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October Student of the Month

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 1:31pm
Attributions: Story and photo by Tyler Lewis.

Sophomore Madeline Palmer’s favorite quote is, “Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny.” –C.S. Lewis. In five years, she sees herself in college and after already serving a mission. She thinks it is very important to have a plan, but also to go with the flow of life and be willing to adjust our plans based on what happens to us.

Madeline likes to read, swim, play the piano, hang out with friends, go on adventures, cycle, rock climb, cook, bake, and eat yummy food. One thing that sets Madeline apart is her tenacity and determination. She keeps working, even when it gets really hard and seems impossible. Her tenacity constantly pushes her to do and be the best she can possibly be. She feels like that has helped her succeed and push through things that Madeline thought she would never be able to.

In her own words, Madeline explains the funniest thing that happened to her, “When I was 7, our family was visiting the Getty museum in Los Angeles, California. At that point in my life, I found artwork and museums very mundane. Naturally, I was very bored and I endured hours of my older brothers and parents slowly enjoying the art. Finally, I decided to actually look at the art. I was looking at an exhibit in the middle of the room and being an inquisitive 7 year old; I leaned over to get a little better view of the art. Suddenly the blaring alarm went off in the building. To my horror, the guards cam running towards me, thinking I actually had intentions of stealing something. I was scared to death and thought they were going to throw me in jail. Now, when we are in museums, we joke around about how we should all be careful not to touch anything or we might accidentally set off the alarm.”

English is Madeline’s favorite subject in school because she feels like she can truly express herself when she writes. Writing helps her to convey her thoughts and opinions in a way that would be hard to express verbally. She also loves English because of reading. Reading transports her to places, experiences, and feelings she has never experienced before.

If Madeline could meet anyone in history, she would like to talk to Anne Frank because Anne Frank never ceases to amaze her. Madeline would ask her about how she continued to be positive when so many awful things were going on around her.

Sophomore Matthew Stone’s favorite quote is, “The world is not a wish granting factory.” –The Fault in our Stars. In five years, Matthew sees himself going to college working on getting my medical degree.

Matthew’s hobbies are hanging out with friends, actually doing things, and being proactive. He can’t choose just one subject in school to be his favorite because they’re all equal to him.

If he could meet anyone in history, Matthew would like to meet the Chief of the Aztec Empire. He would want to know what life was like for them, how they lived, and what they believed in. 

Junior Kyra Scott’s favorite quote is, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” –Mahatma Gandhi. In five years, Kyra sees herself in college and possibly playing college basketball. She wants to be moved out and living in her own apartment with roommates. She would like to get a good job, possibly at a bank.

Kyra likes to play basketball and cook. She also likes to sing and sew. Her favorite subject in school is history because you get to learn about the way things used to be and why they did things the way they did.

What makes Kyra different is that she is a very independent person. She takes pride in doing things for herself, and she loves to help other people

Kyra said the funniest thing that happened to her was, “one time I went to a smoothie place called Jamba Juice and when I came out to get in my moms car, I got into someone else’s car and a guy was sitting in the drivers seat.”

If she could talk with anyone in history, she would love to talk with Abraham Lincoln. She would ask him how he became so successful, and how can she change things in her life to become successful.

Junior Daniel Tolley’s favorite quote is, “If the doors of perception were cleansed everything would appear to man as it is, infinite.” – William Blake. Daniel’s favorite subject in school is math. It always comes naturally to him, makes sense, and there is always a definite answer. 

Daniel’s hobbies include reading, swimming, skiing, ballroom dancing, and having intellectual debates with intelligent people. Something interesting about him is that he enjoys teaching math and science to his peers.

Daniel would like to meet Isaac Asimor and ask, “How did you come up with your ideas in science fiction?”

Senior Caitlyn Phelps’ favorite quote is, “Think positive, be positive, and positive things will happen.” She likes being happy, and she always has a better day when she has a good attitude. In five years, Catilyn sees herself finishing up college, figuring out a career, and maybe getting married and starting a family. Her favorite subject in school is English because she always understands it, and it comes easily to her.

Caitlyn’s hobbies include track, cross-country, piano, and spending time with her family and friends. The funnies thing that ever happened to her was at a track meet. She said, “You would’ve had to be there, but at one of my track meets one of my friends from another team gave me some Gatorade chews. They pretty much made me crazy.”

Something that sets her apart is that she constantly laughs. She also constantly looks for a way to personally excel at what she does.

Caitlyn would want to have a conversation with Anne Frank. She would ask Anne to personally tell Caitlyn her story.

Senior Reagan Thompson’s favorite quote is, “Only you can decide what kind of person you will be.” It’s his favorite quote because it says that people decide everything for themselves. Reagan sees himself in five years working as a deputy sheriff because that is his goal.

Reagan’s hobbies include reading, driving, and developing new skills. According to him, “some things that set me apart other than the way I dress, I would say it’s my unique personality.” His favorite class is law enforcement because it’s his dream to become a police officer, and he thinks that class is wonderful.

