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Monday Parent E-mail -- Apr 21, 2014

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 3:33pm

Welding Fix It Saturday

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 10:18am
Attributions: Story by Jared Massic.

Maple Mountain High School Welding Class needs your help to send its Welding Fabrication Team back to Kansas City, MO for the National Competition, AGAIN!. At the end of March, our team of three boys won the Gold Medal at the state level For the second year in a row! The team has been invited back to compete among the top teams in the country.  In hopes to help with this cost we would like to invite you to sign up and bring in anything you need to have repaired or re-welded.  If you provide the material to fix your project, we will weld it back together for you. In return, we ask that you please donate money when your project is completed to help these boys make it back to Kansas City. Last year we had a great turn out and helped a ton of people fix many different projects. The 2nd annual MMHS Welding Fix It Saturday will be held May 3rd from 8am to 4pm. We ask that you please be generous in your donations, but the amount donated will be up to you.

To set up a time or discuss your project needs, please contact MMHS welding instructor, Jared Massic at: or call him at 801 794 6740.

Monday Parent E-mail -- Apr 14, 2014

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 2:59pm

MMHS Takes 2nd Place at State Science Olympiad!

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 2:23pm
Attributions: Story by Kyle Miller.

Building on last year's excellent results, the MMHS Science Olympiad team proved themselves yet again with an impressive 2nd place performance at the University of Utah state competition. MMHS competed alongside 30 other high school from all across the state, getting edged out by only 8 points to the Utah County Science Club magnet school. Of the 25 different events, ranging from anatomy and entomology to astronomy and maglev, the Golden Eagles took home medals in half of their events. Congratulations team! You have brought some serious honor to our school!

The individual winners included:
Rachel Bybee and Tanner Henry for 1st place in Anatomy and Physiology
Rachel Bybee and Rebecca Bair for 1st place in Designer Genes
Rachel Bybee and Tanner Henry for 3rd place in Disease Detectives
John Baadsgaard and Tyler Mortensen for 1st place in Entomology
Sam Dallon for 1st place in Astronomy
Sam Dallon for 2nd place in Dynamic Planet
John Baadsgaard and Anya Nielson for 1st place in Rocks and Minerals
Sam Dallon and Tyler Mortensen for 2nd place in Materials Science
Robert Nay and Rebecca Bair for 3rd place in Forensics
Robert Nay and Scott Griffin for 1st place in Maglev
John Baadsgaard and Jon Smith for 3rd place in Boomilever
John Baadsgaard for 3rd place in Geologic Mapping

Maple Mountain Drill Team Selected For 2014-15

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 2:17pm
Attributions: Story by Molly Brenchley.

Try outs for the Maple Mountain High School Ellevés Drill Team were held on March 31 – April 3, 2014. Thirty two girls tried out with twenty four girls making the final cut. The girls were taught a short military/kick routine and a dance routine which they performed for the judges. They also showed their technique skills in some across the floor combinations.

The new team is very excited to begin! They will have their first performance on Friday, May 2, 2014. They will perform in the 2013-14 MMHS Ellevé Showcase. They are also looking forward to performing at Basic Dance Training camp in June and local parades in July.

Watch for details this summer as the girls will host their sixth annual MMHS Drill Team Golf Classic. The tournament is tentatively set to be held on August 16th at the Spanish Oaks Golf Course.

Dance Company Festival and Adjudication

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 2:10pm
Attributions: Story by Karla Palfreyman.

Congratulations to the Dance Company for receiving SUPERIOR ratings at the Dance Company Festival and Adjudication (DCFA) last week. Whitney Johns, Elise Barney, Anna Tanner, McCall Moon, Faith Taylor, and Madie Crandall all received superior scores for their choreography. A very special congrats for Elise Barney. Her piece entitled "Ties That Bind" received the judges choice award for the evening.

Business Ethics Competition

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 12:05pm
Attributions: Story by Thomas Heinz.

Congratulations to Rebekkah Hart, Duncan Beutler, and Thomas Heinz for winning the Business Ethics Competition hosted by BYU’s Accounting Program, in the Marriot School of Management on March 29th. Against 9 other schools, they were given one hour to examine a real ethics dilemma, decide on a position, prepare a presentation, and then give their presentation to a panel of judges which consisted of students and professors. After advancing past the preliminaries, they were one of three teams in the finals; eventually beating Orem and Lone Peak in the finals to win first place and $300. 


Student Welders Take 1st at State

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 2:03pm


Chandler Schramm, Josh Jensen, and Mike Swanson won first place in welding fabrication at the SkillsUSA State Competition! They will go to Kansas City to compete in the national competition this summer. This is the second year in a row the welding program has won first place, which shows how hard the students work and how good the welding program is at Maple Mountain.


