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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Lacrosse Class: Is it Worth it?

With the lacrosse season approaching, and lacrosse coming in swinging at full speed, the question of the day is do they deserve a lacrosse class period during school. As some may not know lacrosse is finally becoming a sanctioned sport in the Davis School District, and it deserves to be treated just like every other sport that has a class period at this school.

Members of the lacrosse team has been trying to convince the vice principal, Mark Jolley, to put together a class for them before the next semester starts. I have asked numerous players about what they would use the class for and all of them responded passionately with great ideas.

“It would be super beneficial to have a class period because we could use it to lift on our non-game days. On the days where we would have a game the same day we had the class period, we would use it to watch film on the opponent we play that day or we can use it to get a real good stretch in.” – Kache Allen, Lacrosse Captain

All points seem very valid to these boys who would use the period.

Every sanctioned sport at Davis High school has a class period during the day to train, workout, and even to use as a study hall period. I think it would be fair to have that since Lacrosse will be a sanctioned sport this upcoming semester, it definitely deserves a period as well as every other sport at the school. With the semester starting along with the season starting, the lacrosse team waits impatiently for the class to be created and started for them before the season and semester starts.

Eventually the class period has to be started for the sport, and the players insist the sooner the period is created the better!

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Lacrosse Class: Is it Worth it?

With the lacrosse season approaching, and lacrosse coming in swinging at full speed, the question of the day is do they deserve a lacrosse class period during school. As some may not know lacrosse is finally becoming a sanctioned sport in the Davis School District, and it deserves to be treated just like every other sport that has a class period at this school.

Members of the lacrosse team has been trying to convince the vice principal, Mark Jolley, to put together a class for them before the next semester starts. I have asked numerous players about what they would use the class for and all of them responded passionately with great ideas.

“It would be super beneficial to have a class period because we could use it to lift on our non-game days. On the days where we would have a game the same day we had the class period, we would use it to watch film on the opponent we play that day or we can use it to get a real good stretch in.” – Kache Allen, Lacrosse Captain

All points seem very valid to these boys who would use the period.

Every sanctioned sport at Davis High school has a class period during the day to train, workout, and even to use as a study hall period. I think it would be fair to have that since Lacrosse will be a sanctioned sport this upcoming semester, it definitely deserves a period as well as every other sport at the school. With the semester starting along with the season starting, the lacrosse team waits impatiently for the class to be created and started for them before the season and semester starts.

Eventually the class period has to be started for the sport, and the players insist the sooner the period is created the better!

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The Importance of Perspective in Life

Life is full of disappointments. That’s what we are told on a nearly daily basis from a young age. Something bad happens and immediately we are told “don’t worry, life is full of disappointments.” But, is life really full of disappointments like everyone tells us? The simple answer is no.

Sure, bad things happen to everyone, no matter what is done to prevent it. Just because bad things happen doesn’t mean that it’s a bad life. Often times, life is all about perspective. Carrie Scott talks about how going through life can be very tough, but often times perspective is key to seeing what you are missing.

“There are periods of time in your life that are really tough! It is important to remember that these times will pass. When your kids are young, it is very difficult to get through the day. You go to bed at night exhausted and wonder if you have done more harm than good. Now that my kids are grown, they tell me that they don’t remember all the times I got mad at them or yelled. They remember the good times that we had like holidays, vacations and funny mishaps. I have learned as a parent, not to beat yourself up for the bad days, but enjoy the good days and the surprises.” – Carrie Scott

Life is crazy and often times one can find themselves completely immersed in things that really don’t matter. That is where perspective comes into play, if you can take a step back from everything and almost see life differently, it can make all the difference in the world. Gabe Franklin talks about his outlook on life and how perspective can change your whole outlook on life.

“Life is full of trials and obstacles, you know? It really just goes back to that basic stuff on how you can’t love the sun without the rain or how you can’t experience happiness without knowing sadness. Essentially, if life is always good, and we never feel pain, heartache or sadness, then we will never truly know genuine happiness.” – Gabe Franklin

Why is it that changing your perspective can help your entire outlook on life? Thrive global explains that.

“As you take a different route, you are going to see different things; and you will see the same things from a different perspective, a different angle. When that happens, you see more dimensions and begin to understand on a deeper level what something actually is.” – Thrive Global

So, although bad things do happen, remember to take a step back and look at things from a different perspective. Life isn’t always bad.

