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November 2014

NHS Spreads Thanksgiving Cheer

Submitted by deon.youd on Mon, 11/24/2014 - 09:23
Article by Deon Youd, Photos by William Paxton
NHS students deliver Thanksgiving to families in need.
NHS packages Thanksgiving fixings for families.
NHS packages Thanksgiving dinners for families.

Members fo the National Honor Society made the Thanksgiving holiday a little brighter for several families in the Spanish Fork area with their annual Thanksgiving Dinner service project. The NHS gathered, packaged, and delivered turkeys and all the fixings to about 40 families on November 20, 2014.

The NHS gathers the names of families in need from other teachers at SFHS as well as local religious leaders. Using food donated during a food drive, the NHS makes sure each family gets a complete Thanksgiving meal.

"It's fabulous to give it," said Kimmie Brammall, member of the NHS council. "Just the expression on their faces, it's the best part."

Providing Thanksgiving dinners to area families is a long time tradition for the National Honor Society.

Opening Night for Drowsy Chaperone

Submitted by deon.youd on Thu, 11/20/2014 - 09:29
Deon Youd

An enthusiastic cast is ready to take the stage. Thursday, November 20 is opening night for The Drowsy Chaperone, the SFHS fall musical. The show is set in the 1920s and promises to be full of laughter and fun. 

"You'll laugh hysterically," said Kelsie Richards, a member of the cast.

Not only is the show funny, said many cast members, but it has been a great experience to be participants.

"You grow closer to people," said Tani Lee, also a member of the cast.

Stage manager Emily McDonald said, "You learn how to work and develop new skills" when you work on a show like this.

The Drowsy Chaperone runs November 20 through November 24. Tickets are $8 for students with ID and children and $10 for adults. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. each night.



Kaitlin Hallam Welds for the Win

Submitted by deon.youd on Tue, 11/18/2014 - 10:07
Deon Youd

Kaitlin Hallam, a senior at Spanish Fork High School, won top honors at a welding and fabrication competition at the State Fair, bringing home a Blue Ribbon and Best of Show Ribbon.

Hallam built a flatbed, multi-purpose dump trailer for the competition. She competed against other welders including members from one school that submitted multiple entries.

"I think mine was more sophisticated structurally," Hallam said.

Hallam also placed second nationally at the recent FFA National Convention for her project in the Agriscience Fair. She studied the effects of gender separation on turkeys.

"Learning these things in high school is amazing. I'll have skills and knowledge when I get to college that others won't have," said Hallam. Hallam wants to attend BYU next year.

Hallam credits the strong CTE program at Spanish Fork High School for helping her achieve so much success. 

"I want to say thanks to our program and Mr. Black. I think that Nebo School District has a good standing on CTE programs, and our school should be proud. We have a really good CTE program," Hallam said.

FFA Represents at Nationals

Submitted by deon.youd on Tue, 11/18/2014 - 09:49
Lena Baadsgaard
SFHS Livestock Team
Kaitlin Hallam at Agriscience Fair
Brooke Voorhees at Agriscience Fair

Congratulations to Spanish Fork FFA members who competed recently at the National FFA Convention in Louisville, Kentucky.

Spanish Fork FFA had 6 members compete at National Convention this year. Cooper Galt, Dalton Sorensen, Seth Worthington and Corbin Redd competed in livestock judging and placed 13th out of 50 teams, one from each state. Kaitlin Hallam and Brooke Voorhees were both selected as one of 25 finalists nationwide in their areas for the Agriscience Fair competition. Brooke place 13th overall for her research regarding feed and weight gain in hogs, and Kaitlin was awarded 2nd place in the nation for her research on the effects of gender separation on the rate of gain in turkeys.

FFA National Convention is attended by over 60,000 FFA members from across the Nation. In order to compete at National Convention, students must first win their contest at the state level and be selected as finalists on a national level. 

Congratulations on your success representing Spanish Fork and the state of Utah!!

