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October 2016

SFHS Students write Letters to the Next President

Submitted by bonnie.beckstead on Thu, 10/13/2016 - 09:17
Deon Youd
AP Language Students 2016-17

AP English Language and Composition students participate in a national project adding their voice to the issues surrounding the 2016 presidential election.

As Americans are preparing to elect a new president this November, AP English Language and Composition students at Spanish Fork High School are tackling important issues with a writing project called Letters to the Next President 2.0. This project allows the students, and others around the country, to write letters about what really matters to them in this election. Their letters will be delivered to the next president and published on a website. Most students cannot vote, but they are very aware of the election and the issues that matter to them as they look toward adulthood. Even though they can’t cast a ballot, they can tell the next president exactly what they think through this project.

AP Language students at SFHS have chosen a variety of topics to write about, everything from the cost of higher education, to minimum wage, to abortion, and beyond. About the necessity of using GMOs to end world hunger, Mateen Lomax writes, “Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) are given much more hate than they should. GMOs can solve many problems that face our society, without causing any more harm.” Colby Roberts writes about the need for the rising generation to have a direct voice in government. He argues for a Constitutional amendment lowering the age requirement to run for national office to 18. Megan Kay asserts, “Putting taxes on sugary products and drinks could be the solution to decreasing obesity and consumption rates nationwide.” These students have spent several weeks developing their letters through research and discussion.

Letters to the Next President 2.0 is a nationwide project sponsored by the National Writing Project and KQED along with many other partners. The first Letters to the Next President initiative was held in 2008. Spanish Fork High School participated in that project as well. “I love giving my students a chance to write to an authentic audience about the things that really matter to them. Letters to the Next President has provided that opportunity twice now, and I couldn’t be more proud of the hard work and effort that my students have put into their letters so that they could have a voice in this year’s election,” said Deon Youd, AP Language teacher at SFHS.

Check out Letters to the Next President at The site will be available for the public to read the students’ letters through the inauguration in January. 



SF TV Televising SFHS Events

Submitted by on Tue, 10/11/2016 - 14:58

Thursday’s football game against Wasatch will be broadcast live by Channel 17 here in Spanish Fork. If you are unable to attend you can watch the game from wherever you are! Family and friends in other states can tune in as well to cheer on their favorite player. There are 3 options to watch:

-Channel 17 (If you are signed up for TV through SFCN)

Tune in to support your team and don’t miss the game! You can also watch the game later on the Spanish Fork 17 YouTube channel.


Congrats Cross Country Team!

Submitted by bonnie.beckstead on Mon, 10/10/2016 - 09:01

SFHS hosted the region 8 cross country championships at the Sports Park on Friday October 7th.   We had 60 athletes represent Spanish Fork HS in the championships.The boys team finished 2nd in the region and qualified as a team for the state meet on October 19th.  Boys varsity includes seniors Heston Andersen, Joey Buck, Nate Hanson and Heston Warr. along with three super sophomores: Wyatt Evans, Tanner Olsen, and Jordon Scott.The girls team finished in 6th place and just missed out in qualifying for the state meet as a team.  Madeline Stone and Katie Phipps qualified individually and will represent Spanish Fork at the state meet.Medal winners from region include:Boys VarsityHeston Andersen 4thWyatt Evans 7thJoey Buck 10thNate Hanson 11thHeston Warr 16thGirls VarsityMadeline Stone 17thKatie Phipps 18thBoys JVGuts Wright 10th

DECA Fall Leadership Conference

Submitted by bonnie.beckstead on Mon, 10/03/2016 - 08:54
Shauna Whittekiend

SFHS DECA Officers attended their Fall Leadership Conference in Park City on September 29 & 30.  It was an awesome experience and our students learned a great deal about leadership, sales, entrepreneurship, and communication from industry leaders.  The keynote speaker was Randy Hales, CEO of ZAGG who talked about how to increase value and be a leader in your field and presented everyone in attendance with a free set of iFrogz bluetooth earbuds. 

In addition to great training sessions, students met and networked with other DECA officers from all over the state of Utah.  They participated in games and giveaways sponsored by a variety of Utah colleges and universities, enjoyed a delicious dinner at Wasatch Brewery, and explored historic Park City Main Street.  #utahdeca @zaggdaily #sfhsrocksolid



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