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We examine a groundbreaking old club at NS

NS Students encoounter the costs and rewards of attending prom

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Earth systems teacher teache Dax Higgins commenting on the new Smart Boards. The Smart Boards are a new edition to the teaching repertoire of North Sanpete teachers.

This Week: Wednesday: Mad Skills Week--Debate and Music competitions after school

Thursday: Mad Skills Week--Ping Pong final

Friday: Brain Bowl Championship--12:00 in the auditorium.

Friday: Quest English Competition at Weber State University

By the Numbers:


score given by three judges to the NS jazz band at the region competition last week


place taken by wrestler Reggie Clawson at the 3A state tournament Feb. 12-14


place taken by wrestlers Keaton Cheney, Colton Cheney, and Jared Watts at the 3A state tournament Feb. 12-14


year that NS began a broadcast journalism class in which students reported the news on their own radio station


percent of ten-year-old girls who reported that they are concerned about their weight

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Student artwork named best in state BY ETHAN ALDRIDGE The All-State High School Art Show, hosted by the Springville Museum of Art, is the most prestigious exhibition of its kind in the Mountain West. And this year Alexis Fryer, a junior at North Sanpete High, received the honor of being selected as best in show for her piece “Spring City Barns.” “I was really surprised, but really excited,” said Fryer. Winning the Director’s award, also known as Best in Show, is not an easy thing to do. Simply being exhibited in the show is no easy task, either. Each school is only allowed to enter a limited amount of pieces, and there is no guarantee that those pieces will be accepted into the show. Schools are only allowed to send 1.5% of all juniors’ and seniors’ work to the show for consideration. “It is an extremely hard show to get into,” said Paul Allred, art teacher at NS.

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NS junior Alexis Fryer works in the artroom after school. Her artwork “Spring City Barns”, which is also the cover of the Sanpete County Telephone Directory, won best in show at the All-State High School Art Show at the Springville Museum of Art.

North Sanpete submits pieces every year to the show, but Allred feels that the quality of the pieces this year are exceptional. “Usually we have only one

or two pieces that are really good out of our submissions,” said Allred. “All of the submissions this year are very high quality.” Apart from Friar, entrants

to the show from North Sanpete included Daniel Watson, Ken Michie, Jessica Westenskow and Ethan Aldridge. Of all of the entrants, only two were accepted into the show,

Fryer and Aldridge. In the show, schools first submit as many art pieces as they can. The pieces are then judged to see which ones will be exhibited in the show. Then the judges will go through the show and select the award winners. A complete list of those accepted to the show and the award winners can be seen on the Springville Museum of Art’s web page, at www.smofa. org/exhibitions/juried_exhibitions.html The show allows students to showcase their work in a professional venue. Being accepted into the show, and even better, winning an award, is a great asset to students’ portfolios, which help them to earn scholarships to college. “I am planning to go into art as a career,” said Friar. Friar hopes to study art at Brigham Young University in Provo, and her triumph at the art show will most definitely assist her with this goal.

Eating disorders plague young girls, guys BY VALERIE DE MILL THOMPSON



Many people hate the figure in the mirror staring back at them. A simple glance at the reflection is enough to make one disgusted and sick. Unfortunately it is something enough to drive them to drastic measures, like developing an eating disorder. The problem is ridiculously prevalent, aff fecting eight million Americans, yet it is a sensitive topic, so much that one feels they must keep it secretive. “Eating disorders are like the eight-hundred pound gorilla in the corner of the room,” said Casey Jensen, “People know it’s there, they know it’s a problem, they choose to ignore it.” When writing this article we found that this was a difficult topic to write about because no one was willing to talk about it. Even the administration was hesitant about letting us write it. Though it was a hard article to write, we feel it is very important that people are informed about the dangers of eating disorders. We hope to make people more aware of the problem and how they can deal with it.

We were able to interview a former North Sanpete student who suffered ff from anorexia nervosa. She told us her story in hopes to help students to know of the struggles that come with eating disorders. “I was 17 when it started; it was the summer before my senior year,” said a former student. “I participated in a pageant and I felt like, as the queen, everyone was watching me and I had to be skinny and perfect.” Though this story is one of an individual, it is not unique, eating disorders are very common. But why do people feel like they need to stop eating or vomit before they digest? Many teens resort to eating disorders because some, including the interviewed student, feel the pressure of being in the spotlight, but we cannot ignore the influence of the media. With super-skinny TV stars and supermodels gracing the covers of magazines, girls feel that they must achieve this look. Eating disorders aren’t just diseases aff fecting females, there is a growing number of males who have developed an eating disSEE PAGE 2, EATING DISORDERS

Photo byy Valerie De Mill

NST staffer Ana Ramirez contemplates her image in the mirror. Many students maintain misconceptions about weight.

Local cheer group invited to national competition

NS Jazz Band earns high ratings, moves on to state



The Power Central All Star cheerleading group was given bids to go to the United Spirit Association international competition. This out of school group from around Sanpete County came together last summer under the direction of Syndi Wilkie. Many were eager to join the team at first, however they were narrowed down to a select few. Those select few include Amanda Hunt, Shayla White, Jessica Peel, Kaylee Cunningham, Kalley Shelly, Tom Hiltbrun, and Bradley Holman. “Everybody is nice, friendly, and fun to be around,” said Hunt. A coach from Snow College also comes to give the team some tips

on their performance, and helps them out with any problems they may be having. These seven people have participated in multiple competitions, which led them to receiving this invitation. In all of these, the group did exceptionally well. They also obtained first place in a statewide competition on February seventh when they received a superior score rating. While the team was participating at an event in Timpview, the United Spirit Association was there. When they saw the cheerleaders the association members contacted them with an offer ff to give them bids to the national competition. These bids are partially paid tickets to the event. “The judges are really picky, but

they saw we had a lot of potential, they were also very surprised that we came from such a small town in Utah,” said Holman. “They thought we could bring the power to it,” said Hunt. During the competition, the cheerleaders will be required to perform a mixture of stunting (lifting people), dancing, and jumps over a time of two minutes and thirty seconds. Teams from all around the country will be competing at this event, so the Power Central All Stars hope to do well. “It may be a harder competition, but we’ve had plenty of time to prepare,” This competition will be held on March thirteenth through the fifteenth in Los Angeles.

