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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Summit: DHS Field Show 2019

“Drum Major, is your band ready to perform?” Those are the last words before every field show performance begins for the Davis High band. The football stadium lights glare, the members get into opening set, the drum majors count off, and the music begins.

But as everybody knows, all great performances come with lots of preparation. And the first preparation for the 2019 band field show is learning the new theme. What’s the theme, you ask? Well here it is: Summit.

While the fall show won’t start until august, the band and color guard will start preparing early on. Last week, all the members were gathered in the band room to reveal their new show, Summit.

Even though nothing is permanent, the feature is said to be divided into 4 segments, called movements. Each movement will represent a different emotion or sequence in the show. Summit will be about climbing Mount Everest, and the four movements will reflect parts of the journey climbing the mountain, such as starting at base camp, beginning the climb, and reaching the peak of the mountain as the finale.

Auditions for this new field show won’t begin until the summer, when the basics are taught and simple parade tunes perfected. Summer training and a yearly band camp will make sure the band is ready for the show after the parades and summer season end. The Summit theme holds promise for a spot in the top for this band season.

 

 

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Local man almost eaten by angry nerds: The Berkeley Debate Trip

When most people think of debate, the last things they’d expect are typically:

Exposing Chinese National secrets

Almost eating Bowen Libby

Donner Party (The Sequel)

Bahrain (The country, look it up)

and Plump Turkeys

The debate team went to CAL Berkeley for their out of state trip this year, and as it typically goes with this group of hooligans debating would be the least exciting thing to happen. Starting from the top, in order to get across two states the team would have to take a cross country bus to San Francisco California, and everything was smooth sailing for the first 8 hours or so, but mother nature is a cruel mistress. At about 3:30 in the morning outside of Reno the bus had to stop in a blizzard in an attempt to wait out the storm and drive through Donner Pass, this would delay the team for around 8 hours, and in Reno Nevada during a blizzard. If Las Vegas is the Olympic torch, Reno is a garbage fire behind an Arby’s. The team was forced to hang out in a gas station named “Gas Station ” as they lived off of slim jims and microwaved sandwiches for the ensuing time. Eventually they were on their way, and although there were many people saying they would eat Bowen (and many were dead serious), the team made it to Emeryville California unscathed.

When they arrived at CAL Berkeley the team competed in their individual first rounds, but with four hours until their next debate, they were free to explore campus. Many members explored the surrounding areas shops, restaurants, bakeries and desert parlors. Some explored campus, walking or renting bikes to see why Berkeley was such a big deal. Others went into the bell tower, from the top one could see all the way out to the ocean, a straight-line look at the Golden Gate bridge rising in the distance. When the time came everyone went their separate ways and competed in their second rounds, after which the team got dinner. After dinner everyone competed for the third and final time that day, then went back to the hotel. The second day saw almost the same schedule, Davis continued to be a dark horse competitor in a tournament typically dominated by purebred high skill debate schools.

The third day saw the majority of the team travel to San Francisco to explore the city for the day, while a few continued to advance in the tournament. Trevor Schwab and Bryn Montierith were the only undefeated debaters in the preliminary rounds of Junior Varsity LD out of 149 competitors. Sugar Santillian also advanced in JV LD. Sam Copa and Meilani Downs were the only Davis PF team that competed on Monday, also advancing. While the rest of the team frolicked around San Francisco, Schwab and Montierith continued their push further and further to the top of JV LD. Santillian made it to the double Octo-Finals round of JV LD, as did Copa and Downs in JV PF. As Ethan Adler was considering whether or not to buy a $6,000 Salvidor Dali painting, the remaining two competitors would face their hardest rounds yet. Trevor Schwab made it to the semi-finals rounds and placed third overall, and Bryn Montierith would end up making it to the quarter-finals round, placing fifth.

At 6:00 PM the bus arrived at Berkeley to pick up the remaining students, and they were on their way back home.

