November 2010

Make It With Wool Contest

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Five Salem Hills High School students participated in the Region Make It With Wool Contest held November 17 and 18 at Mapleton Junior High. Pictured are (left to right):
Kelcie Billat, 3rd Place Senior Division, Amaya Bingham, Honorable Mention Junior Division, Sydnie Eppley, 3rd Place Junior Division, Katie Devenport, Honorable Mention Senior Division, Kaylee Alldredge, Honorable Mention Junior Division.
Congratulations on the completion and presentation of their sewing projects.

Business Tour 2010

Attributions: 
Shauna Whittekiend
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Salem Hills High School’s DECA and FBLA organizations held their annual Business Tour on November 11. Students toured two successful businesses in the area, asked questions about products, production, and management, and took a closer look at various departments that are required to run a business. “It was a fun, educational, and interesting day,” said Tyler Poulsen (DECA Web Master), “It was amazing to see how many different aspects make up a company and how they all have to work together to be successful.”
The first business to be toured was Neways in Springville. The students were introduced to a wide variety of products, such as health supplements, cosmetics, and cleaning products. They visited different departments, which included human resources, purchasing, marketing, research and development, and creative design. Each department gave a mini-presentation. The favorite presentation came from the Marketing Department. They taught students how a new product starts as an idea and is taken through the process of being packaged and sold to customers.
The second business toured was Young Living Essentials in Springville. Young Living Essentials specializes in products produced with essential oils. Students were able to walk through the 100,000 square foot building that houses the quality control labs, receiving, and shipping departments.
To wrap the day up, a quick stop was made at a local Wendy’s for a refreshing Frosty. Students are still talking about how much fun they had on the business tour. It was a great experience.

Wii Orchestra

Attributions: 
by Mckay Ash
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On November 18, the Sky Hawks Musical Theatre department will be performing Les Miserables at Salem Hills High School. And thanks to Utah local composer Dave Zabriskie, along with his business partner Michael Leavitt, they will be receiving some very unusual help from an unlikely source: Nintendo’s Wii.
Zabriskie and Leavitt are the co-owners and creators of Right On Cue Systems, or ROCSystems. The ROCSystem is a program that lets you conduct pre-recorded songs with the Wii Remote and Nun-chuck accessory, controlling things like tempo, volume, and pitch with the touch of a button or the flick of a wrist. In other words, it lets you edit a soundtrack on stage in real time. This allows you to do things that were previously only possible with a live orchestra, like change the shows running time via speeding up or slowing down the music, or add dramatic pauses to build tension. Not to mention it allows Salem High’s orchestra to play alongside the recording by wearing headphones and following the conductor as they normally would.
“I think it’s a great opportunity” said Polly Dunn, of the Theatre Program, “It’s marvelous that our orchestra and actors will be able to play and perform alongside professionally recorded music.”

Les Miserables-Student Edition

Attributions: 
Diana Applegate
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Salem Hills High School presents Les Misérables, school edition. Les Mis, one of the greatest musicals of all time, is based on Victor Hugo’s novel about social change and political revolution in 19th century France. Boublil and Schonber’s musical is a powerful examination of justice, change and redemption. Les Mis will play at Salem Hills High School November 18 -22 at 7:00p.m. This very talented all student cast includes DeGrey Christensen as Jean Valjean and Seth Mason as Inspector Javert, along Landon Copling as Thenardier, Jill Broadhead as Madame Thenardier, Zac Heywood as Enjorlas, Charlie Flint as Marius, Rachel Paulson as Fantine and Craig Applegate as the Bishop, with Amanda Pray as Cosette and Andraya Salcido as Eponine. Polly Dunn is directing and choreographing the production. She commented “When we decided to do Les Mis this year, I immersed myself in the music and started studying different productions…wow! This story is so deeply moving and the music drives the emotion into our souls. The students are so excited. They have come to rehearsals completely committed and prepared to work. This show is going to be an incredible experience for all of us and our hope is to share that completely with our audiences. There is much that has to happen to pull this all together. We would appreciate any contribution of time, talent or resources.” The cast has been rehearsing since the second week of school and there are about 150 students involved with different aspects of this production. Some classes at the school are helping with costumes, marketing, makeup, props, scenery, music, and production. Parents of cast members are also helping with publicity, construction, props, costumes, and scenery. “We knew we had to do this show! We are excited about Les Miserables! We have incredible students, supportive parents, and huge goals! The music is going to be beautiful, exciting, and compelling! We need your help! If you have a unique contribution to offer, we need you!” said Justin Bills, musical director. For music this year we are trying something new. The Hale Center used a new technology for 110 in the Shade that we are going to try. We will use taped music, but the tape can be "directed." We will also use a 20 piece live orchestra. Justin Bills will conduct the tape and orchestra. We are really excited to try this because with our talented musicians along with the tape, it will have a full orchestral sound and we will still be using our students. It is brand new technology and we are one of the first high schools to be using it. This show is huge and we are still a new school with limited resources. We are hoping that we will get a great deal of support from the school, student body, and community to be able to present a first rate production. We hope everyone will join us in November for an exciting show! Put Les Miserable on your calendars and be sure to attend! Tickets are $5 students, $7 Adults $25 Families. Tickets can be purchased at and Salem Hills High School Finance office or from any cast member.