Author: Morgan Olsen

Morgan is the journalism teacher at Rockwell Charter High School in Eagle Mountain, Utah and helps students produce a print edition of Marshal Magazine every term. She loves teaching and watching students progress in their writing and in life, and always wishes she was at the beach.

Humans of Rockwell: Maddie Beck

“I’m not an official teacher just yet, but I want to be one because I care about the future. I care about helping others.

I have too many role models to even list, but one of them is Malcom X. He’s a great example of change and strength. And also Kanye West. It’s inspiring how much Kanye loves Kanye.” – Maddie Beck, drill team coach

Humans of Rockwell: David Salinas

“I’m David Salinas. I grew up in Orem, Utah. My whole life has been based around soccer. I now play for the Westlake soccer team. I also run track, so basically my life has been built around sports. I’ve learned a lot from this – not only more about the sports I play, but more about myself too. My coach always tells me to push yourself and when you feel like giving up is when you push yourself even harder. I use that as a metaphor for my life when challenges arise it gets me through them.

I’m really grateful to be able to play the sports I love and have a passion for and I hope to be able to play those sports for a long time.” – David Salinas, Junior

Student Submission: How to Commit Suicide

This post isn’t what it sounds like. Please read and spread the word.


There comes a time in your life when all you want is to find a way out. You become desperate, but that doesn’t matter. Nothing else matters in the whole world except finding a way out of all the pain around you. You start to think “what’s the point of being here when everything is a disaster?”. This article is going to teach you how to commit suicide.

1.) Come to your breaking point. We all have that one point that we just crumble and can’t take anything anymore. Everything around us has just turned for the absolute worst so what’s the point of staying? It is the first step in deciding to commit suicide and the turning point in your life.

2.) Find what you are going to commit suicide with. There are many things that you can use to kill yourself with. It’s choosing the object or specific way that’s the difficult part. Almost everything is toxic or painful to humans.

3.) Throw whatever you chose away because you are better than that. Suicide isn’t the best option because there are so many people that love you. You are such an amazing person and I need you, I love you. You are so much more than the words and names that they call you.

4.) Find an alternative. There are different alternatives such as writing, drawing, talking to people, kill other people (video games), non stressful video games, or even finding an activity to do with your spare time. There are so many other better things that you can do than to commit suicide.

So to wrap this up these are the four easy simple steps to commit suicide. First step is to come to your breaking point. Second step is to find what you are going to commit suicide with. Third throw whatever you chose away because you are better than that. Our fourth and final step is to find an alternative. Suicide is not the answer.

 

Q&A with Rockwell Drill coaches: Past and present

It’s that time of year again!

Drill is having their annual Drill Review for the 7th time in 9 years. Drill has had a lot of success over the years, including their second place in the State Drill Competition in 2013. Candice Spivey was the coach of that team and current Coach Maddie Beck was a dancer on that team. I sat down with both of them and asked them a couple of questions.

I started with Candice Spivey (assistant director/drill coach for 7 years).

Candice:

Q: How did it feel when you placed second at state?

 

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The Rockettes at State (2013)

A: Well, drill is a very political sport, and that led us to getting the second place. But it was exciting to see us compete with the best. I felt bad when they didn’t get the first place that I felt like they deserved.

 

Candice coached for 7 years, and in that time span she led them to state a handful of times. The most memorable was the year 2012 when they received a 5th place. Equally memorable, of course, was in 2013 when they tied for first and then “coin flipped” for second.

Q: How long have you taught dance?

A: In high school (2002), I taught dance at community rec classes. Then I went to college and didn’t teach for awhile, but in 2005, I started teaching again at Ultimate Dance ETC. I’ve been teaching there ever since.

Q: What are your thoughts on this year’s team?

A: It’s a great group of girls with a lot of talent. If they retain a lot of their members they can have a chance at the state title with their coach.

Q: What’s the hardest dance move to teach?

A: I would say teaching fouetté’s because the dancers struggle with the correct technique.

I then went to talk to this year’s coach, Maddie Beck. Maddie danced for her 9th, 11th, and 12th grade years. She also danced at Ultimate Dance ETC. with Candice as a coach.

Maddie:

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Rockwell’s current Drill Team, The Rockettes (2017)

Q: How’d you feel about state this year (2017)?

