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Solo & Ensemble State Qualifiers

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 1:00pm
Attributions: Story by Chris Wilson.

MMHS Band students participated in the Region 8 Solo & Ensemble festival on Wednesday, February 25th at Spanish Fork HS. Many students received "Superior" ratings, and a good number were selected to go to the State Solo & Ensemble festival on April 25th at Orem HS. These state-qualifiers are:

  • Brandon Squire - Clarinet Solo
  • Bridger Bird & Taggart Bird - Clarinet Duet
  • Holly Mitchell - Euphonium Solo
  • Caleb Young - Snare Drum Solo
  • MMHS Percussion Ensemble - "Xolo"
  • MMHS Percussion Ensemble - "Millenium"

Special recognition needs to be given to percussionist Caleb Young, who has now qualified for the state festival for the 3rd year in a row. This is an exceptionally rare occurrence, and we congratulate Caleb on this excellent accomplishment.We are honored and privileged to work with such talented students here at Maple Mountain, and we wish all of these students the best at State!

 

February Students of the Month

Mon, 02/23/2015 - 1:32pm
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Megan Wasden
What is your favorite quote and why?
“What are you going to do today to be better tomorrow?” – My volleyball coach. This is my favorite quote because it is applicable to all areas of life and inspires me to improve myself by doing the daily things that count.

Where do you want to see yourself in five years?
I hope to be surviving college, have my driver’s license, and have successfully run a marathon.

What are your favorite hobbies?
I like to run, hike, be outdoors, bake, and play volleyball. I also enjoy choir and hanging out with friends.

What is the funniest thing that has ever happened to you?
I once walked into two door handles within a half hour period. I didn’t find it very funny then.

What makes you different from everyone else?
I have two moles that easily form a smiley face.

If you could have a conversation with anyone from history, who would it be and why?
I would want to talk to Florence Nightingale and ask about her experiences because she is my hero.

What is your favorite subject in school and why?
I enjoy math, because I like how I am either right or wrong.

Zac Thorn
What is your favorite quote and why?
“You are only given a little spark of madness, you mustn’t lose it.” - Robin Williams. I like this because it reminds me to stay true to me. It also reminds me that we all have that spark inside us, so I try to ignite everyone’s that I see. 

Where do you want to see yourself in five years?
At BYU studying theatrical arts, or anything the deals with performing. 

What are your favorite hobbies?
Theatre. That is it except for Netflix. Netflix is bae. 

What is the funniest thing that has ever happened to you?
One time in Chemistry I stood upon my desk and discoed for 25 minutes straight. 

What makes you different from everyone else?
I love to be myself. I try to never put on an act for anyone. I’ve found it’s easier to keep sane this way. 

If you could have a conversation with anyone from history, who would it be and why?
I would talk with Randy Pausch, and ask him what kept him going throughout his whole life? 

What is your favorite subject in school and why?
I like drama, because I love acting, having fun, and being myself. 

Maia Blair
What is your favorite quote and why?
“See the light in others, and treat them as if that is all you see.” - Dr. Wayne Dyer. I like this quote because of its profoundness. It is good to show kindness even when it might be difficult to. 

Where do you want to see yourself in five years?
Going to college to study to be an animator. Also, preparing to go on an LDS mission. 

What are your favorite hobbies?
I enjoy drawing cartoons, reading, playing video games, being with my friends and family, and playing the violin. 

What is the funniest thing that has ever happened to you?
When I was 3, I got stuck in the mop bucket while my mom was mopping. 

What makes you different from everyone else?
I really like to draw cartoon characters from shows I enjoy watching. 

If you could have a conversation with anyone from history, who would it be and why?
I would be very interested in talking to one of my ancestors. I would ask them about their life story and how they succeeded in their life. 

What is your favorite subject in school and why?
I really enjoy German and Orchestra, because they are both very interesting to learn about. 

Cody Andersen
What is your favorite quote and why?
“Git-r-dun!” - Larry the Cable Guy. 

Where do you want to see yourself in five years?
I want to either be the CEO of a major company or an MMA fighter. 

What are your favorite hobbies?
I enjoy anything outdoors, shooting, hiking, biking, and wheeling.

What is the funniest thing that has ever happened to you?
I achieved student of the month and no on knows how! 

What makes you different from everyone else?
My ingenuity. 

If you could have a conversation with anyone from history, who would it be and why?
Henry Ford. I would have too many questions to pick just one. 

What is your favorite subject in school and why?
Welding. It has the most real life applications. 

Abigail Oliver
What is your favorite quote and why?
“You is kind, you is smart, you is important.” - The Help. I love this quote because it applies to everyone. We all have unlimited potential and can do more good than we know. 

