Student Spotlight: Hannah Wright

Anyone who has met Hannah Wright knows she’s sweet, but do they know she makes sweets too?

Hannah Wright has been making cakes for four years now. Hannah has made multiple different types of cakes including wedding cakes, birthday cakes, and just cakes for fun!

Hannah has an Instagram account called the_wright_cake that shows off some of her talented cakes and the processes it takes to make them.

“My friend took a cake class and I thought it looked fun so I taught myself to make cakes and I’ve been doing it ever since.” says Hannah on why she started baking.

One of the most amazing things about this skill is that Hannah is a self-taught baker. Teaching herself this skill has made her talent much more impressive because she never officially learned.

“I want to go to a culinary institute because it will give me the experience I need to either start a bakery, sell cakes, or teach cake lessons to kids.” says Hannah on what her baking goals entail.

This is a solid plan that will get her to where and what she wants to do.

“I will have to get into the school and also pay for it. Then I will have to work hard to do well in the school.” says Hannah on the biggest challenges that will get in the way of her goals.

With Hannah’s skills, there is no doubt that she will be able to reach her goals.

“I will save up money for the expenses and make a portfolio of my work so far to get accepted.” Hannah says on how she will overcome these challenges.

“The most rewarding part of baking to me is that I can make other people so happy when they see the cakes I make for them, which in turn makes me happy. ” Hannah says.

Hannah is a selfless baker, baking to make others happy. Hannah’s skills will continue to grow as she continues baking and as she attends the culinary institute. Good luck, Hannah!

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Jamie Perry: SBO for life

Jamie Perry is a senior at Davis High school. Jamie has been an SBO for 3 years now! From 2017-2021. Jamie is an SBO Vice President this year and enjoys every second of it.

When asked about her favorite part of being an SBO, Jamie said:

“The people I get to meet and work with, its fun to meet people in office and meet students at games and interact with people I usually wouldn’t have. And watching her friends doing things they are good at.”

Jamie says that this year has definitely been her favorite year being an SBO. In her own words: “Cuz it sucked but it also has been good. Ya know? Also because I’m a senior now and I know what I’m doing and I get to help people now.”

Jamie’s plans after graduation include going to Southern Utah University to study English education.

When asked about why she wants to go into English education Jamie said: “All the English teachers I’ve ever had have been super cool and I like reading and I think I’m pretty good at writing if I do say so myself.”

Her dreams include, going to the Met Gala and doing 73 questions with Vogue, whichever comes first.

Jamie currently works at Cinemark and has worked there since 2019! She only plans on staying there until the end of summer when she starts school.

She really enjoys working there and says it’s fun. Her favorite part about working there is when big movies would come out and people would be so excited and dress up to see their favorite movies.

When she’s not working Jamie loves to bake. Her favorite thing to bake is pumpkin chocolate chip cookies and bring them to her friends.

She says “I make a beast angel food cake, which is really hard to do.”

You can keep up with all her baking and other adventures on her Instagram account, @jam.spamms

 

 

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Future politician tells all

Corran Cottrell is famously known at Davis High School for his political views. On any given day, you can expect Corran to be wearing some political shirt or hat. Many do not like this, but Cottrell does not care what you think about him. He recently told me his story. 

“Politics has such a huge impact on our society. Look at this past election. Biden v. Trump, red vs. blue, control of the Senate or not, etc. Politics is what runs our societies, so it interests me,” Corran stated to me when asked what excites him about politics. 

Cottrell looks at politics as something he aspires to participate in in the future. He plans on running for the city council first and then moving up the ladder to be a Senator. His end goal is to one day be the President of the United State of America. 

“It’s what I really like doing. I want to be in a job that I have a lot of fun in and that I can relate to. I also want to be in a career where I can make a difference. It’s a big motivator to me. It is different from any other private-sector job,” Cottrell said when quizzed on why he wants to make politics a career. 

Many peers and associates of Corran view him as eccentric and too out there. Corran has committed to himself to not listen to them as he continues to write his own story. He laughs at the criticism and finds humor in people laughing at his views. 

“I just look at people and laugh super hard because you have your views and I have mine. Just respect that I have an opinion and I choose to express mine,” Corran Cottrell declared when asked how he handles people’s criticisms. 

Maybe one day, we will be calling Corran President Cottrell. He hopes that as he continues to climb the political ladder, he continues to make a difference. He’s hoping to start small and impact the community of Kaysville and one day work up to impacting the world. 

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Student Spotlight: Hailey Halliday

Hailey Halliday is a junior at Davis High and an inspiration to all those who get the pleasure of meeting her. Hailey is friendly to everyone, and makes everyone feel like they are one of her best friends.

Hailey is very involved in the choir department, being a member of the Acapella Choir this year.

“I joined choir for my passion to sing! I have been in choir for at lease 6 years and I’ve loved every second of it.” says Hailey on why she joined choir.

She recently participated in solo and ensemble which is a singing competition the choir students are able to participate in.

“I ended up moving to district! The piece that I am singing is “American Lullaby.” Although district is online this year, I am still very excited to be able to participate!” says Hailey on her participation in solo and ensemble.

There is not doubt in anyone’s mind that she will do amazing at district and blow the judges away with her voice of an angel.

Hailey’s current goals in choir are the make the Davis Madrigals next year and to increase her vocal range.

“I currently have a pretty low range but I would love to work on my higher soprano range” Hailey says.

“My biggest challenge is making sure to not strain my voice while trying to increase and work on my range” she says on her biggest challenges in accomplishing her goals.

“With lots of practice I’ll be able to hopefully overcome these challenges.” she says.

Hailey is working so hard, and it will all pay off when she accomplishes her goals.

“I love being able to develop my voice and being around people who also have similar passions. It’s such a fun class and you get to know so many people.” Hailey says about her favorite thing about choir.

Hailey will continue progressing in choir and spreading her positive attitude to all those around her.

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Jonathan Page: BETTY WHITE

Jonathon Page is a senior here at Davis High School. Jon also attends Davis Technical College and is currently earning his welding technology certificate. Jon is on track for graduation. When I asked Jon what his goals were after High School, he began to say,

“My main goal is to blow up and act like I don’t know nobody.”

Besides that, Jon has many dreams and goals in his life. One goal is to eventually start up is own automotive mechanic shop. After high school, he plans to continue at Davis Technical College and work full-time at Ford Performance where he is currently working at part-time on the weekends. He is ready to be out of this hell hole called high school and to be independent and move out on his own.

Beyond work and school, Jon plans to travel on the weekends and continue his love for fishing and camping. If you have ever met Jon, you would know his love and passion for the outdoors. He is very involved in quite a few outdoor activities including rock climbing, fishing, camping, hunting, hiking and swimming. Jon is also involved in Davis High School’s lacrosse team as a defender. Jon has been playing lacrosse for most of his life and enjoys it very much.

After speaking with Jon, I started to notice something he loved more than anything in his life. BETTY WHITE. Jon has a love for her in ways you wouldn’t think of. Somehow, he slipped into the interview that he would pay a million dollars to take Betty White out on a date and that he would love to spend a million more to end the night off with a kiss. Betty White was born in 1922, making her 99 years old. Jon, on the other hand, was born in 2002. But, he is 18 years old so there is no issue. Jon says his main attraction and favorite thing about her is that he thinks she sold her soul to devil.

Jon is going to go in a great direction after high school. He is focusing on himself and is determined to get places.

“I am focusing on myself but would not mind if a girl happened to come into my life and made me the most happy man alive.”

Jon says.

I’m sorry to say Jon, but no women will love you if you love Betty White more then her. Jon is a teddy bear once you get to know him, don’t be fooled by his height. He’s not that tough.

 

 

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Faculty Spotlight: Tracey Meade

Tracey Meade is an amazing math teacher at Davis High School, but she is much more than just a teacher. Ms. Meade is a friend, supporter, and a genuine person who wants to help her students succeed in and out of the classroom.

Ms. Meade has always wanted to be a teacher.

“I always wanted to teach, but I really wanted to teach a subject where the teacher really made a difference” said Tracey.

Ms. Meade has always focused on how she can affect her students and change their school experience for the better. She enjoys the challenge of finding ways to connect with her students, and also the social aspect of her job.

Tracey Meade has jokingly been referred to as the “season ticket holder” of all school events. She enjoys attending school events and supporting all of her students. She likes to attend because it shows her students that she cares about them outside of the classroom.

“Its not just about how they are in math, and just about them sitting in my classroom, but that I care about them on a bigger level than that” she said, explaining why she attends school events.

Ms. Meade cares for her students and wants them to know it.

Ms. Meade shared an experience about how early on in her teaching career there was a student in her class that acted very disinterested. She was concerned about being able to reach her student educationally and emotionally.

But when she went to a wrestling match one night and saw her student was an amazing wrestler. The next day in class, she brought it up to him and they were able to become closer and more comfortable in class.

Ms. Meade is still able to recall some specific moments that were very intriguing. After that experience, he was much more interested in class and would talk to Ms. Meade often.

The love of her students drives Tracey to discover ways to connect with them. Showing she cares for her students is one of the ways she connects with them.

“They are interested in my class because they know I am interested in them” she said.

One of Tracey Meade’s goals for her students is for all of them to pass the AP test, with at least an 85%, resulting in a 5. This is a lofty goal but still reachable for a great teacher such as Tracey.

Ms. Meade is a very successful teacher. She designed the calculus curriculum for Davis High, as well as starting the Statistics department.

This year Ms. Meade teaches AP/BC Calculus and Secondary III Honors. Both of these classes have a history of being very successful at Davis High and Ms. Meade is a big reason for that.

While she’s had an amazing amount of success, not everything has gone smoothly.

“Hybrid was a nightmare. During that time I got behind by about half a unit, which is frankly sort of miraculous that we are still that close to being on.” She said, explaining the difficulties she’s had to endure this past year.

With this year being so difficult for many schools around the state, there is an optional later AP test date which the BC calculus classes will take this year. Ms. Meade is a fan of the later test date because it allows her to add her review in again. She predicts that the AP class is in good shape to pass the test.

