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 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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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.






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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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The music we listen too

Throughout the world and history music has been and still is an extremely important part of humanity. Proof of its existence since the beginning of man has been discovered.  The oldest instrument, is a bone flute from a cave in Germany, carbon dates to 35000 years ago. The first complete musical composition is the Seikilos epitaph its written on a gravestone that resides in modern day turkey, and has been decided to be from the first or second century AD.  the first known written song is cuneiform, a Hurian hymn written 3400 years ago. The credited founder of music itself is Iranian king Jashmid, with his rule during the eliminate empire that existed from 2500 BC to 644 BC, but presumably it existed before then because humans have had vocal chords longer than that.

Quite clearly music has had a major influence on our world. In modern times though, hymns, operas and classical music were the most significant as it started out, but, as we progressed, so did music, leading us to the 1,264 genres we have now.

It has been used a long time as a way of helping to get through work. A great example of this is music that slaves would sing while on the plantation, though just songs at the time, the significance of African american culture in music is substantial. so substantial that in my age group the genres of music they are accredited for is most listened to.

Here in Davis high, I took a poll of 60 students and the outcome of the best wasn’t surprising. Coming in first was rap, with just over a third at 22 people voting it as their favorite. A tie at second place, with country and punk rock with 14 people each, though both of these are much lower nationwide, in Utah culture seems to make them popular. A three way tie comes in at 3rd place, with rock, alternative, and electronic all having 3. Though in third in this sample, nationwide in all age groups, rock makes up 21.7 of favorites, which put it in first. What was even more shocking is what came in last, pop with only 1 person saying it was their favorite, because nationwide, its only 1.6 percent less than rock, so barely number 2.

The United States is a very diverse place, with diverse music choices. My sample did not really reflect our nation at all of all ages, and not too similar to our age group too. The culture here in this area of Davis country though, the culture is very different from the rest of the United States, so maybe its that influencing our favorites, or maybe its just something else.

Whatever it may be, and whatever your favorite genre may be, in the long run it doesn’t matter as long as you like what you listen to.

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Choir State Competition: Review

Our choir students competed at the Libby Gardner Hall, in Salt Lake City and represented Davis really well, apparently. But, not all of them made it for State, only A Capella Choir and Madrigals, and they got mixed. Both of those choir categories have their own class periods, and the students included on it have to try out. They have multiple songs that they have prepared to perform and everyone in the categories make it, not only some students, which is really good and inclusive for all of them.

” We perform the songs and we get a score for them, 1 is perfect, and 4 is the worse we can get. 1- is also possible and it’s considered almost a perfect performance. We did pretty good, we got 2 1-‘s and one 1, so that was totally worth it”, said Paden Wilson, one of the students of A Capella that made if for Madrigals next year.

” I think our work was worth it and we also had a lot of fun, because we all like singing and that is a way for us to express ourselves as a group”, said Courtney Sorenson, another student that made it for next year’s Madrigals choir too.

It seems to us that their hard work was worth it . Congrats to the students and to their teacher, Ms. May.

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AP Testing is Finally Upon Us!

Prom is over, graduation and summer are coming, and from here it’s pretty easy coasting. That is, unless you have an AP test. For the people who took AP classes like, chemistry, geography, calculus, psych, history, etc. school isn’t quite done.

An “AP” test is a college level test that high schoolers’ take to prove that they have earned collage credit. Students that are taking it this week say they recommend taking AP classes in high school, because it’s easier, and much cheaper. In collage classes can cost up to $1000, here at Davis it’s only around $90.

AP classes, and tests take a lot of work, devotion, and  preparation. Some of the students taking AP tests told how they prepared for them.

“The last couple of weeks I’ve been doing practice test, and also been reviewing notes since August.” explains Micah Laub.

“We’ve been doing study groups during lunch, and after school, and writing a lot of essays.” Camille Hough.

If you pass with a 3 or higher you get collage credit. Micah Laub is taking 2 AP classes this year because she is trying to get her associate’s degree.

We all know there is a lot of stress that comes with AP tests. Everyone has different ways of getting rid of stress.

“How I deal with the stress that comes with AP testing is studying more for it.” -Micah Laub.

We wish good luck to all those who are participating in the AP testing!


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Senior week

Here at Davis High tradition is huge. Next week we enter our senior week. Senior week is designed to send off our senior class with a bang and many people say that this last little while of senior year is the best. Even talking to past seniors they all say they wish they could go back to those last couple weeks of senior year.