North Sanpete jazz band’s hard work paid off ff at region last Thursday, receiving three ones as their score. The jazz band will continue to work hard and prepare for state. The jazz band has been attending early -morning practices all year at seven thirty and will go to Snow on March 24 to an event called the “Snow College Jazz Summit” and work with Julliard music academy and the Snow faculty. “We’ve got a lot of work to do, but the judges gave us good feedback,” said Tim Kidder, the director of band. Kidder believes that they will do well because last year’s jazz band felt that just getting to state was good enough, and this year they really want to do well. He believes the jazz band is ready to work hard. SEE PAGE 2, JAZZ BAND


Story continued from page 1, Jazz Band “Mostly we have lots of little stuff ff to improve on, we are good in big areas,� said Kidder. “We just need to tighten up, and work on the little things.� According to Derek Erickson, junior of Mt. Pleasant, jazz band will do well if they shape up their songs, so they can perfect them. “We need to make sure we play together, and make sure we have one sound instead of many different ff sounds,� said Erickkson. “If we work hard we will be able to take state.� State jazz band will be April 3 and 4, North Sanpete jazz band continues to set the bar high and work toward the possibility of winning state. “I’m really proud of how they played at region,� said Kidder. “They have worked really hard up to this point.�

Teachers utilize technology

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Math teacher Cheryl Hadley writes equations on her new interactive Smart Board for her Algebra II students.


NS esteem team informs elementary students of tobacco dangers BY HUNTER ERICKSON The North Sanpete High School Esteem Team prepared presentations for the fourth and fifth grade classes throughout Sanpete County. The presentations consisted of many of the dangers of cigarettes and chewing tobacco. The objective of the presentations was to inform the students of the chemicals in cigarettes and chewing tobacco, the health problems it can cause and why chewing tobacco is not safe. Brooke Heath, Esteem Team advisor, prepared the presentations with the elementary students in mind. They had many examples to help the students better understand the dangers. Chewing tobacco can have many different ff harmful effects ff on your body, especially in your mouth. It can cause gingivitis, cavities, and

cancer of the mouth. There are thousands of dangerous chemicals in chewing tobacco, and 28 of those chemicals can cause cancer. One of the commonly unknown ingredients in chewing tobacco is sand and fiberglass. This cuts up the gums and gets the chemicals in your bloodstream. Cigarettes are also very harmful to your body. They contain over 4000 chemicals, 40 of which cause cancer. Emphysema is a disease caused by smoking that extremely limits breathing. This disease scars the tissue in your lungs. Some of the diff ferent chemicals in cigarettes are Cyanide, which is found in rat poison, Arsenic, found in ant poison. Ammonia is also in cigarettes as well as home cleaning supplies. The Esteem Team hopes to help students, and teach them to avoid tobacco.

Heard IN THE


While walking down the halls at the school, you hear some bizarre things that make no sense when taken out of context. Here are a few of the funniest ones we’ve heard. -Chickens don’t count, they aren’t even human. -The screaming usually comes before the defecation. -I finally washed my pants today. -You just can’t draw a good dolphin these days. -You can’t have my lips! -I don’t know the alphabet. -I had a dream about your mom last night.

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On February 4, Earth Systems teacher Dax Higgins’ B-day science classes were surprised with the arrival of a new teaching tool: a Smart Board. Smart Boards are interactive whiteboards. They each have a touch screen and special markers that make virtual marks on any image the teacher’s laptop is currently showing whether it is a map, document, or the Mona Lisa. With the touch screen you can use the designated markers and eraser or use your finger. “It’s like Minority Report!� remarked Higgins, making a reference to a science-fiction movie. North Sanpete School District first became interested in purchasing the boards last summer when math teacher, Cheryl Hadley, went to a training meeting about Smart Boards. The district applied for a grant and purchased four Smart Boards at $750 each rather than the original $1400. “It took them over five months to get here,� said librarian Nan Ault. When the Smart Boards finally arrived Higgins dove in eagerly. Although Higgins has only had his Smart Board for a few days, he has already experimented with it and discovered many of its features. “You can post notes from class online for students who missed a day,� said Higgins. He also added that it is very convenient for in-class reviews. “It’s new so it keeps the students’ interest, which is always a plus,� Higgins added. Higgins’ students tend to agree. “It is so much better than the other board,� said freshman Alinnea Barker, a student in Earth Systems. One of the Smart Board’s most useful features is its ability to virtually draw on any picture. With this ability teachers don’t have to draw the picture on the white board then try to draw on top of it. “It makes it so much easier both for us,� said Barker In a short Smart Board demonstration for members of the journalism class, Higgins drew UFOs attacking a picture of Earth and marked the cars in the dirt parking lot on Google Earth with daisy-shaped stamps. “How could you not be entertained?� Higgins said. Smart Boards are not only fun and games, however. Math teacher Shawn Ledingham and 5th grade teacher Sheron Larsen, along with Higgins and Hadley, have all received a Smart Board to help teach their classes more conveniently.

