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.
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.
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’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.
Kay Thomas Perkins, a teacher at SFHS and the Red Cross sponsored a blood drive at Spanish Fork High School last week. Students could sign up for a time and had to pass an interview to qualify in order to donate their blood. The blood the Red Cross collected can be used for research or for other people. Emily McKinney, a senior, donated her blood last week. "I was really nervous beforehand but it was a good experience afterward because a lot of people really do need blood; Students at SFHS were very willing to donate and it was a good experience for the school."
On Friday, October 9th, seniors at Spanish Fork High School had the opportunity to attend a college fair and learn more about the colleges and universities in Utah. The fair started off with a video for all students on why they should pursue education after high school and the different types of postsecondary schools in Utah. The students then got to choose three different colleges to attend presentations on. The students were able to get plenty of good information on what the colleges they were considering were like.
“It was really good, and it was a good opportunity for seniors to find out about colleges and what they offer,” said Debora Vargas, a senior at SFHS.
For some students, the presentations changed their opinions of certain colleges and gave them new perspectives.
“I liked the USU presentation,” said Tiffany Binks, another student at SFHS. “They got me so pumped up and I didn’t even want to go there. Now, GO USU!”
Whether the college fair changed students opinions or reinforced old ones, the college fair was a good experience for all.
Spanish Fork High School had the opportunity to send twelve students to an All State Choir. The Utah Music Education Association organized the All State Choirs. The top students from every high school in the state were given the opportunity to sing with talented singers from all over the state. The All State Choir totaled approximately 700 students. The students from SFHS were Christina Heywood, Karianne Nelson, Alex Singerman, Candace Wride, Andi Smiley, Ashley Davies, Taylor Bramall, Austin Leavitt, Evan Anderson, Garret Stirland, John Broomhead, and John Woodbrey. The choirs were conducted by Dr James Jordan, a professor at Westminster College in New Jersey.
Spanish Fork High School has a new way of connecting students to security and the administration. The School Tipline is used for students who have concerns about safety or if they need to report something. The concerns are anonymous so students don’t need to worry about being brought into the middle of things. Using student’s innate ability to text, they can instantly be connected with security to break up a fight or to report drugs. The School Tipline is also used to get updates on what is happening at the school. You can get texts for football games, keys to success, and other groups that students are involved in.
Spanish Fork High School Choirs had a concert on Tuesday October, 13th. People came to listen to great choirs such as Women’s Choir, Mosaic, Concert Choir, and Singers. It was a great opportunity for parents to see how well their kids are improving their singing abilities. Some of the songs performed were the following: Because We Believe, and Dream of a Blessed Spirit among many others.
Spanish Fork High School has a unique opportunity to see people who have jobs that come and talk about it. This week they had somebody from Utah County Sheriff’s Search Rescue Explorer Post come and talk about what they do for their job and what happens. Cooper Urmston had this to say about it,
“Chris Reid talked about how fun of a job it was, and he also told a story about a guy who didn’t like search and rescue but then he got in a bad situation and search and rescue saved him, and so now he has a lot of respect for them. It was really fun to go and learn about the things people do in everyday life.”
Reid also talked about how you can volunteer to be a search and rescue if you would like to help. The sheriff’s department has training for medical skills to help out people. They also meet the second and fourth Thursdays each month at the sheriff’s office
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