Monday Parent E-mail -- Mar 31, 2014

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 11:39am

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FCCLA Competes at State

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 8:52am
Attributions: Story by Mindy Johnson.
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We would like to congratulate the Family Career Community Leaders of America chapter at MMHS for their great achievements at state last week. Micah Hilton, who competed in Recycle Redesign, received a silver medal. Janna Allred as well as Sabrina Wasden competed in Fashion Construction and both received silver medals. Courtney Eckhardt competed in job interview and received silver. Becca Bair competed in life event planning and received a gold. Ashley Chidester and Shalese Black, who competed in life event planning, received gold and placed 1st in State! All of these students did an excellent job and represented Maple Mountain very well. We also wish Ashley and Shalese good luck as they go to nationals in San Antonio, Texas this summer!

Dance Company in Concert

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 10:16am
Attributions: Story by Karla Palfreyman.

The MMHS Dance Company will present its 5th annual spring concert entitled "Dance Company in Concert" on Thursday andFriday evenings starting at 7:00pm, April 3 and 4th in the MMHS Auditorium.  Original works by MMDC members will be presented along with performances by the MMHS Dance Sterling Scholar, Dance 2 class, and the Social Dance 2 class.  Please come out and support MMHS Fine Arts.

The Dance Company will also represent MMHS at the Dance Company Festival and Adjudication on April 2nd at 7:00 pm as they perform in the gala at the Covey Center for the Arts in Provo.

March Students of the Month

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 3:30pm
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Sophomore Mekinzie Meeks’s favorite quote is, “The Lord is in the details of our lives.” – President Thomas S Monson. This is one of her favorite quotes because she has seen it in her life, and she is grateful that her Heavenly Father and Jesus give her those tender mercies. In five years, she sees herself returned from serving a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, attending a university working towards a degree in English, and quite possibly engaged. 

A few of Mekinzie’s hobbies are playing the piano, reading, writing in her journal, family history/indexing, and learning in general. She also enjoys watching musicals and plays. Her favorite subject in school is English. The reason she likes English is because written words are fun, and she finds writing and reading therapeutic.

About what sets her apart from others, Mekinzie says, “There’s the straight forward things like my name is spelled different, and I stick “u”s in words (i.e. favourite, colour, honour). There are also the less obvious items like I have a strong sense of integrity, dedication, and responsibility, as well as gratitude. Also, I love to transpose major songs to minor and vice versa.” 

Sophomore Clint Davis’ favorite quote is, “Leave no doubt” He likes this because it reminds him that hard work pays off and people will notice if you work hard. In five years, Clint sees himself going to college and living the college life.

Clint’s hobbies are football, track, basketball, weight lifting, camping, hunting, riding horses and working on his bronco. His favorite subject in school is math because it makes sense and comes easy to him.

What sets Clint apart from everyone else is his attitude and drive to become better. The funniest thing that happened to him was when he was in 1st grade. He went to his uncle’s house with his mom. Clint’s uncle was on the K-9 unit with the Utah County Sheriff’s Department. While he was there, his dog got out of his kennel and attacked him. It tore his leg up pretty bad but he says he has an awesome scar now.

If he could meet anyone in history, Clint would talk with Teddy Roosevelt and ask, “What was your greatest contribution to society before, during and after being president?”

Junior Karli Well’s favorite quote is, “A miracle is often the willingness to see the common in an uncommon way.” In five years, she sees herself in a theater doing tech for a show. Karli likes to do tech for shows and read.

If she could talk with anyone in history, she would love to talk with her 9th great grandma to ask about how she stayed strong amidst trails in her life and how she could always make someone smile.

Junior Jared Wall’s favorite quote is, “I’m coloring” – Jared Wall. He likes it because he uses it everyday. In five years, Jared sees himself 3 years into college, training to be a tech director for live theater, and a returned missionary. His favorite class is Tech because Mr. Moss is a fantastic genius. 

Jared’s hobbies include ultimate Frisbee, tech, reading, and laughing. The funniest thing that happened to him was discovering the tech bible online. Something interesting about him is that he is color blind, LDS, and, in his own words, “super awesome.”

He would like to meet Brodie Smith, if he would coach him in ultimate Frisbee.

Senior Misty Packer’s favorite quote is, “To see the world, things dangerous to come to, to behind walls, draw closer, to find each other, and to feel. That is the purpose of life.” This was from the movie The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and after watching it, she just wants to go out and live. In five years, Misty sees herself graduated from the U of U and moving to a brand new city outside of Utah to start a new job in the publishing industry that is a stable company.

