The Dart Debate Tournament

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.

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All State, not the insurance, but the Band/Orchestra Performance

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.

 

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Davis D’ettes: The D’ettes rise up at state drill

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!

 

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Davis Bands Concert

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.

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Winter Wonderland Orchestra Concert

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! 

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The New Magic the Gathering club

Magic the gathering might not be what you think, some might think it’s a gathering of magicians but no, it is a trading card game that is based around mythical characters a trading them to different people. but as for the club at Davis High you meet with other people from the school that play, and you can make a new group of friends to play magic with. The game in itself makes you think and is a very good way to improve your logical thinking, and it is also a very good way of making new friends and people to play magic the gathering with.

let’s start with what magic is, it is a trading card game where you can play against other people and use strategy to win. you also trade cards with one another to make your deck really good, so you can win games.

you might be brand new to magic the gathering and wondering if you need to know what you are doing to join the club. The answer is no you do not need to know the slightest about the game you can just show up and learn how to play, but what if you do not have cards? courtesy of Mr. Merrill you can have a free set of cards to get you stared into the magic the gathering club. so, you if you join the club you can get all set up for magic the gathering career.

The magic the gathering club is also a great way to meet people if you are new to the school or if you just don’t know many people. The club seem really cool and is a very good atmosphere to just have fun and learn something new. Another cool thing about magic the gathering is it actually gathers all sorts of people to play the game and just have fun with each other. Mr. Merrill also said that what makes it fun is “different for everyone”. so, you should try it out and see what makes it fun for you.

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Writers Academic one page at a time.

The writers academic club or simply writers club is known for creating stories and characters in the mind of high school students the club is made for those who want to express their writing to others. Whether its Si-Fi mystery, horror or fantasy there is a place for you at the writers academic club.

The writers club was created for those who love to write and create stories, the point was that Students could get writing and show others there work and learn to improve it. Ms. Newbold, who is the lead of the club explained that not only do you write stories but you compare and learn what others have to say about it, as well learn to improve it. Another great thing about writers academic is that you get to express your creativity and rather then just show it to a few you show it to many.

I spoke with a few of the writers club members about what they usually do and what stories they create, including the student president Alyssa Rayburn. When asked about what she as the student president has to do. “there is a lot that goes into it,” she stated “there is announcements, running the lesson, and fundraisers. She also teaches the lessons for the club they are currently learning about foreshadowing and building suspense.  She also told me that there are also t-shirts for the club that are open to buy. “The club is always open for new people who love to come and create.”

Another interview with member Riley Mendoza explained how the club works as well as what they mostly do and what they write and create.  Fantasy he tells me is the most common and well liked genre that they write. “Its not just about writing,” he says. “You learn about character development and world building as well review each others work to see how to improve and get the best out of your writing”.  Riley is also currently trying to get some of his work published as a book, he has enough to make two books out of five from what he tells me. The genre He enjoys most is fantasy and mystery.

The writers club is quite happy to include and others into the club or teach them the art of story telling. you also don t have to sign up to go to the club itself, you can show up anytime you like and leave you want to. Writers club starts 2:30 after school and ends 3:30 after school.

 

 

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Davis Debaters

The best arguers at Davis high are traveling down to Woods Cross this Thursday to compete with schools all over the state. The students from Davis have to be ready for anything that could come their way. It is completely random who they are going to face. The students could debate about two things, weather the public should have a right to know ought to to be valued above the right to privacy of the candidates for public office. Or weather the United States federal government should impose price controls on the pharmaceutical industry.

The Debaters have to be ready to argue either side even if they don’t agree with the side they are assigned, that is what makes it so challenging.

When asked about the competititon is going to be Wyatt Ko said

“The competition is not going to be way tough but also are not going to be pushovers so we have to be prepared”.

Jake Simms, a member of the debate team is predicted to take first in Lincoln Douglas debate.

Davis Overall should do very well in this tournament. The students have been preparing for this tournament very hard and feel like they are ready.

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A deeper look at the deep questions

As the Davis High debate team prepares for Northridge, debaters Wyatt Ko, Trevor Schwab, Jake Sims, and Alison Gee took the time to explain the intricacies of a debate tournament.

This week’s tournament at Northridge is on Friday, November 30th and Saturday, December 1st. The tournament will include policy, public forum, big question and Lincoln Douglas debates, as well as Cicero events (miscellaneous, entertaining events). All of Davis High’s debate team will be there, so it will be exciting to watch.

Lincoln Douglas debates deal with deep moral questions. The concepts and viewpoints debated are abstract and often have no exact right or wrong answer. Jake Sims has won four of the last five Lincoln Douglas debates, clearly showing his mastery of the event.

This week, the Lincoln Douglas debate will be about whether the public has a right to know about their leaders or if the political figures deserve privacy. This is a good view on the classic debate over security or privacy and it will be interesting to see how the debate plays out.

Big question debates are fairly self-explanatory. Similar to Lincoln Douglas debates, big questions involve deep concepts that require more than a short response to sufficiently answer.

This week the big question is if humans are primarily motivated by self-interest.

Public forum deals with practical matters. The concepts have clearly defined evidence and involve things such as economics. Public forum is a team event, so two debaters will work together to make a compelling argument.

The public forum debaters this week will be debating whether the government should regulate the prices in the pharmaceutical industry.

Policy debates involve real world governmental policies. The arguments consist of facts as well as how the policy could be done and the consequence the policy could have. Policy debates are supposedly the closest debate to real life, and policy debates impact collegiate opportunities. Policy is also a team event.

This week the policy debate is whether the United States should reduce the amount of immigration. This is a highly talked about topic lately and the results of the debate should be rather noteworthy.

