Ashton Grogg, 7th grader, is a United States Snowboard Association (USASA) nationally- ranked athlete. Grogg is currently ranked 27 in the Giant Slalom and 29 in the Slalom in his age group. Grogg eats, sleeps, and breathes snowboarding. "It's one of the best feelings in the world," Grogg stated. "Most people ask me if it is hard and it is, but if you get the hang of it is the most fun thing you'll ever do!"
Snowboarding is something Ashton shares with his father, Aries Grogg. Aries Grogg is ranked first in both Giant Slalom and Slalom in his age group.
For more information about USASA and snowboarding, go to: https://www.usasa.org/
The boys basketball team came home as District Champions by beating Spanish Fork by a score of 52 to 47. They represented the school well! Thank you for all those you came and supported the team.
The SaJHS boys fought hard to get to the championship game by shutting down Diamond Fork on Tuesday night's game in overtime. Right before the buzzer Salem hit a 3-pointer winning the game 57-56.
This makes the 2nd District Championship Title for the Salem Junior High Boys.
The SaJHS girls basketball team, defending district champs from 2012-13, made it to the semi-finals, but lost to Payson Tuesday night. Coach Tammy Halcrow said they played a good game and a great season. "I'm so proud of the team. They fought hard and should be proud of the way they played," Halcrow said.
Ninth grader Aidan Dayton has made the national olympic development program (ODP) all-star team in soccer. He competed with hundreds in Utah to make the Utah ODP team, then competed with over 200 boys in Oregon to make the western region team and finally competed in late December with 75 boys from all over the country to make the national team. Congratulations Aidan on this outstanding achievement!
According to the ODP website, the US Youth Soccer ODP Boys Winter Interregional featured players that were selected from US Youth Soccer State Association and regional level evaluations. Throughout the three-day event, players trained at practices and competed in matches in front of national staff and collegiate coaches for the opportunity to be selected to a higher level of play.
The ODP reports that the US Youth Soccer is the nation's original player identification program. With programs in all 55 US Youth Soccer State Associations, it is available to any player, regardless of hometown or club affiliation. US Youth Soccer ODP has continued its tradition of elite competition and player development for more than 30 years, and is the only development program that can claim members of Major League Soccer, the National Women’s Soccer League, and a majority of current and past national and youth national team members as alumni.
For the complete ODP roster, go to http://www.usyouthsoccer.org/all-star_teams_announced_for_the_2013_us_youth_soccer_odp_boys_winter_interregional_/
Personally, I think that having dances at Salem Jr. is a good idea. It allows students to come hang out, listen to music, and have a good time. When students step into the school, they are now in a safe, monitored environment.
So many people complain that when they go to the dances, people ask them to dance and they don't want to get asked to dance. Well, simple solution. If you don’t want to get asked to dance, don't go to the dances.
The whole point of going to a dance, is to dance. If you're scared to dance with someone, face your fears. Dancing with someone is not as scary as it may seem. It's only awkward if you make it awkward.
The school has dances so that students can interact at school, without needing to learn. You can go to a dance even if you don't know how to dance. Most people go and just go crazy and have fun with it.
It’s not like a high school dance where everything is so serious. It’s meant to be fun. So if you're afraid or just nervous, don't be, just go and don’t worry about what others will think.
Salem Jr. is a great school and we have awesome school dances!
The next school dance is a tri-school dance with Mt. Nebo and Spanish Fork Junior Highs. SaJHS will host the dance on January 9th from 7 to 9 p.m. The dance costs $3. Students must bring a student ID card and not have any tardies.
Students who have hopes of attending college in the future need to know all that it takes to achieve that goal. In order to be accepted into college, students have to do a lot of preparation and meet many requirements.
9th grade student Megan Treanor states, “You have to work hard, and you have to get good grades.” Working hard for good grades is immensely important but is only a small portion of what students must accomplish. 8th grade counselor and history teacher Mrs. Halcrow comments that for students to go to college, they need to get good grades, start saving money, be involved in extracurricular activities, and prepare for the ACT.
In eighth grade, every student, with their parent, meets with their counselor in a College and Career Readiness meeting. In this meeting, the student’s counselor will inform them about scholarship requirements and help them create a path through high school.
Student athletes have to put in an extreme amount of work if participating in a sport in college is something they wish to be a part of. There is a requirement for grades they must keep or else they are not permitted to engage in their activity. For example, if a student is a Division I athlete, they cannot acquire a GPA below 2.3 or else they cannot even compete their first year of college.
In high school, athletes have to maintain a certain academic standard as well. They must maintain a minimum requirement of a 2.0 GPA. If they fail to meet these standards then their right to participate in a sport will be revoked.
Ninth grade softball and basketball player Aubree Barney, who hopes to play in Division I sports someday, claims, “Yes, it’s hard to keep good grades because there is almost no time for homework, and you have to stay up late.” However, she admits it’s worth it to take time out of the day to keep her good grades.
While college provides students with an education, it also provides them with a brighter future. Halcrow admits that not all people need to go to college, but everyone should have a plan to be prepared financially. 9th grader Shina Parrish claims, “I think it will just make your future better. You’ll be better financially, and you’ll have less stress.”
There has been a petition going around SaJHS involving hats. This petition started at Salem Hills High School (SHHS) by a senior named Justus Thomas. Justus started this petition and got it approved by the principal of SHHS, Bart Peery. The petition reached this school because of Justus’ sister, Adri Thomas, eighth grader. The petition has reached about 500-600 signatures by mostly students. The Thomas’ hope to reach enough signatures to be able to persuade the district to change the hat rule. Austyn Thomas, eighth grader and supporter of the petition, says that most of the students don’t think hats cause distraction. Austyn tried to start a “hat revolution” on December 12. She advertised it on the school’s Facebook page, but the day was unsuccessful. The question now is, will Justus serve justice? Adri would like all the support they can get. Students know that when having a bad hair day, or just a lazy day, that hats would be very convenient to wear. Adri would like to share this message, “The rule has been going on forever and we need a change. We just need to remember to take them off during the pledge and national anthem.” She believes that respect is the only reason why we can’t wear hats.
According to Reed Park, legal counsel for the district, the hat policy exists for 4 main reasons. One, hats can be a distraction in the classroom; two, hats can be used to hide contraband; three, hats can be gang-related; and four, hats could keep teachers and administrators from meeting the health, safety, and welfare concerns of all students. Park states “ I guess overall, because there are some potential problems with having hats in school, the question is what are the positive reasons for allowing hats and do those reasons outweigh the potential negative consequences? That ultimately is the discretion and decision of the Board of Education.