Bart Thompson is Awarded Teacher of the Year at SHHS

by Trevor Williams

Mr. Thompson recently received an e-mail. It was different than his others though, this was about winning the Teacher of the Year award.
It starts off with teachers nominating each other and then as they get deeper they have a poll of teachers that people can select and then they choose. Mr. Thompson came out on top. Thompson teaches mostly psychology classes and is also the coach for the track team. He felt honored that he was chosen but at the same time just keeps on doing what he is doing. No wonder he was picked.

Mrs. Hansen is awarded The Crystal Apple

by Morgan Leavitt

Mrs. Hansen received the Crystal Apple from our school this year. She was nominated and voted on by our faculty here at Salem Hills. Mrs. Hansen has been teaching for twenty three years. We have been privileged enough to have her here teaching at our school since it opened. Previously, she worked at Carbon High School teaching core FCCLA type classes. She teaches family consumer science, sewing, foods, and child development. “She just feels lucky to be among students at SHHS,” says Mrs. Hansen.

Salem Hills at DECA State

by Elizabeth Leach
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DECA is an association of marketing students. Salem Hills High School’s chapter has about 7 active members with a handful of alternates. March 3-4 was the state competition, and Salem did respectively well. We had our own Brian Miller and Logan Bennet win third place in Business Law and Ethics. Brian Miller also won an award for his high test score. The rest of the members competed, did their best and had a blast! Logan and Brian are now eligible for Nationals, which is being held in Orlando Florida this year! Nationals will take place on the end of April. Salem Skyhawks are proud of their DECA members’ accomplishments.

SHHS Production of The Crucible

Jordan Geyerman and Nate Christensen

Thursday February 24th Salem Hills High School opened The Crucible. It turned out very well for the cast as they performed to the best of their abilities and ended up having a full house 3 times, out of 4 performances, and 3 standing ovations.

“I feel it went very well.” Said Nathan Christensen, who plays Reverend John Hale, “one of the best experiences I’ve ever had, mostly working with the cast, crew, and our director, Mrs. Dunn.”

When audience member and SHHS student Paige Rawlinson was asked how she liked the show she said, “It was awesome it was very well done, I enjoyed the tech, the lighting was cool.”

“Overall it went very well the lights, sound, and stage techs all ran together smoothly and the show was fantastic.” Said Sound Techie Sten Issacsson

So in the end it seemed to go very well, and SHHS’s performing arts continue to get better and better, we will eagerly awaiting their next production Into the Woods in spring.

SHHS Debate Domination!

By Elizabeth Leach

Salem Hills High School debate team, despite only being a school for three years, has dominated the state debate competition for three years! This year of 2011 is the third year SHHS has won the exemplary accolade. SHHS students are very proud of the debate students for competing against Spanish Fork, Springville, Payson, even some students from Maple Mountain. Our debate students placed in every event they competed in,-- amazing! Some statistics from the tournament are as follows:
Kamala Poulsen- 1st Place Lincoln-Douglas
Joeseph Robinson- 2nd Place Lincoln Douglas
LoriAnn Poulsen- 1st Place Impromptu
Craig Applegate- 2nd Place Impromptu
Tammy Billings- 1st Place Student Congress
Erica Pratt- 3rd Place Oratory
Maryn Turley- 1st Place International Extemp
Stefen Allen- 3rd Place International Extemp
Carson Zellar and Asa Anderson- 1st Place Policy
Jonathon Diason and Eric Sealander- 2nd Place Policy
Afton Chambers and Taylar Allen- 1st Place Public Forum
Lauren Barlow and Kaitlyn Jones- 2nd Place Public Forum.

“All in all, we owned, dominated, and many other synonyms for eradicated, our competition at region”- Anonymous
“I feel really proud of our debate team, we went and won region and hopefully we will do just as well at State [Which is March 11-12 at East High School]. I think that our debate team has a really good chance doing really well at State.” Kamala Poulsen, Debate President.

Amanda Smith in Utah State Art Show

by Alec Barney

Amanda Smith (Junior) was one of 2 SHHS students chosen out of 50 for a spot in the Utah State art show (the other is Mckell Flick). Her entry was an acrylic painting in black and white of a girl. It is titled “boredom”. Amanda got this inspiration for this painting by a picture she had taken of a good friend of hers. “The picture showed great expression” Amanda said. When asked what her motivation was, Amanda said that Ms. Shuler was very encouraging of her work and persuaded her to enter the art show. When asked about how she felt about her art work being selected Amanda humbly stated “I’m just happy I did good at something I like to do.”

SHHS Sterling Scholars advance

by Trevor Williams

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!

Wrestling 2010-2011

by Joe Armstrong

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.

Sweethearts Assembly

by Trevor Williams
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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.

SHHS presents The Crucible

by Jordan Geyerman and Nate Christensen


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.