Davis High Alumni: Scott Swain

Scott Swain is a Davis High alumni whose legacy of writing will forever be etched into the walls of Davis High. Scott graduated last year and has been attending college at Utah State University majoring in English Literature. He also has a little sister, Katie Swain, that is a sophomore here at Davis. I asked her what her brother has been up to lately and she said this: 

“He is just working on school right now and he’s filling out papers to do a service mission next year.” 

She also said that she has read a few of his articles and says that she loves his writing because he is very good at it and has an interesting yet graceful way with words. I then talked to Scott Swain himself and got to ask him a few questions. The first question is one that I think all the seniors who are graduating are dying to know the answer to: what is life really like after Davis High School? 

“I was honestly surprised at how little things change. Yeah you have new responsibilities and youre in a new place with new people, but essentially, it’s the same life. It’s only really painfully different when a crisis hits and you have to be a mature adult and handle it yourself.” 

He also said that the thing he misses most about Davis High is the people, the friends he made and all the teachers he had, specifically Mr. Frey. For the people that knew Scott, they knew that he was an excellent writer and was an amazing student. I was curious as to why he loved to write so much so I asked him what it is about literature that he admires so much. 

I love literature because I love how the intricacies of human nature can be expressed through art. I believe literature and art are a very accessible medium for this expression. For example, it’s easier to interpret a paragraph of a book than a brush stroke of a painting. Because of this, I believe literature has a lot more power and flexibility over what it expresses than other art forms.” 

Scott was an exceptional student here at Davis and is continuing to keep up his excellence in his college career!

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Cesar Calvillo: Davis High Alumni Student

Cesar Calvillo graduated from, ‘Dear old Davis High School,’ in the year 2017 and is out facing the real world and reminiscing on his years at Davis High School.

Cesar describes the opportunity of graduating from Davis high school as the most high honor and includes the value it has.

“…It’s been a great feeling to know that I was set up with such a prominent education from Davis High School, really set me apart from other students in the past.”

Cesar’s time here was something he enjoyed very much because while he attend he was heavily involved in the school. Starting his freshman year, when he was on the football team and continued on the team until his senior year. During his senior season of football he got the opportunity to be a team captain. When asked what he misses most he said,

” … I really loved my time at Davis and I wouldn’t trade it for the world.”

Cesar was also the Vice President Student Body Officer, which he adored being able to have the opportunity to take a leadership role in the high school. This was a great opportunity for him meet new friends. The friends he made while holding this position are some of his closest friends to this day.

“It was really unique in the sense that it was my first opportunity as a student government leader of some sort. I’d always led in other scenarios like on the football field team, or in scouts or anything like that, but it was really different because as an officer everybody knows you and you’re expected to have a smile on your face which was easy for me because I was always smiling anyways.”

Becoming an officer really helped him become friends with more people. One friend became very close with was Hayden Prows a friend he made at Davis and still spends time with him almost every weekend now at 20 year olds.

Cesar attended Snow College to receive his Associates degree where he was able to represent Snow as an Ambassador. He is now attending Weber State University studying Business Administration in hopes to receive his Bachelor’s degree and is also work construction for ISEC to pay for his schooling.

Cesar Calvillo was an outstanding student and representative for Davis High and continues to represent that legacy through his success in schooling and work, while carrying on the Davis High name.

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Jan Hollist: The Wiz

Jan Hollist, a math teacher at Davis High School has been teaching for 17 years and her passion for teaching only grows the longer she teaches.

Mrs. Hollist has had a passion for teaching since her tutoring years when she was younger. This also made her want to start teaching math as a profession.

She said,

“… I loved helping somebody have an aha moment because I think math is beautiful and wonderful and it’s fun to help people see some of that beauty.”

She enjoys her job, although it is a subject that most students don’t thrive in posing a challenge to teach differently through her love and passion for it.

When asked about what her favorite thing is about teaching is she said,

“Working with kids is my favorite”

Rachel Bennett, a student in her math 1030 CE class, says

“She has a great teaching style because she cares about us. She want us to actually learn the content to do well, and she provides students with extra resources like, keys, worked out keys, and her own undivided attention when we need help. She’s all about learning and not just the tests.”

Teaching for such a long period of time has also helped her understand high school students and how they work and perform. It has made her find things she dislikes about the job, but still finds joy in her job because they are minor disadvantages.

When asked what she dislikes about her teaching math she said,

“It’s hard, I hate grading tests, I wish I didn’t have to grade tests, but  if I don’t give you guys tests you guys don’t care about learning it for some silly reason”

Mrs. Hollist is a great teacher who excels in teaching students something that they really don’t want to learn. She somehow makes you want to learn it, want to be in class and want to learn. She enjoys her job and it shows through her teaching. She is a very valuable teacher to, ‘Dear Old Davis High School.’

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Nick Fisher: All Star Basketball Player

Did you know that Nick Fisher has been playing basketball since the first grade? He first got involved with basketball because he loved playing sports and being active in general and eventually fell in love with the game.

Nick is a senior at Davis High School and was on the Varsity basketball team. The boys basketball team went all the way to state finals this year thanks to the incredible coaches and teamwork the team displays on and off the court.

“It was a great feeling, but we know how much potential we have and that keeps us going. It’s a really good feeling going into state as the number one seed but at the same time it also puts a big target on our backs because every team wants to knock us out, so we just have to play as a team and the score will take care of itself,” Nick responded when asked about how he felt about the boys team making it to state.

Nick’s position on the court is the 3rd position otherwise known as shooting guard. During the season the boys basketball team would practice every week day that they didn’t have a game which was usually every other day. They would have games twice a week.

Nick’s dad is one of his biggest role models in life because of how hard he works and his determination in everything he does. Nick is personally proud of how hard he works at everything he does and the way he treats other. He feels like that has been a great accomplishment in his life.

While Nick may not know what his plans after high school  are, he’s definitely looking at colleges and an LDS mission.

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Alexandra Smith

Alexandra Smith, the amazing girl we all know as Lexi. She has such a beautiful, princess like name that was way too good to add a middle name to. However, if she were to have one she’d want it to be “Louise”, her grandma’s name. This would also be the name of her dream brand, Alexandra Louise. Lexi is passionate about art, makeup, fashion, and politics. A girl with variety you might say.

Lexi also has a love for animals, especially cats. She loves her pet cats, but Franny and Joyce are her favorites. Joyce is the cat Lexi has had for the longest, ten years to be exact. Franny is the baby of the cats, she’s only been apart of the family for four short months. She has even encouraged others to become more warm towards cats.

“She’s made me more accepting towards cats.”

Said Porter Archibald.

Lexi is planning on bringing Franny to college with her. Lexi is planning on attending SUU this fall with her best friend. She wants to finish her generals and get involved in the community.

Aside from projecting her love of cats, Lexi has had a great effect on her friends and family around her. She is a very supportive and loving friend.

“Lexi has been there to support me and pick me up when I’m down.”

Said Eli Tesch.

She is always making sure everyone is having a fun time.

“She’s so inclusive and nice. When we met at a party, she really made it a party.”

Said Mikaela Ponce.

Lexi has had a positive impact and has encourage those she cares about to do the right thing.

“She kept me on the right path!”

Said Wyatt Ko.

Lexi is an amazing person who blesses us all with her existence.

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Cam Swapp? More like Cam Swat

Cameron Swapp, more than just the center on the the Davis High basketball team, he’s an amazing player on and off the court.

Cam is known as  a number 5 on the court which means he plays the position of center. As the center he is the key on the court which makes him the protector of the hoop. He excels while doing this as he is known as a leader in rebounding.

Cam has been playing basketball since kindergarten on competitive teams and continued to play on the junior team for Kaysville and as a freshman he made the varsity team. Then as he reached high school he played on the sophomore team and has played for the Darts ever since. Cam was ready to play, get the rebound, and protect the hoop.

He’s loved playing on the team so far because he loves his team. Cam said,

“My teammates are my best friends.”

When asked about team cliques Cam said,

“That they have gotten far better than in years in the past because the seniors this year have done a better job on combining them in to one.”

As a team they also got the opportunity to go to San Francisco which helped their team grow together and to gain a better understanding of the team dynamic.

Cam also was selected for Academic All- State. This means UHSAA selects students from each region that excelled in the class room and on the court.

“He wears number 34, ironically this gym rat got that exact score on the ACT.” – Mentor of Cam

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Davis loves Hannah Loveland!

Hannah Loveland is a senior at Davis High School. She is a star athlete on the girls basketball team. This year the team had an 18-5 record (which is extremely impressive). Hannah has been on the team for 4 years and has loved it.

“It’s been an amazing experience. I’ve learned so many things.” She explained

Over the past few years, she has been very involved in the team. Hannah has created great relationships with the other girls on the team. The team has had a great impact on her life. Through all the wins and losses the basketball team is a place where Hannah has found a second family and a home on the basketball court.

“I’ve learned how to work hard and persevere through tough things.” she continues to say “I’ve learned how to overcome things mentally.”

Hannah loves basketball because she loves the adrenaline rush she gets after the fight for a hard win. She also talked about how much she loves her teammates. Hannah loves to make the people who support her and cheer her on proud. Hannah loves her family and loves spending time with them.

