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25 April 2012

Volume V Issue 7

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NS selects new SBOs for 2012-13 see p 2


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Well Said: “I really want get involved and help others. I have a lot of great ideas I want to get done and make next year a great year.” --Emily Johansen, upcoming Student Body President

By the Numbers:

15

Number of new Sterling Scholars chosen for the upcoming school year

3.5

Amount of absence points that students will receive for truancies under the ARC program

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Number of superior ratings that our choir earned at region

Contents News.....................2 Opinion................5 Features................6 Sports.................11 A & E..................13

New SBOs to take the reigns Autumn Shimata Next year looks promising in the aspect of NS’ new student body officers, which were announced Friday, April 13 at the Inaugural Ball. Replacing current positions will be Emily Johansen as President, Mandy Peckham as Vice-President, Jacob Orton as Secretary, and Jacob Bailey as Activity Agent for next year. Orton ran for secretary with an open mind to accept new ideas, but also has ideas of his own. Orton would like to get more of the younger students involved, especially the incoming freshmen. He has been on many teams, which he believes has prepared him to be a team player in his new student body office position. “It’ll be fun to be involved and make a difference,” Orton said. Bailey will be the activity agent for next year and seems to have plenty of school spirt, as he is the self-proclaimed “leader of the volleyball crowd”. Bailey feels that his experiences, including being the president of his ward’s deacons’ quorum in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, have helped prepare him for this leadership position. He is also a team member of many sports teams, which he feels will help him be a part of the SBO group. “I would like to help get people to the ball games to support,” Bailey said. Peckham is following in the footsteps of her brother, but will also be making an impression of her own. As a journalism student she has been able to become very involved with and informed of many of NS’ various activities, and has been able to connect with the students by writing about them. As vice-president of our student body, Peckham hopes to bring more school spirit and involvement. “I saw my brother go through the SBO experience,” Peckham said. “He had so much fun serving the school and so will I.” . As president Johansen hopes to change the “I hate school” attitude by making every student feel welcome. This year

and in past years Johansen has been a peer tutor, in which she assists the students with special needs. She feels that having those experiences with the students has helped prepare her for leadership positions. In addition to this, she has had standards throughout her high school years that have never been changed, which she feels has helped her gain friendships and respect. Johansen loves NS, all the people

here, and how supportive everyone is. “I really want to get involved and help others,” Johansen said. “I have a lot of great ideas I want to get done and make next year a great year.” The SBOs are all very different, but also all share at least one common aspiration: to bring more school spirit and involvement to our school, as well as the students, in this upcoming school year.

photo provided by Emily Johansen

Next year’s student body officers (Emily Johansen as President, Mandy Peckham as Vice-President, Jacob Orton as Secretary, and Jacob Bailey as Activity Agent) plan on making changes and increasing school spirit.


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NS has new Sterling Scholars, hope to do well One of the highest and most demanding positions that you can aspire to as a high school student is that of Sterling Scholar. Each year, students are selected to fill the 15 areas in which one can be a Sterling Scholar. Being a Sterling Scholar is a lot of work. The Scholars spend much of their senior year working on a portfolio filled with their academic achievements and service deeds. This portfolio is entered into a competition against all of the Sterling Scholars in the state.

Although it is a lot of work, it pays off. The rewards for being a school or state Sterling Scholar are great. Students who win on the state level are guaranteed a full scholarship to any school in Utah. ”I’m really glad I got it. It’s an opportunity to share my musical talent and improve it, and maybe win some scholarship money too,” said Taylor Purcell, next year’s Music Sterling Scholar. Leah Woodard runs the Sterling Scholar program at NS. She hopes that next year’s group will do well and has

some ideas that will help with that. “We are going to try getting [the Scholars] onto their projects earlier,” Woodard said. “We are going to work on getting the communities more involved.” The earlier the Scholars can get started, the better. A full and well-made portfolio is one of the biggest producers of a winner. “I think we will do well, we have a strong group,” said Zack Ence, next year’s Math Sterling Scholar. “We are pretty dedicated to what we are doing.”

Most of the scholars feel like they have a strong platform to stand on in their separate areas. “I know it will be a lot of work, but I am excited for it,” Purcell said. The Sterling Scholar program isn’t all work; good times are abundant throughout the course of the competition. “I’m exited to work with [the] knuckleheads,” Woodard said. The Scholars next year are going to have to work hard,but if they do, the competition looks promising.

