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Sweethearts week brings variety to NS
At A school the worst that will happen is a teacher gets mad at you, but in the real world you get fifired.
--Leah Woodard, on why it is important to learn punctuality while still in high school. The school’s new tardy policy aims to teach students the importance of being on time before it hurts them later on.
Upcoming events: Today: Region Forensics @ Richﬁeld--7:00 a.m. Jr. Prom Practice in the Main Gym--10:20-11:40 a.m.
Boys Soccer @
Carbon Jr. Prom Practice in the Main Gym--8:15-9:45 a.m.
Friday: NS Idol Assembly in the Auditorium Jr. Prom Practice in the Main Gym--8:15-10:00 a.m.
BY TYLER R GLAD The FFA Sweethearts week, which took place over the week of the seventh, held many opportunities and activities for the students to participate in. A few of the highlights were the themed days and the Sweetheart competition. Each weekday was given a specific title which the students were encouraged to dress up for. The students who dressed up the best were given prizes at the assembly on Friday. These days included: Shorts and Boots Monday, Camo Tuesday, Cowboy/Hat Wednesday, Career Thursday, and Official/Spirit/Club Friday. The week also held activities that helped the students in life. On Wednesday students were given the opportunity to go through an obstacle course with “drunk goggles” on. These goggles gave the user a sense of what it feels like to be drunk. “It was experience on what you don’t want to do,” said Keaton Bouck, sophomore. The Sweetheart competition was held to choose the queen for the Sweethearts
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Students dancing during the Sweethearts dance. The dance was the final activity of many that took place that week.
dance. The contestants were Kassie Nielson, Amanda Young, Amber Mecham, Marleen Lewis, and Rylie Eliason. The girls competed in many areas including saddling a horse, catching a
greased pig, four-wheeler skills, and an interview. Eliason won the competition with Nielson and Young as runner-ups. “It was a lot of fun,” said Eliason, “I got to know a lot of the people who were in-
volved.” The dance took place on Saturday the twelfth and students were told to wear matching shirts with their date. Overall the dance did not have a great outcome. “Eh, it was small,” said
Casey Lamb, a sophomore. Most students agreed that it was a bit on the little side. Despite the fact that the dance could have given more students appreciated the variety that the week brought to the halls of NS.
Junior Prom @ 8:00 p.m. (Doors open at 7 p.m.)
Saturday: Junior Prom @ 8:00 p.m. (Doors open at 7 p.m.)
By the Numbers:
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Class choices found to be limited BY JESSE RICHMOND, TIFFANYY CHRISTENSEN, KAYTIE NIELSON, AND ELLIE NIX Starting with the 2007-08 school year, NS moved from a traditional seven-period schedule to the A-B block known to the students today. The change was prompted by a rise in the graduation requirements mandated by the state. The idea was that without the block, students wouldn’t be able to take the required credits and the electives they wanted as well. So why is it that one out of every five NS students doesn’t have a full, eight period schedule? Here’s the breakdown: 99.3 percent of all the freshmen (151 students) have a full schedule. This means they have eight classes, none of which are a T.A, Work Release, or Internship periods. Sophomores are similarly
enrolled; while more students have less than eight classes and T.A. periods, 94.1 percent still have full schedules. Once the upperclassmen come around, though, it’s a different ff story: the percent of fully-enrolled students in the junior class drops to 63.5, and those with fewer than eight class periods, while previously below five percent with the underclassmen, jumps to 19.4. Essentially, one-fifth of all juniors have at least one unfilled period. The senior class essentially flips these numbers: a bit less than a quarter of the school’s oldest students have full schedules, while nearly two-thirds of them have holes in their schedule. Another way to put it: while half of the lowerclassmen are taking their full eight CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
Poetry Out Loud competition winners
The year in which the Acadd emy Awards, or Oscars, were founded
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Contents A & E................7 Crossword..........8 Features.............4 News..................1 Sports................5
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The Poetry Out Loud Competition was held on February 17th in the auditorium. Contestants were required to memorize two poems and recite them while on stage. Alyssa Hall won the competition, with Kimberly Larsen taking Runner-Up.
Broken water main causes shop ﬂood
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Randy Shelley, Joann Turpin, and O’Dee Hansen work to clean up the mess made by the broken pipe fitting.
BY CHRISTIAN CARR Recently at NS, a pipe fitting broke in the shop area causing major flooding. The accident occurred around lunchtime in the early part of February. The pipe broke as a result of two possible factors: faulty fitting on the pipe, and cold temperatures. The pipe was an elbow joint that was part of the fire suppression system. As a result of the break, when the pressure of the water dropped, the fire alarm went off. ff “At first we thought someone pulled the fire alarm,” said Principal Jim Bowles, “But then we discovered the water.” Immediately administration stopped classes and set to cleaning up the mess. Teachers with students were asked to keep their students in their classes until told otherwise. Other teachers without students, TAs, custodi-
ans, and the superintendant helped to clean up the water. According to Bowles, they had a lot of support from various community members who loaned fans to dry the shop room. “I think they did an awesome job,” said Bowles. “It’s good to work with people that will jump in a help like that.” District maintenance was called to fix the pipe fitting. The total costs from the accident were reported to be around $2,800, mostly from ruined wood shop projects in the room. The last time such an accident occurred was over ten years ago. According to Bowles the system is old so there is no way of knowing when something like this will happen. “Something is going to go wrong with a system like that,” said Bowles, “You can’t anticipate anything; you just have to fix it as it comes.”
Tardy policy seeks to teach punctuality to NS students BY KIMBERLY LARSEN This year there have been many changes at NS, one of which was the addition of a tardy policy. This new policy give students four free tardies in each class per semester, but if they go over this amount they have to make each tardy up by attending a Tardy Recovery Class (TRC). These classes are held three times a week and cost three dollars each time. Nan Ault, the vice principal at NS said that one of the goals that came with instituting this policy was to create a system that would put the responsibility and accountability on the students and to prepare them for life after high school. “As a staff, ff we want the kids to learn that there are consequences for being late,” said Leah Woodard, a Social studies teacher at NS. “At school the worst that will happen is a teacher gets mad at you, but in the real world you get fired.”
