As the thunderclouds rolled in yesterday at graduation, we all watched anxiously wondering what calamity the storm would bring with it. We probably all went through a number of worst-case scenarios in our minds; however, after about ten minutes we were relieved to see the sun fighting its way through the gloom to make for a glorious ceremony. And as I stood there, a little wet, and congratulated our seniors on their accomplishments, I couldn't help feeling just how fitting the scene was.
Like the sun fighting through the gloom of the storm, our seniors have battled through their share of gloom to get to that glorious finale of graduation. Whether it's been academic, social, or personal gloom, they've endured the storm and have shone through brilliantly! And isn't this so true to life. Clouds will come, we're going to get rained on a little bit (or a lot); however, the sun will come, and to quote the great George Harrison, "It's alright" and will be alright going forward; we just have to do our best to find our sun!
SHHS Success: According to U.S. News and World Report, SHHS ranks 9th in the state of Utah for academic success (http://www.usnews.com/education/best-high-schools/utah/districts/nebo-di...). Congratulations to our awesome teachers and phenomenal staff!
SHHS Scholarships: This year our students earned a total of $4,251,714.00 in scholarships which is up from last year's total of $2,367,928.00 for a difference of $1,883, 786.00. Way to go SHHS seniors and students!
SHHS Orchestra Students: Mat and Mauri Stokes, two of our seniors here at SHHS, were selected by the Utah Symphony to perform with their music mentors in an all-star performance of high school musicians at Abravanel Hall on May 19. Students who performed represented the best of Utah's youth orchestras. Congratulations to Mat and Mauri! They represented our school very well.
SHHS Musical Theater: Jessica Morgan, a junior here at SHHS, competed in Chicago last weekend in the National Musical Theater Competition. She placed 3rd in the competition. Congratulations to this talented student!
SHHS Track and Field: The Salem Hills HS Track teams wrapped up a wonderfully successful season last week at the state championships at BYU. The boys and girls competed fiercely through the rain, hail, wind and cold and represented our school with Spirit, Heart, Honor and Success. Both teams capped their seasons by finishing 3rd place overall. Coach Thompson and his coaching staff would like to let everyone know how proud they are of each and every member of the team. They fought and clawed for every inch, every second, and every point; he would like to let his athletes know how amazing they were to coach.
SHHS Baseball: The boys' baseball team came up just short of the state title by losing a closely contested game to region rival Spanish Fork HS by a score of 7-6 in the semi-final game of the winners' bracket of the 4A baseball state championship (Spanish Fork HS went on to win the championship). The team had a great season and competed with class and dignity throughout the entire season; with many players coming back next year, the future is extremely bright for the program. Congratulations to Coach Haney and this year's team!
SHHS Fairchild Challenge Team: The SHHS Fairchild Challenge team took 1st place in the 2015 Thanksgiving Point Fairchild Challenge event. As winners of the event our students earned $1000 dollars that will go towards supporting environmental programs and initiatives at our school. The following students were members of the team: Kyla Anderson, Audrey Barney, Nick Brain, Monika Cloward, Jason Cox, Sarah Deeb, Cheyanne Deeben, Taylor Gasser, Nathan Moser, Vethera Nixon, Josh Peck, Elizabeth Rash, Jesse Rowley, Sydney Shuler, Olivia Trent, and Lucas Walker.
- DVDs of this year's SHHS graduation ceremonies can be purchased at the finance office for $5.
- The Salem Hills Cross Country Team is beginning their summer conditioning in preparation for their Fall Season. If any students would like to join this fun, hard-working team, contact Coach Thompson at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our team website at www.salemhillscrosscountry.blogspot.com. The will running throughout the summer as well as holding frequent fun team-building activities! Come join the Cross Country Team!
- Our awesome PTSA would like to invite all parents and guardians to join our Facebook Group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/salemhillsptsa/ to stay up to date on PTSA events and activities.
- UVU is offering (for free) an online, self-paced math refresher course this summer. The intended audience is for juniors and seniors who are looking to improve their math ACT scores or math Accuplacer scores for better math class options; the course is specifically designed with ACT and Accuplacer in mind. It has yielded high results from students who have completed the course before. The course is offered through Canvas and instructor support from UVU is available throughout the course. The following link provides information about the course: http://www.uvu.edu/uc/students/mooc.html and the dates of the course are June 8-July 27.
- Tabatha's Way is a local charitable organization that will be placing a clothing collection bin in our parking lot. According to statistics provided by Tabitha's Way, every 600 lbs. of clothing they collect can be used to generate the resources necessary to feeds a needful family of four for a week. So look for the Tabatha's Way clothing bin if you wish to donate; for more information you can go to their website at www.tabithasway.org
- Detention will be held next week (6/1-6/5) for students who need to work them off for next year from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM (noon).
- Looking a couple months down the road, Coach Tolbert will begin girls' tennis tryouts on August 3 at 7:00 AM.
- Have a great summer!