Best Dressed at Sweethearts

Davis High dances always prove to be a fun and exciting social event for all students. Who doesn’t get caught up in the excitement of deciding how to ask and respond, finding a group, and most importantly, what you’re going to wear? Let’s dive into some of the freshest looks from the recent girl’s choice Sweethearts dance. (Note: everyone at the dance looked awesome! This is just a fun article so don’t get discouraged if you weren’t featured!)

Although everyone looked amazing, the bottom line was that the Best Dressed group was obvious to see as soon as they walked through the doors. Every part of each of their outfits were on point; their ties and dresses coordinated perfectly, their huge smiles let everyone know what a good time they were having, and the chemistry between each couple.

front [left to right]: Logan Jeppson & Ali Bouck, Hyrum Shingleton & Tessa Washburn; back: Kendra Pugmire & Tyler James Bagley, Ashlyn Crowther & Lucas Meyer

Let’s dissect these outfits!

Logan, Tyler, and Lucas all went for black suits while Hyrum opted for a silver suit and vest to better compliment Tessa’s emerald crushed velvet dress. Lucas’ striped tie was a nice deviant from Tyler’s solid red tie. Ashlyn hit us with her classic red lip once again to match her red dress.

DHS dances are a blast! Our next dance is Junior Prom at the state Capital on April 27th. Make sure to put it on your calendars and don’t miss out on all the fun a Davis High dance has to offer!

P.S make sure to ask a date from amazing Davis High!

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Tips and tricks on how to ace the ACT

It’s that time of year again for Juniors: The ACT. One of the biggest, most important tests you can take. Most colleges look at the ACT as a pretty big factor into accepting students. The ACT is about a 4 hour test all juniors are taking next week. It can be a frustrating and stressful time. Having been a junior and having taken the test myself, here are a few tips:

Number 1, make sure to study consistently before you take it, even if it’s a couple days before the test. Just be sure to look over the material and study it.

The second tip is to be ready for it. Whether that is just getting a good nights’ sleep before or eating a good breakfast.

During the test “be quick but don’t hurry”, a famous quote by the greatest coach of all time…John Wooden. Basically this just means you got to be steady but not in too big of a rush to get through all the questions on the test.

These tips should somewhat be of help for the test. Good luck!

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Will speed dating save dateless Davis?

The senior committee officers (SCOs) at Davis High School put on the February senior activity of speed dating. All seniors were invited to go to the lunch room and speed date with other students. To get the conversation started they printed off questions on conversation hearts. Some of the questions include: “Would you rather live in the mountains or by the beach?” and “what’s your favorite show on Netflix?” They sit across from another student and ask a question to start a conversation and talk for two minutes then switch. The atmosphere was easygoing with good music and valentines candy at the tables, the perfect recipe for a good time.

Most people are aware of the infamous reputation of “dateless Davis” a nickname as dark as the lights in the school. Putting together an activity that creates a stress free atmosphere to get to know others is a great way to break the dateless curse.

The SCOs thought February would be the perfect time for a speed dating activity as its the week of sweethearts and everyone is getting in a “lovey dovey spirit,” as Hailee Pett said.

“Davis can be a big school so its kind of nice to be able to meet everybody.” says Elisabeth Christensen

The SCOs made an easy and fun way for students to get to know each other better before they graduate and move on from high school. It’s an activity made for everyone to be included and have a good time.

According to students who went the speed dating activity was a great way to spend their night and meet new people.

“It was really fun! It was really fun to get to meet and learn about people.” says Ryan Anderson.

The turnout was good and it seemed everyone had a great time talking with others.

The senior speed dating activity was a big success with helping students meet each other. The SCOs had a great time planning and successfully putting on the senior dating activity and we can’t wait to see what they plan next. We are hoping for more good times and maybe even a few more dates for good, dear old dateless Davis.

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Sweetheart Dance

Love is in the air with the Davis Highs Sweetheart dance coming up on February 9th. School dances are  some of the most enjoyable parts of high school for many students, and this upcoming dance shouldn’t be any different.

Everyone at Davis loves the dances. I asked a few of Davis’s own about what they thought personally about the dances.

Spencer Vernon says “Yes I love the dances. Its fun being  with your friends and getting your heart rate up”.

Dances provide great opportunities for students to have fun with their classmates outside of the classroom setting. Many students also go on dates prior to the dance. It is proven that they are more likely to score on the night of the dance if they take the time to get to know their date prior to the dance, on the day date.

One of the most popular places for a score is on the doorstep. I asked a couple students if they experienced the classic doorstep scene.