Because this is the first year with the policy, the school is still in a trial period and trying to work out any kinks. One problem that the school staff ff is trying to solve has to do with the amount of credit in classes depending on tardies. The idea was, at first, to not give credit to students if they didn’t make up their excessive tardies, but this plan was changed when the school realized that the state of Utah doesn’t allow schools to link credit directly with attendance. For right now, NS teachers are putting U (Unsatisfactory) on the citizenship of the student in the classes that they have over four tardies. This mark can do more than just look bad on your transcript. It can also prevent students from participating in sports or club activities. Grades and attendance are going to count for eligibility on a weekly basis now instead of on a quarterly basis. For those who have a sporting
event or a club competition, their grades are checked each Monday to see if they are eligible to play (no F’s or excessive tardies). If students haven’t made up any tardies that they need to, they can’t participate in their activities until they have attended TRC and changed the U back to an S (satisfactory) or H (honorable). This not only helps students strive to get to class on time but might also reduce the amount of students who wait until the end of the semester to make up their tardies. This was a problem that was faced at the end of the first semester this year. Many students waited until the last minute to make up their tardies, as was shown by the size of the class at the end of the semester compared to previous weeks. Students are given only one week after the end of the semester to make up any tardies. If they don’t, their citizenship will stay as a U.
Brad Bentley, a Biology teacher at NS, felt that this aspect of the tardy policy also had some problems with it. “I think it should be tougher and that there should be more consequences than just using eligibility, because if there is a student that isn’t worried about eligibility, why should they care if they are tardy,” said Bentley. Students aren’t forced to attend TRC and if they don’t have a reason to make up their tardies, he believes they probably won’t. Even with the problems that the tardy policy brings, some teachers have noticed a change for the better. “It has almost eliminated tardies in my class,” said Kaylene Johnson, an English teacher at NS. Johnson said that she liked that the students had to have some accountability. This policy not only puts responsibility on students but on teachers as well. Ault said that the teachers have been asked to stand in the halls
during passing periods to encourage students to get to class. They also have the roll of marking students late and being diligent with this. If they don’t, the policy won’t work. “That’s its weak link,” said Ault. “The staff ff has to be pretty strong in enforcing it.” Students had differing ff opinions on the policy. “I like it because it teaches them responsibility,” said Caitlin Cox, a freshman at NS, talking about those who have a hard time getting to class on time. “I personally dislike it because I hate to have to pay money for being tardy,” said Ana Ramirez, a senior at NS. It may be too early to tell if the policy will work completely, but for now the school plans on keeping it.
Class Choices, continued from page 1 classes, only half of the upper classmen are. Vice Principal Nan Ault said that this gap is due to the fact that many juniors can be close to graduating by the end of the year. Those who only need a couple of credits may not fill up their schedules if they aren’t happy with the available classes. “They’re just here to fulfill whatever credits they need to graduate,” said Ault. While Ault said that the school would like to add classes for these students, they also need to focus on the students on the other side of the spectrum. These are the students who, as Ault said, have a hard time “being here.” For whatever reason, these students don’t have the credits, and the school has to offer ff them the opportunity to finish. Additionally, more specific classes have smaller attendance rates, which make them less cost-effective ff than more broad subjects. Though the school wants more advanced classes, Ault said that adding them creates issues with funding. “We certainly understand the limits of our class offer ff ings,” said Ault. Ault said that classes are limited because the school
hasn’t been able to add to the staff ff for a while. However, she said that she thinks we have a good size of staff, ff and they do what they can with what they have. Also, Ault said that North Sanpete isn’t necessarily alone when it comes to dealing with limited classes. “All high schools are in the same boat,” said Ault. Specifically, Ault said that Utah schools in general tend to have lots of kids and little funding. The school would love to add more classes, Ault said, but the staff ff size and the economy don’t allow it. In particular, Ault said she would like to see the school offer ff Physics, Astronomy, AP History and a Shakespeare class, among others. When looking at what classes to offer, ff Counselor O’Dee Hansen said the students have a good say in the matter. “Basically, our school schedule is determined by the students’ requests,” said Hansen. Hansen said that if various conditions are met, such as student demand and availability of a teacher and a time slot to teach it in, the staff ff will try and get the class, though Principal Jim Bowles makes the final decision on
the matter. Bowles said that the decisions regarding what classes are to be offered ff next year are made by himself and a committee. Usually during the summer, the departments of the school come together in a meeting and suggest what classes they would like to see implemented. Amidst this, Bowles said he must keep the fundamental goals of the school in mind. “I have to stick up for the needs of the school,” said Bowles. Last year in one such meeting, an Astronomy class was suggested and approved by Bowles. However, Bowles said the class was turned down by the School Board, who felt that adding this class would put extra strain on science teacher Dax Higgins (who would teach the class) by making his other classes grow in size. For next year, Bowles said he and the staff ff are trying to get an Astronomy, Applied Science, and Physics class for the school. Physics, he said, is important because of how the class’s absence hurts the students of NS. “We’re shortchanging our kids,” said Bowles. Additionally, the Applied Science class would provide an easi-
Counselors’ corner Freshmen and Sophomores can now schedule SEOP conferences with their counselors to prepare for next year. Juniors, you need to sign up to take the ACT at least one time this year. The deadline for the next test is March 4th. Scholarships are available. For details on participating schools and application deadlines, visit the counseling center. For additional help with ACT Test Prep, scholarships, career exploration, college selection, etc. visit www.utahfutures.org or StudentEdge.com
Visit the new counseling center web site for information about scholarships, colleges and much more! Click the Coulseling Center link on the North Sanpete High School home page!
