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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Mr. Jolley joins Davis High

Mark Jolley makes the switch from Syracuse High School to Davis High School early January 2020 because of a district administrator switch-up.

After being at 3 other schools, Mr. Jolley, the assistant principal, recalled upon his 12 years of being an administrator to differentiate our students here at Davis  High from students at the other schools. Davis students are well-behaved, smart, and “we have more students in AP and CE classes here at Davis than any other school I’ve been at”, said Jolley. He spent a year at Woods Cross, 7 years at Clearfield, and 3 at Syracuse before coming over to his first year at Davis.

Prior to his many years as an administrator, Mr. Jolley was originally a Spanish teacher at Sunset Jr. High and was working two other jobs. His passion for helping students first started at Sunset Jr. High where he translated for a young girl and her family while she was being disciplined. He continued to teach Spanish as well as Special Ed., Driver’s Ed., and Health. Mr. Jolley decided to become an administrator because of a desire to help people. It also made sense to continue to financially support his wife and 6 kids without working 3 jobs.

His family life has always been active, even as a young adult. He ran track and cross-country in High School and in college while attending Weber State University. Jolley excelled in long-distance running and competed in the 5000 meter run, the 10,000 meter run, and he steeplechase. Staying active has always been important to Mr. Jolley and continues to play a major role in his current family life. They enjoy boating up at Willard Bay, their favorite lake, as well as fishing and golfing.

Fortunately, the administrative duties across schools are relatively similar as he is in charge of the master schedule – which includes when teachers have prep periods – as well as local and district case managements. He is also the main discipline administrator and is over the athletics department. There are also times when Mr. Jolley observes classroom environments with other administrators.

Davis is very excited to have another wonderful addition to our administrative staff and welcomes Mr. Jolley with open arms.

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Isabel McKay: Davis High Alumni

Isabel McKay is a Davis High alumni that had a better time in school because “It was normal back than.” as she said. She graduated in the class of 2019 and had a great time doing it.

During the interview, I asked what she was doing now that she was out of high school. “I am going to online school at Utah State University and also finishing hair school at DTC.” While she was attending her senior year at Davis High, she was working, as well as attending hair school, so she could start a good safe career right out of high school.

I asked what it was like looking back at high school and what she missed the most. “I miss the consistent relationships and friend groups that I got to see and talk to every day.” She has had less people to see because she has had to start her own life and make her own choices. The next question I asked was if she thinks going to school now is better or worse than it was when she was there.

“I think it is worse now. My class was close, and they made the most of everything and they tried to do the best they could with what they had.”

She had an awesome class and a lot of good people to go to school with, but she would still struggle with normal stuff that present students struggle with. One of the most interesting questions that was asked was what she was going to do as a career.

“I am working towards being a speech pathologist and would be able to work with young kids with speech impediments.” Then I asked a question about present school and how she thinks the schools are handling Covid-19.

“Yes, they are handling it well with the knowledge and recourses they have.” She has also dealt with this going to hair school because they can only go so long and so often and they cannot be right next to each other.

When she was here, she enjoyed her time and she was able to move on and have a happy life. Looking back, she misses it and wishes she could come back.

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Golf Region Champs!

The Davis High Varsity Boys Golf team is not one to be overlooked. With a legacy to live up to from past years, they successfully earned the title of Region Champions after a challenging tournament this past week. The real question is- can the Boys Golf team claim the State title next week?  

When asked if this match was a simple one to win “Our team didn’t play amazing, but we played well enough to win.”  said Jack Sargent a Senior on the Davis Golf Team.

With threatening winds during the second game, this match presented a challenge for Jack who is a valuable member to the team. Jack shot a 79/72 at this tournament compared to his personal best of 61. He believes that the Boys Golf team will succeed at State if they can all play well.  

However, Charlie Rhodes claimed that the Region win was less of a challenge. Charlie stated that, “We whooped. It was pretty dang easy.”  Charlie shot a 83/85 and is expecting for State to be a close match. When asked to describe his team in one word, he chose “Exquisite” because of the excellent coach and team members.  

The Boys Golf team has had an impressive record this year, with only losing one tournament. They are optimistic about their chances with winning the title but are already expecting a demanding game that will require them to perform at their absolute bestThe Boys varsity team consists of Mckay Cook, Jack Sargent, Preston Wallace, Cade Montgomery, Sebastian Fernandez, Charlie Rhodes, Cole Cipriano, and Drew Sampson. Individually, Mckay Cook consistently scores very low (which is good in golf-in case you didn’t know!) and is a valuable asset to the team.  

So, will the Boys Golf team be able to swing state? We’ll find out next week, but Davis High has full confidence in the team! 

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Golf Region Champs!

The Davis High Varsity Boys Golf team is not one to be overlooked. With a legacy to live up to from past years, they successfully earned the title of Region Champions after a challenging tournament this past week. The real question is- can the Boys Golf team claim the State title next week?  

When asked if this match was a simple one to win “Our team didn’t play amazing, but we played well enough to win.”  said Jack Sargent a Senior on the Davis Golf Team.

With threatening winds during the second game, this match presented a challenge for Jack who is a valuable member to the team. Jack shot a 79/72 at this tournament compared to his personal best of 61. He believes that the Boys Golf team will succeed at State if they can all play well.  

However, Charlie Rhodes claimed that the Region win was less of a challenge. Charlie stated that, “We whooped. It was pretty dang easy.”  Charlie shot a 83/85 and is expecting for State to be a close match. When asked to describe his team in one word, he chose “Exquisite” because of the excellent coach and team members.  

The Boys Golf team has had an impressive record this year, with only losing one tournament. They are optimistic about their chances with winning the title but are already expecting a demanding game that will require them to perform at their absolute bestThe Boys varsity team consists of Mckay Cook, Jack Sargent, Preston Wallace, Cade Montgomery, Sebastian Fernandez, Charlie Rhodes, Cole Cipriano, and Drew Sampson. Individually, Mckay Cook consistently scores very low (which is good in golf-in case you didn’t know!) and is a valuable asset to the team.  

So, will the Boys Golf team be able to swing state? We’ll find out next week, but Davis High has full confidence in the team! 

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