Misty’s hobbies include writing, reading, taking pictures, watching “Once Upon a Time” and movies. She loves movies. The funnies thing that happened to her was last year when a hypnotist came to the school and managed to hypnotize a boy into professing his undying love to her, and she barely know the boy.  Her favorite class is AP Lit because it’s a class that reminds her that she needs to work hard and use her brain.

One thing that separates Misty from everyone else is that she wants to go after her dreams with a fierce determination. She says, “I won’t let fear stop me because my mom told me that if my dreams don’t scare me, they aren’t big enough. I let that drive me.”

Misty would want to have a conversation with Ronald Regan and ask him if he knew any good jokes.

Senior Nathan Hurst’s favorite quote is, “Life’s hard. It’s harder when you’re stupid.” ­–John Wayne. Nathan sees himself in five years going to college at BYU, working on a degree in percussion performance or commercial music. His favorite subject is music because he wants to do music as a career. He thinks it is the most creative and emotional subject in school. He loves how there are so many possibilities in music.

Nathan enjoys composing, playing drums and watching movies. One thing that sets him apart is that he has fun watching other people perform music. He can enjoy almost any style of music, including Latin.

The funniest thing that happened to Nathan was when he was playing drums at the all-state jazz band rehearsal. The director, Terrell Stafford, asked him what the ride cymbal would sound better with. Without thinking, he responded with “a good drummer?!”

If Nathan could talk with anyone in history, he would ask Stravinsky what gave him different ideas in his compositions. He likes his composing style, and Nathan thinks that it is very unique.

Prep of the Week - Bryson Van Tassell

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 12:14pm
Attributions: Story by David Boyack. Photo by Tyler Lewis.

Bryson Van Tassell has been selected as this week's "Prep of the Week" for Maple Mountain High School. Bryson has been a big reason why the Golden Eagle baseball team is off to a great start. His bat and glove helped the team to recently win back-to-back team championships at Deseret Hills and Snow Canyon Invitational Baseball Tournaments in St. George. Congratulations Bryson and good luck to you and the team the rest of the year!

Monday Parent E-mail -- Mar 24, 2014

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 9:57am

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Eaglebots Take Second Place

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 1:57pm
Attributions: Story by Kari Nay.

On March 15, 2014 the Maple Mountain High School "Eaglebots" soared into second place at the FIRST Robotics Regional! They and the other two teams on their alliance came close to qualifying for nationals. There were 48 teams competing at this event including teams from nine U.S. states and one team from Canada.

Monday Parent E-mail -- Mar 17, 2014

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 10:24am

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DECA Club at State

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 2:15pm
Attributions: Story by Alan Marvin.
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MMHS DECA club competed in the 2014 state competition. Some of the team members placed in state. They are as follow: Curtis Blair placed 11th in state, Brayden Jackman and Duncan Beutler placed 9th in state, and Bethany Irwin and Chandler Schramm placed 5th in state.

Mr. Marvin would like to thank all those who participated in the DECA club to make it a great year, especially the seniors: Brayden Jackman, Curtis Blair, Scott Johnson, Gustav Kriel, Anthony Carter, and Jonah Thayne.

MMHS Ellevés Travel to New York City

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 2:20pm
Attributions: Story by Molley Brenchley.
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The Maple Mountain High School Ellevés had the opportunity to travel to New York City, New York on February 28 – March 3, 2014.  The Ellevés were able to do a lot of different things in the short amount of time that they were there. 

When they first arrived, they traveled to Battery Park to board a ferry to visit the Statue of Liberty.  They were also able to see Ellis Island from their ferry.  Ellis Island had received some damage from Hurricane Sandy, so some of the areas that were previously open to tours are now closed.  After they arrived back to Battery Park, they visited the 9/11 Memorial.  Even though the museum is not open yet, it was very humbling to visit the site and walk on the grounds. 

The next day, the Ellevés toured the city, seeing much of upper Manhattan.  Some of the things they were able to see included Central Park, the LDS Temple, the Lincoln Center, St. John the Divine Cathedral, and the Morris-Jumel Mansion.   Later that afternoon, the team took classes at the Broadway Dance Center.  Then that evening they went to the Broadway musical, “Newsies”.  Probably one of the highlights of the trip was seeing this show and also meeting some of the cast afterwards. 

Day three of the trip began with a backstage tour of Radio City Music Hall and the Ellevés were able to meet with a member of the world famous “Radio City Rockettes”.  Next, the Ellevés went to the “Top of the Rock”, which is an observation deck on the 70th floor of the GE Building in Rockefeller Center, one of the most popular Manhattan landmarks.   The afternoon was spent exploring Fifth Avenue shops, Times Square, Chinatown, and other popular New York City attractions.

