October 2014

PTA Reflections

Attributions: 
Cathy Bennett

The following students have received an Award Of Excellence in the PTA Reflections Contest:

Madelyn Bingham - Literature
Laine Romney - Visual Arts
Lewis Stevens - Photography
Kayly Andreasen - Photography
Isreal Prestwich - Photography

These students' entries will go on to be judged at Region.
Congratulations!!

SFHS Student Honored

Attributions: 
Deon Youd
Jamie Wright

Jamie Wright, senior at Spanish Fork High School, is a Daily Herald student of the week. Wright was featured in the newspaper October 15, 2014

"I think it's really cool that they wanted me to be student of the week. It's a privilege," said Wright.

Wright is involved in many activities at Spanish Fork High. She serves as the president of SF's chapter of the National Honor Society as well as a member of the leadership board for REACH, a program dedicated to helping students feel connected and valued. Wright is also a member of the golf team and plays guitar in a band.

Wright says she loves Spanish Fork High.

"The teachers are great, and we have great spirit here," she said.

Wright has advice for other students just starting out in high school.

"Get involved," she said. "It makes your whole experience more fun. Work hard and get good grades. That determines who you'll be."

Good Grades Do Pay

Attributions: 
Deon Youd
Nicole Koyle

Nicole Koyle, a senior at Spanish Fork High School, knows first hand that it pays to get As. She is the recipient of a $1,000 scholarship from Zion's Bank and the Pays for As program. Representatives from Zion's Bank surprised Nicole with the award at the Homecoming assembly in September. 

"I didn't have any idea," said Koyle.

Koyle qualified for the scholarship by taking her report cards to Zions Bank where she earned $1 for each A. She said she knew that there was a drawing for a scholarship but didn't think much about it.

"I knew, but I didn't think it would happen to me," said Koyle. "Hard work really pays off."

Koyle was selected in a drawing from all the Pays for As participants in the state. She is still considering her options for college but knows this money will help wherever she decides to go.

Reaching Across the Divide

Attributions: 
Deon Youd
Teachers, students, and special guests spoke to the student body at a Reach Week assembly.

It's time to REACH out to other people around you. That's the message students at Spanish Fork High School got this week as Character Counts Week kicked off the Reach program at our school.

Reach is a program run by students to encourage others to build connections and make sure everyone feels valued and connected.

Surveys conducted with students at SFHS revealed at roughly 130 students feel like they have no other person, student or teacher, that they connect with, explained Daniel Stodtmeister, a member of the Reach leadership team.

"That makes me want to fix the problem," said Stodtmeister.

The Reach program has three vital behaviors signified by the acronym RDI. Students are encouraged to "Reach" across the divide, "Discover" what is interesting about another person, and "Invite" to connect.

"It just comes down to reaching out of your comfort zone and trying to connect with others," said Stodtmeister.

Reach week included an assembly, a lunch barbeque, and a service project where students wrote letters to members of the military, teachers, or other students.

Homecoming

Attributions: 
ALC

Check out this great Homecoming video made by students!

College Application Week

Attributions: 
Deon Youd
College Application Week is part of a state-wide initiative.

Navigating the college application process can be tough, but help is on its way. Seniors at Spanish Fork High School and at schools around Nebo School District will be participating in College Application Week November 17-21. During this week, every senior will complete at least one college application during school hours. School counselors, admission representatives from various colleges, and volunteers will be on hand to help seniors complete their applications during their English classes. To help our students prepare, SFHS will be holding a college application awareness week November 10-14. 

"This will help our students prepare to fill out the applications and have all the documents they need," said Dylan Dewey, SFHS counselor. College Application Week is part of an initiative to help increase the number of first generation and low-income students who pursue a post-secondary education. It benefits all students as it helps them create at least one college application with assistance.Students getting ready for College Application Week can check college websites or visit the counseling center to learn about requirements for both admission and scholarships. Students and parents should also note that the students are responsible to pay their own application fees. Fees for most colleges are around $35 or $40. Exact application fee information can be found on the colleges' websites.For more information, please check the website www.stepuputah.com/college-application-week.

 

Students Get Glimpse of Next Level at Annual College Day

Attributions: 
Article by Deon Youd, Photo by Salaia Robarge
Students pose for a "selfie" with the representative from USU Eastern at College Day.

The class of 2015 has a lot to think about when choosing where to go to school next year, but after this year's annual College Day, they have a lot more information to help them. Representatives from colleges and universities from around the state of Utah were at Spanish Fork High School on Wednesday, October 1 to meet with seniors and provide them with information about their schools. 

"It is a great opportunity for our seniors to get a wealth of information on colleges without leaving our campus," said Dawn Draper, counselor at SFHS.

The event started with a general assembly for all seniors. Then they each chose three breakout sessions to attend with the colleges they were most interested in. 

"The best part is seeing students get excited about college and excited about the opportunity to go to college.  They also have a contact person at each school that they feel they can speak to after meeting with the reps." said Draper.

Seniors applying for college and scholarships should keep in mind deadlines. December 1 is the scholarship deadline for BYU, USU, and UofU. Other deadlines vary from March to May.