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MMHS Spotlight - Abby Taylor and Emma Hill

Wed, 04/27/2016 - 1:04pm
Attributions: Story and photo by Sarai Bringhurst.

Being the school valedictorian or salutatorian is a huge honor. This year our valedictorian is Abby Taylor and our salutatorian is Emma Hill. To choose the two positions, it is traditionally based off of GPA and total credits taken. Sometimes it is also based off of co-curricular and extracurricular activities they have been a part of. Both were members of the cross-country team, Abby in her junior year and Emma this past year. Both students worked extremely hard not only this year, but all their years at MMHS. We are proud of our hardworking students here at Maple Mountain.

Abby Taylor got the highest rank for the graduating class of 2016. The valedictorian usually gives the valedictory speech at graduation. Valedictorian is chosen specifically to represent the graduating class. When asked how she felt about being the valedictorian, she answered, “I'm not really sure there is anything to feel about being valedictorian. It is just a title. It doesn't change anything that I have done or will do, but it does feel good to be validated for my hard work.” This year she participated in science olympiad. There are many students who have extremely high GPA and have taken many credits, but not many accurately represent the graduating class of 2016.

Emma Hill had the second highest rank in the graduating class and is placed next to this year’s valedictorian. The salutatorian gives the opening speech at graduation, or salutation. Emma says, it was never a goal for her to be the salutatorian, but she is proud of her accomplishment. She said she was really surprised when she found out she was the salutatorian. This year she was both on the cross-country team, and the band president. Emma Hill worked just as hard as Abby Taylor and deserves to be awarded salutatorian; both represent the best Maple Mountain has to offer.


FCCLA Spirit Night at Chic-Fil-A

Wed, 04/27/2016 - 7:50am
Attributions: Story by Jessica Kunzler.

Please come support our FCCLA club to help us get to San Diego for our National Competition! All you have to do is go to Chick-Fil-A in Spanish Fork this Thursday from 5-8 PM and mention Maple Mountain FCCLA at check out. Chick-Fil-A will donate a portion of the night’s profit to our club. On behalf of our club members, we thank you for your support.

MMHS Dance Company Legacy Concert

Tue, 04/26/2016 - 3:07pm

April Students of the Month

Tue, 04/26/2016 - 2:14pm

Ethan LillyWhere do you want to see yourself in five years?  Air ForceWhat are your favorite hobbies?  Football, wrestling.If you could have a conversation with anyone in history, who would it be and what would you ask them?  Ronald Reagan because he's awesome.Cheyenne Randquistwhere do you want to see yourself in five years?  I will be going to the U of U to get my BS in biomedical engineering.What are your favorite hobbies?  I enjoy photography, playing guitar, and gymnastics.If you could have a conversation with anyone from history, who would it be and what would you ask them? I would talk to Rosalind Franklin and ask her what it was like to be a woman in science back then. Delaney RoseWhere do you want to see yourself in five years? I see myself attending college, preferably BYU, and earning my bachelor's degree in Music Education.  Maybe by this time, I'll already be married!What are your favorite hobbies?  I love reading, writing stories and, yes, essays, and drawing pictures.  I also build model ships during the summer.  whenever I'm not doing any of those, I'm playing music. If you could have a conversation with anyone from history, who would it be and what would you ask them? I think I would talk to J.R.R. Tolkien and ask how how he built his world of Lord of the Rings, and how it affected and reflected his life. Alisa BaadsgaardWhere do you want to see yourself in five years? In 5 years I would like to see myself returned from an LDS mission and going to BYU.What are your favorite hobbies? My very favorite hobby is play the piano.  I also like to play the cello and sing.  I love running and I love photography. If you could have a conversation with anyone from history, who would it be and what would you ask them? I would choose Frederic Chopin I would ask him how he composed so much amazing music and what his favorite song is that he wrote.Eric LarsenWhere do you want to see yourself in five years? In college studying Engineering.What are your favorite hobbies? Video games, sleeping, I don't have time for hobbies. If you could have a conversation with anyone from history, who would it be and what would you ask them?  General Patten.  Just know about his life and how was leading first tank brigades. Dawson StokesWhere do you want to see yourself in five years?  I want to be back from my LDS mission and going to college for track.  Maybe, start a family. What are your favorite hobbies?  I love going camping, boating, hunting fishing, and hanging out with friends. Shooting guns, bow and arrows, pretty much anything outdoors. Playing with my dog. If you could have a conversation with anyone from history, who would it be and what would you ask them?  Robinson Crusoe.  I would have him teach me all his survival ways.

