Davis Indoor Track Club: Team unites to overcome adversity at Simplot Games

The Simplot games were held in Pocatello, Idaho and once again the Davis Indoor Track Club accepted the challenge. Athletes from all over the world attend the meet to run and compete in indoor track and field events. However, this year was different for Davis High School Indoor Track Club. Having to overcome an emotional trial this weekend. The athletes of Davis High came together and finished their races.

“When I first got up there I felt a lot of emotion when I looked at our students, they had been through a lot. Our athletes were able to dig down and stay focused throughout the trial they were facing. It was awesome to see our athletes come together and finish their races.” Stated Brad Chapple, one of Davis High’s Vice Principals.

Naturally, with any adversity in sports it causes teams to change and grow.

“At first, we were thinking..well what do we do? Do we just pack up and go home? It was very emotional. A lot of the other teams up there were there for support. Most people chose to stay and race. It was good to have us stay together as a team, and we were able to lean on each other and support one another. ” Explained Coach Paul Timothy.

“We learned that we can do tough things. We grew closer, but at the same time it was an eye opener for all of us.” Said Alicia Halverson, an athlete on the Indoor Track Club.

One of the most emotional moments of the meet was when Head Coach Markham Hyde finished the “The Coaches Mile”. On Friday night at a meeting Coach Hyde told his team that he too would finish the race (He had previously signed up for the coaches mile run).  On Saturday at 11:00am Markham and about 12 other coaches started the mile.  Davis student-athletes lined the track to cheer for their coach.

“Markham finished the last lap as the lone runner, but I would argue that he wasn’t alone.  As Coach Hyde rounded the last turn, he was met with cheers from his students and coaches. Then I looked around the arena, it seemed like everyone was rooting for coach.” According to Vice Principal Brad Chapple.

Chapple added: “The track coaching staff did an excellent job of being there for the students. You never expect a tragedy like this to happen, but when it did, we had the right people in the right place”

Despite this tragedy, the track team still placed. Trey Ferrin took 9th in the Boys 3200, Ellie Lundgreen placed 3rd in the Girls 3200, and Kale Thomas placed 4th in the Boys high jump. Davis also placed 1st in the Boys 4×800 relay, 2nd in the Girls 4×800 relay, and 3rd in the Girls medley relay.

At the end of the day, the Indoor Track Club turned to one another not only for support, but for a bonding experience that only comes through extreme adversity.

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Davis Indoor Track Club: Team unites to overcome adversity at Simplot Games

The Simplot games were held in Pocatello, Idaho and once again the Davis Indoor Track Club accepted the challenge. Athletes from all over the world attend the meet to run and compete in indoor track and field events. However, this year was different for Davis High School Indoor Track Club. Having to overcome an emotional trial this weekend. The athletes of Davis High came together and finished their races.

“When I first got up there I felt a lot of emotion when I looked at our students, they had been through a lot. Our athletes were able to dig down and stay focused throughout the trial they were facing. It was awesome to see our athletes come together and finish their races.” Stated Brad Chapple, one of Davis High’s Vice Principals.

Naturally, with any adversity in sports it causes teams to change and grow.

“At first, we were thinking..well what do we do? Do we just pack up and go home? It was very emotional. A lot of the other teams up there were there for support. Most people chose to stay and race. It was good to have us stay together as a team, and we were able to lean on each other and support one another. ” Explained Coach Paul Timothy.

“We learned that we can do tough things. We grew closer, but at the same time it was an eye opener for all of us.” Said Alicia Halverson, an athlete on the Indoor Track Club.

One of the most emotional moments of the meet was when Head Coach Markham Hyde finished the “The Coaches Mile”. On Friday night at a meeting Coach Hyde told his team that he too would finish the race (He had previously signed up for the coaches mile run).  On Saturday at 11:00am Markham and about 12 other coaches started the mile.  Davis student-athletes lined the track to cheer for their coach.

“Markham finished the last lap as the lone runner, but I would argue that he wasn’t alone.  As Coach Hyde rounded the last turn, he was met with cheers from his students and coaches. Then I looked around the arena, it seemed like everyone was rooting for coach.” According to Vice Principal Brad Chapple.

