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?
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.
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?
The Gavel went down and they were sentenced to eternal trash duty! Thankfully, that isn’t how it goes. Chandler Kiser, one of the Youth Court members said that Youth Court is, “A community organization that helps youths fix their mistakes and clear their record.” The members of youth court meet every other Thursday and decide what the students who have a first offense can do to wipe the bad mistake off of their record.
Jane Wilson, another member of the Youth Court, explains that it was formed for students that commit a first crime, and probably not intentionally. They get a second chance to get rid of the black mark in their record. Shannon Acor is the lady in charge of Youth Court. To sign up, you have to do it on the school website, the spring before.
Chandler says his favorite part is, “the meetings and the experience.” Jane’s favorite part is the food they get every week, which is a delicious bonus, and helping people. She said she joined, “Cuz my mom wanted me too, and it looks good on college applications.” Chandler joined because it sounded like fun and he wanted to get involved.
Hopefully after reading this, you know what youth court is and if you want to join.
The Foods class is an elective you can take in eighth or ninth grade. In this class, you learn about nutrition, proper ways to cook, and measurements. Everybody who has taken it, has loved it! Doing the cooking labs are a lot of fun!
When asked what is learned in Foods, Elizabeth Bird, an eighth grader at Springville Junior High School, answered, “During foods, we learn how to make food, along with safety tips to keep you safe while cooking.” It is very important to stay safe while cooking. They usually have a cooking lab every Tuesday.
Some of Ashlee Eve’s favorite things they’ve cooked so far are scones, muffins, and fruit smoothies. The things they cook taste very good. Ashlee is an eighth grader at Springville Junior High School who has foods class third period. They normally do their food labs once or twice a week. When asked what their favorite part of the class was, both Elizabeth Bird and Maggie Miller, eighth graders at SJHS, answered, “My favorite part about the class is learning to cook. It’s a good life skill to have and to learn.”
In conclusion, The class is very fun. If you want to take it, you have to be in eighth or ninth grade. In the class you learn about very valuable life skills that are helpful to know for when you get older.
Halloween is on a Tuesday this year?! Some people aren’t to happy about this. Last year Halloween was on a Sunday but most people went trick or treating on Saturday. So they could stay out late and sleeping.
Ella Stewart an eighth grade girl says “ I don’t like that it’s on a Tuesday, I want to stay out late and sleep in the next day. But we can’t, we have to get up at 6:30.” Which is true, we don’t get as much time to trick or treat, or do fun things. If we do stay out late we have to get up really early which isn’t too fun. On Halloween day you can dress up in your costume for school. Do lots of people really like to do that? Ella says that she doesn’t she feels uncomfortable when she does it. Should we just not have school on halloween? Or just not have school the day after Halloween? “Yes we should have two days of, Halloween day and the day after, so we can recover.”
Sadie Holdaway an eighth grade girl also says that she doesn’t like that Halloween is on a tuesday. “We don’t get to stay out as late” Sadie also doesn’t really like dressing up “I don’t like it, I think it’s embarrassing.”
Sadie thinks we should not have school on Halloween. “ We can’t get ready as easily and don’t have as much time” says Sadie.
Ashlee Eves an eighth grade girl also says that is sucks and we can’t stay out late, or sleep in. So most people aren’t happy about Halloween being on a tuesday, because we can’t sleep in or stay out as late! How do you feel about this?
Madison Black, is an amazing girl who can make friends with basically anyone she meets. She can make anyone laugh with just a saying.
She is not one of those girls who can not make friends. She loves to make other people happy mostly her friends.
If Maddy could go anywhere in the world to help people, considering what has been happening lately, she said. “I would go to London because of all the attacks that are going on and I would try to help as much as possible anyway I could.”
Maddy is more classic than trendy because she is extremely unique. She likes to be different. While everyone are plain old cheerios, Maddy is a fruitloop.
If Maddy was stranded on a desert Island and she could only bring two people she would “ I would take my best friend Payton Evans and Zach Herron” who is someone she likes from Why Don’t We.
“ I will always choose bands because I love the band Why Don’t We.” Black explains as she is asked about bands and soloists.
“Two of my biggest inspirations are Why Don’t We because they went from these kids that no one really knew to this band that tickets sell out of in 24 hours. The other big inspiration is my mom. She just allows me to follow my dreams.” Maddy say with her eyes gleaming.
