February 2010

SFHS Debaters Attend Region Meet

Attributions: 
By Hyrum Heward
Debate Region 2010

On Saturday, February 20, 2010, the Spanish Fork Debate teams had the opportunity to compete for Region at Payson High School. The students had prepared to compete for several weeks before the competition. In the different types of debate, two teams from Spanish Fork went undefeated. Many other teams did well and were the top teams of at the competition. The Spanish Fork team came in second over-all and will compete for state in March. It looks like the team has more preparation ahead of them.

The picture includes (from left to right) (Top Row) Logan Wells, 3rd in congress; Mackenzie Berns and partner Sam Golightly (Sam not pictured), tied for 1st in Policy; Merik Richardson, tied for 3rd in Impromptu; Sara Bass and partner Whitney Shuman, tied for 1st in Policy; (Bottom Row) Katelyn Johnson and partner Alexandra Argyle, 2nd in Public Forum; and Ariana Lilly, tied for 3rd in Impromptu.

Also, the two policy teams (Berns and Golightly, Bass and Shuman) and the Public Forum Team (Johnson and Argyle) went undefeated in the tournament.

Student Intern – Katie Cable

Attributions: 
By Katelyn Lambert
Intern- Katie Cable

Katie Cable is an eighteen year old student intern at two junior high schools. She aids Mr. Olsen in correcting tests and in helping students that need extra help at Diamond Fork Junior High. At Spanish Fork Junior High, Katie helps Ms. Holley in her “Introduction to Drama” class. She takes role and plays games with the students and teaches them how to act. Out of the two, she likes the drama one the most because she gets to teach and be with the kids more. The teachers like having her there to help with the kids and Katie enjoys it. She says, “I love it! I really enjoy working with the students and helping them learn. I’m learning a lot about how to teach these classes.” This internship is helping her decide what she wants to do in her future and showing her how she can achieve those goals.

SFHS Shows Spirit

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By Shailee Mecham
SFHS spirit

“We've got spirit, yes we do! We've got spirit, how 'bout you?” Spanish Fork High School showed off their spirit at their last home game on Tuesday, February 16, 2010. It was Senior Night for all the seniors at their last basketball home game. So many students showed up in school colors to show their spirit, and cheered the teams on. The score was close throughout the whole game. Spanish Fork managed to win, with the help of all the spirit from the students.

SFHS Student Publishes Poetry Book

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By Anjuli Humphreys
Sarah Nelson Publishes Book

At the age of 17, Sarah Nelson has already accomplished what others only dream of. She has published a book of poetry called The White Crayon. Sarah brings her dreams to life and crushes reality with them. This music of words is truly a work of art, drawn by a master artist, said Mathew Christiansen about the book. “All you need is love. With passion you can do anything,” said Sarah Nelson explaining how she was able to accomplish such an impressive goal.

Derek Pace; Architect Protégé

Attributions: 
By Felipe Oliveira
Intern- Derek Pace

Spanish Fork High School has been blessed with a great internship program. Students who have the desire can apply to intern at a business of their choosing. The program is designed to give students an opportunity to experience different careers and to help them decide whether or not that is something they might be interested in. I interviewed Derek Pace, a student at Spanish Fork High School who is currently participating in the program. He says he loves it, even though he started recently. “I’ve only been there three times [but] I’m really enjoying it,” said Derek, an intern at Joe Carrick Design. JCD is a company that designs and builds houses. Derek says he wants to be an architect after graduating. “I just like being able to design homes and things. I find building really interesting,” explained Derek when asked why he decided to do so. Interning at JCD really helps him know what types of things he’ll be going in to. “For now, I watch them draft buildings and learn the programs they use, so I’m just learning the ropes.” He plans on continuing the internship until the end of the school year, where he’ll have the skill-set and knowledge necessary to have a shot at becoming an actual employee for JCD.

FFA Attend Legislators at State Capitol

Attributions: 
By Chalessa Warren
FFA -Chaleesa Warren & Legislator Leonard Blackham
FFA Members Pinning Flowers on Legislators

The Future Farmers of America and Floritculture classes visited the State Legislature. They worked with the senators and representatives and explained to them the importance of agriculture education and FFA in public schools. The Floriculture class was able to create boutonniere's for them. It was a really rewarding experience and gave them a small glimpse of what a day at the state capitol is like and how much time and energy goes into making the schools successful for students of all ages.

The purpose of going was to hopefully persuade the senators to vote in favor of keeping agriculture classes in high schools and making sure that they have sufficient funding.