For information or questions about scholarships and ACT tests, visit Odee Hansen (right) or Chet Keisel (left) at the counseling office
er option for those students who struggle with science and have already taken Earth Systems. Rather than waiting until summer to hold the approval meeting, Bowles said that they plan to have the schedule for next year finished byy April, giving teachers more time to prepare. While Bowles said that the school’s class offerings ff are affected ff by funding, he also noted that teacher certification plays a role. Without proper certification, a teacher cannot teach a class that they want to teach. Some teachers, such as Higgins, Brad Bentley or Leah Woodard, are doubly certified, allowing them to teach a variety of classes. While Bowles said that having teachers double-certified is nice, the administration does not necessarily push them to pursue this goal. This is the first article of a two-part series on the school’s classes. In the next issue, we’ll look at how the lack of class choices aff affects other electives in the school, classes that students take just to fill their schedules. Stay tuned.
Students at NS
200 150 100 50 Freshmen
Number with full schedules
Total number of students
2% 1% 37% 46%
96% Full Schedules Full with TA/Internship Unfilled
Full Schedules Full with TA/Internship Unfilled
These charts show the trends in how many students have full class periods. As the years progress, the number of students taking a TA or Internship period increases, as well as the number of students taking fewer than seven class periods. These results are comprehensive: all 635 students attending school were tabulated.
Of laziness and school spirit
NS Times Staﬀ Editor-in-Chief Jesse Richmond Managing Editors Kimberly Larsen Alyssa Hall Business Manager Alyssa Hall Advisor Ben Cox News Christian Carr, editor Jesse Richmond Tiffany ff Christensen Kaytie Nielson Ellie Nix Tyler Glad Hunter Erickson Kimberly Larsen
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Newspaper staﬀ aﬀ wins awards The staff ff of the NS Times recently attended the Deseret News and Utah Valley University newspaper conference. Part of the conference was a competition amidst the 19 schools in attendance, ranging from 1A to 5A. Here’s what they took home: Alyssa Hall: Honorable Mention, Best Feature Story Dustin Allred: Honorable Mention, Best Sports Story Layout Staff: Honorable Mention, Best Front Page Design Jesse Richmond: First Place, Best News Story.
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Throughout the four years of high school, you come across a wide range of emotions. There’s stress, excitement, boredom, fatigue, maybe a bit of love (your mileage may vary). Some emotions are rare, perhaps only happening once or twice during your high school career. They’re kind of hard to describe. For instance, it’s hard to describe the feeling you have when Mr. Bentley announces that, after a 27-year drought, the hawks are now the champions in the region. The journey to this moment was long and more than occasionally frustrating. Many a fan’s night has ended with nothing more than a sore throat and crushing disappointment. But winning is something exhilarating. Everybody in the audience, student, parent, player, becomes part of something bigger. There’s an overarching sense of unity, of success. While your only contribution may have been screaming when the opposing team was making foul shots, you are still filled with a rush of euphoria. The feeling, the emotion of that moment, my friends, is something you take with you long after you graduate. Another emotion comes to mind. I’ll use band in my example, having the most experience with this particular feeling there, though I’m sure that those involved in choir and drama can relate. Here’s the setup: it’s the day of your performance. Countless hours, both in class and out, have been spent in preparation. If you’re like me, then you get the performance jitters a few hours
in before the concert/production begins, making you all jittery and irritable until you leave the house. The anticipation of these things can be murderous. Anyway, here you are, all dressed up with somewhere to go, and you walk out onstage. You pause, taking a second to see who showed up tonight. It’s more than a bit disheartening when you realize that the auditorium isn’t even half full, and that all those in attendance are either your parents or the relatives of someone else performing. No one from the high school itself has come to see you perform. Let’s compare the two emotions now. On one hand, you have the sweet, sweet taste of unity and success. On the other, you have an unfulfilled sense of anticipation and (even if you are performing with a group) solitude. We’d all much rather have more of the former than the latter, yet that usually doesn’t happen. Some people will write me off ff right now. “Oh, the whiny band kid is just annoyed that no one shows up to his concerts, boo hoo.” The problem with this statement is that it doesn’t just apply to band, choir, or drama. It applies to soccer. It applies to tennis. It applies to baseball and softball. It even applies to girl’s basketball. Our student body, it seems, is very selective about what events it chooses to attend. These events are usually limited to football, basketball and volleyball. The school musical might get more people than usual, but any other
drama production seems to go completely unnoticed. So why don’t we care? It’s obvious that we don’t, or we wouldn’t have this problem. Is it because these organizations aren’t successful enough to garner our attendance? I think not. The band and choir have both gone to state competition twice during my years here. Also, even when the girl’s basketball team is doing great and the boys aren’t, you’ll be hard pressed to find a girl’s game that has more people in attendance than a boy’s. Now, to those of you who make the effort, ff who go to every game and cheer us on, I apologize. You are certainly not the target of my remarks. I’m addressing the other 95% of our students who think that your efforts ff can suffice for the whole school. We are lazy, ladies and gentlemen. Lazy, lazy, lazy. I include myself in this distinction; I rarely attend events outside of my sphere, but I like to think I try to. That’s not enough, though. All my good intentions don’t amount to anything without actually giving my support. This ties into the perceived problem of our school’s spirit as well; in fact, it is the problem. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard people complain about how our school spirit sucks. People have come up with many different ff things to blame: the SBO’s, the success of our teams, the administration, etc. None of the above is the root of the problem. When it boils down to it, school spirit is the pride that one takes in their school. No thing or no one can just drop
spirit in our laps and tell us to have fun. It doesn’t matter if we’re rich or poor, big or small, or any of the other things people attribute it to. It doesn’t matter that we’re a less than 700 strong school in ol’ Sanpete County. You’ll find this problem anywhere, from Hawaii to Houston. If we aren’t proud of whom we are, then we have no right to complain about why our school spirit sucks. So here’s my challenge to you, students of North Sanpete. If you want our school to be united and excited, if you want everyone to have pride in NS high, if you want people to show up to your games, then show up to someone else’s first. Frankk ly, I’m not picky. We have the spring sports coming up; that means you can choose from boys’ tennis and soccer, girls’ golf, softball, baseball, and track and field. If athletics aren’t your thing, go to a concert. I know for a fact that both the band and the choir have one more concert this year, and the drama department also probably has something cooking. Or, you could be really adventurous and support one of the clubs that are really in the shadows. There’s FBLA, Multicultural Club, English Club, or any other organization. I guess, in the end, what I’m trying to say is that our school does not suck, North Sanpete. Let’s give everybody the attention they deserve. -Jesse
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BY HUNTER ERICKSON When one looks in the teacher’s parking lot, they can see many differ ff ent shapes and sizes of cars. Each of the teachers at N.S. has their own reason to drive the car that they do. Nan Ault, the vice principal of N.S., drives a Hyundai Santa Fe. “It’s a snow beast,” said Ault. David Harris, a math teacher at N.S., drives his GMC Envoy for similar reasons. “I got it for the four-wheel drive,” said Harris. “I’ve got a long driveway.”
