgers played. Last night on November 1st the Astros and Dodgers played game 7, and the Astros won the series and took home the gold.
Coy Lister, an 8th grade boy at SJHS, enjoys to play and watch baseball. Coy likes to watch baseball because it’s calming, when you are able to sit and watch a good game. Since Coy also likes to play the game he is able to watch the MLB players, especially the teams and players that made it to the World Series , and learn how players play their positions, learn from their mistakes, and pick up new things that they didn’t know about in the first place. Coy wanted the Houston Astros to win this year. Coy said, “I want the Astros to win this year because the Dodgers are my least favorite team.” Since Coy’s favorite team is the Giants he wants the Astros to win because the Dodgers are the Giants rivals.
River Jackson, a die heart Dodgers fan, loves to watch and play the game of baseball. He was really excited this year to know that his team had made it to the World Series. River has been playing baseball since he was in 2nd grade, he plays center field and 2nd base. “If I could play for any team in the major league, I would play for the Dodgers, since they are my favorite team.” said River. River would pick the Dodgers and the Red Sox to play in the World Series if he had the chance to, since they are is favorite teams. His favorite player is Joc Pederson, he says that he just likes him and enjoys watching him play.
Who would you want to play in the World Series? Would you play in the World Series?
In the choir class, there’s four different levels of singing. You have the Apprentice singers, who are seventh grade girls. There is the men’s choir, which is boys in any grade. There’s the Knightengales, who are eighth and ninth grade girls. And finally, you have the master singers which are eighth and ninth grade girls who had tried out to be in master singers.
Sydney Averett, an eighth grader, who is in master singers exclaimed “I got into singing when I did the talent show and realized that I love singing!” When you do choir you learn how to do different things with your voice such as how to harmonize with others. Everybody who has done choir has loved it! It’s Madeline Park’s, an eighth grader at SJHS, favorite period of the day. She likes it because it’s a pretty chill class but at the same time you learn something new everyday.
Being in choir gives a lot of different opportunities to sing places. Some of the places that they are singing at are a Jazz game, the Springville High School choir concert, a BYU game, and many others. The students are very excited about these events.
In conclusion, Choir is a very fun class to take. All the students who have taken that class have loved it! There are a lot of cool experiences and fun opportunities that come out of being in choir.
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!
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.
Today in 8th-grade science, students are learning about physical states of matter and how things change from solids to liquids and then to gases. What better way to learn about this than to make ice cream? Students are separated into partners and given a plastic ball which they fill with salty ice water. There is a metal tube in the middle of each ball where the ice cream is actually made. They add the ingredients for their ice cream and roll it back and forth to mix it up and make sure that all of the ice cream is getting cold and not just freezing to the sides. They are just making plain vanilla, but it's a great lab that has all kids engaged.
Not only are kids learning about states of matter, they are also learning through this lab how salt lowers the freezing point, allowing the ice water to get even colder and they learn how some materials transfer heat better than others, and that is why the cylinder in the middle is made out of metal instead of plastic or some other material.
Hear the ROAR! A Panther is: RESPECTFUL, OUTSTANDING, ACADEMIC and RESPONSIBLE! Congratulations to Alfredo Gomez and Audrey Chamberlain for being nominated as our MNJHS Panthers of the Day on Friday, November 17, 2017. Alfredo was nominated by Mrs. Cox for always being willing to help and work with others in his math class. Audrey was nominated by Mrs. Lundell for outstanding academics and amazing test scores.
Thank you so much to our students and parents for donating to our MNJHS Honor Society food drive this week. We even had to get extra cans to contain all the donations! All donations will help needy families over the holidays. A big thank you as well to Mrs. Reber and the Honor Society for putting this drive together. We'll announce the winning class, which donated the most cans, soon.