Day four began with an early morning walk to Pearl Studios where the Ellevés met for a Disney workshop where they learned choreography from the musical “Newsies”.  The team had to sing and dance, which ended up making for a very fun workshop, especially since the team had seen the musical and the movement they were learning was movement they had seen in the show.

After the Disney workshop, the team walked to the Broadway Dance Center to take one more class before heading to the airport to travel back home.

All 23 members of the team went on the trip along with 15 chaperones.  It was an amazing trip and the team made a lot of memories that will last a lifetime.  The Ellevés would like to thank all those involved in making this trip possible.  It was an experience they will not soon forget.

Monday Parent E-mail -- Mar 10, 2014

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 12:32pm

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February Students of the Month

Mon, 03/03/2014 - 12:18pm

MMHS is proud to announce the February students of the month!

Sophomore Savannah Nelson’s favorite quote is, “You have to be willing to get happy about nothing.” Andy Warhol.  She loves this quote because it helps her to remember that life is much more enjoyable if you have a positive attitude. In five years, she sees myself going to college, preferably Georgetown University, and becoming a social worker.

A few of Savannha’s hobbies are running, writing, reading, playing piano, and hanging out with friends. Her favorite subject in school is English because she loves to write, read, and learn about literature.  She also loves German because learning a new language is exciting. A few things that sets Savannah apart is the she has red hair, she tries to get as much positive energy as she can to make herself and others happy, and she’s a morning person.

If Savannah could meet anyone in history, she would like to talk with Eleanor Roosevelt and talk with her about her life, her trials, and ask her for advice or life lessons.

Sophomore Kent Dominguez’s favorite quote is, “Who’s the more foolish, the fool or the fool who follows him?” - Obi-Wan Kenobi.  He likes this quote because it is funny and from one of his favorite movies. In five years, Kent sees himself writing novels for a profession.

Kent’s hobbies are playing video games and playing percussion instruments. His favorite subject in school is percussion ensemble because its fun to create music.

If he could meet anyone in history, Kent would meet Albert Einstein, and he would ask him about how he made his discoveries.

Junior Bethany Irwin’s favorite quote is, “You must be the change you want to see in the world.” – Mahatma Gandhi. This quote is her favorite because she believes that everyone possesses so much good. If you want to see change in this world, you must be the catalyst. Not a single thing can stop you from making a difference. In five years, Bethany sees herself chasing her dreams.  Hopefully, that means attending college and exploring the world.  She wants to be helping in humanitarian efforts and getting ready to start a career.

Bethany likes to draw, paint, travel, read, and serve others. She loves to be active and serve others. Her favorite subject in school is art. She loves being able to be creative and express herself. It gives her the opportunity to develop skills and learn new concepts that help her grow as an artist.

What makes Bethany different is that she because tries to always be herself.  She loves trying new things, and she’s not afraid to take risks or get out of my comfort zone.  She enjoys expressing herself and finding new ways to be creative.

Bethany has extreme bad luck at amusement parks. She has walked head on into a pole, got lost and started following the wrong family. She almost never goes an entire day at an amusement park without one of the rides breaking down.

If she could talk with anyone in history, she would love to talk with Walt Disney. Bethany would ask him if he ever expected to make such a large and lasting impact on the world, and ask him how normal people just like himself can similarly make a difference.

Junior Carlos Urbina’s favorite quote is, “Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” He likes this because nobody is perfect, and we may all fail but we need to have the courage to try again. In five year, Carlos would like to be in college studying accounting and business management. Work based learning and internship is his favorite subject because he gets to go out and get hands on experience.

Carlos’ hobbies include anything that gets him outside. Something interesting about him is that he always has a positive attitude and looks at the positive side of things.

Carlos would like to meet Henry Ford, and he would ask him what his mindset was about taking risks in a business.

Senior McKenna Limb’s favorite quote is, “They never said it would be easy, they said it would be worth it.”  Remembering this helps her to keep going even when things get hard. In five years, McKenna sees herself double majoring in Botany and English.

McKenna’s hobbies include saving the world and other extreme sports. Her favorite class is floriculture and greenhouse management.  She loves the creativity and freedom of imagination that goes into each project, as well as being able to get dirty. The funnies thing that she ever saw was watching a chicken ride around on my dog’s back.

McKenna would want to have a conversation with Winston Churchill. She would like to know how he felt and what kept him going during the events of WWII.

Senior Juan Garcia sees himself in five years being done with college.

Juan really works at Pizza Factory and really likes playing video games in his free time. One thing that sets Juan apart is that he knows about the history of different video games, the creators of them, and even the business side of video games. He plays a lot of diverse games on difference platforms.

If Juan could talk with anyone in history, he would take with Hiroshi Yamaguchi, the founder of Nintendo, and ask him how he came up with all his creative ideas.