 

A: It was rad to see them perform and to see their transformation from the summer to that day at state. I was proud of the hard work they all put in.

Q: How did it feel when you went to state as a dancer and tied for first but received second?

A: First of all, Dylan, let me stop you right there. We didn’t tie for first place, we TOOK first place. The drill team world is full of politics which makes it a very competitive sport. (And yes I said sport, sexists.)

Q: Alright, how do you feel about next year?

A: I’m stoked to see all of the upcoming talent that Rockwell has to offer, and to keep the program going.

Q: How many years have you coached dance?

A: I taught two years with Candice as an assistant, but this year was my first solo go.

Q: How long have you been dancing?

A: Since I was 8, so 13 years.

Q: Who’s your favorite coach? (This one better be an obvious answer…)

A: Candice. She was very influential because she not only trained me in dance and fitness but helped me in my everyday life.

Be sure to go to the FREE Drill Review on March 9th at 7:00 pm here at Rockwell. Watch showcase dances by the Rockettes and others including the famous, sought-after male drill members.

Darren Beck: Principal first, baseball fan second

by Dontel Bautista

Mr. Beck was born on February 27, 1964, in Yuba City, California. He attended Yuba City High School and California State University Chico.

His first day of high school was intimidating.

“I spent the day trying to avoid older students that were trying to intimidate me and my friends,” said Mr. Beck.

Although school may have been intimidating in the beginning, Mr. Beck decided he wanted to be a teacher himself and loves the career path he has chosen.

“I tried other things and never enjoyed them that much,’’ said Mr. Beck. “Teaching is more fun.’’

Mr. Beck has worked in education for 21 years. He has worked as everything from a sub to a fourth grade teacher, to an adult educator, to a high school administrator.

Aside from teaching, Mr. Beck loves attending baseball games with or without his family. He also loves watching movies, and reading books

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Mr. Beck and his family

His list of favorite movies is long, but classics like The Godfather Trilogy, 42, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Sandlot, and Blues Brothers make up the top of his list.

“A favorite movie is one I can watch it over and over again and not get tired of it,” said Mr. Beck. “My list changes depending on my mood.”

All joking aside, Mr. Beck’s role model is his dad, Ted Beck.

“My dad is hardworking, honorable, has a strong commitment to family and community, and is funny as heck,” said Mr. Beck.

Though there have been many highlights throughout his years working in education, Mr. Beck says his favorite times are those when kids come back with positive things to say.

“I love when, as a teacher and administrator, kids come back after years and say, ‘Thanks for not giving up on me,’” he said. “That’s a rush each and every time.”

Change Wars fun had by all

by Dylan Beck

Wednesday’s annual Rockwell Change Wars Assembly was one many students won’t soon forget. We raised a total of $700, which helped 3 Rockwell families with their Christmas.  

For $1000 dollars, Mr. Beck sat in a garbage can filled with ice cold water for 10 minutes. Mrs. Christensen was taped to the wall for $900 and a cast was made from the tape.

For $100 dollars Holt is switching with a student, a student will teach her class and she will be taught by another.

For $200 Shayna and Maddie had a competition to see who could fit the most marshmallows in their mouths. Chubby Bunny was the name of the game.

For $300 Ben and Dylan did Millerberg’s makeup for the day (although it ended up looking more like a painting).

For $400 Shawna and Ranell made a tasty dessert by using each other.

For $500 Mr. Hofmann had water balloons thrown at him by randomly picked students.

For $600 the lunch ladies got their faces smashed with pie.

For $700 Seth shaved off his long beard completely, you might not recognize Seth anymore.

For $800 Mr. Pryor cooked and ate crickets.  

Marshal basketball team takes second win of the season

 

by Dylan Beck

The Rockwell Marshals boys basketball team played hard in an away, non-conference game against Maeser Prep. Academy Wednesday.

The first game was the Freshman/Sophomore game, which ended up being the best game of the night for the Marshals. They led from tip-off all the way to a 48-42 victory. Not the same case for JV or Varsity though, as both teams lost. The boys hope to bounce back this Friday when they play ALA at home.

Rockwell’s Varsity has one win on the season, JV has yet to win a game, and the Freshman/Sophomore team won their second game of the season last night. Come cheer on the Marshals at their next home game this Friday night as they play ALA.