Beginning April 19, Spanish Fork High School’s FFA Organization (Future Farmers of America) competed at the State Career Development Event (CDE). In order to compete, the members must put together teams consisting of four people to enter each category. The categories that SF’s teams entered were Horse Judging, Livestock Judging, Floral Culture, Ag. Communications, Ag. Sales, Ag. Mechanics, Dairy Cattle Judging, and Food Science. In each category, they must not only undergo a practical examination, but a written one as well. A good example of just how hard these competitions are is found in Ag. Communications. In this category, a general topic is provided for the teams. This year’s topic happened to be Water Conservation, and each member was assigned one practicum to complete. Examples of the practicum are a news report about the topic and a proposal on how to solve it. Remember, after completing their practicum, the teams also have to take a written test. Fortunately, SF’s teams did pretty well this year. Kricket Keech took 2nd High Individual in Horse Judging and Tyler Galt took 3rd High Individual in Livestock Judging. The Horse Judging team also ranked Gold, but didn’t place in that ranking. The Livestock Judging Team did the same and the Ag. Communications ranked Silver, but didn’t place. The Ag. Sales, Food Science, Dairy Cattle Judging, and Ag. Mechanics ranked Silver, and lastly, but definitely not least, the Floral Culture Team ranked Bronze. When interviewed, Jailee Pace, the former president of FFA said, “It was fun. It was nice to have our hard work pay off. There were good learning experiences and you got to get involved with students from other schools. It’s a good way to get involved and start learning about skills and careers that benefit you in your future.”
The medical field is a place where a passion for science, service, and hard work are all combined. This is exactly what drove Ariel Hanson, a student at Spanish Fork High School, to intern at Hobble Creek Medical Clinic in the pediatrics department. She loves working with the children and the staff. Learning to not only to work one on one with the patients and their parents but how to run tests and perform procedures has helped her to realize that a career in pediatrics is what she truly wants to do with her life. Children always make her laugh and smile and have a talent of making even the gloomiest day a little brighter. Ariel is very grateful for the opportunities she has been given and the skills she has learned so far interning and hopes other s will use the internship program to learn what they want to do as a career as she did.
Every day Verona Andrews goes around Spanish Fork High School collecting aluminum cans; and every year, she donates the money she earns from the cans back to SFHS. Now the students of SFHS are doing a can drive in her honor, collecting cans and bringing as many as they can find to the front office. The can drive is also a contest between the seniors, juniors, and sophomores to see which class can donate the most cans. The winner of the can drive will be announced at the end of the week and get an early to lunch on Friday. All the students have worked really hard to bring in cans for the can drive. The three boxes in front of the front office are filled with many big garbage bags full of cans.
Spanish Fork High School would like to extend their thanks to Verona Andrews for all the hard work she’s done in collecting cans and donating to the school. Thanks Mrs. Andrews.
It is now that time of year where Spanish Fork High School starts preparation for next year. As part of this, new Student Body Officers must be elected! Hopeful participants at Spanish Fork began putting up signs, handing out memorabilia, and hoping their name would be called at election time. Many ran; and after the first round was narrowed down to 12, they were called together in the library hoping they made the final eight. “It was a lot of fun. We were all in the library eating pizza, watching the nervous laughs of the hopeful future S.B.O’s,” said Max Johnson, a current S.B.O. at Spanish Fork. All cell phones were put in a basket to ensure the surprise remained till the final eight were announced to the school at the end of the period. The anticipation grew in the room as Miss Youd, current Student Council advisor, read off the names of the final eight. They were then interviewed for positions by the principal, Mr. McKee, Miss Youd, and two current S.B.O’s. The positions are as follows:
Shideler Bennet: President
Tanner Holt: Executive Secretary
Brooke Kramer: Spirit
Golden Money: Service
Taylor Bramall: Activities
Tyson Galovitch: Publicity
Jen Huntsman: Assemblies
Kaitlyn Shepherd: Special Programs
Soon to come will be senior, junior, and sophomore class elections, therefore completing the council. Spanish Fork looks forward to a great 2010-2011 school year with these students as Student Body Officers. (Not Pictured – Jen Huntsman)
This week for many seniors is one of the funnest weeks of high school- except for the last week of school, which seniors don’t have to go to. But this week was senior week. A week in which seniors got to enjoy many fun activities. The biggest activity of them all without a doubt was prom on Saturday.