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Healthy Replacements: Snacks

Start 2021 off right with switching out your unhealthy snacks for nutritious ones that will make you healthier and happier.

It can be very difficult to give up the delicious snacks that you are craving, so the best way to change up your diet is to find healthy alternatives for your unhealthy snacks. Finding nutritious food that is similar to junk food is perfect to satisfy your cravings while staying healthy.

Try replacing Chocolate for dark chocolate. If you make sure you’re eating organic dark chocolate instead of milk or white chocolate, you’ll find that it’s much better for you. Dark chocolate is very nutritious and contains fiber, iron, magnesium, copper, potassium, phosphorus, zinc and selenium which are all good for you. It is also full of antioxidants, which help keep you young. Even try coat things like fruit and nuts into dark chocolate for a nutritious snack.

Replace you Chips with sweet potato wedges. Sweet potatoes have high level of beta-carotene and have been proven to raise levels of vitamin A in our blood. They’re also full of vitamins B6, C and D. Vitamin B6 may help reduce levels of degenerative diseases and reduce the risk of having heart attacks.

Pizza is extremely popular and delicious as well, but it is not very healthy for you due to the layers of cheese, thick dough and salty sausages. Instead of ordering pizza, why not make some homemade pitta pocket(s). Use warmed whole wheat pitta breads and fill them with spicy chicken and salad for a healthier dinner while still being rich in savory flavor.

Instead of eating ice cream, try eating frozen yogurt instead. Ice cream is essentially churned, frozen fat and sugar. Frozen yogurt is a lot lower in both and contains probiotics to help our digestive system. Try pairing with fresh fruit or nuts as a sweet and tasty replacement for your dessert.

Most cakes aren’t usually healthy, but if you want an option that has some benefits try a whole wheat organic banana bread. It’s full of fiber, and the whole wheat contains potassium magnesium and zinc.

Test out these healthy options to find new foods that you like with the bonus of them giving you nutritious value.

 

 

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Should we be Giving Tests After a Break?

Recently we got off of Christmas break, and every time we hit this time of year, I have to question, should we really be giving our semester finals right after we leave school for two weeks, or in our case, three weeks? The goal here is that I want to prove that it would have been better for us to finish tests before the break, as opposed to after the break, and we need to stop having the term play out this way with large tests being right after the Christmas break, where inevitably, none of the students are going to study heavily.

In an interview of psychotherapist with Susan Stiffelman, it was said that students need to give their bodies downtime to cope with stress, “I think it all ties in to fear” she says, and as such, breaks are important, that is undeniable, but giving a test right after that downtime doesn’t help because that will only result in poorer test results. This is shown pretty well in a study done by Hermann Ebbinghaus. Ebbinghaus claimed that “people will remember nonsense phrases just as well as new information.” In this study, done in 1885, he tests how people retain information over a period of time, ranging from 20 minutes to a full month, and in this study, it shows that as soon as 2 days only 27% of people retained the information given, and by 31 days it was only 20%, any time before that was exponentially larger, but that shows that as soon as 2 days much info is forgotten, and with that we can easily assume that information is not going to be retained all too well after a break, unless you know the topic very well.

Students should be well aware by now that they don’t perform very well directly after a break, maybe a month or so after, sure, because they got their down time, but certainly not directly after, and that’s what I’m arguing against. In a study done by the Huffington post it showed that students simply don’t do well in school for a bit after a long break, and that’s only to be expected.

That may be a convincing enough argument for the students, after all, they don’t want to test after a break either, but what about the teachers? Well, i believe that testing before a break is also advantageous for the teachers. Teachers really aren’t given much time to grade, but in the case of doing the test before a break, their given a much larger amount of time to do that grading. They shouldn’t have to work over the break of course, but it would give them much more leg room than what they already have.

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Why do People Watch Harry Potter in the Wintertime?

Every year in the winter, multiple television channels host a Harry Potter Movie Marathon. Even if you don’t watch them on live TV, you probably watch them on the discs or, you most likely know someone who does.

In the spirit of the season of Harry Potter, I decided to interview some avid Harry Potter fans to find out why they like Harry Potter, and why it is such a prominent winter tradition for so many people.
I interviewed 4 different people that I knew to be huge fans of Harry Potter. Their names are Kaitlyn Woodbrey, Abigail Fuhriman, Sophie Gilmore and Sarah Bishop.

The reasons for why each likes Harry Potter is mainly because they always have liked it. Kaitlyn, Sophie and Abigail all watched it growing up, and Sarah loves the world of fantasy.

