For this month's foreign exchange highlight, Panni Lida Balogh was chosen to be interviewed. Originally from Hungary, Balogh prefers to be called her middle name, Lida (Lee-duh). Since Balogh has made such a life shift, she was asked about how the academic system at Bonneville High School (BHS) compares to the one in Hungary. Balogh replied: “You have a schedule, but you don't choose it… here you can choose so many classes it was shocking to me.” The students in Hungary receive their schedule with no chance to alter it. The class sizes are significantly smaller; typical classes usually range in the teens. Balogh mentioned that while in Hungary, “[she] had one [classroom]. Students either stay in one class for the whole day or follow the assigned schedule. Balogh emphasized that schooling here is more well rounded and flexible because the students can choose what they want on their schedule.
Not only do the academics differ in her home country, but sports do as well. When Balogh was asked about her athletic history, she stated “In Hungary [she] did track and field for five or six years… [she] was very serious about it. [She] wanted to grow up and go elite.” Early in life, Balogh found her love for track and field, and she wanted to continue her running career in Hungary. Even though Balogh felt she had to be perfect to become elite, she continued the sport because “[she] never really felt enjoyment” anywhere else. However, her time on the track did not last forever. In the end, she needed to quit because “[the environment] was toxic.” Her love for track never faded, and she is planning on joining the Bonneville track team.
Outside of academics and sports, Balogh discussed a few differences between Hungary and her current home. When the end of December rolls around in Hungary, the students enjoy Christmas break for two weeks. For participating families in the United States, Christmas is usually celebrated on the 25th; however, Hungary honors the holiday a bit differently. Balogh announced that her family celebrates on “the 24th in the night [to] have dinner then open gifts.” The 25th is reserved for visiting relatives. In Eastern Idaho, the winter is characterized by heavy snowfall, while Balogh stated that “the weather in Hungary is very mild, so [she] never [saw] snow. Bologh was completely shocked when she first saw snow because it is rarely seen in Hungary.
Life as a foreign exchange student requires flexibility, open mindness, and curiosity. Living in Idaho so far, Balogh has been able to experience frigid weather and typical American school days. Wish her luck for the upcoming track season and remainder of the school year!
Actors’ Repertory Theatre of Idaho (ARTI) performs many shows. One being The Play That Goes Wrong; this play is a reenactment of the play The Murder at Haversham Manor. The play continues to go “wrong” from the set falling apart to actors being knocked out by doors. The cast of this show consists of Wyatt Parks as Chris, Nate Olaveson as Trevor, Christian Brefle as Jonathan, Casey Wayne as Robert Haversham, Jack Loomis as Dennis, Payton Nash as Cecil, Azucena Luna as Florence Haversham, and Danni Westbrook as Sandra.
The event starts out with Beci Beck, the director, talking about ARTI and how they are a non-profit theatre with activities to join and many shows to see. These events' funding is from the sponsors' donations, and the theatre does a giveaway every show. The funding buys new equipment and caters dinners. After Beck finishes her speech, the show begins with Trevor coming to introduce the premise. Sandra is in the background to fix the set. The set is broken from the start and becomes a running joke through the whole play. Jonathan starts the full play by tripping onto the stage and being the first of four deaths. Florence, Mr. Haversham, Max, and Dennis are the first to see Jonathan's body. Afterward, Mr. Haversham calls Chris to figure out what had happened to Jonathan. Chris, being the detective, runs around to interview each character to see what they had to say about the murder, and he looks for evidence of any clues or leads to this mystery. Within this time, it is found out there is an affair in the mix and a scandal of trying to tempt someone to trust another. By the end, there have been sword fighting, broken decor, poisoning, and the full set falling to pieces leaving the actors to plead for the play to end.
By the end of this play, it is as if the audience has become aware of the quirks of some characters who need some “help” to remember their lines and how to say and spell certain words such as cyanide. These become amusing jokes and bring the audience and actors together.
The actors have their own quirks out of character as well. Wayne is one of the actors who have been with ARTI since 2016. He explains that he feels that he is a part of the “ARTI family” being able to connect with anyone and everyone. ARTI being diverse and accepting of everyone to join and act with them. Another actor is Olaveson who has done many plays with ARTI and explains he does not enjoy doing “double wide Texas” plays because he loathes doing the heavy accent.