The key to preparing her students to be successful according to Ms. Meade is “Practice, practice, practice, practice” near the end of the year in late 3rd term the class has already learned all of the material.

Now the classes just have to go over what they have already learned; review quizzes, assignments, and many practice questions, along with test questions from previous years.

“It makes all the difference in the world to have them prepared, and know when they get to a question on the test, they have seen one like it” said Ms. Meade.

This kind of preparation is how Ms. Meade empowers her students to be extremely successful.

The care she has for her students outside of the classroom shows that Tracey Meade is a prime example of a teacher who goes above and beyond for her students.

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Jeff Williams Leaves Void at Davis

Jeff Williams, an Assistant Principal at Davis, is leaving our school to become the Principal of Vista Education Campus.

Mr. Williams has worked at Davis for 3.5 years and has made an incomparable contribution to our school. Among his many responsibilities at Davis, he has worked with the special education department, supervised testing and school activities, and oversaw the school’s response to Covid-19. He has enjoyed his time here and has developed many amazing relationships with the faculty, staff, and students. He has also learned many lessons from working here, especially from Principal Wilkey who has been a great example of leadership to Williams.

“Davis High is a great place to work. I have really enjoyed working with a great staff and wonderful students.  The community is also very supportive.”

Williams says.

Although working at Davis has been a very positive experience for him, Williams has decided to make a switch to Vista Education which is a school that focuses primarily on helping students with disabilities or learning challenges develop the skills that they need to transition smoothly into their futures after high school. This job is an incredible opportunity for Williams to advance in his career while also using his special education training more. Williams was drawn to this new job by his love for helping special education students and we have no doubt that he will serve them well as principal.

As exciting as this new endeavor is for Mr. Williams, his absence will no doubt leave a void at Davis. He has made an unforgettable impact on all of the students and staff here and he will certainly be missed.

“I’m sad to see him go but I’m glad that he is bringing his talents to the other children that could use it.”

Says Aiden Morton, a senior at Davis.

“It’s sad to see him leave, but he will do great things wherever he goes!”

Jared Clark, another Davis High senior, exclaims.

“I think that it’s exciting for him, but I will miss having somebody in the administration who speaks French!”

States Mme. Clegg, Davis High French teacher.

Despite our sadness at him leaving, Davis High is supportive of Mr. Williams in this decision and we wish him all the best in this new exciting chapter of his career.

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Spotlight: Katie Frederiksen

Mrs. Frederiksen has been teaching at Davis for two years. She goes by Fred for short. Fred taught at Centerville Jr. for 3 years and Legacy Jr. for 4 years before coming to Davis High.

When I transferred to Davis I was nervous because they were put into a stereotype that made them seem ungrateful for teachers, but they’re nothing like everyone says. I have loved every student. The kids and the other teachers are great.” – Katie Frederiksen

Fred is the coach for the girls wrestling team. She became the coach because they couldn’t find another teacher, but she is so glad to be coaching and learning the sport. She said that she loves all of the girls and can’t believe how well they’re doing so quickly. She says any girls that are questioning wrestling should do it, no matter how strong or how much you weigh you should wrestle, there’s a spot for everyone. 

Fred teaches senior English; she teaches this class because she loves the seniors with their angsty and apathetic attitudes. Fred is passionate about teaching and making sure students are set up to do well in life. She teaches English specifically because she enjoys stories and non-fiction. She also likes that with English she can teach anything she wants. 

“I can teach any topic I want and have it fall into the category of EnglishEnglish isn’t just grammar and writing, it about learning how to understand and communicate information. That makes it possible to teach English anyway including through any other topic I’d like.” – Katie Frederiksen

Fred has been married for 20 years in August and has 5 children. She has one pet, a chocolate lab named Sadie. Her favorite thing to do is read a book on the beach or take a hike to the Arches. She tries to go outdoors as much as possible. Her hobbies are coaching the girls wrestling team, reading (of course), and she loves researching about psychopaths or serial killers. Her favorite foods are vegetarian Café Rio salads and Thai Rod Dee’s yellow curry. Her favorite drink is the raspberry honey lemonade from Café Zupas. Fred’s favorite colors are black and yellow. Her favorite music is 80’s rock, Led Zeplin and Sublime are two of her favorite bands. 

Her plan for the future is one of her favorite things to talk about. After she finishes teaching (for another 15-19 years), she plans on teaching at department of defense schools and travel the world. Anywhere there is a base, there will be a school she can teach at. So there’s chances she can teach in other countries. After she does this for a few years she plans on buying a house on the coast and walking down the beach every day. 

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The Most Interesting Uninterested Person: Gabe Franklin

Gabe Franklin, senior at Davis High, comes off as the exact opposite as he is. Many think he is just a very calm, laid back, stereotypical teenage boy. Although he doesn’t seem very concerned about life’s various stressors, he is actually a very fascinating human being with a lot of unique life goals.

From having a business to traveling the world, Gabe Franklin has a different view on life than others, and there’s so much to learn about him. After getting a business license, he started EZ Clean Mobile Detail which is a car detailing business that has become one of his greatest life accomplishments. He is very approachable and getting to know his warm and inviting soul will leave you grateful to know him.

Gabe is currently on the path to graduating high school and attends a class at the DATC for welding technology. However, that’s just his backup plan if he ever grows bored of where is in life and wants to fall back onto something different. After high school, he wants to become a rock climbing and white water rafting guide. He also wants to buy a van and live in the Tetons, a mountain range of the Rocky Mountains, for three months. One of his main goals is to eventually travel across Europe in a van as well. This plan seems to suit him well considering that in his free time he likes to travel, hunt, fish, and camp.

“I do what I enjoy to do!” – Gabe Franklin

He has many inspirations and motivations, one of them being Mr. Frey, his English teacher. Frey loves his life and it reminds Gabe that he should love life too. He is also motivated to graduate since high school isn’t a place he likes.

“Highschool is the most toxic place” – Gabe Franklin

He doesn’t seem to see it, but Gabe Franklin is wise and has a lot of potential. It is easy to see that he is going to live an exciting and amazing life.

“I’m just not an interesting guy” – Gabe Franklin

 

 

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Marcus Williams: Simply Swimmin’

Once a shy sophomore, now senior Marcus Williams shares his swimming story and all the emotions with it.

After almost three years of being on a competitive swim team, it’s finally coming to an end. He started his sophomore year at Davis High school and has loved it ever since. It has impacted him in many ways, particularly in his social life.

“I’ve made a lot of super close friends I didn’t think I was going to make.”

He said.

Those kids he bonded with the first couple days of swim practice turned into life-long friends who are together every single day after school. The team spends 10-20 hours a week for all things swim-related. Whether it’s in the pool, lifting weights, or competing, the team is always together.

“It makes me sad knowing that there’s only two meets left, even worse because one got cancelled. We’re all so connected to the team and the coaches and it’s just all gone in two weeks.”

Said Marcus.

His senior season is coming to an end way too fast for his liking. The State meet is coming up the last week of January and there’s definitely some competition and pressure.

“There’s pressure to drop time and compete well for the team especially because there’s kids who are quarantined. Plus, all the athletes are getting tested tomorrow, so who knows if we’ll get shut down and not even have the last two weeks of the season.”

While competing for a spot at the State meet, Marcus is pushing himself harder than ever. No mistakes, no off days, just hard work. Not many people can say that they’ve been on the Davis High Swim team and have competed at the State meet. We all enjoy doing things we love, and Marcus loves swimming. His favorite part is just being active and being part of an amazing team.

“Swim is awesome, you should join!”

He stated.

Everybody’s known that Marcus was meant to be a swimmer. Even though it’s already been three years, he’s just getting started.

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Faculty Spotlight: Mr. McCauley

Recently I sat down to talk Mr. McCauley, a marketing teacher here at Davis High.

Although he considers himself a pretty mundane guy, there are definitely some really interesting and cool things about him, such as the fact that he has done some DJ work, and has a minor in coaching and coached a few sports at the last school he taught at. He also has a jersey with his name and number, from that school as well, even though he never played a sport!

Mr. McCauley is originally from Wisconsin and has taught here at Davis for 22 years. He has been a teacher for a total of 40 years.

Mr. McCauley likes Davis because of student behavior. He says that although the commitment varies, people are taught respect, so behavioral problems aren’t really present.

He moved to Utah shortly after he married his wife, who actually used to teach business here at Davis, because she was from Utah.

He decided to become a teacher because he had a really good experience with his business teacher in high school, and he had an interest in business. So he thought it would be interesting to try. “I think there was probably also a little bit of optimism or naiveness in there in terms of maybe I can affect a kid’s life like that teacher affected mine.”

In High School, he also ran hurdles. He talks about one race in which he ran hurdles and knocked down 8 of the 10 hurdles!

Mr. McCauley  decided to teach Marketing because he was interested in Business, but didn’t want to get into the accounting, and actually preferred the marketing aspect.

Outside of school, he runs a side business and that uses up a lot of his time. He also enjoys spending time listening to music (Contemporary Jazz and Classic Rock are his favorites) as well as spending time with his family.  He also has a ’74 MG that he likes to drive around in, with the top down in the summer.

Spending time with his family is something that is obviously very important to Mr. McCauley, as when asked for his favorite childhood memory, he stated that going camping with his Parents and sister rank pretty high.

“Just basically having time spent with family.” is what makes his memories valuable.

Going more into his values, he put an emphasis on hard work, responsibility, integrity and dependability. When asked what inspires him to get up and go to work, he says the fact that he has been hired to do a job.

I just have always been taught, if you’re hired to do a job, do the job. It doesn’t matter if you’re having a bad day, it doesn’t matter if you don’t want to do it, it doesn’t matter if you wish you had a different job, I just was always taught growing up that responsibility, to earn your pay.” He says. Having a responsibility to do what has been asked is what makes him want to work hard and do what is asked. 

 

 

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Davis High Loves Abby Nelson

Abby Nelson, a senior at Davis High and friend to all, spreads her bubbly and bright soul all around Davis High School. Many know her as one of the kindest people there is. Born and raised in California, Abby moved to Kaysville 2nd term of her sophomore year. You can spot her in the halls beaming with joy and excitement as she always is.

