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From Broadway to Rockwell: Meet Mr. Dave Walker

by Sandro Gvaramia

A good teacher puts their heart into teaching, by doing so, the students feel their passion and hard work. When a teacher works hard for the students, students will put in their effort as well.

Dave Walker, a drama teacher at Rockwell, exemplifies these qualities of a great teacher. He has been involved in acting for 25 years. He has toured with Broadway many times, and has an immense experience in and knowledge of acting. He recently got married, settled in Utah and is currently starring as Joseph Pulitzer in a production of Newsies at the Hale Center Theater in Orem.

“I wanted to teach at Rockwell because I love seeing young students’ devotion and passion for acting at a young age,” Walker said. “This made me want to share what I have gained from all of my experiences as an actor.”

He has enjoyed teaching students at Rockwell and believes that every one of them has a bright future in acting. Student actors at Rockwell really are great at what they do, but some students who have talent for acting are either shy or afraid to take a step for many reasons.

“There are a lot of students in drama and all of them outside of acting are different at what they do in their spare time,” Walker said. “Some love music and some play sports, but that does not hold them back from doing what they are passionate about.”

Students love Walker and say that he has an ability to spark a passion for acting in them.

“Dave is one of the most splendid human beings I have ever met,” said Rockwell senior Jake Meese. “He’s blunt, he’s understanding, genuine, and kind. I have learned so much from him. I will be forever changed by my interactions with him.”

Walker has worked with many respected actors and producers. He has played dozens of roles and has come to teach at Rockwell to give young student actors his insight. He encourages all students who are interested in acting to pursue it as early as possible.

“If you ever thought about wanting to be a part of the drama program, you are always welcome and encouraged to do so,” Walker said. “There is no time like the present.”

BREAKFAST: friend or foe?

by Melanie Mortensen, Editor & Lifestyle Writer

School is now in session and waking up early to get ready before school is already hard enough. Are Rockwell students making sure to eat breakfast before school? Breakfast plays an important role in how students and athletes perform every day.

Mrs. Peterson, Rockwell’s health teacher, says, “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.” She says that since overnight is the longest you go without food, breakfast is needed to refuel your body. Athletes need breakfast for the protein, and students need breakfast for the energy and academic purposes.

Maddie Beck, Rockwell’s drill team coach, says breakfast will help students and athletes academically and physically. Breakfast can give off good energy, help with better health, and improve concentration which could lead to better grades.

Coach Stuart, Rockwell’s PE teacher and boys basketball coach, said that breakfast is important because athletes can work better not on an  when they don’t have an empty stomach.

Research shows breakfast is very beneficial for teenagers for academic performance, physical performance and nutritional needs.
breakfast-ideas_903_61fc48cb01b00563f514a323368e0a55f45aa396With Shakespeare coming soon, all
working to memorize lines and parts should not forget to eat breakfast – it just might help improve a student’s performance. 

Megan Neilson, a junior at Rockwell, says, “I eat a bagel every morning because I don’t have BAE GOALS with anyone else.”

Sometimes it is difficult to make time in the morning before school for breakfast, but eating breakfast just might make a big difference.