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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!!
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.
The Davis High drum line has been preparing all year for their upcoming competitions, practicing nonstop to perfect their show. Their most recent competition was on Saturday the 23rd, State Drum Line. They worked hard leading up to it, and they looked more ready than ever. The competition was held here at thee Davis High School, whose always been extremely confident in their band, and rightly so.
These guys are impressive!
When Davis High got up to perform, they performed the show they have been working hard on, known as “Nocturne.” It uses the music from Clair De Lune, which is composed by Claude Debussy.
As the competition came to a close, Davis High took home first place in their division, and are well ready to perform in their next big competition. Davis High’s band and drum legacy is one of the most known in the history of high schools. Whenever a competition comes up these guys prepare relentlessly and go into these competitions more ready than any other school. Davis goes into these competitions and always have the best outcome, and is usually in the higher up positions of the top 5 in all categories.
Every year in the spring, the theater competes in a regional competition featuring two sets of performances. They face schools across northern Utah, including schools in the Davis school district.
The performances they compete with are divided into two categories: musical theater and individual acts.
So far, Davis high has undoubtedly prevailed over the rest of their competitors, taking first in musical theater and third in one acts. Their performances will move onto state where they will compete with schools across all of Utah for a chance at first place next month.
Since there are two different categories for performing, there is a lot of room for diversity and creativity that can be incorporated into the performances they bring to these theater competitions. The most popular section is musical theater, while one acts are more favored for the competitive side rather than the festive, musical theater productions side.
Members that are involved in the one act and musical theater plays have explained that when competing, it is very stressful and very rewarding.
Emma Beardall, a stage crew manager for one acts, says “I think it contributes to the culture, Davis obviously has a lot of academic excellence… and you know its fitting that our theater is the same.”
Whether you are a part of the theater productions or have only seen one of their plays, there is no doubt the Davis High theater productions are arguably one of the funnest parts of the culture of Davis High School.
The Davis Band Festival is right around the corner! That means the band members are in full swing preparing for this years event. The festival is on April 11th and will include many different styles of songs. Three different pieces include a march, a ballad and chorale. If the band gets good ratings, they will have a chance to move up to state. This is an exciting competition for the students to show all of the hard work they have put in during the year.
The band festival is geared more towards the winds, brass and wood instruments, but many other instruments are allowed to play as well.
“It is a time when the band members get really close to each other because we are spending the whole day together. It’s a really fun experience.” states Clarissa Ellen.
Many of the band members playing in this festival are returning, but there are a lot of new members as well. Mason Allen says that this is his 5th year doing the Band Festival.
Make sure to wish the band good luck at the festival this year for all their hard work!
Our Davis Debate absolutely killed it in Regions at Clearfeild High School. Almost everyone from our school placed in the top 3 in each category. The event lasted from 7:30 am clear through to 11:00 pm. There are many category’s that people compete in at these events. Like, LD, PF, impromptu, and foreign extemporaneous speaking, etc.
“Getting 1st at region allows us the confidence and preparation needed to do our best at state.” said Levi Clark
This weekend at Davis will be state debate, and our debate has a high chance of winning because of how good they did at region!
Our debate is a very proud aspect of our school, it is taught by Mrs. Hendricks who also teaches English.
“Speech and Debate is a needed subject and team in school because it allows students to acquire knowledge on voicing their opinions, gain a greater understanding of the world and its events around them, and create a good learning and bonding environment.” confidentially said by Levi.
“My teammates are some of my best friends and I’m so thankful for that.” said Levi Clark
Good job debate at region, and good luck at state!
Davis High School’s debate team is competing at state this weekend, Friday the 8th and Saturday the 9th. This is a two day tournament that Davis High School is hosting. The tournament is one of the biggest this year for the debate team. There are 14 other schools competing in many events. The higher people place overall, the more points they earn in order to help the team place overall. The team with the most points after all events are over are the state champions. Davis High got 3rd place last year, but they’re expecting the dub this year. To qualify for state debaters had to compete at region last weekend and get top 11 in their event.
