Two of our Spanish Fork High School students, Annie Darling and Lydia Money, participated in a writing scholarship contest from UVU and won. Annie Darling submitted a portfolio of six poems of various subjects and won first place, winning $100. Annie said “I wasn’t going to submit anything, but now that I have and won, it has jump started me to want to do more.” Lydia Money also submitted a portfolio of six poems of a variety of subjects; slavery, freedom, addictions, etc and won second place, winning $50. Lydia said “I tried to keep my poems heartfelt and with meaning, but I also wanted to leave the reader wanting to figure out the meaning for themselves.” She also won honorable mention for an essay she submitted that best summed up her life. She wrote about looking in the mirror and asking her reflection how to make a difference in the world. Throughout the essay it was about the conversation she had with “mirror self”. They both did very well and we at Spanish Fork High School are very proud of them for winning the contest.
Spanish Fork High School FFA, the largest FFA chapter in the state and the biggest , celebrated National FFA Week by doing several activities at the school and regional levels last week.
The week was kicked off by a visit from Mayor Wayne Anderson. He eagerly agreed to come and talk to club officers and sign an official declaration saying it was FFA week in Spanish Fork. Mayor Anderson asked each officer about his/her future goals and then went on to talk about the impact FFA had on his own life. He said, “I learned most of the skills it takes to be the mayor through FFA, not my English class or math class. FFA is what taught me how to be a public speaker.”
On Wednesday, FFA members entertained students during lunch with fun games and activities that showed everyone how entertaining and exciting FFA can be, and on Thursday officers and committee chairs paid a visit to the junior highs to play games with the younger students. These games were not only fun, but they challenged students to step out of their comfort zone and try something new.
Thursday night was the biggest activity of the week. Spanish Fork hosted a regional activity at Lazer Assault in Provo. At the activity, FFA members and guests enjoyed laser tagging, black light mini golf, pizza, and a service project. Members cut and tied fleece into baby blankets that will be donated to Mountain View Hospital in Payson. Kricket Keetch, a member of Spanish Fork FFA’s officer team, said, “We want everybody to have a lot of fun playing laser tag, but we don’t want to forget what is really important. That’s why we’re doing a cool service project that will help a lot of young families. “
Over all, FFA week went extremely well. FFA members participated in fun activities as well as a service project, the officer team found ways to come together as a team to make things run smoothly, and non-FFA members got just a little taste of why FFA is so great!
Recently a Spanish Fork High School student has earned a unique and impressive scholarship. The recipient was none other than the talented and good looking Claire Stodtmeister. She is a 17 year old senior, who is full of school spirit, energy, and extreme enthusiasm. She wrote a paper to the Utah Drill and Dance Association explaining her “Ultimate Potential”. The scholarship is a cash reward to go towards college funds. Claire loves to shop, draw, and, of course, dance! She explained in her paper how she was a star dancer who never ever gave up. She is definitely a strong fighter and never gives up. She loves learning and performing. She has a high goal of becoming a history teacher for high school students. Claire represents Spanish Fork High School well.
After graduating, many students are still indecisive about where they want to go to college, what they want to major in, and what they really want out of a college experience. This, however, is not the case for SFHS senior James Lengal.
James, who has played baseball for 3 years for SFHS, has signed on with Brigham Young University. When asked about his decision, he stated, “I am very excited for this opportunity because it has always been my dream to play for BYU.”
It is no surprise that Lengal received a scholarship that covers every part of his education except for a portion of housing. Through his dedication and commitment to the sport, James has made his way to the top, sporting two state championship rings. When asked about the upcoming season, James stated, “I am excited for the opportunity to bring home a third title. I can’t think of a better way to end my senior year and start the new chapter of my life playing for BYU.”
James is known for his humility despite his obvious talent. He has the attitude of a champion and has continued to be a key player for Spanish Fork High.
James is grateful for his mom and Coach Shoe for all their support through the years. “There isn’t a more deserving kid in the world. He is a perfect fit for BYU, and will bring great success to the program there. He has been an outstanding player for us in the past, and will continue that momentum into the upcoming season.” Coach Shoe replied when asked about Lengal.
With the support of his teammates and the community, James starts his last season as a Spanish Fork Don and is read to bring his team to victory.
Babies are born daily, but the sad thing about such a wonderful experience is that some babies have to go home with nothing but the clothes on their backs to keep them warm. Spanish Fork FFA, during their FFA week activities, thought about how they could make a difference. On Thursday, February 24, 2010, the FFA did a service project where they made baby blankets to later donate to Payson Hospital.
That night, they were able to make over 30 blankets with still a lot of fleece to make more. Although, making all of the blankets wouldn’t have been possible without the generous help from all of the FFA chapters in our area. Thanks to all those that participated and thanks to Spanish Fork FFA for all of the community service that they keep providing to help those in need. For a fun way to unwind from quilting, the students participated in a laser assault game where everyone could safely attack each other. It was a great way to end the evening.
For teacher appreciation week, Spanish Fork High School Parent/Teacher/Student Association provided the faculty with pink cookies, mailbox treats, an awesome dinner for Parent Teacher Conference, doughnuts and ended the week with a pie day. PTSA club members decorated the school on Monday with posters and sign to express their appreciation. Spanish Fork has some of the greatest teachers in Utah with teachers of the year and soon to be teachers of the year. One of the English teachers at Spanish Fork said, “Teacher appreciation week was great. It has been one of the greatest so far.” Students at Spanish Fork really love and enjoy the faculty and staff. We love our teachers! Thank you!
Salem Hills, Maple Mountain, Springville, Payson, and Spanish Fork High School’s Dance Company all gathered together at Spanish Fork High for the Nebo Dance Company Showcase. All teams were given the opportunity to space onstage to prepare for the show, and attend a master class taught by Shawnee Bird. Shawnee taught a contemporary combo and the girls really enjoyed it! After each school had a chance to space on stage and attend the master class, they all gathered to eat dinner. After the girls ate, they had an hour to prepare for the show. The show started at 7:00 pm, and each of the schools had a chance to perform two dances each. The dance styles consisted of jazz, contemporary, lyrical, and modern. This is the first time Nebo School District has done this, and we hope to have it as an annual tradition. It was a huge success, and the girls had so much fun!
Jack Swenson was recently inducted into Spanish Fork High School Athletic Hall of Fame. He graduated from Spanish Fork High School in 1954. While in high school he served on the student council and participated on the football, basketball and baseball teams. He was chosen to be on the 1954 All-State basketball team. Mr. Swenson graduated for BYU in 1958 with a degree in Physical Education and Health. He received his Masters Degree in 1974 in Community Education and Recreation. His teaching career began in Toole, Utah. He returned to Nebo School District in 1959 and continued teaching until 1977 when he became the Community School/Recreation Director for Spanish Fork City. After 37 years with Nebo School District, Mr. Swenson retired. During his years as the Spanish Fork Recreation Director, Mr. Swenson has organized many youth and adult sports programs. He was extremely involved in planning and creating new fields, tennis courts, skateboard park, water park and maintenance of the all the parks.