Where do you want to see yourself in five years?
In five years I hope to be attending college, after having served an LDS mission, and working as a child life specialist. Oh, and maybe married to a cute boy, too. 

What are your favorite hobbies?
I love to read, play the piano, sew, and knit. I teach piano to several students and tutor a third grader a few times a week.

What is the funniest thing that has ever happened to you?
Getting locked out of my aunt’s car when I drove it to the grocery store. I had to climb in through the trunk and got some pretty strange looks. 

What makes you different from everyone else?
I am a very hard worker, and very dedicated. When I set my mind to something, I will do whatever is required to make it happen. I know how to value hard work and sacrifice, and give everything I do 110%. 

If you could have a conversation with anyone from history, who would it be and why?
I would love to meet Anne Frank. She had immense strength and courage, and was always very positive. She showed the world what small, ordinary acts of kindness can do. I would ask her advice on how to change the world for good. 

What is your favorite subject in school and why?
I love history! History has always fascinated me; I love learning about people from different times and places. I truly believe that history repeats itself, and that by looking back at the past, we can understand more about ourselves.

Tristen Call
What is your favorite quote and why?
“If you were waiting for the opportune moment, that was it.” - Johnny Depp/Jack Sparrow. I like that quote since we need to keep our eyes open in this life. 

Where do you want to see yourself in five years?
In college, still trying to figure out life. 

What are your favorite hobbies?
Reading, playing video games, and off-roading. 

What is the funniest thing that has ever happened to you?
My car once died in the middle of an intersection in pouring rain, and I couldn’t get my hazard light to turn on. 

What makes you different from everyone else?
My perspective. 

If you could have a conversation with anyone from history, who would it be and why?
I would talk with Houdini, and I’d ask him where he learned to disappear.

What is your favorite subject in school and why?
Anything except for math.

Science Olympiad Places 1st at Snow College Regionals

Mon, 02/23/2015 - 12:57pm
Attributions: Story and photo by Kyle Miller.

The Science Olympiad team competed on Saturday, February 21 at Snow College in 24 events in science, technology and engineering. Against 4 other high schools, we took first in 20 of the events and 1st overall. We also received the sportsmanship award. The team has grown from last year, and I am really proud of the work they've been putting in.  The next regionals is at Westminster College next Saturday where they will compete against a much tougher field. 

Monday Parent E-mail -- Feb 23, 2015

Mon, 02/23/2015 - 12:52pm
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MMDC Showcase 2015

Fri, 02/20/2015 - 3:11pm
Attributions: Karla Palfreyman

Maple Mountain Dance Company will hold their annual MMDC Showcase on Friday, February 27 at 7:00 pm in the auditorium. Come see a preview of their spring concert as they perform 4 pieces choreographed by Faith Taylor, Elise Barney, Alexa Knutzen, Kathryn Southworth, Lexi Robinson, Alissa Kiser, and Scottee Studdert. There will also be performances by other invited guests in the community. Admission is $5, $3 for students, or $15 family pass. Come out and support the Dance Company!

Ellevés "Rise Up", Quickly Join State's Elite

Tue, 02/17/2015 - 11:47am
Attributions: Story by Kurt Johnson.

Story found on PrepsUtah.

They take their name from a ballet term meaning "to rise up, " so it should be no surprise that the Maple Mountain High drill team has quickly ascended to become one of the state's most competitive units.

In the six years since the school opened, the Elleves have finished in the state's Top 5 five times. What are the reasons behind the rapid rise to prominence in a sport that requires precision and the ultimate in team unity? Their coach, Molly Brenchley, is an experienced leader, and she credits the community from which the school draws its students.

"I was lucky because just in the Spanish Fork area alone and in Springville, there are several dance studios and there are some in Salem," Brenchley said. Right here in this Southern Utah County area, there are at least five or six dance studios. Some studios are stronger than others, but they all get a good base."

The young ladies on the team work hard to develop routines that impress judges and parents alike, but for most of them, it started with training that began long before they reached high school.

"Every girl on my team has taken (dance) at a studio," Brenchley said. "When I coached at Payson before, not many of the girls took dance and so that was a different challenge. The whole summer, we had to teach them technique, we had to teach them dance skills. Here, at Maple Mountain, the girls come trained, ready to go, so you have a different challenge. You've got to blend all of those styles that they've learned at those different studios, but then you can go a lot further because they've got the basics down."

It also helps if you can slip inside the mind of the judges, to get a feel for exactly what they are looking for as they evaluate different teams and different routines.