Cali Anderson --------------------Dance

Darin Allen --------------------Agricultural Science

Elizabeth Peel --------------------English

Taletta Robinett --------------------Foreign Language

Autin Hadley --------------------Social Sciences

Cynthia Cook --------------------Visual Arts

Zack Ence --------------------Math

Emily Johansen --------------------Family and Consumer Science

Dustin Allred --------------------Trade & Technical

Kit Anderson --------------------Science

Ben Halen --------------------Computer Technology

Taylor Purcell --------------------Music

Jacob Orton --------------------Business

JD Roundy --------------------Speech & Drama

Tyler Glad --------------------General


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TRC is being upgraded, ARC is up next by Deborah Peel & Tyler Glad One of the issues discussed frequently in the halls of NS is the attendance policy and the related tardy policy. The students really don’t seem to like these policies because of the severity. With the current attendance policy students are allowed 10 unexcused absences. If the student and administration do not solve the problem, the student may be referred to a juvenile court. The current tardy policy is that a student may have two tardies per class, and on the third they are required to go to Tardy Recovery Class. This class costs $3 per extra tardy and students have to go for half an hour every time. If they fail to make up the tardy they will receive a “U” in citizenship, resulting in ineligibility to participate in sports, prom, walk at graduation, and several other activities. “I think three tardies is a little strict,” said Kaden Strate, sophomore. “I can see for second and third period why we should be on time, but first period is hard. What if your car doesn’t start or you’re snowed in?” Another concern raised by students is that the policy is so strict on them, but often teachers are late for class. This applies to attendance as well, for when teachers are gone the administration just gets a replacement. “Teachers should get graded on tar-

dies and absences,” said Haley Brinkerhoff, sophomore. “They are gone more than we are.” As much as the students don’t seem to like the policy, it is doing the job it was designed for. In 2010 the rate of passing students was 83 percent. Then in 2011, after the attendance policy was implemented, it increased by 89 percent. The administration believes this is directly related to the percentage of attendance. The percentage of absences has gone way down over the past few years. In 2009 it was 96 perecen, 2010 it was 97 percent, and in 2011 it was 82 percent. Some of the NS staff have proposed a new attendance policy, hoping the rate of absences will go down even more. This policy is similar in many ways to the TRC (Tardy Recovery Class) policy that the school has set in place for the last two years. The new policy, labeled ARC (absence recovery class) would give you a point system in each class. These points would measure the number of times that you are absent, tardy, or truant. A tardy counts as 0.5 points, an excused or unexcused absence as 1.0 point, and a truancy as 3.5 points. When the amount of points a student has in a class is equal to or greater than 3.5, their grade will be changed to NC, or no credit, no matter what the grade previously was. In order to restore their previous grade, the students will have to

graphic by Tyler Glad

The numbers of points that will be added to a classes ARC score for each kind of absence. School excused or medical absences do not add any points.

attend ARC. Make-up classes will come in two forms: half-hour and full-hour classes. The half-hour class will remove 0.5 points from the total accumulated points in one class. The full-hour class will remove 1.0 point from the total. The classes will also require fees to be paid. The fees for the ARC classes will include $2 for each tardy, $4 for each absence, and $6 for each truancy. These fees will be required to be paid in the office before the ARC a student is attending is in session. A receipt will be brought to the class itself to allow them through the doors. This policy has not yet been approved or denied by the district. “It is a really solid idea and will probably be approved,” said Jeff Ericksen, a teacher at NS and one of those at the head of the policy. Ericksen is very supportive of the plan, as is Nan Ault, newly appointed principal for next year. “It [the ARC policy] is about holding students responsible for their time and for our time,” Ault said. “We want to make it a priority.” Ault has seen some of the other policies like this one that schools around Utah have in place and feels that it will benefit our school. Many of the students do not feel the same way however. “It’s harsh,” said Jesse Christensen, a junior at NS. “It’s the school cracking down on our sluffing freedoms. Sometimes there really is a good excuse.” Other students only have a problem with the excused absence being penalized. “It’s a good idea, but penalizing our excused absences is too harsh,” said Kaitlin Carney, junior. While these new rules may seem harsh to students, Ault believes there is valid reasoning to enforce them, and that they will ultimately benefit NS. “The state and district policy states that you can only be excused for medical reasons or family emergencies,” Ault said. The new policy will reflect that ruling. The policy, although it has not yet been approved, has a high chance of getting passed.

NS Times Staff Editor-in-Chief Dustin Allred Managing Editors Tyler Glad Alex Sorensen News Allyson Christiansen, editor Maren Anderson Tiffany Christensen Deborah Peel Tyler Glad Features Elizabeth Peel, editor Kaylee Holgreen Alex Sorensen Helen Hatfield A&E Kaytie Nielsen, editor Matt Workman Andrew Fryer Annie Cook Kayla Nielsen Sports Mandy Peckham, editor Austin Hadley Kenzie Nunley Cassi Davis Georgie Ivie Layout Specialist Levi Stum Web-Page Design Jacob Chapman


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NS student involved in sports, music, student government By Alex Sorensen Student body president, football captain, and lead singer in the band “White Hot”—all of these titles could be used to describe Cameron Sego. And all of these descriptions are ones that a majority of the people at NS would associate him with. However, there is more to Sego than meets the eye. For those that are closest to Sego, they know that he is involved in many diverse activities. The NS senior has stayed busy throughout his high school years being involved with football, basketball, tennis, choir, and his band. He is also a member of the National Honor Society, and his leadership experiences include being both junior class president and student body president. “I just like being busy,” Sego said. “Whenever my schedule frees up a bit I try to get something to do because it drives me crazy.”

