Tips to do well on the ACT

So many people stress about taking the ACT and how to get a good score, and there is no sure way to do perfect, but there are some tips to help.

First off, choose your ‘letter of the day’, which is basically just the letter that you pick when you have absolutely no idea what the answer is. It’s important to choose just one letter because it will give you greater probability of getting it right. Statistically speaking, B and C are the most common correct answer.

Second, make sure that you have eaten all meals up until that point. Your brain is able to think more clearly when you’re not worrying about eating. And also bring snacks with you to eat during the break.

Next, Get a good night’s sleep. It sounds like a cliche but it really is important to be well-rested when taking the test.

Don’t go back and change answers. More often than not, your first guess will be better than your second. Unless you are 100% sure that you know the correct answer, don’t second guess anything.

Next, pace yourself. This one is pretty obvious because it is a timed test. In order to get the highest score possible, fill out every question, even if you have to guess. At about 5 minutes to the end of each section, fill out the rest of the questions that are unanswered with your ‘letter of the day’, very lightly with your pencil, but continue working.

Most importantly, stay calm and don’t spend too long on a single question. Move on if you don’t know something. As for the essay section, mainly focus on your intro and conclusion, because of the way it is graded, these paragraphs will benefit you the most if you do well on them.

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Fun date ideas and advice

You finally have enough confidence to ask the girl of your dreams out, you ask her and she said she said that would be fun! so you ask if this Friday works and she says yes, Friday comes pretty fast, you pick her up and head over to station park and you sit and eat at blaze pizza, it is tasty and affordable after the wonderful meal you go to cherry berry and get some frozen yogurt and you finally take her home after you talk for a while and you walk to the door and go in for a kiss and right before your lips touch you wake up from your dream…

I have a couple of solutions for you when going on a date, first, ask the girl or boy in person be personable don’t ask them over text or plan it and know everything you’re going to be doing, some fun date ideas could consist of bowling, classic fun center, ice skating, seeing a movie, top golf, go to a zoo or an aquarium, Thrift ridiculous outfits to wear together.

If you are not close to this person you are asking you could go on a double date with one of her friends and your friends, make sure she is comfortable around you and talk to them before you just ask them and make sure you tell her when and where you’re going so she knows to dress appropriately for the occasion.

Tell jokes to talk to her keep her entertained, make it so she/him wants to be around you, go in feeling confident and yes I’m going to say it… be yourself.

If you are trying to get a smooch on the first date, just make sure the mood is right and keep your head up high and don’t move to fast, but if she does seem like she is in the mood and its been great night confidence is key.

If your dating the right person it should feel easy.

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Dateless Davis, What’s Going On?

It is 2020, and the youth of America can’t seem to get a date. The stats have shown that only 35% of youth aged 13-17 go on dates. This tells us that teens are dating less now than they did in the past. What’s up?

Studies have shown that the divorce rate in 2019 was a frighting 50%. Dating is rare, so people get in the mindset of being freakishly attached to people that give them romantic attention. They haven’t dated enough people to know what they want, so if they find someone that likes them, they take advantage of it thinking they won’t be able to find that with anyone else. Then in their marriage when they realize they aren’t compatible, the only way to fix the problems is to divorce.

So how can we fix this heartbreaking crisis? In an anonymous interview with a teenage boy at Davis, I approached him with the question “Why don’t boys ask girls out anymore?” His response was “I don’t want to spend money on someone else’s wife.” I was appalled. Sir, are you so possessive of women that the first girl you ask out has to commit to you and marry you or else you won’t spend a penny on her? where is your mother? Where is your father? I remain appalled.

A contributing factor to lads not having the courage to ask girls out anymore is social evolution, especially in female attitudes. In my personal experience as a teenage lass here at Davis, I could care less if I get asked out. I’m not sitting around waiting for some strong attractive man to take me on a date. My first priority is having a good time and that usually means gathering with my lady friends and having a wild night on the town. Girl’s are raised to crave male attention but recently are realizing that they can have a fun night, manless. It is also becoming more socially acceptable for girls to ask boys out. Sometimes it’s the female that has to take the first leap and that is very apparent in our modern culture.

The main answer to these dateless boys is simply that society’s expectations are changing. People are more connected online than they are in real life and it makes them socially awkward and unable to meet new people. Something you do online could be terrifying to do in real life. Boys don’t look at dating as a priority anymore. Girls are learning how to have fun without boys. This change effects how we fall in love but only time will tell if it’s a good change, or a big mistake.

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Results of HOSA Bottlecaps

Less is more, and in this case less means small. Small bottle caps collected by students and teachers here at Davis High have created an huge impact in the lives of five children suffering from cancer. 5,015 caps collected! The amount of bottle caps collected raised enough money to provide those five children chemo treatments that will benefit their lives greatly.

“I’m so glad that we came together to help kids in need!”

stated Mikayla Jensen, a devout member of the HOSA club.

Davis High’s HOSA is a great club the school has organized. It helps students recognize the importance of service and how it can benefit not only their lives, but the lives of those around them. It also gives students the chance to reach out and help create a safe atmosphere in the community and especially at Davis High School. It gives the school great integrity because of the work of HOSA.

Another great impact the students of HOSA have is the blood drives they organize. Blood drives are crucial for many who need that help. Blood drives meet the needs of many in need.

HOSA is a great club for those interested in looking for ways to become a better person, make great friends, and reach out to the community. It allows others to see the good and the bad in the world and what they can do to change for good. Taking the time out of a busy schedule, away from school and friends, students have changed the world for good, no matter the simplicity of their efforts.

It is crucial that we continue to support HOSA and the good they do. We must encourage people to join the club as they motivate students to become better and improve who they are. It is more than a club, it is a way of life and will continue to be an incredible opportunity for students at Davis High.

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D’ettes reign in a big win!

This last Saturday, January 4, 2020, the D’ettes competed at UVU, bringing in an impressive amount of wins and achievements. The drill team got 3rd in military, 1st in dance, 1st in character, 1st for 6A. The team had the highest scores out of all the schools, so they also received the sweepstakes award.

Students are always excited to see the drill team perform at sporting events. With their straight formations and smooth transitions, the routine is always flawless. One only has to see the team to know the team has a strong relationship with each other and have built lasting friendships.

Ella Gatherum, a sophomore on the team, has been on the team for two years. She feels that the team will do well and continue placing high at the rest of their competitions. She has high confidence in the team even taking state.

“What I love about the team is the loving and supportive atmosphere as well as the friendships I’ve built while on the drill team.”

Ella said that she felt the competition over the weekend gave the team more confidence and motivation to keep working hard towards their goals. The team’s biggest goal this season is to become state champions, and they are well on their way to achieving that dream.

When asked what the greatest moment at the competition was, Ella replied that it was finally taking first place at a competition because it had been years since the Davis drill team had taken first overall.

The team has always focused on hard work and they practice countless hours every week. Their determination and hard work is just starting to pay off, and it will for sure bring in many more wins and achievements for the team.

The D’ettes will next compete on January 11, 2020 at Corner Canyon. Come show your school spirit and come cheer the girls on as they travel on the road to state.

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Save it or shave it!

This week was the conclusion of the annual Davis High tradition, the “save it or shave it” competition. Lots of beautiful hair was at stake this year, and the match ups were more intense than ever. Some of the highlighted match ups were Hannah Loveland vs. Quaid Rasmussen, and Julie Walker vs. Brody Inman.

The losers of these two match ups, unfortunately, were Quaid and Julie. Many people know Quaid for his long, beautiful, and luscious locks of hair. It was a very sad sight to see them chopped off. Many students gathered in the commons to witness the chopping of the hair of the competitors. Here’s how some of the competitors felt about participating.

“Honestly it was very scary because ya boy got a weird looking head and didn’t want to buzz it, but all in all it was a party,” shared Brody Inman, Senior.

Brody was victorious in his match up against Julie Walker, and raised 65 dollars in donations. Fortunately for him, he did not have to cut off his gorgeous hair, and expose his weird looking head. This was mostly made possible by generous donations from many of his friends and peers.

Quaid Rasmussen was not as fortunate. He fell short in his match up against Hannah Loveland, and his trademark hair, which he has been growing for years, was chopped into a rather stylish mullet, held back in a ponytail. In fact, he did the honor himself, and cut his own hair! He kind of looked like a founding father, charging into battle against the British. He wielded his sheared locks with pride as he marched off the stage.

“I will miss it, but I also won’t. The hardest part is going to be doing my hair in the morning. After not having to do it for years I don’t know what I’m doing,” shared Quaid Rasmussen, Senior.

The donations to the save it or shave it competitors were added to the sub 4 santa total, and helped contribute to us reaching our goal of 20,000 dollars. Thank you to all those who donated.

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Christmas cookies and holiday spirit … that’s the way traditions start!

With Christmas less than a week away, it seems appropriate to talk about favorite Christmas traditions. Students will be getting out of school this week, and are anxiously looking forward to the break. Some will be traveling to far and exotic places, while other students will be staying home cuddled up in blankets by the fire. But one thing that we all look forward to are the traditions that we do throughout the month of December during the Christmas season.

A lot of students are looking forward to hitting the slopes over the break. Snowbasin and Park City are the most popular ski resorts to visit this time of year. Skiing and snowboarding is a favorite Christmas tradition because friends and families can spend time together doing a fun and wholesome activity.

