Davis High Winter Drumline

The Davis high drumline is an elite group of individuals that both dedicate their time and money to the marching program. The Davis high drumline is a regular finalist of the Intermountain Percussion Championships. The drumline practices after school on Mondays and Thursdays from 3:00 to 7:00 pm.

But what is an indoor drumline? The indoor drumline is just like a marching band but only a drumline. A mat is rolled out onto the floor and a grid is used to march on and play the show. This year’s show is called The Road Less Traveled, it is a show about breaking off from society norms. The drums involved for the show are Quads/Tenors, the five different bass drums with different pitches, Snare drums, and Single Toms.

The music consists of multiple rhythms that are confusing as well as hard to learn. Conditioning is a huge chunk of drumline because carrying a drum and marching while playing is hard without muscle strength. The way that drumline plays is with three-inch high taps and double the height for accents.

Many people ask about how percussionists play rolls, the answer is diddles. diddles are when percussionists play two notes in one stroke by letting the stick bounce off the drum and allowing rapid notes to be played.

The other part of the winter drumline is the pit. The pit also is known as the front ensemble consists of the vibes, bass drum, guitarists, synths, bells, and marimbas.

This is the show for the year and the overview of this year’s winter drumline. The drumline hopes to make the finals this year and bring Davis home another drumline title. Overall this year will be a great one for the drumline. And I don’t want to jinx anything so I will knock on wood for drumline this year, but we will see you in finals.

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DTV

DTV is an awesome fun way to be a part of something here at Davis high school. The broadcast has been going on for a long time. DTV is a fun news broadcast about whats going on here at Davis high school. All the students that are apart of it work really hard on each and every broadcast and they love it.

Talking to Aiden Hansel, we asked him what the best part of being on DTV was, he said:

“I love knowing what goes on behind the scenes and seeing what it takes to make just one episode or broadcast.”

There is a lot of things that go into making an episod of DTV. The team has to think of a topic and how they want to tell its story. They have to interview and film with people to get the full story.

His favorite thing about being in the class was the good environment it has.

We also asked him why should someone want to be apart of dtv? he said:

“You just have so much fun on camera and you meet new people in that class, plus its fun to see what a goof you are.”

Being on camera can be a very fun thing. You can see if that is a field that you could maybe want to go into. If you get into the class you can be infront of the whole school and put your mark on the school.

Derrick Miller is the teaacher in charge of dtv, and he really likes it. He said at first he was really nervous about it and that his camera skills were very rusty. but the students do it all. He loves how good the students are here and really likes that he can let them do thier own thing.

“it is really nice being able to take a step back and let students do their own thing”

DTV is a great opportunity to be in a fun class that you can be apart and know what is going on in the school. Everyone should consider joining and being apart of an awesome class.

 

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Results of HOSA Bottlecaps

Less is more, and in this case less means small. Small bottle caps collected by students and teachers here at Davis High have created an huge impact in the lives of five children suffering from cancer. 5,015 caps collected! The amount of bottle caps collected raised enough money to provide those five children chemo treatments that will benefit their lives greatly.

“I’m so glad that we came together to help kids in need!”

stated Mikayla Jensen, a devout member of the HOSA club.

Davis High’s HOSA is a great club the school has organized. It helps students recognize the importance of service and how it can benefit not only their lives, but the lives of those around them. It also gives students the chance to reach out and help create a safe atmosphere in the community and especially at Davis High School. It gives the school great integrity because of the work of HOSA.

Another great impact the students of HOSA have is the blood drives they organize. Blood drives are crucial for many who need that help. Blood drives meet the needs of many in need.

HOSA is a great club for those interested in looking for ways to become a better person, make great friends, and reach out to the community. It allows others to see the good and the bad in the world and what they can do to change for good. Taking the time out of a busy schedule, away from school and friends, students have changed the world for good, no matter the simplicity of their efforts.

It is crucial that we continue to support HOSA and the good they do. We must encourage people to join the club as they motivate students to become better and improve who they are. It is more than a club, it is a way of life and will continue to be an incredible opportunity for students at Davis High.

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Communications: Why Take this Class?

Communications has been one of my favorite and most beneficial classes in high school. It is a class where you learn just that: how to communicate. It is such a simple concept, yet so hard to grasp how to do it well. People are so very different, and everyone has their own unique ways of communicating, as well and certain ways to communicate to a certain person. This has been a great semester to learn how and why we communicate and what we can do to make our communication better and understand others. It has been a super fun class and has forced me to step out of my comfort zone over and over again.  

When the class begun, it was hard for me to really be interested because my friend recommended the class because it was CE and she said it was easy, so I decided to take it because I wanted to get an easy college class out of the way. As we got a couple days into the class, I realized how fast the fees added up in this class, as well as my other classes. There were fees to register for the class and enroll, and a fee for the book, which I didn’t know about and all that money made me want to drop the class. I realize that it is a lot cheaper than taking it in college, but since I was paying for it all, I didn’t want to waste all my money. I soon figured out that I couldn’t drop the class because I had already signed up and enrolled, so I had to suck it up and do the class! I got the book and went to the class for a while as we learned about communication in the 21st century and verbal/non-verbal communication. We did modules almost every class and when it wasn’t a module, it was a lecture, and I hate lectures and busy work.  

It wasn’t until we started learning about listening that I started paying real attention to myself and how I was using this class to help me. I realized that I wasn’t doing a good job of listening and I was just letting the material pass right through me. We learned about hearing versus listening how they are very different. We talked about all sorts of different distractions including situational distractions, source distractions, and medium distractions and how to deal with them. Looking back, I know that I was very distracted and having a lot of trouble focusing on the actual message. The book states that “Focusing on the message can be exceptionally hard in the Communication Age. While technology has allowed for new ways to find information and communicate with others, it has also created even more ways to fail at focusing on the message.” (Listening, 109) and that hit me and made me want to put my phone away in class. 

Another huge thing that I learned about in this class was relationships: how they form and the stages of development in a relationship, types of relationships like interpersonal, group, and workplace relationships. We learned how to deal with conflict in all types of relationships, the biggest form of problem solving being a perception check. We learned how to control our emotions in relationships, and all of this seemed to really help in my everyday experiences with people around me. I performed a perception check on my best friend, which solved the biggest problem in our relationship and I also talked to my girlfriend and learned how to better communicate to her, as well as her to me.  

There is so much I learned over the course of the semester, but my favorite part of the class at the end of it all was the TED talks that we watched and the brain games episodes that took a different look at a specific aspect of our material. For example, when we talked about self-concept, our module had us listen to a TED talk about vulnerability and how it can help us be happier with ourselves. Being able to listen to these videos that made me think about communication differently, made the modules so much better and easier to fill out notes.  

My personal favorite topic in this class was Self-Concept, mainly because we are all trying to be better as people and we all need help doing so. An interesting part of perception is Interpersonal Constructs, which are schemas that we use to organize our perceptions. “interpersonal constructs are bipolar dimensions of judgment used to size up people or social situations.” (Perception, 32). We use these constructs to categorize people into boxes, like outgoing versus shy, nice versus mean, attractive versus ugly, ect… “In this view, we are scientist-like creatures who gather evidence and engage in observation with the goal of making sense of our realities” (Kelly, 1955).  

 

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Davis High Band’s Mountain Dew Christmas Tree

It’s been a long time coming, and it’s finally here! The long-awaited Davis high Christmas band concert. Davis high band students have been prepping for months for this concert. From wind ensemble to jazz band, from symphonic band to the concert band, percussion ensemble to marching band hundreds of students were brought together. Before the concert started the air was filled with anticipation. Each band performed 3-4 pieces. Some of the favorite songs played include auld lang syne, God rest you married gentlemen and a Mr. Crooksten classic: Randolf the blue hoofed pig otherwise know as Rudolph the red nose reindeer.

Each section of the band performed flawlessly. Accompanying the beautiful music was a hand full of fantastic performances. Crooksten read a lovely poem to the crowd. Even the school principal himself participated, Dr. Wilky sang the night before Christmas in unison with the band. Dr. Wilky participating is very significant because few administrators spend time out of their personal life to get to know their students, and spend time at activities to support them. Davis High is lucky to have our administration.

One of the main attractions that night was a Christmas tree made of empty mountain dew cans. This tree made a homage not only to the baby born to save mankind but also to an old band tradition. The tradition started a few years ago when the marching band sparked the idea to line the walls of the semi-trailer with empty cans. While the trailer hasn’t been lined by the last band concert every year, the band still tries to honor the tradition. This year, the band wondered what to do with the extra cans, they decided to make a Christmas trees for the concert. The mountain dew cans made up the tree and coke cans were the ornaments. All in all the band considered the night a success.

 

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Woodshop Class

Woodshop could be a place for you to get away and release your stress or it could be a place where you can make a project to take home and keep in your house or maybe even sell the projects you make and make a friend with the teacher.