Reagan said “I have scored on the doorstep, and luckily it wasn’t as bad as I thought!” Most students have had the same response.

Dances at Davis are full of fun and excitement. I’m really excited for this next dance, I hope you are too!

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Snowboarding VS. Skiing

Utah is known for having the greatest snow on earth, so skiing and snowboarding is an obvious pastime that many students here at Davis High participate in. Skiing vs. snowboarding has been an ongoing competition to which is the superior snow sport.

A poll went around Davis High asking a group of students that skied or snowboard. A total of 300 students voted, and the results were astounding. 211 students prefer skiing while 89 prefer snowboarding. I wanted to get a closer look before any final decisions were made.

Jackson Nielson, a senior, claimed “i love to snowboard, but i will admit, skiing is a much safer and easier sport.” with that being said, Jackson recently broke his wrist, a very common injury of a snowboarder.

Another snowboarder, Jack Rigby, claimed “I agree that skiing is safer, but i love boarding and personally think its easier to learn how to snowboard opposed to skiing.”

Not many snowboarders go to Davis High so in interviewing, they were the minority while skiing was the majority. After talking to many skiers they all agreed on one thing, “Skiing is cleaner and cooler than snowboarding.”

Ethan Call claimed “Skiing will always be a classic, never will another sport pass it up.”

Both sports had a lot of support from students claiming they were the superior snow sport. Overall, the numbers showed that skiing was better, but everyone is entitled to which they prefer. One things both skiers and snowboarders can agree on, is that Utah will always have the greatest snow on earth.

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School of Rock: Battle of the Bands come to Davis High

The Battle of the Bands competition is an exciting opportunity for Davis High students to share their musical talents with their classmates, and if they do well, display their talents at the state level.

This competition is first held at the school level, and one band is chosen to compete at the region level from each school. The stakes for the region level competition are much higher.

Each band performs in front of a panel of judges who determines the top three bands that will move on and achieve their ultimate goal: competing at the state level. Bands must perfect their appearance, performance, and songs if they want to do well enough to be chosen to compete at the state competition.

Two Davis High Students were going to compete in Battle of the Bands, but decided not to.

“We don’t have enough time right now to participate in this high stakes competition, and the pressure might be too much for us right now” said Will Ferrin.

Will’s band mate Tate Gardner said they were considering entering Battle of the Bands because they “love the chemistry they have together on stage, and they would love to be able to share their music with others, but right now is just not the time”.

The local competition will be held on January 30, 2019 here at Davis High School.

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Sophomore orientation welcomes new students to Davis

As the seniors of DHS prepare to end their high school experience, another group is preparing to start theirs. On Monday, January 14, Davis High School held sophomore orientation, welcoming the incoming class to the school and showing them the opportunities available here at Davis High.

The commons area was alive with the sound of hundreds of students and their parents as they milled around talking to clubs and teachers about their schedules for next year.

Along with the incoming sophomores, a plethora of students were there to market a variety of clubs to the new students.

The students had a chance to meet new teachers as well as talk to their peers about extra-curricular activities such as DECA, Interact Club, and Robotics Club.

An assortment of free stuff was given to the incoming students as they visited with the different groups. T-shirts, candy, and cookies could be found around the commons.

Before the freshman entered the school, they had a brief meeting in the auditorium. During that time, they watched a video made by the student body officers.

It was a remarkably good turnout. Students flooded into the school in surprisingly large numbers.

The freshman rushed around in order to fill a ticket with stickers that they could get from every booth. These tickets, when filled with stickers, could be entered in a drawing to win a fizz gift card supposedly.

The freshman learned a lot about the classes that they can take next year, which will aid them as they fill out their registration.

Overall the event can be considered a success, as a considerable amount of the incoming freshman were able to learn from the graduating seniors.