It seems that Sego’s schedule never does seem to free up, considering his many roles and also the challenging classes he has taken such as calculus. Between practices, homework, and his many other obligations, it is a wonder that someone is able to manage their time such as he does. “I’m usually lucky enough that everything seems to fall into place just fine,” Sego said. “Sometimes things collide and I have to choose priorities.” Sego’s involvement and wellrounded traits have been apparent throughout his life. During elementary school he participated in baseball, soccer, and basketball. He also formed his band with his friend Austin Sanders in sixth grade, and they played together for the first time in the talent show that year to the “Beach Boys’” “Surfin’ USA.” Sego continued to develop his talents from that time on and evolve into the person he is to-

Photo from the NS Archives

Sego rides in the Homecoming Parade with his fellow SBOs. As Student Body President, Sego has done much to help involve and promote student involvement in various activities around the school.

day. While he is an extraordinary person and has many unique characteristics, he is modest and is a friend to everyone. “Cameron is very humble and would never admit how good he truly is when he really is one of the greatest people to walk the earth,” Sanders said. “Whenever you meet him you will always feel welcomed.” Not only are Sego’s close friends recipients of his friendly personality and kindness, but many other people as well. To teachers, students, teammates, and coaches alike he is known for his genuine character and admirable qualities. “He treats everyone nicely and with respect,” said Jeff Erickson, tennis coach. “He makes everyone comfortable, isn’t a jerk, and keeps the team united.” The interactions and relationships Sego has with people reflect the true nature of the type of person he is. While trying to improve himself and become the best he can be, he is helping others to do the same as well. “He has influenced me to be a better person,” Sanders said. “I always see his acts of kindness and learn from his example.” Almost everyone could learn from Sego’s example because of his exceptional character. Multitalented, kind, friendly, determined, and intelligent describe a few facets of Sego’s personality. Qualities such as these have allowed him to excel in the activities he has been involved in and teach others around him. “He is a whole person instead of just one dimensional,” Erickson said. Sego has been able to ac-

Photo by Dustin Allred

Cameron Sego performs at lunch during Election Week with his band “White Hot.” Sego is the lead singer and rhythm guitarist for the band.

quire such a reputation by always striving to do his best. He has received inspiration to achieve this from his family members especially. “My dad has always encouraged me to be the most I can be,” Sego said. In the future Sego hopes to continue to become the most he can. He will be attending Utah State this fall to pursue a career in engineering, and hopes to marry

and have kids within the next few years. While Sego may leave NS, he will also leave a lasting impression on his friends, family, and others. His involvement within the school, exceptional personality, and remarkable example will be remembered by many. “Whenever kids think of me I just want them to remember to be the best they can,” Sego said.


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Custodian expresses himself through art “We always encouraged him and made sure he had supplies and space to work,” Rhea Stewart said. “Now we hang his pictures in the house.” He has no major inspiration for his art, but says once he started, he loved it so much that he just kept on going. He just loves making things look like real life when they are on paper. “My favorite thing about being an artist is the enjoyment of trying to capture nature and people,” Stewart said, and he has taught himself to do just that. With no formal training in art, Stewart’s skills are even more impressive. Aside from doing the drawings himself, Stewart also mattes his own work and builds frames for his pictures. Aside from drawing, Stewart also whittles. He carves whistles, Indian heads, and arrowheads out of deer horns. He enjoys working with his hands and keeping himself busy. Stewart does well to balance all the elements of his life. He fulfills his job requirements completely, and then enjoys his hobbies when time permits. He also spends time with his four children and six grandchildren. Stewart has been given an amazing gift which he has used to benefit and bless those around him, and which he continues to do today. Photo provided by Mark Stewart

Picture drawn by Stewart of the Mormon Battalion. This is the picture most recently completed by Stewart. Stewart has been drawing from the time he was a young boy. He uses primarily colored pencils, but has also explored different mediums.

By Elizabeth Peel Walking down the halls at NS, one might see Mark Stewart waxing the floors or changing a light bulb, but there is a side to him that not many people know. Stewart is an artist. From the time he could pick up a pencil, Stewart was always interested in art. At about six years old he sat down at his grandparents’ house with a notebook and a pencil and drew a portrait of his grandfather. He has never stopped drawing. “I just love drawing,” Stewart said. “I like to take the things I see and make them look as real on paper.” Stewart’s favorite thing about being an artist is the relaxation that it gives him. He is able to sit down and draw, which allows him to escape the stresses of the world. “[He has been drawing] ever since he was a little tiny boy,” said Rhea Stewart, Mark Stewart’s mother. She doesn’t know where he gained his interest in art, but she believes it has benefited him greatly. Rhea Stewart believes that her son has gained life skills, like patience, as well as many skills in art. He knows what colors he needs to combine to make other