I asked a couple seniors how they were feeling and what they were excited about for senior week.

Zoe Jacobs said, “I’m excited for senior week because we get to play in the volleyball tournament.”  This year there is a tournament for all seniors who want to play volleyball and compete in a tournament for bragging rights.

Margaret Brown said, “I think its cool how the seniors get a week to be appreciated and sent off in the right way.”

As we head into senior week, we all have the chance to reflect on our awesome high school experience. I think its cool that we get to have activities because it is the last time our whole senior class will be together, and the last time we get to do things at our school.

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2019 Prom leaves everyone speechless

Prom is always a great night to remember for high school students across the nation. The dresses, the suits, the fancy dinners and limos, and the music and romance are always prominent aspects of prom night every year. This year’s prom included all of these themes and more, making it a wonderful night for everyone who was there.

Dinners during prom night are well known for being really fancy and lavish. Popular places for students to go included places like the rooftop, Rodizio’s, Brio, Cheesecake factory, Tepanyaki, Oakridge country club, and a lot of students have their parents make ornate dinners.

A big part of the prom experience is the day date. Day dates are a fun tradition that students at Davis High like to participate in every dance. Most day dates include recreational activities like paint-balling, mini golfing, top golf, laser tag, go karts, and things are casual as hammocking. Students have even been known to do things such as driving four wheelers at friends cabins far away from Kaysville and shooting shotguns.

Prom is a magical occasion for everyone who participates in it. For the boys who haven’t asked to prom yet, next prom you need to ask, you will not regret it.

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Davis High: home to the best teachers in the world!

Davis High is home to many incredible teachers! Once a week every year, us students have the opportunity to show the teachers how much we appreciate their hard work. It’s TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK!

Teachers put so much time, energy, money, & thought into preparing the engaging lessons & activities we do in class. Many teachers pay for their classroom supplies out of their own pockets. Early mornings & late nights don’t faze teachers; they use the time to grade assignments, finish lesson prep, or doing some other awesome thing to enrich their classrooms.

There’s so many ways to show your appreciation for your teachers. However, one of the most effective ways is to come to class & be on time! It shows that you respect them & their class. With the weather getting warmer & sunnier, the temptation to take a day off may be strong, but teachers appreciate having students in class.

There’s been several teachers that have personally changed my life. Teachers who believed in me before I believed in myself, who helped me when my grades were struggling & who helped my earn my scholarship. Davis High teachers truly care about the students. Next time you leave class, thank your teacher for the lesson or leave them a nice note 🙂

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How to ace every test you take

Not everyone is good at taking tests but with a few tips you’ll be able to go into every test with more confidence and better scores. Especially with end of year testing coming up, learning a few tips for testing will be helpful.

Everyone learns in different ways. Its best to know how you learn and the best ways to study for your learning type. There are four main types of ways to learn: visual, auditory, reading/writing, and kinesthetic (hands on learning). When you know your learning style it will be much easier to study. Visual learners learn best by seeing charts and graphs. Auditory learners learn the best by reciting information out loud. Reading/Writing learners learn the best by following along in books and taking notes. Kinesthetic learners learn the best by doing things and adding activities to learning.

Besides knowing your learning style there are just some basic tips that will help you on your future tests. The first tip is to eat a good breakfast. If you have a good breakfast its a good start to the day and will help so you’re not thinking about food while you’re taking your test. The next tip is to take breaks when you study. Its been proven that if you take some breaks when you test that you will study more productively. The best tip I can give you is to not multitask and to try your best to just focus on what you are studying. The best way to do this is to keep your phone out of sight. Phones are very distracting and it helps to keep your phone in another room when you are studying.

Hopefully these tips will help you on your tests. Good luck!




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Bob Ross Comes to Davis

The Davis High senior committee and the senior class officers along  with their advisory teacher Tracey Meade, come together and worked hard to come up with the amazing  idea of “Painting with Bob Ross” for the latest senior activity. The final decision was made with a vote that the committee made. It was held in the school cafeteria on the 20th of March.

“Senior Committee got together during home room and they thought of all sour of funny activities and came up with it, and we just needed to fit in the schedule.” said Ms. Tracey.

Since there were around 50 students at the activity, they took a big TV that belonged to the SBO’s and the infamous painter Bob Ross was broadcast to teach the 50 students the techniques of great painting.