Woodshop teaches a lot, it teaches you how to read a tape measure, all the way to how to use all the machines in the workshop, and it makes you a more skilled person and is very impressive to be able to know the information you learn in the Davis high school woodshop class.

The woodshop teacher’s name is Bryan Sorensen but everyone just calls him “Sor”. He is what you would call “The most experienced with wood” Sor has been woodworking his whole life and knows it all. He takes care of his class and helps you if you need help with your project, Sor is one of those teachers that you can joke around with and he won’t be mad unless you go over the limit. One thing he does care a lot about is if you clean up your scrapes after you use a machine.

In woodshop 1 you have to pass a test to be able to go into the shop and you learn how to make a cool Alder chest, in woodshop 2 you make a really cool nightstand, and in woodshop 3 you get to pick what you want to make you could make a skateboard to making a tennis racket or even a kitchen table for your kitchen.

woodshop could be your new favorite class and you would not want to miss out on it you learn so much with the hands-on experience and you get to meet one of the coolest teachers at Davis high school, and if you would like to get into woodshop class you should switch into it, it even counts as an elective credit.

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Woodshop Class

Woodshop could be a place for you to get away and release your stress or it could be a place where you can make a project to take home and keep in your house or maybe even sell the projects you make and make a friend with the teacher.

Woodshop teaches a lot, it teaches you how to read a tape measure, all the way to how to use all the machines in the workshop, and it makes you a more skilled person and is very impressive to be able to know the information you learn in the Davis high school woodshop class.

The woodshop teacher’s name is Bryan Sorensen but everyone just calls him “Sor”. He is what you would call “The most experienced with wood” Sor has been woodworking his whole life and knows it all. He takes care of his class and helps you if you need help with your project, Sor is one of those teachers that you can joke around with and he won’t be mad unless you go over the limit. One thing he does care a lot about is if you clean up your scrapes after you use a machine.

In woodshop 1 you have to pass a test to be able to go into the shop and you learn how to make a cool Alder chest, in woodshop 2 you make a really cool nightstand, and in woodshop 3 you get to pick what you want to make you could make a skateboard to making a tennis racket or even a kitchen table for your kitchen.

woodshop could be your new favorite class and you would not want to miss out on it you learn so much with the hands-on experience and you get to meet one of the coolest teachers at Davis high school, and if you would like to get into woodshop class you should switch into it, it even counts as an elective credit.

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Winter Choir Concert: “I can hear the bells!”

The amount of effort put into every choral performance is astounding. Generally, every choir learns 3 songs at a max but this year there were choirs that preformed with not only 3, but 4 songs. The entire performance consisted of beautiful Christmas music to kick off Christmas break. If you did not attend, you have a real treat up ahead if you go to the next concert.

Our very own top choir, madrigals, did wonderful as always. With them constantly preforming at assemblies, special events, etc. and having no room to prepare for a concert, they were absolutely astounding.

Not only is it a super fun activity but it also takes an incredible amount of preparation and focus to execute the choral pieces properly.

“It gives me an opportunity to do what i love with the people that I love.” – Charity Maynes, soloist

Next to madrigals is an A’ Capella group that always has an upbeat tone to them. Everyone is genuinely having a good time and I have never heard a negative thing about their choir group.

“The creativity they put into making their songs sound different and new is so inspiring, it makes me actually want to listen and possibly work on more of my own music.” – Faith Beeler, former Davis High student

Not only are there the many choral arrangements, but there is also a hand bell choir.

The hand bell choir is made up of just as it would seem, bells. Beautiful arrangements of instrumental peace start off the concert as always. The lass is first period if anyone is still interested in joining.

Music is the point with the most focus, of course, but it is not the only covered subject. Mrs. May [choir teacher at Davis High School] also covers getting to know the other students as well as choreography.

Choir really is an experience that helps people to grow.

 

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Debate Silver and Black tournament: a bust or a must?

Davis High School’s debate team went to Silver and Black a high status debate tournament that was held at Corner Canyon High School in Draper, Utah. This tournament was a very competitive tournament that lasted three days: Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Many schools from out of state came to the tournament including schools from California, Georgia and Wyoming.

This is the first time the debate team has been to this tournament. The team wasn’t as successful at this tournament because this tournament attracts a more progressive debating style. Progressive debate is when debaters have more advanced arguments and will typically talk faster than in an average debate. The Utah debate circuit debates in a much more relaxed style than progressive debaters.

“It was a good learning experience, I didn’t expect to win but it was fun,” stated Porter Archibald

The team thought it was a good experience to go to the tournament because they gained experiences that they don’t typically get in their own debate circuit.

“The tournament was better than I thought it would be,” explained Bryn Montierth when asked about the tournament.

Bryn Montieth made it to some of the final rounds at the tournament, this is very impressive because at this tournament last year there were very few people from Utah that made it to the final rounds. Bryn was a quarter finalist, which means she got 5/6th place out of over 70 entrees in her event Lincoln Douglas.

The Davis High Debate team had a great time at the tournament and hope to go the Silver and Black tournament again next year. It was a wonderful experience to expand the knowledge of the team.

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Dance Company Concert

5, 6, 7, 8! Excitement is in the Christmas season air as Davis High Dance Company takes the stage with their winter concert “Fa La La!” This year, members of the dance company are teaming up with young girls around Davis County known as “Mini’s.” These girls, grades K-9, are divided into classes. Then, they are taught different dances. Along with these young performers, Davis High’s girls have multiple numbers prepared. They will be performing multiple numbers centered around the approaching Christmas season. Many different areas of dance will be portrayed.

Dance Company uses this concert as an opportunity to promote the amazing program they have and get the younger girls excited about dance and what they are capable of in the world today. It opens up many possibilities for the girls, young and old, to express themselves and share their amazing talents.

”It’s super fun to teach the little kids dances and they are all so cute even if they are crazy most of the time.”

shared Rylee Mottishaw, Senior.

This concert is also an opportunity to showcase the talents and abilities of the Kaysville Junior High Dance Company.

“It’s super cute and fun and full of Christmas cheer!”

expressed Emma Vanleeuwen, Senior.

“I’m excited to see the little kids when they perform because they are so excited.”

stated Hailey Duncan, Junior.

”I’m looking forward to seeing all the little kids dance.”

said Kaylie Bone, Senior.

”I’m excited to perform with my dance co family and see the little kids perform their hearts out.”

said Kenzli Todd, Senior.

This wonderfully talented group of girls are excited to show Kaysville the hard work and passion they have so delicately and purposefully woven into this masterpiece of a concert.

Come enjoy the Dance Company in more holiday fun tonight, Thursday, December 4 at 7:00 pm. Tickets are $5 at the auditorium doors. They can also be bought in the front office or can be bought from any member of the Dance Company.

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Davis High School’s Band ends with a bang in Disneyland

Davis High School’s band season has come to an end. The band ending with bang by going on a huge trip to Disneyland. The band left on Friday to compete in the state tournament in St. George. The band had a great performance with 90.6/100 points and took 2nd place.

“It was our best run yet!” exclaimed Isaac Christensen, a tuba player in the band.

The next day the band had a region tournament against the western region of the United States. At the region tournament Davis High competed against 33 other bands. Only 10 of the 33 bands could go to finals and the Davis High Marching Band took 6th place.

“The band is amazing!” said Morgan Mojica, a student body officer.

After the band performed in St. George they went to Disneyland to do a studio recording of a combination of Disney songs from movies like: Tangled, Thor, Toy Story, and The Lion King. Some said that this was a very emotional experience and had many students in the band tearing up or crying.

“The trip was so much fun. Senior year everything is so emotional,” explained Kennedy Mckenzie, who plays the saxophone, when asked about the trip.

While the band was recording the color guard was doing a dance clinic in Disneyland and then got it recorded that same day. The color guard team had only 1 hour to learn the routine before they were recorded. The student body officers went to a leadership clinic. In the leadership clinic they learned about the leadership skills of Walt Disney.

The students on the trip all had a good time. The trip to Disneyland was for sure one to be cherished.

“It was weird to see everyone get back on the bus with $200 custom lightsabers,” said Jacob Thayne, when asked about the most interesting part of the trip.

The trip to St. George and Disneyland carries many sentimental memories for everything there. Most can agree it was a great way to end the season.

 

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FEA Conference

This last week, on November 14, Davis High’s Intro to Education Class had the opportunity to attend the FEA (Future Educators Association) Conference at Weber State. This was an all day conference that these students were able to attend to get a feel for what it is like to teach, the additional education ahead fo them, and scholarships available to these students.

The keynote speaker at this conference was, Sheldon Cheshire, a professor at Weber State in the education department. He spoke about the importance of being an influential teacher to your students. He used Mr. Feeny, from the tv show Boy Meets World as his example. He expressed that Mr. Feeny was the perfect example of an influential teacher because he cared about his student’s inside and outside of school, he was able to create a relationship with his students while still being able to discipline when necessary.

