ABout The editors
Hey CC! I'm Naiah Sirrine, a senior here and a first year staff writer. I love swimming, fashion, and a good nap. I despise gluten and driving. I'm so excited to be your student life co editor this year!
Hi Corner Canyon!! I'm Lily Afualo. I am a senior and this is my first year as a Corner Canyon Chronicle writer and editor. I love swimming and have been doing it for 11 years. I love to travel and am a champion sleeper.
FROM THE DESK OF PRINCIPAL JENSEN
CONGRATS TO COACH WHITNEY LUNT AND THE CHEER TEAM For winning the Medium varsity national Championship
CONGRATS TO THE BASKETBALL TEAM! THEY PARTICIPATED IN THE 6A STATE FINALS OVER THE WEEKEND!
BY: LILY AFUALO, Student Life Co-editor
Seniors for the win!! This past week Corner Canyon had their annual Spirit Bowl. It is a huge assembly held in the gym where each grade competes against each other in a series of challenges. The theme this year was Star Wars with all seniors in black, juniors in white, sophomores in blue, and freshmen in red. This year, the sophomores kind of dominated the competition, to the disappointment of the juniors. Most of the games had finalists that were either sophomores or seniors.The competition kicked off with a game called Hungry, Hungry Hippos. Next, there was a highly competitive game of musical chairs. Three seniors Brandon Smith, Kenzie Zimmerman, and Austin Shipp were the top three in musical chairs. They beat out the last sophomore and just had a fun time knowing they were going to earn the seniors points. When asked about it Brandon said, “I had a great time and was so ready to win. Sometimes I felt like people got out unnecessarily due to unseen chairs, but in the end the seniors won”. Trevor Odgen represented the seniors in an unraveling game where there was a prize wrapped in many, many layers of plastic wrap. He came in third and said this to his buddies sitting in the front row, “I’m sorry I let you guys down”. It’s okay Trevor, you win some, you lose some. A pivotal point in the competition is when the juniors and sophomores lost the spicy chicken wing challenge because they flipped their tables upside down before their win could be verified. It meant that the student gov members had to spend extra time picking up tiny pieces of chicken off of the gym floor before the competition could continue. Jackson Gray, the senior who ended up taking the win in this game said, “I’m glad to have done this” after excitedly ripping his sweatshirt off of his body, followed by a long cheer to get the crowd riled up. It was a tight race but in the end, the seniors pulled out the win and earned Chicken Minis from Chick-fil-a for the whole grade to enjoy. The rest of the results had sophomores coming in second, juniors in third, and freshmen in last. Congratulations to the Class of 2023, your time finally came.
Spirit Bowl winners in CCHS history
CHOIR ON THE ROAD TO STATE!
By: NAIAH SIRRINE, STUDENT LIFE CO EDITOR
This week, two of Corner Canyon’s auditioned choirs will be traveling to Skyridge High School to compete in Region competition. Both choirs have been practicing for months to perfect their voices and wow the judges. The first of these two choirs is Cadence. This all girls choir has students ranging from sophomores to seniors, all trained in music. Many have been singing since they were toddlers. Voices in this choir range from low and sultry to high and clear. With such an impressive range, our choir director, Mama T, has been able to take risks. One of their songs, Ma navu, wowed the judges away with the deep sound and angelic vocals. Their commentary on such songs were, “Beautifully done.” and “One of my favorite choirs” With these high remarks, Cadence will be continuing on to compete at state this May! Lily Afualo, a senior in cadence, stated, “I’m so glad we made it and that we get to compete again!” Concert choir also competed at Region. Being a boys and girls choir, the large numbers give them the ability to create a resonating and beautifully diverse sound. Their numbers consisted of funny dances, leading to tear jerking vocals. The resounding and blended beauty of this choir is leading them straight to state as well! Mama T commented, “I’m so proud of all my choirs who competed!” Another cadence member also stated, “I loved watching the concert choir perform. The men add such depth and the women add such beauty. It is so fun to support other choirs and form a community with them. I love it!” Both choirs will compete at state over the weekend of May 12-13. There will also be a final choir concert coming up at the end of May. Make sure not to miss these!
