School News

Code to Success Summer Program

Kelly Seale

Six week summer programming class FREE for Nebo students.  Classes will be held at the ALC Monday-Friday from 8am - 12pm.  Nebo will be hosting a parent night on April 10th at 6:00 p.m. at the ALC to provide more information about the Code to Success program.  Register at Nebo Advanced Learning Center June 10 - July 19, 2019

SheTech Explorer Day

Kelly Seale

SheTech Explorer Day is a hands-on tech conference for high school girls 9th through 12th grade. This day-long event will include hands-on workshops in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).  Our ultimate goal is to expose girls to technology in a fun atmosphere as well as meet STEM role models to learn more about opportunities in those fields. Girls who attend will have access to internerships, receive a SheTech certificate, receive pathway information and become part of a community to help girls have opportunities in STEM.  Nebo will be providing transportation to and from this event. Tuesday, April 9, 2019, Mountain America Expo Center in Sandy

FFA State Convention Success

Kaylee Liddiard

On March 14-16 the Spanish Fork FFA took 50 students to the State FFA Convention in Logan Utah.  Students were able to compete, participate in workshops, listen to motivational speeches, and be entertained. Our chapter was able to see a lot of success. The following students participated in each of the categories. 

Proficiency Award: Agricultural Proficiency Awards honor FFA members who, through supervised agricultural experiences, have developed specialized skills that they can apply toward their future careers. Students can win in 50 different categories. This year our chapter had eight state winners (ten regional winners). This accounts for 20% of all overall winners in the state (an amazing feat!).  The following were our state winners. Their applications will go to Nationals and if selected as top four they will interview there.

  • Kyle Clark- Agricultural Mechanics Design and Fabrication - Entrepreneurship
    • Kyle restores tractors. He has done custom work or buys tractors to restore and sale
  • Chase Holt - Agricultural Sales Entrepreneurship 
    • Chase has a business of selling small straw bales for decorative purposes. He has also expanded to sell corn stalks
  • Porter Olsen - Agriscience Animal Systems 
    • Porter has done research studies on turkeys and the best methods for their growth. His findings could help turkey farmers increase their gains and profit.
  • Zackery Prior - Dairy Production Placement
    • Zackery works at a dairy in their feedlot. He feeds out dairy breeder bulls and then selects the ones he thinks will best sell and markets them.
  • Stran Sorensen - Diversified Agriculture
    • Stran works for his family in their beef cattle feedlot, and breeding animal operation. In addition he works with the corn and forage crops.
  • Kacie Jones - Diversified Horticulture 
    • Kacie works for a greenhouse, the school greenhouse and local florist. In addition, she has done her own floral work. 
  • Tanner Voorhees - Sheep Production 
    • Tanner has a small flock of 10 ewes. He exhibits sheep at shows throughout Utah. 
  • Kalley Stubbs - Vegetable Production
    • Kalley has a three quarter acre garden where she harvests crops. She sells them at the local farmers market and online.

Star Award: Utah FFA annually recognizes FFA members who rise to the top with the State Star Awards and State Star Greenhand Awards. These members have gone above and beyond in their attitude, involvement, community service and supervised agricultural experience. Finalists for these awards have mastered skills in production, finance, management and/or research.

  • Porter Olsen 
    • 2nd Runner Up Agriscience Star
    • Porter has done research studies on turkeys and the best methods for their growth. His findings could help turkey farmers increase their gains and profit.
  • Russell Mangelson
    • State Star Greenhand in Production
      • Russell owns his own small flock of eight ewes. He shows sheep at shows throughout the Western United States. 
    • 1st Runner Up State Star in Agribusiness 
      • Russell has a business deal where he supplies Reams Grocery Store with local lamb at least once a week.

State FFA Degree: Degree earned by productively investing, giving back to the community, and working on their SAE experience. 

  • Katelyn Beckstead 
  • Jaiden Stewart 
  • Noah Runolfson 
  • Zackery Prior 
  • Brooke Sorensen 
  • Corianne Mangelson 
  • Brylee Ferre 
  • Porter Olsen 
  • Chase Holt
  • Kalley Stubbs 
  • Josi Woodhouse 
  • Brooklyn Giles 
  • Kyle Clark 

Agriscience Fair: Students complete a project and compete

  • Ashley Olsen and Russell Mangelson
    • Winner
    • Animal Science Division 4
    • Their study was on adding flax seed to turkey feed. They were also looking at if Omega 3 would increase in the meat.
  • Rylei Voorhees
    • Winner
    • Food Products and Processing Division 3
    • Her project was on how quickly ground meats reached a temperature at which they could grow bacteria in different ambient temperatures
  • Jesse Shepherd
    • Winner
    • Animal Science Division 3 
    • He studied the effect that the age of a chicken has on the phosphorus and nitrogen levels in the manure
  • Brylee Ferre and Noah Runolfson
    • Participant
    • Social Systems Division 6
    • They studied the effect that the Animal Lab had on the local stock show and students participating in all three circles of Agricultural Education
  • Maryn Orton 
    • Participant
    • Plant Systems Division 3
    • She studied the effect that different potting mediums have on plant growth

Employment Skills LDE: Job Interview Competition

  • Corianne Mangelson
    • Top 6 Finalist
    • There were close to 30 participants!

