The "Future" Issue - 99 Volume 2, Issue 4

The Speaking Eagle staff takes a look at the future: where will be in 20 years? Where will seniors be next year? What advice do seniors have for freshmen? Beyond that, we look at electric cars, exploding knee caps, and of course, coronavirus.

The Speaking Eagle staff takes a look at the future: where will be in 20 years? Where will seniors be next year? What advice do seniors have for freshmen? Beyond that, we look at electric cars, exploding knee caps, and of course, coronavirus.


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Volume 2

Issue 4





Your Future Hasn’t

been Written yet.

No one’s has.

Your Future

Is whatever you

Make it.

so Make it

a good one.

-Doc Brown

Back to the Future







The theme for the last issue of the year is Future.

In this issue you will read about the technological

advances of future cars, freshmen’s

hopes for their high school careers as well as

what our graduating seniors will be doing after

high school. Although the future seems more

uncertain than ever right now, we are looking

ahead and looking forward to better days. With

muted colors and clouds decorating these pages,

we aim for this issue to inspire you and give

you hope for the future. Till next year…

The 99 Editors















99 Staff

Joe Elliot - Advisor

Madi Hanna - Editor in


Annie Harris - Designer

Ash Hemmersmeier -

Editor in Chief

Olivia Thomas - Copy


Max Merhi

Sam Trujillo

Lacey Cintron

Zaira Diaz

Jaren Morgan

Kailey Mulcahy

Diego Valdez

Hans Fenton

Table of contents

6: Electric Cars

8: Back and Better

10: In the Future

12: A Look Ahead

14: Future Job Quiz

16: Looking Forward

18: Our Story of Hope

20: Future Playlist

22: Hopes & Aspirations

24: These Are Not the Cars You Were Expecting

26: An Abupt Ending

28: Q&A From Freshman to Seniors

30: Life: Expectation vs. Reality

E l e c t r

Are they really the future?

The performance of electric cars has never been better. We

are living in a golden age of innovation for these types of vehicles, and

they are contributing more and more to solving our planet’s issues with

climate change. However, they cannot solve this global issue alone, as

many think they can. The perception of electric and hybrid vehicles

right now is that the second you drive them off the lot, you are making

a positive impact on the environment. Instead, the reality is that an

electric car’s impact on the environment depends on where you charge


In today’s world, most of our power comes from coal, which

is basically the problem. Regular cars contribute to this by burning

gasoline. Electric cars may reduce the amount of gasoline used, but it

may not be making as big of a difference as you think. It’s all based on

your state’s primary source of energy. This source of energy is used to

charge your car. In a state where the majority of energy comes from

solar and wind, the electric car will start helping the environment in

approximately 5 years. However, in a state where the primary energy

source is coal and gas, the car won’t start making a difference for

around 18 years. So, while electric cars may help the environment in

the long run, you really have to have the car for a long time to make a

big difference. The average car only has a lifespan of about 8 years, but

with technology improving and more people and states using solar and

wind energy, hopefully electric cars will make a bigger impact in the


2018 Toyota Prius


2018 Chevy Volt



i c C a r s

By: Olivia Thomas

2020 Chevy Bolt

(All electric)

2020 Nissan Leaf

(All electric)

As more and more manufacturers begin to produce

electric and hybrid cars, the new vehicles are becoming accessible

to more people. Before, the only electric cars on the

market were expensive Teslas, but now well known brands,

like Chevrolet, Ford, and Nissan, are making their own models.

One of the newest all electric cars is the 2020 Nissan Leaf,

which is also fairly affordable. The Leaf has a starting manufacturer’s

price of $31,600, and can go up to 226 miles on a

full charge. It’s also a smaller compact car, making it easier to

maintain. Another brand that has really embraced the electric

spirit is Chevrolet, which has an electric and a hybrid model

on the market. The all electric Chevy Bolt has a starting

manufacturer’s price of $36,620 and can go 259 miles of a full

charge. It’s counterpart, the Chevy Volt, is a hybrid vehicle,

meaning it can run on gasoline and electric charge. It has a

lower manufacturer’s price at $33,520, but can go 420 miles on

a full charge and full tank of gas. Another brand that’s offering

a hybrid model is Toyota, with its hybrid Toyota Prius. This car

has an even lower manufacturer’s price of only $24,325. It also

has a long range of 540 miles with a full charge and tank of gas.

