Davis vs Herriman playoff preview

This week Davis will take on the Herriman Mustangs in the first round of the UHSAA football state tournament. The game will be played Friday afternoon at 5pm on the Davis high school football field.

Davis and Herriman should be an exciting matchup. The darts come into the contest as the 15 seed with a 5-5 overall record. With home field advantage, Davis should be slightly favored but anything can happen in the state tournament. Herriman comes in as the 18 seed with a 3-7 record overall.

A couple Davis players shared their thoughts on the keys to the game:

“The keys to the game are starting fast and finishing strong. If we can come out and jump on them quick and keep the juice through the whole game, we will win,” explains Eli Cullimore, Senior Offensive Lineman.

“Offensively we need to convert on 3rd down and start fast. Defensively we need to stop the run and overall, we need to win the turnover battle,” says Hunter Walsh, Senior Defensive Lineman.

Davis is coming off a 3-3 record in league play with their last game being a win at Clearfield, and the game before that being a rough loss to Weber. Herriman is coming off a 30-point win against Copper Hills and a 3-point overtime loss to Mountain Ridge, who is the 5th seed in the RPI rankings.

Herriman will be an exciting test for the darts in Scott Peery’s first playoff appearance since being named the Davis head coach. The winner of the contest will have Lone Peak (who earned the two seed and was awarded a first round bye) waiting for them in the next round.

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Davis vs Herriman playoff preview

This week Davis will take on the Herriman Mustangs in the first round of the UHSAA football state tournament. The game will be played Friday afternoon at 5pm on the Davis high school football field.

Davis and Herriman should be an exciting matchup. The darts come into the contest as the 15 seed with a 5-5 overall record. With home field advantage, Davis should be slightly favored but anything can happen in the state tournament. Herriman comes in as the 18 seed with a 3-7 record overall.

A couple Davis players shared their thoughts on the keys to the game:

“The keys to the game are starting fast and finishing strong. If we can come out and jump on them quick and keep the juice through the whole game, we will win,” explains Eli Cullimore, Senior Offensive Lineman.

“Offensively we need to convert on 3rd down and start fast. Defensively we need to stop the run and overall, we need to win the turnover battle,” says Hunter Walsh, Senior Defensive Lineman.

Davis is coming off a 3-3 record in league play with their last game being a win at Clearfield, and the game before that being a rough loss to Weber. Herriman is coming off a 30-point win against Copper Hills and a 3-point overtime loss to Mountain Ridge, who is the 5th seed in the RPI rankings.

Herriman will be an exciting test for the darts in Scott Peery’s first playoff appearance since being named the Davis head coach. The winner of the contest will have Lone Peak (who earned the two seed and was awarded a first round bye) waiting for them in the next round.

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Christmas in October?

Homecoming was on September 18th and girls started asking to the next dance, the Christmas dance, the night of! Why? I asked some girls at Davis High School why they felt the need to ask so early. Lots of their answers were that they either felt pressured to or didn’t want their date to get taken.

“I asked 4 days after the dance because all the hot guys were getting snatched up too fast.”, says Taylor Leavitt. She felt inclined to ask so early because of how early other girls were asking. Another quote “I asked 5 days after homecoming, because Davis girls went insane and started asking all the boys so I had to if I wanted to go.”, says Greta Svagrova.

These are just a few examples of girls feeling the force to ask so early, because of other girls. Another trend pops up with this; guys getting nervous because all their friends were asked so early, so they worry that they aren’t going to get asked. “I asked last weekend, he was nervous he wasn’t going to get asked and I didn’t want him to stress.”- Anonymous.

Girls asked so early because they felt the need to ask, because of how early other girls were asking. Who started the trend of asking so soon after the last dance? And why so early? “I asked a week ago because I was worried the guy I liked was going to get asked.”, says Phebe Ramsdell. “I asked four days after homecoming because I didn’t want the guy I wanted to take to get asked.”, states Aubrey Morris.

