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Free summer lunches plus recreation offered to Sanpete youngsters



Thousands of fresh and free school lunches are being prepared, delivered and served each weekday to hungry kids throughout Sanpete County this summer.

The costs of preparing the free lunches are reimbursed by a federal grant to school districts through the Utah State Board of Education Summer Food Program.

To qualify for reimbursement, the meals must meet nutritional guidelines.

In the North Sanpete School District, Karen Seely, child nutrition supervisor and her staff prepare about 800 meals each school day at the North Sanpete Middle School. Then they deliver the meals to community parks, where they are handed out to children, ages 18 and under, who would like a free meal. Parents can also get a free and nutritious meal for $3.50. There is no application required.

“Lots of people are dependent on the program and come to lunch every day,” Seely said. “We have fed a lot of people for years now.”

Lunches are served from May 28 to July 19, with the exception of July 4 and 5 for the holiday.

In addition, meals are also served for summer school at the Mt. Pleasant Elementary and the Middle School. In both places, breakfast is served at 7:45 a.m. and lunch is served at 11 a.m.

Meals are available at five different community parks:

Ft. Green City Park from noon to 12:30.

  • Fairview City Park from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m.
  • Mt. Pleasant Park from 11:30 a.m. to noon.
  • Spring City Park from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m.
  • Moroni Softball Complex from 11:30 a.m. to noon.

In the South Sanpete School District, AnaLee Knudsen, food service director, oversees a program that prepares from 200 to 350 meals every school day at three different schools. Some days, the district will hand out almost 1000 free meals.

“Last week, our staff prepared over 320 meals a day at each of our three schools,” Knudsen said.

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North Sanpete students gather more than 5,000 pounds for food pantry


By Lauren Evans



MT. PLEASANT – North Sanpete High School gathered 5,617 pounds of food for the Sanpete Pantry during a month-long food drive the ended last week.

The food drive tradition started about five years ago at North Sanpete High School with the Leadership Class, which consists of student body and class officers.

The high school wanted to help out the pantry as much as possible so students rounded up more schools to participate.

The drive started on Feb. 4. All five elementary schools, along with the high school, gathered donations.

The Leadership Class visited the elementary schools to promote the drive and set up a friendly competition among classes. The high school students offered to put on a donut party for the class in each school that collected the most food.

The high school also held events to encourage its students to donate. For five cans, students were able to leave school and watch a movie one day. For 10 cans, students could use a first-in-line pass for lunch time. For 20 cans, students owing restitution hours could take off one hour.

On Tuesday, March 5, the Leadership Class went to each site to pick up donations. A school district truck picked up the food at the schools and delivered it to the Sanpete Pantry.


Ephraim Elementary students made pledges to colleges they are thinking about going to.

Middle school students ‘Gear Up’ for higher education during College Week


By Lauren Evans




EPHRAIM – Ephraim Middle School students experienced their first glimpse of college during College Week, sponsored by GEAR UP.

GEAR UP stands for the Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Program. It is designed to help students prepare for and succeed in college.

For College Week, GEAR UP hosted activities and assemblies for the eighth graders, who will be moving into high school next year.

On Monday, students made a “college pledge” by writing their name and college of choice on a paper graduation cap. The caps were then attached to a poster reading “NOW is the time to prepare!” and hung on the wall for the week.

On Wednesday, teachers talked to students in their classes about developing habits for succeeding in school such as creating study routines, taking good notes and being involved in class.

On Thursday, Snow College students from the football team, the Multi-Cultural Club and the Western Swing Club visited students at lunch. They talked to the students about the importance of being involved in extracurricular activities as a way to prepare for college.

John Van Orman, who teaches a class called “Principles for Personal Success” at Snow College, spoke to an assembly of the eighth graders about why they should consider going to college, how long it takes to finish college and what the cost of college will be.

GEAR UP also held six prize drawings throughout the week. Prizes included YoCrazy gift certificates, Maverik gift cards, local restaurant gift cards, movie tickets and bowling passes. The prizes were given for good attendance, good grades and College Week participation.

Sanpete Sterling Scholar winners




Anna Allred, Manti High School, named Sterling Scholar in world languages—Anna started developing a love for other cultures, especially Spanish-speaking cultures, in childhood. She says of her interest in Spanish-speaking cultures, “I feel like it opens so many doors, broadens my horizons and enriches my quality of life.”

She loves making connections with people and performing service. Over Christmas break 2018, she traveled to Ensenada, Mexico, where she donated toys, hygiene supplies and food; painted houses; and provided manual labor.

She has been a classroom aide in Spanish at her high school and has participated in volleyball, basketball and orchestra all four years of high school.


