November 2010

SFHS Students Read to East Meadow Elementary First Graders

Attributions: 
by Annie Morris
English Project-Brandi Horner reading to 1st graders
English Project-Marlee Kay Olsen reading to 1st graders

Four students from Spanish Fork High School, Marlee Olsen, Brandi Horner, Marcee Clayson, and Tori Grange, got involved for their English service project. The four girls went to East Meadows Elementary School during the afternoon of November 8th and read to the first graders in the library. The librarian, who happens to be Marlee Olsen’s mom, enjoyed having them there as well as the 1st graders and 1st grade teachers.
“We also played Simon says with them. They were so cute!” says Marlee, recalling her last Monday activity and completing her first semester project.

Red Ribbon Week Celebrated at SFHS

Attributions: 
Riley Strong
Red Ribbon Week-Drunk Driving Glasses with Derek Geslison
Red Ribbon Week Assembly Speaker -Ron Williams

During “Red Ribbon Week” Spanish Fork High Students got a view of a few lives affected by drugs. Film producer, Ron Williams, known for his dramatic documentary, Happy Valley, a film showing the affect of drug addictions in the Utah County, spoke about his wife who got started on prescription drugs, and then left her life to chase illegal drugs. He also came with a guest from the documentary that was addicted to drugs and had her friend over-dose. They both urged students to avoid any addictions and to stay away from substances that can take over your life. Later in the week, students were given “drunk goggles”, goggles that simulated the affects of alcohol. Students quickly learned that you can barely walk down the hall drunk, let alone drive. Other activities included red ribbons decorating the doors, cards handed out to students, and red wrist bands to remind students of the importance of staying drug free.

Prostart Success

Attributions: 
Bonnie Miller
Prostart students fix lunch for faculty.
Prostart students prepare for SFHS faculty and staff luncheon.

             Spanish Fork High School’s Prostart Class, advanced Culinary Arts, put on its first faculty luncheon of the year on Friday, November 5, 2010. They prepared and served exquisite sandwiches, an array of delicious soups, along with a light and tasty treat. The Prostart Class at Spanish Fork High School mainly focuses on preparing students to work in the food industry. Throughout the year, students will learn professional knife skills, complicated recipe tactics, and how to work successfully as a team. Hosting the faculty luncheons is a perfect learning environment for the students, and it treats the faculty to a professional meal. The Prostart Class experienced a great success putting on the first faculty luncheon of the year.

 

 

Goal Record Shattered!

Attributions: 
Shideler Bennett, Glade Johnson
Soccer Courtney Acosta
Soccer Courtney Acosta -Kick

By Shideler Bennett, Glade Johnson
This season, (Super Star) Courtney Acosta broke the record for most goals in a season with a whopping 13 goals. The previous record was 11. Courtney said, “I knew about the record but wasn’t trying to break it; it just happened.” She had some help from Shandy and Cassidy, who did a great job punching the ball up the field. “I didn’t know I had beaten the record until our game with Salem Hills at the end of the season,” said Courtney. Courtney is a very dedicated soccer player; she practices about 3 hours a day outside of actual soccer practice. She is a junior this year and is planning on trying to breakg her previous record in the following season. Courtney is the daughter of Dave and Danielle Acosta. In the future, Courtney is hoping to play soccer at the next level.

Brooke Kramer Interns for Oak Ridge and Larsen Schools

Attributions: 
Alyssa Wright
Intern - Brooke Kramer

Brooke Kramer, a student at Spanish fork High School, is interning at Oak Ridge Elementary and Larsen Elementary. She has been working with the special needs kids as well as resource students helping them read and learn just like everyone else.  Brooke was asked a few questions about herself and her internship, and this is what she said, “I love interning at the elementary schools. I love working with kids and helping them succeed. The best part about getting to work with the kids I work with is that I know it’s helping me to fulfill my future career goal of being a special education teacher. I love being around the kids. I want to make a difference in their lives.” Though that’s not all Brooke gets to do in her internship, she gets to participate in daily activities such as Song and Story time, recess, and Occupational Therapy where in they help students achieve goals they have.  Brooke has found much success and enjoyment in this internship.  She also mentioned her enjoyment with the internship program. She stated, “I love it! You get the chance to decide what your career is going to be as well as help you decide the careers you don’t want, but gives you the chance to expand your career paths.” Brooke is interning everyday during the second period of the school day. She spends Mondays and Fridays at Oak Ridge with the special needs kids, and Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at Larsen helping with the resource students. Congratulation to Brooke in her current success with her internships and wish her luck along the line of her career path.

Swim Team Swim Laps for Fundraiser

Attributions: 
Marree Graham

The Spanish Fork High Swim team held their annual swimathon fundraising. There were some who did not get pledges, but still participated in the swimathon. The brave souls got in the water for a midnight swim. They went to Springville pool to swim 200 laps (5,000 yards) to raise money for their swim season. Tanner Greenwood was one swimmer who raised close to $400.00 for his team. He said ,“It was awesome to see all the parents, family, friends, and fellow students supporting our team. I would do it again in a heart beat. It was a whole lot of fun just to be there swimming as a team in something that was really hard, and to have everyone stay until the last person had finished. It was a great team building opportunity.” The swimathon was hard, but many people said it was so worth it and that they had a blast. There was another swimmer named Max (William Turner) that described the night as being “Freaken raw!” The swimmers begun their swimathon at 11:00 p.m. and finished at around 2:00 a.m. There were many that were quoted in saying they would do it all again if given the chance.

