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March 2014

University President and International Entrepreneur Visit SHHS

Submitted by kacie.johnson on Wed, 03/26/2014 - 14:59
University President John Ottosson
Joe Kirkham

John Ottosson, President of William Penn University in Oskaloosa, Iowa and Joe Kirhkam, successful business owner presented to Salem Hills High School faculty last week regarding teens and success.

Ottosson, a Swedish immigrant, struggled with a language barrier as a youth and was considered at-risk. Through these challenges, Ottosson discovered that the positive reinforcement teachers provided him was invalueable.  "My instructors saw me as more than an immigrant," he said.   “They held me accountable, but encouraged me as well. It gave me the confidence needed to do my best in life."

Ottoson’s long-time friend Joe Kirkham accompanied him on the visit.  “ We have been friends for many years; and come from different backgrounds, but we've learned that understanding the perspectives of others is huge in business and life successes."  Kirkham is owner and developer of Moscow Sports, a hugely succesfull start-up company based out of the university's town.

The two freinds know when to keep it professional, but add that hard work and fun creates successful, happy individuals, students, and employees.  







Skyhawk of the Month

Submitted by kacie.johnson on Wed, 03/19/2014 - 13:17

The following students were recently recognized as "Skyhawk of the Month":

Blake Taylor

Nicholas Brian

Steele Rapier

Laricia Lamb

Sharley Bell

Tessa Fitzgerald



Spotlight- Student Raises Money to Achieve Dream of Visiting Washington D.C.

Submitted by kacie.johnson on Mon, 03/17/2014 - 14:13

Ashley Black

1: What did you find most interesting about your trip?

“I loved being able to see so many different cultures and people. Washington D.C. has a lot of different things to see, especially the people, and I loved it. I was assigned a roommate from my school and then we roomed with two random girls from anywhere in the country. At first I was nervous to room with two girls from any of the 50 states, but I knew whatever happened, it would be great. I absolutely loved my roommates. They became my best friends and I still talk to them. They were from Michigan and were so much fun to be with. That would be considered the most interesting part of my trip: meeting new people.”

2: Was it difficult to get the sponsorship money?  How long did it take you? 

“It was difficult getting sponsors because I had to be willing to ask them for money, which was a challenge.  Everyone was nice whether they donated or not, but I understand that money is tight in most businesses right now and it was so kind and selfless for them to donate even a small amount to my cause. Every penny made a difference!”

3:  Who sponsored you?

Central Bank (Spanish Fork) $50

Canyon View Dental,  $25

Linda Peterson, retired teacher, $250

Mountain View Family Pharmacy $50

Dr. Kendall J. Barrows Orthodontics  $100

Dr. Cloward Dentistry $50

Dr. Thomas Orthodontics $50

American West Bank (Salem) $100

 4:  Why did you want to go?

“I wanted to go to Washington D.C. to gain a greater understanding of America's history and government. There is nothing like seeing history and government close-up. My dad mentioned  that he thinks every student should go to Washington D.C. before they graduate, and I found that to be true. It has also been on my bucket list from a young age to go to Arlington Cemetery. I can cross that off now!”

 5:  Explain your days.  Who did you meet?  What did you see?

“My day consisted of a very tight schedule because there is so much to see. We would wake up around 6:30 every day and wouldn’t go to bed until about one in the morning.  We would see something new every single day.  The first six days we were in D.C.,  and then took a bus to Jamestown, which is about two hours outside city boundaries. When I arrived there, I felt like I went back in time. One of my favorite memories was the Thomas Jefferson Memorial. It represents honor, integrity, triumph, and success. I believe all the founding fathers were inspired by God and seeing the memorials and quotes from the founding fathers confirmed that for me! I loved D.C. and hope someday I will be able to go back and learn more. There was so much to see in so little time, but it gives me a good excuse to go back again. “