ARTI is an experience and a different way to see entertainment. They perform many different shows and it is encouraged to enter an audition or see one of the plays they put on.
Everyone needs a break once in a while; for some people, it could be going on a run or reading a book. For many students at Bonneville High School, that break is going to choir. Two students, Mikaila Young and Walker Steffen, provided additional information on this.
Mikalia Young, a senior at Bonneville, is a member of Bonnevaires, the top choir at Bonneville. Young is an alto section leader and in Chanteuse. Young reported that “going to choir is a bit of relief from the rest of high school.” At Bonneville, there are several choirs available for students to join. Two of those choirs, Bel Cantos and Bonnevaires, are “audition-based choirs” according to Director Steven Dresen. Bel Cantos is an all-women choir, while Bonnevaires is mixed. Joining Bonnevaires is a significant achievement because students must compete against others and try out for a spot in the group. Another student in Bonnevaires, Walker Steffen, declared that since he has been in choir for a long time, auditioning was not really a problem for him. However, for some students who have never gone through an auditioning process, it might be stressful.
After auditioning, the students who have been selected start rehearsing for their various concerts and performances. Although rehearsals may differ, each practice follows a similar structure. When asked what a normal day of rehearsal looked like, both Young and Steffen responded by saying they warm up first by doing scales and some sort of vocal exercise. After warm ups, the students break off into groups to dive deeper into the music. The chosen piece is usually dependent on the upcoming event or performance. The last five minutes are reserved for talking about goals and how the group can accomplish them together. In choir, it is essential for individuals to work together to ensure that the end result is the best it can be. Young mentioned that the choir's friendly atmosphere creates a positive working environment. She stated: “There's something so beautiful about being surrounded by people who love music as much as you, and just being able to create with them is a pleasure.” Steffen stated that the only thing he would change about choir would be the time. Steffen wished the classes and rehearsals were longer to avoid being rushed. Even though the classes may be on a time crunch, a devoted vocalist will dedicate the necessary time to be successful.
Bonneville provides students the chance to unwind by joining a choir. Regardless of whether it is men's, women's, mixed, Bel Cantos, or Bonnevaires, everyone is offered the chance to feel included and relaxed.
The holidays are coming quickly. Many people have different holiday traditions for Christmas, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, New Years, and many more. There are many holiday traditions like spending time with family, opening gifts the night before Christmas, and getting pajamas for Christmas Eve. Some individuals celebrate Christmas on December 24th instead of the 25th. Most people can not spend all their time with their family because the families all have different Christmas plans.
Ana Grover's family, “meets at [her] grandma's house on Christmas Eve for a traditional German dinner. Which consists of Schnitzel, red cabbage, potato salad, Sauerkraut, and plum cake.” Other people watch the same movie every year, for example, Elf, is a movie that some watch while eating homemade food. Including watching movies and eating something from the movie that's being watched, for example eating a chocolate orange while watching the movie “A Chocolate Orange.” Most people do a white elephant gift exchange where people exchange gifts with friends and family. A fair amount of people build gingerbread houses or decorate ornaments to put on their Christmas tree. People set up lights around their house for everyone to see and set up multiple Christmas trees in their house. There are people who swim on Christmas Eve and then have their favorite foods for dinner before going to bed.
One family does 12 days of Christmas to a family where Rylann Jones family “find[s] a family in need and anonymously give them money. Secret Santa gifts with my family, opening Christmas Pj's on Christmas Eve, [and] getting an orange in my stocking.” This tradition started because his mom loves doing kind things for people. Many people watch Christmas lights on Christmas Eve or a church Christmas service that night. A great deal of people do advent calendars leading up to Christmas from 12 days or even 24 days.
Numerous people participate in hiding Elf on the Shelf for their younger siblings during the Christmas season. Many people stay up till midnight playing games with family and friends to count down to all the holidays. Based on the survey results most of the students at Bonneville celebrate Christmas. Happy Holidays Bonneville!
During the 2023-2024 school year, the Bonneville High School (BHS) wrestling team consisted of over 50 students. On and off the mat there are two teams divided into boys and girls. Out of the 50 students, two of them were chosen to be interviewed for The Bonneville Buzz. The two students that were chosen were Garrett Davis and Laityn Jones.
