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November 2009

Mr. Spanish Fork

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 11/24/2009 - 09:06
By Evan Anderson

Spanish Fork High School had a fundraiser for the drill team called Mr. Spanish Fork. Boys signed up to compete in a competition type pageant. The boys competed in 5 categories; Talent, fitness routine, swimwear, best dress, and an onstage question. The winner of Mr. Spanish Fork was Taylor Nelson, with the first attendant, Isaac Asiata, and second attendant, Blake Hunter, and Mr. Congeniality was Carlos Ramirez. Blake Hunter said, “My favorite part was hanging out with everybody and just goofing off.” Carlos Ramirez said, “It was really exciting to compete in. “
Mr. Spanish Fork was a great fundraiser, and the boys who participated had a great time.

Spanish Fork High School is “Going Second!”

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 11/24/2009 - 09:04
Jared John Tuckett
Going 2nd- Photographer Brandon Sheetz

Spanish Fork High School helped promote musical awareness at their school by having the band Going Second come and give them a concert assembly. Going Second performed many songs for the whole school as well as handing out free items and t-shirts. During the lunch hour, the band was in the school’s commons to sell their album, pictures, etc. They were also signing autographs for any of the students. Music programs are being dropped left and right throughout many schools in the country and Going Second helped Spanish Fork High School gain a better understanding of the importance of music through a fun, energetic, and rock ‘n roll way!

Intern Enjoys Working at Orthodontist Office

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 11/24/2009 - 09:02
By Karianne Nelson
Intern- Paige Sanford

This week’s intern highlight is Paige Sanford, who interns at Barrows Orthodontist. She is involved in assisting the doctor, observing, helping make impressions, and other things the doctor needs her to do. Sanford enjoys her internship and learns a lot.
“ It’s interesting, and I learn new stuff everyday!” Sanford said. One thing she has learned is that the orthodontist doesn’t do most of the work.
“Mostly the assistants do the work of changing wires and bands, the orthodontist just puts on brackets and checks the work the assistants do.” This internship has only solidified Sanford’s dreams of becoming an orthodontist someday.

FBLA and DECA Club Attend Leadership Meetings

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 11/24/2009 - 08:59
Emily McKinney and Jared John Tuckett

At Spanish Fork High School, many students are developing necessary skills for future careers through the Future Business Leaders of America Club. As the name says, this club is geared toward helping students to learn more about business and teaching them to be better leaders.
Recently, members of FBLA attended a leadership conference in Provo. McKenzie Berns, and officer in FBLA, enjoyed attending this conference.
“We went over to Provo and listened to some speakers. They spoke to us about how to be good leaders and how to get people more FBLA Trains Leaders
Through this conference, students were able to learn more about leadership through the experience of others.
Spanish Fork High School’s DECA club has been getting involved early in the school year. DECA is a marketing club where the members can learn more about not only marketing but business in general as well. The main purpose of the club is to prepare the club members for their future in a business related career. The officers of DECA are Tanner Holt, Tyler Galt, Preston McConnell, Matthew Christensen, and Riley Strong. These officers recently returned from a fall leadership conference called “Momentum.” They also recently returned from a field trip with another business club at the school where they went around to different businesses. Tanner Holt, the president of DECA said, “It’s a good club to help prepare not only business skills but leadership skills as well.” The club is still growing and working hard to have a great year!

SFHS Celebrates Veteran’s Day

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 11/16/2009 - 09:12
Hannah Carson
Veteran's Day Assembly Student Council Flag Bearers

For Spanish Fork High School’s Veteran’s Day, Iraqi veteran Scott Carson visited to talk about his experiences while serving in the War on Terrorism in 2003- 2004. Carson brought with him and honored three of SF’s local hero’s including, Richard Banks, Wallace Knutsen, and Spanish Fork’s last living Gold Star mother Fern Lindley. Carson then sang Hear it for the Woman of the Red White and Blue, a song he wrote and dedicated to Lindley, his wife and children, and all the other wives and mothers who stayed home while their sons or husbands were away fighting in the war. The audience was able to get a feel for what it would be like to serve in Iraq, from the hot dusty nights, to waiting an hour and a half at every meal to get your small amount of food. He also shared some of the letters he had received from the students at Santaquin Elementary school, where he had previously been working before he got his call to leave. Next, he told a story of a friendly soldier he had gotten to know, and how one night a bomb was thrown and had landed in his lap, taking the full bow of it. Carson then sang a song he had written for this soldier. The touching song brought tears to many of the attentive students. Almost the whole audience stood and clapped for Carson after he concluded with his memories of the much anticipated day of arrival back home. The assembly was “a good presentation. It was unique and helped us realize the importance of remembering our veterans on this important day,” said Emily McKinney, a student. Talking with Carson after he shared that he had been impressed with the respect and enthusiasm shown by the student body, and that his three guests he had brought with him were immensely honored by their warm reception.