Besides basketball Hannah likes to play the ukulele in her free time. She also loves to cook. Hannah is a lovely girl who is also extremely talented. She has worked so hard in her high school basketball career and Davis High School is happy to have her not only as an impressive athlete but also as a caring student.

 

 

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Dax Pew: the “Dewde”

Varsity basketball player for Davis High School has played for the Darts since his sophomore year, but has played competitively since he was an 8 year old little dude.

Dax originally started playing basketball in third grade because his parents thought that it would be something fun for him to do. Basketball grew into something he became passionate about. He had the opportunity to travel for basketball to places such as California, North Carolina, and Oregon.

“Traveling is such a wonderful way to explore your passions, adding so much more to the original experience.” -Davis High Student

Starting at such a young age has lead him to playing at Centennial Junior High and then onto Davis High School and has always been a varsity starter. So much talent and hard work being put to use and could most definitely open up college opportunities. Not only is there the aspect of education, but the social aspect does come into play.

While in the present there is an open family-like community within the basketball team, at one point everyone has their own set “cliques.” This provided a lot of trial with the united aspect of the team as people and as players.

“Basketball has always been a sport worth while for me. I know that so many people don’t have the opportunity to have a team that is your second family. I always look forward to games and practices for the soul reason of being to spend time with them.” – Basketball Team Member

Not only does he adore his basketball career, but also adores Disney, in fact, he can quote the entire Lion King movie by heart. This is not the only TV related hobby of his. Last year alone he spent just about every moment of free time, whether it be in the car or doing chores, listening to Disney music.

Dax is a great basketball player and is loved by many for his efforts and personality on and off the basketball court.

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Dax Pew: the “Dewde”

Varsity basketball player for Davis High School has played for the Darts since his sophomore year, but has played competitively since he was an 8 year old little dude.

Dax originally started playing basketball in third grade because his parents thought that it would be something fun for him to do. Basketball grew into something he became passionate about. He had the opportunity to travel for basketball to places such as California, North Carolina, and Oregon.

“Traveling is such a wonderful way to explore your passions, adding so much more to the original experience.” -Davis High Student

Starting at such a young age has lead him to playing at Centennial Junior High and then onto Davis High School and has always been a varsity starter. So much talent and hard work being put to use and could most definitely open up college opportunities. Not only is there the aspect of education, but the social aspect does come into play.

While in the present there is an open family-like community within the basketball team, at one point everyone has their own set “cliques.” This provided a lot of trial with the united aspect of the team as people and as players.

“Basketball has always been a sport worth while for me. I know that so many people don’t have the opportunity to have a team that is your second family. I always look forward to games and practices for the soul reason of being to spend time with them.” – Basketball Team Member

Not only does he adore his basketball career, but also adores Disney, in fact, he can quote the entire Lion King movie by heart. This is not the only TV related hobby of his. Last year alone he spent just about every moment of free time, whether it be in the car or doing chores, listening to Disney music.

Dax is a great basketball player and is loved by many for his efforts and personality on and off the basketball court.

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Athlete spotlight: Annie Fuller

Annie Fuller, a Davis High varsity, senior on the girls’ basketball team, has learned a lot from playing and being apart of a team.

Annie has been playing basketball for about four years. Over this time, she’s gotten much more aggressive. She feels more comfortable and more confident in her sho as well. She’s gained confidence, friendships, and many memorable experiences.

Annie enjoys basketball because it is a fast and energetic sport that requires lots of focus and attention to detail. She also described the whole experience as exciting, especially when the team wins.

In her opinion,

“the best part of playing basketball is the friendships she gets to make.” “We’re all best friends and we all hang out.”

The girls are close, have a fun dynamic, and are very enthusiastic when it comes to their pastime.

She also likes that it keeps her busy and fills her time.

Being apart of a team has taught her some life lessons.

She shares that,

“Our team goes through a lot of hard times that strengthen us,”

For example, last year two girls on the basketball team got into a car crash. They both survived, but it made Annie see life a little differently.

She explained that,

“We’ve learned that every little second means a lot with people.”

Annie Fuller is an amazing player and her teammates have become her sisters because of the experiences that have had by being on the team together.

 

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Spotlight: Sam Heath

Sam Heath, senior point guard on the Davis High Varsity Basketball team, has shown his love for the sport by furthering his basketball career through-out his high school career.

The Davis High boys’ basketball point guard started playing when he was 5 years old. His dad was the one who first showed him how to play, and ever since then, it has stuck with him. Over the years, he has grown to be an amazing player who makes a major difference for the team.

When asked about the best part about playing basketball, he responded:
“I like to play with my friends and I just think its fun. It’s something I’ve loved doing ever since I was a kid”

When asked about the worst part about playing basketball, he responded:
“Running. All of the running we do for conditioning and stuff.”

This basketball season has been really good so far, besides the running. The Davis High basketball team has won 20 of their games and only lost 1, against Layton. So, that makes them the number 1 team going into state. He has high hopes for state and is super excited. He believes they will do good because he has a good bond and really good chemistry with the team. This is because he has played with most of the players since 6th grade. All through-out Jr. High, and through the past 3 years of high school.

During the state, Sam Heath’s biggest supporters will be there watching. His parents and his family will cheer him, and the team on through-out their last few high school basketball games.

Although he has shown his love for basketball through-out his grade school career, he does not plan on furthering it into college even though, he is a great player, with amazing skills, and a lot of potential.

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Jackson Price: The Davis High Wrestling Prodigy

6 years ago, Jackson Price began a wrestling career that would turn into the legacy it is today. As he takes his talents to state to represent Davis High, he will need all the experience he has gained throughout the years.

When reflecting on his career as a dart, Jackson has had some great moments that have all contributed to his becoming a great wrestler. One of Jackson’s favorites were actually his region matches.

“They were all revenge games, because I was beating guys I lost to before,” said Jackson when describing his regional matches.

Price did very well at regionals recording many victories, and snapping a losing streak.

Jackson has clearly had an awesome wrestling career, but how did he become one of the best in the state?

“Working hard,” was one of the few things Jackson said had contributed to his talent.

Jackson, unlike any other skilled athlete, worked hard. Jackson Price isn’t an exception, any athlete will tell you they have worked to get to where they are. There is no way around, over, or under hard work and clearly Jackson has known that, because of the position to succeed that he has put himself in today.

All in all, Jackson is one of the best wrestlers in the state, but as a senior he will be leaving Davis high in a few months. We wish him luck as he moves onto state. Go Darts!

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Trevan Leonhardt represents Davis at State

Trevan Leonhardt, a senior on the Davis High Varsity Basketball team loves the sport he plays and is a brother to his teammates on and off the court.

Trevan has been playing basketball since he was just 2 years old and still has the same enthusiasm for the sport today as he did the first time he dribbled the ball. When he was younger, he played on junior jazz teams and many other recreational and city league teams. As he’s gotten older, he has played on travel and competition teams as well as school teams including those at Centennial Jr. High and Davis High School where he currently plays on the varsity team.

Basketball has become a major part of the young athlete’s life and he has developed a strong love and respect for the sport.

“Basketball is hard.”

He says.

“It takes a lot of practice and work, but since it is hard, it makes it that much more fun and satisfying when you do well or achieve a goal.”

As with most clubs or sports, being a member of the basketball team ensures meeting new people and, hopefully, making new friends. Trevan explained that the dynamic and success of the team revolves particularly around the overall vibe of the team and the relationships among members. To ensure a successful season, it has been a goal for Trevan and his teammates to reach out to each other more and become better friends.

The seniors on the team, including Trevan, have really taken ownership of this goal.

“Our senior class for sure has been super welcoming to everyone, especially to the younger guys because they are still finding themselves. We have a few ninth graders on the team as well, so we really try to look out for those guys. The team is definitely a family culture-we all have each other’s backs.”

Trevan states.

This ongoing effort is not only reflected in the on-court success of the team, but also in their activities off court. Recently, the team went on a trip together where they bonded and developed even stronger friendships.

“The trip affected my relationships with the other guys in a really good way. Most of the time, in the season, you just practice with each other and you know each other on the basketball court. Of course, you become friends and you hang out, but when you go on a trip with your teammates, you get to room with some guys that you might not have known as well and you get to see how they act off court.”

Trevan explained.

This team trip provided teammates the opportunity to learn more about each other and to interact with each other in a whole new situation. With state tournaments coming up just around the corner, Trevan reflected on the past season with enthusiasm and hopefulness.

“We’re having a really good season! We won region recently which was one of our biggest goals. Our other goal was to win state so hopefully soon we can say that about ourselves. We feel really proud about how we’ve played in the season so far, and we are feeling super confident going into state. As long as we stay focused and keep winning these games, we’ll get there.”

Trevan says.

Trevan feels at home on the court and him and his teammates have become a family. His influence on the team is undeniable and Davis High roots for him as he leads his teammates to state.

 

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Trevan Leonhardt represents Davis at State

Trevan Leonhardt, a senior on the Davis High Varsity Basketball team loves the sport he plays and is a brother to his teammates on and off the court.

Trevan has been playing basketball since he was just 2 years old and still has the same enthusiasm for the sport today as he did the first time he dribbled the ball. When he was younger, he played on junior jazz teams and many other recreational and city league teams. As he’s gotten older, he has played on travel and competition teams as well as school teams including those at Centennial Jr. High and Davis High School where he currently plays on the varsity team.

