A review of Frightmares 2020

As we rapidly approach Halloween, many people are seeking out unique ways to celebrate with the ongoing pandemic. Most of us are familiar with our state’s one and only amusement park, Lagoon, which is only a short drive away. Each year, Lagoon hosts a Halloween event known as “Frightmares” from mid-September until Halloween for locals to enjoy both amusement park rides and Halloween encounters. Here is what some friends from Davis High think about Frightmares.

Senior Brooklynn Crowley works at Lagoon, and gets to operate during Frightmares. This year, she says the main focuses of Lagoon staff are on sanitization, masks being required in all lines, and enforcing social distancing. She says that employees are “constantly sanitizing everything” to keep the environment as safe and enjoyable as possible.

According to Crowley, Frightmares’ claims to be family-friendly are true. She explained to me that all scary attractions have a sign out front rating the scariness level so sensitive individuals know whether or not to enter. This year, there are even “Haunted” houses for kids to trick-or-treat at. Crowley says most patrons find the experience to be worth the price, and she counts herself lucky to get in free due to her employee status.

But what about the non-employee patrons who attend Frightmares? Mr. Frey has a season pass to Lagoon and thinks that Frightmares is a fun way to end the season. With the high price, he recommends getting a season pass because it will be paid off after just two visits; however, he says it is an enjoyable experience either way.

Due to the high variety of rides and activities, Mr. Frey agrees that Frightmares is a good experience for the whole family to enjoy, and recommends it this Halloween season. When asked how COVID-19 restrictions effected his experience, he said that things are relatively the same as usual with the only changes being social distancing and being required to wear masks in line.

Based on the high praise and large amount of cars in the parking lot, I’d say this year is a success for Lagoon’s Frightmares, and it is highly recommended by staff and customers alike.

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Amy Morley: The Forever Dart

Amy Morley has been at Davis High for over ten years, teaching, coaching and as a student. Some might even call her The Forever Dart.

Mrs. Morley is an art teacher and an assistant volleyball coach for the Davis High girls Volleyball team. After graduating from Davis in 2006, Amy continued her volleyball career and education at Weber State until her graduation in 2010.

“Davis 2006, Weber State 2010, about to graduate from Western Governors University with my Master’s Degree next month”

After graduating from Weber, Amy returned to Davis to teach, where she has been for the last 7 years. Before she was an art teacher, she taught English for 5 years, if she wasn’t currently teaching art, that’s what she would be teaching.

“I taught it for 5 years and I loved it. I still miss it a lot but I love art just as much.”
Like any other job, being a teacher and coach can be hard, but it can also be rewarding. For her, the most rewarding thing about being a teacher is

“Watching students/ athletes grow and get better. Being able to help! Making a difference in someone’s day or even in their life. Creating relationships.”

Not only does Amy have a full time job teaching and coaching, she is a mother to two young kids, Saige and Straighter.

“It’s hard but it’s all about finding a balance. They like to come be involved in Davis stuff because they have grown up being a part of it. It also helped that they did daycare here one hall away from me so I got to eat lunch with them and visit whenever I wanted.”

When she isn’t teaching or coaching, she enjoys hiking, playing games, traveling, concerts and hanging out with her family. Amy is a great teacher, coach and person and Davis High is lucky to have her in their administration.

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Amanda Keller, Assistant Principal Extraordinaire

As you enter the Davis High school main office this year you may see an unfamiliar face, the new assistant principal, Amanda Keller. Mrs. Keller supervises the 504 plans, yearbook, cheer, D’Ettes, Social and emotional health plans, PTSA, Community Council, Keys to Success, SafeUT, Flex Academy and lots of other systems to support not only teachers, but students as well.

This is Mrs. Keller’s first year at Davis High School. Coming from principal at Jennie P. Stewart Elementary School in Centerville she has more than enough experience to be in charge here at Davis.

When asked about the difference between Davis and her previous school she said “Most things at DHS are different than they were at the elementary school, for obvious reasons. I love having a great administration team here to work with and think high school kids are just as fun, if not more fun to interact with, especially since I tend to have a dry sense of humor that I couldn’t ever fully utilize at the elementary level.”

Ever since she was a little girl Mrs. Keller has known she wanted to be an educator. Having great examples of many amazing teachers who inspired her helped her find her path as an educator.