Submitted by kacie.johnson on Fri, 03/14/2014 - 15:15


SBO President – Hayden Albrecht

SBO V.P. Events – Devin Minson

SBO V.P. Assemblies – Garrett Parry

SBO V.P. Student Relations – Hayden Hullinger

SBO V.P. Community Service – Kenny VanAusdal

SBO V.P. Publicity – Laricia Lamb

SBO Historian – Mikayla Robins

SBO Photographer – Lexi VanTassell

SBO Cinematographer - Emily Miller

SBO Artist – Katelyn Gallacher

SBO Business Manager – Juliana Millet


Senior Class President – Seth Erickson

Senior Class Vice President – Jenessa Pratt

Senior Class Secretary – Bethany Wride

Senior Class Officer – Erik Johnson

Senior Class Officer – Cody Campbell


Junior Class President – Rachael Black O’Hara

Junior Class Vice President – Dallin Goodsell

Junior Class Secretary – Madeline Morris

Junior Class Officer – Stephanie Tuckett

Junior Class Officer – Sarah Deeb


Sophomore Class President – Katie Newman

Sophomore Class Vice President – Conner Campbell

Sophomore Class Secretary – Tiffany Herbert

Sophomore Class Officer – Brittney Wright

Sophomore Class Officer – Emma Fleming



College Open Houses

Submitted by chris.andrews on Thu, 03/13/2014 - 10:23

Please consider attending one of our FREE regional college open houses!  Attend presentations on financial aid, college savings, and academic preparedness.  Visit with a college rep and get answers to your questions.  See the attached invitation (click on "Read More...") for additional information, register at!

Registration is free but required.

A New Mr. Skyhawk is Announced!

Submitted by kacie.johnson on Tue, 03/11/2014 - 13:46


Mr. Skyhawk 2014 is Jack Newman! Runner Up - Mosiah Suarez, Runner Up - Critter Phillips and Mr. Congeniality was Austin Houtz.All 14 contestants spent a lot of time preparing for the contest - be sure to give them a "shout-out" and kudos for their work!


SHHS FBLA Places at State!

Submitted by kacie.johnson on Tue, 03/11/2014 - 13:43

Salem Hills High School's FBLA had a very successful showing at State last week. Sierra Draper was elected to serve on the Utah FBLA State Officer team as the Central Region Vice President.  The SHHS Chapter earned 6th Place in Local Chapter Annual Business Report, 5th Place in FBLA-Opoly, and an Outstanding Rating in Gold Seal Chapter. Individual awards included the following:

Suzie Rhodes - 10th in Business Calculations
Sierra Draper - 4th in Database Design and Applications
Sierra Draper - 5th in Job Interview
James Carrington - 6th in Future Business Leader
James Carrington - Superior Rating in Who's Who in FBLA
James Carrington - America Award (Highest individual achievement in FBLA, only 3 people in the state earned this award this year)

We are so proud of our FBLA Chapter and are extremely excited for those who will be representing the state of Utah in the National FBLA competition this summer.

'Kick Butts Day' Video Contest

Submitted by kacie.johnson on Mon, 03/03/2014 - 14:13

The Utah County Health Department is sponsoring a video contest for youth to demonstrate that they are not going to be targets for big tobacco. Youth ages 12 to 18 can enter, creating their own unique 30 second videos. Winners will receive cash prizes (1st Place - $500, 2nd Place - $300, and 3rd Place - $200). The first 100 participants will be a part of a free private screening of Divergent on March 19th, when the video winners will be announced. 

All entries must be submitted, and entry forms received no later than Friday, March 7th. To see entrance guidelines and rules, please go to The video contest is sponsored by OUTRAGE (Youth against Tobacco), Island Teens Against Tobacco (ITAT), Latinos In Action, Utah Department of Health's Way to Quit, Utah County Health Department, and R&R Partners.

 The Utah County Health Department is committed to promoting the health of our community by preventing avoidable disease and injury by monitoring the health of our community to assure conditions in which people can be healthy. For information on UCHD programs or services, please visit www.UtahCountyHealth. org or call 801-851-7000. You can also now follow the UCHD at, or Brought to you in partnerships with the Utah County Health Department, the Utah Department of Health, and the eleven other local health departments across Utah.



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