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Homecoming is a word that we are all familiar with, but what is it? For some it may be the cool of the grass, the smell of hot dog, and the thrill of a touchdown. For others it may be the swish of satin, the smell of perfume, and the mixture of dim lights and soft music. It is all of those things, but at the same time it is so much more. In the words of Principal Finch,”Homecoming is traditionally for those who lived in the town, to come home to their high school, and celebrate that they were once Cavemen. Connected with that is the school and the current students. Homecoming is a connection of both the town and their traditions, and for the students to learn of the culture of the school, while they both share in the school spirit associated with Homecoming.” Homecoming is about uniting with our schools past and bridging the gap between generations. The alumni are just as important as the current students attending AF high. According to Mr. Beeson, one of our teachers, says of Homecoming,”It’s a good thing. Anything in the universe that points toward home and the family is worth our while, and often school gets in the way of that. I‘m so glad that this school believes in the home.” As you can see, Homecoming can mean different things to different people, but essentially it embodies our school as a whole, it’s history, culture, spirit, and future. Homecoming is a time to reread the chapters of our history, and prepare to write a new chapter in the novel of our lives. Of course Homecoming is a time for dances and football games, but underneath the sparkles and the grass stains, it unifies us as a school, and helps us to be prepared for anything. We are Feared, Honored, and Inspired. We are Cavemen, and we are proud. This year is all about us, but we need to remember the past and who came before. Let’s start a new chapter Cavemen, and come home.
Brighton just barely beat American Fork by a score of 24-23, on a rainy Friday night. It was the first game of the season for both teams.
After a brief weather delay, two minutes into the game, The quarter back of the Cavemen,Tanner Smith threw a 50 yard pass to Ben Cummings which set up a 22 yard field goal by Jackson Nadauld to give the Cavemen the early 3-0 lead.
With 30 seconds left in the first quarter Robbie Hutchins quarterback of Brighton connected with Drew Jensen for a 30 yard touchdown pass. Jensen added the two point conversion and the Bengals led the Cavemen 8-3.
The Cavemen took a 9-8 lead after Riley Phillips pounced on a Brighton fumble in the end zone, and just before the half, Smith hit Zach Katoa for a touchdown. The Cavemen running back, Katoa also added the 2 point conversion to give American Fork a 17-8 lead going into half time.
After a scoreless third quarter for both teams, Brighton’s Cody Barton caught an interception for a touchdown with 6:49 left in the game, the Cavemen led Brighton 17-16.
Zach Katoa answered the Bengal score with a 30 yard run, but the PAT failed, pushing the score to 23-16 for American Fork.
Dew Jensen however returned the kick for a touchdown, and instead of kicking the PAT, they converted a two point conversion to give Brighton a 24-23 lead.
The Cavemen marched into field goal position, but missed the attempt to win the game.
Jensen lead Brighton with 2 touchdowns and 2 two point conversions. Zach Katoa led the Cavemen ran for a touchdown and caught a touchdown in a valiant effort the Cavemen lost.
Photos Taken By: Julia & Breanna
Photos Edited By: Julia
On Friday afternoon, a group of students met in the library. Here, Mrs. Holt and Mrs. Berry and the current Senior Council and Student Body Officers announced the members of student council for the 2014-2015 school year. There were many anxious, nervous, and excited students gathered around the library tables waiting for the announcement. At 1:50, the current council members started opening their envelopes to announce next year’s council. Some hearts were broken and some spirits were lifted as the minutes dragged on. With 40 students chosen from the record breaking amount of candidates, there was a handful of disappointed students. But as Mrs. Berry said to all of the students, “It was a wonderful experience for us and we just want you to know that you mean something and you have a part here at here at American Fork High School. Even if after today that means you’re not a part of student council, you mean something to American Fork and there are so many ways for you to get involved.”
To those of you that sadly did not make it, I hope that you continue pursuing your goals and will hopefully try again your junior or senior years, if possible. To those of you that are now next year’s student council members, congratulations. You are receiving a great honor, privilege, and burden, and I wish you the best of luck next year.