Basketball has become a major part of the young athlete’s life and he has developed a strong love and respect for the sport.

“Basketball is hard.”

He says.

“It takes a lot of practice and work, but since it is hard, it makes it that much more fun and satisfying when you do well or achieve a goal.”

As with most clubs or sports, being a member of the basketball team ensures meeting new people and, hopefully, making new friends. Trevan explained that the dynamic and success of the team revolves particularly around the overall vibe of the team and the relationships among members. To ensure a successful season, it has been a goal for Trevan and his teammates to reach out to each other more and become better friends.

The seniors on the team, including Trevan, have really taken ownership of this goal.

“Our senior class for sure has been super welcoming to everyone, especially to the younger guys because they are still finding themselves. We have a few ninth graders on the team as well, so we really try to look out for those guys. The team is definitely a family culture-we all have each other’s backs.”

Trevan states.

This ongoing effort is not only reflected in the on-court success of the team, but also in their activities off court. Recently, the team went on a trip together where they bonded and developed even stronger friendships.

“The trip affected my relationships with the other guys in a really good way. Most of the time, in the season, you just practice with each other and you know each other on the basketball court. Of course, you become friends and you hang out, but when you go on a trip with your teammates, you get to room with some guys that you might not have known as well and you get to see how they act off court.”

Trevan explained.

This team trip provided teammates the opportunity to learn more about each other and to interact with each other in a whole new situation. With state tournaments coming up just around the corner, Trevan reflected on the past season with enthusiasm and hopefulness.

“We’re having a really good season! We won region recently which was one of our biggest goals. Our other goal was to win state so hopefully soon we can say that about ourselves. We feel really proud about how we’ve played in the season so far, and we are feeling super confident going into state. As long as we stay focused and keep winning these games, we’ll get there.”

Trevan says.

Trevan feels at home on the court and him and his teammates have become a family. His influence on the team is undeniable and Davis High roots for him as he leads his teammates to state.

 

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Athlete spotlight: Julia Nettleton

Julia Nettleton, a senior on the girls varsity basketball team for Davis High School, loves to play basketball, but never intended to go as far as she has gone in her basketball career.

The girls basketball team is on fire this year! They have won 17 games and only lost 4 games. It has been a great season for the Darts. Their biggest competitor is Layton High School with a record of 9-11. The girls team is going onto State as they recieved the title of Region Champions. The girls are so pumped for this challenge and the fact that practices are going to be a lot harder than what they are right now, but are ready to slaughter as they continue their path toward State.

Julia first started playing basketball in junior high, where she played for her school Kaysville Junior High during her 9th grade year there. Although her intention was just to play for fun, and not intentionally develop a basketball career, basketball turned into something she is really passionate about. If she could change anything about her basketball experience, she would have started playing basketball earlier. Julia loves being on the basketball team and playing the sport she loves.

Julia expresses her favorite parts about being on the team by saying that,

“The best thing about being on the team is getting to know everyone and they’re all my sisters.”

She continues by sharing the rewards she receives through the sport itself,

“The most rewarding thing is practicing everyday, then going on to win.”

The Girls Basketball team spends all day together. Julia shared that on game days they spend all day together, when they are at school, practice, and then competing. Spending all that time together allows the girls to have a special bond with each other that they wouldn’t be able to have without their love for basketball.

Julia has been a valuable player for the Darts and has served her team and her school well. Good luck to Julia as she furthers her basketball career as the Lady Darts make their goal toward State and she finishes her senior year!

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Jax Pearce: One of the top basketball players in the state

Learn a little bit more about Davis High’s, #22, state leader in blocks: Jax Pearce.

Jax Pearce has played basketball since he was five. When he was eight he played on a rec team with most of the guys he plays with at Davis High. This was the start to him becoming a starter at Davis. Jax has contributed a ton to our 2020 team. At the home game against Layton, one of the biggest games in state, he averaged 6 points 1 assist and 3 rebounds. Overall Jax has scored 156 points while being on the varsity team at Davis High. One of his favorite memories of this years basketball season was beating Fremont for the first time!

“My favorite thing about playing at Davis is the environment, playing with all my buddies, and the crowds energy.” -Jax Pearce(senior)

Because everyone knows state is coming up, Jax was asked what his expectations for state really were.

He kept it very simple, “We honestly just want to win it!” – Jax Pearce(senior)

And that is what Jax Pearce and his other Davis High teammates intend to do.

Jax not only is the state leader in blocks, he has a few other talents up his sleeve that you might want to hear. He said he can drive green on hole 18 on the Davis golf course. Jax Pearce also plays for the boys volleyball club at Davis high school. Three talents, is pretty impressive.

Jax’s high school basketball career is close to an end, but he has made a huge impact on our school and community through him doing what he loves, basketball. He not only is the state leader in blocks, but he also brings the community together by playing at these high school games. So, make sure you all pull up to the state game to cheer on Davis Highs very own, Jax Pearce.

 

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Sage Bangerter: All state dance

What does it take to be a dancer? All those hours day in and day out, practicing early in the morning and late at night. Yes practice is important but your gonna have to do a lot more then that if you want to make All State Dance!

Sage Bangerter is one of the dance members for the dance team here at Davis High, the Dette’s. She is a senior at Davis and has been danced each year since her sophomore year. With the long practices and hours needed too fine tuning skills, dance routines and team work,

“It’s a lot of hard work and long practices but all the hard work is super rewarding!” she says.

You can watch the Dette’s preform during half time shows at football games, basketball games, and many other events as well.

Sage isn’t just a dancer for the Davis Dette’s, she is also an All State Dancer. All Sate Dance is a tryout that only three girls from each 6A school in the state. After the girls are sent and tryout, they will take the top 25 dancers as a showcase of the best dancers in the state. Sage was sent with three other girls from the Dette’s dance team and made the All State team! Showing just how good she is at what she does.

During the process of becoming ready for the tryouts she spent countless hours practicing technique for the first section of the all state tryouts, technique. She then brushed up on her other skills and was ready to go!

Sage’s favorite thing about drill is being able to spend time with her best friends,

“Because we so much time together practicing and dancing that we have all become such good friends and created so many good memories.” she says.

She goes on to tell us her least favorite thing is morning practices,

“They are really hard in the moment, but eventually pay off!”

With some hard work and early morning practices, who knows maybe you could be the next All State Dancer!

 

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Kelsey Leavitt: Varsity Basketball Superstar

“She shoots… she scores!” the announcer booms over the erupting crowd. Kelsey Leavitt is tackled by her teammates in a supportive embrace as Davis High School’s student body chants and cheers excitedly in the stands.

Davis High School’s girls’ basketball team is undoubtedly beloved by all, but after diving deeper into varsity super-star Kelsey Leavitt, I realized more fully what it truly means to be on the girls’ basketball team. Kelsey is a senior at Davis High and a vital member of our varsity girls basketball team. In the past few years at Davis High, Kelsey has contributed significantly to the success of the team and her dedication to her friends and teammates is inspiring.

Kelsey has been playing for about 10 years and continues to love the sport more and more with every game she plays. While she does work consistently at improving her technical skills on the court, she also works just as hard at developing lasting friendships with her teammates. According to Kelsey, the girls on Davis High’s basketball team are incredibly supportive and encouraging of each other. She claims that the trust and friendship among team members is absolutely crucial to the overall success of the team. Kelsey recalls, “Our coach once told us that we won’t remember the scores of games but we will remember the relationships we formed! That just really stuck with me because these girls are my sisters and I love them more than anything!” Knowing each member’s strengths and weaknesses allows the team to provide an environment where everybody can be successful. “Everyone on the team has a role and we trust that each person will do their part and that’s really what makes us a great team!” states Kelsey.

Kelsey claims that being a part of the team ensures “automatic friends” who always strive to support and motivate each other. Kelsey and her teammates motivate each other after losing a game by figuring out what went wrong, fixing the problem, and quickly moving on. Not getting stuck on a bad game allows them to improve and become better. Besides her teammates, Kelsey draws inspiration and motivation to improve her basketball skills from her idol, Sabrina Lonescu, who plays for the University of Oregon and is considered the best collegiate women’s basketball player in the country right now. “She inspires me by the way she plays. She’s not just good at shooting or doing it all herself, she’s a real team player and shares the ball just as good as she shoots it! She has inspired me to improve my overall game and not just one thing!” says Kelsey.

Kelsey and her teammates and coaches often set goals together to keep themselves focused and driven. “One goal we have every year is to beat Layton!” expresses Kelsey. Another major goal they try to focus on every year is to emphasize the ‘student’ part of ‘student athlete’ by encouraging each other to maintain a 3.0 GPA or higher and to keep on top of their academic studies.

Kelsey and the rest of the girls basketball team have had enormous success in the past season and we wish them all the best in future events and games!

 

 

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Kelsey Leavitt: Varsity Basketball Superstar

“She shoots… she scores!” the announcer booms over the erupting crowd. Kelsey Leavitt is tackled by her teammates in a supportive embrace as Davis High School’s student body chants and cheers excitedly in the stands.

