December 2012

Science fair a big success

Attributions: 
Nicole Hickman
Winners pictured left to right: Haydon Cooper, Anne Wake, Madisen Ontiveros, Brinley Nelson, Marjia Farris, and Madi Rosser. Not pictured: Trevor Jeppson, Sophie Hill, and Abby Crandall.

On Wednesday, December 14th, Mapleton Jr. High had our annual science fair. There were many great projects this year. Thank you to all who came and participated in the event! The following students placed and will take their project to the Nebo School District Science Fair coming in February.

9th Grade

1st place (tie)-Anne Wake

Project Question: Do males or females verbalize frustration first?

Experiment: For my experiment, I had 11 males and 11 females play the “moron test.” During the test, I timed how long it took them to verbalize their frustration. The end results proved that males verbalize their frustration first.

1st place (tie)-Madisen Ontiveros

Project Question: How can geothermal energy power a community?

Experiment: My experiment was to see which way of wing geothermal energy would be most efficient. My results were that the more wells you had connected to the earth would result in better energy and power.

8th grade

1st place- Haydon Cooper

Project Question: What lubricant makes the bearing spin the longest?

Experiment: For my project I wanted to see which lubricant is the best. I put my bearing on a wooden dowel and clamped it in place with a vise. I spun the bearing with a drill on the highest speed and timed until the bearing stopped. I repeated this for all the lubricants, cleaning the bearings with contact cleaner each time. In the end only one lubricant, powdered graphite, spun longer than no lubricant at all.

2nd place-Sophie Hill and Abby Crandall

Project Question: Can you taste the color?

Experiment: How we tested our project was we took vanilla pudding and put food coloring in the pudding. We had 3 colors: green, reddish pink, and plain vanilla color. We had people taste the pudding and we asked them what flavor they thought it was. We tested people from ages 5-18+. All the kids 5-9 thought the flavor was based on the color (example: green=lime). Everyone else from ages 10+ took time to taste the pudding and almost everyone knew they were all vanilla.

3rd place (tie)-Marjia Farris and Brinley Nelson

Project Question: How does smell affect taste?

Experiment: For our experiment we wanted to see how smell affects taste. We took 3 high school aged boys and had them eat chicken nuggets in 5 different types of aromas. The 5 aromas were: normal, pumpkin scentsy, stinky shoes and socks, perfume, and balsamic vinegar. We concluded that smell does affect taste.

3rd place (tie)-Madi Rosser

Project Question: What happens to underwater plants when I add oil to the plants? (acting like an oil spill)

Experiment: I had 4 aquatic plants, each the same type. I placed them in 4 separate jars and labeled them plant A-D. Plant A had oil, B had gasoline, C had red food coloring, and D was my control with water. I observed the plants for 2-3 weeks and noted any changes. Plant B, C, and D were all in bad condition. Plant B had no leaves on it, Plant C’s roots turned red and the leaves had started to change color, and Plant D was not healthy at all. Plant A, however, looked brand new. It was a funny turnout for my experiment and I believe that if I had used something to put around Plant A’s jar to stop the sun rays from reaching the plant, the results would be different. I had a lot of fun with the experiment and try my experiment again with another theory.

7th grade

1st place-Trevor Jeppson

Project Question: How many magnets will light up a light the best in a light shake?

Experiment: I made two shake lights and hooked a LED light to them. Then I put in magnets and shook them to see how the light lights up. My hypothesis was that the 5 magnets would work the best. My hypothesis was wrong—3 magnets could light the light very bright, but 5 magnets gave no light at all.

Mapleton Jr. Fine Arts department puts on Fabulous Christmas Shows

Band performs at Christmas concert
Jazz band performs at Christmas concert

The fine arts department at Mapleton Jr. has been working extremely hard preparing for their Christmas concerts and it paid off. The band, choir and orchestra all put on amazing performances in front of standing room only crowds. The choir started off the week with a show on Monday, the orchestra performed on Thursday followed by the band on Friday. A huge thanks goes out to the students for their hard work and dedication, to the teachers (Mrs. Helquest, Thompson, and Smith) for the time and effort going above and beyond the call of duty and to the parents and families of the students for supporting their children. We have a great Fine Arts department at Mapleton Junior High and we are very proud of the programs that have been developed over the years.

Nebo Christmas Card winners from MJHS!

Nebo School District received many entries for the Nebo School District Christmas Card. This year, junior high students competed for this honor.

Congratulations to two of our students at MJHS!

Second place went to Tia Bray.  Tia’s artwork is on the Nebo Education Foundation’s Christmas card and went to hundreds of generous people and businesses that donated throughout the year to the Nebo Education Foundation for students of Nebo School District.

Third place went to Kylie Diamond from Mapleton Junior. 

Congratulations to the students of the month for November

Attributions: 
Cathy Page
November Students of the Month

Mapleton Jr. High School is pleased to announce the October 2012 Students of the Month. Each academic area selects one outstanding student per grade level to represent their department for student of the month. In order to be selected these students must show superior academic achievement along with exceptional citizenship. The MJHS students of the month were invited to a pizza party to celebrate this fantastic accomplishment. The students of the month for October are (listed by academic area):

CTE- Garret Griffin, Alex Palmer

English- Kylie Diamond, Carson Nielsen, Mayci Bohl

Fine Arts- Jesse Dean, Sarah Dominguez, Brynn Allred

Foreign Language- Anton Churilov, Braxton Geary, Chad Hutchings

Health- Lauren Wilson, Harley Christensen, Maizi Gunther

Life Skills- Avery Deede, Lewis Hichman, Esteban Pena

Math- Morgan Patterson, Ashley Davies, Cayden Chruma

PE- Shayna Graves, Danielle Graves

Science-Savannah Marker, Jannelyse Allred

Social Studies- Gunner Garrard, Culloden Graham, Cameron Mcworter