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Winter Olympics 2018

by Hollie Alder

Earlier this month, it was announced that Pyeongchang South Korea would be the site of the 2018 Winter Olympics. The opening ceremonies will be held on February 9 and the Olympics will run through February 25th. The most popular events consist of the Snowboard half pipe, Four men bobsled, Figure skating for women, Alpine skiing downhill, Hockey, Skeleton, Short track relay, Figure skating ice dancing, Ski jumping, Snowboard cross, and Aerials.

“I’m just happy it’s not in North Korea,” said Rockwell Junior Keegan Beck.

Tune in for more information as the new year gets closer.

Winter Olympic Sports:

Alpine skiing (11 events)

Biathlon (11 events)

Bobsleigh (3 events)

Cross-country skiing (12 events)

Curling (3 events)

Figure skating (5 events)

Freestyle skiing (10 events)

Ice hockey (2 events)

Luge (4 events)

Nordic combined (3 events)


Short track speed skating (8 events)

Skeleton (2 events)


Ski jumping (4 events)

Snowboarding (10 events)

Speed skating (14 events)


Creativity goes a long way in dance date proposals

by Hollie Alder

These creative date dance proposals? They’re a Utah thing. But who says we can’t have a little fun with the creativity in asking someone of the opposite gender to a date dance? With the girls’ choice Sadies dance this past weekend and Prom coming up later this spring, it can be hard to keep up the creativity in the asking-answering routine. Here are some ideas to get your date swooning over your creativity before the date even starts:

1.Put a message in a bottle.


2. Crack the code. Put the candy in the bag and put the lock around the bag to make it even more tempting.


3. Crime scene


4. Is your date crazy for Disney? Here’s a smart idea for an immediate yes.


5. In-N-Out


For more ideas, check out Buzzfeed’s list of 24 Creative Ways to ask a Date to Prom.

Rockwell’s award-winning drama team

Auditions for the Region and State Drama Competition were held two weeks ago. Congratulations to everyone who auditioned.

The competition consists of monologues, scenes, pantomimes, musical theater, and a one act.

“I’m excited to hangout with people after school every day and get to know everyone better,” said a Rockwell student who wishes to remain anonymous. “I haven’t done an after school activity yet this year, so this will be fun.”

Classical and Contemporary scenes can consist of 2-3 people with a time limit of 3-6 minutes. Humorous and Dramatic monologues are of one person whose monologue is 2-6 minutes long. Pantomimes are performed by 1-2 people and the time limit is 2-6 minutes. In a pantomime, you aren’t a loud to speak – you just are acting.  In musical theatre 1-4 people compete with a time limit of 2-6 minutes.

Once teams have met all of the above requirements, they have a full slate to compete with.

“Watching the students gain confidence and learn skills to better present themselves to others, and learn how to work together as a team is my favorite part of the competition,” said Rockwell’s drama director Amy Holt. “I also love the opportunity to work with students outside of the classroom. You get to know students more as individuals when you work with them after school, it has been a great opportunity.”

I am a firm believer that extracurricular activities is character building and so beneficial to students. The more the merrier!

– Amy Holt, Rockwell’s drama director

Disney’s Live Action Beauty and The Beast

by Hollie Alder

On March 17 of this year, the live action Beauty and the Beast will be coming out into theaters.

In the new film, Belle is the inventor. She is always trying to find solutions so that she has more time to focus on reading her books. Her father makes music boxes for her so that she has a way of seeing the world and what she is missing.

Cast members include:

  • Belle: Emma Watson from Harry Potter (Hermione Granger)
  • Beast: Dan Stevens from Downton Abbey (Matthew Crowley)
  • Gaston: Luke Evans from The Hobbit the Desolation of Smaug (Bard)
  • Mrs.Potts: Emma Thompson from Nanny McPhee (Nanny McPhee)
  • Le Fou: Josh Gad from Frozen (Olaf)
  • Lumiere: Ewan McGregor from Big Fish (Edward Bloom)
  • Cogsworth: Ian McKellen from The Hobbit (Gandalf)
  • Maurice: Kevin Kline from The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Phoebus)
  • Chip: Nathan Mack from The Unborn

Three new songs are going to be introduced into the new film:

  1. Our Song Lives On (appearing several times in the movie)
  2. For Evermore (The Beast sings when he  releases Belle)
  3. Days in the Sun (When the objects and Belle are falling asleep)

New Movies Coming in 2017

by Hollie Alder

2016 was a great year for movie-lovers. With films like Finding Dory, La La Land, and the Ghostbusters re-make bound to become classics, it seems hard to top what’s already been so successful, but this coming year just may do it. Here are some films set to release in 2017.