With all that in mind, it is easier to appreciate the hard work that the debate team does. It will be exciting to see what happens at the Northridge tournament this weekend.

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What you need to know about FAFSA before FAFSA night.

If you’re a senior this year then you already know about this week being all about college, it’s called college week for a reason. The week has been all about trying to get seniors prepared for college by providing free applications, scholarship opportunity’s, and what may be one of the most important events, FAFSA night.

 

What you may be asking is “What is FAFSA?” FAFSA is an acronym that stands for Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Now try saying that 5 times fast. FAFSA is used to help determine your eligibility for financial aid to help provide a stable situation for you as you attend the college of your choice. The US department uses FAFSA to your EFC, which is your Expected Family Contribution, which estimates how much you will be able to pay for college. FAFSA also allows colleges and universities to provide students with needs-based scholarships.

 

There are many things needed to fill out with the FAFSA form such as, citizenship status, financial status, previous year’s tax information, etc. While you can fill out the FAFSA application form at any time you will be able to fill it out here at the school tonight.

 

During tonight’s event there will be plenty of people to help you fill out the form and answer any question that you may have. If you don’t understand what something may be asking for there will be someone around to help explain it.

 

This is a great opportunity to get some extra help and to make sure you’ve got everything you need. While it is always free to apply for FAFSA you don’t always get this type of help and it’d be dumb to pass up such a great opportunity. FAFSA night is tonight, Thursday November 15th, from 4:00 to 7:00 PM. If you are a senior and can attend, you most certainly should.

 

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March of Dimes

March of dimes is a fundraiser that gives our community the opportunity to make a difference. One in ten babies are born prematurely. We can give their families the chance to find the tools and information needed for the health of their babies.

March of dimes was first started by president Franklin D. Roosevelt as a help for polio but as time went on it expanded to help the prevention of birth defects caused by premature births. In 2005, as premature birth became more of problem the March of Dimes main focus was research on the prevention of premature births.

In this last year, 90,000 families with a newborn in intensive care were offered comfort and information for their babies which later helped them to survive and to be able to live a normal life. These miracles happened due to all the donations they received. imagine how many more families they can help if you would donate, even if it is spare change it can make a difference.

This cause is even vital in our community.

according to environmental public health tracking, “9.4% of Davis county babies are born prematurely.”

This fundraiser even hits home for Davis High student Addison Spencer, “this fundraiser is important to me because my little brother was born prematurely.”

Us students can start donating and participating in this amazing fundraiser November 14th. This November is special because it will be the fourth annual World Premature Day. People will be carrying around baby bottles to collect spare change.

“As the adviser for FBLA, raising money for March of Dimes has opened my eyes to how many families are affected by the problem of premature babies.” says Mrs. Ward

FBLA every year partners with March of Dimes as a service partner. They have seen 15 million dollars and rising over the last 40 years. To get more involved in The March of Dimes fundraiser then go to https://www.fbla-pbl.org/partner/march-of-dimes/.

If you want to learn more about this cause or to hear some of the success stories that came from this fundraiser then go to www.marchofdimes.org. We need your support!

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Marching Band takes off to Bands Of America

Davis High’s marching band has had a very successful year. This weekend they participated in a multi-state competition in Southern Utah. This is known as ‘Bands Of America’. It is a really big, and important competition that teams from all over- like California, Nevada, Idaho, Arizona, Colorado, work hard all season for this very moment.

Davis Highs marching band did very well this year. Placing 5th overall. Just ahead of us our rivals, American Fork coming 2nd. And the winning team, a school in California called Ayala. Our school has really shown a great performance, placing very well with hard competition all around them.

“Bands of America is my favorite! We all look so forward to it!” Tenor saxophone player Kennedy McKenzie stated. “We get really close as a team, and you make a ton of new friends!”

Bands of America isn’t just a really big event for these competitors, but its a really fun, and great bonding experience for the members on the team.

“Our team’s goal this whole season was to work hard ever day and put in the effort that leaves us feeling accomplished and super happy after competition day.” Another team member, Megan Muirbrook stated. “After bands of America, all of us as a team were left feeling super accomplished and happy, but of course there’s always that feeling of knowing we could’ve done better, and that there’s room for improvement.”

Like the many of us that were affected by the dividing of students at Davis High. A huge portion of the marching band go to Farmington High School now. This really affected the marching team, leaving them really worried and anxious at the beginning of the season. However throughout the season, with hard work and perseverance this years marching band has risen up and totally out-shined their expectations from the beginning. This year our team has done even better than the years before, and with this being their last performance, they’re all left being super happy and thrilled with the overall results.

 

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Nation’s new sport… Pickle ball

A new sport is beginning to spread through our Nation. Pickle ball is a new sport that has found its ways to the headlines today. Pickle ball courts are becoming a very popular spot all around the community.

Pickle ball is a very complicated sport, with lots of little rules. A couple of these complicated rules include; First, you have to serve the ball diagonally across the court, and you have to let the ball bounce before starting a volley. Second, each person is allowed two mess-ups, which means they will always serve at least twice. And lastly, there is a seven foot no-volley zone, where you are not aloud to hit the ball.

Here at Davis High school, a pickle ball club has just beeen established. It is run By history teacher, Megan Tarbit. Many students that have been playing pickle ball all summer, and students that have never played before have joined this club.

This is a very new club here at Davis High. Pickle ball became very popular over the last couple weeks of school last year and throughout the summer. Due to the sport’s popularity, some students here at Davis decided to start the club, because they enjoyed playing the sport.

Pickle ball was not a very well known sport until this boom. Nobody really played it. Just this summer, it seemed like many moms and families started playing together at Barne’s park. This influx of popularity has now made its way to Davis’s students.

If you enjoy playing Pickle ball contact Megan Tarbit for details, and go have fun with fellow students.

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