Girls asked so early because they wanted to make sure they got to go with the guy they wanted to. This started a cycle of other girls feeling the stress to ask as soon as they could so that they could also go with the guy they wanted to.

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When everything is changing, why hasn’t our school system

Currently at Davis high attendance has been a struggle for a lot of kids. Many reasons have caused this, not only has covid-19 disrupted every single kid’s life, but it has also caused mental health issues and long-term health issues.

Students have missed from having covid-19 for a minimum of 2-weeks. They have also missed from the issues caused by the effects of our modern world

A question comes into play… Should students be punished for their attendance? There is a factor of context.

At Davis high three unexcused absences cause the student’s citizenship to be given a U. Let’s look at the different reasons why this rule is problematic.

  1. The student has mental health issues

If a student is missing a lot of school because of personal or mental health issues. There is no reason the school should be punishing the students for something that is out of their control.

“I had a teacher try and kick me out of her class because I never went, I have health and mental health issues which makes it hard for me to go to school. I have a 504 which gives me special accommodations. The issue was I was doing every single assignment and had an A in this class. She told my counselor she would refuse to grade my assignments because I was not going.” A Davis High Student added

Let’s reflect, a student who had personal issues was threatened to be kicked out of a class even though she had done every single assignment and has an A.

In a world where a student is threatened to be kicked out of a class, she already struggles to attend creates a hostile environment, and makes the situation worse for the student.

  1. Uninvolved Parents

At Davis High, the only way for an absence to be excused is for a parent/guardian to go online and manually excuse it. There is no way for a student to do this. In the US 50% of marriages end in divorce or separation.

“My dad lives in California, and my mom is a nurse at the hospital. I will miss school because I have perfect grades and don’t need to go a single day to my classes. I have 5 U’s because I can never get a hold of my dad and my mom works 80-hour week.” An anonymous student of Davis high added

In a day and age where divorce and unhealthy households are the same percentages of happening as a student graduating high school, these statistics can be found at eduactiondata.org. This doesn’t even account for all the houses where parents just don’t care enough about their kids to help.

 

  1. Covid-19

Times have changed and covid-19 has infiltrated every part of students’ lives. Why hasn’t Davis High changed with it? Students have lost parents and loved ones. They are knocked out of school because of testing positive for 2+ weeks to keep other students and staff members safe.

“My sister had Covid a year ago. She has had multiple symptoms even a year later because of it like swollen legs, worsened asthma, stomach pain, all that need pain meds to help alleviate it. She struggles every day to go to school but has panic attacks because she is in so much pain. Out mom is super hard on her sometimes because she doesn’t want her to accidentally get a U. Which is the last thing I want her to worry about.” A Davis High student added

Not everyone can see it, but this is not a unique case. 1 in 10 people will experience long-term effects. That is 21.9 million worldwide according to the CDC.

When students are punished for things out of their control school becomes an unsafe environment for them. Students should not be receiving U’s when they are doing everything in their power to do their best in school.

This applies to students who have talked to counselors and even then, cannot get staff to give them a break. Most students don’t even feel safe talking to counselors.

Why do schools treat students with the automatic belief that those who are missing are ditching? Staff believes that they don’t care. Students are automatically given the judgment of lazy and unmotivated.

Schools need to take a moment and understand and change with the times. They wonder why students rebel against the system, an example being the “devious lick” trend.

It’s time for a change. Stereotypes need to be torn down, and students should be treated with empathy and not judgment.

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The apple of Davis High eye

Mr. Spaulding is a hard-working teacher at Davis High School. He is well known for how he teaches and how hard he works. Students love his stories and how engaging he can be with the students. He is the flower of Davis high school. This agricultural science teacher is here to stay for a while.  

Mr. Spaulding has been teaching for ten years and has worked at two other schools. He is the agricultural science teacher and teaches many classes such as animal science 1, animal science 2, aquaculture, plant and soil science, floriculture, and greenhouse management. He loves Davis High School a lot and has no complaints about it. He loves how the teachers are treated and how the students are treated.  