When not in school or supporting many numerous clubs, sports and activities here at Davis, Mrs. Keller enjoys being outside and being active. She is currently trying to visit all of the National Parks and has already been to 30! She also enjoys photography, skiing, playing video games with her 5 kids and is picking up mountain biking again.

Mrs. Keller is inspired by the many kind acts she sees here at Davis High. It could range from someone saying a simple “Hi” in the hallways, to someone inviting a complete stranger to sit with them at lunch.

Mrs. Keller is excited to be part of the Davis High School community and is excited to meet and get to know everyone! If you ever need anything you can find Mrs. Keller in the main office where Mr. Chapple was last year. Trust me, she is an amazing person to talk to.

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Faculty Spotlight: The Amazing Lexi Turley

Some may know Ms. Turley as just our Davis High School English teacher, but many of you don’t know that under the mask, she’s a lot more like us than she leads on.

Turley actually graduated here at Davis Highschool, and in 2014 Turley was a senior with goals and working towards a tennis scholarship. She actually wasn’t studying to be a teacher.

“Originally I wanted to graduate with a medical degree” she states.

Her hard work paid off when she finally go the opportunity to play tennis for Utah State. She feeds her passion for tennis as she coaches both boys and girls. Many of her students rave about how nice and patient she is.

“Turley is an awesome Coach, she knows how to really push me and make me work hard but also give me the support and tips I need to get through a match. I couldn’t ask for a better fan!” Elle Ferguson, Davis High tennis player exclaims.

Turley overall loves her job. When asked what her least favorite thing about being a teacher was, she thought hard and came up with how she dislikes the stress of people turning in late work at the end of the term. As students we need to be respectful towards these teachers and their time, we all can make a better effort to respect of their deadlines to relieve some stress from their job.

“Covid has made it challenging to have class discussions, lectures, and group projects more than once a week,” Turley says in regards to the challenges of Covid-19

She tries her hardest to make her classroom clean, safe, and healthy environment for her students while continuing to have it a place for learning, growth, and communication.

Because of her kind spirit, teaching style, dedication, work ethic, and good attitude, we can all say that Turley is one of the best things about being here at Davis High. There isn’t a person you have met that says anything but good things about her.

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The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes: Hunger Games Prequel Review

Suzanne Collins, author of the Hunger Games trilogy, recently released a prequel to her acclaimed series titled The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes. Fans were desperate to get their hands on a copy, and were not disappointed with the new addition.

The book focuses on the villain of the original series, Coriolanus Snow, when he is 18 years old. A student in the Capitol, Snow is acting as a mentor in the 10th annual Hunger Games. Fueled by financial struggles within his family, Snow is desperate for the glory, power, and money that will come if his assigned tribute, Lucy Gray Baird from District 12, wins the Games. However, as Lucy Gray and Coriolanus prepare for the Games, with their fates intertwined, they develop feelings for each other. Snow has to learn how to balance his desire to protect Lucy Gray with his loyalties to the Capitol.

The novel explores some very interesting topics such as human nature. When society is stripped of authority, what remains? One character in the book, Dr. Gaul, would claim that without authority or control, society would look exactly like it does in the arena. Humanity abandoned, chaos and monsters rampant. Other characters, namely Sejanus and Lucy Gray, would disagree, claiming that morality is rooted at the very core of human nature. Confronting this and similar topics, makes the story so much more interesting and complex and therefore, enjoyable to read.

The author also did a fantastic job at connecting this book to the original series. For example, the prequel explains Snow’s love for white roses and why people are allowed to sponsor and place bets on the tributes. Throughout the book, significant nods are also made to Katniss Everdeen, the trilogy heroine who will become involved in the Games 64 years after the prequel. For example, the prequel features the song that Katniss sings to Rue when she dies, as well as the origins of the song The Hanging Tree which Katniss sings during the rebellion.

As good as this book was, it left readers hanging in some aspects. For example, the book revealed that Tigris, the woman who openly despised Snow in the third book of the original series, is actually Snow’s cousin. However, the author made no effort to explain their transition from cousins/best friends to enemies. Also, Snow poisoning his council members and mistreating the victors are topics that had a lot of potential to be explored in the prequel, but weren’t. Hopefully, if the author writes more continuations, those topics will be covered.

Overall, the book was a homerun in providing an interesting narrative that simultaneously gave context and even greater depth to the original series, and fans are excited to see what else the future holds for the beloved Hunger Games series.

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Davis Soccer…It’s Time To Step Up Our Game!