All of them started with a  11×14  construction paper canvas, gathered paint brushes,  and a well chosen episode to incorporate all the beautiful paints that were brought.

“The funniest part is the expectation of finishing three episodes but as we had to keep pausing it so everyone could catch up and understand, we didn’t even get though one.” Tracey said while chuckling.

It was cool to see a great idea brought to life with the help of the SBOs and senior committee. The turn out was better than expected and everyone seemed like they had  lot of fun. “We may not have gotten through as many episodes as we planned, but people had a great time in there” states Scott Swain.

Well, it seems like the idea turned out great. If you are a junior or a sophomore, let’s hope this becomes a tradition so all of us can be able to enjoy it.

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Ties for prom and a good cause

Sadie Green created a business called Green Starfish. This is an up and coming business. Not only is it selling ties to students at Davis High, but it’s helping families get out of poverty.

Green Starfish was started by an assignment in an entrepreneur class at the school. The assignment was just supposed to be a theoretical, but Sadie went above and beyond to create her business. Sadie decided that it would be a good idea to sell ties, because prom season is coming up, and ties are about to become a very needed product throughout the school.

Green Starfish is also helping families in get out of poverty. The business is specifically helping a family in Guatemala called the Garcia family. The family is close friends with Sadie Green’s family, the father’s of both families met on their missions and stayed in touch ever since. Right now Emilio (the father of the Garcia family) is struggling with his health, so the main goal of the company is to help his kids with the money they are trying to gain. The poverty rate in Guatemala is growing, right now 23% of the people are in extreme poverty. 50% of profits go to getting people out of poverty.

By supporting this business you can help the people in Guatemala and help the Garcia family. Buy a tie from Green Starfish for prom and support a great business. You can look at the ties Green Starfish has to sell on the Instagram: @green.starfish


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Seniors and College Registration

Nearing the end of the year, many seniors are looking for what they are going to do with their lives after high school. For many, this means college. Getting into college can be a stressful experience, because depending on where you go, you will be living there for however long you are attending the school.

Another reason why choosing the right college for you is so important is because depending on how good of an education you get, it could determine the job you have and ultimately even decide where you live. These are huge things in your life. Every year, seniors feel this pressure and rightfully so.

When going to college you have to take many things into consideration. Some of these things being who you are rooming with, where you are going to stay, what you are going to pay with, and many more things.

Student Will Ferrin said, “its really hard to decide where to go.” this is the common theme for many students because, like stated earlier, this is one of the decisions that shapes many of the things in your life.

In conclusion, even though it seems daunting and scary to decide where you are going to college… it is an awesome decision that will shape your life for better or for worse.

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Class of ’19 “Most Likely to…”

Since the yearbook doesn’t do it, DHS News has decided to throw together a list of “Most likely to”s for the graduating seniors. We have created a list of 16 categories with three guys and three girls nominated for each category. Here’s your chance to vote for the people you think deserve to be the definitive “Most likely to” for that category.

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Experience the golden age of music at moonlight serenade

For years, the highlight of Davis High fine arts programs has been the Moonlight Serenade. Delicious food and a night of fun produce the experience of a lifetime, and can be enjoyed by people from all over. Ageless music combines with dazzling performances to create the Moonlight Serenade.

The moonlight serenade has been hosted by the fine arts companies at Davis High for several years, preparing the music and ensemble performances half a year in advance.

While dinner is being served, the jazz band and moonlight singers perform several different songs from the 20’s, 30’s and 40’s. A custom drink bar and dance floor are offered for guests who buy a seat at the event.

Tickets for Moonlight are $30, and it includes a seat, fancy dinner/drinks, fine arts performances, and a chance to dance on the dance floor. However, separate tickets are sold for $5 to enjoy the music and dance floor alone.

Many people enjoy Moonlight Serenade over prom, because of the gourmet food and live music. City residents and Davis high students agree that this annual event is a must for couples and groups.

This night is a classical event that is known by cities all around Davis School District. It is a chance to enjoy exceptional music and gourmet food while taking a look into the golden age of music.

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Sophomores take a a test

This year, the Davis school district has decided to give a writing test to both sophomores and freshman to see how well our students improve in writing. The Davis school district is the only district in the state to choose this format, this year. The writing test used to be a part of the sage testing, and was for many years, until they decided to switch.

The same people that run the ACT, run this writing test. Now that there is a mandatory writing section in the ACT the school decided to use their format to help students, hoping it will help them prepare for the written ACT test later.

