December 2015

Camden McDonald Wins Spanish Fork Jr. High’s Geography Bee Moves One Step Closer to $50,000 College Scholarship

by Russell LeMmon, Pictures by Alyse Freeland

Camden McDonald, an eighth-grade student at Spanish Fork Jr. High, won the school-level competition of the National Geographic Bee on December 11, 2015 and a chance at a $50,000 college scholarship. 

The school-level Bee was the first round in the 28th annual National Geographic Bee.  In order to participate in the Bee, eighth graders had to pass a written test with a high qualifying score. During the bee itself, qualifying students answered questions orally on geography.  

Contest With Lady Mustangs Decided During the Last Minute

By Shea Harmer with Rillene Nielsen

Mapleton Junior’s girls’ basketball team showed up ready to play on Friday, December 11th. What an exciting game!  Coach Harmer sent us this report with the details.

“Friday’s game with Mapleton was a tough and well fought battle.  Both teams came out strong and the game was close the whole time.”

Lady Lobos Split Last Two Games

By Shea Harmer with Rillene Nielsen

Here are the latest results for the Spanish Fork Junior High Girls’ Basketball team. 

 December 3, 2015—The Lady Lobos slashed the Springville Junior Knights by 21 points in their last meeting.  the final score for the Springville game was 48-27. Top scorers are:

Riley Jaussi 11pts

Katie Huntsman 12 pts


December 7, 2015—Mt. Nebo Junior put an end to the Spanish Fork girls’ winning streak on Monday.  The Lady Lobos fell to the Panthers with a score of 29-27.

SFJH FFA Gets into the Holiday Spirit

By: Katelynn Poulsen & Katelyn Beckstead

On December 8th, SFJH’s FFA had a Christmas Party for all its members.  Here is a report from FFA members Katelynn Poulsen  and Katelyn Beckstead:

“We ate donuts and drank hot chocolate.  There was also a white elephant gift exchange and then we watched the movie “Elf.”  There were about 30 students who came.  It was fun to meet new friends and celebrate! Hope to see more at the next event!  Merry Christmas!!”


Mr. Thacker’s college and career awareness classes participate in Hour of Code


The Hour of Code is a global movement reaching tens of millions of students in 180+ countries. Anyone anywhere can organize an Hour of Code event. One-hour tutorials are available in over 40 languages. No experience needed. Ages 4 to 104.

All this week, 191,000 organizers are leading schools and events worldwide. Students are given the opportunity to learn to code with Minecraft, Star Wars, or another fun, one-hour tutorials. There are 50 options for every age, experience-level, and device.

Spanish Fork Junior High Student Wins District Christmas Card Contest

by Rillene Nielsen

Our very own Ruby Campbell discovered today that a piece of her artwork won the Nebo School District’s Card contest.  It will be featured on this year’s Christmas Card, sent to faculty, board members, and others on the districts Christmas list.

The honor of being chosen might be exciting enough, but there was also a $75.00 cash prize attached!  Way to go Ruby!

Ruby (second from left) is a student of Mr. David Millman (second from right).  She is flanked by Principal Dwight Liddiard and VP Nate Whitney.  District representative Lana Hiskey presented Ruby with her award.

Winners from last weeks math problem, and the new problem of the week

Santa’s Penguin Puzzler

250 penguins marched in the annual Christmas Day penguin parade.  There was one penguin in the first row, two penguins in the second row and three penguins in the third row. This pattern continued through all of the rows.

  • How many rows of penguins were there?
  • Was the last row full?