The team has worked hard for these last few tournaments at the end of the season.
Those competing in debate events are listed below:
Public Forum: A partner event where you go against other teams of two
Trevor Schwab and Ethan Adler
Ella Hardy and Sugar Santillian
Mason Child and Jentry Breu
Alison Gee and Meilani Downs
Policy: A long version of Public Forum, about an hour and a half, but with more philosophy and screaming
Bowen Libby and Tanner Reid
Porter Archibald and Sam Copa
Lincoln Douglas: the most popular event where its one debater against one other
Congress: Its close to real life congress and you get points for giving speeches
Those competing in speech events are listed below:
Impromptu: you get a topic and have two minutes to prepare and then give a five minute speech
Oratory: you write, memorize and give a ten minute speech
Extemp: you have thirty minutes to prepare for a seven minute speech about a current event
After the teams incredible determination and preparation it is sure to be quite the competition, the reputation of Davis debate will grow even bigger than it already is. People are already scared to go against Davis and after state they will be terrified too!
One of the most hardworking, yet underrated teams at Davis High is the color guard. They have two seasons of competitive performing per year, one in fall and one in the winter. They perform with the band during parades and field show, but separate during winter to create their own exclusive color guard show.
This year, there are 14 members on the winter team. There are five members on saber: Ben Clawson, Candee Derbidge, Carmen Pectol, Jaden Sparrow, and Kennedi Morris. The rifle section includes Lexie Snell, Lindsey Haderlie, Natalie Shunn, Baylee Lemperle, and Bayley Warnick. The members that specialize in flag are Cara Smith, Hailey Pantle, Christina Lopez, and Reilly Pankoski.
Ben Clawson shares some insight on what Davis High should know about the guard: “I think that people should know that we are a pretty welcoming group and even though what we do is pretty hard almost anyone can learn.”
All of the team members have shared that they wish the team had more representation from the school as an actual, competitive sports team. The term color guard falls under the definition of “a sport of the arts”. This means they train like a sports team would but they also perform more closely to a fine art. While the guard competes using a show performance, the activity still falls under the qualifications of being a sports team.
Davis High School is known for its incredible athletics & having the highest graduation rate in the state of Utah. With so much success in these areas, it’s no surprise that DHS theatre productions often blow audiences away. From Night O’ Shakespeare selling out all 5 performances to Newsies being nominated for several Utah High School Theatre Awards, we can expect the same success from the 2019 spring production, You Can’t Take It With You.
You Can’t Take it With You tells the story of the kooky-but-lovable Sycamore family, all taking place inside the Sycamore home. A playwright named Penny married to firework manufacturer Paul host several interesting characters in their home. A Russian dancer, eccentric grandpa, & oddball xylophone players are only some of the people you’ll meet when you come see You Can’t Take It With You.
Penny & Paul’s youngest daughter, Alice, is ready to introduce her gentlemen caller & his parents to the crazy Sycamore family. The chaos that soon after ensues as the two families get to know each other is humorous, wholesome, & heartwarming as they tell the story of two families become one.
The Advanced Theatre class & stage crew have been working & rehearsing for months on this awesome show! The show opens March 8th & runs through the 13th, 7 o’ clock in the DHS auditorium Tickets are only $5 so bring your family, bring a date & enjoy the wonderful craziness of the Sycamore family in You Can’t Take it With You. To buy tickets go to dhsboxoffice.com
Penny-Annie Zaugg, Erica Johnson
Alice-Anna Peacock, Alison Bouck
Essie-Emily Porter, Kylee Hoffman
Mr. De Pinna-Logan Jeppson
Rheba-Chloe Johnson, Annie Woodbury
Tax Collector-Jennalee Calvin
Gay Wellingotn-Tessa Washburn, Savannah Bentley
Mr. Kirby-Dekklan MacKay
Mrs. Kirby-Ruth Evans, Payton Valleley
The Davis High Jazz band is a group of band members who have shown excellence with their instrumental skills and been chosen to perform as a separate group than the regular concert bands. The jazz band regional is coming up soon, and the group is sure to take the show.