order. “Eating disorders among males have increased in the last 19 years because there are now men magazines,� said Judie Erickson, Snow College teacher. “Men are trying to achieve the look of chiseled bodies and big muscles.� Not only is the media a major role of people’s perspective of themselves, but at an early age parents have a strong influence in creating either a positive or negative self image. “The mother’s own self esteem passes on to [her children],� said Erickson. “If the mother shows too much concern about her body, her daughter will follow her example.� Around eight million Americans have an eating disorder, one million of them being men. National statistics from the South Carolina Department of Mental Health show that one in 200 women suffer ff from anorexia nervosa and two to three in 100 American women suffer ff from bulimia nervosa. “The scariest part, for me, was thinking about gaining weight,� said the anonymous student. “Everyone was telling me to gain weight and the fear of gaining weight took over my mind and made me not think straight.� The fear of gaining weight doesn’t only occur among teenagers. Statistics show that 42% of first through third grade girls have already had thoughts about losing weight. Also, 81% of ten year olds are scared of getting fat and by 13 years old they have already attempted to lose weight. But obsessing with weight and resorting to unhealthy decisions may have extreme effects ff upon one’s body. The dangers that threaten people who are in-

Counselors’ corner Freshmen, make SEOP appointments with ODee Hansen Sophomores, make SEOP appiontments with Chet Keisel Seniors, make sure you know the application deadline for the college or university that you wish to attend. Anyone planning on playing sports in college make sure you are NCAA eligable.

volved with eating disorders can result in life long health issues and can be fatal. “The body of an anorexic person will start to feed off ff itself,� said Jenson. “It starts in the muscle tissue, then starts to shut down organs and the bones will start to deteriorate. Eventually the body shuts down and goes into a coma.� According to Jenson a bulimic person will develop digestive problems, their teeth enamel will be stripped away and the acid will burn through their throat and esophagus. The death rate for people suffering ff from eating disorders is the third highest of all the diseases. At least, 50,000 people will die each year due to an eating disorder. Fortunately, the interviewed student was able to get over her disorder before permanent damage was made. With the help of her loving family, she was able to overcome it. “My family got to the point where they were really worried about me. They’d support me, listen to me, and talk to me,� said the anonymous student. “They gave me the courage to overcome it and know who I was without an eating disorder.� If you know someone who suff fers from an eating disorder, there are certain things you can do to help them. If you suspect a friend has an eating disorder, get help from an adult or a

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professional. They may not have an eating disorder and have another problem. If they do have an eating disorder you can confront them and let them know you are concerned and that you care. Be prepared for your friend to deny that there is anything wrong. Don’t argue, just listen to what they have to say. Don’t abandon them in their moment of need. If you personally suffer ff from an eating disorder here are some things you can do; develop and maintain a support system, somebody that understands you. Treat yourself like you would your best friend. Ask for help when you need it. Learn more about your disorder and set realistic goals. Remember that permanent change is gradual and that you may make mistakes. Maintain a sense of humor and laugh when things get tough. Just remember to live your life for you. “It has made me a better person, I found out who I was,� said student. “Kids with eating disorders need to find out who they are because that is the whole reason for the eating disorder, they don’t know who they are.�




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NS Times Staff Editor-in-Chief Jeremy Zabriskie Managing Editor Chana Thompson Advisor Ben Cox News Brandi Peahl, editor Hannah Aldridge Katie Carpenter Christian Lane Carr Elisabeth Fullmer Features Jesse Richmond, editor Katie Carpenter Naudia Dowland Ana Ramirez Jeremy Zabriskie A&E Chad McKay, editor Ethan Aldridge Danielle Hardy Rachael Howard Sports Valerie De Mill, editor Caleb Christensen Hunter Erickson Chana Thompson Ryan Aagard, photos Layout Sadie Ivie Jesse Richmond Jeremy Zabriskie Chana Thompson


Our V O View When looking at the past of North Sanpete High School, one can’t help but feel a certain sense of jealousy. There were many more clubs, more opportunities for learning and more creativity. While looking through old yearbooks, one can find the radio club (mentioned earlier), a swing band and many other interesting extra-curricular activities. The reason our school lacks these things doesn’t come from an absence of ambition, but instead from a lack of funds. To only worsen our monetary situation, the legislature has proposed budget cuts amongst Utah’s school districts that would prove disastrous to our curriculum. Ten percent of our budget might be cut, and that would mean not only the loss of staff ff members and their classes, but the prevention and loss of many extra-curricular activities, as well. The money that we need is not for technology, or more material possessions; instead, it is needed to continue a substantial education, provide a variety of vocational and extra-curricular activities, and to compensate the teachers for their contribution to the future of our world. As time progresses, one can’t help but notice the death of creativity. Freshman students have been denied the opportunity to explore their talents due to their new graduation requirements. Thus, one wonders what new restrictions will be placed on future classes, especially if the district’s budget is truncated. In the coming years, will we have enough money to even support a class like journalism? A class with many practical applications, but a class that is not necessary or required? The future of our youth is far too important to jeopardize by cutting an already dismal budget. Education should be the priority of any politician, and it should be the priority of everybody else, as well. The future of our children is tentative and uncertain, therefore the future provided by our children is just as tenuous and dangerous. A week without

The journalism class abstains from meat for a week BY JEREMY M ZABRISKIE The bell tolls the time of 12:57. Into the lunchroom trudge a group of anemic, listless journalism students. Their mouths, gawking and salivating as they inhaled the aroma of the lunchroom, as though the first breath of Spring. This was the recurring experience of the journalism class during their week without meat. I have been a lacto-vegetarian (includes dairy) since about sixth grade, so I decided to be vegan for the week. Luckily, Katie Carpenter and Valerie De Mill joined me in my journey. For clarity, veganism is the act of abstaining from all meat, meat by-products and clothing/textiles made from animal hide/fur.

