On January 21st Nebo School District held a first ever district wide welding competition at Spanish Fork High School. This event took place for all the elite welders in the welding programs and there were 15 total participants at the competition--three from each school. Each student was presented with the same challenges and was judged on their performances by local certified welding inspectors. Many local companies help support and donate prizes for the contestants. This particular event determined who would represent each school at the state level Skills USA Competition that will take place in March. Spanish Fork High ended up sweeping the top three positions; Wes Osborn took 1st, Cody Cornaby took 2nd, and Dillon Shepherd tied for 3rd.; our alternate competitor, Shane Laird, took the 8th position. All top three contenders won auto-darkening welding helmets, cover-ups, and other useful welding prizes. Spanish Fork High School won the overall competition and will be able to proudly display the aspired traveling trophy for the next year to come. I would like to personally acknowledge all the students on a very competitive meeting and congratulate each of my students on a job very well done!
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The 2011-2012 SFHS Swim Team has been very successful this year. They have competed at many meets, but this past weekend the swim team had a chance to compete in their annual region swim meet in Richfield to compete for the region title and to get qualified for the state swim meet, which is exactly what they did. At the end of the meet, the Spanish Fork and Emery boy’s teams had a tied score of 270, making us both the region winners. The girls placed 3rd overall out of 5 teams which was sensational. In all of Spanish Fork High Schools past years, this is the first year that the swim team has ever won region. Let’s just say that the coaches were very happy and ended up getting thrown in the water by all of the swimmers. Overall, 7 of the 25 or so swimmers ended up qualifying for the state meet including: Colton Christensen in the 200 and 500 freestyle, Adam Hunter in the 50 and 100 freestyle, Chet Oxborrow in the 200IM and 100 breaststroke, Jace Parkinson in the 100 butterfly, Emily Windsor in the 100 freestyle, Natalie Parkinson in the 100 butterfly, and Amber Dowling in the 200IM. The boys and girls 200 Medley relays both qualified and the boys 200 and 400 freestyle relays also qualified. The state meet will be held on Friday and Saturday, February 3rd and 4th at BYU.
Toward the beginning of November, the Power Within Club ventured into Riverview Elementary School and delivered a presentation to boost self-esteem. They presented to the 6th graders who seemed to enjoy their wit and compassion. Doni Bufton (Riverview 6th grade teacher) said she and the 6th grade enjoyed the presentation. This year, the Power Within Club has done a great job in promoting self-esteem. Just two months ago, they were in Springville at Sage Creek Elementary visiting class by class of 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grades. As a member, each person has the “power within” and plays a huge role in making a difference for future generations. Listen up and get involved with any activity that this club has to offer, because it will be well worth your time.
Saturday January 7, the SFHS cheerleaders and song leaders competed at a Region Competition at Timpview High School.
After a lot of work the cheerleaders managed to bring home second place! There were eight teams they were competing against.The Cheerleaders also qualified to compete in Nationals this March in California. The song leaders brought home first place; they competed against Bingham. They also qualified for Nationals.
The excited and anxious SFHS Chamber Singers, directed by Shea Bradshaw and Aimoku Higa (eye-ee-moku Hega), were invited to BLESS the lives of the people who work in the LDS Administration Building by performing the Christmas songs that they worked so hard to prepare for. They met early in the morning (before the sun was even close to being up) on December 16th to start their journey to Salt Lake City. They sang a collection of songs in French, Italian, Haitian, and finally English. They didn’t have time to warm up their voices, so they had to rely on their natural talents. At 7:30 am they started singing in a Marble Stairwell; the harmonious and angelic sound rang through the whole building, bringing the Christmas spirit to all who listened.
After the amazing experience they had at the Administration Building, the starving teenagers and the directors enjoyed a wonderful breakfast at JB’s. For the last encounter they would have with their wonderful and amazing student teacher. Once again they used their natural talents and wrote a rap for her departure. It’s always fun getting a group of kids together as crazy as the SFHS Chamber Singers.