In simpler words, Sheldon Chesire said, “Be friendly to your students, don’t be their friend.”

He then went on to say that students should learn to be grateful for the teachers that showed this kind of compassion and concern toward their teachers, especially students that pursue the career of an educator.

After Sheldon Chesire concluded his speech, the students were then split into four groups to attend four 2o minute workshops, centered around specific aspects of teaching and education. These workshops included, teaching students with disabilities, the role of teachers is to push students toward success not stunt their growth and success, the fact that laughter and fun is essential to a classroom environment, and respect among student and teacher relationships.

The conference then concluded with a question and answer panel with representatives from the education program at Weber, the Dean of Weber, and students and professors participating in the education program. They answered questions about admission, scholarships, and educational careers.

Rebecca Calvillo, a student who attended the conference stated that, “They talked a lot about the TH-Bell Scholarship and the fact that their are TH-Bell Scholarships available for specific schools and that you have to apply for those specific school scholarships. I didn’t know that before attending the conference.”

Finally the presenters provided a free lunch for the students at the conclusion of the conference. This was a great opportunity for the students pursing a career in education because if offered them the opportunity to ask questions and learn insight on this career path.

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HOSA Blood Drive

Have you ever gone to a blood drive to donate blood? Well, if not, you have a chance to donate blood to help save lives on Wednesday, December 4, 2019. HOSA, or the Future Health Officials will be sponsoring the drive at Davis High School in the cafeteria from 2-6 pm. Donating blood saves lives!

Blood drives are very important and necessary because every three seconds, someone is in need of blood. Such people would include those being treated for cancer, cardiovascular and orthopedic surgeries, and patients with blood disorders. One out of every three people need blood at least once in their lifetime. People usually need donated blood if they are ill or injured or are in need of a transfusion.

Mrs. Kurtz, the adviser for the HOSA club encourages students to come to the blood drive.

“It’s the right thing to do. This time of year is when people are the busiest, the number of donations go down, and the need for blood goes up.”

The holiday season is the busiest season of the year, and people cannot make as much time to come donate blood. That does not mean the need for blood decreases.

“Blood drives are important for HOSA because it incorporates service into the club and the drives are related to the medical field, which HOSA members are involved in,” continued Mrs. Kurtz. “It also gives them experience in the medical field.”

The donated blood will be given out to a variety of hospitals such as Primary Children’s, Intermountain, and LDS hospital. Students can also go donate blood at ARUP Blood Services centers in Salt Lake City and Sandy, or at Red Cross facilities.

Donating blood goes to a variety of recipients, but 20% of the blood is given to children. You may have doubts about going for a variety of reasons such as fear of needles or not having enough time. This needs to change. About 39% of the population is eligible to donate blood, but less than 8% do.

Giving blood is very noble, but as mentioned before, only 39% of the population is eligible. Check requirements for your age to become a blood donor before you go to donate blood.

This holiday season, come donate blood and save a life! And don’t worry, because giving blood won’t cost you anything! Go and see Mrs. Krutz in room 2416 for any questions.

 

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HOSA Blood Drive

Have you ever gone to a blood drive to donate blood? Well, if not, you have a chance to donate blood to help save lives on Wednesday, December 4, 2019. HOSA, or the Future Health Officials will be sponsoring the drive at Davis High School in the cafeteria from 2-6 pm. Donating blood saves lives!

Blood drives are very important and necessary because every three seconds, someone is in need of blood. Such people would include those being treated for cancer, cardiovascular and orthopedic surgeries, and patients with blood disorders. One out of every three people need blood at least once in their lifetime. People usually need donated blood if they are ill or injured or are in need of a transfusion.

Mrs. Kurtz, the adviser for the HOSA club encourages students to come to the blood drive.

“It’s the right thing to do. This time of year is when people are the busiest, the number of donations go down, and the need for blood goes up.”

The holiday season is the busiest season of the year, and people cannot make as much time to come donate blood. That does not mean the need for blood decreases.

“Blood drives are important for HOSA because it incorporates service into the club and the drives are related to the medical field, which HOSA members are involved in,” continued Mrs. Kurtz. “It also gives them experience in the medical field.”

The donated blood will be given out to a variety of hospitals such as Primary Children’s, Intermountain, and LDS hospital. Students can also go donate blood at ARUP Blood Services centers in Salt Lake City and Sandy, or at Red Cross facilities.

Donating blood goes to a variety of recipients, but 20% of the blood is given to children. You may have doubts about going for a variety of reasons such as fear of needles or not having enough time. This needs to change. About 39% of the population is eligible to donate blood, but less than 8% do.

Giving blood is very noble, but as mentioned before, only 39% of the population is eligible. Check requirements for your age to become a blood donor before you go to donate blood.

This holiday season, come donate blood and save a life! And don’t worry, because giving blood won’t cost you anything! Go and see Mrs. Krutz in room 2416 for any questions.

 

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Sterling scholars may be your answer to student loan debt

Some select students have found that the sterling scholar program is helping them through college and other parts of life without having to take out a student loan. the sterling scholar is a scholarship that is only available in Utah. 5 people will be selected out of a huge amount of people. the applications are due every November depending on the school.

The scholarship takes percentages from these sections

SCHOLARSHIP- GPA and difficulty of the classes including ACT and SAT scores.
CATEGORY EXPERTISE-Student is given a category and has to explain what the category is and how it works.
LEADERSHIP- Given points for leadership by questioning teachers and other things.
COMMUNITY SERVICE/CITIZENSHIP-Have a high citizenship grade and community service can only make you look better.
INTERVIEW- Students are interviewed by judges and other people.

 

The categories according to the handbook are.

ENGLISH – For scholarship and achievement in one or more of the following areas: creative
writing, English, journalism, literature and related subjects.

MATHEMATICS – For scholarship and achievement in mathematics and related areas. Scholars may
exhibit outstanding records in mathematics competitions and evidence of potential contributions to
mathematical knowledge.

SOCIAL SCIENCE – For scholarship and achievement in one or more of the following areas:
American government, geography, history, economics, social issues, world affairs and/or related subjects.

SCIENCE – For scholarship and achievement in advanced work, inventiveness or outstanding
service in one or more of the following areas: biology, chemistry, engineering, physics, health science, science, and related subjects. Imagination, originality or special contributions will receive major consideration in
judging.
WORLD LANGUAGES – For outstanding scholarship and persistence in the study of a world
language. Nominees should have made unusual contributions to the field of world language study or
demonstrated increasing interest in such studies at their school.

COMPUTER TECHNOLOGY – For outstanding scholarship and achievement in one or more of
the following areas: Computer programming, interfacing, networking, repair, construction, design and
illustration, media, and multi-media, or other related fields.

SKILLED AND TECHNICAL SCIENCES EDUCATION – For outstanding scholarship and
achievement in one or more of the following areas: Agriculture sciences, automotive services, automotive
collision repair, cabinetmaking/millwork, carpentry, cosmetology/barbering, drafting/CADD, graphics/printing
technology, law enforcement, machinist technician/CNC, welding, film making, and other related fields.

FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCES – For outstanding scholarship and achievement in one
or more of the following areas: child development and care, interior design, family living, food, and nutrition,
culinary arts, clothing, fashion, and other life skills.

BUSINESS AND MARKETING – Demonstrate a high level of scholarship and achievement in one
or more of the following areas: Business management, non-profit management, accounting, entrepreneurship,
sales, marketing and other fields related to business occupations.

SPEECH/THEATRE ARTS/FORENSICS – For scholarship and achievement in one or more area
of speech, theater arts and Forensics: debate, public speaking, oral interpretation, and/or (non-musical) theater.

VOCAL PERFORMANCE – Nominees demonstrate outstanding scholarship and achievement in one
or more of the areas of classical or musical theatre or vocal performance.

VISUAL ARTS – For scholarship and achievement in creative expression in one or more of the
following areas: drawing, artistic photography, commercial art, mixed media, graphic art, painting, sculpture
and related fields.

INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC – Nominee demonstrates outstanding scholarship and achievement in
one or more of the areas of music.

DANCE – For demonstrating exceptional skill, achievement and creative expression in artistic
dance (ballroom dance included).

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Go backstage into the world of Matilda

For the first time off Broadway in the state of Utah, enter a world of magic and wonder as Davis High brings the story of “Matilda” to life. “Matilda” is a story of a neglected young girl with a great love of learning and the unusual. Through adventure and excitement, she teaches the world who she is and the kind of love she deserves.

Matilda is played by the one and only Emily Porter, senior, here at Davis High School. With her child-like wonder, and exuberant passion for the world of theater, Emily leads the audience through a journey of joy, compassion, and anticipation as she brings Matilda to life.