Some of the other teachers at the high school, including Dax Higgins, Tyler Bailey, and Ben Cox drive the cars they do in part because of the gas mileage. Bailey also has other uses for his Chevy Cavalier. “Sometimes I use it to haul softball equipment,” said Bailey. Cox and Higgins both drive black Honda Civics that are one year apart, which corresponds with the age differ ff ence between the two teachers. Although Brad Bentley, a science teacher, does not drive the most valuable car he owns to school, he likes his 1980 GMC Pickup for several reasons. “It’s better than walking,” said Bentley. “It’s big, it’s got character, and it’s
recognizable.” Ed Staker and Scott Butler both own cars that were made in 1986 (a Toyota pickup and a Chevy van). These teachers drive their cars because of their dependability. Along with Bentley, a lot of other teachers don’t drive the most valuable cars that they own to school for several reasons. “[The more valuable car] is my wife’s, and she’s more valuable,” said Higgins. Staker has another reason for driving the less valuable car. “I save it for other things to keep the miles down,” said Staker. When it comes to cars at the high school, teachers drive a variety of cars for a variety of reasons.
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BY MARIA REYES The NS Chess Club has been doing more activities than ever before. In previous years, the club was unable to get much done. “We weren’t so active,” said Mr. Higgins, teacher and advisor of the Chess Club at NS. “We only got together aff ter school to play and would go to state competition.” This year, they were recently contacted by the Enrichment in Art Coordinator of Fairview Elementary, Susan Fullmer, to go teach chess to elementary students on Mondays after school. “I went online and saw all these positive benefits for brain development,” said Fullmer. “Chess helps them with problem solving, math, etcetera.” With about nine kids showing up each Monday aff ter school, from ages seven to twelve, Fullmer wants to continue this program. “If the high school students can, and the elementary students want to, we will continue playing chess,” Fullmer said. Besides having a positive
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The Chess Club playing against each other in the library after school. Recently, the club has tried to be more active, and has started an outreach program.
impact on the brain, it also gets the kids interested. “Teaching them younger will get then interested so when older, they will be good,” said Joseph Johnson, junior from Moroni and President of the Chess Club. Also, the Chess Club wants to get involved with other schools in the area. “We want to have a NS
Tournament where Manti, Juab and other school around our region will come and compete,” said Johnson. Playing chess with differ ff ent people also has its advantages. “It’s friendly, yet you learn from them and their strategies,” said Colton Shelley, junior from Mt. Pleasant. Even though Chess is one
of the most popular board games of the world, few people get involved with the club here. However, the club has grown at NS over the last couple of years, and there is hope that it will continue on growing. “We want it bigger and better,” said Higgins. “I hope there will be more people, more involvement next year.”
New librarians work to keep students engaged BY AIMEE DUNCAN Here at NS, the library doesn’t just have one librarian, but three. Shirley Hilton Stacey Peterson, and Cindy Glad all contribute to the library and all do their best to make it the most efficient and comfortable environment that it can be. Cindy Glad Cindy Glad graduated from Jordan high school. She is very passionate about her job. She hadn’t worked before coming to the library. “I was a stay-at-home mom before I became a librarian here at NS,” said Glad. She has 6 children, three of which are attending North Sanpete High. “It makes it easy that I can be close and have a similar schedule to my kids,” said Glad. She is currently attending Snow College. Stacey Peterson Stacey Peterson went to high school in Las Vegas. She also attended Snow College and SUU. This is where she earned her library and teaching degrees. “I actually didn’t apply Mr. Staker--A Mr. Butler--B Mr. Kidder--C
Chess club grows, tutors elementary students, plans to host tournament
for a library position at NS, I was asked to come,” said Peterson. She is passionate about reading, and wants to share this passion with students and also give them the opportunity to love reading. She is also an Instruction Coach and a Literacy Coach. Shirley Hilton Shirley Hilton graduated from South High in Salt Lake. After graduating she went to the University of Utah and majored in music. “I was a stay-at-home mom before coming to NS. There was a job opening, and I have always loved reading, so I took it,” said Hilton. When she had children at home, being a librarian was very convenient. “I would have the same days off ff as my kids, so it made it easy,” said Hilton. Peterson said that the goal of the librarians is to make the library a place that students can learn to use. “We all hope that the library is somewhere where students can feel comfortable to come and use the resources that the library off fers,” said Peterson. Teacher cars answer key: Nan Ault--D Mrs. Brooks--E Mr. Higgins--H Mr. Harris--I Melanie Lee--F Mr. Bentley--G Mr. Bailey--J
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NS snags successful coach from college ranks BY ALYSSA A HALL In 2004, the mighty Hawk football team took to the field with a vision of a region title. After a tough battle with Delta, they were able to make this vision a reality. As they vacated the hallowed ground of the NS football stadium that night, they left as region champions. The NS football program has not earned a region championship since that day six years ago. In fact in the past three seasons the team hasn’t won more than three games in any season. With the current streak of losing seasons, NS leaders believe that the football program has finally found the key to their revival in NS rival territory: Steve Coburn. With the conclusion of Snow College’s football season, head coach Steve Coburn was informed by the Snow College president, Scott Wyatt, that he was being released from the program as head coach. Many in the community were shocked as they looked to Coburn’s record’s as head coach at three metropolitan high school’s all located in Salt Lake county, and the 11 years he spent coaching at Snow, five as head coach. Throughout his period as head coach at Snow College he kept a winning record of 53-7 and made the team widely known on a nation-wide level. According to Coburn, their winning record wasn’t even the most impressive aspect of his program at Snow. “The record of 53-7 was impressive, but what was more impressive was the type of players we got into the program and the way we did things,” said Coburn. “I’m very