Davis High School’s girls’ basketball team is undoubtedly beloved by all, but after diving deeper into varsity super-star Kelsey Leavitt, I realized more fully what it truly means to be on the girls’ basketball team. Kelsey is a senior at Davis High and a vital member of our varsity girls basketball team. In the past few years at Davis High, Kelsey has contributed significantly to the success of the team and her dedication to her friends and teammates is inspiring.

Kelsey has been playing for about 10 years and continues to love the sport more and more with every game she plays. While she does work consistently at improving her technical skills on the court, she also works just as hard at developing lasting friendships with her teammates. According to Kelsey, the girls on Davis High’s basketball team are incredibly supportive and encouraging of each other. She claims that the trust and friendship among team members is absolutely crucial to the overall success of the team. Kelsey recalls, “Our coach once told us that we won’t remember the scores of games but we will remember the relationships we formed! That just really stuck with me because these girls are my sisters and I love them more than anything!” Knowing each member’s strengths and weaknesses allows the team to provide an environment where everybody can be successful. “Everyone on the team has a role and we trust that each person will do their part and that’s really what makes us a great team!” states Kelsey.

Kelsey claims that being a part of the team ensures “automatic friends” who always strive to support and motivate each other. Kelsey and her teammates motivate each other after losing a game by figuring out what went wrong, fixing the problem, and quickly moving on. Not getting stuck on a bad game allows them to improve and become better. Besides her teammates, Kelsey draws inspiration and motivation to improve her basketball skills from her idol, Sabrina Lonescu, who plays for the University of Oregon and is considered the best collegiate women’s basketball player in the country right now. “She inspires me by the way she plays. She’s not just good at shooting or doing it all herself, she’s a real team player and shares the ball just as good as she shoots it! She has inspired me to improve my overall game and not just one thing!” says Kelsey.

Kelsey and her teammates and coaches often set goals together to keep themselves focused and driven. “One goal we have every year is to beat Layton!” expresses Kelsey. Another major goal they try to focus on every year is to emphasize the ‘student’ part of ‘student athlete’ by encouraging each other to maintain a 3.0 GPA or higher and to keep on top of their academic studies.

Kelsey and the rest of the girls basketball team have had enormous success in the past season and we wish them all the best in future events and games!

 

 

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Ready, Set, Coach!

A woman known for her leadership skills towards students in need of a mentor, as well as someone for other teachers to rely on in need, Coach Salvo is a beacon of responsibility and trust in her current position.

Right now Coach Salvo is the coach for golf as well as volleyball. She also teaches the fitness classes at Davis High, such as fit for life and lifetime activities. She has been proudly teaching at Davis High for ten years, however, she has been teaching at other locations for over 39 years.

When Coach Salvo is not teaching or working hard, she loves to play pickle ball. She loves teaching sports and encouraging the physical activity of the students under her tutelage.

”When students come in and work hard as well as doing what they are told, is my favorite part of the job,” says Coach Salvo. She loves to have fun and work with the kids here at Davis high.

“I want kids to work hard and learn, and take what they learn to get motivated and to learn more” says Coach Salvo.

Coach Salvo cares about the physical education of the students and wants them to take what they learn here at Davis High and apply it to their daily lives. She wants kids to know when it is right to be distracted by their phones, and when it is time to learn. Coach Salvo loves life everyday and tries to give back everyday.

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Ready, Set, Coach!

A woman known for her leadership skills towards students in need of a mentor, as well as someone for other teachers to rely on in need, Coach Salvo is a beacon of responsibility and trust in her current position.

Right now Coach Salvo is the coach for golf as well as volleyball. She also teaches the fitness classes at Davis High, such as fit for life and lifetime activities. She has been proudly teaching at Davis High for ten years, however, she has been teaching at other locations for over 39 years.

When Coach Salvo is not teaching or working hard, she loves to play pickle ball. She loves teaching sports and encouraging the physical activity of the students under her tutelage.

”When students come in and work hard as well as doing what they are told, is my favorite part of the job,” says Coach Salvo. She loves to have fun and work with the kids here at Davis high.

“I want kids to work hard and learn, and take what they learn to get motivated and to learn more” says Coach Salvo.

Coach Salvo cares about the physical education of the students and wants them to take what they learn here at Davis High and apply it to their daily lives. She wants kids to know when it is right to be distracted by their phones, and when it is time to learn. Coach Salvo loves life everyday and tries to give back everyday.

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Ella Gatherum: All State Drill Competitor

Ella Gatherum had the opportunity to compete at All State Drill as a young Sophomore to represent Davis High School’s drill team, the Davis High D’ettes.

All State Drill is a two-round elimination process where the girls on the drill team compete with one another to compete at a state level on an individual level. They only take 3 girls from each school which adds up to be about 80 girls competing on the 6A level.

Ella stated that,

“The girls aren’t super competitive with each other while competing for All State.”

She further explained that it is not something that causes strain on the team because they are all really good friends and want to see each other succeed. She said that the other girls don’t get upset if they don’t make it, they just cheer each other on because they are not competitive with one another. Ella said that the hardest part about preparing for All State was not allowing her nerves to overcome her and effect her performance.

Ella has been dancing since she was 2 years old doing tap, ballet, hip hop, contemporary, and jazz dancing. Her favorites are tap and hip hop, but she stopped dancing this year to focus on the drill season. Ella has been on the Davis High Drill team for two years and made the team as a freshman and loves it. She loves Drill because it fun and loves the people.

Ella expressed that,

“The girls are like my second family and it made going into high school a lot easier because I had a place to be.”

She also expressed that being on the drill team is fun, but requires a lot of hard work and effort. The drill team spends the majority of their time practicing at the school, which you think would not be fun, but she says

“It’s worth it because all the girls get along really well and are all really good friends.”

Ella’s least favorite part about Drill is waking up at 5:30 a.m. everyday to get to practice at 6:00 a.m., but she loves the friendships she has made through being on the drill team.

She loves that she has,

“38 Best Friends.”

Congratulations to Ella for making it this far into All State Drill as a sophomore and good luck to her on furthering her career in Drill at Davis High School!

 

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Ella Gatherum: All State Drill Competitor

Ella Gatherum had the opportunity to compete at All State Drill as a young Sophomore to represent Davis High School’s drill team, the Davis High D’ettes.

All State Drill is a two-round elimination process where the girls on the drill team compete with one another to compete at a state level on an individual level. They only take 3 girls from each school which adds up to be about 80 girls competing on the 6A level.

Ella stated that,

“The girls aren’t super competitive with each other while competing for All State.”

She further explained that it is not something that causes strain on the team because they are all really good friends and want to see each other succeed. She said that the other girls don’t get upset if they don’t make it, they just cheer each other on because they are not competitive with one another. Ella said that the hardest part about preparing for All State was not allowing her nerves to overcome her and effect her performance.

Ella has been dancing since she was 2 years old doing tap, ballet, hip hop, contemporary, and jazz dancing. Her favorites are tap and hip hop, but she stopped dancing this year to focus on the drill season. Ella has been on the Davis High Drill team for two years and made the team as a freshman and loves it. She loves Drill because it fun and loves the people.

Ella expressed that,

“The girls are like my second family and it made going into high school a lot easier because I had a place to be.”

She also expressed that being on the drill team is fun, but requires a lot of hard work and effort. The drill team spends the majority of their time practicing at the school, which you think would not be fun, but she says

“It’s worth it because all the girls get along really well and are all really good friends.”

Ella’s least favorite part about Drill is waking up at 5:30 a.m. everyday to get to practice at 6:00 a.m., but she loves the friendships she has made through being on the drill team.

She loves that she has,

“38 Best Friends.”

Congratulations to Ella for making it this far into All State Drill as a sophomore and good luck to her on furthering her career in Drill at Davis High School!

 

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Britney and Danielle sign to Big Bend Community College

Britney and Danielle Brklacich have been playing softball since they were 5 years old, and they have no plans of stopping. In fact, they just signed to play for Big Bend Community College in Washington state. These girls have no shortage of skill or determination, and will go far in their softball career.

They both fell in love with the sport from an early age. The teammates and coaches they’ve had along the way, as well as the competitive aspect, have only further developed their love for the sport. They love the sport, and love to continue playing.

“I can’t really see myself giving it up. It’s something I’ve always done, and always grown up with, and not doing it again is kind of weird. I just love it,” explained Danielle.

They have both seen much success with the sport. Britney played varsity for Davis her sophomore year, and won first team all region her junior year. Danielle was a runner for Davis her sophomore year, but quickly moved up to varsity for her junior year. On her competition team, Danielle had a batting average of 400. They will continue to play on varsity this year, as well as step into the role team captains, with Britney playing shortstop and Danielle playing center field.

While these achievements are great, the type of players they are are even better. Todd Street, the softball coach here at Davis High, commented that they are amazing, in the class and on the field.

“They are hard working, talented fielders and great hitters. Both have been great teammates and examples.”

They will continue to work hard and achieve new goals at the collegiate level. They’re looking forward to improving as players, but also growing into independent individuals.

“You always want to hit good, feel good, have a good batting average, but maybe just be able to be on our own and be able to grow like that. And grow closer to our teammates while we’re there, because they’ll be kind of like our family,” explained Britney.

“Grow and get better at the game. Kind of have a different perspective with being out-of-state, far away with new teammates,” added Danielle.

