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March 2013

Trevor Jeppson Wins Grand Champion Prize at Central Utah Science and Engineering fair

Submitted by jeffrey.nelson on Tue, 03/26/2013 - 08:25
trevor Jeppson

On Thursday March 21 Trevor Jeppson attended the Central Utah Science and Engineering fair held at Brigham Young University for students of all ages. Trevor won the 7th and 8th grade division qualifying him for one of the grand prizes which is a trip to the National fair held in Washington DC. In Trevor’s division there were 11 competitors and for the grand prize there were around 200 students. Trevor’s project was a shake light test, in the test Trevor measured the amount of light given off and the voltage used by the light. In order for Trevor to be chosen for the national fair he must submit several essays to the national board and be picked from a pool of students from around the country. We are so proud of Trevor and wish him well in the next round of the competition.

Mapleton Jr 7th Grade Students Launch Paper Balloons

Submitted by jeffrey.nelson on Wed, 03/06/2013 - 10:21
Spencer Heaps
Prepare to launch
Floating in the wind
Great Job

MAPLETON -- Brian Frankowski's seventh-grade enriched science class at Mapleton Junior High took flight Tuesday morning without their feet leaving the ground. The class used a propane burner to fill tissue-paper hot air balloons they have been building for weeks and let them loose in the sky above the school and surrounding homes.

"We've learned about density and how convection currents form, and we're taking advantage of density differences between the hot air and the cold air," Frankowski said.

The hot air in the balloons sent them rocketing skyward in the cold morning air but a stiff wind sent them flying far from the school, leading students on a wild chase to recover their creations. The balloons ranged from small, round, traditional balloon shapes to large abstract creations, including a flying fish and a horse's head.

"We wanted to do something special," said Trevor Jeppson who, with partner Blake DeMartini, designed the fish-shaped balloon. "We had to design our own gore, which is the template for the balloon, and then we had to glue it all together. I even had to climb inside the fish and do some gluing inside it."

One large balloon even carried a small video camera that recorded its flight. Once back in the classroom, the class watched the film. The video showed the ground quickly falling away from the balloon, trees and fields drifting by, even the sounds of a dog barking and a rooster crowing, before it crashed in somebody's yard.

For Frankowski, the project was as much to teach about density and the dynamics of balloons as it was to get the students excited in a way that explaining how a balloon works could not.

"You know, a lot of kids are bored about science," he said. "It shouldn't be boring. That's the one subject they should be excited about."

Story was in the Daily Herald

Written by Spencer Heaps

MJHS February Students of the Month

Submitted by jeffrey.nelson on Fri, 03/01/2013 - 11:19
February Students of the Month

Mapleton Jr. High School is pleased to announce the February 2013 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 February are (listed by academic area):

CTE- Solomon Quackenbush-Jeffrey, Jacob Richins, Zachary Hales

English- Joshua Eaton, Emelia Call, Braydon Bird

Fine Arts-

Foreign Language- Kallin Harrison, Cameron Asay, Kadyn Best

Health- Lindey Sanders, Caden Brown

Life Skills- Jose Monge, Noah Elderedge, Marilyn Ibarra

Math- Hallister Wilson, Adriana Villalobos, Gage Ercanbrack

PE- SundeeAnn Belknap, Mason Sumsion, Megan Gutke

Science-Haley Green, Joshua Gardner, Abigail Taylor

Social Studies- Sophie McCausland, Dawson Nackos, Kyiarain Hernandez

School Service- Abby Jackman, Kyle Wilson

Congratulations to the Students of the Month for February

Mapleton Junior Girls Basketball finish on a Good Note

Submitted by jeffrey.nelson on Fri, 03/01/2013 - 10:41
Benjy Frame
Girls Basketball Team


Mapleton Girls Basketball team had a year to remember. It was one of ups and downs with the year ending on a high note with a win over Mountain ridge in overtime. Ellie Ashman made a shot with no time left on the clock to send the game into overtime where the mustangs took over and sealed the victory. The season had its share of injuries from a sprained wrist as well as a concussion from winter tubing accidents. They also dealt with the flu that hampered some practices and games. The Girls showed a lot of character and continued to battle through the season. They gave the district champions (Salem Hills) their only two losses of the season and made great improvements throughout the season. A big thanks goes out to the Administration, teacher, and parents for their support and letting us coach a great group of girls.

Girl's Basketball Team

Ashley Anderson

Ellie Ashman

Lisa Calhoun

Makenna George

Maizi Gunther

Emma Harlan

Caroline Hickey

Kaycie Jensen

Megan Morrill

Rian Prows

Jessica Walker

Emma Wirthlin


Isabel Knutzen

Madisen Ontiveros

Nicole Sutherland

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