Our girl’s soccer team has been on fire this year! With only one loss, due to a dumb PK situation with Layton, the players have been fighting hard, leaving everything on the field.

Today, our soccer warriors are up against Copper Hills High; the game will be at Angle Park at 4, so come and witness greatness unfold.

Shelby Steele, an incredible player on the defensive line says,

“My goal for today’s match is to keep working hard throughout the game, even when I make mistakes. I want to be smart and work alongside my teammates.”

The team is obviously hoping for a win; however, these girls don’t only want to triumph and destroy, but they want to do it as one. It’s a tight-knit group of friends; they have each other’s backs and if they win…they win together!

On a more technical note, overall, the team’s offense and defense are unquestionably strong. Passing with one another, adding pressure when needed, and using strategy and might to score, not much will get through these girls.

Fortunately, the team hasn’t been hit too hard by the whole Covid-19 situation. Players haven’t caught the virus or needed to be quarantined. Despite these wonderful results, a different monster has hurt the team; many have gotten injured.

Specifically, 2 powerful and important forwards, Ruth Wright and Liv Flint, tore their ACLs badly, leaving them out for the remainder of the season. Although Ruth and Liv have had to step down, it has shown just how strong and able the other players are to step up to the plate. They won’t let anything take away their power, ferocity, and drive to play. Through thick and thin…this team will prevail in the face of anything life decides to throw at them.

We can even see this motivation on the wrists of these girls: before games some of the players write down a reason for why they’re playing, on their wrist. Whether it’s for a person, a goal, a struggle, or even just for the rest of the team, they inspire themselves to be the best player they possibly can be. Not just for individual reasons, but for their team and for their school.

This is just one of the many things they do to stay focused and keep their head in the game. After all, the day of the state tournament is coming closer and closer. The mental and physical preparation for this trial is intense, they must keep up the training.

“There was a point when I realized…this is it…it’s beginning…it’s time to step up our game because state is coming and WE will be the victors.”

Said Shelby.

So come and cheer on our inspirational, extremely hard-working, and truly awesome Davis High Girls Soccer Team today at the Copper Hills game!

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Davis Soccer…It’s Time To Step Up Our Game!

Our girl’s soccer team has been on fire this year! With only one loss, due to a dumb PK situation with Layton, the players have been fighting hard, leaving everything on the field.

Today, our soccer warriors are up against Copper Hills High; the game will be at Angle Park at 4, so come and witness greatness unfold.

Shelby Steele, an incredible player on the defensive line says,

“My goal for today’s match is to keep working hard throughout the game, even when I make mistakes. I want to be smart and work alongside my teammates.”

The team is obviously hoping for a win; however, these girls don’t only want to triumph and destroy, but they want to do it as one. It’s a tight-knit group of friends; they have each other’s backs and if they win…they win together!

On a more technical note, overall, the team’s offense and defense are unquestionably strong. Passing with one another, adding pressure when needed, and using strategy and might to score, not much will get through these girls.

Fortunately, the team hasn’t been hit too hard by the whole Covid-19 situation. Players haven’t caught the virus or needed to be quarantined. Despite these wonderful results, a different monster has hurt the team; many have gotten injured.

Specifically, 2 powerful and important forwards, Ruth Wright and Liv Flint, tore their ACLs badly, leaving them out for the remainder of the season. Although Ruth and Liv have had to step down, it has shown just how strong and able the other players are to step up to the plate. They won’t let anything take away their power, ferocity, and drive to play. Through thick and thin…this team will prevail in the face of anything life decides to throw at them.

We can even see this motivation on the wrists of these girls: before games some of the players write down a reason for why they’re playing, on their wrist. Whether it’s for a person, a goal, a struggle, or even just for the rest of the team, they inspire themselves to be the best player they possibly can be. Not just for individual reasons, but for their team and for their school.

This is just one of the many things they do to stay focused and keep their head in the game. After all, the day of the state tournament is coming closer and closer. The mental and physical preparation for this trial is intense, they must keep up the training.

“There was a point when I realized…this is it…it’s beginning…it’s time to step up our game because state is coming and WE will be the victors.”

Said Shelby.

So come and cheer on our inspirational, extremely hard-working, and truly awesome Davis High Girls Soccer Team today at the Copper Hills game!