Hailey Halliday, a sophomore here at Davis, put in her input on her favorite Christmas traditions.

“My favorite traditions is going to my grandparents on the Sunday before Christmas and on Christmas Eve.”

One Christmas tradition that she felt was unique to her family was that her family watched the Polar Express while drinking hot chocolate. Hailey is looking forward to having a break from school and spending time with her friends and family.

Other students are perhaps looking forward to baking their favorite treats for Christmas. Christmas break is a time to indulge in sweets. Houses are filled with the wonderful aroma of cookies, hot cocoa, and Christmas dinner. Whether it be constructing a gingerbread house, frosting sugar cookies, or decorating chocolates, traditions involving baked goods are a wonderful burst of flavor to our tastebuds.

Some teens are looking forward to shopping all day until they drop. Some traditions revolve around finding the perfect gift for your family members and friends.

“Christmas traditions are important because they have always been there. And I have so many memories with them!”

Christmas traditions are an important aspect of this time of year. During the break, make sure to spend as much time as you can with family and friends, no matter how you do it.

 

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HOSA Service Project

HOSA stands for Health Occupations Students of America. HOSA is a club at Davis high for students that are interested in going into the medical field. They’re doing a service project called “Bottle Caps for Cancer.” Mrs. Kurtz gave us the run down to what the service project is all about.

“The service project is for the Fonsi Foundation in Mexico. We are collecting plastic bottle caps for all varieties, water bottles, soda, milk, juice, Gatorade, etc. so the foundation can recycle and collect funds to support kids and families in need of cancer treatment.”

This service project is perfect for kids to help others with medical issues that cant afford it themselves. Weather you’re in HOSA or not Mrs. Kurtz encourages everyone to donate, by simply saving your caps before you throw them away. 1000 caps collected equals 1 chemotherapy treatment.

HOSA’s goal is 1000 caps. They are collecting caps until December 20th. There are 3 places where you can donate, the main office, south vending machines, and outside of room 2416. If you are unable to locate the donation bins you can give your caps to any health science teacher, Kurtz, Ogden, Farenbach, and Freeman.

HOSA has done many other life changing service projects. Their most recent one was the blood drive. They were able to collect several pints of bloods that will save lives.

So before you throw that bottle away think about saving your cap and donating. Even one bottle cap could make the difference.

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HOSA Service Project

HOSA stands for Health Occupations Students of America. HOSA is a club at Davis high for students that are interested in going into the medical field. They’re doing a service project called “Bottle Caps for Cancer.” Mrs. Kurtz gave us the run down to what the service project is all about.

“The service project is for the Fonsi Foundation in Mexico. We are collecting plastic bottle caps for all varieties, water bottles, soda, milk, juice, Gatorade, etc. so the foundation can recycle and collect funds to support kids and families in need of cancer treatment.”

This service project is perfect for kids to help others with medical issues that cant afford it themselves. Weather you’re in HOSA or not Mrs. Kurtz encourages everyone to donate, by simply saving your caps before you throw them away. 1000 caps collected equals 1 chemotherapy treatment.

HOSA’s goal is 1000 caps. They are collecting caps until December 20th. There are 3 places where you can donate, the main office, south vending machines, and outside of room 2416. If you are unable to locate the donation bins you can give your caps to any health science teacher, Kurtz, Ogden, Farenbach, and Freeman.

HOSA has done many other life changing service projects. Their most recent one was the blood drive. They were able to collect several pints of bloods that will save lives.

So before you throw that bottle away think about saving your cap and donating. Even one bottle cap could make the difference.

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Farewell Davis High

Dear ol’ Davis High School,

I am now heading into one of my last weeks here as a student. My experience has been mostly good and has helped me discover who I am.

I remember coming to school on the first day of sophomore year. I was scared, timid, and felt judged for being who I wanted to be. Through the year I grew and met many people. I became less scared of the kids that were older than me. I started to realize that if I treat people as equal to me then they will respect me so much more. If you can do that, it will help build your confidence so much. It helped mine at least. I met people that will be my friends forever.

Junior year was a year of growth and fun. I felt like this was the best part of high school for me. I made relationships I know will last a lifetime. I spent weekends with my best friends. I remember doing things that were so simple, but I will remember forever. We spent a lot of time skiing, boating, watching movies, swimming and so many other things. I will forever cherish this time.

Senior year. This year I guess half of year for me haha, has been quite scary. I had to make decisions that will affect the rest of my life. I enjoyed the beginning of the year being able to cheer at the football games and be with friends but I just felt like I needed to be somewhere else. I didn’t feel happy and complete. I knew I had to do something about it, so I investigated graduating early. Everything I looked over or asked about completely fell into place. So, I decided to take a leap of faith.

I remember going up to Utah State University to go on a tour. I was so happy and excited and in awe. I felt like I needed to be there, and it was the place for me. On the way home my mom started crying and said “I don’t know how I am going to let you go, but I know you need to do this. I haven’t seen you this happy in a long time.” In this moment I knew I needed to do it. To have courage and realize, I am not making decisions for anyone but me. I don’t need to protect anyone or be there for anyone except myself during this time.

I encourage all of you reading this to take whatever leap of faith you feel will be important in your life. You only live this life once, so don’t take it for granted.

Sincerely, Megan Harris

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Farewell Davis High

Dear ol’ Davis High School,

I am now heading into one of my last weeks here as a student. My experience has been mostly good and has helped me discover who I am.

I remember coming to school on the first day of sophomore year. I was scared, timid, and felt judged for being who I wanted to be. Through the year I grew and met many people. I became less scared of the kids that were older than me. I started to realize that if I treat people as equal to me then they will respect me so much more. If you can do that, it will help build your confidence so much. It helped mine at least. I met people that will be my friends forever.

Junior year was a year of growth and fun. I felt like this was the best part of high school for me. I made relationships I know will last a lifetime. I spent weekends with my best friends. I remember doing things that were so simple, but I will remember forever. We spent a lot of time skiing, boating, watching movies, swimming and so many other things. I will forever cherish this time.

Senior year. This year I guess half of year for me haha, has been quite scary. I had to make decisions that will affect the rest of my life. I enjoyed the beginning of the year being able to cheer at the football games and be with friends but I just felt like I needed to be somewhere else. I didn’t feel happy and complete. I knew I had to do something about it, so I investigated graduating early. Everything I looked over or asked about completely fell into place. So, I decided to take a leap of faith.

I remember going up to Utah State University to go on a tour. I was so happy and excited and in awe. I felt like I needed to be there, and it was the place for me. On the way home my mom started crying and said “I don’t know how I am going to let you go, but I know you need to do this. I haven’t seen you this happy in a long time.” In this moment I knew I needed to do it. To have courage and realize, I am not making decisions for anyone but me. I don’t need to protect anyone or be there for anyone except myself during this time.

I encourage all of you reading this to take whatever leap of faith you feel will be important in your life. You only live this life once, so don’t take it for granted.

Sincerely, Megan Harris

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Santa’s substitute

ATTENTION ALL READERS. SANTA NEEDS YOUR HELP!! Every single year in Utah there over 90,000 children that do not get a Christmas. These kids live in a household that is too poor to afford Christmas gifts. Although we cannot help every single child in Utah have a Christmas, we can help a few.

“The tradition has been alive for well over 15 years,” said Mr. Gunn, the student body officer adviser.

Sub for Santa has been a tradition for well over 15 years. Throughout that lifespan, the goal of Sub for Santa keeps changing. Last year the goal of Sub for Santa was $25,000.

This year Davis High School is aiming for a high goal of $20,000. Although this may seem like a very high goal, the students at Davis can truly accomplish this goal. There are 2,600 students enrolled at Davis High School this year. If only 2,000 students were able to donate just $10, then the goal would be easily met. All of this money is not just being randomly spread out into the world.

“We give the money to the district and then the district gives it to homeless students in the District. Some money is saved to buy things for homeless students that go to Davis as well,” said Micah Laub, a student body officer.

Last year there was a bigger challenge than this year. The goal was $25,000. We managed to pull through in the end for that goal, even though it was a very difficult challenge. This $25,000 goal has been the most ambitious for the school. Last year was also the year in which Davis High School students donated the most to Sub for Santa.

Regardless of the difficulty of the challenge, Davis High students will rise to any challenge that is given to them. Please be a part of this challenge by donating to Sub for Santa and help someone that needs you.

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Santa’s substitute

ATTENTION ALL READERS. SANTA NEEDS YOUR HELP!! Every single year in Utah there over 90,000 children that do not get a Christmas. These kids live in a household that is too poor to afford Christmas gifts. Although we cannot help every single child in Utah have a Christmas, we can help a few.

“The tradition has been alive for well over 15 years,” said Mr. Gunn, the student body officer adviser.

Sub for Santa has been a tradition for well over 15 years. Throughout that lifespan, the goal of Sub for Santa keeps changing. Last year the goal of Sub for Santa was $25,000.

This year Davis High School is aiming for a high goal of $20,000. Although this may seem like a very high goal, the students at Davis can truly accomplish this goal. There are 2,600 students enrolled at Davis High School this year. If only 2,000 students were able to donate just $10, then the goal would be easily met. All of this money is not just being randomly spread out into the world.

