On January 26, 2010, the Spanish Fork High School Hope Squad visited the Spanish Fork Junior High, and then visited Diamond Fork Junior High on Friday, January 29. They went to the student’s health classes to talk about self esteem. They shared a story about self esteem to the students to show their point. They were trying to tell the students to be nice to each other and to build up each other’s self esteem, not to tear it down. Candace Wride, a Hope Squard member, said, “The students were excited to see us because we bring candy to share with them. It was an overall good experience for everyone.”
The DECA Club is a marketing club that competes against other schools in various topics from a quiz bowl on marketing to creating a fictional business. This year Spanish Fork High School had two students, Matt Christiansen and Tyler Galt place at the region competition. But it’s not all fun and games. Being in DECA can open doors for you. The DECA organization gives out scholarships to those who do well. Colleges are also at the competitions giving out scholarships. So between the two, the students in DECA have a pretty good chance of getting scholarships if they work hard and excel in marketing. Competitions are not the only thing that is on their schedule. These students also do service projects and fund raisers. Last year, students had a fund raiser where all of the proceeds went to a children’s hospital.
Recently the dance classes at Spanish Fork High SChool put on a performance to show their parents and other students what they had learned that semester. There were thirteen different performances displaying a variety of styles including waltz, hip hop, modern, cha cha, and triple swing.
Baylee Argyle, one of the Dance 1 students, said, “It was fun and loud. I’m used to performing, so I wasn’t nervous.”
Brenda Mason, one of the dance teachers at SFHS, said, “It was excellent overall. They were a bunch of great students. Everybody just really pulled through.”
This performance took a great deal of preparation and organization on everybody’s part, but it all seems to have paid off after this successful night.
On Wednesday January 27, at Spanish Fork High School, students who are members of National Honors Society had a “Soup and Serve” service day. Everyone gathered after school and had a variety of soup, rolls and drinks then set to work on service projects. The projects consisted of sewing and tying baby blankets, making bookmarks, and cards. The blankets were made as receiving blankets that are to be sent to newborn babies in the Utah county region. The bookmarks were made to promote good reading habits in young children and to continue reading throughout their adult lives. Rebecca Greene commented, “It was a great time to hang out with friends but also do something great for others at the same time.” National Honors Society plans to do many more projects that'll benefit not only themselves, but many more to come.
Two weeks ago was one of the last swim meets this season for the SF Don Swim Team. Region Swimming was held on Friday and Saturday at Vernal, Utah. The swim team has been working nearly every day these past few months, since last August in fact, in preparation for this meet. Region was to be the last swim meet for many on the team, but for everyone it was the last ditch chance to drop their race times down to qualify for state. In all the madness Kaley Thomas managed to do well and drop two seconds off her personal hundred yard race. She was quoted saying, “It was all good;’ others, however, weren’t so pleased. One swimmer commented that this year’s region was not his best. When the water cleared and the scores were tallied, SFHS ripped out an awesome second place overall showing that though we’re pretty small. We can still do just as well as a big team.
Spanish Fork High School discovers ideas for spirit Friday night on the basketball court and a crowd of screaming people. January 29, 2010 was the first themed basketball game at Spanish Fork High School: cowboys and Indians. The idea is proposed to move to other areas of the school and its activities. The student body looks forward to more of these themed nights to create more spirit at SFHS.
“Roses are red, violets are blue…” Spanish Fork High School’s poets, though not nearly that cliché, demonstrated their prowess of English and writing as many of the students who submitted their original works to the Creative Communication contest were chosen to be published in a book of submitted poetry and the chance to win over $2,000.00 in prizes. The students’ works will be published in the spring of 2010. Congratulations to Caitlin Anderson, Justin Brierley, Nohemi Castillo, Kaleb Davis, Sam Hudson, Emily McKinney, Malorie Mitchell, Alex Ord, and Jessica Taylor.
After a four-day weekend, students at Spanish Fork High School came back to school fired up and ready to show their school spirit. Last week SFHS experienced “Junior Week” in which students could express their school spirit and creativity on the dress-up days held throughout the week. One of the biggest dress-up days during was “Hat Day’. Not only could the students break the rules for one time in their life and actually get away with it, but there was some wild fun as students walked the halls with sombreros and other crazy hats. Other dress-up day hits consisted of “Ugly Sweater Day” where students could wear their ugliest sweaters and not get made fun of. The Recession Dance was also held on Saturday night with the theme “Clash”. It was a perfect end to an exciting week.
Hat Day Picture: Back row – Cooper Urmston and Kyle Mitchell
Front Row – Chantelle Jones, Andi Smiley, Shelby Beckstrom, Mallory Murphy
Ugly Sweater Day: Shealeen Johnson and Kaylee Beckstrom
Spanish Fork High School concert choir had the great opportunity to sing the national anthem preceeding the Utah Flash game at Utah Valley University. In front of hundreds, the Choir raised their voices and successfully ignited a fun night of basketball. The Utah Flash is a minor league basketball team who invited the SFHS Choir to be a part of their game to help with fund raising for the upcoming tour in Anaheim, California. For an extra treat, the Choir was able to run on the court with the team.
Wednesday, January 13, Spanish Fork High School had a pre ProStart competition. They chose a team that will represent their high school at a state cooking competition. The students are limited to two buson burners and no electricity at the competition. Casey Shakespeare, Sarah Nelson, Mathew Christiansen, and Anjuli Humphreys will be representing SFHS at the State Competition. Miss Larsen has high hopes that the team will win both 1st place and Best New Team. If they take 1st place, they will go onto Nationals.