“I love the Magical World, and the Dark Academia Style.” – Abigail Fuhriman

When asked why they liked it more than other series, they all agreed that the world-building had a lot to do with it. The ability to insert yourself into the book by having relatable characters as well as being able to find out your House, Patronus and much more on Pottermore pertaining to the Harry Potter world.

It’s nice that there are ways that you can somewhat be a part of the world through Pottermore and stuff, and even just watching the movies. And there’s merch available, like the cloaks and such with the Hogwarts houses on it where you can like, have some semblance to being a character in it, which is cool.” – Sarah Bishop

They also had other reasons, Sarah details the different layers to the fandom, such as the Marauders, Golden Gen and Next Gen. Abigail goes into how nice the fandom is, as well as the semblance of growing up that you get with both the movies and the books, as they get darker as they go on. Sophie agrees that you get to grow up with the series, and get to watch the actors grow up, which you don’t get to do with many other series.

Their favorite movies often differ from the books, as some things may not be portrayed as well or certain details get left out. Sarah, for example loves the third book Prisoner of Azkaban, but her favorite movie is the first. Both Sophie and Abigail agree that the sixth movie is the best, and the fourth book tends to shine for them. Kaitlyn chose the last book and the third movie.

When favorite characters come up, Sarah has a bit of a disclaimer:

 “I don’t know, most of my favorite characters don’t have that much actual “canon” to them, but Remus Lupin or Sirius Black was a really responsible father figure character, but he also was a huge mess.” – Sarah Bishop

Sophie loves Luna Lovegood, because of her relatability.

“My favorite character is Luna Lovegood, more because she just reminds me of myself a lot, so its fun to see her onscreen and in the books doing things that remind me of myself.” – Sophie Gilmore.

Kaitlyn and Abbey both agree that Hermione is their favorite character, as she brings a lot to the trio (Harry, Ron and Hermione) and it’s cool to see someone who is so smart being represented positively.

Now heading into their experience with the Harry Potter Universe, I asked them what their favorite experience, related to the series was. Sarah’s was being able to visit Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley at Universal Studios, Orlando.

“[It] was really cool because I was able to see it in real life and how I imagined it… I got a wand and got to go on rides and eat themed food.” – Sarah Bishop

She says. She loved the opportunity to almost live like she was in the Harry Potter Universe and enjoyed trying foods and drinks, such as Pumpkin Juice and Butterbeer.

Sophie agrees that Harry Potter World is definitely a memorable experience for her as well. She particularly liked the themed rides and snacks they had to offer.

“My favorite memory is probably watching the movies with my dad growing up.” – Kaitlyn Woodbrey

Abigail’s favorite memories also have to do with other people, although not all of them are her family.

“My favorite memory is when we got to meet Daniel Radcliffe (the Harry Potter actor) in New York and I was able to tell him I read the series 9 times. He said my name and was super nice, I also got to meet Tom Felton (the Draco Malfoy portrayer) and the Phelps Twins. (both Fred and George Weasley)” – Abigail Fuhriman

As for the reason of this interview, many had similar thoughts on why people tend to re-watch or re-read the series in the Winter, as well as why they themselves re-watch and re-read.

“Well almost every movie has a Christmas scene or a snowy scene and it reminds you of Christmas and the winter and makes it seem magical.” – Kaitlyn Woodbrey.

They also mentioned that during the holiday and winter season, many people tend to feel nostalgic and enjoy the familiarity that the series brings. Sophie and Abbey mention that they are nice movies to watch when you want to feel cozy and warm. 

The real question though, is have they watched them this winter, or do they even plan to?

Abbey, Kaitlyn and Sarah have all watched them, and plan on watching them again, and even re-reading the series this winter. Many mention that the amount of time they have due to quarantine, and it makes it so much easier to have time to read the books and watch the movies. Sophie has not yet but plans to also re-watch and re-read the series this winter.

As for me? Well, I have re-watched the series and have begun re-reading it. I love the series and it brings me a sense of nostalgia, like many of the interviewees were saying. What about you? Will you cozy up with some hot chocolate and re-watch the series this year? Or maybe even for the first time.

 

 

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Why do People Watch Harry Potter in the Wintertime?

Every year in the winter, multiple television channels host a Harry Potter Movie Marathon. Even if you don’t watch them on live TV, you probably watch them on the discs or, you most likely know someone who does.

