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Movie Review: Star Wars – The Last Jedi

By Keegan Beck

During winter break the entertaining saga returned to the theaters. On December 15, 2017, Star Wars: The Last Jedi made its debut around the country. The saga continues with the First Order reigns having decimated the peaceful Republic. Supreme Leader General Snoke now deploys his legions to seize military control of the galaxy. The only ones that are standing up against the rising tyranny, First Order is General Leia Organa’s band of resistance fighters. The resistances have hope that Jedi Luke Skywalker will return and restore a spark of hope to the fight.

The heroine, Rey, discovers herself and finds out that she is way more than some person from the desert planet Jakku. While trying to convince Skywalker to come help the resistance fight the first order, Skywalker is uncertain about Rey’s powers.

“The rebellion is reborn today. The war is just the beginning. And I will not be the Last Jedi.” – Luke Skywalker

The Last Jedi was a very interesting and filled with action and adventure. With Disney buying the rights to Star Wars, I thought I was going in to see a Disney made film but instead it was action-packed and an incredible story. The director, Rian Johnson, and the producer, J.J Abrams, put together a great film and understood the meaning behind being a Jedi. There were a lot fans that were really happy about the film and had those “called it” moments, but I really enjoyed the film. They gave more information about different characters in this film, and it kept me very focused and interested the whole time.

I would recommend this movie to everyone far far away from different planets and galaxies to go see Star Wars: The Last Jedi in theaters. And may the force be with all of you.

You paint your own road

by Keegan Beck

There is a large handful of metaphors used when it comes to graduation, but I want to paint you a picture of one seldom overused.

Picture this: you are sitting in a car, you look in front of you, and you see an open road. Now, picture again, a road that is filled with cars, stopping, going, and stopping again. This is a situation many of us face every day, and that is a metaphor for our every day lives.

With graduation just hours away, the graduating class of 2017 has a lot to think about and a lot to enjoy. This day has been waiting for these seniors. But these seniors have not stopped plugging along to reach their final destination in this chapter of their lives – high school graduation. They will anxiously walk across the stage and receive that diploma. But that is not the end. It is just the beginning. What road will these graduates take?

“Your future is really up to you. You paint your own road.”

Be sure to join the Rockwell class of 2017 graduates at the Show Barn at Thanksgiving Point on May 25, 2017. The ceremony will start at 6:00 pm.

Teacher Spotlight: Misty Madsen

by Keegan Beck


Marshal Magazine will be starting a weekly spotlight about the each of the teachers and faculty here at Rockwell. This week’s spotlight is Misty Madsen, the school counselor.

Misty was born on June 12th, in Provo, Utah. She attended Provo High and then she went to UVU and Utah State University, where she got her Master’s Degree in School Counseling.

“I was both excited and nervous for high school,” Misty said. “Luckily, my best friend and I had a few classes together, which it made high school better.”  

Misty enjoyed high school as it helped shape her ideas for her own career later in life. Misty became a school counselor because of the example of great school counselors she had as a kid.  

“My counselor, Jennifer Hyde, was an amazing support & example in my life,” she said. “I want to make a difference like she did for me.”

Misty has had some entertaining moments as a counselor, and she says these exciting moments always keep things interesting.

“The funniest memory I have working as a counselor was when I accidently locked a student in the boys bathroom during a drill,” she said. “And the best moment is every graduation. Seeing each student succeed to getting their diplomas is the best.”

Family is important to Misty, and she is grateful for the example of her mom throughout her life.

“ My role model would be my mom,” Misty said. “She is a great example of love & service, and she seems to know when others need a pick-me-up, a shoulder to cry on, or a laugh. She’s my hero!”

The 74th Annual Golden Globes

by Keegan Beck

317685731317685731317685731317685731The 74th Annual Golden Globes aired on Sunday, January 8 2017, hosted by Jimmy Fallon. The Golden Globes is an event that honors the best film and American television series. Awards are given in a variety of categories, such as “Best Actor in a Drama Motion Picture,” “Best Original Song,” and “Best Musical or Comedy TV Series,” to name a few.