The funniest thing that happened to Reagan was walking into Krispy Kreme and it was filled with police officers.

If Reagan could talk with anyone in history, he would talk with Ronald Reagan. He would ask how he managed to become one of the greatest leaders in history.

Monday Parent E-mail -- Oct 27, 2014

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 9:43am

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Monday Parent E-mail -- Oct 20, 2014

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 11:24am

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MMHS Counseling Newsletter for Oct, 2014

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 2:11pm

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Monday Parent E-mail -- Oct 13, 2014

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 1:54pm

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Shakespeare Team Winners

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 11:59am
Attributions: Story by Laura Taylor.

The MMHS Shakespeare ensemble scene won first place in our division out of 20 schools at the Utah Shakespeare Festival competition this last weekend, which is one of the biggest divisions in the entire competition. Senior Derek Maxfield also won the Larry Lott acting award, which is the award given to the most outstanding actor in an ensemble scene. Some of these scenes have upwards of 50 students in them so this is a big honor, and it came with a $1000 scholarship! 

We also had students compete in individual events (short scenes and monologues), and we are so proud of their work, as well! Many received all 'Superior' ratings, which is the highest possible. We have such amazing students.  

Josh Jensen
Derek Maxfield
Zac Thorn
Emma Garlitz
Fatima Reedy
Katrina Cole
Veronica Tita
Hannah Ballard
Chloe Henry
Ondine Morgan
Makenzie Facer
Shay Swenson
Caitlyn Nixon
Cassie Smith

MMHS Marching Band Places 1st

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 11:54am
Attributions: Story by Chris Wilson.

Our very own Maple Mountain High School Marching Band competed on Saturday, October 11th at the BYU Rocky Mountain Invitational at Lavell Edwards Stadium in Provo. MMHS competed in the 2A division (bands of 46-59 members) against bands from across the state.

Our show this year is "Spy vs. Spy," featuring themes from "James Bond," "The Pink Panther," "The Bourne Identity," and "Mission Impossible," and all of the students played and marched at their highest level this year. For their awesome performance, they received awards for Outstanding Percussion, Outstanding Visual Performance, and the 1st Place trophy. Way to go, Eagles!

Boy's Golf State Champs

Fri, 10/10/2014 - 2:57pm
Attributions: Photo by Amanda Poulter. Story by David Boyack.

Congratulations to the Boy's Golf Team! On Tuesday, October 7 at Riverbend Golf Club in Riverton, our team came from 12 shots down after the first day to win by 4 strokes over Timpview and Bonneville. Kai Ruiz was the overall medalist shooting 5 under par the first day and six under par the 2nd.

Utah College Application Week

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 3:04pm
Attributions: Story by Lana Hiskey.

Nebo high schools and the Utah System of Higher Education is coordinating an expansion of Utah College Application Week on November 10 - 21, which gives every high school senior in participating schools the opportunity to apply to college during the school day. For more information, please check the website

Prep of the Week - Christy Wilkinson

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 2:36pm
Attributions: Story by Dave Boyack. Photo by Tyler Lewis.

Cross Country runner Christy Wilkinson has been named this week's "Prep Athlete of the Week." Christy was selected because of her outstanding and consistent performances as a varsity runner on the girl's cross country team. Christy's team is one of the favorites for honors at region and state in the next several weeks. Congratulations Christy and good luck to you and the team!

Monday Parent E-mail -- Oct 6, 2014

Mon, 10/06/2014 - 9:16am

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Prep of the Week - Haley Andrew & Cassie Knapp

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 2:05pm
Attributions: Story by Dave Boyack. Photos by Tyler Lewis.

Congratulations to Haley Andrew and Cassie Knapp for being chosen as this week's MMHS Prep Athletes of the Week! They are the Varsity 1st Doubles and have gone undefeated through the season winning some tough matches against Timpview and Springville. Their strengths compliment each other as Haley has great groundstrokes and overheads while Cassie's serves and backhand volleys are the best in the Region. These teammates are great friends and add so much to the MMHS Tennis Team. They are also both Academic All-Region recipients.

Monday Parent E-mail -- Sept 29, 2014

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 12:35pm

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September Students of the Month

Fri, 09/26/2014 - 3:25pm

Sophomore Kelsy Flander’s favorite quote is, “Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.” –Albus Dumbledore.

This helps her remember that things could always be worse, and that there are positive things all around her. In five years, she hopes to be coming home from an L.D.S. mission and going into college.

Kelsy enjoys reading, writing, singing, playing the flute, and piano. Her favorite subject in school is Ancient Civilizations because she finds them interesting and compelling.

If Kelsy could meet anyone in history, she would like to talk with Rosa Parks and ask her what truly made her want to stand up for her rights.

Sophomore Jake Blonquist’s favorite quote is, “The only thing worse than being blind is having sight, but no vision.” – Helen Keller. This quote is a favorite because it tells him that the only thing worse than not having the potential, is having it and not applying it. He thinks that this is what causes failure and lack of reason to move on. In five years, Jake wants to be at BYU, preferably on a full ride scholarship.

