Will speed dating save dateless Davis?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Wrestling: State Championship Preview

The ultimate goal of any high school sport is placing or taking state, and 13 wrestlers are guaranteed and 4 alternates have a chance of being there too. Utah 5A/6A state tournament will be held on the 13th and 14th of this month at Utah Valley University, or UVU for short.

The divisional tournaments were held on the first and second of February to see who would be qualified to go. Two divisional tournaments are held for each high school classification (i.e. 1A, 2A, 3A…), and the top 8 in both tournaments meet in state. Each bracket in state is a 16 man bracket, and there are 14 different weight classes to compete in.

All seniors are going to state, two taking first place, two winning third, myself (Max Barnett) at sixth, and one placing eighth. 13 over all placed 1st-8th and 4 placed 9th. those who placed 9th go to see if someone in their weight class is unable to wrestle, letting them in.

State is the tournament of the year, and the second hardest tournament, the Rockwell rumble being the first, in Utah. For many there this is their last chance to prove their skill in this sport, because after this stepping back on the mat wont mean the same thing.

Each match a battle and every one that is won is a step closer to the medal deserved. This tournament being a stage for the wrestlers from Davis high to fight like never before.

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Wrestling: State Championship Preview

The ultimate goal of any high school sport is placing or taking state, and 13 wrestlers are guaranteed and 4 alternates have a chance of being there too. Utah 5A/6A state tournament will be held on the 13th and 14th of this month at Utah Valley University, or UVU for short.

The divisional tournaments were held on the first and second of February to see who would be qualified to go. Two divisional tournaments are held for each high school classification (i.e. 1A, 2A, 3A…), and the top 8 in both tournaments meet in state. Each bracket in state is a 16 man bracket, and there are 14 different weight classes to compete in.

All seniors are going to state, two taking first place, two winning third, myself (Max Barnett) at sixth, and one placing eighth. 13 over all placed 1st-8th and 4 placed 9th. those who placed 9th go to see if someone in their weight class is unable to wrestle, letting them in.

State is the tournament of the year, and the second hardest tournament, the Rockwell rumble being the first, in Utah. For many there this is their last chance to prove their skill in this sport, because after this stepping back on the mat wont mean the same thing.

Each match a battle and every one that is won is a step closer to the medal deserved. This tournament being a stage for the wrestlers from Davis high to fight like never before.

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Referees create problems

There have been many missed calls and calls made in crucial times of sports games, but over the last couple months referees of sporting events have been heavily under fire due to calls being missed or made. Some of the calls that have been under the sporting world’s spotlight include, Kevin Durant’s save against the Houston Rockets which lead to a mid-range shot by Stephen Curry to send the game to over time, as well as the pass interference no call on a 3rd and 10 in the clash between the Rams and the Saints, which could have changed the outcome of the NFC championship game as well as the outcome of the Super Bowl. Referees have been making such calls for a long time and will continue to based on biases and dislike towards certain teams, but the question is, should there be consequences for these actions?

“I have to stop and realize I can’t control the call, I just have to play game,” said senior, Max Isaacson when asked how he felt when a ref makes a bad call.

The current system for all referees across all sports will always needs improving even with the “newest” and “best” technology. The current system is allowing referees to get away with whatever they want with little to no consequence. These referees need some form of punishment on if they effect the outcome of sporting events, whether its a fine or a suspension, etc., or even an incentive for making good calls throughout the game. If these changes are made it will make it more enjoyable for fans.

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Robotics: The world’s number one.

As an extra curricular activity, Robotics at Davis literally rocks. After getting in 1st place on the international robotics competition last year (VEX Robotics World Competition, 2018), the students involved are preparing for the one this year, it’s gonna be around the end of April. I talked to the president of the organization, the senior Trenton Peterson, about their day by day as they work, and how they get prepared every year and this is what he had to say:

“We do have competitions between us, all most every weekend. Last week we invited the students that take the class so they could practice, have more fun and understand more about robotics and take a good experience about it, no matter if they are beginners or not.” says Peterson

Davis has been involved with robotics for around 8 years, which is really good including the fact that they did so well last year.

“Even people in Japan and China know about us, and they also had very good judges.” said Trenton.

On the Saturday (9th), they are inviting other teams also with the purpose of practicing, getting experience and having fun. Since they work very hard and do their best, we hope for them to do great at the competitions.

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The Dart Debate Tournament

On Friday February 1st, Davis High School hosted the state renowned debate tournament, The Dart. The Dart is one of the biggest debate tournaments held for every year. Over 500 of the states most talented High School Debate Competitors gather round to compete in 12 events on that Friday. The day is not only well known by the competitors but as well as the hundreds of people who come to watch this amazing feat.

During the tournament one of the debates was if the U.S should end armed sales to Saudi Arabia. A first time topic at a debate tournament. Many people came to practice topics such as this, in order to get ready for region and state. Many don’t realize the logistics of running this debate tournament. Not only did the Davis High Debate team compete in the tournament. They were also in charge of dealing with missing judges, lost items, and other problems. With any tournament that has 600 people show up, you are bound to have problems. Despite the problems, The Dart was a success and many are already looking forward to next years debate.

Ethan Adler from Davis High placed 6th in the Lincoln Douglas debate.