Here’s a list of who took home awards Sunday night:

Best Drama Motion Picture | Moonlight

Best Actor in a Drama Motion Picture | Casey Affleck   

Best Musical or Comedy Motion Picture | La La Land

Best Director of a Motion Picture | Damien Chazelle

Best Drama TV Series | The Crown

Best Original Song | City of Stars – Justin Hurwitz

Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture | Viola Davis

Best Actress in a Drama Motion Picture | Isabelle Huppert

Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture | Aaron Taylor – Johnson

Best Original Score | La La Land

Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy Motion Picture | Emma Stone

Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy Motion Picture | Ryan Gosling

Best Foreign Film | Elle

Best Animated Feature Film | Zootopia

Best Musical or Comedy TV Series | Atlanta

Best Miniseries or TV Film | The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story

Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy TV Series | Donald Glover

Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy TV Series | Tracee Ellis Ross

Best Actor in a Miniseries | Tom Hiddleston

Best Actress in a Miniseries | Sarah Paulson


Christmas Tunes for You

By Keegan Beck

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year”, because “Santa Claus is comin’ to town”. We all know those christmas tunes that we play on repeat for holiday season, but here are some of those that you might know.

“Christmas isn’t a season. It’s a feeling.” – Edna Ferber


  1. Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas
  2. Silent Night
  3. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
  4. Jingle Bells
  5. Winter Wonderland
  6. It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year
  7. I’ll be Home for Christmas
  8. Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town
  9. Feliz Navidad
  10. It’s Beginning to Look a lot Like Christmas

I hope you have fun listening to these tunes this holiday season, and have a Merry, Merry Christmas Rockwell readers!

Change Wars

By Keegan Beck

Do you ever feel like change is just change? You probably feel like it’s just change and you don’t need those pennies, nickels, and dimes. But in Change Wars all of your change is very important, because all of the grades 7th-12th and all of the faculty go against each other to raise money for Rockwell families, so they can have a good holiday season.

“Without a sense of caring, there can be no sense of community.” -Anthony J. D’Angelo

With the change wars there are rules of it, you want to have the most change in your grade jar but you can also pick where you want your change to be. This part is very important to listen, you don’t want any dollar bill to be in your jar,that dollar bill will subtract that grades change, and so that means you want to make sure that if you do have a dollar bill, be smart and put in the winning team jar.  

First junior high Maverik day becomes recurring tradition

By Keegan Beck


Until this week, going to Maverik was never heard of as a junior high student at Rockwell. Since the school was open in 2008, Junior high students have not been allowed to leave the school campus to walk up to Maverik, but on Friday, September 30th, junior high students went to Maverik for the first time ever in Rockwell history.


“It was really cool that we got the chance to go to Maverik,” said Rockwell eighth grader Cody Taysom.


Working hard to achieve something like this was an exciting moment for these junior high students.


Cassidy O’Neil said it was nice to have the independence that came with the Maverik trip. “It was awesome to have the freedom to go and leave the campus for lunch,” she said.


Mr. Beck was excited about the junior high’s event.


“It was for the junior high students to have opportunity to earn something, and to have some control, to do something positive for the junior high,” said Mr. Beck. “ It was really easy and simple to plan.”


Some may wonder why this event has never been considered before. Mr. Beck explained that parents were nervous about their junior high students going to Maverik because they felt like high schoolers would be there. Once parents learned that this was an earned event that the junior high students would be able to participate in on their own, the event became an exciting motivation that students looked forward to.


Parents seemed much more on-board with the idea once they learned that the trip was a reward for good behavior and good school habits. The first Maverik trip was a success and junior high students respected the privilege they were given.


“They were honorable , and they got to class on time,” said Mr. Beck.  “It was so cool to see the junior high kids helping their friends during mentor to get their grades up. It was cool to hear students saying they needed to get their grades up no matter what.”


The event turned out so well that Mr. Beck anticipates a repeat of the event twice more this year.


“The kids made it worth doing again,” said Mr. Beck. “It will be during November and January that they will be doing it again.”

Snowden movie offers inside look at Edward Snowden’s life of secrecy

by Keegan Beck

On September 16, 2016, the remarkable story of Edward Snowden was released in theaters across the nation. The movie, fittingly called Snowden, is full of action, intensity, hardship, and hope. In my opinion, it is a must-see movie.

“I don’t see myself as a hero because what I’m doing is self-interested: I don’t want to live in a world where there’s no privacy and therefore no room for intellectual exploration and creativity.”