colors, so that his pictures look as realistic as possible. He personally believes that the biggest thing he has gained from his experiences in art is the satisfaction of creating something beautiful. “He has the perfect eye to transfer the image he sees to paper,” Rhea Stewart said. “He doesn’t do any sketching.” In high school, Stewart was asked by a classmate to draw a picture of the Marlboro Man. He had a huge sheet of butcher paper, and worked on the drawing every day. When the image was completed, there were no sketch marks on the paper. Stewart mostly draws portraits and wildlife, and his primary medium is colored pencils, but he has also done some oil paintings. He has drawn portraits of each of his children, which are his mother’s favorite pictures that he has drawn. Stewart’s personal favorite is a portrait he drew of his parents. He has most recently completed a picture portraying the Mormon Battalion. Stewart’s family has always supported him in his love of and desire to create art. They always helped him submit his work in shows, and provided time that he could work on pictures.

Photo provided by Mark Stewart

A picture drawn by Stewart of his daughter as a one-year-old. Stewart has drawn similar pictures of each of his children.


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Bippity-Boppity Bacon! Bacon! Bacon! By Helen Hatfield Until well into the sixteenth century, bacon or bacoun was a Middle English term used to refer to all pork in general. The term bacon comes from various Germanic and French dialects. It derives from the French bako, common Germanic bakkon and old Teutonic backe, all of which refer to the back. There are breeds of pigs particularly grown for bacon, notably the Yorkshire and Tamworth. In England, a side of bacon is called a gammon, and a slice of bacon is known as a rasher. Seventy percent of the bacon in America is consumed at the breakfast table. You are probably familiar with the phrase “bring home the bacon.� In the twelfth century, a church in the English town of Dunmow promised a side of bacon to any married man who could swear before the congregation and God that he

  

had not quarreled with his wife for a year and a day. A husband who could bring home the bacon was held in high esteem by the community for his forebearance. In this health-conscious day and age, you would think that bacon would be low on the list of preferred foods due to its fat content. Yet, as anyone who dabbles in pork belly commodities can tell you, bacon is solely responsible for giving a boost to the pork market. Bacon has become so popular as a sandwich ingredient and a favorite of chefs in fine dining establishments that bacon shortages have caused prices to soar. However, bacon is still a bargain that can’t be beat when it comes to adding flavor. Many foods have bacon or bacon grease added to provide flavor and texture. With low-sodium and lean varieties available, even the dieter can partake in moderation.

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Bacon is a commonly eaten form of pork in the United States today. Bacon can be eaten in many dishes at any meal.


New places NS gets new faculty By Deborah Peel NS is looking forward to hiring many new teachers for the coming school year in order to replace the staff members who have left or teachers now in new positions at the school. A new teacher for next year is Koby Willis. He will be teaching technology classes along with yearbook and FBLA. Willis graduated from Southern Utah University, and is excited to come to NS to continue learning. Willis will be coming to us from Canyon View High School in Cedar City where he has been teaching for the past few years. “I love to learn, and the teacher always learns the most,” Willis said. “So teaching is the best way to learn.” Willlis grew up in the tiny town of An-

timony in southern Utah and is thrilled to return to a small town to teach. “I want to develop a love of learning in North Sanpete students just like my teachers gave me,” Willis said. Another new teacher joining the staff will be Matt Roberts. Roberts will be coming to teach P.E. and weights, and will also be the new head football coach for this upcoming season. Roberts grew up in Wales, and attended North Sanpete High School. “Teaching and coaching at North Sanpete has always been part of my game plan,” Roberts said. Roberts attended Snow College where he received his associate’s degree, and then continued his education at SUU. While there he majored in physical education with a minor in history. He is current-

ly attending SUU to obtain his masters. “I enjoy history, but my heart is in the weight room and on the field,” Roberts said. Presently he is teaching at Desert Hills’ middle school and coaching at their high school. He is excited to return to his home town and coach at NS, where he hopes to give the athletes here the same opportunity he did of having a great coach who loves the game as much as the players. Next year NS will have an opportunity it has never had before in the form of a film editing class. Barrett Hilton, who is also another graduate of NS, will teach the class. This class will offer the basics of video production including instruction on cameras, sound and lighting equipment, and video editing.

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Hilton studied at BYU and Layola Marymount University in California, where he received his masters in film production. He then worked at 20th Century Fox in Los Angeles for a few years. Hilton returned to Sanpete when an opportunity opened to work for the local television station. “It was a good experience filming, but I didn’t feel I was making much of a difference,” Hilton said. “So I moved back home to try and make a difference here and get involved in the community.” With the addition of Hilton, Roberts, and Willis, the 2012-13 school year is sure to be full of many new changes, opportunities, and faces at NS.

