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 email@example.com 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.