School News

We are Choir

Attributions: 
Jennifer Heder

The 2018 SFHS Choirs had an amazing concert last Wednesday at their annual Make an Impact Concert. The concert was filled with music the choirs will take to their spring adjudicated festivals in the coming weeks. Come to our upcoming Broadway's Best Concert on Wednesday, May 16th, 7:00pm!

High School Students Make Wishes Come True

Attributions: 
Deon Youd

Spanish Fork High School student council teams up with Make-A-Wish Utah for the 8th annual “Homeless for A Night” event to raise money to grant wishes for local children with life threatening conditions

Students at Spanish Fork High School and other high schools in Nebo School District will join together to celebrate life, raise money, and have a lot of fun during SFHS’s 8th annual “Homeless for a Night” on Friday, March, 2, 2018 at 6pm to 2am on Saturday, March 3, 2018. All money raised through this event and others will benefit Make-A-Wish Utah.

“Homeless for A Night” is an all-night charity fundraiser aimed at raising awareness and money for Make-A-Wish. The ultimate goal is to grant the wish of our 7-year-old “wish kid” Kinley. Participants at “Homeless for a Night” pay a registration fee to take part in fun events such as a concert featuring Utah band Foreign Figures, a dance, basketball, video games, a movie, and more. This event is meant to challenge the students physically by going without sleep while raising awareness and money for a good cause in a safe, secure, friendly environment.

“It’s been fun to see Homeless for a Night evolve into something bigger each year,” says Colby Roberts, SFHS student body officer in charge of service. “This means so much to us because we get to help non-profit organizations in our own fun way,” Roberts continues.

Kennedy Frame, student body president at SFHS says, “It’s time for the community to connect, but it’s also a time to party and have a blast. It’s really unifying and fun to watch everyone rally behind a local family and help their wish come true. The whole night brings a positive energy to our community.”

All the money raised through registration fees and corporate sponsors will be donated to Make-A-Wish Utah. Make-A-Wish is an organization that prides itself on giving hope and joy to children and families challenged by life threatening conditions. The money raised at Homeless for a Night will help grant the wish of a 7-year-old Spanish Fork child with leukemia. Her wish is to go to Walt Disney World to meet all of the princesses and visit Harry Potter World in Florida.

In addition to Homeless for a Night, SFHS is hosting a family movie night on February 28, 2018. Student council will be accepting donations from movie attendees.

Last year’s event brought nearly 1000 high school students out to Spanish Fork High School. Spanish Fork High School was then able to donate $15,000 to Make-A-Wish last year. Spanish Fork High School is located at 99 North 300 West in Spanish Fork. Homeless for a Night will be held in the main and auxiliary gyms.

Contact: Kennedy Frame Student Body Pres. 801-995-1773; Colby Roberts VP Service 801-574-7788; Deon Youd Spanish Fork HS 801-362-9695 deon.youd@nebo.edu

The Valentine’s Day Project

Attributions: 
Ramsey Anderson: sophomore

Not often does a seemingly ordinary idea expand to place an entirely newfound meaning into a simple holiday, but that is precisely what one of Spanish Fork High School’s remarkable youth accomplished this February 14th. It may merely be a Valentine’s Day Project, catalyzed by a quiet thought, which restores one’s faith in humanity and the goodness found deep within, often so willingly neglected.

Last October, what began with an unspoken question quickly evolved into significantly more when Sterling Brinkerhoff, a Junior at Spanish Fork High School, took it upon himself to ensure that not a single student felt left out or forgotten through his Valentine’s Day project. Upon contemplating the unfortunate suicide which took place in the community last year, Brinkerhoff fostered his resolve to prevent similar instances from occuring when he developed the simple idea of presenting a small treat to each girl on Valentines Day. In doing so, his hope was to remind each high school girl that she was appreciated at a time when such a statement mattered the most.

The expanse of this project accelerated when Brinkerhoff was able to find two candy companies who were willing to donate enough to supply not only the girls at the school, but a total of 1,247 students, along with over 40 staff members. As opposed to a simple square of candy, each girl received an entire pound of Mrs. Call’s Chocolates, with each boy obtaining multiple caramels, as the courtesy of V Chocolates. From the seemingly ordinary foundation of ideas upon which such a project was built rose the extraordinary 500 hours, nearly 100 volunteers, two colossal donations, and a quality of work which can be rendered indescribable when compared with the quantity of those it reached.

Surprisingly enough, not all this work involved the passing out of chocolates on Valentine’s Day, but rather a week’s worth of preparation in other areas. Arguably more astonishing than the chocolate donation itself were the origami creations accompanying it. Sterling had acquired the hobby of constructing origami figures in third grade, and determined that he would use give this talent a major role in his project.  While boys received boxes holding their candies, girls were given an intricate paper flower. Each was hand made, with carefully chosen quotes to emphasize the purpose behind the gift. For girls, Brinkerhoff decided on the saying, “Always remember you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, smarter than you think, and even more beautiful than you can imagine,” while boys were encouraged to, “Dare to dream,” in the words written on their gift. Behind each of these handmade items and thoughtful quotes was the intent that, “They will know that they will be remembered, this time of year and always, no matter who they are,” in the words of Sterling himself.