Since being at Davis, Abby has made tons of friends through her involvement at school. She enjoyed being on the Davis High swim team her sophomore and junior year and is now on the Davis lacrosse team. She loves every game and practice with her teammates and shows plenty of school spirit.  She is happy to be a part of Davis and appreciates all her teachers and classmates.

“My favorite part about Davis is the people. There’s no energy or place that could match it.”

States Abby when explaining her love for Davis.

Other than sports, Abby also has many different hobbies. Outside of school she loves hanging out with her numerous friends and is always the planner of their eventful times. She likes bringing people together and would love to be an event planner one day.

“I don’t know why but I love event planning and just hosting and being in charge of big plans. Later in life I want to be able to plan and host important events for others, maybe even as a job”

She explained when talking about her future plans.

Abby is known as an all around good person and values friendship, family, loyalty, and honesty. The people who influence her the most are her older sister and mom who share many of these values with her.

“I look up to my mom a lot because she’s been through a lot and is very wise and inspiring to me.”

Abby Nelson hopes to continue helping people in life and, after high school, wants to have a career that involves social work with children. Many students at Davis High know the caring and positive person she is, and have no doubt she is going to continue to do good things in life.

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Athletic Director: Bo Roundy

Even in a Global Pandemic, the sports programs run smoothly here at Davis High and that is all thanks to our Athletic Director Bo Roundy.

Being the Athletic Director here at Davis is a VERY busy job with a lot of responsibilities. Some include supporting Coaches in their seasons with facilities, scheduling and registering for events, and state requirements. Roundy is also responsible for communicating will custodians, front office staff, coaches, and administrators. Roundy oversees all of the sports teams and in charge of interviewing and hiring coaches.

If that is not busy enough, Roundy is in charge of organizing and planning the mandatory covid testing of over 300 extracurricular students that need to be communicated to seven different programs and with the health department and school district for it to happen effectively.

Supporting people is something Mr. Roundy loves doing and is the reason he applied to be the Athletic Director. He attends sports games and loves to support coaches and says “The most exciting part about my job is watching teams play and win!” When asked what his hopes and goals for the sports teams this year he says

“My hope is that we get to keep playing! Extracurricular activities are so important to the players and our community.”  Roundy’s favorite individual sport is wrestling and his favorite team sport is Football. When asked what his favorite part about his job is, Roundy says”Knowing that I was a small part in everyone’s successes!”

When Mr. Roundy isn’t overseeing the sports programs, he enjoys going four-wheeling, road trips, dirt biking, and using his passport.

“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle!”-Bo Roundy

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Faculty Spotlight- Mrs. Beutler

Of all the teachers I have had this year, Mrs. Beutler is by far my favorite. As a Career and Technology Education teacher, she teaches CE Foundations of Nutrition, Foods and Nutrition 2, Intro to Education, and CE Culinary Arts classes here at Davis High. She is also the advisor of the FCCLA Club. After having her for two years, I can confidently say that she is a wonderful teacher for a number of reasons.

First of all, she is really patient and helpful; if I ever have a question, she is quick to jump into action and help me figure out what to do next. She is always willing to lend a hand to students and shows that she cares through her gentle temperament and willingness to slow down until students understand. She is almost always smiling, and her positivity and attitude are infectious and help students to feel welcome in her classroom. Today I want to turn the spotlight on her by learning more about her and her teaching career.

Mrs. Beutler has been a teacher for 35 years, and she truly enjoys her job. Her favorite part of teaching is the students because she loves to get to know them and build relationships with them. She said that was what she missed the most during Coronavirus Quarantine, and she hopes to stay open so she can get to know this year’s students better.

She has little preference for what class she teaches; she loves all of them, but she says that Foundations of Nutrition is her favorite to teach because it reminds her of how to keep her diet nutritious.

Outside of school, Mrs. Beutler likes to go horseback riding, especially with her family. Just this past weekend, she went horseback riding with her family in Zions National Park (as seen in the above image)! She also enjoys just about anything with family and going biking.

When asked about what she would do if she wasn’t a teacher, she replied “I don’t know- I love it so much”. However, if she had to choose, she says she would likely go back to her roots in business.

I would highly recommend taking one of her classes or joining FCCLA in the future to get to know this wonderful teacher; If you are looking for lifelong skills in CTE classes, I would highly recommend Mrs. Beutler.

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Jordan Phelps: and His Lovely Christmas Traditions

Davis High senior, Jordan Phelps was kind enough to let me ask him a few questions on Christmas traditions regarding families at our school. With Christmas coming up and people starting to celebrate their holidays differently, it would be great to find out more about how people spend it! Jordan claims he loves the holidays and spending time together when it comes to his family.

When asked about how he spends Christmas Eve with his family members, he answered that his family all gathers together at his Grandmas house. They always play board games and have a nice dinner as well as dessert. An absolutely wonderful way to spend the holidays.

“Our family loves watching the Grinch, its our favorite Christmas movie. We always eat a homemade dessert made by my grandma while we watch our movie.” – Jordan Phelps

Jordan wakes up on Christmas morning and his mom makes a wonderful breakfast made up of bacon, eggs and apple cider. He also shares a very important and fun tradition that not too many have heard of before, and that is to get a new nut cracker every year.

“Yeah, I have like 17 nut crackers that my mom has bought for me that I put up every December.” – Jordan Phelps

I asked Jordan what his favorite part of Christmas is and he responded with how much he loves giving gifts to others. The most important part of Christmas is giving happiness and gifts to his family and friends to help them to feel loved.

The expense of the gift isn’t what is important, it’s the sentiment in the gift that counts. The fact that someone cares about you enough to be thinking about you, especially during such crazy holiday preparations and especially during such a hectic year.

 

 

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Class of 2019 Mob Spotlight

Two years ago, the Mob was born. Created by a friend group that explains themselves as misfits. Together they formed the legendary and iconic student section known as the MOB. The name and movement have now been passed down for two years and continues to ignite Davis school pride and spirit. At games, they started chants and cheered on the players. Now the question is, where are they now?

Garrett Cisneros the legendary and first MOB leader is now working to save up to go to school to further his education.

“I am just trying to figure life out and figure out who I am” states Cisneros.

As he is working on himself, he is also working on starting his own record label. Just like everyone else in these hard times, Garrett is just trying to survive by being healthy and safe.

Several of the original members are in college and either live together or live close. Branson, Chandler, Marshal, Chase, Weston, and Adam all like to hang out in their dorm and work on getting tik tok famous.

“I am in college and working on writing a movie” Says Chase Scovel.

A few others are on their missions and still, write weekly to stay in touch.

“Right now, I’m just working a ton so I can afford going on a long trip this spring. Some advice I’d like to give is to follow your passions and don’t worry what other people might think because after high school none of that matters,” says Seth Evans.

This is good advice to follow. After high school, things become more of a reality, and dreams, passions, and goals seem to be no longer realistic with the pressure of society. We can try and remember what Seth has said and push through and continue to dream and follow passions.

Even though this group is going to different places in life, the MOB has continued to carry the enthusiasm and hope through their personal lives. The MOB continues on, each year the faces of seniors change but as we learn from the 2019 gradates, we need to be louder and stronger. As the MOB we carry the school pride and in this is an important job we can look up to the examples of the original MOB.

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A Look into the Life of Heidi Gage

Heidi Gage is a 20 year old woman who has a life of many complications. From an early age it was apparent that Heidi was not a normal child, she could put her finger to the back of her hand and dislocate the shoulders, it was her own superpower. Now her superpower is more formally called EDS (Ehlers-Danlos syndrome). EDS allows her to do all sorts of cool tricks with her body.

However, as she got older it became less fun and more painful. Now, her shoulders are constantly going in and out of socket as well as her hips. EDS can make your joints loose and your skin thin and easy to bruise. It also can weaken blood vessels and organs. Depending on how fast Heidi’s EDS progresses, she may not live a full life. Though the thought if dying young is scary, Heidi has never given up and continues to live her life.

Another of her life challenges has been a rocky love life. A couple of months ago, Heidi and her long term boyfriend broke up because he decided that he was a woman and did not want to keep living as a man. He forced her to choose between supporting him or staying true to her sexuality. Heidi was devastated; she never wanted to break up with him, she loved him. Through this breakup, Heidi has done some self discovery about who she is. A month after their break up, he came back begging for forgiveness and trying to convince her to get back together with him. Heidi turned him down because she realized that their relationship was limiting for both of them.

Despite this difficult relationship, things seem to be looking up. A couple of weeks ago, Heidi and I were talking about this family we knew from living in Syracuse. She was talking about how much she liked them, especially their oldest son Talmage. Low and behold, that night, Talmage texted her and asked her out on a date for that Saturday. She went on the date and had lots of fun. As of last night, they have gone on 4 dates and are planning of going on more. Though Heidi may not live a very long life, she is going to do her best to live it to the fullest no matter what. Heidi encourages everyone to live their lives the best they can because tomorrow is uncertain.

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Spotlight: Bryson Cunningham, hip-hop guru

There are so many students at Davis High school that it can be hard to keep track of them all. Sometimes talented students aren’t recognized as they should be, or their talents aren’t well known. But everyone deserves a chance to shine. So today, I’m going to recognize one such student with many skills: student Bryson Cunningham.

Bryson is a junior at Davis this year, and his favorite part of school is seeing his friends. He is personable and friendly, which makes him a valuable part of his friend group. However, like everyone, he has at least one thing about school he doesn’t enjoy.  Cunningham’s is quite relatable: “Mornings,” he said. “Getting up so early is no fun”. Talk about a mood! His favorite class is English because of his favorite teacher, Mr. Frey. “Frey is so cool,” says Cunningham. Sometimes the teacher makes the subject, as we all know.

But there is more to him than school. In his free time, Cunningham enjoys playing basketball with his friends and dancing in the style of hip-hop, hence his title. “I do it competitively,” he explains. “We have a choreographer who comes in and teaches us the moves, and we practice them all year. Then in March, we go to competitions”. Cunningham enjoys dancing with his team and says that this is what he considers to be the coolest thing about himself.

