February 16-21, Spanish Fork Las Chalitas
got the chance to go to Florida to perform in Downtown
Disney located in Disneyworld. They performed Thursday
February 18 on a stage inside Downtown Disney. Their
performance included many of their dances including camp
and competition routines. They also had solo's performed
by Kambri Shenk and Katelyn Swenson. After their
performances they were awarded with a Mickey Mouse trophy
to put in their school for a wonderful performance to
share with the people in Disneyworld. They enjoyed their
trip and loved the warm weather for a week. The Las
Chalitas had tried many times to get the opportunity to
go to Florida, but never got to and ended up going to
California. Their trip to Florida was what they have
wanted, and they enjoyed every minute of it.
Spanish Fork High School students were privileged to hear a presentation by Teri Lisa Stagg, a representative from ITT Tech, on Thursday, February 25th. Students were invited to attend this presentation in the SFHS Counseling office during lunch. Stagg informed the students of the top 10 careers on demand over the next ten years and motivated them to attend college. This presentation also came with free donuts and drinks for all who attended. Students left with more information on their possible future careers and the knowledge that the more education you have, the more money you'll make in the future.
This past week at SFHS the Spanish Fork FFA chapter, along with every other chapter of the National Club, celebrated National FFA week. Spanish Fork Mayor Anderson signed a document declaring it FFA week in Spanish Fork. The Spanish Fork FFA officers were present to watch as Mayor Anderson signed the document and then shook each of the Spanish Fork FFA chapter officers’ hands; the officers were very pleased that the mayor would be willing to sign the document. President Obama signed a similar document that declared it nationally FFA week across the nation. Spanish Fork High School’s FFA President Jailee Pace said “It’s really cool that we have this opportunity to have the mayor sign and declare it FFA week in Spanish Fork; this adds a lot more meaning to this event than there already is.” The FFA officers decided that this year’s theme for FFA week would be Learning to Do, Doing to Learn, Earning to Live, Living to Serve, which is also the national FFA motto. The SF chapter participated and hosted activities on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. Tuesday’s activities consisted of an Ag Trivia challenge at lunch in the Commons at the high school, followed by Ag labs also in the Commons on Wednesday. On Thursday the Officers and Executive Committee members visited every class during fourth period, handing out chocolate coins and a flyer explaining how much students can earn in the many different career aspects of Agriculture. Later that same day Maple Mountain and Springville combined with Spanish Fork for a multi chapter activity at Pirate Island. The activity most looked forward to by many members was the Extreme Makeover Farm Edition on Friday. The members volunteered their time to help a local farmer improve his farm and over all success. Overall FFA week is a great opportunity for everyone to get out and involved as well as to learn new things and help out.
On Saturday, February 20, 2010, the Spanish Fork Debate teams had the opportunity to compete for Region at Payson High School. The students had prepared to compete for several weeks before the competition. In the different types of debate, two teams from Spanish Fork went undefeated. Many other teams did well and were the top teams of at the competition. The Spanish Fork team came in second over-all and will compete for state in March. It looks like the team has more preparation ahead of them.
The picture includes (from left to right) (Top Row) Logan Wells, 3rd in congress; Mackenzie Berns and partner Sam Golightly (Sam not pictured), tied for 1st in Policy; Merik Richardson, tied for 3rd in Impromptu; Sara Bass and partner Whitney Shuman, tied for 1st in Policy; (Bottom Row) Katelyn Johnson and partner Alexandra Argyle, 2nd in Public Forum; and Ariana Lilly, tied for 3rd in Impromptu.
Also, the two policy teams (Berns and Golightly, Bass and Shuman) and the Public Forum Team (Johnson and Argyle) went undefeated in the tournament.
Katie Cable is an eighteen year old student intern at two junior high schools. She aids Mr. Olsen in correcting tests and in helping students that need extra help at Diamond Fork Junior High. At Spanish Fork Junior High, Katie helps Ms. Holley in her “Introduction to Drama” class. She takes role and plays games with the students and teaches them how to act. Out of the two, she likes the drama one the most because she gets to teach and be with the kids more. The teachers like having her there to help with the kids and Katie enjoys it. She says, “I love it! I really enjoy working with the students and helping them learn. I’m learning a lot about how to teach these classes.” This internship is helping her decide what she wants to do in her future and showing her how she can achieve those goals.
“We've got spirit, yes we do! We've got spirit, how 'bout you?” Spanish Fork High School showed off their spirit at their last home game on Tuesday, February 16, 2010. It was Senior Night for all the seniors at their last basketball home game. So many students showed up in school colors to show their spirit, and cheered the teams on. The score was close throughout the whole game. Spanish Fork managed to win, with the help of all the spirit from the students.
At the age of 17, Sarah Nelson has already accomplished what others only dream of. She has published a book of poetry called The White Crayon. Sarah brings her dreams to life and crushes reality with them. This music of words is truly a work of art, drawn by a master artist, said Mathew Christiansen about the book. “All you need is love. With passion you can do anything,” said Sarah Nelson explaining how she was able to accomplish such an impressive goal.
Spanish Fork High School has been blessed with a great internship program. Students who have the desire can apply to intern at a business of their choosing. The program is designed to give students an opportunity to experience different careers and to help them decide whether or not that is something they might be interested in. I interviewed Derek Pace, a student at Spanish Fork High School who is currently participating in the program. He says he loves it, even though he started recently. “I’ve only been there three times [but] I’m really enjoying it,” said Derek, an intern at Joe Carrick Design. JCD is a company that designs and builds houses. Derek says he wants to be an architect after graduating. “I just like being able to design homes and things. I find building really interesting,” explained Derek when asked why he decided to do so. Interning at JCD really helps him know what types of things he’ll be going in to. “For now, I watch them draft buildings and learn the programs they use, so I’m just learning the ropes.” He plans on continuing the internship until the end of the school year, where he’ll have the skill-set and knowledge necessary to have a shot at becoming an actual employee for JCD.
The Future Farmers of America and Floritculture classes visited the State Legislature. They worked with the senators and representatives and explained to them the importance of agriculture education and FFA in public schools. The Floriculture class was able to create boutonniere's for them. It was a really rewarding experience and gave them a small glimpse of what a day at the state capitol is like and how much time and energy goes into making the schools successful for students of all ages.
The purpose of going was to hopefully persuade the senators to vote in favor of keeping agriculture classes in high schools and making sure that they have sufficient funding.
Spanish Fork High School’s Concert and Jazz Bands will as busy as ever this upcoming season as the Concert Band gets ready for not only their Band Concert, which is coming up on March 16, but they also have festivals where they’ll be playing pieces such as “Chorus Angelorum” and “The First Suite in Eb.” Their first festival will be in March at Brigham Young University followed by a Region Concert Band that will be held at Spanish Fork High School on March 31. If the band makes it to state, they’ll be playing at the State Concert Band Festival which is April 30-May 1.
Meanwhile the Jazz Band played at Thanksgiving Point for the Jazz Band Peaks Jazz Festival on February 19. Going on into the month of March, the Jazz Band will play at the Region Jazz Festival that’s held in Payson on March 3.
Ending the 2009-2010 school year, both the Jazz and the Concert Band will play at their Band and Orchestra Concert that will be held on May 20. Good-luck to Spanish Fork Concert and Jazz Band on the upcoming festivals.
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