proud of what we did there.” After releasing the previously employed football coach at NS this year, speculations are high as to why NS will now be hiring a coach who was also just released from another institution. The question many are asking now is why did Coburn get released in the first place when he has a track record such as his. Coburn was given only one reason for his release, this being that Wyatt was looking to ‘take the program in a new direction’. After what seemed to be an extensive process for many, a backk ground check was done on Coburn and his release from Snow, and he was hired on as head football coach and physical education teacher for the 2011-12 school year at NS. According to NS Athletic Director Sharon Christensen, Coburn’s release from Snow College was largely due to ‘a conflict with the president’. President Wyatt could not be reached for comment. Christensen is thrilled about the addition of Coburn as a physical education teacher, and she is excited for the boys involved in the football program. “He’s an excellent coach. We feel fortunate to have him,” Christensen said. Coburn’s experience in the game of football began when he was a freshman at Bonneville High School in Idaho where he played defensive line for his team for four years. He then went on to play college ball at Ricks College and Montana Tech. He returned to his alma mater of Bonneville High to be the defensive line coach after graduating from BYU. Over the next 15 years Coburn,
coached at Morgan, Cottonwood, and Ogden High as head football coach. He then was hired on at Snow where he worked as assistant coach for six years and head coach for five. When Coburn was hired on at Morgan the team had not had much success for a few years. His first year there he led his team to second in region. His second year as head coach they took region with a record of 8-0 in region play. Coburn credits the turn around to his tactics of recruiting more players and putting them in the correct positions, as well as molding the young men he worked with into future ‘coaches, businessmen, teachers,’ etc. These are also the ways Coburn plans on building back the NS football program. While employed at Ogden High School Coburn did a remarkable job at turning around what Ogden Athletic Director Phil Russell called a football program ‘that had never been very good’ by getting his boys to the state semi-finals. During his time at Ogden Coburn used similar tactics for success and recruited a student who was a basketball player and had never before played football. He turned him into a quarterback. After four years in Coburn’s program, the young athlete, Blake Moore had become an all star football athlete, being named first team all-state. Moore beat out more than 10,000 student athletes that year to be named the winner of the national Heisman trophy. “He won a lot of honors and credited every one of them to Steve,” said Russell. In a letter written by Moore for readers at Ogden it was made very
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Coach Steve Coburn directs his team from the sidelines as Head Coach at Snow College. Coburn worked at Snow as head coach for 5 years, earning a winning record of 53-7.
clear the impact Coburn had on Moore’s life. “I can honestly say that Steve Coburn has made an outstanding difference ff in my life,” said Moore. Having coached with Coburn and having seen first hand his program, Russell was grateful for the opportunity of having him at Ogden. “The thing I appreciated about Steve was he was a role model. Not only does he know his x’s and o’s
but he’s a great role model for the kids,” said Russell. “He laid down the law and loved the kids into being successful.” The love Coburn has for his players makes him desire to mold them into not only successful players, but successful people. “My sport is a leadership train ing program,” said Coburn. “[My job is to] be a teacher of young men STORY CONTINUED ON PA P GE 6
BY DUSTIN ALLRED
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Dallen Bird jumps to gain possession of the ball for the Hawks in the opening of Thursday’s state game held at the University of Utah against Judge Memorial.
BY DUSTIN ALLRED Disappointment is the one word that sums up the way the NS boy’s basketball team felt after they finished their second round state tournament game. It was played against Judge Memorial High School last Thursday at the University of Utah’s Huntsman Center. “After the Judge game, we were very, very disappointed,” said senior Parker Christensen. “We wanted to come to state and prove to everyone that we belonged there, and against Judge, we didn’t do that.” The team took an early exit from the upper bracket of the tournament as they fell to Judge Memorial, 35-53. Judge was defensively dominant throughout the game, holding Dallen Bird to only 12 points and only allowing NS to score a total of 12 points during the first half. Judge also held the Hawks to only 31.4 percent shooting. “I don’t know what it was but we never got a flow going,” said Christensen. “The intensity picked up especially in the second quarter and we didn’t match it until it was too late.” “We didn’t play like we normally do,” said junior Kyle Seely. “Shots that we normally take just weren’t going in.”
The difference ff in experience was a problem for the team. Judge is experienced with state tournaments and the Huntsman Center is just a few blocks away from their high school. This year was the first time that any player on the NS team had gone to the state tournament, and for most of the players, the Huntsman Center is the biggest court that they had ever played on. “I think that the big gym and our nerves were a big part of our loss,” said senior Dallen Bird. “Also, not ever going to the tournament and knowing what it’s like contributed to the loss.” “It hurt us being the first time that we had been up to state,” said Christensen. “Most of the other teams had been up there before and it shows. We came out shellshocked in our first game and just shot horrible.” The Hawks were put at another disadvantage because of the sickness of junior Rhett Bird. He was not at 100 percent for last week’s games as he had a sinus infection, bronchitis, and the flu. After the loss to Judge, NS fell to the lower bracket where they took on Cedar High School last Friday night. The Hawks STORY CONTINUED ON PA P GE 6
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Jimmer Fredette of BYU is the current leading scorer in the country and a strong candiidate for the national player of the year. It is apparent that fans all over Utah have been strickken w with Jimmer Fever. Here are five reasons to <3 the Jimmer.
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Experience E Fredette is in his senior year at F BYU. He has stuck around and gotBY ten three years of experience under his belt playing college hoops instead of bolting to the NBA. The years of working under coach Rose has paid off ff as he has jumped from an average of seven points per game in 07-08 to his current total of over 27 points per game.