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Davis Cross Country! Running Through the Pandemic

We all know that the 2020 Covid Pandemic has altered lives all across the world. Here at Davis, we feel the after shock of it all, deeply. That being said, many of us have experienced one major change: sports, arts, and any extracurricular actives have been canceled, modified, and overall not the same as they used to be. Let’s be honest…it SUCKS! However, everyone (especially Davis) has been pushing through. One team in particular, Cross Country, composed of awesome, hard-working, and remarkable athletes has not let these difficult times slow them down!

The team has been holding strong; even at times when practice was cancelled these incredible runners kept their spirits high and continued to train. They attacked summer training and came into the season with energy and a drive to excel. Whether as a team or individually, they didn’t quit or give up.

Hope Stanley, who turns into a running beast when that gun goes off, tells us,

“We’ve been handling it like everyone else, we trust each other to work hard, even if it gets canceled we train on our own with the support of the team.”

Along with each other’s motivation, they have a great coach guiding them every step of the race. Coach Timothy has not let his athletes down and the team is looking forward to the upcoming weeks of training, ready to give it all they got at meets.

Hope, again an awesome athlete on the team, elaborated on what she does in those moments of weakness. What her and the team use to motivate themselves to just keep on going,

“Things like becoming the best you can be. Not letting your team down, helping the other athletes be faster while training your hardest and getting stronger and faster.”

She explained.

Although running is overall an individual sport, this teams looks out for one another. For them it’s not just winning for yourself, it’s winning for the team.

Davis’ Cross Country team will stop at nothing to succeed and they for sure won’t let us down. They will run through sun, rain, snow, and COVID, because “running is a source of athleticism, friendship, and so much fun.” Way to go Davis XC!

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Davis Cross Country! Running Through the Pandemic

We all know that the 2020 Covid Pandemic has altered lives all across the world. Here at Davis, we feel the after shock of it all, deeply. That being said, many of us have experienced one major change: sports, arts, and any extracurricular actives have been canceled, modified, and overall not the same as they used to be. Let’s be honest…it SUCKS! However, everyone (especially Davis) has been pushing through. One team in particular, Cross Country, composed of awesome, hard-working, and remarkable athletes has not let these difficult times slow them down!

The team has been holding strong; even at times when practice was cancelled these incredible runners kept their spirits high and continued to train. They attacked summer training and came into the season with energy and a drive to excel. Whether as a team or individually, they didn’t quit or give up.

Hope Stanley, who turns into a running beast when that gun goes off, tells us,

“We’ve been handling it like everyone else, we trust each other to work hard, even if it gets canceled we train on our own with the support of the team.”

Along with each other’s motivation, they have a great coach guiding them every step of the race. Coach Timothy has not let his athletes down and the team is looking forward to the upcoming weeks of training, ready to give it all they got at meets.

Hope, again an awesome athlete on the team, elaborated on what she does in those moments of weakness. What her and the team use to motivate themselves to just keep on going,

“Things like becoming the best you can be. Not letting your team down, helping the other athletes be faster while training your hardest and getting stronger and faster.”

She explained.

Although running is overall an individual sport, this teams looks out for one another. For them it’s not just winning for yourself, it’s winning for the team.

Davis’ Cross Country team will stop at nothing to succeed and they for sure won’t let us down. They will run through sun, rain, snow, and COVID, because “running is a source of athleticism, friendship, and so much fun.” Way to go Davis XC!

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Battle for Regionals

The fight to win Regionals is never an easy feat. It takes hard work and dedication in order to achieve this goal, something our girl’s tennis team has plenty of. It has paved the path to them making overall second in Regionals, which took place on September 28th and 29th.

The highlight of the first match, according to Mr. Frey, was, “Watching Ellie Cook, Brylie Sigg, and Esmae King upset their opponents, as they were seen as the underdogs in their matches.”

He also voiced his pride in the team by saying, “I’m very pleased about how the girls faced diversity this year and came together as a team to finish as the top two teams in Region One.” The girls not only displayed an outstanding example of teamwork in the first regional game, but the second as well. The girls encouraged one another to do their best, and they did exactly that.

One of the members, Kyra Spendlove, who did the 1st single, answered a couple questions concerning the topic of her matches. Kyra got into tennis in the sixth grade, needing something new to do after quitting soccer.

“I for sure can play this sport until I die. I love it so much and it is seriously my life.” Kyra responded. With a passion for tennis as fierce as that, it is no surprise that the team got as far as they did.

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