They think they’ll accomplish just that, especially having their sister by their side to push them.

“We’re really competitive with each other, so we push ourselves and push each other. We always want to beat each other.”

As a final piece of advice to help the girls on their new journey, coach Street tells them to just enjoy the game.

“Don’t let softball become a job. It’s a blast to play softball.”

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Britney and Danielle sign to Big Bend Community College

Britney and Danielle Brklacich have been playing softball since they were 5 years old, and they have no plans of stopping. In fact, they just signed to play for Big Bend Community College in Washington state. These girls have no shortage of skill or determination, and will go far in their softball career.

They both fell in love with the sport from an early age. The teammates and coaches they’ve had along the way, as well as the competitive aspect, have only further developed their love for the sport. They love the sport, and love to continue playing.

“I can’t really see myself giving it up. It’s something I’ve always done, and always grown up with, and not doing it again is kind of weird. I just love it,” explained Danielle.

They have both seen much success with the sport. Britney played varsity for Davis her sophomore year, and won first team all region her junior year. Danielle was a runner for Davis her sophomore year, but quickly moved up to varsity for her junior year. On her competition team, Danielle had a batting average of 400. They will continue to play on varsity this year, as well as step into the role team captains, with Britney playing shortstop and Danielle playing center field.

While these achievements are great, the type of players they are are even better. Todd Street, the softball coach here at Davis High, commented that they are amazing, in the class and on the field.

“They are hard working, talented fielders and great hitters. Both have been great teammates and examples.”

They will continue to work hard and achieve new goals at the collegiate level. They’re looking forward to improving as players, but also growing into independent individuals.

“You always want to hit good, feel good, have a good batting average, but maybe just be able to be on our own and be able to grow like that. And grow closer to our teammates while we’re there, because they’ll be kind of like our family,” explained Britney.

“Grow and get better at the game. Kind of have a different perspective with being out-of-state, far away with new teammates,” added Danielle.

They think they’ll accomplish just that, especially having their sister by their side to push them.

“We’re really competitive with each other, so we push ourselves and push each other. We always want to beat each other.”

As a final piece of advice to help the girls on their new journey, coach Street tells them to just enjoy the game.

“Don’t let softball become a job. It’s a blast to play softball.”

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Alan Spaulding: Teacher, Farmer, Mentor.

If you have ever had any of the following classes you are lucky. Animal science, aquaculture, plant and soil science, or floriculture. This is because if you have had any of these classes, then you have most likely had Alan Spaulding as a teacher. Spaulding is by far the most god-tier teacher that dwells within Davis High School. It is a wonder that he even works here at all. If we are all being honest with ourselves, Spaulding is too good for this school.

One of the reasons Spaulding is such a magnificent character is his storytelling ability. That man has had many unbelievable life experiences and often times blesses his students by sharing them. It doesn’t matter if he is in the middle of class or even teaching a lesson. If you ask him a question about anything, he will stop what he is doing and answer your question in a way that the greatest minds of history would have trouble competing with.

More than anything else at Davis High School, the students here love Mr. Spaulding. The only thing harder to find than a Unicorn or bigfoot would be a negative comment about Mr. Spaulding. He is considered an idol by many here at this school.

“The man dressed up as Santa Claus for us. I really liked it when he dressed up as Santa Claus,” stated Brody Inman.

Any teacher who would dress up as Santa Claus for their students would most likely do anything for their students. What would this school be if we didn’t have Alan Spaulding teaching here? Nothing. Absolutely nothing.

 

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Jami Healey

Jami Healey, an appreciated teacher at Davis High School, has been teaching for five years. Healey is very passionate about her job. Her favorite part of her job is helping kids like science and understand it.

“both parents are teachers, and she didn’t know that she wanted to actually teach until she took a couple classes in college,” she explained as to why she started teaching.

Her hobbies during summer are sleeping in, vacationing, exercise, and if she actually did read she would do that during summer. Healey thinks that if she weren’t teaching science she would be a doctor or something that also is science related. She has a strong connection when it comes to science, she enjoys the mysteries of it and how applicable it is to everyday life.

“I like Mrs. Healey because she’s nice and she’s like the “cool teacher”. She sacrificed her time being with her family to come teach us last minute. She understands everyone and their needs. She’s not too hard on everyone and she does have expectations and she makes sure you know what she expects of you. She’s a wonderful person overall and I strive to be like her everyday,” says junior Nicole Shiffler.

She went to Brigham University and Weber State in college and while there she did a lot of cool stuff.

A fun fact…”I was on modern dance team in college,” commented Healey.

“A cool fact about science is that a mantus shrimp can break through glass,” said Healey. “My husband told me that just today.”

Mrs. Healey is an inspiring teacher and all of her students and the administration love having her here teaching us new things to wonder about science.

 

 

 

 

 

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Kirsten Dannelly: A young spirit of great interest

Definitly in the minority, Kirsten sticks out in the crowd.

She has shown that she is a strong individual who has her own voice and she can do anything she puts her mind to. Kirsten is not only a current cheerleader at Lightbox dance studio, but she has been learning and progressing in cheer every day for 6 years. Hardly anyone nowadays has the motivation or passion to be pursuing something so seriously and willing to accept all and any bumps on her personal journey down the highway of life.

Not only has her cheer career been a success with her winning Vegas competition as well as three national competitions. School and cheer are not the only subjects on Kirsten’s plate, but he also had two jobs this past summer. One taking place at Lagoon amusement park and the other at the Farmington Station McDonald’s which is still a current workplace for the successful and aspiring young lady.

“A beautiful person, inside and out. She is well dedicated in multiple ways. Dedicated to her cheer and dedicated to school; she’s even graduating a yer early to start her career.” – Brookelin Ahders

She is still a teenager; however, she has a plan for her life unlike the majority of her generation. She has already begun her modelling career and is currently modeling for not only one, but three modeling agencies. Her lifetime carreer has begun to take off at her young age despite people telling her that it is an unrealistic career choice.

“Kirsten is a very caring person. At times it may seem like she could care less about those around her, but if you get to know her than you will find her to be very sweet. She never ceases to look beautiful no matter what she is wearing. She also constantly keeps her friend’s heads in the game. For example, when I like a person I can tend to be a little blind and she’ll come up and get my head out of the clouds. She’s one of my most valuable frends and I couldn’t trade her for the world.” – Hannah Barney

“I sleep a lot” – Kirsten Dannelly

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A Sterling Scholar: Lindsey Bowhuis

The Sterling Scholar goes to a senior who has proven their excellence in academics, leadership and citizenship and are publicly awarded. It helps students to succeed by not having to take out student loans. Lindsey got nominated for the visual arts sterling scholar. Reporters caught up with her and asked her a few question about what it’s like being a Sterling Scholar,

“Kinda weird not gonna lie. It’s a huge honor and i’m happy to be the sterling scholar for this school, which is something i never thought i’d get.” she said.

Being a sterling scholar is a big deal through Davis High and it’s an amazing opportunity that achieve this award. Its really fulfilling to receive this award with all the hard work you’ve put in.

She was then asked what the most time consuming part about becoming a Sterling Scholar.

“All the time it takes to put together art pieces” she replied.

We then started talking about where she would like to be in the future and where she see herself in the next 10 years?

” Definitely a degree in Animation. Either working for myself or a big movie-making studio.” she stated

With this goal in mind it has helped her push through her years at high school and hopefully accomplish her goals and get to where she would like to be in life.

What are you most excited for in the future? “Hopefully being an animator for Disney.”

Earning the sterling scholar ship award is something that all students should strive for it helps you succeed and get the places you would want to be in life.

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Spotlight: Cade Bradshaw

Cade Bradshaw is one of the best police officers Davis high school has ever had. He has been a police officer for nine years and this is his tenth. He has been an officer at four other schools, such as mountain high and 3 other alternative schools. Davis high school has obviously been his favorite, and he has loved being here.

When Bradshaw was younger, his dream job was to become a custom home builder or a police officer. He loved building things and designing cool structures. One day he hopes to design his own house and help with the building process. We are so glad that at least one of those worked out for him.

He is really good at learning the faces of the students and knows a ton by name. Bradshaw thinks its kinda funny when he sees students doing what they should’nt they always try to run away from him. But most of the time he sees exactly who did it and will just call them out of class later hoping they came back. A lot of the time the students are so confused on how he even knew it was him.

Bradshaw is a huge role model for the students at davis high school and for the community. Many students look up to him, and love how friendly he is. Most police officers seem scary but not him! He is so nice and is always happy.  We are so lucky to have him at out school.

 

 

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Alumni Spotlight: Kyle Larson

Kyle Larson graduated from Davis High School in 2018. He is now a student at Weber State University and is majoring in biomedical science. Some of the classes he is taking are English, math, political science, history, and another math class.

When asked how his dating life after high school was he said:

“I wish I had one.”

He said he’s way too focused on classes and school to have time for dating. However, he wishes he had a companion to snuggle up with every so often.

Kyle isn’t very fond of college and says he despised it. When asked why he chose to go to college his response was seen as funny.

“The fact that I know if I don’t go to college and get a degree, then I’ll be living in poverty for the rest of my life and without a degree or a job of some sorts that pays well I will inevitably be stuck like my parents were, homeless; broke; and nothing to live for them. If I have nothing to live for then I don’t want to be alive”

Kyle gave us some very insightful advice for the Davis High students.