Love a senior day was held on Monday and many seniors enjoyed this day because who doesn’t love to be loved. Tuesday was dress up like a senior citizen day. Many students went all out with this one. On Thursday, it was nacho fiesta day. Everyone in the whole school was invited to this activity. Seniors got an early out to lunch. The student council was selling senior t-shirts for $8 and prom tickets for $25 dollars. There was a great turn out and U-92 a music radio station was even there for some live music.
On Friday, there was the prom assembly, which named our senior prom queen and prom king. That same night was movie night. The students watched Bedtime Stories in the cafeteria. Then on Saturday was the big event held at UVU’s ballroom. Prom was a big success and everyone looked fantastic. What a great way to end a great week. All the seniors had a fun week because it was the last senior week they will ever have in high school.
Prom Royalty: Senior King and Queen: Seth Mills and Karianne Nelson, 1st Attendants: Cassidy Grotegut and Matt Graham, 2nd Attendants: Alex Singerman and Garrett Stirland. Junior King and Queen: Shideler Bennett and Kortnie Dansie, 1st Attedants: Jarrett Jarvis and Brooke Kramer, 2nd Attendance: Austin Stevens, and Jenna Lewis.
With a collection of personal hygiene products and home-made baby blankets, the Spanish Fork High School’s National Honor Society recently delivered the items to the Distribution Center Youth Justice Center and United Way. A few of their previous service projects had the members of the club make baby blankets, book marks, and cards to give to people within the community. The hygiene products were collected around Spanish Fork High School to give to people within the community for the survivors of the Haiti/Chile earthquakes and for less fortunate people of Utah Valley. “I thought that the project was way fun! I love giving service to others!” said Terra Dillman. Students involved in the project really enjoyed giving service to not only people in Utah but around the world
Skills USA team members went to the competition this last week. There were many that traveled there and did well. Some of the students that did really well up there were Chet Harmer and Shon Tomadakis. Chet Harmer placed 3rd in Automotive Dent Repair and Shon Tomadakis placed 2nd in Automotive Refinishing. Those who competed in the Automotive Dent Repair had to write an estimate, fix and repair dents, and repair plastic bumbers. The competitiors in the Automotive Refinishing had to mask off a car, write an estimate for a wrecked car, and paint a panel. All who went tried hard and had a good time. Shon said about the experience, "I had tons of fun competing at Skills USA, and I wish I could compete next year." Shon and Chet are both seniors so this was their last time to be able to compete at Skills USA. Chet Harmer received a $500.00 for Weber State, $1,000.00 for UTI, and $50.00 gift cards. Korbyn Seamons placed 4th also in Collision Repair Technology. Marvin Mancia placed 5th in Automotive Refinishing. Kaleb Davis finished 4th in Photography and J.Ryan Partridge placed 8th in Welding. The Welding Fabrication Team with Lgoan Mellor, Waylon Pritchett, and Brooks Weirick came in 6th place. Dillan Hales also placed in wood working.
Pictured:Mr. Taylor, Advisor, Kaleb Davis, Shon Tomadakis, Korbin Seamons, Chet Harmer, Waylon Pritchett, Marvin Mancia, Logan Mellor, Brooks Weirick
Spanish Fork High School's Drama Department had the amazing opportunity to compete at the Region Drama meet held at Payson High School. SFHS had huge successes with many qualifiers for state. Sara Almanza, Sandra Vergara, Emily Prewitt and Nicole Muirbrook qualified in Pantomime. Katie Cable and Matthew Cole qualified in Classical Scenes. Jen Grzybowski qualified in Dramatic Monologues. Hannah Carson and Bethany 'Ybai' Hutchison qualified in Contemporary Scenes. SFHS's One Act, Blind Date, also qualified for state. Carson said, "Region was a fun experience, and a good opportunity to see how well other school's drama departments are. We were able to prove how great SFHS's Drama department is!" These students will compete at state at Mt. View High School on April 15-17th.