Nebo Film Festival

Tue, 04/26/2016 - 1:41pm

The Nebo Film Festival will be held May 12th at 7:00 pm at The Spanish 8 Water Garden Theatre.  Admission is free ($2 suggested donation). The deadline for submissions is April 29th at 3:00.  

The goal of the Nebo Film Festival is to promote the art and craft of filmmaking in the Nebo School District. Any student grades 10-12 at one of the Nebo high schools is welcome to submit. There is no fee for submission, and each student can submit up to 2 film projects and 1 poster. For more information please visit:

MMHS Parent Student Information for 4-25-16 (Please select this link to access)

Tue, 04/26/2016 - 12:30pm

Please select this link to access our MMHS Parent/Student Information for 4-25-16

Science Olympiad Team Takes 1st in State

Mon, 04/25/2016 - 1:35pm
Attributions: Story and photo by Kyle Miller.

The Science Olympiad team placed first overall for the second year in a row. The kids worked super hard (most of them were new to this), so this is quite the accomplishment! Science Olympiad is a catch all competition that includes events in science, math, technology, engineering, and even music and technical writing for some events. The team doing well is a reflection of the whole school, not just the science department - thank you for all of your support. 

Nationals is in a month from May 18th-22nd.

The team's individual results are as follows:
4th place in Anatomy:
Abigail Taylor and Heidi Jacobson

4th Place in Air Trajectory:
Adam Syndergaard and Eric Larsen

2nd Place in Astronomy:  
Delaney Rose and Adam Syndergaard

1st Place in Bottle Rocket:
Heidyn von Bose and Joseph DelaCruz

2nd Place in Bridge Building: 
Bruce Gill and Heidyn von Bose

1st  Place in Cell Biology:   
Abigail Taylor and Cheyenne Randquist

2nd Place in Electric Vehicle: 
Ryan Smith and Heidyn von Bose

2nd Place in Forensics: 
Shayla Nielson and Julie Carlson

2nd Place in Green Generation:
Cheyenne Randquist and Kaleah Jackson

2nd Place in Hydrogeology:
Joseph DelaCruz and Julie Carlson

2nd Place in Invasive Species:   
Kaleah Jackson and Cheyenne Randquist

1st Place in It's About Time: 
Michaela McCown and Heidyn von Bose

1st Place in Robot Arm: 
Eric Larsen and Ryan Smith

2nd Place in Wind Power:  
Adam Syndergaard and Ryan Smith

1st Place in Wright Stuff:
Adam Syndergaard and Eric Larsen

Welding Fix It Saturday

Mon, 04/25/2016 - 1:29pm
Attributions: Story by Jared Massic.

Maple Mountain High School SkillsUSA club needs your help to send its Welding Fabrication Team and its Chapter Display Team back to Louisville, KY for the National Competition. On April 1st, we took first place at the state level and were invited to compete with the top competitors in the country. 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 or have a small project built. 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 students make it back to Louisville. The 4th annual MMHS Welding Fix It Saturday will be held May 7th from 8am to 4pm. We ask that you please be generous in your donations, but the amount donated will be up to you. Please spread the word to friends and family,

To set up a time or discuss your project needs, please contact MMHS welding instructor, Jared Massic ahead of time at: or call him at 801-794-6740 ext. 1530.

Dance Company's Spring Concert

Fri, 04/22/2016 - 7:38am
Attributions: Story by Karla Palfreyman.
(more pictures available)

The Maple Mountain High School Dance Company will present their 7th annual spring concert entitled "Legacy" on Friday, April 29 at 7:00 pm in the MMHS auditorium. The Dance Company will showcase their own award winning choreographic pieces, 7 of which received superior scores at the Dance Company Festival and Adjudication. This concert will also feature Social Dance 2, Dance 2, Addie's Dance Academy, Mapleton Jr. High Dance, and a very special guest perfomance by M-Shay from Haiti. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Foyer de Sion orphanage in Haiti.  Please come out and support this once in a lifetime benefit concert.  It is going to be an incredible show and will help those in need in the Foyer de Sion Orphanage. General Admission is $6, $4 for students, and $20 for family.