Matt Roberts - 5 years of teaching/coaching at Desert Hills High School - Snow College, Associates Degree - SUU, Bachelor’s Degree - Working on Master’s at SUU - Excellent cook

Barrett Hilton - T.A. at BYU and Layola Marymount University - BYU, Bachelor’s Degree - LMU, Master’s Degree - Does impressions

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? English Teacher

Koby Willis - 3 years at Canyon View High School - USU, Bachelors Degree - Built card house taller than himself - 5 foot 10 inch photo taken by Deborah Peel

Foreign Language/ Health Teacher


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New faces Many teachers will be in new positions next year By Maren Anderson

Many new changes will be taking place at NS this upcoming school year. Among these changes are the new positions of many of the faculty members. Current principal, Jim Bowles, will be leaving NS next year and current vice principal, Nan Ault, will be taking his place. O’Dee Hansen, one of the school counselors, will be taking Ault’s place and English and journalism teacher, Ben Cox, will be taking Hansen’s place. Also, Jeff Ericksen, Spanish and health teacher, will be taking Christy Bird’s place as an instructional coach for teachers. Although change can be somewhat difficult, it brings many new opportunities and benefits. Ault says she’s pleased that long-term plans in our school are finally starting to happen, and that it’s exciting to be able to see them take shape. “One of the goals is to increase the class options,” said Ault. “We’ve invested some money to add a variety of new classes, including a German class, a film editing class, and an English 1010 class to be taught at the high school.” While Ault is equipped for her new position in the school, Ericksen is also getting

ready for the new school year. “I’ll be helping teachers to improve instruction,” said Ericksen. “I’ll be visiting the classrooms a lot to see how amazing the teachers are—it’ll validate how awesome I think the teachers are.” Aside from just visiting the classrooms, Ericksen will have the opportunity to have an influence on system improvement in the whole school. Ericksen’s new job also includes being in charge of the data our school receives from tests and analyzing the results. This will help him know how to guide the teachers’ instruction strategies. Although Ericksen has loved his 15 years of teaching, and will no longer be teaching any high school classes, he’ll still get to keep some of the other things he enjoys doing with the school. “I’ll still get to keep tennis and the Upward Bound program and some other side things I love,” said Ericksen. English and journalism teacher, Ben Cox, also has some big shoes to fill and possibly even bigger ones to leave behind as he goes on to pursue the job as school counselor. But he excited for the challenges it will bring. “Leaving the classroom makes me feel gross inside,” said Cox, “because I love teaching. But I think there is much good that can be done in other ways outside of the classroom.” Because Cox enjoys teaching so much, he plans to continue teaching journalism, which will be taught before school each morning next fall. Cox believes this job as counselor will hold many new opportunities and will include many benefits as well. “I’ll be able to work with students in a new way,” said Cox. “I honestly like helping people, and I felt I could do great things by working one-on-one with students.”

Jeff Ericksen - 15 years of teaching - Snow A.S. of Art - SUU B.A. of Art - Utah State Master’s Secondary education - Utah State - Administrative Supervisory Certificate - He can belly dance

Nan Ault

O’Dee Hansen - Counselor for 7 years - Snow A.S. degree - Weber B.S. degree - Majored in psychology and minored in Spanish - Utah State, Master’s Degree, emphasis in school counseling - Getting administrative license through SUU - He can dance like Lloyd in the movie “Dumb and Dumber”

Cox is also excited for a new administration. He believes Ault and Hansen make a great team, and he says the opportunity to be able to work with them and Ericksen will be a great blessing. He’s glad to be on board with them and be “a part of the journey.” Overall, the staff seems excited and a bit anxious about the changes already beginning to take place. “The staff we have now is great,” said Hansen. “But the new faculty will only bring more positive and fresh ideas to help the school.” Hansen and Ault both agree that there are many talented people working at the school and that great people are always selected for the jobs. “I’ll still have a lot to learn,” said Ault, “and it will take all of us to figure it out. I don’t have all the answers, but I’m good at asking questions.”

Benjamin Cox - 10 years of teaching - BYU - English teaching degree - Utah State - school counseling ing degree - He can pick up a tennis ball with his toes

- 16 years in education Worked at private school for 2 years, taught in science for 4 years - BYU - Bachelor’s in biology composite teaching with zoology track - SUU - Library endorsements - Emporia State University Master in Library Science - She can pinch people with her toes (hard) photos taken by Tyler Glad ph


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NS softball team tries to find their stride as they aproach state By Georgie Ivie After taking over a week off from playing any games, the Ladyhawks’ softball team was able to play well against the Juab Wasps and come away with a win of 9-8. The game was a great success for the team. The Ladyhawks got off to a rough start with Juab scoring seven runs. Makayli Jorgensen had a slow start in the first inning by walking six batters. In the six remaining innings she stepped it up and only gave up one run, and also did really well on offense. The team followed her lead and almost all of the players in the line-up were able to get a bat on the ball. They scored seven runs as well, making a great comeback. “If we can get seven runs in one inning, I think that we should be able to keep that mindset and be able to get seven runs in every inning of the game,” said Cassi Davis, a junior on the team. With the score 8-7 in Juab’s favor, the Ladyhawks were able to make two runs in the fifth inning and keep the score at 9-8 until the end of the game. Stepping up their offense and playing a perfect defensive game with no errors were the main contributions to the victory.

