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Movie Review: Star Wars – The Last Jedi

By Keegan Beck

During winter break the entertaining saga returned to the theaters. On December 15, 2017, Star Wars: The Last Jedi made its debut around the country. The saga continues with the First Order reigns having decimated the peaceful Republic. Supreme Leader General Snoke now deploys his legions to seize military control of the galaxy. The only ones that are standing up against the rising tyranny, First Order is General Leia Organa’s band of resistance fighters. The resistances have hope that Jedi Luke Skywalker will return and restore a spark of hope to the fight.

The heroine, Rey, discovers herself and finds out that she is way more than some person from the desert planet Jakku. While trying to convince Skywalker to come help the resistance fight the first order, Skywalker is uncertain about Rey’s powers.

“The rebellion is reborn today. The war is just the beginning. And I will not be the Last Jedi.” – Luke Skywalker

The Last Jedi was a very interesting and filled with action and adventure. With Disney buying the rights to Star Wars, I thought I was going in to see a Disney made film but instead it was action-packed and an incredible story. The director, Rian Johnson, and the producer, J.J Abrams, put together a great film and understood the meaning behind being a Jedi. There were a lot fans that were really happy about the film and had those “called it” moments, but I really enjoyed the film. They gave more information about different characters in this film, and it kept me very focused and interested the whole time.

I would recommend this movie to everyone far far away from different planets and galaxies to go see Star Wars: The Last Jedi in theaters. And may the force be with all of you.

Teachers of Rockwell: 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.

Teachers of Rockwell: Stephanie Christensen

Rockwell Charter High School’s very own special education teacher, Stephanie Christensen, has made a huge impact on the special needs program.

She works very hard in what she does to accommodate all of her students and their individual needs.

“Challenges do arise, just as they would with regular education students,” Christensen said.

Special Education teaching is something she has always been interested in.

“My brother is special needs, and because of that I knew that I wanted to become a teacher,” Christensen said. “Special needs children and adults are often misunderstood.”

Christensen says that since becoming a teacher, she has learned a lot.

“I have lots of compassion for people who struggle and the desire to help them.”

Rockwell is lucky to have a teacher like Christensen.

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.”

You paint your own road

by Keegan Beck

There is a large handful of metaphors used when it comes to graduation, but I want to paint you a picture of one seldom overused.

Picture this: you are sitting in a car, you look in front of you, and you see an open road. Now, picture again, a road that is filled with cars, stopping, going, and stopping again. This is a situation many of us face every day, and that is a metaphor for our every day lives.

With graduation just hours away, the graduating class of 2017 has a lot to think about and a lot to enjoy. This day has been waiting for these seniors. But these seniors have not stopped plugging along to reach their final destination in this chapter of their lives – high school graduation. They will anxiously walk across the stage and receive that diploma. But that is not the end. It is just the beginning. What road will these graduates take?


“Your future is really up to you. You paint your own road.”


Be sure to join the Rockwell class of 2017 graduates at the Show Barn at Thanksgiving Point on May 25, 2017. The ceremony will start at 6:00 pm.

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