The final placings for the tournament are listed below:

Trevor Schwab: 3rd place JV LD

Bryn Montierith: 5th place JV LD

Sugar Santillian: Octo-Finalist JV LD

Sam Copa and Meilani Downs: Octo-Finalist JV PF

Ella Nebeker and Lexi Smith: Octo-Finalist JV PF

 

 

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DTV News

Davis High School is home to many programs and clubs. At least every day Davis High will host or participate in a sporting event or extra curricular activity. Among those clubs are DTV. Originally founded by Terri Hall, it is now ran by Derrick Miller and his dedicated news team. What was once a school newspaper class, they are now a television station that reports and broadcasts anything from the local basketball game to current events around the world. They also spread word of new clubs and extra curricular activities going on at Davis.

“I love working with everyone, they are all so much fun.” says Maddie Mcbride.

Not only is DTV a news station, but a way for students to learn social skills and get a feel of how it would be to run an actual news team. It informs the team and the students of Davis High of the real world and brings them closer to relate in a more personal way. Unlike other news casts, jokes and skits are added by the DTV team as fun little twists, to entertain the school every week.

DTV allows students to be informed of the world around them, and what is going on in their High School. You can tune in and watch the news team in action every Wednesday during homeroom. They are also found on the Davis High News website.

 

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Davis cheer awaits nationals in sunny California

Davis has been known for having an outstanding cheer team in the past, and this year is no different. Our cheerleaders are preparing to head to Anaheim, California and compete at cheer nationals against 12 other high schools.

The nationals competition for the cheer world is critical, as it’s their final competition of the season, and it’s outcome will determine if the team gets to head on to finals or head home. The team will preform one routine packed with excitement and precision from beginning to end.

”We just have one routine, but it has stunting, tumbling, and dancing in it.” Says cheerleader Vienna Franks.

Combining those three aspects will surely give a showstopping performance from our talented cheerleaders, who are hoping for the 2019 title of national champs. Since only one dance per school is preformed, everyone has only one shot to give the judges their all and try to earn a spot in finals. If the team makes it to finals based on their nationals score, they’ll preform the dance again.

Preforming at such big, important competitions can be nerve wracking. But according to Vienna Franks,

”The coaches do a really good job of hyping us up. The coaches have really good attitudes which helps us stay positive and work hard during long practices.”

Last year, the Davis cheer team took home the title of national champions. That title puts a lot of pressure on the team, but they have been working hard and putting their best foot out there to try and defend the title. The focus of their practices to attain that goal has been hitting stunts every time, according to advisor Kassie Davis.

“Our main goal and focus is…doing the best we know how and most importantly, knowing how amazing these 18 girls have worked together and supported one another. Because at the end of the day, we aren’t just creating good cheerleaders, we are creating good people.” says Kassie Davis.

The team effort put in by the girls is matched completely by the coaches. They don’t just coach the girls on their tumbling and technique, but teach the girls important life skills. The team’s philosophy this year has been to never quit, no matter what happens.

“They’ve learned early in life that the difference between winning and losing, is never quitting because if you quit once, it becomes a habit.” says cheer advisor Kassie Davis.

Many may not know this, but cheerleading requires a team to have a huge amount of trust in each team member. Things like stunting would never work if everyone didn’t trust each other. Because of this, attendance for cheerleaders is highly important to help build trust in each other. The Davis cheerleaders have a close friendship they all share, and friendships like that are crucial to preforming better at competitions and throwing stunts every time.

Make sure to wish the cheerleaders good luck and show support for the Darts!

 

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A short preview for the Lover’s Feast

The Davis High school audidtion choirs are going to present yet another amazing performance this Friday and Saturday: the Lover’s Feast. While this event is held every year, many students at Davis High don’t know what to expect when they walk into the doors of the Feast.

In summary, the evening begins with performances and a 5 course meal provided from servers selected from the choir. Stories are told, songs are sung, and food is served. The performances will last throughout the entire evening and guest activities will be held. The entire commons and cafeteria are designed to look like a castle garden from the Medieval era.