MMHS Parent/Student Information for 4-18-16

Mon, 04/18/2016 - 2:06pm

Please select this link to access our MMHS Parent/Student Information for 4-18-16:


Students Compete in the Region Individual Event Theatre Competition

Mon, 04/18/2016 - 8:51am
Attributions: Story by Laura Taylor.


In March, many MMHS students went to the Region Individual Event Theatre Competition. We had 16 individual event entries that qualified for the state competition. 9 of those received a "Superior" rating from all three of their judges and also received a medal. Our one-act play received 3rd place overall and straight "Superior" ratings! Brigham Bennett was also recognized from the one act play and given the individual award of "Best Supporting Actor in a Dramatic Play." Please congratulate these superior students when you see them!
State Qualifiers
Isaac Maltby and Michelle Squire- Contemporary SceneEmma Garlitz and Cassie Smith- Contemporary SceneJayce Komiya and Hannah Wood- Classical SceneMarguerite Morgan- Humorous MonologueSophie Hill- Musical TheatreAlicia Austin and Alyssa Holbrook- PantomimeNicole James- Dramatic Monologue
State Qualifiers (with straight "Superior" rating and a medal!) 
Jaci Hulse and Corban Radford- Classical SceneEmelia Call- Humorous MonologueShay Swenson- Musical TheatreCaitlin Martinez- Musical TheatreAina Bjoernereim and Savanna Trent- PantomimeAnastacia Kadomstev and Valerie Nelson- PantomimeAdam Gowers- Dramatic MonologueBrigham Bennett- Dramatic MonologueZac Thorn- Dramatic Monologue
One Act Play Participants
Brigham BennettGavin HenrySavannah HenrySophie HillJayce KomiyaJessica LimbIsaac MaltbySierra MillerErica NelsonNicole ReynagaClark Tolbert


Utah Valley Educator of the Week: Jethro Gillespie

Fri, 04/15/2016 - 11:49am
Attributions: Daily Herald

Article found at

Jethro Gillespie is an art educator at Maple Mountain High School in Spanish Fork. He was chosen as the Daily Herald's Utah Valley Educator of the Week.

Gillespie teaches art to 10th-12th grade students. He tries to take his students on field trips when he can, including to the Springville Museum of Art, Brigham Young University Museum of Art, and galleries in Salt Lake City and Park City. In 2015, he took a group to New York City. 

Gillespie has been involved with Art21 Educators for the past five years. Art21 Educators is a national professional development initiative that is interested in finding curricular ways to engage students with contemporary art in the classroom. 

Gillespie has received numerous awards, including the PEAK award from Nebo School District in 2016, the Utah Art Educator of the Near from NAEA and UAEA in 2013, the Utah High School Art Educator of the Year from UAEA in 2012, Teacher of the Year from Springville Jr. High in 2008.

He has a bachelor's and master's degree in art education from Brigham Young University, and is working on attaining his PhD in art education from Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec.

Gillespie lives with his wife, Robyn, and their three kids in Spanish Fork. In his spare time he likes to make his own art projects, play with his kids and go hiking.

SkillsUSA State Medalists

Tue, 04/12/2016 - 12:28pm
Attributions: Story and photos by Jared Massic.
(more pictures available)

Maple Mountain's SkillUSA competitors had a big night at the state competition April 1. The medalists are:
Haydon Cooper took 3rd in welding sculpture.
Soren Peterson took 3rd in photography.
Mahal Kauwe took 3rd in first aid/CPR.
Rachel Brown took 2nd in first aid/CPR.
Chase Farrer, Brian Mckell, & Austin Wagstaff won 1st place in their chapter display.
Tosh Davis, Ben Warnick, and Tyler Christmas won 1st place in welding fabrication (we are on a four year championship run in this contest).

