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April 2011

Whitney Hansen Interns at Utah Valley Hospital

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 04/28/2011 - 15:01
: Kira Fenn and Candace Kester
Internship - Whitney and Jada Hansen

Everyone gets to deal with many different jobs and career opportunities through doing internships at Spanish Fork High School. Whitney Hansen gets the wonderful chance to deal with babies found in the NICU (New Born Intensive Care Unit) at the Utah Valley Hospital in Provo, UT. All day she follows her mom and watches as she performs many different operations on babies that could be measured up against a regular dollar bill and the bill being bigger.
Whitney said that most of the babies that are found in this part of the hospital are mainly twins or triplets and that she has seen some pass away while she has been there. Although, those moments are rather sad for her to see she said that she enjoys the hands on experience she is able to gain and learn from, and watching as some of the babies from the hospital leave with their family and start their journey in life. One final thing that Whitney mentioned is what inspired her to get involved her answer to that question is, “My mom inspired me to get involved because she showed me how rewarding of a career this could be due to all of the lives it can change for the good.”


Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 04/27/2011 - 08:45
Kaitlin Urmston and Tyson Galovich
Ken Garff Keys to Success Winners Colby Baum, Zack Bate, Kyle Hutchings
Ken Garff Keys to Success Assembly


The gym erupted with noise as students jumped to
their feet cheering for one of their now-envied classmate.
Spanish Fork High School has been working with the Ken
Garff Keys to Success program for the past seven years,
and each year one lucky student gets the chance to win the
grand prize. Throughout the year students are given the
opportunity to earn Key Cards for goals that they set with
their teacher or for academic achievement. Each key card
can be redeemed online for a ton of different prizes.
Finally, at the end of the year, the school has a massive
drawing and 50 students get the chance to be in the Keys
to Success assembly. This year the grand prize was a brand
new iPad! Out of the 50 students whose key cards were
drawn, five got the chance to turn a key and sound the
alarm that signals victory. This year the five finalists
were Leslie Beck, Benson Wood, Kyle Hutchings, Kelton
Davis, and Morgan Gasser. The first four to turn their key
were unsuccessful which left Kyle Hutchings with what
everyone assumed to be the winning key. As he walked up to
try his key, students in the crowd slowly began to cheer.
As soon as the alarm sounded the students erupted into
applause and Kyle was showered in confetti, holding onto
his new iPad. Kyle will get the opportunity to represent
Spanish Fork High in the upcoming drawing for a brand new
2012 Fiat 500. Good luck Kyle!
Ken Garff also sponsors scholarships in conjunction with Utah Valley University. Zack Bate was awarded a $2,000 scholarship to Utah Valley University with a matching $1,000 from Utah Community Credit Union. Colby Baum was awarded a $1,000 scholarship for Math, Science, and Engineering to Utah Valley University from the U.S. Synthetic Bill J. Pope Scholarship.

Students Play Gotcha

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 04/27/2011 - 07:51
Jen Huntsman, Tyson Galovich, and Jonathan Woodbrey
Gotcha -Strategic Game

GOTCHA! Few words can instill such fear in a student’s heart. But at Spanish Fork High School, this one definitely can. Squirt bottles are always within arm’s reach, and friends keep watch; this game always keeps students on edge. It’s a traditional game played at the school every year. Students pay to play - they all receive the name of another student, and then the hunt begins. One has to squirt that person to get them out. Then they get that person’s name, and have a new target. The last few weeks of school, this group is whittled down until one student is left standing. This person receives the winnings from the money that students paid to play. This year, however, half of the money raised was donated to Utah County’s Habitat for Humanity, a service organization that has chapters across the nation.
There are a few rules to make it fair and move faster. There are set time periods, or “rounds” in which a person has to get at least one person out, or else they are out themselves. The game is playable from 6:00 AM till 10:30 PM every day. School campus is off limits during school hours or school sponsored activities. Students cannot break an entry to get their person either. If a student is lucky enough to squirt the person chasing them first, they are safe for the rest of the day. Anything and everywhere else is free game. It’s a time of both deception and paranoia, but it makes for one of the most fun activities of the school year.

SFHS Drama Goes to State and Nationals!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 04/27/2011 - 07:38
Jared Tuckett
Drama State Competition - Hannah Carson and Jerron Orton

Students from the Spanish Fork High School Drama Department participated in State Drama last week. The participants were Hannah Carson, Jerron Orton, Jen Grzybowski, and Marty Sperry. Orton and Carson performed dramatic monologues, and Grzybowski and Sperry did a contemporary scene together. Grzybowski, Sperry, and Carson received straight superiors and qualify for Nationals this summer.