“I love how the students say thank you when they leave. That has never happened at any of the other schools I’ve worked at.” Mr. Spaulding said thankfully. 

Mr. Spaulding loves teaching but one of the hardest parts about being a teacher are the kids. Keeping the students in control can be incredibly difficult. One of the ways his does it is treating the students like adults.  

“I treat my students like adults. I give them the respect they deserve, and they return it back to me. Most of students are still trying to figure themselves out and by treating them like adults it can help them figure out who they want to be.” Mr. Spaulding explained.  

Mr. Spaulding adores his job; he loves every day that he comes into work. He always has a smile on his face which encourages the students as well. He brings a lot of positivity and joy to the classroom. He makes the class fun and can cheer up all the kids from their school faces.  

“There is never a day that repeats. There is a new challenge every day and it’s so much fun to interact and talk with the students.”  Mr. Spaulding said with a smile on his face.  

 Mr. Spaulding is a teacher everyone can look forward to seeing. He is the winning prize at Davis High school. His smile is contagious and it keeps students interested in the subject they are learning. His teaching ways make students feel like they belong somewhere. Mr. Spaulding can teach multiple classes and keep a good schedule with his farm life. 

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Is the future of the car industry electric?

Even though electric cars seem to be a new trend with tesla and BMW’s newest cars being electric and tesla only being electric. 

The first electric cars predate combustion engines coming out in 1832 long before henry ford would make the model t. But that was the end of electric cars for a while for several reasons. 

For one they were obnoxious to recharge and couldn’t go far at all only around 20 miles. Regardless of that, they were the most popular kind of cars in 1910 as they were twice as common as gas-powered cars. 

And when the model t came out with gas and was ¼ the price of electric cars the world turned to gas-powered cars and by 1935 the electric car was commercially obliterated. 

Read here for more information: https://www.caranddriver.com/features/g15378765/worth-the-watt-a-brief-history-of-the-electric-car-1830-to-present/ (Links to an external site.) 

this is from Sebastian Mackeson the CEO of BMW “electric cars predate gas-powered cars but only now electric is speeding up”. 

But they were still useful for some things like in space the apollo lunar roaming vehicle as electricity was the obvious choice. It was only an individual use vehicle with only 57 miles, but the astronauts didn’t even need half of that.  

And in 1972 BMW made an electric car to lead marathon runners in their race and made an electric version of its 2 series cars. 

It ran on 12 large car batteries but at full charge only went 37 miles, but it showed the benefits of electric vehicles. Electric vehicles can run quietly with no emissions, but it also illustrated their limitations.  

Because with the batterie limitation at the time electric cars were expensive with little range not practical for everyday use. So why would electric cars be the future if they can’t go that far and take forever to recharge? 

Well, companies have made a lot of advancements with batteries since 1972 as 50 years is a long time to improve a product.  

Take BMW for instance they have around 20 fully electric vehicles they’re selling right now and are heavily experimenting with other types of electric cars. 

All of this is possible by the advancements in batteries over the last 50 years with the biggest leap being lithium-ion batteries that have twice the charge for half the weight of normal batteries. 

Because of the wide use of lithium batteries, the cost has gone down because of an increase in manufacturing and optimization in the supply chain. 

Hear this from Elon Musk the leader in electric cars “technology will only improve with time and when more innovative people exist technology will surpass what anybody thought was possible”. 

Even though the price has gone down the storage has gone up in both per unit mass and per unit volume all while the price has plummeted. 

This is unlike combustion engines where decades of tweaking every detail there are extraordinarily trivial things to perfect it for improvement. 

But even though the battery life is still noticeably short people don’t travel as much as they think because batteries today are great for everything but road trips. 

for more information the batteries check here: https://www.dw.com/en/the-true-cost-of-electric-cars/av-46457917 (Links to an external site.)