“They hung in there and figured it out and were able to come away with a win,” said coach Landon Bailey. The biggest competition for the Ladyhawks is Spanish Fork. While the Dons have a complete team in both strong offense and defense, they are not unbeatable. The team lost to the Dons 4-0 at Spanish Fork, but displayed really good defense against them. “We have a good chance of beating them when they come here because we are going to be focused and ready for them,” Davis said. Beating Spanish Fork will require a complete game on both the offensive side and the defensive side. At the first of the year the team had good offense and their defense was lacking. Now they have good defense and their offense is lacking. “If they can just get those two [offense and defense] together we are going to be even tougher to beat,” Landon Bailey said. “Our biggest competition is probably ourselves and believing that we can do it,” said coach Tyler Bailey. “I’m not sure we know where we are at.” A lot of players have stepped up this year and have been doing really well. Em-

Photo by Kenzie Nunley

Makayli Jorgensen pitches the ball when softball traveled to Juab to take on the wasps. The lady hawks won the game 9-8. The lady hawks are currently in third in region play.

ily Taylor pitched well for Jorgensen because of her injuries, and has been doing a good job at hitting the ball. A new addition to the team this year in the form of Taylor Gordon has also been a big help. Although this is her first year on the team, she has played well at and has worked hard for her starting spot on varsity in centerfield, and also is doing well on offense. The leadership on the team has also

been a major influence for the team. “All of the seniors do a really good job at leading the team and keeping a good focused practice,” said Landon Bailey. In preparation for their games they are practicing every day and hoping to improve on everything more and more each day. “We look at every game the same, we have to win them and that is our ultimate goal,” said Tyler Bailey.

NS baseball team struggles to win games as they finish up region play By Matt Lindow

Photo By Cheryl Hadley

Austin Hadly steps up to the plate during the NS baseball team’s frusterating loss to Spanish Fork. The team is currently 0-5 in region play.

Baseball has hit a stumbling block as they find themselves 0-5 in region. Although their reccord is bad, the team understands what it takes to improve and are willing to put in the work. “It takes the whole team, everyone has to do their job in the game of baseball,” said Christensen. The baseball team still has their heads held high despite tough losses, they know what it takes and are willing to work to get there. Though the game found a win at the early part of this season against a non-region team. This was one of the first wins in years. The team has seen improvement as the result of their new coach Dan Christensen and renewed charisma from the players. “We need to get more wins,” said Christensen. They

understand the task ahead of them. As we see their region record, it’s easy to see the possibility of quitting is easier, but the team perseveres in the face of adversity in their new region. “My favorite part of baseball is the competition,” said Christensen. The team isn’t afraid to throw themselves out there and give it everything they got to achieve the wins needed to take the region title and go all the way for the state title. Though their dreams are still high they find their hopes dashed as they contemplate their effort and results in the middle of region play. “We aren’t where we expected to be,” said junior Luc Christensen. But the team will keep trying, and improving as they practice daily to accomplish what they set out to do.


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Tennis hopes that team depth and expecience will bring wins By Austin Hadley The North Sanpete Hawks tennis team has started the season off with a winning record. Through thirteen matches the team is 7-6. The team credits the wins to their experience. “We have a deep team, it takes seven good players to make a good varsity team, and that’s what my team has,” said coach Jeff Ericksen The Hawks have plenty of players who have played varsity before. Steven Lewis, first singles, has played varsity for three seasons. Cameron Sego, second singles, has also played varsity for three seasons, Brent Watson, third singles, has two seasons of varsity experience, first doubles, Dustin Allred and Kaden Birch, have a combined six seasons of varsity experience, second

doubles, Andrew Fryer and Matt Workman, have a combined three seasons. Total, the hawks have seventeen seasons of combined experience, which is a rare thing for a 3A school to have. “You can really see the team’s experience come into play when the match gets tight, we’ve all been there before, and we all know what we need to do to get the win,” said junior Dustin Allred The Hawks are ready to continue with region after a rough start, with two losses coming against the Payson Lions. The Hawks’ lone region win has come against Carbon in Price. In the Hawks’ last region meet against Payson, the Hawks took a disappointing loss. Payson, is one of the top teams in region 12, and with one victory over the Hawks already, the

Hawks needed a win to split and hold onto a tie with Payson. This would be important if the teams ended up with the same record at the end of the season. The Hawks went 1-2 in their singles with the lone win coming from Cameron Sego. They split their double matches, with Andrew Fryer and Matt Workman picking up the victory. The Hawks ended up losing 3-2 in their third region meet of the year. Although the Hawks will not have a split with Payson, they could still take region with a pair of wins over Spanish Fork. The Hawks will continue region play this week with matches Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. They hope to get back to winning and prepare for the state tournament as the season goes on.