Nominating Committee: Choosing the  State FFA Officers 

  • Katelyn Beckstead 
    • Katelyn spent all of convention listening to interviews and participating in choosing the state officer team. Throughout the weekend Katelyn listened to over 200 interviews in order to find the right six people for the job

State Officer: Retiring Address and running convention

  • Kacie Jones - State Treasurer 
    • Kacie delivered a great message on being your self and allowing the experiences you have in life shape you but not define who you are
    • She has worked hard all year in putting on conferences, conventions, and workshops

Creed: Public Speaking Contest

  • Ashley Olsen 
    • Area 5 Representative 
    • Top 20 in the State

Delegates: Students were able to be a part of the process for change in the state

  • Brooke Sorensen
  • Jessica Olsen

Honorary State Degree: Award given to those who help serve the Utah FFA Association

    • Dwight and Brenda Liddiard and Kaylee Liddiard
  • Chapter Awards
    • 100% Membership
      • We are an affiliated chapter where all students enrolled in a class are FFA members
    • 5 Star Chapter
      • Meet qualifications to show that our chapter is at the top of it's game
    • Superior Chapter
      • Chapter plans and carries out a minimum number of activities that meet specific goals and requirements

Congrats Maddie Johnson


Maddie Johnson was honored for her grades through the Zion’s Pays for As Scholarship. Bryan Halverson of Zion’s Bank in Spanish Fork and her parents surprised her in her AP Calculus class with the award. Great job Maddie. You are ROCK SOLID!

CTE Student Learning Opportunities

Kelly Seale

We have SO many opportunities right now for computer programming students. For more information, visit the CTE website @ 

Provo Girls Summit Thursday, March 8, 2019 Provo, Utah

Provo Girls Summit is a career exploration fair for girls ages 8-12. Our goal is to give young girls the chance to meet and visit with women from many different fields. We hope that this event will pique their curiosity and serve as a springboard for further conversations, research, and ideas. Our 2nd annual summit will be Thursday March 8th 6-8pm. This event will feature successful women from a variety of professional backgrounds—academics, scientists, artists, local business owners and more. At the summit, girls will visit one-on-one with our guests at their professional booths.

Ken Garff Code-A-Thon (Girls Only) Saturday, March 9, 2019 9 am - 1 pm Jordan High School

Ken Garff's first annual Code-A-Thon (girls only) will be held on Saturday, March 9th at Jordan High School. The event begins at 11am and ends at 3pm. There will be two female guest speakers and lunch will be provided. Students will be divided into teams of 3 to 4 students with one female business mentor per team. Students will race against the clock to find the solutions for various coding challenges!

Utah Valley Job Fair Wednesday, March 13, 2019 Utah Valley Convention Center, Provo

The Utah Valley Job Fair is FREE for all Job Seekers and will be held  Wednesday March 13th 2019  at the Utah Valley Convention Center in Provo from 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM.  Job Seekers will be able to create invaluable relationships with HR personnel and explore career opportunities with some of the biggest and best paying companies along with many others. Please save this date and schedule March 13th, 2019 as a must-attend event! You will be able to meet over 100 employers looking to hire hard working people like yourself.

SheTech Explorer Day Tuesday, April 9, 2019 Mountain America Expo Center in Sandy

SheTech Explorer Day is a hands-on tech conference for high school girls 9th through 12th grade. This day-long event will include hands-on workshops in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).  Our ultimate goal is to expose girls to technology in a fun atmosphere as well as meet STEM role models to learn more about opportunities in those fields. Girls who attend will have access to internerships, receive a SheTech certificate, receive pathway information and become part of a community to help girls have opportunities in STEM. Registration opens in January.

Utah High School IT Competition Wednesday April 10- Thursday April 11 Mountain America Expo Center in Sandy

Students with experience in IT can compete in teams of 2-4 in events like:  App Attack, Security/Linux/Network, Q/A Bughunt, UX/UI, and Video Marketing.  Individuals can compete in events like IT Help Desk and A+ Computer Repair.    Registration is free and partipants each receive free entrance into the GamingCon after party.  Register at

Mountainland Code Camp 8:00 am Friday April 26 - 10:00 am Saturday April 27 Xactware Corporate Offices in Lehi

Code Camp is a programming, design and entrepreneurship 24-hour contest event! Teams ranging in size from two to four participants compete against other teams to build the best web or mobile app.  Code camp is a free event for all high school students in Summit, Utah and Wasatch Counties.   There will be lots of coding, food, prizes, and NO SLEEP!  For more information and registration visit

SkyWest Airlines Aeronautics Careers Open House Saturday, April 27, 2019 9 am - 1 pm 1129 North 3950 West, SLC

Get a jumpstart on an aviation career today! Visit with professionals such as pilots, flight attendants, mechanics, ground crew, etc. Learn about high demand aviation careers and military aviation careers

Engineering State Utah State University, Logan June 3-6, 2019

Engineering State is a funn-filled 4-day summer camp for students entering their senior year of high school.  Participants explore how engineering has changed the world and learn what earning a degree in engineering is all about. Many of our participants major in engineering and go on to have successful, fulfilling careers. Registration deadline is February 28, 2019 and fills quickly.  Early registration is recommended.