"Judges check that the movement is clean and everybody is doing it exactly the same," Brenchley said. "Their showmanship, they have an energy level, they're confident, they're excited to be out there. They're confident, but they're calm. Even if they're nervous, it just comes off as confidence. The routine, the choreography, the routine has all the elements the judges are looking for.

"Sometimes a team can be amazing, their showmanship is flawless, they're clean, but the routine is missing level changes or doesn't have ripples or they're staying in places for too long. So, you might say two routines are both the same, but one routine might be something the judges like better."

There are few coaches better suited to take her team behind the scenes and in to the mind of a judge. A dancer since she was five and a member of the Juab High drill team, Brenchley started judging drill when she was in college.

A UHSAA-certified drill judge, she has been coaching for 25 years (the first 19 at Payson), but she has been a judge for 28, at least when she can squeeze it in, but her coaching duties come first. Nevertheless, she knows what a judge wants to see.

"I feel like judging helps me be a better coach," Brenchley said. "When we get to the point where the routines are pretty clean and we're preparing for competition, I try to look at it from a judge's point of view. As a coach, you know which girls have improved and which girls are getting a little bit better at that part, but a judge doesn't know that. A judge is just looking at the routine that is put before them and they've got to just judge it.

"You don't know that 'that girl's working hard, she's getting so much better, you don't know that.' I just tell them the judges don't care if you're having a bad day. The judges don't care it's your birthday. They're just judging what's put before them, and a lot of time when you're going for that first or second spot, all it takes is one girl to not be doing the facial everybody else is, or one girls misses a turn or a kick and then that's it. You're just giving the judges something to put you down a spot."

Like drill teams everywhere, these young ladies work extremely hard preparing routines and finding ways to get in sync. During competition season, Brenchley estimates that she sees the team for about 20 hours each week, and she says the summer training schedule is much more demanding.

The results so far at this new school in the southern part of Utah County have been amazing. The Elleves are still chasing Bountiful, the six-time defending state 4A champions, but Brenchley hopes this is the year they finally rise to the top at the state championships.

"I just think there's something special here (at Maple Mountain)," Brenchley said. "They come trained, but this school from the minute we opened, it's just been... Our name 'Elleves' comes from a ballet term that means 'to rise up' and I like that because rise up, mountains rise, they're high. That's what we're kind of going off of and then dance elevated.

"That's kind of our school motto - everything lifted up, higher standard, reach high. Our mascot's the golden eagle, fly high. There's just an attitude of excellence here, in everything - academics, fine arts, sports...everyone really wants to achieve here. It makes a difference, it really does."

Monday Parent E-mail -- Feb 17, 2015

Tue, 02/17/2015 - 11:38am
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Prep of the Week - Jaren Hall

Fri, 02/13/2015 - 2:53pm
Attributions: Photo by Tyler Lewis. Story by David Boayck.

Jaren Hall has been selected as Maple Mountain's prep of the Week. Jaren has been instramental in helping the Golden Eagles reach the top of the Region 8 standings with his clutch shooting and stellar all around play. Congratulations Jaren and the rest of the team! Good luck at state!

Monday Parent E-mail -- Feb 9, 2015

Wed, 02/11/2015 - 10:02am
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Ellevés Place 2nd at State 4A Drill Competition

Mon, 02/09/2015 - 7:41am
Attributions: Story and photo by Molly Brenchley.

On Friday, February 6, 2015, the MMHS Ellevés competed in the State 4A Drill Team Competition held at UVU. The Ellevés placed 2nd in the military category, 2nd in the kick category, and 4th in the dance category. Overall, Maple Mountain placed 2nd. There were seventeen 4A schools competing. This is the second year in a row that the 
MMHS Ellevés have taken 2nd overall at state.

Two Ellevés were also named to the 4A All-State Dance Team—Brandi Gessel, daughter of Greg and Shannon Gessel and Jourdyn Reid, daughter of Dallas and Kristina Reid. Each 4A team sent three girls to learn a routine that they auditioned in front of judges, and then 20 girls were selected as the 4A All-State Dance Team. At state, each member of the All-State Team performed a self-choreographed 8 count routine and was given certificates. 

The Ellevés would like to thank all of the students, parents, administration, and fans who came to state. We really appreciate all of your support this year!

January Students of the Month

Mon, 02/02/2015 - 4:24pm
Attributions: 

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Rakkel Speers
What is your favorite quote and why?
“Greatness has never been achieved without pain. Embrace the pain.” – Coach Lamont. 

Where do you want to see yourself in five years?
I see myself going to college and studying to become a marine biologist. 

What are your favorite hobbies?
I like wrestling, track and field, singing, and drawing. 

What is the funniest thing that has ever happened to you?
I was running in the snow at school and I fell; everybody laughed. 