In the USA 99% of every trip is under 100 miles and with almost all electric options being above that 99% of the time an electric car is better. 

And electric cars are better in several different areas the only issue is the range and recharge times that will improve over time. Here are 10 reasons why electric cars are objectively better as transport vehicles than gas-powered cars. 

For one there’s more torque from an electric car than a normal car and with the Tesla roadster being able to reach 60 mph from a dead stop in 1.1 seconds this will only improve. 

And thanks to the batteries under the floor electric cars have a low center of mass so there easier to control. Since you can use motors independently and each tire has its motor electric cars having precise control over each wheel which gives better traction. 

Electric cars are also a lot quieter with some electric cars needing to put speakers in the car to make a noise so it’s street legal. 

Electric cars are also cheaper to run and with gas prices at an all-time high right now electric cars are a lot cheaper with a full tesla charge being around $5 and a full gas fill-up being around $40. 

Electric cars are also more efficient than gas cars with both use and regeneration of energy because breaking recharges the car. After all, the wheel can recharge the motors the same way a dam generates electricity. 

If you have an electric car, you will never have to stop at a gas station because you can charge it right from your garage. 

There’s also less maintenance with an electric car there are fewer moving parts no oil changes and the breaks break down less because of regenerative braking. 

And depending on the source of electricity there are no co2 emissions if you get your power from solar panels, wind turbines, or dams you won’t be making a carbon footprint with your car anymore. 

And as cars essentially become computers on wheels electric vehicles are leading the way in self-driving cars which would prevent accidents and death on the road. 

Now electric cars are not even close to mainstream yet with only 2.2% of cars on the road being electric but that’s why it is the future. 

“Electric cars are going to be very important for urban transportation,” said Carlos Ghosn the CEO and Chairman of Michelin North America, Renault, Avtomat, Nissan, and Mitsubishi motors. 

With all the advancements the biggest issue is the charging time with electric cars taking around 30 minutes for each charge it is a massive issue that might already have an answer. 

By switching batteries at a gas station, you could hop out rent a battery put your dead one on a charger, and carry on, this tech is still in the preliminary stages so don’t get too excited. 

Electric car companies are experimenting, and many believe in the next 10 years over 50% of cars on the road will be electric. And that is why electric cars are the future of cars.

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Maverick gas stations: adventures last stop

Maverick gas stations were developed in the early 80’s by a group of money hungry men that were born before the invention of the automobile. They aimed to revamp the gross truck stop lot lizard havens that 80’s gas stations have become.At maverick they have a burrito section that makes some fantastic chicken churrito burritos that are seriously the bomb says Kenzie Sheffield student of Davis and maverick connoisseur, Kenzie Sheffield has been going to maverick since she little girl.Recently she has taken a liking to the low gas prices that maverick offers while the rest of the world follows the founders policy and exploits the capitalist policy of supply and demand and demands insane high gas prices while us common workers suffer the high gas prices and struggle to pay rent.This highlights on the supreme problems of capitalism say Gavin Dwayne cox a ex-member of a local band. As a previous republican Gavin turned alt left and he realized the exploitation of the laboring class for the rich to get richer was a problem that wasn’t going to fix itself.Now back to maverick the communist company the rose up above its capitalist roots to allow everyone to prosper. Maverick is the perfect company in the eyes of tanner Stuart a local Davis high student that claims one time they even paid him to fill up his self titled truck bubbles at their gas pumps.Another gas station that was so lucky as to be included in this years 2021 meme lineup was Texaco due to their rewards program that essentially gives away product for free and helps the homeless all while sucking money out of rich oil barons and making the world a better place.