If you ever see Madison Black in the hall don’t be afraid to say “Hi” or give her a high-five. She will gladly do it. If you ever need a friend go to Maddy.
“Change the world, don’t follow everyone else’s style, dent the universe, be a maverick, when people go right go left. Just make people like you for you. You do not need to change the world needs to change.” That is what Madison Black is all about.
Are you looking for a fun class that doesn’t stress you out, and let’s you take a break from notes and homework? A class that you can make new friends in and hang out with people that enjoy doing the same thing as you. A class where you can be relaxed and create cool things. In this class you have to provide your own fabric and thread. The school provides the sewing machines and all the other stuff that you would need.
This year at Springville Junior High we have a sewing class. Sewing class is all about being creative and using your imagination to make cool things. You also have assigned projects to do. In this class you get to sew different things, such as accessory bags, pillowcases, cooking aprons, and many other things. This year there are so many people in sewing they didn’t even have enough seats. Mrs. Bird teaches this class and really enjoys teaching it.
Owen Neilson, a 8th grade boy, took sewing. He said, “I really enjoy sewing and making friends, I took this class because of the new sewing unit that you can take in 9th grade. It’s the sports sewing unit.” He hopes that they will make cool things in that class and that it will be beneficial. Owen also likes sewing just because it’s sewing and Owen likes to do that. Owen also likes all the people in his class and the teacher as well. “Mrs. Bird is a really fun teacher, but can also be strict as well, but Mrs. Bird is a good mix of both.” Owen has been sewing for three years now. He has made a variety of stuff over those three years.
Nick Jackson, an 8th grade boy, also took Mrs. Bird’s sewing class. He really likes this class because you can come up with anything to sew, and you never know how good or how bad that it will come out. “I took sewing because it sounded fun, and I wanted to have that experience of sewing, I didn’t know if it would be a good and fun class or not, but it turns out this is one of my favorite classes.” He really enjoys what they make, and how he makes it.
Sewing is a really fun class, and you can make many cool things. Would you take sewing in 8th or 9th grade?
Football. It’s a sport adored by many U.S. citizens and students who have a team representing their school. Here at SJHS, students love their football team members. Heck, even they think they’re a pretty good team. Talk about high confidence. Some people though, just don’t really care, and not because they’re rude or they hate the sport. Not at all, and like Tracy Segeberg, they just don’t care. Okay, back to the subject. What exactly is this article about? It’s about a few minor changes that can be done to our school with your help, like adding a girl’s football team. But how do some members and students feel about this subject? Well, for Noah Houtz and Daniel Boggess, both members of the 9th grade team, both support it, but aren’t sure how many want to play it. Tracy is all for it “if enough wanna do it.”
“Yeah, so everyone can be involved”,Ricky Balderama said. Such support.
First off, what would happen to SJHS’s reputation if we allowed girls to play football the way our boys do? Well, some think nothing would really happen or it would stay the same, but others have different ideas. Tracy doesn’t know and she really doesn’t care about it. Ricky, on the other hand, believes “lots would watch it because it’d be a first for them.” He’s not wrong. Something out of the ordinary usually does draw a lot of attention.
Now this is where the twist begins, if we can’t get a girls team, what do you think about letting girls join the regular team? Think about it, while you read about what the students have to say.
“I don’t think it’d be very fair for the girls”(Noah Houtz).
“I think it’d be better for separate teams to avoid confusion”(Daniel Boggess).
“Yeah, it’d be something new, but kind of trippy”(Ricky Balderama).
“If they really want to”(Tracy Segeberg).
So, what do you think about it? Girls and boys team or a mixed team? You decide!
Last of all, is this a way to encourage everyone that major sports are for everyone and not just the gender it’s associated with? Let’s look at what our students think. Tracy is still the neutral judge and thinks it’s possible. Ricky agrees and wise Daniel thought of a way to balance things out.
“If we get a girl’s football team, we should definitely get a boy’s volleyball team”(Daniel Boggess).
Seriously, this kid deserves an award. Just clap it out and let that sink in for a moment. Overall, should SJHS get a female football team? If we do, then should we add a team for boys who want to do volleyball?
