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November Students of the Month

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 8:13am

Maple Mountain High School is proud to announce the November students of the month!

Sophomore Katelyn Mitchell’s favorite quote is, “If a task is once begun, never leave it till it’s done. Be the labor great or small, do it well or not at all.” In five years, she sees herself returned from an LDS mission and then at college. 

Katelyn’s hobbies are four wheeling, camping, hiking, reading, and cooking. Her favorite subject in school is math because she likes working with numbers. One thing that sets Katelyn apart is that she likes challenges. She likes it when she can prove to herself and others that she can do hard things. 

If Katelyn could meet anyone in history, she would like to talk to Nathan Hale. She would ask him why he was so dedicated to the patriot cause.

Sophomore Jacob Collier’s favorite quote is, “To improve is to change, to be perfect is to change often.” –Winston Churchill. He likes it because we all face obstacles in our life, and if we change to face these challenges, we can have a great advantage in life. In five years, Jacob sees himself with a successful business in either the video game or computer industry.

Jacob’s hobbies are playing video games, thinking of video game ideas, building computers, and listening to music. His favorite subject in school is history or computer programming because the whole world runs on programming and most have no idea how it works. Jacob also thinks it’s fun to mess around with programming.

What makes Jacob different than everyone else is that he can be very creative and am very friendly. Unlike most, he’s very tech savvy and brings up subjects that most tech teachers have very limited knowledge on. He also enjoys listening to people’s point of view on all subjects.

If he could meet anyone in history, Jacob would meet Vladmir Lenin or Adolf Hitler. He would ask them why they did what they did.

Junior Abigail Taylor’s favorite quote is, “The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.” -Pablo Picasso. She likes this quote because it’s not about who she is, it’s what she can give. She wants to do her best so that she can give her best. It’s her motivation. In five years, Abigail sees herself as a recently returned missionary for the LDS church, going to BYU, and majoring in engineering.

Abigail hobbies include the piano, singing, photography, writing, going on walks with her camera, sleeping, listening to music, learning the guitar, learning in general, and cooking. Her favorite subjects in school are math, English, and choir. To Abigail, math just makes sense. She loves English because she loves to hear other’s ideas and learning how to express herself accurately. She also thinks music is life because it brings everyone all so close.

What makes Abigail different is that she is ambitious and idealistic, but she works hard so that all her dreams can come true. She dreams big and works hard. But other people are her priority. 

If she could talk with anyone in history, Abigail would love to talk with Emily Dickenson. She wants to know her and know the motivation and meaning of all her beautiful poems.

Junior Joshua Johnson sees himself in college in five years. His favorite subject is English because he loves words, stories, writing, reading, and phrasing. Currently, Joshua thinks rhetoric seems to be the ugly duckling of English.

Joshua’s hobbies include singing, reading, playing bass, and drawing. Something interesting about him is his talent for making up words and having nobody notice that they are not real. The funniest thing that happened to Joshua was when he tripped four times going up the stairs in C hall.

Joshua would like to meet Van Gogh and ask him his exact motives behind the whole ear thing.

Senior Hannah Blonquist’s favorite quote is, “When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad.” – Abraham Lincoln. She likes that quote because life is that simple to her. In five years, Hannah wants to be happy. She cant say now where she wants to be, but she does know that she wants to be making a difference to her family, community, or world. She will be a returned missionary, in college, and may have a family of her own. Her favorite subjects in school are anything that stretches her and makes her smile, specifically photography, choir, English, and AP psychology.

Hannah loves anything involving art like music, photography, painting, drawing, writing, etc. Creating something beautiful is what gives her satisfaction and fulfillment. The funniest thing that ever happened to her would be when a 4 year old girl asked Hannah if she was a terrorist and told Hannah she could just have her ring pop.

Something that sets her apart is that she doesn’t like to sleep on pillows.

Hannah would want to have a conversation with Adolf Hitler. She would ask him if he had regrets and why he did what he did.

Senior Joseph Rawle’s favorite quote is, “Do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life.” Joseph sees himself in five years attending college. His favorite subject in school is math because it is simple and logical.

Joseph’s likes to listen to music. The funniest thing that happened to Joseph was when he belly flopped off of a high dive.

