Todd Griffiths of Spanish Fork High School’s debate team qualified for state debate in the Individual Event Oratory. Receiving excellent scores on all his ballots as he progressed through the rounds, he made it to the finals. The best of the best in each school gave their speech in the final oratory session, Todd being among these students. His speech was on being an American; those who’ve heard it are moved by the impact it has on one’s patriotism. He gave the speech to the debate class after the competition and all who heard were impressed not only by the delivery of it, but also the message it had to share. Todd delivers this speech with impeccable skill, pausing at the appropriate times, changing his tone, and giving thoughtful expression as he speaks. The content of the speech really makes you think; it makes you want to become a better citizen and points out excellent ways on how to do so. This is why Todd is the third best high school debate speaker in Utah. He did an excellent job representing SFHS and his team.
On Tuesday the 15th of March, the Spanish Fork Orchestra performed an open concert at the high school performing for the public. The concert started with Spanish Fork’s phenomenal Chamber Orchestra coming on stage and performing three pieces which they had been working with great conviction on across the year. After their outstanding performance, Spanish Fork’s Chamber orchestra came on stage and performed. Playing some outstanding, difficult and extremely high orchestra compositions; including Adagio for String by Samuel Barber and a selection of Edward Elgar’s compositions. It is fair to say that Spanish Fork High School’s Orchestra hit a high note last Tuesday and are definitely worth going to see!
Utah State FFA Convention was held at Utah State University in Logan, Utah, and this year’s convention didn’t disappoint; especially for Spanish Fork. Students from Spanish Fork High School not only had fun mingling with students from all over the state, but many also competed in various competitions, learned from state and national officers including our very own state president Chaleesa Warren, and in the end represented Spanish Fork by winning well deserved awards including State Star Farmer; perhaps the biggest award an individual can win at the state level. Spanish Fork kicked off the convention by competing very well in the Parliamentary Procedures contest. Members of the team included Kira Fenn, Cheyenne Jensen, Kricket Keetch, Jessica Swenson, Kayden Worthington, Tyler Galt, and Mikkel Olsen. Unfortunately, they did not place in the top three, but shortly after the competition, Spanish Fork’s advisor Kasee Smith had this to say about her team, “We made a few minor mistakes, but they should be proud. They legitimately could’ve and probably would have won this competition many other years. It was very close, and they’re an outstanding team” As the convention proceeded, students were privileged to hear the retiring addresses of the State officers as well as celebrating the hard work of members and chapters across the state as they received awards for their outstanding projects and hard work. Spanish Fork FFA is currently the largest chapter in the state, and they proved that they’re not only large in terms of sheer numbers, but they also work hard and accomplish a great deal every year. Once again, the entire chapter was given the Five Star Chapter Award. Tyler Galt, this year’s chapter president also received an award. He is this years Star State Farmer, and was ecstatic to pick up his award. Chaleesa Warren, the 2010-2011 State President and former student at Spanish Fork High School was the final officer to give a retiring address this year. She spoke in the last session about making a difference in the lives of other members, friends, or even strangers. Her retiring address was entitled “The Butterfly Effect” and was one of the most compelling speeches of any retiring officer in recent years. Most FFA members realize how awesome the Spanish Fork FFA Chapter is, but to those of you who aren’t as involved, the accomplishments at this year’s convention are proof enough of the caliber of organization that exists in Spanish Fork. The quality of this chapter is second to none and the officers and advisors here in Spanish Fork deserve a huge pat on the back. FFA gives opportunities for students to learn and grow whether they are involved in agriculture or not. Jessica Swenson, a senior officer at Spanish Fork said, “FFA has given me the chance to make awesome friends, learn and explore career opportunities, and become a leader amongst my peers.” And Kira Fenn added, “I challenge everybody to step out of their comfort zone and get involved in FFA. I promise you won’t regret it!”
Sophomore week happened recently at Spanish Fork High School. The Sophomore Council planned some very fun and exciting events for our school! From lunch activities like nachos, rock paper scissors competitions, and a giant poster for them to sign, the students were deeply involved in the activities. Other events included a movie night where the students gathered to watch Megamind, and a Quidditch Tournament! Friday night brought the amazing sophomore week to a close with a “Good vs. Evil” themed, black-light dance! The crazy decorations and neon colors really brought out the craziness of the only stag dance at Spanish Fork High. MORP, which stands for Prom backwards, is supposed to be the opposite of the elegant dance. You come without a date, which gives the dance more of a stomp feeling, and you dress down in sweats or costumes. MORP was a huge success and a great way to bring an end to our wonderful Sophomore Week!
