By Matthew Marquez
Happy Halloween LHS!
Don’t be scared or frightened, for I’ve got few treats for you that I know you're going to love. On the 23rd, as some might have heard, we will have a door decoration competition. Your 3rd hour A-day door is the one you need to prepare before it ends on the 26rd (Thursday). The rewards for first is a pizza party, second is donuts, and third is candy. We will also have our annual Halloween dance on Friday, October 27 from 8pm-11pm. I can tell you the location and whereabouts, but are you willing to go? That decision is up to you, for it will be where the grizzlies feast -- the cafeteria. If you’re not into this symbolism and metaphor speaking, I’m sorry. I’m just in the mood, okay? However, there is a fee for each flea (person) you see. In order to enter you must give something of value for each person. It costs $5 if you wish to enter. See you soon LHS! I hope to see you there on the floor. HAHAHAHAHAHA!
Have a great day Grizzlies!
On September 15th and 16th the inaugural Utah Youth Environmental Summit (UYES) was held at Alta Ski Resort. UYES was created to provide a space for environmentally conscious Utah youth to network and gain the skills needed to become leaders for statewide environmental justice and sustainability efforts. Workshops, guest speakers, and outdoor activities were held to achieve these goals. Two Logan High students, Piper Christian and Elizabeth Hansen, along with West High student, Mishka Banuri, planned this event out of the want/need for a statewide environmental youth network. The event began on Friday afternoon and started with some icebreaker activities, which were followed by a catered dinner. After dinner a hybrid Beehive Collective presentation was given by Will Monger and Emily Hornback. The Beehive Collective tells environmental justice stories through art. The presentation was based on this artwork depicting the rise and fall of coal mining in Appalachia. They related this issue back to similar issues in Utah like the Black Mesa Mine.
Following this presentation, students had the opportunity to go on a stargazing night hike. Temperatures were at or below freezing, but students bundled up and braved the cold. Emma Larese-Casanova, an LHS student who attended the summit said, “I love stargazing!”
The next morning, many students got up before sunrise to go on a sunrise hike. The morning started with an environmental club basics workshop followed by a spectrogram activity and a community organizing workshop. Non-profits and college campuses then had a tabling event which allowed students to talk to potential colleges about environmental involvement opportunities and learn more about the work that non-profits around the state have done. Students also had the opportunity to work with their schools to decide on a project to work on during the year. Project ideas ranged from guerilla gardening to starting a composting program at school.
Students attending the summit joined the Utah Youth Environmental Solutions, a network of youth led by a council of members. To apply to be a council member click here. If you would like more information about joining Utah Youth Environmental Solutions email firstname.lastname@example.org or text 435-890-9672. To see pictures from this year’s summit and to get information on future events follow @utahyes on Instagram.
Get Your Best Cosplay Dress Because Comic Con is Coming!
Logan High, if you haven’t heard, Comic Con is coming to Salt Lake City. Go and meet your favorite show, movie, comic, and anime characters, as well as so much more at this geek convention here in Utah. Get autographs and pictures, or watch early premieres of your favorite geek-addiction. The event takes place from September 21-23. On Thursday it goes from 2-9 P.M., Friday is 11 A.M., and Saturday is 10 A.M. to 7 P.M. Cost of tickets are based on which day you go, depending on the stars who are available to see on that day. There will be celebrities such as Elijah Woods, The Guardians of the Galaxy cast, the Daredevil cast, some of the characters from The Walking Dead, and much more! To see a full roster of who is showing up, or to see what the price will be, go to their website at http://saltlakecomiccon.com/ . Also, if you have any trouble getting to Salt Lake, don’t worry because of the Salt Lake Express. The Express can take you to many locations; to find out more go to their website at https://saltlakeexpress.com/ . Be sure to read through all their information about how many suitcases you can bring, the cost of travel, locations, and times. Have a great day Grizzlies!
Dylan McCuskey and Ari Geller
Have you ever found a dead body? Most likely, the answer to that question is no. One of the many things you'll learn from Mrs. Spindler is what it’s like to discover a corpse. Mrs. Spindler was born in Alabama, but came to Utah to go to Utah State for college. She lives with her husband of 25 years, and she has one son named Michael. Her husband, Mike, runs Spindler Construction, which has built many places around Cache Valley, including the business building on USU’s campus and the Crumb Brothers renovations. She has thirteen animals that live with her: eight horses, three dogs, and two cats. Mrs. Spindler is well known at LHS for her crazy stories and her love for English, among other things.
Because she didn’t start teaching until she was 42, Mrs. Spindler has had many different experiences than most teachers. She’s worked in restaurants and resorts, doing everything from cleaning toilets to being a manager. These experiences have helped her with her teaching, as she says that, “When I’m running around helping everybody it’s like waiting on tables.” Her multiple jobs are also one cause of her seemingly endless number of anecdotes.
One such tale is the ever-popular story about coming across a dead body. She was working at a restaurant, and it was almost time for her shift to end. The man who was supposed to work after her, however, hadn’t shown up yet. She began to get worried, and eventually left the restaurant to walk to the man’s house. There, she found him…not in the best shape. Mrs. Spindler let us in on a secret of hers, which is that she uses her stories to captivate the class and keep their attention. She’ll often tell a story when she needs a class to be quiet, and has found that it works quite well to keep them focused afterward. Not only do her tales silence classes, but they also help her to connect with her students on a more personal level. Mrs. Spindler uses her experiences as a very effective teaching tool.
Spindler decided to become an English teacher because it combined all of her favorite things. She loves everything about English, from reading to writing to literature. Spindler has also always enjoyed bossing people around, as when she was little, she would love to play school and be the teacher. Eventually, her mother had to sit her down and order her to stop bossing the entire neighborhood around. Mrs. Spindler also describes herself as an “ambivert,” meaning she is both introverted and extroverted. She is shy enough that she needs a reason to be around people, but she also needs to be around people sometimes to keep her sane. Teaching is a way for her to satisfy her extrovert half while still working. Not only does Mrs. Spindler have many great anecdotes from before her teaching days, but she also has added to collection with classroom experiences. One of her favorite classroom moments to talk about is the story of Billy and Bob. Billy and Bob were two troublemaking 7th graders that Mrs. Spindler had in the same class one year. Naturally, she decided that they mustn’t sit next to each other. When she went to make a seating chart, however, the names “Billy” and “Bob” were nowhere in sight. It turned out that they had tricked her into believing that their names were Billy and Bob as a practical joke. Mrs. Spindler has never forgotten Billy and Bob, and to this day is still laughing about them.
Spindler is excited about this upcoming year and the years to come. She has a new classroom, which she loves. It’s much bigger than her old classroom, with a much better view. Also, with the new block schedule she has much more time to teach in depth and discuss important topics in Socratic Seminars. If you want to listen to fantastic stories from a fantastic teacher in a fantastic classroom, take a class from Mrs. Spindler. You might even learn some valuable English lessons along the way.
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."