Thus, the class began its meat-free week. I informed them that they could consume dairy products, but they couldn’t eat eggs unless they were baked into something (confectionery, for example). The first few days, for me, entailed a large amount of research. There are an incredible number of ingredients that are derived from animals. One can’t even shower or wash one’s hands without utilizing the remains of slaughterhouses. Knowing this, I was aware that, no matter what I did, I would fail. I wasn’t able to drive to Provo or Salt Lake to go to a health-food store, so I was aware that I wouldn’t be able to fully succeed. I felt at a loss, really. I was constantly checking ingredi-

ents; I would feel such elation when I had read through most of the ingredients without spotting a by-product; but then, when I least expected it, I stumbled upon a measly glycerin sitting at the end of the list—very disappointing. Normally, I don’t eat much. My caloric intake is usually below 1300, but when I couldn’t eat, I wanted to. I probably ate more during this week just because I knew I couldn’t. I think that most of the students in the class felt the same. Options in Sanpete are very limited for vegetarians, especially so for vegans, and school lunch is laden with meat. Even the salad has bits of meat. The reaction to the lack of meat varied from individual

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to individual. “In retrospect, one week didn’t seem that hard. I don’t eat that much meat, anyway,” said Jesse Richmond. Some people even enjoyed the experience, or learned something interesting about themselves. “I just thought about it, and meat is murder. It’s strange to think that my food was once living,” said Chana. But others did not have such an agreeable or indiffer ff ent experience. “I like eating what I want… I wanted sausage and bacon. I couldn’t have them,” said Rachael Howard. I can understand where Rachael was coming from. I exist on a diet of fruit, cereal and breads—being vegan eliminated two of those options. I cannot eat cereal with Soy Milk without want-

ing to vomit. I did eat Squaw bread, but it wasn’t necessarily the most enjoyable thing in the world. “I felt like slaughtering a cow during the week,” said Hannah Aldridge. Although many journalism students did well in sticking to the pact of meatlessness, many also cheated. A list of cheaters includes: me, Caleb, Katie, Chad, Sadie, Rachael, Ethan, Hunter, Christian, and possibly more. Regardless of failed attempts, nearly everyone expressed pleasure in doing the experiment. Nearly everyone claimed that, from now on, they would cut back on meat consumption. In closing, I would once again urge anyone to participate in such a project.

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NS radio was one of first in US

Relaxation needed for a healthy lifestyle BY JESSE RICHMOND

Photo from  North Sanpete Y Yearbook

These are the members of the old High School broadcast club. They broadcasted everyday for games, activities and news. Their experiences and advisor taught them skills useful for their future careers.

BY BRANDI R PEAHL The media of 1940 looked a little different ff from the media of today when most people relied on radio as a primary source of news and North Sanpete was the forefront of providing news for the community. KNS was the name of the radio station that aired for the first time on AM 660 back on November 5, 1948. KNS aired twice daily with the help and instruction of Dr. Morris Shirts. Dr. Shirts was able to get an old transmitter from the U.S. Air force after WWII and convert it into a radio station via carrier current broadcast system. Carrier current is a less efficient form of transmitting that is neither approved nor disapproved by Federal Communications Commission. The signals run through power lines, which creates dead zones throughout the town. KNS was based from the third floor of the old high school. The radio station did announcements and news reports in the morning by read-

ing straight out of the local newspaper. KNS also broadcasted high school sports such as football, basketball, baseball and track. Jay Monsen, a former radio class member, was in charge of the part of the station. “[Broadcasting away games] was realistic but not actual,” said David Larsen, a former radio club member. KNS broadcasted the majority of the home games in these sports and tried to broadcast away games also. Away games were not as accurate because every few minutes the station would receive the plays and scores and make up what happened from there. Broadcasting was a unique thing that gave students skills that helped them throughout their lives. “[Broadcasting] gives me the ability to do something no one else does,” said Monsen, who was involved from 1949-1951. Broadcasting was a class taught at the old high school until 1952 when funds were cut because the district didn’t feel a large enough pri-

ority. When the class ended the club was formed. Larsen was president of the club 1957 until 1960. The club had 15-20 members which all had a speciff ic task. Usually two members were on air at a time and those members varied from day to day depending on what was to be presented. Dr. Shirts was the advisor for KNS for several years. Monsen says Shirts was very interested in students and very knowledgeable in what he was doing. “We need more teachers in the world today like Morris Shirts,” said Monsen. Dr. Shirts prepared students for life after high school by helping them gain confidence. The school administration gave support to Dr. Shirts even after the budget was cut. Students also learned radio maintenance and repair, radio announcing, news casting and sports casting. These skills helped students like Monsen in continuing their education. Monsen received a scholarship to Snow College because of KNS and later he

went onto BYU. After graduation he began his career as a sports broadcaster at BYU. He stayed at BYU for 26 years and after retirement he still continues to broadcast for BYU Girl’s Basketball. “It was a great experience,” said Monsen. Others, such as Larsen, wanted to continue in radio, but although they didn’t and time at KNS helped them with their careers. Larsen says he learned a lot about public speaking, which helped him when he went into elementary education. Benefits from the radio were limited after members were main suspects in a fire started at North Sanpete High. KNS could no longer be in the school very long aff ter hours as they could previously. KNS was also shut down for sometime for remodeling the school and the station was never the same as before. KNS was reopened but not for very much longer. “I’m glad to see an opportunity for students to go into broadcasting,” said Larsen.