“We give the money to the district and then the district gives it to homeless students in the District. Some money is saved to buy things for homeless students that go to Davis as well,” said Micah Laub, a student body officer.

Last year there was a bigger challenge than this year. The goal was $25,000. We managed to pull through in the end for that goal, even though it was a very difficult challenge. This $25,000 goal has been the most ambitious for the school. Last year was also the year in which Davis High School students donated the most to Sub for Santa.

Regardless of the difficulty of the challenge, Davis High students will rise to any challenge that is given to them. Please be a part of this challenge by donating to Sub for Santa and help someone that needs you.

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Unique names of Davis High

Here at Davis High, there are around 2,800 students, and with that many students there are some of them with very unique names. Names such as Talia, Kelty-Lyn, Charity, Sugar, Elle, Whiley, Tyla, Lars, Giovanni, Rex, Dax, Lachlan, Gladys, Chalissi, Bowen, Kale, and Cambry. We took a poll and asked the Journalism class what their favorites are, and we came up with the conclusion that they are Kelty-Lyn, Lachlan, and Sugar.

“My mom  liked being outdoors and camping, and she would spend weekends at RIE in Alaska, and my parents looked at Kelty brand and they liked all the stuff,when they found out they were having a girl one of the names they thought would be cute and different was Kelty,” says Kelty-Lyn on how she got her name.

“Sugar is a normal name in Peru, and my dads name is also Sugar. When we moved to America, we realized how unique it was.” says Sugar S. The name Sugar is a very unique name and among one of the favorites of Davis High.

“It’s of Scots- gael origin , an abbreviation of the gaelic word for viking. The word was given to the nordi invaders first on the isle of Orkney, from there the name spread to other gaelic nations, the direct translations include “viking,warlike, invader from the land of the lochs, or simply Scandinavia.” Lachlan stated.

These three names are above all distinctive and very exclusive names, and Davis is very glad to have some one-of-a-kind students with cool names at our school.

 

 

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Unique names of Davis High

Here at Davis High, there are around 2,800 students, and with that many students there are some of them with very unique names. Names such as Talia, Kelty-Lyn, Charity, Sugar, Elle, Whiley, Tyla, Lars, Giovanni, Rex, Dax, Lachlan, Gladys, Chalissi, Bowen, Kale, and Cambry. We took a poll and asked the Journalism class what their favorites are, and we came up with the conclusion that they are Kelty-Lyn, Lachlan, and Sugar.

“My mom  liked being outdoors and camping, and she would spend weekends at RIE in Alaska, and my parents looked at Kelty brand and they liked all the stuff,when they found out they were having a girl one of the names they thought would be cute and different was Kelty,” says Kelty-Lyn on how she got her name.

“Sugar is a normal name in Peru, and my dads name is also Sugar. When we moved to America, we realized how unique it was.” says Sugar S. The name Sugar is a very unique name and among one of the favorites of Davis High.

“It’s of Scots- gael origin , an abbreviation of the gaelic word for viking. The word was given to the nordi invaders first on the isle of Orkney, from there the name spread to other gaelic nations, the direct translations include “viking,warlike, invader from the land of the lochs, or simply Scandinavia.” Lachlan stated.

These three names are above all distinctive and very exclusive names, and Davis is very glad to have some one-of-a-kind students with cool names at our school.

 

 

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Skating Culture

Skateboarding is an action-packed sport that involves riding and performing tricks using a skateboard, as well as a recreational activity, an art form, an entertainment industry job, and a method of transportation. Skateboarding has been shaped and influenced by many skateboarders throughout the years. Skating has impacted me in more of a positive way than negative, I have gained many friendships throughout my skating career, some of my best friends I have met either through skating or snowboarding.

Skating is a way of life. Some people will dedicate there whole life to the skate culture. Skateboarding has influenced fashion, music and even the way we talk. … The culture surrounding skateboarding is filled with independent and sometimes very opinionated skaters. The attitude of the skater often reflects the era when they started skateboarding the young ones are so good and have such great energy, they will push themselves at such a young age that when their 15-16 years old sponsors will stalk them, watch their edits and videos, and before you know it… BOOM! They’re sponsored.  All there years of dedicating their life to skating finally paid off, all the hard work was worth it.

Some people say skating has a negative impact on young teens these days. Most just look at us judge us by our baggy clothes, our hair, the way we talk, even the stuff we do, and it isn’t about that at all. Skating is about having fun with your friends, gaining relationships with numerous teens at the skate park. The only real negatives about skating are either falling and getting hurt, but that’s what you have to look past, and finally, the money you spend to buy more skate products. that it is all about having fun and experiencing the rad thriller of skating with the ones you love.

 

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What Davis High Thinks of the Donald Trump and His Ukraine Affair

On July 25, 2019, Donald Trump asked Volodymyr Zelensky for “a favor”.  This “favor” has sparked much controversy and many opinions about the man himself. Most people have an opinion and it has seemed to split the country in half.

After gathering the information for this article, it seemed as if there were three different types of opinions. Some thought Donald Trump is trying his best and judged too harshly, there were those who thought had a more neutral opinion, and there were also those who thought he was not even competent enough to do his hair well.

Donald Trump’s presidentially has sparked much controversy ever since he set foot in the white house, but some people still think he is good at heart.

“He’s doing good things for the most part and he’s got good intentions” said Charity Maynes, a senior at Davis High.

“He’s trying to do the right thing.”

Many people, like Charity, do believe Donald Trump is trying to do the right thing, and that others judge him too harshly. Other people, like Joe Quillen, have a more neutral opinion.

“Innocent until proven guilty” was one of the few things Joe said when asked about the Ukraine scandal.

This is the fair way to distinguish between innocent people and guilty people and is the exact mentality America uses in its courtrooms today. Even with all the people in the U. S. that give Donald much credit for the things he does as president, some don’t even want Trump having a second chance.

“Donald Trump is a bull in a china shop that thinks he’s smart” said Trevor Schwab, senior at Davis high.

“He always has the same speech: ‘dumb democrats, no quid pro quo’”

Obviously many opinions about Donald Trump differ from each other, but it still should not stop Davis High from feeling unified.

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Thanksgiving traditions

Thanksgiving is a national holiday where you get together with your family and friends to celebrate and give thanks for the things we are grateful for. Traditionally, most families have a very large dinner, but everyone has their own traditions.

Reporters got to talking with Cambree Santore, a Davis High senior, and asked her what makes Thanksgiving traditions important to her, and what some of her family traditions.

“Thanksgiving traditions are important because they’re fun and you spend quality time with your family and the traditions are unique to your family. Some traditions that my family does is we do a Thanksgiving breakfast then after we start cooking to host Thanksgiving dinner at our house where my entire family comes over and everyone brings their dogs,” she stated.

Leah Burrola, another student at Davis High, wanted to also share a few traditions her and her family like to celebrate on Thanksgiving and why they are important.

“Every Thanksgiving my dad makes the majority of the food while the football game is on down stairs. My whole family comes over to my house and my grandma brings her amazing fruit salad and deviled eggs, that’s my favorite part. Thanksgiving traditions are important because you always do the same thing every year and everyone gets excited to do them,” said leah.

Thanksgiving break starts on Wednesday, and we won’t be back tell the following Monday. Make sure to use this time to celebrate family traditions and give thanks and have an amazing holiday!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Thanksgiving food drive

When the cold fall weather “rolls” around, thanksgiving begins to creep into everyone’s mind as the harsh winter inches closer. During this time you may begin to think of the origins of thanksgiving or maybe even the name behind the holiday, think about it “Thanks” “Giving” This holiday season isn’t just about the turkey, the mounds of mashed potatoes not even the killer deals on Black Friday. Instead, this holiday focus on the things you are thankful for that many others may not have, That’s where we get the “Thanks” part of thanksgiving.

The “Giving” section of Thanksgiving is where every one of you can and should come into play. Here at Davis, we are hosting our annual food drive, where we all come together as a community to donate cans of food to help those in need.

“I love being a part of a community that cares about more than just themselves.” – Mr. Frey

The Davis high food drive is a great way to help out this holiday season it makes other less fortunate people happy and helps them enjoy their holiday just as much as you. Think about it how much food do you have in the pantry at home? how much of it do you need? how much is it going to hurt to donate a few cans of food? It is just so simple, bring in food.

Come donate to the Davis High food drive and help out those in need. Remember what Thanksgiving is all about this holiday and remember about those in need. Remember to be thankful for what you have and give back. The food drive ends November 21 so make sure you get your cans in quick! Be safe this holiday and don’t overeat or overspend on black Friday be safe out there trying to get those deals.

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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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Internships

When I grow up I want to be…? Many students knew the answer to this question as they grew up but have lost the answer and are searching for a new adventure. Internships provide students with an opportunity to dip their toes into the pool of job opportunities the world offers. Internships allow students to reignite the passions of their childhood and fulfill the dreams they’ve always had. Enthusiasm for the workplace is necessary to motivate students to work hard and make a difference in the world. The internship class allows students to experience this enthusiasm and drive them towards success.

The variety of internships offered to students here at Davis High is astounding. Each internship satisfies the desires of each field of work. The most popular internship field is medical (especially EMT), along with elementary education, veterinary work, the court system and the police force. Also included are graphic designers and students interested in American Sign Language.