The choirs students start their preparation for the Feast in the weeks beforehand. The students are given roles at the feast and songs to practice. Many detailed, stylized, and ornate decorations are necessary in turning the cafeteria and commons in to a medieval-style interior for the Lover’s Feast, after which everything must be taken down and stored. So much work is put into a spectacular event that will only last for two nights, so make sure you are there to see it.

Tickets for the Feast can be bought online for $25 at dhsboxoffice.com for one of the two Lover’s Feast nights on Friday and Saturday. This is an event you will not want to miss!

 

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Robotics: The world’s number one.

As an extra curricular activity, Robotics at Davis literally rocks. After getting in 1st place on the international robotics competition last year (VEX Robotics World Competition, 2018), the students involved are preparing for the one this year, it’s gonna be around the end of April. I talked to the president of the organization, the senior Trenton Peterson, about their day by day as they work, and how they get prepared every year and this is what he had to say:

“We do have competitions between us, all most every weekend. Last week we invited the students that take the class so they could practice, have more fun and understand more about robotics and take a good experience about it, no matter if they are beginners or not.” says Peterson

Davis has been involved with robotics for around 8 years, which is really good including the fact that they did so well last year.

“Even people in Japan and China know about us, and they also had very good judges.” said Trenton.

On the Saturday (9th), they are inviting other teams also with the purpose of practicing, getting experience and having fun. Since they work very hard and do their best, we hope for them to do great at the competitions.

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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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The wonders of Davis One Acts

If you hadn’t heard, Davis One Acts was the play festival that happened in the little theater on the last week of January. It consists of a group of plays, showing and expressing situations that do not have a pattern, which makes them different from each other. They were directed by the advanced theater students and their teacher Mr. Wright.

The students and teachers that were able to watch the performances all seemed very impressed with the talent of the high-schoolers, both the ones that performed and the ones that directed the play.

We were interested in what is behind the scenes, so we looked for Abby Burnett, a sophomore that performed on the play called “At The Frog Fountain” directed by the senior Sam McConkie and written by Werner Trieschmann, and the director of they play called ”The Brothers Grimm Spetaculathon”, Lucas Meyer. They revealed that the purpose of the performances was to entertain the students at Davis and make people able to try new things and express themselves.

“I think that doing the One Acts made me both actors like me and directors express themselves through the art of acting”, said Abby.

“It is also very good to make the theater involvement bigger, students that were never be able to act can also audition and show their talents,” said Lucas.

The performances seemed to give everyone that was involved a lot of experience, no matter if they were beginners or experienced.

” I did it because my sister also did it in her high school time and she had a great time. I had a great experience as an actress and made a bunch of new friends, and I plan on auditioning for the one at next year”, said Abby.

“It was a very good experience for me to be the director of one of the plays, specially because I want to study film in college”said Lucas.

Everyone that was involved seemed to have such a great time on and off the stage. Next year Davis will come back with new directors and a cast, so if you missed it this time don’t worry!

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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 High Debates at UVU for Marie Clegg Mem.

Davis High battles for victory in the Marie Clegg memorial competition. The competition will be taking place at Utah Valley University. At the tournament, controversial topics will be fought about to create a very thought provoking situations.

I asked the Davis High Debate team captain Jackson Ridges how he expects the team to perform and he said “We took first at region and third at state last year and are hoping to improve this year” The competition will have around 400 competitors participating in the events

One of the most popular events to be competed for is impromptu. In impromptu you are giving a word and you are supposed to make a speech just based on that word with a short amount of prep time. Extemp is a similar to the impromptu event but it is based on current events happening in the world.

Events like the Lincoln Douglas debates will be competed in. The Lincoln Douglas debates are structured like the debate that took place between Abraham Lincoln and Fredrick Douglas back in the 1800’s about slavery during the republican primaries in 1858. They also have the events public forum and policy, impromptu, oratory, and exempt.