Stretching themselves farther than they ever imagined, the Davis High Students compose the cast creating this wonderful masterpiece. “Matilda” plays an indispensable role in creating unity among the cast members as they bond over it’s great significance in each of their lives.

“There’s a lot of different aspects that are so good about it. You get to meet a ton of new people, and make new friends, and new relationships with people that you wouldn’t have if you didn’t do musical theater. It gives you a new aspect of hard work because there’s so much that’s going on, it takes up a lot of your time and it gives you a new aspect to performing and embracing these talents that you have and it’s just a fun experience and environment to be in,” stated Lindsy Hales, senior.

Not only does this musical portray a tale of a young girl finding herself, but it allows the cast members as well as the audience an opportunity to find themselves. Cast members reflect on the opportunities they’ve had to work with their director, Mr. Wright, and what he has done to help them find themselves.

“I’m the doctor and am also a big kid in the ensemble. I really like that he always asks the student’s opinions and he always asks what they think would be best and some of the scenes he has the students completely block them and he changes a couple things and I really like that about him,” explained John Morley, junior.

The students have each made individual sacrifices that contribute to the overall spectacle “Matilda” has turned out to be. Each student has traveled above and beyond to help this show reach, and even exceed, its full potential.

“I am Rudolpho. I am an Italian who does Latin dancing. I’ve been trying to learn how to do the splits and being a not flexible person it’s not going super great. I’ve had to really stretch myself dancing wise, make myself a more fluid dancer other than just like a normal dancer,” said Parker Francis, junior.

The last piece to this puzzle is the wonderful Musical Theater Presidents- Emily Porter and Levi Larsen, seniors. They’ve spent countless hours visualizing, creating, and implementing ideas. Their works often go unnoticed to the viewers but they have done more for the show than anyone will ever realize.

As “Matilda” continues throughout the rest of this week, take the time to remove yourself from life’s troubles and jump into the life of a young girl and join her an adventure through struggle, triumph, joy and love.

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Go backstage into the world of Matilda

For the first time off Broadway in the state of Utah, enter a world of magic and wonder as Davis High brings the story of “Matilda” to life. “Matilda” is a story of a neglected young girl with a great love of learning and the unusual. Through adventure and excitement, she teaches the world who she is and the kind of love she deserves.

Matilda is played by the one and only Emily Porter, senior, here at Davis High School. With her child-like wonder, and exuberant passion for the world of theater, Emily leads the audience through a journey of joy, compassion, and anticipation as she brings Matilda to life.

Stretching themselves farther than they ever imagined, the Davis High Students compose the cast creating this wonderful masterpiece. “Matilda” plays an indispensable role in creating unity among the cast members as they bond over it’s great significance in each of their lives.

“There’s a lot of different aspects that are so good about it. You get to meet a ton of new people, and make new friends, and new relationships with people that you wouldn’t have if you didn’t do musical theater. It gives you a new aspect of hard work because there’s so much that’s going on, it takes up a lot of your time and it gives you a new aspect to performing and embracing these talents that you have and it’s just a fun experience and environment to be in,” stated Lindsy Hales, senior.

Not only does this musical portray a tale of a young girl finding herself, but it allows the cast members as well as the audience an opportunity to find themselves. Cast members reflect on the opportunities they’ve had to work with their director, Mr. Wright, and what he has done to help them find themselves.

“I’m the doctor and am also a big kid in the ensemble. I really like that he always asks the student’s opinions and he always asks what they think would be best and some of the scenes he has the students completely block them and he changes a couple things and I really like that about him,” explained John Morley, junior.

The students have each made individual sacrifices that contribute to the overall spectacle “Matilda” has turned out to be. Each student has traveled above and beyond to help this show reach, and even exceed, its full potential.

“I am Rudolpho. I am an Italian who does Latin dancing. I’ve been trying to learn how to do the splits and being a not flexible person it’s not going super great. I’ve had to really stretch myself dancing wise, make myself a more fluid dancer other than just like a normal dancer,” said Parker Francis, junior.

The last piece to this puzzle is the wonderful Musical Theater Presidents- Emily Porter and Levi Larsen, seniors. They’ve spent countless hours visualizing, creating, and implementing ideas. Their works often go unnoticed to the viewers but they have done more for the show than anyone will ever realize.

As “Matilda” continues throughout the rest of this week, take the time to remove yourself from life’s troubles and jump into the life of a young girl and join her an adventure through struggle, triumph, joy and love.

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Medical Anatomy Class, Get Ahead in Your Medical Career!

Here at Davis there is a Medical Anatomy class available for students to take to earn science credit in high school and at the college level. This helps elidgeble students to get ahead in persuing their medical career. It offers students education about the primary elements of the medical field. Being able to take this class at the high school will save students money because it costs more in college. Medical Anatomy is a wonderful way to get a good look into what life would be like in the medical field. It also helps students understand their bodies more.

Rachel Bennett says,”it counts as a science credit and it is way easier then your other science classes like chemistry. Not only that but it also counts as a CTE credit and scinece credit in both high school and college.”

Taking the Medical Anatomy class is a great way to get a college science credit.

After talking to a Former Medical Anatomy student, Gracie Melton, you get a better perspective of this class.

She noted, “The class was hard, but the teacher did a lot of things to make it easier, but there was a lot of information we had to learn.”

Along with that she said you learn about several aspects of the body and it gives you a greater perspective about your body. Gracie then talked about the benefits that comes with taking this class,”The benefits of taking the class if you learn about your on body and if you are going into th medical field you need to take it.”

This class is a great class to get into if you are planning to go into the medical field. It is highly recommended for students to take to receive college credit and figure out if the medical field is even for you at a low cost.

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French Club

Bienvenue au club français! If you want to learn more about the french language, or even just more about french culture, french club is a great place to be. Although it’s basically an extension of the class, anyone can join. They meet every Monday that’s a B-day, and have a really fun time learning more about the french language and culture.

A big part of French culture is the holidays, and french club is a fun place to be during that time of the year.

“I love learning about the holidays, especially Christmas. We have a lot of traditional french food during the holidays which makes them really fun to learn about” stated club president Courtney Blue, Senior.

The number of kids who go to french club varies, but usually there are about 15 kids there, so more people can join. You do not have to be in a french class to be in french club, so if you are looking to learn more about french culture and meet new people, the club is a great place to go.

Before each meeting, the people who run the club choose something to teach the other students about. Then, they do research and prepare a presentation to give to the class. Fellow students teaching the club and choosing topics gives a more laid-back environment and makes it so there are always interesting topics to learn about.

“French club is just an extension of the class so we can learn more about the culture than we learn in class, anyone can join” explained Courtney Blue.

Everyone is welcome at French club, so come learn more about the amazing language next B-day Monday during lunch!

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Davis Cup: One of the Most Exciting Band Competitions of the Year

Every year, Davis high hosts one of the biggest Marching Band competitions of the year. Bands from all over the state compete for the Davis Cup, which is a trophy that has been around since the 70s. The competition goes all day from 11 in the morning to about 11 at night by the time it’s all said and done.

For Davis, it is arguably the most competitive day of the whole season, simply because it is our home show! Everyone wants to win at their own home, but unfortunately, this hasn’t always been the case for Davis. American Fork is our main rival when it comes to band. They have an extremely successful band program and so does Davis, so every year is a struggle to be on top. This year was no different because Davis and American Fork keep getting better year after year.

This year it was cold and windy, which aren’t the best conditions to compete in. Davis pulled through and got the color guard caption which is awesome and is still pushing to get other captions to win.

“It was really nice and relieving to see that all of our hard work is paying off!” said Hannah Nelson.

Everyone was happy that we at least took one caption because American Fork always seems to take every award, which gets old real quick and almost doesn’t seem fair. Regardless, it gives the band a goal to aspire towards and to get better everyday.

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Matilda Takes the Stage

Theater productions have been around for centuries. Plays are a perfect way for artist to get their ideas and concerns out there. Addressing controversial topics while creating something beautiful and fun. Davis High’s 2019 fall theater production is Matilda.

The play is about a little girl who discovers she has mind powers during her first year of school. She comes from a verbally abusive family and is taken under the wing of her teacher, Miss Honey. With those powers she uses them to defend yourself and over come her hard trials.

“I think the best part about being in the ensemble is being able to participate in the big numbers and just being able to work hard but still have fun,” said Hailey Taylor, a member of the Ensemble.

Davis High has an incredible theater program. Hailey’s favorite part about theater in general is being able to entertain people while telling a story. The morals of a play can impact the way the audience perceives it and how well they enjoy it or not. Matilda has an incredible message that applies to all age groups. Being able to overcome hard trials and defending yourself when your boundaries are being broken. As well as, finding friends to help you along the way.

Matilda takes the stage November 15th and runs the 16th, 18th, 19th, 21st, 22nd, and closes on the 23rd. Buy your tickets at the door or from one of our wonderful theater students. The world is yours, now go out there and conquer it!