MMHS was also awarded a chapter excellence program certificate for completing certain requirements at the national level for running a recognizable program. Only 2 certificates were handed out in the state this year. Congratulate these students when you see them!

MMHS Parent/Student Information for 4-11-16

Tue, 04/12/2016 - 8:18am

Please select this link to access our MMHS Parent/Student Information for 4-11-16:


Prep of the Week - Spencer Young

Mon, 04/11/2016 - 3:32pm
Attributions: Story by Dave Boyack.

Spencer Young has been selected as this week's "Prep of the Week." Spencer is the goal keeper for our boys soccer team. Spencer's efforts in the net has helped the soccer team remain undefeated so far in region 8 play. Spencer is also ranked #2 in the state with four shut out games so far. Congratulations Spencer and good luck to you and your team for the rest of the year.

MMHS Parent/Student Information for 4-11-16

Mon, 04/11/2016 - 2:20pm

March Students of the Month

Thu, 03/31/2016 - 2:05pm

Tyler Hansen
Where do you want to see yourself in five years?  College, with my woman,What are your favorite hobbies?  Rock Climbing, PotteryIf you could have a conversation with anyone from history, who would it be and what would you ask them?  George Washington to ask him to come and fix this darn country. 
Camille Roberts
Where do you want to see yourself in five years?  Returned from an LDS mission (or still on it), in college.What are your favorite hobbies?  Singing, hugs, ceramics, sleeping, making friends, crafting.If you could have a conversation with anyone from history, who would it be and what would you ask them?  Well, I would probably just go on adventures with Columbus.Jake Roylance
If you could have a conversation with anyone from history, who would it be and what would you ask them? If I could pick anyone right now I would say it would be FDR, we have been learning about him in my history class and it is amazing how much the people loved him and how even though he had trouble walking, he still pushed through his struggles.  I would ask him about his fireside chats and who inspired him to be a good person. What are your favorite hobbies? One of the things I like to do in my free time is work on motorcycles engines and figure out how stuff like that works. I love sports, including wrestling, baseball and skiiing. Maile Smith
Where do you want to see yourself in five years?  In five years I see myself finishing up college at BYU.What are your favorite hobbies?  I love doing all kinds of art, especially painting.  As well as playing piano and tennis. If you could have a conversation with anyone from history, who would it be and what would you ask them?  I would want to visit with ancestors and hear and learn of their life. Tia Bray
Where do you want to see yourself in five years?  Hopefully, finished with a bachelors degree or completing a masters but for sure having fun learning and happy living life!!What are your favorite hobbies?  I love trail running, reading, and making art. If you could have a conversation with anyone from history, who would it be and what would you ask them? Mother Teresa, Looking back on your life, what was the most valuable thing you learned and why?

Jazz Band and Concert Band Festivals

Thu, 03/31/2016 - 2:01pm
Attributions: Story by Chris Wilson.

Our jazz band participated at the State Jazz Festival on Friday, March 25th, receiving very high ratings from all 4 judges, including 3 superior ratings ("I," "I-,""II," and also a "I" from the sightreading judge). We also had two students receive "Outstanding Soloist" citations: Anton Kadomtsev & Chris Wyllie. Congrats to our jazz band students, as these are the highest ratings that MMHS has ever received at the state level.

Our concert band performed at the Region 8 Concert Band Festival on Wednesday, March 30th, receiving straight superior ratings (three "I" ratings), and qualifying for the State Concert Band Festival on May 6th/7th. Congrats to our concert band students!

Dance Company at DCFA

Thu, 03/31/2016 - 1:47pm
Attributions: Story by Karla Palfreyman.

The MMHS Dance Company performed at the Dance Company Festival and Adjudication in March. Seven of the eight pieces performed received straight SUPERIOR scores! Alexa Knutzen's choreography received the Judge's Choice Award. Please congratulate all of the talented dancers for their incredible performances.

Tiffany Asay, Faith Taylor, Shaelynn Duncan, Addie Black, Alexa Knutzen, Emily Bates, Cassandra Chambers, and McKenna Briggs all choreographed this year. Way to go MMDC!