 

 

 

 

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The D’ettes anticipate critical region competition

Davis’ D’ettes have been anticipating their highly critical competition coming up next week. The region drill team competition is the deciding meet for which schools will move on to the semi state and then state finals. Our school’s hard-working drill team has been putting in hours upon hours of work to prepare for upcoming region which takes place next Wednesday, January 23.

The D’ettes have prepared 4 dance routines to preform at region: military, kick, dance (and their optional routine that doesn’t qualify for state.) For the most part, the group will preform all together in these routines. A few girls will preform solos at region, but dancer Makayla Littleford says that solos are optional for all dancers.

One misconception people seem to have about competitive high school dance teams is that they learn new dances for every competition. In actuality, drill teams typically have the same dances for competitions, but according to team member Makayla,

“We compete the same routines but they change depending on what looks good and what doesn’t.”

So we can see that the D’ettes are constantly innovating and bettering themselves and their routines. By the time they get to competitions like region and state, their routines are meticulously clean and edited. These dancers have practices for hours before, during, and after school, and with that much work it’s no wonder their routines become so clean.

Because the girls have been working extremely hard this year, they are hoping for a place in the top three at region. Placing at region would guarantee a spot in semi state and finals. If they don’t get high enough scores, however, competition season will be over. We will soon find out the result of region and wish the D’ettes good luck!

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Chaos of lunch

Here at Davis High students are crunched with time during lunch. Lunch is about forty five minutes ever day except for tuesday when it is a short thirty minutes.

With this very short time students have to come up with quick places to go get food and get back to the school in time for class. You have to count in driving and ordering in some cases. but with all students leaving at the same time it makes it hard to get our of the parking lot. Which cuts into the already short lunch.

A popular lunch for students here at Davis High is going to each others houses in a rotation. Students have their parents prepare a lunch and they go over to their house with their friends and eat the already prepared lunch and go back to school. and then repeat at another one of their houses.

There are also lots of very popular fast food places to go to during lunch. Student Elijah Williamson said,

“Me and my friends like to either go to one of our houses. or if we don’t have any prepared food, we like to go to either big Daddys pizza, or Wendys. Because both of these places are very close and cheap. And also is a lot of food for the cost.”

But along with Wendy’s and Big Daddy’s, there are lots of other choices, like Old Griss Mill, Bowmans, Jimmy Johns, McDonalds, And Taco Time. And many many more.

Students have gotten lunch down to a science. Student Connor Finlinson said,

“We sprint out of the school, jump in someones car and drive as fast as we can to our destination. And jump out of the car sprint inside eat our food and sprint back school to be on time class.”

Overall, lunch is a very chaotic time of the day, but yet still a relief for the students.

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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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Davis High’s exhilarating gaming tournaments

In the wake of the news that the school would not be putting on the bachelor auction this year, the school knew they had to something new that would be just as good, if not better, than the auction. Eventually as the idea came in and out SBO advisor, Erik Gunn, decided to hold multiple video game tournament including the likes of Mario Kart, Super Smash Bros., and Fortnite. I recently interviewed him to discuss the tournaments.

 

Why did you decide to hold these tournaments?

“We knew going into the school year that we were not going to be doing the bachelor auction for a number of different reasons. We just kind of decided ‘Ok if we’re going to lose that activity that everyone loved then we have to try and replace it with something.’ And the idea was that there’s no one activity that can simply replace the bachelor auction, so we decided that there needed to be more activities to replace the bachelor auction. What we decided to do is try and reach as many people with different types of activities; so, we went athletics, and with the ugly sweater it’s more of a creative aspect, and with video games we were reaching into another aspect. It’s just about trying to reach as many people with as many activities as possible.”

 

What kind of tournaments are there?

“So, we played Mario Kart on Tuesday which was awesome. Coming up we have the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and the Fortnite duos tournaments.”

 

What are the prizes?

