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During the week of October 25 - 28 the 90th National FFA convention was held in Indianapolis, Indiana. Students from Springville FFA had the opportunity to attend this convention and expo. While in attendance students expanded their knowledge by attending workshops and tours of local businesses. These tours included Jeptha Creed Distillery, Undulata Farm, KyBlueGrass Genetics, Schaffer Hogs and Abbott’s Candy Factory.
On Friday morning Springville FFA members participated in a “Day of Service” in which they filled boxes for a senior food program. Each box weighed 40 pounds and contained items such as canned fruit, vegetables and meat as well as cereal and shelf stable milk. During a two hour shift, students were able to package 588 boxes.
Kameron Talbot, Brooke Larsen, Cailynn Hackworth and Sadie Rasmussen also had the opportunity to represent the State of Utah for the Agricultural Communications Career Development Event. The National FFA Agricultural Communications CDE is a competitive event that tests students’ skills in all areas of the agricultural communication field and evaluates how well they can apply classroom knowledge to real life situations. Participants attend a simulated news conference and use the information gathered to complete individual practicums in writing, electronic media and design. Our team was awarded a silver ranking.
The SHS Sterling Scholars for 2017-2018 are:
English – Rachel Hatch
Mathematics - Rachel Buhler
Science – Taylor Wallentine
Social Science - Emmaline Ferrin
Skilled and Technical Education – Cole Monson
Family and Consumer Science – Larissa Chappell
Business & Marketing – Kaylee Middlebrook
Computer Technology - Trevor Jeppson
World Languages - Taylor Christensen
Visual Arts - Lilly Sentz
Dance – Allison Hawks
Instrumental Music – Jonathan Young
Vocal Performance – Miriam Hall
Speech/Theater Arts/Forensics – Addison Provost
*not present in photo: Taylor Wallentine, Trevor Jeppson, Taylor Christensen, and Johnathan Young
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“They, and we, are the legacies of an unbroken chain of men and women who served their country with honor, who waged war so that we might know peace, who braved hardship so that we might know opportunity, who paid the ultimate price so that we might know freedom.”
-President Barack Obama 2009
We thank and honor our veterans today and always. Here are some moments from our Veterans Day assembly today. Thank you everyone who made this assembly happen. It was a truly memorable experience for everyone who attended and participated.
Payson High School’s esteemed chemistry and astronomy teacher Linda Walter has received a PEAK Award for the month of November 2017; an award designed to showcase the positive energy and kindness of Nebo employees. She was nominated by Jesse Sorensen, RaShel Shepard, and Alyssa Behrend. They had only good things to say about Mrs. Walter when they related, “Linda has the role of technology mentor in our building and uses technology to reach more students. Not only does she help her students but is a leader when it comes to implementing technology that helps all students at PHS by providing training and support to the teachers. Linda works hard to ensure all students learn. She focuses on GRIT, which is giving students additional time to reach high levels of learning.”
“Mrs. Walter is very positive and loves her students more than any other teacher I know. She is very kind and generous. Mrs. Walter goes out of her way to make sure all students feel they are important, and that they have worth.”
Mrs. Walter later reflects how she felt when winning the award by saying,“I felt very flattered, and very honored that people would think that I was enthusiastic and kind.” PHS students and faculty should make sure to recognize Mrs. Walter for her extraordinary efforts as a teacher, and congratulate her on winning the PEAK award.
A question that almost everyone has asked at least once in their life is when should you say yes or no to a date. Many students don’t know when they should yes or no. However, other students and teachers know exactly when you should.
Cortney Hooser a student here at Payson High School said these exact words. Say No if you are not comfortable going out in public with them. A date is in public the whole time, it will not work if you feel this way. Shalice Bascom with much enthusiasm stated, “Say Yes if there is food involved,” she expressed to me how important this is. So
SAY YES even if you don’t know them very well. Some are too quick to judge someone just because they are brave enough to go outside their comfort zone and do something “crazy” like... try to make a new friend. It is good to go out of your comfort zone every once in awhile. Plus who doesn’t want a new friend. Sometimes though when you judge too quick you are right.