Garrett Davis is in ninth grade, and he has been wrestling for ten years. In those ten years, he discovered his love for wrestling. While being interviewed, Davis mentioned he has “never gotten [a] [serious] injury.” Although he would not classify it as a serious injury, Davis remembered the time he was punched in the face during a match. When wrestling is out of season, Davis can be found on the football field.. After being asked about his athletic preference, he added, “Wrestling is more of an individual sport”; therefore, Davis prefers it over football. Since he prefers to work alone and considers himself an “individual worker,” Davis would rather wrestle than play team-based sports like football. Throughout the season, Davis and his teammates face a variety of challenges. According to Davis, one of the biggest challenges he faced was “... having to wrestle some of [his] teammates…'' because of the pre-existing relationships. Since most athletes form bonds with their teammates, practices in which teammates compete against each other are often intense. Knowing each other’s strengths and weaknesses pushes athletes outside their comfort zone to defeat their teammates. Not only does wrestling help athletes grow physically, it further improves their mental state.
Laityn Jones, a ninth grader at BHS, is one of the athletes on the girl wrestling team. When Jones was asked how the female wrestling experience was, she replied “... for some girls it can be hard because this is probably the most physically and mentally demanding sport.” According to Jones, wrestling is an extremely challenging sport for all girls, yet it is worth it in the end because they earn the boys’ respect. When asked why she started wrestling, Jones answered, ”Wrestling is really big [on] my dad’s side of the family.” As Jones watched her brother wrestle, she thought about doing it herself, but she decided against it. At that time, due to low numbers, female wrestlers were required to wrestle boys. Over time, rules and regulations changed, and Jones eventually stepped on the mat. Looking ahead to the wrestling season, one of Jones’ “biggest goals is trying not to physically break herself…” Since injuries are so common and nearly unavoidable in wrestling, Jones' goal is to not accidentally injure herself or an opponent.
Davis and Jones’ interview revealed their wrestling history and love for the sport.
According to both students, wrestling is more of an individual sport since it teaches them how to identify their strengths and weaknesses in order to be a better wrestler. Not only are students held accountable for their own performances, wrestling pushes them mentally and physically. If passing a wrestler in the hall, wish them the best of luck this season.
Halloween is one day of the year where frightening and creative costumes are worn, and trick or treating is a fun custom as well. Unique costumes are seen throughout the night. A survey was sent out to the students and staff at Bonneville High School, asking questions about halloween costumes. There are many different categories that people dress up as during this spooky holiday season. Some favorite costumes at Bonneville this year include inflatable costumes, Minions, Disney characters, Star Wars characters, Lightning McQueen, Tinkerbell, Minecraft characters, and Spongebob characters. Many of these favorite costumes are classic characters in famous movies and video games. The scariest costumes some people at Bonneville have seen are clowns, the Grim Reaper, werewolves, zombies, the Boogie Man, scary dolls, demogorgons, and Michael Myers. Along with that, the strangest costumes seen are spiders, hot dogs, frogs, Plankton, a toaster, inflatable aliens, teletubbies, inflatable chickens, Shrek, and goats. Isaac LeCheminant mentions that the strangest costume he has seen is, “A rug. An actual rug.” Aside from all these bizarre costumes, the most common costumes people have seen include M&M’s, Spiderman, ghosts, vampires, superheroes, pumpkins, nerds, firefighters, lifeguards, skeletons, cheerleaders, and witches. Some of the costumes that students and staff are thinking of wearing this year are Marilyn Monroe, butterflies, cowgirls, Winnie the Pooh, Edward ScissorHands, and Care Bears. Several of the faculty and students added that their favorite costumes as children have been Cruella deVile, dalmatian puppies, Disney Princesses, Harry Potter, ladybugs, lambs, ninjas, Peter Pan’s shadow, a pumpkin, rubix cubes, tigers, and walruses. Many of these costumes are homemade as well. Corinne Inglet talks about the costume she made from scratch, “I have made a dragon and a supervillain by getting regular clothing and doing add-ons. I also made a cardboard dragon mask too.” Along with Inglet, other people have also put together homemade costumes such as pumpkins, M&M’s, ghosts, Cinderella, unicorns, dragons, Optimus Prime, stereotypical nerds, cowboys, and Captain Jack Sparrow. Several people enjoy matching costumes with another person; some of these matching costumes include superheroes, the Heathers, Elmo and Cookie Monster, Mario and Luigi, Twilight fangirls, football players and cheerleaders, and the Chipmunks. Emiley Mortensen talks about the matching costume she has had by saying, “It was Ken and Barbie, and it was with my cousin Evan.” Various diverse costumes are worn and seen by the people at Bonneville High School. Dressing up for Halloween is a way these people can convey their ideas to the world and be themselves.