The ACT version is hand written, but this written test, like the old sage test, is on the computer. The test is either an argumentative essay or an informative one. Each student is given the same passage, and with the information given they will either choose a side or produce information from what is given. This essay is designed to be a 3-6 paragraph essay, depending on the format.

These tests are being taken during the English class of each students, so as to not disturb the schedule of the school like The ACT does. Some of last week and part of this week are when it is being taken, so as all of the students finish it up, the school will learn how well their kids are learning, hoping that one year of English will make it better. I am pretty sure that it will, but you never know.

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Have Past Artists Influenced Modern Music?

Every few years artists find new ways to coax fans into their music, leading a revolution of change in the music industry. An industry that will go to the depths of someones mind, and haunt the artists that find those catchy sounds and trends. Leading them to decide whether or not they want to descend the down whirl spiral of fame.

We live in an age where the theme of trans-realism has seeped within modern day arts and utilized by experienced and upcoming music artists. Trans-realism is the movement in where people want to escape reality due to abnormally high depression rates, arts use science fiction and fantastical elements to give a feelings of beings lost within an alternate reality. Which means anything from drug use to burring your face into a self phone could be considered as such.

Artists who have become popular over the years all have something in common. Artists that stick out, tend to travel lands untouched by the music industry. They develop a controversial image by talking about taboo topics and unearthing the uncomfortable. As well as drawing the listener into an alternate reality using those unique sounds and tones. These sounds and tones are not always from the norm’ but is what keeps you coming back for more.

Each decade has had artists follow this criteria. Leading the psychedelic movement in the 60’s was The Grateful Dead. This group sang popular songs like “Box of Rain”, “Friend of the Devil”, “Uncle Johns Bands’, and “Touch of Grey”. Although the sounds within the songs were recognized by most, songs like “Fire On the Mountain”, “Dark Star”, and “Unbroken Chain” gave fans a taste of what music could be. While being consumed by the chimes from”Unbroken Chain”, surrounded by products of Woodstock 69, and an agent from the psychedelic world gave people the ability to fully travel into that different reality.

Following the 70’s came bands like The Doors and Pink Floyd. Each explored their own sounds and men like Jim Moresen found that the strange shouldn’t always be shunned. As The Doors whaled on the organ creating songs like “The End” and “People of Strange” it gave an eerie feeling of the shadows of society. However Pink Floyd used sounds of the world in songs like “Breathe (Air)” and “Money”. The whirls of wind added into the back ground and the clanking of money and cash registers allowed fans to relate to their music, to their modern lives.

As the 80’s were coming to the end, rock, pop, and white pants were just not cutting it for some and a new form of music had begun to pry its way into musical culture. Without knowing it, the rap group N.W.A changed musical culture forever. Songs like “Straight Outta Compton”, exposed the dark truth of growing up in Compton and places like it. As many listened in dis-belief, the harsh language and bluntness used in their music angered many. For most  were not ready to accept the controversy of the outside world.

Generations passed and the world became more accustom as generations pass. Legends like Curt Cobain and the rest of Nirvana came out with songs like “Smells Like Teen Spirit” that went along the lines of teenage life. Discussing teenage years during the grunge age. Artists like Kid Cudi dug deep into their self conscious to give us beats from another world. A great example is Travis Scott. His brand new album, “Astroworld” allows you to take a ride in a torn down amusement park in Texas.

Music has changed throughout the years but in some ways has stayed the same. The beauty of the matter, is music can take you away from reality. You can get lost within distant memories tied to the artists music and find clarity in the world we live in.





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Davis High’s got talent

On March 20, 2019 Davis High presented our yearly talent show. There were nine amazing performances, all diverse and saturated with immense talent. So lets take a look at these astounding performers.

The first act of the day displayed the amazing drumming skills of Ambree and Ellison. The second they stepped on the stage with their snare drums, they brought a whole new element to the auditorium. Their performance was upbeat, lively, and lots of fun. Not only did they bring the audience joy, but they themselves were radiating with joviality.

The next act was presented by Hyrum Frank. There is no mistake that he has the vocal chords of a professional singer. His performance of “Stone Cold” by Demi Lovato filled the audience with astonishment. He accompanied his vocal presentation with the acoustic guitar and mesmerized the audience with his skills.

Mary Oldem then performed a beautiful piano piece that displayed her perplexing skills. As her fingers flew across the keys, the audience watched in bewilderment of the majestic melody she bestowed.