“I Am Spanish Fork High School” Produced in Broadcasting

Attributions: 
Annie Morris
Broadcasting students working on I Am SFHS

The Spanish Fork High School‘s TV Broadcasting classes are working on their “I Am Spanish Fork High School” film project. Their goal is to choose a teacher or student that shows leadership and interview them and how they are SFHS. Allison Swain is going to do her project on Mrs. Wendi Nelson. Alli and her group is going to show how Mrs. Nelson is a coach, teacher, mom, and that she is Spanish Fork High School! These projects will be on the school website in about a month, and will show that our school is quite outstanding.

Dons shuttle up to Bountiful to support team

Attributions: 
Brady Ericksen
SFHS Students Boarding Bus for Football game

Spanish Fork High School students initiated a trip to the Bountiful game on their own, igniting school spirit amongst the Dons. The Dons had enough volition to organize an entire trip simply in order to support their team at its next game, showing pride and strength in their school’s spirit.
It started with just a few students talking in the halls about how the school should go support our team at their big game in Bountiful. Annie Darling heard this and decided to get the ball rolling by heading into the office and discussing this idea with the Principal McKee. He told her that he heard whisperings of this idea in the hallways and that if Annie could get enough names on a list of who wanted to go, as well as $4 from each person then he would schedule a bus.
Annie typed out the list and spread the word, the idea transmitting like a virus throughout the school. People were going from class to class with the news of this bus ride, telling of how fun the game will be and how they’d be leaving class early. For many students, this was incentive enough, but most Dons are simply excited to support their football team. The news even reached the morning announcements in the short amount of time it had begun to spread.
Those at Spanish Fork are bursting to the brim with school spirit. The Dons have the spirit and the initiative to organize entire events on their own, simply to support Don pride and to symbolize the entire schools spirit. All it takes is one student to get a fantastic idea like this snowballing downhill.

Clothes for Kids

Attributions: 
Alexandra Cia
Clothes for Kids Project

Senior English classes are taking up service projects.  One group with Sarah Nulty, McKenzie Johnson, and Hayley Chandler is doing a project  called “Clothes for Kids.” The seniors had to come up with a service project, which needed to include a timeline, permission slips, talking to the administrators, and having everything planned out. They had to write an essay and be persuasive, give it to the principal and get permission to conduct their project.  The “Clothes for Kids” drive is being conducted with Mrs. Hillier’s English classes. The class who donates the most gets a party by the end of the month, which is the deadline for when all the clothes need to be donated . Anyone who would like to donate any used or gently used  clothes of any size or shape, please bring to room D-1 by Nov. 30.

Students pictured: Matthew Christiansen, Brett Kester, Cameron Banks, and Meckelle Lunceford

Spanish Fork FFA Holds Degree Ceremony

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Spanish Fork FFA Holds Degree Ceremony
FFA Awards Ceremony

Throughout the year, FFA members, leaders, and parents work hard in the FFA. Members especially work hard on their SAE projects(Supervised Agricultural Experience). These projects are important for members because it helps them find others in their area of hobbies, as well as develop skills that will help them in future careers. Thursday night, the entire officer team and the three advisors awarded 98 Green Hand awards and 37 Chapter Degrees to members at Spanish Fork FFA. Many state degrees will be given out in April at State Convention also. FFA members also will receive help from a new cast of officers in the Spanish Fork FFA Alumni. These officers were selected fallowing the degree ceremony.

Members receive their Green Hand awards their first year in FFA. Those receiving their Green Hand receive a bronze pin. Because of its hardness and endurance, bronze has been used for ages by those who sought a better substitute for crude stone instruments. Officers and advisors hope that those qualities of hardness and endurance carry the members far in the National FFA organization. Green Hands were also challenged to keep growing in the FFA. Just as there are metals more precious than bronze, there are rare and more precious laurels to be won in FFA. The silver pin of the chapter FFA degree and the golden charm of the State FFA degree await those who earn them.

Second year members received their Chapter degree, which is the highest degree the Spanish Fork FFA Chapter can bestow on its members. The pin symbolizing the Chapter FFA degree is made of silver. Just as there are medals more precious than silver, there are more precious laurels to be won in FFA.

FFA members do a lot of great things throughout the year, but they don’t do it all on their own. Parents and advisors give a lot of help and support to the members throughout the year. That is exactly what the FFA alumni is all about. The alumni organization is dedicated to helping members succeed. Members of the alumni offer their support to the chapter frequently. On Thursday night, new alumni officers were selected. The new President is Stephanie Galt, Secretary is Joe Prior, Treasurer is Denny Worthington, and members at large include Mike Anderson and Lynn Swenson. These people will lead the alumni at Spanish Fork for the upcoming year.

Those who succeed best in life, regardless of occupation know the means whereby great problems may be solved. Ignorance leads to neglect, waste, want and poverty, while wisdom leads to industry, productivity and happiness. Those who received awards last night have studied and learned in order to earn their degree. Every worthwhile recognition carries with it additional responsibilities. The FFA organization practices agricultural leadership, citizenship and cooperation. If members develop their abilities they may become leaders in this organization. We (the Spanish Fork FFA Chapter) need those future leaders, and the country needs strong leadership, and the Spanish Fork FFA is training them.

Pictured:  Cheyenne Jensen, Stephanie Erickson, Wyatt Peay, Morgan Abbott, Collette Woolsey, Kelson Brunson, and Briana Gunderson with Chapter Degree Certificates

 

 

 

 

 

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