The regional jazz festival will be happening next Wednesday. the jazz band has prepared three different jazz pieces, each with a different style and skill level. they will be performed in front of the judges to a receive a score of 1 to 5, 1 being the highest. if they receive high marks they will move onto state.
The jazz band features several instruments such as piano, trumpet, saxophone drum set, trombone, and the string bass to name a few. They all incorporate into making the music they play precise and excellent. A few of the members, Lexie Snell (trumpet), and Bailey Robinson (Alto Sax) have shared some information on the upcoming regional competition.
This is Lexie’s third year in the jazz band, while it is Bailey’s first year. They both give a unique insight on what goes on during rehearsals and performances, and how much this region festival means to them.
“I love jazz band with all my heart”, says Bailey Robinson. Both of the members shared that they are grateful for the opportunity to play with the jazz band at the region festival.
It’s no secret that the Davis High cheerleaders are a team of extremely talented students. Their talent was recently put to the ultimate test at the nationals competition in Anaheim, California. Twelve other high schools came to try and show who’s the best high school cheer team, but only one came out on top as champions. Davis cheer already had pressure on them for carrying last year’s champion title, but they rose to the occasion and took home first place at nationals for the second year running!
Leading up to nationals, the team had practices 4-5 times a week. That’s not even including the basketball games they cheered at as well! The team put in so much time, work, and power into their routine for nationals, and it paid off completely. Despite the many hours of intense practice, the team was still nervous going in to the competition.
“They had to go in with pressure on them for their win from last year. A lot was expected of us.” said cheer advisor Kassie Davis.
The girls lived up to the pressure and pushed through the nerves. They even drew a crowd at the competition because people all over the country have heard about how talented and outstanding the Davis High cheer team is. The team is known far and wide for their astonishing quad jumps into back tucks. NO other high school cheer team does that, and that trick made the team shine at nationals.
“There were teams who have been so impressed by Davis that they come just to watch them.” Kassie Davis says.
As champions, the girls all got backpacks that are made specifically for the winning team and a gold medal to top it off. The tradition for the winning team is to jump into a pool with their uniforms on and Davis cheer excitedly kept that tradition.
After the competition the team earned some relax time and got to bond at Disneyland and Six Flags. This break was well deserved!
The fact that Davis cheer has been national champs two years in a row is very telling of not only the team members, but the coaches. Taking home that title once is difficult enough, but twice really is a feat. Make sure to congratulate the cheerleaders and coaches on their outstanding win!
“Drum Major, is your band ready to perform?” Those are the last words before every field show performance begins for the Davis High band. The football stadium lights glare, the members get into opening set, the drum majors count off, and the music begins.
But as everybody knows, all great performances come with lots of preparation. And the first preparation for the 2019 band field show is learning the new theme. What’s the theme, you ask? Well here it is: Summit.
While the fall show won’t start until august, the band and color guard will start preparing early on. Last week, all the members were gathered in the band room to reveal their new show, Summit.
Even though nothing is permanent, the feature is said to be divided into 4 segments, called movements. Each movement will represent a different emotion or sequence in the show. Summit will be about climbing Mount Everest, and the four movements will reflect parts of the journey climbing the mountain, such as starting at base camp, beginning the climb, and reaching the peak of the mountain as the finale.
Auditions for this new field show won’t begin until the summer, when the basics are taught and simple parade tunes perfected. Summer training and a yearly band camp will make sure the band is ready for the show after the parades and summer season end. The Summit theme holds promise for a spot in the top for this band season.