If you didn’t recognize Asher Layton before, you definitely will now. After his vocal and guitar performance, Davis High fell in love with him and his talent.

The amazing “Skater Boi” act thrilled the audience as Tayden Webb started dancing and doing jumps and flips with roller skates on. Obviously skilled in his department, Webb took advantage of the surprise of the audience and kept giving them more stunts and dance moves.

Isabel Rogers stepped on stage and captured the attention with her song about love





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Prom is right around the corner

The end of school is drawing nearer and nearer.  What does that mean? Prom is right around the corner. Davis Prom is a big deal around here. Students are getting excited for the Dance, along with a buzz going around with it.

To some students Prom is a pretty big deal. Will Ferrin, student at Davis high missed last years Prom and says he excited for the opportunity provided by the school to go and enjoy his fellow classmates presence at the dance one last time.

Zoe Jacobs said,

“I think the Prom is a great opportunity to be with friends and to dress up.”

Margaret Brown said,

“I think that it’s a good social experience to meet new people and it is overall just a fine time.”

When asked about some of the expectations for Prom, Braden Wilding said,

“Prom is awesome, I’m expecting for it to be an overall good time.”

Davis High D’ette Cali Stephenson added,

“Prom’s better than all the other dances. I’m hoping for some good music, some good dinner, and a good time with my group and date.”

At the end of the day Prom is an awesome time. It will be a great time to hangout with your friends and to have a lot of fun.

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The Bread and Cheese Club Art Show

The Bread and Cheese Club is hosting an art show on Wednesday, April 10th. The show will display all of the work that the members of the club have created throughout the year. Bread and cheese will be provided at the event.

The club has been a place for artists of different mediums to come together and collaborate on a variety of projects. Pieces of art will be on display for people to come see. Some of the mediums that will be featured include paintings, ceramics, and music.

Any student is welcome to bring art to display at the event, or to send a photo or video of their art to breadandcheese.davis@gmail.com to have displayed at the event, regardless of their involvement with the club prior to the art show.

Though admission is free, donations will be collected for the International Child Art Foundation. The club has been collecting donations all year, and this art show will be the last opportunity to gather cash for foundation this year.

With meetings twice weekly for the last six months, the Bread and Cheese Club has been preparing for this event since the very beginning. This art show marks the end of the club for the year.

One of the pieces of art that will be featured at the show is the short film “The Gambler’s Fallacy”. Various members of the club had the opportunity to share their diverse talents during the making of this film. The 24 minute film will have its premiere at the end of the art show on Wednesday.

The small club is hoping for a good turnout. This is a chance for the hardworking artists to show off their talents and a way for them to celebrate the end of the club. Plus, it’s free food and entertainment. What more could you want?

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The Davis High civil rights assembly

One of the most anticipated events of the year here at Davis High School is happening this Thursday, March 21. The students and parents of the Davis High community have the wonderful opportunity to hear from special guests who are willing to come to our school and help us learn more about one of the most pivotal times in our country’s history: the Civil Rights Movement.

We are so lucky to be able to have the chance to hold this assembly each year and enrich our lives by seeing first hand what it was like for African American citizens growing up and living in the United States during the Civil Rights Movement.

This year Davis High has the amazing opportunity to hear from two incredible women, Dr. Valda Montgomery and Janice Kelsey, Devery Anderson, who is the author of: “Emmet Till, the Murder that Shocked the World and Propelled the Civil Rights Movement, and the Hill Air Force Base Baptist Choir. This is not an assembly you will want to miss.

Valda Montgomery lived in Birmingham, Alabama in the 1950s and ’60s, where her parents owned the only African American owned pharmacy in town. In their home they held several civil rights meetings where Dr. Martin Luther King was in attendance, and helped hide freedom riders and other African Americans from hate groups such as the KKK.

Janice Kelsey was a teenager when Martin Luther King called for the Children’s March in Birmingham in 1963. The day of the march she snuck out of her high school with her brother and ended up getting arrested for her participation in the march.

We are very privileged to be able to have assemblies like these at Davis High school, and all students are encouraged to attend.

“It’s important to learn from the past so that when we see things going on in the present we know that we should stand up and try to make a change just like these guys did back in the ’50s and ’60s.”

——- Ms. Leedy, one of the History teachers here at Davis who helps organize this assembly.

You will not want to miss out on what these speakers have prepared to share with our school, so come to the assembly on Thursday!!


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