Before we all departed for Spring Break on Friday, April 31, students had the ability to vote for Logan High’s new SBOs for the upcoming school year. Out of all the candidates who ended up running, only nine were picked. Out of those, Klara Ricks was elected to be our new activities and clubs vice president.
In an interview, Ricks mentioned that her biggest goal is to involve as many people as she can. Ricks said, “Activities and clubs are one of the biggest ways to include a wide variety of students, and that’s where the good stuff happens, because you spend time with the people you are surrounded by.”
Ricks hasn’t been involved in student government prior to this year, but she has been involved in many clubs like the Logan Environmental Action Force (LEAF), Drama, and also participates in Musical and Track.
“Activities and clubs are one of the biggest ways to include a wide variety of students, and that’s where the good stuff happens, because you spend time with the people you are surrounded by.”
Logan High is home to many bright students and a select few of these are chosen to represent Logan High at the Sterling Scholar competition during their senior year. A Sterling Scholar is a high school senior who is publicly recognized and awarded for the pursuit of excellence in scholarship, leadership and citizenship in the State of Utah. The process of being picked as a Sterling Scholar is time consuming and involves making a portfolio based on the subject area, submitting a resume, and, finally, being selected over all the other candidates by a group of teachers. The competition itself varies from category to category. The musical and dance categories actually have to perform in front of judges, while the science and mathematics candidates go through a second interviewing process and tell the judges about their research and portfolios.
Logan High had three of our seniors win at state level as Sterling Scholars: Emma Cardon and Victoria Stafford won overall in their categories and Raymond Li won second runner up in his category.
"I met a lot of people who I felt were amazing in their categories, absolute geniuses. It was so incredible to see what these other kids were doing."
In 2008 when Barack Obama was elected as the 44th president of the United States, everyone seemed to know a lot about him, including his family. People talked about his daughters Sasha and Malia, his wife Michelle and even the family dog Bo. In fact, according to the New York Times, within a week of his presidency, Barack, Obama, Michelle, Malia and Sasha became inspirations for first and middle names across the United States. So why is it then that no one seems to know about Donald Trump’s family? If asked one might be able to name his daughter Ivanka, maybe his wife Melania, but that's probably it. Here’s a short summary of the Trump family.
Now please don't start naming your kids Donald, but it's good to know more about our First Family.
Miguel Elias was born September 3rd, 1998 and departed this life on March 10, 2017, at the age of 18. He was a kind and lively spirit, who loved his peers as much as they loved him.
Although he was faced with physical limitations, Miguel didn’t let that get in the way of spreading his brightness and positivity throughout Logan High. He always lived life to the fullest, and never let anything get in the way of that.
Tashina Meaker, who has been his teacher throughout his time at Logan High, said, “Miguel may have been small in stature, but he had a giant presence in whatever environment he was in.” He also had an infectious laugh, and was always so grateful whenever someone assisted him.
"He never had trouble making friends because he was a people person, and he loved getting to know everyone. He definitely was a big part of Logan, and he will never be forgotten."
Martin Suasnavas, an 18-year-old Logan High Student, was born on September 29, 1998 in Quito, Ecuador. He came to the United States when he was only 11 months old with his mom and his two siblings, Edison, who was 12 at the time, and Stefany, who was 9. The government and economy were going down in Ecuador, and Martin’s parents wanted a better future for their kids.
Martin’s dad, Marte, left Ecuador first to settle in and find a house in the United States. Marte found himself a good enough job to support his family and a house big enough to fit his family, in Logan, Utah. He was able to make decent enough money to have a stable life for him and his family. Martin’s mother, Martha, was also able to find herself a good job to help her family.
“I remember my first day in 6th grade and in a blink of an eye it was my last day of middle school.”
Starting their season last March and continuing until last Thursday, the Logan High Hi-lo’s have been dedicated to making their season a success. Because drill is an all year sport, some of the girls expressed their excitement for their season to reach the end. But for the nine seniors on the team, they were desperately trying to slow it down. In the words of Emma Mcallister, “Although it has been a long four years, I have loved every minute.”
After being defeated by their rival Juan Diego High School in Region, the Hi-los pushed onwards to State to see if they could change the results. There they placed 2nd in Dance, 5th in Kick, and 4th in Military putting them in a fourth place overall ranking and Juan Diego at a second.
When sharing her thoughts, Charlize Laffoon said, “Although it didn’t feel very good to lose, I know we all did our best out on that floor, even though the judges may not have given us the rankings we thought we deserved. We still have a chance to beat them at Nationals.”
