School News

Youth Court Convenes

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By Christina Heywood
Youth City Court Participants

Youth Court is a program in Spanish Fork where first time offenders of small crimes can go and find ways to make up their debt to society. When kids 14 to 18 commit a crime like stealing, vandalism, and other small offenses, they can attend Youth Court and work with the kids involved in the program to get their crime erased from their record.
“Kids can do stuff like write essays, clean up the mess they made, do community service, and other simple things that help them realize what they did wrong,” says Karianne Nelson, who is in the group of students that help find solutions. “I like it because I get to help people. And the cops are funny, too.” Youth Court is a great way for kids to help kids, and everyone involved is very grateful to Lt. Steve Adams for all his help!

Spanish Fork High School UCBT Students Are on the Job

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By Christina Heywood and Evan Anderson
UCBT Michelle Rosenbaum and Juli Whiting
UCBT Trevor Leifson and Richard Seely
UCBT - Landon Johnson

Spanish Fork High School’s Utah Community Based Transition students have had the opportunity to get on the job training with several community businesses and organizations, including Outer Beauty, Hollywood Video, Spanish Fork Ambulance, East Meadows Elementary, Brockbank Elementary, Larson Elementary, Magleby’s, One Man Band, Jaxies, and Joannes. They do things like bus tables, be teacher’s aides, and clean, wash towels, put videos back, and lots of other helpful jobs.
Each of the students has two Job sites that they work at. “The kids are doing a great job. Some businesses are considering hiring them,” said Kay Thomas –Perkins, UCBT director. UCBT is very grateful for the skills they are learning.

SF Band Plays On!

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Hannah Carson
SFHS Band
SFHS Band

Spanish Fork’s Marching Band has been competing in several competitions so far this year, and attended the Mt. Timpanogos Competition on October 24th in which Mr. Smith, the band teacher at the high school said, “They did reasonably well. The judges generally liked their performance.” Lori Swain, the student drum major, said,
“It’s a challenge, but it’s very rewarding. It’s very cool to see all the hard work come out and turn into something amazing, and to see how everyone works together to succeed.”
November 6th and 7th the Marching Band played at Red Rocks Competition. THey have been preparing and working hard for quite some time now for this competition. Good luck SFHS Marching Band!

SFHS Presents: Disney’s Beauty and the Beast

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Jared John Tuckett
Students Prepare for Musical

Spanish Fork High School’s Drama and Choir Departments are presenting their school musical of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. The performances are November 12-14 and 16 starting at 7 pm. Many students are involved with the show including one student who is twelve years old as Chip. The students have been working to get the show ready since the beginning of September and are winding down for their final performances. Tickets are $7 for adults and $6 for students. Tickets for children under 10 are $3 and for a family of at least 5 is $20. Brittany Foster, the artistic director for the show, said, “Beauty and the Beast is a fun and enjoyable show for the whole family to enjoy!”

SFHS Biologists Bake Cake

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Emily McKinney
Biology Cell Cakes - Makayla Michelsen and Shaylee Archibald
Biology -Edible Cells

At SFHS, Biology teacher Layne Shepherd gave his students a special opportunity to learn more about the parts of cells. Students could choose to make an edible model of a cell and label each of the parts. Students Makayla Michelsen and Shaylee Archibald accepted this challenge and together made a model of an animal cell out of chocolate cake, with the parts made out of candy and pumpkin seeds. “It had to be edible and a cake can hold a lot of things,” said Makayla and Shaylee about why they chose to make their model the way they did. “It has helped us to learn the parts of a cell better.” This unique science project helped Makayla and Shaylee to gain more knowledge about biology while also practicing their culinary and artistic skills. Several students took Mr. Shepherd advice and made creative, colorful cell models out of food.