The kneeling “problem” in the NFL, what about it? For many americans the kneeling in the NFl has caused many differences in how people view the NFL and think about their flag. Many of the NFL players at the end of the 2016-2017 year started kneeling for the flag to show their thoughts on what is happening in the U.S.A. today. At the start of the 2017-2018 year it still continues to be a problem for the NFL. Many believe that this year it is more of a political centered idea instead of an environmental idea.
The whole gist of the NFL kneeling for the flag last year was to show that black lives matter and should be treated fairly like any other person. This year this may still be the case, but some believe it might be in response to the president himself. These theories are yet to be proven true though.
All people that answered the question, “What are your thoughts about kneeling for the NFL”, said that they truly believe it was very disrespectful in general. Nick Jackson, an eighth grader, responded saying, “It is very disrespectful to our flag and to the people who have fought the wars for our freedom.” Taylor Davis,a seventh grader, agreed that it is very disrespectful, because it is not only showing offense to the flag but to the country that our ancestors wanted to make and build up. Mrs. Porter a respected teacher at Springville Junior High proclaimed, “I find that kneeling is very disrespectful. The National Anthem is not political, it is patriotic.”
Emma Cox, an eighth grader at Springville Junior High, said, “I don’t believe that their reaction is at all warranted, because it is a sign of disrespect to our country.” Nick said that he could see where they were coming from, but did not think that it was warranted. Nick said, “They are trying to prove a point to Donald Trump, but that is not a good enough reason to act like that toward our country.” Mrs. Porter professed, “I do not think that it is warranted. They are professional football players, making millions of dollars a year, it is hard to say that they are “oppressed”.” She is saying that the main reason that this got started was because people were saying that they were oppressed so they knelt for the flag and National Anthem.
For majority of people kneeling for the NFL has definitely impacted the way they look at the NFL. For Nick it cuts close to home because he has two grandpas who fought to keep this country free and it has made it so that his family and him look down on the NFL. Taylor Davis said, “This does not affect the way my family looks at the NFL because no one in my family watches the NFL really much.” Emma told us her thoughts had surely changed because she no longer felt normally towards the NFL.
The veterans have been said to burn the season passes for the NFL in response to how the county they have fought to protect is turning on itself. Cox said that she feels that the veterans are angry for the way that their country is being treated. Nick simply replied that he thought that they find it disrespectful and don’t like it. Taylor spouted her thoughts, “They are most likely sad that people are not respecting the country that they fought hard to defend.” Mrs. Porter had another approach on the matter saying, “I think that the Veterans of our country are feeling disrespected because they have fought and risked their lives so people like professional football players can have the opportunity to play.”
While some people kneel some decide not to kneel, and others must respect that if nothing else. While you may not think that this affects anything in your environment you could not be more wrong, for this is teaching kids that kneeling for the National Anthem is an acceptable thing to do. Like Hamlet stated, “To be or not to be, that is the question.” Similar to this to kneel or not to kneel that is the question.
Pornography isn’t really a subject you would expect at school, so it was a really big surprise to the students at SJHS when we had an assembly about it on Monday, October 2nd. The assembly's goal was to inform the students about the harmful effects of using porn. The assembly was to give the students more info on the subject and how we shouldn’t do it. Our students during the assembly seemed to be very calm, intrigued, and pretty willing to participate when the speaker asked. What were the students thoughts on it, though?
“It was very not awkward and it was very informative,” says Jake Follette, a member of the student council. The speaker handled this topic quite nicely. He made the students comfortable about it and gave them the facts they needed. “It was weird, but good that we had it,” states student Amber Haslam.
Students learned a lot about how this is a big issue. How it can become very addicting and effect relationships users have. People who use porn usually prefer the fantasy over reality, which can harm their lives. Also a lot of porn has the woman being abused. Stuff like this makes the user think that actions like this are acceptable in real life. It makes them think that it’s normal and okay to do that.
Our student body learned that porn is a new drug. Using it has so many bad effects that honestly it doesn't’ seem worth it. Jasmine Nico, seventh grader at our school, agrees that porn is ”..bad like any other drug.” Porn can quickly become addicting and makes the user's life harder. Porn really does act like a drug and can harm our brain, heart, and life. “..Your brain takes in stuff and keeps it there. Especially when we’re at this age,” says Jake Folltte.