“This showcase has brought a lot of emotions. I’m really sad because drill has been my life.”
Crickets chirp, only interrupted by an eerie, lonely guitar riff. The strings are played as if
by themselves, simultaneously contradicting each other and harmonizing perfectly. Suddenly, a
few short blasts from a harmonica take control, and then just as quickly dissipate as if they
were never there, leaving the listener yearning for more. Another few notes from the harmonica, and then Dylan’s voice sweeps over his audience, managing to be rough and soothing all at once.
“Preacher was a talkin’, there’s a sermon he gave/ He said every man’s conscience is vile and depraved/ You cannot depend on it to be your guide/ When it’s you who must keep it satisfied.”
With such beautiful music, it is no wonder the lyrical mastermind that is Bob Dylan won the Nobel Prize for literature this year.
In October of 1961, 20-year-old Bob Dylan signed with Columbia Records, launching his extremely successful career. However, Dylan did not immediately become popular, as his first
album with Columbia, “Bob Dylan,” failed to make any profit. Many suggested that Dylan should
back out of his deal with the record company, but he stuck with it, and his decision eventually
Around thirteen years ago, a little boy in Iowa started playing the violin because of his mother. He would soon move to Logan, Utah and attend Logan High. David Kim, a senior, is one of the seven musicians performing in the annual Concerto Night at Logan High. This will be Kim’s second time showcasing his skills, and he will be playing “Winter” by Vivaldi on the violin.
Along with Kim’s performance, six other musicians played: Raymond Li (violist), Nalani Mattias (vocalist), Kristina Carter (vocalist), Emma Cardon (cellist), Christina Blanchard (pianist), and Sam Armstrong (wind player). These talented artists took the LHS auditorium stage on February 8, 2017 from 7:30-9:00 PM.
"If I were to describe myself while I’m playing, I’d like to be considered as a romantic and a crowd pleaser."
“As I crossed the desert I could hear my breath faintly start slowing down step by step. The heat was unbearable, and the only thing that kept me going was the desire to see my little boy once again.”
Eduardo Hernandez, who said the above words, was deported to Mexico almost three years ago when he had his papers removed from him by a judge in the Logan Justice Court in 2012. Before his departure he spent some time in Logan’s Cache County jail, and in February of 2013 he was deported.
“Once I heard the words of the judge everything went quiet,” Hernandez said, “Everything around me was mute. I hadn’t realized how much I had messed up until that moment. I knew I would probably never see my little boy again. I felt as if I was drowning. Man, had I messed up.”
"The only thing that kept me going was the desire to see my little boy once again."
Merely going to D.C. for a week isn’t really worth the amount of money you pay to go to Close Up. What you’re really paying for is the experience of going to D.C. with not only your classmates but with people from different states with different perspectives. The program almost immediately throws you into the deep end when it comes to socializing: A person and their chosen roommate get assigned to a room with two other students from a different school.
The majority of kids from Logan were paired with people from Louisiana, and as the week officially started and the conversations on government policies began, you could see that people from the same place often shared the same opinion.
"On the last day, I saw multiple people crying about leaving.”
Although Thanksgiving is arguably one of the most widely celebrated holidays of the year, there is another day in November that too many people do not take time to realize. Veteran’s Day has never been seen as the most decorated holiday, but still, it is just as important as any other holiday on the calendar. No veteran should ever go unnoticed for their service. The highly esteemed individual of this story is one who fought valiantly for our country, seeing sights most of us might never see. He fought alongside friends he would never again see after his service, fought next to lifelong friends who still struggle looking back at their experiences, and sadly, fought next to some who died to protect our freedoms and liberties. This venerated war veteran is JD Field, a former soldier who fought on the front lines in Vietnam.
JD is my grandfather, who expressed honest opinion and real emotion from what he witnessed of the horrors of war with his own eyes. Field was recruited to fight in Vietnam in 1968, after graduating from Cuyahoga Falls High School and serving an LDS mission out of Ohio. He was recruited by the U.S. Marines and would be placed in the 1st Battalion 9th Marines, an infantry unit deployed in the northwest Laotian border of South Vietnam. This battalion is most known to have fought in the Battle of Khe Sanh, in 1968, a blood and extended North Vietnamese siege against an important US military base.