Each job has its highs and lows and the internship class allows students to experience that first hand. Those working with the police find that it isn’t all adrenaline rushing adventure but also involves paperwork and routine, everyday tasks. Students involved in elementary education discover the importance of patience as they work with young children and do the same things every day. Students must see this side of each job because it pulls the curtains away from their minds, solidifying the truths about jobs they’ve been learning about their entire lives.

The most important thing about internships is that they teach you the importance of hard work, responsibility, grit, and enthusiasm. Internships are not easy and require a lot of effort, but they are worth that effort. Internships help students dig deep into who they are and find the passion that will drive them through the rest of their lives. Take the opportunity this upcoming semester to sign up for an internship. Take a peek into the world of opportunities offered in society today. Find what you love and what makes you excited to live life.

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Davis High School projects massive sales at mattress fundraiser

Attention Davis County! The Davis High School marketing program is having a fundraiser! On November 16th, there will be a mattress sale being held at Davis High School.

Not only will the marketing team be selling mattresses, but they will also be selling pillows, bedsheets, and linens for all bed sizes! The bedsheets come at a great price and quality. Plush microfiber allows for breathability while still giving a good tactile feel.

The bedsheets come in white; ivory; blush; lilac; fern; driftwood; ash; and pacific colors. Pricing will range from $45 to $55. An added benefit to purchasing from this fundraiser will be a 100% money back guarantee if returned within 30 days.

It may be easy to think that the mattresses being sold will not be high quality due to the fact that it is a fundraiser. This is not quite the case though.

The mattresses that are sold are brand new and are not “second hand” mattresses. This fundraiser will sell brands including Intellibed, Simmons Beautyrest, Southerland, and many more name brand mattresses.

“The reason that we’re having the fundraiser in the first place is so that we can gather enough money to help support the DECA Nationals trip. This year, the national competition will be held in Nashville, Tennessee.”

Stated Mr. McCauley when asked about what the funds would go toward.

In terms of payment, credit cards; debit cards; checks; or cash are all acceptable methods. One special opportunity is a no fee or interest lay a way program. The marketing program is hoping to have one of the biggest turnouts of this year so please come support Davis High School! Tell the cashier that Wyatt Ko sent you to the sale for an extra $50 off of any mattress!

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Mindfulness and Meditation to Save our Fevered Minds

Students at Davis High school have insanely busy schedules filled with as many activities that someone can fit into a 24 hour period. We often overwhelm ourselves with extra curricular activities and endless piles of homework. This kind of routine can become very unhealthy and greatly effect our physical, mental, and emotional health. It’s easy to forget about yourself and your needs when all you’re focusing on is being a successful student. This is where mindfulness and meditation becomes a key component in saving you from slowly destroying yourself.

Mrs. Tarbet offers a yoga class that has had an insane positive impact on my life. Yoga itself has been practiced for thousands of years and is still very popular today because of it’s positive health benefits. The curriculum is centered around exercise through intense stretching, relaxation through breathing, and improving mental health through meditation. I can’t express how amazing it feels to take a break during a stressful school day and just focus on controlling how I want my mind and body to feel.

I think teenagers especially take for granted how incredible our bodies are. Being fatally sleep deprived, depressed, and overwhelmed with anxiety is just second nature us. Yoga class teaches you to live completely in the moment. Just taking a minute to pay attention to all your senses is an experience you have to try out to fully understand. Even just acknowledging the fact that you’re alive and listening to the sound of your breathing is enough to change your perspective on life.

It would be a wise idea for teachers and administration to pay more attention to their students and their mental health. Too many times we feel like robots in a factory being programmed with information for 7 hours. Being able to take a little break to meditate and clear our minds of the endless information that’s constantly being crammed into our skulls will be extremely effective. Educators should care more about how students are feeling and thinking before they publicly shame them for not understanding 100 different concepts at the same time.

Yoga is a very underrated class and its ideas and concepts should be taught to every student in every classroom. Learning how to relax your body and control your thought processes is a skill that will bless you for the rest of your life. Stress is deadly, it is crucial that you learn how to control it and relax your mind in order to have a meaningful, happy, and healthy life. So scurry down to the counseling office and clear spot for Yoga next semester. You can thank me later.

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National STEM Day

Last week was Friday, November 8, which also happens to be national STEM day. STEM or STEAM stands for science, technology, engineering, art, and math. This is a day that has been around since 2015 and is designed to celebrate and inspire everyday activities, jobs, or learning experiences that involve STEM.

National STEM day was actually inspired by a Netflix series. The show is called Project MC2, and is meant to inspire young girls to explore STEM-related careers. In the show 4 girls work in a secret organization called NOV8 (pronounced innovate and explains why STEM day is on November 8), to protect the world.

Even though Project MC2 is only a 6/10 on IMDB, the point to inspire young minds to branch out into STEM is still there. The day is observed for this reason, and a great way to celebrate is by inspiring young people to branch out into.

“National STEM day is meant to inspire kids to explore and pursue their interests in science, technology, engineering, art, and math.” writes Checkiday.com

There are many jobs that revolve around STEM that go all the way from a nurse practitioner to a mathematician. Whenever we ask kids “what they want to be when they grow up” they usually respond with a career choice that includes science, technology, engineering, or math. Helping your little sister to get inspired to work toward becoming an astronaut, or inspiring your younger cousin to take up a career in medicine is a great way to get involved in STEM

“Don’t let anyone rob you of your imagination, your creativity, or your curiosity. It’s your place in the world; it’s your life. Go on and do all you can with it, and make it the life you want to live.” stated astronaut Mae Jemison

That is what National STEM day is all about.

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How to deal with seemingly endless end of term stress

Stress is the inclination of being under unusual weight. This weight can emerge out of various parts of your day by day life. For instance, an expanded outstanding burden, a progress period, a battle with your family or new and existing money related concerns. You can see this has an aggregate impact whereby any stress-or is forced.

In these circumstances, you may feel compromised or irate, and your body can trigger a pressure reaction. You should exercise on a daily basis that helps you to get rid of stress. For this, you can select Personal Trainer Greenwich services. This can then prompt an assortment of physical manifestations, change your conduct and lead to increasingly extreme feelings. Stress influences us from numerous points of view, both physically and inwardly, and at various degrees of power.

Stress is the inclination of being under an excessive amount of mental or passionate weight. Stress winds up distressing if you feel unfit to deal with it. Everybody reacts diversely to pressure and encounters distinctive pressure components or different pressure factors. The regular stress factors are work, connections, and cash. Stress can influence the way you feel, think and carry on. It can likewise influence how your body functions. Regular indications of stress incorporate nervousness, irritating Meditations, rest issue, perspiring, loss of craving and focus issues. It merits requiring some investment to learn various systems and procedures for stress the board, before genuine ramifications for your psychological and physical prosperity.

The physical advantages of activity—improving physical condition and battling malady—have for some time been set up, and doctors consistently empower remaining physically dynamic. Exercise is likewise viewed as essential for keeping up mental wellness, and it can diminish pressure. Studies demonstrate that it is successful at diminishing weakness, improving sharpness and focus, and at upgrading by and large intellectual capacity. This can be particularly useful when stress has drained your vitality or capacity to think.

At the point when stress influences the cerebrum, with its many nerve associations, the remainder of the body feels the effect too. So, it makes sense that if your body feels good, so does your brain. Exercise and other physical action produce endorphins—synthetic compounds in the cerebrum that go about as characteristic painkillers—and furthermore improve the capacity to rest, which thus diminishes pressure. Meditation, needle therapy, knead treatment, notwithstanding breathing profoundly can make your body produce endorphins. Personal trainers can guide you best regarding what type of exercise is best for you that helps to reduce stress. Furthermore, the customary way of thinking holds that an exercise of low to direct power makes you feel invigorated and solid.

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Christmas Proposals

People are already getting asked to Christmas. Isn’t it a little early? (the immediate thought of every human being in October)

The Christmas Dance is a couple of months away and people are already getting asked to go. This begs the question of why. It’s not just right now, it started the night after homecoming (I know ridiculous) that the proposals started flying around. The girls of Davis High School are trying to stake their claim on the guys they want to go with. It does seem a little soon—since the Christmas Dance is on the 14th of December—but the early bird gets the worm.

“It is really early to be asking to Christmas, but if I don’t do it now, the guy I want to go with might be gone by the time I ask him” said Katelynn Garrett, a dance frequenter.

But why does it have to be so soon. It almost feels like “The Great Depression” reincarnated via Dance dates. The idea that your date defines your popularity is somewhat absurd.

Students at Davis know that they have to be fast but some think this is too early to be asking.

“I think it’s really weird that people are asking already. I get that you want to go with someone, but isn’t it a little excessive to ask this soon?” commented Braxton Lowry, a sophomore at Davis.

Students at Davis are a little split about the Christmas proposals, some think it’s ok to ask as early as possible. Others think that it’s better to wait to ask. For the most part, students just like to get excited about dances as early as possible. Which is not a bad thing. But lets be real. I have leftovers in the fridge that will be more relevant come December 14th.