Cadence Choir songs:
Arr. Barbara Wolfman
Zing Uh Boo Day
Arr. Allen Koepke
Arr. Ernani Aguiar
Concert Choir songs:
BY: DAVE BRINTON
Senior Assassin is a game that was created this year for seniors to have a little fun towards the end of year. Everyone was getting bored of the usual routine of getting up and going to school with no worries. Senior Assassin made you have to be on your toes at all times! Senior star football player Owen Borg said “I loved Senior Assassin because my normal school life was getting boring doing the same thing for 4 years and it made my emotions running wild seeing other people get killed while trying to stay alive myself”.
Senior Assassin was created by Lucas Henstrom, he had the idea, created all of the rules, and made all of the assignments. This was a large job which all of the players were very grateful for. Lucas said “This was probably the busiest I have ever been in my entire life. All of the players were constantly texting me trying to gain an edge against the other players, complaining about how I was running it, and people trying to switch their targets which was a big pain”. The rules are a little bit complicated but the basics is you get assigned a target which you have to kill by squirting with a squirt gun. While you are trying to “kill” your target you are also being targeted. This is the tough part because you cannot just lay low and try not to get killed because you also have to get kills to stay alive.
Nate Kennedy ended up being the winner of the ongoing Senior Assassin squirt gun game. He ended up with 13 kills which was the most out of any player in the competition. This is very impressive because usually the players either get a lot of kills then end up dying or lay low and never execute their kills. Nate said “This game was really fun! I felt like a bounty hunter and I was dang good at it. It was a blast to participate with a huge chunk of this year's senior class. But the best part of the whole experience was walking away with a big chunk of money!”
Senior Assassin Quiz
Who was in charge of Senior Assassin?
A: Owen Borg
B: David Brinton
C: Lucas Henstrom
D: Eric Kjar
Who had the most kills in the competition?
A: Lucas Henstrom
B: Nate Kennedy
C: Avery Adamson
D: Alex Tullis
Who won the competition?
A: Camryn Osborn
B: David Brinton
C: Nate Kennedy
D: Spencer Kirkham
How did you kill the other players?
A: Shoot them with an airsoft gun?
B: Spit on them?
C: Shoot them with a squirt gun?
D: Shoot them with a nerf gun?
STERLING SCHOLAR FINALISTS
By: NAIAH SIRRINE, STUDENT LIFE CO-EDITOR
A sterling scholar award is an award given to high school seniors at Utah schools who show the pursuit of excellence in their many different areas of life. There are multiple areas, and these students won for our high school: Hannah Donaldson, Ian Colton, Dawson Walker, Jarret Jones, Jacquelin Clegg, Lacee West, Genevieve McGill, Paris Hagen, Jacquelyn Marsh , Sam York, Emily Geilman, Brooklyn Lemmon, Benjamin Murton, Karson Spencer. In addition to these wonderful academic students, Jarret Jones was runner up for state sterling scholar for business and marketing education. Dawson Walker was runner up for state sterling scholar for mathematics. Jarret commented, “I’m so grateful for the opportunity to compete at such a high level and represent our school.” Ruby Winget, a senior, chimed in with, “These students are so talented. Love them.” While none of our students placed first, it is a great honor to be nominated out of all the students in the region. Ksl talks about these sterling scholar accomplishments, stating, “Born from an idea in 1962, the program conceived by the Deseret News and KSL sought to bring recognition to students in 12 different fields of study, now since grown to 15. High school athletes had long received accolades and trophies, but here was a chance to level the playing field and provide more opportunities to recognize the achievements of students in both the arts and sciences.” The fifteen sections are Agriculture Science, Business and Marketing, Computer Technology, Dance, English, Family and Consumer Sciences, World Languages, General Scholarship, Mathematics, Music, Science, Social Science, Speech and Drama, Skilled and Technical Science Education and Visual Arts. It is important to recognize students in all areas of their lives and Sterling Scholar, as an organization, has been influential in making that a reality. Once again, congratulations to our state finalists, Jarrett Jones and Dawson Walker.
Quotes about the snow:
“I hate the snow. I wish it would go away.”
“I hate the snow and I hate Utah and I want to LEAVE.”
“Snow makes my depression 10x worse.”
“Life is hard to live when it’s cold.”
“There is no ounce of joy in my body about the fact there is white stuff outside.”
“This isn’t snow anymore. It’s just depression.”
“I NEED WARMTH TO LIVE!”
“If anyone prays for moisture again, I'm gonna take them out.”
“If this is what it means to get us out of a drought, I don’t want it anymore.”