STUDENT BODY OFFICERS
President Cole Farnsworth
Clubs VP Savannah Smith
Activities VP Paige Pulley
Activities Assistant Sophie Baird
Spirit VP Carter Childs
Publicity VP Bridget Baldwin
Social Media VP Courtney Nixon
Secretary Robbie Epperson
Historian Jenny Carlson
Business Manager James Riley
Service VP Brittan Young
Service Director Afton Law
Service Director Brian Thorpe
Public Relations VP Haydn Bowden
Community Dir. Matthew Gardner
Event Director Whitney Hess
Event Director Tessa Evans
Event Director McKenna Brown
Event Director Parker Shelby
Club Director Abby McBride
Club Director Ruca Watkins
Designer Estee Harris
Spirit Director Jared Bradshaw
SENIOR CLASS OFFICERS
President Cardon Merrill
Activities Aubrey West
Spirit Taylor Mangum
Publicity Jacob Harris
Secretary Maddie Bench
JUNIOR CLASS OFFICERS
President Erin Garces
Activities John McDonald
Spirit Nathan Gray
Publicity Rebekah Mecham
Secretary Bailey Riggs
SOPHOMORE CLASS OFFICERS
Kaylee ran out of the front office and headed down the hall. She glanced down at her prom pictures repeatedly and almost bumped into other passing students, some of whom she recognized from different classes she had had throughout the year. She dodged another crowd, a skill she had grown accustomed to after the first week, though she remembered when she feared she would never get used to a new place. Lunch was over, and she made a quick stop by the library to pay a couple of fines. She wouldn’t want those to stop her from graduating. When she heard the one minute music start, making a note to herself to hunt down and interrogate whoever has picked this music all year, she back-tracked down the same hall in a hurry to reach her next class. She made it into the room just in time, but out of breath, and could smell the drying paint and glaze of their final projects for Ceramics 2. A couple of other girls she knew came over to her and gathered around to see the prom pictures, and to ask about the dance.
She had to take a minute to catch her breath, but then told them about the group date and some of the funniest rounds of Apples to Apples, before explaining the details of dinner and the highlights of the dance. They gushed about everything, being sophomores of course, and asked the common question of whether or not she had kissed her date. Kaylee laughed at this and showed them the secret handshake she’d taught the guy at the doorstep instead of giving him a kiss. She let them know “High school isn’t for finding your husband, it’s for finding your bridesmaids.” They all laughed at this, but soon lost interest and went to their projects. Kaylee had seen a few friends go through relationships and break ups, finding that, even though it is more favorable, it was better to stay away from getting into similar drama. She isn’t perfect, but wanted to leave high school without any regrets.
After throwing on her apron, first this time before getting messy, she picked up a brush to finish the final clear coating of glaze on her vase. She learned how to add different designs using several colors that flowed together, in this case, red, orange, and yellow, to give her vase a flaming look. She glazed the inside thick and dark so it would become a glossy black inside her masterpiece. It looked rough right now with the glaze just barely painted, but it was sure to be a great addition to the art show after it was fired. She smiled at the thought of all her previous attempts at projects while she was still learning the basics. She had made several lopsided mugs, and royally messed up when trying to hollow out a ball of clay in an effort to make a clay head. The outcome was sort of a head with a sloppy cartoonish face.
At least she had made a couple of animals that had turned out ok. All in all, learning experiences that just needed some time and practice. Kaylee was sure she probably wouldn’t have something she made ever win first place for anything, but at last she made something to be proud of. Kaylee spent the rest of class scribbling down best guessed answers to some homework due the next day. She finally called it quits when she came to the conclusion that math books were written by monkeys. She would need to go in early to get help from Mrs. Noble. Maybe she could stop by Mr. Collier’s room as well to see if he really shaved his head after losing the tricycle race at the assembly. (Word on the street is that he really did it. Mr. Collier, the Forkaster says you are AWESOME!)
When it was time to head home, Kaylee hurried to the bus to make sure she could get a seat before it was packed. The ride home was filled with random conversation between friends. Kaylee heard something about the Hunger Games and joined in. Two of her guy friends were discussing graduation, and “What if” you not only had to pass all of your classes to graduate, but you had to enter a hunger games between all the seniors. Survivors get to graduate. The conversation went into a debate over whether or not the Valedictorian and Sterling Scholars would be exempt from the games, or if they would get a fortress, owning the cornucopia, so to speak. This was followed by the debate of who would get what weapons/supplies, and whether or not your GPA would help decide. It was agreed that gym class would have taken on a whole new meaning if they were training for the games.
Kaylee joked with them, but was honestly glad that it was not real and she would live till graduation, and hopefully long after. She pondered how far she had actually come to make it to graduation. As a sophomore, Kaylee had been sure that high school could sometimes be deadly. Looking at it now, high school wasn’t too different from Jr. High. Grades became a higher priority, same drama, but the options became more widespread. There were a lot more experiences to live, clubs to join, and more paths to take that would lead you through to the end whichever direction you went. Kaylee stepped off the bus at her stop with her final resolve. She had almost made it to the end, and would count down the days until she could accept her diploma and through her cap in the air.