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Major Colleges of Utah

Utah State University
Founded in 1888,Utah State University evolved from a small town college to a thriving research university respected aorund the world. Their mission is to be one of the naitons premier student centered land grant and space grant universities by fostering the principle that academics come first. By cultivating diversity of thought and culture and by serving the public through tlearning, discovery and engagement.
Their tuition completely depends on the number of credit hours. We’re just going to go with one the total fee’s for one of the credit hours at Utah State Univerity per semester are $356.75, for your undergraduate tuition and fee’s is about $923.17, non resident in USA is $2180.59, non resident international is $2286.43. For graduate it is $1025.09 for resident, and $2696.01 for non resident
Weber State University
Weber State University was founded in 1889, by an American fur trapper named John Henry Weber. In 1933, it was made a state junior college. The college outgrew it’s downtown campus after World War II, and overlooks Ogden and the Great Salt Lake.
The full time tuition which is two semesters is $4892 for Utah Residents and $14,679 for out of state resients. Student fee’s are $948 for Utah residents and non utah residents. Books are $800 and the same for both as well. Room and Board for on campus housing is around $4,796-$9214 for both in state and out of state residents.
Utah Valley University
UVU is an open admission institution with a commitment to student success. They focus on teaching students real world experiences. There are 39,931 students with an average class size of 23 students. 56 percent of students who attend this college work part time, and there are 46 certificate programs.
For one resident hour the tuitiion and fees are $423 , and $1198  for non resident students. There is an admission fee of $35 dollars, readmission fee of $15 , international student admission fee $100 dollars, challenge credit fee is $5  per credit. Challenge credit form is $15 . Late Registration Fee is $45  per class and graduation late fee is $25 .

Salt Lake Community College
Utah’s largest college with the most diversity would definitely go to Salt Lake Community College. There are more than 60,000 students on 10 campuses and online courses. There is a faculty to student ratio of 1:20 at this college which guarantee’s you get more personal attention from professionals.
For one hour it is 190.50 for tuition and fees for Utah residents. Non- Residents it goes up to $538.50 with tuition and fees. They’re apprenticeships are about $113.25 for one hour. Additional credit hours are $141 for resident, $489.50 for non resident and apprenticeships are $70.50. International students have an additional $40  per semester. There is a $50  late payment fee charged to all student with unpaid tuition and fees.

University of Utah, Salt Lake city
The Univeristy of Utah is #1 in Technology Venture Milken institute 2017. There is about 963  thousand square feet for research space on campus. It was founded in 1850, making it the oldest college in Utah. University of Utah is very commited to cutting edge research to enhance the life of people in local national and international communities.

Although it does not show the full tuition status at the U, it does show the undergraduate fees for in state are 8197, and the out of state fees are 26022.

Brigham Young University

“Our students are the leaders and problem solvers of the next generation. I hope we inspire our student to learn, and I hope that learning lead s to inspiration.” Said Kevin J Worthen, the President of Brigham Young University. Brigham young university was founded in 1875 by Brigham Young and Karl G. Maeser.

The cost to do  credit hours for 12 hours or more is 2810 for Latter day Saints and 5620 for Non latter day saints which shows that it’s a religious school. It teaches great values but also has stricter rules.

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How to Avoid distractions and ultimately failing

Some distractions in school environments may be caused by lateness, talking, or even something as easy as eating or gum chewing. As soon as another student walks in late all attention goes to that student instead of the learning material being taught. Talking to other peers brings attention away from the instructor and puts it on what Jimmy Parker said last Friday. A lot of classrooms have a no eating rule in the classroom for the obvious one of the mess made on flooring, but the other reason is having to reach into your bag and open or grab something, which makes noise. As soon as the human mind hears noise, there’s a small chance that the brain will ignore it. All attention goes to the rustling bag of chips Amanda has at the back of the room.

Ways to avoid having these problems in the classroom would be to move as far away from your friends as possible if you cannot control yourself, this makes it so you do not have as much of the urge to talk to them. Get rid of all technology so that your focus isn’t on Social Media, or your mother texting you in the middle of school.  Clear your desk of everything distraction wise that does not attain to the material being taught.

Do not get left behind. One of the key reasons that kids fail a class is because they fail to ask for clarification. They then spend time on one problem while the rest of the class is on the third page your stuck on the first instead of just asking the question.

Your friend group you hang out with can greatly determine how you perform  in school. If you per say hang out with friends who excel and school and may be able to tutor you, then most likely you will do better in school. But if you hang out with the group who does drugs, or is more concerned about social achievement than academic achievement then you are probably going to act the same way to fit in with them. But in the same point, you could rise above who you hang out with and just be a independent person despite your friend group, you never know.

The only way to ever learn is to actually pay attention in class. Taking notes may help you understand better when your on your own at home, or may help you when you have to study for an exam. Do not study for long periods of time, instead study short periods with breaks in between. If you really have a bad problem paying attention you can ask the teacher to move to the front, or it could be an underlying problem such as ADHD, or ADD. Which you can be tested for at a doctors office or counselors center.