An interesting fact about Cunningham that few people know is that he was actually born dead. “They had to take me to the emergency room and give me air and stuff,” he explained. He was also born “clubfooted”, meaning one of his feet was completely sideways. He explained that as a child, he wore a special device similar to a brace that helped his leg to move back into the normal position. “I think I still have it,” he says. “It helped me to be able to walk”. He’s not sure if it is related or not, but his left foot is smaller than his right.

Though he doesn’t often get recognized for it, Cunningham is certainly an example of an exciting student with many skills, and his dedication to his passions is inspiring to me. Hopefully, he inspires you too!

 

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From Okinawa to Kaysville, Katie Anderton Stuns

16-year-old Katie Anderton can be found on the volleyball court at Davis High School these days. This hasn’t always been the case. Less than a year ago, Anderton and her family made the transcontinental move from Okinawa, Japan to Kaysville, Utah. That big of a move could not have been easy, especially after being in Japan for two years. Katie says the hardest part of moving back was the immense culture shock she faced the first few weeks back.

“The hardest part of coming back to the states from Japan was the culture shock. What I mean by this is that in japan their society is focused around making their environment/community a better place, where as in the states society’s tendency is to focus on oneself and how a person can make THEIR lives better. I feel like that because the Japanese think this way that their lives as a whole are better, making it a really nice place to live. Coming back to the states I realize that a big part of this selfless way of thinking is missing and it makes me sad,” said Katie Anderton.

While in Japan, sports were a huge part of Katie’s life. She played three sports: soccer, volleyball, and basketball. She even ran cross country for her school varsity team. She lettered in all 4 of these sports. Because she is so involved in sports, she says that the move to Kaysville was easier than it probably would have been having she not played volleyball.

“By being on the Davis volleyball team I have found the transition to a new high school to be a lot easier than it could’ve been. I have been able to gain many close relationships with my teammates and have had an amazing season with all of them.”

When she graduates, Katie wants to study to be a pharmacist or something else in the medical field. Anderton says she wants to attend school on the West coast after finishing her generals in Utah.

“After high school I want to pursue pharmacy or another medical profession(I am trying to keep my eyes open to other careers within the medical field as well). Although I am not 100% certain on which college I want to go to, I know that it will be on the west coast and will be a college with a high level pharmacy program (once I finish my generals locally in utah).”

Davis High is lucky to have an athlete and student as dedicated as Katie Anderton.

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Boba: adorable addition to the family

Davis high school teacher, Mr. Phongsavath, gets the cutest puppy named Boba T. Phongsavath.

Early August, high school teacher, soccer coach, and father Soulivahn Phongsavath made the decision to let his family get a puppy. This decision was a very rewarding one, but also one that was challenging. It was not a unanimous vote. While most of his family wanted a puppy, Souli wasn’t 100% convinced. After serious consideration and deal-making, they finally agreed and got Boba, the Cavapoo.

“The compromise was that I would be able to pick the name”

Says Souli.

There were a couple different options for names for the new family member. Souli wanted anything Taylor Swift or Kanye West related, but since all of the boys’ names in his family start with “B”, they went with Boba.

Souli got Boba because it would be good for the kids, but Boba quickly took a liking to one of the kids specifically, Souli’s daughter. He follows her around everywhere and she takes care of him. They’ve created such an amazing bond with each other that will last a lifetime.

Even though puppies can be hard to train, they are so rewarding and it feels like everything was worth it when you really start to love them. As you get to watch them grow up, you can see all the progress they’ve made and it’s truly amazing.

“Boba’s a part of the family and we love him.”

Explains Souli.

Though trying at times, puppies teach everyone so much and bring people together as families and friends. Everyone grows to love puppies and puppies love everyone back. Some more than others.

You can follow Boba for more adorable pictures and updates on Instagram @boba_cavapoo .

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The Big, Bad, and Bold: Luke Johnson

Davis High senior, Luke Johnson is friend to all. If you have had the opportunity to be around him, you will know that he is one comedic guy. Luke is very athletic, he not only plays lacrosse but also basketball. Everyday Luke tries to be as productive as he can with daily goals that he sets for himself.

When asked what his favorite grade is he explained how much he enjoyed his 9th grade year at Centennial Jr High School.

“My favorite part of school is that I get to see my friend’s everyday” – Luke Johnson

Luke has a large friend group that loves to get together and play Xbox live. His personal favorite game is call of duty. Luke also enjoys spending time with his family. He has a full house of boys. His older brother Adam attended Davis High School as well.

“Luke Johnson is the one of the best lacrosse defensive player in the state” – coach Chad Barker.

Johnson plays proudly for Davis High. He has lead the lacrosse team in many victories in the past few years. Many of his team mates have mentioned how determined and hardworking he is throughout the game.

When out on the field he wears his lucky #7. Unfortunately Davis High isn’t lucky enough to have Luke Johnson as a basketball player but after school on his home turf he shoots some hoops.

Something inspiring I found about Luke is that daily he sets several goals for himself.

“I try to exercise, do my homework, and get to bed on time” – Luke Johnson

I find it important for high school students to set goals. Luke finds that when he accomplishes these goals he feels more productive and can be prepared for each day. We can all learn from Luke and follow his good example.

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Arwen Ukena: Social and Academic Superstar

You’ll never meet anyone quite like Arwen Ukena. This Hufflepuff-Aquarius knows what she wants and isn’t afraid to speak her mind. She is very outgoing and says ” I would rather choke on a spoon than be unoriginal.” She is one of the funniest people I know, and she makes everyone around her laugh with her sarcasm and wit.

Arwen spent her summer scooping ice cream at her local Farr’s before covid-19 shut it down. Now she spends her time making art, spending time with friends, swimming laps, and doing homework. Her favorite color is grey-blue and her favorite holiday is Thanksgiving. Her favorite movie is Clue and her favorite book is “I Want to Go Home” by Gordon Korman. Arwen is very artistic and loves to make projects in her ceramics class. Arwen loves sunny weather but can’t wait to go skiing when winter comes.

Like most of the students at Davis High, Arwen was born and raised in Utah and is looking forward to her senior year. She is enrolled in CE and AP classes and was awarded a high honor roll last year. She strives for perfection and is a great role model for other students. A quote she would like to share with Davis High is:

“Don’t waist your life before you expire.”

Arwen hopes to travel the world and gain new experiences when she graduates high school. Her biggest goal is to improve her many skills and to live her life to its full potential. Arwen is a beautiful person inside and out. You can always count on her to help you through any tough situation. She gives the best advice, and is there when you need her.

“She stands up for what she believes in, she’s determined, and she’s honest.”- Savanah Schrader.

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Does everyone have a favorite teacher this year? Because mine’s Mrs. Whitlock

Everyone has a favorite teacher. My favorite teacher is Mrs. Whitlock, because her class has been so interesting. The things you learn in her Psychology class has really helped calm my curious brain about topics like why we sleep and how powerful psychological things can control your life. She was able to receive a national award for the achievements she was able to accomplish in her 31 years of teaching. This is why and how she was able to receive such an amazing award. They have never given out this type of an award to teachers before. Because of her contribution to her teaching, she received that award by just doing what she does best.  The award she was able to receive was from the society for the teaching of psychology. One of the things she loves to go and do is teaching! She teaching about psychology.

You would be able to tell straight away that she loves to teach because of how she expressed her emotions during the interview we had together today. When we were talking, the body language that Mrs. Whitlock had conveyed that she really enjoyed teaching that class. Spending time with her family sounded like a very important priority for her. She loves the time she gets with her family. Also in her spare time, she loves to go hiking with her family. She has two older sons and a younger daughter. She’s been able to travel with her family around the world. They’ve been to some pretty cool places in the world. She explained that she enjoys reading. I didn’t really have enough time to ask her what she likes to read. But I bet she has really good taste. I asked her if she plans on teaching in the new two years. This is what she had to say:

“Well, I think I want to teach for a while, so that I can teach my youngest. Because I taught my two oldest boys in my class.”

She explained to me that both of them were able to major in psychology, which was so cool! They were able to follow in their mothers footsteps a little.

If you are ever curious about things, this class would be the right class for you. It really gives you some great insight on life. The definition of psychology is the scientific study of the human mind and it’s functions, especially those that effect behavior in a given context. Pretty much the usage of your brain, how it thinks, and why it thinks that way. You may think that this class is just about the mind, but it’s so much more. It’s practically the whole body as well. A fun fact: when you are in deep sleep it’s harder to wake up. Also, you are only in deep sleep for about an hour, then you go up to REM which is just a scientific term meaning light sleep in the middle. The first day taking this class I realized that this was like the greatest class I could’ve thought of.  Because these questions that I had about psychology was answered so beautifully. And I have to thank Mrs. Whitlock for guiding me in this class. The information was so amazing and wonderful. At the start of this story, I doubted that I would be able to do this type of story, but by the end of the day, I learned that it wasn’t so hard to do after all. This story spotlight was a great opportunity to experience the type of things reporters and journalists do for their job. I’m glad this story was about my favorite teacher. Otherwise, I wouldn’t have been nearly as motivated.

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Amy Morley: The Forever Dart

Amy Morley has been at Davis High for over ten years, teaching, coaching and as a student. Some might even call her The Forever Dart.

Mrs. Morley is an art teacher and an assistant volleyball coach for the Davis High girls Volleyball team. After graduating from Davis in 2006, Amy continued her volleyball career and education at Weber State until her graduation in 2010.

“Davis 2006, Weber State 2010, about to graduate from Western Governors University with my Master’s Degree next month”

After graduating from Weber, Amy returned to Davis to teach, where she has been for the last 7 years. Before she was an art teacher, she taught English for 5 years, if she wasn’t currently teaching art, that’s what she would be teaching.

“I taught it for 5 years and I loved it. I still miss it a lot but I love art just as much.”
Like any other job, being a teacher and coach can be hard, but it can also be rewarding. For her, the most rewarding thing about being a teacher is

“Watching students/ athletes grow and get better. Being able to help! Making a difference in someone’s day or even in their life. Creating relationships.”

Not only does Amy have a full time job teaching and coaching, she is a mother to two young kids, Saige and Straighter.