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Everybody knows it’s happening, what do we know about it? Facebook misinformation OP-ED

Frances Haugen was identified in a “60 Minutes” interview last Sunday (the third of October) as the woman who anonymously filed complaints with federal law enforcement that the company’s own research shows how it magnifies hate and misinformation.“Facebook, over and over again, has shown it chooses profit over safety,” she said. Haugen, who will testify before Congress this week, said she hopes that by coming forward the government will put regulations and laws in place to govern Facebook and other social media platforms’ activities.Preparing for the 2020 election, Facebook implemented safe guards and other precautions to stop the spread of misinformation, but then took them off completely after Biden had won the election, leading up to the US Capital riot on January 6th. “And as soon as the election was over, they turned them back off or they changed the settings back to what they were before, to prioritize growth over safety.”, said Frances Haugen.She said Facebook prematurely turned off safeguards designed to stop misinformation and other information after Joe Biden defeated Donald Trump last year in the election, saying that the misinformation contributed to the Jan. 6 invasion of the U.S. Capitol.After the election Facebook decided to dissolve a unit on civic integrity where she had been working, which Haugen said was the moment she realized “I don’t trust that they’re willing to actually invest what needs to be invested to keep Facebook from being dangerous.”In 2019, a year after Facebook changed its algorithm to encourage engagement, its own researchers identified a problem, according to internal company documents.“The company set up a fake Facebook account, under the name “Carol,” as a test and followed then-President Trump, first lady Melania Trump and Fox News. Within one day, the algorithm recommended polarizing content. The next day, it recommended conspiracy theory content, and in less than a week, the account received a QAnon suggestion”, the internal documents said.By the second week, the fake account’s Feed was filled with misleading or false content. In the third week, “the account’s News Feed is an intensifying mix of misinformation, misleading and recycled content, polarizing memes, and conspiracy content, interspersed with occasional engagement bait,” the internal documents said.The problems are definitely the algorithms that decide what shows up on users’ feeds, and how they favor hateful content. Haugen said, “A 2018 change to the content flow contributed to more divisiveness and ill will in a network ostensibly created to bring people closer together.”
While speaking to “60 Minutes,” Haugen explained how the misleading and fake content reaches Facebook users.“There were a lotta people who were angry, fearful. So, they spread those groups to more people. And then when they had to choose which content from those groups to put into people’s News Feed, they picked the content that was most likely to be engaged with, which happened to be angry, hateful content. ““So, imagine you’re seein’ in your News Feed every day the election was stolen, the election was stolen, the election was stolen. At what point would you storm the Capitol, right?” Haugen said.“And you can say, ‘How did that happen?’ Right? Like, ‘Why are we taking these incredibly out-there topics? QAnon, right, crazy conspiracies. Why are these the things that Facebook is choosing to show you?’ And it’s because those things get the highest engagement,” Haugen said, comparing it to “gasoline on a fire.”Haugen is testifying to the Senate Commerce Committee on Tuesday (October 5th). “Facebook, over and over again, has shown it chooses profit over safety,” she said.

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A Blessing in Disguise

As a resource officer for Davis High School, Officer Mike Criddle has many roles that he executes amazingly. He is a family man at heart, but he loves his job! Being at Davis he has learned incredible social skills and learning from the students one of things he enjoys. 

Even though we have such an amazing school officer, he came to us under unexpected circumstances. Officer Criddle was working as a sergeant shortly after George Floyd was killed when he got the call that he was going to be investigated for some posts on Facebook that were racist and strongly offensive. Officer Criddle was then put on leave for 2 weeks while the investigation proceeded.  

After concluding the investigation, officers had found that someone made a Facebook account in his wife’s name and then proceeded to post racist things on that account. None of the things posted were posts from either Officer Criddle or his wife. He then resigned from his sergeant position and found a position at the high school. This should be a lesson that the actions of others can affect good people. 

Although what happened was distasteful and took Officer Criddle into a path he didn’t think he would go; he wouldn’t change it! Some of his roles include being a social counselor and educator under the law, guest speaker, and most importantly to ensure the safety and support for the staff and students of Davis High. He loves interacting with the students and continuing to have good relationships into the future. 