Spanish Fork High School Students Hail Halloween

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By Shelby Beckstrom
Halloween Participants
Halloween Participants

Spanish Fork High School still has spirit! Traces of Halloween roam the hallways. There has been a mass variety of costumes such as Buddy the Elf, Hello Kitty, a dairy cow, and something as simple as a fairy. There was a competition held for the best costumes where people were awarded for funniest, scariest, most original, and best couple costumes. Those students who dressed up were highly favored for their tasteful and appropriate ways of dressing. Not only did the students have spirit, but the teachers did as well. When asked why they dressed up, some of the students’ comments were, “How many chances do you get to dress up at school? Not very many.” “So why not dress up?” “The ones who didn’t dress up are really missing out.”

SFHS Student Learns from Contest

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Emily McKinney
SFHS Bookstore - Alex Argyle, Andi Smiley, Cody Reddick.JPG

Last year, Spanish Fork High School held a contest for students to submit ideas for this year’s school hoodies. After receiving many entries, SFHS junior, Kaitlin Urmston’s drawing was chosen as the winner. Her design included the words SF Dons drawn in a graffiti style.
“I figured it was kind of a new twist,” said Urmston about her idea. “Mrs. Johnson told me to do it, so I did.”
In addition to having her drawing used for the school hoodies, Kaitlin also gained experience from the contest.
“I thought it was really cool. I’ve been doing more T-shirt designs because I have more confidence in what I can do.”
These hoodies are currently being sold in the school bookstore. Other popular items include hats, sweatpants, and a variety of short and long sleeved T-shirts. The bookstore also has youth sizes and is open in the school finance office from 7:30-3:00 on school days.

Don’t Drive Stupid!

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Jared John Tuckett
Don't Drive Stupid Campaign - Jared Tucket.jpg
Don't Drive Stupid Campaign-Christina Heywood and Evan Anderson Buckle Up.JPG

On Monday, October 19th, the Zero Fatalities organization presented their “Don’t Drive Stupid” program to Spanish Fork High School. They held an assembly and taught the students about the importance of many things while driving such as always wearing a seatbelt and staying alert. They taught that the most common way teens get distracted is from texting while driving. Reggie Shaw came to speak to the students as part of the program and he told them the dangers of texting while driving because he had a firsthand experience and learned it the hard way. The students learned a lot from the program and it made a big impact on them. Karianne Nelson, a senior at Spanish Fork High School said, “It scared me. I will definitely never text while driving again!” The students enjoyed having them come and made them want to be safer on the road.

Intern Enjoys Work at Library

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By Karianne Nelson
Intern - Stefanie Muhlestein 1014009.JPG

The intern highlight this week is Stephanie Muhlestein, who interns at the Spanish Fork City Library. She helps with all sorts of jobs, from putting books and movies away to helping little kids with coloring pictures during storytime. She can check books into the system but she can’t check them out to people. Muhlestein planned to go into something dealing with the library when she grows up, but her experience at the library might change that. “I thought I would like working there, and I enjoy the work and love the people I work with, but I’ve realized it’s not what I want to do for the rest of my life.” She is now considering a career in dietetics, and is planning on attending Snow College. Along with the knowledge she has gained about this possible career, Muhlestein has learned a few other things from the intern experience. “I have learned how to talk to people, and the classroom part of the internship has taught me a lot of skills, like applying for jobs, creating resumes, and having good work ethic.”

Spanish Fork High School’s Shakespeare Team

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Hannah Carson
Shakespeare Festival
Shakespeare Festival Team
Shakespeare Festival

Spanish Fork’s High School Shakespeare team went down to Southern Utah University to compete in the Utah Shakespearean Festival.  Along with many other high schools in the state, schools from Arizona and Idaho, competed against each other for first, second, and third place in their events.  The Team included Madison Hall, Jen Grzybowski, Tanner Holt, Katie Cable, Hannah Carson, Jared Tuckett,  Bethany Hutchison, Kyle Crotts, Mathew Cole, with the help of their technicians Chris Cannon, and Brock Larson, and the direction of Brittany Foster.  The team was able to view some professional shows while down in Cedar City including the shows, Woman in Black, Tuesdays with Morrie, and The Complete Works of Shakespeare (abridged). Katie Cable said, “It was a very fun experience.  As well as learning to become better actors we are able to meet and interact with students that are all working for the same things as us.”  The team received superiors as well as excellents in their various events, ending in a successful fun trip over all.

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