“It’s hard but it’s all about finding a balance. They like to come be involved in Davis stuff because they have grown up being a part of it. It also helped that they did daycare here one hall away from me so I got to eat lunch with them and visit whenever I wanted.”

When she isn’t teaching or coaching, she enjoys hiking, playing games, traveling, concerts and hanging out with her family. Amy is a great teacher, coach and person and Davis High is lucky to have her in their administration.

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Amanda Keller, Assistant Principal Extraordinaire

As you enter the Davis High school main office this year you may see an unfamiliar face, the new assistant principal, Amanda Keller. Mrs. Keller supervises the 504 plans, yearbook, cheer, D’Ettes, Social and emotional health plans, PTSA, Community Council, Keys to Success, SafeUT, Flex Academy and lots of other systems to support not only teachers, but students as well.

This is Mrs. Keller’s first year at Davis High School. Coming from principal at Jennie P. Stewart Elementary School in Centerville she has more than enough experience to be in charge here at Davis.

When asked about the difference between Davis and her previous school she said “Most things at DHS are different than they were at the elementary school, for obvious reasons. I love having a great administration team here to work with and think high school kids are just as fun, if not more fun to interact with, especially since I tend to have a dry sense of humor that I couldn’t ever fully utilize at the elementary level.”

Ever since she was a little girl Mrs. Keller has known she wanted to be an educator. Having great examples of many amazing teachers who inspired her helped her find her path as an educator.

When not in school or supporting many numerous clubs, sports and activities here at Davis, Mrs. Keller enjoys being outside and being active. She is currently trying to visit all of the National Parks and has already been to 30! She also enjoys photography, skiing, playing video games with her 5 kids and is picking up mountain biking again.

Mrs. Keller is inspired by the many kind acts she sees here at Davis High. It could range from someone saying a simple “Hi” in the hallways, to someone inviting a complete stranger to sit with them at lunch.

Mrs. Keller is excited to be part of the Davis High School community and is excited to meet and get to know everyone! If you ever need anything you can find Mrs. Keller in the main office where Mr. Chapple was last year. Trust me, she is an amazing person to talk to.

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Faculty Spotlight: The Amazing Lexi Turley

Some may know Ms. Turley as just our Davis High School English teacher, but many of you don’t know that under the mask, she’s a lot more like us than she leads on.

Turley actually graduated here at Davis Highschool, and in 2014 Turley was a senior with goals and working towards a tennis scholarship. She actually wasn’t studying to be a teacher.

“Originally I wanted to graduate with a medical degree” she states.

Her hard work paid off when she finally go the opportunity to play tennis for Utah State. She feeds her passion for tennis as she coaches both boys and girls. Many of her students rave about how nice and patient she is.

“Turley is an awesome Coach, she knows how to really push me and make me work hard but also give me the support and tips I need to get through a match. I couldn’t ask for a better fan!” Elle Ferguson, Davis High tennis player exclaims.

Turley overall loves her job. When asked what her least favorite thing about being a teacher was, she thought hard and came up with how she dislikes the stress of people turning in late work at the end of the term. As students we need to be respectful towards these teachers and their time, we all can make a better effort to respect of their deadlines to relieve some stress from their job.

“Covid has made it challenging to have class discussions, lectures, and group projects more than once a week,” Turley says in regards to the challenges of Covid-19

She tries her hardest to make her classroom clean, safe, and healthy environment for her students while continuing to have it a place for learning, growth, and communication.

Because of her kind spirit, teaching style, dedication, work ethic, and good attitude, we can all say that Turley is one of the best things about being here at Davis High. There isn’t a person you have met that says anything but good things about her.

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Mr. Jolley joins Davis High

Mark Jolley makes the switch from Syracuse High School to Davis High School early January 2020 because of a district administrator switch-up.

After being at 3 other schools, Mr. Jolley, the assistant principal, recalled upon his 12 years of being an administrator to differentiate our students here at Davis  High from students at the other schools. Davis students are well-behaved, smart, and “we have more students in AP and CE classes here at Davis than any other school I’ve been at”, said Jolley. He spent a year at Woods Cross, 7 years at Clearfield, and 3 at Syracuse before coming over to his first year at Davis.

Prior to his many years as an administrator, Mr. Jolley was originally a Spanish teacher at Sunset Jr. High and was working two other jobs. His passion for helping students first started at Sunset Jr. High where he translated for a young girl and her family while she was being disciplined. He continued to teach Spanish as well as Special Ed., Driver’s Ed., and Health. Mr. Jolley decided to become an administrator because of a desire to help people. It also made sense to continue to financially support his wife and 6 kids without working 3 jobs.

His family life has always been active, even as a young adult. He ran track and cross-country in High School and in college while attending Weber State University. Jolley excelled in long-distance running and competed in the 5000 meter run, the 10,000 meter run, and he steeplechase. Staying active has always been important to Mr. Jolley and continues to play a major role in his current family life. They enjoy boating up at Willard Bay, their favorite lake, as well as fishing and golfing.

Fortunately, the administrative duties across schools are relatively similar as he is in charge of the master schedule – which includes when teachers have prep periods – as well as local and district case managements. He is also the main discipline administrator and is over the athletics department. There are also times when Mr. Jolley observes classroom environments with other administrators.

Davis is very excited to have another wonderful addition to our administrative staff and welcomes Mr. Jolley with open arms.

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Isabel McKay: Davis High Alumni

Isabel McKay is a Davis High alumni that had a better time in school because “It was normal back than.” as she said. She graduated in the class of 2019 and had a great time doing it.

During the interview, I asked what she was doing now that she was out of high school. “I am going to online school at Utah State University and also finishing hair school at DTC.” While she was attending her senior year at Davis High, she was working, as well as attending hair school, so she could start a good safe career right out of high school.

I asked what it was like looking back at high school and what she missed the most. “I miss the consistent relationships and friend groups that I got to see and talk to every day.” She has had less people to see because she has had to start her own life and make her own choices. The next question I asked was if she thinks going to school now is better or worse than it was when she was there.

“I think it is worse now. My class was close, and they made the most of everything and they tried to do the best they could with what they had.”

She had an awesome class and a lot of good people to go to school with, but she would still struggle with normal stuff that present students struggle with. One of the most interesting questions that was asked was what she was going to do as a career.

“I am working towards being a speech pathologist and would be able to work with young kids with speech impediments.” Then I asked a question about present school and how she thinks the schools are handling Covid-19.

“Yes, they are handling it well with the knowledge and recourses they have.” She has also dealt with this going to hair school because they can only go so long and so often and they cannot be right next to each other.

When she was here, she enjoyed her time and she was able to move on and have a happy life. Looking back, she misses it and wishes she could come back.

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Faculty Spotlight: Jared Jensen

As you’ve recently walked the halls of Davis High, you’ve probably noticed a new face: A brand-new school Officer. This man is Officer Jared Jensen, and today we are putting the spotlight on him.

Officer Jensen has been a member of the force for just over 8 years now, and has only recently moved to Kaysville. This is his first time working in a High School, and he is excited to get to know the community. He came from Clinton and was previously an officer for the K9 Unit. But that’s not all he’s done with the force; he has also worked with US Marshalls to hunt fugitives, which he still does on occasion.

In the field, he has also been on patrol and done work centered around giving tickets and making arrests. He has helped with medical issues as well, which he says is the hardest part of his job, especially with young children. Officer Jensen has a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Weber State University, and is currently working on his Master’s, which will be completed in December. His education has been valuable in his work, and he is excited to finish his second degree.

But there is more to Officer Jensen than just his career;  he wants to get to know and help Davis High students and focus on developing relationships with them. He says that he wants to “be seen as a friend, not just someone you see when you get in trouble”. His favorite part of the job is going home at the end of the day knowing that he helped someone with a problem. He is married with two lovely children: a three-year-old son and a one-and-a-half-year-old daughter. In his free time, he enjoys fishing anywhere he can and rooting for the University of Utah Football Team. Welcome to Davis, Officer Jensen!

 

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Mary Reid: Superstar Athlete?!

Mary Reid, an amazing athlete and team player at Davis High, shows her enthusiasm and love for Davis by getting involved in school sports and dedicating her time and effort towards it. Being a gymnast for most of her life, she has gained a lot of strength and skill when it comes to athletics. During her last year at Davis, she has decided to join the new girls wrestling team and has enjoyed every second so farShe has a love for running, and is excited for her third season of track and field. But she’s not only fast on the track. Mary has also excelled on the Davis swim team her sophomore and junior year. With all her strengths and talents, she strives to contribute as much as she can for her team.  

“Sports are so important to me and they make me feel closer to all the students, teachers and coaches. I love the feeling of hard work and want to become better in all aspects.”  

Since starting off in senior year, Mary hasn’t let COVID-19 affect her bubbly and bright spirit. She continues to connect with her classmates and improve her athleticism, even though there are fewer school days and sport meetsMary spends her days during the pandemic working, studying, practicing, and hanging out with close friends. Although she still does have feelings of anger and frustration towards times like these, she takes it all out on the wrestling mat. 

“It’s a way to get aggression out. Makes you feel strong and powerful.”  

After high school, Mary wants to go on a mission and share her love and belief of her religion. She then wants to attend Utah State and go into law enforcement to serve those in her community. Her goal for this year is to push herself as much as she can and enjoy her final moments in high school 

Mary is one of those people that represents school spirit and brings in a positive attitude everywhere she goes. Those that know her know the love and care that she has for people, and they know how passionate and eager she truly is. 

“She’s a really hard worker and is one of the kindest people I’ve ever met” said Abby Nelson. 

She has learned the value of being kind early on in life and continues to share her warmth everywhere she goes.  

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Davis High Alumni: Scott Swain

Scott Swain is a Davis High alumni whose legacy of writing will forever be etched into the walls of Davis High. Scott graduated last year and has been attending college at Utah State University majoring in English Literature. He also has a little sister, Katie Swain, that is a sophomore here at Davis. I asked her what her brother has been up to lately and she said this: 

“He is just working on school right now and he’s filling out papers to do a service mission next year.” 