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Matilda Takes the Stage

Theater productions have been around for centuries. Plays are a perfect way for artist to get their ideas and concerns out there. Addressing controversial topics while creating something beautiful and fun. Davis High’s 2019 fall theater production is Matilda.

The play is about a little girl who discovers she has mind powers during her first year of school. She comes from a verbally abusive family and is taken under the wing of her teacher, Miss Honey. With those powers she uses them to defend yourself and over come her hard trials.

“I think the best part about being in the ensemble is being able to participate in the big numbers and just being able to work hard but still have fun,” said Hailey Taylor, a member of the Ensemble.

Davis High has an incredible theater program. Hailey’s favorite part about theater in general is being able to entertain people while telling a story. The morals of a play can impact the way the audience perceives it and how well they enjoy it or not. Matilda has an incredible message that applies to all age groups. Being able to overcome hard trials and defending yourself when your boundaries are being broken. As well as, finding friends to help you along the way.

Matilda takes the stage November 15th and runs the 16th, 18th, 19th, 21st, 22nd, and closes on the 23rd. Buy your tickets at the door or from one of our wonderful theater students. The world is yours, now go out there and conquer it!

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Chess Club

Have you ever wondered what the most exciting, under the radar club at Davis is? The answer is the Chess Club. Chess Club, a phrase that is often thrown in with “uncool,”crowd of people. However, through research, I conducted, on the Chess Club, I could not have been more shocked with the amount of passion and “coolness” that was exhibited by these students.

If you have not had the opportunity to watch these students, then you’re missing out. The Chess Club only in its second year of development is growing rapidly and has a lot of exciting plans for its up coming future. Isaac Chamberlain, a junior at Davis high and the club’s president, stated, “I’ve got a lot big plans to expand the growth of this club and try and start competing against other schools.”

Being a student who moved from Fremont recently said he has, “connections with friends at Fremont and other schools involved with chess, that he thinks would be more than willing to having some exciting friendly competition with rival schools.”

The chess club is also working vigorously with the administration to make the club well-known around the school and the district to be able to compete.The club is welcoming and open to all newcomers and invites everyone to come and have some fun playing chess, Isaac said, “your experience with chess doesn’t matter either, all members are welcome!”

The Chess Club is looking for members and would love for all students to join with a steady number of 10 members already  on the team. The Chess Club is doing really well, but still has plenty of room for new people to join, compete, and, most importantly, just have fun. If you’re interested, talk to the Chess Club’s advisor, Mrs. Ray or the Chess Club’s president Isaac Chamberlin. Both are extremely nice and more than happy to give the information needed to be apart of the Davis High Chess Club! Both Isaac Chamberlin and Mrs. Ray have already done so much for this club and are excited to see what the future holds for this young, growing club at Davis High.

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Express your creativity in jewelry

Davis High school offers their students a jewelry class. In this class you get to get creative and make some jewelry. You learn how to use a drill and how to work with metal. It takes a lot of concentration, but overall its super fun.

The teacher of this class, Ms. Wright, is super sweet and cares about her students. She takes the time to help students with their projects.

The class is just a friendly happy place to be. When working on the projects you can express yourself and your creativity however you want. Each project is unique to each students style and taste.

“I would always get excited to go to jewelry, it was a good place to work on things that are specialized to me. The feeling you get when you finish a project is amazing. You feel very proud of your work and you cant wait to show it off. Overall this class has a positive atmosphere,” said Joe Quillen, a former student in this class.

Jewelry is such a fun class with a lot of time to work on your projects. Best of all, the class isn’t very hard, its super fun, and if you take it you wont regret it. So if you are looking for an art class or an elective then jewelry is highly suggested.

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Pickle Ball Club

The Pickle Ball club at Davis High is ballin’, and they want you to join them.

Pickle ball is a sport that kind of came out of nowhere and into popularity around the beginning of 2019, a lot of people play it now—mostly middle age women—but it’s a fun sport for all to play. The club at Davis High is a little more intense than most players are though. It is an open club, and the clubs members are just there to have fun, but they are pretty competitive.

The club is run by Megan Tarbet, who doubles as the yoga teacher at Davis. Since pickle ball is a fairly new sport, the club is only 2 years old and does not yet compete in any state wide competitions. This is a real fun club to participate in when looking for a good time. It is actually a really fun spectator sport as well. This club is for anyone who likes to be active and has some time after school to go play pickle ball at Barnes Park. Pickle ball is similar to tennis and is very easy to pick up, so it’s a fun sport to play for everyone.

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Mountain Biking Team Spotlight

The Davis Mountain Biking Team is rolling through the competition. With the season ending, the team is happy with the work that they’ve put in.

“I really enjoyed being on the team, and (is) excited for next years season,” said Daniel Knowlton.

The team has done a great job at every one of their races, and had another one on the 27th. The Mountain Biking team is not actually a team funded by the high school, it is a club that is run by Mr. Costley, a government teacher here. They have a race most weekends, and are competing against others as well as their previous times.

This club has a growing popularity with a lot of new arrivals this year. The team is open to anyone who is willing to buy their own equipment and find transportation to races. Races are held at various places around Utah and sometimes even out of state. A popular place for the team to practice is at Snowbasin, during the summer.

This is a fun activity for anyone who likes to ride and be outside. The sport is dangerous, and injuries are not uncommon. Teams use protective clothing and guards to minimize chance of injury. The team this year has been relatively injury-less on their win streak.

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What’s the scoop on the Davis High Marching Band season?

Davis High arguably has the best music program in the state, among other insanely talented programs at Davis. The Marching Band is no exception. It is made up of some insanely talented musicians who spend months and months making a masterpiece to compete with. It takes insane talent with one of the most rewarding outcomes.

It starts in June, just a week after school ends. Students learn how to march and play while marching. They condition and march parades until the end of July: this is the summer season.

Then, the fall season starts, and this is the competition season. There is a week long camp in mid-August where they spend 14 hours a day (7 am-9 pm) for 5-6 days out in the sun learning the field show. They rehearse and the music and drill for 2 straight months until competing in October. Davis competes against other bands almost every week in October and a week into November.

The last week of the season is the first week in November, and it is state finals and regional finals. The marching band goes down to St. George and competes for state and region for a whole weekend, and then they come home and that’s it.

It’s one of the saddest things to end the season, mainly because you just spend 5 months dedicating all of your time and energy, working around school and work and homework and other commitments.

“You learn to find joy in working hard and realize that all the stress and pain and work was worth every second.” says Brett Knowlton, a Quad on the drum line.

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Davis Cup disappointment, AF takes first

This Saturday Davis cup started at 7 in the morning and went until 11 at night. The marching band prepared to play their field show and the adrenaline was high. The crowd goes insane as Davis starts to perform “Summit”. Many people thought that they had performed the best show yet, however many members had mixed feelings about how they did. Many members felt it was their best run through, but some felt they did not. overall Davis cup was a success however it is fairly disappointing to see that American Fork (AF) has taken the Davis Cup for another year.

The scores are broken up with an average score out of 100 with each judge having 2 boxes with 100 points making a total of 200 the average of the two scores are kept. The scoring was as follows.

6A Scholastic:

1
Lone Peak
85.637
2
Pleasant Grove
80.588
3
Northridge
73.213
4
Weber
71.937
5
Fremont
68.075
6
Roy
66.988

6A Open

1
American Fork
93.100
2
Davis
89.512
2
Westlake
89.512
4
Skyridge
87.063

Davis tied with Westlake with a score of 89.512 out of 100. However, the marching band did take home the Outstanding Color Guard Caption Award. This is the first caption that we have received and the band went insane when they heard what had happened. The announcement went as follows:

“In third place is NO ONE!”

Everyone was extremely confused. The announcer then said that there was a tie. Everyone was surprised because this rarely happens, but overall this was a great Davis Cup.

At the conclusion, the marching band rushed the field and the trombones along with other sections started their traditions with AF the trombones being playing the song “Imperial March” and “Shattering Infinity”. This will be a Davis Cup to remember.

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The new Debate Coach at Davis High

BREAKING NEWS: Davis High School has a NEW Debate Team coach. The new coach is now Mrs. Leavitt. Leavitt is typically an English teacher but has advanced to new uncharted territoryand currently teaches debate 4th and 8th period. Leavitt is new to debate and has been adjusting as Leavitt also been learning to be a new coach. Mrs. Leavitt decided to coach debate because her son graduated and she now has time to give to the team.

“I had more time and I wanted to do something interesting and productive with that time.” Leavitt stated.

The debate team and Mrs. Leavitt have both had to make adjustments. Leavitt said one of the biggest adjustments she has had to make was getting used to staying later at the school. As a new debate coach Leavitt has made a list of goals she has for herself and the team. The list includes creating a safe and productive learning environment for the members of the team as well as more personal goals like gaining knowledge about debate.