Playmaking P ability a F Frede tte has one of the best playphoto provided byy the salt lake tribune making abilities of anyone in NCAA basketball. He only has an average of 4.3 assists per game but he has a great ability to spread the floor and run BYU’s offence. ff
shooting s range r F Frede tte’s shooting range sets him far apart from other players. He has taken several shots from over 30 feet this season and has made them with ease. He has a 3-point percentage of 41.4 percent, and has the ability to knock down the high-pressure shots. kno
ability a to finish at the rim F Frede tte is a double threat. He has the ability to both shoot the ball and driv the ball to generate off drive ffense. Getting to the rim also means getting to the free-throw line. Fredette has shot over 170 free throws this year, and he has made over 85 percent of them.
Coburn, continued page 5 to help them to be a better person. I think the game of football can do that.â€? Having come from programs of more populous Utah high schools and even having a very successful collegiate background Coburn isnâ€™t disappointed with his new title as North Sanpete head coach. â€œIâ€™ll be doing the same things I did at Snow so it will basically be the same for me. I donâ€™t feel like Iâ€™m stepping backwards,â€? Coburn
said. There are two main reasons Coburn feels grateful to be at NS. First he has always started with a program where heâ€™s needed to build it back, which brings a challenge he enjoys and support and excitement of the community. Secondly he is grateful to be able to stay in the community and area and spend more time with his family. Coburn is fully aware of the challenge he faces in turning around the
football program at NS. He looks forward to this challenge. â€œItâ€™s the way I get to be involved in competition. Because I canâ€™t play anymore, this is my competition,â€? Coburn said. Russell hopes that the community and school will allow Coburn to do his work, as he doesnâ€™t expect the program to turn around completely until his program has been in affect ff for a couple of years with his varsity players.
Girls basketball struggles to write the end to the â€˜story of their seasonâ€™
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Jenifer Nuttall looks to make a quick pass in their game against the Emery Spartans.
BY ALYSSA A HALL When the lady hawks took the court Feb. 19 in Morganâ€™s gymnasium anxiety was high. As their only shot at furthering into the latter rounds of the state tournament the team knew how important this game was for wrapping up their season in the way that they all hoped for. â€œWe were hoping weâ€™d play to the best of our ability. I donâ€™t think we accomplished that,â€? said sophomore varsity player Keisha Jorgensen. Things didnâ€™t quite go as planned for the young team. â€œWe couldnâ€™t get anything started and they ,
ate us alive,â€? said senior Brooke Bailey. The team suffered ff a rough loss against the Trojans, 21-72. This was not an ideal way to wrap up the season for anyone closely associated with the team. And although the girls ended their season with a record of 5-20, head coach Tyler Schlappi felt there was more to this season than numbers. â€œOur wins-loss record doesnâ€™t tell the story of our season,â€? said Schlappi. Schlappi felt that their record didnâ€™t do justice in showing the improvement the team made throughout the season. Being put up against a tough region helped the team gain great understanding of the game. â€œThe girls gave me everything I asked, but as a first year coach I might not have asked enough,â€? said Schlappi. Bailey however keeps faith in his coaching ability. â€œHeâ€™s a first year coach, heâ€™s gonna learn a lot,â€? said Bailey. â€œThere can be improvement made, and as the coach gets more experienced the team will get better.â€? This leaves hope for the players and future teams of the years to come. â€œ[The program] will improve. Heâ€™s a really good coach weâ€™ve just got to give it time,â€? said Jorgensen. For Bailey however, this is her final year and season playing basketball for NS, and although the outcome of the season couldâ€™ve been more successful, sheâ€™s looked at it in a positive perspective. â€œWe surprised the teams we went up against. They expected us just to roll over and die,â€? said Bailey. â€œWe couldâ€™ve been a more well-rounded team, but I think overall we did pretty good. We fought hard.â€?
Softball team expected to succeed BY MA MANDY D PECKHAM Due to the success of the Lady Hawks previous season much is expected this year. The Lady Hawks took second in the state last year in a game against Bear River High school. Now this year, with the loss of six seniors, the Lady Hawks will experience some changes. â€œA lot of changes are happening this year. We lost a lot of experience, but we also have a lot of experience returning,â€? said head coach Tyler Bailey. â€œWith this year compared to last year, we could do the exact same. We have a good chance at state again.â€? â€œThis year will be my best yet! Maybe our pitching will struggle a little, but everything else will be just as good,â€? said senior Shantel Ison. Last year the Lady Hawks lost six seniors, and the majority of them have been on varsity as a freshmen. According to Bailey, there will be some spots to fill this year. â€œAll spots are open this year. We will most likely pull younger kids up to play varsity this year. Our philosophy is the best will play whether it is a freshmen or senior,â€? said Bailey. â€œLosing last yearâ€™s seniors will be hard,â€? said Ison. â€œ Shelby (Earl) and Alisha (Peckham) will be hard to lose. The younger girls may be able to step up and help. A lot will be pulled up to
play varsity.â€? â€œEverybody who is familiar with softball here knows that losing Shelby (Earl) is a big loss both in defense and offense. ff Weâ€™ve lost six seniors, but we also have six seniors returning. A major change however is that we have new positions to fill that have been occupied for the last 4 years,â€? said Alyssa Hall, senior. The Lady Hawksâ€™ biggest competition last year for state play was Bear River. â€œI think we have a shot at state. Our main competition will be Bear River. They didnâ€™t lose much except their starting pitcher Josie Summers,â€? said Ison. â€œWe still have big hitters like we did last year,â€? said Hall. â€œOur offense ff is still one of our strong points. We have girls who are very capa-
ble of replacing the seniors we lost.â€? According to Hall, Manti will be our biggest competition in region-play. â€œManti is really going to step it up because they know that we are their biggest competition this year and they are sick of losing to us. Our goal is just going to be to play our game.â€? The Lady Hawks feel that this year will be a great year for them. â€œWe all get along good. We donâ€™t have drama and we donâ€™t tear each other down,â€? said Ison. â€œMuch of the varsity team has been playing together for many years. We know each otherâ€™s strengths and weakk nesses and can help strengthen their strong points and help their weak points to be better,â€? said Hall.