Senior Awards and RECOGNITION
By: Naiah Sirrine, Student Life Co-Editor
As the end of the year approaches, seniors have many opportunities for recognition for the hard work and all they accomplished. The main accomplishments you can be recognized for are exemplary performance in the classroom or outstanding participation and service in the school. The first award is the charger medallion. You can receive this by filling out a google sheet page (linked on the corner canyon website) with different accomplishments being awarded different points. For example, joining a club is 5 points. One quarter of a 4.0 is 10 points. Once you get 200 points, you can print off the pages and get the respective teachers to sign it. Ruby Winger, a senior, stated, “I was able to finish it super quick! It’s totally worth looking into.” Other awards that are simple to get are honor cords. If you have done the requirements over the last four years, you just print off the papers and need one signature. You can find all the papers on the corner canyon high school website, under the student/family tab, and clicking on awards and recognition. Another recognition you can get is an advanced/honors diploma. Requirements for an advanced diploma is a 2.0 gpa, four english credits, three math, social studies, and science credits, and 2 world language credits. In order to receive the honors diploma, you need to meet all these previous requirements, plus a 3.0 gpa and specific act benchmarks. You must get an 18 on english, a 22 on math, a 22 on reading, and a 23 on science. Rocky Smith said, “I’m glad I was told about it, it’s so easy to apply as long as you remember.” Finally, a last award that few can get is the seal of biliteracy. In order to get this, there is a benchmark for a test both in English and in another language. When you hit these, the seal is easy to apply for and the papers can be found in the same awards and recognition tab.
Student Government Elections
By: Lily Afualo, Student Life Co-Editor
Around this time of the year, the elections begin. In March of every school year, many juniors create campaigns in order to gain more votes to become an SBO their senior year. This year there are 16 candidates. The candidates are Tyler Balls, Paris Rasmussen, Mary Freebairn, Kendyll Catmull, Noah Smythe, Gagan Guddep, Estalla Watson, Ava Lidman, Samuel Petersen, Olivia Hulme, Kennedy Wright, JJ Pratt, Cooper White, Camryn Osborn, Benjamin Perry, and Connor Zaharis. They started their campaign on Monday and had until Wednesday to convince people to vote for them. During both lunches, they set up booths in the Commons to promote their values and what they can bring to the table next year. SBOs differ from class officers because they are only seniors and do many different jobs. The candidates that do not get elected also have the chance to run again for class officers along with the other freshman and sophomores.
Student government began in 1925 when school officials decided they needed to bring in some students to help lift school spirit and pride. There have always been clubs that are dedicated to service, but never one to help the school. “Student government stood at the head of an array of clubs that operated outside the standard curriculum. Many student councils and their teacher advisers had responsibility for promoting social activities, monitoring halls, lunchrooms, and organizing assembly programs”, said Phillip G. Altbach, the author of Student Politics in America: A Historical Analysis. Being an SBO is a huge privilege and will help these students learn very valuable lessons that they can use for the rest of their lives.
Estella Watson, one of the winners said this about next year. “I’m so excited to be an SBO! We have a great group this upcoming year and I’m looking forward to making this year memorable and providing new opportunities for students to get to know eachother better”. Another winner, Olivia Hulme, said this, “This group is just amazing. This will be my 3rd year in student government and I love it. I am excited to continue serving the school, putting on events, and meeting new people. Everyone has a story and I love hearing about them and what makes them unique.” The Class of 2024 SBO’s are so excited to serve and want to make next year a great one!!
Class of 2024 Student Body Officers
Tech: Kasch Hart
Art: Ben Perry
Congrats to all the winners!!
By: Ruby Winget
On Tuesday March 7th, The CCHS Chamber orchestra accompanied 9 soloists and duos as they performed gorgeous concertos. According to the Oxford dictionary, a concerto is “a musical composition for a solo instrument or instruments accompanied by an orchestra, especially one conceived on a relatively large scale.” These songs range from 7 to 10 minutes each so performing one takes extraordinary skill. Some concertos are a story, others are just an emotional experience. This concert has been a tradition at Corner Canyon for the past 10 years. Multiple soloists and duets will try out with a prepared piece in November then from that audition the department will select 7-9 musicians to perform at the concert in March. Those selected will then spend the next 4 months perfecting the concerto of their choice. Even those in the orchestra who aren't chosen to perform still have to work really hard for this evening. The orchestra accompanies the main performer at times so the whole orchestra has to know the music perfectly. This year's concert included 8 soloists and one sister duet. The musicians played instruments from the piano to the violin. The variety offered an elaborate experience as the attendants got to hear a concerto played on 5 different instruments. Whitney, a 3rd grader at Willow Springs says “I loved watching the cellist perform, he made me want to be a better performer.” Nick Kelley is a cello player who played an emotional piece about suffering with moments of hope. He emoted beautifully as the viewer could see the pain of the composer through his performance. All of the students had been classically trained and had practiced tirelessly for the single performance. CC senior Taft Nelson exclaims “The concert was incredible! Seriously magically.” The concert brought the community together with the auditorium being almost completely full. These artists are incredible and the school is so excited to see how they do at State coming up and beyond.
