Student of the Week In the Daily Herald: Emily Susan Westercamp

Emily Susan Westercamp was chosen as this week's Student of the Week. She is a seventh grader at Mapleton Jr. High School.

Westercamp has been a member of Turning Point Dance for the past eight years and part of the group's Competition Team for the past two years. She loves to play the piano and has taken lessons for the past five years.

Westercamp also loves to sing and is a member of the Utah Valley Children's Choir. The choir goes on tour every summer -- last year the group visited Missouri, Illinois, Ohio and New York. This summer the choir will go to Canada.

Her other interests include drama and art.

This past year, she has been a member of the Hope Squad along with 10 others who were all voted in by their peers. The Hope Squad was formed because of the continuing problem of suicide in kids. The Hope Squad strives to uplift, encourage, educate and empower others students. They are there to be a listening ear and hopefully help other students who may be struggling with issues of depression or battling self-worth.

Westercamp has been working diligently on earning her Young Woman Recognition Award at her church. This is a program for girls between the ages of 12 and 18. To earn the award, girls must do 46 assigned experiences and eight 10-hour projects. The purpose is to help girls come closer to Christ and to develop important values such as faith, divine nature, individual worth, knowledge, choice and accountability, good works, integrity and virtue.

One of the projects Westercamp did last summer was to go around her neighborhood and find different jobs that she could do to help people. This included weeding and yard work, house-cleaning projects, babysitting and visiting elderly neighbors. To this day, she continues to visit one elderly widow on a regular basis. Westercamp is currently working on her last 10-hour project of reading the Book of Mormon.

This coming school year, she will be part of the school's yearbook staff. She is also excited about two of the classes she is taking: Service Learning and Peer Tutoring. In Service Learning she will complete service projects that will benefit the school and community. In Peer Tutoring, she will help tutor kids with special needs.

Westercamp hopes to attend BYU in the future. She is not sure of what she wants to do yet, but has talked about possibly teaching, going into music or owning a flower shop. She is also planning to serve an LDS mission.

Westercamp is a selfless person who thinks about the needs of others before herself. She is a deep thinker and has always been responsible and mature for her age. She is always the first to volunteer to help with anything. She has a positive disposition and strives to uplift those around her. She is a joy to all who know her.



MJHS Talent Show

Andrea Pond

Yesterday was our talent show that showcased just some of our talented students at MJHS.  Those that participated did such a good job!  Way to go Mustangs!


Spring Choir Concert

Andrea Pond

Last week the Spring Choir Concert was held at MJHS.  Mrs. Thomson and the students worked hard all term to put on a fantastic concert! 

Yearbook cover by Courtney Robison

Jessica Low

This year’s yearbook will feature one MJHS student’s photography prowess. Early in the year the yearbook staff and photography class (taught by Mr. Anderson) joined forces to find a picture for the cover of the yearbook. Many students submitted great photos, but Courtney Robison’s was chosen. 


The yearbook staff felt that Courtney’s picture best represented the yearbook theme “Entering the Unknown.” The picture features a student overlooking Mapleton as the sun is rising. Staff members commented that they liked how the photograph showed a new day with infinite potential because this school year is a new year with infinite potential. 


Once Courtney’s picture was selected, a team of professional designers worked to transform the picture into our yearbook cover. The designers added a swirling pattern into the picture to represent the way in which the future is unknown. They also added the school name. The cover is a matte finish with a glossy title. 

The amazing talent that went into creating the yearbook cover is just the beginning. Each page of the yearbook was made with care. Pages follow a common design theme to create the best look possible. Each spread also averages 30+ pictures to make sure that as many students as possible are covered in the book. In fact, over 50% of the student body is in the yearbook three times or more!


If you would like to purchase a yearbook, you can do so in the finance office. Books are $26. All orders are due by this Friday, May 22. Yearbooks will be distributed during 6th period on May, 27. Any remaining books will be sold on the last day of school. If you are not sure if you have purchased a book yet, please email Mrs. Carey at (


9th Grade Night Celebrations

Andrea Pond

What a successful night celebrating our 9th Grade class.  The students enjoyed food, fun and activities! We will miss this class next year!


Lagoon Day

Andrea Pond

Lagoon Day is May 28th~


Lagoon permission slips were handed out Monday.  Students will need to turn in their parent signed permission slip along with $6.00 for the bus ride to the finance office in order to secure a spot.  The cost for students to enter Lagoon is $31.00 (CASH ONLY).



Origami for Mother's Day

Holly Tippetts

Thursday, Ms. Tippetts seventh grade English students combined two Japanese art forms to create mementos for Mother's Day. Students first wrote a narrative Haiku on a piece of paper and folded that into origami. Surprisingly, writing the Haiku was much easier than folding a paper crane or 8-petal flower! 

Thanks to all the fantastic mothers that support us!

Spirit of the Mustang - Suzie Rowley

Andrea Pond

Susie Rowley is a great example of what the spirit of the mustang is all about.  We all know how much Susie has on her plate all the time.  She teaches her classes with energy and passion while maintaining high standards of learning.  All students love to attend Susie’s classes.  She has a busy home life caring for and loving her children and her husband.  She also has a group of students here at the school that love and look up to her for guidance.  Of course I am referring to the student government.  She fulfills the advisor role with a very high level of expectation and the students give it to her because of the respect they have for her.  During the elections here at the school, she always had a smile on her face and accepted every challenge that came her way with determination.  She mentioned that election day was the greatest and the worst day of the year for her.  With all of the love she shows for her students, we all know that this was a true statement for her.  Susie is highly respected by her students, fellow teachers, administration, and her family.  It is for this and many other reasons that Susie Rowley deserves the spirit of the mustang award for the month!