She also said that she has read a few of his articles and says that she loves his writing because he is very good at it and has an interesting yet graceful way with words. I then talked to Scott Swain himself and got to ask him a few questions. The first question is one that I think all the seniors who are graduating are dying to know the answer to: what is life really like after Davis High School? 

“I was honestly surprised at how little things change. Yeah you have new responsibilities and youre in a new place with new people, but essentially, it’s the same life. It’s only really painfully different when a crisis hits and you have to be a mature adult and handle it yourself.” 

He also said that the thing he misses most about Davis High is the people, the friends he made and all the teachers he had, specifically Mr. Frey. For the people that knew Scott, they knew that he was an excellent writer and was an amazing student. I was curious as to why he loved to write so much so I asked him what it is about literature that he admires so much. 

I love literature because I love how the intricacies of human nature can be expressed through art. I believe literature and art are a very accessible medium for this expression. For example, it’s easier to interpret a paragraph of a book than a brush stroke of a painting. Because of this, I believe literature has a lot more power and flexibility over what it expresses than other art forms.” 

Scott was an exceptional student here at Davis and is continuing to keep up his excellence in his college career!

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Cesar Calvillo: Davis High Alumni Student

Cesar Calvillo graduated from, ‘Dear old Davis High School,’ in the year 2017 and is out facing the real world and reminiscing on his years at Davis High School.

Cesar describes the opportunity of graduating from Davis high school as the most high honor and includes the value it has.

“…It’s been a great feeling to know that I was set up with such a prominent education from Davis High School, really set me apart from other students in the past.”

Cesar’s time here was something he enjoyed very much because while he attend he was heavily involved in the school. Starting his freshman year, when he was on the football team and continued on the team until his senior year. During his senior season of football he got the opportunity to be a team captain. When asked what he misses most he said,

” … I really loved my time at Davis and I wouldn’t trade it for the world.”

Cesar was also the Vice President Student Body Officer, which he adored being able to have the opportunity to take a leadership role in the high school. This was a great opportunity for him meet new friends. The friends he made while holding this position are some of his closest friends to this day.

“It was really unique in the sense that it was my first opportunity as a student government leader of some sort. I’d always led in other scenarios like on the football field team, or in scouts or anything like that, but it was really different because as an officer everybody knows you and you’re expected to have a smile on your face which was easy for me because I was always smiling anyways.”

Becoming an officer really helped him become friends with more people. One friend became very close with was Hayden Prows a friend he made at Davis and still spends time with him almost every weekend now at 20 year olds.

Cesar attended Snow College to receive his Associates degree where he was able to represent Snow as an Ambassador. He is now attending Weber State University studying Business Administration in hopes to receive his Bachelor’s degree and is also work construction for ISEC to pay for his schooling.

Cesar Calvillo was an outstanding student and representative for Davis High and continues to represent that legacy through his success in schooling and work, while carrying on the Davis High name.

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Jan Hollist: The Wiz

Jan Hollist, a math teacher at Davis High School has been teaching for 17 years and her passion for teaching only grows the longer she teaches.

Mrs. Hollist has had a passion for teaching since her tutoring years when she was younger. This also made her want to start teaching math as a profession.

She said,

“… I loved helping somebody have an aha moment because I think math is beautiful and wonderful and it’s fun to help people see some of that beauty.”

She enjoys her job, although it is a subject that most students don’t thrive in posing a challenge to teach differently through her love and passion for it.

When asked about what her favorite thing is about teaching is she said,

“Working with kids is my favorite”

Rachel Bennett, a student in her math 1030 CE class, says

“She has a great teaching style because she cares about us. She want us to actually learn the content to do well, and she provides students with extra resources like, keys, worked out keys, and her own undivided attention when we need help. She’s all about learning and not just the tests.”

Teaching for such a long period of time has also helped her understand high school students and how they work and perform. It has made her find things she dislikes about the job, but still finds joy in her job because they are minor disadvantages.

When asked what she dislikes about her teaching math she said,

“It’s hard, I hate grading tests, I wish I didn’t have to grade tests, but  if I don’t give you guys tests you guys don’t care about learning it for some silly reason”

Mrs. Hollist is a great teacher who excels in teaching students something that they really don’t want to learn. She somehow makes you want to learn it, want to be in class and want to learn. She enjoys her job and it shows through her teaching. She is a very valuable teacher to, ‘Dear Old Davis High School.’

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Nick Fisher: All Star Basketball Player

Did you know that Nick Fisher has been playing basketball since the first grade? He first got involved with basketball because he loved playing sports and being active in general and eventually fell in love with the game.

Nick is a senior at Davis High School and was on the Varsity basketball team. The boys basketball team went all the way to state finals this year thanks to the incredible coaches and teamwork the team displays on and off the court.

“It was a great feeling, but we know how much potential we have and that keeps us going. It’s a really good feeling going into state as the number one seed but at the same time it also puts a big target on our backs because every team wants to knock us out, so we just have to play as a team and the score will take care of itself,” Nick responded when asked about how he felt about the boys team making it to state.

Nick’s position on the court is the 3rd position otherwise known as shooting guard. During the season the boys basketball team would practice every week day that they didn’t have a game which was usually every other day. They would have games twice a week.

Nick’s dad is one of his biggest role models in life because of how hard he works and his determination in everything he does. Nick is personally proud of how hard he works at everything he does and the way he treats other. He feels like that has been a great accomplishment in his life.

While Nick may not know what his plans after high school  are, he’s definitely looking at colleges and an LDS mission.

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Alexandra Smith

Alexandra Smith, the amazing girl we all know as Lexi. She has such a beautiful, princess like name that was way too good to add a middle name to. However, if she were to have one she’d want it to be “Louise”, her grandma’s name. This would also be the name of her dream brand, Alexandra Louise. Lexi is passionate about art, makeup, fashion, and politics. A girl with variety you might say.

Lexi also has a love for animals, especially cats. She loves her pet cats, but Franny and Joyce are her favorites. Joyce is the cat Lexi has had for the longest, ten years to be exact. Franny is the baby of the cats, she’s only been apart of the family for four short months. She has even encouraged others to become more warm towards cats.

“She’s made me more accepting towards cats.”

Said Porter Archibald.

Lexi is planning on bringing Franny to college with her. Lexi is planning on attending SUU this fall with her best friend. She wants to finish her generals and get involved in the community.

Aside from projecting her love of cats, Lexi has had a great effect on her friends and family around her. She is a very supportive and loving friend.

“Lexi has been there to support me and pick me up when I’m down.”

Said Eli Tesch.

She is always making sure everyone is having a fun time.

“She’s so inclusive and nice. When we met at a party, she really made it a party.”

Said Mikaela Ponce.

Lexi has had a positive impact and has encourage those she cares about to do the right thing.

“She kept me on the right path!”

Said Wyatt Ko.

Lexi is an amazing person who blesses us all with her existence.

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Cam Swapp? More like Cam Swat

Cameron Swapp, more than just the center on the the Davis High basketball team, he’s an amazing player on and off the court.

Cam is known as  a number 5 on the court which means he plays the position of center. As the center he is the key on the court which makes him the protector of the hoop. He excels while doing this as he is known as a leader in rebounding.

Cam has been playing basketball since kindergarten on competitive teams and continued to play on the junior team for Kaysville and as a freshman he made the varsity team. Then as he reached high school he played on the sophomore team and has played for the Darts ever since. Cam was ready to play, get the rebound, and protect the hoop.

He’s loved playing on the team so far because he loves his team. Cam said,

“My teammates are my best friends.”

When asked about team cliques Cam said,

“That they have gotten far better than in years in the past because the seniors this year have done a better job on combining them in to one.”

As a team they also got the opportunity to go to San Francisco which helped their team grow together and to gain a better understanding of the team dynamic.

Cam also was selected for Academic All- State. This means UHSAA selects students from each region that excelled in the class room and on the court.

“He wears number 34, ironically this gym rat got that exact score on the ACT.” – Mentor of Cam

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Davis loves Hannah Loveland!

Hannah Loveland is a senior at Davis High School. She is a star athlete on the girls basketball team. This year the team had an 18-5 record (which is extremely impressive). Hannah has been on the team for 4 years and has loved it.

“It’s been an amazing experience. I’ve learned so many things.” She explained

Over the past few years, she has been very involved in the team. Hannah has created great relationships with the other girls on the team. The team has had a great impact on her life. Through all the wins and losses the basketball team is a place where Hannah has found a second family and a home on the basketball court.

“I’ve learned how to work hard and persevere through tough things.” she continues to say “I’ve learned how to overcome things mentally.”

Hannah loves basketball because she loves the adrenaline rush she gets after the fight for a hard win. She also talked about how much she loves her teammates. Hannah loves to make the people who support her and cheer her on proud. Hannah loves her family and loves spending time with them.

Besides basketball Hannah likes to play the ukulele in her free time. She also loves to cook. Hannah is a lovely girl who is also extremely talented. She has worked so hard in her high school basketball career and Davis High School is happy to have her not only as an impressive athlete but also as a caring student.

 

 

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Dax Pew: the “Dewde”

Varsity basketball player for Davis High School has played for the Darts since his sophomore year, but has played competitively since he was an 8 year old little dude.

Dax originally started playing basketball in third grade because his parents thought that it would be something fun for him to do. Basketball grew into something he became passionate about. He had the opportunity to travel for basketball to places such as California, North Carolina, and Oregon.

“Traveling is such a wonderful way to explore your passions, adding so much more to the original experience.” -Davis High Student

Starting at such a young age has lead him to playing at Centennial Junior High and then onto Davis High School and has always been a varsity starter. So much talent and hard work being put to use and could most definitely open up college opportunities. Not only is there the aspect of education, but the social aspect does come into play.

While in the present there is an open family-like community within the basketball team, at one point everyone has their own set “cliques.” This provided a lot of trial with the united aspect of the team as people and as players.

“Basketball has always been a sport worth while for me. I know that so many people don’t have the opportunity to have a team that is your second family. I always look forward to games and practices for the soul reason of being to spend time with them.” – Basketball Team Member

Not only does he adore his basketball career, but also adores Disney, in fact, he can quote the entire Lion King movie by heart. This is not the only TV related hobby of his. Last year alone he spent just about every moment of free time, whether it be in the car or doing chores, listening to Disney music.