Code to Success Summer Program June 10 - July 19, 2019 Nebo Advanced Learning Center

Six week summer programming class FREE for Nebo students.  Classes will be held at the ALC Monday-Friday from 8am - 12pm.  Registration opens in January. In collaboration with tech leaders, we provide students with the opportunity to access coding training modules, obtain one-on-one mentoring from experts, and take advantage of networking opportunities to pursue internships. Our goal is to bridge the gap between education and industry by getting students interested in programming and setting them up on a successful education pathway in computer science. Register at

We Are FFA

Kaylee Liddiard

FFA students had the opportunity to attend two practice judging competitions in the last two months. Students competed in poultry judging, dairy judging, livestock judging, horse judging, floriculture, veterinary science, and agricultural mechanics. The following students saw success at the Wasatch Back Competition:1st Place Livestock Team-Porter Olsen, Corianne Mangelson, Russell Mangelson, and Brooke Sorensen; 3rd High Individual Livestock-Corianne Mangelson; 2nd Place Poultry Team-Kaley Stubbs, Lance Jensen, Jesse Shepherd, and Brock Carlile; 2nd Place Horse Team-McKenzie Clark, Amelie Beckstead, Robbie Osborne, and Kyla Lovinger; High Individual Horse-McKenzie Clark. The following students saw success at the Northern Utah Invitational: 3rd Place Creed Ashley Olsen and 2nd High Individual Vet Science Gavin Swan.

ACT Tuesday, Feb 26: Juniors Only

Juniors only will take the ACT Tuesday, Feb 26. (NO School for Seniors and Sophomores!!!) 

Juniors, please check the ACT Room Assignment posters that have been posted around the school for your testing room. Make sure you're here by 8:00 AM sharp; you will not be admitted to your testing room if you come late. ACT Calculator Policy

You will be taking the test on your Chromebook, so make sure it's fully charged and ready to go.  Cell phones are strictly prohibited (even on silent mode) by the ACT as are smart watches, or watches with alarms that may sound, so plan to leave those items in a location other than on you for the test. You will also need a form of identification, either a driver's license or your student ID. For juniors who will not be here tomorrow, the ACT make-up day will be on March 5. 

ACT Calculator Policy: here is the link for the list of approved calculators: ACT Calculator Policy


NO School for Seniors and Sophomores!!!

We Are FFA

Kaylee Liddiard

FFA had some students with awesome success. The proficiency award program recognizes students for the skills they have developed through their Supervised Agriculture Experience (where they take what they learn in the classroom and apply it in a real world setting). On January, 10 of our students were named Area Winners (our version of region). These students then moved on to the state competition which was held February 9. 

We were fortunate enough to have 8/10 students that were named state winners and will now move on to Nationals. The others all placed second. This is 20% of the total winners from the state!  This is a pretty awesome accomplishment for our students. Kyle Clark: Agricultural Mechanics Design and Fabrication, Chase Holt: Agricultural Sales, Porter Olsen: Agriscience Animal Research, Zackery Prior: Dairy Production, Stran Sorensen: Diversified Agriculture, Kacie Jones: Diversified Horticulture, Tanner Voorhees: Sheep Production, and Kalley Stubbs: Vegetable Production. 

In addition, students competed for a top spot in the Star Category. Four finalists are named throughout the state and will compete at State Convention. Congratulations to Porter Olsen, Star in Agriscience Finalist and Russell Mangelson, Star Greenhand in Production and Star Greenhand in Agribusiness. These students will be rewarded and compete at the State FFA Convention coming up March 13-15 in Logan. Way to go FFA!! You are ROCK SOLID!!

Kindergarten Registration is Moving to Summer

Lana Hiskey

Kindergarten registration, traditionally held in March, will be moved to the summer and combined with grades 1st -12th. More detailed information regarding summer registration for K-6th will be sent out to you before the end of the school year. Parents can prepare now for registering their kindergarten children by making sure they have a birth certificate and that their child is current on the following immunizations: DTaP, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Polio, Varicella, and MMR by the end of July.  

Concurrent Enrollment Parent Information Night

Leslie Swenson

On February 26th, we will be holding a Concurrent Enrollment Parent Information Night.  This is for all Parents and Students (grades 9-12). We will be covering information regarding Concurrent Enrollment classes available, Sophomore by Exception Pre-Requisites, Regents Scholarship Requirements, and more. This will be held at Spanish Fork High School in the Auditorium beginning at 6:30.  Please join us as this will be a night filled with valuable information as well as representatives available to answer one-on-one questions.