Character count week at Spanish Fork High School was a success! The week began as each of the students received another character card. These cards have been distributed out amongst the school as part of a competition to see who can get them all. They have motivational quotes on them and have been a tradition carried out by the NHS. Besides character cards, the school had plans of having Paul Cardall come and speak to them. The one downer on the very important week was, he came down with a virus and was unable to show up. Fortunately, that didn't slow the students down. This year the school has pulled of one of its most successful coin donations. Each of the classes competed to see who could collect the most pocket change. Most coins in this competition were positive for each class who donated the coins but quarters were used this year to lessen the other class’s points. The count is in effect right now and it is looking like a good one. The money will be used for service and school benefiting projects!
Last week Spanish Fork High School’s Hope Squad went to Mt. Nebo Jr. High and taught classes about self esteem. Teaching at Jr. Highs has been something they do twice a semester for a couple years now. This is the first time Hope Squad has ever been asked by a school outside of our own two Jr. Highs in Spanish Fork. This is something the Hope Squad enjoys doing every year; it’s fun to be up there all day with friends, and the junior high students really enjoy having them there doing activities that are self-esteem building and, of course, handing out candy.
Spanish Fork High School’s Physics classes set forth with the task of building hot air balloons. The balloons varied in size and shape, from egg to box shaped. Most students who attempted had a marvelous launch, where as a few other balloons met a fiery grave at the hands of the launch pipe. The balloons were constructed of tissue paper and glue, in whatever shape the students had in mind. Once constructed they were brought to the hot air launch pipe constructed by Mr. Bronson, where they would soar to great heights or crash and burn.
Whitney Nielson, daughter of Tricia Nielson and Jen Nielson, has always wanted to get amazing grades throughout her education never even accepting a B. To her, being named Academic All State means getting to represent her school well along with her Drill Team.
Joni Hales and Michele Boyack(Whitney’s coaches) along with Mrs. Ward and Mrs. Daniels (SFHS math teachers) have helped Whitney do her best, both in the classroom and with her Dance skills.
Whitney always puts her academics first, while learning how to work hard, so she can use what she learned to work hard in her sport. What helped her accomplish this amazing award is always aspiring for good grades, spending time in the Math-Lab, and doing her homework.
Advice Whitney gives for younger athletes who may want to accomplish what she has accomplished is: “Never let yourself slack off, being a good athlete and student means never giving up!”
Tyson has held his 4.0 grade average all through his junior high and high hchool years. He says the key to success in academics is to attend class on time, be responsible to do what is required of you by your teachers, and get involved in activities you enjoy that help promote school spirit. Tyson feels it is an honor to receive the UHSAA Academic All-State Basketball Award.
While being a student body member for the past three years, currently serving as Vice President of Publications, Tyson is a member of the National Honor Society where his highlights are working with others on service projects. His favorite subjects are science and math and uses his skills to tutor his fellow classmates in these areas. He is also active in music, weightlifting, auto-body repair, and welding. Tyson is a two-sport letterman for the Dons as a defender for the soccer team and a defensive end for Spanish Fork High’s football team. He feels like his success in sports and academics have come from sacrifice of time, lots of hard work, sticking with it when things get tough, preparing himself for trials along the way, and learning that adversity only makes you stronger. Sports have taught him to strive together with his teams and encourage others along the way –win or lose.
Tyson realizes that carrying out his goals have been a joint effort. He thanks his parents, siblings, friends, Spanish Fork high School teachers, coaches, and administration that have been there to support, strengthen and council him along the way. After high school years are over, he knows he will need to move forward to successfully accomplish his future goals only by combining the objectives learned in athletics and academics.
Advice Tyson has for the younger athletes coming up is: “Take academics seriously, get involved in athletics, school, church, and community activities. Never give up and keep focused on your goals so when this season of your life has passed, you can look back and say you gave it your all.” One of Tyson’s favorite quotes is: “With great power comes great responsibility.”
We each have the power within us to be great; we decide what we will do with that power.