Student of the Month

In this world of constant worry and stress, many people seek an outlet. They need something to help them focus, rejuvenate, and get their work done. The answer, though it sounds like a bit of an oxymoron, is simple: relax. The art of relaxation is a fairly popular concept in the media. In Stephen Covey’s book, The 7 Habits of Highly E Effffective People, an entire section, the habit of “Sharpening the Saw,” is devoted to finding ways to rejuvenate. Additionally, tapes and CDs of relaxing noises have been around for years, as well as hundreds of Yoga videos and classes. Relaxation takes different ff forms, but generally they fall into two broad categories. The first is mental relaxation, where little or no effort ff is needed to induce a sense of peacefulness. The second is physical relaxation, where energy is exerted in order to release endorphins, a type of natural stimulant produced by our bodies. According to, methods of relaxation that involve both of these methods tend to be the most successful. These include, but are not limited to, leisure activities like walking, playing sports, or Yoga. Coach Sharon Christensen confirms the benefits of Yoga, but it isn’t her favorite method of relaxation. Instead, she prefers golfing because of the opportunity to see the “beautiful surroundings” of the course. Jeff ff Ericksen agrees that this method of rejuvanation is effective. ff “You could totally relax while you golf,” said Ericksen. Ericksen’s favorite method of relaxation is reading the newspaper while listening to his favorite music. He says he “definitely needs that time,” and believes that students do too. “Your battery runs out if you don’t take care of yourself. You need to recharge,” said Ericksen. Both Ericksen and Christensen agree that taking time to relax would be beneficial to performance in school. Ericksen says that regular relaxation clears the mind, and Christensen says it would give students a more positive attitude. However, like many good things, relaxation can be used too much. “You need some [relaxation], but not too much,” said Christensen. Christensen says that on the exercise pyramid, relaxation fits in the same place as fats and oils fit on the food pyramid; it needs to be used sparingly. Similarly, Ericksen quotes the old adage “everything in moderation” when describing the amount of relaxation needed. He says that, though taking time to unwind is important to a healthy life, good time management skills and self-discipline are also needed to keep on track. So, relaxation can be a great tool for the NS students, if they use it. Whether running outdoors or resting to music, the result will be the same. Relaxation, if used correctly, will bring about a feeling of well-being, as described by poet Robert Browning: “God’s in his heaven/All’s right in the world.”

NS Secretary Melanie Lee helps all students Staff Spotlight

Student of the month balances responsibility with oddity

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Dominick Kiefer, a junior at North Sanpete High School, demonstrates his ability to kick himself in the head. Kiefer, aside from displaying his unique talents enjoys participating in school activities such as band and drama.

BY CHRISTIAN CARR He participates in the drama club, he is the band president, and he can even kick himself in the head. He is Dominick Kiefer. Kiefer, a junior from Mt. Pleasant, has participated in many activities. He is the band president and an active member of the drama club. Kiefer’s love for drama was sparked in elementary school. Many high schools travel to neighboring elementary schools and perform there. When Kiefer saw one of these plays, he decided that he wanted to participate in a play in high school. Kiefer’s best experience in drama was with the spring play, You Can’t Take it With You. Even though he was just doing the light board, he enjoyed the production immensely.

“It had an awesome set and cast. I felt like I was watching a movie, but one that didn’t change sets,” said Kiefer. “Acting is like lying, you get to be someone that you are not,” said Kiefer. Drama can be a difficult subject to pursue; it takes a certain amount of skill in the areas of acting and memorizing. Also, for certain parts, one must be able to sing. Kiefer has had one of those experiences that can show how difficult it is. “One time in the musical Once on this Island, I forgot my lines and felt like everyone was watching me,” said Kiefer. Although he loves drama, he enjoys band more. This is partly because he started out with it, but also because he loves his instrument. As band president, he helps select music for the band to try out and assists

in the decision on what trips to take. “Band is different ff from drama in that you aren’t being someone else, you are presenting something else. You are telling a story,” said Kiefer. Kiefer started band because his brother Skyler suggested it. His brother had played the trumpet but wanted Dominick to play the tuba. The tuba was not the instrument he wanted to play in the beginning of his band career, though. Originally, he wanted to play the Bassoon, but since he wasn’t allowed he switched to the Euphonium. Then in seventh grade he switched to the tuba. Kiefer’s best experience with band was at last year’s State Solo & Ensemble. He played a tuba solo called Fnugg. Many people there commented that it was an outstanding performance. His scores reflected these statements perfectly. At both Region and State, he scored 1’s, which is the best score that you can achieve. Along with these hobbies, Kiefer has some other talents that could be called unusual by some. To the amazement of many, he can kick himself in the head. He can also put his hands quite far under his ribs. For his Talent Spot in choir, he kicked himself in the head. He has done it in many places to entertain people. After high school, Kiefer wants to attend college in Berkeley, California, with a major in music or theater, and when he is finished with college, he wants to work at a zoo. So, if there is a band or drama activity going on at North Sanpete High School, you’ll probably find Kiefer in it.

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Secretary Melanie Lee hands a paper to Alyssa Hall. Lee handles many student situations like this every day.

BY RACHAEL HOWARD Schools Attended: North Sanpete High School, LDS business college Favorite Food : Pasta Favorite Movie: Beauty and the Beast Home Town: Fairview Where she likes to travel: Hawaii ( been and loved it), Alaska ( wants to go) What she likes to do outside of school: Scrapbook If she could have any career what would it be?: Doctor ( they make a lot of money) Favorite book: The Work and the Glory Why: It taught her what the people had to go through and how hard it was. Pet Peeve: “When my kids do not pick their stuff ff off the floor.” Something no one knows about her: She used to work for a lawyer.







