“I never meet a ragged boy in the street without feeling that I may owe him a salute, for I know not what possibilities may be buttoned up under his coat.” -- James A. Garfield
This is such a great quote because as educators we live this every day as we interact with our students! As I have come into contact, from time to time, with former students that I have taught, I am often amazed at what they have gone on to do, to discover what they had, "buttoned up under [their] coat[s]." To be a bit cliché, the "possibilities" are endless for these kids, and it is truly our pleasure to help them recognize and realize their individual "possibilities"; It's why I love being an educator.
SHHS Academic All-State Selections: Congratulations to the following SHHS Academic All-state athletes; we are proud of the way they represent our school academically and athletically: Mason Brent Baxter (Boys Cross Country), Landon Garrett Loss (Boys Cross Country), Samuel Strong Callister (Football), Ryan Clayton Stones (Football), Paige Lynn Simmons (Girls Soccer), Sophia Marie Hartline (Girls Soccer), Adrene Emily Harding (Girls Soccer), Mariah Julie Sainsbury (Girls Soccer), Sophie Lucille Carter (Girls Soccer), Alexi Lauren Olsen (Girls Tennis), and Corie Kristine Bornholdt (Volleyball). This group was honored at the district on November 11 at this month's board meeting.
SHHS Cross Country: Both the boys and girls cross country teams finished, uniquely, 3rd in region and 10th in state. Haley Johnston earned 1st Team All-State honors by finishing 5th at state and 1st in region. The teams competed hard and represented the school well. Our girls were just 4 points out of 1st at region, and our boys were 4 points out of 2nd at region. Congratulations to Coach Thompson and the cross country team on another great year! Thank you seniors: Girls: Katie Grass, Kailey Ritchie, and Liza Stephens; Boys: Ashton Gammon, Devin Black, Nathan Chesnut, Nathan DeBrine, Thomas Holmgren, Max Johnson, Landon Loss, Dutch Palfreyman, Frank Phillipsen, Ethan Simmons, Caleb Sly, Wesley Stone, and Chayden Zeeman.
SHHS Skyhawks of the Month: This month our social studies department selected our standout students of the month. This month's Skyhawks of the Month are Parker Gates, nominated by Miss Wright, Ben Preece, nominated by Mr. Morrell, Paige Simmons, nominated by Mr. Griffin, Alaina Black, nominated by Mr. Thompson, Sheppard Sonntag, nominated by Mr. Van Leuven, and Abigail Hawkins, nominated by Mr. Lloyd. Congratulations to these students for being such awesome examples of spirit, heart, honor, and success at SHHS!
SHHS Band: Our band recently placed 4th at the state competition in St. George. Mr. Larsen was proud of the team and the way they performed in the competition. This is the 5th year in a row that they have finished in the top 5. Congratulations to the band and Mr. Larsen for their excellent performance and accomplishment. Thank you seniors: Samantha Anderson, Carson Bowers, Marianne Bushman, Tyler Christensen, Andrew Condie, Kelsey Curtis, Jacob Frazier, Kevin Holdaway, Sam Lofthouse, Brendan McConnell, Gabriel Moreno, Wyatt Mullen, Elizabeth Rash, Erika Swenson, Kylee Vest, and Jacqueline Yates.
SHHS Girls Volleyball: The ladies finished their season with tournament play at the state championships held at UVU last weekend. The ladies took 7th in state and had to play through injury and adversity to claim the spot. Though they would have preferred to finish higher, the team rallied and played with heart after their senior captain, Corie Bornholdt, suffered a knee injury in their game against Timpview. Congratualtions to Coach Treanor, her staff, and our volleyball team on their 2nd place finish in region and their 7th place finish at state! Thank you seniors: Callie Peterson, Corie Bornholdt, and Sadie Lundquist.
SHHS Knowledge Bowl: SHHS recently held its eighth annual Knowledge Bowl. This fun activity allows students to show what they know in a competitive way. There were 32 teams that competed in a single elimination tournament. This year it only took 45 minutes for the 32 team bracket to fill up. Teams of four competed against one another on the school's live stream to determine the ultimate Knowledge Bowl Champions, and this year the winners were Samuel Lofthouse, Alyson Jardine, Caleb Sly, Mike Abbott, and Jenna Rhodes. Congratulations to these knowledgeable virtuosos and a special thanks to Mr. Macdonald for doing such a great job organizing this popular event!
