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August 2014

Administration takes Ice Bucket Challenge

Submitted by amy.huhtala on Thu, 08/28/2014 - 14:57
Amy Huhtala

The administration bravely endured the ALS ice bucket challenge today during a scheduled fire drill in front the entire student body. Students were clamoring to get a view of Mr. Fleming, Mr. Mecham, and Mrs. Haider get doused by ice water that poured out of a tractor bucket while Mr. Roberts and Mrs. Cook were drenched by their co-workers. Each participant listed who they were challenging shortly before the student body began a 10-second count down. 

According to, the ALS Association in the US has reportedly received $41.8 million in donations between July 29 and August 21, 2014. This is a big jump compared to just $2.1 million received during the same time period last year.The ALS Therapy Development Institute, also in the US, has reported a big jump in the amount of donations it has received after the viral video challenge. The ice bucket challenge reportedly began in a video posted on July 15, 2014 by golfer Chris Kennedy. He tagged and challenged his cousin in New York, whose husband has had ALS for 11 years.

Two Days of Educated Entertainment

Submitted by maria.ruiz on Fri, 08/22/2014 - 12:26
Lana Hiskey
District Shakespeare Academy, August 2014

Over one-hundred students from all of Nebo School District’s junior high schools participate in the two-day Nebo Shakespeare Academy. This fun-filled summer event features ice-breaker games, theatre motion, voice technique, acting competitions, food, and FUN! 

Mapleton Junior High School was full of excitement and energy as students learned the value of good collaboration and healthy competition. 

Guest speakers, Jan Shelton Hunsaker and Andy Hunsaker, not only entertained but taught award-winning theatre characteristics. Their Top Ten Tips of Shakespeare Acting enchanted the junior high actors. Both guests were educated and trained at SUU’s Shakespeare Festival. The Hunsaker’s enormous theatre programs have taken many first place awards at competitions such as the Shakespeare Acting Competition, the Tuachan School for the Performing Arts, and the Salt Lake School for the Performing Arts. The Hunsakers are both teaching in Nebo School District at Spanish Fork High School.  

This Nebo School District Shakespeare Academy is in its fourth year, and the Nebo District junior high teachers stated, “We have the most supportive school board and administrators across the state, whom support our desires to give our students this amazing experience.”

Nebo School District junior high school theatre teachers and Shakespeare coaches include:  Kara Poulsen, Diamond Fork; Kristina Holley, Spanish Fork; Rock Hatch White, Mt. Nebo; Nichole Clement, Mapleton and Springville; David Antablian, Payson; DeAnna Ashworth and Catherine Lyon, Salem.


SaJHS Cross Country Underway

Submitted by amy.huhtala on Thu, 08/14/2014 - 14:24
Tiffany Rowley

Students interested in running with the Cross Country Team this year should attend an informational meeting on August 21 at 2:45 p.m. in Ms. Rowley's classroom #108.  Parents are welcome to attend. 

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