As new cars become available, electric and hybrid

vehicles become more and more efficient and accessible for

more people. These are only some examples of the various

brands, both luxury and not, that have come out with energy

efficient models in the last few years, and hopefully even more

will continue to release new electric models that will help the

environment even more than they are currently.


Most kids have a dream of going pro in the sport they love. From

the moment they can run, they are captivated by the allure of

full stadiums with cheering fans. They idolize players before

they even know the rules of the sport. I was no different. Every

sport stuck out to me, but from a young age, I chose soccer over

the rest. I truly loved all of the details of the game, including the

camaraderie between teammates, the entertaining skills, and

the passionate fans. The game was truly my first love.

When I was 6 I played, on a club team called Sparta United

because my friends brought me into the sport. I was never very

good, but I played the sport because of my love for the game.

When I was around the age of 14, UYSA, the governing body of

Utah soccer, made an announcement that the age groups for

teams would change from school grade to birth year. I figured

this would be no big deal because most of the friends on my

team were born the same year as me, and my old coach would

be coaching the team I anticipated making.

I attended tryouts confident, but I ended up making the worst

team in my age bracket. I was now separated from most of my

friends and I would be playing with a new coach I didn’t know.

I was scared because I had played with those boys for all of

my life, but now I wasn’t good enough and I had earned what I

deserved. I was determined to improve so that the next year, I

would make the team I wanted to be on.

In the beginning, we were playing well, winning about half of

our games, which I found surprising, considering that we were

a completely new team. The coach was happy with our play, as

was the team. All seemed to be going well, but once the second

half of the season hit, we lost our first two games by more

than 6 goals each. Our coach yelled at us and fights broke out

in practice. It was after one of these fights that I knew I wanted

out. Every day, I trained harder and harder with the hope that

I would make the top Sparta team, which was the best team in

the state that year. I knew that with determination, it wasn’t a

matter of if I’d accomplish my goal, but when I’d accomplish it.


Back and


How a sports injury can

impact the future

Max Merhi

I would leave practice with the team and practice on my

own at home until it got dark. I ran every day and I was

truly in the best shape of my life. I improved technically

and physically to the point that I thought I could make

any team in the state. After the rest of the season continued

the way the first games had, we finished last and

broke all bonds we had with each other out of frustration.

Shockingly, this was my best year for development

and I was more confident than ever. College soccer,

which had seemed like a long shot, now seemed attainable.

I walked into tryouts that day very sure of myself.

I played some of the best soccer I had ever played on

that day. I was about to leave when I felt a hand tap my

shoulder. It was my old coach. He came up to tell me he

was sorry for not picking me, but hoped I’d understand.

That night, I was more dejected than I’d ever had ever

been before. I couldn’t believe that I would be on the

same team. I then decided to attend another club’s tryouts.

I went and played even better than I had and made

their best team, which was one of the best teams in the


In a practice with that Sparta team this past summer, I

tried to turn too quickly and felt the same terrible pain I

felt the first time I got injured. I knew that my season was

over and I wasn’t sure I’d be able to play ever again. I had a

more intensive surgery, which included an osteotomy and

a lateral release, but with it came a much longer recovery.

I was given 9 months until I’d be able to play soccer again.

I couldn’t believe that I’d miss my junior season of soccer,

but I was ecstatic that I could still play.

I felt something inside me say that this time, things would

be different. I wasn’t going to let my grades slip. I wouldn’t

be lazy this time. Most importantly, I changed my outlook

on life. I saw this as a chance to return to the game I loved,

not as some sort of punishment. I spent countless hours

training and working so that I would be able to play soccer.

I turned a 9 month recovery into 5 because I missed the

beautiful game so much.

That year at Blue Knights was truly special for me.

I made some of the best friends of my life, won a

couple good tournaments, and proved that my hard

work was worth it in the end. We even beat Sparta’s

top team, which was my favorite moment. I played my

freshman season of high school soccer before returning

to club, which was tons of fun. Then, I played

a second year with them. We had a really good team

and had the potential to win more games than the

season before. I earned a starting spot on a team that

had high goals set for State Cup.

Life seemed to be going super well in addition to soccer.

My 16th birthday had just passed and I was happier

than ever. In the last game of the season, I was

defending arguably the best player in my age group.

I had locked him down that whole game and then I

took the ball up on a counterattack towards the end

of the first half. I planted my foot and faked one way

and heard a loud pop and instantly felt a burning

sensation. I looked down and my kneecap was on the

side of my thigh. I screamed and cried for what felt

like hours that night when I came to the realization

that my hard-earned season was over. I had torn my

medial patellofemoral ligament and fractured and

dislocated my kneecap.