SAY NO if there is any chance of violence. Dating violence is a real thing that needs to be exposed. A healthy relationship does not include unwanted advances, pushing, name calling, aggression, hitting, or any form of violence, whether that be physical or emotional. If you are in a abusive relationship, get help right away. CDC.gov, focusing on the prevention of violence, states that “among high school students who dated, 21% of females and 10% of males experienced physical and/ or sexual dating violence.” They go on to say, “teens often think some behaviors, like teasing and name-calling, are a “normal” part of a relationship. However, these behaviors can become abusive and develop into more serious forms of violence.” Violence can be seen from a mile away and it is not a good sign of a good person. But some of the time it can not be seen and you need to be aware.
SAY NO if they are a creeper. A definition of creepy would include someone who causes unpleasant feelings of fear or unease. Some people are like this and they take it to the extreme such as stalking. But not everyone is like this, most are just kind of weird.
SAY YES even if they are weird. Everyone is weird in their own way. The joys of dating come when you finally find someone who is as weird as you. Don’t judge a book by it’s cover. Student Sarah Mason commented, “ On the first week of school in Financial lit class I turned around to grab a paper and this kid greeted me, he said, “ hey so your name’s Sarah right?” and I was like yeah what’s yours and he was like, “ well I’m Derek(Name has been changed),” and I said oh cool nice to meet you. And then he said, “yeah so you want to go to homecoming with?” And so that’s weird. She still said yes to the date even though it was weird, and she still had a great time.
You all may have heard of the Unstoppable pins that a lot of people are getting. Well here is a little insight about who has gotten one, why, and how YOU can get one. First of all, how you can get one, is by doing some sort of kind act for another student or a teacher or helping out in organizations, or doing something for the community that stands out to your teacher, an administrator or at Student Council member.
These are a couple of students who have already gotten a pin, and how they earned it. Senior Matthew Tervort is one of the lucky people to earn not just one pin, but TWO pins! Matthew was awarded a pin from Nichelle White, for donating over $200 to Pencils of Promise, when asked about why he donated so much Matt stated, “I actually donated twice, the first time I was in class and I only donated $107, the reason why is cause I got an extra bonus from work, just for doing extra stuff at work, so I just donated it, cause I’m not losing anything it’s just extra money. Then I had an extra $7 in my wallet so I figured why not? Then I went back, and I saw that we were in second place, so I figured if I’m gonna make this win, I’m going to make us win by a long shot! So I went and donated another $150.” Matt earned his second pin from one of his FFA teachers, Mr. Houston. He was given this pin for showing leadership. Matt explains this “In FFA we have officers, and I’m this years vice president, the reason we got them is because we do a lot of work in FFA, we help all of the kids in FFA get through and do their work.” Matt was not the only person in FFA to get an Unstoppable pin for showing leadership, there are also six other people in FFA who earned a pin.
Another student who was awarded a pin is Junior Haylee McKell. Haylee was given her pin for helping a new student who doesn’t speak English very well in her U.S. Studies class. The new student speaks Japanese and Haylee knows a little bit of the language, because she took japanese last year. She has just been helping her by explaining stuff to her that she doesn’t understand, and helping her with assignments, making sure that she understands words that she didn’t quite understand before.
There were also four boys who were awarded pins for building and surprising Derik Lowe’s family with a wooden chest in his honor.
Now that you know some of the students who have already gotten a pin,you know how to earn one. Go out and do some good, so that you can get your Unstoppable pin!
Hear the ROAR! A Panther is: RESPECTFUL, OUTSTANDING, ACADEMIC and RESPONSIBLE! Congratulations to Collin Vincent and Cherokee Turpin for being nominated as our MNJHS Panthers of the Day on Thursday, November 9, 2017. Collin was nominated by Mrs. Reber for being an all around friendly and helpful guy. Cherokee was nominated by Mrs. Bennett for turning in a personal item of someone who had misplaced it.
Hear the ROAR! A Panther is: RESPECTFUL, OUTSTANDING, ACADEMIC and RESPONSIBLE! Congratulations to Rebeca Serrano and Jose Magana for being nominated as our MNJHS Panthers of the Day on Wednesday, November 8, 2017. Rebeca was nominated by Mrs. Bennett for turning in a cell phone which she found. Jose was nominated by Mrs. Lundell for outstanding academics and an amazing test score.