“People are being pressured into college after high school and if you don’t want to go then be honest with yourself, instead of forcing yourself to go because you’re not going to enjoy it like I am. I like biomedical science so I’m going to go to get a degree and a job that I want.”

Kyle, who use to work at Subway, now works at Extra Space Storage, and sells storage units to people. He wears his cute button-up and black jeans and sits there until people come in wanting a storage unit. He only works the weekends in between his school schedule.

Kyle is a wild boy with wild dreams. He loved his experience at Davis High and loved all the teachers here. I will leave you with Kyle’s final words.

“I don’t like talking about myself, that’s it for the interview. byeeeeee”

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Woodshop Class

Woodshop could be a place for you to get away and release your stress or it could be a place where you can make a project to take home and keep in your house or maybe even sell the projects you make and make a friend with the teacher.

Woodshop teaches a lot, it teaches you how to read a tape measure, all the way to how to use all the machines in the workshop, and it makes you a more skilled person and is very impressive to be able to know the information you learn in the Davis high school woodshop class.

The woodshop teacher’s name is Bryan Sorensen but everyone just calls him “Sor”. He is what you would call “The most experienced with wood” Sor has been woodworking his whole life and knows it all. He takes care of his class and helps you if you need help with your project, Sor is one of those teachers that you can joke around with and he won’t be mad unless you go over the limit. One thing he does care a lot about is if you clean up your scrapes after you use a machine.

In woodshop 1 you have to pass a test to be able to go into the shop and you learn how to make a cool Alder chest, in woodshop 2 you make a really cool nightstand, and in woodshop 3 you get to pick what you want to make you could make a skateboard to making a tennis racket or even a kitchen table for your kitchen.

woodshop could be your new favorite class and you would not want to miss out on it you learn so much with the hands-on experience and you get to meet one of the coolest teachers at Davis high school, and if you would like to get into woodshop class you should switch into it, it even counts as an elective credit.

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Talia Swindell: Outgoing, kind and independent

Talia Swindell is a sophomore at Davis high School. She has done cheer-leading, dancing, and gymnastics for the first 11 years of her life. Talia’s hobbies include thrift shopping, hanging around with friends, art and is a master with Word and PowerPoint.

“My grandpa always wanted my mom to have a baby girl named Talia, so when she found out she was pregnant, there was no other choice than to name me Talia,” she explained

Talia has many friends who really have positive things to say about her.

“She doesn’t care what people think about her if it’s super negative, she is super positive and I admire ” that.” Hannah Lindsey stated.

Her favorite weird food combination is hot Cheetos dipped in mustard. She said she tried the combination from her kindergarten teacher because she was the only kid brave enough to try it. Talia’s worst fear is isolation because she doesn’t like being alone.

Talia’s dream job is modeling because she thinks it would be really fun to take pictures all day. Her favorite place to be is in Oregon because it’s so pretty there and if she went to college it would be there in Oregon so she could be around the “beautiful nature.”

Her one favorite sport is volleyball.

“I was going to try out but then I didn’t do it, I’m surprisingly good at it.” She explained

Talia Swindell is a favorite of everyone and she’s a great friend to all.

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Teacher Spotlight: Kellie Chapman

Ms. Chapman is a wonderful business teacher at Davis High School. She is beyond skilled, and she is very caring and easy going. Not to mention she’s one of those teachers that is easy to talk to.

Ms. Chapman is one of those teachers that you would not expect. Outside of school she has this cool, easy going personality, that really shows through her teaching. She is a genuine, caring, business teacher, but there are many different sides to her you might not be lucky enough to know about.

Ms. Chapman originally got into business because her older sister was majoring in business, and naturally Chapman followed in her footsteps.

One thing (out of many) that makes her different from all the other teachers, is she has a dislike for social media. In a world with a growing population of social media users, she is a business teacher who pushes through it.

While enjoying teaching business related classes, she isn’t totally against social media, but she’s not a big supporter either.

“Social Media has a time and a place, I dislike how it changes the soft skills in our kid’s brain,” she stated.

Although she is a business teacher, she is also an adventurer. She has a YouTube channel with her best friend called She Made Me Do It. This YouTube channel, unfortunately, started when Ms. Chapman’s best friends mother passed away from stage four lung cancer. While feeling down, they started brainstorming ways to add some excitement back into their lives. They felt like they needed a push. So they went out on a limb and started their own YouTube channel. They enjoy it in their free time, and definitely have fun with it.

When asked what she would share if she got the chance, she laughed and said that she wasn’t entirely sure what to say. she shared that she has written a book which, as a student of hers, I personally had no idea about.

I think there’s quiet a few things that set Ms. Chapman apart from the average teacher. Overall, she’s one of the best teachers here at Davis High School.

If you ever get the opportunity to meet her or take her class you definitely should.

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Coach Spotlight: Kassie Davis

Kassie Davis is the head coach for the Davis High Cheer team. She has been the coach for the past few years and has high expectations for the team. Some of her favorite hobbies include traveling, spending time with family, shopping, and coaching.

Kassie loves bringing people together through coaching.

“Seeing the results of their hard work through the improvements of an individual and the team as a whole and building lasting relationships,” she replied, when asked what her favorite part about coaching was.

She continued saying that coaching allows her to use her talents and skills and feels confident about her abilities to contribute good things to the world. As a coach, she feels that it is her duty to teach them how to be successful in life on and off the mat, to be better people, and treat people kindly.

“The most rewarding part of coaching cheer is that I get to teach others about mental strength. Execution is a big part of what goes into winning, but it definitely isn’t everything. In life, being great at anything takes mental strength.”

Kassie decided to become a cheer coach because she wanted to provide teams with guidelines for a bright and amazing future. She wants her teams to remember her words and carry them into adulthood.

“I want to be the reason that they have a good experience and remember the memories that have been provided to them.”

Kassie’s vision for the cheer team is called “The Four P’s.” The four P’s are positive experience, promoting one another, having a purpose, and being good people. The program is centered on the cheerleaders and used as a source of direction for them.

“The Davis cheerleaders promote and spread school pride throughout the year. Whether they like it or not, many people judge a school based on how the cheer squad members present themselves in public and how they behave, dress and the language they use. Davis Cheerleaders have to realize they are viewed as role models, whether they are in uniform or not,” Kassie replied when prompted on why the cheerleaders are important to the school.

Kassie Davis strives for her cheerleaders to do the best in all areas of their lives. Her high expectations and goals for the team set them up for success. Kassie said that coaching has made her a better person.

“Whether you realize it or not, what you say to an athlete could impact them for the rest of their lives for better or worse. So choose your words wisely!”

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Faculty Spotlight: Ross Harris

Ross Harris is one of the best vice principals ever! He is one of three at our school. He has been at three different schools, and his favorite by far is davis! He spent 8 years at Bountiful high school with wilkey also being a vice principal. Ross was also at clearfield high school for 5 years, and hes been at davis for 5 years also. All together hes been part of the facualty for 17 years and this is his 18th year.

When asking ross about any fun stories he has had over the years, he said:

“At clearfield high we had this one teacher who was not from america. She came over to teach chinese. and one time we got a call from her during lunch and she really needed us to come down. So we all went downstairs and she told us what happened, a student snuck into her class room and did something innapropriate. She was yelling and was saying,” Im a good teacher. I come to America. I buy car. I eat donuts. This doesnt happen in china.” It was so hard to not just laugh but you honestly just felt bad”.

Ross said the hardest part of his job is not being able to interact with the students as much as he would like to. The teachers get student interaction all day everyday and sometimes he can be at the school and yet not get any. His favorite days are when he can be with students and not have that many meetings.

He graduated with his bachelor degree from southern utah univerisy and then got his masters degree at utah state.

Everyone loves Ross Harris and we are so happy to have him here at davis high school!

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Ellison Scheuller sterling scholar

Ellison Scheuller has proven her academic skill this year with her usual 4.0, This year she applied to become a sterling scholar and to her surprise, she was chosen to go and compete come this January.

Ellison found out the news through a letter she received which came with a box of milk duds, she was ecstatic when she found out the news whether that be because of the milk duds or to go and compete we may never know. Ellison will go and compete sometime in January against a lot of other kids in science the category that she chose and excels in.

“I received a letter with milk duds… I love milk duds.” – Ellison Scheuller

A Sterling Scholar is a senior in high school who is publicly recognized and awarded for his or her excellence in scholarship, leadership and citizenship. A potential Sterling Scholar presents a portfolio on his or her work in a specific category and during the competition is interviewed by judges in the category’s field. Sterling Scholars are awarded at the high school, regional, and state levels. During the awards ceremony at the school and state level, the finalists are announced.

There are many categories to go and compete in such as math, science, computer science, business, etc. Ellison will go compete for the science category sometime in January she is very excited but also nervous to go compete, she will have to go and have an interview with the judge of that category, the judge will decide if she goes to the next round or not. she hopes to do the best she can to represent herself and Davis high.

Make sure to congratulate Ellison on this awesome achievement when you see her in the halls and wish her good luck when she goes to compete against many other highschoolers.