North Sanpete wrestlers attend state at UVU BY CHANA A T HOMPSON


Reggie Clawson n Keaton Cheney Kolton Cheneyy Jared Watts

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Two weeks ago at the state tournament at UVU, four off North Sanpete’s wrestlers placed in the top of theirr weight. Reggie Clawson took second place wrestlingg at 171, Jared Watts took thirdd wrestling at 152, Keaton Cheney took third wrestlingg at 145, and Kolton Cheneyy took third wrestling at119. This wrestling season was an overall success, the seniors performed well and the sophomore and freshmen developed well throughout the season. “If most freshmen and

sophomores stick with wrestling throughout high school they should be pretty good,” said assistant coach Chad Smith. There were some ups and downs because of some diff ferent incidents such as, several injuries throughout the season that hurt the team. “Initially we had a numbers problem that was compounded with an injuryy problem,” said Smith, “We suff ffered as a team by havingg to forfeit a couple of weight classes during the season due to loss of numbers.” Despite a team of small numbers the hawks per-

formed well at both region and state. “This season was not as I expected,” said Jared Watts junior of Fairview, “It started slow but got better as it went on, and I thought we’d have a bigger team.” According to Smith several individuals stepped up and used the success they found to be models and examples for the rest of the team. When it comes to showingg leadership this team knows how to be confident and positive for their fellow athletes. “I’m proud of the work the guys who fought throughout the whole season put in,” said

Smith, “I wish the best for the graduating seniors and hope we get more numbers and recruits for next year.” Watts hopes that next yearr the coaches won’t be as strict so that if someone is late theyy don’t have to run a lot. According to Smith, Head Coach Tanner Cowan the coaches won’t make any major changes for next year, but w ill get to know who is available for next season. “Coach Cowan will continue to implement his own style and philosophies to refine the wrestling program and make the team better,” said Smith.

Athlete of the month:

Leon shows responsibility and leadership in her many activities BY ANA RAMIREZ Every weekday, at six in the morning, senior Spiriteer Stephany Leon wakes up and goes to drill team practice. A love and passion of dancing drives her to practice daily. Being at school at six, with her dance shoes on her feet, is a normal routine for Leon. She has been doing drill team since the beginning of her freshman year. She is now one of the captains for the squad. This experience has had its ups and downs for Leon. “The best part of drill was the competitions,” said Leon, “And the worst part was when we went to Park City for a camp, and practiced forever.” Leon started dance at a young age. From age three she was doing jazz, ballet, and hip hop. “I did drill because I wanted to do an extracurricular activity after school, and what else could I have done than drill. I love to dance,” said Leon. Drill has been good for Leon even with all

the stress that it brings into her life. Leon has been a good support for the squad. “She is amazing, she is totally cool, and she rocks,” said Rachel McKay. Leon plans to continue her passion of dancing after high school by trying out for the Snow College Badgerettes. “I’m really excited to try out for the Badgerettes but I’m also a little nervous, and of course sad to leave the Spiriteers,” said Leon. Another sport that Leon loves to participate in during her free time is soccer. She enjoys watching it as well. “I just love playing soccer with my friends just for fun,” said Leon Not only does Leon do drill, but she is also involved with many other things such as FBLA, President of the Multi Cultural Club, and is the Foreign Language Sterling Scholar, Leon is also Secretary for the Senior Class Officers. “Stephany is a highly motivated student who is an example to all around her. She improves the lives’ of students both on the

Photo byy Valerie De Mill

Stephany Leon shows her spirit as she performs prop routine at the region 8 drill team competition at Salem Hills. Drill team is just one of the many activities Leon does.

dance floor and in the classroom,” said high school counselor O’Dee Hansen. Plans for Leons future include attending

Snow College and later move on to UVU or SUU. The career she plans to pursuit is psychology.

Freshmen PE classes practice cross-country skiing with new equipment BY JESSE RICHMOND

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Students in Mrs. Christensen’s P.E. class trudge through the snow on the new cross country skis. The sports department at NS was able to get the skis through a grant.

The NS sports department has recently acquired a set of cross-country skis. The fourteen pairs of skis were purchased via a grant, which was written by Nan Ault. The supplier of the skis was Rossignol, a winter sports company owned by Quiksilver. Christensen says that the skis will exclusively be used by ninth grade P.E. students at the current time, and there are no plans so far that would allow students to rent them.

However, she also says that a cross-country skiing club might be a possibility if enough interest was generated and an advisor could be found. Christensen says that learning how to use the skis would be “a good life experience” for students. The students agree. “[Skiing] was really fun,” said Austin Sanders. Sanders also says that adjusting to the skis was easy, and that he was the first person to make it to a small hill southeast of the school, the

skiers’ destination. Students admitted that they fell down a lot, but not always due to lack of skill. Both Sanders and Abdiel Sioba said that their falls were due to their friends pushing them instead of their clumsy feet. Other students found the skis more difficult. Lexi Turley said using the skis was “fun but hard,” but she didn’t do as poorly as others. Whitney Nafus says she fell down a lot when returning to the school, which she said was “not fun.”

Ladyhawks complete region schedule, falter in playoffs ff BY CALEB CHRISTENSEN North Sanpete geared up for the state basketball tournament by pounding new region member Salem Hills. At the game of Salem Hills vs. North Sanpete the North Sanpete Lady Hawks won the game. North Sanpete scored 27 points in the first quarter and by the end of the game they had scored a total of 73 points. The team was tied for third with Delta after they won Salem Hills. They won the coin toss so they would be playing Wasatch in the first round of the state playoff ff games. Wasatch is currently number one in the state. They are also tied for first in their region. Wasatch plays well and is a very good team. North Sanpete has already played Wasatch twice. Senior Jessica Lindow said that is why it is better that they play Wasatch than Judge. They also know how Wasatch plays as a team.

