On a Tuesday in the dusty main gym of Bonneville High School, gold was uncovered. May 23rd was a memorable night for seniors and their families; it was a chance for many soon-to-be-graduates to show off their accomplishments and gain a memoir to cherish the night. Senior awards were given on this night, tokens of a high school senior’s accomplishments. In their respective department, sport, or activity, a multitude of awards were given to seniors who rose above the norm and shined amongst the masses.
Of the core classes, math was split into two areas: Statistics and Calculus. Madeline Clifton earned the Statistics award, while Solomon Hancock won that of Calculus. Marshall West achieved the social studies award with dignity. As for the subject with the most hypotheses and gooey objects, Anthony Williams earned the science award. Olivia Hong received the English student of the year award. Besides core classes, the fine arts department also nominated a few high-performing students for the evening. One of these artistic awards went to Kayelynn Thornock for a spectacular art project. Another form of art, ceramics, was acknowledged and the award was given to Sophia Andrus. Similar to art, there are many different forms of music. The choir, band, and orchestra awards were earned by Ella Braithwaite, Charles Voda, and Emma Maughn respectively. An award for the most amazing drama student was given to Demeree Allen, and the last two Theatrical awards consisted of Musical Theater: Lilian McCall and Technical Theater: Megan Ayers. The Family and Consumer Sciences award went to Nicholas Garcia, and he gracefully accepted. Albert Segura-Diaz won the foreign language award for his exceptional performance. The journalism award was given to Kimberly Barnes, the Editor in Chief of the The Bonneville Buzz newspaper. The female athlete of the year award went to Ali Ellsworth for her amazing performance in the sport of basketball, while the male athlete award went to Anthony Williams for his great wrestling skills. A student celebrated for his terrific physical education skills was Bryce Beck. Lastly but not least, Madilyn Blakley was student council’s award winner after being the Senior Class President and invested a lot of time to make life at the school better for seniors.
Awards were also given to students who earned an associate degree alongside their high school diploma. Students who obtained degrees from Idaho State University include Carter Cheney, Craeton Cheney, Rebekah Grover, Aubrey Huber, Elisabeth Nelson, Kenadee Roberts, Jaron Vanle, Vivian Baird, Madilyn Blakley, Brigham Hansen, Warren Hewlett, Teilani Kidman, Emma Maughan, Aidan Petty, Spencer Sewell, Kayelynn Thornock, Quincy Westover, Raegan Williams, Ashton Murdock, and Nathanh Bird. Sophie Andrus earned her degree from the College of Southern Idaho, while Jacob Briggs earned his from Brigham Young University Idaho. Hallie South earned her Gem certificate proudly. These students all will be missed and were appreciated during the time they roamed BHS’ halls.
Awards were not the only thing received in BHS at this time; in fact, $3,264,024 dollars in scholarships were given to students with more scholarships still coming in and being prepared for college. That wraps up the awards banquet of the 2022-2023 school year; well done Bonneville and good luck to upcoming seniors attending BHS!
Students are sitting at the edge of their seats waiting for the school year to end. Summer is quickly approaching, and the season ushers in eagerness and excitement; the long, stressful work of the school year is almost over. Summer enjoyment begins with the year ending, so students and staff can jump right in.
This school year has been tough on students with the sudden change with the entry and exit ways, the erratic weather, emergency procedures, and more. Of course, there is still much to do in the remainder of the school year. Finals are typically the last assignments of the year. However, some classes do not have finals, giving students a little relief. Some teachers provide their students with a small party or do easy tasks such as coloring, word searches, and even painting as an end of the year award. In contrast, other classes are still in the final's week rush.
After the school year has ended, students and staff are ready for things such as going on vacation with family and friends. Outdoor activities are always a popular option: camping, hiking, sleeping under the stars, and going to water parks are just to name some. Some visit relatives and old, childhood friends. Some people simply stay at home. There will be those who participate in online classes to graduate earlier or work to save for college during the summer. These exciting summer activities will help give students a break where they do not have to think about school and extracurricular activities.
The end of the school year can be one of the most stressful parts of school for students and teachers. Even though the year was long, everyone survived. After a long, nerve-racking year and months of working at their fullest, students will get the relaxing time they need for themselves.
The yearbooks—the long-awaited prize for the end of the year—have finally arrived! Yearbooks are wonderful keepsakes filled with all the memories of this past school year. The yearbook committee has worked long and hard all year. Dedicated to the yearbook, the staff is excited to share their hard work. The plan is to hand out yearbooks from May 23rd to 26th in the Hive concession stand during lunch.
The yearbook members work on stringent deadlines; to get a headstart on the heavy workload, the editors design the yearbook during the summer months. The editors started in early July, getting everything ready for the following school year such as picking the theme and prepping the cameras for the yearbook. The staff is already getting ready for the next year of hard work. In an effort to streamline the book-building process, next year will also include a few key updates.
For the upcoming school year, the yearbook staff will be stricter when allowing students to join the class. Generally, students enter the yearbook in the first trimester hoping for a laid-back class. Mrs. Wagner, the yearbook advisor, is enacting a new rule to remove rambunctious students. [“People realize I'm evil, and they run in terror”] Every student must be willing to take photos; lessons are provided. Deadline means deadline, and the whole yearbook is at risk when there is failure to meet them. Yearbook is not an easy A class. The yearbook staff is hoping stricter ground rules will assure that there are reliable workers on the committee throughout the school year. The staff of the yearbook wants members who are dedicated to their goals, both personally and within the yearbook staff.