Bethany Brynne Lamb, North Sanpete High School, named Sterling Scholar in speech, theater and forensics—Brynne has participated as a soloist and ensemble member in the school choir and is presently the soprano section leader. She has also been a member of an all-state choir.

She has competed in speech and debate in the Central Utah Circuit. In the Utah High School Theater Awards, she placed in the top 10 for “Best Actress.” And she has won first and second place awards in region and state drama.

She is a member of the National Honor Society and has maintained a 4.0 GPA throughout high school.


Carli Johansen, North Sanpete High School, named Sterling Scholar in business and marketing education—Carli is president of Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) at her school and has excelled in FBLA competitions in marketing, hospitality management, advertising, securities and investments, and business communications.

She has been on her school newspaper staff, been a member of the Hope Squad (a peer counseling team) for three years, and went on a service trip to build a school in Ghana, Africa.

She is a member of the National Honor Society and has maintained a 3.9 GPA in high school.


Lucy Kay Quinn, North Sanpete High School, named Sterling Scholar in visual arts—Lucy is described as “passionately involved artistically in her community.” She has taken piano lessons for 10 years, plays saxophone in the high school jazz band and has played in the concert band all four years of high school.

She has been in high school plays and musicals, and has also performed in productions by the North Bend Entertainers. She has received awards for art, music, poetry and acting, including recently placing second in the Utah State Senate high school art show. She says her art abilities are best expressed through stage design and painting.

Lucy has also played soccer for four years and been captain of the soccer team.

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Snow College introduces student app


By Lauren Evans



EPHRAIM – Snow College has officially gone digital.

The college has a brand new app available in the app store for Snow students to take control of their college experience. The interactive app bridges the gap for students to better communicate with counselors, clubs and other students.

Features like a personalized schedule, events calendar, student social wall, private messaging and public safety are tools to improve the Snow College student experience and stay involved.

Snow marketing director John Stevens said, “This app is a lot more of what students expect. They feel like the app is already familiar and easy to use.”

The project was first proposed to Stevens and web developer Jim Bob Pipes about a year ago. They wanted to create an app that would be the most beneficial and accessible to students. A Snow College app had previously existed about 6 years ago, but the features were limited and didn’t allow students to fully interact.

After searching for an app developer that would be the most cooperative and engaged, Stevens and Pipes settled on Ready Education of Montreal, Canada. The company works with at least 500 other universities across the nation building apps.

With 1,500 students and faculty already using the app, Stevens and Pipes are working with the developer to update and improve features regularly to keep things running smooth.


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Andrew and Mathew Olsen work on their gold-medal winning “Mission Possible” project. The goal was to build a device that could create a chain reaction.

Sanpete schools earn medals at regional Science Olympiad


By Lauren Evans




EPHRAIM—Students at Manti High School and Ephraim Middle School came away with gold, silver and bronze medals at the Central Region Science Olympiad, held at Snow College on Feb. 23.

The regional event is part of a nationwide network of Olympiads dedicated to improving the quality of science education and increasing student involvement in STEM programs. Snow College is one of two colleges in the state to host a regional competition, the other being Southern Utah University.

There are also three invitational competitions in Nebo, Uintah and Davis counties.

Snow College hosts the “B” (middle school) and “C” (high school) divisions. Each school is allowed one or more teams of 15 students. But each of the 23 events must be completed by a pair of students from each team.

Winners in individual events received bronze, silver and gold medals. In addition, the three top-scoring teams in both the B and C Divisions received trophies. A sportsmanship trophy was also given to one school in both divisions.

Top scoring teams will advance to the Utah State Science Olympiad tournament March 30 at University of Utah.

Manti High School took home five gold medals, two silvers and one bronze, and took third place overall in the Olympiad. The Templars will be heading to the state tournament at the University of Utah.

Andrew Olsen and Mathew Olsen took golds for their boomilever invention and in an event called “Mission Possible.:

Andrew Olsen and Easton Cluff took two golds for their mousetrap vehicle and in the “Write-it, Do-it” event.

Easton Cuff and Donald Southworth took gold for astronomy.

Mathew Olsen and Kaulin Nielson took silver in the “Wright Stuff” event.

Andrew Olsen and Talia Cluff took silver in a herpetology event, while Meagan Dennis and Easton Cluff took bronze in the “Sounds-of-Music” event.

Ephraim Middle School took home one gold and two bronze medals.

Rowan Eichelberger and Jazmyn Sharp took gold in the “Disease-Detectives” event,

Kate Squire and Hunter Hughes took bronze in the “Fossils” event, while Neils Grover and Izzy Watson took bronze in the “Road-Scholar” event.

The Ephraim Middle School team as a whole qualified for the state finals tournament.