Four girls and one boy from Spanish Fork High School qualified for State Choir as soloists. The girls are Bonnie Miller, Randi Miller, Jessica Christly, and Morgan Hansen. Jacob Warner was the only boy to qualify for the state competition. When asked what it takes to get to the state competition, these students said, “A LOT of practice. Hours upon hours of practicing.” The hardest part for them was probably learning and singing in a foreign language. They had to learn songs in French, Italian, and German. The advice they would like to give future vocalists is to memorize songs early, and, once you think you’ve got your song learned well enough, you don’t. So get out there and practice some more! All the work pays off when they improve their skills and give enjoyment to others through their singing.
SFHS lady golfers spring season has begun; their first tournament of the season was Monday, March 21st at their home course, Spanish Oaks. The six varsity players were Britni Munter, with 35 points, Kelli Christensen with 25, Mckenzie Beckstrom with 12, Sabrina Naulu with 22, Whitney Hansen with 23, and Camrie Weight with 19 points. Coach Jordan Rogers was proud of the girls for playing their best and representing good teamwork. They are currently in second place, with Uintah being first at 147 points and SF being at 105. It was a low blow to be beaten on their home course, but “It is good we realize that in order to win, we must put our whole heart into practice,” says Rogers. Winning Region last year, and 2nd in State, Lady Don Golfers expect to have a challenging, yet rewarding 2011 season.
During Thursday and Friday of this past week, the Spanish Fork High School DECA Team had the opportunity to compete at a state level with business students from schools all across Utah. At this state event the team of Kathne Madsen and Austin Vincent received medals as state finalists and while competing in the individual events, and Tanner Holt placed first place in Sport Marketing. Based off of his performance, Tanner will be going on to Nationals.
The DECA Club of Spanish Fork High School rocks and the people who went on these competitions had fun ranging from the competing, to fun side events such as Sumo suit wrestling. Based off of the success and positive affirmations of the DECA members, it is fair to say, “SFHS DECA will be looking to continue to win at these events and is one of the clubs where members can excel at competition and in learning experiences.”
On Friday, March 4th and Tuesday March 8th, Spanish Fork High School's cheer squad and drill team performed routines at Spanish Fork Junior High and Diamond Fork Junior high. The cheer squad performed a routine with tumbling, stunting, and dancing. The cheer squad's songleaders also performed with their competition routine that they have placed first at both of their competitions. The drill team performed their competition routines also. The two teams performed to show girls interested in trying out for cheerleading/songleading or drill an example of what it was going to be like and what they do all year.
Spanish Fork High School’s very own Gentry Wilson is one of the very few people who is qualified for the state orchestra competition. We had a little question and answer session with Gentry to find out exactly what it takes to make it to the state finals.
Gentry has been playing the cello since sixth grade. She practices almost every day for at least an hour a day. On weekends, she practices for two and a half hours. A few weekends ago, she went to Snow College and tried out for a music scholarship there. They are sending out a letter shortly saying what type of scholarship she will receive, so she is eagerly awaiting the exciting news. Gentry would like to personally thank Mr. Bach himself for writing awesome cello solos that she has been lucky enough to play. Want advice from Gentry on what it takes to make it to state? “If you love what you do, don’t stop. Stick with it and have fun.” Good luck Gentry! Go out there and make Spanish Fork proud!!
Recently, fantasy author Berin Stephens visited Spanish Fork High School’s Book Club. Stephens was born in Anchorage, Alaska, but he grew up in Chugiak. He graduated from BYU, and currently lives in Orem, Utah. Stephens gave the students tips and instruction on how to become a competitive writer. “It’s not finding a publisher that is hard, but finding someone you can trust to read your work.” He also told the students how to become creative discovery writers. Lauren Maughan, a student at Spanish Fork High School describes what he taught: “He started writing, and he let the story take him instead of planning it all out.” It was an enriching opportunity for the Book Club students at Spanish Fork High School.