Franz Joseph Haydn
Concerto for Piano in D Major - I. Vivace Elizabeth Gordon, piano
Flute Concerto No.7 - III. Rondo Eden Linford, flute
Concerto for Cello - I. Adagio Nicholas Kelley, cello
Johann Sebastian Bach
Concerto for Two Violins BWV 1043 - III. Allegro Ainsley Bowers, violin - Kate Bowers, violin
George Frederik Handel
Tornami a Vagheggiar from “Alcina” Alyssa Miller, soprano
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Violin Concerto No.3 - I. Allegro Michelle Petersen, violin
Franz Anton Hoffmeister
Concerto for Viola in D Major - I. Allegro William Harrison, viola
Concerto for Violin - I. Prelude Monet Oaks, violin
Concerto for Violin - III. Finale Jacquelyn Marsh, violin
ACADEMIC ALL STATE
BY: Lily Afualo, Student Life Co-editor
Academic all-state is an award to honor the senior varsity athletes who excel both in the classroom and in their sports. There are different requirements that are based on ACT scores, SAT scores, and unweighted cumulative GPA. It is a prestigious award as there are 85,000 high school athletes and only a select few earn the award. The recipients are announced per sport season. UHSAA Executive Director Robert C. Cuff had this message for the recipients, “On behalf of all those who are associated with the UHSAA, I congratulate and pay tribute to those individuals who have earned and received this distinguished award”. A few weeks ago, the winners for the winter sports were announced. In total, Corner Canyon had 16 athletes in winter sports. All of them came from basketball, dance, cheer, wrestling, and swimming.
On average, a typical high school athlete spends 10-12 hours training per week. On top of that, many of these athletes are doing another club team or cross training in some way. Balancing that much training whilst also maintaining a 3.2 or higher GPA, is an accomplishment that not a lot of athletes can achieve. Many of these athletes are not taking easy classes, they are taking honors, AP, and concurrent enrollment. Naiah Sirrine, a swimmer, was so excited to receive this award, “it means a lot to me to have all my hard work recognized.” This award is a culmination of all the time and effort that these athletes put into their school work and sports for the last four years.
Academic All-State Recipients-Winter Sports
By: Naiah Sirrine, Student Life Co-editor
With the school year rapidly coming to a close, prom is already on the horizon. Proms at Corner Canyon have always been an excuse to go above and beyond. This year, the theme for the dance is “Fall in love”. With such a romantic theme, this year’s prom seems to be focused on all the love at corner canyon and the love for the school. Corner Canyon is celebrating its tenth year as a public school and is nationally recognized as having one of the best education programs of all public schools. Our sports teams, debate teams, and performing arts consistently place on a state and national level. Corner Canyon is in an area rich with talent, and full of people who love to celebrate. Kenzie Zimmerman, a senior, stated, “I really can’t wait for prom this year! It’s going to be so fun, and I love an excuse to dress up.” Prom this year falls right at the end of April, on the 29th. There is, once again, a designated ask day (D day), for corner canyon boys to ask. That day is a month before the dance, on March 25. A sophomore that attends Corner said, “I like the designated ask days we do. My grade specifically always asks so early and I feel like that is so unnecessary. You don’t need to know who is taking you to a dance four months early.” This was a longstanding problem here before ask days were instituted. “I remember a dance that girls were asking before the dance was announced,” Ruby Winget added. “D-days just make it all run smoother.” This year, prom is being held in Salt Lake City at a high end venue attached to the library. Lily A, so excited for her last prom, exclaimed, “I hope I get asked!” Rocky Smith very excitedly exclaimed, “many amazing people, including myself and the fabulous Nico Stevens, will be in attendance at prom this year. I am beyond excited. So excited that I keep stuttering.” Don’t forget about prom this year! It’ll be so wonderful you just might fall in love.
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