  • A Monster Calls
  • Hidden Figures
  • Between Us
  • Lost and Found
  • Sherlock: The Final Problem
  • Patriot’s Day


  • The LEGO Batman Movie
  • The Great Wall
  • John Wick: Chapter 2
  • Everybody Loves Somebody
  • Fifty Shades Darker


  • Beauty and the Beast
  • Kong: Skull Island
  • Power Rangers
  • The Boss Baby
  • The Zookeeper’s Wife


  • Smurfs: The Lost Village
  • Going in Style
  • The Fate of the Furious


  • Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul
  • Everything, Everything
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
  • Baywatch


  • Wonder Woman
  • Captain Underpants
  • The Mummy
  • Cars 3
  • Transformers: The Last Knight
  • Despicable Me 3


  • Spiderman: Homecoming
  • Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
  • Girls Trip


  • The Emoji Movie
  • Annabelle 2
  • Baby Driver


  • Marvel’s The Inhumans
  • The LEGO Ninjago


  • My Little Pony: The Movie
  • Kingsman: The Golden Circle
  • Blade Runner 2049
  • Cloverfield 2017


  • Thor: Ragnarok
  • Creed 2
  • Justice League
  • Coco
  • Let it Snow


  • Star Wars: Episode VIII
  • Pitch Perfect 3
  • Jumanji
  • The Greatest Showman on Earth


Great Christmas Recipes

It is that time of year when treats are a must. Filling the holiday season with food that is sweet. Here are some recipes that are sure to fill you with christmas cheer.


Gingerbread (by

  • 1/2 cup of Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Butter
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 cup Molasses
  • 2 1/2 cups of All Purpose Flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Baking Soda
  • 1 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon Ground Ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon Ground Cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 cup Hot Water

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a 9-inch square pan. In a large bowl, cream together the sugar and butter. Beat in the egg, and mix in the molasses. In a bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, and cloves. Blend into the creamed mixture. Stir in the hot water. Pour into the prepared pan. Bake 1 hour in the preheated oven, until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow to cool in pan before serving.


Yule log (by

  • 1/2 cup sifted cake flour
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 3 eggs, separated
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/8 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups whipped cream
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 8 (1 ounce) squares semisweet chocolate, melted
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/8 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon green food coloring
  • 8 ounces marzipan



A new Disney movie, Moana, comes out this month. It is based on a girl that has a special connection with the ocean. Moana goes on a daring adventure to save her people. Along that way she mets the Demi God Maui, who helps her with her quest to become a master path finder. Along there way the come across monsters and are put up against the odds. On the journey Moana found something that she didn’t expect to find: her own identity.

The two main characters Moana and Maui are played by Dwayne Johnson, and Auli’i Carvalho.

Coming out November 23, 2016

New shows, exciting musicals coming to Broadway

by Hollie Alder

  1. Holiday Inn: The New Irvin Bell Musical: Jim Leaves behind show business and moves to Connecticut. He can’t get dancing and singing out of his mind though. He meets Linda a school teacher and Jim discovers a hidden talent of hers. They get together and make a stage for performing for others. Will they fall in love?
  2. Heisenberg: A woman bumps into an older man at a train station and they have an unexpected kiss leading to a romance no one thought was possible.
  3. The Cherry Orchard: A family on the edge of ruin and the country on the end of revolution.
  4. The Front Page: Newspaper reporters on the  police beat.
  5. Falsettos: Marvin has to decide what love is to him.
  6. Natasha, Pierre And The Great Comet of 1812: Natasha waits for her husband to return home from war. While she waits she can’t help but fall in love with another man. What will happen between these two loves?
  7. The Illusionist- Turn Of The Century:
  8. A Bronx Tale: A man has to decide whether to be like his father or his boss who he always wanted to be like.
  9. In Transit: The world is always moving like a subway. Sometimes getting on or off is hard.






New Hale Center Theatre: coming soon to a town near you

by Hollie Alder

The Hale Center Theatre is expanding in every sense of the word: expanding its technology, size, number of theaters, and its budget.

Opening in November 2017, the theatre is set to replace the current Hale Center Theatre in West Valley.

“This is an opportunity to allow us to touch more lives, double our capacity and allow even more family friendly exposure to this wonderful art form.”

–Mark Dietlein, Hale Centre Theatre president and CEO-

Here are ten things you may want to know about the new theatre:

  1. There will be two theaters in the facility.
  2. The first theater will have ten rows with a total of 460 seats and the second theater will have 900 seats, both with stunning new technology.
  3. The building walls will go up 129 feet.
  4. It is set to open in November of 2017.
  5. The technology replicates technology used in the 2014 closing ceremonies of the Olympics.
  6. The estimated cost for the new theater is $70 million.
  7. An increased number of performances is planned for each year, anticipating 700 performances in 2018.
  8. It is 130,000 square feet.
  9. It is relocating from West Valley to Sandy.
  10. The Orem theater will remain in its current location.



Disneyland’s Tower Of Terror

by Hollie Alder

On January 2, 2017 Disneyland’s Tower of Terror will be closing. This ride has been open, bringing great times to everyone who rides since 2004. It will be open for the next 3 months. If you have the time, go before it is closed for good. You won’t regret it!

The tower of tower will be replaced with Guardians of the Galaxy, Mission Breakout, where your mission is to help get the team back together with the help of Rocket the raccoon. The ride begins with going through the laboratory, in the bottom right, and ends with all of the team hanging over an abyss in the top right.

“The new ride will anchor towards the new Marvel land, in California Adventure,” said the ride’s architect, Tom Bricker.

Disney’s Tower of Terror will be greatly missed. But Guardians of the Galaxy will bring many great memories and fun times.

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