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Stephen Lewis split steps to hit a volley in a recent home tennis

match. The hawks are 7-6 right now and sitting third in region. The hawks play today at delta high school.

Girls golf adjusts to new changes

Track excels due to strong individuals

By Mandy Peckham

By Matt Lindow

Changes will always bring surprises to a team, especially when these changes are made with new coaches. However, the changes made this year to the Lady Hawk golfers have both been for bad and good. “We have actually been doing better than we expected,” said senior Sara Fowles. “The new coaches have been a real help to us’ Many other team members agree that the new coaching staff has provided help and can be attributed to the team’s success. “The new coaches are fun and very motivating,” said senior Annie Johnson. The has also had some unwelcome changes with the loss of their number one golfer. “The season has been a little tough on us since we lost Kallie McCulloch,” Fowles said. “I’ve had a lot of pressure on me playing the number two spot and not three.”

Another challenge the team is facing is that it is young. “The newer girls are adjusting to the scoring system and the game itself,” Fowles said. Other issues that the team has had to work with are inclement weather, which is an obstacle many spring sports face. “This season could have gone better if we could have had more practice time, but the weather made that kind of hard,” Johnson said. Despite the challenges and changes the team has faced, they are doing well and have high hopes for making it to the state tournament. “Going to state is always a good goal,” Johnson said. “Even if we don’t get there, the main goal is to improve and have a good time because that’s what really matters.” State will take place May 14th and Dinland Golf Course.

“The season has gone as predicted so far, maybe even a little better,” said Coach Scott Butler. The track team has been finding joy and success in two of their returning seniors Paige Francks and Dakota Kleven. “Dakota Kleven is performing well and Paige Francks is doing very well,” said Butler. Both of these athletes participate in running events. Sophomore Kaden Strate marvels at senior Kleven’s speed and agility. Franks ran this past summer at a meet in austrialia. While there she took first place in the hurtles. Francks is not the only senior to find success this year, another athlete has risen to great things. “Dakota Kleven’s chance of performing well at state are looking good,” said Butler. Other track players agreed. “Kleven’s got a good chance,” said

sophomore Strate. The team has support for their star athletes and high hopes and expectations as they have seen their stellar performances so far this season. “A couple of our relays have a good chance,” said Butler. The track team as well as having strong individuals is strengthened by strong teams and the team support they give one another as they go through the grind of the season in preparation for further track events and state. While many expected, Kleven and Francks to be successful, the team has had some surprises. “Miranda Kendall has surprised us with the javelin,” said Butler. Along with returning talent the track team has witnessed the growth of many students into great athletes. From these words of hope we can see the track team has a lot to look forward in their continual effort to perform well in our new region and at the state level.


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“Stuck in Neutral” provides insight, little action By Matthew Workman To be completely cognate of the world around you but having absolutely no way to influence it, Is this perhaps a fate worse than death? Shawn is a boy that most would describe as mentally dead. He gives no reaction when he is spoken to or when he sees something. However in reality he has a perfect memory. He can remember every moment he has ever seen with absolute clarity. However his body refuses to do what he wants. He tries to move his arm and it doesn’t move. So he is trapped within his own body. The situation is complicated by the fact that his father wishes to kill him. Shawn manages to enjoy his life fairly effectively despite his handicaps, but how could his father possibly know that? His father wishes to kill him out of

love. Surely a quick and painless death would be better than a life of pain and suffering. So Shawn watches, enjoys, and remember as life passes him by. In the meantime his father is struggling with the decision to end his poor beloved sons anguish filled existence. This is the book “Stuck in Neutral” The book effectively displays a very different perspective that forces readers to see things differently than they would have previously. Many people pity those who are handicapped, but in this story we begin to see how wrong our assumptions could be. Despite the intriguing thought process introduced by this book its story line didn’t seem to develop very far. Throughout the book very little seemed to happen past the main idea. The writ-

ing itself seems to be fairly mediocre and unexciting. If you are looking for an exciting read full of action and adventure, this book will not satisfy. It doesn’t have an epic or intense story line. There are no major twists or shifts that will surprise and amaze you. It’s not a fabulous romantic story that will make you yearn for love. It does not integrate amazing writing style or impressive diction. Overall this book introduces an imaginative outlook that will make you reflect on your life. As far as entertainment value goes however this book has almost none. It is worth reading only if you wish to have a different perception of life. If you desire a thought invoking read this book will effectively fulfill that purpose, otherwise this book will not satisfy at all.

