September 2009

Seniors Watch Sunrise

Attributions: 
By Christina Heywood and Evan Anderson
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Seniors at Spanish Fork High School gathered early Thursday morning (the 24th of September) to watch the sunrise and celebrate the start of the new school year.

Tyson Sperry commented, "This is fun, but my hands are really cold!" To help warm students up, there were hot chocolate and muffins provided as a delicious breakfast.

There was also a rock band competition held for anyone who wanted to participate.  Thanks to Senior Council and the Student Body Officerss for planning this fun kickoff to a great senior year!

Foreign Exchange Student Learns from Experience

Attributions: 
By Emily McKinney
Foreign Exchange Student - Christina Yu Sun

This year, Spanish Fork High School has a new foreign exchange student, Christina Sun, visiting from Italy.  To find out more about her experience and what she thought about this new challenge, she was asked a few questions.

"Why did you choose to become an exchange student?"

"I wanted to because it would be a challenging and new experience.  It's something that not everyone gets to do, and creates many special memories."

"How is school here different than school in Italy?"

"You don't change classes and teachers there, and you also don't get to choose your schedule.  You do get to choose the school you go to, and different schools focus on different subjects.  There are also not so many sports."

"What have been the best things and the hardest things about your experience here?"

"It has been hard getting used to the language.  It's harder to understand others and to get others to understand me.  I've also had to try to make new friends.  I have really liked the Utah landscape and getting to see so many new things, even though the weather here is different."

"What have you gained most from coming here?"

"I've learned to be more independent, and have become better at taking care of myself.  It has been hard, but I still have my host family to help me.  The quote, 'A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step,' has also helped me get through my challenges."

Being a foreign exchange student is a great challenge, but Christina Sun has learned much from it and has had a great experience.

SFHS Night of Scenes and Monologues!

Attributions: 
Hannah Carson and Jared John Tuckett

Spanish Fork High School's Shakespeare Team will be performing their Night of Scenes and Monologues preparing for Shakespeare Competition. The show will consist of each team member performing his/her individual event as well as well as with the ensemble scene he/she will be competing with. At the end of the show, the individual events that will be competing down in Cedar City will be announced.

The show will be Thursday, October 1 at 7 p.m. in the Little Theatre at Spanish Fork High School. Tickets can be purchased at the door or from any team member. The money the member's earn will be added to their fund for the trip later in October. Break a leg Shakespeare Team!

Intern Enjoys Working at Daycare

Attributions: 
By Karianne Nelson
Intern - Andrea DePaz

Senior students at Spanish Fork High School have the opportunity to participate in internships around the community. This gives them experience in various fields of their choice so that when they continue on to college, they have a better idea if they want to continue with that kind of work in their future careers. The intern spotlight for this week is Andrea Depaz, who interns at Robyn's
Daycare. She helps out in taking care of a group of 12 children, all under the age of 5, changing diapers and playing with them. When asked how she liked this internship, Depaz replied, "I love it! I have lots of fun playing with the kids all day." Aside from just having fun with the kids, Depaz will use this experience in her future life. "I want to major in psychology, so it will help me to learn how these kids develop at this age," she says. Interning can be a lot of fun and provides a great opportunity to learn and gain experience.

SFHS Supports Foreign Exchange Students

Attributions: 
By Emily McKinney and Evan Anderson
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School can be a challenge for everyone, but imagine what school would be like if you were from another country.

Thao Dang, as a foreign exchange student to SFHS from Vietnam, gets to experience this unique academic and cultural challenge. She was asked some questions about her experience here and this is what she had to say. When asked why she chose to come here she responded with, “I came here to have a new experience. I wanted to do something big when I was 17 and this was it.” When asked what the biggest difference between school here and in Vietnam she said, “The language; it is really hard to get used to! You also change classes and teachers here.  In Vietnam, you have to take more notes, you can’t retake tests, and in Vietnam we have 13 subjects each year.”

When asked what she liked most about her experience here she said, “I’ve liked getting to go somewhere new, and getting to do new activities I didn’t get to do in Vietnam.”   Even though it has been difficult to get used to the language and the culture, coming to the United States has been a special experience for Thao.

The Red Revival

Attributions: 
by Karianne Nelson and Hannah Carson
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A new club has been introduced this year at Spanish Fork High School called ‘The Red Revival.’ The presidents of this club, Christie Cerenzie and Brynlie Nielson, started it to “join the school in unity by attending home sporting events and cheering on the teams.” Some of the things expected of club members are attendance at sporting events, support of EVERYONE in our school, and good sportsmanship at these events. Members are also expected to refrain from swearing or vulgar language and to get involved and be a proud MIGHTY DON. The presidents said about their new club, “This is meant to be a positive club full of good sportsmanship. We want the members of this club to reflect Spanish Fork High School standards. No vulgar language or crude remarks will be tolerated.” In support of this club, members will build unity and spirit in SFHS.

