Beware: Student Drivers

by Zachary Jonstun Smith
Staff Reporter


High school is full of new drivers. They can be naturals or they take a year or two to get really good at it. Parking is a real issue because students take forever, and they can sometimes take up two or more spaces.

In reality, what teen is good at driving at first? My first year of driving, I got in an accident, and I got a couple of tickets. I almost lost my license. Over time I learned how to be a better driver.

Cole Smith, a senior, said, “I used to be horrible. I ran into a curb one time and broke my car, but eventually I got the hang of it.”

Winter driving is one of the hardest things to do for new drivers, it can be scary.
The main thing about winter driving is to take it slow and always pay attention. Here are some tips for new drivers, though even experienced drivers could use reminders:

  • Front wheel drive cars: whatever you do, if you start to slide, keep your wheels straight and don’t slam on the brakes, because you’ll slide even farther if you do.
  • Rear wheel drive cars: if your back end slides out, don’t panic. Just turn your steering wheel the opposite direction of the way you are sliding and lightly press the brakes and you will be ok.
  • If visibility is low, try to go at least 10 miles an hour under the speed limit so you have more time to stop.
  • Make sure your windshield wiper fluid is full, because most windshield wiper fluids have chemicals to melt ice in them.
  • Make sure you don’t put water in your radiator, because it might freeze. Use antifreeze instead.
  • Keep a scraper in your car to remove snow and ice.

Try to be safe and look out for each other on the road. Winter can be dangerous if you don’t drive smart

Roy High football players prepare for next season

by Haylee Mitchell
Staff Reporter

Roy High’s Football team of 2018-2019 has come a long way, and both coaches and players contributed more drive than previous football seasons. This drive is both technical and mental. For example the team has done conditioning to the max, and not the mention all of the film that they have watched. Although they watched less film, this year they took what they were watching seriously. Jaxson Dart, Quarterback, said “I read the defenses better this year, even though we spent less time in the film room.” Film is one effective form of study in football, but what matters the most is what you learn on the field.

Nine football players from Roy High concluded together that conditioning was tougher this year. Conditioning increased in volumes as they did it from twice a week last year, to just about everyday of the week this year. “I think that the coaches just saw that we were a better team this year,” Dart says.

Conditioning was a huge factor to the region champion team along with the mental change all football players had this year. On the field of Roy High we look at our sizes compared to other schools. Although we didn’t make it as far as state championships we made it much further than last year’s team. Seeing improvements from last year to this year is a positive thing for the next team of Roy High.

“Stay in the weight room and committed” Adrian Arellano, running back/full back, of Roy High commented. “It just feels like attitudes are better around this year.” Arellano concluded. Mcquade Andrade, our defensive back, says “I took everyday like a new day, and focused on what I have to do.” He spoke with a smile on his face: “trust your preparation.” Looking at the 2017-2018 team of last year, you see improvements on things as simple as their execution of the game play.  Coach Salamona also included “Embrace hard work, because it’s really instilled here and Roy. Once you graduate, once you leave, when you look back, you start to look back and think, ‘Okay, how did my high school career look?’ And a lot of this is hard work, and what you put in is what you get out.” Attitude was a huge contributor to this year’s team, some believe that the football team just wanted to go further this year, and some believe that it may be something as simple as the age this year.

Dionte Davis makes a successful catch at Rice-Eccles Stadium. Photo by Gordon Doxey

Our varsity team seems to be filled with seniors this year, all but a couple such as our quarterback Jackson Dart, running back Cade Harris, and linebacker Jaden Harris. Salamona stated “We have strong senior group this year, a lot more contribution with their play.” he also added “I think we have more senior leadership stand up on the off season, they influence everything that goes on with our younger group.” 5 seniors on the 2018-2019 team have all said that this year’s team seems more brotherly. Last year’s team was filled with juniors, sophomores and little to no seniors. The seniors of the group this year took the reins and showed our younger group what it meant to be apart of the Roy High football team.

Roy High varsity football players have gave the quote of “good” as something they told themselves before each game. For every negative thought they gave themselves 3 positive statements. Even during the game against Skyridge, multiple boys kept their head held high and kept looking toward the future, what they could be doing, rather than what they were doing wrong. Like Andrade says, “focus on what I have to do… Trust your preparation.”

Roy High student travels to Australia to perform in choir


by Hayden Smith
Assistant Editor

Imagine getting an important letter in the mail, no not your Hogwarts letter, but a letter inviting you to sing with a 250 person choir at Sydney Opera House in Australia. Hearing 2500+ people cheering in one of the most iconic concert halls in the world. Simply standing in one of the most iconic concert halls in the world and let alone hearing 2500 plus attendees cheering for you is a truly once in a lifetime experience. Especially for a 16 year old Junior at Roy High School.

Landon Herrin, a student at Roy High, has received the honor of performing at not only one, but two of the most iconic concert halls in the world. Herrin first started choir at Rocky Mountain Junior High under the instruction of Mr. Thomas Saunders; an extremely notable choir teacher. “I’m not exactly sure how it all happened,” said Herrin, “I guess Saunders’ credibility contributed greatly.”

What Herrin lacks in experience, he makes up for in raw talent. And that talent is growing day by day by not only writing new songs, but also singing in the shower. Playing piano and continuing to learn how to play the guitar also contribute to his ability as a musician. For example, learning how to identify pitch and other sounds in music. “I’m not necessarily tone deaf, which definitely helps me hear and identify pitches better than others.”

In the summer of 2019, Herrin will be joining a 250 person choir to perform at the Sydney Opera House in Australia. Out of 25,000 nominations for the choir, only 250 secured a position. Young aspiring musicians from all over the world come together for this once in a lifetime experience. “It’s like piecing together one giant puzzle. Everyone plays their own part and everyone is equally important,” says Herrin.

While competition was fierce and paying for the trip was difficult, Landon felt as though he had an edge since he had toured with this company before in New York. The biggest issues that Herrin faced was the money and time commitment. “It’s six songs and you only have a small period of time to get the songs down.” With an immense amount of practice required and a hefty load of fees, it can be stressful. But with the support from family and friends in the community, Landon is confident in his ability to participate.

The company will be flying all participants that made the choir out to Australia. Even though the flight is 19 hours long, “We’ll be losing two days flight time. Since it’s over my birthday, the 29th is actually the 31st.” After a few short days of practice and sightseeing around Sydney, they perform, then fly back home. Herrin is extremely grateful for the part that music plays in his life. Accompanied with learning great values and discipline, music helps him in almost every way imaginable. “You just gotta learn what music is.”