Christmas Choral Gala tickets are now on sale at Spanish Fork High School. Anyone who had the opportunity to go to this wonderful event last year knows that it was an amazing way to bring in the Christmas Spirit. Along with the wonderful music, guests will also enjoy a delicious desert reception and elegant decorations.
Tickets are $10 dollars until November 30th, and $12 dollars December 1st and later. The gala is on December 10th and 11th at 7:00 p.m., and the desert reception starts at 6:30. Tickets can be purchased either at the school, or you can send your money (Checks made out to Spanish Fork High School c/o Shea Bradshaw) and your contact information to the school and you will be contacted to get your seat reserved. Order your tickets now so that you can get the seats that you want! This is going to be a great concert!
Close Up is a club that explores the government and how it works. Members of this club recently had the chance to go to Washington D.C. to see our government “Close Up”. On their trip, they got to go to the Lincoln Memorial, the Holocaust museum, Arlington Cemetery, Capitol Hill, and they even had the opportunity to meet both Utah senators!
“We got to meet a bunch of kids from other states, so we got to learn more about different cultures from other states. It made me want to be involved more with our government after learning everything they do,” said Stefanie Muhlestein. “It was so fun, everyone that went had fun, and it is probably one of the best things I’ve done.”
Close-Up Participants: Stefanie Muhlestein, Jesika Celbrowski, Tressa Betts, Caitlyn Banks, Kylee McKell, Shelby Beckstrom, Allie Hughes, Kambri Shenk
Spanish Fork High School had a fundraiser for the drill team called Mr. Spanish Fork. Boys signed up to compete in a competition type pageant. The boys competed in 5 categories; Talent, fitness routine, swimwear, best dress, and an onstage question. The winner of Mr. Spanish Fork was Taylor Nelson, with the first attendant, Isaac Asiata, and second attendant, Blake Hunter, and Mr. Congeniality was Carlos Ramirez. Blake Hunter said, “My favorite part was hanging out with everybody and just goofing off.” Carlos Ramirez said, “It was really exciting to compete in. “
Mr. Spanish Fork was a great fundraiser, and the boys who participated had a great time.
Spanish Fork High School helped promote musical awareness at their school by having the band Going Second come and give them a concert assembly. Going Second performed many songs for the whole school as well as handing out free items and t-shirts. During the lunch hour, the band was in the school’s commons to sell their album, pictures, etc. They were also signing autographs for any of the students. Music programs are being dropped left and right throughout many schools in the country and Going Second helped Spanish Fork High School gain a better understanding of the importance of music through a fun, energetic, and rock ‘n roll way!
This week’s intern highlight is Paige Sanford, who interns at Barrows Orthodontist. She is involved in assisting the doctor, observing, helping make impressions, and other things the doctor needs her to do. Sanford enjoys her internship and learns a lot.
“ It’s interesting, and I learn new stuff everyday!” Sanford said. One thing she has learned is that the orthodontist doesn’t do most of the work.
“Mostly the assistants do the work of changing wires and bands, the orthodontist just puts on brackets and checks the work the assistants do.” This internship has only solidified Sanford’s dreams of becoming an orthodontist someday.
At Spanish Fork High School, many students are developing necessary skills for future careers through the Future Business Leaders of America Club. As the name says, this club is geared toward helping students to learn more about business and teaching them to be better leaders.
Recently, members of FBLA attended a leadership conference in Provo. McKenzie Berns, and officer in FBLA, enjoyed attending this conference.
“We went over to Provo and listened to some speakers. They spoke to us about how to be good leaders and how to get people more FBLA Trains Leaders
Through this conference, students were able to learn more about leadership through the experience of others.
Spanish Fork High School’s DECA club has been getting involved early in the school year. DECA is a marketing club where the members can learn more about not only marketing but business in general as well. The main purpose of the club is to prepare the club members for their future in a business related career. The officers of DECA are Tanner Holt, Tyler Galt, Preston McConnell, Matthew Christensen, and Riley Strong. These officers recently returned from a fall leadership conference called “Momentum.” They also recently returned from a field trip with another business club at the school where they went around to different businesses. Tanner Holt, the president of DECA said, “It’s a good club to help prepare not only business skills but leadership skills as well.” The club is still growing and working hard to have a great year!
For Spanish Fork High School’s Veteran’s Day, Iraqi veteran Scott Carson visited to talk about his experiences while serving in the War on Terrorism in 2003- 2004. Carson brought with him and honored three of SF’s local hero’s including, Richard Banks, Wallace Knutsen, and Spanish Fork’s last living Gold Star mother Fern Lindley. Carson then sang Hear it for the Woman of the Red White and Blue, a song he wrote and dedicated to Lindley, his wife and children, and all the other wives and mothers who stayed home while their sons or husbands were away fighting in the war. The audience was able to get a feel for what it would be like to serve in Iraq, from the hot dusty nights, to waiting an hour and a half at every meal to get your small amount of food. He also shared some of the letters he had received from the students at Santaquin Elementary school, where he had previously been working before he got his call to leave. Next, he told a story of a friendly soldier he had gotten to know, and how one night a bomb was thrown and had landed in his lap, taking the full bow of it. Carson then sang a song he had written for this soldier. The touching song brought tears to many of the attentive students. Almost the whole audience stood and clapped for Carson after he concluded with his memories of the much anticipated day of arrival back home. The assembly was “a good presentation. It was unique and helped us realize the importance of remembering our veterans on this important day,” said Emily McKinney, a student. Talking with Carson after he shared that he had been impressed with the respect and enthusiasm shown by the student body, and that his three guests he had brought with him were immensely honored by their warm reception.
By Karianne Nelson
Danielle Kaiser is the intern highlight of the week. She interns at Utah Valley Regional Medical Center on the Oncology floor. Kaiser helps cancer patients and follows a PTC around to watch and help with his/her responsibilities. Some of her jobs are changing beds, helping patients bathe, and restock food. Kaiser enjoys her internship and has gained a lot of experience in the career she wants to pursue after high school.
“It’s a lot of fun! I want to be a nurse so this will help me in the future.” This internship has been a good experience for her.
The SFHS Debate went on their debate tour to challenge debate teams from all across the U.S. They left November 5th and got back on November 10th. They went to U.S.C. (University of Southern California) to compete. The team won about half of their debates. Alex Argyle the president of debate this year said, “We did pretty good because our team is mostly novices. We won about half of the debates we competed in.” The debate team did a great job and really enjoyed going on tour. Eleven students participated in the The Lincoln Douglas Debates. Their topic was the following: public health concerns justifies compulsory immunizations. Students debated six, forty-five minute rounds. The policy topic was that the United States federal government should substantially increase social services for persons in poverty in the United States. There were fourteen students participating who debated six, one and a half hour rounds in Policy. It was a grueling but exhilarating experience for all the debaters. Mr. Brough, advisor, was proud of what the students accomplished.
On Saturday, November 7, the Spanish Fork Band competed at a competition in St. George at Dixie State College. They competed in the 1A competition against seven other bands. Unfortunately, they didn’t place at the competition, but Drum Major Lori Swain felt that it was their best performance ever. “It was a really good opportunity to see how all of our hard work and dedication could make us come together as a band,” said Swain. “We made something that we could all be proud of.” Practice for the competition started in the first week of August with long, exhausting band camps, but that hard work has paid off with the feelings of satisfaction the band now has. Spanish Fork is very proud of the band’s hard work, and we are glad they have had a great trip!
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