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Tyler, The Creator Presents IGOR

You’ve waited months for the Tyler, The Creator.. and he has finally arrived! You find yourself close to the front row after you and your friends ditched last class period to wait in line. Your legs are weak… your arms are stuck between people you don’t know… you’re already sweaty and just trying to hold your spot in the front before the show even starts…you begin reminiscing about better times before you were inside the venue…throwing tennis balls trying to get them atop a balcony with the then friendly strangers.

Tyler, The Creator came to the Great Saltair on Tues. Oct 8 and multitudes of Davis High School’s very own students were outside waiting at 7 o clock. Yes this was 12 hours before the concert was supposed to start. Tyler’s albums range from shock value to swooning ballads, as he started out rapping with his group of friends “OFWGKTA” his sound was rebellious, rowdy, loud and overall offensive.

While this turned many adults away because of his outrageous lyrics, his music became an anthem of many rowdy rebellious teenagers who fell in love with his group known as “Odd Future”. He starred in a television show called “Loiter Squad” with all of his friends which proved he has been a performer since birth. As Tyler matured so did his music which became more about the production, not just a beat made in some apartment. Tyler would rap about real problems like his dad leaving him as a kid. Tyler’s music grew because of his personal growth and more people have been drawn to him. With his latest release “IGOR” not being a rap album at all and is hard to compare to his other works, instead “IGOR” makes you feel a certain way as though each song is an original sound.

This is what draws the adolescents of Kaysville Utah to such a polarizing artistic figure like Tyler, The Creator.

“A BOY IS A GUN” is my favorite track off his album (IGOR), it is very unique, I haven’t heard anything like it before”. Explained Davis High School Senior Trevor Schwab.

With an immense amount of excitement for Tyler it also caused an immense amount of energy. Everyone was pushing and shoving trying to get to the front of the crowd, it was chaotic. Jaxden Beaudoin, a senior at Davis High, was in the front and center of the concert while a grown man tried to steal his spot Jaxden told him to get lost, instead of doing just that the man grabbed him by the hair and proceeded to punch Jaxden. The crowd was crammed before the show even started and no one let up until it was over.

“All I really remember was a big security guard jumping over me to tackle the guy.” Stated Beaudoin

Tempers have historically always flared over unique artists. If you don’t believe it do your research on William Shakespeare riots during the 1800’s.

GoldLink and Blood Orange opened for Tyler and they both were amazing. GoldLink had the crowd jumping and moshing while BloodOrange was more mellow and calmed people down. Once Tyler came out on stage all hell broke loose and the crowd went wild. Trevor Schwab who attended the concert because of his long love of Tyler and his merch was shocked when he heard the iconic “TAMALE TAMALE TAMALE TAMALE TAMALE TAMALE TAAMAALLEEE” of the song “Tamale”. The song tamale comes off his “WOLF” album and is a hit for all teens due to his rapid-fire verses and high energy lyrics. The whole crowd was feeling Tyler, especially when he played songs from Igor. Everyone was singing along to relaxing songs when all a sudden the song would switch and the crowd would go nuts to “Who dat boy”. The concert was breathtaking, literally, like you couldn’t breathe, and not just from the amount of humans you were sharing oxygen with. It was what some call an “aw factor”.

As the concert concluded with “ARE WE STILL FRIENDS?” everyone was feeling Tyler’s energy and almost felt sad as this may be their only chance to see him live. Tyler left the stage after calling Utah pretty boring but “pretty” and recounted how he saw some deer while biking. Everyone ran to the merchandise stands to purchase his items from his clothing line “GOLF WANG” and after that, you had to sit in your car for an hour trying to leave the venue. Overall it was an amazing concert but the venue was lacking because it had no incline so it was hard to see during the show, it was small, and there was hardly any parking.

Tyler, The Creator will go down as one of the best artists/performers of this generation.

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The history of the Halloween sugar high

October 31st… a child’s candy fantasies become realized! Families in our community have very diverse ways of realizing those sugar high fantasies for Children. The history behind how families celebrate this long time american staple.

Have you ever asked how this spooky dark holiday began? It all began centuries ago with a group of people known as “The Druids”. The Druids were people who believed that witches, demons, and spirits of the dead roamed the Earth on the eve of November 1st. Sounds crazy… I know right? The bonfires were lit and pumpkins were carved to scare away the spirits. Many traditions go back to the time of the Druids and the Celts of Scotland. The Druids used symbols like autumn leaves, apples, and nuts are a big part of the Halloween season. And they are reminders of the druids’ autumn festival in honor of the harvest in place of the infamous dead.

“In 1950 a Sunday-school class in one small American community gave up their treats of candy and apples. Instead they asked for pennies, nickels, and dimes to give the United Nations Children’s Fund. This example has been followed by other boys and girls around the country ever since,” Stated from an article from scholastic.com

Present day Halloween consists of dressing up, going to parties, bobbing for apples, and watching horror films. Nowadays there are some things that are similar to back in the Celtic days and there are many new traditions as well consisting of halloween sleepovers and many more. Halloween is a holiday that many people can enjoy from younger children to parents as well.

“Halloween is my favorite holiday because it has infinite options and they are for a more mature crowd. For example, I love fright mares because it is an event that a larger variety of people can enjoy.” Explained Davis High’s own Brooklyn Crowley.

So get to work on your costumes and think of “The Druids” as you celebrate America’s symbol of terror.

 

 

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Is the school becoming too strict on ID badges?

Do you like the new changes with attendance at Davis High? Many students think it’s a good idea but have a few downsides to it.

Here are some students’ opinions:

“I really like the method with the ID badges so the teachers can take attendance easier but some of the flaws in the system with the badges is they mark you late even if you were on time. The administrators can also give you a U if you are not wearing it around your neck with a lanyard and will give you one if you forget it more than 4 times, if you lost your badge or simply just left it at home you will have to take time to go down to the office and get a name tag badge and wear it on your shirt,” Cambree Santore stated.

“I like the ID badges it makes it seem very organized, it also makes taking attendance easier but sometimes it doesn’t scan correctly and marks you absent. The ID badges just sometimes get in the way of everyday things you have to always keep track of it and if you forget it at home you can get administrated U’s,” commented Devin Forster.

The ID badges have become a controversial subject with the students and the staff. Some teachers enforce it but some don’t but according to the administration, it is mandatory to be wearing their ID badges when they’re on school property.

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Fall Break 2019

Fall Break is a much anticipated time for the students of Davis High School. It allows students to take a vacation with their family or more realistically catch up on homework that they’ve been drowning in since school began in August. A poll taken by the students of Davis High says that only 36% of students are going out of town for Fall Break while the other 64% of students are staying here in Kaysville. So if most of our students aren’t going places like St. George, San Diego, Idaho, Lake Powell, or Moab what are these students going to be doing during fall break?

Students responded by saying that they would spend their fall break doing things like sleeping, hanging out with friends, nothing, working, and my personal favorite response came from Lauren Rusnell and Brooklyn Haycock with, “Ghost Hunting.” They explained that they were thinking along the lines of Ghost Busters and Stranger Things and that there were various places in Kaysville that they wanted to go to, to actively participate in this endeavor.

Fall Break is a great time for the students of Davis High to unplug and have a break from the typical school schedule and lifestyle. It allows students to spend time with their family and friends and have some fun. It allows students the opportunity to participate in things like corn mazes, haunted houses, and pumpkin patches that are being provided by the community and get people really into the spirit of fall or more commonly known as, “spooky season.” Whether you are traveling far or staying her in Kaysville, we wish all the students a fun and safe fall break.

 

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Halloween Costumes; if you got it, haunt it

Halloween is almost here, we’re 9 days out and if you’re anything like me, you want to have a bomb Halloween but don’t know what you want to dress up as or what to do. Lucky for you, I’ve done my research and I’ve found costume idea’s for you, your boo, and all your ghouls. So get ready to have a spooktacular time this Halloween season.

Last-Minute Costume idea’s for couples:

  • Morticia + Gomez Addams
  • Mrs. + Mr. Incredible
  • Devil + Angel
  • Jessica Rabbit + Roger Rabbit
  • Beetlejuice + Lydia Deetz
  • Joker + Harley Quinn
  • Adam + Barbara Maitland
  • Jack + Sally

Dressing up on Halloween with your boo is a great way to spend some quality time with your main ghoul. You can walk around hand in hand with the other half to your heart, and to your costume.

Last-Minute Costume idea’s for singles:

  • Vines
  • Memes
  • Devil/Angel
  • Hippie
  • Post Malone
  • Michael Jackson
  • Prisoner
  • Melanie Marinez

Even if you aren’t the social type, a spook-tackular way to spend hallows eve is watching all your favorite scary movies. Pull out all your scary movies, get some of that Halloween candy you’re supposed to be passing out, and bone appetit!

tip: Need some Halloween movie ideas? check my article ‘spooky movies to watch this Halloween’ for some of the best horror films.

 

Last-Minute Costume Idea’s for you and your Ghouls:

  • Mean Girls
  • Vines
  • 3 Blind Mice
  • Devils and angels
  • Scooby Doo & the gang
  • Ghostbusters
  • The Sanderson Sisters
  • Stranger Things
  • 7 Deadly Sins

Gather up your vamps, boo’s, and ghouls and get ready for the spooky night ahead. Go to a haunted house, a scary movie maybe, a Halloween party, or even find a spooky place to take epic group photo’s. Get out, have fun, be safe, and don’t forget to trick or treat yourself!

