How Did the Sadie Hawkins Tradition Start and Why is it Popular Now?

By Sadie Hinck 

As students go throughout the school year and their high school career, they participate in many different experiences such as dances and school traditions. Many of these things seem as though they’ve always been a part of the American high school experience. One such tradition is Homecoming. The very first time that Homecoming was demonstrated was in 1909 at Baylor University. It started as a college tradition, but it later became a high school tradition during the 1980’s. But what’s the history behind the Sadie Hawkins dance (Sadie’s), and what exactly is the meaning behind it?

When most people think about Sadie Hawkins, they usually think of a casual “girls-ask-guys” type of dance, but many people don’t know where this high school tradition comes from.

Almanac.com states that the name Sadie Hawkins comes from Al Capp’s comic strip Li’l Abner (1934-1978). Sadie Hawkins is the name of one of the characters from the comic strip, and she was known to be so ugly, according to nationaltoday.com, that she couldn’t win any suitors. As well as being the name of a character in the comic strip, Sadie Hawkins is also known as Sadie Hawkins Day. This was a day in Li’l Abner when unmarried women would chase and pursue their men, and if the men were caught, marriage was unavoidable.

But then why do high schoolers participate in a Sadie Hawkins dance?

Also according to nationaltoday.com, many people, especially in the 50’s, really liked the idea of Sadie Hawkins Day because it switched the gender norms where guys ask girls. Many schools started to have dances like this, and it spread the tradition of the Sadie Hawkins dance. Many guys also like the “girls-ask-guys” idea because it takes the pressure off of asking someone to a dance, and it gives them an opportunity to be surprised when someone else asks them.

(Photos by yearbook staff)

Socktober

By Carson Sawyer

The spooky season is now upon us. You might have noticed Halloween decor popping up in your neighborhood. Or, you have been meaning to put up some scary stuff of your own, but precipitation or procrastination is making you hesitant. Either way, October is time for the spooks.

However, this October, there is something else important to the season for CHS Junior Lizzie Huff—and that’s socks: crazy, colorful socks. Calling it “Socktober,” Lizzie and her family collect socks for the kids at Primary Children’s Hospital during the month. Now, they’re looking for fun socks. These can have designs, cartoons, bright colors—really anything besides plain and dreary. If you’re looking to help donate some pairs, there is a bin in the main office where you can turn the socks in. Lizzie is usually able to collect over a thousand pairs every year, so let’s not disappoint!

Why Primary Children’s Hospital? 

Primary Children’s Hospital is a part of the not-for-profit Intermountain Healthcare and is affiliated with the University of Utah. The Salt Lake City hospital has been helping children for almost a century, and among them includes Lizzie. Lizzie was once a patient there, so she understands the hardships that current patients are going through and how the feeling of a new pair of crazy socks can help them through such painful struggles. 

Why crazy socks? 

As Lizzie states, she’s collecting crazy socks because she “got crazy socks back when [she] was in the hospital,” and they made her feel good. 

Now, she strives to share the warm feeling each new pair gave her. 

Why “Socktober?” 

Lizzie states that she and her family “just kind of liked how it sounded.” Socktober does have a nice ring to it, but we shouldn’t let it downplay the importance of donating a few pairs of crazy socks. These are meant to uplift the spirits of children undergoing some very difficult times. 

Maintaining the tradition of donating collected socks to Primary Children’s Hospital for around a decade, Lizzie continues to inspire and show compassion for others in a similar situation she was once in. Receiving a new pair of socks is an unforgettable feeling, and in answering what the best kind of socks are, Lizzy states, “I like fluffy, fluffy socks.”

From the glimpse of talking with Lizzy, I have learned that she is a soft but powerful speaker. Her experiences have only increased her compassion for others, and she is empowered to follow up on them. If you see Lizzie around school, don’t forget to wave and show her how welcoming this community is. Even without the socks, Cedar High School is glad to have Lizzy as a student this year.

The Socktober bin can be found just on the left as you enter the main office’s leftmost door.

(Photo provided by Carson Sawyer)

A “Normal” Homecoming

by Beckham Trigo

Homecoming was a great way to start off a “normal” school year. Although Homecoming did come later than usual, the hype was still present from all of the students at Cedar High School. Homecoming is always a crucial part of the school year and it is always magical how the students come together as one.

Homecoming this year was normal compared to last year which had COVID-19 restrictions. So, how exactly did Homecoming go this year? Was there school spirit? Royalty commentary? These are all things that are independently important to fully experience Cedar’s school spirit. 

This year, Homecoming Week was set up like any other year with dress up days, royalty assemblies, football games, and extracurricular activities. All of these things made up the week. So, the week went like this: Monday, Sports Day; Tuesday, Bougie Day; Wednesday, Dress Like a Teacher Day; Thursday, Western Dress Up Day; Friday, Red and Gold Day.

This week’s events were corresponding to the themes that the sports games had. While interviewing students at Cedar, they said there should be a variety of days instead of the same ones every year. This was an interesting thought that most students at Cedar agree on. The games during this week included volleyball, tennis, soccer, XC, and football. While many focus upon football the most, students have come together to agree other sports need to be recognized.