However, I was more sad at the fact that I was about

to lose the sport I loved so dearly. I was the “soccer

kid” and I felt like that was all I could identify as. I hit

my lowest lows, my grades fell, and I felt an empty

nothingness not comparable to anything else, but I

held hope deep down that I would return. My habits

got worse. I became lazy and stopped working,

including in my recovery process. After what seemed

like forever, I returned to sport, even gaining varsity

minutes and eventually making Sparta’s top team

in my age group, which had been my goal all along.

None of this went as planned though. The injury had

its obvious physical drawbacks, but the mental ones

far outweighed them.

I became a much happier person that could finally identify

with things that didn’t include soccer. Now, I am still

most proud of my renewed work ethic and my new outlook

on life. I am now just happy to do simple things because I

know what it is like to go without them. Every time I get

the chance, I am outside participating in some form of activity,

ranging from soccer even to just walking. I now have

motivation to excel in whatever I do because instead of

quitting, I used my opportunities to better myself. If I had

to give some advice to someone dealing with a similar situation,

I would first say this: you don’t know what you have

until you lose it. I didn’t appreciate the game while I had it

but now I love it over everything. I think the most important

message, though, is to never give up. If I had quit the

second time around, I would never be the person that I

have become. I am happier and willing to work harder than

ever before. After my first surgery, I wished I had never

been injured, but looking back now after two surgeries, I’m

glad it happened. Maybe I won’t go pro, but I will always

love the game. I truly credit my current success to my injuries

and if I could go back, I wouldn’t change a thing.





Freshmen share their hopes for their future at JD

High school has both ups and downs. It can be some of the

most memorable years of your life, or some of your worst.

As the seniors at Juan Diego start to say their final goodbyes,

the freshmen have begun to map out what they hope

to accomplish in the future years of high school, and their


By: Zaira Diaz

“I can’t wait to meet my new teachers and new people in

the next few years,.” Freshman Cabria Walters said, “I am

looking forward to more dances, the ability to make new

friendships, Campus Life, Kairos, and sports,” Walters finished.

As any underclassmen, dances such as prom and the

traditional homecoming and winters have always been so

fun to look forward to.


“I think my next few years at Juan Diego will be lots of

fun,” Freshman Mireya Zambrano said, “It’ll give me more

opportunities to be more involved with the school, now

that I know how most things work around the school,”

Zambrano continued. Being involved at JD is definitely

one of the things that will allow anyone to jump out

of their bubble and meet new people. “I expect my next

three years of high school to be just as fun as my freshman

year,” Freshman Cameron Anderson said., “ My sister

is graduating this year and my brother graduated last year

and both have told me that high school is by far better

than middle or elementary school, and I’m starting to

agree with them,” Anderson finished.

Despite wanting to accomplish quite a lot during

high school, many freshmen also fear having to

face tough trials and thinking about a future past

high school. “I worry about challenges that I know

are ahead and pushing through trails,.” Freshman

Alexus Quayson-Sackey said, “I worry about when

my years at JD come to an end and I have to think

about things like college and prepare for the next

chapter of my life,.” Quayson-Sackey finished.

Although it may be 4 years, high school goes by

so fast. Making the most out of those 4 years is

what is most important, especially learning to face

challenges throughout those years. Class of 2023

is definitely looking forward to a future past high

school, but also making more friends and enjoying

the last three years they have left here at Juan


Looking forward to fun memories and meeting people

comes with challenges and fears for the next few years

of high school as well. “The only thing I fear is not doing

everything I want before the end of high school. I want to

make the most out of these years and I don’t want to run

out of time,” Freshman Elijah Earhart said.


Your Future Job!



What career will you have based on your answers?

By: Kailey Mulcahy

What time do you usually go to bed?

A) 9-10 pm

B) 11-12 pm

C) 1-3 am

D) After 3 am



What month were you born in?


A) January/February/March

B) April/May/June

C) July/August/September

D) October/November/December

Which animal is your spirit animal?

A) Tiger

B) Dog

C) Elephant

D) Cat


What is your favorite season?


A) Spring

B) Summer

C) Autumn

D) Winter

Which is the best sport?