Wrestling season has begun at SFJH!!! Spanish Fork Jr. High Wrestling dueled Payson last night. The night was full of hard-fought matches. There were many beginner wrestlers that came away with big victories. The next wrestling match will be against Mt Nebo on Wednesday, Nov 15 at 3:30 pm. Come support the Wrestling Team.
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ENCHANTED APRIL is opening Nov. 9th and runs through Tuesday, Nov. 14th at 5:00 pm and 7:30 pm in the Little Theatre at Payson High School. Please support our community and the arts by checking out our school's Theatre website (http://our.show/paysonhighschool/7857) They are holding three abridged matinee performances. They will be held during fourth period. They will be having a Senior matinee with our Senior cast performing on Thursday. A Junior matinee with our Junior cast performing on Friday, and a Sophomore matinee with our Sophomore cast performing on Monday. Synopsis: Matthew Barber's Enchanted April, based on Elizabeth Von Arnim's beloved novel of the 1920s, is a gentle and romantic comedy of manners. Against the backdrop of a country still reeling from World War I Enchanted April offers to its characters, and viewers, a necessary balm of sunshine and renewal.
Three members of the Maple Mountain High School Drill Team were named to the 5A All-State Drill Team. Tiffany Asay, daughter of Suzanne and Dwayne Asay; Hannah Finch, daughter of Kim and Matt Finch; and Annie Merrill, daughter of Melisa and Chris Merrill were chosen to represent Maple Mountain at the 5A All-State Drill Team Auditions.
Tiffany is a three-year member of the Ellevés Drill Team. She was an Assistant Drill Mistress her junior year and is the President/Head Drill Mistress this year. Tiffany was a “Top Corp” finalist at Basic Dance Training Camp this past summer. Tiffany enjoys biking, playing the piano, and swimming.
Hannah is a three-year member of the Ellevés Drill Team. She was an Assistant Drill Mistress her junior year and is the Drill Mistress of the team this year. Hannah was a “Top Corp” finalist at Basic Dance Training Camp this past summer. Hannah enjoys reading, sleeping, and dancing.
Annie is a three-year member of the Ellevés Drill Team. She was the Historian her junior year and is an Assistant Drill Mistress for the team this year. Annie was a “Top Corp” finalist at Basic Dance Training Camp this past summer. Annie enjoys dancing, playing with her puppies, shopping, hanging out with friends, and listening to music.
The auditions were held on Wednesday, November 8 at Bountiful High School. Each 5A school sent three girls to represent their school at the auditions. There were 42 girls who auditioned. A cut was made after the girls showed their technique in some across the floor combinations in front of a panel of three judges who narrowed it down to 30 girls. Those girls were taught a short dance and then auditioned it for the judges, who decided which girls made the team. There were 16 girls who made the final cut.
The 5A All-State Team will be recognized at the State Drill Team Competition that will be held at UVU in February. Congratulations to these girls for their accomplishments!
In Mrs. Mendonsa’s science class, seventh-grade students experimented with the levels of density that different substances hold. They used honey, corn syrup, milk, dish soap, vegetable oil, and rubbing alcohol. First they found out what the density of each substance was. Honey had the thickest density, then corn syrup, milk, dish soap, vegetable oil, and rubbing alcohol. After finding the density of each substance, they were ready to start the experiment!
To start the experiment they needed equal amounts of each substance. After making sure that they had equal amounts, it was time to begin. The honey had the thickest density, so it was poured into the tube first. Next the corn syrup was slowly poured into the tube, but instead of mixing with the honey is stayed right on top, making two different layers. Little by little each substance was poured into the tube according to their level of density. When they were finished, six different layers were visible! Instead of mixing all together, each substance just sat on top of one another! Who knew that density could be so cool!
Students at Spanish Fork Junior High attended an assembly on how to use the Internet safely and smartly on November 1st.
A NetSmartz representative educated students on topics such as distracted driving, cyber bullying, and staying away from bad websites. They watched videos on why it’s dangerous to text and drive, and in how some parts of the world they have texting and walking lanes for people to freely walk and text.
They also saw a video of people in New York grabbing onto leashes provided by volunteers, who would then lead the people texting to wherever they wanted to go. It was a great day to learn about Internet safety.
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Our MNJHS Wrestling Team will be competing against Mapleton Junior today at 3:30 in the Auxillary Gym! Come cheer on our students.