On December 14, Spanish Fork High School choirs hosted the annual Christmas Gala. Guests were treated to a scrumptious dessert reception in the front commons of the high school. These tasty treats included catered brownies, éclairs, and hot cider. The decorations were wonderful. There were trees lit with Christmas lights and the ceiling of the main entry was strung with ornaments and garlands. The choir department went to a lot of work to make decorate the school for the Gala. The stage was covered in poinsettias and the auditorium ceiling was strung with snowflakes both big and small. During the concert itself, the choirs performed a number of various Christmas songs including the traditional Silent Night. The choirs performed Silent Night first in German (Stille Nacht) then to close, sang the song again in English with the audience. The Christmas Gala was a tremendous success and there was a lot of positive feedback. The songs sung by the choir really helped to put the audience in the mood of Christmas. At the conclusion of one of the songs, the audience didn’t clap for a good 10 seconds after the end of the song because they didn’t want to destroy the beauty of it. A small child was heard to tell her mother that the song made her “want to cry”.
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Spanish Fork High School’s A and B day guitar classes gave an outstanding Christmas concert performance last Tuesday, led by this year’s new music teacher Ms. Magelby. The concert went on with familiar Christmas songs such as Jingle Bells, Silent Night, Cannons Plain and Fancy, along with La Bamba, and The Pink Panther. The classes also played their own blues arrangement accompanied by solos played by Zack Gibson, Jacob Wahinehookae, Riley Stauffer and Taylor Stauffer.
The title is what it is! Spanish Fork High School is filled with talent and a great variety of it! On Wednesday, December 15,2010, Spanish Fork High School students were able to participate in a talent competition much like the one seen on television; America’s Got Talent. It turned out to be a huge success! Friends and family came to support each participant. Spanish Fork students arrived with songs they had written, and dance moves they made themselves. Chan Staheli, the shows MC and School Spirit leader gave a spirited performance of Michael Jacksons “The Way You Make Me Feel” and kept the show alive. The three judges, Officer Stone, Becky Otteson and Luke Isley gave an American Idol like review of the different performances and argued back and forth with the host. The competitor s were; Serena Peterson, Sarah Lady, Jacob Wahinehookae, Andrew LeMmon, Cameron Banks, Colby Palfreyman, Chan Staheli, Rob Nelson, Kent Staheli, Alan Berreda, Zack Valenzuala, Lydia Money, Ariana, Tiara, Kalo, Lavinia , Meleseini, Mattew Christensen, Jonathan Woodbrey, Golden Money, Austin Lindley, Jordan Daniels, and Dalin Ficklin. The Talents ranged from singing, to playing instruments, to barrel racing, rubix cube and dancing. Each participant received an award from the judges who are faculty members at Spanish Fork High School. Becky Otteson played the role of Susan Osborn, Brad Stone played the role of Piers, and Luke Isely played the role of Howie Day. Every talent was spectacular! The judges had a tough decision to make for the top three. Third place was tied between two musically inclined young men, Johnny Woodbrey and Matthew Christiansen. Johnny performed a song and played the piano and Matthew performed a guitar piece from the movie, August Rush. Second place winners sure could move their hips! Ariana Alofipo, Kalolaine Taunauta, Lavinia Tuita, Meleseini Saili, and Tiara Alofipo won second prize with their Polynesian culture dance. The first place award was given to Alan Berreda , who blew the judges away. Becky Ottesen stated, “Your voice is the most dreamy voice! You had me drooling!” Alan sang and played the guitar. He also played the Phantom in the schools play previously this month. Overall this Talent competition was excellent! It was a great night of excitement and entertainment! Spanish Fork High School has got talent! Prizes and gifts were awarded to the contestants and everyone is looking forward for the next opportunity to perform. The show will be available on the NET, Nebo Educational Television, under the direction of Shane Ferrin.
Recently, Spanish Fork High School was lucky enough to have psychologist Dr. Liebing present at Window in the Workplace. A room packed with students listened as she told them about her experiences going through school and working as a psychologist. Dr. Liebing compared being a psychologist to reading a mystery novel, “you are trying to figure out this person,” she said. Many students found that intriguing. Though it takes many years of schooling to become a psychologist, the rewards can be awesome. What could be more rewarding than helping someone improve their life? The students are grateful to Dr. Leibing for speaking to us.
Swimming, this six month season activity is one of Spanish Fork's favorite sports! December 2-4 2010, SFHS swim team had a weekend of tournaments! They left on Thursday during school and went straight to Richfield for their first tournament; there they were greeted warmly by the advosary. Tanner Greenwood won the 500 yard swim, beating his closest opponent by 30 seconds. SF also dominated the relays; both the 200, and the 400. Spanish Fork High School took home the over all win at their first meet! After the Richfield tournament, they loaded back on the bus and headed straight on to Cedar City, in great anticipation for the meet the following day. On Friday morning the team started the day with some teamwork exercises and putting on skits before heading to the meet. At the meet on Friday the school swam excellently! Considering the size of the student body, and the size of the team, they placed better than any other school was expecting. Saturday was the second half of the Cedar City meet, in which the swimmers continued to swim like champions, and came home feeling exhausted, but good. Like a lot of the teams here at SFHS, the swim team is one where everyone is a friend, and every team member has a lot of respect for one another, their coaches and their opponents. Way to be Dons swim team! Let's hear it for Spanish Fork High School!
