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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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FEA Conference

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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HOSA Blood Drive

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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HOSA Blood Drive

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Sterling scholars may be your answer to student loan debt

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

The scholarship takes percentages from these sections

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

 

The categories according to the handbook are.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Go backstage into the world of Matilda

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Go backstage into the world of Matilda

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Medical Anatomy Class, Get Ahead in Your Medical Career!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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French Club

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Matilda Takes the Stage

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

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

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

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

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

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Matilda Takes the Stage

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

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

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

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

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

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Chess Club

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

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

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

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

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

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Express your creativity in jewelry

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

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

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

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

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

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Pickle Ball Club

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

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

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

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Mountain Biking Team Spotlight

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Davis Cup disappointment, AF takes first

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

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

6A Scholastic:

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

6A Open

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

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

“In third place is NO ONE!”

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

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

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The new Debate Coach at Davis High

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

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

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

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

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

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

“Success breeds success!”

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

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Fundraiser of the year: Halloween MOSH

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Said Kelty Dagley.

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

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Child Care class

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sources:

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

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The chemistry club is mixing up a good year

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

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

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

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The chemistry club is mixing up a good year

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

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

In reference to their camaraderie as a club.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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Intro to Education Class

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

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

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

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

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DECA: the perfect place for future business leaders

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

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

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

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

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

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

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TEA Club: the lunch circle

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Intro to Education Class

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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The Secret Passageway of Davis High

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

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

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Zero Fatalities Club

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

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

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

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The ASL club

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Davis High School Choir

Davis High School Choir

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Benefits of being on the debate team

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Senior Week: Co-Ed Volleyball Tournament

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The Next Step After Graduation

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

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

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

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

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

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Tips on getting a summer job

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Met Gala Preview

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

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

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

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

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DHS Newsies to rock musical theatre competition

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

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

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

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

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

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

Here’s what DHS is a finalist for:

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

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

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

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Color guard: one of the best in state

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

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

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

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

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Drum Line “beats” the competition

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.

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Davis theater productions set the stage for success

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.

 

 

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Spring Band Festival

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!

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Davis Debate Takes the Win at Region

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!

 

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Davis High: state debate

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

Jake Sims

Jackson Ridges

Bryn Montierith

Steven Clift

 

Congress: Its close to real life congress and you get points for giving speeches

Kennedie Shepherd

Cameron Valentine

 

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

Alex Arnison

 

Oratory: you write, memorize and give a ten minute speech

Savannah Jacox

Brandi Ramos

 

Extemp: you have thirty minutes to prepare for a seven minute speech about a current event

Levi Clark

Wyatt Ko

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!

 

 

 

 

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Color guard: a sport of the Arts

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.

 

 

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DHS Spring Play: You Can’t Take it With You

 

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

Grandpa-Kaden Mackay

Penny-Annie Zaugg, Erica Johnson

Paul-Lucas Meyer

Alice-Anna Peacock, Alison Bouck

Essie-Emily Porter, Kylee Hoffman

Ed-Tyler McQuiston

Mr. De Pinna-Logan Jeppson

Rheba-Chloe Johnson, Annie Woodbury

Donald-Jaxon Brown

Kolenkhov-Sam McConkie

Olga-Kendra Pugmire

Tax Collector-Jennalee Calvin

Gay Wellingotn-Tessa Washburn, Savannah Bentley

G-Man-Adam Coles

Mr. Kirby-Dekklan MacKay

Mrs. Kirby-Ruth Evans, Payton Valleley

Tony-Erin McGrath

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Jazz band regionals preview

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.

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Davis Cheer shines in California nationals

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!

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