SJHS students seemed to agree with a lot of what our guest speaker said. Amber Haslam even questioned why some people watch it. The negative after effects outweigh the short lived pleasure you get from watching. It just doesn’t seem worth it in the long shot. “It’s something that we need to need to learn about and to stay away from,” says Cheyenne Young.
Overall the assembly made a pretty positive impact. It’s wonderful that we have this talk since our generation is in more danger of this new drug. Since more of us can have access to it now than any other generation it is very important to stay aware of the dangers.Hopefully SJHS has more assemblies like this to help our students with problems similar to this.
If you or someone you know is struggling with this addiction go to http://fightthenewdrug.org/ for information. It is the same website that the image used came from. Have fun with it and educate yourself fight the new drug campaign.
Mrs. Mower is an amazing teacher at Springville Jr. High School. She teaches math, and there is no one who can teach it like her. She started her math journey last year during the middle of the school year. She loved being a teacher at SJHS so much she decided to do another year of it. The way she treats her students with care and love is different from other teachers. Her lessons and techniques are also different which makes it fun to be in her class.
In Mrs. Mowers free time, she loves to be outdoors. Whether she’s going on a hike, or just walking. When she is not doing that, she loves to play piano and listen to music. You may think that the average girl likes to stroll outside and play the piano, but she also loves football! As you already know, Mrs. Mower is full of talent. But, what you don’t know is she can form a taco with her tongue.
When asked what her most favorite thing about teaching, she said, “My students of course.” Kekoa Akiona a student from Springville Jr. High says whenever he walks in her class, Mrs. Mower greets him at the door with a smile on her face. Also, the blinds on the window are always open and the room is filled with sunshine. During her lessons, sometimes kids will talk or do other things that disrupt her teaching. She patiently fixes the problem though and continues on sharing her knowledge. If students ever laugh at her for something she did, she smiles and laughs along with them. No matter how hard things get or what challenges she goes through, she never gives up. She will explain things one-hundred times or go slowly or fast just for the students to understand.
The happy teacher also goes through some challenges. She finds it most hard when the students don’t participate and when there is lots of work for her to do. Through it all, she is constantly smiling and never raises her voice. She only teaches the eighth grade, so seventh graders if you get her next year you are truly lucky!
Everybody has different talents, and for the students at SJHS, most of ours is music. There’s orchestra, choir, and band. But we should just get to the more awesome one first, band. Of course, I mean, that’s what everyone was thinking, right.
Anyways, Band. With Mr. Booth as our teacher, everybody always has a blast. “Mr. Booth is the best,” as many 8th graders like, Parker Lavin, Ben Tenney, and Jacob Arbon would say, “and he just makes music and learning more fun.”
Pata Kaisa, a new 8th grader to SJHS this year, says that he plays percussion in band, and he likes the way Mr. Booth teaches him. He’s been playing for 2 years and says that Mr. Booth helps him and makes it easier for him to understand and play and that’s why he likes it. He says that the low brass section sounds cool and he wouldn't mind playing in it, and that he’d totally take band next year.
Blaise Toelupe, a 7th grader at SJHS, says the same thing about Mr. Booth. “Even though it’s kinda hard to play the baritone, Mr. Booth doesn’t get mad when we mess up, he just helps us and we get a little better.” Blaise says he wants to take band next year. And although he says he’d rather play the clarinet or saxophone, he’s been getting a feel to the baritone, and he kinda likes it.
Isaiah Carreno, an 8th grader at SJHS, says that last year, he didn’t know that band would be super cool and exciting, but his friends told him about how awesome and great it really was, and after the Christmas concert, he decided to take it this year. So what’d he do? He practiced before and sometimes after school, just so he could be all caught up by the time 8th grade comes around. He said he always felt this calming feeling when he went to Mr. Booth’s and he enjoyed learning and playing.
As mentioned before, people have different talents. Football, singing, basketball, just to name a few. But music is a talent that anyone can master, it’s a kind of talent that brings people together. Maybe stop by Mr. Booth’s room and see what he can do for you, and you could probably be a musician, too.
Have you ever heard of Intramural Tennis? Intramural Tennis is an after school program for people to practice tennis and get better, and are still able to play matches.