When most people think of debate, the last things they’d expect are typically:
Exposing Chinese National secrets
Almost eating Bowen Libby
Donner Party (The Sequel)
Bahrain (The country, look it up)
and Plump Turkeys
The debate team went to CAL Berkeley for their out of state trip this year, and as it typically goes with this group of hooligans debating would be the least exciting thing to happen. Starting from the top, in order to get across two states the team would have to take a cross country bus to San Francisco California, and everything was smooth sailing for the first 8 hours or so, but mother nature is a cruel mistress. At about 3:30 in the morning outside of Reno the bus had to stop in a blizzard in an attempt to wait out the storm and drive through Donner Pass, this would delay the team for around 8 hours, and in Reno Nevada during a blizzard. If Las Vegas is the Olympic torch, Reno is a garbage fire behind an Arby’s. The team was forced to hang out in a gas station named “Gas Station ” as they lived off of slim jims and microwaved sandwiches for the ensuing time. Eventually they were on their way, and although there were many people saying they would eat Bowen (and many were dead serious), the team made it to Emeryville California unscathed.
When they arrived at CAL Berkeley the team competed in their individual first rounds, but with four hours until their next debate, they were free to explore campus. Many members explored the surrounding areas shops, restaurants, bakeries and desert parlors. Some explored campus, walking or renting bikes to see why Berkeley was such a big deal. Others went into the bell tower, from the top one could see all the way out to the ocean, a straight-line look at the Golden Gate bridge rising in the distance. When the time came everyone went their separate ways and competed in their second rounds, after which the team got dinner. After dinner everyone competed for the third and final time that day, then went back to the hotel. The second day saw almost the same schedule, Davis continued to be a dark horse competitor in a tournament typically dominated by purebred high skill debate schools.
The third day saw the majority of the team travel to San Francisco to explore the city for the day, while a few continued to advance in the tournament. Trevor Schwab and Bryn Montierith were the only undefeated debaters in the preliminary rounds of Junior Varsity LD out of 149 competitors. Sugar Santillian also advanced in JV LD. Sam Copa and Meilani Downs were the only Davis PF team that competed on Monday, also advancing. While the rest of the team frolicked around San Francisco, Schwab and Montierith continued their push further and further to the top of JV LD. Santillian made it to the double Octo-Finals round of JV LD, as did Copa and Downs in JV PF. As Ethan Adler was considering whether or not to buy a $6,000 Salvidor Dali painting, the remaining two competitors would face their hardest rounds yet. Trevor Schwab made it to the semi-finals rounds and placed third overall, and Bryn Montierith would end up making it to the quarter-finals round, placing fifth.
At 6:00 PM the bus arrived at Berkeley to pick up the remaining students, and they were on their way back home.
The final placings for the tournament are listed below:
Trevor Schwab: 3rd place JV LD
Bryn Montierith: 5th place JV LD
Sugar Santillian: Octo-Finalist JV LD
Sam Copa and Meilani Downs: Octo-Finalist JV PF
Ella Nebeker and Lexi Smith: Octo-Finalist JV PF
Davis High School is home to many programs and clubs. At least every day Davis High will host or participate in a sporting event or extra curricular activity. Among those clubs are DTV. Originally founded by Terri Hall, it is now ran by Derrick Miller and his dedicated news team. What was once a school newspaper class, they are now a television station that reports and broadcasts anything from the local basketball game to current events around the world. They also spread word of new clubs and extra curricular activities going on at Davis.
“I love working with everyone, they are all so much fun.” says Maddie Mcbride.
Not only is DTV a news station, but a way for students to learn social skills and get a feel of how it would be to run an actual news team. It informs the team and the students of Davis High of the real world and brings them closer to relate in a more personal way. Unlike other news casts, jokes and skits are added by the DTV team as fun little twists, to entertain the school every week.
DTV allows students to be informed of the world around them, and what is going on in their High School. You can tune in and watch the news team in action every Wednesday during homeroom. They are also found on the Davis High News website.
Davis has been known for having an outstanding cheer team in the past, and this year is no different. Our cheerleaders are preparing to head to Anaheim, California and compete at cheer nationals against 12 other high schools.
The nationals competition for the cheer world is critical, as it’s their final competition of the season, and it’s outcome will determine if the team gets to head on to finals or head home. The team will preform one routine packed with excitement and precision from beginning to end.