If Joseph could talk with anyone in history, he would talk with his past self and answer his questions.

Monday Parent E-mail -- Nov 17, 2014

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 10:13am

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FBLA Brings Home 31 Medals

Mon, 11/10/2014 - 1:44pm
Attributions: Story and photo by Seth Spainhower.

Congratulations to our FBLA club on their success at the Herriman Invitational November 7th. It was an exceptional group effort that placed MMHS at the top while competing against 150 students! Each member represented our school in the finest of fashions. Out of the 9 students competing, each placed in the top 3, and together they brought home a total of 31 medals! Listed below are the individuals/teams that placed in the top 3 of their specific competitions:

Individual Events

  • Jacob Collier- 1st place in Accounting I, 2nd place in Computer Problem Solving & Economics,    3rd place in Technology Concepts
  • Becca Bair- 1st place in Client Service
  • Robert Jensen- 1st place in Entrepreneurship, 3rd place in Business Web Design
  • Anya Nielson- 1st place in Parliamentary Procedures
  • Maria DeZuviria- 2nd place in Accounting II
  • Carlos Urbina- 3rd place in Accounting II
  • Shalese Black- 3rd place in Business Procedures & Business Communication

Team Events

  • Quiz Bowl Champions: Becca Bair, Anya Nielson, Carlos Urbina and Robert Jensen-1st Place
  • Entrepreneurship: Becca Bair, Anya Nielson, and Robert Jensen- 1st Place
  • Hospitality Management: Becca Bair, Anya Nielson, and Robert Jensen- 1st Place
  • Parliamentary Procedure: Kati Branch, Becca Bair, Anya Nielson, and Robert Jensen- 2nd place
  • Management Decision Making: Kati Branch, Ally Johnson, and Carlos Urbina- 2nd place
  • Hospitality Management: Kati Branch, Ally Johnson, and Carlos Urbina- 3rd Place

The FBLA club is planning on building off of their success at Herriman and beginning their preparations for regionals and state. Great job MMHS FBLA and good luck! 

Monday Parent E-mail -- Nov 10, 2014

Mon, 11/10/2014 - 11:09am

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All-State Drill Team Auditions

Mon, 11/10/2014 - 8:01am
Attributions: Story and photo by Molly Brenchley.

Three members of the Maple Mountain High School Drill Team were nominated to compete for the 4A All-State Drill Team. Brandi Gessel, daughter of Shannon and Greg Gessel, Haylie Nelson, daughter of Tara and Bob Nelson, and Jourdyn Reid, daughter of Kristina and Dallas Reid were chosen to represent Maple Mountain at the 4A All-State Drill Team Auditions. There were over 60 girls who auditioned for 20 spots on the all-state team. Brandi and Jourdyn were selected to the team.

Brandi is a senior and a three-year member of the Ellevés Drill Team. She was an Assistant Drill Mistress her junior year and is the President of the team this year. Brandi was a “Top Corp” finalist at Basic Dance Training Camp this past summer. Jourdyn is a senior and a three-year member of the Ellevés Drill Team. She is an Assistant Drill Mistress this year for the team. Jourdyn was also a “Top Corp” finalist at Basic Dance Training Camp this past summer.

The All-State auditions were held on Wednesday, November 5 at Taylorsville High School. Each 4A school sent three girls to represent their school at the auditions. The girls were taught a short dance routine and then auditioned it in front of a panel of three judges who decided which girls made the team.

The 4A All-State Team will be recognized and perform at the State Drill Team Competition that will be held at UVU in February. Congratulations to these girls for their accomplishments!

DECA Competes at Snow College

Thu, 11/06/2014 - 2:03pm
Attributions: Story and photo by Alan Marvin.
(more pictures available)

Our DECA club competed in the Snow College Invitational on November 5, 2014. Our club performed very well. Katie Murray and Bethany Irwin placed 3rd place in the Business Law and Ethics event, and Duncan Beutler and Haley Andrew finished 2nd in the Business Law and Ethics event. Congratulations to them and the entire club!

MMHS Counseling Newsletter for Nov, 2014

Mon, 11/03/2014 - 12:36pm

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Monday Parent E-mail -- Nov 3, 2014

Mon, 11/03/2014 - 12:33pm

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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.