â€œHe needs time, and he needs support to be successful,â€? said Russell. NS alumni such as Colby Clawson, Brett Madsen, Tyson Church and Tyson Olsen continue to show the fruits of the labors of coaches past. Having coached players from NS on a collegiate level, Coburn feels that although NS has had a rough losing streak lately, there is potential in the program. â€œThereâ€™s some rich tradition here,
it just hasnâ€™t been in a few years,â€? said Coburn. He aims to bring those traditions back. Coburn isnâ€™t worried about the chance that he might not be able to turn the program around. â€œIf I was afraid of it I wouldnâ€™t have taken the job,â€? said Coburn. â€œIâ€™ve tackled that challenge before. Iâ€™ve never backed down from that challenge before. I look forward to the challenge.â€?
Wrestlers compete at state
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The wrestlers pose for a picture after competing in the state tournament. B MA BY MANDY PECKHAM A
With the 2010-11 Hawks wrestling season coming to a close, the Hawks team has big expectations for next year due to the success of this yearâ€™s season. â€œOur season went good this year. We got better and we are just going to keep the momentum going and keep getting better,â€? said Coach Tanner Cowan. The team had high expectations this year for the state tournament they recently attended. â€œWith all the time and effort ff I have put into wrestling, I had higher expectations,â€? said senior Taylor Walker. Bradee Sunderland and Walker, both seniors on the team, wished they would have done better but they still had a fun year. â€œI still had a good year though. We had a lot of fun so it was worth it,â€? said Walker. â€œWe have a lot of fun and good memories.â€?
Coach Tanner feels that the team did well at the state competition. â€œThey both wanted to win. All of them do,â€? said Tanner. â€œThey had some mistakes that need to be worked on but overall they both did great.â€? According to Tanner, the team did have success. In the state competition Walker placed fourth in the 145 weight division., with junior Aaron Lee placing fifth in the 171 weight division. Sunderland and junior Nyle Adamson placed sixth in their divisions of 160 and 215. â€œThey did good and worked hard up at state. With four that placed out of the seven that went, I think we did good,â€? said Tanner. â€œThe team met my expectations. We had some surprises with new kids because they did well for being new. We are just going to keep going and build for next year.â€?
Basketball, continued page 5 fought hard against the Cedar Redmen, but lost in a close contest, 65-69. â€œWe never feel good after a loss, but we know we played well during the Cedar game,â€? said Christensen. â€œIf a few things would have changed we could have easily won it, but Cedar was a good team. They were every bit as big and athletic as us and they ended up makk ing a few more plays down the stretch than we did.â€? One of the things that could have changed to give the Hawks the win was the injury that Dallen Bird sustained late in the fourth quarter. Bird broke his nose and was forced to leave the game. â€œWhen Dallen broke his nose, there was
about two minutes left in the game and we were only down by five,â€? said Christensen. â€œInstead of being able to work the ball inside and win the possession, we had nobody to go to offensively,â€? ff said Christensen. â€œWe lost our star player when we needed him, but we still battled through it and tried to make a run at coming back.â€? State was hard on the NS boyâ€™s basketball team, as they didnâ€™t finish as well as they would have liked to. Nevertheless, no one can take away from this team the accomplishments that they made throughout the season, which ended with the first region title since 1984.
Band and Jazz Band hold performances at NS
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Band Director Timothy Kidder conducts the Symphonic Band during their concert last Wednesday. The concert was comprised of performances by the NS Jazz Band, Symphonic Band, and concert choir.
BY TIFFANYY CHRISTENSEN February has been a busy month at North Sanpete, the band and choir included. Waking up day after day, leaving home before the sun comes up, kids and teacher head to the high school band room for
Jazz Band. They are usually getting ready for a concert or some kind of competition, on Feb 16 they qualified for state at region. “N.S. is small to have a competition, but just big enough for this one,” said director Mr. Kidder. Region took half of the day for Jazz
83rd Oscar Awards held BY ELLIE NIX The Oscars were founded in 1927 by 36 of the most influential men and women in motion picture history. These are the most prominent film awards in the United States. These awards are granted by the Academy of Motion Picture and Sciences. These awards were suggested to have only 12 categories in 1928. The first official awards were presented on May 16, 1929. They have been held every year since then. This year in the running for best Motion Picture award are some of the following; Black Swan, The Fighter, and Inception. Those are only a few though. There are many more movies that are in the running. Although many actors may deserve this award, Javier Bardem, Jeff ff Bridges, Jesse Eisenberg, Colin Firth, and James Fraanco were nominated best acttors. Also in supporting acttor roles are Christiann Bate, John Hawks, Jerremy Renner, Mark Ruuffalo, ff and Geoffrey ff Ruush. Th were many actressThere es nominated for best actress. Some would be Annett tte Benning, Nicole Kiddman, Jennifer Law wrence, Natalie Portman, and
Michelle Williams. Supporting roles are Amay Adams, Helena Bonham Carter, Melissa Leo, Hailee Steinfeld, and Jacki Weaver. During a survey done at NS, students were asked who knew what the Oscar Awards were, and who didn’t. 53 replied that they didn’t know what the oscars are, and 131 replied that they did. 138 did not plan on watching it at all, while 30 said that they are planning on watching it this year. In first place for best actor according to a survey done at NS, Johnny Depp was voted most wanted to win, with Taylor Lautner coming in a close second. Best actress was Sandra Bullock, with Angelina Jolie coming in second. None of the above were nominated for an Oscar. The two best movies that most thought would win were Inception and T True Grit. 119 students did nnot care which movie won oor not. Althouggh many at NS may not waatch the Oscar Awards, therre are still many others who do, and find them quite entertainiing. The Oscars were meant too award those who have done well, but have turned into a source of entertainnment for many of thosee who watch.