“Mrs. Leavitt is awesome! She is very encouraging.” Jade Meyer, a sophomore on the debate team said.

The students on the debate team have had to make adjustments, but the team is overall happy with their new coach. Students have explained that she’s very invested in the team and has put a lot of work into understanding debate. They are looking forward to working with her this year.

Mrs. Leavitt talked about how the best part of being a debate coach so far has been watching the students encourage each other. She used the quote:

“Success breeds success!”

This is her motto about unity for the Debate team’s idea of teamwork. Levaitt also explained how she would love to grow the program more and get more students involved. She believes there is so much to benefit from being on the team.  We wish the Davis High Debate team a successful year with their new coach Mrs. Leavitt.

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Fundraiser of the year: Halloween MOSH

Years ago, the administration decided to prohibit moshing at Davis High school Dances. For a single night Davis High School and other schools were given the opportunity to release all of the frustrations that have been festering for years. This is considered as the best school sanctioned dance of the year.

“The party was crazy awesome; the moshing alone was worth going.”

Explained Bowen Libby a senior at Davis High that dressed up as a Ram Ranch style cowboy.

Although the party was quite exciting for many people that attended, it was not the best for everybody.

Rachel Bennett, a local Davis High student, was pushed over onto the ground and trampled.

“Mixing all of the schools together made the mosh much more intense than normal, and it caused a lot of unrecognizable faces.”
Said Rachel.

Although suffering from a concussion after the mosh, Rachel Bennett is making a steady recovery.

The party was held as a fundraiser for the Davis High Cheerleaders. It was because of this that they were allowed to hold this outside of school grounds.

“Overall the dance was a success and all of the money was raised.”

Said Kelty Dagley.

After one of the most successful fundraisers of the year, we are curious to see what the cheerleaders will have in store for us next year.

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Child Care class

Child Care is a class here at Davis High. It’s basically Day Care, where one takes care of the kids’s needs- for example, watching them, playing games, drawing, playing outside, feeding them, etc. It’s very fun and the kids are so cute! It doesn’t even feel like a class, it feels like free time.

The good things about Child Care are the kids. They are seriously so fun. Most of them are just balls of energy. It can get extremely exhausted and usually end up feeling even more tired than before the class- noting that 5 hours of sleep is the maximum the night before.

The kids are very sweet as well. They are very considerate and kind- most of them at least. There are a few stragglers here and there that are grumpy or mean to the other kids, but it’s very rare. Some just don’t understand the concept that in order to make good friends you have to be kind. Those are the kids that get put in time-out the most. Of course, one can’t have a good day all the time, so sometimes they come into Child Care feeling under the weather, sad or just straight up not in a good mood. That’s completely understandable.

“Children who began care early in life and were in care 30 or more hours a week were at increased risk for stress-related behavioral problems,” states jamanetwork.com.

So that would explain why some of the kids are more high-strung and moody than others. It can be agreed that every child processes and takes experiences differently. Child care can definitely affect kids differently.

“Evidence has shown that spending time in nonparental care increases children’s social knowledge and skills. Morales and Bridges found that children with experience in child care were more accomplished at entertaining themselves and managing challenges,” states the same article mentioned above.

That’s definitely some positive news to take away from this!

That class wouldn’t be traded for anything, there’s nothing better than it. There’s many enjoyable things about that class, too many to count. In conclusion, if anybody wanted to switch into that class or take it next year, it’s highly recommended.

Sources:

https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamapediatrics/fullarticle/570794

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The chemistry club is mixing up a good year

The chemistry club is very unique. Each individual person has a certain skill. When interviewing them, they all were so eager to tell me all the things they love most about the club, and some creations they have made. The first kid showed me one of the best things he ever made, it was a solar anal light build that ran off rays of the sun. When looking at it, it almost looks like not even possible, you think to yourself how did he just do that with no power or batteries at all? You just have to remember that they’re extremely smart and have been doing it for years.

I started to interview the whole class and see what opinions came out. I asked how everyone gets along and teams up well, their response was when they get together they section everyone off in groups that have somewhat in common and know the same things. Once they do that, they are off and making more and more things.

In conclusion, the chemistry club is a wonderful group of kids who want to pursue there dreams as a chemist or whatever else they want to be. When they graduate I hope they go to good places.

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The chemistry club is mixing up a good year

Chemistry… bleh… A word that makes most students think “sleep”. SURPRISE: There is a fantastic side to the numbers and tables we have learned to regurgitate. The chemistry is club is a club where each individual person has a certain skill. The club spends times working on innovative future projects based in the field of chemistry.

When interviewing them, they all were so eager to tell me all the things they love most about the club, and some creations they have made. The first kid showed me one of the most creative projects he ever made. This creation was a Solar Panel light he built that ran off rays of the sun. When looking at it, it almost looks like not even possible for someone so young to create. It causes you think to yourself how did he just do that with no power or batteries at all? Mind blowing… I know. You just have to remember that they’re extremely smart and have been doing it for years due to their passion for the subject.

In reference to their camaraderie as a club.

“I consider these people my family.” Stated one member of the club.

It’s curious how everyone gets along and teams up well. They were very eager to respond that when they get together they section everyone off in groups that have somewhat in common and know the same things. Once they do that, they are off and making more and more things.

In conclusion, the chemistry club is a wonderful group of kids who want to pursue there dreams as a chemist or whatever else they want to be. When they graduate it is most certain that they will due some special things.

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The Davis High Women Empowerment Group (yes, oppression still exists)

It’s no secret that women aren’t treated as equals to men. In society, men are given a head start and girls are forced to lag behind and pick up after them. To combat this, Davis High has a Women Empowerment Group that deals with oppression.

Many of the problems women deal with are discussed during these meetings. For example, one topic they discussed was about embracing yourself and accepting your flaws. Another discussion that has been held by the Women Empowerment Group is about not apologizing for everything you do, which goes hand in hand with embracing your flaws. In a world full of oppression and judgement it is important to know principles like these, and the Women Empowerment Group is the perfect way to apply these principles.

Going to meetings, and participating in discussions does not only help yourself out, but it can help others as well.

“It [the Women Empowerment Group] helps me feeling more capable in certain situations that come,” says Women Empowerment Group member Brooklyn Haycock.

Brooklyn also talked about her aunt and how she defied all odds to become a manager of a company as a girl and survived cancer. Because oppression exists, we needed more people like Brooklyn and her aunt to minimize the gap in genders that society has created. They are exactly the kind of people the Davis High Women Empowerment Group are creating.

 

 

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Intro to Education Class

Are you interested in teaching, but aren’t ready for the commitment of an internship? An alternative option would be to take the CE Intro to Education class taught by Melody Beutler. It is a class that gives students the opportunity to experience a classroom setting, earn high school elective credit, and earn 3 college credits through Weber State’s Concurrent Enrollment Program.

In the CE Intro to Education class students have to opportunity to observe other teachers and teach lessons themselves. Students are given 12 opportunities to observe teachers from elementary schools, junior highs, and high schools. The students schedule these appointments with the teachers and use this opportunity to learn what they like about various teaching styles and what they dislike as well. The students are required to go to at least 2 elementary classes, 2 junior high class, and 2 high school class and the remaining 6 are up to the students to decide. The requirement for all grade levels is a good requirement because a student may think they want to be a kindergarten teacher, but might come to find out that the environment of a kindergarten class is too innocent or immature for them. It gives students a real opportunity to find out what they might want to do.

Students are also given an opportunity to teach a lesson while participating in this class. Mrs. Beutler has an awesome way for students to do this. There is criteria and lessons that need to be covered while taking the course, so rather than teaching them herself she gives the students the opportunity to teach those lessons. She assigns the lesson you will teach at the beginning of the semester and requires that you make a power-point for the class to follow along with to take notes, that there is active discussion during the lesson, and that there is an activity to involve the class. You are given a partner to teach this lesson with and get a feel for the style that you would want to teach.

Many students have loved taking this class because this class has really given them a feel for the kind of teacher they aspire to be. They understand what subjects’ interest more and what forms of teaching effective and which ones are aren’t. They learn that keeping students interested is a key component to teaching, especially teaching teenagers. They have a better understanding of how they might want to teach one day and they understand the different teaching styles.

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DECA: the perfect place for future business leaders

DECA is a club for kids who have a future in the business and marketing world. The club goes to tournaments where they take a 100 question test on a given category, after, they are given a situation and prepare a presentation for a judge.

They have 4 tournaments this year, and they are hoping to do well in all of them. Charlotte Griffin, a junior in the club, said:

“I think we will do well in the tournaments, we have experience, and I think we have a chance at placing.”

Charlotte joined the club because she likes business and marketing, and she likes to practice those skills in situations in DECA.

