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Join one of the largest and best Nebo District Track Teams!

Submitted by amy.huhtala on Mon, 02/24/2014 - 15:04
Jordan Blanchard

Track and Field is quickly approaching at SaJHS. Coach Blanchard and the assistant coaches are excited to help the SaJHS team be even bigger and more successful than last year. The SaJHS girls track team won the district title for the 2012-13 school year.

After school practices for SaJHS track and field begin March 12th at 3 to 4:30 p.m. Track meets are on Friday afternoons. 

A track sign up and informational meeting will be held March 6th during Olympic time in the main gym. Come find out what track and field is all about.  Track is great for all types of students because there are so many different types of events, jumps, sprints, distance, throws, hurdles, and relays. Participation cost is $42 which includes a team t-shirt which students get to keep. Because of variety of events, low price, and no formal try out this becomes the most inclusive team at SaJHS. 
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SaJHS student is nationally-ranked snowboarder

Submitted by amy.huhtala on Fri, 02/07/2014 - 15:53
Amy Huhtala, Ashton Grogg

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:




SaJHS takes 2nd District Title

Submitted by amy.huhtala on Thu, 02/06/2014 - 08:27
Sheldon Hatch & Amy Huhtala

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. 


SaJHS student named regional Reflections winner

Submitted by amy.huhtala on Fri, 01/24/2014 - 16:58
Ken Tullis


Jonathon Tullis was just named the Regional Reflections winner in the Visual Arts category in the Middle class.
He was also the District winner previously in this category as well.
He was told he is now going onto State in the visual arts category and they will be announcing the winners sometime in April. 


Ninth grader Aidan Dayton selected for USA Olympic Development Team

Submitted by amy.huhtala on Thu, 01/16/2014 - 07:52
Brad Dayton

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

School dances are fun and entertaining

Submitted by amy.huhtala on Tue, 12/17/2013 - 15:45
Eli Pemberton, Chronicle Staff Writer
Guest DJ Darren from Artopia Sound rocks some tunes at the last SaJHS dance.

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.




Knowing how to prepare helps 9th grade students' future

Submitted by amy.huhtala on Tue, 12/17/2013 - 15:41
Hannah Lee, Chronicle Editor-in-Chief
College board display in SaJHS counseling center

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.”




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