“I love the atmosphere at Davis. The staff and students are always upbeat!” says Officer Criddle. 

Along with working at Davis, he has worked in many other areas as a member of the Kaysville Police Department. Come December 1 he will have worked with the department for 13 years! He has worked in the K-9 unit, undercover narcotics, patrol, served as a sergeant, and worked as a detective for a year.  

“I’ve learned a lot from being at Davis High. I’ve learned to be more compassionate and have more empathy, as well as being more sociable.” 

Outside of Davis High school, he enjoys, spending time with his family! He has 4 kids and enjoys camping and playing sports with them! He loves basketball and football! He loves watching sports as well!  

“I love sports! If basketball or football aren’t on the tv, I’ll watch baseball or soccer!” 

The students at Davis High are so grateful for such an amazing school officer who we know would protect us in any situation! 

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The most persistent myth in education

“This will Revolutionize education” there has never been a prediction that has been wrong so many times with so many different technologies. 

Like in 1922 when Tomas Edison said, “The motion picture is destined to revolutionize our educational system and that in a few years, it will supplant largely, if not entirely, the use of textbooks”. 

And just under 100 years later He’s still wrong. textbooks are still largely used today around the world even with the internet being the biggest educational platform in the world textbooks are still used today. 

In the 1930’s it was radio the thought was you could have experts talk over the radio to students to increase the educational system and now radio is hardly used due to phones that aren’t used in the same way either. 

And in the 1950s and 1960s educational TV was made thinking it would be Revolutionary for classes and whale this had a greater success school has been the same for over 150 years now. 

So, there were some studies to decide if students learn better from a live lecture or a recorded one played in an adjacent room to figure out which was better for learning. 

And in the ’80s there were no debating computers were the revolutionary answer to our educational system. They were audiovisual, interactive, and could be programmed to do anything. 

And even in the ’90s, people hadn’t learned from the past and smeary & Boyet Sayed this “the use of videodiscs in classroom instruction is increasing every day and promises to revolutionize what will happen in the classroom of tomorrow” and again they were wrong.

Most people in high school now have barely ever use DVDs let alone in the classroom because DVDs have been outdated since the early 2000s. 

so, for the 7th time, modern technology has appeared people think it will revolutionize the school system. And they have been proven wrong every time because the core of how people learn hasn’t changed. 

nowadays there are a bunch of modern technologies that will “revolutionize” learning like Laptops, tablets, smartboards, smartphones, etc… And these have revolutionized other areas of life and not school’s but why? 

Some might blame the government for lack of funding and not putting modern technology into full effect. But the major issue is the education system doesn’t need technology. 

Scientists for years have been researching what educative method is better than another like animation vs PowerPoints and similar experiments and the result was no significant difference. 

This means if the material is the same the results are the same even though animation seems to be a lot better than a picture with some text it’s not. 

Because the issue with animation is that the words aren’t there and the issue with PowerPoints is that the pictures don’t show everything, the issue is our brains. 

Brains are complex and everybody has a different one with diverse needs, desires, and goals. There can’t be technology that changes the way students think about subjects or gets students excited. 

The things that make us learn are hard if you aren’t thinking hard in school, you aren’t learning and aminations for some kids just mean sleep time. 

The amount of learning a student gets comes from their head if you are interested and want to learn something it sticks with you for a long time, sometimes forever. 

“Scientists spent so much time trying to figure out which media makes kids smarter but failed to research how to use the technology more effectively,” said Derek muller an educational YouTuber with a Ph.D. in physics. 

Scientists need to find out how to use the best media in the best way to make meaningful thought processes to make any progress with education. and that research is being conducted right now. 

but for now, schools will proceed as always with one teacher 20-30 kids doing tests taking notes getting graded this was how school was taught back in the 1850s, and it’s how school is taught in 2021.

So, who knows education could be under a revolution right now, but the odds are 1 in 7 so it might be another 100 years who knows? 

 

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