Salem Hills’ has had two Sterling Scholars move past the first round and are now competing in the state-wide round next week. Andrea Christensen is trying for the FACS scholarship and Brandon Taylor for the Computer Technology scholarship. During region competition, 19 schools were involved and only five contestants were chosen from each category. Both Andrea and Brandon enjoy the career opportunities that each of their categories are providing them. Good luck to both of them as they move on to state next week!
The Salem hills high school wrestling team topped off their season by placing four people in the top six at the state tournament. Derek mangleson 2nd, Dallin Gividen 4th Craig Finelay 6th and Chase Wilson 6th Prior to this year, the Skyhawks had only placed four people in state in there first two years of existence. “Placing four at state this year was a great accomplishment for the team.” Said head coach TJ Brindly. Since the team was consecutively ranked in the top ten in the state it was not easy to do so. “Region eight is a really tough region for wrestling,” said senior 171 pounder J.T. Atkinson. Payson, Maple Mountain, Springville, and Uintah all have strong wrestling programs.
The team did well to get a leg up in region despite the difficulty. Although Graduating 16 seniors will be a hard hit to take, next year the underclassmen as well as coach Brindly are optimistic for next year. “We have one of the best JV teams in the state,” said Brindly, “ The underclassmen are ready to step up to help make a great team next year.”
Along with many new faces next year the wrestling as well as all other Salem sports teams will be a force to be reckoned with in an entirely new region. With a lot of new faces and new teams, fans have a very exciting year to look forward to.
This year the sweetheart’s assembly blew everything out of proportion. The skits and highlight video’s took everyone off guard as all were amazed.
The final contestants performed skits that included: a rap dance, a piano rendition of a popular farm song, and animal chase, to name a few. Clips were also shown of girls attempting to milk cows and grabbing cash off the backs of pigs and other farm animals. After all the judging, the winners were finally announced. Heather Bolz was Sweethearts Queen with Ashley Moody as 1st attendant and Malley Ballard as 2nd attendant.
A smashing experience for all, the assembly created some fun and served as hype to what the Sweetheart’s dance would really be.
Have you ever wondered about the Salem Witch Trials? Well you’re in luck, Salem Hills High School presents The Crucible. A story based on true events, taken place in the late 1600’s. Come and see a story of lies, deceit, honor and integrity, passion and lust.
This is story of a young farmer and his wife who find themselves in a tornado of witchcraft accusations. The story takes a frightening turn when the young farmer’s wife finds herself accused of witchcraft and arrested. The farmer, along with a host of others, goes into town to free his wife and others who are innocent. Despite his truth and honesty, the farmer soon finds himself accused with the others and waiting to be hanged.
The part of John Procter will be portrayed by Dustin Memmott; Elizabeth Procter will be played by Malinda Howlett; Abigail Williams will be played by Faith Greenwood, Reverend John Hale by Nathan Christensen, Reverend Samuel Parris by Jason Colver, and Deputy Governor Danforth by Jordan Geyerman.
The show will be presented 24th, 25th, 26th, and closes 28th all shows will begin at 7 pm.
As divisional wrestling began to take place, Salem hills was proud to send twelve of their most elite wrestlers to compete in a tournament in which few prevail. Out of these twelve the Skyhawks sent nine to compete in the renowned state tournament: Derek Mangleson, Craig Findalay, Zack Darling, Chase Wilson, Spencer Davis, Scott Isacson, Stetson Talon and Walker Vantasle.
Derek Mangleson has been a huge part of the Skyhawk team. Only a junior, Derek is a favorite to compete for the state heavy weight title. If Derek were able to achieve this amazing feat he would be the second to do so in Salem Hills’ history. He would join Philip Sorenson who won the state title at 189 last year. “Derek is a great wrestler.” said assistant coach Clay Denton. “He is strong in every aspect of the sport and should be a good contender.” A big part of a successful team is confidence in the coaches. And according to wrestler Nate Jellum they have that. “We trust our coaches to lead us to victory,” said senior JT Atkinson. All in all, the Skyhawk wrestling team will have a good challenging run in the state playoffs.
On the 28th of January Salem Hills was fortunate enough to play host to a concert with Shaun Barrowes. This performance involved the Dance Company, Percussion Ensemble and the Singers. The groups collaborated with Mr. Barrowes on different songs and also featured individuals singing solos and along with him. Percussion Ensemble played “Army of Kings”. Dance Company presented many dances one of them being “Emotion Constellation”. While practicing for the performance Shaun Barrowes would share with the people involved the background and meaning of the song to help them convey the true spirit of it. All the different groups performed exceptional and it was a smashing hit as everyone was entertained and pleased with what they saw.
Back Row: Michael Christensen (Business & Marketing), Christopher Beckett (Science), Courtland Cook (Mathematics), Mikhail Collins (Social Science). Middle Row: Shaun Merrill (English), Alexis Zobell ( Dance), Brandon Taylor (Computer Technology), Megan Brimhall (Visual Arts). Front Row: Andrea Christensen (Family & Consumer Science), Kamala Poulsen (Speech & Drama), Jessica Whitlock (Music).
Salem Hills High School’s 2011 Sterling Scholars have been working rigorously to prepare for the South Region competition scheduled to take place on Wednesday, February 16 at Timpview High School. They will represent SHHS well as they compete against students from 19 different high schools in the South Wasatch Region. Each Sterling Scholar has submitted an outstanding portfolio and has participated in a mock interview event, in preparation for the real thing.
This past weekend the Salem Hills High School swim team participated in the regional swim meet for region eight. Coach Graham had this to say about his team’s season and regional’s themselves, “The season has gone great everyone has been able to make personal improvements and achieved personal goals. We have two swimmers for sure going to state Seth Mason and Ally Duffin, and Danny Christensen might make it. We had a lot of fun at regions and came home with a few medals.” This weekend’s meet ended in Salem Hills taking fourth out of five in the team competition, however several swimmers did when medals for personal times. When asked about the team swimmer Seth Mason state “It’s going well this year last year we had a lot smaller team but it has grown, and next year could be even better.” Now SHHS is on to state competition and let us wish the swimmers who made it good luck.
As Salem Hills went to face Payson in basketball this past Tuesday, the new found rival put up a tremendous fight to overcome Salem Hills. With Salem having the lead most of the game, some students are wondering if the pressure is getting too high. As it stands in the region, Springville, thanks to their stunning last second shot to win the game by one point last week, is placing first, with Payson trailing behind them. Salem Hills and Spanish Fork are tied for the third place rank, both hoping to pull out a win. They are scheduled to play each other on the fourth of February. Until that time Salem is going to play Maple Mountain on Friday the 28th.
Payson overcame a twenty point deficit mid-way through the third quarter to defend their home court in this region 8 showdown. Braden Wright had a huge night for the Lions, posting 27 points and 10 rebounds to add to the astonishing defeat of the Skyhawks. He also hit the two foul shot that gave Payson the lead in the final seconds of the game. London Simonsen, Jake Skinner, and Josh Treanor combined for a total of 52 of the Skyhawks 57 points. Over all it was a great game, but not enough for the win.
Salem Hills High School’s FBLA & DECA students were delighted to be able to perform this year’s annual service project for Barnett Elementary. FBLA& DECA students met after school one day to make about 100 Thanksgiving hats for kindergarten students at Barnett Elementary in Payson, Utah. A few weeks later, the club adviser, Josie Reynaud, took 5 students to Barnett Elementary to help with two different kindergarten classes. They helped the children with activities, played with them at recess, sang songs, and helped serve their Thanksgiving dinner. Everyone involved had a great time! SHHS FBLA looks forward to this service opportunity each year.