Dax is a great basketball player and is loved by many for his efforts and personality on and off the basketball court.

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Athlete spotlight: Annie Fuller

Annie Fuller, a Davis High varsity, senior on the girls’ basketball team, has learned a lot from playing and being apart of a team.

Annie has been playing basketball for about four years. Over this time, she’s gotten much more aggressive. She feels more comfortable and more confident in her sho as well. She’s gained confidence, friendships, and many memorable experiences.

Annie enjoys basketball because it is a fast and energetic sport that requires lots of focus and attention to detail. She also described the whole experience as exciting, especially when the team wins.

In her opinion,

“the best part of playing basketball is the friendships she gets to make.” “We’re all best friends and we all hang out.”

The girls are close, have a fun dynamic, and are very enthusiastic when it comes to their pastime.

She also likes that it keeps her busy and fills her time.

Being apart of a team has taught her some life lessons.

She shares that,

“Our team goes through a lot of hard times that strengthen us,”

For example, last year two girls on the basketball team got into a car crash. They both survived, but it made Annie see life a little differently.

She explained that,

“We’ve learned that every little second means a lot with people.”

Annie Fuller is an amazing player and her teammates have become her sisters because of the experiences that have had by being on the team together.

 

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Dax Pew: the “Dewde”

Varsity basketball player for Davis High School has played for the Darts since his sophomore year, but has played competitively since he was an 8 year old little dude.

Dax originally started playing basketball in third grade because his parents thought that it would be something fun for him to do. Basketball grew into something he became passionate about. He had the opportunity to travel for basketball to places such as California, North Carolina, and Oregon.

“Traveling is such a wonderful way to explore your passions, adding so much more to the original experience.” -Davis High Student

Starting at such a young age has lead him to playing at Centennial Junior High and then onto Davis High School and has always been a varsity starter. So much talent and hard work being put to use and could most definitely open up college opportunities. Not only is there the aspect of education, but the social aspect does come into play.

While in the present there is an open family-like community within the basketball team, at one point everyone has their own set “cliques.” This provided a lot of trial with the united aspect of the team as people and as players.

“Basketball has always been a sport worth while for me. I know that so many people don’t have the opportunity to have a team that is your second family. I always look forward to games and practices for the soul reason of being to spend time with them.” – Basketball Team Member

Not only does he adore his basketball career, but also adores Disney, in fact, he can quote the entire Lion King movie by heart. This is not the only TV related hobby of his. Last year alone he spent just about every moment of free time, whether it be in the car or doing chores, listening to Disney music.

Dax is a great basketball player and is loved by many for his efforts and personality on and off the basketball court.

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Spotlight: Sam Heath

Sam Heath, senior point guard on the Davis High Varsity Basketball team, has shown his love for the sport by furthering his basketball career through-out his high school career.

The Davis High boys’ basketball point guard started playing when he was 5 years old. His dad was the one who first showed him how to play, and ever since then, it has stuck with him. Over the years, he has grown to be an amazing player who makes a major difference for the team.

When asked about the best part about playing basketball, he responded:
“I like to play with my friends and I just think its fun. It’s something I’ve loved doing ever since I was a kid”

When asked about the worst part about playing basketball, he responded:
“Running. All of the running we do for conditioning and stuff.”

This basketball season has been really good so far, besides the running. The Davis High basketball team has won 20 of their games and only lost 1, against Layton. So, that makes them the number 1 team going into state. He has high hopes for state and is super excited. He believes they will do good because he has a good bond and really good chemistry with the team. This is because he has played with most of the players since 6th grade. All through-out Jr. High, and through the past 3 years of high school.

During the state, Sam Heath’s biggest supporters will be there watching. His parents and his family will cheer him, and the team on through-out their last few high school basketball games.

Although he has shown his love for basketball through-out his grade school career, he does not plan on furthering it into college even though, he is a great player, with amazing skills, and a lot of potential.

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Jackson Price: The Davis High Wrestling Prodigy

6 years ago, Jackson Price began a wrestling career that would turn into the legacy it is today. As he takes his talents to state to represent Davis High, he will need all the experience he has gained throughout the years.

When reflecting on his career as a dart, Jackson has had some great moments that have all contributed to his becoming a great wrestler. One of Jackson’s favorites were actually his region matches.

“They were all revenge games, because I was beating guys I lost to before,” said Jackson when describing his regional matches.

Price did very well at regionals recording many victories, and snapping a losing streak.

Jackson has clearly had an awesome wrestling career, but how did he become one of the best in the state?

“Working hard,” was one of the few things Jackson said had contributed to his talent.

Jackson, unlike any other skilled athlete, worked hard. Jackson Price isn’t an exception, any athlete will tell you they have worked to get to where they are. There is no way around, over, or under hard work and clearly Jackson has known that, because of the position to succeed that he has put himself in today.

All in all, Jackson is one of the best wrestlers in the state, but as a senior he will be leaving Davis high in a few months. We wish him luck as he moves onto state. Go Darts!

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Trevan Leonhardt represents Davis at State

Trevan Leonhardt, a senior on the Davis High Varsity Basketball team loves the sport he plays and is a brother to his teammates on and off the court.

Trevan has been playing basketball since he was just 2 years old and still has the same enthusiasm for the sport today as he did the first time he dribbled the ball. When he was younger, he played on junior jazz teams and many other recreational and city league teams. As he’s gotten older, he has played on travel and competition teams as well as school teams including those at Centennial Jr. High and Davis High School where he currently plays on the varsity team.

Basketball has become a major part of the young athlete’s life and he has developed a strong love and respect for the sport.

“Basketball is hard.”

He says.

“It takes a lot of practice and work, but since it is hard, it makes it that much more fun and satisfying when you do well or achieve a goal.”

As with most clubs or sports, being a member of the basketball team ensures meeting new people and, hopefully, making new friends. Trevan explained that the dynamic and success of the team revolves particularly around the overall vibe of the team and the relationships among members. To ensure a successful season, it has been a goal for Trevan and his teammates to reach out to each other more and become better friends.

The seniors on the team, including Trevan, have really taken ownership of this goal.

“Our senior class for sure has been super welcoming to everyone, especially to the younger guys because they are still finding themselves. We have a few ninth graders on the team as well, so we really try to look out for those guys. The team is definitely a family culture-we all have each other’s backs.”

Trevan states.

This ongoing effort is not only reflected in the on-court success of the team, but also in their activities off court. Recently, the team went on a trip together where they bonded and developed even stronger friendships.

“The trip affected my relationships with the other guys in a really good way. Most of the time, in the season, you just practice with each other and you know each other on the basketball court. Of course, you become friends and you hang out, but when you go on a trip with your teammates, you get to room with some guys that you might not have known as well and you get to see how they act off court.”

Trevan explained.

This team trip provided teammates the opportunity to learn more about each other and to interact with each other in a whole new situation. With state tournaments coming up just around the corner, Trevan reflected on the past season with enthusiasm and hopefulness.

“We’re having a really good season! We won region recently which was one of our biggest goals. Our other goal was to win state so hopefully soon we can say that about ourselves. We feel really proud about how we’ve played in the season so far, and we are feeling super confident going into state. As long as we stay focused and keep winning these games, we’ll get there.”

Trevan says.

Trevan feels at home on the court and him and his teammates have become a family. His influence on the team is undeniable and Davis High roots for him as he leads his teammates to state.

 

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Trevan Leonhardt represents Davis at State

Trevan Leonhardt, a senior on the Davis High Varsity Basketball team loves the sport he plays and is a brother to his teammates on and off the court.

Trevan has been playing basketball since he was just 2 years old and still has the same enthusiasm for the sport today as he did the first time he dribbled the ball. When he was younger, he played on junior jazz teams and many other recreational and city league teams. As he’s gotten older, he has played on travel and competition teams as well as school teams including those at Centennial Jr. High and Davis High School where he currently plays on the varsity team.

Basketball has become a major part of the young athlete’s life and he has developed a strong love and respect for the sport.

“Basketball is hard.”

He says.

“It takes a lot of practice and work, but since it is hard, it makes it that much more fun and satisfying when you do well or achieve a goal.”

As with most clubs or sports, being a member of the basketball team ensures meeting new people and, hopefully, making new friends. Trevan explained that the dynamic and success of the team revolves particularly around the overall vibe of the team and the relationships among members. To ensure a successful season, it has been a goal for Trevan and his teammates to reach out to each other more and become better friends.

The seniors on the team, including Trevan, have really taken ownership of this goal.

“Our senior class for sure has been super welcoming to everyone, especially to the younger guys because they are still finding themselves. We have a few ninth graders on the team as well, so we really try to look out for those guys. The team is definitely a family culture-we all have each other’s backs.”

Trevan states.

This ongoing effort is not only reflected in the on-court success of the team, but also in their activities off court. Recently, the team went on a trip together where they bonded and developed even stronger friendships.

“The trip affected my relationships with the other guys in a really good way. Most of the time, in the season, you just practice with each other and you know each other on the basketball court. Of course, you become friends and you hang out, but when you go on a trip with your teammates, you get to room with some guys that you might not have known as well and you get to see how they act off court.”

Trevan explained.

This team trip provided teammates the opportunity to learn more about each other and to interact with each other in a whole new situation. With state tournaments coming up just around the corner, Trevan reflected on the past season with enthusiasm and hopefulness.

“We’re having a really good season! We won region recently which was one of our biggest goals. Our other goal was to win state so hopefully soon we can say that about ourselves. We feel really proud about how we’ve played in the season so far, and we are feeling super confident going into state. As long as we stay focused and keep winning these games, we’ll get there.”

Trevan says.

Trevan feels at home on the court and him and his teammates have become a family. His influence on the team is undeniable and Davis High roots for him as he leads his teammates to state.

 

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Athlete spotlight: Julia Nettleton

Julia Nettleton, a senior on the girls varsity basketball team for Davis High School, loves to play basketball, but never intended to go as far as she has gone in her basketball career.