”We just have one routine, but it has stunting, tumbling, and dancing in it.” Says cheerleader Vienna Franks.
Combining those three aspects will surely give a showstopping performance from our talented cheerleaders, who are hoping for the 2019 title of national champs. Since only one dance per school is preformed, everyone has only one shot to give the judges their all and try to earn a spot in finals. If the team makes it to finals based on their nationals score, they’ll preform the dance again.
Preforming at such big, important competitions can be nerve wracking. But according to Vienna Franks,
”The coaches do a really good job of hyping us up. The coaches have really good attitudes which helps us stay positive and work hard during long practices.”
Last year, the Davis cheer team took home the title of national champions. That title puts a lot of pressure on the team, but they have been working hard and putting their best foot out there to try and defend the title. The focus of their practices to attain that goal has been hitting stunts every time, according to advisor Kassie Davis.
“Our main goal and focus is…doing the best we know how and most importantly, knowing how amazing these 18 girls have worked together and supported one another. Because at the end of the day, we aren’t just creating good cheerleaders, we are creating good people.” says Kassie Davis.
The team effort put in by the girls is matched completely by the coaches. They don’t just coach the girls on their tumbling and technique, but teach the girls important life skills. The team’s philosophy this year has been to never quit, no matter what happens.
“They’ve learned early in life that the difference between winning and losing, is never quitting because if you quit once, it becomes a habit.” says cheer advisor Kassie Davis.
Many may not know this, but cheerleading requires a team to have a huge amount of trust in each team member. Things like stunting would never work if everyone didn’t trust each other. Because of this, attendance for cheerleaders is highly important to help build trust in each other. The Davis cheerleaders have a close friendship they all share, and friendships like that are crucial to preforming better at competitions and throwing stunts every time.
Make sure to wish the cheerleaders good luck and show support for the Darts!
The Davis High school audidtion choirs are going to present yet another amazing performance this Friday and Saturday: the Lover’s Feast. While this event is held every year, many students at Davis High don’t know what to expect when they walk into the doors of the Feast.
In summary, the evening begins with performances and a 5 course meal provided from servers selected from the choir. Stories are told, songs are sung, and food is served. The performances will last throughout the entire evening and guest activities will be held. The entire commons and cafeteria are designed to look like a castle garden from the Medieval era.
The choirs students start their preparation for the Feast in the weeks beforehand. The students are given roles at the feast and songs to practice. Many detailed, stylized, and ornate decorations are necessary in turning the cafeteria and commons in to a medieval-style interior for the Lover’s Feast, after which everything must be taken down and stored. So much work is put into a spectacular event that will only last for two nights, so make sure you are there to see it.
Tickets for the Feast can be bought online for $25 at dhsboxoffice.com for one of the two Lover’s Feast nights on Friday and Saturday. This is an event you will not want to miss!
As an extra curricular activity, Robotics at Davis literally rocks. After getting in 1st place on the international robotics competition last year (VEX Robotics World Competition, 2018), the students involved are preparing for the one this year, it’s gonna be around the end of April. I talked to the president of the organization, the senior Trenton Peterson, about their day by day as they work, and how they get prepared every year and this is what he had to say:
“We do have competitions between us, all most every weekend. Last week we invited the students that take the class so they could practice, have more fun and understand more about robotics and take a good experience about it, no matter if they are beginners or not.” says Peterson
Davis has been involved with robotics for around 8 years, which is really good including the fact that they did so well last year.
“Even people in Japan and China know about us, and they also had very good judges.” said Trenton.
On the Saturday (9th), they are inviting other teams also with the purpose of practicing, getting experience and having fun. Since they work very hard and do their best, we hope for them to do great at the competitions.
On Friday February 1st, Davis High School hosted the state renowned debate tournament, The Dart. The Dart is one of the biggest debate tournaments held for every year. Over 500 of the states most talented High School Debate Competitors gather round to compete in 12 events on that Friday. The day is not only well known by the competitors but as well as the hundreds of people who come to watch this amazing feat.