About 400 students and coaches attended the Snow Olympiad. Schools included Ephraim Middle School, Manti High School, Uintah High School, Fillmore Middle School, Saint John the Baptist Middle School, Maple Mountain High School, Riverton High School, Oquirrh Hills Middle School, Payson High School, West High School, South Hills Middle School, Dixon Middle School, the West Kaysville Science Club and South Sevier Middle School.

Students present their innovative ideas.


Students turn creativity loose

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North Sanpete student gets second place in Utah Senate Art Show


By Lauren Evans




Lucy Quinn of North Sanpete High School

MT. PLEASANT—Shining as an artistic diamond in the rough, a North Sanpete High School student is receiving statewide recognition for her art.

Lucy Quinn of Fairview grew up in artistic household. Her father and local artist Jason Quinn involved her in his mural projects at a young age and the passion grew from there.

Quinn explored her artistic side in set design for the school theatre before focusing on painting and drawing her own projects.

Being a high school student juggling academics, social life and art can be difficult, but Quinn has received endless amounts of support from North Sanpete High School.

She credits theatre program director Alex Barlow for giving her creative freedom on set design projects. Another big supporter is art teacher Paul Allred, who keeps her updated on opportunities for shows and competitions.

“I love my school for how supportive they are,” Quinn said. “Every time a student succeeds in anything, art, music, athletics, they make sure it’s known school wide.”

Recently, Quinn placed second in the State Senate Art Show and was awarded a $3000 scholarship. Within hours of the announcement, the school honored her on all social media platforms and at the school pep rally.

It’s the support Quinn has received that has helped her pursue studying art. She hopes to study Brigham Young University’s animation program and explore other fields of art.

She has participated in the Central Utah Regional Secondary Art Show, was one of the 350 out of 1300 accepted in the 47th annual Springville Museum of Art show and has recently submitted her portfolio to Sterling Scholar to represent North Sanpete High School in visual arts.

Quinn encourages other young aspiring artists to continue pushing themselves creatively.

“I love art, but there are times when I need a break,” she said. “Typically, when it’s one assignment after another of themes or subjects I have no interest in, when I just don’t want to be doing it and it’s a chore to finish. When that happens, it doesn’t mean you should stop making art. It’s those moments that test what kind of artist you’re going to be in the future, if you can push through and continue with it, then you’ll grow and develop an even deeper appreciation for art.

“Love what you do, it should make you happy.”

This is just one of the many pieces of award-winning art by North Sanpete High School student Lucy Quinn. She placed second in the State Senate Art Show.

Manti High students rehearse a scene from “Romeo and Juliette Extravaganza.” The script, written by teacher Kory Howard, is a comedy takeoff on the classic Shakespeare play.

MHA theatre department to present modernized ‘Romeo and Juliet’ play, which will debut Monday


By Lauren Evans




MANTI –Manti High School theatre students will perform a play next week—one written by their teacher.

Kory Howard, author of the “Romeo and Juliet Extravaganza,” says he teaches the story of Romeo and Juliet in his freshman English classes every year. He says he wanted to find creative ways to read and perform the play with his students.

“I wanted to write a play that explored some ‘What If’ scenarios of the plot, mostly just to have fun with it,” Howard said. In his script, the classic drama has been spun into a comedy with inspiration from the pop culture of today.

The “Romeo and Juliet Extravaganza” is one of two plays the theater department is working on. They are also perfecting a play for region and state competitions in April.

To help make Howard’s play happen while students were also getting ready for competition, Snow College English professor Dr. Andrew Bahlmann volunteered to step in as director of “Romeo and Juliette Extravaganza.”

Bahlmann has been involved in Snow College productions in the past and wanted to give it another shot.

Performances will be on Monday, Feb 25 and Tuesday, Feb 26 at 7 p.m. at Manti High School. Admission will be $4.

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North Sanpete High plans “community nights out”




MT. PLEASANT—North Sanpete High School has scheduled “community nights out” next Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 12 and 13.
On both nights, parent-teacher conferences will be held from 5-8 p.m. in the commons area. Parents should pick up their students’ progress reports at the office before visiting teachers.
On Wednesday, Feb. 13, the school will also present two informational programs.
A presentation on suicide prevention and mental health will be offered at 7 p.m. in the auditorium at 7 p.m. Presenters will talk about how to creative a positive mental outlook, identifying warning signs of problems, and tools for dealing the struggles of life.
From 5-7 p.m. in the library, an “interagency transition fair” will be presented for parents of special-needs students. The goal is to inform parents about resources available to them and their children as the children transition to adulthood.
Among agencies present will be the Utah Division of Services for People with Disabilities, the Utah State Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, the Central Utah Counseling Center, the Central Utah Health Department, Sanpete Community Training, Snow College and several others.

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