Jake’s enjoys piano, choir, cross-country, triathlons and snowboarding. His favorite subject in school is math because once it clicks he finds it fun.

One funny experience for Jake was when he missed a kiss during rehearsal. He says, “Keep your eyes open until you make contact! But that wasn’t funny at the time. “ 

If he could meet anyone in history, Jake would meet Joseph Smith. Jake would ask him if he ever considered giving up by denying what he knew.

Junior Kathryn Gill’s favorite quote is, “The circumstances we ask God to change, are often the circumstances God is using to change us.” –Max Lucado. She likes this quote because when she is having a tough time, she thinks about this and tries to learn from the experience. In five years, Kathryn sees herself finishing college and beginning her career. Maybe she’ll be married and starting a family. She wants to live life to the fullest and enjoy whatever comes.

Kathryn loves to read. Her favorite author is Brandon Sanderson. She also likes to do crafts, sew, and play the piano and violin. Her favorite subject in school is anything that encourages creativity. She likes tech theater because they get to build the scenery and design the lights and sets for the plays. She likes orchestra because they get together and create amazing music.

Something interesting that Kathryn has done was when she was up on the auditorium’s catwalk and threw stuff off for “Annie Get Your Gun.” She also does a lot of the lighting for plays and assemblies. 

A funny experienced that happened to Kathryn was when she “was sitting on my couch by a tall lamp. I felt something fall into my hair; I ran my hand over my head to see if anything had. I didn’t feel anything. A minute or two later I felt something crawl down my neck. I brushed it off, but it was a BEETLE! A big one! I freaked out. After a minute I thought, ‘Why am I freaking out? It’s just a bug!’ After that I calmed down really quick.”

If she could talk with anyone in history, she would love to talk with Wilford Heath Hudson. He was one of the men at Sutter’s Mill that started the gold rush. 

Junior Benjamin Gleason’s favorite quote is, “When I do good I feel good. When I do bad I feel bad. That is my religion.” –Abraham Lincoln. He likes this quote because he thinks it is true. Benjamin’s favorite subject in school is choir because he feels he can express who he truly is. 

Benjamin’s hobbies include singing, acting, and playing piano. Something interesting about him is that he feels he always has a good attitude and is always happy.

Benjamin would like to meet William Shakespeare, and he would ask him where and how he got his ideas.

Senior Sydney Jensen’s favorite quote is, “Don’t let the best you have done be the best you can be in life.” In five years, Sydney wants to be half way through her masters degree in college, working in her career field, still able to continue my hobbies, and most of all, she wants to be happy.

Her favorite subject in school is psychology. She finds the mind so interesting, and she wants to go into the medical field for her profession. So she would love to combine her two passions.

Sydney’s hobbies are dance (drill team), reading, drawing, going camping, going to football games, soccer, softball, four-wheeling, cosmetology, hanging out with friends, movies, and photography. 

The funniest thing that ever happened to Sydney would be when the drill captain was on her back, and she stood up causing the captain to fall back off of her.  Everyone stopped talking and froze. The whole drill team said she almost killed the captain! 

Something that sets her apart is that she tries to be passionate in everything that she does. Sydney says that she is very driven and doesn’t give up on anything without a fight.

Sydney would want to have a conversation with Pocahontas and ask her about her life and all of her experiences.

Senior Matthew Searcy’s favorite quote is, “Never, Never, Never Give Up.” It is his favorite because it embodies all that he hopes to be able to obtain, which is a determination to do anything. Matthew sees himself in five years as a junior in college with a wife and studying something that he loves.

Matthew’s hobbies are hiking, playing piano, reading, rock climbing, and rappelling. Some things that set him apart is that he loves to jam out to music while reading and doing homework. His favorite subject is AP Physics because Mr. Miller’s lessons make his brain explode.

The funniest thing that happened to Matthew was when he was looking at a funny picture of his friend on a shelf, and as he was holding the shelf to look, he broke the shelf and the head off of an angel statue.

If Matthew could talk with anyone, he would talk with Brian Regan and ask him for a joke he’s never told anyone else.

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Drumline Won 1st at the Utah High Sschool Drumline Throwdown

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 2:43pm
Attributions: Story by Chris Wilson.

The competition consisted of prelims during the day and finals in the evening at the WSU Wildcat Stadium. Drumlines from around the state prepared two different cadences (short musical segments for drumline performances) to present to the audience, complete with visuals (to "work the crowd"). After the three finalists each performed their cadences, a panel of professional music educators and percussionists crowned Maple Mountain's drumline the winner!

Welding Team Takes 4th in Nation

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 2:56pm
Attributions: Story by Jared Massic.

Our MMHS Welding Fabrication Team went to the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference over the summer to represent our state for the second year in a row. The team consisted of Josh Jensen, Michael Swanson, and Chandler Schramm. They traveled to Kansas City, MO to face off against the top 35 fabrication teams in the country. The boys executed well and took 4th place! If you see these young men, congratulate them on a job well done.