“I like the Devil and Angel couple costume idea because it’s super cute.” -Ireland Dannehold

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Commander Salamander: a psychedelic relic

Commander Salamander is a high school garage band created on July 23, 2018. It consists of 6 high school students including Tucker Davis who goes to Davis High. These students got together to make an outstanding band with unique music. Commander Salamander has a psychedelic rock vibe but with its own distinctive sound.

Tucker Davis, the lead singer said his goal with his band is

“to be able to eat out Post Malone with my clout.”

When asked what advice he would give to bands trying to get their start he stated

“don’t, for your own sake don; because you’ll be in our shadow.”

Their six band members have been close friends for years before starting the band. All have a deep connection to one another helping them create a fun, natural vibe at their concerts. The band consists of Tucker Davis, as the lead singer and drums, Connor Wolfley, who plays the synth and the drums and the guitar, Jack Relyea, who plays the drums and the guitar, Isaac Archuletta on the synthar and guitar Boston Williams, who plays the bass and guitar, and Tristan plays the bass and caliber. With all the band members being able to play different instruments they can switch around, having multiple guitarists or bassists playing at the same time.

Commander Salamander concerts are relaxed and lots of fun. There is a chill vibe with kind people and great bands at their performances. They have played in various venues from people’s houses to more renown venues like Kilby Court.

Commander Salamander is an exceptional band with tremendous potential. The band is releasing Confidential Crocidile, their new album, November 22, 2019, available on Spotify and Apple Music. They usually play at least once a month, more information available on their Instagram at commanderslamanderband.

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Dress up and go to the Halloween party on Saturday!!

Every Year for the past 4 years the cheerleaders at Davis High School have thrown a Halloween dance. With funds not provided by the school, the cheerleaders make up the money to throw this super fun party for all schools. Since Davis High doesn’t have very many dances the cheerleaders decided to take it into their own hands and throw a dance party outside of school. They put in a lot of effort to make sure everyone can have a good time, they even started planning since august. Its held at the fair grounds in Farmington so there is plenty of room for a lot of people.

“Its honestly such a fun night and you get to see all your friends from your school and other schools. The mosh is so crazy its amazing,” Daphne Krutsh said.

The Halloween dance is a great opportunity to dress up and dance. The best part about it is that all schools are invited. They even have a costume contest! Dressing up is encouraged so don’t be afraid to wear your best costume. It only cost $12 and $10 with a repost on social media. Come enjoy your Saturday evening with all your friends and even make new friends.

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Teacher Doppelganger

Do you ever see a teacher and feel like you’ve seen them before, but you cant wrap your finger around who they look like? This might help you. Here are a few teachers that look like movie actors and TV characters.

Coach Arquette and King Henry the VII.

 

 

 

 

Coach Bayard and football player Tom Brady.

 

 

 

 

Mrs. Bennett and Betty Lou Who from How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

 

 

 

 

Mr. Gunn and Al McWhiggin from Troy Story 2.

 

 

 

 

Mr. Haueter and Stinky Pete from Toy Story 2.

 

 

 

 

Mrs. Janes and the Canadian actress Jillian Harris.

 

 

 

 

Coach Horne and Thanos from Marvels Avengers: End Game.

 

 

 

 

Mrs. Jones and actress Mary Steenburgen.

 

 

 

 

Mrs. Lawson and Actress Marisa Tomei.

 

 

 

 

Mr. Scanlon and actor Rowen Atkinson.

 

 

 

 

Mr. Timothy and Roddy from Flushed Away.

 

 

 

 

Mr. Wahlstrom and actor James McAvoy.

 

 

 

 

Mr. Wilkey and Ned Flanders from The Simpsons.

 

 

 

 

Mr. Spaulding and actor Dave Foley.

 

 

 

 

Mr. Street and actor Paul Johansson.

 

 

 

 

Mr. Roundy and Benny from Gmoneo and Juliet.

 

 

 

 

Mr. Merrill and Mr. Frey as The Property Brothers.

 

 

 

After reading this article, you decide: Are the teachers at Davis High really who they claim to be? Or are they living a double life?

 

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Keep calm, it’s almost Fall Break!

The leaves are changing colors, the temperatures are dropping, and Halloween is right around the corner. Along with all of this, autumn brings the promise of fall break.

Students anxiously look forward to UEA weekend because it provides students a break from the demands and stress of schoolwork. With four full days off of school, what could you possibly do with yourself?

If you’re one that likes to pack in fun activities and events during holidays off from school, then you may be overwhelmed with the variety of options that you can do during fall break. One could go do many of the seasonal activities such as going to a haunted house, visiting a corn maze and pumpkin patch, or baking fall treats.

If you are staying home for fall break, there are still plenty of things to do. You could hang out with friends, watch a movie, play board games, cozy up to the fire and enjoy a good book, or spend some quality time with family.

Many students at Davis are going out of town for fall break. They are heading for warmer weather and the ocean. Some are going camping, spending time with friends and family, and enjoying the beautiful fall season. Other students are staying at home, sleeping in, and enjoying the time off from school.

Samantha Oswald, a student here at Davis, told us that she planned on “possibly hanging out with friends, watching movies, and going in the hot tub.” Samantha continued saying, “I wish fall break was longer, but that it is a great time to relax.”

So whether you plan on staying home or going somewhere tropical, make sure to enjoy the break from school.

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What teachers are doing to improve students’ mental health

There’s no doubt that students today are experience higher rates of anxiety and depression. Just in the state of Utah, 33% of kids grades 9-12 have reported symptoms of depression, while 22% have had suicidal thoughts. 14% of kids ages 12-17 have reported having depressive episodes. This begs the question, what about life today is making students more anxious and depressed? What are teachers doing about it? Is there a solution?

Abnormal or impaired brain chemistry, and hormones are the obvious answer, but why are there more “chemical imbalances” found in people today compared to those in the past? Well, low self-esteem, comparison, and peer pressure all add to the mix.

“Students have more access to information that allows them to compare. It’s really hard to compete with somebody’s best Facebook page. As we do that more and more, we fall into this trap, and that is we compare our weaknesses to somebody else’s strengths, and that is an infinite defeat,” Tim Larson, English teacher at Davis High, said.

He continued with, “It’s interesting how corrosive contemporary society can be if you let it in constantly telling you you’re not enough. It’s not only you don’t have enough, but you aren’t enough, and you never will be enough. Those are, if internalized, are destructive messages.”

Heather Bauer, another English teacher here at Davis High, added that there is a lot of pressure from outside influences to fit into a specific mold.

“There’s a lot of pressure to be this, I don’t even know. Nobody really knows what it is but we’re all trying to reach for something that nobody can really define. But we’ll know if you get there,” she commented.

While teachers are not qualified to deal with these sensitive situations, both Larsen and Bauer do think it is everyone’s responsibility to help someone in need.

“I think it’s a human to human obligation. I think it’s a common good thing. I think everyone’s health and happiness is everybody else’s obligation and responsibility. So, as a teacher, if I have some kind of insight as to how to be healthier mentally, how to address anxiety, then if I can share than is a respectful and productive way to students then I want to do that,” Larsen shared.

In his own classroom, he’s connecting the literature he teaches in the classroom to deeper messages about life and happiness. He also tries to work with the students, and their stress levels, when it comes to assigning homework.

Mrs. Bauer takes a similar approach. She also tries to make her class low stress when it comes to homework and grades, and she also likes to send positive and affirming messages to her students.

“That’s always a goal of mine. To create a relationship with the kids, look them in the face, let them know that they’re important, and just ask them about their day. Not just about my class, not just about English, but how are you doing? How are things? I treat them like a human being, not just a student, because you guys are.”

While there is no perfect way to handle this issue, and there may be no perfect solution that completely cures depression or anxiety, but there are ideas that can help make the world a more enjoyable place to be in. As for improving the education system to alleviate anxiety, both Bauer and Larsen would advise the administration and school board listen to the students and their needs to create an environment that students want to be in, as well as place less of an emphasis on grades. As far as the social and emotional aspect of it, Larsen encourages students to be defiant to messages.

While improving students’ mental health may take a huge support system of parents, friends, and others, Larsen, Bauer, and all the teachers here at Davis want you to know they are here for you.

“There are adults in this building that care about these kids so much. So, so much. To be able to create that relationship where a student feels comfortable with me is my goal. That’s why I wanted to be a teacher is because somebody did that for me. Somebody said, ‘You’re safe here, and you’re okay,’” stated Bauer.

 

 

Sources:

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/teen-depression/symptoms-causes/syc-20350985

https://www.hhs.gov/ash/oah/facts-and-stats/national-and-state-data-sheets/adolescent-mental-health-fact-sheets/utah/index.html

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The Opioid Crisis: Utah’s rising epidemic

The United States is facing an increasingly problematic issue that poses a major threat to many people. Recently though, teens have entered the scene and it proves troubling for many.

The Opioid Crisis has significantly been rising in the past few years. So where does Utah enter into this? Utah has ranked top 10 in the country for overdose deaths for the last ten years. The National Institute on Drug Abuse stated that there were 456 deaths related to an opioid overdose in 2017.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse also reported that, “Every day, more than 130 people in the United States die after overdosing on opioids.” This is a somber fact that should inspire us to try and do something to stop the opioid crisis from spreading even more.