With the ambition of such an idea in mind, this exceptional student went above and beyond to ensure that these Valentine’s Day presents were not merely general gifts, handed out to all, but rather that when delivered, they came across as meaningful. To accomplish this, class lists were made, and each student was called forward by name as their individualized gift was presented. When asked why this particular aspect meant such a great deal to him, Brinkerhoff responded with, “I want to help people know that whoever they are, they’re not forgotten here.” The aim was to aid all 1,247 individuals in feeling recognized and validated as more than another face in the hallway, a goal which students and teachers alike can attest was exceeded by far.

After a week of nearly sleepless nights, the factor which made Sterling’s work worth it were the reactions exhibited by all as the Student Council delivered these well-prepared treats. It took no special effort to see each student’s face light up as his or her name was called, and it required no genius to discover that hundreds of days had been made by such a seemingly insignificant act.  Classrooms were illuminated with smiles as the quotes were read, and it was not at all difficult to sense that by this small gesture, lives were being changed. To the students of Spanish Fork High School, an origami flower and a few chocolates made a world of difference, but perhaps it was not these two objects which produced such a reaction at all.

Admittedly, handing out the treats was without a doubt Sterling’s favorite part of the project. “It took so much work,” he shared, “and it was nice to finally see it all falling into place.” The Valentine’s Day hero described witnessing his fellow students’ reactions as all he had expected and more, proving that his extensive efforts had finally paid off in far better ways than he had imagined; and pay off it did, not only for Sterling but for his parents, church organization, and the Youth City Council, who offered their efforts towards this project.

Brinkerhoff admitted he could not have carried out the activity without them, as their help proved so crucial in his planning. Little did he comprehend his impact on them as well. Further from the eyes of the public and less recognized than Brinkerhoff’s major effect on Valentine’s Day was the miracle his preparation did in bringing together not only the school, but the community. Countless hours and hands can be counted, when it came to constructing the origami flowers, in addition to organizing the handouts. In line with everything Sterling’s goal encompassed, the hours of work placed into his project brought the school together as one, enabling students to become more conscious of all those surrounding them.

At one point during the handing-out process, speaking the only words anyone could possibly muster, a teacher posed the question, “It’s remarkable, isn’t it?” Truly, it was, in every sense of the word, and not only for the preparation, but the amount of thought and ultimately the overall effect which exceeded the cost at which it came.

When asked about plans to further the project, Brinkerhoff said, without skipping a beat, “I plan to thank the people who helped me by welding metal flowers for them, and next year, I want to extend this project to another school as well.” Clearly, Sterling is not one to stop at his initial goal, but continues to strive for excellence. Spanish Fork High School owes its utmost gratitude to Sterling for demonstrating to all students what the “Day of Love” is really about.

It is not every day that such grandiose events take place, but Sterling Brinkerhoff’s Valentine’s Day project reflects better than all else on what being a member of Spanish Fork High School is. As Principal Dave McKee put it, “At this school, we thrive on doing things for other people. It’s a culture of caring.” Surely this student has manifested exactly that in making this Valentine’s Day one to remember.

 

SFHS Helps Wishes Come True

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Registration is underway for our 8th annual Homeless for a Night, and this year is going to be bigger and better than ever. Homeless for a Night or HFAN is a late night party where we raise money for Make-A-Wish Utah. All students in grades 10-12 are invived to attend. HFAN will be held on March 2 from 6 PM to 2 AM on March 3. Registration is $15 dollars in advance and $20 the day of and includes a Foreign Figures concert, a stomp, a movie, games, food, a t-shirt, and more. Students can pick up a registration form at the finance office at Spanish Fork High School or print a form this website. Completed registration forms can be submitted to Deon Youd in classroom D4 at SFHS or brought to the door on the night of HFAN.  There are other opportunities to support our fundraiser. Student council members are selling "Kinley's Wish" bracelet for $2. Students can buy 2 hours of detention and 2 hours of credit recovery time for $5 dollars each. We have a wishing well to collect loose change. Finally, we are hosting a family movie night next Wednesday, February 28 at 7 PM in the auditorium. We're watching the Disney Pixar film Coco. We are asking for a donation at the movie of $2 a person or $10 a family. We'll also be selling concessions.  Make-A-Wish Utah grants the wishes of children with life threatening conditions. Our wish kid Kinley is 7 years old and lives in Spanish Fork with her parents, her brother, and her sister. She was diagnosed with leukemia last October. Her wish is to visit Walt Disney World.