“My favorite thing about DECA is the competitions, we get tot hang out, compare scores, and hype each other up.”

DECA is the perfect place for students who want to learn more about and get more experience in business and marketing topics. Playing different roles in business situations gives students a great opportunity to see if they really  want a future in a business or marketing career. If you are thinking about a career in this field, think about joining DECA.

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TEA Club: the lunch circle

TEA club is a judge-free 40 minutes. People are accepted no matter their personal beliefs, ethnicity, or sexuality.

“It is ran by members of the student body, and is a very good atmosphere for those looking to be more in the community or learn more about it,” explained Matt Ralston.

It is a very open platform for people who may be struggling with themselves, and anyone who wants to talk to people who could be having similar experiences and feel heard and love.

“We are just trying to help people be more comfortable with who they are and be open and able to talk about [what they would like to vent or get help with] it,” commented Hannah Barney, who is part of the TEA Club comity.

“It means a lot to me because there are a lot of kids out there that have a horrible home life and aren’t accepted for who they are in their families whether it be religion, trust, or any other reason, and its nice to see how happy they can be – that’s what really makes me the happiest is just seeing everyone else happy,” said Pheonix.

Everyone has had very positive things to say about the club and love going there to talk, eat chips and salsa, and get to know a variety of people.

“We talk about stuff and we eat salsa and draw on the board, basically just have fun like a bunch of teenagers hanging out,” commented Hallie Campbell.

It takes place every Friday during lunch in Mrs.Call’s room, room 2310, and everybody is welcome.

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Intro to Education Class

Are you interested in teaching, but aren’t ready for the commitment of an internship? An alternative option would be to take the CE Intro to Education class taught by Melody Beutler. It is a class that gives students the opportunity to experience a classroom setting, earn high school elective credit, and earn 3 college credits through Weber State’s Concurrent Enrollment Program.

In the CE Intro to Education class students have to opportunity to observe other teachers and teach lessons themselves. Students are given 12 opportunities to observe teachers from elementary schools, junior highs, and high schools. The students schedule these appointments with the teachers and use this opportunity to learn what they like about various teaching styles and what they dislike. The students are required to go to at least 2 elementary classes, 2 junior high class, and 2 high school class and the remaining 6 are up to the students to decide. The requirement for all grade levels is a good requirement because a student may think they want to be a kindergarten teacher, but might come to find out that the environment of a kindergarten class is too innocent or immature for them. It gives students a real opportunity to find out what they might want to do.

Students are also given an opportunity to teach a lesson while participating in this class. Mrs. Beutler has an awesome way for students to do this. There is criteria and lessons that need to be covered while taking the course, so rather than teaching them herself she gives the students the opportunity to teach those lessons. She assigns the lesson you will teach at the beginning of the semester and requires that you make a power-point for the class for students to follow along with to take the required notes, that there is active discussion during the lesson, and that there is an activity to involve the class. You are given a partner to teach this lesson with and get a feel for the style that you would want to teach.

Students also have the opportunity to attend seminars and conferences and learn from district officials and teachers. This gives students an understanding of how the school system functions and opens up the opportunity to work at a district level. These officials have a great perspective on education and have seen some of the most amazing transformations among students through out their years of teaching and this is a great opportunity for students participating in this class.

I had the opportunity to speak with Melody Beutler, the teacher for this class, and gain her perspective on this class. She said she loves teaching this class and that, “the students are just great! They are great and outstanding.” She expressed the importance and relevance that CE plays on the pathway to higher education and that the Intro to Education Class is one of many classes that can put students on this path. The students are open to discuss the issues that teacher face and she said that, “I learn from the students and I am always impressed by the insight they bring to the class.” She also talked about the success she has seen come from this class. She has had teachers gone on to teach and some have even gone on to teach in other countries and become successful.

I have loved taking this class because I have always wanted to be a teacher. This class has really given me a feel for the kind of teacher I aspire to be. I understand what subjects’ interest me more than others. It also has taught me what forms of teaching are effective and which ones are aren’t. I have learned that keeping students interested is a key component to teaching, especially teaching teenagers, which is what I am interested in. I have a better understanding of how I might want to teach one day and I believe that the teachers that I have disagreed with their method most are the best ones because I learn what I do not want to be as I further myself into becoming a teacher.

 

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The Secret Passageway of Davis High

At a population of over 2,500, Davis High is bustling with students. This in turn makes it almost impossible to navigate the hallways without bumping into people. This constantly comes up in many of the conversations I have heard, and it has become a big problem. People who procrastinate getting to class, stand around in the halls hinder the ones who want to get to class on time. Many of these people having hallway problems don’t know of an easier way to get to class and avoid the dam of kids.

One thing to always remember when traveling through the crowded river of Davis High is that the halls become more crowded over time. It’s like climate change. The more you put it off, the worse it’s going to get. Even if you are a little behind bussing to each class, there is an answer. Behind some of the sub-hallways there are stairs to get up to the next floor. Sophomore Colby Cox says, “They [the back stairs] have helped avoid the congestion of the other stairways.” These stairs can save you a lot of tardies and is the best secret lurking in Davis High.

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Zero Fatalities Club

At our school we have many clubs, one of our clubs is zero fatalities. It is a club that is affiliated with the group and label zero fatalities which is a group dedicated to promoting safe driving, advising against drunk driving and driving without a seatbelt.

This is not a regular club in the way that it makes a difference around the school by promoting a good and safe message for all teen drivers. Another reason this club is very prominent is because many people have been affected in some way or another by unsafe, reckless or drunk driving and almost all people drive so it hits home with many people at our school.

Zero fatalities is a very fun club that is making a difference at our school. This club will continue to make a difference at our school and in our community.

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The ASL club

The American sign language club is a club offered to all students in the ASL class. Its purpose is to help practice signing skills and meet other students. They do lots of fun stuff like play games, talk to new people, plan activities, and practice concepts and skills they learn in class.

The club has a good turn-out at each activity. According to Hannah Arnold, the club president, they have around 30-40 kids at each activity. With so many kids at each activity, there are a ton of new people to meet every time.

The club has a lot of fun things coming up. Once a month, the club has an activity at Pace’s in Layton. At this activity, they are not allowed to talk to each other, they can only sign. Sometimes, two people who are deaf will come to the activity and students can sign with them.

“It’s a great opportunity to see what deaf culture is actually like”. said Charity Maynes.

When asked about how the club is impacting the deaf community.

“It’s helping students at Davis become more aware of deaf culture and learn more about ASL.” said Hannah Arnold, president.

The ASL club is a great way to learn more about Sign Language, but if you want to learn even more, you can register for the ASL class.

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Davis High School Choir

Davis High School Choir

Wake up, eat, sing, repeat: Davis High’s choirs are preparing for a new school year! Davis High takes pride in the outstanding musical abilities of its students, especially the choir program. There are many things to expect out of the choir program this year. Performances, festivals, and competitions are being prepared for and are anticipated with great excitement. There are many pieces to the choir puzzle such as passion, excitement, and unity.

Passion in choir is essential to singing well and expressing to the audience the emotion of the songs. Loving the class and the music you sing is crucial to making the performance effective.

“I’m in madrigals and I love the creative and competitive atmosphere we have and how fast we move through learning music.” said Isaac Ferguson.

Learning the music is just the first step taken to love to the music you’re singing.

Excitement makes the choir class and performances much more enjoyable for the students and the audience. Anticipation has built throughout the summer of what will be happening during this school year. Riley Parker, Sophomore, said that the thing they are looking forward to most about choir this year is “choir tour.” Though unofficial, the choir has a flexible plan to go to California this year and sing on a tour.

Unity is crucial to making the music effective, meaningful and a beautiful work of art.

“The choir builds unity by bringing people with the same passions together to create something beautiful. We’re all painting the same picture and have bonded while doing so. For us to perform a well-prepared piece means to work together to covet a true work of art, and with that, we each leave a piece of our hearts on the stage. Nothing is more magical than singing next to your best friends in a room of people you love. Choir is the best!” said Mikayla Jensen.

Choir is an underestimated talent that many Davis High students have. This year holds many surprises and a lot of excitement to look forward to.

 

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Benefits of being on the debate team

We have all heard of the debate team. So how does one join the debate team? Go and see Mrs. Leavitt in her classroom and ask about the debate team or take the course. Joining the debate team reaps many benefits for students.  

Trevor Schwab, a member of the debate team, stated, “Being on the debate team helps students see the world from many different perspectives and helps to improve argumentative skills.” Participating on the debate team will also improve argumentative writing in essays for English and other courses. 

Being a member on the debate team allows students to build confidence and develop a determination to work hard in classes and other activities. Students will be able to think fast and respond appropriately and logically. Students will learn to form informed and structured arguments as well. 

Davis High’s debate team has been extremely successful in the past few years. “We have gone to nationals a few times and have done well in state. We are a very competitive team,” said Trevor. The Davis High Debate team is looking for more participants and to build their already impressive reputation.  