During the tournament one of the debates was if the U.S should end armed sales to Saudi Arabia. A first time topic at a debate tournament. Many people came to practice topics such as this, in order to get ready for region and state. Many don’t realize the logistics of running this debate tournament. Not only did the Davis High Debate team compete in the tournament. They were also in charge of dealing with missing judges, lost items, and other problems. With any tournament that has 600 people show up, you are bound to have problems. Despite the problems, The Dart was a success and many are already looking forward to next years debate.
Ethan Adler from Davis High placed 6th in the Lincoln Douglas debate.
If you hadn’t heard, Davis One Acts was the play festival that happened in the little theater on the last week of January. It consists of a group of plays, showing and expressing situations that do not have a pattern, which makes them different from each other. They were directed by the advanced theater students and their teacher Mr. Wright.
The students and teachers that were able to watch the performances all seemed very impressed with the talent of the high-schoolers, both the ones that performed and the ones that directed the play.
We were interested in what is behind the scenes, so we looked for Abby Burnett, a sophomore that performed on the play called “At The Frog Fountain” directed by the senior Sam McConkie and written by Werner Trieschmann, and the director of they play called ”The Brothers Grimm Spetaculathon”, Lucas Meyer. They revealed that the purpose of the performances was to entertain the students at Davis and make people able to try new things and express themselves.
“I think that doing the One Acts made me both actors like me and directors express themselves through the art of acting”, said Abby.
“It is also very good to make the theater involvement bigger, students that were never be able to act can also audition and show their talents,” said Lucas.
The performances seemed to give everyone that was involved a lot of experience, no matter if they were beginners or experienced.
” I did it because my sister also did it in her high school time and she had a great time. I had a great experience as an actress and made a bunch of new friends, and I plan on auditioning for the one at next year”, said Abby.
“It was a very good experience for me to be the director of one of the plays, specially because I want to study film in college”said Lucas.
Everyone that was involved seemed to have such a great time on and off the stage. Next year Davis will come back with new directors and a cast, so if you missed it this time don’t worry!
On the 18th and 19th of January , members from the Davis High band choir and orchestra performed at the UMEA all state concert, in arguably the fanciest stage in Utah, the Abravenal hall.
7 members from band, 1 member from orchestra, and about 10 madrigals from Davis were a part of these performances. Each member aided in forming full size bands choirs and orchestras with members from around the state that took part in performing for most of Friday, and a small chunk of Saturday.
After interviewing one of the band members who went, Preston Parker, I learned many things about these performances. Preston himself is a trombone player, and has been playing for 6 years, this experience helped him get into this event. Him and a few other friends had a in Preston’s words an “all state party” where he and a few other band mates helped each other learn their pieces until they were able to perform under the view of a camera, then sending their video performance to the judges deciding whether they were good enough.
Preston was well qualified for this performance and played the audition piece well enough to be a part of this event, even though when I asked him about this years audition piece he told me: “This year I didn’t love the audition piece.”
His audition piece may not have been the best, but one of the songs he was able to play was very special. The song Amber Sky was commissioned, or made by request, for this performance, making him and the band the first who performed it. This song was being played for the first time when most of the band had seen the music for the first time, as most members sight read the music, which totally blew my mind.
The performance itself was all played very well, by the best from our state in high school. the Abravenal Hall was rightfully used for this event, because the talent of the performers deserves a stage like that.
Our own outstanding Davis High D’ettes competed at state this past Saturday, February 2nd. This was the first time in many years that the D’ettes have made it all the way to state, and they most definitely earned it. In the end, the girls placed 6th overall, making the school proud. The team worked extremely hard this season, taking home 2nd overall in region earlier last month.
The D’ettes have come a long way this year, pushing themselves past their limits and working harder then ever before. The girls’ hard work paid off, sending them to the state competition. Only a limited amount of Utah schools were chosen for the state competition: Davis, Copper Hills, Pleasant Grove, Hillcrest, Herriman, Layton, Fremont, Bingham, and Cyprus. After preforming three outstanding routines, the D’ettes placed 6th overall. When it came to individual sections, they came out with 3rd place in the dance routine. The team is most proud of this placement, and feels they did extremely well on their kick routine as well.