In the spirit of the season of Harry Potter, I decided to interview some avid Harry Potter fans to find out why they like Harry Potter, and why it is such a prominent winter tradition for so many people.
I interviewed 4 different people that I knew to be huge fans of Harry Potter. Their names are Kaitlyn Woodbrey, Abigail Fuhriman, Sophie Gilmore and Sarah Bishop.

The reasons for why each likes Harry Potter is mainly because they always have liked it. Kaitlyn, Sophie and Abigail all watched it growing up, and Sarah loves the world of fantasy.

“I love the Magical World, and the Dark Academia Style.” – Abigail Fuhriman

When asked why they liked it more than other series, they all agreed that the world-building had a lot to do with it. The ability to insert yourself into the book by having relatable characters as well as being able to find out your House, Patronus and much more on Pottermore pertaining to the Harry Potter world.

It’s nice that there are ways that you can somewhat be a part of the world through Pottermore and stuff, and even just watching the movies. And there’s merch available, like the cloaks and such with the Hogwarts houses on it where you can like, have some semblance to being a character in it, which is cool.” – Sarah Bishop

They also had other reasons, Sarah details the different layers to the fandom, such as the Marauders, Golden Gen and Next Gen. Abigail goes into how nice the fandom is, as well as the semblance of growing up that you get with both the movies and the books, as they get darker as they go on. Sophie agrees that you get to grow up with the series, and get to watch the actors grow up, which you don’t get to do with many other series.

Their favorite movies often differ from the books, as some things may not be portrayed as well or certain details get left out. Sarah, for example loves the third book Prisoner of Azkaban, but her favorite movie is the first. Both Sophie and Abigail agree that the sixth movie is the best, and the fourth book tends to shine for them. Kaitlyn chose the last book and the third movie.

When favorite characters come up, Sarah has a bit of a disclaimer:

 “I don’t know, most of my favorite characters don’t have that much actual “canon” to them, but Remus Lupin or Sirius Black was a really responsible father figure character, but he also was a huge mess.” – Sarah Bishop

Sophie loves Luna Lovegood, because of her relatability.

“My favorite character is Luna Lovegood, more because she just reminds me of myself a lot, so its fun to see her onscreen and in the books doing things that remind me of myself.” – Sophie Gilmore.

Kaitlyn and Abbey both agree that Hermione is their favorite character, as she brings a lot to the trio (Harry, Ron and Hermione) and it’s cool to see someone who is so smart being represented positively.

Now heading into their experience with the Harry Potter Universe, I asked them what their favorite experience, related to the series was. Sarah’s was being able to visit Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley at Universal Studios, Orlando.

“[It] was really cool because I was able to see it in real life and how I imagined it… I got a wand and got to go on rides and eat themed food.” – Sarah Bishop

She says. She loved the opportunity to almost live like she was in the Harry Potter Universe and enjoyed trying foods and drinks, such as Pumpkin Juice and Butterbeer.

Sophie agrees that Harry Potter World is definitely a memorable experience for her as well. She particularly liked the themed rides and snacks they had to offer.

“My favorite memory is probably watching the movies with my dad growing up.” – Kaitlyn Woodbrey

Abigail’s favorite memories also have to do with other people, although not all of them are her family.

“My favorite memory is when we got to meet Daniel Radcliffe (the Harry Potter actor) in New York and I was able to tell him I read the series 9 times. He said my name and was super nice, I also got to meet Tom Felton (the Draco Malfoy portrayer) and the Phelps Twins. (both Fred and George Weasley)” – Abigail Fuhriman

As for the reason of this interview, many had similar thoughts on why people tend to re-watch or re-read the series in the Winter, as well as why they themselves re-watch and re-read.

“Well almost every movie has a Christmas scene or a snowy scene and it reminds you of Christmas and the winter and makes it seem magical.” – Kaitlyn Woodbrey.

They also mentioned that during the holiday and winter season, many people tend to feel nostalgic and enjoy the familiarity that the series brings. Sophie and Abbey mention that they are nice movies to watch when you want to feel cozy and warm. 

The real question though, is have they watched them this winter, or do they even plan to?

Abbey, Kaitlyn and Sarah have all watched them, and plan on watching them again, and even re-reading the series this winter. Many mention that the amount of time they have due to quarantine, and it makes it so much easier to have time to read the books and watch the movies. Sophie has not yet but plans to also re-watch and re-read the series this winter.