Debate skills can be useful when interviewing for jobs, conducting meetings, and doing presentations. Debate students will learn to think on their feet and gain leadership skills.  

When asked about why more students should join the debate team, Trevor said, “Debate helps make English easier as a junior and senior when writing argumentative essays. You get to meet new people and make friends. It also helps with reading comprehension and in improving your skills for the reading section of the ACT.”  

Joining the debate team will give students many rewarding benefits and life skills for the future. So, what are you waiting for? Go and sign up for the debate team. It will be a great learning experience! 

 

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Senior Week: Co-Ed Volleyball Tournament

As the school year winds down, the last week of school is full of activities for the seniors to close out their high school career. One of the most anticipated events is the Co-Ed Volleyball Tournament. The tournament started on Tuesday and the final round is today. The seniors have the opportunity to play volleyball with their friends and have an enjoyable time. The games are being played in the auxiliary gym here at school, because of the weather.

This activity should be very popular among the seniors as many teams have signed up to participate. Margaret Brown, a member of the Ball Slappers had this to say about the tournament:

“Our team has really good chemistry off the court, because we’ve been friends for a long time, so that same chemistry should translate to the volleyball court.”

This tournament is meant to be a fun final activity for seniors, and so far, those have been the results. Those who have participated in the tournament have had nothing but positive things to say about the tournament so far. Jack Rigby thinks that

“it has been fun to get the senior class together for one last activity and volleyball is the perfect activity to do so because everyone can play it”.

The final rounds of the tournament will be played today in the auxiliary gym after school starting at 3 pm.

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Photo Club: Where learning new skills is a “snap”

Have you ever wanted to get involved in a fun, pressure free club? Do you want to make new friends, take pictures, and eat popcorn? Well, if so, then join Photo Club.

Photo Club is an after school club that helps students better their photography skills and to meet others with similar interests. There is a one dollar fee and the club meets after school on Thursdays in room 1223

The club president, Georgia Meacham, says it’s a great way to make new friends and have fun. There is absolutely no required level of skill to join. And there is usually popcorn, so that’s a plus.

The club activities are not class assignments. They often use the studio with different backdrops, lenses, and filters. They have lots of fun photographing different subjects and experimenting with different settings and adjustments for the best picture.

Georgia’s favorite part about the club is the environment. It’s a safe place where you meet lots of diverse people and have fun. You make new friends and learn lots of new skills. Georgia says, “You always feel comfortable, even if you don’t know anybody.”

If Photo Club sounds like something you want to try out, don’t be afraid to drop by on a Thursday after school. Everyone is very welcoming. If you want to find out more about the club, you can either talk to Derek Miller in classroom 1223, or talk to Georgia. Give it a try! You will most likely enjoy it and have lots of fun.

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The Next Step After Graduation

As the door of high school closes for the class of 2019 at Davis High, the window of opportunity opens. There are so many opportunities for young adults to get their lives started after high school, and one of the most popular is college.

There are so many places where students can further their education after high school through attending college here in Utah. Popular schools to attend among students are Utah State, Utah Valley, Weber State, and Brigham Young University.

A lot of other students choose to go a little farther from home and attend schools in Southern Utah such as Southern Utah University, Dixie State, or Snow College.

Brooklyn Gardner, a senior at Davis this year has chosen to further her education at Utah State. “I chose Utah State because it’s a really good school and a lot of my friends are going there.” said Brooklyn. This is a popular opinion among many students who have chosen to further their educations at Utah State.

After high school, the sky is the limit for students here at Davis High School. Whether you go to college, work, go on a religious mission, or do something else, the experiences the senior class have gained from attending Davis High have set them up for nothing but success.

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Tips on getting a summer job

As high school students, it is hard to find good jobs, especially during the summer. Most places aren’t hiring anymore or want more experienced workers. So here is a bit of help to get a summer job.

First off let’s get something straight–Lagoon is not the only option! Don’t just work at lagoon because you think you can’t get a job anywhere else.

Look for ‘help wanted’ signs when you drive around and don’t be afraid to call or just walk in to ask if they’re hiring. The worst that could happen is they say no.

Even if it isn’t your perfect or ideal job, just try it. You need the money anyway and you might actually enjoy it.

If you get an interview, dress business casual. For girls, wear black slacks and a blouse. For boys, wear black slacks and a button up shirt. Just wear something nice in general. You want to show the person interviewing you that you are taking the opportunity of the job seriously.

Remember to highlight your qualities and don’t be afraid to ask questions. Hiring leaders always appreciate when you aren’t afraid to ask questions about the business or the job position itself.

Also remember to keep your personal life out of the interview unless the job requires some of that information.

Hopefully these tips help you guys get out there and get summer jobs! Just be confident in yourself and you’ll do great.

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Met Gala Preview

The Costume Institute Gala, or more commonly known as the Met Gala is one of the most anticipated events of the year in the fashion industry and is coming up on May 6. The Met Gala is a yearly fundraising event held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Every year since 1948, the biggest names in film, music, and fashion gather at the benefit. Each year there is a specific theme and all those in attendance dress according to the theme.

This year, the theme is Camp: Notes on Fashion. This theme is based on an essay by Susan Sontag in 1964. The curator in charge of the Costume Institute, Andrew Bolton thought that this essay “is so timely with what we are going through culturally and politically, that it would have a lot of cultural resonance.”

According to Andrew, this theme is all about “the love of the unnatural; of artifice and exaggeration.” It should be very exciting to see how this theme is interpreted by those who are invited to the benefit.

The event has been chaired by the editor and chief of US Vogue: Anna Wintour since 1995, and each year, public figures who heavily influence the arts industries are chosen to co-chair the benefit. This year, the co-chairs chosen are Lady Gage, Alessandro Michele, Harry Styles, and Serena Williams. All of these people are huge influences in the world of pop culture, and many people who are fans of pop culture are heavily anticipating the Met Gala.

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DHS Newsies to rock musical theatre competition

This last November, the DHS Musical Productions class put on an incredible performance of Disney’s Newsies. They were the 2nd high school in the state of Utah and 11th in the country to perform this show as the musical rights had just been released the preceding spring. The class of 70, in addition to the stage crew, worked hard all through the summer and fall to get the show as good it could be. Many late nights and early mornings where spent building the set, painting, learning complicated tap routines, and dancing, dancing, dancing!

All this hard work didn’t go unnoticed. Two judges from the Utah Festival of Opera and Musical Theatre came on opening night to watch the show. They go around 30 high schools in Utah, watching theatre performances and decided who should be the top ten finalists for each of the 13 categories. After months of deliberation, Davis has been chosen as finalist for 11 out of the 13 total categories!

Michael Wright, theatre teacher and director of Newsies explains how the Utah High School Musical Theatre Awards function. On May 18th, most of the cast and members of the crew will go to the Eccles Theatre for the show.

“It’s a red carpet affair, a black tie event-similar to the Tony’s or Academy Awards” says Mr. Wright.

“It’s a mixture of awards and performances.” added Wright.

Davis has 4 performances: Dekklan MacKay, Anna Peacock, and Hyrum Frank will all perform in a medley with the other finalists. A group of the ensemble will perform the crowd favourite “King of New York”

Here’s what DHS is a finalist for:

  • Best Musical
  • Best Actor-Dekklan MacKay
  • Best Actress-Anna Peacock
  • Best Supporting  Actor-Hyrum Frank
  • Best Director-Michael Wright
  • Best Choreography
  • Best Set Design
  • Best Costume Design
  • Best Lighting Design
  • Best Technical Crew
  • Best Ensemble

Tickets to attend the event are availible on the Utah Festival website! Give a big congrats to the Newsies cast & crew!!

https://www.utahfestival.org/uploads/2019%20UHSMTA%20Finalists.pdf

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Color guard: one of the best in state

State color guard competition just happened on Saturday, the 2nd of April. They had a successful tournament and got 4th place. The performance went great and they’re very happy with how they did.

The color guard team was at the competition all day. At the competitions, the team watch other teams until they perform later that night. The teams are divided into divisions of skill level. Davis color guard is one of the more advanced teams that were at the competition, which perform later at night. To prepare before they went on stage, they warmed up and got into costume.

They worked really hard for state this year. The team had practice every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday for the past few weeks, working on getting the routine uniform and clean. The routine they did is called “We Believe”. It’s about a girl that is lonely, and throughout the routine she makes friends. The team uses different types of equipment in the routine, like flags, sabers and rifles. The team is proud of how they did even though they had a smaller team compared to other years.

Color guard is an under appreciated sport that is a mix of theater and physical activity. The people on the teams work really hard to be able to use different pieces of equipment. A lot of the girls that are on the team now have been on the team for years even before high school. The color guard team should be supported more especially after their impressive win.

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