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Term 2 Newsletter

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 11:22am
Attributions: Created by SJHS Journalism

The semester 1 journalism staff wrote and created this newsletter website for Term 2. 

Check out some of the things that were happening around the school! 

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Semester 1 Journalism consisted of Kekoa Akiona, Grace Ashby, Ashlee Bayles, Taylor Benson, Karly Bracken, Payton Evans, Elizabella Francom, Amanda Gardner, Libby Hodson, Stazie Killpack, Mathew King, Raquel Marquez, Leslie Ruiz, Cheyenne Skinner, Emily Snyder, Oakley Toelupe, and Makailee Turner.  Thanks for keeping us informed! 

Categories: Secondary, Springville

Article: Topaz Field trip

Wed, 12/20/2017 - 10:59am
Attributions: Article by Payton Evans - SJHS Student Staff Writer
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On November 14, the 8th graders at SJHS had the opportunity to go on a field trip to the Topaz Museum in Delta and learn about the Japanese Internment Camps that were in operation during WW2.

Many of the eighth graders enjoyed learning about what life was like for the Americans of Japanese ancestry.

“It was really moving to see what they went through.” Chloe Sleight states, as she talks about her experience.

“ My favorite part of the field trip was going inside of the barracks,” Laurissa Blakey explains, “They didn’t have insulation so it got so cold and hot all the time. It was just really sad to see what they had to go through.”

“The most fascinating thing about Topaz, was when we got to actually go into the barracks and see what it was like for a family of 4.” Dallin Hatfield explains.

Something else that they got to see was what the internees did on their free time- Shell art.

“They made these beautiful things will just some shells and nail polish.” Blakey continues.

This was definitely a one a great learning experience for 8th graders and surely to be something they will forever remember. 

Categories: Secondary, Springville

Article: Future Farmers of America

Wed, 12/20/2017 - 10:58am
Attributions: Article by Elizabella Francom - SJHS Student Staff Writer

At SJHS there is program called FFA which represents Future Farmers of America. In this program you learn about many different things such as agracoucher. FFA is a program which helps kids throughout America become better friends and farmers. Today, the National FFA organization remains committed to the individual student, providing a path to achievement in premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.

In FFA you have the option to get rewards by earning them. A few ways you can earn a award is by being a good person ,listening to instructions, and being an outstanding student.  If you do FFA you have many opportunities to do service projects. While doing the projects you can earn awards.  In FFA they believe that it is important that you do in classroom work just as much as real life experiences. That is why you do both. You do classwork just as much as you go around and lean and see stuff in real life.

Many of the people who do FFA here at our school enjoy it . All of them say it is supper fun and they loved taking the class. Morgan Roper who is in FFA Said “FFA is so fun I love being in it.” But FFA isn’t all about having fun it is also about hard work. Shara Whatabe said “FFA is fun but it is also taught me a lot about who I am and what I want to be when I grow up.” FFA can teach you a lot about who you are and what you want enjoy doing and what you want to be when you grow up.

In FFA you also learn about agriculture, food and, animals.  Agriculture is learning about framing and taking care of land and learning how to use the equipment farmers use. When you learn about food you learn how to grow it and take care of it so it will be healthy. And when you learn about animals you find out how to take care of them and how to keep them strong and healthy and to know what to feed them. FFA sound super fun and I would love doing it and all of you should consider it because it could help you find out about what you love doing, and what you want to be. That is why everyone should do FFA.  

Categories: Secondary, Springville

Article: Where will College take you?

Wed, 12/20/2017 - 10:46am
Attributions: 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.”

Categories: Secondary, Springville

Article: Amanda Gardner the Great

Wed, 12/20/2017 - 10:17am
Attributions: 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.

 

Categories: Secondary, Springville

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

Wed, 12/20/2017 - 10:14am
Attributions: Article by Raquel Marquez - SJHS Student Staff Writer
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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?

Categories: Secondary, Springville

Article: Jessica Shumway- The only SJHS girl wrestler!

Wed, 12/20/2017 - 10:05am
Attributions: 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.

 

Categories: Secondary, Springville

Article: All About Mrs. Reese

Wed, 12/20/2017 - 9:52am
Attributions: 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.

Categories: Secondary, Springville

Article: Especially 4 Athletes

Wed, 12/20/2017 - 8:32am
Attributions: 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/

 

Categories: Secondary, Springville

Article: Meet Valeria Thomas

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 1:16pm
Attributions: 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!

Categories: Secondary, Springville

Article: Penny Wars

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 1:14pm
Attributions: 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!

 

Categories: Secondary, Springville

Article: Basketball!!

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 1:12pm
Attributions: 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?

 

Categories: Secondary, Springville

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

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 1:03pm
Attributions: 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!

Categories: Secondary, Springville

Article: Recent Super Knights

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 1:02pm
Attributions: Article by Elizabella Francom and Cheyenne Skinner - SJHS Student Staff Writer

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.

Categories: Secondary, Springville

Article: The fight between Books and Movies

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 1:01pm
Attributions: Article by Ashlee Bayles - SJHS Student Staff Writer

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?

 

Categories: Secondary, Springville

Article: All About Kelsey

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 1:00pm
Attributions: Article by Amanda Gardner - SJHS Student Staff Writer

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!

Categories: Secondary, Springville

Article: Jazz vs. Mavericks!!

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 12:56pm
Attributions: Article by Taylor Benson - SJHS Student Staff Writer

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.

Categories: Secondary, Springville

Article:The Ugly Little Words of the World

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 12:56pm
Attributions: Article by: Stazie Killpack - SJHS Student Staff Writer

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?

Categories: Secondary, Springville

Article: Which Side?

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 12:54pm
Attributions: Article by Raquel Marquez - SJHS Student Staff Writer

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?

 

Categories: Secondary, Springville

Article: Socs vs. Greasers

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 12:53pm
Attributions: Article by Payton Evans - SJHS Student Staff Writer

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?

Categories: Secondary, Springville

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