“From 2000 to 2015, Utah experienced a nearly 400% increase in deaths from the misuse and abuse of prescription drugs,” stated the Utah Department of Health. This has pushed Utah to take significant steps in decreasing overdose deaths from opioids.

The Utah Department of Health has received funding to address the opidemic. They have also been distributing Naloxone, which has contributed to saving lives. The department has funded community clinics, substance use treatment facilities, and community organizations.

Teens in Utah have been abusing prescription drugs that contain opioids. They abuse these prescriptions because social media portrays it as popular and normal, they are looking for acceptance with their peers, have a lack of confidence, or are simply going through a rebellious phase. Opioids can also be unintentionally abused if teens are recovering from a sports injury. They may become dependent on it so that there isn’t a lot of pain.

Teens and adults should seek out help from a trusted adult or professional counselor if they are dealing with opioid addiction. Seeking out help and gaining support from family and friends will help teens on their road to recovery.

 

 

 

 

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Whats in store for students during college week?

Want to apply for college but you’re not quite sure what college? Do you want to know more about your dream college? College week at Davis High is a great way to learn about different colleges in Utah. Next week, October 7-12, Davis has college representatives coming to the school to teach the students about their colleges and what they have to offer. Dixie, Utah State, USU, and other colleges are offering free applications during this week. So rather then having to pay a $40 application fee, you can do it for free! Since applying to these select schools is free that means that you can apply to more then one with out having to pay a dime.

Lisa Wadley is the counselor in charge of college week and she set it all up for the students. She did her best to make this week not only educational but fun too. You can put your name in a drawing to earn a prize like a t-shirt or a lanyard. Each day during the week there is something going on. There will be a FASFA completion night where there will be people there to help you fill it out. So when you have any questions there will be someone right by your side helping you fill it out.

Wadley also thinks college week is a 10/10 experience that all seniors should attend. It brings resources to our school for anyone who has questions that need to be answered. On top of all that, all the teachers are very supportive of this week because they want the students to focus on their future and start preparing. With all the support from the school and the college community, college week is a significant way to start getting interested in college and your future. Its highly recommended that all seniors attend because its really the easiest way to get a head start on your future.

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Traditional True Darting

 

True darting is a Davis High tradition that I have known about since my Jr. High years and coming into High School. I figured that it would be talked about much more often than it is. It has come to my attention that most people don’t even know what true darting is.

In all scenarios of this tradition there is a couple who kiss in the ‘D’ by the football field. However, variation does still occur. One scenario involves having to kiss some who has already been “True Darted” in order to become a true dart yourself. Another includes running across the football field in an unholy fashion before the kiss.

Why is this even a tradition? Guaranteed, there were some students who were trying to steal as many virgin lips as possible. Since true darting is still around, I am going to say it works.

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Was homecoming 2019 a foreshadowing of bad future dances?

After Davis High Schools disastrous 2019 homecoming dance on September 28, many of the students are concerned about the quality of the other three dances to take place this year. They fear that if the other dances are anything like homecoming was, then they have nothing to look forward to except for three mediocre dances.

What was so bad about the homecoming dance you may ask? Well, besides the spoiled milk being flung into the center of the crowd of students, the typically exciting and fun homecoming dance was run in an overly strict fashion, with several new rules. The least popular of said new rules was the new ban on moshing. Moshing has always been the favorite dance activity among many of the students who attend the dances. However, those who participated in the mosh-pits at homecoming were rather disappointed as the DJ would stop the music every time moshing began, under the orders of Mr. Chapple.

Furthermore, there was really nothing to mosh to, as the music playlist was mostly full of old, boring, and mostly “family friendly” pop songs, far different from the style of music typically played at enjoyable dances. Several students who were at homecoming were asked what they thought about the songs played at the dances.

Jackson Terril (Senior) said, “The DJ knew as much about music as my dog knows Japanese.”

Terril, as well as many other students felt that the songs played at homecoming were not the kind of songs students enjoy hearing at dances. For example, the song “Happy” by Pharrell was played, and received a chorus of boo’s. In fact, many students left the gym and waited for the song to be over until they returned.

“Happy belongs in Despicable Me 2 in 2013. Not a Davis High dance in 2019.” said Britain Grant (Senior).

Another new rule that irked many students was the new policy on leaving the building. If students leave the building during the dance, they will not be let back into the school, and the doors are locked at all times during the dance. This was especially controversial at homecoming, because after the spoiled milk fiasco turned the gym into a rancid setting, many students went outside to get fresh air. These students were not let back into the dance. Students are still required to wear the wristbands given to them at the door regardless. By the end of the night, and after a heated confrontation between the administration and several students in the south end parking lot, around 20 students had either been banned from entering the building or had to wait at the south end stairs for the dance to be over.

If the changes seen at homecoming are in fact here to stay, and are any indication of how the next three dances will be, then the school can expect the following. For the satisfaction of the students to plummet and the attitudes of students of all schools towards Davis High dances to be much worse than what they have been in the past. Students who attend Farmington, Layton, Viewmont, etc., will not have the same excitement that they have in the past when being asked to Davis dances. Although safety should be a concern, so should the students overall enjoyment of the dances. Students look forward to these dances for months, and should not be dissapointed by them due to the demoralizing rules put in place by the administration. Let the kids be kids.

 

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Words of Wisdom for my Naive Sophomore Mind

Sophomore year at Davis High in many ways feels like a haunted house that you are forced by the government to walk through. That was my experience at least. I remember feeling an entire hurricane of emotions every day and constantly being afraid and self-conscious of things I’d never even thought about.

Having gone through three years of high school, there are several concepts of life I understand now that I wish someone had explained to me when I was young and terrified of the world. I want to bestow that knowledge onto as many sophomores as I can to help them navigate their way through the treacherous, Amazonian jungle like maze that is high school.

A huge problem in our society today is social media. We are constantly comparing our worst to everyone else’s best. This leads to a mindset that everyone around us is constantly judging us. Walking down the halls surrounded by so many people you don’t know can be extremely intimidating. When you look at it from a different perspective though, no one is judging you. Everyone is here to get an education and we probably all feel uncomfortable frantically running up a stairway when the minute bell rings. We’re all going through a lot of the same issues and we’re more alike than different.

My sophomore year I was horrified to say something dumb in class or wear something that looked dumb because I didn’t want to mess up a fake person that I was trying to create; a person that was acceptable to other people but not acceptable to myself. This is the key to being happy and making friends that love and accept you for who you are, be yourself! Wear whatever you want, talk about whatever you’re into, do what makes you happy. Don’t live a fake life just to fit in with people you have nothing in common with. Popularity doesn’t exist after high school.

There is a huge focus these days on getting perfect grades and getting accepted to top collages. We become so overwhelmed with work and stress that we forget to take care of ourselves and our mental health suffers. It is vital that you put school aside every once in a while, and take a mental break to clear your mind and take care of your body. When you’re in a healthy mindset it is way easier for you to learn and keep up on your work.

Another issue is when you fall behind on your homework or don’t understand a concept. Don’t be afraid to ask for help! Get help as soon as you can because once you fall behind it’s almost impossible to catch up. Don’t be afraid of the teachers they are there to help you. I was afraid of my math teacher and I didn’t ask for help and suffered the whole year because I didn’t understand anything that was going on. Don’t let the workload overwhelm you and make sure you still leave time to relax and have a mental break.

Sophomore year and your overall high school experience can be amazing if you figure out how to have fun and care about your classes. When you think of school as a prison, you’re held captive in for seven hours, you lose any intrinsic motivation you had to come. But when you find a reason to try your best every day you are happier, and school becomes a safe place you really enjoy coming to. And that’s the tea.

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Fighting the flu: Tips to staying healthy during the flu season

As we transition into fall and winter, the flu season approaches fast. School is in full speed and there is more of a chance of catching and spreading the flu. So what can we do to protect ourselves from falling ill to the flu?

The best option would be to get vaccinated against the virus, but there are many additional options to fighting the flu.

Washing your hands often can help in protecting yourself from the flu. You should especially wash your hands after coughing, sneezing, or before eating.

Don’t be tempted to share things with your friends or family, as that is where the germs can really spread. Try to avoid being near people who are already sick, as well as large crowds.

It is very important to get plenty of sleep. If you are feeling run down try to get more sleep,  as less sleep weakens your immune system and makes you more susceptible to the flu or other viruses. Not getting enough sleep can also affect how fast you can recover from an illness if you do get sick.

Getting enough exercise will help keep your immune system strong to defend against the flu. Drinking plenty of water will keep you hydrated. Make sure you are eating healthy and getting enough nutrients for your body. Eating more protein and antioxidant-rich foods, such as whole grains and walnuts, will help you fight the flu virus.

Learning to protect yourself from the flu and other colds will help reduce the risk of catching an illness during the fall and winter seasons. Remember to use your best judgement and be cautious throughout the flu season. Don’t get caught with the flu when you have the means to stay healthy!

 

 

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The “Club Chev” Legacy

Have you ever been hanging out on a Saturday night when all other stores are closed, and you have nothing to do? No mischief to make? Everyone’s answer happens to be the heart and soul of Kaysville, Club Chev. 