“Our highlight was mainly just being there and making it so far but we were even more happy hearing our name called for third place in dance routine.” -Makayla Littleford
Even though they broke boundaries with the school by going to state for the first time in many years, the girls are still humble and have certain aspects they’d like to work on to better themselves for next season. Technique in military skills and unity are among the techniques they feel they want to master for next year.
If you didn’t get the chance to see the D’ettes in action this year, don’t worry! They may be done with competition season but they still have a few performances left. The team trip to Disneyland is coming up and they perform at basketball games as well! This competition season has been an amazing one for the D’ettes, and next year will only bring more good things for the drill team!
Davis High battles for victory in the Marie Clegg memorial competition. The competition will be taking place at Utah Valley University. At the tournament, controversial topics will be fought about to create a very thought provoking situations.
I asked the Davis High Debate team captain Jackson Ridges how he expects the team to perform and he said “We took first at region and third at state last year and are hoping to improve this year” The competition will have around 400 competitors participating in the events
One of the most popular events to be competed for is impromptu. In impromptu you are giving a word and you are supposed to make a speech just based on that word with a short amount of prep time. Extemp is a similar to the impromptu event but it is based on current events happening in the world.
Events like the Lincoln Douglas debates will be competed in. The Lincoln Douglas debates are structured like the debate that took place between Abraham Lincoln and Fredrick Douglas back in the 1800’s about slavery during the republican primaries in 1858. They also have the events public forum and policy, impromptu, oratory, and exempt.
Davis’ D’ettes have been anticipating their highly critical competition coming up next week. The region drill team competition is the deciding meet for which schools will move on to the semi state and then state finals. Our school’s hard-working drill team has been putting in hours upon hours of work to prepare for upcoming region which takes place next Wednesday, January 23.
The D’ettes have prepared 4 dance routines to preform at region: military, kick, dance (and their optional routine that doesn’t qualify for state.) For the most part, the group will preform all together in these routines. A few girls will preform solos at region, but dancer Makayla Littleford says that solos are optional for all dancers.
One misconception people seem to have about competitive high school dance teams is that they learn new dances for every competition. In actuality, drill teams typically have the same dances for competitions, but according to team member Makayla,
“We compete the same routines but they change depending on what looks good and what doesn’t.”
So we can see that the D’ettes are constantly innovating and bettering themselves and their routines. By the time they get to competitions like region and state, their routines are meticulously clean and edited. These dancers have practices for hours before, during, and after school, and with that much work it’s no wonder their routines become so clean.
Because the girls have been working extremely hard this year, they are hoping for a place in the top three at region. Placing at region would guarantee a spot in semi state and finals. If they don’t get high enough scores, however, competition season will be over. We will soon find out the result of region and wish the D’ettes good luck!
Here at Davis High students are crunched with time during lunch. Lunch is about forty five minutes ever day except for tuesday when it is a short thirty minutes.
With this very short time students have to come up with quick places to go get food and get back to the school in time for class. You have to count in driving and ordering in some cases. but with all students leaving at the same time it makes it hard to get our of the parking lot. Which cuts into the already short lunch.
A popular lunch for students here at Davis High is going to each others houses in a rotation. Students have their parents prepare a lunch and they go over to their house with their friends and eat the already prepared lunch and go back to school. and then repeat at another one of their houses.
There are also lots of very popular fast food places to go to during lunch. Student Elijah Williamson said,
“Me and my friends like to either go to one of our houses. or if we don’t have any prepared food, we like to go to either big Daddys pizza, or Wendys. Because both of these places are very close and cheap. And also is a lot of food for the cost.”
But along with Wendy’s and Big Daddy’s, there are lots of other choices, like Old Griss Mill, Bowmans, Jimmy Johns, McDonalds, And Taco Time. And many many more.