-Edward Snowden –

Generally, the movie tells the story of Snowden’s life. Previously a top contractor, Edward Snowden leaves his job at the National Security Agency. He knows that a virtual mountain 0f data is being gather to track down all forms of digital communication, just not for the foreign governments and terrorists, but for ordinary Americans. When he decides to leak this classified information, the question arises: is he a traitor or a hero? 

Snowden is such an incredible story that Oliver Stone (Director) has written and put together on the screen. It shows in the film that it takes courage to do what might look like something bad, but it is right. Edward Snowden took that courage and showed the American people that the NSA was looking in on their own country. It shows what it takes to show and tell what’s really happening. Stone is an excellent storyteller; capturing small, important details is very characteristic of his films.

The actors were a huge part of the film because they showed real emotion, and it felt realistic. The actor that played Snowden (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), took the part seriously and had a voice and mannerisms similar to Edward Snowden. He did an excellent job in this film and all the other actors and actresses did amazing as well. The cinematography was really good – it felt like the audience was constantly at the edge of their seat, not knowing what was coming next. The sequences with the computers were just mind blowing. Overall, I would give Snowden a 5-star rating. 

iPhone 7, iOS 10 bring exciting tech updates

by Keegan Beck

On September 7, Apple held their annual event in San Francisco, California. The CEO of Apple, Tim Cook, was very excited to announce upcoming features for Apple. On Tuesday they announced the release of iOS 10, along with updates for the app store, ConnectEd, and many more great tools and resources.

There are so many rich features with these new Apple products, and the Apple team is very very excited to announce their part to make Apple customers happy and excited for the things in Apple’s future. They announced all sorts of things that you should be excited for even though if you are Microsoft person. Tim Cook, the CEO of Apple, started off the event on the updates of Apple Music.

“There are 17 million subscribers on [Apple Music],” Cook said. “There have been 140 billion total apps that have been downloaded on the App store.”

This coming holiday, Apple is bringing the classic Nintendo Super Mario to the app store. It will be titled Super Mario Run. 

Later in the event, Cook announced that the iPhone 7 is the best product that Apple employees and users will ever experience. Part of the iPhone 7 update included removing antennas spanning across the back of the device for a cleaner, sleeker look. The phone will still come in gold, rose gold, and grey, but they are bringing two new colors – black and jet black. All phones will have a high gloss finish.

The iPhone body has also been reengineered to be IP67 dust and water resistant, so it will hold up to splashes and even submersion in water. The battery life for both the iPhone 7 and 7S will be the longest-lasting. Those upgrading from previous iPhones will see two additional hours of battery life on average.

Rockwell students are excited about the update. However, the wireless earbud situation seems to worry some students.

“I can’t wait to lose all my wireless earbuds,” said sophomore Logan Card.

Headphones will be available that connect through the lightning port, and users will be able to use adapters so they can continue using their wired headphones.

“I’m really excited for the Bluetooth earbuds,” said sophomore Adeline Smith.

With the continued updates in technology, it will be interesting to see what Apple comes up with next.


by Keegan Beck, Sports Writer

When most people hear the word “Cross Country” they probably think it is the latest vampire series on their favorite cable network. Even though it is not a TV series, it is about running long and fast.

It always seems impossible until it’s done”

                                                              – Nelson Mandela

Rockwell has once again started one of their sports for the fall season. Cross Country is essentially a sport where runners run their fastest. Precisely, it involves running a 5k ( 3.1 miles) through a variety of terrain.

I sat down with Coach Sellers of the cross country team here at Rockwell, and asked her a few questions.

Me: How should a runner get prepared for a meet day before and day of?

Coach Sellers: The most important thing is to be hydrated the day before and the day of the race. You should be drinking water, Gatorade!

Me: How do you prepare your athletes?

Coach Sellers: Depends of the weather. It can be chilly at the beginning of the race, and by the end it could be hot. That’s one of the things to be prepared for. I also have our team do a jog around the course so they know how it feels, and they know what to be aware of.

Records, medals and trophies are great, but this sport is far more about the individual runner competing against his or herself. Coach Sellers loves to win, but loves having student athletes go after personal bests even more. Running is as much spiritual as it is physical for the coach. Coach Sellers has almost single-handedly grown Rockwell’s Cross Country and Track programs from next-to-nothing (Pretty good PR, Coach).

While running may not be your thing, Rockwell’s Cross Country team does an excellent job of representing the school. They hold themselves accountable for grades, attendance, and exemplifying what it means to be a Marshal.