When it comes to high school hangouts Club Chev otherwise known as the Mcdonald’S/Chevron on 2nd North is almost unmatched there are people their nightly. Maybe the reason is because it is so close to everyone and open late, or maybe it’s the cheap food when everyone is munching. Either way Club Chev is well known to be the Davis High hangout. 

However, there is a new rival on the rise. Almost every Friday after Friday night lights the parking lot at In-n-Out in Centerville fills up with cars and students from all schools hanging out, the line files out of the door to order food as you see waves of Groups of all sorts in different themed outfits, drenched in sweat and covered in paint from cheering on their teams to victory. 

In n Out is a worthy opponent in dethroning the hangout king Club Chev. However, I don’t think it will be considering its further away it’s become more of an after-game tradition. Mcdonalds is still about unmatched as if you decide not to go to In-n-Out after the game you are almost guaranteed to find people at Club Chev.  

Our beloved Club Chev has been a hangout for ages former students are often found there to this day. It’s a restaurant/gas station very near and dear to our hearts. The endless memories found their will live forever. like the one-time Nick Shirley set up bowling pins and decided to bowl in front of the cash register, which he was kicked out soon after. Club Chev is an urban legend, a myth, a fact and a legacy; and it will continue to live on for as long as it stands. 

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Homecoming Week Extravaganza

 

School dances are one of the best ways to get involved, Homecoming is the first dance of the year. The whole week leading up to the Homecoming dance the school has activities.

Since there was no school on Monday there was no scheduled activity. Because of this there was two activities on Tuesday. Tuesday morning was the banner contest and Tuesday after school was street painting. Brooklyn Haycock participated in the street painting, she was there for AP art. She said “it was very competitive and there was a lot of people screaming with paint flying everywhere”.  

Wednesday was the Homecoming assembly. During the assembly they had a lip sync battle between the grades, musical theater preformed part of Matilda, Dance Company, and the D’ettes performed with Davis cheer. Finally, they presented this years Homecoming Royalty.

Thursday was the parade, it started at 4 pm and goes through the neighborhood west of Davis High School. Since the Parade is a little bit harder for students to attend there is another activity that night. “Sunset S’mores” 7pm @ south end there was little fireplaces for people to roast s’mores and watch the sunset with their friends. Friday is the homecoming football game vs Syracuse. There will be a tailgate on the point @ 5:15 pm and kick off is at 7, it will be a gold out.

Finally, Saturday is the Homecoming Dance. The dance starts at 7pm and goes until around 10pm. Dances are the perfect way to make new friends and get outside your comfort zone. Participating in these activities not only supports the school and the dance, but it shows your school pride.  

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Kissing at Davis Football Games

 Its halftime of the football game, electricity fills the air as Davis is at a raging lead. Everyone is screaming and yelling when suddenly a circle forms around you and one other, everyone begins to chant, “KISS! KISS! KISS!” your stomach drops, butterflies fill the space left behind, you begin to panic as the chants get louder… there is no escape!  

A new exciting fear is emerging from Davis high football games, being circled and pressured into kissing another student. Football games are all about fun especially when you’re on your home turf, the excitement is great, and you are full of Davis pride screaming and cheering your team on. The second you hear someone chanting someone you instantly join in to feel a part of the Davis mob family, this includes when people start chanting “KISS, KISS, KISS!” everyone gets excited in hope or fear that they could be the next victim.  

For Davis high students it is all fun and games and is soon forgotten by the following Saturday. But how do people feel about getting pressured to kissing into someone maybe they don’t want to? It can be seen as a problem by some kids and some adults Lauren Rusnell says, “it can definitely be a problem at the games no one likes to feel pressure so why put kids in an uncomfortable environment.” our administration here at our school was surprised and shocked when they learned of these events going on during halftime. Wilkey said “it is negative peer pressure which is never okay in any situation. It creates unsafe and dangerous environment.”  

However, some students love the idea of this activity and would like to do it at all blow-out games. Regan Neuenswander who was one of the students to be kiss (on the cheek) during halftime says, “it was fun and a fun moment to be in we kind of view it as school pride, almost like true darting.” all the students love to get wild at the games and kissing during half time when your team is guaranteed to win is all a part of the fun. Come and experience it all!… if you dare. 

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Fall fashion failing?

Through the years, people grow to like obscure clothing. More and more skin shows as life continues. Now why is this? Even during the fall, the youth seems to be showing much more skin than the average person should be. Especially considering the dress code standards at Davis High.

Ladies youth have been seen wearing strapless tops, booty shorts, merely scraps of clothing that cover hardly anything. However, the schools freezing cold AC has been combating this dilemma. Since most of the human species has been known to dislike cold weather, they have been wearing longer sleeves and longer pants in order to warm their bodies.

Fashion is going down the drain these days and I don’t see why. It makes it so much easier for predators to access areas of the body that most women would not enjoy. Yet, people wear them anyway because it is what is currently “in” as of the season.

Yet, people have the audacity to wonder why so many problems concerning women getting harassed have come to surface.

Now, I am not one to judge, but if a woman wants to go out practically nude than she shouldn’t expect to have the same respect that is handed to everybody else. I understand that it is currently a popular fashion but, would you rather be respected or disrespected?

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The Infamous Davis High Mob

Having school pride is at its undermost importance when it comes to attending the games, That’s why we try to have the loudest student section, also known as the Mob. But what is it really like to be a part of the Davis High Mob?

Jake Sampson, one of the seniors that help hype up the crowd said that being a part of the Mob is “being a part of something bigger than yourself, and being able to cheer your friends and classmates on is the best”.

The Mob may be a bunch of crazy teenagers, but when they come together they created the biggest support system for our football players. It also proves which school has the most pride. As Lincoln Thorpe said “it’s to be a part of the school while also defending the tradition”.

With crazy teens however, come crazy chaotic experiences. Kaden Kinikini and Jackson Culimore describe one of their craziest experiences while in the Mob. “We once got hit by a flying tortilla while trying to talk to our friends”. At every corner there is something new and unusual happening. Lincoln Thorpe said that Jake Sampson hit him in the head with a cowbell, Now that’s school Spirit!

Every Mob must have its leader right? Well maybe not. When asked who the mob leader was this year Jake and Lincoln responded with “not really one person, it’s more of a group effort”. This has been a hot topic at the school ever since football season started. Who could ever follow in the footsteps of Garrett Cisneros, a legend?! That question remains unanswered.

One controversial topic this year concerning the Mob is that the administrators are too strict. When asked his opinions on the topic Lincoln said, “yes 100%, all the other schools have so much more fun and are allowed to do so much more, with them keeping tabs on us our student section is kind of dry, we just get yelled at”. Brooklyn Haycock’s respond was very similar “yes they show a lot of distrust in the students and they see us as stupid teenagers that only know how to make mistakes”.  Some could argue that it’s for our own protection and they’re only doing it to keep us safe.

The Mob has been a tradition for as long as we can remember. We want to create a legacy that can carry on for generations to come.

“One of the reasons it is so important to our students is because it hypes up the players and gives them confidence to improve at their peak” said Kaden.

So what is it really like to be a part of the Davis High Mob? Better come and see for yourself.

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Students for the Environment

You have probably heard of the problems our globe has been through. I know there are many, but there is definitely a bigger one. Global warming is real, it is sad, and it just grows. For that, there are many things that us, as the family earth, can do to make it better. One of those things that came up not to Utah, nor the U.S., but to the whole world was a movement that supported. A Swedish clime activist  has been fighting for the world’s biggest leaders to use more alternative energy sources like the renewable ones, such as solar energy instead of the combustion of fossil fields. At Davis High, the Junior Julia Last is being responsible for the movement.

“She posted online and we are trying to spread the word, and to gather as many students as we can to join the movement. We are gathering at Davis on the morning of Friday, the 24th, and marching to the City Hall in Kaysville, during it, we are having a lot of activities during it, and we will find supplies to make posters and whats is needed, and I will give a speech.”, said Last.

So, if you agree with Julia’s plans and that the earth needs help, joint the movement.

If not, no one cares for whatever you are doing in your end of term classes.

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Senior Cotillion

With the end of the school year coming to a close, the last couple weeks are going to be awesome, especially for the seniors. With a lot of fun activities and opportunities senior week is upon us. Every day there is a different activity for the seniors to participate in, all leading up to Friday. Friday is Senior Cotillion.

Senior Cotillion is a non-date dance for all the seniors who attend Davis High. It is suppose to be an awesome time. With it being senior week, there is a lot of talk from everyone about Senior Cotillion.

Zoe Jacobs says,

“I think that I’m going. I think that it’s great, and I’m looking forward to this last chance to socialize and attend a dance for Davis High.”

When asked about the expectations for Senior Cotillion Marcus Maughan said, “I think it will be a good time and hopefully there is good music.”

Lot’s of seniors have different opinions about the dance and are looking forward to have such a fun opportunity.

Margaret Brown says,

“I am super excited! I am so excited that all of my friends are going to Senior Cotillion as well.”

This years senior class has been an awesome one for sure. With the senior’s high school career coming to a close, they are excited to have one last opportunity to dance and have fun at Senior Cotillion.

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