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Parker Last Academic all State

Parker Last is a student here at Davis high school. Not only does he excel on the football field but also in the classroom. He is an outstanding student that has had a 4.0 his whole life. Parker is also a key player on our football team, he has been starting at center since he was a junior. Without Parker at center the whole line would fall apart. You have to be very intelligent to be a center because you have to see the blitz’s coming and call everything out to the other linemen.

Parkers favorite class at Davis high is u.s gov, his teacher for that is Bo Roundy. Parker likes the class a lot because of his teacher. When asked why he likes the class he said

” I love the way he teaches and how cool he is.”

Balancing school work and sports is a very hard thing to do because both take up so much time but Parker knows how to keep them balanced.

When asked how does it feel to be academic all state, he responded,

“It feels so good! My older brother was academic all state, so it means a lot to be following in his footsteps.”

Parker likes that he can follow in his brothers footsteps in this achievement because it is a good one to have.  The future is bright for Parker, and hes got a lot of good things going for him with his athletics and education.

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Gregory Page: The Man We All Love

Greg Page is the most interesting person you will ever meet. He has an energy that can hype up an entire crowd. His spirit animal is a bear, however, Greg describes himself as a nice bear, more of a polar bear. Greg loves to munch. Some of his favorite mid-night munchies are hot cheetoes and a good chocolate cookie. One of Greg’s favorite activities to do on the weekends, or even in general, is being in the mountains. He loves canyon drives while listening to his favorite music. Some of his favorite artists are Blue Rain Boots, Hozier and Rainbow Kitten Surprise. Many of these bands are inspiration for his very own band.

That’s right. Greg started a band with a bunch of his friends. Greg tells the story of how his band “Uinta” formed:

“We were at a friend’s birthday party and his little brother had a drum set. We just started playing together and we actually sounded really good.”

Greg plays the guitar and he is also the main vocals for the band. He writes all of their original songs. He mapped out his song writing process right there in front of me, starting with the overall idea or theme of the song. He draws three or four bubbles with main ideas in them on a piece of paper. He then gives himself two minutes to think of as many things as he can, pertaining to the main ideas, he does this for every bubble he draws. Greg then builds off of that to create a beautiful master piece. His major song writing inspiration comes from Hozier.

Greg has bid dreams for the future. He wants to start a non-profit humanitarian organization. He hopes to see the world while helping people in need. He is a very musically talented young lad. He plays the mandolin, banjo, recorder and has incredible vocals.

Greg’s hero is his older brother. When asked why, he gave us the cutest response:

“He’s married and just lives a very happy life and i look up to that a lot”.

If you haven’t had the opportunity to meet Greg i would advise you to immediately. He will surprise you with his wit and ability to make you laugh constantly.

 

 

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The Fabulous Mr. Fahrenbach

Have you ever heard of a teacher who is also a fireman, a motorcyclist, and an avid bicyclist? Well, now you have. His name is Brian Fahrenbach and he teaches medical anatomy and advanced health science at Davis High. He has been teaching at Davis for 21 years, and before that he taught Davis students up at the DTC! Talk about defending the tradition!

Mr. Fahrenbach has 2 kids with his wife and has 3 grandchildren. Him and his wife love to spoil their grand-kids every chance they get. In his free time Mr. Fahrenbach loves to bicycle, motorcycle, run, and walk his dogs. He is also a volunteer fireman and works at Energy Solutions and works the Jazz games. You really could say that this guy does it all!

Originally Mr. Fahrenbach did not want to be a teacher. He wanted to be an ichthyologist, which is someone who studies fish! However, after he graduated from college he took a long-term substituting position for a teacher who was out for a surgery, and he said he was hooked ever since. His favorite thing about teaching are all the students he gets to meet and teach over the years. If he could teach one other subject he said he would teach kinesiology, which is the study of the mechanics of body movement.

Also, one fun fact about Mr. Fahrenbach is that he has a total of more than 160 sick days and 27 vacation days saved up!

“I could go to Europe, I could take off a whole year, fake a sickness. I know people that could sign that form for me,” Fahrenbach jokingly said when asked what he would do with those sick days.

He then said that he loved his students and job too much for that. Sadly, he said that he will be retiring soon, so when asked what he would do when he is retired he said this:

“Pretty much the same thing I’m doing now, except not the teaching. Ride bikes, ride motorcycles, do a lot more traveling on bicycles and motorcycles, I could walk my dogs. I wouldn’t have to walk them at four-thirty in the morning, I could walk them at seven or eight in the morning.”

There are may people who love Mr. Fahrenbach and all of the classes he teaches and I think I speak for everyone when we say thank you to him for being such a great teacher. I can personally say that Mr. Fahrenbach is one of the best teachers I have had, and has made my love for the medical field grow. So, if you ever have the chance to take one of his classes, definitely go for it and you will see just how funny and amazing this guy is for yourself!

 

 

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Luscious Logan

The skate rats of all skate rats, born in the Ellison skate park (Layton city) in the middle of the clover bowl. I present to you, Logan Lancaster. Logan’s passion for skating started when he was just 8 years old when his older brother was watching videos of people doing all sorts of grinds and grabs at the skate park, he instantly fell in love.

“skating is apart of my culture, it runs in the family.”

Logan Stated

Logan spends most of his time working out of The Worlds Best Corn dogs. He says it’s almost like a second home because he is there 4-5 times a week. Everyone that works at the corn dog truck is super cool, the boss is one of Logan’s best friends so they get along very well. Logan has worked at the corn dog truck for one and a half years and he says that he loves it. His favorite part of the job is when it is super slow and all his friends made gigantic corn dogs or dough creations.

One of Logan’s secret hobbies is playing with a Yo-Yo. Logan went to the state of Idaho for a yo-yo contest and he says everyone there was just insane at the yo-yo, He didn’t place sadly, but he put up a good fight. Logan has tones of yo-yo sponsors so he gets everything for free. His first sponsorship was in 9th grade by the VOSUN yo-yo company. Ever since then his passion for yo-yo’s has drastically changed from overtime.

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Bo Roundy the living legend

Bo Roundy is well known around Davis High School for being a charismatic, happy people person. History teacher, ex-football coach, head coach of wrestling. Bo dedicates his life to wrestling and has been coaching for years. He previously coached at Logan High School until he moved to Kaysville and became head coach at Davis. Bo works hard working his team of 48 kids to perfection. The team this year is generally young with only a handful of seniors.

Roundy is renown as being a great coach pumping out excellent wrestlers such as previously graduated, Parker Coffey, Heston Percival, Eli Knowlton and more. Bo developed close relationships with his wrestlers helping them every step of the way. When he’s not coaching his team his mind is still on wrestling helping his four boys learn the sport themselves. With his mind always on wrestling, it’s obvious why he is such a great coach.

Everyone knows Bo, and everyone likes him, but does anyone really know Bo? He grew up with a rough childhood on a native reservation. He worked hard to get an education and considers his master’s degree his greatest accomplishment. Bo loves woodworking and builds patios as a hobby on the side.

“I like to dirt bike, and watch my boys wrestle.”

Roundy has been to 15 countries and loves to travel. His favorite vacation was a Caribbean cruise with his wife, where he went ziplining in Haiti.

“I love road-tripping across the states with my family.” – Bo Roundy

Bo Roundy is an excellent coach who is bound to continue to lead Davis High wrestling to success. An excellent coach and teacher, everyone who knows Bo knows how great of a guy he is. Roundy is the cream of the crop when it comes to teachers and coaches, a living legend.

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Mrs. Bauer

Mrs. Bauer is an incredible teacher and what comes with that is an amazing person. She gives students insight into what the world will really be like, teaches us that there is a life after High School, and that if we pursue goals we can be anything we want to be.

 

There are 4 people in her family. Her husband Kyle is an electrician. She has two sons, Kace and Jack. Kace is six years old and is a jujitsu champion.

“Jack is four years old and is full of amazingness.” Mrs. Bauer tells reporters as she is talking about her son.

 

In her free time she enjoys kayaking, camping, writing books (which she thinks no one would read… I believe otherwise,) listening to podcasts and watching movies. One of her other passions is multimedia design.

She tells reporters, “I could get lost in the computer and not eat or talk to anyone in the day and be completely content with life.”

 

Mrs. Bauer graduated from Weber State University with a bachelor’s degree in English with a minor in multimedia design. She has a master’s degree in administration as well.

 

When pursuing her career, she decided to teach high school students because she likes teaching young adults. She enjoys being able to have real conversations with them. If she was given the opportunity to be a professor, she would take it.

“If I could have a class of students interested in one specific topic, I think that would be amazing.”

Reporters ask Mrs. Bauer what she enjoys most about teaching

“Students. You kids are so incredible and interesting. I truly enjoy getting to know my kids and learning what they are interested in, what they are capable of, and how they are going to impact the world. Every day that is what keeps me excited to be here, talking with you and hearing your perspectives and ideas. You all have so much going on but in the 90 minutes I get to have you in class, I am able to see greatness. And yeah, some days are better than others, but each bad day is just another opportunity to see you in a different light, and even that gives me an opportunity to learn.”

In the next ten years, Mrs. Bauer hopes to write a novel. To show her children how amazing the world is. She also hopes to take time to enjoy all the life she gets to live.

I know I am not the only student Mrs. Bauer has influenced. She creates a safe environment for all of us students, which she does amazingly with how different all of us are. If you have the opportunity to take one of her classes don’t take it for granted, she could change your life in the way she changed mine.