Kobri Fausett, an 8th grade girl says that she likes intramural tennis. “It gives us a chance to get better and maybe make the team next year” Kobri is hoping to make the team next year. Kobri plays doubles and singles and likes to play both. During and intramural tennis match they only play to four but kobri wins most of her matches.
Ella Peterson an 8th grade girl also says that she likes playing on this team. She says “ It’s easy and I can beat people, also I like to play tennis.” Ella plays doubles with her partner Jocelyn Hunt.
Kaitlyn keyeser and 8th grade girl says she also loves to play intramural tennis. “I do like to play because it gives me something to do, and it’s fun.” Kaitlyn also plays doubles with her partner Makayla Peterson. “ I like playing doubles because it’s easier and you have someone back behind you incase you mess up.” Says kaitlyn.
Over all the girls on the intramural team like playing. Would you play on the intramural team?
Seventh graders. AKA Sevies, greenies, the newbies, whatever you want to call them are new here at SJHS. Have you ever wondered what they think about our school? Read on to find out.
James Gardner and William Hammond, seventh graders here at SJHS both say, their favorite part about seventh grade are the new classes. Another sevie, Jocelyn Hunt, says her favorite part is, “Meeting new friends.¨ And she enjoys Junior High a lot because we have more options. Will’s favorite class along with Jocelyn and James is PE. He likes it because he gets to, “play sports the whole time.” Ashlyn loves seventh grade and her favorite class is History with Mrs. Porter. She enjoys it because of the teacher and she loves, “learning about history.”
On the other hand, there are some classes they don’t necessarily like. James, Will and Jocelyn all don’t enjoy CTE. Jocelyn and Will say it is because they don't enjoy the content. Ashlyn doesn’t really have a bad class, but the one she enjoys the least is Orchestra because she doesn’t like learning about music theory and stuff like that.
Mr. Dahl, a science teacher here at SJHS, teaches a lot of seventh graders. He says, “I love that 7th graders have so much enthusiasm about life. 7th graders are fun to teach and they get into what we are doing. Plus they are still small so they can't push me around yet.”
Now you know what the seventh graders really think about Junior High.
YouTube? Why YouTube? That’s probably what you are asking yourself. Well Youtube, is something that we all know that we watch.
If you’re thinking “what?! No I do not” Let’s be honest we all do it sometimes. YouTube is some type of therapy for some people.
YouTube is full of people who take their time to make other people happy, smile, and laugh. They are called YouTubers.
They are amazing people. Many people have favorite YouTubers. “ Logan Paul is my favorite YouTuber.” Cache Averett, an 8th grader at SJHS, tells his favorite youtube star.
People believe that YouTubers just do it for the money, but, you see that’s not the case with all of them. Some such as Logan Paul, Paul Rabil, Tyler Oakley, Keegan Acton, Dude Perfect, and Brooklyn and Bailey. These are just a few of them who don’t care about the money. They just want to see their viewers happy.
Paige Ballard, an 8th grader, explained how she found her favorite YouTuber. “My little sister found her one day and she was just telling me everything about her so I looked her up and she was combining two of my favorite things, baking, and nerdy things, like books and movies!’’ Her eyes look as if they laugh as she talks about Rosanna Pansino the chef of nerdy nummies.
Richmond Durfuy, an 8th grader, tells how his sister told him about the amazing one and only Jack’s Films. ‘’He just is really funny and interesting to watch.’’
Cooper Johnson, a 9th grader, has a favorite youtuber who “ does many awesome things because he is a pro Lacrosse Player,” Johnson explains.
YouTubers are just something that we love. Everyone has that something that allows them to relax and for some people it’s Youtube.
Now, we all have something we watch that makes us happy, or teaches us something.
So what’s your spark? Do you have a favorite youtuber? Why?
What are your thoughts about the weather so far? Last week it was pretty cold, and thoughts of many people here at SJHS is shocking. Keep reading, it gets interesting.
When asked, “What is your favorite season and why?” Mrs. Porter, a history teacher here at SJHS, says, “I love fall and winter. I like cold weather clothes and sitting inside, eating food while watching Netflix. I also love snowboarding and snowshoeing.” Sam Watabe, a eighth grader at SJHS, says his favorite season is fall because it’s when hockey starts. Like Sam and Mrs. Porter, Addyson Rowland, a ninth grader, agrees with them. Addy says, “I love the fall because I love the way the leaves change colors, and the cool weather.” However, unlike Sam, Mrs. Porter, and Addy, Colby Silva and Colton Davis, both ninth graders, have a different opinions about their favorite season. Colby says his favorite is spring because it’s not hot or cold. Coltons favorite is summer because “You get to hang out with friends and just chill.”