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Hear ye, hear ye, the attendance policy has changed… kind of. In 2020, COVID-19 swept the nation, causing schools across the country to temporarily update their schedules and rules. Such as school rules and policies, for Bonneville’s “old” attendance policy inasmuch the same was the “new” one except for a few new add-ons.
For both the old and new policy students can only miss each class up to six times. Every six tardies in a class adds up to be one absence. However, with the new add-ons with attendance, after missing a class seven to nine times students have to make up time for that class on a monday afternoon. Then, afterwards the next ten to twelve absences it becomes a pass or fail. While also getting ten to twelve absences students will lose privileges of school clubs and extracurriculars. As well as the verification for drivers ed or license. If a student misses class the only few absences that do not count against a student are school related activities. Even with a doctor's note for why a student is missing school, it is still required for documentation for the front office.
When a student is found out to be skipping class they will be marked truant, aka the action of staying away from without a good reason. Which can lead to students and their guardians being trialed in court, after 30 to 100 hundreds hours of missing school unverified, as it is the law for teens and children to be in school. Afterwards a parole officer will be keeping track of the said student. This is not a new add on to the attendance policy this was a rule before COVID 19.
During the time of the policy being reinforced calls to the school have increased. As the lovely attendance ladies, that most students pass by in the morning, deal with the said calls. Kail Belnap has so kindly shared that the shortest call she and Amanda Van Orden have dealt with “was about 15 minutes long.” Nevertheless, COVID 19 has caused everyone to freak out over the slightest bit of sickness. Add the stricter rules of the attendance policy before covid and there's a whole new mess. During COVID 19 Bonneville was quite lenient on the attendance.
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to travel to a new country and live and experience their culture the way they do every day? Miguel Villafruela Gonzalez is a Spanish exchange student here at Bonneville High School. Gonzalez is originally from Spain’s capital, Madrid, and he chose to come to The United States because he wanted to experience our culture and further his knowledge of the English language.
Gonzalez was first inspired to travel and become an exchange student when his brother traveled abroad during a summer program. Instead of a single summer, Gonzalez decided he wanted to experience more and chose to come for a whole year. He enrolled in a foreign exchange program, passed his interview and fluency exam, and became eligible to come to the States. Gonzalez has faced some challenges with joining the school a little late and having to make new friends; however, his host family has made it much more welcoming and easier to be in Idaho. Gonzalez has never been to America before, so everyday involves a new experience for him. He enjoys getting to know as much as he can about the area, such as the vehicles, supermarkets, and weather. When asked about his favorite experiences, he said that he is having a wonderful time encountering new things such as going to Sam's Club and attending the football games. Gonzalez is also adjusting to his new school structure and schedule; at his old school, students would stay in the same room while teachers would rotate classes to come to the students. In Spain, school spanned from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Not only is the structure and schedule different from Spain's, but the grading system varies as well. In the United States, nearly all assignments count towards the final grade, while summative exams make up the majority of grades in Spain. He is enjoying not having to wear a uniform anymore and having the freedom to leave during lunch. Overall, Miguel Villafruela Gonzalez is looking forward to learning more about our culture and enjoying the American experience.
Art is time consuming, whether it be a class that is taken or a hobby that is pursued. Bonneville High School has many art classes available to take, some being Introduction (Intro) to Art, Intermediate Art, Advanced Art, and Digital Photography. In Intro to Art, students use mostly graphite pencils, a bit of interaction with watercolours, and coloured pencils, later they learn about how to achieve different shading by using different textures, such as cloth and fur. While taking intermediate art they use graphite, charcoal, and chalk pastels. In the Advanced Art class, students use the aforementioned mediums and tools, as well as acrylics and oil paints. In the advanced class, art students learn how to create body portraits and how to take good photos with the right lighting. Digital Photography uses cameras and takes pictures to construct art and uses references to form similar pictures.
