SHHS Weekly Newsletter 22

Submitted by curtis.burton on Wed, 03/11/2015 - 12:08

As you undoubtedly have picked up on if you've followed these newsletters, I love the profound wisdom that can be found in the simplest of quotes, and this week I found such wisdom in this quote from Babe Ruth: "Every strike brings me closer to the next homerun." I guess with the spring weather and our spring sports in full swing (pardon the pun), I chose to focus my message on this  baseball quote and metaphor. We certainly have all had our share of strikes and strikeouts (to use the metaphor) in life. However, it's comforting to realize that Thomas Edison didn't invent the light bulb with his first swing; Orville and Wilbur Wright struck out a few times with their flying machine; and the homeruns known as the iPod, iTunes, and iPhone gave Steve Jobs the distinction of masterminding, what some would say, the greatest turnaround in business history only after he had his share of strikeouts. The point is, we can't quit; we can't give up; we have to swing with all our might because that next hit might be one of our homeruns!    

Skyhawk Highlights:

SHHS Debate: The national debate qualifiers were held last week, and two students from our school qualified for the NSDA (National Speech and Debate Association) Nationals in Dallas, Texas this June. Jenessa Pratt qualified 1st in Oratory, and Juliana Millet qualified 1st in Congress. Our school also had several students qualify for the NSDA Nationals as alternates: Caleb Sly (Lincoln Douglas), Emily Miller and Sierra Draper (Policy), and Hannah Wallentine and Alea Simmons (Public Forum).

SHHS also qualified three students for the NCFL (National Catholic Forensic League) Nationals which will be held in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida in may: Caleb Sly, 1st, Lincoln Douglas; Juliana Millet, 1st, Congress; and Jenessa Pratt, 1st, Oratory.

Coach Welton was very proud of the overall performance of his team. He stated that this is the first year any student from SHHS qualified for NSDA Nationals, and three students is the most that have qualified for NCFL. Congratulations to our debate team!

SHHS PALS Ball: Our annual PALS Ball was held last Friday night (3/6) in the cafeteria, and our SHHS students danced into the night burning up the dance floor with their impressive moves. The theme of the ball was Despicable Me, and there actually was a sighting of a dancing, yellow minion. It was a great night, and we appreciate all who made it so!

SHHS Baseball: Our SHHS baseball team won the Desert Hills Tournament in St. George last weekend (3/6 & 3/7). The team defeated Copper Hills HS, Murray HS, Desert Hills HS, and Murray HS again to claim the tournament title. Last night (3/10) the team played Herriman HS and won in dramatic fashion, 11-10, on a walk-off balk. The team next plays Saturday (3/14) at 11:00 AM here at SHHS.  Come out and support the baseball team as they look to continue their winning ways.

SHHS Boys' Soccer: The boys' soccer team kicked off their season against Jordan HS last Friday (3/6) afternoon. They played the Beatdiggers to a 1-1 tie, and played well and competed hard throughout the match. The team played last night (3/10) at Riverton HS and lost to the defending 5A champions 3-0. The team next plays Payson HS here on March 16.

SHHS Softball: Our state champion team of a year ago began the defense of their title against Manti HS yesterday and did so with an impressive win defeating the Templars 9-1. The ladies next play on Friday (3/13) in the Dixie Tournament in St. George.

SHHS Sterling Scholar Finalists: Kenny Van Ausdal  (Art) and Nicole Flinders (Vocal Performance) were runners-up  for State Sterling Scholars. Congratulations to these two exceptionally gifted students!     

SHHS Track and Field: The boys' and girls' track teams got off to a great start in their first meet of the season which was held at Springville HS yesterday (3/10). Our teams competed against Springville HS and Wasatch HS in the tri-team meet; though the final meet results aren't in yet, Coach Thompson was pleased with how the teams performed. Our teams next compete in the Cougar Relays at Kearns HS this Friday and Saturday (3/13 & 3/14).

Skyhawk Happenings:

  • The FCCLA State competition continues today in Layton.
  • The Region VIII Jazz band competition is today at Timpview HS at 3:00 PM.
  • Course requests for sophomores and juniors will be open until the end of third term (3/19). For more information regarding registration and course requests for next year, visit the SHHS Counseling website:
  • There will be a parent support group meeting for parents of students with special needs on March 12 at 7:00 PM in the Nebo School District CTE building. Brenda Chabot of NAMI will be presenting.  RSVP at Heidi [at] utahparentcenter [dot] org for those interested (adults only).
  • SHHS is hosting a Concurrent Enrollment information night this Thursday, March 12 at 6:30 PM in the SHHS auditorium. Information about college courses offered to students attending SHHS will be given, and attendees will learn about the benefits of taking concurrent  enrollment classes during high school.  We will also have a representative from Regents who will talk about their scholarship which is offered to all students who are eligible and attending Utah colleges.  Please contact Jenett Houghton at SHHS if you have any questions.  jenett [dot] houghton [at] nebo [dot] edu.
  • The SHHS Preference Dance will be this Saturday, March 14 at 7:00 PM in the Auxiliary Gym. The dance is sponsored by the Lashays Drill Team, and tickets will be available in advance. Tickets purchased in advance will be $15 per couple.
  • The Lashays Drill Team tryouts will begin on March 17 at 6:00 PM in the main gym and run through March 19.
  • Student council elections will run from March 23 to April 3. There will be a mandatory meeting at lunch on March 16 in room E100 for all students interested in running for student council.
  • 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
  • Detention will be held before school, during lunch, and after school in room C207 with Ms. Houghton and before school with Mr. Schwenke (weight room). It will also be held after school with the administration in the weight room from 2:45 PM – to 3:45 PM, Monday through Thursday.

Next Week at a Glance: (3/16/15 - 3/21/15)

Monday: SHHS Respect Week Begins

                  SHHS Sophomore Baseball versus Wasatch HS (3:30 PM)

Tuesday: SHHS Home Track Meet

                  SHHS Softball versus Spanish Fork HS (3:30 PM)

                  SHHS Lashays Tryouts @ 6:00 PM (Main Gym)

                  SHHS Soccer @ Provo HS (7:00 PM)

                  SHHS Winter Orchestra Concert (Auditorium)

Wednesday: SHHS Region Chamber Choir Competition @ Wasatch HS

                        SHHS Girls' Basketball Banquet @ 5:00 PM (Cafeteria)

                        SHHS Lashays Tryouts @ 6:00 PM (Main Gym)

Thursday: SHHS Orchestra Tour Begins

                   SHHS Lashays Tryouts @ 6:00 AM and 5:00 PM (Main Gym)

                   SHHS Softball @ Springville HS (3:30 PM)

                   SHHS Soccer versus Timpview HS (4:00 PM)

                   SHHS Boys' Volleyball @ 6:00 PM (Main Gym)

                   SHHS Third Term Ends

Friday: No School

              SHHS Softball @ Lehi HS (3:30 PM) 

              SHHS Track Meet @ Maple Mountain HS

              SHHS Baseball @ The Snow Canyon Tournament in St. George

Saturday: SHHS Baseball @ The Snow Canyon Tournament in St. George

                   Top Schools Study Group (9:00 AM)


Curtis Burton