On Wednesday, December 16th, the Student Council at SFHS held a lunchtime snowflake activity to increase school unity and spread Christmas cheer. Students were able to enjoy hot cocoa and marshmallows while cutting out paper snowflakes while cutting out paper snowflakes to liven up the school.
Bethany Hutchison, one of the students who participated in this activity, said, “The chocolate was superb! It was the best school chocolate I’ve ever had. It’s usually watery, but this time it was really good.”
Most of the students seem to agree that this activity was an enjoyable school experience with plenty of fun and good chocolate.
Other activities included the FCCLA Club conducted a fundraiser. They sold Santa Grams that consisted of hot cocoa packets with a reindeer candy cane and card. All the money raised went to children’s hospitals to help them with treatments and surgeries. Richard Seely, a student that helped with selling the Santa Grams, said, “It was a fun experience, and it feels good to know that this money will be really helpful for the children. “ Students were excited to buy something that will help those in eed ini this Christmas Season. Other activities included the horticulture classes arranging Christmas centerpieces and the foods classes creating gingerbread houses.
Gingerbread houses picture 1 Tommy Staheli and Tyler Strong
2 Heather Keith, Kyle Fellows, and Mackenzi Berns
On September 17th, Spanish Fork High hosted the annual Christmas Idol competition, which is always a hit among students. There were a variety of acts, ranging from singing to magic tricks. Karianne Nelson attended the event.
“I loved it!” said Nelson. “It was super fun.”
This opinion was shared by everyone in attendance. Congratulations to CJ Deleo, who won this year’s competition! Everyone be sure to come out to this great event next year!
The Spanish Fork High School National Honor Society had the opportunity to participate in the Sub for Santa program this year. The NHS helped 9 families this year for children in the community that needed help providing Christmas. The families are extremely grateful to be able to get Christmas presents for their kids. The age of the kids ranged from 4 to 14 and we provided them with Christmas presents this year. On Monday, the NHS kids went to the store to purchase all of the items for the kids. The next day we delivered them to the parents of the families. The presents were all unwrapped but they provide wrapping paper so that the parents are able to join in the help of providing the kids with Christmas.
The jazz band and orchestra at SFHS played many Christmas songs in the school’s main commons last week to announce their concerts that took place on Monday, December 14 and Tuesday, December 15. Many students gathered to listen to the music. Katie Cable, a senior at SFHS said, “It was cool to hear the music being played during lunch. Since it was the week before Christmas, it was nice to have that music being played because it made the Christmas spirit more alive at our school.” The music they played was not only a great experience for the students playing it, but for the rest of the students listening as well.
The choirs at Spanish Fork High School had the opportunity to sing at Temple Square last Thursday, December 17. They sang songs that they performed for their gala in the Joseph Smith Memorial Building and the Assembly Hall. Many families of members of the choirs attended as well as people already visiting Temple Square. Bonnie Miller, a junior in Concert Choir said, “I like singing at Temple Square because when we do we are united, it brings us together, and helps us feel the true meaning of Christmas and I love sharing that experience with other people.” Shea Bradshaw conducted the choirs. The Spanish Fork High School Band also performed at Temple Square earlier in the same day. The choirs and band are looking forward to their experience singing at Temple Square again next year.
December 7th through the 11th was DECA and FBLA Week at SFHS. These are the two business clubs at Spanish Fork High School. There were a number of activities to get the school involved and aware of business and marketing education in the school. Wednesday was professional dress day, where all students were invited to dress up in nice
clothes. On Thursday, members of FBLA and DECA got together at lunch to meet with Rich Christiansen, the author of Bootstrap Business. He talked to them about his book and how to do well in business.
Each day of the week, DECA and FBLA had a ‘question of the day’ for students to answer to be entered in a drawing. They also sold suckers around school to raise funds for their competition trips.
On Friday DECA is having a party and watching a movie. DECA is a marketing club that allows students to learn about and be involved in business and marketing skills. Tanner Holt, president of DECA, enjoyed the lunch meeting with Rich Christiansen.
“The lunch meeting was really good. We learned what to do to be successful in business. It was very informational and a lot of fun,” Holt said. DECA and FBLA week was a fun experience for everyone involved.
Several members of the FBLA Club placed in their competitions at the Red Devil Invitational. Tanner Holt took 2nd place in Job Interview, Taylor Koense took 1st place in Help Desk, Taylor Koense and Tressa Betts took 1st place in Business Ethics, Stefanie Muhlestein took 2nd place in Client Services, and Tanner Holt, Tressa Betts, and Stefanie Muhlestein took 2nd place in Management and Decision Making.
The intern for this week is Gemily Haymore, who works at All State Insurance as an office administrator. Some of her duties include putting things together for mailing, scanning files, and making pamphlets.
“My favorite part is that I get my own office,” said Gemily. “I don’t want this as a career, but I want a secretarial job to support me for a while.”
This internship has also helped her in her preparations for life after high school.
“I think this internship has benefitted me because it will help me get a job for college,” she said.
Working at All State has helped Gemily to gain many skills that will help her in many jobs she may have in the future.
The choirs at SFHS will be singing on Temple Square on Thursday December 17. They will be singing the songs they performed last week at the Choral Gala. They are leaving that afternoon and performing at the Joseph Smith Memorial Building and the Assembly Hall as well. Taylor Bramall, a junior in choir said, “The choir trip to temple square invokes the feeling of Christmas like no other setting can.” The choirs are looking forward to take part in this amazing Christmas event.
The preference dance took place last Saturday, Dec. 12th .The theme of the dance was Winter Wonderland. The dance was hosted by SFHS Drill Team. Boys were selected to compete for the dance royalty. The different categories were Mr. Christmas Carol, Mr. Christmas Cheer, and Mr. Brownose Reindeer. The contestants for Mr. Christmas Carol sang Jingle Bells. They were Cameron Fullmer, Evan Anderson, and Justin Brierley. The contestants for Mr. Christmas Cheer performed a cheer they had made up and also did a relay race to finish it off. To top it all off they wore cheerleader outfits to give everyone a good laugh. They were Taylor Nelson, Tim Moala, Michael Stone, and Hayden Roberts. The contestants for Mr. Brownose Reindeer had a pie eating contest getting the pie everywhere on their faces and some of them on their pants. They were Spikes Stevenson, Chet Harmar, James Lengal, and Kris Cook. After all of their activities, they answered a question that had to do with their activities. Preference was really fun for everyone involved.
Pictures by Brandon Sheetz
On Saturday, December 5th, the SFHS Book Club had an activity where they recorded children’s books on tapes for local elementary schools. These books included some Christmas stories and The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes and Tracker by Gary Paulsen.
Through this service project, the Book Club hoped to achieve their goal of helping students of all ages to get excited about books.
“I think anytime you can help young readers get hooked on reading, then you’re doing a good thing,” said Mrs. Gardner, the club advisor, about this service project. “It’s one of those service projects anyone can do. Anyone can help another person read better.”
The Book Club plans to have more activities throughout the year to help students realize the joy that comes from reading.
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