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The Dart Debate Tournament

On Friday February 1st, Davis High School hosted the state renowned debate tournament, The Dart. The Dart is one of the biggest debate tournaments held for every year. Over 500 of the states most talented High School Debate Competitors gather round to compete in 12 events on that Friday. The day is not only well known by the competitors but as well as the hundreds of people who come to watch this amazing feat.

During the tournament one of the debates was if the U.S should end armed sales to Saudi Arabia. A first time topic at a debate tournament. Many people came to practice topics such as this, in order to get ready for region and state. Many don’t realize the logistics of running this debate tournament. Not only did the Davis High Debate team compete in the tournament. They were also in charge of dealing with missing judges, lost items, and other problems. With any tournament that has 600 people show up, you are bound to have problems. Despite the problems, The Dart was a success and many are already looking forward to next years debate.

Ethan Adler from Davis High placed 6th in the Lincoln Douglas debate.

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Athlete Spotlight: Cali Stephenson Davis High’s Ace of Hearts

One of the leaders of the drill team….Cali Stephenson. Cali is a senior this year and led the drill team to a great season. Cali has been dancing since she was 4 years old. She has worked super hard for a long time, has been dancing at a studio her whole life, and has made the drill team every year in high school.

“My mom has been a huge influence. She teaches dance and is a big reason I’ve made it this far. Ever since she taught me dance when I was younger, I’ve loved it.” Cali said when asked about who has influenced her the most. Her mom was a current coach on the team this year.

When asked about how she felt the team did this year, Cali said,

“This year we had a lot of girls with talent, we had strong leaders and coaches. It was super devastating last year to not make it past region, but at the same time we were determined and willing to work hard to get where we wanted to be this year.”

The drill team placed 2nd overall in region and 6th overall at state. Cali was a big part of it and put in a lot of time and effort to make it there.

“I’m going to miss competing with my best friends and the hard practices that got us to our goal. I’m going to miss our team.”

Cali wants to keep dancing in college whether it’s just taking dance classes or being on a team. She plans on going to UVU or Utah State and hopes to teach dance in the future.

Cali is not only an amazing dancer, but a great friend with a super funny and outgoing personality.

 

 

 

 

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The wonders of Davis One Acts

If you hadn’t heard, Davis One Acts was the play festival that happened in the little theater on the last week of January. It consists of a group of plays, showing and expressing situations that do not have a pattern, which makes them different from each other. They were directed by the advanced theater students and their teacher Mr. Wright.

The students and teachers that were able to watch the performances all seemed very impressed with the talent of the high-schoolers, both the ones that performed and the ones that directed the play.

We were interested in what is behind the scenes, so we looked for Abby Burnett, a sophomore that performed on the play called “At The Frog Fountain” directed by the senior Sam McConkie and written by Werner Trieschmann, and the director of they play called ”The Brothers Grimm Spetaculathon”, Lucas Meyer. They revealed that the purpose of the performances was to entertain the students at Davis and make people able to try new things and express themselves.

“I think that doing the One Acts made me both actors like me and directors express themselves through the art of acting”, said Abby.

“It is also very good to make the theater involvement bigger, students that were never be able to act can also audition and show their talents,” said Lucas.

The performances seemed to give everyone that was involved a lot of experience, no matter if they were beginners or experienced.

” I did it because my sister also did it in her high school time and she had a great time. I had a great experience as an actress and made a bunch of new friends, and I plan on auditioning for the one at next year”, said Abby.

“It was a very good experience for me to be the director of one of the plays, specially because I want to study film in college”said Lucas.

Everyone that was involved seemed to have such a great time on and off the stage. Next year Davis will come back with new directors and a cast, so if you missed it this time don’t worry!

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The wonders of Davis One Acts

If you hadn’t heard, Davis One Acts was the play festival that happened in the little theater on the last week of January. It consists of a group of plays, showing and expressing situations that do not have a pattern, which makes them different from each other. They were directed by the advanced theater students and their teacher Mr. Wright.

The students and teachers that were able to watch the performances all seemed very impressed with the talent of the high-schoolers, both the ones that performed and the ones that directed the play.

We were interested in what is behind the scenes, so we looked for Abby Burnett, a sophomore that performed on the play called “At The Frog Fountain” directed by the senior Sam McConkie and written by Werner Trieschmann, and the director of they play called ”The Brothers Grimm Spetaculathon”, Lucas Meyer. They revealed that the purpose of the performances was to entertain the students at Davis and make people able to try new things and express themselves.

“I think that doing the One Acts made me both actors like me and directors express themselves through the art of acting”, said Abby.

“It is also very good to make the theater involvement bigger, students that were never be able to act can also audition and show their talents,” said Lucas.

The performances seemed to give everyone that was involved a lot of experience, no matter if they were beginners or experienced.

” I did it because my sister also did it in her high school time and she had a great time. I had a great experience as an actress and made a bunch of new friends, and I plan on auditioning for the one at next year”, said Abby.

“It was a very good experience for me to be the director of one of the plays, specially because I want to study film in college”said Lucas.

Everyone that was involved seemed to have such a great time on and off the stage. Next year Davis will come back with new directors and a cast, so if you missed it this time don’t worry!

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