They lost both times, but according to Coach Hadley the Lady Hawks have improved. Even though the team has lost some games that they shouldn’t have, they have had a better than average season. According to Coach Hadley some reasons that they have done so well is that the team doesn’t have one just one star. They have many and they all contribute. This makes it so that they have pretty well balanced scorers. “All of them bring something” said .Hadley. The Lady Hawks have also improved over the season. Lindow says that they have grown more confident in the way that they play, that they have changed their mental attitude, and they are playing more as a team. One game that the team didn’t do very good at was the Carbon away game. Hadley says that they played poorly and the other team played well which made them not

Photo Byy Ryan Aagard

Kara Anderson looks for a teammate to pass the ball to during the home game against the Delta Rabbits. Later, the girls travelled to Wasatch for a playoff game. Although they tried their hardest, they returned home with a loss.

do very good at the game. Team captain Lindow points out another reason the team didn’t play well was that, “We didn’t come prepared.” One of the players that has stood out over the season is

Jessica Lindow. She has been scoring well, she is also doing very well at rebounding. She has also been awarded the Academic All- State Award. Last Saturday the NS girls basketball team played

Wasatch at the state playoffs. ff The game determined whether the team went to state this week or not. The game ended in a loss for NS, with the final score being 49-34. Although the girls did not

attend state this year they still think that the year was a success. “I think we have improved a lot his year,” said Kathrine Kendall Senior of Mt. Pleasant, “So it wasn’t a bad loss.”


Spiriteers end season with spirit review

Boys’ basketball struggles through season


BY CHANA A T HOMPSON Despite a rough season, North Sanpete boys’ basketball team stayed strong and never quit. “I think the boys’ played hard throughout the whole season and they became better basketball players and they never quit,” said Coach Keisel. According to Jared Bailey, senior of Ft. Green, the season had its difficult moments because there were a lot of problems with kids and coaches seeing eye to eye. But the team learned how to face the difficult challenges that they encountered and continued playing with a positive attitude. Coach Keisel said that when your 2-18 there isn’t any highlights as far as basketball goes, but the team stayed together and the character they showed was probably the highlight. “Just showing up to practice every day was a great challenge for the players because they were having such a horrible season,” said Coach Keisel, “When you don’t win its hard to show up and practice and try hard to stay positive.” Coach Keisel believes that the seniors really worked hard and stayed positive and were good examples for the other kids. “I believe the greatest challenge we faced was winning games and getting along,” said Bailey. According to Nathan Aagard Junior of Ft. Green, the season was not as good as they would have hoped, it was a disappointment, but

Photo byy Ryan Aagard

Jared Bailey goes up for a rebound against an Emery Spartan at a recent home game. Although the basketball team had a hard season, with only 2 wins and 18 losses, they managed to keep each others spirits up and stick together.

they got two wins and improved. Bailey’s favorite part of the season was hanging out with friends and going on the bus rides. Eveen good can come out of the type of seeason thhe haw k s have had. “Like I said thhey stayed togetherr and stayed positive, iff you can learn from losing, that’s what these kids did,” said Coach Kei-

sel, “Sometimes preparation, preparing to play is as important as the game itself and these guys always tried hard, and they will never quit in life, when timees get tough they’ll t dig in.”” W i t h t h i s seeason cominng to a close t h e b o y s lookk forward to next season and hope for a bbetter outcome. “I think that next season

will be good,” said Aagard, “If we keep our composure and stay in the game, we’ll go to state and have a chance at winning region. We can use this year as a learning experience and try to do better next year” With the future in mind Coach Keisel says that they have some high expectations for next season, they have the tallest team they’ve ever had at North Sanpete. “We always hate to lose

seniors but the younger athletes have had a lot of playing time and that will help us transition into next season,” said Coach Kiesel. Bailey, a senior who won’t be back to play next season, says that basketball is his life; he’s based it around it, everything he did and was, is because of basketball. “Go through it with no regrets, give it all you got,” said Bailey.

After many months of practice the Spiriteers season is finally coming to a close. For some, there is always next year, but for the senior team members, their lives being on the drill team are now just mere memories. “It’s a relief that it is over, but I’ll miss the girls and dancing,” said Cheyene Nebeker, co-captain. Many of the members will miss being on the drill team. “It was my life for four years,” said Stephanie Leon, captain, “It’s sad, but I’m not going to miss the practices. I’ll miss and being with the girls, they’re like my sisters.” Even though the seniors are no longer on drill team, it is unlikely that they will give up dancing. Both Nebeker and Leon plan on joining the Snow College Badgerettes. “I want to learn how to tango as well,” said Leon. The drill team’s last competition was at state, but despite their hard efforts, ff they came home disappointed. “We didn’t do as well as we planned,” said Nebeker. The final performance was given last Friday at Spirit Review, where the newcomers to the 2009-2010 team were announced. The conclusion of Spirit Review brought tears to many of the girls’ eyes at having to say their good-byes.



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The Junior Prom is thhe biggest event at North Sanpete High School. The gownns, the music, the decorations— —but all of this comes at a price. But what exactly is the price of prom? “The Prom doesn’t hhave a set budget,” said Jim Bowles Principal at North Sanpete High School. According to Bowlees the prom committee is in charge c of handling and setting the budget for the prom. For last year’s prom m, the committee spent over three thousand dollars; thiss includes over one thousannd on decorations, five hundreed on the DJ, and over three hundred on the choreographer and pianist. Some think that althhough the school spends a fair amount of money on prom, p that it’s not that bad. “We’re a small schoool; it’s not that much money compared to a big school,”” said Leah Bartholomew, a senior s from Spring City. In addition, the school makes back most of the money spent on prom.

Last year North Sanpete made over four thousand dollars on ticket sales, and made another two thousand on the five-dollar fee for juniors and hoodies. T h e school isn’t the only one paying for the prom. The students have their own spending needs. The price of a girl’s dress gown can range anywhere from $100 to $600; the price of a tuxedo can range from $70 to $250; supplement that with pictures, flowers and other necessities, and the total for all of these extras can be around $400 to $700.