“When you are in the actual battle, fighting for your friends and yourself, it’s easier to get things done. But afterwards, when you look back at what you were ordered to do, it’s hard to picture yourself as a moral person.”
The 2016-17 school year is one-third of the way gone, packed away with memories of a heartbreaking football season, an abnormally exciting homecoming week, an election nastier than the Mountain Crest locker room, and high-stakes dodgeball for a great cause. Time flies, and in a blink of an eye, it will be May, with graduation right around the corner. The fond memories of Logan High’s centennial year will remain with us, but it must soon retire to the history books, and when it's gone, 2017-18 will be upon us, which prompts the question: what the heck am I going to do with my life?
Each year, 400 Logan High students fall victim to graduation. They’re thrust into the “real world,” and without a plan of action, it's hard to survive. Luckily, Logan High, the glorious saving institution that it is, will pull through in the clutch and throw you that life preserver you need while you’re still within her walls. With plenty of post-high planning resources available to all students, it is now easier than ever for Logan High students to succeed in the “real world,” but where do I begin?! Well, a good place to start is in the new counseling center, which is right across the hall from the orchestra room. There you will find Sharon Brazell, Logan High’s career center coordinator. If you need help putting together a post-high plan, Sharon is the one to talk to.
Each year, 400 Logan High students fall victim to graduation. They’re thrust into the “real world,” and without a plan of action, it's hard to survive.
It’s no secret that our school’s student body officers are arguably the most “popular” kids in school. However, students often forget about the hard work and dedication it takes to be an SBO. First off, let’s talk a little bit about what it takes to become one.
In May, Sophomores and Juniors can submit an application with a transcript to the office or SBO advisor. If their grades are up to standard, they are admitted into a primary election. The top few candidates for each of the eight positions continue onto the final round where each is required to do an interview on the Logan High news and make several posters, an outside display, and a short video. They must also execute a 2-minute speech in front of the student body on election day. Sounds easy, right?
Wrong. These candidates spend countless hours making posters (they take way longer than you’d think—I’m talking from personal experience!) as well as thinking up and filming their creative videos.
“I joke with people that this is my permanent residence… It’s a lot of time here, but luckily I enjoy it. I like LHS more than is healthy for me.”
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efforts. With her brother as the president of USU’s environment club, she wanted to do something similar at Logan High. Previous to 2015, Logan High’s leaf club was withering away, that was until Piper gathered a group of friends to revitalize the club. Beginning her Sophomore year, she was the president and was re-elected this year.
During construction this summer, the school moved hundreds of boxes of furniture into the school. Once the items were removed from their boxes, the school had plans to simply throw away the cardboard boxes. Once Piper heard about this, she immediately went into action and started organizing a plan to recycle the boxes. Over the span of two days the club recycled over 3,000 pounds of cardboard from Logan High that would have previously take up space in the Logan landfill.
By far the most impactful proposition that the club had was in the spring of last school year. LEAF Club decided to take their concerns on the air quality to the city council. Each member wrote a testimonial about how the air quality affects their life in the valley and some resolutions on how to improve the air quality and shared their resolutions with the council.
Christian didn’t think that the resolutions would be passed, but the council voted it in unanimously, “I was glad that our efforts had paid off,” she said when she found out the news.
Logan High School is full of beautiful and talented students. It is no surprise to hear our students being offered rare opportunities sought out fiercely across the country. Modeling agencies have scouted one beloved freshman, Drew Broadhurst. At 5’10”, her tall frame has allowed her to be a strong competitor in Logan High’s athletics department. As a girl’s soccer and basketball team member, she never gave modeling a thought until she was scouted by her mom’s friend’s friend.
Before it all became official, her parents did extensive research on these modeling industries, skeptical at first. After 3 months, Drew’s unique facial features got her signed with Echo Modeling, New York Management, and LA Models all at once.
“I was surprised! I couldn’t believe it. I was like, ‘You want me to be a model? No way, I never thought I was pretty (for modeling)."
Although, modeling can become a superficial career path, Drew has always been that she is currently having fun and working on test shoots with photographers. She doesn’t plan on modeling becoming her career focus but as something to do on the side of whatever she decides to do in the near future.
However, she is taking modeling seriously and mentions new routines she has to do. For example, her eating has to be much healthier to help her maintain clear skin. Modeling also requires that she maintain a certain body type, straying away from defined muscles. As an athlete, she mentions it’s harder trying to find a balance between her maintaining that body type and still being the best athlete she can be.
“I never thought I was pretty [for modeling].”
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