 

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Brody Korth: Athlete or Chef?

Ever heard of a football player that makes a mean fettuccine Alfredo? Well you have now! Brody Korth is a senior at Davis High school, and despite the typical cliches about football players he loves to cook. Brody was reluctant to tell us his secret recipe, but he did mention that he refuses to use mushrooms in any part of his cooking.

Brody’s favorite, actually more like worst, memory from his childhood is when he was a little boy his parents took him to Chick-fil-a. He instantly got sick after eating their famous nuggets and hasn’t gone back since. He said his friends give him crap about it all the time.

One thing you may not know about Brody is that he attended Layton High School his sophomore year. When asked weather Layton or Davis was better Brody didn’t even hesitate to respond with Davis!

Brody gave us the insight to what its really like to be on the football team. His favorite thing is getting hyped in the showers with the boys before every game. Some things he’s going to miss about high school is football, specifically Friday night lights home games, all the dances and just being able to see see all his friends and hang out.

His plans for the future are to attend either Utah State or Utah Valley, striving to become a physical therapist.

“I get a lot of injuries, so I go to the physical therapist a lot, and I’ve seen how it works and it just interested me.”

Brody’s biggest role model is his Grandpa. He always shows up to his games and supports him in everything he does.

One of his Favorite artist is Post Malone. Stoney is his favorite album and Congratuation is his favorite song. You can catch Brody jamming out at the Post Malone concert this Novemember.

Brody Korth is a mysterious man we may never know the true inter workings of his brain. However, if you’re looking for a snack, he certainly can provide. #noflyzone

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Malachi The Magnificent

CHI THE ROCK CLIMBER. Edwards. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, Malachi Edwards, also known as “frog boi chi”. Malachi loves to climb rocks. He has always had a big passion for climbing ever since he was little. When chi was little he remembers he always loved to climb to the top of very tall trees and thought he was at the top of the world, nothing to worry about. When chi was just 13 he competed in a regional tournament in UT, and then divisional against Colorado an even more in Wyoming.

Chi also loves to snowboard and skate, chi has both of these things down to a science. His stepbrother Eli Quackenbush is a professional longboarder and competes in downhill competitions around the state. So chi has all these things in his blood. When me and Chi skate, he will say he’s going to do a trick and then he will not stop until he gets it. Once he gets it he will either want to go or keep skating depending on his tiredness.

When first meeting chi, things were a little awkward. We both just stared at each other and making eye contact every once in a while. It was just awkward. Before leaving the house, I said bye to everyone and gave Chi a high five.

“Later bro it was nice meeting you lets hang out again”

Said Chi, and the rest is history.

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The secret life of Joe

Joe Quillen, one of the slowest friends in the group, we call him turtle. Joe got this name from the countless times of being the last one out the house, the last one to hit the roof of the car when we go under yellow light, the last one to call dibs on something or someone, and getting side-tracked and wondering into god knows what. But, besides the fact that he is very slow, we love him.

Joe likes to weld, he takes classes every day at the date in the morning and in the last 2 periods, Joe says that his favorite part about welding is getting hands-on experience other than sitting in a desk either listening or taking notes.  Joe says everyone in the welding committee is unbelievably nice and just outgoing. I and Joe took the welding course over the summer together. Every morning he would walk in ago

“I am so tired, wanna go get food after?”

My response was yes every time.

One of Joe’s most favorite things to do is either ski or skating, he loves skating a lot, but, there are consequences of skating. One of Joe’s worst crashes while skating was when he was skating on the trail down by smiths and he looked back at Cody cause he fell, and Joe started laughing and his laughter caused him to fall and slam down on his wrist. It ended with a broken wrist. Joe also broke his collar bone when I and he were skiing. We were just cruising, going on a normal run and all see was Joe just vanish off a cat track, when going over there heard screaming and antagonizing pain. Luckily the Snow Basin Ski Patrol was right behind us. They carried joe down on the and the whole time he was screaming words that aren’t appropriate for school…..

 

 

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Athlete Spotlight: Jaqui Tidwell

Meet Jaqui Tidwell, Davis High School senior and a member of the girl’s soccer team.

“I love to make people laugh. I could stay up all night hanging out with friends or Netflixing. Food is my best friend and we hang out together all the time. If I could have a $50 gift card anywhere it would be for Crumbl cookies because I live for sugar,” stated Jaqui.

Now that an introduction has taken place, we can dive into her passion behind soccer. She has been playing since she was 3 years old.

“My favorite thing about soccer is the fact that when you’re good, you’re good. When you’re team can just weave through the other team and create beautiful plays, that’s the best thing about soccer,” she stated.

She has incredible motivation to better herself and the team.

“Not letting my team down is my whole motivation. I never think ‘this is for me’ it’s always for the team.”

Jaqui has a great love to make those around her feel loved and important. She transfers her hard work in her world of soccer into every interaction with her friends and peers. She makes the world a better place and continues to benefit those around her.

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Sarah “Slinds” Lindsey

Sarah Lindsey, or as most people called her “Slinds”, graduated from Davis in 2016. She has accomplished a lot since graduating, and has received an associate degree, completed an LDS mission in Brazil, and started school at UVU.

Sarah was on the golf team all three years of high school, as well as her freshman year. All four years she was on the team, they did very well, taking region her junior year and placing in the top three for the rest of them.

After graduating, she knew she wanted to serve a mission. She got called to Fortaleza, Brazil in March of 2017 and left in September 2017. Even though she was graduated, her experiences at Davis High School still helped her on her mission. While in the MTC, her companion was Abby Thaxton, someone she graduated with.

Since arriving home in March of this year, she has moved down to Provo to go to Utah Valley University. She is hoping to go to medical school and in the future wants to become a physical therapist.

As for the nickname that she still goes by today, she says it came from her calling her friend Luke Rogers “L Rog” one day and him calling her “S Linds”, which then turned into Slinds. Ever since then, the nickname has stuck.

When asked about the friends she made here, Sarah said:

“The friends I made at Davis continue to influence my life even after graduation.”

Most of the friends she made here she still sees and talks to all the time. Her room mates, Abby Thaxton, Sarah Calder, and Ashley Sullenger all went to Davis.

“Going to Davis has impacted my life because everywhere I go, I can always find someone from Davis”   — Who Said?

Davis High has helped Sarah in so many ways. It got her halfway through a college degree before she graduated, it gave her someone from home when she was halfway across the world, and it gave her lifelong friends.

 

 

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Teacher Spotlight: Ms. Marci May

Ms. May does it all for Davis High choir. While directing six different groups, she finds time to build a personal connection with each student and help them develop their love for the music.

Ms. May has been teaching for twenty years, fourteen of which have been here at Davis High School. She is over six different choirs- men’s chorus, ladies ensemble, mixed choir, a cappella choir, madrigals and the bell choir. She cares about each choir and really enjoys teaching.

Because of her great ability as a choir teacher and director, she has led many students and choir groups to state solo and ensembles. This year, she was a  co-director for the UMEA All State Choir. She brought a group of eleven students along with her, rehearsed and performed at the Salt Lake City Tabernacle.

Students that are part of the choir program have a great love for the work Ms. May has done and the care she shows to each individual.

“I love how willing she is to help us become better in something we love. Personally, she’s helped me improve on many abilities when it comes to music since sophomore year. She’s pushed me to do the best I can and it’s helped me for the long run.” stated Lexi Tuttle, senior and member of Davis High Madrigals.

Ms. May has a great desire to help each student and improve the best they can be, in choir and in life. She spends time developing character and abilities that will last for a lifetime.

“I love Ms. May because she helps us improve at a personal level. She doesn’t compare one student’s talents to another, she simply asks everyone to try their best. One student’s success might look very different from another, but to her it’s still a success. She’s challenged me as a musician and helped me not to become complacent with my own abilities but instead to always look for more ways to grow.” stated Hannah Arnold, senior and member of Davis High Madrigals.

Ms. May is a great teacher at Davis High. She is a wonderful example of passionate teaching and a true desire to make the world a better place.

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Student Spotlight: Lindee “Lindawg” Perry

Lindee in Spanish means beautiful, and that could not be a better representation of this extraordinary human being. She is loved by all and her adoring nature is great entertainment to those she interacts with. She is full of contagious laughter and loves to make those around her happy. Lindee loves to serve and she “wants to do a lot of service trips in the future.”

She enjoys spending warm Sunday afternoons on the grass of her back lawn with a great book in her hand.

“My favorite book series is the Lunar Chronicles.”

Lindee has a knack for all things music. She is a member of Davis High’s marching band, playing the baritone. She also sings alto in Davis High’s choir as a Madrigal.

With her busy schedule she also makes time for her friends as well as achieving a stellar academic performance. She is taking multiple CE classes and also takes classes at Davis Tech. She is in the pharmacy technician program and is working towards being a Physical Therapy Assistant.

Lindee also dedicates a lot of her time to the Davis High Lacrosse team. She works, practices and plays harder than most. She continues to enjoy the sport and the strong relationships formed.

Lindee is an outstanding girl who is a blessing to all.

Something she wishes to share with Davis High is to

“smile at people in the halls! It’s okay to smile!”

 

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