Chapple added: “The track coaching staff did an excellent job of being there for the students. You never expect a tragedy like this to happen, but when it did, we had the right people in the right place”

Despite this tragedy, the track team still placed. Trey Ferrin took 9th in the Boys 3200, Ellie Lundgreen placed 3rd in the Girls 3200, and Kale Thomas placed 4th in the Boys high jump. Davis also placed 1st in the Boys 4×800 relay, 2nd in the Girls 4×800 relay, and 3rd in the Girls medley relay.

At the end of the day, the Indoor Track Club turned to one another not only for support, but for a bonding experience that only comes through extreme adversity.

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Best Dressed at Sweethearts

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

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

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

Let’s dissect these outfits!

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


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

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

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Tips and tricks on how to ace the ACT

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

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

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

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

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

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Better than Bo: Erik Gunn

Erik Gunn is the fun, charismatic man behind many of the activities at Davis High School. He came up with the idea for the incredibly successful Fortnite, Mario Kart, & Super Smash Bros tournaments to raise money for Sub For Santa.

Mr. Gunn attended & graduated from Dear old Davis High. After graduation, he went to the University of Utah for a year, then switched to Weber State to pursue a better teaching program. With his Bachelor of Science in Social Science Composite Teaching (meaning that he can teach history, geography, psychology, sociology, political science, & economics), Mr. Gunn was ready to enter the teaching world. Only a few years of teaching at other schools, he secured a position at his own DHS.

Mr. Gunn teaches a wide variety of classes. In addition to being the student government adviser, he teaches stage crew, sociology, & sports psychology.

Mr. Gunn’s classes are very popular with students because of how he cares deeply about every student and his passion for what he teaches. The wide variety of classes he offers means there’s something for everyone. Add one (or more!) of Mr. Gunn’s classes to your schedule today, and stop by room 1801 to check out any upcoming activities at the school.

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Garrett Larson: The Davis High Gunslinger

Davis High’s football team saw a lot of success in the past season. Much of that success can be contributed to Quarterback, Garrett Larson. He Threw for 1,877 yards and 15 touchdowns in the 11 games that the Darts played. Garrett is a team player who loves the thrill of competition. Garrett is a hard worker who has seen lots of success in his years playing Quarterback.

“I contribute my success to working hard everyday. I’ve had to earn everything and I think that comes from working hard. I also have great people around me,” Larson explained, “My parents have helped me in so many ways and I couldn’t do anything without my teammates and coaches.”

Garrett Larson has had a goal to play college football for a long time and has been putting time into being recruited as a Quarterback. After many visits and a new coaching staff at Utah State, Garrett received a preferred walk on spot and committed days later.

When asked about Utah States program, Larson said, “Utah State is a place with a great program and great coaches, it has been the place I’ve wanted to go to for a long time.” He will be enrolling in the school this summer and representing Davis High for years to come.

His goals for the future include, having a successful career at USU, Learning to become a better player, and getting a quality education at one of the top notch schools in America.

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A short preview for the Lover’s Feast

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

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

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

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

 

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Super Bowl 2019

Many bandwagonners are thriving with the win of the patriots during the 2019 Superbowl. There were a lot of unhappy fans this Super bowl weekend. The Tom Brady dynasty continues as he wins his 6th super bowl. It was a very boring defensive game with the Pariots barely squeezing past the Ram 13-3.

Elijah Arkoudas said, “I was not happy with the outcome of the Super bowl. I am sick of Tom Brady and the Patriots.”

The Super Bowl was a very overhyped game this year. There were not very many exciting plays in the game.

Elijah said, “my favorite play was the 65 yard punt”

Reagan said “my favorite was the opening kick off”

Another big topic of the Super bowl was the halftime show. There were performances by Travis Scott, Maroon 5, and Big Boi. It was a very good half time show with all three performers doing really well.

“It was my favorite half time show ever. Travis Scott killed it,” commented Elijah.

“I loved the halftime show! Adam Levine is a good looking man,” agreed Reagan.