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Why rap is an underrated genre of music

There is a lot of people that don’t enjoy or listen to hip hop or rap music, for many different reasons, but this genre and style of music is much deeper than some of the songs you hear on the radio. Many people like to say rap music is “rhyming and poetry”, and not all of the rap music nowadays is like this, but some of these artists are brilliant and creative and talented, just like other music stars.

These artists also find a way to rhyme many different words with meaning behind what they are saying. The things these rappers talk about have never been spoken about by anyone else, they show you their point of views on their struggles and what it took them to be successful.

Rappers such as Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole, Kanye West, A$AP Rocky, Kid Cudi, and many others find new sounds, flows, and styles for their music. The songs they create might be vulgar, but these are words they chose to describe what they have felt or what they are feeling. If your looking for good music to pump you up for whatever reason, rap music is the best option.

These artists like to collaborate with each other and other artists from different genres, including Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande, and U2. Try something new, listen to some of these artists music with an open mind, and guaranteed you will learn new words, experiences, and issues.

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New year, new semester

New years just passed, and it is time for a new semester. You may be behind in some classes to finish off this part of the year or you may just be going to class just because you have to ether way you are getting ready for the new semester. lots of students are exited for the new semester to switch up their schedule and do something different than what they have been doing for the past 3 months.
Some people have even finished some required credits so next semester they have a couple of home releases to go home and relax and catch up on some home work for other classes. But most students still have a full schedule to get all their required credits, and some people have done most of the required courses but have chosen to take college courses to get a head start to their college careers.
Lots of people make new year’s resolutions to achieve during the new year but many seem to fail and not go through with what they said. This year if your new year’s resolution is to do better in school you should follow through with that because this year you should be able to get good grades and turn stuff in on time.
Also, you should be prepared for anything in your classes next semester. I’ve personally had classes that I thought were going to be easy and turned out to be hard. Some hard classes sometime become the least of your concerns because you get caught up with a really hard class that sounded really easy.
All in all, you should be prepared for the challenges that the new year and the new semester bring. you should also look for opportunity that can benefit your future like taking some CE or AP classes, so you can be closer to your associates degree before you graduate. So, have a great year and meet your goals!

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The great trip before college

lots of people at Davis high are graduating this year and it is tradition to go on a trip after you graduate. whether it is just to Las Vegas or to somewhere in Europe, you should celebrate finishing 13+ years in school. staying in school for that long is very hard and very stressful so after you accomplish something as big as graduating high school you should treat yourself. we all have those time where you just want to give up and drop out of school, but if you are a senior you can at least see the light at the end of the tunnel, so you should finish and get high school out of your hair, so you can celebrate a big step in your life.

for all of the work you go through in your past years of high school you should take a short break before you go to college and that is what the senior trip is for. you could probably convince your parents to fly you somewhere that you have always wanted to go because you can bring up that life come faster than you think and soon you will be too busy to do what you want to do. maybe you just want to take a month to relax and chill with your family, that’s really great too as long as you take a break from life stresses for a while because at the end of the year you are an adult and you will have to take on lots of responsibility’s. 

A great place to go for a while before you go to college is California because if you just chill and sit on the beach with some friends and watch the waves crash at your feet that will be therapeutic for you. While you sit there you will realize that you have no responsibility’s and can just have a free mind. Another great place is the Mediterranean, the views you have anywhere are breath taking and the whole atmosphere is really just a cool experience. If you do go somewhere really fun like the Mediterranean, you will have a very good and relaxing time but if you go to California you will also be really relaxed and ready to go to college.


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Mary Poppins Returns Review

We all know the classic Disney movie “Mary Poppins,” it was a remarkable film that many people highly enjoyed. Mary Poppins has returned in a new and exciting film, starring Emily Blunt. This is a thrilling film that displays incredible animations for all viewers. It was recently released in December, and many of the viewers highly enjoyed it!

On rotten tomatoes it was given a 69% of audience liked it, and a 78% for the tomato-meter. There were some negative comments, like: “This movie wasn’t entertaining” However majority of those comments were big fans of the first Mary Poppins- released in 1964. So if you are one of those fans, then there is a chance you may be left disappointed.

Although there was negative views of this movie, there were also very positive feedback to this film.

Some comments were:

“It’s a flight of musical fantasy that’s tailor-made for bringing families together and losing themselves in the moment.”

“This Poppins revival will at once reinvigorate your love for the 1964 classic and make you fall head over heals for the no-nonsense nanny all over again.”
A huge portion of the audience highly enjoyed this movie. And from the previews, it looks like a highly enjoyable film. If you have not seen it yet, go out and see it. You might really enjoy it!

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