SFHS Honors Veterans

Submitted by deon.youd on Wed, 11/12/2014 - 10:48
Deon Youd
Members of SF student council pose for pictures with local veteran Jeff Long
Orchestra members perform "When Johnny Comes Marching Home"
Orchestra members perform at Veterans Day assembly
Flags adorn the campus of SFHS for Veterans Day
The famous SFHS Rock marks Veterans Day

Student at Spanish Fork High School honored America's veterans on November 11, 2014 with a Veterans Day assembly.

The assembly included special musical selections by the SFHS orchestra and band as well as remarks from a local veteran, Jeff Long.

Long served in Afghanistan and talked to students about his experiences there. He showed students entrenchment tools used by the Army from World War I, World War II, the Vietnam era, and today. He pointed out that with each era, the military made changes to the tool for the better.

"We adapt and become better," Long said.

In addition to the assembly, flags lined the sidewalks between buildings on the SFHS campus. Several students also wore dress clothes to school as a show of respect for the servicemen and women in our country.

Great Debate

Submitted by deon.youd on Wed, 11/12/2014 - 09:36
Deon Youd

There's no debate about it. The Spanish Fork High School debate team is on a roll, placing in several categories at a recent debate.

At the annual Timpview Tempest debate tournament, Karson Jensen took first place in Lincoln Douglas debate. Cassidy Curtin took first in Impromptu speaking. Other awards went to Daniel Raleigh, third place in Foreign Extemp, Shaniece Novak, second place in Oratory, and Sawyer Hamilton, sixth place in Student Congress.

The SFHS debaters will be back in action this weekend. Go Dons!

Parent / Student Survey

Submitted by kippy.bishop on Tue, 11/11/2014 - 12:23
Matt Christensen

Click here to take the parent survey.
Parents, After completing the parent survey, print off the completion page. Include your student's name and your signature. Have your student return the signed completion page to the Attendance Office to receive 1& 1/2 hour of detention credit.

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Science Students Envision the Future

Submitted by deon.youd on Tue, 11/04/2014 - 09:28
Deon Youd
Students visit Apple Valley Vision
Students visit Apple Valley Vision
Students visit Apple Valley Vision

Members of the Spanish Fork High School HOSA organization got a glimpse of their potential future during their October field trip to Apple Valley Vision in Payson on October 22. 

HOSA is a national and state organization for students who want to pursue future medical careers. Once a month, the group visits a medical professional to learn about that type of career and observe the science in action.

"The goal is to have students have as many opportunities in medical careers to help them decide for their own future college goals and pursuits," said Brad Warren, HOSA club adviser.

At Apple Valley Vision, students got to experiment with instruments that scan their retinas. They also got to see other tools.

"The students love to get out of the classroom and see science in the real application of different professions," said Warren.

Spanish Fork has about 50 students in the HOSA club. They will visit Mountain View Hospital in November.


Spooky Times at Fall Spirit Bowl

Submitted by deon.youd on Tue, 11/04/2014 - 09:12
Deon Youd
Teams wrap each other like mummies during the fall spirit bowl.
Las Chalitas drill team performs during the fall spirit bowl.

The Dons scared up some hauntingly good fun at the fall spirit bowl assembly held Friday, October 31. Seniors, juniors, sophomores, and even faculty members competed against each other to win bragging rights and to build school spirit.

The games at this spirit bowl were Halloween themed. Students raced to bob for apples, find gumballs inside pumpkins, and wrap each other like mummies. They also played "spider ball," a version of crab soccer, and an enthusiastic game of musical chairs. 

The cheerleaders, drill team, and dance company also performed at the assembly.

During the fall spirit bowl, students and staff members recognize publically the accomplishments of fall athletic teams and other competition organizations.

The Drowsy Chaperone

Submitted by kippy.bishop on Mon, 11/03/2014 - 10:52
Andy Hunsaker

The Spanish Fork High School Theatre Dept proudly presents

The Drowsy Chaperone

A Musical within a Comedy!

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