September 2013

Utah County Health Department Notice

Dear Parents,

A student at SFHS has recently been diagnosed with Pertussis (whooping cough).  The student is being kept at home, on antibiotics and will not return to school until cleared by a doctor.

Please read the attached letter from the Utah County Health Department.  The letter will give you more information about Pertussis signs and symptoms and how to protect your child.

Sincerely,

SFHS Administration

 

Principal McKee Visits D.C.

Attributions: 
Abraham Zambrano

Spanish Fork High School principal Dave McKee returned to SFHS Monday, September 23, 2013, after spending nearly a week in our nation's capitol. McKee traveled to Washington D.C. to represent Utah as the Utah High School Principal of the Year.

"It was an awesome trip," said McKee.

While in Washington, McKee toured the Capitol Building and met with Utah congressment and senators. He met with each representative individually to talk about education.

McKee also met principals from other states on his trip. He shared information about what we do at Spanish Fork High School with them and learned about their schools. McKee said he would be interested in visiting schools in other states in the future, but he is ultimately proud of everything we do at SFHS.

"Nobody out there has anything better than we do," said McKee.

Seminary Serves Lunch

Attributions: 
Carson Hansen

The seminary staff at Spanish Fork High School hosted a big barbeque during lunch on Tuesday, September 17, 2013. They served hot dogs, chips, cookies, and water outside the seminary building.

The line to get food was crazy long; it took about 5-10 minutes beginning to end. In fact, the attendance was so great that the staff had to cook additional hot dogs.

The food was offered to all students free of charge. 

Is Freedom Worth Fighting For? (editorial)

Attributions: 
Sawyer Hamilton

We have all heard of the happenings in Syria, Egypt, Libya, and Afghanistan where the people are fighting for their freedom. We have heard throughout our lives the stories of how dictators, monarchs, and various tyrants have fallen in civil wars and revolutions. In these overthrows, hundreds of thousands, sometimes even millions, have been killed, just so the people can be free. This raises a question. Is freedom worth fighting for?

Our own nation was once in a position where we were screaming for "liberty and justice for all," and we were willing to die for it. We were small, a group of colonies, looking in the face of the huge powerful beast known as England, ruled by a tyrant and his followers. The war we fought from 1775-1781 cost the United States thousands of lives, but in return for fighting this war and winning, the United States got a great reward: freedom.

The American Revolution inspired revolutions of all kinds in Europe, Africa, and South America. Everywhere, governments ruled by a singe person or government party have been replaced by democracies and multi-party republics because the citizens of these nations are willing to fight for their freedoms.

Sometimes we ask ourselves, "Was this war worth it?" but then we think of what the outcome was. Freedom, justice, and elected officials, plus power to the people. If it ever came down to it, would you be willing to fight for freedom?

Importance of Homecoming Week (editorial)

Attributions: 
Anthony Day

When attending Spanish Fork High School, there is nothing better than being part of Homecoming week, a week full of partying, dancing, action, and best of all, being around the people you love and having an outright blast.

Homecoming is very important to the students and staff of SFHS. The assembly especially stands out because as many students said, being able to hear about old memories from past students leaves everyone excited, knowing that our homecoming assembly is bigger and better.

Being a part of SFHS and Homecoming is like being a part of a family. With the laughs we share, the battles we compete in, and the joys of being around one another, our family will always be "rock solid."

Seniors Rise with the Sun

Attributions: 
Taralin Durrant

Seniors at Spanish Fork High School woke up before the sun on Tuesday, September 10, 2013 to watch the sun rise with their classmates at the annual Senior Sunrise event.

Nibbling on muffins, fruit, and cereal, seniors waited for the sun to come up. Around 7:00 a.m. seniors began feeling disappointed; the clouds blocked the sunrise.

"I was kind of disappointed," said Anna Mathison. "It was fun to sit with my classmates and friends, but it was sad that the clouds were in the way."

Many seniors, like Mathison, were discouraged by the cloud cover. At about 7:15 a.m., they started heading home to get ready for school or into the building to go to class.

"As disappointing as it was, it was still nice to see everyone there with each other, even if it was so early in the morning," said Mathison.

Dons Take on the Devils at the Homecoming Game

Attributions: 
Harley Smith

Spanish Fork High School gathered with high spirits on Friday, September 13, 2013 for the Homecoming football game as the football team took on the Red Devils of Springville. Much of the student body showed their support by wearing their rock solid t-shirts.

An SF senior said, "I have been going to SFHS for three years now and my favorite memories are of the SF football games."

The fans cheered loudly for the football team. During halftime, the marching band, cheerleaders, and drill team performed for the crowd. The 2013-2014 Homecoming royalty was also introduced during halftime. The Homecoming court included 2nd attendants Sabrina Naulu and Jared Dixon, 1st attendants Kourtney Kramer and Tate Paxton, Homecoming king Brett Roberts, and Homecoming queen Maddy Money.

Even though the Devils won the game, it was a fun night for the SF students.

 

A Night in Black and White

Attributions: 
Kevin Johnson

Spanish Fork High School celebrated the end of Homecoming week with the Homecoming dance on Saturday, September 14, 2013. After a week of activities, the dance was a huge success. 

The dance followed a black and white theme. The D-gym was decorated with black and white paper, tulle, and balloons. Decorations also featured 10 feet tall cutouts of dancing couples and a 15 feet long antique car cutout. A highlight of the decorations was a large paper skyline where couples could sign their names in chalk.

The dance was from 8:30-11:30 p.m. Many couples in groups arrived throughout the night. 

Senior Caleb Stephens said, "It was such a fun night. Everything was perfect for my last homecoming."

It's Never to Late to Fiesta!

Attributions: 
Tui Tuaone

It may have been a week late, but nothing stopped Spanish Fork High School from enjoying the Homecoming fiesta. Students gathered at the pavilion west of the main gym on Tuesday, September 17, 2013. The fiesta had originally been scheduled for Wednesday, September 11, 2013, but the event was postponed due to rainy weather.

Around 200 students turned out for food, drinks, and volleyball. The swimming pool was also open for the event. Students said it was a great time to meet up with friends, talk to girls and guys, and socialize with new people.

The food and drinks were in the pavilion. The volleyball games were held on the sandy courts just below the pavilion. The student council organized a volleyball tournament. Eight teams participated with the team made up of baseball players taking the championship. The pool had a big group of students talking, laughing, and having a good time.

Marching Band Takes the Field at Provo High School

Attributions: 
Rhiannon Martin

Spanish Fork High School Marching Band performed at Provo High School on September 14, 2013. It was a chance for all of the different marching bands in the area to get feedback on their competition show from other people instead of just their coaches.

"It was a lot less stressful on Saturday because  we had already performed it once before," said Seryn Martin, color guard member.

The band's show is made up of music from Phantom of the Opera. They first performed their show at halftime of the Homecoming football game on Friday, September 13, 2013.

Color guard coach Sarah Nasson said, "There have been great improvements in my guard. I loved "Wishing." It was super beautiful. The white silks just stand out on the field. I love the 10 foot poles the best. They surely improve everyday. They improved a lot even from one night. We have learned how much they can accomplish this season."

Marching band coach Clint Roberts said, "Compared to Homecoming, it was fresher. Overall, it's ten times better even just from Homecoming. They stayed mentally involved; they did not get lost at all. They knew what they were supposed to be doing and where they were supposed to do it."

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