The girls basketball team is on fire this year! They have won 17 games and only lost 4 games. It has been a great season for the Darts. Their biggest competitor is Layton High School with a record of 9-11. The girls team is going onto State as they recieved the title of Region Champions. The girls are so pumped for this challenge and the fact that practices are going to be a lot harder than what they are right now, but are ready to slaughter as they continue their path toward State.

Julia first started playing basketball in junior high, where she played for her school Kaysville Junior High during her 9th grade year there. Although her intention was just to play for fun, and not intentionally develop a basketball career, basketball turned into something she is really passionate about. If she could change anything about her basketball experience, she would have started playing basketball earlier. Julia loves being on the basketball team and playing the sport she loves.

Julia expresses her favorite parts about being on the team by saying that,

“The best thing about being on the team is getting to know everyone and they’re all my sisters.”

She continues by sharing the rewards she receives through the sport itself,

“The most rewarding thing is practicing everyday, then going on to win.”

The Girls Basketball team spends all day together. Julia shared that on game days they spend all day together, when they are at school, practice, and then competing. Spending all that time together allows the girls to have a special bond with each other that they wouldn’t be able to have without their love for basketball.

Julia has been a valuable player for the Darts and has served her team and her school well. Good luck to Julia as she furthers her basketball career as the Lady Darts make their goal toward State and she finishes her senior year!

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Jax Pearce: One of the top basketball players in the state

Learn a little bit more about Davis High’s, #22, state leader in blocks: Jax Pearce.

Jax Pearce has played basketball since he was five. When he was eight he played on a rec team with most of the guys he plays with at Davis High. This was the start to him becoming a starter at Davis. Jax has contributed a ton to our 2020 team. At the home game against Layton, one of the biggest games in state, he averaged 6 points 1 assist and 3 rebounds. Overall Jax has scored 156 points while being on the varsity team at Davis High. One of his favorite memories of this years basketball season was beating Fremont for the first time!

“My favorite thing about playing at Davis is the environment, playing with all my buddies, and the crowds energy.” -Jax Pearce(senior)

Because everyone knows state is coming up, Jax was asked what his expectations for state really were.

He kept it very simple, “We honestly just want to win it!” – Jax Pearce(senior)

And that is what Jax Pearce and his other Davis High teammates intend to do.

Jax not only is the state leader in blocks, he has a few other talents up his sleeve that you might want to hear. He said he can drive green on hole 18 on the Davis golf course. Jax Pearce also plays for the boys volleyball club at Davis high school. Three talents, is pretty impressive.

Jax’s high school basketball career is close to an end, but he has made a huge impact on our school and community through him doing what he loves, basketball. He not only is the state leader in blocks, but he also brings the community together by playing at these high school games. So, make sure you all pull up to the state game to cheer on Davis Highs very own, Jax Pearce.

 

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Sage Bangerter: All state dance

What does it take to be a dancer? All those hours day in and day out, practicing early in the morning and late at night. Yes practice is important but your gonna have to do a lot more then that if you want to make All State Dance!

Sage Bangerter is one of the dance members for the dance team here at Davis High, the Dette’s. She is a senior at Davis and has been danced each year since her sophomore year. With the long practices and hours needed too fine tuning skills, dance routines and team work,

“It’s a lot of hard work and long practices but all the hard work is super rewarding!” she says.

You can watch the Dette’s preform during half time shows at football games, basketball games, and many other events as well.

Sage isn’t just a dancer for the Davis Dette’s, she is also an All State Dancer. All Sate Dance is a tryout that only three girls from each 6A school in the state. After the girls are sent and tryout, they will take the top 25 dancers as a showcase of the best dancers in the state. Sage was sent with three other girls from the Dette’s dance team and made the All State team! Showing just how good she is at what she does.

During the process of becoming ready for the tryouts she spent countless hours practicing technique for the first section of the all state tryouts, technique. She then brushed up on her other skills and was ready to go!

Sage’s favorite thing about drill is being able to spend time with her best friends,

“Because we so much time together practicing and dancing that we have all become such good friends and created so many good memories.” she says.

She goes on to tell us her least favorite thing is morning practices,

“They are really hard in the moment, but eventually pay off!”

With some hard work and early morning practices, who knows maybe you could be the next All State Dancer!

 

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Kelsey Leavitt: Varsity Basketball Superstar

“She shoots… she scores!” the announcer booms over the erupting crowd. Kelsey Leavitt is tackled by her teammates in a supportive embrace as Davis High School’s student body chants and cheers excitedly in the stands.

Davis High School’s girls’ basketball team is undoubtedly beloved by all, but after diving deeper into varsity super-star Kelsey Leavitt, I realized more fully what it truly means to be on the girls’ basketball team. Kelsey is a senior at Davis High and a vital member of our varsity girls basketball team. In the past few years at Davis High, Kelsey has contributed significantly to the success of the team and her dedication to her friends and teammates is inspiring.

Kelsey has been playing for about 10 years and continues to love the sport more and more with every game she plays. While she does work consistently at improving her technical skills on the court, she also works just as hard at developing lasting friendships with her teammates. According to Kelsey, the girls on Davis High’s basketball team are incredibly supportive and encouraging of each other. She claims that the trust and friendship among team members is absolutely crucial to the overall success of the team. Kelsey recalls, “Our coach once told us that we won’t remember the scores of games but we will remember the relationships we formed! That just really stuck with me because these girls are my sisters and I love them more than anything!” Knowing each member’s strengths and weaknesses allows the team to provide an environment where everybody can be successful. “Everyone on the team has a role and we trust that each person will do their part and that’s really what makes us a great team!” states Kelsey.

Kelsey claims that being a part of the team ensures “automatic friends” who always strive to support and motivate each other. Kelsey and her teammates motivate each other after losing a game by figuring out what went wrong, fixing the problem, and quickly moving on. Not getting stuck on a bad game allows them to improve and become better. Besides her teammates, Kelsey draws inspiration and motivation to improve her basketball skills from her idol, Sabrina Lonescu, who plays for the University of Oregon and is considered the best collegiate women’s basketball player in the country right now. “She inspires me by the way she plays. She’s not just good at shooting or doing it all herself, she’s a real team player and shares the ball just as good as she shoots it! She has inspired me to improve my overall game and not just one thing!” says Kelsey.

Kelsey and her teammates and coaches often set goals together to keep themselves focused and driven. “One goal we have every year is to beat Layton!” expresses Kelsey. Another major goal they try to focus on every year is to emphasize the ‘student’ part of ‘student athlete’ by encouraging each other to maintain a 3.0 GPA or higher and to keep on top of their academic studies.

Kelsey and the rest of the girls basketball team have had enormous success in the past season and we wish them all the best in future events and games!

 

 

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Kelsey Leavitt: Varsity Basketball Superstar

“She shoots… she scores!” the announcer booms over the erupting crowd. Kelsey Leavitt is tackled by her teammates in a supportive embrace as Davis High School’s student body chants and cheers excitedly in the stands.

Davis High School’s girls’ basketball team is undoubtedly beloved by all, but after diving deeper into varsity super-star Kelsey Leavitt, I realized more fully what it truly means to be on the girls’ basketball team. Kelsey is a senior at Davis High and a vital member of our varsity girls basketball team. In the past few years at Davis High, Kelsey has contributed significantly to the success of the team and her dedication to her friends and teammates is inspiring.

Kelsey has been playing for about 10 years and continues to love the sport more and more with every game she plays. While she does work consistently at improving her technical skills on the court, she also works just as hard at developing lasting friendships with her teammates. According to Kelsey, the girls on Davis High’s basketball team are incredibly supportive and encouraging of each other. She claims that the trust and friendship among team members is absolutely crucial to the overall success of the team. Kelsey recalls, “Our coach once told us that we won’t remember the scores of games but we will remember the relationships we formed! That just really stuck with me because these girls are my sisters and I love them more than anything!” Knowing each member’s strengths and weaknesses allows the team to provide an environment where everybody can be successful. “Everyone on the team has a role and we trust that each person will do their part and that’s really what makes us a great team!” states Kelsey.

Kelsey claims that being a part of the team ensures “automatic friends” who always strive to support and motivate each other. Kelsey and her teammates motivate each other after losing a game by figuring out what went wrong, fixing the problem, and quickly moving on. Not getting stuck on a bad game allows them to improve and become better. Besides her teammates, Kelsey draws inspiration and motivation to improve her basketball skills from her idol, Sabrina Lonescu, who plays for the University of Oregon and is considered the best collegiate women’s basketball player in the country right now. “She inspires me by the way she plays. She’s not just good at shooting or doing it all herself, she’s a real team player and shares the ball just as good as she shoots it! She has inspired me to improve my overall game and not just one thing!” says Kelsey.

Kelsey and her teammates and coaches often set goals together to keep themselves focused and driven. “One goal we have every year is to beat Layton!” expresses Kelsey. Another major goal they try to focus on every year is to emphasize the ‘student’ part of ‘student athlete’ by encouraging each other to maintain a 3.0 GPA or higher and to keep on top of their academic studies.

Kelsey and the rest of the girls basketball team have had enormous success in the past season and we wish them all the best in future events and games!

 

 

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Ready, Set, Coach!

A woman known for her leadership skills towards students in need of a mentor, as well as someone for other teachers to rely on in need, Coach Salvo is a beacon of responsibility and trust in her current position.

Right now Coach Salvo is the coach for golf as well as volleyball. She also teaches the fitness classes at Davis High, such as fit for life and lifetime activities. She has been proudly teaching at Davis High for ten years, however, she has been teaching at other locations for over 39 years.

When Coach Salvo is not teaching or working hard, she loves to play pickle ball. She loves teaching sports and encouraging the physical activity of the students under her tutelage.

”When students come in and work hard as well as doing what they are told, is my favorite part of the job,” says Coach Salvo. She loves to have fun and work with the kids here at Davis high.

“I want kids to work hard and learn, and take what they learn to get motivated and to learn more” says Coach Salvo.

Coach Salvo cares about the physical education of the students and wants them to take what they learn here at Davis High and apply it to their daily lives. She wants kids to know when it is right to be distracted by their phones, and when it is time to learn. Coach Salvo loves life everyday and tries to give back everyday.

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