The Bonneville High School’s very own choir team: The Bonnevaires is a mixed choir that is audition based, run by Steven Dresen. They pride themselves to be the choir team chosen from the best of the best at BHS. If someone has an interest in choir, it will benefit them to try out for this team.
The choir is made up of both boys and girls, separated into multiple sections such as alto, soprano, tenor, and bass. Within the Bonnevaires, there is a format with similarity to army ranks. There is a variety of officers, all with different and important challenges with their specific role. The officers are then given their titles, such as the President of the group, the Vice President, etc.
The diversity in the Bonnevaires allows the group to get more notice, more voices to hear, and more ears to listen.
There are select smaller groups inside of the Bonnevaires, one being only men and the other only women. Apollo 6 is the group that consists of only men. They rehearse in the mornings before school, three days per week. The other group is the Chanteuse, who are only women. There rehearsals are also three days a week. Both of these groups are just as hardworking as the Bonnevaires or any other group. A member was interviewed, and stated, “The groups are amazing people with amazing voices.”
Bonneville’s very best voices have brought joy to people's ears. The Bonneviares, Apollo 6, Chanteuse, and any other choir group have done a tremendous job with what they do and sing. Their lovely voices matching pitch and collaborating songs. Auditions may be over, but listening to the amazing Bonnevaires is a treat for anyone. They did an amazing job at the Hope Week assembly, and the singers will continue to do so wherever they go.
Bonneville High School is well known for having the biggest exchange program in Idaho Falls and Ammon. The exchange student program is a way for students to improve their English skills and learn to be more independent without direct guidance from parents. As reported by Mr. Jolley, there are roughly 30 exchange students from different countries currently at Bonneville. At the beginning of 2023, Bonneville gained three new exchange students: two from Germany and one from Italy.
Leonie Vogler, an exchange student from Germany, came to the United States on January 14, 2023. She was assigned to Bonneville High School to continue her educational journey. In response to why she decided to join an exchange program, Vogler stated she chose “ this experience to learn English, but also because of American life.” Choosing a shorter program, Vogler will only be at Bonneville for half a year. Vogler’s motivation behind a partial year is because she “love[s] [her] family and friends too much” to be gone for a full year. Luckily, Vogler has her “whole life ahead” to continue her travels and see the world.
Hailing from Italy, Thomas Tituri is a seventeen years old boy who arrived in the United States about three weeks ago. Tituri’s first impression of the United States was that everything is different in its own way, which makes the country such a unique place. According to Tituri, “I chose to participate in an exchange student program because I want to learn something new about myself.” Tituri also expressed interest in learning about different cultures and strengthening his English skills.
Expressing a different point of view. Marlene Nour Leopold, from Mainz, Germany, chose to come to the United States to experience the American lifestyle. According to Leopold, many people in the United States are open-minded and kind, so adjusting to her new life has been a breeze. Having been here for about three weeks, her goals include “learn[ing] English” and finding her own independence. In regards to Bonneville High School, Leopold feels that “[Bonneville] is a good school, the teachers are nice” and the school is full of great classes, like fashion strategies. Along with great classes, Leopold appreciates her fellow exchange students as they welcome her and understand the difficulties of leaving one’s home.
Taking an exchange student program or half of it, is a big opportunity to explore the world, to discover the diversity of any country. An experience and to learn and understand the habits that the people have, anyway this experience is also a way to make friends around the world.
Broadcasting on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and Anchor is The Bonneville Buzzcast. This podcast is operated by the newspaper team at Bonneville High School to speak on the school and events going on in the South-Eastern Idaho region. The podcast started in the later part of May 2022, and took a summer break along with the students of BHS.
When The Buzzcast first premiered, the members of the newspaper recorded an interview with the School Resource Officer, Dan Sperry. The episode featured many of the adventures he had experienced, his journey of becoming an officer, and his experiences with the places he has been. Only this episode has been published thus far, as the team had a setback: loss of a few staff members, summer break, and more.
A significant problem the staff ran into was quite a few issues with recording, especially the difficulties of the WiFi shutting them out. Sadly, this took away a bit of time and forced ideas to be shelved for another few months; one of those ideas was about some of Idaho Falls' own supernatural sightings and experiences. Back in October 2022, the staff planned to highlight supernatural experiences and thoughts on the supernatural from the students at Bonneville High School. A form was sent out to the students of Bonneville High School, getting a total of 98 responses from peers and faculty. However, the staff had technology issues during this time, causing it to be pushed back for next school year and another idea took place: an interview with Mrs. Killian!
Killian teaches Practical English, Math, and Social Studies in room 201, helping those with learning deficiencies succeed in high school. In the episode, there was talk about supporting them and spreading awareness, as well as the proper terms to use and her own personal experiences teaching teenagers. One of the main things that stuck out in this interview was “Students before Disabilities,” Killian’s own personal motto. While all students have a differing learning style, they should not be defined by their disability, and instead choose to define them as a student of BHS.
While the newspaper team has had a few setbacks with recording issues, IT issues, and more—the new episode is to be posted on February 7th 2023! Catch it on most podcasting websites and apps!
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