The weather, as you know, affects all of us. Whether is because of our clothes or because of sports. Addy and Colby both play volleyball, so they said the weather doesn’t really affect their sport, but Colton and Sam both say the weather does affect their sports. Colton play basketball and says it sucks when the weather is bad because he has to go to gyms to play rather than playing outside. However he says, “But it doesn’t suck that bad because at least I have a sport I can play during the winter.” Sam plays hockey and he says, “Although my favorite season is fall because it’s when hockey actually starts, if it is not cold enough we can’t really play.”
Colton, Addy, Sam, Colby, and Mrs. Porter were all asked, “What would you change about the weather?” Sam grinned and his response was, “I would make it more snowy so we could get snowed out of school.” Colby said he’d just make it the stay the same weather all year around, and Addy said, “ I would keep it cold but not too cold and not too much snow, and have it warm up a little bit.”
Now what about you? What would you change? Don’t let these kid’s opinions affect you!
We all know that there are many colleges in the US. From the mostly sunny coasts of California, to the bustling streets of New York City, and of course everything else, there’s just so many options to choose from. It gets kind of hard, right? Well, a few students already have most of their future planned, their future college, future careers, almost everything.
Jack Taylor, an 8th grader at SJHS, says he likes University of Utah, because they have a good engineering program that he’d like to take when, and if, he goes there. It is expensive, so he says he’s working towards a region scholarship, that, supposedly, will pay almost all the tuition for him. Not all the students of SJHS know what their future holds, but this guy has a pretty good idea of what could happen.
Erik Kallaker, another 8th grader at SJHS, says that BYU is a college that he would look at. Not only because it was the only one that came to his mind, but it’s academics and sports programs are very nice and he’d enjoy being close to home. After college, he says he’d like to be an engineer, because fixing things has always had his interest. He’s been fixing and building things for a while now and wouldn't mind it being his career. Although, if he can’t get that kind of job, he says he wouldn't mind staying at home with the kids.
Jared Hernandez, an 8th grade boy that goes to SJHS, says that BYU is also a good idea. Their music program is what he’s leaning towards, after all, he does play a few instruments, like the guitar and the clarinet, so you can kind of see why. He says it has some good academics, but he’s still looking at the music part of BYU. After college, of course, he says he’d like to be a musician. He says that he is one of the only people in his family that can play a musical instrument, and it’s kind of special to him. He says, sometimes, he can just play guitar to feel better, when he’s not feeling good.
Looks like BYU is a favorite option for these students at SJHS, but who knows what’ll happen when graduation is right around the corner. People change and times change, too. So, do you think you’ll be going to the college you want now? Or will it be totally different in the future?
There aren’t that many drinking fountains at our school. This causes issues with our student body. Many students have to walk to a different hall to get one miserable drink of water. Getting a tardy just for getting a drink is kinda ridiculous. A student shouldn’t have to worry about being late to a class just because they wanted to quench their thirst.
“I think it would be a great idea, it could probably help students be less tardy to classes since it’s closer,” says Jesus Hernandez. “...could probably save a couple tardies at least and less amount of tardies is always a good thing.” Jesus’s statements sum up perfectly the benefits of having more drinking fountains. Students would be less tardy to their classes that aren’t near drinking fountains and less tardies would benefit both students and teachers.
“That would be nice...wouldn’t have to walk to certain locations to get a drink,” states Landon Archer. Both he and Jesus seem to think that more drinking fountains would help SJHS’s students. Water is very important and students should have the chance to get a drink during the breaks. Landon adds to his statement by saying more drinking fountains would mean that students would not have to wait as long for others to finish up. They could easily just walk to another one. The lines for drinking fountains would go down. Which means less people in one single hallway.
Though the drinking fountains wish may not come true very soon. “It would probably be around the middle of all the things we need,” says Lilliana Killpack. It’s definitely something we want, but it’s not the most important right now. We have a lot of other things that need attention right now, drinking fountains isn’t one of them right now sadly. We hope see this come a reality, but until then we’ll make due with what we can.