Students have gotten lunch down to a science. Student Connor Finlinson said,
“We sprint out of the school, jump in someones car and drive as fast as we can to our destination. And jump out of the car sprint inside eat our food and sprint back school to be on time class.”
Overall, lunch is a very chaotic time of the day, but yet still a relief for the students.
Last Monday, December 17, Davis high school’s bands had their annual Christmas concert.
“Concerts are always really fun to perform at because we finally get to share our gifts with our friends, family, and peers.” said flute and saxophone player, Gabi Boi.
To start off, the percussion ensemble took the stage with an amazing performance of Patapan by Wallace/Brooks. It was near flawlessly done and wasn’t even their best played piece that night. They also played Little Jazz Drummer Boy by Brooks/Madill, 12 Daze of Christmas by David Steinquest, and Robin Laid an egg by Jesse Mattson. In the song 12 Daze of Christmas it was written to have twelve different time signatures to symbolize the twelve days of Christmas as sang in the original song. It was a really hard piece, but they rocked it.
Next the Jazz band came in and played Walking in a Winter Wonderland by Peter Blair, Greensleeves by Gregory Yasinitsky, and Drummer Boy by Rob Holmes. In each of the songs there was a part for a soloist
After a thirty minute intermission the concert band made up of Sophomores came in and rocked a performance of Polar Express by Jerry Brubaker, Gesu Bambino by Pietro Yon, and Holiday Portraits by Sean O’Loughlin. They were fantastic at Polar Express and somehow continued to wow the audience with an even better performance with each song.
Following the concert band, the symphonic band came in with An American Christmas by Robert W Smith, Angels sing by Bill Calhoun, and Carol of the Bells by Sean O’Loughlin. They played each song with minimal mistakes and made their most difficult piece, carol of the bells, seem easy.
To finish off the night, the wind ensemble played their pieces Joy of the Seasons by Sean O’Loughlin, Viktors Tale* by John Williams, and O Magnum Mysterium by Lauridsen. On O Magnum Mysterium a special guest, clarinet player Dr. Hagan. She played magnificently and charmed everyone in the audience with her playing.
At the very end of the night the wind ensemble ended with Sleigh Ride by LeRoy Anderson. Santa surprised the audience and came onto the stage, he conducted the band leaving an exciting end to the performances that night.
The bands worked hard for several months and accomplished something truly amazing.
The chamber and concert orchestras of Davis High are putting on their annual winter concert tonight in the auditorium. These two orchestras have been working on their winter songs tirelessly each class period. Tonight, they will showcase the songs Sleigh Ride, pieces from the Nutcracker, Carol of the Bells, and a German Christmas Concerto, and well as others from the concert orchestra.
According to chamber orchestra member Elise Hatch, the German Concerto has been the most challenging technique-wise out of the songs they have learned. Elise has a solo during this song, and says that the song isn’t necessarily challenging, it’s just slightly more difficult to remember all their techniques incorporated into the song.
The orchestras each meet during one class period to practice.
“We do scales as a warm up, and then we just play the pieces. We do sections which is just breaking off into different groups.”
Elise Hatch says. Each section practices different parts of their songs after doing warm ups to get their hands, minds, and instruments ready to play the real thing. They’ve practiced these songs for months, and their hard work has almost come to fruition.
The song the chamber orchestra is most excited to showcase, according to Hatch, is Sleigh Ride.
“Sleigh Ride is fun because we get to play it with the band.”
Sleigh Ride will combine the musical talents of the chamber orchestra and our school’s state award winning band. This song is sure to be filled with emotion, excitement, and energy. It’s one you’ll want to be sure to catch!
For those who don’t know, there are two orchestras preforming (and additionally, the band.) The chamber orchestra is one in which students must audition to be a part of. The concert orchestra does not require audition. Both are full of talented students who have worked hard to be able to perform in their showcase tonight.
If you want a night full of beautiful winter songs played by two wonderful orchestras and a band, make sure to tune in to Davis High School’s orchestra winter concert!