What makes you different from everyone else?
I am outgoing and unique. 

What is your favorite subject in school and why?
I like math because it’s fun and easy. 

Adam Syndergaard
What is your favorite quote and why?
“Some things are in our control and others not. Things in out control are opinion, pursuit, desire, aversion, and, in a word, whatever are our own actions.”  – The Enchiridion. I like this because we can control what we do, but not what goes on around us.

Where do you want to see yourself in five years?
Serving an LDS mission.

What are your favorite hobbies?
Skiing, Frisbee, playing video games, eating, and sleeping. 

What is the funniest thing that has ever happened to you?
I think it is a recurring thing, but when one of my family members comes up with a new weird work out that we can’t do, we try anyway. 

What makes you different from everyone else?
My strange family. 

If you could have a conversation with anyone from history, who would it be and what would you ask them?
I would talk with Abraham Lincoln, and I would ask him if the vampire thing is legit or not. 

What is your favorite subject in school and why?
I like physics because I am good at math, and physics is just applied math. 

Robert Reynolds
What is your favorite quote and why?
“Whatever you are, be a good one.” – Abraham Lincoln 

Where do you want to see yourself in five years?
I want to be in college at BYU. 

What are your favorite hobbies?
I enjoy football, hiking, and mountain biking. 

What is the funniest thing that has ever happened to you?
A fish tank fell on me. 

What makes you different from everyone else?
I’m a redhead. 

If you could have a conversation with anyone from history who would it be and what would you ask them?
I’d talk with George Washington, and I’d ask him about the Revolutionary War.

What is your favorite subject in school and why?
It is English because I like to read and write. 

Kayleah Ballard
What is your favorite quote and why?
“Be yourself, everyone else is already taken.” I can be myself and know that no one else is the same, so I don’t need to be like anyone either. 

Where do you want to see yourself in five years?
I will be going to college.

What are your favorite hobbies?
I like playing the piano, swimming, reading, skiing, playing with my family and friends. 

What is the funniest thing that has ever happened to you?
In 8th grade I had foot surgery, and I had a knee scooter. It was super fun! In the halls though, it got super crowded, and I tipped over. I was so embarrassed! People asked me throughout the day if it was me who fell. I didn’t think it was very funny then. 

What makes you different from everyone else?
I like school and love being with my family. 

If you could have a conversation with anyone from history who would it be and what would you ask them?
I would want to talk to my great grandma and ask her how she dealt with all the hard things in her life. 

What is your favorite subject in school and why?
I really like math this year because my teacher helps me understand it, and I am doing pretty well. 

Kiera Barton
What is your favorite quote and why?
“Decision determine destiny.” I like this quote because it reminds me that your future depends on what choices you are making right now. 

Where do you want to see yourself in five years?
I would like to be finishing up college and starting a family. 

What are your favorite hobbies?
I like swimming, graphic design, and just hanging out outside.

What is the funniest thing that has ever happened to you?
Once I ate cake on the floor of the hallway of a hotel for my friend’s birthday. 

What makes you different from everyone else?
I have 5 brothers and no sisters. 

If you could have a conversation with anyone from history who would it be and what would you ask them?
I would probably talk to one of my ancestors and ask them to tell me cool stories about their life.

What is your favorite subject in school and why?
I like psychology because I think it’s interesting to learn about how humans think.

Abe Durrant
What is your favorite quote and why?
“I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times I’ve been entrusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” – Michael Jordan. I like this because it shows that no matter how successful you will become, you’ll always experience failure and need to overcome it. 

Where do you want to see yourself in five years?
I see myself in college back from my mission. 

What are your favorite hobbies?
I like basketball, snowboarding, and Ping-Pong. 

What makes you different from everyone else?
My personality. 

If you could have a conversation with anyone from history who would it be and what would you ask them?
It would be Abe Lincoln. I’d ask him if he really lived up to his name of Honest Abe and also ask how he became a great leader. 

What is your favorite subject in school and why?
Video production is my favorite class because it isn’t a stressful class and making videos is fun.

MMHS Counseling Newsletter for Feb, 2015

Mon, 02/02/2015 - 11:48am
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Please select this link to access our MMHS Counseling Newsletter for Feb, 2015:

http://edu.glogster.com/go/31fbea8

Ellevés Take Region

Mon, 02/02/2015 - 11:43am
Attributions: Story and photos by Molly Brenchley.
(more pictures available)

The Maple Mountain High School Ellevés competed at the Region VIII Drill Team Competition held at Maple Mountain High School on Thursday, January 29, 2015. The Ellevés placed 1st in the Military category; 1st in the Dance category, and 1st in the Kick category. Overall, the Ellevés placed 1st and were awarded the Region VIII trophy. This is the third year in a row that the Ellevés have won the region title. Emily Kessinger, daughter of Bryan and Jana Kessinger, won 4th place in the drill down competition and Jessie Abbott, daughter of Tony and Shannon Abbott, won 5th place in the drill down competition.