A) Baseball

B) Football

C) Tennis

D) Track and Field



If you got mostly A’s: Politician

If you got mostly B’s: Athlete

If you got mostly C’s: Doctor

If you got mostly D’s: Teacher



Seniors share where they’re

going after graduation

Let’s face it, no one could have anticipated

our otherwise great school year

to end like this. However, despite the lack

of closure for the Class of 2020, seniors

are still graduating, and moving on from

their time at Juan Diego. They’ve had to

make some difficult decisions about their

futures during the past couple of weeks.

If anything, this lull has been a great time

for graduates to plan and get excited for

their future paths.

“I have always known this

was the path I wanted to

take.” - Kate Sharpley

Clara Arnold (top left on p. 16) will be attending Boise State University in

the fall. “I first started looking at BSU because of the dance team, but as I kept

looking I kept realizing all the great parts of the school,” Arnold said. “...Their

health sciences school is really awesome,” Arnold said.

She is planning on majoring in health sciences and then focusing on

nursing her third year. Outside of academics, she plans on trying out for the

spirit squad and rushing for greek life when she starts at BSU. “I really hope to

continue dancing while also pursuing a career in nursing, that’s really my ideal

life,” Arnold said. “I’m most excited for meeting new people and really just being

able to start my own adventure and grow up,” Arnold finished.

Likewise, Tyler Young (top right on p. 16) is also looking forward to

meeting new people, but just a little closer to home. “I will be going to the University

of Utah to study finance… I want to understand what keeps the world

going around, something that has always interested me,” Young said.

“The fact that I get to meet new people and work in a team is another

thing that really appeals to my kind of personality,” said Young. However, what

he is looking forward to most in college is a little further from finance. “As stupid

as it sounds, the thing that I am looking forward to most is being able to sleep in.

I don’t think well in the morning or if I don’t get enough sleep, so being able to

sleep in is very important to me,” Young finished.



By: Madison Hanna

In the fall, Kate Sharpley (bottom right on p. 16) is going

to Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, where she

will be studying nursing. “I have many family members in the

nursing and medical fields, so I think it was a natural choice

for me,” Sharpley said. “I’m really looking forward to moving

to Indiana since I’m originally from the midwest,” Sharpley


Jackson Butler (top right on p. 17) is probably taking one of the most

unique paths among the JD seniors. “I plan on serving a mission for the Church

of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Milan, Italy,” said Butler. “Serving a mission

is something that I am really excited to do and I think it will prove to be

extremely beneficial for me in the future,” said Butler. “My parents have never

pressured me into going. They have always just wanted me to do what I feel is

best for me,” he said. Butler can’t wait to spend time in the beautiful country of

Italy. “I will learn to speak Italian, visit all the tourist attractions one day a week,

and enjoy all of the delicious Italian cuisine,” Butler said.

He is currently scheduled to leave for Milan on July 22, where he will spend two years serving. Then,

Butler is planning on attending Brigham Young University and majoring in economics. “My hopes for the future

are that I just want to be successful… and I gauge my success not by how much money I have or how successful

other people think I am. I gauge it by how happy I am,” he said. Butler also wants to have a family after he

returns from his mission.

Courtney Strydom (bottom left on p. 17) will be attending UCLA in the fall, where she will be majoring

in environmental science. “I visited UCLA’s campus in September of last year and absolutely loved it. When

I found out I was admitted, I was absolutely ecstatic,” Strydom said. “I was also excited because UCLA was

ranked as the #1 university for dining hall food in the country in 2019,” she said. Besides the wonderful food,

she is excited to go to school with JD alumnus Ian Pascual (Class of 2019) who is also attending UCLA.

Strydom is hoping to join the club swim team on campus as well as going on fun trips to the beach.

“Since my freshman year, I’ve been wanting to go to college in California, so LA is the perfect place for me to

go. It’s a vibrant city filled with opportunities and fun things to do and I can’t wait to explore it more in the

next 4 years,” Strydom finished.

To learn about other seniors’ plans after high school, check out @jdchs2020 on Instagram.

“If I can say at the end of

something that I was happy

more often than not,

then it would have been a

success.” - Jackson Butler


Our Story Of Hope

We are the future and this is our story

By: Hans Fenton

My name is Hans Fenton and I will be talking to you about a crucial

topic during this dark and dreary moment in our lives. I’m going to

be talking about how about something that we have lost, can be

found; this something is hope.

Yes, to put it bluntly, some of us have lost hope during this time.