Band. The bands would play then head to the band room for sight reading. Each band had its own style, some even went was far as playing bass guitar with a pick. It seemed totally different ff compared to our band, but they still played the best. When all the bands
had played their pieces and had done some sight reading only two schools qualified for state: North Sanpete and Richfield. Both schools got 1’s on playing and sight reading. Almost everyone thought that the judges were fair not just to our school but every school. “We all worked hard met our expectations played great and got rewarded the best. All the other schools did alright and were rewarded for what they did too,” said Joseph Johnson. The following week a joint band and choir concert performance was in the auditorium. Starting out the concert was the N.S Jazz Band, with “Birdland,” “Lady Bird,” “For Lena and Lennie,” and “Northwoods Sunrise.” Since they weren’t on the program it came as a surprise to some. When the last song came to an end the audience seemed to be in a trance, it had began with the first solo. After a quick change of instruments, for a few, the concert band came out onto the stage. A quick tune took place, plus a few minor adjustments and Kidder walked out to conduct. They played three songs, “Return of the Dawn Treader,” “The Phantom of the Opera” and “Bat-
tle Hymn of the Republic.” On the last song, the choir came out to sing with the band. This caused a bit of a stirring delay, as some students had to leave band and join choir. “Playing with the choir was really weird at first. It all sounded strange but at the concert it sounded good from where I was sitting,” said Laura Honey. By the time the end of Battle Hymn came some band members seemed a little tired. “I’m proud of them they played aggressively and sounded great. Each student played very well plus most of them had a lot of fun doing it,” said Kidder. After every band student was off the stage and a few stragglers came wandering into join the choir to finish the concert. They only had two songs left to sing “Requiem” and “Going Up to Glory,” both which were songs of inspiration to many. The former was a song of loss and mourning, wrote for the people that were killed in Hurricane Katrina. The latter a song slaves would sing as a code to other slaves. “The songs were so touching and full of feeling that they made several people cry,” said Nathan Beck.
Madrigal choir performs at region, narrowly fails to qualify for state competition BY KAYLEE HOLGREEN Throughout the year the Madrigal choir, which is a small group of advanced choir students, has been practicing during flex, after school and on the weekends for the annual Madrigal festival which was held at North Sanpete on February the sixteenth. Schools showed up from Emery, Delta, and Richfield for the competition. For this competition, the students had to prepare three songs to sing in front of judges. Because of the small group, the Madrigal students had to practice hard on diction and even breathing to reduce mistakes for the competition. Each school sang three pieces, and were then judged before the next school could perform. The next day the students received their scores which were a 1 and a 1 minus. The review from the judges said that the students had poor diction and song choice. In music the groups are judged on a scale from one to five one being the best and five the worst. A Madrigal choir group must receive two straight ones to go to state. Overall the students were disappointed with their results. “I think that we should have gone to state, it felt like the judges judged us on what we didn’t do instead of what we did do,” said Tanner Sorensen, sophomore. Many students believed that bad score was because of the familiarity
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The NS Madrigal choir prepares for their competition in the choir room. Although the judges said they sang well, they did not qualify for state.
with the judges “I think we deserved ones. We sang really well,” said Nathan Beck, a junior at NS. “I think that because the judges knew us they were harder on us. Even the other schools thought we deserved better.” “Nothing was wrong. We had very few rehearsals, and only one rehearsal where everyone was able to come. We didn’t have class time to pull things together. but the audience and other choir teachers were very complimentary. It was a great performance,” said Carisa Hilton, choir teacher and director. Although the students did not qualify for state, Hilton was positive about the experience. “Superior scores are the best scores you can get. One minus is a
score to be proud of. The judges gave us great feedback, and it will help us prepare for the large group. The bottom line is the kids worked hard, and they walked away knowing it was a great performance,” said Hilton. The following week on February twenty-third the whole concert choir and band performed. The performance had very positive feedback from the audience and even drew some tears. “I love performing. I love the connection you make with the music and the way it makes you feel,” said Katrina Jordan, senior. The choir is now getting ready to perform in region where they will have another chance to go to state as a whole group.
Gnomeo and Juliet brings new twists to classic love story BY KAYTIE NIELSON “Two households, both alike in dignity, in fair Verona, where we lay our scene. From ancient grudge break to new mutiny …” These lines were recited by a Gnome, which is Romeo and Juliet’s prologue, and is quickly pulled off ff the stage because this tale is nothing like the known story that is often told about the two famous lovers. Although this story is different, ff there are signigicant similarities between the stories. Juliet is a Gnome that belongs to a lady named Capulet, she loves red, hence pretty much everything she owns is red, including Juliet and her family’s hats and clothing. But Gnomeo has a totally opposite lifestyle. His owner has the name of Montague,
he loves blue, and so Gnomeo and his family are blue. The reds and the blues hate each other, and they segregate themselves from each other because of their differences. ff They do have one thing in common though. They love gardens. This is actually how Gnomeo and Juliet meet. Juliet, sick and tired of staying on her pedestal, which her father literally put her on, sneaks out across the street to bring a beautiful flower back to their garden. She does this to prove herself to her father that she can help out and isn’t as delicate as she really looks. Gnomeo on the other hand, is taking revenge on the rest because Tybalt, Juliet’s cousin had cheated in a rivalry lawnmower race against him. But when Gnomeo can’t
complete this mission because he almost gets caught, the two Gnomes meet by chance, and as you might guess they fall in love. They’re simply smitten with each other. But a Red and a Blue just can’t be. Their love is doomed. It’s tragic but true. And that’s the best kind of romance, according to Juliet’s porcelain frog, who plays as her nurse. Gnomeo has his own sidekick, Bennie (Benvolio), who fights crime and helps Gnomeo with the intense lawnmower races. You don’t have to worry about this movie’s ending because it has a different ff twist to it. It will leave kids and parents laughing. It has just the right amount of humor. All in all this is a good movie for the family.
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 weâ€™ve heard.
-- I want the less molested side.
--Iâ€™m not writing on my monkey.
--Will you sell me some love?
--I canâ€™t do it with my legs... I mean my lips... I mean my tongue... Ugh! Just forget what I said!
--Iâ€™ll be your Celtic woman!
--Thereâ€™s a graham cracker in the toilet.
--There is an ant on the floor and itâ€™s watching me pee! --If this tastes like poop, Iâ€™m going to start eating poop!
--That is one gnarly rainbow!
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