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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?
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.
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.
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/