We have lost faith in people we have kept distanced and others

who we are keeping near. But I am here to tell you that through all

of this, hope is never lost, but only misguided and overlooked. But

we must ask ourselves why. Why is it that our fears take control

of us in the worst situation? Why is it that the world needs us to

speak when our lips are sealed? I’m here to answer that question

and maybe more for some of you. I’m here to tell you that we are

the future, and that this is not the end of who once were. This is

only our story, and this is only the beginning.

You might be asking why I’m doing this, and why I care. Well, look

around. Look how hopeless society has become because of this

threat that we cannot see. Look around at how our definition of

hope has disintegrated in the darkness. This is why I’m here, writing

this article. This is why I’m taking the time to talk to you about

this problem. We still need to address it because not only do we

depend on it, but so does tomorrow’s future.

We need to ignite the light in our hearts, in order to illuminate the




“Whenever you see darkness, there is an extraordinary

opportunity for the light to burn

brighter.” - Bono.

You might be asking yourself what that quote

means. Why do we need this quote, specifically

in our time?, I’m telling you there is no better

time for this quote to shine brighter and better.

Since quarantine began, we have alienated

ourselves from society and pushed our friends

away to the farthest corners of our minds,

where we cannot see them because we believe

in this threat.

Hold fast to the light in this ever growing darkness.

Even these threats are finite, while we,

united and strong as the human race, are truly

infinite. Think of all the good we are capable of

when we have hope.

So in the end, we will break through all the limitations that we have put on ourselves. We will grow even

stronger, not just surviving but thriving. You might not see it now, but you will see it later. You might not

see the hope, that is like a bright radiant light in the darkness, but a small ember of light will always be

burning within you. It will be all you need in order to meet our upcoming challenges. Once we acknowledge

this, that burning ember of hope will turn into a raging fire and invincible power that we call love.

Thank you for listening to me through these hard times. I know and I hope that we find the hope and love

in our hearts together, because this is not the end. We are not trapped in the darkness. We, as a human

race, are destined to overcome all the challenges in our life, because this is not our end.

This is our story and this is only the beginning.


Future Playlist

Unwritten -

Natasha Bedingfield

Shotgun -

George Ezra

From Gold -

Novo Amor

Catch and Release -

Matt Simons

joy. -

King and Country

Good Old Days -

Macklemore and Kesha

Someone To You -


I Lived -


Gone, Gone Gone -

Phillip Phillips

Hills to Climb -

Tim Myers


This playlist can be found on Spotify @JDSpeakingEagle

Brand New -

Ben Rector

Maren Morris and Hozier

The Bones -

Runaway (U&I ) -


The Nights -


Dancing Queen -


Graduation -

Vitamin C

Coming Home -


Dog Days Are Over -

Florence + the Machine

Fire and the Flood -

Vance Joy

Life is a Highway -

Rascal Flatts


Hopes & Aspirations

The Music Department over the past year has faced some dramatic changes, in terms of new

directors. The program that has faced the most change, however, is the Marching Band. Percussion

director Heather Church is currently in the process of reviving the program here at JD. “I think it’ll

be a program that is going to take a couple years to really get started again, but I have been working

hard at trying to recruit for next year,” said Church. “I do have some tricks up my sleeve, and I think

it’ll be very beneficial to the future of the Marching Band at Juan Diego.” Church finished,

regarding her own hopes for the Marching Band. As for programs such as percussion and steel band,

the future’s looking bright. “I am continuing to build rapport with students so I have students return

from year to year. I’ve looked at my registration for next year and it has doubled,” Church stated. “I

am really excited about the potential more students in the program,” Church finished. Although the

uncertain events of this year have put a damper on things, the future of the music department looks



Another program that has recently been undergoing some changes is the AP Capstone program.

“Incoming Season 5 students had to formally apply for the AP Capstone program this year,” stated

AP Art History and AP World History teacher Vanessa Jacobs. “Students had to complete a

multiple-page application by a stated date, which helps to see who is committed to the demands

of AP Capstone,” Jacobs hopes that by making these changes, incoming students can be better

prepared and the teachers can know the students beyond test scores. “We created this process

in order to widen our pool of students and to allow students to demonstrate their willingness to

apply for the program,” continued Jacobs. “Our old system was not broken by any means, but for

programs to succeed, we have to be innovative and change things up to ensure we are

continually improving,” Jacobs finishes. On a similar note, AP Capstone teacher Mary McConnell

has also made some changes to Capstone classes, such as AP Seminar. “Mr. Hausser and I are

constantly looking for ways to make AP Seminar more fun and less grueling, while still preparing

our students to succeed in their performance tasks and exam,” said McConnell. “Next year, we are

going to trim back the length of the dress rehearsal papers and presentations, while maintaining

our focus on world history research,” McConnell stated, regarding one of the changes to a huge

aspect of the Seminar class. McConnell also shares some upcoming opportunities for previous

Seminar students. “We also hope to recruit a team of successful AP Seminar alumni to work with

new students. These Capstone fellows will receive additional training - and they’ll gain an

impressive new credential for their college applications,” finished McConnell.