SCHOLARSHIPS CURRENTLY AVAILABLE AT SFHS

SOMOS - Hispanic Leadership Scholarship - September 18, 2009
Student be a senior who has demonstrated leadership in school, community and/or other service organizations that promote, enhance or strengthen diversity.  Must also be a resident of Utah and of Hispanic.Latino descent.  Pick-up an application in the counseling office.

AES Engineering Scholarship - October 6, 2009
To be eligible the student needs to answer one of the essay questions that they will find on their web site at: www.aesengineers.com/scholarships

Central Utah Science & Engineering Fair Scholarship - October 6, 2009
Student MUST complete a science fair project and compete at their school and district science fairs to be eligible to participate.

HORATIO ALGER SCHOLARSHIP - October 30, 2009

This scholarship is for high school seniors who have a financial need and have exhibited integrity and perserverance in overcoming personal adversity.  Apply online at: www.horatioalger.com/scholarships

COCA-COLA Scholarship - October 31, 2009
Student must be a senior in high school, planning to pursue a degree at an accredited U.S. post-high school institution, and have a minimum GPA fo 3.0 at the end of their junior year.  Apply on line at: www.coca-colascholars.org

ELKS Most Valuable Student Scholarship - November 2, 2009
Students must currently be a senior in high school, a U.S. citizen, and related to a member of the ELKS organization. Pick-up application in the counseling office.

ACLU Youth Activist Scholarship - November 10, 2009
Offered to high school seniors who have taken a stand to protect civil liberties.  Pick-up application in the counseling office or go to: www.acluutah.org/scholarship.htm to download an application.

BYU AFROTC Scholarship - December 1, 2009
Student must plan to join the Air Force ROTC at BYU and plan to attend the U.S. Air Force Academy.  Apply on line at: www.afrotc.com/scholarships/applynow/highschol.php

Wells Fargo College STEPS Scholarship Sweepstakes - $1,000
Entrants can enroll in the CollegeSTEPS Program at: www.wellsfargo.com/student/planning/scholarships/.  Entries received by 7:00 a.m. October 31, 2009 will be eligible for all four drawings during the 2009-2010 school year.

SFHS Welcomes Class of 1990 at Homecoming Assembly

Attributions: 
By Christina Heywood and Emily McKinney
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Homecoming Royalty - Attendants Tyree Thurgood and Cooper Urmston

On Friday, September 11, 2009, Spanish Fork High school hosted the annual Homecoming Assembly, put together and presented by the class of 1990. The assembly started out with a slideshow commemorating September eleventh, and then a posting of the colors by the fire fighters.  It also included the Masque club presenting their check to the firefighters. The class of 1990 challenged the current high school students to several different games, including our own version of family feud and a Rock Band
Competition. The National Champion Cheerleaders of 1990 showed the video of their competition, followed by a live performance! Homecoming royalty was also announced.

Afterwards, the student body went to the football field for a pep assembly to get everyone excited for the big game against Box Elder. The football team was escorted specially to the field by the SF Fire Department, and then the starting team and all senior players were cheered one at a time onto the field. There was a performance by the drill team and the “Las Enchiladas” and some lucky students had a chance to “dunk” the vice principles and even a Box Elder Bumblebee! The Homecoming Assembly was lots of fun for everyone involved.

SFHS Celebrates Homecoming Week with Activities

Attributions: 
By Evan Anderson and Karianne Nelson

Spanish Fork High School was having its homecoming week last week.  They had many fun activities like a volleyball tournament, a powder-puff football game for the girls, and a fiesta. And rounding it all up was the football game Friday night. Many students showed up to each of the activities and had a blast. The winning team of the volleyball tournament was the “Diablos,” and the powder–puff champions were the “Spicy Spankin’ Spaniards.” The fiesta had a huge turnout and everyone who attended had a
blast. The school spirit at the football game was phenomenal!   Homecoming week was a huge success, and the student body had a ton of fun.

Firefighter Fundraiser Success

Attributions: 
Hannah Carson and Jared John Tuckett
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Last week Spanish Fork High School’s Masque Club conducted a fundraiser for the local firefighters. Each day they went to all the classes in the school asking for donations. Students donated everything from pennies to ten dollar bills. In only three days, they had raised $346.84.

The donations were given as a check to our firefighters on Friday, September 11 at their Homecoming Assembly. Katie Cable, the Masque Club president, said, “Even though we are a smaller school this year, I’m glad we were able to raise a good size amount to give to our firefighters for their dedication and hard work! I am glad I was able to contribute to this great fundraiser! Thank you firefighters!” The fundraiser was considered to be a great success to all who participated.

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