SafeUT Awareness Days February 22 & 23

In light of the recent events in Florida and other tragedies that have happened around the country, Nebo School District is teaming up with KSL on February 22, 2018, as we Stand Up for a Safe Utah. Utah has a very powerful resource and that is the SafeUT app. The SafeUT app provides real-time crisis intervention and has been proven to save lives and stopped planned school attacks.   Our goal is to make sure that every parent, student and educator is aware of the app and has it downloaded on their phone.  In order to bring more awareness, KSL is doing a contest! This is all you have to do: KSL Contest: Individuals will be able to share a screenshot of their phone with the app downloaded for a chance to win a $50 visa card These screenshots will need to be posted in the contest on the KSL TV Facebook pageThe school that is tagged the most by their students will receive 100 pizzas from KSL! The contest will start Thursday, February 22 and Friday, February 23 at 3 p.m. Watch KSL News at 5 p.m. on Friday to see which school will be receiving 100 pizzas! #nebohero #studentsuccess #empowerstudents #engagestudents #focusonstudents #loveUTpublicschools #utpol #uted #NeboDistrict #NeboSchools #safeUT

Something WICKED this way comes.....

Attributions: 
Andy Hunsaker

The award-winning DramaDons proudly present the winter play: MACBETH

This new take on the old classic will be a 75 minute look into the greed and power that corrupts. The DramaDons have set the show in modern American politics, and have changed the witches from creepy old hags into the frenzy and insanity of the media and press. 

You will be shook when you realize how awesome this show is, and there is only a few chances to see it. The show opens on Thursday, February 22nd at 7pm. It runs every night until the 26th, with an additional matinee showing on Saturday at 2. 

Tickets are only 6 bucks for students, so make sure you get them now, as the show is in the little theatre, and seating is limited. You don't want to miss this!

Nebo Stakeholder Survey

Attributions: 
Lana Hiskey

Nebo School District is always trying to improve communication and responsiveness to our stakeholders. To that end, we invite students, parents and teachers to give feedback on teachers and administrators in Nebo District schools. 

A link to the Nebo Stakeholder Survey 2017-2018 will be found on the Nebo home page at www.nebo.edu beginning Wednesday, February 7 and remaining open until Wednesday, February 21, 2018, where Nebo District stakeholders will be able to share their thoughts and experiences. (Parents and employees will be emailed a link to help them gain access, while students will be shown the link in their computer labs.)

The purpose of the Nebo Stakeholder Survey is to help us improve instruction and to keep our finger on the pulse of our patrons. For feedback to be most useful, we suggest being polite even when sharing intensely positive or negative feelings, sharing specific experiences that illustrate your ratings, and using appropriate language in all circumstances.

 

FFA Proficiency Award Program

Attributions: 
Kaylee Liddiard

FFA had some students had some awesome success on Friday. 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). In January 11 of our students were named Area Winners (our version of region). 

Britton Redd: Agricultural Processing, Ethan Von Hoene: Agricultural Sales - Entrepreneurship, Tell Orton: Agricultural Services, Stran Sorensen: Beef Production - Placement, Stran Sorensen: Diversified Agriculture, Kacie Jones: Diversified Horticulture, Kalley Stubbs: Nursery Operations, Porter Olsen: Poultry Production, Brooke Voorhees: Sheep Production, Kacie Jones: Vegetable Production, and Lorin Wyss: Veterinary Science.   These students then moved on to the state competition which was held February 9. We were fortunate enough to have 8/9 students (8/11 projects) 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.   Britton Redd: Agricultural Processing, Tell Orton: Agricultural Services, Stran Sorensen: Beef Production - Placement, Kalley Stubbs: Nursery Operations, Porter Olsen: Poultry Production, Brooke Voorhees: Sheep Production, Kacie Jones: Vegetable Production, and Lorin Wyss: Veterinary Science.   These students will be rewarded at the State FFA Convention coming up March 8-10 in Cedar City.  Way to go FFA!! You are ROCK SOLID!!

Support Nebo Education Foundation

Attributions: 
Lana Hiskey

If you are shopping on Amazon anyway, the Nebo Education Foundation will have signifigant benefits if you shop through AmazonSmile. Support your student and local schools when you shop on Amazon. Simply go to smile.amazon.com/ch/87-0546418 and Amazon donates to Nebo Education Foundation. 

What is AmazonSmile? AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable organization every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to your favorite charitable organization. You can choose from nearly one million organizations to support.

How do I shop at AmazonSmile? To shop at AmazonSmile simply go to smile.amazon.com from the web browser on your computer or mobile device. You may also want to add a bookmark to smile.amazon.com to make it even easier to return and start your shopping at AmazonSmile.

Remember to type in NEBO EDUCATION FOUNDATION when it asks you for your favorite charity. The donations that come into the Nebo Education Foundation are then given back to teachers and schools through grants. Thank you for your support.

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