Mr. Jason Coles is the teacher who instructs all these different art classes. He explains that he got into art because in his elementary years Coles had worked on drawing when his teachers were reading. He took his first art class in junior high, “I loved it” Coles exclaims. He thought it would be a cool career to have, to teach art. Coles has taught art classes for 28 years, and he taught 19 of those years at Snake River High School in Blackfoot, afterwards he spent two years in Cascade, Idaho and eight years at Bonneville.
Coles says he would prefer more time because he has numerous lessons he would like to teach; however, Coles does not have enough time to teach all of the lessons he wants. Only a few classes so far this trimester have least completed one lesson. Intermediate Art, finished their Flag shading project, which is currently hung up in the art room. A project based on learning different angles, light, and different shadows types. Advanced art just finished their “Buddy Portrait” which involves learning camera angles and lights and as well with the models knowing different facial expressions.
Art is a time consuming process; however, learning and using different mediums and tools is an experience that not many people choose to pursue. Taking art in levels makes it thus students can learn in increments and use tools that are within that level. Which allows each student to learn and grow in art.
Howdy! My name is Kimmie, and I am the Editor-in-Chief for The Bonneville Buzz newspaper 2022-2023. The chances that you are reading this, and you are either not a part of The Buzz or have a loved one on the staff is fairly slim; however, if you do not fall under these two categories, your presence is a welcome surprise. Today or whenever you are reading this, I will be telling you, dear reader, about The Bonneville Buzz newspaper and The Buzzcast podcast because we are gravely underrated and unappreciated.
I would say that about 92 percent of the students and staff at Bonneville High School are unaware that BHS even has a newspaper let alone a podcast! I do not have any real data to make that potentially hyperbolic claim, but after four years of being on the newspaper staff, I have a pretty good idea of our standing in this school. I will concede that our “popularity” has significantly decreased because we do not print the paper anymore *sad face*. Well-known or not, The Buzz is still pumping out articles and episodes.
I will start by telling you about how the class works. First things first, we are officially known as the journalism class, and we write the school newspaper. The staff is made up of an eclectic group of people who love to write. A passion and appreciation for writing is a must to be successful in journalism. As a staff, we try to focus on Bonneville and community based topics for both our website and podcast. If you play a sport, participate in theater or choir, are a new teacher, or have accomplished something impressive, there is a chance we have written about you or the people around you. Time in class is spent brainstorming, writing or recording, editing, publishing, and partying if deadlines are met. The work can be challenging and motivation is often difficult to find, but the final product is rewarding and almost as fulfilling as the relationships made in the class.
The Buzz staff is composed of staff writers and different editors, but everyone writes and edits. While there is a form of hierarchy, our advisor and editors work hand-in-hand to make decisions that will benefit the staff. There is no looming authority that one person is better than the other because of their “status” or “title”. The first trimester is typically the biggest our group gets because people sign up for the class without knowing what it is or it just appears on their schedule. The number of people who deliberately join the class is not significant. While the extra bodies are always nice, the numbers tend to diminish by the time the second trimester rolls around, with the exception of a few stragglers who wander into the class; however, with the decrease in size, a stronger connection between the staff writers, editors, and advisor begins to grow. By the middle of second and third trimester, the staff is usually a very close and comfortable team. In journalism, we talk, laugh, procrastinate, and cry together. We are much like a family in the sense that editors still get angry when deadlines are missed, we do not always agree with each other, and we definitely annoy each other sometimes. At the end of the day, or the end of the class hour I should say, we love and care about each other and only wish the best for one another (apologies for the sap).
To end my final rantings about the small but significant journalism class, I want to express my appreciation for The Bonneville Buzz. I never imagined a class where pretty much all you do is write would create such a lasting impact on my life. I learned so many life and grammatical lessons. I made countless meaningful relationships. I saw great people grow. As my time as a member of The Buzz staff comes to a close, I sincerely hope that writers will meet their deadlines, interviewees will answer their emails, journalism will spark a passion in more students, and that this newspaper will last forever. In retrospect, not many people are going to read this article, but whether this is your first or a millionth time reading our newspaper, thanks for stopping by, and I hope you find an article you like and come back again soon. Go Bees!
Signing Off as Editor-in-Chief,
Peace Out! Kimmie Barnes
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