So, was there school spirit? YES! There was a lot of school spirit with many people dressing up. A lot of students were enthusiastic about coming to school dressed up as their favorite subjects and teachers. There also seemed to be an abundance of fans at all of the games supporting all of our sports players. The week even had teachers joining in and encouraging their students to participate in the fun. However, some students found it demotivating that homecoming was late this year and would like to see it closer to the beginning of the school year in the future. 

This year, Parker Allen and Andelin Mbaki were chosen as Homecoming King and Queen. It is very exciting for this pair to win as many people recognize Andelin already as Miss Iron County-Utah. While interviewing her about her pride in this role, she stated, “[…]I feel a part of something great!”

She proceeded to talk about her respect and pride in Cedar High School. Soon after, she answered the question, “Are there any changes you would like to see in royalty voting?” It was a response not many people were expecting, but Mbaki stated, “A lot of people see royalty voting as popularity votes, and I think it’d be interesting to see what it’d be like differently.” This opinion is very valid, and should be sought out in the future to recognize so many other great students. However, Mbaki’s humble response only goes to show that she is deserving of the role. A response from Allen brought up another point to look into as he stated, “I don’t know about changes, but I think a lot of people don’t vote.” 

So as we wrap up, we can see so many people had fun this homecoming season as we are back in school—pretty much back to normal! We also see a few insights from some special commentators that were able to participate in the events itself. So, if you want to show more school spirit make sure that you are participating and getting involved. Like Parker Allen says, “…put in extra effort to be a good example.”

Photos Provided By Emma Taylor and Ericka Marchant

Vaccine Report

by Beckham Trigo

People have been getting the new vaccine that has been coming out, including our teachers. They have been very enthusiastic about receiving it among the current fears in the world. Through interviewing teachers, hard questions were asked: Why did you choose to get it? Were we better prepared as a nation? Will masks end? While there were no sure answers to these questions, I wanted to get an opinion. 

So, was the country better prepared than other countries? Mrs. Winslow answered by stating, “I think with the technology we have versus the technology other countries had, we were better prepared.” As our population is not all elderly, we had a much higher survival rate that allowed for better preparation. 

Now that the vaccine is out, many people want to know if it truly works, so I asked the teachers around our school, and they had similar answers. They stated that they had felt no side effects and were pleased altogether. Then I moved on to ask why the vaccine was so important to get. Mrs. Farish stated, “I want to be around people.” Due to circumstances in many people’s lives, this is a concern most have. Mrs. Winslow said, “Risks are lower” as they now have the vaccine. 

Mrs. Winslow and Farish don’t feel as if they will contaminate a student or a peer. However, both teachers think that the vaccine should be a choice and not forced. Farish stated, “I think it would be infringing,” and this was a commonly stated line between many people I have talked with.

Now for the real question that everyone has been wondering since the beginning of the year: Will masks go away after the vaccine? The answer is mired in uncertainty, and it is not an easy topic to talk about. However, Mrs. Winslow stated, “I really hope so,” and she continued to state that they would go away; she just wasn’t sure when. As 2021 moves forward, we can only hope that it happens sooner than later.

Reds United Week a Success

By Beckham Trigo

From December 7th to the 11th, Cedar High School participated in something new: Reds United Week. Student government created Reds United Week for the purpose of impacting people through recognition. Caleb Nelson, the organizer of this event, stated in an interview, “There were so many nice things said that I can’t imagine it not having an impact.” Everyone in the school received a letter and participated in influencing a fellow student’s life. 

Nelson also noted that “the project was probably the best thing that student government has ever done together.” Reds United Week distracted from the stressfulness of the last week of the quarter and tried to calm the lives of students who were struggling with finishing their work. They attempted to make students focus on their peers rather than themselves.

Mrs. Davidson said, “It’s important to see, it’s important to ask, and it’s important to be kind.”

Despite many students struggling with getting their grades up while taking the time to recognize another student, this project helped students see from a different perspective. Reds United Week created impressions not only on the students but the student government as well. Nelson stated, “I think all of us were touched by the kindness and goodness of our student body.”

Mrs. Davidson added, “They saw a need now!”

Reds United Week shows how much the student government cares. They saw that students needed uplifting, and they decided to take action, which isn’t something that is done very often. 

When asking peers how they felt about this project, many thanked Nelson because they felt happier inside. However, Caleb reminds us: “The real people who deserve the thanks are the people in student government who spent countless hours sorting.”

Kinsyee Robison said, “I felt it was a pretty good way to unite us all.” A majority of students enjoyed the Reds United Week and thought it brought the whole school together for the better.

When asked whether or not the event should be repeated, feedback poured in. Mrs. Davidson said that “it could be expanded,” while Nelson affirmed that “this is definitely going to be a repeated thing throughout our school.”

Many at Cedar High School agree with this sentiment. As Cedar High School’s slogan for this year declares, “Let’s Get It!”