What’s the News with the Spanish Fork Bands?

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By Sarah Hewett
SFHS Band 4
SFHS Band

Spanish Fork High School’s Concert and Jazz Bands will as busy as ever this upcoming season as the Concert Band gets ready for not only their Band Concert, which is coming up on March 16, but they also have festivals where they’ll be playing pieces such as “Chorus Angelorum” and “The First Suite in Eb.” Their first festival will be in March at Brigham Young University followed by a Region Concert Band that will be held at Spanish Fork High School on March 31. If the band makes it to state, they’ll be playing at the State Concert Band Festival which is April 30-May 1.
Meanwhile the Jazz Band played at Thanksgiving Point for the Jazz Band Peaks Jazz Festival on February 19. Going on into the month of March, the Jazz Band will play at the Region Jazz Festival that’s held in Payson on March 3.
Ending the 2009-2010 school year, both the Jazz and the Concert Band will play at their Band and Orchestra Concert that will be held on May 20. Good-luck to Spanish Fork Concert and Jazz Band on the upcoming festivals.

FBLA Competes

Attributions: 
By Stefanie Muhlestein
FBLA: Region Kaylee Beckstrom and Tressa Betts won 3 in Desktop Publishing
FBLA Region_ Tressa Betts, Stefanie Muhelstien, Mackenzie Berns, Kaylee Beckstrom

On February 12, 2010, students from Spanish Fork High
School competed in the Regional FBLA Competition at UVU.
Taylor Koense took third place in Help Desk. Tanner Holt took fourth
place in job interview, and Kaylee Beckstrom and Tressa
Betts took third place in Desktop Publishing. Tressa said,
"It was a lot of fun. Before the competition, Kaylee and I
had to make a brochure and a flier. At the competition we
had to take a written test and we did well enough to get
third place."
FBLA stands for Future Business Leaders of America.
Students in the club learn what it takes to be successful
in the business world. Mackenzi Berns said, "It's a fun
club, and has been a good experience."

Kaleb Ashworth StaysTop Wrestler at Spanish Fork High School

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By Gavin Hales
Wrestler Kaleb Ashworth

Kaleb Ashworth is a senior at Spanish Fork High School. He maintains a 4.0 grade point average. He is also the student body president. On top of all of this, he wrestles for the Dons and has been wrestling his whole life. Kaleb has wrestled varsity since he was a freshman. In his four years wrestling in high school, he has earned four region titles! This is very hard to accomplish four years in a row.
His senior year has been by far his best, in which he has only lost three matches. At the Southern Division Wrestling Meet on February 7, 2010 he earned first place in the 145 weight category. Another tournament this wrestling season in which Kaleb did exceptional well was the Best of the West Tournament at Tooele High School. He beat Zach Coffman of Tooele 8-2 in the finals to earn him another first place win. In the Rocky Mountain Rumble on January 19, 2010, Kaleb took second to Justin Penn from Delta. That is just one of his few loses this year.

At the new high school Maple Mountain, Region 8 Wrestling was held. Kaleb earned his fourth region title beating Zack Blackham of Uintah by technical victory 17-2. In this tournament, Kaleb was named Region 8 most outstanding wrestler in the upper weight divisions. He has made quick work at the 4A State Finals advancing to the Semifinals where he will wrestle Zack Coffman of Tooele again. If he wins this match he will advance to the Finals. Kaleb has had a great season so far and we wish him the best of luck these next few days.

Chantelle Jones Interns at Brockbank Elementary

Attributions: 
By Rebecca Greene
Intern - Chantelle Jones

Chantelle Jones, a senior at Spanish Fork High School, is currently an intern at Brockbank Elementary school. She works in a kindergarten classroom with Mrs. Farr taking on tasks such as reading stories to the children and helping them master their numbers, letters, and word families. Jones’ favorite part of her internship is interacting with the kids. “I absolutely love children! I always have,” Jones exclaimed. She can’t help but enjoy observing how unique each student is and how they respond to different situations.
Interning in the classroom, Chantelle has realized what she wants to become when she graduates and goes to college. Her ambition is to eventually major in elementary education and get an endorsement for teaching kindergarten. “I wanted to do something to help others,” said Jones. “I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do; then, I thought what better thing to be than a teacher.” Besides the fact that she loves the children, a major motivation for her career choice involved a quote by Marcus Tullius Cicero. It said, "What greater or better gift can we offer the republic than to teach and instruct our youth?"

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