The Music Department and the Capstone Program

share their hopes for the future

By: Lacey Cintron


This is the Rivian R1T, an

electric pickup truck. It will

be a midsize truck, so about

the size of a Ford Ranger or

Toyota Tacoma. It will get

754 horsepower from 4 electric

motors. It has a towing

capacity of 11,000 pounds

and a 1764 pound payload


The Audi E-tron GT is an

electric four door sedan. It

will have an 800 volt charger

to cut down charging time.

The car will have all wheel

drive and be able to put out

590 horsepower. It will be

unveiled in late 2020 and be

for sale in 2021.

This is a BMW I4, it will be an addition

to BMW’s “I” line of cars, a line

that is all electric. This is going to

be a direct competitor to the Tesla

Model 3. It is expected to have two

motors, which means it will be all

wheel drive. The largest battery you

can get should last up to 350 miles

between charges.





By: Diego Valdez

Here are some upcoming vehicles that are

the definition of futuristic

This is what the 2024 Toyota MR2

is speculated to look like. Since its

release is so far out, there are only

thoughts about the car. Though

current Toyota President, Akio

Toyoda, said that he wants to replicate

the companies sports cars of

the 1980’s. We have already seen a

revamped Supra and a new 86.

This is the Volkswagen ID 4, or the

ID Crozz. The battery will get you

up to 310 miles between charges.

The rear motor will be the main

power source and give you up to

201 horsepower, with an option

for the front motor to come in and

give an additional 101 horsepower.

The dual motor, all wheel drive will

most likely have more acceleration

performance than its rear wheel

drive counterpart.





A virus takes away

our senior goodbyes

By Ashley Hemmersmeier


On Thursday, March 12 of 2020, we all gathered for the last time in the auditorium to hear that the school

was likely going online. On March 15, we logged onto our computers to begin learning from home. On April 15, we

learned that the rest of the year was going to remain online, and that senior traditions were going to be different.

Senior year is meant to be special and be a chance for us to say goodbye, something the Corona Virus took away.

As I walked into school that Thursday morning of March 12, it was just like all of the rest. I went to a meeting

I had that morning and we got right to work. After, I went to my locker and I put my stuff away. I had heard the day

before that the MLB was canceled due to the virus. For the first time, I knew something was different. I walked into

Newspaper, gathered with the rest of the crew, as we had a serious conversation. It was surreal; as everyone talked,

I heard someone say, “We don’t know it now, but this is going to change everything as we know it.”

As the day went on, no one could really focus. Everyone was all over the place, and no one was really able to

focus. I found myself leaving class more often than I usually did. I walked the halls, not thinking much of anything.

Right before school ended, we were all called to the auditorium. There, Dr. Colosimo told us that we were likely

going to be online for the next two weeks. But no one could have predicted that we weren’t going back to school at

all, and that the seniors would never walk through the halls again.

After we lost the last part of our senior year, I began to think about all the times we united as a class this

year. The first thing that came to mind is Kairos, the special retreat that only seniors are allowed to go on. For the

first time, I felt connected to my class. The day after we came back, we were united.

Our last homecoming was also a memorable moment. For the first time in all of JD history, the seniors won

the pep rally, without cheating. At the dance, each and every person was dressed up and looked stunning. We all

knew it was our last homecoming, and we savored every moment of it. The best part of it was going shopping,

picking out a dress with all my friends’ opinions, and getting to dance with them.

In the first semester, we all worked hard, and we all did everything we could to make it through. We were up

late applying to colleges, writing an essay to ‘wow’ admissions , and doing our best to earn scholarship money. We

started to plan the rest of our lives, thinking about what we wanted to be, and where we wanted to be. For the first

time, our lives felt like our own.

