March 2015

Cheer Takes 3rd at Nationals

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Deon Youd Photos courtesy of Wendi Nelson
SF Cheer Places 3rd at Nationals
Cheerleaders celebrate!

Spanish Fork High School cheerleaders came home from California with a 3rd place finish in their national competition. 

"We competed on Saturday and then the top 35% competed again on Sunday in the finals," said junior cheerleader Kourtney Beus.

Between the rounds of competition, a Spanish Fork cheerleader suffered an injury, but the team worked together to make adjustments that still allowed them to meet their goals for the competition.

"We reworked our routine on Sunday morning and had just enough time to get ready for the competition," said Beus.

"This makes all of the hardwork for the whole year worth it," said junior Makayla Olsen.

The songleaders took 8th in their competition.

Congratulations, SF Cheer!

SF Student Qualifies for HOSA Nationals

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Deon Youd Photos by Brad Warren

Maya McKinney, SF senior qualified to go to nationals in the recent state HOSA competition. She placed first in the Nutrition Knowledge test. She also placed in the top ten of two other events.

Elise Wilson placed in the top ten of four events at the state competition. 

Five other young women rounded out Spanish Fork's competition team.

HOSA is an organization for future medical professionals.

Congratulations, ladies.

Microsoft Certificates Earned

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Deon Youd Photos by Shauna Whittekiend
Microsoft Certificate Recipients
Microsoft Certificate Recipients
Microsoft Certificate Recipients

Several second semester Computer Technology students have earned certificates from Microsoft. These students have demonstrated mastery of Microsoft PowerPoint by passing a test. This certificate is well-recognized in the business community.

The following students received thei certificate: Byron (Tell) Orton, Desha Dalton, Jordyn Dickerson, Joseph Buck, Katelyn Simpson, LeAnne Rosen, Wesley Stickney, Katelyn Truesdell, Bailey Wilson, Alexis Sargent, Austin Baum, Bronson Urmston, Caleb Plewe, Celia Aroca, Chris Guercio, Enrique Cerna, Ezrie Pace, Fabian Castrellon, Jake Anderson, Jewel Carter, Keilani Naulu, Kyler Byrd, Mackenzie Davies, Maddie Whittekiend, Miranda Hickcox, Mitchell Jenkins, Sarah Oliverson, Olyvia Jaca, Aaron Haymore, Amanda Easter, Gavon Oldham, Juan Cruz, Justin Lucas, Laine Romney, Nicole Kuhni, Rachel Adams, Taya Hoover, Tyler Honeyman, and Alicia Walter.

Congratulations, students.

SF FFA Celebrates FFA Week

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Lena Baadsgaard
FFA students read with elementary studednts
FFA students perform during FFA week
FFA students clean up trash around SFHS

Members of Spanish Fork FFA celebrated National FFA Week last week by planning daily activities such as reading to elementary school students, cleaning up around the school and visiting the Veteran’s Home. Members and students were given a punch card and encouraged to participate each day with completers being put in a drawing for $50.

They started the week off by decorating the school with agricultural and FFA coloring pages. On Tuesday a group of 12 members visited Spanish Oaks Elementary and read agricultural children’s books to a third grade class. They visited with the students about activities they participate in and encouraged them to participate and learn about agriculture. Some of the third graders even showed off their reading skills to the high school students!

On Wednesday, FFA members met after school, put on their plastic gloves, picked up a garbage bag and went to work cleaning up the school’s campus. “There were a lot of straws everywhere,” says sophomore member Gavin Jensen, “that was the bulk of what I picked up.” Students found that there was a lot more trash around the school than they usually noticed in their day to day activities, and most realized that even a little bit of garbage that seems meaningless can make a big difference in the appearance of the school’s campus.

FFA members served lunch to their teachers and then headed to the Veteran’s Home in Payson after school on Thursday. There, they had the opportunity to visit with men and women who have served our country and defended our freedom. They visited with veterans who told stories of spies and conspiracies and how the war had impacted them. They also enjoyed hearing about some of the veteran’s life’s work after the war. They learned about their careers as electricians and county extension agents, and even got to hear some of their love stories. “Lloyd’s story was like the notebook,” says Taylor Tomadakis, speaking of one of the veterans. “His wife comes and reads books to him and he starts to remember and laugh about the past.” Tori Rucker added, “His story is so cool. He was shot and laid on a beach for two days during the war before they found him.”  Along with Tori and Taylor, Kaitlin Hallam described Lloyd as a miracle. “He’s had so many things happen that could have taken his life. He is definitely meant to be here.” Members ended their visit by sitting around World War II veterans who detailed their experiences and taught them about the past. Students felt like the opportunity gave them a better perspective on life and some plan to go back to the Veteran’s Home to volunteer on a regular basis.

The FFA Week celebration ended with an “FFA Rock Star” competition, which ended up being a fun activity where students competed against each other playing Guitar Hero, Just Dance and Mario Kart. Students who participated every day of FFA Week had their names put into a drawing for cash prizes of $10, $30, and $50. Throughout the week student were successful in raising awareness about the importance of agriculture and took advantage of the leadership and service opportunities available in the FFA.