Three Maple Mountain High School Ellevés were named to the All-Region Drill Team. They are Brandi Gessel, daughter of Greg and Shannon Gessel; Brooklyn Howarth, daughter of Matt and Lindie Howarth; and Haylie Nelson, daughter of Bob and Tara Nelson. Qualifications for this honor were drill team members who have been an active member of drill team for two years or more, having an excellent attitude, unifying the team, going the extra mile, having great sportsmanship, and being respectable and dependable. They must also have above average grades and citizenship. 

The Ellevés also had four seniors named to the Academic All-Region Team. To qualify for this award, they must be a senior and have a grade point average of 3.75 or higher. Those making the team were: Sydney Jensen, daughter of Kayle and Kim Jensen; Jourdyn Reid, daughter of Dallas and Kristina Reid; Emily Runyan, daughter of Brent and Lorraine Runyan; and Danielle Simkins, daughter of Jay Simkins.

The “Hero” award, given to one member on each of the drill teams, was given to Ashley Aldred, daughter of Daniel and Holley Aldred.

The Ellevés would like to thank their parents and all of the students and fans that came to Region and cheered them on to victory! They really appreciate all of the support they have had all year. 

The Ellevés will now compete in the State 4A/5A Drill Team Competition. The competition will be held on Friday, February 6, 2015, at 11:00 a.m. in the UCCU Center at UVU.

Monday Parent E-mail -- Feb 2, 2015

Mon, 02/02/2015 - 11:11am
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DECA Places 2nd at Utah Southern Regional Competition

Mon, 01/26/2015 - 3:39pm
Attributions: Story and photos by Alan Marvin.
(more pictures available)

On Thursday, January 22, the DECA club at MMHS attended the Utah Southern Regional Competition. Our DECA club performed very well and took second place! The following students place in region:

  • Duncan Beutler & Hailey Andrew, 2nd place in Buying and Merchandising
  • Carlos Urbina & Anya Nielson, 1st place in Buying and Merchandising
  • Heather Tautkus & Ashtyn Swenson, 2nd place in Hospitality Services
  • Sabrina Wasden, 2nd place in Restaurant Management
  • Matt Searcy & Ariel Flores-Mena, 1st place in Marketing
  • Bethany Irwin & Katie Murray, 1st place in Travel & Tourism

MMHS DECA club took 2nd place overall. Congratulations to these students!

Monday Parent E-mail -- Jan 26, 2015

Mon, 01/26/2015 - 2:37pm
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Prep of the Week - Elzi Nielsen

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 7:16am
Attributions: Story by Dave Boyack.

Elzi Nielsen has been selected as this week's "Prep of the Week." Elzi has been a big reason why the lady Eagles basketball have won several big games recently with her scoring, rebounding, and overall team play. Also, as an outstanding student, Elzi is the type of student athlete who makes us all proud here at Maple Mountain. 

Congratulations Elzi!

Monday Parent E-mail -- Jan 20, 2015

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 2:16pm
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Monday Parent E-mail -- Jan 12, 2015

Mon, 01/12/2015 - 11:16am
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Ellevés Sweep the Rocky Mountain Drill Team Invitational Competition

Mon, 01/12/2015 - 7:59am
Attributions: Story and photos by Molly Brenchley.
(more pictures available)

The MMHS Ellevés competed at the Rocky Mountain Drill Team Invitational Competition at Corner Canyon High School on January 10, 2015. They placed 1st in Hip Hop, 1st in Military, 1st in Dance, and 1st in Kick. There were seven 4A schools competing at the competition. The Ellevés also received the Overall 4A Trophy for having the highest scores in their top three routines.

Maple Mountain also took four of the top five places in the 4A Drill Down. Emily Kessinger won 1st place, McKenna Bate won 2nd place, Tori Little won 4th place, and Madi Ellis won 5th place. Congratulations drill team!Congratulations also to Ellevés' Emily Kessinger and Haylie Nelson. Emily Kessinger won 2nd place in the 4A contemporary category and Haylie Nelson won 4th place in the 4A jazz category at the solo competition held on Friday, January 9, 2015.

The drill team will now prepare for the Region 8 Drill Team Competition which will be held at Maple Mountain on January 29, 2015 at 6 p.m. Make plans now to come support the Ellevés!

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