Evermore book has been compared to best-selling teenager fantasy novels BY DANIELLE HARDY Title: Evermore Author: Alyson Noel Pages: 320 Genre: Teen Fantasy, Teen Romance My Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5 Compared to best selling teen fantasy authors such as the acclaimed Stephenie Meyer and Melissa Marr, Evermore manages to snag the readers attention from the very beginning and pull you head long into the story. Get ready for a wild ride that is filled with twisting paths, mystery, love and fantasy. Ever’s story starts out fairly normal. While driving with her family, they were involved in a car crash, and she was the only one that walked away from it alive. Suddenly she has to move in with her aunt who lives in California. Now besides dealing with the typical grief of losing a loved one, she also has to deal with starting out in a new school and trying to fit in. As if that’s not hard enough, now add in the fact that since the accident Ever has had some…unusual gifts. Suddenly, she can see ghosts, talk to them, and she can read people’s thoughts. Life is anything but easy and perfect, and once Damen moves to town her life is once again changed—forever. Despite her unique abilities, (which she sees as more of a curse than a gift) Ever doesn’t know or understand everything. Sometimes even her own abilities remain a mystery to her. She doesn’t know why her sister, Riley, is still lingering around and she can talk to her, while her parents, and almost all other ghosts, are invisible to her. The fun thing about this is that whenever you discover some new twist in the plot, Ever does too, so the reader is kept in the dark as much as the actual characters up until the last moment. This allows you to connect more with the story and people themselves, trying to find out what’s going on just like they are. And as you get farther into the book, you realize that not everything is not always as it first seems. Now Ever has to help her sister continue on to the other side; spend more time with her aunt; find out why her best friend is suddenly following the mysterious new woman in town around like she’s some type of God; figure out who— and what—Damen is, along with why he’s paying so much attention to her; learn to control her abilities, and deal with day to day teenage things. Evermore is a thrilling read for teen readers. The writing style and basic plot line may be a bit like Meyer and Marr’s popular books, but written with a new twist and voice so as not to seem like a cheap remake. Like a guilty pleasure, Evermore leaves you wanting more, eager for the next installment in this romantic adventure.

“I’m spending every dime I have,” said Lindsey Bradley, a junior from Mt. Pleasant. Many students feel that they have to budget for the prom, while other students know that it is prom and that means going all out. According to a survey, one thing that many notice at North Sanpete is that it is becoming more and more expensive to even a s k someone to prom. According to that same survey, it shows that most students asked their date by decorating his/her room or

locker. Considering the current, shaaky state of the economy, spending money to ask someon ne can be quite a pricey task. Not only is there a lot of time puut into primping for prom, thhere is also the preparation foor the date, which can last all day. d Living in a smaller town can mean travelling to bigger aand more entertaining cities, w which can be more expensive.. Driving to and from Provo can cost around $20; a meal forr two is around $20, at least; annd entertainment can range froom $30 to $80. “[Proom] is a big deal, so it doesnn’t matter what you spend,” said Jared Bailey, a senior from m Fountain Green. Studeents do find ways to save mooney on prom. Having the prom date around town can savee on gas and time. Borrowing a dress or a tuxedo from som meone else cuts costs. And takking pictures at home instead oof professionally saves time andd money. Whattever the cost of prom ,the expperience is something that manny feel is priceles, and is worthh whatever money and time is sspent.


Creative ways to ask them out that won’t empty your wallet.


Slip a paper with your invitation on it into a balloon. Inflate it, then deliver your invitation with a whole boquet of inflatable joy.


Leave a Hershey’s Kiss and a note on their front porch. The note should say something about how you’ve now kissed the ground they walk upon, proving how much you want to go to the dance with them.


Buy your prospective partner a dozen roses. Attach a card that says that these are 12 reasons why you want to go to the dance with them.


Paint your invitation onto a large sign. Throw rocks (or call out their name, if you fear angry parents) at their window until they come, then hold up your sign.

Huebener play depicts fight against Nazis BY HANNAH ALDRIDGE The theater darkens and the buzz of the audience quiets to a whisper, one can almost feel the anticipation for the performance. Everyone was promised an interesting performance that centered around a group of teenagers brave enough to appose Hitler. As the curtain rises you witness the Nazi regime abduct a Jewish woman from her home. The play, adopted from the book entitled Three against g Hitlerr, displays the loyalty one boy has for his beliefs. As the performance progresses the audience is taken through a story about fear, corruption, betrayal, and change. Many of the audience members expressed their surprise that it was a true story about four young men. “That’s what makes the play good, the fact that is has to do with kids our own age.”

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Dominick Kiefer, Spencer Henderson, Nick Morgan, and Trevor Carter hiel Hitler in North Sanpete’s traditional spring play directed by drama and english teacher Mrs. Roundy.

said Amanda Johnson freshman of Mt. Pleasant. The play seemed to tell the viewers that to stand up for what you believe in was something worth dying for, using a story about adolescents their own age. “I really enjoyed the sto-

ryline.” Said Tori Egan junior of Mt. Pleasant, “It was really different ff from every other story I’ve heard about Hitler.” The different ff prospective this story took seemed to entrance the viewers. Once again Tanya Roundy,

Drama Teacher and director of Huebener, has preformed a success. And what will she do next? That remains to be seen. Though one thing is for certain, no one of the audience members will forget this unique story about bravery.

This portrait of the NS Times staff was provided by Whitney Nafus. Not pictured: Brandi Peahl, Elisabeth Fullmer, Ryan Aagard, Christian Carr. If anyone is interested in having any piece of artistry featured in the newspaper, please contact Mr. Cox. Our newspaper is a place to exhibit students and their achievements.



The Cognitive Quest


How well do you know NS High? Answer all of the questions correctly and e-mail us your answers. The quiz is open to students and members of the community. We’ll select a student to recieve a bag of candy! Just e-mail your answers, name and phone number to

Freshman Level: How many nights does North Sanpete’s prom last?

Books and Authors Crossword Puzzle MANY




Senior Level: Where is the time capsule located in North Sanpete High School?

Junior Level: Who took 2nd place at state wrestling this year?


Sophomore Level: Which teacher recently had a baby?






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