Even though the virus has taken so much, it hasn’t taken everything. It took away our traditional graduation,

the best part of our senior year. However, it has given us more time with our families and something to look forward

to. Before we leave for college, we are going to be closer than ever with our families.




Seniors give their best tips about high school

By: Jaren Morgan

As the last chapter for seniors closes this month, several seniors have come forward to reflect on their time during

high school.

A common theme between the years of high school is the change. Change with friendships, classes, teachers, life,

etc. can seem very scary at first, but seniors assure underclassmen that it’s okay for things to change. “High school

is one of the biggest times of self-discovery,” senior Alyssa Zweber said. “Your interests might change. The subject

you used to excel in might become hard for you. But, you also discover new passions and find new things to be good

at. You can’t expect yourself to be perfect at everything or even expect yourself to continue to excel in the things

you did when you were younger. Allow yourself to fail. Allow yourself to change. Allow yourself to find new passions,

even if they are things you never thought you’d like. Go with the flow, instead of trying to continue to be the same

person you’ve always been,” Zweber said. “I wish I knew that it’s okay to change things about yourself,” senior Sara

Slick begins, “whether it be your friend group, what sport you play, or how you want to act. You’re not going to be

the same person leaving high school than you were coming into high school. I wish I knew that no ones going to

remember the little mistakes you make so it’s not worth it to spend time dwelling on it,” Slick said.

Meanwhile, seniors give the following advice to incoming freshman and current underclassmen: “To any incoming

freshman,” senior Kate Sharpley said, “as well as my past freshman self, I would say embrace the experience. Try

everything that catches your interest and have no regrets coming out of your first year of high school. Nothing bad

can come out of you trying new things, and you will eventually find something that you are passionate about. And

especially to the incoming 9th graders, make sure you prioritize school. With so many big changes happening in

your social lives, make sure you remember how important your grades are. Do the absolute best you can,” Sharpley

said. However, seniors think it’s best not to overwork yourself and stress yourself out. According to seniors, what’s

also important about the high school experience is connections made with other people. “My advice would be to

make as many friends as you can,” Zweber said, “while continuing to work on the friendships you already have. My

senior year, I made so many new connections and I was sad that it took me this long to make them. Also, try to avoid

petty drama. Some confrontations are unavoidable, but for the most part, try to be kind to everyone and maintain

your friendships. There’s no point in making enemies over simple arguments,” Zweber said. “Talk to your classmates,”

Slick continued. “You think you know [your classmates] so well, but you really don’t, and you’re not going to

see that until your senior year with Kairos, and then, suddenly, you have 6 months with people who truly get you.

Another key piece of advice that seniors give is being involved. “Get involved and stay organized,” senior CJ Peragallo

said. “There’s a lot to take in your first year but there is also a lot of opportunity. Make sure you try the things that

interest you because you might not get that chance again,” Peragallo said. “I wish that I had known how much being

involved at JD would mean to me,” Sharpley continued. “If I had known this, I probably would have leaned into the

experience a lot more by joining Campus Life earlier,” Sharpley said.


QUestion + answer

1. Do you recommend playing a sport for JD?

“I highly recommend playing a sport for JD! Playing on

one of our teams is such a valuable thing at this school.

JD does such a good job honoring each and every

sport so that everyone feels loved. If you end up joining

a sport that isn’t for you, that’s okay! There is no

pressure to do something you don’t like, and you can

simply stop doing it. That is the beauty of Juan Diego,

you can make the experience exactly how you want,”

Sharpley said.

“Playing for a sport is probably the best experience

in terms of comradery. They are a great way to get

involved especially for someone who isn’t interested in

campus life,” Peragallo said.

2. What’s the biggest tip you would give that’s the

most helpful for all four years of high school?

“When you get home, do your homework right away.

Take a few minutes to get a snack and get changed,

but don’t get too relaxed. Just do it immediately, and

you actually can get through with it faster because you

are still in the school mindset,” Sharpley said.

“Be humble and don’t let opportunities pass you by.

The worst feeling is graduating and you realize you

didn’t do all of the things you wanted during

your time at school,” Peragallo said.

3. What’s something you stressed over that ended up

being pointless in the long run?

“One thing that I stressed over that ended up being

pointless was maintaining the perfect 4.0. By no means

am I saying that you shouldn’t care about your grades,

but one bad grade won’t kill you. I’ve gotten a few not

so great grades, but I still am going to a great college. I

was also too worried about taking all of the AP classes I

could possibly take. My senior year, I was supposed to

take Calc BC, but I realized that adding that extra class

was going to add so much more stress into my life, and

I don’t even like calculus. I decided not to take that

class, and I think that allowed me to dedicate myself

to my other classes more fully and to my extracurriculars.