A Conversation With a Former Marine

By Essie Johnson

You wouldn’t think that being a mere cashier would allow me to talk to a lot of interesting people, but surprisingly, I have a lot of funny, odd, and sometimes even heartbreaking conversations. On a Thursday, when I was working my usual shift, an old man with long, white hair and a wispy beard came in and needed help finding a few products. After I had helped him and was in the process of ringing him up, he mentioned that he was a homeless vet. “What branch did you serve in?” I asked, trying to make conversation. 

“Marine Corps,” he grunted out. I then brought up how I had just received a recruitment letter from them and was seriously considering joining the Marines myself. “Don’t,” he said bluntly.

 “Oh? May I ask why not?” I asked curiously. He took a minute to reply, as if he was trying to find the right answer to my question. 

He looked up at me: “Well, they’ll use and abuse ya just like me.” Once he knew that I was interested in his story, he opened right up: “I was sent out to Vietnam, drafted, I tried to avoid it. I went to college, they didn’t wanna put you on the front lines if they knew you was smart. But even with my schooling, I was still drafted. I could’ve been one of ‘em border jumpers, but I didn’t wanna live like that. Everyone who came back over from Nam had the same cancer, me and all my buddies, we all got Agent Orange. I could’ve taken the chemo that the state wanted me to, but everyone who took that chemo is dead, all the men in my group, dead.” 

At this point, he seemed to be tearing up a little, so it was hard to maintain eye contact with him. He continued after clearing his throat: “I shouldn’t even be here right now.” His eyes fell to the ground: “I’m the last one from my platoon that’s alive, ‘cos I’m the only one who didn’t take that chemo. The last one, other than me, actually died on Veterans Day last year. Something told me I needed to go see ‘em, so I hitched a ride up to Salt Lake, and I got to see ‘em before he went.”

 After telling me about this particularly hard memory, he looked up at me, suddenly with a smile on his face: “You know, when we was goin’ over to Nam, the third time around, we took a submarine. And we couldn’t make it to the surface, so we got shot up through the torpedo tube. And I oughta tell ya, you haven’t lived until you’ve got that much air blastin’ ya up like that.” While talking about this memory, he had such a look of childlike amusement, almost as if all of the upsetting things hadn’t happened. He then abruptly changed the subject: “You know, I got chased out of a town a lil’ west of here. They don’t like us, the men that were shipped off to Nam. They don’t like us,” he said, looking up at me again.

 “Well, it’s not like you or any of the other men had much of a say in going over there if you were drafted, and even then, you tried to avoid it,” I replied with a concerned look on my face. 

“Yeah, well, we all knew we weren’t supposed to be over there; we killed a lotta people and blew a lotta cities to bits.” After that, he fell silent, closing himself off again and looking down at the ground. I could feel that he was done sharing his war stories.

 “Well, regardless, thank you for your service and everything you’ve done for our country. Happy Veterans Day,” I said, trying to make sure he knew that I appreciated his temporary company.

 “Well, thank you, I don’t get that much [time to talk] anymore. I hope I haven’t ruined your day, darling,” he said.

I smiled and said, “No, of course not, thank you.”

Talking to this man felt sour, but it was also warming. I wanted to help him, and in some way, I think I did. These men and women who’ve fought for us, regardless of politics, had put their whole life on pause when they decided that they were willing to fight for us under any circumstance. The least that we can do is to listen to our veterans. 

Reds United Week

By Beckham Trigo

From December 7th to the 11th, Cedar High School participated in something new: Reds United Week. Student government created Reds United Week for the purpose of impacting people through recognition. Caleb Nelson, the organizer of this event, stated in an interview, “There were so many nice things said that I can’t imagine it not having an impact.” Everyone in the school received a letter and participated in influencing a fellow student’s life. 

Nelson also noted that “the project was probably the best thing that student government has ever done together.” Reds United Week distracted from the stressfulness of the last week of the quarter and tried to calm the lives of students who were struggling with finishing their work. They attempted to make students focus on their peers rather than themselves.

Mrs. Davidson said, “It’s important to see, it’s important to ask, and it’s important to be kind.”

Despite many students struggling with getting their grades up while taking the time to recognize another student, this project helped students see from a different perspective. Reds United Week created impressions not only on the students but the student government as well. Nelson stated, “I think all of us were touched by the kindness and goodness of our student body.”

Mrs. Davidson added, “They saw a need now!” Reds United Week shows how much the student government cares. They saw that students needed uplifting, and they decided to take action, which isn’t something that is done very often. 

When asking peers how they felt about this project, many thanked Nelson because they felt happier inside. However, Caleb reminds us: “The real people who deserve the thanks are the people in student government who spent countless hours sorting.”

Kinsyee Robison said, “I felt it was a pretty good way to unite us all.” A majority of students enjoyed the Reds United Week and thought it brought the whole school together for the better.

When asked whether or not the event should be repeated, feedback poured in. Mrs. Davidson said that “it could be expanded,” while Nelson affirmed that “this is definitely going to be a repeated thing throughout our school.” Many at Cedar High School agree with this sentiment. As Cedar High School’s slogan for this year declares, “Let’s Get It!”