Starting in the fall of 2015, American Fork High and Lone Peak are to be split. This will be to form a new high school, King’s Peak High School. Half of the students from each school will be transferred to attend King’s Peak High, while the other half will remain at the same school which they are already attending. The school is to be built along North County Boulevard and construction will begin late this summer.
Said Alpine District, “We recognize that this will be an adjustment for students, but numbers at both schools have become out of hand. King’s Peak High will be a unique experience, offering a variety of new classes and teachers, with all the latest technology.” In addition to this, we recently learned from an anonymous source that King’s Peak High’s mascot will be the Raptors, and their colors will consist of orange, green and white. Also, we discovered this logo from administration.
Furthermore, rumor has it that the staff will be affected by this, due to the fact that a fraction of them will be taken from their current schools and placed at King’s Peak High. Said a source from Lone Peak High, “This is gonna suck for everyone, because it means that we are gonna have to end this rivalry.” So will this offspring of these two great rivals be like it’s parent schools? For now, it is unsure. King’s Peak High has the potential to rule the state, with the dynamic music program of AF and the strength of the Lone Peak sportsmanship. Though ultimately, only time will tell.
American Fork took care of business against Riverton with a very solid defense effort, allowing just two touchdowns in the game in a 35-18 win for the Cavemen.
Riverton tied the game at the end of the first quarter with a huge kickoff return for a touchdown following the Cavemens opening drive that had put them up 7-0 on a Zach Katoa touchdown run.
American Fork took the lead for good in the second quarter when Katoa took the handoff and threw it to Colson Worley for the touchdown. Riverton tried getting back in the game but just could not get anything going.
Katoa was not done with his first half contributions to the team. With just 2:34 left in the first half, Katoa capped off a long drive by diving over the Riverton’s defensive line to give the Cavemen the 21-7 lead going into the half.
Riverton started the second half with a three and out and had to punt. However the team put on a strong defensive stand and forced American Fork to punt. The Silverwolves then marched down the field and converted a field goal to bring themselves within 11 at 21-10 with 8:07 left in the third quarter.
After stopping Riverton on the next drive the Cavemen came back with a very good drive capped off by a 26 yard touchdown reception by Nate Heaps and the Cavemen led 28-10.
Riverton punched in a 3-yard touchdown run and tacked on the two point conversion to get within 10 with 7:30 minutes left. The Silverwolves then went for the onside kick but it was recovered by the Cavemen. American Fork then finished off the scoring with another touchdown run to make it 35-18.
Riverton falls to 3-1 on the season and will be on the road at Lone Peak next week. American Fork improved to 3-1 and they be home this week against Westlake.
On Wednesday, April 30th, Mr. Biolo announced the “highest academic honor” at our school: the Valedictorian and Salutatorians. The new Valedictorian for the 2014 year is Conner Paulson! The two Salutatorians are Solei Smith and Jason Cannon! Paulson said [after his name was announced], “ I was really happy, I almost got overcome with emotion, honestly, not quite tears though.” Congratulations to our new Valedictorian and Salutatorians.
I’m Katelyn Nerdin. I am a sophomore. I’ve only been in Journalism for 4 months and I love it. I am the Director of Photography. I love to take pictures. Photography is my favorite. I also enjoy interior design and drama. I’ve played the piano since I was 8 and have been singing for 6 years. In my free time I like to cook. My favorite animals are turtles and I am obsessed with bubbles.
Q: Why are you interested in your subject?
A: I’ve grown up most of my life working with computers. My dad is a network engineer, so i’ve gotten heavily involved with that. I’ve also taken lots of classes like Intro to Information Technology, Linux Fundamentals, and I’m actually currently employed by the district to work as a programmer.
Q: What’s your experience outside of school?
A: I work for Alpine School District to program online websites.
Q: What was your motivation to apply?
A: I thought it would be a fun and interesting competition to see if I could do it and to see how far I could go in my abilities as a computer technology student.
Q: What has it been like, being a Sterling Scholar?
A: It’s been hard in the sense that there’s a lot of work you have to do for it, but I think it’s very rewarding because it teaches really nice interview skills, it teaches you how to work progressively on a large project. I think the interview skills would be the most valuable part of it.
Q: What do you recommend for the students who want to apply in the future?
A: I would say, do it. The more the better because you never know how far you can go in the program, and its really rewarding. It’s definitely worth going into.
I’m planning to go to the University of Utah. I’m actually going to minor in Computer Technology. It’s surprising considering how heavily involved I am in it. I’ve also got really great, great progress in science classes. I’ve taken AP Chemistry and gotten a 4.0 and then a 4 on the AP test and then AP Bio, I’m getting a 4.0 in that and working on that so I’m very interested in Chemical Engineering, so I’m going to major in that.