Humans of Rockwell

Lady Marshals defeat UMA in home opener

by Sidney Bernabeu | Marshal Magazine |

Both girls Varsity and JV teams defeated the Utah Military Academy Monday.

Varsity won 55-20. They came onto the court well prepared and ready to win.

IMG_4239The team is mostly made up of new girls this year but, as the team showed against UMA, they know what it takes to be a good team.

“It was a really great game,” said sophomore Brie Searle. “We worked as a team. We had really good team effort and we all worked with each other.”

The JV team won 42-7, and they were also up for the challenge of winning. Although this group of girls just started playing together, they are prepared to win and their season looks promising.

Junior high basketball teams find first win of the season Monday

by Alyssa Smith and Sidney Bernabeu | Marshal Magazine |

The junior high boys and girls basketball teams took their first wins of the season against Ascent Lehi Monday night. 

Both teams have great team chemistry and stayed positive throughout the game.

“I feel like our team worked really hard and deserved the win,” said boys point guard Tyler Smith.

The boys are continuing to improve as the season goes on, and now is their chance to start a winning streak.

The junior high girls also crushed Acsent 45-27 Monday night. They started out and finished the game strong. They knew their plays and were prepared to win.

The girls showed their dedication throughout the game. As the other team started gaining points, they stepped up their game and played harder than the other team. The girls have fun while playing and work great as a team.

They work hard and are ready for a great season.

Teacher Spotlight: Jacob Hampton

by Kaylee Birnbaum | Marshal Magazine |

Jacob Hampton is a new teacher at Rockwell this year. He teaches English 11 and Intro to Film. Students have gotten to know and love the way he contributes to our school.

“I love when my students and I can joke together,” Hampton said. “Telling people what to do all day is taxing, so it’s nice when we can all forget about that dynamic for a minute and just laugh together.”

Hampton attended UVU, got a black belt in karate when he was 12, and secretly wishes he had mind reading powers. He has a passion for film and has written for UVU’s newspaper, worked as a film critic for a website called Rogue Auteurs, and even had his own band in high school called Juice Box. They won Orem High School’s Battle of the Bands in 2011 and continued to advance to the state level of competition. Music and movies have always been a big part of Hampton’s life.

Becoming a teacher is something in which Hampton finds great fulfillment.

“I wanted to become a teacher because I love being able to share things I’m passionate about with others in ways that help them learn,” Hampton said.

Hampton works hard in what he does and always has the students’ interests in mind. Helping students is what he loves to do.

To those wanting to become a teacher, Hampton says to have a thick skin.

“Don’t worry,” Hampton said. “Not all the kids who act like they hate you actually do.”

Rockwell is glad to have Hampton as a member of the team.

3 Tips for Conquering Senioritis

by Kaylee Birnbaum | Marshal Magazine |

1)  Keep yourself healthy – Health is the key here. When you’re healthy, you’re feeling better, and when you’re feeling better, you will be more focused. Make sure you are going to bed at a decent hour and eating nice healthy meals throughout the day. When you wake up after a good night’s rest, you will feel fresh and ready to tackle another day.

2) Get involved – You’re not going to be in high school for much longer, so you might as well make the most of it now. Join clubs or teams that you are interested in and enjoy. “Being on the baseball team has kept me motivated to do my schoolwork,” said Keegan Beck, Rockwell Senior. It’s very easy to overlook these things, but it’s important to keep in mind that you may never have opportunities like this again.

3) Don’t work hard, work really hard – This is your last chance to prove to colleges that you are motivated and determined. You have gone to school almost all of your life, don’t give up now when you’re already at the end. One more year compared to 12 is a piece of cake. “You have to keep the end goal in mind when focusing on your future,” said Mya Salinas from Rockwell Charter High School. “My supportive teachers have really helped me a lot.”

Scary Movies: The Top 10 Countdown

by Aaron Galvan |

Many look forward to this time of year as a time to enjoy their favorite thrillers and horror movies. You may want to watch a scary movie but feel like there are too many to choose from. Hopefully this list can help you decide. I’ve done some research and even asked a couple of students what scary movies they think are the scariest. Here is the top ten list for scary movies, on a scale from “not scary” to “don’t watch alone.”

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9. The Exorcist. This movie is about a little girl who begins to act strangely after speaking with her imaginary friend. The mother of the little girl becomes worried and hires the help of two priests to hopefully save the little girl. One word for this movie: CREEPY.

8. Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Now we can step aside from the demonic side of scary and step into the more down-to-earth side of scary. Five teens seek help from a farm family after a hitchhiker commits suicide in their vehicle. The teens soon realize they are being hunted by a madman known as Leatherface.

7. The Conjuring. Now this film is based on a true story. Paranormal investigators are called to help a family haunted by a demon. The investigators soon find themselves in the scariest case of their lives.Theringpostere.jpg

6. The Ring. The film follows a young journalist as she investigates the death of four teens, who all died after watching a disturbing video. After watching the same video she has limited time to solve the mystery.

5. Friday the 13th. This is a popular horror movie, to say the least. Friday the 13th is about a normal summer at Camp Crystal Lake. Things are fine until everyone at camp begins getting picked off one by one by a hidden killer. Camp will never be the same again.

4. The Shining. This movie is known as “A masterpiece of modern horror.” The Shining is about Jack Torrance and his family staying at a haunted hotel. Jack soon becomes insane and presents a danger to his family.

1200x630bb3. Jaws. Now Jaws may not be scary to everyone, but it is an all time favorite that had to be on the list. Jaws is about a massive shark that enjoys eating people. A sheriff, marine biologist, and a professional shark hunter team up to kill Jaws once and for all.

2. Nightmare on Elm Street. A group of teenagers are terrorized by Freddy Krueger – a deformed man with a killing plan. He inhabits the dreams of the teenagers and affects the dreamer in the real world. This one never ceases to scare young and old alike.

1. Casper The Friendly Ghost. Now this one is for all you junior high kids (or junior high kids-at-heart) who want a little excitement, but nothing too scary. This movie is about a dad and daughter moving into an old house that is haunted by four ghosts, one such ghost is Casper. This is definitely a movie you don’t want to watch alone.

Death of Vista Heights teacher shakes Rockwell community

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Dylan Thornton was killed in a car crash Tuesday. He taught at Vista Heights Middle School.

A much-loved husband, father, and teacher died on his way to school September 12.

Dylan Thornton, a teacher at Vista Heights Middle School, was part of a multi-car collision that ended tragically. Thornton was on his way to work at the time of the crash.

Thornton’s funeral was held Monday, where more than 3,000 students, teachers, faculty, family, and friends gathered to celebrate his life.

Thornton has been an influence to the Saratoga Springs community, and an influence in the lives of students at Rockwell.

Students who have previously attended Vista Heights Middle School were most likely to be a student of Mr. Thornton and could see not only his passion for teaching, but his passion for “Star Wars” as well. To honor Mr. Thornton, students dressed up in Star Wars t-shirts on September 13.

Many Rockwell students loved Thornton and were devastated to hear the news of his passing.

 “He always put everyone else before himself,” said Rockwell junior Kaylee Birnbaum. “He was an awesome teacher.”

Thornton cared about each and every one of his students.

“He was the nicest, most genuine guy,” said Rockwell senior CJ Jacobson. “He was by far the best teacher as Vista Heights Middle School.”

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