October 2013

Reflections

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PTA

The PTA Reflections program encourages students to explore their artistic
talents by creating works of art for fun and recognition.  Local winners
in each category go on to compete at the council, region, and state
levels.  This year's theme is “Believe, Dream, Inspire” and includes the
categories of Dance Choreography, Film Production, Music Composition,
Literature, Visual Arts, 3-Dimensional Artwork, and Photography.  Entry
forms and category rules are available at the front office or online at
utahpta.org/reflections.  Entries are due Friday, November 15, at the
front office by 3:00 p.m.

A Round of Applause for Shakespeare Team

Attributions: 
Abraham Zambrano
Jessica Peabody and Kenny White place 1st at Shakespeare competition

Take a bow. The Shakespeare team brought 3rd place overall home to Spanish Fork High School after their competition at Southern Utah University in Cedar City October 3 through October 5.

The SFHS team competed against 30 other schools from Utah and neighboring states.

Kenny White and Jessica Peabody placed first with their scene from Measure for Measure. They each received a $1000 scholarship to an acting camp at SUU. 

"The entire thing was fantastic," said White. "I enjoyed spending time with my friends and making new ones all while doing one of my favorite things."

The amazing Shakespeare team will be in action Friday, October 18, 2013 in the SFHS auditorium as they perform their Shakespeare Showcase. The show begins at 7:00 p.m. and tickets are $2.00.

Concurrent Enrollment Numbers Lead the District

Attributions: 
Abraham Zambrano

In the past three years, Spanish Fork High School has been leading Nebo School District in the number of students enrolled in concurrent enrollment with UVU, and "we're getting better," says Dave McKee, principal of of SFHS.

Since the fall of 2011, SFHS has had 193 more students enroll in classes for concurrent enrollment, making a grand total of 884. This bests most of the other schools in the district by 300 students or more. Salem Hills is the exception, coming in closest to Spanish Fork with 803 students in concurrent enrollment classes.

Students in concurrent enrollment classes earn credit at UVU simultaneously with their high school credit.

Teacher Spotlight: Ryan Kunzler

Attributions: 
Taralin Durrant
Ryan Kunzler

Ryan Kunzler teaches Spanish 2, Spanish 3, and Spanish 4 at Spanish Fork High School. He is in his second year, and he says he can't think of anything he doesn't like about it. Kunzler's favorite part of teaching is the students.

Kunzler was born August 4 and grew up in South Carolina. He attended BYU and now lives with his wife and two children, Ryan and Emma. While they don't focus on it, Kunzler and his wife try to teach their children a little Spanish by speaking it at home.

If he could travel anywhere in the world, Kunzler says he would like to go to Mexico, so he could visit the ancient ruins and eat authentic Mexican tacos from a street vendor. 

Kunzler's favorite superhero is Batman. If he could have a super power, he would want to fly, so he could dunk a basketball.

Kunzler's favorite candy bar is Milky Way, and his favorite food is hamburgers. He loves the song "My Wish" by Rascal Flatts. His favorite movie is Remember the Titans.

SFHS Welcomes Utah Colleges

Representatives from Utah's colleges and universities spent the morning at Spanish Fork High School on September 25, 2013 to take part in the annual college fair for seniors. 

After a keynot address in the auditorium, seniors could select three college presentations to attend. Schools from Utah State to Dixie State and everywhere in between were represented.

The counseling office organizes the event each fall to help seniors prepare to make decisions about their future and get started on the application process. Teachers were encouraged to wear shirts from their alma mater and answer students' questions about their college experiences.

SFHS is One "Cool School"

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Big Budah talks to FFA about animals and floriculture

Spanish Fork High School showed just how cool it is as Fox 13's "Cool School of the Week" on September 25, 2013. Fox 13's Big Budah and crew visited Spanish Fork High to broadcast live during Good Day Utah. 

Fox 13 showed nine different live shots from SFHS, interviewing groups such as student council, cheerleaders, choir, drill team, and dance company. The morning showcased a musical number from the upcoming fall musical Into the Woods. Big Budah also visited with students from FFA, and at one point, he donned an apron to cook aebelskievers with the pro-start culinary class. 

Hundreds of students were on hand to be part of the morning's events. The crowd cheered and showed a lot of enthusiasm. The last live shot of the morning featured the crowd singing the SFHS fightsong.

Finding a Future through Internships

Attributions: 
Rhiannon Martin

Students at Spanish Fork High School are working in the career of their choice already. They are training through Spanish Fork's internship program.

The students are placed in interships according to what career they want to go into. For example, students who want to go into education will work in elementary schools. A student who wants to do culinary arts will work at Kneaders or another restaurant. Those who want to enter the medical field will go to a doctor's office, hospital, or health care center.

Students with internships will leave school during the day when the job that they are doing will be the most needed. Culinary arts students will go to their internship in the morning when a restaurant is making bread. The students working with doctors will go when the hospital is at its busiest.

Student interns this semester include Colton Baum at an animal clinic, Savannah Kelepolo at the hospital, Karalyn Lewis at Gate House, and Hannah Phillips at Larsen Elementary School.

Students who are interested in completing an internship can get more information from Chris Thomas in the counseling office.

SFHS Pledges to Reach Out

Attributions: 
Kaisha Brunson

SFHS students were challenged at an assembly on September 27, 2013 to reach out to others and be a genuine friend through a program known as RDI.

"I think the RDI can help a lot because there are a lot of lonely people, and if we get more people involved, they will all be friends," said SF student Mariah Cook. 

RDI is an accronym. R stands for reach across the divide. D reminds students to discover what is interesting about others, and I encourages students to invite others to be part of something.

"Reaching out and discovering new people and inviting people into your circle of friends can help get more people to be involved," said Cook.

Former SFHS student Paige Stodtmeister helped organize the RDI movement at Spanish Fork.

"If everyone practices these three goals, we can accomplish a lot," said Stodtmeister.

RDI is part of a program sponsored by VitalSmarts.

 

FFA Judging Competition

Attributions: 
Cortney Anderson

Spanish Fork FFA as well as Maple Mountain and 23 other FFA chapters traveled to Snow College on October 8, 2013 to take part in a judging competition. The competition consisted of more than thirty different competitions including, floriculture, vet science, range, livestock, and dairy cows. One team from Spanish Fork High School judged dairy cows.

After practicing every Wednesday for about a month, students were ready for the competition. They judged four cows in each of five classes, ranking the cows from one through four.

After judging all five classes, students compared their rankings with the scores from experts and added them up. The team them added their collective score and ended with a total score of 508 out of 750, not bad for a team of new judges.

The other FFA teams from Spanish Fork High School did well in their respective competitions as well.

NHS Makes Big Plans for the Year

Attributions: 
Harley Smith

The National Honor Society at Spanish Fork High School has been busy making plans for a year full of service.

"As part of the NHS, it is our job to help the community. We have a big group this year, so I feel we can do more service and help more people," said committee leader and junior at SFHS, Paige Burnham.

The NHS is a national organization that does service projects around the community and around the school.

This year, the NHS will be working with other students from Chicago. In April, the members will be taking a trip to Chicago to join with the students there to do some service projects.

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