One of the most beloved holidays is coming around the corner for us to celebrate. It allows many people to just let loose and enjoy the creepy atmosphere with a bit of sweetness. If you instantly thought of Halloween, you’re obviously right. There’s also one more that’s just as appreciated. It may land in the coldest of times, but warmth can be found and even felt with it’s alive and cheerful aura. That happens to be Christmas. But what does SJHS have to do with either of these? Well, on Halloween, a day before or after, everyone can come dressed up. When it’s near Christmas, we throw a big winter or Christmas themed dance. It’s nice, but how exactly do our students feel about it, and what do they think about… a different kind of dance? Now before we dive into the snow or leaf pile of details, let’s listen to what us teens prefer.
First off, Halloween is an amazing holiday. It’s alive with a deathly amount of demonic clowning around and bewitching costumes, which is what a lot of students adore! Between Christmas and Halloween, seven out of nine teens chose “the Devil’s birthday”. What did they say about it? Angela Lopez loves Halloween because you can actually be yourself, your creepy self. Corrin Jensen loves it because you can “dress however you want” and nobody can judge. Frida Gomez loves the fact that you can dress up in something out of the ordinary, while Victor Rivas prefers Halloween because “you can hide yourself”. Whether it’s under a mask or just face paint showing your creepy side, you’re hidden from the boring common side of society. For Chance, he adores this holiday because nobody can stop him from dressing up in a dinosaur onesie. Somebody give this man an award! Here is where the opinions change. Two out of the seven who chose Halloween have completely different reasons to love it. Always remember Jaxen Pugh’s wise words,” I love Halloween because you can scare the crap out of people in many different ways”. Halloween is favored by Jennifer because “there’s no religion” really involved in this holiday. For her at least. The last two out of the nine kids asked were Tracy Segeberg and Ricky Balderama. Tracy just can’t choose one.
“Both, both are freaking awesome!” she said enthusiastically.
“I like Christmas more because you can spend time with family. With Halloween, you can actually come down with something because of all that sugar”. Ricky stated. It’s good to know that he’s cautious about health and that he actually thinks about spending quality time with others.
Next up, we have their opinions on keeping the Christmas dance or replacing it with a Halloween one. Victor just doesn’t care and thinks neither should really occur. Jaxen, was the only one who said we should keep the Christmas dance. The rest is pretty obvious. Everyone else liked the idea of having a Halloween themed dance. Even if Victor didn’t care for the idea of having a dance representing these two holidays, he threw his opinion on the price,“$2, $1.50, $0.99”. Jaxen had a different idea on it. Sort of a deal. He thought of having it cost $10, but with food and a drink provided. Usually, the dance is less if we bring our student ID, but it still seems like a lot, so the majority of students agreed to having it cost $2 or even free with your ID and twice as much without it. There’s still one thing to know what SJHS students have to say about dances, and that happens to be music. Tracy is hoping for better music. To her, it doesn’t matter what genre it is, as long as it’s better than the kind we play, then she’s all for it. Angela, Chance, Victor, and Jaxen all would like some form of rock or alternative music. Corrin thinks all kinds should be played, Jennifer crosses her fingers and wishes nobody will request “Let it Go” or cheesy music in general. Ricky doesn’t care, but he’d like to have “Thriller” played.
Third of all, if some people want to keep the winter dance while others want Halloween, Tim Burton’s classic claymation movie, The Nightmare Before Christmas, bursts in through one of those magic doors to save arguments from arising. When this idea was suggested, everyone immediately supported it. They’ve all seen the movie and loved it, so when a dance with this theme was brought up, they all had “a skeleton grin”(Jack Skellington). Although it was confusing to Jennifer, her reasons made sense. “I just think it’d be kinda confusing if you have people in costumes when others are dressed formally”,She explained. But in the end, she suggested the attire should be costumes because “costumes are easier because you have others who will stress over what to wear in order to look nice, some even come like they’re going to prom.” Tracy thinks you should wear whatever along with Angela, Chance, and Corrin.
To wrap things up and put it in a coffin, a Nightmare Before Christmas dance would be nice to have rather than just a winter dance. Overall, do you think this is a good change to school events? Instead of green elf tuxedos and crimson skirts with a fur trim, we can have ghosts in the snow by our side.