SHHS Boys Football: The football team made it to state and faced Highland HS in the first round of the playoffs. They battled hard, but Highland's depth proved to be a bit too much to overcome. A 3rd place finish in region and a playoff appearance is something this team can be proud of. Congratulations to Coach Higginson, his staff, and our football team. Thank you seniors: Cooper Smith, Tristan Swenson, Zach Simmons, Keyne Christensen, Tanner Argyle, Sam Callister, Louis Boakye, Kanyon Merrill, Bradin Hanson, Colton Hunsaker, Steele Rapier, Ryan Stones, Jens Higginson, Jarom Johnson, Brigham Hughes, Mitch Stephens, and Davey Crippen.
SHHS Make a Wish Week: Each year SHHS tries to help make a member of our community's wish come true; this year we are putting forth our efforts to help Andrea Robinson, a sweet, 13-year-old girl who is battling through the effects of kidney failure. Andrea's wish is to see castles due to her interest in design and architecture, plus she wants to feel like a princess. Our student council has organized efforts to raise money to help this wish of Andrea come true. To help raise money, BYU's Young Ambassadors performed on Saturday, November 7, we had a movie night on November 10, and November 12's annual Manhawk Pageant's proceeds went towards raising money for this cause. On Monday of next week (11/16), proceeds from the evening's Great Skyhawk Gorge will go to the cause as well. We are selling dog tags and T-shirts as well to raise funds for this cause; funds raised beyond what are necessary for Andrea's wish will also go towards families in our community who are in need during this holiday season. Thank you for supporting our community and SHHS in this effort. Your generosity is awesome!
Skyhawk Happenings and Information:
- The Great Skyhawk Gorge will be on Monday, November 16 from 5:00-7:00 PM. Come learn about the cool things going on in the clubs, organizations, programs, and teams at SHHS. The cost is $5 an individual and $20 per immediate family. Each group will have plenty of good treats and food for visitors, and proceeds go towards Make a Wish Week for Andrea Robinson and our community.
- Nebo School District will present a Parent Awareness Night on Monday, November 16 at 6:30 PM at Spanish Fork HS (99 North 300 West, Spanish Fork, UT). Topics of discussion will be substance abuse and mental health services addressing depression, suicide awareness, and suicide prevention.
- The Counselors will continue to meet with 10th-grade students and their parents through December 11. This is a great opportunity for 10th graders and their parents to review their plans for graduation and to start to explore options available in getting ready for college and careers. Students and parents can set up an appointment on the Counseling Office website. The password is shhs at the following website: http://shhscounseling.weebly.com/
- Utah College Application Week will be next week (November 16 -20). Mrs. Kinikini will be supervising the week's activities, and we are excited about the engaging activities her committee has put together for our students. Our goal and purpose for the week's activities is to help every senior apply to college or a post high school graduate program. The week's activities include a college/career themed door decorating contest to be completed by November 16, College Hoops at lunch on November 17, The judging of doors on November 18, and assisted college application completion in senior English classes on November 19 and 20. Students will need a method of payment for the applications (preferably a credit card); Snow, SUU, Westminster, and Dixie State will have fee waivers for students.
- Student Spirit Shirts are available in the bookstore. They come in Navy, White, and Columbia. They can be purchased individually for $8 dollars or as a pack of three for $20. Support our school, its teams, programs, clubs, and organizations by wearing your Skyhawk pride with one of these awesome shirts!
- For those who need to serve detention time, detention will be held before school in room C 209 with Mrs. Edmondson, and during lunch, and after school in room C 207 with Mr. Shumway. The cost is $1 before and after school; lunchtime detention has no charge.
- Remember to share all the awesome , inspiring, and heroic things that are going on at SHHS with #shhshero.
- Be sure to like us on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/salemhills.skyhawks?fref=ts
Next Week at a Glance: (11/16/15 - 11/20/15)
Monday: The Great Skyhawk Gorge in the Main and Auxiliary Gyms (5:00-7:00 PM)
Parent Awareness Night @ Spanish Fork HS (6:30 PM)
Tuesday: Cross Country Banquet at 3:00 PM
Vocal Arts Sterling Scholar Auditions
Wednesday: Jazz Band Concert in the Auditorium (7:00 PM)
Thursday: Josten's Here at Lunch
Skyhawk Smackdown Debate Competition (3:00 PM)
Friday: Skyhawk Smackdown Debate Competition (3:00 PM)
Boys Basketball Blue and White Game (6:00 PM)
Swimming at Thanksgiving Invitational
Saturday: Skyhawk Smackdown Debate Competition (Begins at 7:00 AM)
Swimming at Thanksgiving Invitational
Sadie Hawkins Dance (7:00 PM)