By Taylor Fang, Student Writer
The Logan High Speech and Debate team is hard at work, after narrowly finishing second at the Region 12 tournament on February 24th. On March 2nd, which happens to be designated National Speech and Debate Education Day, the debaters will be competing at Ridgeline High School to qualify for the National Tournament. You might see some posters about the day around the school. The week after that, they will be competing at the two-day 4A State Tournament at Salem Hills High School. Debate is a very active extracurricular activity at Logan High, however, not a lot of people know what debaters do.
Speech and debate, also known as forensics, is actually the largest academic competitive activity in the country, according to The Golden State Academy. Similar to sports (in Utah, debate is a part of UHSAA, and students are also drug tested), debate is competitive and requires practice, coaching, and dedication. There are many different events, and the region and state tournament comprises of eight: three “debate” events, and the other five which are generally categorized as “speech” events. Each event features a different form of public speaking; for example, some work in partnerships, and another works in a “Congress” format with multiple students and schools in a single round.
Every event has a structure of speaking order and time limits. Debate events center around a topic, which changes either once a month, once every two months, or once a year. Topics are about current issues, both national and global. Recent examples debated this year include: universal background checks for handguns in the US, education reform and funding, Catalonian independence from Spain, NCAA student athlete wages, and humanitarian assistance, among others.
Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to be a naturally good public speaker, or an argumentative person, to join debate. Debate isn’t just people arguing with each other, and you can vastly improve how comfortable you are with public speaking after joining. Forensics sharpens your ability to think and listen, and to articulate your thoughts persuasively. You get to advocate about issues that matter to you; debaters often present cases on structural oppression, racism, and patriarchy. There are a wide variety of events that you can tailor to fit your interests.
Debate also helps you write essays and take tests, due to drastically improving linguistic skills and the ability to quickly process information. Colleges love students in debate, according to Professor Minh A. Luong of Yale University. Finally, the speech and debate team is a supportive place, and you get to meet cool people from across Utah and the nation (Logan’s team went to the University of California, Berkeley tournament this year).
However, debate is hard work, and it can take a lot of time and dedication. In the end, most debaters would agree that it’s worth it: it’s fun and exciting to go to tournaments, the team spirit is strong, and you learn a ton about what’s going on in the world. If you’re interested in joining next year, feel free to contact me at email@example.com, talk to Mr. Unsworth (Logan’s speech and debate coach) or sign up for the debate class with your counselor.
By Samantha Castro
The best way to have a great high school experience is to be involved. At Logan High, joining clubs is one of the easiest ways to get involved. On the 11th of September, sign-ups for all clubs began, There are many amazing clubs such as LEAF club and Key club. But the club that would love more people, the club where you can educate and be educated about one’s culture and have a blast is the Multicultural Club.
On the 13th of September, The Multicultural Club had their first meeting. As a member of The Multicultural Club since my freshman year, I want to say that we would love to have more people come to our meetings. We have meetings once a week on Wednesdays. We have potlucks and some days, an individual or a group presents about their culture. We have a president, a vice president, a historian and we can add as many positions as we deem necessary. We also have diversity week coming up, which begins in the third week of January on the 16th. We plan out fun activities for each day of the week. Last year we played music from different countries over the intercom on Tuesday, we served horchata on Wednesday, we held the Diversity Assembly on Thursday, and hosted a diversity dance on Friday. And fun fact, this club was created by the current superintendent.
I talked to Aeden Anbesse, last year’s Multicultural Club president. Her words on what the club is, “a gathering place for the diverse students from Logan High to come together and talk about concerns that they may have and genuinely share their culture with other people.”
She stated that prior to being involved in The Multicultural Club she thought she was, “well versed on world news,” but, “it wasn’t until I got more involved with the club and started talking to students from different countries that I got a broader perspective of conflict and political issues. All in all, Multicultural introduced me to a whole new side of LHS and gave me some of my best friends.”
Being involved is one of the best things at Logan High. Have a good time and sign up to be in The Multicultural Club. Sign-ups were in September, but you can still come in anytime, we meet on Wednesdays after school in Mr. Mudrow’s room. The advisor of Multicultural Club, Mr. Mudrow, says, “We want the whole school to join.” Don’t miss out, join The Multicultural Club.
By: Rachel Vernon, Social Media Editor
The end of the year is approaching fast, and life after high school seems daunting to many. With our futures right around the corner, the Career Center is a helpful resource here at LHS to help us prepare for our lives outside of high school, whatever that may be.
Life after high school is different for everyone, and with so many options everything can be a bit overwhelming and confusing. The Career Center is here to help students discover what they want to spend the rest of their lives doing and can put you on the path best fit for your plan.
Those lucky few of us that already know what they want to do after high school can still receive help in the Career Center. If you need help applying for scholarships, financial aid, or anything, visit the Career Center in the counseling office! The Career Center is an amazing resource available to all students at Logan High, so make sure you take advantage of it!
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.”