Chase Potter also had good things to say about the halftime show. “I liked the halftime show. I have seen better Maroon 5 didn’t sound that good. Travis performance was good but he needed an auto tune mic.”

 

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NFC Championship no call sparks controversy

On January 20, 2019 the New Orleans Saints met the Los Angeles Rams in the NFC Championship game. The two teams played at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana. Both teams are known for their high paced and explosive offenses.

The Saints jumped out to a quick lead in the first quarter with score of 13-0, but the Rams were not going to quit just yet. The second quarter had the Rams written all over it. They scored 10 points to shrink the gap in the  game going into half time.

Fast forward to the fourth quarter. There is about one minute left and the Saints were marching down the field. It is third down and 7 yards to go until they are on the goal line. The ball is hiked and Drew Brees drops back to throw to his wide receiver and right before he could catch the ball he was hit hard and put on his back.

Normally this would be called a pass interference and would have been an automatic first down. Instead, the referees did not call anything. This sent many people into a spiral of emotions and especially anger. In a statement from NFL commisioner Roger Goodell he says ““The refs in New Orleans made a big mistake at a lousy time. I feel awful for the Saints.”

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Superbowl 53 does not go “Sicko Mode”

It is often said the universe will end not with a bang, but with a wimper, and this is true for the universe of the NFL. With it being the lowest scoring Super Bowl game in history, the Patriots victory over the LA Rams in Superbowl 53 proved that suckers will watch anything for the chance to see a funny Doritos ad. Not to be dramatic or anything, but I would rather watch grass grow than re watch that game. While the game was lackluster to say the least, the real upset came during halftime, where Pepsi took an halftime show that was projected to flop, and somehow made it even worse than everyone anticipated.

The setting for this years Super Bowl was Atlanta, a city known for musical pioneers such as Soulja Boy, Migos, Usher, and John Mayer. So when people were speculating who would play in this years halftime show, many were expecting a musical spectacular filled with stars that put the city on the map, instead they got Maroon 5 and 45 seconds of Travis Scott. So first lets talk about Maroon 5, a band whose primary demographic is edgy fifth graders and moms that sing along to songs played over the grocery store PA system. When you google “Musicians from Atlanta”, you will not find Maroon 5 anywhere on that list, and this angered a lot of people. In fact, 117,077 people signed a petition urging the band to drop the gig, they obviously didn’t, so now Pepsi had a serious public relations problem on their hands. So the Pepsi Co. board of directors decided to bring in rapper/singer Travis Scott to find a compromise that would potentially please everyone, while this would have been a good idea on paper, in practice it fell a bit flat.

After an uneventful opening from Maroon 5, the screen suddenly cut to a scene from Spongebob wherein Squidward must direct an orchestra to perform at an event similar to the Super Bowl. Many wanted them to play the song featured in that episode in memory of Spongebob creator Stephen Hillenburg, who passed away less than a year ago. What people actually got was reused animation from the show, combined with the starting notes to the mega hit song “Sicko Mode”. This cut to an outside view where a “meteor” was hurtling towards Mercedes Benz stadium. This then cut to a lot of fire being used on stage, and Travis Scott appeared in a fake crater surrounded by fire. He then proceeded to sing 45 seconds of “Sicko Mode” half of which the broadcast was silent because it had to be censored, and the entirety of which was off key. He then disappeared, only to be seen again at the end of the show. Then Maroon 5 reappeared and proceed to also sing off key. Some guy came in on a Cadillac and a huge fur(?) coat and sung a song I’ve never heard. Then Maroon 5 was back, for some reason Adam Levine took off his shirt and proceeded to continue to sing off key. Seriously, for a guy that makes a living criticizing others singing on “The Voice”, hes not a good singer.

So that was this years Super Bowl, the highlight of which was either Adam Levine’s Everose Gold Rainbow Rolex Daytona, or the unreleased Air Jordan 1’s and 6’s he and Travis Scott were wearing.

Oh and the Patriots won (Of Course).

Also, Tom Brady frenched Patriots owner Robert Kraft on the lips, which would be totally acceptable, if there wasn’t a 40 year age difference and the weren’t both married.

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