“We made custom made trophies. Mr. Leifson laser cut some trophies out of acrylic and engraved them. Along with the trophies were giving every winner a $10 gift card.”

 

How do you sign up for one of the tournaments?

“There are sign up forms outside of room 1802 in the commons. After you fill out the form you just need to pay the entry fee and bring the both the form and receipt to me, Mr. Gunn, in room 1802.”

 

How many people have signed up?

“I don’t have a firm count yet. We had about 20 in the Mario Kart tournament and 16 in the spike ball tournament. We don’t have the final numbers yet for any of the other tournaments, but I know we printed 50 forms for both the Smash Bros and the Fortnite tournaments and I’ve had to reprint forms for both. So over 50 forms have been taken but I don’t know how many have actually signed up.

 

If you get the chance would you want to hold more of these tournaments in the future?

“I think so. We’ve had good success and positive feedback from the people who have participated so far. So, I definitely think it’s something we’re going to pursue and have maybe a few times a year in the future. Our goal as a student body officer group is to try and create activities for as many people as we can. Some people don’t like sports, some people don’t like theatre, some people don’t like music, so what we’re trying to do is provide activities that reach a broad amount of people that have different interests.”

 

The tournaments have already raised a lot of interest and has already seen a good amount of success. The tournaments are to help raise money for the Sub for Santa fundraiser. If you have any interest in participating and potentially winning a beautifully crafted trophy and $10 you can pick up an entry form outside of room 1802 in the commons.

 

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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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How You can spread Christmas Cheer

The Holiday season is officially in full swing, leaving many students at Davis High buzzing with the spirit of giving. Recent events such as the Food Drive and Sub for Santa have provided Davis with a way to share some of the joy and cheer that enthralls our school, but our community is just getting started. Here are just some ways that you can help better the lives of students here and across the globe this winter.

Blanket Drive 

Davis High’s Key Club is sponsoring their annual Blanket, Pillow, and Pillow Case Drive and will be collecting these donations until December 18th. With a goal of 300 items of each, the drive helps to make a difference in the lives of Mountain High students as the weather turns cold. If you find yourself in a position to help, drop off the blankets and pillows at the counseling center before the drive ends.

UNICEF Gift Shop

When you’re purchasing your Christmas gifts this year, make sure to check out https://www.market.unicefusa.org/?eml_name=How%20to%20get%20involved%20(11)&&eml_id=32146252, the UNICEF gift shop. Every gift you purchase helps provide funds for children in need and supports artisans across the world. All it takes is a few minutes to order the perfect gift and help make a difference in the lives of children across the globe.

Newborn Kit for Rohingya Refugees

The Rohingya refugee crisis is one of the largest and most threatening in the world today. Newborns that are caught in this conflict and their mothers often don’t have the supplies they need. If you want to help, gather 1 onesie, 1 pair of socks, and 1 baby hat in a Ziploc bag and email traci@liftinghandsinternational.org for the nearest drop off address.

Hygiene Kit

Refugees in Lebanon, Jordan, and Bangladesh would be the primary receivers of this gift. It’s very important that these refugees have access to hygiene products for their health, physical and mental. To help out, gather 1 Shampoo, 1 Washcloth, 1 Toothbrush, 1 Toothpaste, 1 Comb, 2 Bars of soap, 1 Deodorant and place them in a large Ziploc bag. Email traci@liftinghandsinternational.org for the nearest drop off address.

Blood Drive

Davis High’s HOSA club is hosting a blood drive in the little theater after school on December 13. To sign up you must be 16+ years old and meet the weight and height criteria. Contact Mr. Fahrenbach, Mrs. Kurtz, or Mrs. Ogden to sign up as a candidate. If you find yourself able to donate blood, please take the time out of your day to do so! You could make the difference between life and death this season.

This season is one for gratefulness of the gifts that we have. As you take the time to appreciate your life, look into what you can do to better the lives of others! You’ll find it will warm the hearts of those you help, and will be a wonderful  experience to add to your own holiday cheer.

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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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