Intern Enjoys Work at Hospital

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 11/16/2009 - 09:08
By Karianne Nelson
Intern- Danielle Kaiser

By Karianne Nelson
Danielle Kaiser is the intern highlight of the week. She interns at Utah Valley Regional Medical Center on the Oncology floor. Kaiser helps cancer patients and follows a PTC around to watch and help with his/her responsibilities. Some of her jobs are changing beds, helping patients bathe, and restock food. Kaiser enjoys her internship and has gained a lot of experience in the career she wants to pursue after high school.
“It’s a lot of fun! I want to be a nurse so this will help me in the future.” This internship has been a good experience for her.

Debate Team Travels to Southern California

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 11/16/2009 - 09:07
By Evan Anderson, Jared John Tuckett
Debate Team in Southern Califoirnia

The SFHS Debate went on their debate tour to challenge debate teams from all across the U.S. They left November 5th and got back on November 10th. They went to U.S.C. (University of Southern California) to compete. The team won about half of their debates. Alex Argyle the president of debate this year said, “We did pretty good because our team is mostly novices. We won about half of the debates we competed in.” The debate team did a great job and really enjoyed going on tour. Eleven students participated in the The Lincoln Douglas Debates. Their topic was the following: public health concerns justifies compulsory immunizations. Students debated six, forty-five minute rounds. The policy topic was that the United States federal government should substantially increase social services for persons in poverty in the United States. There were fourteen students participating who debated six, one and a half hour rounds in Policy. It was a grueling but exhilarating experience for all the debaters. Mr. Brough, advisor, was proud of what the students accomplished.

SFHS Band Competes at Red Rock Competition

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 11/16/2009 - 09:06
By Christina Heywood

On Saturday, November 7, the Spanish Fork Band competed at a competition in St. George at Dixie State College. They competed in the 1A competition against seven other bands. Unfortunately, they didn’t place at the competition, but Drum Major Lori Swain felt that it was their best performance ever. “It was a really good opportunity to see how all of our hard work and dedication could make us come together as a band,” said Swain. “We made something that we could all be proud of.” Practice for the competition started in the first week of August with long, exhausting band camps, but that hard work has paid off with the feelings of satisfaction the band now has. Spanish Fork is very proud of the band’s hard work, and we are glad they have had a great trip!

Red Ribbon Week Inspires Students to be Drug Free

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 11/09/2009 - 12:31
By Karianne Nelson
Red Ribbon Door Decorating Contest
Red Ribbon Pledges
Red Ribbon Week - NHS Members

Last week SFHS held their annual Red Ribbon Week. National Honors Society (NHS) is in charge of putting on the activities for the week. There were many fun activities that encouraged the students to keep their lives free of drugs. The theme for the week was ‘I like me Drug Free.’ On Monday the students all signed pledges to be drug free and put on wristbands to remind them all week. On Tuesday NHS tied red ribbons on the car antennas in the parking lots. Wednesday was door decorating day, and the students all decorated their classroom doors to advertise a drug free life. On Thursday the students signed a poster and wrote what they like to do instead of drugs. The week was finished up on Friday with an assembly where the students were visited by three speakers who told the stories of how they were affected by drug addiction through family members. It inspired the students to live a drug free life and was a good experience for all who were involved. “It reminded me of just how bad drugs are in the world. They have a big effect on society, and I want to stay away from them,” said Hannah Carson, a junior at SFHS.

Autobody Does Service Project

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 11/09/2009 - 12:29
By Christina Heywood
Autobody Service Project
Autobody Service Project

Spanish Fork High School’s Autobody classes are doing a service project for a fellow classmate, Travis Lindsey, who died in a car accident last summer. Classes are working hard to do body work on Travis’s mom’s car. They are working on sanding it and filling it, and are going to be ready to paint it soon. They expect to be finished in just a few weeks.
“I feel like I can help Travis Lindsey’s mom” said Devin Cox, a junior. “He liked autobody so much , and I thought I could help.” Students are feeling good about their chance to serve one of their fellow classmates by doing what they do best.


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