SFHS Skills USA Team Excels at State

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 04/27/2011 - 07:03
SFHS Skills USA Team Excels at State
Skills USA Bryan Bies, Logan Mellor, Zach Taylor, Korbyn Seamons
Skills USA Winners

Spanish Fork High School did very well this year at the state Skills USA competition. Our Auto-body program and welding programs competed for the top spot in the state of Utah. Our students finished with Bryan Bies in 5th place, Korbyn Seamons in 2nd. Logan Mellor was 2nd and Zach Taylor in 3rd. Our auto- body team did a great job and represented us well at skills. The welder from Spanish Fork was Cody Cornaby. He competed very well finishing in 8th place in the welding competition. The fabrication team also did very well.

SFHS Rodeo Members Rank High in State

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 04/26/2011 - 10:36
LaShea Peterson and Riley Sutch

A recent weekend a high school rodeo was held in Castledale, Utah. From the Southern Utah County rodeo team Ryli Sutch placed third in steer wrestling with a time of 5.69, and eighth in the tie down roping with a 15.6. The second day Savannah Pratt placed seventh with a 16.8 in the barrel racing and fifth in the team roping with heeler Ryli Sutch. Ryli also placed fourth in the steer wrestling with a 7.2. Dallin Kemp placed tenth in the team roping and fourth in the tie down roping with an 11.2. Overall Ryli is second in the state in steer wrestling and Dallin is second in the state in calf roping.

SFHS Sports Captains Attend Academy

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 04/26/2011 - 10:33
Kenzie Beckstrom

On April 21, 2011, Nebo School District held its annual Captains Academy. At the Academy, all the captains from each sport in that season meet together and talk about sportsmanship and what students can do to be friends with rivaling schools. From Spanish Fork High School, the captains that attended were Austin Stevens (soccer), Kenzie Beckstrom (golf), Brooke Kramer(softball), Jen Huntsman (girls track), Jerron Orton (boys track), and Matt Nelson(baseball). At the meeting, they learned what it takes to be good captains and leaders, and they also talked about injuries, how to prevent them, and what to do if they occur. It was a good experience to get together with all the other captains from the other high schools in the distrct and learn what they need to do to increase their friendships and sportsmanship. Congrats to all the teams and captains and good luck on the rest of their seasons.

Lady Don Golfers Swinging High

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 04/26/2011 - 08:59
Jordan Rogers
Lady Don Golfers.

The Lady Dons golf team recorded another stellar team total at Talon’s Cove on Monday. Britni Munter led the way, scoring 41 points on her way to winning yet another region match. She now leads the individual standings by six strokes with just two 9-hole matches remaining! Kellie Christensen also played terrific golf, scoring 36 points. Lydia Money had 30, and Sabrina Naulu chipped in 28. Kenzie Beckstrom and Nicole Hermansen also played great in foul weather conditions out there.

SFHS Kenzie Beckstrom Makes a Hole In One

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 04/26/2011 - 08:57
Austin Stevens
Golf Hole in One Kenzie Beckstrom

In golf, a hole in one is just about as likely as winning the lottery in Utah. Impossible. But one of our very own Lady Don golfers succeeded in sinking the ball in a single shot. It was April 20, 2011, on a very tricky par 3 at Gladstan golf course. On the second hole, Kenzie Beckstrom smacked a high lofting shot with her pitching wedge. Kenzie said, “It landed on the green, and I expected it to be an easy putt for a birdie.” To her surprise, it just kept rolling straight for the cup. The suspense mounted as she and her fellow golfers watched the gradual descent towards the pin. The ball fell in the hole, and Kenzie started jumping up and down screaming. Seeing a hole in one is a very rare thing, but hitting one is the best feeling a golfer can enjoy. Having Kenzie on our golf team is a very big threat to all the other schools in our region.


Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 04/26/2011 - 07:55
Kaitlin Urmston
Japanese Club Make Cranes for Earthquake Victims
Japanese Club Making Cranes

The Spanish Fork High School Japanese Club has challenged it's members and students school-wide to help with the enormous task of folding 1,000 paper cranes. Why one thousand paper cranes? As legend has it, there was once a young Japanese girl who was very sick and close to death. She had heard from people in her community that if one was to fold a thousand paper cranes, a wish would come true. So she began to fold, as did countless friends and loving strangers. Eventually, the goal was reached, the young girl was healed and lived an amazing life, all thanks to the thousand paper cranes.
      At first the Japanese Club thought that the historical and cultural significance of the thousand cranes would be a good way to connect with disaster-stricken Japan, but then Ashley Voss, president of the club, was contacted by a clothing company that was willing to donate one article of clothing for each paper crane that was made. Not only will Spanish Fork High School students be connecting with Japan through culture, but they will actually be helping in the relief efforts in the country. "The Japanese club is trying its best to help the country we love in its time of need," explained Ashley. "We would appreciate help from anyone in our goal." This is an amazing opportunity for students to reach out to those who have been affected by multiple unprecedented natural disasters. These thousand cranes will provide clothes for hundreds of people, and perhaps a wish will be granted as well.


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