CHS Music Programs

By Sadie Hinck

The music program at Cedar High carries importance as a creative outlet that students can utilize to express themselves. It connects friends and unites students across the school. Music teaches students about cultures and different subjects, such as math and science. As reported by The Inspired Classroom, music stimulates brain development in teenagers. 

The music programs that we have at Cedar High are band, orchestra, choir, and theatre. Each of these music programs targets strengthening the musical skills, abilities, and knowledge of students’ music understanding. Despite learning music fundamentals and playing specific instruments, students also learn to accept responsibility and natural consequences as a member. Through this process, students inspire and encourage their peers to be respectful and achieve class goals. In the end, musical enjoyment brings both the young musicians and the audience together. 

The band program contains three bands: Junior Varsity (JV), Concert, and Symphonic. Each band allows students to play with people around their level, helping to unite students across the program.

In orchestra, there are two groups: Concert and Symphonic. These also help students to play with people around their level and become more advanced in the future. 

In theatre, there are three classes: Theatre 1, Theatre 2, and Theatre 3. Each of these classes builds upon the fundamentals of theatre. Theatre 1 focuses more on acting and touches on Shakespeare. Theatre 2 centers more on acting and building more experience around Shakespeare. However, Theatre 3 is where the competitions start to happen. Whether it be playwriting, theatre shows, or state, there is always something to work towards.

In the concluding weeks before Winter Break, the music program members worked on their winter performances. The bands and the orchestras were planning on having live and in-person concerts, but with COVID-19 in mind, they decided that it would be best to prepare recordings of the performances (they can be viewed on YouTube with a link, the band concert is available here). On the other hand, the choirs and the theatre held in-person performances and required health checks.

To add to the number of performances that the school has had, the Jazz Band performed Christmas songs for several things. They first performed at the Sterling Scholar assembly. Then to top it off, the last two days of school before the Winter Break, they were spending their mornings in the Commons playing their Christmas music for the students and school staff that passed by. Now, the music departments are going to be working hard to prepare for the upcoming spring works. We will be looking forward to those.

Link to Christmas Concert videos

Academic All-State Students Recognized

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By Stephen Hall

As any student-athlete can tell you, it can be hard to have the time or motivation to complete all of the homework and studying that is necessary to be successful in school while still working hard in practice. So, for more than 25 years, the UHSAA has awarded seniors who have achieved excellence in both the classroom and in competition with the Academic All-State Award.

Originally, the UHSAA gave the award to students who had maintained a 4.0 GPA throughout all four years of high school. However, this has been changed so that students who are slightly under a 4.0 GPA can also be given this award if their ACT scores are high enough and they are a contributing member to their sport.

An impressive 16 athletes have been awarded Academic All-State: Lily Barnes from volleyball; Abby Davis and Brynlee Barrick from tennis; Jacey Messer and Logann Laws from soccer; Kailey Gilbert, Makell Corry, and Neah Depoe from girl’s cross country; and Caleb Nelson, Matthew Monson, Caleb Schofield, Maxwell Workman, Samuel Shakespeare, Saul Hanson, Spencer Koa, and William Washburn from boy’s cross country.

Many of these amazing athletes take Advanced Placement and Concurrent Enrollment classes or attend Success Academy while still maintaining excellent grades, making this prestigious award even more impressive.

Boy’s cross country had the second most athletes awarded out of all the 4A teams in the state with an impressive ten athletes awarded. They only lost to fellow Region 9 member, Hurricane High School.

Although cross country may have had the most athletes awarded Academic All-State, volleyball had the highest overall GPA out of any team in the state for 4A.

If you happen to see any of these athletes in the halls, please congratulate them for this impressive accomplishment and their dedication to both athletics and academics

How Do I Earn Money for College?

By Carson Sawyer

For many students pursuing education after high school, an affordable college is their dream college. One way students are paying for the cost of tuition and other college fees is through the help of scholarships. Throughout the halls of Cedar High School, some scholarship names can be heard: the Regents’ Scholarship, the Sterling Scholar Award, and the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE). However, many scholarships do not apply to most students. Finding the right scholarship may save students time, and more importantly, money.   

The Regents’ Scholarship was formed under the Utah State Board of Regents to prepare high school students for the rigor of college work. It encouraged them to take more advanced classes. With the Utah State Board of Regents redesigned into the Utah State Board of Higher Education, which is now incorporating Utah’s technical colleges, the known form of the Regents’ Scholarship continues to change. Today, it requires FAFSA documents to be filled out, although qualifying for benefits from FAFSA is not required. Nonetheless, the Regents’ Scholarship remains a prominent merit-based scholarship in the state. It is a last-dollar scholarship, meaning that the scholarship funds are used after other state aid is awarded to the student. Furthermore, institutions may transfer excess funds not needed for tuition costs to the students towards other school-related expenses such as books, supplies, or housing.  

The Sterling Scholar Award acknowledges seniors who compete in one of 15 categories at two different levels: high school and region. At the high school level, seniors in each category must compete against their peers and be selected by that specific school’s nominators. At Cedar High, each category selection is made by the teachers in each department, except for the General Scholar category. This category is determined by all of the department chairs, administration, and counseling. At the regional level, Cedar High nominees must compete with other high schools within Southwest Utah to determine the regional winner and the two runners-up of each category. Many colleges and universities in the state of Utah offer tuition waivers by winning at the regional level. For example, Southern Utah University offers an annual $3,000 scholarship for a maximum of eight semesters to regional Sterling Scholar category winners and runners-up. When deciding whether or not to apply for the Sterling Scholar Award, consider the amount of time, work, effort, and experience that is needed. If any of these are lacking, then the Sterling Scholar may not be the best choice, as that time will be better spent applying for many other scholarships. Ms. Brinkerhoff, or “Ms. B” as many students know her by, is the Sterling Scholar coordinator for the school. Her advice to students is to start working towards the Sterling Scholar their freshman year and to “take pictures” of their experiences and service, even though it “feels really weird” to do so. Remember, the Sterling Scholar is an academic program, but it also looks at leadership, service, and extracurriculars to have well-rounded students. Apply if up for the challenge, prepared, and ready to work a couple of months after school. 

The Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) is a useful scholarship for students looking for a college in over 160 participating public colleges that are outside of Utah. The WUE, administered by the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) and consequently only over the 16 WICHE states, allows for nonresidents to pay no more than 150 percent of the enrolling institution’s resident tuition fee. However, like most scholarships, there is a limit to the number of recipients depending on the individual school. Make sure to be one of the first few to apply.  

There are many more scholarships out there. Nonetheless, the advice of one of Cedar High School’s counselors, Mrs. Denhalter, is to start with the ‘New Scholarships’ link on the Cedar High website. From there, interested seniors should put together a portfolio and go to the Scholarship Fair on March 1st – dressed in business attire, copies of their portfolio in hand, and interview ready. The concluding initial stage is to look at scholarships from specific colleges or universities. Once more familiar with the world of scholarships, the decision can then be made to compete at the national level. However, Mrs. Denhalter warns, “[National scholarships] are just really big, and you’re competing with kids across the nation.” 

In the quest for the right scholarship(s), there is never enough time and energy. Use time wisely in applying for the scholarships that seem promising. The more scholarships applied to, the higher the chances of receiving money for college. After all, textbooks aren’t going to pay for themselves.

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