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Sterling Parker: The Voice of Rockwell

by Alyssa Smith

Since the age of three, basketball has been of interest to Coach Parker.

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“My mother enjoyed sports and bought me a little hoop that hung on the kitchen door,” he said. “I would put my underwear on backwards and shoot all day.”

Parker grew up on a mink ranch on Dimple Dell Road and had chores as early as five years old.

“My folks taught me how to work early in life,” he says. “I am still working and I am 70 years old.”

This work ethic has carried Parker through difficult times in his life.

 

Parker has been going to high school basketball games since he was a young boy, and sports have always been a big part of his life.

Parker currently enjoys coaching the Rockwell boys’ basketball team. He feels fortunate to know the players and their background stories.

“Teaching them to be successful in life is very important to me,” he said. “I try to help them see that failure is not an option.”

 

Parker has been teaching and coaching at Rockwell for 6 years. He started announcing games as the voice of Rockwell before he began coaching the sophomore boys team four years ago. He looks out for students and is a friend to all.

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“I want each student to know they are loved and that everyone has self worth,” he said. “We are all someone.”

Parker also enjoys having friendships with the staff and working with people he cares about.

“Working at Rockwell is an amazing experience,” Parker said. “I get the choice blessing of working with my daughter, Candice, every day.”

Rockwell faculty members appreciate Parker and his dedication to the students, the basketball team, and the school.

Muscular Intensity meets Exhilaration in Marvel’s The Black Panther

by Alyssa Smith

The Black Panther was released to theaters on February 16. It was a thrilling new Marvel movie that has been the only movie since Avatar to top the box office for five straight weeks in a row.

“It was such an amazing movie,” said Rockwell sophomore Felicia Jacquez. “Everyone should go see it.”

Critics enjoyed this movie and thought it was very well-done.

“Like Taika Waititi before him, Ryan Coogler gives the Marvel template a bold auteurist twist with an African extravaganza,” said critic Jimi Famurewa. “It packs a muscular intensity and challenges as much as it exhilarates.”

Although Rotten Tomatoes gives this film a high 97%, a few people disagree with the majority vote.

“The film spirals into a stodgy tale of internecine feuding, in which T’Challa is required to come to terms with the sins of past generations,” said Ed Power, a critic from the Irish Independent. “What he doesn’t get to do much of is jump around beating up bad guys. That’s a shame.”

Go see The Black Panther, now in theaters, and let Marshal Magazine know what you think of the film.

Athletes of Rockwell: Senior Night

by Alyssa Smith

The girls basketball team celebrated the seniors last week as they played APA Draper at home.

“Seniors: this is your last home game,” said Coach Troy Gifford. “So play your hearts out.”

This year’s team consisted of four seniors – Destiny Dipo, Megan Nelson, Kylee Berry, and Livia Chatwin – and two foreign exchange students – Sofie Larsen and Aom Kayhasai. Some of them have decided to take up basketball this year and have learned a lot in the process. Destiny Dipo has been playing high school basketball at Rockwell since 9th grade.

“Obviously the team changes every year,” Dipo said. “We just keep getting better and better.”

The team will miss having these seniors and exchange students next year.

“I wish I could come back and play next year,” said Aom Kayhasai, an exchange student from Thailand. “I love these girls so much.”

The girls on both JV and Varsity put everything into that game and came out with a win. The varsity score was 48-30.

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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.

Volleyball starts strong against Waterford

Rockwell’s volleyball team played a tough match against Waterford at home Thursday. Despite their strong start to each match, both the JV and Varsity Lady Marshals went home without a win.

“There is definitely lots of improvement,” said varsity coach Jason. “Things have definitely gotten a lot better since the start of the season.”

Both JV and Varsity girls worked together throughout the games.

“I love the excitement and bonding we have as a team,” said freshman Sophie Jaimes. “I think it helps us work together.”

The Lady Marshals are excited to play this season and are looking forward to the joys that come with playing the game.

“I love the thrill of the game and the feeling of hitting the ball,” said sophomore Cassandra Nelson. “It’s rewarding every time.”

Coach Jason is a new coach this year and is excited to coach because of his passion for the game.

“I started playing 20 years ago as outside hitter,” Jason said. “I love volleyball and can’t wait to see what we can do here at Rockwell.”

STEM bus visits Rockwell

The STEM bus made its first high school stop at Rockwell Charter High School September 5.

Endeavor (previously Tesoro) approached the STEM Action Center last year to create a bus to reach all communities. It is the STEM Action Center’s mission to reach rural areas and prepare them for a STEM-competitive workforce.

STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics.

Program coordinator, Abby Dowd, was first introduced to STEM in college where it became her passion, and she wanted to share it.

Graphic designers, programmers, play testers, animators, and game designers all play a major part in the STEM program.

Other program coordinator says his favorite part about his job is being able to learn along with the students.

“STEM is the future,” said Dowd.

Each STEM bus visit begins with a lecture from the program coordinators, then students are able to put their listening skills to work and use their imagination. These activities range from designing video games to building robots.

“I have always

liked the second part of the lecture when it just ‘clicked’ for the students,” said Dowd.

Brad Hunsaker, program coordinator, said STEM is important because that is where all the jobs are going.

“STEM is the future and we need to prepare students for that,” Hunsaker said.

The program will continue to grow, and jobs are constantly available in this area.

“As technology changes, so does STEM,” said Dowd. “We hope to prepare students for the competitive STEM workforce that lies ahead.”