On Tuesday, December 7, an award was given during halftime at the Girls basketball game vs. Timpanogos. This award was the Daily Herald’s Battle for Utah Valley 2010 fall challenge. This was decided by an online voting poll for all of Utah County. Anyone could go on-line and vote for which school they thought had the best spirit for the fall sports; and of course, the Spanish Fork Don’s came out on top! SFHS was awarded a trophy that they can keep until the winter winners are announced.
Shideler Bennett and Principal McKee were there to accept the award along with many other Spanish Fork fans, which were crazy with enthusiasm! “The spirit and support there was so awesome and it really got all of SFHS pumped up to play hard!” Haileigh Emerine
This is an awesome award and SFHS’s spirit will keep it here for the rest of the year!
On Thursday December 2, 2010, the Spanish Fork High School Cross Country team left for California, where they ran the All-West Region Footlocker Race at Mt. San Antonio College. The SFHS Cross Country team shared a charter bus with two other high schools, Salem Hills and Springville. The bus ride was long and arduous; however, it was merely an obstacle in the way of the ultimate goal of racing in the All-West Region Footlocker race. It is a privilege and an honor to compete in the race. Runners from across the country come to participate. The race, itself, is about 3 miles and consists of rough switchbacks, steep climbs, and gradual hills that seem to never end. Spanish Fork High School was well represented, as each athlete gave their all throughout the race. Those who went were Tyler Galt, Fausto Guerrero, Allison Hallam, Tanner Runolfsen, David Smiley, Chris Harreld, Sammy Hatfield, Ben Rosenbaum, and Madison Hanson, along with their coach, Amanda Merrill. Although some of their members were injured, they went about cheering on their fellow teammates and encouraging them to run faster, instead of running in the race. Everyone did their best and finished the race. While the main purpose of the trip to California was the race, the SFHS Cross Country did enjoy other activities like going to Balboa Beach and Disneyland. At Balboa Beach, on Friday, it was cool and refreshing as each athlete relaxed from a morning of registration and course warm-ups. Whether it was playing ultimate Frisbee or searching for seashells on the sandy beach, everyone had a great time. The frigid air didn’t stop people from hurtling themselves straight into the icy water of the ocean; and, even the coaches helped themselves to some fun in the sun. After the race on Saturday, the Cross Country teams all went to Disneyland. It was very busy, but that didn’t stop the SFHS Cross Country from having a good time. As one big group, they stalked the park for rides and souvenirs. Their fun ended at the park when they had to leave at quarter to Midnight for the hotel. The next morning was spent driving home. They arrived Sunday night in the Shopko parking lot, where parents waited to take them home. The All-West Region Footlocker race was the last race the Spanish Fork High School Cross Country team would run this year. It was difficult, but in the end, it was one of the best experiences they ever had the opportunity of participating in.
Spanish Fork High School wrestlers competed in the Layton invitational wrestling tournament this past weekend. This was the first match for these wrestlers this year. Coach Sheperd said that he was pleased with the team and was impressed. He also said that they have room for improvement, but the team has potential. Two wrestlers that competed very well at the tournament were Cody Duncan and Branson Ashworth. Cody Dunc an, a senior at Spanish Fork High School, and a returning state placer, brought home first place. Duncan said he was very happy to start the season off with a tournament win. Branson Ashworth is a freshman at Spanish Fork Junior High, and he brought home a third place metal. The wrestling team has many matches ahead of them, and they are excited to see how the year is going to turn out.
Spanish Fork High School's Production of the Phantom of the Opera was a giant success. The hours spent in labor over this grand project paid off in the end. With a sold out audience on closing night, this play was a smashing hit. Out of four performances three were full houses and the fourth nearly so. The play was presented by only thirteen high-schools in the nation; and even with their work cut out for them, the Spanish Fork Drama Department came through with a standing ovation and a wondrous performance.
The Dixie Six has wrapped up for cowboys and cowgirls in the state of Utah. The Dixie Six is three weekends in Hurricane, Utah, where contestants compete each Friday and Saturday for a total of six rodeos. Spanish Fork High is very fortunate to have multiple contestants in these rodeos. They include Lashae Peterson, Leslie Beck, Savannah Pratt, Ryli Sutch, Riley Winters, Haden Barber, Dallin Kemp, and Dustin Haskell. Many of these contestants competed very well. Peterson and Beck brought home top spots in the breakaway, Pratt in the barrels, Sutch in the steer wrestling, and Kemp in the calf roping. The fall season has come to an end, and the spring season starts next April, leading up to the state finals in June.