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New movie “Lockout” lacks action, suspense, offers good comedy By Kaytie Nielson I have always been a huge fan of science-fiction/action movies. I watch them for the thrill, anticipation, and sitting-on-the-edgeof-my-seat moments. Watching “Lockout,” the new film had good acting, there was always something going on, and there was never a dull moment. However, it just didn’t have quite the excitement I was hoping for. Instead of a thriller, it was more of a comedy. It had the action, but no stimulation with it. In the year 2079, a former CIA agent was falsely accused of murder. He, however, is the only hope that the Secret Service has to rescuing the president’s daughter from some of the world’s worst

criminals in a hostage situation. He does not have very much time, but with his skills and wit, the Secret Service feels confident he can pull it off. Maggie Grace, who portrays the president’s daughter Emilie Warnock, visits MS One (the prison) on a humanitarian mission to review prison conditions and ensure humane treatment of inmates. This prison is unique in that it is not found on earth, but instead in space. The facility is an experimental project more than anything. The prisoners there are held in a sleep-induced container in which the effects from the anesthetic cause dementia-type symptoms. This makes the criminals even crazier than they already are.

Guy Pearce is Snow, the exCIA agent sent to save the first daughter. When he finds her, they don’t exactly get along. She finds his humorous one-liners obnoxious and doesn’t take to him too quickly. Even though they don’t get along at first, they save each other’s lives many times as the crazed prisoners try and almost succeed in killing them. Each time they help one another, they become closer and care about one another’s safety more and more. Scottish actors Vincent Regan and Joe Gilgun play the main villains, who are also brothers. One is calm and collected, and the other is completely insane. Their relationship is revealed when another prisoner

asks, “Why don’t you kill that psycho?” and the response given is “Because he’s my brother.” It was a very surprising discovery. In the end, Snow and Emilie predictably fall in love. Shocker. This movie had just about everything in it, from romance to action; it had a good variety. I believe that the actors did well in this movie. Pearce of course did a wonderful job at being the center of attention of the film, always answering with a humorous, smart remark. Grace was very good at playing her part too. She did well acting out the good-doing, charitable first daughter. The movie was good, not as thrilling as I hoped for, but still satisfactory. It had great action

scenes, even though the special effects weren’t the best, and I still found it an enjoyable, comical film.

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Band gets low scores at region, choir advances to state By Kayla Nielson Despite having a successful and productive year, the NS band didn’t do as well as they hoped they would at region last Wednesday in Delta. “Getting ready for region band has been serious but fun at the same time,” said Luc Christensen. The band practices every other day while in class. This time is valuable in helping them perfect their technique and prepare for competitions. “We prepare lots of details and rehearse,” said Casey Lamb. “We also work on improving our time, tone and practice listening.” Band director Tim Kidder felt like they could have given the best performance ever . He also thinks it’s good for them to hear where other bands are at and rank their competition, as well as getting to know each other in their groups. “It’s a really good opportunity for them to get assessed by professionals,” Kidder said. Band goes to region every year to compete. They usu-

ally go to state too, but this year, as well as last, they did not make it. “Judging is very subjective and I didn’t agree with what the judge thought he heard last year,” Kidder said. This year for region, the band played three songs. These included “Military Escort” by Horold Bennett, “Prelude, Siciliano, and Rondo” (three songs combined into one) by Malcolm Arnold, and “Down a Country Lane” by Aaron Coplana. “I think they did well, but they didn’t play as good as they averagely perform, they did play Military the best because everything came together really well. We’re not going to state though, I’m disappointed, but I thought the judges were pretty fair,” Kidder said. They got two excellent ratings and one superior, but they needed a total of three superior to make it to state. “Next year will be better because we’ve talked about changing the program a little bit, but we’re not sure yet. It should be better because we have a lot of freshman this year so next year will be older and better,” Kidder said. Along with having fun, playing and working together as a group the, band gets a lot of experience out of going

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--I shower with my cowboy boots. Across 1 LDS church leader shot in Carthage 3 Great guitarist, singer, and songwriter— died from sleeping pill overdose in 1970 5 Russian revolutionist, killed by ice axe 6 President shot in Temple of Music in 1901 8 Famous for dress flying up as she stands over a vent 11 Reggae singer who sang “Three Little Birds” 15 Owner of Neverland Ranch dies of overdose 18 JFK’s younger brother 20 The King of Rock-n-Roll 22 President shot while watching a play 24 Beatles star shot with .38 revolver 27 Female Jewish victim of Holocaust (she kept a diary) 28 Source of the Holocaust 29 Pakistani leader killed by Navy Seals in 2011 30 Legendary Mexican Warlord shot in car

Down 2 Royalty killed in car accident by drunk driver 4 President shot during a parade in Texas 7 Dirty Dancing star 9 “I had a dream” then he was shot 10 Singer who “drank herself to death” in 2011 12 Played in the Dark Knight 13 Heir to Austrian throne, death contributed to WWI 14 Famous pop-diva who drowned in her bathtub 16 attempted to fly around the earth, but disappeared when her plane crashed in 1937 17 Roman leader killed by “friends” 19 Life-long pacifist from India 21 Racial civil rights leader shot 17 times during his speech 23 Eight-year-old Egyptian Pharaoh 25 Apple founder, died of cancer 26 Oxi Clean

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