As for me? Well, I have re-watched the series and have begun re-reading it. I love the series and it brings me a sense of nostalgia, like many of the interviewees were saying. What about you? Will you cozy up with some hot chocolate and re-watch the series this year? Or maybe even for the first time.

 

 

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What it’s like to experience “Culture Shock” in a European Country

Many people have heard about “Culture Shock”, but they don’t always know what it means or how it feels. Some people don’t even know what it is, so I’ll provide a short definition: “Culture Shock” is when you move or travel to a place outside of your hometown, state, or country and find yourself confused or struggling to adjust to the differences in that place’s every-day culture. Here is the story of my most major experience with Culture Shock.

In June of 2019, I spent nearly a month abroad for the first time, as I travelled across several cities in Northern Italy. It was interesting to see the first of many stark contrasts between Italy and the U.S. The first change I noticed was the transportation. Not many people use rental cars in Italy, so we travelled by bus and train very frequently. The size of roads and cars are also very small in comparison to what we’re used to. A two-lane road in Italy is the size of a one-lane road in America, and on average, the biggest car you see is a Mini Cooper, just to put things in perspective. Family size in Italy is also generally small, with four or less people, so our family of 5 didn’t fit into most cabs. Because of that, if we couldn’t travel by bus or train, we walked everywhere. Since trains and busses are typically only for long distances, we ended up walking up to 8 miles a day.

Other than travel, getting used to the city’s layout was a big change. The architecture is a mix of gothic and renaissance themes, with the buildings looking very ancient in comparison to ours. The buildings seem a lot smaller than ours since they don’t have many skyscrapers in Italy, and they’re usually barely taller than the average U.S. house. There is also much less traffic, and the drivers are usually better in Italy than in Utah, with only a few notable exceptions.

All cities also have what are known as “Spickets”. They are little pipes coming out of the ground with a faucet on top that you can turn, similar to a hose. Spickets provide cold, clean water for free to anyone who uses a it, so our family saved a lot of Euros by refilling our disposable bottles. However, they don’t put any ice in their drinks, as it is “too cold” for their teeth, so getting used to warm drinks was a major change for us.

The last thing that was a big shock for me was the change in religion. Due to the fact that it originated in Rome, Catholicism is the dominant religion across all of Italy. Almost everyone you meet is Catholic, and it’s not uncommon to see Nuns or Priests walking the street. Most families have a Catholic lineage going back hundreds or even thousands of years, and the thought of leaving the religion is considered Taboo. There is at least one major cathedral in each city, as well as several small churches, where members can go to worship Mary. One aspect of Catholic churches I found interesting is that you are allowed to walk into one and explore at any time, including pictures, unless there are signs saying otherwise. However, if you enter a church you must be quiet and respectful, as people frequently come there to pray or light candles to Mary and Jesus.

It was fun to explore these buildings and learn more about a different branch of Christianity that I didn’t know a lot about. Here in Utah, the major religion is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

Now that I have experienced Culture Shock for myself, I found it to be a very fulfilling and worthwhile sensation for everyone to experience. You never know what you could learn from it! Even though it can be rough for many.

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Junk Drawers

Nearly everyone has a junk drawer, a drawer that people toss all of their random items into when there is nowhere else to put them.

“My family definitely has a junk drawer, often times there are batteries, writing utensils, and smaller items that get thrown into this drawer without a second thought. There have even been times where we have had to take the drawer out completely because there was too much stuff in them. However, something nice about having the junk drawer is that all smaller items make their way to it, so if something is missing than that is not only the first place that’s checked but, it also is where most lost items get found.” – Brooklynn Crowley

This brings up the question, should everyone have a junk drawer or would it be better to find a place for everyone to begin with?

“Junk Drawers are a necessary evil while it would be nice to have everything perfectly organized and easily available sometimes its not worth the headache thus we have the junk drawer to throw everything into until one day when you have to pour it out to search trough everything for something you put in there ages ago.” – Daniel Findlay

Question is, why were these drawers used for such a “trashy” purpose and why do so many people have them?

“I am pretty sure that everyone has at least one junk drawer in their house, some people may even have more. They’re just an easy and convenient place to keep things that don’t necessarily have set place. They were probably just made by people who had a lot of things and nowhere to keep them all, so they decided to keep all their odds and ends in one place. Honestly, it can even make things easier when you have a junk drawer because when you need to find something specific, you can just find it in the junk drawer.” – Grace Clark

As you can see, junk drawers are found in most households and can even sometimes be beneficial in day to day life.

 

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