Jesse Roberts, the human fish, was awarded as 4A Utah’s Swimmer of the Year. The honor is awarded by a point system. To get high points you have to get low times, making Jesse a shoo-in. He also took 1st place in the individual medley with a time of 1:57.00 and 1st place in breaststroke with a time of 1:00.22. When asked how it felt to hold the trophy and medals in front of all those people, including his opponents, Jesse said, “It was one of the best experiences.” Other members of the swim team are just as thrilled about their fellow swimmer’s success, and say it’s an honor well earned. This is a great way to mark Jesse’s senior year, letting his graduation year become more than just another stepping stone in his life. This year became a year he can never forget. Jesse has shown us all that success consists of hard work, pushing personal limits, and putting your whole heart in the effort.
On February 4th, the Spanish Fork Las Chalitas had the opportunity to compete at the State Competition at UVU. Because of the overall results at the Region Competition (2nd Military, 2nd Dance, 1st Kick, 2nd Overall) Spanish Fork qualified to go to State. Along with Salem Hills and Maple Mountain from Region 8, and 13 other teams in the State of Utah, Spanish Fork placed 7th overall at the State Competition. Although the girls did not place in the top 5, they were still pleased with their performances, and the overall results of the year. Claire Stodtmeister says, “It’s not about the end results, it’s about how you feel when you walk off the floor.” The Las Chalitas have had a great year, and represent Spanish Fork well. Good job SF Drill!
The Spanish Fork Lady Dons hosted the Uintah Utes on Tuesday, January 25th looking for their first region win, and they got it. Junior Jessica Cable came out big off the bench scoring 13 points, leading the way for the Dons in a 41-30 win
Spanish Fork and Uintah traded buckets early but it was the Dons who took the lead after one. Junior, Kelli Hales connected on 2 free throw attempts following a technical foul given to the head coach for the Utes, putting the Dons up 13-10. It was the same thing in the 2nd quarter with neither team pulling away but in the end it was the Lady Dons taking a 5 point lead going into the half.
Spanish Fork came out strong in the 3rd with a few buckets from Senior, Jen Huntsman and a 3 from Jessica Cable gave them their biggest lead of the game at 29-20 going into the final quarter.
With the Dons up 30-24 midway through the 4th quarter Cable came up huge with a 3 pointer and a lay up, with the foul, stretching the lead into double digits putting the game away for the Lady Dons
Jen Huntsman had a big game with 8 points, 6 rebounds and Kelli Hales added 6 points of her own.
Spanish Fork High School’s Japanese Club assembled on Wednesday to learn the Algorithm March; a march in the round from a Japanese children’s television show called The Pythagoras Switch. This march has gained incredible popularity over the internet and has even been performed by various prison inmates. The students gathered in the school commons to watch the original video (both the solitary version and with ninja accompaniment) on the large screen that regularly shows the SFHS website. They learned and performed the march in front of all the students talking in the commons; much to the confusion of multiple onlookers. The club plans to continue this annual tradition, as well as to keep marching throughout weekly activities.
The Ballroom Dance Club of Spanish Fork High School held a meeting on Thursday the 27th of January. “Ballroom is a lot of fun. You get to meet new people, learn something new, and exercise at the same time! And it doesn't matter if you have two left feet because someone probably has two right ones,” said Kelsey Coons, the president of the Ballroom Dance Club. What happens in this club is that they do a lot of dances. There is the Waltz, Cha-Cha, Country Swing, and Suicide Squares which are a little bit more American; but they also do some that are more international like the Zimer Atik, or Cumberland Squares. They meet once a month and at the end of their meetings, they’re all out of breath and smiling because everyone had such a great time. “Yeah…it’s a pretty prestigious club,” responded Matthew Christianson, a member of the Ballroom Dance Club. Another member, Margie Covington, also shared her feelings, “I love to dance! It’s super fun to get to learn lots of new dances.” It’s just wonderful to see how a group of teenagers worked together and had so much fun these days.