You don’t always have to overextend yourself. Do

as much as you can do, but know your limits,” Zweber


4. Is taking Honors/AP classes genuinely worth it?

“Taking honors and AP classes are only worth it if they

matter to you personally. If you genuinely like to learn,

then these classes are for you. For me, AP classes were

a natural step for me. But not everyone is as excited

about school as I am, so you should only sign up for

them if you are up for a real challenge. If you are not

sure about an AP class, try it and see what you think!

There is a window where you can switch your classes,

so there is no pressure to make a permanent decision.

But if this does not sound like something you would

like, then there is also no pressure to take these classes.

Do what is best for you,” Sharpley said.

“I would say that it depends on your goals. If you aren’t

trying to get into selective schools or trying to get a

scholarship, I wouldn’t say that all APs/Honors are

always worth it. If so, I would suggest only taking ones

that you have a genuine interest in,” Zweber said.



Maren Carbaugh is a freshman here at Juan Diego.

She is involved in Drill and Dance Company, and just

like us all, she once was a kid with dreams and aspirations.

Carbaugh grew up in Sandy, Utah and has

danced most of her life.

“When I was younger, I thought that things were

going to be just like the way movies portrayed high

school to be,” Carbaugh said. “I thought that everything

in life was going to come easy to me, just like

my favorite movie characters,” Carbaugh finished.

She envisioned her future to be just like our favorite

coming of age films. At some point, everyone saw this

kind of future for themselves, or at least something

similar. The movies we saw growing up showed large

musical numbers and your favorite characters being

crowned prom king or queen. There is one problem

with that dream when all wished for, which is that

normal life isn’t as glamorous as we dreamed.

“Looking at how old I am, things are definitely a lot

different than what I thought,” Carbaugh said. “I was

unaware of how hard you have to work to be successful,”

Carbaugh finished. As people grow up, they begin

to realize that life isn’t as easy as others make it seem.

Everyone needs to realize that working hard will get

you to the places you want to be.





As kids, we always had expectations of what we wanted to be doing when

we grew up, but what is the reality of how we actually turned out?


By: Annie Harris


Matthew Lebrecht is a junior here at Juan Diego. He is

a lifer and is involved with the baseball team. He grew

up in Draper and when he was a kid, he had dreams

of what he was going to be doing in his future.

“I envisioned my future as me playing on the baseball

team in high school,” Lebrecht stated. “I also saw

me having fun with my friends and enjoying my high

school experience,” Just like most people, Lebrecht

had dreams about high school. High school is made

out to be this amazing and fun thing, so when people

are growing up there is always this vision in a person’s

head about what their high school experience

would be. Matthew has been at the school for a long

time and went to football and baseball games and

just like most of us wanted to be part of that student

section and out on the field.

“I am living the life I dreamed of, which was playing

baseball and having fun with my friends,” Lebrecht

said. “I did want to play professional sports, which

seems amazing but is really hard to do,” Lebrech

finished. Another dream a lot of people have is to be

a professional sports player because they grew up

watching it. Playing in high school may not be the big

leagues but it is still a good experience, and having

fun with friends is really the best part of high school.


Grace McGowan-Jackson is a senior here at Juan

Diego. She is involved in art and student life. Grace

started her life in London, England and then moved

to Utah when she was four. As a young girl, Grace

envisioned her future and all that she wanted it to be.

“I always envisioned that I was going to look more

and more like my mom,” Jackson said. “I also envisioned

that I would be doing a lot of art,” Jackson

finished. As kids we all saw our parents and had expectations

that we would look like them more as we

grew up. Some people look like their parents when

they are younger and as they grow they come to look

more like their own person. A lot of people also see

themselves going into a profession that is related to

the hobby they enjoyed as a kid.

“Now that I am going into college and have chosen

not to major in arts, but in human psychology and

biochemistry, my views have obviously changed,”

Jackson stated. “My views weren’t unrealistic, but my

life did go down a different path,” Jackson finished.

It is very common for people to go off the path they

dreamed of. Grace has chosen something out of the

realm of art, which is totally normal and people make

choices like that everyday. Dreams change and people’s

lives go on just as well as those who made their

dreams come true.



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