As one of the most important records of school memories, the yearbook reflects on the past school year. Yearbooks are annual publications sold at the end of the academic year. The book contains pictures of staff, graduating seniors, awards students won over the school year, sports events, and club activities. The yearbook staff tries to ensure all extracurricular activities have a place; however, a few spring activities will be missing from the yearbook. Most sports or school events after March and April were unable to make the deadline for the yearbook, this includes the drama department’s end-of-the-year musical. Such as every assembly, the most important and eventful ones have a page in the yearbook. In the middle of the school year, the yearbook staff has to make tough choices about what stays and goes. As that is when the school year is filled with activities and memorable times.
With anticipation and excitement for the end of the year, students and staff of the school can finally get their hands on their very own yearbook, which will serve as a reminder of the pleasure, hard work, and memories made this 2022-2023 school year. The yearbook committee put large amounts of time and effort into the yearbook; with the new changes next year, the yearbook can only improve.
Teacher Appreciation Week has been celebrated the first full week of May since 1984, and this year was no different. The celebration took place from May 8th to May 12th. Teacher Appreciation Week is recognized every year in District 93 to acknowledge educators who do so much for the school and the student body. While the celebrations do operate on a budget, it is always nice to give teachers a chance to be rewarded for their hard work.
Student council, also known as STUCO, is usually on the scene whenever an important event occurs. There was no doubt that they would do something for Teacher Appreciation Week. As usual, they made their signature teacher posters with witty catch phrases and puns typically posted around teacher’s doors. Ashley Yorgason, the STUCO Advisor, expressed how the group wanted to do more for Teacher Appreciation Week, but the budget didn’t allow it. “We had wanted to do really elaborate things like ‘Oh let’s get sandwiches catered’ and Drink Factory cards and things like that but we didn’t have quite that much money.” Mrs. Yorgason says in response to the topic of some of the scrapped plans. STUCO had eventually settled for serving ice cream to the teachers as well as giving them candy and soda, which was quite the nice gesture.
The Bonneville Buzz reached out to D93’s superintendent, Dr. Scott Woolstenhulme, about Teacher Appreciation Week and what the district does to celebrate the occasion. “At the school level, our principals and PTOs work together to recognize and celebrate our teachers and the rest of the incredible people who support our students,” replies Dr. Woolstenhulme. He comments that it is difficult to provide meaningful gifts for over two thousand employees and still be within their given budget. For example, he described a story of when the district wanted to gift some chips and salsa to the employees. Easier said than done because the endeavor resulted in a pallet of chips eight feet high in the back of a pickup truck trying to cater to the many schools within D93. Even though it might be hard to provide meaningful gifts without going over the budget, the work is still worth it to try and give the teachers in the district some token of appreciation.
While another Teacher Appreciation Week has come and gone, showing gratitude for teachers should not be limited to only one school week. The teachers in D93, as well as educators outside of the district, all deserve thanks for how much support they give to students and can yet expect so little in return. With the end of the school year fast approaching, remember that even a little whisper of a “thank you” can mean that much more to a teacher.
The end of the school year is nearing, which means it is time for prom! Prom is a longstanding tradition among Bonneville and many other schools nationwide. This year’s prom theme is Enchanted Forest, promising a magical time for the attending Bonneville students. The location and time of the dance are Idaho Falls’ The Waterfront, 1220 Event Center Dr from 8:30 pm until 11:00 pm.
The Juniors of Student Council (StuCo) is in charge of prom this year, and Rylann Jones, Juniors' class president, is the mastermind putting everything together. While planning for the dance, StuCo had to choose between a few ideas for the prom motif. The top two ideas were Masked Ball and Enchanted Forest, but Jones and StuCo decided on Enchanted Forest. Jones explains the reasoning for choosing the Enchanted Forest theme, saying, “We ended up going with Enchanted Forest because we felt like it gave more of the magical elements into it.” The theme seems that StuCo is trying to give everyone their happily ever after. With the magical design of prom, there are some rules. As with every other school in the Bonneville School District 93, prom requires attending students to show their student ID when they arrive at the dance. Students from other schools attending Bonneville’s prom are required to fill out a guest form before attending the dance. Although there are a few procedures to keep in mind, StuCo has planned and fundraised extensively to ensure the evening is nothing less than pure magic.
Typically, the juniors in StuCo run prom as a fundraiser for senior year. Jones shares the reasoning for this: “Prom is given to the junior class because the revenue we get from it helps provide a cushion for all of the big expenses that the seniors have to pay for and start planning at the start of the year (like graduation, all-nighter, lagoon trip, senior gear, etc.).” The juniors are required to earn all the money for prom. Some ways of raising money are running the concessions during sports games, the stinger sodas, and local sponsorships. Funds raised by a specific class will be deposited into that class's bank account; for example, funds raised by the junior class would be deposited into the class of 2024's account. This method of raising money is “to [not] spend the entire school's money on only that one class” as Jones notes. While the juniors plan prom and handle the budget; the seniors elect the king and queen.
Prom royalty is the crowning of the king and queens of the prom. For the Bonneville seniors, it is a tradition to run the elections for prom royalty. As well as run the senior toast and dance. There are some years when anyone can run for prom royalty, this year only seniors are in the running. While the rest of Bonneville will vote for the nominees and pick from the selective group. A magical evening is expected at this year's prom, so remember on May 6th from 8:30 pm until 11:00 pm at The Waterfront, downtown. Do not forget any student IDs at the prom doors and good luck to the seniors running for prom royalty!